Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Exploring New Agri-business model

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DR Congo still needs humanitarian aid

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DR Congo still needs humanitarian aid despite advances towards peace in east – UN

A market street in Goma, the capital of the eastern province of North Kivu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Photo: IRIN/Kenneth Odiwuor

 
27 January 2014 – Despite significant progress towards peace in the strife-torn eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the international community must keep humanitarian aid flowing into a country where nearly 3 million people, half of them children, are currently displaced, according to the United Nations.
“We are united by the goal of responding to the needs of the most vulnerable in the DRC,” UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Deputy Executive Director Yoka Brandt said over the weekend at the end of a high-level joint visit with the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and UN refugee agency (UNHCR).
“Significant progress towards peace has been made. However, the situation is complex and children and women continue to be displaced by violence. Increased international support is necessary to cover their basic needs, such as access to safe and clean water and nutrition assistance.”
The DRC has been torn apart by civil wars and factional fighting since it became independent from Belgium in 1960, but with the support of a series of UN missions a measure of stability has been restored to much of the vast country over the past decade.
Fighting between the Government and a variety of rebel and sectarian groups, however, has continued to devastate the eastern regions, particularly North and South Kivu provinces. One major dissident group, the M23, was defeated by the national army with UN support last month, but skirmishes with various groups continue, driving yet more civilians from their homes.
According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), 2.9 million people are currently displaced by conflict within DRC, more than 60 per cent of them in North and South Kivu.
The UN officials visited South Irumu in Province Orientale, where fighting between the Congolese army and militia groups has displaced an estimated 120,000 people since August.
“Insecurity has disrupted the livelihoods of these people, and we are committed to continue supporting them, both in the areas where they seek refuge as well as back in their communities once they feel that conditions are in place for them to return,” WFP Assistant Executive Director, Ramiro Lopes da Silva said after meeting displaced people and host communities in a makeshift site near Lagabo in Ituri district.
“In the meantime, we will continue to advocate on their behalf to donor governments for adequate resources to be made available.”
The three also visited programmes in the Mungunga III camp near Goma, North Kivu, and met the DRC authorities, humanitarian partners and people affected by the conflict.
“People in some parts of the country continue to suffer and are being displaced because of violence,” UNHCR Assistant High Commissioner for Operations Janet Lim said. “We need the support of the Congolese authorities, civil society, humanitarian organizations, the development sector and donor countries to consolidate the recent progress towards peace and stability throughout the country and to put a total end to conflict and displacement.”
Insecurity in the east of the vast country, including Katanga province, has sparked repeated population displacements. It is estimated that about half of internally displaced people (IDPs) are children. Equateur province, where peace is being restored after inter-ethnic clashes in 2009 and 2010 forced 200,000 people to flee their homes, now hosts more than 50,000 refugees from the war-torn Central African Republic (CAR).






National Launch of EFA Global Monitoring Report 2013/14

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Third Quarter Monetary Policy Review (2013-14) Update

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§   The policy repo rate under the liquidity adjustment facility (LAF) increased by 25 basis point from 7.75% to 8%.
§   CRR kept unchanged at 4% of net demand and time liability (NDTL)
§   Consequently, the reverse repo rate under the LAF stands adjusted at 7%, and the marginal standing facility (MSF) rate and the Bank Rate at 9%.






INDIA ART FAIR 2014 Neilson Gallery : Stand H2

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INDIA ART FAIR    2014
 
Neilson    Gallery :  Stand H2

 
 
Chema Cobo
Manuel Salinas
J. A. González de la Calle
Ajay Kumar Sharma
  

 

  

 
 
  

30 January– 2 February 2014


India Art Fair 2014
NSIC Exhibition Grounds, New Delhi 110020
 
 Chema    Cobo                      Holes I    oil on canvas, 116 x 89    cm 2012
 
 
 
 
 
Neilson Gallery
C/ Dr. Mateos Gago, 50
11610 Grazalema, Cádiz
 
Tf: 956 13 24 33 -    678 24 40 77






Sunny’s lingerie goes missing

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Sunny’s lingerie goes missing – Security beefed up on the sets of Ragini MMS 2.

Sunny Leone’s upcoming HORREX (horror and sex) film Ragini MMS-2 to see her don expensive, top-of-the-line lingerie in some scenes, most of which was ordered from a website of a renowned international brand.
This reports from a source, “Sunny is extremely particular about her lingerie and likes wearing the best so that it does not affect her skin.”
But  while shooting for a pivotal scene in the film that required Sunny to don an exquisite grey lingerie, the crew realized that it had gone missing. Frantic attempts by the costume team and the direction team yielded no results! Sunny’s lingerie had gone missing from the sets!
Owing to a continuity issue, the makers had to instantly re-order the same piece and paid a premium for early shipping to avoid a delay in the commencement of shoot.
From then on, the security on the sets was beefed up to prevent such unusual thefts.
Shailesh Giri






Kermit and Miss Piggy Topiaries, Urban Farm Eats Outdoor Kitchen Debut

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Kermit and Miss Piggy Topiaries, Urban Farm Eats Outdoor Kitchen Debut March 5 at Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival in Walt Disney World Resort, Florida
‘The Mike & Sulley’s Monstrous Garden, Flower Power Newbies and More through May 18
 
India 29th January 2014– Kermit the Frog will find it is easy being green when his artfully-crafted character topiary debuts during the 21st Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival presented by HGTV March 5 to May 18, 2014 at Walt Disney World Resort.  With flamboyance to spare, a floral Miss Piggy will join Kermit and his blooming banjo in the World Showcase topiary display.

Urban Farm Eats will be the new Outdoor Kitchen on the promenade with a sustainable garden featuring tilapia, eggplant and other farm-raised treats. Guests can try new menu items including the Land-Grown Eggplant “Scallop” with Romesco Sauce, Ghost Pepper Dusted Tilapia with Winter Melon Salad and Mango Chutney, plus red and white vegan wines and gluten-free beer.

The festival’s nearly 100 whimsical topiaries and its 11 tantalizing Outdoor Kitchens with sweet and savory indulgent bites are reason enough to visit the 75-day flower and garden extravaganza. Yet the park will be packed with so much more as it transforms to a rainbow-hued wonderland of sweeping gardens and exhibits. Stars of HGTV, including Alison Victoria of “Kitchen Crashers” and Matt Blashaw of “Yard Crashers,” will appear each weekend at the Festival Center, Audubon will debut its new Hummingbird Garden and Mike & Sulley’s Monstrous Garden opens as a fun-filled play land.

More Festival News . . .

  • Goofy, Donald Duck and Daisy Duck topiaries will appear in a new Epcot front entrance garden vignette celebrating spring with a butterfly hunt adventure.  The topiaries will have a new computer-generated look while telling an entertaining story.  Goofy’s butterfly net will prove useless as topiary butterflies light on the back of his floral garb.  A topiary bee buzzes on an exasperated Donald’s head.  The garden will feature a real waterfall and pond with water lilies.
  • Now in their second festival year, the festival’s 11 food and beverage garden marketplaces have been dubbed Outdoor Kitchens, where chefs will be cooking a variety of new and popular returning menu items, including vegetarian and gluten-free dishes, in 2014. At The Smokehouse BBQ Outdoor Kitchen, Piggylicious Bacon Cupcakes and Smoked Turkey Ribs are on tap with a lineup of great brews. Last year’s top menu picks like the Watermelon Salad with local baby arugula, feta cheese, pickled red onions and balsamic reduction will be back for an encore at the Florida Fresh Outdoor Kitchen.
  • A new Mike & Sulley’s Monstrous Garden welcomes families with a whimsical play land of activities. Dozens of additional character topiaries, including Mickey Mouse and Peter Pan will surprise guests beyond the park’s iconic Spaceship Earth.
  • The Flower Power Concert Series welcomes two new acts in 2014:  Gary Lewis and the Playboys (“This Diamond Ring”) March 14-16, and The Alan Parsons Live Project (“Eye in the Sky”) May 16-18.  During opening weekend, the series kicks off at America Gardens Theatre with fan-favorite band The Guess Who (“American Woman”) March 7-9.  Other pop acts set to perform include Chubby Checker & the Wildcats, The Village People and Paul Revere & The Raiders. (Entertainment is subject to change).
  • Hummingbirds at Home, a new exhibit presented by the National Audubon Society, will feature walk-through hummingbird gardens and tips on how to attract the magical creatures that migrate to Florida from South America each year.
  • For the second year, illuminated gardens will cast a festive glow across the park when the sun sets each evening.
  • Mater of the Disney-Pixar “Cars” film hit is back by demand with the new Mater’s Parts, Plants and Play Garden. Tinker Bell’s Butterfly House will be aflutter with hundreds of the winged beauties and a fairy topiary of Tinker Bell.
  • At the Festival Center in the park’s Future World, twice-daily interactive gardening workshops will set the stage for outdoor do-it-yourself inspiration, and gardening guest speakers will appear daily.  Fridays through Sundays, HGTV design celebrities will host home, garden and design seminars.

As they sample from marketplace menus, guests can wander among multiple themed gardens and children’s play areas.  Dozens of Disney-crafted “flower towers,” herb gardens and beds of multi-colored blooms will add to the floral splendor of the park’s landscape.  Disney’s garden gurus estimate 70,000 bedding plants will surround the Future World east and west lakes alone; on the water, 220 mini-gardens will be set afloat.  Several special weekend happenings, including the popular Art in the Garden Weekend, will be scheduled.

While Disney guests celebrate spring, they also can explore the reimagined, design-centric Test Track Presented by Chevrolet, the hang-gliding sensation of Soarin’ and other high-tech Future World marvels.  In World Showcase, the spotlight will shine on topiaries of Disney princesses, storybook characters and even pandas and trolls, guests can discover the attractions, shops and restaurants that represent cultures and cuisine of 11 countries. Spice Road Table, which debuted in January at the Morocco showcase, will be open for lagoon-side noshing on tasty tapas.

For media inquiries, please contact:

Jasmine Roy
Manager – Corporate Communications
Walt Disney World Resort
jroy@aviareps.com +91 90046 90231







21 Gun Salute International Vintage Car

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Boletín informativo. Miércoles 29 de Enero 2014.

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                        Boletín informativo. Miércoles 29 de Enero 2014.                    
Economía Social | Laboral
                                  LA REUNIóN ENTRE SINDICATOS Y PATRONAL DE COCA-COLA TERMINA SIN ACUERDO         CCOO impugna el ERE de Coca-Cola         Comisiones Obreras ha decidido impugnar ante la Inspección de Trabajo el ERE de Coca-Cola Iberian Partner porque no es un grupo laboral, según han confirmado fuentes del sindicato a nuevatribuna.es. Tras el fracaso de la primera ronda de negociaciones, los trabajadores advierten de que continuarán las protestas. La compañía teme que la marca ‘Coca-Cola’ se vea dañada con la decisión de la embotelladora.
    
                                    
                      Salir de la crisis sin clase media, sólo pobres         Por Carmen Barrera | La apuesta que está haciendo el ejecutivo del Partido Popular por precarizar y desregularizar el mercado de trabajo está pasando una grave factura a la ciudadanía española.
    
                                    
                                  NUEVA VUELTA DE TUERCA A LA REFORMA LABORAL DE RAJOY         El FMI insiste a España que debe seguir bajando salarios         Proseguir con la devaluación salarial y acabar con la negociación colectiva siguen siendo las recetas del Fondo Monetario Internacional para España que advierte que el éxito de la reforma laboral no puede verse menoscaba con una “interpretación restrictiva” de los tribunales.
    
                                    
                     BAJAR MÁS LOS SALARIOS DEBILITA LA DEMANDA INTERNA         El PSOE invita a Lagarde a venir a España y “conocer el nivel salarial”         El PSOE califica la nueva recetas del FMI “claramente errónea, equivocada e ineficiente” tanto para la recuperación económica como para la creación de empleo.
    
                                    
                     PARA SALIR DE LA CRISIS         UGT responde al FMI que es preciso potenciar los salarios         “Abaratar aún más los salarios, generalizar la precariedad y desmantelar la negociación colectiva son una inyección letal para la economía española”, advierte el sindicato.
    
                                    
         Las enseñanzas de la #MareaBlanca         Por Joan Coscubiela | La victoria de la #MareaBlanca debería suponer un punto de inflexión. La esperanza que genera la lucha ha ganado frente la resignación.
    
                                    
                      Otro golpe directo al mentón de Cospedal         Por Juan Antonio Mata Marfil | El Tribunal Superior de Justicia de Castilla-La Mancha, ha anulado, una vez más decisiones unilaterales, arbitrarias y caciquiles del Gobierno de Cospedal.
    
                                    
                     Y QUE ELIMINE A LOS ASESORES CONTRATADOS         Sindicatos piden a Cospedal que readmita a los casi 500 interinos de C-LM despedidos en 2012         Los sindicatos UGT y STAS avisan que los 14 millones que podría costar la sentencia del TSJCM, en año y medio alcanzarán los 28 si el Supremo la ratifica.
    
                                    
                                  SEGúN UN INFORME SOBRE LOS PROCESOS DE EJECUCIóN HIPOTECARIA ELABORADO POR EL BANCO DE ESPAñA         En el primer semestre de 2013 se ejecutaron 20.000 desahucios         El número de desahucios registrados en España en el primer semestre de 2013 se situó en 19.567, prácticamente los mismos que se contabilizaron en todo 2013.
    
                                    
Cultura
                      El día que no pudimos cantar con Peter Seeger ¡Viva la Quince Brigada!         Por Orencio Osuna | Al conocer la muerte de Peeter Seeger acuden a mi memoria esas canciones que asocio a tantas y tantas lucha contra la barbarie y la injusticia que durante décadas han entonado millones de personas en todo el mundo….
    
                                    
         Adios a Pete Seeger, cantante y compañero comprometido         Por Manel García Biel | Pete Seeger ha sido un hombre solidario y comprometido con todas las causas dignas, por las que utilizó sin rodeos sus canciones. Él fue también compositor de grandes himnos de progreso como es el mundialmente reconocido “We Shall Overcome”…
    
                                    
Opinión
· Víctor Moreno: Entremés religioso en dos actos         Las apariciones públicas de Jorge Fernández y de Fátima Báñez, confirman que la existencia del encefalograma plano no es un mito…      
                                    
· Juan Antonio Molina: El problema español         Se suele hablar al otro lado del Ebro del problema catalán. Pero sin embargo, cuando ese concepto se vertebra desde un Estado sin identidad…      
                                    
· Alberto Requena: ¿Y si no hubiera final de la crisis?         Llamamos crisis a la situación que estamos atravesando. Pero crisis implica que hay posible superación, que pasa, que tiene final…    
                                    
Derechos Humanos
                     PRESENTAN ESTE VIERNES SUS PRIMERAS DENUNCIAS          Víctimas del ‘robo de bebés’ presentarán denuncias en el Consulado argentino en Madrid        
La asociación ‘Todos los niños robados son también mis niños’ presentará este viernes las dos primeras denuncias relacionadas con el ‘robo de bebés’ en el Consulado argentino en Madrid para que las investigue la juez María Servini.
    
                                    
                                  LA FAMILIA LLEGARA AL TRIBUNAL DE ESTRASBURGO         El Gobierno quiere archivar el caso Couso        
Los militares estadounidenses que mataron al cámara español José Couso podrían quedar libres de toda culpa de aprobarse la proposición ley presentada por el PP, que recorta, hasta prácticamente hacer desparecer, la jurisdicción universal.
    
                                    
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IIIF launched to bridge the financial gap of MSME sector

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The India Inclusive Innovation Fund (IIIF) launched to bridge the financial gap of MSME sector
 
The programme is to bring various stakeholders together not only for financing the enterprises but also providing handholding support in different manner through technical inputs to connect with the markets
 
The National Innovation Council (NInC) and the Ministry of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) has jointly announced the creation of the India Inclusive Innovation Fund (IIIF). The India Inclusive Innovation Fund has been approved by the Union Cabinet with a view to combine innovation and the dynamism of enterprise to solve the problems of citizens at the base of the economic pyramid in India . 
The fund will be registered under SEBI’s Alternative Investment Fund Category I guidelines with an initial corpus of Rs. 500 crores, with the Ministry of MSME committing to 20% (Rs 100 crores) and the balance will be given by banks, insurance companies, overseas financial and development institutions. The fund will endeavour to provide modest financial returns ensuring significant social impact to the community. The fund’s eventual aim is to expand the corpus to Rs. 5,000 crores over the next 24 months. The IIIF seeks to create a new class of capital which helps in setting up and upgrading entrepreneurial skills and innovation which is the need of the economy. The fund will invest in innovative, scalable and sustainable ventures and address social needs of less privileged citizens in areas such as healthcare, food, nutrition, agriculture, education / skill development, energy, financial inclusion, water, sanitation, employment generation, etc. 
IIIF seeks to address the existing capital gap and therefore initially, at least 50% of its investments will be to enterprises that fall in the MSME stage. The IIIF will also partner the entire ecosystem in this space, including incubators, angel groups, and also public R&D programmes and laboratories to support the commercialisation and deployment of socially relevant innovative technologies and solutions. The day to day operations of the fund will be entrusted to an Asset Management Company (AMC) which will be set up as a Section 25 not for profit company.
The underline philosophy of the programme is to bring various stakeholders together not only for financing the enterprises but also providing handholding support in different manner through technical inputs to connect with the markets. A number of initiatives will be brought on board and will have a bearing in future on this programme.




OBC Press meet Q-3 Financial Results 2013-14

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                                                            Shri S. L. Bansal
Chairman & Managing Director
Oriental Bank of Commerce
Cordially invite you to a
PRESS MEET
on the occasion of the announcement of
Q-3 Financial Results 2013-14
on Friday, 31st January, 2014

at
Oriental Bank of Commerce,
Corporate Office
Plot No 5 , Sector 32
Institutional Area , Gurgoan – 122001
at 1.00 PM
Press Meet will be followed by Lunch
RSVP
Andy : 9999573707




Before too long, I’ll be heading to the Capitol

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The White House, Washington
Hello everyone,
Before too long, I’ll be heading to the Capitol to report on the state of our union – and talk about the year ahead.
It’s one of the most important traditions of the American democracy, and it happens tonight.
President Barack Obama
This email was sent to nksagar_1@yahoo.com.




Oening with light show of Patrick Rimoux latest exhibition

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Jean-Philippe Bottin   Dear friends, Just a quick reminder. I hope to see you all for the opening with light show of Patrick Rimoux latest exhibition (Formes et Lumière) at Alliance Française de Delhi, tomorrow Wednesday
To Jean-Philippe BottinMe
 
 
Jan 28 at 5:40 PM
Dear friends,
Just a quick reminder. I hope to see you all for the opening with light show of Patrick Rimoux latest exhibition (Formes et Lumière) at Alliance Française de Delhi, tomorrow Wednesday from 7pm onwards.
For those who have other commitments, don’t miss this opening, just pop in for a couple of minutes!
Je compte sur vous,
Warmest regards,
Jean-Philippe.
– Jean-Philippe Bottin
Directeur, Alliance Française Delhi
Délégué Général Inde Népal, Fondation Alliance Française
72 Lodi Estate, New Delhi 110 003, India
Mob: (91) 9560004641, Twitter: @JPBottin

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