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​Women’s Call for Action against Manuvad and Hindutva

Women’s Call for Action against Manuvad and Hindutva
On 10th March 2017, the remembrance day of Savitri Bai Phule, thousands of women will gather in Nagpur, in a powerful show of strength against forces of Manuvad and Hindutva.

The context for this event is one in which the walls of inequality and hate are growing high and stifling the expression of humanity. Voices raised against communalism, feudalism, casteism and patriarchy are being stamped out. It is critical to assert today that whether our identity is linked to caste, religion, community, sexuality, gender, disability, occupation or age, every citizen of this country should have access to their constitutionally guaranteed rights.

Chalo Nagpur is conceived, organized and funded by hundreds of individual women.

We are holding a press conference to brief the media about the program. Vani Subramanian, Anita Ghai, Pushpa Vivek, Shabnam Hashmi and Mariya Salim will address the press conference.

Date: 7 March, 2017
Place: IWPC, Windsor Place, New Delhi
Time: 3pm
We request you to depute a reporter/ camera person/ crew to cover the press conference.

Yours sincerely

Shabnam Hashmi
On behalf of:  
Abhinya Kamble, Ajita Rao, Anita Ghai, Bittu Karthik Kondaiah, Chaya Khobragade, Durga  Jha, Elina Horo, Hasina Khan, Jaya Sharma, Kiran Deshmukh, LataPratibhaMadhukar, Madhavi Kuckreja, Manisha Bangar, Manjula Pradeep, Mariya Salim, Meena Seshu, Monisha Behal, Nisha Shinde, Nivedita Menon, Pradnya Bagade, Rajni Tilak, Rituparna Borah,Sangeeta Manoji, Sanghapali Aruna, Saroj Sagale, Shabnam Hashmi, Shabina Mumtaz, Shambhawi Vikram, Shymal Garud, Sheba George, Sujata Surepally, Syeda Hameed, Vasvi Kiro, Vimal Thorat

Gen Mahmud Ali Durrani said, 26/11 Mumbai attacks was handiwork of a Pak-based terror group

Pakistan’s former National Security Adviser, General Mahmud Ali Durrani has said that the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack was a handiwork of a terror group based in Pakistan.
Speaking at the 19th Asian Security Conference in New Delhi today, he termed the terror attacks as a classic trans-border terrorist event. Durrani emphasised that nations must agree on a common denominator to jointly fight terrorism.
166 people including 18 security personnel were killed and several others injured on November 26, 2008, when ten Pakistani terrorists arrived by sea route and opened fire indiscriminately. Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, the Oberoi Trident, the Taj Mahal Palace and Tower, Leopold Cafe, Cama Hospital, the Jewish community centre were some of the places targeted by the terrorists. Ajmal Kasab, the lone militant who was captured alive was hanged four years later on November 21, 2012.

Earthquake M4.8 hit J&K

An earthquake measuring 4.8 on the Richter Scale hit Jammu and Kashmir today. A Met department official said, the tremors occurred at a depth of 50 kilometres and its epicentre was north western area of the state. There are no reports of any damage.


Preliminary Earthquake Report
  • 5 Mar 2017 22:47:54 UTC
  • 6 Mar 2017 08:47:54 near epicenter
  • 6 Mar 2017 02:47:54 standard time in your timezone
Location6.008S 149.344E
Depth28 km
  • 33 km (20 miles) NW (320 degrees) of Kandrian, New Britain, PNG
  • 272 km (169 miles) ENE (72 degrees) of Lae, New Guinea, PNG
  • 328 km (204 miles) NNE (22 degrees) of Popondetta, New Guinea, PNG
  • 451 km (280 miles) NNE (32 degrees) of PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea

Dr. Jitendra Singh to inaugurate the 3-day festival on Monday

Use of appropriate technologies in all sectors of development for NER is the main theme this year, says Shri S. N. Pradhan
The Joint Secretary, Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Shri S. N. Pradhan chaired the curtain raiser press conference on ‘Destination North East 2017’ here today. The Destination North East-2017 is being organized by Ministry of DoNER, with knowledge partner, PHD Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh will inaugurate the 3-day festival here tomorrow.
Addressing the media, Shri S. N. Pradhan said that the Ministry of DoNER is the unique Ministry which is based on the geographical area. He said that North East Region (NER) consists of 8% of country’s total geographical area and 4% of country’s population and the objective of Destination North East, 2017 is to showcase North East as a potential destination for investment and highlight the rich cultural heritage, traditions and customs of the region. He said that the main theme of this year’s festival is to highlight the use of appropriate technologies in all sectors of development for NER. The Office of Principal Scientific Adviser to Government of India and Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) are participating this year, he added. Shri S. N. Pradhan said that the ‘3 H’ Mission, that is Horticulture, Handicraft and Handlooms, are the focus of Destination North East 2017.
Shri S. N. Pradhan said that ‘Destination North East’ is held as a calendar event every year and Chandigarh is the first place, outside Delhi, to organise the event. He said that the distinctive nature of North East will be taken to all the corners of India.
Senior officers of the Ministry of DoNER were also present on the occasion.

Peugeot to buy GM’s Opel

Peugeot to buy GM’s Opel, creating 2nd-largest European carmaker 

Launch of HCFC Phase Out Management Plan HPMP Stage 11 -OZ Cell: MoEFCC

 At Launch of HCFC Phase Out Management Plan HPMP Stage 11 -OZ Cell
Montreal Protocol led nations to play vital role for meeting the task of phasing out of production and consumption of the Oz depleting substances ODSs. Countries across world thus making all efforts for early recovery of the Oz layer to the Pre-1980 level and save the planet from lethal Ultra violet-B radiations. when India and China has such wonderful report of growth by  Noted American economist Steve H Hanke has described India’s economic growth for 2016-17 as solid. Hanke, who is an American applied economist at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, said this in a tweet.
He said, India’s growth seems to be solid as it ignores the adverse effect of demonetization on the massive informal economy. The Indian government had last month pegged GDP growth at a higher-than-expected 7.1 per cent for the current fiscal despite note ban. The Central Statistics Office (CSO) had put the growth rate for October-December in 2016 at 7 percent. During this quarter government banned 86 per cent of the currency in circulation. The growth rate was 7.4 percent in second quarter and 7.2 percent in first quarter.
India’s growth was higher than China’s 6.8 per cent for the October-December period of 2016.
The growth numbers were better than those projected by the RBI at 6.9 per cent and international agencies like IMF at 6.6 per cent, OECD at 7 per cent in view of demonetisation.
The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development OECD had in February last year projected the country’s economy to expand at 7.4 per cent in 2016-17. Encouraged by higher-than-expected GDP growth, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has also said a 7 per cent expansion in
third quarter belies exaggerated claims of note ban impact on rural economy.
At Launch of HCFC Phase Out Management Plan HPMP Stage 11 -OZ Cell


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