OVER $2 MILLION RAISED FOR PRATHAM

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OVER $2 MILLION RAISED FOR PRATHAM AT THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART GALA

 

The New York Chapter of Pratham USAwelcomed more than 600 guests to its annual gala held on Thursday, September 18, 2014 at The Museum of Modern Art. A “who’s who” of prominent Indian Americans, philanthropists, corporate executive and Wall Street elite turned out for this year’s festivities. The evening raised over $2 million for Pratham’s programs to educate underprivileged children and youth in India.

 

Washington Post journalist, CNN host and New York Times best-selling author Fareed Zakaria delivered the night’s keynote address and spoke on India’s recent election and his hope for India’s ability to instigate change.

“The most heartening part of this last election is that for the first time in many, many years, an election was held on issues, on substance, on policy,” said Zakaria. “This election was about the idea of development. It provides a framework that India has not had in a generation.”

“There’s never been a better opportunity for India to take advantage of current momentum,” he added, closing out the speech with a call to support Pratham. “The Ministry of Education is not going to solve India’s education problem. Pratham is.”

Asia Society President and CEO Josette Sheeran also gave remarks, congratulating Pratham CEO and Co-Founder Dr. Madhav Chavan on his recent Asia Game Changer Award for “bringing the gift of literacy to millions of Indians.”

Gala guests, including Manish Dayal from the celebrated film “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” and Ali Velshi, host of “Real Money with Ali Velshi,” who served as the night’s emcee, enjoyed cocktails in the Sculpture Garden under a beautiful September night sky, followed by a sumptuous dinner in the main hall and dancing to Indian Bhangra music. Attendees were also treated to private gallery tours of The Museum of Modern Art’s exquisite collection.

“This was one of my most anticipated events of the year, not only because of the beautiful venue, but more importantly, because of the good work Pratham does,” said longtime supporter Rekha Kumar. “I’m particularly impressed by Pratham’s record of leveraging its resources in an efficient manner to provide education in the far reaches of India.”

To raise awareness outside the event, this year’s gala also highlighted #WHYPRATHAM, a social media campaign encouraging attendees to share messages about their personal connection to the organization.

“We are immensely grateful to our sponsors, supporters and volunteers for the tremendous success of this year’s gala,” said Deepak Raj, President of the New York Tri-State Chapter. “The funds we raised reflect our community’s commitment to widening access to education in India and our belief in Pratham’s unique vision and ability to enact change. We hope we can raise even more next year.”

As the largest educational movement in India, Pratham reaches millions of children and youth annually through its operations. Over 90% of every dollar raised from the gala will go to support programs that include pre-school classes, remedial learning programs and vocational training. To learn more about Pratham and its programs, visithttp://prathamusa.org

About Pratham

Founded in 1995 to ensure that every child is in school and learning well, Pratham is now one of the largest non-governmental organizations in India’s education sector. Pratham employs low-cost, scalable methods and works in partnership with government and community stakeholders to deliver quality education to underprivileged children and youth across India. In 2013-14, Pratham reached nearly 5 million children, adolescents and young adults through a range of programs in 20 of the 29 Indian states.

 

Pratham USA, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a four-star rating (the highest possible) from Charity Navigator, accepts tax deductible contributions from US donors to improve the quality of education in India. For more information, visit prathamusa.org.

Press Contacts:

Anuja Butala

Communications Manager

Pratham

abutala@pratham.org

Phone: 646-593-1404

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Galderma launches BI-LUMA, effective skincare solution, in India

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·         Blended with natural ingredients, BI-LUMA is scientifically formulated to restore the skin’s even tone and glow

·         BI-LUMA is a rich creamy, non-greasy and steroid-free formulation that spreads easily on the skin

 

New Delhi, September 23, 2014: Galderma, one of the world’s leading company focused on dermatology and skin health, today launched in India its new clinically-tested skin lightening cream BI-LUMA, a unique, non-greasy and steroid free formulation specially engineered for restoring even skin tone and glow.

The cream introduced by Galderma, whose path-breaking products are the preferred choice world over, is very effective for providing relief from stubborn dark patches and unevenness that surface due to various hyperpigmentary disorders.

The product, which was launched in the presence of its brand ambassador, the dazzling Bollywood star and model Hazel Keech, contains natural skin lightening ingredients, along with UVB filter and anti-oxidants which act synergistically to block melanin hypersynthesis pathways and distribution, at various stages.





Maxor Movies cordially Invites you to attend the cover of press conference

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PRESS INVITATION

Maxor Movies cordially Invites

you to attend the cover of press conference

to share with you the uniqueness of their latest Film   

Chaarfutiya chhokare

 

To be addressed by:

Soha Ali Khan

 

Venue     : Spice Cinemas, Sect. 25, Noida

Time       : 12:30 pm 

Date      : 24th September 2014 (Wednesday)

You are requested to send correspondents/photographers/camera crew for the Press Conference

 

R.S.V.P

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Abhinav Bindra Shoots India to Bronze in Swansong

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Becomes Only Indian Shooter to Win Medals in All International Competition

New Delhi, 23th September 2014: Abhinav Bindra, India’s only individual Olympic Gold medalist, helped his country to a couple of more Bronze medals on Day 4 of competition at the 17th Asian Games at Incheon, Korea, in what was his last professional performance for his country at the highest level. The Indian ace, who had announced yesterday that this would be his last Asian Games, first teamed up with compatriots Ravi Kumar and Sanjeev Rajput in the 10M Air Rifle Men’s Team Finals to finish third with an overall score of 1863, more than 3 points clear of the fourth placed team from Iran. Hosts South Korea bagged the Silver with a score of 1867.6 while World Champions China won the Gold medal, finishing with a score of 1886.4. Having qualified in fifth position with a score of 625.4 for the eight man individual finals, Bindra then settled for another Bronze medal, when he shot a 187.1, not enough to prevent a Chinese 1-2 for the top positions. World Champion Yang Haoran won the Gold in the event while Cao Yifei won the Silver.

“I am happy with the results. It was a tough competition today and the Chinese were excellent, but I am glad I managed to hang on and return with a medal,” said Abhinav Bindra, just after he won the Bronze.

In the process, Bindra also ensured that the rich medals haul for India from the shooting range continued unabated. He won the fifth and sixth medal respectively from the shooting range for India on just the fourth day of competition.

Congratulating Abhinav from London, Mr. Raninder Singh, President NRAI said, “ Abhinav has once again proven to be the champion that he is. He has now the unique distinction of being the only Indian athlete in history of winning one of every international medal on offer. As President NRAI I would like to assure all that Abhinav shall be making all efforts to re-emulate his Olympic Gold performance at Rio. The way we want to see him win the Gold, even he wants his medal back and NRAI will not be found wanting in support to him in this noble effort. I would also like to congratulate Sanjeev and Ravi alongwith Abhinav for the splendid performance in the 10M Air Rifle Performance which helped them procure the Bronze today.”

With today’s medal, Abhinav Bindra also became the only Indian shooter to have medals in all international competition. He won the World Championships in 2006, Olympic Gold in 2008, Asian Championships in 2012, Commonwealth Games Gold in 2014 and now his first Individual Asian Games Bronze.

When asked about his decision to ease off from professional shooting, he added, “ I will train twice a week I will give trials. My participation in World Cups shall only happen if I feel like and only when I am playing good enough with better scores. I will then try for the quota place and would become a hobby shooter. Shooting is in my blood and I cannot do without it. If I don’t shoot for two weeks my body becomes numb.”





PROTEST AT DELHI RAJ NIWAS AGAINST MCD SEALING NOTICES

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AAP MLAs Rajesh Garg (Rohini) and Som Dutt (Sadar Bazar) will lead the protest of Delhi Automobiles’; Workers Associations tomorrow (Sep 23, Tuesday) at 12 noon outside the Lieutenant Governor’s office, Raj Niwas.

The protest is against the MCD notices to seal two wheelers and autos service stations and workshops in different parts of Delhi.

The unjustified sealing notices to small shopkeepers, mechanics, would render atleast 10 lakh people unemployed and the AAP will expose the MCD move.





Abe,Putin to hold talks on sidelines of APEC summit

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told Russian President VladimirPutin that they would hold talks on sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation to be held in Beijing in November on bilateral ties, Japan’s top government spokesman said here Monday.

Yoshihide Suga, chief cabinet secretary, said Abe’s proposal was made during a telephone meeting between the two leaders on Sunday, with analysts here saying that the move is to avoid a talk with Putin in Japan which would made the United Statesdisappointed.

“The prime minister told President Putin that it is important to hold dialogue between Japan and Russia on the occasion of international conferences, including the APECsummit,” Suga was quoted as reporting.

Japan has joined in hands with the United States and some European countries to impose sanctions against Russia over its moves in Ukraine, but Japan also wants the sanctions will not affect Japan-Russia talks over territorial dispute.

Japan and Russia are at odds over a series of islands north off Japan’s Hokkaido, and the issue is prevent the two sides from signing a peace treaty since the end of World War II.





Joko’s keen to see at least two more parties to join his coalition

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Joko Widodo is keen to see at least two more parties to join his coalition, expected to support his camp in the parliament.

Joko Widodo, the winner of July 9 election who would be sworn- in as the nation’s seventh president, has said that chances of United Development Party (PPP) and National Mandate Party (PAN ) to join his coalition of four party were imminent, adding that it may happen within this week. “There is no such a permanent coalition in politics. We have to talk about political reality,”Joko said over the weekend, adding that process towards the joining of those parties has reached 80 percent.

The possible joining of PAN and PPP in Joko’s camp was apparently seen in the presence of two of those parties’senior executives in the recent national congress of PDI-P held in Central Java’s capital city of Semarang.

PAN and PPP were currently part of coalition supporting defeated president candidate Prabowo Subianto. The two parties secured 49 and 39 seats, respectively, in the parliament, resulted from April 9 legislative election. “Since the beginning, we already conveyed that we are open. Developing our great nation cannot be conducted by merely four political parties,”Joko said, referring the existing political parties joining his coalition that consisted of Indonesia Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), National Democrat (Nasdem), Nation Awakening Party (PKB) and People’s Conscience (Hanura) Party.

Altogether Joko Widodo’s coalition in the parliament occupies 207 seats from a total of 560 or less than 51 percent of legislators’votes to secure Joko’s programs to run his government.

Should PAN and PPP join the president-elect camp, government will affirmatively secure support from the parliament as it would have a total of 295 votes in the parliament. On the other hand, it would be a tragic loss for Prabowo’s camp as it would no longer dominate the parliament.

The ruling Democrat party, which initially support Prabowo’s camp has stated that it would be “the balancer” instead of abiding by policies set by Prabowo in the coalition. The party chaired by outgoing president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono secured 61 seats in the parliament.

Analysts estimated that there will be harsh politics carried out by the two camps ensued from the president election process. No signs of reconciliation have been shown between Joko Widodo and Prabowo Subianto despite the calls from several parties to do so for the sake of the nation.





Myanmar tightens security in Yangon

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Myanmar authorities have tightened security in Yangon region, especially religious buildings, in the wake of threat from the terrorist group of Al- Qaida, according to Yangon Region Border Affairs and Security Ministry Tuesday.

Increased patrolling is being done and entry points are being strictly checked with CCTV cameras more than usual, Minister Colonel Tin Win said.

He urged the people to report to the concerned immediately on finding any suspect.

Al-Qaida leader Ayman al Zawahiri announced new focus on Myanmar, Bangladesh and India early this month and a video featuring Zawahiri describing the launch of a new branch in the Indian subcontinent with the aim of expanding jihad to the region was released on Sept. 3.

Following Al-Qaida’s statement, the Burmese Muslim Association (BMA) announced rejection of the statement on Sept. 5, urging people to live together in harmony regardless of racial and religious differences.

BMA also called on the government to prevent sharing of terrorism belief in the country through the systematic programs.

“The Muslims living in the country will not tolerate any threat to their motherland,” the BMA’s statement said.

Precautionary measures have been reportedly taken by armed forces to beef up check points and monitor infiltration of terrorists.





120 Days in AIR – PM Yet To Realize Ground Realities of India

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Ravinder Singh

To

chauthidunia@gmail.com indiaagainstcorruption.2010@gmail.comchandru_14521@yahoo.comemailidofarun@gmail.com thakursinghk@gmail.com and 356 more…

Sep 22 at 8:03 PM

120 Days in AIR – PM Yet To Realize Ground Realities of India
September22, 2014 (C) Ravinder Singh sabkabharatmission2019@gmail.comJust like Ambani brothers worth over $93b at one time with Natural
Resources owned worth say $10,000b have no money for poor of Dharavi
or Nehru Nagar Slums. Likewise rich nations have no money for poorer
nations including India.Out of $4700b worth of projects anticipated from visit to Japan final
count was just $30b and that too for project of Questionable
Importance – Bullet Train next to Dedicated Freight Corridor already
underway at huge cost.All the foreign aid India get is for Aid Linked Specific Projects by
Funding Agencies. So $55b committed by Japan and China over 5 years is
largely promoting their companies than aid to Indian Economy. INDIA
HAS TO DEVELOP OWN INNOVATIVE PROJECTS.

BJP INC Policies IDENTICLE

Though INC has as political opponent is entirely political in
commenting on BJP 100 days performance but real facts are that there
Practically No Change in BJP Policies in all sectors. There is no
change in Functioning of Judiciary, Executive & Legislature.

When some Indian Companies may not be paying Corporate Tax FDI
investors are charged 42% plus surcharge. INC didn’t realize in 10
years that such Atrocious Taxation meant no Foreign High-Tech company
was investing in India and going to Thailand or Malaysia instead and
export High Tech products to India – LED Televisions or Computer
Hardware, Mobile Phones etc.

BJP has yet to SWITCH to 200,000 MW Multi-purpose Hydro Power, 200,000
MW Solar Tracking Rooftops, 100,000 MW Nuclear Programs.

Politically grand success visit to Nepal with over 80,000 MW hydro
power potential was Economically a Flop. India could have signed $100b
worth MoUs.

Cleaning of Railway Stations and Upgrading Railway Tracks to 160 kmph
speed could have been entrusted to Indian Companies.

While Moneylenders & Middlemen flourished in 120 day rule – Farmers
and Workers didn’t get increase in MSP and Wages to match price rise.

People of India has no Share in Indian Companies and our Natural Resources.

99.99% Indians have no equity in Share market Capitalization growth of
Rs.40,00,000 crores.

Tax Collection in India is barely 16% against 50% required, essential
to Promote Industries, Free Education & Healthcare, Aid for Housing
etc.

India is not Protecting ‘Intellectual Property’ and is at ZERO level.

Ravinder Singh, Inventor & Consultant,
INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES AND PROJECTS
Y-77, Hauz Khas, New Delhi-110016, India. Ph; 091- 9718280435, 9650421857
Ravinder Singh* is a WIPO awarded inventor specializing in Power,
Transportation, Water,
Energy Saving, Agriculture, Manufacturing, Technologies and Projects.





US launch airstrikes in Syria targeting ISIL fighters

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US and partner nations launch airstrikes in Syria targeting ISIL fightershttp://aje.me/1sVsSEY

US central command says attacks involve bombers, fighters and cruise missiles and are ongoing.
AJE.ME|BY AL JAZEERA AND AGENCIES





ALASKA TV REPORTER RESIGNS ON AIR TO FIGHT FOR MARIJUANA LEGALIZATION

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Alaska Dispatch News reader Greene said

“Now everything you’ve heard is why I, the actual owner of the Alaska Cannabis Club, will be dedicating all of my energy toward fighting for freedom and fairness, which begins with legalizing marijuana here in Alaska,” she said. “And as for this job, well, not that I have a choice but, fuck it, I quit.”

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Greene soon after told the Alaska Dispatch News that KTVA was unaware of her role with the Cannabis Club or her plans to part ways with the network, and an NBC News-affiliate has since confirmed that state records show the organization is owned by Charlene Egbe — Greene’s legal name. KTVA apologized after the incident on Facebook “for the inappropriate language” and said Greene, who had been quite clear about quitting, has been terminated.
“If I offended anyone, I apologize,” Greene told ADN, “but I’m not sorry for the choice that I made.”
As footage of the incident began to circulate around the web, the Alaska Cannabis Club’s social media accounts soon directed followers to a video featuring the now-former news anchor further explaining her reasoning for resigning.
“Nearly a century of marijuana prohibition and stigma has stained America, the land of the free and the home of the brave. But we have a chance to start taking back the right,” Greene says in the clip.
“Advocating for freedom and fairness should be everyone’s duty. I’m making it my life work to uphold what America stands for truly: life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness — ideals that now need to be defended,” Greene continues. “But I can’t do this alone. I need you in the very least to start the conversation. Talk to a friend, a mother, a co-worker, brother, anyone. Just share your own ‘My Marijuana’ story. Show them that we smokers are responsible, contributing members to society.”
“Changing one heart and mind at a time is the only way to legalize marijuana and bask in lady liberty’s glory,” Greene says before formally offering her endorsement of Ballot Measure 2— a law up for vote on November 4 that, if successful, will allow adults in Alaska to possess, grow and sell weed without requiring a medical script as currently state rules specify.
“The proposed initiative will take marijuana sales out of the underground market and put them in legitimate, taxpaying businesses,” Tim Hinterberger, a sponsor of the bill and a developmental biology professor at the University of Alaska, previously told the Huffington Post. “Replacing marijuana prohibition with a system of taxation and sensible regulation will bolster Alaska’s economy by creating jobs and generating revenue for the state.”
If Alaskans vote ‘yes’ on Ballot 2 — an effort that Greene says is a “a vote for liberty, freedom and fairness” — then the state will become the third in the US after Colorado and Washington to allow adults to legally purchase and possess restricted amounts of marijuana for recreational purposes. Federally speaking, however, pot sale and cultivation remains illegal. RT news
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