Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Rail Contact 2018

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Bullets trains has been long hawkish by various government but the work done in last four years are taken on special rail corridors and Mumbai -Ahmedabad is on priority and more train to taken on other A-B-C rail corridors. The average speed of passenger train is awfully low at 45 Km per hour and those of freight rails dismal low at 18 km per hr the government has geared by to transform railway with best available technology comapnies like Alstom India, BHEL, Siemens Ltd, Tata Projects KEC International Ltd, Titagarh Wagons Ltd, Toyota Kirloskar were making joint efforts and intervention with members Rail Board.”Fast speed and tracks are just around the corner. Speeds of 200kmph easily achievable”
Govt of India has already decided to move into a real high speed between Mumbai & Ahmedabad. Our aim is to upgrade the speed of trains up to 160 kmph & target to put more trains into this bracket~Mr. Ravindra Gupta, Member (Rolling Stock), Railway Board at #RailContact 2018.

Shri Piyush Goyal, Minister of railways,Coal,finance and corporate affairs address the inaugural address  by the Chief guest, at Rail Contact 2018 – Driving Industry -Railway Partnerships, in New Delhi. Piyush Goyal said Great things in business are never done by one person. As Steve Jobs says- It is always a team working in partnership, with a collective effort working towards a common goal.

Minster Railways thanked, Mr Ghanshyam Singh, Member Traction, Railway board to have rope in CII in Rail Contact, where joint efforts can yield new ideas ,issue can help us to run the railway best in the world. Indian Railways, which used to struggle with lack of investments & capacity constraints, has witnessed a massive growth in investments in the last 4 years, with speedy race of projects and transformation work in progress.
This Govt. has had the decisive leadership to not only do away with the populist measure like Railway budget but also not announce populist projects, but focus on what is truly essential & what can give you the fastest payback for every rupee that you spend. Minister added at the Rail contact conference, It’s reassuring to know that the present govt. is thoroughly supporting private enterprise in the development India.
Mr Alain Spohr MD India & SAsia Alstom India, said, he is in India from last 15 years and there are three key takeaways in today’s development, Ease of business, Make in India and New Strategies for business. Further added  “Talking about the importance of sustainability, Alstom has set clear sustainability targets for all our services for 2020.” Alstom India MD Mr. Alain Spohr reiterates our global promise of sustainable development at the ‘RailContact – Driving Industry-Railway Partnership 2018.

Discussion on Protecting the Rights of Domestic Workers. 

22nd JUNE 2018: Discussion on Protecting the Rights of Domestic Workers.

Protecting and Promoting Rights of Domestic Workers in India
on 22 June 2018
from 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM
at Oxford Bookstore, N-81 Connaught Place,
New Delhi

As part of its ongoing campaign #DignityOfMyLabour, PRIA in collaboration with Apne Aap Women Worldwide is organising a discussion to build consensus on the rights of domestic workers.
For all those interested and want to commit to ensuring domestic workers are treated with respect and dignity, come to Oxford Bookstore on 22nd June between 4.30 p.m. and 6.00 p.m.
Listen to the experiences of domestic workers who are trying to raise awareness among their employers to respect the work being done by them. Our panelists will also share current policies and regulations available for the protection of domestic workers and the stand of the Indian government at an international level on the ILO conventions.
Panelists:
Ms. Khadija, a domestic worker and group leader of Ekta Collective, Harijan Basti, Gurgaon. She has been part of PRIA’s project for the past 18 months and is at the frontline from her community trying to get dignity and recognition for their work.
Mr. Subhash Bhatnagar, Chief Functionary, Nirmana and Convener, National Domestic Workers Platform. For over 30 years, Mr. Bhatnagar has promoted and supported the rights of construction workers and domestic workers.
Mr. Alok Kumar, Trade Union Activist, Independent Research scholar, Executive Committee Member, Ghaarelu Kaamgar Union, Gurgaon.

Mirra Upadaya’s book “You are in Q” launched

Mirra Upadaya’s book “You are in Q” launched by Shri Shri Ravi Shankar ji !!!
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   Mirra Upadaya, Swaraaj Kapoor Entrepreneur, Philanthropist and Social Activist with his family seeked blessings of Shri Shri Ravi Shankar ji during the book launch ceremony in his own Shri Shri Ravi Shankar Ashram.
   Inspirational writer Mirra Upadaya launched her book by the most revered & loved Shri Shri Ravi Shankar ji in front of 20 thousand people in his satsang on 7th June also which was telecasted live in 100 countries.
   On this auspicious occasion the well renowned entrepreneur, philanthropist, social activist  Swaraaj Kapoor said  “It was the most ecstatic moment of our life with the book talking about varied people from political ,social & varied fields the journey & experiences of meeting them & their influences in most candid way , it’s simple to read & heart touching You Are In Que & couldn’t have had a better person in this world to have launched it by Shri Shri Ravi Shankar himself”
    The opening book introduction was given by Shyam Sharma followed by  Swaraaj Kapoor himself carrying further by emotional Mirra Upadaya. The book consist of various aspects and experiences of Mirra Upadaya when she encountered, people from all walks of life such as Indira gandhi , Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee to a commoner Visha the house keeper and their influence on her.
  “You are in Q” will have its book reading in Delhi & Mumbai by some esteemed political people & artists. Mirra Upadaya’s book “You are in Q” launched by Shri Shri Ravi Shankar ji
   Mirra Upadaya, Swaraaj Kapoor well known Entrepreneur,  Philanthropist and Social Activist with his family seeked blessings of Shri Shri Ravi Shankar ji during the book launch ceremony in his own Shri Shri Ravi Shankar Ashram.
   Inspirational writer Mirra Upadaya launched her book by the most revered & loved Shri Shri Ravi Shankar ji in front of 20 thousand people in his satsang on 7th June also which was telecasted live in 100 countries.
     On this auspicious occasion the well renowned entrepreneur, philanthropist, social activist  Swaraaj Kapoor said  “It was the most ecstatic moment of our life with the book talking about varied people from political ,social & varied fields the journey & experiences of meeting them & their influences in most candid way , it’s simple to read & heart touching You Are In Que & couldn’t have had a better person in this world to have launched it by Shri Shri Ravi Shankar himself”
  The opening book introduction was given by Shyam Sharma followed by  Swaraaj Kapoor himself carrying further by emotional Mirra Upadaya. The book consist of various aspects and experiences of Mirra Upadaya when she encountered, people from all walks of life such as Indira gandhi , Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee to a commoner Visha the house keeper and their influence on her. “You are in Q” will have its book reading in Delhi & Mumbai by some esteemed political people & artists

Trump plans 10% tariffs on $ 200 bn of Chinese goods

US President Donald Trump has unveiled plans to impose 10 per cent tariffs on 200 billion dollars worth of Chinese goods on top of previous punitive measures over Beijing’s unacceptable move to raise its own tariffs.
Trump said in a statement that further action must be taken to encourage China to change its unfair practices, open its market to United States goods and accept a more balanced trade relationship with the United States.
The US leader warned that after the new measures are in place – on top of existing tariffs on 50 billion dollars in Chinese imports – punitive measures on another 200 billion dollars of Chinese goods would go forward, if China increases its tariffs yet again.

Mercedes-Benz too in emission cheating scandal

Mercedes-Benz dragged in to emission cheating scandal
German government forces recall of 700,000 diesel vehicle
Tripolone.
Mercedes-Benz and the German Transport Ministry has not revealed which model years are affected, but UK publication, Autocar, cites officials who believe that the latest Euro6 compliant vehicles are affected.

New tests have detected unauthorised software in several Mercedes-Benz models.
The German Transport Ministry has ordered the recall of 774,000 vehicles across Europe in response to the allegations.
Unauthorised software, also known as a cheat device, could be used to alter diesel emissions under test conditions.
The software was found in several popular Mercedes-Benz vehicles including the C220d, GLC220d SUV and Vito 111CDI van.
According to reports in the German media the software acts in a way that it reduces the amount of AdBlue – an additive for diesel engines to help reduce nitrogen oxides also known as NOx – over time which leads to higher emissions in real world conditions. 
— Greg Kable (@GregKable) June 11, 2018
Mercedes-Benz sells the C220d and the affected Vito van locally but no longer offers the diesel-powered GLC in question. It is not yet known whether Australian sold vehicles are affected and it would be unlikely that the vehicles would surpass Australia’s much more lax emissions standards.
News of Mercedes-Benz featuring software that could alter the vehicles emissions results follows on from the scandal that engulfed Volkswagen and Audi which had knowingly added defeat devices in diesel-powered vehicles, including popular cars like like the VW Golf sold in Australia, with the aim of circumventing strict emissions standards in the USA and Europe.
German car brands including Volkswagen, BMW and Mercedes-Benz’s parent company Daimler where also found to have commissioned a study that forced monkeys to breath diesel fumes of old and new cars in 2014 in an attempt to prove new diesel vehicles were less harmful for the environment.
VW officially apologised for the US study undertaken on its behalf while Daimler issued a statement calling the methods “unnecessary and repulsive”.

Naresh — What’s happening to families

Naresh —
What’s happening to families at the border right now is horrific: Nursing infants ripped away from their mothers. Parents told their toddlers are being taken to bathe or play, only to realize hours later that they aren’t coming back. Children incarcerated in warehouses and, according to more than one account, kept in cages. This is a moral and humanitarian crisis. Everyone of us who has ever held a child in their arms, and every human being with a sense of compassion and decency should be outraged.
Even as I warned this could happen on the campaign trail — that Trump’s immigration policies would result in families being separated, parents being sent away from their children, people rounded up on trains and buses — I hoped it would never come to be. But now, as we watch with broken hearts, that’s exactly what’s happening.
We can be heartbroken, but we shouldn’t be hopeless. There’s something you can do to help.
The test of any nation is how we treat the most vulnerable among us. First Lady Laura Bush made that case eloquently in the Washington Post this weekend, writing: “This zero-tolerance policy is cruel. It is immoral. And it breaks my heart.” She’s absolutely right. We should be a better country than one that tears families apart, turns a blind eye to women fleeing domestic violence, and treats frightened children as a means to a political end.
Meanwhile, Jeff Sessions is trying to use the Bible to justify this cruelty. Let me say this: I went to a lot of years of Sunday school and even taught it from time to time, and what is being done using the name of religion is contrary to everything I was ever taught.
I still believe in the vision we share for our country, and I won’t let scared children become victims of partisan politics. Alongside the organizations that Onward Together partners with, we can and will elect politicians and enact legislation to protect the most vulnerable among us — but first, we have to address the urgent needs of families at the center of this crisis.
Make a contribution today, and your donation will go directly to the groups doing this work right now:

NMML : MANDALA DIALOGUE

MANDALA DIALOGUE
Date: 20th June 2018
Time: 10:00 am-1:00 pm
Venue: Seminar Room, Nehru Memorial Museum Library, New Delhi
India-Indonesia Partnership @70
In the emerging geo-politics of the Indo-pacific and the presumed rivalry in the region amongst the Big Powers, it becomes significant to analyse the India-Indonesia relations @70 as it is one of the largest member state of ASEAN and one of the most significant in Asia to maintain the balance of power in the region. Recent visit of the Prime Minister Modi to Jakarta was long overdue and eagerly awaited and marks a major shift in the diplomatic history of the two countries. In the backdrop of the visit, ‘The Mandala Dialogue’ aims to focus on the age-old ties between the two countries, their diplomatic relations, strategic and comprehensive partnership along with the major highlights of the recent visit of the Prime Minister Modi and the way forward.
Mandala Dialogue is an initiative of the Nehru Memorial Museum Library to initiate a dialogue with experts and young scholars to actively engage on the emerging geo-political issues of contemporary relevance, particularly relating to India’s Neighbourhood Policy on different aspects of our relationships—trade, investment, security, culture, geo-strategy etc.
(Limited seats are available on first come first served basis only. RSVP to confirm your participation)
 


FM Piyush Goyal’s meeting CMD 13 Public sector banks

Finance Minister Piyush Goyal and heads of 13 public sectors banks meet is underway in New Delhi. The meeting is being held to resolve various issues concerning public sector banks.
This is the first meeting with the heads of the Public sector banks after their annual financial result for 2017-18. Most of the banks posted loss in the fourth quarter of the last fiscal. These banks are headquartered in the east, south and northern regions.
Sources said, almost all banks have reported increase in non-performing assets as per the February 12 RBI, guidelines. The new guidelines have specified framework for early identification and reporting of stressed assets.
In addition, the issues concerning banks which are under the Prompt Corrective Action framework of the Reserve Bank would also be discussed.

Mehbooba Mufti resigns, BJP withdraws alliance

 Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) : BJP decides to withdraw from the PDP-BJP alliance government Jammu and Kashmir. Watch press conference. Ram Madhav, Dr Jitendra Singh address the press confernce.
 Mehbooba Mufti resigns as Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister,  media reports, as in press conference,  BJP decides to withdraw from the PDP-BJP alliance government Jammu and Kashmir. Chief minister Mehbooba Mufti has resigned, her party’s spokesperson confirmed this to media.

India-Indonesia Partnership @70

Nehru Memorial Museum & Library
cordially invites you to
Mandala Dialogue
on
India-Indonesia Partnership @70
Date: 20th June 2018
Time: 10:00 am-1:00 pm
Venue: Seminar Room, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi
(Limited seats are available on first come first served basis only. RSVP to confirm your participation)
RSVP:
Email: ccs2nmml@gmail.com
Phone No. 011-23010666

The Growth Net Summit 2018

Dear Member,
CII is organising the Growth Net Summit tomorrow, 19th June 2018 at Taj Diplomatic Enclave, Sardar Patel Marg, New Delhi. Detailed information is appended below for your reference.
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I am writing to invite you to join us for this Summit.
Regards,
Anuj Khanna
Chairman – CII Western U.P Zonal Council
Confederation of Indian Industry
Western UP Zonal Office
CMA Tower
A-2E, Mezzanine Floor, Sector – 24
Noida 201 301
Uttar Pradesh
Tel : +91-120- 4345972-74

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