Thursday, May 24, 2018

The Role of Indian Navy in the Changing Security Environment

Sagar Media Inc: Maritime policy Maritime deterrence is important  strategy features in Maritime its application and coordinate other force activities on sea encompasses all of Navy and other forces. Admiral Sunil Lanba gave vivid description of Navy history from Chola dynasty playing an important role and thereafter Maratha too with significant presence but later with the art of Maritime rested with Europeans and thus colonial era began.
His address dwell on the global dynamic with global security strategy was the center of his elaborate address with Indian advancement in strides after rapid growth of Chinese influence in the area of maritime from 2008 onward, Indian government  from 2012 onward moved with baby steps has taken bold initiative since 2015.
With the address and his tone about the national security with latest maritime weaponry, surveillance and coordination with many maritime neighbor nations and our exercises, training foreign navy personals along with a bird view on trades, piracy, illegal drugs trades, oil drilling and fishing are some of the challenges each day coastguards with along with navy face, make an excellent efforts to keep watch and execute national maritime plan for coastal belt of our nation is a commendable efforts.
Further more he said, thousand vessels with navy training on various wings department is in fast pace of rapid technology transfer. Navy is also moving with Fighter carriers and submarines indigenous designed and manufactured with radars and missile launchers ability  along with surveillance of Indian oceans.  The coordination of Indian navy on various counts with neighbor nations to best of its ability  is the pride of navy well explained by Admiral Sunil Lanba in best diction.
Further more, the question- answer session of about more than an hours, a spell bound experience in the  august gathering of  three service persons present, the researchers, the students and media in full glare enjoyed each bit of knowledge so condensed in two hours about Indian Navy from the chief Perspective.

Asia-Pacific,NATO allies combat Cyberattacks

NATO drills in late April, the nation of “Crimsonia” launched thousands of cyberattacks on the vital infrastructure of “Berylia.” And for the first time, Australia took a front-row seat as an official observer — part of a new push by Asia-Pacific countries to fortify their defenses against state-backed hackers.
Japan and Australia became members of NATO’s cyberdefense hub earlier this year. Singapore, meanwhile, is leading the Association of Southeast Asian Nations’ drive to deepen cybersecurity ties with the U.K. and Commonwealth countries. It is no secret the potential adversaries are states like Russia, China and North Korea.
The trio leads the world in state-sponsored cybercrime, according to a recent study by the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington and U.S. computer security company McAfee.
The latest drills, code-named Locked Shields 2018, were conducted on April 23-27 at NATO’s Cooperative Cyber Defense Center of Excellence in Tallinn, Estonia. Crimsonia carried out over 2,500 attacks on 4,000 pieces of Berylian infrastructure, including telecommunications systems, power plants and military bases.
Berylia’s buildings and IT networks were shown on computer displays, with miniature infrastructure flashing red as the attackers struck. More than 1,000 experts from 30 countries competed to display their defensive capabilities, testing their political, military and civil decision-making skills.
The drills, billed as the world’s largest and most advanced international live-fire cyberdefense exercises, have been held each year since 2010. Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, in an April 23 news release, explained her country’s decision to get involved. “Now, more than ever, we must engage with the international community to set clear expectations for responsible state behavior in cyberspace.”
Brendan Thomas-Noone, a research fellow with the United States Studies Center at the University of Sydney, said that “the coordinated announcement from the U.S., the U.K. and Australia in April that Russia had conducted a cyberattack last year that infected global infrastructure” also played into Canberra’s decision.
Australian government said up to 400 of the country’s companies were affected by the attack. A more coordinated international response, and joint exercises between NATO and partners like Australia, may blunt the impact of future attacks or deter Russia from launching them, Thomas-Noone said.
Japan, which is enhancing its own cybersecurity standards, joined the NATO cyberdefense center in January when Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited there, becoming the first Asia-Pacific country to do so. The government wants help from NATO and Western allies as Tokyo prepares to host the 2020 Olympics.
Japan, South Korea and Australia have all worked with NATO, but cyberspace is a relatively new area of cooperation. Experts from South Korea’s National Security Research Institute helped organize the event in Tallinn.
As for the U.K. and Singapore, they are spearheading cyberdefense buildups across the ASEAN bloc and the Commonwealth. They intend to focus on capacity-building, including the training of experts.
At the Commonwealth heads of government meeting in London in April, the pair and 51 other countries agreed to forge what they called the world’s largest cybersecurity pact. The goal is to bolster defenses by 2020, and the U.K. will set aside 15 million pounds ($20 million) for this purpose.
Singapore in late April chaired an ASEAN summit where members released a joint statement on cybersecurity cooperation “in recognition of the growing urgency and sophistication of transboundary cyberthreats.” The inaugural ASEAN-Australia special summit in March produced a similar pledge, and in yet another example of increased cooperation, ASEAN and Japan will open a joint cybersecurity center in Thailand in June.
Singapore also hosted a conference called Cybertech Asia in March to encourage cooperation between the public and private sectors.
As allies team up in cyberspace, questions linger over North Korea. Jun Osawa, a senior research fellow at the Nakasone Yasuhiro Peace Institute in Tokyo, said the North “could still be a threat” online even if relations with the U.S. improve after the expected summit between leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump.
Osawa suggested the sanctions-hit country needs $1 billion a year to maintain the regime, and that the government uses ransomware and other attacks to obtain foreign currency from targeted companies. If negotiations with Washington falter, Osawa said, Pyongyang may step up attacks on the U.S., Japan and South Korea again.

Malaysia’s latent debt,Indonesia, Philippines bear the brunt

Malaysia’s larger-than-expected national debt and the “insolvency” of its state fund have sparked a broad equities sell-off, highlighting the economic battles awaiting Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad’s new government.
The benchmark Kuala Lumpur Composite Index was down 4.2% for the week, as of Thursday. While much of Malaysia is still basking in the afterglow of Mahathir’s surprise election triumph, foreign investors are increasingly uneasy about the country’s fiscal health. U.S. Federal Reserve expected to continue raising interest rates.
Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng on Tuesday jolted investors by revealing that the national debt is far higher than figures published by the previous government, topping 1 trillion ringgit ($250 billion). Former Prime Minister Najib Razak’s government had put the official debt figure at 686.8 billion ringgit at the end of 2017.
The gap has prompted speculation that officials under Najib altered records to hide the extent of corruption, possibly involving scandal-hit state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad. “Certain ‘red’ files were accessible only to certain parties, which impeded officials and auditors from carrying out their responsibilities,” the finance chief told reporters.
The finance minister poured further fuel on the fire on Wednesday, when he said “the directors of 1MDB confirmed that 1MDB was insolvent and unable to repay its debts.”
The new administration also said Najib’s government funneled about 7 billion ringgit into the fund, which was at the heart of a corruption scandal that contributed to Najib’s downfall in this month’s election. The former prime minister had claimed 1MDB was paying its own interest with money saved from streamlining operations, but evidence suggests otherwise.
Mahathir’s government is digging to uncover any and all illicit activity that occurred on the previous leader’s watch. Najib, who denies allegations that he misappropriated money from 1MDB, was questioned on Tuesday and Thursday by the country’s anti-corruption commission. He has not been charged.
Najib, for his part, on Wednesday evening blamed the new government’s approach to disclosing information: “Saying that our debt is now 1 trillion ringgit without giving any details of what you mean will just unsettle the financial markets, alarm the credit rating agencies and [undermine] investors’ confidence in our institutions such as our Bank Negara Malaysia,” he wrote on Facebook.
“There must be a clear distinction between political narrative and facts,” he added.
Yet the debt load and 1MDB’s woes are not the only factors unnerving international investors. During the election campaign, Mahathir’s then-opposition coalition promised to scrap the goods and services tax and revive fuel subsidies. The Finance Ministry has already announced the 6% GST will be abolished on June 1, stirring further concern about a deteriorating fiscal balance.
The government has not yet shown how it will fully offset the expected revenue decline. The GST move “increases the government’s reliance on oil-related revenue and narrows the tax base, straining fiscal strength,” Moody’s Investors Service said in a report on Tuesday. Moody’s estimates the end of the GST will result in revenue losses equivalent to 1.9% of gross domestic product this year.
U.S. continues to normalize its monetary policy, money is slowly but surely leaving emerging markets. Indonesia and the Philippines are bearing the brunt: The rupiah and peso have both fallen around 4.6% against the dollar since the start of the year. Both countries have current-account deficits and are more susceptible to fund outflows.
Indonesian and Philippine central banks both raised their benchmark interest rates earlier this month by 25 basis points — to 4.50% for the former and 3.25% for the latter. Yet the moves have not relieved the pressure.
Perry Warjiyo, a veteran central banker who was sworn in as Bank Indonesia’s new governor on Thursday, immediately faces the daunting task of achieving and maintaining the stability of the rupiah as stipulated in the law that governs the bank. ]
“My short-term priority is to strengthen the rupiah stability measures,” Warjiyo told reporters after his swearing-in ceremony in Jakarta. He added that the central bank needs to strengthen the effectiveness of monetary policy for controlling inflation and keeping exchange rates stable, and that it “plans to be more pre-emptive.”
Turkey is another emerging economy playing currency defense, after the lira lost around 17% of its value against the greenback over the past month. The Turkish central bank on Wednesday raised its late liquidity window lending rate — a key rate at which banks can borrow just before the local market closes — to 16.5% from 13.5% after an emergency monetary policy meeting.

Top 10 Countries with a Great Work-Life Balance

Dear Naresh Kumar Sagar,
On a global scale, expats working full time spend an average of 44.3 hours a week at work: about three in five of them are satisfied with their work-life balance (60%) as well as their working hours (61%). Interestingly, it seems like it is not only the number of hours spent at work that lead to a high satisfaction with work-life balance, as the latest Expat Insider survey reveals. Based on the insights of close to 13,000 expats from 188 countries and territories in the annual survey, InterNations, the world’s largest network for people who live and work abroad, compiled a ranking of the destinations with the best work-life balance. The ranking shows that those who are the most satisfied with their work-life balance do not necessarily work significantly fewer hours. But in most of the countries, they express above-average satisfaction with their life abroad in general – for example in New Zealand (89%), Costa Rica (88%), and the Czech Republic (87%).
The entire press release and a corresponding infographic can be downloaded at the end of this email. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions, require statements from survey participants, or if you are interested in an interview with a spokesperson of the company.
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Top 10 Countries with a Great Work-Life Balance

Expats living in these countries do not necessarily work short hours, but they are more than satisfied with their work-life balance.
  • Denmark, Bahrain, Norway, the Czech Republic, New Zealand, Sweden, Costa Rica, the Netherlands, Oman, and Malta offer the best work-life balance for expats.
  • A high satisfaction with work-life balance does not necessarily mean shorter working hours — expats in the Czech Republic even spend more time at work than the global average.
  • Expats living in the countries with a great work-life balance are often highly educated: in Denmark and Sweden the share of those holding a PhD is twice the global average (6% vs. 12%).
Munich, 23 May 2018 — On a global scale, expats working full time spend an average of 44.3 hours a week at work: about three in five of them are satisfied with their work-life balance (60%) as well as their working hours (61%). Interestingly, it seems like it is not only the number of hours spent at work that lead to a high satisfaction with work-life balance, as the latest Expat Insider survey reveals. Based on the insights of close to 13,000 expats from 188 countries and territories in the annual survey, InterNations, the world’s largest network for people who live and work abroad, compiled a ranking of the destinations with the best work-life balance. The ranking shows that those who are the most satisfied with their work-life balance do not necessarily work significantly fewer hours. But in most of the countries, they express above-average satisfaction with their life abroad in general — for example in New Zealand (89%), Costa Rica (88%), and the Czech Republic (87%).
1. Denmark 
  • Satisfaction with work-life balance: 76%
  • Satisfaction with working hours: 82%
  • Average full-time working hours: 39.7h
Expats working full time in Denmark have the shortest working week out of the featured countries. Maybe it is that benefit which attracts highly educated expats: close to half the respondents (47%) have a master’s degree or similar, and twelve percent hold a PhD, which is twice the global average (6%). “I like the work-life balance, which I do not get anywhere else”, an expat from Indonesia states.
2. Bahrain
  • Satisfaction with work-life balance: 69%
  • Satisfaction with working hours: 72%
  • Average full-time working hours: 42.9h
Close to half the expats in Bahrain (46%) cite work-related reasons for moving there, and it seems like it was a good choice. “You can still find time to relax after a day of work,” says an expat from the Philippines. Moreover, seven in ten (70%) say they make more money than they would in a similar job back home. Maybe that is why close to three-quarters (73%) are generally satisfied with their job in Bahrain.
3. Norway
  •  Satisfaction with work-life balance: 72%
  •  Satisfaction with working hours: 77%
  •  Average full-time working hours: 42.9h
With expats spending 1.4 hours less at work than the global average (44.3h), Norway makes it into the top 10 destinations. “Work-life balance is very important here,” says a British expat. Despite the shorter hours, 72 percent believe that they make more than they would in a similar job back home (vs. 51% globally), which is the highest share out of the top 10 countries with a great work-life balance.
4. The Czech Republic
  •  Satisfaction with work-life balance: 73%
  •  Satisfaction with working hours: 76%
  •  Average full-time working hours: 44.9h
Despite working the longest hours out of the top 10 featured countries, 75 percent of expats in the Czech Republic are generally satisfied with their job. “My working conditions are excellent here and my employer offers me a lot of benefits,” says an expat from Australia. Maybe this is due to the above-average satisfaction with their career prospects (65% vs. 53% globally) and their job security (74% vs. 57% globally).
5. New Zealand
  •  Satisfaction with work-life balance: 75%
  •  Satisfaction with working hours: 75%
  •  Average full-time working hours: 42.3h
With only six percent of expats citing work-related reasons for moving to New Zealand, it might not be a surprise that just 73 percent of them work full time (vs. 83% globally). Despite shorter working hours, the share of respondents with a gross yearly household income of more than 150,000 USD per year is with 14 percent still the highest out of the top 10 featured countries.
6. Sweden
  •  Satisfaction with work-life balance: 69%
  •  Satisfaction with working hours: 77%
  •  Average full-time working hours: 42.3h
Expats in Sweden seem to enjoy a good working life: not only do they show a high satisfaction with their work-life balance and working hours but also with their career prospects (56%) and job security (65%). “There are lots of job opportunities and a good work-life balance,”summarizes a German expat. Nonetheless, only three in five (60%) are satisfied with their job overall (vs. 64% globally).
7. Costa Rica
  • Satisfaction with work-life balance: 68%
  • Satisfaction with working hours: 63%
  • Average full-time working hours: 44.3h
Although expats working full-time in Costa Rica spend the same time at work as the global average, they are more satisfied with their work-life balance (68%) than those worldwide (60%). But it seems like it does not pay off: only 44 percent find that their disposable household income is more than enough to cover everything they need. “It is very expensive to live here, and you are not paid well,” says an US American expat.
8. The Netherlands
  •  Satisfaction with work-life balance: 75%
  •  Satisfaction with working hours: 76%
  •  Average full-time working hours: 42.0h
Already before moving abroad, three in five expats (60%) saw the Netherlands’ economy and labor market as a potential benefit, compared to 45 percent globally. Maybe it is the great state of the economy (89% positive ratings) that allows them to work 2.3 hours less per week than the global average for full-time position. “Life is hassle-free and very relaxed,” shares an expat from Canada.
9. Oman
  •  Satisfaction with work-life balance: 67%
  •  Satisfaction with working hours: 70%
  •  Average full-time working hours: 43.5h
Many expats (43%) moved to Oman for work-related reasons, and nearly all of those living there (96%) work full time — the highest share among the top 10 featured countries. While they are still happy with their work-life balance, only three in five (60%) are generally satisfied with their job, which might be due to a low satisfaction with career prospects (39%) and job security (47%).
10. Malta
  •  Satisfaction with work-life balance: 72%
  •  Satisfaction with working hours: 67%
  •  Average full-time working hours: 43.9h
Around three-quarters of expats in Malta (77%) work full time, which is the second-smallest share out of the top 10 countries, after New Zealand. A Croatian expat likes the “opportunity to work and earn well”, which seems to be the case for the majority of those living in Malta. More than half (52%) state that their disposable household income is more than enough to cover everything they need.
Read More about Working Abroad
Top 10 Countries with a Great Work-Life Balance
In addition to all-time favorites like the Scandinavian countries, the list holds some surprises such as Bahrain, the Czech Republic, and Oman.
The Pros and Cons of a Career Abroad
Moving abroad has a huge impact not only on your personal life, but on your professional life too. Earning a living in another country can be the start of an international career and network to match, but there can also be some down sides. Here are the pros and cons to keep in mind  when deciding to live and work overseas.
Expat Entrepreneurs
Moving abroad can mean leaving behind a job or career. Faced with a new place, lack of local experience and often language issues, a move can inspire you to try out things that seemed scary or impossible in the past. We talked to two entrepreneurs, Jackson and Michelle, whose expat experience inspired them to take a leap into the unknown.
About the InterNations Expat Insider 2017 Survey
For its annual Expat Insider survey, InterNations asked about 13,000 expatriates representing 166 nationalities and living in 188 countries or territories to provide information on various aspects of expat life, as well as their gender, age, and nationality. Participants were asked to rate 43 different aspects of life abroad on a scale of one to seven. The rating process emphasized the respondents’ personal satisfaction with these aspects and considered both emotional topics as well as more factual aspects with equal weight. The respondents’ ratings of the individual factors were then bundled in various combinations for a total of 16 subcategories, and their mean values were used to draw up six topical indices: Quality of Life, Ease of Settling In, Working Abroad, Family Life, Personal Finance, and Cost of Living Index. Except for the latter, all indices were further averaged in order to rank 65 expatriate destinations around the world. In 2017 the top 10 were Bahrain, Costa Rica, Mexico, Taiwan, Portugal, New Zealand, Malta, Colombia, Singapore, and Spain.
For a country to be featured in the indices and consequently in the overall ranking, a sample size of at least 75 survey participants per country was necessary. The only exception to this is the Family Life Index, where a sample size of more than 40 respondents raising children abroad was required. In 2017, 65 and 45 countries respectively met these requirements. However, in most countries the sample size exceeded 100 participants.
About InterNationsWith 3.1 million members in 420 cities around the world, InterNations ( is the largest global network and information site for people who live and work abroad. InterNations offers global and local networking both online and face-to-face. At around 6,000 monthly events and activities, expatriates have the opportunity to meet other global minds. Online services include country and city guides created by a team of professional writers, guest contributions about life abroad, and discussion forums to help members with topics such as the local job or housing search. InterNations membership is by approval only to ensure we remain a community of trust.
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Media Invite- ANTI MIMESIS a solo exhibition

Media Invite-


ANTI MIMESIS a solo exhibition

By Artist, Nilanjan Chakravarty

Date 26 May 2018 Time 12 PM

Venue; Hafele Design Centre,

D-89 Ist Floor,Okhala Phase-I, Delhi.

Please find attached the media invite of the Art Exhibition by Artist Nilanjan Chakravarty.

​Nilanjan is a self-taught independent artist who follows his passion for visual arts. In a short period of time he has made a name for himself in the medium of charcoal with realistic themes. ​

Look forward to your presence on the exhibition​.

Bornali Ghosh
Synergy Public Relations

Deborah Exell appointed to transform Getronics

Deborah Exell appointed to transform Getronics into ‘a role model for the future of work’ 
Amsterdam/London UK, 24th May 2018 – Deborah Exell, one of Europe’s top organizational transformation practitioners, has joined the executive team of global ICT integrator Getronics as Global Head of Human Capital & Change.  Exell’s appointment follows that of new COO Rogier Bronsgeest earlier this month, as Chairman and Group CEO Nana Baffour hires proven executives to ensure Getronics becomes the world’s preferred partner in business transformation.
Throughout her career, Deborah Exell has worked for and with some of the world´s best-known businesses, from American Express, McKinsey and The Coca-Cola Company to Fidelity and Deutsche Bank, developing cross-sector insights and partnering with highly experienced executive teams on a range of complex business challenges.
Exell said: “This is a once-in-a-career type of opportunity to join an executive team which is absolutely committed to ending legacy thinking and dogma; it’s an opportunity to design and build the perfect 21st century business.  While every company says it wants to be agile, adaptive and flexible, Getronics is developing a culture and structure that means it really is agile, adaptive and flexible.  I will focus on ensuring that Getronics creates structures, hires globally, promotes, trains and develops – through up-skilling, re-skilling and pre-skilling – so that it is able to win business and grow based on having a far, far better people proposition than anyone else.
“We offer business transformation to our customers, so it’s critical that we showcase the benefits of transformation by role-modelling the future of work ourselves,” she explained.
“On behalf of the entire team, I am delighted to welcome Deborah to Getronics,” said Nana Baffour, Chairman and Group CEO of Getronics. “Deborah has accrued 25 years’ experience of restructuring and transforming well-known businesses across multiple sectors, from manufacturing to FMCG to banking to technology.  While someone of her calibre and reputation could doubtless choose to work anywhere, it’s an endorsement of our vision for Getronics, and of our willingness to do things differently, that she has joined us to bring her experience to bear on the creation of the perfect, people-centric business.”
Getronics was ranked in the Whitelane March 2018 IT Outsourcing Study as one of the top performers in IT worldwide in terms of general customer satisfaction, excelling particularly in the quality of its service delivery, proactivity and flexibility.  For the global ICT integrator, this result is not just an encouraging sign but validation of its people-centric approach, based on adaptability, resilience and proactivity and aimed at delivering an exceptional user experience.

Media Invite for Citizens Conclave 

Media Invite
India Inclusive, a recently formed platform, is organizing a Citizens’ Conclave from May 25-27, 2018 at the Speakers Hall, Constitution Club, Rafi Marg, New Delhi.
India Inclusive is an informal open platform and strives to preserve the constitutional values and build resistance against the forces of hatred.
Citizens Conclave is guided by the vision of reclaiming and realizing the idea of an inclusive India: an India that necessarily includes and respects all of our country’s immense diversity of cultures, faiths, languages, peoples and communities – all held together, and mediated, by the core constitutional idea and values of citizenship, the touchstone of democracy.
The Citizens’ Conclave is being organized to coincide with the 4 year of the present regime and would look at the developments taking place in the country.
The schedule is pasted below.
We request you to kindly get the conclave covered.

UNICEF India Invite

UNICEF India cordially invites you to Shiksha Mela- Education Open Day, which exhibitsscalable examples of equitable and quality education from 17 Indian states. Please find the detailed agenda for your kind reference.

Who: Dr. Yasmin Ali Haque, UNICEF Representative in India

Mr Anil Swarup, Secretary, Department of School education and literacy, MHRD

Where: Inaugration – Gulmohar Hall

Shiksha Mela- Jacaranda Hall, The India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi

When: May 24 2018, 10 am onwards

You are cordially invited to the inauguration and media interaction.

Kind regards,

Sonia Sarkar
Communication Officer (Media), Advocacy & Communication
91-11-24606-237; Mobile: 98 101 70289

United Nations Children’s Fund
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Modi,Putin Sochi talks

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi covered military and technical cooperation, among other issues, during their talks on May 21, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Tuesday. “The agenda of yesterday’s negotiations included the topic of military and technical cooperation,” he said. The spokesman, however,  refused to answer a question on whether Putin and Modi had discussed the delivery of S-400 missile systems to India, TASS reported. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Monday that Putin and Modi put particular emphasis on economic cooperation, adding that the parties “touched upon the entire spectrum of the privileged strategic partnership.” According to the minister, other topics included the energy sector, high-tech and nuclear energy.

 Congress’s G Parameshwara to take oath as Karnataka deputy CM

Karnataka Congress chief G Parameshwara to take oath as Karnataka deputy chief minister tomorrow along with H D Kumaraswamy.
Moreover, Congress’s K R Ramesh Kumar to be the Speaker of the assembly.
Earlier, a meeting of the Congress and the Janata Dal-Secular to discuss portfolio sharing was held in Bengaluru, attended by Kumaraswamy, Siddaramaiah, K C Venugopal, Mallikarjun Kharge, H D Revanna, and D K Shivakumar.
Today we took decision regarding the expansion (of the cabinet). The speaker and deputy speaker would be elected on 25 May. Portfolios would be decided day after tomorrow. Everything is alright, no differences, Kumaraswamy said after the meeting.   — ANI

Dear Naresh Sagar,First of all thank you.

Dear Naresh Sagar
Message from the Chairman
I take this opportunity to write to all our candidates,supporters and volunteers to update you on our progress over the last 3 months.
First of all thank you.
It has been an incredibly busy three months and our achievement is just short of sensational!
We had our candidate launch in London on the 3rd February and we received another 300 candidate applications. We  followed this with our Press Launch in Westminster which gained us a further 500 candidate applications and a significant amount of press coverage.
We then launched our Listen to Britain tour with two of our Principals travelling around Britain
giving talks at 10 universities and engaged with the public in 20 cities, engaging hundreds if not thousands of people. These trips gathered information on concerns of the public which together with the results of our online survey are helping us formulate policy.
We have formed seven sub committees tasked with formulating policies on seven key areas: Education, Economy, Environment and Renewable Energy, Health, Housing, Foreign Affairs Defence and Security and Immigration.We hope to announce more policy findings in late summer, once the People and the Experts have spoken.This will only be the start of the process of collecting ideas to formulate policy.
We have formed an advisory board consisting of 12 dedicated professionals, including our three Principals and a Chief Executive, men and women experienced in different fields and of all ages to support the Board and Executive Committee in strategy and implementation. We have also attending key coordination meetings with Pro Remain groups, MPs, Lords, media and key players  to exchange insights, find common ground and keep channels open for the future.
We have formed a social media team of young people to drive Renew forward, and we now have 13,000 followers on twitter from a base of 3,000 in February. We have refreshed our current website with updated information and we are building a new platform to improve our communications and data management.
We have been crowdfunding particular activities, organising political events and going on marches.
We are in the process of appointing coordinators across the UK and Europe. The purpose of appointing coordinators is to galvanise local support and arrange regional events. We have appointed a coordinator in France to look after our Brits Abroad, with hundreds already supporting Renew in France.We have also fought the local elections in 16 wards and in our three targeted wards we took 10% of the votes.
So what is is store for the next 3 Months?

We will continue developing our regional coordinators throughout Britain.They will then help us organise candidates and supporters in their areas.
We will start training potential candidates in campaigning, media management and practical skills.
We have grown from a few to thousands and the governance structure we developed 8 months ago needs to be updated to reflect this. We have set up a Working Group to develop a new Constitution and a Code of Conduct.
We plan a national Conference in the Autumn.
We will make more of an impact, we will take part in more events, write more letters and articles to your local MP and media, we will call in more radio stations as a Renew Supporters and we will get more people to fill out thesurvey on lineWe will change British politics for the better.
To you all, I say thank you again.But our work is only just beginning. We need your continued help and support.
Richard Breen

Launched in Delhi NCR,” Truck driver song,”

“Truck driver song’, A special version by Bollywood Music Director Manan Bhardwaj & Singer Naveesh launched in Delhi NCR portraying the life of Truck Drivers!

   We all have gone through with several tracks based on DJ’s , Cars and many other related things in our music industry, but for the very first time, there’s a song launched that portrays the lifestyle of a Truck Driver. As the track named, Truck Driver Song got launched out in Gurugram at Big Boys Lounge. Present at the event were music Director of the song ‘Manan Bhardwaj’, singer ‘Naveesh Sharma’ along with the female vocalist ‘Alisha Arora.’
   Featured under the banner of White Coffee Records and production by Namyoho Studios, The Truck Driver Song is the debut song of Naveesh. While interacting with media in a press conference, the entire team revealed about the song as well as their experiences and upcoming projects.
   Talking about the song singer Naveesh stated, “This song is about a driver who stays away from home for long time for their earnings. A Truck driver struggles a lot to feed his family and many times he has to skip his meals while busy in work. Apart from all the problems how he manage to look up his wife’s tantrums. And how he always remembers his family but he can’t do anything as his work is like the only priority.” “I had a great experience working with Manan Bhardwaj who has done the music and direction. Even the entire Namyoho team shared great efforts for the same.”
   Naveesh is the writer composer and singer of this song, ready to make a debut in Punjabi Music Industry with this amazing song. Further, talking about his life, Naveesh added, “I am born and brought up in Gurgaon. I have a big wish to establish myself in Punjabi music industry and Bring name and fame. Many Original Punjabi Songs are in queue which will fall one after another in upcoming year. My plan is to release one song in every quarter of this year. And rest all is destiny.” Whereas, on the other hand the lead female singer Alisha seemed pretty excited for her song.
   The music director of the song and also a singer ‘Manan Bhardwaj’, has composed and directed songs in Bollywood movies too. Revealing about the Truck Driver song he said, “This song is very subjective song based on the life of a truck driver, what he goes through all his life and still he bears the tantrums of his wife. The experience was great, this song took less than expected time to record. Under all the circumstances, like bad weather and all we managed to shoot this song successfully. I hope people will appreciate our work.”
   On asking about his production house, Namyoho studios, he added, “Namyoho Studio comes under the banner of White Coffee Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. And it is the only production house, which have everything from start to end, from audio to video as well as promotions. Namyoho also holds the record of producing maximum numbers of audios and videos for year 2017 & 2018.” Talking about the upcoming projects he stated, “We have bigger plans, our audience will witness me in never seen before Avtaar. Very soon we will be launching our own musical band, which will definitely surprise our fans.”


From “Bahut Hui Petrol Ki Maar” to “Abki baar petrol 80 ke paar” BJP has left no stone unturned to bother the public..101_2559
The petroleum products in India is facing all time rise and are affecting the pockets of people severely. From last nine days the constant rise in price of petrol and diesel have proved that the Modi government is working against the public and has prepared a good strategy to rob people through taxes. The AAP National Spokesperson Dilip Pandey said in a press conference that BJP was just waiting for the Karnataka Elections to get over. There was not a rise of a single penny during the tewnty days election process and immediately after election 2 rupees hike was seen and from that day the rise in petroleum products started facing daily hikes in the price all over the country. The interesting fact is that PM Modi is always trying to gain appreciations and sympathy from public by mentioning himself as the lucky charm for the Indian politics but now when the whole country is feeling cheated and unfortunate to have a leader who promised to remove poverty and make the country inflation free is the same person responsible for the increased poverty in the country and the suffering public, now has nothing to speak on the issue.
AAP Leader Dilip Pandey  also questioned the centre to provide an answer that why despite the fall in the price of crude oil in the International market the price of petroleums products has not come down? Why is PM Modi now not taking the credit for the extreme rise in the price of fuel? We all know that since when the modi government came into power in the year2014-2016 the price of crude oil in the International market has been facing continuous fall. Talking about bringing good luck with him PM modi has really spoilt the luck of the public and made them poor. The central excise duty on the petroleum products have been increased 9 times from the year 2014 when BJP government was formed. There was actually no need for BJP to rob people’s hard earned money and fill their own pockets. In the year 2014 the central excise duty on petroleum products was Rs9.20 per liter but the BJP government initiated a 212% increase in the duty and taking the price to Rs19.48 per liter in 2 years. If we talk about diesel the situation is even worst because the price of diesel was Rs 3.46 per liter in the international market in the year 2014 but it has been raised by 450% and the price has been brought to Rs 15.33 per liter.
We all are aware of the cost cutting process which we have to face seeing the increasing price of goods and commodities in the market. The budget of every house is disturbed and the transportation cost on every goods and items increase simultaneously with the rise in petrol price. The party that criticized all its opponents and shouted slogans on top of their voice has nothing to speak now when they are responsible for all the inconvenience caused to the public. From shouting “Bahut hui mehengai ki maar, abki baar modi sarkar” to the frustrated people shouting “bahut hui mehengai ki maar, abki baar 80 ke paar” BJP has proved its corrupt governance.
Speaking to the media leader Dilip Pandey put the following questions to the BJP government on the fuel price rise:
1.      Who has benefited from this price hike?
2.      Why did Modi government not reduce petrol/diesel prices when these were falling in the international market?
3.      How will Modi government now control the situation when it has no control over the international market price?

First Citizens’ Report on the Bharatiya Janta Party

(BJP) led National Development Alliance (NDA) government in May 2015, India has witnessed an unprecedented
political change whose sheer continuity has surprised many. Simply put, this is about the impressive electoral
journey of the BJP which has, by now, expanded its footprint and formed governments in every region of the
country, Karnataka being the most recent. Ideally, this tectonic political shift should have resulted in a much better
synchronisation between the Centre and the states where NDA is in power. This exactly has also been the BJP’s
argument during the various state election campaigns. The ideological commonality of the Central and state
political leaderships — besides the fact that Prime Minister Modi is now seen as the undisputed, universal leader of
the ruling side — should have transformed the country’s development contours. The moot question, therefore, is:
Has this political change actually helped end poverty, social exclusion and discrimination in India? This
penultimate Citizen’s Report, being released as the NDA government enters its last year in office, is a humble and
dispassionate attempt to evaluate its working through the watchful eyes of civil society observers.
The current Citizen’s Report, takes a comprehensive look at the four years of the government, makes an objective
assessment of the direction that society and economy have taken and makes its statement. For instance, it is
evident that the flagship ‘UjjwalaYojana’ has helped reduce the distress of rural women in millions of poor
households. They have moved away from the traditional smoking chulha (oven) as the scheme has provided them
with free LPG connections. It has made life easy for women while also reducing their health hazards. But this is only
half the story as a good number of beneficiary families have actually reverted to the smoking and polluting oven
after their first free LPG cylinder got over. The reason for this was as basic as it could get: The families did not have
the money to buy the second cylinder! The history of independent India is replete with instances of too many wellmeaning
development schemes going bad due to similar pitfalls which result from careless planning. It is desirable
that a cautious government should anticipate possible loopholes in any particular scheme before launching it.
The report reviews various electoral promises for al-round development, employment generation, improved
health and education, strong economy, enabling environment and equal opportunities for marginalised
communities, social justice and social harmony, protection of human rights, land rights and environment et al. The
report reviews these very issues from the lens of the vulnerable populations and constitutional mandates. While
much has been promised and popularised, the report finds many gaps and much more needs to be done. There
are many disturbing trends of continued exploitation and marginalisation of these communities.
Besides the sector-wise assessment, this Citizen’s Report has unequivocally noted the marking of a very definite
and degenerate direction that the government has taken. This new push has turned out to be a debilitating cause
of concern for the country and its people. For ease of understanding, the sum total of this overpowering trend,
which has the potential of assuming disastrous proportions in today’s times of social media and instant
technology, can perhaps be called ‘Intrusive Mind Management’ by a government influenced by its ideological
mentor. From time immemorial, governments, ruling establishments, monarchs and even dictators across the
world have relied upon and resorted to high-decibel propaganda to win popular support. But democracies are
always expected to take any such self-serving attempt with a pinch of salt. The mass media is believed to be the first
line of interrogation against all such misadventures resorted to by the government of the day. In the Indian case,
the media has had an overall glorious record of living up to its duties. This Report, however, notes the disturbing
disappearance of Doubting Thomases from some of the most visible sections of mass media. This isn’t a good
signal at all for preserving the plurality that has always been the hallmark of Indian society and also the reason why
this civilisation has a never-ending sustainability. The co-option of the minds in the media, particularly in the
electronic variant of it, doesn’t augur well for a democratic India. The Report has made an attempt to discover the
factors that have led to this well-calibrated tendency, which has the danger of erasing all hues of existence and
converting the vibrant Indian society into a monochromatic inanity.
Another significant marker in the Report is the identification of a clear trend to undermine the citizens’ inalienable
rights to privacy, dignified living and free speech. While the government, for instance, has moved ahead with its
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continuous shift to an Aadhaar-based identity system, the basic concerns of privacy and data leak have not been
addressed with the same gusto. Quite a few instances of Aadhaar database being compromised have come to
light, but it has not set the alarm bells ringing. The vulnerability of similar database being misused through the
social media route is no secret now. Here too, the government is yet to take stringent corrective actions to protect
the privacy concerns of the citizens. On the free speech front too, the government seems to have fallen short of the
high degree of tolerance it is expected to display. Wishing away all its critics may prove to be a convenient recourse
for any government to take, for then only the good words would remain. In the long run though, this would prove
to be counter-productive for society at large and self-defeating for the government of the day. Unfortunately, the
BJP-led government has failed to generate enough confidence on this crucial count.
Yet another trend that became evident in the fourth year of the NDA government is the fast shrinking space within
which the voluntary sector is now expected to operate. Any wrongdoings, especially of the financial nature,
committed by the voluntary organisations and NGOs cannot be defended. Over the decades, these groups have
made remarkable contribution to India’s development story, and their work has been acknowledged by the
government and international organisations. The new branding of the entire sector, therefore, as unproductive
and, in some cases, as unpatriotic has come as a shocker to thousands of women and men involved in such work.
This could well be a part of the larger effort to silence the critics because voluntary groups — since a good number
of them work at the grassroot level — have a relatively fair idea of the situation on the ground beyond the
cacophony emanating from those at the helm of the government.
In a democracy, no one can take away the right of a political leadership to convert itself into an election-winning
machine. After all, the textbook objective of a political party is to come to power through the majority route and it
has every right to adopt all legitimate ‘means’ to do that. In this race, though, the sight of the ‘ends’ cannot be lost,
more so in a country which holds the largest possible diversity globally and a growing inequality. As the
government ends the current term in office and all political parties prepare for the next general elections, this
report is a call to keep the people’s concerns and aspirations at the heart of governance, in particular of the
excluded and vulnerable sections.

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