Critical Appraisal Skills Programme

Showcasing and Certificate Ceremony

Where– India Habitat Center, Silver Oak, Lodhi Road, New Delhi
When – April 25, 2016, Time:  11:30-am-01:00 pm, followed by lunch
What – Budding media professionals from the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) will be presented certificates on successful completion of the first-of-its-kind course in Critical Appraisal Skills for Public Health Journalism and Communication.

The CASP was designed by UNICEF in partnership with University of Oxford, Thomson Reuters Foundation and George Institute of Global Health (GIGH), in India under the GAVI-HSS plan 2014-17. The prestigious Institute, IIMC, has customised it for its 40 students who comprised the first pilot batch.

We cordially invite you to join us on this occasion.
Who – Eminent guests who would be present at the conference include:
  • Indian Institute of Mass Communication, Shri K.G. Suresh, Director General
  • UNICEF India Representative, Shri Louis-Georges Arsenault
  • Representatives of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
  • Representatives of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting

For more information, please contact:
Caroline den Dulk
Chief, Advocacy & Communications, UNICEF India

I’m a proud New Yorker, Naresh

Naresh, we just won New York!
We were outspent by more than $2 million, but this team proved that we have the grit and determination to overcome any obstacle in our path.
New York is a place for dreaming big — and we’re setting bold, progressive goals in this campaign. But New Yorkers also like to get things done. It’s easy to diagnose our country’s problems, but Americans want real solutions and real results.
We’re going to create more good jobs with rising incomes. We’ll give all our kids a good education, no matter what ZIP code they live in. Together, we’ll guarantee equal pay for women, and take on the challenge of systemic racism — we will finally get comprehensive immigration reform. That’s the kind of real, lasting progress that this team is going to deliver.
Every day, it’s becoming clearer that this may be the most consequential election of our lifetimes. Donald Trump and Ted Cruz have a vision for our country that’s divisive and dangerous — rounding up immigrants or banning Muslims is just not who we are.
Our country is at its best when we come together — no one knows that better than New Yorkers. In our darkest moments, we can unite in comfort and strength and lift each other up. That’s what we’re fighting for in this campaign: a nation where we all rise together.
Naresh, we took a big step forward today — and with five big contests next Tuesday, we can’t slow down now. If you’re with me, chip in tonight, and let’s fight for a brighter future and make history together:
Naresh, donate $1
Thank you,

Right to Adequate Housing


For accredited Media Persons only.
At the conclusion of her mission to India, 11 – 22 April, to  examine the housing and homeless conditions of vulnerable groups in different parts of the country,
as well as legislation, policies and programmes in place or gaps for the enjoyment of the Right to Adequate Housing at the national and subnational levels,

UN Information Centre

cordially invites you to a

Press Conference
United Nations Special Rapporteur
on adequate housing as a component of
the right to an adequate standard of living
3:45 p.m.
Friday, 22 April 2016
UN Conference Hall, 55 Lodi Estate, New Delhi


Today at 14:30

“Nomination is motivation enough to do better”

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“Nomination is motivation enough to do better” – says DSK Shivajians’ Coach Derrick Pereira
Pune, 20th April 2016 – DSK Shivajians’ Head Coach Derrick Pereira, 54, was recently announced as a nominee for the prestigious PFAI Coach of the Year accolade. Pereira, whose professional coaching career spanned over 16 years, was named as the ‘PFAI Coach of the Year’ in 2012. Prior to becoming a coach, Derrick Pereira played professionally for over 20 years at the top level of Indian football.  
Here are some excerpts from the interview:
What does the nomination of ‘PFAI Coach of the Year’ mean to you?
It means that people appreciate the work we’ve done and it’s a happy feeling. Being nominated is an acknowledgement of the hard work which has gone in.
How much does this nomination motivate you going forward?
It helps going forward as it means that people recognize you and your work. Nomination for PFAI Coach of the Year in itself is motivation to do better.
Have you ever been nominated for this accolade before?
After being nominated for the award four times in the past and even winning it in 2012, another nomination acts as quite a personal feat.
What are your expectations for DSK Shivajians going forward?
The aim is always to get better and making sure that we have a good team with talented players, which would setup and establish DSK Shivajians at the highest level of football in India.
What do you believe was the defining moment which led to the nomination?
It was our strong showing in the second leg of I-league, when everyone performed well, players did their job, and the team got the results.

Burma political prisoners released

Dear friend
I am so excited to be able to write to you today to let you know that around 180 political prisoners in Burma have been released in the last two weeks. Thank you very much for your great support to free all political prisoners in Burma.
Burma Campaign UK was established after the military regime refused to accept the election result in 1990. Now at last, after years of campaigning in Burma and internationally, there is an NLD-led government that the people of Burma have voted for. And already we are seeing positive changes, with political prisoners starting to be released.
I am so excited that some political prisoners are being released, and being reunited with their family members. These releases show that campaigning does work. However, there are many political prisoners remaining in jail. For example, Kachin farmer Lahpai Gam, who was sentenced to 20 years in jail under false accusations, is still in jail.  It is very important that people like Lahpai Gam are not forgotten.
If we draw the attention of the NLD-led government to the remaining political prisoners, hopefully they will also be released. So we are going to continue our campaigns for the release of all remaining political prisoners in Burma so they can also go home and be with their families. We still need your help to make that happen.
Released political prisoners who we campaigned for include:
Naw Ohn Hla
A prominent woman activist, Naw Ohn Hla, was arrested for protesting outside the Chinese Embassy in Rangoon. She was sentenced to 6 years and 2 months with hard labour in Insein Prison in Rangoon.
Htin Lin Oo
Htin Lin Oo is a writer and a former Information Officer from the National League for Democracy (NLD). On 23rd October 2014, he gave a speech at a literary event in Chaung-U Township in Northern Burma. During his speech he criticised the use of Buddhism to promote discrimination and prejudice in the country. He was sentenced to 2 years in prison.
union leaders
Naing Htay Lwin and Myo Min Min are two union leaders who were arrested for organising protests calling for a pay rise of $1 a day. They were arrested for protesting without permission, and they were also falsely accused of advocating violence during protests. They were sentenced to 2 years and 6 months in prison.
Aung Soe
Aung Soe is a member of Yangon People’s Support Network and a former political prisoner. He has been arrested numerous times for his peaceful activities. In 2013, he was arrested and sentenced to eleven and a half years in prison for his part organising protests with farmers to plough land which had been confiscated by the Burmese government.
Htin Kyaw
Htin Kyaw, a human rights activist, has been repeatedly arrested and jailed for his peaceful political activities. He was arrested on 5th May 2014, and charged under two different counts including under Article 18 of the Peaceful Assembly Law. He was sentenced to 13 years and 6 months in Insein prison.
Nilar Thein
Nilar Thein was arrested by police for allegedly supporting student protests against the controversial Education Bill last year. Nilar Thein was charged under Article 18 of the Peaceful Procession Law. She was on trial while being remained in detention.
Your support has made a real difference for these political prisoners. If we draw the attention of the NLD-led government to the remaining political prisoners, hopefully they will also be released. Please help us for the release of all remaining political prisoners in Burma. We will email you soon with new actions for the political prisoners.
Thank you.
Wai Hnin
Burma Campaign UK

Rahul Johri appointed CEO of BCCI

Board of Control for Cricket in India today announced the appointment of Rahul Johri as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Rahul served Discovery Networks Asia Pacific’s Executive Vice-President and General Manager for South Asia, will take on his new role starting June 1, 2016 onward reporting to  the Secretary of BCCI and will be based at Mumbai office.


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