Monday, May 18, 2015

  1. Interacting with farmers affected by unseasonal rain in Mirzagarh
Jawaharlal Nehru’s Interim Government,1946-47: —

Jawaharlal Nehru’s Interim Government,1946-47:

Nehru Memorial Museum and Library
cordially invites you to a Seminar
at 3.00 pm on Thursday, 21st May, 2015
in the Seminar Room, First Floor, Library Building
Jawaharlal Nehru’s Interim Government,1946-47:
An alternative historical assessment’

Dr. Rakesh Ankit,
University of Southampton,

Jawaharlal Nehru’s Interim Government (2 September 1946-14 August 1947), the precursor to the first government of independent India, appears as a ‘penumbra of oblivion’ at this distance of time. Caught in a liminal political space, it has been an uneasy fit in our historical consciousness. The massive literature on the partition and independence of India has tended to approach it almost solely through the prism of Partition; understanding it merely as a prelude to it and offering it as further evidence for its ‘inevitability’. This paper, instead, attempts a study of the ‘transitional’ and ‘transnational’ character of the interim government from outside the binaries of ‘national-colonial’ and ‘secular-communal’. Based on British colonial structures, run by diverse Indian parties, engaging with provincial politics and making international forays, the interim government represented an exercise in political accommodation, power-sharing and coalition-building that, contrary to perceptions, managed to work enough to leave lasting legacies.

Dr. Rakesh Ankit studied history at Delhi, Oxford and Southampton Universities and is currently associated with the Centre for Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies (Southampton).

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‘365 Days of the Modi Government’ —

‘365 Days of the Modi Government’

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Session on
‘365 Days of the Modi Government’
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DATEFriday, May 22, 2015
TIME4:00 PM  – 5:30 PM (Registration at 3:30pm onwards)
LOCATIONWWF India Auditorium, 172 -B, Lodhi Estate, New Delhi – 110003
SPEAKERSDr. Shankar Acharya, Honorary Professor, Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER)Mr. Suhel Seth, Managing Partner, Counselage IndiaAmbassador G Parthasarathy, Honorary Research Professor, Centre for Policy Research
 CHAIRMr. Raj ChengappaEditor-in-Chief, The Tribune
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Under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Government of India will be completing its first year in office at the end of May. This has been a period of high expectations and huge challenges, both in foreign and domestic policy.
Reflecting on the promises and performance of the government in the last 12 months, Amb. G Parthasarathy, Mr. Suhel Seth, Dr. Shankar Acharya and Mr. Raj Chengappa will engage in a conversation to understand and assess the major steps initiated by the government and the key challenges that have emerged. The discussion assumes relevance because the world is looking towards the government to gauge the direction and pace at which India is going to move over the next few years.
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Shankar Acharya 12-05-15Dr. Shankar AcharyaHonorary Professor, Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER)
Dr. Shankar Acharya is one of India’s leading policy economists. As Chief Economic Adviser to the Government of India (1993-2001) he was deeply involved in the economic reforms of the 1990s. He also served on the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), 1997-2000, and, more recently, as a member of the Prime Minister’s Economic Advisory Council (2001-2003) and Member, Twelfth Finance Commission (2004). Earlier, 1971-82, he worked in the World Bank, where he led the World Development Report team for 1979 and was Research Adviser to the World Bank, 1979-82.
He was Economic Adviser, Ministry of Finance, 1985-90. He has authored eight books and numerous scholarly articles in academic journals. His five most recent books are Essays on Macroeconomic Policy and Growth in India (2006, Oxford University Press, Delhi), Can India Grow without Bharat? (2007, Academic Foundation, Delhi), India and Global Crisis (2009, Academic Foundation, Delhi), (edited with Rakesh Mohan), India’s Economy: Performance and Challenges (2010, Oxford University Press, Delhi; paperback edition, 2011) and India after Global Crisis (2012, Orient BlackSwan, Delhi). Currently he is Honorary Professor at the Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER). He serves on the governing boards of other national research organizations and some corporates. He recently completed four years as a member of the National Security Advisory Board (2009-2013) and is a member of the Reserve Bank’s Advisory Committee on Monetary Policy since 2005. He is non-executive Chairman of Kotak Mahindra Bank, a member of the Aspen India-China and India- Turkey Dialogues and a member of the Indo-UK Round Table. He writes regularly in the Business Standard and is a consultant to international organizations. Dr. Acharya has a Ph.D (1972) from Harvard University and a B.A. (1967) from Oxford.
 Suhel SethMr. Suhel Seth, Managing Partner, Counselage India
Suhel Seth is the Managing Partner of Counselage India and founder of Equus. He is a regular speaker at industry meets and lectures at various Indian Institutes of Management. A bestselling author, Suhel also writes columns in The Financial Times, London, and in Business India, The Hindustan Times and The Indian Express on current affairs and the social landscape of India.”
 G Parthasarathy 12-05-15Ambassador G Parthasarathy, Honorary Research Professor, Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi    
Gopalaswami Parthasarathy is a career diplomat who retired from Service in June 2000. He was a Commissioned Officer in the Indian Army prior to joining the Indian Foreign Service. He has served in Indian Missions in Moscow, Dar es Salaam and Washington and as Consul General on India in Karachi. After completing his term as Spokesman of the Ministry of External Affairs and thereafter as Information Adviser and Spokesman in the Office of Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.
Mr. Parthasarathy was posted as Ambassador of India to Myanmar and served as High Commissioner of India to Cyprus, Australia and Pakistan. He is currently Honorary Visiting Professor in the Centre of Policy Research, New Delhi.
 Raj Chengappa 12-05-15Mr. Raj Chengappa, Editor-in-Chief, The Tribune
Raj Chengappa is currently the Editor-in-Chief of The Tribune Group of Newspapers based in Chandigarh. The Tribune’s English edition is among the top 10 daily newspapers in the country. It is also among the oldest – it was founded in Lahore in 1881 and is now in its 133 year of publication. Chengappa is an award winning journalist of 37 years’ standing. Prior to The Tribune he was Managing Editor of India today till 2010. For India Today he did over a hundred cover stories and exclusive reports on a range of subjects, including international affairs, defence, science, health, education and environment.
He was also concurrently the Editor of the Indian edition of Scientific American and India Today Aspire, a magazine on careers and education. Chengappa is the author of the best-selling book on India’s nuclear programme titled, Weapons of Peace:  The Secret Story of India’s quest to be a Nuclear Power.  He won the Prem Bhatia award for Excellence in Reporting in 1998. He is also the winner of the Statesman Award for Rural Reporting in 1987. He was a Stimson Fellow on Security Issues in Washington D.C. in 1995, a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University in 1990-91 and a Harry Brittain Fellow partly at Oxford University in 1985.
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Apollo Go The Distance Scholarship winners announced —

Apollo Go The Distance Scholarship winners announced

·        Six winners get one year scholarship for training with Youth Football International (YFI)
·        Vanlalzahawma, of U15 age group, will also travel to the UK to join a week-long Manchester United Soccer Schools residential training camp
Apollo Tyres, in association with Manchester United, today announced the winners of Apollo Go The Distance Scholarship programme. Aimed at nurturing young football talent in India, the scholarship programme, held at the American Embassy School, New Delhi from May 11 – 15, 2015, saw the participation of 192 kids from U9, U11, U13, U15, U17 and U19 age groups.
During the 5 day programme, the kids were shown a range of movements and techniques linked to Manchester United coaching methods by Mikael Silvestre, former Manchester United defender, and two especially flown-in Manchester United Soccer School  (MUSS) coaches. One kid from each age group was chosen for the Apollo Go The Distance Scholarship, who will undergo a year-long training with Youth Football International in Delhi.
The scholarship winners, from each age group, are:
1. Louie Bastin, U9
2. Fahad Temuri, U11
3. Shay Smith, U13
4. Vanlalzahawma, U15
5. Sahil Kumar, U17
6. Kevin Malhotra, U19
Out of the 6 winners, Vanlalzahawma of U15 age group category will also join a week-long residential training camp with Manchester United Soccer Schools in the UK.
The Apollo Go The Distance Scholarship programme concluded yesterday late in the evening with a United: Live event in New Delhi, which saw thousands of fans watch the Manchester United v Arsenal match broadcast live from Old Trafford.
‘Bemisaal 15 saal’ for Star Parivaar Awards —

‘Bemisaal 15 saal’ for Star Parivaar Awards

Mumbai, 17th May, 2015: After another successful year of entertaining the audiences, STAR Plus is back with STAR Parivaar Awards. It was a glorious summer evening in Mumbai where the red carpet was rolled out for the nation';s biggest television stars Celebrating Bemisal 15 saal for the channel. Dressed in beautiful out fits the who’s who of television industry came together under one roof for the crystal year of the Star Plus.
The awards had a very different atmosphere and a never seen before set. The high octane performances by the Parivaar members gave the audiences a much needed thrill. From innovation in the acts and performances, this time the stage was also designed to keep the viewers baffled for a visually delight. The awards were an amalgam of various festivities in India starting from the celeberation of festivals with Sandhya & Suraj, Suhaani & Yuvraaj, Amaya & Mantu to the transformation into a never seen before party Samaira, Neil, Radhika , Arjun, Ranvi & Gunjan.
While the grandness was the talk of the evening another thing that kept everyone on toes were the celebrities from old shows like Kasauti Zindagi ki, Kyuki Saan bhi Kabhi Bahu thi, Maryaada, Pyaar Ka Dard Hain, Mahabharat, Ek Haseena Thi and Sasural Genda Phool walked the red carpet. Dazzling the paparazzi’s on the red carpet were Akshara aka Heena Khan Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hain, Sandhya aka Deepika Singh from Diya Aur Baati Hum, Ishita aka Divyanka Tripathi Yeh Hain Mohobbatein, Samaira aka Kashmira Irani from Manmarzian, Radhika aka Monica Sehgal Manmarzian, Raman Bhalla aka Karan Patel from Yeh Hain Mohobbatein, Naitik aka Karan Mehra from Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata hain and many more!

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