Tuesday, December 30, 2014

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AS OF 30 DECEMBER 2014 18:00 HRS LT (GMT+7) 
SURABAYA, 30 DECEMBER 2014 – AirAsia Indonesia regrets to inform that The National Search and Rescue Agency Republic of Indonesia (BASARNAS) today confirmed that the debris found earlier today is indeed from QZ8501, the flight that had lost contact with air traffic control on the morning of 28th December 2014. 

The debris of the aircraft was found in the Karimata Strait around 110 nautical miles south west from Pangkalan Bun.

The aircraft was an Airbus A320-200 with the registration number PK-AXC. There were 155 passengers on board, with 137 adults, 17 children and 1 infant. Also on board were 2 pilots, 4 cabin crews and one engineer.
At the present time, search and rescue operations are still in progress and further investigation of the debris found at the location is still underway. AirAsia Indonesia employees have been sent to the site and will be fully cooperating with BASARNAS, National Transportation Safety Committee (NTSC), and relevant authorities on the investigation.
Sunu Widyatmoko, Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia Indonesia said: “We are sorry to be here today under these tragic circumstances. We would like to extend our sincere sympathies to the family and friends of those on board QZ8501. Our sympathies also go out to the families of our dear colleagues.”

Tony Fernandes, Group Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia added: “I am absolutely devastated. This is a very difficult moment for all of us at AirAsia as we await further developments of the search and rescue operations but our first priority now is the wellbeing of the family members of those onboard QZ8501.”

AirAsia Indonesia will be inviting family members to Surabaya, where a dedicated team of care providers will be assigned to each family to ensure that all of their needs are met. Counsellors, religious and spiritual personnel have also been invited to the family center to provide any necessary services.
Further information will be released as soon as it becomes available. An emergency call centre has been established and available for families seeking information.  Family members of QZ8501, please contact:

Malaysia: +60 3 21795959
Indonesia: +62 2129270811
Singapore: +65 63077688
Korea: 007 98142069940

Our thoughts and prayers remain with the families and friends of our passengers and colleagues on board QZ8501.


 Indonesian civil aviation chief
Debris is
Debris spotted on Tuesday during an aerial search for AirAsia flight QZ8501 is from the missing plane, Indonesia's director general of civil aviation said.

"For the time being it can be confirmed that it's the AirAsia plane and the transport minister will depart soon to Pangkalan Bun," Djoko Murjatmodjo said. 

Indonesian air force official Agus Dwi Putranto told reporters that about 10 big objects and many more small white-coloured objects which could not be photographed have been spotted in the Java Sea off the Indonesian part of the island of Borneo. 

"The position is 10 kilometres (six miles) from the location the plane was last captured by radar," he said. 

Ten photos of objects resembling a plane door, emergency slide, and a square box-like object were displayed by Putranto. 

At least 30 ships, 15 aircraft and seven helicopters joined the search for the AirAsia flight QZ8501 that went missing on Sunday morning after taking off from Surabaya in eastern Java on its way to Singapore, said Indonesia's Search and Rescue Agency chief Henry Bambang Soelistyo. 

The multinational operation, led by Indonesia, has been joined by Malaysia, Singapore and Australia, with other offers for help from countries like India, South Korea, China and France. 

The US destroyer USS Sampson is on its way to the zone. The United States was formally asked to assist in the operation, even though none of the passengers are American. 

Several sightings, including something that resembled oil spill east of Belitung island, turned out to be false alarms. 

The search by Indonesian Air Force planes spotted two pools of possible oil slick on Monday but these were later determined to be shadows from underwater coral. 

Two fishermen who reported hearing or seeing the plane are being taken out today by search and rescue teams to that area. 

The search teams are also checking the area where Indonesian navy helicopter crews saw smoke, but authorities do not know whether there is any connection to the missing jet. 

The search area, originally divided into seven sectors, is now being expanded to 13, covering air, sea and land. 

The search area between the islands of Sumatra and Borneo would be expanded, Soelistyo said. 

Authorities would begin scouring islands in the area as well as land on Indonesia's side of Borneo. So far the focus of the search has been the Java Sea. 

On Monday, Soelistyo had said that the "preliminary suspicion" may be that the plane is at the bottom of the sea. 

The Airbus A320-200 was flying over the Java Sea in Indonesian airspace when communication with air traffic control ceased about 42 minutes after take-off. The aircraft was to land at Singapore's Changi Airport at 8:30 am. 

The pilot had asked for a new route minutes before he went off the radio, air traffic control has said. 

The plane's last detected position was 100 nautical miles south-east of Tanjung Pandan on Belitung Island. 

The flight was carrying 155 passengers -- one British, one Malaysian, one Singaporean, three South Koreans, 149 Indonesians -- and seven crew members -- six Indonesians and a French co-pilot. 

Seventeen of the passengers were children. There were no Indian nationals on board. 

PM asks industries to develop country as global brand by producing zero defect products
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday asked the industries to go beyond 'Make in India' and develop the country as a global brand by producing zero defect products. 

Addressing a national workshop on 'Make in India programme' in New Delhi, Modi said without this the domestic manufacturers cannot make an impact on the global market. 

He said there should be no restrictions on movement of men, material, money, machinery and minerals so that India can achieve a balanced development.

Modi said the focus should be given to eastern India which has plenty of mineral resources to make the region at par with western parts of the country in terms of development. 

The Prime Minister emphasised on public- private partnership for decision making, not just in project investments. 

Modi stressed on innovation, research and human resources development, keeping in view future need of country's skilled manpower during next 20 to 30 years.

Earlier in the day, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the manufacturing sector will remain a challenge unless the radical steps are taken to improve it. 

He said entry point into the manufacturing has to be eased to attract more investors from outside. 

Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in her address said, the new initiatives need to be undertaken to strengthen the 'Make in India' initiatives. 

The Minister said that both Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion and Department of Commerce have taken concrete steps for cutting red tape, simplifying rules and delicensing the business environment. 

Shankar Das’ sensational win at McLeod Russel Tour Championship

30 12 2014
Local lad Shankar Das’ sensational win at McLeod Russel Tour Championship earns him Rolex Player of the Year title
Gaganjeet Bhullar, Abhinav Lohan are joint runners-up; Shubhankar shoots rare ‘albatross’
Kolkata, December 28, 2014: Kolkata’s Shankar Das won the Rs. 1.5 crore McLeod Russel Tour Championship after his final round of three-under-69 at his home course, the Royal Calcutta Golf Club (RCGC). Shankar as a result of his win also topped the Rolex Rankings and bagged the Rolex Player of the Year title for 2014. Das totaled 16-under-272 for the week to register the biggest win of his career.
Kapurthala’s Gaganjeet Bhullar and Abhinav Lohan of the DLF Golf & Country Club, Gurgaon, were joint runners-up at 13-under-275 as they fired matching scores of 68 in round four.
Shankar Das (68-70-65-69), who started the final round with a two-shot lead, came out a determined man on Sunday. Shankar’s burning desire to win in front of his home crowd for the first time was reflected in his solid start as he birdied the first hole from 20 feet. Das, who was also in search of the Rolex Rankings crown, carried on the good work with another birdie on the fourth.
The three-putt bogey on the 11th didn’t dampen Shankar’s spirits as he hit an outstanding tee shot on the par-3 13th and thereafter sank a 12-footer for birdie. The ever-smiling Shankar once again seemed unfazed after the dropped shot on the 14th as he came back stronger with birdies on the 15th and 16th thanks to some excellent wedge shots. The 31-year-old made pars on the last two holes to seal a comfortable three-shot win and take home his fifth tournament trophy. Das thus earned a handsome pay cheque of Rs. 23,77,500, the highest ever for a domestic tournament in India.
Shankar, who was ranked third in the money list at the start of the week, finished with total earnings of Rs. 54,32,067 for the 2014 season and therefore overhauled Bangalore’s Chikkarangappa S in the race for the Rolex Player of the Year. Chikkarangappa, who finished fourth at this week’s event, ended the year with total earnings of Rs. 47,15,336 to claim second place in the Rolex Rankings for the second year running.

“This is definitely the biggest win of my career. It’s helped me become number one on the PGTI for the first time. It’s also great to win on my home turf for the first time. The overwhelming support from the RCGC members, my family and friends through this week played a huge role in my performance. It’s been a tough time for my family this year. I missed about four tournaments midway through the season due to my mother’s poor health. However, I came back stronger on the tour with some good performances and top-5 finishes. It’s great to end the year with a win, my first in over 15 months. I will now aim to use my country spot to good effect on the Asian Tour next year,” said a beaming Shankar.
He added, “I didn’t bother too much about the leaderboard today and focused on playing a good round. I was lucky to get off to a good start with a birdie on the first. The birdie on the fourth really set up the round for me as my confidence was soaring by then. The best shot of the day was the tee shot on the 13th where I successfully negotiated a tough pin position.”
Gaganjeet Bhullar came into his own on the final day with a 68 that featured five birdies and a bogey. Bhullar did mount a challenge with a hat-trick of birdies on the back-nine but Shankar’s late charge on the 15th and 16th put paid to Gaganjeet’s title hopes.
Abhinav Lohan also mixed five birdies with a lone bogey on Sunday to end up in joint second along with Bhullar. Lohan, as a result, climbed from 16th to seventh position in the final Rolex Rankings.
Bangalore’s Chikkarangappa, who required a runner-up finish to seal the Rolex Rankings title, claimed fourth position at 12-under-276 after his final round of 69 and thus ended up in second position in the money list.
Delhi’s Shamim Khan finished a further stroke behind Chikka in fifth place. Shamim made five consecutive birdies from the 13th to the 17th during his fourth round effort of 71.
Gurgaon-based Shubhankar Sharma, the leader in the first two rounds, fired an incredible albatross on the par-5 fourth during his final round of 70. He holed his four-iron second shot from 224 yards to achieve the rare feat. This was only the fourth albatross on the PGTI. Sharma secured sixth place in the tournament as he totaled eight-under-280 for the week.
“It was unbelievable. I didn’t see the ball go in but I only realized I had made an albatross when I was walking up to the green and my playing partner Anura Rohana informed me that my ball was in the hole,” said a delighted Shubhankar.
Kolkata’s SSP Chowrasia shared seventh spot with Sri Lankan K Prabagaran at seven-undeer-281.
Arjun Atwal, another local favourite, ended ninth at six-under-282 in his maiden event on the PGTI. He shot a final round of 72.
The 2013 Rolex Rankings champion Rashid Khan of Delhi, who equaled the course record of 63 earlier in the week, was tied 10th at four-under-284 along with Sri Lankans Anura Rohana and Mithun Perera and Delhi’s Vinod Kumar.
Kolkata golfer Rahil Gangjee was joint 20th at one-under-287.
Jamshedpur’s Karan Taunk, who finished tied 61st this week, won the 2014 PGTI Emerging Player of the Year title for recording the highest earnings among the rookies this season. Taunk’s earnings for 2014 stood at Rs. 5,83,095. Sanjeev Kumar of Lucknow finished second in the Emerging Player list with season’s earnings of Rs. 4,70,281.

Names of three more AAP candidates for Delhi assembly

30 12 2014
Names of three more AAP candidates for Delhi assembly elections
From: Media Cell AAP  Mon, 29 Dec ’14 7:01p
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Monday, 29 December 2014
The Aam Aadmi Party on Monday announced the names of three more candidates for the coming Delhi assembly elections. With these three names, the AAP has so far declared its 62 candidates for the 70-member assembly :
Ajesh Yadav                        Badli
Avtar Singh                         Kalkaji
Adv Charanji Lal Gupta      Rohini

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Make RAIL Better

30 12 2014
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Sustainable Infrastructure for Natural Gas

30 12 2014

Posted: 29 Dec 2014
A study by IHS Energy shows that India was the fourth largest importer of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in 2013. (Japan, South Korea and China – in that order – were the largest.)
India’s infrastructure for transport of natural gas to meet the domestic demand has never been adequate. The present pipeline is not enough to keep pace with the supply surge through increased domestic production, LNG imports and gas imports.
LNG imports are expected to account for much of the gas supply; its increase will depend on the pace of expansion in regasification terminal capacities and pipeline infrastructure connecting gas to markets.
Source: Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board
The geographical distribution of existing pipelines continues to remain uneven as states closer to gas sources devour the benefits of higher utilisation and local development of the market. Of the 12,144 km of gas pipelines in India, around 60% is concentrated in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Rajasthan.
Region % of gas pipeline network % of consumption States with favorable infrastructure States lacking pipeline infrastructure
Western 40 53 Gujarat, Maharashtra Goa
Northern 20 26 Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Rajasthan Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand
Central 13 3 Madhya Pradesh Chhattisgarh
Southern 16 14 Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh Kerala, Karnataka
Eastern NIL NIL NIL Bihar, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Odisha
North Eastern 10 4 Assam, Tripura Meghalaya, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Manipur, Nagaland
Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board
Though the government has promised to expand the pipeline network by 15,000 km to complete the grid, the situation is not encouraging. Only 17% of the targeted 15,918 km in the 12th Five Year plan (2012-17) is complete; another 4,000 km is a work in progress. Projects related to 6,200 km of pipelines are in various stages of bidding, while the fate of the final 3,700 km is unclear.
It’s likely, then, that supplies will improve by 2017 via LNG terminals and domestic sources but India won’t have the infrastructure to transport gas to its eastern and central regions.
A major hurdle is the tariff structure. The uneven development of pipeline infrastructure is the result of different tariffs to transport the same amount of gas across the same distance in different parts of the country. Manish Aggarwal, partner and head of energy and natural resources at KPMG India, told Livemint.com: “Many delays are due to issues with local clearances, project coordination and centre-state conflicts because of the project’s impact on farmers.”
Ideally, for a slowly evolving market like India, a uniform pipeline tariff – also known as ‘postalised tariff’ – for all customers, irrespective of their distance from the gas field, is prudent. This may have a further positive impact through greater investment in deep-water projects for domestic gas exploration and increased competition for LNG imports.

HRD ministry is lying on IIT Delhi director’s resignation

29 12 2014

From: Media Cell AAP  Sun, 28 Dec ’14 7:02p
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Sunday, December 28
The HRD ministry is misleading the country on the issue of the resignation of the director of IIT Delhi.
It is extremely shocking that the BJP central government’s unjustified political interference is trampling the autonomy of the top institutions for professional and technical education.
The Aam Aadmi Party challenges the human resources development (HRD) minister to answer the following two questions :
1)      Is it not a fact that she had recently summoned the IIT Delhi director ?
2)      Is it not a fact that impolite language was used against such a senior professor and is it also not fact that he was humiliated in that meeting ?
The BJP’s central government has wreaked havoc in the institutions of  excellence in the country during last seven months. Ranging from the removal of the Chief Vigilance Officer of AIIMS to the shocking resignation of the IIT Delhi director, the entire government appears hell bent on imposing its dangerous agenda on the nation.
The HRD ministry in particular, appears to have made it a habit to create a controversy on a weekly basis.
Beginning with its shoddy handling on the FYUP course in Delhi University to abrupt change in the third language in Kendriya Vidyalayas and the confusion on keeping Christmas day as a working day, the ministry has shown itself in a poor light on a regular basis.
The AAP is of the clear view that even in case there was any issue related to the functioning of IIT Delhi, the HRD ministry had no right to interfere in the functioning of this autonomous institution and the matter should have been referred to its board of governors.
The AAP will strongly oppose any attempts to undermine the autonomy of institutions of higher, professional and technical education for political purposes. (ENDS)
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130th Foundation Day Celebrations ‪#‎INC130‬

29 12 2014
Former PM Dr. Manmohan Singh and Smt. Sonia Gandhi distributing sweets to children during 130th Foundation Day Celebrations ‪#‎INC130‬
Former PM Dr. Manmohan Singh and Smt. Sonia Gandhi distributing sweets to children during 130th Foundation Day Celebrations #INC130


29 12 2014

Earlier in Surabaya, the management of AirAsia along with the Governor of East Java, National Search and Rescue Agency of Republic of Indonesia (BASARNAS), Airport Authority of Indonesia, Airport Operator (Angkasa Pura I) met with the members of the families to update them on the latest developments and reconfirmed their commitment to providing assistance in every possible way.
Sunu Widyatmoko, CEO of AirAsia Indonesia said, “We are deeply shocked and saddened by this incident. We are cooperating with the relevant authorities to the fullest extent to determine the cause of this incident. In the meantime, our main priority is keeping the families of our passengers and colleagues informed on the latest developments.”
“We will do everything possible to support them as the investigation continues and have already mobilized a support team to help take care of their immediate needs, including accommodation and travel arrangements. A briefing center has also been set up in Surabaya for the families.”
For the families in Singapore, there is also an emergency briefing room at Changi International Airport Terminal Two, where AirAsia Indonesia will be providing regular updates. 
We have also established an Emergency Call Centre that is available for those seeking information about relatives or friends who may have been on board the flight. The number is +622129270811.
At this time, search and rescue operations are being conducted, under the guidance of National Search and Rescue Agency Republic of Indonesia (BASARNAS). AirAsia Indonesia is cooperating fully and assisting the investigation in every possible way.
The aircraft was an Airbus A320-200 with the registration number PK-AXC. There were 155 passengers on board, with 137 adults, 17 children and 1 infant. Also on board were 2 pilots and 4 cabin crewand one engineer on board.
The captain in command had a total of 20,537 flying hours of which, 6,100 flying hours were with AirAsia Indonesia on the Airbus A320. The first office officer had a total of 2,275 flying hours with AirAsia Indonesia.
We will release further information as soon as it becomes available and our thoughts and prayers are with those on board QZ8501.
Note to Editors: We ask that members of the news media do not call the AirAsia Emergency Call Centre, as this line is reserved for family members seeking information about those who may have been on board. For media enquiries please call +622129270831.

Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Meeting with Officials of Ministry of Labour

29 12 2014
Press Invitation
Shri Bandaru Dattatraya
Union Minister of State (Independent Charge)
Meeting with
Officials of Ministry of Labour & Employment, Govt. Of India
To review the labour reforms and to decide the roadmap
On 29.12.2014 at 04.30 PM
“Sahyadri Guest House”, B. G. Kher Road, Walkeshwar,
Malabar Hill, Mumbai – 400 006.
RSVP: Praful Sawant – 9004662466
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Nobu Hotel and Restaurant Set to Re-Launch the Eden Roc Miami Beach in 2015

29 12 2014
Nobu Hotel and Restaurant Set to Re-Launch the Eden Roc Miami Beach in 2015 with a Multi-Million Dollar Renovation

Mumbai, 29th December, 2014: Nobu Hotels and Eden Roc Miami Beach announced today the 2015 vision and plans for the Nobu Hotel at Eden Roc Miami Beach to open during the second half of 2015.  Chef Nobu, Academy award-winner Robert DeNiro andHollywood producer Meir Teper are the masterminds behind the much anticipated Nobu Hotel project. This is the second U.S. hotel under the Nobu Hospitality brand and shall encompass the largest Nobu Restaurant and Bar Lounge in the world.

The Nobu Hotel at Eden Roc Miami Beach is part of the multi-million dollar vision to revitalize and re-launch the Eden Roc name and property. Similar to the highly successful Nobu hotel at Caesars Palace Las Vegas, the property will represent the same key principles as Nobu restaurants; a perfect balance of luxury, fun, craft and theater.

The new Eden Roc Miami Beach Hotel will feature a “hotel within a hotel concept” with Nobu Hotel at Eden Roc Miami Beach will feature 210 guest rooms; a signature Nobu restaurant and bar; an additional new beach front restaurant concept; new banquet and catering menus; unique in-room dining offerings; 20,000 square feet of spa and fitness facilities; over 70,000 square feet of re-energized and stylish meeting and event space; and two luxurious pools.  The 15th floor Penthouse suites will feature panoramic views of the city with inspiration drawn from the Villa at the Nobu Hotel at Caesars Palace. Guests of the Nobu Hotel will enjoy a VIP entrance to the Nobu Hotel Pool and lounge with views over the beach and sea.  The guest rooms will be located in the hotel’s legendary tower and offer the imaginative, energized and sophisticated environment exclusive to Nobu Hotels.

David Rockwell of the Rockwell Group is leading the design of the project’s interiors ensuring the Morris Lapidus ethos is preserved and the renowned name of the Eden Roc Miami Beach is re-launched. Rockwell’s vision for the Nobu Hotel at Eden Roc Miami Beach is to use lush and natural materials, fused with contemporary style in a modern setting with elegant touches with inspiration drawn from both Japan and also the spectacular beach location. The art of fusion is a core thread of the Nobu brand and one that will be used throughout the project, adding layers of Nobu’s lively, fun and luxurious aesthetic while paying homage to Eden Roc’s classic heritage.

Owners and brand visionaries Chef Nobu, Robert DeNiro and Meir Teper are passionate to reenergize the property through the global appeal of Nobu Hospitality, welcoming guests both locally and from all over the world. Robert DeNiro himself has fond memories of staying at the Eden Roc in the past.

“We are excited to be putting the plans in place for the creation of an exceptional, luxury property at the iconic Eden Roc.” said Trevor Horwell, Chief Executive of Nobu Hospitality.  “We welcome being a partner with the ownership of the Eden Roc in bringing the halo effect of the Nobu brand to the Eden Roc to recreate and relaunch this iconic property.  Chef Nobu, Robert DeNiro and Meir Teper are passionate to create a property that will intertwine fun and luxury to offer guests from around the world a unique and exciting Miamiexperience.”

“Becoming a true partner with Nobu Hospitality will allow our guests a diversified, energized and luxurious hotel experience, establishing our hotel as the paramount property of Miami.” said Diego Ardid, Eden Roc LLLP. “We look forward to working with Nobu Hospitality on the enactment of major renovation plans to welcoming guests to the new Nobu Hotel at Eden Roc Miami Beach next year.”

About Nobu Hospitality
Recently named one of luxury’s 25 Most Innovative Brands by Robb Report, Nobu Hospitality is ranked among an elite selection of global luxury hospitality brands.  The natural growth of the Nobu luxury brand built on service, image and hospitality, offers the complete spectrum of hotel and restaurant management for unique projects around the world.  With operations spanning five continents, the Nobu brand thrives in the world’s capitals as the destination lifestyle experience.  The first Nobu Hotel opened in 2013 as a boutique hotel within Caesars Palace Las Vegas and was subsequently named one of the Hottest New Hotels of 2013 by CNN Travel and Top North America Hotel Opening in 2013 by Luxury Travel Advisor.  In 2014, the Nobu Hotel City of Dreams Manila will open followed by Nobu Hotels in Riyadh, Chicago, London Shoreditch, Eden Roc Miami Beach, Bahrain amongst other global locations.  Nobu is strategically focused on further expanding its global portfolio of Nobu Hotels through a solid development pipeline.www.NobuHospitality.com

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