Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Hello, everyone --
In the early hours of September 15, 2008, five years ago last Sunday, Lehman Brothers announced it would file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Lehman was a giant of the financial system -- the fourth-largest investment bank in the US, a firm that employed thousands of brokers and analysts, with billions in assets that were suddenly worthless -- and its collapse sent shock waves through the global economy.
Suddenly, it was obvious that the next president of the United States would inherit a staggering economic crisis. But the challenge that President Obama was forced to confront didn't just begin in 2008. Even before Lehman Brothers, middle-class security had been slowly eroding for decades as jobs became obsolete or were shipped overseas.
So as we mark this anniversary, we've asked senior staff from across the Obama administration to sit down and talk about the moment when key decisions were made -- the factors they weighed, the results of the actions that President Obama took. What we've put together is a behind-the-scenes look of the decision-making process that you won't find anywhere else.
By the end of 2008, the economy was shrinking by an annual rate of more than 8 percent, our businesses were shedding 800,000 jobs a month, and credit was frozen for families and small businesses. We were in the midst of the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. On the day that I first began working in the White House in 2009, the auto industry was on the brink of collapse and the President was wrestling with how to help the millions of families in thousands of communities who would have been devastated if the motor companies died.
That's the lens through which President Obama saw his responsibilities, and it's a consistent theme in all the stories we've collected. Every decision he made was meant to stop the economy from spiraling out of control, put people back to work, and reverse the trends that had buffeted middle class for decades. The task was nothing short of monumental -- to clear away the rubble of the crisis and lay down a new foundation for sustained economic growth in the United States.
There's no diminishing the severity of the challenge we've overcome together, and we’ve got a lot more work to do to rebuild an economy where everyone who works hard has a chance to get ahead. But five years after Lehman Brothers bankruptcy, we want to help everyone get the context and see the full picture.
Take a minute to learn more about where we are five years after the start of the financial crisis:
David Simas
Deputy Senior Advisor
The White House

Organizing for Action
Friend --

There are Republicans in the House so dead set on stopping Obamacare that they're willing to sabotage our economy to do it.


Instead of passing a budget by the September 30th deadline, they're threatening to shut down the government if Obamacare isn't defunded.

It's time for them to cut the crap and get serious. That's why OFA released a new ad this week calling them out for this nonsense.

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Even after more than 40 votes to dismantle Obamacare -- a law that is already helping millions of Americans get better, more affordable health care -- this group of House Republicans is still clinging to this obsession.

Their latest plan is dangerous -- we know that. They know it, too.

So far, they've been able to get away with it without feeling the pain of public pressure to knock it off. This ad does just that -- I think you're going to like it.

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Jim Messina
Organizing for Action

P.S. -- If these House members do shut down the government, it could disrupt Social Security and veterans benefits, delay new student and small business loans, and affect hundreds of other programs. The stakes are high -- donate $5 or more now.

Venezuelan president tumble down from bicycle

CARACAS: Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro came tumbling down after losing his balance during a bicycle ride on Sunday during celebrations for the fifth anniversary of the youth socialist government party.
He simply laughed off his fall, Maduro told. He took his hands off the handle and lost balance, colliding with the chief of one of the districts of capital Caracas.
“One who falls, should get up, one who gets up, must go forward, nothing else,” the Venezuelan leader said. With Maduro several other cyclists also fell down, but there have been no reports of injuries.


Director Rajkumar Santoshi all praise for Shahid Kapoor


Director Rajkumar Santoshi whose had a flawless track record when it comes to comedy ,is waiting to introduce to audiences an all-new Shahid Kapoor , in an avatar he has never attempted before.
While the film’s release is just around the corner,when asked about his film’s lead actor ,Rajkumar Santoshi doesn’t hold back on his praise for Shahid Kapoor.
Says the Phata Poster Nikhla Hero director, “This is the first time that I’ve worked with Shahid and I really appreciate him as an actor.He has not worked in an out-and-out comedy before and has done a really good job in the film.Apart from being a great actor,he is very hardworking.Shahid will be successful with this film”.



Ÿ Enhancement of skills at par with the leading SE Asian & other countries by way 
of regular exchange programme.
Ÿ The role of technology & faster manufacturing techniques vis-a-viz. measures for 
creating awareness for the role of quality material.
Ÿ Replicating successful models of integrated and inclusive development of 
clusters in Vietnam, China, Thailand, Philippines etc.
Ÿ Design, Product Development and Innovation -Role Play
Ÿ Tapping new and virgin markets
Ÿ Development of IT & database system to support industry including E-commerce
Ÿ Demand constrains: value in domestic market, competition with mass produced 
products, international awareness of available products
Ÿ Enlisting effective mechanism to disseminate commercial information, new 
ideas, innovations, etc.
Ÿ Percolating the concept of Focus Products, Focus Clusters and Focus Markets
Ÿ Presenting the case studies of the OTOP i.e. one village and one product specific 
to Handicrafts
Ÿ To create Handicraft sourcing hubs in India as centre for excellence (based on 
philosophy of co-operation) with well integrated forward and backward 
Ÿ Increase competitiveness of over 10,000 handicraft exporters and 6 million 
craftpersons and their entry into formal economy.
Ÿ Integrated and Inclusive Model for the overall development and promotion of 
the Handicrafts sector of various states.
Ÿ To establish specific integrated approach for cottage crafts which is lacking 
as currently efforts are driven by individual relationship. 
Ÿ Preparation of the roadmap for the inclusive & sustainable development of 
Indian Handicrafts sector.
Ÿ Preparedness of Indian Handicrafts Sector to meet the challenges by way of 
developing vision for coming years


“The Idea of India” will be delivered by Shri Nitish Kumar, the Chief Minister of Bihar




Dear Sir/ Madam,
The Union Minister for Minority  Affairs Shri K. Rahman Khan will preside over the 6th Annual Lecture of National Commission for Minorities (NCM), 2013. The lecture on “The Idea of India” will be delivered by Shri Nitish Kumar, the Chief Minister of Bihar as per the following schedule.
DATE                          :           September 20, 2013 (Friday)

TIME                           :           6.15 P.M.

             VENUE                       :           The Auditorium of Nehru Memorial Museum and Library,
                                                              Teen Murti  Bhawan, New Delhi



Salman Khurshid to inaugurate Exhibition ‘Return of theYogini’.

Dear Sir/ Madam,

You are requested to cover the following event:

Union Minister for Culture Smt. Chandresh Kumari Katoch and Minister of External Affairs Shri Salman Khurshid to inaugurate Exhibition ‘Return of theYogini’. 
19.09.2013 (Thursday)
3.00 P.M.

Ajanta Hall, National Museum, Janpath, New Delhi




Launch of Tool Kit at International Seminar for Promotion of Exports of Indian Handicrafts

Launch of Tool Kit at International Seminar for Promotion of Exports of Indian Handicrafts & International Craft ExchangeProgramme
Dear Sir/Madam,
Dr. Kavuru Sambasiva Rao, Union Minister for Textiles, will launch a Tool Kit at a International Seminar for Promotion of Exports of Indian Handicrafts & International Craft Exchange Programme, today as per the following details:
Venue:  Convention Hall, Ashoka Hotel, New Delhi
Date: Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Time: 1230 hours



Germany to Finance India’s Green Energy Corridors

Germany has committed financial and technical assistance to India for the Green Energy Corridors. This includes Financial Assistance of Euro 250 Million as Reduced Interest Loan. Technical Assistance includes:(i) Euro 2 million for Indo-German Energy Programme – New component on Green Energy Corridors; and
(ii) Euro 2 million for Integration of Renewable Energies into the Indian Electricity System (I-RE).
This was disclosed during the Indo-German Annual Negotiation meeting held in New Delhi in July, 2013.
Germany has also expressed its willingness regarding concessional loans from KFW of up to one billion euro for financing the Green Energy Corridors project under Indo-German Bilateral Development Cooperation Programme over the next six years. This was discussed during the Indo-German Government Consultations held in Berlin in April, 2013
The Green Energy Corridors project will help in integrating renewable energy into the National grid. It comprises of both inter-state and intra-state schemes for evacuation of power from wind and solar projects.

Israeli PM Netanyahu to meet with Obama

Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu will meet in the White House on September 30. The Israeli leader has said that the main topic on the agenda will be not Syria, but Iran’s nuclear program. “I intend to focus on the question of stopping Iran’s nuclear program, an actual halt to the nuclear program. And until this is achieved, the pressure on Iran should be intensified and not eased,” PM told media

Government of India ignoring the demands of All India Train Controllers



The government is ignoring the demands of train controllers.
All India Train Controller Association held a 2 days seminar at Hindi
Bhavan in the capital.
Two-day seminar was organized. where in train controllers narrated
difficulty of having them on the job-and wage discrepancies. They also
raised issues relating to management training from reputed
institutions. Seminars had persons related to the 68 Chambers and-16 zonal
headquarters nearly 300 Controller Head. *
President of the Association of Program Rajesh Singh, General Secretary
Anil Bharda, Adjoined Secretary K. Ramesh, Associate Secretary Sushil Kumar
Shally were also present.
PM Officials said the prime minister has assured their interest -as their
 Memorandum of demands are related. But to date no action on
that Occurred. Association contemplate now is the time for us to meet for our demands periodically for strict  measures otherwise we will suffer.
General Secretary Anil Bharda has demanded that increasing day of work
loads is a heavy burden, and according to Mianbhau Tribunal Report 1969,
the limit for the maximum duty shift is 6 hours, if increased not more
than 4 hours which includes super intensive roster, in the range of 100 to
150 km, plus better salary along with allowances like Air Traffic
Association  Sec Sushil Kumar Shally said “The railway  the 2672 controller, commuting daily on average 23 million passengers bound to and including 2.80 million tonnes
of freight transport operations. Rail traffic Controllers  hold lots of responsibility, In the
event of any accident happens, careful management takes full responsibility. In
addition to their considerable energy, many are victims of various diseases.
Associate Secretary Ramesh demanded that the  Controllers should
be in minimum of Grade 9300 – 3480 on 4800 with the Payband. Deputy Chief of
Controllers 15600 Grade. Chief Controller in charge of 30 percent on the
upper grades Gazetted. At the same time with the same 15600-3910 Gazetted of 6600 to 60 percent in the Payband. *
*This should have been increased several times since 1950-51, as workload
on  Train Controller’s are far more causing concern.

Launch of Samsung Galaxy Note 3,Galaxy Gear a smart watch


Design the Story of your Life with Samsung GALAXY Note 3
Enhanced S Pen features and larger screen optimized for multitasking provide a delightful mobile experience that brings passions to life

- Samsung Galaxy Gear launched in India

New Delhi, India - Samsung Electronics, India’s number one smartphone provider, today introduced GALAXY Note 3, the latest update to the Note product line. The new Samsung GALAXY Note 3 adds delight to daily tasks and infuses innovative features that help consumers tell the story of their lives. Samsung GALAXY Note 3 delivers a larger and better screen for the best viewing experience and more powerful multitasking, and introduces significant S Pen improvements that make everyday life easier and faster.
GALAXY Note 3 makes your everyday life amazing
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Vineet Taneja, Country Head, Samsung Mobile & IT, stated, “The GALAXY Note 3 represents the next evolution of the GALAXY Note experience. It meets the needs of consumers for a smarter larger screen, makes everyday life easier with the S pen and is much slimmer, lighter, more powerful, and comes with a beautiful design. At Samsung, our goal is not just to make great devices, but to empower consumers to truly experience…enjoy…and fulfill their busy life with our devices, like the Note 3 and the Gear.”
Samsung GALAXY Note 3 comes with a larger (5.7inch) full HD Super AMOLED display, yet slimmer (8.3mm) and lighter (168g) hardware design, and more powerful and longer lasting (3,200mAh) battery. Also, equipped with a 13 megapixel rear camera with Smart Stabilization and high CRI LED flash, Samsung GALAXY Note 3 enables users to crisply capture every visual story in their lives, even in low light and active situations. Incorporating the industry’s largest 3GB RAM, the GALAXY Note 3 also provides faster and more powerful performance.
Balancing GALAXY Note 3’s strength with artistic design
In addition to meaningful technological advancements, Samsung GALAXY Note 3 delivers a new premium look and feel. Expanding on the modern Samsung GALAXY design approach, Samsung GALAXY Note 3 adds a soft and textured-touch back cover and delicate stitching. It also features a serration pattern on the side of the device that evokes a connection to the timeless and enduring strengths of classic notebooks and planners. Samsung GALAXY Note 3 will be available in Jet Black, Classic White and Blush Pink. In order to encourage its customers to express their personality and taste, Samsung will also offer exchangeable back covers in dozens of additional colors at launch.
Click S Pen to make life easier, faster and more exciting
The new S Pen reinvents and modernizes the classic note-taking experience by providing the ability to accomplish everyday tasks with just one click. The advanced S Pen is designed to be fully functional as a communication driver between the phone and the user by creating essential input and control features. It plays an integral role in how users interface with the device, making all daily routines easier.
A simple click of the S Pen button while hovering over the screen introduces users to Air Command, a palette of five powerful features that truly make tasks easier and faster. With the Air Command feature, there is no need to toggle between screens, memorize commands or look up different menus. The Air Command feature provides access to the following key functions:
•       Action Memo allows users to handwrite a note, and automatically execute a function or convert that handwritten information into formatted content. Action Memo can instantly initiate a call, add to contacts, look up an address on a map, search the web, save a task to a to-do list, and more.
•       Scrapbook enables users to organize or track down content and information from various sources including the web, YouTube and Gallery in one place so that users can easily look back at collected content all at once. When consumers save content for future use, Scrapbook also collects source material or URLs allowing them to easily refer back to the original source.
•       The Screen Write feature captures the full screen image of the current page on the device and allows users to write comments or additional information onto the captured image.
•       S Finder allows users to expansively search for content on their device regardless of the type. By putting in keywords or filters such as date, location, and content type, users can search related documents, events, communication threads, and even the Help page – all in one place. In addition, users can also search for hand-written content in their Notes and memo applications, as well as symbols and formulas.
•       Pen Window allows users to use the S Pen not only for drawing sketches or writing notes, but now also for opening a small application window for a true multitasking experience. Simply by drawing a window of any size, anywhere on the screen, users can easily and quickly open another application window such as YouTube, calculator or Browser without pausing current activity on the screen.
For more advanced note-taking, the new S Note presents a comprehensive solution that enables consumers to easily write, organize, edit and browse notes with a user-friendly interface and the Easy Chart feature. The new S Note can also be synced with Evernote or a Samsung account and be enabled for accessing and viewing from different devices. Furthermore, when a user wants only a certain part of an image to be taken from the web or Note 3 content, the advanced new Easy Clip feature allows them to roughly draw around the desired image and then it converts that content into a more precisely cropped image.
Larger Note screen delivers enriched viewing experience and enables you to do more
The Samsung GALAXY Note 3 delivers a larger screen and the increased size is matched with powerful improvements that allow users to fully utilize the additional screen space. The 5.7-inch Full HD Super AMOLED screen provides a stunning and defined video viewing experience for watching Full HD content, distinct clarity for reading and an elegant canvas for content creation.
My Magazine provides a personalized news, social media, entertainment and in-the-moment content experience. Developed through a partnership with Flipboard, it offers an integrated content consuming experience in a modern and dynamic magazine-style layout.
The GALAXY Note 3 enables enhanced multitasking capabilities that allow users to fully utilize the larger screen.
•       With the new Multi Window, users can toggle seamlessly between applications without closing the window or opening a new page, allowing for enhanced productivity and collaboration across programs. Consumers can also run one application in two windows at the same time. For instance, users can read the news in one browser while conducting a web search in another, or send an instant message through ChatON to a friend while reading a message from another friend.
•       In addition, using Drag and Drop mode within the new Multi Window, users can easily drag and drop content such as a text or image from one window to the other in an instant.
•       Pen Window from Air Command further enhances multitasking experience by allowing consumers to draw a window on the screen and launching popular applications while continuing current tasks on the GALAXY Note 3.
An improvement to Group Play, video sharing, is now available. Originally introduced along with the GALAXY S4, Group Play allows users to play the same music, to play games together, and to share documents. It now enables consumers to share videos and play content together with their friends simultaneously. Users can also connect up to five devices alongside each other to create a “big screen” viewing experience using the Multi Vision feature of the Samsung Note 3.
Samsung KNOX & Find My Mobile
The new GALAXY Note 3 comes with enhanced privacy and security protection provided by Samsung KNOX. Users can activate Samsung KNOX with ease which allows them to run and store security-sensitive applications and data inside a protected execution environment called “container.” The security inside the container is strengthened by system-level protection of Samsung KNOX against malware and phishing attacks as well as hacking attempts on physical devices when devices are stolen or lost. For instance, important personal pictures or video can be stored in the container with no worries for data leakage due to hacking. In addition, users may choose to store enterprise applications and data such as corporate email, contacts and calendar and allow the IT department to manage the container through EAS (Exchange ActiveSync Server). These features make the GALAXY Note 3 an ideal device for BYOD (Bring-Your-Own-Device to work)
Furthermore, the GALAXY Note 3 is equipped with an improved Find My Mobile feature that allows users to disable the phone when it is stolen or lost. With the enhanced user authentication, the technology prevents stolen mobile phones from being reset to factory settings, and allows users to remotely track or erase the data from their lost or stolen mobile phones.
GALAXY Gear, the smart companion for GALAXY Note 3
Simultaneously announced with Samsung GALAXY Note 3, GALAXY Gear is a new concept device that allows users to live life in the moment while staying connected. GALAXY Gear will notify users and give them quick previews of incoming texts, emails and more coming from GALAXY Note 3. It will provide a range of other valuable features and commands that extend the GALAXY Note 3 experience. When an incoming message requires more than a quick glance, users can simply pick up their Samsung GALAXY devices and the Smart Relay feature will instantly reveal the full content on the screen. Together, GALAXY Note 3 and GALAXY Gear extend Samsung’s efforts to provide users with the opportunity to design their lives, to express their passions and to make everyday life more easy and enjoyable.
Available with 32GB internal storage along with an additional microSD card slot for an additional storage of upto 64GB, the Samsung GALAXY Note 3 and GALAXY Gear will be available in India commencing September 25, 2013. Consumers can also pre-book the device on the Samsung mobile e -store starting today.

Vernacular Language Support

The GALAXY Note 3 will come pre-loaded with support for 11 regional Indian languages including Hindi, Punjabi, Bengali, Gujarati, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, Marathi, Oriya and Assamese.
Users get Offers worth INR 15000 absolutely free. Users can enjoy preloaded applications like Evernote, Dropbox and sketchbook pro. Through a Special zone called Content Gifts within Samsung apps starting 1st of October users can also enjoy offers on wide range of services like NY Times, Bloomberg Businessweek, Bitcasa, Oxford Dictionary and Angry Birds Star Wars 2.
Price and Offers
Samsung launches Galaxy Note 3 for Rs 49,900 and Galaxy smartwatch for Rs 22,990 in India, both these products would be available for sale in India from September 25.
Samsung Country Head Mobile & IT, Vineet Taneja said Glaxy Note 3 represents the total new evolution of the Galaxy Note experience, with no increased width of the screen, but have increased the size of display. The new product to give the best scribble of one’s  moment in  pen experience for every professional to hold with this classical design smart phone” .
Manu sharma said  Glaxy 3  in 3G version  and Glaxy Gear compatible to Note 3 would be  available in hundred stores in Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore from today.
The Samsung GALAXY Note 3 is priced at Rs 49,900/- while the Gear is priced at Rs. 22,990/-. As part of its introductory offer, all Samsung Note 3 customers who are using Vodafone 2G services will get 2GB Internet per month free for two months on Vodafone 3G/EDGE/2G Networks.

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