Friday, July 24, 2015

From poppy growing to veg production, Thailand's agriculture program impresses the Chinese


Modi sarker which has made lots of announcement finds its parliamentary route blocked by opposition leaders as the state government of two brand parties are at logger heads on scams counter charges.Parliament where matters needs to be resolved  has become a platform to garner each other wishes on top of such political fluid state,the nation state argumentative,persuasive,the democratic debate has taken back seat and the people of the nation is deprived to listen to its Leaders when their is complete chaos due to rampant corruption in high places and scams grew at faster pace in spite of Modi sarkar disciplinary attitude. Congress Chief Minister of its nine state  it rule  also faces the heat but the counter protest continues at state level and national level.
Lok Sabha was adjourned for the day amid uproar from opposition benches. For the consecutive fourth day, the House could not transact any business. Several opposition members have given adjournment notices for suspending the Question Hour. The Speaker Sumitra Majahan rejected the notices.
Later, the opposition members belonging to Congress and TRS trooped into the well of the House. The TRS members were demanding setting up of a separate High Court for Telangana. The Congress members shouting slogans on various corruption issues of the government. In the din, the Speaker adjourned the House till Monday.
Bhumi Adhikar Andolan
Unanimous rejection of Land Acquisition Bill 2015, Joint Forum to Intensify Opposition
Representatives of people';s movements, peasant unions and farmers’ organisations from across country reject the bill as anti-farmer and undemocratic at public hearing
Strong message to JPC to oppose anti-constitutional Land Bill
New Delhi, 23rd July 2015: A public hearing was organised by Bhumi Adhikar Andolan, a nationwide movement for land rights, that saw representatives of people’s movements, peasant & agricultural labour unions and farmers organisations from ten states come together to share their struggles against land acquisition. The hearing, following the submission of recommendations to the Joint Parliamentary Committee, was organised in light of the committee’s failure to undertake wider ground-level consultations with mass organisations.
Representatives of various mass movements such as Medha Patkar, Vasavi Karo, Ashok Choudhary, Prafulla Samantara, Ramalingam, Hannan Mollah, Vimal bhai, Hansraj Gheora, KKR Lenin, Alok Shukla, Dr. Rupesh Varma, Com. Satyavan, Ulka Mahajan, Umesh Kumar, NK Shukla, Sriram Bharadwaj, etc. shared past and ongoing struggle experiences against land acquisition and the grave implications of the upcoming bill for majority of the country’s population. JPC member and Rajya Sabha MP Shri Jairam Ramesh (INC), Vaiko (MDMK), Jitendra Choudhary (CPM) and Sankar Prasad Dutta (CPM) participated in the hearing and expressed support.
Terming the Land Ordinance as the biggest attack on farmers, representatives highlighted the fact that promulgation of the Ordinance for the third time despite the JPC looking into the matter reflects disrespect for the committee’s efforts.  The unprecedented scale of land acquisition and the agrarian crisis are two sides of the same coin which is evident from projects such as the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor which will impact 31% of the country’s agricultural land.
Multi-crop land and productive rain-fed, semi-arid and dry lands that ensure food security are at risk with no clear reasoning or facts behind the acquisition of vast tracts of land. The lack of a Land Use Policy has also provided unlimited opportunities of misuse where land has been transferred into private hands for real estate and luxury projects.
Representatives shared their frustrations regarding repeated violations in tribal, biodiversity rich and eco-sensitive areas. Despite constitutional provisions tribals have suffered from large scale displacement due to acquisition for mining, dams and industries. Utter disregard for informed consent, consultation and local governance processes have been countered by several successful struggles which are now being repressed with armed forces. A recent example is the illegal acquisition for Kanhar Dam project where police fired indiscriminately on several hundred dalits and tribals and arrested key activists.
Representatives felt that by moving towards greater power to the states in land acquisition processes, the government is shirking its responsibility since land is a concurrent subject where central governments have the final say. Various active state acquisition laws and massive capital development projects such as the AP land pooling scheme are testimony to this trend.
It was unanimously felt that the ordinance represents a corporate driven growth model that is not inclusive and will only impoverish large sections of the population. Recent census data shows that 1 in 3 rural households are landless and this statistic will only rapidly worsen with the proposed Bill.
Participants vowed to intensify opposition to the Bill through this broad struggle that has brought workers and farmers to a common forum and placed the issue of land rights at the centre again. Representatives of Bhumi Adhikar Andolan concluded the hearing with a proposal based on the sharings by the various groups that will be submitted to the JPC.
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Security police in Sweden have arrested two Swedish citizens on suspicion of terrorist offenses and murder in Syria in 2013, AP said. The arrests were made and a warrant for a third suspect was issued in the southwestern region of Goteborg, Security Services spokeswoman Sirpa Franzen said on Thursday. The suspects were two men in their early 30s, and the alleged crimes took place between April and July two years ago, according to the TT news agency. It is the first time Swedish courts will try people suspected of traveling abroad to commit terror crimes, Interior Minister Anders Ygeman said.
Dear All, 

As part of our Urban Workshop Series, the Centre for Policy Research (CPR) and Centre for Social Sciences and Humanities (CSH), Delhi, are delighted to invite you to a Workshop on The Radical Ambiguities of Diversity Politics in a Global City: Lessons from London by Mike Raco, Bartlett School of Planning, University College London.

Date:               Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Time:               3.45 p.m.

Venue:             Conference Hall, Centre for Policy Research, Dharma Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi 110 021

This presentation explores dominant narratives of diversity planning in one of Europe’s most diverse and globally-oriented cities, London. It draws on an on-going cross-national, collaborative research project, named DIVERCITIES, that is exploring the ways in which diversity is conceptualised in urban policy frameworks and the implications these conceptualisations have for citizens and policy priorities. The presentation focuses on the London case and argues that diversity narratives are underpinned by radical ambiguities.  On the one hand it is represented in pragmatic, consensual, and celebratory terms.  A pro-diversity approach is justified as being both morally progressive and grounded in a hard-headed understanding of the needs of competitive, successful businesses and modern urban economies. Under prevailing conditions of contemporary global capitalism labour market-building and the attraction of ‘talented’ individuals represents an essential element in the city’s wider strategy for development.  On the other hand, this celebration of diversity helps to deflect attention away from more difficult policy questions concerning the socio-economic impacts of global models of economic growth and the changes these bring to the city’s built environments. There is little discussion of class differences and how dominant models of capitalist growth are generating heightened inequality in (and beyond) the city.  Moreover, diversity narratives have helped policy-makers to individualise and atomise explanations for the persistence or enhancement of inequality and discrimination.  The paper explores and analyses these ambiguities and their implications for planning narratives and practices in London and beyond.

Mike Raco (B.A., Ph.D.) is Professor of Urban Governance and Development in the Bartlett School of Planning, University College London.  His background is in Planning, Geography, and Urban Studies.  He has published widely on the topics of urban governance and regeneration, urban sustainability, social diversity, and the politics of urban and regional economic development.  He is currently leading a team at UCL that is working on an EU-funded project named DIVERCITIES. Recent works include: The Future of Sustainable Cities: Critical Reflections (with John Flint, Policy Press, Bristol); State-led Privatisation and the Demise of the Democratic State:  Welfare Reform and Localism in an Era of Regulatory Capitalism (Ashgate, Hants.); and Regenerating London: Governance, Sustainability and Community in a Global City (with Rob Imrie and Loretta Lees, Routledge, London).  He formerly lectured at King’s College London and the Universities of Reading and Glasgow.

This is the sixty-sixth in a series of Urban Workshops planned by the Centre de Sciences Humaines (CSH), New Delhi and Centre for Policy Research (CPR). These workshops seek to provoke public discussion on issues relating to the development of the city and try to address all its facets including its administration, culture, economy, society and politics. For further information, please contact: Rémi de Bercegol at, Partha Mukhopadhyay at or Marie-Hélène Zerah at
We look forward to welcoming you to CPR for what promises to be an interesting discussion. Please feel free to share this invitation with friends and colleagues who may be interested.
Bhanu Joshi
Centre for Policy Research
Almost 40 migrants are believed to have died after an inflatable dinghy capsized on Wednesday, UN refugee agency UNHCR says. “My colleagues are interviewing the survivors… who arrived this afternoon in Augusta (Sicily), and they are talking of 35 to 40 people missing at sea,” Federico Fossi UNHCR’s spokesman in Italy said, as cited by AFP. According to Italian daily La Repubblica three dinghies were sailing from Tripoli when suddenly one carrying 120 people started filling with water and sank. Most migrants were rescued by a commercial boat and then picked up by a German navy vessel, the Holstein, which transported about 230 people. According to the UNHCR most of the migrants came from sub-Saharan African countries such as Somalia, Eritrea, Benin and Mali. The International Organization for Migration reported this month that more than 1,900 migrants died this year in attempts to reach Europe by crossing the Mediterranean.
First ever ‘Asian Reincarnation and Theosophical Seminar’ to be held in Mumbai

India is all set to become the hub of past life regression therapy as the world’s topmost renowned therapists descend into the country for the ‘Asian Reincarnation and Theosophical Seminar’ (ARTS-2015).This promises to be Asia’s FIRST EVER EVENT of this stature, where the latest discoveries in past life regression and reincarnation therapy will be presented. This ambitious project is organized thanks to the committed efforts of Geeta Nirupam and Aasha Warriar co-founders of ‘Clover Leaf Learning Academy’.
The seminar will give seekers and experts a platform to share their experiences. Experts will interact and exchange ideas on the Life Altering theories of reincarnation and regression therapy. The ‘ARTS’ will be a hotspot where pioneers and eminent speakers conglomerate to present Workshops and talks on the Ground Breaking discoveries of these therapies.
ARTS-2015 will be graced by Chief Guest, Hon’able Minister, Mr. Shripad Naik; Ministry Of AYUSH. Ayush is an independent ministry covering Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy. The event will be fortunate to see the presence of Dr H.R Nagendra fondly addressed as Guruji. Yogacharya of our Hon’able Prime Minster –Shri Narendra Modiji, Guruji is also an ex NASA scientist.
Author of several books on regression therapy, Dr Hans Tendam will speak at the event. Dr Hans will shed light on the destructive conditioning and programming that takes over our life. Dr Hans will share the much eluded secrets to letting go of inner resistance and living up to ones fullest potential.
The ‘ARTS’ offers a chance to witness the never before exposed techniques of Non Dominant Hand Work and Inner Child Healing, a first in India. Recognized for her contributions to regression therapy, Patricia Ann Caetano will be speaking at the event. A student of the influential Carl Rogers (humanistic psychologist), her talks will revolve around ‘Inner Child Integration and Regression Therapy’.
Dr David Lincoln, Master trainer of Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) and President of ANLP India, will conduct a highly interactive seminar, sharing clues, to live in a true mode of mind observance and the link between NLP and past life along with insights into How the brain works and How it tricks you.
The event will equip parents to deal with the difficulties their teens face. ‘Understanding addictions and New Paradigms of Hypnotherapy’ by Dr Shaunak and Dr Deepali Ajinkya will give therapists and parents a psychiatric point of view into addressing addictions and disorders in teens.
ARTS will also give your handwriting a different spin as you can discover when and why did you leave your last human body in your past life and what issues do you carry into this life. Mr. Milind Rajore, leading practicing graphologist and expert from Pune, will teach you the meaning of the sub-conscious signals of your handwriting.
Discover your true inner self, understand the purpose behind your existence in this cosmic epic that you have been gifted with and get your handwriting analysis done by the experts. Become the hero of your own movie and the director of your future. Step into the ‘Asian Reincarnation and Theosophical Seminar’ being organized from 10th -13th September being held at ‘The Orchid Hotel’, Mumbai, India. For more Details pertaining to the event,
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