Sunday, August 20, 2017

CAR STRIKES PEDESTRIANS IN ST. PETERSBURG

One person was killed and four others injured after a car plowed into pedestrians on Promyshlennaya street in Saint Petersburg Saturday night, traffic police confirmed on Sunday, adding that a woman, 37, died at the scene. Two women, 47 and 18, and a man, 20, sustained heavy injuries. Another victim, a man, 27, is said to be in moderate condition. According to preliminary information, the driver lost control of his Volkswagen Polo and hit an adjacent building, ramming into pedestrians. “The driver of a Volkswagen Polo due to an as yet unknown cause lost control of the vehicle and hit pedestrians,” police told local media. The man, reportedly unharmed in the incident, has been detained by local police. RT news 
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FINLAND : MINUTE OF SILENCE

People throughout Finland held a minute of silence on Sunday morning to commemorate the victims of a stabbing spree on Friday in the city of Turku.
An 18-year-old Moroccan national killed two people and injured eight others in what Finland considers the first terrorist attack in the country’s modern history.
President Sauli Niinisto laid flowers at the scene of the attack, the Turku market square. City and police officials and local religious leaders joined in the ceremony
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CATALONIA POLICE HUNT YOUNES ABOUYAAQOUB

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Police in Catalonia are still looking for a 22-year-old Moroccan suspect in the Barcelona attacks, who may have fled north into France.
The suspect, Younes Abouyaaqoub, is the only person unaccounted for in the case of an extremist cell of 12 people identified by Spanish police, force spokesman Albert Oliva told a local radio station on Sunday. Oliva added that the identification process of the 14 victims in Barcelona is progressing, but will require more time for DNA testing and necessary formalities. He said the families of some of the individuals killed have been notified.
Catalan police have put up scores of roadblocks across the province in a manhunt for Abouyaaquoub, but the suspect has so far eluded law enforcement. The investigation is also focusing on imam Abdelbaki Es Satty, who is suspected of radicalizing the group behind the Barcelona attack. He is believed to have died in an explosion in a house in the town of Alcanar.Oliva refrained from confirming the number of people killed in the blast, saying it could be “one, two or three.” 
Catalonia Police Chief Josep Lluis Trapero later on Sunday confirmed that the remains of two people were indentified in the Alcanar house. The official also said that only one person was inside the van used to attack pedestrians in Barcelona, but it was not necessarily Abouyaaquoub, whose credit card was used to rent the vehicle.
Abouyaaquoub, Trapero added, may have eluded the manhunt in Spain and crossed into France.
On Thursday, a man plowed a van into a crowd of people in a popular tourist street in Barcelona, killing 13 people and injuring more than 100. Hours later, terrorists launched a second attack in the seaside town of Cambrils, injuring seven people, one of whom later died
Catalonian terrorist cell, responsible for the twin attacks in Barcelona and Cambrils, originally planned to carry out a major bombing campaign with explosive-laden vans. Antoni Gaudi’s unfinished cathedral masterpiece was reportedly their main target.
Wednesday’s apparent accidental explosion at their Alcanar hideout forced the terrorists to adjust their sinister plans. The group of jihadists plotted to construct a number of bombs to blow up at least three targets in Barcelona, the Spanish online portal El Espanol reported Saturday.
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FM : SPEEDY RESOLUTION OF BAD LOANS

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has assured balance-sheet stressed firms that the key objective of NPA resolution is not liquidation of their businesses but to save them. He said, the objective is to make sure that these valuable assets are preserved.
Addressing an insolvency summit organised by Confederation of Indian Industry in Mumbai yesterday, the Minister said, the new insolvency law has significantly reversed defaulting debtor-creditor relationship. Explaining the rationale for the new insolvency and bankruptcy code,IBC, he said, this was necessitated by the failure of debt recovery tribunals to effectively perform their duty after the initial success.
Mr Jaitley added that the Securitisation and Reconstruction of Financial Assets and Enforcement of Security Interest Act had succeeded in getting down NPAs drastically in the initial two-three years. Calling for speedy and time-bound resolution of the bad loans issue, the Finance Minister expressed hope that the mandated timelines will be adhered to for effective implementation of the Act.
Speaking on the occassion, RBI Governor Urjit Patel called for recapitalisation of state-run banks to help them resolve the NPAs issue in a time-bond manner. He said, bad loans at 9.6 per cent of the system is not acceptable. The government and the RBI are working together to comprehensively address the issue through a multi-pronged approach, he added.
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IRAQ : FORCES TO TAKE BACK TAL AFAR FROM IS

Iraq, security forces today launched an offensive to take back the city of Tal Afar. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said, this is their next objective in the US-backed campaign to defeat the Islamic State terror group. In a televised speech, he advised the terrorists either to surrender or be prepared to die.
A longtime stronghold of hardline Sunni insurgents, Tal Afar, 80 kilometers west of Mosul, was cut off from the rest of the Islamic State-held territory in June.
According to US and Iraqi Military commanders, about 2,000 terrorists remain in the city. The Islamic State’s self-proclaimed caliphate collapsed last month, when US-backed Iraqi forces completed the takeover of Mosul, after a nine-month campaign.
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PM MODI, AMIT SHAH TO MEET SAFFRON CM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah will meet chief ministers and deputy chief ministers of all party ruled states tomorrow to take stock of development and social welfare work being done.
Our corresponden quoting party sources reports, besides 13 chief ministers and six deputy chief ministers, a few cabinet ministers are also likely to attend the meeting. This will be Mr Modi’s third meeting with the chief ministers’ after the BJP swept to power in 2014.
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UTKAL EXPRESS DERAILMENT IN UP

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Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu today directed Chairman, Railway Board, to fix responsibility on prima facie evidence by today only into the derailment of the Utkal Express in Uttar Pradesh.
The railway ministry said 21 people were killed and 97 injured, 26 of them grievously, in the accident near Khatauli in western Uttar Pradesh.
“Prime facie, it seems maintenance work was being carried out on the tracks. An investigation will reveal what caused the accident,” Mohammed Jamshed, Member (Traffic), Railway Board, told reporters in Delhi.
Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu directed the chairman of the Railway Board to fix responsibility on “prima facie evidence by the end of day” for the derailment. He had ordered an inquiry into the accident.
Media reports 23 people died and 156 were injured after 14 coaches of the Utkal Express derailed near Muzaffarnagar in western Uttar Pradesh yesterday evening.
In a tweet, Mr Prabhu said that he is monitoring the situation closely and restoration of tracks is his top priority. The minister directed senior officials and medical personnel to provide assistance to injured passengers and all possible help to relatives of affected passengers.
Mr Prabhu had ordered an inquiry into the derailment yesterday. He said he was personally monitoring the situation and strict action will be taken in case of any lapse.
Affected rail route is expected to be cleared and traffic is likely to be restored by 7 this evening. Meanwhile, all the trains on the Ambala-Meerut- Saharanpur line will be cancelled or diverted. About 12 passenger trains have been diverted and three trains have been cancelled following the accident. Of 23 causalities 11 have been identified. Of them five were from Gwalior and Muraina districts of Madhya Pradesh and six were from Saharanpur, Agra and Muzaffarnagar districts of Uttar Pradesh. A total 156 injured are admitted in different hospitals of Muzaffarnagar and Meerut. State Government has released the list of injured.
Our correspondent reports that NDRF, ATS and PAC have completed search and rescue operations at the accident site. Railway authorities have started restoration works. Rerailing device and a full scale ART have reached at the site. In view of any suspect terror module behind the derailment a team of ATS of state police has been put for investigation.
The minister also announced 3.5 rupees lakh ex-gratia compensation for those who lost their lives, 50,000 for the seriously injured and 25,000 for those who received minor injuries.
UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has also announced financial assistance of two lakh rupees each for the kin those killed and 50,000 for the injured.
Muzaffarnagar administration has opened a helpline and the numbers are 0131-243-6918, 0131-243-6103 and 0131-243-6564. Haridwar railway station has also set up a helpline number. The number is 9760-534-054. Meerut Police Helpline numbers are 945-440-1587, 945-441-7431 and 0121-264-8623.
President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have expressed sadness over the incident. In a tweet, Mr Kovind said, his thoughts are with the deceased and their families. Mr Modi said, the Railway Ministry and the UP government are doing everything and providing all assistance required.
Congress President Sonia Gandhi has also expressed pain at the derailment. She called upon Pradesh Congress and party workers to provide assistance to the affected families.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has announced ex-gratia of five lakh rupees each to the next of the kin of Odia passengers killed in the derailment. A statement from the Chief Minister’s office said, Mr Patnaik also announced 50,000 rupees for those injured. The Chief Minister spoke to Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu and sought his assistance for the rescue of the passengers. He also asked the state’s commerce and transport department to work in coordination with the railways and Uttar Pradesh government to provide help to the injured persons and the kin of the deceased.
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WORLD PHOTOGRAPHY DAY

19-20th August, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

IIP Ignites the Passion for Photography this World Photography Day at NOIDA!
IIP Academy Noida joyously celebrated WORLD PHOTOGRAPHY DAY, this 19th of
August.
A successful and eye catching exhibition was displayed by IIP Academy at DLF Mall of India, Noida, India’s biggest mall, to recognize the craft that immortalizes memories and events. Impactful photographs taken by the passionate and aspiring photographers of the IIP Academy were displayed on attractive easels, becoming an instant crowd puller. Our wish is to engage and impact the lives of people through these images and also fuel the passion for photography by inspiring the youth towards a path of creativity and storytelling.
To commemorate the glorious craft and the world of lights and shadows, banners were also put up from 19th to 25th August covering the area between Sector 15 to Sector 18 metro station Noida, showcasing the work of 50 of our students for IIP. Our aim was to spread awareness about the art of vision by engaging the residents of Noida through its vibrancy and dynamic nature, to pull them towards a life of creativity and happiness.
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SSP CHAWRASIA NOMINATED FOR ARJUNA AWARD

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 New Delhi, August 20, 2017: Olympian SSP Chawrasia, a winner of six international titles including four on the European Tour, has been nominated for the prestigious Arjuna Award.
A selection panel appointed by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India, had recommended SSP’s name along with 16 other sportspersons for the nation’s second highest sporting honour, about two weeks back.
Chawrasia’s nomination was finally confirmed when he received an email from the Sports Ministry on Friday night informing him about the same. The Kolkata-based professional, currently ranked second on the Asian Tour Order of Merit, will receive the award from the President of India in a ceremony to be conducted at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on 29th August, 2017.
Chawrasia is now set to become the 19th Indian golfer and the 10th Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI) member to be conferred with the Arjuna Award.
PGTI members who have won the Arjuna Award in the past include Ali Sher (1991), Amit Luthra (1996), Harmeet Kahlon (1997), Jeev Milkha Singh (1999), Shiv Kapur (2002), Jyoti Randhawa (2004), Arjun Atwal (2007), Gaganjeet Bhullar (2013) and Anirban Lahiri (2014).
SSP, the Indian Open champion for the last two years running, joins the illustrious list of Arjuna Awardees thanks to his extraordinary performances at the international level over the last decade.
Chawrasia, the only Indian after Jeev Milkha Singh, to have won four events on the European Tour, has also had the honour of representing India in international team events such as the Rio Olympics 2016 and the World Cup of Golf 2016. He was also part of Team Asia at the EurAsia Cup 2016.
The 39-year-old, who turned professional back in 1997, achieved a major milestone in his career when he secured his maiden overseas win in Philippines towards the end of last year.
SSP had enjoyed a career-best third place finish on the Asian Tour in 2011. He will be looking to improve upon that record in the 2017 season as he is currently placed second on the money list in Asia.
Reacting to his nomination, an elated SSP said, “I had dreamt of winning the Arjuna since childhood even before I started playing golf. My inspiration to win the award was famous Kolkata golfer Mr. SK Jamshed who won the Arjuna back in 1975. I still have a picture of his with the award at my home.
“Finally my dream has come true. The Arjuna Award is something that every Indian sportsperson craves for. It’s a true recognition of my achievements.
“This award will give me a lot of confidence for the battles ahead. I am in a happy space right now, so I am confident of doing well.”

SSP will be participating in the European Tour’s Made in Denmark event in Aalborg, Denmark, next week. He will then rush back to Delhi for the Arjuna Awards ceremony on August 29, a day when the nation also celebrates its National Sports Day.

Congratulating SSP on his Arjuna Award nomination, Mr. Uttam Singh Mundy, CEO, PGTI, said, “We at the PGTI extend our heartiest congratulations to SSP Chawrasia for being conferred the prestigious Arjuna Award. SSP’s path-breaking achievements exemplify what one can accomplish with hard work and determination. His talent and fighting spirit have helped him emerge as one of the leading professionals in Asia over the last decade. The award is a true recognition of his feats. We wish SSP the very best for the future and hope he continues to make India proud on the international stage in the years to come.”
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Saturday, August 19, 2017

NAWAZUDDIN PROMOTED “BABUMOSHAI BANDOOKBAAZ” IN DELHI ALONG WITH THE CAST!

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The stunning actor of Bollywood Industry Nawazuddin Siddiqui promoted his upcoming action thriller film Babumoshai Bandookbaaz out here in Delhi. Along with him the other cast of the movie Bidita Bag, Shraddha Das, Jatin Goswami and producer Ashmith Kunder were also present to grace the promotions by their presence.
Whereas, while interacting with media at the press conference held in The Royal Plaza Hotel, Nawaz and the cast shared their experiences and uniqueness of the movie.
While asking Nawaz about the movie and specialty of the character he stated, “The character of the movie is special and unique, he is out of all the social and naoral values, he carry a weird humor.” About the censor certification, Nawaz seemed bit relaxed, he said, “The movie is entirely original, Censor have given just 4 to 5 cuts. Yes movie is bit bold according to its scenes but by the God grace instead of 48 cuts, we just received few cuts.” About the location and other impact of the movie he told, “This movie is special, the shoot of the movie is from East U.P. near to Lucknow. I am sure people will like this movie.”
Directed by Kushan Nandy and produced by Kiran Shyam Shroff and Ashmith Kunder, Babumoshai Bandookbaaz, is a quirky story about Babu (Nawazuddin) who is a small time contract killer and revolves around his love, his friends, his rivalries and his revenge. He indulges in prostitution and at the same time, he falls in love with a girl (Bidita Bag) as well. Soon he becomes the number one contract killer but a new rival who calls himself Babu’s fan, Banke becomes his rival and comes on the scene. And then starts the twist and turns in the movie.
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GAUAHAR KHAN SPOTTED IN GURUGRAM FOR THE COVER LAUNCH OF FIT LOOK

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The gorgeous beauty of Bollywood, Gauahar Khan was spotted in Gurugram for the launch of Fitlook’s cover of month August.
This is a special issue for Gauahar as it is her birthday month and she is gracing the cover with her style, poise & attitude. Gauahar has been seen doing quite a lot of work in bollywood such as Ishaqzaade and the recent blockbuster Begum jaan. Now , being a face loved by many fans, she’ll be seen posing for Fitlook’s new edition.
Being delighted to pose for fitlook, Gauahar Khan thanked Karnika & Mohit Khathuria, the owners and founders of Fitlook magazine by saying that “I’m really happy that my birthday is being celebrated like this.”
Fit Look is India’s first Fitness & Fashion Magazine which is not the usual that you read, We intend to provide a fitness & fashion bible to the people of today’s time, giving them extensive knowledge about fitness and how they can inculcate the latest or upcoming trends into themselves, turning into a fashionista.
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STATE LEVEL MEDIA WORKSHOP ON MEASLES RUBELLA VACCINATION CAMPAIGN


Shimla, 19 August, 2017 – The Government of Himachal Pradesh in association with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, UNICEF, WHO and partners held a state level Media workshop with journalists on the Measles Rubella vaccination campaign today. The participants at the discourse included senior representatives from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, representatives from the Government of Himachal Pradesh, officials from World Health Organisation (WHO), Immunization Technical Support Unit (ITSU – MoHFW), Lions Club, and representatives of leading state level media from the Himachal Pradesh..
The deliberations focused on the introduction of critical new vaccines under the Universal Immunization Programme 2017-18.  The forthcoming launch of the second phase of the measles-rubella campaign was discussed. The introduction of this new vaccine in the Universal Immunization Programme aims to reduce childhood mortality and protect children from the highly preventable major killer disease-measles. The first-time introduction of the rubella vaccine, in a combination MR shot, protects against irreversible and devastating birth defects.  The MR campaign targets around 41 crore children, making it one of the largest ever immunization campaign of its kind. In Himachal Pradesh approximately 20 lac children will be covered during upcoming MR campaign.
Mission Director Mr Pankaj Rai welcomed participants and gave insight into preparations of State and coordination among Health, Education, WCD and Panchayati Raj, and many other departments to ensure 100% success for MR campaign. This will boost the immunity of child and protect the entire community by eliminating transmission of measles and rubella.
Opening the meeting, Dr. Pradeep Haldar, Deputy Commissioner, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said, “Immunization is one of the most effective and cost-effective ways to protect children’s lives and futures. Through full immunization coverage, we can make sure that the benefits of life-saving vaccines reach every child. The recently introduced measles-rubella vaccine, which will be provided for free in schools, during the campaign, in health facilities and at outreach session sites, is another such step to achieving our goals.”
The first phase of the MR campaign was conducted from February 2017 in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Goa, Puducherry and Lakshadweep and ~3.3 crore children were vaccinated. The second phase of the Measles Rubella Campaign will involve 8 state, out of which the campaign has already started in 5 states.The campaign is targeting 3.4 crore children from 9 months to 15 years of children in states of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Himachal Pradesh, Chandigarh, Kerala, Uttrakhand, Daman & Diu, Dadar & Nagar Haveli.
On the occasion, Dr. Srinivasan, Sub Regional Team Leader, WHO, said, “World Health Organization congratulates India for launching one of the world’s largest vaccination campaign against measles and rubella, a major childhood killer disease, and congenital rubella syndrome (CRS), responsible for irreversible birth defects.India has already beaten smallpox, polio, maternal and neonatal tetanus. Further gains in the battle against measles will help achieve a number of other public health priorities.
State Immunization Officer, Himachal Pradesh Dr Mangla Sood informed that 2760 teams will vaccinate 18.6 Lac children in 23780 sessions all over state.
UNICEF in association with civil society organizations, partners and academia have been engaging with media as a critical stakeholder in efforts to create trust in vaccines and address myths around immunization to ensure every child in the country gets a fair start.
Addressing the gathering, Sonia Sarkar, Communication Officer(Media), UNICEF India highlighted, “Media has been our long-standing partners in the fight against polio. We now seek your support to ensure that children, no matter where they live, are immunized. Vaccination not only saves children’s lives and ensure healthy and productive future, but is also one of the most cost-effective public health intervention.”
On this occasion Director of Health Services Dr Baldev appreciated media for their in depth coverage on all health programs and including introduction of new  vaccines Rota virus, PCV, IPV, and Pentavalent vaccines in recent years. He reiterated that the measles rubella campaign is the biggest ever held in the State and will be covering a large population of children. He requested for continued support of the media  for this critical campaign for saving lives of children.

Note to the Editors:
Immunization is one of the most cost-effective public health interventions that currently avert an estimated 2 to 3 million deaths every year globally. India has one of the largest immunization programs in the world, in terms of number of beneficiaries, geographical coverage and quantities of vaccine used, with nearly 26 million new born babies targeted for immunization each year. Over 9 million immunization sessions are held every year across the country.
However, despite this extensive coverage, only 65 per cent of the children in India received all vaccines during the first year of their life. To tackle the issue, the Government of India has launched Mission Indradhanush, a focused RI campaign, in pre-identified districts (http://www.missionindradhanush.in/) from across the country which account for majority of all unvaccinated or partially vaccinated children.
The measles-rubella campaign marks the introduction of the rubella vaccine in India’s childhood immunization programme for the first time. Rubella, which is commonly referred to as German measles is a mild infection, but can have serious consequences if it occurs in pregnant women. India’s newest MR vaccine also protects against measles, a major killer of small children. Highly contagious, it spreads through coughing and g 134,200 measles deaths globally in 2015, around 49,200 occurred in India – nearly 36 per cent. Those who survive are more vulnerable to its complications such as diarrhea and pneumonia.
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“THE UNIQUE WAR” TURNS AN EXTRAVAGANT AFFAIR!

India’s biggest wrestling event “The Unique War” turns an extravagant affair!

FFW (Freak Fighter Wrestling) Network Pvt Ltd, a brainchild of a team of entrepreneurs, who have come together with the sole purpose of taking budding Indian wrestlers from every section of the society and promoting the game, which has entertainment. The firm has organized numerous successful events, but “The Unique War” in Delhi, was a never-seen-before phenomenon in the sports-entertainment sphere.
The people who made it available for everyone i.e. the directors of the event are- Narendra Singh Khurana (SinghSahib), Mahesh Sharma, Sachin Aadvanshi. Mr. Raj Suri is the co-founder Muzic factory LLP. The occasion was graced by Sana Khan and Manu Punjabi (big boss fame). Successfully done 15 wrestling events FFW (FREAK FIGHTER WRESTLING) strives to bring out the best wrestlers from all sections of the society and give them much-needed pedestal for success.
Hosted by Bigg Boss 10 finalist Manu Punjabi, the event began with Dilbagh Singh’s thunderous live performance. “The Unique War” was sectionalized in four fights, first being Tag Team Championship, followed by Diva’s Championship, Royal Rumble and lastly a Table, Ladders, and Chairs match. As a special surprise, Asia’s tallest wrestler, with a height of 7’11 was introduced as a surprise element of the evening. International women wrestlers were flown down adding diversity to Diva’s Championship.
Hinting much promise in the sport, fighters showed incredible skills, endurance, and stamina and were wildly cheered by people in the stadium. The winner of the championship was wrestler Prince. With much fanfare surrounding the star-studded affair, a glamorous fashion show was arranged too.
Freak Fighter Wrestling, a professional wrestling sports entertainment firm is established with the sole aim to benefit the budding Indian wrestlers from modest backgrounds. So don’t waste the chance as it will be a one time opportunity for Delhi audience to have a live experience of wrestling that too coming from our own Indian wrestlers.
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NATIONAL CONSULTATION ON “SAMVAAD: DISCUSSING CHANGING REALITIES”.

Greetings!
On behalf of the Governing Board of VANI, I am pleased to invite you for the National Consultation on Samvaad: Discussing Changing Realities”. The National Consultation will be organized on September 05 and 06, 2017 at Vishwa Yuvak Kendra, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi.  The National Consultation will be followed by Annual General Meeting of VANI on the second half of September 06, 2017.

The year 2016-17 has seen the voluntary sector witness innumerable challenges that are set to transform the dynamics of the sector. On the one hand we have a regulatory regime that is squeezing and redefining the space of voluntary organizations and on the other hand is the question of  future sustainability. These two aspects are working together in changing the reality of the sector and will define a new future for voluntary organizations.  It is critical for the sector to come together and discuss the recent changes happening in the regulatory environment as well as arrive at tangible solutions for future sustenance. 

The regulatory regime that consists of FCRA, Registration Law and Income Tax still continues to be restrictive and outdated, however it was due to VANI’s tireless advocacy efforts that the Government of India has taken cognizance of the need to reform the legal mechanisms for voluntary organizations. The Hon’ble Supreme Court of India has asked the Government of India to publish new procedures for governing voluntary organizations and with its due date approaching the voluntary sector may finally see a reformed governance mechanism. On March 11, 2017, VANI organised an interface between Voluntary Sector and the committee formed by Government of India, under Ministry of Rural Development to draft the ‘Model Guidelines and Procedures for Voluntary Organizations’.  
The stringency of regulatory laws has obstructed the operations carried out by Voluntary Organizations at the grassroots. The absolute absence of redressal channels has added to the burden of those organizations residing outside New Delhi. This issue is one of the main examples of a diminishing enabling environment of the organizations at the ground. It is vital that voluntary organizations at the grass roots maintain their civic and operational space and as the ‘voice’ of their constituencies. However through the Income Tax and FCRA, many organizations are harassed by line level officers and have limited chance of putting forward their case for seeking justice. Added to this is lack of information in filing FCRA among organizations that do not have access to digital technology. For example when the online system of FCRA was announced, many organizations were still filing their renewals and returns through courier, irrespective that an order had been issued informing that hardcopies will not be accepted. This lack of information as well as lack of technical knowledge resulted in many organizations losing their FCRA license.  Last year we had witnessed how Voluntary Organizations, were being brought under the category of Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act. However due to VANI’s timely intervention and advocacy, the date for filing returns was postponed and finally the specific clause has been deferred for the time being. Similarly this year the new Goods & Services Tax implemented, while no such provisions directly affect the sector there are certain services which will be applicable to voluntary organizations. VANI is currently organizing numerous dialogues and trying to advocate the Finance Ministry to provide clarity on application of GST on voluntary organizations.
The relationships are also being re-defined. The traditional donors are being replaced by new donors like private sector, individual donors, etc. The relationship with government is also being changed  as partnerships is being replaced by a model of sub-contractorship. Even the media is changing and social media has become a new tool for communication. The need for re-strategising the sector as well as individual organisations is being felt by leaders, activists and opinion makers. VANI has been organising dialogues among leaders at regional and national level. Through this national convention, we want a broaden this discussion. The questions repeatedly being asked by voluntary organizations are- what should we do? What should we stop doing? What we can do for the sector? How should we keep the mission and vision of our organisation alive in such fast changing realities?  What model should we have to showcase our achievements, mechanisms of transparency and accountability? How can we communicate our challenges to the government, policy makers and general public?
This year’s national convention is weaved around above mentioned challenges of the sector. We also consider this event as the opportunity for collectivization of the sector. As many leaders of the sector have observed that we are divided in our strategy and now it is time to break the boundaries and speak one voice. We request you to share this invite with your friends, members and colleagues.
We look forward to having your participation in these very important deliberations. VANI will provide three tier AC travel reimbursement (to and fro and shortest route) and provide accommodation for three nights. Kindly confirm your participation at your earliest as it will be done on first come first serve basis and preference will be given to VANI members and partners.

Please confirm your participation to info@vaniindia.org, Mr. Arjun Phillips: arjun@vaniindia.org and Mr. Syed Abdul Rafey: rafey@vaniindia.org and . Please send us the duly filled registration form attached below  before 25th August 2017 in order to make your logistics comfortable
Harsh Jaitli
Chief Executive Officer
Voluntary Action Network India (VANI)
BB-5, Ist Floor, Greater Kailash Enclave-II
New Delhi 110 048

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BUSINESS INTERACTION WITH  MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF UZBEKISTAN 

Business Interaction with
Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan
And accompanying High Powered Delegation from Uzbekistan
21st August, 2017; Shangri-La’s Eros Hotel, Janpath, New Delhi.

Dear Sir/Madam,

It is with great pleasure we would like to inform you that ASSOCHAM is organizing a business meeting with a high-powered ministerial and business delegation from Uzbekistan. The visiting delegates will be led by Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan, H.E Mr Abdulaziz Kamilov and Minister of Foreign Trade of Uzbekistan, H.E Mr Elyor Ganiev along with 13 other senior government officials from various departments including tourism, Information Technology, silk, food, food processing, pharmacy, automobiles and pharmaceuticals.

The schedule date and venue for the meeting is as follows:
Day / Date :  Monday, 21st August 2017
Time           : 10:30 am onwards (followed by Lunch)
Venue         : Ganga Hall, Shangri-La’s Eros Hotel, Janpath, New Delhi.

In view of the importance of the event, we request you to kindly participate in the event and utilize the opportunity to interact with the visiting delegation.

Your confirmation of participation may please be sent my colleague Mr Siddharth Sawhney (E-mail: siddharth.sawhney@assocham.com, Phone: 011-46550588, Mobile: 9899068044).


Entries will be restricted to only twenty five (25) and therefore participation would be on first come first served basis. The programme and the composition of the delegation shall be shared with you shortly.
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