Monday, April 9, 2012

India, Qatar sign pact to boost coop in oil & gas sector

A pact to enhance cooperation in the key sector of oil and gas exploration is among the six agreements inked between India and Qatar on Monday, which has the world's third-largest natural gas reserves after Russia and Iran.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Emir of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani held comprehensive talks on a whole gamut of bilateral ties, including boosting trade as well as energy cooperation and welfare of Indian workers.
There are around 500,000 Indians in the Gulf country. After the talks, Petroleum Minister S Jaipal Reddy and Qatar's Energy Minister Mohammed Bin Saleh al-Sada signed an MoU to establish a cooperative framework to facilitate and to enhance bilateral cooperation in the oil and gas sector for mutual benefit.
It envisages cooperation in the areas of upstream and downstream oil and gas activities.
It is expected to encourage and promote investment and cooperation between two ministries of oil and gas and through affiliated companies.
Qatar is the largest supplier of LNG to India, which buys 7.5 million tonnes/per year of LNG from it. India wants to have huge additional supply of oil and LNG from Qatar but pricing is an issue.
Other pacts are in the areas of educational exchanges, cultural contacts, promoting tourism and cooperation in legal affairs.
An MoU was also signed between the Reserve Bank of India and Qatar Central Bank for sharing of supervisory information and enhancing cooperation in the area of banking supervision.

India, Qatar sign six MoU

Qatar and India have signed a number of memorandum of understanding in various fields including educational, legal assistance, external affairs Oil and Gas etc.
The Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani who is in New Delhi on a three day state visit on Monday held bilateral talks with Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh.
The agenda in his talks with Indian leaders included topics such as business, oil, trade and infrastructure.
The Emir of Qatar is accompanied by his wife Shiekh Mozah bint Naseer Al Missned, a high-level ministerial delegation, senior officials and businessmen.
This is the third visit of the Emir to India, the last two being in 1999 and 2005.
During his stay in India, the Emir will meet President Patil who will host a banquet in honour of the visiting dignitary.
Vice-President Mohammad Hamid Ansari and External Affairs Minister SM Krishna will call on the Emir.
Congress President Sonia Gandhi is also expected to meet the Emir.
Dr. Manmohan Singh visited Qatar in November 2008. India’s ties with Qatar have been historically close and friendly.
Qatar is the largest supplier of LNG to India. This Middle Eastern nation also hosts an Indian community of around 500,000 persons.
The visit of the Emir is expected to provide further impetus to our multifaceted engagement

USHA IGU Delhi Juniors tees off from tomorrow

9th April, New Delhi: USHA IGU Delhi Juniors, the season’s opening junior golf tournament will tee off at the Army Golf Club (AEPTA), Delhi from tomorrow. In the 2012 calendar, three out of 11 junior tournaments will be sponsored by USHA as part of their commitment to promote Junior amateur golf in the country. Around 96 golfers in Category A (Age group 15-17) and Category B (Age group 13-14) will participate out of which 50 from the IGU’s order of merit list and rest through an open registration will vie for the title.  The tournament will be played in stroke play format and the cut will be applied after 36 holes on Wednesday. There will be an over all winner declared apart from the winners in different A and B categories.
 
 
In Category A, the no. 1 junior of the country Syed Saqib Ahmed will be out of action while two of last season’s winners – Delhi’s Honey Baisoya and Shubhankar Sharma will be looking to begin their year by clinching the title. Other top four players including Patna’s Aman Raj, Delhi’s Abhishek Kuhar, Manpreet Mann and Manu Gandas will also be in the fray to give a strong challenge.
 
In category B, Delhi’s Piyush Sanghwan who won two tournaments on the IGU circuit last year will try to remain as no. 1 in his category by winning the tournament. Kolkata’s Viraj Madappa, currently no. 2 on the IGU’s Order Of Merit, Jaipur’s Prakhar Asawa and Chandigarh’s Feroz Grewal will also be eager to add their names in the trophy as well.
 
Due to the ever increasing number of Junior Golfers in the National Junior Tour, a large number of eligible players had to sit out due to the limitations of field that could be allowed to play each day.  The IGU has now decided to bifurcate the Junior Tour into Junior and Sub Junior Tours in order to accommodate larger number of eligible Junior Players on the Tour. The Sub Junior Tour for category C, D and E will be held on a zonal basis while the Junior Tour for category A and B will continue at the National Level.  The IGU hopes that by doing so, not only the field in each category will be increased but it will also restrict the travelling of Sub Juniors with their parents in the respective zones only.
 
About USHA’s association with Golf
Usha has been sponsoring ladies golf since 1987 with the sponsorship of the Ladies Northern India Open Amateur Golf Championship. The Junior Training Programme and Junior Tournaments at the Delhi Golf Club are being sponsored by Usha since 2006.
From this year, Usha will be the exclusive sponsor of the entire ladies golf tour on the IGU (Indian Golf Union) Ladies Circuit which includes the 4 regional tournaments, the 4 zonal tournaments and the All India Ladies Open Amateur Golf Championship. Usha is also the exclusive sponsor of the Junior Tournaments at Delhi, Bangalore and Chandigarh and will also continue to conduct the Junior Training Programme at the Delhi Golf Club.
The Mawana Marathon which is sponsored by the Group for the last 23 years is actively supported by Usha.  This marathon is approved on the calendar of the Athletic Federation of India and has been flagged off from the historic India Gate for the last 3 consecutive years.
About Usha International
Usha International Ltd, a Siddharth Shriram Group Company, is one of India’s leading consumer durable marketing and manufacturing companies.  The diverse products marketed by the company under the brand name USHA include fans, sewing machines, home appliances, engines and pump sets, electrical motors and pumps, water coolers and dispensers, inverters, cook tops, hobs and hoods and auto components. The brand USHA has been re-energized through creative marketing, modernizing its product range and offering high technology products.

Idea Cellular ties up with Delhi Daredevils - a power packed combo!

The country’s leading telecom brand celebrates its 3 year association with the team as they gear up for their first game on the home ground

New Delhi, Monday, 9th April:  India’s 3rd largest telecom operator, Idea Cellular, renewed its association with IPL -5’s favorite team the Delhi Daredevils, for the 3rd year in a row, and welcomed the team and its new members prior to the first home game on 10th April in Delhi.
The Idea Cellular and Delhi Daredevils partnership began with the third edition of IPL T20 Cricket Tournament. IPL – 5 too will have Idea Cellular and its over 100 million subscribers support the Daredevils in their pursuit to win the cup. Idea subscribers will get a chance to win tickets for the matches, autographed merchandize, download special player messages and many more exciting interactions with Team Delhi Daredevils.
Mr. Sashi Shankar, Chief Marketing Officer, Mr. Rajat Mukarji, Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, and Mr. Sanjeev Govil, Chief Operating Officer – Delhi, all from Idea Cellular and the Delhi Daredevils skipper Virendra Sehwag, Kevin Pietersen and Mahela Jayawardhane and other dignitaries were also present on the occasion to mark 3 years of association.
Mr. Sashi Shankar, Chief Marketing officer – Idea Cellular said, “When Mobile telephony was launched, it was a game changer. It helped people get more productive and communicate better. Today, with Mobile Broadband in the form of 3G services, Idea is yet again championing this evolution - empowering consumers where they can communicate in multiple ways and follow their passions like Cinema, Music and Cricket wherever they are, whenever they want.  As a part of our Cricket-connect, Idea has had a long term partnership with the Delhi Daredevils, now in its 3rd year. Delhi is an important market for Idea and nothing says this louder than our association with the Delhi Daredevils.”
Idea Cellular has always focused on Bollywood and cricket to align its brand to youth segment. Indian Premier League tournament has been one of the most successful cricketing events since its inception with the top brands of the country competing for visibility and to avail the maximum mileage.
Mr. Amrit Mathur, Chief Operating Officer, GMR Sports said, “The Delhi Daredevils don’t just stand for all Delhities but also for those who choose to follow different paths and daredevilry. Our focus is to reach out, engage, entertain, and live up to our club’s promise. In this endeavor Idea has been at the forefront of this communication.  Idea has helped us reach out to our fans in multiple ways. The Delhi Daredevils and Idea association has gone from strength to strength and we have tried to do newer things every year.
This year being a case in example, where for the 1st time, we opened the ticketing window exclusively for Idea Customers, 48 hours before opening it up for everyone. We are also collaborating on many fronts to engage fans and generate traction for both our brands.”
Speaking on this occasion Mr. Sanjeev Govil, Circle Head, Delhi & Haryana, Idea Cellular, said, “Cricket fever is rising and the IPL 5 will only add more excitement to it, further electrifying the cricket frenzy in the nation. Going with our essential brand promise of bringing champion ideas through the power of mobility, we have partnered with this champion team. Through this association we will be offering cricket entertainment to our subscribers across the country. Like the last two seasons, this tie up too will offer a huge platform to create visibility for brand Idea through on-ground cricket action, and magnify the impact by reaching out to a larger audience through various media platforms.”
About IDEA Cellular Ltd
IDEA Cellular is India’s 3rd largest national mobile operator, with over 113 million subscribers. With traffic in excess of a billion minutes a day, Idea ranks among the Top 10 country operators in the world. Using the latest in techn

Iran talks to be held in Istanbul on April 14: EU

Berlin, April 8, - The next round of nuclear talks between Iran and the five UN Security Council veto powers plus Germany will be held in Istanbul on April 14, the German Press Agency (DPA) quoted a European Union official as saying in Brussels on Sunday.'We have agreed to launch talks in Istanbul on April 14,' a spokesman for EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton said.'We hope that this first round will produce a conducive environment for concrete progress. We are of course aiming at a sustained process,' he added.

 Earlier in the day, the website of the Iranian news network Press TV had quoted unnamed Iranian officials as saying that Istanbul has been confirmed as the venue for the nuclear talks between Iran and the six world powers -- the US, Russia, China, France, Britain and Germany.

Qatar’s Sheikh Hamad arrives India

New Delhi, April 8,  Emir of Qatar Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani arrived in New Delhi Sunday evening on a three-day state visit to India.Sheikh Hamad, accompanied by his wife Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned, a high level Ministerial delegation, senior officials and businessmen, was received by the Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas and Corporate Affairs, R.P.N. Singh here at Air Force Palam Airport.
Visiting dignitary apart from meeting President Pratibha Patil, who is hosting a banquet in his honour, the emir will hold bilateral talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh here on Monday, said Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi.Vice President, Hamid Ansari and External Affairs Minister, S M Krishna will call on the emir.
Sonia Gandhi the Chairperson of UPA and the leader of opposition will  call on the emir.India’s relations with Qatar have been historically close and friendly. Visit of the Qatari emir is to provide further impetus to multifaceted engagement between India and Qatar.
Qatar is the largest supplier of Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) to India. Qatar also hosts an Indian community of around 500,000 persons.This is the third visit of the Qatari emir to India, the last two being in 1999 and 2005.Prime Minister Man Mohan Singh  visited Qatar in November 2008.

‘I would like to wish the people of India ‘as-salam walekum’:Zardari

Pakistan President was warmly received by Singh after reaching the Prime Minister’s residence and both the leaders posed for shutterbugs.
After landing in New Delhi at 12.10 pm at Palam Air Force Base (technical area) along with his son Bilawal Bhutto, Zardari drove straight to Singh’s official Race Course Road residence.
 
Zardari, who had expressed his desire to come on a private visit to go to Ajmer to pay obeisance at the shrine of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti, was invited by Singh to join him for lunch. The invitation was accepted by Zardari.
 
“I have taken advantage of this visit to discuss with him all bilateral issues and I am very satisfied with the outcome of this visit,” the Prime Minister said while admitting that there were number of issues between the two countries.
 
“We have a number of issues and we are willing to find practical and pragmatic solutions to all those issues and that is the message President Zardari and I would wish to convey,” Singh said.

 
“I would like to wish the people of India ‘as-salam walekum’ from the President of Pakistan. I am grateful to the Prime Minister for inviting me for lunch though I am on a private visit here but we have had some fruitful bilateral talks together,” Zardari said.
 
The Pakistan President, who is on a day-long visit to India, said the two countries are neighbours.
 
“We would like to have better relations with India. We have spoken on all topics that we could have spoken about and we are hoping to meet on Pakistani soil very soon,” he said.
 
There was no structured agenda for the meeting between Singh and Zardari. The two leaders, however, did not mention the specific issues discussed during their meeting
The President landed at Ghugra helipad in Ajmer in a helicopter from Jaipur where a special aircraft carrying him and his delegation brought him from Delhi after a meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who also hosted a lunch for him. The convoy then moved to the Dargah Sharif, 12.3 kms by road from the helipad.
Zardari performed ‘fateha’ (supplication) and went around the premises comprising mosques, graves of the Khwaja’s disciples, a pool and two big cauldrons used for cooking food during the annual Urs. Pervez Musharraf and Zia-ul-Haq were the previous Pakistani Presidents to offer obeisance at the revered shrine.
A one million USD donation(Rs five crore) for the welfare of the shrine was announced on behalf of Zardari by a member of his delegation, according to the Anjuman Committee’s vice president Syed Khalimuddin Chishti.
Clad in a blue shalwar kameez, 56-year-old Zardari, accompanied by his son Bilawal, Interior Minister Rehman Malik and members of his 44-member delegation, stayed inside the Sufi saint’s mausoleum for 20 minutes where he offered a 42-square metre long red ‘chadar’ and floral tributes. Bilawal offered a green chadar. Chadar is a ceremonial cloth inscribed with religious verses.
A chadar was also offered by Union Minister Pawan Bansal on behalf of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Bansal, the minister-in-waiting for Zardari’s visit, prayed for peace and harmony.Zardari said he felt “a great spiritual happiness” after coming to this holy place which was “beyond description.”

Khoj Studios

Talk & Opening: In Context:Public.Art.Ecology, Friday, 13 April, 2012
From: KHOJ International Artists' Association  Sun, 08 Apr 2012

In Context: Public.Art.Ecology

Food Edition – I

Friday, 13th April, 2012
6:00 pm onwards
Khoj Studios
S-17 Khirkee Extension
New Delhi - 110017
Works on view till 18th April, 2012
11:00 am - 7:00pm
www.khojworkshop.org
In Context: Public.Art.Ecology, Food Edition I is an International Residency with art projects and interventions in public spaces exploring the intersection between art and ecology through the politics of food.
Can Art be Tasted? - A talk by Ryan Bromley
6:00 pm followed by the opening
This talk is a critical examination of issues surrounding the sense of taste and flavor in art, utilizing modernist cuisine and flavor chemistry as materials for artistic communication.

Artists-in-Residence

Julian Abraham, Indonesia
In Collaboration with Rabindra Patra, India
Mechanical installation involving an experiment in fermented alcohol production
Shweta Bhattad, India
Sculptural installation, video and performance
Alfonso Borragán, Spain
Fosfofagias: fluorescent beverage and food interfaces
Frame Works : Ruchika Negi & Amit Mahanti, India
Video installation
Andrea Caretto & Raffaella Spagna, Italy
Installation and interventions in public space

Critic-in-Residence

Ryan Bromley
Supported by The Royal Norwegian Embassy, India and Arts Collaboratory.

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