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Envoys of four nations present credentials to President of India

20.09.2017 08:46:23 – Envoys of Tanzania, Ghana, Burundi and Pakistan presented their credentials to the President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, at a ceremony held at Rashtrapati Bhavan today (September 19, 2017). 
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Envoys of Tanzania, Ghana, Burundi and Pakistan presented their credentials to the President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, at a ceremony held at Rashtrapati Bhavan today (September 19, 2017).
The envoys who presented their credentials were: –
1. His Excellency Mr. Baraka Haran Luvanda, High Commissioner of Tanzania
His Excellency Mr. Michael Aaron Nii Nortey Oquaye, High Commissioner of Ghana
3. Her Excellency Mrs. Stella Bdiriganya, Ambassador of Burundi
4. His Excellency Mr. Sohail Mahmood, High Commissioner of Pakistan
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Dear Media Colleagues,
The United Nations General Assembly opens its seventy second session today, Tuesday, 19 September, at 3.00 pm New York time, at the United Nations headquarters in New York. The annual general debate will go on till 25 September.
The General Assembly is headed by H.E. Miroslav Lajčak of Slovakia. The theme for the seventy-second session’s general debate will be, “Focusing on People: striving for peace and a decent life for all on a sustainable planet”.
The Assembly President, Mr Lajčak will deliver the keynote opening speech. This will then be followed by Brazilian President Michel Temer, whose country holds the traditional role of first national speaker. He will be followed by United States President Donald Trump, as leader of the host nation.
Smt. Sushma Swaraj, External Affairs Minister, Government of India, will address the UN General Assembly on 23 September 2017.
Ahead of the Debate, which runs through 25 September, UN Secretary-General António Guterres’ will present his annual Report on the work of the Organization. This will be followed by discussions that will define international responses to many of the global challenges of the day, including protracted conflicts, extreme poverty and hunger, and the refugee crisis.
Other highlights include an event on women’s economic empowerment; a ministerial-level Security Council debate, set for Wednesday 20 September, on reform of UN peacekeeping operations; as well as, immediately after the debate, a special meeting of the Assembly to commemorate the International Day for the Total Elimination of Nuclear Weapons and a two-day high-level meeting on the UN Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons, set for 27-28 September.
Please find below resources for all that is happening at the GA.
Useful links
United Nations General Assembly:
Live webcast
Press Releases content/general-assembly
Press Kit presskit/pdf/full_kit72_en.pdf
UN News Centre
Library resources docs/ga
Minister of Steel, Chaudhary Birender Singh will be the chief guest at the sixth India Minerals & Metals Forum- Ferrous & Non-Ferrous organized by the Indian Chamber Of Commerce (ICC) in New Delhi on 20 September 2017. The Secretary Mines Shri Arun Kumar will also address the conference.
The details are as follows:
Date : 20 September 2017 (Wednesday)
Time : 10.00 A.M. (Registration starts at 9.30 A.M.)
Venue : Hotel Shangri-la’s Eros, Ashoka Road, New Delhi-110001
Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State (I/C) for Culture will release a Book titled “Bharatiya Kala Mein Salil Kreedayen Evam Sadyhsnata Nayika” written by Dr Kshetrapal Gangwar and Shri Sanjib Kumar Singh. Shri Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Minister of State (I/C) for Labour and Employment will also preside over the function.
This is an Art Book based on original research, written in Hindi and published by National Museum after few decades.
20th September, 2017 (Wednesday)
12.30 PM
National Museum Auditorium, Janpath, New Delhi- 110001
Hon’ble Minister for Science & Technology Dr. Harshvardhan to hold a press conference on “Bio-technology Interventions: Impacting North East”
20th September, 2017 (Wednesday)
1.30 pm
Conference Room (1st Floor), CSIR Science Centre, Lodhi Complex, Near Gate No. 2 of Lodhi Garden, New Delhi
Vice President, Shri M Venkaiah Naidu will be the Chief Guest for the Conference with Industry Associations & Incubators for National SC ST Hub.
Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Shri Giriraj Singh, Union Minister for Social Justice & Empowerment Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot, Union Minister for Tribal Affairs Shri Jual Oram and Minister of State for Finance Shri Shiv Pratap Shukla will be present to grace the occasion.
Secretary MSME Shri Arun Kumar Panda and other senior officials of the Ministry will also be present on the occasion.
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“INDIA @70 MODI @3.5” on Thu, 28th September, 2017

INVITATION: Shri Arun Jaitley (Union Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs) to Release “INDIA @70 MODI @3.5” on Thu, 28th September, 2017 at 7 PM, NMML, New Delhi

Dear All,

Please find the enclosed Invitation
A Line in confirmation will be highly appreciated.
Dr. Anirban Ganguly
Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee Research Foundation, New Delhi
Co-Convener, Library Department, BJP
Member, Policy Research Department, BJP
Member, Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE), MHRD
Member, Governing Board Auroville Foundation
Member, Visva Bharati Samsad (Court), Santiniketan
Twitter: @anirbanganguly

Quake of M7.1 – PUEBLA, MEXICO

Preliminary Earthquake Report
  • 19 Sep 2017 18:14:39 UTC
  • 19 Sep 2017 13:14:39 near epicenter
  • 19 Sep 2017 22:14:39 standard time in your timezone
Location18.584N 98.399W
Depth51 km
  • 8 km (5 miles) ESE (111 degrees) of Iz�car, Puebla, Mexico
  • 22 km (14 miles) ENE (71 degrees) of Atencingo, Puebla, Mexico
  • 36 km (22 miles) ENE (75 degrees) of Axochiapan, Morelos, Mexico
  • 56 km (35 miles) SSW (202 degrees) of Puebla, Puebla, Mexico
  • 123 km (76 miles) SE (139 degrees) of MEXICO CITY, D.F., Mexico

UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters for the Afghan Air Force

 NATO-led  Mission in Afghanistan informed regarding the arrival of the first Black Hawks late on Monday. The commander of the United States Central Command General Joseph L. Votel requested the US Congress to approve the budget for the Afghan forces Blackhawk program.
UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters for the Afghan Air Force arrived in the country’s southern Kandahar province on Monday.This is one of the first steps in modernizing the Afghan Air Force and make it less dependent on international military support.
“The first Afghan Air Force UH-60s arrived today at Kandahar Air Field. The AAF is transitioning from the Mi-17 to the UH-60 as part of recapitalization efforts to modernize the helicopter fleet.”

50% train tickets still purchased in cash

50% train tickets still purchased in cash
New Delhi,19th Sept; 2017: In a finding that possibly will surprise many – more than half of the train tickets in India are purchased in cash. And this is not because the train travellers necessarily prefer it that way, but the sale of reserved train tickets through authorized agents (contributing an estimated half of reserved ticket sales) continues to be in cash. The primary cause for this is the dis-incentive eco-system which rewards cash while penalizing online transactions. This finding is based on a countrywide survey of consumers and ticketing agents. The finding also stresses that correction is needed immediately to enhance digital payments – so emphatically stressed by the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India.
The neighbourhood ticketing agent still continues to be the preferred choice for Indians looking to buy their train tickets. An estimated 65,000 of these small businesses are spread across the nook & corners of the country, representing the true grit of Indian entrepreneurs while battling all kinds of odds to keep themselves afloat. Their differentiators being around door-step service, local knowledge & customer relationships. Train ticket purchase involves a number of decisions, and travellers prefer to go through their trusted agents to do the job.
“A significant consumer section of India depends on managed services, especially when the complexity of their need is high. And because of the supply-demand mismatch & other uncertainties around train travel, ticket booking falls in this bucket. This has in turn led to the popularity of train ticket booking through these mom-and-pop travel agents.” says Mr. Manish Rathi Co-Founder & CEO, RailYatri.
Based on a recent survey done by RailYatri, it was found that while the larger agents have mechanisms of accepting digital payments, their train ticket booking is nearly 100% in cash. While consumers have increasingly shown an inclination towards digital payment, the travel agents still shun from accepting these. Much of it, according to them, is due to the outdated ticketing rules and penalty imposed on them.
The study found that the unrealistic rule of imposing a cap on Payment Gateway (PG) charges at 0.7% (for train tickets prices less than Rs. 2000) is completely out of tune with the average bank charges, which the agents have to pay. According to RailYatri, the typical PG charges varies between 1.5% to 2% depending on the provider, with most providers falling on the higher side. Agents, understandably, are unwilling to pay for the difference over 0.7% to the payment banks from their own pocket. Any instance of charging above 0.7%, even if the money is finally kept by the bank, exposes the agent to steep fines and penalties. Hence their preference for cash.
Secondly, cash transactions leave no trail. These agents have seen the cost of train tickets increasing more than 80% in the last 5 years and so have the cost of running their business. However, their commission on train tickets have been capped to Rs. 20/40 with no increase in the last many years. This has forced several agents to continue with cash payments as it allows them to charge without a trail of actual amount paid. Consumer, unfortunately is the biggest loser in this.
“Nearly a crore train tickets every month are being booked in cash and this doesn’t opine well with the well-intended and ambitious plan of the Government to move the nation towards Digitization and Online Payments – especially when this is in their own backyard. However, the good news is that this can be quickly fixed by revisiting the rules. These agents are an integral part of small businesses ecosystem and the system needs to incentivize them to accept and look for customers who are willing to pay digitally-thus fulfilling the Digital India dream. With the new management at the helm in the ministry, we sincerely hope a concerted effort is made in this direction,” says Manish Rathi Co-Founder & CEO RailYatri.
About is the #1 train travel community in India. Noida-based was set up in 2011 with a mission to simplify train travel with Manish Rathi (Computer Science, Western Michigan Univ, US), Kapil Raizada (IIT Kanpur, IIM Bangalore) and Sachin Saxena (IIT Kharagpur, Stanford) as its co-founders. launched its consumer products in early 2014 and has seen a rapid growth since then.
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