Tuesday, October 24, 2017

M6.7 – Banda Sea

Preliminary Earthquake Report
  • 24 Oct 2017 10:47:48 UTC
  • 24 Oct 2017 10:47:48 near epicenter
  • 24 Oct 2017 14:47:48 standard time in your timezone
Location7.236S 123.040E
Depth549 km
  • 95.4 km (59.2 mi) NNE of Basira Satu, Indonesia
  • 178.2 km (110.5 mi) NNE of Maumere, Indonesia
  • 233.8 km (144.9 mi) NE of Ende, Indonesia
  • 261.2 km (161.9 mi) SSE of Katabu, Indonesia
  • 262.8 km (162.9 mi) NW of Pante Makasar, East Timor

Improving public healthcare through fiscal federalism

  Improving public healthcare through fiscal federalism
UPCOMING 2-DAY CONFERENCE | Oct 29 and Oct 30, 2017 | Improving public healthcare through fiscal federalism
An opportunity to deliberate over the critical issues of public health in India and to discuss how we relate to the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) for improved healthcare. Speakers at the conference will include policy makers from the government, international agencies, academia, medical industry, NGOs, global experts and journalists concerned with Indian healthcare.
For more information: http://brook.gs/2hZ0kBJ
RSVP: healthconf@forumfed.org
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20 fighter jets touch down on Agra-Lucknow expressway

The aircraft touchdown exercise is now taking place on the stretch near Bangarmau in Unnao district, about 65 km from Lucknow. Traffic has been restricted in the area.
The IAF’s Special Forces Garud commandos got off the C-130J transport aircraft with their vehicle, and took positions on either side of the expressway to secure “their airstrip” for the fighter aircraft.
This is the first time a transport aircraft – a Super Hercules, which can carry 200 commandos – is landing on an expressway. These planes were inducted into the air force in 2010.IAF Vice Chief Air Marshal SB Deo said on the sidelines of an event in Delhi ahead of the exercise that the IAF is also landing transport aircraft, the C-130 which is special operations aircraft.
For the next two hours or so, a fighter aircraft will carry out a touch and go manoeuvre on the expressway every few minutes.
Three Jaguar deep penetration strike aircraft will be followed up by six Mirage 2000 aircrafts flying in two formations and then, two more formations of three aircraft each of Sukhoi-30MKI.
The C-130 will return for another short landing to extricate the Garud Commandos.
IAF fighter planes, Mirage-2000 fighters and Sukhoi-30, have twice landed on expressways in Uttar Pradesh. The first was in 2015 when a Mirage-2000 landed on the Yamuna expressway near Delhi.
Last November, six multirole combat aircraft Sukhoi-30 jets touched down on a 3.3 km stretch of the Lucknow – Agra expressway.
About a dozen highways that are wide enough and have a smooth road surface for the fighter jets – across the country have been identified for similar landing operations to be used in case of emergencies including disaster relief and war.

Govt waives off penalty on delayed filing of initial GST return

The government today waived off penalty on delayed filing of initial Goods and Services Tax (GST) returns for the months of August and September.
In a tweet, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said, the decision to waive off late fee on filing of GSTR-3B for last two months has been taken to facilitate taxpayers. He said, the late fee which has been already charged to businesses will be credited back to taxpayers’ accounts.
The government had earlier waived late fee for delayed filing of the maiden returns for the month of July under the GST regime.
Businesses have been demanding that the government waives penalty for delayed filing of 3B returns.
As per the data, around 56 lakh GSTR-3B returns were filed for July, 51 lakh for August and over 42 lakh for September.
Preliminary returns GSTR-3B for a month is filed on the 20th day of the next month after paying due taxes.

ONGC plans to raise oil output

State-run Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) has drawn a blueprint to raise crude oil production by 4 metric tonne (MT) and almost double natural gas output by 2020.
Addressing a press conference in New Delhi, ONGC Chairman Shashi Shanker said, the Prime Minister had given a call to cut country’s oil imports by 10 per cent by 2022 and ONGC’s roadmap for meeting that is ready.
The state-owned firm will raise crude oil production from 22.6 MT in 2017-18 to 26.42 MT in 2021-22. The nation’s biggest oil and gas producer has prepared the ‘Roadmap for Import Reduction’ two years after Mr Modi set the target for reducing oil import dependence by 10 per cent, from 77 per cent in 2013-14.
India spend almost 1 trillion dollar on crude imports from financial year 2005-06 to 2015-16.

WPI inflation eases to 2.6 % in September

Wholesale inflation fell to 2(point)60 per cent in September as prices of food articles, led by vegetables, softened. Inflation, based on the wholesale price index, WPI, had soared to a four-month high of 3.24 per cent in August 2017. It was 1.36 per cent in September last year.
The government data showed that inflation in food articles reduced to 2.04 per cent in September, as against 5.75 per cent in August on an yearly basis.
Inflation in vegetable prices cooled to 15.48 per cent in September, as against a high of 44.91 per cent in the previous month.
Onion prices, however, continued to rule high with 79.78 per cent increase in September. In egg, meat and fish segment the rate of price rise was 5.47 per cent.
Inflation in manufactured products witnessed a slight increase at 2.72 per cent, against 2.45 per cent in August. In fuel and power segment, inflation cooled to 9.01 per cent, against 9.99 per cent in August. Pulses continued to witness deflation at 24.26 per cent.

Rex Tillerson arrive in Islamabad

Tillerson concerned about ‘safe-havens’ in Pakistan
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will arrive in Islamabad today as part of his tour to South Asia and the Gulf region.
According to a statement by the US State Department on October 19, Tillerson will meet with senior Pakistani leaders to discuss matters related to the bilateral relations between the two countries.
On Monday, Tillerson met Afghan President Ashraf Ghani at the Bagram Airbase after he landed in Afghanistan on a surprise visit.
Addressing the media there, Tillerson said he will pressure Islamabad to take action on the support Taliban and other “terrorist organisations” receive in the country
Islamabad needed to “take a clear-eyed view of the situation that they are confronted with in terms of the number of terrorist organisations that find safe haven inside” the country, he told reporters, according to a pool report.
“We want to work closely (with) Pakistan to create a more stable and secure Pakistan as well,” Tillerson said.
This was Tillerson’s first trip to Afghanistan as secretary of state and comes several weeks after US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis also paid an unannounced visit.

As Tillerson heads to Pakistan, Islamabad wary of deepening US-India ties
US President Donald Trump “has declared that we are here to stay until we can secure a process of reconciliation and peace”, Tillerson said, adding: “It’s not an unlimited commitment.”
Tillerson’s unannounced visit follows one of the bloodiest weeks in Afghanistan in recent memory, with more than 200 people killed in multiple attacks on security installations and mosques across the country.
Following his visit, Tillerson headed to Iraq after which he will arrive in Pakistan. He has earlier visited Saudi Arabia and Qatar as part of his regional tour.
After Pakistan, the US secretary of state will head to New Delhi and then Switzerland.
media agencies

Moscow supporting Taliban is baseless

Russian Foreign Ministry has dismissed accusations against Russia over its alleged support of Taliban terrorists recently brought by the Afghan president, Ashraf Ghani, as “unacceptable” and “baseless.”“We believe that such statements of the leader of the friendly [country of] Afghanistan are unacceptable,” the ministry said in a statement, adding that “Afghan officials repeatedly confirmed at various levels that such accusations against Moscow are baseless.”
The statement also said that Moscow continues to lend assistance to Afghanistan on security as well as contributing to the development of dialogue between various sections of Afghan societ

Jitu, Heena strike gold

Jitu Rai and Heena Sidhu gave India their first gold medal of the ISSF World Cup Final in New Delhi, clinching the top honours in the 10m air pistol mixed team event on the opening day of competitions.
Rai, a Commonwealth and Asian Games gold-medallist, and Sidhu, former Commonwealth Games gold-winner, picked up their third gold together in the mixed team event, being held officially for the first time at an ISSF World Cup.
The mixed team competitions were organised as test events in the World Cups held earlier this year and will be making their Olympic debut in the Tokyo 2020 Games.
France secured the silver medal, while China settled for the bronze medal in the event.

K Srikanth lifts Denmark Open

Badminton, ace Indian shuttler Kidambi Srikanth has lifted the Denmark Open Superseries trophy at Odense.
In the title clash last night, Srikanth, seeded 8th, defeated South Korea’s Lee Hyun-il in straight games, 21-10, 21-5 to bag his third Super Series title of the year and fifth overall. It was the first time Srikanth and Lee had faced each other.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated Srikanth for the win. Mr Modi said in a tweet that the victory has made every Indian proud.

Boris: No doubt Iran nuclear deal to be preserved

Britain says there is absolutely no doubt that a deal between Western powers and Iran to curb its nuclear programme will survive despite the US decision not to recertify the deal.
Britain’s foreign Minister Boris Johnson said this in a speech on foreign affairs in London yesterday. Earlier this month, U.S. President Donald Trump broke ranks with other major powers by refusing to formally certify that Tehran is complying with the deal, even though international inspectors say it is.
The U.S. Congress now has 60 days since Trump’s action to decide whether to reimpose economic sanctions on Tehran that were lifted under the pact.

Shri Birender Singh: SAIL must ramp up production from New Rail Mill in Bhilai

SAIL must ramp up production from New Rail Mill in Bhilai and meet all the requirements of its major customers, says Shri Birender Singh

SAIL must take its Joint Ventures at international level to logical conclusion at the earliest, says Steel Minister

 New Delhi: 24th October, 2017

The Union Steel Minister Shri Birender Singh chaired a mid-year review meeting with top management of SAIL at Udyog Bhawan yesterday. The meeting was attended by the Minister of State for Steel, Shri Vishnu Deo Sai, the Secretary Steel Dr. Aruna Sharma, senior officials from Ministry and SAIL including CEOs of SAIL Steel Plants.
While expressing displeasure over tardy progress in critical areas of strategic importance, Shri Birender Singh said, “SAIL must ramp up production from New Rail Mill in Bhilai without wasting any more time, and  meet all the requirements of its major customers. Company shouldchalk-out a time bound action plan to cater to the Indian Railways’ increasing demand. SAIL must take its  joint ventures at international level to logical conclusion at the earliest. Company must leverage its position in the industry, instead of not being able to fulfill its commitments and agreements.” The Minister directed to the company management to submit quarterly plans and targets, which will be reviewed after every three months. Steel Minister will also be meeting CEOs and EDs of Steel plants next month, to get direct feedback about constraints, bottlenecks and issues of concern.

The CEOs have to understand their direct accountability and responsbility for performance of the Unit under their charge, the Minister added. Shri Singh emphasised that accidents in the Plants must be curtailed and highest safety standards must be adhered to in all Units. Safety should be a prime focus of all the plant heads and stress should be given on repair and regular maintenance to avoid unforeseen breakdowns, downtime and resulting loss of production. SAIL should focus on ensuring raw material security to avoid the vagaries of coal supplies currently afflicting the company, he added.
Shri Birendra Singh said that SAIL should explore possibilities for developing new markets by adopting new technology and adding value added products to its basket, like non corrosive steel products for construction in coastal areas. SAIL should also focus on product differentiation to create value for the shareholders, thereby creating an exclusive space for the company. Efficiency improvement and product quality improvement at individual plant level should be focused upon to meet the customer requirements and to improve the financial performance of the company.
In the meeting, SAIL’s overall performance as well as that of individual Integrated Steel Plants (ISPs) on critical techno-commercial parameters were reviewed. The Chairman, SAIL Shri P. K. Singh made a presentation on action taken on the recommendations by Group of Experts appointed by Ministry of Steel.

BJP Sinking Ship

Imperial ordinance of Rani Vasundhara Raje: Hangs The nation in shame? But she still thinks she is Queen:
Photo published for Editors Guild slams Rajasthan ordinance
Raje ordinance is an illegal act against Constitution of India. Raises Qs ,Gov, President, PM, ThyWisdom, Is BJP sinking ship now?, By self inflicted acts.
 Raje govt refers black bill to House panel:  Facing flak from various quarters, the Rajasthan government today referred a controversial bill, which seeks to protect public servants and judges from prosecution without its prior sanction, to a select committee of the assembly.
Amid uproar from the opposition Congress, the Criminal Laws (Rajasthan Amendment) Bill was tabled in the assembly by Home Minister Gulabchand Kataria yesterday to replace an ordinance promulgated on September 7.
At the beginning of the Question Hour today, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Rajendra Rathore informed the House that Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje had held a meeting of ministers last night to discuss the bill and that the home minister would apprise the House of the development.
The home minister said that prior approval of the President was sought before introducing the ordinance in September.  Independent MLA Manik Chand Surana had yesterday raised the point that no approval of the President was attached with the bill.
Regarding GST
Several opposition parties today announced that they would observe November 8, the first anniversary of demonetisation, as ‘Black Day’ and would hold protests across the country to highlight its “ill-effects” on the economy.
Announcing the decision at a joint press conference of the opposition coordination committee, Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad said, “This particular announcement made on November 8 is the scam of the century, which is why we are observing this as Black Day.”
He described the note-ban decision as the NDA government’s “most ill-conceived and hasty decision”.
“One can say this is a scam of the century. Eighteen political parties have decided to hold protests in every state in their capacity against the government’s decision which caused hardship to the people. Never ever in the world people have died because of a government policy,” Azad said.
 Why BJP Sinking Ship ?
When Modi government is in midst of  global recession and making imperative efforts to stay afloat the dashing economy, the poor managed demonetization and GST made severe adverse impact in corporate world, thus nosedives the GDP.
Modi government was struggling in Ministryskill to develop more employments but the concerned ministry fail to strike gold in this category of halo ministry with plethora of promises.Unemployment cross 8 millions touching 10 millions, with evey additional year pass half a million unemployed added.Corporate manufacturing structure in its slots of cost saving with automation and social security at its ebb the corporate investing in Alternate intelligence startup around the world brings Skillmin to harp on haze.
Synergy coordination nowhere for skill to develop the Skillministry after the change  explored the new skipper, inexperience of skills but an eloquent speaker resorts to  Greek and Latin, instead of skill thus employment government priority is in shelved in limbo or in shambles.
To get over the business of unemployment when media and other statistical organisation gave figure surging.  Social media and opposition cried wolves then uprising in government with news diction of entrepreneur came to light. The  Startup, ssi unit, new enterprise an entrepreneur in offing ,Government plundered the slogans and gave figure of 20K new Ssi units which are in actual the decimals of decimals and those winding-up entrepreneur in geometrical progression.
The government in its anxiety of unemployment hold the service sector on rise and paying dividend to let national economy move, this digital garb was again thrashed its lifeline by directing orders to curtailed cash flow switch to digital cash flow in the poor country where people live below 50$ per month capita, the small units exodus was imminent and  millions of units exodus erupted, market reached levels of stagflation, cash crunch in policies and action poor or nil ,put economy in lame duck. Those understand business went in peel of laughter,the laughing stock of government policy against people at large. Brand saffron party with difference trolled with ideas but the failed to implement on the ground said mindful men on streets. Drum beaters made lot of reasons  to give credibility to the policies. The saffron fertile thinkers had next go,directed to put government slogan of startup bigger goal but with no concrete proposal the startup deep down the in deathwell.
Next best ideas, as per the constitution an excellent one, Last man at last mile to get the benefit, the Aanthuday ! could not found any taker, but infrastructure did well thus a reprieve to Last man. But last man asked how Long to wait?. Reply, Wait.
Ks of VIP need no punishment, government  servants are the best among the best,  with their self growth with systematic secure veil of touch me not. They know more than Public, busy schedule, gather personal gain, know all the business of business of governance.For them, who cares about last man.With demigod status  to elite government servants not satisfied, formed with the elected biggy Nexus to play safe. New strategy of public servants, the design of these system followers babu’s look for Godhood status. The nation’s Constitution feel, its let down, Its people feel let down.
Let’s us all Judiciary, Media, CAG, EC ,masses go for deep slumber for another year 2019, when people has chance to vote the bipolar forces in India.
Look for another common man to give wisdom to this land of lusty greedy natives on  sale-spree for personal gain.
Moot questions arises, Is the system so embedded or submerged or knee deep in corruptible practice in each action. Most of common man aspire, BJP party and it’s Leader needs to exhibit it’s Lotus like virtuous to keep Modi brand shine not lose its sheen or not dilute or vitiate.
Be reliable dependable to stay long to create cherish history inspiring for our future generation and not shameful as that of history of thousand years under foreign yoke.
Interesting tweets
I urge Vasundara to take back her ill fated Gag Bill. It is a sterile exercise&receive a rap from SC when the apex court strikes it down.
It is reliably learnt that Reliance Industries head Mukesh Ambani now owns more than 51% of the NDTV shares through his associated companies and trading funds.
He owns about that much in India Today TV and all of CNN News 18.
Besides all of the ETV bouquet. THE TOI’s Jain family owns Times Now, ET Now and Mirror
Now. Subhaschandra owns Zee and WION.
Then add all the Indian language channels owned by these groups.
We are now assured of a free and vigilant media and our democracy will flourish.
Ab tumhare hawala watan saathiyon…
FROM THE WALL OF Mohan Guruswamy
Rajasthan, amid protest and pandemonium by opposition in Rajasthan Legislative Assembly, BJP government today sent the controversial criminal amendment bill, 2017 to select committee for review and reference till next session of the House. However, Opposition parties and some legislators of the ruling party demanded that the government withdraw the bill altogether.
After the Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje’s instructions to senior ministers yesterday evening, the government agreed to reconsider the bill. As the proceedings of the assembly began today, Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria made his statement on the bill amidst the protest of opposition members. He said that government is ready to reconsider the controversial provisions of the bill.
He proposed to send the bill to the Select Committee by next session, which was accepted by the house. since past few days government was under deep pressure of opposition parties and other organisations on this controversial bill. Not only the opposition but also some members of the ruling party, the media organizations, the bar association and many more organizations are opposing this bill.

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