Monday, April 10, 2017


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“nakshe” Portal launched by Dr. Harsh Vardhan on 250th Anniversary of Survey of India
A new web portal “nakshe” was launched by the Union Minister for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Dr. Harsh Vardhan in New Delhi today, on the occasion of 250th anniversary of Survey of India(SoI).
Topographic maps or Open Series Maps (OSM) containing natural and man-made geographical features including terrain or topography are prepared by the SoI since its inception in 1767 and is in conformity with the National Map Policy-2005. These OSM maps have been made available for free download from “nakshe” web portal in pdf format on 1:50,000 scale through Aaadhar enabled user authentication process, in line with Digital India programme of the Government of India.
The Survey of India, the principal mapping agency of the country is celebrating its 250th anniversary this year. Origin of the Survey of India is traced back to Year 1767. It is the oldest scientific department in India and one of the oldest survey establishments in the world. Foundation for the scientific survey and mapping of the country was laid with The Great Trignometric Survey (GTS) in 19th century on this day i.e. 10th April, 1802, by noted surveyors Col. Lambton and Sir George Everest. SoI has surveyed and mapped each and every part of the country and these maps have played an invaluable role in the saga of India’s nation building and were pivotal in the foundation of almost all major developmental activities of modern India.
The launch of the portal was followed with a curtain raiser of SoI Geo-portal and Web Services Platform and a panel discussion on Geospatial Paradigm in India that deals with the users’ perspective on Geospatial Policy Framework in India. A technical presentation on development of the Geoid model for country was also made.
Minister of State for the Ministry of Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Shri Y.S. Chowdary, Secretary, Department of Science & Technology, Dr. Ashutosh Sharma, Surveyor General of India Dr. Swarna Subba Rao and several other scientists and professionals of Geospatial Industry were present on the occasion.


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Speaker spoke on his papers with possible reforms in Global Reserve system but the autonomy and sovereignty of the markets  are dynamically important.  Political alignments, with  trade and  finance along with global exports, balance of payments need to be globally robust. With regional economy in the unpredictable dynamics, the up and down of dollars in comparison to sterling. EU Dollar US dollar rule globally due to its intrinsic strength .Political stability, economy of nations with their supremacy on technology along with robust monetary and financial policy of the nations were discussed.
China and India Two economy fares  as follows:
India’s foreign exchange surged by a whopping 2.02 billion US dollars to 369.95 billion US dollars in the week that ended on 31st of March 2017. A RBI press release has informed that foreign currency assets, a major part of the overall reserves rose by 2.08 billion US dollars to 346.32 billion US dollars.
In the previous week too, the reserves had shot up by 1.15 billion US dollars to 367.93 billion US dollars.
Gold reserves, on the other hand moved down by 45 million US dollars to 19.87 billion US dollars.
India’s special drawing rights with the International Monetary Fund also fell 5.1 million US dollars to 1.45 billion US dollars, while the country’s reserve position too dropped by 10.7 million US dollars to USD 2.32 billion US dollars.
India’s trade deficit with China was recorded at 46.7 billion US dollars during the April-February period of the last fiscal. Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman informed Rajya Sabha that overall trade with China during the 11-month period decreased marginally by 0.87 per cent to 64.57 billion US dollars.
She said in a written reply that during this period, India’s exports to China grew by 8.69 per cent to 8.94 billion US dollars while imports from the neighbouring nation declined by 2.26 per cent to 55.63 billion US dollars, resulting in a shrinkage of 4.1 per cent in India’s trade deficit with China. Brent crude oil futures rose 68 cents, to 55.57 dollars a barrel, after reaching an intra-day peak of 56.08 dollars a barrel, the highest since 7th of March. U.S. crude rose 70 cents, to 52.40 dollars a barrel. Although Syria has limited oil production, its location and alliances with big oil producers in the region mean any escalation of the conflict has the potential to increase supply-side fears.

The first lecture in a series on ‘Globalisation in Question’:
Is Dollar Hegemony Inevitable? Possibilities for Reform in the Global Reserve System
Prof Anush Kapadia
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The global reserve system is dominated by a single currency, the US dollar, in which the vast bulk of global trade and finance is conducted. This currency hegemony gives the world’s only superpower the exorbitant privilege of having its own liabilities function as the global currency. Several scholars argue that the scale of this privilege help seed the financial crisis of 2007. Emerging markets poured their savings into dollar-denominated debt, creating a flood of cheap credit that lead to wild speculation and subsequent collapse. Since the crisis, several reform measures for this destabilising global reserve system have been suggested, with speculation on everything from a return to the gold standard, an elevation of the IMF’s Special Drawing Right (SDR), and the rise of the Chinese Renminbi being discussed. This lecture offers a systemic account of how the global reserve system works in order to evaluate these claims. It argues that that global currencies will continue to be nationally based, hence reforms will have to focus on international institutions capable of disciplining the (existing and/or rising) hegemon rather than creating new synthetic currencies like the SDR.
Prof Anush Kapadia teaches sociology in the Humanities and Social Sciences Department at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. He has studied at Amherst College and Columbia University, having completed his doctoral thesis in anthropology in 2009. Prior to IIT Bombay, Prof. Kapadia taught at City University, London and Harvard University. His research focuses on the politics of financial systems, trying to understand how system-design choices are also political choices, and how these choices lead to macro-social outcomes such as growth or crises.


April 10, 2017

Dear Sir / Madam,
Greetings from Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI)!
We are pleased to inform that FICCI is commemorating the World IP Day 2017 by organizing a Conference “Innovation to Drive Business and Competitiveness” on 28th April 2017 at The Park Hotel, New Delhi. And, you are cordially invited to attend the conference.
The event will be a great opportunity to interact with IP stakeholders from around the globe. It will also be a useful forum for industry leaders, IP professionals and business experts to deliberate on the importance and potential of generating, protecting, enforcing, commercializing and incorporating IP and innovation in the core of business strategies.


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Simone Gramaglia Viola – Luigi Attademo Guitar
The Duo: Founded in 2012 from the two artists’ idea to unite the unique and fascinating sonorities of the viola and the guitar in an ensemble that could ennoble them both not only through the peculiarities of their timbre but also from the point of view of chamber music. This permits the Duo to explore a vast repertoire, from Bach to the contemporaries, and to appreciate the deepest musical and structural aspects of the works thanks to the instruments’ natural affinity and ability to create a dialogue between themselves.
The album: The Duo’s first album is dedicated to the works of Paganini, released by Brilliant Classics in January 2015 and which has achieved great critical success.
Amadeus, September 2015 – CD of the month.
Gramaglia’s performance is spectacular.” (M. Riboni)
Archi Magazine, December 2015 – 5 stars
A program of this nature requires a magisterial interpretation and Simone Gramaglia and Luigi Attademo are absolutely up to the task.”(M. Ballarini)
Simone Gramaglia is the violist of the Quartetto di Cremona, with which he has performed all over the world in the past fifteen years. As a soloist, he has performed with various orchestras presenting N. Paganini’s Sonata per la Gran Viola and is considered one of the foremost violists of his generation. Along with Luigi Attademo, he counts Andrea Lucchesini, Lawrence Dutton and Jamie Walton among his other favorite musical collaborators. His teachers were Mikhail Kugel, Bruno Giuranna and Yuri Bashmet. He teaches at the Accademia Stauffer in Cremona and is Director of the viola and quartet courses at Master4Strings, and holds masterclasses throughout Europe. He writes in Archi Magazine and studies philosophy at the University of Genoa.
Luigi Attademo began his artistic journey winning the third prize at the “Concours International d’Execution Musicale” in Geneva in 1995. Born into the school of guitarist-composer Angelo Gilardino, he counts Giovanni Guanti, Julius Kalmar, Alessandro Solbiati and Emilia Fadini among his teachers. He is considered one of the most important guitarists of his generation. Among his recent projects are the publication of an anthology of a contemporary guitar music CD dedicated to Paganini (Ed. Symphony) and the complete works of solo guitar by Niccolo Paganini registered for the first time in their entirety on an instrument of that time (Brilliant, 2013). He is currently a lecturer at the ISSM “G. Donizetti” of Bergamo and often collaborates with the HEM in Geneva and Lausanne.
Date: 11th April, 2017, 7 pm
Venue: Alliance Française de Madras, N. 24, College Road, Nungambakkam

Date: 13th April, 2017, 6:30 pm
Venue: India International Centre, Max Mueller Marg, New Delhi

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