Saturday, March 25, 2017


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A shooting incident in France  .Three people, including a minor, have been injured in the city of Lille after a gunman opened fire near the central Porte d’Arras metro station. Police are not considering the incident to be terror-related, local media reports.
Passers by heard at least five shots fired in central Lille late on Friday, local outlet La Voix du Nord .The injured reportedly included a 14-year-old teenager, who was shot in the leg. Another person has suffered a neck injury and has been hospitalized.



Indian Coast Guard Ship C-408 whilst on a routine EEZ patrol apprehended a Pakistani fishing boat with 9 crew for fishing in our waters at about 1500 hrs yesterday.   The boat was escorted to Jakhau port( Gujarat).  The Boat and the crew have been handed over to police for further investigation.  The details are as follow:-

  • Name of the boat –           Karachi Pakistan
  • No of crew –           Nine (all Pakistani)
  • Position                                     –           35 NM north west of Jakhau
  • Fish onboard             –           20 to 30 kgs
  • Port of departure –           Shah Bunder, Pakistan


AAP will abolish residential house tax if voted to power in MCD: Kejriwal
  • Pending dues will also be waived off
  • Will turn around finances of loss-making MCDs within a year
  • All MCD workers will receive salaries by the 7th of each month: Kejriwal
  • Will bring in people’s participation in running of MCDs

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced today that if the Aam Aadmi Party comes to power in the upcoming elections for the three Municipal Councils of Delhi (MCD), the party would abolish Residential house tax, currently levied by the municipal bodies. Kejriwal said that there was corruption in the collection of this tax and that it was wholly unjustified. He also announced that all pending dues of house taxes will be waived off by all the MCDs.
Kejriwal also promised that within a year of coming to power in the MCDs, the AAP administration would turn around the finances of the loss-making municipal bodies. New sources of increasing revenue would be explored to improve the financial health of MCDs. The AAP Government in Delhi has already demonstrated that even after fulfilling it’s promises on free water and cheap electricity, an honest Government is able to maintain healthy finances.
The National Convener of AAP also assured all employees of the  MCDs that after the AAP takes over, they will receive salaries in their accounts on or before the 7th of each month.
During a press conference addressed by Delhi CM and National Convener of AAP Arvind Kejriwal at his official residence, he said, “Just like the huge mandate given to the Aam Aadmi Party by the people of Delhi to run the Delhi Government, I am confident they will also repose their faith in us to fix the ailing municipal bodies of Delhi. As soon as the AAP comes to power in the MCDs with a full majority, we will abolish the collection of house residential tax and waive off all pending dues with immediate effect. We are making this promise with full responsibility and after thorough study and planning.
“After coming to power in Delhi, our government kept it’s promise of halving electricity bills and offering 20k liters of water for free for each family, within one month. Many from the Opposition had said that this would bankrupt the government, but actually the Delhi Jal Board’s revenue increased by Rs 178 crores. We run an honest Government that takes pro-people steps without harming the financial health of the government, and we will do the same with the MCDs with respect to abolition of residential house tax,” said Kejriwal.
“We also assure the people of Delhi and employees of MCDs that we will pull the municipal bodies out of the losses and ensure that all of them get paid their salaries on or before the 7th of every month. We will find many ways to improve the revenue generation of the MCDs. We will ensure that corruption is not allowed, and this itself will help increase revenue generation. Together the Councillors of BJP and Congress have looted the MCDs on a massive scale, and will have to face the consequences of their corruption. They must answer to people how within 5-10 years they have moved from scooters to Mercedes and BMWs. We will end this loot and make sure the money spent by MCDs reaches the right people and right causes,” said AAP National Convener Arvind Kejriwal.
“We will bring in more participation from among the RWAs and the citizens in matters of cleanliness and maintenance of parks, so that these services can be improved. We have seen how BJP and Congress Councillors relay the same roads over and over on paper and siphon off all the money. The MCD has spent Rs 7 lakhs on fountains that never worked.”
The MCDs have become a den or corruption and misgovernance. Thousands of ghost employees are paid salaries, even as genuine employees are not paid on time. The AAP will put an end to this regime of corruption after coming to power. The party will enhance the level of participation in governance among citizens and evolve Delhi as a model for the entire country and the world.


Bangladesh, a suicide bomber blew himself up at the Dhaka international airport yesterday evening. Police said the man, in his thirties, blew the explosives tied to his waist around 7 PM local time at a police post at the airport. Police said no one was injured in the blast.
Islamic State terror group has claimed responsibility for the attack. Security has been tightened at airports and prisons across Bangladesh after the attack. The attack comes a week after a similar attack on a nearby Rapid Action Battalion camp on March 17.


US President Donald Trump has withdrawn his healthcare bill after it failed to gain enough support to pass in Congress. Trump expressed his disappointment and surprise after House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan withdrew the bill due to lack of support. Trump said that the Republicans only lack little votes and the Democrats would not contribute a vote.
The Republican party enjoys a simple majority in the House with 235 members. However, due to opposition from some of its own party lawmakers, it could not muster the majority 215 votes. The White House and Trump had put up a brave face even till the last minute when they tried their best to muster support for their effort to repeal and replace Obamacare.


India’s martime prowess, the Navy has successfully conducted the maiden trial firing of newly installed surface-to-air Barak missile system from its aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya. A Navy official said in New Delhi that during the firing carried out in the Arabian Sea, the missile was fired against a live low flying high speed target. He said the target was successfully engaged and destroyed.
The firing was conducted as part of the ‘Operational Readiness Inspection’ of the Western Fleet by Vice Admiral Girish Luthra, Flag Officer Commanding-in-Chief of Western Naval Command, from 21 to 23 March. The official said the missile marks a significant milestone in providing air interception and defence capabilities and enhanced operational capabilities of the Navy’s aircraft carrier and the flee.


CBI has filed a supplementary charge sheet naming five more persons as accused in a coal scam case against Congress leader and industrialist Naveen Jindal and others. Special CBI Judge Bharat Parashar yesterday took cognizance of the final report and summoned all the new accused named in it on the 10th of next month. In its final report, the probe agency has named as accused Jindal Steel’s adviser Anand Goel, Gurgaon-based Green Infra’s Vice-President Siddharth Madra, Mumbai’s Essar Power Limited Executive Vice-Chairman Sushil Kumar Maroo among others.
The court had earlier directed the agency to expeditiously file its further probe report as sufficient time has already been granted to it. The case also involved ex-Minister of State for Coal Dasari Narayan Rao and ex-Jharkhand Chief Minister Madhu Koda as accused.


Dear Friend
Participatory Research in Asia (PRIA) and Rizwan Adatia Foundation (RAF) cordially invite you to the Martha Farrell Award Ceremony, on Friday, April 7, 2017, at Nehru Memorial Auditorium, Teen Murti Bhavan, New Delhi, between 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm.
The two winners for the first chapter of Martha Farrell Award for Excellence in Women’s Empowerment, for the two categories “Most Promising Individual” and “Best Organization for Gender Equality” will be announced and felicitated at the ceremony.
We will be sending you the programme schedule of the ceremony by next week. Please click here for the invitation.
We look forward to your participation.
Kindly RSVP to Neharika Mahajan at or to Bindu Baby at
Best wishes


We stand united and demand improvement of our public health infrastructure !!

Why are patients and doctors being pitted against each other ??
The real reason behind the recent incidents of violence in hospitals is the crumbling state of Public Hospitals and Public Health services in the State . The Government has shrewdly made it appear as a Doctors v/s Patients issue ….while it is actually due to the apathy of the State Governments.

In the current state of affairs …. Both the Patients and Doctors are insecure.
And just symptomatic treatment will not help. The real cure lies in an overall improvement of the Public health care delivery system.

Patients and Doctors will unitedly march to reaffirm their trust and to demand that the condition of Public Hospitals in the state be vastly improved.
Dr Santosh Karmarkar
Organised by the AAP-MMR Health Wing.

Please do join this March.
It is the need of the Hour.

ON SUNDAY 26TH March starts at 4.30  – From AAP KA MOHALLA CLINIC Beside Amar Hospital Kurla Kamani (Kurla West)
TO Kurla Bus Depot
Return via Bail Bazaar, Kale Marg 
Rsvp – Abhishek Bhat – 7303152510


FM approves the re-organisation of the field formations of the Central Board of Excise & Customs (CBEC) for the implementation of Goods & Services Tax (GST); CBEC is being renamed as the Central Board of Indirect Taxes & Customs (CBIC), after getting legislative approval
Reorganisation of the field formations of the Central Board of Excise & Customs (CBEC) for the implementation of Goods & Services Tax (GST) has been approved by the Union Finance Minister, Shri Arun Jaitley. The existing formations of Central Excise & Service Tax under the CBEC have been re-organised to implement and enforce the provisions of the proposed Goods & Services Tax Laws.
The Central Board of Excise & Customs (CBEC) is being renamed as the Central Board of Indirect Taxes & Customs (CBIC), after getting legislative approval. The proposed CBIC shall, inter alia, supervise the work of all its field formations and Directorates and assist the Government in policy making in relation to GST, continuing Central Excise levy & Customs functions.
The CBIC will have 21 Zones, 101 GST Tax payer Services Commissionerates comprising 15 sub-Commissionerates, 768 Divisions, 3969 Ranges, 49 Audit Commissionerates and 50 Appeals Commissionerates. This will ensure rendering of taxpayer services to all the taxpayers through an indirect tax administration structure, having pan-India presence.
For a robust IT Network, the Directorate General of Systems under CBEC is being strengthened. The Directorate General Tax Payer Services is being expanded for greater out- reach for facilitating smooth transition for the taxpayers to the GST environment. The existing training establishment, to be renamed as National Academy of Customs, Indirect Taxes and Narcotics will have an all India presence, to enable capacity building to the employees of the indirect tax administration of the Centre as well as of the State Governments and to members of Trade and Industry. The renamed Directorate General of Goods & Service Tax Intelligence is also being strengthened and expanded to become an important wing of the Government in its fight against Tax Evasion and Black Money.


India and Asian Development Bank (ADB) have been partnering on the economic corridor approach for some time now. Economic Corridor Development contributes to and stimulates economic development along the route. The economic corridor approach involves leveraging infrastructure connectivity and developing urban areas as growth centers and gateways, to unlock the full potential of markets.
Since late 2013, ADB has been supporting studies on how to transform transport corridors into dynamic economic corridors. These studies considered how to best link the existing and planned transport corridors in various modes (surface, maritime, and multimodal transport) with other economic corridors such as the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor, the Bangalore-Chennai Economic Corridor, Amritsar- Kolkata Industrial Corridor and the corridors in the Greater Mekong Sub-region.
“This India-ADB partnership has in fact yielded useful lessons on Economic Corridor Development (ECD), through their joint work on the East Coast Economic Corridor (ECEC), India’s first coastal corridor” noted Mr. Ronald Antonio Butiong, Director of ADB South Asia Department’s Regional Cooperation and Operations Coordination Division. “The ECEC, which runs along the entire east coast from Kolkata to Kanyakumari, is a multimodal, regional maritime corridor that can play a vital role in unifying the large domestic market, as well as integrating the Indian economy with the dynamic global value chains of Southeast and East Asia.” Aside from an ambitious infrastructure program, the ECEC involves developing skills, and creating an attractive regulatory environment, bringing in new investments, and nurturing existing businesses to grow and innovate, and create much needed jobs.
Phase 1 of the ECEC is the Visakhapatnam-Chennai Industrial Corridor (VCIC) which covers 11 districts in Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. ADB helped prepare the Conceptual Development Plan (CDP) and Regional Perspective Plan (RPP) for VCIC, which served as the bases for the Visakhapatnam–Chennai Industrial Corridor Development Program, which was approved by the ADB Board in September 2016. The Program comprises a multi-tranche financing facility (MFF), a grant, and a policy-based loan (PBL) for a total investment amount of $631 million. The MFF and grant will support priority infrastructure investments in the VCIC region and the PBL will support policy reforms and institutional development in the state of Andhra Pradesh.
ADB’s indicative lending pipeline for 2017–2019 to support economic corridor development in South Asia includes: (i) the VCIC Development Program MFF Tranche 2 in India in 2018, with an ADB loan: $250 million; and (ii) Regional Urban Development Project in Nepal in 2017, with an ADB loan: $150 million.
Earlier, ADB has developed a SASEC Operational Plan (OP) 2016-2025 which identifies promoting economic corridor development (ECD) as of one its key strategic focus areas. The SASEC OP, adopted by the SASEC member countries in June 2016, is the SASEC program’s first comprehensive long-term plan to promote greater economic cooperation among its member countries, bringing regional cooperation to a higher level with the aim of extending physical and economic linkages not only within SASEC but also with East and Southeast Asia.
Under the SASEC OP, the operational focus on economic corridors will involve promoting synergies between corridors across SASEC countries. “Such approach adopted by the SASEC program should maximize the corridors’ development impacts through improved cross-border linkages between corridors, and better coordination of policies, plans and programs for multi-sector infrastructure interventions. This would result in stronger consistency between and among transport, urban and industrial development efforts within the sub-region”, stressed Mr. Dinesh Sharma, Special Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance, Government of India.


CPR, CSH and SHRAMIC are pleased to invite you to a workshop on
Labour Migration and Social Change in South Asia
Monday & Tuesday, 27-28 March 2017, 9:30 a.m.
Conference Hall, Centre for Policy Research
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Though the movement of people in pursuit of work is not new, labour migration appears to be a growing phenomenon in the South Asian region. Empirical studies and papers analysing government data have shown that migration is not a simple movement from village to city in this region, but involves multiple streams and patterns including short-term, iterative, permanent and return migration across short and long distances. This workshop explores aspects that link human mobility and social transformation in sending and receiving communities, especially in the context of labour migration.
Organised by the Centre for Policy Research (CPR) and the French Centre for Social Sciences and Humanities (CSH) as well as supported by the Tata Trusts’ SHRAMIC initiative, this workshop has been conceived as a platform for young researchers, scholars and practitioners to share their work and receive feedback from experienced and knowledgeable experts. The 15-odd papers being presented have been selected from over 70 entries in response to a call for papers in December 2016 and represent the work of young researchers across the South Asia region. For the detailed program, click here.


New Delhi, March 24: On the last day of the event hosted by GAIL (India) Ltd., Oil India Limited (OIL) emerges out to be the winning team with a Gross score of 412. The team comprised of Simarjeet Singh, Yuvraj Sandhu, Harimohan Singh, Varun Parikh and Kshitish Naveed Kaul which skillfully won the tournament. The team Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd. (ONGC) comprising of Aadil Bedi, Tapender Ghai, Dhruv Sheoran, Sunit Chawrasia and Jaiveer Atwal became the runners-up team with a gross score of 434.
PSUs like GAIL (India) Ltd, Indian Oil Corporation Ltd. (IOCL), Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Ltd. (ONGCL), Oil India Ltd. (OIL), Bharat Petroleum Ltd. (BPCL), Hindustan Petroleum Corp. Ltd., EIL, IOCL–AOD, Petronet LNG and NRL participated in the event.
Mr. P.K. Gupta; Director(HR), GAIL inaugurated the 37th PSPB Inter Unit Golf Tournament on 23rd March and conveyed his congratulating regards to all the winning teams at Noida Golf Course.
The Skill Challenge” took place on 23rd March and gave away the titles as follows:
Putting Winner – Kshitish Naveed Kaul (OIL)
Longest Drive (Ladies) – Tvesa Malik (OIL)
Longest Drive (Gents) – Anshul Patel (GAIL)
Stable Ford Winning Team – Sandeep Deb (AOD) and K Deka (OIL)
21ST TO 24TH MARCH 2017

Sr. No.List of PrizesNameScore
1. Putting WinnerKshtish Naveed Kaul (Oil India)Hole in One
2.Longest Average Drive – LadiesTvesha Malik (Oil India) 
3.Longest Drive – LadiesTvesha Malik(Oil India)250 Yards
4.Best Average Bunker ShotAmandeep Bath(IOCL) 
5.Best Bunker ShotAmandeep Bath (IOCL)4Pts
6.Best Average Approach ShotVarun Parikh (Oil India)4Pts
7.Best Approach ShotVarun Parikh (Oil India) 
8.Longest Average Drive – GentsAnshul Patel (Gail)274.5Yards
9. Longest Drive – GentsAnshul Patel (Gail)281Yards
10.Overall Best Round By A Retired Golfer (Gross)  
11.PSPB President’s Best Score  (Board Level Executive)S K Barua (NRL) 
12.Gohain Trophy (19-24 H’Cap).R K Verma (ONGC)Score of 128
13.Best Nett Score Over 18 HolesL.Selvadurai (ONGC)Score of62
14.SN Bhatt Trophy – Best Nett Score Over 2 DaysSandip Deb (IOCL AOD)Score of 132
15.Best Gross Score Over 18 HolesKshtish Naveed Khan (Oil India)65
16.Best Golfer – Gross Score Over 2 DaysKshtish Naveed Kaul (Oil India)136
The event closed with a closing ceremony along with prize distribution on March 24, 2017.


Jesus & Mary College (JMC) beats Gargi College in the Finals of  India’s First Women Cricket League’s “WCL #T20 Inter-College Talent Hunt Tournament”
India’s First Women Cricket League WCL’s #T20 Inter-College Talent Hunt Tournament is first in the series of activities to scout the hidden talent to provide exposure and platform to promote Women Cricket in India
Woman of the Match was awarded to Neha Chillar of  Jesus & Mary college (JMC) who bowled 4 overs 5 wickets 12 runs.
Best Player of the Tournament was given to Aarti Dhama of Gargi College who scored 94 runs 2 wickets.
New Delhi, 24th March, 2017: 
The finals of WCL #T20 Inter-College Talent Hunt Tournament played at Roshanara Club, New Delhi today between the most deserving women cricket teams of JMC College & Gargi college was won by Jesus & Mary College (JMC) who beat Gargi college by 37 runs.
Jesus & Mary college (JMC) won the toss and elected to Bat.  Jesus & Mary college (JMC) scored 88 Runs losing 9 wickets in 20 overs. Gargi  College  were all out for 51 runs.

The Award Ceremony was graced by former India captain Bishan Singh Bedi,  ‘Dronacharya’ Cricket Awardee Sunita Sharma & other eminent Sports Personalities.
The winning trophy was awarded to the Captain and the team of JMC College by Shri. Bishan Singh Bedi, Former India Captain at the Award Ceremony held at Roshanara Club amongst all the Chief Guests, participating teams, Coaches, Umpires, eminent Sports Personalities.
Shri. Bishan Singh Bedi said “Women Cricket League is a very good beginning. They should keep supporting this earnest endeavour to promote women cricket in India. He gave his heartiest  wishes and blessings to women cricketers to do well Nationally & Internationally.”

Smt. Sunita Sharma said “The students are lucky to have the WCL #T20 Inter-College Talent Hunt Tournament. More such cricket tournaments in School & College level, State & City level should take place. There should be more job opportunities to encourage young girls to start taking sports (cricket) as their career option. Good sponsors should come forward to support women cricket in India.”
Speaking at the Award Ceremony, the enthused Mrs. Vandana Thakur, Managing Partner, WCL said “We are very happy that the first ever WCL #T20 Inter-College Talent Hunt Tournament was a mega success. Some very talented outstanding women Cricket players in the field of bowling, batting & fielding have been identified. These players have great potential to play at National & International level if given right training.”
WCL #T20 Inter-College Talent Hunt Tournament was played between six brilliant women teams from Gargi college, Lakshmibai college, Bharti College, KLM Dayanand college, Jesus & Mary college (JMC) and Kamla Nehru College (KNC) of Delhi University from 10th March, 2017 with finals on 24th March, 2017.

Gargi College reached finals by defeating Kamla Nehru college by 6 wickets in the Semifinal match and JMC college reached the finals by defeating Lakshmibai College with 99 Runs in Semifinals.

Although Gargi  college couldn’t win the finals, Ms Shweta Sharma  their fast bowler took the maximum no of wickets (11 wickets) in the tournament. Also Aarushi Goyal player of Jesus & Mary college (JMC) scored maximum runs (99 runs) in the tournament.
Speaking at the Award Ceremony, Mrs Pooja Sharma, Managing Partner, WCL said “We are getting good responses from women cricketers across India. It is time India has leagues like Women Big Bash Cricket League, Australia or Women’s Cricket Super League, London. We are more than optimistic that WCL will take Indian Women Cricket beyond boundaries and get them long due International name and fame they deserved.”
“The main aim of organising WCL’s #T20 Inter-College Talent Hunt Tournament which is first in the series of our activities was to scout the hidden talent to provide exposure and platform to promote Women Cricket in India. We are glad to complete the first initial phase of WCL effectively and plan to initiate the next phase soon to scout more budding talents from across India”Mrs. Vandana Thakur added.
Sharing future plan of Women Cricket League Mr Parul Jain said  “WCL will scout hidden talent from schools and colleges in small towns and cities in India by organizing similar WCL #T20 Talent Hunt Tournaments, international clubs and even non-cricket playing countries.”
The final teams will be declared on WCL’s website. The website is open to all aspiring woman cricketers for free registration.

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