Wednesday, January 31, 2018



ADB and Centre sign 250 mn dollar loan agreement


Asian Development Bank and the Centre have signed a 250 million dollar loan to finance the construction of over 6,200 kilometres all-weather rural roads in Assam, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal under the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY).
The program is aimed at improving rural connectivity, facilitating safer and more efficient access to livelihood and socio-economic opportunities for rural communities through improvements to about 12 thousand kilometres Rural Roads across the 5 States.
Joint Secretary (Multilateral Institutions) in Department of Economic Affairs Sameer Kumar Khare signed the loan agreement on behalf of Government of India. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Khare said, the ADB-funded investment program will provide continued assistance to the PMGSY and support the Government’s long-term goal for rural development.
He said, the programme is likely to have a transformative impact in terms of rural economy and will also bring in greater efficiency in terms of access and connectivity for the rural people in the five States.

Indian Navy launches 3rd Scorpene class submarine Karanj


Indian Navy today launched the third Scorpene class submarine Karanj. Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba’s wife Reena Lanba launched the submarine, which has been constructed by shipbuilder Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL) in Mumbai.
Speaking on the occasion, Admiral Lanba said the submarine will undergo rigorous tests for the next one year before it is commissioned. a total six submarines are going to be built at the MDL. The submarines are being built in collaboration with French shipbuilding major Naval Group.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has last month commissioned the first of the six Scorpene-class submarine Kalvari into the Indian Navy and said its induction was a big step in the country’s defence preparedness.Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had then said that submarine building is a sophisticated and exacting craft which very few countries possess in their industrial capacity.

PM Modi to launch first Khelo India School Games


PM Modi to launch first Khelo India School Games in New Delhi; Govt plans to develop sports infrastructure in universities
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch the first Khelo India School Games at Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium in New Delhi today.
The games will continue until 8th of next month. Khelo India is expected to help scout young talent from the schools in various disciplines and groom them as future sports champions. AIR correspondent reports that the country’s brightest talent in the under-17 age group will compete in the Games.
The games will be held in 16 disciplines at five venues. The disciplines include Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Boxing, Football, Hockey, Kabaddi, Shooting, Swimming, Weightlifting and Wrestling. The games will highlight India’s young sporting talent and showcase India’s sports potential. 199 gold medals, 199 silver medals and 275 bronze medals are at stake in these Games.
The Khelo India programme has been introduced to revive the sports culture in the country at the grass-roots level by building a strong framework for all sports played in the country.
Talented players identified in priority sports disciplines at various levels by a High-Powered Committee will be provided annual financial assistance of five lakh per annum for eight years.
The Government is planning to develop sports infrastructure in the universities so that they become Centre for excellence in Sports.
Sports Minister Col Rajyavardhan Rathore said Government will also develop sports infrastructure in one school each in 150 districts. He said, sports is state subject and the Centre is setting standards for states to follow.
Col Rathore expressed hope that Khelo India college games will be held next year. He said the Centre will bring a Sports Code which will ensure transparency. Col Rathore said, his Ministry has recommended to the Central Advisory Board of Education to include physical education as a subject in the school curriculum.

Theresa May visiting China


UK PM  Theresa May visiting  the central Chinese city of Wuhan Wednesday on the UK’s trade probabilities outside of the European Union. PM begins her three-day visit to the country, education programmes with China including deals worth some £550m to the economy. Assured nation to raise human rights and Hong Kong’s political situation with China’s leaders this week.
PM is accompanied by  50 British business leaders, May’s visit  focus on exploring  new global trade links ahead of the UK’s divorce from the European Union, slated for March 2019.

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Summary:Election Expenses of MLAs from the Himachal Pradesh Assembly 2017 Elections


Summary and Highlights of Election Expenses of MLAs from the Himachal Pradesh Assembly 2017 Elections                 
  1. Less than 50% of the Limit:  Out of 68 MLAs analysed25(37%)  MLAs have declared election expenses of less than 50% of the expense limit of Rs. 28 lakhs in their constituency.
  2. Average Election Expenses: Based on the election expense declarations of 68 MLAs from Himachal Pradesh Assembly, the average amount of money spent by them in the elections is  Rs 15.26 lakhs, which is  55% of the expense limit.
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Figure: Party-wise Average Election Expenses (Rs. in lakhs)
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Figure: Break Down of Elections Expenses Incurred by MLAs
  
3.   Top 3 MLAs with highest Election Expenses: The details of top 3 MLAs who have declared the highest election expenses are given below:
S.No.
Name
District
Constituency
Party
Expense Limit(Rs.)
Total expenses incurred/ authorized (Rs.)
% of limit reached
1
KULLU
ANNI
BJP
28,00,000
28 Lacs+
25,83,669
25 Lacs+
92%
2
SOLAN
KASAULI
BJP
28,00,000
28 Lacs+
24,58,389
24 Lacs+
88%
3
MANDI
KARSOG
BJP
28,00,000
28 Lacs+
22,95,220
22 Lacs+
82%
Table: Top 3 MLAs with highest election expenditure

  1. MLAs with lowest Election Expenses:   The details of top 3 MLAs who have declared lowest election expenses are given below:
S.No.
Name
District
Constituency
Party
Expense Limit
Total expenses incurred/ authorized (Rs.)
% of limit reached
1
SHIMLA
ROHRU
INC
28,00,000
28 Lacs+
3,88,657
3 Lacs+
14%
2
SHIMLA
KASUMPTI
INC
28,00,000
28 Lacs+
6,48,950
6 Lacs+
23%
3
HAMIRPUR
HAMIRPUR
BJP
28,00,000
28 Lacs+
7,10,735
7 Lacs+
25%
Table: 3 MLAs with lowest election expenditure
5.   Break Down of Sources of Funds Raised by MLAs
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Figure: Percentage Break-down of  Funds Raised by MLAs
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Summary and Highlights of Election Expenses of MLAs from the Gujarat Assembly 2017 Elections
                 
  1. Less than 50% of the Limit:  Out of 182 MLAs analysed54(30%)  MLAs have declared election expenses of less than 50% of the expense limit 
    of Rs. 28 lakhs
     in their constituency.
  2. Average Election Expenses: Based on the election expense declarations of 182 MLAs from Gujarat Assembly, the average amount of money spent by them in the elections is  Rs 16.45 lakhs, which is  59% of the expense limit.

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Figure: Party-wise Average Election Expenses (Rs. in lakhs)

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Figure: Break Down of Elections Expenses Incurred by MLAs

3. MLAs who have exceeded the Election Expenditure Limit:  There are two MLAs who have exceeded  the expense limit. Rajendrasinh Ranjitsinh Chavda (BJP) from Himatnagar has exceeded the expense limit by Rs. 5, 78,309. Dindor Kuberbhai Manusukhbhai(BJP) from Santrampur constituency has exceeded the expense limit by Rs.95,766.The details of these two MLAs are given below: 
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S.No.
Name
District
Constituency
Party
Expenditure incurred/authorized by MLA
Expense Limit(Rs.)
Total expenses  incurred/ authorized (Rs.)
Excess Expenditure Incurred (Rs.)
% of limit reached
MLA/his election agent     (Rs.)
By Political Party (Rs.)
Any other association/body of persons/  individual (Rs.)
1
RAJENDRASINH RANJITSINH CHAVDA
SABARKANTHA
HIMATNAGAR
BJP
22,38,900
11,04,709
34,700
2800000                  28 Lacs+
*33,78,309                  33 Lacs+
578309                5 Lacs+
121%
2
DINDOR KUBERBHAI MANSUKHBHAI
MAHISAGAR
SANTRAMPUR (ST)
BJP
23,76,746
5,19,020
0
2800000                  28 Lacs+
2895766                    28 Lacs+
95766                95 Thou+
103%
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                                                                                                         Table:  MLAs who have exceededthe election expenditure limit
* The MLA has provided the total expenditure incurred as Rs.1, 46,755 in his affidavit. However, when we calculate the expenditure incurred by MLA/his agent; by political party and by any other association, body of persons/individual, it totals up to Rs. 33, 78,309
  1. MLAs with lowest Election Expenses:   The details of top 3 MLAs who have declared lowest election expenses are given below:
S.No.
Name
District
Constituency
Party
Expenditure incurred/authorized by MLA
Expense Limit(Rs.)
Total expenses
incurred/ authorized (Rs.)
% of limit reached
MLA/his
electionagent(Rs.)
By Political Party (Rs.)
Any other association/
body of persons/
individual(Rs.)
1
MAHISAGAR
LUNAWADA
IND
3,00,568
0
0
28,00,000
28 Lacs+
3,00,568
3 Lacs+
11%
2
MAHESANA
BECHARAJI
INC
3,81,719
0
0
28,00,000
28 Lacs+
3,81,719
3 Lacs+
14%
3
BANASKANTHA
VADGAM (SC)
IND
5,20,553
0
0
28,00,000
28 Lacs+
5,20,553
5 Lacs+
19%
Table: MLAs with lowest election expenditure
5.   Break Down of Sources of Funds Raised by MLAs
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Figure: Percentage Break-down of  Funds Raised by MLAs
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Quake M6.1 – Hindu Kush region, Afghanistan


2018-01-31 07:07:00 (M6.1) Hindu Kush region, Afghanistan 36.5 70.8 (3fa06).

Quake epicenter was near Afghanistan’s Jarm, which was hit by a devastating 7.5 magnitude quake in October 2015 that triggered landslides and flattened buildings, killing more than 380 people across the region.
Preliminary Earthquake Report
Magnitude6.1
Date-Time
  • 31 Jan 2018 07:07:00 UTC
  • 31 Jan 2018 11:07:00 near epicenter
  • 31 Jan 2018 11:07:00 standard time in your timezone
Location36.543N 70.816E
Depth191 km
Distances
  • 3.2 km (2.0 mi) NE of Ghurayd Gharamē, Afghanistan
  • 35.7 km (22.1 mi) S of Jurm, Afghanistan
  • 66.1 km (41.0 mi) WSW of Ashkāsham, Afghanistan
  • 67.0 km (41.5 mi) SSE of Fayzabad, Afghanistan
  • 74.1 km (46.0 mi) WSW of Ishqoshim, Tajikistan
Location UncertaintyHorizontal: 4.8 km; Vertical 5.5 km



PRESS INVITATION  T-Series cordially invites you


PRESS INVITATION
T-Series cordially invites you to attend the Song Launch & to share with you the uniqueness of their latest track 
‘DIL WARDA’
(T-Series presents the official music video of the brand new song “”Dil Warda” sung by AJ Singh (IMYOAJ). The music video is directed by DirectorGifty and composed by Showkidd).
To be addressed by:
  • Deep Money (Song Dope Shope fame)
  • Indeep Bakshi (Song Saturday Saturday fame)
  • Dilbagh Singh (Singer & Actor)
  • LOC (Rapper & Lyricist)
  • AJ Singh (Playback Singer)
                  
Time: 8:00 pm
Date: 31st January 2018 (Wednesday)
Venue: The Grand New Delhi Hotel, Vasant Kunj, PhaseII
You are requested to send correspondents/ photographers/ camera crew for the Press Event.



Book discussion on The Price of Aid: The Economic Cold War in India


Feb
20
CPR is pleased to invite you to a book discussion on
The Price of Aid: The Economic Cold War in India
Professor David C Engerman
Tuesday, 20 February 2018, 4:00 p.m.
Conference Hall, Centre for Policy Research
Image: Book Cover
Looking back to the origins and evolution of foreign aid during the Cold War, David C Engerman invites us to recognise the strategic thinking at the heart of development assistance—as well as the political costs. In The Price of Aid, Engerman argues that superpowers turned to foreign aid as a tool of the Cold War. India, the largest of the ex-colonies, stood at the center of American and Soviet aid competition. Officials of both superpowers saw development aid as an instrument for pursuing geopolitics through economic means. But Indian officials had different ideas, seeking superpower aid to advance their own economic visions, thus bringing external resources into domestic debates about India’s economic future. Drawing on an expansive set of documents, many recently declassified, from seven countries, Engerman reconstructs a story of Indian leaders using Cold War competition to win battles at home, but in the process eroding the Indian state.
David C Engerman is Otillie Springer Professor of History at Brandeis University, where he has taught since receiving his PhD from the University of California-Berkeley in 1998. His revised dissertation appeared as Modernization from the Other Shore: American Intellectuals and the Romance of Russian Development (Harvard, 2003). He also edited and introduced a new edition of The God That Failed (Columbia, 2001), and co-edited Staging Growth: Modernization, Development, and the Global Cold War (Massachusetts, 2003). Named the Stuart Bernath Lecturer by the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations for 2006, his lecture, “American Knowledge and Global Power,” then appeared in Diplomatic History; other articles have appeared in American Historical Review, Cahiers du Monde russe, Journal of Cold War Studies, Kritika, Modern Intellectual History, and the Cambridge History of the Cold War (Cambridge, 2009) and World War II (Cambridge, 2015). His second book, Know Your Enemy: The Rise and Fall of America’s Soviet Experts (Oxford, 2009), examined Russian/Soviet Studies in America since 1940. He is the recipient of grants and fellowships from ACLS, NCEEER, NEH, and the Guggenheim Foundation.

KHELO MULTISPORTS CHALLENGE


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Talk on security at Indo – Pacific region


Recent developments have elicited fresh thinking about the maritime security situation in the Indo-Pacific region.  Please join us at the American Center as our expert panel explores the implications for India of new infrastructure projects, equipment sales, and fleet exercises in the Indo-Pacific and other naval theaters in a panel discussion on January 31.
The invitation is attached.  May we request you to please register at: https://goo.gl/8eqajh  and be seated by 3:45 p.m.  Please join us for a reception after the event.
We look forward to meeting you on January 31.
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•             The American Center is a two minute walk from the Barakhamba Road Metro Station.
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