Friday, September 18, 2015

Historians & Researchers delight on declassifies 64 files related to Netaji

Mohit Sagar's photo.
West Bengal government declassifies 64 files related to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose.NetajiFiles to be available for public viewing on Monday.
NetajiFiles are thrown open to the public, many more secrets are expected to emerge on Netaji, whose death has been an enduring mystery for decades. Netaji purportedly died in an air crash in at Taihoku in Taiwan on 18 August, 1945.
“The files related to Netaji have been placed in the archives of the Kolkata police museum. There are about 64 file that contain 12,744 pages. The files have been digitised and the original files have been kept in the police museum,” Kolkata Police Commissioner Surajit Kar Purkayastha told the media.

culmination ceremony this Friday.

DATE: Friday, 18th September, 2015
VENUE: The Grand, New Delhi, Nelson Mandela Road, Vasant Kunj- Phase II
TIME3.00 PM onwards
In sync with its ideology Mountain Dew to encourage people to rise above fear, break out of the ordinary and emerge victorious, Mountain launched this campaign earlier this year to identify real-life India and bring them together at one platform.
Mountain Dew salutes:
Padma Shri Arunima Sinha: World‚≥†first female amputee to climb Mount Everest
Padma Shri Shital Mahajan: First woman to do  free fall jump over North and South poles
Ghost Ryderz : Internationally acclaimed and one of the most popular stunt bilking group in India
Col. Stayendra Verma: Credited for being one of the first few to do BASE jump in India
On Friday, Mountain Dew honours these risk takers and invites you to witness the felicitation. To make your visit worthwhile, we will be happy to arrange interactions with our heroes and with Mr. Nitin Bhandari, VP Marketing, Mountain Dew, PepsiCo India. The interactions will be scheduled between 12 – 2 p.m.
Apart from the four heroes, Mountain Dew will also felicitate and share more untold stories of risk-takers who have the potential to be the next Arunima Sinha and Shital Mahajan.
A formal invite is attached for your reference. Look forward to your participation
Aastha Khurana

News Editor/ Chief of Bureau
Sub: Request for coverage – on record interaction with Competition Commission of India, chairperson, Mr Ashok Chawla, September 18, 2.45 pm, 5, Windsor Place, Indian Women’;s Press Corps
Dear Sir/Ma’am,
Warm greetings.
The IWPC is organising an on-record interaction with Mr Ashok Chawla, chairperson of the youngest regulator body – the Competition Commission of India, at its premises, 5, Windsor Place tomorrow, September 18, 2/45 pm. This is to kindly request you to depute your correspondent/camera-person to cover the event/interaction.
Thanking you in anticipation,
Ravinder Bawa
(General Secretary)

The China Symposia
(A series to develop a broader and deeper multi-dimensional understanding of China)

Session on
What Does China’s Global Economic Strategy Mean for Asia, India and the World?
–  With a Focus on China’s “One Belt One Road” Initiative
DATEWednesday, September 30, 2015
TIME5:45 PM  – 7:15 PM (Registration: 5:15 pm)
LOCATIONSeminar Rooms II & III, Kamla Devi Complex, India International Centre (IIC), 40 Max Muller Marg, New Delhi – 110003
SPEAKERSAmbassador Shyam Saran,  Chairman, Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS) and Senior Fellow, Centre for Policy Research (CPR)Mr. Ravi Bhoothalingam, Founder and Chairman, Manas Advisory and Honorary Fellow, Institute of Chinese Studies (ICS)Ms. Suhasini Haider, Diplomatic Editor, the Hindu
CHAIRAmbassador Kishan S. Rana, Former Indian Ambassador to Germany and Honorary Fellow, Institute of Chinese Studies (ICS)
The 21st century is marked by the unprecedented growth of China, which has made significant progress over the last decade in sustaining and broadening its economic development. According to the World Bank, China is the second largest economy and is increasingly playing an important and influential role in the global economy. In fact, China’s leaders have embarked on a conscious strategy to reshape the economy of Asia and the world to their advantage.
Under the leadership of President Xi Jinping, the “One Belt, One Road” is the most far-reaching initiative that China has ever put forward. Through this project, China is planning to alter the region’s economic architecture, patterns of regional trade, investment and infrastructure development. The ambitious project plans to connect China with Europe and Africa by road, rail and sea by a network of transport and industrial corridors. This session, first in the series under “The China Symposia”, will feature experts from diverse fields who will evaluate the opportunities and challenges for India of China’s ‘Silk Road’ economic strategy.
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 AMBASSADOR SHYAM SARANChairman, Research & Information System for Developing Countries (RIS) and Senior Fellow, Centre for Policy Research (CPR)
Shyam Saran, 67, is a former Foreign Secretary and has served as the Prime Minister’s Special Envoy for Nuclear Affairs and Climate Change and Chairman of the National Security Advisory Board.  He is currently Chairman of the Research and Information System for Developing Countries. He is a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Policy Research. Saran was awarded the Padma Bhushan, the third highest national award, in January 2011 for his contributions to Civil Service.
He writes and speaks regularly on foreign policy, climate change, energy security and national and international security related issues.
 MR RAVI BHOOTHALINGAM, Founder and Chairman, Manas Advisory and Honorary Fellow, Institute of Chinese Studies (ICS)

Ravi Bhoothalingam is Founder and Chairman of Manas Advisory, a consultancy practice focusing on Leadership Coaching as well as on business and cultural relations with China, Mongolia and Myanmar. He is an Honorary Fellow at the Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi. He is a B.ScHons in Physics from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi and holds a Masters degree [M.A. Cantab] in Experimental Psychology from Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge University, guided by the renowned Sinologist and scientist Joseph Needham.
He also holds an AMP from Harvard. Ravi Bhoothalingam serves on the Boards of Directors of Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd, Hyderabad, India and Sona Koyo Steering Systems Ltd, New Delhi, India. Earlier, he held senior positions in industry including as President of Oberoi Hotels and Head of Personnel Worldwide of BAT Industries plc. Ravi has travelled extensively in China and its neighbourhood. He is a member of the 4-country Joint Study Group examining the feasibility of a Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar (BCIM) Economic Corridor. Ravi is a member of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Core Group on China and sits on the Editorial Boards of China Report and World Affairs. His interests also cover Confucianism, Sino-Indian business and economic ties, and adventure travel in the remote regions of China. He is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, London, and a member of the Court of Governors of the Administrative Staff College of India, Hyderabad, India.
 MS SUHASINI HAIDERDiplomatic Editor, the Hindu

Suhasini Haidar is the Diplomatic Editor of The Hindu, one of India’s oldest and most respected national dailies ( Prior to this, Suhasini was Foreign Affairs editor and prime time anchor for India’s leading 24-hr English news channel CNN-IBN (2005-2014), where she presented the signature show “WorldView with Suhasini Haidar”, and Correspondent for CNN International’s New Delhi bureau before that. In 2015, she was the recipient of the most prestigious Indian print journalism ‘Prem Bhatia’ award, and has won a series of awards for her work in Television as well.
Over the course of her 20-year reporting career, Suhasini has covered the most challenging stories & conflicts from the most diverse regions including Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Libya, Lebanon and Syria.  In India, she has covered the foreign affairs beat for over a decade and her domestic assignments include political profiles and in-depth reportage from conflict zones including Kashmir, where she was injured in a bomb blast in 2000. Suhasini Haidar worked with CNN International from 1995-2005, regularly reporting from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. She was part of the CNN team that won the Columbia-Dupont Broadcast Journalism Award in 2005 for coverage of the tsunami in India, and worked for in New York for a month during its 9/11 coverage. Suhasini began her career in journalism as an intern at CNN’s United Nation’s bureau in New York in 1994, after which she joined CNN New Delhi bureau as a producer in April 1995. Suhasini earned a Bachelor’s degree at Lady Shriram College in Delhi, and then completed her Masters in Broadcast Journalism at Boston University’s College of Communication, USA. She lives in Delhi with her husband Nadim and her two daughters Ava Mumtaz and Maya Mehr.
 AMBASSADOR KISHAN S RANAFormer Indian Ambassador to Germany and Honorary Fellow, Institute of Chinese Studies (ICS)
Ambassador Kishan S. Rana is a career diplomat who joined Indian Foreign Service in 1960. He served as Ambassador/High Commissioner to Algeria, Czechoslovakia, Kenya, Mauritius, and Germany; also consul general in San Francisco and worked in China (1963-65, 1970-72). He also served on staff of PM Indira Gandhi (1981-82). In addition, Ambassador Rana is a Professor Emeritus, DiploFoundation, Malta and Geneva; Honorary Fellow, Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi; Archives By-Fellow, Churchill College, Cambridge; Public Policy Scholar, Woodrow Wilson Centre, Washington DC; guest faculty, Diplomatic Academy, Vienna; Commonwealth Adviser, Namibia Foreign Ministry, 2000-01.
Ambassador Rana authored number of books on diplomacy and international affairs such as Inside Diplomacy (2000); Managing Corporate Culture (co-author, 2000); Bilateral Diplomacy (2002); The 21st Century Ambassador (2004); Asian Diplomacy (2007); Diplomacy of the 21st Century (2011); India’s North-East States, the BCIM Forum and Regional Integration, (co-author, 2012); The Contemporary Embassy (2013). Ambassador Rana is fluent in Chinese and French. He holds a BA (Hons) and a MA in economics from St Stephens College, Delhi.

Cosy club : Director NMML – EC

Naresh Kumar Sagar
Cosy club Director NMML – EC
NMML – EC included two persons, Nitin Desai and Pratap Bhanu Mehta, who had been appointed by the previous government, and two BJP/RSS nominees – Surya Prakash and MJ Akbar – besides Rangarajan, Lokesh Chandra, and two bureaucrats as ex-officio members.Rangarajan was appointed Director of NMML in 2011 for a three-year term that was due to end in August 2014. UPA government decided to extend the appointment till his retirement age but was warned by the EC to wait till the elections were over. Rangarajan issued a statement that the plans the EC had approved did not envisage any dilution of Nehru in the museum or library: Rangarajan, confidence shaken by the minister’s repeated attacks on his appointment, insisted on putting in his resignation again.Media agencies

SDGs have to prioritise children’s issues, the “My World, My Voice” Report recommends
NEW DELHI, Sept 17: The children of the NINEISMINE campaign launched today the report titled “My World, My voice”, which reflects recommendations of over 1,000 children from across India emphasising the need for prioritising children’s issues in the emerging Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The report is an outcome of the UNICEF-supported campaign “Seen and Heard” – a platform for children to express their opinions on their rights and to directly advocate to the policy and decision makers in the country.
Data from the consultations reveals that children are particularly concerned about issues related to water and sanitation (Goal 6), quality education (Goal 4), health and wellbeing (Goal 3) and ending poverty (Goal 1). When discussing quality education, for example, one of the most common suggestions was the need to improve the quality of teaching, especially in government schools and non-formal education. Children with disabilities and those belonging to minorities raised their voices against discrimination and urged on the need of inclusive schools where all children can learn together.
At the event, UNICEF Representative, Louis-Georges Arsenault, acknowledged the process led by the children of NINEISMINE and highlighted the importance of the equity approach in the SDGs. “There is much to celebrate for children in the new goals. Some major steps forward include explicit targets on reducing inequality, ending violence against children and combating child poverty. And there is a clear mandate of ‘leaving no one behind,” Mr. Arsenault said.
For the coordinator of NINEISMINE, Brother Steve Rocha, one of the highlights of the report and the “Seen and Heard” campaign is that children are not just rights holders, but also active citizens that have a say in building their future. “The campaign provided a platform for children to both understand the new goals and influence them. As part of the campaign, children including those displaced by violence and conflict and those belonging to vulnerable communities along with their privileged peers, discerned their future on the basis of their past and present experiences,” Mr. Rocha explained.
Throughout the presentation, the delegation, which includes Malavath Poorna, a 13-year-old tribal girl in Telangana who is also the youngest to have scaled the Mt. Everest, and Swarnalaxmi Ravi, a 16-year-old girl who has a speech and hearing impairment, among others, reminded policy makers that the decision-making processes should be more participatory, keeping in mind the people that they actually impact. The delegation also presented a song to End Poverty, which summarised the 17 goals.
“There cannot be better advocates than children to hold decision makers accountable towards commitments. Children themselves need to be aware of their entitlements to take up responsibility of asking questions, monitoring and reviewing, if they don’t find promises being met. With children’s voices included in decisions related to them, India can deliver the best success stories for the world to witness,” pointed out Caroline den Dulk, Chief Advocacy and Communication, UNICEF.
As part of the campaign, these young advocates have presented these recommendations to the Ministry of External Affairs, Commissioners of Embassies (such as Canada, Afghanistan and the Republic of Ireland), and to a number of activists and experts. As a next step, this delegation will visit New York in the coming week, and seek opportunities to present their recommendations to world leaders attending the 70thUnited Nations General Assembly.
UNICEF works in more than 190 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. For more information about UNICEF and its work visit:
NINEISMINE is a child led advocacy initiative ‘For and By the children’, working towards the fulfilment of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (UNMDGs), which are soon to evolve as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The campaign provides children with platforms to engage with leaders and policy makers by claiming their stake, to affect their present and the future. It is a network of over 500 NGOs and schools from across India and also has global presence. For more information aboutNINEISMINE visit:
For more information, please contact:

  • Caroline den Dulk,  Chief Advocacy and Communication,  UNICEF India
Tel: +91-9818106093, Email:
  • Geetanjali Master, Communication Specialist, UNICEF India
Tel: 91-981 810 5861, E-mail:
  • Sonia Sarkar, Communication Officer- Media, UNICEF India
Tel: +91-981 017 0289, E-mail:
  • Manisha Mishra, Communication Specialist, UNICEF India
Tel: 91-9910140924, E-mail:

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