Opinion of the guests on the NDA government

Opinion of the guests on the NDA government on completion of 2 years in office
Brinda Karat, CPM: National food security law is being subverted. And see the food security in a larger perspective. There has been drought in last more than two years. Thus the entire food security is in peril. There is class bias in the current establishment. Thee is huge concession to the corporate in forms of tax benefits, where as the budget allocation is cut to the social sectors which will benefit the poor and the wider citizenry. Basic service are being transferred to private players. And there is no job-creation under the current establishment. In every new legislation being brought, there is dilution to the principles of “Consent”, be it the consent of the tribals to give their land or the Gram Sabha to approve a project in their areas. And there has been attacks on the civil society, e.g Teesta is targeted and the Greenpeace has been victimised”
D Raja, CPI: There has been attack by the NDA government on co-operative federalism. Examples are: Arunchal Pradesh and Uttarakhand. Ambedkar said that the article 356 should remain in paper. But see how this government has misused it. Thanks to the courts which ordered a floor test in Uttarakhand Assembly. This government is also pitting Lok Sabha vs Rajya Sabha. How they have declared the Aadhar bill as money bill and present to the Parliament?  This government is full of rhetoric: Skill India, Make in India, Start up India!! They should now get to work.
Sandeep Dixit, Congress: There is attack on the very idea of India. We meed to protect the Constitution of India and the Idea of India. I do not think the current regime has much stake in the kins if sectors WNTA has reviewed e.g the social sector, neither they are high on the agenda of governance and accountability. They are mainstreaming the Trobals in the lines of Cultural Nationalism.
Raghav Chadha, AAP: ” The government has failed in foreign policy, fighting against corruption, brining back black money to country, maintaining communal harmony, and controlling inflation. See how we are alienating Nepal. See the policies with Pakistan how the government is faltering. It has not yet appointed the Lokpal. And change are being made in PCA to dilute it. And in economy, the unemployment is rising, sensex is falling , inflation is rising, agri productivity is falling so on and so forth”.
A V Swamy, MP Rajya Sabha: “If the government is sincere at keeping its slogan on Minimum government , maximum governance it should empower the Panchayats.”
Amitabh Kundu, Professor, JNU : The government hs a policy confusion on smart city mission. Initally it allocated 7062 crores and spent only 900 crore. Next year they allocated only 1000 crores and could not spend it. This year they have allocated only 400 crores and that too for only 200 cities as against 100 cities declared to be smart cities.”
Urmilesh, Journalist : ” The NDA government is smartest in media management.” In current scenario, there is complete corporatisation of media.
Amitabh Behar of WNTA : ” The report looks at the government performance from the prism of Constitutional provisions.”
Thomas Pallthanam , Convener of WNTA: “Attempt has been made in this report to bring out the assessment of the government on how it has impacted on the poor and the marginalised.”
Annie Namala, Convener, WNTA : The government is trying to legitimise the child labour by amending the existing law.”
Please get back to us for any further clarifications. 
Thanking you
John Animesh Gomes
Program Coordinator & In-Charge 
WNTA Secretariat
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Visit Orlando’s

Mumbai, 24th  May, 2016: Visit Orlando’s Global Communications Team compiles a “Weekly What’s New” list using information provided by partners and destination press releases to keep you up-to-date on Orlando happenings. This information is posted on our media website, along with past “Weekly What’s New” information:http://media.visitorlando.com/latest-news.

Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress is offering a special deal where guests who stay a minimum of four consecutive nights receive the fifth night free, plus a $50 resort credit with online code: ESCAPE. The offer is valid June 1 – Aug. 31, 2016. Rates start at $179.
grandcypress.regency.hyatt.com; 407-616-8108 (media); 407-239-1234 (public)
Awards& Accolades
Orlando has been named one of the top five Best Family Vacations in the world by U.S. News & World Report. The distinction was awarded based on votes from thousands of travelers.
travel.usnews.com; 202-955-2155 (media & public)
Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort continues to expand, and several new restaurants have opened this month including STK, an upscale steakhouse; D-Luxe Burger, a specialty burger joint; Amorette’s Patisserie, a high end bakery with classic and contemporary confections; and The Daily Poutine, a kiosk with specialty fries. Also newly opened is Morimoto Asia’s walk-up order window, allowing guests to enjoy Bao Tacos, sushi and more without committing to the full dining experience.
disneysprings.com; 407-566-6397 (media); 407-939-6244 (public)

Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort announced plans for a new restaurant aboard the vessel formerly known as Fulton’s Crab House, called Paddlefish. The refreshed venue comes with a menu to match, featuring an array of composed and contemporary seafood dishes, steaks and more. Guests can look forward to more interactive dining experiences and a new rooftop lounge as well.
disneysprings.com; 407-566-6397 (media); 407-939-6244 (public)

Ming Court will close at the end of May. The restaurant has been a staple of the International Drive area for 27 years.
ming-court.com; 407-351-9988 (media & public)

Warm Regards,
Lorine Sequeira
PR Executive

Lahiri qualifies for his second U.S. Open and ninth Major

Reigning Asian Tour number one Anirban Lahiri of India earned his place at next month’s U.S. Open, the year’s second Major, by virtue of being in the top-60 of the Official World Golf Ranking as of Monday, May 23rd, 2016.

The 28-year-old Lahiri, currently 56th in the world rankings, will make his second U.S. Open and ninth Major appearance when he tees it up at the Oakmont Country Club in Oakmont, Pennsylvania, from June 16 to 19.

The U.S. Open is the only Major where Anirban has not made the cut so far. He will be eager to redeem himself after last year’s disappointment when he missed the halfway cut in his debut appearance at the tournament. The tenacious Indian also featured in the Masters Tournament in April where he finished tied 42nd.

Lahiri, who is playing his rookie season on the PGA Tour this year, has missed only three cuts all season and was joint runner-up in his defence of the Indian Open in March. He will also look to match his impressive tied fifth result at last year’s PGA Championship, which was the best performance by an Indian golfer at a Major.

Anirban, all set to represent India at the Rio Olympics later this year, is slowly also making his way up on the list of Indians with most Major appearances. Jeev Milkha Singh is currently on top of that list with 13 appearances. Lahiri is placed second with eight appearances.

Here’s a look at Anirban Lahiri’s record at the Majors so far:
Major appearances – 8
U.S. Masters – 2 appearances (2015 – Tied 49th, 2016 – Tied 42nd)
U.S. Open – 1 appearance (2015 – Missed Cut)
British Open – 3 appearances (2012 – Tied 31st, 2014 – Missed Cut, 2015 – Tied 30th)
PGA Championship – 2 appearances (2014 – Missed Cut, 2015 – Tied 5th)

Who is Planning Urban India and How?

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For immediate release                                                                            Media InquiriesDate: 23 May 2016                                                                          Rineeta Naik, (In India)
Sharon Grobeisen,(In Istanbul)
Oisika Chakrabarti

At World Humanitarian Summit, UN Women calls for women’s rights and empowerment to be central principles of humanitarian action

(23 May 2016, Istanbul) UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and Deputy Executive Director Yannick Glemarec will join other world leaders at the first World Humanitarian Summit (WHS) held today and tomorrow in Istanbul, Turkey.The first gathering of its kind, the Summit aims to place humanity—people’s safety, dignity and the right to thrive—at the heart of global decision-making and initiate a set of concrete actions and commitments to enable countries and communities to better prepare for and respond to crises. With more than 5,000 expected participants, the programme will include seven high-level leaders’ roundtables on priority action areas.
At the Summit, UN Women will advocate for greater investment for gender equality and for women’s rights and women’s empowerment to become standard principles of humanitarian planning and action. UN Women and UNFPA Executive Directors will be UN co-chairs for tomorrow’s Roundtable Four, entitled “High-Level Leaders’ Roundtable on Women and Girls: Catalyzing Action to Achieve Gender Equality”, where Member States, UN and multilateral actors will come together to endorse core commitments to improve humanitarian action for women and girls worldwide.
Member State co-chairs for Roundtable four will include: President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović (Croatia); President Michael D. Higgins (Ireland); Deputy Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mata’afa (Samoa) and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström (Sweden). The Roundtable will be attended by more than 25 Member States and civil society representatives.
Ensuring that humanitarian action works for women and girls is a UN Women priority. The organization’s core actions for women and girls in humanitarian situations are to facilitate coordination and provide leadership, build the capacity of planning and implementing agencies, ensure response planning is evidence-based and to implement targeted actions wherever gaps are identified.
“Women have a large stake in the appropriateness of the services they receive, and must be involved in guiding those provisions to make sure they are directly relevant and effective. Getting it right for women is central to finding appropriate solutions for the millions of families and individuals displaced, homeless, or making new homes in host countries,” said Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka.
“There are two important challenges that are still not taken into consideration or integrated into humanitarian action. Firstly, women are marginalized when it comes to leadership and meaningful participation and are consistently excluded from decision-making processes in humanitarian response. This results in a lack of support offered to them to enable them to acquire the skills and resources needed to rebuild their lives. Secondly, the pervasive rise of sexual and domestic violence that women and girls experience in humanitarian situations which remains inadequately addressed” she added. “We know, for example, that early child marriage—considered a form of violence—increases dramatically in response to vulnerability and lack of resources.”
2013 assessment estimated the percentage of Syrian girl refugees in Jordan being married before age 18 to have risen from below 17 per cent before the conflict, to more than 50 per cent afterwards. Without access to sexual and reproductive health services, these girls have little or no control over pregnancy, with damaging or deadly consequences. Sixty per cent of preventable maternal deaths occur among women and girls who have been displaced or disadvantaged through conflict or natural disaster.
At the Summit, in addition to participation in the official programme, UN Women will showcase the stories of women leaders and the work on the ground, from Nepal to Democratic Republic of the Congo to Jordan, in support of humanitarian action, including through photo essays, videos and a virtual reality experience at the Exhibition Fair. See UN Women’s online In Focus package for more.
UN Women is the UN organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. A global champion for women and girls, UN Women was established to accelerate progress on meeting their needs worldwide. For more information, visit india.unwomen.org.
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Pope on Europe’s roots

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Naresh: Will you add your name for the dinner ?

Great food, conversation, and maybe a selfie
Naresh —
Here’s what’s on the menu: Wonderful food (I’m still thinking about the cauliflower pizza from last time!), great conversation, and maybe even time for a selfie (I’m getting pretty good at them!).
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RSVP for dinner
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