Thursday, July 6, 2017


Mr AK Joti has taken over as Chief Election Commissioner of India. He succeeds Nasim Zaidi, who retired yesterday.
Mr Joti will continue as the Chief Election Commissioner till the 17th of January next year. Speaking on the occassion Mr. Joti underlined his priorities as Chief of the poll panel.
64-year-old Mr Joti had joined the three-member poll panel as an Election Commissioner in May, 2015. He is a 1975-batch IAS officer who retired as the Gujarat Chief secretary in January, 2013.
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  • The Indian women’s basketball team opened its William Jones campaign earlier today with a 52-75 loss to New Zealand.
  • The top performers for the Indian team were captain Anitha Paul Durai with 15 points, and R Rajapriyadharshini with 8 rebounds, while Micaela Cocks led New Zealand with 21 points.
  • Next up, the Indian women play Japan on Thursday, 6th July at 1500 hrs CST (1230 IST).

Bengaluru, 5th July 2017:  The Indian women’s basketball team has begun its 39th William Jones Cup International Basketball Tournament campaign with a 52-75 loss to New Zealand. The Indian women, seeking valuable exposure before the FIBA Women’s Asia Cup later this month, were hoping for a positive start. But their opponents, the “Tall Ferns” raced to a 9 point lead at the first quarter, and extended it to 16 points by half time.

The New Zealanders were led by the scoring of Micaela Cocks with 21 points, supported by Chevannah Paalvast and Jillian Harmon who dropped 15 and 11 points respectively. The “Tall Ferns” lived up to their moniker, out-rebounding the Indian team 43-31.

In contrast, the Indian women shot 42% from the field, and will definitely look to improve from beyond the arc (6/21) and the free throw line (2/7). This being their first competitive outing in months, the Indian women’s 24 turnovers can be overlooked, provided they to do a better job of protecting the ball in coming matches. The top performers for the Indian team were captain Anitha Paul Durai with 15 points, and R Rajapriyadharshini with 8 rebounds, while veteran shooting guard Raspreet Sidhu chipped in with 11.

Next up, the Indian women play Japan on 6th July at 1500 hrs CST (1230 IST).

New Zealand (Micaela Cocks 21 pts, Chevannah Paalvast 15 pts, Jillian Harmon 11 pts) bt India (Anitha Paul Durai 15 pts, Raspreet Sidhu 11 pts, R Rajapriyadharshini 8 reb) 75–52 [24 – 15, 18 – 11, 13 – 9, 20 – 17]

About the William Jones Cup

The William Jones Cup is a basketball tournament that has been held annually in Taipei since 1977. The tournament was named in honor of Renato William Jones, who was one of the founders of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA). One team represents each country, and that team could be the national team, a professional club, or a college team. The tournament will be played in a single round-robin format, and the final points tally will determine the placing of the teams. This is the 39th edition of the tournament, and all games are being played at the Changhua Gymnasium, Changhua County, Chinese Taipei. Last year, the South Korean team took the gold in the women’s tournament, while Japan and Chinese Taipei A finished second and third respectively.

Official Tournament website:

About Basketball Federation of India

The Basketball Federation of India or BFI is the governing and controlling body of basketball in India, and is responsible for the development and promotion of the sport at all levels. BFI has been involved in conducting camps, clinics, events, and training sessions at its academies for the development of basketball. BFI came into being in 1935 and took complete control over Indian basketball in 1950. Prior to that time, the Indian Olympic Association handled the conduct of Indian basketball championships. Since 1950, the BFI has been conducting various such championships, from the grassroots to senior team participation in international tournaments. In addition, the BFI has been responsible for the establishment of strong sub-junior and junior level programs. The BFI has to its credit produced several international players of repute, among them 17 have been bestowed with the honour of Arjuna Awards. Earlier in June 2015, 19-year-old Satnam Singh Bhamara made history by becoming the first Indian national to be drafted by an NBA team, when he was selected by the Dallas Mavericks. More information at
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CPR is pleased to invite you to a talk on
Place-based Preferential Tax Policy and its Spatial Effects: Evidence from India’s Program on Industrially Backward Districts
Yi Jiang, Rana Hasan
Friday, 14 July 2017, 3:30 p.m.
Conference Hall, Centre for Policy Research
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Indian government initiated a program in 1994 to promote manufacturing in districts designated “backwards”. The way the backwards districts were identified enables us to employ a regression discontinuity design to evaluate the impacts of the program. We find that the program’s 5-year tax exemption to manufacturers led to a significant increase in firm entry and employment in relatively better-off backward districts, particularly in light manufacturing industries. However, the program also resulted in negative spillover effects on districts which were neighbouring these backward districts and relatively weaker in economic activity. The findings emphasise that the spatial effects of place-based policies deserve greater attention from policy makers.
Yi Jiang is a senior economist at the Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department of the Asian Development Bank. His research focuses on topics in public, development, urban, and environmental economics. Yi holds a PhD degree in economics from the University of Maryland, College Park, a Master’s degree in statistics from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and a Bachelor’s degree in finance and economics from Zhejiang University, China.
Rana Hasan is the Director of the Development Economics and Indicators Division at the Asian Development Bank’s Economic Research and Regional Coordination Department. His research has focused on understanding how market-oriented economic reforms affect labour market outcomes and industrial performance, and analyses of poverty and inequality in the Asia-Pacific region. He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Maryland and a Masters’ degree in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi.
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6th July, 2017
Analysis of Funds Collected and Expenditure Incurred by Political Parties in the 5 State Assembly Elections, 2016
(Assam, Kerala, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu & West Bengal)
For the Executive summary in HINDI and for details of expenditure incurred onPUBLICITY and TRAVEL at the central and State level by National and Regional parties, please refer to the attached documents.
·         Political parties are required to submit a statement of election expenditure to the Election Commission within 75 days of completion of Assembly Elections.
·         The expenditure statement contains details of the total amount received as funds in the form of cash, cheques and demand drafts and the total amount spent under various heads.
·         The expenditure statement contains information on the amount spent on the following heads at the state, district and constituency levels by the party: Publicity; Travel expenses; Other expenses & Expenditure towards candidates.
·         Political parties submit these statements providing information of funds collected and spent between announcement and completion of elections. This period could be between 3 weeks to 3 months based on the notification issued by the Election Commission.
·         This report analyses the funds received and expenditure incurred by recognised political parties, during the five state Assembly elections of Assam, Kerala, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal, held in 2016.
 Funds Collected and Expenditure Incurred: National and Regional Parties
·         Total funds collected by the National Parties during the five state Assembly Elections held in 2016 was Rs 287.89 cr and total expenditure incurred by the National Parties was Rs 188.12 cr.
·         Of the 25 regional parties which contested in the five state assembly elections, NPP, JDS, RSP, KCM, DMDK, RJD, JKNPP, AJSU and JMM have not submitted their election expenditure statements for at least one Assembly election that they contested.
·         Based on the details provided, the Regional Parties collected a total of Rs 67.22 cr and incurred an expenditure of Rs 213.97 cr.
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State-wise total funds collected
·         The election expenditure reports of political parties contain information on the funds collected at the Central Headquarters of the party as well as at the state level.
·         The National and Regional parties collected a total of Rs 190.23 cr at the Central level, in cash and by cheque. This constituted 53.57% of the total funds collected at the Central and State levels.
·         Among the state units, the political parties collected the maximum amount of Rs 84.30 cr from West Bengal which formed 23.74% of the total funds collected at the state and central levels.
·         The most preferred mode of collected was by cheque where the parties collected Rs 197.32 crwhich formed 55.57% of the total funds collected at the state and central levels.
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State-wise expenditure incurred
·         Out of total expenditure of Rs 402.09 cr, 75.32% or Rs 302.86 cr was spent by cheque while the National and Regional parties, together, had left Rs 75.93 cr ‘remaining unpaid’ which formed 18.88% of the total expenditure.
·         Similar to fund collection, the Central headquarters of the National and Regional parties spent the maximum (Rs 217.64 cr) and the second highest amount was declared by the Tamil Nadu state units(Rs 79 cr) followed by West Bengal state units (Rs 57.76 cr) and Kerala state units (Rs 31.01 cr).
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Expenditure incurred by National and Regional Parties under various heads
·         Political parties declare their expenditure under the heads of Publicity, Travel Expenses, Other/ Miscellaneous expenses and Lumpsum amount paid to their contesting candidates.
·         The National Parties spent a total of Rs 137.46 cr on Publicity while the Regional Parties declared a total of Rs 119.33 cr under the same head.
·         While National Parties spent Rs 51.04 cr on Travel expenses, the Regional Parties incurred Rs 23.46 cr under the same head.
·         The maximum difference in expenditure between National and regional parties was on the amount the parties had given to their contesting candidates. While National Parties declared giving Rs 151.65 cr to their candidates for election expenditure, the regional parties spent only Rs 60.89 cr on their candidates.
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For details of expenditure incurred on PUBLICITY and TRAVEL at the central and State level by National and Regional parties, please refer to the complete report attached herewith.
Contact Details
State Coordinators

Mr.Tasaduk Ariful Hussain
+91 361 2338-888


Mr.Joseph Victor Raj
Tamil Nadu

Dr. Sudarsan Padmanabhan
+91-44 2257-426
West Bengal

Mr.Biplab Halim
+91-33 2483-6491
+91-33 2472-5571

National Election Watch (NEW) & Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR)
Media and Journalist Helpline

+91 80103 94248
Maj Gen Anil Verma (Retd)
Head – NEW & ADR

+91 8826479910
Prof Jagdeep Chhokar
IIM Ahmedabad (Retd)

Founder Member- NEW & ADR

Prof Trilochan Sastry
IIM Bangalore

Founder Member – NEW & ADR

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Bienvenue en France 2017
Pre-Departure Orientation Session and Scholarship Award Ceremony in New Delhi.
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A full session was organised for the orientation of students to study France  under their scheme  of Bienvenue en France 2017,  Embassy of France In New Delhi India on Wednesday  5th July 2017 organised ornamentation for Indian students . In this orientation session more than six speaker spoke on the subjects of documentation from Visa to accommodation with ID proofs in details for three hours.
Thereafter hour long question answer  session  was also organised in which students nearly 250 present in big hall contributed to their trifles and matters of lodging travelling which were explained by the experts in very persuasive manner.
The entire students orientation programme was under the presence of the Consular who spent the whole session in the surveillance, managing  his experts and students in patronizing the family  member watch in which the parents of the students were present. They were watching their dear ones leaving under the stewardship of very responsible and methodical peoples and experts in their fields.
The parents thus expressed sigh of relief of their kith and kin undergoing rigorous orientation before departure to France to study.
 Ambassador of France in New Delhi gave scholarship to the forty students.
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Preliminary Earthquake Report
  • 6 Jul 2017 08:03:58 UTC
  • 6 Jul 2017 16:03:58 near epicenter
  • 6 Jul 2017 12:03:58 standard time in your timezone
Location11.114N 124.633E
Depth6 km
  • 3.2 km (2.0 mi) NNE of Masarayao, Philippines
  • 12.3 km (7.6 mi) NNE of Ormoc, Philippines
  • 21.0 km (13.0 mi) SSW of Carigara, Philippines
  • 28.1 km (17.4 mi) ENE of Palompon, Philippines
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Swara Bhaskar 
Mumbai, India

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