Tuesday, April 26, 2016

First Critical Appraisal Skills Programme in Public Health Journalism by UNICEF,

First Critical Appraisal Skills Programme in Public Health Journalism by
UNICEF, IIMC, University of Oxford, GIGH and Thomson Reuters Foundation
New Delhi, 25th April 2016—The first-of-its-kind ‘Critical Appraisal Skills’ (CASP) course certificate in Public Health Journalism and Communication, was awarded to 40 budding media professionals from the Indian Institute of Mass Communication here today. Conceptualised by UNICEF, the CASP was designed in partnership with the University of Oxford, Thomson Reuters Foundation, George Institute of Global Health (GIGH) and adapted by IIMC in India.  The course is a skill-building initiative for media professionals, and offers a unique opportunity to specialise in evidence-based reportage on public health issues.

In his message, Shri Sunil Arora, Secretary, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting said, “It is important to build skills of media professionals, especially media students, as it would have a visionary impact on reportage leading to more evidence-based coverage of crucial subjects such as public health and related development issues”

The course, currently offered to public health professionals in the UK, has been adapted for the first time in India for media professionals under the GAVI-Health System Strengthening Plan 2014-16, to create awareness around routine immunisation and child survival.

In his inaugural speech, Mr. Louis-Georges Arsenault, UNICEF Country Representative, spoke about an urgent need to work in partnership with media for highlighting critical issues of health and child survival. “Our consultations with media and journalism schools across the country gave us key insights on the need to make a valuable yet simple course which enables a scientific and evidence-based approach to reporting public health issues, especially those concerning child survival.”

On this momentous occasion, Shri K.G. Suresh, Director General, IIMC, while congratulating the students, said, “This sensitisation of media students and journalists is important and will enable them to write more substantively on public health issues. So when IIMC was chosen to do the pilot for the programme, we gladly accepted to co-create and manage this pilot project with UNICEF and with other international and national partners.”

IIMC customised and piloted the course at its campus in Delhi, over a period of three months. The students received the certificates in the presence of Dr. Pradeep Haldar, Deputy Commissioner, Immunisation, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Mr. Louis Georges Arsenault, UNICEF Representative to India, and Shri K.G. Suresh, Director General, IIMC.

Bearing in mind the instrumental role of media in supporting and enriching quality discourse on Public health and hence increasing acceptance of critical health initiatives, this programme has been undertaken by UNICEF, in association with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, and partners to promote and support a holistic environment for visibility around RI, under the Government of India’s flagship Mission Indradhanush programme.

In his address, Dr. Pradeep Haldar, Deputy Commissioner, Immunisation, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, said, “India’s Universal Immunization Programme is one of the largest immunization programmes in the world and a major public health intervention in the country. Our focus is to give maximum protection to the children against Vaccine Preventable Diseases (VPDs) through MissionIndradhanush. These life-saving vaccines will not only improve the health of our children but also reduce hospitalization and other conditions associated with VPDs among children, thereby reducing the health cost burden of the country”.

The evaluation of the programme showcased how overall more than 90% of the students found the course experience to be satisfactory and highlighted key learning which will help to make the course content more robust. Leading academicians, communication professionals, senior editors and journalists from key media groups were present at the ceremony.

In 2016, UNICEF and partners are looking to scale up the initiative by associating with media universities and schools, for taking this course forward through classroom teaching and online medium.

Satluj River Discharge 18,954 Cusec, Yamuna 1,648 Cusec

Satluj River Discharge 18,954 Cusec, Yamuna 1,648 Cusec
April26, 2016 (C) Ravinder Singh ravinderinvent@gmail.com
Just one story is enough to establish that even though Satluj River
has just one Storage Dam but is good enough to ensure 18,964 cusecs of
water supply in PEAK SUMMER season. But on the other hand Yamuna River
Without Storage Dams has just 1648 Cusecs* of flows at Hathnikund
Barage barely that is barely enough for Municipal Supplies among
riparian states. [*Average daily discharge 1064 cusecs]
http://www.cea.nic.in/reports/daily/hydro/2016/April/20.pdf
TOI doesn’t tell is that Bhakra Dam has 1928 Million Cubic Meters of
Water in Store on April20,2016 – even if this is to be released over
100 days – it is 19 MCM everyday or about 8000 Cusecs plus Inflows
that may exceed 10,000 cusecs to even 30,000 cusecs – Satluj catchment
is still getting Snow Fall.
– THUS BHAKRA DAM can maintain over 18,000+ cusecs of supplies right
up to July18, 2016. [In this not considering diversion of 3800 cusecs
from Beas River]
Haryana Neglected Building of Renuka, Lakhwar & Vyasi Dams that could
have stored 1000 MCM of water for Summer Supplies and ensured over
4000 Cusecs of Additional Supplies in Summer Months and DOUBLED
CONSUMPTION of Yamuna River Water.
Haryana was entitled to 9 BCM of Yamuna Waters in 1950-1994 period,
reduced to 5.7 BCM after 1994.
Supreme Court should order Renuka, Lakhwar & Vyasi Dams to be built in
24 months.
Ravinder Singh, Inventor & Consultant, INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES AND PROJECTS
Y-77, Hauz Khas, New Delhi-110016, India. Ph; 091- 9871056471,
9718280435, 9910693464
Ravinder Singh* is a WIPO awarded inventor specializing in Power,

Mitigating Volatility Risk in the Stock Market


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It is an excellent opportunity for stock market investors, day traders and businesses in learning smart investing techniques. Further, it also offers a platform for students of finance to gain practical knowledge in the field of financial markets and give an edge in their career goals.  
In order to meet operational expenses of the training session, nominal fee will be charged at Rs. 1,200 for non-members, Rs 1,000 for our members and Rs. 700 for students which is inclusive of tuition fee, presentation material, lunch and refreshments. The full details regarding the session are appended for your kind reference. It also offers discount packages on participation fee for corporates and students. The last date for registration for the session is 9th May 2016.

Oltmans and his men rejoin the National camp

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Champions Trophy and Six nations tournament to determine final combination: Roelant Oltmans
~Oltmans and his men rejoin the National camp in Bengaluru after the break post Sultan Azlan Shah Tournament ~

Bengaluru, 26th April 2016: Fresh from a week-long break post the Sultan Azlan Shah  tournament in Malaysia where the Indian men’s hockey team finished second behind world champions Australia and returned with a Silver, captain Sardar Singh and his team were put through the rigors of a gruelling yo-yo test to access their fitness level here at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) South Centre on Tuesday morning.
Speaking about his men’s recent outing,  Chief Coach Roelant Oltmans said: “Satisfied is a big word and people who know me,  know well that I can’t feel satisfied so easily, but the performance of the team is always getting better. It is important to me as a coach that the level we touched remains consistent.”
Speaking of the final against Australia,  Oltmans feels that the team’s defence tactics were good. “Australia is the no. 1 side in the world but at the same time,  we put forth an improved show at Azlan Shah. Our defence was well structured” says the Dutchman. 
“We had an experimental team at Azlan Shah. Shreejesh is the no. 1 goal keeper in India and we didn’t bring him to Malaysia to test the others. While I believe, Harjot and Akash could have done better, we are overall working to better goalkeeping with the seven other boys via special sessions” added Oltmans.
With exactly 101 days left before their first tie in the Rio Olympics,  Oltmans’ focus is to improve by another ten per cent in every aspect of the game. “If we manage to do that then we come close to being medal contender which is our core mission. We also play a few games such as Champions Trophy, Six Nations Tournament which will determine the best combination plays at the Olympics. We also play friendlies with Spain,  Belgium and New Zealand. This gives us opportunity to test like we did in Malaysia,” concludes the coach.

6th Senior Women National Championship 2016 (B Division)

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Results from semifinals of Hockey India 6th Senior Women National Championship 2016 (B Division)


~ Association of Indian Universities beat Hockey Unit of Tamil Nadu 6-1 ~
~ Hockey Gangpur Odisha beat Chhattisgarh Hockey 4-2 ~
  
Bengaluru, 26 April 2016: The semifinals of the Women National Championship B Division were played out today.

In the first match AIU thrashed Hockey Unit of Tamilnadu 6-1. Anjali gautam scored a hat trick (4’, 20’, 29) and Manisha Dhawal scored a brace (3’, 60’) for AIU in their thumping victory. Tamilnadu’s lone goal was scored in the 35th minute by K Kalavathi.

In the second semifinal Hockey Gangpur Odisha took on Chhattisgarh Hockey for a place in the final. Gangpur opened the scoring in the 25th minute via Rojita Kujur and soon took an unassailable 4-0 lead via goals from Rojita Kujur (25′), Rinki Kujur (31’), Namrat Jasmin Bara (46’) and Laxmi Ekka (48’). Chhattisgarh hit back with two quick goals in the end via Pooja Yadav (52’) and Rushali Kashyap (56’) but Gangpur held on for a win and a place in the finals.

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Criminal Background 349 candidatesPhase 5 of West Bengal Assembly Elections

Dear Friends,
West Bengal Election Watch and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) have analysed the self-sworn affidavits of all 349 candidates who are contesting in thePhase 5 of West Bengal Assembly Elections to be held on 30th, April 2016.

Criminal Background

·      Candidates with criminal cases: Out of all the 349 candidates, 67(19%) candidates have declared criminal cases against themselves.
·         Candidates with serious criminal cases: 52 (15%) candidates have declared serious criminal cases including cases related to murder, attempt to murder, theft, crimes against women etc.
·         Candidates with cases related to Murder: 4 candidates have declared charges related to Murder (Indian Penal Code Section-302).
·         Candidates with cases related to attempt to murder: 9candidates have declared cases of attempt to murder (IPC Section-307).
·         Candidates with cases related to crimes against women: 12candidates have declared cases related to crimes against women.
·         Party wise candidates with criminal cases: 10 (19%) out of 53 candidates from BJP17 (32%) out of 53 candidates from AITC, 14 (45%)out of 31 candidates from CPI(M), 6 (19%) out of 31 candidates of SUCI(C), 7 (50%) out of 14 candidates fielded by INC, and 9 (11%) out of 83Independent candidates have declared criminal cases against themselves in their affidavits.
·         Party wise Candidates with serious criminal cases (13%)out of 53 candidates from BJP15 (28%)out of 53 candidates from AITC, 9 (29%) out of 31 candidates from CPI(M), 5 (16%) out of 31 candidates ofSUCI(C), 4 (29%) out of 14 candidates fielded by INC, and 8 (10%) out of 83 Independent candidates have declared serious criminal cases against themselves in their affidavits.
·         Red Alert constituencies*: 6 constituencies namely Kolkata Port, Kasba, Jangipara, Kakdwip, Raidighi and Singur in Phase 5 of West Bengal assembly elections have 3 or more candidates with declared criminal cases.
*Red Alert Constituencies are those which have 3 or more candidates with criminal cases contesting elections.
Financial Background 
·         Share of wealth among candidates : The share of wealth amongst the candidates contesting in Phase 5 of assembly elections in West Bengal is as follows:
Value of assets (Rs.)
No of candidates
Percentage of Candidates
5 crores and above
11
3%
1 crores to 5 crores
32
9%
25 lakhs to 1 crores
91
26%
less than 25 lakhs
215
62%
Table: Share of wealth amongst contesting candidates 
·         High asset candidates*:  The 3 richest candidates contesting in  Phase 5 of the West Bengal 2016 Assembly Elections are given below:
S.No.
Name
District
Constituency
Party Name
Movable Assets (Rs)
Immovable Assets (Rs)
Total Assets (Rs)
PAN GIven
1
SOUTH 24 PARGANAS
MAGRAHAT PASCHIM
INC
3,64,36,378
15,52,50,000
19,16,86,378
19 Crore+
Y
2
SOUTH 24 PARGANAS
KASBA
AITC
14,02,03,869
3,27,78,000
17,29,81,869
17 Crore+
Y
3
KOLKATA SOUTH
BALLYGUNGE
BJP
2,22,71,000
14,50,25,000
16,72,96,000
16 Crore+
Y
Table: Top three candidates with highest declared assets
·         Party wise crorepati candidates: 43 or (12%) candidates of the 349 contesting candidates in Phase 5 of the West Bengal Assembly Elections have declared assets worth over Rs 1 Crore. 23 (43%) out of 53 candidates from AITC,9 (17%) out of 53 candidates from the BJP3 (21%) out of 14 candidates from theINC6 (19%) out of 31 candidates from the CPI(M) and  2 (2%) out of 83Independent candidates are crorepatis.
·         Average assets: The average of assets per candidate contesting inPhase 5 of the West Bengal Assembly Elections isRs 70.78 Lakhs.
·         Party wise average assets: Among major parties, the average assets per candidate for 53 BJP candidates is Rs 78.24 Lakhs53 AITC candidates have average assets of Rs 2.20 crores, 31 SUCI (C) candidates have average assets worth Rs 11.45 Lakhs, 14 INC candidates have average assets worthRs 2.22 crore, average assets of 31 CPI(M) candidates is Rs 54.08 Lakhs, 26 BSP candidates have average assets of Rs 14.79 Lakhs and  83 Independentcandidates have average assets of Rs. 30.22 Lakhs.
·         Zero asset candidates: 2 candidates contesting in Phase 5 of the West Bengal 2016 Assembly Elections have declared Zero assets. They are as follows:
S.No.
Name
District
Constituency
Party Name
Movable Assets (Rs)
Immovable Assets (Rs)
Total Assets (Rs)
PAN Given
1
KOLKATA SOUTH
BALLYGUNGE
IUML
0
0
0
Y
2
HOOGHLY
SAPTAGRAM
JMM
0
0
0
Y
Table: Candidates with Zero assets
·         Low asset candidates: The three candidates with lowest assets are as follows (these names exclude candidates who have declared zero assets) : 
S.No.
Name
District
Constituency
Party Name
Movable Assets (Rs)
Immovable Assets (Rs)
Total Assets (Rs)
PAN Given
1
HOOGHLY
CHUNCHURA
IND
200*
0
200
2 Hund+
Y
2
HOOGHLY
BALAGARH (SC)
CPI(ML)(L)
600
0
600
6 Hund+
Y
3
HOOGHLY
HARIPAL
Jharkhand Disom Party
700
0
700
7 Hund+
N
 Table: Candidates with declared lowest assets
* on assets value->Candidates who have not provided the total in their affidavits, it has been calculated on the basis of details provided by them in the same
·         Candidates with high liabilities: The top three candidates with highest liabilities are as given below:
S.No.
Name
District
Constituency
Party Name
Movable Assets (Rs)
Immovable Assets (Rs)
Total Assets(Rs)
Liabilities (Rs)
PAN Given
1
SOUTH 24 PARGANAS
KASBA
AITC
14,02,03,869
14 Crore+
3,27,78,000
3 Crore+
17,29,81,869
17 Crore+
30,19,85,861
30 Crore+
Y
2
SOUTH 24 PARGANAS
TOLLYGUNJ
IND
11,04,04,191
11 Crore+
4,38,00,000
4 Crore+
15,42,04,191
15 Crore+
2,71,16,400
2 Crore+
Y
3
SOUTH 24 PARGANAS
MAGRAHAT PASCHIM
INC
3,64,36,378
3 Crore+
15,52,50,000
15 Crore+
19,16,86,378
19 Crore+
1,46,11,213
1 Crore+
Y
 Table: Top three candidates with high liabilities
·         Undeclared PAN:  A total of 59 (17%) out of the 349 candidates analysed candidates have not declared their PAN details.
·         Candidates with high income as declared in the ITR*: 3candidates have declared total annual income of more than Rs 50 Lakhs. These candidates are as given below: 
S.No.
Name
Party Name
Constituency
Districtrict Name
Total Asset (Rs)
The financial year for which the last income tax return has been filed by candidate
Total income shown by candidate in ITR (Self+Spouse+Dependent) (Rs)
Self income shown by candidate in ITR (Rs)
1
AITC
KOLKATA PORT
KOLKATA SOUTH
5,97,63,174
  5 Crore+
2014-2015
86,67,890
 86 Lacs+
38,92,390
 38 Lacs+
2
AITC
BEHALA PURBA
SOUTH 24 PARGANAS
6,72,59,912
 6 Crore+
2013-2014
56,71,052
 56 Lacs+
26,35,040
 26 Lacs+
3
IND
TOLLYGUNJ
SOUTH 24 PARGANAS
15,42,04,191
 15 Crore+
2013-2014
55,69,200
 55 Lacs+
53,40,870
  53 Lacs+
Table: Candidates with high income as declared in ITR
*Total income includes income of self, spouse and dependents
·         Candidates who have not declared Income Tax Details*: 181 (52%) out of 349 candidates have not declared income tax details.
* Some candidates may be exempted from filing Income Tax Returns
·         Candidates with high Assets who have not declared Income Tax Details*: 11candidates with assets worth more than Rs. 50 Lakhs have not declared Income Tax details. The top three candidates with highest assets who have not declared their IT returns are as given below: 
S.No.
Name
District
Constituency
Party Name
Total Income (Rs)
Movable Assets (Rs)
Immovable Assets (Rs)
Total Assets (Rs)
PAN Given
Self Income
1
SOUTH 24 PARGANAS
BHANGAR
AITC
0
25,00,035
88,50,000
1,13,50,035
1 Crore+
Y
ITR not filed
2
HOOGHLY
BALAGARH (SC)
BJP
0
6,12,196
1,01,50,000*
1,07,62,196
1 Crore+
Y
ITR not filed
3
SOUTH 24 PARGANAS
BEHALA PURBA
BSP
510000
33,62,000
60,00,000
93,62,000
93 Lacs+
Y
ITR not filed
Table: Top three candidates with highest assets who have not declared ITR details
* Some candidates may be exempted from filing Income Tax Returns
Other Background Details
·         Education details of candidates: 143 (41%) candidates have declared their education qualification to be between 5th pass and 12th pass,while 125 (36%)candidates have declared having an educational qualification ofgraduate or graduate professional60 (17%) candidates have declared themselves to bepostgraduates while 8 (2%) candidates have declared they are Doctorates and 7 (2%) candidates have declared they are just literate.
·         Age details of candidates: 181 (52%) candidates have declared their age to be between 25 and 50 years while164 (47%) candidates have declared their age to be between 51 and 80 years4 (1%) candidates have declared they aremore than 80 years old.
·         Gender details of candidates: 43 (12%) women candidates are contesting inPhase 5 of the West Bengal assembly election this year.
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