Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Tibetan teens die after self-immolating in China


BEIJING, :Two Tibetan teenagers died after setting themselves on fire outside a monastery in southwest China in the latest such protests against Chinese rule, an overseas rights group said Tuesday. The incidents pushed the number of confirmed self-immolations to 51 since 2009, London-based Free Tibet said in a statement.
The group said 18-year-old monk Lobsang Kalsang and 17-year-old former monk Damchoek set themselves on fire Monday outside Kirti Monastery in Sichuan province’s Aba county. They died later in the day after they were taken to a hospital by Chinese authorities, Free Tibet said.
Citing eyewitnesses, Free Radio Asia said the two teenagers shouted slogans condemning Chinese policies in Tibet.
Police in Aba county said Tuesday that they had no information on the self-immolations, which are rarely reported by Chinese state media.
Aba, home to the restive Tibetan Kirti Monastery, has witnessed at least 27 self-immolations, according to an earlier tally by the International Campaign for Tibet.
Supporters say the self-immolators are protesting Beijing’s heavy-handed rule in Tibetan regions and calling for the return of the Dalai Lama. China has blamed the Tibetans’ exiled spiritual leader for inciting the immolations, but the Dalai Lama denies the claim.
The spiritual leader has never publicly supported or denounced the acts.
Lobsang Sangay, the political leader of Tibetan exiles, said earlier this month that the incidents were
against the movement’s commitment to nonviolence but that it was his duty to highlight why the protesters were dying.
He expressed his disappointment that the self-immolations by Tibetans have not received the same international attention as the similar suicide of a Tunisian man that sparked the Arab Spring.
In Washington, State Department Spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said Monday that the United States had called on Beijing to “meet the legitimate grievances of the Tibetan people within China to protect their human rights, to protect their way of life, and to work on these issues through dialogue.”

 New Delhi, 28th August, 2012:  Jumpstart, a one-off initiative by the German Book Office, New Delhi, focusing on ‘Children’s Literature’ concluded on 24th August 2012 on an energetic, informative, and interactive note. This turbo-charged idea fuelled event was something which the participants looked forward to as much as the team at GBO at work. The halls of India International Centre came alive with discussions, intercations, presentations and much to redefine the future of publishing for children and young adults.

While the focus was on migrating content from one media to another, from one discipline to another in a cross-fertilization of ideas, we saw examples of  books becoming animated, performances taking off from books and much more. Stories are told on the stage, screen, page and phones- we saw the whole gamut of possibilities and enjoyed the possibilities it opened us up to. From R Sriram taking us through the latest digital platforms to his own subscriber friendly newsletter to Shilo Shiv Suleman’s bursting-with-life Khoya to Hervé Tullet’s extremely engaging collaborative artworks- it all went much beyond the page and still addressed relevant concerns.
The event was held at the new wing of Indian International Centre on 23rd and 24th of August 2012, divided into two themes for each day. The first day was all about ' Inspiration' where renowned experts of the subject matter like Hervé Tullet, R.Sriram, Shilo Suleman, Roseman Hutt et al interacted with the attendees on how to cultivate and channel their ideas while letting go of
Day 2 was about 'Perspiration' with master classes conducted by experts like Phillipa Donovan (Egmart/Smart Quill, UK), Anushka Ravishankar (Duckbill, India) for writers and by Herv`e Tullet for Illustrators. While the master classes addressed the needs of potential and upcoming children's writers and illustrators, they were attended by others as well.
The event concluded with the Book Souk- a Matchmaking for professionals (Writers, Editors, Illustrators, Designers, Story-tellers) from the field of children’s literature who met the Publishers/Editors and pitched their works, a rare opportunity to present and take their work to the next level.
At the end of its fourth edition, Jumpstart remains an initiative that ushers in the future for book lovers and publishing professionals alike where tradition meets the modern and where old practices walk hand in hand with the new – a platform where boundaries merge.
About the German Book Office- German Book Office (GBO), New Delhi is a joint venture of the Frankfurt Book Fair and the Foreign Ministry of the Federal Republic of Germany. The Frankfurt Book Fair has five International Book Information Centers, which include the GBO in New York, Book Information Centre (BIZ) in Beijing, Bucharest and Moscow.

Besides promoting German books and the activities of the Frankfurt Book Fair, GBO New Delhi serves as a contact point between German as well as international book industries and the book industry in South Asia.
Since the beginning of operations in India, GBO has initiated various projects related to content, publishing and exchange. GBO works with partners across the board – individuals, publishing firms, cultural institutions, government agencies, corporates, digital companies, book fairs, international agencies, educational institutes, media… etc. They are constantly on the lookout for new ideas and partnerships, and welcome any queries and contact.
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For further information, please contact: Shabnam Srivastava at

ESPN STAR Sports announces grand plans for ICC World Twenty20 2012

·         Syndicates broadcast to a record 218 territories across the world
·         Sourav Ganguly, Sanjay Manjrekar, Nasser Hussain, Wasim Akram, Ramiz Raja and Tony Greig to join a 18 member commentary panel
·         STAR Cricket and STAR Cricket HD will showcase all 27 matches from ICC World Twenty20
·         Special Live & exclusive telecast of India Pakistan warm-up match on September 17
·         Simulcast with Hindi commentary for all India matches; semi-finals and final of the championship on ESPN
New Delhi, August 28, 2012 – ESPN STAR Sports (ESS), Asia’s number one sports content provider & ICC’s global Broadcast & Production Partner, shared their plans around the telecast of the ICC World Twenty20 2012 at a press conference in New Delhi today. Featuring a star studded panel of 18 commentators for this marquee event, ESS’s presentation will feature experts from almost all major cricket playing countries thus giving fans the most insightful and comprehensive experience possible. ESS also announced that it has sold the syndication rights of ICC World Twenty20 to 218 territories across the world, a new record in terms of the coverage for this blockbuster T20 cricket world championship.
In India, STAR Cricket and STAR Cricket HD will showcase all the 27 matches from the event live starting September 18 till October 07. Anticipating a lot of interest, ESPN STAR Sports will additionally telecast the India-Pakistan warm-up match scheduled for September 17. The sports broadcaster has also planned a simulcast of all India matches, semi-finals and the final with Hindi commentary on its ESPN channel. All matches of the championship will also be streamed on with a 5 minute delay.
ESS’s presentation team will include stars like Sourav Ganguly, Sanjay Manjrekar, Nasser Hussain, Wasim Akram, Ramiz Raja, Tony Greig, Ian Chappell, Mark Waugh, Russell Arnold, Ian Bishop, Pommie Mbangwa, Damien Fleming, Simon Doull, David Lloyd, Harsha Bhogle and Alan Wilkins. ESS’s Jatin Sapru will be the in-studio host along with former English cricketer Dermot Reeve playing the role of an analyst.
ESS will also feature, for the very first time for an ICC event, a new Touch Screen cricket presentation tool in its analysis shows around the live coverage. This will bring in a new dimension to the way the game is analysed and presented thus giving fans a fresh perspective of the game. ESPN STAR Sports will do extensive programming in and around the live telecast. All matches will have detailed pre and post-match shows.
Speaking on the occasion, Aloke Malik, Managing Director, ESPN Software India Pvt Ltd, said, “We are committed to offer our fans the most engaging and compelling experience of the ICC World T20 and our broadcast & presentation plans truly reflect this. Our star-studded panel of experts from across the world of cricket along with new-age innovative presentation tools will take fans closer to the game giving them a very enriching experience.
In terms of on-air sales, we have sold close to 80% of the total available inventory as on date. We have signed up 2 Joint Presenting Sponsors, 5 Associate Sponsors and another additional 10 corporates for spot-buys on live as well as pre-post programming. We expect to close a few more within the next two weeks for a complete sell-out. ”
ICC General Manager – Commercial, Campbell Jamieson, said “The ICC is delighted with the coverage plan ESPN STAR Sports has put together for this year’s ICC World Twenty20 Sri Lanka 2012. A High Definition broadcast available in a record 218 territories including South America for the first time, means this event will have the best reach for any ICC Event. I am sure cricket followers, who are not able to travel to Sri Lanka to watch the tournament, will enjoy the exciting contests in this Nation versus Nation event through a world-class broadcast coverage.”
The ICC World Twenty20 will be broadcast by ESPN STAR Sports as a part of its eight-year agreement with ICC. The tournament has stirred up tremendous interest for cricket fans all over the globe. The broadcaster will also showcase live semi-finals and finals of the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 2012.
About ESPN STAR Sports
ESPN STAR Sports is a 50:50 joint venture between two of the world’s leading cable and satellite broadcasters. As Asia's biggest sports content provider, ESPN STAR Sports combines the strengths and resources of its parent companies – Walt Disney (ESPN, Inc.) and News Corporation Limited (STAR) – to deliver a diverse array of international and regional sports to fans across multiple platforms.
ESPN STAR Sports features a comprehensive portfolio of multimedia assets including its television networks (ESPN, STAR Sports, STAR Cricket, ESPNEWS, ESPN HD, STAR Cricket HD), broadband network (ESPN Player), digital content services (, mobileESPN),  and its on-ground Event Management Group with the aim to engage and entertain sports fans anytime, anyplace.
ESPN STAR Sports showcases an unparalleled variety of premier sports from around the globe featuring some of the most iconic sports events to viewers across 24 countries in Asia through its 25 television networks and 3 broadband networks, each localized to deliver differentiated programming to meet diverse needs of Asian sports fans
The Sovereign Forest in Bhubaneswar, Odisha

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The Sovereign Forest is now open for public viewing at the Samadrusti campus in Bhubaneswar, Odisha.

The Sovereign Forest by Amar Kanwar in collaboration with Samadrusti is an exhibition that attempts to reopen discussion and initiate a creative response to our understanding of crime, politics, human rights and ecology. The validity of poetry as evidence in a trial, the discourse on seeing, on understanding, on compassion, on issues of justice, sovereignty and the determination of the self – all come together in a constellation of moving and still images, texts, books, pamphlets, albums, music, objects, seeds, events and processes.

The Sovereign Forest has overlapping identities. It continuously reincarnates as an art installation, an exhibition, a library, a memorial, a public trial, an open call for the collection of more ‘evidence’, an archive and also a proposition for a space that engages with political issues as well as with art.  

The Sovereign Forest is inspired by a search for the possible answers to the following questions. How to understand the conflict around us? How to understand crime? Who defines evidence? Is legally valid evidence adequate to understand the meaning and extent of a crime? Can ‘poetry’ be presented as ‘evidence’ in a criminal or political trial? What is the validity of such evidence? Can it create a new and valuable perspective about the crime? What is the vocabulary of a language that can talk about a series of simultaneous disappearances occurring across multiple dimensions of our lives? How to see, know, understand and remember these disappearances? How to look again?

The central film, titled The Scene of Crime offers an experience of landscape just prior to erasure as territories marked for acquisition by industries. Almost every image in this film lies within specific territories that are proposed industrial sites and are in the process of being acquired by government and corporations in Orissa. Every location, every blade of grass, every water source, every tree that is seen in the film is now meant to not exist anymore. The Scene of Crime is an experience of ‘looking’ at the terrain of this conflict and the personal lives that exist within this natural landscape.

The Sovereign Forest invites visitors to contribute a photograph, a film, a document, a text, an object, seed, cloth, pattern, drawing, or any ‘evidence’ in any form to the constellation of evidence presented. The exhibition will continue for a few months as more parts are added to it.

The Sovereign Forest
Samadrusti Campus
H.I.G -78, Phase -VII, Sailashree Vihar,
Bhunaneswar, Orissa, India
Pin - 751021
Contact nos 0674-6529485, 9853456083 ( Sibasis) and 9178182820 ( Subha)

Near TRIDENT Academy, Opposite Info city. ( Can be approached from Saliashree Vihar side as well as from Info City Side. The Saliashree Vihar Road connects the Jayadev Vihar-Nadankanan main road at Damana Square while the Info City Road connects the same Jayadev Vihar Nandankana main road at Patia Square. Jayadev Vihar is right on NH-5 connecting Kolkota with Chennai.)

For more information write to :
 Sudhir Pattnaik 
 Amar Kanwar

Chief Minister Narendra Modi to be the first ever Indian
political leader to hold Google+ Hangout on August, 31st:
 The last date of sending questions extended till
midnight IST on 29th August following heavy flow of Questions:
Bollywood star Ajay Devgn to host the session that will
be the cynosure of many eyes across the world
Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi will interact with people, across the world, in a Google+ Hangout session on the evening of August, 31 at 8 pm IST. This is for the first time when any Indian political leader is going to utilize this platform to engage with the mass. This hangout is expected to be viewed by millions of well-wishers across the world. Other leaders include US President Barack Obama and Australia’s Prime Minister Julia Gillard, have held Google+ Hangout sessions, in past.
In what is expected to give an immense boost to the Hangout, Google has invited popular Bollywood star Ajay Devgn to anchor the entire session. Ajay Devgn is a well-known name across India who has won several awards including the National Award.
The theme of the Hangout session is ‘Strong and Glorious India Long Cherished by Swami Vivekananda’. The interactive session will be aired LIVE on Shri Modi’s website-
The Hangout has received a tremendous response from both India and across the world, receiving over 5000 questions. Questions can be sent till midnight IST of 29th August with the byline ‘#ModiHangout’ for them to be considered. Readers can post their questions on several forums including YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Mr. Modi’s own website.
So far, immense diversity has been seen in the questions asked. Many people have penned questions on Gujarat’s development while many have sought to know Mr. Modi’s vision for specific sectors. The colossal failures of the UPA also take up a large chunk of questions. The record number of questions reaffirms the popularity of Narendra Modi at the grass root level and indicates the willingness of the people to interact with him.
This landmark foray into holding a Google+ Hangout session marks a further diversification of Mr. Modi’s social media endeavors. He remains among the most tech-savvy politicians who have used social media as a key way to engage with well-wishers. Gujarat Chief Minister has been very active on Twitter and Facebook. He is also a regular blogger, who writes on various issues.
It is certain that this Google+ Hangout session will be enlightening, fruitful and straight from the heart. In this day and age where IT and Communications has come to play a dominant role, there is a lot to learn from Shri Modi on how to use it as a means to make a difference!
Know more about the Hangout with Shri Narendra Modi here
Initiative organized by Vivekananda Cell                                                Initiative partner - Google
Sports, youth and cultural activities department
Principal Secretary –Shri Bhagyesh Jha

सभी क्रांतिकारियों को बधाई

Posted on August 26, 2012 by Jan Lokpal
दिनांक 26 अगस्त 2012 दिल्ली में जो अहिंसक मार्ग से आंदोलन हुआ उस आंदोलन में जो जो आंदोलनकारी शामिल हुए उन सबको मैं बधा देता हूं, उनका अभिनंदन करता हूं। पुलिस वाले मार पिटाई करते रहे लेकिन किसी भी आंदोलनकारी ने हाथ नहीं उठाया, पानी के बौछार से मारा, अश्रधुर छोड़ा लेकिन सब सहन करते आंदोलन किया यह बात बहुत ही महत्वपूर्ण लगी।
आंदोलनकारी अपने लिए, अपने परिवार के लिए अपने संस्था के लिए क्या मांग रहे है? आंदोलनकारी इतना ही मांग रहे थे कि कोयला घोटाला के बारे में संसद में : दिन से चर्चा नहीं हो रही, यह जनता का पैसा आप बर्बाद क्यों कर रहे हैं। कोयले घोटाले में कांग्रेस क्या और बीजेपी क्या दोनों पक्ष और पार्टी के लोक जिम्मेदार हैं। जनता की दिशाभूल करने के लिए संसद में तू-तू मैं-मैं हो रही है। आंदोलनकारियों का कहना है कि देश के आजादी के लिए लाखों शहीदों ने अपनी कुर्बानी दी है, हसते हसते फांसी पर चले गए उनका देश और देश की जनात की खुशहाली के बारे में बहुत बड़ा सपना था। आज राजनीति के कई लोगों ने सत्ता से पैसा और पैसे से सत्ता इसी सोच में उनका सपना मिट्टी में मिला दिया। वह सपना पूरा करने का इन आंदोलनकारियों की कोशिश है। हम पुलिस के डंडे खायेंगे इतना ही नहीं गोली भी खायेंगे लेकिन उन शहीदों का सपना पूरा करने की कोशिश करेंगे। मैं जब टीवी देख रहा था कि आंदोलनकारी पुलिस के सामने खड़ा है और पुलिस उसको एक जानवर की तरह डंडे से पीट रही थी लेकिन किसी भी आंदोलनकारी ने अपना हाथ नहीं उठाया। उस दृश्य को देखकर मुझे उन नव जवानों पर बड़ा गर्व महसूस हो रहा था और अनुभव कर रहा था कि देश में परिवर्तन का समय गया है। ऐसे परिवर्तन लाने के लिए यही रास्ता है, जो यह युवक कर रहे थे।
आजादी की दूसरी लड़ाई में सफल होना है तो मार खाना पड़ेगा, लाठी खानी पड़ेगी। समय गया तो गोली भी खानी पड़ेगी। अब संपूर्ण परिवर्तन के लिए आजादी की दूसरी लड़ाई की शुरूआत हो गई  है। उसका प्रदर्शन आंदोलनकारी युवकों ने किया है। इस प्रदर्शन से देश के युवकों को एक नई दिशा मिलेगी, नई प्रेरणा मिलेगी और दिल्ली की अहिंसक मार्ग से शुरू हुई आजादी की दूसरी लड़ाई की चिंगारी अब देश में फैल जाएगी और संपूर्ण परिवर्तन के तरफ यह  आंदोलन जाएगा। मैं फिर से युवकों को आह्वान करता हूं कि राष्ट्रीय संपत्ती हमारी संपत्ती है, उसका कोई भी नुकसान ना हो रास्ते गुजरने वाले सभी भाई बहन हमारे भाई बहन है, उनको तकलीफ ना हो, तकलीफ हमने सहन करनी है, आत्मकलेश हमने सहन करना है और उनकी वेदना ये जनता को होनी है। जैसे आज पुलिस वाले आंदोलनकारियों के पिट रहे थे लेकिन वेदना देश की जनता को हो रही थी।
आज के दिल्ली के आंदोलन का आदर्श देश के युवाओं को लेना है और आगे कोई भी हिंसा ना करते हुए अहिंसा के मार्ग से आंदोलन करना है। मुझे विश्वास हो रहा है कि आजादी की दूसरी लड़ाई में हम कामयाब हो जाएंगे। सभी आंदोलनकारियों का फिर से धन्यवाद्।
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