New Delhi World Book Fair 2020

28th edition of New Delhi World Book Fair 2020 is scheduled to be held from 04 to 12 January 2020.

In this regard, a Press Conference is being held on 2 January 2020 at Constitutional Club, Rafi Marg, New Delhi. The E-Invite is attached herewith.

Please grace the occasion by your presence.

With regards,

Kanchan Wanchoo SharmaAssistant Director–
Public Relations SectionNATIONAL BOOK TRUST, INDIA
(Ministry of Human Resource Development)
Government of India
Nehru Bhawan
5 Institutional Area,Phase-II,
Vasant Kunj,New Delhi-110070


You’re the best, Naresh

Naresh —

We wanted to send you a quick note before the end of the year to thank you for being a part of Onward Together. With your support, more than two dozen organizations across the country have gotten a boost from this team, including our 14 incredible partner organizations.

There’s so much that we want to do in 2020, and we’re counting on you to make that work possible. 

If you have an organization you’d like to nominate as the next Onward Together partner, let us know by emailing!

Thank you,

The Onward Together team


Australia is burning.

There are, on average, 62,000 fires in Australia every year. The satellite studies tell us that lightning is responsible for only 13 per cent. Arson, mischief and recklessness: 87 per cent of fires are man-made. Almost 4 million hectares have been burnt so far: so imagine almost the entire state of West Virginia being reduced to ash.

Victoria is also in the grip of the worst bush fires since Black Saturday.

The city of Mallacoota is completely surrounded by flame and 4,000 people have been forced to flee and seek shelter on the beach.

This single bush fire near a coastal town called Bermagui covers around 250 square miles. Residents of affected areas were told to flee their homes around dawn today (Australia time) and to take shelter on the beach.

Staggering scenes right now in the coastal town of #Mallacoota in #Australia where thousands of people are surrounded and cut off by a bush fire. They’ve apparently been told to prepare to go into the water once fire approaches.

In East Gippsland, at least four people are missing with more than 30 properties destroyed.

In city of at Mallacoota, 4,000 people were forced onto the beach to escape the flames


Finland all five Government leaders

Finnish Government@FinGovernment·This is what we’ve been waiting for: all five Government leaders – PM @MarinSanna, @KatriKulmuni, @MariaOhisalo, @liandersson and @anna_maja – in the same photo at last! #Government | #Finland


| #SannaMarin


No breach in Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s security:

No breach in Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s security: CRPF

The CRPF today said that there was no breach in Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s security during her recent trip to Lucknow. The CRPF  provides her armed commandos under the ‘Z’ category of security cover.

In a statement, CRPF said that the Congress leader undertook “unscheduled” movement without intimation. Therefore, an advanced security liaison (ASL) could not be conducted.

The CRPF said that during travelling the Congress leader used non-bullet resistant civil vehicle without a personal security officer.


Developing of Global Value Chains

Development Seminar| World Development Report 2020: Trading for Development in the Age of Global Value Chains.

Global value chains (GVCs) powered the surge of international trade after 1990 and now account for almost half of all trade. This shift enabled an unprecedented economic convergence: poor countries grew rapidly and began to catch up with richer countries. Since the 2008 global financial crisis, however, the growth of trade has been sluggish and the expansion of GVCs has stalled. Meanwhile, serious threats have emerged to the model of trade-led growth. New technologies could draw production closer to the consumer and reduce the demand for labor. WB Report

Wednesday, January 8th, 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Brookings India, No. 6, Second Floor, Dr. Jose P. Rizal Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi.

I am delighted to invite you to attend a discussion on the World Development Report 2020 on “Trading for Development in the Age of Global Value Chains”. The report examines whether there is still a path to development through global value chains and trade.


Global value chains (GVCs) powered the surge of international trade after 1990 and now account for almost half of all trade. This shift enabled an unprecedented economic convergence: poor countries grew   of trade-led growth. New technologies could draw production closer to the consumer and reduce the demand for labour. Further, conflicts among large countries could lead to a retrenchment or a segmentation of GVCs. The World Development Report concludes that GVCs can continue to boost growth, create better jobs, and reduce poverty provided that developing countries implement deeper reforms to promote GVC participation, industrial countries pursue open, predictable policies, and all countries revive multilateral cooperation. 


Dr. Aaditya Mattoo is Chief Economist of the East Asia and Pacific Region of the World Bank.  He specializes in development, trade and international cooperation, and provides policy advice to governments. Previously, Mr. Mattoo was an Economic Counsellor at the World Trade Organization.


Dr. Harsha Vardhana Singh, a Senior Fellow, Council on Emerging Market Enterprises at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, is an expert on international trade policy, development, infrastructure regulation and global governance. He has also served as the Deputy Director-General at World Trade Organization.

Dr. Amita Batra is a Professor of Economics at the Jawaharlal Nehru University. Previously, she worked as a Senior Fellow at ICRIER as well as with the Hindu College, World Bank and IIM-A. Her areas of interest are International Trade and Finance and Regional Economic Integration with a special focus on South Asia.

Please RSVP and contact for media inquiries.

My Best,

Shamika Ravi

Dr. Shamika Ravi

Research Director, Brookings India

Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution


General B Rawat, Chief of Defence Staff

General Bipin Rawat as he takes charge as India’s first Chief of Defence Staff.

Gen Bipin Rawat, COAS named the first Chief of Defence Staff.

India finally gets its first CDS:

Gen Bipin will be a four star general, first among equals.

Task will be tri-services integration

Power vested in single point military advice to Government.


Taliban ‘no ceasefire plans’ in Afghanistan

 Taliban Monday denied agreeing to any ceasefire in Afghanistan after rumours swirled of a potential deal that would see a reduction in fighting after more than 18 years of war.

“In the past few days, some media have been releasing untrue reports about a ceasefire… The fact is that, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan has no ceasefire plans,” the Taliban said in a statement.

The statement from the insurgents comes as local and international forces brace for another bloody winter amid US-Taliban talks to end the violence in Afghanistan.

Deadly bouts of fighting have continued even as Washington negotiates with the militants in a bid to reduce America’s military footprint in the country, in return for the insurgents ensuring an improved security situation.

Afghanistan is also struggling with an ongoing political dispute after officials announced preliminary results in the latest presidential elections that put President Ashraf Ghani on track to secure a second term.

Elections authorities have yet to declare the results as final after receiving more than 16,000 complaints about the polls, with the ultimate tally expected in the coming weeks.

The Taliban have long viewed Ghani as an American stooge and have refused to negotiate with his government, leading many to fear that fighting against Afghan forces will continue even if the US secures an eventual deal with the militants to withdraw.You Might Also Like


Indian diaspora for CAA,Times Square

Indian diaspora came together at Times Square in support of #CitizenshipAmendmentAct.

Indians across the globe appreciating this move by PM @narendramodi Ji & HM @AmitShah JI. #IndiaSupportsCAA


Putin thanks Trumps

Russian President Putin thanks US President Trump for helping foil terrorist acts in Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke with President Donald Trump yesterday to thank him for providing information that helped Russia foil terrorist attacks over the New Year’s holiday.

Quoting Federal Security Service, Russian news agency Tass reported that Putin thanked Trump for information transmitted through the special services that helped prevent the completion of terrorist acts in Russia.

Based on the U.S. information, the Russian security forces detained two Russians suspected of preparing to carry out terrorist acts in St. Petersburg during the upcoming holiday.

The security service said it seized material from the suspects that confirm they were preparing terrorist acts.

There was no immediate comment from the White House.