Friday, November 20, 2015


Gunmen are on the 7th floor of the   where the Air France crew’s hotel rooms are
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: at least 9 killed inc. French& Belgian. 10 Gunman stormed hotel holding 150+ hostages
A 190-room luxury Radisson hotel in Bamako, Mali, West Africa, is reportedly under attack from jihadists. Continous shooting and blasts are heard, and a hostage situation is under way, a security source tells media.
RTL France is quoting Carlson Rezidor Group, the company owning the hotel, as saying that two people are holding 140 visitors and 30 hotel employees hostage.
Witnesses at the scene have reported that the attackers arrived in a diplomatic vehicle, and are now “walking quietly”around seven stories of the hotel. “It’s happening on the seventh floor, the jihadists are now shooting in the corridor,” the security source also said.
The Radisson Blu hotel is considered a major local hub for expats and tourists.
Witnesses at the scene have reported that the attackers arrived in a diplomatic vehicle, and are now “walking quietly”around seven stories of the hotel. “It’s happening on the seventh floor, the jihadists are now shooting in the corridor,” the security source also said.
The Radisson Blu hotel is considered a major local hub for expats and tourists.
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Universal Children’s Day: Why fair matters

UNICEF Ambassadors Orlando Bloom, Liam Neeson, Sir Roger Moore,
Shakira, Ricky Martin, Priyanka Chopra, Novak Djokovic, Mia Farrow, Ishmael Beah, Susan Sarandon and Angelique Kidjo join forces to fight today’s unfair world for children

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NEW YORK, 20 November 2015
 – The world remains a deeply unfair place for the poorest and most disadvantaged children despite major advances since the adoption of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989, according to a UNICEF report released today.

“In just over a generation, the world has cut child death rates by half, put over 90 per cent of children in primary school, and increased by 2.6 billion the number of people with access to safe water,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake.

“Yet children make up almost half of the world’s poor, nearly 250 million children live in conflict-torn countries, and over 200,000 have risked their lives this year seeking refuge in Europe.”

The report, For every child, a fair chance: The promise of equity, presents a statistical picture of how the world’s most marginalized children have fared against basic human development indicators. It points out that:
  • Children from the poorest households are nearly twice as likely as those from the richest households to die before age five, and five times more likely to be out of school.
  • Girls from the poorest families are four times more likely as those from the richest families to be married before 18.
  • More than 2.4 billion people still do not have adequate toilets – 40 per cent of them in South Asia; and more than 660 million still lack access to safe drinking water – nearly half of them in sub-Saharan Africa.
  • Roughly half of the 159 million children suffering from stunting live in South Asia and one-third in Africa.
“Such vast inequities fuel a vicious intergenerational cycle of poverty and disadvantage,” Lake said. “But it doesn’t have to be this way. We know how to slow, stop, and reverse it into a virtuous cycle of intergenerational progress. It is up to us to decide to do so through more commitment and resources. We must make this moral, pragmatic, strategic…and fair…choice.”

For every child, a fair chance makes the case for closing persistent gaps in equity, arguing that investing in children, particularly the most vulnerable, is right in principle and right in practice – and that such investment brings multiple benefits not only to children but also to their families, communities and economies.

An impressive team of UNICEF Ambassadors are raising their voices or activating their social media networks to help spur action for the world’s most vulnerable children as part of UNICEF’s “Fight Unfair” campaign.

“It is shocking to think that one in nine children lives in a country affected by armed conflict, witnessing horrific violence and having their rights to survival, health and education destroyed,” said British actor and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Orlando Bloom. “I travelled with UNICEF to the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Serbia to see the how war is driving children and their families from their homes. The world is facing the biggest refugee crisis since World War II. Every country that can should be supporting the children and the families who have been affected.”


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India-Australia settle first test on a draw
  • Rajnandgaon hosts its first ever International Tournament
  • VR Raghunath scores for India twice
Rajnandgaon, 19th November 2015: The first match in the three match test series between India and Australia today ended at in a draw at Rajnandgaon, Chhattisgarh. This match also marks Chhattisgarh’s first ever exposure to an international match, which was played at Rajnandgaon. The match which ended on an even score of 2-2 will be followed by two other matches on 22nd and 23rd November at the recently inaugurated Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel International Hockey Stadium, Raipur, Chhattisgarh.
The world leaders Australia drew first blood through a field goal in the ninth minute of the first half from Dylan Wootherspoon. This resulted in the Indian forwards increasing the pace and was duly rewarded by a penalty corner. VR Raghunath made no mistakes thereafter to convert the penalty corner into a goal, levelling the score at an even 1-1 in the 28th minute. The first half came to an end with India and Australia levelled at 1-1.
The second half saw a sudden surge in the energy levels of the Indian attack, which resulted in another goal from VR Raghunath through a penalty corner in the 43rd minute. Top ranked Australia pressed very hard on the Indian’s thereafter, but the Indian defence was in their element as they successfully blocked all the Australian attacks. However a penalty corner in the 58th minute of the game to Australia spoiled India’s chances of registering an important win, as the visitors converted the penalty corner through Chris Ciriello to level scores at 2-2.
“It was an important match, and we were tested on all fronts. The good news is that we have shown composure and we played with the hunger to win. We will go back to reconstruct our strategy for the next match and hopefully we should see the results favouring us,” said Director High Performance and Chief Coach Indian Men Team, Roelant Oltmans.
Largely billed as a warm up series before the all-important Hero Hockey World League Finals at Raipur from the 27th November till the 6th December 2015 the test series will give both the teams much needed match practice, test bench strength and try out strategies besides a first-hand use of the newly laid pitch at the Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel International Stadium at Raipur, Chhattisgarh.
India plays Australia in the second of the three match series on 22nd November 2015 at the newly inaugurated Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel International Stadium in Raipur, Chhattisgarh.
The match will be telecasted LIVE & Exclusive on Star Sports.

Putin: 40 countries are financing Islamic state terrorists

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Putin: 40 countries are financing Islamic state terrorists

Putin: 40 countries are financing Islamic state terrorists
U.S, November 17, 2015: While calling for greater global cooperation on terrorism Monday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said financing for the Islamic State is coming from 40 nations, including some G20 states. I provided examples based on our data on the financing of different Islamic State units by private individuals. This money, as we have …
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Modi gets billions in deals in Britain but also protests by Christians and intellectuals

Modi gets billions in deals in Britain but also protests by Christians and intellectuals
London, November 13, 2015: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in the United Kingdom today on a three-day visit. During his stay, he will meet with Prime Minister David Cameron, Queen Elizabeth, business leaders and the Indian Diaspora. Deals worth up to £10 (US$ 15.2) billion are expected to be signed. The visit has sparked …
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Smart Muslim Vote Model (SMVM) for dual leadership of Muslims with regards to Nitish, Kejriwal & Owaisi

Smart Muslim Vote Model (SMVM) for dual leadership of Muslims with regards to Nitish, Kejriwal & Owaisi
India, November 17, 2015: The 21st century voter should have the capability to select leaders who generate ideas.These leaders shall fight each other with ideas as their weapons; the ideas which compete with each other should shed positive developments on the society. In this article I will try to present a pitch for competitive fight …
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Youth for Christ’s mission – creating missionary vocations in the church

Youth for Christ’s mission – creating missionary vocations in the church
Calcutta, November 13, 2015: In the wake of Mission Vocations dropping by a great margin in India and around the globe, the CCBI Commission for youth organized its 3rd National Youth Animators Conference at Seva Kendra, Calcutta Nov 11-13, 2015 on the theme Youth for Christ’s Mission – ‘that they may hear and respond’ in …
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Saigon, Catholic buildings targeted by communists. Nuns protest expropriation

Saigon, Catholic buildings targeted by communists. Nuns protest expropriation
Vietnam, November 17, 2015: Communist authorities and a local religious institution are once again in open conflict in Vietnam over land ownership. The local administration wants to expropriate three schools which have been run by the Congregation of the Lovers of the Holy Cross in Thu Thiem, a district of Ho Chi Minh City since …
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Top Vatican diplomat backs use of force in wake of Paris attacks

Top Vatican diplomat backs use of force in wake of Paris attacks
Rome, November 16, 2015: In the wake of ISIS-inspired terrorist attacks in Paris over the weekend, the Vatican’s top diplomat has supported military intervention to disarm “an unjust aggressor” and also acknowledged that the Vatican itself could be a target “because of its religious significance.” Italian Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s secretary of state, made …
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A tale of two conquerors

A tale of two conquerors
Jesus and Alexander died at thirty-three! One lived and died for self; one died for you and me. The Greek died on a throne; Christ died on a cross; One’s life a triumph seemed; the other but a loss. One led vast armies forth, the other walked alone; One shed a whole world’s blood; the …
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Hero Women’s Professional Golf Tour 2015 

Vani, Smriti and Gursimar share the honours after day 2

Noida, 19th November 2015:
   Vani Kapoor, Smriti Mehra and Gursimar Badwal finished with identical totals of 149 to tie for the first place at the end of the second round of the 17th leg of the Hero Women’s Professional Golf Tour 2015 at the Noida Golf Course here on Thursday. Trailing the trio in fourth position is Neha Tripathi who finished with a total score of 151 after Round two. The INR 5,00,000 event will culminate tomorrow.
Starting the day in tied third position, Smriti Mehra carded a level par score, the best performance of the day to jump into the tied first position. The Kolkata professional had an eventful front nine with two consecutive birdies on the 1st and 2nd holes and a bogey and a double on the 4th and 5th holes respectively. She did not get the best of starts in her back nine and dropped two consecutive shots on the 11th and 12th holes. She recovered well, carding three birdies on the 14th, 17th and 18th holes. Her tally of five birdies was the maximum by any player on the day.
Kapurthala’s Gursimar Badwal who started the day in second position came up with a cautious performance to end the day with a score of 2 over 74. She began her round with a birdie on the 1st hole, but bogies on the 4th and 9th holes pegged her back, before a birdie on the 10th helped her restore parity. She then dropped three consecutive shots on the 11th, 12th and 13th holes, but a birdie on the 14th helped her stay in contention for her maiden professional title.
Overnight leader Vani Kapoor had a woeful day in the field today as she returned with a card of 5 over 77. The Hero Order Merit leader’s round consisted of six bogies on the 4th, 7th, 10th, 11th, 12th and 16thholes, with just a lone birdie on the 14th.
Kolkata’s Neha Tripathi finished with a score of 2 over 74 to be placed fourth. She started aggressively carding three birdies on the 4th, 6th and 7th holes, while dropping shots on the 3rd and 8th holes. She however, could not keep the momentum going in the back-nine and dropped four shots on the 10th, 11th, 12th and 18th holes, with a lone birdie on the 13th.
Delhi’s Gauri Monga finished with a total score of 152 at fifth place after 36 holes. Gauri’s round of 3 over 75 consisted of two birdies on the 7th and 14th holes, and bogies on the 3rd, 12th, 16th, 17th and 18thholes.
Panchkula’s Amandeep Drall who ended Round two with a total of 153 is in the sixth position. Her round included two birdies on the 5th and 7th holes as against bogies on the 2nd, 4th, 8th, 9th, and 11th holes.
Amateur Tavleen Batra is in the seventh position with a total of 159 followed by English player Kiran Matharu, Delhi’s Ankita Tiwana and Pune’s Shweta Galande in tied eight position with identical scores of 161.
The Hero Women’s Professional Golf Tour 2015 comprises a total of 18 legs spanning across key locations in India.

Chad’s parliament has decided to prolong a state of emergency in the southern Lake Chad region, prey to bomb attacks by the Nigerian Islamists of Boko Haram, AFP reported. The resolution will extend the special powers given to regional authorities until March 22, 2016, a parliamentary source said Thursday. The government initially decreed a state of emergency in the region on November 9 after two female suicide bombers killed two local people and injured 14 others at Ngouboua. Boko Haram has launched raids against Chad, Cameroon and Niger as the three countries deployed troops to help Nigerian forces.


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Pambazuka News 751: Drums of hate: Looking at the bigger picture

19 November 2015
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1. Features


Cameron Duodu

CNThe West bombs other nations knowing what damage their powerful bombs can inflict on civilian populations, yet they complain when their civilian populations are targeted in revenge. The hypocrisy is beyond belief: As if the non-Europeans who are killed are not human beings.


Jemima Pierre

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As the lynching of Zerhom reminds us, any Black person living within Israel can easily become a victim of ethno-supremacist Zionism. Attacks by individuals and mobs are bolstered by the equally disturbing racist language of some Israeli politicians as well as the punitive anti-Black actions by the Israeli state.


Sally Brooks

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Debates about whether GM crops or any single technology are “good for the poor” or can “feed the world” are becoming tired. They tend to discuss GM technologies as if they can be isolated from the wider socioeconomic and political context.


Abayomi Azikiwe

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Rather than address the actual causes of dislocation, migration and the refugee problem, the imperialist states in Europe and their allies are seeking to contain the crisis within the oppressed nations which they have destroyed through centuries of enslavement, colonization, neo-colonization, super-exploitation and militarism.


Augustine Ekeno

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Hate speech is on the rise in Kenya, reflecting deepening animosity based on ethnic identities. A number of politicians and other public figures have either been charged with or are being investigated for propagating hate. Social media is awash with virulent commentary. Clearly, the country has not learnt any lessons from the post-election violence of 2007/8.


Synopsis of the book, ‘Before Middle Passage: Translated Portuguese Manuscripts of Atlantic Slave Trading from West Africa to Iberian Territories’, 1513-26, Ashgate Publishing, trans. and ed. Trevor P. Hall (2015).

Trevor P. Hall

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The translated manuscripts present a revisionist view of early Atlantic slave trading, by showing that the human trafficking was a Portuguese creation. This challenges the accepted HIS-STORY that since the European slavers only moved the slaves from the African coast to their destination in the Americas, the supply side of the trade was entirely in African hands.


Re: Arrest and prosecution of Pastor Omot Agwa in Ethiopia

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Several international organisations have written to the World Bank president expressing their concern at the Bank’s silence regarding the arrest and detention of an Ethiopian who worked as translator for the institution last year. The organisations want the World Bank to intervene in case of Pastor Omot and his companions who face long prison terms on false terrorism charges.


Kester Kenn Klomegah

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While Russia’s interest in sub-Saharan Africa is nothing new, Russian authorities have realized that it’s time to move back primarily to reclaim its economic footprints and to find old Soviet-era allies, but that step comes with new challenges especially from other foreign players and the changing internal political and economic conditions in Africa.


Venessa Burger

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As another two men fight for their lives in hospital after being shot in the head shortly after midday today, some residents are calling for the army to stabilize the situation as violence spirals out of control at Glebelands Hostel.


John O. Kakonge

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Any project bears possibilities of unforeseen difficulties and surprises, but adequate preparation, good governance and transparency are key to managing these. Looking at a number of common mistakes from previous development programmes can prevent repeating them and remind of important lessons often taken for granted.

2. Comments & analysis


ccABIt is now 20 years since the dictatorship of Sani Abacha murdered renowned environmentalist, writer and defender of the rights of the indigenous Ogoni people of southern Nigeria, Ken Saro-Wiwa, and his eight comrades. What does his life and struggles mean for African people today?
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Duke Nii Amartey Tagoe

Scores of Ghanaians from all walks of life have paid glowing tributes to three heroes for their exceptional contributions towards the development of the broad progressive movement in Ghana.


William Gumede

As China released its 13th Five Year Plan last week, there are key ingredients of China’s model of development, which African countries can definitely learn from.

3. Advocacy and campaigns


International and Human Rights Watch are asking NGO’s across Africa to join the call to President Robert Mugabe, to investigate and resolve the circumstances around Itai Dzamara’s enforced disappearance. Below is a brief background of Itai Dzamara and the full text of the petition.



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Innovative Food Supply Chain & Food Processing Industry
November19, 2015 (C) Ravinder Singh

Harsimrat Badal is best knowledgeable minister in central government at present in charge of Pigmy Ministry – Food Processing Industry has limited Scope – has no Control in Food Processing/Agriculture Machinery, Storage & Marketing of Foods, Financing of Agriculture, Irrigation, Power etc. Key issues before MoFPI –
i.]  Minimize Food Waste from Farm to Consumers estimated at Rs.92,000 Crores annually – it is not clear whether this is based on Farm Price or Retail Price.
ii]  Maximize Farmers Income while Minimize Cost to Consumers.
iii]  Maximize NUTRITION & FRESH  SUPPLY of foods to consumers.
iv]  Minimize GARBAGE Production in cities, retain Nutrients in waste in farms.
v]   Minimize Green House Gas Impact, MINIMIZE FOOD TRANSPORT.
How & Why ‘Food Processing Park Policy’ Failed Since 2008?
Food Processing promotion expenditure is barely Rs.600 crores or $100m annuallyreflects inadequacy and failure of the policies since 2008. In Punjab most of the promotion schemes were allocated to Rice Mills under technical up-gradation.
·        Idea of Food Parks or Mega Food Parks was most WEIRD – when in India ideal LEAD distance from Farm to Factory is 5km to 10km – Food Parks/Mega Food Parks were located in many cases over hundred kilometers.  Cost of transportation from Farm to Factory could be very significant.
·        Roads and Highways in most cases are BUMPY and most trucks and tractor trolleys are UNSUITABE for transporting Fruits & Vegetables. In USA Trucks use same technology as VOLVE Buses are fast average 100 kmph.
·        Food Parks/Mega Food Parks couldn’t link up with Farmers.
ü          Food Factories in All Panchayats, Food Park in Every Bloc
ü      This Shall Promote Diversification of Agriculture, Minimize Long Distance Transportation of Foods Like Pulses Vegetable Oils Grains Fruits Vegetables
ü      Home Deep Freezers/Refrigerators OVER Cold Storages

Food Processing Units in USA &  Developed Countries are located near Farms. Processed Foods are Chilled, Delivered to Mega Retail Stores and Finally end up in DEEP FREEZERS/ Refrigerators in Large Packs. In USA FROZEN FOODS COST A FRACTION, SAY HALF. Consumers buy in ‘Large Packs at Low Price.’

INDIA is OPPOSITE – Foods are taken to Factories, Factories to COLD Storages, Cold Storages to Small Retail Outlets and retailed in Small Quantity. IN INDIA PROCESSED/FROZEN FOODS COST TWICE MORE RETAILED IN SMALL PACKS

GoI to Upgrade MoFPI ministry to ‘Ministry of Agriculture & Rural Industries’ also Promote RURAL TECHNOLOGIES, i.e.  Villages have HT Power Lines Can Provide Low Cost Broad Band,  Farmers Solar cost a fraction of Solar Parks.

Ravinder Singh, Inventor & Consultant, INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES AND PROJECTS
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Jacob Zuma is to face corruption charges

Former South African president Jacob Zuma is to face corruption charges over a $2.5 billion arms deal, prosecutors said, as a years-old sc...