PM Narendra Modi address in Davos

Terrorism is dangerous. There must be no distinction on the lines of ‘good’ or ‘bad’ terrorism: PM Modi.

 

PM Modi: Davos was ahead of its time back in 1997 and today as well it is ahead of its time. Today, we face new and difficult challenges in terms of economic outlook and security. Technology driven transformation is taking place everywhere and data presents us with great opportunities to solve such issues. But data also presents its own challenges. It is believed whoever controls data is the most powerful and can shape the world.

Modi says that along with big data, cybersecurity and nuclear security are the other big challenges facing the world today and the world needs to address them urgently. These advancements have also created cracks and walls that have made world peace difficult.

Modi says that for him the issue that the forum needs to address is if globalisation increasing the dangers for world peace. The PM says that India has always stood for peace. Quoting a Sanskrit saying ‘Vasudev kumtbkam’, he says that the entire world is like one family.

Modi says that he will only talk about the three gravest threats that humans face today.

The first, he says, is climate change. Modi says that extreme weather conditions are increasing day by day. In such a time, all of us should have come together. But if we ask ourselves honestly, we would know the answer.

The least we can do is lower carbon emissions. But how many developed nations have come forward to help others adopt technologies that can address the issue of carbon emissions.

The first Upanishad that was written in India said if you have to live on this earth respect it and don’t be greedy. Gautam Buddha adopted this message 2,500 years ago. Mahatma Gandhi, too, followed this principle.

 

To tackle climate change, the Indian government has set a huge target of producing 175 giga watts of renewable energy by 2022. In the last three years, we have already achieved a generation capacity of 60 giga watts.

The second biggest challenge, Modi says, is terrorism. Educated and well-to-do youth are being radicalised.

All those present here know about the threat it poses. As dangerous as terrorism is, even more dangerous is the artificial divide created between good and bad terrorists.

The third challenge, the Prime Minister says, is protectionism. We need to realise that globalisation is slowly losing its shine.

In complete contrast to globalisation, countries are encouraging protectionism by creating new and artificial barriers for trade. Most of the nations are suffering due to this and global supply chain is being affected.

Mahatma Gandhi said I don’t want the doors and windows of my house to be closed. I want multi national ideas and cultures to flow in but I don’t them to uproot me. This is what India is concentrating on.

Democracy is the answer to India’s development. More than 600 crore voters in India, for the first time in 30 years, voted a single party to power at the Centre. For development our vision is ‘sabka saath sabka vikas’.

In India, democracy, demographic and dynamism are helping development. They are giving shape to our destiny.

Indian youth is ready to contribute to Indian 5 trillion dollar economy by 2025. All these steps have resulted in improved rankings for India in several economic rankings. The citizens have also recognized the importance of our policies and gave up subsidies on their own, and made us reaffirm trust in our policies one state election after another.

Whether it be earthquakes in Nepal or floods in neighbouring countries, India has always been the first to help. For our common shared vision, world’s major nations we must cooperate, they must bury their differences and have a larger vision. Through technology and digital revolution we can remove poverty and unemployment.

India’s contribution towards UN peace keeping operations has been immense. India played a big role in rescuing people during Yemen crisis. We don’t disturb natural resources of any country.

India has proved that democracy can thrive by dialogue, peace and development. The world’s powers need to cooperate in this multicultural world. The methods that have worked for India will work for the entire world.We must work together and blossom together. Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore dreamed of heaven of freedom. There should be no space for divide and fraction.

Hardselling India as an investment destination, a driver of global growth and a unifier, Modi tell world leaders to come to India if you want peace with prosperity. He ends his plenary speech by thanking the audience.

News 18 inputs

UNSG Antonio Guterres ready to mediate Indo- Pak peace talks

 UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has asked India and Pakistan to address their outstanding issues through dialogue. He also ruled out any mediation to resolve the Kashmir issue unless all parties agree to it. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday urged both Pakistan and India to resolve the issue through a dialogue to avert the causalities.

Mr Guterres’ spokesman Stephane Dujarric said, in principle, good offices of the UN Chief are always available for mediation, but everyone needs to agree on involving the world body. The spokesman said the Secretary-General would encourage both sides to address the issues through talks.

Responding to questions at the regular briefing in New York, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said that the UN chief is ready to mediate peace talks between India and Pakistan provided the two neighbours accept his good offices.

The spokesman underscored that the secretary general’s good offices work only when both parties agree to mediation, adding that the UN chief was following the situation in the disputed Kashmir region as clashes between the troops of two neighbouring countries along the LOC had escalated, and called for talks between the two countries.

M 8.2 – Gulf of Alaska

A magnitude 8.2 earthquake hit the Gulf of Alaska in the wee hours of Tuesday,  forced authorities to warn people in the area to move away from the coast in case it causes a tsnuami.

The quake hit 256 km (157 miles) southeast of Chiniak, Alaska at a depth of 10 km at 0931 GMT, the US Geological Survey said.

“If you are located in this coastal area, move inland to higher ground. Tsunami warnings mean that a tsunami with significant inundation is possible or is already occurring,” Anchorage Office of Emergency Management said in a warning for Alaska and British Columbia.

Cape Chiniak, Alaska/File photo

Tsunami warnings for parts of Alaska and Canada and a tsunami watch for the entire US west coast and Hawaii were issued.

“Based on all available data a tsunami may have been generated by this earthquake that could be destructive on coastal areas even far from the epicenter,” the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said.

Japan´s meteorological agency said it was monitoring the situation but did not issue a tsunami alert.

Further details of the developing story awaited.

The US National Weather Service said a warning was in effect for the coasts of British Columbia and Alaska, while the US west coast is on tsunami watch.

Officials in Anchorage warned coastal areas, saying there was “extraordinary threat to life or property”.

The alert told people to seek refuge on higher ground in affected areas.

Preliminary Earthquake Report
Magnitude 8.2
Date-Time
  • 23 Jan 2018 09:31:41 UTC
  • 23 Jan 2018 09:31:41 near epicenter
  • 23 Jan 2018 13:31:41 standard time in your timezone
Location 56.057N 149.097W
Depth 10 km
Distances
  • 260.2 km (161.3 mi) SE of Chiniak, Alaska
  • 576.7 km (357.6 mi) S of Anchorage, Alaska
  • 587.0 km (363.9 mi) S of Eagle River, Alaska
  • 608.3 km (377.2 mi) S of Knik-Fairview, Alaska
  • 920.1 km (570.5 mi) WSW of Juneau, Alaska

Budget for Making India GREAT AGAIN, Hunger & Poverty Free

January19, 2018 (C) Ravinder Singh progressindia2015@gmail.com

In another few years India shall be Number One in Populationand comparison will switch from China Most Populated Country vs India Second Most Populated Country to

India the Most Populated Country vs China Second Most Populated Country.

1.    INDIA CAN’T BE GREAT WITHOUT R&D and PATENTS: – When India granted 1115 Patents to resident Indians – China granted 1,770,431 Patents & Utility Patents in 2016. Most of 1115 Patents relate to PROCESS Patents which are not recognized in developed countries. India to Speedily GRANT regular patents within say 30 days after they are granted in USA, EU, Switzerland & Japan – Patent Treaty with these Developed Countries For Recognizing Patents Granted in Partner countries.

2.    25% of Bank Credit for ENGINEERS LED R&D Based Industrial Units to 100% in 5 Years – Companies Led by Professional CEO, CTO & CFO.

3.    REVIEW UNVIABLE PROJECTS: – India can’t be GREAT Investing in Unviable Projects, India may continue to lose for decades from these UNVIABLE Projects.

4.    CUT CREDIT to 9 FAMILIES BY HALF – DOUBLE CREDIT TO FARMERS & MSMEs: – Bank Credit to 9 Families & Personal Loans exceed 50% of Private Sector Lending. This doesn’t create JOBS, Lowest Value Additions whereas Farmers & MSMEs add over 30% to 80% Value Additions – 90% Jobs are Starved of Credit. 

 

5.    Minimum duration of Crop Loans should be 15 monthsand Food Processing Loans to Large Farms 60 months.Flour Mill, Oil-mill, Rice-Milling, Food Processing Units come up in 20-60 days.

 

6.    Lending Rates Working Companies 10%-14%, New Companies 6%-8% for 1st 5 Yrs.

 

7.    ROOFTOP & FARM SOLAR POWER: – International bids for SOLAR POWER Has declined to Rs.1 Per Unit – Off Grid Rooftop Solar shall minimize Thermal Power Use – Avoid Investing in Power Plants, Transmission Lines & Distribution. Grid Connected Farm Solar to similarly benefit States and Minimizing Rural Feeder Losses.

 

8.    LNG FOR COASTAL STATES – CNG FOR NORTH & CENTRAL INDIA. IMPORT FERTILIZER AT 50% COST – SUPPLY CNG TO INDUSTRIES.

 

9.    SUPPORT & INTEGRATE PUBLIC TRANSPORT – SAVE PETROLEUM, CLEAN AIR.

 

10.          INVEST IN INDIA PROGRAM to ATTRACT $50b EVERY YEAR INTO HOUSING & INDUSTRY – ALLOW INDIAN PROFESSIONALS TO INVEST UPTO $5 MILLION IN FOREIGN PROJECTS. India already has over 1m Housing Units STUCK in Crisis, 10m Units Unoccupied & Need Redevelopment – FDI shall revive Housing Sector & greatly add to GDP & Job Growth.

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Global R&D Spend is $1000b but in this Indian Contribution is barely $15b. All top 10 PCT Filings except IIT are mainly for Chemical or Pharma or Biotech sector – India grants mainly PROCESS PATENTS which are not of Importance – So Indian R&D is Wasted effort. Rs.5 Lakh includes R&D and Patent filing by Non Resident Indians.

Here in the latest update by WIPO Stats – Indians filed 25,795 [1,257,202] Patents in the World in 2016, out of this 13,199 [1,204,981] were filed in India but Resident Indians were granted 1,115 [302,136] Patents only. Figures in brackets are for CHINA that also granted 1,468,295 Utility Model Patents which are Quick & Cheap.

India 1,115 Patents – China 1,761,000 Patents + UM Patents

http://www.wipo.int/ipstats/en/statistics/country_profile/profile.jsp?code=IN – http://www.wipo.int/ipstats/en/statistics/country_profile/profile.jsp?code=CN

Country

Patents Filed

Resident P. Grants

Patents Enforce

Utility M. Patents

India

25,795

1,115

49,575

0000

China

1,257,202

302,136

1,774,402

1,468,295

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Where India Goes: Abandoned Toilets,

India International Centre

Cordially invite you to a

Book Discussion for the following Book

Where India Goes: Abandoned Toilets, Stunted Development and the Costs of Caste

by

Diane Coffey and Dean Spears

Noida: HarperCollins, 2017

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Wednesday, 24th January, 2018, at 6:30 pm

Around the world, people live healthier lives than in centuries past, in part because latrines keep faecal germs away from growing babies. India is an exception. Most Indians do not use toilets or latrines, and so infants in India are more likely to die than in neighbouring poorer countries. Children in India are more likely to be stunted than children in sub-Saharan Africa. Where India Goes demonstrates that open defecation in India is not the result of poverty but a direct consequence of the caste system, untouchability and ritual purity. Coffey and Spears tell an unsanitized story of an unsanitary subject, with characters spanning the worlds of mothers and babies living in villages to local government implementers, senior government policymakers and international development professionals. They write of increased funding and ever more unused latrines. Where India Goes is an important and timely book that calls for the annihilation of caste and attendant prejudices, and a fundamental shift in policy perspectives to effect a crucial, much overdue change.

Discussants:

Prof. K. Srinath Reddy, President, Public Health Foundation of India will Chair the programme and the panel consisting ofShri Raajiv Yaduvanshi, Secretary, Health and Family Welfare;Prof.. Rama V. Baru, Centre for Social Medicines and Community Health, School of Social Sciences, JNU; and Ms. Rasa Omar, Country Director, IFAD will discuss the book.

SC: No toMP & Raj,Release film Padmaavat

Supreme Court today refused to modify its earlier order that had cleared the decks for the nationwide release of film ‘Padmaavat’ on the 25th of this month. A bench, headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, rejected the pleas filed by Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh governments against the release of the film in the two states. It said people must understand that orders of the top court have to be abided with.

The bench, also comprising of Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud, said, it is the obligation of the states to maintain law and order. It asked the states to follow its order and gave them the liberty to approach it again if the situation arises.The bench also dismissed the applications filed by Shree Rashtriya Rajput Karni Sena and Akhil Bharatiya Kshatriya Mahasabha seeking to stall the exhibition of the movie.The apex court had earlier restrained other states from issuing any ban orders on the film.

M6.0 – Java, Indonesia

Preliminary Earthquake Report
Magnitude 6.0
Date-Time
  • 23 Jan 2018 06:34:54 UTC
  • 23 Jan 2018 06:34:54 near epicenter
  • 23 Jan 2018 10:34:54 standard time in your timezone
Location 7.196S 105.918E
Depth 43 km
Distances
  • 39.8 km (24.7 mi) S of Binuangeun, Indonesia
  • 73.7 km (45.7 mi) WSW of Pelabuhanratu, Indonesia
  • 90.9 km (56.4 mi) S of Labuan, Indonesia
  • 99.5 km (61.7 mi) SSW of Rangkasbitung, Indonesia
  • 122.3 km (75.8 mi) SSW of Serang, Indonesia
Location Uncertainty Horizontal: 8.1 km; Vertical 6.7 km