Tuesday, June 20, 2017


CHINA, RUSSIA JOINT NAVAL DRILLS

China’s Defense Ministry said, it will stage joint naval drills with Russia this summer.
The ministry said on Sunday that in late July the exercises will take place in the Baltic Sea. In mid-to-late September, they will take place in the Sea of Japan and the Sea of Okhotsk.
State-run China Central Television reported that 3 military vessels, including a destroyer and a supply ship, left the southern island province of Hainan on Sunday.
The TV station added that the 3 ships are sailing for the Russian city of St. Petersburg, and elsewhere, and will take part in the drills in the Baltic Sea.
China and Russia have been conducting annual joint naval exercises since 2012.
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MOON JAE-IN APPOINTED A FEMALE FOREIGN MINISTER

South Korean President Moon Jae-in officially appointed a female diplomat, Kang Kyung-wha, as foreign minister on Sunday.
Kang served as a special advisor on policy to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres until last month.
Kang is South Korea’s first female foreign minister. She will help to prepare a summit with the US later this month, and deal with North Korean issues, including the country’s nuclear and missile development.
Addressing  national assembly hearing earlier this month, Kang said it is international practice to observe the 2015 agreement with Japan on the issue of those referred to as wartime comfort women.
However, she also suggested that Japan must take sincere measures that reach the hearts of those women, indicating that the content of the deal is insufficient.
Members of opposition parties opposed Kang’s appointment, pointing to allegations that she falsified her address to allow her daughter to transfer to another school, and under-reported the profit she made from selling property.
Moon dismissed the criticism, stressing that Kang’s capability is recognized by the international community, and the majority of people support her appointment.NHK
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NSD CELEBRATIONS OF 3RD INTERNATIONAL DAY OF YOGA

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3rd International day of Yoga will be celebrated on 21st June, 2017 at National School of Drama between 10.00 am & 11.30 am at Chahumukh hall. On this occasion, all faculty members, students, artists and staff of NSD will do Yoga exercise under the supervision of an Yoga Expert. The assemble time for the event will be at 9.30 am. 
 
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ATHER ENERGY HIRES CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER, DR. VENKATESH PADMANABHAN

Final Logo with ATHER


Bangalore, 20th June, 2017: Ather Energy, the smart electric two-wheeler start-up, today announced the new addition of Dr. Venkatesh Padmanabhan as the Chief Operating Officer. Fondly known as Venki, he will head supply chain, quality, manufacturing, and service delivery at Ather.
“For my 10 years in India, I have been wrestling with this singular question: can we, will we create world beating consumer hardware products and brands from scratch?  We are great in value engineering, local sourcing manufacturing and even at detail engineering of designs of others. But what about solving hairy consumer problems with our own design, and our own brand?” said Venki. “When I met Tarun, Swapnil and their team at Ather, it was like a lightning bolt hit me. They surely have great brand, design and engineering mojo and are in early stages of building detail engineering and manufacturing capability. I thought I had value to add to this exciting quest and I signed up.”
“Venki’s career has taken him to multiple countries and multiple automotive companies. He has a strong knowledge base of the operational requirements for an automotive company, specially two wheelers. His network and his experience in the industry is a valuable asset for a young company.” said Tarun Mehta, CEO, Ather Energy. “Ather is a young company, building on a new platform with a nascent to often non-existent vendor ecosystem. Venki’s exposure to vendors and manufacturing processes in India will prove a strategic advantage as we close in on the production of the S340.”
After 15 years at General Motors, in 2004 Dr. Padmanabhan joined Daimler Chrysler’s (DCX) Chrysler Division to support the integration of Lean Manufacturing in its diverse operations and later also worked at Mercedes Car Division. He was brought to India in 2007 as Managing Director of Chrysler’s first South East Asia Global Sourcing Centre in Chennai from where the company today sources close to $1B every year in automotive parts.
He joined Royal Enfield as Chief Operating Officer in 2008 and rose to the position of Chief Executive Officer in 2011. During this period, with two successful launches of the Classic and Thunderbird single cylinder UCE based motorcycles, the company saw a threefold increase in sales and twenty fold increase in profits. Royal Enfield now is a brand reborn and thriving in India and 45 other countries.
In 2013, Dr. Padmanabhan served as the MD & CEO of EICL (English Indian Clays Limited) to help recast a 75 year old $80M Kaolin Clay and Starch Producer into a modern innovation driven specialty chemicals company. He moved to Cyient in October 2015 to integrate its acquisition of Rangsons Electronics into extending the detail engineering offerings of its aerospace, defense, rail, medical and consumer business units into complete life cycle offerings.
About Ather Energy:
Ather Energy Pvt. Ltd. is an automobile design and manufacturing company founded in the year 2013 by IIT Madras graduates – Tarun Mehta and Swapnil Jain. Ather is committed to building smart, connected, uncompromising vehicles and seeks to reimagine urban commute with the help of technology. The company has so far received funding from Hero MotoCorp, Tiger Global and Flipkart founders Sachin and Binny Bansal. The team of about 200+ employees is currently developing an electric two-wheeler, which will be completely designed and made In India. They are presently in their stage of product testing and vendor finalization for their first product, the S340. Ather is also setting up a charging network with its own smart charging pods. These fast charging pods will be set up initially across its three market cities – Bangalore, Chennai & Pune.
For more information, please visit: www.atherenergy.com
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EDOUARD PHILIPPE ASKED TO FORM GOVERNMENT

French President Emmanuel Macron has re-appointed Edouard Philippe as prime minister after the weekend’s legislative run-off vote and asked him to form the next government by Wednesday.
Sources at Macron’s office said in Paris that Yesterday’s vote saw Macron’s centrist group, the Republic on the Move (REM), secure a massive victory in the National Assembly, giving him a mandate to pursue a pro-EU, business-friendly agenda.
On Sunday’s final round of the general elections, French President Emmanuel Macron has secured a clear majority in the parliament.
“Republic on the Move,” a new party Macron set up, won a majority with 308 seats in the 577-seat lower house. Macron’s strength will reach 350 seats, if combined with the seats won by his election partner, the centrist party.
The center-right Republicans won 113 seats. The center-left Socialists got 29 seats. That’s a sharp reduction from the numbers the once powerful parties enjoyed before the election. The far-right National Front took only 8 seats.
Macron’s “Republic on the Move,” and the centrist party fielded candidates in more than 500 constituencies. Half of the candidates were ordinary citizens with no political experience.
Macron, who has been short of support from established political forces, now has a power base with his party’s majority in parliament.
Prime Minister Edouard Philippe told reporters that the people have chosen hope over anger, and also trust over an inward-looking attitude. He added that one year ago, no one had imagined the politics would change so much.
The voter turnout in Sunday’s elections was the lowest-ever at about 42 percent, encouraging opposition parties to continue criticizing Macron’s administration. The new President may need to increase the public trust by trying hard to succeed in specific policy areas.
France’s defense minister Sylvie Goulard quit the government on Tuesday saying she did not want to be considered in the coming reshuffle because of the investigation overshadowing her party’s affairs in the European parliament. Goulard is a member of Modem, the centrist party that allied itself to President Emmanuel Macron’s party in the presidential and legislative elections, but which now faces an inquiry over the way it hired parliamentary assistants in the European parliament. “The honor of our armies, that of the men and women who serve… should not be mixed up with controversies that have nothing to do with them,” she said
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SC GRANTS SAHARA CHIEF MORE TIME

Supreme Court today granted Sahara Chief Subrata Roy more time to deposit around 710 crore rupees out of the promised 1,500 crore rupees and extended its interim order granting him bail till July 5 which is also the next date of hearing.
Senior counsel, Kapil Sibal, appearing for Subrata Roy told the apex court that the business conglomerate required more time to pay the rest of the amount of 709.82 crores rupees
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IT DEPT. ATTACHES ASSETS OF MISA BHARTI

Income Tax Department,  has provisionally attached few immovable properties in Misa Bharti benami land deal case.
The IT, on Monday, attached two assets in connection with its probe into Rs. one thousand crore benami land deals and tax evasion case allegedly involving family members of RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav.
Officials said in New Delhi, a house and a land in Delhi, have been attached after the department issued a provisional order under the Benami Transactions Act, 1988, that came into force on first November last year.
They said, the value of the attached properties could not be ascertained immediately.
The officials said that a few more such assets will soon be attached in the case.
Officials added that the department want to question record statements of Lalu Prasad’s MP daughter Misa Bharti and her husband Shailesh Kumar in connection with the case.
Both Bharti and her husband have skipped IT summons in the past.
Benami properties are those in which the real beneficiary is not the one in whose name the property has been purchased.
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SRIKANTH, NEHWAL TO LEAD AT AUSTRALIA SUPER SERIES

Newly-crowned Indonesia Open champion Kidambi Srikanth and title-holder Saina Nehwal will lead the Indian challenge at the Australia Super Series starting in Sydney tomorrow. Srikanth, who is in sizzling form, will start starts his campaign against a qualifier on Wednesday.
H S Prannoy will face Kazumasa Sakai of Japan in the qualifiers tomorrow. Among others, Syed Modi Grand Prix Gold winner Sameer Verma and Ajay Jayaram will also eye the title. All eyes will also be on B Sai Praneeth, who had clinched his maiden Super Series title at the Singapore Open in April. The 24-year-old, who bowed out in the opening round at Indonesia, will face Indonesian Tommy Sugiarto in first round.
For London bronze-medallist Saina and Rio silver-winner P V Sindhu, a tough challenge awaits the duo as they lock horns with the finalists of Indonesia Open — Runners-up Korean Sung Ji Hyun and Winner Sayaka Sato in their opening round.
In men’s doubles, Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy and in women’s doubles, Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy will vow for the title.
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12 BOYS FROM NBA ACADEMY INDIA TO BE A PART OF THE ASIA PACIFIC TEAM CAMP IN CHINA

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NUGGETS’ BEASLEY, NETS’ NICHOLSON, KINGS’ TEMPLE HEADLINE ASIA PACIFIC TEAM CAMP IN HANGZHOU, CHINA

– Fourth Asia Pacific Team Camp Presented by Nike Will Bring Together Top High School Age Boys and Girls from Australia, China, India, Korea and New Zealand –

– 12 Boys from NBA Academy India to be a Part of the Elite Camp –

BEIJING, June 15, 2017 – The National Basketball Association (NBA) today announced the 73 boys and girls from Australia, China, India, Korea and New Zealand who will travel to Hangzhou, China for the fourth Asia Pacific Team Camp Presented by Nike.  The camp for elite young basketball talent in the region will be held June 18-21 at Zhejiang Provincial Sports Vocational Technical Institute.
Current NBA players Malik Beasley (Denver Nuggets), Andrew Nicholson (Brooklyn Nets) and Garrett Temple (Sacramento Kings) will join former WNBA player Zheng Haixia (the first Chinese WNBA player); NBA assistant coaches Ryan Bowen (Denver Nuggets), Charles Klask (Detroit Pistons), Bob Thornton (Sacramento Kings); and FIBA coach Ronald Cass to coach the 17 and 18-year old campers, who were selected by their respective basketball federations.
“We are grateful for the continued support of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA), Zhejiang Provincial Sports Vocational Technical Institute and Nike to provide these elite young players with the opportunity to learn from some of the world’s best players and coaches,” said NBA China CEO David Shoemaker.  “We are once again looking forward to a great camp that will help these young players and reach their full potential and positively impact the local community.”
“The Asia Pacific Team Camp presented by Nike will provide the top young talent from Australia, China, India, Korea and New Zealand with the training and competition to take their game to the next level,” said Nike Asia Pacific Category Sports Marketing Director Goro Nakajima.  “Furthermore, the players will learn leadership, character development and life skills that will serve them well for future success.”
“We are very excited to partner with the NBA and Nike to provide this incredible opportunity for the top young talents to learn on and off the court from some of the best coaches, including China basketball legend Zheng Haixia,” said Zhejiang Provincial Sports Vocational Technical Institute President Zhang Yadong.  “We appreciate the NBA’s efforts to bring the camp to Hangzhou and to inspire our players in Zhejiang.”
Players and coaches will lead the campers through a variety of activities on and off the court, including movement efficiency, positional skill development, shooting and skills competitions, 5-on-5 games, and daily life skills seminars focusing on health, leadership and communication.  One boy and one girl will be named Asia Pacific Team Camp MVPs at the conclusion of the camp.
The camp will also include a variety of NBA Cares community outreach efforts with youth in Hangzhou in partnership with local community organizations.  These programs will highlight the power of sport to promote cultural understanding while teaching the importance of a healthy, active lifestyle and the values of the game, including teamwork, integrity and respect.
Nike, the Presenting Partner of the Asia Pacific Team Camp since 2011, will outfit the campers and coaches with Nike apparel and footwear.
2017 marks the fourth edition of the Asia Pacific Team Camp presented by Nike.  The camp has previously been held in Melbourne, Australia (2011) and Nanjing, China (2013 and 2015).
The following is a complete list of players participating in the fourth
Asia Pacific Team Camp presented by Nike:
BOYS ROSTER:
First Name
Last Name
Country
Robin
Banerjee
India
Vivek
Chauhan
India
Jagshaanbir
Jhawar
India
Sejin
Mathew
India
Shanmugam
Murugan
India
Riyanshu
Negi
India
Suraj
Pathak
India
Preshit
Pawar
India
Prashant
Rawat
India
Parth Sunil Kumar
Sharma
India
Princepal
Singh
India
Manoj Singh
Sisodiya
India
Cooper
Boyce-Towler
New Zealand
Max
de Geest
New Zealand
Iaac Tama
Faamausili
New Zealand
Tom
Higgins
New Zealand
James
Moors
New Zealand
Matthew
O’Connell
New Zealand
Oscar
Oswald
New Zealand
Kruz
Perrott-Hunt
New Zealand
Oscar
Robertson
New Zealand
Cameron
Trethewey
New Zealand
Minsuk
Cha
South Korea
Heehyun
Jung
South Korea
Doeun
Kim
South Korea
Hyeongjun
Kim
South Korea
Jaewoon
Kim
South Korea
Doowon
Lee
South Korea
Hyunjung
Lee
South Korea
Minchae
Park
South Korea
Sechan
Seomoon
South Korea
Joonsuk
Yeo
South Korea
Callum
Beard
Australia
Hayden
Blankley
Australia
Callum
Dalton
Australia
Sam
Froling
Australia
Hunter
Goodrick
Australia
Chol
Guet
Australia
Josh
Kunen Gatbel
Australia
Keli
Leaupepe
Australia
Sean
MacDonald
Australia
Kody
Stattman
Australia
Shiao
Gao
China
Borun
Li
China
Lutong
Li
China
Wenhao
Li
China
Yansong
Sun
China
Jijun
Wang
China
Shouqing
Wang
China
Yangzhi
Wang
China
Ke
Xu
China
Yiming
Zhao
China





GIRLS ROSTER:
First Name
Last Name
Country
Ke
Hu
China
Xinyu
Mao
China
Yilun
Bao
China
Keying
Mao
China
Jieying
Yang
China
Mengqin
Luo
China
Xiaohui
Mao
China
Miaohang
Duan
China
Jiaxin
Luo
China
Weijie
Guo
China
Leyan
Zhu
China
Dandan
Zhu
China
Jianan
Chen
China
Yunke
Xu
China
Shuhan
Cao
China
Huitian
Wu
China
Xiaoyu
Sun
China
Ning
Li
China
Leyi
Wang
China
Yutong
Liu
China
Juefei
Wu
China


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US REVIEWS ITS AID TO CURB RADICALS

President Donald Trump’s administration appears ready to harden its approach toward Pakistan to crack down on Pakistan-based militants launching attacks in neighbouring Afghanistan, US officials tell Reuters.
Potential Trump administration responses being discussed include expanding US drone strikes, redirecting or withholding some aid to Pakistan and perhaps eventually downgrading Pakistan’s status as a major non-NATO ally, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Some US officials, however, are skeptical of the prospects for success, arguing that years of previous US efforts to curb Pakistan’s support for militant groups have failed, and that already strengthening US ties to India, Pakistan’s arch-enemy, undermine chances of a breakthrough with Islamabad.
US officials say they seek greater cooperation with Pakistan, not a rupture in ties, once the administration finishes a regional review of the strategy guiding the 16-year-old war in Afghanistan.
Precise actions have yet to be decided.
Pakistan as per their media reports has received more than $33 billion in US assistance since 2002, including more than $14 billion in so-called Coalition Support Funds (CSF), a US Defense Department programme to reimburse allies that have incurred costs in supporting counter-insurgency operations.
It is an important form of foreign currency for the nuclear-armed country and one that is getting particularly close scrutiny during the Trump administration review.
Last year, the Pentagon decided not to pay Pakistan $300 million in CSF funding after then-US Secretary of Defense Ash Carter declined to sign authorisation that Pakistan was taking adequate action against the Haqqani network.
US officials said the Trump administration was discussing withholding at least some assistance to Pakistan.
Curtis’ report also singled out the aid as a target.
But US aid cuts could cede even more influence to China, which already has committed nearly $60 billion in investments in Pakistan.
Another option under review is broadening a drone campaign to penetrate deeper into Pakistan to target Haqqani fighters and other militants blamed for attacks in Afghanistan, US officials and a Pakistan expert said.
“Now the Americans (will be) saying, you aren’t taking out our enemies, so therefore we are taking them out ourselves,” the Pakistan expert, who declined to be identified, said.
Pakistan’s Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Bajwa last week criticised “unilateral actions” such as drone strikes as “counterproductive and against (the) spirit of ongoing cooperation and intelligence sharing being diligently undertaken by Pakistan”.
Regarding Pakistan as an ally of  US the experts has their opinions :
Nuclear-armed Pakistan won the status as a major non-NATO ally in 2004 from the George Bush administration, in what was at the time seen in part as recognition of its importance in the US battle against al Qaeda and Taliban insurgents.
The status is mainly symbolic, allowing limited benefits such as giving Pakistan faster access to surplus US military hardware.
Some US officials and experts on the region scoff at the title.
“Pakistan is not an ally. It’s not North Korea or Iran. But it’s not an ally,” said Bruce Riedel, a Pakistan expert at the Brookings Institution.
But yanking the title would be seen by Pakistan as a major blow.
“The Pakistanis would take that very seriously because it would be a slap at their honour,” said a former US official, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Lisa Curtis, senior director for South and Central Asia at the National Security Council, co-authored a report with Husain Haqqani, Pakistan’s former ambassador to Washington, in which they recommended the Trump administration warn Pakistan the status could be revoked in six months.
“Thinking of Pakistan as an ally will continue to create problems for the next administration as it did for the last one,” said the February report.
It was unclear how seriously the Trump administration was considering the proposal.
The growing danger to Afghanistan from suspected Pakistan-based militants was underscored by a devastating May 31 truck bomb that killed more than 80 people and wounded 460 in Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul.
Afghanistan’s main intelligence agency said the attack – one of the deadliest in memory in Kabul – had been carried out by the Haqqani network with assistance from Pakistan, a charge Islamabad denies.
Washington believes the strikes appeared to be the work of the Haqqani network, US officials told Reuters.
US frustration over the Haqqani’s presence in Pakistan has been building for years. The United States designated the Haqqani network as a terrorist organisation in 2012. US Navy Admiral Mike Mullen, then the top US military officer, told Congress in 2011 that the Haqqani network was a “veritable arm” of the ISI.
The potential US pivot to a more assertive approach would be sharply different than the approach taken at the start of the Obama administration, when US officials sought to court Pakistani leaders, including then army chief General Ashfaq Kayani.
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CRICKETING SNIPPETS,COACH ANIL KUMBLE RESIGNS

Coach Anil Kumble resigns
Team  India cricket team coach Anil Kumble has reportedly stepped down after losing to arch rivals Pakistan in Champions Trophy 2017 final by 180 runs margin.
Kumble  is also a part of ICC’s cricket committee, has reportedly sent his resignation to BCCI CEO.
Virat Kohli named in ICC Team of Champions Trophy 2017
Three Indians, including skipper Virat Kohli, were today named in the ICC Team of the Champions Trophy 2017. Pakistan’s Sarfraz Ahmed named its captain. The side includes seven players from the two finalists – India and Pakistan.
All in all, it includes players from five
of the eight participating sides. The side includes four Pakistanis, three Indians, three Englishmen and one Bangladeshi, with Kane Williamson of New Zealand as 12th man.
West Indies annouces 13-member squad
West Indies have named an unchanged 13-member squad, which played against Afghanistan recently, for the first two ODIs of the upcoming five-match series against India.
The hosts will be without their premier fast bowler Shannon Gabriel as he is still rehabilitating from an injury. The team will be led by paceman Jason Holder.
It is an important series for the ninth-ranked West Indies as only top eight teams in the ICC rankings will get direct entry into the 2019 World Cup.
If they do not perform well and get points, they will have to go through the qualifiers to make it to the World Cup.
India are the world number three side in ODIs and they come into this series after a runner-up finish at the Champions Trophy.
The first ODI will be played on Friday in Trinidad and Tobago. The 5-match ODI series will be followed by a Twenty-20 match.
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DR S JAIN: SCRAP THE MINORITY COMMISSION

Scrap the Minority Commission or else form a Majority CommissionDr. Surendra Jain
Minority commission spreading Separatism

New Delhi June 20, 2017. The Chairman of the National Commission for Minorities, Syed Ghayorul Hasan Rizvi by implementing the agenda of the separatists, is strengthening the feelings of separatism in the Muslim community, says Vishwa Hindu Parishad(VHP). While informing about the decision to start a helpline number for Muslims, he said that Muslims could give a call on this number in case any atrocity is being committed against them. Reacting to this statement, the international joint General secretary of VHP Dr. Surendra Jain today said that this makes one feel that the atrocities against the Muslim community has reached such proportions that the extreme step of opening a helpline for the Muslims had to be taken up.
Dr. Jain said that Pakistan and the separatists have been using this exact analogy to justify their anti-India activities. Now they got one more man to advocate their cause. The events unfolding in the entire world proves the point that the amount of rights that the Muslims in Bharat enjoying cannot be matched by even the Muslims of the Islamic states. Despite this, the jihadi elements foment enmity by creating dissatisfaction among the Muslims. The Minority Commission too is only fomenting the same feelings of dissatisfaction by its work thereby strengthening minoritism and separatism, he added.

The Hon. Supreme Court in a ruling had expected that the Minority Commission would put an end to this anti-national practice of minoritism. Instead, while opening a helpline number, it has encouraged the feelings of disintegration among the community.  He asked that the nation wants to know from the Minority Commission if the Muslim community is the one against whom atrocities have been committed or is it the other way round, is the Muslim community the perpetrator of atrocities? The Minority Commission must issue an elaborate statement on this. He challenged the Minority Commission for an open debate on the issue.

It is important to note that while the Chairman of the Minority Commission was busy announcing the decision to open a helpline, about the same time, Muslim goons were busy molesting and harassing Hindu girls in Muslim-dominated district of Bijnor in Uttar Pradesh. When they were stopped, their gang attacked the Hindus. Such incidents are commonplace in Muslim-dominated areas. When India lost to Pakistan in the finals of the Champions Trophy in cricket, Pakistani flags were waved all over the Kashmir valley, Bengal and other places dominating Muslims, and Hindus were attacked. The Minority Commission by portraying the perpetrators of atrocities as victims is encouraging the Mughal-mindset and tendency of the Muslims. This happens only in Pakistan where the Muslims who kill Hindus are rewarded. Is Minority Commission moving towards turning India into Pakistan? , he asked.

Dr. Jain also asked that as the very genesis of a Minority Commission is an encouragement to separatism, isn’t the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) more than enough to safeguard the rights of all the citizens of the nation? He demanded that the NHRC should be empowered and the Minority Commission should be scrapped. If this is not possible then a National Majority Commission should also be established to protect the rights of the majority, whose rights are being abused. The Minority Commission made unnecessary comments on cow-slaughter but remained silent on beef parties. This has certainly hurts Hindu sentiments.

Issued by
Vinod Bansal
National Spokesperson-VHP
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RUCHI SOYA: YOGA A PART OF ‘WORKING DAY’ ON INTERNATIONAL YOGA DAY

Ruchi Soya announces first-of-its-kind corporate initiative to make Yoga a part of ‘Working Day’ on International Yoga Day
Ruchi ‘Saral Yoga’ Abhiyaan to integrate daily yoga sessions for employees into corporate routine

June 20, 2017, New Delhi / National: On the occasion of International Yoga Day, Ruchi Soya Industries Ltd. will launch a pioneering initiative, the Ruchi ‘Saral Yoga’ Abhiyaan to integrate yoga in the corporate routine through daily yoga sessions for all employees. Ruchi ‘Saral Yoga’ Abhiyaan will be rolled out in over 15 locations covering around 4000 employees across the country.  Under this initiative, employees will be trained and encouraged to practice ‘saral’ or simple yoga techniques, thereby playing a positive role in their health, fitness and overall well-being.
The initiative will kick off from the Corporate Office in Mumbai with around 200 employees taking part in a special yoga session, along with Mr. Dinesh Shahra, Founder and Managing Director, Ruchi Soya Industries Limited and Yogacharya  Mahavir Sainik, the mentor and guide for this programme.
In a message to employees about the Ruchi Saral Yoga’ Abhiyaan endeavor, Mr. Dinesh Shahra elaborated “The Ministry of AYUSH has been asking corporates to introduce a yoga programme for employees to combat work related stress and resulting ailments. I have been practicing yoga for 25 years and it has helped me immensely. I have always wanted to share this with my extended Ruchi Soya family.Today, we are glad to be the first corporate to undertake the Ruchi ‘Saral Yoga’ Abhiyaan as part of our endeavour to ensure a mentally, spiritually and physically healthy workforce. The ancient science of yoga is practiced worldwide in a variety of settings and helps in maintaining overall health. It is beneficial in reducing fatigue, depression, anxiety and mental tension. This will help the employees perform better and benefit both the individual as well as the organisation. With Ruchi Soya’s products focusing on health and wellness, this effort will help imbibe the essence of our products into our employees’ daily lives.”
Mentor and guide for this yoga initiative, Yogacharya Mahavir Sainik has been teaching Yoga since 1973 after initiation into the practice at the Yoga Institute in Santa Cruz, Mumbai, one of the oldest yoga institutions in the country. The author of two books  ‘Yoga Amrut’ and ‘Saral Yog Prayog’, his prime objective has always been to help people channelize the power of yoga for better decision making, reducing stress and promoting a disciplined routine and lifestyle. Yogacharya said, “Yoga in the workplace has mutliple benefits. Besides contributing to the overall health of the employees, practicing yoga together acts as a bond helping employees work better together. It helps employees cope with pressure at work and improves their on-job performance. The yoga sessions will be designed for the workplace and in tune with the age, fitness and health profiles of the employees.”
All the offices where the Ruchi ‘Saral Yoga’ Abhiyaan is being implemented will be equipped with dedicated yoga rooms with yoga mats and other amenities to enable the employees to practice yoga. In-house yoga experts would be identified and trained in various aspects of traditional yoga including basic asanas, pranayama, concentration and meditation techniques. Periodic yoga workshops would also be held to guide employees on specific yoga techniques for conditions like high blood pressure, rheumatism, backache, etc. Going forward, the Ruchi ‘Saral Yoga’ Abhiyaan will be extended to benefit families of the employees.
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CAPTAIN AMARINDER SINGH ANNOUNCES CROP LOAN WAIVER FOR 10.25 LAKH FARMERS

Chief Minister of Punjab Captain Amarinder Singh on 19th June, 2017 announced total waiver of entire crop loans for small and marginal farmers in Punjab . The loan waiver will be for up to Rs 2 lakh for small and marginal farmers (up to 5 acres) and a flat Rs 2 lakh relief for all the other marginal farmers, irrespective of their loan amount, thus paving the way for eventual total waiver of agricultural debts.
This move would benefit a total of 10.25 lakh farmers of the state’s 18.5 lakh farming families, including 8.75 lakh farmers having land up to 5 acres. The initiative would provide double the relief announced by the states of Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra . The decision is based on the interim report of an expert group, headed by eminent economist Dr. T Haque, which was tasked with suggesting ways and means to help the state’s distressed farming community.
The government stood by its commitment to waive off the crop loans of the farmers, Hon’ble Chief Minister also said that his government had additionally decided to take over the outstanding crop loan from institutional sources of all the families of farmers who committed suicide in the state.
It has also decided to raise the ex-gratia for families of farmers committing suicide to Rs 5 lakh from the existing Rs 3 lakh. For debt relief to farmers for loans raised from non-institutional resources, the government has decided to review the ‘Punjab Settlement of Agriculture Indebtedness Act’ to provide the desired relief to the farmers through mutually acceptable debt reconciliation and settlement, which shall be statutorily binding on both the parties, the lender and the borrower. The government has already constituted a Cabinet Sub-Committee to review this Act.
The Hon’ble Chief Minister also proposed that the Speaker may constitute a 5-member committee of the Vidhan Sabha to visit families of the suicide victims, ascertain the reasons for suicides and suggest further steps to be taken to check the menace. He also mentioned that his government had already decided to repeal Section 67 A of the Punjab Cooperative Societies Act, 1961, which provides for auction (kurki) of the farmers’ land.
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