“Depression: Let’s Talk”

Dear Mr NK Sagar


Greetings from NLR Foundation!


As you know 2017 is a critical year for Mental Health and WHO has declared Depression as the theme for the World Health Day with a slogan “Depression: Let’s Talk”.

On this occasion, NLR Foundation in association with National Leprosy Eradication Program (NLEP), Ministry of Health) & Indian Association of Epidemiologists (IAE) is organizing an event with a themeLeprosy: Share & Carein which a technical session will be organized with eminent experts from diverse fields. (WHO, Ministry of Health, ILEP , Renowned Academicians)

On 30th January 2017, Hon. Prime Minister Shri Narender Modi declared calls for elimination of Leprosy from our country by 2018. Through organizing this event on World Health Day, we would like to make our contribution in the same direction by sensitising people towards the disease.

This day will also be celebrated as Golden Jubilee of NLR international i.e. completion of 50 years of NLR’s dedication to the cause of Leprosy. A documentary will be unveiled and released by the Chief Guest – Dr. (Prof.) Jagdish Prasad, Director General of Health Services, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare.

On this day, we’ll felicitate selected few who have supported NLR Foundation in implementation of its disability inclusive development projects, achievements in education, lively hood projects, Self-care etc.

We hereby invite your esteemed media to cover World Health Day celebration and witness the important technical session along with documentary video. We think your listeners, viewers or readers would get benefit in hearing about the event with unique learnings & knowledge.

Duration of the event will be 3 hrs. including lunch. Invitation card along with agenda is enclosed. Audience will include 100 -120 individuals from Corporates, Foundations & Govt. Authorities.


Venue of the program is:


Habitat World, at India Habitat Centre,

Lodhi Road, New Delhi-110003

(Entry from gate number 1 on Lodhi Road)


Time :

11am – 2pm


Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. A line of confirmation will be highly appreciated.

Best Regards


Deepti Verma

Communication Officer

NLR Foundation

Add: Flat No. 001, Yamuna Block -6,
Sector – D, Pocket – 6,
Vasant kunj,

New Delhi-110070

Ph: 011-26898318 ; M: 8527895901



Six Laning of Kamrej, Chalthan Section from Kr. 248.100 to Km. 264. 350 of NH-8


Dt. 31-3-2017


Hon’ble Union Minister of State for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping and Chemical & Fertilizers, Government of India, Shri Mansukh Mandviya will lay the foundation stone ceremony for Six Laning of Kamrej, Chalthan Section from Kr. 248.100 to Km. 264. 350 of NH-8 including long term remedial measures for 4 Black Spots in Kamrej – Bharuch Section on NH-8 in the State of Gujarat on 1-4-2017 at 16.00 Hrs.

The details is given below :

Date                                             :  01-04-2017, SATURDAY

Lay the Foundation Stone Ceremony :  16.00 Hrs.

Venue                                         :  Sugar Factory, 

                                                      Chalthan, Surat,

Contact No.                                   : (1) Shri Shashi Bhusan, 

                                                              Project Director

                                                         079-(0261) 2221223/22541

                                                         (2) A. K. Swami, Manager

                                                              Mo. 7622946679

You are cordially invited to cover the event. Kindly make it convenient to send your reporter / correspondent / Photographer / Cameraperson for the same.

Dy. Director

For Additional Director General


Shailesh gandhi Mumbai, India

Dear Sagar Media Inc,

Shailesh Gandhi writes that Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad “has arrogantly boasted on national television with great pride that he had hit an Air India staff member 25 times with his chappal and feels completely justified.”

Sign his petition asking the Prime Minister to ensure that the police investigate this issue without interference and that the MP is barred from using Air India for one year.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi: Action against violent MP Shri Ravindra Gaikwad

shailesh gandhi
Mumbai, India
Shri Narendra Modi,
Prime Minister.

Dear Mr. Prime Minister,
India is disgusted by the actions of Member of Parliament
Shri Ravindra  Gaikwad.
He has arrogantly boasted on national television with great pride that he had hit an Air India staff member 25 times with his chappal  and feels completely justified. This has also been recorded on video. This is one of the worst cases of VIP racism and hubris.

Citizens are very happy that Air India has decided not to take him as a passenger and other airlines have also followed suit. We applaud the government for supporting Air India’s principled stand. This should apply to any unruly passenger on flights to ensure safety.

We demand that your government must ensure the following:

1.       Allow the police to proceed as per the law without any interference in this matter.

2.       Ensure that Air India does not offer him a seat on its flights atleast for a period of one year.

We have noticed that some political parties are defending  Shri Ravindra Gaikwad’s unforgivable actions. We have faith that your government will not succumb to such pressures.

Thanking you,


US : No removal of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

US representative to the United Nations Nikki Haley says that the US is no longer prioritizing the removal of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Ambassador Haley said yesterday US cannot necessarily focus on Assad the way that the previous administration did.

Washington’s priorities in Syria have changed with the new administration, and the US will no longer focus on the removal of President Bashar Assad as a condition for ending the six-year civil war, a top official said.

“Our priority is no longer to sit there and focus on getting Assad out,” Ambassador Nikki Haley told a small group of reporters on Thursday.

“Our priority is to really look at how do we get things done, who do we need to work with to really make a difference for the people in Syria.”

Earlier in the day, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said that the future of President Assad “will be decided by the Syrian people.” 

Under President Barack Obama, the US said Assad must go and backed the rebels fighting against him. But US resources shifted after the rise of the so-called Islamic state. Speaking during a visit to Turkey yesterday, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Mr Assad’s long-term future will be decided by the Syrian people.

A representative for the Syrian opposition called Mrs Haley’s announcement unfortunate, adding that American representatives are sending contradicting messages. They clearly said Assad has no role in the transitional period.

President Donald Trump has vowed to work more closely with Russia, which has been supporting Mr Assad with its military might during the Syrian civil war.


German president calls for stronger French-German leadership

New German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier has called for stronger French-German leadership to ensure the EU’s future one day after Britain triggered its exit from the bloc. Steinmeier said in a joint statement with French president Francois Hollande during a visit to Paris that “whether we want it or not, Germany and France will have to assume a greater responsibility… to build Europeans’ hopes.” He said the EU can be changed but remain “vital, indispensable.” French president Francois Hollande warned against “the trap of nationalism” in Europe and called on member states to show greater solidarity


NATO, Russia share troop information

NATO’s chief says the allies and Russia remain at loggerheads over the conflict in Ukraine but have exchanged briefings on their troop movements elsewhere in Europe to help ease tensions. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg’s remarks came after ambassadors from the military alliance’s 29 nations met Thursday for the first time this year. Russia briefed the ambassadors about new troop deployments near its western border, while NATO gave an update on forces being deployed to the Baltic states and Poland.


Michel Danino conferred Padma Shri

French historian Michel Danino conferred Padma Shri at a ceremony yesterday at Rashtrapati Bhavan –

Photo credit: Rashtrapati Bhavan

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Toshiba to spinning off chip arm

Toshiba shareholders have approved a proposal to spin off the company’s mainstay memory chip business.

The plan was given the go-ahead by a two-thirds majority at an extraordinary shareholder meeting on Thursday.

Toshiba’s US nuclear subsidiary Westinghouse filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Wednesday. The company says total losses for the current business year could reach 9 billion dollars.

Toshiba wants to spin off its chip unit to cover the deficit and rehabilitate operations.

At the shareholder’s meeting, management faced numerous questions about why the massive losses at Westinghouse weren’t noticed earlier.

Toshiba plans to decide on the successful bidder or bidders by June.

The president of Toshiba says the bankruptcy filing by its US subsidiary Westinghouse is the first step toward turning around the ailing Japanese conglomerate.

Satoshi Tsunakawa spoke to reporters on Wednesday after the US nuclear unit filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

He said the filing is indispensable for reviving Westinghouse and is in line with Toshiba’s policy to shut down its risky nuclear operation abroad.

He noted that Toshiba might incur further losses from the bankruptcy. Toshiba’s total losses for the current business year are reported to exceed 1 trillion yen, or about 9 billion dollars.

Tsunakawa said he feels great responsibility and pledged all-out efforts to put Toshiba back on its feet.
He said the company will continue its efforts to raise funds by spinning off its mainstay flash memory chip operation and selling other assets.

He noted Toshiba plans to secure a steady profit flow from its social infrastructure business in order to beef up its financial base.

He said now Toshiba has almost completely withdrawn from the overseas nuclear business.

He pledged Toshiba will continue to decommission reactors in Japan, taking seriously its sense of social responsibility.

Toshiba’s US nuclear subsidiary Westinghouse has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

The Japanese manufacturing giant is cutting its losses on its US nuclear business as it tries to rebuild its finances.

It faces ballooning costs to meet safety standards at 4 reactors in the US.

The subsidiary received orders for the reactors in 2008.

Toshiba says it could post a net loss of over 9 billion dollars for the current fiscal year.

Just over 2 weeks ago, Toshiba executives announced they would remove Westinghouse from their consolidated financial statements.

They intend to withdraw from the US nuclear business entirely.



China acknowldges detaining former Taiwan party member

China has acknowledged it detained a former Taiwanese ruling party worker for alleged involvement in activities that threaten national security.

A former member of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party in his 40s remains missing since he travelled from Macau to Guangdong, southern China, on March 19th.

A human rights group in Taiwan says the man follows human rights issues in mainland China, and has been posting remarks on democratization in Taiwan.NHK

Taiwanese officials have been asking Beijing to reveal the man’s whereabouts.

A spokesperson for China’s Taiwan Affairs Office said at a news conference on Wednesday that the man is suspected of endangering national security and remains under investigation.

Beijing didn’t specify the activities he has been allegedly involved with or where he is detained.

China has halted dialogue with Taiwan since the president of the Democratic Progressive Party, Tsai Ing-wen, expressed disagreement with the “one-China” principle.


Park Geun-hye is arrested

Park  arrested on Friday morning. The charges against her include an allegation that she received or agreed to receive about 38 million dollars in bribes from the Samsung Group.
She was transferred to a detention center on the outskirts of Seoul.

Prosecutors can keep Park in custody until April 19th. But they are expected to indict her before April 17th, when the presidential election campaign kicks off. This is to minimize the impact of the case on the May 9th election.

Opinion polls show that Moon Jae-in of the Democratic Party, the country’s largest party, has a comfortable lead among the presidential contenders.

South Korean court  has approved the arrest of ex-President Park Geun-hye on corruption allegations. Friday’s ruling by the Seoul Central District Court means prosecutors can immediately put Park in a detention facility. Prosecutors can detain her for up to 20 days before formally charging her. Prosecuting attorneys have been pushing for her arrest over allegations that she colluded with a confidante to extort money from businesses in exchange for political favors as well as committing other offenses. The Constitutional Court ruled to dismiss Park over the allegations earlier in March, three months after Parliament voted to impeach her.

Two former South Korean presidents have been arrested in the past after losing immunity from criminal prosecution.

Chun Doo-hwan was president for 8 years from 1980.
He was arrested and indicted in December 1995 for taking bribes while in office, and his armed suppression of pro-democracy citizens and students in the 1980 Gwangju uprising.

A district court issued the death sentence.
The Supreme Court sentenced Chun to life in prison.

Roh Tae-woo served as president for 5 years from 1988.
He was arrested in November 1995 for bribery and his role in the Gwangju uprising. He was sentenced to 17 years in prison.

Both Chun and Roh were pardoned in December 1997 by then-President Kim Young-sam.

If arrested, Park Geun-hye will be the third ex-president arrested and the first in 22 years.