Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Thousands of traders from different parts of Delhi today staged a Sit-In at Jantar Mantar at New Delhi  demanding protection of pugree tenants in Model Tenancy Act 2015 which has been proposed by Ministry of Housing and Poverty Alleviation, Government of India.The Dharna was organised by Delhi Rajya Vyapar Sangthan.
Mr. Narender Madan, Chairman, Delhi State Chapter of the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT), Mr. Ramesh Khanna, President, Delhi State Chapter of the Confederation of All India Traders while supporting the traders sitting on Dharna said that the issue will be taken up with Union Urban Developoment Minister Mr. Venkiah Naidu. ” We shall seek an appointment with Mr. Naidu and will apprise him the suffering of tenents in Delhi who are facing eviction on frivolous grounds of ” bonafide need”- said Mr. Khanna.
The traders at the Dharna were deeply agitated and shouted slogans ” Dukane Hamari-Paisa Hamara, Phir Bhi Dukandar Bechara, Paguree dekar Dukanen Lee Hain- Vyapaar Kiya Hai Apradh Nahin, Jo Nahin Kare Vyapari Ka Maan- Uska Kaise Karen Samman” .
The traders have demanded that like Rent Acts of Gujarat, Maharashtra, West Bengal, a cut off date of 1.1.1996 should be enshrined in Tenancy Act for Delhi in order to protect the old tenancy which were obtained after paying Pugree ( amount equal to cost of property). They also demanded that decision of a 5 Judge Bench of Supreme Court in case of Gian Devi which has upheld the distinction between commercial and residential properties should be recognized. They also demanded that bonafide can not be unilateral. As per principle of natural justice, the bona fide need of tenant should also be considered since from one shop not only the family of the family of the trader but families of its employees and others largely dependent upon such shop for their livelihood.
The traders at the Dharna said that the properties held by them as Tenant were awarded to them on “Pugree” (actual amount of the rented property) and that is why nominal rent was charged from them. Since the laws prevailing at that time did not allow Landlords to bifurcate or sold their properties, the concept of “Pugree” was devised as a mid-way. The landlords re-invested the “Pugree” amount in many other properties thereby multiplying the amount received by them as “Pugree” from tenants. It is on the same lines as DDA while taking full amount of the property at that time awarded the same on lease on nominal annual lease amount basis and such properties are being converted into freehold by DDA.
The trade leaders expressed surprise that before year 2008 there was no case of bona fide requirement of any landlord in Delhi but suddenly after year 2008 there is a stream of bona fide cases which is the major cause of eviction of tenants from their shops. It shows that high prices of properties are tempting the landlords for such eviction which can not be justified.
They further said that in early days post-Independence to period of 1980s, there were very few markets in Delhi. For meeting commercial space requirements of Delhi, the traders taken properties by paying “Pugree” with a nominal rent and nurtured over decades and generations with their hard labour, capital and resources in building markets and goodwill. It is recalled that the Secretary, Ministry of Urban Development, in an affidavit filed in Supreme Court in a sealing case in 2007 admitted that Government Agencies could develop only 16% of commercial space in Delhi in last four decades. Such admittance of the Government corroborate the fact that rest of the 84% commercial space in Delhi was developed by traders through their own resources and now they are called to evict the shops rendering them absolute jobless and further posing a great question for livelihood of their employees.

  Iran Nuclear Deal Agreement, July 2015 –  A Snapshot   

The EU High Representative for Foreign and Security policy and the Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Iran, together with the Foreign Ministers of the People´s Republic of China, France, Germany, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom and the United States of America (P5+1), after more than a decade of tough negotiations reached an agreement on the Iranian nuclear  deal  that will impose strict limits and inspections on Iran’s nuclear programme.

Key feature of the Iran Nuclear Deal  (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action – JCPOA) are as follows :

·         Under the agreement, Iran will grant the International Atomic Energy Agency access to verify adherence to the restrictions placed on its nuclear programme, giving the international community confidence that the programme is, and will remain, exclusively peaceful.

·         In return, once Iran has taken key steps to introduce these restrictions, the international community will lift some of its sanctions on Iran , delivering significant economic and financial benefits.

·         Having reached this important agreement, the focus will now be on its swift and full implementation to make sure that a nuclear weapon remains beyond Iran ’s reach.

·         The removal, over time, of economic and financial sanctions represents a huge opportunity for Iranians to make positive decisions about their country’s future and its role in the region.

·         International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)  welcomed the agreement, noting that the agency will be asked to monitor and verify the nuclear-related measures set out in the agreement. 

·         The IAEA and Iran also agreed on a Road-map as part of the Framework for Cooperation between the Agency and Iran . Under this Road-map, and with the cooperation of Iran , the IAEA will be able to establish an understanding of the whole picture concerning these issues and report its assessment to its Board of Governors by the end of the year.

·         The E3/EU+3 and the Islamic Republic of Iran welcome this historic JCPOA which will ensure that Iran’s nuclear programme will be exclusively peaceful and mark a fundamental shift in their approach to this issue. They anticipate that full implementation of this JCPOA will positively contribute to regional and international peace and security

HP Accelerates Productivity for Sign & Display Print Providers and Corrugated Converters
HP Latex 3500 and 3100 Printers, HP Scitex 17000 Corrugated Press debut at FESPA 2015

NEW DELHI, India, July 15, 2015 — At FESPA 2015, HP unveiled the HP Latex 3500 and 3100 Printers, expanding its proven HP Latex Technology portfolio, and grew its digital corrugated offering with the HP Scitex 17000 Corrugated Press. These new solutions help sign and display print service providers (PSPs) and corrugated converters increase productivity and workflow efficiency.
New industrial HP Latex printers for dedicated and diverse application workflows
To remain competitive, high-volume PSPs are constantly challenged to deliver short turnaround times across varied applications, while maintaining top-of-the-line quality. HP is addressing these challenges to better meet the various production needs of sign and display PSPs with the new 3.2-meter (126-inch) HP Latex 3500 and 3100 Printers, which build on the success of its more than 26,000 HP Latex printers installed worldwide.

Ideal for standardized workflows, the new HP Latex 3500 Printer handles high-volume, dedicated application production, boosting productivity and helping to reduce production costs.  With heavy-duty roll handling up to 300 kg (660 lbs) and 10 liter ink supplies, the printer enables more unattended operation such as overnight printing. Additionally, dual-roll split spindles offer easier, safer handling of oversized rolls; in-line slitters reduce bottlenecks in finishing; and built-in LED lights support on-the-fly proofing.
“Every day, clients are sending us shorter and shorter deadlines. They want better quality and longer runs. Our team was pushing the limits of our existing print equipment to meet demand and keep our customers happy,” said Andy Wilson, managing director,PressOn UK. “The HP Latex 3500 Printer has allowed us to push the boundaries even further. The larger media rolls and ink supplies allow us to produce longer runs and save time by printing overnight, enabling us to drive down operational costs.”
Delivering high image quality for a variety of indoor and outdoor applications, theHP Latex 3100 Printer is ideal for large sign and display PSPs with a diverse service offering. Printing indoor quality at speeds up to 77 m2/hr (830 ft2 /hr),(1) the printer can handle peaks in production and deliver on short turnaround times without sacrificing quality.
“PSPs are increasingly faced with complex jobs and shorter lead times, stretching existing equipment to meet client demand,” said Xavier Garcia, vice president and general manager, Large-Format Sign and Display Division, HP. “The new HP Latex printers further establish HP’s industrial Latex portfolio, delivering a new level of productivity and operational efficiency to help our customers fulfill even the most demanding high-volume sign and display print jobs.”
Helping customers increase unattended operation with remote monitoring and print status alerts, the new HP Latex printers are both compatible with the HP Latex Mobile application,(2) with expanded functionality including metrics reporting and extended language support. The new Printer Status Beacon also helps operators stay up-to-date on job status’ and unexpected downtime from anywhere on the production floor.
The new HP Latex 3000 Printer series is also JDF-enabled, a standard language that allows data to pass between different systems to simplify data exchange and collection, helping PSPs reduce labor costs and increase profitability through automation.
Widely recognized as the industry´s most comprehensive finished graphics warranty, the 3M MCS Warranty duration is expanding for HP Latex inks, now offering a six year warranty for film lamination. 3M is also introducing a new UV clear coat for third-generation HP Latex inks that features a five year warranty when used with 3M premium solutions. The 3M UV Clear Coat is expected to be available beginning September 2015.(3)
Beyond the Climate Refugee: Migration as Adaptation —

Beyond the Climate Refugee: Migration as Adaptation

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PRESS RELEASE   |    Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Contact: Gaelle Gourmelon, , (+1) 202-745-8092, ext. 510
        Beyond the Climate Refugee: Migration as Adaptation
Misconceptions about climate-induced migration could lead to inadequate support for affected populations, according to the Worldwatch Institute’sState of the World 2015
Washington, D.C.—     Between 2008 and 2013, some 140 million people were displaced by weather-related disasters; meanwhile, gradual displacements, such as those caused by droughts or sea-level rise, affected the lives of countless others. These “climate refugees” have become the human face of global warming, their very movement seen as a threat to global security. State of the World 2015 contributing author Francois Gemenne exposes the dangers of misrepresenting climate-induced migration as a decision of last resort, rather than as a choice in human adaptation (“The conception of migrants solely as victims…might actually hinder their capacity to adapt, and induce inadequate policy responses,” writes Gemenne, executive director of the Politics of the Earth program at Sciences Po in Paris and a senior research associate with the University of Li├Ęge in Belgium.
Today’s policies on climate change cast migration as an impending humanitarian catastrophe and as a failure to adapt to changing environments back home. As a result, policies focus on reducing migration, commonly assuming that overwhelming flows of migrants from poor countries will be flooding industrialized countries.
“Current adaptation policies tend to focus on the right to stay,” writes Gemenne. Today, governments are aiming to reduce the number of people who are forced to migrate, ignoring those who might in fact prefer to leave but are forced to stay against their will or ability. “Extending the migration options of populations…would require a broader development agenda.”
People who would choose to migrate face many barriers. Migration is expensive, sometimes costing several years’ worth of a migrant’s income. Moving also comes with various administrative barriers, such as the possible loss of social benefits and protection. The lack of information about employment and the competition for land at the destination can limit people’s ability to relocate.
Two policy avenues should be considered when addressing climate-induced migration, argues Gemenne. The first is to provide migration opportunities for the most vulnerable populations, including improving access to resources, information, and networks to allow them to relocate. The second opportunity lies in adapting destinations, such as urban areas in developing countries, to host and integrate communities of migrants.
“The paramount goal of policy responses should be to enable people’s right to choose which adaptation strategy is best suited for their needs,” writes Gemenne. “This implies that people should be entitled with both the right to stay and the right to choose.”
Worldwatch’s State of the World 2015 investigates hidden threats to sustainability, including economic, political, and environmental challenges that are often underreported in the media. State of the World 2015 highlights the need to develop resilience to looming shocks.For more information on the project, visit
AAP Press conference on Delhi police —

AAP Press conference on Delhi police

AAP Press conference Sanjay Singh said that Police should concentrate on chasing criminals and not on chasing AAP MLAs. He said police should give out the list of AAP MLAs it plans to arrest. We shall hand them over to police, so that the police could devote more time on improving law and order situation in the city.
After the press conference, Sanjay Singh met the Police commissioner with Commando Surendra Singh. Police Commissioner, however, said no vindictive action will be taken against AAP MLAs.
“We met the Police head at 4:30 today at Police Headquarters and were ready to hand over Commando Surinder (Singh)our MLA. We wanted the police to save their energy in chasing our MLA who is a law abiding citizens and a proud representative elected by the people ,” party leader Sanjay Singh told reporters after the meeting. He also charged the Delhi Police of going after its leaders on the orders of the central government.

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