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India is committed to improving ease of doing business:

Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri today said India is committed to improving ease of doing business. Addressing the 42nd Joint Meeting of India- Japan Business Cooperation Committee in New Delhi, Mr Puri said, India offers opportunities to Japan in the fields like Make In India, Digital India, Skill India and Smart City Project.
He said, during the last three years, the government has taken a lot of initiatives to improve economic growth, investors confidence and business sentiments in the country. He said, India is the most liberal FDI regime in the world and during 2016-17, the country received foreign direct investment inflow to the tune of 60 billion dollars.

Nation celebrates 69th Republic Day

Nation is celebrating its 69th Republic Day today. The main function was organized at Rajpath in the national capital where President Ram Nath Kovind took the salute of the parade.
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Under the custom to host a leader of a foreign country as the chief guest at the parade, this year, in a first, leaders of 10 ASEAN countries were the Chief Guests.
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Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the three service chiefs paid tributes to soldiers at the Amar Jawan Jyoti at India Gate by laying wreaths.
President Ram Nath Kovind before parade begins awarded India’s highest peacetime military decoration Ashok Chakra posthumously to Indian Air Force Garud commando Corporal Jyoti Prakash Nirala, who laid down his life after gunning down two terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir.
The award was received by Corporal Nirala’s wife Sushmanand and his mother Malti Devi at the majestic Rajpath.
Corporal Nirala was attached to a Rashtriya Rifles battalion under the aegis of ‘Op Rakshak’ in Jammu and Kashmir. On November 18 last year, an offensive was launched in Chanderger village of Bandipora district based on specific intelligence. The Garud detachment covertly approached the target house where the terrorists were hiding and laid a close quarter ambush.
Nirala succumbed to fatal gunshot wounds.The gunfight resulted in the killing of six terrorists. Corporal Nirala exhibited most conspicuous gallantry in fighting with terrorists and made supreme sacrifice.Last year November, Nirala had single-handedly shot down two terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir during an anti-terror operation and made supreme sacrifice.
The parade started with flag bearer contingent bearing the ASEAN and 10 ASEAN countries’ flags. Marching contingents from Army, Navy, Air Force, Paramilitary Forces BSF, SSB, ITBP, Delhi Police, NCC and NSS participated in the parade.
India’s strategic defence weaponry was also displayed during the celebrations. Tableaux of fourteen States and nine Central Ministries participated in the parade presenting the varied historical, art and cultural heritage of India. For the first time, All India Radio was part of the parade, showcasing its journey of more than eight decades in the domain of public service, promotion and preservation of socio-cultural and linguistic heritage. Punjab Tableaux depicted the grandeur of Sangat and Pangat in a creative and comprehensive manner and Maharashtra displayed the Coronation of Chhatrapati Shivaji.
Traditional masks of Assam featured in state’s tableau while Kettukazhcha of Kerala drew the attention. Buddhist heritage place Sanchi and Monastery Kye Gompa also featured in tableaux. Income Tax Department Tableaux showed the collective support of people to the clean money drive. Eighteen children awarded with National Bravery Award also participated in the parade. A newly-raised all-woman bikers contingent of the Border Security Force made its debut on Rajpath.
The 27-member BSF women daredevils received cheers as they showcase their stunts and acrobatics on their Bullet motorcycles. At the end, there was a spectacular flypast by the Indian Air Force. The flypast commenced with the ‘Rudra’ formation comprising three ALH, followed by the ‘Hercules’ formation comprising three C-130J Super Hercules aircraft.
The flypast concluded with Sukhoi fighter jet carrying out a ‘Vertical Charlie’ manoeuvre over the saluting dais.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has thanked leaders of ASEAN nations for participating in the Republic Day celebrations. In a series of tweets after the annual event, Mr Modi said, their presence with people of India is an unprecedented gesture of goodwill from ASEAN nations.
The Prime Minister said, he had the privilege to host the ASEAN leaders yesterday for the Commemorative Summit to mark 25 years of ASEAN -India partnership. Mr Modi said, this is no ordinary event and it is a historic milestone in a remarkable journey that has brought India and ASEAN to a deepening partnership of great promise for their 1.9 billion people, about one-fourth of humankind. He said, India- ASEAN partnership may be just 25 years old, but India’s ties with South-east Asia stretch back more than two millennia.
The Prime Minister said, forged in peace and friendship, religion and culture, art and commerce, language and literature, these enduring links are now present in every facet of the magnificent diversity of India and South-east Asia, providing a unique envelope of comfort and familiarity between the people.
Saying that INDIA-ASEAN trade and investment flows have multiplied several times, Mr Modi reiterated that ASEAN and India have immense opportunities to chart a steady course through the uncertain and turbulence times to a stable and peaceful future for the region and the world. He said, India and ASEAN have advanced the broad-based partnership through 30 mechanisms and with each ASEAN member, India have growing diplomatic, economic and security partnership. He said, ASEAN and India will work together to keep their seas safe and secure.

Rahul Gandhi on 6th row seat at R-Day parade

The oldest party in the country Congress, its President  Shri Rahul Gandhi not spotted in front row, every onlooker on TV was utterly surprised to find the leader enjoy Republic Day parade  at 6th row.  Protocol is not  followed by the organizers  is matter of disbelief so the Congress Chief  middle  row need explanation.
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Congress president Rahul Gandhi today attended the Republic Day Parade and took the designated seat in the sixth row, prompting an angry reaction from his party that accused the government of setting aside tradition and indulging in “cheap politics”.
Gandhi was seated in the sixth row, along with Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad.
Congress communications in-charge Randeep Surjewala said the Modi government’s “cheap politics” was at display today when it broke tradition and denied Gandhi a front-row seat.
Congress sources said the party presidents, including Sonia Gandhi who handed over the party reins to Rahul Gandhi in December last year, had always been seated in the front row at the Republic Day Parade.
“The Modi government’s cheap politics is for all to see. The Congress president was deliberately made to sit in the sixth row, after initially assigning him a fourth-row seat, at the Republic Day celebrations by the arrogant rulers, who set aside all past traditions. For us the celebration of the Constitution is foremost,” Surjewala tweeted in Hindi.

Panel Discussion on ‘The role of the transport sector in Delhi’s air quality

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Public debate over the quality of Delhi’s air reliably spikes every winter, along with the readings from air quality monitors. However, public discussion tends to rapidly taper off, even as the air quality remains consistently bad.
The Initiative on Climate, Energy and Environment (ICEE) at the Centre for Policy Research (CPR) is organising a seminar series – Clearing the Air? Seminar Series on Delhi’s Air Pollution  to promote sustained and informed public understanding around the data, impacts, sources and policy challenges involved in clearing Delhi’s air. While we will focus on the Delhi context, the series will also reflect the fact that the problem extends far beyond Delhi. The seminar series will present the work of experts in a range of areas, to help promote informed public discussion about what changes are needed, what is possible, and how to get it done. Clearing the air in terms of knowledge and public information, we hope, will make a small contribution toward actually clearing Delhi’s air.
ICEE invites you to the fourth event in this series.
Panel Discussion on ‘The role of the transport sector in Delhi’s air quality: key drivers and opportunities for intervention’ 
Panellists: Amit Bhatt, Parthaa Bosu, Sumit Sharma
Moderator: Mukta Naik
Thursday, 1 February 2018, 4:00 p.m.
Conference Hall, Centre for Policy Research
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The seminar series began with a talk on air pollutants in Indian cities and the gaps in our knowledge about them, followed by two events on health impacts of air pollution. We now turn to specific sources of air pollution, and we begin with transport. Vehicular pollution has been a significant contributor to Delhi’s air pollution, accounting for up to a fourth of PM 2.5 emissions. Delhi has the largest vehicular population of any city in India, with over a crore registered vehicles. More than 90% of these are private vehicles, and this number has steadily grown over the years. However, regulatory interventions towards promoting cleaner fuel and phasing out old vehicles, as well as legal measures to cap or decrease the number of vehicles have primarily focused on public transit vehicles. The panel will deliberate on key technical and policy drivers for reduction and management of emissions from the transport sector, including the source composition of air pollution from transport, potential gains from changes in fuel standards and fuel types, and issues related to public transport and modal shares.
About the Speaker: 
Amit Bhatt is the Director of Integrated Urban Transport at WRI India. He is based in Delhi and provides vision and leadership to all transport initiatives across WRI in India and neighbouring countries. Amit has over 17 years’ experience in the field of transport planning, non-motorised transportation, road safety, capacity building, street design and urban development. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture, Master’s degrees in Transport and Economics, and a diploma in Transport Economics and Management.
Parthaa Bosu is the lead consultant on air pollution with Environment Defence Fund, based in the United States. He was previously with the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), working on in-use vehicle emissions, and has also served as the India Director and South Asia Liaison of the UN Partnership, Clean Air Asia. Parthaa was a part of the working-group on non-motorized transport promotion at the Ministry of Urban Development, and structured the Green Freight India Working Group, which works on reducing emissions from freight and also making it more efficient. He is currently trying to nurture dialogues on rising air pollution and congestion in cities, and recently helped design the Chennai Freight Partnership with IIT Madras and the Madras Chambers.
Sumit Sharma is a Fellow and Associate Director of the Earth Science and Climate Change group of TERI. He has worked on a number of projects related to air quality management which involves air quality monitoring, emission inventorisation, air quality modeling (dispersion and receptor), and drafting air quality management plans. He has carried out a source apportionment study for the city of Bangalore, involving air quality modeling exercises and developing scenarios for air quality improvement. He also has been working on regional scale ozone pollution, and conducting workshops and training programs for sensitization of various stakeholders on air quality improvement.
The panel will be moderated by Mukta Naik, Senior Researcher, CPR.

“Industry-Media Interactions”

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01st February 2018, Hotel Lalit, New Delhi

Greetings From ASSOCHAM,

ASSOCHAM is organizing an “Industry-Media Interactions” of leading industrialists to obtain their reactions on Budget Proposals for 2017-18 by the Hon’ble Finance Minister, Shri Arun Jaitley on 01st February 2018 (10.30 am) at Hotel The Lalit, New Delhi. In this regard, We would like to invite you as a delegate to attend the Industry Media Interaction schedule to be held on 01st February 2018.

Your participation would add immense value to the content of the conference.

A line of confirmation will be highly appreciated.

We look forward for your kind confirmation.


Sincerely,

Kushagra Joshi
The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India
Banking & Financial Services,
5, Sardar Patel Marg, Chanakyapuri,
New Delhi – 110021
Mob:+91-8447365357
Phone: +91- 11- 46550624
Fax: +91- 11- 46536481/82

Driverless buses hit the streets in Stockholm

Minibus with the text 'Åk med' (app 'Come along') on the side.
Man on a bus, looking into the camera.
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The self-driving bus in Kista. Credit: Ulla Engberg/Sveriges Radio
For the first time in Scandinavia, a self-driving bus will mix with other traffic along a public road in Kista, northern Stockholm.
The electric bus will take up to 11 passengers and will reach a maximum speed of 20 kilometres per hour, on a 1,5 kilometre straight road between Victoria Tower and Kista Centrum in Stockholm’s own silicon valley.
The pilot project will try out out the technology over the next six months on normal road conditions on weekdays from 7 am to 6 pm.
Already at the end of the summer, in a new residential area in Barkarby northern Stockholm, self-driving buses are supposed to be part of the normal public transport route.
“If that is successful, I would say that in just a few years, this will be a very common part of Stockholm transport system,” says Kristoffer Tamsons, Stockholm’s regional transport commissioner, and chairman of Stockholm transport.
Radio Sweden went for a test drive, and spoke to some of the people involved in the project.

“On the Trail of the Black”.

On behalf of Dr. Bibek
Debroy (Chairman, Economic Advisory Council to the Prime
Minister of India), I am writing to invite you to attend the
launch of our book titled “On the Trail of the
Black”. This book has been published by Rupa and is a
compilation of essays written by senior officials and young
professionals of NITI Aayog. The book focuses
on corruption and black
money across sectors such as health, education,
land, electoral financing, benami properties, demonetization
etc. and proposes actionable strategies to counter the
same.
Shri Rajnath Singh,
Hon’ble Home Minister of India will release the
book and a panel discussion will follow the release. Details
of the  event are below:
a) Date: 27th January
2018 (Saturday),
b) Time: Starts 11:00 am.
c) Venue: Constitution Club of India (CCI)
d) Panel Members: Shri Amitabh Kant (CEO, NITI Aayog), Shri
Shakti Sinha (Director, NMML), Shri Ashwani Mahajan
(Swadeshi Jagran Manch), Shri Dhiraj Nayyar (OSD, NITI
Aayog) and Ms. Bhavana Kohli. Dr. Bibek Debroy will moderate
the panel.
Please consider this
email as an invitation for the book release. The event is
open for all. We hope that you would take out time or send
your representatives for the same. The invitation creative
containing the details of the venue and time schedules is
also enclosed for easy reference. Look forward to receiving
you. Pls send in a line of
confirmation.

INVITATION FOR COVERAGE

INVITATION FOR COVERAGE
Dear Sir/Madam,
You are requested to cover the following event:-
Event
Smt. Rashmi Verma, Secretary, Ministry of Tourism will inaugurate “Bharat Parv” being organized by the Government of India from 26thto 31st January, 2018 as part of the Republic Day 2018 celebrations.
Date
26th January, 2018 (Friday)
Time
5.00 PM

Venue
Red Fort (Lal Quila) lawns, Delhi-110006

: INVITATION

Dear Sir/Madam,

You are cordially invited to cover the following event-

Event : Jammu & Kashmir Student Exchange Programme – Closing ceremony.(500 J&K students visited Delhi from 18thJanuary, 2018 to 26th January, 2018)
Union Minister for Human Resource Development Shri Prakash Javadekar will be the Chief Guest for the function.
Dr. Satya Pal Singh, Minister of State for HRD, Department of Higher Education, and Shri Upendra Kushwaha , Minister of State for HRD, Department of School Education and Literacy will also be present on the occasion.
Date : January 26th, 2018 (Friday)
Time : 02.00 PM
Venue : National Bal Bhawan, Kotla Road, New Delhi-110002
BJP National President, Shri Amit Shah will hoist the National Flag tom (Friday) 26 January at 8:30AM at 11, Ashok Road. Photo Opportunity only.

Seminar on Made in India

Pl Join Mumbai 4th Feb Sh Suresh Prabhu, Min Commerce & Ind Make in India & inaugration of Centre for Integrated Development &Research supported by Bhartiya Viklash Parishad
Prof. NK Goyal – Chairman Emeritus TEMA & President CMAI <president_cmai@cmai.asia>
To nksagar_1@yahoo.com
Thursday, 25 January, 2018 11:24 AM
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Dear Sir,
 
I request you to please join as our VIP Guest with Hon’ble Shri Suresh Prabhu, Minister of Commerce and Industries at Mumbai on 4th Feb at 230 PM for Seminar on Make in India and  inauguration of Centre for Integrated Development &Research supported by Bhartiya Vikash Parishad (http://www.bvpindia.com/) at  Central Auditorium, Welingkar Institute of Management, Matunga, Mumbai and please join High Tea at 530 PM.
 
Please find invitation card at www.cmai.asia for your kind perusal.
 
Looking to welcome you personally.
Regards
Prof N K Goyal
President CMAI Association of India, Chairman Emeritus TEMA 
Member Governing Council Telecom Equipment & Services Export Promotion Council, Govt. of India
Vice Chairman, ITU APT India, Adviser Gujarat Technological University
Chairman India Trade Promotion Services, Dubai UAE,  
Director NFL National Fertilizers Ltd, Govt. of India

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