Monday, April 27, 2015

Kazakhstan President Nazarbayev wins fifth term by landslide

Kazakhstan President Nazarbayev wins fifth term by landslide
Energy-rich Kazakhstan’s incumbent President Nursultan Nazarbayev scored a crushing victory in Sunday’s one-sided presidential ballot, taking 97.5 percent of the vote to win a fifth consecutive term.
The exit poll showed Nazarbayev’s closest competitor Turgun Syzdykov as scoring 1.8 percent of the ballot.
Kazakhstan’s Central Election Commission claimed a record voter turnout of 95.11 percent for the poll. The CEC is expected to present preliminary results today.
Nazarbayev has ruled the vast Central Asian country since before the breakup of the USSR in 1991.His new five-year term will take him to three decades as leader.
Mayawati urges govt to be more alert in view of earthquake
Apr 27,  1:00 PM
BSP Chief Mayawati today urged the government to be more alert in view of devastating earthquake in Nepal and some parts of the country. Talking to reporters outside Parliament, she said the centre and state governments should take all precautionary measures to deal with the situation. Ms. Mayawati alleged that the government has not provided adequate relief to the farmers affected by the recent unseasonal rains in different parts of the country.
Retrospective Nino Manfredi 1921-2004/ Contemporary Italian
Tutti i mercoledì / Every Wednesday @ 19.00
Mercoledi/Wednesday, 29 Aprile/ 29th April @19.00
IN NOME DEL PAPA RE / In The Name Of The Pope King
Historical Drama/ 1977/ 103 mins
Director: Luigi Magni
Cast: Nino Manfredi; Danilo Mattei, Carmen Scarpitta, Ettore Manni, Camillo Milli
IN NOME DEL PAPA RE (In The Name Of The Pope King) (Historical Drama) - 1977
Rome, 1867, shortly before the defeat of Garibaldi in Mentone. The barracks of Serristori are blown up, killing 23 Zouaves. Three young revolutionaries are arrested: Gaetano Tognetti, Giuseppe Monti and Caesare Costa. The mother of the latter, the Countess Flaminia resorts to Mgr. Colombo di Priverno, judge of the Sacra Consulta or the supreme criminal court of the Papal States to save him. The Prelate, already in crisis, not of the priestly vocation but of confidence in the necessity of the temporal power and, consequently, willing to resign, learns about the woman with whom he had a son 19 years ago in a turbulent relationship during the troubled times of ’49, intervenes; attains liberation of Cesare and ends up accepting him in the cellar. However, while Tognetti and Monti will be sentenced to death and beheaded, Count Ottavio believes the rumor of a love affair of his wife with the guy; awaits them at the gate and mortally wounds him to avenge his honor. Mgr. Colombo, who delivered a speech in the revolutionary court runs the wrath of the “black pope”, the General of the Jesuits, and is arrested./ Roma 1867, poco prima della sconfitta di Garibaldi a Mentana. La caserma Serristori viene fatta saltare provocando la morte di 23 zuavi. Vengono arrestati tre giovani rivoluzionari: Gaetano Tognetti, Giuseppe Monti e Cesare Costa. La madre naturale di quest’ultimo, la contessa Flaminia, per salvarlo ricorre a Mons. Colombo di Priverno, giudice della Sacra Consulta o tribunale penale supremo dello Stato Pontificio. Il prelato, già in crisi non di vocazione sacerdotale ma di fiducia nella necessità del potere temporale e, per conseguenza, disposto alle dimissioni, quando viene a sapere dalla donna di avere con lei generato il figlio 19 anni prima in un irripetuto rapporto tra i torbidi del ’49, interviene; ottiene la liberazione di Cesarino e finisce per accoglierlo nella propria cantina. Tuttavia, mentre il Tognetti e il Monti verranno condannati a morte e decapitati, il conte Ottavio crede alla diceria universale su di un rapporto amoroso della moglie con il ragazzo; attende questi al varco e lo ferisce mortalmente per vendicare il proprio onore. Mons. Colombo, che ha pronunciato un discorso rivoluzionario in tribunale, incappa nelle ire del “papa nero”, il generale dei Gesuiti, e verrà arrestato.
Venue: Tessitori Hall, Italian Cultural Institute, New Delhi
Entry Free: For security reasons please show your valid Photo Identity Card.
Italian Embassy Cultural Centre
50- E, Chandragupta Marg (Entry from Nyaya Marg)
Chanakyapuri, New Delhi – 110 021
Phone: 0091-11-26871901/03/04
ISIS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi reportedly dead —

ISIS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi reportedly dead

Apr 27
According to a report by Radio Iran, leader of the ISIS terrorist group Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has died. Quoting sources, Radio Iran says Baghdadi died in an Israeli hospital in the occupied Golan Heights where he had been hospitalized for treatment after sustaining severe injuries during a joint attack of the Iraqi army and US-coalition airstrike. The sources added that al-Baghdadi has been declared by his Israeli physicians and surgeons as to be now clinically dead. The terrorist leader was targeted in an airstrike in Western Iraq on March 18th.
Urbanizing India
Challenges of Democratic and Equitable Space
(April 26 – 27, 2015, Gandhi Peace Foundation, Delhi)
My government is conscious of the fact that our urban infrastructure is under severe stress. Soon, 50 per cent of our population would be residing in urban areas. Taking urbanization as an opportunity rather than a challenge, the government will build 100 Cities focussed on specialized domains and equipped with world class amenities. Integrated infrastructure will be rolled out in model towns to focus on cleanliness and sanitation. By the time the nation completes 75 years of its Independence, every family will have a pucca house with water connection, toilet facilities, 24×7 electricity supply and access.
Pranab Mukherjee, address to Parliament on June 9, 2014
(Hindi Programme is attached)
Dear Friends,
Urbanisation has been declared as the future of India. India is no more a country of villages. Our villages are dying and rotting. But are our cities flourishing, alive and kicking ? Cities are seen as the hope and harbinger of success and the glitz and glamour keeps attracting millions every year.Cities continue to promise future, alternatives to rural drudgery, multiple livelihood opportunities and so on. However, the process of urbanisation has not received the necessary attention as villages did post-independence. As a result, many of our cities had unintended and unplanned growth, barring few exceptions.
The idea of self-reliant villages and village republics gave a model for people and planners to work with in the early years of independence. This to some extent marked neglect of focus and emphasis on the city development. Today, though the situation is different. The imagination and perception of cities amongst those migrating to them is different. The distinction between the urban and rural is not that stark and with the enhanced means of transport and communication, the mobility of people have increased.
Cities are no more the final stages in development of a society but one of the stages, as rapid urbanisation takes roots. Thisnecessitates a greater engagement from its denizens, policy planners, and government. There is acceptance and greater emphasis on the urbanisation process but does that lead to a paradigm shift in the approach to the unplanned and unintended growth of the cities. UPA government launched JawaharLal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) and now NarendraModi government is aiming at building nearly 500 smart cities. These cities, some new and some upgrade of the older ones envision a city where the citizens will have access to services and will have abundance too, unlike the current cities which are under severe resource crunch in all dimensions. It’s too many people fighting to access the limited resources and services available. On the face of it the smart city seems like an idea whose idea has come and there is a greater demand of it, but what happens to an idea that cities are open, welcoming and free for anyone, irrespective of class, creed and caste is welcome to come, settle down and living.
Institute for Democracy and Sustainability (IDS) and National Alliance of Peoples Movements (NAPM) have been researching and organising around the issue of democratic and equitable space keeping in mind the interest of the poor, working classes and also of the urban development. IDS through its work on democratic transport has raised the question of democracy on the road and urban planning and NAPM on its part has intervened in the way urban development is taking place and fought to protect the housing rights of slum dwellers and their betterment.
IDS just concluded publication of a series of books on the question of “Urbanization Urban Mobility and its Challenges and Prospects”. These books emerge out of an engagement over two decades and throw up many questions for the urban mobility in the country.
We write to invite you to joins us for this two day People’s Dialogue on the 26thand 27th of April 2015 in Delhi on the theme “Urbanizing India: Challenges of Democratic and Equitable Space”. The discussion aims to share ideas, knowledge and abilities to proactively engage on the issues of urbanization. The various topics of discussion will be;
  1. a) City as a journey of Development: Challenges of Self-reliance and question of urban agriculture and cleanliness
  2. b) The Unintended City
  3. c) Smart Cities : Community Rights & Governance; Global experience and the Challenges
  4. d) Politics of Industrial Corridors : Industrialisation and Urbanisation
  5. e) Towards an Agenda for Self Reliant City
The dialogue is being organised by Institute for Democracy and Sustainability (IDS)together withNational Alliance of Peoples Movements (NAPM). The dialoguewill be held atAuditorium, Gandhi Peace Foundation, 221-223, DeenDayalUpadhyayMarg, Delhi
We do hope that you will participate and contribute with your experiences to elucidate the issue.
We will be sending you a detail of the programme and the speakers as soon as it gets finalised. This invitation is so that you pre-book the dates and attend our programme.
Yours faithfully
Rajendra Ravi                           Madhuresh Kumar
IDS                                       NAPM
09868200316                          09818905316
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Discussion on
“Making Waves: Aiding India’s Next-Generation Aircraft Carrier”
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DATEFriday, May 1, 2015
TIME4:00 PM  – 5:00 PM (Registration at 3:30pm onwards)
LOCATIONWWF India Auditorium, 172 -B, Lodhi Estate, New Delhi – 110003
SPEAKERMr. Ashley J Tellis, Senior Associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
CHAIRAdmiral Arun Prakash, Former Chief of Naval Staff, Indian Navy
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ABOUT THE EVENTThe United States and India have agreed to form a working group to explore the joint development of India’s next-generation aircraft carrier. While the Indian Navy has already begun design work, wide-ranging cooperation with the United States has enormous potential and offers India the opportunity to acquire the most capable warship possible. Such collaboration would increase the Indian Navy’s combat power and would resonate throughout the Asian continent to India’s strategic advantage. The most valuable U.S. contributions are likely to materialize in the fight, possibly in the move, and hopefully in the integrate functions. Offering such insights from his latest paper, Ashley J Tellis, Senior Associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, will engage in a conversation on this possible landmark bilateral collaboration with Admiral Arun Prakash, Former Chief of Naval Staff, Indian Navy.
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Admiral Arun Prakash 27-04-15Ashley J Tellis, Senior Associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Ashley J Tellis is a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace specializing in international security, defense, and Asian strategic issues. While on assignment to the U.S. Department of State as senior adviser to the under secretary of state for political affairs, he was intimately involved in negotiating the civil nuclear agreement with India. Previously, he was commissioned into the Foreign Service and served as senior adviser to the ambassador at the U.S. embassy in New Delhi. He also served on the National Security Council staff as special assistant to the president and senior director for strategic planning and Southwest Asia.
 Admiral Arun Prakash 27-04-15 (1)Arun Prakash, Former Chief of Naval Staff, Indian Navy
Admiral Arun Prakash retired as the 20th naval Chief and Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee in end-2006. A naval-aviator by specialization, he commanded a fighter-squadron and four ships including the carrier Viraat. In flag-rank he commanded the Eastern Fleet, the National Defence Academy, the Andaman & Nicobar Joint Command and the Western Naval Command. He headed the Aviation and Personnel branches of the navy and was Vice-Chief before taking over as Chief of the Naval Staff in 2004. He was a member of the 2001 Arun Singh Task Force as well as the 2011 Naresh Chandra Committee on National Security Reform. Post-retirement he served two-terms on the National Security Advisory Board and was Chairman of the National Maritime Foundation. He lives in Goa and writes and speaks on maritime and strategic issues.
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