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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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  • "Without the orchestra of the universe,
    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
are conceived while walking."
- Friedrich Nietzsche,
Twilight of the Idols

[It's enough story"]"Until you get enough of enough, the "enough" that is never enough, you dare not quit! If your good is better, your better can be best; your best too can become excellent!"

Enough It is enough for me by day

"Enough It is enough for me by day To walk the same bright earth with him; Enough that over us by night The same great roof of stars is dim. I do not hope to bind the wind Or set a fetter on the sea -- It is enough to feel his love Blow by like music over me." - Sara Teasdale, Love Songs

Reality kicked in after marking its spot `position vacant' for the short and pleasant while. He groaned mournfully as he found himself staring at the inside of his own eyelids. The first thing that occurred to him was the terrible bone-wracking pain running up and down his spine. Pain? No, curiously enough. It was the memory of it that seemed to hurt so much. Maybe that's what scared him. Or maybe it was the creaking of the ship around him…" - Christina Engela, Blachart

Forever 'More!'
"Enough is never enough. Not for our massive, marauding, relentlessly acquisitive egos whose eternal cry is 'More!' 'More!' Forever 'More!' Wisdom, then, is the simple realization, the grateful acknowledgment, 'Hey, I'm good.' I have enough. I don't need more." ? Lionel Fisher, Celebrating Time Alone: Stories Of Splendid Solitude

"Nothing is sufficient for the person who finds sufficiency too little" - Epicurus
"The Master doesn't try to be powerful; thus he is truly powerful. The ordinary man keeps reaching for power; thus he never has enough. The Master does nothing, yet he leaves nothing undone. The ordinary man is always ding things, yet many more are left to be done. […] Therefore the Master concerns himself With the depths and not the surface, With the fruit and not the flower. […] Teaching without words, Performing without actions: That is the Master's way. […] The Master arrives without leaving, Sees the light without looking, Achieves without doing a thing. […] The Master is above the people, And no one feels oppressed. She goes ahead of the people, And no feels manipulated. The whole world is grateful to her. Because she completes with no one, No one can complete with her."- Lao Tzu

Have you ever considered what Adam and Eve were doing when they got into so much trouble?
"Have you ever considered what Adam and Eve were doing when they got into so much trouble? As I read the story, they were shopping. The forbidden fruit was not scattered throughout the garden, not in many places, not in multiple locations, but one place, one site, one location and one location only. Perhaps they just came upon it, "Oh, look, the forbidden fruit…" or, perhaps, they were looking for something, searching, shopping. Somewhere in their dissatisfaction they thought, "If only we had something more…"- David W. Jones, Enough: And Other Magic Words to Transform Your Life




"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

...there are people who try to look as if they are doing a good and thorough job, and then there are the people who actually damn well do it, for its own sake. - John D. MacDonald, Free Fall in Crimson

"It is interesting that this thoroughness, which is a virtue, is often misunderstood. When someone says a thing has been done scientifically, often all he means is that it has been done thoroughly. I have heard people talk of the "scientific" extermination of the Jews in Germany. There was nothing scientific about it. It was only thorough. There was no question of making observations and then checking them in order to determine something. In that sense, there were "scientific" exterminations of people in Roman times and in other periods when science was not so far developed as it is today and not much attention was paid to observation. In such cases, people should say "thorough" or "thoroughgoing," instead of "scientific." ? Richard Feynman

""I'm an oracle of the past. I can accurately predict up to 1 minute in the future, by thoroughly investigating the last 2 years of your life. Also, I look like an old database – flat and full of useless info." - Will Advise, Nothing is here...

"If you need something from somebody always give that person a way to hand it to you." - Sue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees

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Q.There is a certain crime, that if it is attempted, is punishable, but if it is committed, is not punishable. What is the crime?

Answer : Suicide
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?

Answer: 50 percent.

Q.How can you place a pencil on the floor so that no one can jump over it?

A.Put it next to a wall.

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

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

Q. Who is silent in the parliament?

Answer: The letter 'i' is the only silent letter in the word Parliament.

Q.What came first, the chicken or the egg?

Answer : Dinosaurs laid eggs long before there were chickens

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GAIL Board approves issuance of bonus shares, interim dividend and raising of funds through Bonds
New Delhi, January 27, 2017:GAIL (India) Limited has recommended issuance of one bonus share for every three equity shares held of Rs 10 each fully paid up, subject to shareholders approval. The decision was taken by the Company’s Board of Directors in its meeting held on 25th January, 2017. Consequently, the paid-up share capital of the Company will increase from Rs. 1,268.48 crore to Rs. 1,691.30 crore.

ONGC Launches e-learning portal on gender sensitization
NEW DELHI : January 27 : ONGC has launched a unique portal on Gender sensitisation to impart training on prevention of sexual harassment (PoSH) at workplace. ONGC is the first Public Sector Enterprise to have taken this initiative to buttress the act of the government related to (PoSH). 

Punjab National Bank organises CSR  activity on Republic Day
NEW DELHI, JANUARY 27 : Punjab National Bank celebrated 68th Republic Day with enthusiasm.  Smt. Usha Ananthasubramanian, Managing Director and CEO of the Bank hoisted the National Flag at Head Office 7 Bhikhaiji Cama Place New Delhi. Shri K.V. Brahmaji Rao, Dr. Ram S. Sangapure and Shri Sanjiv Sharan, Executive Directors of the Bank were also present on the occasion, besides various officials of the Bank who witnessed the programme with their families.

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
"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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Speech of Minister of State (I/C) for Petroleum and Natural Gas, Dharmendra Pradhan during curtain raiser of WLPGA 2017 Asia LPG Summit organized by World LPG Association in New Delhi

Officials of World LPG Association, Distinguished foreign guests, senior officials from Indian oil sector, Members of Media, Ladies and Gentlemen.

Namaste and welcome to India.

I welcome you all to the curtain raiser to the WLPGA 2017 Asia LPG summit in New Delhi that will take place tomorrow and day after. We have the privilege and honor to host this event in India this year. Friends, this is a very busy time in Delhi. We just had our Union Budget presentation last week. This is an annual event where the Hon'ble finance minister presents the statement of account of revenue and expenditure, as well as announces important policy decisions of the Government before the Parliament of India. We are also having elections to five legislative assemblies to elect provincial governments in five Indian States. These things will keep all of us, including the friends from media very busy for the next two months.

Friends, in a democracy, we have to give accounts to people of what we promised and what we delivered. As you are aware, we are exactly in the middle of our term. In May 2014, people of India gave a historic mandate to Hon'ble Prime Minister Narendra Modi for good governance and reforms. We are at the mid-way mark and it is really a time for us to see what we have achieved and what further needs to be done. When we assumed charge, we realized that access to energy in an area where India needs to catch up – both in terms of access to electricity and access to clean cooking fuel. Hon'ble Finance Minister announced in his budget speech that India is going to achieve 100% village electrification by 2018.

Other areas where we needed to improve was access to clean cooking fuel. When we assumed office, we had a system of misdirected subsidies, rich and upper middle class were entitled to LPG subsidies. There were many duplicate connections and the subsidized LPG was diverted to commercial and industrial segments. As a result poorest of the poor never had access to LPG.

In 2014, almost half of Indian households didn't have LPG connections. We took it as a challenge and decide to change the LPG landscape in India First we launched PAHAL that means Direct benefit transfer of LPG subsidy directly inot the bank accounts of the beneficiaries. This made the process transparent and plugged the subsidy leakages which was otherwise being misused through ghost accounts. The success of PAHAL is evident from the fact it made it to the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's largest cash benefit transfer scheme. The scheme is benefitting over 176 million consumers and over Rs. 40,000 crore or USD 6.5 billion of subsidy has been transferred directly to the beneficiaries bank accounts in the last two years. It has also resulted in estimated saving of over Rs. 21,000 crore or USD 3.2 billion in two years to the government. An intensive exercise was also carried out for identifying duplicate/ fake/ ghost / inactive domestic LPG connections and as on 1 April 2015, 33.4 million connections were identified.

Using PAHAL, we blocked these connections and saved INR 210 billion subsidy in 2014-15 and 2015-16. Commercial LPG sales increased by 40% in period April 2015 – March 2016 in contrast to pre-PAHAL when these sales were not growing at all, showing how the subsidized residential supply was earlier diverted to commercial. We also launched "Give it up" and "Give back" – this is a voluntary scheme where affluent consumers who could afford to buy LPG at the market price, were encouraged to give up their entitlement to subsidy, so that the same could be used to provide more connections to poorest of poor. With an appeal of Hon'ble Prime Minister, Our Citizens have set high standards of voluntarism and participative democracy by giving up their LPG subsidy.

Over 12 million consumers have given up their LPG subsidy which has helped in ensuring access to LPG connections to the under-privileged people. Friends you will be surprised that amazingly, these are not only rich and upper middle class households but teachers, retired persons, government employees who have given up their LPG subsidy. I am very proud of these individuals who have voluntarily given up their subsidy and in many occasions we have publicly honored them to recognize their noble deed. These households are now paying market linked prices of LPG. This has helped us provide subsidy to the needy. Nearly 6.3 million new LPG connections have been released to poor (BPL) families in 2015-16 linked to the Give it back campaign and utilizing Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) funds of our oil marketing companies (OMCs).

Friends, globally many multilateral agencies like the World Bank have highly praised "Give it up" campaign, sighting it as finest example of voluntary citizen participation in governance process. But our most ambitious scheme to ensure access of clean cooking fuel LPG to the poorest of the poors is the Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana. Under Ujjwala programme which was launched in May 2016, We have set target to provide 50 million LPG connections over a period of three years for the poor households, with the budgetary support of Rs 8000 crore or USD 1.5 billion. It's a matter of great happiness that the target of 15 million connections fixed for the current financial year 2016-17 has been achieved within a span of less than 8 months. Friends, most heartening this is that 37% of the beneficiaries belong marginalised communities.

The PMUY scheme is bringing huge health benefits to poor households especially women by giving them access to smoke free clean cooking fuel. As on today, we have provided 16 million LPG connections under Ujjawala Scheme. States with poor LPG access have benefited the most by this scheme. Top five states that have benefited as on December 2016, are Uttar Pradesh with 4.6 million connections, West Bengal with 1.9 million, Bihar with 1.9 million, Madhya Pradesh with 1.7 million and Rajasthan with 1.4 million. I am confident that we will exceed this target. We have already increased the national LPG coverage to 70% and we may even reach 85% in 2 years. With the concerted efforts of the government, the LPG coverage in India has now increased to 72%.

Our Government is striving to achieve universal LPG coverage in India. LPG expansion and penetration is ensuring right to access clean cooking fuel to every citizen of our country. I personally believe that providing access to clean cooking fuel to every household is not only our duty but it's also a social obligation for all of us. Couple of months back we had a LPG conference in Bhubaneshwar. It was an eye opener for us all participants in terms of the socioeconomic benefit of providing LPG in rural areas. Like this conference, we had a range of speakers. UN Assistant Secretary General and Deputy Executive Director UN Women Mrs Lakshmi Puri mentioned how providing clean fuels like LPG impacts economic output. The time being spent by women on collection of firewood and cooking food using this firewood is instead used in productive economic activities and that has a huge positive impact on GDP. Governor of Jharkhand, Hon'ble Droupadi Murmu mentioned her practical experience as a tribal villager without access to clean cooking fuel.

She mentioned, in villages when the women folks go to forest for collection of firewood, how they are exposed to health and safety issues, even sexual harassment. Doctor from AIIMS doctor mentioned how using chullah leads to inhaling of smoke which is equivalent to smoking 40 cigarettes a day. These create several health hazards: simple like headaches or nausea and severe like chronic bronchitis, nail diseases etc. This chullah smoke also leads to severe respiratory illnesses in children. Hence, aim of our government is not only to improve access, but turn it into a social movement.

The scheme improves health, safety and environment, which is the endeavor of our government and vision of our Hon'ble Prime Minister. In fact, I often mention that when I assumed office at the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas, it was a ministry dealing with large corporates. We have turned this into a welfare ministry, touching lives of millions of poor and underprivileged. Increasing access at such a fast pace comes with its own set of challenges. Challenges of reach, low consumer density, availability of distributors, rolling stock of cylinders etc. There are issues of infrastructure – import facility, capacity of bottling plants and transport to inaccessible rural areas. However, our Oil Marketing Companies have done a commendable job – these companies geared up to plan and build this infrastructure and distribution network. Friends, you would have heard about the bold reform move of de-monetizing higher currency notes in November 2016. This was a step taken to eliminate the parallel economy, bring more individuals and companies into the tax net and overall reduce use of cash in the economy.

Despite initial difficulties faced by general population, this move has received massive public support. Hon'ble Prime Minister has the vision to make our country a less cash using system. The enabler is the JAM trinity. J stands for Jan-dhan – these are banks accounts that were provided to the poor, who till recently were excluded from the financial system. More than 260 million bank accounts were opened under this scheme within six months of PM Modi coming to power. A stands for AADHAR – which is a biometric identity card that has reached more than 99% of the more than 5 year old population. And M is the mobile phone – which are more than a billion in India.

Going forward, using these three most of the digital transactions will take place and use of cash will be minimized. Our Oil Marketing Companies have started several mechanisms to make all transactions cash less. Customers can now book and make full payment for LPG cylinders online and even receive INR 5 discount per cylinder. So in the entire value chain of LPG, we would make use of digital technology. I am happy that during the next two days deliberations in the conference we will share and hear from the distinguished guests about their experience in expanding LPG access and their success stories. There is a lot to learn from each other, particularly among developing countries.

India and its neighbouring countries Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Sri Lanka have the advantage of proximity to share infrastructure which will help us achieve economies of scale. I keep interacting with my colleague ministers in these countries in this regards. I hope that this conference will provide a platform where we will exchange ideas to achieve collective victory over the ill-effects of smoke in our kitchens and bring better health for mothers and children.

If we can get our act together and provide 100% access to clean energy, we would impact 6 of the 8 millennium development goals: (1) eradicate extreme hunger and poverty by increasing economic potential of women & reducing economic loss due to bad health (2) empower our women (3) reduce child mortality (4) improve maternal health (5) ensure environmental sustainability and (6) combat tuberculosis. I welcome you again to New Delhi. Please enjoy you stay here and I hope you have good deliberations & discussions over the next two days! Thank you. Jai Hind!!!

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

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.


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

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.


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? .


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

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

“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


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.


 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

"It was on the 10th day of May--1884--that I confessed to age by mounting spectacles for the first time, and in the same hour I renewed my youth, to outward appearance, by mounting a bicycle for the first time. The spectacles stayed on. - Mark Twain's Speeches

"Once lay down the rule that the job comes first and you throw that job open to every individual, man or woman, fat or thin, tall or short, ugly or beautiful, who is able to do that job better than the rest of the world." - Dorothy L. Sayers, Are Women Human? Astute and Witty Essays on the Role of Women in Society


Food processing sector to generate
9 million jobs by 2024: study

Thesynergyonline Economics Bureau

NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 19 : Indian food processing sector has potential to attract US$ 33 billion of investment and generate employment of 9 million persons days by FY 2024, said an ASSOCHAM-Grant Thorton Research paper.

The food processing is a key contributor to employment generation in India. The policymakers have identified food processing as a key sector in encouraging labour movement from agriculture to manufacturing. By 2024, food processing sector is expected to employ 9 million people in India and expected to generate about 8,000 direct and 80,000 indirect jobs in the state, the ASSOCHAM-Grant Thornton joint study on 'Food Retail: Investment: Infrastructure' noted.

Corporate leaders urged to move on trajectory
of transparency, integrity, accountability

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"When you don't have time to do your job, that's a good indication you're playing the wrong game." - Mark Miller, Chess, Not Checkers: Elevate Your Leadership Game

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"For those of you who really want to give critical thought to your unique leadership style and foster genuine followership, learn from what's out there and weave it into something meaningful and authentic."
― Stacy Feiner, Talent Mindset

And so Dr U.D. Choubey, Director General, SCOPE delivered a keynote address at the National Leadership Summit 2017, organized by Sri Sharada Institute of Management Research.

"Read, read, read. Read everything -- trash, classics, good and bad, and see how they do it. Just like a carpenter who works as an apprentice and studies the master. Read! You'll absorb it. Then write. If it's good, you'll find out. If it's not, throw it out of the window." - William Faulkner

Civil Aviation Minister launches
'Airports India Business Magazine'

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Emphasising the importance of information and applauding efforts to put the focus on civil aviation industry, Minister of Civil Aviation, Mr P Ashok GajapathiRaju,launched the maiden issue of Airports India Business Magazine (AIBM) at an event here in New Delhi on Thursday.

Singapore wildlife parks welcome
over 600 babies in 2016

Thesynegyonline Wildlife Bureau

Jurong Bird Park, Night Safari, River Safari and Singapore Zoo have reported over 600 animal births and hatchings in 2016, and among them are highly threatened Southeast Asian animals. These include the Sunda pangolin, painted terrapin, proboscis monkey, Bali mynah and black-winged starling, all of which are on the brink of extinction.

Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book."
― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars


MP CM unveils coffee table book on 'Bhopal Archdiocese'

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NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 15 : The Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh Mr Shivraj Singh Chouhan released a full colour Coffee Table Book on Archdiocese of Bhopal. The release of this much awaited book was held on the occasion of the plenary assembly of Conference of Catholic Bishops of India (CCBI). The whole process of conceptualizing, designing and publishing the book was done by the PR Solution. The event witnessed the presence of CCBI President Cardinal Oswald Gracias , Archbishop of Ranchi Telesphore Cardinal Toppo, different religions heads and Catholic Bishops, priests and religious people were present there.

Porsche India launches the new 718 Cayman and 718 Boxster

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NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 15 : Merging tradition with visionary technology, Porsche's new mid-engine sports cars, the 718 Cayman and 718 Boxster were launched by Porsche India at an exclusive event in New Delhi. Utilising a custom-built track, the two-seater sports cars delighted guests with a driving display that showcased the performance capabilities of both models.


"Working anytime, anywhere"

New report highlights opportunities and challenges of expanding telework

Thesynergyonline News Bureau 

New ILO-Eurofound report shows that the use of modern communication technologies facilitates a better overall work-life balance but, at the same time, also blurs the boundaries between work and personal life.

GENEVA / BRUSSELS : The expanding use of digital technologies such as smartphones, tablets, laptops and desktop computers for work at home and elsewhere is rapidly transforming the traditional model of work. It can improve work-life balance, reduce commuting time, and boost productivity, but it can also potentially result in longer working hours, higher work intensity and work-home interference, according to a new joint ILO-Eurofound report.

Blossom Kochhar presented her New Book "Aromatherapy
– A Way Of Life" at the Delhi Literature Festival

"I can never read all the books I want; I can never be all the people I want and live all the lives I want. I can never train myself in all the skills I want. And why do I want? I want to live and feel all the shades, tones and variations of mental and physical experience possible in my life. And I am horribly limited." - Sylvia Plath, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath
"A great book should leave you with many experiences, and slightly exhausted at the end. You live several lives while reading." - William Styron, Conversations with William Styron
"Only the very weak-minded refuse to be influenced by literature and poetry." - Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel
A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest." - C.S. Lewis

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Do you know why books such as this are so important? They have quality. And what does the word quality mean? To me, it means texture. This book has pores. It has features. This book can go under the microscope. You'd find life under the glass screaming past an infinite profusion. The more pores, the more truthfully recorded details of life per square inch you can get on a sheet of paper the more literary you are. That's my definition anyway. Telling detail. Fresh detail."
― Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

And so Dr. Blossom Kochhar in conversation with Chief Editor Exhange4Media Mr. Anurag Batra and renowned author & film critic Ms. Aruna Vasudev hosted an engaging and interactive book reading session at the Delhi Literature Festival in New Delhi.


PROGRESS : "To reach a port we must set sail – Sail, not tie at anchor Sail, not drift." - Franklin D. Roosevelt

Kerala CM takes stock of natural gas pipeline work


Thesynergyonline Corporate Bureau

Mr B C Tripathi, CMD, GAIL (India) met the Chief Minister of Kerala Mr Pinarayi Vijayan to apprise him of the progress of work on the 440 km Kochi – Koottanad – Mangaluru Natural Gas pipeline project.

GAIL Chairman also met Additional Chief Secretary and Director General of Police in separate meetings.

Enough funds for road building, orders
worth Rs 5 lakh crore signed: Gadkari

Thesynergyonline Economics Bureau

With the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) having received a mandate from the Budget to raise Rs 70,000 crore through infrastructure bonds and easy availability of low cost overseas loans for the AAA rated NHAI, the government's road and highway building programme has enough cash to build the crucial infrastructure, Road Transport, Highway and Shipping Minister Mr Nitin Gadkari has said.

MRPL Kaushal Vikas Kendra launched ;
first batch of 60 to be trained by NTTF

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Noticeables at the launch of MRPL Kaushal Vikash Kendra


"Man often becomes what he believes himself to be. If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it. On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning."
― Mahatma Gandhi

And so Kaushal Vikas Kendra of, Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Limited (MRPL) was : inaugurated on Sunday at Mangaluru...

"What you believe can change your experience."

"It's time to stop grouping up and complaining about all our estrogen deficient symptoms and demand real answers and plenty of estrogen." - Marie Hoag MBA

POI may show symptoms of menopause in early 30s

Dr Sagarika Agarwal, IVF Expert, Indira IVF Hospital, New Delhi.

The onset of menopause usually occurs around the age of 40, but some women may have those symptoms of irregular menstruation in their early 30’s. This is known as Primary Ovarian Insufficiency (POI).

Hormone Replacement Therapy(HRT) is the most common treatment for POI that gives the body the estrogen and other hormones that ovaries are not making. HRT is usually a combination of an estrogen and a progestin (form of progesterone.) to regain her menstrual cycle along with improving sexual health. Progesterone is taken along with estrogen to balance out its effect on the lining of the womb, which even decreases risk of endometrial cancer.

DG, SCOPE addresses  women employees of PSUs

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Forum of Women in Public Sector (WIPS) under the aegis of SCOPE, organized its  27th National Meet in Nagpur on Saturday which was attended by over 700 women employees of public sector enterprises from across the nation.

IFCI posts  net loss of Rs 45.17 crore

The company registers net profit of Rs 154.33 crore Q3 of previous fiscal. 

Thesynergyonline Corporate Bureau

STATE-RUN term lender  IFCI registered standalone net loss of Rs 45.17 crore for third quarter ended December 31, 2016  (Q3FY’17) on higher provisions for bad loans and decline in income.

The company registered a net profit of Rs 154.33 crore during the October-December period of previous fiscal. 

The total income decreased to Rs 635.55 crore for the quarter ended December 2016 from Rs 947.15 crore for the same quarter year ago.

There were write-offs and provisions for non-performing assets (NPAs) to the tune of Rs 139.87 crore during the quarter, a sharp jump from Rs 48.50 crore a year ago, the company said. Net income from operations came down to Rs 569.44 crore from Rs 891.17 crore in year-ago period.

GAIL 9 - month PAT up 133 % to Rs 3,243 cr

PBT for third quarter up 61 %, PAT up 46 % to Rs 983 cr

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NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 10 :: GAIL (India) registered a 133 per cent increase in profit after tax (PAT) for the first nine months of financial year 2016-17 over the corresponding period last year with the PAT increasing to Rs 3,243 crore from Rs.1,394 crore.

AAI's Pune airport achieves the highest ASQ Rating

Thesynergyonline Aerospace Bureau

Airports Authority of India (AAI) got report of ACI-ASQ survey for Quarter-IV (October-December) 2016 for 11 airports.

PowerGrid signs agreement with
Norwegian Centre of Expertise

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NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 10 : Power Grid Corporation of India (PowerGrid) has signed a memorandum of co-operation (MoC) with Norwegian Centre of Expertise (NCE) – Smart Energy Markets.

AAI terminates land contract with Hotel Leela Venture

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NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 09 : Airports Authority of India (AAI) has terminated the land contract with Hotel Leela Venture.

Hotel Leela Venture is running a five star hotel on the plots of land leased to it by the Airports Authority of India near CSI Airport, Mumbai. The total area of plot allotted by AAI is 29000 sqm. through different agreements.

"My enemies are worms, cool days, and most of all woodchucks."
― Henry David Thoreau

GoI gears up for National Deworming Day
to tackle worm infections in children

Thesynegyonline Health Bureau

NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 09 : In order to combat the public health threat of intestinal worm infections in children aged 1-19, the Government of India is observing the third annual National Deworming Day on February 10 2017. A mop-up day will be held on February 15, to deworm any child who could not be dewormed on National Deworming Day.+

"Any patch of sunlight in a wood will show you something about the sun which you could never get from reading books on astronomy. These pure and spontaneous pleasures are 'patches of Godlight' in the woods of our experience." - C.S. Lewis 00ff33 66ccff ffff99 00ffcc

Prabhakar Singh assumes charge
of Director (Projects), PowerGrid


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NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 08 :Experience is not worth the getting. It's not a thing that happens pleasantly to a passive you--it's a wall that an active you runs up against."
― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Beautiful and Damned

Mr. Prabhakar Singh, has taken over the charge of Director (Projects) of Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd (POWERGRID). Earlier , Mr Singh was an Executive Director of Northern Region-1 of PowerGrid

BHEL 9-month turnover up
19 % to Rs 18,966 crore

Thesynergyonline Energy Bureau

Maintaining the positive trend of healthy growth achieved in FY 2016-17, Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL) has reported the third straight quarter of growth in the current fiscal. In the first nine months of the fiscal the company saw its turnover grow by 19 per cent to Rs.18,966 crore, and posted a profit before tax of Rs.359 crore as against a loss of Rs.1903 crore in the corresponding nine-month period in the previous year.

LaCie launches Thunderbolt 3
Portfolio for creative professionals

Thesynergyonline Digital Bureau

LaCie, the premium brand from Seagate Technology plc, launched the LaCie® 12big Thunderbolt™ 3 and 6big Thunderbolt 3 aimed at helping video professionals excel with ultra high-resolution footage.

PNB Q3 net profit increases 4-fold by 306 % to
Rs 207 cr ; net NPA declines to Rs.34, 994 crore

Thesynergyonline Banking Bureau

The gross non-performing asset (NPA) of Punjab National Bank (PNB) has reduced from Rs.55818 crore in March 2016 to Rs 55628 crore in December 2016. The net NPA of the bank which was Rs.35, 423 crore as on March, 2016 has also come down to Rs 34, 994 crore on account of continued pace of recovery.

MRPL posts for Q3 PAT of Rs 566 crore ;
Rs 1700 crore for 9- month period

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NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 07 : Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Limited (MRPL) achieved a throughput of 4.35 mmt for the Q3 FY 2016-17 as against 3.82 mmt in Q3 FY 2015-16. The increase in throughput is on account of sustained operations in the third quarter.

“Melancholy is incompatible with bicycling.”
― James E. Starrs, The Literary Cyclist: Great Bicycling Scenes in Literature


PCRA holds cyclothon to promote fuel-less transport

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"So there is something perhaps more difficult to conceive of, sometimes born of resignation and sometimes not- a life in which not getting it is the point and not the problem; in which the project is to learn how not to ride the bicycle, how not to understand the poem. Or to put it the other way round, this would be a life in which getting it – the will to get it, the ambition to get it – was the problem; in which wanting to be an accomplice didn't take precedence over making up one's mind." - Adam Phillips, Missing Out: In Praise of the Unlived Life

And so a cyclothon was organized at India Gate as a part of 'Saksham 2017' – an initiative by Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA) and oil and gas sector PSUs....


Canon India launches 10 products in printing space

Extends its offerings in the Professional Printing Domain to offer Vibrant Image Quality with Increased Versatility for Print Service Providers

The 5-Color imagePROGRAF 671E offers a right mix of affordability and technology to the SME segment
The all-rounder printer Ocι ColorWave 700 is designed for wide range of graphic arts applications like Wall papers, In shop brandings, Signage etc.
The cutting-edge image PROGRAF PRO SERIES includes the 12-Color image PROGRAF PRO-520 and image PROGRAF PRO-540, 8-color image PROGRAF PRO-540S and image PROGRAF PRO-560S
Consisting of the image PRESS C850, image PRESS C750, image PRESS C650 digital color production presses, the new series incorporates a variety of updated features and technology to help meet the requirements of its target markets.


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Mr Puneet Datta, Director Professional Printing Products, Canon India, Mr. Kazutada Kobayashi, President & CEO, Canon India and Mr. Tomokazu Tajima, Senior Manager, REG WFP Product Marketing Canon Singapore unveiling latest products

NEW DELHI, India, FEBRUARY 05 : Canon India India's digital imaging company, lauched an extensive range of offerings in its professional printing domain. With this launch at Print Pack India, Canon India unveiled the highest number of product in the last eight years in a single show.

In a wide format the latest offerings include an array of large Format printers, featuring inkjet and LED technology, designed to provide spectacular image quality & diversified applications for, graphic arts industry, signage, fine art and photographic industry.

The cutting-edge image PROGRAF PRO SERIES includes the 12-Color image PROGRAF PRO-520 and image PROGRAF PRO-540, 8-color image PROGRAF PRO-540S and image PROGRAF PRO-560S.


All efforts on for smooth handling of data
for transition to GST: Member, CBEC

Need to diagnose reasons for India being largely non-tax compliant & educate people to pay due taxes: Principal Chief Commissioner of Income Tax, Delhi  


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With the goods and services tax (GST) on the anvil, all state governments are working very closely with central government and all efforts are on to put the elaborate information technology (IT) infrastructure in place for smooth handling of massive amount of data, a top CBEC (Central Board of Excise and Customs) official said at an ASSOCHAM event held in New Delhi.

PNB helps India Post Payments Bank
to set up its pilot branches

Thesynergyonline Banking Bureau

India Post Payments Bank (IPPB) has launched its pilot branches in Ranchi and Raipur recently (Monday January 30, 2017. It was inaugurated through video conferencing by Mr Arun Jaitley , Union Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs, and Mr Manoj Sinha ,Union Minister of State for Communications – IC and Railways, at National Media Centre, in the presence of Mr B.V. Sudhakar, Secretary – Posts, Mr Ashok Lavasa, Secretary, MoF, Mrs. Anjuly Chib Duggal, Secretary, DFS, Mr Neeraj Kumar, Secretary, DIPAM, Ms. Usha Ananthasubramanian, MD and CEO , Punjab National Bank (PNB) and other top officials of both DoP and PNB.

AAI holds two-day workshop on "Vigilance
as a Management Tool" at Amritsar airport

Thesynergyonline Aerospace Bureau

A vigilance workshop was organized at Amritsar airport by Corporate Vigilance Department, Airports Authority of India (AAI) on the topic "Vigilance as a Management Tool" from January 31 to February 01 , 2017.

Around 56 executives and non-executives from Amritsar, Ludhiana, Jammu and Pathankot airports participated in the workshop. Besides general issues, the workshop also covered varied aspects of vigilance and disciplinary matters.

Prafulla Kumar Gupta takes
charge as Director (HR), GAIL

Thesynergyonline Corporate Bureau

Mr Prafulla Kumar Gupta has taken charge as Director (Human Resources) of GAIL (India) . A B.Tech. in Mechanical Engineering from G.B. Pant University of Agriculture & Technology, Pantnagar (UK), Mr Gupta has more than 33 years of rich and diverse experience in oil and gas sector, particularly in project execution along with operation and maintenance of natural gas pipelines, gas processing units, city gas distribution, natural gas and petrochemical marketing and human resources.

Rajesh Bhandari, ED (Finance),
AAI wins CA-CFO award

Thesynergyonline Aerospace Bureau

The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) organized the Annual Awards Ceremony with the objective to recognize the Chartered Accountants who have excelled in their professional life and are role models for other members every year. In the recently held 10th Annual ICAI Awards 2016 at Chennai Mr Rajesh Bhandari, Executive Director (Finance), Airports Authority of India (AAI) has been bestowed with the Award of Best CA-CFO in the Service Sector in recognition of his exemplary work as a Chartered Accountant in creating value to the organization.

FM gives push to rural sector,
housing for growth recovery

Thesynergyonline Economics Bureau

Spending on rural areas, infrastructure and fighting poverty, will get a boost , said the Finance Minister , Mr Arun Jaitley while tabling his annual budget on Wednesday, adding the impact on growth from the government's cash crackdown would wear off soon.

ONGC Q3 FY'17 net profit at Rs 4,352 crore

Thesynergyonline Corporate Bureau

The board of Oil andNatural Gas Corporation (ONGC) has approved second interim dividend of 45 per cent, that is , Rs 2.25 on each equity share of Rs 5. The total payout on this account will be Rs 2,887 crore. The Government of India will receive Rs 1,973 crore on its 68.34 per cent shareholding.

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Winter Carnival "Rendezvous". Warmth of summer Winter is dead March days


Airports Authority of India Women Welfare Association – Kalyanmayee celebrated winter Carnival "Rendezvous0". Dr. Guruprasad Mohapatra, IAS, Chiarman, AAI inaugurated the event in the presence of Mrs. Anjali Mohapatra, All India President, Kalyanmayee, Mrs. Charu Raheja, Mrs Shalley Dutta, Mrs Vijaya Chaukiyal and Mrs Santhisree Murthy at Airports Authority of India Officers' Institute, New Delhi.

Guftagu with Gulzar at the Partition
Museum & Kharashein launches ALFA 2017

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NEW DELHI, JANUARY 31 : The Partition Museum (an initiative of the The Arts And CulturalHeritage Trust ) launched the Arts and Literature Festival of Amritsar (ALFA 2017) with events showcasing the selected works and memories of the eminent poet and screenplay writer Gulzar. The events include 'Guftagu with Gulzar at the Partition Museum'.  


PNB extends help for leprosy eradication


"No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another." - Charles Dickens"The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don't wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope." - Barack Obama




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"It wasn't that she necessarily wanted to "socialize" at the bonfire, but she wanted to broadcast to the general population that her antisocial behavior was a personal choice not a sentence to social leprosy." - J.D. Stroube

And so Mrs  Usha Ananthasubramanian, Managing Director and CEO, Punjab National Bank (PNB) presented a cheque to the  President, Mr Pranab Mukherji, at Rashtrapati Bhawan as a helping hand towards eradication of leprosy. Mr. K V Brahmaji Rao,  Dr. R S Sangapure and Mr Sanjiv Sharan, Executive Directors were also present on the occasion along with the executives of Hind Kusht Nivaran Sangh.

PowerGrid , ADWEA sign MoU

Thesynergyonline Energy Bureau

Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd.(PowerGrid), central power sector PSU and CTU, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Abu Dhabi Water & Electricity Authority (ADWEA) ad its group of companies recently in Gurgaon. The MoU was signed by Saeed Al Suwaidi, Managing Director, Abu Dhabi Distribution Co. (UAE) and Mr Anil Mehra, Executive Director- International Business, PowerGridi in the presence of Mr I.S Jha CMD, PowerGrid and Senior officials from both sides.

This republic was not established by cowards; and cowards will not preserve it. - Elmer Davis

AAI dedicates 'Central - Air Traffic Flow Management'
to the nation on  68th Republic Day

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On the auspicious occasion of Republic Day Dr  Guruprasad Mohapatra, Chairman, Airports Authority of India (AAI) formally dedicated the “Central Command Centre, Air Traffic Flow Management (C-atfm)”, at New Air Traffic Services Complex in the presence the AAI’s Board members & senior officers and representatives of Airlines. 

Speaking on the occasion Dr. Mohapatra said, India is on the threshold of becoming 7th country in the world to implement the Air Traffic Flow Control Measures across the nation which will accrue benefits in terms of reduced carbon foot print, embarking on Green environment concept, fuel savings and economic benefits to the air travelers.

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mjunction conductse-auction of commercial
papers worthRs 700-crore for SAIL

Thesynergyonline Corporate Bureau

mjunction services limited, India’s  B2B e-commerce company,successfully conducted  an e-auction for commercial papers (CPs) worth Rs 700 crore for  Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL). For SAIL, this was a significant step towards adopting a business practice that is completely technology-driven, and thus a step forward in the government’s Digital India programme.

International labour standards should be an important
reference point for the European Pillar of Social Rights

Thesynergyonline Economics Bureau

BRUSSELS  :  ILO Director-General Guy Ryder has welcomed the European Commission’s initiative to construct a European Pillar of Social Rights . Addressing over 600 participants from social partners, civil society, EU institutions and member state authorities at a high-level conference in Brussels , he said that international labour standards should be an important reference point for the European Pillar of Social Rights.

“The European Pillar of Social Rights will start to address questions related to the economic and social damage inflicted by the financial crisis, and should provide the answers people are looking for,” he said during a panel discussion.


"I have a fear of living a surface kind of life; barely existing, barely touching or tasting anything. That's why you'll always see me giving my all or walking away ~ I'm too full of depth to dance in the middle of anything." - Nikki Rowe
"Contrary to your beliefs, I am stronger than what you give me credit for, but the real lesson here is the knowledge to know I don't owe you an explanation to anything." - Nikki Rowe
"There is something magical and transformational about saying "yes" to God. When you take His hand, step out of that boat (your ordinary, comfortable life), and be brave. Instead of spending your lifetime living in fear and playing it safe, you boldly walk in obedience. God makes you brave." - Dana Arcuri, Reinventing You: Simple Steps to Transform Your Body, Mind, & Spirit
"There's something about kindred spirits, you meet them and for a moment this world no matter ugly, makes sense. They bring a sense of freedom and clarity to one conversation; just enough to remind you of who you are." - Nikki Rowe, Once a Girl, Now a Woman

Central Bank honours 25 brave hearts of India

Thesynergyonline Education Bureau

“A brave heart doesn't pump coward's blood.”

And so at a ceremony, Central bank of India,  nationalised bank,  honoured the 25 brave hearts of India at its Regional Office Delhi South.

The function marked the presence of Mrs Gita Siddhartha , President, Indian Council for Child Welfare, parents of the children, bank officials, mediapersons and the prominent customers.

BHEL bags Rs.1,360 crore landmark order
for + 800 kV, 6,000 MW UHVDC Project

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Order BHEL's scope of work The project Benefit


Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), in partnership with ABB, has secured a landmark order from Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PowerGrid). BHEL's scope of work, is valued at Rs.1,360 crore, for setting up a + 800 kV, 6,000mw HVDC Link between the Western Region Grid (Raigarh, Chattisgarh) and the Southern Region Grid (Pugalur, Tamil Nadu).

EXPERIENCE : "I have lived to see that being seventeen is no protection against becoming seventy, but to know this needs the experience of a lifetime, for no imagination copes with it." - Lord Dunsany, The Curse Of The Wise Woman  

Ved Prakash Mahawar, Director (Onshore), ONGC
nominated on Board of Governors of IIM-Rohtak

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V P Mahawar, Director (Onshore), ONGC

Member of Society and Board of Governors ,IIM Rohtak


Why am I as I am? To understand that of any person, his whole life, from
Birth must be reviewed. All of our experiences fuse into our personality. Everything that ever happened to us is an ingredient."
― Malcolm X, The Autobiography of Malcolm X

  • I have lived to see that being seventeen is no protection against becoming seventy, but to know this needs the experience of a lifetime, for no imagination copes with it."
    ― Lord Dunsany, The Curse Of The Wise Woman
  • And so a man of vast erudition and experience Mr Ved Prakash Mahawar, Director (Onshore), ONGC, has beeen nominated as Member of Society and Board of Governors ( BoGs) IIM Rohtak by the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India, Department of Higher Education, Management Division.

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


Demonetisation Holistic view Impact Survey

Thesynergyonline Economics Bureau

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

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Contactless Card A new initiative on digitalization Usage PNB Contactlessss Card


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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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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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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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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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"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'.


Members of NAREDCO Haryana with Mr Parveen Jain president NAREDCO , Mr Sulekh Jain VP NAREDCO Haryana Chapter with CM Haryana , Mr Manoj Khattar

"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

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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

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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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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

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

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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

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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

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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%


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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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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

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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

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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


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

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


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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

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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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

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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


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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



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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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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.

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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

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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

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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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"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."

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


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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Thesynergyonline Economics Bureau

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

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

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"


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

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 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

"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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Thesynergyonline Corporate Bureau

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

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

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.






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