Wednesday, September 13, 2017


European Union has announced additional aid of three million euros to address the pressing needs of the Rohingyas both in Bangladesh and Myanmar.
Making the announcement, EU Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid Cristos Stylianides said, the funding comes on top of the 12 million euros aid announced in May 2017 when he visited Rakhine State.
As more and more refugees continue pouring into Bangladesh, the additional funding will be used to provide emergency shelter, food, water and medical assistance to the Rohingyas.
Like all EU aid, the funding will be chanelised through international NGOs, the UN or the Red Cross. The EU continues to call for full humanitarian access to the Rohingyas in Myanmar so as to be able to address the precarious humanitarian situation there and to ensure that it does not spiral into a crisis.
In a separate statement, EU Vice President Federica Mogherini said besides full humanitarian access, the priority is also to address the root cause of the conflict by implementing the recommendations of the Kofi Annan commission.
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Singapore, Halimah Yacob was declared the President-elect today after her nomination papers were found to be in order. She will be Singapore’s first female President and the first Malay head of state in 47 years.
A statement from the Prime Minister’s Office said,Halimah will be sworn in as country’s eighth President tomorrow evening at the Istana. Halima told supporters at the nomination centre after the Returning Officer declared her President-elect that even though this is a reserved election, she is not a reserved President. On Monday, Yacob was certified by the Presidential Elections Commission as the only eligible candidate, and since she has no opponent, there will be no election.
This year’s Presidential Election was reserved for Malay candidates. Under amendments to the Constitution that came into effect in June this year, applicants had to show that they helmed a company with at least 500 million Singapore dollar in shareholders’ equity. Halimah meets the criteria set out for those in the public sector, having held office for at least three years as Speaker.
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Father Tom Uzhunnalil, who was rescued from terrorists in Yemen yesterday, reached the Vatican last night. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said this in a tweet.
Father Tom who hails from Kerala was abducted by Islamic State terrorists in March last year during its attack on an old-age home run by Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity in the city of Aden.
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United Nations Security Council will hold a closed-door session today on the violence in the Rakhine state of Myanmar. The meeting was requested by Britain and Sweden. The exodus from Rakhine state began after Rohingya militants attacked police posts on the 25th of last month, prompting a military backlash that forced nearly 3 lakh 70,000 Rohingya Muslims to flee their homes.
Myanmar government has been accused by the UN of ethnic cleansing. Myanmar’s military says it is fighting Rohingya militants and denies reports that it is targeting civilians. The Rohingya, a mostly Muslim minority in Buddhist-majority Rakhine, have long experienced persecution in Myanmar, which says they are illegal immigrants. Last week, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres wrote a letter to the Council urging members to send a message to Myanmar authorities to end the security operation.
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Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today said zero balance accounts under the Jan Dhan Yojana have come down to 20 per cent from 77 per cent previously. He was speaking at the Conclave on Financial Inclusion by United Nations in Delhi. Mr Jaitley said 300 million accounts were opened under Prime Minister Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY).
Launched in 2014 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana is aimed at providing universal access to banking facilities starting. Mr Jaitley said these Basic Banking Accounts could get overdraft facility of 5,000 rupees. Talking about the demonetisation Mr Jaitley said it has reduced the volume of cash and increased the tax base.
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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Prime Minister Narendra Modi took part in a cultural road show in Ahmedabad today. The eight-kilometer long road show started from the Ahmedabad airport and culminated at the Sabarmati Gandhi Ashram.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrived in Ahmedabad this afterneen on a two-day visit to India. Both the leaders will also take part in 12th India-Japan annual summit to be held tomorrow at Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar. According to official sources, this is for the first time in the country that the host prime minister along with the prime minister of another country are doing a joint road show.
The 8 kilometer route of the road show pased through Sabarmati Riverfront. Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation has erected 28 small stages where cultural troupes from 28 different states will perform their traditional dances. After visiting the Sabarmati Gandhi Ashram, both leaders will visit heritage site- Sidi Saiyad Ni Jali at Mosque in the old city area. The site is known for its stone lattice work.
Later in the evening, both the leaders will hold bilateral talks at Heritage Hotel in Ahmedabad followed by dinner hosted by Ahmedabad Mayor. Mr Modi and Mr Abe will attend the ground breaking ceremony for the ambitious Mumbai- Ahmedabad High Speed Rail Project tomorrow morning. Both the leaders will hold the 12th India-Japan annual summit at Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar tomorrow afternoon.
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Jaipur, September 13, 2017: Ashok Kumar of Delhi and Noida’s Vikrant Chopra returned flawless rounds of eight-under-62 at the Rambagh Golf Club on Wednesday to establish a two-shot lead in round one of the Jaipur Open 2017.

Kolkata’s Divyanshu Bajaj occupied third at six-under-64 at the Rs. 30 lakh event.

Ashok Kumar, playing only his second event of the season due to recent health issues, made an explosive return to the PGTI with a 62. The former PGTI Order of Merit champion hit it with pin-point precision on the back-nine making two birdie tap-ins and another birdie conversion from four feet.

The 34-year-old, who plays at the DLF Golf & Country Club in Gurgaon, then had a contrasting front-nine as he made some long conversions. He sank four birdies from a range of 12 to 30 feet.

Ashok said, “It’s great to return to competitive golf after seven months with such a fabulous round. I hit it close early on and that created many opportunities for me. My iron-play was also strong and so was my putting in the latter stages.

“The highlight of my round was the 30-feet birdie conversion on the sixth. I was delighted to have scored three birdies on the last four holes. That gave me a solid foundation to build on. Putting will be the key this week since this is comparatively shorter course.”

Vikrant Chopra, one of the most consistent performers on the PGTI who has not enjoyed much success in the 2017 season so far, made his presence felt with a 62 at the Rambagh Golf Club on Wednesday.

Vikrant’s mammoth 60-feet birdie conversion on the third set off a run of five birdies for him on the front-nine. He then nailed birdies on all three par-5s on the back-nine. Chopra produced a terrific chip-in from the edge on the 18th that helped him join Ashok at the top of the leaderboard.

Chopra said, “This is a good comeback of sorts for me as I had no birdies in the final round at Kensville last week. I did really well on the par-5s today, making birdies in three of the four par-5s.

“I felt I closed the round well and just in time before the weather became threatening. I was trying to save par on the last but got lucky with the chip-in from the edge. That really pumped me up.

“I’m looking ahead to a strong week here as my tee shots and putting are pretty sharp at the moment. I’ve had a quiet season so far so I’m keen to have a solid second half. The key will be to keep the ball in play as the rough is up this time at Rambagh.”

Divyanshu Bajaj, fresh from a career-best top-5 finish at the Asian Tour event in Bengaluru last month, carried forward the momentum with a top-notch 64 that featured seven birdies and a bogey. The highlights of his round were a chip-in for birdie from the rough on the first and two birdie conversions from 25 to 30 feet.

Delhi golfers Shamim Khan (PGTI Order of Merit leader) and Pawan Kumar were tied for fourth at five-under-65.

Delhi’s Rashid Khan, one of the pre-tournament favourites, shot an opening round of one-under-69 to be placed tied 31st.

It wasn’t a good day for the four Jaipur golfers in the fray. While Jaipur’s leading professional Vishal Singh carded a 73 to be tied 87th, Mahesh Yadav (77), Damodar Kumawat (81) and Yogendra Kumawat (86) were placed tied 115th, 124th and 126th respectively.
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Very few had heard of Rwanda until 800,000 people were dead. And right now in Burma, the Rohingya people are being massacred —they’re even beheading tiny children. Shockingly, the army behind the killing is supported by countries like Britain, Germany and India — let’s demand they drop support for these brutal troops to help end the slaughter! 
Dear friends,
Very few had heard of Rwanda, until 800,000 people were dead. And right now in Burma, the Rohingya community is being hunted down by rampaging bands of soldiers hellbent on murder.
It’s sickening. They’re even beheading tiny children.
But here’s the craziest thing — the military behind this massacre is supported by countries like Britain, Germany and India!
Burma’s generals have spent years building these alliances. Let’s demand our governments end their support until the slaughter is stopped — when our call is huge we’ll take out ads in media at a major global summit in a few days!
Governments around the world have engaged with Burma’s military — hoping to prevent massacres like we’re seeing right now. It’s clear that policy has failed, but they have massive leverage by breaking ties with these butchers!
The Rohingya are a poverty-stricken community who are denied citizenship in Burma, and have been persecuted for years because of their darker skin and different religion. Some have taken up arms and attacked security forces. But this is all out ethnic cleansing — the worst crisis the Rohingya have ever faced. Sign now and share everywhere!  
We’ve helped the Rohingya before — when thousands fled a previous crackdown and were stranded at sea, our global community donated to support rescue missions to save them. Now they need us again — more than ever. Let’s rise to their call and make sure this isn’t another Rwanda.
With hope,
Bert, Rewan, Ana Sofia, Danny, Ricken and the entire Avaaz team
More information:
Rohingya: “Even a baby was not spared by the military” (Al Jazeera)
UN reports “devastating cruelty” against Rohingya (UN)
Rohingya crisis: UN sees ‘ethnic cleansing’ in Myanmar (BBC)
Burma: Rohingya children ‘beheaded and burned alive’ as refugees continue to flood into Bangladesh to escape violence (The Independent)…
It’s time for the U.S. to pressure Burma on human rights — once again (Washington Post)…
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Indo-Brussels Road Show

We are happy to inform you that ASSOCHAM with the support of Embassy of Belgium, Consulate General of Belgium, Chennai and Brussels Invest and Export (via), is organizing a road show on 18th September, 2017 at Hotel Vivanta by Taj-Ambassador, Khan Market, New Delhi. The focus sector of this Road Show will be IT, Legal, Bio Technology and Education.
A high powered Business Delegation from Brussels will be a part of the Road Show.
This road show will consist of presentations by the members of the Belgian Delegation members.
Looking at the importance of this event, we request you to attend the Road Show and explore the opportunity with Brussels. The Officials from the Embassy of the Belgium will also be joining the Road Show.
Your confirmation of participation may please be sent to my colleague:
Mr. Rohan Mankotia
Phone: 011-46550555 (Ext. – 618), +91-999-993-6948
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  • Prize purse of Rs. 30 lakhs
  • Field to feature leading professionals Rashid Khan, Mukesh Kumar, Shamim Khan, Mithun Perera, Udayan Mane, Ashok Kumar

Jaipur, September 12, 2017: The Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI) and the Rajasthan State Sports Council have jointly launched the Jaipur Open 2017. The tournament, carrying a prize purse of Rs. 30 lakhs, will be played at the Rambagh Golf Club in Jaipur from September 13th – 16th, 2017. The Pro-Am event will be played on September 17th.
The tournament features some of the top Indian professionals such as Rashid Khan, Mukesh Kumar, Shamim Khan, Udayan Mane and Ashok Kumar, to name a few.
The international challenge will be led by the Sri Lankan trio of Mithun Perera, Anura Rohana and K Prabagaran, Bangladesh’s Md Zamal Hossain Mollah, South African Damian Naicker and Nepal’s Toran Bikram Shahi.
The Jaipur-based professionals in the field are Vishal Singh, Mahesh Yadav, Damodar Kumawat and Yogendra Kumawat.
Mr. Gajendra Singh Khimsar, Minister of Forest, Environment, Youth Affairs and Sports, Govt. of Rajasthan, said, “Golf is the most interesting sport in the world for all ages. A truly destressing sport. I wish the Jaipur Open a grand success.”
Mr. Uttam Singh Mundy, CEO, PGTI, said, “We thank the Rajasthan State Sports Council and the Rambagh Golf Club for partnering with us in staging the inaugural Jaipur Open. The tournament has been conceptualized with the intention of tapping into the huge potential for golf in Rajasthan. This event helps PGTI expand its geographical base by establishing its footprints in the city of Jaipur and the state of Rajasthan. The tournament is thus in line with PGTI’s long-term objective of promoting professional golf across the country.”
Mr. Giriraj Singh, Captain, Rambagh Golf Club, said, “The Rambagh Golf Club welcomes all players and officials of the PGTI for the inaugural Jaipur Open 2017. The immaculate course conditions and the top class field make for an exciting week of golf. This brilliant initiative by the PGTI and the Rajasthan State Sports Council, will go a long way in further encouraging the growth of golf in Rajasthan.”
Rambagh Golf Club, the premier golfing venue of Rajasthan, is a challenging Par 70 championship course with a yardage of 6303. The course is strategically designed on sandy loam soil and has a picturesque location with beautiful surroundings. Moving around the course, one is afforded with a view of the Rambagh Palace Hotel, Moti Doongri Fort, Nahargarh Fort and the Birla Planetarium.
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8 Sep. at 12:30 pm
Dear Friends,
We are pleased to invite you for an exhibition of paintings titled “In the wake of Amrita Sher-Gil” by Hungarian artist Ildikó Morovszki – Halász on Friday, 15th September at 6 pm at the Art Gallery of Hungarian Information and Cultural Centre. 
The exhibition will be inaugurated by H.E. Mr. Gyula Pethő, Ambassador, Embassy of Hungary and Mr. Jitender Padam Jain Founder & Managing Director of Gallery Sree Arts.
Please join us for high tea after the inauguration.

With kind regards,
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Senior PR & Marketing Officer
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Pune, September12, 2017: The Rajesh Wadhawan Group owned Indian Super League (ISL) club FC Pune City signed Argentinean Robertino Pugliara to bolster their midfield. Making his debut in the Indian Super League, Robertino will become fifth South American signing for FC Pune City after Emiliano Alfaro, Marcelinho, Diego Carlos and Jonatan Lucca.
FC Pune City CEO Gaurav Modwel said, “Robertino is an experienced, creative and versatile midfielder. His penchant for making runs into the box and high work rate makes him a threat to the opposition. We welcome him to FC Pune City.”
Robertino began his career with San Lorenzo, later he moved to Talleres de Cordoba for two years. The Argentine spent most of his playing career with Indonesian clubs like Persija Jakarta, Persiba Balikpapan, PSM Makassar, Persib Bandung and Persipura Jayapura. During his stint with Persija Jakarta, the team won the Trofeo Persija for two years (2011 & 2012).
While representing Persipura Jayapura, Robertino played against Bengaluru FC in AFC Cup.His brace against the Bengaluru side in the 2015 AFC Cup match had sealed the deal for his team.
After signing the dotted lines, Robertino expressed his happiness;“I am turning a new page in my career. Having played in Indonesia for most of my career, adapting to a new culture, new style will be a challenge I will relish. I have seen one of the top Indian players during my AFC matches and I was very impressed with the quality.I am looking forward to play against some of the best Indian talents donning the Orange and Purple in 2017-18 Indian Super League.”
About FC Pune City:
FC Pune City is an Indian Super League football team based out of Pune, Maharashtra. The club is owned by The Rajesh Wadhawan Group. The club was founded in 2014 and its home ground is the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex in Balewadi, Pune. The club is committed to making a difference not just at the senior level but also at the grassroots level of football in India.
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