Monday, August 11, 2014

Uproar in RS over govt statement on WTO

Uproar in RS over govt statement on WTO
Rajya Sabha was adjourned twice during Question Hour on Monday as Congress created uproar saying there were inconsistencies in government statements on WTO though Finance Minister Arun Jaitley asserted there was no contradiction.
Jaitley said his party BJP had in December last year raised inconsistencies in the pact the previous UPA government had signed in WTO meeting in Bali and it stood by it.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had on Saturday hit out at UPA for allegedly sacrificing the interest of poor people in the Bali deal.
In contrast, the new government stood firm on food security at the recent Geneva round of WTO negotiations, Modi had said.
Congress on the other hand said it had taken a tough stand on food security in the WTO meeting and Modi was contradicting what Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had said on the floor of the House.
“There is no contradiction in what the Commerce Minister and the Prime Minister have said,” Jaitley said when the House reassembled after a 10-minute adjournment forced by Congress.
Chairman Hamid Ansari said the issue can be taken up after the Question Hour but as Congress members were unrelenting, he adjourned the House till noon.
Soon after the House mourned the death of former member Ekanath K Thakur, former Commerce Minister and senior Congress leader Anand Sharma said he had given a notice for suspension of Question Hour to take up discussion on contradictions in government statements.
He said there was contradiction between what the Commerce Ministry had said in the House on 5th August and what the Prime Minister said on Saturday. Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said the issue can be taken up after Question Hour.
But Sharma and other Congress members were unrelenting.
“Is the Prime Minister correct or the Minister for Commerce and Industry,” Sharma asked.
Ansari said nothing could be heard in the din and appealed to members to allow Question Hour to be taken up.
Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Prakash Javadekar said there was no difference and the Prime Minister had said exactly the same thing as Commerce Minister.
“You betrayed the farmers, we protected farmers,” he said.
Amid uproar, Ansari adjourned the House for 10 minutes. When the House reassembled, similar scenes were witnessed.
Leader of the Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said the stand that India took at Bali was appreciated across the world on the issue of food security and stocking food for that.
Sitaram Yechury (CPI-M) said what was stated in the House has been contradicted by the Prime Minister outside.
But, Jaitley said, “There is no contradiction. We stand by the statement made by the Commerce Minister.”
Earlier when the House met, Ansari mentioned of passing away of Thakur on 7th August at the age of 73 years.
A banker, educationist, trade unionist and management consultant, Thakur represented the state of Maharashtra in the Upper House from April 2000 to April 2008.
“In passing away of Ekanath Thakur, the country has lost a distinguished parliamentarian, an educationist and a dedicated social worker. We deeply mourn passing away of Ekanath Thakur,” he said after which the House stood in silence as a mark of respect to him.

Hyundai launches Elite i20



Hyundai launches Elite i20

Hyundai today unveiled the all- new Elite i20

11.08.2014 17:00:15 – New Delhi, August 11, 2014: Hyundai Motor India Limited (HMIL), the country’s largest exporter and the second-largest car manufacturer, today unveiled the all- new Elite i20. Aimed at setting a new standard for premium hatchback, the launch marks the World Premier of the 2nd Generation of Elite i20 in India.
( – A sporty, dynamic and innovative hatchback with class leading unique features, the all-new Elite i20 has been designed using Hyundai’s evolved Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 philosophy. Displaying a refined, premium style, the all-new Elite i20 showcases Hyundai’s sleek exterior and intuitive interior design ethos, projecting a harmonious and sporty appearance. The all-new Elite i20 design concept focuses on evolved aesthetic and confident perfection. Premium equipment, style and driving dynamics deliver a feeling typically associated with vehicles in the segment above. The new model successfully fulfills the need for drivingpleasure of customers, while evoking a sense of confidence and class at the same time.
Hyundai Motor India o launched its premium compact car i20 priced between Rs. 4.9 lakh and Rs. 7.67 lakh.
Speaking at the Global Debut of Elite i20, B S Seo, Managing Director & CEO, HMIL said “The Elite i20 is a world-class product designed, developed and engineered to excellence to deliver value beyond expectations. The new model will offer a premiumownershipexperience for novelty seeking, modern and premium elite customers. The all new Elite i20 features youthful sporty exterior and premium interior which are an expression of evolved design language – Fluidic Sculpture 2.0. The Elite i20 will be a trendsetter model reflecting Hyundai’s Modern Premium brand direction and will fuel Hyundai’s growth in India”.
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SAP’s Strategies and Plans for Government organisations in India

SAP’s Strategies and Plans for Government organisations in India

Media Invite: Press Conference – SAP’s Strategies and Plans for Government organisations in India
Ghildiyal, Chitra
Today at 2:46 PM

We are pleased to invite you to a
Press Conference
To announce
SAP’s Strategies and Plans for Government organisations in India
Themed ‘Good Governance Today for a Progressive Tomorrow’, SAP’s annual premier business technology event – SAP Forum for Public Services, one of India’s largest annual conferences focused on government and public services organizations
on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at Studio 5 Hall, Hotel J W Marriot Hotel, Aero City, New Delhi, India
from 12.15 p.m.
The briefing will be addressed by

Ravi Chauhan
Managing Director, SAP Indian Subcontinent
Mathew Thomas
Vice President – Strategic Industries, SAP India

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Priyanka Chopra inspires teenage girls

Bollywood Actress and International Recording Artist Priyanka Chopra inspires teenage girls to aim high with UNICEF
Bollywood Actress, International Recording Artist and UNICEF India Ambassador Priyanka Chopra met with young women in Chandrapur, India, to mark International Youth Day[1] and to witness how their lives are being transformed through the Building Young Futures programme, which is run in partnership with Barclays.

Priyanka Chopra has been supporting UNICEF’s adolescent work in India for eight years. During her visit she met young women from the Building Young Futures programme, locally known as Deepshikha, and saw how they are being empowered to help fulfil their potential.

Building Young Futures is a global partnership between Barclays and UNICEF that aims to unlock the potential of young people from disadvantaged communities. Through the programme in India young women are receiving peer to peer support in developing the life, enterprise and financial skills they need to overcome the challenges they face to become strong, financially independent women as well as agents of change in their communities. This includes learning how to save, building business plans, developing their own enterprises and learning how to network as well as building confidence, understanding girl’s rights and leadership skills.

In India there are around 243 million adolescents who are facing rising youth unemployment[2].  Life can be particularly hard for young women as they face the challenges of limited economic opportunities and access to training and employment, which reinforce broader issues of discrimination, early marriage, violence and poverty.

Priyanka Chopra said: “Girls have the ability to transform their own lives, develop their own enterprises and help grow India’s economy. The Building Young Futures programme being implemented by UNICEF in collaboration with Barclays is giving them the vital skills and support they need to make this happen.

“I met girls who have experienced incredible hardship in their lives.  Building Young Futures has given them a voice and confidence, or ‘daring’ as they call it.  These girls are working together, setting up businesses, planning their futures; they are empowered to handle the challenges life throws at them.  I strongly advocate that parents, care-givers and educators must give the girls more and more opportunities to grow in their lives.”

In India, by 2015, Building Young Futures will have empowered around 100,000 girls and young women directly and another 200,000 girls through the programme being scaled up by the Maharashtra Human Development Commissionerate.  The programme depends on UNICEF, Barclays and the Government of Maharashtra sharing their expertise.  It has helped these young women to build confidence, knowledge and skills, which gives them choices and the opportunity to build sustainable livelihoods.  The girls take their strength, and determination back into their communities, effecting significant change and helping to transform the wellbeing of even more women and children.
Ram Gopal, Chief Operating Officer, Barclays India, said: “Barclays is committed to supporting young people to develop the skills to fulfil their potential. Through Building Young Futures, we are able to empower these young women in India, teach them that they are equal to men, and help provide them with the skills they need to become economically empowered individuals. Building Young Futures is part of our global goal to support five million young people in becoming the next generation of achievers.”
Louis-George Arsenault, Representative for UNICEF India, explained: “Adolescence is an age of opportunity and UNICEF is committed to investing in young people and enabling them to transform society. The Deepshikha programme, which is currently being implemented in some districts of Maharashtra with the support of Barclays, has been extremely successful in providing girls and young women with the skills and confidence to start their own enterprises and we look forward to expanding this programme across the state and more widely in India.”

Priyanka met girls including Sadhana Chaudhari, who was discriminated against by her family and had to leave school early with limited skills. Sadhana, now 23 years old, runs her own tailoring business, and is setting up a group sanitary napkin business with other girls from her village.  She has become a leader in the programme, or Prerika as they are locally known, and is determined to pass what she has learnt onto other women in the community.

Joining the Building Young Futures Deepshikha programme was a turning point in my life,” says Sadhana. “The Building Young Futures/ Deepshikha programme has given me confidence and now I can support my family.  I come to the training as I learn a lot from this.  I cannot do anything sitting at home, so I must come out and take charge of my own destiny.


Notes to Editors
For further information, please contact:
Swati Mohapatra, UNICEF Maharashtra, +91-993 023 5472,
Geetanjali Master , UNICEF India, +91-981 810 5861,
Sonia Sarkar, UNICEF India, +91-981 017 0289,

Kate Wills, UNICEF UK, + 44 (0)7880 292 429/  0044 (0)7966 935 639
Georgina Thompson, UNICEF UK, +44 (0)207 375 6167

About Building Young Futures
Building Young Futures is a global partnership between Barclays and UNICEF, set up in 2008, that aims to unlock the potential of disadvantaged young people by providing them with the skills, knowledge and confidence they need to set up their own businesses and find work, as well as achieve a stronger economic future for themselves and their communities.  The programme runs in Brazil, Egypt, India, Pakistan, Uganda and Zambia.

In India Building Young Futures is locally known as Deepshikha.
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शहनाज के बारे में शायद कम लोग ही जानते हों,

Shah Rukh Khan के बारे में तो सबलोग जानते हैं, लेकिन उनकी बहन शहनाज के बारे में शायद कम लोग ही जानते हों, आइए, रक्षाबंधन के मौके पर जानते हैं कुछ ऐसे ही स्टार सिबलिंग्स के बारे में……
Shah Rukh Khan के बारे में तो सबलोग जानते हैं, लेकिन उनकी बहन शहनाज के बारे में शायद कम लोग ही जानते हों, आइए, रक्षाबंधन के मौके पर जानते हैं कुछ ऐसे ही स्टार सिबलिंग्स के बारे में......</p><br />
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Annual Convention of Federation at HQ – 24, East Patel Nagar, New Delhi

Date: 13th August 2014
All the members of Delhi Theosophical Federation are intimated that the Annual Convention of Federation is
proposed to be convened on Saturday 13th of September 2014 & Sunday, 14th of September 2014 at
Federation Headquarters – 24, East Patel Nagar, New Delhi-110008 as per the following programme
Saturday 13th September 2014 – 6.00 P.M.
Introductory Talk on Voice of Silence by Bro U.S.Pandey, Secretary, U.P. Federation
Sunday 14th September 2014
10.00 A.M.-11.00 A.M. – Study Class on Voice of Silence to be conducted by Bro U.S.Pandey
11.00 A.M. – 11.15 A.M. – Tea Break
11.15 A.M. – 12.30 P.M. – Study Class (Contd)
12.30 P.M. – 2.00 P.M. – Interaction with Speaker & Lunch Break
Lunch & Tea will be provided to all the members attending Convention.
It is further intimated that Annual Elections of Delhi Theosophical Federation will be conducted on Sunday 14th
of September 2014 at 2.00 P.M. at the same venue as per following program:
1. Approval of Minutes of the last Annual General Meeting
2. Presentation of Secretary’s Report by Bro M.L.Khatri, elected Secretary of Federation
3. Presentation of Audited Accounts by the Treasurer
4. Election of the following Office Bearers:
i. President
ii. Vice President
iii. Secretary
iv. Joint Secretary
v. Treasurer
vi. Auditor
vii. Representative to Indian Section Council for the years 2013-16

Erdogan wins presidential election


Turkey’s PM Erdogan wins

presidential election

with 52% – early results

Turkey's Prime Minister and presidential candidate Tayyip Erdogan (Reuters / Umit Bektas)
Turkey’s Prime Minister now president Tayyip Erdogan
Turky Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan  won the presidential election with 52 percent of the vote, according to early results. Thus, Erdogan has become the country’s first popularly-elected head of state. High Election Board (YSK) chair, Sadi Güven, has announced Erdogan’s victory in the presidential election, according to interim results.“The chairman of the AK Party and the prime minister of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has become the first president elected by the people,” Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag posted on his Twitter account.
With 99.05 percent of the ballots counted, Erdogan leads with 51,71 percent, the Hurriyet Daily reports. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, former Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, has received 38,56 percent of the votes. Selahattin Demirtas, head of the leftist pro-Kurdish People’s Democratic Party, is in third place with just under 10 percent.
Erdogan, who is currently serving as the country’s prime minister, will become Turkey’s first president elected in a popular vote. Until now, the country’s presidents have been elected by members of the Turkish Parliament. The amendment which changed the way Turkey elects its leaders was first drafted in 2007.


M6.0) HOKKAIDO, JAPAN REGION 41.1 142.2 (3fa06)
Aug 10 at 9:42 AM
Globe with Earthquake Location


Preliminary Earthquake Report
  • 10 Aug 2014 03:43:16 UTC
  • 10 Aug 2014 12:43:17 near epicenter
  • 10 Aug 2014 07:43:16 standard time in your timezone
Location41.142N 142.170E
Depth37 km
  • 81 km (50 mi) ESE of Mutsu, Japan
  • 85 km (52 mi) NE of Misawa, Japan
  • 90 km (55 mi) NE of Hachinohe, Japan
  • 125 km (77 mi) ENE of Aomori-shi, Japan
  • 642 km (398 mi) NNE of Tokyo, Japan

Ceasefire violation by Pakistan

A day after Sharif regrets bad ties with India, Pakistan opens fire across international border again, injuring 2 BSF jawans. Reports also suggest that 2 minors were injured in the cross fire.
A day after Sharif regrets bad ties with India, Pakistan opens fire across international border again, injuring 2 BSF jawans. Reports also suggest that 2 minors were injured in the cross fire.
Ceasefire violation by Pakistan, 2 civilians and 2 BSF jawans injured
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Akhilesh Yadav Addresses workshop on Social Media for Democracy

C.M office Tweets : Chief Minister Sri Akhilesh Yadav Addresses workshop on Social Media for Democracy at CM’s residence.
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Global titbits


10 killed, 80 injured in suicide bomb attack on Kurdish militia in Iraq

At least 10 Kurdish fighters were killed and 80 others wounded after a suicide bomber set off an explosive device in the Iraqi town of Jalawla, Reuters reported, citing medical sources. The attack came during fierce clashes in the town – which is located to the northeast of Baghdad – between the Kurdish Peshmerga forces and Islamic State (IS/ISIS) militants trying to take control of northern Iraq.

Erdogan takes early lead in Turkish presidential vote

The Turkish prime minister, Tayyip Erdogan, took an early lead in the country’s first direct presidential election on Sunday. Erdogan has claimed around 56 percent of the vote with 43 percent of ballots counted, Turkish CNN Turk and NTV channels reported. The main opposition candidate, Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, was behind on around 35 percent, with pro-Kurdish left-wing leader, Selahattin Demirtas, in third on around 8 percent.

Nicaragua struggling amid worst drought in 30 years

The Nicaraguan Institute of Territorial Studies (INET) said Nicaragua, with a population of 6 million people, is now confronting the worst drought the country has experienced in the last three decades. INET projections indicate the drought, related to the El Niño weather phenomenon, will continue during September and October. Minister of Agriculture Edward Centeno, has said the lack of rain could wipe out 1.1 billion bushels of corn, 100,000 bushels of peanuts and just over one million tons of rice during the agricultural cycle from 2014 to 2015. Meanwhile, the government is conducting specialized studies on the phenomenon of drought and its impact on the population.

​65 victims of flight MH17 identified, experts departing eastern Ukraine

Forensic experts from the Netherlands have identified a total of 65 victims of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, officials said on Saturday as quoted by AFP. Meanwhile, the last teams of the Dutch, Australian and Malaysian investigators were departing eastern Ukraine for the Netherlands, Netherlands national news agency (ANP) reported. “Of the victims, 21 were Dutch and the other 21 another nationality,” the Dutch Justice Ministry said in a statement. “The specific nationalities of the other victims are not being revealed on the request of their countries’ embassies,” it added. Arie de Bruijn, forensics investigation coordinator, said on Friday that around 176 “more or less”complete bodies have arrived in the Netherlands as well as 527 body parts. Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was a scheduled international commercial flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur that crashed on July 17, 2014, killing all 283 passengers and 15 crew on board.

​ Polls open in Turkey, Erdogan a favorite

The polls have opened in Turkey as it picks its president for the first time ever by way of a direct election. Prime Minister Tauuip Erdogan of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) appears to be the nation’s current favorite to lead the country, Reuters reports. If he emerges victorious, Erdogan is expected to be a hands-on leader who will continue to run the government.

More than 700 flights canceled in Japan due to Typhoon Halong

Japanese airlines had to cancels 232 more internal flights in connection with the raging Typhoon Halong, bringing the number of canceled flights to more than 700, Itar-Tass reported, citing local media. The companies that had their planes grounded include Japan Airlines (JAL), All Nippon Airways (ANA), Peach Aviation, and others. Torrential rains and 200 km per hour winds have reportedly caused at least four deaths and 26 serious injuries since the typhoon firsthit the coast of Japan, leaving more than 4,000 houses without electricity and prompting authorities to issue evacuation warnings to 1.6 million people. One of the worst hit prefectures, Mie, has seen about 500,000 residents evacuated due to a fear of flooding from swollen rivers.

US jets carry out four more strikes against Iraqi militants

The US carried out four more airstrikes on Islamic militants in Iraq on Saturday. Armored carriers and a truck that were firing on civilians were destroyed by the American jet fighters, AP reported. Islamic State (IS) militants were targeting Yazidi civilians taking shelter in the Sinjar mountains, Central Command said. The US strikes took place near Sinjar, located in northwestern Iraq. Three of them took place before 16:00 GMT on Saturday and another one around 19:00 GMT. This marked the third round of strikes against IS since US President Barack Obama authorized the missions.

BJP’s Smriti Irani has a “degree” from Yale University!

BJP’s Smriti Irani, who was made the HRD Minister after losing general elections this year, now says she has a “degree” from Yale University!
Incidentally, media enquiries revealed that she attended a 6-day programme at Yale in 2013 as part of a programme. Is she referring to that?
Smriti had in 2004 affidavit mentioned her qualifications as “BA from Delhi University in 1996″. 10 years later, her affidavit mentioned ” B.Com (1st year) from Delhi University in 1994!”.
Well, are we sure if one can file a false affidavit?
Source: NDTV
BJP's Smriti Irani, who was made the HRD Minister after losing general elections this year, now says she has a "degree" from Yale University!<br /><br /><br />
Incidentally, media enquiries revealed that she attended a 6-day programme at Yale in 2013 as part of a programme. Is she referring to that?<br /><br /><br />
Smriti had in 2004 affidavit mentioned her qualifications as "BA from Delhi University in 1996". 10 years later, her affidavit mentioned " B.Com (1st year) from Delhi University in 1994!".<br /><br /><br />
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