Wednesday, July 18, 2012

BJP:Delhi Govt Shun Stubborn Attitude on BRT Corridor

BJP urges Delhi Govt.
Shun Stubborn Attitude on BRT Corridor
Accept CRRI report otherwise apex court shall fix
Delhi Govt. warns BJP Leader Vijay Jolly

New Delhi, 18th July 2012 :  Delhi BJP Spokesman Mr. Vijay Jolly today urged Delhi Chief Minister Smt. Sheila Dikshit to shun stubborn attitude of Delhi Govt. on the BRT corridor issue in South Delhi. BJP pleaded with Delhi Govt. for not making it a prestige issue since this corridor has proved to be a pain in the ass for South Delhi citizens stated Mr. Jolly.

BJP considers the statement of Chief Minister as misleading.  She is reported to have stated that “Some people are politicizing the issue of BRT”. Is the C.M pointing a accusing finger at NGO Nyayabhoomi which bought a petition before Delhi High Court ? Or the Central Road Research Institute (CRRI) appointed by High Court to probe the hardships and man hours lost in traffic jam on the BRT corridor questioned BJP Spokesman Mr. Vijay Jolly.

No one is interested to politicize the BRT corridor issue. It has caused immense trouble for the smooth traffic flow for citizens traveling by public and private vehicles said BJP leader Mr. Jolly. The 5.8 k.m. stretch between Moolchand & Ambedkar Nagar has benefited none. But it definitely caused traffic jams. Saket court judges, litigants, office goers, scooter, car & bus passengers alike have been the worst sufferers stated BJP Spokesman Mr. Jolly.    

The citizens of South Delhi resident colonies namely Greater Kailash, Chirag Delhi, Saket, Khanpur, Pushp Vihar, Sainik Farm, Sangam Vihar, Madangir, Dakshinpuri, Tigri, Deoli & Neb Sarai Village folks have burnt their precious time, money, petrol & diesel on this dreaded BRT corridor. Delhi Govt. should show kindness to its South Delhi citizens. It should avoid its ignominy by approaching the Supreme Court of India and inviting its wrath for govts insensitivity warned BJP Spokesman Vijay Jolly.    

Press dossier for The Color of Buddhism Exhibition

Good afternoon,
Tomorrow, Thursday 19th, we will be opening our new exhibition of photographies by Jaime León “The color of Buddhism”. The inauguration will be at 7pm at the entrance hall of Instituto Cervantes, Hanuman road 48 CP. 
Please find attached to this email the press dossier we have prepared with all the information related to the exhibition and some photographies that will shown at our Institute and that you can freely use. Please contact us for further information or if you have any questions about it. 
We cordially invite you to attend this very important event and hope to see you soon again for further events and activities,
Warm regards,
Raquel Folgarona

Myanmar parliament agree to discuss contentious laws

Myanmar’s parliament agreed on Tuesday to discuss amendments to a pair of controversial laws widely used to suppress dissent during the former junta’s rule.  Lower house speaker Shwe Mann confirmed that changes would be considered to the Emergency Provision Act and the colonial-era Unlawful Association Act, after a lawmaker raised the issue in parliament.  Pro-democracy campaigners have said the laws have been routinely used to detain dissidents and ethnic rebels.  While it is unclear how much support there is in parliament for changing the laws, debating their future is the latest sign of the mood for reform in Myanmar’s fledgling democracy.  The wide-ranging association act has been used to punish dissidents communicating with exile organisations and the nation’s myriad ethnic groups — with both declared “unlawful” during the army’s five-decade rule.  Several rebel groups have recently signed fragile ceasefire deals with the government, prompting the lawmaker pushing the amendments to say the association law jeopardises steps towards peace.  “This act is an obstacle in the peace talk process,” Thein Nyunt, lower house lawmaker for the New National Democracy party, said during the televised session of parliament in the capital Naypyidaw”.  “Many ordinary people were taken under this act for sending food, water or meeting with their relatives,” he said, adding that the law was a hangover from British colonial rule which ended more than six decades ago.  Echoing his call Nan Wah Nu, a lawmaker with the Shan Nationalities Democratic Party (SNDP), which represents the ethnic minority Shan in eastern Myanmar, said “villagers mostly suffered” under the act rather than “insurgent groups”.  Deputy Home Affairs Minister Kyaw Zan Myint however dampened hopes for a major shift, saying some parts of the law “are still in accord with the (ethnic unrest) situation and should not be discussed for abolition”.  President Thein Sein has overseen sweeping political changes over the past year, including the release of hundreds of political prisoners and the election of opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi to parliament, and his government has been rewarded with a roll-back of international sanctions.

TMC in favour of Pranab

In a complete U-turn and ending a month-long suspense, Trinamool Congress announced its decision to vote for UPA's presidential candidate Pranab Mukherjee 'in the interest of coalition'.  After proposing the name of A P J Abdul Kalam and two others a month ago creating a near crisis for the UPA government last month, Trinamool chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today disclosed the party's decision saying it had no other option and that it was not to support any individual.  The decision of the party, the second largest constituent in the UPA with 19 MPs in Lok Sabha and 9 in Rajya Sabha, comes apparently under pressure from within the party to back Mukherjee, who would be the first Bengali to become a President, and not to ignore local sentiments.  "We have taken the decision with pain and not from our heart. We have taken the decision without any provocation or financial deal," Banerjee told the media after a meeting of party leaders.  She made a bare reference to Bengali origins of the UPA candidate saying "Pranabda is from Bengal but we have taken the decision due to our commitment to the people".  The Trinamool decision was immediately welcomed by the Congress party in Delhi and by Mukherjee's son Abhijit, an MLA in West Bengal.  With Trinamool's decision, Mukherjee has the support of nearly 7 lakh vote value in an electoral college of nearly 11 lakh.  Apart from UPA partners, he also has the support of CPI(M) and Forward Bloc and BJP allies JD(U) and Shiv Sena.

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