Wednesday, March 23, 2016

US, Argentine Presidents Are Scheduled To Hold First Meeting

US, Argentine Presidents Are Scheduled To Hold First Meeting Late Morning In Casa Rosada


BUENOS AIRES, March 23-President Barack Obama kicks off on Wednesday the first visit of a US president to Argentina in twenty years, and although no great announcements are expected it will be a great boost to Mauricio Macri’s three-month administration, his bold economic reforms and effective efforts to reinsert Argentina in the world.According to the official agenda, Obama’s first activity will be a meeting at mid-morning with Argentine counterpart, Mauricio Macri, at the emblematic Casa Rosada (government house).
Following the private meeting ministers from the US delegation will hold talks with Argentine ministers and sign cooperation agreements.
At 13:30 the two presidents will hold a press conference at Casa Rosada, and later Obama will cross Plaza Mayo to Buenos Aires cathedral where he will pay tribute to General Jose de San Martin, Argentina’s national hero.
At 15:30 the president and Michelle will meet staff from the US embassy in Argentina at the Sheraton Hotel.
An hour later Obama is scheduled to meet with Argentine young entrepreneurs in La Usina del Arte cultural center, and will be declared Illustrious Citizen of Buenos Aires City. Later in the afternoon Obama and Macri are scheduled to close a US/Argentine business seminar.
At 19:00 the Obama couple will attend a dinner offered to their honor by Macri with 400 guests at the ex Kirchner Cultural Center, now called Bicentenary. Although it’s not an official State visit, Obama will meet the heads of Legislative chambers.
On Thursday, before traveling to Bariloche on March 24, Obama will visit the Park of Memory of Costanera Norte, in Buenos Aires City, in a gesture of support to democracy and human rights and a tribute to the victims of State terrorism.
The White House recently announced its intention to declassify new US files that include military and intelligence documents on the Argentine military regime (1976-1983). Obama’s visit takes place at a very sensitive date, the fortieth anniversary of the military 1976 coup, considered one of the bloodiest in recent Argentine history.
At midday the US delegation will fly to Bariloche, where the family will be shown around the city and enjoy Patagonian landscape. The Obama family requested specifically to visit the world renowned tourist resort. At midnight the delegation returns to Buenos Aires and later flies back to the Washington.
— BERNAMA-NNN-MERCOPRESS

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Design X Design

Design X Design
An Alliance Française de Delhi and Studio IF initiative
Thursday, 31st March 2016 – 7:00 pm
at M.L. Bhartia Auditorium, Alliance Française de Delhi

Design in its many manifestations forms an integral part of every culture. Civilizations evolve and attain their full potential because of it. Design based on creative industries in India are witness to a fascinating churning, necessitating a search for a vision that may inform their evolution beyond – spanning education, profession and industry. Thus, involving exposes, roundtables, exhibitions etc. Design by Design is a step in that direction.
The energy behind the design of a pin or a city being the same, this joint initiative of Alliance Française de Delhi and Studio IF is also geared towards raising levels of appreciation within and nurturing connections across various creative industries – architecture, urban/ landscape/ interior design, product/ industrial design, textile/ fashion design, graphic/ communication design etc.. Local and global in outlook, it is directed at the initiated and the uninitiated alike.
Design X Design Exposé: A linking bimonthly two hours long activity involves sharing of high quality professional work of designers from the city and outside (whenever possible ) in a neutral, friendly and open environment . Each Expose’ generally consists of presentations made by two designers, each drawn from habitat design (architecture/urban/landscape/interior design) and non–habitat design (product / communication / apparel design) respectively, culminating in an open discussion and Q & A.
For more information write to culture@afdelhi.org
Best Regards

GAURAV ARYA
Culture & Communication Coordinator
(+91) 11-43-500-217
72, KK Birla Marg, Lodi Estate, New Delhi – 110003

AirAsia X marks its presence in New Zealand

AirAsia X marks its presence in New Zealand with its inaugural flight from Kuala Lumpur to Auckland
  • Flight D7 206 recorded over 95% flight load, airline confident it will continue to see strong loads moving forward        
  • Celebratory promotional all-in-fares from RM699 one way to mark this significant occasion

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AUCKLAND, 23 MARCH 2016 – AirAsia X commenced its daily flights connecting Kuala Lumpur to Auckland via Gold Coast, Australia today, and saw a healthy 95 percent load factor on its inaugural flight. The aircraft was welcomed at Auckland Airport with a water salute and traditional Powhiri ceremony.

A celebration event followed by a press conference was held for the arrival of flight D7 206, where the Hon. Amy Adams, Minister for Broadcasting, Minister for Communications, Minister for Courts & Minister for Justice, New Zealand, H.E Dato’ Lim Kim Eng, High Commissioner of Malaysia to New Zealand andChief Executive Auckland International Airport, Adrian Littlewood welcomed the guests from Kuala Lumpur. Among the guests on board the inaugural flight were Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz, Chairman of AirAsia X Berhad, Dato’ Fam Lee Ee, Board of Director AirAsia X Berhad and Benyamin Ismail, Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia X Berhad.

AirAsia X is also commemorating this significant occasion by offering promotional all-in-fares from as low as RM699* one-way on economy seats and from as low as RM1,999* one-way on the award-winning AirAsia X Premium FlatbedsThese promotional fares are available for booking online at airasia.com from now until 3 April 2016 for the travel period from 25 March 2016 until 22 May 2017.

The AirAsia mobile app on the iPhone and Android devices as well as the mobile sitemobile.airasia.com are also available as convenient ways to book these promotional flights.

Benyamin Ismail, Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia X Berhad says, “We are very happy to be in Auckland today, and we would like to thank everyone from New Zealand who has helped to make the commencement of this route possible, from the airport to our business partners and of course the government of New Zealand. We look forward to connecting more people from across Asia and Australia into this beautiful city of Auckland through the vast route network in the AirAsia Group. I am proud to say that the flight into Auckland today operated at over 95% flight load and we are confident that we will continue to see strong loads moving forward.”

Adrian Littlewood, Chief Executive of Auckland Airport says, “I’m delighted to welcome Air Asia X here to Auckland.  This new daily service is a fantastic addition to our international network, not only supporting the growing tourist demand from Malaysia and South East Asia, but providing New Zealanders with another Trans-Tasman route and the opportunity to connect into Air Asia’s extensive network through Asia and India.”

Following the commencement of this daily flight service, guests can now travel from Kuala Lumpur to Auckland, New Zealand with a quick stopover in Gold Coast, Australia. An Australian visa is not required for the quick stopover and Malaysians can travel visa-free to New Zealand for up to three months, making traveling for all Malaysian guests a breeze. Guests can also make use of the Fly-Thru option to connect seamlessly to Auckland from other cities within AirAsia Group’s extensive flight network; or the Multi-City option to spend a few days on the stopover in Gold Coast (Australian visa required) before travelling onward to Auckland, allowing even more flexibility into your travel plan.   

New Zealand, also known as Aotearoa in the native Māori tongue, which means the land of the long white cloud, is legendary for its spectacular natural sceneries and distinctive Māori culture. Spreading across 270,534 km2, the country has two main Islands simply known as the North and South Island. The City of Sails – Auckland is New Zealand’s most populous city located on the North Island with a huge range of attractions, such as the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere – Sky Tower, the magnificent volcanic crater at Mount Eden, the beautiful Auckland Domain Park that houses Auckland War Memorial Museum, and many more attractions such as the Viaduct Harbour, Rangitoto Island and others.

One can also opt for the self-drive option to the scenic Northland chasing sands at  Ninety Mile beach and visit Cape Reinga – the Northern tip of New Zealand; or drive down to Matamata for the Hobbiton Movie Set – one of the filming location for The Lord of The Rings Trilogies, both only within hours of drive away from Auckland city.

Maharashtra Drought – Large, Medium & Small Dams

March23, 2016 (C) Ravinder Singh progressindia2015@gmail.com

Thugs like CSE mislead GoI on building Micro Dams called Check Dams or RWH.Obviously these are Most Expensive, Micro Size, Most Inefficient & Unreliable.

Comparison of Large, Medium & Small Dams built by CWC or State irrigation departments too have Markedly Different Performance.

Maharashtra Dam Storages Data for 18-03-2016 in MCM
Items
Large
Medium
Small
Total
Numbers
90
225
2233
2548
Max Live Storage
26,343
4,843
4,974
36,160
Live Storage March18
6,474
1,254
785
8,513
% of Live Storage March18
76%
14.7%
9.2%
100
Weekly Releases MCM
316
60
41
417

Large Dams in Maharashtra Contribute 76% Usable Water

Region Wise LIVE Dam Storages Data for 18-03-2016 in MCM
Regions
Dam Nos
Capacity
March18
Share
1. Konkan
160
2,806
1,497
17.5%
2. Marathwada
814
7,659
383
4.5%
3. Nagpur
364
4,287
1,227
14.4%
4. Amrawati
460
2,995
652
7.6%
5. Nasik
351
5,085
1,170
13.7%
6. Pune
399
13,328
3,584
42%
Total
2548
36,160
8,513
100%

Regions Which Has Small Dams Is Most Affected By Drought

Live Storage REGION Wise in Gujarat 18-03-2016
Name of District
Live Storage in MCM

On 18-03-2016
Full Capacity
A. GUJARAT REGION
(a) NORTH GUJARAT
446.46
1,774.77
(b) CENTRAL GUJARAT
645.19
2,219.04
(c) SOUTH GUJARAT
2,498.88
7,870.78
A. GUJARAT REGION
3,590.53
11,864.59
B Kachchh Region
55.04
300.66
C. Saurashtra Region
255.41
2,383.56
A+B+C TOTAL
3,900.98
14,548.81
Narmada
3,40.59
1,565.84
GUJARAT TOTAL
4,241.57
16,114.65

60% Water in South Gujarat – Rest of Guj Drought Affected
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Smart Cities, Water, Energy Saving, Agriculture, Manufacturing, Technologies and Projects

PM known to be punctilious but alas

I have now experienced this for ten long years and so thought that I might as well put this in the public domain in the hope that some change comes about.
This about the well established practice of ministers and secretaries and also sundry officials to give multiple appointments at the same time and keep people waiting interminably. Sitting in the visitors room with others desirous of a ‘Darshan’ of the quasi deity one feels miserable and begins to question the very decision to have sought an appointment.
I know that Many of my academic friends following the principle of ‘अपनी इज़्ज़त अपने हाथ’ keep away from these offices. But does that really serve the social purpose?
This eminently avoidable practice has resulted in the emergence of a whole class of intermediaries (these days a bit less I am told) whose only job is to shorten the time one has to spend cooling ones heels in the dreaded visitors room. I have seen people who are called earlier (10.28 for a 9.45 am appointment ) smirk with pride at others who are condemned to cont he their vigil. Not surprising then that big corporates have large departments called Goverment relations whose sole job is to make sure that their bosses didn’t have to wait in the VR.
Having worked in the ADB, GOI, CII and FICCI and as an academic, I have happened to visit Goverment offices in several other capitals. The VR is not a necessary stop before meeting ministers or senior civil servants. It is used sparingly and mostly whe one reaches ahead of time as one is likely to for an important appointment. But in Delhi and also state capitals in India, an hour long wait in VR is par for the course.
The reason visitors don’t mind such a wait I was told by a GR expert is that the longer you are seen to have spent in the ministers ante-chambers the more connected you are assumed to be by lesser mortals!!
In a Goverment that is headed by a PM known to be punctilious about keeping appointments, this is supremely ironical. It must change. This practice in itself makes the difference between a sensitive and arrogant establishment.
Better not to give an appointment than to keep people hanging.
May be one should follow other peers and disconnect from the Goverment. Will that though not falling prey to ones ego? I wonder and invite comments.
Rajni Bajpai What do you think, govt officials spend their precious time feeling good about making people wait in visitors rooms? They themselves are at the beck and call of sundry ministers and bosses and have rather stressful and unpredictable calls on their own time. I dont think they get some bizarre pleasure in making people wait unnecessarily to boost their ego. I think people who have a problem with waiting have their own ego problems. They think they are too great and should be attended to pronto. Govt servants have often to cope with the derision and pig headedness of egoistic mediocre entities who imagine they are somehow special.
Alok Chakrabarti Rajiv Kumar I have suffered from this many times when I visited Delhi for various occasions. Also may I tell you that Gora visitors are ushered in more quickly than us the brown skinned ones.This is rooted in two factors, one we have little concern for human dignity and two we have little value for time.
More you keep one waiting more you feel important.
Your use of the word “darshan” is appropriate and it’s a reminder of our imperial and colonial heritage. Finally , have kept your visitors waiting when you occupied position of power? Cheers.
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Idea of Europe is Dead

March 23, 2016 · by Prof R. Vaidyanathan
Brussels Airport attacks by Jihadists again bring to life challenge faced by Europe as we know. Europe of   Mozart and Goethe and Schopenhauer and Sartre and Beethoven is dead.
The cultured European having his wine and enjoying concerts and Opera is passé.
Today Every European walks with his eyes turned on his back and ears listening to any changes.
In small towns new neighbours are looked at with suspicion and old neighbours are expected to behave. The sound of screeching cars at night makes them awake and sirens and cops are normal scene.
The Radical Islam is not fighting Christianity –which anyhow is dead in Europe—but it is fighting the modernity. Islam is frightened of modernity destroying their religion and culture how so ever unacceptable it may be to European liberals. It is concerned about pre-marital sex/contraception/homosexuality/adultery/ “unprotected” women etc.
Europe does not know how to handle it. The rise of right-wing forces –le Pen in France and PEGIDA in Germany-is going to lit the fires of newer European conflicts. Europe thought– a la Merkel– that they can buy peace with radical Islam by “requesting” them to integrate. But integrate with what? Integrate with “immoral” Europe where women are exhibited as “open meat” [in the words of the Australian Imam] who are “poisonous”
Europe has seen Crusades and 100 years wars-between Christianity and Islam. But never has it had seen a conflict of this nature between “modernity” and Islam. The ongoing tussle in Turkey enlarges the conflict in the underbelly of Europe. Already Europe has 50% unemployment among youth groups and everyday 10000 are marching in the name of refugees. Remember some 200 years before entire Spain and up to the gates of Vienna it was Andalusia Empire and thousands of mosques were converted to Churches after Europe was “cleansed” of Islam.
This time the Europe which is facing crisis is different. It is not the Pews and Stained glasses but concert halls and swimming pools and whole night parties opposed by Radicals.
The issue is regarding life style and one likes it or not radical Islam is “Global moral policeman”. He knows the place of women in society and also the place of Europeans.
Unfortunately Europe has lost the will to fight and stand for whatever are its values. Its own idea of “freedom” is going to devour it when it is offered to Radical Islamists. Europe as we know is dead. Amen.
The author is Professor of Finance at IIM Bangalore. The views are personal
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                R.VAIDYANATHAN                                                         
                PROFESSOR OF FINANCE                                             
                INDIAN INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT                 
                BANNERGHATTA ROAD
                BANGALORE

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