Friday, June 30, 2017

Kenya – Yesterday (29/06), the UN Migration Agency (IOM) launched Send Money & Invest in Kenya: A Guide for Diaspora Remittances & Investments, in partnership with the Kenyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The booklet targets the Kenyan diaspora and provides tips for sending money home through safe, affordable and convenient channels. It also gives guidance on how local savings, payments, donations and investments can be made while abroad.
During the launch, Jane Mwangi, Managing Director of Diaspora Interlink, pointed to research which shows that Kenyans abroad often identify information gaps about affordable transfer channels and investment opportunities as key challenges. Fears of being defrauded also factor high in their concerns.
The guide addresses many of these concerns by providing tips and information, which cover sending money, making payments and investing in Kenya. A key theme in the guide is the role that technology is playing in increasing convenience, supporting autonomy and cutting down costs.
Washington Oloo, Director of the Diaspora and Consular Affairs Directorate, stressed that diaspora remittances and other resources “are of immense importance to the Kenyan economy, with an estimated USD 1.6 billion remitted in 2015.” He highlighted that the Government of Kenya is committed to working with all stakeholders to empower Kenyans abroad to invest back home.
A wide variety of stakeholders attended the event, including diaspora organizations, the African Institute for Remittances (AIR), the GSMA Foundation, money transfer operators, commercial banks, research and policy outfits and Government of Kenya officials.
The guide was developed with the technical support of the ACP-EU Migration Action, an initiative launched by the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) Secretariat, funded by the European Union (EU) and implemented by IOM.
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UN MIGRATION AGENCY WORKS WITH GOVERNMENTS IN EASTERN EUROPE

UN Migration Agency Works with Governments in Eastern Europe on Ethical Recruitment, Preventing Exploitation

Washington, D.C. – The UN Migration Agency (IOM) joined InterAction’s 2017 Forum bringing leading professionals from international development and humanitarian to Washington, D.C., on 20–22 June. InterAction is the US’s largest consortium of Non-Governmental Organizations focused on disaster relief and sustainable development.
During the Forum, IOM’s Assistance to Vulnerable Migrants Unit hosted a breakout session to discuss trafficking in emergency settings.
Moderated by Rick Sandoval – a veteran immigration journalist and director of 100 Reporters Agency – the panel offered an exchange of ideas and an opportunity to compare best practices in responding to trafficking and exploitation during emergency crises.
Human trafficking and exploitation often are direct consequences of crises and not mere byproducts, explained Michela Macchiavello, IOM Specialist, Assistance to Vulnerable Migrants Unit, who cited an IOM study published in 2015. Macchiavello stressed that both human trafficking and exploitation can be “a matter of life and livelihood for victims. For this reason, they need to be given from the outset as much priority as any other crisis response.”
Following the recommendations of this study, IOM is now developing a Global Strategy to fight trafficking and exploitation in crisis. This will allow actors to address such crimes systematically and strengthen IOM’s capacity as well as the ability of first responders, from both the humanitarian and development communities, to respond to these violations in the future.
Too often, victims might not be visible at the beginning of the crisis. One reason for this: the destruction of traditional protection mechanisms that hold sway before a crisis. Therefore, it is vital to start addressing the issue even when victims are not yet visible.
“Victims will surface possibly a few weeks or months into the crisis but by then it may be too late to help them! Larger numbers of victims will have been affected by trafficking, some beyond recovery, and the crime will have expanded much more than if we had acted at the very outset of the crisis,” explained Macchiavello.
Authorities also have key roles to play in mitigating trafficking during crises. “We encourage governments to build the necessary foundations to combat trafficking and to raise awareness of human trafficking indicators among first responders before a crisis hits,” said Greg Hermsmeyer, Senior Coordinator for International Programs, US Department of State, Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (J/TIP).
He added: “In the wake of a disaster, we recommend that governments immediately implement screening measures without waiting for evidence of trafficking, which takes too long.”
The Department of State’s TIP Office has funded numerous IOM projects on counter-trafficking and exploitation in areas affected by conflict and crisis, including in the Philippines post-Hurricane Haiyan, in the Balkans, and in several African countries.
The UN Migration Agency (IOM) has been protecting and assisting victims of trafficking since the mid-nineties. By the end of 2016, it had assisted close to 90,000 victims worldwide.
Despite efforts by the humanitarian and development communities to address trafficking in situations of crisis, more needs to be done.
“There is a protection gap in the current UN response system through which the needs of the victims of trafficking remain unaddressed. This is why activities addressing human trafficking and exploitation of migrants and refugees need to be included systematically in humanitarian responses to crises,” IOM’s Macchiavello concluded.
For further information, please contact Hajer Naili, IOM Washington. Tel: +1 202 568 3757, Email: hnaili@iom.int
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73RD SESSION OF THE ESCAP COMMISSION SESSION SOUTH ASIAN COUNTRIES

73rd session of the ESCAP Commission Session
South Asian countries underscore centrality of regional cooperation for sustainable energy and the achievement of the SDGs
Seven countries from South and South-West Asia participated in the 73rd session of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific held in Bangkok from 15 to 19 May 2017. The yearly Commission provides a platform for member States to discuss policy issues and key challenges towards achieving inclusive and sustainable economic and social development in Asia and the Pacific. The session was held under the theme ‘Regional cooperation for sustainable energy’ and placed particular emphasis on how greater economic cooperation and integration can help achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).Below are salient points from South Asian member States’ country statements delivered at the above Commission session (Ministerial segment). Highlights pertain in particular to the implementation of the SDGs, sustainable energy and the importance of regional cooperation to address common challenges and scale up progress. Full text of the statements can also be accessed from the below links.
  1. Afghanistan
  • Incorporated the SDGs and targets into its National Peace and Development Strategy, and identified and integrated priority areas in the strategies of eight economic and social sectors.
  • Oversees development in all SDGs through the Ministerial Council. Prepares the National SDG document, coordinates among sectors, and reports annually to Council and the cabinet through the Ministry of Economy.
  • Aspires to serve as an energy transit corridor between Central Asia and South Asia.
  • Aspires to serve as cross road between South and Central Asia, particularly in light of recent developments such as the belt and road initiative, the Central Asia-South Asia power project (CASA-1000), Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India (TAPI) gas pipeline project, five nations railway, digital silk road, etc.
  • Regional Economic Integration is one of the five pillars of Afghanistan National Peace and Development Framework.
  • Aims to open ways for more dialogues and expend regional cooperation.
  1. Bangladesh
  • Declared ‘Vision 2021’ for transforming the country into a middle-income country by 2021.
  • Formed ‘SASEC’, together with India, Nepal, Bhutan, Maldives and Sri Lanka, for initiating cross border electricity trade and utilizing hydro power potential of the subregion.
  • Needs a huge amount of investment and a smooth and steady flow of development assistance from valued development partners for achieving the targets of the 2030 Agenda.
  • Prepared climate change strategy and action plan which also need huge investments and an easy and adequate access to climate funds.
  • Earns remittance as one of the largest receiving countries in the world. Yet stringent measures undertaken by host countries might create a setback in the country’s remittance earning capacity.
  1. Bhutan
  • Welcomes the Regional Road Map for Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific.
  • Captured the 17 SDGs (with the exception of Goal 14) in the country’s 11th Five-Year Plan, which is due for completion is June 2018. Currently finalizing the 12th Five Year Plan (2018-2023), based on nine domains of Gross National Happiness that also integrate 16 of the 17 SDGs.
  • Emphasizes a significant concern about the economic vulnerabilities on the graduation track of least developed countries (LDCs), including Bhutan, such as narrow economic base, over reliance on a single sector for revenue, threat of natural disasters, and impacts of climate change etc.
  • Considers that promoting knowledge exchange, best practices, and sharing experiences between graduated and graduating countries could be of particular value.
  • Fully committed to an energy transition towards clean and sustainable energy as a response to climate change.
  • Regional trade and cross border trade in energy requires building of trust through political commitment, investment in infrastructure, the removal of institutional barriers and the normalization and harmonization of standards and regulations.
  1. India
  • Finalizes 15-year Vision Document and 7-year strategy for post five-year plan that ends in 2017. The documents have at their core, the integration of the SDGs into the national context.
  • Plans a mapping of the SDGs to specific national programmes, priorities and targets, and embodies the spirit of the SDGs to India’s development transformation, tailoring them to India’s development needs.
  • Aims to double farmers’ incomes by 2022 through investment in agricultural productivity and extension to promote higher value commodities and sustainable increases in yield and crop intensity.
  • Implements “Skill India” mission and “Make in India” programmes for increasing vocational skills and productive employment.
  • Improves and expands the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act that provides 100 days of essential employment to those living in poverty.
  • Commits to national electrification of villages and cities by the end of 2018.
  • Raises awareness and capacity for sub-national SDG integration, into state and local government plans, programmes, targets and expenditures. The support of the UN Country Team in India, including ESCAP is recognized.
  • Supports initiatives related to regional economic cooperation and integration towards a South Asia Power Grid and South Asia Market for Electricity Trade in Energy Sources-Oil and Gas.
  • Committed to active cooperation to develop the two Southern-Central Asia trunk corridors identified by ESCAP as integral parts of the Asian Highway and Trans-Asian Railway networks.
  1. Nepal
  • Addresses the possibility of a subregional cooperation among LDCs for fostering localized innovation.
  • Includes the use of renewable energy in the strategies of the ongoing 14th Periodic Plan.
  • Recognizes the potential of clean hydropower for satisfying the energy demand in Nepal. Envisions an increase in hydropower production capacity to 2300 MW within the next three years, an amount sufficient enough to export to South Asian countries within the next decade.
  • Emphasizes that the adoption of a regionally coordinated market mechanism by the public and private sectors for accelerating green growth could address the challenges relating to technology transfer, finance and the capacity building needs.
  1. Pakistan
  • Aspires to establish a universal, affordable, efficient and sustainable energy architecture at the national and regional levels through its comprehensive policies on energy security in terms of National Development Strategy: Vision 2025.
  • Aims to establish Pakistan Climate Change Council to prepare and supervise implementation of adaptation and mitigation projects.
  • Launched a Green Pakistan Programme to increase natural resources through afforestation.
  • Develops new regional energy projects such as CASA-1000 and TAPI.
  • Implements a Renewable Energy Resource Mapping activity across the country through Alternative Energy Development Board of Pakistan.
  • Establishes connectivity in the region such as China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, one of the pilot projects of the belt and road initiative.
  • Considers that achieving the SDGs along with regional integration, reinforced by UNESCAP’s guidelines and several regional and subregional initiatives of connectivity in Transport, Energy, Climate Change, ICT, Trade and Economics and other sectors is the best option to leave no one behind.
  1. Sri Lanka
  • Achieved the lower-middle income status, and seeks upward movement by using many socio-economic reforms, including enhanced fiscal management policies.
  • Considers that ensuring energy sufficiency and access is also a vital component in drive towards economic prosperity.
  • Achieved providing almost 100% of households with access to affordable and reliable electricity at all times.
  • Implements a mixed renewable energy generation system, comprising, hydropower, solar, wind, biomass and agriculture based energy, which amounted to 49% of all national electricity needs in 2015.
  • Aims to launch a development program in the coming years to implement effective measures to ensure sustainable energy to meet the country’s future demand.
  • Emphasizes the importance of sharing experiences and supporting Research and Development among member States in addressing technological and other related issues in harnessing renewable energy and sustainable energy resources.
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DMA REJECTS THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE 7TH PAY COMMISSION

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GERMAN PARLIAMENT TOUGH LAW FOR SOCIAL MEDIA

German parliament on Friday approved a plan to fine great example of such up to 50 million euros ($57. 04 million) if they fail to eliminate hateful postings quickly, despite problems the law could limit free manifestation.
Is this German law empowers the government with such massive fine for the social networks to be fearful while writing on the net. Is this is an exercise to take speedy by the government to take action against rumour mongers.
The German parliament on Friday approved a plan to fine social networks up to €50 million if they fail to remove hateful postings quickly, despite concerns the law could limit free expression.
The measure requires social media platforms to remove obviously illegal hate speech and other postings within 24 hours after receiving a notification or complaint, and to block other offensive content within seven days.
Germany has some of the world’s toughest laws covering defamation, public incitement to commit crimes and threats of violence.
But few online cases are prosecuted.
Germany’s Merkel voted against gay marriage
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday she voted against legalizing gay marriage given her personal view that marriage should be between a man and a woman, but she hoped parliament’s approval of the measure would lead to more social cohesion.“For me, marriage in the basic law is marriage between a man and a woman and that is why I did not vote in favor of this bill today,” she said moments after the 393-266 vote in favor of an amendment that will legalize same-sex marriage. “I hope that the vote today not only promotes respect between different opinions but also brings more social cohesion and peace, she added
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FRENCH EMBASSY INDIA, SST,SUPPORT SUSHIL REDDY FOR “SUN TRIP TOUR 2017” IN FRANCE


New Delhi, 28 June 2017
French embassy and Institutes of French are making dedicated efforts for students across India with scholarship, sponsorship,training,participation for Indian students to study and participate in their national sports events. One such events are enumerated here for the benefits of the Indian students to prepare and compete globally.
The Section for Science and Technology (SST) of Institut français India, French Embassy in India, is pleased to announce its support for IIT engineer Sushil Reddy, selected to participate as a Special Guest in the solar bicycle rally, “Sun Trip Tour 2017”. Organised by the French ‘Sun Trip Company’, the solar bike rally will take place from 8 to 21 July, 2017. It will pass through some of France’s most beautiful landscapes in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, and cross two neighboring countries, Switzerland and Italy.
Mumbai IITian Sushil Reddy is the Guinness World Record holder for the longest journey on a motorised bicycle. Using a solar-powered motorised bicycle to raise awareness about solar energy, he made a trip around India between 8 May and 25 July 2016, which started and ended in Mumbai, covering a distance of 7,423.88 km
From a young age, Sushil Reddy has displayed deep commitment to promoting low-cost, clean, sustainable energy, both in his academic and personal life. He has contributed greatly towards this by using science, technology, education and tourism.
A month prior to joining the Sun Trip Tour, Sushil embarked on his own Tour de France with his solar bicycle from 1st June to 2nd July 2017, again in a bid to promote the use of solar energy. Starting from Istres, his journey has led him to Toulouse, Bordeaux, La-Roche-sur-Yon, Rennes, Le Mans, Paris, and will finally take him to Lyon. In each city, he is holding seminars and meeting students in universities like Ecole Centrale, Instituts Polytechniques and HEC Paris, with fruitful discussions on the challenges of using solar energy.
Indo-French collaboration
Renewable energy – and solar energy, in particular – is one of the key areas of the Indo-French partnership, involving academics, industry captains and other stakeholders from both the countries, who are collaborating in this fast-growing and promising sector.

The Embassy of France in India, and its Science and Technology Sector (SST) under Institut français India (IFI), aim to ceaselessly develop cutting-edge cooperation in science, technology and innovation for the actors from France and India who share common interests and are interested in collaborating together.
The Section for Science and Technology of Institut français India, Embassy of France in India
supports Sunil Reddy as Special Guest
at France’s solar bicycle rally, Sun Trip Tour 2017
France-Switzerland-Italy, 8-21 July 2017
As a unique opportunity, stakeholders from India and France may benefit from CEFIPRA (www.cefipra.org), which provides financial incentives for organising joint seminars and workshops, and conducting collaborative research projects, including in public-private modes.
The SST provides regular information about the opportunities offered by the two countries for cooperation in science and technology through its website: www.frenchscienceindia.org
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INDIA BEAT WEST INDIES

India,  stunned hosts England with a 35-run victory, also made it two wins from two as they overpowered the West Indies by seven wickets at Taunton on Thursday.
Opener Smriti Mandhana got to three figures with an unbeaten 106 following her 90 against England.
She added 108 runs for the third wicket with captain Mithali Raj (46) after India were in trouble at 33 for two chasing a modest 184.
“Smriti played well for her hundred, it was a crucial innings she played,” said Raj.
India´s spinners made life so tough for the West Indies that even the usually dynamic Deandra Dottin — holder of the fastest century in women´s T20Is — could manage a mere seven off 48 balls.
The West Indies slumped to 91 for six before some late-order hitting boosted the total.
“We didn´t get the batting right in the middle,” admitted West Indies captain Stafanie (attn eds: correct) Taylor. “We have the batters to do it but I think it´s up to the batters to take more responsibility in their actions.”
All the eight teams involved play each other once, with the top four contesting the semi-finals.
The final takes place at Lord´s on July 23.
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GERMAN PARLIAMENT TOUGH LAW FOR SOCIAL MEDIA

German parliament on Friday approved a plan to fine great example of such up to 50 million euros ($57. 04 million) if they fail to eliminate hateful postings quickly, despite problems the law could limit free manifestation.
Is this German law empowers the government with such massive fine for the social networks to be fearful while writing on the net. Is this is an exercise to take speedy by the government to take action against rumour mongers.
The German parliament on Friday approved a plan to fine social networks up to €50 million if they fail to remove hateful postings quickly, despite concerns the law could limit free expression.
The measure requires social media platforms to remove obviously illegal hate speech and other postings within 24 hours after receiving a notification or complaint, and to block other offensive content within seven days.
Germany has some of the world’s toughest laws covering defamation, public incitement to commit crimes and threats of violence.
But few online cases are prosecuted.
Germany’s Merkel voted against gay marriage
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday she voted against legalizing gay marriage given her personal view that marriage should be between a man and a woman, but she hoped parliament’s approval of the measure would lead to more social cohesion.“For me, marriage in the basic law is marriage between a man and a woman and that is why I did not vote in favor of this bill today,” she said moments after the 393-266 vote in favor of an amendment that will legalize same-sex marriage. “I hope that the vote today not only promotes respect between different opinions but also brings more social cohesion and peace, she added
Media agencies
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FRENCH EMBASSY INDIA, SST,SUPPORT SUSHIL REDDY FOR “SUN TRIP TOUR 2017” IN FRANCE


New Delhi, 28 June 2017
French embassy and Institutes of French are making dedicated efforts for students across India with scholarship, sponsorship,training,participation for Indian students to study and participate in their national sports events. One such events are enumerated here for the benefits of the Indian students to prepare and compete globally.
The Section for Science and Technology (SST) of Institut français India, French Embassy in India, is pleased to announce its support for IIT engineer Sushil Reddy, selected to participate as a Special Guest in the solar bicycle rally, “Sun Trip Tour 2017”. Organised by the French ‘Sun Trip Company’, the solar bike rally will take place from 8 to 21 July, 2017. It will pass through some of France’s most beautiful landscapes in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, and cross two neighboring countries, Switzerland and Italy.
Mumbai IITian Sushil Reddy is the Guinness World Record holder for the longest journey on a motorised bicycle. Using a solar-powered motorised bicycle to raise awareness about solar energy, he made a trip around India between 8 May and 25 July 2016, which started and ended in Mumbai, covering a distance of 7,423.88 km
From a young age, Sushil Reddy has displayed deep commitment to promoting low-cost, clean, sustainable energy, both in his academic and personal life. He has contributed greatly towards this by using science, technology, education and tourism.
A month prior to joining the Sun Trip Tour, Sushil embarked on his own Tour de France with his solar bicycle from 1st June to 2nd July 2017, again in a bid to promote the use of solar energy. Starting from Istres, his journey has led him to Toulouse, Bordeaux, La-Roche-sur-Yon, Rennes, Le Mans, Paris, and will finally take him to Lyon. In each city, he is holding seminars and meeting students in universities like Ecole Centrale, Instituts Polytechniques and HEC Paris, with fruitful discussions on the challenges of using solar energy.
Indo-French collaboration
Renewable energy – and solar energy, in particular – is one of the key areas of the Indo-French partnership, involving academics, industry captains and other stakeholders from both the countries, who are collaborating in this fast-growing and promising sector.

The Embassy of France in India, and its Science and Technology Sector (SST) under Institut français India (IFI), aim to ceaselessly develop cutting-edge cooperation in science, technology and innovation for the actors from France and India who share common interests and are interested in collaborating together.
The Section for Science and Technology of Institut français India, Embassy of France in India
supports Sunil Reddy as Special Guest
at France’s solar bicycle rally, Sun Trip Tour 2017
France-Switzerland-Italy, 8-21 July 2017
As a unique opportunity, stakeholders from India and France may benefit from CEFIPRA (www.cefipra.org), which provides financial incentives for organising joint seminars and workshops, and conducting collaborative research projects, including in public-private modes.
The SST provides regular information about the opportunities offered by the two countries for cooperation in science and technology through its website: www.frenchscienceindia.org
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INDIA BEAT WEST INDIES

India,  stunned hosts England with a 35-run victory, also made it two wins from two as they overpowered the West Indies by seven wickets at Taunton on Thursday.
Opener Smriti Mandhana got to three figures with an unbeaten 106 following her 90 against England.
She added 108 runs for the third wicket with captain Mithali Raj (46) after India were in trouble at 33 for two chasing a modest 184.
“Smriti played well for her hundred, it was a crucial innings she played,” said Raj.
India´s spinners made life so tough for the West Indies that even the usually dynamic Deandra Dottin — holder of the fastest century in women´s T20Is — could manage a mere seven off 48 balls.
The West Indies slumped to 91 for six before some late-order hitting boosted the total.
“We didn´t get the batting right in the middle,” admitted West Indies captain Stafanie (attn eds: correct) Taylor. “We have the batters to do it but I think it´s up to the batters to take more responsibility in their actions.”
All the eight teams involved play each other once, with the top four contesting the semi-finals.
The final takes place at Lord´s on July 23.
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Thursday, June 29, 2017

M6.0 - KERMADEC ISLANDS REGION

Preliminary Earthquake Report
Magnitude6.0
Date-Time
  • 29 Jun 2017 07:03:10 UTC
  • 29 Jun 2017 19:03:10 near epicenter
  • 29 Jun 2017 11:03:10 standard time in your timezone
Location31.101S 179.951E
Depth392 km
Distances
  • 799 km (497 miles) NE (38 degrees) of Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1223 km (760 miles) NNE (24 degrees) of WELLINGTON, New Zealand
Location UncertaintyHorizontal: 7.1 km; Vertical 5.4 km

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

CABINET CLEARS AIR INDIA DISINVESTMENT:

The Union cabinet today cleared disinvestment of debt-laden Air India but the final modalities, including the quantum of stake sale, will be decided by a group of ministers.
Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the cabinet has given ‘in-principle’ approval for disinvestment of Air India.A group will be set up to finalise modalities/details of disinvestment of Air India, including the quantum of stake sale, he said.
The airline has a debt of more than 52,000 crore rupes and is surviving on a 30,000 crore rupees bailout package extended by the previous UPA government in 2012.
Surviving on taxpayers’ money, Air India has been in the red for long and various proposals, including government think tank Niti Aayog’s suggestion for complete privatisation, have been made.
The civil aviation ministry is charting out the disinvestment of the state-run carrier.
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EK HASEENA THI EK DEEWANA THA: AN INCOMPARABLE AND FRESH ROMANTIC THRILLER

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The film Ek Haseena Thi Ek Deewana Tha, directed and produced by Suneel Darshan features Shiv Darshan, Upen Patel and introduces the gorgeous   Natasha Fernandez in lead roles. The music is composed by Nadeem Saifi. The principle actor Shiv Darshan on being asked about the film said, “The speciality of the film is that it is a wholesome entertainment package which has got passion, pain, suffering, drama, romance and the soulful music which plays like a USP and will make a place in your hearts.”
The beautiful Natasha Fernandez on being questioned on her debut said that, “It changed my life when I was discovered by my mentor Suneel sir. I feel fairy-tails exist and dreams do come true because this films came to me by fate and destiny and I was blessed enough to catch sir’s eye. It was a challenging role but my creator painted me best like a blank canvas.”
The media got quite stunned when everyone got to witness a Skype interaction, that too the first time ever. In it Nadeen Saifi himself interacted with media through Skype and added on to the information. On music improvisation Nadeem said, “We wanted to keep our Hindustani culture alive so we have blended Indian with western and build up the composition. I think the only need is a good launch, moreover, the new emerging trend of music in the market will not affect much as good music will always attract and survive.” On being asked about his return to India he said, “The charges that were put on me were wrong and I also won the case. I really want to return to India as it is in my heart. But they should call me back with respect, I am a pure Indian and I love India.”
The movie have a love triangle, but with many more layers to it and comes somewhere from the world of classic English movies. Suneel Darshan commented on the uniqueness of the movie and said, “No doubt this is a romantic film but it is timeless and cannot be compared to any era.” On censorship the director said, “The board has upgraded and watch today’s cinema as it is, they have been extremely supportive with our film and I didn’t feel any rigidity in their suggestions that they gave.”
‘Ek Haseena Thi Ek Deewana Tha’, presented by Shree Krishna International, is all set to release on June 30.
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INDIA SECOND IN JUNIOR SHOOTING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

Indian shooting squad has finished a creditable second at the ISSF Junior World Championship with three gold, two silver and three bronze medals in Suhl, Germany.
India picked up a gold and silver in the team and individual sections of the 25m pistol junior men’s event. India also won team bronze in the 25m pistol junior women’s event to shore up their tally on the fourth and final day of competitions yesterday.
Anish Bhanwala won three medals, one of each colour.
On day one, Anish had claimed gold in the 25m standard pistol men’s event. Yesterday, he win another gold teaming with Anhad Jawanda and Shivam Shukla for the 25m pistol event.
China topped the tally in the rifle/pistol tournament with 19 medals, including eight gold.
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RBI AMENDS BANKING OMBUDSMAN SCHEME

The central bank has extended the scope of Banking Ombudsman Scheme. The Reserve bank said that under the amended scheme, a customer would also be able to lodge a complaint against the bank for its non-adherence to RBI instructions with regard to mobile banking/ electronic banking services in India. As per the amendment, the pecuniary jurisdiction of the Banking Ombudsman to pass an award has been doubled to 20 lakh rupees.
AIR correspondent reports that the Reserve Bank yesterday extended the scope of Banking Ombudsman Scheme under which banks could be penalised for mis-selling third-party products like insurance and mutual funds via mobile or electronic banking. Banking Ombudsman is a quasi judicial authority functioning under the Banking Ombudsman Scheme, 2006. The authority was created to enable resolution of complaints of customers of banks relating to services rendered by the lenders.
The gross fiscal deficits of all the states skyrocketed to 4,93,360 crore Rupee in the last fiscal from the 18,790 crore rupee in the financial year 1991, according to the latest RBI data. Most populous state Uttar Pradesh and the largest Rajasthan lead the list of states with highest deficit.
According to the second edition of RBI’s statistical publication titled ‘Handbook of Statistics on States 2016-17’, released on Saturday, the gap is projected to improve in the current fiscal. It is estimated to be 4,49,520 crore rupee as per the budget estimates of the states for financial year 2017.
The publication follows the ‘one-indicator-one table’ approach and covers all sub-national statistics on socio- demographics, state domestic product, agriculture, industry, infrastructure, banking and fiscal indicators across the states over a period ranging from 1950-51 to 2016-17.
It also offers data on state-wise availability of power, per capita availability of power, installed capacity of power, and power requirement, length of national highways, roads and state highways, and railheads.
According to the data released by RBI, banks’ credit growth grew at 6.02 per cent to Rs 76,58,212 crore in the fortnight ended June 9 from Rs 72,22,939 crore in the same period of fiscal 2016.
The data showed that the growth in advances in the reporting period was slightly higher than the previous fortnight ended May 26, 2017. In the fortnight ended May 26, advances had grown by 5.08 per cent with an outstanding loans at Rs 75,93,546 crore.
In the fiscal ended March 31, 2017, credit growth had plunged to a multi-year low of 5.08 per cent with an outstanding loan at Rs 78.81 trillion as against Rs 75.01 trillion on April 1, 2016. In the reporting fortnight, bank deposits grew at 11.19 per cent to Rs 105,77,947 crore from Rs 95,13,148 crore in the fortnight ended June 10, 2016.
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MODI RETURNS DELHI AFTER THREE NATIONS VISIT

Prime Minister Narendra Modi returned home a short while ago from Amsterdam after a four day three nation visit to Portugal, United States and The Netherlands. During his visit, India signed eleven MoUs for cooperation with Portugal and three with the Netherlands.
In USA, Mr Modi and President Donald Trump comprehensively reviewed bilateral relations and laid down the future road map.
Our correspondent covering the visit of the Prime Minister reported that the Prime Minister’s visit focused primarily on four broad areas: one, furthering India’s strategic interests, two- projection of India as a country with fast track reforms coupled with high economic growth making it a strong opportunity for investment; third- seek collaborations in areas like skill development, knowledge based society and frontier areas of science and technology and four- reviving bonds with Indian Diaspora and seek their contribution for the development of India of their dreams.
The first ever Modi Trump meeting reaffirmed close Indo-US relations with President Trump reiterating himself a true friend of India. India not only received full support in its fight on terrorism from the three countries but the US went a step further by calling Pakistan to put an end to terror.
The visits saw increasing convergence of views between India and the three countries on major international issues.
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MIKE PENCE:US TO HELP INDIAN ARMED FORCES SA

US Vice President Mike Pence has said that his country will help the Indian armed forces to obtain the resources and technology it needs to support security in South Asia.
He said the process to approve the sale was underway and expressed hope that it would accurately reflect commitment to mutual security among both nations.
In a key note address to members of the US India Council in Washington yesterday, Pence said, the US and India can deepen their ties in many industries and areas.
He urged India to enact the necessary economic reforms to ensure fair and reciprocal bilateral trade. He also said India and the US, are strong partners in fight against terrorism.
He said, the United States and India already collaborate to a significant extent. But in the face of terror networks that are ever-more sophisticated, ever-more dispersed. He said, both countries will continue to take renewed action to facilitate two-way information and intelligence sharing to confront this threat.
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NO WINNER IN MONGOLIA’S PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION

There was no outright winner in Mongolia’s presidential election on Monday, forcing the country’s first ever second-round run-off between the two leading candidates, the country’s General Election Committee said on Tuesday. The populist former martial arts star Khaltmaa Battulga of the opposition Democratic Party won the most votes, but failed to secure the majority required, the committee said. He will face ruling Mongolian People’s Party (MPP) candidate Miyeegombo Enkhbold, who came second, in a run-off on July 9, the committee’s chairman Choinzon Tsodnomtseren confirmed at a briefing on Tuesday morning.
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TRUMP NOMINATE FBI DIRECTOR CHRISTOPHER WRAY

President Donald Trump officially nominated Christopher Wray as the new head of the FBI on Monday. Trump first announced his intention to nominate Wray three weeks ago, describing him in a tweet as “a man of impeccable credentials.” Wray formerly served as assistant attorney-general in charge of the Criminal Division at the Justice Department under former President George W Bush. During his tenure, Wray oversaw several major corporate fraud investigations, including the federal prosecutions of executives involved in the Enron scandal. Wray’s nomination must now be confirmed by the Senate. If he is confirmed, Wray will take over for Andrew McCabe, who has been the bureau’s acting director since Trump fired James Comey on May 9. In a statement released by the Justice Department, Wray said he was “honored and humbled” to be nominated.
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NETHERLANDS BACKS INDIA’S BID FOR NSG ENTRY AND A PERMANENT UNSC SEAT

The Netherlands has backed India’s early entry into the Nuclear Suppliers Group, NSG, and other multilateral export control regimes.
In a joint communique issued after the meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Dutch counterpart Mark Rutte in Hague the Netherlands also supported the country’s bid for a permanent UN Security Council seat.
Both leaders agreed that the NSG, Wassenaar Arrangement and Australia Group would benefit from India’s membership. Prime Minister Modi thanked the Netherlands for its role in India’s accession to the Missile Technology Control Regime in June 2016.
India and the Netherlands also strongly condemned the use of double standards in addressing the menace of terrorism, saying there can be no justification for acts of terror on any grounds.
They expressed concern about the serious and grave threat posed by the spread of terrorism and violent extremism to both the countries and the world. Both leaders reaffirmed their commitment to combat terrorism and prevent radicalisation that could lead to violent extremism.
Mr Modi also discussed the role of the Netherlands as ‘Gateway to Europe’ for India as 20 per cent of its exports to Europe enters through the Dutch country. Both leaders expressed hope for an early resumption of negotiations leading to the conclusion of the Broad-based Trade and Investment Agreement between India and the EU.
Prime Minister Modi invited the Netherlands to join the International Solar Alliance. Prime Minister Rutte appreciated the lead taken by India to galvanise global action on Climate Change through the its initiatives. Both leaders reaffirmed their countries’ commitment towards Paris climate deal.
Earlier yesterday, Prime Minister Modi described the Netherlands as India’s “natural partner” in its economic development and said the bilateral ties with the country’s major trading partner will grow rapidly.
India and Netherlands also signed three MOUs on water management, cultural cooperation and on amending social security arrangement. The MOUs were signed in the presence of both leaders.
Expressing that his Netherlands tour comes at a time when the two countries are celebrating 70 years of diplomatic relations, Mr Modi said the two countries have centuries old relations & are together progressing ahead steadily.
Stressing that today world is interdependent & interconnected, he said, India & Netherlands have convergence of views on the global issues.
Yesterday, Mr Modi also interacted with the CEOs of Dutch companies inviting them to utilize the vast opportunities provided by his ‘Make in India’ initiative.
Prime minister Narendra Modi has said that everything the country have must be world class as the India of the 21st century cannot stay behind when it comes to technology and infrastructure.
Addressing Indian diaspora at a stadium in South Holland’S capital the Hague, Prime minister stressed on larger community participation in development. Mr Modi said, India will have to be modernised at a greater speed.
Addressing the diaspora the Prime Minister announced that five years business visa will soon be granted to the dutch nationals.
Mr. Modi appealed all Indian origin people in Netherlands to apply for their Overseas Citizens of India, OCI, cards at earliest.
Mr Modi praised the Sarnami Indians for maintaining Indianness despite being outside India for around 150 years. He said, despite migrating as labourers to American country of Surinam & then to Netherlands, the Sarnami community has maintained Indian language, culture and traditions.
Emphasizing that relations of blood do not change with change in colour of passport, he said, Indian diaspora across world has feeling of an obligation towards India.
The prime minister Citing the contribution of India’s women across all fields, the prime minister said his government aims at the women-led development.
He said, his government’s thrust has been on jan bhagidari (people’s involvement) in governance as he believed that the country’s progress cannot be ensured only through the government’s work.
He mentioned about various initiatives taken by his government in the sectors like banking, energy and digitalisation and talked about progress being made in areas like space, healthcare and sanitation.
Later, The Prime Minister left for home after concluding his three-nation tour of Portugal, the United States and the Netherlands.
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MEGA CAMP TO FACILITATE DIVYANGJANS

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THREE JOURNALISTS ARRESTED BY THE BURMESE ARMY

Dear friend
On 26th June, three journalists were arrested by the Burmese Army in Shan State.  Lawi Weng, from The Irrawaddy, and Aye Naing and Pyae Bone Naing from Democratic Voice of Burma, have not been seen or heard from since then. Four other people were arrested with them.
Tell Min Aung Hlaing, head of the military, to free the journalists now! 
The military don’t publish contact details, but Min Aung Hlaing’s staff are regularly updating his Facebook and Twitter accounts, and read messages sent to him on Facebook.
Facebook and Twitter are the quickest way we can get the message to him.
Send this campaign poster to Min Aung Hlaing.
If you have a Facebook or Twitter account, please send Min Aung Hlaing a Facebook message with our campaign picture, and Tweet it to him as well.
1. Send Min Aung Hlaing a message on his Facebook page here. (click the blue ‘Send Message’ button and attach the poster)
2. Tweet the poster to Min Aung Hlaing: @Min_Aung_Hlaing
Min Aung Hlaing doesn’t want the media to report on the human rights violations committed by his troops in ethnic states. Don’t let him get away with arresting journalists and covering up human rights abuses.
Thank you so much for your support.
Anna Roberts
Burma Campaign UK
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CULTURAL EVENTS JULY 2017

Ciné-Club – NOCTURAMA

Tuesday, 4th July 2017, 10am
ML Bhartia Auditorium, Alliance Française de Delhi
Initial release: 2016 | Director: Bertrand Bonello
Running time: 2h10min
French with English subtitles | Free Entry Open to All
Plot: Some young folks, tired of the society they’re living in, plan a bomb attack over Paris before to take shelter for a night in a shopping centre.
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HISTOIRES VRAIES

A contemporary dance show

Choreographed by Cécile Loyer

Thursday, 6th July 2017, 7pm
ML Bhartia Auditorium, Alliance Française de Delhi
Free Entry | Open to all
In this contemporary dance project, the French artist Cécile Loyer weaves together the stories and the histories of dance.
Histoires Vraies” is, first and foremost, an enquiry into the origins of movement and how movements are passed on. Having been intro­duced to bharathanatyam, Cécile Loyer creates a mix contrasting two different traditions and their use of the body.
On the stage, 2 Indian dancers and 2 European dancers turn themselves into witnesses and nar­rators of their own stories. This bizarre, often funny, chaos of gestures narrates our ‘collective history’ and tries to capture the essence of what dance is and to see whether movements, gestures and signs can help us discover other versions of history – less tangible but more moving!
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Ciné-Club – JE FAIS LE MORT 

Tuesday, 18th July 2017, 10am
ML Bhartia Auditorium, Alliance Française de Delhi
Initial release: 2013 | Director: Jean-Paul Salomé
Running time: 1h 44min
French with English subtitles | Free Entry Open to All
Plot: A has-been actor takes a job playing the victims in a homicide re-enactment, where he sparks with the civil officer investigating the real-life crime.
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Music: TRIO RANGANATHAN

Thursday, 20th July 2017, 6:30pm
ML Bhartia Auditorium, Alliance Française de Delhi
Free Entry | Open to all
Ranganathan Trio is a presentation by a family: three brothers, three talents. Ajay, 22, playing piano, and the twins Ravi and Théo, 19, playing cello and violin. All three-started learning music at a very early age at a Conservatory in the city of Tours. Afterwards, they have continued their studies with famous professors in various Conservatories in France.
The three virtuoso will share with you the classical pieces by famous European composers such as Piazzola, Strauss, Joplin, Brahms…
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Ciné-Club

CHRONIQUES D’UNE COUR DE RECRE

Tuesday, 25th July 2017, 10am
ML Bhartia Auditorium, Alliance Française de Delhi
Initial release: 2013 | Director: Brahim Fritah
Running time: 1h 25min
French-Iranian with english subtitles | Free Entry Open to All
Plot: Pierreffite-sur-Seine, 1980. Brahim, a 10-year-old, lives with his family in the construction factory of cranes. His father, of Moroccan origin, is the keeper of this factory. It is a period full of Novelties for the young boy. But at the plant, a relocation of the site is announced to the South of France. The factory closes and the family of Brahim must move elsewhere.
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Ciné-Club – HANNAH ARENDT

Thursday, 27th July 2017, 6:30pm
ML Bhartia Auditorium, Alliance Française de Delhi
Initial release: 2013 | Director: Margarethe von Trotta
Running time: 1h53min
French with English subtitles | Free Entry Open to All
Plot: Writer and philosopher Hannah Arendt (Barbara Sukowa) goes to Israel to cover Adolf Eichmann’s war-crimes trial for The New Yorker magazine.
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DR. KHANNA

A play by Tom Alter

Friday, 28th July 2017, 7pm
ML Bhartia Auditorium, Alliance Française de Delhi
Free Entry | Open to all
Tom Alter directs this philosophical drama drama about the perception of one’s own happiness through the story of an unhappy man and his upbeat. Enigmatic psychiatrist played by theatre personality DIVYA ARORA.
About: ‘Dr. Khanna’, play written and directed by Padmashri Tom Alter, staring Divya Arora as the protagonist as she was the only actor in the writer’s mind when he wrote the play. Divya is a much remembered and loved alumna of the Alliance française de Delhi and Lady Shri Ram College for Women, Delhi University.
Presently living and working in Mumbai, Divya revisits Delhi now, after becoming an actor, director, writer and a national awardee herself. Divya Arora interprets Dr. Khanna’s role in “DR. KHANNA” opposite Tom Alter, for a course of precise 45 minute doctor- patient appointment that starts, gradually through the puns of Galib’s famous shayaris. The formal barriers of a patient and his doctor melt into a camaraderie that the two begin to share.
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Cine club screenings are open to all. Free admission.
For more details on programs, please contact the cultural section
@ 43500 217 / 218 / 222 | Or E mail: culture@afdelhi.org

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