Tuesday, July 11, 2017


Lipstick under My Burkha: a specimen of the pulsating spirit of rebellion women

The movie Lipstick under My Burkha, produced by Prakash Jha and directed by Alankrita Shrivastava is a call for gender equality from our so called society. But what will happen when women protest and fight for what they want? Well, this question can best be answered through the movie Lipstick under My Burkha.
Ekta Kapoor on being asked about the reactions and censor said, “The fight is much bigger. Censor board just stops the film but the ideology we are talking about is to be combat at various levels by various women. I am sure that it is entertaining enough that everyone can go to the theaters and have a blast. So it’s not about the censor board but the subtle biased behavior that we encounter every day.” She further added, “The movie is so amazing that I feel that 11 awards is just a start and it will be a pity if women of our country, who this movie is based on don’t get to watch it. And take all men along because they need to watch it more.”
Prakash Jha on being asked about the film said, “People say nothing will be changed even after we make such films because men are like that only and we can’t change them but at least we can talk and make them realize that what they are doing is wrong, and we should not stop banging the doors of the society and keep talking about such issues.” On being asked about the title he said, “Burkha is a symbol of restrictions and lipstick is an urge to be free. So burkha is our society and lipstick is the dream and aspiration of women.”
Ratna Pathak without being diplomatic said, “I know there are things that we don’t openly talk about like generation gap, depression, etc. Because of this I think there is an uneven development in our society. Some people are still stuck in the struggle of acceptance. It’s not easy when you are financially dependent and have no real say in day to day matters and are not really welcomed wholeheartedly in the society and there are a lot of girls who face such things including me but I Neva got stopped because of it.” Adding on to it she said, “I think India is in a definite need of sex education and this film can help a lot in it.”
Konkona Sen on being asked about the uniqueness of film said, “I think this film will pass with flying colors as it is an exception. I feel things do not change instantly and takes time but slowly I am hoping to see some. Ideologically it is revolutionary. Not because of the sexual content or it being so explicit that we have never seen it before but because we have never seen it from this side and perspective. We know things cannot happen overnight. We have waited a long time and we can wait for some more.”
Through the medium of these four lovable and quirky women, the film calls for your attention to shut the stereotypical mind-set. Featured by Balaji Motion Pictures the movie is slated to release on 21 July 2017.
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The Industrial Investment & Employment Promotion Policy of Uttar Pradesh 2017 is set to inherent the strengths of the state while developing new ones and tackling its underlying weaknesses considering the economic dynamics. The policy will aim to create a framework to stabilize and make existing industries more competitive as well as attract new international and national investments in the industrial sector.
v The aims of the policy are –
1. Create a framework for industrial growth that empowers people and create jobs, thus leading to a ripple effect in the economy.
2. Create a roadmap in the State for improving its ability to attract and facilitate business.
3. Provide a reference point for intra-governmental and public-private coordination of policies, laws and principles of economic development.
4. Stimulate institutional learning that comprises state-industry interactions.
v Vision of the Policy –
The vision of the Industrial Investment & Employment Promotion Policy of Uttar Pradesh 2017 is to establish Uttar Pradesh as a national and international competitive investment destination, thereby generating employment and igniting sustainable, inclusive and balanced economic growth of the state.
v Mission of the policy-
1. Increase capital investments in the state
2. Provide quality infrastructure for industries to flourish
3. Promote ease of doing business to create business friendly environment
4. Generate maximum direct and indirect employment and self-employment opportunities for both skilled and unskilled workforce Skill the workforce of the state to ensure employability and empowerment.
5. Provide pro-active support to micro, small and medium enterprises.
6. Promote the spirit of innovation and incentivize entrepreneurship among youth.
7. Ensure balanced, sustainable and inclusive economic development.
8. Ensure effective implementation of the policy.
v Ease of doing business –
This policy is aims at creating business friendly environment in the State by ensuring simplification of procedures, timely clearances benchmarked with the best and responsive facilitation services.
1. Simplification of procedures
2. Time bound clearances
3. Single Window Clearance
4. Ease for Commercial activities in the state
5. Industrial Security
6. State Investment Promotion Board (SIPB)
v Make in Uttar Pradesh –
As a strategy to usher industrial growth in Uttar Pradesh and capitalize on the positive global sentiments generated by the progress of Make in India campaign, the Government of Uttar Pradesh will embrace this landmark initiative and strive to implement it in letter and spirit by launching a comprehensive program of ‘Make in UP’. In lines with the ‘Make in India ’ program, the ‘Make in UP’ program will adopt a strategy that inspires, empowers and enables in equal measure in making UP a manufacturing hub of India .
Achieving this goal, Government of Uttar Pradesh will implement the following –
1. Creation of a dedicated Make in Uttar Pradesh Department.
2. The Make in UP Department will identify and create industry and sector specific State Investment and Manufacturing Zones (SIMZ) with an aim to spur manufacturing, generate employment, raise living standards and meet national & international trends of sustained growth. Industrial Investment and Employment Promotion Policy of Uttar Pradesh 2017.
3. To boost the entire manufacturing value chain in the identified zones, the Government will ensure necessary timely interventions in consultation with all stakeholders in addition to the fiscal and non-fiscal measures mentioned in this policy.
v Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) –
With the highest number of MSME units in the country, Uttar Pradesh today is a leading exporter of MSME products in categories like handicrafts, engineering goods, carpets, readymade garments, leather products etc.
The policy intends to provide the following facilities and incentives for the holistic development of MSMEs in the state:
1. Improving flow of capital and credit for MSMEs
2. Capacity building
3. Quality and Standards
4. Industrial Infrastructure and Common Facility Centers
5. Marketing
6. Good Governance
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Preliminary Earthquake Report
  • 11 Jul 2017 07:00:01 UTC
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Location49.546S 164.031E
Depth10 km
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CPR Land Rights Initiative is pleased to invite you to a talk on
Dispossession Without Development: Land Grabs in Neoliberal India
Michael Levien
Wednesday, 19 July 2017, 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Conference Room, Centre for Policy Research
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Since the mid-2000s, so-called “land wars” have proliferated across the Indian countryside. At the center of these protests have been privately developed Special Economic Zones (SEZs). In this talk, based on my forthcoming book, I draw on my ethnographic study of Rajasthani villages dispossessed for one of North India’s largest SEZs to address three major questions: how has land dispossession changed with the shift from state-led development to neoliberalism in India? What are the consequences of this change for dispossessed farmers? And what are the implications of this change for our understanding of India’s land wars? I argue, first, that SEZs were the culmination of a post-1991 shift from a developmentalist regime of dispossession driven by public sector industry and infrastructure to a neoliberal one driven by private land speculation and non-industrial growth. The growth facilitated by this regime, I argue, largely marginalizes rural labor, concentrates investment in elite enclaves and has little to offer farmers—except higher land prices. While land speculation interacts with the legacy of failed land reforms to generate highly unequal and exclusionary growth, it can nevertheless be politically effective at dividing farmers and diffusing “land wars.” This helps to explain both the contentiousness of land dispossession in contemporary India—and why the future of India’s “land wars” rests on the (questionable) ability of state governments to substitute one-time payouts for inclusive growth. Based on these findings, I offer a reconstruction of existing theories of the relationship between dispossession and capitalism.
Dr Michael Levien is assistant professor of sociology at Johns Hopkins University. He received his PhD in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley in 2013. His research falls within the fields of development sociology, political sociology, agrarian political economy and social theory, with a geographic focus on India. His book Dispossession Without Development: Land Grabs in Neoliberal India is forthcoming from Oxford University Press. His articles on land acquisition and SEZs in India have appeared in World Development, Politics and Society, Economic and Political Weekly, Development and Change, Journal of Peasant Studies, and Journal of Agrarian Change. In 2014, he was a visiting professor at the Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi.
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“INFOCOM 2017”
with theme
The Digital Transformation”

Friday 14th July 2017
(0900hrs onwards as per agenda given below)

Chief Guest
Shri Nitin Gadkari
Honourable Minister for Road Transport & Highways and Shipping, GoI

The Lalit
Barakhamba Avenue | Connaught Place
New Delhi

Greetings from Federation of Indian Micro and Small & Medium Enterprises (FISME)!
You would be happy to know that the 16th edition of INFOCOM – one of the largest forums of ICT and user industries, is being organized in Delhi by ABP group. (ABP- media conglomerate having The Telegraph, Anandabazar Patrika, Fortune India, ABP News, etc). 
FISME- national body of over 700 SME associations, is the SME partner in organizing INFOCOM facilitating participation of MSMEs. 
The daylong conference will bring together a vibrant range of topics that promote business-technology-leadership convergence. In addition to participation of key Ministers from Union & State Governments & Senior Government officials there would be Industry stalwarts like Mr P.K. Singh, Chairman, Steel Authority of India; Mr Rohan Verma, Director, MapmyIndia; technology leaders and so on.
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