Sunday, January 13, 2013

New Delhi
12 Jan, 2013

       Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne, PVSM,AVSM, VM, ADC, Chief of Air Staff (CAS) visited the  NCC Republic Day Parade Camp 2013 at Delhi Cantt today. RDC-2013 is an annual Camp of month long duration signifying ‘Grand Finale’ of NCC activities  being attended by 2004 selected cadets from all States and Union Territories. On arrival, the Air Chief was received by the DGNCC, Lieutenant General PS Bhalla, AVSM.

       The Chief of Air Staff reviewed a ‘Guard of Honour’ presented by smartly turned out cadets from all the three wings of the NCC. This was followed by a brilliant Band Display by cadets from Balika Vidhya Peeth, Pilani in their colourful attire playing marching and martial tunes and Lazium display by cadets from Maharasthra Directorates who regaled the audiences and added a festive touch to the occasion.

       Later,  the CAS visited the ‘Flag Area’, where he was briefed by cadets on their colourful tableaux by State Contingents portraying various themes translated in form of realistic model elaborately illustrated and displayed.  The Air Chief along with other distinguished guests later witnessed a spectacular ‘Cultural Programme’ by the talented cadets in the NCC auditorium.

       In his address on the occasion, the CAS complimented the cadets for their impressive performance.  He also praised the role played by NCC for spearheading the onerous task of training and harnessing the energy, verve and change making abilities of the younger generation in the country that has one of the largest and youngest population profile in the World.

He also lauded the contribution of NCC fraternity including its alumni for their vital and dynamic role towards Nation Building, Disaster Management, Social Empowerment and Conserving the Environment. The Air Chief also exhorted the cadets to imbibe the best from NCC and serve the Nation in career they opt and excel.   

                                                              (Pratik Saxena)
                                                              Lt Col

DataWind and UN announce global call for Socially Responsible Apps to Empower Women’

New York/ New Delhi: January 11, 2013: Agnite Education, American Digital University, Applications for Good, BluWorld, DataWind, Equal Access International and the United Nations Office forPartnerships are pleased to announce the Global Apps to Empower competition to challenge apps developers to create apps that empower all young women in leadership and mentorship, jobs and entrepreneurship, education and conflict resolution.

Applications that best satisfy the competition criteria will receive cash prizes and the opportunity to have their apps featured on Datawind’s Ubislate educational tablet.

DataWind CEO Suneet Singh Tuli said, “Our goal is to feature apps on our tablets for young women in developing countries who seek to become leaders in their communities; to be mentored by some of the best leaders currently in business and government; to learn how to start businesses; find meaningful work; and gain a practical skill that can improve not only her life but the lives of those in her community.”
“Our challenge is to leverage the power of technology and bridge the digital divide,” UN Secretary General Moon said. “We need to do more to help all children and young people make the most of the opportunities provided by information and communications technology – especially all those who are still unconnected from the digital revolution,” UN Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon noted.
The competition will be held from now through April 30th, 2013 with the winners announced in July 2013.  An esteemed panel of judges includes, among others:
-         Hon. Sheila Copps, former Deputy Prime Minister of Canada
-         Geena Davis, Academy Award winner, Hollywood Actress and Geena Davis Institute on Gender and Media
-         Willa Shalit, founder, Rwanda Path to Peace and CEO, Fairwinds Trading
-         Michaela Walsh, Founder, Women's World Banking and Founder, Global Student Leadership
-         Joanne Wilson, well-known angel investor and adviser
-         Shri Vivek Wadhwa, Academic, Researcher, Writer and Entrepreneur

Please see at for more information on contest rules, a complete list of judges, deadline and submission guidelines.

About DataWind:
DataWind produces the Aakash tablet sold to the government of India at $50 and will be distributed at a government-subsidized price of $35 USD. DataWind seeks to partner with educational agencies and NGOs that recognize the urgency to provide low-cost reliable devices that can be used for educational purposes and embedded content.
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Congress (INC) and Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP)have violated the Representation of People’s Act (RPA) 1951 and Foreign Contribution Regulation Act

Indian National Congress (INC) and Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP)have violated the Representation of People’s Act (RPA) 1951 and Foreign Contribution Regulation Act

A bench of Delhi High Court comprising of justices Sanjay Kishen Kaul and Indermeet Kaur today, on 10th of January 2013, heard the arguments
of a PIL that has alleged that the two political parties namely Indian National Congress (INC) and Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP)have violated the
Representation of People’s Act (RPA) 1951 and Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA) by taking donations from government companies
and foreign sources, which is prohibited under both the legislations.
Petitioners of the PIL
a) Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR)
b) Dr. EAS Sarma, former secretary to the Government of India
Grounds of the PIL
a) INC and the BJP have violated Section 29B of the Representation of People’s Act 1951, which categorically prohibits them to take donations from government companies and from any foreign source
b) The donation of huge sums of money made by the Vedanta Group (being a foreign company) to major political parties like INC and BJP is in clear violation of the FCR Act of 1976 and the FCR Act of 2010.
c) The donation of huge sums of money by the public sector undertakings (who are also State within Article 12 of the Constitution) to the political parties is in violation of Section 293A of the Companies Act.
BJP and INC have confessed to the foreign funding

Both BJP and INC have themselves declared, in their annual contribution reports submitted to the Election Commission of India (ECI), that they have received funding from the Vedanta Group, which is a foreign company listed on London Stock Exchange under the name “Vedanta Resources PLC”.
Court has asked Centre and ECI
After hearing the petitioners, Delhi High Court has asked the Central Government (Home Ministry) and Election Commission of India (ECI) to file their responses within 2 weeks. Court has also said that the two political parties, INC and BJP, will be called upon to respond only after going through the responses of the Home Ministry and ECI. The next date of hearing in the matter has been set as 4th February 2013.
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