Friday, July 3, 2015


Preliminary Earthquake Report
  • 3 Jul 2015 06:43:23 UTC
  • 3 Jul 2015 14:43:24 near epicenter
  • 3 Jul 2015 10:43:23 standard time in your timezone
Location10.160N 125.941E
Depth49 km
  • 18 km (11 mi) NW of Santa Monica, Philippines
  • 64 km (40 mi) NE of Surigao, Philippines
  • 67 km (42 mi) NNE of Placer, Philippines
  • 99 km (61 mi) SSE of Guiuan, Philippines
  • 729 km (452 mi) SE of Manila, Philippines
Location UncertaintyHorizontal: 8.1 km; Vertical 5.9 km
ParametersNph = 108; Dmin = 344.1 km; Rmss = 1.20 seconds; Gp = 30°
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Event IDus 10002n6s
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10 States of INDIA Excel at “REPA STATE Awards 2015”

10 States of INDIA Excel at “REPA STATE Awards 2015” 
  • Rajasthan Outshines Gujarat in 2-key areas by Winning the Award for being the “State of INDIA Affecting Transformation Through Convenient Action Versus Climate Change” and also is the “Best in Solar State of India”

  • Tamil Nadu Wins 2-Awards for being “Best Renewable Energy State” & “Best in Wind Energy” -becomes First to cross 10GW of Renewable Energy with 7.2 GW of Wind Energy Portfolio

  • West Bengal Wins as “Best State of India in Rural and Remote Access”

  • Telangana declared “Best State in Energy Security, Governance & Sustainability”.

  • Punjab Wins Award for being “Best Bio-Energy State of India”.

  • Himachal Pradesh declared “Best HydroPower State of India”.
New Delhi, 2nd July 2015
“REPA STATE Awards 2015” – State Excellence in Renewable Energy & Carbon Defrayment, Energy Security, Energy Access & Sustainability in Governance were announced in New Delhi. The Awards are instituted by Renewable Energy Promotion Association (REPA) – India’s Apex Umbrella Association and non-profit Body for promotion of Renewable Energy (RE) including Wind, Solar, Bio-Energy, Marine Renewable Energy (MRE), Energy from Waste (EFW), Bagasse and Agro residual Co-Generation etc.
10 States of India excelled at the “REPA STATE Awards 2015” giving confidence to the Renewable Energy (RE) sector and economy as a whole that the nation’s direction in New and Renewable Energy of Solar is on a growth trigger, while sustaining its wind portfolio growth. India aims at adding an ambitious and game-changing 175GW of Renewable Energy by 2022, when the country’s installed power capacity is poised to cross 500GW.
Rajasthan outshined Gujarat in the key areas of Carbon Defrayment and Climate Change as it was declared winner in 2-categories “State of INDIA Affecting Transformation Through Convenient Action Versus Climate Change” and also was declared as the “Best Solar State of India”.
Southern State of Tamil Nadu won 2-awards for being “Best Renewable Energy State”  and “Best in Wind Energy” as the state became India’s  First to cross 10GW (10,577MW) of Renewable Energy portfolio with highest Wind Energy installations at  7.2 GW.

West Bengal won the award for being “Best State of India in Rural and Remote Access”as the State provided 18 hours of“Electricity Access to 83% of its Rural Sector population”, highest remote and rural access state in the country. Chattisgarh won the“Jury Commendation Award” in the same for its electricity access to remote tribal belts and naxal affected areas.
The youngest newly formed state of Telangana won the award for being  “Best State in Energy Security, Governance & Sustainability” as the State excelled in 24/7 Access to Urban Hyderabad as well as sustained access to its rural interface thereby being best in electricity governance and uninterrupted access to its 2 crore population. Andhra Pradesh the elder sibling state won the “Jury commendation Award” in the same category.
Himachal Pradesh won the award for “Best HYDROPOWER State of INDIA” as the state generated 3.4GW of Hydropower of a total installed capacity of 4.3GW (77.6% Share of Hydropower in its installed power generation portfolio-Highest amongst all states of India). Southern State of Karnataka won the “Jury Commendation Award” for highest standalone Hydropower capacity of 3.6GW in the country, with 24% share in its overall portfolio of installed power generation capacity.
State of Punjab won the award for being “Best Bio-Energy State of INDIA” with highest success in agro waste based power generation at 2GW, while Maharashtra won the award for “Best Co-Generation State of INDIA” for its excellence in sugar sector power co-generation thanks to its organized delivery in the co-operative and private sugar sector energy moves.
“REPA STATE Awards 2015” were adjudicated by an eminent jury panel Chaired by Prof. A.G. Iyer, President, Renewable Energy Promotion Association (REPA) and ENERTIA Foundation and Editor-in-Chief, ENERTIA – Asia’s premier Journal on sustainable Energy & Power” and Author of the Path-breaking book “Powering in Crisis”- A Strategic Direction for “India’s Security, Energy Sustainability & Power Access for All” by 2022.
“REPA STATE Awards 2015” were given away at the hands of Tarun Kapur, Joint Secretary (Solar), Ministry of New & Renewable Energy, Government of India who is the architect of India’s success in Solar and had earlier achieved transformational success in hydropower in Himachal Pradesh in his previous stint.
“REPA STATE Awards 2015” were held concurrent with the “4th ENERTIA Summit & Conclave 2015” – Future of Energy India Vision 2032 discussions and “5th GRID Smart 2015” which was Supported By Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE) & Ministry of Power, Government of India. This exclusive ENERTIA Foundation and REPA supported forum and think tank laid stress on India’s urgent need to focus on distribution reforms and adoption of ICT technology and Smart Grid to support and sustain the Renewable Energy (RE) progress in Solar, Wind , Bio-energy etc.
Critical issues hitherto not in the public domain like control of “ELECTRONIC POLLUTION” across “Harmonics” generation that pose severe challenges to the National Electricity Grid System were brought out on the day. Controlling and mitigating “Harmonics” becomes critical in the course of dynamic large-scale multi-access injection of Solar and other Renewable Energy (RE) in the electricity transmission systems and distribution networks and need urgent redressal via deployment of “Active Harmonic Filter (AHF)” and other such Smart Grid technologies for RE integration.
Such technologies of “SMART Grid” bring in or retrieve “Virtual Power” in quick-time 1-year to 18 month implementation schedules at investments as low as 50-75lacper MW while having zero carbon emission increment. At the same time when new green-field coal fired power plants need whopping Rs. 6-7 crore per MW, have long gestations of 4-5years of commissioning and result in large scale carbon emissions that are the principal driving reason for Climate Change and its negative environmental impacts on the planet earth.
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Jury Co-Chairman & Convenor
“REPA STATE Awards 2015”
Sr. VP & Secretary General
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Book Discussion


Deep K. Datta-Ray
In Conversation with
Faisal Devji
Reader in Indian History,
University of Oxford
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DATEFriday, July 10, 2015
TIME5:00 PM  – 6:00 PM (Registration & Tea: 4:30 pm onwards)
LOCATIONWWF India Auditorium, 172 -B, Lodhi Estate, New Delhi – 110003
SPEAKERMr. Deep K. Datta-RayAssistant Professor, Jindal School of International Affairs and Author of “The Making of Indian Diplomacy: A Critique of Eurocentrism”
 CHAIRDr. Faisal Devji, Reader in Indian History, St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford
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Is Indian Diplomacy simply a derivative of European colonial models? On the basis of observed practices, and informal interactions and interviews with Ministers and diplomats, the author argues that the core of Indian diplomatic practice is to be found in the national epic, the Mahabharata, whose influence he traces from pre-Mughal times to the present. Further investigation of Indian diplomacy reveals its non-Western rationale, while its presence at the heart of a state presumed Western at inception reveals new possibilities about how to conceptualize post-colonial India, its purpose and role on the world stage. While nation states authorised by nationalism remain hostage to the past, the Indian state’s arena for action is very much the present, as is rational its objective of non-violently terminating violence. The event will in the process shed new light on the current nature of the Indian state.
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 Deep K Datta-Ray 02-07-15Mr. Deep K. Datta-RayAssistant Professor, Jindal School of International Affairs and Author of “The Making of Indian Diplomacy: A Critique of Eurocentrism”
Deep K. Datta-Ray is an Assistant Professor at Jindal School of International Affairs. He holds a BA in Chinese History from SOAS, an MA in War Studies from King’s College, London and a DPhil in International Relations from the University of Sussex. Prior to joining JSIA, Deep worked for nearly a decade as a business consultant with several international firms and in New York, London, Singapore and Mumbai.
He also wrote extensively for newspapers, appearing most frequently in the South China Morning Post and the Times of India. The only outsider to have been embedded in any Foreign Ministry, Deep was attached to India’s Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) for his DPhil. The result is a monograph, The Making of Indian Diplomacy. The author’s investigation reveals Indian diplomacy’s non-Western rational, while its presence at the heart of a state presumed Western at inception reveals new possibilities about how to conceptualise post-colonial India, its purpose and role on the world stage. Most significant is that while nation-states authorised by nationalism remain hostage to the past, the Indian state’s arena for action is very much the present, as is rational its objective of non-violently terminating violence now.
Faisal Devji 02-07-15Dr. Faisal DevjiReader in Indian History, St. Antony’s College, University of Oxford
Devji received his PhD in intellectual history from the University of Chicago, and has held faculty positions there as well as at Yale University, the New School for Social Research in New York and the Graduate Institute in Geneva. He was a junior fellow at the Society of Fellows, Harvard University, and is an Institute of Public Knowledge Fellow at New York University. Faisal Devji is the author of four books, Landscapes of the Jihad (2005), The Terrorist in Search of Humanity (2008), The Impossible Indian: Gandhi and the Temptation of Violence (2012) and Muslim Zion: Pakistan as a Political Idea (2013).
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Private Enterprise in Public Education: Cautionary Tales from the US

CPR is pleased to invite you to a talk on
Private Enterprise in Public Education: Cautionary Tales from the US
Monday, 13 July 2015, 2:00 p.m.
Prof Hema Ramanathan
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Private entities are a major player in the educational field in the US and have an increasingly high profile in India. They are closely involved in managing and running schools, and providing infrastructure, classroom materials and teacher training. Publishing companies in the U.S. have an inordinate influence over the enacted curriculum and teacher education while a non-profit is changing the face of the teaching force.
This paper will describe the impact of private entities on teacher education and the profession of teaching, illustrating with Pearson and Teach for America. The applications of these impacts to the Indian context will be discussed.
Prof Hema Ramanathan is an Associate Professor of Education at the University of West Georgia, US She believes that education is a public discipline; teaching is a social act; and research in education should mirror these concepts. Her teaching and research interests are: issues of diversity; instructional leadership; teacher professional development; teaching English as a second/ language; and comparative education. She has over 50 publications and has presented widely at professional conferences. She serves as a consultant with private and public professional organizations.

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