Saturday, November 29, 2014

 

Researchers find Nehru’s birth mystery of Mathura connection, which is lost in oblivion.
125th birth anniversary invites research and quarries.
Biography writers also missed this chapter of Mathura,
The flagbearer of world peace, architect of the nation and the first prime minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru although enjoyed hundreds of the books on his personality and contributions in many fields at national and international level but unfortunately not even a single one could reveal the facts belonging to religious rituals performed by his father Pandit Motilal Nehru at Mathura with a desire to have a son.
The mystery was revealed by Dr. S. C. Sharma in a meeting held at Vishram Ghat in Mathura to celebrate children’s day under the aegis of Dr. R. C. Sharma Memorial Research & Welfare Institute. Dr. Sharma, the researcher  told that when Pandit Motilal Nehru had been wandering with the grief of  not having the son, he performed religious rituals in 1888 at Mathura on the suggestions of his guru and purohit of Kashmiri pandits Bankali Chaubey.
It was a coincidence that after ten months of the rituals Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru was born on 14th November 1889 in Prayag. Dr. Sharma told further that Pandit Motilal Nehru was so overwhelmed with the miracle of the ritual that he immediately ordered for building Govardhan Nath temple at Vishram Ghat in Mathura. Simultaneously he also got a dharmashala to be built for Kashmiri pilgrims visiting Mathura nearby same area in Maru gali.  The construction of either of these monumental works were put under the charge of his elder brother Bansidhar Nehru and munshi Mubarak Ali.
Dr. Sharma raised the question that biography writers of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru never penned the Mathura chapter in spite of knowing the coexistence of the relationship between the successors of Bankali Chaubey and Mrs Indira Gandhi. 

Even the eminent writers like B. R. Nanda, S. Gopalakrishnan and M. J. Akbar couldn’t illustrate the reality although they painted fancy and colorful depictions of Motilal Nehru’s wandering to have a son based on people’s hearsay.
If we believe the story narrated by present descendants of Bankali Chaubey “ Most of the documents lying with us provide the information about Pandit Motilal Nehru and after in order that earlier documents in Persian are neither legible to us nor any oral information is available from tradition.” said Ravinndra Nath.

Moreover, family history written by Bansidhar Nehru and popularized by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru explains that first known ancestor Raj Kaul left the divine valley in 1712 in search of fortunes in the plains. His two sons Mauzaram Nehru and Laxmidhar Nehru attained tremendous name and fame in East India Company and Mughal court together. And Gangadhar Nehru the successor of Laxmidhar Nehru became the kotwal of Delhi during the reign of last Mughal emperor Bahadurshah Zafar II. Meanwhile the ferocious storm of 1857 uprooted Mughal as well as Nehru dynasty from Delhi.
Thus Nehru family moved towards Agra via Mathura under the patronage of Gangadhar Nehru. In Agra Bansidhar Nehru joined the court as judgement writer and Nandlal became a teacher to Khetri ruler. Gangadhar Nehru passed away in adverse circumstances at the age of 34 and after his demise Pandit Motilal Nehru was born on 6th May 1861 in Agra.
Before beginning the programme the people gathered at the occasion offered flowered to Ma Yamuna and Pt J. L. Nehru followed by slogans like Bharat Mata Ki Jai . Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru Amar Rahen. At this occasion  Ravindra Nath Chaturvedi, Biharilal Chaturvedi, Badam Chaturvedi, Bali Chaturvedi, Yogendra Chaturvedi, Ravindra Yadav, Sandip Yadav, Mansola ji etc were present.  
Edited by  Nksagar

SMART DIPLOMACY, BUT NO SOLUTION TO CLIMATE TALKS AND FREE TRADE

By ASHOK B SHARMA

Coinciding with the G20 summit in Brisbane, Asia’s two emerging economies, China and India are in the race for brokering deals to end stalemate in major multilateral fora. United States and China clinched a deal on emission cuts in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, ahead of the climate change conferences in Lima in December, this year and in Paris, next year.

China also successfully pushed for a free trade area of Asia-Pacific in the recent summit of APEC leaders in Beijing as a parallel to the concept of Trans-Pacific Partnership floated by the United States.

Just ahead of the G20 summit in Brisbane, India and the US clinched a deal to end the deadlock in WTO over implementation of the Bali package. President Obama assured India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to the US in September to support India’s food security programme. Mr Obama agreed to support in the WTO for extension of Peace Clause so that India’s food subsidy would not be challenged by the member countries till a permanent solution is found on the subsidy issue. Banking upon Mr Obama’s assurance, Mr Modi agreed to movement in trade facilitation agreement for easing customs rules.

The issues relating to stalemate in negotiations on multilateral trade and climate change are likely to figure in the G20 summit where the world leaders are meeting to device strategies for bailing out the global economy from its current state of stagnation.

Behind US-China Deal

But who would win in the race for brokering deals? India or China. Or is US the principle gainer?

China, breaking away from the fold of developing countries, namely the BASIC group and G77 for which it was the leader, chose to align with US on climate talks. As per the deal, President Obama set the goal to cut US emissions between 26 and 28% by 2025 compared with 2009 levels. The US had earlier pledged to lower its emissions by 17% by 2020. Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged to achieve the “peaking of carbon dioxide emissions around 2030 and increase its share of non-fossil fuels in primary energy consumption to around 20% by 2030”. This is the first time China agreed to peak its carbon dioxide emissions. But the agreement only mentions “intent” and “intention,” falling short of real obligations.

The US-China deal is not likely to create conditions for containing the rise in global temperature within 2 degree Celsius. According to the projection made by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) per capita emissions of the US and China will converge at 12 tonne of carbon dioxide equivalent and therefore can spell disaster for the world.

China tops the list of world polluters with 29% of world’s total while US ranks second with 15%.

Both the US and China have got some escape route. The original base level for reducing emissions for industrialised countries was 1990 and not 2005 as per the deal. The shifting of the base level will help US to make few emission cuts. The European Union, which had earlier announced emission cut of 40% by 2030 relative to 1990 base year has, however, welcomed the move by US and China.

Why did China break away from the group of developing countries and align with US? China’s economy is growing fast and its emission level is rising. It has made a candid acknowledgement through this deal and has sought to peak its carbon dioxide emissions by 2030.

This seems to be smart politics by two greater polluters – US and China – to take leadership in climate talks. The US-China relations had nosedived with the US proclaiming its “pivot” policy for rebalancing in the Asia-Pacific region. The US plan for deploying troops in the region had not been liked by China. Now, the US and China have agreed to a military accord designed to avert clashes between Chinese and American planes and warships off the coast of China. The US agreed not to push for independence of Tibet or Taiwan. Both the US and China agreed for cuts in technology tariffs.

India’s Options

Now with the US, China and EU placing their offers on the table, it is now the turn for India. India, like other developing countries, is not mandated to make emission cuts under “common but differentiated responsibility”. However, it has voluntarily announced to reduce its carbon intensity – the amount of carbon emitted per unit of GDP – by 20 to 25% by year 2025. India has already assured that that its per capita emissions will not cross that in the industrialised world.

With China breaking away from the fold of the developing world India will have the hard task of defending the principle of "common but differentiated responsibilities" (CBDR), and urge for greater emission cuts in industrialised world.

The China-US deal on climate talks and the India-US pact on food security can only facilitate talks on climate change and keep multilateral talks going, but a permanent solution to the problems is not in sight.

The Bali agreement was unjust in bringing in issues of public stockholding and food security without discussing Agreement on Agriculture (AoA). The Marrakesh Agreement, leading to the setting up of the WTO, was heavily loaded in favour of the developed countries and has placed the developing world in a serious disadvantage, denying them a level playing field in a rule-based multilateral trade. Free and fair trade can be possible if the developed world phase out their high level of subsidies, remove protectionist barriers like high tariff regime, non-tariff and technical barriers and politically motivated sanitary and phyto-sanitary measures.

The extension of Peace Clause is just like a lolly pop. The real issue is ensuring free and fair trade and acknowledging the right of food security in developing countries as enshrined in the UN Millennium Development Goals.

(The writer, Ashok B Sharma, is a Senior Columnist writing in several national and international newspapers and magazines. This Article was written immediately on the day US and China entered into an accord on climate change negotiations at the margins of APEC Summit. The writer can be reached at ashokbsharma@gmail.com His mobile phone no 09810902204) 
Indian Roads Congress Seminar Inaugurated
Minister of State for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping, Shri Pon. Radhakrishnan inaugurated an international conference on `Road Safety Scenario in India and Way Forward’ here today. The two-day conference, organized by Indian Roads Congress (IRC), would provide a common platform to all stakeholders to discuss and identify the constraints and best available practices around the globe. It would attempt to recommend an innovative, sustainable and implementable Action Plan to prevent road accidents and ensure safety to all road-users.

In his inaugural address, the Minister expressed his deep concern about the high rate of road accidents in the country. He said, “it is quite alarming that India constitutes about 10% of the total road accident fatalities in the world. The road accident fatalities in the country constitute 80% of the total traffic fatalities.” Since the socio-economic cost of road accidents is estimated over 3% of the GDP of the nation, there is an urgency to spread road safety awareness among the people of all sections of the society, he added. Drawing attention towards the measures to reduce the level of road accidents, the Minister said, `strict enforcement of speed control, mandating the use of seat belts and helmets, ensuring fitness of vehicles plying on roads and separating lanes for non-motorist vehicles are the need of the hour.” Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has been taking a number of steps to enhance level of awareness about road safety including programmes of road safety training, driving instructions and traffic regulations, the Minister said. He further said that `the Ministry has taken a landmark initiative to provide appropriate medical care to accident victims during `Golden Hour.” A toll free phone number, 1033, has been installed for reporting of accidents, he added.

The inaugural session of the Conference, comprising of five technical sessions, saw presentations from the representatives of the World Road Association (PIARC) and Global Road Safety Facility (GRSF) of the World Bank.

Secretary, Road Transport & Highways, Shri Vijay Chibber, Secretary General, PIARC Mr. Jean Francois Corte and Chief Representative, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) at India Office, Mr. Shinya Ejema were also present on the occasion. 
Farm to Fork - $1000b Opportunity, Quadruple Rural GDP
November29, 2014 (C) Ravinder Singh ravinderinvent@gmail.com

It was quite amazing to Learn Logistics cost of Collecting Milk from
every farmer twice a day at 1 liter average collection each time and
distributing it to Cities within hours cost just 5% or Rs.2 only. This
can further reduce when Milk Trucks also distribute Processed Foods to
Rural Consumers Twice a Day.

This also means Logistics Cost of Processed or Semi Processed Foods
Picked Up from Farms and Delivered to all Households Morning & Evening
should actually be less than Rs.2 per kg as no Refrigeration is
required for most foods.

THIS SHALL CHANGE INDIAN HABIT OF GOING TO SHOP FOR FOODS EVERYDAY
INVOLVING TRANSPORTATION COST CLOGGING ROADS & SHOPS.

There is huge Margin between Farm Gate Price and Consumer Price – a
Gobhi Alu Sabzi that cost Rs.50 per kg including fuel cost etc may
cost just Rs.10 per at Rural Processing Factory. Even if it is
delivered at Rs.30 or Rs.40 per kg consumers shall be delighted,
Transport Cost shall be half of Raw Vegetable Supply – instead of 10
tone truck – 3T-5T Trucks shall distribute foods, not carrying GARBAGE
produced at factories.

Instead of 10,000 Large Trucks supplying foods, New Delhi may need
just 10,000 Medium or Light Trucks which shall not cause any burden on
traffic.

E-Commerce is already picking up – Goods Leaving Factory are Directly
delivered to Consumers – Why Not Foods?

Even more – Smaller Quantities of Foods can be delivered in Small
Packings, a Consumer Have Choice of 2-3 Different dishes at meal time
at no extra cost on sustained basis – A household may get a Dal, a
Sabzi, a Paneer Dish, a Sweet Dish, for the price of Sabzi a Rotis for
family.

Existing Processed foods like Maggi or Lays can be integrated with
this Home Delivery service. This shall DECONGEST Markets – Food
Storage at Homes and Stores shall be minimized.

A Retail 200 sq.yd Food Store cost Rs.5 crores – a 5,000 Tone Cold
Store can come in same amount in villages built on 5000 sq.yards.

THIS Food Processing & Direct Sale Model to Consumers shall –

    Minimize Garbage in Cities, Towns & Villages due to Fruit & Vegetables,
    Minimize Use of LPG, Water and Electricity for Cooking,
    Minimize Use of Kitchen or Much Less Space Required for Kitchen,
    SWITCH OF FARM TO FORK MODEL SHALL NOT PRACTICALLY NOTHING

Amul, Nestle and other Food Companies may Source Foods From Small
Scale Units Spread Throughout Rural India.

THIS SHALL CREATE 100 MILLION DIRECT JOBS –
QUADRUPLE RURAL ECONOMY IN 5-6 YEARS.

Cold Store Raw Foods Supply Chains vs HOT Processed Foods
November28, 2014 (C) Ravinder Singh ravinderinvent@gmail.com

When US Farmers take his produce to Food Processing & Packaging units,
Maximum VALUE ADDED is at Farms, grading is done at farms and low
quality foods and waste is recycled in to farm yard manure reducing
application of fertilizers. Processed Foods are Chocolates to Pizzas,
Soft & Hard Drinks, Breads, Cakes, Milk Products, Juices, Snacks,
Jams, Pickles & Ketchups, & Canned Foods etc.

Indian Farmers with Raw Foods go to Arhtiyas or FCI or some state
agency for sale of his produce Without Any Value Additions and Raw
Foods are without even grading in most cases is routed across India,
most astonishingly India is the only country in the world that Supply
Chicken & Birds live and Slaughtered in Retail Shops and larger
animals are taken to City Based Slaughter Houses.

Huge Garbage is Generated in Cities as Raw Foods, Fruits and
Vegetables are Graded and Clean at Mandis and Dressed Up at homes.
Waste in Foods in case of Grains is around 10% but in case of Fruits &
Vegetables Over 50% when waste Generated Pre-Cooking is considered
that ends up on Garbage Dumps in cities.

Flour Mills, Bread Making and most Food Processing Units are located in cities.

Amul Model in India has demonstrated how Farmers get 72% of the retail
value of Milk Compared to 66% in Developed Countries.

Amul Model Logistics cost of distribution of Milk Sourced twice a day
from farmers in Small Quantities is just 5% or Rs.2 per liter only.
But cost of Supply of most Raw Foods like Fruits & Vegetables
delivered in Mandis are 70% to 80%.

India Needs to Apply AMUL MODEL of Milk Supply Chain to all Foods and
Make Available FRESH NUTRITIOUS FOODS AT AFFORDABLE PRICES W/0
GARBAGE.

Hot Foods Chains – Processed Foods, Fresh Nutritious, Affordable

Heinz CEO in a BBC talk explained it sells same Can of Beans at 49p in
retail stores, 39p at Selfridges, and 29p at Super Stores is supplied
@ 11p to Schools are MARKETING & PROFIT strategy, GOOD FOODS CAN BE
AFFORDABLE.

E-Retail of Processed/Semi Processed Foods To Cost Less Than Home Cooking

BIG KITCHENS – BIG FRIDGES - RAW FOODS STORAGE & COOKING
Waste Foods, USE WATER, Tones of Garbage

Household size is reducing but SIZE of Kitchens is growing Bigger than
Bed Rooms with Fittings & Gadgets worth Rs. Millions, increasingly
people are buying 300L to 500L Refrigerators but AMERICANS store
Processed Foods Bought in BULK, >> INDIANS mainly Store Raw Vegetables
& Fruits, Left Over of Cooking Like Sarson Ka Sag or Rajma Dal in
Steel Utensils. Kitchens use over 15% Water in homes – 10% Can Be
Saved By Food Processing Industry.

Food Trains, Waxing, Irradiation, Packaging Are Better to Cold Chains.

Ravinder Singh, Inventor & Consultant, INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES 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
Burma Campaign UK News Update

Dear friend
Britain must support international investigation into rape in Burma

 

On Tuesday, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, we delivered more than 2,000 campaign postcards from our supporters to the British Foreign Office. The campaign is calling on the Foreign Secretary to support the establishment of an international investigation into rape and sexual violence committed by the Burmese Army.

In June 2014, Burma signed the Declaration to End Sexual Violence in Conflict. The declaration contains practical and political commitments to end impunity, promote accountability, and provide justice and safety for victims of sexual violence in conflicts.

Five months on, Burma’s military-backed government has taken no steps to implement the declaration. Instead, the Burmese government intimidated and arrested women who protested against the attempted rape of an ethnic Chin woman by a Burmese Army soldier.

The Burmese government has ignored calls for action by the UN and failed to comply with the International Declaration to End Sexual Violence in Conflict. It is time for the international community to carry out its own investigation into sexual violence by the Burmese Army.

Thank you to everyone who sent in postcards. We still need to keep up the pressure. So, if you haven’t yet taken action, you can send an email here.
Parliament Committee: Re-impose Burma sanctions if no improvement in human rights

 

The influential Foreign Affairs Committee of the British Parliament published a report this week which calls on the British government to support the re-imposition of European Union sanctions on Burma in 12 months' time if there is no improvement in the situation of the Rohingya, and if all political prisoners are not unconditionally released.

The report is part of the Committee’s inquiry into the human rights work of the British Foreign Office. The report made several references to the submission we made.

The report also raised concerns about the general approach to human rights by the British Foreign Office, which also apply to Burma. The report criticised claims by the Foreign Office that trade and human rights go hand in hand, stating that there is an “inherent conflict” between promoting UK trade and investment and human rights and that the “Government should recognise that this conflict exists, rather than maintaining that human rights and business interests go hand in hand."

With the British government’s policy on Burma, there is a clear conflict of interest in challenging human rights abuses by the Burmese government while at the same time trying to win business contracts from that same government.

Read our press release and the report here
British Government still in denial about reality of Burma reforms 

 

On 19 November, there was a debate on Burma in the British Parliament. MPs highlighted the many human rights abuses still taking place in Burma and the failure of the reform process.

However, when Hugo Swire MP responded on behalf of the Foreign Office, he still wouldn’t say that the British government agreed reforms have stalled. Instead he referred to Aung San Suu Kyi’s comment that reforms have stalled in some areas. In fact, Aung San Suu Kyi went much further than that. Two weeks ago she said:

“If they really study the situation in this country they would know that this reform process started stalling early last year…In fact, I would like to challenge those who talk so much about the reform process, what significant reform steps have been taken within the last 24 months?”

Aung San Suu Kyi, President Obama and the United Nations have all said that Burma’s reform process is stalled, backsliding, or backtracking. But the British government is still desperately clinging to the claim that Burma is on some kind of road to democracy.

There is no evidence to support this beyond the claims of former generals who have repeatedly lied to the international community and who have repeatedly broken their promises.

You can read our press release about the debate here.
Christmas Auction



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They'd make great Christmas presents!

Don’t miss out, bid now!

Bidding ends on Sunday 30th November.
 
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Anna Roberts
Burma Campaign UK
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‘CSR & Sustainability Conclave 2014’
Theme: Uplifting India for a Better Tomorrow
Followed by a
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 Newer concepts in Corporate Social Responsibility & the Implications of the Companies Act

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Mr. Kaushal Sampat ,President & Managing Director – India, Dun & Bradstreet
 Mr. N. K. Maini, Deputy Managing Director, Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI)
Dr. Bhaskar Chatterjee, Director General & CEO, Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs
 Mr. Lalit Kumar, Partner, J. Sagar Associates
 Mr. Sankar Chakraborti, Chief Executive Officer, SMERA Ratings Limited
Mr. Subhash Bhasker, Additional General Manager – CSR & HR, MMTC Limited
 Mr. Deepak Jolly, V P – Public Affairs & Communications, Coca-Cola India & SWA
 Mr. Unmesh Brahme, Country Director, Room to Read India

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