Monday, March 6, 2017

Donetsk, Lugansk Republics announce ceasefire in E. Ukraine

The Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republic’s in eastern Ukraine have announced a ceasefire in Donbas effective from 08:00 GMT on Sunday, Eduard Basurin, Donetsk People’s Republic’s (DPR) Deputy Defense Minister has said. “We proposed to stop shelling via representatives in the Joint Center for Control and Coordination [JCCC],” he said. The truce has so far been respected, with the rest depending on Kiev and how it “would manage to control the radicals,” Basurin said. The conflict in eastern Ukraine has been raging since 2014, despite an ‘agreement’ to fully cease hostilities as outlined in the Minsk peace deal signed two years ago.

Manipur Election Watch (MEW) of 54 MLAs

Executive Summary
  • Recontesting MLAs: Manipur Election Watch (MEW) and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) have analyzed the affidavits of 54 MLAs recontesting in the 2017 Manipur Assembly Elections.
  • Average Assets in 2012 Elections: The average assets of these 54 re-contesting MLAs from various parties in 2012 was Rs 95.95 lakhs (Rs 95,78,075).
  • Average Assets in 2017 Elections: The average assets of these 54 re-contesting MLAs in 2017 is Rs 1.58 crores (Rs 1,58,35,320).
  • Average Asset change from 2012 to 2017: The average assets of these 54 re- contesting MLAs, between the Manipur Elections of 2012 and 2017 has increasedby Rs. 62.39 lakhs (Rs. 62,39,559).
  • Percentage change in assets from 2012 to 2017:   The average percentage increase in assets for these 54 re-contesting MLAs is 65%.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
·         Highest growth in Assets from 2012 to 2017 ( Sort by Increase in Rs):
S.No.
Name
Party in Manipur 2017
Party in Manipur 2012
District
Constituency in Manipur 2017
Constituency in Manipur 2012
Assets in Manipur 2017( in Rs)
Assets in Manipur 2012( in Rs)
Asset Increase(in Rs)
% Increase in Asset
1.         
INC
INC
THOUBAL
HEIROK
HEIROK
5,49,76,419
5 Crore+
1,64,24,800
1 Crore+
3,85,51,619
3 Crore+
235%
2.         
INC
INC
IMPHAL EAST
LAMLAI
LAMLAI
8,92,65,173
8 Crore+
5,22,22,431
5 Crore+
3,70,42,742
3 Crore+
71%
3.         
INC
MSCP
IMPHAL WEST
SAGOLBAND
SAGOIBAND
4,87,21,075
4 Crore+
2,72,29,488
2 Crore+
2,14,91,587
2 Crore+
79%
Table 1: Highest growth in Assets (Top 3)
  • Average asset change of re-contesting MLAs: Party-Wise: Following table illustrates the party wise assortment of the average increase in assets of the re-contesting MLAs:             
                                                                                                                 
S.No.
Party in Manipur 2017
Total Number of Winners
Average Assets in Manipur 2017
Average Assets in Manipur 2012
Average Asset Increase
Average% Increase in Asset
1.         
INC
40
1,74,87,965
1 Crore+
1,04,52,696
1 Crore +
70,35,268
70 lakhs +
67%
2.        
BJP
7
1,23,21,846
1 Crore +
68,08,581
68 lakhs +
55,13,265
55 lakhs +
81%
3.        
Naga Peoples Front
5
1,01,48,395
1 Crore+
61,24,730
61 lakhs +
40,23,665
40 lakhs +
66%
4.        
LJP
1
37,86,768
37 lakhs+
9,55,000
9 lakhs +
28,31,768
28 lakhs +
297%
5.         
National Peoples Party
1
1,48,07,004
1 Crore+
2,08,24,499
2 Crore+
-6017495
-29%

GRAND TOTAL
54
1,58,35,320
1 Crore +
95,95,760
95 Lakhs +
62,39,559
62 lakhs+
65%
Table 2: Average Asset change of Re-contesting MLAs – Party-wise
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Juppe not in run in French presidential election

Former Prime Minister Alain Juppe said on Monday he would not run in France’s presidential election and harshly criticized his party’s beleaguered candidate, Francois Fillon. Juppe, who came second to Fillon in the party’s primaries in November, had been touted as a potential replacement for Fillon, engulfed by a financial scandal. “I confirm once and for all that I will not be candidate to the presidency of the Republic,” Juppe said in his hometown of Bordeaux, adding that it was because it had become harder than ever to unite his conservative The Republicans party and because voters wanted fresh faces. “What a waste!,” Juppe said of the Fillon campaign, hit by allegations that Fillon misued public funds.
Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy has called for a meeting with Francois Fillon and Alain Juppe to discuss current problems regarding Fillon’s presidential election campaign. Sarkozy, who published a statement on his official Twitter feed, said the aim of the meeting was to ensure a “dignified and credible way out from a situation which cannot last any longer and which is the source of deep concerns among French people.” Once the frontrunner, Fillon is mired in a scandal over hundreds of thousands of euros of public money he paid his wife to be his parliamentary assistant. He denies allegations she did little work for the money.

China,Russia is concerned about North Korea’s new missile launches

Russia is concerned about North Korea’s new missile launches, which may lead to increased tensions in the region and urges all parties to show restraint, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Monday. “Of course, we are profoundly concerned. These actions lead to further escalation of tensions in the region,” TASS quoted him as saying. “In this situation, Moscow traditionally calls on all parties to show restraint.” Russia will exchange views with all parties concerned, he said, commenting on media reports saying that Tokyo is planning to discuss the situation with Moscow.
China strongly opposes North Korea launching missiles, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said Monday. “As for the launches by North Korea, we have seen the information… China opposes launches,” Sputnik quoted ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang as saying. Three of the four missiles North Korea reportedly launched earlier in the day fell into the Japanese exclusive economic zone in the Sea of Japan without inflicting damages, the Japanese Defense Ministry said.

Jacek Saryusz-Wolski, to succeed fellow Pole Tusk

Poland’s foreign minister says the government’s surprise counter-candidate to challenge incumbent Donald Tusk for European Council head is “Poland’s only candidate in the game.” Poland has proposed Jacek Saryusz-Wolski, 68, a center-right member of the European Parliament, to succeed fellow Pole Tusk, whose term ends May 31. Warsaw refuses to back a second term for Tusk, a former Polish prime minister, saying he supports anti-government opposition in Poland and has failed to protect the country’s interests in the EU.

FILMS on WOMEN and DISABILITY Followed by a Panel Discussion

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To mark International Women’s Day

Brotherhood, National Trust, UNESCO India
Apeejay Institute of Mass Communication
and
United Nations in India

Cordially invite you to
a screening of

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FILMS on WOMEN and DISABILITY

Followed by a Panel Discussion

2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday, 9 March 2017
UN Conference Hall
55 Lodi Estate, New Delhi-110003

RSVP: unic.india@unic.org; Phone: 46532242

Please carry a Press Photo ID with you to facilitate your entry into the UN Premises;  You will have to trade the Photo ID at our security desk for the visitor’s pass; and follow standard security procedures.

Programme Attached




Programme
to mark International Women’s Day,
Focus on Women and Disability
9 March 2017
UN Conference Hall, New Delhi

02.30 pm to 03.00 pm             Arrival of Guests and audience; Tea on the bridge;
                                                 As guests are seated, short films on accessibility will be screened by
the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office

03.00 pm to 03.05 pm                         Welcome address by Mr. Derk Segaar, Director, UN Information
                                                 Centre for India and Bhutan

03.05 pm to 03.10 pm             Opening Remarks by Mr Frank La Rue, Assistant Director-General
                                                 (Communication and Information), UNESCO, Paris

03.10 pm to 03.15 pm             Remarks on marking International Women’s Day with a focus on
Women and Disability by Mr. Satish Kapoor, Founder and Director
Brotherhood and We Care Film Festival

03.15 pm to 04.00 pm             Screening of Award-winning films of We Care Film Festival on women and disability

04.00 pm to 05.00 pm             PANEL DISCUSSION: “Equality, Empowerment and inclusion of
Women and girls with disabilities”
                                                
Moderator: Ms. Dorodi Sharma, Disability Rights Specialist,
UN Resident Coordinator’s Office    

Panelists:
·         CHIEF GUEST: Ms. Stuti Kacker, Chairperson, The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights, (NCPCR), Ministry of Women and Child, Government of India
·         KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Dr. Anita Ghai, Professor, Ambedkar University
·         GUEST OF HONOUR: Ms. Vidushi Chaturvedi, Joint CCA, Department of Telecommunication, Shillong, Ministry of Communication,  Government of India

05.00 pm                                  Vote of Thanks; Guests depart

EU clears Hungary to build Russian backed nuke reactors

The EU has cleared Hungary to provide state aid to build two nuclear reactors with Russian help after Budapest made commitments to safeguard competition in the energy sector. The Hungarian deal for Russia to build the two additional reactors at the Paks nuclear plant, which was struck three years ago, had been held up because of the EU’s regulatory demands. Prime Minister Viktor Orban has said he hopes to start construction soon once approval is agreed upon. EU Antitrust Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said that “the Hungarian government has made substantial commitments, which has allowed the Commission to approve the investment under EU state aid rules.”

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