Showing posts from November 25, 2012
Aditi shares lead with European duo, Sharmila and Nalini 25th
Gurgaon, November 30: Even as amateur Aditi Ashok stole the limelight by sharing the lead with Welsh golfer Becky Brewerton and Italian Stefania Croce, two other Indian professionals carded one-over 73 each to be tied 25th after the first round which was a mixed bag for the Indian contingent.
Aditi, Brewerton and Croce carded three-under 69 each and were one shot ahead of six others who were at 70. Laura Davies (71) was among the six players at 71 in tied 10th place. Two-time champion Phatlum Pornanong (72) was tied 16th while defending champion Caroline Hedwall (74) was tied 47th.
Vani Kapoor (75) was tied 39th, while amateurs Gurbani Singh, Millie Saroha and Raksha Phadke carded 76 each to be tied 47th. But veteran Smriti Mehra was way behind after carding 10-over 82.
Nalini Siwach played a very steady 73 with one birdie and two bogeys. “I played quite solid, but missed a lot of putts. I did get within 10 feet of the flag man…
INTERNATIONAL JURISTS AWARDS – 2012 & NATIONAL LAW DAY AWARDS 2012 Filed under: Uncategorized — Leave a comment December 1, 2012 INTERNATIONAL JURISTS AWARDS – 2012 & NATIONAL LAW DAY AWARDS 2012 ANNOUNCED Nepal Chief Justice Regmi, Delhi Journalist J Venkatesan among Awardees New Delhi, Nov 30: Chief Justice of Nepal, Hon’ble Mr. Justice Khil Raj Regmi and Mr Justice V S Sirpurkar, Chairman of the Competition Appelate Tribunal are among the winners of the prestigious International Jurists Awards and National Law Day Awards respectively announced here today. While Justice Regmi has been awarded with the International award for his life long unique contribution in the field of administration of justice, Justice Sirpurkar has been honoured with the National Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to fair and efficient administration of justice during his distinguished judicial tenure. The other winner of the International Award is Mr. Charles Nuez of Royal Canin Ind…

President conveys felicitations to the Mexican President Mr. Enrique Pena Nieto

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee has conveyed warm felicitations to H.E. Mr. Enrique Pena Nieto on his election and assumption of office as the President of the United Mexican States.

In his message the President has said that India and Mexico enjoy warm and friendly relations and that it is a matter of satisfaction that relations between the two countries are based on shared values of democracy, rule of law and pluralism and have evolved significantly and successfully into a ‘Privileged Partnership’ with well established institutional mechanisms. President of India has said that he looked forward to working with the Mexican President towards further consolidation and development of the multi-dimensional partnership between the two countries, in the years ahead. He also extended an invitation to the Mexican President to visit India at a mutually convenient date.
Young Indian win Tony Blair Faith Foundation’s 2012 global film awardt.
United Kingdom, November 28, 2012: The young film makers Charles Andrew Flamiano from the Philippines, Liat Har-Gill from Israel, and Mudit Muraka from India for winning the Tony Blair Faith Foundation’s 2012 global film competition, Faith Shorts.
The three winners received their awards at 195 Piccadilly, the home of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) in front of over 200 guests including Tony Blair, members of the entertainment and film industry, religious leaders, and experts from Wikipedia, Youtube and Google.
Host of the event Julie Etchingham said,
“These films truly give young people a voice in a world where they can often feel drowned out – and an opportunity to use their personality and creativity to express their faith and what it means to them. They challenge stereotypes, provoke thought – and most importantly encourage tolerance and compassion.

UNGA votes to recognize Palestine as non-member observer state

UN General Assembly has voted in favour of granting the upgraded status of Observer state to Palestine on the lines of Vatican.

India was among the 138 countries which voted in favour of the resolution while there were nine votes against the move led by US and Israel. 41 countries abstained from the voting.

The change in status from Observer entity to Observer State means Palestinians can now co sponsor the resolutions at UN. They can access membership of additional UN bodies like the International Criminal Court where they can try to put Israel on war crime charges.

The Palestinians believe that the upgraded status would also help their claims for an independent state in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem which was captured by Israel in the 1967.Our correspondent reports that the voting and the reactions on the Palestinian resolution for an upgraded Observer State status was on expected lines.

Palestine Authority President Mahmoud Abbas warned this was the las…
Egypt parliament passes draft of new constitution November 30, 2012

 Egypt, the parliament passed the draft of the new constitution defining the roles and responsibilities of the executive, judiciary and legislature. A marathon session of parliament which lasted for sixteen hours each of the 230 articles of the new constitution were read and voted upon by the Islamist and Salafist MPs.
The liberal ,secular and leftist opposition along with minority Coptic Christians boycotted the proceedings of the house.
Under the Egyptian law, the draft has to be ratified now by President Morsey and put up for a nationwide referendum within 30 days.
In a televised interview, President Morsey said that it would be expedited in time since Egypt needs a constitution to have a properly elected parliament, an independent judiciary, and a President who executes the law. He defended his decisions as a step to save the revolution that toppled Mubarak regime.
The newly formed …
Indian economy grew by 5.3 per cent in the July-September period of the current financial year (2012-13), pulled down by poor performance of manufacturing and agriculture sectors, showing persistent signs of slowdown.
The gross domestic product had expanded by 6.7 per cent in the same period of last fiscal.It had grown by 5.5 per cent in the first quarter (April-June) of 2012-13.  During the three-month period ended September 30, the manufacturing sector grew marginally by 0.8 per cent, against 2.9 per cent growth in the same period of 2011-12, according to data released by the Central Statistical Organisation (CSO) today.

Farm sector output expanded by just 1.2 per cent in the July-September period this fiscal against 3.1 per cent in the same period last year.  The economic growth in the first six month of this fiscal (April-September) is 5.4 per cent, lower than 7.3 per cent growth clocked in the year-ago period.  In …
TRADERS ADOPT STRONG PROTEST STRATEGY ON FDI IN RETAIL NATIONWIDE DEMONSTRATION ON 4 DECEMBER AGAINST JUGAAD RAJNEETI In the wake of Loksabha Speaker's mandate to hold debate and voting under Rule 184 on FDI in Retail in Lok Sabha, the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) while cautioning the political parties particularly those who were earlier opposing and now supporting FDI by way of a couplet " Raat Ki Baat Sitaron Ne Gagan Bech Diya-Chand "o" Chandni Ki Lasho Ka Kafan Bech Diya. Aaj Adhikar Tumhe Phool Chuno Ya Kaante- Phir Na Kehna Ki Baharon Ne Chaman Bech Diya" and asked the political parties to give away their suspensive role and while clearing their positions, they should announce their opposition to FDI in Retail. In the above couplet the "Sitare" is used for Govt and "Gagan" is used for economy while Chand -Chandni is signifying the vibrant retail tr…
UN Secretary General H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-moon, unveils the Aakash2 Tablet at the United Nations

          On the occassion of India's Presidency of the UN Security Council, the Permanent Mission of India to United Nations, New York hosted a special event to unveil and launch the world's most cost competitive tablet Aakash2 at the United Nations today.

Secretary General of the United Nations, H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-moon, was the Chief Guest at the Special Event, which was attended by a packed audience of 500 plus invitees, including 65 Ambassadors/PRs, media delegates, NGOs and select members of the Indian community.

In his remarks, Secretary General H.E. Mr. Ban Ki- moon congratulated India on its Presidency of the Security Council during an 'extremely challenging month' and emphasised that India was a critical player on security issues. Terming India as a 'superpower on the information superhighway', he appreciated the launch of technologies such as the Aakash2, which …
Shamim Khan fires 68, seizes the lead in round two

Local lad Shankar Das and Abhijit Singh Chadha post day’s best score

Kolkata, November 29, 2012: Delhi’s Shamim Khan fired a four-under-68
to seize the round two lead at the McLeod Russel Tour Championship
2012 being played at the Royal Calcutta Golf Club (RCGC). Shamim’s
total stands at six-under-138 at the halfway stage of the tournament.
Mukesh Kumar of Mhow shot a 71 on Thursday to be placed one stroke
behind the leader in second position.

Shamim Khan (70-68), who was overnight tied fifth, dropped a bogey
early on in his round after his tee shot found the rough on the third
hole. The 38-year-old, currently placed second on the Rolex Rankings,
soon turned the tide with eagle-birdie on the next two holes. Shamim
eagled the par-5 fourth after hitting the green in two shots and
subsequently converting the six feet putt. He then sank a 20-footer to
birdie the fifth.

Shamim, a three-time winner in the current PGTI season, conceded a
Phatlum gunning for a third Hero Women’s Indian Open title
Gurgaon, November 29, 2012: Thailand’s Pornanong Phatlum may be dressed up by Loudmouth Golf – the manufacturer endorsed by John Daly – but she is anything but that. On Thursday, the shy and soft-spoken Phatlum makes her sixth straight appearance in the Hero Women’s Indian Open, which she considers as her favourite event. There is good reason for that. After finishing tied 30th in her first appearance as a 17-year-old in the first Indian Open in 2007, she emerged triumphant in 2008 and 2009. In 2010 she was tied sixth and in 2011 she was second to Caroline Hedwall. Phatlum, who turns 23 two days after the end of the 2012 Hero Women’s Indian Open, now wants an early birthday present and become the first woman to win the title three times – in fact she is the only to win the Indian Open more than once. Phatlum, 23,  hails from Chaiyaphun, a satellite town near Chiangmai in north Thailand. She said, “There’s no pressure on me. My ga…
गरीब बच्चों का हक मार रही है दिल्ली सरकार
गाजियाबाद, 29 नवंबर. आम आदमी पार्टी(आप) ने दिल्ली सरकार के सरकारी जमीनों पर बने निजी स्कूलों की सभी कक्षाओं में गरीब बच्चों के दाखिले के लिए पूर्व निर्धारित 20 फीसदी के कोटे को घटाकर 15 फीसदी करने के निर्णय को गरीब विरोधी बताते हुए इसे वापस लेने की मांग की है.
25 जनवरी 2007 को दिल्ली सरकार ने अधिसूचना जारी करके सरकारी जमीन पर बने दिल्ली के 395 निजी स्कूलों को गरीब तबके के बच्चों के लिए सभी कक्षाओं में 20 फीसदी सीटें आऱक्षित करके उन्हें मुफ्त शिक्षा देने का आदेश निकाला गया था. लेकिन दिल्ली सरकार ने शिक्षा का अधिकार कानून को लागू करने की आड़ में 7 जनवरी 2011 को एक नई अधिसूचना जारी करके 2007 की अधिसूचना में व्यक्त अधिकारों को निरस्त कर दिया. इसका फायदा उठाते हुए निजी स्कूलों ने गरीब वर्ग के बच्चों को सभी कक्षाओं में दाखिला देना बंद कर दिया.
आम आदमी पार्टी के कौशांबी दफ्तर में हुए एक संवाददाता सम्मेलन में पार्टी के राष्ट्रीय प्रवक्ता गोपाल राय ने कहा, “ सरकार ने जानबूझकर अधिसूचना में ऐसे प्रावधान डाले ताकि निजी स्कूलों को गरीब वर्ग के छा…
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When we finally got access to medicine because of money from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and other partners, I felt so empowered. I knew my patients would finally live to see the next day, and 10 years down the line most of them are still living.
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Step up your fight against AIDS. Scale up your commitments to support the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, and help make the beginning of the end of AI…
The Environment in India and China:
Histories and Innovations When: November 30-December 1, 2012
Where: Theresa Lang Center, 55 W 13th St, 2 Fl., New York, NY
For more information visit
Co-sponsored with Environmental Studies Program, Global Studies Program, GPIA and The Starr Foundation.

Friday, Nov. 30, 2012 3:00 – 4:00pm | Opening Registration
4:00 – 4:15pm | Welcome
Ashok Gurung, Senior Director, India China Institute
Ron Kassimir, Associate Provost For Research And Special Projects
4:15 – 6:45pm | Session I – Ecology
ChairMark Frazier, ICI Academic Director
Kamaljit Bawa – University of Massachusetts – “India, China and the Environment”
Steward Pickett – Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies – “Meaning, Model, and Metaphor in Ecological Science as Tools for Interacting with Innovators”
Lu Zhi – Peking University – “Integrating Science and Traditional Culture into Conservation Policies on the Tibetan Plateau”
DiscussantsJayanta Bandyopadhyay

McLeod Russel Tour Championship - Race to Royal Calcutta Golf Club to tee-off on November 28th

·PGTI’s Year Ending Championship:Prize purse of Rs. 1.25 Cr, highest-ever in India ·Only top 60 players on the Rolex Rankings to be eligible ·Top names in the field include Jyoti Randhawa, SSP Chowrasia, Anirban Lahiri, Chiragh Kumar, Rahil Gangjee, Digvijay Singh, Shamim Khan, Mukesh Kumar, Ashok Kumar
Kolkata, November 26, 2012: McLeod Russel, the world’s largest tea producer, and the Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI), will stage the McLeod Russel Tour Championship, the PGTI’s Year Ending Championship, from November 28th to December 1st, 2012. The tournament will be staged at the esteemed Royal Calcutta Golf Club (RCGC). The tournament’s prize purse of Rs. 1.25 crore is the highest-ever in India.
The event will see the top 60 players from the Rolex Rankings 2012 compete for top honours. The tournament will be a 72-hole stroke…
A Lifer Appeals Citizens to Exercise Franchise in Assembly Polls
A Lifer Appeals Citizens to Exercise Franchise in Assembly Polls: How About You, Gentleman? Vadodara, November, 27: (Information Bureau): Manoj Patelan ex serviceman, and a lifer in Vadodara Central Jail for the past 15 years, has appealed the citizens of Gujarat to exercise their franchise in the upcoming assembly elections. Significantly, when the well educated voters in the society choose to refrain from casting their votes, an appeal from a prisoner who has been sentenced a life imprisonment, can be proved quite an eye opener for the society. Though Manoj, who has been in prison for the past 15 years, continued his studies in jail and obtained various certificates.He keeps himself update with the current political events. He says:” Everybody from each community must cast their vote because it is a duty of every citizen to select a right representative for the development of their state or the country”. Worried with the l…
HIV epidemic reversing, but young people still vulnerable: WHO New Delhi, 28 November 2012:The HIV/AIDS epidemic shows signs of reversal globally and in South-East Asia. WHO and countries are now working towards zero new HIV infections, zero deaths from AIDS-related illnesses and zero discrimination against people living with HIV/AIDS.To achieve this goal, on World AIDS Day 2012, WHO emphasizes the need for all people to learn about their HIV status, and for greater effort to reach and support young people, men who have sex with men, sex workers, people who inject drugs, migrants and others who are most vulnerable to the disease.
The HIV epidemic is now clearly reversing.In 2011, 2.2 million people across the world were infected with HIV and 1.7 million died, half a million fewer new infections than
10 years ago, and 600 000 fewer deaths than 2005.In all 11 countries of WHO’s
South-East Asia Region, there was a 35% reduction in new infections, from 320 000 in 2001 to 208 500 in 2011.
VOLVO associates with Aircel Chennai Open 2013 as the ‘Official Car Partners’

Chennai, November 28, 2012: Volvo Auto India is the official car partner for Aircel Chennai Open 2013 in India. Matches held from 31st December 2012 to 6th January 2013 will be played with the Volvo S60 holding prime position as a luxury sedan. The 2013 tournament marks the 5th consecutive year that Volvo India has been associated with India’s only ATP World Tour Event.
So apart from the two battling stars at the court, all eyes will be at the Super Sporty Volvo S60 which will be in the backdrop for all the matches.
The silent roar: Who says that bold statements can’t be made quietly? The Volvo S60 with its dynamic design is a living proof of that. Beneath its Scandinavian curves lies the true personification of silence and efficiency, the new D4 and D5 engine. It delivers 163 horses under the hood at its frugal best for a smooth and effortless conversation with the tarmac.
Intimacy meets luxury: The Volvo S60 s…
Rolex announced five awards for Young Laureates at a press conference in New Delhi, India, today “to encourage leadership and excellence in the next generation and to acknowledge a surge of applications from young people for the Rolex Awards for Enterprise this year.”
The Young Laureates, who have inspirational projects in Mexico, India, Afghanistan and Paraguay, impressed award judges with their passion and commitment to create positive change in their own communities and beyond, Rolex said in a news statement. They will each  receive 50,000 Swiss francs (U.S.$54,000) and a Rolex chronometer.They

Karina Atkinson, 27, Scotland – is developing a scientific research center at a biologically rich reserve in Paraguay and using community outreach to educate the surrounding impoverished communities about the value of conservation.

Selene Biffi, 30, Italy – is establishing a storytelling school in Afghanistan to preserve the count…

DR S Y Quereshi gets REX Karmaveer Puraskaar

DR S Y Quereshi gets REX Karmaveer Puraskaar

3 days Rex Conclive hostsGlobal Awards for Social Justice &Citizen Action The 7th Annual Rex -KARMAVEER PURASKAAR to mark National Citizen Action Day New Delhi 26th November 2012: 3 days Rex Conclive- the one its kind simple and austere platform aiming at enabling partnerships between grassroots community, industry workers and people from media, government, businesses and citizens at large to generate ideas for action that can make a difference in our world and bring about a change for the greater good of humanity hosted 7th Annual REX KARMAVEER PURASKAAR to mark the Citizen Day ie 26th NOVEMBER. Instituted by the people sector along with various partners, citizens from all sectors, and media supporters, the prestigious award is an annual function that recognizes and encourages citizens to address social issues and BE THE CHANGE in the society.  The 7th REX Karmaveer Puraskaar awardees include Dr Swaro…