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After months of waiting, the Middle East Rail 2016 conference and exhibition is almost here. The show will return to Dubai on the 8-9th March 2016 at the Dubai World Trade Centre and it already promises to be the best edition yet.
Just in time for our final discount, we are proud to release four new phenomenal speakers for the largest railway conference and exhibition in the Middle East, North Africa, Central and South East Asia.
This week’s incredible new speakers include:

Rob Lloyd, CEO, Hyperloop Technologies, Inc.
Aziz Rabbah, Minister of Equipment & Transport, Morocco
 Josef Doppelbauer, Executive Director,European Railway Agency 
Ibraheem Sheerah, Head of Strategy & Business Planning & Contract Manager,Saudi Railway Company
Why have over 3000 people booked passes already?

Government representatives and railway operators from all Arab states, The Indian Subcontinent, Central Asia and across the globe attend to learn about and buy the innovations and technologies that are transforming the rail industry across the globe.
Stay one step ahead of the game and become the company of choice for the $352bn railway industry. Whether you are looking to move into railway construction, upskill your managers or build your reputation as the number one railway construction company, Middle East Rail is the place for you.
Where else can you network with hundreds of decision makers from the Middle East, North Africa, The Indian Subcontinent and Central Asia all in one place? Discover the latest project opportunities and global innovations bursting out of projects across the globe.
If you can provide a world-class system for metro’s, light rail, long-distance freight or high speed rail, we have hundreds of government officials and railway operators for you to meet.

Preliminary Operating Statistics
For the 4th Quarter and Full Financial Year Ended 2015

AirAsia X Berhad (“AAX” or “the Company”), the long-haul, low cost airline affiliate of the AirAsia Group is pleased to announce its operating statistics for the 4th quarter 2015 (“4Q15”) and the Full Financial Year ended 31 December 2015 (“FY2015” or “2015”).
In line with the Company’s expectations, 4Q15’s operating performance has seen significant improvement across all routes, benefiting from the turnaround initiatives implemented in FY2015.
AAX’s passenger load factor (“PLF”) rose 2 percentage points (“ppts’’) year-on-year (“y-o-y”) to 83% in 4Q15 versus 81% same period last year, despite higher average base fare as compared to 4Q14. This positive achievement was driven by aggressive marketing activities, enhanced Fly-Thru connectivity in FY2015, and the returned traffic after the challenging market conditions in 2014 – 1H2015. However, further improvement was hindered by slower-than-expected recovery of Kathmandu’s operations after the massive Nepal earthquake.
During the transition year, AAX exercised strategic capacity management in FY2015 by terminating route to Narita, Nagoya, Adelaide, and shifted two routes (Colombo and ChongQing) to A320 operations. The capacity from the route consolidation was strategically deployed to new unique routes such as Sapporo, underserved routes, charters, and wet leasing operations. Consequently, AAX’s capacity (“Available-Seat-KM” or “ASK”) in FY2015 and 4Q15 reduced 8% and 9% y-o-y respectively.
As for Thai AirAsia X (“TAAX”), it has recorded a healthy PLF of 83% in 4Q15 during the year-end peak while Indonesia AirAsia X’s(“IAAX”) overall operating performance registered a consistent trend in 4Q15.
The FY2015 has been a challenging year, as the Group was setback by irrational competition from industry peers, currency volatility, regulatory uncertainties for Thailand and Indonesia, as well as a series of unforeseen circumstances. In an effort to turnaround the Group’s performance, a multi-phase turnaround initiative was ironed out during the year. Moving forward into 2016, AirAsia X remains vigilant and continues to explore strategic initiatives to ensure sustainable growth.
4th Quarter 2015 Operating Statistics

Full Year 2015 Operating Statistics
(1)              Number of earned seats flown. Earned seats comprise seats sold to passengers (including no-shows) and seats provided for promotional purposes
(2)               Number of seats flown
(3)               Revenue Passenger Kilometres (RPK) / Available Seat Kilometres (ASK)
(4)               Available Seat Kilometres (ASK) measures an airline’s passenger capacity. Total seats flown multiplied by the number of kilometres flown
(5)              Revenue Passenger Kilometres (RPK) is a measure of the volume of passengers carried by the airline. Number of passengers multiplied by the number of kilometres these passengers have flown
(6)               Number of flights flown
(7)               Number of A330-300 aircraft for AAX Group (MAAX,TAAX and IAAX)

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15 February 2016
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Review of pesticide usage in India,

Shri Radhamohan Singh,
Hon’ble Minister for Agriculture & Farmers’ Welfare,
Government of India.
Dear Sir,
Sub: Review of pesticide usage in India, including of chemicals which have been banned elsewhere in the world – complete overhaul of regulation required – reg.
Namaste! We congratulate the government for setting up the Anupam Verma Committee to review the continued use in India of 66 pesticides that have been banned elsewhere in the world, and the Anupam Verma Committee itself for giving its report that recommended a ban on 13 of those pesticides and a phasing out by 2020 of 6 of the pesticides reviewed. We also appreciate some of the general recommendations that the Committee came up with and hope that the Government will immediately implement them. However, we would like to point out that none of this really goes anywhere close to the serious and comprehensive overhaul that the pesticides regulatory regime needs in India, for the sake of our farm livelihoods and biosafety. We present these matters in greater detail below.
1.   The Anupam Verma Committee has recommended that each pesticide should be reviewed at ten years’ interval after registration. Such automatic review periodically is something that many civil society groups have been demanding for a long time, and such a period should be fixed for five years, given constant data and evidence generation all over the world for a scientific appraisal to take place. As you might be aware, in several Scandinavian countries, registration is for five years after which each pesticide comes up for an automatic review.
2.     We also find that a more basic component related to registration of pesticides is not being debated and incorporated into the regulatory regime: each pesticide’s bio-efficacy and bio-safety assessment should be preceded by a Needs and Alternatives Assessment. Why should so many chemicals be registered in the first instance when farming can be done without such chemicals? The Indian pesticides regulatory regime has not caught up with the advances in pest management science, and it is important that the regulatory regime lay adequate emphasis on its original purpose as per the Indian statute (Insecticides Act 1968) – that of safety. The Insecticides Act has been enacted“with a view to prevent risk to human beings or animals”.
3. It is also noteworthy that the government is not fully updated on developments elsewhere in the world – for instance, on the floor of the Parliament (Starred Question No. 127, dated 8/12/2015), only 66 pesticides were listed as those which have been banned / restricted in other countries of the world, including USA and Europe but are permitted for use in India. We find that such a list is inaccurate in not listing out some more pesticides – Glyphosate is an illustrative example. As you know, the WHO classified Glyphosate to be a probable human carcinogen in March 2015. Glyphosate has been banned / restricted in countries like Srilanka, Netherlands, France, Colombia, Canada etc. Such blatant omissions make us conclude that either the government is not serious about reviewing such toxic chemicals or is trying to protect the business interests of particular MNCs like Monsanto, which profiteer mostly by glyphosate-tolerant GM crops, selling both GM seeds and accompanying chemicals. Isoproturon is another example of a pesticide not listed amongst the 66 pesticides that were mentioned in the Parliament, and studied by the Anupam Verma Committee. It appears that this is a chemical banned in the UK and Denmark, for instance. In India, it is one of the largest used herbicides.
4.    We are also concerned about the reported recommendation of this Committee to continue with the use of neonicotinoid class of pesticides. After the bee colony collapse phenomenon worldwide was linked to scientific evidence pointing to neonicotinoids as culprits for the same, several countries have banned or restricted the usage of this class of pesticides. While the restrictions elsewhere are mostly related to seed treatment, it is interesting to note that the Verma Committee recommended that use of neonicotinoids may be allowed with instructions to not spray during flowering stage of the crop. This ignores the impact that some of the neonicotinoid pesticides leave by systemic action by way of seed coating/treatment. This also leaves implementation issues around the restriction (during flowering stage) unclear. As we point out in another part of this letter, end use regulation is absent in India after pesticides are sold at the retail point, and in such a context, leaving a mere instruction will not help to save our bees and other life forms.
5.  We believe that Review Committees being headed by Agriculture Scientists bring a limitation to the entire review process. In the past too, as with the Anupam Verma Committee, it is agriculture scientists who have been trained to think that there are no non-pesticidal solutions to plant protection, who have been mostly involved in such review processes. Their ability to wade through toxicity evidence (eco-toxicity as well as toxicity to human beings) is obviously limited, and such review processes would do well to be headed by medical experts.
6.    We welcome the recommendation of Anupam Verma Committee wherein they recommended that Children and pregnant women should not be exposed to pesticides. This is indeed a much-needed measure in India. We had in the past brought out a report called“Serving Death”, specifically in the context of children’s exposure to pesticides, including by accidental exposure. The report is available at:http://indiaforsafefood.in/PDF/ServingDeath.pdf. We urge you to kindly release a notification immediately banning spraying of pesticides in and near schools and anganwadis, hospitals, eco-sensitive zones etc. Kindly notify guidelines using the powers that exist within the Insecticides Act to create such buffer zones around these vulnerable locations. There is also a need to regulate use of pesticides in ways other than spraying, in such locations. Further, proper framing and enforcement of maternity benefits throughout the period of pregnancy should enable rural women from staying away from pesticide-sprayed fields for want of an income source during pregnancy also. It should also be remembered that several impacts of pesticides are also because of exposure of men to pesticides, manifesting themselves in the reproductive health of the spouse and the life and development of the children born to them.
Further, to better implement several of the important recommendations of the Committee such as the above, we urge the Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare along with Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, to start a portal that collects information from public as well as certain line departments on pesticide poisoning cases – accidental, occupational and intentional – from any public-spirited citizens in addition to concerned line departments (hospitals under health departments, workers’ health status as already recommended by Anupam Verma Committee by the labour department etc.) which mentions full details of the poisoning case including whether it was intentional or accidental or occupational exposure that led to the poisoning, whether it included hospitalization or even death, which pesticide was involved in each such instance, the details about the containers also, including labeling etc. Each such reporting on the portal should then trigger an investigation to confirm the same, and over a period of time, this body of evidence should be used by the government in its assessment of pesticides.
7.     In a situation where end-use regulation is absent and also near-impossible to enforce, recommendations like the above and other restrictions like avoidance of use during active foraging period of honeybees etc., require more drastic action. It requires severe restrictions on licensing and sale itself.
8.     This is the first time in India that any Committee has recommended a ban on 13 pesticides and a phasing out on 6 others, out of the 66 that it reviewed. As you are kindly aware, while there are 261 pesticides registered in India, there are only 28 pesticides that have been banned in all these years from the time the statute was enacted. This reveals the unscientific approach in the regulatory regime which has not caught up with the post-modern pest management science that is working successfully on the ground; it is probably also a manifestation of the vested interests of the pesticide industry at work. This Committee has recommended to a little extent what is a long overdue measure – of banning many hazardous pesticides in India. In fact, the discovery of the hazard is only a function of evidence-building on which the government does not spend much fund for scientific studies on biosafety. In such a context, the dilution of the recommendation by the CIBRC, which has decided that the complete ban on use will come into effect as late as January 2018 is unacceptable. The ban should be immediately effective on not just manufacture and import but on use too. There is no justification on the continued use of these pesticides once the environmental and health grounds for such a ban are ratified. Why should our environment and citizens be subjected to an exposure and adverse impact for two more years in the enforcement of the recommendation?
9.   Lastly, it also appears that many pesticides which constitute the larger chunk of the pesticides’ industry market have been recommended to be continued till further review in 2018. These include acephate, dimethoate, malathion, monocrotophos, quinalphos, carbendazim, mancozeb, butachlor etc. This makes us wonder if the Committee was influenced by this parameter and therefore, recommended their continuation until further review. Further, biosafety data generation has been left to the pesticides industry, for decision-making during the 2018 review process, which does not lend much confidence on the process.    
We urge you to kindly look into the above points and ensure that India’s regulatory regime gets a comprehensive overhaul to meet the primary objective of the Insecticides Act, and that our food and farming systems are not contaminated with toxins. Thank you.
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The Sagar Daily

The Sagar Daily
Published by
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15 February 2016
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India’s challenge of securing the seas
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