Wednesday, April 12, 2017

GERMANY: BORUSSIA DORTMUND FOOTBALL TEAM BUS HIT

Germany, three explosions have hit a bus carrying the Borussia Dortmund football team to their home Champions League quarter-final match against Monaco.
The head of Dortmund police said it was a targeted attack on the team. Spanish player Marc Bartra underwent an operation after breaking a bone in his wrist.
No other players were hurt. The state prosecutor said a letter found near the scene was being examined as part of the investigation. The match was postponed until today.

NEPAL GOVT PRESENTS NEW CONSTITUTION AMENDMENT BILL

Nepal government has presented a new constitution amendment bill.
The bill was registered at the parliament secretariat by the Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs Ministry on Tuesday. The bill aims to address some of the key demands raised by United Democratic Madhesi Front (UDMF). Madhesi leaders are demanding more representation and re-demarcation of provincial boundaries ahead of local polls.
Though new bill does not propose any change in the boundary of provinces but it has provision to form a federal commission to look into the issue. Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has expressed hope that bill would be passed with consensus. The new bill is likely to be tabled in the Parliament on 20th April.
Earlier in the day Nepal government had withdrawn the second Constitution Amendment Bill which was presented in the Parliament in November 2016

BRAZIL JUDGE:CORRUPTION PROBE OF TEMER’S CABINET

A Supreme Court justice dealt President Michel Temer and Brazil’s political elite a heavy blow on Tuesday by ordering investigations into eight cabinet ministers and dozens of lawmakers allegedly linked to the country’s biggest corruption scandal.
The list of names under investigation released by Justice Edson Fachin read like a Who’s Who of Brazilian politics, tarnishing past statesmen and potential presidential candidates alike.
The list, whose contents had been subject to furious speculation and a number of leaks, became public when Fachin lifted the seal on plea bargain testimony from 77 employees of construction company Odebrecht, which has admitted paying millions of dollars in bribes.
In Sao Paulo, residents banged pots and pans in protest against political corruption, while in the capital Brasilia, deputies left a session in the lower house earlier in the day as news of the list began to break.
The investigation into eight ministers, or nearly a third of the president’s cabinet, poses a serious threat to Temer’s efforts to pass austerity reforms that he says are needed to regain investor confidence and lift the economy out of its worst recession on record.
Temer’s office declined to comment.
“More than having eight ministers on the list, the biggest problem for the government is seeing its whole political nucleus there,” said Danilo Gennari, partner with Brasilia-based consultancy Distrito Relações Governamentais, referring to the implication of key government allies.
Among that core is Temer’s chief of staff Eliseu Padilha, an experienced politician considered key in negotiations with Congress to pass the administration’s crucial pension reform.
Padilha said he will defend himself in court.

PAKISTAN ARMY ACT GIVE KULBHUSHAN JADHAV’S DEATH SENTENCE

Sushma Swaraj has cautioned Pakistan of “consequences” if it proceeds with the death sentence of  Kulbhushan Jadhav.
Swaraj, speaking in the parliament on Jadhav’s death sentence, said India would go to any extent to “save” Jadhav, who she termed a “son of India”.
“I would caution the Pakistan government to consider the consequences for our bilateral relationship if they proceed on this matter,” she said, as quoted by Indian media.
The external affairs minister labelled the charges against Jadhav as “concocted” and claimed there was no evidence of wrongdoing by him.
On Monday, Pakistan sentenced Kulbhushan Jadhav to death for carrying out espionage and sabotage activities in Balochistan and Karachi. Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa confirmed the death sentence awarded by the Field General Court Martial under the Pakistan Army Act.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has accused Pakistan of attempting a pre-planned murder of former Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav and asserted India will do whatever it takes to ensure his release. He was speaking at the Lokmat Maharashtrian of the Year Awards in Mumbai last night.
Mr. Singh said that Jadhav is not a spy and should be released. He went out of India for business. Pakistan agencies kidnapped him. He was carrying an Indian passport. The Home Minister asserted if needed government will take the issue to international platform. Singh maintained India won’t hesitate to take strong steps to secure Jadhav’s release.
Jadhav was reportedly arrested on March 3 last year by Pakistan security officials allegedly in Balochistan which. He was sentenced to death by a military court in a secret trial and the Pakistan’s army chief has approved his execution.
Army veterans today protested outside the Pakistan High Commission over Kulbhushan Jadhav death sentence by Pakistan Military court. The Ex-Naval officer Jadhav was abducted by Pakistan intelligence agency from Iran and later he was charged with spying against Islamabad.

NEW GUIDELINES FOR REGULATING NGOS FORMULATED

: Centre tells SC Under the new rules, Niti Aayog appointed as the nodal agency for the purpose of registration and accredition of NGOs/voluntary organisations seeking funds from the government New Delhi: Non profits are required to register with the Niti Aayog’s portal NGO Darpan, according to the draft guidelines for regulating non profits and voluntary organizations placed before the Supreme Court by the Centre on Wednesday. “The existing portal will be strengthened to provide a snapshot of the organization’s ongoing and past work so that the authority granting funds can check,” additional solicitor general Tushar Mehta told the court. A bench comprising chief justice J.S. Khehar and justice D.Y. Chandrachud was hearing a public interest litigation filed by advocate M.L. Sharma seeking regulation of non profits receiving government funding. Over 3.2 million non profit and voluntary organizations are registered in India. “This can be a good move to weed out fly-by-night organizations, if implemented correctly. But our past experience with the government does not give us hope,” said Harsh Jaitli, CEO of Voluntary Action Network of India (VANI), an umbrella organization for grassroot non profits. Organizations receiving funds from the government are required to register with the Niti Aayog on the ‘Darpan’ platform, which is an upgraded version of a similar initiative started by the erstwhile Planning Commission in 2006. However, registering on the Planning Commission’s platform was not mandatory, while registering on Darpan has been made mandatory. Darpan also requires a number of new disclosures like the Aadhaar number and PAN numbers of chief executives of not-for-profit organizations. Jaitli added that not-for-profit organizations working in the development sector have been campaigning for a separate law and policy for themselves since 2001. “At present all kinds of entities from charitable religious and temple trusts, educational societies, hospitals and even sports clubs are under law seen as not-for-profit organsiations… There needs to be a clear definition for these different kinds of entities because their operations and functions are different,” he said.

UK SCIENCE & INNOVATION NETWORK IN INDIA

Issue 95
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Welcome to the April Edition of the UK Science and Innovation Network in India’s Newsletter. In this edition we talk about the Birmingham Energy Institute delegation to India related to cold chain technologies and exploring UK India opportunities in marine science and technology. Also read about the latest funding opportunities.
SIN Spotlight
Prof Toby Peters from Birmingham Enery Institute (BEI) writes about his visit to India related to cold chain system. The aim of this visit was to forge new academic and industry collaborations, build capacity and explore market suitable technology deployment, including establishment of live test beds or demonstration. Read more…
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Shivani Sharma writes about the immense potential of the Indian Ocean region. The UK has world-leading strengths in marine technologies ( robotics and autonomous systems, sensors and data analytics). This creates an opportunity for UK and India to explore working together.  Read more…
Building on the joint announcement made by the UK and Indian Prime Ministers at the India-UK Tech Summit in November 2016, the UK’s Biotechnology and Biological Science Research Council (BBSRC), Innovate UK, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Department for Biotechnology (DBT) of the Government of India organised a  UK-India scoping workshop on innovative biological solutions in the area of industrial waste from 21-23 March 2017, in Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh, India.
Do you want to keep up to date with all the opportunities funded through the UK’s Newton Fund?  Follow this page on Newton Fund.
NERC, the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and India’s Department of Science and Technology (DST) jointly invite proposals to a new three-year research programme to improve water quality. The programme aims to improve water quality by providing a better understanding of the sources and fate of different pollutants and by supporting the development of management strategies and technologies to reduce pollution levels.
This collaboration is supported by the Newton-Bhabha Fund, established by the governments of the UK and India to provide a framework for increasing research and innovation collaborations that support sustainable economic growth
For more details please visit here…
The objective of this Expressions of Interest (EoI) call is to identify potential international candidates across a number of pre-determined research themes with the required profile to work with us through to submission of a full application to the Marie-Sklodowska Curie European Fellowship scheme in September 2017. For more details please visit here…
British Council in collaboration with Royal Society of Chemistry announces Newton Bhabha Fund Researcher Links Workshop Grant to bring together early-career researchers from India and the UK to build international connections which can support them in improving the quality of their research. For more details please visit here…
The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) are hosting an International Development Summit- ‘Mobilising Global Voices’, at the British Library, London on Wednesday 7th June 2017. For more details please visit here…
For a full list of funding opportunities, please check out our monthly summary.
SIN India Team News
The SIN team has bid a fond farewell to a very important team member Murtaza and wishes him luck in his future endeavours. We are busy planning this year’s activities and events and have lots of exciting things planned for this year.  So stay tuned for more and thanks for reading!
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ALT BALAJI CORDIALLY INVITES YOU

PRESS INVITATION

 ALT Balaji cordially invites you for the launch of their Application & to share with you the uniqueness of the same

‘ALT Balaji Application’

To be addressed by:
  • Ekta Kapoor
  • Rajkumar Rao
  • Ram Kapoor
  • Sakshi Tanwar
  • Nimrat Kaur
  • Nagesh Kukunoor  
  • Sameer Nair (Group CEO)
  • Nachiket Pantvaidya (CEO ALT  Digital)
  • Manav Sethi (CMO ALT Balaji)

Time: 2:15pm
Date: 13th April 2017 (Thursday)
Venue: Taj Palace, 2 Sardar Patel Marg, Diplomate Enclave, New Delhi


You are requested to send correspondents/ photographers/ camera crew for the Launch.

LOW-SKILLED MIGRATION AND PRECARIOUS WORK

Apr
17
CPR is pleased to invite you to a talk on
Low-skilled migration and precarious work – Where do the borders of forced migration begin and end?
Monday, 17 April 2017, 11:30 a.m.
Priya Deshingkar
Conference Hall, Centre for Policy Research
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In this talk, Priya Deshingkar will draw on research conducted in different locations in Africa and Asia, including India, to draw out the conditions in which low-skilled migrants are recruited and employed and the contrasting discourses on their experience. In doing so, she will highlight the often complex and contradictory outcomes of migration and the difficulties this creates for dichotomies of forced and free labour. She will also discuss the policy implications of these findings.
Priya Deshingkar is Research Director of the six-year DFID-funded Migrating out of Poverty Research Consortium; Principal Investigator for the Capitalising Human Mobility for Poverty Alleviation and Inclusive Development in Myanmar (CHIME) project, and Senior Research Fellow at the School of Global Studies. Her research focuses on migration and poverty with a focus on precarious occupations, debt-migration, labour rights and agency. Priya holds a PhD from the Institute of Development Studies and is an internationally recognised authority on internal migration. Her most recent book is Circular Migration and Multilocational Livelihood Strategies in India (co-edited with John Farrington, 2009). Until 2009, Dr Deshingkar was Research Fellow at the Overseas Development Institute.

THE PARADOX AND THE POTENTIAL OF INDIA’S ONE BILLION

Apr
18
Accountability Initiative at CPR is pleased to invite you to a talk on
The Broken Ladder – The Paradox and the Potential of India’s One Billion
Tuesday, 18 April 2017, 11:30 a.m.
Anirudh Krishna
Conference Hall, Centre for Policy Research
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Despite becoming a global economic force, why does India win so few Olympic medals, and why do so many of its people live in conditions of poverty? Why have opportunities not become available more broadly? How can growing individuals assist with the task of building a growing economy?
In contrast to other investigations, which have taken a top-down view of developments in the country, Anirudh Krishna’s The Broken Ladder presents a ground-up view, delving into the lives of ordinary individuals. Through decades-long investigations conducted on the ground, living in villages and investigating slum communities, Krishna reveals the heartbreaking and eye–opening details of missed opportunities and immense, but untapped, talent that can and should be honed, with immense consequences for both growth and equity.
From presenting possible solutions to the problems of neediness and inequity, to mulling over ways of fixing inequalities of opportunity, the book gives us a comprehensive account of India’s development strategies.
Anirudh Krishna is the Edgar T. Thompson Professor of Public Policy and professor of political science at Duke University, USA. His research investigates how poor communities and individuals in developing countries cope with the structural and personal constraints that result in poverty and powerlessness. Recent books include The Broken Ladder: The Paradox and the Potential of India’s One-Billion (Penguin, India and Cambridge University Press, forthcoming); One Illness Away: Why People Become Poor and How they Escape Poverty (Oxford University Press, 2010); and Poverty, Participation and Democracy: A Global Perspective (Cambridge University Press, 2008). Before returning to academia, Krishna spent 14 years with the Indian Administrative Service, managing diverse rural and urban development initiatives. Current research concerns include social mobility, spatial inequality, democratic governance, and urban slums.

IS DOLLAR HEGEMONY INEVITABLE? POSSIBILITIES FOR REFORM IN THE GLOBAL RESERVE SYSTEM: ANALYTICAL VIEW SAGAR MEDIA INC RESEARCH GROUP

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Prof Anush Kapadia present ed paper with palatatable treat of ingredients of global economy. Speaker spoke on his papers with possible reforms in Global Reserve system but the autonomy and sovereignty of the markets  are dynamically important.  Political alignments, with  trade and  finance along with global exports, balance of payments need to be globally robust. With regional economy in the unpredictable dynamics, the up and down of dollars in comparison to sterling DM,,euro, Ausdollar, the US dollar rule globally due to its intrinsic strength .Political stability, economy of nations with their supremacy on economy along with robust monetary and financial policy of the nations were discussed. U S has the strength to bear economy quakes and can rebound.                                  Regional Banks Asian Dev Bank, Scots, Brics Bank and other international banks are making space.                                           Political stability and supremacy is vital as its strength is directly proportionate to Institute central banks of nations. Central Bank or Bankers bank is tool of its nation  trade and to governs monetary and fiscal policy to inject and dilute liquidity. Dollar rule due to US security bill of German Japan Nato etc  . Euro like dollar too had its capacity with fiscal ingredients but dollar instantity readiness aro und global market plus C6Swap 2013 made it more trust worthy. Government bonds of US in which most country repose faith and are easily encashed across globe.China now number two Economy of world invested hugely in US bonds make it mettle ductile.
Oil global traded need dollar in exchange of US .But new Innovation and technology which keep economy in dynamically state as per national reach and teach. The economist mostly miss speaker did not touch thoroughly but mechanic s of war was expressed.
Speaker touching global fiscal institute with homogenous International fiscal  policy is impossible.However economy fiscal policy rule as per economy cycle of each nation which can never be monolithic edifice.Two brilliant captive market China India grow as global engine of growth to bring inertia to inert global market due the duo skill will intrinsic strength to absorb global Innovation to which speaker eluded. His lecture was treat to listen touching various economy cornerstone well narrated with rich diction of subject. CPR subjects and it’s researchers keep mind enliven with wholesome and rich inputs. China India two captive market are duo global engine to give boost to global demand thus stability of these Asian market is important unless Latin American market mature to its optimum level. US experiment of capitalism WW2 in 1942  with market control economy rule the globe is now gathering and bearing rich dividend with We the people magic mantra in the US Constitution in which UK US Other nation get holistic stirring. The enterprising feature of natives thus gives inertia and higher intellect by virtue of rich education model put the nation first with defence, industry , education,fiscal prudence management to its excellence.  A Catalyst change in technology bring sea change in everyday life from steam – solar engine liquid to solid gas nuclear fuel are the 20 th Century changes which need sectoral improvement for utility of mankind.
China and India Two economy fares  as follows:
India’s foreign exchange surged by a whopping 2.02 billion US dollars to 369.95 billion US dollars in the week that ended on 31st of March 2017. A RBI press release has informed that foreign currency assets, a major part of the overall reserves rose by 2.08 billion US dollars to 346.32 billion US dollars.
In the previous week too, the reserves had shot up by 1.15 billion US dollars to 367.93 billion US dollars.
Gold reserves, on the other hand moved down by 45 million US dollars to 19.87 billion US dollars.
India’s special drawing rights with the International Monetary Fund also fell 5.1 million US dollars to 1.45 billion US dollars, while the country’s reserve position too dropped by 10.7 million US dollars to USD 2.32 billion US dollars.
India’s trade deficit with China was recorded at 46.7 billion US dollars during the April-February period of the last fiscal. Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman informed Rajya Sabha that overall trade with China during the 11-month period decreased marginally by 0.87 per cent to 64.57 billion US dollars.
She said in a written reply that during this period, India’s exports to China grew by 8.69 per cent to 8.94 billion US dollars while imports from the neighbouring nation declined by 2.26 per cent to 55.63 billion US dollars, resulting in a shrinkage of 4.1 per cent in India’s trade deficit with China. Brent crude oil futures rose 68 cents, to 55.57 dollars a barrel, after reaching an intra-day peak of 56.08 dollars a barrel, the highest since 7th of March. U.S. crude rose 70 cents, to 52.40 dollars a barrel. Although Syria has limited oil production, its location and alliances with big oil producers in the region mean any escalation of the conflict has the potential to increase supply-side fears.

UNAIDS WELCOMES PASSAGE OF INDIA’S LANDMARK HIV LEGISLATION





UNAIDS welcomes passage of India’s landmark HIV legislation
New law bans discrimination against people living with and affected by HIV in India

NEW DELHI, 11 April 2017—UNAIDS welcomes a new law passed by the Indian Parliament providing strong legal protection against HIV-related discrimination.
The law provides a broad legislative framework for the response to HIV in India and is the first national HIV law in South Asia. The legislation prohibits discrimination against people living with and affected by HIV in a range of settings, including employment, education, housing and health care, as well as with regard to the holding of public or private office, access to insurance and freedom of movement. It also bans unfair treatment of people living with and affected by HIV with regard to accessing public facilities, such as shops, restaurants, hotels, public entertainment venues, public facilities and burial grounds.
“This is an important step forward for people living with and affected by HIV in India and around the world,” said Steve Kraus, Director, UNAIDS Regional Support Team for Asia and the Pacific. “This legislation begins to remove barriers and empowers people to challenge violations of their human rights.”
Significantly, the legislation contains provisions to increase access to justice for people affected by HIV, including obligations for health-care institutions to establish complaints mechanisms and a health ombudsman supported by special procedures to be followed in courts.
The law also protects the rights of people affected by HIV to informed consent (including for any sterilization procedures), to confidentiality and to a safe working environment, and promotes the delivery of critical harm reduction interventions, including condoms, comprehensive injection safety requirements and opioid substitution therapy.
The process of drafting the legislation began in 2002 and involved consultations with and inputs by various stakeholders, including people living with HIV and affected communities, human rights organizations, government departments and members of parliament, before finally being presented to parliament in 2014. UNAIDS has supported efforts throughout the legislation’s long journey. The law will come into force when it is published in the Official Gazette.
Civil society organizations welcomed the legislation; however, they also voiced concerns over a provision that appeared to limit the government’s obligation to provide HIV treatment.
The government has since announced a “treat all” policy in parliament, guaranteeing free antiretroviral therapy for everyone.
“We declare that anybody tested positive will be treated,” said J.P. Nadda, Indian Minister for Health and Family Welfare. “This is the level of commitment with which we are working and with which we will be going forward.”
HIV treatment not only protects the health of people living with HIV, but also prevents onward transmission of the virus. UNAIDS recognizes everyone’s right to health, which includes the provision of antiretroviral therapy to people living with HIV throughout their life.
With 2.1 million people living with HIV in 2015, India has the third largest HIV epidemic in the world and the largest in the Asia and the Pacific region.
Support for the HIV bill has been bipartisan. “It has been a long struggle for everyone working towards having an HIV-specific legislation as it would guarantee the right to dignity and non-discrimination for people affected by HIV,” said Oscar Fernandes,Member of Parliament and President of the Forum of Parliamentarians on AIDS in India.
In June 2016, Member States of the United Nations committed in the Political Declaration on Ending AIDS to “promoting laws and policies that ensure the enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms for children, adolescents and young people, particularly those living with, at risk of and affected by HIV, so as to eliminate the stigma and discrimination that they face.”
UNAIDS urges all governments to fully implement the human rights of people living and affected by HIV, including by providing strong legal protections and implementing programmes to end discrimination and advance access to justice.

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Contact
UNAIDS Bangkok | Saya Oka | tel. +66 2680 4128 |okas@unaids.org
UNAIDS New Delhi | Oussama Tawil | tel. +91 11 41354545 |tawilo@unaids.org

3RD EDITION OF THE GLOBAL EXHIBITION ON SERVICES

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GES Ribbon Cutting & Special Plenary Session
1200 hrs: 17 April 2017, India Expo Centre & Mart, Greater NOIDA

Guests of Honour :
Smt Nirmala Sitharaman, Hon’ble Minister of State (IC), Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India
Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State (IC), Ministry of Tourism, Government of India

We are pleased to inform you that Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India, Services Export Promotion Council (SEPC) and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) are organizing the 3rd Edition of the Global Exhibition on Servicesscheduled to be held between 17th April to 20th April 2017 at India Expo Centre & Mart, Greater Noida, India.  This endeavour will build on the resounding success of the 2nd edition of the GES held in April 2016. GES has emerged as an apt platform to showcase Indian capabilities in the service space.

This year, GES 2017 will focus on sectors like Information Technology and Telecom, Tourism & Hospitality, Media & Entertainment, Healthcare, Logistics, Environmental Services, Facility Management, Exhibition & Event Services, Professional Services, Education, Banking & Financial Services, Skills, Next Gen Cities, Energy Services, Space, Start Ups / SME in Services & Wellness and in addition new areas like Retail & E-Commerce, Railways and Sports Services.

The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and the Special Plenary Session on GES 2017 will be joined and addressed by Smt Nirmala Sitharaman, Hon’ble Minister of State (Independent Charge), Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Government of India, Dr. Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State (Independent Charge), Ministry of Tourism, Government of India and Hon’ble Chief Ministers of few select States anddignitaries and senior government officials representing both Central and State Governments.   The programme for the day would be:

1130 hrs                      : Registration / Arrival of Guests

1200 hrs                      : Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of GES 2017 

1230 – 1400 hrs          : Special Plenary Session with Hon’ble Minister of Commerce & Industry, GoI, Minister of Tourism, GoI and CMs of Select States 

I am writing to extend our cordial invitation to you and that of your colleagues to join us at the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony and Special Plenary Session of GES scheduled for 17th April 2017 at India Expo Centre & Mart, Greater Noida.   Since there is a limited capacity to accommodate delegates and invitees, we would request you to kindly confirm your presence and participation at this important plenary session per return mail, using the attached reply form. 

We look forward to your confirmation and welcoming you at the GES 2017.
Warm regards,
Anish Chaudhry
Chairman – CII Western UP Zonal Council

6TH EDITION OF HERO MTB SHIMLA


Cordially invites you
To India’s most popular MTB race- the 6th edition of Hero MTB Shimla
Top-notch bikers across India and the globe are coming together yet again for the 6th edition of the Hero MTB Shimla – one of India’s most prestigious and highly anticipated mountain biking races that kicks off on April 15th.
Date: 13th April 2017
Time: 3PM
Venue: The Ritz, Ridge, Shimla

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WANNA RUN A MARATHON?

Wanna Run A Marathon? These Running Communities Will Help You Train
Running can be a truly freeing activity. Even if we keep the fitness part aside, running is still beneficial for the mind and the body. It is an activity which helps us with understanding so many things about our bodies.
However, just waking up and going to run every day can be no fun. It might turn into a mundane activity. To help prevent this, there are running clubs which are bringing runners together. These clubs are not just about putting on shoes and running. They are all about connecting with others as well as your own self. Let us take a look at four such clubs in Delhi. There’s something rather daunting about the idea of running a marathon that has even the strongest of us shaking in our shoes. It’s in times like those that a group of like-minded individuals working {or running} towards a common goal can help shake that fear aside.
Here’s the list of running communities in the city that can get even the laziest among us pumped up about running.
Fitso Running Sessions
Fitso Running Sessions are conducted by Fitso. The latter is a fitness app dedicated to transform users into fitness oriented individuals. Fitso Running Sessions are committed to fine tuning a new runner into an expert one. They welcome everyone, whether beginners or experienced runners. Their running program is customized for each and every runner with scientific and holistic training programme for every runner. Fitso understands the aim of every runner and help with achieving the same. All runners are assigned a coach for bringing out their best. A structured training program helps runners with avoiding injuries. Fitso organize training sessions in different parts of Delhi NCR i.e. Faridabad (Sector 12), Gurgaon (Tau Devilal Stadium), South Delhi (HauzKhas Forest), Rohini (Japanese Park), Dwarka (DDA park, Sec 11), Noida (Noida stadium)
Nike+ run club
The Nike run club in Delhi was the first ever running club in the country. Opened six years ago, the club is now a strong community of thousands of runners. The club focuses on encouraging members to achieve their personal best. According to Avinash Pant, marketing director of Nike India, the club focuses on training runners and helping them with realizing their full potential. The club boasts of two running coaches, Rupinder Singh and Ian Ladbrooke who offer training tips, conditioning, inspiration, and advice. Members also get to experience trials of new Nike products.  The events organized by the club encourage people to sign up for free.



Along with that, the club also focuses on providing speed workouts and endurance training according to the capability of the runner. The club also gives inputs on how to choose the best running shoes and apparel. Nike+ has their training sessions in Nehru Park on every weekend at 6 AM
The Reebok Running Squad
The Reebok Running Squad aims at building the runner’s strength and stamina. The club is open to all types of runners, whether new or experienced. Along with training runners, the club also advises members on how to avoid injuries.
According to the club, the best way to excel in a running program is to have a “running buddy”. The club has run many experiments on this and has concluded that having a running buddy enhances a runner’s experience. Once members sign up for the club, they enter a community of like-minded people who are all training for the same goal. What is best is that the Reebok Running Squad provides everything for free with their training sessions in different part of Delhi NCR such as: Lodhi Garden, Nehru Park, Center Park Ghaziabad, Leisure Valley,Sector 29, Gurgaon, Noida Stadium Sector 21, Noida and Town Park Sector 12, Faridabad
ASICS Running Club
ASICS Running Club is dedicated to promote running as a joyful activity. The club is an excellent platform for both expert runners and for amateurs. The club’s core belief is that running is a path to self awareness. They have their training programme every weekend at Nehru Park, Chanakyapuri. They believe that running can make an individual aware of their own capabilities and strengths. The ASICS Running Club promotes the idea that running is not just another day of exercise, but is a way of discovering one’s own self.

AYUSH MINISTER GIVES AWAY AWARDS TO CONTRIBUTORS IN THE FIELD OF HOMEOPATHY

Two day Convention on World Homoeopathy Day concluded successfully in New Delhi today. Minister of State (Independent Charge), for AYUSH Sh. Shripad Yesso Naik, was the Chief Guest of the function. Member Parliament and Parliamentary Standing Committee of Ministry of AYUSH, Health and Family Welfare Dr. Manoj Rajoria presided over the function. The event was being organized to commemorate the 262nd birth anniversary of the founder of Homoeopathy, Dr. Christian Friedrich Samuel Hahnemann, a German physician, who was a great scholar, linguist and acclaimed scientist. The theme of the convention was “Enhancing Quality of Research in Homoeopathy”. The convention was organised by Central Council for Research in Homeopathy (CCRH), an autonomous research organization of Ministry of AYUSH.
On this occaccion the AYUSH Minister, recalled the great contribution of Hahnemann and how his scientific aptitude helped him to discover a healing system based on infallible laws of nature. He further shared that Ministry of AYUSH was committed to bring to surface more evidence in AYUSH systems and validate these systems through internationally recognised means. He appreciated that CCRH has made some decent leaps in credible homoeopathy research and is sensitising its scientists on contemporary methods of research regularly. He also informed the delegates that CCRH has collaborated with reputed international and national institutes that are known for their excellence in various streams of science like quantum physics, bioengineering, virology, chemistry, botany etc., which, in turn, have not only bought more recognition to homoeopathy, but also opened the eyes of the allied scientists to this method of healing to take up more research in yet underexplored links between Homoeopathy and science, like, nano-science and genomics.
On this occasion, CCRH, for the first time ever, presented awards to incentivise the contributors in the field of Homoeopathy research. The awards were conferred upon by Shri Shripad Naik to Drs. A.R. Khudabukhsh for Lifetime Achievement for Best Researcher, to Prof. Chaturbhuja Nayak for Best Teacher, Drs. Kusum S. Chand and Archana Narang for Best research papers, Drs. C.R. Patil and Dr. Debadatta Nayak for Young Scientists. During the convention, Minister of AYUSH also announced the awardees of Scholarship for Quality M.D. Dissertations in Homoeopathy.
In his address, Shri Manoj Rajoria, highlighted the importance of quality education and research in Homoeopathy for overall growth of the system. To standardise Homoeopathy, he said that National Commission for Homoeopathy (NCH) is being proposed as the regulatory body that will have four boards, one each for regulation of undergraduate education; postgraduate education; accreditation and assessment of institutions; and regulation of the practice of the profession.
The deliberations, divided in five sessions, ranged from key areas of homoeopathic research, strengthening college infrastructure for undertaking research, along with latest trends in drug validation, prognostic factor research to role of Homoeopathy in public health and epidemics by means of high quality research, including NABH accreditation of homoeopathic hospitals. The main objective of these sessions, which were chaired and addressed by international and national resource persons, was to educate all stakeholders to understand the intricacies of Homeopathic research and to provide adequate exposure of quality research environment to all types of delegates, which included researchers, practitioners, policymakers, medical students and representatives of homoeopathy industry.
Joint secretary Shri A.K. Ganeriwala and Joint secretary Sh. P.N. Ranjit Kumar, Ministry of AYUSH, Padma Shri Dr. V.K. Gupta, Chairman, Scientific Advisory Committee, CCRH, Dr. Lex Rutten (Netherlands), Dr. Isaac Golden (Australia) and Dr. Martien Brands (Netherlands) were among the other dignitaries present during the tribute ceremony.

PRIME MINISTER INAUGURATES ‘SWACHHAGRAHA “BAPU KO KARYANJALI”-A MISSION, AN EXHIBITION’ TO MARK 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF CHAMPARAN SATYAGRAH

The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated ‘‘Swachhagraha “Bapu Ko Karyanjali”-A Mission, An Exhibition’ to mark 100th Anniversary of Champaran Satyagrah at the National Archives of India (NAI), here today. He also launched an Online Interactive Quiz “Karyanjali”, which will continue for 30 months till October, 2019. Minister of State (I/C) for Culture and Tourism Dr. Mahesh Sharma and many dignitaries were present. A musical and dance programme based on the banned literature on Mahatma Gandhi and Swachhagraha entitled “Satya, Swachh, Sur” was presented on the occasion.
Addressing the gathering on the occasion, the Prime Minister said that 100 years ago, Mahatma Gandhi reached Champaran and witnessed the hardships of people living there. Gandhi Ji showed them the path to and power of peaceful Satyagrah. Champaran Satyagraha catapulted Gandhi Ji to the forefront of India’s freedom struggle. He said that the exhibition, interactive quiz and dance performance are not only formalities, but are pious occasions to dedicate ourselves to the nation. “Along with Shraddhanjali, we should also offer Karyanjali to Mahatma Gandhi”, the Prime Minister added. Shri Modi emphasised that Gandhi ji was basically a Swachhagrahi and was awakening the thought process of the people of India. He pointed out that Champaran can be described as the place of origin of Swachhata Andolan and Champaran Satyagrah gave a new impetus to the freedom struggle and Gandhi ji accorded equal regard to women. ‘Champaran played an important role in the development of Khadi. Swachh Bharat Mission is a movement to fulfil the dreams of Mahatma Gandhi and is fast becoming a mass movement in our country’, the Prime Minister said.
In his address, Dr. Mahesh Sharma said that Mahatma Gandhi used Satyagrah as the main weapon in freedom struggle. He called upon people to focus on Swachhta movement for their overall development. This exhibition links Gandhi Ji’s core principles of Satyagraha with contemporary issues, a movement to improve conditions through Swachhagraha, he added.
This exhibition is a humble tribute to Gandhi Ji on hundred years of his first experiment of Satyagraha in India, in Champaran and is an attempt to sensitize future generations to fulfill Gandhi’s dream of ‘Swachh Bharat’, where society’s reflection would be as clean as the thoughts within, of every citizen of India. This digital and experiential exhibition strives to connect the essential principles of Satyagrah ‘Jeevan-Chakra’ evolved by Gandhi Ji, with the elements of Swachhagraha, the movement. The exhibition will be open for public in NAI campus for one month and later on, it will be taken to other cities of the country as Mobile exhibition.
Gandhi Ji was initially reluctant to visit Champaran. Rather, he had hardly knew where Champaran was and was unaware of the conditions of the farmers who cultivated Indigo. Upon his arrival in Patna on 10th April 1917 and thence to in Motihari on 15th April, he immediately realized that his stay there would be a long haul. The drama of Champaran has been succinctly depicted in this exhibition. During his stay, Gandhi Ji delved in detail with the problems of people. Social practices of scavenging, illiteracy, issues covering women and health were found to be the main impediments. These obstacles were common to the political issues that Gandhi Ji confronted. Satyagraha was the weapon he employed to overcome hurdles on both these fronts.
The Champaran Satyagraha changed the dynamics of Indian politics, catapulting Gandhi Ji to the forefront of India’s freedom struggle. For the first time, people of India realized the power of non-violence and passive resistance, based on action.
Gandhi Ji’s freedom struggle culminated in India’s independence on 15th August 1947. Though politically independent, India has long since grappled with the same vital issues that Gandhi Ji came face to face with in Champaran, that of health, sanitation, clean water, cleanliness, lack of awareness and education etc. This exhibition is an attempt to link Gandhi Ji’s core principles of Satyagraha with contemporary issues, a movement to improve conditions through Swachhagraha. The younger generation of India needs to understand its importance. In fact we all need to.

PARTIES TO HONOR POLL PROMISES, POLITICAL ETHICS, CODE & RULES                

April10, 2017 © Ravinder Singh progressindia2015@gmail.com

CJI made it clear that ‘Directive Principles of the Constitution are Fundamental to GoI Policies and Parties’ and ‘Unconstitutional Economics is serious a concern.’

Indianthinker was Campaigning for Political Ethics, Code and Rules to be followed by political parties and Contestants since 2005 and filed an RTI also in 2009. He wanted ‘Election Manifesto’ to be a ‘Registered Document’ and ‘Constitution of Political Parties should Provide Info about their Economic Policies.’

Election Manifestos are released days before ‘Polling Just As A Formality’ – which are inaccessible to the Voters and instead of ‘DEBATING MANIFESTOS – RELIGION & CASTE TAKE CENTERSTAGE in POLL CAMPAIGNS.’ A Party who Lies Most usually wins. CAG to release Annual Reports of all ministries.

While a first time CANDIDATE is directed to Disclose all his Qualification, Experiences, and Assets but Candidates seeking Second or Next TERM, Ex Ministers are not directed to list all Projects Approved By Them of Rs.1 Cr+ in value, MoU Signed and Their Present Status. THIS IS TO EXPOSE SUCCESSES & FAILURES OF THE MINISTERS.

“No political party can work contrary to the Directive Principles as these principles are fundamental. This raises a question – what economic system is constitutionally postulated? The real problem arises in the implementation of economic reforms. Unconstitutional economics remains a concern.”

“Electoral politics does not tell it citizens about the economic reforms they are entitled to. Electoral promises remain unfulfilled – why? Perhaps the process of winning election seems to have taken a toll on political parties. Religion and caste take center-stage in elections, not economic reforms. Every political party finds an excuse not to fulfill electoral promises,” Chief Justice JS Khehar added, referring to the issues pertaining to electoral politics. In FE.

The CJI said election manifestos of parties become a “piece of paper” and the freebies promised by parties remain unfulfilled once the elections are over. TOI

‘—they did not indicate any link between electoral reforms and the Constitutional goal of socio-economic justice to the marginalised.’ The HINDU.

REMEDY: –

1.    Core Economic Policy of the Registered & Recognized Party should be ‘Explained in
the Constitution of the Recognized Party’.

2.    All Recognized Political Parties ‘Must File Party Manifesto 60 Days Ahead of
Nomination So that Party Candidates are Fully Conversant with it’ and Debates should totally focus on ‘Manifesto & Its Implementation and Integrity-Suitability-Availability-Qualification of Party Candidates.’

3.    All ‘Candidates of Recognized Parties Must Be PRE-REGISTERED at least 12 months
with Election Commission’ and Top 300 Candidates as Merit List should be Listed with Election Commission. This Shall Ensure ’12 Month Social Service’ in Constituency.

4.    Restrict TERMS of Service at State and Central level to 2 Times each and One Time
each as Minister or Minister Level Rank.
5.    A Loser of Election may be ‘Appointed to a Lower Position but no not Any Higher
Rank’ i.e. A loser of Lok Sabha election shall not be Governor or Chief Minister.

6.    A loser in any Political Election should be barred from Contesting Elections for 4.5
Years or Next Scheduled Election for the same Constituency in case of Early Dissolution of the Assembly or Parliament.

7.    Ex Ministers should give Full List of ‘Projects Approved, Licenses & Resources
Allocated With Terms and Their Present Status and CAG observations.’ Provide full details of Top 20 Projects in Value.

POLITICAL ACCOUNTABILITY COMMISSION

8.    Retired Chief Justice of should Head an Independent ‘POLITICAL ACCOUNTABILITY
COMMISSION’ with 5 Member Supreme Court or High Court Judges that is to ‘Ensure That Party Leaders and Members Have Desired Integrity & Skills to Deliver on Promises as Per Directive Principles in The Constitution of India.’ Frame Ethics Rules & Guidelines for Political Parties to observe.

9.    Political Accountability Commission should ‘Do Every Imaginable Duty to Ensure
Parties & Candidates ADOPT Ethical Practices and Be Truthful and Support all their Claims based on Authentic or CAG Certified Data.’ Political Accountability Commission be assisted by ‘Ex DG of CAG for Investigation of Urgent Complaints’.

10.           For example Direct EC to announce Results within 24 hour of Polling in case of
states with less area and population with well connected Roads and 48 hours in other cases.

11.           Frame Rules and Codes for EC to enforce and Political Parties to adopt.

12.           Hold Regular Public Consultation.  

Ravinder Singh, Inventor & Consultant, INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES AND PROJECTS
Y-77, Hauz Khas, ND -110016, India. Ph: 091- 9871056471, 9718280435, 9650421857
Ravinder Singh* is a WIPO awarded inventor specializing in Power, Transportation,
Smart Cities, Water, Energy Saving, Agriculture, Manufacturing, Technologies and Projects

“NAKSHE” PORTAL LAUNCHED BY DR. HARSH VARDHAN ON 250TH ANNIVERSARY OF SURVEY OF INDIA

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“nakshe” Portal launched by Dr. Harsh Vardhan on 250th Anniversary of Survey of India
A new web portal “nakshe” was launched by the Union Minister for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Dr. Harsh Vardhan in New Delhi today, on the occasion of 250th anniversary of Survey of India(SoI).
Topographic maps or Open Series Maps (OSM) containing natural and man-made geographical features including terrain or topography are prepared by the SoI since its inception in 1767 and is in conformity with the National Map Policy-2005. These OSM maps have been made available for free download from “nakshe” web portal in pdf format on 1:50,000 scale through Aaadhar enabled user authentication process, in line with Digital India programme of the Government of India.
The Survey of India, the principal mapping agency of the country is celebrating its 250th anniversary this year. Origin of the Survey of India is traced back to Year 1767. It is the oldest scientific department in India and one of the oldest survey establishments in the world. Foundation for the scientific survey and mapping of the country was laid with The Great Trignometric Survey (GTS) in 19th century on this day i.e. 10th April, 1802, by noted surveyors Col. Lambton and Sir George Everest. SoI has surveyed and mapped each and every part of the country and these maps have played an invaluable role in the saga of India’s nation building and were pivotal in the foundation of almost all major developmental activities of modern India.
The launch of the portal was followed with a curtain raiser of SoI Geo-portal and Web Services Platform and a panel discussion on Geospatial Paradigm in India that deals with the users’ perspective on Geospatial Policy Framework in India. A technical presentation on development of the Geoid model for country was also made.
Minister of State for the Ministry of Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Shri Y.S. Chowdary, Secretary, Department of Science & Technology, Dr. Ashutosh Sharma, Surveyor General of India Dr. Swarna Subba Rao and several other scientists and professionals of Geospatial Industry were present on the occasion.

IS DOLLAR HEGEMONY INEVITABLE? POSSIBILITIES FOR REFORM IN THE GLOBAL RESERVE SYSTEM

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Prof Anush Kapadia present ed paper with palatatable treat of ingredients of global economy. Speaker spoke on his papers with possible reforms in Global Reserve system but the autonomy and sovereignty of the markets  are dynamically important.  Political alignments, with  trade and  finance along with global exports, balance of payments need to be globally robust. With regional economy in the unpredictable dynamics, the up and down of dollars in comparison to sterling EU Dollar, US dollar rule globally due to its intrinsic strength .Political stability, economy of nations with their supremacy on economy along with robust monetary and financial policy of the nations were discussed.US has the strength to bear economy quakes and can rebound. Regional Banks Asian Dev Bank, Scots, Brics Bank and other international banks are making space. Political stability and supremacy is vital as its strength is directly proportionate to Institute central banks of nations.Bankers bank is tool of trade and governs monetary and fiscal policy to inject and dilute liquidity. Dollar rule due to US security bill of German Japan Nato etc  .EU dollar too had its capacity with fiscal ingredients but dollar instantity readiness C6Swap 2013 made it more trust worthy. Government bonds of US in which most country repose faith and are easily encashed across globe.China now number two Economy of world invested hugely in US bonds make it mettle ductile.
Oil global traded need dollar in exchange of US .But new Innovation and technology which keep economy in dynamically state as per national reach and teach. The economist mostly miss speaker did not touch thoroughly but mechanic s of war was expressed.
Speaker touching global fiscal institute with homogenous International fiscal  policy is impossible.However economy fiscal policy rule as per economy cycle of each nation which can never be monolithic edifice.Two brilliant captive market China India grow as global engine of growth to bring inertia to inert global market due the duo skill will intrinsic strength to absorb global Innovation to which speaker eluded. His lecture was treat to listen touching various economy cornerstone well narrated with rich diction of subject. CPR subjects and it’s researchers keep mind enliven with wholesome and rich inputs. China India two captive market are duo global engine to give boost to global demand thus stability of these Asian market is important unless Latin American market mature to its optimum level. US experiment of capitalism WW2 in 1942  with market control economy rule the globe is now gathering and bearing rich dividend with We the people magic mantra in the US Constitution in which UK US Other nation get holistic stirring.
China and India Two economy fares  as follows:
India’s foreign exchange surged by a whopping 2.02 billion US dollars to 369.95 billion US dollars in the week that ended on 31st of March 2017. A RBI press release has informed that foreign currency assets, a major part of the overall reserves rose by 2.08 billion US dollars to 346.32 billion US dollars.
In the previous week too, the reserves had shot up by 1.15 billion US dollars to 367.93 billion US dollars.
Gold reserves, on the other hand moved down by 45 million US dollars to 19.87 billion US dollars.
India’s special drawing rights with the International Monetary Fund also fell 5.1 million US dollars to 1.45 billion US dollars, while the country’s reserve position too dropped by 10.7 million US dollars to USD 2.32 billion US dollars.
India’s trade deficit with China was recorded at 46.7 billion US dollars during the April-February period of the last fiscal. Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman informed Rajya Sabha that overall trade with China during the 11-month period decreased marginally by 0.87 per cent to 64.57 billion US dollars.
She said in a written reply that during this period, India’s exports to China grew by 8.69 per cent to 8.94 billion US dollars while imports from the neighbouring nation declined by 2.26 per cent to 55.63 billion US dollars, resulting in a shrinkage of 4.1 per cent in India’s trade deficit with China. Brent crude oil futures rose 68 cents, to 55.57 dollars a barrel, after reaching an intra-day peak of 56.08 dollars a barrel, the highest since 7th of March. U.S. crude rose 70 cents, to 52.40 dollars a barrel. Although Syria has limited oil production, its location and alliances with big oil producers in the region mean any escalation of the conflict has the potential to increase supply-side fears.
The first lecture in a series on ‘Globalisation in Question’:
Is Dollar Hegemony Inevitable? Possibilities for Reform in the Global Reserve System
Prof Anush Kapadia
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The global reserve system is dominated by a single currency, the US dollar, in which the vast bulk of global trade and finance is conducted. This currency hegemony gives the world’s only superpower the exorbitant privilege of having its own liabilities function as the global currency. Several scholars argue that the scale of this privilege help seed the financial crisis of 2007. Emerging markets poured their savings into dollar-denominated debt, creating a flood of cheap credit that lead to wild speculation and subsequent collapse. Since the crisis, several reform measures for this destabilising global reserve system have been suggested, with speculation on everything from a return to the gold standard, an elevation of the IMF’s Special Drawing Right (SDR), and the rise of the Chinese Renminbi being discussed. This lecture offers a systemic account of how the global reserve system works in order to evaluate these claims. It argues that that global currencies will continue to be nationally based, hence reforms will have to focus on international institutions capable of disciplining the (existing and/or rising) hegemon rather than creating new synthetic currencies like the SDR.
Prof Anush Kapadia teaches sociology in the Humanities and Social Sciences Department at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. He has studied at Amherst College and Columbia University, having completed his doctoral thesis in anthropology in 2009. Prior to IIT Bombay, Prof. Kapadia taught at City University, London and Harvard University. His research focuses on the politics of financial systems, trying to understand how system-design choices are also political choices, and how these choices lead to macro-social outcomes such as growth or crises.

“INNOVATION TO DRIVE BUSINESS AND COMPETITIVENESS”

April 10, 2017

Dear Sir / Madam,
Greetings from Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI)!
We are pleased to inform that FICCI is commemorating the World IP Day 2017 by organizing a Conference “Innovation to Drive Business and Competitiveness” on 28th April 2017 at The Park Hotel, New Delhi. And, you are cordially invited to attend the conference.
The event will be a great opportunity to interact with IP stakeholders from around the globe. It will also be a useful forum for industry leaders, IP professionals and business experts to deliberate on the importance and potential of generating, protecting, enforcing, commercializing and incorporating IP and innovation in the core of business strategies.

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