Thursday, April 27, 2017

INDIA & CYPRUS SIGN WORK PLAN FOR COOPERATION IN AGRICULTURE

India and Cyprus today signed Work Plan for 2017-18 for cooperation in the agriculture sector. The work plan was signed after a meeting of Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh with his Cyprus counterpart Nicos Kouyialis in New Delhi.
An official release said, it covers areas such as joint research projects, training and exchange programme for scientists ,technology and promotion of private sector participation.During the meeting, Mr Singh said, the government is working not only to accelerate agricultural production to meet the rising demand for food, but also to increase the income of those dependent on agriculture.
He said, the government has set a target of doubling farmers’ income by 2022 and briefly highlighted the initiatives taken in this regard. Mr Singh thanked the Cyprus minister for his visit to India saying that it has provided an opportunity to further enhance the bilateral relationship between the two countries.

ISRAELI AIR STRIKE HITS IRANIAN ARMS SUPPLY DEPOT IN DAMASCUS

Syria, Israeli air strikes hit an arms supply hub operated by the Lebanese Hezbollah group near Damascus airport where regular supplies of weapons from Tehran are sent by commercial and military cargo planes.
The source said the arms depot gets a major part of the weapons supplied to an array of Iranian backed militias, led by Hezbollah, which have thousands of fighters engaged in some of the toughest fronts against Syrian rebels.
Witnesses said a total of five strikes occurred near the Damascus airport road early today. The airport lies about 25 kilometers south-east of Syria’s capital. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says the blast was huge and could be heard in Damascus. The blast was reportedly followed by a large fire. There is no word on casualties.

SC: LOKPAL BILL IS A WORKABLE PIECE OF LEGISLATION

Supreme Court today said, Lokpal Bill is a workable piece of legislation and it is not justifiable to keep its operation pending.
A bench of Justices, Ranjan Gogoi and Naveen Sinha, while referring to an earlier judgment of the apex court said, Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act of 2013 is a workable piece of legislation and it is not justifiable to keep this pending.
The apex court had reserved its verdict last month on a batch of pleas seeking the appointment of Lokpal in the country.
The plea by NGO, Common Cause had sought a direction to the Centre to make the appointment of chairperson and members of Lokpal as per the amended rules framed under the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013.
As per the Act, the Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha will be part of the Lokpal selection panel. At present, there is no Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha.

1ST MEETING OF THE COMMITTEE FOR REVIEW OF PUBLIC PROCUREMENT POLICY FOR DEFENCE SUPPLY

1st Meeting of the Committee for Review of Public Procurement Policy for Defence Supply on 1st May, 2017.
Dear
Government has constituted the above committee to connect MSMEs with Defence Procurement and I am pleased to inform that FISME has been taken as a permanent member of the Committee.
As you may be aware, the present public procurement policy for MSMEs reserve 20% of Government purchases from MSMEs, however, defence procurement has not been included in the policy.
By this initiative Government may have started stakeholders’ consultation on the feasibility of reserving some percentage of defence purchases from MSMEs.
We request your comments and past experiences on the barriers MSMEs generally face in defence supplies.
As the meeting of the Committee is slated on 1st May, 2017, we request your inputs by 27th April, 2017
Yours faithfully,
(C S Prakash)
Chairman
MSME Defence Suppliers’ Group

IT’S A WROGN TIE-UP WITH ROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE

New Delhi, April 27, 2017India’s most promising celebrity fashion and lifestyle brand WROGN is associated with Royal Challengers Bangalore(RCB) as the official lifestyle clothing partner for the 10th edition of the Indian Premier League. Off field the RCB players will be seen in WROGN merchandise and while on field their caps and helmets will sport the WROGN logo.
WROGN merchandise is designed to complement the team’s playbold philosophy and makes a fearless, daring & heroic fashion statement. WROGN’s in-stadia branding will also add colour to the home ground and will augment the vibrant and lively atmosphere during the matches.
This annual association will be promoted by both partners through their digital properties; their official site and social media channels. Additionally, the brand has comprehensive plans to engage and interact with RCB fans and WROGN customersat WROGN outlets across the country. All customers of WROGN clothing will also be entitled to tickets to the RCB matches. Fans are of assured free tickets to watch live RCB matches in Bangalore by purchasing clothing /merchandise worth Rs.5000/- and above  from the WROGN line.
Announcing the tie-up, Anjana Reddy, CEOWROGN said, “T20 is the most celebrated cricket format in the world and we are excited to partner with RCB, a strong contender this season that is brimming with youth, talent and has always kept fans entertained. The WROGN brand ethos of being bold and dynamic matches that of the RCB and this partnership will give the fans and our customer’s opportunities to engage.  From all of us WROGN we wish the RCB team all the very best.”
Commenting on this association, Amrit Thomas, Chairman, RCB said, “WROGN and RCB are a bold brand fit. We are excited to see RCB’s personality getting reflected through the fashionable lifestyle sensibility of WROGN. We hope to see our fans come to the stadium dressed in RCB Jersey and WROGN apparel to cheer their favourite team.”

MICRO AND SMALL ENTERPRISE FACILITATION COUNCIL (MSEFC) PORTAL AND MYMSME MOBILE APP LAUNCHED

On the occasion of the 15th Meeting of the National Board for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu, Hon’ble Union Minister for Urban Development, Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation and Hon’ble Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting, launched two important initiatives of the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), viz. Micro and Small Enterprises Facilitation Council (MSEFC) portal and MyMSME Mobile App.
Key Features of Micro and Small Enterprise Facilitation Council (MSEFC) Portal and MyMSME Mobile App
a) Micro and Small Enterprise Facilitation Council (MSEFC) Portal
v Micro and Small Enterprises Facilitation Council (MSEFC) portal expected to be a significant step in the direction of Digital India from the perspective of the MSME Sector in the country. The MSEFC portal on http://msefc.msme.gov.in, would facilitate implementation of the delayed payment provisions of the MSMED Act 2006 and also assist in monitoring of delayed payment cases.
v With the access to this platform, micro and small enterprises would be able to file their delayed payment related grievances online. The grievance filed would be communicated through email and SMS to the parties involved. It would also help officers of the Ministry of MSME as well as the State Government concerned in monitoring the progress of cases both at the State and National levels. Also, the online portal would be of great help to start-ups since delayed payment is probably the single biggest problem for start-ups.
b) MyMSME Mobile App
v MyMSME mobile app on http://my.msme.gov.in would provide information on all schemes implemented by the Ministry of MSME at one place. With the help of MyMSME mobile app Ministry of MSME would be providing one single window to MSMEs to access information on all schemes implemented by the Ministry and as well as apply for any of them. And MSMEs can also lodge grievances pertaining to Ministry of MSME through this app.

CBEC EXTENDS SERVICE TAX RETURN FILING DATE FROM APRIL 25TH 2017 TO APRIL 30TH 2017

Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) extends service tax
return filing date from April 25th 2017 to April 30th 2017
In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-rule(4) of the Service Tax Rules, 1994, the Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) has extended the date for submission of the form ST-3 for the period from October 1st to March 31st, 2017 from April 25th, 2017 to April 30th, 2017.
According to Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC), this is a “circumstances of a special nature” for which the last date for filing is being extended as the assessees faced “intermittent difficulties” in accessing the ACES (Automation of Central Excise and Service Tax) website on April 25th 2017.

CHINA’S DEFENSE MINISTRY SAYS RESOLUTELY OPPOSED TO ANY COUNTRY SELLING ARMS TO TAIWAN

China’s Defense Ministry said on Thursday it was resolutely opposed to any country selling arms to Taiwan. Ministry spokesman Yang Yujun made the comment at a monthly news briefing in Beijing when asked on the possible sale of F-35 fighter jets from the United States to Taiwan. Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen said earlier on Thursday that Taiwan may need to buy the F-35s, the most advanced stealth jet the United States has.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday said it was pointless discussing at a summit of Southeast Asian leaders China’s building of artificial islands in the South China Sea, and no one dared pressure Beijing anyway. Duterte told reporters it was also not worth discussing with counterparts of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) last year’s international arbitration ruling, which invalidated China’s claim to most of the South China Sea. He said the Philippines, which is ASEAN chair this year, could not alone force China to abide by it. The summit will be held this week.

China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi urged an end to US-South Korean military maneuvers Wednesday as well as a stop to North Korea’s nuclear program to calm tensions on the peninsula. He said Pyongyang’s continuing nuclear tests were “a clear violation of UN resolutions,” but stressed that persisting with military maneuvers around the peninsula “is not in the spirit of the resolutions either.” Security and stability “are very fragile at the moment and the danger is great of a new conflict breaking out at any time,” Wang said at a joint press conference with German counterpart Sigmar Gabriel.

VINOD KHANNA IS NO MORE

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VinodKhanna is no more. The  reactions from friends, colleagues, admirers pour in, with the news of his death spread across social media. He was not keeping well for some time and was hospitalized in April & breathed his last today. His extended family members  lost hope from last couple of days due to his deteriorating health conditions and were  too perturbed. Most of his family members were in business the brother and sister family. Actor entertained millions of his fans. He was  member of Lok Sabha passes away today at 11:20 AM.
Actor-turned-politician Vinod Khanna, a four-time MP from Gurdaspur Lok Sabha seat in Punjab, was popularly known as “Sardar of bridges” for connecting remote villages in his constituency.  70-year-old Khanna died of bladder cancer at a hospital in Mumbai today.
Khanna, a sitting Bharatiya Janata Party MP from Gurdaspur constituency in Punjab, was recently admitted to Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital and Research Centre in Girgaon, Mumbai,career spanning over five decades. Considered as one of the most powerful and debonair actor, Khanna started off as a villain and went on to become a star as a leading man in dozens of films including Mere Apne, Amar Akbar Anthony, Khoon Pasina, Parvarish, Insaaf, Muqaddar ka Sikandar, Qurbani and Satyamev Jayaate. In the 1980s, at the peak of his career, he quit films to join Osho’s ashram.
The handsome star was born in a Punjabi family to Kamla and Kishanchand Khanna, a textiles, dyes and chemicals businessman, on 6 October 1946, in Peshawar. Shortly after his birth, India was partitioned and the family left Peshawar and came to Mumbai.
As the news of his death spread, his constituency went into a state of mourning.  Suave and easy to mingle with voters, Khanna was always a crowd puller in his constituency.
He even bought a house in the region so that he could have easy access to the people of his constituency. He had demanded a special package for border districts to create employment opportunities and promote adventure and spiritual tourism in his border constituency during the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.
Actor joined BJP, Khanna was fielded from Gurdaspur parliamentary seat in 1998. He met the expectations of the saffron party when he unseated veteran Congress leader and five-time MP Sukhbuns Kaur Bhinder with a handsome margin. Khanna, who appeared in over 140 films, including “Haath ki Safai”, “Hera Pheri” and “Muqaddar Ka Sikander”, again trounced Bhinder in 1999 and 2004 Lok Sabha polls.
However, he had to taste defeat in 2009 Lok Sabha elections when he was defeated by Congress candidate Partap Singh Bajwa. Khanna took his ‘sweet revenge’ in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections when he thrashed Bajwa with a margin of over 1.30 lakh votes.
Vinod Khanna’s mortal remains are to the Worli crematorium.
Information and Broadcasting Minister Venkaiah Naidu has condoled the demise of veteran actor and BJP MP Vinod Khanna.
Mr. Naidu said, he is pained by the sad demise of Vinod Khanna. He said, he was hoping that Khanna will recover.
The Minister said, the film industry has lost a good actor and the BJP, a good parliamentarian.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has expressed grief over the demise of actor turned politician Vinod Khanna. He described him as a great actor and a gentleman politician.
BJP President Amit Shah has condoled the passing away of Vinod Khanna. In a series of tweets, Mr. Shah said with demise of Khanna the country has not only lost an actor par excellence but an outstanding politician. He said it is an irreparable loss for Indian cinema and the BJP.
The BJP Chief said the actor will remain in people hearts through his peerless acting and service as a Parliamentarian.
#VinodKhanna he was fighting cancer. Tweeter said,We lost a Handsome dude, a Legend !!
Arun Jaitleyarunjaitley
Condolences on sad demise of veteran actor & BJP MP Shri #VinodKhanna ji, may God render peace to the departed soul & solace to his family.
Sad to learn about the passing away of  Sir,one of the most charismatic actors…truly end of an era.Condolences to the family🙏🏻
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As a mark of respect to our beloved  the entire team of Baahubali has decided to cancel the premiere tonight: Karan Johar
Great actor, successful politician, worthy senior and a dear friend – can’t believe  ji is no more. May his soul rest in peace.
SONIA GANDHI
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Congress President Smt Sonia Gandhi has condoled the sad demise of veteran film actor and Member of Parliament, Shri Vinod Khanna.
Remembering him as a gifted actor who dominated the silver screen with his outstanding persona, She said that Vinodji had a rare and profound influence over the masses by his simple and charismatic character.
In this hour of grief Smt Gandhi has expressed solidarity with Shri Khanna’s family and prayed for the departed soul.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

DIRECTOR-GENERAL CONDEMNS THE MURDER OF BLOGGER YAMEEN RASHEED IN THE MALDIVES

Paris, 26 April—The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, today called on the authorities of the Maldives to investigate the killing of prominent blogger and social media activist, Yameen Rasheed on 23 April.
“I condemn the murder of Yameen Rasheed,” said the Director-General. “Journalists need to be able to work without fear and contribute to informed democratic debate. I call on the Maldivian authorities to ensure that the rule of law is respected and that those responsible for this killing are brought to justice.”
Rasheed maintained a blog, The Daily Panic, on political and social issues. He is reported to have received numerous death threats over the past year. Rasheed died from injuries sustained when he was attacked inside his apartment building in the capital, Malé.
The Director-General of UNESCO issues statements on the killing of media workers in line with Resolution 29 adopted by UNESCO Member States at the Organization’s General Conference of 1997, entitled “Condemnation of Violence against Journalists.” These statements are posted on a dedicated webpage, UNESCO condemns the killing of journalists.

UNICEF REACHES ALMOST HALF OF THE WORLD’S CHILDREN WITH LIFE-SAVING VACCINES

UNICEF reaches almost half of the world’s children with life-saving vaccines
 Despite progress, millions of children still miss out on life-saving immunization


NEW DELHI, 26 April 2017 – UNICEF procured 2.5 billion doses of vaccines to children in nearly 100 countries in 2016, reaching almost half of the world’s children under the age of five. The figures, released during World Immunization Week, make UNICEF the largest buyer of vaccines for children in the world.

Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan, the three remaining polio-endemic countries, each received more doses of vaccines than any other country, with almost 450 million doses of vaccines procured to children in Nigeria, 395 million in Pakistan and over 150 million in Afghanistan. UNICEF is the lead procurement agency for the Global Polio Eradication Initiative.

In India, the under-five mortality stands at 1.11 million deaths per year[1] . Pneumonia accounted for 13 per cent of total under five deaths and diarrhea contributed to approximately 10 per cent of the under five deaths.

Globally, access to immunization has led to a dramatic decrease in deaths of children under five years, from vaccine-preventable diseases. Between 2000 and 2015, globally under five deaths due to measles declined by 85 per cent and those due to neonatal tetanus by 83 per cent.

Yet an estimated 10 million children in India still miss out on full vaccinations every year[2]. Weak health systems, poverty and social inequities also mean that large number of children under five are still not reached with life-saving vaccines.

“The Government of India has demonstrated strong and effective leadership in mobilizing partners for collectively addressing maternal and child health. UNICEF is committed to working together with the Government of India and other development partners, to ensure that we  close the immunity gaps in every state, in every district and in every community, so that all boys and girls are protected  life-long  from measles, rubella, and other vaccine preventable diseases,” said Louis-Georges Arsenault, UNICEF India Representative.

Inequalities persist between rich and poor children. In countries where 80 per cent of the world’s under-five child deaths occur, over half of the poorest children are not fully vaccinated. Globally, the poorest children are nearly twice as likely to die before the age of five as compared to the richest.

“All children, no matter where they live or what their circumstances have the right to survive and thrive, safe from deadly diseases,” said Dr. Robin Nandy, Chief of Immunization at UNICEF headquarters in New York, “Since 1990, immunization has been a major reason for the substantial drop in child mortality, but despite this progress, 1.5 million children still die from vaccine preventable diseases every year.”

“In addition to children living in rural communities where access to services is limited, more and more children living in overcrowded cities and slum dwellings are also missing out on vital vaccinations,” said Nandy. “Overcrowding, poverty, poor hygiene and sanitation as well as inadequate nutrition and health care increase the risk of diseases such as pneumonia, diarrhea and measles in these communities; diseases that are easily preventable with vaccines.”

By 2030, an estimated 1 in 4 people will live in urban poor communities, mainly in Africa and Asia, meaning the focus and investment of immunization services must be tailored to the specific needs of these communities and children, UNICEF said.

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NOTES TO EDITORS:

UNICEF works with World Health Organization (WHO) and partners to support the Government of India’s Universal Immunization Programme to ensure that vaccines protect all children – especially those who are the hardest to reach and the most vulnerable.

World Immunization Week runs from 24 – 28 April 2017.

For more information visit: www.unicef.org/immunization

NATIONAL LAUNCH OF THE 2017 UNITED NATIONS WORLD WATER DEVELOPMENT REPORT (WWDR).

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New Delhi, 26 April 2017 – UNESCO New Delhi, UNIC New Delhi, and media partner The Statesman held the National Launch of the 2017 United Nations World Water Development Report (WWDR), “Wastewater: the Untapped Resource” at the UNESCO House, 1 San Martin Marg, Chanakyapuri New Delhi today from 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

The report was launched by Shri Parameswaran Iyer, Secretary, Department of Water and Sanitation, Government of India.  The event was moderated by Derk Segaar, Director, United Nations Information Centre for India and Bhutan. Other speakers included Mr Jaco Cilliers, UN Resident Coordinator a.i.,  Mr R.D. Singh, Director, National Institute of Hydrology, IIT Roorkee,; and Mr Mitrasen Bhikajee, Head of Science Sector, UNESCO New Delhi Cluster office.   There was also a presentation of prizes to the winners of UNESCO New Delhi’s 2016 #Science4Sustainability Photo Competition.  The launch ceremony was attended by over 100 people, including representatives from NGOs, diplomatic community, academicians, students and experts working in the field of water.

In his opening remarks, UNESCO New Delhi Director and UNESCO Representative, Shigeru Aoyagi said, “It is important not to forget that putting a stop to pollution at the source is just as important as developing ways to treat and utilize wastewater. If both problems are tackled, then we will be on the path to achieving the water-related SDGs.”

In his address, Shri Iyer while congratulating the UN family and particularly UNESCO on bringing out this comprehensive report on wastewater, said “Water is rapidly reaching crisis-like proportions not only in the world but also in India.  Wastewater is traditionally viewed as a problem rather than opportunity.  If we can be more efficient in the way we handle our water and wastewater systems, we can immediately reduce the quantity, the amount that needs to be recycled, but it can also make water systems more efficient.”

“Wastewater is often thought of as just  waste. But in actuality, it often contains nutrients and other useful substances that can be repurposed,” noted Mr. Bhikajee. He went on, “The key is seeing the enormous potential that wastewater holds for reducing our water abstraction and minimizing pollution.”

The Report focuses on the ways in which improved wastewater management can generate social, environmental and economic benefits essential for achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Published annually, this year’s WWDR seeks to inform decision-makers in government, civil society and the private sector about the importance of managing wastewater as an undervalued and sustainable source of water, energy, nutrients and other recoverable by-products, rather than something to be disposed of or a nuisance to be ignored. The report highlights the critical role that wastewater is poised to play in the context of a circular economy, whereby economic development is balanced with the protection of natural resources and environmental sustainability, and where a cleaner and more sustainable economy has a positive effect on water quality. It argues that once treated, wastewater could prove invaluable in meeting the growing demand for freshwater and other raw materials.

CANADA’S DEFENCE MINISTER HARJIT SAJJAN SINGH LAUNCHES THE SECOND POSTER OF DILJIT DOSANJH’S SUPER SINGH! 

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After launching the spectacular first look of India’s first Punjabi language superhero film, Super Singh, Ekta Kapoor’s Balaji Motion Pictures and Pawan Gill’s Brat Films launched the second poster of the movie in the presence of the lead actor Diljit Dosanjh and Canada’s Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan Singh.
The first poster of Super Singh launched across the national level has never happened for any Punjabi film ever before and considering the humongous response, the superhero film was trending on Twitter all India at No 3 on the day of the launch, followed by unveiling the second poster of the movie by Diljit and Canada’s Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan Singh on the sets of the singing reality show, Rising Star.
The launch weekend of Super Singh saw Harjit Sajjan Singh – first Sardar to hold such a high honour outside India having a positive interaction with Super Singh Diljit Dosanjh on the sets of the singing reality show.
Harjit Singh gave his badge of honour that the government of Canada bestowed upon Diljit since he is proud of him and all that the actor is doing to inspire kids around the world. The Defence Minister also said it’s great that we achieve super heights in life but it’s even more important to give back to society because that makes us even more super.
On interacting with Diljit and launching the second poster of Super Singh, the minister wrote on his social networking site, “Had a unique opportunity to meet the famous and very humble @diljitdosanjh. Great discussion on his work to inspire the next generation. It was terrific to hear his message and how he shares the same vision for empowering the youth. I also got a chance to see his movie poster of his upcoming film, Super Singh.”
Produced by Ekta Kapoor’s Balaji Motion Pictures and Anurag Singh & Pawan Gill’s Brat Films, Super Singh starring Diljit Dosanjh and Sonam Bajwa is gearing up for summer release on June 16, 2017worldwide.

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SONAM KAPOOR: DEAR SAGAR MEDIA INC, I’VE BEEN CALLED ‘NAACHNE-WALI’, ‘BIMBO’ ON TWITTER.

Dear Sagar Media Inc,
I’ve been called ‘naachne-wali’, ‘bimbo’ on Twitter. I’ve been called names and slurs not worth repeating.
Trolls are sexist, judgmental and violent. They want to threaten and intimidate women with opinions into silence.
Chinmayi, a playback singer in Bollywood received rape threats on Twitter for voicing her opinion. She started this petition asking Twitter to ban accounts that tweet rape threats.
Sign her petition and join 1.7 lakh people who are fighting to make Twitter a safe space from trolls.
Why should women be scared of sharing their opinions? 
The Hindustan Times is running a campaign against online trolling #LetsTalkAboutTrolls.
Today, thousands of Indians will observe anti-trolling day as part of this campaign. Join them!
Download this picture and make it your display picture on Facebook and Twitter. Show the world that you will not support abusive trolling.
I will also change my display picture to show my followers that I support their freedom of speech.
There are lakhs and lakhs of anonymous online abusers. We need to show them that they are outnumbered by thoughtful, supportive voices.
Sign Chinmayi’s petition and change your display picture to join the anti-troll movement.
Thank you for taking a stand against online abuse!
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ISRAEL’S PM CANCELLED TALKS WITH GERMANY’S FOREIGN MINISTER

Israel’s prime minister has cancelled talks with Germany’s foreign minister after he refused to call off a meeting with Israeli human rights activists. Sigmar Gabriel was due to meet Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem.
Mr Netanyahu had warned he would not see Mr Gabriel if he met the groups Breaking the Silence and B’Tselem. Mr Netanyahu has accused the groups of trying to undermine the state, and the government has taken steps to try to stem their foreign sources of funding. The incident threatens to stoke diplomatic tensions between Israel and Germany, which are strong allies. Mr Gabriel had said it would be a remarkable event, to put it mildly if Mr Netanyahu went through with his threat.

CYPRUS PRESIDENT NICOS ANASTASIADES ARRIVES IN MUMBAI

President of the Republic of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades arrived in Mumbai today on a four-day India visit.
Maharashtra Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao received Anastasiades at Raj Bhavan, an official spokesperson said.
This is the first visit to India of President Anastasiades, who had substantive meetings with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York in September 2015, he said.
India can help Cyprus in its quest for reunification as it has close ties with Turkey, Anastasiades had said ahead of his maiden India visit.
The Cyprus president is being accompanied by the ministers of finance, energy, transport and agriculture on his visit.
President Anastasiades will address a business forum in Mumbai tomorrow. He will then travel to Delhi, address a business forum and deliver a talk at Observer Research Foundation (ORF) in the national capital.
On Friday morning, he will be given a ceremonial guard of honour at Rashtrapati Bhavan followed by wreath laying by him at Mahatma Gandhi’s Samadhi, Raj Ghat.
His other engagements on that day include a meeting with President Pranab Mukherjee, who will host a banquet in his honour, and delegation-level talks with Prime Minister Modi.

CLASSICAL DELHI MCD ELECTIONS RESULTS

Mr. Naresh Kumar Sagar interacting with the panelists during Press Meet
BJP is set to sweep the polls to Delhi’s three municipal corporations – North, East and South. Media persons are talking about their critical nature of diction on the working of saffron may their voice be stifled in time to come with such brute majority where opposition are getting decimated from state to state except few states. There is general complaint of media persons that smaller newspapers and online active writers and news trackers are not well entertained in Ministers press conference in name of security and PIB cardholders which may not be competent than specialized online broadcasters running the show on NGO basis.
The counting of votes for the polls, which were held on Sunday, is underway. BJP is on its way to get to two third majority whereas Congress is at face saving stature whereas AAP sinks deep in its half with nearly halves of its votes shares than it received in assembly polls. Congress the old guard is at lowest crescent due to its internal squabbles and faulty ticket distribution. Hybrid AAP which germinated on public echoing of  ill fated  governance on growing powerful lobby of congress with no attention to pulse of people. Combating mood of Arvind to be always critical of all opposition leaders  and expressing him the clean politician. An affront in public domain to worthy PM Modi in un- warranted diction has costed his party very badly along with his non-performing attitude and Minsters with not performing assets were the party’s liability from its inception.
Reacting to poll results, senior BJP leader and Union Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu said, the result is a message for AAP to give up negative politics and work for constructive politics. He rejected AAP allegations of EVMs tempering terming them as wild and baseless. Union Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan said, people have reposed faith in BJP’s policies and leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He said, Delhiites want BJP at the helm of affairs in Delhi and its the beginning of end of AAP in the city. Delhi BJP Unit Chief also lauded Mr. Modi’s and Party Chief Amit Shah’s leadership and policies for the victory. He said the party dedicates the win to CRPF jawans who lost their lives in Sukma naxal attack.
AAP has blamed Electronic Voting Machines for the debacle of his party. Party leader and Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said, EVM tampering is a bitter truth and his party will continue to speak about it without caring the opponent will mock. Another party leader Gopal Rai said, this is not Narendra Modi wave but EVM’s wave. Party leader Ashutosh dismissed the suggestions of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s resignation over the party’s defeat. AAP MLA Alka Lamba has offered to resign from the assembly on party’s poor show.
Delhi Congress Chief Ajay Maken has also offered to resign from his position owning responsibility for party’s poor performance. He said, he had hoped for better show in the civic polls. Mr Maken also said, the party has performed better as compared to 2014 Lok Sabha polls and 2015 Delhi assembly polls. Congress leader and former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said the party should have campaigned more aggressively in favour of their candidates. AIR correspondent reports that the Delhi unit of BJP has decided not to celebrate the victory in the wake of Sukma attack in which 25 CRPF personnel were martyred recently.

COAST GUARD ADDS MORE TEETH IN WEST BENGAL


The Indian Coast Guard Region(NE) added more teeth to their fleet in West Bengal today with the commissioning of a high speed interceptor boat C 424 at Haldia.
The ship was commissioned by Inspector General KR Nautiyal, the Coast Guard Commander North East at an impressive ceremony at Coast Guard Jetty in Haldia.
With this new addition, Coast Guard assets in West Bengal now include 02 fast Patrol Vessels, 04 Hovercrafts, 02 Interceptor Boats, Radar Station and ACV forward operating base at Frazerganj.
IG KR Nautiyal said “The ship will add more strength to the Coast Guard’s fleet in West Bengal and will patrol the vital bay of Bengal”
The Ship is commanded by Deputy Commandant Mudit Kumar singh. The 27 meters long ship has been built at L&T Surat and achieves 45 knots of speed. The ship is equipped with latest navigational and communication equipment and has a 12.7mm Heavy machine gun as main armament. The ship is also fitted with night vision and infrared devices for day and night surveillance.
The ship will enhance the surveillance and Humanitarian and Disaster Relief operations in Bay of Bengal. The Indian Coast Guard has been constantly increasing its footprint in West Bengal and Odhisa in the last 4 years, An array of ships and aircrafts has been inducted to keep the Bengal and Odisha coast safe.


“TRANSFORMING INDIA DIALOGUES’

CURRENT CONFLICT IS ESSENTIALLY BETWEEN GLOBAL AND LOCAL

April 24, 2017                                                                                                         Prof Vaidyanathan
The western world view has dominated for the last 200 or so years and hence their idea of “modern man’ is accepted as the “idea”. It is supposed to transcend territories and cultures.
It assumes that “one size” fits all and enunciates “one model” works for all. In many seminars I am asked by foreigners about India becoming “Europe” or USA after a few decades and how it will impact Indian “values”.
Basically it is assumed that the whole world needs to have or follow one model since all humans are same “rational “animals. The main Abrahamic faiths like Christianity and Islam evolved out of this belief. So they went around conquering the world to fashion it in their own mirror image. The Marxian model also believes the same.
The concept of sovereignty evolved as Westphalian consensus in 1548 after the thirty Years’ War, in which the major continental European states – the Holy Roman Empire, Spain, France, Sweden and the Dutch Republic – agreed to respect one another’s territorial integrity. This obviously did not include later colonies. Christianity and Islam wanted to spread all over the world by sword or colonies or deceit. Both wanted to be global religions.
Hence there was a fierce battle between these globalisers for “converting” people to their way. There is the idea of my way or Highway. The colonization project was justified since it was to “civilize” the world and converting faith/religion of people was encouraged in the name of “freedom to choose”. Of course that freedom should be exercised to choose the desert faiths. Some times with swords sometimes with subterfuge and inducement.
From the Church evolved the modern corporations which in the Post 2nd world war wanted to be “global” and institutions like IMF and World Bank were created to facilitate the process. These institutions reinforced the theory of one size fits all.
Modern Globalization project got accelerated in the seventies by multinational corporations tried to formulate theories which are applicable to all societies with perhaps some local variation– as a concession.
Ernst Kantorowicz, in his well-argued and celebrated essay The King’s Two Bodies: A study in Medieval Political Theology, analyses how the mystical body of Christ, which is central to Christian liturgy, acquired sociological meaning in the later middle Ages. The corpus mysticum became the organized body of Christian society and created, in due course, the greatest of artificial persons, namely, “the state.” Out of this modular structure or building block, Western capitalism emerged, along with other fictional entities such as the `Joint Stock Company’ and `public corporation’ (Princeton, 1957).
Hence, it is a medieval Christian Anglo-Saxon construct that says that `corporations’ are more evolved forms than, say, joint families or cooperatives or trusts. One is not sure why India should continue to accept this European medieval evolution, which was essential for colonial conquests, driven by joint stock companies such as the East India Company, which considered India `unorganized’ and went about organizing it, with results known to us. So Church handed over idea of “globalization” to corporate.
In these days of political correctness, perhaps the so-called unorganized sector can be termed “corporate challenged”, while corporates themselves are “disclosure-” and “transparency-challenged”.
They even propounded an idea of “glocal”. This is mainly global models but will try to take into account local sensibilities. Whether it is market efficiency or asset valuation every human being in the world should behave as per western models. If not there is a problem with that person or group. They were to be identified as “deviation” from norm.
The entire edifice of modern economics/Finance assumes market to solve all problems since all men are” rational”—in the western sense- and profit maximizers. They have homogenous expectations etc. The poor segments when they become rich behave exactly similar to the current rich people. That assumption helps in “forecasting” income and consumption growth.
Societies were expected to behave as per model rather than modelling societal behaviour.
Wounded civilizations like India suffered a double whammy. Its youngsters were taught about the superiority of the Renaissance rationality and they began to fully imitate the homogenous model. Most got educated in Western Universities and this helped a lot for the globalisers.
Hence we have Christian globalisers/Islamic globalisers/Multinational corporate/Marxists. All using the premise of a global man and one size fits all. All of them can be called homogenizers. Among them Marxists are on the retreat after the fall of Berlin Wall.
But there is a problem. All these Homogenizers are run by a clique or elites who look down upon masses with contempt. Why so? Because they are confident that they have the solutions available in their books or models. The modern corporations have modelled academic institutions to suit their requirements. Recruitment /promotion etc. are dependent on reinforcing the belief system through research and training.
Within this so called left wing and right wing have evolved. Both are homogenizers. One is state based and other is big corporate or so called “market “based.
But of late left wing has got twisted due to being politically right—it became friendly to Radical Islam and also to other “modernities” like LGBTQ groups. Interestingly soviet model of Stalin shunned these categories.
The Globalisers also created categories like economically “conservatives” but socially “liberal “or socially conservative but economically Liberal –but all within their framework of homogenizing. Also the Christian leaders would accept “Islamic Contribution” and nothing more than that.
For instance Obama claimed in Cairo (June, 2009) that algebra, the decimal system and printing technology were the inventions of the land of sands[Arabia] when these accomplishments owe as much to India and China.
Assertion of the Average: But the Globalisers are on retreat. One is the conflict or rather war waged by Radical Islam which would like to establish a Caliphate in Europe. Church is in retreat in Europe since many are becoming agnostic. Modern versions of Church getting active-in the form of Evangelicals like Pentecostal etc. Post economic crisis of 2008 the big corporates are on the retreat. The average school educated person is unhappy and angry. He is unhappy about unemployment which is running high in G-7 countries—more so in Europe. He is angry about mass migration and what he perceives as Islamic invasion of Europe and even USA.EU which is one of the earliest “Project Europe” to bring together “globalization” within Europe is under threat. The rural/school only educated /unwashed in Britain rejected the rule from Brussels. The Sophisticated elite of London wanted to be in EU. In France and Italy similar situation is developing. In the USA the assertion of average was extra-ordinary. All elites and financial system supported Hillary but she was defeated by again school only educated /poor segments.
Globalization crowd is desperate. Davos meet this year had of all persons Chinese President Xi and he was requested to “lead” globalization. One can imagine the level of desperation of the Davos crowd.
Homogenization/one size fits all and Western model is THE model– is the major mantras of globalisers. Radical Islam says the same thing except using its own book.
Tony Blair the then Prime Minister of UK in his famous Chicago Address -1999-suggests:
“The most pressing foreign policy problem we face is to identify the circumstances in which we should get actively involved in other people’s conflicts. Non -interference has long been considered an important principle of international order…. “But the principle of non-interference must be qualified in important respects”. The NATO intervention in Kosovo and Afghanistan as well as US intervention in Iraq provide recent examples of breakdown of idea of Westphalia.
Interestingly Radical Islam also considers that the world order based on Westphalian consensus will collapse. “In the aftermath of the 11 March 2004 Madrid attacks, Lewis ‘Atiyyatullah, who claims to represent the terrorist network Al-Qaeda, declared that “the international system built up by the West since the Treaty of Westphalia will collapse; and a new international system will rise under the leadership of a mighty Islamic state.”
The spread of ISIS across countries and activities of Boko Haram based in Nigeria in Kenya and Chad re-emphasis this point. Radical Islam does not accept territorial boundaries since it works for a global regime for global Ummah. The talk about Caliphate indicates that they are trans-border organizations.
On the other side we find global corporations transcending sovereignty in search of global profits. For this they use tax havens as a tool. Tax havens–numbering more than 70 jurisdictions–facilitate bank facilities with zero taxes and no-disclosure of the names and in many cases anonymous trusts holding accounts on behalf of beneficiary. In the case of Bahamas one building seems to have had tens of thousands of companies registered there.
USA is literally waging war with major Giants like Amazon/Google/Microsoft etc. for not paying adequate taxes in USA in spite of being US based companies. Most of these companies have moved their profits to other Tax Havens.
A simple method of trade mis-invoicing by global companies using tax-havens have impacted developing countries nearly 730Billion USD in 2012 says Global Financial integrity. There is an increasing clamour in USA and EU about closing down these tax havens.
Most of America’s largest corporations maintain subsidiaries in offshore tax havens. At least 358 companies, nearly 72 percent of the Fortune 500, operate subsidiaries in tax haven jurisdictions
  • All told, these 358 companies maintain at least 7,622 tax haven subsidiaries.
  • The thirty companies with the most money officially booked offshore for tax purposes collectively operate 1,225 tax haven subsidiaries.
Fortune 500 companies currently hold more than $2.1 trillion in accumulated profits offshore for tax purposes. Just thirty Fortune 500 companies account for 65 percent of these offshore profits. These thirty companies with the most money offshore have booked $1.4 trillion overseas for tax purposes. Only fifty-seven Fortune 500 companies disclose what they would expect to pay in U.S. taxes if these profits were not officially booked offshore. In total, these fifty-seven companies would owe $184.4 billion in additional federal taxes. Based on these fifty-seven corporations’ public disclosures, the average tax rate that they have collectively paid to foreign countries on these profits is a mere 6 percent, indicating that a large portion of this offshore money has been booked in tax havens. If we apply that average tax rate of 6 percent to the entirety of Fortune 500 companies, they would collectively owe $620 billion in additional federal taxes. Some of the worst offenders include: Apple/Nike/American Express/ PepsiCo / Pfizer/Morgan Stanley/Citi Group/Wall Mart/Bank of America /Google/ Microsoft/ Goldman Sachs etc.
So Globalisation is stuck between Tax havens and Terrorists.
The middle class in UK revolted against EU –seamless borders and trade and in US the victory of Trump is a big blow to Globalisers. He is unenthusiastic about Davos. The rise of Le Pen in France and Geert Wilders in Holland represent back to national sovereignty. Le Pen recently said in Koblenz “nation state” is back.
In this, the traditional division of Left and right has lost its meaning. In BREXIT we saw left supporting EU and part of right opposing it. Now, the new divisions are Globalisers versus Nation states both from left and right.
There was an agitation by supporters of Gorbyn the rabid left wing leader of Labour party in UK against the most venerable left wing intellectualism personified “New Statesman”
[http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/new-statesman-protest-jeremy-corbyn-momentum_uk_58e73c75e4b058f0a02dd696]
Actually this extreme left-winger Corbyn opposed BREXIT and wanted Britain to be in EU.
While as the conservatives in large numbers supported BREXIT and from that point the calling of referendum by Cameron was even questioned. Corbyn was supposed to be part of “Remain and Reform” EU group. Anyhow Britain and labour force of Britain overwhelmingly voted for going out of EU which is perceived as a “Globalizing menace”
Le Pen in France wants to come out of EU since it is impacting “French” characteristics. She is considered “extreme” right by the main stream media in France. She wants France to come out of EU; opposed to Radical Islam; opposed to immigrants and against large French Govt. Interestingly one of her opponent Melonchon who is considered as left extreme also wants to re-negotiate EU and possibly pull out. He is also against large central French Govt. and surprisingly not for the “veil” for the women!! Both Extreme right and Left are against large global corporations and Globalization by the Davos crowd.
In the USA the divisions are becoming interesting with large number of Trump supporters viewing Russia favourably while as Democrats are upset with Russia. Trump supporters view Russia as a good ally against radical Islam. Not that Russia is any more “socialist”. Trump is as unhappy as Obama was about large US companies like Google/Amazon/Microsoft etc. not paying adequate taxes in the USA but showing large profits in Tax havens like Cayman Islands.
Large portions of left in Europe are split regarding its attitude to Radical Islam. One segment arguing for total “understanding” of Islam while another segment wanting to uphold traditional values of Europe on women issues, on Homo-sexuality and contraception.
This single model groups are being opposed by smaller “national and Community” sovereignty groups. For instance in Britain poorer rural segments /less educated segments and working class segments voted for BREXIT since all of them felt big Government at Brussels is trampling on their sovereignty. Similarly School educated /older aged/less income segments supported Trump. Both cases it is against “globalization” and “large corporate”.
Similarly one witnesses raise of such political forces in Holland/France/ Italy and Germany. All these will have far reaching impact in the coming year due to elections in France and Germany.
Hence today the world is divided between Globalisers –be it corporate or Radical Islam or evangelists and “localisers” both right wing and Left wing. Globalisiers wants homogeneity –all wear Jeans and all drink Coke or all women have Burqa and all men pray 5 times. Localisers want variety and pluralism. Respect for local tradition and customs and recognition of small businesses.
The current conflict is between Globaliser wing [GW] and Localiser Wing [LW]
Hence do not use the old clichéd RW/LW paradigm –it is dead.
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Prof R. VaidyanathanCho. S Ramaswamy Visiting Chair Professor of Public Policy SASTRA UniversityProfessor IIMB[Rtd]

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24th April 2017 
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‘CHAMPARAN 1917: CONTEXT AND IMPACT’

The Nehru Memorial Museum and Library 
cordially invites you to a National Conference
on
‘Champaran 1917: Context and Impact’
at 10.00 a.m. on Thursday-Friday, 27 -28 April, 2017
Seminar Room, First Floor, Library Building
Concept Note
Gandhi came to Bihar only after continuous persuasion by Indigo cultivator Raj Kumar Shukla and Brij Kishor Prasad, but later immersed himself completely in the struggle of Indigo cultivators. Champaran is considered one of the watershed moments in India’s struggle for independence but has been largely understood in the context of its end result.It is equally important to ponder upon the strategy, that Gandhi followed and role of co-workers such as Dr. Rajendra Prasad, Raj Kumar Shukla, Brij Kishor Prasad, Anugrah Narayan Sinha, Ramnavmi Prasad and many others. From a narrow perspective it could be said that Gandhi’s strategy comprised only serving people but from a broader viewpoint, it could be seen that Gandhi’s vision was to develop a nationwide strategy that led him to understand the social conflict which highlighted the internal asymmetry within society and how it eventually weakened the struggle against colonial rule.
The personnel struggle of liberation and regeneration of one’s own truth to reach a vantage point is of great substance in all the causes he served. But what remains to be crucial in understanding Gandhi is the missing links in locating his journey of becoming Mahatma as the world knows him. Historical presence of Gandhi in various locations and his contribution are recognized only in limited understanding. To this the Nehru Memorial Museum Library is looking forward to connect the missing links and use the occasion of Centenary Celebration of Champaran Satyagraha to organize a National Conference titled ‘Champaran 1917: Context and Impact’ on 27-28th April, 2017.
The conference majorly looks forward to emphasize upon the procedural aspects of Champran agitation. The procedural understanding would be considerably helpful in understanding the trajectory of social and political movements in India. It is also important to highlight that Champaran hold its value of being one of the first movement that led to national level fermentation of struggle against colonization. By delving into Champaran’s context we will go through the procedures which will bring new insights to help us in grappling with persisting challenges in India.
 Kindly find the attached schedule of the Conference 

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