Friday, April 14, 2017

“VELVET PAINTINGS-WALL TAPESTRIES” BY NOEMI SZEREDI AMBRUS,

Dear Friends,
We are pleased to invite you to a unique textile exhibition titled “Velvet Paintings-Wall Tapestries” by Noemi Szeredi Ambrus, textile artist from Hungary. The exhibition will be inaugurated by Mr. SK Jha, Direc”Veltor, Crafts Museum, Delhi on Tuesday, 18th April 2017 at 6 pm at 1/A Janpath.
Please find under the invite for the same.
With kind regards,
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HARLEEN AHLUWALIA
Senior PR & Marketing Officer

ANAND KUMAR AS BSP VICE-PRESIDENT

Bahujan Samaj Party Supremo Mayawati today appointed her brother Anand Kumar as the party-Vice President. The official announcement regarding this was made during a party function held on the occasion of birth anniversary of BR Ambedkar in Lucknow.
He has not even been a primary member of the BSP but has been empowered by the party chief to carry out party activities in her absence. Our correspondent reports that Sri Kumar has been facing an Income-Tax and Enforcement Directorate inquiry for his alleged links with bogus companies.
Mr Kumar has been appointed on the new post on condition that he will never become MP, MLA or CM.

“POWER FOR ALL’ IN UP

Uttar Pradesh government and the Centre signed an Memorandum of Understanding for the ‘Power for All’ scheme in Lucknow today. The aim of this scheme is to provide 24-hour quality electric power supply in the state by October 2018 and electric connection to every house and agriculture field by 2019.
The agreement was inked in presence of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Union Minister of State for Power Piyush Goyal and UP Power Minster Shrikant Sharma.
This agreement aims to ensure that consumers get quality electricity at an affordable price.
Our correspondent reports that all other States barring UP have already signed this agreement with the Centre.

IS SYRIA CRISIS TO ESCALATE?

The Russia-US memorandum on preventing air incidents over Syria has not been officially resumed, but an exchange of information continues, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said on Friday. “The exchange of information… continues, but officially we are not announcing that the effect of this document has been resumed,” TASS quoted him as saying. “The volume of information exchange is determined, as I understand, depending on the situation,” he added. Russia suspended the memorandum after the US delivered a missile strike on the Shayrat military airfield in Syria on April 7.
Russia, Syria and Iran have strongly warned the United States against launching new strikes on Syria. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, along with his Iranian and Syrian counterparts at a trilateral meeting in Moscow today denounced last week’s U.S. attack on Syria.
They warned that any further such action would entail grave consequences not only for regional but global security.
The Syrian Government and rebel groups have begun an operation to move people away from four besieged towns. People from the north-western towns of Foah and Kefraya are being taken to government-held areas near Aleppo. Evacuees from rebel-held Madaya, near Damascus, have been bussed to Idlib province. Syrian government and opposition forces began a coordinated population swap Friday of about 10,000 people from four towns besieged for years. About 5,000 people were evacuated on 75 buses from two pro-government towns in northern Syria to the nearby city of Aleppo, said Abdul Hakim Baghdadi, who helped negotiate the arrangement. The predominantly Shiite Foua and Kfraya have remained loyal to the Syrian government while the surrounding Idlib province has come under hard-line Sunni, rebel rule. Near the capital of Damascus, some 60 buses carrying 2,350 opposition fighters, activists and their families departed from two opposition-held towns in the direction of Idlib, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitoring group and Syrian state media
Last month, the UN described the situation in the four towns as catastrophic, with more than 64,000 civilians trapped in a cycle of daily violence and deprivation. Many people are reported to have died as a result of shortages of food or medicine.

US GENERAL: ‘MOTHER OF ALL BOMBS’ IN AFGHANISTAN PURELY TACTICAL

Afghan officials today said the US military’s largest non- nuclear bomb killed at least 36 militants and destroyed deep tunnel complex of the Islamic State group. It has ruled out any civilian casualties.
The top US military commander in Afghanistan said on Friday his decision to deploy one of the largest conventional bombs used in combat was done in communication with officials in Washington and was a purely tactical decision. “This was the right weapon for the right target,” General John Nicholson told reporters at a news conference in Kabul. The 9,797-kg GBU-43 bomb was dropped from an MC-130 aircraft in the Achin district of the eastern province of Nangarhar bordering Pakistan against a network of tunnels that Afghan and US officials said was being used by militants linked to Islamic State. Afghan officials said 36 fighters loyal to IS were killed.

ROUHANI TO RUN FOR RE-ELECTION


Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, the driving force behind a 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, registered on Friday to run for re-election next month, state television footage showed. The politically moderate cleric faces a tougher than expected battle for a second term on May 19 as criticism mounts over the continued stagnation of the economy. Rouhani, 68, appeared in the afternoon at the Interior Ministry, where registration to stand for the election runs until Saturday. The conservative opposition remains divided, but attention has lately focused on hardline cleric Ebrahim Raisi, 56, who runs the powerful Imam Reza charitable foundation.

THE SUMMER REBELLION ON INDIA TOUR

The Summer Rebellion on India Tour
14th – 21st April 2017
Delhi, Goa, Pune, Bengaluru
Programme
The French Embassy and Institut français India are supporting the pan-India tour of the Canadian-French rock band with the enigmatic name ‘The Summer Rebellion’.

This tour – co-organised in partnership with Spedidam and the Alliance Française network -introduces audiences in India combines French rock with the most unexpected instrument: an accordion. French accordionist Arthur Bacon presents this special kind of rock with Canadian singer and drummer David Koczij. Inspired by cabarets, this album mixes “Strength and Beauty”, hence, the title of their new album in a musical collaboration that is fresh and surprising.
The Summer Rebellion: 2017 India Tour
Venues:
Delhi: 14th April, Piano Man Jazz Club
Goa: 16th April, The 248 collective
Pune : 19th April, Poona Music Society
Bengaluru : 21st April, AF Auditorium

Formed in Brussels, in April 2012, David Koczij (Vox, Drums) and Arthur Bacon (Accordion) became The Summer Rebellion. In their first year, they played concerts in France, Germany and Belgium. They make music that is poignant and accessible, thunderous and emotional.

Following the success of their first music video, “From a Great Height”, and the recent filming of their second “One Sextillionth of a Second Thought”, they have been working hard, planning the next one.
Institut français India (IFI) organises events that highlight French cultural partnerships in India and fosters cultural exchange between France and India. From training needs to promotion, IFI supports cooperation in domains of visual arts, performing arts, design and architecture to establish durable connections in these high growth sectors in the country.

6TH EDITION OF HERO MTB SHIMLA TO FLAG OFF ON APRIL 15,

India’s Most Popular MTB Race is Back

6th Edition of Hero MTB Shimla to flag off on April 15, giving an adrenaline-rush to mountain biking community in India

Top names in mountain biking descend on Shimla to pedal the race this year

Talented Indian rides to rub shoulders with the best in the world

Shimla, April 2017: Top-notch bikers from across India and the globe are coming together yet again for the 6th edition of the Hero MTB Shimla, one of India’s most prestigious and highly anticipated mountain biking races that kicks off on April 15th.
This year, for the first time in the history of Hero MTB Shimla, riders will be able to contend in a team of two category; besides previously existing categories which included open men solo, open women solo, student category, and masters solo. With the introduction of new category, Indian riders will get an exposure to riding in race formats followed by international races like BikeTransalp, demonstrating teamwork and other skills.
Set in a background that calls out to adventure lovers, mountain bikers, as well as nature lovers, this race will take the riders through some of the most pristine parts of the Shivalik Mountains, also known as the lesser Himalayas. What sets this year’s Hero MTB apart is not just the new hilly and adventurous track, but also participation of myriad of enthusiastic riders who are the role models for the sports-loving community audience, taking the most-anticipated mountain bike race of the year to new heights of glory altogether!
Hero Cycles and Himalayan Adventure Sports & Tourism Promotion (HASTPA) today unveiled the roadmap of the 2-day marathon type MTB race covering a whopping 120 km and a total elevation gain of 2500-3500 m.  The cross-country adventure race will take place along different types of tracks including off-road, broken tarmac, rocks, sands, mud, streams, tarmac, and moving along wildlife sanctuaries, Himalayan countryside, streams, rivulets, village backroads, beautiful meadows, and so on.
At the opening ceremony of the 2-day adventure-packed extravaganza aimed to promote holistic adventure tourism in Himachal Pradesh, visible excitement was seen among the participants who pledged to take the love of mountain biking to the next level.
“Mountain biking as a sport is gaining rapid popularity in India, and events like Hero MTB Shimla have played a vital role in popularizing this sport. It is one of the toughest sports in terms of the need for endurance and skill, and requires a lot of mental and physical strength as well as training. Hero Cycles’ association with mountain biking sport is not limited only to events such as MTB Shimla or MTB Himalayas; our association is more deep rooted in the fact that we are working at encouraging youngsters to take up the sports professionally by nurturing young talent, training and grooming them to participate in national and international cycling events. This reflects our commitment to contribute to the growth of this sport in India,” said Mr. Pankaj Munjal, Chairman and Managing Director, Hero Cycles Pvt. Ltd.
“It is a proud moment for us to witness Mountain Biking and Hero MTB Shimla growing so much. This time we have introduced the City Championship to further foster the MTB culture in India. It gives riders an additional impetus to achieve more,” said Mohit Sood, President, HASTPA.
The City Championship continues to be a much anticipated part of the event. Notably, the 6thedition of the race will offer more challenges and competition in various categories with professional bikers from cities like Gurgaon, Manali, Jaipur, Bangalore, and Chandigarh taking part. Last year Shimla was crowned at the champion city, and out of the 9 contenders, boys from Shimla claimed the trophy with Devender winning the open men solo and Akshit winning the student category.
Hero MTB Shimla 2016 had established itself to become a hunt to handpick the best MTB city of India.
The Hero-HASTPA Collaboration & the Hero Action Team
Hero Cycles, the world’s largest integrated cycle manufacturer, partnered with HASTPA in 2014 to bring about a change in the mountain biking scenario in India.  Hero MTB Himalaya and Hero MTB Shimla are the result of this collaboration.
The Hero and HASTPA association has provided a platform for promoting and nurturing young talent in mountain biking with the establishment of school level programmes and mountain biking training academies. This partnership has also seen the rise of the Hero Action Team, India’s first professionally managed mountain biking team. The team has 8 riders – Ankush Arya (Captain), Gurman Reen, Sanchit Sood, Devendar Thakur, Sarah Appelt, Akshit Gaur, Akash Sherpa and Shiven Sharma. These young turks have been earning a reputation for themselves as the rising stars of India in the mountain biking world.
Route details for 6th Hero MTB Shimla 2017
Day-1 Route
Shimla – Sadhupul – Chail – Sadhupul
Day-2 Route
Sadhupul – Junaidghat – Koti – Chini Bungalow – Kufri – Shimla

Highest Point:
2650m at Chini Bungalow
About Hero cycles:
Incorporated in 1956, Hero Cycles Limited is the largest bicycle manufacturer by volume in the world. The company has a manufacturing capacity of 7.5 million bicycles per year, with its units in Ludhiana (Punjab), Bihta (Bihar) & Ghaziabad (UP). It has a highly integrated plant in Ludhiana which produces 19,000 bicycles every day. It also manufactures automotive rims and various other precision-engineered auto components.

Hero Cycles posted a turnover of around Rs 3000 crores during the financial year 2014-15 with a production of around 5.5 million cycles. It is the leader in both the standard and specialist bicycle segments in India, with an overall market share of about 41 per cent. Hero Cycles has been aggressively driving growth by clocking a robust 11% growth in the Indian market.

With its recent announcement of entry in the European market and acquisition of Firefox in India and Avocet Sports in UK, Hero Cycles aims to grow by Rs 8000 crore by 2018. The company has also recently acquired a majority stake in Sri Lanka’s leading bicycle manufacturer BSH Ventures, further boosting its manufacturing capacity

In December 2015, Hero Cycles registered a phenomenal sale of over 6 lakh units, making it the highest one month sale in the history of the bicycle industry by any cycle company in India. Riding on strong sales in rural and semi urban areas, and strong growth in the premium cycles segment, the company witnessed 20% growth in month on month sales in December 2015.

With state-of-the-art infrastructure and the most modern machinery, the company entered the premium bicycle segment with the launch of its new brand, UT Edge, in February 2012. A wide distribution network with over 3000 dealers and the favourable location of its plants near its vendors, supports its operations, and facilitates the competitive pricing of its bicycles. Hero Cycles also exports to various countries in the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Europe.

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SACHIN TENDULKAR LAUNCHES TRAILER OF ‘SACHIN – A BILLION DREAMS’


Sachin_Tendulkar_with_Producer_Ravi_Bhagchandka_and_Director_James_Erskine__Shrikan_Bhasi_-_Carnival_373036National: April 13, 2017: It was an occasion to revisit memories as cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar launched the trailer of ‘Sachin – A Billion Dreams’ in Mumbai today. The crowded auditorium in Juhu, Mumbai was witness to the love that the master blaster commands as the audience cheered and applauded after the first screening of the trailer. Also present at the launch were the director, James Erskine who had flown down from the UK specially to attend the trailer launch. The producer Ravi Bhagchandka of 200NotOut, and Shrikant Bhasi, Founder and Chairman of Carnival Group also shared the dias with Sachin Tendulkar and James Erskine after the screening of the trailer.

The chants of ‘Sachin, Sachin… Sachin, Sachin!’ from the trailer were still echoing in their ears as the MC Vikram Sathaye called the cricket legend to the dias to speak about the trailer and the upcoming film. As Sachin settled down to answer questions, he was joined by the director James Erskine, and producers, Ravi Bhagchandka, Shrikant Bhasi and Anil Thadani.

Answering the questions from the media, Sachin Tendulkar said, “This film has helped me relive the important moments of my life through its making! I remain a private person but realised that there is much I have not revealed or spoken about, to those who have been instrumental to my life and career, especially my fans. I hope the film will be yet another avenue for fans who have showered their love and blessings on me, to cherish the journey that we undertook together for over 24 years.”

Ravi Bhagchandka, the producer said, “Making this movie has been my pilgrimage! I personally am a huge fan of Sachin and it was Sachin who was my inspiration when I used to play cricket. My company’s name, 200NOTOUT is also dedicated to his highest score in ODIs. Sachin is dearly loved by all Indians as well by cricket fans all around the world. He has been an idol for three generations of cricket fans and continues to inspire! This film will give his fans who have watched his cricketing feats on the television screen, the opportunity to see Sachin on the big movie screen!”

The trailer gave the eager audience a hint of what the film has in store for Sachin’s fans. With glimpses of key scenes from the film showing moments of cricketing glory, personal moments, unseen footage from the dressing room and much more, the film promises to be every Sachin fan’s dream come true.

James Erskine, award-winning director of a number of international films on sports, took the audience through the making of the film. He said, “Directing the film was a wonderful experience! Coming from the UK, I knew that Sachin was a cricketing legend but even then, it was an eye-opener to see the adoration and respect that Sachin commands across the globe. Scripting his journey for the big screen involved interacting with Sachin, his family, his teammates as well as players from rival teams and others. Sachin is both gracious, and a perfectionist, and being able to make this film for the Indian people and many more across the globe was a true honour.”

Dr Shrikant Bhasi, Founder and Chairman, Carnival Group and co-producer of the film said, “We are glad and extremely proud to be a part of India’s first sports flim, and we are confident on the success of project Sachin: A Billion Dream. I’ve always been keen to the idea of bringing the marvel of Sachin on the silver screen with the legend itself making his big debut. Carnival Cinemas will make sure that the movie reaches audience all across the country across all strata, as Sachin is a phenomenon everywhere.” He further adds, “Carnival Motion Pictures intends to begin its innings in mainline content generation and distribution, with this being an amazing start. There are many more interesting projects in pipeline that we will announce soon in the next few weeks.”

Following the launch, Sachin Tendulkar also had an exclusive screening of the trailer on Extraaa Innings T20 on Sony Max.

CHECHNYA IS ROUNDING UP GAY PEOPLE

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Chechnya is rounding up gay people and taking them to torture camps, and it’s as horrific as it sounds. Men are being electrocuted, tortured until they reveal names of other gay people, and beaten so badly that some have died.
Targeting gay people and dragging them into camps is like something the Nazis would do. It’s both terribly upsetting and infuriating, but there’s a plan to stop it.
Avaaz will amplify the call of brave local activists in the media and use our massive global outcry to force an end to the crackdown. Sign the petition below with one click and tell everyone – let’s get to one million:
To President Putin and all Russian authorities:
As concerned citizens from around the world, we strongly urge you to stop the crackdown on gay people in Chechnya, and to uphold the values of justice and tolerance.
It’s almost too horrific to believe, but Chechnya has long been controlled by a brutal human rights abuser, backed by Russia. When asked about the torture camps, his officials denied the existence of gay people at all. Saying: “If such people existed in Chechnya, law enforcement would not have to worry about them, as their own relatives would have sent them to where they could never return.”
And now the well respected International Crisis Group has confirmed reports from people who’ve escaped from the camps, and they’re releasing the information to get global attention.
So let’s use this moment and build a massive outcry that puts Russia, Chechnya and their barbaric practices to shame. Join the call by clicking below, then forward this widely:
So much of what’s happening in the world right now feels out of our control. But each day we have a choice — either sit back and watch the horror unfold, or do something about it. Together, let’s choose action, love and unity, and let’s channel it towards the terrified families in Chechnya who risk losing a loved one.
With hope and determination,
Rewan, Emma, Fatima, Sarah and the entire Avaaz team
More information:
Gay Men Are Being Rounded Up And Killed In Chechnya: Report (Huffington Post)
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/chechen-gays-arrested-killed-reports-say_us_58e12a65e4b0b3918c843db6
Gay men go missing in Chechnya, reports say (CNN)
http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/04/europe/chechnya-gay-men-reported-missing/
Chechnya opens world’s first concentration camp for homosexuals (Daily Mail)
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4397118/Chechnya-opens-concentration-camp-homosexuals.html

THE TALK THE BOOK BLOOD RED RIVER

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CPR Land Rights Initiative is pleased to invite you to a talk on
Development Conflicts We Know Nothing of
Thursday, 20 April 2017, 3:00 p.m.
Rohit Prasad
Conference Hall, Centre for Policy Research
Image: Book Cover
This talk is based on the book Blood Red River published in June 2016 by Hachette. It interrogates the typical narrative of development conflict, that of a rapacious industry that is unwilling to share the gains of development with people affected by projects and, instead, prone to paying off politicians, bureaucrats and police officers to achieve ‘compliance’ with the law of the land on land acquisition and environment. While many conflicts observed by the speaker fit the narrative, he argues that there are two important relationships that run contrary to this narrative of development conflict. One is the nature of the conflict between members of the development elite – industrialists who stand to gain from industrialization. These industrialists, driven by their egos, business imperatives, and even family feuds, target their fellow industrialists with methods foul and fair. They often adopt the violent methods of insurgents while at the same time laying the blame on them. Such operations are usually outsourced to contractors who are also backed by pliant politicians, bureaucrats and members of the police force.
The second conflict is between global and national elites. This is a more subtle conflict that is carried out through a series of actions of bodies like the Federal Reserve of the USA, the IMF, and the World Bank, that protect the recession prone economies of the advanced economies through activities like monetary expansion, without considering the possible consequences on the emerging economies. This leads to the national elite getting tethered to the rise and ebb of the global commodities cycle, making them appear visionary and blundering in turn, without any real cause for either opinion. 
Further, many dichotomies of development are in fact, spurious. One of these dichotomies relates to the conflict between the welfare of the poor and the protection of the environment – forests, rivers, and wildlife. Many people feel outraged that environmentalists want to protect the environment against industrialization. ‘Think of the many poor people who could benefit,’ they argue. However, the day to day life of  adivasis (dalits and other lower castes) described in the book shows that the adivasi spends half their working day on the field and half in the forest foraging for fruits, fodder and wood. Therefore, the depletion of the environment directly takes away half their livelihoods. The acquisition of agricultural land takes away the other half. Moreover, the increasing capital intensity of mining and industrial production, overall, results in there being nothing to substitute the loss of livelihood. The speaker will posit potential solutions to these problems both at the level of national and international policy making. These solutions will highlight structural aspects of the world economy that offer hope for inclusive development. 
Rohit Prasad is Professor of Economics at MDI Gurgaon. He has a Ph.D. in Economic Theory from SUNY Stony Brook, USA where he was taught Game Theory by the Nobel Laureate Professor Robert Aumann. His thesis written under the supervision of Pradeep Dubey, leading professor at SUNY-Stony Brook, provides a framework to address questions related to the optimal fiscal and monetary policy choices of a government in a free market. After his Ph.D. he worked in the software industry in USA and India in senior management positions before joining MDI Gurgaon. His last position was Vice President at Xansa, then a USD 700 million firm. His research interests include the economics of ICT¸ and sustainable development. His papers have been published at leading international journals including Telecommunications Policy and Netnomics. He writes a fortnightly column based on game theory called ‘Game Sutra’ in the Mint.  His book, The Dynamics of Spectrum Management co-authored with Dr. V. Sridhar was published by the Oxford University Press in 2014. He is the author of a popular book on entrepreneurship, Startup Sutra and a travelogue that explores development conflict in India, Blood Red River, both published by Hachette. He recently served on a high powered committee of the Department of Telecommunications, Government of India to make recommendations on spectrum allocation and pricing in India, and on two Expert Panels for the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, to study the value of 2G spectrum. He has provided expert testimony for a major telecom operator on spectrum related judicial proceedings.

EKTA KAPOOR HEADING DIGITAL, LAUNCHED ‘ALT BALAJI APPLICATION’ IN DELHI


The daily soap queen and film producer Ekta Kapoor finally geared up for the digital world by launching the ‘ALT Balaji Application’ out here in Delhi. As it’s known that Ekta is the Joint Managing Director and Creative Director of Balaji Telefilms, her production company.
Along with Ekta, the very well known peeps of b’town were also the part of the launch, such as, Rajkumar Rao, Nimrat Kaur, Nagesh Kukunoor, with nations most popular television couple, Ram Kapoor and Sakshi Tanwar. Apart from them the team of Balaji house were also there to grace the event, including Sameer Nair(Group CEO), Nachiket Pantvaidya(CEO ALT  Digital), Manav Sethi(CMO ALT Balaji).
While asking Ekta about her experience for the same, she stated, “As a producer last year we didn’t had a good experience, so we decided to come up with something, so here we are. This is the very first time I am shooting for shorter episodes, there will be series less than 20 episodes, which will definetly explore sone never seen before stuff.
On the other hand, Ram and Sakshi seemed confident, for their upcoming series ‘Karle tub hi mohabbat’, as per Sakshi, “we are confident about the show because we have same audience like before, it was our destiny we got so much of hype in the past.” Ram said,”I personally feel safe and confident to be with Ekta, as well the same audience we have, so I am not worried about the show.”
Asking about Nimrat’s role in ‘The test case’, she said, ”It was really like nothing else I worked before, yes I went through with hard task and it was a great time for being the part of the physical training I been through to portray as an army officer.”
For the trending technology perspective nowadays, Rajkumar Rao shared his own thoughts, he said, “Ekta’s vision for this series is really high. In comparison with technology medium cinema will always be there, but technology have its own audience, people will go through with both. As I personally prefer technology and go for cinemas too.
Well, the app launched by Ekta Kapoor, ‘ALT Balaji Application’ marks her ambitious platform into the digital domain, and it’s going to showcase original, exclusive and never seen before content.

ANURA ROHANA’S 67 CATAPULTS HIM TO JOINT FIRST, HARENDRA GUPTA HANGS IN FOR A SHARE OF THE LEAD


Kochi, April 14, 2017: While overnight leader Harendra Gupta of Chandigarh hung on to the lead with a quiet 72 on day three, he was joined at the top by Sri Lankan Anura Rohana who carded a splendid 67 that catapulted him four places from his overnight tied fifth position. The duo was two shots clear of the rest at nine-under-207.

The chasing pack featured Delhi’s Honey Baisoya, who followed up his second round 67 with an equally impressive 68 on Friday, and Mukesh Kumar of Mhow, the 2015 champion, who returned a 71 in round three. Baisoya and Mukesh shared third place at seven-under-209.

The seasoned Anura Rohana (70-70-67), lying tied fifth at the halfway stage, bridged the gap of five shots between himself and the leader with his awesome five-under-67 in the third round. The 43-year-old from Colombo, keen to end his two and a half year title drought, made some long birdie conversions on the fifth and sixth which were neutralized by bogeys on the seventh and ninth.

However, his round took flight on the back-nine. Anura first birdied the 10th from 10 feet and then followed that up with an incredible run of birdies on the last four holes. He struck it well on the 15th and 16th, to pick up strokes on both the par-5s and move to three-under for the day. The three-time winner on the PGTI finally ended the day in a blaze of glory with two more birdie conversions from eight to 10 feet on the 17th and 18th.

Rohana said, “The low score came just at the right time for me. I’ve been feeling good about my putting since the event in Chittagong earlier this month where I finished in the top-5. Today I converted five birdie putts from a range of eight to 15 feet. My approach shots were also quite accurate. I kept landing them close to set up birdie putts.

“I hold the record for the lowest score at this course, an eight-under-64, which I shot during the 2015 PGTI Cochin Masters. I’ve had that at the back of my mind all week. I know I can shoot low scores here and that has been encouraging me to play well.

“I kept missing birdie putts from within 10 feet from the 11th to the 14th but I didn’t let that affect me as I came back well with a fantastic run of four successive birdies at the end. It’s now going to be a fascinating contest with Harendra who came from behind to beat me in Pune exactly one year back.”

Harendra Gupta (70-65-72) was looking good when he moved to two-under for the day after a brilliant bunker shot on the sixth that left him a tap-in birdie. But a wrong club selection that resulted in a bogey on the seventh changed the course of his round. Gupta, the overnight leader by three, could not conjure any more birdies from there on. In fact, he went on to drop another shot on the 14th.

Harendra said, “My driving and tee shots were not as good compared to the second round. I found the hazard a couple of times today. I feel the bogey on the seventh took away the momentum from me as I kept thinking about it through the round.

“However, I’m still very much in contention and a score of four to five-under in the final round would give me a good chance of winning.”

Three-time winner Honey Baisoya produced a flawless 68 to move up from overnight 11th to tied third. He was joined by veteran Mukesh Kumar in joint third. Mukesh had four birdies, a bogey and a double-bogey during his round of 71 on Friday.

Delhi-based Shivendra Singh Sisodia (73) was in fifth place at five-under-211.

Rookie golfer Tapendra Ghai of Gurgaon produced the day’s best score of five-under-66 to be placed tied ninth at two-under-214.

Defending champion Feroz Ali Mollah (73) of Kolkata closed round three in tied 23rd place at one-over-217.

DONATED FIFTY SEWING MACHINES

Title: The Loomba Foundation - Description: On International Widows Day 2017, at its 20th anniversary celebrations in London, The Loomba Foundation will launch a project to empower widows all over India
The Loomba Foundation Donates Sewing Machines to Punjab-based Cordia Group of Educational Institutes on the occasion of Baisakhi
New Delhi, April 13, 2017: On the auspicious occasion of Baisakhi, the festival of prosperity and new beginnings, The Loomba Foundation, a global NGO accredited with the United Nations under DPI and ECOSOC, has donated fifty sewing machines to Cordia Group of Educational Institutes, situated in Sanghol in Fatehgarh Sahib, Punjab. These sewing machines will be used for vocational training of the students at the institute.
Committed to the education of rural youth and rural transformation, the Cordia Group is a life-time vision of UK-based NRI, Rt. Hon. Lord Diljit Rana, a Member of the House of Lords. The educational complex was inaugurated in 2005 by former President of India, visionary scientist and teacher, Late Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam.
“I am overwhelmed to see the deep commitment of the Indian diaspora to contribute back to its motherland and raise the quality of education and skills in the country. Through Cordia Group, my dear friend Lord Diljit Rana is democratizing superior global education among the rural youth and is imparting vocational skills that ensure their financial inclusion through dignified livelihoods”, said Lord Raj Loomba CBE, Founder and Chairman-Trustee of The Loomba Foundation, adding that, “This aligns with the vision of The Loomba Foundation and I hope that our partnership will inspire youth to take actions for upliftment of poor widows. I also hope that this Baisakhi will usher in a new beginning with India’s youth joining our cause and create a whole movement for giving widows their rightful place in the society.”
Talking about his vision to transform the lives of rural youth, Rt. Hon. Lord Diljit Rana, Chairman of Cordia Group of Educational Institutes, said, “I am grateful to The Loomba Foundation, and especially Lord Loomba, who agreed to donate fifty sewing machines to our educational institute. What started off as a casual conversation has transformed into a beautiful partnership that harnesses our synergies in providing skills training to the rural youth at Cordia and to the poor widows at The Loomba Foundation. In every moment, we have the opportunity to create a new possibility, and I have deep respect for Lord Loomba for his untiring efforts over the last two decades to make widow empowerment a global clarion call.”
The Loomba Foundation has been working for the welfare of poor widows around the world. On 23 June, 2017, at its 20th anniversary celebrations event and the International Widows Day, The Loomba Foundation will launch an ambitious program to provide skills training to 30,000 widows all over India. The Loomba Foundation has already provided skills training to over 15,000 impoverished widows in nine states across India supported by several Indian and global leaders, including 5000 widows in Punjab (launched by the then Chief Minister of Punjab), 5000 widows in Varanasi (launched by India’s Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi), 2600 widows in and around Vrindavan (launched by the British High Commissioner), and 1000 widows and women inmates in 19 district jails of Haryana (launched by Haryana’s Cabinet Minister). The Loomba Foundation has also funded three projects for UN Women in India, Malawi and Guatemala; supported a community based project in South Africa for 1500 HIV orphans in partnership with Sir Richard Branson’s charity, Virgin Unite; empowered young widows in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Syria, Kenya and Uganda in association with HRH Prince Charles’ charity, Youth Business International; and has supported 300 genocide widows in Rwanda by setting up a community based project through OXFAM (GB), which is supporting over 8000 family members. The Loomba Foundation has sponsored five-year-long education scholarships for more than 10,000 children of poor widows and has supported more than 60,000 of their family members across 29 states in India. In addition, it is currently educating about 1600 children of poor widows in 13 states of India including Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Jammu & Kashmir, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Telangana and Uttarakhand.
The Foundation successfully campaigned for the declaration of International Widows’ Day by the United Nations, which takes place on 23rd June every year around the world.
The Cordia Group of Educational Institutes provides education in the fields of Arts & Humanities, Computer Applications, Science, Commerce & Business Management, Hotel & Tourism Management, Education & Skill Development programs. In addition to this, students and faculty are provided with opportunities for international exposure as well. With The Loomba Foundation donating sewing machines, the institute will also be launching a new vocational training program in tailoring and garment stitching.

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ALT BALAJI IS ONLINE APP:NEXTGEN

ALT Balaji is online App  is entertainment at nextGen  level   with growing smart phone in the country which are fastest and top on chart of smart phone users. Brand  Balaji to put content for people to enjoy nearly three doz serial in the newly oriented channel in Hindi and other regional languages but not in English for an audience growing on internet and Smart phone next-level  online channel to be in vogue for next gen and demographic is key. Balaji taking giant step with its brand in TV serials is good news.
Balaji step is to make their brand  along with leading entertainment channel is seen an intelligent move in business sector .Press briefing with lot of fanfare is organised today 13 th April 2017 with most of TV Star cast working in these online serials were present.
Ekta Kapoor household name  an envious for many of her competitors for her eve- oriented serial which are watched with immense interest by evefolk at Super time which has made dinner the lonely one among men folks.  Ekta is discussed with  lot of praise among women due to her serials carrying various emotions , family business strategy . Ekta name being popular in serial and abundantly the leader in this format of entertainment has initiated next level audience which are in hybrid state but account 40 percent of 1.25 billions thus massive pathways for entertainment.The Content of Ekta serial s are mostly debatable but with vast canvass presently with masses and classes the serial online give her action for benefiting age groups of 10yr to 90 yrs thus  give her baton to in phony actions.

GOVERNMENT APPROVES INCREASE OIL PALM AREA AND PRODUCTION IN INDIA

Ruchi Soya’s views on Union Cabinet approving measures to increase Oil Palm area and Production in India
·        “Visionary move puts India on the path to self-reliance in Edible Oils and ensuring Food Security.” – Dinesh Shahra 
·        “To encourage Farmers to take up Oil Palm Cultivation on a larger scale.” – Dinesh Shahra

New Delhi, April 13, 2017: In light of the latest round of measures announced by the Government to promote and encourage oil palm cultivation, Mr. Dinesh Shahra, Managing Director, Ruchi Soya Industries Ltd., Indias largest agri-foods company, welcomed this historic and path-breaking initiative of the Government led by the Honble Prime Minister Narendra Modi ji.

Commenting on the new policy, Mr. Dinesh Shahra, Managing Director, Ruchi Soya stated, “We applaud and welcome this visionary move by the Modi Government to put India on the path to self-reliance in Edible Oils and ensuring Food Security. These far-sighted steps will have benefits across the board that will unfold in the coming years. The Governments drive to make India a self-reliant agri producer and a zero net importer of oil is now on course. Ruchi Soya is leading the palm oil sector cultivation in the country and faces immense pressure from importers of cheap oil. We intrinsically believe in ‘Make in India” and this shot in the arm for Indian oil companies demonstrates the Governments belief and confidence in Indian agri-food companies. It is now for the Indian agri-companies to rise up to the occasion and boost oil palm cultivation on a war footing to fight the demand-supply gap that is leading to net imports. The move will also encourage farmers to take up oil palm cultivation on a larger scale.” 

The multiple measures announced include relaxation of land ceiling limits, revision of norms of assistance in order to increase area under oil palm cultivation and production of palm oil, and are aimed at attracting corporate bodies to this sector to boost domestic output and cut import. The total production of edible oil in the country is about 9 million tonnes while domestic demand is around 25 million tonnes. The gap between demand and supply is being met through imports, which amounted to Rs 68,000 crore in 2015-16. Palm oil contributes 70 per cent of vegetable oil import and is one of the cheapest oil due to high yield per hectare.



The Union Cabinet also announced relaxation of land ceiling for oil palm cultivation under the National Mission on Oilseeds and Oil Palm (NMOOP). This will attract corporate investment in oil palm plantations as they will be able to access the NMOOP support even with plantations over 25 hectares.

The Cabinet also revised norms for assistance under Mini Mission-II of NMOOP. It has approved revision in the norms of assistance mainly for planting materials, maintenance cost, inter-cropping cost and bore-well to make oil palm plantations attractive.

With NMOOP presently implemented in 12 states across the country, there is immense potential to extend oil palm plantation to the other states. I can assure you that Ruchi Soya will be at the forefront of this drive and NMOOPs aims to bring an additional area of 1.25 lakh hectare under oil palm cultivation in the near future, added Dinesh Shahra.

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KEJRIWAL ASKED TO REIMBURSE RS. 97CR TO DELHI GOVERNMENT

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Chief, Arvind Kejriwal, has been directed to repay the Rs. 97cr spent by his party for promotional advertisements.
The Directorate of Information and Publicity (DIP) noticed the issue after the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi, Anil Baijal, cited that the expenditure violates Supreme Court guidelines.
Kejriwal has to pay Rs. 97cr within 30 days, but Rs. 42 crore immediately.

GERMANY: BORUSSIA DORTMUND FOOTBALL TEAM BUS HIT

Germany, three explosions have hit a bus carrying the Borussia Dortmund football team to their home Champions League quarter-final match against Monaco.
The head of Dortmund police said it was a targeted attack on the team. Spanish player Marc Bartra underwent an operation after breaking a bone in his wrist.
No other players were hurt. The state prosecutor said a letter found near the scene was being examined as part of the investigation. The match was postponed until today.

NEPAL GOVT PRESENTS NEW CONSTITUTION AMENDMENT BILL

Nepal government has presented a new constitution amendment bill.
The bill was registered at the parliament secretariat by the Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Ministry on Tuesday. The bill aims to address some of the key demands raised by United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF). Madhesi leaders are demanding more representation and re-demarcation of provincial boundaries ahead of local polls.
Though new bill does not propose any change in the boundary of provinces but it has provision to form a federal commission to look into the issue. Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has expressed hope that bill would be passed with consensus. The new bill is likely to be tabled in the Parliament on 20th April.
Earlier in the day Nepal government had withdrawn the second Constitution Amendment Bill which was presented in the Parliament in November 2016

BRAZIL JUDGE:CORRUPTION PROBE OF TEMER’S CABINET

A Supreme Court justice dealt President Michel Temer and Brazil’s political elite a heavy blow on Tuesday by ordering investigations into eight cabinet ministers and dozens of lawmakers allegedly linked to the country’s biggest corruption scandal.
The list of names under investigation released by Justice Edson Fachin read like a Who’s Who of Brazilian politics, tarnishing past statesmen and potential presidential candidates alike.
The list, whose contents had been subject to furious speculation and a number of leaks, became public when Fachin lifted the seal on plea bargain testimony from 77 employees of construction company Odebrecht, which has admitted paying millions of dollars in bribes.
In Sao Paulo, residents banged pots and pans in protest against political corruption, while in the capital Brasilia, deputies left a session in the lower house earlier in the day as news of the list began to break.
The investigation into eight ministers, or nearly a third of the president’s cabinet, poses a serious threat to Temer’s efforts to pass austerity reforms that he says are needed to regain investor confidence and lift the economy out of its worst recession on record.
Temer’s office declined to comment.
“More than having eight ministers on the list, the biggest problem for the government is seeing its whole political nucleus there,” said Danilo Gennari, partner with Brasilia-based consultancy Distrito Relações Governamentais, referring to the implication of key government allies.
Among that core is Temer’s chief of staff Eliseu Padilha, an experienced politician considered key in negotiations with Congress to pass the administration’s crucial pension reform.
Padilha said he will defend himself in court.

PAKISTAN ARMY ACT GIVE KULBHUSHAN JADHAV’S DEATH SENTENCE

Sushma Swaraj has cautioned Pakistan of “consequences” if it proceeds with the death sentence of  Kulbhushan Jadhav.
Swaraj, speaking in the parliament on Jadhav’s death sentence, said India would go to any extent to “save” Jadhav, who she termed a “son of India”.
“I would caution the Pakistan government to consider the consequences for our bilateral relationship if they proceed on this matter,” she said, as quoted by Indian media.
The external affairs minister labelled the charges against Jadhav as “concocted” and claimed there was no evidence of wrongdoing by him.
On Monday, Pakistan sentenced Kulbhushan Jadhav to death for carrying out espionage and sabotage activities in Balochistan and Karachi. Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa confirmed the death sentence awarded by the Field General Court Martial under the Pakistan Army Act.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has accused Pakistan of attempting a pre-planned murder of former Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav and asserted India will do whatever it takes to ensure his release. He was speaking at the Lokmat Maharashtrian of the Year Awards in Mumbai last night.
Mr. Singh said that Jadhav is not a spy and should be released. He went out of India for business. Pakistan agencies kidnapped him. He was carrying an Indian passport. The Home Minister asserted if needed government will take the issue to international platform. Singh maintained India won’t hesitate to take strong steps to secure Jadhav’s release.
Jadhav was reportedly arrested on March 3 last year by Pakistan security officials allegedly in Balochistan which. He was sentenced to death by a military court in a secret trial and the Pakistan’s army chief has approved his execution.
Army veterans today protested outside the Pakistan High Commission over Kulbhushan Jadhav death sentence by Pakistan Military court. The Ex-Naval officer Jadhav was abducted by Pakistan intelligence agency from Iran and later he was charged with spying against Islamabad.

MEHBOOBA MUFTI CALLS ON PM MODI Posted on  April 24, 2017 Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Mehbooba Mufti today called on Prime Mi...