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Egyptian court acquits Mubarak

Egypt’s top appeals court found Hosni Mubarak innocent on Thursday of involvement in the killing of protesters during the 2011 uprising that ended his 30-year rule, in a final ruling that could see the former president walk free. After an all-day hearing, Judge Ahmed Abdel Qawi announced: “The court has found the defendant innocent.” The court also rejected demands by lawyers of the victims to reopen civil suits, leaving no remaining option for appeal or retrial.

German high school bans prayer rugs as ‘provocative’

A high school in western Germany has banned the use of prayer rugs and other traditional Muslim rituals saying it is “provocative” to other students. The Wuppertal school sent a letter to staff in February saying Muslim students had been using prayer rugs and performing ritual washing in the restrooms, and that they should get a “friendly reminder” it’s not permitted. After criticism when the letter was posted last week on Facebook, municipal authorities said the wording was “unfortunate” and the school had only meant to bring affected students in to discuss a solution to allow their prayer, Bild newspaper reported Thursday. Authorities say the school was, however, legally allowed to stop people “praying in a provocative manner.”

French police raid presidential candidate Fillon’s home

Police have raided the Paris home of French rightwing presidential candidate Francois Fillon on Thursday over an alleged fake job scandal as a senior party colleague warned him he risked dragging his party “into an abyss.” Fillon revealed Wednesday he is set to be charged over allegations he paid his wife and children hundreds of thousands of euros for fake parliamentary jobs, but he has vowed to continue his bid for power. After searches at his parliamentary office last month, police raided his central Paris home Thursday as he visited winegrowers on the campaign trial in southern France. Fillon has called the charges against him “entirely calculated to stop me being a candidate for the presidential election.”

Chief of Russia’s General Staff Valery Gerasimov and Chairman of the NATO Military Committee General Petr Pavel have held negotiations on NATO’s initiative for the first time after the relations were frozen, Russia’s Defense Ministry said Friday. Gerasimov and Pavel held a telephone conversation, TASS reported. This is the first high-level military contact after the NATO Council made a decision on the freeze of relations with Russia

5th edition of “The Growth Net”

Dear Naresh Sagar,
I would like to draw your attention to two upcoming platforms.
March 20-21
The Growth Net
The 5th edition of “The Growth Net”, which will take place on March 20-21, 2017 in New Delhi.
The Growth Net Summit was created in 2013 to reflect the new realities in the global economy as a result of the growing importance of a group of Emerging Market countries, which despite the slowdown will remain the most dynamic group of economies in the world. We have chosen to focus this year’s addition on “Empowering the private sector as THE growth driver”.
This 5th Growth Net Summit will bring together around 350 participants, 80% of them senior executives from emerging market countries and developed economies, set in an environment designed for productive and thought provoking interaction amongst speakers and participants.
July 20-21
Roundtable Japan
This year’s theme of Roundtable Japan is, “Navigating a New World Order”. Roundtable Japan was created 12 years ago as an initiative of Forma corporation and Smadja & Smadja as a unique platform to understand the challenges and opportunities facing Japan and the businesses operating in or with the country.
Participants are sure to take away valuable insights on what is currently affecting the heartbeat of Japans economy. The Roundtable will bring together Cabinet Ministers, Members of Parliament and top business leaders from Japanese corporations as well as foreign companies operating in Japan, thus offering numerous possibilities to create new business relationships, and affect the course of discussions.
I have attached the both programs for your reference. We hope you will find them of interest and will be able to join one or both events.
I am obviously at your disposal to answer any question you may have.
Best Regards,
Yael Smadja

Rethinking Public Institutions in India

CPR and OUP are pleased to invite you to a book discussion on
Rethinking Public Institutions in India
Friday, 10 March 2017, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Editors: Devesh Kapur, Pratap Bhanu Mehta, Milan Vaishnav
Panelists: Jay Panda, Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Ramachandra Guha, Shailaja Chandra, Yogendra Yadav
Gulmohar, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi 110003
Image: Book Cover
This book analyses the challenges of governance faced by contemporary India. It argues that while the expansion and growth of India’s private sector and a vibrant civil society can fill in for some of the shortcomings of the public sector in the foreseeable future, there is a wide range of core functions from regulation to security, from social inclusion to public goods provision, where the State is-and will be-indispensable. The integrity and responsiveness of the Indian state to the multiple challenges facing the country, both internal and external, will fundamentally determine India’s future.
The contributions to this volume critically assess different institutions and frameworks-civil services, presidency, judiciary, Parliament, Election Commission, financial and federal institutions, audits and accountability framework, and institutions of local governance. The editors of the volume demonstrate that fundamental state reform will be a necessary condition for India to realize its potential and fulfill its people’s aspirations in the twenty-first century.
Joining us on the panel will be Jay PandaMontek Singh AhluwaliaRamachandra GuhaShailaja Chandra, and Yogendra Yadav.
Please join us for tea at 3:30 p.m. 


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