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Car exports from India remained flat


Car exports from India remained flat in FY14 at 5.5 lakh units
Car exports from India remained flat in FY14 at 5.5 lakh units
Reflecting the woes of the Indian automobile industry, the country’s car exports remained flat at 5,50,466 units in 2013-14, during which domestic sales fell for the second consecutive year.

Car exports stood at 5,47,222 units in 2012-13, according to data from the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM). 

Hyundai Motor India Ltd (HMIL) and Maruti Suzuki India (MSIL), two of the biggest car exporters, posted a decline in shipments, while overseas sales by Nissan Motor India, Toyota Kirloskar Motor and Volkswagen India increased. 

HMIL, India’s largest car exporter, recorded a 10.21 percent drop to 2,33,260 cars from 2,59,811 units in 2012-13. 

Exports by MSIL, the country’s largest car maker, fell 16 percent to 99,832 units from 1,18,857 units. 

Europe, the biggest market for compact cars from India, is still recovering from a slump, while regulatory issues in countries including Algeria and Sri Lanka also affected shipments. 

Japanese car maker Nissan’s exports rose 17.32 percent to 1,16,113 units in 2013-14 from 98,971 units earlier. 

Toyota Kirloskar Motor’s exports of passenger cars rose 16.31 percent to 27,266 units, while Volkswagen posted an almost four-fold increase in shipments to 32,588 cars. 

Domestic car sales in FY14 fell to 17,86,899 units from 18,74,055 units in 2012-13, according to SIAM. 

On the positive side, two-wheeler exports from India grew 6.52 percent to 20,83,938 units in 2013-14 from 19,56,378 units in 2012-13. 

Motorcycle exports rose 6.48 percent to 19,82,755 units, while scooter shipments were up 3.15 percent to 93,931 units. 

Bajaj Auto exported 13,23,173 motorcycles, an increase of 2.31 percent, while Hero MotoCorp’s overseas sales declined 17.05 percent to 1,13,238 units in 2013-14. 

Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India (HMSI) exported 1,11,710 units, up 7.65 percent from the previous financial year. 

India Yamaha’s exports stood at 1,93,129 units, up 45.8 percent. 

In the scooter segment, HMSI exported 51,932 units, up 20.85 percent, while Hero MotoCorp’s exports declined 28.55 percent to 17,525 units. 

Chennai-based TVS Motor Company dispatched 18,693 units to foreign locations an increase of 7.62 percent. 


schedule of AAP leaders Yogendra Yadav, Shazia Ilmi


schedule of AAP leaders Yogendra Yadav, Shazia Ilmi and others campaigning in Mumbai and other parts of  Maharashtra on 21st April.




Event Details

Contact Person



Vijay Pandhare

Yogendra Yadav

Road Show

Patjardi phata|Aurangabad Naka

Time: 900-1200

Press conference

Mahatma Nagar AAP Office

Time: 1015-1100


Prabhakar -7718812221





Jalaludddin Ansari



Shazia Ilmi

Road Show

V.P. Naka to Mamata Hospital

Time: 900 to 1100



Sarfaraz -9324603242



Subhash Lomte

Anjali Damania & Yogendra Yadav

Road show

Central Naka|TV centre

Time: 1600-2100


Anna –9422706967



Mumbai North Central



Pheroze Palkhivala


Shazia Ilmi

Road Show

Sonapur Lane |LIG, MIG –Kurla station | Taximen colony | Kapadianagar

Time: 1300 -1500


Feroze Sheikh -9892198673


Mumbai South



Meera Sanyal

Shazia Ilmi


First time Voters club at Old Musafir Khana

Time: 1545


Old Musafir Khana

Time: 1630


Ashish Sanyal -9967707788





Deelip Mhaske

 Anjali Damania           

    Road Show

Bidkin (Paithan)

Time: 0930-1130


Bidkin (Paithan)

Time : 1130-1300


Vikram -9702963939


Mumbai North East

Medha Patkar

Shazia IlmiMaruti Bhapkar and Manav Kamble


Suryanagar, Vikhroli

Time: 7.30

Parkside, Vikhroli

Time : 8.30


Seela Mahapatra– 7709867728







Pratibha  Shinde

Raghunath Dada Patil

Lalit Babar


Roadshow & corner meetings

Parola Road|Dhule bus station|Sakri Road|Fish market

Time – 900 to 1300

Press conference (with Subhash Lomte & Sangram Patil)

TV centre

Time- 1800



TV centre, CIDCO

Time- 2000-2200



Aleem –9371239892



Mumbai North West

Mayank Gandhi

Maruti Bhapkar and Manav Kamble


Roadshow and Chowk Sabhas

Jogeshwari East Vidhansabha (JVLR- Pratapnagar-Bandrekarwad -Bandra plot and Poonam nagar)

Time : 1600-1800


Shrey –9664608213




Naresh Thakur

Nandu Madhav


Opposite Morwika Showroom, Near Dombivali Station, Dombivali East

Time: 1800-2200

Ketul –9820618976



Hope EC lifts ban on Azam as well: Akhilesh



Hope EC lifts ban on Azam as well: Akhilesh
After the Election Commission revoked ban on Amit Shah’s participation in poll campaign in Uttar Pradesh, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav hoped the restriction on SP leader Mohd Azam Khan too would be lifted. 

“The EC has imposed ban on Azam without going through his reply…I hope, the Commission will soon lift his ban too (as it has done in case of Narendra Modi’s close aide),” Yadav told reporters in reply to a question.

“We will put our legal view on the issue at the opportune time,” he said.

On being asked about party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav’s statement that a number of BJP leaders, who are against Modi, are in touch with him, Yadav said Modi was made PM candidate under RSS pressure.

“He has been made PM candidate under pressure of RSS, A number of BJP leaders did not want this… It’s known to everyone,” he said.

Asked specifically whether they were in touch with BJP leaders, Yadav said “miltey rahtey hain” (they keep meeting) but did not elaborate.

On claims by BJP leaders Uma Bharti and Kalyan Singh that SP legislators were touch with them, Yadav said they were spreading rumours and EC should take cognisance. Yadav later flagged off SP’s “video-on-wheels” vehicle for poll campaign. 


Bismillah’s family turns down BJP’s offer


Bismillah’s family turns down BJP’s offer to be Modi’s proposer 
Ustad Bismillah
Late shehnai maestro Ustad Bismillah Khan’s family on Monday refused to be drawn into the election battleground from Varanasi and turned down to become a proposer for Bharatiya Janata Party Prime Ministerial nominee Narendra Modi in Varanasi. 
Bismillah Khan’s son Zamin Hussain Bismillah has said that he wants to keep the family away from politics.


He said that some BJP functionaries had suggested that they should be a proposer for Modi when he files the nomination from Varanasi on April 24. He said that he consulted the family and everyone agreed that they should not back one or the other candidate. 

Modi is expected to visit the Kal Bharati and Kasi Vishwanath temples before he leads a roadshow to the collectorate to file his nomination. 


AAP strongly condemns the hate speech given by Pravin Togadia in Bhavnagar


Aam Aadmi Party strongly condemns the hate speech given by Vishwa Hindu Parishad’s (VHP) president Pravin Togadia in Bhavnagar, Gujarat on Saturday evening targeting Muslims for buying properties in certain areas.

This is an extremely shocking and a shameful act and goes against the constitution of India which provides equality and freedom for every citizen. 

There is no place for such violent and communal acts in our democracy which has a potential to destabilize our secular foundation. AAP demands that Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi should publicly repudiate this act, take strict action against Togadia and the mob that gathered on that night and assure no such incidents will be allowed in future. If  no action is taken against Togadia and his followers, Modi’s complicity in such actions will become clear.

As per media reports, Togadia gave a provocative speech in which he gave the Muslim family 48 hours to vacate their houses, failing which he asked his group of  followers to take forcible possession of the house and fight a legal battle later which will go on for years.

Togadia also threatened them with violence and asked his followers to “go with stones, tyres and tomatoes” and that there is nothing to fear. Finally he confessed to similar crimes committed by him in past and the affected Muslims had lost both property and money.

Coming as it does on the heels of the BJP candidate from Navada Lok Sabha constituency in Bihar, Giriraj Singh’s statement that those who oppose Modi will be sent to Pakistan, it shows that the BJP and its associated organisations like the VHP are trying to inflame communal feelings and communalise the situation in the country for votes.

The communallly provocative statements of BJP incharge for Uttar Presdesh, Amit Shah are also designed to do the same, as are the statements of some leaders of the Samajwadi party like Azam Khan.

The AAP also demands that the Election Commission of India should direct immediate registration of an FIR against Togadia and the Commisssion should take strict action against him, so that he is not allowed to vitiate the peaceful atmosphere during elections.



AAP Media Cell


President says ferry crew’s actions ‘tantamount to murder”


SKorea: President says ferry crew
The actions of the captain and crew of a capsized South Korean ferry were “tantamount to murder,” President Park Guen-Hye said on Monday, condemning their “unimaginable” decision to escape while hundreds were still trapped in the sinking vessel.
Park’s denunciation, in which she vowed to hold all those responsible for the disaster “criminally accountable,” followed the release of a transcript showing the panic and indecision that paralysed decision-making on the bridge as the 6,825-tonne Sewol listed and capsized Wednesday morning. 


The confirmed death toll stood at 64 but was expected to rise dramatically with 238 people still unaccounted for. 

“The actions of the captain and some crew members were utterly incomprehensible, unacceptable and tantamount to murder,” the presidential Blue House quoted Park as saying in a meeting with senior aides. 

“Not only my heart, but the hearts of all South Koreans have been broken and filled with shock and anger,” said Park, who had been heckled Thursday when she met relatives of the hundreds of passengers still missing — most of them schoolchildren. 

The families have criticised the official response to the disaster, saying the initial rescue effort was inadequate and mismanaged. The president said it was increasingly clear that Captain Lee Joon-Seok had unnecessarily delayed the evacuation of passengers as the ferry started sinking, and then “deserted them” by escaping with most of his crew members. 

“This is utterly unimaginable, legally and ethically,” she said. Lee was arrested on Saturday along with a helmsman and the ship’s relatively inexperienced third officer, who was in charge of the bridge when the ship first ran into trouble. 

A transcript released yesterday of the final radio communications between the Sewol and marine transport control underlined the confusion that reined as the vessel listed sharply to one side after making a distress call. 

Marine control ordered the crew to ensure all passengers were wearing life jackets, while the ship repeatedly questioned whether vessels were on hand to rescue people once they started to abandon ship. “Make them wear a life ring at least and let them float. 

Now!” the control official insisted. In the end, the evacuation order was only given around 40 minutes after the ship ran into trouble, by which time it was listing so heavily that escape was almost impossible. “Precious minutes just wasted,” was the front page verdict of the Dong-A Ilbo daily today. 





Delhi gets first woman Chief Justice



 Delhi gets first woman Chief Justice
Delhi has got its first woman chief Justice with Justice G Rohini taking oath as the Chief Justice of Delhi High Court on Monday.
With this the number of women judges in Delhi High Court has now gone up to 10. Justice Rohini who was earlier a Judge of Andhra Pradesh High Court and will have a four year tenure as Chief Justice Delhi HIgh Court.


The 58-year-old judge was elevated as additional judge of Andhra Pradesh High Court and became permanent judge of the High court in 2001.


Discovery Channel , Alpine Ascents , Guides, climbers cancel Everest expeditions



Guides, climbers cancel Everest expeditions after tragedy


Distraught Nepalese guides and climbers cancelled expeditions on Mount Everest Monday after at least 13 colleagues died in an avalanche, as anger mounted at poor payments for sherpas who take huge risks on the world´s highest peak.

Sherpas already grief-stricken at the loss of colleagues have told they are considering whether to halt climbs to protest at pay and poor welfare provisions.The bodies of 13 local sherpa guides have been pulled from the snow and another three are thought to be still buried in the avalanche which hit Friday morning, the worst single accident in the mountain´s history. Another nine were rescued alive from the avalanche, which struck the group of sherpas as they hauled gear up the mountain for international climbers who were waiting at Everest base camp below.

Seattle-based Alpine Ascents International, which lost four sherpas in the accident with another still missing, has decided to cancel its expedition, according to its sirdar (sherpa captain).”We have lost five members of our team. To respect them, we will not be going ahead with our expedition,” said Lakpa Rita Sherpa, who has summited Everest 17 times.

“This was one of the worst days on the mountain and all those who died are sherpas, so many of those left don´t want to go ahead,” Sherpa told from base camp.

US-based Discovery Channel also cancelled an expedition after losing its team of sherpas in the accident, it said in a statement. The channel was planning a live broadcast of the first winged jumpsuit flight off the summit.

Other teams still at base camp are weighing up whether to go ahead with their expeditions, with many too distraught to climb. Ang Tshering Sherpa, president of the Nepal Mountaineering Association, said sherpas want the government to set up a welfare fund for guides and their families, using part of the fees paid by clients.

“It´s not about stopping expeditions, but they have demands that need to be fulfilled,” Sherpa, whose national body represents tourism promoters told.

Some of the sherpas and their families are angry about the Nepali government´s offer of 40,000 rupees (about $400) to pay for the funeral expenses of those killed, calling it a disrespectful gesture.


Hamid Mir regains consciousness



Hamid Mir regains consciousness

 Geo News senior anchor and renowned Pakistani journalist Hamid Mir has regained consciousness.

Mr. Mir is expected to be shifted to a private room at the hospital he is being treated at later today (Monday).

According to the medical report, Hamid Mir was shot six times. One bullet hit Mr. Mir in the ribs under the arm, one in the stomach, one grazed his hand while two pierced his thigh on the front and one on the back of the thigh which doctors have not been able to remove as it is lodged in the bone.

Doctors will take a decision regarding removing the lodged bullet after further examinations.

According to initial reports the renowned Pakistani journalist was shot thrice and underwent a successful operation at a private hospital.Hamid Mir was attacked in Karachi on Saturday evening while his car was leaving the airport. The Geo News senior anchor was shot multiple times and rushed to Aga Khan for treatment. He underwent a successful operation and is recovering.

The attack took place when a single gunman wearing shalwar kameez stopped Hamid Mir’s car right outside the airport and opened fire. The driver of the car sped away but the gunman and his accomplices in two motorcycles and a car followed Hamid Mir and continued firing.

The attackers followed Hamid Mir’s car till Karsaz and disbursed. While being chased Hamid Mir spoke to his colleagues over the phone and informed them of the attack. Media agencies


Holy Fire’ ritual in Jerusalem


Ethiopian Orthodox worshippers hold candles during the Holy Fire ceremony at the Ethiopian section of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City, April 19, 2014.(Reuters / Nir Elias)

Ethiopian Orthodox worshippers hold candles during the Holy Fire ceremony at the Ethiopian section of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem’s Old City, April 19, 2014. Israeli police reportedly blocked a top UN diplomat, alongside other diplomats and Palestinians, entrance to a pre-Easter Holy Fire ceremony at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, which Israeli authorities called a ‘micro-incident.’

Robert Serry, the UN special envoy for Middle East peace, said he and Palestinian Christians were making their way to attend the ‘Holy Fire’ ceremony at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, the site where Christians believe Jesus was crucified and buried before rising from the dead. 

Inspite of free access order Israeli police refused to let the group of worshipers pass, saying they had orders to that effect. 
Serry said he, along with Italian, Norwegian and Dutch diplomats, was forced to wait for up to 30 minutes, crushed by the excited crowd against a barricade, while Israeli officers ignored his request to speak with a superior, according to Reuters. 

“A precarious standoff ensued ending in an angry crowd pushing their way through,” Serry said, lashing out at “unacceptable behavior from the Israeli security authorities.” 

“It became really dangerous because there was a big crowd and I was pushed against a metal fence the police put up there, the crowd tried to push really hard,” the diplomat said, adding they might have been trampled had police not finally let them pass. 

Serry in a statement called on “all parties to respect the right of religious freedom, granting access to holy sites for worshipers of all faiths and refraining from provocations, not least during religious holidays.” 

The incident comes as the Holy City, which is of religious importance to Christians, Jews and Muslims alike, prepares Pope Francis’s Holy Land visit next month. 

Israel dismissed the UN diplomat’s complaint, calling it an attempt to exaggerate a “micro-incident”while crediting police with maintaining order as crowds of worshipers descended on the city. 

Later on Saturday, Israel’s Foreign Affairs Ministry dismissed Serry’s account as “an odd communique on a non-event.” 

“Christian dignitaries of the highest level have this evening thanked the Jerusalem Police Department for its efficient service, which has enabled the Holy Day’s celebrations to take place without any hindrance,”the ministry said. 

“Had any harm come to the pilgrims due to uncontrolled crowd movements, Mr. Serry would have been prompt to cast responsibility on the same police which he now condemns for doing its job properly,” the Israeli statement added. 

Pope Francis is scheduled to visit Jerusalem in May, an event that may be overshadowed by a breakdown in US-brokered peace talks between Israeli and Palestinians, who face an April-29 deadline to resolve their differences. media agencies News


‘Scenarios of Kannada Activism in Bengaluru’ by Prof. Chandan Gowda,


Nehru Memorial Museum and Library

cordially invites you to a Public Lecture

(in the ‘India in Transition’ series)



at 3.00 pm on Wednesday, 23rdApril, 2014

in the Seminar Room, First Floor, Library Building





‘Scenarios of Kannada Activism in Bengaluru’





Prof. Chandan Gowda,

Azim Premji University,





Bengaluru has seen a proliferation of pro-Kannada organizations since the early years of this century. The perceived decline in significance of Kannada and its speakers in the state’s capital appears a paramount concern for them. Many of these groups have found support from major institutional forces, including political parties, the local film industry, and the heads of Hindu religious establishments.  How do they conceive the Kannada cause and the strategies necessary for securing it? What are the continuities and discontinuities between their activist concerns and those of their predecessor outfits?  Mapping the shifting contours of Bengaluru-centred Kannada activism over the last few decades helps grasp the changing political and cultural milieu in the city. 



Prof. Chandan Gowda is Professor of Social Science at Azim Premji University, Bengaluru. His research interests include social theory, Indian normative traditions, and Kannada literature and cinema. In addition to his academic publications, he has written extensively for newspapers and published translations of Kannada fiction and non-fiction in English.  He completed his dissertation research at the Department of Sociology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 2007. He is presently completing a book on the cultural politics of development in old Mysore state.


INDIA SPORTS 2014 6-8 Nov, 2014



6-8 Nov, 2014

Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, New Delhi


We are pleased to inform you that the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports along with FICCI would be organizing the first edition of INDIA SPORTS from 6-8 Nov, 2014 at Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium, New Delhi. India Sports 2014 would be organized as a Sports Festival in New Delhi and will have the following activities under the India Sports 2014 banner:


1.       INDIA SPORTS EXPO 2014: An International exhibition on Sports goods, Fitness equipment’s, Sports apparels & Shoes etc

2.       INDIA SPORTS TURF: An International Conference on the Sports sector

3.       BUYER SELLER MEET: Organized by Sports Goods Export Promotion Council, Ministry of Commerce.

4.       INDIA SPORTS CUP 2014: A Sports Tournament to be organized

5.       INDIA SPORTS Fashion Show: A Fashion Show to be organized for the Sports Apparel. To be organized either at exhibition venue or at the Networking Dinner in the evening for exhibitors, buyers.

6.       Product Launch Forum- Exhibitors can Launch their products at the Product Launch Forum at the exhibition


The event is shaping up really well with respect to keen interest shown by the Indian and International Sports equipment manufacturers. We are hopeful that the event would create a benchmark and would be established as an event of world class level. India Sports 2014 would be one of its kind event in India which would not only help in uplifting the Indian Sports goods manufacturers who can showcase their products to the Indian & International Buyers but also would be a platform where the Sportsperson will get to see the best Sports & Fitness equipment’s & apparel, best International practices, with which the level of performance can be enhanced.


We look forward to your participation at this mega event and block the prime exhibition spaces available at the earliest.


with warm regards,


ficci new logo.JPGRavi Verma | Research Associate

Industry’s Voice for Policy Change


Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry

Federation House, Tansen Marg, New Delhi – 110 001
M: +91-9873522631| F: +91-11-23487462 | F: +91-11-23487226

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Akali Dal protests Amarinder’s ‘clean chit’ to Tytler for 1984 riots:



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Akali Dal  today launch a massive protest outside Congress headquarters in Delhi, on  Captain Amrinder Singh during an interview on NDTV  to Gr Editor Barakha Dutt gave clean chit  to Jagdish Tytler, Akali Dal the Sikh Groups thus fume over Captain Amarinder’s clean chit to Jagdish Tytler is raising slogans against the Congress leaders for 1984 riots: 

Captain Amrinder Singh Congress candidate from Amritsar had on Saturday said in a TV interview that the riot victims in Delhi had initially not accused Tytler of leading the mobs that went on a rampage in 1984. He had come under attack from the leaders of BJP and SAD, including Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal.

It was followed by the issuance a separate statement by Amarinder, criticising Badal for “misinterpreting” his statement about Tytler. “I have neither given any clean chit to anyone nor do I like to blame someone just because Badal blames him,” he said.

Amarinder, who is contesting against senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley, said in the statement that no court has held Tytler guilty so far. Reports claimed that police had to use water canons to disperse the agitating Akali protesters as they tried to break the barricades placed outside the head quarters.Media agencies



Armed man and accomplices take hostages in southwestern Russian bank


HOSTAGE SCENE: Photo from outside  ‘Zapadny bank’ where guman & accomplices hold 4 

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 HOSTAGE SCENE outside of ‘Zapadny bank’ Belgorod 

Three assailants, including one gunman, reportedly took four hostages at a Russian bank in the city of Belgorod.

The situation is developing at a branch of the Zapadny bank in Belgorod, a city in western Russia in a region bordering Ukraine.

“According to preliminary information, there are three captors and four hostages,” a source in the law enforcement told RIA Novosti.

The assailants are demanding 25 million rubles ransom ($700,000) the source added. Negotiations are underway.

In a contradicting report, Interfax cites a police source as saying that there is only one hostage taker armed with a Saiga carbine.RT News



VHP training camp end at Haridwar


प्रशिक्षण प्राप्त कर विहिप पदाधिकारी हरिद्वार से दिल्ली लौटे


     नई दिल्ली। अप्रेल 202014 विश्व हिन्दू परिषद दिल्ली के लगभग सवा सौ पदाधिकारी द्वि-दिवसीय प्रशिक्षण शिविर के समापन के पश्चात आज हरिद्वार से दिल्ली लौट आए हैं। हरिद्वार के भूपतवाला स्थित बसन्त लाल अग्रवाल सेवा सदन में रविवार सायं चार बजे शिविर का समापन करते हुए विहिप के अंतराष्ट्रीय संगठन महामंत्री श्री दिनेश चंद ने कहा कि एक अच्छे कार्यकर्ता के लिए यह आवश्यक है कि वह विविध मत-पंथ-संप्रदायों वाले हिन्दू समाज के हर वर्ग को साथ लेकर प्रत्येक क्षेत्र में कार्य को निरन्तर गति देता रहे। उन्होंने कहा कि वर्ष 2014 में प्रारम्भ होने वाले विहिप के स्वर्ण जयन्ति वर्ष की तैयारियों में हमें जुटना होगा और विश्व के हर कोने में रहने वाले हिन्दू की चिन्ता हमें करनी होगी। विहिप दिल्ली के महा मंत्री श्री राम कृष्ण श्रीवास्तव ने इस अवसर पर कहा कि स्वर्ण जयन्ति वर्ष में हम राजधानी की प्रत्येक बस्ती (कालोनी) में अपनी समितियां व सत्संग खडे कर समाज की प्रत्येक समस्या का समाधान करने में सक्षम होंगे।


इस अवसर पर बोलते हुए विहिप के अंतर्राष्ट्रीय संयुक्त महामंत्री श्री विनायक राव देशपाण्डे ने कहा कि देश के महान संतों और समाज के प्रतिष्ठित प्रबुद्ध जनों द्वारा 1964 में स्थापित विहिप रूपी पौधा अब एक वट बृक्ष का रूप तो धारण कर चुका है किन्तु समाज के लिए अभी बहुत कुछ करना बाकी है। विपरीत परिस्थियों में भी हम सभी को संतों के मार्ग दर्शन को ध्यान में रख आगे बढना होगा।


बैठक की विस्तृत जानकारी देते हुए विहिप दिल्ली के मीडिया प्रमुख श्री विनोद बंसल ने बताया कि दिल्ली की भागम-भाग की जिन्दगी से अलग गंगा के शांत तट पर आयोजित इस दो दिवसीय शिविर में हिन्दू संस्कृति, कार्यकर्ता की भूमिका, सत्संगों का महत्व तथा विहिप का स्वर्ण जयन्ति वर्ष इत्यादि विषयों पर गंभीर चिन्तन मनन किया गया। इस शिविर में विहिप के केन्द्रीय मंत्री श्री महावीर प्रसाद, क्षेत्रीय संगठन मंत्री श्री करुणा प्रकाश व दिल्ली के प्रान्त अध्यक्ष श्री स्वदेश पाल गुप्ता ने विविध विषयों पर प्रकाश डालते हुए कार्यकर्ताओं का मार्ग दर्शन किया और रविवार सायं चार बजे शिविर का समापन किया गया


उन्होंने बताया कि बैठक में हिन्दू समाज तथा हिन्दू मान-बिन्दुओं पर हो रहे चहुँ मुखी हमलों से निपटने की रण नीति, गऊ, गंगा, वेद व संस्कृति की रक्षा तथा संवर्धन, दिल्ली की हर बस्ती में विहिप की समितियों का गठन के साथ-साथ विहिप के स्वर्ण जयंती वर्ष की कार्य योजना पर विस्तृत चर्चा की गई।

बैठक में विहिप दिल्ली के प्रान्त उपाध्यक्ष श्री गुरदीन प्रसाद रुस्तगी, श्री नन्द किशोर शर्मा, मंत्री श्री राम पाल सिंह व श्री विजय गुप्ता, संगठन मंत्री श्री अनिल, मीडिया टोली के सदस्य श्री राकेश पाण्डे, बजरंग दल के प्रान्त पूर्णकालिक श्री नीरज दोनेरिया, मातृ शक्ति सह-संयोजिका श्रीमती संध्या शर्मा तथा दुर्गा वाहिनी संयोजिका श्रीमती संजना चौधरी सहित दिल्ली के कोने-कोने से पधारे लगभग सवा सौ पदाधिकारियों ने भाग लिया। सभी पदाधिकारियों ने गंगा मईया का पावन जल अपने अपने हाथों में लिए देश की राजधानी के कल्याण की प्रार्थना करते हुए देर सायं हरिद्वार से दिल्ली को प्रस्थान किया।




विनोद बंसल,

मीडिया प्रमुख,

इंद्र्प्रस्थ विश्व हिंदू परिषददिल्ली।  

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Nawaz Sharif  orders judicial inquiry of attack on Hamid Mir


PM orders judicial inquiry of attack on Hamid Mir


Nawaz Sharif has ordered a judicial inquiry of the attack on Geo News senior anchor and renowned Pakistani journalist Hamid Mir.

A three member judicial commission will be formed to conduct the probe. The decision was taken during a high-level meeting summoned by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to discuss the attack on Hamid Mir.

The federal government has also announced Rs10 million award for information leading to the arrest of Hamid Mir’s attackers. The identity of the person providing the information will not be disclosed.

Hamid Mir was attacked shortly after arriving in Karachi on Saturday evening. The Geo News senior anchor’s car was targeted as he left the airport. He was shot six times and is recovering after surgery.

Lucknow’s Sports College – New Champion of Coca-Cola Cricket Cup



Lucknow’s Sports College – New Champion of
Coca-Cola Cricket Cup


Stun Al Barkat Malik School of Mumbai in Final Match


Mumbai, 20th April 2014: Sports College, Lucknow defeated Al Barkat Malik M. I. English School, Mumbai by 24 runs in the final match and become champion of the 3rd edition of the Coca-Cola Cricket Cup under-16 school tournament, played at HPCL Ground in Mumbai on Sunday.


Sports College won the toss and opted to bat first. However, Al Barkat Malik School bowlers Jahangir Ansari and Shubham Singh’s three-wicket hauls rattled top order batsmen and clinched four wickets in initial overs. It was middle-order batsmen Vijay Yadav and Nitin singh, who stabilised the situation and scored runs patiently. Their 50-run partnership in 70 balls for fifth wicket took their team’s score to respectable 188 runs.


In reply, Al Barkat Malik failed to keep their winning spree and were bowled-out at 164 runs. All credit goes to Sports College’s acute fielding as they managed to run-out the openers Rayjan Khan (duck) and Pushkar Sharma (1). Bowlers Shahid (3/22) and Ankit (2/21) did rest of the job and helped their team to bundle-out the opponents in 42.2 overs.


Captain Shoeb Khan held one end with his inspiring knock of 61 runs. He received commendable support from Jahangir Ansari (25) but rest of the batsmen failed to build stable partnerships with them.


Shoeb, skipper of the losing team, was adjudged Man-of-the-Match for his all-round performance (61 runs & 2 wkts).


Brief Score


SC-L:  188 all out in 43.5overs [Vijay Yadav 38 (41 b 3x4), Nitin Singh 29 (46 b 4x4), Ashutosh Maurya 23 (35 b 3x4), Govind Yadav 22 (26 b 1x6, 3x4), Mohsin Ali 21 (31 b 4x4); Jahangir Ansari 3/46 (7.5 ovrs), Shubham Singh 3/25 (8 ovrs), Shoeb Khan 2/45 (9 ovrs), Arslan Khan 2/35 (9 ovrs)].


ABMMIES-M: 164 all out in 42.2 overs [Shoeb Khan 61 (103 b 2x4), Mohd Aman 23 (32 b 4x4), Pratik Mhatre 24 (32 b 4x4), Jahangir Ansari 25 (30 b 1x6, 3x4); Mohd Shahid 3/22 (5.2 ovrs), Ankit Singh 2/21 (9 ovrs), Ankur Baliyan 1/30 (5 ovrs), Vijay Yadav 1/25 (7 ovrs)].

Modi alleges Cong ruled States failed in ensuring security for women; Rahul hits back

Modi alleges  Cong ruled States  failed in ensuring security for women; Rahul hits back
BJP PM’s candidate Narendra Modi alleges that Congress ruled States have failed in ensuring security for women while Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi hits back at BJP saying that that only a few industrialists are benefited by BJP’s policies.

Addressing an election rally at Vishrampur in Chhattisgarh, BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Sunday alleged that Congress ruled States have failed in ensuring security for women.Accusing Rahul of misleading the country on issues of women’s safety, he said seven of the top 10 states in terms of crimes against women were ruled by Congress.

Sharpening his attack on Narendra Modi, Rahul Gandhi on Sunday said the BJP leader would have “ousted” even Atal Bihari Vajpayee like party veterans Jaswant Singh and L K Advani had the former PM continued being in public life.

The Congress Vice President took a dig at Modi for his statement at rallies asking voters to make him the “chowkidar” (watchman) of the country, saying the BJP PM candidate was a “chowkidar” only to businessmen and had ousted senior leaders and “brought in Adani”.

“He (Modi) boasts of development in Gujarat but it was not a single man who changed Gujarat. It was the hard work of labourers and farmers who made Gujarat. “He wants to get the keys (control) of the country in his hands but what happened in Gujarat? People gave him keys but he brought in (businessman) Adani,” Gandhi said at a public meeting in Karauli, Rajasthan.

“A group of Sikh farmers from Gujarat told me that their forefathers migrated from Pakistan to Gujarat and they put in their hard work and efforts to make the land allotted to them fertile. Now, Gujarat government officials have asked them to leave the state saying they were outsiders, he said, adding the same treatment was meted out to senior leaders in BJP.

Meanwhile, Arwind Kejriwal on Sunday reached Congress bastion Amethi to campaign for AAP’s Lok Sabha candidate Kumar Vishwas, and said both Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi must be “defeated” in the country’s interest.

The former Delhi Chief Minister and AAP chief began his roadshow and corner meetings here backing Vishwas, who has been pitted against incumbent MP and Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi in the May 7 Lok Sabha polls.

Attacking Rahul and BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi for their development claims, Kejriwal said their defeat would be in the interest of the nation and the people must end the tradition of dynasty politics.

He alleged that Gandhi family took the votes of Amethi people on sentimental ground, but never thought about the district’s development.

Comparing his 49-day reign in Delhi with Rahul ten year rule here, Kejriwal said that he solved more problems in a short span than the Gandhi scion did in a decade.

International news updates


Iran says nuclear experts to hold talks in New York 
Iran says nuclear experts to hold talks in New York
Iran and world powers will resume technical talks next month in New York ahead of further negotiations on a lasting nuclear deal, a senior Iranian official said on Saturday.
The talks will take place from 5th to 9th May on the sidelines of a Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) review conference that is to be held at the United Nations, deputy foreign minister Abbas Araqchi told the state broadcaster IRIB. 


He said the Iranian delegation will be led by Hamid Baeedinejad, like previous rounds, without providing further details. 

The meeting will come a few days before a new round of talks between Iran and the so-called P5+1 group of world powers, set to begin May 13, that seeks a comprehensive agreement over Tehran’s disputed nuclear activities. 

The sides met in Vienna last week, with negotiators from Iran and the five permanent UN Security Council members – the United States, Russia, China, Britain and France – plus Germany agreeing to “move to the next phase” of their talks. 

They will now move to draft the final accord, after clinching an interim deal in November under which Iran froze some nuclear activities in return for minor relief from painful Western sanctions. 

A lasting deal may involve Iran slashing its number of centrifuges – used to enrich uranium – changing the design of a new reactor at Arak and giving UN inspectors more oversight. 

Tehran has said in recent weeks it would need further, more powerful centrifuges to feed nuclear plants it says it hopes to build in the future. 

Western nations and Israel have long suspected Iran of secretly pursuing nuclear weapons alongside its civilian programme, charges adamantly denied by Tehran.

Pak journo Hamid Mir shot at in Karachi 
Senior Pak journo Hamid Mir shot at in Karachi
Senior Pakistani TV journalist Hamid Mir, who faced threats from Taliban and other terror groups, was today shot at in Karachi by four unidentified motorcycle-borne gunmen near a bridge on way to his office. 
Mir, 47, sustained bullet injuries after he was shot at near Natha Khan bridge soon after he left the Karachi airport for his office, initial reports in Karachi said. 


GeoTV reported that Mir, who has security guards with him, called up office to inform them of the attack on him. 

He was rushed to a hospital in a private car. Four gunmen riding two motorcycles opened fire on Mir’s car about six kilometers from the airport, GeoTV said. 

Dawn reported that the gunmen opened fire at the vehicle at 5:30 pm and Mir was admitted to hospital in a state of unconsciousness. 

Geo News Islamabad bureau chief, Rana Jawad said Mir told him after being attacked that the gunmen were following him and continued to fire at the car. 

A popular news anchor, terrorism expert, and security analyst, Mir currently hosts political talk show Capital Talk on Geo TV. 

In November 2012, a bomb was recovered from under his car which was believed to have been planted by the Pakistani Taliban. 

Russia warns US, declares military near Ukraine as deal stalls 
Russia warns US, declares military near Ukraine as deal stalls
Russia declared on Saturday that its military is massed on Ukraine’s doorstep and warned against further US sanctions as a deal it had struck with Washington appeared to stall because of intransigence by rebels it backs in the former Soviet republic. 
A threat by US President Barack Obama that more sanctions would befall Moscow if the agreement, reached on Friday with Ukraine and the EU, failed was “absolutely unacceptable,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Russian television. 


“Our Western colleagues are trying to push responsibility towards our side. 

But it must be underlined: it is a collective responsibility,” he said. 

He pointedly declared that “there are troops close to the Ukrainian border”.

“Some are based there, others have been sent as reinforcements due to the situation in Ukraine,” he added. 

The comments appeared to be a warning shot to Washington that the situation could quickly degrade if Moscow were punished for a failed implementation of the accord. 

The White House reiterated that it was watching Moscow to see if it is holding up its end of the deal. “We expect and we will be watching whether Russia does or does not uphold its responsibility to use its very considerable influence to restrain and withdraw those irregular militia from the buildings and spaces that they’ve occupied,” said National Security Advisory Susan Rice. 


US tracing Putin’s secret accounts is “absurd” – presidential spokesman


The report in The Times on potential sanctions targeting President Vladimir Putin’s alleged secret personal wealth, is “apparently a hoax” presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Ekho Moskvy radio.

The British newspaper reported that American financial investigators, who previously traced Al-Qaeda funding, would find the secret $40 billion of Putin’s money in numbered Swiss bank accounts, so that it can fall under US sanctions.

“Why would anyone be scared of sanctions, especially as absurd as these?” Peskov commented. “This can only be joked about.”


US drone strike kills 10 Al-Qaeda suspects and three civilians in Yemen


A US drone attack in central Yemen killed 10 Al-Qaeda suspected militants on Saturday as they were traveling by car. However, three civilians were also killed and five wounded in a nearby vehicle. The attack followed on the heels of an intelligence report that pointed to planned attacks on civil and military targets in al-Bayda province, the state news agency Saba said. A source in the High Security Committee said the attack targeted some of the most “dangerous and leading elements of Al-Qaeda.”




Militants ambush Algerian Soldiers, killing 11 – reports


Islamic militants ambushed Algerian troops during a routine mountain patrol near the capital Algiers, killing 11 soldiers, a security source told Reuters on Sunday. The attack, which occurred in Tizi Ouzou, 120 kms (74.5 miles) east of Algiers, marked the deadliest in years against Algeria’s security forces. Al-Qaeda’s north African branch, ‘Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb’ (AQIM), is reportedly operating in Algeria.


​Eight killed in Mexico plane crash


A small Hawker 800 flying from the Mexican Caribbean island of Cozumel to Ramos Arizpe crashed in the municipality of Ramos Arizpe in the North of the country, the government of the state of Coahuila said. All eight people on board were killed. The cause of the crash was not immediately apparent.



6.1 magnitude earthquake strikes off Papua New Guinea, no tsunami warning issued


A 6.1 magnitude earthquake has been registered 96 km (60 mi) southwest of the town of Panguna, Papua New Guinea, according to the US Geological Survey. The quake occurred at 00:15 GMT. The epicenter was located at a depth of 18 kilometers. Currently there is no information on possible casualties or damage. This comes just hours after a 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck off Papua New Guinea’s eastern coast, prompting a tsunami warning which was later canceled. Last week, a tsunami warning was issued for Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, and Vanatu, after two earthquakes hit the Solomon Islands within hours.


Death toll in S. Korean ferry disaster rises to 46 as divers find 10 more bodies


The official death toll in the South Korean ferry disaster has risen to 46 after divers retrieved 10 more bodies from the inside of the sunken boat overnight, AP reports. Earlier, the South Korean government stated that 36 were confirmed dead after three additional bodies were recovered. A rescue team reportedly broke a glass window and successfully entered the vessel. They are now looking to retrieve more than 200 bodies – many of them children – from the wreckage of the ferry that capsized on Wednesday. Of the 476 people believed to have been on board the ferry, over 250 are still unaccounted for.


Oldest nuclear plant in France shuts down after incident, no threat posed


France’s oldest nuclear plant, Fessenheim, was shut down on Saturday following an incident away from the reactor, a spokeswoman from French electric utility company EDF told Reuters. The incident occurred when a valve in control of the steam supply to the turbine generator accidentally closed. Fessenheim’s reactor 2 automatically shut down following the malfunction. No danger was posed. Experts are working on fixing the problem, but it is still not known when the reactor will restart. Reactor 1 of the plant has been out of operation since April 9, following a leak in a water supply pipe. “These are two incidents that have no bearing on the security of the plants nor for the environment,” the spokeswoman said.


Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood leader jailed for insults


Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed El-Beltagy has been sentenced to one year in prison for insulting the judiciary, a local court announced on Saturday. Ousted President Mohamed Morsi and 13 other Muslim Brotherhood leaders also face charges of encouraging the killing of protesters during demonstrations outside the presidential palace in 2012. “The court has decided to imprison the accused, Mohamed El-Beltagy, for one year on charges of insulting the judiciary,” Reuters quoted a senior court official as saying. Security and judicial sources stated that this is the first sentence to be handed down to a leader of the organization since it was outlawed last year.


Two killed, three kidnapped as armed militants attack Sudan oil field


Armed militants have killed two security officers and kidnapped three workers in an attack on an oil field in Sudan’s main oil-producing state of West Kordofan, Reuters reported, citing army spokesman Al-Sawarmi Khalid Sa’ad. The abducted workers include two foreigners – citizens of China and Algeria – and one Sudanese citizen. Security forces are still tracing the perpetrators, the source said. West Kordofan has been the target of a number of attacks by armed militants attempting to disrupt oil production.


Heartbleed bug could infect website


US citizens who used the website to enroll in insurance plans under the government’s healthcare reform law are being told to change their passwords to protect against the notorious Heartbleed internet security error. The Heartbleed bug is an encryption bug that silently puts the passwords, personal information, and credit card data of millions at risk. However, a post on the website says there is no indication that any personal information is at risk.



Boko Haram claims responsibility for explosion that killed 75 in Nigeria


Islamist Abubakar Shekau, the leader of Nigeria’s Boko Haram, has claimed responsibility for a bombing at Nyanya bus terminal in the Nigerian capital of Abuja, which killed at least 75 people. In a 28-minute video message acquired by AFP news agency, Shekau not only admitted Boko Haram’s responsibility for Nigeria’s most deadly attack to date, but added that the group has fighters in the capital. Boko Haram has also been blamed for the kidnapping of 129 students from a girls’ school. Fourty-four girls have so far managed to escape, according to the government. The remaining 85 students are still missing. 


Tsunami warning issued as 7.5 quake strikes off Papua New Guinea coast


A strong earthquake measuring 7.5 on the Richter Scale has struck off the coast of Papua New Guinea, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS). The quake’s epicenter was at a depth of 30.9 km and a tsunami warning was subsequently issued for Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center. “This event is the latest in an ongoing sequence of seismicity in the same region over the past week, which began with M 7.1 and 6.5 earthquakes on April 11, just to the northeast and southeast of the April-19 earthquake, respectively,” stated USGS.



Bahrain car explosion leaves 2 killed and a third wounded


The explosion was in the mostly Shiite village of al-Maqshaa, outside the capital Manama, according to the Interior Ministry’s Twitter account, as Reuters reports. It added that the car had signs of explosive substances inside. The explosion killed two people and wounded a third. In recent weeks Shiite villages in Bahrain have seen several explosions, with a bomb attack in March leaving three policemen killed. The US ally is still struggling to control the restive Shiite population in Bahrain.



16 die in Yemen drone strike


Thirteen suspected Al-Qaeda fighters and three civilians have been killed in a drone strike in Yemen. “An air strike targeted cars suspected Al-Qaeda militants were in and killed 13 of them in the Sawma’a area of [central Yemeni province] al-Bayda,” a security source told Reuters. The drone targeted two cars early on Saturday morning. While the Yemen government did not state who undertook the attack, the Yemeni government said that it was aimed against senior Al-Qaeda fighters. The US has stated that it uses drones in the country. However, it generally declines to comment on its activities.



Northern Ireland police arrest man for Belfast shooting


A 26-year-old man has been arrested in Northern Ireland after the shooting of a prominent republican hardliner. Tommy Crossan, a senior member of the Continuity IRA, was fatally shot on Friday afternoon in west Belfast. Crossan had been strongly opposed to the 1998 peace deal. Northern Ireland has been predominantly peaceful since the signing of the Good Friday agreement. However, there have been occasional outbreaks of sectarian violence, which have intensified over the past 18 months. More than 3,600 have died in sectarian troubles between Catholic Irish nationalists and union protestants who wish to remain part of the UK since the ‘troubles’ began in the 1960s.



Holy Fire lit in Jerusalem ahead of Orthodox Easter


The Holy Fire, described by Orthodox Christians as an annual miracle, was lit at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem on Great Saturday, or Holy Saturday, the day preceding Orthodox Easter. The Patriarch of Jerusalem, Theophilos III, has passed the Holy Fire to the pilgrims, including the Russian delegation, which will deliver it to Moscow. The Holy Fire, which symbolizes the miraculous light of the Resurrection, has been brought to Russia from Israel every year since 2003. This year it will be taken for the first time to Crimea, a former Ukrainian region that became part of Russia in March.




​3 more bodies found at Korean ferry wreck site


The official death toll in the South Korean ferry disaster has risen to 32 after divers lifted three more bodies from the wreck. More than 300 are missing or have been confirmed dead following Wednesday’s sinking of the ship. Prosecutors are carrying out a criminal negligence investigation on the ferry’s captain, 68-year-old Lee Joon-seok and 55-year-old helmsman Cho Joon-ki, who entrusted control of the ship to the inexperienced third mate, a 25-year-old woman identified only by her surname, Park. All three were arrested.


Four kidnapped journalists freed in Syria


Four French journalists, who were captured by Syrian rebels from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Syria in June 2013, are now free and in good health, says French President Francois Hollande, according to AFP. The journalists were found by Turkish soldiers on the border with Syria. They were immediately taken to hospital.


​Car bomber kills 6 in western Syria


A suicide bomber has blown himself in a car up at a checkpoint near Salamiya in western Syria, killing at least six people, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR). Meanwhile, a Syrian government official who spoke on condition of anonymity said four people were killed and nine injured. The city, located 33km southwest of the Hama province, has witnessed fierce fighting in recent months.


​Search resumes for four missing Nepali guides after Everest avalanche


Nepali climbers have resumed the search for four missing Sherpa guides after an avalanche swept down a slope on Mount Everest on Friday, killing 12 Nepali mountaineering guides. Helicopters will be involved in the search. “I sat and counted 13 helicopter lifts – 12 were dead bodies, flying overhead suspended by a long line from a helicopter,” Tim Rippel of Peak Freaks Expeditions wrote in a blog. The avalanche hit the most popular Mount Everest route as hundreds of foreign and Nepali climbers were trying to climb Everest’s 8,848 meter peak.


NASA’s SpaceX launches supplies to ISS


The SpaceX Dragon supply ship blasted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida on Friday, carrying two tons of cargo for the International Space Station. The supply vehicle will reach the orbiting space module on Sunday. SpaceX is carrying an external backup computer, which is crucial in case the main one fails. Storms cleared out of Cape Canaveral just in time for the mid-afternoon launch.


Algeria’s Boutefika wins fourth term


Algeria’s ailing president who has chronic health problems has taken more than 81 percent of the vote, according to the interior minister. The 77-year old who suffered a stroke last year beat five other opponents without doing any personal campaigning. A coalition of Islamist and secular parties had called for a boycott of the vote calling it a sham and three other presidential candidates pulled out of the race saying the result would be a foregone conclusion. Violence marred the election process, particularly in Kabylie, a restive Berber region east of Algiers, with 70 people wounded in protests.



Storms threaten NASA’s 2nd launch attempt to space station


Stormy weather threatens to interfere with Friday’s attempt to launch SpaceX, NASA’s commercial space supplier. The unmanned Dragon cargo ship contains two and half tons of supplies for the space station, including materials needed for urgent spacewalking repairs. On Monday NASA’s first attempt to launch Dragon was thwarted by a leaky rocket valve.




Magnitude 7.5 earthquake strikes Mexico


A magnitude 7.5 quake hit Mexico on Friday, shaking buildings in the capital and sending people running out into the street, Reuters said. The powerful earthquake was centered in the western state of Guerrero, north of the beach resort of Acapulco, according to the US Geological Survey. There were no reports of major damage.


Obama adviser Axelrod to help UK Labor election campaign


Britain’s Labor Party has recruited a top adviser to US President Barack Obama’s campaigns to help with its leader’s election bid next year, AP reported. The UK opposition party said David Axelrod will join its election campaign team as senior strategic adviser. Axelrod, a key figure behind Obama’s two presidential victories, will take part in regular strategic discussions with party leader Ed Miliband. Axelrod said on Thursday that both Miliband and Obama had the vision to focus on the “experience of everyday people.”



14 killed in car bombing in Homs – Syria TV


A car bomb that exploded outside a mosque in a pro-government district of the central city of Homs killed 14 people, Syrian state TV reported. The bombing occurred as worshippers were leaving the Bilal al-Habshi mosque on the edge of Akrama after attending Friday prayers. Opposition activists confirmed the bomb attack in the predominantly Alawite district but had no immediate details on casualties, AP said.


Japan to hunt fewer whales this season


Japan will target fewer whales when its Pacific hunt begins next week and will observe them in the Antarctic next season with the aim of resuming full-fledged commercial whaling, AP reported. Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi said on Friday the Pacific catch target was being slashed by nearly half – to about 210 from the current 380. “We will continue our research hunts aimed at collecting scientific data and seek to resume commercial whaling,” Hayashi said. Last month, the International Court of Justice ordered Japan to suspend its Antarctic program because it was basically commercial and not scientific.


Russia urges Libya to facilitate release of kidnapped foreign diplomats


Moscow has urged the Libyan authorities to facilitate the release of kidnapped foreign diplomats. The government should do its best to find the diplomats as soon as possible and free them, the Russian Foreign Ministry said. The authorities should also punish those responsible for the kidnapping and take measures to defend diplomatic missions in Libya, the statement said. Laaroussi Kontassi, an adviser at the Tunisia’s embassy in Tripoli, disappeared Thursday morning in “unclear circumstances,” days after gunmen kidnapped the Jordanian ambassador


S. Korea school vice principal commits suicide after ferry accident


The vice principal of a high school whose pupils died or are missing in a South Korean ferry accident has committed suicide by hanging himself, Reuters reported. Kang Min-gyu, 52, had been missing since Thursday and appeared to have hung himself with his belt from a tree outside a gym where families of the victims were staying. Out of 475 passengers and crew on the ship, about 340 were students and teachers from the Danwon High School in Ansan, a town near Seoul. They account for about 250 of those missing.


Rouhani parade speech: Iran will deter any attacks


Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Friday during a military parade to mark the country’s National Army Day that Tehran had the might to deter any attacks as its military displayed a range of drones and missiles, Reuters reported. Unlike predecessor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Rouhani did not use his speech to lash out at the US and Israel. “We don’t support any aggression… We support dialogue,” Rouhani said in the live broadcast. He touted Iran’s diplomatic outreach, and AP quoted him as saying that Iran announced to the world: “We are not after war, we are after logic, we are after talks.”


At least 12 Nepali guides killed in Everest avalanche


An avalanche swept down a slope of Mount Everest on Friday, killing 12 Nepali mountaineering guides, a Tourism Ministry official said. The first major avalanche this climbing season hit the most popular route as hundreds of foreign and Nepali climbers flock to the mountain to attempt to climb its 8,850 meter peak. Three Nepali guides were injured and some people may be missing, Reuters quoted Tilak Ram Pandey, an official at the ministry’s mountaineering department, as saying. The avalanche hit the Sherpa guides between base camp and camp 1 early on Friday.



Japan sends soldiers, radar to remote island, risking China tension


Japan is sending 100 soldiers and radar to its westernmost outpost, a tropical island off Taiwan, Reuters said. The deployment could risk angering China amid a dispute over nearby islands that both countries claim. Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera will break ground on Saturday for a military lookout station on Yonaguni. The island is home to 1,500 people and just 150km from the disputed Japanese-held islands claimed by China. Yonaguni is now defended by two police officers, and the move is part of a plan to improve defense and surveillance in Japan’s far-flung frontier.

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Talk at CPR

Centre for Policy Research is delighted to invite you to a talk by 

 Dr. Anne Hammerstad

 Lecturer in International Relations

School of Politics and International Relations

University of Kent


The Rise and Decline of a Global Security Actor: UNHCR, Refugee Protection and Security

On the occasion of the launch of her new book, published by Oxford University Press

 Discussant: Dominik Bartsch,

Chief of Mission, UNHCR New Delhi, India


 Date: Wednesday, 23 April 2014

 Time: 3:00 – 4:30 pm

 Venue: Conference Room, Centre for Policy Research, DharamMarg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi – 110021


Dr Hammerstad presents her new book, which investigates the rise of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) as a global security actor, following the refugee agency through some of the past two decades’ major conflict-induced humanitarian crises, including Afghanistan, Bosnia, Iraq, Kosovo and eastern Zaire/Congo. She analyses UNHCR’s momentous transformation from a small, timid legal protection agency to the world’s foremost humanitarian actor playing a central role in the international response to the many wars of the tumultuous last decade of the 20th century. Then, as the 21st century set in, the agency’s political prominence waned. It remains a major humanitarian actor, but the polarised post-9/11 period and a worsening protection climate for refugees and asylum seekers spurred UNHCR to abandon its claim to be a global security actor and return to a more modest, quietly diplomatic role.

The rise of UNHCR as a global security actor is placed within the context of the dramatic shift in perceptions of national and international security after the end of the Cold War. Prominent among ‘new’ security issues were the perceived threats posed by refugees and asylum seekers to international security, state stability, and societal cohesion. ‘The Rise and Decline of a Global Security Actor’ investigates UNHCR’s response to this new international environment; adopting, adapting and finally abandoning a security discourse on the refugee problem.


In this seminar Dr Hammerstad will draw lines from the findings of her book to discuss some key questions on the future of international humanitarian action in the polarized and dangerous environments of countries such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and Somalia. How can UN agencies and NGOs avoid the stamp of being part of ‘western agendas’? Is principled, neutral, needs-based humanitarian aid in conflict zones possible? How can it best be achieved – or at least approximated?

Speaker’s Biography:

Dr Anne Hammerstad is a lecturer in International Relations at the University of Kent, research associate of the South African Institute of International Affairs, and recent Global Uncertainties Fellow with the British Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). She received her DPhil from Oxford University, MSc from the London School of Economics, and BA from the University of Oslo. Her doctoral thesis won the 2003 thesis prize from the British International Studies Association.

In addition to the book ‘The Rise and Decline of a Global Security Actor: UNHCR, Refugee Protection and Security’ (OUP, 2014), Anne has published on migration, refugees, conflict and security in, among others, Security Dialogue,Review of International Studies, and Conflict, Security and Development, and is a contributing author to the Oxford Handbook on Refugee and Forced Migration Studies (OUP, 2014 forthcoming).

Anne has previously worked as a Senior Researcher at the South African Institute of International Affairs in Johannesburg, a Research and Teaching Fellow at Royal Holloway, University of London, and journalist with the Norwegian newspaper, Dagbladet. 


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Liver diseases

India is about to become Non Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease capital



India is about to become Non Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease capital

By bringing healthy changes in lifestyle and identifying the diseases linked with fatty liver timely, patients could be saved from diseases like cancer

New Delhi, April 19, 2014: Consultant surgeon of surgical gastrology and liver transplantation, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, Dr. Abhideep Choudhary told that urbanization and changes linked with it, like sedentary lifestyle, fatty foods, uncontrolled blood sugar level in diabetics, obesity, smoking and high alcohol intake is leading Indians towards higher incidence of fatty liver disease, that is Non Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease. This also increases the risk factor for Non Alcoholic Stato Hepatitis (NASH).

NASH disease could lead to cancer if patients are not treated timely. According to the studies of epidemic science, the prevalence of NADLF among common Indian public is between 9 percent to 32 percent, and this is more commonly found in obese and pre-diabetics.

According to Dr. Choudhary, “Fatty liver and NASH have been found in all age groups, including children, however it is more common between the age group of 40 to 49 years.”

This makes timely diagnosis of disease even more important, otherwise it could develop into cancers, like those of stomach and colorectal.

Elaborating further upon this, in detail, Dr. Abhideep Choudhary says, “If the diseases linked with fatty liver are timely diagnosed then they can be treated with laparoscopy, minimal invasion surgery or robotic surgery. In these surgeries, a small cut is mad on patient’s body, and this is the reason of fast recovery. As compared to conventional surgeries, which are very painful for patients, modern techniques are very easy for them. All which is required is timely detection of disease.”

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Analyses of Candidates of Phase 6: Lok Sabha Elections 2014


Analysis of Criminal Background, Financial, Education, Gender and other details of Candidates

National Election Watch (NEW) and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) have analysed the self-sworn affidavits of 2071 candidates out of 2077 candidates who are contesting in the Phase 6 of Lok Sabha 2014 Elections. The rest of the candidates were not analysed due to unclear/incomplete affidavits uploaded on the ECI website at the time of making of this report.


Please find the following detailed reports in English​:


  1. Analysis of Criminal, Financial and Other Background Details of Candidates Contesting in the 6th Phase for Lok Sabha 2014
  2. Consolidated Analysis of ​Criminal, Financial and Other Background Details of Candidates from the 1st Phase to the 6th Phase for Lok Sabha 2014

Phase 6



No. of Candidates Constesting

No. of Candidates analysed


No. of Candidates with Criminal Cases

% of Candidates with Criminal Cases

No. of Crorepati Candidates

% of Crorepati Candidates

Date of Poll


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Criminal Background

  • Candidates with Criminal Cases: Out of the 2071 candidates analysed, 321 (15%) candidates have declared criminal cases against themselves
  • Candidates with Serious Criminal Cases: 204 candidates have declared serious criminal cases including cases related to murder, attempt to murder, robbery etc.
  • Candidates with most number of declared Criminal Cases: Udayakumar S.P. of AAP from Kanniyakumari constituency, Tamil Nadu has declared 382 criminal cases against himself followed by M.Pushparayan of AAP from Thoothukkudi constituency with 380 criminal cases and Mu.Anbhalagan of DMK from Tiruchirappalli constituency with 10 criminal cases.
  • Candidates with cases related to murder11 candidates have declared cases related to murder.

  • Candidates with cases related to Attempt to Murder: 40 candidates have declared cases of attempt to murder.
  • Candidates with cases related to Communal Disharmony: 13 candidates have declared cases related to Promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc., and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony (IPC section-153A). 4 candidates have declared cases related to Deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings or any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs (IPC section-295A) and candidate has declared a case related to Injuring or defiling place of worship with intent to insult the religion of any class (IPC section-295).
  • Candidates with cases related to Prevention of Corruption Act:

    candidates have declared cases related to Prevention of Corruption Act.

  • Candidates with cases related to Electoral Violations:

    17 candidates* have declared cases related to electoral violations. candidates have declared cases related to Bribery (IPC section-171B), 8 candidates have declared cases related to undue influence or personation at an election (IPC section-171F), 8 candidates have declared cases related Illegal payments in connection with an election(IPC section-171H). *A candidate may have declared more than one IPC related to Electoral Offences.


  • Candidates with cases related to Crimes against Women: 12 candidates have declared cases related to crimes against women. Pankaj Kumar Singh an CPI(ML)(L) candidate from Purnia constituency, Bihar has declared a case related buying minor for purposes of prostitution, etc. (IPC Section-373).
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  • Party wise Candidates with Criminal Cases: 30 (32%) out of 94 candidates from INC20 (26%) out of 77 candidates from BJP13 (14%)out of 91 candidates from AAP27 (24%)out of 111 candidates fielded by BSP and 76 (8%) out of 972 Independent candidates have declared criminal cases against themselves in their affidavits.
  • Party wise Candidates with Serious Criminal Cases: 15(16%) out of 94 candidates from INC12 (16%) out of 77 candidates from BJP9 (10%) out of 91 candidates from AAP17 (15%) out of 111 candidates fielded by BSP and 43 (4%) out of 972 Independent candidates have declared serious criminal cases against themselves in their affidavits.
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  • Red Alert Constituencies: 55 constituencies have at least 3 candidates with declared criminal cases. Raver constituency, Maharashtrahas the highest number of contesting candidates i.e. 10 with criminal cases against them. 

Financial Background

  • Crorepati CandidatesOut of the 2071 candidates analysed, 504 (24%) are crorepatis.
  • Party-wise Crorepati Candidates: 77 (82%) out of 94 candidates in INC58 (75%) out of 77 candidates in BJP41 (45%) out of 91 candidates in AAP and 30 (27%) out of 111 candidates in BSP and 71 (7%) out of 972 Independent candidates have declared assets worth more than Rs. 1 crore. 

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  • Average Assets: The average assets per candidate contesting in the 6th phase of Lok Sabha 2014 elections is Rs.2.76 crores.
  • Party-wise Average Assets:Among major parties, the average assets per candidate for 94 INC candidates is Rs 13.62 crores77 BJPcandidates have average assets of Rs.14.37 crores,91 AAP candidates have average assets worth of Rs.2.60 crores and 111 BSPcandidates have average assets of Rs. 2.32 crores.
  • Party-wise Asset Rank: 66 (70%) out of 94 INC candidates occupy the top three highest assets positions amongst all the contesting candidates in their respective constituencies. Similarly, 54 (70%) out of 77 BJP candidates, 20 (18%) out of 111 BSP candidates and 20 (22%) out of 91 AAP candidates occupy the top three highest assets positions in their constituency.
  • High Asset Candidates:29 candidates have declared more than Rs.50 crores worth of assets.*Total Assets includes income of self, spouse and dependents.





Party Name

Total Assets (Rs)

PAN Given


Vasantha Kumar H.

Tamil Nadu



 285 Crore+



Deol Hema Malini Dharmendra

Uttar Pradesh



 178 Crore+



Jain Manish Ishwarlal




 151 Crore+



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    Candidates with High Liabilities: A total of 100 candidates have declared liabilities of more than Rs. 1 crore.Out of these 100 candidates, 14 have declared liabilities of Rs. 10 crore and above.


  • Crorepati Candidates with no PAN: 18 candidates with total assets worth more than Rs. 1 crore have declared no PAN details.
  • Candidates with High Income*: 24 candidates have declared total annual income of more than Rs. 1 crore. *Total income includes income of self, spouse and dependents



Party Name



Total Assets

The financial year for which the last income tax return has been filed by candidate

Total income shown by candidate in ITR (Self+Spouse+Dependent)

Self income shown by candidate in ITR


Vasantha Kumar H.


Tamil Nadu



285 Crore+



16 Crore+


16 Crore+




Tamil Nadu



13 Crore+



10 Crore+


17 Lacs+


Meera Ashish Sanyal



Mumbai South


50 Crore+



6 Crore+


6 Crore+

  • Candidates who have not declared Income Tax Details*: 1174 (57%) candidates out of 2071 analyzed have not declared income tax details.*Some candidates may be exempted from filing Income Tax Returns

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    Candidates with High Assets who have not declared Income Tax Details: 54 candidates with assets worth more than Rs. 1 crore, have not declared Income Tax Details. 

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Consolidated Analysis of Criminal Background, Financial, Education, Gender and other details of Candidates

Phase 1 to Phase 6

National Election Watch (NEW) and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) have analysed the self-sworn affidavits of 5380 candidates out of 5432 candidates who have contested/contesting in Phase 1 to Phase 6 of Lok Sabha 2014 Elections. The rest of the candidates were not analysed due to unclear/incomplete affidavits available on the ECI website at the making of this report. The following is a consolidated summary of the same.


No. of contesting candidates

No. of Candidates analysed

No. of Constituencies

No. of Candidates with Criminal Cases

% of Candidates with Criminal Cases

No. of Crorepati Candidates

% of Crorepati Candidates

Average Assets

Date of Poll (2014)



Phiroze Palkhivala’s press conference


 ​AAP ​Mumbai North Central candidate, Phiroze Palkhivala’s press conference for a Q&A session to answer questions raised by the media in the last few days.
Celebrities like Raj Zutshi and Vishal Dhadlani will be present (tentative) to express their support for Mr. Palkhivala.

Date: 19th April, 2014





Location: M.I.G Club, Bandra East
Contact: Shilpika|9920389955
AAP Media Cell

DataWind rolls out an affordable bridge to education





Tech pioneer joins the Business Call to Action (BCtA)


New Delhi, 18 April 2014: DataWind, a leading developer of wireless web access and products, and the manufacturer of the world’s lowest cost android tablet PC, announced that it has joined the Business Call to Action (BCtA).

DataWind plans to bridge the digital divide by providing an affordable tablet thus enabling internet access for millions of consumers in India. The company aims to harness the potential of ICT Technologies for a positive developmental impact on quality of education through its range of UbiSlate/Akash Tablets.

To meet the educational challenges in India, DataWind has worked to address the key demands of a large population, whose poor communities often face disproportionally high illiteracy rates. The company is focused on expanding the roll-out of the Aakash tablet, which is designed to be affordable, deliver high quality content, and provide access at the lowest cost or for free, where possible.

By 2017, DataWind has a target to distribute five million tablets in India and expects that more than 80% will reach individuals who live at the base of the pyramid– living on less than $8 dollars a day.

“We are greatly encouraged to have DataWind join the BCtA with their unique technological approach to help reach new communities and improve access to education and technology. The impact of affordable and connected devices cannot be underestimated,” said Sahba Sobhani, Acting Programme Manager, Business Call to Action. 

The company recently scaled-up its tablet launch to better ensure market-based solutions meet the needs of low-income communities in India. Working to help low-income communities readily adopt the new technology, and in an effort to provide continued quality education and internet access to help empower students and teachers, the Indian government has subsidized the costs and the planned expansion of the mobile tablet.. 

Recognizing that while a growing number of consumers have access to mobile phones, DataWind is also working with service providers and network operators to provide much needed access to the internet through these web access devices. The company has patented a unique delivery system to provide low-income consumers valuable data services at the lowest cost possible. 

Initial results are promising and the company is continuing to create applications that are versatile and relevant to its varied partners, which include schools, libraries, government and other public and private institutions. 

“DataWind is pleased to be in the company of like-minded organizations and initiatives such as the Business Call to Action that are working towards a common goal of social development by providing tools and empowering individuals and communities globally.” said Suneet Singh, CEO, DataWind

DataWind is working with several governments and not-for-profit organizations to help them achieve their goals of elevating the quality of education and bridging the digital divide. The company is looking to expand in Thailand and a number of other regions.

Withdrawal and its Implications: The future of Afghanistan


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DATE Wednesday, May 7, 2014
TIME 5:00 PM  - 6:00 PM (Tea & Registration: 4:30 pm)
LOCATION Burdwan and Cooch Behar Room, The Oberoi Grand, Kolkata
SPEAKERS Professor Anatol LievenInternational Relations Chair at the War Studies Department, King’s College London
Dr Rudra ChaudhuriSenior Lecturer at the War Studies Department and the India Institute, King’s College London
MODERATOR Mr. Scott Furssedonn-WoodBritish Deputy High Commissioner for Eastern India
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Uncertainties permeate the security, political and economic transitions in Afghanistan as the withdrawal of American and International Security Assistance Forces (SAF) approaches in the course of 2014. Will the decline in international military presence throw greater responsibility on regional actors to take the lead in initiatives for peace and stabilization in Afghanistan ? What about India’s stake in ensuring stability in Afghanistan and avoiding spillover of tensions and terrorist activity? The challenges of sustaining an evolving democratic state structure, social-cultural transformation and Afghanistan as a regional transit hub for economic progress are immense and need to be addressed.


Anatol Lieven 15-04-14 Professor Anatol Lieven -  International Relations Chair at the War Studies Department, King’s College LondonProf Lieven is the Chair of International Relations in the War Studies Department of King’s College London, and a senior fellow of the New America Foundation in Washington DC.  His recent book, Pakistan: A Hard Country, was published in April 2011 by Penguin and was selected by the Daily Telegraph as one of the ’2011 Books of Year’. A new edition of America Right or Wrong: An Anatomy of American Nationalism, was published in 2012.
He spent most of his career as a British journalist in South Asia and the former Soviet Union, and author of several books on the latter region, including Chechnya: Tombstone of Russian Power? (Yale University Press 1998) and Ukraine and Russia: A Fraternal Rivalry (USIP, 1999); and The Baltic Revolution: Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and the Path to Independence (Yale University Press 1993). He has a BA in history and a PhD in Political Science from the University of Cambridge. From 2000-2005 he was a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington DC. In 2005 he became a senior research fellow of the New America Foundation, a position he continues to hold. He writes a monthly column for the Financial Times, and is published frequently in other newspapers and journals.
 Rudra Chaudhuri 15-04-14 Dr Rudra ChaudhuriSenior Lecturer at the War Studies Department and the India Institute, King’s College London

Dr Chaudhuri joined the department in September 2009 having previously taught at the UK Joint Services and Command and Staff College. In September 2012, his position as a Lecturer was divided between War Studies and the India Institute at King’s. Currently, he is the Program Director for the MA South Asia and Global Security course. He completed his BA at St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University, MA at Exeter and PhD in the Department of War Studies, King’s College London.
 Together with colleagues in the department, he has served as a consultant to British Commanders in Afghanistan. He has also worked closely with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as a Program Director for confidential stakeholder conferences and workshops focussing on the economic and political future of Afghanistan, India-Pakistan relations, and the thorny issue of reconciliation with the Taliban.

Scott Furssedonn-Wood 15-04-14 Mr. Scott Furssedonn-WoodBritish Deputy High Commissioner for Eastern India

Scott Furssedonn-Wood is a career diplomat and assumed charge as the British Deputy High Commissioner for Eastern India in October 2013. Before being posted to Kolkata , Scott was based in the US. From 2008 until 2013 he served at the British Embassy in Washington DC, first as Head of Strategic Threats, working on counter-terrorism and counter-proliferation issues; and then as Head of the Political Section, where he was responsible for coverage of the 2012 Presidential election, a role which took him to 47 of the 50 states.
Prior to Washington, he spent two years at the Foreign Office in London as Private Secretary to the Minister of State for the Middle East & South Asia, during which time he travelled to over fifty countries, including to India and its neighbours on many occasions. Mr Furssedonn-Wood is a MA (Hons) in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Merton College, Oxford University and has a MBA from Open University.

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India as World Capital of Liver Disease


You are cordially invited to a
Press Meet
India as World Capital of Liver Disease
Day & Date: Sat, 19th April, 2014
Time: 12:30pm (followed by Lunch)
Venue: Hotel Shangri-LA, New Delhi
The gathering would be held in room no 1, 1st floor of the hotel
‘Non-Alcoholic Steato-Hepatitis (NASH)’, a condition more common among women and persons with morbid obesity, diabetes mellitus or metabolic syndrome is acquiring epidemic situation
Press Meet to be addressed by
International Speaker:
Prof, Abhinav Humar, MD, Chief Division of Transplant Surgery, Starzyl Institue, Pittsburgh, USA
National Speakers:
Dr. Shyam Aggarwal, Senior Consultant Surgeon, Department Of Surgical Gastroenterology and Liver Transplantation, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital
Dr Abhideep Chaudhary, Consultant Surgeon, Department Of Surgical Gastroenterology and Liver Transplantation, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital
Dr. Sunil Taneja, Asst Professor, Department of Hepatology, PGI, Chandigarh

WEC India Energy Portal 



One Stop Energy Resource Center

Energy Portal


The menu for Global Scenarios has been enabled.  Comparison of Scenarios of IEA, EIA and WEC is presented for Primary Energy Consumption, Electricity Generation and Co2 Emissions.


  1. Power Outages may fall as coal stocks improve at plants
    Apart from Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and to some extent Tamil Nadu, power demand during peak hours has been mostly met and there is a only a shortfall ranging between 1 mw and 300 mw.
  2. Tightening fuel emission norms: Government plans to impose extra 30% environment compensation on diesel vehicles
    Govt is also considering tightening the emission norms by mandating fuels compliant with Euro-IV norms by next year and Euro-V norms by 2016 while it is targeting Euro-VI norms by 2021.
  3. Players from Gulf nations plan to invest in Indian solar sector
    Plan to form joint ventures with Indian manufacturers based on their engineering capabilities
  4. MSERC approves 15% hike in power tariff in Meghalaya
    The approved increase in power tariff will be effective from April 1, 2014 till March 31, 2015
  5. Toyota to launch hydrogen-powered car
    The firm will launch the hydrogen-powered car in the United States, Japan and Europe in 2015
  6. Hydro power output goes up to 1,400 Mw to match rising peak demand
    Production at hydro power stations in the state has gone up by more than 200 Mw to 1,400 Mw during peak hours in comparison to March daily average output, as peak power demand in the state has been rising matching with soaring mercury levels. The …
  7. Tata Power plans to add 646.7 MegaWatt from clean energy sources
    Tata Power plans to increase its renewable energy capacity by about 71 per cent to cut carbon emissions and reduce risks from fluctuating fuel prices.
  8. Indian companies to benefit from Nepal’s new hydropower initiative
    The initiative of International Finance Corporation (IFC) can pull up Nepal’s power profile to a much brighter scale and also boost Indian power companies business.
  9. Clarify on undecided environment approvals: Assocham to EC
    EC has been examining projects awaiting clearances to ensure their approval by the government violate poll code
  10. Tarapur Atomic Power Station generated 28 pct of India’s atomic power in 2013-14
    The total nuclear power generated in the country in the year under review was 35,333 MUs.
  11. Over 14,000 MW hydro power capacity is under execution: Central Electricity Authority
    Over 14,000 MW of hydro power capacity is under execution in the country and would be commissioned in the next 4 years, according to CEA.
  12. Growth goes beyond a strong coalition
    Weakest coalition since 1989, the United Front govt from 1996-98 delivered faster GDP growth than much stronger govts
  13. Ajai Shukla: Come out of the nuclear closet
    While the ‘no first use’ pledge must quickly be scrapped, the ill-conceived commitment to ‘massive retaliation’ is even more damaging to our nuclear credibility
  14. Rays Power commissions 14 solar power projects in FY’14
    Rays Power is now starting two new parks in Rajasthan for 100 MW of capacity and its solar power capacity is now 85 MW with 56 projects.
  15. Climate change: UN panel’s latest tocsin
    Planned action just not enough, it pleads; new target cuts in emissions and deal to allocate these needed by 2015

For more information Contact – WEC India Secretariat, C/o NTPC Limited, 7th Floor, Core-6, SCOPE Complex, New Delhi-110 003, India
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digitalLEARNING Weekly Newsletter: April 17, 2014   Volume 11, Issue 16
As Interactive White Boards (IWB) change the education paradigm in India and make it more interactive…
To secure 100 percent results in the board examination and to maintain a reputation, some of the schools of Chennai…
IIM-Trichy has launched a post graduate programme in human resource management (PGPHRM) for the working ..
The primary education department of the Kolhapur zilla parishad (ZP) has formed 12 inspection squads in the district…
The directorate general of resettlement (DGR) has started new courses management programmes to…
The Doom School will be conducting a two week leadership course from June 1 for the young boys and girls…
A mobile application named as “NexClass” has been created by two second-year IIT-Gandhinagar student…
8 – 9 August
In south India, the Muslim community has established centres of excellence.
Justice MSA Siddiqui,
Chairman, National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions,Government of India
When I joined IMI, there were around 31 faculty members and now, we have 65 members.
Padma Shri Dr Pritam Singh,
Director General, International Management Institute
Today, money is not a constraint in our country but we need to have sincere teachers, sincere efforts, right approaches and it does.
Piyush Trivedi,
Vice Chancellor, Rajiv Gandhi Proudyogiki Vishwavidyalaya

Vandana Lulla,
Director & Principal,Podar International School, Mumbai

Soma Debnath,
Principal, The Heritage School, Pune

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Mukta Arts cordially Invites

 You to attend the cover of Press conference

To share with you the uniqueness of their latest Hindi Film



The Unbreakable


To be addressed by:

Subhash Ghai (Director)

Kartik Tiwari (Film “Pyaar Ka Panchnama” fame)



Venue     : Spice Mall, sec. 25, Noida

Time         : 1:30 pm

Date      : 18th April, 2014


You are requested to send correspondents/photographers/camera crew for thePress Conference



Shailesh Giri


Delhi’s Salwan Boys School Continues Winning Spree


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Delhi’s Salwan Boys School Continues Winning Spree
Mumbai, 17 April 2014: Strong batting performance by Mukulit Bhatt and Rishabh Drall helped Salwan Boys Sr. Sec. School, Delhi beat St. Jones Jr. College, Hyderabad by 56 runs in the Coca-Cola Cricket Cup Inter-State leg, played at HPCL ground.
Salwan Boys School won the toss and opted to bat first. Mukulit Bhatt played a captain’s innings by scoring an inspiring knock of 75 runs. His teammate Rishabh Drall contributed valuable 70 runs to achieve a respectable score of 206.
For St.. Jones Jr. College, C.H. Rithwik and Traneeth Raj claimed four and two wickets respectively.
In reply, Hyderabad’s St. Jones Jr. College team batting line-up collapsed at 150 runs. Salwan Boys School’s Sahil Sharma and Bharat Shankar claimed three and two wickets respectively to bowl-out the opponents in 41.1 overs. Abhishek Singh was the top scorer for St. Jones.
Mukulit Bhatt was adjudged Man-of-the-Match for his brilliant knock.
In another match, Sports Campus College, Lucknow won the match against DAV Sr. Secondary School, Punjab by huge margin of 120 runs.. While, Don Bosco M Higher Secondary School, Tamil beat AVR E-Techno School, Vijayawada by 66 runs.
In the final match of the day, Dehinagar K.C.R. Vidya Pith, West Bengal won the match by two runs against Shreyas Samarpan Vidyalay – Baroda. 
Brief Score:
Salwan Boys Senior Sec. School, Delhi: 206 All out in 44.1 overs (Mukulit Bhatt 75 runs (76b 13X4), Rishabh Drall 70 runs (90b 7X4); Rithwik 4 for 33 in 7 overs, Traneeth Raj 2 for 15 in 8 overs) beat St. Jones Jr. College, Hyderabad: 150 All out in 41.1 overs (Abhishek Singh 35 runs (60b 2X4), Mickil Jaiswal 27 runs (54b 4X4); Sahil Sharma 3 for 21 in 9 overs, Bharat Shankar 2 for 24 in 6 overs)
Sports Campus College, Lucknow  (UP) : 258 for all out in 45 Over’s (Nitin Singh 68 Runs (87b, 1X6, 6X4), Govind Yadav 48 Runs (33b, 3X6, 3X4), Mohsin Ali 46 Runs (53b, 7X4); Vikas Bamel 3 for 57 in 8 Over’s, Aman 2 for 30 in 6 Over’s, Vijay Deswas 1 for 36 in 6 Over’s beat DAV Sr.Secondary School,Punjab: 138 All out in 32.2 Overs (Ankit Laller 34 Runs (54b, 4X4), Sagar Saharan 26 Runs (47b, 2X4); Vijay Yadav 3 for 10 in 4.4 Over’s, Ankit Singh 3 for 30 in 7 Overs with 3 maiden, Prashant Srivastav 2 for 13 in 3 Overs’s
Don Bosco M Higher Secondary School (Tamil Nadu): 278 for 8 in 43 overs (Taryn Ferrario 157 Runs in 108 Balls 19X4, 4X6, Tausif Mirza 33 Runs in 38 Balls 5X4; Mohd. Rafi 3 for 55 in 8 overs, Sirinath 2 for 50 runs in 9 overs beat AVR E-Techno School, Vijayawada (Andra Pradesh): 212 All Out  in 42.3 overs (T. Vamsi Krishna 57 Runs in 68 balls 4X4, 1X6, T. Surya Charan 37 Runs in 30 Balls 3X4; Y. Sreekanth 5 for 28 runs in 9 overs, G. Karthik Shanmugan 3 for 40 runs in 8.3 overs. 
Dehinagar K.C.R. Vidya Pith, West  Bengal: 134 for All out in 41.4 Over’s (Amit Chanda 42 Runs (63b, 6X4), Sowradiv Shah 14 Runs (20b 1X6); Karan Pawar 4 for 22 in 7.4 Over, Sourine Thakar 3 for 18 in 9 Over’s beat Shreyas Samarpan Vidyalay – Baroda: 132 for All out in 44.3 Over’s (Karan Pawar 34 Runs (58b, 5X4), Abhimanyu Singh 33 Runs (50b, 5X4); Tanmoy Aditya 2 for 20 in 9 Over’s, Rahul Chanda 2 for 23 in 9 Over’s.

Hindi Film Revolver Rani



Wave Cinemas cordially invites

You to attend the cover of Press conference

To share with you the uniqueness of their latest Hindi Film


Revolver Rani


To be addressed by:

Kangana Ranaut

Vir Das

Sai Kabir Shrivastav (Director)


Venue     : Wave Cinemas, Sec. 18, Noida

Time        : 5 pm

Date      : 18th April, 2014(Friday)


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National film awards

‘Ship of Theseus’ named best film at National film awards
Updated on : 16-04-2014 08:50 PM
Anand Gandhi’s debut film ‘Ship of Theseus’ was named the best feature film while Milkha Singh’s biopic ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ was declared the best popular film providing wholesome entertainment at the 61st National Film Awards.
The best actor award was shared by ‘Shahid’ actor Rajkumar Rao and Suraj Venjaramoodu for Malayalam film ‘Perariyathavar’ while Hansal Mehta was named the best director for ‘Shahid’, again a biopic on slain lawyer-activist Shahid Azmi.Geetanjali Thapa was named the best actress for Hindi film ‘Liar’s Dice’.Saurabh Shukla was declared the best supporting actor for court-room drama ‘Jolly LLB’ which was also named the best Hindi film. The best supporting actress award is shared by Amruta Subhas and Aida El-Kashef for Astu (Marathi) and ‘Ship of Theseus’ (English-Hindi).

Indira Gandhi Award for best debut film will go to Marathi director Nagraj Manjule for his critically acclaimed ‘Fandry’.

Nargis Dutt Award for best feature film on National Integration will be given to Balu Mahendra directed Tamil film ‘Thalaimuraigal’.

An 11-member jury, headed by noted directed Saeed Akhtar Mirza announced the awards today.

The National Film Awards along with Dada Saheb Phalke honour, which will go to lyricist-director Gulzar this year, are likely to be given by President Pranab Mukherjee on May 3.

Nargis Dutt Award for best feature film on National Integration will be given to Balu Mahendra directed Tamil film ‘Thalaimuraigal’.

Marathi film ‘Tuhya Dharma Koncha’ was declared the best film on social issues.

Hindi film ‘Kaphal’ was named the best children’s film whereas Fandry’s Somnath Avghade and Tamil film ‘Thanga Meengal’s Sadhana shared the best child artist award.

Bengali film ‘Jaatishwar’ won the best male playback singer award for the song ‘E Tumi Kemon Tumi’ by Rupankar while in the female category Bela Shende won for the song ‘Khura Kura’ from Marathi film ‘Tuhya Dharma Koncha’.

Interestingly, both the original and adapted screenplay awards went to Kannada films. P Sheshadri won the award for his original screenplay in ‘December I’ while Panchakshari won the award for adapting ‘Prakruti’.

The best dialogue award will go to Sumitra Bhave for Marathi film ‘Astu’. In the language category, ‘Ajeyo’ was named the best Asamese film, ‘Bakita Byaktigato’ (Bengali), ‘December 1′ (Kannada), ‘Baga Beach’ (Konkani), ‘North 24 Kaadham’ (Malayalam), ‘Aajcha Diwas Majha’ (Marathi), ‘Thanga Meengal’ (Tamil) and ‘Na Bangaaru Talli’ (Telugu) were other winners.

‘Yellow’ (Marathi) and ‘Na Bangaaru Talli’ were given special mention by the jury. The other language winners were: ‘The Coffin Maker’ (English), ‘RI’ (Khasi), ‘The Crossing Bridges’ (Sherdukpen).

‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ choreographer Ganesh Acharya won in the best choreography category. In the best audiography category John Abraham-produced political thriller ‘Madras Cafe’ won the award for location Sound Recordist and Sound design while Malayalam film ‘Swapaanam’ won for re-recordist of the final mixed track.

Best editing went V J Sabu Joseph for the Tamil sports drama ‘Vallinam’ while best production design was won by ‘Miss Lovely’.

In the best music direction category ‘Jaatishwar’ won for the song while Tamil film ‘Na Bangaaru Talli’ was named in the best background score. ‘Jal’ won for special effects.

The film ‘Jaatishwar’ also won in the make-up and costume design cagtegories. The jury selected the winners in the best feature film category out of 310 films, an official said.

The award for the best book on cinema was given to Cinema Ga Cinema (Telugu) authored by veteran film journalist Nandagopal while the Alaka Sahani (English) was chosen as the Best Film critic for her articles.

In the Non-Feature film category, ‘Rangbhoomi’ (Hindi) was chosen as the Best Film while ‘Kanyaka’ (Malayalam) directed by Christo Tomy was named as the ‘Best Film debut by a director.

In this segment, ‘The Last Adieu’ (English) was named in the Best Biographical/Historical Reconstruction section while the award for Best Arts/Cultural film was shared by ‘The Lost Behrupiya’ (Hindi) and ‘O Friend, This Waiting!’ (English, Telugu).

‘The Pad Piper’ (English) was named the best Science and Technology film while the award for best promotional film was shared by ‘Chasing The Rainbow’ (English) and ‘Kush’(Hindi).

‘Foresting Life’ (Hindi, Assamese) was named the best environment film while ‘Gulabi Gang’ (Hindi, Bundelkhandi) was chosen as the best film on social issues as well as for best editing.

The jury of the National Film Awards also presented their report to I&B secretary Bimal Julka.

“It was a long exercise and the eminent members of the jury have done a commendable job. They have also made some suggestions related to certain aspects like pre selection of films which we will be kept in mind for the future,” Julka said after the meeting in New Delhi on Wednesday.

Other non feature films which were chosen for the awards include ‘Yugadrashta’ (Assamese) for Best Music Direction, ‘The Quantum Indians’ (English) Best Educational Film, Katiyabaaz (Hindi, Urdu, English) Best Investigative film and ‘Heyro Party’ (Bengali) named best film on family values.

In the non feature film category ‘Mandrake! Mandrake!’ (Hindi) won the award in the best short fiction film and best cinematograhy categories while ‘Chidiya Udh’ won for best direction and audiography.

For Best Narration/ voice over ‘Kankee O Saapo’ (Odia) has been chosen while the special jury award would be shared by ‘Ananthamurthy Not A Biography… But A Hypothesis’ (English) and ‘Tamaash’ (Kashmiri).

Among the special mentions named by the jury were ‘Accsex’ (English, Hindi), ‘Candles In The Wind’ (Punjabi, Hindi), ‘Dharmam’ (Tamil) and ‘At the Cross Roads: Nondon Bagchi Life and Living’ (English, Bengali).

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The menu for Global Scenarios has been enabled.  Comparison of Scenarios of IEA, EIA and WEC is presented for Primary Energy Consumption, Electricity Generation and Co2 Emissions.

  1. Toyota to launch hydrogen-powered car
    The firm will launch the hydrogen-powered car in the United States, Japan and Europe in 2015
  2. Tata Power plans to add 646.7 MW from clean energy sources
    Firm plans to raise renewable energy capacity by 71% to cut carbon emissions
  3. Hydro power output goes up to 1,400 Mw to match rising peak demand
    Production at hydro power stations in the state has gone up by more than 200 Mw to 1,400 Mw during peak hours in comparison to March daily average output, as peak power demand in the state has been rising matching with soaring mercury levels. The …
  4. Indian companies to benefit from Nepal’s new hydropower initiative
    The initiative of International Finance Corporation (IFC) can pull up Nepal’s power profile to a much brighter scale and also boost Indian power companies business.
  5. Clarify on undecided environment approvals: Assocham to EC
    EC has been examining projects awaiting clearances to ensure their approval by the government violate poll code
  6. TAPS generated 28% of India’s atomic power in 2013-14
    There was less than 1% increase in power generation from TAPS during the year as compared to the previous fiscal, the report said.
  7. Over 14,000 MW hydro power capacity is under execution: Central Electricity Authority
    Over 14,000 MW of hydro power capacity is under execution in the country and would be commissioned in the next 4 years, according to CEA.
  8. Growth goes beyond a strong coalition
    Weakest coalition since 1989, the United Front govt from 1996-98 delivered faster GDP growth than much stronger govts
  9. Ajai Shukla: Come out of the nuclear closet
    While the ‘no first use’ pledge must quickly be scrapped, the ill-conceived commitment to ‘massive retaliation’ is even more damaging to our nuclear credibility
  10. Rays Power commissions 14 solar power projects in FY’14
    Rays Power is now starting two new parks in Rajasthan for 100 MW of capacity and its solar power capacity is now 85 MW with 56 projects.
  11. Climate change: UN panel’s latest tocsin
    Planned action just not enough, it pleads; new target cuts in emissions and deal to allocate these needed by 2015
  12. Punjab State Power Corporation petitions APTEL about CERC’s compensatory tariff order
    Punjab State Power Corp has petitioned APTEL challenging CERC’s order about compensatory tariff to two Mundra projects of Tata Power and Adani Power.
  13. Parakh set to reignite coal fire
    Former coal secretary Prakash Chandra Parakh is gearing up to put up a strong fight against the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI)’s allegations of criminal conspiracy in the coal block allocation scam, with the launch of his book, Crusaders or …
  14. Finance ministry steps in to rescue Dabhol power project
    The project, which was built by Enron Corp, has been in trouble since last year, when dwindling gas supply from Reliance Industries’ KG-D6 block forced it to shut down.
  15. Govt receives 36 applications for three coal mines
    Applicants include JSPL and Tata Steel
  16. GVK coal mine gets conditional clearance from Australia court
    GVK’s Alpha Coal Mine is located in the Galilee Basin, Australia with the first coal expected to be extracted by 2016
  17. Coal India signs 160 fuel supply deals with power plants
    The company is likely to sign more fuel supply agreements

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Biggest Lie of Helicopter PM


Biggest Lie of Helicopter PM – Its 3%-4% MSME Jobs not 80%
April16, 2014
Helicopter PM in election interview broadcast just hours ago Claimed
80% MSME jobs created in Gujarat. MSMEs contribution is just 5% of
But I down loaded latest Annual Report of MSME ministry.
Gujarat 1st in Fixed Assets, 7th in Enterprises, 7th in Jobs, 9th in
Production Value.
No.    State/UT    Enterprises
(lakh)    Employment
(lakh    Market Value of Fixed Assets (Rs. Crore)    Gross Output
(Rs. Crore)
3    Punjab    10.14    18.31    37126    81625
24    Gujarat    15.32    34.42    166753    55306
    INDIA    214.38    501.93    689954    1077212
Gujarat 24% Fixed Assets, 5.5% Production Value, 6.9% Jobs, 7.5% Enterprises
Statement 2.3: State – wise Distribution of Principal Characteristics
of MSME Sector * Based on 2005 MSME Census

This table on page 32 is most damaging – Gujarat has 15.32 lakh
Enterprises out 214380 or 7.5% approx, 34.44 lakh employees out of
501.93 lakh or 6.9%, Rs.166753 crores out of Rs.689954 crores or 24%
Fixed Assets, But value of output is Rs.55,301 crores out of 1077212
crores or 4.76% only.
The ten leading States, in terms of enterprises, are Uttar Pradesh
(44.03 lakh), West Bengal (36.64 lakh), Tamil Nadu (33.13 lakh),
Maharashtra (30.63 lakh), Andhra Pradesh (25.96 lakh), Kerala (22.13
lakh), Gujarat (21.78 lakh), Karnataka (20.19 lakh), Madhya Pradesh
(19.33 lakh) and Rajasthan (16.64 lakh).
The ten leading States, in terms of employment, are Uttar Pradesh
(92.36 lakh), West Bengal (85.78 lakh), Tamil Nadu (80.98 lakh),
Andhra Pradesh (70.69 lakh), Maharashtra (70.04 lakh), Kerala (49.62
lakh), Gujarat (47.73 lakh), Karnataka (46.72 lakh), Madhya Pradesh
(33.66 lakh) and Odisha (33.24 lakh).

P-251 -  Number of Assisted Units 595 out of 18160, Margin Money
Subsidy Rs.2301 crores out of Rs.36146 and jobs 6937 out of 155418.
JUST 4%.
A year earlier it was 8058 jobs out of 325359 or not even 3% Page 240.
CNG Gas Price in USA $3.4 per mmBTU – Gujarat State Petroleum
Corporation demanded $15 to $18 Per mmbtu – Table-16

Ravinder Singh, National General Secretary.
Sabka Bharat Mission 2019
Y-77, Hauz Khas, New Delhi -110016
Ph: 9650421857, 9718280435




Nehru Memorial Museum and Library

cordially invites you to a Public Lecture

(in the ‘Cities in History’ series)



at 3.00 pm on Thursday, 17 April, 2014

in the Seminar Room, First Floor, Library Building





‘Women and the City:

The case of Ahmedabad’




Ms. Madhavi Desai,

Centre for Environmental Planning

and Technology University,





Asian cities are multi-layered environments. Natural and man-made, historical and modern, public and private create a complex structure of the city, deeply influencing its citizens. The built environment constitutes the image of the city and has a high cultural value as a collective memory. The city of Ahmedabad, which did not have colonial roots like Bombay, Calcutta and Madras, dates back to 1411 AD when Sultan Ahmed Shah established his capital on the eastern banks of the Sabarmati River. The 7th largest metropolis in India, Ahmedabad still contains a medieval core. In the first half of the 20th century, it was called the ‘Manchester of India’, owing to its large textile industry. Today, it is being hailed for its contemporary urban development.  On the one hand, physical planning, mostly in the hands of the government, is limited to macro level Development Plans or Master Plans. In these abstract processes, the neutrality of the user is taken-for-granted and the element of people’s participation is minimal. On the other hand, with growing impact of globalization, rapid urbanization and projects of modernization, Ahmedabad, like other Indian cities, has increasingly become less accessible to the marginalized and less mobile population, women being one of them. In addition, the discourse and critical scholarship about gender and the city has remained rather peripheral in India, creating a major lacuna in theory and praxis, severely limiting inputs to design, policy and implementation.  Spatial arrangements in an urban context help to reproduce structures of gender and also to articulate identities. At various levels, from the city to the neighbourhood and from institutions to the dwelling, the relationship between men and women is expressed in the built form. Focusing on middle class women, this presentation will examine their relationship to inside and outside spaces in the city, particularly in the public sphere, referring to traditional as well as modern markets, streets, parks and gardens, public toilets and urban transportation systems. Based on empirical research, this work-in-progress will attempt to read of the city as a gendered entity.




Ms. Madhavi Desai is an architect, researcher and a teacher. She has an M. Arch from the University of Texas at Austin, USA. She is a partner in ARCHICRAFTS since 1981 and an adjunct faculty at Faculty of Architecture, CEPT University, Ahmedabad since 1986. She has had Research Fellowships from Indian Council for Social Science Research, the Aga Khan Programme for Islamic Architecture in MIT, USA, Sarai, New Delhi and the Getty Foundation, USA. She is a founder member of Women Architects Forum. She is the co-author of Architecture and Independence: The Search for Identity: India 1880 to 1980New Delhi (1997), Architectural Heritage of Gujarat: Interpretation, Appreciation, Valuesthe Government of Gujarat, Gandhinagar, (2012) and The Bungalow in Twentieth Century IndiaThe Cultural Expression of Changing Ways of Life and Aspirations in the Domestic Architecture of Colonial and Post-Colonial Society, UK (2012). She is also the author of Traditional Architecture: House Form of the Islamic Community of the Bohras in Gujarat,Pune (2007) and the editor of Women and the Built Environment in IndiaNew Delhi (2007). Currently she has a manuscript ready for a book on Women in Architecture in India. She is also a member of the nominating committee of the Berkeley-Rupp Professorship and Prize at the University of California at Berkeley, USA (2012-2014). She has made presentations at many international conferences and has been widely published.







In the petition filed by the AamAadmi Party in the Supreme Court challenging the non-dissolution of the Delhi Legislative Assembly &non-holding of fresh elections, both the Congress and the BJP have filed their affidavits justifying the non-dissolution and prolonged imposition of President’s Rule.


Despite the fact that Supreme Court had specifically asked both the parties to make their stand clear as to whether they are willing to form the Government by joining hands, both the parties have not indicated any willingness to form the Government.


This shows that both the Congress and BJP have joined hands to thwart the democratic rights of the people of Delhi to have a popularly elected Government. This is because they feel that in the event of fresh elections, AAP would get a majority and form the government in Delhi, and both parties would instead have a prolonged Centre’s Rule irrespective of the political party in power at the Centre.

AAP media Cell


Pawar takes a dig on Narendra Modi and BJP’;s campaign.


Bharatiya Janata Party’;s (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi has brought down Gujarat’;s development, Union agriculture minister Sharad Pawar said on Wednesday.


He was speaking at a rally at Bhandup, arranged for the poll campaign of Sanjay Dina Patil, the Nationalist Congress Party’;s candidate for the Mumbai North-East Lok Sabha constituency. The rally saw Pawar portraying Modi as cruel referring to Modi’;s puppy remark and the massacre during 2002 Gujarat riots.

Pawar claimed that Gujarat’;s development was a continuous effort of its erstwhile Congress chief ministers and alleged that Modi is trying to steal the credit by making consistent false statements.

During the chief ministerial period of Madhav Singh Solanki, Amarsinh Chaudhary and Chimanbhai Patel, Gujarat was developing at the rate of 16% to 17.5%. However, during the period of Modi’;s rule in the last 12 years, the growth has come down to 9% or 8%. Modi has brought down the growth of Gujarat, said the NCP supremo. 

Pawar took a dig at Modi and BJP’;s campaign – ‘;Ab ki Baar Modi Sarkar’;- stating that it is for the first in the history of independent India that a politician has come up and started portraying himself as the next Prime Minister, and going down to the streets asking people to vote for him.

In democracy people choose the Prime Minister, and not vice versa,” said Pawar commenting on Modi. 

“The elections haven’;t concluded, the counting of ballot has not started, the results has not been announced and neither has the majority been proven in the Parliament. But here is one man who has been harping of himself as the Prime Minister,” said Pawar.


ITC Maurya presents cuisine from the “Heart of Europe – The Czech Republic


Roof to dinning at West View gets more exciting as guests are going to experience cuisine from the Czech Republic – ” Heart of Europe “

on April 16 -26, 2014.Inspired by its natural beauty, majestic spires, graceful castles and architecture, the Czech cuisine is truly an amalgamation of history and various cultural influences.

 Countless kinds of soup with ingredients that warm the body are must in the Czech menu, if Czech cuisine has a something exclusive and unique, it is definitely  dumplings and one of the most distinct facets of Czech cuisine is the focus on sauces  thick,probably creamy and spicy, sauces are a must. Be it with dumpling  or pasta, potatoes, couscous or simply with bread !

Meat usage is high in Czech Cuisine, be it grilled, smoked or minced, various legumes and vegetables are also popular.

Beer snacks such as marinated cheese,soused herrings,fish filets pickled in sour brine etc are some of loved cold dishes in Czech Republic.

many of the Cakes and pastries like buns, rolls, fruits dumplings etc that are popular in Central Europe have originated within Czech lands. 

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A moment of silence for Boston


Tuesday, April 15, 2014
A moment of silence for BostonToday, at 2:49 p.m. ET, President Obama will observe a moment of silence to mark the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing.

The President also released a statement this morning on the tragedy:

A year ago, tragedy struck at the 117th Boston Marathon. Four innocent people were killed that week, and hundreds more were wounded. Today, we remember Krystle Campbell, Lingzi Lu, Martin Richard, and Sean Collier. And we send our thoughts and prayers to those still struggling to recover.

We also know that the most vivid images from that day were not of smoke and chaos, but of compassion, kindness and strength: A man in a cowboy hat helping a wounded stranger out of harm’s way; runners embracing loved ones, and each other; an EMT carrying a spectator to safety. Today, we recognize the incredible courage and leadership of so many Bostonians in the wake of unspeakable tragedy. And we offer our deepest gratitude to the courageous firefighters, police officers, medical professionals, runners and spectators who, in an instant, displayed the spirit Boston was built on — perseverance, freedom and love.

Read the statement here, and if you like, join the President for a moment of silence at 2:49 p.m. ET today.

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Failed Weird GUJARAT MODEL is the Real Danger to Indians


April16, 2014

Foreign media has come alive to the rise of Eccentric in Indian
politics not for merit or Gujarat Model which fake – Gujarat
contributed 7% of net GDP of India in 1993, 2004 and 2014 but for his
promotion Select Corporate.

Tax collection in Gujarat is barely Rs.75,000 crores or $12.5b for 62m
population or $200 per capita and borrows $5b to fund Gujarat budget.

Expenditure on Education and Healthcare is not even 0.5% of State GDP
against 5% desired.

Sardar Sarovar Narmada Canal has completely failed due to 4 times over
size than desired and Gujarat wasted $billions on diversion projects –
Sujalam Sufalam, SAUNI and Coastal River Linking projects but water
failed to reach drought prone regions.

Corporate in Gujarat are valued at over $160b as of today but people
of Gujarat have no equity in them – wages are not even 1% of their
turnover – contributes nothing.

Unlike Corporate in West – Cargill or Microsoft for example could
scale any heights but is generally restricted to Food industry and

But Ambani, Adani, Wipro and others EXPAND IN ALL DIRECTIONS IN ALL

[Power, Refineries, Petrochemicals, Textiles, Power, Telecom,
Broadband, DTH, Broadcast, Oil & Gas Exploration to Retail, Retail
Trade, Infrastructure, Films, Food Processing etc. Leaving Nothing For

For example Adani buys Groundnut or Soybean at Rs.35 per kg and
instead of retail vegetable oil at Rs.50-60 per kg, retail vegetable
oils for Rs.90 to Rs.180 per liter.

Profits are not DECLARED – Illegal Financial Dealings are tolerated,
Angadias, Ponzy, Chit Funds, Moneylenders dominate Gujarat economy not
the Regulate Banks.
It is not an issue of Left or Center or Right of Center government of
Gujarat but ally of thugs and criminals.
Ravinder Singh, National General Secretary.
Sabka Bharat Mission 2019
Y-77, Hauz Khas, New Delhi -110016
Ph: 9650421857, 9718280435

1.  All Over The World Rooftop Solar is Standard – It was foolish to
install Solar Pannels on Canals and Damaging Lifeline of Gujarat.
Solar Power Cost to Gujarat Consumers is over Rs.20-25 Per Unit –
Rs.100,000 Cr Scam.

2. Oil & Gas prices are High Because of Criminal GSPC & RIL Conspiracy.
Modi owned GSPC and RIL secured over 80 Oil & Gas Blocs, Reported
World Record Discoveries in 2005 and 2002 but there is practically no
production in 15 years. CAG reported RIL is operating in ONGC and GSPC
blocks Illegally.

3.  Gujarat Food Production is Negative, Gujarat rear 27m Animals.
Gujarat produced 3% of Foodgrains in 1998 and 3% presently. Fact is
Irrigation Projects in Gujarat and BJP States HAVE FAILED including MP
and Gujarat agriculture is Vulnerable to Drought.

    Gujarati Cooking Classes on TV are Missing Butter, Ghee, Lassi, Milk.
    Gujarati sell export over 50% of Milk and 90% Milk Products.
    23m Children Were Malnourished Generation During 19 Years BJP Rule.

4.  Gujarat is OBVIOUSLY Most Corrupt when Corporate Get Land at Rs.1
per square meter forcibly acquired from farmers. Tax Collection in
Gujarat is 11.3% only for 63.3% Tax Rate – India average 17.7%.

5.  Gujarati are No Doubt ENTREPRENEURIAL BUT Only Adani, Ambani,
Tata, Ruchi Soya, etc get all the Bank Credits and Cheap Land and

    Small Industries actually are Financing Corporate at Zero Interest,
are Paid for their products & services in up to Six Months.
    Gujarat Industries Are Low Tech & Highly Polluting.
    Tata Nano had Shut Down – With it Scores of Ancillaries.

6. Education, Healthcare are in Shambles – Less than 0.5% of GDP is
allocated for Education & Healthcare.

7. Over 100 Ministers, Police Officers are Facing Criminal Cases.

8. Gujarat PSU restrict power supply to Consumers & Farmers to Stay Profitable.

9.  BJP Gujarat & MP Governments are NOTORIUOS For Corruption & Loot,
CAG Reported Massive Loot in Narmada Canal and all MP Projects – Costs
have gone up 20-100 Times in all cases.

10. Gujarat while allocating Land to Corporate it uproots Indians
Settled in Border Area for the protection of Gujarat itself.

NDTV BJP Record 182 Seats Can’t Be 275,


NDTV BJP Record 182 Seats Can’t Be 275, Gujarat Let Down
April15, 2014Pranab Roy these days outsource Poll Surveys and is not directly
involved is depending on second hand opinion. BJP campaigned has
survived to this day because of Corrupted Corporate owned media. It
requires only 24 hours bursting the fake growth story of Gujarat.

BJP scored 182 seats in both 1998 and 1999 elections when INC was at
its weakest and Vajpayee the moderate face of BJP RSS was leading NDA
with promise not to take up controversial issues and backed by scores
of regional partners. Except UP BJP had alliances in every region, BJP
was though not really a virgin in terms of ruling India but still
viewed as Patriotic and Clean party.

Under Mady BJP is going in to elections with Enemies in every corner
of the country including Gujarat. Mady has made more Enemies than BJP
had allies in 1998 and 1999.

People are very smart – they fully understand the Gujarat Loot &
Exploitation Model that had rendered 99% vulnerable poor hungry &

But worse is his Patronizing Ambani, Adani and corporate. Take out
Rs.10,00,000 crore Corporate Value, Funded By Indian Money and people
of Gujarat has no equity in them  – Gujarat is reduced BIMARU status.

Million lies of Shining are spoiled by just 30 minute exposure of
Arvind Kejriwal. But when 20 important parties repeat it, it is
collapse of the campaign.

He had actually spoiled relations with Regional Super Powers -
Communists, TMC, SP, AIDMK, BJD, JDU, BSP, etc who could have
contributed 80-100 seats post elections.

Opinion polls didn’t take in to account Strategic Voting by voters in
polarized situation like 2014 Lok Sabha Polls.

Even if BJP wins 275 seats with so many Enemies Outside and Inside –
people will not let him become Prime Minister, exactly the same way
Sushma Swaraj prevented Sonia Gandhi from taking over as Prime
Minister of India.

Ravinder Singh, National General Secretary.
Sabka Bharat Mission 2019
Y-77, Hauz Khas, New Delhi -110016
Ph: 9650421857, 9718280435

NDTV opinion poll: BJP and allies cross 272 mark
April 15, 2014

NDTV’s latest opinion poll shows the BJP and its allies collecting 275
seats, three more than needed to form the government.

The BJP, led by prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, gets 226
seats, the party’s strongest performance ever and a very long way from
the two it had won in 1984.

With some canny late alliances like the one with the Telugu Desam
Party in Andhra Pradesh, the BJP seems to have gained much ground in
the penultimate lap of the general elections.

If this will be the BJP’s best performance ever, its main rival the
Congress, which has ruled straight for the last 10 years at the head
of the UPA (United Progressive Alliance) registers a low point in its
history. The party has never gone below 100, this time it is likely to
dip to 92, the NDTV opinion poll shows.

Together with its allies, the Congress could touch a meagre 111, three
short of it worst solo performance of 114 seats in 1999.

There is, however, one month and five phases of polling still to go
before votes are counted on May 16, as all parties step up their
campaigns in this crucial final leg of electioneering.

The BJP had so far been projected as heading towards being the single
largest party, but with its national alliance falling short of the
majority mark. It seems to have only got better for the BJP as
elections have neared.

In NDTV’s February opinion poll Mr Modi’s party was projected to get
196 seats, its NDA 230; the March opinion poll showed 214 for the BJP
and 259 for the NDA.

But 275 is tight when a two per cent margin of error is factored in
into the opinion poll’s predictions and the BJP will have to sustain
the pitch of its campaign in the next few days.

The NDA crossing the magic 272 is heavily predicated on the BJP
winning the 51 seats in UP that the latest opinion poll shows it

If the alliance does not reach 272, it will have to seek more allies
from among regional players like J Jayalalithaa, who is expected to
win a tidy number of seats in Tamil Nadu, or even Mamata Banerjee, who
is projected to get a lion’s share of West Bengal’s 42 seats.

Regional heavyweights like these are reportedly eyeing a bargaining
position in government formation at the Centre.

Smriti Z Irani file nomination for Amethi, Sushma Swaraj cancels MP rally


 Main yahan (Amethi) Congress se ladne aayi hoon, Congress ki B-team se ladne nahi, says Smriti Irani on AAP, while filing her nomination. 

Smriti Z Irani tweeted: On my way to file my nomination for Amethi, with the blessings of Durga Ma and enthusisatic support from the constituency residents.Irani is the BJP candidate from Amethi. 

Sushma Swaraj cancels Shivpuri,MP rally after Pawaiya and the party workers were fpund absent : Yesterday, senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj’s proposed rally in Shivpuri, Madhya Pradesh in support of the party nominee from Guna seat, Jaibhan Singh Pawaiya ended up in no show today as the local leaders failed to turn up at the helipad to receive her.

There was no BJP leader was present to receive the Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha when her chopper landed at around 1.45 pm, except the media, sources said.

Even no party vehicle was present at the spot except a security vehicle with a tag “Escort”, which Sushma Swaraj thought was due to the Model Code of Conduct which is in force, they said.

When she realised it was an escort vehicle, she asked the driver to stop and returned to the helipad where she found a few local BJP leaders whom she asked about Pawaiya who was reportedly in Ashoknagar town at that time.

When efforts to contact Pawaiya proved futile, Sushma got angry at the “shoddy” arrangements and refused to address the party’s rally in Shivpuri and left for Ashoknagar in the same chopper to address a scheduled public meeting at 2.18 pm, sources added.

During the addressing the rally in Ashoknagar, she publicly scolded Pawaiya who was present at the spot, over the treatment meted out to her at Shivpuri.

Food Tank is honored to be participating in Edible Institute


Dear Naresh,

Edible Communities create community-based, local food publications in culinary regions of the U.S. and Canada–from Baja Arizona to Washington, DC, and the Hawaiian Islands to Omaha, Nebraska. And through stories, news updates, and tastings and dinners, Edible Communities collectively connect consumers to local growers, farmers, fishers, ranchers, and chefs, putting a face and a place to food.

This spring, the Edible community members will be participating inEdible Institute: a two-day celebration in New York City May 10-11, 2014 to discuss where the local food movement is and where it’s headed.

Edible Institute will also bring together leaders in the movement for a better food system, including; Mark Bittman, Jane Black, Paul Greenberg, Brian Halweil, Anna Lappe, Gary Paul Nabhan, Brad Nelson, Tom Philpott, Jeffrey Zurofsky, and others. I’m also excited to be participating in this event!

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Tickets are still on sale for this annual conference that will gather more than 80 Edible magazine publishers and will feature talks and forums led by farmers, chefs, journalists, and more.

Guests can expect panels to address topics such as:

  • Culture: Can the food revolution cross geographical, cultural, and class boundaries?
  • Technology: The expanding food-tech space and what it means.
  • Business: How to build a sustainable food business in a city (or nearby suburb).
  • Drinks: Why is the good food movement drinking more?
  • Seafood: How will small-scale fishers save East Coast seafood?
  • Food Service: What will it take to bring the good food movement to scale in school cafeterias, hospitals, hotels, and beyond?

Attendees will also enjoy two days of discussions at the New School in Manhattan, food and drink tastings, as well as invitations to selected events during the weekend including walking tours of Brooklyn’s rooftop gardens, bus trips to Hudson Valley wine country, and a live food-tech meet-up.

Food Tank is honored to be participating in Edible Institute and we’re hoping to see many of you there! You can learn more about the event HERE.

We’re also excited to highlight five of the many Edible publications who are a voice for the good food movement and encourage eaters and consumers to join them in cultivating a better food system.

With a growing interest in food over the past 10 years, eaters and consumers in Boston can use Edible Boston as a guide to local products and seasonal food. The community-based publication is a resource guide to what’s new, what’s locally available, and an introduction to local change makers. It connects readers to the farmer at the local farmers market.

Edible Chicago is published seasonally and explores the local and sustainable food movement in the city. With a mission of changing the way people eat—one story and meal at a time—Edible Chicago provides interesting content and photographs connecting readers to the food culture of Chicago. Readers will find suggestions on where to eat, drink, and attend local food events in the area.

Edible Manhattan is a bi-monthly magazine that can be found in both print and online versions. Editor, Gabrielle Langholtz says, “Edible Manhattan pulls back the curtain on our city’s eats to reveal every spellbinding, unctuous tale in town.” This grassroots publication is a guide to eating experiences, where to find the best cookbooks, stories of lovacore legends, and the journey of urban ingredients from fields and farms to plates.

Edible Portland believes “there’s a pleasure in knowing.” The goal of this Edible publication is to be a resource that makes eating, growing, and enjoying local food a daily pleasure. Edible Portland is part of the growing movement to encourage people to eat more locally grown and locally produced foods. And part of this mission is to, as a result, help sustain local family farmers.

Edible Vancouver aims “to transform the way communities shop for, cook, eat, and relate to the food that is grown and produced in their area.” The community-based magazine is published bi-monthly and each issue emphasizes the current food in season in the Vancouver Metro area.

Eaters and consumers can learn more about the Edible Communities by picking up a local publication, starting a new community publication, or attending the Edible Institute in New York City on May 10-11, 2014. For more details, itineraries, and to register, click here.

Food Tank hopes to see you there! Please email me at with any questions

All The Best,

Danielle Nierenberg
President, Food Tank
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Vote Quotes of Zee TV Artists



_MG_2374.jpgMohit Malik (Samrat from Doli Armaanon Ki) - I believe it’s a very easy, escapist route that a majority of our youth take when they say they are simply not interested in politics. If you don’t wish to spare the time and participate in getting the right government to power, then you have lost the right to complain about all the things going wrong in India. So, I urge all my fans to take adequate ownership of the running of our democracy and cast a vote to those who are equipped to give us better governance.

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Neha Marda (Urmi from Doli Armaanon Ki)- I think, as a woman, I must highlight that one of the biggest issues we face in the country is that of women’s safety. I strongly believe that in addition to justice to victims of crimes against women, we must look at compulsory self defence classes for every woman. We cannot afford to be the weaker gender in times such as these.  My vote will go to the party that can aggressively work towards this goal and make our cities safer places to work and live in.

_MG_5747.JPGRajat Tokas (Jalaluddin Akbar from Jodha Akbar) - Rather than a responsibility, I look at voting as my right to choose the people truly capable of effectively running our democracy. As a citizen, I consider it extremely important to use my intelligence in analysing all the facts at hand and identifying the right party that will make a change for the better for millions of Indians in every respect, be it infrastructure, rising costs, water, quality education, better civic amenities, etc.  Just as I will cast my vote this year, I urge all my fans to also vote and work towards constructively shaping the future of  this country.


Sriti Jha (Pragya from Kumkum Bhagya): Election is celebration of democracy and having said that I feel that the youth needs to have an informed opinion before electing a suitable candidate. They should have an idea of the general manifesto and not just believe all that they have heard from others around them. Have first hand info. I feel sad for not having been able to vote this year since I was registered in Delhi list. I’m trying to go there and vote as I’m tied down shooting for my new show - Kumkum Bhagya. 


Mishkat Varma (Raaj from Aur Pyaar Ho Gaya) : I have seen a lot of people complaining about politicians and the general state of affairs. I believe elections are the only chance we have to choose the right leader and stop complaining. I am registered in the Mumbai list and I will ensure that I go and vote in the first half of the day.




AAP candidates in Mumbai denied permissions to hold rallies, road shows


 AAP candidates in Mumbai are repeatedly being denied permissions to hold rallies, road shows and other events by the local authorities. While the other parties are granted permissions with ease, AAP has been consistently harassed by the authorities and the volunteers seeking permissions are made to run from pillar to post. Unlike other parties which use political clout and connections, AAP is run by an army of volunteers who ensure that every single rule is followed, but we are finding it hard to cope with the growing discomfort caused in seeking permissions. AAP strongly feels that there are political forces trying to show their clout and deny AAP’s right to free and fair campaigning.


South-Central, Mumbai candidate Sundar Balakrishnan was forced to sit on a dharna yesterday as he was denied permission to hold a rally in his constituency. Only much later he was granted permission to hold the rally. In other instances applications for 10am rallies, applied for days in advance are granted at 12 noon on the day of the rally.


We strongly feel that AAP routes are adjusted to accommodate other parties but sometimes a party books a whole area and AAP is denied permission to campaign in those areas. Thirdly, the authorities are persistent about every detail, which they should be but other parties are not asked to furnish particulars of cars, bikes etc.


AAP is proud of the independent and strict conduct of the election commission, but somewhere down the line individuals are perhaps getting compromised by political pressure.


Despite these hurdles AAP will continue the battle and work together with Election Commission to reinforce democracy.


Please find the marathi version of the press note attached.



AAP Media Cell


AAP leader and former journalist, Ashish Khetan’s press conference to reveal his findings of the failures of the BMC and State Govt in providing public services and infrastructure in Mumbai.



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Berlusconi to do community service


Berlusconi to do community service for tax fraud conviction

An Italian court ruled that former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi should serve a one-year sentence for tax fraud by doing community service, Media reports  a legal source as saying on Tuesday. It was not immediately clear what kind of community service he has been ordered to do. The Milan court also set travel restrictions on the former prime minister. Berlusconi’s lawyers described the ruling as satisfactory given his political activity needs.

Afghan deputy minister kidnapped in Kabul


A senior Afghan government official was kidnapped along with his driver on his way to work in Kabul on Tuesday, according to an Interior Ministry official. Ahmad Shah Waheed, deputy minister for public works, was taken by gunmen at around 7am (02:30 GMT) from the Khairkhana neighborhood of the capital, AFP reported. Kabul police spokesman Hashmatullah Stanikzai confirmed the incident, adding that Afghan police forces have launched a search to secure his release. Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesman for Taliban militants, said they had no knowledge of Waheed’s kidnapping.

Robotic submarine stops hunting


Robotic submarine stops hunting for missing Malaysian jet in deep area

A robotic submarine hunting for the missing Malaysian jet aborted its first mission after only six hours, AP reported. It surfaced with no new clues when it exceeded its maximum depth along the floor of the Indian Ocean, officials said on Tuesday. Search crews sent the US Navy’s Bluefin 21 into the depths on Monday to begin scouring the seabed for the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777. The previous six-day search failed to detect any new signals thought to coming from its black boxes. The 16-hour mission was cut short when the unmanned sub entered a patch that was deeper than its maximum depth of 4,500 meters.

Latvia suspends broadcasting of Russia’s Rossiya RTR TV


Latvia has suspended broadcasting Russia’s Rossiya RTR television channel for three months, the BBC said. An “administration process” was reportedly launched against the First Baltic Channel, and Rossiya 24 TV channel was labeled as “creating problems” over their coverage of the events in Ukraine. Latvian, Lithuanian and Estonian public broadcasters are considering a plan to set up a new Russian-language TV channel. Chairman of the Russian Presidential Human Rights Council Mikhail Fedotov had said the ban on Russian TV channels in Latvia and Lithuania would violate the rights of television audience.

Rajnath Singh: BJP Karyakartas in Chandauli met me on the highway


BJP Karyakartas in Chandauli met me on the highway and requested me to visit the local election office. 

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India and the World – an Update


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The emergence of India as a strong economic power is receiving widespread recognition in the region and beyond. Today, it has expanded its footprints and engagement in multiple fields across all continents. Accordingly, India’s foreign policy and international conducts should reflect upon its new global stature. In this backdrop, Ananta Aspen Centre is pleased to launch a new initiative — a bi-weekly digest of all the major news related to India’s Foreign Policy. Our sincere effort is to keep you informed and updated on all the major international developments that have implications on India’s foreign policy. Hope you will benefit from the initiative. We value your feedback, comments and recommendations.  

India and the World – an Update

A bi-weekly News Digest on India’s Foreign Policy
(Volume – 7)April 1st – April 14th, 2014


South Asia


To re-engage with India as soon as new govt is formed: Pak FM
PTI / Zee News | April 9th, 2014″The non-discriminatory market access (NDMA) is a new term we have coined for mutual expansion of the trade. We wish to minimise the negative list of both the countries,” Finance Minister Ishaq Dar said.



Wary Afghanistan goes to polls today under shadow of Taliban threat
Times of India | April 5th, 2014
A joint task force report by two Indian think tanks, Ananta-Aspen Centre and Delhi Policy Group, which was released by PM’s special envoy on Af-Pak S K Lambah on Friday to coincide with the elections, makes a strong case for India to equip Afghans militarily.

India hopes new Afghan administration will be inclusive
Live Mint | April 5th, 2014
Speaking after the launch of a report titled Afghanistan Task Force Report: What India Can Doby two Delhi-based think-tanks, the Ananta Aspen Centre and the Delhi Policy Group, Satinder K. Lambah, the Prime Minister’s special envoy on Afghanistan, also called on the international community to “remain committed” to supporting the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF), which is playing the central role in tackling the resurgent Taliban insurgency in the country.

India has no exit strategy in Afghanistan: Foreign Secretary
PTI / Business Standard | April 9th, 2014
Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh said India would like to see a strong and stable Afghanistan and exhuded confidence that the country will manage its transition in 2014 and beyond.

PM congratulates Hamid Karzai for successful conduct of polls
PTI / Zee News | April 7th, 2014
The polls in Afghanistan will end 13 years of rule by Karzai, who has held power since 2001. Preliminary election results are expected on April 24.


Likely govt change in India unlikely to hit ties with Bangladesh
PTI / Business Standard | April 7th, 2014
The Indian High Commissioner said as long as the fundamental principles of relations stayed, India’s Bangladesh policy would continue to remain unchanged as it would be led by same interests.

Sri Lanka

Govt: Decision on Lanka was political
Asian Age | April 5th, 2014
Speaking to a news agency, foreign secretary Sujatha Singh said: “Any decision relating to foreign policy is a political decision, is it not? And no official will take a decision without taking a political sign off.”


Bhutan to hire Indian students for hydel project
PTI / The Economic Times | April 10th, 2014
Bhutan’s Minister for commerce and foreign affairs Liyonopo Narbo Wangchuk, who is currently leading a Bhutanese delegation here, said Bhutan has tremendous hydro power potential and wants to harness the Indian expertise in the field to tap it to the maximum.


Asia Pacific


India, China to hold strategic dialogue on April 14
PTI / Zee News | April 9th, 2014
China is in touch with India to explore way forward in Afghanistan to deal with the war-ravaged country after the draw-dawn of the US-led NATO troops by the end of this year.

India, China to discuss border pinpricks
DNA | April 12th, 2014
After the two countries signed the Border Defence Cooperation Agreement (BDCA), they had agreed to have a hotline between their DGMO-rank officers to resolve issues cropping up on the LAC during face-offs between the soldiers of the two sides, defence sources said.

Foreign secretary Sujatha Singh to test Beijing waters before new government checks in
The Economic Times | April 14th, 2014
Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei said last week that the two sides will have deep exchanges on bilateral ties, high-level exchanges, and practical cooperation, international and regional issues of mutual concern.


The United States

US faces trade barriers from India, China in telecom
PTI / India TV News | April 5th, 2014
The report among other things mentions ongoing restrictions on the provision of voice-over the Internet (VOIP) services in China and India. It expresses concerns about undue restrictions on the ability of US satellite service suppliers to provide satellite transmission capacity to customers in both China and India.

Time to get past tensions and move on: US on ties with India
PTI / NDTV | April 5th, 2014
“We have said we want to get past some of the tensions that have been there over the past several months and move on,” State Department Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf told reporters.

Space Cooperation: A Vital New Front for India-U.S. Relations
Space News | April 7th, 2014
India’s Megha-Tropiques, a satellite mission to study the water cycle in the tropical region in the context of climate change, will now form part of the Global Precipitation Measurement mission being led by the U.S. and Japan.

India refuses to consider Khobragade episode as closed
The Hindu | April 7th, 2014
Though the first indictment against her was rejected by a U.S. court, prosecutors last month re-indicted her on visa fraud charges and accused her of “illegally” underpaying and “exploiting” her domestic maid.

US lawmakers look forward to new government in India after general elections
PTI / The Economic Times | April 8th, 2014
Congressman Eliot Engel said he is pleased by the transformation that has occurred in the US-India relationship over the past couple of decades and noted that this transformation could not have happened without the strong leadership of both major political parties in India and the United States.

Americans facing competition from India, China: Obama
PTI / The Hindu | April 8th, 2014
“Young people in India and China, they’re all interested in trying to figure out how they get a foothold in this world economy,” Mr. Obama said while addressing students in Maryland.



India, Russia sign Rs 2,600 crore deal for anti-tank ammunition
PTI / DNA | March 31st, 2014
The two sides signed the deal on March 27 for the supply of anti-tank shells to the Army and agreement in this regard was inked by Defence Ministry officials from India and Rosoboronexport officials from the Russia side, the Defence Ministry said in New Delhi.

Middle East

3 Israel diplomats sent home
Asian Age | April 9th, 2014
According to reports, one of the three diplomats had even slapped the immigration official while the other too also roughed him up. All three were headed for work to Kathmandu, Nepal.



FS engages envoys in ‘interactive sessions’
The Asian Age | April 7th, 2014
These sessions have evoked a huge response amongst the diplomatic corps with large numbers — some 80 to 100 — including high commissioners and ambassadors turning up to brainstorm with the FS on issues that might be of concern or interest.



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  1. Google buys solar-powered drone maker Titan Aerospace
    Acquisition of solar-powered drone maker to help boost Internet access in remote areas
  2. Growth goes beyond a strong coalition
    Weakest coalition since 1989, the United Front govt from 1996-98 delivered faster GDP growth than much stronger govts
  3. Ajai Shukla: Come out of the nuclear closet
    While the ‘no first use’ pledge must quickly be scrapped, the ill-conceived commitment to ‘massive retaliation’ is even more damaging to our nuclear credibility
  4. Rays Power commissions 14 solar power projects in FY’14
    Rays Power is now starting two new parks in Rajasthan for 100 MW of capacity and its solar power capacity is now 85 MW with 56 projects.
  5. Climate change: UN panel’s latest tocsin
    Planned action just not enough, it pleads; new target cuts in emissions and deal to allocate these needed by 2015
  6. Punjab State Power Corporation petitions APTEL about CERC’s compensatory tariff order
    Punjab State Power Corp has petitioned APTEL challenging CERC’s order about compensatory tariff to two Mundra projects of Tata Power and Adani Power.
  7. Parakh set to reignite coal fire
    Former coal secretary Prakash Chandra Parakh is gearing up to put up a strong fight against the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI)’s allegations of criminal conspiracy in the coal block allocation scam, with the launch of his book, Crusaders or …
  8. Finance ministry steps in to rescue Dabhol power project
    The project, which was built by Enron Corp, has been in trouble since last year, when dwindling gas supply from Reliance Industries’ KG-D6 block forced it to shut down.
  9. Govt receives 36 applications for three coal mines
    Applicants include JSPL and Tata Steel
  10. Solar energy sector sees $7 billion corporate funding in first quarter of 2014
    Besides the number of merger and acquisition deals in the solar sector jumped to 38 in the 2014 first quarter compared to 25 transactions seen in the year-ago period.
  11. NTPC pays dues, ends conflict with Coal India
    NTPC has settled the dues of two Coal India subsidiaries, bringing to a close a protracted tussle over quality of fuel the state-run miner was providing.
  12. Suzlon Energy sells 240 mw Illinois-based wind farm to EverPower
    Suzlon did not disclose the consideration for the sale of the wind farm. The sale may have happened at 50% discount to the original price.
  13. Boiler light-up achieved for fourth unit of Reliance Power’s Sasan UMPP
    Boiler lightup achieved for fourth 660 mw unit of Reliance Power’s 3,960 mw Sasan Ultra Mega Power Plant.
  14. GVK coal mine gets conditional clearance from Australia court
    GVK’s Alpha Coal Mine is located in the Galilee Basin, Australia with the first coal expected to be extracted by 2016
  15. Coal India signs 160 fuel supply deals with power plants
    The company is likely to sign more fuel supply agreements
  16. BLP aims at 1GW power generation capacity in 5 years
    The firm is raising capital and building power plants across the country to augment capacity, says founder Tejpreet Singh Chopra
  17. Adani Power commissions 4th unit of Tiroda power plant in Gujarat
    With that, Adani Power has overtaken Tata Power in total installed power generation capacity
  18. India to award 1 gigawatt solar permits by 2015, boosting plan
    The planned new capacity is about 30% more than originally targeted and is about half of what has been built so far
  19. A clarification on why CERC’s compensation to Tata, Adani for high coal prices sets dangerous precedents
    This is with reference to inaccuracies in “Why CERC’s compensation to Tata, Adani for high coal prices sets dangerous precedents and dents competition’” published in ET Magazine, dated March 2, 2014.

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Special Invitation for LED Lighting Workshop at Jaipur on 30th May 2014


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Dear Sir/Madam


We are please to inform you that ELCOMA, an apex body of Lighting Manufacturers in India, in consultation with bureau of energy efficiency (BEE) and Ministry of Power we are organizing LED Lighting workshops in all state capitals to aware municipalities about street lighting, LED Standards, and architects to indoor and industrial lighting. You being an important stakeholder in adopting the national program on energy efficient lighting and play an important role in energy conservation and renewable energy are cordially invited to attend the workshop and also depute other officials in your organization.

Please note there is no fee for the workshop. Just fill the registration form and send us back for confirmation. Due to restricted seating, the registration will be done on priority basis.

During the workshop, you will listen to presentations from global experts on new developments in technology and applications in LED and Off-grid lighting. There will be special focus on LED Street Lighting, tools to understand on planning for street Lighting, pay-back period, various government support and schemes  and other LED products like down lights for retails outlets and retrofit LED Bulb for domestic use.

Special arrangement has been made to give ”on the spot” training on use of special street light tool for designing street light on road, prepared by DOE, USA which will be undertaken by CLASP. If you are interested in attending this program can also mention in the registration form so that necessary arrangements can be made.

We shall appreciate an early response and confirmation on list of delegates from your organization.You may write to us for any query or details or Visit our website

A confirmation will be highly appreciated. Looking forward to meeting you also at the workshop.



Secretary General


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