Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Action plan for Ganga, Yamuna clean-up by this year-end: Govt

Action plan for Ganga, Yamuna clean-up by this year-end: Govt
An action plan for the clean-up of the Ganga and Yamuna rivers may be formulated by the end of this year after consultation with stakeholders, the government informed Rajya Sabha on Monday.
In his reply to a question on when the government proposes to formulate an action plan for cleaning the Ganga and Yamuna, Minister of State for Water Resources, Santosh Kumar Gangwar, said that it is expected to be drawn up by December of this year following consultations with stakeholders.
Since the inception of the National Ganga River Basin Authority (NGRBA), 76 schemes at a total cost of Rs 5,004.19 crore have been sanctioned in 48 towns in the states through which the Ganga passes.
“Against this, Rs 1,229.87 crore has been released by the Centre, including the matching share of the states so far, and a total expenditure of Rs 838.76 crore has been incurred till March 2014 for implementation of the projects,” Gangwar said.
A Memorandum of Agreement for 10 years was signed in 2010 by the Ministry of Environment and Forests and a consortium of seven IITs for preparation of a comprehensive Ganga River Basin Management Plan (GRBMP).
The National Institute of Hydrology, Roorkee, BHU, and various universities and research institutes are also involved in the GRBMP, he added.
“An interim report has been submitted, which is being sent to different ministries, departments and other stakeholders for comments,” the minister further stated.

MH17 flight recorders to Malaysia

The agreement states that investigators will have uninhibited access to the crash site to begin their investigation.
Prime Minister Najib Razak called for “continued communication in good faith” and hoped that “justice may be done”.
He said: “I wanted to give greater voice to the anger and the greif that I and many felt. But for now we have to work quietly in the service of a greater outcome.”
RIA Novosti / Mikhail Voskresensky
A truce in the 40 km radius zone around the Malaysian Boeing crash site has been agreed with Donetsk self-defense forces, Ukraine’s Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk said.
RT news reports, West accuses self-defense forces in eastern Ukraine of tampering with evidence at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, there is yet to surface any evidence that sheds light on the exact events. The Boeing 777-200ER, which was on a scheduled flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur with 298 passengers and crew, was shot down over Ukraine on 17 July. There were no survivors.
Ukrainian militia have handed over to Malaysian experts the black boxes from the Malaysian Boeing-777 airliner that crashed in east Ukraine on July 17. Malaysian experts arrive in E. Ukraine’s Donetsk to look into MH17 tragedy.The Donetsk People’s Republic’s (DPR) Prime Minister Aleksandr Boroday handed over the black boxes from the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 early on Tuesday.
“Here they are, the black boxes,” Boroday told reporters. “According to the memorandum the Malaysian side must pass on the boxes to the experts from the ICAO [International Civil Aviation Organization].”
Both sides signed a document, finalizing the procedure.

Black money: OECD unveils automatic info exchange framework

Black money: OECD unveils automatic info exchange framework
In a major development in the fight against black money, multilateral grouping OECD on Monday unveiled a ‘single global standard’ for automatic exchange of financial account information by various countries including India and Switzerland
The new framework, to be presented before a meeting of G-20 finance ministers in September, would mark a significant forward movement from the current practice of information exchange mostly on the basis of requests and only in the cases of suspected tax evasion or other financial crimes.
The new global standard, which would be common for all countries, would facilitate a “systematic and periodic transmission of bulk taxpayer information by the source country of income to the country of residence of the taxpayer concerning various categories of income or asset information”.
To enable automatic exchange of information on an annual basis, the financial institutions, including banks, brokers and fund houses, would have to mandatorily collect necessary details from their clients and submit the same to their respective regulators.
Paris-based Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) said that such an automatic exchange of information would “help detect cases of non-compliance even where tax administrations have had no previous indications of non-compliance”, besides providing timely information on non-compliance where tax has been evaded.
This assumes significance in case of India, as it has been facing difficulties in getting information on cases of suspected tax evasion from other countries, specially Switzerland, which has been maintaining that such details cannot be shared without specific proof of financial irregularities by the concerned Indian client of Swiss banks.
An initial framework was released by OECD in this regard earlier this year and India became one of the ‘early adopters’ of this global convention.
Later, Switzerland also committed to abide by this framework, while a few more countries have now expressed their interest in adopting the same and these include Mauritius — another country with which India has been working on a revised bilateral treaty due to concerns of money laundering.
Those having already committed to follow this global protocol include the US, the UK, Germany, European Union, Japan, Singapore, China, as also financial centres like Luxembourg, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Gibraltar, Cyprus, Bermuda, Isle of Man, Greece and Liechtenstein.
However, such an exchange of information would also have a confidentiality clause and safeguards, while countries would need to pass domestic laws as per their respective legal jurisdictions to enable such a cooperation.
The standard, once implemented, would allow governments to obtain detailed account information from their financial institutions and exchange the same automatically with other jurisdictions on an annual basis.
OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurria said the standard “moves us closer to a world in which tax cheats have nowhere left to hide”.
All information exchanged is subject to the confidentiality rules and other safeguards, including provisions that limit the use of that particular information.
“Each competent authority will notify the other competent authority immediately regarding any breach of confidentiality or failure of safeguards and any sanctions and remedial actions consequently imposed,” the grouping said.
The standard has two components — Competent Authority Agreement (CAA) and Common Reporting Standard (CRS).
According to OECD, automatic exchange may help educate taxpayers in their reporting obligations, increase tax revenues and thus “lead to fairness — ensuring that all taxpayers pay their fair share of tax in the right place at the right time”.

Typhoon kills 11 in Vietnam; China deaths up to 26 

Typhoon kills 11 in Vietnam; China deaths up to 26
A typhoon that barrelled into northern Vietnam has killed at least 11 people, while in China the death toll from the strongest storm to strike the country’s south in four decades rose to 26.
Typhoon Rammasun made landfall in Vietnam over the weekend, triggering heavy floods, destroying homes and crops, and blocking roads with landslides.The state-run Vietnam News says at least 11 people died in the storm.
The paper’s website carried photos that showed streets and local markets in the city of Lang Son and elsewhere submerged in water.
Rammasun had earlier battered southern China, killing 26 people and destroying tens of thousands of homes, according to China’s official Xinhua News Agency.
The typhoon wreaked havoc in the northern Philippines last week, leaving 94 people dead.

Today 47, National Flag was adopted

Today in 1947, Our National Flag was adopted as the official flag by the Constituent Assembly. Jai Hind! 
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>Boletín de Noticias de Nueva Tribuna [22/07/2014]

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Boletín informativo. Martes 22 de Julio 2014.
Bolivia aprueba la norma que permite el trabajo infantil
Por Oscar Lanza | El Gobierno de Bolivia aprobó el pasado 17 de julio la norma que permite el trabajo infantil desde los 10 años. En Bolivia existen 850 mil menores y adolescentes que trabajan entre 5 y 17 años en varias actividades laborales, y más del 87% está inmerso en las peores formas de trabajo. (Foto de la reunión que en diciembre de 2013 mantuvo Morales con niños trabajadores).
La economía brasileña no levanta cabeza
Por Santiago Pérez | Pasada ya la “excitación” mundialista la agenda brasileña volvió a focalizarse en las problemáticas locales.
Ana Garrido, testigo de cargo y acosada
Por Víctor Arrogante | #Anacontragurtel es el hashtag que Ana Garrido utiliza desde que denunció la trama Gürtel en Boadilla del Monte.
Ciencia y religión: un oxímoron en la universidad
Por Javier Gimeno | De nuevo, la manida polémica de las dichosas capillas en la Universidad.
El PSOE tacha de “pucherazo electoral” la reforma de Cospedal
La reforma “está hecha única y exclusivamente para blindar el poder de la presidenta de Castilla-La Mancha”, denuncia Pedro Sánchez, secretario general electo del PSOE.
“Este es el verano más sucio que ha vivido Madrid”
El portavoz socialista en el Ayuntamiento de Madrid, Jaime Lissavetzky, denuncia los recortes en los distintos servicios de limpieza de la ciudad.
Luis María González: Israel: asesinos y cómplices 
Del holocausto nazi hemos pasado al holocausto sionista. Que triste lección de la historia…
Gaza, campo de exterminio por analogía
Por Juan Antonio Sacaluga | Israel exagera notablemente el ‘peligro terrorista’ de Gaza para justificar una dinámica represiva innecesaria, alocada e incluso perjudicial para sus intereses a corto plazo.
Rafael Simancas: Reto catalán sí, reto nacionalista no 
La ideología nacionalista es cuestionable y peligrosa. Busca la autoafirmación nacional por exclusión de los demás…
Eduardo Sotillos: Cataluña, desde Madrid 
Bajo la genérica definición de “intelectuales”, unos centenares de personas bien reconocibles por su presencia…
Cándido Marquesán Millán: La derecha cuando gobierna, gobierna de verdad
Cuando la izquierda llega al poder en España lo hace con pies de plomo y con gran cautela…
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Inauguration of DoPT’s Basic Leadership Skills Module and Learning Resource Centre 

Dr. S. K. Sarkar, Secretary, Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) inaugurated the rollout of the Basic Leadership Skills (BLS) Module for Central Secretariat Services (CSS) Officers at the Institute of Secretariat Training and Management (ISTM) here today. This was followed by the inauguration of the Learning Resource Center (LRC) by Dr. Sarkar at the Library Building at ISTM. Both these events are in consonance with the Result Framework Document (RFD) 2014-15 of the DoPT.
The BLS module was rolled out at the Lal Bahadur Shastri National Academy of Administration (LBSNAA), Mussoorie last year in the Foundation Course of Civil Services Officers and the Integration of BLS module with the relevant existing training module of ISTM for CSS officers is now being done with an aim to build leadership qualities among CSS officers.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr Sarkar said that the civil servants have to function in a complex and challenging environment today when there are increasing expectations of performance and ability to respond more efficiently and effectively to the needs of the citizens. Keeping this in mind it becomes imperative that all levels of civil service officers be trained in leadership skills to impart their duties effectively and take forward the vision of a citizen centric Government. The BLS rollout at LBSNAA, Mussoorie and ISTM, New Delhi substantiates the focus of DoPT in Leadership Development in Government.
Later inaugurating the LRC, Dr. Sarkar said that the Center has been set up in line with the recommendations of the National Training Policy (NTP) – 2012. LRC’s mandate is to identify and adapt the leading national and international practices in the field of training techniques and technologies and strengthen the Trainers Development Programme (TDP) to develop a cadre of high quality trainers.
Ms. Lise Grande, UN Resident Coordinator remarked that the Learning Resource Center is a great initiative that will help to promote innovative training techniques in central and state training institutions. Congratulating the DOPT on the occasion, Ms. Grande said that better training will contribute to further improve the delivery of public services.
Both the above activities have been supported by UNDP under the ongoing Strengthening Human Resource Management for Civil Services (SHRM) Project. 

Quake of M6.9 FIJI REGION

To Nksagar_1@yahoo.com
Jul 21 at 9:12 PM
Globe with Earthquake Location


Preliminary Earthquake Report
  • 21 Jul 2014 14:54:40 UTC
  • 21 Jul 2014 02:54:41 near epicenter
  • 21 Jul 2014 18:54:40 standard time in your timezone
Location19.780S 178.441W
Depth616 km
  • 100 km (62 mi) NNE of Ndoi Island, Fiji
  • 369 km (228 mi) WNW of Nuku`alofa, Tonga
  • 375 km (232 mi) ESE of Suva, Fiji
  • 437 km (270 mi) SSE of Lambasa, Fiji
  • 488 km (302 mi) ESE of Nadi, Fiji

Smt. Maneka Gandhi meeting of All India Anganwadi Workers Federation

Union WCD Minister, Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi meeting the General Secretary of All India Anganwadi Workers Federation
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Sizing Up the Nightlife

All India, 21st July 2014:The nation of Monaco might be small in terms of size, but it is a giant when it comes to glamour. Monaco is the centerpiece for luxury holidaying in Europe. You won’t find another location in Europe that attracts the rich and famous as much as Monte Carlo. Monaco’s every night is filled with glamour and effervescent spirits. A night in Monaco offers such variety that you will need to spend more than one night to fully appreciate it. Every night in Monaco is an exceptional. The coolest bar, clubs on the coast and glitziest locations makes it more attractive.
Monaco has a diverse nighttime entertainment menu. The palatial casinos and glitzy clubs of the famous Monte Carlo area are worthwhile if you are looking for a high glamour factor. Pubs, cafes, and live music clubs are also found in Monaco. These venues give the destination a well-rounded after-dark scene that offers something for everyone, no matter what their taste is.
Let yourself be carried along by the intense excitement of the game in the most beautiful casinos in the world, all within a 200 meter perimeter in Monte-Carlo. Casino de Monte Carlo is the perfect destination for people who want to get a taste of what it’s like to bask in riches. With beautifully gilded ceilings and stunning architecture everywhere you look, this truly is the pinnacle of glamour and grandeur. The casino is a cornerstone of Monaco where the rich come to gamble their fortunes.
A shrine for gambling, poker and partying, Sun Casino is a home to exclusive games, live music and an excellent ambience. Casino La Rascasse with 85 slot machines also offers exciting interactive games for the visitors.
Monaco is a haven for the party animals as nightlife is an important part of the tiny country and it is one of the safest countires in the world. Jimmy’z being a world famous night club, it has witnessed stars from all over the world. No two nights at Jimmy’z are ever the same as the music, the ambiance and visiting celebrities change every day.  Another hot spot is the Sass Café which is open till the sunrise. The bar plays live music and is regarded as an “IN” spot for celebrities. NI Box Night Club is designed as a modern and futuristic venue for party in Monaco. The night club has a huge dance floor, VIP area and a vast terrace with one of the best sea views. One can also choose to sip fresh fruit cocktail with their feet in water or settle in the shade of thatched roof at the Alang Bar.Monaco cuisine is synonymous with an eclectic offering which is truly a connoisseur’s delight. Some of the cuisines you can enjoy are Fusion, Italian, Gourmet, Mediterranean, Pizzeria, Traditional French and Exotic. Each cuisine has its own specialty and taste. Where Fusion cuisine is the combination of Mediterranean and tastes of Asia which offers a chance to enjoy new locally inspired tastes with extra foreign touch, Italian cuisine has a special place in the Principality, with a huge choice of pasta, seafood, grilled fish and Milanese escalopes.
A pleasant way to enjoy the evening is to attend the magnificent gala evenings of Monaco in Salle Des Etoiles. The Open Air Cinema is also an ideal way to enjoy the breeze while watching a film. Once can also choose to take an evening stroll in the impressive Monaco Old Town.
The arrival of Buddha Bar in the tiny principality has brought extravagant bar chic to Monaco’s nightlife. It has a location in the heart of the city. This exotically decorated lounge and restaurant is the essence of hip, with Asian fusion food and cutting edge ambient and electronic music complimenting the venue’s Eastern theme.
Monaco is a glamorous place. However, the nightlife is reasonably diverse, with plazas, bars and music venues complimenting the more well-known and glitzy clubs and casinos. The tiny country allows you to spend unforgettable nights, party at a club and dance until dawn, in the chic, fantastic and unique atmosphere. A night in Monaco offers such variety that you will need to spend more than one night to fully appreciate it.
About Monaco:
Monaco is one of the world’s most desirable destinations with over 300 days of sunshine a year and mild temperatures, it celebrates with enthusiasm the arts, culture, sumptuous cuisine, spas, beautiful surroundings, spectacular landscapes and high-adrenaline activities like the Formula One Grand Prix, casino gaming, land and water sports and exciting nightlife.
Tourists will be more than happy enjoying luxurious accommodation, family restaurants and exceptional landscape in Monte Carlo. This charming destination adds that magnificence experience to your holiday which everyone dreams for. The place is gorgeously clean, the hotels are a marvel, the people are beautiful and the food is delicious. There are wonderful restaurants, shops, attractions, coast, nightlife, sports facilities and culture all within walking distance. You can have a fulfilling romantic experience with the world class spas, set in gorgeous surroundings and offering a variety of therapies and treatments from around the world.
For further details please contact:
Monaco Government Tourist Bureau – India
C/o TRAC Representations India Pvt. Ltd
Akanksha Sharma | 011 22312294, 9873812364 | Email: pr@tracrep.com

Secure Enkay Sagar Holdings Pvt Ltd a speaking slot at Middle East Rail

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Every year we have an extensive representation from the largest Operators and government authorities including:
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