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To: December 2012 Season's Greetings from ISWA Conference Organisers!
We are glad to wish you the year of happiness and prosperity and looking forward to seeing you in Moscow 28-29 May 2013
ISWA Specialised Conference
"MSW: management systems and technical solutions"
The Conference is intended for a wide circle of waste industry professionals and experts from educational, research and development institutions; municipal and governmental agencies; technology and equipment vendors.

Paper submission deadline is coming! Do not miss the chance to submit a paper before 15 January 2013! The conference will address the following issues: . Legal framework and harmonization of Russian legislation with international norms. Waste management systems. Project financing
. State-of-the-art technologies for waste collection, transportation, sorting and recycling
. Advances in MBT Systems
. Thermal treatment and waste-to-energy
. Technologies of environmentally fri…
London to host International Conference of Jurists 2013
New Delhi, Dec 07: The next meeting of the International Conference of Jurists, whose recent New Delhi Declaration calling for giving priority to curbing terrorism over human rights violations sparked off a global debate, would be held in London in June 2013.
“The city of London would be hosting the next International Conference of Jurists on June 25 and 26, 2012”, President of the International Council of Jurists (ICJ), Dr Adish C Aggarwala, said in a statement here.
The two-day meeting would take forward the deliberations at the recent ICJ meeting in Delhi (December 1-2, 2012) including ways to curb terrorism and human rights, he said.
‘The New Delhi Declaration Against All Forms of Terrorism’ appealed to the judiciary all over the world “to curb terrorism with an iron hand, and not to show any leniency whatsoever to perpetrators of such acts of violence.”
“Curbing terrorism and not human rights violations should be the first prior…
Sunday, 9th December 2012 starting at 10 am Venue: Seminar Hall No 1, ICSSR Complex, Punjab University Campus, Chandigarh
All are invited.
For details Please contact Workshop Coordinators: Varun Giri – 9876814527, Gaurav Sahai - 9915465497, Neeraj Atri -9417111427 Kheti Virasat Mission, Chandigarh Chapter

Umendra Dutt
Executive Director
Phones:Resi - 01635-503415   
            Mobile - 09872682161
Sectarian Violence in Karachi: Is Pakistan Closer to the Precipice?December 7, 2012 BY P. K. Upadhyay The much-feared observance of Muharram is over in Pakistan without any earth-shattering incidents of sectarian violence. Yet, the period did see Muharram-linked violence in various parts of the country, with as many as 38 Shia deaths, apart from dozens of casualties suffered by the civilians and security forces alike. Some other planned attacks were thwarted by law-enforcement agencies, including a major threat to Karachi with the apprehension of a truck full of explosives. It is another matter that these incidents of violence, or plans for violent activities, were not considered as major tragedies, thereby indicating Pakistani society’s supreme indifference towards and acceptance of religious belief-related violence. Almost all government offices were closed for two to three days, markets and schools were shut down, and countless people were driven by fear to confine them…
Earthquake in Iran & Tornado in Auckland  Iran earthquake
Iran, at least eight people were killed and 12 others injured when an earthquake measuring 5.6 on the Richter scale hit eastern parts of the country. Iran's news agency said people ran out of their homes after the tremor struck the Zahan district in South Khorasan province yesterday. Walls and buildings collapsed, and several people were left trapped under the rubble. Officials said the death toll could rise as rescuers reached the affected areas. The Iranian Seismological Centre said at least 12 aftershocks have been registered since the quake struck at 20:38 local time.

 Tornado rips city of Auckland
 Three people have been killed as a rare tornado ripped through western suburbs of the New Zealand city of Auckland. The tornado struck Hobsonville and Whenuapai today afternoon, uprooting trees and taking roofs off houses. Two of those who died were believed to be working on the construction of a school…
500 dead, Thousand homeless

NEW BATAAN: Nearly 200,000 people were homeless and nearly 500 dead after the Philippines' worst typhoon this year, officials said Thursday, as the government appealed for international help.
Typhoon Bopha ploughed across Mindanao island on Tuesday, flattening whole towns in its path as hurricane-force winds brought torrential rain that triggered a deadly combination of floods and landslides.

The army said it was looking for at least 377 missing people while seeking help for more than 179,000 others who sheltered in schools, gyms and other buildings after losing everything.

The officials said many victims were poor migrants who flocked to landslide-prone sites like New Bataan and the nearby town of Monkayo to farm the lower slopes of mountains or work at unregulated mines in the gold rush area.

Those in list of dead, 258 were found on the east coast of Mindanao while 191 were recovered in and around New Ba…
 ILO and Ministry of Labour organised one day  National Knowledge-Sharing Workhop on 'Way Out of Informality'  today at Royal Plaza Hotel in New Delhi.

Workshop attended by  hundred of delegates and stakeholders  who vent their ideas, participated with their concern of the Informal Sector. Experts across the south Asian countries, ILO Japan with their model and experience put up various ILO sponsored government plans.

This meet is to share international good practices of approaches promoting and enabling formalization of firms and workers and introduction of the proposed project ‘Way out of Informalisation’.

Initial discussion and feedback from tripartite partners on how the project can add value to ongoing initiatives of constituents and partners India.Workshop was attended by various workers chief, media person and representatives of International orhanisation.
URB Group, Europe’s biggest manufacturer and producers of bearings marked its India entry with the announcement of the launch of its first ever manufacturing factory in India. The world leaders who have 60 years of experience, manufactures over 18000 different types and versions of bearings, URB group, the world leaders in customized bearings, exporters to over 80 countries in 4 continents made an announcement to invest 50 Million Euros in its factory in INDIA. URB India factory would be its fourth factory in the world with factories in Romania, Turkey and Hungary.

Addressing the audience Mr. Harun Adiguzel, President, URB India said, “We have strong confidence in the Indian market. With India URB factory, we will make available authentic URB bearings at much lower prices directly to manufacturing companies in Steel, Mining, Power, Oil, Railways and along with our dealers in India. We are looking at a tur…

Nepali Cong nominates Sushil Koirala for PM post

Nepali Congress has nominated Party President Sushil Koirala for the post of Prime Minister to lead the national consensus government.

The party’s Central Working Committee in Kathmandu on Wednesday unanimously endorsed the decision to propose Mr. Koirala as their Prime Ministerial candidate. During the meeting, Vice President Ram Chandra Poudyal Poudel proposed Mr Koirala’s name while the and senior leader Sher Bahadur Deuba supported his candidacy.

Mr. Poudyal said after the meeting that the unanimous nomination will help clear doubts that there is an internal rift in the party .

The UCPN (Maoist) and the CPN-UML on Tuesday asked the Nepali Congress to name their prime ministerial candidate.

Earlier in the morning the UCPN (Maoist) said that it is ready to call back it’s Vice Chairman Baburam Bhattarai from the office of the prime minister if a package deal on holding the Constituent Assembly elections and ending the constitutional deadlock is reached.


FDI in multi-brand retail win in Lok Sabha

FDI in multi-brand retail today got the approval of the Lok Sabha as the Opposition motion seeking immediate withdrawal of the decision was rejected convincingly as BSP and SP walked out.> 218 voted in favour of the Opposition motion, while 253 voted against it in the House where 471 members participated in the voting. The total strength of the House is 545. House also rejected the motion seeking amendment to the rules notified by the Reserve Bank under Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) to enable FDI in multi-brand retail.While 254 voted in favour of the government, 224 were against.
Members of SP and BSP, with respective strength of 22 and 21, did not participate in the voting as they walked out alleging that interests of farmers and small retailers had been ignored.The victory of the government after two days of heated debate was immediately hailed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi.
“FDI policy that we have put in place has the a…
Join us on:SportzPower Dailywww.sportzpower.comDec 5 Vol 01, Issue 1094 TODAY'S TOP HEADLINESEven as chronic Olympic Charter violator meets its Waterloo, IOA adamant on going ahead with pollsIOC executive board confirms that the IOA is not entitled to hold any elections until all pending issues are resolved and the EB decides to lift the suspensionIOC suspends Indian Olympic AssociationIOC move means that IOA is not only denied access to funds from the world body but also that its officials cannot henceforth attend IOC-administered meetings and eventsStar's rights don't look so bright on short Tests; should take stand against doctored pitchesSPORTZPOWER VIEW - On current reckoning, the Kolkata Test too will not last the distance so this could well be the story of Tests in India for the first two years of Star's rights tenureCricket could rule domestic scene for 9 months; control money put in sports by brandsCricket could rule local sports scene for nine…
US Senate passes USD 631 bn defence bill December 5, 2012 US Senate has unanimously passed a sweeping USD 631 billion defence bill, which issues new sanctions against Iran, changes the detention policy of American citizens and seeks quick action for withdrawal of this country’s combat troops from Afghanistan.
The Defence Authorisation Bill -passed by 98-0 votes by the Senate yesterday would require the Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff to submit to Congress an assessment of the risk to the US mission and security interests associated with a reduction of American forces in Afghanistan.
“It is only the second time in 50 years there has been a unanimous vote on a defence authorisation bill,” Senator Carl Levin, Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said.
“This bill will enable our Armed Forces to continue to take the battle to al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups. Just as importantly, it keeps Democrats’ promises by supporting President (Barack) …
Dear Friends,  Act on the change you want to see in our world. This day as our tribute to Gandhiji we announce REX 2012 and invite all of you to join us in the knowledge & cultural movement.  Everyone has brilliant ideas and wants to speak on these ideas and share them with likeminded, socially responsible people.    But not everyone gets a 12 million + audience globally who listens to your ideas and helps translate the ideas to action.  At REX Conclive, all speakers who speak at the on-ground event shall reach a live audience as well as global audience globally through our online LIVE REXcast.  Watch the REX video presentation to know more about our history and impact. Video (This amazing video was created for us  pro bono by BBDO PROXIMITY. Thank you to everyone in Team BBDO for all their solidarity, support and for all their proactive efforts over the months)  If you have any idea that can be acted upon to make a difference in our world and want to bring about a …

1.The 119th Meeting of the Offshore Security Co-ordination Committee (OSCC) was held at New Delhi on 05 Dec 12, under the Chairmanship of Vice Admiral MP Muralidharan AVSM, NM Director General Indian Coast Guard, to review and enhance security of offshore installations.
2.The Committee was constituted by the Ministry of Petroleum, Chemicals and Fertilisers in 1978, to ensure smooth and effective functioning of offshore security arrangements. The Committee whose members are drawn from the Coast Guard, the Navy, the Air Force, the IB and ONGC, meets every quarter to examine issues related to the safety and security of offshore assets.
3.The Chairman brought to notice of all share holders the various threats to offshore security and the resultant need to enhance preparedness. The Chairman underlined the fact that a number of measures have been initiated by both the Coast Guard and the Navy for surveillance and security of the ODAs. Shi…

Prez Viktor accepts PM resignation

KIEV: Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych on Monday accepted the resignation of Prime Minister Mykola Azarov and the entire government, the presidency said.
The ministers will remain in their posts until a new government is formed, a statement said.
"President Viktor Yanukovych accepted the resignation of Prime Minister Mykola Azarov, satisfying the demand of the latter," the statement added.
It noted that according to Ukranian law, whenever the prime minister resigns the entire government must do so alongside the government chief.
The move comes as a new parliament prepares to meet after parliamentary elections on October 28 which raised new concerns about democratic standards under Yanukovych.
The ruling Regions Party appears to have retained control of the Verkhovna Rada with the help of independents despite a strong challenge from the opposition parties of boxer Vitali Klitschko and imprisoned ex-premier Yulia Tymoshenko.
Tibetan monk immolates himself in protest agaisnt Chinese rule in Qinghai province

Another person has set himself on fire in western China as part of a protest against Chinese rule in ethnic Tibetan areas. Tibetan sources said a 29-year-old monk, Lobsang Gendun, had his hands clasped in prayer as flames engulfed him last evening. Witnesses in Qinghai province said the monk shouted slogans as he died, but they said they could not clearly hear what he was saying. Local Tibetans are reported to have taken the late monk's body to his monastery Penag Kadak Troedreling Monastery in Seley Thang after a minor scuffle with Chinese security forces. The security personnel had tried to confiscate the monk's body. At least 92 Tibetans have self-immolated in western China since 2009, with 28 cases reported in November alone. The acceleration in self-immolations has coincided with Tibetans staging several anti-China rallies, despite a heavy Chinese security presence.
Dear All, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library welcomes you to the forthcoming lectures. 1.Public Lectures :In the series ‘India and the Wider World’ Monday, 10 December 2012 at 3:00 p.m. in the Seminar Room o‘Restless Empires: China and the World since 1750’ by Prof. Odd Arne Westad of London School of Economics and Political Science. Thursday, 13 December 2012 at 3:00 p.m. in the Seminar Room o‘Snakes’ blood and sewage: Mythology, ecology and politics of a minor river’ by Prof. Ann Grodzins Gold of Syracuse University, U.S.A. 2.Weekly Seminar Tuesday, 11 December 2012 at 3:00 p.m. in the Seminar Room o'The Muslim Terrorist in Popular Hindi Cinema: The crisis of perspective in New York and Kurbaan' by Ms. Roshni Sengupta of Jawaharlal Nehru University. This lecture will be chaired by Dr. Ira Bhaskar, Fellow, NMML.
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Analysis of Criminal, Financial and other details declared by candidates contesting in the 1st Phase of Gujarat Assembly Elections. Also attached in the Analysis of asset increase of 85 re-contesting Candidates 
For Detailed Reports on Analysis of ITR please visit
Highlights of the report:
·Gujarat Election Watch (GEW) has analyzed affidavits of 482 candidates out of 846 candidates who are contesting in the 1st phase of Gujarat 2012 Assembly Elections. ·Out of these 482 candidates analyzed for the 1st phase of Gujarat Assembly Elections, 104 candidates or 22 % declared criminal cases against them. In 2007 assembly elections for the whole of Gujarat, 23% candidates had declared criminal cases against themselves. ·Amongst major parties, every party has given tickets to candidates who have declared criminal casesINC has 27 out of 83 (33 %), BJP has 22 out of 87 (25%) ,BSP has 7 out of 78 (9 %), JD(U) has 7 out of 29 (24 %), SP has 5 ou…