Thursday, August 24, 2017

COAST GUARD SHIP DECOMMISSIONED

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  1. As the sun disappeared over the horizon on 23 Aug 2017, in a traditional military ceremony held at Kochi, Indian Coast Guard Ship Varuna was decommissioned with full armed forces honours. The ceremony was presided over by IG KR Nautiyal, PTM, TM, Commander Coast Guard Region (West). Various civil and military dignitaries besides previous Commanding Officers and crew of the vessels graced the occasion.

  1. During the ceremony, an impressive Guard of Honour was paraded and with sunset the Coast Guard Ensign was hauled down on the ship for the last time. Soon after ‘Decommissioning Pennant’ which is equal to the length of the ship was lowered. The ship has been flying the National Flag and Coast Guard Ensign with great pride and honor during her illustrious career spanning about 30 years of commission. ICGS Varuna was fourth of its series, known as Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) and built by Mazagaon Dock Mumbai. The Commanding Officer of the ship DIG Rajesh Mittal commanded the ceremonial parade and made final decommissioning report to the Commander Coast Guard Region (West).

  1. IG KR Nautiyal, PTM, TM while addressing the crew and esteemed guests present in the ceremony, highlighted the contributions made by this vessel in training the future officers of Indian Coast Guard and Indian Navy and commended the ship and all her crew for the Yeoman service they have put in for last 30 years for the organization.
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NETANYAHU MET PUTIN

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu further said, “I conferred here today in Sochi, on the Black Sea, for about three hours with President Vladimir Putin. Most of the discussion dealt with Iran’s attempt to establish a foothold in Syria in the places where ISIS was defeated and is leaving. The victory over ISIS is welcome. Iran’s entry is unwelcome, endangering us, and in my opinion, endangering the region and the world.
I spoke to President Putin very clearly about our positions on this matter and the fact that this is unacceptable to us. I can say about previous meetings with President Putin that any such conversation served the security of Israel and Israeli interests and I believe Russia’s interests as well. Based on today’s conversation today, I think I can say the same things vis-à-vis Russia.”
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The Prime Minister of Israel
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met today with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi, Russia.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made the following remarks at the outset of the meeting:
“Mr. President, I thank you for our meetings today, as they are important for Israel and Russia. I take this opportunity to also thank you for the pensions agreement, which benefits citizens of both countries and for your personal decision to help our Red Army veterans of World War II. We, and I, never forget the historic role that Russia and the Red Army played in defeating the Nazis. We say that at every opportunity, and it was recently also said in the Knesset.
As you know, Mr. President, that is the reason I initiated the construction of a monument in Netanya commemorating the Red Army and its involvement in the Second World War, a monument which you personally unveiled. And in that context, Israel obviously has no objection to including Russia in the Sobibór Memorial Site. A Jewish officer in the Red Army led the heroic uprising, and he is a national hero, for good reason, in Israel and in Russia.
Mr. President, in the past few years we have met to discuss not only our bilateral ties – we are continuously working on them – but also the situation in the Middle East, which is now changing rapidly. Iran is increasing its efforts to establish its military foothold in Syria. That is dangerous for Israel, the Middle East and, I believe, the whole world. Iran is already in advanced stages of taking over Iraq and Yemen, and in effect it also controls Lebanon.
Mr. President, we are all defeating ISIS in a concerted international effort, and that is welcome. What is not welcome is Iran moving in everywhere ISIS moves out. We do not forget for one minute that Iran continues to threaten Israel’s destruction every day; it is arming terrorist organizations and is itself instigating terrorism; and it is developing intercontinental missiles with the goal of arming them with nuclear warheads. For all these reasons, Israel continues to oppose Iran’s entrenchment in Syria. We will defend ourselves in any way against this threat and any threat.”

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HATO TYPHOON

China, 12 people have been killed and one remained accounted for since the arrival of Hato, the strongest typhoon of the year.
Local meteorological bureau said typhoon Hato made landfall in the city of Zhuhai in Guangdong Province at noon yesterday. It brought winds of up to 160 kph to the mouth of the Pearl River and heavy rain to nearby regions.
The government evacuated nearly twenty-seven thousand people to temporary shelters. About 6,64 hectares of farmland has been damaged.
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RBI TO ISSUE RS 200 DENOMINATION BANKNOTES

Reserve Bank of India will issue tomorrow the 200 rupee denomination banknotes in the Mahatma Gandhi (New) Series, bearing signature of Governor Dr. Urjit R. Patel. The note will be issued from select RBI offices, and some banks.
The new denomination has Motif of Sanchi Stupa on the reverse, depicting the country’s cultural heritage. The base colour of the note is Bright Yellow. The note has other designs, geometric patterns aligning with the overall colour scheme, both at the obverse and reverse.
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INDIA, NEPAL SIGN 8 MOU

India and Nepal have inked eight Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) in various fields including Housing grant and prevention of drugs, reconstruction packages in health and education sectors.
The agreements were inked after delegation level talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his visiting Nepalese counterpart Sher Bahadur Deuba at Hyderabad House in New Delhi. The two leaders also jointly inaugurated the Kataiya-Kusaha and Raxaul-Parwanipur cross border Transmission lines.
In his press statement, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, he and Mr Deuba reviewed the entire gamut of bilateral ties and discussed ways to further deepen the special relationship. He said India will extend all possible assistance to Nepal to deal with flood situation.
He said the two countries have also agreed to increase trade relations. Mr Modi said India is committed to ensure development of its valuable neighbour.
Mr Deuba arrived in the national capital yesterday on a five day state visit to India. A high-level delegation is accompanying the Nepalese Prime Minister.
Prime Minister Deuba was accorded ceremonial reception at Rashtrapati Bhavan this morning. Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcomed Mr Deuba at the forecourts of the President House.
Later speaking to media at Rashtrapati Bhavan, Mr Deuba said, a close neighbor India has helped Nepal in its development efforts and he will request Prime Minister Modi to support more.He also visited Rajghat and paid tributes to Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi.
Mr Deuba is also scheduled to call on President Ram Nath Kovind and Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu. This is Mr Deuba’s first visit abroad after assuming the office of Prime Minister of Nepal in June this year. Apart from official engagements in New Delhi, Mr Deuba will also visit Hyderabad, Tirupati and Bodh Gaya. In recent years Indo-Nepal relationship has witnessed significant growth as high level exchange between both the countries has gained momentum.
In his press statement, Nepal Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba said, relations between India and Nepal are comprehensive. Mr Deuba said, there are vast opportunities for India in Nepal regarding trade and water resources.
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SC: RIGHT TO PRIVACY AS FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT UNDER CONSTITUTION

Supreme Court today declared right to privacy a fundamental right under the constitution.
A nine-judge constitution bench headed by Chief Justice JS Khehar ruled that right to privacy is an intrinsic part of Right to Life and Personal Liberty under Article 21 and entire Part III of the Constitution.
The nine judges unanimously overruled the two earlier judgements of the apex court that right to privacy is not protected under the Constitution.
Several petitioners had challenged the validity of the Aadhaar scheme on grounds of it being violative of the right to privacy.
The court had also voiced concern over the possible misuse of personal information in the public domain. The question whether Aadhaar violates right to privacy will be dealt with by the five-judge bench which has been hearing the petitions since 2015.
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PRESS CONFERENCE DELAY IN DECLARATION OF RESULTS BY THE MUMBAI UNIVERSITY.

Press Invite regarding the daunting delay in declaration of results by the Mumbai University.
Dear Friends of media,
The panel consisting of Social Activist Anjali Damania who is also the alumni of the Mumbai University, RTI activist Anil Galgali along with the petitioners (Sachin Pawar,Abhishek Bhat) and their councel Senior Advocate Satish Talekar will be holding a press conference tomorrow after the hearing of the 10 lakh compensation to the students by the University case ( first on board) court room number 40.
Day : Thursday, 24th August
Time : 2:30pm
Venue : office of Talekar and Associates, 142, A-wing, N.C.P.A. Apartments, Nariman Point.
The panel shall discuss the present scenario in the light of the Hon’ble Bombay High Court’s ruling in the matter of the “Daunting delay in declaration of results by the Mumbai University” before the division bench of A.V. Mohta & Bharti Dangre, JJ.
We also intend to draw out and declare the next big step we intend to take.
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WHAT CAN CAUSE SWINE FLU? , SYMPTOMS & PREVENTION

The recent wave of swine flu pandemic has affected a greater population of the country. The virus has taken down thousands of victims under its grip. It is important to be acquainted with the right information to prevent it from spreading further. It is significant to know about the disease and symptoms to avoid the panic.
Swine flu is a respiratory disease caused by a virus known as H1N1 virus with similar symptoms to the regular flu. The influenza viruses contaminate the respiratory tract of pigs and it can last for about one to two weeks in pigs that stay alive. The virus originated in pigs but it can also transmit from person to person. Swine flu influenza virus was cut off from pigs at first and it was identified by the veterinarians and pork producers to cause infections in pigs. In many cases, people have been affected with swine flu infection after coming in close contact with pigs.
Swine flu made headlines in 2009 when it was detected in human beings and The World Health Organisation (WHO) declared it H1N1 pandemic over in August 2010. It is now known as a regular human flu virus and it spreads during flu season like other strains of the flu. H1N1 virus is highly contagious and it spreads quickly from one person to another.

What can cause Swine Flu?

Swine flu transfers to others in the same way as the seasonal flu. The virus is highly transmittable and thus it can transfer from one person to another through tiny drops of virus in the air.
  • It can spread through mucus particles and saliva while coughing or sneezing.
  • Any contact with infected pigs or human beings can transmit the virus.
The most recent swine flu virus is the H3H2v and it became an outbreak in 2011. The letter “v” in the name indicates that the virus is a variant which usually infects pigs but it has started to infect human beings as well.
The risk factor of catching the swine flu virus is more in some people than others. The list includes:
  • People aged over 65
  • Children under the age of 5
  • Pregnant women
  • People with chronic diseases
  • People with compromised immune system

Swine flu infecting humans

The researchers believe that two main series of events can lead to the transformation of swine flu into a major cause for influenza illness in human beings.
  • The influenza viruses are enveloped RNA viruses and exist as eight different RNA segments in the influenza viruses. A pig respiratory cell can be affected by a human influenza virus at the same time as a swine influenza virus. Some of the RNA strands from the human virus can get enclosed inside the swine influenza virus. RNA strands from birds, swine and human influenza can be included in one virus if a single cell becomes infected with the three types of influenza.
  • Pig respiratory cells can act as an intermediary host to new flu types as they can be directly infected with human, bird or other mammalian flu viruses. Pigs can pick up various viruses from the environment and the bird flu virus RNA segments transfer to the mammalian flu virus population including human, swine and avian strains.

What are the symptoms of Swine Flu?

The symptoms for swine flu are similar to that of most influenza infections:
  • Fever(100 F or greater)
  • Cough
  • Body aches
  • Nasal secretions
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
The symptoms last for about one to two weeks and can be for a longer duration if the infection is severe. Some patients develop serious respiratory symptoms such as short of breath and they might need respiratory support.

How to treat Swine Flu?

Most people with swine influenza recover without any medication. It is not necessary to visit a doctor unless there is a risk of developing medical complications from the flu. The best way to treat influenza infection in humans is prevention by vaccination. There are certain drugs that are available for critical situations and these can cure swine flu infection in humans along with many other types of flu infections.
The two main treatments for swine flu are:
  • Adamantanes (amantadine and remantadine)
  • Inhibitors of the influenza neuraminidase protein.

Preventive cure for swine flu

It is said that prevention is better than cure and with the spreading of swine flu like a wildfire, it is important to be acquainted with proactive measures to protect ourselves from the deadly disease. The best way to avoid the attack of swine flu virus is with the help of flu vaccination or flu shot on annual basis. But vaccination is an alien concept in India and thus it is important to maintain certain hygiene preventive measures such as:
  • Wash hands frequently
It is advised to use antibacterial soaps to wash your hands and rinse with running water for at least 15 seconds. This will prevent the germ from entering the body.
  • Avoid contact with people suffering from swine flu
One of the most important preventive measures is to avoid any contact with the people affected with swine flu. It is a contagious disease that can transmit from one person to another through air.
  • Boost your immune system
Keep your body strong and ready to fight against infection. It is necessary to stick with whole grains, vegetables and vitamin-rich fruits in order to nourish your immune system.
  • Cover your mouth while sneezing or coughing
Swine flu is a contagious disease and the virus travels through air or any physical contact. Cover your mouth with a tissue while coughing or sneezing in order to avoid the transmission of the disease to another person.
  • Influenza antiviral medications
The antiviral medications are an important preventive measure from the influenza virus. The intake of the medicines should be according to the prescribed method by a doctor.
  • Wear face masks
The face mask act as a protective barrier and stops the virus from entering into mouth or nose.  N99 mask and N95 mask are considered to be the best mask for protection against bacteria and virus.

N99 Mask for protection against Swine flu

N99 masks provide protection against 99% of airborne particles. It protects from the influenza virus and avian flu that transmits through air and filters out nearly 100% of particulate pollution. The N99 mask/respirator provides an efficient filter of 99.9% or more when tested alongside a 0.3 micron particle. The mask reduces the chance of influenza virus to enter into the body through mouth or nose. People suspected or diagnosed with swine flu are advised not wear the mask with exhalation valve because this could spread the virus into the surroundings. Atlanta Healthcare N99 Cambridge mask helps in providing efficient protection against swine flu infection and are certified to protect you from 99.6% viruses.

Swine flu epidemic

An epidemic is defined as the outbreak of a contagious disease that is widespread and affecting the lives of many individuals. The occurrence of H1N1 virus in Mexico and the United States in the year 2009 is one such example. An epidemic that affects a greater part of the country, continent or world is known as pandemic. On June 11, 2009, WHO officials determined that the H1N1 influenza has reached WHO level 6 criteria and thus a swine flu pandemic was declared. It reached 200 different countries during the flu season in 2009-2010. There were approximately 60.8 million cases, 274,304 hospitalisations and 12,469 deaths registered in the United States due to H1N1. 2009 flu epidemic in India is due to the outbreak of swine flu in various parts of the country.
The transmission rate of flu started increasing in the month of August and approximately 10193 cases of influenza was confirmed with a total of 1035 deaths. 2015 Indian swine flu outbreak refers to the 2009 H1N1 outbreak. There was an increase in number of deaths and cases every year during the winters as temperature have an effect on virus. In 2015, the outbreak became extensive through India and Rajasthan confirmed an epidemic on February 12, 2015.
Most of the parts in India have been affected by the swine flu virus and the southern and western states have the most terrible hit. Karnataka and Tamil Nadu have recorded around 55 percent of all cases and Maharashtra has witnessed almost half of all deaths. There are 345 swine flu deaths and 8,648 cases registered in India till May 7, 2017. Gujarat holds a death record of around 31 which brings the death rate of the state to around 23.8 percent.
The health department recorded six deaths in various parts of Gujarat on August 5 and the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation recorded a total of 182 cases along with 23 deaths.
In India, the two peak seasons for flu virus are in July and August and again from October to February. Influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 continues to be the major strain. Vaccination can help in reducing symptoms and duration of the illness but people in India rarely get vaccinated against H1N1.
“Now is a good time for people in India to get vaccinated against seasonal flu because it takes four to six weeks for the protective effects to kick in. Getting vaccinated now will protect people when the flu peaks during the monsoons and again in winter,” said Dr Krishan Chugh, director and head of pediatrics at Fortis Memorial Research Institute, Gurugram.
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LAUNCH OF THE 2ND ROUND OF BIDDING UNDER RCS-UDAN

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UDAN was released by Ministry of civil Aviation MoCA on 15 th June 2016 therafter MoCA has launched regional connectivity scheme in October ,2016 with prime objective to facilitate/stimulate regional air connectivity by making it affordable for masses.
After 1st Round of successful bidding under RCS-UDAN,.
  • Routes awarded under RCS- UDAN during the 1st Round of Bidding
Airports Authority of India (AAI), the implementing agency, has issued Letter of Awards for 27 proposals received under RCS-UDAN after completion of the first round of bidding. Key features of the proposals awarded by AAI include:

  • Airports to be connected: 27currently served airports, 12 currently underserved airports and 31 currently unserved airports (total of 70 airports) will be connected.
  • Geographical spread: There is a good geographical spread in the proposals: 24airports in the western, 17 in north, 11 in south, 12 in east and 6 in north-eastern regions are proposed to be connected. 22 states and 2 Union Territories will be connected.
  • Routes and network: A total of 108 routes contained in 16 awarded proposals are for single routes (connecting two cities) and 11 are for network (connecting three or more cities). Six proposals have been bid with zero viability gap funding (VGF) reflecting the fact that there is potential latent demand. Total of 128 routes are awarded.
VGF Outflow: These proposals will requires a VGF of around Rs. 200 crores and will provide around 13 lakh seats per annum of which half will be covered by airfare cap of Rs. 2500 for approximately one hour of flying.
  • RCS Flights take off
On 27th  April,2017 Hon’ble pm flagged off the first UDAN flight under RCS on Shimla-Delhi sector. Simultaneously Hon’ble PM also flagged off the inaugural UDAN flight on Kadapa – Hyderabad and Nanded- Hyderabad sectors through video-link.
Progress of the 1st Round of Bidding 
  • RCS Flights commenced under 8 proposals with 16 RCS routes operationalized.
  • of unserved and underserved Airports connected: 8 (Gwalior, Kadapa, Pondicherry, Porbandar, Bhatinda, Kandia, Nanded and Shimla).
  • of inserved and underserved Airports to be connected shortly: 21 (Agra, Pathankot, Shillong, Bikaner, Ludhiana, Vidyanagar, Aalem, Myaore, Jamshedpur, cooch behar, Kullu, Bhavnagar, Jaigaon, Jamnagar, Kolhapur, Pantnagar, Dlu, Nasik (Ozar), Raigarh, Mundra).
  • of Airports under progress / up-gradation: 14 (Kanpur, Jaisaimer, Adampur, Raurkela, Burnpur, Utkela. Jeypore, Jharsuguda, Bilaspur, Ambikapur, Jagdalpur, Mithpur, Neyveli, Solapur).
MoCA to launch  2nd Round on 24 August,2017.
Briefing media the salient feature of the second round of bidding under RCS-UDAN the date of submission of bid upto 27 Sept 2017 , Last date  for submission of initial proposal  is upto 26 Oct 2017 and opening for RCS route /network received is 27 Oct. 2017.
Invitation for submission of counter proposal  is 2 Nov 2017  last date for submission of counter proposal  due on 16 Nov 2017.Opening of Technical  proposal both initial and counter is due on 23 Nov 2017.
Date of declaration of selected airline operator is 30 Nov 2017.
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Scheme Objectives and Guiding
Principles1
1.1.1 The Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA), Government of India released the National Civil Aviation Policy 2016 (NCAP 2016). One of the objectives of NCAP 2016 is to  “enhance regional connectivity through fiscal support and infrastructure development”.
1.1.2 As per an ICAO study – “Economic benefits of civil aviation: ripples of prosperity”, the output and employment multipliers of aviation are 3.25 and 6.10 respectively. This implies that every 100 Rupees spent on air transport contributes to 325 Rupees worth of benefits, and every 100 direct jobs in air transport result in 610 jobs in the economy as a whole. In fact, the study attributes over 4.5% of the global Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to civil air transport.
1.1.3 As the Indian economy grows, consumption-led growth in populated metros is expected to spill over to hinterland areas. This is also expected to be on account of factors of production (land, labor, etc.) becoming costlier in the densely populated metro cities. In this scenario, air connectivity can provide required impetus to the economic growth of regional centers (towns / cities).
1.1.4 In this context, one of the key objectives of NCAP 2016 is to “establish an integrated eco-system which will lead to significant growth of civil aviation sector, which in turn would promote tourism, increase employment and lead to a balanced regional growth”.
1.1.5 NCAP 2016 also seeks to sustain and nurture a competitive market environment in the civil aviation sector. While it would be best for growth in the sector and establishment of regional air connectivity to materialize through open market mechanisms in terms of airlines assessing demand on various routes, developing networks through deployment of appropriate capacities & technologies, infrastructure developing in sync with demand, etc. it was felt that facilitating / stimulating regional air connectivity would be desirable from a public policy perspective and may need financial support, at least in the initial period, to trigger participation of players. It is in this context that NCAP 2016 provides for a Regional Air Connectivity Scheme (RCS or the Scheme).
1.1.6 The operation of the Scheme is proposed to be through a market mechanism where operators will assess demand on routes; submit proposals for operating / providing connectivity on such route(s); seek VGF, if any, while committing to certain minimum operating conditions; and the same shall be finalized in interaction with other market participants as provided for in this Scheme.
1.1.7 MoCA acknowledges that different / same aircraft operated by different operators for the same stage lengths can have different cost of operations on account of differences in inherent economics of aircraft types for various stage lengths, cost of operations specific to operators in terms of various business parameters such as business models, fleet utilization, scale of operations, etc. Specification of (normative)
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This document is not a contract and does not create any enforceable rights and obligations. Terms and conditions of
operations under the scheme would be contained in a suitable contract to be signed between the Implementing Agency and the
Selected Airline Operator.
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VGF Caps upfront has, therefore beenconsidered important to ensure transparent
operation of a market based mechanism under this Scheme rather than through
determination subsequent to receipt of varied proposals.
1.1.8 While, it is the intent and focus of the Scheme that operation of a market based
mechanism facilitates discovery of the optimum VGF requirements within specified
VGF Caps, MoCA recognizes that in certain cases it is possible that a market based
discovery of optimum VGF requirements may not happen due to lack of competition /
uncertainty in market conditions and ex-post, the specified (normative) VGF Caps
may end up seeming to be higher than the actual VGF requirement in future on
account of factors like higher airfares for Non-RCS Seats, higherload factors, etc.
Given that the focus of the Scheme is to provide air connectivity where it does not
exist, the quantum or probability of such eventualities / outcomesin future cannot be
ascertained by MoCA and potentially even the market ex-ante on account of the
multiplicity of unascertainable factors. Further, the Scheme is premised on and
continuing to encourage an open market mechanism where operators will be
assessing demand on routes, developing networks through deployment of
appropriate capacities & technologies, and take risks on account of factors like
marketing of capacities, realizable demand, effect of ATF prices on costs / fares for
Non-RCS Seats, etc. Accordingly, in consultation with stakeholders, MoCA
recognizes that the risks retained with the operators have to be seen in their entirety.
1.1.9 MoCA had released an earlier version of the Scheme on 21st October 2016 and
subsequently released a corrigendum to the same on 5th December 2016 (“Scheme
Version 1.0”). Subsequently, MoCA and AAI conducted a bidding process and
awarded a number of RCS Routes to the Selected Airline Operators. It is hereby
clarified that the provisions contained under this Scheme document shall be
applicable to:
1.1.9.1 any bidding process which may be conducted by MoCA, the Implementing
Agency or the RCS Trust, as the case may be; and
1.1.9.2 any Selected Airline Operator Agreement and any other agreement(s) which may
be entered into by the Implementing Agency or the RCS Trust, as the case may be, with any Selected Airline Operator,
on or after the date of notification of this Scheme for awarding the
concessions/support provided in this Scheme.
For the avoidance of any doubt, the bidding processes conducted, and the Selected Airline Operator Agreements and any other agreements/documents executed, pursuant to the Scheme Version 1.0 shall continue to be governed under and in accordance with the provisions of the such Scheme Version 1.0 and any other document(s) issued by authority.
Scheme Objective
1.2.1 The primary objective of RCS is to facilitate / stimulate regional air connectivity by
making it affordable.
1.2.1.1 Promoting affordability of regional air connectivity is envisioned under RCS by
supporting airline operators through (1) concessions by Central
Government,State Governments (reference deemed to include Union Territories
as well, unless explicitly specified otherwise) and airport operators to reduce the
cost of airline operations on regional routes / other support measures and (2)
financial (viability gap funding or VGF) support to meet the gap, if any, between
the cost of airline operations and expected revenues on such routes.
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1.3 Guiding Principles of the Scheme
1.3.1 Given the focus and objectives of NCAP 2016, the key guiding principles for RCS
would be:
1.3.1.1 State Governments’ buy-in and support to determine eligibility: In view of the
fact that (1) NCAP 2016 is seeking to make regional air connectivity affordable
and (2) limitedfinancial (VGF) support is being generated from within the sector, it
is important that cost of operations are minimized for air transport operators to the
extent possible through concessions from State Governments – especially in view
of economic benefits (regional development as well asoutput & employment
related) to the local catchments / economies through provision of such air
transport services.
RCS is accordingly to be made operational only in States and at airports/helipads
(irrespective of ownership by AAI / State Governments / private entities / Ministry
of Defence, Government of India) which demonstrate their commitment and
support to regional air transport operations by providing concessions / support as
required under the Scheme.
1.3.1.2 Rationale of Regional Connectivity Fund (RCF): RCS is one of the key
elements of NCAP 2016, which envisions domestic ticketing of 30 crores by 2022
and 50 crores by 2027. RCS as well as NCAP 2016 would eventually promote
growth of the entire civil aviation sector.
1.3.1.3 RCSwould lead to creation of regional air connectivity / services that would have
spin-off benefits within the sector in terms of passengers taking other flights (not
under RCS) and using airports / airport services that are not at concessional rates
under RCS. Accordingly, the Regional Connectivity Fund (RCF) is to be funded
through application of a levy on scheduled flights being operated within India or
through any other sources, as per notifications issued by the Ministry of Civil
Aviation from time to time. The RCF would thus channel funds generated from
the sector to stimulate further growth and development of the sector and the
operators (/ passengers) providing (/ using) services on domestic routes where
such fee per departure is levied would be eligible to avail benefits under the
Scheme for providing (/ using) services pursuant to this Scheme.
1.3.1.4 Demand driven mechanism:The MoCA would like to see airlines operating in a
competitive environment and accordingly development of regional air connectivity
routes is proposed to be left to market forces such that airlines undertake
assessment of demand and nature of supply required on particular routes and
lead the process under RCS.
1.3.1.5 Sustainability of operations:A key guiding principle would be to encourage
sustainability of operations under RCS in the long term – such that the
connectivity established is not dependent on VGF in perpetuity. Accordingly,
under RCS, VGF is proposed to be provided for a limited period to facilitate /
stimulate regional air connectivity to un-served / under-served areas. However, it
is recognized that for select Priority Areas, funding may need to be provided for
longer periods of time to support provision of air transport services to such areas.
1.3.1.6 Periodic review of RCS: Acknowledging the fact that market dynamics
willchange over time, MoCA may amend various Scheme provisions from time to
time as and when necessary for efficacy in accomplishment of objectives and
undertake a review at least once every 3 years.
1.4 Definitions
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1.4.1 In line with NCAP 2016 and in order tooperationalize the Scheme, unless the context
requires otherwise, following terms under the Scheme shall have the meanings
ascribed below:
1.4.1.1 ‘Additional Performance Guarante

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INDORE HIGH COURT GRANTED BAIL TO MEDHA PATKAR ON 15TH DAY OF ARREST.

Hearing on bail plea of Vijay, Santu and Dhurji will take place tomorrow 
Village Bajrikheda joins en mass resignation drive from BJP’s membership
Indore/Barwani | 23rd August, 2017:  Medha Patkar gets bail from Indore High Court today after she was was denied bail from session court. Narmada Bachao Andolan hails it as a victory against the repressive Madhya Pradesh government which came down heavily on the peaceful protest against forceful eviction and illegal unjust submergence. Three other oustees, Vijay, Santu and Dhurji, who were jailed along with Medha Patkar are facing serious charges of 307 and 308. Hearing on their bail application before Indore HC is scheduled for tomorrow. While on the other hand, disappointed with the callousness of BJP government in Madhya Pradesh towards Narmada oustees, the chief of village Bajrikheda along with other members resigned from BJP in large number.
Medha Patkar is expected to be released tomorrow from Dhar jail where she has spent 15 days. Peaceful protestors along with Medha Patkar are facing serious criminal charges which are put against them in an arbitrary manner. This is an attempt of the government to divert the focus of the movement from legitimate demands of complete and just rehabilitation as per NWDT Award and MP Rehabilitation Policy before submergence. Badwani administration is also targeting key activists of NBA by putting false charges on them.
However, the state government of Madhya Pradesh stands exposed in front of affected villagers who are uniting themselves against any plot to displace them without rehabilitation. This consciousness is shaking the local support base of BJP which is in power in the state. After village Khapadkheda, the chief of village Bajrikheda BJP along with other villagers resigned in large number from BJP’s membership. Both these village falls in Dhar district.
Hundreds of villagers of Kukshi, Badwani, Sondul Patti, and Villages of Manavar (Avalda, Pichhodi, Nisarpur, Gaangli, Ekalvaara, Perkhad, Bagud), one of the affected villages of SSP, gathered for public meeting in their villages and written letter to Prime Minister and Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh demanding permanent rehabilitation and opposed temporary rehabilitation arrangements. These villagers had also written for the release of Medha Patkar, Durji, Santu and Vijay bhai.
Edit"Indore High Court granted bail to Medha Patkar on 15th Day of arrest."

ANTI-CORRUPTION MECHANISM FOR PROMOTING BUSINESS ETHICS

Dear Sir/Madam,
CII-CESD Training Program on
Anti-corruption Mechanism for Promoting Business Ethics
Date: 25/08/2017 | Time: 1000-1700 hrs. | Venue: Hotel Radisson Blu, Noida

Business organizations have to work in an environment where there is constant overlap of varied interests. This calls for mitigating these interests and simultaneously achieving organizational objectives. Adding to this pool is the need that the organizational objectives be achieved in an ethical way promoting business responsibility.
In light of the contemporary needs, the Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Development at Confederation of Indian Industry (CII-CESD) in the year 2015 collaborated with the Siemens Integrity Initiative. The Siemens Integrity Initiative is a global project undertaken by the Siemens AG aimed at increasing awareness of responsible business ethics and values. The CII-CESD has since been involved in conducting various programs to meet the ends of responsible business practices in India, such as Training Sessions, Roadshows, Policy Dialogue-Sessions to name a few. These programs have witnessed successful participation from various sectors with results which provide a country-wide insight into the problems concerned. CII-CESD has been able to reach wide variety of personnel in order to identify the basis of the irresponsible business behavior.
With a view to accentuate our reach and bring under the umbrella the Small & Medium Enterprises, we are organizing one-day training program on Anti-corruption Mechanism for Promoting Business Ethics on 25th August, 2017 from 10:00a.m.-5:00p.m. at Hotel Radisson Blu, Noida. The training program focuses on the kind of needs of small and medium enterprises and the problems they face in business operations. Our trainers possess skill, in-depth subject knowledge, practical business and industry oriented experience to deliver high-quality training in accordance with our set standards. We, through our expertise and colossal knowledge base, assist companies in implementing International Standards together with continuous monitoring and evaluation of such implemented standards.
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