Friday, January 23, 2015

Turmoil in Bangladesh : India needs to fulfil assurances

23 01 2015


23 01 2015
1. The 12th meeting of the Offshore Security Co-ordination Committee (OSCC) was held at Mumbai on 23 Jan 15, under the Chairmanship of Vice Admiral AG Thapliyal, AVSM & Bar, Director General Indian Coast Guard, to review the preparedness and effectiveness of the security of India’s offshore installations.
2. Addressing the meeting, Vice Admiral AG Thapliyal, AVSM & Bar, Chairman of OSCC underlined the need for stringent offshore security measures in view of the emerging threats at sea so as to ensure India’s energy security. The Chairman highlighted the effectiveness of inter-agency coordination and attributed the successful interception of a suspicious boat by the Indian Coast Guard on the midnight of 31 Dec 14, to the seamless coordination between various agencies. As a result of this, a major infiltration bid which could have posed serious threat to national security was averted by ICG based on credible intelligence input. The Chairman also highlighted the need for preparedness in view of the threat from adrift derelict vessels especially during the monsoon season
3. The agenda of the meeting agenda comprised of various issues pertaining to offshore security, inter-agency coordination, unregulated fishing around ODAs and establishment of Safety Fairways to facilitate safe passage of shipping traffic in the vicinity of Offshore Development Areas.
4. The OSCC was constituted by the erstwhile Ministry of Petroleum, Chemicals and Fertilizers in 1978, to ensure smooth and effective functioning of offshore security arrangements. The OSCC is the apex body for reviewing and evaluating Offshore Security in India. The Committee was revamped and expanded in 2006 under the aegis of Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas. The Committee comprises of members drawn from the Indian Coast Guard, Navy, Air Force, IB and ONGC meets every six months to examine issues related to the safety and security of offshore assets.


23 01 2015
23rd January, 2015
West Bengal Finance Minister Dr.Amit Mitra while addressing a large gathering of trade leaders of all over the Country spelled out in clear terms that dual GST will not be acceptable to Government of West Bengal as instead of simplifying it will further complicate the taxation system and small businesses will not be able to comply with complexities and therefore a Single Tax and Single governing Authority is the only way out to simplify and rationalise the indirect tax structure. He was speaking at All India Trade & Industry Convention held yesterday at Asansol in West Bengal jointly by the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) and Federation of South Bengal Chamber of Commerce & Industry. Trade Leaders of more than 18 states of the Country participated in the Convention.
Addressing the huge gathering, he said that small businesses in the Country is life line of the economy and as such greater focus must be given to this sector in terms of policy support and providing better business avenues to them. ” The small businesses comprising of entire non corporate sector is providing about 94% employment in the Country and is making more than 45% contribution to national GDP and therefore greater emphasis needs to be laid on this sector in terms of ensuring growth in Indian economy”-said Dr. Mitra.
While spelling out various actions taken by the West Bengal Government to provide relief to traders, he said that West Bengal is the first state in the Country which is having e-taxation system thereby reducing the contact between traders and officials to minimal which has also resulted into rein in the corrupt practices. There is no Check Post or Octroi in West Bengal which provides free movement of goods between the State. He also said that the West Bengal Government is opposed to FDI in Retail and assure the convention that West Bengal Government will take necessary actions to check E Commerce business in the State.
Earlier, CAIT Secretary General Mr. Praveen Khandelwal called upon the West Bengal Finance Minister to draw support policies for the non corporate sector including trading ciommunity since the issue has been included as a fundamental in preamble of recently formed NITI Aayog by the Central Government. He also said that a seprate financial system for the non corporate sector is need of the hour as Banks have failed to provide financial assistance to trading community in last 67 years post Independence which has prompted Union Finance Minister Mr. Arun Jaitley to declare formation of a viable financial architecture for SMEs in his speech of Budget-2014. Considering the magnitude of contribution being given by the non corporate sector in GDP, employment, domestic manufacturing and exports, the time has come when focus of development should be shifted from Corporate to Non Corporate Sector-said Khandelwal.

23 01 2015
The Dean

Faculty of Social Sciences at South Asian University

New Delhi

cordially invites you to the

‘Contributions to Contemporary Knowledge Lecture – 2015′
Gandhi as a Global Thinker:
Legacies of the Anti-Colonial Revolution

Keith Hart
Centennial Professor of Economic Anthropology
Department of International Development, London School of Economics
International Director
Human Economy Program, University of Pretoria, South Africa
Chaired by
Sugata Bose

Gardiner Professor of History

Harvard University
Date and Time
Thursday, 29 January 2015; 06.00 PM
The Multi Purpose Hall
India International Center
New Delhi

UN Women seminar

23 01 2015

UN WOMEN seminar on equity focused and gender responsive evaluation

(New Delhi, 23 January) The UN Women India Multi Country Office kicked off the International Year of Evaluation by organising a seminar on ‘Equity Focused and Gender Responsive Evaluations’ in New Delhi. Part of Evaluation Week (19-23 January), the seminar was co-organised by National Institute for Labour, Economics Research and Development (NILERD) under NITI AAYOG, the Government of India’s policy think-tank.UN Women believes that equity focused and gender responsive evaluations provide evidence in advancing gender equality and women’s rights in the planning and implementation of existing and new schemes. 2015 has been declared as the International Year of Evaluation – the aim is to advocate and promote evaluation and evidence-based policy making at the international, regional, national and local levels. The Evaluation Week and the seminar were attended by NITI AAYOG officials, representatives from UN agencies, donor organisations, experts, academicians and civil society. The inaugural session began with the handing over of the ‘Evaluation Torch’ – symbolising increasing awareness and knowledge of evaluation – by Marco Segone, Director of the Independent Evaluations Office, UN Women, to the Minister of State for Planning, Rao Inderjit Singh.
Mr. Segone’s keynote address focussed on evaluations in sustainable development. “The move towards the Sustainable Development Goals makes 2015 an important year for the global development community,” he said. “India’s new government provides the evaluation community a great opportunity for moving towards effective and efficient monitoring and evaluating.”
Mr. Segone also emphasised the importance of mainstreaming gender and social equity in evaluations. “We are looking at an evaluation process which not only looks at eliminating structural bottlenecks but also contributes to the empowerment process. Evaluation can be an agent of change for the world we want.”
The seminar included interactive discussions on evaluating the Joint Review Mission of the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, school based evaluations, gender integrated health interventions, evaluating the World Food Programme’s ‘Food for Work’ Programme, and challenges and methodologies. The seminar ended on a constructive note with an all-inclusive group discussion.
For more information on the International Year of Evaluation, visit

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Shanti Bhushan: Kiran Bedi will make a very good CM

23 01 2015
Old stalwart who was guiding the Anna movement, but now  Shanti Bhushan, a founding member of the Aam Aadmi Party, did watch Kiran Bedi from close quarters ,who did initiate the Anna movement to weed out corruption.Anna was imported from village in Maharashtra to give movement a Gandhian touch. With more group like Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and Yog Guru Ramdevfollwed suit.
Shanti has expressed Arvind to leave post of convener, as per constitution of AAP the convener has immense power which was suggested by daughter of Shanti based in US to have strong and different constitution to Arvind for his AAP.
Arvind’s fastidious, imbalance and irrational approach  nature is known to his friends, media but Arvind too knows he  uses to get the instant fame for himself at the cost of naive & poor quality of media all in the ambit of comforts of money.
Shanti praising,  Kiran Bedi, declaring that the Bharatiya Janata Party’s chief ministerial candidate would give Delhi a very clean and efficient government.
The senior AAP leader came out in Kiran Bedi’s support and called the move by BJP to project Kiran Bedi as Delhi chief ministerial candidate as a masterstroke.
Shanti Bhushan told ANI: ‘It is a master stroke by the BJP to bring Kiran Bediji and declare her party’s CM candidate. Kiranji made a huge contribution to ‘India Against Corruption’, She would provide a very clean and efficient administration.’
He added that all was not well within the AAP and even stated that the party should be happy if the former IPS officer becomes the chief minister of Delhi.
“AAP was born out of a crusade against corruption, so they should be happy if a member (Kiran Bedi) of the same crusade becomes chief minister. I think everything is not right in AAP, the party is not being run on lines it was expected to run or what it was established for,” said Bhushan.
The senior leader also called for a reorientation within AAP stating they must stress on “reforming political system and improving political standards”.
While Kiran Bedi thanked Bhushan for his support, the AAP was quick to defend itself.
“Ours is a democratic party, he has every right to express his opinion. But party does not subscribe to his opinion, Kiranji has shown political opportunism and somersault on her part,” said party spokesperson Ashutosh.

Oriental Bank of Commerce Q3 Financial Results, 29th January 2015 @ 12.45 pm at Corporate Office, Plot No 5 , Sector 32 Institutional Area , Gurgaon
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on the occasion of the announcement of
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on Thursday, 29th January, 2015
Oriental Bank of Commerce,
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Chaos in Nepal Parliament

23 01 2015
Jan 23,
Nepal, the Constituent Assembly has failed to deliver the new Constitution. The political parties missed a deadline to draft a new Constitution that expired last night.
The Parliament session in Kathmandu ended, without agreeing on a draft, amid chaotic scenes. The Chairman of the Constituent Assembly, Subhash Nembang, adjourned the Parliament at 11.45 p.m., after two-and-half hour long obstruction by the opposition parties. Before announcing adjournment of the session, Nembang said he wishes to begin the process of drafting the Constitution and sought cooperation from all parties to forge agreement to promulgate the constitution.
The Parliament is scheduled to meet again at 1 p.m. today.

Yemen government resigns

23 01 2015
Jan 23
Yemen, President Mansour Hadi, Prime Minister Khaled Bahah and his cabinet have resigned. The development comes a day after the President agreed to demands of Shia Houthi rebels, who stormed his palace and private home in Sana’a earlier this week. Yemeni Presidential adviser Sultan al-Atwani said Mansour Haadi submitted his resignation just hours after receiving the resignations of Prime Minister Khalid Bahah and his cabinet. However parliament speaker Yahia al-Rai refused to accept the President’s resignation. He has called an extraordinary session of parliament on Friday morning. Yemeni Prime Minister Bahah posted on his Facebook page that he doesn’t want to be a part of what is happening or will happen.
Meanwhile Houthi rebels continued to stand guard President Haadi’s home and palace despite having promised to withdraw militia and siege of both buildings. They have also not released the chief of Presidential staff, Ahmad Awad Bin Omar. Supporters of Haadi protested outside his residency in Sana’a on Thursday, demanding to know where the president was. Houthi leaders said he would come out after implementing the power sharing agreement.

Dubai unveils World’s largest vertical maze

23 01 2015
Jan 23
Dubai has set yet another world record for the largest vertical maze. The 55 story Maze tower in Dubai’s financial district has been now confirmed by the records tally-keeper Guinness World Records as the world’s largest vertical maze.The design on the fa├žade of the building is actually a puzzle made from intricate lines of balconies on the front and rear, and there is another garden maze on the roof top. The design uses natural stones and lights up in different colours making it appear light and reflective. It looks like as if it has been carved out of one single massive piece of rock; with the constant play of light and shadow to render it alive. The tower has four other unique features – the Maze Eye which is an eight-meter circular video wall at the top of the building to beam images. It has LED lights built into the exterior of the maze pattern that can display colours and patterns. Plus it has a garden floor in the middle of the building; and a maze garden at the rooftop. Even the pool is maze-shaped. The maze tower has 25 floors of office space and 24 floors of living space. With its latest acquisition, Dubai now holds more than 100 Guinness World Records.

Delhi Polls 693 candidates in fray after scrutiny

23 01 2015
Jan 23
A total of 693 nomination papers have been accepted for the 70-member Delhi Assembly elections. 230 nominations have been rejected in the scrutiny held yesterday. After scrutiny, the highest number of valid nominations was 18 from the Burari Assembly seat and the lowest number of valid nomination papers was four in Ambedkar Nagar constituency.
923 candidates from the BJP, Aam Aadmi Party, Congress, BSP, NCP, Left Parties and Independents had filed their nomination papers. The candidates can withdraw their nomination by tomorrow. Polling will take place on 7th of next month. Counting will be held on 10th February.
A total of one hundred and twenty one FIR’s have been lodged against various political parties in connection with the violation of the Model Code of Conduct in Delhi till now. According to the Office of the Chief Electoral Officer, Delhi, out of these violations, 54 FIR’s have been lodged against Aam Aadmi Party, 24 against BJP, 26 against Congress and 10 cases of violation have been registered against BSP. Besides, around 1600 hoardings have also removed from Public Property and 116 FIR’s have been lodged in this regard.

Netanyahu pushes back meeting with Congress to March

23 01 2015
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will travel to Washington in March to address Congress. He can make one trip to the US instead of two in the run-up to the March 17 Israeli election, Reuters reported, citing a Republican aide as saying on Thursday. Netanyahu announced earlier in the day in a statement the invitation tendered by House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner was bipartisan. Boehner announced the invitation to Netanyahu the previous day, drawing White House complaints that protocol had been breached.

Bomb blast near Egypt’s presidential palace

23 01 2015
At least two people have been injured in a pipe bomb explosion near Egypt’s Presidential Palace in Cairo, Sputnik news agency reported on Friday. One of the injuries is critical, a medical source said. Sinai-based jihadist group Soldiers of Egypt (Ajnad Misr) claimed responsibility for the attack via Twitter.

Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz is dead

23 01 2015

Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud (Reuters/Jacques Brinon)
Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz  died in hospital. He was undergoing treatment for pneumonia. An official statement has named Saudi Crown Prince Salman the new king.
“His Highness Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and all members of the family and the nation mourn the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, who passed away at exactly 1 a.m. this morning,” said the statement on Saudi Arabian state TV channel attributed to Salman.
Salman has immediately appointed his half-brother Muqrin as his crown prince and heir.
King Abdullah had been in hospital for several weeks as he had been suffering from pneumonia and temporarily needed to breathe through a tube on account of his illness.
US President Barack Obama has expressed his condolences and praised the late Saudi King for his “steadfast and passionate belief in the importance of the US-Saudi relationship as a force for stability and security in the Middle East and beyond.”
Meanwhile, Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has announced that he will be leaving the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland in order to travel to Saudi Arabia and pay his respects. Abdullah was officially appointed king in 2006, but prior to that he had run the country for at least 10 years as de facto regent, after his predecessor, King Fahd, suffered a debilitating stroke.
King Salman the new head of state of the number one oil exporter in the world is thought to be 79 years old. King Salman was appointed Crown Prince in 2012 and in the same year started serving as a defense minister. Before assuming these responsibilities, he had been governor of Riyadh province for five decades.
Abdullah was a staunch US ally, who supported the western fight against Al-Qaeda and maintained attempts to keep rival Shia Iran in check. Under his rule, Saudi Arabia strongly backed Syrian rebels trying to overthrow the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad. The monarch had also been the first international head of state to congratulate the interim government of Egypt after the July 2013 military coup deposed Mohamed Morsi.
King Abdullah implemented some modest reforms in the areas of women’s rights and economic deregulation, but largely stayed away from any severe changes to the kingdom’s political system. King Salman is said to be part of the royal circle that will continue to pursue similar policies.

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