Saturday, August 16, 2014

Global happenings

Duo arrested on suspicion of stealing from MH370 victims

Malaysian police have arrested a bank officer and her husband over allegations they stole more than $30,000 from the accounts of four passengers aboard missing flight MH370, AFP reports. They have been held by police since Thursday after being accused of stealing from two Malaysian and two Chinese victims. Police are also looking for another suspect, a Pakistani man, who is believed to have received part of the money in his account through an online transfer, said Zainuddin Ahmad, a district police chief in Kuala Lumpur.

53 dead after monsoon floods strike Nepal

53 people have been killed in Nepal in the last three days due to flash floods and mudslides, which were triggered by annual monsoon rains. Nepal’s Home Ministry said 75 people were unaccounted for and 36 others were in hospitals and medical centers. Video clips on television showed people wading through waist-deep water carrying belongings as well as submerged houses. Officials said more than 25 percent of Nepal’s 75 administrative districts were hit by landslides or floods.

​Black box has no record of Brazil’s Campos fatal flight

The black box from Wednesday’s plane crash that killed Brazilian presidential candidate Eduardo Campos did not record his flight, Brazilian Air Force (FAB) announced, but recorded something else. “The two hours of audio, the maximum recording capacity of the equipment, which were received and validated by certified technicians, were not of the flight of 13 August,” air force spokesman Pedro Luis Farcic said. FAB is trying to determine what the recording is. Campos and six other people died when a private jet crashed near Sao Paulo.

UN Security Council blacklists Islamic State militants

The UN Security Council blacklisted six militants from the Islamic State, including the group’s spokesman Abu Muhammad al-Adnani, in a resolution issued on Friday. The six people will be subject to an international travel ban, asset freeze and arms embargo. The UNSC added that those who finance, recruit or supply weapons to the insurgents will be sanctioned. The resolution stated that the UNSC “deplores and condemns in the strongest terms the terrorist acts of ISIL (Islamic State) and its violent extremist ideology, and its continued gross, systematic and widespread abuses of human rights and violations of international humanitarian law.” It also blacklisted Said Arif, a former Algerian army officer and Abdul Mohsen Abdallah Ibrahim al-Charekh of Saudi Arabia from the Nusra Front in Syria. The Nusra Front insurgent group was added to the list earlier this year. ISIS (ISIL) militants declared the creation of an Islamic State in the end of June naming the territories they had seized in parts of Syria and Iraq a caliphate.

Medecins Sans Frontieres warns it will take 6 months to contain Ebola

It will take about six months to bring the Ebola epidemic in West Africa under control, and this will require greater leadership from the World Health Organization (WHO), the head of Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said Friday. “If we don’t stabilize Liberia, we will never stabilize the region,” Reuters quoted Joanne Liu, international president of MSF as saying said in Geneva after a 10-day trip to the region. “Over the next six months we should get the upper hand on the epidemic, this is my gut feeling,” she said. However, more experts are needed on the ground, according to Liu.

2nd jihadist suspect leaves Australia using brother’s passport

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott conceded on Friday that a second suspected jihadist had flown out of the country to the Middle East using his brother’s passport, AP said. A 19-year-old Sydney man slipped out of the country last week, but was detained on arrival in the United Arab Emirates and deported, according to Sydney’s Daily Telegraph newspaper. In December last year, a terrorist left Sydney in a similar security breach.

Czech Republic to deliver weapons to Iraqi Kurds at end of August

The Czech Republic plans to start delivering firearms and munitions to Kurds fighting Islamic State militants in northern Iraq at the end of August. “The Foreign Ministry considers the end of August as a realistic date for starting deliveries,” Reuters quoted Czech diplomats as saying Friday. Foreign Minister Lubomir Zaoralek said Wednesday the shipments did not have to come from state warehouses as there were private companies that could deliver the goods.

Russia licenses Almaz-Antei’s S-400 air defense system for export

Russia’s latest air defense system S-400 has been issued a license for exports, ITAR-TASS quoted deputy director general of the Almaz-Antei concern as saying on Friday. Talks are underway on its exports abroad, Vyacheslav Dzirkaln said at Oboronexpo- 2014 show in Zhukovsky, Moscow Region. The export passport for the system has been received, and considerable progress has already been made in talks of its exports abroad, he said.

Pakistan opposition leader Khan not hurt, clashes start after shots on his vehicle

Pakistani opposition leader Imran Khan is unharmed after shots were fired at his vehicle during a march on Friday, Reuters reported. Clashes broke out as tens of thousands of Pakistani protesters from two anti-government movements converged on the capital. Gunshots hit the vehicle of former cricket star and opposition politician Khan as he led his supporters through the eastern city of Gujranwala. Residents brandishing ruling-party posters attacked his convoy, throwing shoes and stones. The protests are presenting the 15-month-old civilian government with its biggest challenge yet.

Lavrov, Steinmeier agree all issues of Russian aid

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier have stressed the need to resolve all issues regarding passing of a Russian aid relief convoy in eastern Ukraine immediately, ITAR-TASS reported. Lavrov and Steinmeier discussed in a phone conversation a humanitarian situation in the eastern Ukraine, which is on a verge of catastrophe, the Russian Foreign Ministry said. All the efforts should be taken to ensure safe and quick delivery of the cargo to areas suffered from a military operation, according to the two ministers. They also discussed practical steps to realize measures aimed at achieving a steady ceasefire in Ukraine’s southeast.

Putin discusses economy with Finnish President Niinisto

President Vladimir Putin and his Finnish counterpart Sauli Niinisto were discussing economic relations between the two states at a meeting in the southern Russian resort of Sochi on Friday. Recently, the turnover in the mutual trade fell by 8 percent, Putin said, adding that could be explained by political tensions and economic factors. Russia remains the first partner of Finland in terms of the volume of economic ties, he said. According to Putin, the two presidents were going to discuss “the whole complex of issues,” ITAR-TASS reported.

Ukrainian customs, border officials inspect Russian humanitarian convoy

Ukrainian customs and border service officials crossed the border into Russia on Friday to inspect a huge Russian convoy with humanitarian aid for eastern Ukraine, ITAR-TASS said. “Ukrainian officials arrived to the site where the convoy stands, where they were provided with all necessary documentation concerning the convoy and the cargo,” a source familiar with the situation said. Russia “is ready to provide all necessary documents and information about the cargo,” the source added. Defense officials in Kiev said the group of 41 Ukrainian border service representatives and 18 customs officials began inspecting the Russian aid at the Donetsk crossing on Friday morning.

Germany sends 1st plane to deliver aid to northern Iraq

Germany’s armed forces have begun sending aid supplies to northern Iraq where thousands of people have fled Islamic State militants. The first plane Friday set off for Arbil, capital of the semi-autonomous Kurdish region of Iraq, carrying medicines, food and blankets, Reuters said. Further aid flights were planned for the day. “This is just the beginning,” Germany’s defense minister, Ursula von der Leyen, said at Hohn airbase, adding that Germany was looking into whether it would also deliver military equipment.

HIV-positive passengers sue China airline

Two HIV-positive passengers and an HIV-negative traveling companion are suing a Chinese airline for refusing to let them on board, AFP said. In the country’s first such lawsuit, the trio said they planned to travel from Shenyang in the northeast to Shijiazhuang, south of Beijing. They were barred from the Spring Airlines plane after the two HIV-positive passengers informed staff of their condition, according to a Global Times report. The three are accusing the budget airline of discrimination and demanding an apology as well as compensation of 48,999 yuan ($8,000).

IOC bars Ebola region athletes from Youth Games events in China

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is prohibiting young athletes from the Ebola-affected region of West Africa from participating in certain events at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China, Reuters said. Athletes from West Africa will not be allowed to compete in combat sports or in the swimming pool, the IOC and the Nanjing Youth Olympic Games Organizing Committee said in a joint statement.

Mexican mayor detained for alleged killing, links to drug cartel

A mayor in the western state of Michoacan was detained for allegedly ordering the killing of a friend, AP said. Huetamo Mayor Dalia Santana was also accused of extorting her employees and street vendors in her city on behalf of a drug cartel, Michoacan state prosecutors say. Santana reportedly told her friend to meet her at a restaurant, where a gunman shot him dead last year. The gunman is said to be a member of the Knights Templar drug cartel, which is based in the state. Also, authorities say Santana demanded 20 percent of her employees’ salaries and extorted street vendors, giving the money to Servando Gomez, the alleged leader of the Knights Templar cartel.

India PM slams spate of rapes, communal violence

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday that levels of rape had shamed the country. In his first Independence Day speech, Modi urged parents to take responsibility for the behavior of their sons rather than put the onus on their daughters. The PM also urged an end to communal violence and vowed to improve the lives of the nation’s poor, AFP reported.

2 Japanese ministers, politicians visit controversial WWII shrine

Two Japanese cabinet ministers visited a controversial war shrine Friday, seen as a symbol of Tokyo’s militarist past by China and South Korea. Dozens of other politicians were also expected to gather at the Yasukuni shrine in downtown Tokyo later in the day. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sent a donation to the shrine through an aide, AFP reported. The 145-year-old Shinto shrine honors some 2.5 million citizens who died in World War II and other conflicts, including 14 indicted war criminals.

Pakistani security forces kill 6 militants in attacks on 2 air force bases

Six militants were killed and 13 members of the Pakistani security forces were wounded in attacks on two air force bases in the west city of Quetta on Thursday, Reuters said. The attackers did not get inside either facility. No group immediately claimed responsibility for Thursday night’s raids. In June, militants targeted Pakistani airports. Pakistan’s military is fighting an offensive against the Taliban insurgency in the largely lawless region of North Waziristan on the Afghanistan border.

Pope commemorates Korea ferry disaster victims on Asia visit

Pope Francis on Friday commemorated the more than 300 people killed in a ferry disaster in April, on the second day of his first trip to Asia. The pontiff met with families of victims and some survivors ahead of a Mass before about 50,000 people at the World Cup stadium in the central South Korean city of Daejeon. He also called on South Koreans to beware of the spiritual “cancer” that often accompanies affluent societies, media said.

Lavrov tells Ukraine’s FM Kiev should inform about journalist Stenin’s fate

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has urged his Ukrainian counterpart Pavel Klimkin to provide information about the fate of Russian photo-journalist Andrey Stenin’s fate. The communication with Rossia Segodnya photographer Stenin, who worked in Ukraine, was lost on August 5. Lavrov stressed the need to clarify Stenin’s circumstances immediately, the Russian Foreign Ministry said after a telephone conversation between the two ministers on Thursday. It was reported that Stenin had been captured by Ukrainian security forces.

Snapshots of India Pool showcases Destination Germany in New Delhi

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India, Singapore bilateral ties


India and Singapore have reaffirmed their commitment to elevate bilateral relations.
The two countries decided to scale up ties in key areas of investment and trade which has witnessed a huge surge from 4.2 billion dollar in 2003-04 to around 19.4 billion dollars in 2013-14.
According to a joint statement issued after the meeting between External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and her Singaporean counterpart K Shanmugam, the two leaders directed the officials to identify concrete projects in other areas of cooperation which include speeding up air and maritime connectivity and coastal development.
India and Singapore expressed satisfaction over cooperation in the fields of defence, security, economy and people-to-people contacts. They also agreed to adopt a proactive and forward-looking approach towards building a closer and mutually beneficial partnership.
The two leaders underscored the importance of the Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA) signed in June 2005, as the cornerstone of economic relations.
Both Ministers hoped that the negotiations for the Second Review of the CECA will be completed expeditiously, which would send a positive signal to the business community.
Singapore became one of India’s largest foreign investors in 2013, while Singapore is one of India’s top investment destinations.

Pak PM greet Modi on Independence Day


Pak PM greet Modi on Independence Day
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif greeted his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on India’s Independence Day and wished its people prosperity.
Modi had congratulated Pakistan on its Independence Day, which comes a day before India’s Independence Day.
“Prime Minister Sharif greets Prime Minister Modi on India’s Independence Day, wishing prosperity to the people of India,” the Pakistan High Commission said.
The exchange of greetings came days after a war of words broke out following Modi’s comments that Pakistan was involved in a “proxy war” against India.
Pakistan had termed Modi’s comments as “baseless rhetoric” which was strongly criticised by External Affairs Ministry.
In a strong rebuttal, the External Affairs Ministry said terrorism was a “core concern” in its bilateral ties with Pakistan and its “tool kit” is not restricted in any manner to combat it effectively.
Foreign secretaries of India and Pakistan are scheduled to meet in Islamabad on August 25



Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (AFP Photo / Ted Aljibe)
Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters
In clips uploaded on YouTube over the past few weeks, two militant Islamic groups from the south of the Philippines, the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) and the Abu Sayyaf rebels are giving their allegiance to the Islamic State.
Abu Misry Mama, a BIFF spokesman, confirmed to AFP by telephone Friday that a video had been uploaded Wednesday.
“We have an alliance with the Islamic State and Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi,” he said referring to the jihadist group’s leader. Misry said his group had no plans to impose the strict brand of radical Islam imposed by IS in the Philippines. “But if they need our help, why not?” he said.
Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (AFP Photo / Mark Navales)
Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters
BIFF split from Philippines’ main Muslim group, the 12,000 strong Moro Islamic Liberation Front, in 2008. While MILF signed a peace agreement with the government of President Aquino last March, BIFF which is believed to have just a few hundred fighters, has refused peace talks, preferring to continue its decade’s long campaign to set up an Islamic State in the southern Philippines.
A spokesman for an army division based in the southern Philippines, Colonel Dickson Hermoso, described BIFF as a terrorist group which uses extortion to fund its activities, although he said he didn’t think they were sending people to Iraq or Syria.
Another video by the Abu Sayyaf rebels has also been uploaded onto YouTube showing a group of about a dozen men standing in a forest clearing with one of their most senior leaders Isnilon Hapilon mentioning the IS leader al-Baghdadi, while reading out a statement pledging their alliance to the Islamic State. Hapilon has a $5 million reward on his head by the US which has said it considers Abu Sayyaf a “foreign terror organization” and has said it carries out kidnappings, beheadings and bombings.
However, Philippine military spokesman Lieutenant-colonel Ramon Zagala has dismissed both the video clips as “propaganda,” refusing to comment on them.
Media agencies

Anti-govt protesters march on in Pakistan; shots fired at Imran Khan

Anti-govt protesters march on in Pakistan; shots fired at Imran Khan
Determined to oust Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, tens of thousands of protesters on Friday marched towards the capital in two separate convoys as clashes erupted with opposition leader Imran Khan claiming that ruling PML-N activists fired at his vehicle.
Two opposition groups, led by cricketer-turned-politician Khan and Canada-based cleric Tahirul Qadri, plan to converge on Islamabad to press Sharif to call an early election little over a year after his landslide victory in the polls.”The PML-N workers opened fire on my container (vehicle). If I was hit who could stopmy party workers from reacting,” said Khan, the chief of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party.
He urged his party workers to remain peaceful, saying if the martial law was imposed in the wake of the government’s actions his party would be blamed.
“The government is blaming us for the Gujranwala incident. It will also blame us in case martial law is imposed on such acts of the government,” Khan said.
Khan also presented video footage of PML-N workers attacking his vehicle. The footage showed PML-N workers pelting stones and shoes on his vehiclewith those on board seen ducking.
PTI spokesperson Shireen Mazari said at least eight party workers were injured in clashes in Gujranwala.
Three of them have been seriously injured and shifted to a hospital. They have suffered head injuries, she said.
Mazari alleged that Federal Commerce MinisterKhurram Dastgir’s menwere involved in the incident. Gujranwala district is the constituency of Dastgir. “Police present there did not act to stop the PML-N activists,” she alleged, adding that “we cannot give guarantee of our party workers remainingpeacefulifthey are attacked en route to Islamabad.”
The anti-government protesters of both the groups plan to stage a sit-in in Islamabad to press their claims, at the end of a “long march” — which set off on a 370-km journey to the country’s capital on Thursday.
Khan initiated his ‘Azadi March’ from his Zaman Park residence in Lahore, while Qadri launched his ‘Inqelab March’ (revolution march) from the Model Town area of the city.
Khan has already underlined his demands, saying Sharif should resign and a caretaker government should be formedfor holding a fresh general election in the country.
Qadri has also unveiled the goals of his ‘revolution’ march, saying its fundamental purpose is to restore democracy and alleviate poverty.
Khan’s convoy had reached Gujranwala, 80 kilometers from Lahore, while Qadri’s convoy had reached Jehlum, 180 kilometers from Lahore, after 25 hours of journey.

23 killed as heavy rains continue in U’khand & HP

23 killed as heavy rains continue in U
Twenty-three people have been killed in rain-related incidents in Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh as heavy showers wreaked havoc in the hill states even as humid conditions prevailed in most parts of north India on Friday.
Seventeen people have been killed in separate incidents of cloudburst, house collapse and landslips in Pauri, Dehradun and Pithoragarh districts of Uttarakhand, while six people died in Himachal Pradesh.The heavy rains in Uttarakhand, including in the state capital, flooded several roads cutting off nearly 250 residents of a village in Pauri district from the rest of the state and brought the water level in Ganga just half a metre down the danger mark at 340 metres at Ram Jhula in Rishikesh.
Fourteen casualties occurred in Pauri, two persons died in a landslip in Kishanpur area on the outskirts of Dehradun and one drowned in an overflowing rain-fed stream in Pithoragarh district, officials said.
While Dehradun recorded a maximum 120 mm of rainfall, Rispana, Bindal and Jakhan rivers were in spate.
In Himachal Pradesh, incessant heavy monsoon rains, mostly in parts of Hamirpur and Una, disrupted normal life leaving behind a trail of destruction. Four members of family including two minors were swept away by swirling waters of Kuhana Khud in Hamirpur, while another was buried ina landslide.
Police also recovered the body of an unidentified youth.
A two-and-a-half-year old girl went missing after she washed away by a swollen rivulet in Sainre village.
The rains triggered landslides at various places and over 200 roads were blocked due to it along with road breaches.
Bangana in Una district was wettest in the region as it recorded 160 mm of rains.
Meanwhile, pleasant winds added to the festive mood in Delhi on Independence Day as the national flag at the ramparts of the Red Fort fluttered in full glory.
With temperature remaining at comfortable levels, people thronged public places like Connaught Place and the India Gate lawns to celebrate the country’s 68th Independence Day.
The humidity hovered between 71 and 53 per cent.




The National President Shri Amit Bhai Shah has nominated the
following as the national office bearers
Vice President  
S. No.NameState
1   Shri Bandaru DattatreyTelangana
2   Shri B.S. YeddyurappaKarnataka
3   Sh Satyapal MalikUttar Pradesh
4   Shri Mukhtar Abbas NaqviUttar Pradesh
5   Shri Purushottam RupalaGujarat
6   Shri Prabhat JhaMadhya Pradesh
7   Shri Raghuwar Das Jharkhand
8   Smt Kiran MaheswariRajasthan
9   Shri Vinay SahasrbuddheMaharashtra
10  Smt Renu DeviBihar
11  Shri Dinesh SharmaUttar Pradesh
General Secretaries  
1   Shri Jagat Prakash NaddaHimachal Pradesh
2   Shri Rajeev Pratap RuddyBihar
3   Shri Murlidhar RaoTelangana
4   Shri RammadhavAndhra Pradesh
5   Sushree Saroj PandeyChhattisgarh
6   Shri Bhupendra YadavRajasthan
7   Prof. Ram Shanakar KatheriyaUttar Pradesh
8   Shri Ramlal (General Sec.Org.)Delhi
Jt. General Sec.Org.  
1   Shri V. SatishKarnataka
2   Shri Saudan SinghChhattisgarh
3   Shri Shiv Prakash Uttar Pradesh
4   Shri B.L. SantoshKarnataka
1   Shri Shyam JajuMaharashtra
2   Dr. Anil JainDelhi
3   Shri H. RajaTamil Nadu
4   Shri Romen DekaAssam
5   Smt. Sudha YadavHaryana
6   Smt. Poonam MahajanMaharashtra
7   Shri Ramvichar  Netam Chhattisgarh
8   Shri Arun SinghUttar Pradesh
9   Shri Sidharth Nath SinghUttar Pradesh
10  Shri Sardar R.P. Singh Delhi
11  Shri Shrikant SharmaUttar Pradesh
12  Smt. Jyoti DhruveMadhya Pradesh
13  Shri Tarun ChughPunjab
14  Shri Rajnish KumarBihar
1  Shri Shahnawaj HusainBihar
2  Dr. Sudhanshu TrivediUttar Pradesh
3  Shri Meenakshi LekhiDelhi
4  Shri M.J. Aakbar Delhi
5  Shri Vijay Sonkar Shashtri Uttar Pradesh
6  Smt. Lalita KumarmanglamTamil Nadu
7  Shri Nalin Kohli Delhi
8  Dr. Sambit PatraOdisha
9  Shri Anil BaluniUttarakhand
10 Shri GVL Narsimha RaoAndhra Pradesh
Morcha President  
Mahila MorchaSmt. Vijya RahtarMaharashtra
Yuva MorchaShri Anurag ThakurHimachal Pradesh
S.C. MorchaShri Dushyant Kr GautamDelhi
S.T. MorchaShri Faggan Singh KulasteMadhya Pradesh
Minority MorchaShri Abdul Rashid Ansari 
Office Secretaries  
1   Er. Arun Kumar JainDelhi

Press Conference Month of July 2014


Press Conference Snapshots


PM lays foundation stone of Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust

 PM lays foundation stone of Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust
Modi laid the foundation for a multi-crore SEZ and port connectivity project in Navi Mumbai on Saturday.
He will also dedicate to the nation, Powergrid’s transmission line and launch multiple road and highway projects in Solapur.
Prime Minister Modi launch a slew of other infrastructure projects worth Rs 6,000 crore in Maharashtra in a day-long visit to the state.These include a port connectivity highway project worth Rs 1,927 crore at the Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) in Mumbai and foundation stone for a port-based multi-product Special Economic Zone (SEZ) at the JNPT.He  lay foundation of four laning for the Solapur-Maharashtra/Karnataka border section on Pune-Solapur stretch of National Highway-9 (NH-9) at Solapur. Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today laid the Foundation Stone of Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust Special Economic Zone, at Sheva in Navi Mumbai.
He also laid the Foundation Stone for widening of Port Connectivity Road from JNPT to the National Highway. He symbolically handed over land allotment letters to Project Affected Persons.
Addressing a large public gathering at the function site, the Prime Minister said his Government had conceived Sagarmala, an ambitious project for maritime states. This would envisage not merely port development, but port-led development which would include ports, SEZs; and rail, road, air and waterway connectivity with the hinterland, including linkages of cold storage and warehousing facilities. Noting that two-third of all global trade, and 50 percent of container trade happens through the Indian Ocean, the Prime Minister highlighted the importance of the ports sector. Ports can become gateways to India`s prosperity, he added.
The Prime Minister said the Government is concerned at the large number of stalled SEZ projects across the country, and a high-level team has been constituted to review the problems and resolve them at the earliest.
The Prime Minister said export promotion was the need of the hour. “Until we join manufacturers in export promotion, and unless States and Centre work together, we cannot achieve new heights in exports”, the Prime Minister said. He added that the Union Government had recently convened a meeting with States to understand bottlenecks in exports, and States would soon be given the right to form their own Export Promotion Councils. Let there be competition among States for exports, the Prime Minister said. The Government had recently done away with the requirement of renewal of shipping licenses every year, and now the license would be granted for a lifetime, Shri Narendra Modi said, praising Union Minister for Shipping Shri Nitin Gadkari for this move. He added that his Government wishes to create an environment for ease of business, and encouragement for youth.
The Prime Minister said that shipbuilding is now a big opportunity. Noting the strides that South Korea has taken in shipbuilding, the Prime Minister said India should also try to do so.
Elaborating his theme of Come, make in India, which he mentioned during his Independence Day address, the Prime Minister said his Government will encourage foreign investment in shipbuilding.
Made in India should occupy a place in the global market, the Prime Minister said.
Shri Narendra Modi also said that this was his first public function in Maharashtra after taking over as Prime Minister and he was indeed fortunate that it is in Raigarh district, a place closely associated with the great Maratha King, Shivaji.

PM dedicates to the nation warship INS Kolkata



Modi said while inaugurating that INS Kolkata is proof of India’s “Buddhi Bal” intellectual capabilities of our talent.India’s aim is to achieve such prowess in its defence capabilities, that no one dares to cast an evil glance at India. Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, today dedicated to the nation the indigenously designed warship INS Kolkata.
Addressing naval officers and sailors at the Naval Dockyard, Mumbai after commissioning the ship, the Prime Minister described INS Kolkata as proof of India`s “Buddhi Bal” (intellectual capabilities). He said India`s aim is to achieve such prowess in its defence capabilities, that no one dares to cast an evil glance at India.
Shri Narendra Modi emphasized that with changing times, the importance of prowess which came out of “Buddhi Bal” (scientific and technical intelligence) is as important for the armed forces as physical prowess (Baahu Bal) The Prime Minister also described INS Kolkata as the biggest indigenous defence production. “As we dedicate this ship to the nation, we display to the world, our buddhi bal and our manufacturing capabilities,” the Prime Minister said.
The Prime Minister remarked that being in Maharashtra, and talking about the Navy, one could not but remember Chhatrapati Shivaji, the great Maratha King, who conceived the navy as a means for securing India`s maritime trade interests. The Prime Minister said that today, maritime security was a vital aspect of global trade, and India was playing its part in securing global trade. He added that INS Kolkata is also a great communication platform, and will be useful in securing India`s trade interests at sea.
684 INS K
The Prime Minister mentioned the provisions made in the recent budget for defence offsets, and said the world`s best arms and equipment manufacturers would be invited to set up manufacturing facilities in India, and a day would come when India would be completely self-reliant in defence production.
The Prime Minister praised the valour of the Indian armed forces, and assured the jawans that the whole nation stood by them and was convinced that they would leave no stone unturned in defending the country.
The Defence Minister Shri Arun Jaitley congratulated the Navy on the commissioning of INS Kolkata.
The Governor of Maharashtra Shri K. Sankaranarayanan, the Chief Minister of Maharashtra Shri Prithviraj Chavan, the Chief of Army Staff Admiral R.K. Dhowan, the National Security Advisor Shri Ajit Doval, the Defence Secretary Shri R.K. Mathur, and senior officers of the Army, Navy and Air Force were present on the occasion.
The Prime Minister also visited various facilities onboard INS Kolkata and also wrote in the Visitor`s Book.
Modi commissioned the biggest indigenously developed Naval Ship, INS Kolkata, in Mumbai today.
He dedicates the 15,000 km range INS Kolkata to the nation.
It has been constructed by the Mazagon Dockyards Limited and has been designed by the Navy’s design bureau.
The 6,800-tonne warship, will showcase a giant leap in shipbuilding technology in the country. INS Kolkata will be a part of the Kolkata Class destroyers of the Indian Navy which will include follow-on ships by the name of INS Kochi and INS Chennai respectively.
India is also building an over 40,000-tonne indigenous aircraft carrier INS Vikrant.
Modi, commissioned INS Kolkata into the Indian Navy at a glittering ceremony held today at the Naval Dockyard, Mumbai. Kolkata is the lead ship of the indigenously designed and constructed Kolkata-class guided missile destroyers, built by Mazagon Dock Limited, Mumbai. On his arrival, the Prime Minister was received by Admiral RK Dhowan, Chief of the Naval Staff and accorded a 100-man Guard of Honour, before embarking the ship for the commissioning ceremony, which was conducted in accordance with the traditions of IN. The function was attended by a host of senior dignitaries, from both the civilian as well as naval community. Among the VIPs present at today’s ceremony were His Excellency the Governor of Maharashtra, Shri K Sankaranarayanan, the Chief Minister of Maharashtra Shri Prithviraj Chavan, the Defence Minister Shri Arun Jaitley, the National Security Adviser Shri Ajit Kumar Doval, Members of Parliament Shri Arvind Savant and Smt Poonam Mahajan, the Defence Secretary Shri RK Mathur, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command, Vice Admiral Anil Chopra and the Chairman and Managing Director of Mazagon Docks Limited, Rear Admiral RK Shrawat (Retd).
On this momentous occasion the Admiral RK Dhowan welcomed the Prime Minister and expressed his gratitude on behalf of the Navy. During his address The Admiral said that commissioning of INS Kolkata is a milestone in the self-reliance programme of the Navy and stressed that indigenisation of platforms, weapons, sensors and equipment, through public as well as private sectors, will continue to remain a focus area. He emphasized that the ‘Roadmap for the Navy’s expansion and growth would continue to remain firmly anchored on Self-reliance and Indigenisation’.
The Project 15A Kolkata class destroyers are follow-on of the legendary Project 15 ‘Delhi’ class destroyers which entered service in the late 1990s. Conceived and designed by Indian Navy’s Directorate of Naval Design, the ships have been christened after major port cities of India viz. Kolkata, Kochi and Chennai. The keel of Kolkata was laid on 26 Sep 03 and the ship was launched on 30 Mar 06. Regarded as the most potent warship to have been constructed in India yet, this magnificent ship measures 164 meters in length and approximately 18 meters in width and has a full load displacement of 7400 tonnes. The ship has a Combined Gas and Gas (COGAG) propulsion system, consisting of four powerful reversible gas turbines and can attain speeds in excess of 30 knots. The ship’s electric power is provided by four gas turbine generators and one diesel alternator, which together produce 4.5 Mega-Watts of electrical power, enough to light up a small town. The ship has a complement of 30 officers and 300 sailors.
INS Kolkata incorporates new design concepts for stealth and has many firsts to her credit, including a very large indigenous combat component. The ship is packed with the most sophisticated state-of-the-art weapons and sensors including the vertically launched Long Range Surface to Air Missiles (LRSAM) coupled with the MF-STAR multi-function active phased array radar, which is fitted for the first time on an Indian Naval ship. She is equipped with advanced supersonic and long range BrahMos Surface to Surface Missiles – a joint Indo-Russian venture. The 76 mm Super Rapid Gun Mount (SRGM) and AK 630 CIWS, both manufactured indigenously, can take on air and surface targets. The entire anti-submarine weapon and sensor suite fitted onboard, consisting of Indigenous Rocket Launchers (IRL), Indigenous Twin-tube Torpedo Launchers (ITTL) and a bow-mounted New Generation HUMSA Sonar are a fine example of our indigenous efforts in the field of underwater warfare. The sensor suite includes other advanced surface and air surveillance radars and an indigenous Electronic Warfare system. A state-of-the-art Combat Management System (CMS-15A) has been integrated with the onboard weapons and sensors. The ship is equipped to operate two Seaking or Chetak helicopters.
The ship can be truly classified as a ‘Network of Networks’ as it is equipped with sophisticated digital networks, such as ATM based Integrated Ship Data Network (AISDN), Auxiliary Control System (ACS), Automatic Power Management System (APMS) and Combat Management System (CMS). The AISDN is the information highway on which data from all the sensors and weapons ride. Whilst remote control and monitoring of machinery is achieved through ACS, the intricate power supply management is done using APMS. The CMS is used to integrate information from own data sources and collate information from other platforms using indigenous data-link system, to provide maritime domain awareness.
The unique feature of this ship is the high level of indigenisation achieved with most of the systems onboard sourced from within the country which has generated a sound vendor base for future ships. Some of the major indigenised equipment/ systems onboard INS Kolkata include Combat Management System (CMS), Auxiliary Control System (ACS), Automatic Power Management System (APMS), Foldable Hangar Doors, Helo Traversing System and bow mounted HUMSA NG system. Crew comfort is a significant feature of INS Kolkata and has been ensured through ergonomically designed accommodation and galley compartments on modular concept.
The ship derives her name from the cultural capital city of India and state capital of Bengal – Kolkata – `The City of Joy`. The crest of the ship depicts the `Howrah Bridge` in the background and a leaping `Bengal Tiger` in the foreground, both symbolic of the city of Kolkata, riding above blue and white ocean waves. The crew of the ship abides by the Sanskrit motto on the crest “Yudhay Sarvasannadh” which means “Always Prepared for Battle”.
The Commanding Officer, Captain Tarun Sobti, read out the Commissioning Warrant, prior to the hoisting of ‘Colours’ (the national flag and naval ensign) for the first time in the life of the ship. Following her commissioning, INS Kolkata will be placed under the operational and administrative control of the Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Western Naval Command. On completion of some additional sea trials of ship-borne systems, she will be assigned to the Western Fleet and would be home-ported at Mumbai.

Interactive Session with Mr. Edgar Vasquez,

“Peru: A Country of Opportunities
Vice Minister of Foreign Trade of Peru
Thursday 21st Aug 2014, 3:30 pm at PHD House, New Delhi

International Affairs Committee – Americas of PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry is organising anInteractive Session with Mr. Edgar Vasquez, Vice Minister of Foreign Trade of Peru on 21st August 2014 at 3:30 pm at Lakshmipat Singhania Auditorium, PHD House, New Delhi.

Mr. Javier Paulinich Velarde, Ambassador of Peru in India and Mr. Luis M. Cabello, Economic and Commercial Counsellor of Peru in India will also preside the sessionThe Interactive Session would highlight the investment and trade opportunities in Peru. The session will also emphasize on the Tourism destinations in Peru.

The session will discuss and deliberate on the emerging opportunities in the following sectors:

  1. Agriculture and Agribusiness
  2. Tourism
  3. Hospitality
  4. Fabrics and yarns
  5. Garments and Fashion
  6. Pharmaceutical products
  7. Information technology
  8. Mining

I am writing this to cordially invite you alongwith your colleagues to join us for the Interactive Session. The Session will be followed by Networking Hi-Tea.

Pre-registration for the session is mandatory. The registration form is enclosed herewith for your ready reference. Kindly send the duly filled form at” target=>” target=> (91-49545454 Ext 245 or 91-8800169977)

A line of confirmation from your end will be highly appreciated.

With best wishes,
Saurabh Sanyal
Executive Director
PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry
PHD House, 4/2, Siri Institutional Area
August Kranti Marg
New Delhi – 110016

Nisha Aur Uske Cousins

 Nisha ‘;s stunning entry in first episode
Aneri Vajani will be seen doing a grand ,hero like entry in Star plus';s new show Nisha Aur Uske Cousins. She has climbed the famous Jaipur fort for this first episode of  the show which will be aired on 18th August. She will be playing a protagonist who is a tomboy. Breaking the usual stereotype  of actresses'; elegant entries. Nisha sure has a lot of surprising elements in her upcoming show.
Catch Nisha Doing this amazing entry in Nihsa Aur Uske Cosins only on Star Plus at 8.30

An Invite to Narmada Valley


  to support the truth and expose the myth..!
to stand up for rights and lives…!

Dear Friends,
          You must have read about the decision taken by the Narendra Modi led NDA government to raise the height of the Sardar Sarovar Dam. While there are thousands of families in the 177 villages of Madhya Pradesh alone and hundreds of families in the adivasi villages of Maharashtra and Gujarat who are “affected at 122 meters-the present height of the Dam”, the Union and the state government can’t carry further construction at the dam ! This being the legal position and the mandate of ‘No submergence without full rehabilitation of any family’ as well as compliance on environmental conditions, the decision is illegal! It is in violation of the Narmada Tribunal Award and many judgements.
          The NDA Government is taking resort to certain decisions by official bodies, but with false claims like “All project-affected are rehabilitated”, “back water levels are changed and hence there will be no additional submergence”, that the “17 meters high gates will be erected but kept open”… etc.  The decision is made without taking cognizance of the massive corruption in rehabilitation, with the enquiry on.…indicating no rehabilitation of thousands.
          The villages with pucca houses, shops, schools, temples, mosques…green fields with best of agriculture and horticulture, need to be visited and seen to believe….and to say NO to Submergence without rehabilitation and hence to raising the Dam further when no alternative land and livelihood is offered to thousands of farmers, fish-workers, potters, labourers.
          The undemocratic and illegal push to this project is to intimidate those who have struggled for last 29 years for their rights, exposing the untruth and destruction to corruption, illegalities and irregularities. Adivasis without alternative land…fishworkers without right to fisheries ( except in Maharashtra)… farmers cheated with fake registries….will have to face the challenge, but only with your support.
          We, therefore, invite you to the Narmada Valley to meet the people, visit the villages and a township.…to assess the reality versus fake claims.
Supporters from across India are earnestly requested to be with us on 23rd- 24th -25th of August. There will also be a mass rally on one day in Badwani, and visit to hilly adivasi community, to be marched by boat….There will also be a meeting to discuss and decide.
          Do reach Badwani on 22nd evening onwards or 23rd early morning, via Indore/Khandwa/Dhule/Baroda… and plan to return from Baroda on the 25th night. On 23rd, we will start from Khalghat, Mumbai Agra Road at 10
It is critical time….an enormous challenge and your support will be the most valuable. Do confirm by a letter, e-mail or phone at the earliest.

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