Saturday, June 14, 2014

Rockefeller dies

Rockefeller dies after the airplane he was piloting crashes near New York City
Richard Rockefeller, son of billionaire David Rockefeller, died on Friday after the single engine airplane he was piloting crashed outside an airport near New York City. Rockefeller, 65, had been visiting his father, who was celebrating his 99th birthday on Thursday night, and was flying home to the north-eastern state of Maine when his plane hit a line of trees just after takeoff. Richard's father, is a grandson of John D Rockefeller, founder of Standard Oil, and is ranked among the richest people in the world.

Ukraine : Russia sending tanks

US official has urged Russia to immediately stop supplying weapons to separatists in eastern Ukraine.

State Department spokesperson Marie Harf said on Friday that 3 tanks, several rocket launchers and other military vehicles had crossed into Ukraine from Russia during the past 3 days.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko accused Russia of allowing tanks to cross the border into eastern Ukraine. A spokesperson at the Ukrainian presidential office said Poroshenko raised the allegation in telephone talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday. The spokesperson said Poroshenko told Putin that the situation was unacceptable.

Ukraine's Interior Minister Arsen Avakov also said in a news conference that pro-Russian militants based in a border area had brought in tanks from across the border with Russia.

But it is unclear whether the tanks belong to the Russian military.
Reuters news agency has reported that three tanks were seen in a Ukrainian town bordering Russia. Its reporter was told by a member of a pro-Russian militant group who watched them pass by that they had been taken from a warehouse.

Government troops and pro-Russian militants continue fighting in eastern Ukraine.

President Poroshenko says he cannot condone the current situation in view of rising casualties and that Kiev wants to achieve a ceasefire within this week. But the prospects remain uncertain.Media agencies

Netherlands beat England 1-0 to enter men’s hockey World Cup final

14 06 2014
Netherlands beat England 1-0 to enter men
Olympic silver medalists The Netherlands defeated England 1-0 to enter the final of the men’s hockey World Cup at the Kyocera Stadium in The Hague, Netherlands on Friday.
Chasing their fourth World Cup title, hosts Netherlands rode on a penalty corner conversion by Mike van der Weerden in the 31st minute to overcome the dogged England defence. Van der Weerden sent a drag flick, from Netherlands’ second penalty corner, soaring into the net to the left of English goalkeeper George Pinner, who warded off many raids by the rampant Dutch forwards on Friday.
Netherlands now await the winner of the second semifinal between defending champions Australia and Pan-American challenger Argentina, who have made the men’s semifinal for the first time in World Cup history.
The final will be played on Sunday.
The English goal had two narrow shaves when the ball rebounded off the bars after beating the defenders.
In the 27th minute, Billy Bakker’s rising reverse hit deflected off the cross-bar, while Rogier Hofman’s flick rebounded into play after hitting the left post in the 48th minute.
England were constantly under pressure from the Dutch strikers, but managed to build some raids into the rival circle.
Dutch custodian Jaap Stockmann, however, was not unduly troubled by the English shots at the goal.

Peralta scores in Mexico’s 1-0 win over Cameroon

14 06 2014
Peralta scores in Mexico
Mexico performing netter with control over the ball with lack of punch for goal two sides Mexico and Cameroon Shrugging off two contentious off-side calls in the first half, a tenacious Mexico rode on Oribe Peralta’s solitary second half strike to beat Cameroon 1-0 in a Group A World Cup match in Natal on Friday.
The first half was barren despite the ball finding the back of the net thrice with Mexico forward Giovani dos Santos being the victim of two debatable off-side calls from the assistant referees. However, persistence paid and Peralta’s 61st minute strike meant that Mexico have beaten an African side in World Cup finals for the first time. Santos, former Barcelona playmaker, could not score a goal but he did set up one for his side. Hector Herrera sent a pass to Santos, who shot the ball between the two defenders. Cameroon custodian Charles Itandje failed to stop the powerful strike and Peralta latched on to the deflection and put the rebound in. Mexico were clearly the dominant side from the start with their pacy attack but their defence looked shaky. Santos was denied goals in the 10th and 31st minutes. Striker Hector Herrara sent in a perfect cross from the right and Santos, dodging his marker, volleyed home but the official ruled it off-side. A rapturous crowd fell silent. Six minutes later, Cameroon legend Samuel Eto’o found the net from a corner but this time the linesman’s decision was beyond doubt. It was clear off-side. Eto’o had a superb chance to put the African the side ahead but he hit wide after receiving the ball from Benoit Assou-Ekotto, who broke into the Mexico box from the left before cutting a low ball back. Suddenly, Mexico looked shaky in defence as their defence dealt with a few raids. In the 31st minute, Santos could not believe his luck as he and Mexico were denied for the second time by the linesman’s flag again. A perfect corner was curled towards the far post, where an unmarked Santos nodded the ball in. But the joy gave way to frustration as linesman showed the flag. Those decisions did little to appease a Mexican media which cried foul after seeing Group A opponents Brazil awarded a questionable penalty in a 3-1 win over Croatia on Thursday. But against Cameroon, whose pre-World Cup was marred by a bitter row over bonuses, Mexico were a class apart. After a cagey start at a sodden Estadio das Dunas, Giovani Dos Santos appeared to have opened Mexico’s account when he first-timed Miguel Layun’s delivery past Cameroon ‘keeper Charles Itandje inside the quarter hour. But despite replays showing the Villarreal striker to be onside, the goal was chalked off by Colombian referee Wilmar Roldan. Cameroon did not sight goal until minutes later when Eric Choupo-Moting tapped past ‘keeper Guillermo Ochoa after the ball had been headed back into the box following a corner only to be ruled off side. Cameroon eventually settled and Stephane M’Bia flashed a header wide from Alexandre Song’s corner on 18 minutes. The Africans spurned a far better chance when Tottenham defender Benoit Assou-Ekotto finished off a mazy run down the left to deliver for Samuel Eto’o, but the Chelsea striker saw his first-time shot flash wide. Mexico remained a constant threat and when Choupo-Moting brought down Francisco Rodriguez to hand Mexico a free kick the Cameroon defence was caught unawares. With the goal at their mercy, Rafael Marquez and Hector Moreno collided at the back post to see the ball go wide. Mexico had the ball in the net for a second time when Dos Santos flashed a header past Itandje at the back post following a corner, although it too was waved off by Roldan. Cameroon coach Volker Finke replaced defender Cedric Djeugoue with Dany Nounkeu for the start of the second half, but the African side were soon under pressure. Barely a minute after the restart Itandje was forced to block from Peralta as the Santos Laguna striker jumped on to Dos Santos’s smart dink. At the other end, Choupo-Moting saw a deflected shot come off the the foot of defender Francisco Rodriguez as Ochoa collected with ease. Cameroon threatened on 53 minutes when a curling free kick by Assou-Ekotto, following Hector Moreno’s foul on M’Bia, took a deflection off the Mexican wall to send Ochoa the wrong way but the ball flew wide. Mexico finally had the ball in the net, this time for good, just after the hour when Dos Santos saw his low drive parried by Itandje and into the path of Peralta, who drove home from 10 metres out to send the largely Mexican crowd of 39,216 into raptures. Coach Herrera replaced midfielder Andres Guardado with Marco Fabian and minutes later Manchester United forward Javier Hernandez came on in place of Peralta. A chorus of ‘Ole’ began to ring around the stadium as the Mexicans took control, and in the final 10 minutes Hernandez chased deep in Cameroonian territory to cut back for Fabian, who was blocked by a defender. Cameroon threatened in the final five minutes when Eto’o sent Benjamin Moukandjo through on the right but the Nancy midfielder’s drive across goal was blocked by an alert Rodriguez. Mexico had Ochoa to thank in the final two minutes when the ‘keeper pulled off a spectacular dive to parry Moukandjo’s header from Assou-Ekotto’s delivery. However Mexico almost made it two at the death when Layun dispossessed a Cameroon defender to deliver for Hernandez, who volleyed just over.

WC 2014 Netherlands thrash world champions Spain 5-1

14 06 2014
Dutch captain Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben gave splendid  start with each goal breaking  Spain’s World Cup defence as the Netherlands destroyed one of the tournament favourites 5-1 in Group B on Friday.
World Cup 2014: Netherlands thrash Spain 5-1
Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben scored twice each as the Netherlands avenged their 2010 World Cup final defeat to Spain with a record 5-1 drubbing of the defending champions on Friday.
Van Persie pounced in each half as the Dutch recovered from a controversial Xabi Alonso penalty to inflict a crushing defeat on the reigning kings of world and European football.
Stefan De Vrij got the Netherlands’ other goal as Spain slumped to the heaviest defeat ever inflicted at a World Cup on the reigning champions.
It was Spain’s worst defeat in more than half a century, coming 51 years after a 6-2 defeat to Scotland in 1963.
Thousands of fans gathered in Madrid to watch the game on giant screens were left stunned into silence by the rout.
The extraordinary Group B drama in the northern Brazilian coastal city of Salvador has potentially turned the World Cup permutations on their head.
If Spain fail to recover the form which saw them win back-to-back European titles either side of their 2010 World Cup triumph, they could conceivably crash out in the first round, or face a daunting clash with Brazil in the last 16.
The walloping eclipsed more refereeing controversies on the second day of competition.
FIFA officials earlier defended Japanese referee Yuichi Nishimura after he awarded Brazil a bitterly contested penalty in their opening game victory over Croatia.
Referees chief Massimo Busacca insisted Nishimura had been justified in awarding the spot-kick after an alleged foul by Dejan Lovren on Brazilian striker Fred.
“He had a very good position,” said Busacca, referring to a photo of the incident which appeared to show Lovren’s hands making contact with Fred.
“When he saw the hands doing something he makes it (the decision).”
But no sooner had referees chief Busacca sprung to Nishimura’s defence then the standard of officiating was again under scrutiny as Mexico took on Cameroon.

N.K. can you help

14 06 2014
 N.K, can you help Middle East rail operators?
Middle East Rail 2015
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We understand that relationships matter and at the end of the day your success at Middle East Rail will be determined by the number of quality contacts you make. To help you get the most value from your sponsorship and guarantee that you make the right contacts, we invite you to take part in our new 1-2-1 partnering sessions.
Here’s just a small sample of the buy-side operators who took part in 1-to-1 partnering sessions last year:

  • Chairman, Ministry of Public Works, UAE
  • Chairman, Etihad Rail, UAE
  • President, SRO
  • CEO, Jeddah Metro
  • CEO, Oman Railways
  • Chief Executive Officer, Roads and Transport Authority, UAE
  • Chief Executive Officer, Qatar Rail
  • Civil and Track Director – Projects, Saudi Railway Company
  • Director Operations, Etihad Rail
  • Business Development Director, Etihad Rail
  • Chief Executive Officer, Al Fajer Aboud Railways
Sponsorship rates start at USD 15000, download the sponsorship brochure 

How does 1-2-1 Partnering work?

Leading up to the event, you will be assigned your very own Networking Manager who will be at your beck and call to help you set up meetings in advance of your arrival to the event.
Approximately 6 weeks before the event, your dedicated Networking Manager will contact you to review the delegate list and determine which companies you want to meet. After gathering this information, your Networking Manager will plan your meeting schedule. 
On-site your Networking Manager will introduce you to your prospective business partner and escort you to a private meeting room or table so you can conduct your meeting.
Your Networking Manager will be at your service before, during and after the event to make sure you have a great experience at the event and make lots of new contacts.
What is Middle East Rail?
The Middle East Rail show dominates the rail sector in the Middle East. 
Since 2007 the show has doubled in size every year and now covers Infrastructure, technology, construction, engineering, signalling and communications, tunnelling, terminals & revenue management, maintenance and high speed.
15,000sqm, 220 exhibitors and 6000 visitors – It is the only place to be if you want a piece of the $270 billion being invested into MENA rail projects. 
Enquire now about your tailor-made sponsorship package.  Contact Jamie Hosie at or +97144402501.
  Jamie Hosie
Project Director
Middle East Rail 2015

In stormy weather Trees Tip endangering life & property

14 06 2014


‘promod chawla’ [nationalnetworkforindia1]
To param randhawarwa sda c4 ashok mehtanri pawan k jain and 6 More…
Jun 13 at 10:35 PM

For your kind ACTION,
During night of 12/13 June 2014, approx. 35’ high Tree Tipped over, from it’s roots in C 1 / 44 SDA alongside Park behind Aurobindo Market,
(the fallen Tree may still be there) – fortunately it landed on the home boundary, this also happened in our block & there was damage to
Sh Jain’s car.
Do kindly write, take & follow up with MCD:
1 Trees must be right away pruned & a photocopy of MCD log book provided to RWAs in vicinity. Disciplined attn. cum care will naturally help.
2 Cemented portion – pavements around Tree base be intervened – got rid off, to permit Trees to grow healthily.
3 At present Trees sway dangerously in stormy weather.
Promod Chawla
from K & P Block Hauz Khas Think Community – Not Communal ! – Do Good for others.
Tel: 26563394 / 09811170706 / Tel Fax 26182867

Strengthen Exports, Not Just Rupee

14 06 2014

Strengthen Exports,Not Just Rupee

Rajiv Kumar
To Me
Jun 13 at 5:54 PM
Dear  Mr.SagarI am forwarding my latest article Strengthen Export, Not Just Rupee that appeared in the newspaper The Financial Express on Monday 9th Jun 2014. Your comments are always appreciated.
With Best Regards
Rajiv Kumar
Strengthen Exports, Not Just Rupee
External earnings for India comprise of (1) merchandise exports, (2) services exports, and (3) remittances or transfers from non-resident Indians (NRIs). These external earnings have in aggregate surged around six times from $23 billion in Q1FY04 to $135 billion in Q3FY14. On an annual basis, external earnings increased from $115 billion in FY2003-04 to $520 billion in FY2012 -13. During the same period, merchandise goods and services exports increased five times each, and remittances increased three times. Also, since FY08, all three components have almost doubled.
External earnings as a percentage of nominal GDP moved up from 20% in 2004 to its peak of 31% by September 2008. It bottomed out with a low of 23% in March 2010 and is now close to its previous peak (chart 1). Exports, both merchandise and services, took off after 2004 (chart 2) with a sharp dip during the 2008 global financial crisis. The annual growth in total external inflows smartly recovered in 2010 before tapering off again by the end of 2011.
The latest data in Q3FY14 shows that the share of services export in total has increased to 28% from around 17% in the 1990s, while that of merchandise export has moved down to 59% from its highest level of 77% in 1991. Even though the absolute growth in remittances since 2000 has been substantial (450% from $12.3 billion in FY1999- 00 to $67.7 billion in FY2012-13), its share in total external earnings has come down (from 18% to 13% during the same period) and perhaps needs a review to bolster them. According to a World Bank report, India topped the list of countries receiving remittances from overseas workers at $70 billion in 2012-13 followed by China with $60 billion and the Philippines with $25 billion.

Interestingly, Indias share in world exports, which was higher than Chinas in 1953, declined thereafter and reached a mere 0.8% in 2002. Since then it has doubled to 1.6% in 2012 but still far below Chinas, which, in the meantime, has established itself as worlds leading exporter with a share of 11% (World Trade Organisation data). The absolute size of Chinas goods export in 2012 was $2,049 billion compared to Indias $306 billion in 2012-13.
But Indias share in world commercial services exports increased significantly from 0.6% in 1990 to 3.2% in 2012, with its rank among service exporters improving from 22nd to 7th. India managed to cash in on its comparative advantage and became one of the top exporters of world computer/software services with a share of 22% in 2011. Software services account for almost 45% of Indias total services exports.
In China, during the period of high growth, net exports (exports minus imports) contributed more than 7% to GDP growth, while in India, contribution of net exports to GDP growth during 2004 to 2011 was on average negative 1.5% (India has a trade deficit as against Chinas trade surplus). This must change if India has to achieve its growth targets and, more importantly, the critical objective of generating 12 million jobs every year for the next 10 years.
Merchandise exports .
India has diversified its export destination away from advanced to emerging economies in the last decade. It also diversified its export basket from traditional manufactured products to engineering goods. Changing product composition within our export basket and moving up in value chain helped Indian exporters to compete in new markets.
Manufactured products constitute the largest share of exportsaround 61%, followed by petroleum products at 19% and agriculture products at 15%. However, within the manufactured products, the composition has undergone a significant change from traditional, labour-intensive products like textile and leather to more modernised, mechanised engineering goods like automobiles, auto parts and capital goods.
External earnings performance
Indian rupee, which was range-bound around 46 per dollar in the post-Lehman crisis period, started depreciating from 2011 reaching a low of 57 per dollar by September 2012 on both global and domestic cues.
With RBI quite inexplicably adopting a stance of defending the rupee in July 2013, it plummeted to a record low of 68 per dollar by end August 2013 as the market moved against RBI. This episode saw India emerge as the most vulnerable among the fragile five emerging economies to the US Feds tapering of its programme of quantitative easing, in line with growing signs of economic recovery in the US economy. Some rapid and strong action together by RBI and the government to reduce gold imports and hike interest rates combined with the use of RBIs swap facilities helped avert the rupee from going into a free fall. With the sharp reining in of the current account deficit (CAD), the rupee made up some lost ground and recovered to around 60 per dollar by January 2014 and further to 58 to a dollar by May 15, revealing a steadily appreciating trend.
An appreciating rupee brings cheer to those who see depreciation as an unacceptable debasing of the currency and to the elite whose consumption basket is more import-intensive, comprising as it does of imported goods and services like foreign travel, higher education, etc. But the question is whether an appreciating and overvalued currency helps promote exports, which are generally more labour-intensive, and allows the economy to take advantage of external demand to boost growth rates?
(This is the first of a two-part series)
Rajiv Kumar is senior fellow and Geetima Das Krishna is senior researcher at the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi

Vuelve el Día E! / E-Day is coming!

14 06 2014


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¡Vuelve el Día E!

The E-Day is coming!
Instituto Cervantes, a partir de las 11:00 a.m.
¡Vuelve el Día E!¡Ven con nosotros a celebrar el día del segundo idioma más hablado del planeta! Más de 500 millones de personas compartimos una lengua común, dentro de una inmensa diversidad cultural. El sábado 21 a partir de las 11:00 a.m., descubre la variedad de nuestra música, de nuestra literatura, de nuestros bailes, de nuestra gastronomía, de nuestro teatro… ¡No te lo pierdas!
Entrada libre. Ver el video.
E-Day is coming!                                                                Join us and celebrate the E-day, the day of second most spoken language in the world! More than 500 million people speak the same language, within a huge cultural diversity. On Saturday 21st June, from 11:00 a.m. onwards, discover the variety of our music, literature, dance, gastronomy, theatre… Don’t miss it!
Free entry. Watch the video.

Instituto Italiano di Cultura, a las 00:30h
Mundial de Brasil: España – Holanda
Primer partido de la selección española de fúbtol en el mundial de Brasil 2014, que enfrentará a los actuales campeón y subcampeón mundial.
FIFA World Cup: Spain – Netherlands
First match of the Spain national football team in Brazil’s World Cup, wich would face the current world champion against the last runner-up .
Instituto Cervantes, a las 07:00h
Exposición: Patrimonio
La Embajada de Israel en India en colaboración con  el Instituto Cervantes ofrecen al público una instalación audiovisual del artista David Shocken.
David Schocken nació y creció en Jerusalem, es licenciado con honores en Diseño de la Comunicación en la Academia de Diseño de Eindhoven, en Holanda.Desde entonces ha vivido en Holanda, Bélgica, Corea de Sur, Nueva York y China.  Cuando volvió a Israel se convirtió en socio fundador de Schocken+, un estudio de diseño de la comunicación con sede en Tel Aviv, y completó sus estudios con un Máster de Bellas Artes de la Academia de Artes y Diseño de Bezalel. (+)
Exhibition: Heritage
Thhe Embassy of Israel in India in collaboration with Instituto Cervantes in New Delhi will show an installation by David Schocken.
David Schocken was born and raised in Jerusalem, Israel. He graduated with honors in communication design at the Design Academy Eindhoven in the Netherlands. Since then he has lived and worked in Holland, Belgium, South Korea, New York and China. Since returning to Israel he has become a founding partner at Schocken+, a communication design studio based in Tel Aviv, and completed his Masters Degree of Fine Arts from the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design. (+)

Instituto Cervantes, domingos a las 16:30h
Ciclo de cine español de animación 
Spanish Animation Film Series
Instituto Cervantes
Centenario de Julio Cortazar 
One hundred years of Julio Cortazar 
Instituto CervantesCenterario de Octavio Paz
One hundread years of Octavio Paz
Madrid: Exposición “De aquí a Lima”  (+)

Madrid: Exhibition “From here to Lima” (+)
Chicago: Expoisicón “Latino/Us Cotidiano” (+)

Chicago: Exhibition “Latino/Us Cotidiano” (+)

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Ashok Leyland receives an order for 2,200 buses from the Government

14 06 2014
Chennai, June 13th 2014:  The Government of Sri Lanka has placed an order for 2,200 buses with Ashok Leyland. This is the one of the largest purchase by the Sri Lankan Transport Board (SLTB), as the Government aims to modernise its existing fleet and significantly improve the country’s public transport network. 

Ashok Leyland will supply these 2200 buses within the next six months. With this latest order, Ashok Leyland reinforces its position as the market leader in Sri Lanka and as an important stake holder in Sri Lankan transport.

Commenting on the new order, Vinod K. Dasari, Managing Director, Ashok Leyland said, “This is a huge order especially at a time when the domestic market is just about to bounce back.  This order reaffirms our strategy to substantially enhance our sales outside India”.


14 06 2014

Mumbai 13thJune 2014: Lounge Pass, an affordable airport VIP indulgence, has appointed AVIAREPS as its India representative office at Mumbai and has already begun accepting registrations. This new marketing endeavor has generated a fantastic response from the Travel Trade Industry as it now allows agents to sell airport lounges to their customers, bundling it with airline tickets.
Travel agents can now have their customers enjoy the most satisfying experience of their holidays much before they reach their destination. Lounge Pass offers a peaceful getaway from the chaotic frenzy at most airports worldwide at affordable prices as you await your connecting flight. With over 200 airport VIP lounges worldwide, Lounge Pass pampers you with that extra touch of luxury to your next trip and makes your journey pleasantly unforgettable.
Prices start from as little as US$13.50 and vary by destination & amenities. When travel agents book a lounge , they can select an airport and a lounge of their choice and the costs (including those for children where permitted) will be displayed accordingly.  Lounge Pass can be pre booked and paid for online via a secure network connection using one of the following cards – Visa, Visa Delta, MasterCard or American Express. Lounge Pass is unique in offering online service for lounges, providing immediate confirmation of reservation.

Says Mr. Joseph Fernandes- General Manager AVIAREPS India, “Lounge Pass now allows economy passengers to avail of luxury VIP lounges while transiting airports around the world, enjoy drinks and snacks, stay connected with Wi-Fi and work stations, pass the time with newspapers, TV and magazines and above all enjoy the peace and tranquility it offers. Some Lounges even offer Spa treatments and massages at very nominal charges.”

For further Information Contact:
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अखिलेश सरकार की दलितों के प्रति सं

14 06 2014

अखिलेश सरकार की दलितों के प्रति सं

Urvashi Sharma
To Me
Jun 13 at 8:31 PM
अखिलेश सरकार की दलितों के प्रति संवेदनहीनता फिर उजागर : दलित उत्पीड़न
से सम्बंधित सूचना न देने पर उप्र के मुख्य सूचना आयुक्त ने समाज कल्याण
विभाग के अनुसचिव राज कुमार त्रिवेदी  पर किया रू 10000/- का अर्थदण्ड
अधिरोपित अब इसे उत्तर प्रदेश का दुर्भाग्य कहें या अखिलेश सरकार की दलितों के
प्रति संवेदनहीनता कि सूबे के जिस समाज कल्याण विभाग पर दलितों के हितों
की रक्षा करने का दायित्व है, उसी समाज कल्याण विभाग द्वारा दलित उत्पीड़न
से सम्बंधित एक मामले की  सूचना तक नहीं दी गयी और हारकर  उत्तर प्रदेश
के मुख्य सूचना आयुक्त रंजीत सिंह पंकज ने बीते 20 मई को उप्र समाज
कल्याण विभाग के अनुसचिव राज कुमार त्रिवेदी पर रू 10000/- का अर्थदण्ड
अधिरोपित किया है l
दरअसल साल 2008 में समाज कल्याण की संस्था राजकीय गोविन्द बल्लभ पंत
पॉलीटेक्निक के तत्कालीन प्रधानाचार्य अशोक कुमार बाजपेई  के द्वारा
संस्था के छात्रों से जातिसूचक शव्दों के प्रयोग की एक शिकायत की गयी थी
l समाज कल्याण के संयुक्त निदेशक एवं वित्त नियंत्रक की जांच समिति ने
अशोक कुमार बाजपेई  को दलित छात्रों से जातिसूचक शब्दों के प्रयोग का
दोषी सिद्ध किया  था  l एक समाजसेविका होने के नाते दलित छात्रों को
पूर्ण न्याय दिलाने एवं तत्कालीन प्रधानाचार्य अशोक कुमार बाजपेई के
विरुद्ध प्रथम सूचना रिपोर्ट दर्ज कराने हेतु मैंने यह  प्रकरण
येश्वर्याज सेवा संस्थान के माध्यम से समाज कल्याण के उच्चाधिकारियों के
संज्ञान में  लाया एवं आरटीआई का प्रयोग भी किया l
समाज कल्याण के अनु सचिव धर्मराज सिंह ने साल 2012 में  निदेशक को अशोक
कुमार बाजपेई के विरुद्ध प्रथम सूचना रिपोर्ट दर्ज  कराकर प्रथम सूचना
रिपोर्ट  की प्रति मुझे उपलब्ध कराने हेतु निर्देशित किया l इस पत्र के
आधार पर सूचना आयोग ने मेरे वाद संख्या S-10/1387/C/2009 को दिनांक
25-10-2012 को निस्तारित कर दिया था l मैंने भी शासन के कथन पर विश्वास
कर वाद निस्तारित हो जाने दिया किन्तु कई माह बाद भी प्रथम सूचना रिपोर्ट
की प्रति प्राप्त न होने पर मैंने वाद को संख्या S-9/108/ पुनः /2013 पर
पुनर्स्थापित कराया l
वाद की पुनर्स्थापना के बाद पर्याप्त अवसर दिए जाने पर भी प्रथम सूचना
रिपोर्ट की प्रति प्राप्त न कराये जाने पर उत्तर प्रदेश  के मुख्य सूचना
आयुक्त रंजीत सिंह पंकज ने बीते 20 मई को उप्र समाज कल्याण विभाग के
अनुसचिव एवं जन सूचना अधिकारी राज कुमार त्रिवेदी पर रू 10000/- का
अर्थदण्ड अधिरोपित किया है  जिसकी बसूली राज कुमार त्रिवेदी के वेतन से
दिनांक 31-08-14 तक अधिकतम तीन किश्तों में करने हेतु सचिव सचिवालय
प्रशासन को तथा यह बसूली राज कुमार त्रिवेदी के वेतन से न होने की स्थिति
में 10000/- रुपयों की बसूली भू-राजस्व की भाँति करने हेतु जिलाधिकारी
लखनऊ को निर्देशित किया है l  उत्तर प्रदेश  के मुख्य सूचना आयुक्त रंजीत
सिंह पंकज ने इस वाद को निस्तारित भी कर दिया है l
अब यह  उत्तर प्रदेश का दुर्भाग्य ही है जहाँ दलित उत्पीड़न जैसे
संवेदनशील मामले में शासन के लिखे का भी भरोसा टूटा  है l अखिलेशराज में
जब शासन के लिखे का भी भरोसा नहीं रहा है तो नेताओं के भाषणों के थोथेपन
को तो कोई भी आसानी से समझ सकता है l यह  अखिलेश सरकार की दलितों के
प्रति संवेदनहीनता की पराकाष्ठा है  कि सूबे के जिस समाज कल्याण विभाग पर
दलितों के हितों की रक्षा करने का दायित्व है, उसी समाज कल्याण विभाग
द्वारा शासन के पत्र के बाबजूद दलित उत्पीड़न से सम्बंधित इस  मामले की
प्रथम सूचना रिपोर्ट अभी तक नहीं लिखाई जा सकी है l
आखिर कब तक अखिलेश के सिपहसालार इसी तरह समाज के वंचित वर्ग की आवाज को
दबाते रहेंगे ? शायद जब तक सत्ता से बेदखल न हो जाएं तब तक l
शासन के पत्र और आयोग के आदेश की स्कैन्ड प्रतियां संलग्न हैं l

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Shanti Bhushan statement on Mumbai’s Campa Cola residents

14 06 2014
 Shanti Bhushan statement on Mumbai’s Campa Cola residents From: Media Cell AAP1  Fri, 13 Jun ’14 4:20p To: undisclosed-recipients:;Show full Headers
                                                                                      Friday, June 13

One of India’s seniormost lawyers and former union law minister, Shanti Bhushan, also the founding member of the Aam Aadmi Party, has issued the following statement on the plight of the Campa Cola Society residents of Mumbai :  
Campa Cola Society of India – responsibility of the State

While the Supreme Court judgment of February 2013, refusing to interfere with non-regularization of many flats in the Campa Cola Society, built by contravening the applicable legal provisions cannot be faulted in law in any manner, the case raises many important issues of constitutional importance, which must determine the state’s responsibility in such situations, which are likely to arise in a large number of similar matters all over India.
It appears from a reading of the judgment of the SC, that a large number of flats were illegally constructed, by the builder in connivance with the relevant authorities, which has been the norm all over India for many decades.
The flat owners and their families have been living in these illegally constructed flats for 25 years or so. Having read the judgment, it does not show that the continuance of these flats would be harmful to public interest in any manner.
It is true that violation of law should not be encouraged, but there are many reasons why people, particularly poor people, are compelled to become parties to various illegalities just to be able to survive in this country.
While nobody can have any objection if the builder and the various authorities conniving in the illegalities were punished, but the question is whether demolition of hundreds of flats can be the response of the state in such situations.
Let us not forget that we have established a republic in India. Under Article 38 of the Constitution, in Part 4, relating to directive principles of state policy, the state is required to “strive to promote the welfare of the people”, and Article 37 declares, that the Directive Principles are fundamental to the governance of the country, and it shall be the duty of the state to apply these directive principles in the making of the laws.
These flats in Campa Cola Society buildings are providing much needed shelter to hundreds of families. Hundreds of tonnes of steel, cement, and other valuable material, which are assets belonging to the nation, have gone into the construction of these hundreds of flats, though illegally constructed. Unless the continued existence of these flats poses any significant harm to any public interest, would it not be the duty of the state to protect these flats from demolition, and the occupant’s families from eviction?
What is the state’s duty on the promotion of public welfare? After reading the SC judgment, I posed a question to myself: If this situation had arisen in 1977, when I was the Law Minister, what would I have done? I have no hesitation in saying that I would have persuaded the Morarji cabinet to immediately issue an ordinance to stay the eviction and demolition and providing for the constitution of a committee to go into the question of whether the non-demolition of the flats and the non-eviction of the residents would pose any danger of any kind to any significant public interest.
The committee would also go into the penalty to be levied on the builder/residents and any prosecution required under the law of the builder and the authorities, to discourage such illegal constructions in the future. The ordinance would contain the usual clauses, that the provisions of the ordinance would operate, “notwithstanding any judgment of the SC, or any authority under any law”.
We must always remember that life is a great struggle and it is the constitutional duty of all organs and institutions that have been set up by the people for their welfare, to perform their functions and exercise their powers, to help people in their life’s struggles, rather than create obstacles in their life. (ENDS)

AAP Media Cell

Make Delhi’s emergency electricity restoration plan public

14 06 2014

From: AAP MEDIA CELL  Fri, 13 Jun ’14 5:51p To: undisclosed-recipients:;Show full Headers
                                                                                   Friday, June 13

The Aam Aadmi Party demands that the union power ministry and the Delhi administration should immediately make public their emergency electricity restoration plan to ensure there would be no long power cuts in the national capital.
It is a matter of grave concern that even two weeks after the May 30 thunderstorm, which the power department officials are blaming for the destruction of power cables and towers, no concrete action plan to prevent such a situation from arising in the future, appears to be in place.
Though there appears to be some merit in the statement of union power minister Mr Piyush Goyal that lack of investment in infrastructure for last 10 years during former chief minister Sheila Dikshit’s regime is responsible for the weak network of electricity transmission and distribution, but what is beyond understanding is his complete silence on the functioning of private power distribution companies (discoms).
What is worrying is the complete lack of accountability in the functioning of the power department and the unexplained hesitation to fix the responsibility for the long power cuts which made the life of the people miserable in scorching heat.    
The silence of both, the BJP and the Congress on the functioning of discoms and their inability to ensure uninterrupted power supply, gives rise to reasonable apprehension about their close relations with these discoms.

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