Monday, July 30, 2012

Memorandum on communal clash in Western Assam

Shri L. K. Advani
Hon’ble Former Deputy Prime Minister, MP and senior leader of BJP
30 Prithvi Raj Road, New Delhi - 110 003
Phone No: 011-23794124, 011-23794125
Fax No. : 011-23017419, E-mail: advanilk@sansad.nic.in
Dated, Kokrajhar, 30th July 2012

Subject:  A memorandum for urgent intervention to stop the on-going communal clashes in Boroland Territorial Council and other parts of western Assam.

Most respected Sir,
Namaskar!

We the undersigned for and on behalf of Peoples’ Joint Action Committee for Boroland Movement (PJACBM), a conglomeration of 52 organisations of all the ethnic communities living in the northern bank of Brahmaputra and on behalf of peace loving common people of Assam would like to appreciate and thank you for your kind visit to this riot hit Kokrajhar in Boroland Territorial Council of Assam in this needy hour for confidence rebuilding for peace and harmony among different sections of people.  While appreciating your kind visit, we would like to draw the following serious facts for your kind attention and necessary urgent intervention.

As you are aware of the fact that an unfortunate incidents of communal clash between the simple, straight forward and peace loving Boro Indigenous People and hostile migrants settlers belonging to religious Muslim Community provoked and aided by some miscreants across the Indo-Bangla boarder is erupting in the Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) and other parts of western Assam. This incident broke out suddenly and took communal colour following the gruesome murders of four Boro Indigenous youths by some unidentified miscreants belonging to Muslim Community at Jaipur, a Muslim village which is just one kilometer away from the Kokrajhar Police station on 19 July at about 8 pm, reportedly instigated by some armed anti-social elements who have penetrated from across the international boarder through Dhubri and took shelter in the Muslim dominated villages to deliberately create social tension inciting for communal violence between the native Boros and the migrant shelters.

That Sir, the situation has turned out to be very serious and worsening day by day spreading in other parts of Assam which have already claimed more than 60 innocent lives belonging to both communities. Several villages are burnt down and more than 4,000, 00 people are rendered homeless who are presently taking shelter in more than 250 relief camps after being forced to flee their homes for their lives. Though, the present situation appeared to be improving slightly but internally remained alarming due to lack of adequate security arrangement and failure of the local administration to tackle the situation effectively, especially failure to nib the continued provocations to indulge in communal clashes by the reportedly presence of external forces in the Muslim dominated villages.

That Sir, we strongly feel that the outbreak of this violence is mainly due to a deep political conspiracy hatched by certain anti-social elements who have been conspiring to divide the people in BTC of Assam in community lines and to incite for communal violence to destabilise the emotional integration, peace and tranquility among the different sections of the people living in the present BTC areas. The formation of so called democratic organization by name and style of “Ana Boro Suraskya Samity (Non Boro Protection Forum)  and its activities in connivance with its communal member organizations like All Minority Students’ Union (AMSU) and All Bodoland Minority Students’ Union (ABMSU) have been systematically propagating and instigating all the communal forces to isolate the peace loving Boro Indigenous People and directing  communal forces  to target and attack on the Boros in the Bodoland Territorial Council areas.  The modus operandi of inciting the communal hatred of those anti Boro organisations is same as those of Talibans in other parts of the world. They have been carrying out systematic hatred campaigns not only against the Boros but also have been conspiring to involved other ethnic communities which is most unfortunate, condemnable and against the human rights of the peace loving ethnic communities. The Boro Indigenous People have been living in perfect peace for more than 5000 years in their land and territories with other ethnic communities like Garos, Rabhas, Rajbongshis, Barman-Kacharis, Tiwas, Karbis and many other natives.  But it is a serious concern for peace loving Indigenous People of Assam today to witness the unabated formation and growth of such communal organizations with their ugly intension of fueling social tension which is against the spirit of a plural society and threat to the unity, peace and tranquility among different sections of the people and a serious threat to the integrity of the nation.

That Sir, we strongly feel that the present situation is compounded due to an evil design and a systematic deep political conspiracy of certain anti tribal elements not only to defunct the present BTC administration but also to sabotage the on-going forty five years legitimate peaceful democratic movement of the Boro Indigenous people for separate state of Boroland and to derail the on-going peace dialogue   between the NDFB (P) and the Government of India.

That Sir, we would like to affirm you that the ongoing communal clash is nothing but a direct result of the conspiracy and provocation of the said communal Taliban like forces with an ugly design to turn Assam to be another Kashmir who have stooped so low not only to create serious low and order situation and subsequent communal clashes threatening the lives and properties of the common peoples living in the BTC areas but also to experiment their long term strategy of jihadi style of aggression of Assam.

We therefore, on behalf of the Peoples’ Joint Action Committee and on behalf of the peace loving Indigenous Peoples of Assam and all the ethnic communities of proposed Boroland strongly urge your honour to urgently intervene in the matters to:

1)            stop the burning situation of communal clashes immediately;
2)            arrest the culprits involved in designing and fomenting the communal clashes;
3)            order a CBI inquiry to investigate the whole matters leading to communal violence;
4)            provide adequate security arrangement in sensitive areas and to provide   immediate sufficient relief materials including food, drinking water, clothes   and medicines in the
               relief camps of communal clashes belonging to both communities;

5)            provide adequate compensation to the bereaved families and injured victims of communal clashes;

6.            stop unabated influx of Bangladeshi migration into Assam and identify and deport all the illegal settlers in Assam;

7.            clear the Tribal Belts and Blocks from illegal encroachers in Assam;

8.            update NRC of Assam on the base year of 1951.


   Looking forward to having your serious consideration and urgent intervention.

                                                     Sincerely yours,

(Jebra Ram Muchahary)                           (Usup Ali)                                   (Matilal Barman) 
       Chief Convenor                                  Convenor                                        Convenor



(Nitul Bharali)                                       (Shekhar Sharma)                           (Sanjib Hajong)
    Convenor                                                 Convenor                                    Convenor



(Manjil Basumatary)                           (Phomen Borgoyary)                           (Prabhu Pawe)
    Joint Convenor                                         Member                                       Convenor


: Anna begins indefinite fast at Jantar Mantar

On Day 5 of the indefinite fast, Anna Hazareji joined Arvind Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia, Gopal Rai and 400 anshankaris at Jantar Mantar. Supporters turned out in hordes at Jantar Mantar - according to estimates, the footfall at Jantar Mantar touched 1.5 lakh today.


In the evening, another 50,000 people assembled at India Gate circle and walked towards Jantar Mantar with a candle in their hand in support of Annaji. Prashant Bhushan led the rally.

In the morning, Anna ji released Swaraj book written by Arvind Kejriwal written today. Anna Hazareji said that people should read Swaraj and decide for themselves whether it is the government which has drifted apart from the path or the IAC movement. He said that a true democracy is one in which people make decisions and not politicians or bureaucrats. This is the true meaning of Swaraj.

He explained to the people that Gram Sabha was supreme. Its members - those who attain 18 years of age in a village - are the ones who elect MPs and MLAs and send them to Legislative Assembly, Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha. He explained that Gram Sabha are 'Swayambhu' or self sustainent.

Arvind Kejriwal while releasing the book Swaraj and said, “I would like to thank Vinod Mehta, Yogendra Yadav and Harper Collins. For this book, I travelled for two years and met people and tried to understand their problems. I travelled to Ralegan, Hiwre Bazaar, Kutambakam and to a tribal village called Lekha Medha. I met the sarpanches there. These villages earlier were in a very bad state and poverty stricken. But after these sarpanches took charge, they just did one thing which was different. They took all decisions in an open gram sabha meeting. Today, all these villages have become model villages."
He said, a similar practice of mohalla sabhas should be started in the cities as well.

Recalling his stint in Income Tax department he said, "When I was with the IT department, we had conducted a raid on a Japanese company. The CEO who was a Japanese warned us said that if he wished he could get any law passed in our Parliament and could get us transferred. A few days after that a senior officer was transferred. Then I had thought that maybe he had the power to get us transferred but was bluffing about the getting any law passed issue. My worst fears came true when during the voting for Nuclear Bill, some MPs waived bundles of cash in Parliament."

He said, "we conducted referendum in many areas and found that 90 per cent people wanted Jan Lokpal Bill. Despite that for one-and-a-half years we have been fighting for it and nothing has happened."

He concluded his speech with an appeal to all students to take leave for a week and come out on to the streets for just one week. 

Kiranji addressed the crowd in the afternoon and explained the need to make CBI independent. Prashant Bhushan spoke on the charges against Sharad Pawar, SM Krishna and Kamal Nath. Prashant Bhushan said he was not surprised by the large number of supporters since he knew people would rise up in support of the movement and that the right-thinking people want to save the country from the massive corruption, anarchy and chaos it is currently in.

While the anshankaris might have seen a fall in health, there is no depletion in their spirit. Despite forgoing food for 5 days, Arvind Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia and Gopal Rai are showing every sign of seeing this fast through till as long as it takes. Their vitals in the evening were:

Annaji: Pulse - 78, BP-160/102, Sugar-104
Arvind Kejriwal: Pulse-80, BP-110/67, Sugar-75, Ketone-4+
Manish Sisodia: Pulse-84, BP-130/81, Sugar-75, Ketone-4+ 
Gopal Rai - Pulse-76, BP-120/73, Sugar-88, Ketone-5+

Amongst the 400 anshankaris who are on the indefinite hunger strike, 11 had to be taken to hospital due to ill health. 90-yr-old Maniram was in high spirits though, and thanked Anna Hazareji for uniting people – even while he showed signs of weakness and had to be shifted to hospital. A 60-member medical team is constantly monitoring the health of al anshankaris. However, the callousness of the govt was marked by an absence of oxygen cylinders in the Delhi police ambulances which were transferring patients to Ram Manohar Lohia government hospital.

The donation collected was released in the evening. The collection for first 4 days was approximately Rs 12 lakhs.

The anshan carried on across the country as well.

In Chennai, more than 100 protestors sat peacefully in front of Chidambaram's house. They were  man-handled and detained. They were released by evening only.

Many roads of Mumbai were also choked by IAC supporters. Marine Drive was congested by protestors who had come out in droves to support the movement. A massive Car rally was organised today which was flagged off by Anupam Kher.

In Hyderabad, one volunteer (G Venkateshwar Rao, 65) who has become very weak was taken away by the police. Presently 5 volunteers are on Ankshan since the past five days.

In Ujjain, last night 2 anshankaris were brutally hit by unknown people and their tent was completely destroyed. They filed an FIR later in the day.

Agra saw large attendance as well, attended by children and adults. A rally of schoolchildren in support of the July Kranti and indefinite fast took place in Ajmer from Gandhi Bhawan till Collectorate Ajmer.

In Bhiwani, women came out in full support of the andolan and gathered at Nehru Park, Ghanta Ghar in large numbers.
Instituto Cervantes Nueva Delhi Instituto Cervantes  
  2 de agosto de 2012 / August 2nd of 2012
 
   
  CONCIERTO: MUSIC FOR THEM

Jueves 2 de agosto a las 7pm en el auditorio, entrada libre.



Sinopsis:

La ONG “Streets of India” inaugura su gira de conciertos en el Instituto Cervantes. Tras cinco años de experiencia haciendo voluntariado en Calcuta, se dieron cuenta del poder curativo de la música y el entretenimiento en gente en situaciones vulnerables. Con esta premisa nace el proyecto musical “Music for them”, un espectáculo de música y baile que ya ha pasado por hospitales, centros de enfermos y orfanatos de Calcuta en 2009 y 2010, y en ciudades de Rajasthan (Jodhpur, Narlai, Luni y Khejarla) en 2011. Ya han sido más de 5.000 personas las que han interactuado con “Music for them”.
Este 2012 el grupo de 6 músicos españoles se lanzan a conquistar los corazones de los niños y niñas en la gira que da comienzo en nuestro centro y que continúa en Antyodaya Niketan (Delhi), Naya Nagar (Gurgaon), y los centros de rehabilitación de la Fundación Vicente Ferrer (Anantapur).

Más información sobre el proyecto en su blog.
Video de la gira de 2011 de Music for them.


 
CONCERT: MUSIC FOR THEM

Thursday 2nd of August at 7pm at the auditorium, free entrance



Synopsis: 

The NGO “Streets of India” is opening their concerts tour at Instituto Cervantes. After 5 years of experience volunteering in Calcuta, they realized that curative power of music and entertainment on the most vulnerable people. With this premise they created the project “Music for them”, a show of dance and music that has already been performed in hospitals, centers for the ill and orphanages in Calcutta during 2009 and 2010, and in the Rajasthan cities of Jodhpur, Narlai, Luni and Khejarla in 2011. More than 5.000 people have already enjoyed and played with “Music for them”.
For this 2012, the group of 6 spanish musicians will conquer the hearts of the children in their tour, starting at our center, in Antyodaya Niketan (Delhi), Naya Nagar (Gurgaon), and the rehabilitation centers of Vicente Ferrer Foundation (Anantapur).

More information about the project in their blog.
Video from the tour of 2011 of Music for them.
 
 

 
  Instituto Cervantes Nueva Delhi
48, Hanuman Road
Connaught Place
110 001 Nueva Delhi
India

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Investigation into ongoing HR violations in Burma’s Arakan (Rakhine) State

High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay Photo: unspecial.org
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Friday called for a “prompt, independent” investigation into ongoing human rights violations in Burma’s Arakan (Rakhine) State after ongoing violence between the Buddhist and Muslim communities.


“We have been receiving a stream of reports from independent sources alleging discriminatory and arbitrary responses by security forces, and even their instigation of and involvement in clashes,” said Commissioner Navi Pillay said.

“Reports indicate that the initial swift response of the authorities to the communal violence may have turned into a crackdown targeting Muslims, in particular members of the Rohingya community.”

Meanwhile, Tomas Quintana, the UN expert on human rights in Burma, will visit the country for four days starting on Tuesday, at the invitation of the government.Quintana will visit Arakan State for one day said the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in a statement on Friday. Quintana will report his findings to the UN Human Rights Council, OHCHR said.

The violence in Arakan State in western Burma has claimed up to 78 lives and thousands of homes and businesses were burned during June.

High Commissioner Pillay said, “The government has a responsibility to prevent and punish violent acts, irrespective of which ethnic or religious group is responsible, without discrimination and in accordance with the rule of law.”

Pillay expressed dismay at the derogatory language used against the Rohingya by state-run media, some independent media, and social networking websites.

She noted earlier commitments by the government that said it would conduct an investigation and a recent fact-finding mission by the Myanmar Human Rights Commission.
 
“I also welcome the government's decision to allow the Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Myanmar access to Rakhine State during his planned mission to Myanmar next week. It is important that those affected from all communities in Rakhine are able to speak freely to the Special Rapporteur,” the High Commissioner said.

“But while he will be able to make an initial assessment during his one-day visit, this is no substitute for a fully-fledged independent investigation,” she said.

She also called on Burmese national leaders to speak out against discrimination, the exclusion of minorities and racist attitudes, and in support of equal rights for all, and stressed that the United Nations was making an effort to protect and assist all communities in Rakhine State.

“Prejudice and violence against members of ethnic and religious minorities run the risk of dividing the country in its commendable national reconciliation efforts, undermine national solidarity, and upset prospects of peace-building,” she said.

This week, the European Commission, the US, Asean, Islamic organizations and Quintana, the UN special human rights reporter, have called for access to western Burma by humanitarian groups and for a credible investigation.

Earlier this week, 58 civil society groups condemned what it said is a “wave of abuse launched by state authorities in Myanmar against the Rohingya community,” in a statement released on Tuesday.

It also charged Bangladesh with flouting international law in its attempts to prevent fleeing Rohingya from entering the country.

The coalition group – led by Refugees International, the Arakan Project, and the Equal Rights Trust – issued a series of recommendations that were delivered to the governments of Burma and Bangladesh on Tuesday.

“In Myanmar, what began as inter-communal violence has evolved into large scale state-sponsored violence against the Rohingya,” said the statement.

“Many Rohingya continue to be victims of violence and cannot leave their homes for fear of persecution, and are thus deprived of their livelihood and most basic needs,” said the advocacy groups. “The urgent humanitarian needs of those displaced (IDPs) – including those not in IDP camps – are not being adequately met and there is concern that those displaced will not be allowed to return to their homes as soon as it is safe to do so, thus creating a situation of protracted displacement.”

Pakistani Taliban threatens Burma

Myanmar  has been threated with attacks by an umbrella group of the Pakistani Taliban over its treatment of Rohingya Muslims in the western area of Burma.

The spokesperson said attacks to avenge crimes against the Rohingya will begin, the Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP) said in a statement on Thursday, unless Pakistan halts all relations with the Burmese government and shuts the country's embassy in Islamabad. TTP told Muslims in Burma, “We will take revenge of your blood.”

A Taliban spokesman, Ehsanullah Ehsan, demanded that the Pakistani government halt intra-national relations and close Burma's embassy.

“Otherwise we will not only attack Burmese interests anywhere but will also attack the Pakistani fellows of Burma one by one,” he said in a statement.

Hamas: Gaza-Egypt border to be eased

Hamas leader Ismail Haniya announced border restrictions  soon to be eased between Egypt and the Palestinian enclave of Gaza. Haniya met Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi on Thursday. He told supporters on Saturday that Morsi had agreed to relax border controls.Haniya said border open times will be extended by four hours to twelve hours a day. The number of people allowed to cross the border per day will be increased from 1,000 to 1,500. Hamas is the ruling party in the Gaza Strip and an offshoot of Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood. Hamas politicians have been working on improving the relationship with Cairo since the inauguration of the new Egyptian president.The border was strictly controlled under the former government of ousted president Hosni Mubarak.
Israel too appears to be trying to rebuild its relationship with Egypt to improve security. It is increasingly concerned about the deepening relationship between Hamas and Egypt.

Clashes between Buddhist and Muslim communities in western Myanmar



On going clashes between Buddhist and Muslim communities in western Myanmar  killed at least 78 people and displaced thousands last month,with an estimated 80,000 people displaced in and around the towns of Sittwe and Maungdaw, with most of them living in camps or with host families in surrounding villages.
the United Nations (UN) said Friday.UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, expressed serious concern about reports of human rights violations committed by security forces in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, where the clashes have taken places, stating that reports include “discriminatory and arbitrary responses by security forces, and even their instigation of and involvement in clashes.”
Violence between ethnic Rakhine Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims in the state, was triggered after an ethnic Rakhine woman was raped and murdered on May 28, according to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). This incident was then followed by the killing of 10 Muslims by an unidentified mob on June 3.The violence has affected over 30,000 people, and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has continued aiding with additional tents.
 Pillay added that reports - from independent sources -indicate that “the initial swift response of the authorities to the communal violence may have turned into a crackdown targeting Muslims, in particular members of the Rohingya [Muslim] community.”
Pillay also called on national leaders to speak out against discrimination, the exclusion of minorities and racist attitudes, and in support of equal rights for all in Myanmar, as “prejudice and violence against members of ethnic and religious minorities run the risk of dividing the country.”


In an interview with the Sunday Express, Bangladeshi prime minister Hasina said that her government had passed on concerns about a number of unidentified “incidents” to the authorities in Myanmar where there have been clashes between Buddhists and Muslims.Clashes  has seen dozens killed, is taking place in the western Myanmarese state of Rakhine. Thousands of Rohingyas, described by the UN as a persecuted Islamic minority group in Myanmar, have tried to flee to Bangaldesh.

Hasina’s Awami League government has been turning them away at the border, angering campaign groups Human Rights Watch and Amnesty.She, however, told the Sunday Express that the international community should investigate why so many were fleeing.“As for refugees, we have a large number trying to get into our country, which is already over-populated. How many can we take it? We don’t want any refugees coming to Bangladesh.
“The international community should try and find out why these refugees want to come,” she said.
Asked if she was concerned that Jamaat-e-Islami could be encouraging some refugees, she said: “We have some intelligence reports about it.“We are trying to find out the reality.”
The Bangladeshi prime minister, who attended late Friday night’s Olympic opening ceremony, also praised Britain and Scotland Yard for helping in the fight against terrorism.Hasina met British Foreign Secretary William Hague earlier Saturday to discuss the situation.Media agencies

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Earth Sciences Foundation Day Celebrated

The 9th Foundation Day of the Ministry of Earth Sciences were celebrated here 27 July  in the presence of Dr. Ashwani Kumar, Minister of State for Planning, Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Dr Shailesh Nayak, Secretary, Earth Sciences and Dr. R.K. Pachauri, DG, the Energy and Resources Institute.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Ashwani Kumar announced the institutional endeavours lined up for implementation during the XII Plan including areas of earthquake research, monitoring of glaciers, role of Himalayan ecosystem, understanding monsoon’s variability and improving skills in short-term, medium-range extended-range and seasonal scale prediction of rainfall.

The Minister said that major plan have been drawn to deploy a high density observation network and to develop warning systems for hazards like cloud bursts, fog, cyclones etc; experiments are on to obtain sustainable energy from ocean through ocean current, thermal gradient, waves etc. are is being planned. Low thermal desalinization technology is being scaled up for sourcing fresh water from sea; expensive exploration of hydrothermal vents on the mid-ocean ridge in the South West Indian ocean is being planned to implement our capacity to source metallogenesis for precious and strategic metal sulfide; and technical capabilities are being continuous augmented in deep sea mining to access proven availability of polymetalic module, gas hydrates etc at a depth ranging from 200 mtrs to 6000 mtrs.

He assured the support of the Government for augmenting High Performance Computing facility from the existing 120 T flops to 800 T flops to meet the emerging computing needs of all MoES institutions.

The Minister also gave away the awards on the occasion. The National Award for Ocean Science & Technology was given to Dr. Satish Ramnath Shetye, the National Award for Atmospheric Science & Technology was given to Prof. J. Srinivasan, Certificate of Merit for Scientist/Engineer in Ocean Science & Technology were given to Dr. Manish Tiwari, Dr. V. Ranga Rao, Dr. Basanta Kumar Jena and Shri Venkat Seshu Redden, Certificate of Merit for Scientist/Engineer in Atmospheric Science & Technology were given to Dr. Ashish Kumar Mitra, Dr. S.D. Pawar, Dr. Kripan Ghosh and Dr. Ashok Kumar Das.
Indian Air Force Mountaineering Exepedition Team Sucessfully Summits Three Unclimbed Peaks in the Ladakh Region


The Indian Air  Force has achieved an extraordinary milestone in the field of mountaineering  by safely and successfully summiting three unclimbed peaks in the Ladakh region  which was recently  cleared for climbing  by the Indian Mountaineering Federation. The  team of 18 highly motivated Air Warriors led by Wing Commander Namit Rawat  was flagged-in today  by the Chief of the Air Staff Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne.  This is the first ever expedition to unclimbed peaks at altitudes of  20112 Ft, 21200 Ft and  21010 Ft, and also  the first of its kind where  three  peaks have been successfully summited in one expedition. The team consisted of 11 first time climbers and an Air Force Civilian which is also a first of its kind.

            The Indian Air Force is likely to approach the Indian Mountaineering Federation for naming these peaks after Air Force legends  :-

Sl No.
Peak
Proposed Names
(a)
Peak – I (20112 Ft)
Mt. Nirmaljeet (named after Flying Officer Nirmaljeet Singh Sekhon, the hero of 1971 war and the only recipient of Nation’s highest gallantry award, Param Vir Chakra in Indian Air Force)
(b)
Peak – II (21200 Ft)
Mt. Arjan (named after the Marshal of the Indian Air Force Arjan Singh DFC (Distinguished Flying Cross)
(c)
Peak – III (21010 Ft)
Mt. Subroto (named after the First Chief of  the Air Staff of the Indian Air Force, Air Marshal Subroto Mukerjee OBE, DFC  (Distinguished Flying Cross)

Friday, July 27, 2012

GREENOPOLIS: Gurgaon’s first Green Residential Project

• 47 acres (approx) Residential Project in sector 89, Gurgaon

• To be developed by leaders of Green development, Orris Infrastructure and The 3C Company

• Project realization value Rs. 2250 Cr. – Total Units – (2317) @Rs.5250 per sq. ft.



Gurgaon, July 27, 2012: Renewing their commitment to developing world class green habitats and work places, The Orris Group along with The 3C Company, announced the launch of ‘Greenopolis’ in Sector-89 Gurgaon. Spread over an area of 47acres, this innovatively conceived integrated group housing project in Gurgaon is the first self sustainable development of this region. Strategically located in the close proximity to Dwarka Expressway, KMP Expressway, NH8, Airport etc., Greenopolis is all set to color code Gurgaon and bring in the much needed eco-responsible development concept.



With a realization value of over 2250 crores, Greenopolis is aimed at revolutionizing Gurgaon real estate.



Some highlights of this project are:

• A rewarding green living experience with a varied range of 2, 3, 4 bedroom apartments.

• Cohesive clusters / neighborhoods with each enjoying their own distinct green spaces.

• Multitude of landscaped areas and themed gardens to bring the freshness of nature living to the fore

• Efficiently planned apartments with segregated private and social areas.

• Two sides open ‘breathing’ apartments with natural light and ventilation.

• Master bedrooms with corner windows for two side view of the green spaces.



Besides the above, this project has been conceptualized to offer a host of other Green Benefits to make the Green Living concept a reality. Each element of the design and architecture has been meticulously planned to create sustainable, ecologically responsible residences. Elements like maximum Natural Daylight to cut down your electricity bills, to Heat Reflective Glass to control glare and solar heat resulting in reduced air conditioning load, a host of water conservation techniques, heat Reduction through Insulated roofs and External Solar Lighting in landscaped areas for optimum use of energy, all of these come together to provide the perfect ingredients for a truly Green living experience.



Mr. Vijay Gupta, Chairman & Managing Director, Orris Group said, “We have embedded the Green culture in our habits at Orris Infrastructure, from achieving design, structural and material efficiencies to equipping our buildings with water-energy-saving mechanisms. The Orris team is consciously committed to eliminate carbon footprint using all and every processes available. Our soon to be completed commercial project is a LEEDS certified first of its kind Green development in Gurgaon. For last over a decade we have been investing in Gurgaon to achieve mix use clustered development. With able direction and guidance from our State leadership and liberal and progressive policies initiated by them, today we have proudly, been able to achieve it- 700 acres of mix use green clustered development, even at the cost of paying high premium. As part of this, 700 acres of green development in New Gurgaon, about 35 acres is already under various phases of completion being developed by Orris. We at Orris have strategically opted for a dual approach of developing it ourselves, as well as, picking up reliable JV partners to achieve our humble objective of building a new India. Thus, in line with our thought through green strategy of developing mix use - 700 acres of our New India, we are pleased to partner with The 3C Company to develop this 47 acres of group housing and introduce a new energy efficient housing trend in Gurgaon as part of our 700 acres of vision. We are confident that, a green focused organization The 3C Company shall bring a lot of value for this elite project”



Mr. Vidur Bharadwaj, Director, The 3C Company said, “It is a very delightful moment for us to launch our first green residential project in Gurgaon with the Orris Group. Gurgaon which has already been acclaimed globally as a soaring real estate destination, houses various modern housing concepts. Our new project has been designed keeping in mind the ever increasing needs of society for energy efficient houses. It will bring a new level of elegance to Gurgaon and will further strengthen our endeavor of providing greener and healthier living by creating sustainable habitats for all sections of the society”.



Mr. Subash Bedi, Managing Director, Red Fort Capital said, “Red fort capital has been investing in multiple projects of The 3C Company and we are extremely happy to be associated with 3C yet again for their maiden venture in Gurgaon. The 3C company is an established Green Developer and we have the highest confidence in their capability to deliver green developments.”



In order to ensure a healthy living, Greenopolis will boast of a unique recreational centre, Club 89 which will offer world class amenities along with sublime meditative healing of the green adobe that would take away the stress of hectic routine life. The Club will feature an array of recreational and health facilities such as modern health club with swimming pool, gymnasium, cards room, yoga/dance, squash room and banquet, to name a few.



The project which aims to redefine the modern living standard in an eco-friendly manner, will offer host of amenities i.e. Primary School, Nursery School, Clinic, Jogging Park, Shopping Plaza, Sports Plaza, Club and meditation zone all weaved together in the fabric of a green community life.



Greenopolis at Gurgaon will not just be a green building but would have the hues of sustainable living. Reflecting integrated sustainable green township approach, Greenopolis is being developed with a focus to foster the social connection of residents. This pre-registered green marvel under Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) would provide its residents a sense of community life and will be surrounded by spaces like parks, play areas, plazas, shopping and entertainment hubs.



The basic architectural layout plan of Greenopolis has been designed by renowned architectural firm Design & Development (D&D), with a vision to create a positive ecosystem for the neighborhood & the community and to reconnect the residents with nature. The project will be equipped with a range of energy conservative technology to ensure the preservation of natural resources like land, air and water.



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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Violence unabated in Assam

Scattered violence continued for the sixth day in riot-torn lower Assam districts where one person was killed in police firing while four persons were injured in an attack by a group of persons in Baksa district.

Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi arrived in Kokrajhar on Thursday to review the situation in the riot-affected areas where tension prevailed.
Kokrajhar district executive magistrate Bipul Saikia was injured in an attack by unidentified assailants and his vehicle damaged while he was on his way to visit a relief camp in Bhotgaon Kanchipara area of the district.
In Dhubri district, one person was killed on Wednesday night when the police fired to quell a mob, taking the death toll to 44, IGP (Law and Order) L R Bishnoi said.
Four persons were seriously injured when some persons opened fired at Mussolpur in Baksa district, neighbouring Chirang district.
Stray incidents of violence were reported from Kokrajhar district as well as Chirang, Dhubri and Baksa during Wednesday night.
The Army and the para-military forces were deployed in the area.
The chief minister, who arrived in Kokrajhar at 11.30 AM in a helicopter from Guwahati, is scheduled to review the situation in a meeting with senior police and civil administration officials at the Circuit House. He is also scheduled to meet people displaced from their homes due to the conflict.
Indefinite curfew and shoot-at-sight orders were in force in worst-affected Kokrajhar district, while night curfew was on in Chirang and Dhubri district. 
Nearly two lakh people are taking shelter in 150 relief camps while 11 persons are missing.
Train services, which came to a complete halt for two days, have resumed with three special trains - one each to New Delhi, Kolkata and Bangalore - being run from Guwahati to take passengers who were stranded at different places along the route.
"Railway services have resumed fully. The Rajdhani Express, The North East Express and the Kamrup Express left Guwahati on time this morning," an official of the North East Frontier Railway said.
Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that additional doctors, nurses, mobile medical units and 15 ambulances along with medicine have been sent to the violence-hit districts.
"We will ensure complete health care to all the affected and suffering people. We are quickly arranging for more doctors for the three severely affected districts of Kokrajhar, Dhubri and Chirang," he said.
Already a team of doctors from Guwahati Medical College was working in Kokrajhar and these are only additional deployment in view of more relief camps, he said.
"We will further deploy two male public health workers and two nurses in each of the relief camps," he said.
PM to visit violence-hit Assam
Amid continuing violence in parts of Assam, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will undertake a visit to the state on Saturday to take stock of the situation and the steps being taken to control it.
Singh is also expected to review the measures taken by the government for relief and rehabilitation, sources said in New Delhi on Thursday.
Lower Assam districts have been witnessing riots for the last six days which has claimed 41 lives and led to dislocation of lakhs of people.
Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi visited Kokrajhar on Thursday to review the situation in the riot-affected areas where tension prevailed.
Kokrajhar district executive magistrate Bipul Saikia was injured in an attack by unidentified assailants and his vehicle damaged while he was on his way to visit a relief camp in Bhotgaon Kanchipara area of the district.
Army and the para-military forces have mobilised thousands of personnel to contain the situation.
Indefinite curfew and shoot-at-sight orders were in force in worst-affected Kokrajhar district, while night curfew was on in Chirang and Dhubri district.

The philosophy of Mahapurush Srimanta Sankaradeva


Assam Association, Delhi
Srimanta Sankardeva Bhavan, Satsang Vihar Marg
A-14/B, Qutub Institutional Area, New Delhi -110067

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 Awareness Creating Event in Delhi About Mahapurush Sankaradeva who brought India to Assam
Assam Association in collaboration with Trend MMS, Government of Assam and Ministry of Culture (Government of India) intends to organize an awareness event surrounding Mahapurush Srimanta Sankaradeva in Kamini Auditorium, New Delhi on 13th September, 2012 and the event would comprise of a Presentation on Sankaradeva followed by one hour thematic performance of a dance-drama, “Chordhora Jhumura”.
Jhumura is an unique creation of Mahapurush Madhabdeva, the prime disciple of Gurujana, Jhumura reminisces Broadway Theatre of West and it represents the creations of Gurujana like Sattriya Nitya and Geet.  The endeavour would be to present the rich culture of Assam started in 15th century itself to the people of the country and open up an opportunity to all in understanding the philosophy of Mahapurush Sankaradeva and his creative genius so that it can act as a chord to unify all.
The Universal appeal of Mahapursh Sankaradeva has great relevance today when the country is facing fragmentation in views in all fronts. His teachings and its lucidity could build a bridge amongst all ethnic groups in Assam as well as his emphasis on Bhāratavarsa could act as the aligning force to bring Assam and Northeast India closer to the Indian mainstream.
The main aim is to:
ü  Make people residing in National Capital aware of the great teachings and rich cultural heritage of Assam initiated way back in the 15th century. Media would be the one of the stakeholders, whose attention would be sought to showcase the great work of this 15th Century Reformer.
ü  Build a bridge in terms of cultural integration with  people from other parts of the country
ü  Showcase the universal teachings of Sankaradeva to forge a sense of brotherhood among various groups
ü  Present the rich culture of Assam and the cultural uniqueness of the state for better understanding of the northeastern part of the country
The event would start with a presentation on the diverse facets of life and teachings of Mahapurush Sankaradeva and his cultural geniusness. The presentation is scripted by Mr Bhaskarjyoti Mahanta, leading Sattriya exponent in consultation with experts of Sankari Culture. This would be followed by a one hour dance drama “Chordhora Jhumura” that would highlight the integration of culture in religious teachings to reach the wide masses.  The Drama is directed by Dr. Nirupoma Mahanta with support from Bidyabati Phukon and Adil Hussain. National Schools of Drama(NSD) is providing technical support for organizing the Drama. 
The programmed would be attended by Mr. Tarun Gogoi, Hon’ble CM of Assam, Mr. Pabansingh Ghatowar, Hon’ble DoNER Minister, Mr. Kapil Sibal, Hon’ble Minister for HRD, Kumari Selja, Hon’ble Minister for Culture, Government of India alongwith leading dance exponents, drama critics, bureaucrats and leading citizens of Delhi.
Besides, attempts are being made to include a chapter on Mahapurush Sankaradeva in the NCERT course curriculum. The event would be the first attempt to create awareness and the organizers would strive to make it an annual event. Also, attempts would be made to sustain the effort through effective coordination with Culture Ministry to give ensure more focus to Sattriya dance as well Ankia Bhona, Jhumura etc to carry forward the legacy of Sankaradeva.
Background Information
Mahapurush Srimanta Sankaradeva the multi-dimensional personality is one of the leading lights of the Neo- Vaisnavite Movement. He was not only a religious preceptor, but also a social reformer, who had galvanised the ethnic groups of the volatile North East India and is regarded as the father of the modern Assamese race.
He is credited with providing a thread of unity to Assam straddling two major kingdoms (Ahom and Koch kingdoms), building on past literary activities to provide the bedrock of Assamese culture, and creating a religion that gave shape to a set of new values and social synthesis.  He propagated a casteless society, bringing people from different caste, religion as a part of his team. He created the Sattra Institution, Sattriya dance which has become a National Dance Form.  He travelled across the country and introduced the concept of “Bharatvarsa” to Assam.
Sankaradeva is one of the most versatile saint-poets of India. His was a multi-dimensional personality: There are poets and composers, there are saints and religious teachers, there are musical masters, there are preachers; but Sankaradeva was a genius in whom all these qualities were rolled into one.
However, such a multi-faceted personality hasn’t got due recognition in in the rest of the country in later years and his creative works remained within the boundaries of Assam. His vision during his time has great relevance even today, when the entire country is witnessing parochialism and divisions amongst various groups of people.
 At a time when Assam and the North East India is going through a strong Separatist movement for the last many decades, the principles of Mahapurush Sankaradeva is more relevant. He was responsible for creation Assamese community and integrates with the Indian mainstream and creating a fundamentally strong ethos which is still binding the State and the region.
The Programme is organized by Trend MMS - the leading entertainment Firm of Assam - in association with Assam Association, New Delhi and support from Ministry of Culture, Government of India. North East Media Managers Forum is also associated with the programme.  Communication and media Engagement of the event will be done by SAUV Communications Private Limited, New Delhi.
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Is the Anna Campaign making an awareness campaign to weed out corruption:No


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2012-07-26 06:06:47 - Nksagar-Sagar Media Inc: New Delhi:
Is the Anna Campaign making an awareness campaign to weed out corruption in the system,No: The eminent people in Anna's camp ought to be aware of the ccorrupt practices in our society which also needs to be corrected.Team Annas think tank is harping on one point of JLPB, the deate on this must continue but experts are of opinions that we as a society must stand firm to weed out corruption. Jail, punishment and other violent actions are against Gandhian philosophy. Leaders must quit their office, profession on their own if found deflected from their path of welfare and irregularities committed as prevalent in Japan, Europe and other developed countries.Leaders with black records must also be ostracized by the democratic institutions and society.


Team Anna sat on a hunger strike at Jantar Mantar

Team Anna has launched their indefinite fast in New Delhi on Wednesday, raising the pitch against the UPA government on the issue of corruption.

Anna Hazare's three close aides -- Arvind Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia and Gopal Rai -- sat on a hunger strike at Jantar Mantar here while the 74-year-old activist is on a dharna.

Hazare has served an ultimatum that he will wait for the government to take a decision on their demands in the next four days or else he will join his colleagues on fast from Sunday.

Before reaching the protest venue, Hazare and his team members went to Rajghat to pay homage to Mahatma Gandhi.

As he arrived on the stage
erected at Jantar Mantar, Hazare raised slogans like 'Inqulab Zindabad' and 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai' as his supporters waved the tricolour.
The protesters demand a strong Lokpal, setting up of a special team to probe corruption allegations against 15 Union Ministers, including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, setting up of a fast track court to try criminal cases against MPs and SIT looking into allegations against party chiefs.On Tuesday, Hazare and his team spoke in different voices on the indefinite fast with the activist asserting that it is for Lokpal Bill while his aides said it is limited to their three demands.
Team Anna indefinite anshan at Jantar Mantar

Is the Anna Campaign making an awareness campaign to weed out corruption in the system and the eminent people in Anna's camp ought to be aware of the ccorrupt practices in our society which also needs to be corrected.Team Annas think tank is harping on one point of JLPB, the deate on this must continue but experts are of opinions that we as a society must stand firm to weed out corruption. Jail, punishment and other violent actions are against Gandhian philosophy. Leaders must quit their office, profession on their own if found deflected from their path of welfare and irregularities committed as prevalent in Japan, Europe and other developed countries.Leaders with black records must also be ostracized by the democratic institutions and society.

However the Team Annas press release is as follows: Seen in the sea of people were thousands in Anna cap , singing patriotic songs and thus started the fervid campaign of Team Anna at Jantar Mantar this morning, the movement of people against corruption and inefficiency in government and its cadres. Coincidently today Pranab Mukerjee, one of the key accused as claimed by team Anna, in Submarine AND Rice export scams, also took office as the 13th president of the nation. People from all walks of life, young and old, men and women, children and college going students turnout to see the uproar in the massive gathering , in the sweltering heat of the Sun and managing day’s life with basic minimal amenities such as water and food. Speakers, one by one, mocked at the long and old history of incompetence, lethargy , corrupt practices and lawless governance ruling the country for last 63 years of independence which many call “rule by the black foreigners”.
Amazing was the enthusiasm shown by people sitting on open road, singing patriotic songs and cheering team Anna. Sunil Lal, a team member has converted the Jan Lok Pal bill in 16 languages including Marathi, Gujarati, and Punjabi etc for the common people to understand what it means to them. Another supporter, col Devender Sehrawat raised the issue of farmers and minimum support price and how the governments, one after another, have ignored farmer’s interest to plunder their lands offering minimum prices and colluding with the business groups. This has happened while the lame “land acquisition act” has been pending like a ping pong ball in the governments and judiciary. The unaccountability in government offices was clearly imaginable when people talked about countracts worth Rs 50 lacs being sanctioned but only Rs 3 lacs was spent on actual development , remaining amount being shared between politicians and business goons. This is a naked truth we see when we compare the quality of roads and hospitals and schools and us and what we see in private institutions which have become rampant machines to loot the common man. Rightly someone pointed out as in “Pan Singh Tomar”- only guns are left in Chambal, all dacoits now sit in Delhi. Speakers also talked about how political parties resort to illegal and unethical practices for seeing vote by offering money and other lures to gullible voters.
Suman Lal Jain,(95), an associate of Vinoba Bhave and friend of Anna also joined to show his support for the national cause of eliminating graft and corruption from the country. Fodder cam, 2G scam, CWG, Coalgate and what not- all came as topics of reference for the speakers who mocked at callousness shown by the top leadership of all political parties who have ruled the nation ever after independence and nothing has come to the common man who has attuned to live without water, power , healthcare and other basic things of life.

Thousands of people turned up to support the campaign. The gathering was addressed by Anna, Kiran Bedi, Manish Sisodia, Gopal Rai, Prashant Bhushan and Arvind Kejriwal. Kumar Vishwas and Sanjay Singh managed the stage. Also present were Shanti Bhushan, Sunita Godara, Devinder Sharma and Akhil Gogoi.

In many places in India, Anshankaris were not allowed to hold peaceful protests and were detained. In Kolkata, some people were arrested as a huge crowd of protestors gathered around the Central Lock-up, Lal Bazar. In Pune, volunteers of India Against Corruption were arrested while in Mumbai 50 activists protesting were peacefully arrested. Around 8 buses from Bhatinda carrying 1000 supporters was stopped from entering Delhi.

People from various cities across the country are expected to arrive in Jantar Mantar tomorrow. This includes people from all four districts of Sikkim who will come to Delhi all the way from their home state. One of them is Mr YT Lepcha who will also sit on indefinite fast.
Around 400 people started an indefinite anshan at Delhi today.

People from places like Madhya Pradesh, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh are pouring in to lend their support to the Janlokpal Bill. A street play group from Palwal also performed a play on corruption called – Dhritrashtra ka Darbar. Even in the sweltering heat, people from all age groups, castes and regions of the country are lending enthusiastic support to the fight led by Anna Hazare. A 95-year old freedom fighter who had also taken active part in JP andolan had come all the way from Agra to support India Against Corruption. In a small UP-Bihar border village of Sitab Deara, JP Narayan's 87-year old brother KC Verma and his wife also sat on an indefinite anshan.

Roaring ‘Vande Matram’ and ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ those who couldn’t join the fast at Delhi are lending their support from their native places by organizing anshans there.

Towards the evening, Arvind Kejriwal and Prashant Bhushan explained the charges on 5 out of the 15 ministers against whom an independent SIT is being demanded. These ministers were Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, newly elected President Pranab Mukherjee, Virbhadra Singh, Kapil Sibal and P. Chidambaram. Before starting explanation of charges on each of the 5 ministers, the crowd was asked how many felt that the respective minister was corrupt. Barring a few, all hands went up in the air followed by a loud roar.

The coalgate scam involving Prime Minister was discussed in detail. The allegations on Pranab over the rice export scam where the Ghana govt had raised serious allegations against the then External Affairs Minister currently the President Pranab Mukherjee was also discussed along with the Navy War room leak case.
For details of the charges on each of the Ministers, pls visit our website www.indiaagainstcorruption.org.

Referring to Ambika Soni's statement that a defamation case would be filed against Team Anna members, Arvind Kejriwal dared the govt to file the case.

Annaji in his address said after seeing the number of youth gathered at the venue he felt like a 75-year youth. He said that what the Britishers could not loot in 150 years, our politicians have looted after we gained our Independence. He also said that even though the PM had agreed on 3 demands - Citizen Charter, Lower Bureaucracy and Lokayukta - the govt did not fulfil its promise.


Arvind Kejriwal challenged the NSUI who allegedly tried to create ruckus at the gathering this morning, by inviting them for sharing their thoughts rather than engaging in destructive and anti- social activities. He sought involvement and support from young Indians to further this national cause and improve the state of affairs in the nation. He promised to expose 15 corrupt politicians who are MPs and this list included PM Manmohan Singh, Pranab Mukerjee and many others. Speakers from many prominent parties and groups spoke including Imam Council of India.
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