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Sagar Media Inc – India, like many other countries, struggles with governance of its human resources for health. It is common knowledge that there are too few qualified health workers, that they are too unequally di…

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Sagar Media Inc – Piaggio India commences deliveries of India’s first sports crossover bike – Aprilia SR 150. Mumbai, September 13th 2016: Piaggio is delighted to start deliveries of India’s first sports crossover b…

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Piaggio India commences deliveries of India’s first sports crossover bike – Aprilia SR 150.

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S. Korea hit by earthquake

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Sagar Media Inc – A 5.8-magnitude earthquake jolted southeastern South Korea on Monday, the biggest-ever quake striking the country, injuring at least two people and making people feel the tremor nationwide, Seoul’s…

Hillary needs you to step up, Naresh

It’s crunch time
Naresh —
Before the end of the month, people in states across America will start casting their ballots during early voting. We’re in crunch time, and every hour and every dollar will count.
Hillary’s team needs the resources to get our message out there and earn every vote, which is why they’ve set a goal of 2.5 million donors before the end of the month. Will you help them hit this goal — and get a free sticker, too?
We can’t just wish Hillary into office — we have to fight for it. And your donation will help make that possible today, Naresh.
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Government of Rajasthan, UN Women sign MoU

Government of Rajasthan, UN Women sign MoU to strengthen initiatives for gender equality, women’s empowerment

14 September 2016Jaipur, Rajasthan – The Department of Women and Child Development, Government of Rajasthan and UN Women, the United Nations organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to accelerate the achievement of gender equality in the State.
UN Women will support the state government in ensuring the inclusion of gender concerns and priorities in planning and budgeting; strengthening the implementation of policies and legislation related to elimination of violence against women; ensuring greater political participation and leadership in governance; and enhancing women’s access to opportunities and resources for economic empowerment, such as rural livelihood programmes.
In the longer term, the collaboration will support the state in meeting its commitments under the UN Convention on the Elimination of All forms of Discrimination against Women, the Beijing Platform for Action and the Sustainable Development Goals.
“Rajasthan’s impressive strides with regard to gender indicators and its success in addressing violence against women – for example, through the Aparajita one-stop crisis centers – demonstrate the high priority that the government places on the inclusion and advancement of women. UN Women is delighted to be able to support the state government in expanding these initiatives and creating more opportunities for women in governance and in the economy”, said Dr. Rebecca Reichmann Tavares, Representative, UN Women Multi Country Office for India, Bhutan, Maldives and Sri Lanka.
“Government of Rajasthan has initiated the process to uplift the socio-economic status of women in achieving holistic development. The collaboration with UN Women will undoubtedly improve the quality of intervention and accelerate the pace to reach out women of Rajasthan” said Ms. Anita Bhadel, Minister for Women and Child Development.

Aster Media Awards – 2016 t

Aster DM Foundation solicit your esteemed presence for the Aster Media Awards – 2016 to felicitate journalists who produced profound social impact through their contribution.

The Aster Media Awards have been conceptualized by Aster DM Healthcare in recognition of the tremendous impact of mainstream media in shaping public awareness, acknowledgement and actions in the respective region. As part of the social responsibility of the Group, Aster DM Healthcare has been keen to provide a platform to applaud the efforts of the fourth estate, whose talent, efforts and commitment do not get the due recognition in society.

The 2016 Aster Media Awards winners were chosen by a respected jury of eminent individuals from across the region, recognised for their experience and intellectual thought. Furthermore, the three categories of the awards do not just factor in location but have different cash prizes. The national awards carry a cash prize of INR 10 lakhs, while the state wide award carries cash prizes of INR 5 lakhs and the International-(GCC) Award carries be a cash price of AED 25,000

The Award Ceremony shall be followed by Panel Discussion on “Right to Health – Its Social Impact”

Date:Wednesday 28th September 2016Venue: Hyatt Regency Delhi
Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm 

Programme Schedule 
  • Keynote Address by Chief Guest
  • Award Function
  • Panel Discussion
  • Dinner
About Aster DM Healthcare:
From a single medical centre to a performance-driven healthcare enterprise spread across 280 establishments in 9 countries and growing, Aster DM Healthcare has transitioned into being a growing network across the Middle East and India.
Currently one of the largest and fastest growing conglomerates in the MENA region, Aster DM Healthcare covers the full spectrum of healthcare services. An expansive portfolio includes hospitals, clinics and retail pharmacies.
Headquartered in Dubai, the Aster DM network now encompasses 13,477 employees, 1003 doctors with several JCI accredited clinics and diagnostic centres.

Education systems could be better designed for inclusive prosperity, humanity and the planet


Press note: India Launch of the Global Education Monitoring Report (GEM Report)

  • What: The 2016 Global Education Monitoring Report (GEM Report), Education for people and planet, will be launched in India by the Secretary (School Education), Mr. S.C. Khuntia. The event is organized by the UNESCO and the Centre for Environment Education. The director of the Report will present its core findings. A Panel discussion will provide an opportunity to discuss the report and the role of Education in achieving Sustainable Development.
  • When: 15th September, 2016, between 2:00 to 5:00 pm
  • Where: The India International Centre, New Delhi.
  • Who: Mr. Aaron Benavot, Director, GMR Report
Contact: Kartikeya V. Sarabhai,; Prithi Nambiar,; CEE Director’s office: 079 26858011

Press release: Education systems could be better designed for inclusive prosperity, humanity and the planet

The 2016 Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report shows that education has the potential to propel progress towards all global goals outlined in the new2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (SDGs). It shows that education will not deliver its full potential to catapult the world forward unless school participation rates dramatically improve, learning becomes a lifelong pursuit and education systems fully embrace sustainable development.

There is an urgent need for greater headway in education. India has the highest number of out of school adolescents of lower and upper secondary school age of any country in the world. On current trends, this means the country is not expected to achieve its global education commitments until 2085, leaving it over half a century late for the 2030 deadline in the Sustainable Development Agenda. India’s expected completion date is the same as the rate of progress in Iraq and Thailand, but five years later than Indonesia and ten years later than Iran.

The Report, Education for people and planet, shows the need for education systems to step up attention to environmental concerns. While in the majority of countries, education is the best indicator of climate change awareness, half of countries’ curricula worldwide do not explicitly mention climate change in their content. India is an exception, where currently some 300 million school students receive some environmental education.

A fundamental change is needed in the way we think about education’s role in global development, because it has a catalytic impact on the well-being of individuals and the future of our planet,” said UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova. “Now, more than ever, education has a responsibility to be in gear with 21st century challenges and aspirations, and foster the right types of values and skills that will lead to sustainable and inclusive growth, and peaceful living together.”

Education systems need to ensure they are giving people vital skills and knowledge that can support the transition to greener industries, greener agricultural practices and find new solutions for environmental problems. This also requires education to continue beyond the school walls, in communities and the workplace throughout adulthood. Yet only 5% in India have ever attended literacy programmes.

“If we want a greener planet, and sustainable futures for all, we must ask more from our education systems than just a transfer of knowledge. We need our schools and lifelong learning programmes to focus on economic, environmental and social perspectives that help nurture empowered, critical, mindful and competent citizens.” said Aaron Benavot, Director of the GEM Report.

There is also an urgent need for education systems to impart higher skills aligned with the needs of growing economies, where job skill sets are fast changing, many being automated. On current trends, by 2020, there will be 40 million too few workers with tertiary education relative to demand. In India, only 7% of the poorest complete tertiary education by latest data.  The Report shows this change is vital: achieving universal upper secondary education by 2030 in low income countries would lift 60 million out of poverty by 2050.

The Report shows that education systems can reinforce inequalities if not correctly designed. One corrective measure could be for governments to train teachers in inclusive education. In India, teachers gave worse scores to lower caste than higher caste children, suggesting that 20% of the performance gap between higher and lower caste students was attributable to caste-based discrimination. The Report calls on governments to start taking inequalities in education seriously, tracking them by collecting information directly from families.

Educating people so that they can interact with the justice system and access their rights is essential for a functioning justice system, which is critical for sustaining peaceful societies. This includes ensuring that judicial and law enforcement officers have sufficient training and capacity building. In Rajasthan state, India, lack of skills has been identified as a barrier to effective policing. Training police officers in behavioural skills has had significant positive effects on the quality of police work and public satisfaction. In police stations where all staff were trained, victim satisfaction increased by 30%, while fear of the police was reduced by 17%.
Education also has the potential to improve constructive political participation: In New Delhi slums, in India, during the run-up to the 2008 state legislature elections, door-to-door distribution of newspapers provided information about the candidates. The campaign increased the average voter turnout by 4% but also decreased by almost 20% the use of vote-buying.


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