Monday, July 13, 2015

CPR is pleased to invite you to a talk on
Implementation of Forest Rights Act 2006: Lessons from the ground 
Tuesday, 21 July 2015, 12:30 p.m. (followed by lunch)
Barun Mitra
Conference Hall, Centre for Policy Research
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The Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Act, popularly known as the Forest Rights Act (FRA) was enacted in 2006, and the first rules were published in 2008, then the amended rules were issued in September 2012. So it has been over seven years since the law has been in operation. It is a good time to review the progress, and the process of implementation.
The FRA recognises the historical injustice suffered by tribal and other traditional forest dwelling communities. It seeks to recognise the rights of these communities over land (agricultural and habitation) and other minor forest resources (MFPs), if they can show that they had possession and were using the resources as of December 2015.
The tribal population in the country is about 104 million, or about 20 million families. According to Census 2011, over 90% of the tribal population lives in rural areas. On top of that, there are the non-ST, other traditional forest dwellers who depend on the forest for their sustenance. Yet the total number of claims filed is in the range of 4 million only, with only about 1.6 million claims being approved (as of Feb 28, 2015).
In this presentation, we will share our experiences at the ground level, working with grassroots communities and CSOs, building awareness and training and equipping them to undertake the claims process.  We will try to indentify the positive trends, as well as the challenges that remain. We will also make an attempt to place this discussion in the wider context of property rights.
Barun Mitra heads the Liberty Institute, an independent think tank dedicated to nurturing individual freedom in the economic, political and social spheres. Among two major initiatives of the Institute are: one, Empowering India, which seeks to empower the citizens with information about political candidates and electoral constituencies; and two, Right to Property initiative, which in collaboration with a number of grassroots organisations, is seeking to build awareness and capacities of remote rural communities in an effort to help implement the Forest Rights Act, 2006. He has published widely on development and environmental issues, and spoken at numerous events across the world. His current interest is to explore ways of making public policy proposals politically viable.
July 13, 2015
Dear All,
Greetings from FICCI!
As you are aware that we had launched  “FICCI Sports Knowledge Group” on 29thMay 2015, which will provide a platform to the stakeholders to help in sharing, exchange and develop business around sports sector.  Wherein we organize meeting on every last Friday of the Month.
On 26th June, 2015, 2nd series of Meeting / discussion of FSKG “Roundtable was organized  on Economy of Adventure Sports and Golf sector in India”.
This Month 3rd Series  of FSKG  will be organized on July 31, 2015, Subject for the discussion of Roundtable will be  “Economy and Business of Sport’s Fitness &  Health”.
We are pleased to invite you for the “FICCI Sports Knowledge Group”    Monthly Discussion.
Limited Seats available.
Kindly note:- No Registration fees for FICCI Sports Knowledge Group Members.
When and Where:
Friday, July 31, 2015, 5.00 pm
Committee Room, 2nd Floor
FICCI, Federation House, Tansen Marg
New Delhi – 110001
For more information contact or 011-2348-7283/561.
With best regards,
Rajpal Singh
Director and Head
Youth Affairs & Sports, Employment & Vocational Skills and  Postal Reforms
Industry’s Voice for Policy Change
Bridging the knowledge gaps in Sports
Federation House, Tansen Marg, New Delhi- 110001
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Pavan kumar
Today at 2:59 PM
CPR is pleased to invite you to a seminar on
Comparative Work Ethic Cultures: Comments on India, US and China
Tuesday, 14 July 2015, 12:30 p.m.
Prof R S Khare
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This talk highlights some major issues, and selected comparative popular social and political cultural features of Indian work and job ethic values, practices and “creative practicalities.” A plea is made to conduct creative researches (especially social-moral, linguistic and political cultural)  on and for 21st century India, where such transnational comparisons, as with US and China, are necessary and instructive.
RS Khare (PhD University of Lucknow 1962) is Professor of Anthropology and Director, Center on Critical Human Survival Issues, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA. He is a sociocultural anthropologist interested in contemporary anthropological theories, and in comparative discussions of Indian society, nation-state, and culture in relation to the modern Western- and American- culture.
Please RSVP to
Liberalism and Changing Conceptions of American Peoplehood in the 20th and 21st Centuries
Wednesday, 15 July 2015, 11:30 a.m.
Prof Rogers Smith
Conference Hall, Centre for Policy Research
Due to some unforeseen circumstances Prof Rogers Smith is not travelling to India, hence the seminar on Liberalism and Changing Conceptions of American Peoplehood in the 20th and 21st Centuries has been cancelled. We sincerely apologize for inconvenience caused.

Greece strikes new bailout deal with Eurozone leaders

Greece strikes new bailout deal with Eurozone leaders to avoid euro exit
Eurozone leaders have reached an agreement after marathon talks over a third bailout for Greece. EU President Donald Tusk said the agreement was unanimous. He tweeted that a bailout programme was all ready to go for Greece, with serious reforms and financial support. Details of any agreement were not immediately clear. Eurozone leaders have been meeting in Brussels for more than 16 hours. It is a historic agreement saving Greece from crashing out of the Euro.
The desperately-needed bailout deal was reached with the eurozone today after marathon overnight talks. The country’s leftist Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras agreed to tough reforms after gruelling negotiations in return for a three-year bailout worth up to 96 billion US Dollar. It is Greece’s third rescue programme in five years. The agreement ends a bitter six-month struggle between Tsipras’s anti-austerity government in Athens and the rest of the eurozone.
Greece applied last week for a third programme from the eurozone’s bailout fund, the European Stability Mechanism, after its previous bailout expired on 30th June, leaving it without international financial assistance for the first time in years. The full terms of the new deal were not immediately available but they looked set to be even tougher than those originally offered to Greece.

CBI team reaches Bhopal to take over probe into Vyapam scam

CBI team today arrived in Bhopal to take over the probe into the Professional Examination Board-VYAPAM scam and mysterious deaths related to it. The agency is likely to initially take over cases registered by the state’s Special Task Force. It may request the state government later to transfer all related FIRs from the state police.
The CBI had yesterday set up a special team of 40 officers to probe the scam. The Supreme Court had transferred the probe of all cases related to Vyapam scam to the CBI on 9th of this month. It had asked the investigating agency to file its report before it on the 24th of this month.

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