Greetings from the United Nations Information Centre for Indian and Bhutan.
As you are already aware, adopted by the world’s leaders in September 2015, AGENDA 2030 outlines 17 Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs, to eradicate poverty, fight inequality and injustice and combat climate change by 2030. [For more information about the SDGs, please access the UN website: http://www.un.org/sus tainabledevelopment/sustainabl e-development-goals/ ]
As part of efforts to reach civil society and in particular young people, UNIC New Delhi launched ‘MITIGATING AIR POLLUTION IN DELHI’, a creative competition for students from NPSC Schools to build on the 43rd Annual National Progressive Schools Conference which had focused on the Sustainable Development Goals. Since the United Nations has declared 2016 as the Year of Living Sustainably, we thought it would be fitting to focus on the goal of ‘Climate Action’. Consequently, we expected young minds from these schools to come up with ideas for air pollution mitigation through art, models, science and innovation.
Through this project, we wanted to encourage young minds to actively come up with ways to deal with air pollution which is part of a bigger issue of climate change. Depending on their practicality, we are also proposing some selected science models to IIT Delhi to be developed into functional prototypes.
On behalf of UNIC, New Delhi, Sonalika Social Development Society, Shakti Sustainable Energy Foundation and the National Progressive Schools Conference (NPSC), we cordially invite you to at our Gala Award Ceremony to be organized on Wednesday, 21 December 2016 at 11 am in the Silver Oaks Hall, India Habitat Centre, Lodi Road, New Delhi-110003 to be a part of the celebration and spread the word about our unique initiative.
I look forward to welcoming you at our Award Ceremony on the December 21st.
Time auspicious for Bollywood couple Saif and the Kareena Kapoor, Mrs Khan gave birth to a baby boy at 7:30 am on Tuesday, December 20, at Mumbai’s Breach Candy hospital.Both mother and baby are said to be fine.This is Kareena’s first child with husband Saif Ali Khan, and has been named Taimur Ali Khan Pataudi.Saif has two children, Sara and Ibrahim, from his first marriage to Amrita Singh.Kareena’s BFF Karan Johar confirmed on Twitter: ‘My Bebo had a baby boy!!!!!!! Am so so happy!!!!!!! #TaimurAliKhan’
Taimur Ali Khan Pataudi, born at 7:30 AM local time Mumbai 20 th dec 2016 astro.
Taimur Ali Khan Pataudi are doing well, says grandpa Randhir Kapoor
Saif and Kareena issued an official statement on the birth of their son: ‘We are very pleased to share with you all the wonderful news about the birth of our son: Taimur Ali Khan Pataudi, on the 20th of December 2016. We would like to thank the media for the understanding and support they have given us over the last nine months, and of course especially our fans and well wishers for their continued affection. Merry Christmas and a happy new year to you all.’
53 year-old well known former bureaucrat had taken VRS to join AAP
He is currently the elected President of Goa Football Association
Gomes was IG Prisons & Urban Development Secretary when he quit service
Fifty three year-old Elvis Gomes, a well known former bureaucrat and currently the elected President of Goa Football Association, has been named the Aam Aadmi Party’s chief ministrial candidate for the forthcoming Goa Assembly elections.
The announcement of Gomes name was made at a historic rally on Monday evening at Cuncolim in South Goa by the AAP national convenor and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
Born and brought up in Cuncolim, Salcete Tauka, South Goa, Gomes had taken Voluntary Retirement from service in July at the peak of his career to join the AAP.
He was Inspector General (Prisons) and was holding the additional charge of Urban Development when he resigned from service.
Gomes has held almost all important official posts in Goa. Previously, he served as director of Municipal Administration and Tourism, chairperson of Goa Housing Board, commissioner of the Municipal Corporation of Panjim, and Captain of Ports.
During his tenure as Director Tourism, he was credited with promoting responsible and clean tourism and is remembered for stressing on jobs for locals in tourism industry.
It is his work as IG Prisons for which he earned an all round praise for the reforms in jails carried out by him. He was the Founder Member Secretary of Goa Football Development Council, which was set-up to promote grass root level with a scientific approach.
Goa is the second state after Delhi, where the AAP has declared its Chief Ministerial choice before elections for the voters of the state.
As per National Crime Records Bureau 2015, 36,712 rape cases have been reported. In the light of the recent Moti Bagh rape case, the citizens are once again awakened to the ruthlessness with which such crimes are committed with impunity. It reflects a brazen and callous attitude towards law and order by those who perpetrate crimes.
In this context of growing dangers for women and girls in the cities of India , a discussion between social, legal, police and executive stakeholders on ‘Creating Safe Cities: Strategic Interventions and Innovative Response Mechanisms’ has been organized by the Centre for Social Research on 20th December 2016. The agenda is to make concrete evidence and best practices’ based suggestions for improving safety and security of women.
The National Conference would develop concrete understanding of interventions in infrastructure, policing and community responsibility towards extending socio-legal protection to women and supporting the survivors. Towards the same, recommendations and actions points would be drafted as inputs for making city safer by initiating an inter-sectoral dialogue between social, legal and executive stakeholders.
The discussion agenda of the conference would cover women’s safety in mobility and creating safe infrastructure at workplace. The conference would conclude by arriving at action points and recommendations from all stakeholders who are active social citizens and those that are responsible for or influence levels of citizen safety in cities. Public transport infrastructure and workplaces would be focal points for analyzing women’s safety in mobility. Cyber security, sexual harassment at workplace and enabling infrastructure for vulnerable populations (Elderly, differently abled, Women and Children) would be the focal points for understanding need gaps in safe infrastructure creation.
The expected participants for the conference are Ms. Sundari Nanda (Spl. C.P. – Women Safety, Airport and Modernization), Mr. Praveen Sood (Additional Director General of Police Administration), Mr. B.K Singh (Additional Commissioner Traffic), Ms. Lalitha Kumaramangalam (Chairperson – National Commission for Women), Ms. Sharmishta Mukherjee (Indian National Congress), Prof. Dr. Anand Kumar (Prominent professor of Sociology, JNU and member of Swaraj Abhiyan Party) and Ms. Swati Maliwal (Chairperson, DCW), Smt. Kamlesh Panchal (Chairperson Haryana State Commission for Women).
India’s small and medium enterprise (SME) sector already provides jobs of 80 million people; contributes 40% of our total exports; and about 8% of the country’s aggregate GDP. Its role in generating employment, nurturing entrepreneurship, improving India’s participation in regional and global production networks; and in expanding exports, specially defence exports will be crucial in the coming period. Despite the salient nature and role of SMEs sector and the rhetoric that surrounds them, they remain a relatively neglected area for rigorous research and effective policy making.
With this in mind, PIF is organising a seminar “Supporting and Incentivising MSMEs to Perform Better”. The objective of the seminar is to contribute to policy advancement in this important area, by marshalling the available expertise and experience and publishing the proceedings as Policy Briefs.
The seminar will be held on 17th January, Tuesday, at 3.00 p.m. at the Seminar Hall I, India International Centre, Max Mueller Marg, Delhi 110 003.
Program schedule is as follows:
2:30 pm onwards: Registration
3:00 pm – 3:15 pm: Opening remarks by Dr. Rajiv Kumar, Founding Director, Pahle India Foundation
3:15 pm – 4:00 pm: Panel Remarks
Shri K.K Jalan
Secretary, Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises*
Mr Anil Bhardwaj
Secretary General, Federation of Indian Micro and Small & Medium Enterprises (FISME)
Mr. A K Kapur
Deputy Managing Director, SIDBI*
Mr. Kavi Arora
Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer, Religare Finvest Limited*
4:00 pm – 4:50 pm: Panel discussion
4:50 pm – 5:00 pm: Vote of thanks by Nirupama Soundararajan, Senior Fellow, Pahle India Foundation
Issues faced by MSMEs are manifold including credit availability, affordable technology, and lack of access to markets. The seminar aims at discussing potential policy initiatives that will extend support and incentivise MSMEs to perform better.
We are sure that your participation will enrich the discussions and provide for an engaging discussion at the Seminar.
We look forward to seeing you at the seminar. You may also nominate senior officials of your organization to participate in the same. A line in confirmation of your participation sent to Mr. Anil Kumar, Assistant Manager, PIF, at email@example.com be greatly appreciated. He may also be reached at +91 11 41551498 or at +91 8826408889.
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