AAP hundred volunteers from Canada a

 Aadmi Party had a festive welcome of overseas supporters in Delhi in the wee hours of 19th January 2017. Over a hundred volunteers from Canada arrived together and were greeted AAP Leader and Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, AAP Overseas Convenor Dr Kumar Vishwas, Minister Imran Hussain and MLAs Jagdeep Singh, Adarsh Shastri, Somnath Bharti, Jarnail Singh, Rakhi Bidlan, Sanjeev Jha, Madan Lal. AAP Co Convenor Preeti Sharma Menon and the AAP Overseas team had arranged a grand welcome for the supporters with Punjabi dancers and drummers.
The supporters then boarded a special ‘Chalo Punjab’ Bus and went to the aprty office where there was a warm welcome. They then drove to Chandiagarh where a press conference was held by AAP Leader and Punjab Prabhari Sanjay Singh. Sanjay Singh welcomed the supporters and informed the media that the party was grateful that thousands of supporters from across the world had arrived in Punjab and were canvassing for AAP. He mentioned that AAP Canada Convenor was already on the ground and congratulated AAP Canada Youth Convenor Joban Randhawa for initiating and executing the Chalo Punjab campaign. He said all these NRIs had worked hard in their new homes and earned a reputation for Punjabis in their home countries. AAP was proud that these educated, successful Indians had chosen to support AAP in every way. Sanjay Singh demolished Badals’ absurd allegation that AAP was supported by terrorists and said “Look at these good people of all ages who have come here to support AAP, do they look like terrorists? By calling Punjabi NRIs terrorists Badals have insulted all Punjabis who live abroad.”
AAP Leaders Kanwar Sandhu, Colonel C D Kamboj, Raghav Chaddha and Preeti Sharma Menon were also present in the press conference along with the forerunners of the Chalo Punjab Team Joban Randhawa, Surinder Mavi and Sumesh Handa.
The Chalo Punjab team will now spread out to their home towns and support the AAP campaign.

Malaysian Perspective on River Pollution, Sanitation and Sewerage Management

CPR is pleased to invite you to a CORP seminar on
Malaysian Perspective on River Pollution, Sanitation and Sewerage Management – A Discussion on Policy and Operational Framework
Monday, 23 January 2017, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Dorai Narayanan
Conference Hall, Centre for Policy Research
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Malaysia has developed an integrated approach to management and treatment of waste from sewered and non-sewered areas that is considered very successful. It is estimated that around 65% of the urban population of Malaysia is covered by network sewerage, while the rest rely on Faecal Sludge Management (FSM) services which are provided by the same agency that provides network sewerage services. As with any other success story, the Malaysian experience has contextual details, and its own share of problems and challenges, but there have been significant achievements in terms of coverage, quality of services and environmental outcomes. These achievements make it possible to think of FSM not as a second-rate solution for poor cities, but a viable and first-rate alternative to network sewerage.
The talk will focus on two themes: (i) The causes and remedies of river pollution and the linkages with the sanitation sector; and (ii) Sanitation and sewerage management in Malaysia as a case study of reform and sector transformation.
Dorai Narayanan was the Head of Department of the Planning & Engineering Department in Indah Water Konsortium. He joined Indah Water Konsortium in March 1996 as the Regional Planning Manager (North). Before joining Indah Water Konsortium, he served as Senior Sewerage Engineer in Penang ULB. His qualifications include a Bachelor of Technology degree in Civil Engineering from IIT Madras, and a Graduate Certificate in Engineering (Environmental Management) from Melbourne University. He is a registered professional engineer.
Please RSVP to sci-fi@cprindia.org
CORP Seminar Series
This is the 11th in the series of the Community of Research and Practice (CORP) seminar planned by the Scaling City Institutions for India: Sanitation (SCI-FI: Sanitation) initiative. This seminar series aims to provide a platform for discussing the experiences of the researchers and practitioners on urban sanitation. Through these discussions, the sanitation initiative intends to build a stronger evidence base for developing policies, programmes and implementation of plans for achieving sanitized cities.

BRICS Cities: What are we comparing? by Philip Harrison

Dear All,
As part of our Urban Workshop Series, the Centre for Policy Research (CPR) and Centre de Sciences Humaines (CSH), Delhi, are delighted to invite you to a workshop on BRICS Cities: What are we comparing? by Philip Harrison South African Research Chair in Spatial Analysis and City Planning, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.

Date:               Tuesday, 31rst January 2017
Time:               3.45 p.m.
Venue:             Conference Hall, Centre for Policy Research, Dharma Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi 110 021
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The term BRIC was used initially in an analytical sense to refer to a grouping of countries beyond the West with the potential to reconfigure the geography of the global economy. After 2009 however it referred to a political alliance with geopolitical intentions (with BRIC becoming BRICS when South Africa joined in 2010). The construct is under pressure in terms of its analytical and political use as BRICS economies have become increasingly differentiated in terms of economic performance and as severe diplomatic tensions have emerged within the alliance.

In this seminar we discuss ongoing comparative work on cities in the BRICS, a grouping of countries that account for nearly 40% of the world’s total urban population. With the enormous diversity of the BRICS in almost all categories – including scale, economic performance, levels and rates of urbanisation, income and governance – questions arise over the meaning and purpose of comparison. We discuss the challenge of comparison but nevertheless show how very different places can be drawn into a meaningful comparative conversation. There is however a significant point of commonality. All countries in the BRICS have experienced far-reaching political and/or economic transformations over the past few decades in a way that the global West has not. 
In the presentation we show how these macro changes have been translated into urban change, but also show how differences in the national and local management of these processes account in part for significant differences (and similarities) across the BRICS in terms of urban outcomes. We use the different trajectories of metropolitan governance as an illustrative case.
Prof. Philip Harrison is the South African Research Chair in Spatial Analysis and City Planning funded by the National Research Foundation and hosted by the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. He served as a member of the National Planning Commission in the Office of the President from 2010 to 2015.  Previously, Prof. Harrison was Executive Director in Development Planning and Urban Management at the City of Johannesburg for 4 years from 2006 to 2010. Prior to that, he held a number of academic positions at the Universities of the Witwatersrand and Natal, including Professor and Chair of Urban and Regional Planning at Wits from 2001 to 2006. He has published widely in the fields of city planning and regional and urban development. His most recent publication is the jointly edited book Changing Space, Changing City: Johannesburg after Apartheid.

FC Pune City focus their energies on grassroots


FC Pune City focus their energies on grassroots

Pune, January 19, 2017: After two years of successful execution of their grassroots programs, the Rajesh Wadhawan owned Indian Super League franchise FC Pune City will continue the development of football at the grassroots level in a structured manner. The club has created a comprehensive plan to build a strong football framework within the Pune region. With a clear intent of  providing professional opportunities to learn and participate in the sport, the focus will also be on nurturing talent by providing them progression platforms from an early age.

In 2017, the club’s approach to grassroots will be two-fold, led by technical director Roger Lamesa (UEFA Pro-coach), where they will conduct various programmes under FC Pune City Grassroots banner and work with the Indian Super League’s mandate for every club of talent scouting with the aim of shortlisting candidates for the Reliance Foundation Young Champs programme and also create a youth league in the city.

In addition to having a full-time residential academy, the club will conduct multiple programs including Train the Trainer, School Workshops, Grassroots Festivals; thereby adding more firepower to their junior squads. At present FC Pune City is the only ISL team to boast of a residential academy. The Club presently has 4 junior teams that trains throughout the years under guidance of its coaches – U-18; U-16; U-14 and Women’s team.

We need to align and integrate all the raw talent and nurture them from a young age which in turn will catapult the city of Pune into the new hub of Indian football. It’s a young city and there is definitely enough potential. The need of the hour is to provide a platform to the young players through high-level training and development programs. We are continuing with two of our flagship programmes; first being a coaching workshop for coaches, parents, PE teachers and footballers and then followed by a talent scouting & development program,” explained FC Pune City’s CEO Mr. Gaurav Modwel

FC Pune City will be imparting the quality training programmes with techincal director Roger Lamesa & Youth Team Assistant Coaches  by reaching out to schools across the city in the form of workshops. To develop the entire eco-system, they will continue conducting a Train the Trainer programmes where all the PE teachers from 40 schools across the city will come under one roof for a one-day coaching course including theory and practical sessions.

The talent scouting programs will be conducted to spruce up the existing U-12 and U-14 squads. In each of the categories, FC Pune City will be looking out for players who will be part of the talent pools, which will feed players directly into the youth squads. The FC Pune City team will scout and then train the talent at St. Vincent’s High School ground, which is the club’s development center. The U-14 team will eventually represent the club at various Pune District Football Association (PDFA) and All India Football Federation (AIFF) tournaments.

Starting this year, in lieu of the league’s mandate, FC Pune City will introduce Youth Leagues in Pune under its community development platform, Forces of Football. The newly formed Youth League will be conducted in three different age groups, i.e. U14, U-12 and U-9.

The Reliance Foundation Youth Champs program will also be executed during this time frame. In the 2016 edition, FC Pune City touched 48 schools, 33 academies that got them over 5000 kids participating in their grassroots program.  The ultimate culmination of the efforts saw 118 kids participate in the Reliance Foundation Youth Champs festival, overseen by Piet Hubers, Technical Director, ISL Grassroots Development Programme.

Last year, the club’s efforts on grassroots initiatives went across 40 schools in Pune tapping close to 40,000 kids. This was followed up with seven scouting programs for over 2500 selected kids.

About FC Pune City:
FC Pune City is an Indian Super League football club based out of Pune, Maharashtra. The club is co-owned by The Rajesh Wadhawan Group and Bollywood superstar Hrithik Roshan. The club was founded in 2014 and its home ground is the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex in Balewadi, Pune. The club is committed to making a difference not just at the senior level but also at the grassroots level of football in India.


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