Monday, May 9, 2016

Filipinos head to polls

Filipinos began casting their votes nearly 54 million people go for polling in centers across the country on Monday to pick a new president.
Five candidates are in fray for the presidency to succeed Benigno Aquino III, whose six-year term ends on June 30.
The voters will also be choosing candidates for vice president, hundreds of lawmakers and around 18,000 local officials.
Polls opened at 6:00 a.m. local time (2200 GMT Sunday) and will close at 5:00 p.m. local time. The election commission said unofficial outcome for the presidential and vice presidential polls will be expected within 72 hours.

Wildfire raging in Canadian province of Alberta


May 8,  6:33 PM
A huge wildfire raging in the Canadian province of Alberta is spreading further and could reach major oil sands mine nearby and even neighbouring province of Saskatchewan. Officials said, hot, dry and windy conditions are hampering efforts by hundreds of firefighters to tackle the blaze. The flames have already caused the evacuation of 80,000 people from the oil city of Fort McMurray, and thousands are still stuck to the north.
Fort McMurray is surrounded by wilderness in the heart of Canada’s oil sands, the third largest reserves of oil in the world behind Saudi Arabia and Venezuela.

BJP releases copies of PM Modi’s degrees

May 9,  2:3 PM
BJP today released copies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s degrees to dispel controversy surrounding his education qualification.
Briefing media in New Delhi, party president Amit Shah accused Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party convenor Arvind Kejriwal of spreading misinformation against the Prime Minister.
He demanded a public apology from the Delhi Chief Minister and also asked him to clarify on what grounds he leveled allegations.
He said he will also write to Mr Kejriwal to further assure him. Mr Shah also hit out at Congress and JDU for joining the misinformation campaign.
Mr Arun Jaitley, who was also with Mr Shah, criticised AAP for stooping to a new low and defaming the nation across the world.
He said Mr Kejriwal, who claims to be a champion of the common man, should have appreciated Mr Modi for pursuing education even after being in public life.
He said Mr Kejriwal should instead focus on his own MLAs who have been prosecuted for fake degrees.
Mr Jaitley alleged that the politics of adventurism is being treated as a substitute of governance in Delhi.

“The Global Energy Scenario and Challenges for India’s Energy Security”

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presents
Conference on
“The Global Energy Scenario and Challenges
for India’s Energy Security”
EVENT DETAILS
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DATEThursday, 12th May, 2016
TIME10:00 AM – 04:45 PM (Registration: 9:30 AM)
LOCATIONWWF Auditorium, 172-B, Lodhi Estate, New Delhi – 110003
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ABOUT THE EVENT
Over the last two years, the global energy scenario has been experiencing some dramatic changes — technological, economic, and geopolitical – that have significantly transformed the energy landscape and posed new challenges for India’s energy security interests. The commercial development of shale oil has made the US nearly self-sufficient, so that the global market is today awash with substantial surpluses. This has led to a sharp fall in oil prices, from $ 115/barrel in mid-June 2014 to $ 27 in January 2016, causing extraordinary disruptions in the economics and politics of producer countries.
There are other important forces at play as well: Asian countries have replaced western countries as the principal consumers and importers of energy, with projections that by 2035, about 90% of West Asian oil will be imported by other Asian countries. Coupled with this are the burgeoning global sensitivity to climate change issues and the attendant need to move from fossil fuels to renewables and nuclear energy, though this shift also throws up serious challenges relating to energy economics and safety.
By 2035, India is expected to become the third largest energy consuming country in the world, after China and the US, with the Indian share in global energy demand going from 4% in 2010 to 8.6% in 2035. Its long-term energy demand will rise by 3.8% annually, with fossil fuels accounting for 90% of the incremental growth. Its oil demand will go from 2.5 million barrels per day [mbd] in 2010 to 6.9 mbd in 2035, with an import dependence of nearly 90%.
In order to maintain its high growth trajectory, India will have to successfully cope with major challenges so that it can diversify its energy basket, strengthen the domestic supply base and deliver energy for lifeline needs and national development, meet its commitments relating to climate change, and robustly engage with foreign partners on bilateral and multilateral basis to promote its interests.
This conference will analyze the global energy scenario, highlight the challenges for India and suggest ways in which these could be met effectively.
PROGRAM
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM INAUGURATION
SPEAKERSMr. Kapil Dev Tripathi, Secretary, Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas [Invited] 
Ambassador Talmiz AhmadFormer Ambassador of India to Saudi Arabia and UAE
11:00 AM – 11:15 AM Tea / Coffee Break
11:15 AM – 12:15 PMSESSION I: Oil prices and their Implications for India 
CHAIRMr. Nagaraj Naidu, Director [Energy Security], Ministry of External Affairs
SPEAKERSDr. Shebonti Ray DadwalInstitute for Defense Studies and Analysis
Dr. Sujata AshwaryaAssistant Professor, Centre for West Asian Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia
Ambassador DP SrivastavaSenior Advisor, ONGC Videsh Limited
12:15 PM – 01:15 PMSESSION II: The Gas Sector
CHAIR    Mr Anil Jain, Advisor [Energy], Niti Aayog
SPEAKERS    Mrs Sudha MahalingamFormer Member, Petroleum and Natural Gas Regulatory Board and National Security Advisory Board, Government of India
Dr Gulshan DietlProfessor [Retired], Jawaharlal Nehru University
01:15 PM – 02:00 PM Lunch
02:00 PM – 03:00 PMSESSION III: The Paris Climate Change Accord: Implications for India
CHAIR    Ambassador Chandrashekhar DasguptaMember, Prime Minister’s Council on Climate Change
SPEAKERSDr. Sameena HameedAssistant Professor, Gulf Studies Programme, Centre for West Asian Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University
    Dr. Arunabha GhoshCEO, Council on Energy, Environment and Water 
03:00 PM – 03:15 PM Tea / Coffee Break
03:15 PM – 03:45 PMSESSION IV: India’s Energy Diplomacy
CHAIRAmbassador Talmiz AhmadFormer Ambassador of India to Saudi Arabia and UAE
SPEAKER    Mr Sanjay SudhirJoint Secretary, International Cooperation Division, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas
03:45 PM – 04:45 PMSESSION V: Future Challenges for India’s Energy Security Interests
CHAIRMr Narendra TanejaAdviser, BJP Energy Cell
PANELISTS    Mr Sanjay SudhirJoint Secretary, International Cooperation Division, Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas
Dr Girijesh PantProfessor, Centre for West Asian Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University
Mr Vivek Rai GuptaOffice of the Chairman, Reliance Industries

Registration fee is Rs. 500.
There is no fee for participation for Ananta members, academics, media and
government officials.   For others: Registration fee Rs.500. 
Cheque payable to Ananta Centre may be mailed to:
Ms. Meenakshi Sood, Ananta Centre
1st Floor, Thapar House, 124, Janpath, New Delhi – 110001
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Preliminary Operating Statistics
For the 1st Quarter of the Financial Year Ended 2016
                       
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

AirAsia Berhad (“AirAsia” or “the Company”) is pleased to announce the operating statistics for the 1st Quarter 2016 (“1Q16”).
In 1Q16, the Group[1] recorded load factor of 86%, up 9 percentage points (“ppts”) against the same period last year. Number of passengers carried increased 17% year-on-year (“YoY”) to 13.9 million, well ahead of the 6% increase in capacity. At the end of the quarter under review, the Group’s total fleet size stood at 170 aircraft (171 including one aircraft that was delivered to AirAsia Japan in 4Q15, which has not commenced operation).
Malaysia AirAsia (“MAA”) posted load factor of 85% in 1Q16, up 10 ppts YoY. Demand exceeded capacity with 17% increase in the number of passengers carried at 6.48 million and 3% YoY increase in capacity. MAA ended the quarter with a total fleet of 80 aircraft. Five new routes commenced operations during the quarter: Kuala Lumpur – Shantou; Kota Kinabalu – Wuhan; Penang – Ho Chi Minh City and Yangon; and Langkawi – Guangzhou. Frequencies were added on four routes: Kuala Lumpur – Alor Setar, Colombo and Penang; Kota Kinabalu – Miri.
Thai AirAsia (“TAA”) recorded load factor of 88% in 1Q16, up 5 ppts YoY. Total number of passengers carried increased 18% YoY to 4.37 million, ahead of the 11% increase in capacity. During the quarter, TAA took 2 additional aircraft and comparing YoY, 5 aircraft were added bringing its total fleet to 47 aircraft. Two new routes commenced operations: Phuket – Wuhan and Bangkok – Luang Prabang.
Indonesia AirAsia (“IAA”) load factor displayed a marked increase to 79% in 1Q16, up 9 ppts. Number of passengers carried increased 2%, despite capacity reduction of 10% YoY. As part of its turnaround plan, in 1Q16 IAA transferred out two aircraft to the other affiliates (one aircraft to TAA and one to PAA). Its total fleet at the end of 1Q16 stood at 23 aircraft, which includes 8 aircraft operated by Indonesia AirAsia X (“IAAX”).
Philippines AirAsia (“PAA”) reported load factor of 87% in 1Q16, up 10 ppts YoY. Number of passengers carried was at 0.97 million, up 15% YoY supported by the increase in capacity of 2% YoY. PAA ended the quarter with a total fleet of 14 aircraft.
AirAsia India (“AAI”) posted load factor of 86% in 1Q16, up 6 ppts YoY. Number of passengers carried was at 0.54 million, up by 127% YoY. At the end of the quarter, AAI’s total fleet stood at 6 aircraft.
[1] Group refers to MAA, TAA, IAA, PAA & AAI
Group
1st Quarter 2016 Operating Statistics

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Note:      
(i)  The total fleet number includes
     
–   Eight (8) A320 aircraft operated by IAAX.
     
The total fleet number excludes:
     
–   One (1) A320 aircraft delivered to AirAsia Japan in 4Q15. AirAsia Japan has not commenced operations.
     
–   Two (2) A320 aircraft novated from MAA to Asia Aviation Capital (“AAC”) and subsequently leased to a
third
party airline

Malaysia
               
1st Quarter 2016 Operating Statistics

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Note:    
(i)  Excludes two (2) A320 aircraft novated from MAA to AAC and subsequently leased to
a third party airline
Thailand

1st Quarter 2016 Operating Statistics

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Indonesia
1st Quarter 2016 Operating Statistics

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Note:     
(i)     Operated by IAAX on behalf of IAA
(ii)     Includes three (3) A320 aircraft wet leased and five (5) A320 aircraft transferred from IAA

Philippines
1st Quarter 2016 Operating Statistics

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Note:    
  
(i)  15 aircraft is excluding three (3) aircraft that were taken out of the system in 4Q14.
     
Total aircraft under PAA including these three aircraft is 18, which is included in the Group’s 2014 total aircraft
number.

India
1st Quarter 2016 Operating Statistics
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For further information please contact:
Investor Relations:                                                                      Communications Department:     
Elina Effendi                                                                                 Aziz Laikar
Office    : +603 8775 4138                                                           Office    : +603 8660 4263               
Email     : elinaeffendi@airasia.com                                          Email     : azizlaikar@airasia.com
                             
For further information on AirAsia, please visit the Company’s website: www.airasia.com
Statements included herein that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements. Such forward looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties and are subject to change at any time. In the event such risks or uncertainties materialize, AirAsia’s results could be materially affected. The risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, risks associated with the inherent uncertainty of airline travel, seasonality issues, volatile jet fuel prices, world terrorism, perceived safe destination for travel, Government regulation changes and approval, including but not limited to the expected landing rights into new destinations. 

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FC Pune City sign Zodingliana Ralte and Vishal Kaith


FC Pune City sign Zodingliana Ralte and Vishal Kaith

Pune, 09h May 2016: – The Rajesh Wadhawan Group and Hrithik Roshan co-owned Indian Super League club FC Pune City strengthened their home-bred options by signing winger Zodingliana Ralte and goalkeeper Vishal Kaith for the 2016 edition of the league.

FC Pune City CEO Gaurav Modwel said, “Both Ralte and Kaith were one of the most sought after youth talent in the country. Zodingliana is a versatile player and can play in a variety of positions, be it left back or even in the middle of the park. Kaith on the other hand is one of the best young goalkeepers in the country. We were closely following their performances and are thankful to Shillong Lajong for allowing them to continue their development with our club.

Ralte better known as ‘Adinga’ by many played for NorthEast United in 2014 season and Delhi Dynamos in 2015. The 21-year old winger started his career with Shillong Lajong after the North Eastern club selected him from an U-14 football festival held in Goa.

To bolster their goalkeeping options Vishal Kaith will join the ranks alongside Arindham Bhattacharya. Having played the nationals for Himachal Pradesh, Kaith was picked by the AIFF to play for the U-16 and U-19 national sides. He then joined the AIFF Elite Academy in 2013, where for a year he honed his skills and was eventually picked up by Shillong Lajong FC.

Head Coach, Antonio Habas said, “Having had the chance to assess the various players we already have on board, we were able to identify the characteristics and positions needed to strengthen the squad. In both Ralte and Kaith we are filling up the jigsaw puzzle with the right pieces. I can’t wait until all of them start training with us.”

Shillong Lajong general secretary Larsing Sawyan was delighted to see two of his I-League team players representing FC Pune City for the 2016 edition of Indian Super League. “Both Ralte & Kaith are amongst the elite talents to have represented our club. Their commitment to FC Pune City will be nothing less than 100% and we wish them the best for the coming edition of ISL.”

About FC Pune City:
FC Pune City is an Indian Super League football team based out of Pune, Maharashtra. The club is co-owned by The Rajesh Wadhawan Group and Bollywood actor Hrithik Roshan. The club was founded in 2014 and its home ground is the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex in Balewadi, Pune. The club is committed to making a difference not just at the senior level but also at the grassroots level of football in India.

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