UN WOMEN seminar on equity focused and gender responsive evaluation

(New Delhi, 23 January) The UN Women India Multi Country Office kicked off the International Year of Evaluation by organising a seminar on ‘Equity Focused and Gender Responsive Evaluations’ in New Delhi. Part of Evaluation Week (19-23 January), the seminar was co-organised by National Institute for Labour, Economics Research and Development (NILERD) under NITI AAYOG, the Government of India’s policy think-tank.UN Women believes that equity focused and gender responsive evaluations provide evidence in advancing gender equality and women’s rights in the planning and implementation of existing and new schemes. 2015 has been declared as the International Year of Evaluation – the aim is to advocate and promote evaluation and evidence-based policy making at the international, regional, national and local levels.

The Evaluation Week and the seminar were attended by NITI AAYOG officials, representatives from UN agencies, donor organisations, experts, academicians and civil society. The inaugural session began with the handing over of the ‘Evaluation Torch’ – symbolising increasing awareness and knowledge of evaluation – by Marco Segone, Director of the Independent Evaluations Office, UN Women, to the Minister of State for Planning, Rao Inderjit Singh.

Mr. Segone’s keynote address focussed on evaluations in sustainable development. “The move towards the Sustainable Development Goals makes 2015 an important year for the global development community,” he said. “India’s new government provides the evaluation community a great opportunity for moving towards effective and efficient monitoring and evaluating.”

Mr. Segone also emphasised the importance of mainstreaming gender and social equity in evaluations. “We are looking at an evaluation process which not only looks at eliminating structural bottlenecks but also contributes to the empowerment process. Evaluation can be an agent of change for the world we want.”

The seminar included interactive discussions on evaluating the Joint Review Mission of the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, school based evaluations, gender integrated health interventions, evaluating the World Food Programme’s ‘Food for Work’ Programme, and challenges and methodologies. The seminar ended on a constructive note with an all-inclusive group discussion.

For more information on the International Year of Evaluation, visit http://mymande.org/evalyear/

About UN WomenUN Women is the UN organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. A global champion for women and girls, UN Women was established to accelerate progress on meeting their rights worldwide.

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Draft Civil Aviation Policy Geared to Face New Global and Domestic Demands

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“It is a step towards making civil aviation a vibrant sector in our country, to rise to its full potential”, said Civil Aviation Minister, Shri Ashok Gajapathi Raju Pusapati while releasing the Draft Civil Aviation Policy here today. The new Civil Aviation Policy is expected to be in place by January 2015, he added. The Draft has been released for consultation with public and stakeholders within three weeks, after which six to seven groups of experts would be constituted to interact with stakeholders and review the inputs received during the process. Underlining the major shifts in the Draft in comparison to the earlier Civil Aviation Policy, the Minister said, “it aims to develop a transparent policy in which regulations for the Civil Aviation sector would be more meaningful.”

Speaking on the occasion, Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation, Shri V. Somasundaran highlighted the salient features of the Draft Civil Aviation Policy in terms of better services and conveniences to flyers. The Draft notes that “airports are to be designed as integrated multi-modal hubs, so that they provide the best possible service levels as well as potential for growth. An integrated multi-modal hub should include rail, metro, bus and truck connectivity as well as accommodation and other services”, he added.

While developing airports, it is equally essential to ensure that related sectors such as access to manufacture, business, tourism and pilgrim centres are developed. This needs to be done in association with other Central Government Departments as well as the State Government/Union Territory.The six metropolitan airports at Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore and Hyderabad would be developed as major international hubs and would in future be the main access points for international travel to and from India.In future a “hub-and-spoke” model would be followed, which would also facilitate the development of regional networks and air connectivity as a whole. The existing bilateral agreements with foreign bilateral agreements will be designed in such a way as to facilitate the hub-and-spoke model.

The Draft puts emphasis on rationalizing the cost of Aviation Turbine Fuel (ATF). Due to high rates of taxes, the cost of ATF in India is 40 to 45% higher than the international costs. Steps will be taken in association with the Ministry of Finance and State Governments to rationalize the rate of taxes so that our costs are competitive.Regarding development of the cargo sector, the Government proposes to substantially develop the transport of cargo by air for which there is considerable potential. To achieve the objective, the six metro airports will be developed as regional cargo hubs, integrating multi-modal transport facilities, cold chains and other commodity specific requirements. The turnaround time for cargo will be upgraded to international standards. Air Freight Stations will be developed in different parts of the country to streamline Customs clearance and to reduce congestion in the airports.

As institutional reforms,an Expert Committee will be constituted to develop a future roadmap for Air India. Airports Authority of India will be corporatised, followed by listing in the Stock Exchanges, in order to improve efficiency and transparency. Pawan Hans Ltd. will be listed in the Stock Exchanges with the same objective. A mission mode project will be set up to ensure that organizations under the Ministry are competitive in terms of efficiency and costs.

Government’s objective will be to provide optimum air connectivity to all regions, subject to commercial viability. A special package will be developed for the North-Eastern Region to improve air connectivity and provide linkages to remote locations. The Route Dispersal Guidelines will be reviewed with the objective of encouraging Indian carriers to enhance regional connectivity through deployment of small aircrafts and code sharing arrangements. The 5/20 guidelines will be reviewed with a view to encouraging the entry of new Indian carriers.

For development of the civil aviation sector, provision of Air Navigation Services (ANS) of international standards is essential. The Airports Authority of India has taken several initiatives in this direction. These would be intensified with the objective of reducing flying time, elimination of crowding at airports, direct routing of aircrafts from destination to destination and enhancing communication and navigation services to international standards.

Helicopter Aviation is a segment that has considerable potential for growth in areas such as reducing congestion in the big cities, medical evacuation, relief operations, law and order, oil exploration etc. Heliports and helipads will be developed in locations with sufficient potential. It is also proposed to provide suitable incentives to helicopter operators in respect of operational costs in the airports.The rules and regulations followed by DGCA will be upgraded to international standards. Systems will be introduced for online receipt and clearance of various permissions and clearances.

The functioning of Ministry of Civil Aviation and the offices under the Ministry will be digitized to improve efficiency and transparency. The service and clearances to be given by different agencies will be made online. Electronic procurement systems will be strengthened to ensure transparency and accountability.

The Draft Civil Aviation Policy is also available on the website of the Ministry of Civil Aviation: civilaviation.gov.in. The release ceremony was attended by key officials including Shri Rohit Nandan, Chairman & Managing Director, Air India, Dr. Prabhat Kumar, DGCA and Shri S. Raheja, Chairman, Airports Authority of India (AAI).





Dr. Jitendra Singh Assumes Charge of Ministry for Development of North East Region

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Dr. Jitendra Singh Assumes Charge of Ministry for Development of North East Region
Calls Meeting of Chief Ministers of All Eight States of North-East
The new Minister for “Development of North-East Region” (DONER), Dr. Jitendra Singh has called a meeting of the Chief Ministers of all the eight States of North-East in the next few days in order to chart-out a concrete time-bound roadmap to ensure equitable development and economic upliftment of the region. Soon after taking over the charge of the office, the Minister wrote individual letters to each of the eight Chief Ministers spelling out his vision for the growth and development of the North-East region.

The Chief Ministers whom Dr. Jitendra Singh addressed individual letters include Nabam Tuki of Arunachal Pradesh, Tarun Gogoi of Assam, Okram Ibobi Singh of Manipur, Mukul Sangma of Meghalaya, Lal Thanhawla of Mizoram, T.R. Zeliang of Nagaland, Pawan Chamling of Sikkim and Manik Sarkar of Tripura. The Minister also wrote a similar letter to each of the Governors of eight North-Eastern States, namely Lt. Gen. (Retd.) Nirbhay Sharma of Arunachal Pradesh, Janaki Ballabh Patnaik of Assam, Dr. Krishan Kant Paul of Manipur, Meghalaya & Mizoram, Padmnabha Acharya of Nagaland & Tripura and Shriniwas Dadasaheb Patil of Sikkim.

Earlier, as a follow-up to the Cabinet expansion and reallocation of the ministerial portfolios by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Minister Dr. Jitendra Singh today formally took charge of the Ministry of “Development of North-Eastern Region” (DONER). He was greeted by senior officers of the Ministry led by Secretary DONER R. Vijaykumar on his arrival at the Vigyan Bhawan Annexe office of the Ministry.

Dr. Jitendra Singh has now been redesignated as Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Ministry of “Development of North-Eastern Region” (DONER), Minister of State in PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances & Pensions, Atomic Energy & Space.

Talking to media after assuming the new charge, Dr. Jitendra Singh said, the development and concern of North-East is high on the agenda of the present government and he was conscious of the faith and responsibility that the Prime Minister had reposed in him by entrusting this charge to him.

The eight States of North-East have their own peculiarities and adversities, said Dr. Jitendra Singh and added that there was also a perception among the people of the region that they were not getting the deserved attention. He said, he will work to ensure that the pace of progress and development in North-East is the same as that in the rest of the country.





Railways and Roads Sign MoU on Policy Related to Constructions of Robs/Rubs on National Highway Corridors

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Ministry of Railways and Ministry of Road Transport & Highways signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on policy related to constructions of ROBs/RUBs on National Highway corridors, here today. The MoU was signed in the presence of the Minister of Railways Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu and the Minister of Road Transport & Highways Shri Nitin Jairam Gadkari. The Minister of Railways Shri Manoj Sinha and Minister of State for Road Transport & Highways Shri Pon Radhakrishnan were also present on the occasion. Shri S.K.Pathak, Executive Director CE/B&S, Railway Board and Shri A.P.Pathak, Chief Engineer (Bridges), Ministry of Road Transport & Highways were signatories to the MoU.

Speaking on the occasion, Railway Minister Shri Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu said that any initiative which removes bottlenecks is praiseworthy. He said that Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Modi ji has always emphasised on removing obstacles in implementing projects and on finding end to end solutions. He said that today’s initiative is a beginning in the right direction for resolving issues and same principles can be applied to resolve other pending issues. He said that efforts should be to become the part of the solution and not be a part of the problem. In his speech, the Minister for Road Transport & Highways Shri Gadkari said that with today’s initiative, Indian railways has done a very great contribution in resolving inter-ministerial issues. He said that the present web based initiative is in line with Digital India or e-Governance philosophy of Hon’ble Prime Minister. He said that it is a revolutionary step. Shri Gadkari said that his Ministry has taken up several projects for implementation and the present initiative will help them in a big way. He also said that his Ministry has started the concept of e-Toll which will save lot of time and money.

The Ministers Shri Manoj Sinha and Shri Pon Radhakrishnan, Chairman, Railway Board Shri Arunendra Kumar, Member Engineering, Railway Board Shri V.K.Gupta, Secretary, Ministry of Road Transport & Highways Shri Vijay Chhibber also spoke on the occasion.

In tune with the mantra of fast track project execution given by Hon’ble Prime Minister, Ministry of Railway in consultation with Ministry of Road Transport & Highways have evolved a procedure for speedy clearance for Road Over/Under Bridges, Private Sidings and various Track Crossings. Ministry of Railways has developed a web-based programme for online submission of application for getting expeditious approval of various drawings related to ROBs/RUBs within 60 days. This programme includes all the standard span drawing developed by Railways, check list to be followed for preparation of General Arrangement Drawing and standard MOU.

This MoU will go a long way in improving safety of road users on National Highway and improve train operations. In this MOU, the responsibilities of Ministry of Road Transport & Highways and Ministry of Railways have been clearly defined, thus resolving all interface issues between two Ministries. This will also give a big boost towards infrastructural development in the country and will generate lot of employment.

Under this MoU, Online tracking of various proposals under approval will be possible. Authorized representatives of Ministry of Railways and Ministry of Road Transport & highways can track the status of: new proposals under approval, the proposals which have already been approved, the stage of approval of the proposal, delay, if any, and reasons thereof. Through this MOU, there will be: speedy clearances of various design & drawings for construction of ROB/RUB on National Highway Corridors, clear cut defined responsibility for construction of ROB/RUB on National Highway Corridors





Quake of M6.1 – SOUTHEAST OF THE LOYALTY ISLANDS

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Preliminary Earthquake Report
Magnitude 6.1
Date-Time
  • 10 Nov 2014 10:04:21 UTC
  • 10 Nov 2014 21:04:22 near epicenter
  • 10 Nov 2014 14:04:21 standard time in your timezone
Location 22.775S 171.445E
Depth 10 km
Distances
  • 74 km (45 mi) SW of Ile Hunter, New Caledonia
  • 478 km (296 mi) ESE of We, New Caledonia
  • 503 km (311 mi) E of Mont-Dore, New Caledonia
  • 516 km (319 mi) E of Noumea, New Caledonia
  • 518 km (321 mi) E of Dumbea, New Caledonia





Shri Arun Jaitley assumes charge as Union Minister for Information & Broadcasting 

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Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore assumes charge as Minister of State for I&B 

Shri Arun Jaitley, Minister for Finance and Corporate Affairs assumed charge as Minister for Information & Broadcasting here today. Interacting with the media, Shri Jaitley said that the paradigms of information had expanded with the steady growth of electronic, print and digital media in the country. The information scenario had changed drastically since the days when the only sources of information were Doordarshan and Prasar Bharati. Currently, the media landscape had seen unprecedented growth within the radio and new media streams.

In his interaction with the media, Col. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, the Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting, who also assumed charge today, said that he would strive to fulfil the responsibilities given to him.

Shri Jaitley also thanked outgoing Minister, Shri Prakash Javadekar for his unrelenting role in taking forward the mandate of the Ministry of I&B.

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Shilpotsav 2014 begins

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Shilpostav 2014, the annual fair of artisans from across the country, belonging to the weaker sections of the society, began at Dilli Haat in New Delhi today. Secretary, Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Shri Sudhir Bhargava inaugurated the ten days long festival which will continue till 10th of this month.

Speaking on the occasion the Secretary said that for progress of any section of society they should be financially independent. The Ministry of SJE is working towards empowering marginalized and disadvantaged artisans and in continuance of this Shilpostav 2014 has been organized.

The Secretary further added that there are 160 stalls where in artisans assisted by the Apex corporations i.e. National Backward Classes Finance & Development Corporation (NBCFDC), National Scheduled Caste Finance & Development Corporation (NSFDC), National Handicapped Finance & Development Corporation (NHFDC), National Safai Karamchari Finance & Development Corporation (NSKFDC) and National Trust will display and sell their products. The National Organizations under the Ministry is also showcasing their schemes and facilities.

The range of products in this fair includes – silk sarees, durries, readymade garments, terracotta product, jute products, dress material, kashmiri shawls/stoles, leather, cane & bamboo products, hand embroidery, bead products, pearls, imitation jewellery, lakh products, decorative candles, wood carving, block printing, wooden toys, tie & dye, wood, marble artifacts, handloom etc.





LT Gen BK Chopra Takes Over As DGAFMS

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Lt Gen BK Chopra, Senior Colonel Commandant of Army Medical Corps assumed the appointment of Director General Armed Forces Medical Services here today.Lt Gen Chopra is a graduate of Ganesh Shankar Vidyarthi Memorial Medical College Kanpur and did his post-graduation in Surgery and Orthopaedics. He was commissioned in the Army Medical Corps in 1977 and has held various regimental, clinical and staff appointments during last 37 years in the armed forces. The General Officer has been appointed as President’s Honorary Surgeon by the President of India.

The General Officer has taken over the reins of Director General Armed Forces Medical Services from Air Marshal D P Joshi, who superannuated on 31 Oct 2014.





Radha Mohan Singh stresses need of taking Indian Agriculture to newer heights

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Radha Mohan Singh, Union Minister of Agriculture has stressed the need to tap all talent and resources to take Indian Agriculture to newer heights. He has said that Indian scientists have great potential and they can take the agriculture to a new horizon. Delivering the key note address at 41st Foundation Day celebrations of Agricultural Scientists Recruitment Board (ASRB) here today, ShriRadha Mohan Singh complimented ASRB for its valuable contributions in selecting quality human resource for agricultural research and development. He highlighted various achievements and records of agricultural production in India emphasizing this had become possible only due to strong commitment of agricultural scientists and farmers who worked synergistically at farms and fields. He expressed satisfaction over the transparent process of recruitment that has earned credibility for the ASRB and urged to completely digitize the entire procedure to ensure further transparency.

Agriculture Minister stressed upon various new initiatives being taken by the government to push up Indian agriculture further to new heights including over all development of villages to bring prosperity. Shri Singh said steps are being taken to strengthen infrastructure of the KVKs spread across the country including significant increase in their numbers. Citing various examples, he expressed happiness over adoption of scientific and technological interventions at grass root level.

Agricultural Minister released inaugural issue of the ASRB News (Hindi and English) and ASRB Profile (bilingual).

Dr. S. Ayyappan, Secretary, DARE and DG, ICAR complimented ASRB for its achievements and glorious journey of four decades in bringing excellence to agricultural research system. He highlighted some of the key steps to ensure speedy recruitment of agricultural scientists maintaining high quality and transparency.

Dr. J.S. Samra, CEO, National Rainfed Area Authority, Government of India recalled the conditions in which ASRB was constituted and expressed his satisfaction over the performance of ASRB in view of its mandate and objectives. He made suggestions to further improve the services of ASRB for over all development of agricultural research in the country.

Earlier, Dr. Gurbachan Singh, Chairman, ASRB welcomed the Chief Guest and dignitaries and highlighted some of the significant achievements including new initiatives. Transformation from pen and paper examination to Computer based test for ARS-Preliminary and NET is one of the recent pioneer steps taken by the ASRB to upgrade and advance talent search, he added.

In the technical session, Prof. RaghavendraGadagkar, President, INSA delivered the Foundation Day Lecture on, ‘War & Peace: Conflict & Cooperation in an Insect Society’. He underlined the infinite potential and critical linkage of scientific endeavors to national development. Prof. Gadagkar elaborated upon social behavior and structure of some of the insects based on his own research experiences in a lucid and interesting manner.

Senior officials and scientists of ICAR, Directors of ICAR Institutes, officials and staff of ASRB and research students participated in the event.

Dr. V.N. Sharda and Dr. S.K. Bandyopadhyay, Members, ASRB proposed vote of thanks in inaugural and technical sessions respectively.





125th Birth Anniversary of Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru

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Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi today chaired a meeting of the National Committee for Commemoration of the 125th birth anniversary of Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru. The Prime Minister expressed hope that the entire set of activities would be conducted in such a way that the common man became a part of the celebrations. The Prime Minister said this opportunity must be used to increase awareness about “Chacha Nehru” among the younger generation, and seek inspiration from his life and work. He called upon the committee members to work towards a clear delineation of the events and programmes.

The Prime Minister highlighted the proposed “Bal Swachhta Mission” to be organized in schools across the country between 14th and 19th November and proposal to celebrate the 125th anniversary of Shri Nehru as “Year of Bal Swachhta.” He also said “promotion of scientific temper among children” would be a prominent objective of the celebrations. The Prime Minister invited suggestions on these and any other related subjects.

Various members welcomed and appreciated the objectives mentioned by the Prime Minister. They expressed a range of views and gave constructive suggestions on the agenda. The Prime Minister said the suggestions would be reviewed by the Executive Committee chaired by Shri Rajnath Singh. The Executive Committee will work out the action plan for the entire year.

Commemorative coins on Pt. Nehru will be released as part of the celebrations.

Union Ministers Shri Rajnath Singh, Shri Arun Jaitley, Smt. Smriti Irani, Shri Shripad Naik and Shri Prakash Javdekar were among those who attended the meeting.





Three Pronged Strategy to Realize the Goal of Clean India

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Union Minister for Urban Development, Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation and Parliamentary Affairs, Shri M. Venkaiah Naidu has called for a three-pronged strategy to relialize the goal of Clean India which should include sustained campaign – continue the chain of nine; focus more on behaviroual change – encourage voluntary public participation; and to recognize ULBs, NGOs and Private Sector contributing significantly to the success of the Mission.

The Miniser reviewed implementation of the Swachh Bharat Mission in national capital today with the Chief Secretary of Delhi, senior officials of Government of India, Delhi Government, MCDs, DDA, Delhi Police, DTC, DMRC and other agencies.

The Minister strongly felt that every socially conscious citizen and public representative should be persuaded to make nine people to take up the task of campaigning for Swachh Bharat and each one of them should pass on to nine others to keep the campaign going. Shri Naidu said “we should rope in not only social but also spiritual and religious leaders for this campaign. Respectable persons from the society also have to be brought in to spread the core message of this campaign.”

Shri Naidu said that MCDs and DDA should meet twice a week to sort out the issues which are hindering the solid waste management in the capital. He said local bodies should be involved to get feedback on regular basis. The Minister said all hospitals should be fumigated periodically at least once a fortnight. Orders for mandatory recycling of waste by government bodies should be issued. He directed that list of agencies responsible for O&M of public and community toilets should be made public. Shri Naidu said all street food vendors should compulsorily be made to have a waste basket or bucket.

The Minister said all officers should get together once a week for taking up Clean India Mission. He said all Municipal Corporations should prepare action plans for the construction of toilets/Dhalaos in slums/JJ colonies. The Minister directed that Dhalaos should be cleaned regularly and details of private agencies involved in the task should be in public domain. He said that identification of locations for processing solid waste should be done by all municipal corporations in consulation with the DDA within next 15 days. The Minister also asked Municipal Corporations to hold meetings and take the support of Traders’ Associations for installation of dust bins in market areas. He also directed that night shelters should be inspected regularly for ensuring cleanliness. The Minister was of the view that third party agencies should inspect DDA parks, DDA plots and municipal parks for cleanliness. He also directed that Delhi Metro and DTC buses should carry the logo and message of Swachh Bharat Mission.

The Minister suggested that all police stations should prepare action plans for cleanliness of police stations and their residential areas. Shri Naidu stressed on the need for extensive use of social media for community involvement in Swachh Bharat Mission. He said involvement of children and youth through NCC and NSS should also be ensured.

The Urban Development Minister reiterated that the Government will focus on infrastructure creation, construction of toilets, both individual and community, setting up of new treatment plants for solid and sewerage waste, distribution of enough dust bins etc. He also stressed that awareness about the Mission should be spread through educational institutions, restaturants, hotels, hospitals, railway stations, bus stands, public offices and places by prominently displaying the logo of Swachh Bharat and the quotes of Mahatma Gandhi and the Prime Minister in their premises.

Shri Naidu advised that the officers at every level should take note of complaints and feedback from the media, particularly the social media, relating to lack of sanitation, act upon them and take remedial measures as quickly as possible. He suggested that private sector should also be roped in Swachh Bhrat Mission as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility.

Shri Naidu felt that the most important aspect for the campaign should be to create Swachh Manasikata (Clean Mindset). Awareness among the people should be created that the country is theirs and that they have to do their bit by developing a sense of belongingness and responsibility and by keeping their surroundings clean. He said that the campaign will be successful only if it is converted into a Jan Aandolan (public movement). The idea of imposing fines on people who litter their surroundings leading to sanitation problems, can be thought of at a later stage.

Shri Naidu highlighted the need to have an assessment of implementation of the Mission at regular intervals for which a ward-wise, city-wise, state-wise, and a nation-wide index should be prepared and updated regularly.

The Minister said that a proposal is under government’s consideration to recognize performing Urban Local Bodies (ULB) in respect of sanitation and to institute a state level award to encourage their sustained performance and to motivate other ULBs.

The Urban Development Minister appreciated the efforts of the different agencies in implementing the Mission and urged them to keep the campaign going on in full vigour to achieve the goal of Swachh Bharat by 2019.





PM to Secretaries of Union Government: “We are one team.

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Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, today called upon Secretaries of the Union Government to work together and decisively to build upon the momentum and positive atmosphere generated in the first five months of the new Government.

Interacting informally with Secretaries over high tea at his residence, the Prime Minister said “We are one team. Let us bring openness in Governance, come closer and work together.”

“Good things are starting to happen,” the Prime Minister said, as he encouraged Secretaries to come up with new ideas and proposals for the forthcoming Union Budget. He asked all Government departments to pre-pone budget related processes by three months, so that the moment a new financial year begins on April 1st, work could begin as per the provisions of the new Budget in real-time. He also called for shifting Government emphasis from output to outcome.

Referring to the Swachhta Abhiyaan, the Prime Minister said that based on feedback he was receiving on social media, attitudes of people were beginning to change, and the entire mission was already becoming people-driven. The Prime Minister said cleanliness is not about resources but about attitudes.

The Prime Minister suggested that all Secretaries visit the place of their first posting for a couple of days, as this would provide them several new insights on policy-making.

Shri Narendra Modi called upon the senior Government officers to study the ideas and suggestions being received on the MyGov platform. He said individuals giving good suggestions need to be identified, and teams can be built in this fashion.

He assured them that there would be no political interference and asked Secretaries to work fearlessly in the interest of the nation. He expressed appreciation for the involvement in various subjects that the Secretaries had exhibited in the course of conversation, and said this augured well for the country.

Secretaries expressed their views on a range of issues in a free and frank manner. They spoke of the initiatives they had taken over the last five months, and gave suggestions on what could be done in the near future, and beyond. They said they had got a new direction to work for the nation under the leadership of the Prime Minister.

This was the second such interaction that the Prime Minister had with Secretaries, the first being on June 4th this year. More than 80 Secretary-level officers were present at the interaction. Union Ministers Shri Rajnath Singh, Shri Arun Jaitley and Shri Venkaiah Naidu were also present, along with the National Security Advisor, Cabinet Secretary, Principal Secretary and Additional Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister.





IGL not to revise the retail price of CNG and domestic PNG

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NARENDRA KUMAR, MANAGING DIRECTOR, INDRAPRASTHA GAS LIMITED (IGL) 

“In-spite of revision in domestic gas prices announced by the government with effect from 1st November 2014, IGL has decided not to revise the retail price of CNG and domestic PNG in the interest of its  consumers in Delhi, Noida, Greater Noida and Ghaziabad.”





2nd Day of NAPM Biennial Convention-2nd December at Jantar Mantar, Delhi

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NAPM ready for wide ranging struggles including Control Over Natural Resources and Community Rights, Strengthening Secular Forces for communal Harmony, Electoral Reforms etc. and to present a vision of alternative development cherished and evolved over twenty years of people’s struggles.

 

“United Action is the need of the hour” say senior activists Aruna Roy, Medha Patkar, Yogendra Yadav and Anil Sadgopalan

People’s movement will come together on 2nd December at Jantar Mantar, Delhi to challenge the neo-liberal communal onslaught and to fight dilution of hard won legislation like MNREGA, Land Acquisition Act, Forest Right Act and Environmental Rules. 

Second day of the 10th NAPM biennial convention started with articulation of people’s movement demand on fifteen thematic subjects including Control Over Natural Resources and Community Rights, Strengthening Secular Forces for communal Harmony, Electoral Reforms, Farmers and Workers in Agrarian Economy,  Atrocities on Dalit and Adivasi communities and their Struggle for Dignified life, Social Entitlements and Social Security for All, Rights of unorganised sector workers, Energy Crisis and others. Resolutions were taken to present alternative development policy which rejects the policy pursued by neo-liberal and communal forces of the country. People’s movement categorically rejected the dilution of pro-people acts like MNREGA, Land Acquisition, Forest Right, Labour Laws etc. and vowed to go to people to launch a struggle against this onslaught.

 

At a public meeting in the evening several renowned political and social activists namely Medha Patkar, Prof. Ajit Jha, Nikhil Wagle, Dr. Sunilam, Anil Chaudhary and Gautam Mody deliberated on “Role of People’s Movements in Political Transformation” and stressed on the need of creating an alternative transformative politics and gave a call to fight the communal and neo-liberal forces represented by Modi Government. Speakers also acknowledged the contribution of various people’s movement in changing India and stressed on the need to continue fighting as the people’s movement have been doing against all oppressive anti people policies.

A public meeting held on 31st evening on the topic of  “Social Justice, Developmental Policy and Future of India”, Yogendra Yadav categorically stated that twenty years of work of NAPM has demolished the blind faith on western model of development which is based on more and more consumption and this has been its biggest contribution. He called for unity of progressive forces to defeat the forces taking the country on the course of destruction of ecology and to preserve the earth for generations to come. Veteran communist leader Vinoy Viswam said that the present government says that it is for development, but who is not ? Question is what kind of development and for whom? Social activists Dayamanyi Barla from Jharkhand, Pushpa Bhave, Srinivas Khandewal , Khaleel Deshmukh and Vilas Bhongade spoke on the occasion and Kamayani Swami, a trade union activist from Bihar moderated the session.

The 10th biennial convention of NAPM based on “Politics of development and Social Justice Today” was inaugurated by eminent social activists Aruna Roy, Anil Sadgopal and Medha Patkar and eminent communist leader and ex-minister Vinoy Viswam on 31st Oct, 2014, at the Dr. Narendra Dabholkar Hall, Rashtra Seva Dal campus, Pune. More than Six hundred activists representing social movements in fifteen states are attending the convention. Various political and organisational issues will be discussed at length in the convention. Convention started with garlanding the statue of Savitri Bai Phule and Mahatma Jotiba Phule at Phulewada, Pune by veteran activists.

Addressing the gathering in the inaugural session, National Advisor of NAPM, Medha Patkar discussed the role of NAPM in transformative politics and developments in last two decades and underlined the contribution of people’s movement in resisting the neo liberal onslaught on the right of community over natural resources. She recalled how people have fought against coke plant in Plachimada and Enron in Maharashtra.

Veteran educationist Anil Sadgopal delivered the keynote address and said that public land is being taken away on the name of education. Government Schools are being shut down in thousands so that private corporations can benefit.

Aruna Roy, eminent social activist known all over the world for her contribution to Right to Information Movement and MNREGA and member of advisory committee of NAPM chaired the inaugural session and said that people’s movement should connect with the youth of the country and bring them to the leadership of movement like NAPM. She also remarked that Youth is being fooled on the name of Jobs but where are the Jobs?

A compendium “NAPM @ 20 : Alliance in struggle and reconstruction” illustrating the various struggles of people’s movement all across the country  was released by eminent tribal right activist B.D Sharma.

Eminent supporter and activists of people’s movement namely BD Sharma, Bhai Vaidya, Pushpa Bhave, Samar Bagchi, Bhau Bhuskute, Vikas Amte, Vinoy Viswam,  Anna Hazare,(in Absentia) Justice Sacchar (in Absentia) were felicitated at the convention for their contribution towards strengthening social movements.

The session started with songs and cultural programmes by Charul, Vinay (Loknad, Gujarat), Shakar (Odisha) and children of Sal Sabeel Green School (kerela). Various exhibitions and stalls reflecting the constructive side of various people’s movements were at display at the venue.

 

Medha Patkar – Narmada Bachao Andolan and the National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM); Prafulla Samantara – Lok Shakti Abhiyan, NAPM, Odisha; Dr. Sunilam, Aradhna Bhargava – Kisan Sangharsh Samiti, NAPM, MP; Gautam Bandopadhyay – Nadi Ghati Morcha, NAPM, Chhattisgarh; Suniti SR, Suhas Kolhekar, Prasad Bagwe – NAPM, Maharashtra; Gabriel Dietrich, Geetha Ramakrishnan – Unorganised Sector Workers Federation, NAPM, TN; C R Neelakandan – NAPM Kerala;Saraswati Kavula, P Chennaiah – NAPM Andhra Pradesh,  B S Rawat – Jan Sangharsh Vahini, Rajendra Ravi, Sunita Rani – NAPM, Delhi; Arundhati Dhuru, Richa Singh – NAPM, UP; Sister Celia – Domestic Workers Union, NAPM, Karnataka; Sumit Wanjale – Ghar Bachao, Ghar Banao Andolan, NAPM, Mumbai; Manish Gupta – Jan Kalyan Upbhokta Samiti, NAPM, UP; Vimal Bhai – Matu Jan sangathan, NAPM, Uttarakhand; Vilas Bhongade – Gosikhurd Prakalpgrast Sangharsh Samiti, NAPM, Maharashtra; Ramashray Singh – Ghatwar Adivasi Mahasabha, Jharkhand; Anand Mazhgaonkar, Krishnakant –Paryavaran Suraksh Samiti, NAPM Gujarat; Kamayani Swami, Ashish Ranjan – Jan Jagran Shakti Sangathan, NAPM Bihar; Mahendra Yadav – Kosi Navnirman Manch, NAPM Bihar





PM shares “Mann Ki Baat” with citizens through AIR

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IMG_2386Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, has said that recovery of black money from abroad is an article of faith, and a commitment for him. Sharing his thoughts with citizens on the programme “Mann Ki Baat” over All India Radio for the second time today, the Prime Minister said that though he was sure that countrymen trusted him on the matter of black money, still he wished to repeat his aim that whatever money had illegally gone abroad from India should return. He said it was natural in a democracy that there could be different views about how to approach this issue, but he wished to assure the people on the basis of the information currently with him, that the Government was on the right track.

The Prime Minister said no one could have imagined that the Swachhta Abhiyaan would become such a mass movement. He said good results are already visible. He said there are two aspects of this matter. The first is how the existing dirt can be removed. But the second, equally important aspect is how people are now enthused to say that henceforth, they will not do anything that spreads dirt. The Prime Minister said children too are now aware about cleanliness.

Shri Narendra Modi expressed satisfaction that people from all walks of life who come to meet him – these include Government officers, sports persons, cine-stars, businessmen, scientists etc – talk about taking responsibility for social issues. The Prime Minister said he sees this as a big change.

The Prime Minister praised the officers of the Ministry of Human Resource Development for coming up with two innovative schemes for specially-abled children. The first is: one thousand scholarships for specially-abled children to pursue technical education. The second is: a grant of one lakh rupees each to all Kendriya Vidyalayas and all Central Universities for creating appropriate infrastructure for the specially abled.

The Prime Minister also expressed happiness that sales of Khadi had more than doubled since his last radio address, when he had suggested to people to keep one khadi garment at home.

The Prime Minister referred to his visit and interaction with soldiers at Siachen on Diwali day. He said he went there because we could celebrate Diwali only because of them. He congratulated the armymen who had recently won the Cambrian Patrol event in Britain, where armies from 140 countries had participated.

The Prime Minister invited suggestions from people on how to tackle the menace of drug abuse among the younger generation. He said he would talk about this subject in his next radio address.

Shri Narendra Modi stated that an active citizen is the biggest strength of development. In order to enable people without access to internet to communicate with him, the Prime Minister has invited people to write to him at:

Mann Ki Baat
Akashvani
Sansad Marg
New Delhi





SIGNING OF MOU BETWEEN MSME & ILO

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INVITATION

 

 

Dear Sir/Madam,

You are requested to kindly cover the following event as per the programme below:

Event:            Signing of MoU between Secretary, Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises and Director ILO Country office for India.

Date :                   3rd Nov. 2014 (Monday)

 

Time:                   4:30 pm

 

Venue:        Room No. 169, First Floor, Udyog Bhawan, New Delhi-110011





MB Chronowing smartwatch

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Hewlett Packard  with designer Michael Bastian to launch a smartwatch – MB Chronowing – that looks like a traditional wrist watch.

MB Chronowing smartwatch will be available exclusively via Gilt from November 7, at $349 for a silver-plated model.

A limited-edition variant of the MB Chronowing in black with sapphire glass and an alligator strap will be available for $649. Only 300 units of the limited-edition smartwatch variant will be available.

The smartwatch supports both the iPhone and Android devices for wireless pairing.





1984 Sikh genocide memorial

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1984 Sikh genocide memorial at Gurdwara Rakabganj Sahib

This memorial is dedicated to the memory of thousands of innocent Sikhs killed in the massacre and those who laid their lives trying to save them and coincided with completion of 30 years of massacre of thousands of innocent Sikhs in November 1984.

Punjab CM Parkash Singh Badal, Deputy CM and President of Shiromani Akali Dal Sukhbir Singh Badal, Union ministers Arun Jaitley and Harsimrat Kaur Badal and DSGMC president Manjit Singh GK formally started the construction in simple yet impressive function, in the August presence of Jathedar Shri Akal Takht Sahib Giani Gurbachan Singh, Jathedar Takht Shri Keshgarh Sahib Giani Mal Singh and Jathedar Takht Shri Patna Sahib Giani Iqbal Singh, Damdami Taksal Chief Harnam Singh Khalsa, former Akali Takht Jathedar Jasbir Singh Rode, Nihang Jathebandi Head Baba Balbir Singh and Kar Sewa Baba Bachan Singh. Various religious leaders too graced start of the construction and large number of Sikhs from Delhi and other parts of the country also converged at Gurdwara Rakabganj Sahib.

Parkash Singh Badal paid tributes to the innocent Sikhs killed in the genocide termed today’s event as historic but very painful. “The massacre of 1984 is wrongly called as riots, it was actually genocide when innocent Sikhs were mercilessly done to death in most gruesome manner,” said Badal adding that it was Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) which stood by the hapless Sikhs at that time.

“It is very sad that Congress party leaders who led mobs to massacre Sikhs were rewarded with plum post instead of being punished,” said Badal in his emotionally charged address. He welcomed Rs. 5 lakh compensation announced by the NDA government for genocide victims’ families and demanded rehabilitation of these families, a special investigation team led by a Supreme Court Judge to thoroughly probe the genocide and condemning of the genocide in parliament.

Praising DSGMC president Manjit Singh GK, as son of the panth, Badal said he belongs to a true panthic family and GK’s father Jathedar Santokh Singh was his contemporary who laid his life for the panthic cause.

Praising the efforts of SAD for building the memorial Jaitley said that BJP would always support SAD and BJP-SAD coalition is unbreakable. “There is no question of breaking alliance,” he reiterated.

SAD president Sukhbir Singh Badal said that there was no example of such a genocide perpetrated by the congress party led government. He called upon the Sikhs living across the globe to unite under the supremacy of Shri Akal Takht and contribute for building the memorial. He thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for giving compensation to the genocide victims’ families and demanded justice for the perpetrators.

He also called upon the Sikhs living in the world to bring their children to the memorial so that they could know that Sikhs were gruesomely killed by then government.

DSGMC president Manjit Singh GK in his address said that memorial in shape of a wall has been named ‘Wall of Tears’ and would have names of all innocent Sikhs massacred in 1984 genocide. Memorial is designed by Renu Khanna and associates would have ‘Waiting for Justice’ written over it. A laser light on the memorial would light up the sky would be visible for several kilometers, informed GK.

“The pilgrims visiting the memorial would condemn the congress party and would also pray for the peace to departed souls,” said Jathedar Shri Akal Takht Sahib Giani Gurbhachan Singh. Former MP and minorities commission chairman Tarlochan Singh suggested union minister Harsimrat Kaur to locate documents from the government records related to late arrival of Army to control the massacre, reasons why Shri Darbar Sahib was mentioned as ‘enemy territory’ at time of operation bluestar and the Army officers who were given military honours after he operation. He also demanded that the army officer who were given honours at that time be directed to surrender the honours and medals.

Delhi unit President of BJP Satish Upadhay, MP Meenakshi Lekhi and Jaya Jaitley also took part in the function. School children paid floral tributes at the time of start of construction of memorial.

DSGMC general secretary Manjinder Singh Sirsa, senior Akali leaders Avtar Singh Hit, Onkar Singh Thapar and Avtar Singh Bhogal, DSGMC Senior vice-president Ravinder Singh Khurana, vice-president Tanwant Singh and MLAs Harmeet Singh Kalka and Jatinder Singh Shanty and member of the DSGMC were also present on the occasion.





Rotary announces US $ 4.9 million in grants to keep India Polio Free

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As cases in neighbouring Pakistan rise to record highs, Rotary and its partners work to keep India Polio Free. More cases detected in Pakistan its is imperative step of Rotary International to stepin.

New Delhi (27th October, 2014) – Rotary announces US $ 44.7 million in grants to fight against polio worldwide, including $4.9 million to keep the paralyzing disease from crossing India’s borders. The funds will be used by UNICEF and the world health organization (WHO) to support high quality immunization campaigns in India. UNICEF will receive USD 3.5 million out of the USD 4.9 million grants to India.

 

The funding commitment comes as India prepares to celebrate in January 2015 four years since its last case of polio. This tremendous achievement prompted WHO to declare both India and its entire southeast asia region polio free earlier this year, in March 2014. However, experts warn that India’s polio free status is fragile, particularly as polio cases in neighbouring Pakistan climb to record highs this year. Pakistan recently recorded its 200th case of polio, the highest case count in the country in more than a decade.

 

“Until polio is eradicated everywhere India remains at risk,” said Rotary’s National Polio Plus Chair for India Deepak Kapur. “Indians have worked hard to rid our country of this dreaded disease. However, the hard work must continue until polio is eradicated everywhere or we risk seeing it reenter our borders.”

 

“The grant from Rotary will provide critical funds to implement communication and mobilization activities to keep polio out of India. The UNICEF managed social mobilization network in India has been emulated around the world as a gold standard. UNICEF remains a committed partner in the polio eradication effort and our social mobilization network will continue to be active and harness this great momentum and leverage it for broader health initiatives for improving the lives of children,”said Louis georges arsenault, UNICEF India representative. “India’s experience of eradicting polio proves that the obstacles which stand in the way of our ambitious goals for children can be overcome.”

 

Polio is set to become the second human disease ever to be eliminated from the world (Small Pox is the first). To date, Rotary has helped 193 countries stop the transmission of polio through the mass immunization of the children. Rotary’s new funding commitment, targets countries where children remain at risk of contracting this incurable but totally vaccine preventable disease.

 

There are only three countries in the world where the wild poliovirus has never been stopped. Nigeria, Pakistan and Afghanistan. However, virus from these countries can travel and lead to outbreaks in other parts of the world. In fact, last year the majority of the world’s polio cases stemmed from outbreaks in the countries that had previously been polio free.

 

Rotary provides grant funding to polio eradication initiative partners UNICEF and the World Health Organization, which work with the governments and rotary club members of polio affected countries to plan and carry out immunization activities. Mass immunizations of the children via the oral polio vaccine must continue until global eradiction is achieved.

 

Approximately $18.5 million will go to the three remaining polio economic countries: Afghanistan, Nigeria and the Pakistan. An endemic country is one where the wild poliovirus has never been stopped. Another $9.5 million is marked for the previously polio free countries currently reporting cases “imported” from the endemic countries: Cameroon, Ethiopia & Somalia. $10.4 million will go the polio free countries that remain at risk of reinfection; Democratic republic of congo, India, Niger, South Sudan, and Sudan.

 

The remaining $6.3 million will go towards polio eradication research.

 

To date, Rotary has contributed more than $1.3 billion to fight polio. Through 2018, the bill & Melinda gates foundation will match two to one every dollar rotary commits to polio eradication (upto $35 million a year). As of 2013, there were only 416 confirmed polio cases in the world, down from about 350,000 a year when the initiative launched in 1988.

 

About Rotary

 

Rotary brings together a global network of the volunteer leaders dedicated to tackling the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. Rotary connects 1.2 million members of more than 34,000 rotary clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. Their work improves lives at both the local and the international levels from helping families in need in their own communities to working towards a polio free world. In 1988, Rotary was joined by the WHO, UNICEF and the CDC to launch the global polio eradication initiative. Visit rotary.org & endpolio.org for more about rotary and its efforts to eradicate polio.





SOS Children’s villages of India celebrates its 50 years of presence in India.

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  • Proudly announces settlement of 4500 children in Indian Society
  • Over 94% settled SOS youth enjoy above average psychosocial profile as per Human Development Society Report

 

New Delhi, October 31st, 2014

 

SOS children’s villages of India (SOS), a global NGO working actively in providing secure and loving homes for orphaned and abandoned children, celebrates its insightful, challenging and contributing journey of 50 years in India. On this occasion, SOS unveiled its “Youth Settlement” report which was further celebrated with scintillating performances by children and mother in a gala event. SOS has set new standards and examples for society by introducing its unique “Family Care Model”. The result is reflective through its 4500 children who are settled in society either through marriage or career.

 

The report focuses on evaluating psychosocial profile of the settled youth who belonged to SOS.  The research is a compilation of responses from 566 youth from Bawana, Bhimtal, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Chennai, Cochin, Faridabad, Greenfields, Guwahati, Kolkata, Shilong, Trichur, Varanasi & Vishakapatnam which was conducted by Human Development Society an independent non-profit research company.

 

Below are some of the key findings of the report:

 

  • 94% of the settled youth enjoy above average psychosocial profile. This is synonymous with above average mental health, social life, coping skills and professional life.

 

  • No one scored very low to be categorized as ‘below average’

 

  • Only 6% occupied average positions. This is further reinforces the better psychosocial profile of settled youth.

 

  • Female settled youth enjoy slightly better psychosocial life than males.

 

Vaddi Madhurai, SOS Youth (Settled) from Andhra Pradesh Village said,” I was brought to the village in 1997 along with my brother. With the guidance and care of my SOS mother, today I am working as a nurse with Apollo Hospital in Delhi. I learnt the art of caring for others at SOS village.”

 

She further added “Today there are more than 31 million orphans in India, I hope they also get the support of the organizations such as SOS and other organizations also learn from SOS and their working model”.

 

Speaking on this occasion, Mr. Siddhartha Kaul, International President of SOS children’s villages said, “The concept of SOS children’s villages of India is unique and is built on strong foundation of family culture. We are proud to reach this milestone in India with a strong support from our donors, mother’s and various authorities in India. Globally our concept has been appreciated and has shown outstanding results which we hope can help the society in many ways.”

 

Mr S. Sandilya, President of the board, SOS children’s village of India, said “SOS children’s village in India has grown immensely over 50 years from the first SOS children’s village at Faridabad to 32 SOS children’s villages today. We are grateful to Dr. Hermann Gmeiner, the founder of the whole concept of children’s villages, who was instrumental in bringing SOSCV to India.

 

The day’s festivities witnessed the participation of about 100-150 people including the children, mothers and the employees. The winner of National Cultural Competition also participated in the gala event.

 

 

Mr. Rakesh Jinsi, Secretary General, SOS children’s villages of India, said,“We are delighted and proud on this occasion of the completion of 50 years in India. SOS mothers has been playing a key role in providing children with the sense of belonging and stability of a family life. The SOS mother has demonstrated responsible personal conduct, a family values and self reliance to the children. This has been exemplified by the children who have grown up to make a name for themselves in the fields ranging from aviation, healthcare, education etc.”

 

SOS is the brainchild of Dr.Herman Gmeiner, an Austrian, who pioneered the concept of bringing up orphans not just in a regular orphanage, but giving them the security & quality care of a home, the love and care of a “Mother” and a framework of sibling relationships providing them emotional security for lifetime. SOS children’s village has successfully settled 4500 children completely through marriage or career. At present more than 6500 children are growing in SOS children’s villages which runs across 22 states at 32 SOS children villages.

 

Speaking on the occasion, Chief guest, Palash Roy Chowdhury, country Manager (India), Pratt & whitney and Chair, UTC India CSR counsil said. “It has been a great experience to be associated with SOS children’s villages of India. The unique concept of SOS brings satisfaction and showcases the impact of the contribution made to the society.”

 

Recently SOS children’s villages of India was accredited with CRISIL rating of VO-2A indicating SOS’s “strong delivery capability and high financial profiencey”. With this, SOS becomes the first NGO to undergo evaluation process especially designed for voluntary organizations’ by CRISIL. CRISIL is a credible rating agency which provides an objective and independent third-party opinion. SOS has also been awarded an Accreditation Certificate for “Desirable Norms”, the highest form of rating by credibility alliance for a period of five years from 28th May, 2014 to 28th of May 2019.





French-Iranian artist’s first solo exhibition

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THE MINE is pleased to present the acclaimed French-Iranian artist’s first solo exhibition in the United Arab Emirates.

13. 81x100 2014L’indécise, 2014, Oil on canvas 81cm x 100cm

When faced with the narrative and richly colored paintings of Nazanin Pouyandeh, the viewer, whether or not already familiar with her work – is irresistibly led to question the very nature of her intended approach. If it is less than certain that he is able to identify the subject matter, it is specifically because the painting is first and foremost an illusion – and that hers in particular uses metaphors, narratives and a confused tangle of reality and fiction. Who is this devilish creature: a legendary figure or a true flesh and blood heroine? What are these people up to: are they playing a game whose rules they invented or are they exposing a sensitive event? And the woman with loosened hair, barefoot and encircled by a pile of fabric: who is she really?

By French art critic Philippe Piguet

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To coincide with Abu Dhabi Art, MOP Foundation, a non-religious, non-political charity set up in the UK in 2004 and The Mine will be presenting artworks selected from the MOP Foundation Art Fund. Featuring over 20 artworks that have been generously donated by Iranian contemporary artists, the exhibition will highlight both emerging and established Iranian artists.
www.mopfoundation.com

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“Deciphering Modi Government’s Reforms Agenda”

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“Deciphering Modi Government’s Reforms Agenda” and “The Roadmap to Growth and Corporate Profitability”.

BW|BUSINESSWORLD LARGEST PSU’s AND BW500 FELICITATION CEREMONY.

 

Agenda:

4 pm – Registration

5 pm – 6 pm PANEL 1: Deciphering Modi Government’s Reforms Agenda

What should one make of what the Narendra Modi government has done since it came to power? Taking cues from the Budget, the Make-In-India initiative, the foreign visits and the labour reforms, is there a trend emerging?

  • Mr. Jyoti Sagar, Managing Partner, JSA
  • Mr. Kishore Jayaraman, President, Rolls Royce
  • Mr. Richard Rekhy, CEO, KPMG India
  • Mr. Arun Sawhney ,CEO & MD, Ranbaxy Laboratories

6 pm – 7 pm PANEL 2: The Roadmap to Growth and Corporate Profitability

The stock market is plateauing, the inflation is mellowing and the sentiment is high, but where’s the growth? How long does India need to wait for a spike in economic growth?

  • Mr. Zubin Irani, President, United Technologies
  • Mr. Harsh Chitale, CEO, HCL Infosystems
  • Ms. Preeti Das, CEO, Birlasoft India
  • Mr. Chris White, President and group CEO, Varun Beverages

7 pm – 7:15 pm – Keynote address by the chief guest

7:15 pm -7:30pm – Keynote address by the guest of honour

7:30 pm onwards – Award ceremony

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Seventieth Anniversary Year of the UN launched in India

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Dr. Kiran Bedi, former UN Police Adviser, Department of Peacekeeping Operations andMrs. Kiran Mehra-Kerpelman, Director, UN Information Centre for India and Bhutan, in New Delhi, at a gala event organized by the UN Information Centre, Dr. Kiran Bedi inaugurated the seventieth anniversary year of the United Nations (31 October 2014 to 30 October 2015). In the presence of a large group of friends of the UN, she unveiled both the global logo of the observance and the campaign logo for India: yoUNng@70.

 

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New Haryana govt must wake up on verbal assaults on women freedom

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From: Media Cell AAP <mediacellaap@gmail.com> Fri, 31 Oct ’14 6:03p

To: undisclosed-recipients:;

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The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) strongly condemns the sudden spurt in retrograde statements against women in Haryana by religious groups and Khaps, particularly since the BJP has won a majority in the state.

 

The AAP demands that the Haryana government should immediately ban the meeting of Hindu Mahasabha to be held on Sunday, in which it wants to declare a dress code for women and a ban on their carrying mobile phones.

 

It is shocking that the new BJP state government of Haryana is allowing such elements to give statements openly, which are in clear violation of law and breach all norms of the society.

 

Infact, the first shock had come in the form of views expressed by none other than the new chief minister of the state, Mr Manohar Lal Khattar during the election campaign itself, though he has desisted from speaking on the subject since he was sworn-in on Sunday.

 

Mr Khattar, in an interview during elections had advised girls to dress decently and their freedom must be bound by some limits. He had gone on to praise the khaps for promoting Indian culture.

 

Though he has not repeated these views again, but the ministers of his cabinet appear to have emboldened organizations like Hindu Mahasabha to spread regressive views in the society.

 

Haryana agriculture minister OP Dhankar, who is no stranger to controversies, is on a Khaps promoting spree and his utterances seem to be encouraging organizations which pose a danger to the society.

 

It is beyond any reasonable understanding that organizations like Hindu Mahasabha are advocating that women dress and behave in ways being ordered by them. It is trying to portray women as mere objects and the attempt is to find faults with the victims of sexual harassment while they excuse the predator and sexual harasser.

The AAP is of the view that such talk and diktats against women are a deliberate attempt to push back the efforts for women equality. It is an attempt to restrict women to private spaces and continue their exploitation. Such diktats justify the use of force and violence against women and need to be strongly resisted. (ENDS)

Regards.

AAP Media Cell





Myanmar to amend constitution barring Suu Kyi to contest

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Myanmar may amend constitution barring Suu Kyi from presidency

Myanmar’s parliament will consider amending the country’s constitution – which currently bars opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi from becoming president – ahead of elections next year, an official said on Friday.

“They agreed to discuss the issue of amending the constitution in parliament, according to the law,” presidential spokesman Ye Htut told reporters after President Thein Sein held unprecedented talks with army top brass and political rivals including Suu Kyi.Suu Kyi is trying to change key sections of Myanmar’s constitution ahead of 2015 elections that are widely expected to be won by her National League for Democracy (NLD) – if they are free and fair.

The NLD has focused on altering a provision that currently ensures the military in the former junta-ruled nation has a veto on any amendment to the previous charter.

To alter the constitution there needs to be support from a majority of over 75 per cent of parliament.

As it stands, Suu Kyi is ineligible to become president because of a clause in the 2008 charter blocking anyone whose spouse or children are overseas citizens from leading the country. The Nobel laureate’s late husband was British, as are her two sons.





Pankaj Advani wins World Billiards Championship

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Pankaj Advani wins World Billiards Championship

India’s most celebrated cueist Pankaj Advani clinched the World Billiards Championship (time format) title to bag a record 12th world crown and also complete a rare ‘Grand Double’ post his third win in both the long and short formats in the same year.

Bangalore’s ‘Golden Boy’ set the green baize on fire as he humbled England’s rising star Robert Hall 1928-893 in a one-sided contest to hand his mother, Kajal, a perfect birthday gift on Wednesday. He had won the 150-up format last week after defeating Peter Gilchrist.

Hall, who had got past Advani’s citymate Balachandra Bhaskar in the semifinals, could not stand up to the Indian ace and the Englishman’s maiden final appearance ended on a disappointing note.

But it was all smiles for Advani, whose third grand double makes him the only billiards player to achieve this feat. Advani, 29, surpassed Mike Russell, who had won the double in 2010 and 2011.

Advani’s previous grand doubles were in Malta in 2005 and in his hometown in 2008.

Saving his best for the last, which is often synonymous with Advani, he led 746-485 with the help of a 185 break in the first session of the five-hour final.

On resumption, the Indian ace fired in breaks of 94, 182, 289 and 145, adding a whopping 1000 points in under two hours. Advani then went into overdrive making the match a foregone conclusion with over hour left on the clock.

On how he was able to turn things around in the second session, Advani said, “With a 260 lead in the first half, I knew I had things under control. But Hall has the ability to come back so I decided that I was going to score as much as possible on each visit. I spoke with my br

other Shree who was following the match online. A couple of tips from him did the trick too.” When asked about the multiple records, a thrilled Advani said, “I don’t know what to say. The way I feel makes words seem incapable of truly depicting it. I worked really hard on my game and fitness, both physical and mental before coming here (to Leeds) and it definitely paid off.

“I’m on my way to Sheffield today to get billiards out of my system and switch to snooker in order to prepare for the IBSF World Snooker Championship happening next month in Bengaluru.”

On winning his 12th world title on his mother’s birthday, he said, “This win is truly special. Apart from the dozen world titles and the third grand double, the main reason for it being so special is because it was won on my mother’s birthday. She is my rock. Happy birthday Mom! Hope you like your present.”





Sep 2014 fiscal deficit at around 83% of actuals to BEs

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Dear All,  

 

The gross fiscal deficit of the Central government stands at 82.6% of the actuals to budget estimates at the end of Sep 2014 as compared to 76% of the actuals to budget estimates in the corresponding period of the previous year. The primary deficit significantly increased to 243% of the actuals to budget estimates at the end of Sep 2014 as compared to 146.7% of the actuals to budget estimates during corresponding period of the previous year.

     Differentials in use of fiscal deficit space at the end of Sep 2014 vis-à-vis Sep 2013      (in %)

Source: PHD Research Bureau, compiled from Government of India accounts, Government of India

Note: The Fiscal deficit data pertains to the end of the respective month

The Data for January 2014, February 2014, March 2014 and January 2013, February 2013, March 2013 pertains to actuals to revised estimates

* indicates data at the end of respective financial year and are % of actuals to revised estimates

The revenue receipts at the end of Sep 2014 of the central government stands at 35.1% of the actuals to budget estimates as compared with 36.9% of the actuals to budget estimates at the end of Sep 2013.

    Fiscal position for Sep FY2015 vis-à-vis Sep FY2014

Month

% of Actuals to Budget Estimates FY2015*

% of Actuals to Budget Estimates FY2014*

% of Actuals to Budgeted Estimates FY2013*

% of Actuals to Budgeted Estimates FY2012*

April

21.5

17.3

13.1

18.1

May

45.6

33.3

27.6

31.7

June

56.1

48.4

37.1

39.4

July

61.2

62.8

51.5

55.4

August

74.9

74.6

65.7

66.3

September

82.6

76.0

65.6

68

October

84.4

71.6

74.4

November

93.9

80.4

85.6

December

95.2

78.8

92.3

January

101.6

89.4

105.4

February

114.3

97.4

94.6

March

96.9^

94.1^

98.9^

Source: PHD Research Bureau, compiled from Union Government Accounts, Government of India

Note: * Data pertains to the end of the respective month

The Data for January 2014, February 2014, March 2014 and January 2013, February 2013, March 2013 pertains to actuals to revised estimates

^ indicates data at the end of respective financial year and are % of actuals to revised estimates

 

The government’s market borrowing stands at 64% of the actuals to budget estimates at the end of Sep 2014 as compared with 63% of the actuals to budget estimates at the end of Sep 2013. The domestic financing stands at 83% of the actuals to budget estimates at the end of Sep 2014 as compared to 77% of the actuals to budget estimates at the end of Sep 2013. The external financing of the government stands at 55% of the actuals to budget estimates at the end of Sep 2014 as against 8% of the actuals to budget estimates at the end of Sep 2013. The total financing of the central government stands at 83% of the actuals to budget estimates at the end of Sep 2014 as against 76% of the actuals to budget estimates at the end of Sep 2013.

       Sources of financing the deficit                                                                                                                                (%)

  Source: PHD Research Bureau, compiled from Union Government Accounts, Government of India

  Note: Data pertains to the end of Sep 2013 and Sep 2014





Winter Session of Parliament begins 24 Nov

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Winter Session of Parl to be held from 24 Nov to 23 Dec

The Winter Session of Parliament will be held from 24th November to 23rd December, it was officially announced on Friday.

“The Third Session of Sixteenth Lok Sabha will commence on Monday, the 24th November. Subject to exigencies of Government Business, the Session is likely to conclude on Tuesday, the 23rd December”, a Lok Sabha secretariat release said. Rajya Sabha has also been summoned to meet on 24th November for the Winter Session. It will conclude on 23rd December.

 

With an aim to restrict fiscal deficit to 4.1 per cent of GDP in 2014-15, the Finance Ministry has barred officials from holding meetings in 5-star hotels and put a freeze on fresh appointments and filling up posts lying vacant for over one year.

“While officers are entitled to various classes of air travel depending on seniority, utmost economy would need to be observed while exercising the choice keeping the limitations of budget in mind. However, there would no bookings in the First Class,” said the office memorandum.

The facility of Video Conferencing, it said, “may be used effectively”.

The Finance Ministry said purchase of new vehicles to meet operational requirement of defence forces, Paramilitary forces and security organisations are permitted but ban on purchase of any other vehicles would continue.

“Such measures are intended at promoting fiscal discipline, without restricting the operational efficiency of the government. In the context of the current fiscal situation, there is a need to continue to rationalise expenditure and optimise available resources,” it said.

The government proposes to lower the fiscal deficit to 3 per cent of GDP by 2016-17. The deficit which had touched a high of 5.7 per cent in 2011-12, was brought down to 4.8 per cent in 2012-13 and further to 4.5 per cent in 2013-14 by way of austerity measures.

“The task before me is very challenging because we need to revive growth, particularly in manufacturing sector and infrastructure,” Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had said in his budget speech.

He added that choice has to be made whether or not to be victims of mere populism and wasteful expenditure.





September core infra grows at 1.9%

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The core infrastructure grows to 1.9% (Y-O-Y) in September 2014 as compared to 5.8% (Y-O-Y) in August 2014. The combined index of Eight Core Industries stands at 160.6 in September 2014 with a growth rate of 1.9% in September 2014 as compared to 9.0% in September 2013. Crude oil and Natural gas registered a growth rate of (-) 1.1% and (-) 6.2% respectively in the month of September 2014.

 

   Sector wise trend in monthly production                                                           (% growth)

Sector Weight in IIP September’14 August’14
Crude Oil 5.22 (-)1.1 (-)4.9
Natural Gas 1.71 (-)6.2 (-)8.3
Petroleum Refinery Products 5.94 (-)2.5 (-)4.3
Coal 4.38 7.2 13.4
Fertilizer 1.25 (-)11.6 (-)4.3
Electricity 10.32 3.8 12.6
Cement 2.41 3.2 10.3
Steel 6.68 4.0 9.1
Overall 37.90 1.9 5.8

Source: PHD Research Bureau, compiled from the office of the economic advisor to the Govt. of India

 

In cumulative terms, core infrastructure industries registered a growth of 4.0% during April-September 2014-15 as against 5.0% during the corresponding period of the previous year.

 

     Sector wise trend in production                                                                         (% growth)  

Sector Weight Apr-Sept 2014-15 Apr- Sept 2013-14
Crude Oil 5.22 (-)1.2 (-)1.3
Natural Gas 1.71 (-)5.9 (-)16.5
Petroleum Refinery Products 5.94 (-)2.6 5.1
Coal 4.38 7.2 2.2
Fertilizer 1.25 0.0 2.5
Electricity 10.32 10.0 5.8
Cement 2.41 9.7 4.5
Steel 6.68 2.3 12.9
Overall 37.90 4.0 5.0


Source: PHD Research Bureau, compiled from the office of the economic advisor to the Govt. of India

 

Electricity generation grew by 10.0% during Apr–September 2014-15 as against 5.8% growth during Apr– September 2013-14, while steel production grew by 2.3% during Apr– September 2014-15 as against 12.9% during Apr- September 2013-14. The production in crude oil grew by (-)1.2% during Apr– September 2014-15 as compared to its growth at (-) 1.3% during Apr– September 2013-14, whereas petroleum refinery production registered a growth of (-)2.6% during Apr– September 2014-15 as compared to 5.1% during Apr– September 2013-14. Fertilizer production grew by 0.0% during Apr– September 2014-15 compared to its growth at 2.5% during Apr– September 2013-14 and cement production grew by 9.7% during Apr– September 2014-15 compared to its growth at 4.5% during Apr– September 2013-14.

 





BFI: St. Edmunds make merry of home conditions

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  • Boys and girls team from the host side register comfortable wins

 

 

Jaipur, October 30, 2014: Boys and girls from St. Edmunds hardly broke a sweat beating their opponents Neeraja Modi and Anslem Pink City respectively on Day 2 of the Challenger League of Indian School Basketball League organized by Basketball Federation of India (BFI) in collaboration with IMG-Reliance (IMG-R) at St. Edmunds School, Jaipur on Thursday.

 

The boys team from St. Edmunds beat Neeraja Modi 36-13 thanks to Rahul’s 23 points. In the match before this one, Anslem Pink City beat Army Public School 41-27. Subodh beat SJ Public 21-10 while Seedling School beat Candlewick 34-32 in a thriller.

 

Highlight of the day happened when Subodh School’s girls team beat Seedling School 20-0. Hosts’ girls team beat Anslem Pink City 31-16 while Neeraja Modi & Sanskar got walkovers as their opponents Seedling School and St. Wilfred respectively didn’t turn up.

 

 

Venue: St Edmunds

Boys

Anslem Pink City beat Army Public School 41-27; St Edmunds beat Neeraja Modi 36-13; Subodh beat S.J. Public 21-10; Anslem North City beat Anslem Pink City 47-17; Seedling School beat Candlewick 34-32

 

Girls

Anslem Pink City lost to St. Sophia 14-39; Seedling School lost to Subodh 0-20; St. Edmunds beat Anslem Pink City 31-16; Neeraja Modi W/O Seedling School; Sanskar W/O St. Wilfred

 

 

About the Basketball Federation of India

The Basketball Federation of India or BFI is the governing and controlling body of basketball in India, and is responsible for the development and promotion of the sport at all levels. BFI has been involved in conducting camps, clinics, events, and training sessions at its academies for the development of basketball. BFI came into being in 1935 and took complete control over Indian basketball in 1950. Prior to that time, the Indian Olympic Association handled the conduct of Indian basketball championships. Since 1950, the BFI has been conducting various such championships, from the grassroots to senior team participation in international tournaments. In addition, the BFI has been responsible for the establishment of strong sub-junior and junior level programs. The BFI has to its credit produced several international players of repute, among them 17 have been bestowed with the honor of Arjuna Award. More information at www.indiabasketball.org

 

About IMG Reliance

IMG Reliance Pvt Ltd., is an equal joint venture between Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), India’s largest and most recognized private sector company, and IMG Worldwide (IMG), the world’s leading sports marketing and management company. The joint venture company will develop market and manage sports and entertainment in India. Its current assets include India’s premier fashion event, Lakmé Fashion Week and South Asia’s only ATP World Tour event, the Aircel Chennai Open. IMG Reliance has entered agreements with the Basketball Federation of India (BFI) to create a new professional basketball league and manage all aspects of the commercial rights to the game in India and the All India Football Federation (AIFF), to improve, popularize and promote the game of football throughout India, from the grassroots to the professional level. IMG Reliance has also created a scholarship program to identify and train talented young Indians from sports including – basketball, soccer and tennis at IMG’s world-class sports training facilities at IMG Academies in Bradenton, Florida.

 

For further information, please contact our team-

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Mothers PS to meet Govt Boys in finals

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  • Hosts beat DAV Public School 53-39 in the semifinals

 

Bhubhaneshwar, October 30, 2014: Mothers Public School put up a dominant performance on Day 9 of the Challenger League of Indian School Basketball League organized by Basketball Federation of India (BFI) in collaboration with IMG-Reliance (IMG-R) at Mother’s Public School, Bhubhaneshwar on Thursday.

 

The hosts brushed aside any challenge from DAV Public School in the first semifinal to beat them 53-39 in front of their home crowd. Their final opponents Government Boys School – Unit 9 beat DAV Public School from Chandrashekharpur 46-24 in the second semifinal.

 

But the girls from DAV Public School, Chandrashekharpur gave the school something to cheer up as they beat KISS School to enter the finals. Lipsa’s 13 points helped DAV beat KISS by 29-18. In the other semifinal, Government Girls High School – Unit 4 beat SAI International 45-12 in a one sided fixture.

 

Semifinals

Venue: Mother’s Public School

Boys

Mothers Public School (Bikash 18) beat DAV Public School, Pokhariput (Rahul 11) 53-39; Government Boys High School  (Asim Bada 25) beat DAV Public School Chandrashekharpur (Sreeram 9) 46-24

 

Girls

Govt Girls High School (Saraswati 14) beat SAI International (Siddhi 10) 45-12; DAV Public School Chandrashekharpur (Lipsa 13) beat KISS School (Tajvrt 10) 29-18

 

 

About the Basketball Federation of India

The Basketball Federation of India or BFI is the governing and controlling body of basketball in India, and is responsible for the development and promotion of the sport at all levels. BFI has been involved in conducting camps, clinics, events, and training sessions at its academies for the development of basketball. BFI came into being in 1935 and took complete control over Indian basketball in 1950. Prior to that time, the Indian Olympic Association handled the conduct of Indian basketball championships. Since 1950, the BFI has been conducting various such championships, from the grassroots to senior team participation in international tournaments. In addition, the BFI has been responsible for the establishment of strong sub-junior and junior level programs. The BFI has to its credit produced several international players of repute, among them 17 have been bestowed with the honor of Arjuna Award. More information at www.indiabasketball.org

 

About IMG Reliance

IMG Reliance Pvt Ltd., is an equal joint venture between Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), India’s largest and most recognized private sector company, and IMG Worldwide (IMG), the world’s leading sports marketing and management company. The joint venture company will develop market and manage sports and entertainment in India. Its current assets include India’s premier fashion event, Lakmé Fashion Week and South Asia’s only ATP World Tour event, the Aircel Chennai Open. IMG Reliance has entered agreements with the Basketball Federation of India (BFI) to create a new professional basketball league and manage all aspects of the commercial rights to the game in India and the All India Football Federation (AIFF), to improve, popularize and promote the game of football throughout India, from the grassroots to the professional level. IMG Reliance has also created a scholarship program to identify and train talented young Indians from sports including – basketball, soccer and tennis at IMG’s world-class sports training facilities at IMG Academies in Bradenton, Florida.

 

For further information, please contact our team-

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Gautam Sheth – +91 – 98692 33393 (Mumbai)

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“United Action is the need of the hour”

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“United Action is the need of the hour” say senior activists Aruna Roy, Medha Patkar and Anil Sadgopal.People’s movement should come together to challenge the neo-liberal communal onslaught.People’s Movements to fight dilution of hard won legislations like MNREGA, Land Acquisition Act, Forest Right and Environmental Rules

 

10th biennial convention of NAPM on the theme of “Politics of development and Social Justice Today” was inaugurated by eminent social activists Aruna Roy, Anil Sadgopal and Medha Patkar and eminent communist leader and ex-minister Vinoy Viswam at the Rashtra Seva Dal campus, Pune.  More than five hundred activists representing social movements from fifteen states are attending the convention. Various political and organisational issues will be discussed at length in the convention.

 

The statues of Savitri Bai Phule and Mahatma Jotiba Phule were garlanded by a representative group including Medha Patkar, Sister, Celia, Vidya Tai Bal, Shyamala Vanarase, Subhas Vare, Suresh Khopde, Nitin Pawar, B.D Sharma and others to mark the start of the convention. Mahatma Phule is a symbol of the legacy of social reforms, caste, gender, education and economic reforms.

 

Addressing the gathering, NAPM’s National Advisor Medha Patkar discussed the role of NAPM in transformative politics and developments in last two decades and underlined the contribution of people’s movements in resisting the neo liberal onslaught on the right of community over natural resources. She recalled how people have fought against coke plant in Plachimada and Enron in Maharashtra, which brought forth the need for community role in local planning.

 

Veteran educationist Anil Sadgopal delivered the keynote address and said that public land is being taken away in the name of education. Government Schools are being shut down in thousands so that private corporations can benefit.

 

Aruna Roy, eminent social activist known all over the world for her contribution to the Right to Information Movement and MNREGA and member of advisory committee of NAPM chaired the inaugural session and said that people’s movement should connect with the youth of the country and bring them to the leadership of movement like NAPM. She also remarked that Youth are being fooled in the name of Jobs but where are the Jobs?

 

A compendium “NAPM @ 20 : Alliance in struggle and reconstruction” illustrating the various struggles of people’s movement all across the country  was released by eminent tribal rights activist B.D Sharma.

 

Eminent supporter and activists of people’s movement namely BD Sharma, Bhai Vaidya, Pushpa Bhave, Samar Bagchi, Bhau Bhuskute, Vikas Amte, Vinoy Viswam,  Anna Hazare,(in Absentia) Justice Sacchar (in Absentia) were felicitated at the convention for their contribution in strengthening social movements.

The session started with songs and cultural programmes by Charul, Vinay (Loknad, Gujarat), Shakar (Odisha) and children of SalSabeel Green School (kerela). Various exhibitions and stalls reflecting the constructive side of various people’s movements were at display at the venue.

 

Activists discussed various issues confronting the nation. Fifteen thematic groups in parallel sessions were held on subjects ranging from Control Over Natural Resources and Community Rights, strengthening Secular Forces for communal Harmony, Electoral Reforms, Farmers and Workers in Agrarian Economy, Rights of unorganised sector workers, to Energy Crisis etc. Outcome of these sessions will be presented in Plenary session on 1st October.

 

A public meeting is scheduled in the evening on the topic of “Social Justice, Developmental Policy and Future of India”.  Former Minister of Kerela Benoy Biswam, social activists Dayamanyi Barla from Jharkhand, eminent socialist Yogendar Yadav, Pushpa Bhave, Srinivas Khandewal, Khaleel Deshmukh and Vilas Bhongade spoke on the occasion and Kamayani Swami, a trade union activist from Bihar moderated the session.

 

 

Medha Patkar – Narmada Bachao Andolan and the National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM); Prafulla Samantara – Lok Shakti Abhiyan, NAPM, Odisha; Dr. Sunilam, Aradhna Bhargava – Kisan Sangharsh Samiti, NAPM, MP; Gautam Bandopadhyay – Nadi Ghati Morcha, NAPM, Chhattisgarh; Suniti SR, Suhas Kolhekar, Prasad Bagwe – NAPM, Maharashtra; Gabriel Dietrich, Geetha Ramakrishnan – Unorganised Sector Workers Federation, NAPM, TN; C R Neelakandan – NAPM Kerala;Saraswati Kavula, P Chennaiah – NAPM Andhra Pradesh,  B S Rawat – Jan Sangharsh Vahini, Rajendra Ravi, Sunita Rani – NAPM, Delhi; Arundhati Dhuru, Richa Singh – NAPM, UP; Sister Celia – Domestic Workers Union, NAPM, Karnataka; Sumit Wanjale – Ghar Bachao, Ghar Banao Andolan, NAPM, Mumbai; Manish Gupta – Jan Kalyan Upbhokta Samiti, NAPM, UP; Vimal Bhai – Matu Jan sangathan, NAPM, Uttarakhand; Vilas Bhongade – Gosikhurd Prakalpgrast Sangharsh Samiti, NAPM, Maharashtra; Ramashray Singh – Ghatwar Adivasi Mahasabha, Jharkhand; Anand Mazhgaonkar, Krishnakant –Paryavaran Suraksh Samiti, NAPM Gujarat; Kamayani Swami, Ashish Ranjan – Jan Jagran Shakti Sangathan, NAPM Bihar; Mahendra Yadav – Kosi Navnirman Manch, NAPM Bihar

For details contact : Madhuresh Kumar 9818905316 | email : napmindia@gmail.com





AAP minority wing public meeting on Saturday :

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The Aam Aadmi Party Minorities Wing (AAPMW) is organizing a public meeting in the memory of Sikhs who lost their lives in 1984 anti-Sikh riots, on Saturday (1 November) at 5 PM at DDA Market Jail Road, behind Fateh Nagar Bus Stop, Hari Nagar (West Delhi).

Former Delhi chief minister and AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal will address the gathering along with several prominent activists and political figures associated with this movement.

The aim of the public meeting is to encourage the participation of citizens to secure justice for the victims and their families.

We invite you to attend the meeting and be part of our campaign to secure justice for the victims and their families.

(For more information regarding the meeting, please contact:  Gaurav Dixit, Media Prabhari, AAP Hari Nagar, Mobile No: 9990352467)





1984 riots : Delay to set-up SIT for probing the riots is shameful

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From: Media Cell AAP <mediacellaap@gmail.com> Fri, 31 Oct ’14 4:27p

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  • AAP demands the central govt should immediately notify a SIT to probe 1984 riots.
  • Rioters and conspirators of worst riots in national capital can’t roam freely
  • Victims and their families have been running for justice since three decades
  • AAP minority wing public meeting on Saturday to remind the Centre about the SIT

 

November 1 (Saturday) is recalled as one of the darkest days in the history of India’s capital. It was on this day, three decades ago that following the assassination of former Prime Minister, late Mrs Indira Gandhi, communal riots were triggered in Delhi and other parts of the country, in which the Sikh community was targeted by murderous mobs.

According to the Ahuja Committee Report, atleast 2733 persons were killed in Delhi alone in the anti-Sikh riots that began on November 1, 1984. It is shocking that even after 30 years, the rioters and those who conspired to instigate worst riots in the national capital have virtually escaped scot free.

On Thursday, the BJP’s central government has announced an additional compensation of Rs five lakh each to the next of kin of the 1984 riot victims. This is a good step, but the harsh fact is that helpless families and relatives of riot victims have been endlessly waiting for justice.

The Aam Aadmi Party government of Delhi had recommended setting up of a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe 1984 anti-Sikh riots. Delhi cabinet had sent its decision to the Lieutenant Governor on January 30. Nine months have passed and it is surprising that the decision is still pending.

The AAP demands that if the BJP and its allies are serious is providing justice to the 1984 riot victims, their central government must notify the SIT without any further delay.

There is huge resentment among the people of Delhi that innocent citizens were killed in broad daylight on the streets of the capital city, and the guilty are roaming unpunished. This has sent a wrong message to the society at large that criminals who commit large scale murders of innocents can go scot free.

A total of 587 FIRs were registered by the Delhi Police for the murders, arson and other offences committed during the riots. Even out of these 587 FIRs, 241 were closed by the police as untraced. Out of the cases which were closed, four cases were reopened and reinvestigated on the recommendations of the Nanavati Commission and the reinvestigation was conducted between 2006-2009.

Of these four cases, sufficient material to prosecute the guilty was found in three cases and chargesheets were filed in courts. It was revealed during the reinvestigation by the CBI that these cases had in fact been wrongly closed by the police and that it had been party in the cover-up as well as in the killings.

 

Given the background that 237 cases wrongly closed by the Delhi Police still remained untouched, following a representation by various organizations and individuals, including senior advocate Mr HS Phoolka, who has been fighting for the victims since decades, the AAP government had decided to set-up a SIT with the following terms of reference :

1) To re-investigate the FIRs pertaining to the 1984anti-Sikh riots, which have been closed as untraced.

2)  To register fresh FIRs, if any, which had not been registered pertaining to the incidents which occurred during the Riots of 1984.

3) To enquire into allegations of destruction of evidence, register appropriate cases and investigate the same.

4)  To finalize and file the chargesheets in courts wherever enough evidence is available, after following the due process of law.

It was proposed that the SIT be directed to complete the task within a period of two years.

The AAP government had proposed that the SIT should be headed by an officer of credibility from outside the Delhi Police, considering the fact that time and again the Commission of Enquiry and Courts have found active connivance of the Delhi police.

 

Regards

AAP Media Cell





Ex-Union Carbide chief Warren Anderson no more

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Ex-Union Carbide chief Warren Anderson passes away
Former Union Carbide chief Warren Anderson, wanted in India in connection with the 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy which claimed over 3,000 lives in one of the world’s most lethal industrial accidents, has died in the US state of Florida aged 92.
Anderson, a Brooklyn carpenter’s son who ascended to the top of the Union Carbide Corporation, died on September 29 at a nursing home in Vero Beach, Florida but his death was not announced by his family and was confirmed from public records, the New York Times reported.The Indian government made multiple requests to extradite him, and officially labeled him a fugitive.A judge also called him an “absconder”.Anderson reached Bhopal four days after the accident, where he was immediately arrested.But after quickly paying bail, he never returned to face trial.The Bhopal horror began around midnight on December 2-3, 1984, when a chemical reaction in a plant that made insecticides caused a leak of toxic gases that swept through the surrounding community.The Madhya Pradesh government confirmed 3,787 deaths as a result.

Unofficial estimates said the death toll had exceeded 10,000.

More than a half-million people were injured, with many dying from illnesses including lung cancer, kidney failure and liver disease.

In 1989, Union Carbide paid USD 470 million to the Indian government to settle litigation stemming from the disaster.

“With the support of the United States government, he escaped extradition.

And he eluded subpoenas in civil cases by living quietly and migrating between his homes in Vero Beach, Greenwich, Connecticut and Bridgehampton, New York,” the Times said.





Devendra Fadnavis first BJP CM of Maharashtra

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Devendra Fadnavis sworn in as first BJP CM of Maha

Devendra Fadnavis was on Friday sworn in as Chief Minister of the first BJP govt in Maharashtra at a grand ceremony where Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray made a last-minute appearance, raising the possibility of a rapprochement between the saffron parties. Fadnavis, at 44, a fourth time MLA and the second Brahmin to occupy the top post in the state, was administered the oath of office and secrecy by Governor C Vidyasagar Rao at the Wankhede Stadium in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP President Amit Shah, several Union ministers and veterans L K Advani and MM Joshi among others.

Chief Ministers of BJP-ruled states including Vasundhara Raje (Rajasthan), Anandiben Patel (Gujarat), Manohar Parrikar (Goa), Raman Singh (Chhattisgarh) and Manohar Lal Khattar (Haryana) and those governed by allies including Chandrababu Naidu (Andhra Pradesh) and Parkash Singh Badal (Punjab) also attended the event.

Top industrialists along with other eminent personalities, including from Bollywood, and Fadnavis’ banker wife Amruta were present at the packed venue when seven Cabinet Ministers and two Ministers of State also took oath.

Former ally Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, whose party had decided to boycott the event citing “constant humiliation” by BJP ahead of government formation, attended the event along with his wife after a last-minute call by BJP President Amit Shah.

Thackeray’s presence indicated a possible rapprochement between the two estranged Hindutva parties which fell apart just ahead of the Assembly polls following failure of seat sharing talks.

All eyes were on Modi and Uddhav, who shook hands and exchanged pleasantries.

With 121 BJP MLAs in a House of 288, Fadnavis is heading a minority government that has been asked to prove majority in two weeks.

Sharad Pawar’s NCP with 41 MLAs has already declared unconditional outside support to the new government.

Cabinet Ministers who were sworn in are Eknath Khadse, Sudhir Mungantiwar, Vinod Tawde, Pankaja Munde — all members of the BJP’s state Core Committee–, Prakash Mehta, Chandrakant Patil and Vishnu Savara.

The Ministers of State are Dilip Kamble and Vidya Thakur.

Union Ministers Nitin Gadkari, M Venkaiah Naidu, Ravishanker Prasad, Prakash Javadekar and Radhamohan Singh were present on the occasion.

Fadnavis is only the second Brahmin Chief Minister after Shiv Sena’s Manohar Joshi in the state dominated by Maratha politicians.

Groomed in RSS tradition and handpicked by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Fadnavis has become the 27th Chief Minister of Maharashtra and the 18th person to hold the post. He is the fourth politician from Vidarbha region to become CM.

He helmed the BJP in the state when it posted emphatic victories in Lok Sabha and state Assembly polls.

Uddhav Thackeray, who sat beside Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu, remained silent and broody through the proceedings, but was seen smiling, shaking hands and exchanging pleasantries with Modi after the ceremony got over.

“Uddhavji attended the swearing-in of Devendra Fadnavis after BJP president Amit Shah called him up to extend invitation,” Sena MP Vinayak Raut said.

“Amit Shah also assured Uddhavji of a positive decision on participation of Shiv Sena in the new government and we are hopeful there will be a positive outcome when talks are held,” he said.

It was, however, not yet clear when talks between the two parties will resume to arrive at a mutually acceptable power-sharing arrangement.

Governor Rao has given Fadnavis 15 days from the day of being sworn in to prove his majority in the Assembly.

BJP’s strength in the House has come down to 121 after the death of its MLA Govind Rathod, but it has claimed support of all seven independents and some from smaller parties.

NCP has said it will abstain from voting during the floor test if Sena were to sit in the opposition.

This will help the Fadnavis government to sail through. However, taking 63-member Sena on board is still the best option available to Fadnavis to reach the magic figure of 145.





Standing Committee on Railways invites suggestions on Railways (Amendment) Bill, 2014

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Parliamentary Standing Committee on Railways has invited suggestions/comments/views from the public, NGOs, experts and stakeholders on ‘The Railways (Amendment) Bill, 2014. The Railways (Amendment) Bill, 2014 has been proposed to amend the Railways Act, 1989 and seeks to prevent the filing of larger number of duplicate cases of compensation claims in different benches of Railways Claims Tribunals and to exclude the liability of Railways in accidental falling from the ambit of untoward incident and categorise it separately.

 

The bill has been referred to the Standing Committee headed by Mr. Shri Dinesh Trivedi by Smt. Sumitra Mahajan, Speaker, Lok Sabha.

 

All those interested in submitting written memoranda/suggestion to the Committee may send two copies of the same either in English or Hindi to: Additional Director, Lok Sabha Secretariat, Room No.618, Parliament House Annexe, New Delhi-110001. The same can be mailed on: comrail@sansad.nic.in and standingcommitteeonrailways@gmail.com.

 

The text of the Bill as introduced in the Lok Sabha is available on the web-link:http://164.100.24.219/BillsTexts/asintroduced/91_2014_En-LS.pdf

 

The memoranda/suggestions submitted to the Committee would form part of the records of the Committee and would be treated as Confidential and would enjoy the privileges of the Committee.

 

Those who wish to appear before the Committee, besides submitting Memoranda, may indicate so and the Committee’s decision in this regard shall be final.





BCCI slaps Rs 250 crore damages claim on WICB

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BCCI slaps Rs 250 crore damages claim on WICB

Left fuming by the West Indian cricketers’ mid-series pullout due to a pay dispute with their Board, the BCCI has slapped a damages claim to the tune of Rs 250 crore (USD 42 million) on the WICB.

West Indies cricket plunged into an unprecedented crisis following the decision of the team to not go ahead with the tour of India following the fourth ODI in Dharamsala and the BCCI’s damages claim could bring the bankrupt West Indies Cricket Board (WICB), which is going through its worst internal crisis, down to its knees.

“I have sent a letter to the WICB claiming damages to the tune of Rs 250 crore (USD 42 million). I have already sent them the letter demanding the compensation for pulling out of the bilateral series despite repeated requests and assurances of helping them out,” BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel told media persons on Saturday.

After the incomplete five-match ODI series, the visitors were scheduled to play in a one-off T20 match at Cuttack followed by Tests at Hyderabad, Bangalore and Ahmedabad. It has been learnt that the BCCI has given WICB about two weeks time to come up with a compensation plan failing which the Caribbean Board will have lawsuit.

“The BCCI calls upon the WICB to formally inform the BCCI, in writing, of the steps it intends to take to compensate the BCCI towards the losses quantified above as well as those losses yet to be quantified by the BCCI in relation to the cancelled WICB tour,” said the letter, signed by Patel.

It added: “In the event the BCCI does not receive such a proposal in acceptable terms, within a period of 15 days from receipt of this letter, please note that the BCCI has peremptorily instructed its attorneys to initiate steps for recovery of the losses by filing appropriate legal proceedings against the WICB in the appropriate Indian court and you may treat this notice as a formal demand in that regard.”

Patel has sent the letter to WICB president Dave Cameron.

Asked if the WICB, which is virtually bankrupt and is currently one of the poorest cricket boards among the Test playing nations, will be be able to cough up the humongous amount, Patel said, “This is not BCCI or my lookout to see how the WICB arranges the amount. They have to pay up the amount. Period.”

Dr Harsh Vardhan offers cooperation to Pakistan to end polio

On World Polio Day asks all stakeholders to fight without complacency

 

 

New Delhi, 24 October, 2014

 

            

Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Health Minister, has offered the Government of Pakistan full cooperation in helping eradicate polio from that country. Pakistan today accounts for 85 percent of the world’s polio cases today, a cause for concern for India, her immediate neighbour to the east.

 

On the occasion of the World Polio Day, Dr Harsh Vardhan welcomed Pakistan Prime Minister, Mr Nawaz Sharif’s recent declaration of adoption of a “National Emergency Action Plan-2014”. The programme will be fully State funded till 2018.

 

“I have been through the plan and find that the script is perfect. Pakistan has resolved to set up monitoring cells at the grassroots level. They are also talking of involving social groups, a strategy which worked wonderfully in India,” the Minister said.

 

India’s social mobilisation network for the fight against polio, which was originally conceived in Delhi in 1994 when Dr Harsh Vardhan was Health Minister of the state, has been lauded by all international organisations including World Health Organisation, UNICEF, Rotary International and United States Centre for Disease Control.

 

Dr Harsh Vardhan noted, “This particular model would stand Pakistan in good stead in her own anti-Polio drive. Unless all stakeholders in society, most importantly in Pakistan’s context her religious clergy, are involved, it would be impossible to achieve total polio eradication.”

 

Recalling the Joint Statement issued at the end of the Foreign Minister-level talks in September 2012, Dr Harsh Vardhan pointed out that the two countries had already talked of institutionalising cooperation on polio eradication through the mechanism of a Joint Working Group. There is also a technical level working group in the area of Health cooperation.

 

However, there was no significant progress on this front. India achieved full freedom from polio in January 2014 due to the fact that not a single new case had been detected since January 2011.

 

Dr Harsh Vardhan said, “This year’s World Polio Day is an emotional experience for me because it is the first to be observed since we became a polio free nation. When I launched the first Pulse Polio drive in Delhi in 1994 this seemed an impossible dream.”

 

Dr Harsh Vardhan, who has received awards from WHO, Rotary Foundation, Lions International, Indian Medical Association and many other national and international institutions for his pioneering work in polio eradication, remarked: “World Polio Day is for acknowledging that disease does not respect national borders. Globally, since 1998, more than 40 countries that had been polio-free, have suffered from one or more importations of wild poliovirus.”

 

In the context of Pakistan and Afghanistan, polio is just a bus ride away. Dr Harsh Vardhan said that special measures have been put in place at border crossings. These include vaccination facilities for travellers travelling both ways to Pakistan and having emergency response plans in place along with teams to execute them.

 

The Ministry of Health is taking steps to introduce the injectable polio virus in the Universal Immunisation Programme from 2015.  This is in line with the Global Polio Eradication Initiative’s action plan to replace oral vaccines with the injectable variety.

 

Dr Harsh Vardhan stressed, “We should not lose sight of the most fundamentally important measure—maintaining the old tempo of our immunisation campaign.”

 

Dr Nata Menabde, WHO’s Representative in India, said on the occasion, “We are using the lessons learnt from polio eradication to strengthen routine immunisation in India. The polio infrastructure is now also being used for other health interventions, especially to protect our children from vaccine-preventable and other diseases.”

 

Mr Deepak Kapur, Rotary International’s India PolioPlus chair, echoed Dr Harsh Vardhan’s sentiments on Pakistan. He said that the fight against polio should be a global mission because no child in India is free till the disease is eradicated everywhere.

 

“India’s experience of eradicating polio proves that the obstacles which stand in the way of our ambitious goals for children can be overcome. UNICEF remains a committed partner in the polio eradication effort and our social mobilization network will continue to be active and harness this great momentum and leverage it for broader health initiatives for improving the lives of children,” said Louis-Georges Arsenault, UNICEF India Representative.

 

 

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Sonia Sarkar

Communication Officer (Media) , UNICEF India

Tel (+91) 9810170289,9891861445;

Email: ssarkar@unicef.org

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21वीं सदी की भारतीय चुनौतियां विविध हैं: घटती समरसता, घटती सहिष्णुता, बढता भोग, बढता लोभ, बढते तनाव, बढती राजतांत्रिक मानसिकता, बढता आतंकवाद-नक्सलवाद और आर्थिक उदारवाद का नकाब पहनकर घुसपैठ कर चुका नवसाम्राज्यवाद!! विकास और विनाश के बीच की धूमिल होती अंतर रेखा; अमीर और गरीब… दोनों की संख्या में बढोतरी का भारतीय विरोधाभास; कमजोर पङती लोकनीति; हावी होती राजनीति तथा पानी, पर्यावरण, परिवेश, समय, संस्कार. सब पर हावी होता अर्थतंत्र। इतनी सारी चुनौतियों के बीच, 2020 तक भारत को दुनिया की महाशक्ति बनने के दावे को सच करने के साथ-साथ यदि अस्मिता के भारतीय निशानों को भी बचाना है, तो क्या गांधी मार्ग को स्वीकारे बगैर यह संभव है ?
क्या है गांधी मार्ग ?
अमेरिका के मेडिसिन स्क्वायर में प्रवासी भारतीयों को संबोधित करते हुए मोदी जी ने भले ही सवा अरब की आबादी, युवा और मंाग को भारत की शक्ति बताकर पेश किया हो, किंतु मेरा मानना भिन्न है। जो अपने पास है, उसी में जीवन यापन की स्वावलंबी जीवन शैली, आयुर्वेद व योग आधारित स्वावलंबी चिकित्सा पद्धति, प्राणी मात्र के कल्याण को धर्म मानने वाला भारतीय अध्यात्म, ’वसुधैव कुटुंबकम’ का भारतीय समाजशास़्त्र, समग्र विकास की भारतीय अवधारणा और सदियों के अनुभवों पर जांचा-परखा भारतीय ज्ञानतंत्र; जब-जब भारत समग्र समृद्धि का प्रतीक राष्ट्र बनकर उभरा, उसकी नींव में यही मूल धारायें थी। इन्ही ने मिलकर भारतीय अस्मिता के निशानों का निर्माण किया। गांधी मार्ग कुछ भिन्न नहीं; भारत के पुरातन सनातन मार्ग की इन धाराओं को महात्मा गांधी द्वारा आत्मप्रयोग में उतारने के कारण उनके अनुयायियों ने इन्हे ही गांधी मार्ग का नाम दे दिया।
कमजोर पङते अस्मिता के निशान
क्या ये धारायें आज कमजोर नहीं हुई हैं ? गंगा और गंगा-जमुनी तहजीब… क्या भारतीय अस्मिता के ऐसे कई प्रखर निशानों को आज हमने खुद दांव पर नही लगा दिया है ? गुरु-शिष्य, नारी-पुरुष, पिता-पुत्र, समाज-परिवार, प्रकृति और मानव… निजी तरक्की, भोग और लालच की दौङ में क्या आज खुद हमने इन सभी रिश्तों को पिछवाङे की खरपतवार समझ नहीं लिया है ? यदि मैं यह कहूं कि हम में से कितने तो इन रिश्तों को विकास में बाधक तत्व की तरह देखते हैं, तो अचम्भा नहीं होना चाहिए। क्या नये तरह के आर्थिक विकास ने समग्र विकास के लिए जरूरी आधारभूत संसाधनों की भारतीय समृद्धि में कमी लाने का काम नहीं किया है ? विचारणीय प्रश्न है। विचारिए !
कमजोर पङती आत्मप्रयोग की लालसा
आज हम खुद अपनी शिक्षा प्रणाली से संतुष्ट नहीं हैं। बुनियादी शिक्षा से अनभिज्ञ बढती डिग्रियां एक ओर रोजगार के बुनियादी क्षेत्रों में मानवशक्ति की कमी का कारण बन रही हैं, तो अन्य क्षेत्रों में कोचिंग की दुकान और बेरोजगारी… दोनों को बढावा देने वाली साबित हो रही हैं। एक पीढी-दूसरी पीढी की संस्कारहीनता को कोस रही है। बूढे मां-बाप अपने ही बनाये घर से बाहर आशियाने की तलाश कर रहे हैं! विदेशी वालमार्ट की तरफदारी में देश का शासन शीर्ष शीर्षासन में खङा दिखाई दे रहा है। लोग पानी की बीमारी से मर रहे हैं। भारत आज हथियारों के जखीरे के लिए बजट बढाने को विवश राष्ट्र है। व्यवस्था व उसके संचालकों पर हमें यकीन नहीं रहा। व्यवस्था परिवर्तन के लिए हम आंदोलनों की मांग कर रहे हैं। आचरण में गिरावट व्यापक है। भ्रष्टाचार का कोई उपचार सुझाये नहीं सूझ रहा। गांधी के नाम पर जी रही संस्थाओं में ही गांधी चिंतन के आत्मप्रयोग को प्रतिष्ठित करने की लालसा नहीं रही। ऐसे में यह सवाल उठना स्वाभाविक है कि क्या गांधी मार्ग.. 21वीं सदी का मार्ग नहीं है ? बुनियादी शिक्षा, कुटीर उùोग, स्वावलंबी जीवन, बापू के रचनात्मक कार्यक्रम, ईश्वर-अल्लाह तेरो नाम का सद्भाव संदेश, ग्रामस्वराज, हिंदस्वराज की अवधारणा, बापू के सपने का भारत, सत्य, अहिंसा, सत्याग्रह और शांति के बल पर दुनिया की सुरक्षा… क्या ये सभी विचार पुंज 21वीं सदी की चुनौतियों का समाधान नहीं हैं ? मेरा मानना है कि समाधान ये ही हैं।
आज ज्यादा प्रासंगिक, गांधी मार्ग
यदि ऐसा न होता, तो दुनिया की सर्वाेच्च संस्था ’संयुक्त राष्ट्र महासभा’ भारत जैसे राष्ट्र के राष्ट्रपिता के जन्म दिवस को ’अंतर्राष्ट्रीय अहिंसा दिवस’ के रूप में प्रतिवर्ष मनाने का फैसला न लेती। गांधी मार्ग पर चलने वाले नेल्सन मंडेला, आर्म बिशप डेसमंड टुटु और आंग संा सू की जैसे लोगों को आधुनिक विश्व के सवोच्च सम्मानों से सम्मानित न किया जाता। गांधी टोपी वाले अन्ना के आंदोलन के ज्वार मंे आधुनिक युवा एक नहीं होता। कोई कैसे नकार सकता है कि दलितों को अधिकार दिलाने के लिए बाबा साहेब अंबेडकर का सत्याग्रह, विनोबा का भूदान, जेपी की संपूर्ण क्रांति, महाराष्ट्र के महाद शहर का पानी सत्याग्रह, नासिक का धर्म सत्याग्रह, चिपको आंदोलन, टिहरी विरोध में सुंदरलाल बहुगुणा का हिमालय बचाओ, मेधा का नर्मदा बचाओ, राजेन्द्र ंिसंह का यमुना सत्याग्रह, प्रो जी डी अगं्रवाल और स्वामी निगमानंद के गंगा अनशन गांधी मार्ग पर चलकर ही चेतना और चुनौती का पर्याय बन सके ?
दिलचस्प है कि 2014 की नई राजनीति भी अनशन की राह चलती दिखाई दी। भ्रूण हत्या को अपराध मानने जैसे कानून, पुलिस जैसे विभाग में मानवाधिकार आयोग के अधिकार, सूचना का अधिकार, मनरेगा, खाù सुरक्षा, पेयजल सुरक्षा… जैसे तमाम कायदे-कानूनों के आधार गांधी मार्ग से भिन्न नहीं हैं।
आत्मनियंत्रित लोकतंत्र और लोकप्रतिनिधि की दरकार
’’मेरी समझ में राजनीतिक सत्ता अपने आप में साध्य नहीं है। वह जीवन के प्रत्येक विभाग में लोगों के लिए अपनी हालत सुधारने का साधन है।…राष्ट्रीय प्रतिनिधि यदि आत्मनियमन कर लें, तो फिर किसी प्रतिनिधित्व की आवश्यकता नहीं रह जाती। उस समय ज्ञानपूर्ण अराजकता की स्थिति हो जाती है। ऐसी स्थिति मंे प्रत्येक अपने में राजा होता है। वह ऐसे ढंग से अपने पर शासन करता है कि अपने पङोसियों के लिए कभी बाधक नहीं बनता। इसलिए आदर्श व्यवस्था में कोई राजनीतिक सत्ता नहीं होती, क्योंकि कोई राज्य नहीं होता। परंतु जीवन में आदर्श की पूरी सिद्धि कभी नहीं बनती; इसीलिए थोरो ने कहा है कि जो सबसे कम शासन करे, वही सबसे उत्तम सरकार है।’’
यहां सबसे कम का तात्पर्य सबसे कम समय न होकर, सरकार में जनता को शासित करने की मंशा का सबसे न्यून होना है। क्या गांधी के इस कथन में आपको जातिवादी राजनीति, बढती मसल पावर.. मनीपावर जैसी सबसे चिंतित करने वाली चुनौतियों को उत्तर देने की ताकत स्पष्ट दिखाई नहीं देती ? मैं तो साफ देख रहा हूं कि गांधी के बुनियादी चिंतन को व्यवहार में उतारने मात्र से बलात्कार की उग्र होती प्रवृति से मुिक्त से लेकर वैश्विक नवसाम्राज्यवाद के पुराने चक्रव्यूह में फंस चुके भारत की आर्थिक आजादी तक स्वयंमेव सुरक्षित हो जायेगी।
लोक सेवा संघ के नियमों में निहित असली आजादी का लोक मार्ग
गंाधी ने देश का बंटवारा होते हुए भी राष्ट्रीय कांग्रेस के जुटाये साधनों के जरिए हिंदुस्तान की आजादी मिलने के कारण कांग्रेस की उपयोगिता को खत्म मानते हुए कहा था – ’’शहरों, कस्बों से भिन्न सात लाख गांवों वाली आबादी की दृष्टि से अभी हिंदुस्तान को सामाजिक, नैतिक और आर्थिक आजादी हासिल करना अभी बाकी है।’’ इस आजादी को हासिल करने में कांग्रेस की भूमिका को परिभाषित करते हुए उन्होने तीन बातें कही थी – ’’लोकशाही के ध्येय की तरफ हिंदुस्तान की प्रगति के दरमियान फौजी सत्ता पर मुख्य सत्ता को प्रधानता देने की लङाई की अनिवार्यता; कांग्रेस को राजनैतिक पार्टियों और संाप्रदायिक संस्थाओं के साथ गंदी होङ से बचना तथा कांग्रेस के तत्कालीन स्वरूप को तोङकर सुझाये नये नियमों के मुताबिक लोक सेवा संघ के रूप मंे प्रकट होना।’’
लोक सेवा संघ के लिए सुझाये नियमों को गौर से पढें, तो स्पष्ट हो जायेगा कि व्यवस्था परिवर्तन उपाय नहीं है। समस्या का समाधान व्यवस्था या राजनीति नहीं, पंचायतों तथा मोहल्ला समितियों के ंरूप में गठित बुनियादी लोक इकाई से लेकर हमारे निजी चरित्र में आई गिरावट में खोजने की जरूरत है। चरित्र निर्माण.. गांधी मार्ग का भी मूलाधार है और विवेकानंद द्वारा युवाशक्ति के आहृान् का भी। लोकतंत्र से बेहतर कोई तंत्र नहीं होता। सदाचारी होने पर यही नेता, अफसर और जनता… यही व्यवस्था सर्वश्रेष्ठ में तब्दील हो जायेंगे। माता-पिता और शिक्षक.. मूलतः इन तीन पर चरित्र निर्माण का दायित्व है। इन तीनों की उपेक्षा और दायित्वहीनता का ही परिणाम है कि दुनिया को गांधी मार्ग बताने वाले भारत को आज खुद गांधी मार्ग को याद करने की जरूरत आन पङी है। जो व्यवहार खुद के साथ अच्छा लगे, वही दूसरे के साथ करें।
निज शुचिता, तब सार्वजनिक शुचिता
गांधी जी ने खादी को औजार बनाकर, आजादी की लङाई को जनांदोलन मंे तब्दील कर दिया था। मोदी जी ने विकास को जनांदोलन बनाने की बात कही है। इस गांधी जयंती पर शपथ से शुरु स्वच्छता अभियान यदि दिखावटी होकर रह गया तो भी, पहली बार देश की हर सरकारी-गैर सरकारी संस्थानों को हकीकत में याद आयेगा कि आज अपने आश्रम का शौचालय खुद साफ करने वाले स्वावलंबी राष्ट्रपिता की जयंती है। काश! हम याद रख सकें कि तन के साथ मन की शुचिता सुनिश्चित करना, सार्वजनिक शुचिता सुनिश्चित करने की पहली सीढी है। आइये! इसे याद रखें और इसका आत्मप्रयोग शुरु करें। यही गांधी मार्ग है।