Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Mass Protests in Egypt againstc Prez Mursi

Egypt, renewed nationwide protests erupted across the nation as the President Muhammed Mursi stuck to his controversial decree granting him sweeping powers with protesters alleging that the radical leader was fast turning into a dictator.In the capital Cairo, tens of thousands of people staged a protest against Mursi. Journalists, lawyers and opposition figures including Nobel Peace prize laureate Mohammed ElBaradei joined Tuesday's rally. >Protests also spread to outlying provinces including Alexandria, second-biggest city and central parts of the country.The new demonstrations came a day after Mursi held a meeting with the nation's top judges to defuse the crisis over the controversial decree, but the meeting failed to break the impasse as thousands of people poured onto the streets in a massive show of defiance.
The Center for Public Integrity  

Weekly Watchdog

November 28, 2012
Enable images Secrecy for Sale: Inside the Global Offshore Money Maze

The Center's global network of reporters, The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, this week launched the first part of a multi-year project aimed at stripping away the biggest mystery associated with tax havens - the owners of anonymous companies.

Secrecy For Sale: Inside The Global Offshore Money Maze is one of the most ambitious and complex pieces of journalism the ICIJ has ever undertaken.

This first part of the project was done in collaboration with The Guardian and the BBC's flagship investigative program, Panorama, and focused on Britain - one of the centers of the offshore industry.

The first day of our series identified more than 21,500 companies around the world who use a group of some 28 so-called nominee directors.

The nominees play a key role in keeping hundreds of thousands of commercial transactions secret. They do so by selling their names for use on official company documents, while giving addresses in obscure locations all over the world.

Hiding behind nominee fronts are the real owners. They are of widely varying types, ranging from Russian oligarchs to perfectly legal but discreet speculators in the British property market. Their only common factor: the wish for secrecy.

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Turn on images Revealed: the Real Identities Behind Britain's Secret Property Deals

The real identities behind British property deals previously cloaked in secrecy were revealed in the second part of our investigation.

By then, the revelations had prompted the British government to promise that it would investigate any abuses revealed involving sham nominee directors. The second story showed how previously secret owners were identified in a sample of almost 60 UK homes and offices, ranging from multimillion-pound commercial premises in the heart of London to a small hotel in Essex.

They typified the 100,000 such purchasers who have set up offshore companies, largely registered in the British Virgin Islands (BVI), since 1999. The owners of BVI entities use them to hide their dealings in UK property and to take advantage of tax loopholes.

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View images Post Soviet Billionaires Invade UK, Via British Virgin Islands

Britain's friendly regime of offshore secrecy has tempted an extraordinary array of post-Soviet billionaires to descend on London, sometimes to the sound of gunfire.

They include a magnate who once tried to take over the SAAB motor company.

These billionaires on the run tend to offer similar justifications for their use of British-controlled secrecy jurisdictions. They say they must protect themselves from corporate predators and political enemies in their home countries.

The final day of the series will concentrate on military and intelligence figures using offshore entities.

You can watch our video on this series as well.

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Secrecy for Sale: Hidden Off-Shore Money

This week, The Center for Public Integrity's global investigative arm, the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists or ICIJ, has launched the first part of a multi-year project on tax havens, such as those based in the British Virgin Islands.

Secrecy for Sale: Inside The Global Offshore Money Maze is the most ambitious and complex journalism project we have ever been involved with. The first part of our project is being done in collaboration with The Guardian and the BBC's flagship investigative program, Panorama. The initial reporting focuses on Britain - one of the centers of the offshore industry.

All week, the front page of The Guardian has been dominated by this project, providing the names behind the existence of a global network of sham company directors, most of them British.

The UK government claims such abuses were stamped out long ago, but our worldwide joint investigation has uncovered a booming offshore industry that can lead to tax avoidance and hidden assets.

Our project has already had an impact - the British government has promised to investigate the abuses we have uncovered.

This type of cross-border investigative work has been the purpose of ICIJ since it was founded in 1997 as a project of the Center for Public Integrity. And this complex investigation is the brain-child of the Center's Irish ICIJ Director, Gerard Ryle, who came to the Center from a distinguished journalism career in Australia. Working closely with Gerard is ICIJ Deputy Director and Argentina native Marina Walker Guevara, a distinguished international investigative reporter. Three cheers, Gerard, Marina and ICIJ, and congratulations on this important work and excellent launch with much more to come.

Until next week,


Bill Buzenberg
Executive Director

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McLeod Russel Tour Championship - Race to Royal Calcutta Golf Club to tee-off on November 28th 

·         PGTI’s Year Ending Championship:      Prize purse of Rs. 1.25 Cr, highest-ever in India
·         Only top 60 players on the Rolex Rankings to be eligible
·         Top names in the field include Jyoti Randhawa, SSP Chowrasia, Anirban Lahiri, Chiragh Kumar, Rahil Gangjee, Digvijay Singh, Shamim Khan, Mukesh Kumar, Ashok Kumar

Kolkata, November 26, 2012: McLeod Russel, the world’s largest tea producer, and the Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI), will stage the McLeod Russel Tour Championship, the PGTI’s Year Ending Championship, from November 28th to December 1st, 2012. The tournament will be staged at the esteemed Royal Calcutta Golf Club (RCGC). The tournament’s prize purse of Rs. 1.25 crore is the highest-ever in India.

The event will see the top 60 players from the Rolex Rankings 2012 compete for top honours. The tournament will be a 72-hole stroke-play championship and there will be no cut applied after 36 holes. All players will be guaranteed prize money.
The biggest names in Indian professional golf will be teeing it up at the RCGC including the likes of three-time Indian Open champion Jyoti Randhawa, local favourite and a two-time winner on the European Tour SSP Chowrasia, Asian Tour regulars Anirban Lahiri, Sujjan Singh, Digvijay Singh, reigning Rolex Rankings champion Chiragh Kumar and current Rolex Rankings leader Shamim Khan. The other established names from the PGTI include Mukesh Kumar, Ashok Kumar, Gaurav Ghei, Rashid Khan, Harendra Gupta, Om Prakash Chouhan, Vinod Kumar, Sri Lankans Mithun Perera and Anura Rohana and Bangladesh’s Md Zamal Hossain Mollah.
The local challenge will be led by SSP Chowrasia, Rahil Gangjee, former Indian Open champion Feroz Ali Mollah, Shankar Das, Raju Ali Mollah, Rafick Ali Mollah, Ranjit Singh Rathore, Md Sanju, Divyanshu Bajaj and Karan Singh.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Aditya Khaitan, Managing Director, McLeod Russel, said, “McLeod Russel’s heritage is based on values, culture and commitments. We have always strongly believed in supporting and backing the right talent and moving forward. This association will hopefully give a boost to Indian Golf and take it from strength to strength on a global scale. The city of Kolkata and The Royal Calcutta Golf Club are etched in tradition and culture, and it is our small way of giving back. We thank the PGTI for giving us this opportunity and we are committed to the McLeod Russel Tour Championship for the next three years.”

Announcing the event, Mr. Padamjit Sandhu, Director, PGTI, said, “The McLeod Russel Tour Championship provides the ideal setting for the culmination of a successful PGTI season. The top names in Indian professional golf will be vying for the highest prize purse on Indian soil at one of the most prestigious golfing venues in India, the RCGC.
I would like to thank McLeod Russel for their strong support to Indian professional golf, and we look forward to building on the event year on year. We are confident, the McLeod Russel - PGTI partnership will give a strong boost to the growth of the sport in the region, and help create new champions in the coming years.”

Mr. Gaurav Ghosh, Committee Member (In-Charge of professional golf), RCGC, said, “It’s a matter of pride and privilege to host the McLeod Russel Tour Championship at the RCGC. It’s the return of big ticket golf to RCGC and we would like to thank McLeod Russel and PGTI for bringing the tournament to RCGC. This tournament has been possible due to the support of the committee members and all other members of the RCGC.”
About McLeod Russel:
McLeod Russel India Limited (McLeod Russel) is the largest tea plantation company in the world. McLeod Russel, along with its subsidiaries, currently produces about 100 million kilograms of tea over a cultivable area of 38,000 hectares, employing nearly 1,00,000 in personnel. The geographical spread of tea estates of McLeod Russel and its subsidiaries are situated in Asia (India & Vietnam) and Africa (Uganda & Rwanda). McLeod Russel also has operations in the Middle East, through its subsidiary in Dubai, engaged in tea blending and trading activities. India, as a single geography, has the largest share of its produce – with the estates located in the states of Assam and West Bengal (Dooars).

About Royal Calcutta Golf Club:
The world-renowned Royal Calcutta Golf Club (RCGC), affectionately known as the ‘Royal’, is steeped in history, as it is the oldest golf club outside of the British Isles, having been established in 1829. It is widely regarded as the founder of the game in the country and has staged some of the most prestigious tournaments on Indian soil, including the Indian Open and the All India Amateur Championship. The 7014-yard course favours long hitters and inaccurate shots are punished severely. The large number of water hazards makes this course a real challenge to master.

About PGTI:
Formed in 2006, Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI) is the recognized official body of professional golf in India. PGTI’s objective is to promote professional golf in the country, as well as to give players an opportunity to be involved in the decision making on all aspects of the game. Headed by Mr. Gautam Thapar (President), PGTI’s governing body comprises leading Indian golf professionals. PGTI currently has over 300 members.
For information regarding PGTI please contact:
Nikhil Kalaan, Asst. Manager - Media, PGTI
M – 09910974846, E - media@pgtofindia.com


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  પ્રથમ તબકકામાં ઉમેદવારીપત્રો ચકાસણી બાદ
ચૂંટણી જંગમાં બાકી રહેતા ઉમેદવારીની વિગતો

ગુજરાત વિધાનસભા સામાન્ય ચૂંટણીઓ-૨૦૧૨ના પ્રથમ તબક્કામાં ઉમેદવારી પત્રો ચકાસણી બાદ ચૂંટણી જંગમાં બાકી રહેતા ઉમેદવારોની વિગતો મેળવવાની કામગીરી ચાલી રહી છે, આજે સાંજે ૭.૦૦ વાગ્યા સુધી ઉપલબ્ધ થયેલી માહિતી અનુસાર વિધાનસભા મતદાર વિભાગ દીઠ વિગતો નીચે પ્રમાણે છે.
No.
District
No. & Name of Assembly Constituency
Total Candidates
No. of validly nominated candidates
1
Ahmedabad
39
Viramgam
9
6
40
Sanand
18
15
58
Dholka
17
15
59
Dhandhuka
25
25
Total...
69
61
2
Surendranagar
60
Dasada (SC)
12
9
61
Limbdi
27
22
62
Wadhwan
20
16
63
Chotila
16
14
64
Dhrangadhra
23
20
Total...
98
81
3
Rajkot
65
Morbi
16
12
66
Tankara
18
14
67
Wankaner
19
16
68
Rajkot East
20
16
69
Rajkot West
19
16
70
Rajkot South
13
8
71
Rajkot Rural (SC)
15
10
72
Jasdan
26
24
73
Gondal
18
16
74
Jetpur
27
22
75
Dhoraji
32
26
Total...
223
180

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4
Jamnagar
76
Kalavad (SC)
12
9
77
Jamnagr Rural
36
30
78
Jamnagar North
36

79
Jamnagar South
27
22
80
Jamjodhpur
23
21
81
Khambhalia
32

82
Dwarka
25
22
Total...
191
104
5
Porbandar
83
Porbandar
13
9
84
Kutiyana
15
14
Total...
28
23
6
Junagadh
85
Manavadar
13
10
86
Junagadh
16
14
87
Visavadar
21
15
88
Keshod
20
15
89
Mangrol
13
10
90
Somnath
32
30
91
Talala
11
8
92
Kodinar (SC)
15
10
93
Una
8
6
Total...
149
118
7
Amreli
94
Dhari
14
12
95
Amreli
18
15
96
Lathi
19
15
97
Savarkundla
14
11
98
Rajula
12
11
Total...
77
64
8
Bhavnagar
99
Mahuva
9
7
100
Talaja
14
11
101
Gariadhar
21
19
102
Palitana
18
15
103
Bhavnagar Rural
34

104
Bhavnagar East
15

105
Bhavnagar West
22

106
Gadhada (SC)
17

107
Botad
18

Total...
168
52
9
Narmada
148
Nandod (ST)
18
13
149
Dediapada (ST)
14
11
Total...
32
24
10
Bharuch
150
Jambusar
16

151
Vagra
16

152
Jhagadia (ST)
8

153
Bharuch
17
15
154
Ankleshwar
14

Total...
71
15
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Surat
155
Olpad
21
16
156
Mangrol (ST)
8

157
Mandvi (ST)
12

158
Kamrej
14
12
159
Surat East
44
39
160
Surat North
23
19
161
Varachha Road
8
7
162
Karanj
16
13
163
Limbayat
36
27
164
Udhna
13
12
165
Majura
17

166
Katargam
14
10
167
Surat West
13
7
168
Choryasi
21
15
169
Bardoli (SC)
8
6
170
Mahuva (ST)
11
9
Total...
279
192
12
Dangs
173
Dangs (ST)
10
8
Total...
10
8
13
Navsari
174
Jalalpore
6

175
Navsari
13

176
Gandevi (ST)
7

177
Vansda (ST)
10

Total...
36
0
14
Valsad
178
Dharampur (ST)
5
4
179
Valsad
11
8
180
Pardi
15
13
181
Kaprada (ST)
8
7
182
Umbergaon (ST)
15
10
Total...
54
42
15
Tapi
171
Vyara (ST)
17
10
172
Nizar (ST)
14
10
Total...
31
20
Total..
87 AC
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