Showing posts from February 3, 2013

 Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra Saturday said she wants 2013 to be the Year of Thailand, where the country's economy is growing and confidence will be restored.
Prime Minister Yingluck expressed her wish in a weekly televised program "PM Yingluck Government Meets the People" on the occasion of Chinese New Year. Yingluck said she wishes the Thai people health and wealth.
She said after the 2011 nationwide flooding, the country has improved in several aspects including the economy, and that confidence has been restored among the world community.
The economy is growing well due to increased purchasing power of the Thais and the inflow of foreign investment which can be seen from their requests for investment promotion from the Board of Investment (BoI), rising from 23.5 to 47 billion U.S. dollars, said Yingluck.
The premier said, to make the economy grow sustainably, the government will invest in infrastructure develo…

Core of al-Qaeda on path to defeat: Obama

The core of al-Qaeda is on the path to defeat, US President Barack Obama has said adding that this has been mainly due to the relentless actions being taken by his administration against terrorist groups.

"We have put the core of al-Qaeda on the path to defeat, and we've been relentless against its affiliates," Obama said on Friday during the farewell ceremony of outgoing US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta. Obama hailed Panetta's role as CIA Director and then as Defence Secretary saying he played a key part in action against al-Qaeda and its affiliates. "Your leadership of the CIA will forever be remembered for the blows that we struck against al-Qaeda and perhaps the greatest intelligence success in American history - delivering justice to Osama bin Laden," Obama said praising Panetta. "Because we ended the war in Iraq, and are winding down the war in Afghanistan, our troops are coming home, and next year our war in Afghanistan will come…

Germany's Federal election set for 22nd Sept Germany, Europe's top economy and political powerhouse, is set for the Federal Election on 22nd September with Chancellor Angela Merkel bidding for a third term.

On Friday, President Joachim Gauck officially announced the date of the federal election of the country. The move comes after weeks of discussions between Germany's major political parties. Gauck's decision also came as a new poll showed Merkel's lead over her rival Social Democrats (SPD) has narrowed slightly. The weekly "DeutschlandTrend" survey for public broadcaster ARD put Merkel's conservative CDU/CSU bloc on 39 per cent, down one percentage point from a week back. The centre-left SPD gained two percentage points to register 29 per cent. However, Germany's complex coalition-based political system means that although Merkel is likely to remain chancellor, if the polls stay the same, she may have to…
Session on
“The Future of Global Nuclear Disarmament & The Issue of  Proliferation”06:00 pm to 07:30 pm: 19 February, 2013
WWF Auditorium, 172 – B, Lodhi Estate, New Delhi

Given the importance of global nuclear disarmament and nonproliferation in international relations and India’s special role in this area, Aspen Institute India and the Austrian Embassy, New Delhi invite you to join a conversation on “Nuclear Disarmament & The Future of Proliferation” with Mr. Mani Shankar Aiyar, Member of Parliament,  Rajya Sabha & Former Union Minister, Ambassador Alexander Kmentt, Director for Disarmament, Arms Control &  Non – Proliferation, Federal Ministry for European & International Affairs of the Republic of Austria, Ambassador Kanwal Sibal, Former Foreign Secretary of India, Mr. Siddharth Varadarajan, Chief Editor, The Hindu and Mr. Pramit Pal Chaudhuri, Foreign Editor, Hindustan Times.
What are the challenges emanating in the area of nuclear disarmament and non-pro…
CIL, OIL, ONGC, GAIL, focus in exploring and exploiting of energy sources in our country first
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PRESS RELEASE 8thFebruary, 2013
     I have called you today to express my concern on substantial spending of foreign exchange by Government of India on import of expensive petroleum products.  Instead of focusing on import of expensive petroleum products, the Government should concentrate on use of gas as replacement of coal and liquid petroleum products. As you are aware, I have always expressed my great concern on judicious use of our abundant amount of natural resources as I repeatedly mentioned at the time of scam on allotment of coal blocks also.  The use of indigenous gas can be increased manifold if reliable gas supply is assured through development of new blocks. The cost of such gas will be much cheaper than today’s gas price and may be one fourth of imported gas.  With the availability of indigenous gas, there would be a scop…

India developing Agni-VI

Defence Research and Development Organisation chief V K Saraswat said country is developing Agni VI ballistic missile that would carry multiple warheads llowing one weapon system to take out several targets at a time.

"Agni-V is major strategic defence weapon. Now we want to make Agni-VI which would be a force multiplier," DRDO chief said in Bangalore.
Refusing to divulge the range of the new under- development missile, he said the force multiplier capability of the missile would be because of its Multiple Independently Targetable Re-entry Vehicle (MIRV) capability.
The Agni-5 ballistic missile, which was test-fired in April last year, has a range of upto 5,500 kms and it is believed that the Agni-6 would have a range longer than its predecessor.
"It will have force multiplier capability by the MIRV approach which would enable us to deliver many payloads at the same time using only one missile.
"Work is on in this area and designs have been completed.…
US, JAPAN, AUSTRALIA CONDUCT DRILLBY SAGARMEDIAFebruary 8, 2013 Western Pacific skies were filled by the roar of fighter jets as US and two key allies practised military drill in the combat phase of annual exercises that have gained importance as the region responds to the rise of China and other potential threats.
The Cope North drills which could soon swell in participants are aimed at preparing air forces of the US, Japan and Australia to fight together if a military crisis erupts.
They also send a vivid reminder to Beijing that America’s regional alliances are strong, though officers leading the maneuvers say they are not looking to bait the Chinese military.
“The training is not against a specific country, like China,” Japan Air Self-Defense Force Lt. Gen. Masayuki Hironaka said. “However, I think (the fact) that our alliance with the US and Australia is healthy is a strong message.”
The three allies began flying sorties together earlier in the week around the US territory of Gua…
Exciting Sky diving exhibition heralds start of Pearls Golf Premier League in association with Aamby Valley

Aamby Valley, February 8: An exhilarating exhibition of skydiving, the likes of which has never been seen in a golf tournament heralded the start of the inaugural Pearls Golf Premier League in association with Aamby Valley City on Thursday. Seven sky divers carrying the flags of Pearls, the Aamby Valley City and the eight franchises descended 5,000 feet and onto a small designated area on the driving range in front of the star-studded field of players, officials and a whole lot of spectators from Pune and Mumbai to set the ball rolling for the inaugural edition of the league. The sky diving exhibition was followed by a smart opening ceremony during which all the 32 players and team owners were invited to the stage. All the players were dressed in their team colours. Soon after that the lovely Pearls GPL Trophy was also unveiled by Mr. KK Bakshi of Pearls alongwith Col SK Sinha of…
Four qualifying teams from the pre-quarter finals put their soccer skills to test in the quarter finals at the Barefoot Beach Soccer Tournament. The quarter finals also saw an interesting change in the format of the game, and the four matches were played in three periods of 5 minutes each as opposed to the earlier two halves of 5 minutes each. The first quarter final was played between Goa United (A) Vs Piedade Youth Association. The first goal of the match was scored by Avrhishto Fernandes from Goa United (A), thus taking the initial lead in the game. The second period saw two brilliant goals from both teams, scored by Ashley Lobo for Goa United and Remos Gomes for Piedade Youth Association, the match here still in favor of Goa United (A) leading with 2-1. The third and final period saw several brilliant saves from both the teams, as neither of them permitted a single goal in the 5 minute period. The final result consequ…
GOPIO NEWS  A Publication of the Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO) 
Issue: XII-1                      February 3, 2013