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India, Romania sign Avoidance of Double Taxation & Prevention of Fiscal Evasion pact

India and Romania today signed the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion agreement with respect to taxes on income to bring in change in domestic laws in line with international standards.

The pact was signed after External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid held talks with his Romanian counterpart, Titus Corlateral on the entire gamut of bilateral relations, regional and international issues of mutual interest in New Delhi.

The Ministry of External Affairs in a release said, once the renegotiated agreement enters into force, it will stimulate flow of capital, technology and personnel from India to Romania and vice versa. The release added that it also provides tax stability and reduces any obstacles in providing mutual cooperation between the two countries.

The two sides also signed a document to enhance political dialogue, more frequent inter-governmental …
Naresh --

The middle class got hit last Friday, and it didn't have to happen.

Congress failed to compromise -- with some Republicans insisting on protecting tax loopholes for the wealthiest Americans (seriously). Because of it, a series of devastating budget cuts known as the sequester are now in effect.

Americans across the country are feeling the consequences, from teachers to air traffic controllers to parents with kids in Head Start. We're talking about funding for our local fire departments and programs that feed our seniors.

This isn't a game -- and Congress needs to hear it from the people they represent. They can put an end to these cuts right now.

Here's a quick and simple action that you can take right now to send a message that members of Congress -- and everyone else -- can't ignore.

Tweet at Rep. Israel right now and say you're standing with him in fighting for a balanced approach to the budget, not drast…

Chenu,Ciao Ciao,two Asian projects are in this year's Atelier

Chenu,Ciao Ciao,two Asian projects are in this year’s Atelier March 8, 2013 Two Asian projects are among the 15 new works selected to take part in this year’s Atelier, part of the Cannes Film Festival’s Cinefondation. Chinaese, Ciao Ciao by Song Chuan. From India, Chenu and film-maker Manjeet SINGH will participate. Details of the projects will be disclosed at the beginning of April.
The programme aims to stimulate creative film-making and encourage a new generation of talent. It offers its participants access to international co-production. So far, out of 126 projects presented over the last eight years, 83 have been completed and 29 are currently in pre-production.
Obama signs Violence Against Women Act US President Barack Obama has signed into law the new Violence Against Women Act, which he termed "very important" and representing the positive progress of the country.

"One of the great legacies of this law is that it didn't just change the rules; it changed our culture. It empowered people to start speaking out. It made it okay for us, as a society, to talk about domestic abuse," Obama said on Thursday on the occasion of the signing ceremony. "It made it possible for us, as a country, to address the problem in a real and meaningful way. It made clear to victims that they always had a place to go and they always had people on their side," said the US President. Originally passed in 1994 and reauthorised since, the Act provides support for organisations that serve domestic violence victims. Criminal prosecutions of abusers are generally the responsibility of local authorities, but the Act stiffe…

Syria rebels seize 21 UN peacekeepers

Syria rebels seize 21 UN peacekeepers
Syrian rebels seized some 21 UN peacekeepers in the Golan Heights ceasefire zone between Syria and Israel and took total control of the key northern city of Raqa, as UN officials on Thursday said negotiations were under way with rebels.

Syrian rebels on Wednesday abducted the peacekeepers, who are from the Philippines, diplomats said, as the frontiers of their war against President Bashar al-Assad spread further. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon called for their "immediate" release and demanded the Syrian government and rebels respect their "freedom of movement and security". The UN said it was trying to negotiate the release of the soldiers, while a rebel spokesman said the troops would be held until Assad's forces pull back from a Golan village. Officials in Manila urged the troops, who are part of a 300-strong Filipino peacekeeping unit, to be released immediately. Philippine armed forces spokesman Colonel Ar…
EU and Thailand launch negotiations for Free Trade AgreementBY SAGARMEDIA ON MARCH 7, 2013
On 6 March 2013, European Commission President, José Manuel Barroso, and the Thai Prime Minister, Yingluck Shinawatra, launched negotiations for a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the European Union and Thailand. EU Trade Commissioner De Gucht and the Thai Minister of Commerce Boonsong had met the day before to formally agree on the start of negotiations. The ambition is to conclude a comprehensive agreement covering tariffs, non-tariff barriers and other trade related issues, such as services, investment, procurement, regulatory issues, competition, and sustainable development.
The launch of FTA negotiations marks an important step in EU-Thai relations, already strengthened by a Partnership and Cooperation Agreement. The first negotiating round is expected to take place before the summer break.
Thailand is the EU’s third largest trading partner inside ASEAN and the EU is Thailand’s third lar…

EIB and BCR continue to support SMEs, midcaps and municipalities in Romania

The European Investment Bank (EIB) and Banca Comerciala Romania S.A. (BCR) signed a further EUR 50 million loan agreement to finance projects to be carried out by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), midcap companies and public entities in Romania. 
The EIB loan will co-finance projects contributing towards regional development and the productivity of SMEs and midcap companies in Romania involved in industry and services. Energy efficiency investments carried out by SMEs will also receive grant support from the European Commission (EC) under the SME Finance Facility Energy Efficiency Window, which provides for cooperation between the EIB and the EC to reduce CO2 emissions in construction and industry.
Mr Mihai Tanasescu, EIB Vice-President responsible for Romania, commented: “It is an EIB priority to improve the access of SMEs, midcap companies and municipalities to long term finance and contribute to strengthening of their competitiveness. At the same time, EIB fund…
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Union Tourism Minister Shri K Chiranjeevi has said that a proposal to extend visa on arrival facility to the tourists from Germany is under active consideration of the Government of the India. Inaugurating India pavilion at International Tourism Bourse (ITB) at Berlin, Germany today he said “Germany is an important source market for India. During the year 2011, over 240 thousand German tourists visited India and we are looking forward to further increasing the tourist traffic between the two countries.” The Minister said, the foreign tourist arrivals to India constitute only 0.64% of the World Tourist Arrivals and foreign exchange earnings account for 1.61% of the World Tourism Receipts. He said, “This is a matter of concern for all of us in the Ministry. Our endeavour is to increase India’s share to 1% of the World Tourist Arrivals by 2016”. Shri Chiranjeevi said today India has evolved itself as a round the year de…
Nine people traveling small airplane were killed Wednesday, the workers for a Peruvian mining company, Marsa, in the crash  carrying mining company personnel in northwestern Peru, a regional police chief told media .

Police authorities said,seven passengers and two crew members died in the accident, which was due to bad weather and their getting hung up in a high-tension cable, Colonel Roger Torres Mendoza, the police chief of La Libertad region.

The plane's wreckage was located in a ravine alongside a highway in the northwestern region.
The passengers workers for a Peruvian mining company, Marsa, owns a gold mine in the region
Tharoor: Ministry finalizes National Policy on ICT in school education & ICT curriculum for students teachers

Minister of State for Human Resource Development Dr Shashi Tharoor has said his ministry has finalized the National Policy on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in school education and ICT curriculum for students and teachers.

He gave this information in a written reply in the Lok Sabha today. He said an exemplar Model Bid Document has been prepared for effective application of the ICT in Schools scheme under which 2 crore 38 lakh students were covered during the last three years.
HP leads the Personal Computing market in India with 16.5% market share in Q4 2012

March 6, 2013, New Delhi:  Hewlett-Packard is India’s No.1 PC brand with a 16.5% market share in Q4 2012. This is as per the latest data released by IDC, a leading provider of global IT research and advice. HP has regained the overall top position in Q4 2012 with a market share gain of 3.5% on a year-on-year basis. Vinay Awasthi, Senior Director – Product Category, PPS, Hewlett-Packard India said, “HP’s position as No. 1 yet again is a testament to the trust that our customers place in HP’s innovation, rich product portfolio and an unmatched support infrastructure. We take this opportunity to reconfirm our commitment to continue elevating their experiences by offering the very best in notebooks and desktops, backed by the HP’s support promise. We are also confident that 2013 will be a successful year for us and we will live up to our customer…
CM of UP, ED OBC lighting the lamp in Branch at Kannauj, U PPosted on March 6, 2013 Shri Bhupinder Nayyar, ED, Oriental Bank of Commerce lighting the lamp during the inauguration of Bank’s Branch at Kannauj, Uttar Pradesh in the presence of Hon’ble Chief Minister, Uttar Pradesh Shri Akhilesh Yadav, Hon’ble MP, Kannauj Smt. Dimple Yadav and Smt. Sushma Nayyar W/O Shri Bhupinder Nayyar.
Dr. Martin Kuba Czech Minister of Industry and Trade to visit IndiaMarch 6, 2013
Visit of Minister of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic Dr. Martin Kuba to India, March 11 – 15, 2013
Minister of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic H.E. Mr. Martin Kuba will embark on the historically biggest trade mission of the Czech Republic, which consists of 100 members, to India on March 11 – 15, 2013. Minister Martin Kuba will meet with several ministers and business representatives and inaugurate Czech-India business forums during his visit. Moreover, in Mumbai he will inaugurate together with Commerce Minister H.E. Mr. Anand Sharma the “India Engineering Sourcing Show” (IESS) 2013, to which the Czech Republic is a proud partner country this year.
In Delhi, Mr. Martin Kuba is planning to meet his counterpart, H.E. Mr. Anand Sharma, Minister of Commerce, Industry and Textile, and also other ministers covering a vast portfolio of bilateral interest, such as the area of heavy…

Bitzer Announces Plans to Expand Operations in India

New Delhi, March 06, 2013. Bitzer, the worlds’ largest private compressor manufacturer has announced that it is expanding its operations in India. The BITZER Group is the world’s largest independent manufacturer of refrigeration compressors with sales companies and manufacturing facilities for reciprocating, screw and scroll compressors and pressure vessels all over the globe.
Bitzer has been present in India since 2007 through a 100% owned Bitzer subsidiary - BITZER India Pvt. Ltd. It has developed an enviable reputation as a reliable supplier of its compression products to major OEM’s in India like Blue Star,  Voltas, CIAT India, Climiveneta, Motherson Group, Panasonic India, Ingersoll Rand, Reynold India. In addition it serves clients like BPCL, Indian Oil, Reliance Industries, Maruti Suzuki, Taj Hotel, Hotel Leela, Radisson Hotel, Wal-Mart, Birla Retail, Reliance Energy, NTPC, Bharat Electronics , Indian Navy and Coast Guard through its offices in Mumbai and New Delhi. The activit…
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has died at the age of 58 following a two-year battle against cancer,with  a severe respiratory infection. His  demise raises questions about the future of the oil-rich South American rich country.  President of Venezuela died on Tuesday afternoon, Vice President Nicolas Maduro has announced. "It's a moment of deep pain," he said, accompanied by senior ministers.  Foreign Minister Elias Jaua has announced in televised comments that Maduro will assume the interim presidency. Elections are to be held in 30 days, he added.  The country’s military chiefs appeared live on state television to pledge their loyalty to Maduro, whom Chavez had named as his preferred successor.

Venezuelan opposition leader Henrique Capriles, whom Chavez defeated in last year’s elections, has called for national unity in the wake of the president’s death.  "My solidarity is with the entire family and followers of President Hug…
New Interface Features Cards, Feeds and Boards;Makes It Easy to See Insights, Collaborate with Your Teams and Take Action SALT LAKE CITY, Adobe Summit, The Digital Marketing Conference — March 6, 2013 Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today unveiled an innovative new UI for Adobe® Marketing Cloud that surfaces data and insights to marketers and business  leaders so they can easily gauge the impact of their marketing dollars.  The company also announced that Adobe Marketing Cloud, which marketers use to understand how campaigns are performing, now links with Adobe Creative Cloud™, which agency creatives use to build and deliver those campaigns. The end result is an aligned marketing organization that can act and iterate at the speed of digital, creating more relevant experiences for customers and more value for the business. “When managing teams for creative design, advertising and analytics all under the same roof, marketers need information that paints a full picture of their …
CAG: Rs 52,000-cr farm debt waiver scheme contentious Implementation of Rs 52,000-crore farm debt waiver scheme, government auditor CAG on Tuesday said in several cases ineligible farmers were given benefit while deserving ones were left out. Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has also found instances of tampering of records and pulled up the Department of Financial Services (DFS) in the Finance Ministry for deficient monitoring of the multi-crore scheme. “Overall, the Performance Audit revealed that in …(22.32 per cent of cases test checked) there were lapses/errors which raised serious concern about the implementation of the scheme”, said the CAG report tabled in Parliament on Tuesday. The report deals with Agricultural Debt Waiver and Debt Relief Scheme (ADWDRS) 2008 under which 3.69 crore small and marginal farmers and 60 lakh other farmers were given debt relief to the extent of Rs 52,516 crore. The CAG report said in several cases “farmers who had taken loan fo…
SAB TV announces 20 year leap on FIRMarch 5, 2013 New Delhi,05 March 2013 : SAB TV’s much loved show FIR has garnered a tremendous viewer response and is all set to take an exciting 20 year leap where the lead protagonist of the show will be ‘Jwalamukhi Chautala’, played by the power packed actress, Chitrashi Rawat. The 20 year leap ensures double entertainment and action as the powerful characters such as Jwalamukhi Chautala, Gopi and Billu continue to indulge in entertaining antics while they attempt to solve cases. With the increasing crime rate in Ravanpur, the docile, innocent Jwalamukhi Chautala transforms into a fiery woman who leaves no stone unturned to stand up for the right things in life. The atmosphere in Ravanpur changes for the good after the entry of Jwalamukhi who takes over Iman Chowki with her unique style of simplicity as well as dabbang attitude.
The show produced by Edit 2 productions will air on March 16th 2013 at 9.00pm, only on SAB TV.
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राष्ट्रपति जी, बंग्लादेश में हिन्दुओं की सुरक्षा सुनिश्चित करिए: विहिप
कल (0 6 /0 3 /1 3 ) दोपहर 1 2 बजे होगा दिल्ली के जंतर मंतर पर प्रदर्शन
नई दिल्ली मार्च 5, 2013. विश्व हिन्दू परिषद ने आज केन्द्र सरकार को चेताया है कि वह पडौसी देश बंग्लादेश में हिन्दू समाज पर लगातार हो रहे प्रहारों को रोके और भारत में गैर कानूनी रूप से रह रहे करोडों बांग्लादेशियों बापस भेजे। विहिप दिल्ली के महा मत्री श्री सत्येन्द्र मोहन ने आज प्रात: देश के राष्ट्रपति श्री प्रणव मुखर्जी को भेजे पत्र में कहा कि बंग्लादेश में हिन्दू मन्दिरों व हिन्दू घरों को तोडा व जलाया जा रहा है। इसे न सिर्फ़ अबिलम्ब रोका जाए वल्कि महामहिम अपने बंग्लादेश दौरे के दौरान इस बात को भी सुनिश्चित करके आएं कि बंग्लादेश की धरती पर फ़िर कभी किसी हिन्दू धर्मावलम्बी की आस्था व जान-माल पर चोट न पहुंच सके। इसके अलावा केन्द्र की यूपीए सरकार द्वारा जिस प्रकार बंग्लादेशियों को आयातित वोट बेंक के रूप में बसाया जा रहा है उससे देश एक गंभीर खतरे की ओर बढ रहा है।
विहिप दिल्ली के मीडिया प्रमुख श्री विनोद बंसल ने बताया कि पडौसी देश में हिन्दुओं का बडे पैमाने…

In support of Save Retail Democracy Rally on 7th March at Ramlila Ground being held by the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) and Khudra FDI Virodhi Rashtriya Morcha, a joint coalition of retail stakeholders, the commercial markets in Delhi will remain closed on 7th March, CAIT National Secretary General Mr.. Praveen Khandelwal and Delhi State President Shri Narendra Madan while declaring the call of Delhi Trade Bandh highly regretted that traders are being met with step motherly treatment and the Government is working under the pressure of big corporate houses and the global powers and the acts and laws are being framed as per their convenience. The economy is under most dilapidated condition and the Government is refraining itself from exploiting the domestic resources for the reasons best known to policy makers. The Government is putting all its effor…
Hours after several policemen were killed in the port city of Mombasa, long lines of Kenyans queued from far before dawn was a common sight there as polls opened on Monday for hard-fought elections.The elections are the first since bloody post-poll violence five years ago in which over 1,100 people were killed, and observers have repeatedly warned of the risk of renewed conflict.
However, voters were standing in line several hundreds of metres long and crowded peacefully outside polling stations including capital Nairobi, the port city of Mombasa and the western town of Kisumu. People started lining up outside polling stations from as early as 4:00am to cast their vote in the historic election, with polls officially opening at 6:00am (0300GMT), although there were short delays reported in some areas. Kenyan police chief David Kimaiyo said there had been "casualties from both sides" when an armed gang ambushed police officers in Kenya…