Friday, March 17, 2017

Dutch Hatch Election :Mark RutteVs Geert Wilders in Exit polls

Netherlands has said "stop" to the wrong kind of populism, said Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte Wednesday evening after exit polls showed his center-right People's Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) would keep its position as the biggest party in the parliamentary election.
"It seems that the VVD will be the largest party three times in a row," Rutte told a crowd of cheering supporters in an election night gathering at the World Trade Center in The Hague.
"It is an evening when the Netherlands said 'Ho' (which means 'stop' in Dutch) to the wrong kind of populism after Brexit and the U.S. elections," Rutte said.
The first exit polls showed that the VVD would win 31 out of 150 seats in the lower house of parliament, while its biggest competitor, the far-right Party for Freedom (PVV), would secure only 19 seats, the same as the Democratic 66 (D66) and the Christian Democrats (CDA).
The VVD beating the PVV in the race to become the biggest party means that the Dutch people have refused to give power to a right wing populist party. A win for the PVV could have been a continuation of the wind of populism blowing through Europe and a barometer for the French presidential elections to be kicked off next month and Germany's elections in September.
Alexander Pechtold, leader of D66, reacted to the polls with a message similar to Rutte's.
"After Trump and the Brexit, people looked at Europe, where three countries could send a signal whether or not this continent is following the populists. And it was shown that that sound has been stopped here in the Netherlands," said Pechtold.
Jesse Klaver, leader of the Groenlinks party, also said in his election night speech that populism did not break through, calling it "a historical night."
PVV leader Geert Wilders thanked the people who voted for him on Twitter shortly after the result of the exit polls was revealed. "We have won seats. That's the first victory. Rutte will not get rid of me yet," said Wilders.
"Too bad we are not the biggest party, but it is a result we can be proud of," Wilders added.
Wilders had been in a neck-and-neck battle with Rutte throughout his campaign, but slid in opinion polls in the final run-up to the voting day.
Rutte admitted that the differences had been "emphasized" throughout the campaign, but called on the parties to "bring the country back together again" and to form a stable government in a "sensible manner" in the coming weeks and months.
The VVD leader now considers it important that the country remains "safe, stable and prosperous" after the election.
"We are the most competitive economy of the EU; we saw the quickest decrease of unemployment in ten years; the government's finances are in order; we even have a surplus on the budget," said Rutte, adding that the most important task in the coming years is to make ordinary people feel the success in their personal lives.
"Tonight we celebrate, and tomorrow we will continue to work for the Netherlands," added Rutte.
Rutte also expressed appreciation for his coalition partner from the Labour Party (PvdA) which lost 29 seats and secured only 9.
According to Eddy Habben Jansen, an election expert based in The Hague, the surprising loss of the PvdA could mean that the new coalition government would expect big changes in its policy.
Rutte told supporters that he has been receiving phone calls from other European leaders.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel called Rutte on Wednesday evening to express congratulations and wishes for cooperation, Merkel's spokesperson Steffen Seibert wrote on Twitter.
"I am looking forward to continuing good cooperation as friends, neighbors, Europeans," Seibert quoted Merkel as saying.
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has congratulated Rutte for the Dutch election outcome, calling it a victory of Europe and a vote against extremism.
The turnout in this year's Dutch election was over 80 percent, an significant increase compared to the previous election in 2012.
The final results will be released on March 21.
The liberal rightist party VVD of Prime Minister Mark Rutte took the lead in the Dutch parliamentary elections, according to the final exit poll released on Wednesday, with the far-right party PVV staying far behind.
The definite exit poll forecasted the VVD got 31 seats of the 150 seats in the House of Representatives, or lower house of the parliament.
The PVV, the center-right Christian Democrats CDA, and the leftist liberals D66 were expected to garner 19 seats each. The green leftist GroenLinks obtained 16 seats, followed by the leftist Socialist Party SP with 14 seats and the leftist Labor party PvdA with nine seats.
The amount of 31 seats means a loss of 10 seats for the VVD compared to the previous elections in 2012. The PVV gained four seats compared to the previous elections, but the result was thought to be a disappointment for its leader Geert Wilders, because his party had long led pre-election polls.
The VVD beating the PVV in the race to become the biggest party means that the Dutch people have refused to give power to a right wing populist party.
After the Brexit vote and Donald Trump's victory in the U.S. presidential election, a win for the PVV could have been the continuation of the wind of populism blowing through Europe and a barometer for the upcoming elections in France and Germany.
"After the Brexit and Donald Trump winning the U.S. Presidential elections, everyone is looking at us," Mark Rutte told supporters at a party meeting in The Hague following the release of exit poll results. "This evening, the Dutch people said no to the wrong kind of populism."
His remarks were echoed by D66 leader Alexander Pechtold and GroenLinks leader Jesse Klaver. "The sound of populism has stopped in the Netherlands," said Pechtold. "Populism has not had a breakthrough in the Netherlands," added Klaver.
In line with a previously-publicized schedule, Wilders did not have a meeting with his supporters on Wednesday night.
Through Twitter, the PVV leader reacted. "We gained seats," Wilders wrote. "Rutte has not seen the last of me."
With the first place, the VVD would have the right of priority to form a coalition government. Based on the results forecasted by the exit polls, Rutte will have to form a cabinet with other parties.
Before the elections, Rutte had already stated that CDA and D66 are his favorite parties to govern with, but the fourth party has to come from the left, GroenLinks, SP or PvdA, which will be more difficult.
"We have to come together and make a stabile government again." Rutte told cheering supporters on Wednesday night. "I will do anything for that."
The Labor which formed the outgoing coalition government with the VVD, is the biggest loser in the elections, according to the final exit poll. The Labor party lost 29 seats compared to four and a half years ago.
Compared to 2012, CDA gained six seats, D66 won seven more seats, and SP lost one seat while GroenLinks became the biggest winner with a gain of 12 seats. "It is a historic evening," GroenLinks Klaver said.
Turkish Muslims dominated Denk Party won three seats grabbing almost 200,000 votes, which comprises half of the Turkish origin citizens of Netherlands.
The Denk party is known for its pro-Erdogan ultra-right passionate sentiments. They are also known for their aversion from Moroccan community, African blacks, Alawites and Kurdish communities.
The political commentators are describing this development as a new trend in the political scene of Netherlands while attributing it to the recent tensions between Turkey and Netherlands.
Most of the observers are perplexed over political losses of PVV of Geert Wilders, at one hand, and political gains of Denk Party, at the other. Denk party was formed by two former parliamentarians from Centre Left labour party (PVDA).
Turkish are the largest Muslim diaspora community of Netherlands reaching approximately half a million, which is 50% of all the Muslims living in the country.
Despite its overtly liberal world view, the Denk party is increasingly indulging in adapting a right wing religious posture despite the fact that most of the Netherlands’ right-wing onslaught had been directed against their arch rival Moroccan community, which is almost same size as Turkish community.
Some of the political commentators have claimed that the right-wing sentiments, especially fear of the Geert Wilders, has compelled far right Muslims to unite and seek their collective representation. The Denk party, it seems, has benefited from these political situations.
Yet it is difficult to call Denk party as the sole representative of even Turkish community as almost half of them have supported other mainstream parties.
There have been many failed attempts to form Islamic party in Netherlands primarily because of lack of cohence in different Muslim groups present in the country.
Secondly, a strong tradition of left, liberal and labour parties ideals have always protected the interests of the minorities rendering religion based political party irrelevant or unnecessary. In this context, the sudden uneasy relations and tit-for-tact actions from Turkey and Netherlands have help generating a new phenomenon hitherto unknown in the body politics of Netherlands.
The five-point program of Denk party revolves around the immigrants issues. They advocate for a tolerant society (accepting each other), a learning society (understanding each other), sustainable society (job securities/prosperity) and a just society (promoting international justice). The party wants to include "knowledge of migration history" in the education system. Moreover, it wants to replace the word, "integration" with "acceptance". The party demands that UN and UNSC should bring fundamental revision in their approaches and EU should have independent foreign policy. The Denk party thinks that the extremism is the product of hopelessness, social exclusion and injustice. Denk party acknowledges that the Netherlands recognition and EU support for Palestine are better gestures for the interfaith harmony.
It is interesting to note that all of the above mentioned points are sufficiently covered by other mainstream liberal and left parties who, according to the electoral result of yesterday, represent the majority of the people of the country.
The fall of Geert Wilders has clearly shown that the people of Netherlands have rejected the hate mongering, xenophobic and racist agendas. The Electoral system in Netherland, however, encourages people to form political parties.
There are 80 political parties in the Netherlands and 28 of them have contested March 2017 elections.
There are subsidies available for political parties. The proportional representation in the country helps ethnic and religious group to put forward candidate and get them elected easily. 
The Muslim community enjoys enormous freedom to flourish. They receive handsome subsidies to established religious centres, mosque, separate TV and radio stations. In the past, the liberal government, under pressure from the right wing, tried to withdraw some of these rights but failed in doing so because of the clearly defined constitutional guarantees and pressure from left-wing parties.
Commenting on the electoral trends, famous human rights activist and former president of the Green Left party Marjan Lucas said that Amsterdam and Nijmegen city were the two beacons of the intercultural diversity, cosmopolitism, cultural vibrancy, tourism and creative potential.
Moreover, according to her, the Nijmegen, having a glorious history of resistance against elitist politics have a strong basis for the politics of diversity. She said, "Erdogan is popular among a lot of nationalist Turks who unfortunately, are unwelcoming towards other migrant communities like Moroccans and Africans. The agenda of integration and equal rights should be beyond the religious identity".
Theo Coskon, the mayor of a locality in Roterdam, belongs to Socialist Party. He said, "The left is losing in Nederlands. They hold just 35 seats while Green Party and improving. Liberals managed to retain their seats but the biggest loser is the Wilders who, at one moment, was the biggest nightmare for all the humanists of the Netherlands. In fact people rejected anti-Islam right-wing agenda." Commenting on the Denk party, he said, "Unfortunately, the young people of Turkish community voted for Denk Party. It will not solve any of their problems rather it will discourage people who are fighting for the rights of Muslims along with other migrants. Denk party has exploited the polarisation in the society"
Jane Pocook, editor, Development Issue, said, "It is sad that Denk Party has manipulated the Turkish youth. But they have no solution for the political, cultural or economic issues confronted by the Turkish youth. Their voice with just three seats is very weak. The future of the Turkish immigrants lie in the mainstream political parties. The left is losing against the centre right but the defeat of far right in Netherlands is a satisfactory development. The immigrants like Turkish youth should strengthen the humanists of their countries instead of playing in the hands of the nationalist extremists. We have to stop people like Geert Wilders from marginalization and isolation of immigrants. This should be a common agenda".
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday said Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte had lost the friendship of Ankara after a diplomatic row between the NATO allies over a ban on Turkish ministers speaking in the Netherlands. Erdogan’s comments, at a rally in the northwestern province of Sakarya, came a day after Rutte fought off the challenge of anti-Islam and anti-EU rival Geert Wilders in an election victory hailed across much of Europe. Erdogan also slammed the EU for its ruling allowing companies to ban staff from wearing Islamic headscarves under certain conditions. “Down with your European principles, values and justice… They started a clash between the cross and the crescent, there is no other explanation,” he said. Media agencies 

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Dutch ‘Wrong Kind of Populism’

Avaaz.org – The World in Action
Dear friends,
Something fantastic just happened. The Dutch Trump, Geert Wilders, who was leading in the Netherlands’ election race right up to the last moment, was just defeated!
Wilders had promised to close all mosques, pull the Netherlands out of the EU and ban the Koran. After Brexit and Trump, the whole world was watching to see if the far-right would continue its terrifying rise.
But in the end, the Dutch people struck a beautiful blow against Trumpism. The tide just turned against the global spread of fascist politics. And our movement was right in the middle. How?
20,000 marchers, 500km on a bus, 5 million views, 300,000 reached with newspaper ads, and a community united against hate.
Just before the election, we helped mobilise 20,000 people onto the streets to march together to celebrate the Netherlands’ long history of openness and tolerance.
Dutch Avaazers hit the campaign trail in a giant orange Unity Bus. Three days before the election, many voters still hadn’t decided which way to cast their ballot! So we went up and down the country handing out flowers, listening to people and encouraging them to vote against hate. Then we emailed and texted over half a million people to get out the vote!
When we found out a key thing driving people away from Wilders was his love of Trump, we made a hilarious spoof video of Trump endorsing Wilders. It went crazy viral in hours, and 5 million people had watched it before the elections!
But that wasn’t all. We then targeted the key areas where Wilders had potentially strong support with full-page newspaper ads, spoofing the Hollywood hit La La Land to show how Wilders would turn the Netherlands into Trumpland!
Finally, today we took to the streets in The Hague, Paris and Berlin to celebrate and send a strong warning signal to Le Pen in France and the AfD in Germany that we are coming to stop them in elections there.
With the threat of hate spreading everywhere, the world needs our 44-million-strong global community like never before. Together, we’ve built the most powerful civic campaigning movement in history, and with that power comes responsibility. Responsibility to rise against hate, to defend the values of unity and tolerance that make us strong. But most of all, the responsibility to dream of a better world. And this week, the Netherlands has taken us one step closer to that dream.
In hope and celebration,
Emma, Alice, Christoph, Anneke, Lisa, Oscar, Mike, Spyro and the whole Avaaz team
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Geert Wilders’s anti-immigration party does worse than expected in the Dutch election
http://www.economist.com/news/europe/21718929-nonetheless-new-type-identity-politics-emerging-netherlands-geert-wilderss
Dutch Leader Claims Victory Over ‘Wrong Kind of Populism’ in Election
http://time.com/4702925/mark-rutte-defeats-geert-wilders-netherlands/

3rd India Steel Expo 2017

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Date: March 16, 2016
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Dear Sir/ Madam,
The Minister of Steel Chaudhary Birender Singh will address the media conference on the upcoming 3rd India Steel Expo 2017International Exhibition and Conference to be held in Mumbai from 19th – 21st April 2017. The Secretary, Steel Dr. Aruna Sharma will also be present on the occasion.
The details are as follows:
Date    :           17th March 2017 (Friday)
Time   :           1.00 P.M. (Registration starts at 12.30 pm)
Venue :           Steel Room (Room no. 192)
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New Delhi-110001

You are cordially invited to cover the event.

‘Paris, New Delhi: From Haute Couture to the Technologies of Elegance’


Ambassador Alexandre Ziegler to inaugurate
‘Paris, New Delhi: From Haute Couture to the Technologies of Elegance’
a retrospective of the Hemant Lecoanet fashion label

Saturday, 18th March 2017

New Delhi, 16th March 2017

H.E. Mr Alexandre Ziegler, Ambassador of France to India, will inaugurate an exhibition on the remarkable journey of the Indo-French fashion label Lecoanet Hemant, in the presence of its founders, Didier Lecoanet and Hemant Sagar.

The inauguration of this retrospective, entitled ‘Paris, New Delhi: From Haute Couture to the Technologies of Elegance’, will take place on

Saturday, 18th March 2017, at 7pm
at Bikaner House
Pandara Road, New Delhi.

You are cordially invited to the inauguration and requested to appoint your reporter/ photographer to cover the event.

Between 70 to 80 creations will be on display, some from collections made in Paris (1984-2000), while others from those designed at the Lecoanet Hemant Gurgaon Atelier (2000-2017).    The curated collections reflect the transition the label made in 2000 from haute couture to prêt-à-porter, demonstrating how research that goes into developing handmade designs can also be reimagined for crafting exceptional commercial products.

“There is a sense of fashion nostalgia, a celebration of artisanal excellence, an ode to our labour of love that we hope to evoke. We see a promise of a pragmatic future that beholds Indian fashion,” said Hemant Sagar and Didier Lecoanet.

Along with the exhibition, which will be on from 19th to 22nd March 2017 (11.00 am to 6.30 pm), a special selection from GENES, the Lecoanet Hemant ready-to-wear label, will also be available at the Vayu Store at Bikaner House.

In keeping with the spirit of the restored Bikaner House, which is redolent of a bygone era but holds its own in contemporary times, renowned French musician Ariane Gray Hubert will present Piano Rag/A Time on this occasion.

Looking forward to the occasion, Ambassador of France to India, H.E. Mr Alexandre Ziegler commented, “I am delighted to inaugurate this Lecoanet Hemant retrospective, which reflects the best of Indo-French design sensibilities, be it couture or prêt-à-porter. Even though their work is deeply rooted in France, the designers aim to emphasise that research and design can be instrumental in placing India on the world fashion map.”

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About Lecoanet Hemant
Lecoanet Hemant, drawn from the surnames of Frenchman Didier Lecoanet and Indo-German Hemant Sagar, has been a part of the haute couture establishment in Paris for over three decades. They started their career – just like Yves Saint Laurent, Courrèges, Issey Miyake, Jean-Louis Scherer and many other prominent fashion personalities – on the benches of the “Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne”, the fashion school founded by the Paris Haute Couture Syndicate.

Established as an haute couture house in 1984, Lecoanet-Hemant initially worked from Paris with a flagship store in the heart of the aristocratic Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, (considered the mecca of luxury fashion and haute couture in Paris) and featured on the couture schedule. Being members of the Parisian Haute Couture Syndicate from 1984-2000, Lecoanet Hemant created 33 collections with the ultimate aim of transitioning from artisanal to semi-industrial. The year 2000 marked a transition for the brand as they moved from France to India, and from couture to prêt.
Their Gurgaon atelier houses the design studio and three embroidery, one metallic, and two leather workshops – which produce ready-to-wear pieces that employ couture techniques across the board. The designers aim to emphasise that research and design can be instrumental in placing India on the world fashion map.

Note from the Design House
The haute couture pieces on display, unfold a story of how in the eighties, collections started becoming a demonstration of art and creative expression, while less and less people actually wore them. At that nascent stage, the brand could not convert their design function from haute couture to artisanal-industrial in the economic context of Paris in the nineties. It was then that the Indo-French designer duo decided to move to India. The idea of this relocation was to set up a semi-industrial manufacturing house that would reimagine age-old craftsmanship for contemporary processes, and this is the story that unravels through all the creations on display at the exhibition.

The designers still prefer the artisanal approach to creating their collections. “Today, India has an even greater promise than at that time, it is a the perfect creative hub for haute couture and also to produce collections that may be ready-to-wear but which employ couture techniques with the aid of sophisticated technical advancements in production. We want to showcase and celebrate the capabilities of India at the exhibition by juxtaposing our Haute Couture pieces together with echoing creations from our India atelier,” added Lecoanet and Sagar.

Since 1984, Lecoanet Hemant’s style has been influenced by their extensive travel and by crafts all over the world. They have worked with the porcelain painters of the Royal Prussian Porcelain Manufacture in Berlin, as well as with the Gobelin weavers in Aubusson, France. They partially design and manufacture collections for many prestigious brands, including Gérard Darel, Kenzo, Inès de La Fressange and Pierre Balmain.

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