Friday, August 31, 2012

The Nehru Memorial Museum and Library
cordially invites you to The Seminar
at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, 4 September 2012
in the Seminar Room, First Floor, Library Building
From the Margins Looking In: The child- state relationship revisited’
                                   Dr. Vijayalakshmi Balakrishnan,
                                            Independent Scholar
The proposed talk will ask who all get to be included in the story of the nation-being-built. Based on the book, Growing Up & Away, Narratives of Indian Childhoods, Memory, History, Identity,( 2011) the presentation will explore what happens to our understanding of borders and boundaries, frontiers and faultiness, when children are included as participants in the making of meaning.
Memory, history and identity play central roles in how childhood is understood and experienced. The potential for violent clashes among and within communities largely involve disputes over history and destiny, linked as they are to the unresolved legacies of the partition of British India.
Through many historical decisions and select recent illustrations, the presentation will provide evidence of how some of those responses continue to resonate in the ways in which the State responds to situations of conflicted citizenship.
Growing Up & Away, Narratives of Indian Childhoods, Memory, History, Identity, traces the evolution of the child rights discourse in post-Independence India, suggesting that there are different and political ways of thinking about childhoods. It makes the point that more than any other event or process, the violence and fears aroused by Partition have influenced the course of modern child development policy-making, and the relationship between the political and cultural identities of all the actors who influence the experience of childhoods.  The link will provide more details. (
Dr. Vijayalakshmi Balakrishnan began her career in journalism and has
spent the past 15+ years in evidence-based social development
programme planning and design, working both in India, and overseas.
She has a Masters degree in Development Studies, from the Institute of
Social Studies, The Hague and a post graduate diploma in social
journalism from the Times School.
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The Nehru Memorial Museum and Library
cordially invites you to The Seminar
at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, 6 September 2012
in the Seminar Room, First Floor, Library Building
' Kabir and Gandhi as Apostles of Human Unity 
   Transcending all Religion and  Caste-based Distinctions’
                                                Dr. Saral Jhingran
                                               Former Fellow, NMML
Hinduism has the dubious distinction of upholding a sublime vision of one Atman in all beings, and then supporting extreme caste-based distinctions which deny any suggestion of basic equality. I propose to discuss in this paper two Indian saints who rejected such man made distinctions and declared unconditional human unity.
    Kabir, a 15th century North Indian saint, rejected all man made distinctions and declared emphatically that one Ram (God) inhabits all living beings; and therefore there is no basic distinction between Hindu and Turk (Muslim), or brahmin and shudra. He denied all distinctions categorically first on the basis of God’s indwelling all; and then, significantly, on a rational basis, saying that all have the same blood and meat, and so on. 
     In 20th century India, Mahatma Gandhi was confronted with Hindu Muslim tensions on the one hand and the evil of untouchability on the other. He therefore set upon cleaning Indian society of these two evils, by emphasizing the need for mutual understanding and good will between Hindus and Muslims; and relentlessly campaigning for the removal of the practice of untouchability from within Hindu society.
      Being practical and realist, he accepted the distinct identities of Hindus and Muslims, as also that between the “upper” caste Hindus and the so-called untouchables, in whose case he even at first accepted their separate nomenclature and their compulsory hereditary profession. He was not entirely successful in his efforts at unity and harmony between various groups of Indian society because he started with a somewhat wrong premise of dividing the society on the basis of religion and caste. He, however, continuously affirmed his profound conviction that his Ram lived in the hearts of dumb millions, and could be realized only through their service.
Dr. Saral Jhingran got her Ph.D. in Advaita Vedanta and Ethical Action from Rajasthan University in 1972. She has had three   Senior Fellowships of U.G.C. She was also affiliated to NMML  as  Research Scientist B,  from which she retired in 2000 . Her interests range from philosophy of religion and ethics-her prime concern- to sociological issues.
Her publications are : The Roots of World Religions, 1982; Aspects of Hindu Morality 1989, reprint 1999; Secularism in India :A Reappraisal, 1989; Ethical Relativism and Universalism, 2001; and Madrasa Education in India: A Study, 2010. Besides these she has published more than 40 papers in various anthologies, and philosophical journals.
She has also presented papers in various Seminars and Conferences, including World Philosophical Congress, New Delhi and one in Washington on World Peace.  She is presently working on the problem, “Why be Moral? A Search for a Justification of Morality.”

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Modi's response to a question on malnutrition in an interview with Wall Street Journal

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's response to a question on malnutrition in an interview with Wall Street Journal
During an interview with Wall Street Journal Chief Minister Narendra Modi gave elaborate answer to a question regarding malnutrition. 

Mr Modi said, “We are the first state in the country to raise the issue of malnutrition. It came to our mind that Gujarat is by and large a vegetarian state. And secondly, Gujarat is also a middle-class state. The middle class is more beauty conscious than health conscious – that is a challenge. If a mother tells her daughter to have milk, they’ll have a fight. She’ll tell her mother, ‘I won’t drink milk. I’ll get fat.’ They have money but she’s beauty conscious, she’s not health conscious. So being a middle-class state is also a problem for me. A large segment of the population in my state is middle-class. Second is vegetarianism.

“So a lot needs to be explained to both the beauty conscious and the health conscious. We have to request to them that there should be a good nutritional situation. We gave a budget of 700 crore rupees ($126 million). But these things are such that you see a sudden change in a child after the age of 13-14 years. They grow up so fast – from zero to 13 you don’t come to know how they got so big. So we are going through that stage.” he said.

“Even after a lot of improvement – we still have to measure (malnutrition), conduct surveys. Until that is done, this perception will remain. But I’m quite confident. We will try to get a drastic change in this. Just as we’ve become a model in the electricity sector, Gujarat is going to come up as a model in this also. I can’t make any big claims, because I don’t have a survey in front of me yet", he added.

It is noteworthy that Gujarat government is taking a range of measures to tackle malnutrition problems, including ramping up spending on rural health workers, modernizing nutrition centers, and trying to better track young pregnant women.
Domino’s Pizza celebrates new milestone
August 31, 2012

Domino’s Pizza celebrates new milestone Opens 500th store in India!

New Delhi, August 30, 2012: Domino’s Pizza, India’s Pizza Delivery Expert and market leader in the organized pizza home delivery segment today inaugurated the 500th store at Rajinder Nagar, Delhi. The landmark store was inaugurated by Mr. Shyam S. Bhartia, Chairman and Mr. Hari S Bhartia, Co-Chairman, Jubilant FoodWorks in presence of Mr. Richard Allison, Executive Vice-President Domino’s Pizza International.

In the last few years Domino’s Pizza has not only aggressively expanded its footprint, but also has been focused on winning more customer hearts across India through its tasty Pizza offerings, unmatched delivery promise and warm customer service approach. Little wonder then that Domino’s India operations is the fastest growing operations in the Domino’s global system. The company also continues to be market leaders in the organized pizza market with a 55% market share (as per Euro monitor 2012 report) and 70%+ share in the Pizza home delivery segment in India. Having reached the 500th store landmark, the company plans to continue with its aggressive growth path.
Mr. Shyam S Bhartia, Chairman and Mr. Hari S Bhartia, Co- Chairman Jubilant FoodWorks Limited commented, “The opening of the 500th store is a matter of great pride for all of us and we are working towards further expanding the Domino’s network of outlets to other parts of the country. In our endeavour to expand, we have focussed not just on merely growing the number of stores but more importantly on our product quality, innovation & customer delight. To achieve this, we have put together efficient processes, talented people and robust machinery which has been able to deliver fantastic growth over last few years. We have been able to set new benchmarks in the food service category by creating many firsts. In the global Domino’s system, we are amongst top 4 countries now in terms of absolute number of stores. Our overall growth has been fuelled by customer’s love for our brand and our products”.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Richard Allison, Executive Vice President, Domino’s Pizza International said, “It is a great honour for me to be present here to witness this remarkable achievement by the Domino’s team in India. Globally, Domino’s is present in over 70 markets but certainly India operations have emerged as one of the largest and fastest growing. Domino’s India is a key market in our scheme of things. The 500th store mark achievement in India is because of dedication and constant brand nurturing efforts of the inspired leadership and team members here. The amazing growth of Domino’s India has set new records for us globally, which will certainly spur other countries to emulate the India story.”

Adding on Mr. Ajay Kaul, CEO, Jubilant FoodWorks Limited – “Every new store launch is an important occasion, as it helps us to reach more customers and offer our range of tasty products. But this 500th store opening marks a significant milestone in our successful journey in India. As a food service company, we believe in innovation; right from our lip smacking products to our exciting consumer campaigns. We are a customer centric brand and our thrust is to delight our customers in every engagement they experience with us. Our relentless focus on winning consumers has helped us to reach this historic landmark today.”

Congress Anti Villagers & Farmers: Jolly

 Delhi Dehat leaders Dy. Mayor Master Azad Singh & Chairman Stndg Committee Rajesh Gehlot felicitated by Delhi Study Group

New Delhi, 30th Aug 2012: Delhi Study Group led by Ex. MLA Delhi & President Mr. Vijay Jolly organized a public program to felicitate newly elected Deputy Mayor Master Azad Singh & Chairman Standing Committee Shri. Rajesh Gehlot at Constitution Club, New Delhi. Congress is anti villagers & farmers alleged Mr. Jolly.

The Chief Guest on the occasion was Chaudhary Ram Karan Solanki, Pradhan 360 village khap panchayat. The distinguished speakers led by Delhi dehat youth leader Mr. Pravesh Sahib Singh Verma, MLAs Dharam Deo Solanki (Palam), Manoj Shokeen (Mundka), Kulwant Rana (Rohini), Parduymn Rajput (Dwarka) & Satprakash Rana (Bijwasan) narrated the tale of woes of Delhi dehat at the hands of Congress led Sheila govt. Senior MCD Councilor Smt. Sarita Chaudhary, Ex. MLA Brahm Singh Tanwar and Mehrauli BJP Leader Sher Singh Dagar accused Delhi Congress Govt. for the total neglect of Delhi dehat.   

Ex. MLA & Delhi Study Group President Mr. Vijay Jolly revealed that Delhi govt. cabinet do not have even one minister from Delhi dehat. After 66 years of independence and right under the nose of parliament, the village areas in Delhi are ‘abhav grast’ and lack civic amenities. There are no medical health care centers. And no available medicines. People are forced to drink hand pump unfiltered water. It leads to water borne diseases.

Mr. Jolly demanded relief for Delhi villages in the new master plan. The new building by - laws in villages be scrapped. There is urgent need to regularize extended lal dora aabadi areas. Mr. Jolly stressed for private & public planned housing projects to be promoted in Delhi dehat. Build pucca roads, new schools & colleges, provide drinking water, hospitals & sports facilities were vociferously demanded by Mr. Jolly.       

Elected Deputy Mayor Master Azad Singh & Chairman Standing Committee Rajesh Gehlot were honored by Delhi Study Group President Vijay Jolly with a shawl, momento & colorful village turbans (rangeen - pagaris) along with program organizer Chaudhary Amrish Kumar from Rangpuri Village & DSG Vice President Bhupendra Kansil.

The Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) observed the 2nd ICSI CORPORATE GOVERNANCE WEEK on the theme ‘Good Governance For Sustainability’, from August 27th  to August 31st   2012 across the Country. The idea behind the ICSI Corporate Governance Week is to create awareness, propagate the best practices of corporate governance and mainstream corporate responsibility in the social fabric.

Dr. M Veerappa Moily, Hon’ble Union Minister for Corporate Affairs & Power, Inaugurated the 2nd ICSI CORPORATE GOVERNANCE WEEK  today at New Delhi  .

Dr. Veerappa Moily in his inaugural address complimented the Institute of Company Secretaries of India for this initiative and said that ICSI has always demonstrated its commitment to corporate governance and is playing a leaders role in promoting good corporate governance practices amongst corporate India . Dr. Moily said that governance is the character and corporate civilisation will face disaster if there is lack of good governance as “Good Governance is effective leadership, transparency & accountability.”

He further added that reputation of  corporates contributes 75%  to success of Good Governance  . Dr. Moily briefed about the National Policy on  Corporate Governance which is being drafted by committee headed by Mr. Adi Godrej and Mr. Nesar Ahmad ,President, The Institute of Company secretaries of India  is the convener & member secretary .

Dr. Moily ensured that the New Companies Bill 2011 will be passed soon  and will be instrumental in  enlightening  the regulator environment for better sustainability . He once again stressed on the need for economic stability & progress intertwined with Corporate Social Responsibility .

Mr. Sunil Kant Munjal, Joint  Managing Director ,Hero Motorcorp Ltd, while delivering his key note address  complimented ICSI for initiative to observe the ICSI Corporate Governance Week 2012 and observed that there is no single individual who can work without honouring  the environment .He said that governance of Countries, Families and Societies is a reflection of accepted norms. He added that a Company Secretary is a conscience keeper not just to  the corporate but also to themselves. He expressed that there is need build ability and trust and in this there is need  to create simple rules that are easy to understand and simple to follow . He said that people are the best asset of an organisation which appreciates with experience & exposure and the people include not just people within the organisation but also around the company. He concluded that sustainability is the collective responsibility of all of us.

Mr. U Venkataraman ,CEO –Currency Derivatives Segment and Whole Time Director ,MCX Stock Exchange delivered the Special Address  and said that the Role of Stock Exchanges and institutional investors is vital in ensuring  good governance . Institutional investors can act as whistle-blower, he said.  He emphasised that the industry’s  best practices should be showcased at the same time deterrents   and penalties should be placed for misgovernance. He emphasised on striking a balance of mere compliance and earnest disclosure.”

CS Nesar Ahmad , President ,The Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) informed that ICSI has been actively engaged in  its commitment to Corporate Governance and has played a pivotal role in bringing about awareness on various issues impinging upon Corporate Governance . He also informed that Good Governance has intensified  as an international movement .  He expressed that India has Corporate Governance from the Vedic Ages  and now what is needed is a hybrid approach where international practices need to be integrated with our vedic heritage. Mr. Ahamd once again emphasised that Good Governance is a Culture and a climate of Consistency, Responsibility, Accountability , Fairness, Transparency and effectiveness that is deployed throughout the business organization . He stressed upon that the essence of Corporate governance lies in promoting and maintaining integrity ,transparency and accountability in the higher echelons of management

CS P K Mittal, Council Member, The ICSI emphasised on the Role of Company Secretary  in Good Governance . He reiterated that , Company Secretaries, over a period of time, have developed themselves as professionals having core competence in corporate governance , As a part of  2nd ICSI Corporate Governance Week , the Institute organised  Five Mega Programmes at Bangalore, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Kolkata & New Delhi.

CS Rajiv Bajaj , Chairman Northern India Regional Council , while introducing the Theme of the 2nd ICSI Corporate Governance week 2012 said that, Good Governance for Sustainability has assumed considerable significance in domain of Corporate governance. Good Governance is vital for sustainability of nations, corporate and even families . Today the concerns with regard to environment, inclusive growth and the challenges posed by globalisation have brought to fore several emerging issues of corporate governance which need to be addressed.

CS N K  Jain, Secretary & CEO, The ICSI, delivered the Vote of thanks and informed about the Institute’s prestigious  publications released on the occasion of the 2nd ICSI Corporate Governance at the hands of Hon’ble Union Minister for Corporate Affairs , Dr. M Veerappa Moily which are as follows:
Ø  Good Governance for Sustainability
Ø  Role of Company Secretaries in Good Governance
Ø  Sustainability Reporting for Sustainable Future
Ø  Gender Diversity in Board Rooms
Ø  Responsibly Managing e-waste
He Informed that ,in addition, a number of other programmes  were organized  on corporate governance, sustainability & sustainability reporting, integrated reporting, responsible investment, gender diversity, waste management, whistle blowing, risk management & governance, and Good Corporate Citizenship as well as furthering “Go Green” initiatives throughout the length and breadth of the country by the Regional Councils and Chapters of ICSI.

Dr. Amita Ahuja
Senior Director
(Public Relations & Corporate Communication)
The Institute of Company Secretaries of India
ICSI House, 22 Institutional Area
Lodi Road, New Delhi- 110 003
Telefax- 011 -24604756, Mob- 9717196255

Experts Assess Future of Renewable Energy in Central America

Washington, D.C.—-The Worldwatch Institute ( and the INCAE Business School’s Latin American Center for Competitiveness and Sustainable Development (CLACDS) are co-hosting two workshops on “The Way Forward for Renewable Energy in Central America” in Managua, Nicaragua and Alajuela, Costa Rica tomorrow and on September 3, respectively. The participative dialogues aim to promote the exchange of ideas and experiences among a select group of experts from regional institutions, civil society organizations, energy sector companies, and government agencies. The workshops will focus on the role of renewable technologies in broadening access to modern energy services and achieving regional development goals.
The Central American countries of Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama rely heavily on large hydropower, imported petroleum and traditional biomass for their energy supply. This dependence on conventional energy sources has had wide-ranging and adverse social, environmental, and economic impacts, hampering sustained and sustainable development in the region. Energy needs, particularly of marginalized and low-income communities, have not been sufficiently met. Although Central American governments have embraced various policies to promote renewable energy—-and recent trends in geothermal, wind and solar energy have been encouraging—-the region still faces many challenges in advancing renewables to their full potential.
With support from the Climate Development Knowledge Network and the Energy and Environment Partnership with Central America, Worldwatch and the INCAE Business School are partnering to design “Sustainable Energy Roadmaps” that help decision makers in the region implement an improved transitional strategy toward an energy system that is socially, environmentally, and economically superior to the one that currently exists. The goal is to help Central America continue to harness its immense potential to utilize renewable energy sources such as wind, geothermal, solar, biomass, and small-scale hydropower.
During the workshops, Worldwatch and INCAE experts will present and discuss initial findings of the roadmap project, enabling completion of Phase 1 of the project. The goals of this first phase are: to scope existing market trends, given investment conditions and implemented policies; to identify renewable energy success stories that can be replicated elsewhere in the region and discuss what is needed for their scale-up; and to analyze the technical, socio-economic, and political/financial “cold spots” where future data gathering and analysis can add to the information needed to make successful policy choices. In Phase 2, the project team will propose concrete steps toward rapidly expanding the adoption of renewable energy technologies in Central America, and communicate these to key decision makers.
Experts from a range of renewable energy and policy professions, including representatives from the Ministry of Energy and Mines of Nicaragua; the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America; and Costa Rica’s Ministry of Environment, Energy and Telecommunications; among others, will present best-practice case studies as well as recommendations on how to replicate such examples. Participants will discuss individual suggestions in break-out groups or ‘action labs’ during the workshops. The involvement of leading thinkers in the project will extend beyond the workshops through ongoing participation in the project’s future activities as well as a moderated online forum, enabling the formation of a community of experts committed to advancing renewable energy in Central America.
“This project is a joint effort aimed at speeding the development of renewables in Central America,” said Alexander Ochs, Director of Worldwatch’s Climate and Energy Program. “Key energy experts will gather in one room to discuss the region’s challenges and opportunities in embracing renewables, discussing state-of-the-art reforms as well as areas of local, national, and regional best practices.”
“It’s not just that all countries will need to contribute to mitigating and adapting to global climate change.” continued Ochs. “Central America can become a real leader on renewables, given the high price it pays for its current energy system—-some countries spend 10 percent or more of their GDP on importing fossil fuels. The region has also had exciting early experiences with adopting new, unconventional renewable technologies, including geothermal, solar, biomass, and wind technologies.”
The first workshop will take place at the INCAE Business School’s Managua campus from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 30, 2012.
The second workshop will take place at the INCAE Business School’s Alajuela campus from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Monday, September 3, 2012.

Sharath Gayakwad Opens Campaign at Paralympics Games 2012

Sharath Gayakwad Opens Campaign at Paralympics Games 2012
Sets a personal best time of 1:07.12 in his maiden event, the 100m Butterfly

30th August 2012, London: India's sole entry to the London Paralympic Games in Swimming, Sharath Gayakwad began his campaign today. Swimming the qualifying event of the 100m Butterfly, this young PACE Scholar finished 4th in his heat with a personal best time of 1:07.12, which was 0.58 seconds slower than the qualification time for the finals.
Commenting on his performance, having shaved off 5 seconds from his Olympic qualification time, the 21 year old satisfied Sharath Gayakwad said, "I am really proud of my performance today. It's disheartening to have missed the finals by such a small margin, but I could not have gone any faster."

Sharath, who is to participate in four events at the Paralympic Games - 100m Butterfly, 100m Breaststroke, 50m Freestyle and 200m IM - has just returned from a high-performance training camp at the University of Western Australia, Perth. There, he trained under the watchful eye of the highly respected Mel Tantrum, a Gold Licensed high-performance swimming coach, a program funded by the GoSports Foundation and its network.
Sharath will next swim the 100m Breaststroke, his pet event, on the 1st of September, 2012.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Reassuring Verdicts

The Central Secretariat of the Communist Party of India (CPI) has issued the following statement on August 30, 2012 on conviction of the accused in the Naroda Patiya riot case in Gujarat:

The CPI welcomes the verdict of the special court on August 29, 2012 convicting former BJP minister Maya Kodnani and Bajrang Dal leader Babu Bajrangi in the 2002 Naroda Patiya riot case in Gujarat along with 30 others. The court found BJP MLA Kodnani and Babu Bajrangi guilty under Sections 120 (B) (criminal conspiracy) and 302 (murder) of the IPC in the post-Godhra riots case in which 97 people belonging to the minority community had lost their lives.
The state government misused the state administration to get the culprits exonerated.  The Supreme Court appointed the Special Investigation Team (SIT) in 2008 at the request of Zakia Jafri and the NHRC. The Supreme Court has gone to great lengths in bringing the powerful vested interests before law by setting up the SIT.
The verdict clearly vindicates the secular parties’ stand that Gujarat chief  minister and the state machinery were behind the post-Godhra killings.  This is probably the first case in Modi’s Gujarat where conviction has taken place on the powerful personalities, who were involved in the attacks on minorities.
CPI also welcomes the Supreme Court judgment on Ajmal Kasab, who is responsible for killing a large number of innocent people in Mumbai, as part of terrorist onslaught on India.
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SportzPower Daily
Aug 29 Vol 01, Issue 1013
HI announce annual bilateral series with Pakistan; to appoint high performance manager
An annual bilateral series with Pakistan is scheduled to start from next year, which will also include other top teams, Hockey India has announced.
BCCI and banks in fight regarding control over Deccan Chargers: report
Even as Deccan Chargers' owners try to salvage financial situation and save the team, new fight emerges between BCCI and banks who have lent money to Deccan Chronicle Holdings, the team's promoters.
Godrej Eon becomes title sponsor of Tour De India race 2012
This year, ‘Godrej Eon Tour De India’ will see over 60 celebrity participants, 20 teams and around 40,000 people attending the races across three cities.
London Paralympic Games 2012 declared open
Greeting over 4,000 athletes from 164 teams, Seb Coe promises that the London 2012 Paralympic Games would see exceptional levels of public engagement.
UCI postpones Tour of Hangzhou till 2013
UCI announce that first edition of Tour of Hangzhou will not take place as scheduled from 17th to 21st October, but will seek to be part of the World Tour calendar in 2013
ESPN's 'Sport Science' comes to Disney XD
Hosted by John Brenkus and Leo Howard, black belt and star of Disney XD's hit series "Kickin' It," short-form series brings together pro athletes in scientific facilities to test limits of human athletic abilities
10,000 players to participate in a Squash match in support of sport's Olympic bid.
1More than 10,000 players will take part in the biggest squash match in history on World Squash Day 2012 in support of the sport's Olympic bid
Learning Module – Player Selection Disputes: Comparative Legal Analysis
One of the most challenging tasks for any national or international governing body of a sport is the development of fool proof criteria for team selection. However, a large part of the selection process comprises a subjective element that cannot be quantified. Therefore, prior to any major sporting event, and, particularly the Olympics, there arise many disputes over team selection.


Consistent Recognition And Rewards Necessary For Athletes To Bring In The Gold
SPORTZPOWER VIEW - One wonders what award Vijay would have received if he had finished fourth in the Olympics, without a medal, though he has been a consistent winner in the international arena.

'Champions League and WWE not only give us good advertising traction, they also deliver higher sticky revenues'

ATUL Pande, CEO of Sports Business,

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Transfer deadline day: Which clubs are happy and which are panicking?(Daily Mail )
Golf for all(Mint )
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Hockey Debacle: ‘It was system failure at London’(The Hindu )
Medal of opportunity(Mint )
London call attended, athletes bask in afterglow(Hindustan Times )
'Get with the Games or get out of our way' (Tehelka )
Armstrong defiant in face of doping allegations (Times of India )
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9th JEEVIKA: Asia Livelihood Documentary Festival

9th JEEVIKA: Asia Livelihood Documentary Festival
As many as 18 documentary (13 professionals and 5 students) films will be screened during the 9th JEEVIKA: Asia Livelihood Documentary Festival to be held at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi from 31 August, 1-2 September.
The films touch upon sensitive subjects such as Mumbai’s night rat killers, life of primitive tribes, children of sex workers, seaweed collectors. Apart from screening of the films, there will be discussion with the documentary makers and the viewers.
The festival will also have various discussions by acclaimed filmmakers: Mr Supriyo Sen, Mr Amlan Dutta, Mr Nandan Saxena, Ms. Anasuya Vaidya.
Noted Indian film director, producer and screenwriter, Mr Subhash Ghai will give away the awards to the winners.
Entry : Free (Seating on First-Come First-Served basis)
FRIDAY, 31 August 2012
1.00 pm Inauguration Raj Liberhan
1.20 pm Introduction to the world of Documentaries Supriyo Sen & Amlan Dutta
2.20 pm Who Killed Chea Vichea Bradley Cox
3.20 pm All Rise For Your Honour Sumit Khanna
4.50 pm Bicycle Journey – A Story Unbelievable Ashijit Ganguli
5.20 pm Law, Liberty & Livelihood Panel Discussion
6.20 pm We are foot Soldiers Debolina Dutta & Oishik Sircar
7.00 pm Sacred Space Kaushik Gupta Ray
SATURDAY, 01 September 2012
10.00 am The World’s Most Fashionable Prison Mak C K
11.10 pm The Last Page Unnikrishnan Avala
12.10 pm Cycle of Life Vishal Sharma
12.30 pm Documentary & Public Policy Speakers: Nandan Saxena, Anasuya Vaidya
1.30 pm Lunch
2.15 pm Breakin’ Mumbai Aakriti Kohli, Sandeep Kr. Singh, Shweta Ghosh, Gin Khan Siam & Sumit Singh
2.50 pm Hide Under My Sole Shradha Jain
3.30 pm I was Born in Delhi Bishnu Dev Halder
5.10 pm Dudro Dhanya Pilo
5.20 pm Breaking the Silence Ishani K Dutta
6.00 pm Shifting Undercurrents – Seaweed Collectors of Gulf of Mannar Rita Banerji
SUNDAY, 02 September 2012
3.30 pm Dilli Rintu Thomas & Sushmit Ghosh
4.00 pm City’s Edge Sandeep Kumar Singh, Shweta Radhakrishnan, Sharib Ali, Gin Khan Siam and Abhishekh Yadav
4.30 pm Dimond Band Samridhi Dasot
5.00 pm The Rat Race Miriam Chandy Menacherry
6.00 pm In Conversation with Subhash Ghai
6.30 pm Award Ceremony
Chief Guest: Subhash Ghai, Indian film director, producer and screen writer
Introduction: Manoj Mathew, Director, Jeevika Festival
Welcome Remarks: Parth J Shah, President, Centre for Civil Society
Performance: Oorja, Dance Group, Hans Raj College
Keynote Address: Anjan Roy, Economic Advisor, Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry (ASSOCHAM)
Performance: Nritya, Dance Group, Sri Venkateshwara College
Message: Amir Ullah Khan, Economist & Deputy Director, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Presentation of Awards: 9th Jeevika: Asia Livelihood Documentary Festival
    South Asia Social Development Unit (SASDS) & South Asia Health Nutrition and Population Unit (SASHN)

Cordially invite you to the   
South Asia Gender Initiative
Speaker Series 
Gender-Inclusive Nutrition Activities in South Asia
Chair: Maria Correia, Sector Manager, SASDS
Speaker: Dr. Rukshana Haider, TAHN Bangladesh

Date: Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Time: 8:30 am (DC), 6:30 PM (Dhaka)
Location: MC 3-850 in HQ. Other VC venues and times given below for Dhaka, Delhi, Islamabad, Kathmandu, Kabul and Colombo.
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(Breakfast will be served)
Agenda: 1. Findings from the Gender-Inclusive Nutrition Activities in South Asia Mapping Study

    The dissemination note for the study is attached below, and the full report can be downloaded by clicking here.
    (See attached file: GenderNutritionSAR_Mapping_DisseminationNote.pdf)
2. Presentation by Dr. Haider on TAHN Bangladesh

    Dr Rukhsana Haider is Chairperson of the Training and Assistance for Health and Nutrition (TAHN) Foundation in Bangladesh. Under Dr. Haider's leadership, the TAHN Foundation supports community-based peer counsellors for improving infant and young child feeding and nutrition, as well as adolescent and maternal nutrition. She is also a senior Technical Adviser to the Gates Foundation's Alive and Thrive project in the country. Prior to TAHN, Dr. Haider spent several years at the World Health Organization (WHO)'s South East Asia Regional Offices as the Adviser for  Nutrition for Health and Development and before that, with the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR,B). Dr. Haider holds a PhD in Public Health Nutrition from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London. 

3. Discussion. External participants should email Mona at for more details.

VC Venue, Dial Information and Time

|Location |Dial Out Number            | Time   |
|Dhaka-1      |Dial Out-      | 6:30 pm|
|New Delhi-12 |Dial Out- | 6:00 pm|
|Islamabad-5 |Dial Out- | 5:30 pm|
|Kathmandu-4 |Dial Out- | 6:15 pm|
|Kabul-2      |Dial Out- | 5:00 pm|
|Colombo-2 |Dial Out- | 6:00 pm|
|MC3-850VC |Dial Out-      | 8:30 am|

The SAGE Speaker Series is also supported by AusAid. The authors of the report gratefully acknowledge the support of the South Asia Food and Nutrition Security Initiative (SAFANSI) for this research. SAFANSI is supported by both AusAID and UKaid from the Department for International Development.

Veteran Smriti strikes back on final day, wins 2nd leg of Hero-WGAI Tour

Bangalore, August 30: Smriti Mehra produced a remarkable rally on the final day to win the second leg of the Hero-WGAI Women’s Pro Tour at Clover Greens in Bangalore. Smriti shot the week’s best four-under 66 to total 207, while Sharmila (70) finished at 209. Nalini Singh Siwach (71) totaled 211 and was third.

Smriti, who turned 40 in May, started the day two behind and that deficit became four by the end of the first two holes as overnight leader Sharmila Nicollet started the day with two birdies. Then Smriti using all her experience and grit fought back and turned in a fine all round display as she played the last 16 holes in four-under despite two bogeys to emerge a convincing winner.

Neha Tripathi (71) was fourth at 214. Vani Kapoor played her best round of the week at two-under 68 and moved to tied fifth with Shraddhanjali Singh (72) at 220. Amateur Ankita Kedalya (69) totaled 216 and was the top amateur and overall she was fifth.

Smriti, a former LPGA Tour player who has also won on Futures Tour in the US, said, “I played steady and the only two times I three-putted I had bogeys. Actually I did not look at the scores till the 18th green. I was just focusing on my play.”

Sharmila rued her poor short game as she said, “I chipped and putted badly. After the fine start with three birdies in a row nothing worked. I messed up a chip on fourth and ended with a double and then nothing worked. Still the overall scores were alright, though I would have wanted to be under-par. And, Simi played great, so she deserved to win.”

Smriti, starting the day two behind Sharmila, lost two more shots as Sharmila had a birdie-birdie start on the third and final day. At that stage, Sharmila was four shots ahead of Smriti, who was also playing in the final group.

Both players birdied the third and then came the first swing, as Sharmila double bogeyed the fourth and Smriti parred it. The drama did not stop there, as Smriti bogeyed the fifth and Sharmila parred to push the gap to three shots.

Sharmila became cautious and parred the next four, while Smriti played aggressively and birdied sixth and seventh. When the duo turned Smriti was only one behind Sharmila for the tournament.

The decisive and final swing came on the par-5 12th, where Smriti reached the green in two and then birdied, while Sharmila bogeyed the hole to fall behind. Smriti did not let thereafter. She birdied the 16th and 17th and opened a three shot lead as birdies continued to elude Sharmila. On the 18th and final, Smriti could even afford the luxury of a bogey to romp home a two-shot winner.

Sharmila stays on top of the Money List as the opening event last week carried a purse of Rs, 10 lakhs and this week it was Rs. Five lakhs.

The final day produced three sub-par rounds and another one at par, while two others had one-over on a good scoring day.

Leading scores after third and final round:
207: Smriti Mehra (69-72-66)
209: Sharmila Nicollet (71-68-70)
211: Nalini Singh Siwach (72-68-71)
214: Neha Tripathi (71-72-71)
216: Ankita Kedalya – A – (75-72-68)
220: Vani Kapoor (76-76-68) and Shraddhanjali Singh (74-74-72)
221: Saaniya Sharma (71-77-73)
225: Meghna Bal (71-80-74)
226: Ankita Tiwana (78-73-75)