Friday, April 11, 2014

Hindustan Lever & FISME : Session on the Competition Law and Compliance – focussed on MSMEs

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Eubiq Singapore with its convergence innovation

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EUBIQ SINGAPORE WITH ITS CONVERGENCE INNOVATION

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Eubiq Singapore with its convergence innovation in the field of fifth generation cable management to drive the telecom features in its holistic efficiency . We have started our operation in India. Eubiq India Pvt Ltd has pan India presence. We are the first of its kind in electrical power management system. 
We are product based out of Singapore www.eubiq.com, We Have a strong presence in the retail industry in Dubai, Singapore and Some Parts of Europe.
Eubiq Singapore is the inventor and manufacturer of GSS System – The World’s Most Flexible Power Outlet System. Now open our own Marketing operation in India.
The Eubiq System, the world’s first-of-its kind electrical power outlet system, that is practical, green, safe and simply beautiful well suited for residential use including kitchens, living rooms, study rooms, AV rooms, masters rooms.
The system is easy to install, easy to use and most importantly safe as all live parts are securely hidden.
GSS viz Ground Sentry Shutter is a patented safety features found in all Power Tracks and Wall Sockets. With prior wiring, GSS effectively grounds all conductive objects in contacts with it. The system is therefore child-safe, virtually impossible for any hazardous shock. Embrace the freedom of Eubiq – because electrical power in now anywhere you want it to be with ultra safe, unique modular concept, architecturally versatile, sleek design, quick and easy installation, universal system, cost-saving, 40Amp High Current Carrying Capacity plus freedom of movement.
Clients for references are -:
Hotels-:  Ramada Gurgoan,  ITC Maurya Sheraton Delhi, Hilton Delhi, Westin Pune, Duet Pune, Oberoi Hilton Mumbai, Spa, Margaon Goa, Base Hospital Delhi, City Hospital Delhi, Sir Ganga Ram, Dr R M L Hospital,Tata Memorial Hospital,
Other listed are -: L&T Corporate Office Chennai, Siemens Ltd, Chennai, Gurgaon, Cipla India Mumbai & Pune, Nestle Goa and Gurgoan, Crompton Greaves Goa and Glaxo Smithkline Pharmaceuticals Ltd. etc
GSS System is the infrastructure platform of the future – all your Power, Data and Communication (Audio, Video and Telephone) needs can be neatly integrated onto a single track.
 GSS System is a worldwide patented Flexible power outlet system which enables truly flexible access to power “when and where it is needed”. GSS provides the ability to safely and easily add, remove or reposition power points where and when required. Fixed Power points, Power boards and Multi-point Adaptors will be a thing of the past.
GSS is CE marked and confirms many international standards. Along with completely flexible access to power, Eubiq provides other features such as safety, superior aesthetics, 100% modularity, long term cost savings, child-proof design, energy saving/ emission reduction and provides complete freedom in room layout.
With all the above advantages Eubiq is ideal for use in both Industrial and commercial environments such as Work-stations, cabins, utility room, pantry, conference rooms in offices for public places such as conference halls, media halls, restaurants, hospitals.
Eubiq also has potential to provide any customized solution based on your needs: If you need 6/16 AMP single phase power , as well as channels for data cable & other multimedia cables. Then, Eubiq can integrate its GSS system base power track with a wide range of Aluminum housings which can be used as both recessed (tables & walls) and surface application.
Below are some videos which would assist you in understanding our product range & Technology.
We are interested to sell / market our product  any enquiry on this subject are solicited.
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Gurgoan-12201, Haryana
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digital learning

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digitalLEARNING Weekly Newsletter: April 10, 2014   Volume 11, Issue 15
  
PG diploma in urban planning and development to begin soon in Ignou
Indira Gandhi National Open University (Ignou) is launching a postgraduate diploma programme in urban planning and development in the admission season. It is a distance learning programme which will be imparted in English initially through Ignou regional centres.
New PhD programme to boost quality research 
In order to boost the quality of research, new PhD programme is launched. It is the Intel PhD sponsorship programme which is being supported by the government of India.
No new technical institution for a year 
In the guidelines issued recently, UGC has decided to suspend approval and regulation of new technical institutes for a year.
UGC grants JNU Rs 60 Cr for research
Granting Jawaharlal Nehru University, the status of University with Potential for Excellence (UPE), UGC has given grant of Rs 60 crore to the university for research and infrastructure development.
Schools ask weak students to leave
To secure 100 percent results in the board examination and to maintain a reputation, some of the schools of Chennai have gone to the extent of asking students who perform poorly in class 9 and class 11 to leave immediately and join another school with a pass certificate.
New post graduate programme in IIM- Trichy
IIM-Trichy has launched a post graduate programme in human resource management (PGPHRM) for the working professionals in the city.
Unique way to check impersonation by UP Technical University 
The Uttar Pradesh Technical University (UPTU) has found out a unique way to check impersonation. They have introduced some changes in the state entrance examination -2014 for admission to technical colleges.
MBA Craze Tumbles Down: Where Lies the Canker?
A tête-à-tête with aspirants on ‘Why MBA’ often draws out some of the most diverse answers. In recent times, not only has the B-schools witnessed a dip in placement figures; reports also suggest a nearly 10 percent dip in takers of CAT 2013.
Relevance of Sports Education in Schools
Whether it be high performance sports at the Olympics or the development of sports locally, sports education is becoming increasingly important in the modern world.
  
Experience – A vital key for moulding business skills
MBA needs to be re-imagined, rebuild, redelivered and reinvented for working professionals, opine Rajul Garg, Director, Sunstone Business School in an interaction with Veena Kurup.
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The Catalyst Conference: Igniting Leadership to End Sexual Violence

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The Catalyst Conference:
Igniting Leadership to End Sexual Violence


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DATEApril 23-24, 2014
TIME10 am onwards (Registration: 9 am)
LOCATIONNew Delhi
SPEAKERSMallika Sarabhai, Dancer and Activist
Mirai ChaterjeeSEWA Coordinator & Member of National Advisory Council
Rukmini BanerjeeDirector, Pratham
Dipankar GuptaSocial Scientist
Neera NundyPartner, DASRA
  …and many more!
CHAIRNaina Lal Kidwai, Country Head-India and Director, HSBC Asia-Pacific
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The crisis.

In India, a woman is raped every 30 minutes. A child is raped every hour. Approximately 70 percent of Indian women experience some form of violence in their lifetime. A recent Thomson Reuters study reported that India is the worst country for women of all G20 nations. The implications for our families, our communities, our economy and country are enormous. Something needs to change.
A rare opportunity. 
We are carefully selecting 200 participants from the government, private and non-profit sectors and bringing them together with experts to discuss the issue of sexual violence in our day – what is driving it, and what each one of us can (must!) do to stop it.
A meeting of minds, solutions, actions…..and change.
Expert Panels:
• Men’s Attitudes Towards Women in India
• Access to Education
• Economic Empowerment
• Arts and Media
• The Law and How it is Implemented
Breakout Sessions
• Initiatives to train and sensitize young, Indian men to act on behalf of women’s safety
• Addressing the issue of Child Marriage
• Initiatives to provide uneducated girls safe and consistent access to school
• Establishing a National Awareness Campaign
• The use of Emerging Technologies to track and prosecute rapists and traffickers
• Mental Healthcare and Counselling for trauma victims​
Exciting and inspiring: Special extras.
• New York City’s critically acclaimed Battery Dance Company will join the inspiring dancers ofKolkata Sanved, to jointly create and present a dance work of healing and inspiration with a remarkable troupe of young survivors of sexual violence.
• The World Premier of critically acclaimed film ‘Daughters of Mother India,’ directed by Vibha Bakshi and Produced by Academy Award Winner Maryann DeLeo.
Registration Fee
Registration fee covers participation to the two-day conference, lunch, reception, complimentary pass to the Battery Dance Company and Kolkata Sanved Performance (April 23) and access to the India Premier of ‘Daughters of Mother India’ (April 24). Fee does not include travel, or accommodation and is the responsibility of the delegate.
Delegate: Rs. 3000
Charities, NGOs and Government Sector Representatives: Rs. 1000
Academics and students: Rs. 1000
To accept this invitation, please RSVP by April 14
REGISTRATION

Payment Details:
Please make the payment on or before the 14th April, 2014 by either:
1. Cheque in favour of Ananta Centre to be posted or delivered to:
First Floor, Thapar House
124 Janpath,
New Delhi – 110001, India
2. Bank Transfer
Account No. 50200003789091
Account Name: Ananta Centre
Bank Name: HDFC Bank Ltd.
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Bank Branch and Address: 72 Ved Mansion, New Delhi – 110001

For queries, please contact:
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Email: samarth.pathak@anantacentre.in,
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‘Nuclear India – Retrospect & Prospect’

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‘Nuclear India – Retrospect & Prospect’


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TIME3:30 PM  - 4:30 PM (Registration: 3:00 pm)
LOCATIONIndia International Centre, New Building (Seminar Hall I & II), Max Mueller Marg, New Delhi-110003
SPEAKERAmbassador Rakesh Sood, Special Envoy of the Prime Minister for Disarmament & Non-Proliferation Issues
CHAIRDr. C Raja Mohan, Head, Strategic Studies and Distinguished Fellow, Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi
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ABOUT THE EVENT
With the tests in 1998, India declared itself a nuclear weapon state. Since then, it has travelled a long way in developing nuclear energy both for civil and military purposes. Nevertheless its deep commitment to nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament issues still remains intact. To gain a greater insight in India’s nuclear capacity and programme, Ananta Aspen Centre invites you to a session ‘Nuclear India – Retrospect & Prospect’ with Ambassador Rakesh Sood, Special Envoy of the Prime Minister for Disarmament & Non-Proliferation Issues where he would reflect upon different dimensions of nuclear energy, nuclear weapons and doctrines, and finally the aspect of nuclear diplomacy. The session would be chaired by Dr C. Raja Mohan, Head, Strategic Studies and Distinguished Fellow, Observer Research Foundation (ORF), India.

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Rakesh Sood 09-04-14Rakesh SoodSpecial Envoy of the Prime Minister for Disarmament & Non-Proliferation IssuesBorn on 5th February 1953, Ambassador Rakesh Sood joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1976 after completing Post Graduate studies in Physics at St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University.  He subsequently pursued Post Graduate studies in Economics and Defence Studies. He has served in the Indian missions in Brussels, Dakar, Geneva, and Islamabad in different capacities and also as Deputy Chief of Mission in Washington.
In Delhi, Ambassador Sood served as Director (Disarmament) and set up the Disarmament and International Security Affairs Division which he led till end of 2000 as Joint Secretary (D&ISA), in the Foreign Ministry.  During this period, he was responsible for multilateral disarmament negotiations (CWC, CTBT and the BWC verification protocol etc), bilateral dialogues on CBMs with Pakistan, strategic dialogues with other countries especially after the nuclear tests in 1998, and India’s role in the ARF.  As India’s first Ambassador – Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament at the United Nations, in Geneva, from 2001 to 2004, he also chaired a number of Working Groups including the negotiations on landmines and cluster munitions.  Ambassador Sood served on UNSG’s Disarmament Advisory Board (2002-03). Subsequently, he has served as Ambassador to Afghanistan from January 2005 to January 2008, Ambassador to Nepal from April 2008 to August 2011 and was Ambassador of India to France from August 2011 to March 2013 when he retired from the diplomatic service after a career spanning 36 years.
In September 2013, Ambassador Rakesh Sood was appointed Special Envoy of the Prime Minister (SEPM) for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation Issues.

CHAIR
C Raja Mohan 09-04-14C Raja MohanHead, Strategic Studies and Distinguished Fellow, Observer Research Foundation, New DelhiDr. C Raja Mohan is a Distinguished Fellow at ORF and is leading the Strategic Studies Initiative of the Foundation. He is also a foreign affairs columnist for ‘The Indian Express’, a Visiting Research Professor at the Institute of South Asian Studies, Singapore, and a Non-Resident Senior Associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Washington DC. He is currently a member of India’s National Security Advisory Board and has served there earlier during 1998-2000 and 2004-06.
Earlier he was a Professor of South Asian Studies at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He was the Henry Alfred Kissinger Chair in Foreign Policy and International Relations at the Library of Congress, Washington DC during 2009-10. Dr. Mohan served as the Diplomatic Editor and the Washington Correspondent of ‘The Hindu’ and the Strategic Affairs Editor of ‘The Indian Express’. His area of expertise includes India’s Foreign and Defence policies, Asian Security, Arms Control & Disarmament, and the Impact of Rising Powers on the Global Order.
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DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE NIGERIA (DEVIN) PROPOSED ACTIVITIES

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DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE NIGERIA (DEVIN) PROPOSED ACTIVITIES
 
 
 
olayinka olaitan
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Apr 10 at 5:31 PM
ABOUT US
DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE NIGERIA (DEVIN) is a community based,
non-profit and non-governmental organization committed to social,
economic and political development of Nigeria. DEVIN is made up of
young Nigerian Professionals with multidisciplinary area of studies.
We have a vision of a better tomorrow for Nigeria and entire Africa
continent; we believe the major problem affecting Africa development
is poor leadership and not lack of resources as believed in certain
quarters.
DEVIN believes strengthening democratic institutions and promoting
active political participation by the masses are crucial to
sustainable development and the global war on poverty.
PROPOSED ACTIVITIES: community sensitization seminars on good
governance, accountability and violence free elections will be held in
selected communities in Ogun state and Lagos states of Nigeria as part
of preparations for the general elections scheduled for the late 2014
and early 2015.
DEVIN is planning to organize twenty (20) sensitization and political
awareness seminars for community leaders, members of political
parties, religious leaders, traders and artisans, youths and
representative of women’s groups. The activities will cover both urban
commercial centres and rural agrarian areas.
JUSTIFICATION FOR THE PROJECT: Nigeria has a history of violent
elections since the change of baton from colonial rule to indigenous
rule in 1960. The same violence was repeated in the general elections
held in 2003, 2007 and 2011.
In recent months, there has been a lot of political instability in
many state in Nigeria and that has fueled the suspicion that 2014/2015
will be bloody if effort are not made to educate the masses about
their roles in the coming elections. Electorates also have to know the
need for them to shun any form of violence, which might derail the
democratic experiment in Africa largest democracy.
ESTIMATED COST FOR THE PROJECT: it is estimated that the twenty-
sensitization seminars will cost N1.5 Million (US$12,000). A large per
cent of the money will be spend on posters and other educational
materials, provision of public address system, venue bookings,
refreshment for participants and press coverage.
JOIN US IN THE CAMPAIGN: Devin will appreciate your financial and
material contributions towards making the proposed activities a
reality. Your commitment to assisting DEVIN will go a long way in
making sustainable development possible in Nigeria.
CONTACT US: for more information on how your organization can get
involved in the campaign contact Olayinka Olaitan , President/ CEO
Devin (NGO) on: yinkaharygo2001@hotmail.com or call +234 8034202825.
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‘Questions in and of Language’

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Nehru Memorial Museum and Library
cordially invites you to a Public Lecture
(in the ‘India in Transition’ series)


at 3.00 pm on Friday, 11 April, 2014
in the Seminar Room, First Floor, Library Building

on

‘Questions in and of Language’

by


Prof. Rita Kothari,
Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar,
Ahmedabad.


Abstract:
The assumption that languages are ‘given,’ ‘fully-formed’ well defined and discrete entities erroneously informs a range of contemporary discourses on nationalism, identity, textual practices and discussions of translation, the last being the vantage point the speaker comes from.  The edifice of language is more often than not invisible, a background that on occasions gets foregrounded in intense and violent ways.   How does language become both an argument and its ally in service of state, territory, nation, citizenship and a host of ‘larger’ causes? How does its operation and constructed genealogies erase and diminish histories and memories, turn certain identities illegitimate, outsider-like?  How does language get deployed to mark out differences, and also to homogenize them? What rhetoric is employed in such situations, and how do we examine language as the thing itself, as well as a metaphor?  This inquiry must be made with interdisciplinary approaches that are sensitive to language as cultural memory as well as practice, rather than disembodied objects of linguistic inquiry or instruments of policy and politics. A beginning is made in this talk by citing the western region and interrogating the certitudes underlying the Gujarati language today, especially as it experiences newly felt anxieties.

Speaker:
Prof. Rita Kothari is the author of Translating India: The Cultural Politics of EnglishThe Burden of Refuge: Partition, Sindh, Gujarat and Memories and Movements: Borders and Communities in Banni, Kutch.  She is the editor and translator of Speech and Silence: Literary Journeys by Gujarati Women and Unbordered Memories: Partition Stories from Sindh. She is the translator of Angaliyat: The Stepchild, and has also translated (in collaboration with Suguna Ramanathan) Modern Gujarati Poetry: A Selection and Coral Island: The Poetry of Niranjan Bhagat.  She has co-edited (with Judy Wakabayashi) Decentring Translation Studies: India and Beyond and (with Rupert Snell) Chutnefying English: The Phenomenon of Hinglish.  Prof.Kothari has published widely in leading journals and books in India and abroad; delivered plenary addresses on a range of issues and is the former recipient of the Fulbright, Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio and the Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla fellowships.  She is currently with the Humanities and Social Sciences department at the Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar and holds the Bhupen and Shruti Shah Chair fellowship. 


 

‘China Dreaming’

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TIME11:00 AM  - 12:00 PM (Registration: 10:30 AM)
LOCATIONIndia International Centre, New Building (Seminar Hall I & II), Max Mueller Marg, New Delhi-110003
SPEAKERProfessor Geremie R Barmé, Director, Australian Centre on China in the World (CIW), Australian National University
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Xi Jinping, China’s new Chairman of Everything, formally propounded the ‘China Dream’ as being integral to the Communist Party led revival of the Chinese nation in November 2012. The talk ‘China Dreaming’ organized by Ananta Centre in partnership with the Australian Centre on China in the World offers an overview of the trajectory of the Party towards its two centennial milestones (2020 and 2049) and a discussion of clashing Chinese dreams.

SPEAKER
Geremie R Barmé 09-04-14Professor Geremie R Barmé, Director, Australian Centre on China in the World (CIW), Australian National UniversityGeremie R Barmé is an historian, cultural critic, filmmaker, translator and web-journal editor who works on Chinese cultural and intellectual history from the early modern period (1600s) to the present. He is a research professor and Australian Research Council Federation Fellow in the ANU College of Asia & the Pacific, The Australian National University (ANU), Canberra, where he also edits the online e-journal China Heritage Quarterly.
He is presently working with the oral historian Sang Ye on a book entitled Inside the Rings of Beijing: China’s Global Aura, a monograph related to The Dream of the Red Chamber and Qing history in modern China, and a study of the Garden of Perfect Brightness (Yuánmíng Yuán). His latest book is The Forbidden City (London: Profile Books and Harvard University Press, 2008). He is the Director of the Australian Centre on China in the World (CIW), ANU.Trained in Chinese, classical and modern, Sanskrit and history, Barmé has lived and worked in China (where he studied from 1974 to 1977), Hong Kong, Japan and the United States. His other works include: the two-hour documentary film Morning Sun (2003), of which he was co-director with Carma Hinton and Richard Gordon and co-writer with Carma Hinton; An Artistic Exile: a life of Feng Zikai (1898-1975) (University of California Press, 2002), winner of the 2004 Joseph Levenson Prize for Modern China; In the Red, on contemporary Chinese culture (Columbia University Press, 1999); Shades of Mao: the posthumous career of the Great Leader (M.E. Sharpe, 1996); the three-hour documentary film on the 1989 mass protest movement in China, The Gate of Heavenly Peace (1995), for which he was the main writer and associate director. He also co-edited and co-translated the anthologies of 1980s Chinese literature, commentary and art: Seeds of Fire: Chinese Rebel Voices (1986, 1988, with John Minford) and New Ghosts, Old Dreams: Chinese Voices of Conscience (1992, with Linda Jaivin). For many years he wrote Chinese-language columns for the Hong Kong press (Ta Kung Pao 大公報 and The Nineties 九十年代月刊) and he has published two volumes of Chinese essays (《西洋鏡下》和《自行車文集》).
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Al Jazeera English reports as the world’s largest democracy goes to the polls

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Al Jazeera English reports as the world’s largest democracy goes to the polls

Doha, April 2, 2014

As the world’s largest democracy prepares to vote, Al Jazeera English will provide TV and online in-depth analysis on India’s future, lining-up an array of special coverage focused on the most crucial issues - economy, food, health, corruption and security.
As part of the coverage, Al Jazeera will have six correspondents traveling across the country to report on what this election means for India and the world. From across the political landscape, Al Jazeera English will present a detailed report card on the main issues faced by Indians, profiling leaders and engaging voters’ expectations.
Speaking about Al Jazeera’s Indian election coverage, Al Anstey, Managing Director, Al Jazeera said, “India is the world’s biggest democracy and the country is diverse in opinion and sentiment. Al Jazeera will attempt to reflect the voices of people ranging from the metropolitan hubs of Delhi, Mumbai and Ahmedabad; to the rural landscapes of Rajasthan and Kerala. Al Jazeera’s coverage will encompass TV, online and social media which will ensure real opinion, thought and voices will be heard.”
The coverage of the election will be a mixture of news and programmes including Al Jazeera’s Nidhi Dutt exploring the issue of food inflation and the impact on rice farmers in West Bengal. Al Jazeera’s Sohail Rahman will investigate the recent attack by Maoist rebels in Chattisgarh and talk about the internal security issues the government faces ahead of the general elections.
Karishma Vyas will travel to Gujarat, the home state of BJP leader Narendra Modi - who has been credited by some with transforming the state into an economic powerhouse and look at the rise of Hindu nationalism. Faiz Jamil will explore the people in Assam who are demanding a separate state called Bodoland, while Nidhi Dutt will be speaking to Suhas Chakma, a northeastern India expert, on his views on alienation of northeast India from the mainland, what corruption costs the economy and the measures that should be taken to overcome that.
Al Jazeera’s Baba Umar and Kamal Kumar will be traveling the length and breadth of India speaking to the common man. They will be focusing via multimedia the concerns and hopes towards the elections, the parties and their candidates.
Al Jazeera will also be airing special programmes leading to up to election as Nidhi Dutt will focus on health in a one hour special, analysing the measures taken by the major political parties in India to provide healthcare facilities to the citizens of West Bengal. Al Jazeera’s 101 East will go on India’s campaign trail with the BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi asking if he is the right man for Modern India.
As social media will be playing a key role in the elections the hashtags #AJIndia and #IndiaElections which will be tracked by the online team and the social media programme The Stream.
Al Jazeera’s flagship discussion programme Inside Story will also debate the key election points before and after the vote.
Twitter handles of Al Jazeera journalists in India: @nidhidutt, @KarishmaTV, @faizreports, @BabaUmarr, @kamalpkumar
For all the latest news, analysis and features from Al Jazeera on the Indian elections – click here: http://www.aljazeera.com/India
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World Bank drops funding USD 650 m for the LUHRI Hydro project

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The World Bank drops funding USD 650 m for the LUHRI Hydro project
Victory for the Sutlej Bachao Jan Sangharsh Samiti

The World Bank has decided not to lend financial assistance to the massive Luhri Hydropower project on Sutlej River in Himachal Pradesh. The World Bank, which was to provide a huge USD 650 million to the $ 1150 million project, on its website now indicates[i] the status of the project as DROPPED. Environmental groups and local affected people under the banner of Sutlej Bachao Jan Sangharsh Samiti consider this is a major victory for the campaign to save the last remaining stretch of “free”[ii] flowing Sutlej River.

The decision of the World Bank comes subsequent to an appraisal by the USAID team who had been commissioned to review the environmental and social impacts of the project. The team visited India in November-December 2013 and interacted with all  stake holders including the project developer SJVN Ltd, World Bank, affected people from the affected villages and concerned non government organisations like Himdhara Collective in Himachal Pradesh and SANDRP in Delhi. Even at this stage, in a meeting in Dec 2013, the World Bank reportedly defended their decision to support the project. The USAID trip report is still under internal review, likely to be finalized in a couple of months, we understand. However, from sources in Washington it is apparent that the World Bank had dropped the project due to the local community opposition.

The Bank had apparently done an intensive review of the project (which must have included USAID trip), and when USAID wanted to discuss the project with the Bank in Washington, the Bank told them that they had dropped it. However, to avoid the embarrassment of the World Bank withdrawal, we understand the government of India decided to withdraw the application, the same ploy that was used in 1993 when the World Bank decided to pull out of Sardar Sarovar Project. On April 10, 2014, SANDRP received an email (in response to our query) from the World Bank official concerned with this project, Kwawu Mensan Gaba confirming, “I would like to confirm that the project was dropped in January 2014 at the request of GoI.”

Nek Ram Sharma of the Satluj Bachao Jan Sangharsh Samiti adds, “This will give a major boost to the local people’s belief that our voice matters in deciding for our own future.” The Samiti which has challenged the Environment Clearance granted to the project last year at the National Green Tribunal has been in opposition to the project mainly because of the impacts of the proposed 38 kms long tunnel to be constructed as part of the project.

In response to submissions by the Samiti and groups like SANDRP and Himdhara the project capacity was reduced from 775 MW to 612 MW by the Ministry of Environment.  However, objections were raised with the government in March 2013[iii], saying that reduction in capacity is no solution, the project must be scrapped.

Members of Himdhara, an environment research and action collective supporting the local movement, said, “The withdrawal of the World Bank funding will provide a breather for the local people who have been under constant pressure from the administration to support this ecologically disastrous project. It is time that our governments wake up and realise the magnitude of the crisis that is unfolding as a result of Hydroprojects”. 

The earliest documents on World Bank website related to this project are dated Feb 2010[iv]. A June 2011 feature story on the World Bank website said: “The Project is currently under preparation… The Project is also initiating additional studies to meet the Bank’s due diligence requirements.”

Important dates in Luhri HEP decisions

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Date
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Date of first documents on WB website on Luhri Project
Feb 2010
2
Feature story on WB website[v] on Luhri Project
June 30 2011
3
Letter from SANDRP to WB, also raising issues related to proposed WB funding for Luhri HEP, among other issues. The letter was in response to the invitation to SANDRP from the World Bank for Consultations meeting for developing the World Bank’s Country Program Strategy 2013-16 held on June 26,  2012
June 26 2012
4
WB response to SANDRP says the due diligence for the Luhri HEP is still ongoing.
Sept 5 2012
5
USAID team visit Luhri project area, meets SJVN, World Bank and communities
Nov Dec 2013
6
World Bank decides to drop funding to the project
Jan 2014
7
News of World Bank Dropping Luhri project seen on WB Website
Apr 4, 2014[vi]

The people of at least 78 villages of Kullu, Mandi and Shimla district to be affected by the Luhri project and its 38 km long tunnel that would bypass at least 50 km of the river have been agitating against the project. The project’s Environmental Impact Assessment done by CISMHE (led by Dr Maharaj Pandit) was flawed, the public hearing was a façade and the appraisal by the Expert Appraisal Committee was also seriously compromised. There is zero distance of the river between Luhri and upstream and downstream projects. The Sutlej basin has seen possibly the highest concentration of bumper to bumper hydropower projects, more than any other basin in India, aided also by the World Bank funding to the 412 MW Rampur Project and the 1500 MW Nathpa Jakhri project, both developed by the same SJVN Limited (earlier known as Sutlej Jal Vidyut Nigam Ltd) that is now planning to develop Luhri Project., SJVN seemed to have become the darling of the World Bank, and the Bank refused to take action even when evidence of violations of laws and rights of the affected were given to the Bank. After the Uttarakhand disaster of June 2013 involving the hydropower projects, there was even greater urgency to stop such disastrous projects taken up without proper environmental impact assessment or cumulative impact assessment.

The affected people and SANDRP had written to the authorities in Government of India and Himachal Pradesh[vii] and also the World Bank a number of times, questioning the justification and viability of the project. The January 2013 letter from SANDRP to EAC and MoEF[viii] was signed by more than 50 organisations and individuals. Even in Sept 2012 letter to SANDRP, the World Bank’s India Country Director Dr Onno Ruhl said that the Luhri project is undergoing due diligence.

We welcome this move by the World Bank to withdraw from the project and appeal to the government ofIndia, Himachal Pradesh Government, Union Ministry of Environment & Forests and SJVN to cancel the project and allow the last stretch of undimmed river to remain undimmed. The projects’ environment clearance stands challenged in the National Green Tribunal. The decision of the World Bank will be huge encouragement for the communities to continue to oppose this unjustifiable and unjust project.


 

Quake of M7.3 – BOUGAINVILLE REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA

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Preliminary Earthquake Report
Magnitude7.3
Date-Time
  • 11 Apr 2014 07:07:22 UTC
  • 11 Apr 2014 18:07:22 near epicenter
  • 11 Apr 2014 11:07:22 standard time in your timezone
Location6.653S 155.043E
Depth50 km
Distances
  • 61 km (37 mi) SW of Panguna, Papua New Guinea
  • 73 km (45 mi) SW of Arawa, Papua New Guinea
  • 399 km (247 mi) SE of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea
  • 555 km (344 mi) ESE of Kimbe, Papua New Guinea
  • 622 km (385 mi) WNW of Honiara, Solomon Islands
Location UncertaintyHorizontal: 0.0 km; Vertical 6.3 km
ParametersNph = 101; Dmin = 419.2 km; Rmss = 1.14 seconds; Gp = 29°
Version = 1
Event IDus c000pft9
For updates, maps, and technical information, see: Event Page or USGS Earthquake Hazards Program
National Earthquake Information Center
U.S. Geological Survey
http://earthquake.usgs.gov/regional/neic/


 

Quake of M6.7 – BOUGAINVILLE REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA

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Preliminary Earthquake Report
Magnitude6.7
Date-Time
  • 11 Apr 2014 08:16:49 UTC
  • 11 Apr 2014 18:16:50 near epicenter
  • 11 Apr 2014 12:16:49 standard time in your timezone
Location6.835S 154.967E
Depth50 km
Distances
  • 81 km (50 mi) SW of Panguna, Papua New Guinea
  • 93 km (57 mi) SW of Arawa, Papua New Guinea
  • 406 km (251 mi) SE of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea
  • 552 km (342 mi) ESE of Kimbe, Papua New Guinea
  • 619 km (383 mi) WNW of Honiara, Solomon Islands
Location UncertaintyHorizontal: 0.0 km; Vertical 5.8 km
ParametersNph = 91; Dmin = 426.4 km; Rmss = 1.28 seconds; Gp = 29°
Version = 1
Event IDus c000pfuy
For updates, maps, and technical information, see: Event Page or USGS Earthquake Hazards Program
National Earthquake Information Center
U.S. Geological Survey
http://earthquake.usgs.gov/regional/neic/


 

 PGTI Cochin Masters – Round 2 report,

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Rashid Khan fires solid one-under for second round lead

Kochi, April 10, 2014: Delhi’s Rashid Khan fired a solid one-under-35 to take the sole lead in round two of the PGTI Cochin Masters presented by CIAL Golf and Country Club. Khan enjoys a one-shot lead in the second PGTI Super Series event of the season as his total reads five-under-67. Mumbai’s Anil Bajrang Mane, Sanjay Kumar of Lucknow, Noida’s Amardip Sinh Malik and Delhi’s Kapil Kumar are in joint second place at four-under-68.

Rashid Khan (32-35), the overnight joint leader, maintained his place at the top of the leaderboard with a creditable 35 that featured a lone birdie on the par-5 16th. The reigning Rolex Rankings champion came up with an error-free round on a tough day for scoring as the winds picked up at the CIAL Golf and Country Club. Rashid, who had made an eagle and two birdies in the first round, is yet to drop a stroke in the tournament.

Rashid said, “The wind was swirling today and therefore it wasn’t easy to score. I’m quite happy with my one-under in the given conditions. I’ve been hitting it well and ensured that I don’t drop any strokes today. As the round progressed I got better with my striking. I’ve taken advantage of the par-5 16th on both days having made eagle in round one and birdie today. I’d like to keep playing in the same manner and will try to keep the errors out as the margin for error is very less in a shortened tournament.”

Anil Bajrang Mane (32-36), the overnight joint leader, slipped to tied second on day two. He made pars on all nine holes on Thursday.
    
Mane said, “My pitching and chipping saved the day for me as I missed the green on three occasions. I also missed quite a few putts today. I believe I’m still in the game. I was glad to hang in there despite an average round.”

Amardip Sinh Malik (34-34) and Kapil Kumar (34-34) fired their second successive scores of 34 to also be placed tied second. Malik, who had signed off in round one with birdies on the last three holes, came up with an eagle on the 16th and eight pars on day two.

Malik said, “I’ve been playing really well off late. I had a good outing at Coimbatore last week but the putter went cold on the last day. My hitting is good at the moment and it’s a matter of putting a few more good rounds together.”
  
Sanjay Kumar (33-35) also occupies tied second place. He sank two birdie putts from eight to 10 feet and found the hazard to drop his only bogey of the day on the 17th.

Sri Lankan Mithun Perera shot the day’s best score of 33 to be tied sixth at three-under-69 along with compatriots Anura Rohana and K Prabagaran as well as Delhi golfers Manav Jaini and Gulfam and Chandigarh’s Sujjan Singh.

Anirban Lahiri and Rahil Gangjee are both placed tied 22nd at even-par-72. Both golfers shot scores of two-over-38 in round two. Lahiri had a disastrous triple-bogey on the closing 18th where he first lost his ball and then found the water hazard.

Local amateurs Joseph Joseph (13-over-85) and Alexander K J (23-over-95) are placed tied 112th and 120th respectively.


 

1st performance this evening! Second Edition of the Contemporary Indo-French Dance festival “DanSe DialogueS”

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1st performance this evening! Second Edition of the Contemporary Indo-French Dance festival “DanSe DialogueS” commencing from 11th April
 
 
 
Jean-Philippe Bottin
To Jean-Philippe BottinMe
 
 
 Today at 2:51 PM
Dear Friends,
 
I know you haven’t forgotten the opening performance of DanSe DialogueS at FICCI KK Birla Auditorium (CP) at 6.30pm.
 
Nevertheless, in order to help you make your mind and organize your agenda, you will find attached detailed programme and information about the whole festival. 
 
I also know that you won’t miss this unique opportunity to watch French and Indian contemporary danseurs performing and sharing their artistic experiences on different stages of the capital city.
 
Warmest regards,
Jean-Philippe Bottin
Directeur, Alliance Française Delhi
Délégué Général Inde Népal, Fondation Alliance Française
72 Lodi Estate, New Delhi 110 003, India
 
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BSP chief Election campaign for 12 April 2014

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Facilitating election process by RWA at C-1 Janakpuri New Delhi

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Voting for 91 LS seats begin

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Azad the federal Minister was asked to prove his identity by the presiding office when he went to cast his vote,later after the intervention of local state leaders of both Congress and BJP he was allowed to vote.
Does the change evident in this General Election is  important Q raised by many people and political experts, this election is of great significance as technology is at its best to spread the message of the people for the people to the people and awareness in people for their aspiration to seek equal opportunities  will make the public at large to come in large numbers to cast their vote to either get rid of their spurious breed of leaders and to bring in the best breed for their welfare.Today voting  has begun for 91 Lok Sabha seats spread across 14 states.
Important dignatories which have casted vote  are,
Vice President Mr Hamid Ansari, RSS Mohan  Bhagwat, Mr Sonia Gandhi, in N Delhi,
AK Antony has voted.Mr Oomman Chandy CM of Kerala casted his vote and talking to media said He is  confident  of Congress coming the power again.
Kerala  goes to the poll for all twenty parliamentary seats.
Ajay Makan has casted his votes from Rajouri Garden New Delhi. Kapil Sibal, Kiran Bedi, Harsh Vardhan voted in national capital.
Nitin Gandkari too has casted his votes from Nagpur. Pawan Bansal, Kamal Nath too has voted.
Those who are  first time aspirant are  Arun Jaitley, Nitin Gadkari, Nandan, Ashutosh, Kiran Kher and stalwarts of today voting are  Kapil Sibal ,Pawan Bansal, Ajay Makan .
Rahul Gandhi the prince of India too has come out to vote the scion of Nehru Gandhi dynasty and is most powerful person in the country after Soniaa Gandhi. Rahul Gandhi is the obvious choice of Congress  of coveted post of Prime Minister if the party win this election.but his reluctance to join as vanguard row politician is known . Congress party if wins this will be their third win in row but the pulse of people is anti Congress as their workers are  desperate  of anti congress wave and people look for change in the centre.
BJP with their magnifying advertisement and many NGOs. Coming in their support along with Corporate backing of Narendra Modi  who comes from Comman  man family is RSS poster face a floated leader to rule with the slogan of development.
BjP Varunn Gandhi has casted his vote, Nehruu Gandhi clan another member  Priyanka Gandhi said she has campaigned for mother and brother not for any other leader, there  is no Modi  wave.
Kiran Kher’s father more than hundred year old too comes out and votes inChandigarh for her daughter obvious.
Praful Patel of NCP ,Prakash Karat CPI M , Pavan Bansal came out to vote.
Aap Rajmohan Gandhi is not in much lime light is it because of Rajmohan or strategy of Arvind needs to be probed.

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