Monday, April 29, 2013


Press Conference by leaders of Street Vendors from across India
The Editor/Bureau Chief/ News Editor/ Chief Reporter and Photo Section In charge 
Dear Sir/Madam 
National Association of Street Vendors of India (NASVI) is a national platform of 715 street vendor organizations, trade unions and community based groups across 23 states of India. It has been struggling to get an effective and inclusive central law to protect the livelihood right of street vendors of the country.. .
After sustained struggles of street vendors, the Government of India had introduced the Street Vendors Bill in the Lok Sabha on 6 September, 2012. The Bill had provisions enabling vendors to get access to rights and entitlements, but also had several shortcomings.
In this situation, NASVI is going to organize a National Dialogue with Lawmakers to convert Street Vendors Bill into Act  on 1 May, 2013 in Delhi. 
 On the eve of this national dialogue, street vendor leaders of 15 states are going to join a press conference in Delhi, as per the following programme:
Date: Monday, April 29, 2013
Time:  3 pm
Venue: Press Club of India, New Delhi
 The Press Conference would be addressed by NASVI national coordinator Arbind Singh and  street vendors’/trade union leaders of  Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal and Orissa.
Kindly assign your correspondent and photographer/camera team to cover this important  press conference.
 Yours sincerely
Ranjit Abhigyan                                                              Sunita Govind
Program Manager                                                          Media Coordinator
NASVI                                                                              9871756969
A curtain raiser press meet for the 18th European Union Film Festival ‘Celebrating Women’ on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 11:00 am at Gallery Romain Rolland, Alliance Française de Delhi, 72 Lodi Estate, Lodi Road, New Delhi.
The EUFF 2013 will be held from 08 May – 19 May 2013 in New Delhi comprising of a selection of 24 films, narrating many engaging stories, showcasing different shades, and nuances of women, and offering an insight into their remarkable lives.
The curtain raiser interaction will have the presence of Mr. Pavel Svitil, Minister Counsellor – Deputy Head of Delegation of the European Union to India, Mr Jean-Philippe Bottin, Director, Alliance Française de Delhi, Ms Angela Trezza, Director, Istituto Italiano di Cultura (Italian Cultural Centre), Mr. Tibor Kovacs, Director of Hungarian Information and Cultural Centre, Mr Jesús Clavero Rodríguez, Instituto Cervantes.
We request you send us a line in confirmation at the earliest possible
Looking forward to meeting you at the curtain raiser meet; this will be followed by an informal discussion over light European snacks and wine/soft drinks.
Thanking you in anticipation,
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invite YOU
to a cultureSPEAK event:
CulturalEmergency NOW!
Conversations around a Book Launch
Life of an Afghan Hammam (Tanvi Maheshwari)
(on facebook:
On Friday, 3rd May 2013 
At 7.00 pm
Venue: India Habitat Centre/ Gulmohur Hall
Entry: Open to ALL, passes not required.
storytellers circle moderated by Tanvi Maheshwari.
In the circle:
Sohail Hashmi + Narayani Gupta + Robert Mann + Rohit Jigyasu

Sohail Hashmi is an academic, activist film maker and writer. He is one of the founders of SAHMAT. Between 1980-91 he worked among unorganised youth and slumdwellers in Delhi. In ’91 he worked with PTI TV, Home TV, BiTV, etc. He conceptualised and scripted a four-part series on the “History of Urdu”, which aired on Discovery. He also made a five-part series for Door Darshan on walks through Shahjahanabad. He is currently setting up a foundation to document the heritage of Delhi, and conducts heritage walks. He also writes a regular column for Terrascape and The Hindu.
Narayani Gupta is a historian whose research and writing has focused on urban history. She retired as Professor of History from Jamia Millia Islamia, where her students had taught her a lot. She has also edited school textbooks. Thirty years ago she was a member of the combative Conservation Society of Delhi and now of the optimistic ‘Friends of the ASI’.
Robert Mann is an Englishman who has made India his home. He previously worked with the UN in Paris, for UNESCO a specialist UN agency, he was responsible for cultural policy, in particular Asia- Pacific region. He grew up in Cambridge, England and obtained a Master in Arts degree – History, Divinity and Philosophy from University of Aberdeen, Scotland and Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong. He is currently working for various companies in India, working to build their global partnership and communication approach focussing on strategy and international alliances.
Rohit Jigyasu is a conservation architect and risk management consultant from India, currently working as UNESCO Chair professor at the Research Center for Disaster Mitigation of Urban Cultural Heritage at Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan and Senior Advisor to the Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS). He is member of the Executive Committee of ICOMOS and president of ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on Risk Preparedness (ICORP).
Life of an Afghan Hammam is Tanvi Maheshwari‘s first book. Maheshwari is an architect who graduated from the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi and has worked with archi. She has been traveling between New Delhi and Kabul documenting the recovery of a the hammam, a cultural space that is humming once again.

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The promise and challenges of a new relationship
Friday, May 10; 2013: 5.00 – 6.30 pm
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Myanmar’s gradual transition to democracy opens a new chapter of opportunity in Indo-Myanmar relations. With significant changes taking place in Myanmar which impacts its polity, economy, society and foreign affairs, its relations with the external world is also evolving steadily. It would be a truism yet paradoxical to say that the new Myanmar is not truly new. There is a complex transition underway in this nation. While the broad direction is set, the actual pace of change is yet to be gauged. Myanmar rejoining the global mainstream has also become the latest arena for Asia’s contentious geopolitical environment. With the world fast taking note of Myanmar, the window of opportunity is short for India to stamp its own footprint, vis-à-vis existing and emerging competition.
Mr. Pramit Pal Chaudhuri, Foreign Editor, Hindustan Times and Member of National Security Advisory Board, Government of India will lead the discussion.
This session will be moderated by Dr. Kingshuk Chatterjee, Assistant Professor, Department of History, Calcutta University and guest faculty at the Institute of Foreign Policy Studies.
Friday, May 10, 2013 5:00 PM  - 6:30 PM
Please be seated by 4.45 pm.
High Tea will be served following the event  
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Mr. Pramit Pal Chaudhuri, Foreign Editor, Hindustan Times and Member of National Security Advisory Board of Government of India.
Pramit Pal Chaudhuri is the Foreign Editor of the Hindustan Times and a senior associate at the Rhodium Group. He is presently serving as a member of the Indian government’s National Security Advisory Board and as a delegate for a number of track-two strategic and economic dialogues. These include the CII-Aspen Strategy Group India-US strategic dialogue, the Aspen Institute of India-China Reform School dialogue and the trilateral India-US-Japan dialogue. Pramit’s affiliations outside of India include being a member of the New York-based Asia Society’s Global Council, the Aspen Institute of Italy, the Institute of International Strategic Studies in London and the Mont Pelerin Society. In 2007-08 he was the Bernard Schwarz Fellow at the Asia Society in New York and a Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow at the University of Maryland College Park in 1994-95. Pramit has also been a media fellow at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, South Asia Fellow at the Henry Stimson Centre, and Visiting Fellow at his alma mater Cornell University.
Dr. Kingshuk Chatterjee, Assistant Professor, Department of History, Calcutta University and guest faculty at the Institute of Foreign Policy Studies.
Dr Kingshuk Chatterjee is an Assistant Professor in the department of history. His doctoral work was on the intellectual origins of the Islamic Revolution of Iran, at the Calcutta University. He currently offers optional courses on the history of Germany and that of the Modern Middle East at the department. He also shares the compulsory courses on the Making of the Modern West and International Relations since 1945, in the department of History. Dr Chatterjee is the Deputy Director, Centre for Pakistan and West Asian Studies and is guest faculty at the Institute of Foreign Policy Studies, Calcutta University. He began his career as a lecturer in the department of History, Scottish Church College, Calcutta (2000-06). He then became a fellow at the Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Asian Studies, Calcutta. During 2006-07, he served at the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland, as a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence. There he offered a course each on the Rise of India and its Global Role, and one on the International Relations of the Middle East

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