UN & IOC sign historic agreement on sport for peace & economic development

The United Nations and the International Olympic Committee has signed a historic agreement to use the power of sports to promote peace and economic development. The move is described as one which strengthens collaboration between two of the world’s major organizations

IOC President Thomas Bach yesterday told a UN event celebrating the strengthened relationship that UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was right when he said Olympic principles are United Nations principles.

He said that both the UN and Olympic charters, call for international cooperation to promote peace, a better life for people around the world and preserving human dignity.

Secretary-General Ban said the Memorandum of Understanding signed with the IOC was a logical and historic step after years of ever closer collaboration in using sport to promote development and peace.

The agreement calls for joint sporting initiatives between the IOC, national Olympic committees, international sports federations, organizing committees and international athletes and the 193 UN member states, UN agencies, envoys and goodwill ambassadors.

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LS polls: 89 seats in 7th phase to go to polls tomorrow


LS polls: 89 seats in 7th phase to go to polls tomorrow<br />
7th phase of polling with 89 Lok Sabha constituencies across 7 states and two union territories to vote tomorrow. Voting will also take place in 119 Assembly Constituencies in Andhra Pradesh simultaneously. Polling will begin at 7 am and will continue till 6 pm except in some sensitive areas in Bihar and Andhra Pradesh where it will end at 4 pm. In some other areas in Andhra Pradesh, polling will end at 5 pm.

Of the Lok Sabha contituencies going to the polls tomorrow, 26 are in Gujarat, 17 in Telangana region in Andhra Pradesh, 14 in Uttar Pradesh, all 13 constituencies in Punjab, 9 in West Bengal, 7 in Bihar and one each in Jammu and Kashmir and the Union Territories of Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu.

Political fortune of over 1,000 candidates will be decided at the hustings. Prominent among them are Sonia Gandhi, Madhusudan Mistry, Capt Amarinder Singh, Sriprakash Jaiswal and Shankarsinh Vaghela all Congress, Narendra Modi, L.K. Advani, Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley, Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharti of BJP, Sharad Yadav of JDU and Farooq Abdullah of National Conference. 

With this, only two more phases of polling is left to complete the election process. 64 Lok Sabha constituencies in 7 states and 175 assembly seats in Andhra Pradesh will vote on May 7 and the remaining 41 Lok Sabha constituencies in 3 statates will vote on May 12. Counting will be taken up on May 16.

In Andhra Pradesh, all arrangements are in place for tomorrow’s polling in 17 Lok Sabha and 119 Assembly Constituencies in Telangana region. About 2 crore 82 lakh voters will vote at 30 thousand 518 polling stations set up in 10 districts of the region.

Arrangements have been made for live-webcasting from 17 thousand polling stations located at difficult and sensitive areas.

Screens have been arranged at all important places including major Panchayats to maintain transparency of poll process.

Tornadoes in US kills at least 29


Violent weather in US kills at least 29
Tornadoes in US kills at least 29
Americans in the southern and eastern US braced for more violent weather on Tuesday after a string of tornadoes and other storms killed at least 29 people, news reports said

Some 75 million people were at risk from storms that could unleash hail, winds and twisters on the affected regions, according to the National Weather Service.The toll from two days of violent weather reached at least 29 yesterday in at least six states, the news channel and other media reported.

After violent weather on Sunday that killed 17, most of them in Arkansas, the new deaths included eight in Mississippi on Monday, the news channel reported, quoting the state emergency management agency.

The governors of Alabama and Georgia declared state-wide emergencies. In the Mississippi town of Louisville, the storm snapped trees in half and stripped them of their branches.

Sheet metal twisted itself around road signs and tree trunks, the news channel reported.

Mississippi Senator Giles Ward hunkered down in a bathroom with his wife, four other family members and their dog Monday as a tornado destroyed his two-story brick house and flipped his son-in-law’s SUV upside down.

“It’s about as awful as anything we’ve gone through,” the network quoted Ward as saying.

In the hardest-hit parts of Arkansas, emergency crews intensified their search for survivors of Sunday’s twisters.

Dozens of Arkansas National Guard troops were assisting local authorities with medical evacuations, fresh water deliveries and search and rescue operations.

In the town of Vilonia, police chief Brad McNew said the town of 4,000 had been rendered unrecognisable.

“It’s houses completely down to the foundations,” he told NBC television. Rescuers used searchlights in blacked-out areas Sunday night, sifting through mountains of rubble in the hopes of finding someone alive.

The Arkansas Department of Emergency Management said 14 people had been killed in the state.

McNew said more would have been killed if not for emergency sirens that warned people the twister was about to hit.

Macedonia’s disputed elections ‘efficient and orderly’


European election monitors on Monday described Macedonia’s parliamentary and presidential elections as “efficient and orderly,” but said campaigning before the vote did not create a level playing field for all. The ruling conservative VMRO-DPMNE party, led by Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski, won both votes held in the ex-Yugoslav republic on Sunday. The main opposition party, the center-left SDSM party, said it would not recognize the results, Reuters reported. Its leader, Zoran Zaev, said there were “threats and blackmails and massive buying of voters.” The ruling party said the allegations were an attempt by the opposition to manipulate public opinion.


Top British diplomat arrives in Iran for talks


The most senior British diplomat to visit Iran since the sacking of Britain’s embassy in 2011 arrived in Tehran on Monday, the Foreign Office said. Political director Simon Gass would discuss bilateral and international issues with Iranian officials, AFP reported. Gass, who is Britain’s lead negotiator in talks on Iran’s nuclear program, was Britain’s ambassador in Tehran between 2009 and 2011. As ties between the two states recently warmed, the newly-named non-resident charges d’affaires made a series of trips between Tehran and London.


UK, France send 8 fighter jets for NATO patrols over Baltic


Britain and France deployed eight fighter jets on Monday to reinforce NATO air patrols over the Baltics, AFP reported. Four British Typhoon jets arrived in Lithuania to start their mission while four French Rafale jets touched down in Malbork, northeast Poland. The move will “provide reassurance to our NATO allies in eastern Europe and the Baltic states” in the wake of recent events in Ukraine, British Defense Minister Philip Hammond said. Around 70 French military personnel have been deployed to Malbork in support of the new planes.


Romania to raise defense ministry budget by $217mn


Romania will raise the defense ministry’s 2014 budget by $217.41 million, or 0.2 percent of national output, Prime Minister Victor Ponta said Monday. As tensions continue to build in neighboring Ukraine, Romania has agreed a fiscal budget deficit target of 2.2 percent of gross domestic product this year under the terms of a 4-billion-euro aid deal led by the International Monetary Fund, Reuters said. Higher defense spending would raise the ceiling, as would government plans to slash employer taxes to the social insurance budget.


9 terror suspects detained in Malaysia


Nine suspected Malaysian militants were detained Monday for allegedly planning to carry out terrorist acts in the country and abroad, AP reported. The nine, aged between 25 and 55, were arrested Monday in several locations near Kuala Lumpur and in northern Kedah state bordering Thailand, according to national police chief Khalid Abu Bakar. They are believed to have links with terrorist cells abroad.


3 boys killed in blast in Pakistan’s Karachi


A blast killed three boys aged between 10 and 12 at a religious seminary in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi on Monday, AFP reported. The explosion, which targeted a Sunni Muslim seminary in the impoverished western district of Orangi also wounded six others, said a senior local police official, Javed Alam Odho. The police were trying to ascertain whether it was a planted bomb or a hand grenade that had been thrown. Nobody has so far claimed responsibility for the attack.


Assad to run for third term as Syria president


Syrian President Bashar Assad has formally submitted his nomination to seek a third term in office, the speaker of parliament said on Monday. In a letter submitted to the constitutional court, Assad said he wished to nominate himself for the post of president of the republic, hoping that parliament will endorse it, Reuters reported. The election is due to be held in early June.


22 killed in attack on C.Africa MSF hospital – reports


At least 22 people including three staff members of medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres were reportedly killed during a weekend attack by gunmen on a Central African hospital. “Armed men from the ex-Seleka [rebel group] and of Fula ethnicity on Saturday afternoon attacked a hospital supported by MSF in the region of Nanga Boguila, killing at least 22 people,” an officer from the MISCA peacekeeping force told AFP on Monday. Those killed included three Central African employees of MSF. The attack also left a dozen wounded.


Taiwan police uses water cannon against anti-nuclear protesters


Taiwan police on Monday used water cannon to disperse hundreds of overnight sit-in demonstrators, demanding the scrapping of a nearly completed nuclear power plant, AFP reported. Tens of thousands of demonstrators blockaded one of the busiest streets in the capital Sunday, forcing the ruling Kuomintang party to yield and halt construction work at the plant as the issue has gripped the island for 30 years. The concession by the government led to a large number of demonstrators leaving the area in Taipei, but hundreds remained. A Kuomintang spokesman said Sunday that reactor one would be sealed for storage, and construction of reactor two would be terminated.


Bangladesh storm leaves at least 9 dead


A severe storm left at least nine people dead and about 1,000 homeless after hitting northern Bangladesh overnight, AFP reported. The storm destroyed homes and wrecked rice paddy fields in northern Netrokona district close to the border with India. Up to 20 people were injured, including one whose condition is very critical, officials said.


IAEA experts to visit Iran nuclear sites next week – reports


A team of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) experts will visit two of Iran’s nuclear sites within the next week, as part of a monitoring process, AFP said. Inspectors will travel to the Ardakan yellow-cake production plant and the Saghand uranium mine, located close together around 450km from Tehran, IRNA news agency reported Tuesday. The trip is in line with a seven-step plan agreed between Iran and IAEA in February to increase transparency over Tehran’s nuclear activities.


Turkey to seek extradition of cleric Gulen from US


Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday Turkey will begin a legal process for the extradition of US-based Islamic cleric, Fethullah Gulen, Reuters said. Erdogan accuses his former ally and now arch-foe of orchestrating a campaign to unseat him. Asked if a legal process would be launched for the extradition of Gulen, Erdogan said: “Yes, it will begin.”


Islamic State of Iraq claims attack that killed 25 in Kurdish town


An Al-Qaeda spin-off group on Tuesday claimed responsibility for a suicide attack in a Kurdish town that killed at least 25 people the previous day, AP reported. The Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) claimed the attack in a post on one of its Twitter accounts. The bombing in the town of Khanaqin in the Diyala province northeast of Baghdad also wounded 35 people. The bomber blew himself up among a group of Kurds celebrating the appearance on local TV of Iraq’s ailing president, Jalal Talabani, a Kurd, who has been in Germany since 2012.


Yemen launches major offensive ‘to uproot Al-Qaeda’ from 2 provinces


Yemeni forces have launched an operation to drive Al-Qaeda fighters out of southern towns, the military said on Tuesday. Last week, air strikes killed nearly 60 militants in the area. After being forced out from major cities in Abyan in 2012, Al-Qaeda jihadists established strongholds in the Arabian Peninsula, in the provinces of Abyan and Shabwa. Government forces clashed on Tuesday with Islamist gunmen in the Lahmar area and near Al-Saeed as militants confronted advancing government forces. “There has been an official decision to uproot Al-Qaeda from Abyan and Shabwa,” said Hussein al-Wuhayshi, a leader of the Popular Committees armed groups that fought alongside government forces.


Egypt: Brotherhood chief, 682 others sentenced to death
Egypt: Brotherhood chief, 682 others sentenced to death
Muslim Brotherhood chief Mohamed Badie and his 682 Islamist supporters were on Monday sentenced to death by an Egyptian court in one of the country’s largest mass trials, raising fears of tension ahead of next month’s crucial Presidential elections.

The convicts were accused of involvement in killings and attempted murder of policemen in the southern Minya province on August 14, the day when security forces violently disbanded sit-ins held by ousted Islamist President Mohamed Morsi’s supporters and killed hundreds of them in clashes in Cairo.In a separate case, the same court in Minya today reversed 492 death sentences out of 529 it passed last month, commuting most of the death penalty to life in prison. Judge Said Youssef referred his ruling on the 683 death sentences to the Grand Mufti, Egypt’s top Islamic authority.

Under Egyptian law, the verdicts must be ratified by the Grand Mufti before they can be carried out. The court has set June 21 for the final verdict after the Grand Mufti’s decision, a move widely considered a formality. The law allows the verdicts to be appealed.

If 70-year-old Badie’s sentence is confirmed, it would make him the most senior Brotherhood figure sentenced to death since one of the group’s leading ideologues, Sayed Qutb, was executed in 1966.

Badie, a white-bearded professor, became supreme guide of Egypt’s largest movement in 2010. He had condemned the removal of president Morsi by the Egyptian military in July last year.

Of the 683 accused sentenced today, about 50 are in custody while the rest are either out on bail or on the run. A lawyer said the hearing lasted only eight minutes. Defence lawyers branded the hearing “farcical”. Several woman relatives of the accused waiting outside the courtroom fainted on hearing news of the death penalty. A large crowd chanted: “Where is the justice?”, BBC reported.

Morsi belongs to the Brotherhood, an Islamist movement which swept all elections in Egypt following the fall of military dictator Hosni Mubarak in 2011. Morsi’s term was marked with political uncertainty and violence in a deeply polarised country that ultimately led to his ouster by the powerful military.

Some 16,000 people have been arrested since the military ousted Morsi, including most of the Brotherhood’s top leaders. Brotherhood has been designated a terrorist group by Egypt’s military-backed regime, blaming it for a series of bombings and attacks. The group has denied the accusations.

Egypt has been in political turmoil since the overthrow of Mubarak during the 2011 Egyptian Revolution. Analysts said today’s verdict could raise tension as Egypt heads to presidential polls on May 26-27 in which former Egyptian army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is the leading contender.

AirAsia X and GE Signs MOU for CF6 Engines for its Airbus A330 Fleet



Photo Caption: (Top L-R) Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and U.S. President Barack Obama witnessing the singing ceremony between Tan Sri Tony Fernandes, AirAsia Group CEO and  John G Rice Vice, Chairman of General Electric (GE).


KUALA LUMPUR – April 28, 2014 –AirAsia X, the long haul, low fare airline affiliate of the AirAsia Group and GE Aviation have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the selection of CF6-80E1 engines to power AirAsia X’s 25 new firm Airbus A330-300 aircraft, with options for an additional three A330 aircraft. These engines will be covered by a multi-year OnPointSM solution service agreement for engine maintenance, repair and overhaul. The list price for the engines and the service agreement is valued at more than $1.5 billion (USD) over the life of the agreement.


At the signing ceremony witnessed by Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, U.S. President Barack Obama, Tan Sri Tony Fernandes, AirAsia Group CEO said, “To power our new order of 25 additional Airbus A330-300 aircraft, we are pleased to select GE CF6-80E1 engines. GE was selected based on technical reliability and fuel efficiency performance with combined competitive pricing that will ensure AirAsia X maintains our competitive advantage as the world’s lowest unit cost airline operator, with industry-leading reliability performance. We firmly intend to be the undisputed global market leader in the long-haul low-cost carrier space.


Tan Sri’ Tony Fernandes adds, “With this order, GE will become AirAsia X’s second core engine supplier. Our fleet size has reached sufficient scale to support two engine types, with sufficient spare engine coverage, specialist engineers and technicians, and strong on-site service commitment from both engine providers. GE’s long -standing relationship and track record with the AirAsia Group, gave us confidence to make this selection.”


“GE is proud of its long association with AirAsia Group and are honored to be selected to power AirAsia X’s A330 fleet for this large and important order,” said Kevin McAllister, Vice President and General Manager of Global Sales & Marketing for GE Aviation. “AirAsia Group is a leading low-cost carrier with domestic, regional and international operations, and CF6 engines will support its competitive international cost position.”


GE’s CF6 engines have been among the most utilized and reliable in the industry. Powering more than 10 models of wide-body aircraft, the engine family has established an unparalleled record of reliability for more than 40 years with more than 395 million flight-hours in service with more than 200 operators worldwide.


GE Aviation has continuously reinvested in the CF6 platform and is refining component efficiencies across the CF6-80E1 engine to provide improvements in fuel efficiency for Airbus’s enhanced A330 aircraft. More than 560 CF6-80E1 engines have been delivered for the Airbus A330 aircraft.


OnPoint solutions are customized service agreements tailored to the operational and financial needs of each customer for any size fleet. These agreements are designed to help lower the customers’ cost of ownership and maximize the use of their assets. Backed by GE’s global support network, OnPoint services may include overhaul, on wing support, new and used-serviceable parts, component repair, technology upgrades, engine leasing, integrated systems support and diagnostics and integrated systems.


GE Aviation, an operating unit of GE (NYSE: GE), is a world-leading provider of jet and turboprop engines, components and integrated systems for commercial, military, business and general aviation aircraft. GE Aviation has a global service network to support these offerings.


AirAsia X is the low-cost, long-haul affiliate carrier of the AirAsia Group that currently flies to destinations in China, Australia, Taiwan, Korea, Japan, Sri Lanka, Nepal and the Middle East. The airline currently serves 19 destinations across Asia (Nagoya, Tokyo, Osaka, Seoul, Busan, Taipei, Beijing, Hangzhou, Chengdu, Shanghai, Xian, Colombo and Kathmandu), Australia (Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and Gold Coast) and the Middle East (Jeddah). AirAsia X currently operates a fleet of 16 Airbus A330-300s, each with a seat configuration of 12 Premium Flatbeds and 365 Economy seats. The airline has carried over 12 million guests since it commenced long-haul in 2007. Our vision is to further solidify our position as the global leader in low-cost, long-haul aviation and create the first global multi-hub low-cost carrier network along with other carriers of the AirAsia Group.

Sikhs Helping Sikhs: Please watch these truth inspiring videos below


Sikhs Helping Sikhs

To Me
Today at 1:33 PM


It has been a very turbulent past for the sikhs.
If a twist of fate a light has become visible in the darkness.
Please walk towards the light.
Please watch these truth inspiring
videos below
















Hungarian Information & Cultural Centre New Delhi


Dear Friends,


Greetings from the Hungarian Information and Cultural Centre!

I am pleased to welcome, Dr. Pál Hatos, Director General, Balassi Institute, Budapest who will be on an official visit to New Delhi in the end of April. He will be delivering a lecture for the students of Amity School during his visit.

We will continue to exhibit caricatures by ÉDUA SZŰCS from Hungary for our art lover till the end of May.

For our music lovers we conclude the final cycle of the lecture series by eminent musicologist PUNITA SINGH titled INTRODUCTION TO WESTERN CLASSICAL MUSIC. The CAPITAL CITY MINSTRELS present the Summer Concert on the 1st of May.

For the film lovers in India, we are happy to share that the Hungarian film, FRESH AIR will travel to Mumbai and Jodhpur, as part of the ongoing EUFF 2014. In the month of January, famous Hungarian Director, MIKLÓS JANCSÓ passed away and as a tribute to this legendary Director, we will organise a Retrospective of his films in 5 sessions.

Please keep yourself updated about the events for our upcoming issues of the monthly e-Newsletterby subscribing to it. You may send your details and email id to hicc.delhi@gmail.com. Please visit ourwebsite at http://www.delhi.balassiintezet.hu for more information.

So don’t miss our extravagant events for the coming months!

Tibor Kovács
Director and Cultural Counsellor



Details of our upcoming events can be seen below by clicking on the date in the table.

Dates Type of programme Venue Event
Till May 30
Fri Exhibition HICC “LIFE IS LIKE THAT” caricatures by Édua Szűcs
April 28,
Mon 6:00 pm Music Lecture HICC “LATE CLASSICAL INTO ROMANTIC” by Dr. Punita Singh, musicologist
May 1,
Thurs 7:00 pm Live Concert HICC “SUMMER CONCERT 2014″ by the Capital City Minstrels
May 5,
Mon 6:00 pm Music Lecture HICC “LATE ROMANTIC INTO MODERN AND POST-MODERN/ CONCLUSION” by Dr. Punita Singh, musicologist
May 6,
Tues 6:00 pm Introduction and Film Screening HICC Inauguration of the Retrospective Session on “MIKLÓS JANCSÓ” with a talk by Prof. Diwaker Balakrishnan, introduction by Anandana Kapur and closing remarks by Gautam Kaul followed by screening of the film “THE ROUND – UP”
May 7,
Wed 6:00 pm Film Screening HICC “THE RED AND THE WHITE” by Miklós Jancsó
May 8,
Thurs 6:00 pm Film Screening HICC “AGNUS DEI” by Miklós Jancsó
May 13,
Tues 5:00 pm Film Screening Max Mueller Bhavan, Mumbai Hungarian film “FRESH AIR” directed by Ágnes Kocsis screened as part of EUFF 2014
May 13,
Tues 6:00 pm Film Screening HICC “RED PSALM” by Miklós Jancsó
May 15,
Thurs 6:00 pm Film Screening HICC “ELEKTREIA” by Miklós Jancsó
May 30,
Fri 7:00 pm Film Screening Jodhpur Hungarian film “FRESH AIR” directed by Ágnes Kocsis screened as part of EUFF 2014 at Art Gallery Jain Narian Vyas Town Hall

Balassi Institute
Hungarian Information & Cultural Centre New Delhi
Programmes for End April – End May 2014



Till May 30



Caricatures by Édua Szűcs

In the contemporary art, Édua Szűcs belongs to those mature graphic artists who practice their expertise based on their brief and proficiency. Her drawing skills are amazing, her aspects of creating situations are brilliant, her knowledge of humanity can sensibly react to such resonance that makes it possible for everyone to have the same personal reaction.

You can read an article by about the exhibition by clicking here >>

(On view on weekdays only from 10 am – 4 pm)

Lecture series

April 28, Monday May 5, Monday

6:00 pm



Lecture series by Dr. Punita Singh

Hungarian Information and Cultural Centre in cooperation with The Neemrana Music Foundation continues the lecture series by eminent musicologist Dr. Punita Singh as per the following schedule:

28th April, Monday – “Late Classical into Romantic”

5th May, Monday – “Late Romantic into Modern and post-Modern / conclusion”

Live concert

May 1

7:00 pm



Presented by the Capital City Minstrels

The Capital City Minstrels (CCM), Delhi’s best known choir, comprises of people from all walks of life, all with one thing in common – their love of music. This season they will present folk songs from Hungary, Africa, Germany, Korea and many others countries.

Film series

May 6 – 7 – 8
May 13 and 15

6:00 pm



In cooperation with the Federation of Film Societies of India Northern Region

The retrospective pays tribute to Miklós Jancsó, widely acclaimed, iconic Hungarian film director who became world famous with his early films on the relationship of the ordinary men and those in power. His five films were nominated for Best Director Award at the Cannes Festival in the 60-ies and 70-ies. The screenings will take place as per the following schedule:

6th May, Tuesday:

– Inauguration of the Retrospective Session with a talk on Miklós Jancsó by Prof. Diwaker Balakrishnan

– followed by an introduction on Jancsó’s life-work by Ms. Anandana Kapur, film maker and critique

– and closing remarks by Mr. Gautam Kaul, Vice President, Federation of Film Societies of India

– Screening of the film The Round-Up (1965) (Szegénylegények)

7th May, Wednesday 6:00 pm: The Red and the White (1967) (Csillagosok, katonák)

8th May, Thursday 6:00 pm: Agnus Dei (1970) (Égi bárány)

13th May, Tuesday 6:00 pm: Red Psalm (1972) (Még kér a nép)

15th May, Thursday 6:00 pm: Elektreia (1974) (Szerelmem, Elektra)

Film festival
at Max Mueller Bhavan, Mumbai

May 13, Tues

5:00 pm

at Art Gallery, Jain Narain Vyas Town Hall, Jodhpur

May 30, Fri

7:00 pm


Hungarian film Fresh Air (Friss levegő)

As part of the 19th edition of the EUFF 2014 with the theme VOICES OF YOUTH, Hungary will participate with the film Fresh Air by Ágnes Kocsis (2006), colour, duration: 109 minutes.

Viola is still a beautiful woman. Angéla is ashamed of her mother. Communication between them has become almost impossible. Probably, in secret, they both are in love with the protagonist. Viola works where no one else wants to. She is looking for a real man whom she could love. Angéla would like to design nice dresses. She desires something different. Another life. Fresh air.

The screening in the two cities will take place as per the following schedule:

13 May, Tuesday at 5:00 pm at Max Mueller Bhavan, Mumbai

30 May, Friday at 7:00 pm at Art Gallery, Jain Narain Vyas Town Hall, Jodhpur

(Please check our website for dates and timings of the film screening in other cities for the upcoming months.)

Hungarian Information and Cultural Centre reserves the right to change the programs and the dates.

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  1. CVC may back CBI on closure of about 20 coal blocks cases
    The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) is likely to support CBI’s recommendation for closing about 20 preliminary enquiries (PEs) filed by the agency in connection with the multi-crore coal blocks allocation scam. The Supreme Court had on March 28 …
  2. Model code of conduct delays power tariff orders by CERC
    Power tariff-related orders, announced periodically by the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission, will be made only after the model code of conduct ends.
  3. No power tariff hike in Odisha for 2014-15
    Though decision was taken on new tariff order, it was not notified due to twin Lok Sabha and assembly polls in the state
  4. GE in talks to buy Alstom’s power arm
    A deal could be announced in the coming days after a board meeting on Friday
  5. General Electric, Westinghouse keen to develop 12K MW of nuclear power in India
    India’s economy can’t grow if it doesn’t have sufficient power to develop and if 400 million people live without electricity, Powell added.
  6. Hindustan Petroleum Corp to shut crude unit at Mumbai refinery from Monday
    The state-run refiner’s Mumbai plant, in western India, has two crude units of 70,000 barrels per day (bpd) and 60,000 bpd.
  7. GE’s unit invests $24 million in Welspun Renewable’s solar project
    The development marks GE Energy Financial’s first investment in a solar power project in India
  8. Moily for raising prices of natural gas effective April 1
    Despite model code, government concerned about legal fallout of not abiding by Cabinet decision
  9. Shut five power units in Delhi: BSES to govt
    The move to source power from the existing coal- based power plants will help in generation of 820 Mu of power and bring down tariffs by 5-7%
  10. Rs 1,500 cr scheme to improve city power system approved
    Scheme aims at ensuring stable and uninterrupted supply of power to consumers in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack
  11. Coal bed methane producers will have to bring down price
    Dashing the hopes of coal bed methane players (CBM) for continuing with a higher gas price the ministry of petroleum and natural gas has decided to go for a uniform gas price for all the gas producers in India once the new pricing under Rangarajan …
  12. 81 power projects take off in 10 months
    The Project Monitoring Group is now looking to facilitate investments in 212 projects worth Rs 10.57 lakh cr
  13. US crude inventories climb to highest level in 83 years
    Production climbs to the most in 26 years
  14. Govt targets over 1,000 billion units of power generation in FY15
    The government has set a target of generating over 1,000 billion units of electricity during the current financial year, according to official data. The Central Electricity Authority (CEA) estimates generation of 1,023 billion units in 2013-14, an …
  15. India, Bhutan ink pact to develop hydropower projects
    Agreement was signed by P K Sinha, Secretary, Ministry of Power, from the Indian side and Sonam Tshering, Bhutan’s Secretary, Ministry of Economic Affairs
  16. ONGC Videsh’s crude oil output jumps 26% in 2013-14
    OVL produced 5.491 mt of crude oil from assets in over 16 countries in 2013-14 as against 4.341 mt in the previous year

For more information Contact – WEC India Secretariat, C/o NTPC Limited, 7th Floor, Core-6, SCOPE Complex, New Delhi-110 003, India 
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ehru Memorial Museum and Library

cordially invites you to a Seminar



at 3.00 pm on Monday, 28th April, 2014

in the Seminar Room, First Floor, Library Building





‘Environmentalisms in an Era of Global Political Crisis, 1914-1950’




Prof. Daniel Klingensmith,

Maryville College,





Historians have in the last two decades paid substantial attention to the history of different forms of environmentalism, linking it both to evolving ecological conditions and also to economic and political structures operating globally.  But while they have fruitfully explored the history of environmentalism during the “long nineteenth century” from circa 1789 to 1914, and in some instances during the postwar and post-imperial decades beginning in 1945, they have paid less explicit attention to its development during the intervening period.  The period from the beginning of the first World War to the aftermath of the second deserves more attention in this regard, however:  it constitutes the relevant “pre-history” of the post-independence developmentalist state in India and elsewhere, and of the postwar growth and consumption-oriented societies of North America and Western Europe.  This was a period in which important state-oriented models for managing nature on a large-scale took shape, but also a period in which significant critiques of the impact of modern states, markets and technologies on the natural world were articulated for the first time or substantially refined.  Arguably, this was also the era in which popular bourgeois knowledge of environmental crises, via mass media, first became politically significant, in the West, India and elsewhere. The idea that the natural world was out of balance was connected to the perception of political and civilizational crisis, which was widespread in the era of the world wars, the Great Depression, anti-colonial nationalism in Asia and the Russian revolution.  This paper presents a reconnaissance of the global history of environmentalism during the interrelated crises that began in 1914.  In particular it addresses connections of environmentalisms to political and cultural anxieties, and suggests that one way of conceptualizing thinking about ecological crisis could revolve around how different observers understood the value of the modern state and modern technologies.  It also considers why certain kinds of intervention in the natural world (for example, large dams) were widely embraced in later years, while others (e.g. “overflow irrigation”) came to be considered irrelevant or at best oppositional in post-1945 thinking.  It closes with a consideration of the Indian history of these issues.



Prof. Daniel Klingensmith is Professor of History at Maryville College in Maryville, Tennessee, United States.  He received his bachelor’s degree in History from Harvard University, and his Ph.D., also in History, from the University of Chicago in 1998.  He is the author of ‘One Valley and a Thousand’: Dams, Nationalism and Development (Oxford University Press, 2007), a study of the transnational political and cultural contexts informing post-independence India’s emulation of the large dams of the New Deal era in the United States.  His essay “Nature and Politics at the End of the Raj: Environmental Management and Political Legitimacy in Late Colonial India,” is forthcoming in the volume Shifting Ground: Mobility and Animals in India’s Environmental Histories, edited by Mahesh Rangarajan and K. Sivaramakrishnan.