Tuesday, June 19, 2012


Members of the G20 have reaffirmed their commitment on growth and job creation and moved forward in ensuring accountability to their assurances at the seventh summit of the G20 nations.

 India and four other countries of the five-nation BRICS bloc has given a big boost to IMF’s 430 billion US Dollars bailout fund for the debt wracked 17 nation Eurozone pledging to contribute 75 billion US Dollars with New Delhi’s contribution being 10 million US Dollars.
 

Funds were forthcoming from the participant countries to bolster the firewall fund of IMF to mitigate the euro crisis to over 450 billion dollars as against 430 billion dollars indicated earlier.

Besides India, other nations in BRICS are China, Russia, Brazil and South Africa.
China has agreed to contribute 43 billion US Dollars while the contribution from Russia and Brazil will be 10 billion US Dollar each.
The South African contribution is 2 billion US Dollars.
World leaders meeting at G20 summit had urged Europe to take all necessary measures to overcome the Eurozone debt crisis.
Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh has said that mere austerity measures may not be the only solution to the prevailing Eurozone Crisis.
He was addressing the Plenary Session of the seventh G 20 summit in Mexico.
Dr. Singh said India is committed to execute tough internal reforms like curtailing subsidies, in order kick start growth process.
The Prime Minister announced that India would contribute 10 billion dollar to the IMF’s 430 billion fund to tide over the Eurozone crisis.
Calling upon the G20 to send a strong signal that Eurozone countries will make every effort to protect banking systems, Dr. Singh expressed concern that the resources available may not adequate enough to deal with spread of financial crisis.

Italy defeats Ireland, qualifies for Qfinals

 

Bad boys Antonio Cassano and Mario Balotelli were both on target in Poznan on Monday as Italy defeated Ireland 2-0 to qualify for the quarterfinals of Euro 2012 by finishing second in group C behind title holders Spain.
Despite dominating possession, Italy needed more than half an hour to put one past Irish keeper Shay Given and exposed themselves to some dangerous breaks from Giovanni Trapattoni’s Ireland.
 
Italy now face the winners of group D in Kiev on Sunday. Spain, who won the group after beating Croatia 1-0, face the runners-up of that group on Saturday.
 
Ireland, who finished the group in last place with zero points, return home with the knowledge that many of his most experienced players — among them Robbie Keane and Damien Duff, may be about to end their international careers.
 
Italy coach Cesare Prandelli made four changes to the side that drew 1-1 with Croatia, fielding a 4-1-3-2, with Daniele De Rossi moving out of defence to the left side of the midfield.
 
Defenders Andrea Barzagli, Ignazio Abate and Federico Balzaretti also came into the side, along with striker Antonio Di Natale, who replaced Balotelli alongside Cassano upfront.
 
By contrast Prandelli’s mentor Trapattoni made only one change in the Ireland squad, fielding striker Kevin Doyle instead of Simon Cox alongside Robbie Keane in a 4-4-2 formation.
 
Damien Duff was rewarded with the captain’s armband for his 100th appearance for the national team, which may soon see its most experienced players leave the squad.
 
Shay Given, Robbie Keane, Richard Dunne and Duff are all tipped to end their international careers after the Euro.
 
On a clear and warm evening at Poznan’s Municipal Stadium, the Italians started the game in a subdued manner, but still held most of possession while occasionally exposing themselves to the Irish counterattack.
 
And while it took them a little longer than Spain to put one past Given, they eventually clinched the lead they needed.
 
After a dangerous 30th minute finish from Di Natale that was blocked by Sean St Ledger’s shoulder, Cassano used the back of his head to nod a Pirlo corner past Given, with the ball being cleared by the Irish defence after bouncing clearly beyond the goal line.
 
Italy continued to press hard after the break in search for a second goal and created several chances with Cassano and Di Natale.
 
In between, the Irish were dangerous with Keith Andrews, but his finish was too central to worry keeper Gianluigi Buffon.
 
Prandelli brought on Alessandro Diamanti and Balotelli for Di Natale and Cassano, but failed to create more chances, instead allowing Ireland to push forward and send a few shivers done Italian spines.
 
Andrews was sent off for second bookable offense in the dying minutes of the match, before Balotelli finished the Italian job with a spectacular volley in the final minute of the match.

Spain win over Croatia, enters quarterfinals

Substitute Jesus Navas scored a late winner in Gdansk on Monday as title holders Spain laboured to a 1-0 win over Croatia for a place in the Euro 2012 quarterfinals as group C winners.
Navas struck into the empty net after nice work from Cesc Fabregas and Andres Iniesta in the 88th minute, after Croatia were denied a penalty in the first half and Ivan Rakitic saw a point-blank header parried by Iker Casillas in the 58th.
 
Spain topped group C with seven points from Italy (five), who beat Ireland 2-0 in the day’s other game in Poznan. Croatia (four points) and Ireland (zero) were eliminated.
 
Spain will face either France, England or Ukraine in the quarterfinals on Saturday in Donetsk, Ukraine.
 
Spain coach Vicente del Bosque fielded the same starting team — including Fernando Torres — that thrashed Ireland 4-0 on Thursday, while Croatia’s Slaven Bilic brought on Danijel Pranjic and Domagoj Vida for Ivan Perisic and Nikica Jelavic.
 
Physical Croatia managed to contain Spain deep in midfield early on, allowing the champions no clear-cut chances.
 
Iniesta’s 12th-minute shot was too weak to upset Stipe Pletikosa and the goalkeeper was also on his guard against a tight-angle shot from Torres.
 
Spain’s frustration somewhat showed a minute later, when Sergio Ramos tried his luck from some 25 metres out, a rare occurrence in the Spanish game, which is based on swift and short passing.
 
The Real Madrid defender Ramos was even the centre of attention in the 27th when his lunging challenge on the right edge of the penalty area on Mario Mandzukic should have given Croatia a penalty.
 
But their appeals — justified as television replays indicated — were in vain as German referee Wolfgang Stark only awarded a corner kick.
 
Croatia then had the biggest chance to score in the 58th, a result that would have sent the title holders packing.
 
Tottenham’s Luka Modric stormed down the right wing and sent a floating cross to Ivan Rakitic, whose thumping header from point-blank range at the far left side was brilliantly saved by Iker Casillas.
 
Del Bosque brought on Navas for Torres and Barcelona’s Fabregas also came on, and the substitutions paid off late in the game.
 
Fabregas chipped the ball over the Croatia defence to Iniesta, who just managed to control it with his left shoulder and fed Navas for the easiest of tap-ins with Pletikosa stranded between the two.

China invites Gujarat to partner in the economic resurgence

China invites Gujarat to partner in the economic resurgence of its Central & Western provinces
 
Gujarat – Sichuan province collaboration in a big way 
 
19 June 2012, Chengdu : After the eastern coast became the driver of  China’s industrial growth, the Chinese authorities are now focussed on the economic and industrial development of its 12 large provinces located in western and central region, which are also closer to India. With the slowdown in Europe, Chinese authorities plan to transform the export-oriented Chinese economy into a domestic market-driven and also making central and western provinces as the future hub of industrial development, with Sichuan province being the torch bearer of this growth. India being closer to these provinces can play a central role in this transformation.
 
In this backdrop, Sichuan provincial Government invited the Gujarat delegation to visit its capital city Chengdu to forge partnership in trade, business and investment as well as address their industry and business leaders. The Gujarat – Sichuan cooperation was initiated by Hon’ble Chief Minister Shri Narendra Modi during his last visit to Sichuan in November, 2011 and his meetings with Governor and Secretary, CPC of Sichuan Province. Sichuan provincial Government has accorded special and highest attention to Gujarat.

The 12-member Gujarat delegation led by Shri Bharat Lal, Principal Resident Commissioner, Government of Gujarat, visited Chengdu on Monday and held wide ranging discussion with provincial authorities on various aspects of cooperation. During its discussion with the officials of Department of Commerce and Department of Foreign Affairs, the delegation proposed collaboration in mass housing, infrastructure development, alternative energy, heavy engineering and equipment manufacturing.

Hon’ble Chief Minister, Gujarat Shri Narendra Modi has also extended an invite to the Governor and Secretary, CPC of Sichuan province to visit Gujarat and participate in the upcoming Vibrant Gujarat Summit – 2013 and Mr. Bharat Lal handed over the invites.

The Department of Commerce also hosted a major business symposium to provide a further impetus to Gujarat – Sichuan trade, business and investment ties which saw participation from a large number of Sichuan-based companies. A number of these companies evinced keen interest in making Gujarat as their next manufacturing base and develop joint venture with Gujarat-based industries. The provincial government also invited Gujarat based companies to come to Sichuan as it offers vast market of central and western provinces of China. This has opened up an exciting opportunity for Gujarat based industries.

The Sichuan province, being geographically closer to India is strategically poised to strengthen India-China business ties and the provincial government realizes that Gujarat is the leader in many of its focus business sectors like Electrical & Power equipments, Chemicals, pharmaceuticals and fertilizer manufacturing among others. The Department of Foreign Affairs officials also evinced interest in setting up sister city relationships between Gujarat’s and Sichuan’s cities for social and economic cooperation in various sectors like affordable housing, reconstruction and urban planning.

Gujarat and Sichuan, both leaders in various sectors have been looking towards complementing each other and leveraging upon respective strength areas to the benefit of each.  Sichuan government officials have now extended a special invite to Gujarat for the upcoming West China International Fair in September, 2012. The provincial Government is also keen host a Gujarat delegation to visit Sichaun province to see the disaster mitigation work and collaborate in housing and infrastructure sector.

The delegation from Government of Gujarat also met several Chengdu based business groups to discuss investment opportunities in Gujarat. It now plans to travel onwards to Guangzhou, the capital of Guangdong province, the manufacturing hub of China to discuss and explore suitable areas of collaboration that can help the industries in both regions. At Guangzhou, the delegation will be holding a Vibrant Gujarat road show in partnership with the Consulate and meeting with business groups.

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CCS Centre for Civil Society For Immediate Release
NISA Successfully Completes its 2-Day Workshop
with a Clear Identity and Next Steps for Expansion
Association members now prepare for state representation to expand and tackle the challenges
posed by the RTE to bring affordable and quality education to the poor.
New Delhi, 19 June 2012 — Members of the National Independent Schools Alliance (NISA) successfully brought their two-day workshop hosted by Centre for Civil Society, in partnership with the Friedrich Naumann Foundation to a close this past Thursday at the YMCA in Connaught Place, New Delhi.
Parth in NISAThe two-day workshop was designed to provide all 45 association delegates representing over 11 states—Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Bihar, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Delhi, Manipur and Himachal Pradesh—and over 5,000 budget private school and low-fee schools, insight on the needs of first generation learners and variables for delivering effective lesson plans to increase student performance.
The workshop was a grand success as NISA members came together and identified themselves collectively as an alliance of budget private school and low-fee school associations across India, working to secure affordable and quality education for marginalised and economically weaker families.
Pritha Ghosh introduced creative classroom management and teaching techniques to boost quality education while Parth J Shah provided guidance on effective and efficient organisation. With these new ideas, NISA members have agreed upon state-organised outreach and advocacy approaches to address issues of feasibility and compliance relating to the recognition norms and 25% reservation under the Right to Education Act (RTE).
NISA MembersIn the next six months, with support from Centre for Civil Society, NISA will create its by-laws, consolidate its formal structure at the national, state and district levels, and introduce membership norms and associated fees for participation. Registration and a proper structure should ease efforts for the National Leadership Committee to finalise state-led workshops in four to five states this year. The objective is to promote NISA’s mandate to grow the coalition of budget private school associations and share best practices to enhance teacher-student engagement and improve student performance.
With NISA becoming a growing representation of budget private school and low-fee school associations, current NISA National Coordinator, R.C. Jain, feels confident that the National Leadership Committee and elected state representatives will be able to tackle critical challenges brought forward by the RTE and remove misconceptions and negativity that surround fee-charging schools in India.

Rex Remedy awarded the Hakeem Ajmal Khan International Award

Unani treatment has been recognized and applauded internationally- Dr. Shoyeb Akram
·Recently in Dubai Rex Remedy awarded the Hakeem Ajmal Khan International Award for best Unani Drug Manufacturer.After establishing in India now Rex Remedies will expand its business portfolio in other countries.
 
New Delhi, June 19th 2012: Unani treatment is booming as people are more conscious about nature and natural products as it is harmless and effective. Since ages people are getting the benefits and excellent result. As it is harmless, affordable and eradicates diseases from its root. Not only in India but also in other countries people are highly accepting this treatment. Working towards the betterment of Unani treatment India’s one of the leading Herbal product manufacturer Rex Remedies today organised a Press Meet at Hotel Le Meridian to announce its international recognition, highlights the scope of Unani Tratment globally and to share the Company’s future plan.
Addressing the Press Conference Rex Remedies  M.D Dr. Shoyab Akram said “Recently we have participated in an International Conclave of Unani treatment and natural practice where the delegates and companies across the world had joined the same platform and we won the Hakeem Ajmal Khan International Award for the best Unani Drug Manufacturer. More than a decade we are into the manufacturing and retailing of herbal products. We know the nerves of people and have a better understanding of this treatment. We have fully integrated and manufacturing, logistics and other support and well qualified and trained manpower to serve the nation and competete the other practices.
He also added we produce and retail a wide category of more than 350 products with a strong dealer and distributor network across the country. Now our focus is to take forward this business in other countries. We are also adding few category very soon company’s future plan, investment, marketing and business strategies .
 
Continuing it Dr. Aslaam Javed added “In modern times where people get instant benefits with the help of Allopathic medicine but in long term those medicines are harmful and make body weaker because of the side effects. In the meanwhile Natural treatments like Unani, Ayurvedic. Homeopathic treatments eradicates the diseases from its roots. He emphasized to create awareness amongst the common man through effective campaigns so that we can make Indian people healthy and strong.

SC disqualified Gilani as prime minister

Supreme Court of Pakistan in stunning order has disqualified Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani as the prime minister in its short order of the NA Speaker ruling case, Geo News reported.
“Yousuf Raza Gilani is disqualified from membership of parliament from April 26, the date of his conviction. He has also ceased to be the prime minister of Pakistan,” said chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, reading the order.”The Election Commission shall issue a notice of disqualification and the president is required to take necessary steps to ensure continuation of democratic process,” he added.During today’s proceedings, the Chief Justice remarked that PM Gilani’s conviction could have been suspended if it was challenged. ‘Only the appellate court can review a judicial ruling, no one can wipe away a judicial ruling.’
The apex court was seized with identical petitions challenging NA Speaker Dr Fehmida Mirza’s rulings not to send a reference for the prime minister’s disqualification to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP).
A three-member bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, and comprising Justice Jawad S Khawaja and Justice Khilji Arif Hussain heard the identical petitions, filed by the PML-N, Tehreek-e-Insaf and others against the NA speaker’s ruling over the disqualification of the prime minister.
During today’s proceedings, the Chief Justice remarked that PM Gilani’s conviction could have been suspended if it was challenged. ‘Only the appellate court can review a judicial ruling, no one can wipe away a judicial ruling.’
Following is the text of the SC order:
Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, CJ.- For reasons to be recorded later, the titled petitions are disposed of as under:
(1) This Court in exercise of jurisdiction under Article 184(3) of the Constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan is competent to ensure enforcement of the fundamental rights of the citizens in all matters of public importance;
(2) The Speaker of the National Assembly under Article 63(2) of the Constitution exercises powers, which are not covered by the definition of internal proceedings of Majlise-Shoora, therefore, this Court, in exercise of power of judicial review, is not debarred from inquiring into the order dated 25.05.2012. Reference in this behalf may be made to the cases of Mining Industries of Pakistan (Pvt.) Ltd. v. Deputy Speaker, Balochistan Provincial Assembly (PLD 2006 Quetta 36), Madad Ali v. Province of Sindh (1996 SCMR 366), Shams-ud-Din v. Speaker, Balochistan Provincial Assembly (1994 MLD 2500), Muhammad Naeem Akhtar v. Speaker, Sindh Provincial Assembly (1992 CLC 2043), Farzand Ali v. Province of West Pakistan (PLD 1970 SC 98); Muhammad Anwar Durrani v. Province of Baluchistan (PLD 1989 Quetta 25); Jagjit Singh v. State of Haryana (AIR 2007 SC 590) and Rajendra Singh Rana v. Swami Prasad Maurya (AIR 2007 SC 1305);
(3) As a Bench of 7 Hon’ble Judges vide judgment dated 26.04.2012 followed by the detailed reasons released on 08.05.2012 has found Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani guilty of contempt of Court under Article 204(2) of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, 1973 read with section 3 of the Contempt of Court Ordinance, 2003 and sentenced him to undergo imprisonment till rising of the Court under section 5 of the said Ordinance, and since no appeal was filed against this judgment, the conviction has attained finality. Therefore, Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani has become disqualified from being a Member of the Majlis-e-Shoora (Parliament) in terms of Article 63(1)(g) of the Constitution on and from the date and time of pronouncement of the judgment of this Court dated 26.04.2012 with all consequences, i.e. he has also ceased to be the Prime Minister of Pakistan with effect from the said date and the office of the Prime Minister shall be deemed to be vacant accordingly;
(4) The Election Commission of Pakistan is required to issue notification of disqualification of Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani from being a member of the Majlis-e-Shoora w.e.f. 26.4.2012; and
(5) The President of Pakistan is required to take necessary steps under the Constitution to ensure continuation of the democratic process through parliamentary system of government in the country.
Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) has accepted the decision of the Supreme Court disqualifying Yusuf Raza Gilani as the prime minister.
The decision was taken during the party’s Central Executive Committee (CEC) meeting held at the presidency.
Sources add that the PPP will put forward the name for a new prime minister following the coalition partners meeting scheduled for Tuesday night. The names of Makhdoom Shahbuddin and Ahmed Mukhtar are under consideration.
The PPP has also decided to file a review petition against the decision in the Supreme Court. The PPP Parliamentary Party meeting has also been summoned to review the Supreme Court’s verdict.
Report GeoNews

Upcoming news events to cover in the UK

“The Amazing Spiderman” to premier in London’s Leicester square
Demotix wants images of:
  • premier events
  • stars Emma Stone, Andrew Garfield
  • fans of the film, celebration
Heavy rain continues to fall throughout the UK
Demotix wants images of:
  • heavy rain
  • floods
  • damage from rain
Tuesday, 19 June
Dalai Lama to speak at the Royal Albert Hall
Demotix wants images of:
  • the Dalai Lama’s speech
  • those attending
  • celebration and welcoming
Monday, 11 June – Sunday, 9 September

Festival of the World at Southbank Centre
Demotix wants images of:

  • The Hayward Gallery
  • Gustavo Dudamel
  • Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra from Venezuela
Tuesday, 19 – Saturday, 23 June
Royal Ascot 2012
Demotix wants images of:
  • opening ceremony
  • eighteen ‘group’ horse races
  • Gold Cup Day, or ‘Ladies’ Day’: fashion and hats
Thursday, 21 June
Base London in 2012
Demotix wants images of:
  • location: Tower Bridge
  • exhibitors and sponsors
Simon Bolivar Symphony to open the London 2012 concert
Demotix wants images of:
  • Symphony’s performance
  • opening celebrations of festival
  • the “youngsters” who will be accompanying the Orchestra
Saturday, 23 June
Olympic Day marking the anniversary of the International Olympic Committee
Demotix wants images of:
  • celebrations
Saturday, 23 June- Sunday, 24 June
Radio 1′s Hackney Weekend
Demotix wants images of:
  • festival performances from (Jay-Z, Florence and the Machine, Rihanna and many others)
  • people attending the concert
Saturday, 23 June – Sunday, 8 July
WorldPride 2012 in London
Demotix wants images of:
  • celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and culture
  • 7 July: main parade
Monday, 25 June – Sunday, 8 July
Wimbledon tennis tournament
Demotix wants images of:
  •  fans watching the match
  •  portrait shots of fans with wild costumes/head-gear/face-paint
  •  attractive fans (papers always publish images of beautiful tennis fans)
  •  odd locations with TV screens displaying the matches
Thursday, 28 June
Thames Cable Car to open in East London
Demotix wants images of:
  • the link between the O2 Arena in Greenwich and the ExCel Exhibition center
  • people riding the cable car
  • opening ceromonies
Edvard Munch exhibit to open at the Tate Modern
Demotix wants images of:
  • those attending the opening
  • lines, and waits for exhibit
Thursday, 28 June – Saturday, 7 July
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange  to be extradited to Sweden to face sexual misconduct charges
Demotix wants images of:
  • Julian Assange
  • reactions to the extradition 
Friday, 27 July
Olympics Opening Ceremony
Demotix wants images of:
  • the torch-bearers
  • people attending
Wednesday, 29 August – Sunday, 9 September
Paralympic Games
Demotix wants images of:
  • opening ceremony
  • athletes, teams, supporters
  • audience

Exposición: “Visiones irónicas de la vida cotidiana: Mario de Miranda y Ramón Gómez de la Serna”

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  Día E: Sábado 23 de junio / E Day: Saturday 23rd of June
 
                           
 
 
Exposición: “Visiones irónicas de la vida cotidiana: Mario de Miranda y Ramón Gómez de la Serna” 

Inauguración Día E, 23 de junio a las 11.30am. Visitas de martes a domingo de 11am a 7 pm, hasta el 19 de Agosto.
Mario de Miranda 
Mario Miranda fue un dibujante indio establecido en Loutolim, en el estado India de Goa. Miranda fue un habitual en The Times of India y otros periódicos de Mumbai, incluyendo The Economist Times, aunque se hizo popular con sus trabajos publicados en The Illustrated Weekly of India.
Una de las experiencias más emocionantes de mi vida sucedió durante el año 2007. Fue un magnífico viaje por España, un país encantador rico en romance e historia.
Visitamos algunas de las grandes ciudades de España como MADRID, BARCELONA y SEVILLA aunque no pudimos ver Toledo, que ya visité en el pasado. Fue una experiencia inolvidable, viajar a través de los ondeantes campos de España llenos de olivos y árboles naranjeros, rica en historia y arte, con sus museos, castillos y fortalezas, nombres famosos escritos como parte de la historia, y el encanto de los españoles.

Mario de Miranda

Ramón Gómez de la Serna 
Ramón Gómez de la Serna es un maestro genial que supo encontrar los géneros apropiados para describir un mundo nuevo, agitado por las vanguardias europeas y fracturado por la inminente llegada de la Guerra Civil. En medio de un país fragmentado sus greguerías son como relámpagos de inteligencia, ingeniosas imágenes que iluminan los aspectos más contradictorios del mundo moderno que le tocó vivir. Los dibujos que las acompañan y completan comparten esta misma frescura, lucidez y mordacidad.
Octavio Paz decía de Gómez de la Serna que era uno de los más grandes escritores en lengua española. Neruda le consideraba valedero del Nobel. Cerramos estos apuntes sobre Ramón con dos muy abreviadas citas de otros dos grandes escritores de la literatura en lengua española. Borges, entre tantos otros elogios a la obra ramoniana –no tanto a la persona–, escribió: «Lo sabremos todo por él. [...] Por él sabremos que la Gran Cruz del Sur no es otra cosa que un velorio pobre. (Él te dirá el milagro que habrá visto tu novia para tener los ojos tan lindos.) [...] Todo esto y mucho más ha de revelarnos Ramón, el hombre de los ojos radiográficos y tiránicos…». Y Cortázar, en un esperanzador mensaje de más porvenires ramonianos, afirmaba, en 1978, en respuesta a José de la Colina: «Seguimos respirando el aire de Ramón, su lección inigualada de libertad y de imaginación, su búsqueda de diagonales cuadriculadas en las vías demasiado cuadriculadas de la realidad aparente…

Esta exposición se ha hecho posible gracias a la colaboración entre Instituto Cervantes, la Embajada de España en India, la Oficinia de Turismo de España y el Museo ABC.
Exhibition: “Ironical visions of daily life: Mario de Miranda and Ramón Gómez de la Serna”
Inauguration on the E Day, 23rd of June at 11.30am. Visits from Tuesday to Sunday 11am to 7 pm, until August 19th

Mario de Miranda 

Mario Miranda was an Indian cartoonist based in Loutolim in the Indian state of Goa. Miranda had been a regular with The Times of India and other newspapers in Mumbai, including The Economic Times, though he got his popularity with his works  published in The Illustrated Weekly of India.
One of the most exciting things in my life happened during the year 2007. This was a grand tour through Spain, a lovely country steeped in romance and history.
We visited some of the great cities of Spain like MADRID, BARCELONA and SEVILLE although we could not make to TOLEDO, which I had visited in the past. It was an unforgettable experience to travel through the undulating Spanish countryside dotted with olives and orange trees, rich in art and history, with its museums, castles and forts, famous names written as a part of history, and the lovely Spanish people.

Mario de Miranda 

Ramón Gómez de la Serna
Ramón Gómez de la Serna is a genius who knew how to describe, with the right tools, a new world, influenced by the european vanguards and fractured by the imminent Spanish Civil War. In the context of a fragmented country, his cartoons are like lightning of inteligence, witty images that throw light to the most contradictory sides of the modern world he had to live. The drawnings accompanying his work share the same freshness, lucidity and causticity.

Octavio Paz said about Gómez de la Serna that he was one of the greatest writers in spanish language. Neruda considered he deserved the Nobel award. Borges, among many praises to the “ramonian” work – no so many to the man -, wrote:  << we will know everything through him. […] Trough him we will know that the Great Cross of the South is just a poor candle. (He will tell you the miracle your girlfriend saw to have such beautiful eyes.) […] All of this and much more will we know through Ramón, the man with radiographic and tyrannical eyes… >>.  And Cortázar, in his hopeful message of “ramonian” prospects, said in 1978, answering to José de la Colina: << We are still breathing the air of Ramon, his unrivaled lessons of freedom and imagination, his hunt for squared diagonals among the too much squared tracks of the apparent reality…>>



This exhibition has been possible thanks to the collaboration between Instituto Cervantes, the Embassy of Spain in India, the Tourism Office of Spain and the ABC Museum.
 
 
 
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Pentagon is buying ten more Mi-17 helicopters

The Pentagon is buying ten more Mi-17 helicopters for the Afghan military from Russia’s state-run weapons broker Rosoboronexport, the company confirmed on Thursday.
“I can confirm to you that we have indeed been approached by the U.S. Defense Department about the purchase of ten Mi-17s,” Rosoboronexport spokesman Vyacheslav Davidenko told RIA Novosti.
Davidenko declined to disclose the value of purchase, but Rosoboronexport signed a $367.5 million deal with the United States in May 2011 for delivery of 21 Mi-17V5s.
The latest sale is the option part of the 2011 U.S. Army contract with the Moscow-based defense equipment holding, for twelve more helicopters.
The Pentagon is also reported to have bought two Mi-17s earlier this year.
The total value of the deal including engineering services and spare parts could be around $900 million, according to U.S. officials.
The Pentagon has been under pressure over its dealings with the company after U.S. Senator John Cornyn accused the firm of selling arms to the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Senator Cornyn sent a letter to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta earlier this week calling Rosoboronexport “an enabler of mass murder in Syria” and called for sanctions against the company.
Pentagon spokesman George Little said Washington “understood” Cornyn’s concerns, but said the helicopters involved were the best option to allow Afghan forces to “take on their own fights inside their own country.”
Rosoboronexport was subject to U.S. sanctions from 2006 to 2010 over its arms sales to nations including Iran and Syria.
U.S. State Secretary Hillary Clinton said on Tuesday Russia was sending attack helicopters to Syria, a claim dismissed by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who accused the United States of arming rebels fighting against Assad’s rule.
Pentagon spokesman George Little said has confirmed that Syrian government forces were using “helicopter gunships against their own people,” but added that he was not aware of a new shipment of attack helicopters from Russia to Syria.
Syria is one of Russia’s major weapons clients, and Moscow has opposed proposals for an arms embargo on Damascus, saying this would give rebel forces an unfair advantage in the conflict.
Report of RIA Novosti

Seventh Leaders’ Summit of the G20 opened in Los Cabos

LOS CABOS: China has pledged $43 billion to the International Monetary Fund’s new crisis fund, the IMF said Monday, after keeping mum for two months on how much they would offer.
The promise came after China and other emerging economies imposed conditions on the use of the new funds, and called for the IMF to move quickly to increase the rising economies’ voting power in the crisis lender. The seventh Leaders’ Summit of the Group of Twenty (G20) opened in Los Cabos, a coastalresort in Mexico, shortly after 3 p.m., local time, Monday.
Mexican President Felipe Calderon delivered the opening speech to welcome leaders of the world’s industrialized nations and majoremerging economies to the first plenary session of the two-day event with the global economic crisis on top of its agenda.
Among the world leaders were Indian Prime Minister Man Mohan Singh ,Chinese President Hu Jintao, U.S. President Barack Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister David Cameron.
“Los Cabos is a unique opportunity to confront crises and to preserve the environment,” said Calderon. “Seeking a long-term growth plan does not seek to ignore the difficult situation facingthe world.”
The summit was held at a time when global economy is facing great risks and uncertainties. Many fear that the eurozone debt crisis would top the agenda of this year’s G20 summit.
Calderon contended that the debt crisis in Greece should not overwhelm the two-day summit’s agenda, and that the issues long prepared by Mexico would remain under discussion.
“We want to achieve a comprehensive action plan for sustainablelong-term growth,” said the Mexican president.”I know that the people and governments of that continent are trying to build the Europe of the 21st century,” he said. “I am confident that the crisis’ long-term effect will be a stronger andmore united Europe.”
The G20, which accounts for 90 percent of global output and two thirds of the world’s population, has become the primary forum for economic and financial cooperation.
 G20 groups Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, the Republic of Korea, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States, as well as the European Union.

Spain win over Croatia, enters quarterfinals

Spain win over Croatia, enters quarterfinals

Substitute Jesus Navas scored a late winner in Gdansk on Monday as title holders Spain laboured to a 1-0 win over Croatia for a place in the Euro 2012 quarterfinals as group C winners.

Navas struck into the empty net after nice work from Cesc Fabregas and Andres Iniesta in the 88th minute, after Croatia were denied a penalty in the first half and Ivan Rakitic saw a point-blank header parried by Iker Casillas in the 58th.

Spain topped group C with seven points from Italy (five), who beat Ireland 2-0 in the day’s other game in Poznan. Croatia (four points) and Ireland (zero) were eliminated.

Spain will face either France, England or Ukraine in the quarterfinals on Saturday in Donetsk, Ukraine.

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque fielded the same starting team -- including Fernando Torres -- that thrashed Ireland 4-0 on Thursday, while Croatia’s Slaven Bilic brought on Danijel Pranjic and Domagoj Vida for Ivan Perisic and Nikica Jelavic.

Physical Croatia managed to contain Spain deep in midfield early on, allowing the champions no clear-cut chances.

Iniesta’s 12th-minute shot was too weak to upset Stipe Pletikosa and the goalkeeper was also on his guard against a tight-angle shot from Torres.

Spain’s frustration somewhat showed a minute later, when Sergio Ramos tried his luck from some 25 metres out, a rare occurrence in the Spanish game, which is based on swift and short passing.

The Real Madrid defender Ramos was even the centre of attention in the 27th when his lunging challenge on the right edge of the penalty area on Mario Mandzukic should have given Croatia a penalty.

But their appeals -- justified as television replays indicated -- were in vain as German referee Wolfgang Stark only awarded a corner kick.

Croatia then had the biggest chance to score in the 58th, a result that would have sent the title holders packing.

Tottenham’s Luka Modric stormed down the right wing and sent a floating cross to Ivan Rakitic, whose thumping header from point-blank range at the far left side was brilliantly saved by Iker Casillas.

Del Bosque brought on Navas for Torres and Barcelona’s Fabregas also came on, and the substitutions paid off late in the game.

Fabregas chipped the ball over the Croatia defence to Iniesta, who just managed to control it with his left shoulder and fed Navas for the easiest of tap-ins with Pletikosa stranded between the two.
CCS Centre for Civil Society For Immediate Release
NISA Successfully Completes its 2-Day Workshop
with a Clear Identity and Next Steps for Expansion
Association members now prepare for state representation to expand and tackle the challenges
posed by the RTE to bring affordable and quality education to the poor.
New Delhi, 19 June 2012 — Members of the National Independent Schools Alliance (NISA) successfully brought their two-day workshop hosted by Centre for Civil Society, in partnership with the Friedrich Naumann Foundation to a close this past Thursday at the YMCA in Connaught Place, New Delhi.
Parth in NISAThe two-day workshop was designed to provide all 45 association delegates representing over 11 states—Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Bihar, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Delhi, Manipur and Himachal Pradesh—and over 5,000 budget private school and low-fee schools, insight on the needs of first generation learners and variables for delivering effective lesson plans to increase student performance.
The workshop was a grand success as NISA members came together and identified themselves collectively as an alliance of budget private school and low-fee school associations across India, working to secure affordable and quality education for marginalised and economically weaker families.
Pritha Ghosh introduced creative classroom management and teaching techniques to boost quality education while Parth J Shah provided guidance on effective and efficient organisation. With these new ideas, NISA members have agreed upon state-organised outreach and advocacy approaches to address issues of feasibility and compliance relating to the recognition norms and 25% reservation under the Right to Education Act (RTE).
NISA MembersIn the next six months, with support from Centre for Civil Society, NISA will create its by-laws, consolidate its formal structure at the national, state and district levels, and introduce membership norms and associated fees for participation. Registration and a proper structure should ease efforts for the National Leadership Committee to finalise state-led workshops in four to five states this year. The objective is to promote NISA’s mandate to grow the coalition of budget private school associations and share best practices to enhance teacher-student engagement and improve student performance.
With NISA becoming a growing representation of budget private school and low-fee school associations, current NISA National Coordinator, R.C. Jain, feels confident that the National Leadership Committee and elected state representatives will be able to tackle critical challenges brought forward by the RTE and remove misconceptions and negativity that surround fee-charging schools in India.

Unani treatment has been recognized and applauded internationally- Dr. Shoyeb Akram.Recently in Dubai Rex Remedy awarded the Hakeem Ajmal Khan International Award for best Unani Drug Manufacturer.After establishing in India now Rex Remedies will expand its business portfolio in other countries. New Delhi, June 19 2012: Unani treatment is booming as people are more conscious about nature and natural products as it is harmless and effective. Since ages people are getting the benefits and excellent result. As it is harmless, affordable and eradicates diseases from its root. Not only in India but also in other countries people are highly accepting this treatment. Working towards the betterment of Unani treatment India’s one of the leading Herbal product manufacturer Rex Remedies today organised a Press Meet at Hotel Le Meridian to announce its international recognition,highlights the scope of Unani Tratment globally and to share the Company’s future plan.Addressing the Press Conference Rex Remedies & M.D Dr. Shoyab Akram said “Recently we have participated in an International Conclave of Unani treatment and natural practice where the delegates and companies across the world had joined the same platform and we won the Hakeem Ajmal Khan International Award for the best Unani Drug Manufacturer. More than a decade we are into the manufacturing and retailing of herbal products. We know the nerves of people and have a better understanding of this treatment. We have fully integrated and manufacturing, logistics and other support and well qualified and trained manpower to serve the nation and competete the other practices.He also added we produce and retail a wide category of more than 350 products with a strong dealer and distributor network across the country. Now our focus is to take forward this business in other countries. We are also adding few category very soon company’s future plan, investment, marketing and business strategies . Continuing it Dr. Aslaam Javed added “In modern times where people get instant benefits with the help of Allopathic medicine but in long term those medicines are harmful and make body weaker because of the side effects. In the meanwhile Natural treatments like Unani, Ayurvedic. Homeopathic treatments eradicates the diseases from its roots. He emphasized to create awareness amongst the common man through effective campaigns so that we can make Indian people healthy and strong.

Instituto Cervantes Nueva Delhi                      Instituto Cervantes  
  Día E: Sábado 23 de junio / E Day: Saturday 23rd of June
 
                           
 
 

Exposición: “Visiones irónicas de la vida cotidiana: Mario de Miranda y Ramón Gómez de la Serna” 

Inauguración Día E, 23 de junio a las 11.30am. Visitas de martes a domingo de 11am a 7 pm, hasta el 19 de Agosto. 
Mario de Miranda 
Mario Miranda fue un dibujante indio establecido en Loutolim, en el estado India de Goa. Miranda fue un habitual en The Times of India y otros periódicos de Mumbai, incluyendo The Economist Times, aunque se hizo popular con sus trabajos publicados en The Illustrated Weekly of India
Una de las experiencias más emocionantes de mi vida sucedió durante el año 2007. Fue un magnífico viaje por España, un país encantador rico en romance e historia.
Visitamos algunas de las grandes ciudades de España como MADRID, BARCELONA y SEVILLA aunque no pudimos ver Toledo, que ya visité en el pasado. Fue una experiencia inolvidable, viajar a través de los ondeantes campos de España llenos de olivos y árboles naranjeros, rica en historia y arte, con sus museos, castillos y fortalezas, nombres famosos escritos como parte de la historia, y el encanto de los españoles.
Mario de Miranda


Ramón Gómez de la Serna 

Ramón Gómez de la Serna es un maestro genial que supo encontrar los géneros apropiados para describir un mundo nuevo, agitado por las vanguardias europeas y fracturado por la inminente llegada de la Guerra Civil. En medio de un país fragmentado sus greguerías son como relámpagos de inteligencia, ingeniosas imágenes que iluminan los aspectos más contradictorios del mundo moderno que le tocó vivir. Los dibujos que las acompañan y completan comparten esta misma frescura, lucidez y mordacidad.

Octavio Paz decía de Gómez de la Serna que era uno de los más grandes escritores en lengua española. Neruda le consideraba valedero del Nobel. Cerramos estos apuntes sobre Ramón con dos muy abreviadas citas de otros dos grandes escritores de la literatura en lengua española. Borges, entre tantos otros elogios a la obra ramoniana –no tanto a la persona–, escribió: «Lo sabremos todo por él. [...] Por él sabremos que la Gran Cruz del Sur no es otra cosa que un velorio pobre. (Él te dirá el milagro que habrá visto tu novia para tener los ojos tan lindos.) [...] Todo esto y mucho más ha de revelarnos Ramón, el hombre de los ojos radiográficos y tiránicos…». Y Cortázar, en un esperanzador mensaje de más porvenires ramonianos, afirmaba, en 1978, en respuesta a José de la Colina: «Seguimos respirando el aire de Ramón, su lección inigualada de libertad y de imaginación, su búsqueda de diagonales cuadriculadas en las vías demasiado cuadriculadas de la realidad aparente…

Esta exposición se ha hecho posible gracias a la colaboración entre Instituto Cervantes, la Embajada de España en India, la Oficinia de Turismo de España y el Museo ABC.
Exhibition: “Ironical visions of daily life: Mario de Miranda and Ramón Gómez de la Serna”

Inauguration on the E Day, 23rd of June at 11.30am. Visits from Tuesday to Sunday 11am to 7 pm, until August 19th


Mario de Miranda 
Mario Miranda was an Indian cartoonist based in Loutolim in the Indian state of Goa. Miranda had been a regular with The Times of India and other newspapers in Mumbai, including The Economic Times, though he got his popularity with his works  published in The Illustrated Weekly of India.
One of the most exciting things in my life happened during the year 2007. This was a grand tour through Spain, a lovely country steeped in romance and history.
We visited some of the great cities of Spain like MADRID, BARCELONA and SEVILLE although we could not make to TOLEDO, which I had visited in the past. It was an unforgettable experience to travel through the undulating Spanish countryside dotted with olives and orange trees, rich in art and history, with its museums, castles and forts, famous names written as a part of history, and the lovely Spanish people.
Mario de Miranda 

Ramón Gómez de la Serna

Ramón Gómez de la Serna is a genius who knew how to describe, with the right tools, a new world, influenced by the european vanguards and fractured by the imminent Spanish Civil War. In the context of a fragmented country, his cartoons are like lightning of inteligence, witty images that throw light to the most contradictory sides of the modern world he had to live. The drawnings accompanying his work share the same freshness, lucidity and causticity.


Octavio Paz said about Gómez de la Serna that he was one of the greatest writers in spanish language. Neruda considered he deserved the Nobel award. Borges, among many praises to the “ramonian” work – no so many to the man -, wrote:  << we will know everything through him. […] Trough him we will know that the Great Cross of the South is just a poor candle. (He will tell you the miracle your girlfriend saw to have such beautiful eyes.) […] All of this and much more will we know through Ramón, the man with radiographic and tyrannical eyes… >>.  And Cortázar, in his hopeful message of “ramonian” prospects, said in 1978, answering to José de la Colina: << We are still breathing the air of Ramon, his unrivaled lessons of freedom and imagination, his hunt for squared diagonals among the too much squared tracks of the apparent reality…>>


This exhibition has been possible thanks to the collaboration between Instituto Cervantes, the Embassy of Spain in India, the Tourism Office of Spain and the ABC Museum.
 
 

 
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The Pentagon is buying ten more Mi-17 helicopters for the Afghan military from Russia's state-run weapons broker Rosoboronexport, the company confirmed on Thursday.
"I can confirm to you that we have indeed been approached by the U.S. Defense Department about the purchase of ten Mi-17s," Rosoboronexport spokesman Vyacheslav Davidenko told RIA Novosti.
Davidenko declined to disclose the value of purchase, but Rosoboronexport signed a $367.5 million deal with the United States in May 2011 for delivery of 21 Mi-17V5s.
The latest sale is the option part of the 2011 U.S. Army contract with the Moscow-based defense equipment holding, for twelve more helicopters.
The Pentagon is also reported to have bought two Mi-17s earlier this year.
The total value of the deal including engineering services and spare parts could be around $900 million, according to U.S. officials.
The Pentagon has been under pressure over its dealings with the company after U.S. Senator John Cornyn accused the firm of selling arms to the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Senator Cornyn sent a letter to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta earlier this week calling Rosoboronexport "an enabler of mass murder in Syria" and called for sanctions against the company.
Pentagon spokesman George Little said Washington "understood" Cornyn's concerns, but said the helicopters involved were the best option to allow Afghan forces to "take on their own fights inside their own country."
Rosoboronexport was subject to U.S. sanctions from 2006 to 2010 over its arms sales to nations including Iran and Syria.
U.S. State Secretary Hillary Clinton said on Tuesday Russia was sending attack helicopters to Syria, a claim dismissed by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who accused the United States of arming rebels fighting against Assad's rule.
Pentagon spokesman George Little said has confirmed that Syrian government forces were using "helicopter gunships against their own people," but added that he was not aware of a new shipment of attack helicopters from Russia to Syria.
Syria is one of Russia's major weapons clients, and Moscow has opposed proposals for an arms embargo on Damascus, saying this would give rebel forces an unfair advantage in the conflict.
Report of RIA Novosti

Spanish banks need at least 40 billion euros in additional capital to guard against a possible further economic deterioration, the International Monetary Fund said in its report on Saturday.The IMF made its estimate after conducting stress tests of Spanish banks.

“The findings indicate that while the core of the system appears resilient, vulnerabilities remain in some segments. Under the adverse scenario, the largest banks would be sufficiently capitalized to withstand further deterioration, while several banks would need to increase capital buffers by about 40 billion euros in aggregate to comply with the Basel III transition schedule (core tier 1 capital of 7 percent),” the report said.
Fitch ratings sharply downgraded Spain's credit rating on Friday, citing the growing banking crisis in the eurozone's fourth-biggest economy.

Spanish government debt was cut by three notches to BBB, above junk in Fitch's ranking scheme, and placed on a negative outlook, meaning the nation remained at risk of a further downgrade.
"The dramatic erosion of Spain's sovereign credit profile and ratings over the last year in part reflects policy missteps at the European level that, in Fitch's opinion, have aggravated the economic and financial challenges facing Spain as it seeks to rebalance and restructure the economy," Fitch said in a statement.
"The negative outlook primarily reflects the risks associated with a further worsening of the eurozone crisis, notably contagion from the ongoing Greek crisis," it added.
Fitch said the downgrade reflected higher than expected likely cost of restructuring Spain's troubled banking sector, which is now estimated to be around 60 billion euros ($75 billion), or as much as 100 billion euros "in a more severe stress scenario."

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