Saturday, August 23, 2014

International News

UN Security Council condemns beheading of journalist James Foley

The UN Security Council has denounced the beheading of American journalist James Foley at the hands of Islamic State militants, Reuters reports. “The Security Council strongly condemned the heinous and cowardly murder of James Foley,” the council said in a statement on Friday, adding that the group “must be defeated and that the intolerance, violence and hatred it espouses must be stamped out.” Militants have threatened to kill another US reporter if President Barack Obama does not halt military action in Iraq.

Ebola death toll reaches 1,470 – WHO

The Ebola epidemic in West Africa has led to 1,427 cases out of 2,615 known infections, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Friday. In the latest update WHO reported 77 more deaths and 142 new laboratory-confirmed probable or suspected cases. The WHO has said the true scale of the world’s worst Ebola epidemic has been underestimated due to families hiding infected relatives in their homes and the existence of “shadow zones” that medics cannot access. The organization is due to issue a strategy plan to try and deal with the epidemic, which has shown no signs of abating, in Geneva next week.

Germany voices ‘regrets’ after minister accuses Qatar of funding jihadists

Germany’s Foreign Ministry has said it regretted any offence caused to Qatar after a minister linked it to financing jihadist militants in Syria and Iraq. “We regret if there have been any misunderstandings,” AFP quoted a foreign ministry spokesman as saying on Friday. Development Aid Minister Gerd Mueller, commenting on the public broadcaster ZDF on the financing of militant group Islamic State [IS, formerly ISIS], said: “Who is financing these troops? Hint: Qatar.” Doha denies supporting the hardline IS insurgents who have overrun large parts of Syria and Iraq. A spokeswoman for Mueller’s office explained the minister had merely “referenced press reports” and had made “no concrete allegations.”

UK won’t work with Syria to tackle Islamic State militants

Britain has ruled out negotiating with Syrian President Bashar Assad in the battle against the Islamic State movement, Reuters said. “It wouldn’t be practical, sensible or helpful to even think about going down that route,”Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond told BBC Radio. The only way to tackle the threat is by working with the Iraqi government which has troops on the ground, Hammond said, adding that dialogue with Assad would not advance the cause. The Islamic State has bases in northern Syria as well as in over one third of Iraq.

Death toll from Shiite militia attack on Sunni mosque in Iraq reaches 68

The death toll from a shooting attack on a Sunni mosque in Iraq on Friday has reached 68, Reuters said. The figure was announced by a morgue official. The attack was carried out by Shiite militia forces, the report said.

Palestinian militants execute 18 Israel ‘collaborators’ in Gaza

Palestinian militants in Gaza City executed 18 men on Friday for allegedly helping Israel in its six-week assault, according to Hamas TV. Men in the uniform of Hamas’s military wing grabbed six of them among worshippers leaving the city’s largest mosque, AFP said, citing witnesses. The Hamas-linked website Majd, said the 11 were killed after they “gave information to the Zionist enemy.”

Gunmen kill at least 32 in attack on Iraq Sunni mosque

Gunmen opened fire on worshippers during Friday prayers at a Sunni mosque in the town of Imam Wais, northeast of Baghdad. At least 32 people were killed in the attack and dozens wounded, AFP quoted Iraqi officials as saying. Accounts of the attack, varied sharply. Some sources blamed Shiite militiamen and others pointed to militants from the Islamic State, a Sunni jihadist group.

2 new cases of Ebola confirmed in Nigeria

Nigeria has confirmed two new cases of Ebola, Reuters said. Both patients caught the disease from people who were primary contacts of the Liberian man who first brought it to Lagos, the health minister, Onyebuchi Chukwu, said on Friday. This brings the total number of recorded cases in the country to 14, according to the minister.

Japan ambassador given list of those restricted entry to Russia

The Russian Foreign Ministry on Friday presented the Japanese ambassador in Russia, Chikahito Harada, with a list of those to be restricted entry to Russia. The list is “a retaliatory measure to Tokyo’s visa sanctions against several citizens of our country,” the Russian ministry said, as cited by ITAR-TASS.

Tehran says no link between Iraq cooperation, nuclear talks

Iran denied a report that it is ready to help counter Islamic State insurgents in return for progress in negotiations over its nuclear program, Reuters said. The official IRNA news agency on Thursday cited Foreign Minister Javad Zarif as saying that “all the sanctions imposed on Iran over its nuclear activities should be lifted in return for its help in Iraq.” However, later on Thursday IRNA reported foreign ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham as dismissing“reports by some news agencies about Iran and US cooperation in Iraq.”

At least 191,369 people killed in Syria through April 2014 – UN

The UN human rights office said on Friday that at least 191,369 people have been killed in Syria’s conflict through April. This is more than double the figure documented a year ago and probably still an under-estimate, Reuters said. The UN report is based on cross-checked data from four groups and the government, according to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay. An additional 51,953 reported killings lacked sufficient information and were excluded from the analysis.

Teatralnaya station in Kiev metro closed due to bomb threat

Teatralnaya metro station in Kiev was closed on Friday morning after police received information about a bomb threat, RIA Novosti reported. Officials said the reopening of the station would depend on the result of the checks. Numerous similar threats received previously have proved to be false.

Senegal closes borders with Guinea over Ebola

Senegal closed its borders with Guinea on Thursday over Ebola epidemic fears, AFP said, citing the interior ministry. The move comes more than three months after the borders were re-opened. “Senegal has decided to once again close the land borders with the Republic of Guinea,” the ministry’s statement said. Following the decision, Senegal’s air and sea borders for aircraft and ships from the Republic of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia have now been closed.

Malaysia receives first remains of MH17 crash victims

The bodies and ashes of first 20 Malaysian victims of MH17 crash arrived in Kuala Lumpur on a charted Malaysian Airlines jet from Amsterdam, AP reports. The remains of the victims were met with a solemn ceremony at the airport by lines of honor guards. The Malaysian government has proclaimed August 22 a national day of mourning, urging people to wear black and observe a minute of silence and prayer.

27 dead, 50 injured in Egypt bus collision

At least 27 people, including foreign nationals, were killed and about 50 others were injured after two buses crashed in the south of Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, state news agency MENA reported. The accident happened after midnight on a deserted highway about 50 kilometers away from the resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh. As a result of a powerful collision one of the buses turned over. Rescuers are still working on getting the bodies out of the buses and local authorities are warning that the death toll could climb. There were several foreign nationals aboard the two buses, including one Russian citizen, two Saudi Arabia’s nationals and one Yemeni, according to RIA Novosti. Around 30 ambulances have arrived at the crash site.


PM meets youth of Gujjar-Bakkarwal communities from Jammu and Kashmir


Youth are on “Sair-e-Watan” as part of ‘Operation Sadbhavna’ of the Army.
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today met a 25 member youth delegation from the Gujjar-Bakkarwal communities of Poonch district in Jammu and Kashmir.
The delegation led by Major Ajeet Kumar Mehta, is on a tour to Delhi and Agra, for “Sair-e-Watan,” as part of `Operation Sadbhavna` of the Army.
Interacting with the Prime Minister, the youth shared their experiences and the difficulties faced by their communities due to lack of basic infrastructure and employment opportunities. They also conveyed the difficulties they face due to the absence of mobile network connectivity.
The Prime Minister shared his own experiences of lok-sampark (public contact) in the districts of Poonch and Rajouri. He said he understood the developmental needs and aspirations of the Gujjar-Bakkarwal youth, and assured them that the Government would spare no effort to ensure that these are met. He appreciated their spirit and said the Gujjar-Bakkarwal youth would get their due share in the progress and development of the nation.

Arun Jaitley commissions INS Kamorta

Defence Minister Arun Jaitley commissions INS Kamorta
Defence Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday commissioned India’s first indigenously-built stealth anti-submarine warfare INS Kamorta at naval dockyard in Vishakhapatnam.Jaitley also received the guard of honour at the event.The warship has been built by the state-owned Gardenreach Shipbuilders in Kolkata and is the first vessel in the Navy whose all weapon systems are manufactured indigenously.
It will form part of the Vishakhapatnam-based Eastern Command. Kamorta has enhanced stealth features that make her less susceptible to detection.
India today commissioned the first indigenously built stealth Anti-Submarine Warfare Corvette, INS Kamorta, at an impressive ceremony at Visakhapatnam naval dockyard. The Defence Minister Shri Arun Jaitley who commissioned the warship, described the development as ‘the coming of age of our ship building industry’.
The commissioning of INS Kamorta has added a new dimension to the ASW capability of the Indian Navy and in particular, the Eastern Fleet. The multifarious missions that can be undertaken by the ship truly reflect the enhanced multi-dimensional capability of the Indian Navy.
Admiral RK Dhowan, Chief of the Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Satish Soni, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief Eastern Naval Command, Rear Admiral AK Verma (Retd), CMD, Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers (GRSE) and various other dignitaries were present during the commissioning ceremony.
INS Kamorta is first of the four ASW Stealth Corvettes designed by the Navy’s in-house organisation, the Directorate of Naval Design (DND), under Project 28, with an indigenous component of about 90%. Measuring 110 meters in length, 14 meters in breadth and displacing 3500 tons, the ship can achieve speed of 25 Knots. The ship is fitted with Anti-submarine Rockets and Torpedoes, Medium and Close-in Weapon Systems and indigenous surveillance radar Revathi. The ship is also capable of carrying an integral ASW helicopter.
Shri Jaitley said in the last three months, both the Prime Minister and he had been associated with many an accretions made into the Indian Navy namely, INS Vikramaditya, INS Kolkotta and INS Kamorta. But this one was special because of the high indigenous content. He said, at the moment, 42 warships are under construction in various shipyards of the country which is a welcome sign of the health of the ship building industry. He expressed confidence that the measures taken by the government will infuse healthy competitive spirit between the public and private shipyards.
Kamorta also boasts of other “firsts” such as a foldable Hangar Door and a Rail-less Helo Traversing System, which will give helicopter operations from the corvette a significant edge over other warships.
Enhanced stealth features have been achieved by ‘X’ form of Hull, full beam superstructure, inclined ship sides and use of Infrared Signature Suppression system for cooling the Engine and Generator exhausts. The Ship has a ‘Combination of Diesel and Diesel’ propulsion system with 2 Diesel Engines along with one gear box on each shaft. The common raft mounted Gear Box and Diesel Engines give the vessel very low radiated underwater noise. This is well complemented with an efficient propeller which has high cavitation inception speed. The design also incorporates active shaft grounding system and multi zone Impressed Current Cathodic Protection for suppression of Extremely Low Frequency Electromagnetic signature. The very low under water acoustic signature makes it a ‘silent killer on the prowl’.
INS Kamorta has a multitude of systems such as Total Atmospheric Control, Integrated Platform Management, Integrated Bridge, Battle Damage Control and Personnel Locator System. This provides a contemporary and process oriented System of Systems for optimal functioning of the warship.
With her state of the art weapons and sensors, INS Kamorta is well equipped to fight in Nuclear, Biological and Chemical warfare conditions. The ship, in essence, showcases the nation’s warship design capability and industrial prowess
The ship has a complement of about 15 officers and 180 sailors. The accommodation and living spaces have been designed with special emphasis on ergonomics and habitability. The ship is commanded by Commander Manoj Jha, a Gunnery Specialist.

90 dead and missing in western Japan floods

 90 dead and missing in western Japan floods
The number of those missing in the torrential rains lashing Hiroshima in western Japan this week rose to 51 on Friday while the death toll stood at 39.
Authorities fear the numbers will grow as rescue operations continued.Around 3,000 policemen, firemen and troops of the Self-Defence Forces (SDF) are searching for people swept away in rivers and canals, landslides or mud flows.
Rescue operations had to be suspended Thursday as heavy rain in the region threatened to cause more landslides.
Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) has predicted further torrential rain and storms in the same area and other parts of the country between Friday and Saturday.
On Wednesday, Hiroshima received record rainfall, equivalent to precipitation for the entire month of August in the mountainous region.
The floods have destroyed 46 houses and caused serious damage to 139 others in the region, where a thousand people have already been evacuated, the Kyodo news agency reported.
Aerial photos of the region show the devastation caused by mud slides in 31 different areas of Hiroshima, where 20 people died in 1999 in similar torrential rains.

69,500 cr plan outlay for IT, Telecom infra by 2019

Govt to spend about Rs 69,500 cr on IT, Telecom infra by 2019
Government will initially spend Rs 69,524 crore on various IT and telecom projects under the ‘Digital India’ programme.The government has identified broadband and mobile networks as key growth pillars under Digital India. An official document shows that NDA government has enhanced expenditure on broadband network to connect all 2.5 lakh village panchayats to Rs 32,000 crore.The UPA government had approved Rs 20,000 crore for the project. Simultaneously, it has also advanced deadline to finish roll out of national optical fibre network (NOFN) by a quarter to December 2016 from earlier announced date of March 2017.To provide mobile connectivity to approximately 42,300 villages that still don’t have any network coverage, the government has earmarked Rs 16,000 crore.
The mobile connectivity in all of these unconnected villages has to be provided by 2018.
The government has decided to create national information infrastructure at a cost of Rs 15,686 crore. The project will include integration of existing programme like the National Knowledge Network and and NOFN.
Under the National Rural Internet Mission, government has earmarked fund of Rs 4,750 crore to make roll out Common Service Centres (CSCs) across 2.5 lakh villages.
Through CSCs people in rural area get access to government services like birth certificate, train tickets, pay various fees etc without actually having to visit concerned office. The CSCs are present at about 1.3 lakh locations.
Besides this government has earmarked Rs 200 crore to train 1 crore students in small towns and villages for IT sector jobs over period of next 5 years.
UPA government had started National Knowledge Network to connect 1,500 universities with high speed broadband network.
The NDA government has decided to provide wifi at all universities in the country with estimated cost of Rs 790 crore by end of next year.
Under Digital India programme, government has decided to spend Rs 98 crore on secure email, which will now be primary mode of communications, for official communications.
At present 10 lakh government employees have been moved to secure email communication and by March 2015 around 50 lakh employees will be moved on to the new system.
The Union Cabinet on Wednesday approved the digital India programme that deal with all projects involving IT and communication technology like e-governance and broadband connectivity.
The initial cost of the project, to be implemented over the next five years, is estimated at Rs 1,13,000 crore.
The Digital India programme has various other provisions which include wifi hotspots at public places, ebooks for schools, national portal for lost and found children, biometric attendance at government offices for which funds are yet to be finalised.<

Pranab asks IITs to develop new cutting edge technologies

Prez asks IITs to develop new cutting edge technologies
India is dependent on imports in several sectors including defence and health, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday asked the IITs to take up the challenge of developing products in these critical fields.
He also asked these premier institutes to contribute towards user-friendly innovations in Indian Railways and fulfilling the vision for “housing for all” through technology that would enable rapid construction of economical, eco-friendly and structurally sound houses.
Addressing a conference of Chairmen of Boards of Governors and directors of IITs here, he asked the IITs to instill among bright young minds at various IITs a sense of “service” towards the nation.
Citing examples of a range of defence and health sector equipment and sensitive and security-related items like currency ink and tear gas which are imported, he said “I refuse to believe that India does not have the talent to make these things.”
Wanting the IITs to take up such challenges, Modi asked them to come out with projects that can provide innovative solutions to the common people in their day-to-day lives.
Modi calling upon IITs to bring about a “positive change” in the quality of life of the people in the country.
“Science is universal. Technology must be local,” he said, while describing IITians as a “great force”. He also asked IITs to adopt nearby engineering colleges to play a “mentoring” role and search for innovations developed by people.
Modi said IITs must encourage their alumni to interact with students so that their experience can be leveraged and sought their systemic mapping and grouping for optimum utilisation of their experience.
With ranking of the institutes being one of the agendas at the conference, Modi opined that while global rankings are important, “we should also set up our own parameters for rankings, which will serve as an in-built mechanism for change and improvement”.
It is then the turn of President of India who spoke at the function presided over by Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhawan. President Pranab Mukherjee has asked the IITs to develop newer, cutting edge technologies and utilise them for creating a variety of in-house solutions for India’s domestic requirements and export them to developing countries as well.
Addressing the concluding session of the conference of Chairmen, Board of Governors and Directors of IITs in New Delhi last evening, he also expressed his desire for early implementation of a project connecting students of Northeast to India’s premier engineering institution — the Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT).He said presentations made by the IITs at the conference underscored their commitment to active engagement with local communities, their desire to undertake cutting-edge research and their pursuit of synergetic industry-academia collaboration.”Mukherjee called upon IITs to play a pivotal role in our endeavour to develop newer, cutting edge technologies and utilise them for developing a variety of in-house technology solutions for our domestic requirements and also to export the same to other developing countries similarly placed,” said a Rashtrapati Bhawan statement today.
The President said he was also happy to learn the concept of ‘Ishan Vikas’ -a comprehensive plan to bring school children from the Northeastern states in close contact with the IITs and IISERs during their vacation periods. “Ministry of HRD and the Council of IITs need to coordinate and ensure early implementation of this initiative,” he said.
Some of the suggestions that have emanated from the IITs include sharing of best practices, efforts to increase the number of published papers between three to five per year, promotion of a post-doctoral culture in order to develop and retain quality faculty, continuous revamping and up-gradation of curricula.
The President said he was happy to see the presentation made by the Director, IIT-Delhi on technology enabled learning and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs).
He said these programmes are the way forward and must be used to supplement conventional methods of teaching in India, particularly in the field of higher education.
“It is imperative that a well-defined timeline is put in place for their roll-out and content development with the focus being on making these courses more India-centric,” he said.
The agenda of the one day conference included steps required to improve global ranking of IITs, giving impetus to research and innovation, use of technology in pedagogy and online learning, deepening of the engagement of IITs with community and resource mobilisation as well as alumni participation.
In all, 29 Chairmen, Board of Governors and Directors of IITs participated in the conference.

Zee TV ropes in Industry Experts to groom budding actors

Cinestars Ki Khoj contestants undergo holistic training
to prepare for their journey in the industry…

Roping in some of the best experts in the industry to hone the talent of the contestants on the show, Zee TV his leaving no stone unturned to make this season of India’s Best Cinestars bigger and better than ever before.

Visiting the sets a few weeks ago was Bollywood photographer Avinash Gowariker who shot mock movie posters with the contestants. Teaching them the nuances of facing a camera and helping them get their body language right, Avinash surprised the kids with the outcome. The stunning movie posters ended up had the judges and the contestants themselves bowled over … they had no idea they could look so good!

The contestants were also trained by acting guru Kishore Namit Kapoor, who has trained biggies like Hritik Roshan and Priyanka Chopra. Having taken an acting workshop from the master himself, the contestants had a chance to polish their acting skills and being natural in front of the camera. To enhance their dancing skills, the contestants were trained by choreographer Mudassar Khan, who gave the contestants tips on how to make themselves more graceful, charismatic and engage the audiences while they perform on stage. This apart, the contestants fitness regimen is looked into by expert dieticians and their workouts at the gym are desgined by professional trainers to ensure they look like stars at all times!

This week, the contestants shot a special thriller sequence with Lalit Marathe – Writer & Director of various Bollywood and Marathi movies. While the actors have so far explored genres like comedy, dance and crime, this week they were given a challenge of stepping out of the sets and going to real locales where they shot a 10 minute thriller story which was written and directed by Lalit. Having changed their looks and given them characters that are poles apart from what the contestants are like in real life, Lalit ensured that he got the best out of each of these contestants. Talking about his time with the contestants, Lalit said, “I was quite impressed by the contestants here. While in the beginning I thought it would be difficult for Okasana to pull the act off, it turned out that she managed very well. She was a complete surprise package. Apart from Okasana, I felt Sonam and Akshay were fantastic too. I wish the contestants all the luck for this is just the beginning of their journey.”

Do not miss, Cera India’s Best Cinestars Ki Khoj powered by Glam Up, Every Saturday and Sunday at 9 PM, Only on Zee TV!

Kandhamal: Never Again.


Dear Sir/ Madam,

Orissa witnessed unprecedented violence against the Christian minority in August 2008. On
August 25, 2008, anti-Christian violence began on a big scale. It was systematic and widespread. It sounded as if preparation was already there just the pretext was being awaited.

On the 6th anniversary of the Kandhamal carnage over 40 Delhi groups are coming together to organise a solidarity programme with the victims of the Kandhamal violence called- Kandhamal: Never Again.

The programme will mark solidarity with the victims of kandhamal as well as all other victims of communal violence and make an appeal to stop communal violence across India.

There are senior speakers and perfromers who would join hands together to mark the 6th anniversary of the Kandhamal communal carnage. Speakers include: Alwan Masih, Archbishop Anil Couto, Colin Gonsalves,Enakshi Ganguly, Franklin Caesar Thomas, John Dayal, Miloon Kothari, Navaid Hamid, Paul Divakar, Razia Izmail, Ruth Manorama, Sehba Farooqui, Samuel Jaykumar, Sharada manohar Rao, Helen Saldana, Syeda Hameed, Vani  Subramaniam, Vrinda Grover

MUSIC AND POETRY: Dhruv Sangari, Gauhar Raza , Shephali Frost

The programme will be organised on August 25, 2014 from 3-7pm at Jantar Mantar

We request you to kindly send a reporter and a photographer/ camera crew to cover the programme.

Yours sincerely

Bhavna Sharma                  


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RBI releases Draft Charter of Customer Rights

PHD Research Bureau
Today at 1:08 PM

RBI releases Draft Charter of Customer Rights

The Reserve Bank of India released the draft charter of customer rights relating to fair treatment, transparency in contracts/agreements, suitability of products, privacy, and grievance redress and compensation. It may be noted that, the Charter spells out the rights of the customer and also the responsibilities of the financial service provider.

Ø      Right to Fair Treatment: Both the customer and the financial services provider have a right to be treated with courtesy. The customer should not be unfairly discriminated against on grounds such as gender, age, religion, caste and physical ability when offering and delivering financial products.

Ø      Right to Transparency, Fair and Honest Dealing: The financial services provider should make every effort to ensure that the contracts or agreements it frames are transparent, easily understood by and well communicated to, the common person. The product’s price, the associated risks, the customer’s responsibilities and the terms and conditions that govern use over the product’s life cycle, should be clearly disclosed. The customer should not be subject to unfair business or marketing practices, coercive contractual terms or misleading representations. Over the course of their relationship, the financial services provider cannot threaten the customer with physical harm, exert undue influence, or engage in blatant harassment.

Ø      Right to Suitability: The products offered should be appropriate to the needs of the customer and based on an assessment of the customer’s financial circumstances and understanding.

Ø      Right to Privacy : Customers’ personal information should be kept confidential unless they have offered specific consent to the financial services provider or such information is required to be provided under the law or it is provided for a mandated business purpose (for example, to credit information companies). The customer should be informed upfront about likely mandated business purposes. Customers have the right to protection from all kinds of communications, electronic or otherwise, which infringe upon their privacy.

Ø      Right to Grievance Redress and Compensation: The customer has a right to hold the financial services provider accountable for the products offered and to have a clear and easy way to have any valid grievances redressed. The provider should also facilitate the redress of grievances stemming from its sale of third party products. The financial services provider must communicate its policy for compensating mistakes, lapses in conduct, as well as non-performance or delays in performance, whether caused by the provider or otherwise. The policy must lay out the rights and duties of the customer when such events occur.

The Reserve Bank of India is seeking comments from the public/stakeholders on the draft charter of customer rights on or before September 22, 2014.


Book Release THE PADUA PINOCCHIO & Film Screening LE AVVENTURE DI PINOCCHIO – 6:30 Saturday 30 August
Cultural Program
To Undisclosed Recipients
Aug 22 at 3:39 PM
Sabato/Saturday30 Agosto/30th August 2014 @18.30

L’Istituto Italiano di Cultura di New Delhi e Tara Books
sono lieti di invitare alla presentazione del libro
The Italian Embassy Cultural Centre New Delhi & Tara Books
cordially invites you to the book release
Sabato 30 Agosto 2014, 18:30
Saturday 30th August 2014, 18:30
From Scroll to Book
followed by a screening of

Le avventure di Pinocchio
Directed by Luigi Comencini
Cast: Nino Manfredi, Gina Lollobrigida & Andrea Balestri
1972, 128 minutes
(In Italian with English subtitles)
Please find attached the e-invite for the same.
Venue: Tessitori Hall, Italian Cultural Institute, New Delhi
Entry Free: For security reasons please show your valid Photo Identity Card.
For more information, please visit our

Italian Embassy Cultural Centre
50- E, Chandragupta Marg (Entry from Nyaya Marg)
Chanakyapuri, New Delhi – 110 021
Phone: 0091-11-26871901/03/04

AAP: Real reasons behind Sanjiv Chaturvedi’s removal revealed – Govt is lying


From: mediacellaap  Fri, 22 Aug ’14 6:20p
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Friday, August 22
Dear all,
Please find enclosed the detailed statement and supporting documents released by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convenor and former Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday, August 22, to expose the real reasons behind the removal of whistleblower officer Mr Sanjiv Chaturvedi, as the Chief Vigilance Officer of the AIIMS.
Kejriwal’s statement along with supporting documents shows that Chaturvedi was removed for exposing corruption and not for the technical excuses being given by the central government now.
Kejriwal, at a press conference along with party leaders Manish Sisodia, Gopal Rai, Pankaj Gupta and Dilip Pandey, made public the documents which nail the lie of union health minister Dr Harshvardhan that the charge of CVO was taken away from Chaturvedi since he did not fulfil the eligibility criteria laid down by the Central Vigilance Commission for the post.
The AAP has demanded that Chaturvedi be immediately reinstated as CVO of AIIMS, the CBI should probe the entire issue of his removal and health minister Dr Harshvardhan should immediately resign failing which the Prime Minister should sack him.
The AAP is of the clear view that the victimization of anti-corruption crusader Sanjiv Chaturvedi is a litmus test for Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The Prime Minister’s statements during the Lok Sabha election campaign and also after being sworn-in in as PM that he would adopt zero tolerance against corruption, which is more dangerous than cancer will be tested for the first time in this case.


Dr. Rajiv Kumar
To Me
Today at 11:26 AM
Dear Mr. Sagar,Please note that on advise from the office of the finance minister the timing of the book launch has been changed.  It will start at 4.00 pm and conclude at 5.15 pm on 25th August.
The venue remains the  same as Teen Murti auditorium located in the  Nehru Memorial Museum and Library. 
Looking forward to seeing you there.
Best Regards,
Rajiv Kumar

Germany’s Manuel Friedrich to power Mumbai Franchise of Indian Super League

 Germany’s Manuel Friedrich to power Mumbai Franchise of Indian Super League
Friedrich has played international football for Germany and been a critical part of world famous Bundesliga clubs Borussia Dortmund, Bayer Leverkusen, Werder Bremen and Mainz 05

He will be the very first recognizable German footballer to play in India

Mumbai, August 22, 2014: Striving to build a formidable outfit with world-class football players on board, the Mumbai Franchise of the Indian Super League (ISL) today announced the signing of Germany’s Manuel Friedrich for the inaugural season of the upcoming league. Friedrich comes to the Mumbai Franchise with over 15 years of priceless professional experience as a top quality centre back, packed with a remarkable 413 appearances at various levels of football. He will be the very first recognizable German footballer to play in India and the only team member in the ISL to have played 2014 UEFA Champions League football.

Known to be a strong defender and acknowledged for his fantastic aerial duels, the 34-year-old will be the backbone of the Mumbai squad’s defense strategy. The team will rely on decades of experience the German footballer has gained playing in his country’s top leagues. With his abilities, he will also be an asset to the team during set pieces due to his aerial skills.

Commenting on the acquisition, team owner Ranbir Kapoor said, “Manuel Friedrich is unquestionably a highly experienced fine international centre back and we are thrilled to have him on board. As a defense stalwart, he will be a critical asset to the team. To top it all, Manuel is passionate about football in Asia. We are delighted to have him amidst us and welcome him onboard.”

On joining the team, Manuel Friedrich said, “I am delighted to play for the Mumbai Franchise and be part of the exciting inaugural season of the Indian Super League. Playing in Asia has always been on my mind and I am thrilled to be part of the Mumbai team. I look forward to being in India and doing my best for the squad. The presence of a number of skilled Indian and international players will make the contest very exciting indeed.”

Apart from nine international appearances for his home country, Friedrich has represented clubs such as Borussia Dortmund, Bayer 04 Leverkusen, Werder Bremen and FSV Mainz 05 during his career. Playing for Borussia Dortmund during the 2014 UEFA Champions League, Friedrich was part of the playing eleven during its match against Real Madrid at their Signal Iduna Park.

The talented central defender began his career at SG Guldental 07, making his professional debut with Mainz, which he joined in 1995. In 2000, he made his competition debut, in a home match against FC Energie Cottbus. Following this, Friedrich became known as a defensive stalwart, scoring an astonishing eight goals as Mainz finished fourth, just one point shy of promotion.

Attracting attention from the Bundesliga thanks to his stellar performances, he signed with SV Werder Bremen in 2002 and participated in a number of successful matches including the team’s 2003–04 Bundesliga victory.

In early 2004, Friedrich returned to Mainz, still contributing with 17 matches en route to top-level promotion. In May that year, he scored one of four goals in the league, netting the second in the decisive 3–0 home win against SV Eintracht Trier 05 on the final day of the campaign. In the following three seasons combined, he rarely missed a game.

As a brilliant defense unit, in 2007, he moved to Bayer Leverkusen, contributing to consecutive home wins against Karlsruher SC and VfL Bochum. He scored ten league goals in his first three seasons combined and was part of the squad that finished as runners-up at the DFB-Pokal (German Cup). Friedrich could only appear in 19 games in 2010–11 due to injury, with Leverkusen finishing in second position and qualifying to the UEFA Champions League. In Europe’s premier club competition, on 23rd November 2011, he headed home in the last minute to help the hosts come from behind against Chelsea FC to win it 2–1.

The Bad Kreuznach born player joined Borussia Dortmund in November 2013 and made his debut playing against FC Bayern Munich. He scored his first goal for BVB in February 2014, netting his team’s third in a 5–1 away demolition of former club Werder Bremen. This was also his 16th goal in the German top division.

With the signing, the Mumbai Franchise has started building its competitive squad for the tournament, which kick-starts in October 2014.

100 Days BJP Tod-Fod-Jod Politics, Weakness, Incompetence

Ravinder Singh and 35 More…
Today at 2:20 PM
100 Days BJP Tod-Fod-Jod Politics, Weakness, Incompetence
August23, 2014 (C) Ravinder Singh ravinderinvent@gmail.comGOI was to release 100 day report but it didn’t materialize,
Inventor’s report follows.
India is 1.25b people country so the entire world is interested in us
but get received Confused Signals. Sometimes it is ‘Make in India’ –
India open to all Foreign Companies to set up their manufacturing
plants in India – within few days BJP stops visit of 6 MPs to USA to
see a Farm Show for three days. Why not send all 700+ MPs, on Study
700+ Members of Parliament should have been DIRECTED to VISIT Farm
show in USA for 15 days to Study Dams, Irrigation, Farming,
Harvesting, Storage, Processing, Marketing of Foods. But a tweet
stopped all this – What A DEMOCRATIC TRAGEDY?
NID head uses term ‘Tod, Fod & Jod’ way of learning Inventing – which
translates to ‘Break, Crack and Join’ – BJP government too is
indulging in TOD FOD JOD of all kinds.
There are already major Confrontations with Judiciary on Appointment
of Judges – One Nomination was withheld, Judges appointment issue is
HOT, Leader of Opposition is mishandled – The Speaker was advised not
to appoint LOP, then Supreme Court questions government decision not
to appoint LOP. Meanwhile Government decides to amend Lokpal Bill to
bypass selection process without Leader of Opposition – All Tod Fod
Jod in Judiciary.
GOI is Breaking Institutions – First Group of Ministers were
DISMANTLED and Second BJP government wants to ‘Dismantled Planning
Commission’ because it employs staff close to opposition party –
replace it with ‘8 Member Think Tank – Led By Dullards.’ Yesterday GOI
constituted ‘Group of Ministers for Gas Price Increase’ but didn’t
appoint any ‘Panel to Review Total Failure of Private Companies to
Extract Hydro Carbon ‘Black Gold’ Even After Reporting World Record
Rs.1,13,000 Crore Digital India program too is Wild Dream – 90% of
Public Services can be Digitally Provided at no cost almost
immediately. But even critical disaster management information is not
Publically Available – I get daily dozes of NASA disaster report in my
Email account, why can’t I get daily weather report or Mandi Reports
in my Email account?
A 85 years old Senior Citizen in South Delhi can’t get Appointment
from CGHS Dispensary and every time had to wait for an hour and don’t
get all the medicines same day then has to visit again to get ‘Balance
of The Medicines Which are Common Prescriptions for Diabetes, Blood
Pressure & Cholesterol Control.’
But Most Weird ‘India Has No Priority to Store 800 BCM of Water Going
to Sea Every Year Which is Economical & Technically Sound – GOI has
abandoned all Multipurpose Dams but prefer to Connect Rivers which
shall have very little surplus water post monsoon’
79% Farmers have no SAY in policy making for Farmers – though Majority
of BJP MPs want to abolish APMC act to let Free Marketing of Farm
Produce but Minority BJP MPs from Trading Lobby PREVAIL OVER MAJORITY.
Oldest ally of BJP Shiromani Akali Dal has Condemned Jeering of CMs.
The Problem with BJP Gov is that it has No Qualified & Capable People
to Run Different Departments, PMO, Planning Commissions, and
Ravinder Singh, Inventor & Consultant, INNOVATIVE TECHNONLOGIES AND PROJECTS
Y-77, Hauz Khas, New Delhi-110016, India. Ph; 091- 9718280435, 9650421857
Ravinder Singh* is a WIPO awarded inventor specializing in Power,
Transportation, Water, Energy Saving, Agriculture, Manufacturing,
Technologies and Projects.

Invitation : WORLD DIDAC INDIA 2014

To Me
Aug 22 at 6:17 PM
We take this opportunity to invite you back to the 6th edition of WorldDidac India. We would also like
to thank you for your visiting our previous events and look forward to your presence again.
WorldDidac India is India’s only event dedicated to the Education & Training sector and is a must
attend for everyone in this sector.
Dates : 10th, 11th, 12th September 2014
Time : 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Venue : Hall No. 11, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi
As an esteemed guest, you have been pre-registered for the above event as per your past registration details

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