Monday, August 31, 2015

Bangkok bombing female suspect is ‘in Turkey

Bangkok bombing female suspect is ‘in Turkey
The female suspect who rented the apartment where explosives were found is in Turkey, and her husband is Turkish, media reports say, citing her family. Thai police earlier issued warrants for two suspects. The move came after bomb-making materials were found during a raid on a property close to the international airport, part of the investigation into last month’s fatal bomb blast in Bangkok

ECBs stand at US$ 2.1 bn during July 2015

 Indian firms have raised US$ 2.1 billion through external commercial borrowings (ECBs) in the month of July  2015 as against US$ 3.2 billion during June 2015 by automatic and approval route. The borrowings stood at US$ 2.1 billion in July 2015 as compared to US$ 3.7 billion in July 2014.

     External commercial borrowings (ECBs) since April 2011                                                                 (US$bn)
     Source: PHD Research Bureau, compiled from RBI  Note: ECB contains both automatic and approval routes

India has received gross ECBs worth around US$280 billion between FY2001 and FY2016 (till July 2015).

  Gross ECB Inflows                                                                                                                                                                  (US$bn)
Source: PHD Research Bureau, compiled from RBI Note: ECB contains both automatic and approval routes

A closer look at the ECBs pattern reveals that the lion’s share in ECBs during the month of July 2015 is held by on-lending/sub-lending contributing to about 37%  of the total followed by refinancing of earlier ECB contributing to about 33%, overseas Acquisition at about 7% and rupee expenditure at 6.4%.

      Pattern showing ECBs during July 2015                                                                     (% share in total)
      Source: PHD Research Bureau, compiled from RBI, Note: ECB contains automatic and approval route both.

July core infra grows at 1.1%

The core infrastructure grows to 1.1% (Y-O-Y) in July 2015 as compared to 3% (Y-O-Y) in June 2015. The combined index of Eight Core Industries stands at 168 in July 2015 with a growth rate of 1.1% in July 2015 as compared to 4.1% in July 2014. Crude oil and Natural gas registered a growth rate of (-)0.4% and (-)4.4% respectively in the month of July 2015.

   Sector wise trend in monthly production                                                            (% growth)
Sector
Weight in IIP
July’15
June’15
Crude Oil
5.22
-0.4
-0.7
Natural Gas
1.71
-4.4
-5.9
Petroleum Refinery Products
5.94
2.9
7.5
Coal
4.38
0.3
6.3
Fertilizer
1.25
8.6
5.8
Electricity
10.32
3.5
0.2
Cement
2.41
1.3
2.6
Steel
6.68
-2.6
4.9
Overall
37.90
1.1
3.0
  Source: PHD Research Bureau, compiled from the office of the economic advisor to the Govt. of India

In cumulative terms, core infrastructure industries registered a growth of 2.1% during April- July 2015-16 as against 5.5% during the corresponding period of the previous year.

    
    Sector wise trend in production                                                                                   (% growth)  
Sector
Weight
Apr-July 2015-16
Apr- July 2014-15
Crude Oil
5.22
-0.7
-0.4
Natural Gas
1.71
-4.2
-5.2
Petroleum Refinery Products
5.94
3.9
-2.3
Coal
4.38
5.7
6.4
Fertilizer
1.25
4.1
4.9
Electricity
10.32
2
11.4
Cement
2.41
1
11.2
Steel
6.68
1.4
5.9
Overall
37.90
2.1
5.5
   Source: PHD Research Bureau, compiled from the office of the economic advisor to the Govt. of India
 Trend in growth of steel, cement, electricity, coal and overall                     (%)
Source: PHD Research Bureau, compiled from the office of the economic advisor to the Govt. of India

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NEW DELHI, 31 AUGUST, 2015
HERO MOTOCORP TO BE THE TITLE SPONSOR OF THE FIH HOCKEY WORLD LEAGUE FINAL
CONTINUES TO PROMOTE INDIAN SPORTS ON A GLOBAL STAGE


THE INTERNATIONAL HOCKEY FEDERATION (FIH) HAS ANNOUNCED HERO MOTOCORP LTD AS TITLE SPONSOR OF THE 2015 MEN’S HOCKEY WORLD LEAGUE FINAL.

TAKING PLACE IN RAIPUR, CHHATTISGARH BETWEEN 27 NOVEMBER AND 6 DECEMBER 2015, THE EVENT WILL BE CALLED THE ‘HERO HOCKEY WORLD LEAGUE FINAL’.

THE SPONSORSHIP SEES HERO CONTINUE ITS ONGOING SUPPORT FOR THE SPORT OF HOCKEY AND THE FIH. HERO HAS PROVIDED THE TITLE SPONSORSHIP FOR NUMEROUS FIH FLAGSHIP EVENTS, INCLUDING THE MEN’S WORLD CUP 2010, JUNIOR WORLD CUP 2013 AND THE INAUGURAL MEN’S WORLD LEAGUE FINAL 2014, WHICH WERE ALL HELD IN THE CAPITAL. HERO WAS ALSO TITLE SPONSOR OF THE MEN’S CHAMPIONS TROPHY IN BHUBANESWAR LATER IN 2014.

MR. PAWAN MUNJAL, CHAIRMAN, MANAGING DIRECTOR AND CEO, HERO MOTOCORP LTD., EXPRESSED HIS DELIGHT AT THE PARTNERSHIP. HE SAID, “THE ‘HERO HOCKEY WORLD LEAGUE FINAL 2015’ IS YET AGAIN GOING TO BRING WORLD-CLASS HOCKEY TO THE COUNTRY. THIS WILL GIVE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL THE TOP TEAMS INCLUDING AUSTRALIA, GERMANY, NETHERLANDS, GREAT BRITAIN, BELGIUM, ARGENTINA, CANADA AND INDIA TO SHARPEN THEIR SKILLS BEFORE THEY HEAD INTO THE RIO OLYMPICS NEXT YEAR.

“AS A KEEN SUPPORTER OF OUR NATIONAL GAME, I AM ALSO QUITE HAPPY TO SEE THE EVENT BEING HELD AT RAIPUR IN THE STATE OF CHHATTISGARH, BECAUSE THIS WILL GIVE A GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY FOR HOCKEY FANS THERE TO SEE TOP CLASS ACTION UP CLOSE FOR THE FIRST TIME. THIS MOVE WILL CERTAINLY GO A LONG WAY IN FURTHER POPULARIZING THE GAME IN THE COUNTRY.”

FIH CEO KELLY FAIRWEATHER NOTED: “HERO IS ONE OF WORLD’S LEADING BRANDS; THEREFORE TO PARTNER WITH ONE OF INDIA’S MOST SUCCESSFUL BUSINESSES ONCE AGAIN IS FANTASTIC FOR OUR SPORT. WE’VE ALREADY SEEN THE EFFECT THAT HERO’S COMMITMENT TO HOCKEY HAS HAD, ESPECIALLY IN INDIA WHERE THE NATIONAL MEN’S TEAM HAS ALREADY QUALIFIED FOR RIO 2016.

“THEIR SUPPORT EXTENDS MUCH BEYOND INDIA HOWEVER AS THEIR INPUT CONTINUES TO FUEL THE GROWTH OF HOCKEY AROUND THE WORLD. WE LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH HERO IN RAIPUR AS WE AIM TO MAKE THE HERO HOCKEY WORLD LEAGUE FINAL A TRULY FANTASTIC EVENT FOR EVERYONE INVOLVED.”

FOLLOWING THE CONCLUSION OF THE HOCKEY WORLD LEAGUE SEMI-FINALS IN JULY, THE FIELD IS NOW SET FOR THE FINAL.

THE WORLD LEAGUE FINAL LINE-UP INCLUDES EIGHT NATIONAL MEN’S HOCKEY TEAMS WHO QUALIFIED THROUGH THE WORLD LEAGUE SEMI-FINALS IN BUENOS AIRES AND ANTWERP.

THEY INCLUDE AUSTRALIA, RANKED NUMBER ONE IN THE FIH WORLD RANKINGS, NETHERLANDS (2), GERMANY (3), BELGIUM (4), GREAT BRITAIN (5), ARGENTINA (6), HOSTS INDIA (8) AND CANADA (13).

THE EVENT WILL BE HELD IN THE 3,000 CAPACITY RAIPUR INTERNATIONAL HOCKEY STADIUM WHICH WAS OPENED AS A DEDICATED HOCKEY FACILITY IN AUGUST 2014.

HERO IS THE WORLD’S LARGEST MANUFACTURER OF TWO-WHEELED VEHICLES. IN 2001, THE COMPANY BECAME THE LARGEST TWO-WHEELER MANUFACTURING COMPANY IN INDIA AND ALSO THE WORLD’S LARGEST PRODUCER OF TWO-WHEELERS IN TERMS OF UNIT VOLUME SALES IN A CALENDAR YEAR – A POSITION IT CONTINUES TO MAINTAIN TO DATE

ANOTHER BLOW TO THE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS AND DEMOCRACY OF THE COUNTRY – RELIGIOUS OUTFITS SHUNTING THE DOORS OF SECULARISM IN INDIA
National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM) strongly condemns the murder of senior rationalist scholar Prof. M M Kalburgi and demands Govt. to order a probe into the matter immediately
August 31, 2015, New Delhi  : Prof. M. M. Kalburgi hailing from Dharwad, Karnataka, a renowned rationalist scholar and former Vice-Chancellor of Hampi University, Karnataka, was shot dead on 30th August 2015 by unidentified gunmen at his residence, at point blank range. The murderers escaped on a motorcycle. The National Alliance of People’s Movements strongly condemns the murder, which is suspected to be yet another attempt of right wing extremists to kill persons with rationalist views.
Earlier, leading rationalist and anti-superstition activist Dr. Narendra Dabholkar was murdered in Pune on 20th August 2013, and left leader and outspoken critic of Hindutva, Shri Govind Pansare was murdered in Kolhapur on 20th February 2015. This latest foul murder of Prof. M. M. Kalburgi, along with the earlier two murders, is suspected to have been committed by right wing religious extremists.
With a BJP government at the Centre providing tacit support, right wing Hindutva elements are emboldened and are increasingly coming out openly against persons who are merely critical of Hinduism. They are intolerant of persons who differ from them, and deliberately get “hurt feelings” or “hurt sentiments” at the slightest excuse. They choose to interpret even mere discussions, debates and statements about Hindu practices and rituals as an insult to Hinduism, and resort to threatening and attacking speakers and writers. They have also been indulging in “moral policing” accompanied by violence. If this trend is not immediately checked and turned back, the people of India will lose their freedom of speech and association, and India’;s secular democracy will turn into fascism.
So far, despite considerable popular uproar regarding the premeditated killings, the police has been unwilling or unable to make arrests in both Dabholkar and Pansare murder cases, which took place in broad daylight, just like the murder of Kalburgi. What is common to all three premeditated murders is that the victims had all been repeatedly threatened by right wing extremists due to their rationalist views and opposition to obscurantist beliefs.
Bajrang Dal, Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Shri Ram Sene have staged statewide protests against their views and are suspected to be responsible for the killings. Co-convenor of the Bajrang Dal’s Bantwal (Karnataka) cell, Bhuvith Shetty, showing his extremism towards religious freedom and independent views, is openly celebrating the murder with a tweet, which states: “Then it was U.R.Ananthamurthy and now M.M.Kalburgi. Mock Hinduism and die dogs (sic.) death. And dear K. S. Bhagwan you are next”. This is naked terrorism by a religious extremist, which government must urgently deal with in accordance with the law.
The Constitution of India guarantees liberty of thought, expression, belief, faith and worship to all citizens, and prescribes development of scientific temper, humanism and the spirit of inquiry and reform as every citizen’;s fundamental duty. The words and actions of these fundamentalist terror groups goes directly against the spirit of the Constitution. But governments have been lackadaisical, perhaps even deliberately so, in investigating these crimes and reining in the groups which have been issuing veiled as well as naked threats (like the tweet above) to persons who are rationalist in thought and belief.
The rise of religious fundamentalism is bringing the democracy and secularism of India into serious question, and may permanently and irreversibly destabilize the Republic. It is high time for government to declare these religious outfits as terror groups and take necessary actions against them. Without such stern and rapid action, we may soon witness situations like those happening in Bangladesh, where Islamic fundamentalists are killing rationalist bloggers.
The National Alliance of People’s Movements, therefore demands that
1)        CBI must thoroughly investigate the murders of Narendra Dabholkar, Govind Pansare and M.M.Kalburgi with a sense of urgency, arrest the suspected murderers and the guiding forces behind them, and ensure that sufficient hard evidence is made available to the public prosecutor to secure conviction.
2)        Prime Minister Narendra Modi must unequivocally declare his stand as well as the union government’;s stand regarding all the three premeditated murders, and institute procedures to deal with such acts of terrorism.
3)        Terrorist outfits regardless of the religion to which they belong or claim to support, must be declared as “terror groups” since, in direct contravention of the country’s democracy and secularism, they openly violate the freedom of speech by threatening and even eliminating persons who express different views. 
Medha Patkar – Narmada Bachao Andolan and the National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM); Prafulla Samantara – Lok Shakti Abhiyan & Lingraj Azad – Samajwadi Jan Parishad – Niyamgiri Suraksha Samiti, NAPM, Odisha; Dr. Sunilam, Aradhna Bhargava – Kisan Sangharsh Samiti & Meera – Narmada Bachao Andolan, NAPM, MP; Suniti SR, Suhas Kolhekar, Prasad Bagwe – NAPM, Maharashtra; Gabriele Dietrich, Geetha Ramakrishnan – Unorganised Sector Workers Federation, NAPM, TN; C R Neelkandan – NAPM Kerala; P Chennaiah &Ramakrishnam Raju – NAPM Andhra Pradesh, Dr. Sandeep Pandey, Arundhati Dhuru, Richa Singh, Nandlal Master – NAPM, UP; Sister Celia – Domestic Workers Union & Rukmini V P, Garment Labour Union, NAPM, Karnataka; Vimal Bhai – Matu Jan sangathan & Jabar Singh, NAPM, Uttarakhand; Anand Mazgaonkar, Krishnakant – Paryavaran Suraksh Samiti, NAPM Gujarat; Kamayani Swami, Ashish Ranjan – Jan Jagran Shakti Sangathan & Mahendra Yadav – Kosi Navnirman Manch, NAPM Bihar; Faisal Khan, Khudai Khidmatgar, J S Walia, NAPM Haryana;Kailash Meena, NAPM Rajasthan;Amitava Mitra & Sujato Bhadra, NAPM West Bengal; Bhupender Singh Rawat – Jan Sangharsh Vahini & Rajendra Ravi, Madhuresh Kumar and Shabnam – NAPM, Delhi 

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