Saturday, April 27, 2013


COMMISSIONING OF INDIAN COAST GUARD SHIP C-425
ON 27 APR 13


           Indian Coast Guard Ship C-425, the third of the series of Interceptor Boats designed and built by M/s Larsen and Toubro, Katupalli was commissioned at Paradip by Shri Bijaya Kumar Patnaik, IAS, Chief Secretary, Government of Odisha. The ceremony was witnessed by Inspector General KC Pande PTM, TM Commander Coast Guard Region (North-East) and other distinguished guests from various Central and State agencies.

The 30 metres long Interceptor Boat with 90 tonnes displacement can achieve a maximum speed of 45 knots. The vessel is fitted with state-of-the-art navigation and communication equipment and medium range armament. It is designed for high speed interception,  close-coast patrol, low-intensity maritime operations, Search & Rescue and maritime surveillance.
       
        The Interceptor Boat C-425 will be based at Paradip under the Administrative and Operational Control of the Commander Coast Guard District Headquarters No 7. 

The IB is commanded by Deputy Commandant Vijay Vishwanathan and has a crew of 01 Officer and 11 Enrolled Personnel.






EFA Global Monitoring Report 2012:
200 million young people fail to complete primary school and lack skills for work

New Delhi, 26 April 2013 – The National launch of the EFA Global Monitoring Report, 2012: Youth and skills: putting education to work will take place in New Delhi on the 26 April 2013.   UNESCO has already published the Summary of the Report in English, French, Spanish, Arabic, Russian, Chinese, Nepalese, Bengali, Thai, Swahili, Japanese, and German languages. Today the Hindi and the Telegu version waslaunched by Dr Karan Singh, India’s Representative to UNESCO’s Executive Board and President ICCR, in the presence of Dr S. S. Jena, Chairman, National Institute of Open Learning, and DrSantoshMehrotra, DG, Institute of Applied Manpower Research (IAMR).   The 2012 Report, Putting Education to Work, reveals the urgent need to invest in skills for youth.  200 million young people in the world have not completed primary school and need a second chance to acquire basic skills for work. 91 million of these young people live in South and West Asia, making up more than a quarter of the region’s youth population and the greatest number of unskilled young people of any region in the world.

Where: Teen Murti House, New Delhi, India
When:  26 April 2013 at 9.30 am
Media Interview possibilities: Dr Karan Singh, India’s Representative to UNESCO’s Executive Board and President ICCR; Mr Shigeru Aoyagi, Director UNESCO New Delhi and UNESCO Representative; and MsTine Staermose, Director ILO New Delhi
Contact: Ms. Rekha Beri (r.beri@unesco.org)

The Report looks in depth at youth skills and shows that young people need the foundation skills taught at primary and lower secondary school to find decent jobs. India accounts for a huge proportion of the 200 million youth lacking foundation skills worldwide. Over a third of 15-19 year olds in the country have less than a lower secondary education and lack the skills they need for work.

The skills crisis is unlikely to improve anytime soon. In South and West Asia, about 13 million are still out of primary school and 31 million teenagers are out of secondary school, missing out on vital skills for future employment. Despite India making dramatic inroads increasing access to primary school, it still has the fourth highest number of out of school children of any country in the world.

There is also a learning crisis impeding the likelihood of the skills deficit being rectified with ease: Worldwide, 250 million children of primary school age cannot read or write, whether they are in school or not. In India, fewer than 5% of poor students reached over level 2 in mathematics in learning assessments done in 2009.

The Report cautions that these education failures are not only thwarting young people’s hopes, but are also jeopardizing equitable economic growth and social cohesion. The urban poor, those living in remote rural areas and young women are the worst off of all. Many youth coping without skills are unemployed or working with bad working conditions and being paid poverty line wages for life. In India in the 2000s, for example, there were estimated to be 10 million street vendors working informally.

Skills development programmes can be improved to boost young people’s opportunities for decent jobs and better lives.  Such investment in skills is a smart move for improving economic growth. The EFA Global Monitoring Report calculates that every US$1 spend on a person’s education yields US$10-15 in economic growth over that person’s working lifetime. India has realized this potential and aims to train 500 million of its poor urban youth by 2022 in courses and apprenticeships run by the public and private sector. There is also a national policy working to develop the skills of street vendors. NGOs are also helping: some work giving transferable skills such as confidence and self-esteem to poorer urban youth.

Mr Shigeru Aoyagi, Director of UNESCO Representative to India, Bhutan, Maldives and Sri Lanka says: “There is much that India can be proud of as regards its remarkable achievements and ambition for training young people in skills for work. However, it should be noted that the overwhelming majority of urban youth have little training to acquire skills. The skills shortage risks hampering the country’s growth and reinforcing inequality unless it is tackled immediately. Only if countries give their youth a second chance to learn basic skills such as reading, and skills in relevant trades will they make the full use of their potential.”

Ms Tine Staermose, Director ILO New Delhi, says: “As one of the largest informal economies, the percentage of skilled workers in India with any formal plus informal vocational training has been estimated as being close to 10% compared to 60-80% in developed countries.  The limited reach of skills development programmes not only affects the potential for socio-economic growth but also makes the transition from school to decent work more difficult for Indian youth.
Governments, donors and the private sector have a key role to play in raising new resources and using them more effectively to fill theUS$38 billion annual finance gap for good quality basic and lower secondary education. Many donors are not prioritizing education in their budgets. Only 2% of India’scommitment to other developing countries 2008 to 2010 was directed at education, for example.

The EFA Global Monitoring Reportaims to inform, influence and sustain genuine commit-mentacross more than 200 countries and territories towards the six Education for All goals established at the World Education Forum in Dakar, Senegal, in 2000. It shows that progress is stalling just when increased urgency should be fuelling a final push towards the 2015 deadline for meeting the goals.

n  Goal 1: Improvements in early childhood care and education have been too slow. In 2010, around 28% of children under five suffered from stunting, and less than half the world’s children received pre-primary education.
n  Goal 2: Progress towards universal primary education is stalling. The global number of children out of school stagnated at 61 million in 2010.Of 100 children out of school, 47 are never expected to enter.
n  Goal 3: Many young people lack foundation skills. In 123 low and lower middle income countries, around 200 million of 15 to 24 year-oldshave not even completed primary school, equivalent to one in five young people.
n  Goal 4: Adult literacy remains an elusive goal. The number of illiterate adults has dropped by just 12% between 1990 and 2010. In 2010, around775 million adults were illiterate, two-thirds of who were women.
n  Goal 5: Gender disparities take a variety of forms. In 2010, there were still seventeen countries with fewer than nine girls for every ten boys in primary school. In more than half of the ninety-six countries that have not achieved gender parity in secondary school, boys are at a disadvantage.
n  Goal 6: Global inequality in learning outcomes remains stark. As many as 250 million children could be failing to read or write by the time they should reach grade 4.
The EFA GMR Report calls for immediate action to solve the youth skills crisis. It identifies five key steps that should be taken, which can be tailored to fit country-specific circumstances:

1.         Over 91 million  young people in South and West Asia need to be given alternative pathways to learn foundation skills
2.         All young people need quality training in relevant foundation skills at lower secondary school
3.         Upper secondary curricula should provide a balance between vocational and technical skills, including IT, and transferable skills such as confidence and communication which are indispensable for the work place
4.         Skills strategies must target the disadvantaged: particularly young women and urban and rural poor
5.         Governments as well as donors and the private sector must help fill the funding gap of $38 billion to ensure all young people complete basic and lower secondary education

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The EFA Global Monitoring Report is developed annually by an independent team and published by UNESCO. The full report is available online at:www.efareport.unesco.org

For more information, please contact:
MrAlisherUmarov                                                            Ms Rekha Beri
Chief of Education                                                           Documentalist& Public Information
(a.umarov@unesco.org)                                              (r.beri@unesco.org)
Ph: 91-11-26713000                                                         Ph: 91-11-26713000

Prachi Desai and Vidyut Jammwal admit they do not know their mom’s dream

27 04 2013
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P&G urges children to say ‘Thank You Mom’  by coming forward to realize their mom’s lost dreams
New Delhi, Friday, 26th April, 2013: Vidyut Jammwal, and actor Prachi Desai, came together in Delhi at the P&G Thank You, Mom Survey launch to share heart-warming stories of how if it weren’t for their moms, they would not be living their dream today. Somewhere along the way, they all forgot what Vimla Jammwal and Amita Desai’s dreams were. Vidyut & Prachi are just cases in point. The AC Nielsen and P&G ‘Thank You Mom’ survey reveals that 77% of moms surveyed do not talk about their unfulfilled dreams.
With support from influencers and mothers from different walks of life, P&G enabled children to fulfil their mom’s wishes for them last year. This year the campaign led by P&G and its brands Ariel, Vicks, Whisper, Pampers goes one step further to realize a mom’s dream. These are her forgotten dreams that she had given less importance to, while realizing her children’s dream. Hence, P&G and children join hands this year to enable moms to free up their time & realize their dreams for themselves.
Interestingly, while 87% of moms surveyed said that they would like to have some free time for themselves, 79% of children stated that they would like to help their moms with daily chores, but they are too busy at work to help moms. But then, this is a great opportunity! After all, 93% of moms also say that they would like for their children to realize their dreams!
Commenting on the occasion, Kainaz Gazder, Marketing Director P&G Indiasaid “P&G has always strived to work towards touching and improving lives of mothers across the world. Each of P&G’s brands is committed towards identifying the challenges a mother faces in her everyday life, and is aiming at easing those with superior, consumer-meaningful products. We believe this purpose that drives us is the core reason for the loyalty our consumers bestow on us. While our products help a mom reduce the tediousness of her chores, as the proud sponsor of Moms, P&G’s ‘Thank You Mom’ hopes to also acknowledge a mom’s dedication towards the wellbeing of her family. In its second year, as part of the campaign, we, joins hands with children across the country to enable moms to realise at least one lost dream” 
As children live the daily rush, they become oblivious to the efforts put in by mothers to reduce hurdles and simplify their lives. Moms continue to perform their duties selflessly, without expectations, at the cost of losing out on their own dreams- for some to be a successful working woman, a sports person, for others to be an accomplished musician, artist…
Speaking at the event, Prachi Desai said “My mom has been my friend, my confidant and a source of strength. Last year as part of the launch of P&G ‘Thank You Mom’ in India, I realised that I hardly ever thank my mother for the scores of little and big things she does for me day in and day out. This truth came to me almost as a shock, and ever since I have made it a part of my conscious self to express my gratitude to my mother as often as I can. , Saying Thank You Mom seems like the best thing I can now say”.  She continued further to say “This year once again, this campaign has compelled me to think and bring forth the realisation that my mother has indeed  sacrificed a lot of her dreams to make my dream of being an actress come true. This is really the time for me to make an attempt to find that lost dream and make every effort to realize it for my mother”
Given this, the second year of Thank You Mom aims to bring about a similar realisation in many more children, and get them to think about their mother’s unfulfilled dreams. After all, for all the sacrifices moms make for their children,  what better way can a child say “Thank You Mom’ than by realising her lost dream.
To learn more, consumers can visit http://www.facebook.com/ThankYouMomIndia?fref=ts

About P&G

P&G is one of the largest and amongst the fastest growing consumer products companies in India. Its presence pans across the Beauty & Grooming segment, the Household Care segment as well as the Health & Well Being segment, with trusted brands that are household names across India. These include Vicks, Ariel, Tide, Whisper, Olay, Gillette, Ambipur, Pampers, Pantene, Oral-B, Head & Shoulders, Wella and Duracell. P&G operates under three entities in India, two listed entities ‘Procter & Gamble Hygiene & Health care Limited’ and ‘Gillette India Limited’, as well as one 100% subsidiary of the parent company in the U.S. called ‘Procter & Gamble Home Products’. Please visit www.pg-india.com for further details.

Behan Km. Mayawati ji’s  
Assembly Election Tour Programme in Karnataka 
on 27.04.2013 & 28.04.2013

S.No.
Date
Time
Meeting Place
1
27.04.2013
12.00 Noon
Shapur Road,
Near Stadium, Jevargi,
Gulbarga District
2
27.04.2013
02.00 p.m.
Teacher’s Colony Ground, Near Bhagath Singh College Ground, Humnabad,
Bidar District

3
28.04.2013
01.00 p.m.
Kiwad Ground, NM Road, Chikkodi,
Belgaum District

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