Wednesday, July 25, 2018

NATO Military structure,Finland & Sweden

NATO wants to integrate Sweden & Finland into their Military Structures
NATO wants to integrate Sweden & Finland into their Military Structures
The Baltic Sea in Transition. Among the topics: US military presence in the region, NATOs decision to place multinational battle groups in the Baltic States and Poland, EU defence policy, Finland & Sweden and NATO’s new force structure.
Russia is concerned about recent NATO moves aimed at involving Finland and Sweden in the alliance’s activities and structures, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said Tuesday. A treaty was signed in May that provides for the two states’ full participation in the exercises of the alliance and the possibility of using its command-and-control systems for troops and weapons, he said at a meeting of the Defense Ministry’s board.“In exchange, NATO received unrestricted access to the airspace and territorial waters of these countries,” he added. According to the minister, “such steps by Western colleagues lead to the destruction of the existing system of global security and generate even greater mistrust, forcing us to take response measures.”

 “Cheat India” shoots today in Lucknow

The shoot of the keenly awaited Emraan Hashmi-starrer “Cheat India” commences today in Lucknow
The makers of “Hindi Medium”, “Neerja” and “Tumhari Sulu”, have collaborated again, this time to produce “Cheat India”, a never-seen-before peek into the vagaries of the Indian education system
Clearly aimed at Indian students, this edge-of-the-seat Emraan Hashmi-starrer rolls in Lucknow today.
More than 75 actors from UP, including real students from various colleges and universities, have been cast.
The makers released a teaser video of Emraan playing with the alphabets of ‘Teach’, which incidentally, are the same as those of ‘Cheat’. Hashmi’s naughty wink at the end leaves you wondering whether he’s the hunter or the villain!
BHUSHAN KUMAR, TANUJ GARG, ATUL KASBEKAR AND EMRAAN HASHMI ARE PRODUCING THE FILM, SET FOR A JANUARY 25, 2019 RELEASE.

Pak NA 272 votes for a new PM

Polling stations are open in Pakistan for a general election, which promises to be a close-run affair, between cricket player turned anti-corruption crusader Imran Khan and the party of jailed former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. The vote was marred by allegations of army meddling in the campaign to boost Khan’s chances.
Women cast their votes for the first time in the history of Upper Dir as polls opened across the country Wednesday. Queues of women could be seen outside the polling stations in constituencies NA-5 and PK-12. The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) had earlier said that any area where women are stopped from or face hindrances in voting could face the election in its constituency becoming invalid.
They ECP said the results of any constituency would be declared invalid should the female turnout be lower than 10 per cent. Any person found involved in or facilitating such a deal may face up to three years in prison.
 A PTI worker is shot dead after ANP and PTI workers clash in Swabi’s PK-47 constituency. At least two persons — wounded in the incident — were shifted to the hospital, District Police Officer Syed Khalid Hamdani said.
PTI leader Shah Mehmood Qureshi spoke to the media after casting his vote in Multan. The politician said that the political climate that developed by last night suggests that PTI will clean sweep all six seats from Multan. “The pattern I have seen so far, the camps, the deployed army, and the discipline, it all looks on point,” he observed, adding that the Election Commission ‘has acted responsibly.’
Pakistan’s nearly 106 million registered voters have a chance to choose their representatives in the national and provincial assemblies — as well as their next prime minister — as the country goes for its 11th General Election on July 25.
Polling began at 8AM and will conclude, without any break, at 6PM across the country’s 85,307 polling stations, of which 17,007 have been declared “highly sensitive”, results will be announced within 24 hours.
As many as 12,570 candidates are contesting for a total of 849 seats of national and provincial assemblies in the general election.According to the Election Commission of Pakistan, 3,459 candidates are contesting for 272 general seats of the National Assembly, while 8,396 candidates are running for 577 general seats of the four provincial assemblies – Punjab, Sindh, Balochistan and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.
More than 30 political parties have fielded their candidates for the elections. The opposition Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party, led by cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan, is looking to unseat the incumbent Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), which was formally led by the now jailed ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif.
The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), led by Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, is also in the race. Shahbaz Sharif, the president of the PML-N who is hoping to become the next prime minister of Pakistan, was among the first people to cast his vote in Lahore.
“Just cast my vote. High time that all of you came out to vote for Pakistan’s progress and prosperity. May this election be a source of peace and stability for the nation!,” he tweeted after casting his vote.
For a smooth polling process, the ECP has deployed around 1.6 million staff at polling stations across the country. About 449,465 policemen and over 370,000 military personnel have been deployed for security. In a special message yesterday, Chief Election Commissioner Justice (retd) Sardar Raza Khan urged voters to fulfil their national duty of casting the ballot.
A public holiday has been declared across the country on Wednesday in order to facilitate the voting process. Pakistan’s National Assembly comprises a total of 342 members, of which 272 will be directly elected today whereas the rest — 60 seats reserved for women and 10 for religious minorities — are selected later through proportional representation among parties with more than five per cent of the vote.
A party can only form the government if it manages to clinch 172 seats in total. The run up to the elections have seen a massive crackdown on the media and allegations that the military has secretly backed the campaign of Khan while targeting his political opponents.

‘SAHEB, BIWI AUR GANGSTER 3’

PRESS INVITATION
You are cordially invited to attend the Press Conference of an upcoming Indian action thriller film.l
‘SAHEB, BIWI AUR GANGSTER 3’
(The master, the wife and the gangster 3. An upcoming film directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia. It is the third instalment in Tigmanshu Dhulia’s series of films started by Rahul Mittra Saheb, Biwi Aur Gangster. The scheduled release date of the movie is 27th July 2018. Sanjay Dutt, Jimmy Shergill, Mahi Gill, Chitrangada & Soha Ali Khan will play the lead roles in the film..)
To be addressed by:
  • Sanjay Dutt 
  • Jimmy Shergill 
  • Chitrangda (Desi Boyz & Yeh Saali Zindagi fame)
  • Mahie Gill (Dev D fame)
  • Rahul Mittra (Producer)
  • Tigmanshu Dhulia (Director)
Time: 4:30 PM
Date: 25th July 2018 (Wednesday)
Venue: PVR, Audi 5, Mall of India, Noida
You are requested to send correspondents/ photographers/ camera crew for the Press Conference.

CAIT :No WALMART FLIPKART DEAL

CAIT CONCLAVE DEMANDED THE GOVT TO STOP WALMART FLIPKART DEAL
Pls See:  1. no FDI is allowed in eCommerce 2. Amazon & Flipkart are flaunting rules 3. Deal exposes India to Walmart, –the company admitted bribery charges in US for Indian subsidiary’s works. 4. 8% of Flpkart is marketplace 5. it kills 45% job roles
At second day of three days National Trade Conclave being held at New Delhi under the umbrella of the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT), the trade leaders of the Country in a one voice today strongly demanded the Union Government to stop the Walmart-Flipkart Deal as it will greatly hamper the domestic trade. The trade leaders also resolved that come what may, the trading community of the Country will stoutly oppose the deal and if need arises, the CAIT will not mind in seeking legal recourse The Conclave also decided to launch a nationwide movement against the deal and to sensitise e commerce business of India. About 1500 trade leaders from all over the Country are attending the Conclave,
The trade leaders at the Conclave said that  it is certain that the Walmart-Flipkart deal is nothing but in long run a clear attempt to control & dominate the much potential retail trade of India by Walmart through e commerce which is only a bridge to reach out to offline retail market of India. The key issues of the matter is whoever controls the platform control data and digital intelligence. Owner can squeeze and dictate anything. It is much more difficult for the Govt to control & regulate foreign owned platforms and all indigenous players will have no value if a foreign company runs the platform.
CAIT National President Mr. B.C.Bhartia & Secretary General Mr. Praveen Khandelwal  said that in absence of any e commerce policy and any Regulatory mechanism, the continuing predatory pricing & deep discounts practices in e commerce will be encouraged more. Digitally powered e-Walmart will certainly vitiate the e commerce and retail market.There will be an uneven level playing field to the disadvantage of retail traders. Only the venture capitalist, investors & promotors will be benefitted and not the Country.
The CAIT also raise a demand that Government should immediately frame a national policy for e commerce and constitute a Regulatory Authority to regulate and e commerce business in India and till such time, the deal should be put in abeyance by the Government and a close scrutiny should be held in the entire deal. The Conclave will continue till tomorrow. Union HRD Minister Shri Prakash Javedkar, Commerce Minister Shri Suresh Prabhu & Urban Development Minister Shri Hardeep Puri will attend the Conclave tomorrow.

‘Madrasas and the Making of Islamic Womanhood’

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Invitation to the book launch of ‘Madrasas and the Making of Islamic Womanhood’
when: Saturday : 28 July 2018: 7 PM
where : India International centre, Kamladevi,


About the book
This in-depth ethnography looks at the everyday lives of Muslim students in a girls’ madrasa in India. Highlighting the ambiguities between the students’ espousal of madrasa norms and everyday practice, Borker illustrates how young Muslim girls tactically invoke the virtues of safety, modesty, and piety learnt in the madrasa to reconfigure normative social expectations around marriage, education, and employment.
Amongst the few ethnographies on girls’ madrasas in India, this volume focuses on unfolding of young women’s lives as they journey from their home to madrasa and beyond, and thereby problematizes the idealized and coherent notions of piety presented by anthropological literature on female participation in Islamic piety projects. The author uses ethnographic portraits to introduce us to an array of students, many of whom find their aspirational horizon expanded as a result of the madrasa experience. Such stories challenge the dominant media’s representations of madrasas as outmoded religious institutions. Further, the author illustrates how the processes of learning–unlearning and alternate visions of the future emerge as an unanticipated consequence of young women’s engagement with madrasa education.

About the author
Hem Borker is assistant professor at the Centre for the Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, India.

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