Monday, 14 May 2018

Mini-Crisis in Bosnia

When over a million people moved en masse through Central Europe in 2015/16, the small, landlocked country of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) was never part of what became known as “the Western Balkans route”.
Now, two years later, it is the newest destination for thousands of stranded migrants. They come from Syria, Iraq, Turkey, Algeria, Afghanistan and they are still struggling to continue their journeys to Western European. They are becoming ever more desperate, trapped within the borders of  Balkan countries, falling prey to criminal groups of human traffickers and smugglers.
Migration management in BiH was not such a complicated task for state authorities during 2017, as just  755 migrants passed through the country. Today, however, the situation is changing fast, with close to 3,000 migrants and refugees on the territory of a country from which, they hope, they will more easily access to the European Union.
In the last three weeks alone, 1,200 persons were reported to have transited Bosnia and Herzegovina. This may not sound much when compared to the huge numbers seen in recent years, but when compared to the numbers that passed through BiH during the entire year, it’s time for the world to wake up and smell the coffee.
Beyond migration management concerns, highlighted by the fact that the official migrant accommodation capacity of BiH is around 200 beds, the situation in the field now has now developed into a humanitarian crisis, albeit with low numbers, but a crisis nonetheless.
Migrants and refugees are sleeping out in the open or in abandoned buildings the capital Sarajevo, as well as in the northwest of the country in the area of Bihac and the town of Velika Kladusa, (the latter being the preferred crossing point into Croatia).
While waiting to make the risky and dangerous attempt to cross, the majority of migrants sleep in the parks of these cities and towns. With spring turning into summer, the rising temperatures, lack of toilets, and deteriorating hygienic conditions, the situation has raised major public health concerns.
However, the local population of affected locations have responded with an outpouring of solidarity, while local volunteer groups are working tirelessly to meet the most urgent humanitarian needs. Many credit their own refugee experiences and the hardships faced by them during the Yugoslav conflicts of 1991-1995 as motivating them to reach out to support those in need. The local population can provide empathy and comfort to the these exhausted people in need, but these citizens cannot continue to carry the burden of the humanitarian response alone.
While waiting for  state authorities to draft an urgent action plan that would enable Bosnia and Herzegovina to boost its accommodation capacities and border security, local municipal authorities, Red Cross branches, as well as  local and international NGOs, are now stepping in to provide basic assistance with food, hygiene and healthcare in an attempt to prevent the further deterioration of the situation into a larger humanitarian crisis.
In coordination with UNHCR, IOM has also enhanced its response to the ongoing situation, focusing on providing support to  local authorities and volunteer groups in the locations where migrants and refugees are currently concentrated and where the needs are most apparent. This support includes urgent basic assistance to the migrants in vulnerable situations that have arrived on the territory.
Assistance comes through mobile IOM migrant protection teams that now operate across the country. As a part of their overall response, the teams provide identified cases with first aid, medical, and psychosocial assistance. Teams are accompanied by an Arabic language interpreter, with interpreters for Farsi, Turkish, Pashto, and Urdu on call. Interpreters are critical in the current situation, particularly in the light of an overall shortage in the entire region, providing critical avenues for communication between the migrants, local service providers and authorities.
In the current situation, IOM also provides temporary accommodation in local hotels or hostels to families and other migrants in vulnerable situations and to refugees. In line with its strategy to support local institutions, IOM additionally purchased urgently  medication for medical health centers in Bihac and Velika Kladusa. In Bihac, the IOM response came at the  request of the local Mayor to work with the local Red Cross to provide accommodation and sanitary facilities. With numbers continuing to increase on a daily basis, the establishment of an official government accommodation facility remains a top priority, but it could take another month and a half before additional accommodation is secured.

Raghav Bahl – ‘Its Still Not Too Late’ or Already Too-Too Late

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May14, 2018 (C) Ravinder Singh
Raghav Bahl has highlighted how Indian TRADING & FINANCING of Enterprises is Foreign Owned & Controlled – India Restricts Direct Selling By Farmers & Industry to Consumers.
Raghav Bahl, CEO of TV18 was running Business Stories for 25 years– I was invited to one such TV18 Show moderated by him 4 Years ago – only Professional Inventor Certified by WIPO – I was not allowed even a minute to speak on Industry & R&D – way back in –
1970 – India CRIPPLED PATENT OFFICE when I was in school.
1980 – had reported to GoI that CSIR is doing BOGUS research and filing-Awarding  Bogus Patents – Thousand times thereafter TERI and Pitroda do Bogus Research.
1990 – 98% of World Market is outside India – should target 98% of the world market.
2004 – Pitroda is Filing BOGUS Patent – India practically ZERO in IPR.

2011 – Told RBI banks not Providing Loans to SMEs against PROPERTY, but providing Huge Loans to Low Value Addition Enterprises.
Wrecked – Mainly Non Science Education
When TOI reported just 136 Students in Gujarat Board Results were A1 Grade for Science – I quickly computed and posted ‘Out of 15,00,000 Children Born in 2000 in Gujarat, in 2018 Just 136 Passed out in A1 Grade in Science’.
Even in this ‘136 batch’ most will not opt for Engineering or Medicine or Switch to FINANCE & TRADING after Graduation.
I went in to DEPRESSION and am writing after more than 50 hours. I thought I made a decimal error but still was horrible – a state bigger than France or UK or Italy in population could produce just 136 A1 Graders in Science/Year.
We Have Already WRECKED Out Education System that needs ‘25 YEARS from SEEDS to FRUIT Stage’. Mid Stage Intervention possible but not happening.
Pack of Dullards have Mushroomed All Over – More Than 100 Times I had Advocated ‘ROOFTOP SOLAR’ – TO AVOID INVESTING IN EHT, HT & LT TRANSMISSION, STORAGE, TRANSFOMERS IN EHT, HT & LT SUBSTATIONS. But in attached story now we Find Developers insisting on T&D Network to come up first.
Its already too Late or Until India appoints 1. Tech Advisors, 2. S&T Qualified Ministers & Secretaries, 3. R&D in all Large & Medium Industry & 4. Fast Utility Model Patents, 5. Bank Loans to High Value Add Industry & Businesses.
Ravinder Singh, Inventor & Consultant, INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES AND PROJECTS
Y-77, Hauz Khas, ND -110016, India. Ph: 091- 8826415770, 9871056471, 9650421857
Ravinder Singh* is a WIPO awarded inventor specializing in Power, Transportation,
Smart Cities, Water, Energy Saving, Agriculture, Manufacturing, Technologies and Projects

Professione: reporter (The Passenger) – 1975

Istituto Italiano di Cultura New Delhi's photo.

Screening of Italian Movie – Professione: reporter (The Passenger) – 1975

Professione: reporter (English – The Passenger) is a 1975 drama art film directed by Michelangelo Antonioni. Written by Mark Peploe, Peter Wollen and Antonioni, the film is about an Anglo-American journalist, David Locke (Jack Nicholson) who assumes the identity of a dead businessman while working on a documentary in Chad, unaware that he is impersonating an arms dealer with connections to the rebels in the current civil war. Co-starring Maria Schneider, The Passenger was the final film in Antonioni’s three-picture deal with producer Carlo Ponti and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, after Blowup and Zabriskie Point, and competed for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.
Synopsis: A frustrated war correspondent, unable to find the war he’s been asked to cover, takes the risky path of co-opting the I.D. of a dead arms dealer acquaintance.
Director: Michelangelo Antonioni
Cast: Jack Nicholson as David Locke
Maria Schneider as the Girl
Steven Berkoff as Stephen
Ian Hendry as Martin Knight
Jenny Runacre as Rachel Locke
Ambroise Bia as Achebe
Charles Mulvehill as David Robertson
José María Caffarel as Hotel Keeper
James Campbell as Witch Doctor
Manfred Spies as German Stranger
Jean-Baptiste Tiemele as Murderer
Ángel del Pozo as Police inspector
Genres: Drama | Thriller

NITI Aayog, India International Centre and Centre for Policy Research are pleased to invite you to the second panel discussion on
Future of Governance
Dr J Satyanarayana – Chairman, Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI)
Ananth Padmanabhan – Fellow, Carnegie India
Chinmayi Arun – Assistant Professor, Law, National Law University
Vrinda Bhandari – AdvocateChair: Justice BN Srikrishna – Chairman, Financial Sector Legislative Reforms Commission (FSLRC)
Metamorphoses Website
The aim of this panel is to bring clarity to concepts like receptive technology, glacial government, response of regulators to the pace of technological advancements, era of blockchain and bitcoins, artificial intelligence, big data and forecasting.
Dr J Satyanarayana – Chairman, Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI)
Ananth Padmanabhan – Fellow, Carnegie India
Chinmayi Arun – Assistant Professor, Law, National Law University
Vrinda Bhandari – Advocate
Chair: Justice BN Srikrishna – Chairman, Financial Sector Legislative Reforms Commission (FSLRC)
The talk will be livestreamed on the IIC website; available on Facebook-live on the Metamorphoses Facebook page; and video recordings will be available on YouTube, as well as disseminated through social media channels linked on the Metamorphoses website. The promotional video for Metamorphoses can be accessed here. The full facebook live broadcast of the keynote by Prof Yochai Benkler can be accessed here.
Sign up for the event at this link. This is necessary given seating requirements.
Metamorphoses is a modest effort to try and bridge the gap between digital technologies, which are transforming our lives, and our understanding of their multiple dimensions. It will unfold in a series of nine interactions covering different aspects of the digital revolution.
This series will examine the impacts of digital technologies on the human psyche and on societies – exploring ways in which some of the negative elements may be mitigated. There will be a peep into the future – of what machine learning and artificial intelligence may bring to human experience – and the moral and ethical dilemma associated with these. It will also delve into issues relating to data privacy and cyber security as well as the emerging legal regime to regulate this critical domain.

National Geoscience Awards for the year 2017

DIRECTOR [Media & Communications]
(Ministries of Rural Development, Drinking Water & Sanitation, Panchayati Raj and Communications)                                     

 Tel: 23384798, 9868257081

Dated: 14.05.2018
Dear Sir/Madam

You are cordially invited to cover the following event:

Function:Hon’ble President Shri Ram Nath Kovind to present the National Geoscience Awards for the year 2017 and will address the gathering.

Union Minister of Rural Development, Panchayati Raj & Mines Shri Narendra Singh Tomar to deliver his speech.

Date:16.05.2018 (Wednesday)

Time:11..00 AM
Venue:Hall No-5, Vigyan Bhavan,  New Delhi.

Note: Please take your seats one hour before the start of the event.
Yours sincerely,

All Accredited Correspondents /Camera Persons
All Accredited TV Channels
DG (News), Doordarshan / DG (News), All India Radio
Director, Photo Division/PIB Photo – Kindly release the photo

“National Numismatic Exhibition 2018 New Delhi”

World’s 1st Online museum for Ancient & Current Coins, Stamps & Currency Notes participates in the “National Numismatic Exhibition 2018 New Delhi” at the All India Fine Arts & Crafts Society (AIFACS) New Delhi from 14th May to 20th May 2018  with more than 500 new & interesting offerings
  • Visitors, Collectors & Hobbyists will get detailed information and a virtual access to more than 81,500 Coins, 2300 Currency Notes & 5000 stamps from Worldwide at the : site
  • Tailor made individual albums of Currency Notes from  16 different countries, An exclusive album of a collection of Currency notes from 25 different countries of Asia & detailed collection of 100 notes from 31 different countries in the world will also be available at nominal rates at the fair
  • Various historical rare Coins ranging from Ancient, Medieval, Colonial India and of ancient Roman Empire in Individual Coin Cards with the original coin, its make, ruler, denomination weight & a brief history will also be available for sale at an affordable cost
  • A wide range of accessories for Coins (Albums, Capsules, Holders, Sheets, Binders), Currency Notes ( Album, Box, Sleeves, Pockets) & Stamps (Stockbooks ,Ring Binders, Protective stock sheets) and many more of various sizes & combinations can be bought  at the fair by the collectors to preserve & restore their valuable collections
  • is the first Online Coins, Currency notes & Stamps museum with free access by registration and has currently more than 1,32,000 members & 4,13,504 facebook followers globally & all the above mentioned products can be ordered Online from the site as per your convenience
Mumbai, May 2018: Launched with an objective to impart and share knowledge and create interest for general public, students, scholars, collectors, hobbyists, buyers, sellers & investors. It’s being initiated with a purpose of reintroducing the joy and fun of coins, currency notes & stamps collection to thecurrent millennial & youth in India & globally. is a wonderful way to educate contemporary India and the world about their rich historical heritage, tradition & culture. This online museum imparts rare information such as detailed catalogue of global stamps, coins and currency notes all under one roof. Fascinating & interesting history section on coin issuing authorities, dynasties and rulers is one of the major highlight of this site.
The sole vision behind this initiative is to provide a single point of access to seek and share information and knowledge of these three fields along with its global updates. It brings together experts and researchers to share their experience with the lovers of these rare collectibles. This initiative will help reemphasize the glorious history, arts and cultural legacy of India and put our country on the global map of collectors.
What makes Mintage World credible is that it has a strong team of in-house researchers, experts & curators with decades of experience in this sector. Every bit of information on it is thoroughly cross verified with the best reference materials & technology available.  Mintage World has a strong team and the implementation of the latest technology solutions for verifying and collating authentic information for this one-of-its-kind digital platform.
Every coin in this online museum is uploaded with well curated important aspect like mintmarks, inscription details, emperor, weight, metal, denomination, date of issue etc. Similarly you would also find crucial insights of stamps like the issue date, type of stamp, perforation, value etc. Information about notes is updated with signatory details, motif description, denomination, date of issue, type of note etc. Apart from that, the news section that keeps you updated with the most recent happenings, latest releases and topical news from worldwide along with the respective images in all the 3 sectors. A Unique event calendar gives you prior notifications about the various events, auctions, seminars and forums held worldwide in this sector.
Collectors & Hobbyists can also get their prestigious collections photographed by us in a high definition studio setup, which they in turn can upload in their profile in a “ My Collection” section for their peers to watch and compare. One can also order Birthday Notes & Lucky Notes for themselves as well as for gifting. Insightful books on Bank Notes & Coins from eminent experts can also be ordered from online

Director Faraz Haider, excited the students of Gulshan Kumar Film & Television Institute

Master Class by Director Faraz Haider, excited the students of Gulshan Kumar Film & Television Institute of India!

   It was one an unusual day at Gulshan Kumar Film & Television Institute of India, which saw the reunion of the teachers with their pupil. The famous Bollywood Film Director Faraz Haider, of ‘War Chorna Yaar’( 2014) and ‘Nanu ki Janu’ (2018) fame, a box office hit, came to express his gratitude to his teachers Prof. Kalyan Sarkar, Dean, and Prof. Mansoor Naqvi, Associate Dean of Gulshan Kumar Film & Television Institute of India. Faraz Haider also conducted a Master-Class on Direction and interacted with the students at length. It was a session loaded with brilliant words of wisdom which enriched the students and boost their confidence level. Students who had seen the recently released film of Mr. Faraz had several thought-provoking questions in regards to Direction, Cinematography, and Scriptwriting. He answered all potential questions with logical reasoning combined with his experience. He inspired the students to be confident and set out in the right direction.

   In a reply to a question when asked about his success mantra and what he felt was of utmost importance, he emphasized the need to be well equipped with the knowledge about Film Making and be patient in order to succeed in the film industry. He also listed a few essential character traits which should be a part of media students i.e., confidence and seriousness.

   Mr. Faraz Haider explained the functioning style of the film industry and what is expected of the newcomers. Mr. Faraz met the teachers and was all praise for the young talented faculty besides his own teachers from whom he had learned. He toured the Gulshan Kumar Film & Television Institute of India campus and was very impressed by the infrastructure and the facilities. Mr. Faraz Haider told the students that they are lucky and are in good hands.  Mr. Vijay Sachdeva, Director – T-Series, felicitated Mr. Faraz Haider by presenting him with a shawl.

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