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"Worrying is carrying tomorrow's load with today's strength- carrying two days at once. It is moving into tomorrow ahead of time. Worrying doesn't empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength." - Corrie ten Boom

"Man is not worried by real problems so much as by his imagined anxieties about real problems" - Epictetus

"Okay, so, flying," I started, taking a deep breath and focusing on the thing I loved most in the world. "Flying is … great. It feels great when you're doing it. It's fun. Pure freedom. There's nothing better." Dylan smiled, a slow, easy smile that seemed to light up his whole face. "So the first thing we're going to do," I told him, "is push you off the roof." - James Patterson, Fang

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    There would be no ether.
  • And without its instrumentation By the ether, There would be no waves.
  • And without any waves, There would be no sound.
  • And without sound, There would be no music.
  • And without music, There would be no life.
  • And without a life force, There would be no matter.
  • But it does not matter - Because what is matter, If there is no light?"


Thing to ponder over :
"All truly great thoughts
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- Friedrich Nietzsche,
Twilight of the Idols

 

Nature
"A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty." - Albert Einstein "Faraway a leopard barked that high, dissatisfied deep roar it cuts off so sharply, as if its annoyance is too great to express, can only be appeased." - Mike Bond, The Last Savanna
"Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature -- the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter." - Rachel Carson, Silent Spring
"You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves. Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine. Meanwhile the world goes on. Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain are moving across the landscapes, over the prairies and the deep trees, the mountains and the rivers. Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air, are heading home again. Whoever you are, no matter how lonely, the world offers itself to your imagination, calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting – over and over announcing your place in the family of things." - Mary Oliver
"Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
"The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness." - John Muir
"The mountains are calling and I must go." - John Muir The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quite alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature. As longs as this exists, and it certainly always will, I know that then there will always be comfort for every sorrow, whatever the circumstances may be. And I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles." - Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl

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"Remain cheerful for nothing destructive can pierce through the solid wall of cheerfulness."

"Another fresh new year is here . . . Another year to live! To banish worry, doubt, and fear, To love and laugh and give! This bright new year is given me To live each day with zest . . . To daily grow and try to be My highest and my best! I have the opportunity Once more to right some wrongs, To pray for peace, to plant a tree, And sing more joyful songs!" - William Arthur Ward ? Hunter S. Thompson, Hell's Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga

"Each year's regrets are envelopes in which messages of hope are found for the New Year." - John R. Dallas Jr., We Need to Have a Word: Words of Wisdom, Courage and Patience for Work, Home and Everywhere

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Q. Is an older one-hundred dollar bill worth more than a newer one?

Answer: Of course it is. A $100 bill is worth more than a $1 bill (newer one).

Q.Yesterday i fell from 30 feet high ladder but i dont get hurt. Why ?

Answer : I fell from bottom stair

Q.Who can jump higher than the Mount Everest ?

Answer : Me, you and him and her and everyone Mountains cant jump.

Q.I am in the beginning of the earth. I am at the end of the time. I appear two times in a week. I appear once in a year. What Am I ?

Answer : Letter 'E'

Question: Mr. Smith has two children. If the older child is a boy, what are the odds that the other child is also a boy?

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Q.How many times can you take away 2 from 100?

Answer : Once, after that it's not 100 any more.

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India will add 160-170 million labour force by 2020: study
NEW DELHI, JANUARY 19 : India's labour force will expand by 160-170 million in 2020, depends on various factors which includes population growth rate, labour force participation, education enrolment at higher levels etc, an ASSOCHAM –Thought Arbitrage joint study has pointed out.

ONGC bags award for energy conservation
NEW DELHI, JANUARY 19 : Oil and Natural Gas Corporation ( ONGC) has been conferred on the award for best overall performance in promoting oil and gas conservation in the 'Upstream Sector'. The award was given to ONGC at the inaugural function of 'Sanrakhsan Kshamta Mahotsav-2017' (Saksham-2017) recently at New Delhi.

SCOPE to hold International Conference of SE Asian Countries on Occupational Safety &Health
NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 14 : Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE) organized the 6th National Workshop on "Excellence in Occupational Safety & Health at Workplace" in collaboration with Ministry of Labour & Employment and International Labour Organization (ILO).

BHEL wins the EEPC Export Excellence Award for the 26th consecutive year
NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 14 : BHARAT Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) has won the EEPC INDIA National Award for Export Excellence for the year 2014-15 as 'Star Performer - Project Exports (Large Enterprise)'.

PNB launches PNB PoWer Saving Product exclusively for women
NEW DELHI, MARCH 08 : "Our job is to provide an environment that unlocks women's potential – one that protects their dignity and femininity, helps them create the necessary balance in their lives, and values their talents and potential. Given this environment, I am confident that women will perform nothing short of miracles."And so epitomizing empowerment Mrs Usha Ananthasubramanian, Managing Director and CEO of Punjab National Bank(PNB) launched a new Saving Account Product exclusively for women.

Experts' group to to be set up soon on consolidation of PSBs : FM
NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 06 : The Union Finance Minister Mr Arun Jaitley said that the bankers' themselves have supported the proposal of consolidation of banks in order to have strong banks rather than having numerically large number of banks.

AAI participates in World ATM Congress
NEW DELHI, MARCH 09 :
"The way to the place you wish to go can always be found; just behave like a river, that is to say, firstly, move and secondly, move with no hesitation!" And that is World ATM Congress at IFEMA exhibition Hall, Madrid , a place of places of aviation professional camaraderie. Seeing is more than a physiological phenomenon... We see not only with our eyes but with all that we are and all that our profession is about. The professional is a professional see-er.>>>

PowerGrid employees pledge to 'Swachch Bharat Abhiyan'
NEW DELHI, MARCH 08 : "If by the quarter of the twentieth century godliness wasn't next to something more interesting than cleanliness, it might be time to reevaluate our notions of godliness." -? Tom Robbins In line with the above outlined premise employees of Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd. (PowerGrid), has pledged to contribute 55,000 man hours towards the "Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan".


"Restlessness is discontent — and discontent is the first necessity of progress. Show me a thoroughly satisfied man — and I will show you a failure." ? Thomas A. Edison, Diary and Sundry Observations of Thomas Alva Edison."-
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Text of the inaugural address by Prime Minister at Second Raisina Dialogue, New Delhi (January 17, 2017):

Text of PM’s address via video conference, at the “47th Thuglak Anniversary – A Tribute to Shri Cho Ramaswamy”, at Chennai
 

Dear Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam  ji,

Text of the inaugural address by Prime Minister at Second Raisina Dialogue, New Delhi (January 17, 2017)
 

Excellencies,
Distinguished guests,
Ladies & Gentlemen,

Today seems to be a day of speeches. Just a while ago we heard President Xi and Prime Minister May. Here I am with my words. Perhaps an overdose for some. Or a problem of plenty for 24/7 News Channels.

It is a great privilege to speak to you at the inauguration of the second edition of the Raisina Dialogue. Excellency Karzai Prime Minister Harper, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, it is a pleasure to see you in Delhi. Also, a warm welcome to all the guests. Over the next couple of days, you would hold numerous conversations on the state of the world around us. You would debate its certainty and prevailing flux; its conflicts and risks; its successes and opportunities; its past behaviours and likely prognosis; and its potential black swans and the New Normals.

Friends,

In May 2014, the people of India also ushered in a New Normal. My fellow Indians spoke in one voice to entrust my government with a mandate for change. Change not just of attitudes but of mindsets. Change from a state of drift to one of purposeful actions. Change to take bold decisions. A mandate in which reform would not be enough unless it transforms our economy and society. A transformation that is embedded in the aspiration and optimism of India’s youth, and in the boundless energy of its millions. Every day at work, I draw on this sacred energy. Every day at work, my ‘to do list’ is guided by the constant drive to reform and transform India, for prosperity and security of all Indians.

Friends,

I am aware that India’s transformation is not separated from its external context. Our economic growth; the welfare of our farmers; the employment opportunities for our youth; our access to capital, technology, markets and resources; And, security of our nation all of them are deeply impacted by developments in the world. But, the reverse is also true.

The world needs India’s sustained rise, as much as India needs the world. Our desire to change our country has an indivisible link with the external world. It is, therefore, only natural that India’s choices at home and our international priorities form part of a seamless continuum. Firmly anchored in India’s transformational goals.

Friends,

India is pursuing its transformation in unsettled times, which is equally the result of human progress and violent turmoil. For multiple reasons and at multiple levels, the world is going through profound changes. Globally connected societies, digital opportunities, technology shifts, knowledge boom and innovation are leading the march of humanity. But, sluggish growth and economic volatility are also a sobering fact. Physical borders may be less relevant in this age of bits and bytes. But, walls within nations, a sentiment against trade and migration, and rising parochial and protectionist attitudes across the globe are also in stark evidence. The result, Globalization gains are at risk and economic gains are no longer easy to come by. Instability, violence, extremism, exclusion and transnational threats continue to proliferate in dangerous directions. And, non-state actors are significant contributors to the spread of such challenges. Institutions and architectures built for a different world, by a different world, are outdated. Posing a barrier to effective multilateralism. As the world begins to re-order itself a quarter century after the strategic clarity of the Cold War, the dust has not yet settled on what has replaced it. But, a couple of things are clear. The political and military power is diffused and distributed The multi-polarity of the world, and an increasingly multi-polar Asia, is a dominant fact today. And, we welcome it.

Because, it captures the reality of the rise of many nations. It accepts that voices of many, not views of a few should shape the global agenda. Therefore, we need to guard against any instinct or inclination that promotes exclusion, especially in Asia. The focus of this conference on Multilaterism with Multipolarity is thus timely.

Friends,

We inhabit a strategically complex environment. In the broad sweep of history, the changing world is not necessarily a new situation. The crucial question is how do nations act in a situation where the frames of reference are shifting rapidly. Our choices and actions are based on the strength of our national power.

Our strategic intent is shaped by our civilizational ethos of:

· यथार्थवाद (realism),
· सह-अस्तित्व (co-existence)
· सहयोग (cooperation),तथा
· सहभागिता (partnership).

This finds expression in a clear and responsible articulation of our national interests. The prosperity of Indians, both at home and abroad, and security of our citizens are of paramount importance. But, self interest alone is neither in our culture nor in our behavior. Our actions and aspirations, capacities and human capital, democracy and demography,and strength and success. will continue to be an anchor for all round regional and global progress. Our economic and political rise represents a regional and global opportunity of great significance. It is a force for peace, a factor for stability and an engine for regional and global prosperity.

For my government, this has meant a path of international engagement focused on:

· Rebuilding connectivity, restoring bridges and rejoining India with our immediate and extended geographies.

· Shaping relationships networked with India’s economic priorities.

· Making India a human resource power to be reckoned with, by connecting our talented youth to global needs and opportunities.

· Building development partnerships that extend from the islands of the Indian Ocean and Pacific to the islands of the Caribbean and from the great continent of Africa to the Americas. · Creating Indian narratives on global challenges.

· Helping re-configure re-invigorate and rebuild global institutions and organizations. · Spreading the benefits of India's civilizational legacies, including Yoga and Ayurveda, as a global good. Transformation, therefore, is not just a domestic focus. It encompasses our global agenda.

For me, Sab Ka Saath; Sab Ka Vikas is not just a vision for India. It is a belief for the whole world. And, it manifests itself several layers, multiple themes and different geographies.

Let me turn to those that are closest to us in terms of geography and shared interests. We have seen a major shift towards our neighbours captured in our determined "Neighbourhood-first" approach. The people of South Asia are joined by blood, shared history, culture, and aspirations. The optimism of its youth seeks change, opportunities, progress and prosperity. A thriving well-connected and integrated neighbourhood is my dream. In the last two and half years, we have partnered with almost all our neighbours to bring the region together. Where necessary, we have shed the burdens of our past for the progressive future of our region. The result of our efforts is there to see.

In Afghanistan, despite distance and difficulties in transit, our partnership assists in reconstruction, by building institutions and capacities. In the backdrop, our security engagement has deepened. The completion of Afghanistan's Parliament building and the India-Afghanistan Friendship Dam are two shining examples of our dedication to forge developmental partnership.

With Bangladesh, we have achieved greater convergence and political understanding, through connectivity and infrastructure projects, and significantly, the settlement of the land and maritime boundaries.

In Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bhutan and Maldives, our overall engagement in infrastructure, connectivity, energy and development projects is a source of progress and stability in the region.

My vision for our neighbourhood puts a premium on peaceful and harmonious ties with entire South Asia. That vision had led me to invite leaders of all SAARC nations, including Pakistan, for my swearing in. For this vision, I had also travelled to Lahore. But, India alone cannot walk the path of peace. It also has to be Pakistan's journey to make. Pakistan must walk away from terror if it wants to walk towards dialogue with India.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Further west, we have redefined, in a short span of time, and despite uncertainty and conflict, our partnerships with Gulf and West Asia, including Saudi Arabia, U.A.E, Qatar and Iran. Next week, I will have the pleasure to host His Highness the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, as the Chief Guest at India’s Republic Day. We have not just focused on changing the perception. We have also changed the reality of our ties.

This has helped us protect and promote our security interests, nurture strong economic and energy ties and advance the material and social welfare of around 8 million Indians. In Central Asia too, we have built our ties on the edifice of shared history and culture to unlock new vistas of prosperous partnership. Our membership of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization provides a strong institutional link to our engagement with Central Asian nations. We have invested in all round prosperity of our Central Asian brothers and sisters.

And, have brought about a successful reset to longstanding relationships in that region.To our east, our engagement with South East Asia is at the centre of our Act East Policy. We have built a close engagement with the institutional structures in the region such as the East Asia Summit. Our partnership with ASEAN and its member countries has served to enhance commerce, technology, investment, development, and security partnerships with the region. It has also advanced our broad strategic interests and stability in the region. In our engagement with China, as President Xi and I agreed, we have sought to tap the vast area of commercial and business opportunities in the relationship. I see the development of India and China as an unprecedented opportunity, for our two countries and for the whole world. At the same time, it is not unnatural for two large neighbouring powers to have some differences. In the management of our relationship, and for peace and progress in the region, both our countries need to show sensitivity and respect for each other's core concerns and interests.

Friends,

Prevailing wisdom tells us that this century belongs to Asia. The sharpest trajectory of change is happening in Asia. There are large and vibrant pools of progress and prosperity that spread across the landscape of this region. But, rising ambition and rivalries are generating visible stress points. The steady increase in military power, resources and wealth in the Asia-Pacific has raised the stakes for its security. Therefore, the security architecture in the region must be open, transparent, balanced and inclusive. And, promote dialogue and predictable behavior rooted in international norms and respect for sovereignty.

Friends,

Over the past two and a half years, we have given a strong momentum to our engagement with the United States, Russia, Japan and other major global powers. With them, we not only share a desire to cooperate. We also hold converging views on opportunities and challenges that face us. These partnerships are a good fit with India's economic priorities and defence and security. With the United States, our actions have brought speed, substance and strength to the entire spectrum of our engagement. In my conversation with President-elect Donald Trump, we agreed to keep building on these gains in our strategic partnership. Russia is an abiding friend. President Putin and I have held long conversations on the challenges that confront the world today. Our trusted and strategic partnership, especially in the field of defence has deepened.

Our investments in new drivers of our relationship, and the emphasis on energy, trade, and S&T linkages are showing successful results. We also enjoy a truly strategic partnership with Japan whose contours now stretch to all fields of economic activity. Prime Minister Abe and I have spoken of our determination to intensify our cooperation further. With Europe, we have a vision of strong partnership in India’s development, especially in knowledge industry and smart urbanization.

Friends,

India has for decades been at the forefront of sharing our capacities and strengths with fellow developing countries. With our brothers and sisters in Africa, we have further strengthened our ties in the last couple of years. And, built meaningful development partnerships on the solid foundation of decades of traditional friendship and historical links. Today, the footprint of our development partnership stretches all across the globe.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

India has a long history of being a maritime nation. In all directions, our maritime interests are strategic and significant. The arc of influence of Indian Ocean extends well beyond its littoral limits. Our initiative of SAGAR - Security And Growth for All in the Region is not just limited to safe-guarding our mainland and islands. It defines our efforts to deepen economic and security cooperation in our maritime relationships. We know that convergence, cooperation, and collective action will advance economic activity and peace in our maritime region. We also believe, that the primary responsibility for peace, prosperity and security in the Indian Ocean rests with those who live in this region. Ours is not an exclusive approach. And, we aim to bring countries together on the basis of respect for international law. We believe that respecting Freedom of Navigation and adhering to international norms is essential for peace and economic growth in the larger and inter-linked marine geography of the Indo-Pacific.

 

Friends,

We appreciate the compelling logic of regional connectivity for peace, progress and prosperity. In our choices and through our actions, we have sought to overcome barriers to our outreach to West and Central Asia, and eastwards to Asia-Pacific. Two clear and successful examples of this are the tripartite agreement with Iran and Afghanistan on Chabahar; and our commitment to bring on line the International North South Transport Corridor. However, equally, connectivity in itself cannot override or undermine the sovereignty of other nations.

Only by respecting the sovereignty of countries involved, can regional connectivity corridors fulfill their promise and avoid differences and discord.

Friends,

True to our traditions, we have shouldered the international burden of our commitments. We have led assistance and relief efforts in times of disaster. We were a credible first responder during the earthquake in Nepal, evacuation from Yemen and during humanitarian crises in the Maldives and Fiji. We have also not hesitated in shouldering our responsibility for the maintenance of international peace and security. We have increased collaboration on coastal surveillance, white shipping information and fighting non-traditional threats like piracy, smuggling and organized crime. We have also shaped alternative narratives on long standing global challenges. Our strong belief in delinking terrorism from religion, and rejecting artificial distinctions between good and bad terrorism, are now a global talking point. And, those in our neighbourhood who support violence, encourage hatred, and export terror stand isolated and ignored. On the other pressing challenge of global warming, we have moved into a leading role. We have an ambitious agenda and an equally aggressive target to generate 175 giga watts from renewable energy. And we have already made a good start. We have shared our civilizational traditions to promote harmonious living with nature. We also brought the international community together to create an International Solar Alliance, to harness the energy of sun to propel human growth. A high point of our efforts has been the revival of international interest in the cultural and spiritual richness of India’s civilizational stream. Today, Buddhism, yoga and Ayurveda are recognized as invaluable heritage of humanity as a whole. India will celebrate this common heritage every step of the way. As it builds bridges across countries and regions and promotes overall well-being.

Ladies & gentlemen,

In conclusion, let me say this. In connecting with the world, our ancient scriptures have guided us.

Rig Veda says,

आ नो भद्रो : क्रत्वो यन्तु विश्वतः Means: "Let noble thoughts come to me from all directions”.

As a society, we have always favoured needs of many over the want of one.And, preferred partnerships over polarization. We hold the belief that success of one must propel the growth of many. Our task is cut out. And, our vision is clear. Our journey of transformation begins at home. And, is strongly supported through our constructive and collaborative partnerships that span the globe. With resolute steps at home, and expanding network of reliable friendships abroad, we will grasp the promise of a future that belongs to over a billion Indians. And in this endeavor, you will find in India, my friends, a beacon of peace and progress, stability and success, and access and accommodation.

Thank you.

Thank you very much.

 

Major Highlights

Education

Case for studying Sanskrit makes itself ; no need to invoke higher spiritual incentives to justify this: V - P

NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 21: 
The Vice President of India, Mr M Hamid Ansari said that the case for studying Sanskrit makes itself, and there is no need at all to invoke higher spiritual incentives in order to justify this. He was addressing the gathering after giving away the World Sanskrit Award 2015 & 2016 by Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), here on Monday.

Banking

PNB reduces MLCR to 8.20% as new year gift to customers

NEW DELHI, JANUARY 01 :
Punjab National Bank (PNB) reduced its Marginal Cost of Funds-Based Lending Rate (MCLR), benchmark for pricing loans to 8.20 per cent from January o1, 2017 on maturities ranging from overnight to five- year tenures.

The revised MCLR for one-year loan will be 8.45 per cent. Recently introduced MCLR is the new benchmark lending rate which has replaced the base rate for new borrowers. It is calculated on the marginal cost of borrowing and return on net worth for banks.

Health


Gall bladder cancer most common digestive cancer in women in India, say doctors

NEW DELHI, DECEMBR 02 : "She had six months at most left to live. She had cancer, she hissed. A filthy growth eating her insides away. There was an operation, she'd been told. They took half your stomach out and fitted you up with a plastic bag. Better a semicolon than a full stop, some might say."
― Helen Hodgman, Jack and Jill

And have you been feeling an acute aching sensation on the upper right side of your tummy lately? Do you feel a loss of appetite for no apparent reason or are you experiencing problems with digestion? Do you eat too much of junk food or street food? You may be at risk of developing gall bladder cancer (GBC), a notoriously lethal malignancy of your digestive system? .

Sports


"What counts in sports is not the victory, but the magnificence of the struggle."

PNB senior hockey team  win  33rd Surjit Hockey Tournament, 2016

NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 16 : 
“I think the big thing is you really have one chance to do this... to play hockey for a living, you have one chance at your career, and you have to take full advantage of it.-  Patrick Kane


Aerospace

Indrakanti Narasimha Murthy takes over as Member (Operations), AAI

NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 29 : Mr Indrakanti Narasimha Murthy took over the charge of Member (Operations) and Board Member of Airports Authority of India (AAI) on November 23 , 2016.

Energy


 PowerGrid wins Dun & Bradstreet  Best Transmission Company Award

NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 10 : "Your best - no matter how great - is nothing if you minus remarkable actions from the
equation." Next to excellence is the appreciation of it. William Makepeace Thackeray. And so PowerGrid has been bestowed with with Best Transmission Company Award by Dun & Bradstreet. The award was received by Mr Ravi P.Singh, Director (Personnel) from Mr Mansukh L.Mandaviya, Union Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways at a function held in New Delhi.

Epilepsy is a disease in the shadows. Patients are often reluctant to admit their condition - even to close family, friends or co-workers - because there's still a great deal of stigma and mystery surrounding the disease that plagued such historical figures as Julius Caesar, Edgar Allan Poe and Lewis Carroll. - Lynda Resnick

"What is sin? It is the glory of God not honored. The holiness of God not reverenced. The greatness of God not admired. The power of God not praised. The truth of God not sought. The wisdom of God not esteemed. The beauty of God not treasured. The goodness of God not savored. The faithfulness of God not trusted. The commandments of God not obeyed. The justice of God not respected. The wrath of God not feared. The grace of God not cherished. The presence of God not prized. The person of God not loved. That is sin." - John Piper

Note ban has negative impact on SMEs;
large firms can benefit in long run: Survey

 

Demonetisation Holistic view Impact Survey


Thesynergyonline Economics Bureau

NEW DELHI, JANUARY 22 :
Demonetisation of high value currency notes would leave quite a negative impact on small and medium enterprises, rural consumption and job creation in the immediate run while the large and well organised sectors of the corporate India stand to benefit in the long term horizon, the latest ASSOCHAM Bizcon Survey pointed out. 

PNB takes digitalization initiative forward

Thesynergyonline Banking Bureau

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NEW DELHI, JANUARY 21 : "People happily pay a premium for three things: Speed, Quality, and Convenience." -: Robert A. Rice Jr.

As another initiative of PNB in digitalization to provide banking convenience to customers Mrs Usha Ananthasubramanian, Managing Directorand& CEO of Punjab National Bank (PNB) on Saturday launched a new Credit Card named PNB Wave n Pay – Contactless Card.

 

Are global supply chains creating new service jobs?


Globalization has radically altered the way things get manufactured. Increasingly, manufacturing goods are created with inputs from all over the world, through a complex web of production that links workers and companies from different sectors and countries. In particular, the services sector has become an ever more important input provider to this production process, a phenomenon that some economists refer to as the "servicification of manufacturing".


The increasingly globalized production and the rising importance of services in manufacturing goods production have led to a boom in related service-sector jobs in global supply chains. That's a topic we explored in a new research paper entitled "Linking jobs in global supply chains to demand". How big is this phenomenon, why did it happen and what are its implications for the global economy?

India will add 160-170 million
labour force by 2020: study


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NEW DELHI, JANUARY 19 :
India's labour force will expand by 160-170 million in 2020, depends on various factors which includes population growth rate, labour force participation, education enrolment at higher levels etc, an ASSOCHAM –Thought Arbitrage joint study has pointed out.


Overall, the labour force increased from around 337 million in 1991 to around 488 million in 2013 – an expansion of 151 million in labour force in roughly 22 years. Employment level more or less followed the same trend as shown by the labour force but employment level fell short of the labour force throughout the period, creating a consistent gap between the two. Employment in India witnessed an increase to 470 million in 2013 as compared to 323 million in 1991, the ASSOCHAM-Thought Arbitrage joint study on 'Employment Generation and Rebooting India' noted.

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ONGC bags award for energy conservation
in upstream sector


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NEW DELHI, JANUARY 19 :
Oil and Natural Gas Corporation ( ONGC) has been conferred on the award for best overall performance in promoting oil and gas conservation in the 'Upstream Sector'.

The award was given to ONGC at the inaugural function of 'Sanrakhsan Kshamta Mahotsav-2017' (Saksham-2017) recently at New Delhi.

It came as recognition of the the company's efforts to promote oil and gas conservation at oil and gas conservation Fortnight 2016.


ONGC Board of Directors (Mr Shashi Shanker, Director (T&FS), Mr Tapas Kumar Sengupta, Director (Offshore) and Mr V P Mahawar Director (Onshore) received award from the Minister State (IC) for Petroleum and Natural Gas, Mr Dharmendra Pradhan

India sees large rise in cybercrime
: ASSOCHAM-PwC study

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NEW DELHI, JANUARY 18 : "As the world is increasingly interconnected, everyone shares the responsibility of securing cyberspace." ? Newton Lee, Counterterrorism and Cybersecurity: Total Information Awareness

Cyber security incidents are seeing a rise in India, with a total of 39,730 incidents reported in the first 10 months of 2016, as against 44,679 and 49,455 observed during the years 2014 and 2015 respectively, a recent ASSOCHAM-PwC joint study said.

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ONGC promotes 'Saksham 2017'- Awareness
Programme on Energy Conservation

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NEW DELHI, JANUARY 18 :
In line with the Government's Vision, Oil and Natural Gas Corporation has embarked on a month-long oil and gas conservation campaign, christened as Saksham, in its Corporate Office as well a work centres all over. This is first time that the Government has changed the campaign format from Oil and Gas Conservation Fortnight (OGCF) to Saksham for creating a strong brand towards fuel conservation.

"The test we must set for ourselves is not to march alone but to march in such a way that others will wish to join us."
― Hubert H. Humphrey

Hello! and USK Foundation presents URJA Awards 2017

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PUNE, JANUARY 17 :
Hello!, global royal and celebrity news brand in association with URJA Awards 2017 celebrated the and contributions of dignitaries who left a mark of their own, across diverse fields .

The third edition of the awards witnessed eminent personalities from different walks of life, from entertainment, sports, business and education coming together to commemorate accomplishments of each other. Chief guest *Rajashree Birla* along with *Amruta Fadnavis*, Usha Kakde and Sanjay Kakde lit the ceremonial lamp at the event on January 16. The night witnessed the presence of personalities like *Naseeruddin Shah,

SCOPE holds seminar on Emerging Paradigms in
Financial Communication & Investor Relations

Thesynergyonline Economics Bureau

NEW DELHI, JANUARY 17 :
Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE) organized a two-day seminar on "Emerging Paradigms in Financial Communication and Investor Relations" which was inaugurated by Mr. Neeraj Kumar Gupta, IAS, Secretary, Department of Investment & Public Asset Management (DIPAM) in the presence of Mr. Ved Prakash, Chairman, SCOPE and CMD, MMTC, Dr. U.D. Choubey, Director General, SCOPE, Mr. Subhomoy Bhattacharjee, Consulting Editor, Business Standard, Mr. R.K. Singhal, ED (CA), SAIL and Professor Jaishri Jethwaney, Lead Resource Person.

Honda kickstarts 'Wing Ride weekends' with BRO'S

Thesynergyonline Sports Bureau

GURGAON, JANUARY 17 :
Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India (HMSI) kickstarted the 'Wing Ride' weekend with the agenda to promote fun-riding in a safe way. The ride was attended by Brotherhood Riders of Superbikes (BRO'S). The bike ride was flagged off from Honda's Wing World Showroom at Naraina, Delhi. A total of 55 big bike riders participated in the ride.

BHEL commissions 500 mw thermal
unit in West Bengal

Thesynergyonline Energy Bureau

NEW DELHI, JANUARY 16 :
Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has successfully commissioned another 500 mw thermal unit in the state of West Bengal.

The unit was the second 500mw set to be commissioned at Sagardighi Thermal Power Station (TPS) Phase II project in Murshidabad district of West Bengal. The first unit of the 1,000mw project was commissioned earlier by BHEL in December, 2015. The project has been set up by the state-owned West Bengal Power Development Corporation (WBPDCL).

Mitsubishi Electric India inaugurates exclusive MEQ
Cooling Planet & MEQ Hiroba Showroom in Mumbai

Products and solutions for airconditioners, automotive equipment
Elevators and escalators
Factory automation and industrial systems
Power systems, photovoltaic solutions
Semiconductor and devices

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MUMBAI, JANUARY 16 :
Mitsubishi Electric India (MEI), a global player in premium air-conditioners, inaugurated an exclusive and unique concept showroom "MEQ Cooling Planet" for its airconditioners at 43F, First Floor, R Galleria, Runwal Greens, Link Road, Nahur(W), Mumbai and Brand Showroom- "MEQ Hiroba" at Shop no 16, Ground Floor, Maitri Garden, Opp Tirupati Apartment, Pokharan, Road No.2, Thane (West). These showrooms offer wide a range of Mitsubishi Electric products with highly advanced technology, quality and durability at a lower cost of ownership.

"Being on the tightrope is living; everything else is waiting."
- Karl Wallenda, world famous tightrope walker

Cervical cancer is preventable


Cancer screening, and HPV vaccination - key to prevention

Authored by Dr Lata Kini, Lead Clinical Pathologist, CORE Diagnostics

Top question of the dying: "What made me sick?"
― Steven Magee

Ask any 10 women in India whether they have ever undergone cervical cancer screening and about 9 of them would have not. Despite the readily available and convenient screening modalities in the form of Pap smear test or liquid based cytology that can help prevent cervical cancer or detect it in its asymptomatic stage, most women in India do not undergo regular cervical screening. As a result, an overwhelming number are diagnosed with the disease in an advanced or invasive stage, by when it becomes difficult to treat.

“I don't want someone to believe my lies, I need someone to accept my truths.”
― Kellie Elmore

Set up quotas for women to enhance their
decision making role: Anupriya Patel

“The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.” 
- Coco Chanel


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NEW DELHI, JANUARY 13 : Establish quotas to increase women's willingness to compete in competitive mixed-gender environments result in more qualified candidates for competitive positions, said Ms. Anupriya Patel, Minister of State, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare at an ASSOCHAM event held in New Delhi on Friday.

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For South Asia we have also established a Gender policy advocacy group that works along with UN-ESCAP and UN women, for economic empowerment of small scale women entrepreneurs. Work is also underway to reach goals of gender equality as per the Beijing Platform for Action.

 

"I honour endurance, perseverance, industry, talent; because these are the means by which men achieve great ends and mount to lofty eminence. -St.John Rivers"
Author: Charlotte Brontë

CMD BHEL honoured as eminent
engineering personality

Thesynergyonline Energy Bureau

NEW DELHI, JANUARY 12 :
For his notable achievements and contribution to the engineering profession, Mr. Atul Sobti, CMD, BHEL, was honoured as one of the country’s eminent engineering personalities by the The Instituition of Engineers (India). He was felicitated with a plaque and citation at the 31st Indian Engineering Congress, held at Kolkata. 

OTBL launches environment conservation
programme for Gujarat schools

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"It's going to take all of us, gathering our voices and acting together. Saying,"Not on our watch" to create a future for humans, animals and the environment." ― Eileen Anglin" ― John Keats.

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NEW DELHI, JANUARY 12 :
"The earth will not continue to offer its harvest, except with faithful stewardship. We cannot say we love the land and then take steps to destroy it for use by future generations."
― Pope John Paul II

And so ONGC TERI Biotech Limited (OTBL) has recently launched a new educational programme called 'Protectors of the Environment' to sensitize and motivate young school children and adults in environment conservation under its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives. This programme will employ several tools such as visual instruction and hands-on application and learning, which are designed to inspire children to translate 'thought' into 'action'.

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"If your current skill doesn't pay your bills, perhaps you should re-tool - and fast at that. The pursuit of knowledge and the skills that come with it must be done strategically. We must put the society we live in into serious consideration before we embark on this journey otherwise make urgent adjustments if we have gone astray. We can't isolate our skills from the need of the society we live in. Well, actually, we can, but to our peril."
― Emi Iyalla


7 lakh 50 thousand youths will
be made skilled in one year

Thesynergyonline Education Bureau

BHOPAL, Madhya Pradesh , JANUARY 11 : "If careful attention is paid to the reality, we will see clearly, the real shortage is of the right skills, rather than of jobs. If the right skills are developed, the right start-ups and other enterprises will emerge and provide the jobs needed. It's always the horse before the cart, not the other way round. At a personal level, it will require the realisation of the need for the acquisition of required skills, the discipline to pursue it and the commitment to push through. These will require a great deal of personal courage and effort. But then, the benefit will be immeasurable."
― Emi Iyalla

Madhya Pradesh Council for Vocational Education & Training (MPCVET) organised a state level Sector Specific Skill Workshop for 'Security' and 'Domestic Worker' Sectors here today at Bhopal.

"Digital means flow: data flow, information flow, knowledge flow, and mind flow."
- Pearl Zhu, Digital Master

Latched on to digitalization ONGC takes
giant leap towards becoming paperless


Thesynergyonline Corporate Bureau

NEW DELHI, JANUARY 11 :
OIL and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) has taken a giant leap towards digitalization by awarding the contract for the implementation of enterprisewide paperless office solution in ONGC. In line with the "Digital India" initiative this Paperless Office Project will eliminate paper movement within ONGC at all levels. The project has been awarded to L&T Infotech with IBM's Filenet and BPM as the technology platform.

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Rs 96-crore PowerGrid order for BHEL
 

BHEL to build EHV substations to evacuate power
from India's largest ultra mega solar park

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NEW DELHI, JANUARY 10 :
Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has bagged an order from PowerGrid for the augmentation of three extra high voltage (EHV) substations in the state of Karnataka on the turnkey basis. Valued at Rs.96 crore the order has been won against stiff competition in an ADB-funded International Competitive Bidding (ICB) tender.

"One should always play fairly when one has the winning cards."
― Oscar Wilde

BHEL wins CBIP Award 2017
for outstanding contribution

BHEL adjudged the Best Power Equipment Manufacturing Organisation

NEW DELHI, JANUARY 09 :
Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has been awarded the CBIP Award 2017 for 'Best Power Equipment Manufacturing Organisation'. The award was received by Mr Akhil Joshi, Director (Power), BHEL, from Mr Sanjeev Kumar Balyan, Union Minister of State for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation on CBIP Day 2017.

"The height of your accomplishments is determined by the depth of your convictions."
― William F. Scolavino

Dharmendra Pradhan felicitates
Junior Hockey World Champions

Thesynergyonline Sports Bureau

NEW DELHI, JANUARY 08 :
Mr Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas felicitated the Petroleum Sports Promotion Board (PSPB) players of the winning team of Jr. Hockey World Cup here on Sunday .

Speaking on the occasion. Mr Pradhan said that the Junior Hockey World Cup win proclaims the tremendous work that the Petroleum Sports Promotion Board (PSPB) is doing for the country. He congratulated the players and motivated them to work harder and achieve laurels in the sports at the highest level.
 

"Insurance companies sell what might happen tomorrow. Historians sell what certainly happened yesterday."

 
 

Agent ,salesperson least trustworthy for
those buying insurance: Study


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NEW DELHI, JANUARY 07 : "If a child, a spouse, a life partner, or a parent depends on you and your income, you need life insurance."
― Suze Orman

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The insurance agent is taken as the least trustworthy source in the sales process of an insurance policy across different policy segments both among the financially literate and financially non-literate consumers, an ASSOCHAM study has found.

Attractive compensation package to recruit
best professionals for PSBs on anvil: Vinod Rai


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Working out "intermediate mechanisms" to remove stress from banks' balance sheets

Thesynergyonline Economics Bureau

NEW DELHI, JANUARY 06 ;
The Banks Board Bureau is working on a fairly attractive compensation package including elements of bonus, employee stock ownership plans (ESOPs), non-monetary perks and others at all management levels as part of corrective steps to ensure that best of professionals are recruited for public sector banks (PSBs), its chairman, Mr Vinod Rai said at an ASSOCHAM event held in New Delhi .

 

ILO to publish World Employment and
Social Outlook – Trends 2017 report

Thesynergyonline Economics Bureau

GENEVA : The International Labour Organization (ILO) is to launch its report, World Employment and Social Outlook – Trends 2017, on Thursday, 12 January.

India's Buying Propensity Index
falls precipitously in December

Demonetization effect: Exuberance in November, Dismay in December%

 

Thesynergyonline Economics Bureau

NEW DELHI, JANUARY 05 :
India's Buying Propensity IndexTM (BPI) in December 2016 stood at 0.26, (measured on a scale between +1 to -1), down 0.42 BPI points from November (0.68).

The period of November and December has been characterized by just a single event -- the demonetization of high-powered currency notes. The Buying Propensity Index is a result of a primary research across 3,000 consumer-influencers across the 8 Tier –I cities in India conducted every quarter.

Le Creuset launches its new signature cookware

"After years of working in professional kitchens, and then spending so much time in a lot of different home kitchens, I realized that there's a huge gap in the market where you have people who develop cookware but who don't actually cook."- Curtis Stone

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NEW DELHI, JANUARY 05 :
Le Creuset, the iconic French cookware brand, launched its new range of signature cast iron cookware. With a legacy dating back to 1925, Le Creuset is well renowned as one of the leading cookware brands in the world.

Premium quality and innovation remain at the forefront of its success story which spans over almost a 100 years. The signature cast iron range, hand crafted from premium cast iron at the foundry in northern France, blends tradition with modern style.Its aesthetic appeal and durability meets all preparation, cooking and serving needs in today's kitchens.

"The magic is only in what books say, how they stitched the patches of the universe together into one garment for us."
- Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

Pranab Mukherjee presented with
Coffee Table Book by Telangana CM

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NEW DELHI, JANUARY 04 :"Reading was my escape and my comfort, my consolation, my stimulant of choice: reading for the pure pleasure of it, for the beautiful stillness that surrounds you when you hear an author's words reverberating in your head."
― Paul Auster, The Brooklyn Follies

And so Mr K Chandrashekar Rao, Chief Minister Of Telangana presented the coffee table book titled "TELANGANA - THE KOHINOOR OF INDIA - A PICTORIAL SOUVENIR BY VARUN JOSHI" to Mr Pranab Mukherjee - the President Of India . This is the first coffee table book on the newly formed state – Telangana & supported by Ministry of Tourism, Govt of Telangana.

BHEL Day 2017 celebrated

Thesynergyonline Energy Bureau

NEW DELHI, JANUARY 04 :
BHEL Day 2017 was celebrated with great fervour in New Delhi. Mr Anant Geete, Union Minister of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises was present on the occasion as the chief guest and Mr Babul Supriyo, Minister of State for Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises was the guest of honour.

"At the end of the day, we're all striving to be touched, somehow."
― Crystal Woods, Write like no one is reading

PNB Prerna distributes blanket
to the needy at its CSR activity

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NEW DELHI,JANUARY 03 : "May we find more grace to do good deeds."


And so PNB Prerna , corporate social responsibility(CSR) arm , of Punjab National Bank (PNB) distributed blankets to needy residents of a rain basera managed by Prerna Social Development Society at a simple function organised by PNB Prerna.

Effective implementation of schemes announced by
PM will boost India's economic growth: ASSOCHAM

Thesynergyonline Economics Bureau

NEW DELHI, JANUARY 03 :
Terming the steps announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his address to the nation on New Year's Eve as 'extremely positive for the Indian economy,' apex industry body ASSOCHAM said on Tuesday that the focus should now be on effective implementation of these schemes to drive economic growth.

"The initiatives like 60-day interest waiver for farmers who have taken loans from district co-operative banks and primary societies together with additional fund of 20,000 crore given to NABARD to give loans to farmers would help in alleviating pains of farmers and rural class," said ASSOCHAM president Mr Sunil Kanoria.

Gall bladder cancer most common digestive
cancer in women in India, say doctors

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NEW DELHI, DECEMBR 02 :NEW DELHI, DECEMBR 02 : "She had six months at most left to live. She had cancer, she hissed. A filthy growth eating her insides away. There was an operation, she'd been told. They took half your stomach out and fitted you up with a plastic bag. Better a semicolon than a full stop, some might say."
― Helen Hodgman, Jack and Jill

And have you been feeling an acute aching sensation on the upper right side of your tummy lately? Do you feel a loss of appetite for no apparent reason or are you experiencing problems with digestion? Do you eat too much of junk food or street food? You may be at risk of developing gall bladder cancer (GBC), a notoriously lethal malignancy of your digestive system?

Insecticides (India) ties up with
Nihon , Japan to launch Suzuka



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INDORE, JANUARY 02 : Leading agrochemicals manufacturer Insecticides (India) Ltd. (IIL) announced its new tie up with Nihon Nohyaku Co., Ltd., Japan, under which Insecticides India will launch a new generation insecticide with the brand name SUZUKA.

With this new partnership, IIL also plans to introduce one more brand HAKKO, an insecticide for BPH in paddy crop.


"I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy."- Rabindranath Tagore

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PNB reduces MLCR to 8.20%
as new year gift to customers

The revised rate for one-year loan will be 8.45 %

 


Thesynergyonline Banking Bureau

NEW DELHI, JANUARY 01 :
Punjab National Bank (PNB) reduced its Marginal Cost of Funds-Based Lending Rate (MCLR), benchmark for pricing loans to 8.20 per cent from January o1, 2017 on maturities ranging from overnight to five- year tenures.

The revised MCLR for one-year loan will be 8.45 per cent. Recently introduced MCLR is the new benchmark lending rate which has replaced the base rate for new borrowers. It is calculated on the marginal cost of borrowing and return on net worth for banks.

Hotel bookings for New Year’s Eve
celebrations down by up to 5%:

Hotels reduce package rates by 2-3%; many urbanites plan to ring in New Year at home/house parties
The demonetisation and the consequent cash crunch seems to have some impact on New Year's Eve celebrations as bookings received by star-rated hotels in metros have registered a decline of about 5-7 per cent.
"Besides, many hotels have not revised rates of New Year packages and have in fact lowered the rates by about 2-3 per cent and are bundling various offers, promotions, deals and discounts on services in one package at a bargain price.
The survey also highlighted that while many party-goers are hoping to get some good discounts at star properties, most others plan to celebrate the New Year's Eve at house parties with friends and family or at their home.
Many of the participants with moderate budget, said they though New Year celebrations in star hotels has always been a expensive affair but demonetisation has certainly dented their plans in this regard.

 

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NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 30 : The  demonetisation and the consequent cash crunch seems to have some impact on New Year's Eve celebrations as bookings received by star-rated hotels in metros have registered a decline of about 5-7 per cent, noted a quick survey undertaken by ASSOCHAM Social Development Foundation.

 
Crisis management plan imperative to counter
cybercrime threats in India: Study

Urgent need to set up 'collaborative monitoring framework

 

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On the edge

""The Edge... There is no honest way to explain it because the only people who really know where it is are the ones who have gone over." - Hunter S. Thompson, Hell's Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga

"You are an explorer, and you represent our species, and the greatest good you can do is to bring back a new idea, because our world is endangered by the absence of good ideas. Our world is in crisis because of the absence of consciousness." - Terence McKenna

"Sometimes you need a little crisis to get your adrenaline flowing and help you realize your potential." - Jeannette Walls, The Glass Castle

"Through each crisis in my life, with acceptance and hope, in a single defining moment, I finally gained the courage to do things differently." - Sharon E. Rainey

"Crisis is what suppressed pain looks like; it always comes to the surface. It shakes you into reflection and healing." - Bryant McGill, Simple Reminders: Inspiration for Living Your Best Life

NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 30 :
Given  the Indian cyberspace is vulnerable to cyber crime, India must formulate a crisis management plan to tackle cyber attacks, cyber terrorism and cyber espionage attempts, noted a recent ASSOCHAM-PwC joint study.

BHEL commissions one more 600 mw
thermal unit in Telangana

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BHEL has established its engineering prowess by successfully delivering higher-rated units such as 600 MW, 660 MW, 700 MW and 800 MW thermal sets, having a high degree of indigenization.

 

 

 

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NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 29 :
Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has successfully commissioned another 600 mw coal-based thermal power plant in the state of Telangana.

The unit has been commissioned at the 2x600 MW Singareni Thermal Power Project (TPP) located in Adilabad district in Telangana. The project has been developed by Singareni Collieries Company Limited (SCCL), India's second largest coal mining company.

43rd AGM of SCOPE held

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NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 29 : The 43rd Annual General Meeting of the Governing Council of SCOPE (the apex body of PSEs) was held on 28th December 2016.

Mr. Ved Prakash, Chairman, SCOPE & CMD, MMTC and Dr. U.D. Choubey, Director General, SCOPE addressed the Governing Council Members. Large many representatives of PSUs were present on the occasion.  

AAI clarifies on ATC Ground Incident at IGI Airport

Thesynergyonline Aerospace Bureau

NEW DELHI , DECEMBER 28 : 
Airports Authority of India (AAI)  on Wednesday clarified on  the news item published in media on ground incident at IGI Airport on December 27 , 2016.

Various reports appearing in the media are giving exaggerated version stating that the passengers had close shave, indicating a distorted interpretation that may create fear in the minds of air passengers, said a statement issued  by AAI.
 
 
"Indigo Airlines flight No 6E-769 from Lucknow to Delhi, after landing on runway-28 was taxing via Taxiway 'E2' for parking stand 12 as advised by ATC.Departing flight of Spice Jet Airlines No SG123 was not able to take-off from runway 28 due to poor visibility i.e. weather being below minima and therefore was waiting to return to Apron for parking. Accordingly the Controller instructed SG123 to taxi via taxiway C" and hold short of the taxiway 'E2' so that Indigo flight 6E-769 and Spice Jet flight SG123 would not conflict with each other.The traffic density being high and complex, the Controller inadvertently gave instructions to SG123 to continue taxi via E to stand 130, mixing its location with the location of SG263 which was holding on another taxiway 'E' for departure. However, SG123 also did not question the incomplete ATC instruction for taxing. These human errors resulted into traffic conflict situation. However, both aircraft stopped at safe distance and there was no risk to aircraft or passengers."
 

Real Estate Round- up and outlook for 2017

Weathering the storm -As realty reels through
disruptions, long-term buoyancy still intact

 

Shishir Baijal, Chairman and Managing Director, Knight Frank (India).

 

There is never a dull moment in real estate. 2016 began promisingly in comparison to 2015; however as things stand, the year isn't expected to end on a healthy note. A major factor for this could be attributed to the policy developments by the government which in the short term have led to an unpredictable disruption but in the long run are projected to augur well for the industry as a whole. On the global front as well, developments like Brexit and theUS President elect are expected to have their bearing on the Indian real estate sector. The writing's clearly on the wall - 2016 will go down as a watershed year in the history of Indian real estate.

GJEPC conducts its 50th AGM in Mumbai

Decides to join WFDB and Form Trade Disciplinary Committee

 

Thesynergyonline Fashion Bureau

MUMBAI, DECEMBER 27 :
The 50TH Annual General Body Meeting (AGM) of The Gem & Jewellery Export Council (GJEPC), held on December 20, 2016, took some significant decisions. For one, the body approved changes in its code of ethics, necessary to complete the process of the GJEPC induction as a member into the World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB). generic promotion of diamonds in the world, especially in USA and China next year. This year the organisation, along with De Beers, launched the generic promotional campaign in India - "Ek Heera Aapke Heere ke Liye" – and also supported international efforts. The AGM once again put its support behind such endeavours and gave the approval for enhancing efforts on the generic promotion front.

PowerGrid holds event on 'Empowering the
Grid to meet Future Challenges'

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Mr I.S. Jha, CMD, PowerGrid gave a presentation on the role of transmission as enabler for vibrant electricity market.

He also informed participants on PowerGrid's joining the elite club of Rs 1 lakh crore market capitalization companies. - Plato, The Republic

 

 

Thesynergyonline Energy Bureau

NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 27 :
The Union Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal, New & Renewable Energy and Mines, Mr Piyush Goyal, presided over an event on 'Empowering the Grid to meet Future Challenges', organized by the Power Grid Corporation of India (PowerGrid) and Ministry of Power at Hotel Ashok, New Delhi recently.

In the event the Minister released reports on 'Renewable Energy Integration: Transmission an Enabler', 'Green Energy Corridor II', both prepared by PowerGrid and 'Electricity Demand Pattern Analysis' prepared by POSOCO.

9.3% growth in foreign tourist arrivals in
November 2016 over the same period in 2015

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 NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 27 :
Foreign Tourist Arrivals (FTAs) in November 2016 recorded 9.3 per cent growth inover the same period in 2015. USA accounts for highest share of tourist arrivals followed by UK and Bangladesh in November 2016. Rs. 14, 474/- crore Foreign Exchange earned through tourism in November 2016.

FM : There is a need for move towards
a mindset of voluntary compliance

Payment of due tax is a responsibility of every citizen; Coordination between the Central and the State administration is important for smooth transition of GST regime so that the taxpayer of the country does not suffer.
 

Thesynergyonline Economics Bureau

NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 26 :
The Union Finance Minister Mr Arun Jaitley said that there is an urgent need for change in mindset and India has to move towards a mindset of voluntary compliance. He said that the payment of legitimate taxes should be considered as part of the process and nobody should think that tax evasion is acceptable.

'Cancel Cancer' campaign programme inaugurated
at Lady Harding Medical College, CP

The campaign will focus on increasing awareness about cancer, de-addiction and lethal effects of tobacco


Thesynergyonline Health Bureau

NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 26 : "Do I fear death? No, I am not afraid of being dead because there's nothing to be afraid of, I won't know it. I fear dying, of dying I feel a sense of waste about it and I fear a sordid death, where I am incapacitated or imbecilic at the end which isn't something to be afraid of, it's something to be terrified of."
― Christopher Hitchens

And so Ministry of State for Health and Family Welfare has spearheaded a cancer awareness initiative, 'Cancel Cancer' at Lady Hardinge Medical College, Delhi.

Governance Now PSU Award 2016 for Excellence in R&D

Thesynergyonline Energy Bureau

NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 26 :
Among all State and Central Public Sector Enterprises, BHARAT Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has been adjudged the Best PSE in Research & Development by an independent jury.

The Governance Now PSU Award 2016 for Excellence in R&D was presented to Mr Atul Sobti, CMD, BHEL by Mr Ram Vilas Paswan, Union Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution.
In addition, BHEL bagged the award in the category of Excellence in Technology Adoption.

 

FICCI CSR Summit and Awards 2016

 

 

"We need to defend the interests of those whom we've never met and never will."
― Jeffrey D. Sachs

Conference on "Strengthening CSR Ecosystem
in India for Sustainable Impact" held

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Strengthening CSR Ecosystem in India for Sustainable Impact'
"The first step towards creating an enabling environment is to include key external stakeholders such as governments, incubators and public institutions experts. The FICCI CSR Summit and Awards is one such platform to engage, discuss and share experiences."
As for Korean companies in India, it has been challenging to localize their initiatives and bring efficiency which is a common problem faced by MNCs. Right now there are 500 Korean companies in India but soon the number will touch 1000 because of the booming Indian industry. Despite success stories of Hyundai, LG, Samsung in CSR space, there is a huge prospect for refining the model."
Padma Bhushan Mrs Rajashree Birla, said, "CSR is increasingly becoming a business strategy and it can reap accelerated results and success when CSR vision is parallel with the business vision."
"The first step towards creating an enabling environment is to include key external stakeholders such as governments, incubators and public institutions experts. The FICCI CSR Summit and Awards is one such platform to engage, discuss and share experiences."
 

NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 24 :
The FICCI CSR Summit 2016 concluded which was organized by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) on the theme'Strengthening CSR Ecosystem in India for Sustainable Impact'.

The conference provided a platform to exchange ideas about strengthening CSR ecosystem in India for sustainable impact. jQuery Effects - Fading

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The 6th Korea-India CSR Forum was one of the highlights of the conference. Alluding to the six years of association of Korean Embassy in India with FICCI, Mr. Hyun Cho, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea in India, said, "What can justify the constant efforts to create this dialogue is the underlining belief that if we work hard on issues, discuss the content, we can improve anything including our CSR initiatives. Even in Korea, CSR is evolving to cover more and more business ethics and human rights".Because time is valuable, we deliver quick and easy learning.

Govt implementing schemes for promoting women
empowerment across states: Krishna Raj

Women's contribution growing significantly in India's economic development

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NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 23 :
The Centre is working towards getting various women-centric schemes and policies implemented at various levels across states in India, Union Minister of State for Women and Child Development, Ms Krishna Raj said at an ASSOCHAM event held in New Delhi.

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"In yourself right now is all the place you've got." - Flannery O'Connor, Wise Blood

If women are expected to do the same work as men, we must teach them the same things." - Plato, The Republic

 


Urgent need to promote innovative and environment-friendly urban transportation suitable for India: Mandaviya

Thesynergyonline Economics Bureau

Sustainable urban road transport model
 

NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 23 :
There is a pressing need to promote research and innovation for devising a sustainable urban road transport model that is suitable for India, Union Minister of State for Road Transport, Highways & Shipping, Mr Mansukh L Mandaviya said at an ASSOCHAM event held in New Delhi.

We have so many new and renewable sources of energy like solar, wind, bio-fuel, electric and hybrid vehicles, automation and other such technologies, all of this is important, but we should come up with our own model based on traditional and indigenous ways and means as that would be more apt,” said the Union Minister while inaugurating an ASSOCHAM conference on ‘Sustainable Urban Transport.’


 

Engaged in discussions on a potential transaction

 

ONGC to buy 80% stake of GSPC with operatorship
rights in Block KG-OSN-2001/3

Thesynergyonline Corporate Bureau


NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 23 :
Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) and Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation (GSPC) have been engaged in discussions on a potential transaction for purchase by ONGC of GSPC's stake and operatorship in NELP-III Block KG-OSN-2001/3 ("Block") in Krishna Godavari (KG) Basin offshore.

ONGC Board on Friday considered the proposal and approved acquisition of the entire 80 per cent participating interest (PI) of GSPC along with operatorship rights, at a purchase consideration of US$ 995.26 million for Deen Dayal West Field in the Block.

Dharmendra Pradhan launches Natural Gas
and Ujjwala awareness campaign

Thesynergyonline Corporate Bureau  

"Campaign will promote the usage of environment-friendly fuels"


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KASHIPUR (Uttarakhand), DECEMBER 22 :
In order to popularise use of environment- friendly fuels, the Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas (Independent Charge) Mr Dharmendra Pradhan on Friday launched an awareness campaign here to highlight the benefits of Natural Gas and the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana under which LPG is provided to underprivileged households.

The Minister of State for Textiles Mr Ajay Tamta, MP and former Uttarakhand Chief Minister Mr Bhagat Singh Koshyari, MLA Mr Harbhajan Singh Cheema, Mayor of Kashipur Mrs Usha Chowdhury, BJP District President Mr Ram Mehrotra, Mr B.C Tripathi, CMD, GAIL (India) along with other noticeables were present on the occasion.

This is the first time that an awareness campaign of this nature is being carried out in Udham Singh Nagar district which is connected to the country's natural gas grid through GAIL (India) Limited's pipeline network.

Natural gas is one of the most environment friendly fuels available today. Its usage helps in curtailing the toxic emissions from the industrial and transport sector. Moreover, supply of natural gas through pipelines is uninterrupted, safe and reliable.

 

Realty round for the year 2016
and the expectations for 2017

Parveen Jain, President NAREDCO & CMD Tulip Infratech

  As far as the Realty round for the year 2016 and the expectations for 2017 are concerned, the biggest happening has been in the later part of the year 2016 which is demonetization and which is having tremendous impacts all around. Before demonetization also throughout the year certain important developments have taken place this year like RERA ( Real estate regulatory act) and REITs ( Real estate investment trusts).

PM dedicates PowerGrid's 765/400 kV GIS substation
and associated transmission system to the nation in Kanpur
765/400kV, 3000 MVA state-of-the-art gas insulated substations

. With this reliable power supply to Kanpur area is ensured. The sub - station is strategically located in central U P and will act as a gateway for transfer of power from Eastern to Western part of Northern Grid.

 

Thesynergyonline Energy Bureau


NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 21 :
The Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi dedicated PowerGrid's 765/400 kV GIS substation and associated transmission system to the nation at a grand function held in Kanpur.

After Stories celebrated its launch party

Thesynergyonline Entertainment Bureau

GURGAON, DECEMBER 21:
Gurgaon gets another great place in the lively party hub in the vicinity of Sector 29. The launch of After Stories which was a rather private affair in Gurgaon witnessed Harshit Arora and Abhimanyu Boken (owners) invited their friends, including DJ Aqeel who ended up spinning
tunes and had everyone on the dance floor.

"Its not the type of pencil but the artist's skill that matters."
 

"It's not the type of pencil but the artist's skill that matters."

CMD BHEL receives cheque for Rs1.79 crore
as mark of appreciation under NAPS from PM

"Skills enhance our strongest attributes."

"Skills make dreams happen. They build economies. They make people rich and famous. In today's world, the demands for skills are staggering. Government, business and individuals have too much to achieve, their goals are huge. They are constantly, and I do mean constantly, looking for people with the right skills. People that can get the job done."- Emi Iyalla
 

Thesyergyonline Energy Bureau

NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 20 :
"Any master skill in practice is about comprehending myriad elements and fitting them together in inspired ways that satisfy the objective."
― Marian Deegan, Relevance: Matter More

And so the Prime Minister, Mr Narendra Modi, presented a cheque for the highest amount of Rs1.79 crore to Mr Atul Sobti, CMD, BHEL, at the Kaushal Mahotsava in Kanpur, as a mark of appreciation for BHEL's active participation by engaging a large number of apprentices in India under the National Apprenticeship Promotion Scheme (NAPS), representing the organization's contribution to the 'Skill India' initiative of the Prime Minister.

Rustomjee Group signs MoU with NSDC
to skill workforce in construction sector

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MUMBAI, DECEMBER 19 :
At the Skill India Exhibition held in Kanpur on Monday Rustomjee Group alongside other major organizations signed a memorandum of understanding with The National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) where Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of India's first ever Indian Institute of Skills in Kanpur.

The MoU :
At the conference, Rustomjee Group signed a memorandum of understanding with NSDC to skill 10,000 employees working in the construction sector. These employees would undertake special projects at International Migration Centres to train 5,000 construction workers, training them to service international markets and set up centres of excellence.
 

Auto LPG 50 per cent cheaper than
petrol and cleaner fuel

LPG kits available even for two wheelers
Study shows Auto LPG can help tackle increasing air pollution in cities
 

Thesynergyonline Automobile Bureau

NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 19 : Does auto LPG hold the key to tackling air pollution in Indian cities? A recent study conducted by Marketing and Development Research Associates (MDRA) suggests that auto LPG is fast emerging as the alternative fuel worldwide, as it is much cheaper, cleaner and safer fuel than petrol and diesel, even better than CNG.

Mr Y.K.Gupta, IAC President and Executive Director of Indian Oil Corporation, said, "Among the cleaner fuels, auto LPG is the most suited as it can be fitted in 2 wheelers as well. More than 26 million vehicles run on Auto LPG globally in more than 70 countries, and therefore auto LPG has become the third largest selling fuel in the world, after petrol and diesel."

The study says auto LPG's operating expenses are upto 50% lower than petrol, cost of LPG vehicles (Original Equipment Manufacturer –OEM, or Retro-fit) is lower than CNG, and the investment in auto LPG infrastructure and installation time is lower than for a CNG station. Its compact & lighter fuel tanks, easy retro-fitment and easily portable, transportable & faster re-fuelling clearly make LPG a preferable fuel.

Auto LPG is currently available in more than 500 cities across India, including 19 outlets in Delhi. It is already the preferred fuel in south India, and fast catching up in other parts of the country.

The study says that one can be assured of continuous availability of Auto LPG for the Indian subcontinent at very low, compelling prices in the foreseeable future as global LPG production was growing faster than demand (10 mMT in excess; 2015).

 
 

Interest cut to be far cry as dollar,
crude rise: ASSOCHAM Paper

Thesynergyonline Economics Bureau

NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 18 :
The prospects for cut in the policy interest rates by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) may be adversely affected by continuous pressure on rupee against dollar, firming of the US interest rates along with the hardening of the crude oil prices, an ASSOCHAM Paper on the unfolding Macro Picture noted.
"It is true that there is an ample liquidity in the banking system following demonetization and lowering of inflation both at the WPI and CPI levels, but then this cannot be taken as a normal situation. Once the scrapped Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes are replaced and fresh currency is injected back into the system fully, the ball game would change. Besides, there are certain commodities like sugar and wheat which are witnessing firming of prices," the Paper pointed out.

Commenting on the situation, ASSOCHAM President Mr Sunil Kanoria said, "we are slowing moving away from a highly beneficial position of low crude oil prices and a stable and strong rupee which made the landed cost of energy quite cheap. This has helped the government finances as also benefited the consumers. Now, we are getting into the reverse position where crude oil is firming up and rupee is becoming weaker. Thus, it would be a double whammy of increased import bill in dollar terms and on top of it, higher landed cost on account of weaker rupee ".

 


"How hurtful it can be to deny one's true self and live a life of lies just to appease others."
― June Ahern

To know much and taste nothing-of what use is that?” 
― Bonaventure

Need to inspire commitment in our workforce:
Pranab Mukherjee, President of India

Thesynergyonline Economics Bureau

NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 16 : A workforce that is motivated and content, work with devotion and passion, strives for achievement and betterment, indicates the power of a spiritual and honest mind, said President Mr Pranab Mukherjee at an ASSOCHAM event held in New Delhi on Friday.

BHEL bags major order for IGBT-based
traction converters from Indian Railways

Valued at Rs 200 crore the order has been placed by CLW

Thesynergyonline Energy Bureau

NEW DELHI,DECEMBER 16 :
Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has bagged a major order for the supply of 118 sets of IGBT-based Traction Converters for 3 Phase 6,000 HP Electric Locomotives.

Valued at Rs 200 crore, the order has been placed on BHEL by Chittaranjan Locomotive Works (CLW). The traction converters shall be manufactured and supplied by BHEL's Electronics Division, Bengaluru. Significantly, BHEL has already supplied 225 such IGBT-based traction converters, which are under operation with Indian Railways.

BHEL has been working very closely with Indian Railways for the past more than four decades to meet their requirements of electric propulsion equipment for rolling stock and mainline electric locomotives. The company has emerged as a reliable partner of Indian Railways, through its long term association, providing quality products and prompt after sales services.he company has emerged as a reliable partner of Indian Railways, through its long term association, providing quality products and prompt after sales services.

With a view to cope with technological advancements and continuous improvement of equipment and transportation systems, BHEL has set up a Centre for Electric Transportation at its Bhopal plant and a Centre of Excellence for Transportation at its Bengaluru plant. The centers are envisaged to act as the focal point for systems-oriented research in the area of Railway Transportation. These centres have facilities for vehicle testing and computer simulation of service operation.

 

 

 
India needs to adopt a twin approach of fostering public-private partnerships

Shared value key to improve healthcare
delivery beyond cities: BD India

Thesynergyonline Health Bureau

NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 16 :
With lack of access to quality and affordable healthcare one of the major challenges impacting a large section of the Indian population, healthcare experts say India needs to adopt a twin approach of fostering public-private partnerships and promoting innovative solutions to significantly improve accessibility and delivery.

"The challenge is never based on the size of the obstacle that stands before me. Rather, it is dictated by the degree of faith that rests within me." - Craig D. Lounsbrough
 
 

Demonetisation a short term challenge :
Dr Arvind Subramanian, CEA

Thesynergyonline Economics Bureau


NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 15 :
Asserting that the Indian economy is "very stable" at macro level, the Chief Economic Advisor Dr Arvind Subramanian today said, managing demonetisation is a short term challenge for the next few weeks and months.

 
"Restoration and hope is available each time you return to God." - Jim George

"A tempest ceases, a cyclone passes over, a wind dies down, a broken mast can be replaced, a leak can be stopped, a fire extinguished, but what will become of this enormous brute of bronze?" - Victor Hugo  

Airport services at Chennai airport
restored after Cyclone "Vardah".


Thesynergyonline Aerospace Bureau

 

NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 14 : Within 24 hours of striking cyclone "Vardah", the airport operations at Chennai Airport were resumed at 0545 Hrs IST of December 13 , 2016. Operations were under suspension for nearly 22 Hrs w.e.f. 09.15Hrs IST of December 12 , 2016.


On receipt of weather warning from Indian Meteorological Department at 0700Hrs IST on December 12 , 2016 about severe cyclonic storm "Vardah" progressing towards Chennai City predicting gusty winds and heavy rain, the Airport Director and Senior Officers of Airport operation and Air Navigation Services of Airports Authority of India disseminated the warning to all airlines and other stakeholders at the airport for possible action according to Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)/ Contingency plan.


As a precautionary measure 46 scheduled flights

BHEL wins the EEPC Export Excellence Award

Thesynergyonline Exports Bureau


NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 14 :
BHARAT Heavy Electricals Ltd (BHEL) has won the EEPC INDIA National Award for Export Excellence for the year 2014-15 as 'Star Performer - Project Exports (Large Enterprise)'.

Lack of competitiveness and transparency led to
corruption in defence deals: Rajnath Singh

Global majors willing to invest, produce and transfer technology to India's defence sector  

 

Thesynergyonline Defence Bureau

NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 14 : There has been a spurt in cases of corruption in defence deals due to absence of competitiveness and transparency in the past, Union Home Minister, Mr Rajnath Singh said at an ASSOCHAM event held in New Delhi.

SCOPE to hold International Conference of SE
Asian Countries on Occupational Safety &Health

Thesynergyonline Economics Bureau

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Mrs M. Sathiyavathy, IAS, Secretary, Ministry of Labour & Employment delivering the inaugural address at a workshop on OS&H organized by . SCOPE . Also seen are Chairman, SCOPE Mr Ved Prakash and Dr U D Choubey, Director General, SCOPE

NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 14 : Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE) organized the 6th National Workshop on "Excellence in Occupational Safety & Health at Workplace" in collaboration with Ministry of Labour & Employment and International Labour Organization (ILO).

Mrs M. Sathiyavathy, IAS, Secretary, Ministry of Labour & Employment while inaugurating the workshop complimented SCOPE for organizing Workshop on OS&H.

Joint task force mooted with MEA & Arab League's
support to promote investments

5th India-Arab Partnership Conference in Muscat on December 14-15, 2016

Thesynergyonline Economics Bureau

NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 13 : Mr M. J. Akbar, Minister of State for External Affairs, Government of India is leading the Indian delegation to the 5th India-Arab Partnership Conference in Muscat, Oman from December 14-15, 2016. A FICCI business delegation comprising 45 companies is being led by Mr. Devin Narang, Senior Executive Committee Member FICCI.

 
"Every day I wake up and ask myself, 'How can I accept myself and others more fully?"- Alaric Hutchinson, Living Peace

PNB Prerna organizes CSR activity

Thesynergyonlien Banking Bureau

 
FARIDABAD, DECEMBER 13 :
"Do I believe in helping people? he wondered. He might help people, he might not help them, he did not know beforehand, anything was possible. He did not seem to have a belief, or did not seem to have a belief regarding help. Perhaps I am the stony ground, he thought."
― J.M. Coetzee, Life and Times of Michael K

...So Punjab National Bank Corporate Soial Responsibility (PNB CSR) arm , PNB Prerna organised an activity at Prakashdeep School at Faridabad recently where needy students of Prakashdeep School were distributed winter uniforms at a simple function at the school.

Pradhan launches natural gas awareness
campaign for promoting the usage of natural gas

Thesynergyonline Corporate Bureau

HARIDWAR, DECEMBER 13 : Heralding the arrival of eco-friendly natural gas in the holy city of Haridwar the Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas (Independent Charge) Mr Dharmendra Pradhan on Tuesday launched a natural gas awareness campaign here to highlight the benefits of the clean and efficient fuel to residents and industrialists.

India and Indonesia provide bulwark against
radicalism and intolerance, says President

Thesynergyonline News Bureau

NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 13 : The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee yesterday (December 12, 2016) received His Excellency Mr. Joko Widodo, the President of the Republic of Indonesia and Madame Iriana Widodo at Rashtrapati Bhavan. He also hosted a banquet in their honour.

India could set the next best practices : Secy, Meity
at the CII Startups Coalition portal launch event

Thesynergyonline Digital Bureau

NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 13 :
"There are huge opportunities for startups that can impact the development of India. India is not following the best practices elsewhere. It is setting the next best practices, according to Ms Aruna Sundararajan, Secretary, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, Government of India, who was the chief guest at the launch of CII's Startups Coalition Portal, organized in New Delhi on Monday.

India will see 65% rise in
mobile frauds by 2017: Study

Thesynergyonline Digital Bureau

NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 13 :
The rapid increase in use of computers and the emergence of the Internet has led to the evolution of cyberspace, about 40-45 per cent of financial transactions are done via mobile devices and this menace is expected grow to 60-65 per cent by 2017, noted a recent ASSOCHAM-EY joint study.

Orthopedic surgeons qualified and permitted
to carry out spine surgery, says ASSI
Clarification

ASSI Secretary Dr H S Chhabra said the reports in some media publications following the APMC order tend to send out a wrong message that Orthopedic Surgeons are not qualified to perform spine surgery. Clarification comes in backdrop of media reports on an Andhra Pradesh Medical Council order suspending an orthopedic surgeon for alleged complications in a spine surgery

 

Thesynergyonline Health Bureau

NEW DELHI, DEDEMBER 12 :
The Association of Spine Surgeons of India today underlined that adequately trained Orthopedic Surgeons or Neurosurgeons are fully qualified as well as permitted to perform spine surgery by the Medical Council of India.

Sanjeev Kaushik  joins as Deputy MD of  IFCI

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He served as Member in various Statutory Committees, including SEBI Committee on Harmonization of Portfolio Flows and SEBI Committee on Disclosure and Accounting. He also served as Director, IMF, IFC and World Bank in the Ministry of Finance. Previous assignments include Secretary in Kerala Government and Founding Director to establish IIM at Calicut.

 
 

Thesynergyonline Corporate Bureau

NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 12 :
The Department of Financial Services Ministry of Finance, Government of India,  has appointed  Mr Sanjeev Kaushik, IAS, 1992 Kerala Cadre, as the Deputy Managing Director (DMD) of IFCI, India’s first development financial institution from December 12, 2016.

“All that is important is this one moment in movement. Make the moment important, vital, and worth living. Do not let it slip away unnoticed and unused.”
― Martha Graham

Kuchipudi Dancer Atisha Pratap Rudy performs
at cite de musique Philharmonie Paris

Thesynergyonline Entertainment Bureau

 
 

NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 12 :
Kuchipudi Dancer Atisha Pratap Rudy performed Shiva Dance & Tarangam at Namasté France Festival 2016 at cite de musique Philharmonie Paris.

She has performed with Dr Raja & Radha Reddy's troupe.

Namasté France was organised by the Embassy of India in Paris in collaboration with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) showcasing the best of Indian traditional arts, music and dance, theatre, literature, cinema, fashion, yoga and Ayurveda, among others.

Namasté France Festival 2016 came to an end with this exceptional & beautiful evening.

New civil air terminal at Bathinda
airport dedicated to the nation

Thesynergyonline Aerospace Bureau

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BATHINDA, DECEMBER 11 :
The New Civil Air Terminal at Bathinda Airport has been dedicated to the Nation Sunday (December 11 , 2016 by Mr P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju, Union Minister of Civil Aviation in the presence of Mrs Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Union Minister of Food Processing Industries, Sardar Sukhbir Singh Badal, Deputy Chief Minister of Punjab, Mr Jayant Sinha, Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation, Mr Vijay Sampla, Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Dr Guruprasad Mohapatra, Chairman, AAI, Mr Ashwani Lohani, CMD, Air India and other noticeables.

"Self care, self love.
Self esteem, self confidence" 
― Lailah Gifty Akita

Wellness industry projected to touch
Rs 150,000 cr by FY20: Report

Thesynegyonline Health Bureau

NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 09 :
" Modern allopathic medicine is the only major science stuck in the pre-Einstein era."
- Charlotte Gerson, Healing the Gerson Way: Defeating Cancer and Other Chronic Diseases

Ad so health and wellness are crucial to any country especially a young demography like India, where 47% comprises of people below the age of 25. As this population enters the workforce, their wellness becomes a major growth driver for the economy. It is estimated that the increasing Non communicable diseases (NCD) burden will cost India close to USD 5 trillion due to loss of productivity. This, coupled with the growing geriatric population, Indian healthcare desperately needs to shift its focus towards preventive and promotive care.

AAI implements ILS CAT-III B
at Jaipur & Lucknow airports

Thesynegyonline Aerospace Bureau

The implementation of the system at these airports has made them equal to IGI Airport, Delhi in terms of standards of landing facilities for aircraft
The system is capable of guiding the pilot of an arriving aircraft to land in low visibility / foggy conditions until the runway visual range (visibility on runway in the direction of landing) does not reduce below 50 meters.
Similar CAT-III B status in Kolkata and Amritsar airports before the end of 2017. "This will be a major addition to the operational capabilities of AAI's Airport"
NEW DEHI, DECEMBER 10 :
Airports Authority of India (AAI) has implemented Instrument Landing System (ILS) – Category-III B at its Jaipur and Lucknow airports with effect from December 08 , 2016.

The implementation of the  above system at these airports has made them equal to IGI Airport, Delhi in terms of standards of landing facilities for aircraft.  The  system is capable of guiding the pilot of an arriving aircraft to land in low visibility / foggy conditions until the runway visual range (visibility on runway in the direction of landing) does not reduce below 50 meters.

PNB launches mobile wallet- PNB Kitty  

 
The App is available on Google Play Store

Thesynegyonline Banking Bureau

NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 09 :
Mrs Usha Ananthasubramanian, Managing Director & CEO of Punjab National Bank (PNB) launched the bank's Mobile wallet - PNB Kitty in the presence of Mr K.V. Brahmaji Rao and Dr Ram S. Sangapure, Executive Directors of the bank.



PNB Kitty is a digital wallet that enables a smart phone user to undertake on line transactions using the money stored in it i.e., without using debit card / credit card / internet banking and sharing sensitive information like passwords or card details. The App is available on Google Play Store.


Globally millions of jobs are needed
to ensure essential health care


Thesynergyonline Health Bureau

' India consumption story' accounts for close to 60 per cent of the country's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) at current prices and 55 per cent at constant prices (base 2011-12.
Health economy

An estimated 50 million decent jobs are missing to address essential global health requirements, while much of the care in the health economy is done by 57 million unpaid family workers, says new ILO study. The data provide evidence that a large invisible workforce of globally 57 million unpaid workers fills in for the huge shortages of skilled health workers. Most of them are women who gave up employment to provide care, for example to older family members.

In terms of numbers, the PFCE, at current prices, was estimated at Rs 21.78 lakh crore in Q2 of 2016-17 with a growth of 12.4 per cent over the similar period last year.
 

GENEVA : An estimated 50 million decent jobs are missing in 2016 to address essential global health requirements through universal health coverage (UHC) and ensure human security, particularly with respect to highly infectious diseases like Ebola. Demographic ageing over the next 15 years is expected to further increase employment needs in the global health supply chain by 84 million jobs.

Odisha Govt taking expeditious steps to extend
lease validity of more mines: Prafulla Kumar Mallik


Thesynergyonline Economics Bureau

NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 09 :
The Government of Odisha is taking expeditious steps for extension of more cases of mines for extension of lease validity as per legal provisions, said Mr Prafulla Kumar Mallik, Minister of State for Steel and Mines, Labour and ESI (Employees' State Insurance) at an ASSOCHAM event held in Bhubaneswar on Friday.

'Less cash economy to help India leapfrog to
levels of developed world in doing business'


Thesynergyonline Economis Bureau

NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 09 :
Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi's bold drive to take the economy into a 'less cash' mode through a multi-pronged strategy would not only check the menace of black money and corruption but would also lead to a large part of the informal economy into the organised sector , said ASSOCHAM President Mr Sunil Kanoria.

Govt keen on introducing GST from
April 1 next year: CBEC chief

Thesynergyonline Economics Bureau

NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 08 :
The Chairman of the Central Board of Excise and Customs Mr Najeeb Shah asked the industry to prepare itself to implement the Goods and Services Tax (GST) wef April 1 at an ASSOCHAM event in New Delhi.

Need to promote preventive health
screening in India, say doctors

 
360 patients benefit from the special health camp where doctors also offered free of cost consultations

Thesynergyonline Health Bureau

NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 08 : With an increasing burden of lifestyle diseases afflicting Indians doctors at Venkateshwar Hospital, New Delhi say it is important to inculcate the culture of preventive health screening among Indians to catch diseases early.

Business leaders underscore urgent need to end violence against
women and girls, pledge commitment and investment

Thesynergyonline Economics Bureau


UN Women and India’s IMC Chamber of Commerce and Industry announce partnership to boost women’s entrepreneurship and empowerment; Gateway of India and other iconic Mumbai monuments turn orange as part of 16 Days of Activism

NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 08 :
Unveiling a new partnership, UN Women and the IMC Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IMC) today organised a high-level event to underline the critical link between women’s economic empowerment and ending violence against women, and the need for urgent and adequate investment in the twin themes.

CEM legislation to come soon: Secretary,
Department of Heavy Iindustries

 
Govt. to set up experience centre for advanced manufacturing: Girish Shankar

Thesynergyonline Real Estate Bureau

NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 07 :
Construction Equipment Manufacturing (CEM) legislation to come soon stated Girish Shankar, Secretary, Department of Heavy Industry, the bill will concern regulations for construction equipment which are not wheeled and use of spurious parts, which though cheap, is detrimental to the equipment said at an ASSOCHAM event held in New Delhi

Robotics may take over 10 million
jobs in 5 yrs: ASSOCHAM

Thesynergyonline Digital Bureau

NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 07 :
Up to 10 million jobs might be taken over by artificial intelligence or robots during the course of next five years owing to extreme technological developments taking place globally, apex industry body ASSOCHAM said.

ILO to publish latest Global Wage Report


Thesynergyonline Economics Bureau

GENEVA : The International Labour Organization (ILO) is to publish the Global Wage Report 2016-2017 – the fifth in a series that now spans over a decade.

While the previous report in the series examined wage and income equality from the perspective of households, this year's Global Wage Report analyses the extent to which overall wage inequality is the result of wage inequality between enterprises and wage inequality within enterprises. For the first time, the report also looks at wage distribution within enterprises.

 
The 5th Meeting of the Bienniel IEF-IGU Ministerial Gas Forum
 

 

Concluding Statement by Host Country
The Republic of India

Thesynergyonline Economics Bureau

NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 06 :   
Upon the invitation of His Excellency Shri Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of State of the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas of the Republic of India, Ministers, industry leaders, heads of international organisations, and invited energy market stakeholders of the member countries of the International Energy Forum (IEF), and the International Gas Union (IGU) gathered at the 5th Meeting of the Bienniel IEF-IGU Ministerial Gas Forum, hosted by the Government of the Republic of India on 6 December 2016 in New Delhi, India.

Indian PSU model best suited for the
socio-economic development of India


Thesynergyonline Economics Bureau 

SEOUL, DECEMBER 06 :
The 9th meeting of the OECD-Asia Network on Corporate Governance of State Owned Enterprises was held on Tuesday (December 6,  2016) at Seoul, Korea where Dr U.D. Choubey, Director General, SCOPE had been invited  to speak on “Reforms in Public Sector Enterprises in India”

A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops : Henry Adams
 

 

Oxford University Press organizes
workshop for teachers

OUP Author & Educationist Nicholas Horsburgh shares insights on making
English language teaching more engaging!

Thesynergyonline Education Bureau

NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 06 :
Oxford University Press India (OUPI) ON Tuesday organized an interactive English Language Teaching (ELT) workshop for School
teachers. 

 

“Honest winter, snow clad and with the frosted beard, I can welcome not uncordially; but that long deferment of the calendar's promise, that weeping loom of March and April, that bitter blast outraging the honor of May - how often has it robbed me of heart and hope. - George Robert Gissing
(English writer 1857-1903  )

Mumbai-based steel body urges deferment of
Stainless Steel Products (Quality Control) Order , 2016

The order makes it mandatory for stainless steel producers and importers to register their products with BIS
 
 

Thesynergyonline Economics Bureau

MUMBAI, DECEMBER 05 :
Mumbai based Metal And Stainless Steel Merchant's Association (MASSMA), apex body of stainless steel producers, importers and stockist in a letter to Union Steel Minister Chaudhary Birender Singh has urged to defer implementation of Stainless Steel Products Quality Control Order 2016 for another 12 months as most of the Stainless Steel producers and importers are still to get Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) registration certificate.

 

SCOPE for mandatory orientation
programme for PSE board members

A new corporate structure needs to reflect these modular platforms. The individual brands should be forced to adhere to the specifications of the various platforms. - Bernd Osterloh
 


Thesynergyonline Economics Bureau

NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 04 :
"That's what education should be," I said, "the art of orientation. Educators should devise the simplest and most effective methods of turning minds around. It shouldn't be the art of implanting sight in the organ, but should proceed on the understanding that the organ already has the capacity, but is improperly aligned and isn't facing the right way." -: Plato


And so Speaking in the valedictory session of the two-day Programme on Corporate Governance, organized by (Standing Conference of Public Enterprises (SCOPE), Mrs Seema Bahuguna, Secretary, Department of Public Enterprises (DPE) complimented SCOPE for undertaking very important programme on Corporate Governance outsourced from internationally known experts on Corporate Governance.

' India consumption story' accounts for close to 60 per cent of the country's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) at current prices and 55 per cent at constant prices (base 2011-12.
HIGHLIGHTS

With 86 per cent of the cash out of circulation and replenishment facing difficulties, the PFCE in the third quarter is expected to see a sizeable reduction to the extent of at least 35-40 per cent and slightly lower in the fourth quarter India consumption

' India consumption story' accounts for close to 60 per cent of the country's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) at current prices and 55 per cent at constant prices (base 2011-12).

In terms of numbers, the PFCE, at current prices, was estimated at Rs 21.78 lakh crore in Q2 of 2016-17 with a growth of 12.4 per cent over the similar period last year.
 

'Jack up Govt expenditure to make up for loss
in private consumption due to demonetisation

Thesynergyonline Economics Bureau


NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 04 :
As the private consumption would be taking a significant hit on account of cash crunch in the economy at least in the next two quarters, the government should make all efforts to at least partly limit the impact of demonetization on the GDP by sharply jacking up its own expenditure during the fiscal 2016-17, the ASSOCHAM has said.


International Day of Persons with Disabilities

I will crawl upon my knees just to know the joy of suffering. - Sidewalk Prophets
Whether someone is useful only matters if you value people by their use. - Corinne Duyvis, On the Edge of Gone
There are two kinds of 'disabled' persons: Those who dwell on what they have lost and those who concentrate on what they have left. - Thomas Szasz, The Untamed Tongue: A Dissenting Dictionary
A troubled life beats having no life at all . - Richard M. Cohen, Blindsided: Lifting a Life Above Illness: A Reluctant Memoir

Enabling policies for persons with
disabilities are crucial to achieving SDGs


Thesynergyonline Economics Bureau


GENEVA : People with disabilities are the world's largest minority, says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder. However, their right to productive employment and decent work is frequently denied.

Today (Decembeer 03, 2016) , the United Nations and the world celebrate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The ILO and other international organizations in Geneva have come together to join persons with disabilities in declaring this day A Day for All

International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

Everyone needs to be aware of
slavery and know how to fight it


Thesynergyonline Economics Bureau

The right to be free of forced labour is both a fundamental labour right, as well as a human right, says ILO Director-General Guy Ryder in his message for International Day for the Abolition of Slavery.

AROGYA - Ayurveda Expo inaugurated
at Science City, Kolkata

Thesynergyonline Health Bureau
MoUs signed between universities of Argentina and Israel for collaborative research and curriculum development
 
 

NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 02 :
AROGYA, the world's largest Ayurveda Expo was inaugurated at Science City, Kolkata by Mr. Shripad Yesso Naik, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for AYUSH, Govt of India. This unique 4-day expo is a part of the 7th World Ayurveda Congress, supported by the Ministry of AYUSH, Govt of India and every year, it brings together an astounding number of Ayurveda practitioners, scientists, researchers, teachers and students from India and abroad.

"Be Visionary ..." - R.M. Engelhardt
"The more boundless your vision, the more real you are."
"To fulfill your vision, you must have hindsight, insight and foresight." ? Ifeanyi Enoch Onuoha
Vision is tomorrow's reality expressed as an idea today." ? Orrin Woodward
"No thief, however skillful, can rob one of knowledge, and that is why knowledge is the best and safest treasure to acquire." ? L. Frank Baum, The Lost Princess of Oz
"What a computer is to me is the most remarkable tool that we have ever come up with. It's the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds." - Steve Jobs
PCs are the priority device for education-related activities and acquiring differentiated knowledge and skills
Positive word of mouth about the PC is an incentive for consumers to invest time in learning more about the device
"If careful attention is paid to the reality, we will see clearly, the real shortage is of the right skills, rather than of jobs. If the right skills are developed, the right start-ups and other enterprises will emerge and provide the jobs needed. It's always the horse before the cart, not the other way round. At a personal level, it will require the realisation of the need for the acquisition of required skills, the discipline to pursue it and the commitment to push through. These will require a great deal of personal courage and effort. But then, the benefit will be immeasurable." - Emi Iyalla
"The pen may indeed be mightier than the sword, but the wordsmith would do well to welcome the blacksmith back into the fold, so that artisan craftsmanship the world over may fend off the ravages of industrialised homogeneity and bland monoculture." ? Alex Morritt, Impromptu Scribe  

PC crucial to India's knowledge economy vision: Report

For 54 % of the respondents PCs are priority for education-related activities
 

Thesynergyonline Digital Bureau

NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 01 :
At the release of the Ek Kadam Unnati Ki Aur Impact Assessment Report today, personal computing emerged as being crucial to India's growth as a knowledge economy. The Report, prepared by Kantar Indian Market Research Bureau (Kantar IMRB), endorsed by the Indian School of Business (ISB), and commissioned by Intel Technology India ("Intel India"), reveals that Personal Computers (PCs) are instrumental to closing the skill gap, enabling upward socio-economic mobility, and achieving universal digital literacy in the country.

BHEL commissions first unit of Pulichintala HEP in Telangana

Thesynergyonline Energy Bureau


NEW DELHI, DECEMBER 01 :
Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has successfully commissioned the first unit of the 4x30 MW Pulichintala Hydroelectric project (HEP) in the state of Telangana.

Breathing Fresh air Breathable



  • Fresh air
  • Blue sky
  • To be the air
 

Hawa Badlo Initiative : Introducing
a simple way to gauge air quality

Thesynergyonline Corporate Bureau

NEW DELHI, NOVEMBER 30 :
"I am never alone wherever I am. The air itself supplies me with a century of love. When I breathe in, I am breathing in the laughter, tears, victories, passions, thoughts, memories, existence, joys, moments, and the hues of the sunlight on many tones of skin; I am breathing in the same air that was exhaled by many before me. The air that bore them life. And so how can I ever say that I am alone?"
― C. JoyBell C.

In line with the similar lines as outlined above the 'Hawa Badlo' movement is a people's initiative to fight air pollution which is supported by GAIL (India). .

 

 

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