|India overtakes US, China as top FDI destination in first half of 2015|
Sep 30, 2:0 PM
India has emerged as the top destination for Foreign direct investment (FDI) as compared with China and United states in the first half of 2015. A report published in London’s Financial Times has mentioned that India has attracted roughly 31 billion US dollar ahead of 28 billion dollar of china and 27 billion of United States. Expressing satisfaction on the report, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the government efforts are paying off as India has become the highest destination for greenfield projects.
In an another report, India has moved up 16 positions to rank 55th on a global index of the world’s most competitive economies, where Switzerland remains on the top. Hailing the two global reports, Secretary Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, Amitabh Kant said this success has been achieved at the point of time when globally FDI has fallen by about 16 per cent.
The huge surge of FDI investment in the country came after the government has relaxed FDI norms in various sectors including defence, railways, construction, insurance and medical devices.
SURAKSHIT KHADYA ABHIYANTM
To Strengthen Nationwide Action on Safe and Hygienic Food for All
4 October 2015 (Sunday) : 0800 hrs
Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Lodi Road, New Delhi
We are pleased to inform you that Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in partnership with National Association of Street Vendors of India (NASVI) and Industry, Consumer Body VOICE, will be organizing a 5 kilometer Walkathon to promote Surakshit Khadya Abhiyan: To Strengthen Nationwide Action on Safe and Hygienic Food for all on 4 October 2015 (Sunday).
Background: This initiative is aligned to the countrywide mission of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan for ensuring commitment to Cleanliness and Jago Grahak Jago. Cargill India is the National Industry Partner.
About the Walkathon: The Walkathon would encompass several parallel activities comprising interactive demonstrations like those of appropriate Hand wash Practices, Personal and Food Hygiene Practices, Thematic Performances, Painting Competitions, Quiz Competitions towards ensuring Safe Food.
More than 1500+ people from all walks of life will participate at the Walkathon.
What will Participants Get?
Walkathon Kit and Certificates of participation will be awarded to participants upon the completion of Walkathon.
We are writing to you and your family members to participate at this Walkathon on 4th October.
· Registration time : 0730 hrs
· Reporting venue: Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Lodi Road, New Delhi (Gate No. 1)
· Pre-registration is mandatory
We look forward to receiving your confirmation through attached Reply Form.
Consent was necessary for use of the country’s military for foreign combat missions under the Russian constitution.
The request for use of force was sent by the president after considering the large number of citizens of Russia and neighboring countries, who went to join terrorist groups fighting in Syria, head of the presidential administration Sergey Ivanov told media. There are thousands of them, and Russia’s national security would be under threat, should they return home, he added.
“This is not about reaching for some foreign policy goals, satisfying ambitions, which our Western partners regularly accuse us of. It’s only about the national interest of the Russian Federation,” the official said.
NATO withdrew its combat troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2014, but around 850 German servicemen remained in the country as part of the block’s international grouping. They were involved in the training of local security forces.
Troops were scheduled to leave Afghanistan by the end of the year, but von der Leyen said that that the Germans may now remain in the country into 2016 as well.
Highlights from the local media of Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka
|September 30th, 2015 | Volume: 1 – 21/9|
Ensure peace across world: Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina
Deeper connectivity key to trade expansion in South Asia: analysts
Netherlands keen to construct seaports in Chittagong, Paira
Bangladesh-US Navies to strengthen maritime partnerships
PM Tshering Tobgay calls for landlocked to become land-linked countries
Bhutan is a carbon negative country- PM Tshering Tobgay
Maldives’ central bank has postponed the release of the new currency notes.
Saudi Forensic Team: Will work with the investigation team as best as the abilities allow
At UN, Afghan leader calls on Pakistan to crack down on terror outfits
Perpetual instability in Afghanistan had telling effects on region: Pakistani Chief of Army Staff
CPEC benefits can be shared with Afghanistan: army chief
US advocates dialogue with India
Urbanization offers Sri Lanka major economic opportunity, World Bank says
Tamil groups in Sri Lanka insist on hybrid court to probe war crime allegations
US to support domestic probe with UN, Int’l support
Danish defense minister resigns over former role as head of southern region
Denmark’s defense minister announced his resignation on Tuesday, media reports said. The move followed media criticism of appointments Carl Holst made in his former role as head of the administrative region of Southern Denmark. Cases from that time“have come to overshadow my ability to make a difference as defense minister and minister for Nordic Cooperation,” Holst said. His exit deals a blow to the country’s recently elected government.Media agencies
President Barack Obama sat down with President Raul Castro on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York City on Tuesday. The two leaders have met before, but this meeting marks the first time a US president has met a Cuban president on US soil since the Cuban revolution, ABC News said. The two presidents spoke two weeks ago, in advance of Pope Francis’ visit to Cuba and the US. That conversation also followed the Obama administration’s announcement of new regulatory changes, which facilitated more travel and US business on the island.
Sub: Calling You to Join discussions and deliberations as a “SPECIAL INVITEE” at the“REPA – NCEE (National Council for Energy Efficiency) – Mahatma Gandhi National Energy Efficiency Conclave (MG-NEEC) to be held on Thursday, 1st October 2015
The prime Focus/Agenda for REPA – NCEE – “Mahatma Gandhi National Energy Efficiency Conclave (MG-NEEC)” are as follows in accordance with the attached Flyer:-
· Power Generation + T&D (Transmission & Distribution)
· Virtual Power via Smart Electricity Grids
· ADAM (Advance Digital Automated Metering) & ISMT (Intelligent Smart Metering Technologies)
· Power Distribution Efficiency
· Energy Efficiency (EE) in RET (Renewable Energy Technologies)
· Energy Efficiency (EE) in Pumped Storage Hydropower
· Energy Efficiency (EE) Solar Pumping
· Energy Efficiency (EE) in Oil & Gas and Petroleum sector
· Energy Efficiency (EE) in Rotating Equipment – Motors, Generators & Pumpsets
· Energy Efficiency (EE) in Lighting – Power Plants, Industrial Projects, Process Plants, Manufacturing Facilities, Utilities etc.
Highlights from the local media of Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka September 29th, 2015 | Volume: 1 – 20/9
US, UK issue travel alert in Bangladesh
Prothom Alo | 29th September
After Australia, the United States and United Kingdom on Monday issued two separate updated travel alerts advising their citizens to be vigilant while travelling in Bangladesh. The updated travel alert issued by US Embassy in Dhaka advised American citizens to limit their attendance at events where foreigners may gather, including events at international hotels. “There is reliable information to suggest that militants may be planning to target Australian interests in Bangladesh. Such attacks could likely affect other foreigners, including US citizens,” the updated alert issued on Monday said.
PM Sheikh Hasina seeks global support for implementing Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
UNB / Prothom Alo | 28th September
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said Bangladesh and other developing countries need global support on finance, technology, capacity building to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). “The international community must deliver on the means of implementation for each goal of the SGDs. We also must ensure that global trading and financial regime and institutions are fair and just, “she said.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina receives ‘Champions of the Earth’ award
UNB / The Financial Express | 29th September
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has received the highest environmental accolade of the United Nations Environmental Programme-(UNEP), ‘The Champions of the Earth’, award. It is a recognition of Bangladesh’s far-reaching initiatives in addressing problems induced by climate change.
World Bank sees much geo-economic leverage for Bangladesh
bdnews24 | 29th September
“Bangladesh is located strategically between South and South-East Asia. It can leverage that advantage for developing its trade and commerce, connectivity and infrastructure,” said Annette Dixon, the World Bank Vice-President for South Asia.
Import of essential food items spirals
KUENSEL | 28th September
If the import of essential items is anything to go by, then Bhutan is far from achieving its target of food self-sufficiency. Meanwhile, Bhutan’s trade deficit with India last year stood at Nu 21.3B.
Bhutan calls for reform of UN
KUENSEL | 28th September
Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay called for the UN to be reformed and supported India’s bid for a permanent seat on the organisation’s security council during his address to the UN Sustainable Development Summit on Saturday in New York.
Maldives president unhurt but first lady injured in speedboat ‘explosion’
Haveeru Online | 28th September
An “explosion” occurred aboard a presidential speedboat Monday morning as President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom and First Lady Fathimath Ibrahim were returning to capital Male from the nearby airport island.”The cause of the explosion is yet unknown. MNDF [Maldives National Defence Force] will comment on that after conducting a thorough investigation,” Mohamed Hussein Shareef, a minister at the President’s Office, told the television station.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Dunya Maumoon: Sustainable development not possible for small states, without progress in fight against climate change
Sun Online | 28th September
Minister of Foreign Affairs Dunya Maumoon has said that sustainable development of small island developing states like the Maldives would never be realised unless meaningful progress is made in the fight against climate change. Dunya made this remark in her statement at the UN Sustainable Development Summit 2015 in New York, on 27 September 2015.
UN chief urges Pakistan, India to hold talks
Dawn| 28th September
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urged India and Pakistan on Sunday to “continue their peaceful dialogue.”
Kerry meets Nawaz, lauds anti-terror efforts
Dawn| 28th September
US Secretary of State John Kerry in his meeting with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif appreciated Pakistan’s counter terrorism efforts and the success of anti-terror operation.
SCO membership – a potential trump card for Pakistan
The Express Tribune| 28th September
The process of granting Pakistan full membership of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) got under way in Ufa during Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s visit in July this year and the country is expected to win the status in January 2016.
Afghan President Ghani says Pak-Afghan ties not brotherly
The Express Tribune| 29th September
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani said on Monday that relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan were not brotherly but like a relationship between two states.
Sri Lankan Prime Minister to visit Japan next month
Colombo Page | 28th September
Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will visit Japan early next month to hold talks with his Japanese counterpart, Japanese media reported.
Sri Lanka establishes diplomatic ties with Togo
Colombo Page | 28th September
The two nations signed an agreement on Sunday (27th September) under the United Nations charter and the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic relations to establish diplomatic relations.
Sri Lanka welcomes Nepal’s adoption of new constitution
Colombo Page | 28th September
Sri Lanka’s Foreign Affairs Ministry said in a statement “The Government and people of Sri Lanka join hands with the International Community to welcome the promulgation of the new Constitution of Nepal which is a key step in its journey towards national reconciliation, political stability and development.”
US Secretary of State calls on Sri Lankan President
Colombo Page | 28th September
The United States Secretary of State John Kerry called on Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena at United Nations Headquarters in New York Sunday (27), President’s Media Division said.
Australian envoy says no change in policy
Colombo Gazette | 28th September
Australian High Commissioner Robyn Mudie says the Australian Government’s policy against maritime people smuggling is clear and unchanged – the way to Australia is closed.
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