Friday, October 16, 2015

Indian Coast Guard Ship Rajratan, patrolling report

At about 1200 h on 15 Oct 15 Indian Coast Guard Ship Rajratan, patrolling along the notional International Maritime Boundary Line (IMBL), received a distress call from an Indian Fishing Boat (IFB) regarding a firing incident on another IFB while fishing across the  IMBL, by Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA). The boat fired upon was identified as FV Suryakiran. The ICG ship immediately headed towards the IFB to provide assistance.

Upon interrogation, the crew of the IFB revealed that the PMSA personnel approached them on two water scooter like crafts and fired at them. In the incident, the tandel of FV Suryakiran sustained injury on his right hand. The crew further stated that 4-5 IFBs were also apprehended by the PMSA personnel. First aid has been provided to the injured crew by the ICG ship.

Further details are being ascertained.

Italian Cultural Institute, New Delhi

Dear Friends,

2015 marks the fortieth death anniversary of Pier Paolo Pasolini, the renowned Italian essayist, novelist, filmmaker, and poet. To pay tribute to this great cultural Italian personality, the Italian Embassy Cultural Centre, New Delhi will be presenting a series of events:
Wednesday, 28th October, 2015, 6:00 – 8.30 p.m.:
Opening of the  Photographic Exhibition entitled “ON THE SET WITH PIER PAOLO PASOLINI”, in the presence of the curator, Walter Liva (Center for Research and Archiving of Photography – CRAF, Spilimbergo, Pordenone),
The exhibition will be on display until 27th November, 2015 and will comprise of photographs taken by Pasolini’s most important and faithful photographers , such as Angelo Novi (1930-1997) and Deborah Beer (1950-1994). They were shot during the production of his films, with actors such as Toto, Ninetto Davoli and Franco Citti.  The E- invite for the same is attached
Thursday, 29th  October, 3:00 p.m. :
Wednesday, 4th  November, 6:30 p.m.:
Film screening APPUNTI PER UN FILM SULL’INDIA, 1968,  short documentary film by Pier Paolo Pasolini, presented by  Nico Psaltidis.
The exhibition and other correlated  events are  the partnering events of Delhi Photo Festival 2015.

Venue: Italian Cultural Institute, New Delhi
You are most welcome to attend the events and bring your friends along.
Free Entry on presentation of Photo Id.
Thanks & Regards,
Italian Embassy Cultural Centre
50- E, Chandragupta Marg (Entry from Nyaya Marg)
Chanakyapuri, New Delhi – 110 021
Phone: 0091-11-26871901/03/04
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EU summit 2015 kicks off in Brussels, Belgium,

EU summit kicks off in Brussels, Belgium, on Oct. 15, 2015. The ongoing refugee crisis, situation in Ukraine and EU monetary policy are expected to top the agenda of the summit.EU summit on refugee crisis and Syria begins in Brussels
Turkish role in migration and conflicting attitudes to Assad to dominate meeting
EU and Turkey have agreed on an “action plan” that might give Ankara up to €3 billion ($3.4bn) in aid, visa privileges and new talks on Turkey-EU membership in return for its help in stemming the flow of refugees to Europe.
The EU summit in Brussels stretched into the early hours of Thursday, and seems to have achieved some results. While no final deal has been inked, EU leaders and Ankara have managed to agree an “action plan”, European Council President Donald Tusk told reporters.
“Our intensified meetings with Turkish leaders … in the last couple of weeks were devoted to one goal: stemming the migratory flows that go via Turkey to the EU. The action plan is a major step in this direction,” said Tusk. Media agencies

Food Tank: The Think Tank for Food
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We’re honored to invite you to our special event on “The Real Cost of Food” at American University in Washington, D.C. from 10:30 AM- 12:00 PM EST on November 12th, 2015! RegisterHERE today!
Not in Washington, D.C.? Register to view the free livestream HERE!
Imagine if the price you paid for a hamburger included factors such as heart disease, the number one cause of death worldwide; or the runoff of manure spread on fields from concentrated animal feeding operations; or injuries to workers in slaughterhouses and processing plants; or the poor animal welfare practices in livestock operations. It would certainly be more than US$.99 and would not be part of the value menu.
True Cost Accounting assigns value to the social, environmental, and health impacts of producing food. This fall, Food Tank is hosting a special event on True Cost Accounting with the Union of Concerned Scientists. Register now!
“It’s not an accident that we grow so much corn and soybean commodity crops. It’s not an accident that we only use two percent of land for fruits and vegetables,” said Jenn Yates of the Union of Concerned Scientists.
This special event will spotlight the enormous external costs of producing food, proving there is no such thing as cheap food. In fact, True Cost Accounting has the potential to rearrange the economics of industrial agriculture through policies that reward sustainability and discourage irresponsible practices.
This panel event will be moderated by Daniel Reed, director of Planet Forward and will include keynotes by Ricardo Salvador, director of the Union of Concerned Scientists Food & Environment Program and Danielle Nierenberg, president of Food Tank.
Confirmed panelists include:
  • Michael Berger, Elevation Burger
  • Roni Neff, Center for a Livable Future
  • Paul Shapiro, The Humane Society of the United States
  • Jenn Yates, Union of Concerned Scientists
  • Adam Diamond, American University
Additionally, the event will coincide with the release of our brand new Food Tank by the Numbers: True Cost Accounting report, “The Real Cost of Food: Examining the Social, Environmental, and Health Externalities of Producing Food.” This work was made possible through the support of GRACE Communications Foundation and the Global Alliance for the Future of Food. Learn more about our work on True Cost Accounting HERE.
The event will be hosted at American University on Thursday, November 12th, 2015 from 10:30 AM -12:00 PM EST. Lunch will be provided by Elevation Burger after the panel. Register todayfor $25 or sign up to become a Food Tank sustainer and attend for free! Hurry, space is limited!
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Russia: IS militants begin to retreat

A Russian Su-24 front-line bomber jet © Dmitriy Vinogradov
Russia’s Defense Ministry said Thursday that militants of the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group have begun to retreat in Syria after more than two weeks of its airstrikes in the war-torn country.
“The militants are retreating, trying to build up new positions and changing rapidly the scheme of ammunition, weaponry and material supplies,” the ministry said in a statement.
According to the statement, Russian aircraft stationed in Syria made 33 sorties against 32 IS facilities in the last 24 hours, destroying a command post, a landmine assembling factory and a surface-to-air missile system.
Other targets destroyed by Russia’s latest operations include an artillery position with six guns, four mortars and varied munitions, as well as a garage with three armored vehicles and six jeeps equipped with heavy machine guns and mortars, the statement said.
Russian airstrikes have become less severe than in the previous days due to active offensive actions of the Syrian army on the ground. Meanwhile, Moscow has intensified reconnaissance flights including manned aircraft and drones, the ministry said.
The collected data was being processed and analyzed with intelligence coming from the information center in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad jointly set up by Russia, Syria, Iranand Iraq.
On Wednesday, Russian and Israeli pilots started joint exercises aimed at guaranteeing flight safety in Syria, with a hotline being established between the Hmeimim airbase in Syria, where the Russian air force is located, and an Israeli air force command post, the ministry said.
Also on Wednesday, representatives of the Russian and U.S. militaries held a round of negotiations over a possible agreement on flight safety over Syria by Russian aircraft and aircraft of the U.S-led coalition.
“Key provisions of a future document have been discussed,” the ministry said, adding that the parties have agreed on a procedure for further actions.
The Russian air force began its air campaign in Syria on Sept. 30 following a request of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The Kremlin said the air raids have significantly diminished the combat capability of IS. Media agencies

UNGA elected Egypt, Japan, Senegal, Ukraine and Uruguay as non-permanent members

A delegate casts a ballot on behalf of his country during an UN Security Council non-permanent members election at the General Assembly, United Nations headquarters in New York, Oct. 15, 2015.
UN General Assembly (UNGA) on Thursday elected Egypt, Japan, Senegal, Ukraine and Uruguay as non-permanent members of UN Security Council, which will serve a two-year term starting from Jan. 1, 2016.
The five countries won the required two-thirds of votes for the non-permanent seats in the first ballot after being put forward by their regional groups.
The United Nations has 193 member states and a two-thirds majority of 129 votes is needed. The final results are Senegal with 187 votes, Japan with 184 votes, Egypt with 179 votes, while Ukraine winning 177 votes and Uruguay garnering 185.
The newly-elected members will replace the retiring members of Chad, Chile, Jordan, Lithuania, and Nigeria. They will join the other five non-permanent members of the Security Council, namely Angola, Malaysia, New Zealand, Spain and Venezuela.
The UN Security Council consists of five permanent members and 10 non-permanent members elected by the UNGA. Five non-permanent members are elected every year to join the five permanent and veto-wielding members of Britain, China, France,Russia and the United States.
According to the rules, the Security Council non-permanent seats should be distributed as five from African and Asian states; one from Eastern European states; two from Latin American states and two from Western European and other states.

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