HD Kumaraswamy, JDS to be sworn-in CM

JD(S) leader HD Kumaraswamy will sworn-in as Chief Minister of Karnataka today. Governor Vajubhai Vala will administer him oath of office and secrecy at 4:30 PM at the grand steps of Vidhana Soudha, the state secretariat. Congress leader G Parameshwar will be sworn-in as Deputy Chief Minister. Congress MLA Ramesh Kumar will be the Speaker. This was decided at a meeting of senior leaders of Congress and JD(S) yesterday. The cabinet will comprise of 22 ministers from Congress including Deputy CM and 12 from JD(S) including the CM.

A host of leaders including Congress President Rahul Gandhi, UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Chief Ministers of non-BJP states and heads of regional parties are likely to attend the swearing-in ceremony. They include Mamata Banerjee, Arvind Kejriwal, N Chandrababu Naidu, Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati.

The BJP will observe the day as Janamata Virodhi Diwas and stage protests across the state today. Party’s state General Secretary CT Ravi said BJP workers will tie black band and hold protests.

Workshop on  Waste collection and recycling in Hanoi:

CPR and CSH are pleased to invite you to a workshop on
Waste collection and recycling in Hanoi: From “dồng nát” to “craft villages”
Marie-Lan Nguyen LeroyResearcher, Paris Region Expertise 
Thai Hoa NguyenSenior ResearcherInstitute of Social Systems, Ritsumeikan University, Japan
Nguyen Thai Huyen, Lecturer, Hanoi Architectural University, Vietnam
Tuesday, 29 May 2018, 3:45 p.m.
Conference Hall, Centre for Policy Research
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Since 1986, with the shift from communism to market socialism, Vietnam has undergone massive economic, social, and spatial changes. These changes can be witnessed in its major cities as new economic opportunities drive urban migration. With the process of metropolisation and the growth in population in Hanoi, the volume of waste is increasing rapidly.  Waste collecting (buying/picking) and selling scrap recyclable material, have become important informal businesses among peri-urban villagers.

Recycled waste collection is an ancient activity done by « đồng nát » (junk buyers). Most of them are circular migrants who go door to door to buy recycled waste from households. Even posh wards are surrounded by “bãi”, precarious and temporary waste depots, where more than 10,000 đồng nát go and sell their recyclable material. They collect around 20% of the total recycled waste of the capital through a large network of waste collectors, organisedthrough an old migratory chain, originating from the coastal Province of Nam Dinh. They resell the waste to junk-buyers settled in 800 waste depots spread all over the city, whose rental status is uncertain.

This presentation aims to shed light on the different actors in charge ofwaste-management, the way they operate, and highlight the main challenges of the sector. The public service currently provided in the city of Hanoi, by semi-public and private stakeholders, will be analysed in all their components, formal and informal.  The objective of this presentation is to also analyse on several scales (urban district, ward, and the catchment area of bãi) the strategies developed by the depot receivers and junk buyers to capture the growing demand for collection and storage of waste throughout the city. We will try to show how they adapt to the urban restructuring of the city, the skyrocketing land prices in the city and how they interfere in the shortcomings of the municipal policy.

The presentation combines several perspectives (longitudinal, spatial, social and political) to offer new perspectives to understand the various aspects of the urban processes in Vietnam: the top-down policy of the state and the municipal authority and the bottom-up one through everyday urban practices of migrants and inhabitants of the burgeoning urban villages. We will demonstrate how the booming informal economy of waste recovery is territorially integratedin the city and relies on several conditions: the flexibility and fluidity of relationships between cities and the country-side (migration, recycling of waste in craft villages and livestock villages, investment of urban remittances to the rural economy), the land vulnerability of waste receivers and junk-buyers and the negotiations between the informal and formal actors and the local authorities. We will try to analyse how the contradictions of the city’s modernization policy contribute to the dynamism of this informal system that interferes in the shortcomings of territorial control.

Marie Lan Nguyen Leroy holds a Ph.D. in Public law on Land law in Vietnam from the University Panthéon-Assas Paris II. She is currently the Project Manager at Paris Region Expertise – Center for urban studies, Hanoi.

Thai Hoa Nguyen is a member of the JEAI RECYCURBS VIET, a joint research team between the French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development and Hanoi Architectural University.

Nguyen Thai Huyen is an architect and holds a Ph.D. in Urban Planning from the University of Bordeaux. She is heading the JEAI RECYCURBS VIET, a joint research team between the French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development and Hanoi Architectural University. She currently holds the position of Lecturer, Education, Deputy Head, Division of Landscape-Architecture responsibility in Hanoi Architectural University, 2011.

This workshop is free and there is no registration required. Find all the available videos of our previous workshops, here.

This is the hundredth in a series of Urban Workshops planned by the Centre de Sciences Humaines (CSH), New Delhi and Centre for Policy Research (CPR). These workshops seek to provoke public discussion on issues relating to the development of the city and try to address all its facets including its administration, culture, economy, society and politics. For further information, please contact: Olivier Telle of CSH at telle.olivier@gmail.com, Partha Mukhopadhyay at partha@cprindia.org or Marie-Hélène Zerah at marie-helene.zerah@ird.fr

Media Invite

: Media Invite -Indian Medical Association Invite You For
Press Conference
The Violence Against Doctors & the declining Doctor-Patient Relationship
Key Points – Social Perspective of Rising Violence against doctors & Dynamics of Doctor-Patient Trust Deficit
In The Presence Of  Dr. R N Tandon, Hony. Secretary-General, IMA Dr. Vinay Aggarwal, Past National President, IMA Dr. V K Monga, IMA Venue – Indian Medical Association, IMA House, New Delhi Date – 23rd May 2018 Wednesday Time – 12:30 PM Followed By Lunch CN Network Media Services  Abhishek Pandey 9999858558

Smart city Expo at Pargati Maidan to Opened 23-5-18 at 9.30am Hall no.11 today

Niti Ayog & CPR talk on Governance at Kamladevi hall IIC on 24 May 6.30pm

2. UNICEF 10 AM Shiksha Mela on 24 May 10 AM onwards IHC Jacaranda

CPR talk on Karnataka election 11.30am 25 may at conference hall CPR.

Hydro award scope complex Tagore hall core no 8 on May 25 10.30 am onwards

VIF 4.30 pm talk on Air force today 23 May

UNICEF India Invite

UNICEF India cordially invites you to Shiksha Mela- Education Open Day, which exhibitsscalable examples of equitable and quality education from 17 Indian states. Please find the detailed agenda for your kind reference.



Who: Dr. Yasmin Ali Haque, UNICEF Representative in India


Mr Anil Swarup, Secretary, Department of School education and literacy, MHRD


Where: Inaugration – Gulmohar Hall


Shiksha Mela- Jacaranda Hall, The India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi


When: May 24 2018, 10 am onwards


You are cordially invited to the inauguration and media interaction.


Kind regards,


Sonia Sarkar

Communication Officer (Media), Advocacy & Communication

91-11-24606-237; Mobile: 98 101 70289

Email: ssarkar@unicef.org


United Nations Children’s Fund

India Country Office, 73 Lodi Estate, New Delhi, 110003 India

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Modi,Putin Sochi talks

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi covered military and technical cooperation, among other issues, during their talks on May 21, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Tuesday. “The agenda of yesterday’s negotiations included the topic of military and technical cooperation,” he said. The spokesman, however,  refused to answer a question on whether Putin and Modi had discussed the delivery of S-400 missile systems to India, TASS reported. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Monday that Putin and Modi put particular emphasis on economic cooperation, adding that the parties “touched upon the entire spectrum of the privileged strategic partnership.” According to the minister, other topics included the energy sector, high-tech and nuclear energy.

 Congress’s G Parameshwara to take oath as Karnataka deputy CM

Karnataka Congress chief G Parameshwara to take oath as Karnataka deputy chief minister tomorrow along with H D Kumaraswamy.

Moreover, Congress’s K R Ramesh Kumar to be the Speaker of the assembly.

Earlier, a meeting of the Congress and the Janata Dal-Secular to discuss portfolio sharing was held in Bengaluru, attended by Kumaraswamy, Siddaramaiah, K C Venugopal, Mallikarjun Kharge, H D Revanna, and D K Shivakumar.

Today we took decision regarding the expansion (of the cabinet). The speaker and deputy speaker would be elected on 25 May. Portfolios would be decided day after tomorrow. Everything is alright, no differences, Kumaraswamy said after the meeting.   — ANI

Dear Naresh Sagar,First of all thank you.


Dear Naresh Sagar

Message from the Chairman
I take this opportunity to write to all our candidates,supporters and volunteers to update you on our progress over the last 3 months.

First of all thank you.

It has been an incredibly busy three months and our achievement is just short of sensational!
We had our candidate launch in London on the 3rd February and we received another 300 candidate applications. We  followed this with our Press Launch in Westminster which gained us a further 500 candidate applications and a significant amount of press coverage.
We then launched our Listen to Britain tour with two of our Principals travelling around Britain
giving talks at 10 universities and engaged with the public in 20 cities, engaging hundreds if not thousands of people. These trips gathered information on concerns of the public which together with the results of our online survey are helping us formulate policy.
We have formed seven sub committees tasked with formulating policies on seven key areas: Education, Economy, Environment and Renewable Energy, Health, Housing, Foreign Affairs Defence and Security and Immigration.We hope to announce more policy findings in late summer, once the People and the Experts have spoken.This will only be the start of the process of collecting ideas to formulate policy.
We have formed an advisory board consisting of 12 dedicated professionals, including our three Principals and a Chief Executive, men and women experienced in different fields and of all ages to support the Board and Executive Committee in strategy and implementation. We have also attending key coordination meetings with Pro Remain groups, MPs, Lords, media and key players  to exchange insights, find common ground and keep channels open for the future.

We have formed a social media team of young people to drive Renew forward, and we now have 13,000 followers on twitter from a base of 3,000 in February. We have refreshed our current website with updated information and we are building a new platform to improve our communications and data management.

We have been crowdfunding particular activities, organising political events and going on marches.

We are in the process of appointing coordinators across the UK and Europe. The purpose of appointing coordinators is to galvanise local support and arrange regional events. We have appointed a coordinator in France to look after our Brits Abroad, with hundreds already supporting Renew in France.We have also fought the local elections in 16 wards and in our three targeted wards we took 10% of the votes.

So what is is store for the next 3 Months?

We will continue developing our regional coordinators throughout Britain.They will then help us organise candidates and supporters in their areas.

We will start training potential candidates in campaigning, media management and practical skills.

We have grown from a few to thousands and the governance structure we developed 8 months ago needs to be updated to reflect this. We have set up a Working Group to develop a new Constitution and a Code of Conduct.

We plan a national Conference in the Autumn.

We will make more of an impact, we will take part in more events, write more letters and articles to your local MP and media, we will call in more radio stations as a Renew Supporters and we will get more people to fill out thesurvey on lineWe will change British politics for the better.
To you all, I say thank you again.But our work is only just beginning. We need your continued help and support.
Richard Breen