Rajya Sabha TV need change

Rajya Sabha TV is bracing itself for a major overhaul with New Vice President  Rajya Sabha TV need change in its outlook and programmed schedules.The RS TV channels deliberating debates on government policies and Interviewing celebrities with its crew and anchor making to the tribal belts  soon find the channel with new CEO.

Media Gossip swirls after  they overheard in Central Hall of Parliament to suggestion that Gurdeep Singh Sappal, the Chief Executive Officer of Rajya Sabha TV, has resigned as he is not a government servant and his services are linked with the tenure of the present RS chairperson Hamid Ansari, who will demit office on August 10.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has entrusted Arun Jaitley, Leader of the Rajya Sabha, to re-cast the administrative set-up of Rajya Sabha TV.

The BJP leadership is unhappy with Sappal as he allegedly turned Rajya Sabha TV into a Left party mouthpiece and is being perceived anti BJP


Nitish: PM Modi to win again in 2019

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has voiced his support today for Prime Minister Narendra Modi who will contest elections again in 2019.

“No one has the strength to compete with Narendra Modi,” Kumar said, once touted as a worthy contender to the PM’s post the Bihar CM said on the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

“The PM will win again in 2019,” he said, while addressing a press conference, his first since exited the mahagathbandhan and realigned with the BJP.

Bihar CM also said the JD-U would continue to support Gopalkrishna Gandhi for the Vice Presidential election. “The BJP does not have a problem with that,” he said.

In a relief to Nitish Kumar, the Patna High Court on Monday dismissed the RJD’s petitions against the formation of the JD-U-BJP government in the state.


Dear Friend

The Centre for Policy Analysis, as part of its activities on Jammu and Kashmir for the past six years, held a Round Table Conference on the current situation in the state, that is worsening by the day. This was the second such closed door discussion in recent weeks, attended by political leaders (in the first instance) as well as journalists, academics, activists and others. All who participated expressed deep concern about the deteriorating situation in the Valley, with the government at the centre rejecting dialogue and peace for the muscular military route, and the state government being reduced to a bystander.

It was decided to set up a permanent Working Group to monitor the situation on a consistent basis, to investigate incidents and issues that that erode peace and tranquility, as well as to work actively along with others in and outside the state for peace and reconciliation. The Working Group has been authorized to follow the developments, build a strategy, and create a public opinion around it through a series of actions considered useful from time to time.
The suffering of the citizens of the Valley, in particular the women and children, requires the urgent intervention of civil society in the rest of the country.

Seema Mustafa


It’s World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. What do we need to do now?


Switzerland – It is believed that millions are currently victims of trafficking in persons around the world. It is almost impossible to think about each one of those numbers as individual human beings and it can feel like an insurmountable problem. But it isn’t. And on this World Day Against Trafficking in Persons we must believe that not only can we make a dent but that we can make significant inroads into eliminating it.

At the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the UN’s Migration Agency I head, we deal with trafficking in persons on a daily basis. We know that trafficking involves more than kidnapping and selling of persons, people forced into jobs against their will, and victims forced to give away a kidney or other vital organs. Trafficking in persons can occur ever so subtly as in cases of employment pathways, where workers are charged for recruitment and placement fees, have their wages withheld, or cannot leave their employers and thus are put into vulnerable situations where they are further exploited and become trafficked. Migrants travelling on regular or irregular migration routes around the globe are highly vulnerable to these kinds of abuses. Many who start their journeys by willingly placing themselves in the hands of smugglers can also become victims of trafficking along the way.

In addition to our and our partners’ hands-on work in providing protection and assistance to already some 90,000 victims of trafficking over the years, we are working tirelessly to collect and analyze global data on trafficking so that we can collectively improve and implement the best practices and inform policies and programmes to better address trafficking in persons.

For instance, since 2015, IOM has surveyed over 22,000 migrants on the journey on the Eastern and Central Mediterranean routes. This is the largest-scale survey yet to explore migrants’ vulnerability to trafficking and exploitation on the Mediterranean routes to Europe. Around 39% of individuals interviewed had a personal experience that indicates the presence of trafficking in persons or other exploitative practices along the route with many reporting direct experiences of abuse, exploitation and practices which can amount to trafficking in persons. Looking at just the Central route, a shocking 73% of those interviewed indicated this. With this research IOM is currently exploring which factors predict migrants’ vulnerability to human trafficking and exploitation on their journey.

It is also our goal to facilitate cross-border, trans-agency analysis and provide the counter-trafficking community with the information we need to develop a more comprehensive understanding of this complex issue. To this end, we will soon be launching the Counter-Trafficking Data Collaborative. Drawing on IOM’s and partners’ victim case data, this will be the first ever open access data platform for human trafficking data.

As we develop new knowledge and tools, it is critical that we share our findings and communicate with other global leaders. This September, in an effort to develop the “Global Compact on Safe, Orderly, and Regular Migration,” governments will come together to discuss smuggling of migrants, trafficking in persons and contemporary forms of slavery, including appropriate identification, protection and assistance to migrants and trafficking victims. This will be our chance to share our expertise learned from decades of research and practice in this field and to learn from others.

We are learning more, and understanding how to better respond to trafficking in persons, yet there are still many unanswered questions. What makes migrants susceptible to trafficking? What do we know about those being trafficked now? And how do we best stop it from occurring in the future?

We may not have all the answers yet, but we do know that we must now accumulate the data and knowledge we have and make it transferrable so that we can all benefit from it. We do not know everyone who could be at risk but we do know we need to make migration safer, more orderly, and more regular to make migrants less vulnerable. We do not know the exact number of victims of trafficking, but we do know it’s far too many.

The fight against trafficking in persons requires us to strive for answers to our many questions. It requires us to better respond, with shared data, knowledge, and tools, and it requires us to respond together.






Chandigarh, 31 July 2017 – The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in association with UNICEF, WHO and partners held a pre-launch Regional Media workshop with journalists on the Measles Rubella vaccination campaign today. The participants at the discourse  included senior representatives from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, officials from World Health Organisation (WHO), Immunization Technical Support Unit (ITSU – MoHFW), Lions Clubs, GHS, CDC and leading representatives of leading national and regional media from the states of Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Chandigarh.

The deliberations focused on the introduction of critical new vaccines under the Universal Immunization Programme 2017-18.  The forthcoming launch of the second phase of the measles-rubella campaign was discussed. The introduction of this new vaccine in the Universal Immunization Programe aims to reduce childhood mortality and protect children from the highly preventable major killer disease-measles. The first-time introduction of the rubella vaccine, in a combination MR shot, protects against irreversible and devastating birth defects.  The MR campaign targets around 41 crore children, making it one of the largest ever immunization campaign of its kind.

Opening the meeting, Dr. Pradeep Haldar, Deputy Commissioner, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said, “Immunization is one of the most effective and cost-effective ways to protect children’s lives and futures. Through full immunization coverage, we can make sure that the benefits of life-saving vaccines reach every child. The recently introduced measles-rubella vaccine, which will be provided for free in schools, during the campaign, in health facilities and at outreach session sites, is another such step to achieving our goals.”

The first phase of MR campaign wasconducted from February 2017 in Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Goa, Puducherry and Lakshadweep and ~3.3 crore children were vaccinated. The second phase of the Measles Rubella Campaign will start from August 2017 targeting 3.4 crore children from 9 months to 15 years of children in states of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Himachal Pradesh, Chandigarh, Kerala, Uttrakhand, Daman & Diu, Dadar & Nagar Haveli.

On the occasion, Dr. Srinivasan, Sub Regional Team Leader, WHO said, “-World Health Organization congratulates India for launching one of the world’s largest vaccination campaign against measles, a major childhood killer disease, and congenital rubella syndrome (CRS), responsible for irreversible birth defects. India has already beaten smallpox, polio, maternal and neonatal tetanus andyaws. Further gains in the battle against measles will help achieve a number of other public health priorities.

UNICEF in association with civil society organizations, partners and academia have been engaging with media as a critical stakeholder in efforts to create trust in vaccines and address myths around immunization to ensure every child in the country gets a fair start.

Addressing the gathering, Dr. Satish, Health Specialist, UNICEF India highlighted, “Media has been our long-standing partners in the fight against polio. We now seek your support to ensure that children, no matter where they live, are immunized. Vaccination not only saves children’s lives and ensure healthy and productive future, but is also one of the most cost-effective public health intervention.”


Venezuela: Nine killed during polling of Constitutional Assembly election

Venezuela, at least nine people were killed during the polling of the Constitutional Assembly election yesterday. The winners among the 5,500 candidates running for 545 seats in the new Assembly will be tasked with rewriting the country’s constitution. They will have powers above and beyond other state institutions, including the opposition-controlled Congress.

Opposition leaders had called for a boycott of the vote, declaring it rigged for the ruling party. President Nicolas Maduro called the vote for a constitutional Assembly in May after a month of protests against his government. At least 122 persons have been killed and nearly 2,000 injured in anti-government protests began in April.

Argentina, Colombia, Peru, Panama, Peru and the United States said they would not recognise Sunday’s vote. Canada and Mexico have also issued statements repudiating the election. The Trump administration has imposed successive rounds of sanctions on high-ranking members of Maduro’s administration, with the support of countries including Mexico, Colombia and Panama.


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Madhya Pradesh government confers Environment Award to MAN Trucks

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Indore, 31st July, 2017: MAN Trucks India, a 100% subsidiary of MAN Truck & Bus AG, Germany, was conferred the Environment Award for its facility in Pithampur, near Indore by the Government of Madhya Pradesh. The Hon’ble Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Shri. Shivraj Singh Chauhan gave the award to Mr. Shrikant Pandit, Head of MAN Trucks’ plant in Pithampur at a function organised in Bhopal recently. The Hon’ble Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh, Shri. Raman Singh was present on the occasion.

MAN Trucks’ Pithampur facility won this State Level Competition organised by Madhya Pradesh Pollution Control Board. The award comprises a trophy, certificate and cash prize of INR 50,000. This award evaluates all industries for their efforts in continual improvements on air quality, water usage, wastage control, method of handling &disposal of hazardous material, etc. A panel of senior government officials adjudged participating companies on the above aspects, besides on safety, waste control, optimum use of natural resources and employee involvement.

Mr. Joerg Mommertz, Chairman & Managing Director, MAN Trucks India said, “We are happy to receive this honour from the Madhya Pradesh government. At MAN, it is our commitment to preserve the environment, which is part of our Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives. We are focused on our efforts to ensure that our production facility meets all the concerns towards conserving the ecology and make products that address environmental concerns. This approach is reflected in the recognition given by the state government. We will aim to achieve even better results going forward.”

The award recognised efforts by the company towards pollution control and environment conservancy during 2014-15. MAN Truck competed in the large scale industry, medium hazardous category. Other participants included players from automotive, pharmaceutical, textiles and cement manufacturing facilities.

About MAN Trucks India

MAN Trucks India Pvt. Ltd. is a fully owned subsidiary of MAN Truck & Bus AG, Germany. The company has its Head Quarters in Pune and state-of-the-art manufacturing facility at Pithampur, Madhya Pradesh. The product range manufactured in this plant include tippers for off-road& construction, haulage for regular & over dimensional cargo, and special application trucks such as fire tenders, garbage compactors, concrete mixers, boom pumps, tip trailers and bulkers. The product range for India is developed at MAN Trucks R&D centre in Pune. The trucks made in India are also exported to African and Asian markets. MAN Trucks offers prompt and efficient support through its network of 64 touch points in India and one each in Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal. The company has sold over 25,000 trucks since it started its India operations in 2006.



ISIS claims responsibility for attack near Iraqi embassy in Kabul

Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) claimed responsibility on Monday for a suicide attack that targeted the Iraqi embassy in the Afghan capital Kabul, the group’s Amaq news agency reported. Afghan security forces battled gunmen near a police compound and the nearby Iraqi embassy on Monday. They said the attackers appeared to have taken cover in the embassy building in a business district of the city, from where smoke could be seen rising.