More rain forecast, across India

Heavy rains continued in #Bihar for the third consecutive day on Sunday, killing at least 24 people across the state and crippling life, especially in the state capital, Patna

Fairly rain and thunderstorm, HP, UK,Sikkim, W Bengal, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Telangana, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Goa, Kerala, and Tamil Nadu. Scatter rain : UP, Bihar, JK, Maharashtra, AP Isolated rain Haryana, ChD, Punjab, Delhi, Rajasthan, A&N Island

Heavy to very heavy rain and thunderstorms have been forecast over West Bengal, Assam, #Meghalaya, #Gujarat, and south #Rajasthan.and scattered in North India.


Hongkong 17th week protest

Hongkong gets at least a dozen more countries, in an apparent attempt to get these on board as well. They included fellow former British colonies Australia and India, leading EU members like Germany, Spain and Poland, and hopeful member Ukraine – as well as some nations not particularly known for their international clout, like Papua New Guinea and East Timor. UN flags were also displayed at the march.

Students sing protest anthem “Glory to Hong Kong” in a protest on the eve of China 70th National Day. Hong Kong protesters gather at Causeway Bay, a major commercial center on Sunday march amid police fire water cannons blue dye and paper spray.

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam travels to Beijing on Monday to take part in the celebrations here we have latest round of violence came two days before October 1, when Beijing will be hoping to project an image of national strength and unity with a military parade through the city to mark 70 years since the founding of the People’s Republic of China. 

National day, Hong Kong police fired blue dye from a water cannon, rounds of tear gas and a live warning shot as protesters lit fires and threw petrol bombs and bricks on Sunday in clashes ahead of the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China.

Despite organizers not requesting permission from authorities, thousands of protesters marched in the 17th consecutive weekend of unrest.

Hong Kong’s Hospital Authority said 48 people were admitted for treatment, including one person in critical condition.

Police fired tear gas, pepper spray, rubber bullets and bean bag rounds. Officers also used a water cannon equipped with blue dye — aimed at staining protesters to make them easier to identity later — to clear people from around the Hong Kong government headquarters, an area that has often been a target during the demonstrations.

Reports CNN


Kurz winner in Austrian election

Sebastian Kurz has won Sunday’s snap parliamentary election and has several options for a coalition that will give his conservative People’s Party a stable majority, voting projections showed after the close of polls.

The 33-year-old, whose coalition with the far-right was ousted in June amid a scandal, has 38.4% of the vote — well ahead of the Social Democrats on 21.5%, the far-right Freedom Party on 17.3%, the Greens on 12.4% and the liberal Neos on 7.4%, according to Austria’s Interior ministry.


Volkswagen emissions cheating

 In a recent decision, a district court in Düsseldorf, Germany has declared that Volkswagen’s software fix for vehicles affected by its Dieselgate emissions cheating scandal that broke in 2015 actually contained another cheating device. 

With this development, the carmaker could face a new wave of claims from hundreds of thousands of car buyers whose vehicles were supposedly addressed by the Dieselgate software fix. This could also result in an equally large number of Volkswagen diesel owners receiving compensation over the company’s newly-discovered emissions manipulation efforts

 Volkswagen’s Dieselgate scandal broke since four year, now more than 400,000 Germans are part of fresh legal action against the car maker.

Professional lawyers warn against joining Germany’s first-ever class action lawsuit.

 November 2018, Parliament paved the way for the introduction of the American-style legal framework into German law by adopting the so-called Musterfeststellungsklage, which translates into Model Declaratory Proceedings.

The decision was prompted by Volkswagen’s diesel emissions manipulations unveiled in 2015 which are said to affect around 11 million cars around the world, 2.4 million of which were bought by Germans. But while consumers for example in the United States and Australia were able to pursue their claims of compensation collectively, affected VW customers here had been barred from this until 2018, and had to pursue their claims on an individual basis.

VW has been in hot water since US regulators showed in 2015 that the company had installed so-called defeat devices in its cars, enabling them to perform within emissions guidelines during testing, even if they emitted much higher levels of hazardous exhausts during normal driving condition. DW, reports

According to the findings of the Düsseldorf district court, Volkswagen’s Dieselgate software fix was intended to ensure that the emissions of vehicles affected by the scandal were appropriately controlled. Unfortunately, it turned out that the exhaust gas cleaning system in the update only worked at outside temperatures between 10-32 degrees Celsius. In the event that the weather falls below or above this range, the cleaning remains disabled, allowing the affected vehicles to overly-pollute as before. 


Global economy slow down

Global economy slow down

China faces this month contraction in manufacturing and so is Japan.

South Korea to release its manufacturer report .

Philippine economic growth this year will be slightly lower than earlier forecast on the back of a slowdown in the global economy and domestic investment, according to #ADO2019

The global economy will grow by 2.9 percent in 2019 and 3 percent in 2020 – the weakest annual growth rates since the financial crisis, OECD forecasts


Naresh, The Raza Foundation invites

Dear Naresh,
The Raza Foundation is organizing the following programmes in the month of October 2019. We request you to block your dates and time for them. A detailed invite will be sent to you shortly.

October 1, 2019 | 05:30pm

Hindustani classical vocal by Mohsin Ali Khan
Kathak by Ameera Patankar
Odissi by Shalakha Rai
Auditorium, Triveni Kala Sangam, 205 Tansen Marg
New Delhi – 110001

October 04, 2019 | 06:15 pm
The Compass We Lost
Dilip Simeon
Lecture Hall 2, India International Centre Annexe
Max Mueller Marg, New Delhi

October 11-12, 2019| 10:00am- 6:00pm
A conference of young Hindi writers on
Key Gandhi texts
Aastha, Aasheesh Paathak, Saurabh Roy, Yogesh Pratap Shekhar, Sharmila Jalan, Shiv Kumar Yadav, Poonam Arora, Praveen Kumar, Geet Chaturvedi, Vajda Khan, Pallav Kumar, Shankaranand, Nishant, Lovely Goswami, Amitesh Kumar, Ashutosh Bhardwaj, Sujata, Pankaj Parashar, Rashmi Bhardwaj, Vineet Kumar, Sangeeta Gundecha, Swati Melkani, Sandhya Navodita, Pratyush Chandra Mishra, Shahanshahalam, Jaishree Singh, Rahul Singh, Achyutanand Mishra, Pranjal Dhar Anuj Lugun Mithlesh Sharan Chaubey, Shubham Monga, Upasana Jha, Anu Shakti Singh, Aasteek Vajpeyi, Kumar Sushant, Mrityunjay Prabhakar, Vihag Vaibhav, Naveen Rangiyal, Anupam Singh, Nikhil Anand Giri, Neerajal Chhatri, Sughosh Mishra, Soni Pandey, Siddhant Mohan, Adnan Kafeel Darvesh
Auditorium, Triveni Kala Sangam, 205 TansenMarg, New Delhi – 110001

October 11, 2019| 6:30pm
Auditorium, Triveni Kala Sangam,
205 TansenMarg, New Delhi – 110001

October 13, 2019 | 07:00 pm
Dhrupad by Yakhlesh Baghel
Ram Chhatpar Shilp Nyas India, Mahesh Nagar Colony
Samne Ghat, Varanasi

October 31, 2019 | 06: 30 pm
Dancing Democracy
Sadanand Menon
Gulmohar, India Habitat Centre,
Lodhi Road, New Delhi

October 12-13, 2019 | 6:30pm
Kuchipudi by Ayana Mukherjee
Bharatnatyam by Arohi Munshi

October 14-15, 2019
Kuchipudi by Ayana Mukherjee
Bharatnatyam by ArohiMunshi
October 16, 2019
ARSD College, South Campus, New Delhi
October 19-20, 2019
Monika Kumar, Vihag Vaibhav, Veeru Sonker, Anuradha Singh, Sujata, Nishant, Poonam Arora, Lovely Goswami, Vyomesh Shukla, Sushila Puri, Adnan Kafeel Darvesh, Shankaranand, Upasana Jha , Anchit, Upanshu, Yatharth Utkarsh, Shahanshahalam, Natasha
in the presence of Alok Dhanwa, Arun Kamal, Anamika, Udayan Vajpeyi, Prem Kumar Mani
Bihar Museum, Bailey Road, Patna

With best wishes,
Team Raza Foundation

Centre for Policy Research’s (CPR) Annual Report

Dear Friends,

I am delighted to present the Centre for Policy Research’s (CPR) Annual Report for the financial year 2018-19. This has been an exciting year for us as we deepened our engagement in fields of research that CPR has long specialised in but also explored new research areas, critical to policy making today. It is difficult for an annual report to do justice to the wide-range of policy engagements at CPR. But I do hope that this report will give you a glimpse of our fiercely independent spirit, commitment to democratic dialogue, and the sense of intellectual excitement we feel as we try to better understand this increasingly complex world and enrich public policy debates in India.

Keeping alive CPR’s long tradition of publishing important scholarly, field-defining books, this year too, CPR faculty published books in fields as diverse as international relations, environmental law, electricity regulation, socio-economic rights and politics. CPR faculty also made regular contributions in non-academic journals, newspapers and seminars and in the process, enriched the public discourse, infusing much needed evidence and sobriety. Over the past year, CPR faculty published 452 articles in major national and international dailies and popular journals.  

This year was particularly special as we received a research chair from the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation (now Ministry of Jal Shakti) to pursue research and support the Ministry in its work on trans-boundary water governance with a special focus on inter-state river water sharing. CPR faculty, Srinivas Chokkakula has been appointed the research chair. CPR faculty also continued to serve on several government committees, partnering with government at the state and national levels, and providing research inputs and advice to a range of policy makers from parliamentarians to civil servants and grassroots administrators. CPR continued to make its presence felt on the global stage. Specifically in the area of climate change, Navroz Dubash and Lavanya Rajamani have been appointed as lead authors for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s Sixth Assessment Report, writing chapters on national and sub-national policies and international co-operation, respectively.

In pursuit of its mission to remain at the cutting edge of policy debates, this year, CPR expanded its research work to explore new areas. An important new research initiative focuses on the specific challenge of building state capacity in India. Drawing on CPR’s long-term engagement in policy, this initiative is premised on the understanding that the Indian state needs to urgently deepen its capabilities in ways that enable greater agility, strategic capacity and grassroots implementation capability. 

India’s changing political economy landscape – shifts in voter behavior, the changing competitive political party system – is fundamentally altering the dynamics of policymaking and policy implementation. As a policy research institute, understanding these shifts is critical. To this end, in early 2019, we launched a new research programme on Indian politics. This programme will study party politics, elections and voter behavior. CPR’s work on climate change, energy and the environment also expanded to new areas to include air pollution, India’s energy transitions, electricity and environmental regulation. 

As academics and policy practitioners we also seek to bring some nuance and rigour into an increasingly polarised public sphere. This year, we made a concerted effort to enhance our public engagement through seminars, conferences and curated discussion series. We launched a new conference, ‘CPR Dialogues’, which brings CPR research in direct dialogue with policy makers and stakeholders. We hope to make this an annual dialogue series.

Before signing off, I would like to make special mention of CPR Chairperson, Mr Eric Gonsalves, who retired on March 31, 2019. One of India’s finest diplomats, Mr Gonsalves’ integrity, commitment to CPR, deep institutional experience and wonderful sense of humour were a source of tremendous strength and motivation for us. I would also like to take this opportunity to welcome Dr Meenakshi Gopinath as CPR’s Chairperson from April 2019. It is a true honour for CPR to have someone as distinguished and awe inspiring as Dr Gopinath lead us. We are confident that under her guidance, CPR will grow from strength to strength.

With warmest thanks,

Yamini Aiyar,
President and Chief Executive,
Centre for Policy Research

Ukrainian investigators ‘did not interrogate’ Biden or his son

Ukrainian investigators ‘did not interrogate’ Biden or his son – prosecutor

Ukrainian investigators have not interrogated former US vice president Joe Biden or his son Hunter as part of an investigation into the Burisma Group, Nazar Kholodnytsky, Ukraine’s chief anti-corruption prosecutor, said on Friday.

US Democrats allege that President Donald Trump pressured the Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelensky to reopen an investigation into Joe Biden’s son Hunter’s business dealings in the country.

According to Kholodnytsky, on August 1, 2017, the prosecutor decided to close this case due, in particular, to the fact that it had been unsuccessfully investigated for about two years. Currently, no active investigative actions are being carried out on the case, the prosecutor said, adding that there is a court ruling on the obligation to close the proceedings.

“The position is simple – we are acting according to the law. When the proceedings were being closed, the prosecutor did the right thing, since there had been no investigative actions for nine months,” Kholodnitsky was quoted as saying


India gain respect across globe

Respect for India has increased in the world during last 5-yrs: PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said, the respect and enthusiasm for India has increased significantly on the world stage in the last five years. He said the main reason for the country’s growing stature is the 130 crore Indians who elected a strong government at the Centre. 

The Prime Minister was addressing a gathering of BJP leaders and workers outside the Palam Airport in New Delhi last evening after returned home from the successful week-long visit to the United States. Mr Modi was given a rousing welcome after landing at Palam Technical Air Force station. 

Mr Modi also recalled the surgical strikes on terror launch pads in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir on the 28th of September three years ago. The Prime Minister said, that day marked the victory of India’s brave soldiers who did surgical strike and made the country proud. 


Parupalli Kashyap knocked out of Korea Open

Badminton, Indian challenge ended in the Korea Open as Parupalli Kashyap was knocked out of the tournament. 

In the men’s singles semifinal at Incheon, Kashyap lost to Kento Momota of Japan 21-13, 21-15. 

The 33-year-old from Hyderabad was the lone Indian left in the fray.

Kashyap had defeated former world no 2 Denmark’s Jan O Jorgensen 24-22, 21-8 in 37 minutes to make it to his second semifinal of the season.

Kento Momota had defeated Lee Zii jia in the quarter-final.