NATO to strengthen military presence in Poland

NATO will enhance its military presence in Poland after the Warsaw Summit, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said here Monday.

Stoltenberg starts a two-day visit in Poland on Monday, mainly to discuss preparations for the Alliance’s summit, which was scheduled for July 8-9 in Warsaw.

After a meeting with Polish President Andrzej Duda, Stoltenberg told a press conference that NATO will take decisions to strengthen its deterrence and defense and step up efforts to project stability beyond its borders.

“We have agreed to enhance our forward presence in the eastern part of our Alliance. This will be a multinational presence. It will be a rotational presence. We have clear proposals on the table from our military planners. We are discussing the exact numbers and locations on this enhanced forward presence of NATO troops, and we will make decisions by the Warsaw Summit,” Stoltenberg said.

President Duda said, as the host of the NATO summit, Poland will be a versatile character that will respond to all challenges.


From the Local to Regional: Who is Planning Urban India and How?

Naresh Kumar Sagar Who is Planning Urban India and How?

Sanjeev Vidyarthi

Who does Urban Planning ?

Naresh Kumar Sagar's photo.

Who is making the plans shaping fast-growing Indian cities and their metropolitan regions? The presentation, which shares preliminary findings of this research, is organized in two parts. The first part describes the changing perception of spatial plans within the planning discipline. Plans, for example, are no longer seen as precise and predictive in character but incremental and provisional by nature. There is a growing recognition that a diverse range of actors (homeowners, squatters, developers, politicians etc.) make different kinds of plans (informal, tacit, spontaneous, incremental and more) as they anticipate and prepare for an uncertain future in an increasingly urbanized world. The second part of presentation will then illustrate the wide variety of existing and emergent urban actors and their plans that are beginning to shape Indian urban regions in unprecedented ways.

Sanjeev Vidyarthi is an Associate Professor of Urban Planning and Policy at the University of Illinois, Chicago. Trained as an architect, urban designer and spatial planner, Sanjeev studies ideas and actions in the domain of human settlements focusing upon the meanings and purposes of planning for places. His research interests span the fields of planning theory and history and globalization and development studies, and his current research explores who does (and should do) the planning work. Exploring planning efforts in a wide variety of urban settings, Sanjeev has lived, worked and studied in the Middle East, Western Europe, and the United States over the past couple decades, while maintaining a strong research agenda around the spatial planning and development of post-independence India.


‘Ethnography of Kabulis in Delhi:

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Eves get sexually assaulted music festival Darmstadt

Various women in Germany have filed complaints to police saying they were sexually assaulted at a musical festival in Darmstadt. Police arrested three refugees from Pakistan at the scene after three of the women immediately reported their attacks.

The sexual assaults are reported to have taken place at the Schlossgrabenfest music festival in the city of Darmstadt, near Frankfurt, on Saturday night.  Three of the women immediately alerted police at the festival that they had been assaulted. They said they had been surrounded and then sexually harassed by a group of men who were of South Asian appearance. Nearly fifteen more complaints were filed  of assault.

“Unfortunately several women were sexually harassed on Saturday, when the dance floor area was completely packed,” the police said in a statement, as cited by Die Welt.

Law enforcement officers, they were able to apprehend three suspects, who are asylum seekers from Pakistan and aged between 28 and 31. Police say that there could be more who took part in the attacks that are still at large.

Since the arrests were made, a further 15 women have come forward since Tuesday, to say they were sexually assaulted at the festival.

The women added that the pattern of the attacks was similar, as they were surrounded by a group of men, who proceeded to assault them sexually. The festival in Darmstadt took place over four days and attracted some 400,000 revelers.

German government will allocate nearly €94 billion (US$105 billion) for incoming refugees over the next five years. The money will be used for housing, integration, German language courses and social welfare benefits, as well as dealing with the underlying causes of the refugee influx.

The Federal Finance Ministry expects around 600,000 refugees to enter Germany in 2016, some 400,000 in 2017 and about 300,000 each consecutive year. In 2015, an estimated 1.1 million arrived in Germany seeking asylum.

However, not everyone is taking kindly to the mass arrivals of asylum seekers, mainly from the Middle East and North Africa, with German police recording 45 cases of arson at refugee centers since the start of the year, while there have been calls for Chancellor Angela Merkel to cap the number of refugees entering Germany.Media agencies



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As we look forward to the rest of the week ahead, we bring you some news from our side of the world to add to your list of exciting to-dos and must visits in the coming months. So, there is the first look at the programme schedule for JUMPSTART 2016 and this will tell you all that we have been working hard to organize at this year’s children’s content congress, for both its Delhi and Bangalore editions in August. And then, taking the theme forward, we bring you all that’s new and worth a check out at Frankfurt Book Fair’s dedicated area for kids and young adult media. So go ahead, plan your participation and let us know if you need help with it.

Enjoy your read!

Best wishes,
The German Book Office Team


Jumpstart 2016 goes to School


Programme Schedule

Programme Schedule

New Delhi:
2-3 August 2016

Day 1: Inspiration
@ Multipurpose Hall- IIC, New Wing

Timings: Programme:
09.00 a.m. to 09.45 a.m.   Registration
09.45 a.m. to 10.00 a.m. Opening Remarks
10.00 a.m. to 10.10 am Presentation: What do our readers say?
10.10 a.m. to 10.20 am Keynote: Prof Shyam Menon
10.20 a.m. to 10.45 a.m. Tea / Coffee Break
10.45 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.


Edtalks: Innovation in Education
What are the evolving pedagogies in classrooms and is the content moving in step with them? What are publishers doing differently in new ecosystems of learning?  Are new products being designed differently? Has technology influenced design itself? Are new formats transforming content creation and delivery or not? And most importantly, are children learning better because of this?(1)   Ken Spillman, Author
(2)   Florian Sochatzy, Digital Innovator
(3)   Preminda Langar, Educationist
(4)   Amit Kaushik
12:30 p.m. to 01.30 p.m. Lunch Break
1:30 pm – 2.15 pm Beyond the Book: Drama in Education by Amrita Lalljee
2.20 p.m. to 3.30 p.m.


A Re-imagined Future
How is the present shaping the future? What are the new notes in ideas and products?  How are start-ups jamming with investors to create melodies hitherto unheard? 
(1)   Sabina Jain, Callystro
(2)   Harish Doraisamy, Pearson Education (tbc)
(3)    Rohit Kumar, Festival Advisor
03.30 p.m. to 4.00 p.m. Tea / Coffee Break
04.00 p.m. to 05.00 p.m.  Speakeasy: Reader’s Report Card
A survey of what children like to read or access and why they exhibit certain preferences will be shared at the outset to provide a context for discussion with the diverse mix of teachers, publishers, authors and content creators.

Day 2: Perspiration

Timings: Programme:
09.30 a.m. to 10.00 a.m. Registration
10.00 a.m. to 01.00 p.m. Pedagogy Workshop
@ Multipurpose Hall- IIC, New Wing
10.00 a.m. to 01.00 p.m.


Masterclasses Begin
Writers’ Masterclass with Ken Spillman
Illustrators’ Masterclass   
Digital Learning Design Masterclass with Florian Sochatzy
01:00 p.m. to 02.00 p.m. Lunch Break
02.00 p.m. to 03.00 p.m. Masterclasses resume
03.00 p.m. to 03.30 p.m. Tea / Coffee Break
03.30 p.m. to 05.00 p.m. Masterclasses Resume

6 August 2016

Timings: Programme:
09.00 a.m. to 09.45 a.m.   Registration
09.45 a.m. to 10.00 a.m. Opening Remarks
10.00 a.m. to 11.00 a.m. Panel Discussion
(1)   Ken Spillman, Author
(2)   Florian Sochatzy, Digital Innovator
(3)   Illustrator
(4)   Tara Kini
11.00 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. Tea / Coffee Break
11.30 a.m. to 01.00 p.m.  Masterclasses Begin
Writers’ Masterclass with Ken Spillman
Illustrators’ Masterclass
Digital Learning Design Masterclass with Florian Sochatzy
01.00 p.m. to 02.00 p.m. Lunch Break
02.00 p.m. to 03.30 p.m. Masterclasses Resume
03.30 p.m. to 04.00 p.m. Tea / Coffee Break
04.00 p.m. to 05.00 p.m. Masterclasses Resume





If you are a children’s book publisher or a game developer or an app company working in the tiny tots domain, then you will find your next business opportunity in the considerable area and attention dedicated to children’s and young adult media at the Frankfurt Book Fair. This is an area which is colourful, exciting and a “must visit” for anyone involved or interested in the children’s book community. Along with exhibition opportunities, there are many seminars and networking events held during the entire Fair which give insight into the “future of reading”, what children’s book markets in other countries are doing, and much more. This is also the area where you can meet children’s book publishers, agents, digital service providers, illustrators, authors, and others.

So, Hall 3.0 is the centre of the KIDS universe at Frankfurt Book Fair, every year. Here, you’ll find the stand displays of renowned German-language publishers such as Oetinger, Loewe, Beltz among others, as well as large and small exhibitors, from the domain of children’s publishing, from Russia, Spain, Italy, Asia and many other countries. From Wednesday to Friday, on the Kids’ stage, there are many professional events organised on various topics concerning children’s content, and on the weekend well-known authors give public readings. All in all this is a very happening area of the Fair. Apart from exhibiting opportunities, you can also check out the following highlights-

The Illustrators’ Corner, in the immediate vicinity of the Children’s Book Centre, is a contact point for illustrators and publishers. Portfolio advice from experts, rights advice for illustrators, glimpses into German and international portfolios – here, you’ll find the right contact person for all these things every day.

Tours for Inside and outside Hall 3.0 help you to understand the children’s and young adult community at the Frankfurt Book Fair. As group size is limited, so we request you to register as soon as possible to ensure your participation. Starting summer 2016 you can get further information on the tours here.

NEW: The Children’s Room of the Future

This is where products from the world of early childhood experience will take centre stage at the world’s largest book and media fair. At the heart of the Kids’ Community, the Children’s Room of the Future in Hall 3.0 is going to be the new hub for discovering innovative products and media for pre- and primary-school-aged children.

At FBM 2016, you can visit the five children’s rooms on the following themes:

  • Reading and listening
  • The ecological children’s room
  • Learning through interior design
  • Learning through play
  • Inclusion and migration

To know more about exhibiting and event opportunities at FBM 2016, please write to srivastava@newdelhi.gbo



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The Rising Oil Price and Policy Response

By Rajiv Kumar on 27 May 2016

Any explanations for why should Indian stock market indices should be positively correlated to global oil price? As Brent crosses $50 per barrel our NIFTY crosses 8,100.  Oil prices are rising because of the decline in shale oil production in the US and the biggest drop in non-OPEC oil production since 1992. Thus it is supply constraint and not a rise in global demand that is driving global oil prices. May make matters worse as large oil importers like China and Japan could see demand contraction as an oil price increase acts effectively as a tax on disposable incomes. Are global growth estimate set to be revised downward again?

For us higher oil price, if it is passed through, would imply higher inflationary pressures. This would rule out further interest rate cuts. At the same time it will being additional pressures on the fiscal balance as the subsidy bill in fertilizer and gas and kerosene will rise. There will also be  pressure and rightly so to roll back the excise duty hikes, nine of which were made to mop up Windfall gains accruing to the consumers. Thus, there  will be pressure on both the expenditure and revenue streams.

Let’s hope that the Deptt of Economic Affairs (DEA) is ready with a policy response to the emerging scenario. It will be a lazy response to simply now being back the petroleum administrative price mechanism and hold back the necessary rise in market prices of petroleum products as that will simply raise the subsidies volume and will be back to square one.

It would have been useful at this stage for the PM to have the benefit of his Economic Advisory Council as that would have given him independent and objective inputs without being rushed from one fire fighting to another.

Clearly, the days of easy policy making are over. We now need some more initiative and imagination and focus in North Block.

Rajiv Kumar, Founder Director, Pahle India Foundation


GAIL ‘spuds’ another exploratory well in Cambay Basin

GAIL Spudding operations

Photo caption: Shri M Ravindran, Director (Human Resources & Business Development), GAIL (2nd from right) at the spudding ceremony of the second Exploratory Well in Cambay Basin.

New Delhi, May 30, 2016: GAIL (India) Limited has started drilling its second Exploratory Well as Operator in the NELP-IX Block CB-ONN-2010/11 in Cambay Basin. The well is situated in Nabhoi Village, in Tarapur Tehsil of Anand District in Gujarat and the “spudding” operations started on May 27, 2016. The first well was spud in this block on March 27, 2016. Drilling of target depth of 2200 meters of this well is scheduled to be completed in 30 to 35 days.


GAIL is the Lead Operator of the block with 25% participating interest. Other partners in this block are Bharat Petro Resources Limited (BPRL), Engineers India Limited (EIL), Monnet Ispat Energy Ltd. (MIEL) and Bharat Forge Infrastructure Limited (BFIL). The consortium will drill eight exploratory wells in the initial Exploration Phase as per minimum work commitment of Production Sharing Contract (PSC).


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