Thursday, October 26, 2017

Indo-Belgian Working Session on Sustainable Cities

Dear Mr. Naresh Sagar,

In the Framework of the State Visit of Their Majesties the King and the Queen of the Belgians to the Republic of India
Brussels Invest & Export has the honor to invite you to confirm your interest to participate in the
Indo-Belgian Working Session on Sustainable CitiesMaking Smart Use of Scarce Resources 
Tuesday, November 7th 2017 | 11:45 am – 5:30 pm | Taj Diplomatic Enclave Hotel | New Delhi 
A high level and interactive working session during which key players from Belgium and India in the area of sustainable cities will share ideas, knowledge, experiences and best practices.
The interactive seminar will be followed by a showcase of innovative technologies and solutions for sustainable cities and a networking high tea.
As this is a high level event with limited seating we invite you to confirm your interest to participate by registering before October 19th.
The selected participants will receive a personal and non-tr

Primitive Indian Education – Not Training For Globalized World

October26, 2017 (C) Ravinder Singh
When I went to school in 1960, in Delhi cooking fuel was low grade coal and ancestral village in Punjab practiced Barter Trade largely within village – people were Cooperating & Sharing their skills in traditional ways.
Today India is already Globalized and India has Diplomatic Relations & Trade with almost all countries of the world.

India’s Foreign Trade Exceed $850b or about 50% of GDP in FY2014. Though there is some decline in recent times, two way tourists flow is about 30m, about 60m Indians live & work in Foreign Countries, from Toys to A380 JetlinerPulses to Petroleum India imports so many things. Many thousandForeign Companies have Industries in India, have Equity in Indian companies, and many hundred R&D Centers – Indian IT-BPO companies Service many Thousand Foreign companies and 2-Way investments exceed $1500b.

Out of 5 million patents in force Globally, Indian PO Contribution is 45,000 and Resident Indians Own 5000 – mostly Bogus Patents of IITs & CSIR. India need FASTEST IPR PROTECTION But get slowest.

India’s Education is most PRIMITIVE – Not Preparing 25m Children Born Every Year For Globalized World.

Ø There is Acute Shortage Science & Maths teachers, Schools don’t have desired Infrastructure – missing Classrooms, Toilets, Water & Electricity and Playgrounds.

Ø Malnourished Children travel for hours to access schools are then FORCED to learn 2-4 Languages and main education is in States Official Language. Even Hindi has too many dialects. Hindi in Haryana & Bihar is Different.

Ø 90% of the Non Language Teaching is in USELESS subjects – History, Commerce, Economics, Geography in age of GOOGLE & SMART PHONES.

Ø  99% of Indian Engineers don’t get BANK LOANS to start a SME Factory – few families get 80% of Bank Loans again and again for generations.

Ø Over a million RESOURCEFUL INDIANS repeatedly apply for UPSC tests for 1000 Positions upto age 30-35 in absence of Jobs. 90% of Engineers are engaged in IT-BPO work after few years maintain Accounts of Foreign Clients –do mainly DATA ENTRY.
Ø India has yet LEARN to protect INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY Created by Indians – Patents, Trade Marks, Designs, Copy Right – even Business Rights – next to aSuccessful DHABA or BARBER or GARMENTS Shopscores of rivals come up.


Ø Most children in a block go to different school, in different BUS or transport, waste 2 hours every day.

Ø SOCIALIZING which key to HUMAN Success is Missing in School Children.

Ø Specialized School – Delhi can due to VERY HIGH DENSITY should have Special Schools – For Super Intelligent Students, Science & Inventing Students, Medical for Studious Children and Sports Schools – Large Playground may specialize in Cricket or Hockey or Football, Smaller grounds for Badminton, Table Tennis and Chess.

Ø Children must be admitted to Three Nearest Schools. This will save TIME & COST, better for Health & Education and Human Development.
Ravinder Singh, Inventor & Consultant, INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES AND PROJECTS
Y-77, Hauz Khas, ND -110016, India. Ph: 091- 8826415770 [4G]9871056471, 9718280435,
Ravinder Singh* is a WIPO awarded inventor specializing in Power, Transportation,
Smart Cities, Water, Energy Saving, Agriculture, Manufacturing, Technologies and Projects

Italy ready to discuss more autonomy

Rome is ready to begin discussions on greater autonomy for the northern regions of Lombardy and Veneto, Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni said Tuesday while visiting an oil refinery near Venice. While Italian authorities are ready for dialogue with the regions which voted for autonomy during a recent referendum, it would be a “complex discussion that can’t be done in five minutes,” the PM underlined. “Here we are talking about how to make Italy work better. We are not calling into question Italy and its unity,”Reuters quoted Gentiloni as saying. Over 95 percent of those who turned up for Sunday’s referendums in Veneto and Lombardy voted for transferring more powers from the central government to the regional institutions. Voter turnout in Lombardy was some 40 percent, while Veneto recorded 57 percent.

Catalan :Now appeal Madrid takeover in Spain’s Constitutional Court

Catalan government says it will appeal the application of Article 155 in the Spanish Constitutional Court, according to Reuters. It comes three days before the Spanish Senate is expected to approve the implementation of the never-before-used article, which would reassert the central government’s control on Catalonia. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy moved to invoke the article on Saturday, amid his government’s claims that Catalonia’s recent independence vote was illegal and void. If the article is approved, the central government plans to run all departments in Catalonia’s administration or create new bodies to do so. It would also see Catalan President Carles Puigdemont dismissed from his post, along with Catalonia’s vice president and all of the region’s ministers, according to Rajoy.

China President Xi unveils new CPC central leadership

After being re-elected general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), Xi Jinping on Wednesday presented the new CPC central leadership to the press and laid down a roadmap for the next five years.
Top CPC leadership meets the press in Beijing
Amid applause, Xi led the other six newly elected members of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee into a brightly-lit room inside the grandiose Great Hall of the People, facing rows of eager journalists.
Xi, 64, was flanked by Li Keqiang, Li Zhanshu, Wang Yang, Wang Huning, Zhao Leji and Han Zheng.
He smiled, waved to the journalists and took the podium.
“I was re-elected general secretary of the CPC Central Committee,” said a confident Xi against the backdrop of a giant Chinese landscape painting featuring the Great Wall.
“I see this as not just approval of my work, but also encouragement that will spur me on,” he said.
Xi thanked all other members of the Party for the trust they have placed in the new leadership and vowed to work diligently to “meet our duty, fulfill our mission and be worthy of their trust.”
The coming five years, Xi said, will see several important junctures and signposts.
“Not only must we deliver the first centenary goal, we must also embark on the journey toward the second centenary goal,” he said.
The year of 2018 marks the 40th anniversary of the launch of reform and opening-up.
Xi said China will make determined efforts to comprehensively deepen reform and open still wider to the world.
The year of 2019 marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. The CPC will continue efforts to accomplish all the tasks laid down in the 13th Five-Year Plan, develop new blueprints for China’s future, and see the flourishing of all the endeavors, he said.
Xi reiterated the resolve to establish a moderately prosperous society across all metrics in 2020.

Army Chief:Need Intelligence, surveillance & reconnaissance:

Army chief General Bipin Rawat has said that Centre’s decision of appointing former Director of Intelligence Bureau, Dineshwar Sharma, as interlocutor for Jammu & Kashmir will not impact Army operations in the state. Mr Rawat also said, government is speaking from a position of strength on Kashmir. He was speaking at a function in New Delhi today.
General Rawat further said major requirement as of now is Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, to keep eye on adversaries on western and northern borders. He said Army is also looking at Electronic Warfare system to keep an eye not just on borders but in hinterland also. The Army Chief stressed on the need for faster upgradation of the armed forces and also called for heightened surveillance and reconnaissance on the borders for tracking the movement of adversaries.
Sometime back, sending out a stern warning to terrorists across the border who are waiting to attack India, General Rawat said, the surgical strike was conducted to send a message and if our adversaries do not understand, it will be repeated.

DGICG:Rajendra Singh called CM UP


Dear Sagar Media Inc,
We are going to lose truck-loads of trees if we don’t act now!
Over 3500 trees are going to be cut down in Mumbai to build a parking shed for metro trains. These trees are in Aarey Forest, one of Mumbai’s last few green spaces.
These trees help you and me breathe. I need your help to save them.
Sign my petition and tell the government to relocate the parking shed to a viable eco-friendly location.
Aarey is actually protected by forest laws, yet they are being cut down for a building that could easily be constructed elsewhere.
New Yorkers would never allow Central Park to be cut down to build a parking lot!
Sagar Media Inc, we too need to come together as a city and protect our precious few green spaces.
The Maharashtra CM’s team now monitors petitions started on Help me reach at least 30,000 signatures so that he sees massive public pressure and responds to this petition.
It is not just about this project. If these trees are cut due to a lack of citizen opposition, the government will see it as permission to keep cutting trees – until nothing is left.
I look forward to your support and a green, healthy Mumbai!
Nirali Kartik
Petitioning Devendra Fadnavis, Narendra Modi, national green tribunal, Supreme Court of India, Justice Dipak Misra
CM Devendra Fadnavis, Stop the cutting of 3500 trees in Aarey Forest
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Development of Indian forex market

The Indian foreign exchange market has come off age in terms of variety of instruments, participants and the overall market turnover. Simplification of operating procedures and introduction of several new instruments has provided greater flexibility to the market participants in undertaking foreign exchange operations and managing their currency risks. Over the last many years, several measures have been taken to curb the volatility in the domestic forex market.
In order to know the implications of recent economic and regulatory developments on the Indian forex market, PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry is organizing an Open House Discussion on Impact of recent economic and regulatory developments on the Indian forex market on Tuesday 31st October 2017 from 9:30 am onwards at PHD House, New Delhi. This will provide an excellent platform to get the first hand information and create awareness on impact of recent economic and regulatory developments on Indian Forex market.
We are pleased to inform you that Shri R. S. Ratho, Chief General Manager, Financial Markets Operation Department, Reserve Bank of India from Mumbai and Shri Vikas Jaiswal, Assistant General Manager, RBI, Foreign Exchange Department, New Delhi have very kindly consented to participate as an esteemed speakers in the Open House Discussion

We hope that the Open House will serve as a platform to open intellectual discussions to assess the impact of recent economic and regulatory developments on Indian Forex market and brainstorm on the measures to mitigate the same.
We would be grateful to you for your kind presence during the session and request you to kindly make it convenient for being with us.
A line in confirmation through email to Ms. Surbhi Sharma, Sr. Research Officer, PHD Chamber at or or Fax at 011—26855450 shall be highly appreciated.

जन संगठनों ने पर्यावरण मंत्रालय को घेरा

पंचेश्वर बहुद्देश्यीय परियोजना की प्रक्रियाओं पर उठाये गंभीर प्रश्न
प्रैस विज्ञप्ति:24 अक्तूबर, 2017 | नई दिल्ली: मात्र 6-7 दिन के नोटिस पर पर्यावरण आंकलन समिति ने भारत नेपाल के साझे में उत्तराखंड में प्रस्तावित पंचेश्वर बहुद्देश्यीय परियोजना को अपने एजेंडे में दाखिल किया। 31 मई 2017 से आज 24 अक्टूबर 2017 तक केन्द्र व राज्य सरकारें व सत्तापक्ष के लोग युद्ध स्तर पर प्रभावित गाँवों से लेकर केंद्रीय मंत्रालयों तक मात्र कागज़ी कार्यवाही पूरी करने में लगे हैं। भ्रमित आंकड़ेभ्रमित राजनैतिक वादेमात्र और मात्र पंचेश्वर बांध से विकास की नयी ईमारत लिखने की कवायद की जा रही है।
आज़ादी के बाद से “बाँध आया बाँध आया’’ के शोर में सड़कशिक्षा व स्वास्थ जैसी मूलभूत सुविधाओं से महाकाली घाटी के नदी किनारे के गाँवो को वंचित रखा गया है। अब जब कुछ नयी सड़केंटनकपुर रेलमार्ग आने की उम्मीद जगी तो मोदी साहब का सपना बताकर पंचेश्वर बहुद्देश्यीय परियोजना को तेजी से बढ़ाने की बात तय कर दी गयी।
उत्तराखंड में ही बन चुके टिहरी बाँध से लेकर विष्णुप्रयागविष्णुगाडपीपलकोटीमनेरीभालीअस्सीगंगा जैसी तमाम परियोजनाओं के प्रभावित आज भी भूमि आधारित पुनर्वास और मूलभूत सुविधाओं के लिए संघर्ष कर रहे हैंभटक रहे हैं। किन्तु उत्तराखंड सरकार के महकमे अब बोरिया बिस्तर समेट कर पंचेश्वर बाँध की बस में बैठने की तयारी में हैं। अब पुराने बाँध प्रभावितों की समस्याओं पर कोई गंभीर प्रयास नहीं दिखाई दे रहे।
धरने पर आये उत्तराखंड एकता मंच के हर्षित नौटियाल ने पंचेश्वर बाँध को हिमालय की अस्मिता और अस्तित्व पर हमला बताया। हिमालय को युवा पर्वत मानने के बावजूद इतनी बर्बादी क्योहम इसे नही सहेंगे। डी.एस.जी के संजीव कुमार ने कहा की पर्यावरण मंत्रालय के गलत निर्णयों पर आगे बढ़ा आन्दोलन होगा।
माटू जनसंगठन के विमल भाई ने कहा की हमने जुलाई के दुसरे हफ्ते से लगातार तीनो प्रभावित जिलों पिथोरागढ़चम्पावतअल्मोड़ा के जिलाधीशों व सम्बंधित मंत्रालयों को पत्र भेजेव्यक्तिगत मिले लेकिन कहीं कोई सुनवाई नहीं हुई। वनाधिकार कानून 2006, उत्तराखंड में अभी तक किसी को नहीं मिला!किन्तु मज़े की बात है की चम्पावत जिले में जहाँ दोनों परियोजनाएं प्रस्तावित हैं वहां लोगों से इसके तहत अनाप्त्ति ले ली गयी। पर्यावरणीय जनसुनवाई के लिए न्यूनतम नियम कानूनों का कभी पालन नहीं किया गया। पूरा सरकारी महकमा व सत्तापक्ष के राजनेता सिर्फ बाँध के लाभ बताने में व्यस्त है। बाँध की सही जानकारी देने पर या बड़े बांधो की राजनीती का विरोध करने वाले संगठनो को माओवादी का ठप्पा लगाने की तैयारी है। मुख्यमंत्री श्री त्रिवेन्द्र रावत जी तक इस ओर इशारा कर चुके हैं। केंद्रीय मंत्रालयों में परियोजना में आने वाली तमाम अड़चनों को दूर करके किसी तरह लोगों से अनापत्ति के कागजातों पर हस्ताक्षर लेने के निर्देश दिए गए हैं। धर्म वाली सरकार ने 90 मंदिरों को डूबाने का तो फैसला लिया है साथ बांध के लिये गीता के सामदामदंडभेद की नीतियाँ को भी अख्तियार किया है।
यह बहुद्देश्यय नहीं बल्कि बहुधोकीय परियोजना के रूप में दिखती है क्यूंकि 315 मीउंचे पंचेश्वर बाँध व 95 मीउंचे रुपलिगढ़ बाँधदोनों को एक ही परियोजनाओ को तहत मात्र काम आगे बढाया जा रहा है। उन्होंने चेतावनी देते हुए कहा की सत्तापक्ष को आज नहीं तो कल इन सभी सवालों के जवाब देश को देने ही पड़ेंगे।‘‘
मंत्रालय के इतिहास में पहली बार ऐसा हुआ की किसी नदी घाटी परियोजना पर पर्यावरण आंकलन समिति की बैठक के समय लोगो ने प्रदर्शन किया हो। यह मंत्रालय की हठधर्मिता है की मात्र बाँध कंपनियों को ही अपना पक्ष रखने का मौका दिया जाता है और लोगों की आवाज़ को दबाया जाता है।
हमने समिति को पत्र लिखकर सभी बाते विस्तार पूर्वक बताई थी हमारी आज अपेक्षा थी की पर्यावरण आंकलन समिति हमको बात रखने का मौका देगी इसीलिए पर्यावरण मंत्रालय के बहार प्रतीकात्मक रूप में माटू जनसंगठन के साथउत्तराखंड एकता मंच के साथीजनांदोलनो का राष्ट्रीय समन्वयदिल्ली समर्थक समूह (डी.एस.जीऔर पंचेश्वर बाँध से प्रभावितों ने धरना दिया। किन्तु समिति ने मिलने का समय नहीं दिया।
मात्र 45 मिनट में 40 हजार करोड़ कीउत्तराखंड के जिलो की 12 हजार हेक्टेयर भूमि को डूबोने वालीलगभग 40 हजार परिवारों को प्रभावित करने वाली, 90 मंदिरों को डूबोने वाली इस बांध परियोजना का पर्यावरण आंकलन समिति ने आकलन कर लिया। यह आश्चर्य की बात है।
पर्यावरण आंकलन समिति के किसी भी गलत निर्णयों को हम आगे चुनौती देंगे।
हिमशी सिंह,                                            हरेन्द्र अवस्थी

Supriya Singh:Optimization of water management is a high priority area

As India moves ahead on its path of planned and not so planned urbanisation it augers well to understand, reflect and question the various ramifications. With growing population and urbanisation the extreme stress on resources, especially water, is thrown into sharp contrast against the very process that water helps create – urbanity. This is an attempt to understand the natural and anthropogenic implications of the urban water cycle and its criticality in the effective management of water in the present and future. Optimisation of water availability and its management is a high priority area but even more important in prospering cities like the NCT of Delhi where governments, municipal authorities or a good majority of people can buy their way out of the water crisis. And in being able to do so, cities like Delhi threaten not just their own ecologies but also that of the surroundings regions, towns and villages.
Water as a dwindling resource needs urgent attention, not only in corrective laws and policy but also in people’s imagination. The direction of all government action has been at augmenting supply, never at demand management. None of the Bills or Acts have sought to deal with the inequity and inequality inherent in the very conceptualisation of water both at the societal as well as the individual level. The discussion looks at problematising the ‘idea’ of water and raises questions around the politics that subverts water governance. It touches upon questions of social differences, accessibility and use. The discussion rests on the speaker’s research in one of Delhi’s urban villages falling in the south-central ridge. It attempts to understand the nexus between knowledge and power that works towards the acceptability of certain phenomenon and situations
Supriya Singh has recently submitted her thesis for a PhD on Politics of Water in Delhi. Prior to this she worked extensively on resource management issues as a researcher and policy advocate. She also works on climate change awareness and advocacy and is seeking to work on climate resilience.

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