Tuesday, July 18, 2017


Kurdish independence referendum in Iraq “wrong choice” – Iranian FM:
The intention of the Kurdistan Regional Government to hold an independence referendum in Iraq would undermine the country’s security, Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif told a conference in New York. “We believe [a] referendum is not the right choice,”Zarif stated Monday. “It would be limited to [the] Kurdish population, and the impact on Iraqi security would be disastrous.” The majority of ethnic Kurds live in the territories of four countries in the Middle East– Iraq, Iran, Turkey and Syria. Iraqi Kurds enjoy significant autonomy from the central government in Baghdad but seeks to form an independent state.
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President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines has asked lawmakers to prolong martial law in Mindanao until the end of 2017 to allow his armed forces to contain an Islamist insurgency on the island province, his spokesman said Tuesday. Martial law was imposed in May in response to attacks by Islamic State affiliated militant groups. The battle for the provincial capital Marawi is estimated to have claimed over 500 lives so far.
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 KOREA SOURCING MEET – 2017             

                                   Unique opportunity to source directly from the manufacture
Dear Sir,
We are pleased to invite you to an INDO-KOREAN TRADE MEET (buyer seller meeting) between Indian companies and Korean suppliers listed below. The objective of the one to one meet is to enable Korean manufacturers to locate distributors/ importers / retailers and hence develop a mutually beneficial business relationship.
 Please note that on account of the trade agreement (CEPA) between India and South Korea the custom duties on various products from Korea have been reduced Therefore making Korean products highly competitive in the Indian market.
Date: –    29st August 2017
Venue: – The Lalit Hotel (Forum Hall)
                  Sahar Airport Road,
          Nr International Airport, MUMBAI 400 059
Time: –    9:00 am-5:00 pm

Date: –    31st August 2017
Venue: – The Lalit Hotel
                   Barakhamba Avenue, Connaught Place,
                  Near Modern School, New Delhi, Delhi 110001
Time: –    9:00 am-5:00 pm
The lists of Korean suppliers attending are –
Company Name
Daea Metal Corporation
ICE Cube Maker
Color Cosmetics, Anti-baterial&airtihht cosmetic container
Multipolar RF for homeuse, Skin Scrubber, Blackremover stick
Samyoung Metal Co.,LTd.
Stainless steel tubes&fittings
PO-MAT, Water hammer arrestor, Rubber mount, Hangerm Pad, Spring mount, Hanger, Inertia base, Sound attenuator
Industrial adhesive, Nail adhesive, Eyelash extension adhesive
wellbing health pharm
Gwanjeolae joint cream
JSM Global Co., Ltd.
Mask, Skin caare, Makeup
Smart travel charger
Digital podium, Interactive LED Board
To Register Free of Charge to meet one or more of these Korean Manufacture
 please fill the below form and send it back to us at the earliest 
Name of Company:
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Venezuela’s opposition has called for a 24-hour strike on Thursday in protest against President Nicolás Maduro’s plans for a new constituent assembly.
In a statement, leaders said 7.6 million people had taken part in Sunday’s opposition-organised referendum on the plans. They also announced they would name new Supreme Court judges.
The assembly, made up of citizens, would have power to scrap the National Assembly and rewrite the constitution. Opposition parties control the National Assembly and are calling for fresh elections before Mr Maduro’s term expires in early 2019.
US has said, it will take swift and strong economic action if the government of Nicolas Maduro imposes its Constituent Assembly on July 30. President Donald Trump, in a White House statement, yesterday said, the Venezuelan people had on Sunday made clear that they stand for democracy, freedom and the rule of law.
The statement reiterated the US call for free and fair elections, vowing to stand with the people of Venezuela in their quest to restore democracy in their country. Trump said the strong and courageous actions of Venezuelans continue to be ignored by a bad leader who dreams of becoming a dictator.
On Sunday, the opposition organized a popular referendum in which over 98 percent of 7.2 million voters said they opposed Maduro’s proposal to call the Constituent Assembly.
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Peru, an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.4 struck today. The US Geological Survey said, the quake occurred about 220 kilometers west of Arequipa, Peru’s second most populous city.
Arequipa region’s President Yamila Osorio said on Twitter that authorities are monitoring the situation. There is no immediate reports of injuries or damage. Peru lies on the “Ring of Fire”, an arc of fault lines that circles the Pacific Basin and is prone to frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.
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Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Julie Bishop MP, arrive New Delhi on Tuesday, for two day, 18-19 July 2017. High Commissioner, HE Ms Harinder Sidhu, has welcomed the announcement and said the visit places emphasis on India as one of Australia’s top economic and security partners. “We are committed to exploring ways to expand our engagement even further,” Ms Sidhu said. “Our countries have a dynamic and growing knowledge partnership, flourishing people-to-people links and converging political, economic and strategic interests. And there is scope for us to do much more together.”
Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop arrived in New Delhi this morning on a two-day visit. Her visit is aimed to step up bilateral engagement in a range of key areas including defence, security and trade.
According to the external affairs ministry, she is scheduled to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi this evening. Before it, she will also hold talks with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley and Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar.
Swaraj and Bishop will have extensive deliberations under the foreign ministers’ framework dialogue. In the presence of both leaders Australia will sign, the Modi government’s key renewable energy initiative, International Solar Alliance Framework Agreement. During their talks, entire range of bilateral cooperation including the issue of Australian uranium supply to India, will alos be discussed.
In a statement in Canberra, Bishop said ways to boost defence, security and trade ties will be explored during the visit. She said, both countries will discuss their deepening defence and security relationship, shared interests in a stable Indo-Pacific region and the ways to boost trade and economic ties.
In a statement, Australian High Commissioner in New Delhi Harinder Sidhu said her country was committed to explore ways to further expand bilateral engagement with India.
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Voting was held Monday to elect the 14th President of India as members of Parliament and legislative assemblies exercised their franchise at designated centers at Parliament House and state assemblies complex.
A total of 714 MPs voted in the Presidential polls in Parliament House. Briefing media in New Delhi, Secretary General, Lok Sabha and returning officer for Presidential elections, Anoop Mishra said, four MLAs also voted in Parliament house and 54 MPs exercised their franchise in their states.
MP from Sasaram Chedi Paswan didn’t vote due to a Supreme Court order. Besides, Lok Sabha MP from Tamil Nadu Ambumani Ramadoss also did not cast vote. Mr Mishra said, overall polling per centage was nearly 99 per cent.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah who is also a legislator from Gujarat cast their vote. Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Vice President Rahul Gandhi, former PM Manmohan Singh and BSP chief Mayawati were among those prominent leaders who cast their votes at Parliament house.
Former Bihar Governor Ram Nath Kovind and former Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar are in the direct fight in the polls in the race to the Raisina Hills. The voting concluded at 5pm. Paper ballots were used in this election. The results will be declared on Thursday.
Nearly 99 per cent voting was recorded today for electing India’s next president. Lok Sabha Secretary General and returning officer for the election Anoop Mishra told that the voting was close to 99 per cent and perhaps this would be the highest ever percentage.
Mishra said, Arunachal Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Assam, Gujarat, Bihar, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Nagaland, Uttarakhand and Puducherry recorded 100 per cent voting. In Parliament House, the voting percentage was 99 per cent.
Counting will begin at 11 AM on July 20. First the ballot box of Parliament House will be opened, and then, the ballot boxes received from states will be counted on alphabetical basis.
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William Jones Cup Day 3: Anil Kumar stars for India against Republic of China ‘Blue’
  • On day three of the William Jones Cup, the Indian men’s basketball team lost 80-101 against Republic of China ‘Blue’ (Chinese Taipei National Team A).
  • Anil Kumar Gowda put on a shooting clinic: dropping 27 points, shooting 80% from 2 point range and hitting five of seven from beyond the arc.
  • Young centre Muin Bek Hafeez continued to impress with 12 points, while Amjyot Singh Gill notched up 13 points.
  • Collectively, the Indian men were also competitive on the boards, and managed to keep the turnovers down to only fifteen.
  • Next up, the Indian men play Iran on 18th July at 1500 hrs CST (1230 IST).

Taipei/Bengaluru, 17th July 2017:  The Indian men’s basketball team continued to shoot the ball well against Republic of China ‘Blue’ (Chinese Taipei National Team A), but eventually lost 80-101 on the third day of the William Jones Cup.

In a see-saw game that saw both teams seize the initiative intermittently, the standout performance was Anil Kumar Gowda who dropped 27 points. The guard from Karnataka put on a shooting clinic, shooting 80% from two-point range and hitting five of seven from beyond the arc.

Young forward Muin Bek Hafeez (12 points) continued where he left off in the last game, shooting the ball well from the paint; while Amjyot Singh had a quiet game compared to his lofty standards, but still managed to notch up 13 points.

In the end, the Indian men were overcome by an all-round performance from the Chinese Taipei team, as they had five players scoring in double figures.

Despite the loss, the Indian team will take heart from the fact that they were competitive on the boards, and managed to keep the turnovers down to only fifteen.

The Indians will be hoping to keep improving when they come up against the mighty Iran on 18th July at 1500 hrs CST (1230 IST).
Republic of China Blue (Zheng-Ru Lu 17 pts, Huan-Ya Yu 13 pts, Po-Chen Chou 12 pts) bt India (Anil Kumar Gowda 27 pts, Amjyot Singh Gill 13 pts, Muin Bek Hafeez 12 pts) 101-80 [25-15, 14-19, 35-20, 27-26]

About the William Jones Cup

The William Jones Cup is a basketball tournament that has been held annually in Taipei since 1977. The tournament was named in honour of Renato William Jones, who was one of the founders of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA). One team represents each country, and that team could be the national team, a professional club, or a college team. The tournament will be played in a single round-robin format, and the final points tally will determine the placing of the teams.

This is the 39th edition of the tournament, and all the games will be played at the Basketball Stadium of Heping Elementary School, Taipei City.

The William Jones Cup will serve as excellent competitive exposure for India ahead of the FIBA Men’s Asia Cup to be held in Lebanon from 8th to 20th August 2017.

Last year, Phillipines’ Mighty Sports club team took gold in the men’s tournament, while South Korea and Republic of China (i.e. Chinese Taipei) – Blue finished second and third respectively. India finished 1-7 in this edition.

List of participating teams

  1. Canada 3D Global Sports
  2. India National Team
  3. Iran National Team
  4. Iraq National Team
  5. Japan National Team
  6. Korea National Team
  7. Lithuania Atletas Team
  8. Philippines National Team
  9. Chinese Taipei National Team A (aka ‘Republic of China-Blue’)
  10. Chinese Taipei National Team B (aka ‘Republic of China-White’)

India’s full schedule

  • 15th July, 1100 hrs CST (or 0830 hrs IST)- versus Iraq
  • 16th July, 1100 hrs CST (or 0830 hrs IST)- versus South Korea
  • 17th July, 1900 hrs CST (or 1730 hrs IST)- versus Republic of China – Blue
  • 18th July, 1500 hrs CST (or 1230 hrs IST)- versus Iran
  • 19th July, 1300 hrs CST (or 1030 hrs IST)- versus Lithuania
  • 20th July, 1500 hrs CST (or 1230 hrs IST)- versus Republic of China – White
  • 21st July, 1100 hrs CST (or 0830 hrs IST)- versus Canada
  • 22nd July, 1300 hrs CST (or 1030 hrs IST)- versus Philippines
  • 23rd July, 1500 hrs CST (or 1230 hrs IST)- versus Japan
Official website: www.jonescup.choxue.com/


Sr. No.First NameMiddle and Last NamePositionDOBState/Unit
1AmbatiPRUDHVISHWAR REDDYPG02/10/96Telangana
2Anil KumarBUKANKERE KRISHNE GOWDASG31/07/89Karnataka/Vijaya Bank
4PrathamSINGHSG01/10/91Tamil Nadu/IOB
5BasilPHILIPSG10/01/91Kerala/Customs & Central Excise
6JeevananthamPANDIPF/C13/10/94Tamil Nadu/IOB
7RikinPETHANIC02/12/90Tamil Nadu/Income Tax
8Amjyot SinghGILLPF27/01/92Punjab
9BaladhaneshwarPOIYAMOZHIPG07/12/92Tamil Nadu
10Gurvinder SinghGILLPF/C21/01/96Punjab
11Prasanna VenkateshSIVAKUMARSF25/09/92Tamil Nadu/IOB
12Muin BekHAFEEZSF28/01/91Tamil Nadu
Support Staff
13BaskarSAPPANIAMBALAMCoach20/07/66Tamil Nadu
14Padipurakkal JosephSEBASTIANCoach21/05/67Kerala
16Raj KumarDUBEYPhysiotherapist01/06/68Uttarakhand/ONGC
17Peter Santhosh DivakerPEREJIReferee03/07/73Telangana
*PG – Point Guard / Feeder, G – Guard, F – Forward, G/F – Wing, PF – Power Forward, C – Centre, PF/C – Post

About Basketball Federation of India

The Basketball Federation of India or BFI is the governing and controlling body of basketball in India, and is responsible for the development and promotion of the sport at all levels. BFI has been involved in conducting camps, clinics, events, and training sessions at its academies for the development of basketball. BFI came into being in 1935 and took complete control over Indian basketball in 1950. Prior to that time, the Indian Olympic Association handled the conduct of Indian basketball championships. Since 1950, the BFI has been conducting various such championships, from the grassroots to senior team participation in international tournaments. In addition, the BFI has been responsible for the establishment of strong sub-junior and junior level programs. The BFI has to its credit produced several international players of repute, among them 17 have been bestowed with the honour of Arjuna Awards. Earlier in June 2015, 19-year-old Satnam Singh Bhamara made history by becoming the first Indian national to be drafted by an NBA team, when he was selected by the Dallas Mavericks. More information at www.basketballfederationindia.org
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M7.4 – Komandorskiye Ostrova, Russia region

Preliminary Earthquake Report
  • 17 Jul 2017 23:34:14 UTC
  • 17 Jul 2017 23:34:14 near epicenter
  • 18 Jul 2017 03:34:14 standard time in your timezone
Location54.467N 168.859E
Depth10 km
  • 335.5 km (208.0 mi) WNW of Attu, Alaska
  • 547.7 km (339.6 mi) ESE of Klyuchi, Russia
  • 691.0 km (428.4 mi) E of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Russia
  • 703.7 km (436.3 mi) E of Yelizovo, Russia
  • 710.6 km (440.6 mi) E of Vilyuchinsk, Russia
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Dear Industry Leaders,Block your calendar now for “SMB Conference & Awards” an exclusive event held in association with PCQUEST
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Rudy, Hon’ble Minister for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship, Govt
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17:00 PM Celebration with high tea
Date : August 2, 2017
Venue : Habitat Centre
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CPR-Urbanization Project's photo.

A Competition for Urban Land, Policies towards Informal

As part of our Urban Workshop Series, the Centre for Policy Research (CPR) and Centre de Sciences Humaines (CSH), Delhi, are delighted to invite you to a workshop on A Competition for Urban Land, Policies towards Informal Settlements in Lebanon, Cambodia and Syria by Valérie Clerc, research fellow at the French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development – IRD, and a member of the CESSMA.
Date: Tuesday, 25th July2017
Time: 3.45 p.m.
Venue: Conference Hall, Centre for Policy Research, Dharma Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi 110 021
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Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu,  non controversial leader from south India of  Bharatiya Janata Party, is the National Democratic Alliance’s vice presidential candidate, party president Amit Shah announced  on Monday.
Naidu was chosen at the BJP parliamentary board meeting in New Delhi attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other senior party leaders.
The 68-year-old Naidu currently holds the two portfolios of information and broadcasting and Housing and urban affairs.
His nomination is seen as part of the saffron party’s attempts to expand in south India, which has been identified by Shah as a key region for growth before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
Naidu will today file his nomination for the post of Vice President of India.
BJP President Amit Shah in New Delhi announced his name for the NDA vice president candidate after the Party Parliamentary Board meeting. Mr Shah said him one of most recognisable faces in the party.
After the announcement of the candidature of Mr Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a series of tweet said that he is a fit candidate for the office. Mr Modi said, the years of Parliamentary experience Mr Naidu has, will help him discharge the important role of Rajya Sabha Chairperson.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu also hailed the choice while The ruling TRS in Telangana and In Tamil Nadu, the rebel AIADMK faction led by former chief Minister O Panneerselvam has extended their support to Mr Naidu’s candidature.
After his selection as NDA candidate, Mr Naidu resigned as Minister of Information and Broadcasting and Housing and Urban Affairs.
Naidu had started his political career as a worker of the ABVP, the students’ wing of the RSS, and held positions in student unions. He was also the president of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha, the BJP’s youth wing.
The four-time Rajya Sabha member was also a member of the Andhra assembly. He was the rural development minister in the first NDA government.
Mr Naidu, who is 68, serverd two-time as the party president is pitted against Gopalkrishna Gandhi. Mr Gandhi was chosen by an alliance of 18 opposition parties, including the Congress.
Mr Gandhi will also file his nomeenation today. 72 Year old, Gopalkrishna Devdas Gandhi is the grandson of Mahatama Gandhi. He is a retired IAS officer and diplomat. He also served as the 22nd Governor of West Bengal during the UPA regime.
Today is the last day for filing the nominations. The scrutiny will be held on tomorrow and the last date for withdrawal of nomination is 21st of this month.
The Vice-President is elected by an electoral college comprising members of both the Houses of Parliament including nominated members.
The electoral college for the August 5 election consists of 790 MPs of the two chambers of Parliament. NDA’s has numerical superiority in the electoral college over the opposition.
Twice- BJP president is pitted against Gopalkrishna Gandhi, who was chosen by an alliance of 18 opposition parties, including the Congress, but the former’s election is almost inevitable due to the NDA’s huge numerical superiority over the opposition.
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu tonight hailed the choice of Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu as the NDA candidate for the vice president’s post.Chandrababu said in a statement in Amaravati that given his vast political experience, Venkaiah is fully eligible for the vice president’s post.
The ruling TRS in Telangana would support the candidature of Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu for the vice president’s post. TRS MP B Vinod Kumar said in Hyderabad that TRS president and Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has decided to support Venkaiah Naidu for the vice president’s post.
In Tamil Nadu, the rebel AIADMK faction led by former chief Minister O Panneerselvam today extended support to NDA nominee M Venkaiah Naidu for the Vice Presidential polls.Panneerselvam informed the prime minister that the AIADMK (Puratchithalaivi Amma) will support Naidu” in the August 5 election.The faction, which has 12 MPs, earlier supported NDA’s Presidential nominee Ramnath Kovind.
Maneka Gandhi shared
Best wishes to Sh. M Venkaiah Naidu ji as he files nomination for Vice-President. His able leadership will further exalt the prestigious role.
I know M Venkaiah Naidu Garu for years. Have always admired his hardwork & tenacity. A fitting candidate for the office of Vice President.
A farmer’s son, Venkaiah Naidu Garu brings years of experience in public life and is admired across the political spectrum. The years of Parliamentary experience Venkaiah Naidu Garu has will help him discharge the important role of Rajya Sabha Chairperson.
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Working Group on Alternative Strategies, Gandhi Yuva Baradari, India International Centre
United Nations Information Centre for India and Bhutan

cordially invites you to the

Observance of Nelson Mandela International Day
Take Action, Inspire Change, Make Every Day a Mandela Day

18 July 2017

Nelson Mandela’s 99th  Birthday

at 10.30 a.m. on Tuesday, 18 July 2017
C.D. Deshmukh Auditorium, India International Centre, 40 Lodi Estate, New Delhi-110003

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