Friday, June 29, 2018

Merchandise exports decline by (-)24.3% in September, 2015

India’s exports for the month of September 2015 stands at USD 21.84 billion as compared to USD 28.8 billion in September 2014 registering a growth of (-) 24.3%. During September 2015, the imports are registered at USD 32.3 billion as compared to USD 43.3 billion in September 2014, registering a growth of (-)25.4%. The balance of trade stands at around USD (-)10.5 billion during September 2015 as compared to USD(-)14.5 billion for September 2014.
Value of Foreign Trade

                    USD Billion

Growth (%)
    (-) 24.3%

Growth (%)
(-) 25.4%
Trade balance

(-) 10.4
Source: PHD Research Bureau, compiled from Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Govt of India

The cumulative value of exports for the period April- September 2015-16 is US$13.3 billion as against US$ 16.1 billion over the same period last year registering a negative growth of around (-)18% in Dollar terms. The cumulative value of imports for the period April-September 2015-16 is US$ 20.1 billion as against US$ 23.4 billion registering a negative growth of (-)14.16% in Dollar terms over the same period last year.

   Trend in Exports and imports   (%)
 Source: PHD Research Bureau, compiled from Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Govt of India

August, 2015 Services Exports stands at USD 13.58 billion

India’s services exports for the month of August,2015 stand at around USD 13.58 billion and services imports stand at  USD 7.7 billion in August 2015. The trade balance in services stands at USD 5.80 billion for the month of August 2015.

Value of Service Trade (USD billion)



Trade balance

             Source: PHD Research Bureau, compiled from Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Govt of India

Trump, Putin to meet on July 16 in Helsinki:

US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet on July 16 in Helsinki, the Kremlin and the White House said on Thursday, a first official summit that will be closely watched by nervous US allies in Europe and critics of Russia in America.
The two countries announced the details simultaneously a day after striking a deal on holding the meeting following a visit to Moscow on Wednesday by US national security adviser John Bolton.”The two leaders will discuss relations between the United States and Russia and a range of national security issues,” the White House said in a statement.
Trump and Putin have met twice before on the sidelines of international gatherings.
Their summit could irritate US allies who want to isolate Putin, such as Britain, or who are concerned about what they see as Trump’s overly friendly attitude toward the Russian leader.
It is also likely to go down badly among critics who question Trump’s commitment to the NATO alliance and who have been concerned about his frictions with longtime allies such as Canada and Germany over trade.
Trump has long expressed a desire for better relations with Moscow, even as Washington tightens sanctions.
Hanging over relations with Russia since Trump took office in January last year is the conclusion of US intelligence community that Moscow sought to interfere in the 2016 presidential campaign to tilt the election in Trump’s favor.
Moscow has long denied any meddling. A special counsel is investigating possible collusion by the Trump campaign with Russia, which Trump has denied.
Bolton told reporters in Moscow he expected Russian meddling in US politics to be discussed at the summit.
He said he did not rule out Trump discussing Russia rejoining the Group of Seven industrialised countries to make it the G8 again.
After Trump and Putin met briefly in Vietnam in November 2017, Trump was criticized in the United States for saying he believed Putin when the Russian president denied accusations that Russia meddled in the 2016 election.

High-level Chinese military delegation visit India

Chinese defense ministry announced on Thursday that China’s Deputy Commander of Western military region, Major General Liu Xiaowu will soon visit Pakistan and India. Spokesperson Wu Qian said Major General Liu would discuss border issues and collaboration as well as have an interaction with the militaries during his visit.
Wu said that Pakistan and India along with other Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) member states would participate in the “Peace Mission” joint military drill to be held in Russia this year.
“China is willing to continue to connect through exchange and cooperation in defense and security with SCO member countries on the basis of mutual trust and benefit, and to improve capacity to jointly cope with new challenges and threats,” he said.
The spokesperson added that during the visit, Major General Liu would be expected to meet with the leaders of the two countries’ military forces, and exchange experience on the battlefield-level, contacts, border control, and border defense cooperation.
When talking about Sino-Indian border defense cooperation, the spokesperson said that China and India held a meeting and discussed border issues.
The meeting was mainly for the purpose of practicing yoga together, because the day of June 21 coincides with the “International Yoga Day.”
In addition, the Chinese officers and soldiers also performed martial arts performances with Indian officers and soldiers.
He said China looked forward to the extensive friendly exchange with India and the continuous enhancement of mutual trust to jointly safeguard peace and tranquility in the border areas and implement the important consensus between the leaders.

Five dead, 20 wounded in Maryland newsroom shooting

 A gunman fired through a glass door at a newspaper in the Maryland capital of Annapolis and sprayed the newsroom with gunfire on Thursday, killing at least five people and injuring several others, authorities said.There were 170 people in the building, the publication wrote.
The news channel reports the shooter  is white man but his identity is not disclosed.  County Sheriff Ron Bateman told Fox News confirmed the detention of the suspect, while local political leaders said no motive was known for the attack at the Capital Gazette newspaper.
Capital Gazette
Five people were killed and several others were “gravely injured” in a shooting at the Capital Gazette office, according to police. A shooter is in custody.
According to Phil Davis, one of the reporters who was inside at the time and tweeted an account of the assault, the gunman shot through the door and opened fire on staff inside — as others including himself hid under their desks.
Describing the attack to the Baltimore Sun, which owns the Capital Gazette, Davis said it “was like a war zone” inside, a situation that would be “hard to describe for a while.”
Davis said he was still hiding under his desk when the shooting stopped —and police swarmed the building taking the suspect into custody.
It took officers — trained to respond to the mass shootings that have become a regular occurrence in the country — just 60 seconds to arrive on site, according to an official.
Many of the office workers inside the four-story building were alerted to the shooting by the police sirens wailing outside.
A lockdown was ordered immediately.

EU leaders agree on migration

European Union leaders reached an agreement on migration after almost 10 hours of chaotic talks in Brussels over the sensitive issue threatening their union and zone of free travel, as well as German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government.
“EU28 leaders have agreed on (summit) conclusions, including on migration,” the chairman of the talks, Donald Tusk, said.
Italy had earlier blocked any agreement at the summit — which was also about trade and security, among other things — unless EU peers met its demands over migration.
As per the agreement, the European Council reconfirms that a precondition for a functioning EU policy relies on a comprehensive approach to migration which combines more effective control of the EU’s external borders… This is a challenge not only for a single Member State, but for Europe as a whole.
The European Council is determined to prevent a return to the uncontrolled flows of 2015 and to further stem illegal migration on all existing and emerging routes.
As regards the Central Mediterranean Route, efforts to stop smugglers operating out of Libya or elsewhere should be further intensified. The EU will continue to stand by Italy and other frontline Member States in this respect.
As regards the Eastern Mediterranean Route, additional efforts are needed to fully implement the EU-Turkey Statement, prevent new crossings from Turkey and bring the flows to a halt… More efforts are urgently needed to ensure swift returns and prevent the development of new sea or land routes… In the light of the recent increase in flows in the Western Mediterranean, the EU will support, financially and otherwise, all efforts by Member States, especially Spain, and countries of origin and transit, in particular Morocco, to prevent illegal migration.
To break the business model of the smugglers, thus preventing tragic loss of life, it is necessary to eliminate the incentive to embark on perilous journeys. This requires a new approach based on shared or complementary actions among the Member States to the disembarkation of those who are saved in Search And Rescue operations. In that context, the European Council calls on the Council and the Commission to swiftly explore the concept of regional disembarkation platforms, in close cooperation with relevant third countries as well as UNHCR and IOM. Such platforms should operate distinguishing individual situations, in full respect of international law and without creating a pull factor.
On EU territory, those who are saved, according to international law, should be taken charge of, on the basis of a shared effort, through the transfer in controlled centres set up in Member States, only on a voluntary basis, where rapid and secure processing would allow, with full EU support, to distinguish between irregular migrants, who will be returned, and those in need of international protection, for whom the principle of solidarity would apply. All the measures in the context of these controlled centres, including relocation and resettlement, will be on a voluntary basis, without prejudice to the Dublin reform.
The European Council agrees on launching the second tranche of the Facility for Refugees in Turkey and at the same time on transferring 500 million euro from the 11th EDF reserve to the EU Trust Fund for Africa.
Tackling the migration problem at its core requires a partnership with Africa aiming at a substantial socio-economic transformation of the African continent…
In the context of the next Multiannual Financial Framework, the European Council underlines the need for flexible instruments, allowing for fast disbursement, to combat illegal migration. The internal security, integrated border management, asylum and migration funds should therefore include dedicated, significant components for external migration management.
The European Council recalls the need for Member States to ensure the effective control of the EU’s external borders with EU financial and material support. It also underlines the necessity to significantly step up the effective return of irregular migrants.
On concerning the situation internally in the EU, secondary movements of asylum seekers between Member States risk jeopardising the integrity of the Common European Asylum System and the Schengen acquis. Member States should take all necessary internal legislative and administrative measures to counter such movements and to closely cooperate amongst each other to that end.
As regards the reform for a new Common European Asylum System, much progress has been achieved. A consensus needs to be found on the Dublin Regulation to reform it based on a balance of responsibility and solidarity, taking into account the persons disembarked following Search And Rescue operations.
Media agencies

BSP Chief Mayawati: BJP failing on surgical strike

Releasing video of  is nothing but an attempt by this Govt to distract people from their enormous failures before 2019. If they did it with intention of showing proof, then why did they not release video when strike was carried out?: BSP Chief Mayawati
Arvind Kejriwal @TroluKejri Jun 27
Why didn’t they reveal the #SurgicalStrikeVideo the very next day? Were they waiting for me to claim #SurgicalStrike didn’t happen?

Glenmark 35th Sub Junior and 45th Junior National Aquatic Championships

Day 5 of Glenmark 35th Sub Junior and 45th Junior National Aquatic Championships

Vedika, Shaon Srihari Nina and Bikram shine in a day of upsets.
5 New records
In a day where the favourites seemed to lose most races. There were some phenomenol performances which lit up a hot day further.
The Girls 200 m breaststroke record in the girls group II category was broken twice. Kareena Shankta of SFI broke the existing record by 3 seconds to clock 02:48.02 in the heats in the morning.  Vedika Amin of SFI swum a wonderful last 50 meters to edge past Kareena at the home stretch to set a New National record and win gold clocking a time of 02:43.97. Kareena won silver with a time of 02:44.29 which was a better meet record while Rachana S Rao of Karnataka won bronze with a time of 02:48.06 The swimmers from Girls Group II were 5 seconds faster than swimmers from Girls Group I in the 200 m Breaststroke event
Vidith S Shankar of Karnataka swum a dream race to set a new national record in the 100 m Freestyle Breaststroke Boys Group III. Vidith clocked 01:14.51 beating the record set in the heats by the silver medalist Zainul Hussain of Madhya Pradesh who won silver with a time  of 01:15.89. Sanjeevan Kumar Das of Assam won bronze with a time of 01:17.13
Bikram Changmai of Assam who trains at the SAI Glenmark TIDM programme at Delhi kept his nerve to thwart a tremendous assault from Shoan Ganguly of Goa who earlier upset Bikram’s teammate Veer Khatkar in the 200 m freestyle to win gold with a time of 02:10.14 breaking the national record in the process. Shoan bettered the meet record with a time of 02:11.11 while Aryan Panchal of Gujarat created an upset  by winning bronze with a time of 02:13.51
Nina Venkatesh broke a 13 year old National record in the 50 m Butterfly Girls group II. Nina held her nerve and did not look back after gaining the lead in the second half of the race and clocked 00:29.48 while  Liyana Fathima Umar of Kerala won silver with a time of 00:29.86 while Uttara Gogoi of Assam won bronze with a time of 00:30.27
Crowd favourite  Srihari Nataraj of Karnataka smashed a 10 year record by winning the 200 m Freestyle Boys Group I with a time of 01:53.54. He beat Neel Roy of SFI who won both the 50m and 100 m Freestyle events and was the favourite to win the competition. Neel clocked 01:54.72 which incidentally was a better meet record.  Sanjay C. J. Won bronze with a time of 01:56.13
Bhavya Sachdeva  representing Delhi reaffirmed her status as a champion distance swimmer by winning her third gold  in the 1500 m Freestyle Girls Group II adding to her golds in the 400m and the 800 m Freestyle. Bhavya won the gold with a time of 18:28.20. She was followed by Aanya Wala of SFI who swum a well paced race to win silver with a time of 18:38.42 while B Shakti of Tamil Nadu won bronze with a time of 19:11.06
Shoan Ganguly swum out of his skin to upset the applecart and win the 200 m Freestyle Boys Group II event with a time of 01:.59.01 edging past Veer Khatkar of Haryana who trains at the SAI Glenmark TIDM programme at Delhi and the winner and national record holder of the 100 and 50 m Freestyle events.  Veer clocked 01:59.39. while Akashdeep Singh of Punjab  won bronze with a time of 02:01.59
Saloni Dalal of Karnataka retained the 200m Breaststroke  Girls Group I beating a spirited challenge from her stalemate Harshita Jayaram and Giant killer Sharon Shaju of SFI who won the 50 m and 100 m breaststroke Events. Saloni won gold with a time of 02:48.72 while Harshita Jayaram and Sharon Saju clocked 02:49.19 and 02:49.27 to win silver and bronze respectively.
Hitaishi V of Karnataka won a hard fought race with her compatriot Shriya Iswar Prasad in the 100 m Breaststroke Girls Group III. Hitaishi clocked 01:22.13 to win gold while Shriya won silver with a time of 01:22.63. Zahra Sakharwala who trains at the GAF centre in Mumbai won her first medal in the Nationals for SFI winning bronze with a time of 01:26.64
Theerdhu Samdev of Andhra Pradesh won his second gold of the meet by winning the 50 m backstroke Boys Group IV comfortably with a time of 00:34.50. Sanskar Bhuyan of Assam won the silver with a time of 00:36.25 in a dead heat finish with Tanay Suresh of Karnataka who clocked 00:36.28
Sanvi Kumawat of Rajasthan beat top seed and 50 m butterfly winner Manavi Varma of Karnataka to win the 50 m backstroke  Girls Group III with a time of 00:36.96 Manavi clocked 00:37.74 to win silver while Kopal Rai of Madhya Pradesh won bronze with a time of 00:38.11
Suvana Baskar completed her individual events by winning her 4th gold in the 50 m Backstroke Girls Group I with a time of 00:31.28 narrowly beating Tanisha Malviya of Delhi who clocked 00:31.66. Shrungi Bandekar won another medal for Goa by winning bronze with a time of 00:31.87 swimming in the outer lane 1.
Nina Venkatesh of Karnataka returned to the pool in 20 minutes of winning the 50 m butterfly in record time to win the 50 m backstroke Girls Group II with a time of 00:31.83. Nina showed no signs of fatigue as she led from start to finish to beat Sanaa Mathew for Kerala who clocked 00:32.58 to win silver and SFI’s
Palak Dhami who claimed bronze with a time of 00:33.01
Tanish George Mathew of Karnataka created an upset by winning the gold in the 200 m Butterfly Boys Group I with a time of 02:06.73 beating top seed Param Padam Birthare of Madhya Pradesh who won silver with a time of 02:09.45 while Sanjay C J won his second bronze medal of the day finishing third with a time of 02:11.12
The last race of the day saw Khushi Dinesh win her fourth gold winning the gruelling 800 m Freestyle Girls Group I. She has made a strong pitch for being the best swimmer in the girls Group I category after winning gold medals in the 200 m, 400 m, 800 m, and 1500 m Freestyle events.  Khushi won clocking a time of 09:25.67. Bhavika Dugar of Tamil Nadu

German vessel Saxony missile mishap

A missile failed to launch and exploded aboard a navy ship in a training exercise with technical problem. The Missile warhead created a giant fireball when it blew up on the German vessel Saxony off the coast of Norway. Images taken of the dramatic event show a shower of sparks and debris raining down into the sea.
The navy ship was operating near the Arctic Circle when it attempted to fire a Standard Missile as part of the exercise, the service said in a release.
Fire ball engulfed, after giving the command to fire, the rocket malfunctioned and blew up aboard the vessel, injuring two sailors.
Ship’s  captain, Thomas Hacken, said: ‘We were standing in front of a blazing and glowing hot wall of fire.’
‘The sprinkler system on board the ship was immediately activated and the crew managed to put the fire out. Two sailors were treated for shock.
The launch box and bridge of the navy vessel were left visibly damaged.According to a statement from the German Navy, the SM 2 type missile failed to lift off due to a defect in its propulsion system.A Navy spokesman said there were no indications of a technical defect before the firing of the rocket. Another rocket of the same type was successfully launched by the Saxony before the incident.But the overheating could have caused damaged to its electrical or leaks somewhere may left undetected.
 German Navy’s chief inspector, Vice Admiral Andreas Krause, said the incident is a necessary risk the navy takes during live-firing exercises.He said: ‘We have to practice realistically, so that we are ready for action in case of emergency, also for national and alliance defence purposes.’
Media agencies

Ambassadors of Nordic Countries on India

Mr Naresh kumar sagar
Dear Mr kumar sagar,
Thank you for registering for the Ambassadors of Nordic Countries on India – Nordic Partnership: An Idea Whose Time Has Come | 28th June | IIC. Your registration is confirmed. Please bring this confirmation sheet with you to the event to facilitate registration.
The event will take place at Seminar Rooms II & III, Kamaladevi Complex, India International Centre, New Delhi on Thursday, June 28, 2018, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM.
Please CLICK HERE to see programme structure.
Ambassadors of Nordic Countries to India
“India – Nordic Partnership: An Idea Whose Time Has Come”
Thursday, June 28, 2018 | 05:30 PM – 07:00 PM
Seminar Rooms II & III, Kamaladevi Complex, India International Centre, New Delhi
5:00 PM – 5:30 PM Registration
5:30 PM – 5:38 PM Introductory Remarks by Ambassador Ashok Sajjanhar, Adviser Central Asia,
Ananta Aspen Centre, President, Institute of Global Studies & Former
Ambassador of India to Kazakhstan, Sweden and Latvia
5:38 PM – 5: 46 PM Remarks by H.E. Ms. Nina Vaskunlahti, Ambassador of Finland to India
5:46 PM – 5: 54 PM Remarks by H.E. Mr. Peter Taksoe-Jensen, Ambassador of Denmark to India
5:54 PM – 6:02PM Remarks by H.E. MR. Thorir Ibsen, Ambassador of Iceland to India
6:02 PM – 6:10 PM Remarks by Mr. Gautam Bhattacharyya, Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of
Sweden, New Delhi
6:10PM – 6:18PM Remarks by Ms. Hanne Meldgaard, Minister Counsellor & Deputy Head of
Mission, Royal Norwegian Embassy, New Delhi
6:18 PM – 6:40PM Conversation between the Chair and the Speakers
6:40 PM – 6:55PM Q and A Session with the audience
6:55 PM – 7:00PM Closing remarks and Vote of Thanks by the Chair
7:00 PM Close of the session

Lamerica – by Gianni Amelio (1994)

Istituto Italiano di Cultura New Delhi's photo.
Cinema At The Institute: Borderlands Films,Hosted by Istituto Italiano di Cultura New Delhi
Cinema At The Institute: Through the history of Italian films
Focus 4: Borderlands Cinema
Migrations constitute a crucial challenge in globalised modernity.
Many of our existences have become more and more nomadic and deterritorialised and our identity is strictly related to the geo-political order. But how does cinema contribute to the establishment and the record of these narratives of displacement? With this focus we attempt at offering a vision of the migration phenomena as portrayed in recent Italian fiction films.
This selection takes up Italy as a emigration destination while not overlooking a still unremote past when Italians were the ones abandoning their lands to spread across the world in search of fortune.
June, 21st – Taranta on the road – by Salvatore Allocca (2017)
June, 28th – Lamerica – by Gianni Amelio (1994)
July, 5th – Saimir – by Francesco Munzi (2005)
July, 12th – Nuovomondo – by Emanuele Crialese (2008)
July, 19th – Coverboy – by Carmine Amoroso (2006)
July, 26th – Terraferma – by Emanuele Crialese (2012)

About Istituto Italiano di Cultura New Delhi

Istituto Italiano di Cultura New Delhi

Government organisation · Delhi, India
Italian language and culture in New Delhi, India

‘Transforming India Dialogues’ on June 28, 2018 

Dear Sir/ Madam,
Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhini (RMP) is organizing the 9th series of ‘Transforming India Dialogues‘ on June 28, 2018 at 5:45 PM at Seminar Room, Nehru Memorial Museum & Library, New Delhi. Hon’ble Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Shri Jagat Prakash Nadda would grace the occasion as a Speaker.
Prabodhini cordially invites to you in the above-mentioned programme. E-invite of the programme is attached herewith for your kind consideration.
looking forward to your kind presence.
Kindly note that the invitation is non-transferrable and entry is by invitation only.
A line of confirmation would be very helpful.
Thanks & Regards
Prashant Chauhan
Rambhau Mhalgi Prabodhini
136, North Avenue, New Delhi-110001
Ph : 011- 23092032, +91 9999486030

FIFA World Cup’s four matches today

FIFA World Cup will feature four matches today and day will also witness the moment of reckoning for supergiants Brazil and Germany.
In the two games to be played simultaneously at 7.30 p.m., Mexico will take on Sweden at Ekaterinburg, while Germany will meet South Korea in Kazan.
Group F stands tantalisingly poised with all four teams having the chance of advancing to the knockout round. With six points in their kitty, Mexico still need a point to be absolutely sure of reaching the knockout rounds.
Both Sweden and Germany have three points each. Swedes will advance if they better Germany’s result against South Korea.
On the other hand, reigning champions Germany need to beat South Korea by two goals or more to guarantee they qualify. Sitting at the bottom of the group without a point, South Korea can qualify if they beat Germany and Sweden lose against Mexico.
In the two Group E encounters to be played simultaneously at 11.30 p.m., Serbia will take on Brazil at Spartak Stadium in Moscow, while Switzerland will face Costa Rica at Nizhny Novgorod Stadium.
With poor record against European rivals, Brazil may not have it easy. With four points from two games, Brazil are neck and neck with Switzerland.
The five-time champions are just a point ahead of today’s rivals Serbia. Brazil and Serbia have met four times at the World Cup. Their head-to-head record is perfectly balanced with one win and two draws.
Switzerland have an opportunity to secure their place in the last Sixteen and even top the group, if they win or draw against an already eliminated Costa Rica.
Teams qualified for the last 16 of the World Cup so far:
Spain limp in knock out,
in last 16 of  WC
African,Asian team still none enters appears all Europeans affairs this world Cup 2018.

RIMPAC to begin off Hawaii

The world’s largest multilateral naval exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) will begin today off Hawaii in the Western Pacific Ocean. The two-month long biennial exercise is likely to be attended by navies of 26 countries including India.
Indian Naval Ship Sahyadri has already reached the Pearl Harbour in Hawaii to participate in the 26th edition of RIMPAC exercise.
The Navy in statement said, INS Sahyadri, commanded by Captain Shantanu Jha, is a state-of-the-art indigenously built guided missile stealth frigate which is a part of the Eastern Fleet under the Eastern Naval Command.
It said, India’s participation in the exercise provides a platform for increased interoperability and development of common understanding of procedures for maritime security operations.

US SC upholds Trump travel ban

US Supreme Court has ruled in favour of the Trump administration’s travel ban targeting people from several Muslim-majority countries.
Lower courts had deemed the ban unconstitutional, but the US top court last night reversed the decision in a 5-4 majority ruling. The ban prohibits most people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen from entering the US. The court’s reversal is viewed as a victory for the Trump administration.
President Trump has welcomed the decision. In a tweet, he said, the ruling is a tremendous victory for the American People and the Constitution. Trump said, the ruling shows that all of the attacks from the media and the Democrat politicians are wrong, and they turned out to be very wrong.
In a proclamation in September 2017, Trump had placed entry restrictions on nationals of eight foreign nations whose systems for managing and sharing information about their nationals he deemed inadequate.