Thursday, September 25, 2014

Media address : BFI: Let’s play ball: BFI tells school & colleges

Basketball federation of India with the support of IMG Reliance will kick offthe Indian School and Indian college Basketball leagues in the Capital city on September 29th. 2014.
Spread over a span of three months,the 22 pan India City level leagues will take place followed by a culmination tournament -National Championship.

PM Modi launches “Make in India ” global initiative


PM of India Shri Narendra Modi has launched a “Make in India ” initiative with an objective to boost India ‘s manufacturing sector. The “Make in India ” program includes major new initiatives intended to facilitate investment, foster innovation, protect intellectual property, and build best-in-class manufacturing infrastructure. The “Make in India” movement aims to put India prominently on the global manufacturing map and, in turn, facilitate the inflow of new technology and capital, while creating millions of jobs.

The Prime Minister stated that it is important to increases the purchasing power of the common man, so as to boost demand, and hence spur development, in addition to benefiting investors. The faster people are pulled out of poverty and brought into the middle class, the more opportunity will there be for global business.

The Prime Minister mentioned that India is the only country in the world which offers the unique combination of democracy, demography, and demand. He highlighted that the new Government was taking initiatives for skill development in order to ensure that skilled manpower is available for manufacturing. He also referred to the Digital India mission and enumerated that Governance should be aimed at digital government and must focus on Digital India to ease business through easy governance.

Further, the Mission Swachh Bharat and “waste to wealth” could lead to good revenue models for business as well. He also referred to his vision of waste water management and solid waste management in 500 towns across India through public private partnership.

Going ahead, Shri Narendra Modi mentioned that the development and growth-oriented employment is the government’s responsibility and emphasized the need for “effective” governance.

Latest revelations on AIIMS CVO removal issue expose BJP lies.


From: Media Cell AAP  Wed, 24 Sep ’14 6:46p
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The BJP’s mysterious silence on the latest revelations exposing union health minister Harsh Vardhan and party general secretary JP Nadda, have nailed all lies spread by the ruling party on the issue of whistleblower officer Sanjeev Chaturvedi.
The health minister resorted to repeated lies when he was caught off guard on the issue of removing Chaturvedi from the post of Chief Vigilance Officer of AIIMS.
The minister is now evading the issue and is silent along with his entire party, since the BJP’s attempts to trample the AIIMS autonomy through its naked political interference to protect a bureaucrat facing serious corruption charges, is now fully exposed.
The health minister misled the country when he had stated last month that Chaturvedi was shifted as AIIMS CVO since the Central Vigilance Commission had objected to his appointment.
It has now become clear that Harsh Vardhan’s claim was wrong and the CVC did not at any time object to the appointment. Importantly, however, he hid the fact that BJP general secretary and Rajya Sabha MP, JP Nadda had written to him in June seeking Chaturvedi’s removal.
Nadda’s interference did not stop merely at seeking the removal of Chaturvedi from the post of CVO, it now transpires that he even suggested a name for his replacement.
The Aam Aadmi Party challenges health minister Harsh Vardhan and BJP to answer the following questions :
1)      Can the health minister deny that he received a letter from BJP leader JP Nadda in June ?
2)      Is it not a fact that Nadda demanded removal of Sanjeev Chaturvedi from the post of CVO AIIMS ?
3)      Can Harsh Vardhan deny that Nadda wanted probes into corruption cases initiated by Chaturvedi dropped ?
4)      Can the health minister deny that he received a reminder from Nadda in July stressing that the AIIMS CVO be changed ?
5)      Can he deny that under pressure from the BJP his ministry initiated the process to remove Chaturvedi withing 24 hours in August ?
6)      Why is Nadda shying away from revealing his interest in saving Mr Vineet Choudhary ?
7)      What was Nadda’s locus in suggesting his choice as replacement of Chaturvedi ?
8)      What is the BJP stand on its senior leader asking for probes in corruption cases to be scuttled ?
This episode involving Harsh Vardhan and Nadda has brought to the fore, the BJP’s direct compromise with corruption. The response of BJP on whether these two will continue in their positions is awaited. (ENDS)
AAP Media Cell

Kashmir Flood Relief by AAP Maharashtra

Kashmir has been devastated by the worst floods the nation has seen in six decades. The entire nation is indebted to the Indian Army for having gone beyond the call of duty to save lives. Aam Aadmi Party and its volunteers are also making every effort possible to help Kashmiris in these difficult times. Dr Raja Muzaffer Bhat, eminent activist, columnist and AAP Loksabha Candidate from Srinagar and his entire team have been working relentlessly on relief and rescue work. They have been risking their lives and going to areas that have been left unaided by the government agencies.
AAP Maharashtra has also been contributing to Dr Bhat’s efforts and we will continue to do so as long as our brothers and sisters in Kashmir require our assistance. So far, AAP Maharashtra has despatched monetary help as well as supplies. In the shortest possible period, with limited resources, our team put together a huge amount of essential supplies. We are greatly satisfied and proud of the fact that when our fellow countrymen needed us, AAP stepped up and took upon itself this enormous task. We thank the airlines which have agreed to carry relief material free of cost.
Here is a list of items that AAP Maharashtra has already sent:
– Funds to purchase packaged water
– Boat, life jackets & safety jackets
– Food grains
– Medicines and medical supplies
– Pumps to spray disinfectants & sanitation
– Blankets, tents, candles
We appeal to all citizens to help AAP in aiding the relief work in Kashmir.

UN Public Lecture Education in the 21st Century by Dr. Karan Singh,

Find attached invite to UN Public Lecture on Education in the 21st Century. The lecture is 26 Sept 2014 5 pm, Teen Murti Bhawan. UNICEF India Representative, Mr. Louis Georges Arsenault will  deliver the closing remarks.UN Public Lecture Education in the 21st Century by Dr. Karan Singh, Member of Parliament, Friday 26 Sep, 5 pm, Teen Murti Bhawan

Film Screening at the Italian Cultural Institute – Special Double Bill,

Film Screening at the Italian Cultural Institute – Special Double Bill, 2:00 pm & 4:00pm, Saturday,27 September 2014
Cultural Program
Undisclosed Recipients
Today at 12:44 PM
Le regioni d’Italia al cinema/ Italian Regions in Cinema
Dal libro al cinema/From Book to Film
13 Agosto / August – 17 Dicembre / December 2014
Tutti i mercoledì / Every Wednesday @ 19.00


Saturday, 27th September 2014 at 2:00 & 4:00 p.m.

Le regioni d’Italia al cinema:  CAMPANIA
Italian Regions in Cinema:   CAMPANIA

BENVENUTI AL SUD/ Welcome to the South

Commedia / Comedy
2010, 106 min.
Regista / Director: Luca Miniero.
Cast: Claudio Bisio, Angela Finocchiaro, Alessandro Siani, Valentina Lodovini
BENVENUTI AL SUD (Welcome to the South)
Alberto, the manager of a Post Office in a small town in the northwest of Italy, under pressure from his wife Silvia, will do anything to get a transfer to Milan – even going so far as to pretend he is disabled to get higher up on the transfer list! But this trick doesn’t work and as a punishment he is transferred to a small town in the southern Campania region, which, for a person from the north, is a real nightmare. Full of prejudice, Alberto leaves alone to brave what he considers the land of camorra, full of dirty, lazy southerners. But, to his surprise, Alberto will instead find a fascinating place, with friendly colleagues, very hospitable people and a new best friend, the postman Mattia, who he will help to win the heart of the beautiful Maria.
 Saturday, 27th September 2014 at 2:00pm

Le regioni d’Italia al cinema:LOMBARDIA
Italian Regions in Cinema: LOMBARDY
BENVENUTI AL NORD / Welcome to the North
Commedia / Comedy
2012, 110 min.
Regista / DirectorLuca Miniero  

The lives of Alberto from North Italy and Mattia from South Italy alongwith their respective families are bound to cross again with new presuppositions. Silvia, wife of Alberto does not like Milan because of its pollution and she accuses Alberto to be an egoist. In the meantime, Mattia lives with his wife Maria and his son Edinson in his mother’s house. But then the arrival of Mattia in Milan overwhelms the life of Alberto once again.

Saturday, 27th September 2014 at 4:00pm

Venue: Tessitori HallItalian Cultural Institute, New Delhi
Entry Free: For security reasons please show your valid Photo Identity Card.
For more information, please visit our

Italian Embassy Cultural Centre
50- E, Chandragupta Marg (Entry from Nyaya Marg)
Chanakyapuri, New Delhi – 110 021
Phone: 0091-11-26871901/03/04



This week India’s Raw Star will have the talented actor, director, music composer in other words the power house of talentVishal Bhardwaj along with Shraddha Kapoor on the show. They will be seen promotion their upcoming movie Haider. The stars came at different hours but filled in a lot of energies with their presence.
Shraddha Kapoor who was very excited to meet Honey Singh jumped a little when came and sat next to the man of the hour. While she enjoyed all the performances, Shraddha ensured that Yo Yo sings a few lines of his song on the stage. This is not all Shraddha who was extremely moved by Rituraj’s performance also went up on the stage to sing a song from her upcoming movie Haider.
This week will mark the final performance for all the contestants on India’s Raw Star that are in the bottom five. The contestants will sing their final song before the elimination is declared next week and the wild card entry will make way.
Catch Shraddha and Vishal Bhardwaj on India’s Raw Star on 28th September 2014 along with Yo Yo Honey Singh and 10 Raw Star’s and Host of the show Gauhar Khan at 7 pm only on STAR Plus!

Volkswagen launches new Vento, 1.5 TDI Turbo-Diesel

Volkswagen launches new Vento, 1.5 TDI Turbo-Diesel now available with 7-Speed DSG Automatic

-          New Volkswagen Vento now available with all-new 1.5-litre TDI engines, with 7-Speed DSG Automatic transmission
-          New features include dual front airbags on all variants, dual-beam headlamps, upgraded instrument panel, redesigned alloy wheels, footwell lights, and flat-bottomed multi-function steering wheel

-          New colours for the Vento line-up include Toffee Brown and Night Blue. New Vento available at selected Volkswagen showrooms across India from 24th September 2014 onwards, ex-showroom prices (Mumbai) start at Rs 7.44 lakh

Delhi, September 24, 2014: Volkswagen, Europe’s largest carmaker, announces the launch of the new Vento, one of the most refined, well-built, safe and technologically advanced sedans available in India. To suit a wide range of requirements and driving preference, the new Vento is available with a range of four-cylinder engines – 1.6 MPI, 1.2 TSI and 1.5 TDI powerplants, all of which offer an excellent blend of power, performance and fuel economy.

In response to popular demand for advanced, refined diesel automatics, the new Vento 1.5 TDI is now available with Volkswagen’s technologically advanced 7-Speed Dual-Clutch DSG automatic transmission, a feature that is unique in this segment. Volkswagen’s 7-Speed DSG has two clutches; Clutch 1 handles odd-numbered gears, Clutch 2 handles even-numbered gears plus reverse gear. As a result of this sophisticated clutch management, there are no gaps in propulsive power and power delivery remains uninterrupted. The “lag” that is sometimes associated with conventional automatics is non-existent with the DSG.
In addition to providing outstanding driving dynamics as explained above, Volkswagen’s 7-Speed DSG, with its perfectly timed and perfectly executed gearshifts, also helps with improving fuel economy and lowering emissions. With closely-spaced ratios, the new Vento’s DSG transmission makes the best possible use of Volkswagen’s 1.5 TDI and 1.2 TSI engines’ power delivery, and provides smooth, seamless acceleration at all speeds.

The new Vento’s 1.5-litre four-cylinder TDI turbo-diesel engine produces 103 horsepower and 250Nm of torque, which provides impressive performance on the road, while its fuel economy figure of 21.21kpl provides uncompromised efficiency. Other engines in the new Vento line-up are also similarly accomplished.

The 1.2 TSI engine produces 103 horsepower and 175Nm of torque, and delivers 16.93kpl in terms of fuel economy. The 1.6 MPI engine produces 103 horsepower and 153Nm of torque, and returns 15.04kpl.
Other changes on the new Vento include dual front airbags on all variants, redesigned 15-inch alloy wheels, and new, more powerful dual-beam headlamps. The new Vento also gets a flat-bottomed multi-function steering wheel with integrated controls for the car’s entertainment system, footwell lights and Bluetooth telephony. New colours available for the Vento line-up include Toffee Brown and Night Blue.
Speaking at the launch of the new Vento, Mr. Michael Mayer, Director, Volkswagen Passenger Cars, Volkswagen Group Sales India Pvt. Ltd. said “It has been our constant endeavour to provide leading automotive technologies to our customers in India, as elsewhere in the world. The new Vento 1.5 TDI, which is available with our advanced 7-Speed Dual-Clutch DSG automatic transmission, underlines the fact that Volkswagen cars are at the forefront with class-leading technologies, in their respective segments. Our cars have always represented high standards of safety, impeccable build quality, and outstanding driving dynamics, and with all of these, we take one more step forward with the new Vento.”

Ex-showroom prices (Mumbai) are Rs 10.49 – 10.94 lakh for the new Vento 1.5 TDI DSG, Rs 8.57 – 9.90 lakh for the Vento 1.5 TDI,
Rs 9.35 – 9.92 lakh for the Vento 1.2 TSI DSG, and Rs 7.44 – Rs 8.87 lakh for the Vento 1.6 MPI.

A meeting-conference conducted by ✰Patrice Vanoni ✰


Alliance Française de Delhi
A meeting-conference conducted by
 Patrice Vanoni 

Friday, 26th September 2014, 7.00PM

M.L Bhartia Auditorium – Alliance Française de Delhi
Free entry – Open to all
Starting as a freelance journalist for several magazines, radio and Le Monde, Patrice Vanoni has been an International Reporter and Correspondent in many countries for several major French television channels (TF1, Canal +, I TV, Arte) for 30 years. He has made reports and documentaries covering highly topical international issues: wars and conflicts, particularly in Africa, but also major political events, such as, the last France-Africa Summit of the French President François Mitterrand in Biarritz. He also met many artists whom he covered.
Patrice Vanoni lived six years in Africa, four years in India, ten years in the United States and a year in Morocco. Since late 2008, he has been serving various French institutions with his rich experience as an International Reporter. He was Audiovisual Attaché at the Embassy of France in India, seconded to Mumbai, then Cultural Attaché at the Embassy of France to the USA, seconded to Houston (Texas). Until late 2013, he was Staff on Mission to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Paris.

A Dialogue between People';s Networks

Convergence of Movements
A Dialogue between People';s Networks, Movement Alliances and Unions
26-27 September 2014, 10 am – 6 pm
Raja Ram Mohan Roy Memorial Trust (Brahmo Samaj) Hall,
12 – Rouse Avenue Lane, (Opp. Gandhi Peace Foundation),
ITO New Delhi – 110002
Dear Saathis,
To follow up on the meeting on 5th August 2014 and prepare for the forthcoming mass rally with atleast 20,000 people planned on 2-3rd December 2014 to ‘secure social services and social security for all’ we invite you for a planning meeting on 26-27 September 2014. The meeting is being jointly organised by  Pension Parishad, the Right to Food Campaign, the Rashtriya Mazdoor Adhikar Morcha, Jan Swasthya Abhiyan and the National Alliance for People’s Movements.
We extend this invitation to all state and national representatives of progressive movements, campaigns, organisations and individuals across the country to join this nascent initiative of ‘convergence of movements’.  The agenda for the meeting is attached.
We will also request 1-2 representatives from each state to present the initiatives undertaken or planned in their regions to dialogue with and/or bring on board a wide range of civil society movements including trade unions, women’s movements, dalit and adivasi campaigns, farmers organisations, youth groups, secular campaigns and several others. The aim of this convergence initiative is to forge a joint movement across all social sector campaigns in order to strengthen our collective efforts and voices in the present communal and anti-poor political climate.
Of the previous meeting, the drafting group had also prepared a note with a list of participants, which is attached for your reference.
We request you to make your arrangements for travel and accommodation to New Delhi. But do confirm your participation and if you need any assistance, drop in a line to
Please share this mail with others and post it across list serves, to spread the word and ensure that a wide cross-section of representatives participate in September.

Fortis Hospital, Shalimar Bagh organises RUN for the Heart

Fortis Hospital, Shalimar Bagh organises Run for the Heart ,Run for North Delhi residents to celebrate World Heart Day

New Delhi, September, 2014: To motivate people for a healthy heart, Fortis Hospital, Shalimar Bagh organized a 2 Km run titled ᒵn for the Heart⼯span> for the residents of North Delhi. The running competition was eligible for residents in the age group of 50 years and above. The run was flagged off by Mr. Jasdeep Singh, Zonal Director, Fortis Healthcare, Dr. J.C Mohan, Director of Cardiology and Dr. Vinay Sanghi, Associate Director, Cardiology, Fortis Hospital, Shalimar Bagh and was held in the premises of the hospital. The winners were presented with cash prizes and received certificate of participation. Participants who missed the finishing line received free special cardiac consultation from the expert team of doctors at Fortis Shalimar.

The Ἧspan>Run for the Heart⠲un witnessed an enthusiastic participation from over 50 residents from Shalimar Bagh, Pitampura, Rohini, and Ashok Vihar. The oldest participant of the run was 78 years old. A dedicated team of doctors was present throughout the run to provide first aid and offer suggestions on how to maintain a healthy heart and body.

Mr. Jasdeep Singh, Zonal Director, Fortis Healthcare said, ㆯrtis Hospital, Shalimar Bagh has always promoted initiatives that support a healthy living. The objective behind supporting such a run is to encourage people to enhance their understanding of a balanced lifestyle to take care of their heart. We are pleased by the response and support from residents of neighboring colonies for this initiative

India’s Women Double Trap Team Lands Bronze at the 17th Asian Games

India’s Women Double Trap Team Lands Bronze-Seventh Medal in Shooting at the 17th Asian Games

New Delhi, 25th September 2014: The Indian Women’s Double Trap Shooting Team comprising of Shagun Chowdhary, Shreyasi Singh and Varsha Varman, continued to pile on the medals for the Indian shooting contingent, when they shot their way to a Bronze medal on Day six of the 17th Asian Games, underway at Incheon, South Korea. The trio shot a combined score of 279 in the finals here today to finish behind hosts South Korea, who won the Silver medal with a score of 314. The Gold was won by the Chinese team who finished with a score of 315, to eclipse the World Record in the event. This was India’s sixth Bronze in as many days from the Shooting range and seventh medal overall. Jitu Rai, had won the only Gold for India thus far, in the 50m Pistol event on the opening day of the Games
In the individual section however Shagun Chowdhary’s score of 96 could only help her finish 8th, while Shreyasi finished 10th with a score of 94 and Varsha 12th with 89.
In other news from the Shooting range India’s Gurpreet Singh finished fifth in the 25m Standard Pistol Men’s Competition. Mahaveer Singh ended up in 17th spot and Samaresh Jung finished 24th in the same event. The three could also manage only a fifth position in the Team event with a combined score of 1684. In the 50m Rifle Prone Event for Men, Team India comprising of Joydeep Karmakar, Gagan Narang and Hariom Singh narrowly lost out on the Bronze to finish fourth with an overall score of 1852.8. Individually Joydeep finished tenth in the event while Gagan Narang and Hariom Singh ended up 14thand 29th respectively.

TN Ninan takes over as new Ananta Aspen Centre Chairman

Ananta Aspen Centre
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T N Ninan 17-04-13TN Ninan takes over as new
Ananta Aspen Centre Chairman
New Delhi, September 24, 2014: At the Board of Trustees meeting of the Ananta Aspen Centre yesterday, the Board unanimously elected Mr T N Ninan as the new Chairman of the Ananta Aspen Centre.
Mr. Ninan succeeds Mr. Gautam Thapar, Founder and Chairman, Avantha Group, following the latter’s decision to step down after completing five extremely successful years. The Board very much appreciated the leadership and generous support of Mr Thapar in leading the organization to new heights.  His continuous guidance helped the organization in building its brand.
In an illustrious career spanning a quarter-century in the media, Mr. Ninan has been at the helm of several news organisations.  He was the editor of Business Standard (also its publisher from 1996), the Economic Times and Business World, bringing about radical change and achieving rapid growth in all of them during his stewardship. He was also the Executive Editor at India Today in the 1980s, and a television commentator on economic and business issues.
Mr. Ninan has been President of the Editors Guild of India, and Chairman of the Media Committee at the Confederation of Indian Industry. He is currently a Board member of the World Editors Forum. He is also a recipient of numerous awards, including the B.D. Goenka Award for Excellence in Journalism.
Ananta Aspen Centre is an independent and not-for-profit organisation that focuses on leadership development and open dialogue on important issues facing Indian society, to help foster its transformation. The Centre engages civil society, business, Governments and other stakeholders on issues of importance to India’s development and national security.
For more information, contact:
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Mr Samarth PathakCellphone: +91-9811347927Email: Samarth.pathak@anantacentre

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