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Putin slams sanctions

Russian President Vladimir Putin has harshly criticized fresh sanctions imposed by the European Union and the United States over the situation in Ukraine. Putin, visiting the former Soviet republic of Tajikistan on Friday, told reporters the sanctions had been imposed when the situation in Ukraine was moving towards a peaceful resolution. He said the possibility of a political resolution had existed. He claimed the sanctions are aimed at disrupting the peace process.
The European Union and the United States imposed additional sanctions against Russia’s biggest firms on Friday. They barred government-affiliated oil companies from raising capital on their markets.
Putin said Ukraine is being used as a tool for the US strategy of reviving NATO and strengthening its solidarity with satellite countries. He said Western nations are not trying to serve the interests of Ukraine.
Putin also said he is ready to take retaliatory measures. He said his government is looking only at actions that will not harm Russia’s economic interests.United States has announced more sanctions against Russia to pressure the country to observe a truce in Ukraine. US officials on Friday revealed plans to target Russia’s security, financing and energy sectors on the grounds that Moscow continues to destabilize eastern Ukraine.
The US will restrict access to US markets by major Russian arms maker Rostec. It appears set to freeze the assets of 5 defense-related enterprises.
Washington had barred Russia’s largest bank Sberbank from receiving US equity financing. It will also ban exports of technology and equipment for the production of crude oil by 5 Russian oil firms, including Gazprom in Arctic offshore and shale projects.
Tension remains high in Ukraine after the government and pro-Russian separatists agreed to a truce last week. However, sporadic fighting has continued in some areas.
The EU and the US on Friday announced additional sanctions to pressure Russia to cooperate with a fully-binding truce.
US Treasury Secretary Jack Lew released a statement that said the new sanctions will not be imposed if Russia acts to help resolve the conflict.
But he warned that should Russia choose to continue violating international law, the costs for doing so will continue to rise. White House spokesperson Josh Earnest said the Russian economy will surely pay a price after the United States further expanded its sanctions.
Earnest told reporters on Friday that the US and its allies are ready to lift some of the sanctions if Russia abides by a truce reached between Ukraine and pro-Russian separatists.

ASEM finance ministers’ meeting ends

Finance ministers from the member nations of the Asia-Europe Meeting have agreed on the need to steadily implement sound policies to achieve economic recovery in Europe.The agreement was reached at the ASEM finance ministers’ meeting in Milan, Italy, on Friday.
Delegates from 49 countries issued a statement following their discussions on the recent economic and financial developments in Europe and Asia.
The statement says with global growth remaining fragile and fraught with downside risks, economic recovery in Europe is likely to remain weak in the second half of the year.
It says steady progress in the implementation of sound economic policies is crucial for creating the conditions that lead to stronger growth.
The statement also calls for continued oversight of risks in financial markets, apparently targeting China’s shadow banking and the US Federal Reserve Board’s plan to scale back quantitative easing measures.
Japan was represented by Finance Minister Taro Aso. He reportedly explained the Japanese government’s policy to implement its growth strategies to promote overseas investment by Japanese firms and contribute to the Asian and European economies. Media agencies

Chinese court death sentence for Kunming attackers

Chinese court  sentenced three men to death for their involvement in a deadly terrorist attack at a train station in southwestern Yunnan Province in March. A female member of the group of assailants was sentenced to life in prison. Court  suspects members are of the East Turkestan Islamic Movement that seeks independence for the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.
This convict group randomly attacked people with knives at Kunming Station, leaving 31 people dead and 141 others injured.
Four of the attackers were shot dead at the station. The 4 remaining suspects were in court on Friday, charged with plotting a terrorist attack and murder.The name of one of them, a woman, indicates that she is a Uygur.
Chinese court noted that the suspects were members of the East Turkestan Islamic Movement that seeks independence for the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. It said the group was influenced by extreme religious ideology.
The court condemned them for what it said was the indiscriminate murder of many innocent people.
After handing down the death sentences, the court said the trial reflects the resolute attitude and staunch determination of the Chinese government to severely deal with violent crime.

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As with Inc. IndiaMind Your Business (MYB) will bring you a refreshing take on entrepreneurship and relentlessly focus on the country’s high-potential, fast-growing businesses. MYB is committed to relevant, insightful content for entrepreneurs building benchmark Indian companies. We will also highlight and celebrate the founders and teams that do this well.
Inc. India has for long evangelised that “good design is good business”. We have internalised that lesson as well as the belief that visual learning is more efficient and lasting – therefore our focus on design. MYBis designed for easy reading; and to showcase the faces and lives behind India’s most entrepreneurial companies. We think you’ll enjoy our visual take. We will also focus on short, practical posts packed with tips and tricks for founders always on the run. For those who enjoy reading at leisure – we have the timeless long form as well.
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Boletín de Noticias de Nueva Tribuna [13/09/2014]

Boletín de Noticias de Nueva Tribuna
Today at 4:46 AM
Boletín informativo. Sábado 13 de Septiembre 2014.
Entrevista a Pablo Iglesias entrevista a Pablo Iglesias
Orencio Osuna charla con el líder de Podemos en una entrevista que saldrá publicada este domingo.
La Comisión Europea rechaza la petición ciudadana de realizar una recogida de firmas en contra del tratado comercial UE-EEUU (TTIP)
La Iniciativa Ciudadana es una de las pocas posibilidades para que la ciudadanía tenga el derecho formal de presentar peticiones sobre los procesos de toma de decisiones de la UE que a menudo “son absolutamente antidemocráticos”, denuncia la campaña “No al Tratado Transatlántico de Comercio e Inversión”.
Juan Antonio Sacaluga: Obama y la amenaza fantasma 
Para los entusiastas de la afirmación del poder global, es necesaria una guerra más estruendosa, de las que hacen ondear banderas, acaparar titulares y alimentar programación televisiva en continuo…
Chile en el corazón
El 11 de septiembre de 1973, los militares ejecutan un golpe de estado, que dará paso a una dictadura sangrienta durante 13 años.
Una pulseada global contra los buitres
De los 193 miembros de las Naciones Unidas, los únicos países que votaron en contra fueron 11: EEUU, Australia, Canadá, República Checa, Finlandia, Alemania, Hungría, Irlanda, Israel, Japón e Inglaterra.
Del gueto de Varsovia al de la Franja de Gaza
La historia del gueto judío de Varsovia es una de las grandes ignominias sufridas por la humanidad.   Perpetrado por el fanatismo de los nazis…
Los albores del socialismo noruego
Para conocer el movimiento obrero y el laborismo noruegos hay que comenzar estudiando a una personalidad del siglo XIX, Marcus Thrane.
Política | Economía
La deuda pública española supera el billón de euros
La deuda de las administraciones públicas alcanzó nuevo récord en el segundo trimestre del año al sumar 1.012.643 millones de euros, lo que supone el 98,9% del PIB.
La recuperación de salarios y del SMI es la mejor receta frente a la amenaza de la deflación
Es inaplazable una mejora significativa del salario mínimo interprofesional que le permita recuperar el poder adquisitivo y alcanzar los 750 euros al final de la legislatura
El reto ecológico de la economía
Las cifras son de impresión: en el siglo XX, la población humana se ha multiplicado por 4, la actividad económica por 17, el consumo de energía por 13 y la población urbana total también por 13.
Vicenç Navarro: ¿Ha fracasado el socialismo? 
El enorme dominio de las fuerzas conservadoras y neoliberales en el mundo intelectual, mediático y político explica la percepción…
“La recuperación económica evoluciona de manera desesperadamente lenta”
La caída de los precios y el estancamiento de las ventas del comercio, incertidumbres para la recuperación de la economía, recuerda María José Landaburu, Secretaria General de UATAE.
El Gobierno solo quiere jóvenes amordazados
Se ha dado el paso para suprimir el Consejo de la Juventud de España tras agotar un año de negociaciones con el gobierno.
Volverán los oscuros libros de texto de tu mochila su peso a colgar
El mercado de libros de texto es un claro ejemplo de oligopolio.
De federalismos inverosímiles
Otoño de 2014 se presenta como un momento decisivo para el futuro de la sociedad catalana y española.
Lo sabemos todo sobre ti
Hay grandes compañías muy interesadas en recoger, organizar y vender la huella que dejamos a nuestro paso por internet.
“El ciudadano es humillado lingüísticamente de forma permanente”
Por Emma Rodríguez | Un ahogado es “un inconsciente del mar”. Un bloguero: “un ocioso atareadísimo”. Un anciano: “un joven que ha tenido paciencia” y un presidente: “un individuo elegido entre los diversos candidatos que no representan a sus electores”…
Está recibiendo este boletín tras solicitar este servicio a través de la web de Nuevatribuna. En cualquier momento puede modificar o cancelar su suscripción accediendo a esta dirección.
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सूचना एवं प्रसारण मंत्री ने कहा सम
Sep 12 at 8:02 PM
Friday 12 September 2014
सूचना एवं प्रसारण मंत्री ने कहा समय पर पूरी हो जाएगी डिजिटाइजेशन प्रक्रिया
केबल टीवी डिजिटाइजेशन को लेकर सूचना एवं प्रसारण मंत्री प्रकाश जावड़ेकर ने भरोसा दिलाया है कि डिजाटाइजेशन की प्रक्रिया समय पर पूरी कर ली जाएगी…

चुनाव की तारीखों के ऐलान से आज तक में खुशी की लहर, तेरह को तय थी महाराष्ट्र पंचायत
हरियाणा और महाराष्ट्र में चुनावों की तारीखों के ऐलान से पटाखे वाले काफी खुश हैं, क्योंकि नतीजे 19 अक्टूबर को आएंगे और दीवाली 23 अक्टूबर की है…

‘प्रधान संपादक’ बने इस बड़े बिल्डर के खिलाफ जारी हुआ गैर जमानती वारंट…
आगरा से निकलने वाले हिंदी दैनिक अखबार पुष्प सवेरा के प्रधान संपादक और शहर के…

I&B मिनिस्टर प्रकाश जावड़ेकर ने तेलुगू टीवी चैनलों से प्रतिबंध हटाने का दिया आश्वासन
सूचना एवं प्रसारण मंत्री प्रकाश जावड़ेकर ने तेलंगाना के दो तेलुगू टीवी चैनलों से जल्द ही प्रतिबंध हटाने के लिए आवश्यक कदम उठाए जाने का आश्वासन दिया है…

गोरा रंग करने वाले विज्ञापनो का प्रसारण बंद करें चैनल, नहीं तो कार्रवाई के लिए रहें तैयार
सूचना एवं प्रसारण मंत्रालय ने सभी चैनलों को भ्रामक और झूठे विज्ञापनों का प्रसारण नहीं करने की हिदायत दी है…

‘नन्हें मेहमान’ की दस्तक से लाइव बुलेटिन पढ़ रहे एंकर्स सीट से उछले…
न्यूज स्टूडियो का माहौल अमूमन काफी शांत और गंभीर होता है लेकिन क्या आपने न्यूज स्टूडियो में कुछ ऐसा देखा है…

दुनिया को अलविदा कह गए वरिष्ठ पत्रकार उदित साहू
उदित साहू के नाम से ख्यात वरिष्ठ पत्रकार एवं साहित्यकार कामता प्रसाद साहू अब इस दुनिया में नहीं रहे…

ट्विटर पर सबसे पहले ‘सत्यमेव जयते’ का एक्सक्लूसिव प्रोमो होगा रिलीज
स्टार प्लस एक बार फिर अपना लोकप्रिय शो’सत्यमेव जयते’ का तीसरा सीजन लेकर आ रहा है…

अपने पाठकों को सोहा अली खान से मिलाएगा ‘मिड-डे’
मिड-डे अखबार ने अपने पाठकों के लिए एक रोचक कंटेस्ट शुरू किया है। इस कंटेस्ट के तहत विजेता पाठक को 17 सितंबर को अपने पसंदीदा अभिनेता…

इनोवेशन यानी नवीनता के आधार पर ही विज्ञापन का विकास हुआ है। डिजिटल के लिए भी कोई दूसरी कहानी नहीं हो सकती है…
जब से नरेंद्र मोदी को प्रधानमंत्री पद का उम्मीदवार घोषित किया गया था, तभी…



Sweden launched  healthcare fora in India to promote sustainable professional practices in the healthcare sector. This Swedish Life Science and Healthcare Platform aims to collaborate with the country’s health sector in a strong and sustainable manner.
Swedish Life Science and Healthcare Platform is a forum for discussion on issues related to healthcare sector. There effort to bring together companies, consultants and organizations connecting healthcare providers, regulatory agencies, industry, research institutions and faculties of education to explore and make use of synergies. Healthcare platform is supported by the embassy of Sweden in India, the consulate general of Sweden in Mumbai and has leading Swedish healthcare companies like Bactiguard, Hemocue and Molnlycke Health Care on board.
Furthermore it is an amalgamation of ideas within the Swedish model of healthcare – Symbiocare, Health by Sweden and best practices in India. The structure of the platform is built on the triple-helix model, an active interplay between government, academia and private enterprise, a statement by Swedish embassy said.
Swedish ambassador to India Harald Sandberg said,”It is a start, and we will engage all the stakeholders to meet the challenges of healthcare in India. We will act as a facilitator.” He said in partnership  the two countries,“Health is an important area where India and Sweden have growing interest and there is a mutual intention to strengthen the bilateral ties and form strategic alliances.” This forum  launched to  strengthen the existing memorandum of understanding in the field of healthcare and public health between the two countries signed in 2009.
Media agencies

Hong Kong Disneyland will showcase a Whole New Light

Hong Kong Disneyland will showcase a Whole New Light at Nighttime this Coming Fall/Winter
The all-new “Disney Paint the Night” parade beginning in October with a variety of festivities will allow guests the opportunity to experience the Park in a new perspective
Mumbai, September 2014:  From October to December, guests visiting Hong Kong Disneyland at nighttime will see the Park in a whole new light. The brand new “Disney Paint the Night” parade starting from October 1, together with “Disney Haunted Halloween” and “Disney Sparkling Christmas”, will amaze and mesmerize our guests as light creates vibrancy, mystery and romance at the Park.
“Disney Paint the Night”, a first ever fully LED parade created by Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, is a state-of-the-art, vibrant wonder that immerses many of our classic Disney and Pixar stories in magical, luminescent worlds. Disney Paint the Night features seven original floats containing over 740,000 individual lights. This fantastical parade will bring to life guests’ favorite Disney and Disney∙Pixar stories in unexpected and thrilling ways, illuminating the whole parade route every night.
New technology with imagination unleashed to wow the guests
“Disney Paint the Night” is composed of seven units of creative floats including Tinker Bell Opening Unit, Monsters Inc. Unit, Cars Unit, The Little Mermaid Unit, Belle Candlelight Unit, Toy Story Unit, Mickey & Friends Finale Unit. In this all new technologically advanced parade, Mickey is going to “paint the night” in dazzling Disney dreams of light, and with the scintillating powers of Tinker Bell’s pixie dust, Mickey and his friends create fantastic visions, which come to “light” the streets of Hong Kong Disneyland. The parade features many beloved Disney and Disney·Pixar characters, and for the first time, we have invited Lightning McQueen, Sulley and Mike to join the parade at Hong Kong Disneyland.
“The creative team spent over 2 years and developed over 1,000 scenic and lighting designs to ensure ‘Disney Paint the Night’ will ‘wow’ our guests in a totally new and innovative way. New technology coupled with unleashed imagination takes this parade to a whole new level and Hong Kong Disneyland guests will enjoy a colorful feast for their eyes.” said David Lightbody, Director of Entertainment and Costuming, Hong Kong Disneyland Resort.
From the design of the floats, props, costumes and cosmetology, to the lighting, music and choreography, innovation and strong story telling have driven the creation of “Disney Paint the Night”.
The vibrant lights feature not only on the floats, but also on Disney characters, dancers and props. More than 80 Cast Members per night are involved in presenting this never-seen-before nighttime parade.
Over 25 different styles have been applied in the design and construction of the costumes and many of them have been developed specially for this parade. Each costume has its own very sophisticated system of lighting controls. The team used new technologies in ways that have never been used on costuming before to bring a new perspective to our guests.
The talented Cosmetology team (hair, wigs and make up) at Hong Kong Disneyland has developed a new technique to create fiber optic wigs that can be styled to create a beautiful glowing effect. They also developed exquisite fiber optic eyelashes that can change color which significantly enriches the whole parade performance.
Interactivity allows Guests to immerse themselves in the experience of “Disney Paint the Night”
Interactivity is always a key to enhancing guests’ immersive experiences. There are special magic enabled merchandise items developed for the parade. The Park especially designed the all-new interactive merchandise – “Mickey Magic Paint Brush”which allows guests to interact with performers.
During two show stop moments of “Disney Paint the Night”, guests will be able to “paint the night” with the Paint Brush. It can literally change the colors of the performers’ costumes at the touch of a button. The floats can also ‘talk’ to all other magic-enabled merchandise items, including “Mickey Glow Mitt” and “Minnie Glow Bow” and change the colors of the items to give guests a chance to really become a part of the parade.
The Park has also prepared a series of specialty food and beverage options with a glowing and glittering theme to further complement this latest nighttime experience.
To further celebrate the vibrant spirit of “Disney Paint the Night”, guests can pay a visit to the Tomorrowland Bootique and to be “painted” in luminous make up by our professionals and join the dance party with DJs and an all new illuminated stage performances in the Tomorrowland Party Zone.
Lights of mystery permeate the Park during Haunted Halloween
Featuring an all-new show “Horrors of the Amazon”, “Sideshow Carnival Extraordinaire” and more ominous entertainment offerings, the Haunted Halloween footprint will spread from  Adventureland and seep into many other themed lands. Available from October 2, on every Friday to Sunday in October, guests will see a different Hong Kong Disneyland at night time as they journey through many new eerie and mysterious stories.
The all new “Horrors of the Amazon” show will be staged at the Theatre in the Wild. The show will feature local celebrity Power Chan Kwok-pong who will act as the adventurer Jonas Brisbane and narrate his thrilling tale of his adventures in the Amazon. His illustrious adventures and foreboding encounters will capture and enthrall guests. This is the very first time Hong Kong Disneyland is engaging a local celebrity as a performer in a show.
The mysterious world of lights seeps across the Park and presents a different nighttime atmosphere. In Fantasyland’s Fantasy Garden, Mickey and his friends are hosting a masquerade ball this Halloween. The popular “Sideshow Extraordinaire” in Adventureland, “Grizzly Gulch Halloween Fair”, “Graves Academy” and “Revenge of the Headless Horseman” will return this year for more haunting fun. Toy Story Land, has been invaded by more of Sid’s mutant toys including “Babyhead”, ”Ducky” and “Legs”, who have all taken up residence in an attempt to escape their ever destructive owner.
Night tickets for Disney Haunted Halloween are priced at HK$340 and will be available as of September 1.
Hong Kong Disneyland embraces Guests in the light of romance during “Disney Sparkling Christmas”
The vibrant party of lights will extend into Christmas with “Disney Sparkling Christmas”as the climax. Commencing in mid November (November 13), guests can soak up the Christmas spirit with seasonal lights and sparkling ornaments in which will decorate the entire Main Street, U.S.A.
Frozen, the highest grossing animated film of all time, will become one of the highlights of this season. Frozen’s Queen Elsa and Princess Anna have arrived and are eager to meet guests in Hong Kong Disneyland for the first time. In addition, a series of Frozen-themed merchandise items and food and beverage options are the perfect complement to this snowy Disney experience.
To celebrate the holiday season, Duffy will also introduce his friend Shellie May for her first appearance at Hong Kong Disneyland, to share their friendship during this romance filled season, along with an array of new and exclusive themed merchandise items.
“Through the ‘Disney Paint the Night’ nighttime spectacular and special seasonal events during this coming fall and winter period, we are inviting guests to explore a never-before-seen experience of vibrant lights and to immerse themselves into a Disney night that is beyond imagination,” concluded David Lightbody. “The nighttime enjoyment continues after the parade as guests enjoy the climax of their evening by viewing ‘Disney in the Stars’ Fireworks Spectacular.”

AAP MLAs to contribute Rs 20 lakh each for Kashmir flood relief fund


AAP MLAs to contribute Rs 20 lakh each for Kashmir flood relief fund

From: Media Cell AAP <> Fri, 12 Sep ’14 4:34p
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The Aam Aadmi Party has decided all its 27 Delhi MLAs will contribute Rs 20 lakh each for the Kashmir flood relief from their MLA development fund.
The party has decided that all its MLAs will collectively contribute Rs 5.40 crore in the Kashmir relief fund.
The guidelines issued for MLAs in 2012 allow each member to request for releasing upto Rs 35 lakh every year for providing relief to the victims of natural disasters and natural calamities, from their MLA Local Area Development Scheme.
The decision was taken after AAP MLAs expressed concern on the flood situation in Kashmir, where thousands of those marooned have been without food and water, and despite major relief and rescue operations by the armed forces, family members living outside the state have not been able to contact their near and dear ones in the Kashmir valley.
AAP units in different parts of the country are collecting relief material and donations from the public to be sent to the flood affected areas and are in touch with several NGOs engaged in sending relief material.
The party’s Jammu and Kashmir unit has informed there is acute shortage of emergency articles which can be used by flood-hit people ranging for water bottles to packed food items like biscuits and dry milk powder and immediate first aid kits.
The party appeals to all its volunteers across the country to actively participate in the collection and sending of relief material for the flood-hit people.
AAP Media cell

Film Screening at the Italian Cultural Institute – 7:00 pm, Wednesday,17 September

Film Screening at the Italian Cultural Institute – 7:00 pm, Wednesday,17 September 2014
Cultural Program
Undisclosed Recipients
Today at 1:44 PM
Le regioni d’Italia al cinema/ Italian Regions in Cinema
Dal libro al cinema/From Book to Film
13 Agosto / August – 17 Dicembre / December 2014
Tutti i mercoledì / Every Wednesday @ 19.00

Mercoledi/Wednesday, 17 Settembre/ 17th September @19.00

Dal libro al cinema: GIOVANNI VERGA
From Book to Film:     GIOVANNI VERGA

MALAVOGLIA / The house by the Medlar Tree
Drammatico / Drama
2010, 94 min.
Regista / Director: Pasquale Scimeca
Le alterne vicende di una famiglia di pescatori siciliani costretti a combattere per la sopravvivenza contro ogni tipo di avversità./The alternate happenings of a Sicilian fishermen family forced to fight for survival against every adversity.

Venue: Tessitori HallItalian Cultural Institute, New Delhi
Entry Free: For security reasons please show your valid Photo Identity Card.
For more information, please visit our

Italian Embassy Cultural Centre
50- E, Chandragupta Marg (Entry from Nyaya Marg)
Chanakyapuri, New Delhi – 110 021
Phone: 0091-11-26871901/03/04

Recent initiatives and Proposals by Ministry of Commerce and Industry


Merchandise exports registering double digit growth for the month of May and June (12.4% and 10.22% respectively) and 7.33% for July, 2014;  positive trade balance for services exports; timelines for completion of activities relating to SEZs developers and units; procedural simplification measures in DGFT are some of the key initiatives undertaken by Ministry of Commerce & Industry during the recent times.
The year 2013-14 was full of challenges and opportunities. A series of international events including the impact of Euro Zone Crisis and the global slowdown had a major impact on our economy and exports. While the global environment still remains challenging, policy action in India has been repositioned so as to better tackle the negative impact of external shocks.  The growth momentum and export competitiveness has picked up as government has instilled greater confidence among businesses. The improved outlook and pro-active policy environment will help boost exports and bring India on the trajectory of greater economic growth.
During the FY2014, total value of exports was US $ 465.90 billion with Merchandise and Services Exports comprising of US$ 314.40 billion and US $ 151.5 billion respectively. The target for total exports for year 2014-15, is US $ 500 billion with Merchandise and Services Exports expected to be US $ 340 billion and US $ 160 billion respectively. As per the current rankings, India is the 19th largest exporter (with a share of 1.7%) and 12th largest importer (with a share of 2.5%) of merchandise trade in the world. In Commercial Services, India is the 6th largest exporter (with a share of 3.3%) and 7th largest importer (with a share of 2.9%).India’s share in world trade (Merchandise and Services) has increased from 1.77% in 2008 to 2.27% in 2013. Our goal is to raise this to 3.5% by 2018-19.
According to the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, the New Foreign Trade Policy (FTP) (2014-19) would include strategy, goals, road maps and timeframe for increasing exports.
This would be comprehensive and composite, focusing on: products which are winners and potential winners, targeted global engagements, branding and packaging measures etc.

Snapshot of key initiatives undertaken by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry:

1.            Trade promotion and reforms:

  • Reduction in transaction costs through initiatives for simplification of documents and procedures, which includes re-alignment, redrafting and synchronisation of paragraphs in all Chapters of FTP/HBP to bring in more clarity, rationalize the number in Schemes (Chapter-3) and to ensure that provisions are placed in an orderly manner.

  • Digitization of various processes, wherein proposal to do inter-ministerial consultations online is made so that exporters can file their applications on the DGFT website. Discontinuation of printing and issuing of all authorisation is also proposed to make a paperless transaction in reality.

  • As part of the capacity building of new entrepreneurs `You tube’ channel of DGFT had been launched recently in respect of (a) how to obtain an IEC number and (b) how to view/print e-BRC. Proposals in respect of online Training Programme for new entrepreneurs; how to apply for Certificate of Origin- Non-preferential/preferential; how file Shipping Bill for exports etc. are also made.

2. India’s strong stand in the WTO – India has taken a leadership role to rectify the imbalance in the Bali package implementation process and prevent the development being subverted again and to ensure a permanent solution on public stockholding for food security to correct a longstanding injustice in WTO rules. 

3. Extensive review of Special Economic Zones for re-energizing manufacturing-led export -Governance reforms in SEZs viz. prescription of time limits for disposal of various activities related to SEZ Developers/Units; digitization and standardization of procedures, harmonization of rules, decisions on modification of MAT & DDT and the dual use of infrastructure in non-processing areas, extension of Customs ICEGATE system to the SEZ framework are being actively pursued.

4.  For Mainstreaming of States in trade - Government of India has requested the State Governments to develop an Export Strategy.

5Plantations - Relating to plantations an insurance based scheme being evolved for stabilization of prices of four plantation crops (Tea, Coffee, Rubber and Spices) and a National Policy for rubber sector being formulated. Several other measures are also in active consideration.

6. Process initiated by government to enhance export of items from the Defence sector –This includes raising FDI limit from 26% to 49% in defence sector, creation of HS codes for items in this sector, fastracking of applications, listing of munitions etc.

7. Forging stronger relationships in our immediate neighborhood – Greater economic integration has been achieved in South Asia . Besides, a line of credit of US $ 1 billion has been offered to Bhutan . A more focused direction would be given to the utilisation of FTAs and to establish new approaches to preferential trading with Latin America, CIS region and Africa . Government will also strategies global trade engagements to conclude trade pacts, where negotiations are in various advance stages, such as with EU, PERU/Columbia, COMESA, RCEP, MERCOSUR, Russia, China, US.

8.  Initiatives for Africa – This includes Trade Ministers and Business Councils meet and building African capacities through supporting education and capacity building institutions.

9. E-procurement –   An ambitious programme for e-procurement in States to be supported.

10. Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives through PSUs –Instructions had been issued by the Department of Commerce to PSUs to take up the issue of better sanitary facilities in schools under CSR.

11. Mainstreaming of Services Exports – Focused action and reforms to increase exports of Business, Professional, Tourism, Health Care and Logistic Services, R&D, Consulting, Printing and Publishing, Telecom, Construction, Educational, Entertainment Services and an attempt for greater liberalisation of Services in the WTO.

12. Project Exports - Focus on Project exports, especially to Africa, West Asia, CIS countries, ASEAN and Cambodia , Laos , Myanmar and Vietnam .

13. Improving Production Standards and Building Brand India – A mandatory standards regime to be implemented, to protect consumers and also raise the quality of merchandise produced which in turn raises the capacity to export to discerning markets.

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CWC Most Idiot Corrupt

Ravinder Singh
To and 33 more…
Today at 10:57 AM
Sunita Narain International Crook, CWC Most Idiot Corrupt
September12, 2014 (C) Ravinder Singh
Sunita Narain, CSE the international Crook appeared on TV on 11th day
since J&K flooding began and tried to Mislead People of India as
Just about a month ago and 10 days I warned Uma Bharti MoWR and Ganga
Cleaning Project and CWC Chairman Mr. Ashwin Pandya them for not
building Multipurpose Storage Dams for flood protection.
Neither Uma Bharti nor Ashwin Pandya had appeared on TV Channels to
explain the Flood Situation and Present GOI position on this Mega
Disaster. Both have not Gone on Inspection Visit so far should have
gone ahead of PM and Briefed him about the situation but shall be
active and in Control in 10 days after normalcy.
‘Ganga Basin also has 100,000 MW Hydro Power Potential, India has to
provide Flood Protection to 20 million hectare and Municipal &
Irrigation to 50 crore people in Ganga Basin’ – as told to Uma Bharti
‘Over 1000 BCM of Water goes waste to sea every year, CWC is Building
LAME DUCK Dams in Himalayas at huge cost but not providing Storage for
Water Supply post monsoon, Flood Protection to 40 million hectares,
Generate Just 39% Power of the potential at the site’ to Ashwin
Pandya, Chairman CWC.
Deputy Chairman Pakistan Planning Commission Mr. Salman Faruqui was
told when issue of Baglihar Project came up in Delhi in June2008.
‘If India Builds 20 BCM of Storage Dams in J&K, Pakistan Will Get 30
BCM of Regulated Clean Blue Water Without Silt FREE, Flood Protection
to 10 million hectare FREE, Pakistan Main Dams are Silting Up fast
their life shall be extended by 200 years FREE, Power Generation to Go
Stupid & Crook Sunita Narain- Punjab Was 50% Flood Plain
It was Most Stupid of Sunita Narain to even suggest that Srinagar has
come up in flood plain. Sunita Narain led NGOs in Opposing Dams in
Himalayas and Rain Water Harvesting on Himalaya Slopes that mainly led
to Land Slides, Uttarakhand Tragedy.
Venice, Mumbai, Kerala Towns, Haridwar, Kanpur, Allahabad, Varanasi,
Patna, Kolkata and over 50% of World Population Live in Flood Plains –
Delhi, Agra, Mathura too are built on Flood Plain of Yamuna. Punjab
(India) was 50% Flood Plain presently 85% area is under Cultivation –
including Riverbeds of Rivers Drains.
We get Floods in Delhi – Sunita too lives in Delhi because DELHI HAS
In the absence of Multipurpose Dams people get Coal Based Most
Expensive Thermal Power, Sewage & Drainage in Rivers, Contaminated &
Unfit Water Extracted from Ground Drinking etc.
Bhakra Dam = 15 Million Ponds & Check Dams
She instead PROMOTES Rain Water Harvesting in Cities & Villages than
Dam Storage Based Clean & Pure Water Supply. Bhakra Dam Stores and
Regulates 15 Million Acre.Ft of water – assuming RWH on average Stores
1 Acre.Ft of water would require 15 million structure at enormous cost
& land to match Bhakra Capacity yet RWH mostly don’t work at all.
CSE Sunita Narain ACTUALLY FAVORED TOTAL Blockage of every Drain that
feed Rivers in Rajasthan for example for over 25 Years.
Dams were built even before Roman Era and some 2000 years old Roman
Era dams are fully functional even today – Dams were built at
Strategic Location with view to Store Water above Ground blocking the
river flows and Canals distributed water to habitations by gravity.
CSE Sunita Narain promoted Most Weird Check Dams to Block River &
Drains not at Strategic Location but Exit point in Village with a VIEW
to charge it in to ground and Taken Out by Hand Pumps or Tube-wells.
Such Weird Dams Didn’t Increase Food Production BUT Dried Up Intake of
Lakes Supplying Water to Cities like JAIPUR Capital of Rajasthan.
Tehri Dam saved Many Times more people in last years Uttarkhand
Tragedy than people Displaced by the Tehri Dam. Without Tehri Dam
Haridwar and Rishikesh would have parished in floods killing tens of
Bhakra Dam has Saved Many Times More lives than people displaced and
serve 40 million people in Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan – main
beneficiaries generated over 25,000 Crore Units of Power, Regulated
over 600 million acre.fts of water in 50 plus years and shall serve
for 200years-500 years in future with storages upstream.
Srinagar Saved By Restricted Inlet to Dal Lake
Though I don’t have full technical details I had noticed Small Inlet
in to Dal Lake built by past rulers.
Without Restriction Floods would have passed Srinagar and Down Stream
towns at 5-10 times higher Velocity and totally WIPED OUT all
Dams also do the Same Function but have Large Storage Capacity to
absorb over a month of rainfall.
Dead Rainwater Harvesting – Notches in Himalayas
She DISHONESTLY promoted RWH – 99% were reported DEAD by TOI in Delhi
– She Continues to Promote RWH Shamelessly when 10 BCM water in lost
to sea every year in Monsoon in the Absence of RENUKA, LAKHWAR & VYASI
DAMS. There is Flood Protection and Delhi instead of Clean Blue Water
get Sewage and Drainage for Municipal Water Supply.
Ravinder Singh, Inventor & Consultant,
Ravinder Singh* is a WIPO awarded inventor specializing in Power,
Transportation, Water, Energy Saving, Agriculture, Manufacturing,
Technologies and Projects.

Women’s National Basketball Association


A complete schedule of all 16 events can be found below.
Sept. 22 – 23
Loyola College
Sept. 25 – 26
Royal Group of Institution
Sept. 29 – 30
Sacred Heart College, Thevara
Sept. 30 – Oct. 1
BBD University
Oct. 16 – 17
Malaviya National Institute of Technology
Oct. 27 – 28
Dhanwate National College
Oct. 30 – 31
CMR Institute of Technology
Oct. 31 – Nov. 1
St. Xavier’s College
Nov. 3 – 4
Punjab University
Nov. 6 – 7
St. Xavier’s College
Nov. 10 – 12
KIIT University
Nov. 13 – 15
Nov. 24 – 25
Nov. 27 – 29
Loyola College
Nov. 28 – 30
High Street Phoenix
Dec. 4 – 6
About the NBA:
The NBA is a global sports and media business built around three professional sports leagues: the National Basketball Association, the Women’s National Basketball Association, and the NBA Development League.  The league has established a major international presence with offices in 13 markets worldwide, games and programming in 215 countries and territories in 47 languages, and NBA merchandise for sale in more than 125,000 stores in 100 countries on 6 continents.  NBA rosters at the start of the 2013-14 season featured a record 92 international players from 39 countries and territories.  NBA Digital’s assets include NBA TV, which is available in 60 million U.S. homes, and, which recorded 26.9 billion page views during the 2013-14 season, with more than half of all visitors originating from outside of North America.  The NBA is the No. 1 professional sports league on social media, with more than 675 million likes and followers globally across all league, team, and player platforms.  Through NBA Cares, the league and its teams and players have donated more than $237 million to charity, completed more than 3 million hours of hands-on community service, and created more than 895 places where kids and families can live, learn, or play.

most important petition we’ve ever done

Ricken Patel – Avaaz
Today at 7:29 AM
Dear friends,
In days, when the UN holds an emergency summit on climate change, we need to deliver the largest petition ever for a world powered by 100% clean energy. The petition number will be read out to every world leader at the summit!Sign the petition AT LEFT with one click!
I can sincerely say this is the most important petition we’ve ever done.
Sorry for the language, but one top scientist just warned that we are all “f*cked” if global warming releases gigantic amounts of methane gas from the arctic tundra. The UN knows this is one of several catastrophic climate threats we’re facing, and is bringing world leaders to New York for a major summit on this global emergency.
Hundreds of thousands of us will take to the streets for the People’s Climate March just before the summit. Let’s make sure that on that day wedeliver the largest Avaaz petition ever, for the only solution: mobilize the world to shift to 100% clean energy. Click to sign the petition below with one click and tell everyone:
Here’s the petition:
To national, local, and international leaders:
Scientists warn us that climate change could accelerate beyond our control, threatening our survival and everything we love. We call on you to keep global temperature rise under the unacceptably dangerous level of 2 degrees C, by phasing out carbon pollution to zero. To achieve this, you must urgently forge realistic global, national and local agreements, to rapidly shift our societies and economies to 100% clean energy by 2050. Do this fairly, with support to the most vulnerable among us. Our world is worth saving and now is our moment to act. But to change everything, we need everyone. Join us.
Whether it’s the ‘arctic methane bomb’, the rapid acidification of our oceans, or apocalyptic flooding, climate change isthe biggest threat humanity is facing, and we need the biggest petition ever to meet it. If we make it massive, the number of us who sign will be read out to all leaders at the summit, published in hundreds of media articles, and be delivered by our marches worldwide.
100% clean energy is a realistic goal. Already, 20% of the world’s electricity comes from clean energy, and solar power is cheaper than coal in many countries! We just need to get our leaders to agree to put their foot on the accelerator.
We’re gearing up for the largest climate mobilization in history on September 21. Already hundreds of events are organised and hundreds of thousands of people signed up. But the events are designed to deliver our petition to decision makers. Let’s make it the largest call to action ever. Join now and tell everyone – sign the petition with one click below:
We’re all different, and beautifully diverse. But whoever and wherever we are, climate change threatens everything we love, and brings all of us together. Let’s come together now.
With hope,
Ricken, Danny, Lisa, Judy, Alex, Iain, and the rest of the Avaaz team
PS – Every signature does count! Add your voice here with a single click:
EU to beat 2020 climate targets, split over 2030 ones (Reuters)
Floods, storms and searing heat for 2050 as TV forecasters imagine climate change (Reuters)
IPCC climate change report: averting catastrophe is eminently affordable (The Guardian)
Renewable energy capacity grows at fastest ever pace (The Guardian)

Indirect Tax Revenue rises 4.6% during Apr-Aug 2014



The overall growth in indirect tax revenue collections has increased from Rs 1, 85,881crore in April-August 2013 to Rs. 1, 94,492crore during April-August 2014 registering an increase of 4.6 %. It is an achievement of 31.2 % of the Budget Estimates for 2014-15. Service Tax collections have also increased from Rs. 53,751 crore in April-August 2013 to Rs. 61,870 crore during April-August 2014 registering an increase of 15%.

Similarly, there was an increase of 0.5% in collections of Central Excise from Rs. 61,131 crore in April-August 2013 to Rs 61,415 crore during April-August 2014 and customs from Rs. 70,999 crore in April-August 2013  to Rs.71,207 crore during April-August 2014 registering an increase of 0.3% over the corresponding period in the previous year

Indirect Tax Revenue Collections                                                                                                (Rs. in crores)
Tax Head

For the month Aug
% Growth
  For the period April – August
% Growth
% of BE achieved
B.E. 2014-15
Central Excise*
Service Tax
 Source: Ministry of Finance, Government of India

Piyush Goel On The Right Track – $100b Renewable 4 Years  

Ravinder Singh
To and 33 more…
Today at 5:53 PM
Piyush Goel On The Right Track – $100b Renewable 4 Years
September12, 2014 (C) Ravinder Singh
I am glad Piyush Goel has understood the Economic Advantage of Rooftop Solar.
Simple calculation in the next Message – Rooftop Solar Power
Generation shall give over 40% Rate of Return on Investment, assure
power supply in Daylight hours when Homes, Industry, Shops, Schools &
Colleges, Agriculture, Offices all need power.
Cost of 1 KW Solar Panels with Tracking would be $1000 only but shall
generate between 2000 to 2500 Units of electricity every year – worth
around Rs.18,000 add GHG Credits @ $30 per tone – or $68 per year –
Rs.4000 avoiding T&D Investment of say Rs.3000 per Kw – On Investment
of Rs.60,000 per kw Rate of Return is Rs.25,000 annually and this is
over 40% return on Investment.
GOI may negotiate SUPPLIER CREDIT of say $20b to be repaid in four
years at Zero Interest – in less than 4 years loan Shall Be REPAID –
and then Solar Power Shall be FREE for rest of over 25 years service
Some thing Piyush Goel targeted for 5 years – Uninterrupted Power
shall be possible in 1-3 years and electricity bills shall come down
for All Users by over 50%.
Piyush Goel is assisted by Commerce Minister who has Now Refused to
impose Dumping Duty on Solar Panels imports.
With Locally developed Tracking Solar Panels – it shall create over
$75b opportunity for India MSMES.
$100b + $20b + $75b is roughly $200b which was Target of 200,000 MW in
My Campaign.
Hope 200,000 MW of Multipurpose Power and 400 BU of Energy Efficiency
Program too shall be Taken Up by Power Minister PIYUSH GOEL.
Best Wishes to Piyush Goel and Resolve to implement it Urgently.
Ravinder Singh, Inventor & Consultant,
Y-77, Hauz Khas, New Delhi-110016, India. Ph; 091- 9718280435, 9650421857
Ravinder Singh* is a WIPO awarded inventor specializing in Power,
Transportation, Water, Energy Saving, Agriculture, Manufacturing,
Technologies and Projects.
‘USD 100 bn investment likely in renewable energy in 4 years’
The government is expecting USD 100 billion investment in the
renewable energy sector in the next four years as it firms up a new
policy framework for the same.
“We expect USD 100 billion in the renewable energy sector in the next
four years,” Power, Coal and Renewable Energy Minister Piyush Goyal
said today at Economist India summit.
He also said the government expects USD 50-60 billion investment in
power transmission and distribution in the next four years.
The government is working on a renewable energy policy to attract
investments in the space by providing tax breaks and cheaper loans.
The Power Ministry is focused on providing 24×7 electricity to
households in the next five years.
Commenting on demand for imposing anti-dumping duty on solar panels at
another event, he said: “We had ambitious plans in the solar power
sector. Imposition of anti-dumping duty will kill the solar mission.
“Imposition of any such duty would have led to escalation in the
tariff from solar plants,” Goyal said at another event today.
He said domestic solar panel manufacturers have ‘suo-moto’ withdrawn
their plea for such a duty.
Imports were necessary as the domestic manufacturing had not scaled up
to a level wherein it could provide the required number for solar
mission, he said.
“We ensured within the framework of WTO to provide adequate support to
not only fulfil the current manufacturing potential but also plan for
a five year significant ramp up from what they (domestic manufactures)
have now,” Goyal added.
The Minister had earlier said domestic solar equipment manufacturing
capacity of 700-800 MW is not sufficient to meet the government’s
ambitious plans of adding more power generation capacity through
renewable energy sources.
The country’s current installed solar capacity exceeds 2,600 MW.
Earlier in May, the Ministry of Commerce under the UPA regime had
recommended imposing a restrictive duty in the range of USD 0.11-0.81
per watt on solar cells imported from the US, China, Malaysia and
Chinese Taipei in a move to protect the struggling domestic industry.
The recommendations were against the backdrop of US dragging India to
the WTO (World Trade Organisation) with respect to domestic sourcing
norms for the national solar mission.
India not to impose dumping duty on solar panels: Nirmala
India has decided not to impose anti-dumping duty on imports of solar
panels from countries like the US and China, Commerce Minister Nirmala
Sitharaman said today.“There was no notification. We allowed it (the
proposal) to lapse,” Sitharaman, who is also Minister of State for
Finance, said when asked about the government’s decision to impose
anti-dumping duty on solar cells as recommended by the Directorate
General of Anti-Dumping and Allied Duties (DGAD).
DGAD is under the administrative control of the commerce
ministry.Domestic power firms have been lobbying against the
imposition of the duty as the move would have led to rise in equipment
cost.To protect the struggling domestic industry, the Ministry of
Commerce in May had recommended imposing a restrictive duty in the
range of $0.11-0.81 per watt on solar cells imported from the US,
China, Malaysia and Chinese Taipei. The recommendations were against
the backdrop of US dragging India to the WTO (World Trade
Organisation) with respect to domestic sourcing norms for the national
solar mission.
India is of the view that its solar mission – which aims to have
20,000 MW solar capacity by 2022 – is compliant with WTO rules.Power
Minister Piyush Goyal had said domestic solar equipment manufacturing
capacity of 700-800 MW is not sufficient to meet the government’s
ambitious plans of adding more power generation capacity through
renewable energy sources.Ministry for Road Transport and Highways
Nitin Gadkari had written to Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman
opposing plan to levy of anti-dumping duty, saying this would escalate
the cost of solar power in the country.The country’s current installed
solar capacity exceeds 2,600 MW.

International news


Gunmen attacked schoolgirl campaigner Malala arrested

The Pakistani army announced Friday it had arrested the gunmen who tried to kill schoolgirl activist Malala Yousafzai in 2012. The teenage campaigner for the right of all children to an education recovered after she was shot in the head by Taliban gunmen. Ten men were detained during a joint operation involving army, police and intelligence agencies, AFP said. It came as part of the Pakistani military’s ongoing offensive against the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and other militants. The group was part of the TTP and the plan to kill Malala came from network’s current leader Maulana Fazlullah, Major General Asim Bajwa said.

Germany bans Islamic State to prevent recruitment, attacks

Germany has banned the Islamic State in order to prevent the militants from recruiting young jihadists in Germany or from using fighters returning to Europe to carry out attacks. “The terrorist organization Islamic State is a threat to public safety in Germany as well,” Reuters quoted Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere as saying. Over 400 Germans have reportedly joined IS in Iraq and Syria and about 40 have died, some in suicide attacks. More than 100 jihadists are back in Germany including “some with combat experience who have learned to hate,” the minister said.

WHO says Ebola death toll passes 2,400

The worst-ever outbreak of the Ebola virus has now killed more than 2,400 people, the World Health Organization said Friday. “As of 12 September, we are at 4,784 cases and more than 2,400 deaths,” AFP quoted the head of the UN health agency, Margaret Chan, as saying in Geneva.

US pledges $500mn humanitarian aid for people, states hit by Syria conflict

US Secretary of State John Kerry announced on Friday nearly $500 million in humanitarian aid for people and nations hit by Syria’s civil war. More than $250 million has been earmarked to assist refugees and host communities in the neighboring countries affected by the crisis, Reuters said.

More than 5,000 dead in Central African Republic violence since December

More than 5,000 people have died in sectarian violence in Central African Republic since December, AP reported, citing its own estimate. At least 5,186 people were killed in fighting between Muslims and Christians, based on a count of bodies and numbers gathered from witnesses. That’s more than double the death toll of at least 2,000 cited by the UN in April, and there has been no official count since.

India Supreme Court allows Italian marine to go home for medical treatment

A sick Italian marine detained for the 2012 killing of two fishermen can go home for medical treatment, according to India’s top court’s ruling issued on Friday. The Supreme Court agreed to give Massimiliano Latorre permission to head home after the Italian ambassador undertook to ensure that he returned to India to stand trial, AFP said.

Vietnam to allow Americans to adopt certain children

Vietnam will soon allow Americans to adopt certain Vietnamese children, six years after a ban was imposed, AP reported, citing the US Embassy. Under the new agreement, Americans will be able to adopt children with special needs and those over five. Before the ban was imposed, there were allegations of widespread baby-selling in Vietnam and babies offered without their parents’ consent.

Assange cancels modeling debut due to ‘ill health’

Julian Assange has canceled his debut at London Fashion Week due to “ill health,” the Independent reported on Thursday. The WikiLeaks founder was scheduled to model for Vivienne Westwood’s son, Ben Westwood, at a fashion show staged at the Ecuadorean Embassy. His health has caused him to postpone his LFW appearance until February 2015, according to a spokesperson for Westwood. In August, Assange said that he would soon be leaving the embassy, where he has been seeking refuge for the past two years.

Germany, Britain not to take part in airstrikes on Islamic State group in Syria

The foreign ministers of Germany and Britain said Thursday their states would not be taking part in airstrikes in Syria against the Islamic State militant group. Germany’s Frank-Walter Steinmeier said in Berlin: “To quite clear, we have not been asked to do so and neither will we do so.” Philip Hammond, in his turn, said Britain“supports entirely the US approach of developing an international coalition” against the Islamic State. However, he said the UK will not be taking part in any airstrikes in Syria. “We have already had that discussion in our parliament last year and we won’t be revisiting that position,” Reuters quoted him as saying.

Military exercise in Russia’s Far East to involve over 100,000 servicemen

More than 100,000 servicemen will be engaged in an ad hoc inspection of combat readiness of the troops of Russia’s Eastern Military District, Itar-Tass news agency said. The exercises embrace four armies, the 3rd Command of the Air Force and Air Defense Troops, the command of the Pacific Fleet and the command of Strategic and Military Transport Aviation. The inspection was ordered by President Vladimir Putin early Thursday. It envisions participation of the combat planning and control agencies of the military district, separate armies and brigades, mechanized infantry and reconnaissance units, signal corps and logistics units, ships, submarines and auxiliary maritime craft, according to General Nikolay Bogdanovsky, the chief of the inspection group.

Syrian rebels free Fijian

Vehicles carrying freed Fijian UN peacekeepers arrived in Quneitra in the Golan Heights on Thursday, the UN confirmed. The Syrian rebels from Al-Nusra Front had released all 45 Fijian soldiers who worked as UN peacekeepers in the Golan Heights. The soldiers were expected to cross from Syria into Israel, the TV channel said. All of them are reportedly safe. The UN confirmed 45 kidnapped Fijian peacekeepers had been released, AFP said.

Iraq govt welcomes Obama’s anti-jihadist strategy

Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi welcomes US President Barack Obama’s strategy against the Islamic State jihadist group, AFP said. The strategy includes air strikes and support for Baghdad’s forces to defeat the militants. “Iraq welcomes Obama’s strategy about standing with it in its war against [IS] and the terrorist groups,” Abadi’s office said in a statement on Thursday.

Oscar Pistorius cleared of murder charges

South African judge Thokozile Masipa has cleared Olympic and paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius of all murder charges, Reuters said. “Clearly he did not subjectively foresee this as a possibility that he would kill the person behind the door, let alone the deceased as he thought she was in the bedroom,” Masipa told a court and Pistorius, who broke down in tears. He could still be found guilty of culpable homicide, the equivalent of manslaughter, if Masipa believes the athlete was negligent in shooting dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp last year. The judge earlier said the state had failed to prove that Pistorius was guilty of premeditated murder.

Argentine Congress passes law to restructure debt

Argentina’s Congress gave final approval Thursday to a law proposing to restructure the country’s debt, Reuters said. The move is aimed at skirting a US court ruling that tipped the country into its second default in 12 years. The bill had already been approved last week by the country’s Senate. The law enables Argentina to make payments on its foreign-held bonds locally, or elsewhere beyond the reaches of the US court. Investors are also being pushed to move their Argentine debt from the US to a new jurisdiction.

Yemen govt, Houthis sign deal to end crisis

Yemen’s government and Shiite Muslim Houthi rebels signed an agreement Thursday to end a crisis that has seen weeks of protests, Reuters said. Houthi demonstrators have been blocking the main road to the capital Sanaa’s airport and holding sit-ins for weeks at ministries in an attempt to oust the government and restore fuel subsidies. A member of the government’s negotiating team said that the agreement includes a further reduction of fuel prices and the formation of a new government.

Nigeria launches attacks against Boko Haram

Nigeria’s military launched ground and air offensives against Boko Haram to recapture the northeastern town of Michika, AFP reported, citing witnesses. The town fell to the jihadist militants over the weekend. Hundreds of troops aided by military jets have been pounding Boko Haram positions in Michika in Adamawa state since Sunday, residents of nearby towns and villages said. A huge military contingent has been deployed in Mararrabar Vimtim village, 20km outside Michika, to prevent any rebels slipping out of the town and heading towards the main commercial hub of Mubi.

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford hospitalized with tumor

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, the Canadian who became known worldwide for his antics battling addiction, was admitted to a hospital on Wednesday after complaining of abdominal pains for three months, and has been diagnosed with a tumor. His doctor said they will do a biopsy this week to determine whether the tumor is malignant and whether it has spread. Ford is in the middle of a campaign for re-election. His brother, upset at the news, wouldn’t comment to reporters on whether they would suspend the campaign. Ford had a tumor removed from his appendix in 2009, and his father – also a politician – died of colon cancer in 2006, according

August 2014 CPI inflation at 7.8%


Dear All,

(Rural India inflation stands at 8.3% in August 2014 as compared to 8.4% in July 2014 and Urban India inflation stands at 7% in August 2014 as against 7.4% in July 2014)

The all India general CPI (Combined) for August 2014 stands at 7.8% as compared to 7.9% in July 2014. The inflation rates for rural and urban areas for August 2014 are 8.3% and 7% as compared to 8.4% and 7.4% respectively, for July 2014.

        Consumer Price Index (combined)                                                                                                                           CPI Inflation (combined)                                                                                       (in %)
   Source: PHD Research Bureau, compiled from MOSPI                                                                                             Source: PHD Research Bureau, compiled from MOSPI

Rate of inflation during August 2014 is high in fruits at 24.27%, vegetables at 15.15%, Milk and products at 11.70%, Condiments and spices at 9.36% and Clothing, bedding and footwear at 8.53%.

      All India annual inflation rates (%) for August 2014 and July 2014
Annual inflation rate (August 2014)
Annual inflation rate (July 2014)
Milk and products
Clothing, bedding and footwear
Oils and fats
Fuel and light
Condiments and spices
Non-alcoholic beverages
Egg, fish and meat
Prepared meals etc
Pulses and products
Food and beverages
Cereals and products
Sugar etc
General Index (All Groups)
      Source: PHD Research Bureau, compiled from MOSPI

Consumer Price Index for the month of August 2014 for rural, urban and combined stood at 146.7, 143.0 and 145.1, respectively.

     Index rural area vis-à-vis urban area
    Source: PHD Research Bureau, compiled from MOSPI.

In addition to this, Consumer Food Price Indices (CFPI) of August 2014 for rural, urban and combined stands at 152.0, 152.3 and 152.1 respectively. Provisional annual inflation rate based on all India CFPI (Combined) for the month of August 2014 stands at 9.42% as compared to 9.36% for previous month of July 2014. The corresponding provisional inflation rates for rural and urban areas for August 2014 are 9.83% and 8.40% respectively as against 9.78% and 8.45% respectively in August 2014.

Importance of dialogue between public and private sectors to realise ASEAN integration

ASEAN Business Club Forum highlights importance of dialogue between public and private sectors to realise ASEAN integration

ASEAN Business Club Forum 2014
12 September 2014


SINGAPORE, 12 September 2014 – More than 300 leaders from top businesses from across the ASEAN region converged at the ASEAN Business Club (ABC) Forum 2014 on September 8 and 9 to tackle trade and industry issues and support the implementation of one ASEAN Economic Community (AEC).

The critical consideration derived from the forum was the readiness of governments and ASEAN member states for an integrated economic region under the AEC and the role that ASEAN business leaders can play to accelerate these efforts and harness ASEAN’s potential. 

In his opening address, ASEAN Business Club Forum Chairman and Group CEO of AirAsia Tan Sri Tony Fernandes stressed the importance of co-operation between the public sector and businesses in the region as well as a stronger ASEAN secretariat in order to capitalise on ASEAN’s progress. 

“We need to help the lawmakers facilitate businesses and not impede their growth.”

The Guest of Honour at the forum was The Honourable Lim Hng Kiang, Minister of Trade & Industry. Echoing the Chairman’s remark, he emphasised the need for eliminating non-tariff barriers as an essential element of a prosperous and fully integrated ASEAN nation.

“ASEAN is not only about inter-government discussions. Businesses play a critical role in telling us where the barriers to trade lie and where the bottlenecks in our regional and global value chains are.”

The Hon. Dr. Kan Zaw, Union Minister for National Planning and Economic Development of Myanmar also Chairman of ASEAN Economic Ministers’ Meeting 2014 echoed the importance of the private sector’s role.

“I consider one of the most promising aspects for our future is ASEAN’s engagement with the business sector. As the engine of economic growth, businesses are well-positioned to provide important feedback to policymakers on the effectiveness of our interventions.”

In a similar format as the inaugural Network ASEAN Forum last year, the two-day forum saw another six Lifting-The-Barriers Roundtables, a sector specific analysis of the current trade barriers and bottlenecks impeding an integrated market.

The targeted sectors this year were Legal & Tax, championed by ZICOlaw and EY, Automotive & Manufacturing championed by Jardine Cycle & Carriage and AAPICO, Financial Services & Capital Markets, headed by CIMB and DBS, Minerals, Oil & Gas by SapuraKencana & Ilthabi Rekatama, Food & Beverage Industry spearheaded by FIA & AFBA, and Retail, championed by Lippo Group & IMI. The discussion points stemming from the forum will then be incorporated into Lifting-The-Barriers reports, a set of white papers, which will be submitted to the relevant ASEAN policy bodies.

Independent research partners Frost & Sullivan, AT Kearney, ZICOlaw, Ernst & Young, Bain & Company, Accenture and Food Industry Asia are spearheading research for the reports.

“We need to take stock of and tackle the non-tariff-barriers, which are the real inhibitors of ASEAN integration and submit to the governments, in particular Malaysia – the Chair of ASEAN 2015,” said Dato’ Sri Nazir Razak, Chairman of CIMB Group.

In conclusion, Tan Sri Dr. Munir Majid, chairman of CIMB ASEAN Research Institute, which organized Forum said there is a need to form a specialist industry groups to push forward greater Asean economic integration

“Governments have to get serious about private sector participation in building the AEC. The private sector has to get effectively organized to lend their ideas and support to the process. There are shortcomings on both sides. A well structured, professional and specialized structure of private sector input on a consistent basis is therefore absolutely necessary. The ABC proposal on this score should be taken up.”

The forum also saw the debut of Idea Capsules, featuring 8 innovative talks focusing on emerging startups from around the region and beyond. This is a new addition to the ABC Forum and underlined the importance of start-ups and SMEs in the ASEAN agenda. 

The ABC 4th Annual Gala Dinner was held alongside the forum. Speakers at the dinner included His Excellency Ambassador Kirk Wagar, U.S. Ambassador to Singapore who spoke about America’s continued and significant contribution and support to the ASEAN integration agenda. Former Vice Chancellor of Germany, Dr. Philipp Rösler, who is the Managing Director and Member of the Managing Board of the World Economic Forum, gave a speech on transformation in a disruptive world.

The forum is organised by the ASEAN Business Club and the CIMB ASEAN Research Institute (CARI), a public organization committed to the development of the ASEAN Economic Community and which serves as the secretariat of the ASEAN Business Club. This year’s forum was sponsored by Silverlake Axis, DBS Bank and CIMB, among others.


PHOTO CAPTION: With the theme of “ASEAN Game Changer”, the ABC Forum 2014 saw a gathering of more than 300 business leaders from across the ASEAN region. Seated from left to right: Patrick Walujo, Managing Partner, Northstar Group; Pahala N. Mansury, Director of Finance & Strategy, Bank Mandiri; Tan Sri Tony Fernandes, Group CEO, AirAsia Group; Dato’ Sri Nazir Razak, Chairman, CIMB Group; and Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala, Chairman & CEO, Ayala Corp exchange views at Plenary Session 1 of the forum held in Singapore on 8 September 2014. 
About the ASEAN Business Club
The ASEAN Business Club is a fully private sector driven initiative for ASEAN’s major home grown corporations to come together and fully engage in ASEAN’s integration efforts. Being the first regional business club with the aim of achieving regional integration, ABC will be the leading networking vehicle to form relationships across the region; thus serving as a platform to speak to each other across  the 10 ASEAN countries to identify challenges and areas of opportunity. It also aims to provide support and advocacy for governments to achieve an ASEAN Economic Community that will benefit its citizens.
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About CIMB ASEAN Research Institute
CIMB ASEAN Research Institute (CARI) is the first independent, transnational research institute dedicated solely to the advancement and acceleration of the ASEAN integration agenda. CARI pursues research and promotes thought leadership in support of an ASEAN Community. We seek pragmatic solutions and policy recommendations to address challenges in ASEAN integration and connectivity. CARI was established in 2011 as a member of CIMB Group. It is headquartered in Kuala Lumpur and has a regional presence.

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New York, 11 September 2014 – UNICEF has launched the latest trends and data on children across South Asia which show huge progress and also that strong inequalities still persist and children pay a heavy price.
“More than 2 million children in South Asia die before their fifth birthday and these deaths are preventable. 38 per cent of all the region’s children have chronic malnutrition. And South Asia is one of the riskiest places in the world to become pregnant or give birth, with the second highest number of maternal deaths worldwide. Far too many children get married, and far too many girls are never born. Together we can turn the tide,” said Karin Hulshof, Regional Director for UNICEF in South Asia.
In addition, more than 8 million children under one year of age are not immunized. 46 % of girls marry before 18, and 18% marry before the age of 15. South Asia is also home to the largest number of stunted children in the world. In a region where nearly 700 million people still defecate in the open, 100 million children under five are not registered at birth. Afghanistan and Pakistan are two of the world’s three remaining polio-endemic countries.
The key findings are part of a new publication titled “Improving Children’s Lives, Transforming the Future – 25 years of child rights in South Asia“. The publication also presents the latest innovations which can transform and improve the situation of children in South Asia.
This new data is published as we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).  The CRC has inspired domestic legislation to respect, protect and fulfill child rights in all eight countries of South Asia, as well as the creation of policy and national development plans for their implementation. All countries in South Asia have incorporated aspects of the CRC into domestic legislation and set up ministries and oversight institutions in charge of children’s issues. In some countries, very progressive legislation has been enacted, establishing children’s legally enforceable rights to health, education, protection and participation. Yet, pervasive poverty and disparities prevent millions of children in South Asia from living in dignity, reaching their potential and making choices about their own future.
“On the 25th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, we ask ourselves what else can we do to transform the lives of children in South Asia? The response is getting children and their mothers health services, good nutrition and proper toilets. We also need to provide quality schooling and create opportunities for their future. And the good news is that we have the knowhow and innovative approaches to make positive changes in the lives of children in South Asia” added Karin Hulshof.
This new publication analyzes the progress made over the last quarter of a century on nine themes which are directly affecting the lives of children. It is also providing ideas and recommendations to transform the future of children in South Asia.
UNICEF South Asia is also marking the 25th anniversary of the CRC by launching “Generation@25″ a child rights campaign which is taking a closer look at girls’ education in Afghanistan, stop stunting in India, ending open defecation in Nepal, and birth registration in Bangladesh. The campaign’s link is
UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do.  Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere.  For more information about UNICEF and its work visit:

30 lakh liters of Narmada water for Coca-Cola…


Why this waste of water and farming resources in the states of Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Gujarat?
Government must rethink on Sardar Sarovar Dam !

10th September 2014, Badwani :News from Gujarat has come that the COCA COLA plant, worth Rs 500 cr. , which is being started in Sajand, District is going to get a big share of water that the state receives from Sardar Sarovar Dam. The state everyday will provide approximately 30 lakh liters of water, from the river Narmada, to COCA COLA.  As of now the state already has vowed, to the functioning and proposed industrialists, some 90 lakh liters of water. Presently they already are providing 20 lakh liters of water to the manufacturing units of Ford and TATA Motors in Sajand. Now, the basic idea behind setting up of the Sardar Sarovar Dam is clear and the truth is standing tall before the people.

Many public protests are happening against the COCA COLA plants and they have been criticized world over for exploiting the ground water resources. It is also said that the apart from making false promises they do nothing. Even after knowing this, the decision of the government to grant Narmada water is an irony.

The project was pushed in the name of providing water to the drought stricken parts of North Gujarat, Saurashtra and Kachh. This resulted into the submergence of the jungle, villages, high yielding farms, temples and mosques of the tribal people in Gujarat, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh. After such huge losses, now the government is trying to befool people and has planned to provide precious water to COCA COLA, a consumer goods manufacturing company. Now, the government is making a policy shift and is going to provide water and prime agricultural land to the industrialists instead of providing water to the farmers in North Gujarat, Saurashtra and Kachch. The Gujarat Government has now started the allotment of the 4 lakh hectare land around Sardar Sarovar. This act of the Gujarat government, inspite of the fact that changing the land and water allocation rules changes the very basic purpose of the project, is not being questioned by either the Maharashtra or the Madhya Pradesh government. Narmada Bachao Andolan appeals to the society and the people to think about this act of the government.

According to the documents furnished by the government, the total cost of the Sardar Sarovar Project has raised from Rs. 4200 Cr to Rs. 90,000 Cr. Some 40-45 thousand families, living in the submerged area around the Sardar Sarovar, are still waiting for their rehabilitation to be done. An inquiry commission, headed by Justice Shravan Shankar Jha, is still probing into the reckless behaviour of the government in rehabilitation of these people and massive corruption in the whole process. According to the norms in ‘the Right to fair compensation and transparency in land acquisition, rehabilitation and resettlement act, 2013’, the displaced people are treated as the village natives, who continue to have possession. This is one of the reasons why this act on the part of the government is unlawful.

Narmada Bachao Andolan appeals to all the sensitive people present in the society and the government to think about the hardships of the people living in the Narmada valley and demands for the reconsideration of the Sardar Sarovar Project. We also demand to save farm and community land, cultural heritage of the region and the lives of the thousands  of people living in the Narmada valley.

Medha Patkar             Bhageerath Kanvache      Devendra Tomar                                  
Vishvadeep Paateedar                      Rahul Yadav

Two US Navy FA-18 Hornets  crashed

Two US Navy FA-18 Hornets  crashed in the western Pacific Ocean, the US Navy has confirmed. One pilot has been rescued, while the second is still missing.
“Two F/A-18 Hornets from Carrier Air Wing 17 embarked on the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) crashed today, while operating at sea in the western Pacific Ocean,” said in a statement from the US Navy. Media agencies

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The traders of Delhi are up in arms against Delhi Rent Act and conversion & parking charges levied by three MCDs in Delhi. At a largely attended Traders Conference held yesterday at Constitution Club,New Delhi,the traders in a unanimous voice called for a “balanced act” on Rent Act protecting the rights of old tenants. The traders also vent their ire against MCD officials for issuing arbitrary notices to large number of traders in Delhi demanding illogical parking and conversion charges. The Conference resolved to take up these issues with Central Government and BJP High Command immediately. The Conference was held by Delhi Chapter of Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT).
CAIT National Secretary General Mr. Praveen Khandelwal and Delhi MLA Manjinder Singh Sirsa beside more than 500 traders from leading trade bodies of different parts of Delhi attended the meeting. Delhi CAIT Chairman Shri Narender Madan, State President Shri Ramesh Khanna and State General Secretary Shri Vijay Pal also attended the Conference.
CAIT Delhi State President Shri Ramesh Khanna declared that a massive Business Democracy Rally shall be organised on 18th December at New Delhi which will be attended by all sections of non corporate sector to highlight various burning issues of traders and other constituents of non corporate sector. Beside Delhi, people from across the Country shall participate in the rally.
Trade Leaders at the Conference said that under the guise of bonafide need, series of trader tenants are being evicted by landlords leaving them virtually jobless. Decades old shops are being evicted on ground of bonafide need irrespective of the fact that whether need is genuine or not. It appears that since cost of land in Delhi is too high and the rentals are also on a much higher side, the landlords are taking shelter of the Court on ground of bonafide need. Mr. Ramesh Khanna said that there is an immediate need of the intervention of the Central Government. He told that a CAIT delegation will meet Union Urban Development Minister Mr. Venkaiah Naidu and Law Minister Mr. Ravi Shankar Prasad to get the issue resolved and traders are protected.
The traders at the Conferences also lashes out against MCD which is issuing sealing notices to large number of traders in Delhi particularly in 62 Local Commercial Markets where the MCD has demanded a conversion charge of Rs. Six thousand per sqaure meter for ground floor and for first floor and above, it is demanding conversion charges of about Rs.90 thousand per square meter. The traders said that such exorbitant charges are irrational and arbitrary. The Conference resolved to fight this issue tooth and nail and shall take up this issue with BJP Delhi State President Shri Satish Upadhyay.
CAIT National Secretary General Mr. Praveen Khandelwal informed that conducting trade or commerce in the Country has become more difficult not only for the traders but for all sections of non corporate sector. Plethora of Laws, Bureaucratic Hurdles, Unaccountable administrative system and hoards of taxes have made the life of traders and other sections miserable. Therefore in order to highlight all such problems, a massive “Business Democracy Rally” shall be held at New Delhi on 18th December,2014 which shall be attended by people of various constituents of non corporate sector from all over the Country

All about Rights! An Evening with an Expert


All about Rights!
An Evening with an Expert
A Discussion on Do’s and Don’ts in Author/ Illustrator Contracts

Date: Tuesday, September 16
Time: 4:30 pm
Venue: Library | Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan
3, Kasturba Gandhi Marg, New Delhi

German Book Office New Delhi, in cooperation with SCBWI India, present Klaus Willberg, former CEO and Publisher at Sauerländer and Thienemann, and President of the association of children’s book publishers in German speaking region. Klaus will talk to authors and illustrators on what they should know about rights, contracts and IPR.

If you have any specific contracts or rights related query you would like Klaus to answer, please email by 2nd September 2014 to


Klaus Willberg is currently advisor to Arbeitsgemeinschaft von Jugendbuchverlagen, the association of children’s book publishers in German speaking regions, and is also a member of the Leipzig Book Fair advisory council. Klaus has been the Managing Director/Publisher of Thienemann Verlag GmbH, a publisher of books for children and young people focusing on classics, original German-language authors, and sales of licenses (book and non-book). As publisher, he established a strategic imprint, Planet Girl that became the first publishing portfolio exclusively for girls in German-speaking countries, and expanded the series Freche Mädchen – Freche Bücher!, which became the most successful series of books for young people in German-speaking countries, with over 10m copies sold.
Anita Roy is a well-known writer and editor. She has worked in publishing for over 25 years both in India and in the UK, where she grew up. She has worked with the feminist publishing house Zubaan for the past decade, where she heads their children’s and young adults imprint, Young Zubaan. A columnist, reviewer and critic, her work has appeared in numerous newspapers and anthologies, and her first novel (for children) is

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Shalini Agarwal
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Achievements of the Union HRD Ministry

A number of schemes have been announced by the HRD Ministry. The Department of School Education and Literacy has supported the Ministry of Women and Child Development for roll out of “Beti Bachao Beti Padhao” Abhiyan in 100 districts of the country to enhance the sex   ratio and the status of the girl child. An award is being instituted from the “Beti Bachao Beti Padhao” Abhiyan for School Management Committees   which achieve 100% transition of girls at different levels of education.
The Department is committed to the provision of functional girls’ toilet in every school. A specific “Swachh Vidyalaya” campaign has been rolled out which will ensure that a functional toilet is available in every school before 15th August 2015.
UDAAN is an initiative of the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to enable disadvantaged girl students and other students from SC/ST & minorities to transit from school to post-school   professional education especially in Science and Math. The first flight of UDAAN is to address lower enrolment of girls in engineering colleges which is currently about 23% girls as against 77% of boys. It aims to reduce the quality gap between school education and engineering education entrance systems by focusing on the three dimensions- curriculum design, transaction and assessment. It will do this by enriching and supplementing   teaching and learning of Science and Mathematics at Senior Secondary level. The CBSE will provide free and online resources to the entire student population with special incentives and support to a thousand selected disadvantaged girls per year.
UGC has formulated the scheme Swami Vivekananda Single Girl Child Scholarship for Research in Social Sciences the scheme under which 300 scholars would be provided Junior Research Fellowship @ Rs. 8,000/–10,000/- per month, and will be implemented from academic year 2014-15.
The AICTE  scheme PRAGATI (Providing Assistance for Girls’ Advancement in Technical Education Initiative) envisages selection of   one girl per family where family income is less than 6 lakhs / annum  on merit at the qualifying examination to pursue technical education. The scheme is to be   implemented by the authorised admission centre of   respective State Governments.  4000 girls are expected to get benefit of scholarships available per annum. The scholarship amount is Rs. 30,000 or tuition fees or actual whichever is less and Rs. 2000 / month for ten months as contingency allowance.
For integrating over 25 lakh children   with special needs enrolled in elementary education across the country in a regular classroom environment, a handbook on curricular adaptationsto orient all primary school teachers across the country was developed by National Council for Education Research and Training (NCERT) and released by the Human Resource Minister on 26th August, 2014.
AICTE has decided to award 1000 scholarships per annum under Saksham to differently abled students to pursue technical education based on merit in the qualifying examination to pursue technical education.  The   scholarship amount would be Rs. 30000 or tuition fees or actual whichever is less and Rs. 2000 / month for ten months as contingency allowance.
The UGC has launched a special scholarship Scheme for students of North East RegionIshan Uday from the academic session 2014-15. The Scheme envisages grant of 10,000 scholarships to students from North East Region whose parental income is below Rs. 4.5 lakh per annum and would be provided scholarship ranging from Rs. 3,500 to 5,000 per month for studying at under graduate level in Colleges/Universities of the country.
Ishān Vikās is a comprehensive plan to bring selected students from the school and college levels from the North-Eastern states into close contact with the IITs, NITs and IISERs during their vacation periods. A typical visit is envisaged for a period of ten days to one of these institutions, in the form of either an exposure or an Internship programme. Each school will send one teacher to accompany a group of about 32 students of class IX and X and 8 teachers. The college students would be organised in two groups in summer and in winter, consisting of 32 students each group. About 2016 college students and 504 teachers from N-E will be visiting premier Institutes, like IIT/NIT/IISERs in an academic year.
The Summer Internship for students from the Engineering Colleges (State or Centrally Funded Technological Institutes) with Stipends and Travel will be taken up. From 25 Institutions, about 250 students will be visiting 16 IITs and 6 NITs (to start with six NITs are being considered) per year.
Padhe Bharat Badhe Bharat initiative was launched on 26th August, 2014, to focus on the quality of foundational learning so that each child attains appropriate learning levels in classes I and II for reading, writing language comprehension and numeracy. Padhe Bharat Badhe Bharat is a sub-component of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan(SSA) and is being rolled out by 17 States and UTs.
A Framework for School Assessment and  Evaluation is being developed as  a self- improvement tool for  schools themselves and also to reorient school inspectors, district and block level officers to objective assessment of schools with a view to  enhance their effectiveness. The programme in the field would be rolled out by January 2015.

The initiative Enabling Interaction of Scholars with our Students aims at creating a talent pool of eminent scientists/scholars abroad or in India to enable their interaction with Indian student/ faculty. The task of identifying such scientists/ scholars has been initiated.  A database is being created with the help of eminent academic institutions so as to initiate activities from the academic year 2015.
Under SWAYAM (Study Webs of Active-Learning for Young Aspiring Minds)Programme Professors of centrally funded institutions like IITs, IIMs, Centrally universities will offer online courses to citizens of our country. All courses will be made available free of cost for learning. In case the learner requires a Verified Certificate, a small fee will be applicable.
In the first phase, IIT Bombay, IIT Chennai, IIT Kanpur, IIT Guwahati, University of Delhi, Jawahar Lal Nehru University, IGNOU, IIM Bangalore, IIM Calcutta, Banaras Hindu University, alone as well as with the help of faculty from foreign universities will be offering courses in areas of engineering education, social science, energy, management, basic sciences. At least one crore students are expected to benefit in 2 to 3 years through this initiative. SWAYAM will be launched in 2014.
The National E-Library has been envisaged as  an online portal that will democratize access to knowledge by ensuring that quality content from central universities and premier educational institutions are available in a digital format that can be easily accessed by students, working professionals and researchers across the country through laptops, smart phones, tablets, PC’s. International collaboration has been offered by Israel, Norway, UK, UNESCO. The National E -Library becomes operational in the academic year 2015.
The National Repository of Open Educational Resources (NROER) offers digital and digitisable resources (audio, video, interactive images and documents)   in different languages   along with online activities. 13,773 registered users/contributors of e -content, 71,447 unique visitors have already contributed more than 45 lakh hits on the NROER portal.
There are almost 10,500 colleges which conduct about 14000 Programs and 18000 levels in Technical Education. Programs are Engineering / Technology, Architecture, Pharmacy, Applied arts, Management and Hotel Management and Catering Technology.  Levels are Diploma, Post Diploma, Graduate, Post Graduate and Ph D. Similarly, there are more than 35000 colleges conducting at least 20,000 programs and 50000 levels in the Higher education sector (Other than Technical Colleges)
A new Know your College Portal has been developed for helping a prospective student make a valued judgment of the college he / she wishes to join by providing him/her the necessary information about the same. KYC is a repository of information pertaining to colleges in India vis-à-vis faculty, labs, and infrastructure.
Work has commenced on “Shaala Darpan” to ensure that from next academic year, parents of students of Government and Government aided schools can through a mobile application access updates on their child’s progress regarding attendance, assignments, and achievements.
GIS mapping of schools at elementary as well as secondary level initiated and completed for 13 States with work underway for another 8 States. This enables mapping infrastructure gaps and responding to the felt needs of the people in providing schooling facilities.
The UGC has launched a new scheme, Dr. S. Radhakrishnan Post Doctoral Fellows in Social Sciences including Languages.  Under the scheme 300 fellowships would be awarded at the rate of Rs. 25,000 per month + HRA etc. for a period of 3 years to the selected Fellows.
AICTE has announced 1000 scholarships per annum to eligible candidates to pursue Ph D in CSIR / DRDO labs or other reputed institutions: Payment of scholarship is as per the Government norms for the purpose.
Quality Improvement Programme (QIP) is a program conducted by Government of India to promote research amongst the eligible teachers in AICTE approved Institutions and others and facilitate them to complete a Ph D from the best Institutions in India like the IIT’s and NIT’s or other Nationally important Institutes. This scheme is open only to regular teachers. It is proposed to offer ME/M. Tech Scholarships under QIP to 7500 scholarships for M Tech under Quality Improvement Programme (QIP) and 2500 Scholarships for PhD under QIP.
Ten goal posts have been identified and Research groups with each of eminent experts are being set up to formulate time-bound plans of action for each.  The task of the Research Group is to identify the needs of the country in terms of   its research and technology requirements and to enable proper planning for manpower, research infrastructure, and resources.   Leading academic institutions have been identified to set the   process   in motion. The lead institutions would be as follows:
  1. Health care: IIT Kharagpur
  2. Computer Science and ICT –IIT Kharagpur
  3. Energy: IIT Bombay
  4. Sustainable urban design IIT Roorkee
  5. Nano-technology hardware: IIT Bombay
  6. Water resources and River Systems, IIT Kanpur
  7. Advance materials. IIT Kanpur
  8. Manufacturing IIT Madras
  9. Defence IIT Madras
  10. Environment Science and Climate Change IISC, Bangalore Weekly-Internship Benchmark Survey Trend Report

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Chacha Modi Started With No Balls 99% Ignored in 100 days

Ravinder Singh
To and 356 more…
Today at 12:58 PM
Chacha Modi Started With No Balls 99% Ignored in 100 days
September11, 2014 (C) Ravinder Singh
Except Opening Up Cooperation with Nepal, Sikkim and Japan there are
largely No Balls in Chacha Modi’s innings.
No Ball 1]  –  Instead of Making Indian Industry Globally Competitive
By Routes like Investing in R&D, Promoting Medium & Small Industries,
Taking Over Shut Down Units, Increasing Salary & Wages etc –
Government is interested in ENRICHING FEW PROMOTERS who are many times
richer than Chinese counterparts who are have 10 times more turnover
and 100 times more in creating Intellectual Property.
No Ball 2]  –  Government of India is only interested in Reviving SEZs
for example which was simply Tax Avoidance Route for Companies with
little manufacturing and R&D. Indian Patent Office is Crippled &
Indian IPR is not Fiercely Protected.
No Ball 3]  –  Government of India had FAILED to CHECK PRICE RISE
which in turn would make Poor poorer.
No Ball 4]  –  Government of India is quick to Sanction Environment
Clearance to Coal Mines which is most polluting GHG emitting fuel but
Neglecting Multipurpose Hydro Power, Solar Power, Nuclear Power,
Energy Efficiency etc.
No Ball 5]  –  Government of India is Engaging Japan for Cleaning
Varanasi which is low tech but neglecting Supply of Clean Water for
Drinking, Irrigation, Industrial uses etc.
No Ball 6]  –  Government of India is not Effectively Checking SOCIAL
CONFLICTS which could derail any gain from Foreign Investments.
No Ball 7]  –  Government of India is Diluting Equity in PSU Gems
No Ball 8]  –  Government of India is Already in Political Conflict
With All Non BJP States, Bihar, UP, TN, Talengana, Haryana, West
Bengal, Maharashtra, and other non BJP states.
No Ball 9]  –  Government of India is not Doing Anything to Narrow
INCOME DISPARITY Between Rich & Poor.
No Ball 10]  –  Government of India is not doing anything to ERADICATE
In Cricket a Bowler is not allowed to Bowl After 10 No Balls for Rest
of the match.
Ravinder Singh, Inventor & Consultant,
Y-77, Hauz Khas, New Delhi-110016, India. Ph; 091- 9718280435, 9650421857
Ravinder Singh* is a WIPO awarded inventor specializing in Power,
Transportation, Water, Energy Saving, Agriculture, Manufacturing,
Technologies and Projects.

Chacha Modi Started With No Balls 99% Ignored – Part Two

Ravinder Singh
To and 356 more…
Today at 7:03 PM
Chacha Modi Started With No Balls 99% Ignored – Part Two
September11, 2014 (C) Ravinder Singh
Dear Col, direction of Bullet can’t be changed in Mid Air. Most of the
Planning Directions determine future progress of India. Obviously
Chacha Modi is following most of Congress Policies with some minor
India can’t be making any progress when A-Z is outsourced to Foreign Companies.
GOI has not DISCLOSED how it shall pay $1.7 Trillion to $4.7 Trillion
foreign investment invited.
No Ball 11]  –  Government of India has not increased MSP of
Foodgrains impacting 800 crore Farmers, There was no Compensation for
No Ball 12]  –  Government of India ABORTED Biotech Seeds TRIALS which
could substantially boost farm productivity. Just when new Onion Crop
is due shortly GoI decided to import Onion – this would HARM Onion
No Ball 13]  –  Government of India has REVIVED Lunatic River Linking projects.
No Ball 14]  –  Government of India has failed to CANCEL KG-D6
allocations to RIL in spite of Majority in Parliament – there is no
hope for Cheap Cleaner Natural Gas production in near future.
No Ball 15]  –  Government of India Paid Rs.10,000 crore and Rs.5000
crores to Sugar Mills but Sugar Farmers for whom it was intended were
not paid.
No Ball 16]  –  Government of India want Bullet Trains but has no
plans to replace Re-Conditioned Coaches and Wagons and Locomotives.
No Ball 17]  –  Government of India is not SERIOUSLY COLLECTING TAXES
essential to provide Education Healthcare and Pensions to BPL and
Lower Middle Class.
No Ball 18]  –  Government of India is not Seriously Promoting FOOD
PROCESSING which alone could create 5m to 10m Jobs.
No Ball 19]  –  Government of India has not committed to REPEAL Rent
Acts that hinder housing sector development – Restoration of Ownership
Rights would have helped disaster hit area to Offer Safer
Accommodations to Strangers.
No Ball 20]  –  Government of India has no Plans to Stop BRAIN DRAIN.
Ravinder Singh, Inventor & Consultant,
Y-77, Hauz Khas, New Delhi-110016, India. Ph; 091- 9718280435, 9650421857
Ravinder Singh* is a WIPO awarded inventor specializing in Power,
Transportation, Water, Energy Saving, Agriculture, Manufacturing,
Technologies and Projects.
On 9/11/14, Ashok Sood <> wrote:
Would be interested in knowing if there is anything right that has
been done by the Govt – AS
On 9/11/14, Rakesh Prasad Chaturvedi <> wrote:
You missed the point that Governance is not a 20-20 or a one dayer.
It’s a marathon, and the one who wins is often a trailer in the
initial miles.
Sorry, I feel the author of this lacks that vision.
With Warm Regards,
Col RP Chaturvedi, A-35, Sector 36, Noida 201303. Mob: +919891279035
E Mail ID:
Nescit Cedere
“One Rank One Pension, No Delay No Dilution”
On Thu, Sep 11, 2014 at 12:56 PM, Ravinder Singh
Chacha Modi Started With No Balls 99% Ignored in 100 days
September11, 2014 (C) Ravinder Singh
Except Opening Up Cooperation with Nepal, Sikkim and Japan there are
largely No Balls in Chacha Modi’s innings.
No Ball 1]  –  Instead of Making Indian Industry Globally Competitive
By Routes like Investing in R&D, Promoting Medium & Small Industries,
Taking Over Shut Down Units, Increasing Salary & Wages etc –
Government is interested in ENRICHING FEW PROMOTERS who are many times
richer than Chinese counterparts who are have 10 times more turnover
and 100 times more in creating Intellectual Property.
No Ball 2]  –  Government of India is only interested in Reviving SEZs
for example which was simply Tax Avoidance Route for Companies with
little manufacturing and R&D. Indian Patent Office is Crippled &
Indian IPR is not Fiercely Protected.
No Ball 3]  –  Government of India had FAILED to CHECK PRICE RISE
which in turn would make Poor poorer.
No Ball 4]  –  Government of India is quick to Sanction Environment
Clearance to Coal Mines which is most polluting GHG emitting fuel but
Neglecting Multipurpose Hydro Power, Solar Power, Nuclear Power,
Energy Efficiency etc.
No Ball 5]  –  Government of India is Engaging Japan for Cleaning
Varanasi which is low tech, neglecting Supply of Clean Water for
Drinking, Irrigation, Industrial uses etc.
No Ball 6]  –  Government of India is not Effectively Checking SOCIAL
CONFLICTS which could derail any gain from Foreign Investments.
No Ball 7]  –  Government of India is Diluting Equity in PSU Gems
No Ball 8]  –  Government of India is Already in Political Conflict
With All Non BJP States, Bihar, UP, TN, Talengana, Haryana, West
Bengal, Maharashtra, and other non BJP states.
No Ball 9]  –  Government of India is not Doing Anything to Narrow
INCOME DISPARITY Between Rich & Poor.
No Ball 10]  –  Government of India is not doing anything to ERADICATE
In Cricket a Bowler is not allowed to Bowl After 10 No Balls for Rest
of the match.

A Culinary Journey to Jamaica

All India, 10th September 2014: Jamaican gastronomic legacy continues to attract food connoisseurs from across the world to taste and savor the distinctive cuisine of the Caribbean island. Though the sunshine, sea and sand are enough to win over, Jamaican cuisine is the cherry on top of it all. Jamaica is home to some of the Caribbean’s most appetizing and fulfilling flavors. Savoury, sweet, spicy are some of the flavours that make Jamaican meals special. Fine dining is always a great way to experience the local cuisine but for foodies at heart, roadside stalls offer some delicious dishes. This island with its bright walls and friendly owners is a welcoming place that has been serving its traditional food to gourmet lovers. The island boasts a wide array of food selections guaranteed to satisfy even the most particular in taste.
Jamaican cooking draws its genius from a brilliant interpretation of East Indian, Chinese, African, Spanish and British influences—all working harmoniously in a style that is uniquely Jamaican. This Jamaican way of cooking has invaded restaurants and cafes worldwide. Visitors from around the globe have been drawn to Jamaica to sample this delicious style and flavor of cooking.
Jamaica gave the world Jerk cuisine and since then it has become a culinary phenomenon which has found its way onto menus in restaurants worldwide.  Just about any meat can be ‘Jerked’, but the real secret to the flavorful taste is the marinade, a truly Jamaican blend of spices and seasonings.
From fusion food to haute cuisine, regional favorites and some very special unique dishes Jamaica gives you a taste in true island style. Visitors to the country can taste, savor and enjoy fresh seafood with piles of crisp, spiced shrimps, succulent crabs, huge scallops and tender white fillets, it’s impossible to leave the island displeased.
Jamaica’s assorted gastronomic specialities include Ackee (a bright yellow fruit, served with saltfish as Jamaica’s National Dish), Curried goat (a special occasion food often served with rice), Duckunoo (a steamed pudding made from cornmeal and coconut, wrapped in banana leaves), Meat patties (a spicy pie sold in snack shops or by roadside vendors), etc. Popular option in road side cuisines mostly consists of jerk chicken or pan chicken, along with roasted nuts, coconut water and coconut jelly, crab among other tasty options.
In addition to tasting better, there are some exotic dishes like Cow Foot Stew or Goat Head Soup which are available in the Jamaican kitchen. Food joints and cafes like Jojo’s Jerk Pit and more, Rick’s Café, Norma’s, etc are a must visit for food connoisseurs. It is also said that Jamaican rum a reason enough to visit the island. No visit to Jamaica would be complete without sampling the local rum, which comes in a variety of strengths and brands. The famed Blue Mountain coffee is also famous over the island.
There are a number of events throughout the year which celebrate Jamaica’s culinary heritage. These include the Portland Jerk Festival, Accompong Maroon Festival, Epicurean Escape, Nyammings & Jammings and Restaurant Week. Visitors can experience a range of island delicacies from hot to haute while traveling around Jamaica. Go ahead – taste the flavours of Jamaica.
Jamaica – Get All Right!
About Jamaica Tourist Board 
The Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), founded in 1955, is Jamaica’s national tourism agency based in the capital city of Kingston. The JTB was declared the Caribbean’s Leading Tourist Board by the World Travel Awards (WTA) from 2006 to 2013. Also in 2013, Jamaica earned the WTA’s vote for the World’s Leading Cruise Destination, Caribbean’s Leading Destination and Caribbean’s Leading Cruise Destination for the seventh consecutive year. Additionally, the Historic Falmouth Cruise Port was recognized as the World’s Leading Tourism Development Project while Ocho Rios was named the Caribbean’s Leading Cruise Port and Sangster International Airport was voted the Caribbean’s Leading Airport. In Canada, Jamaica was voted the Favourite Honeymoon Destination by Travel Agents.
JTB offices are located in Kingston, Montego Bay, Miami, Toronto and London. Representative offices are located in Berlin, Barcelona, Rome, Amsterdam, Delhi and Tokyo.
For details on upcoming special events, attractions and accommodations in Jamaica go to the JTB’s Web site or call the Jamaica Tourist Board at 1-800-JAMAICA (1-800-526-2422). Follow the JTB on Facebook at, on Twitter at, on Instagram,  on Pinterest, or on YouTube View the JTB blog at
For Further Information, please contact:
Jamaica Tourist Board
c/o TRAC Representations (I) Pvt. Ltd.
Ms. Mariya Kapadia     | 022 24981777 | Email:

VHP-Bajrang Dal protest Pak exhibition “Alishan Pakistan”

Boycott all Deals & Pak products, appealed Bajrangdal
New Delhi September 11, 2014. Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Bajrang dal activists today demonstrated at gate No. 7 of Pragati maidan in New Delhi to oppose the Lifestyle Exhibition called ‘Alishan Pakistan’. Hundreds of protestors got arrested and send to the Tilak Marg Police station, but later released. Addressing the protestors amid continuous raining, the state secretary General VHP-Delhi shri Ram Krishna Srivastava said that by allowing such exhibition, glorifying Pakistan and its products, the sentiments of our citizens have greatly heart. If this exhibition will not stopped immediately we may appeal to boycott all Pakistani products in the country and advise all business community to keep distance from Pakistani product in the great national interest.
Shouting slogans and demanding complete ban on all trade ties with Pakistan, the state Bajrang Dal chief shri Neeraj Doneria said that it is shameful to term country “Aalishan” who is continuously attacking our soil and running terror camps to destabilize Bharat Mata. We may burn Holi of all Pak products in the country and appeal to all nationalistic forces not to visit such anti-national exhibition & impose complete ban on all products made by the terrorist country.
         Detailing about the sequence of events of last one week in this regard, the spokesperson of VHP Delhi shri Vinod Bansal said that we have already sent letters to FICCI, the organizers of the exhibition, on 3rd instant, to cancel it. Its reminder was also sent on day before yesterday and a copy to the LG & Commissioner of police, NCT of Delhi alongwith the India Trade promotion organization, MEA & MHA. Angry protestors carrying saffron flags and play cards also burn Pakistani national flag and decided to demonstrate every day untill the exhibition is stopped.
Shri Brij Mohan Sethi, shri Gurdeen Prasad Rustagi, shri Jai Bhagawan Goyal, shri Ashok Kapoor, shri Jagdish Agrawal, shri Deepak kumar, Sai Baba Om ji and shri Rakesh Pandey were amongst those prominent persons who protested and house arrested.


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