Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in UK

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Chinese President Xi Jinping (C) and his wife Peng Liyuan (3rd L) arrive in London, Britain, Oct. 19, 2015, for a state visit to Britain at the invitation of Queen Elizabeth II.

Chinese President Xi Jinping & wife Peng Liyuan, arrived in London on Monday evening for a state visit to Britain at the invitation of Queen Elizabeth II.

Xi’s plane touched down at Heathrow Airport ,the couple were greeted by Viscount Hood on behalf of the Queen and also by British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond.

“China attaches great importance to growing relations with the United Kingdom,” the president said in a written statement upon arrival.”To deepen China-UK relationship is in the fundamental interests of both countries and peoples and meets the trend of the times,” he said.Xi noted that this year marks the start of the second decade of the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries, saying he hopes to have in-depth exchange of views with British leaders on bilateral relations and major international and regional issues.

The president said he also looks forward to meeting with people from various sectors of the British society to discuss the future of the bilateral relations and draw a “grand blueprint” for future cooperation.Prior to his visit, Xi voiced his expectations for building “golden” ties with Britain.

“I hope this will chart the course for the future growth of China-UK relations, inject new impetus in practical cooperation between our two countries in all fields and enable us to jointly usher in a ‘golden time’ for China-UK comprehensive strategic partnership,” he said in a written interview with Reuters on Sunday.

Zhou Hong, a scholar with the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, thinks that Xi’s trip, during which he visits a single European nation, is very rare in China-Europe ties, and that it in some way indicates China attaches great importance to its relations with Britain, which is a major country at the core of the European Union.

Xi’s state visit, which will conclude on Friday, is the first by a Chinese president since 2005.

According to China’s foreign ministry, the Queen will host a welcome ceremony for Xi and invite him for both an informal lunch and a formal dinner.Xi will hold talks with Prime MinisterDavid Cameron and address a banquet hosted by the Lord Mayor of the City of London.Besides the capital city, Xi is also scheduled for a trip to Manchester, where the Chinese president will attend a banquet and visit research projects and local businesses.

Tony Blair, former British prime minister, said earlier that Britain is “enthusiastic” about developing the ties with China even further and making sure that next decade is a golden decade, noting that most people in Britain support a strong relationship with China.

“I expect President Xi’s visit will strengthen the relationships still further between Britain and China at the political level, at the economic level and at the people-to-people level,” Blair told Xinhua in a recent interview. Xenhua news

Press conference of latest Hindi Film TITLI

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Kanu Behl (Director)

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Shivani Raghuvanshi

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“India and Japan: New Imperatives in the emerging Asian Geopolitics”


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DATE Thursday, October 29, 2015
TIME 11:00 AM  – 12:30 PM (Registration: 10:30 AM)
LOCATION WWF Auditorium, 172-B, Lodhi Estate, New Delhi – 110003
SPEAKERS Dr Srabani Roy Choudhury, Associate Professor, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University
Amb Shiv Shankar Mukherjee, Former High Commissioner of India to U.K.
Amb Aftab Seth, Former Ambassador of India to Japan
CHAIR Amb Biren Nanda, Former High Commissioner of India to Australia
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India has an ancient link with Japan that goes back to 1500 years. Since the historic visit of PM Yoshiro Mori to India in August 2000 and the signing the “Global Partnership” agreement between the two countries, our ties have grown rapidly. Both countries share values of democracy, rule of law and freedom of speech. Japan and India meet at the summit level at least once a year and at the level of Foreign, Defence, Energy, and Commerce Minister also on an annual basis. This close engagement underlines the richness of the relationship which is free of any baggage, historical or otherwise. The 21st Century has seen a remarkable expansion of these relations in the economic sphere and especially in the area of defence cooperation. There are flagship projects like the Delhi- Bombay corridor and the Bangalore Madras corridor which are major Japanese contributions to India’s infrastructure.

The session, organised in preparation for PM Abe’s visit to India later this year, would reflect on how the bilateral relationship has shaped over the years and also focus on the new opportunities of cooperation between the two countries in the emerging Asian geopolitics.

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Srabani roy Choudhury 20-10-15 Dr Srabani Roy Choudhury, Associate Professor, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University

Dr. Srabani Roy Choudhury is an Associate Professor in Japanese Studies, Centre for East Asian Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University. Recipient of Japan Foundation Fellowship 1996-1997. She was based at Tokyo University to complete her Ph.D field work. Her Ph.D was from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. In January 2012, she was recipient of visiting scholar programme to Keizai Koho Centre, Ministry of Economics and Industry, Japan.

Subsequently she spent May and June 2012 with Policy Research Institute, Ministry of Finance, Japan and worked on “Understanding the Impact of the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement and the Ensuing Prospects for Japanese companies in India”. In 2014, she was a visiting fellow at REIB Kobe University. Her research interest lies in the area of Japanese investment in India.  She does field study on Japanese companies in India and has conducted study on same lines for ICRIER in 2008. Her recent publications are centered on Japan- India economic relations and Japanese Multinationals experiences in India, their entry strategies and their survival techniques. Currently she has been also working on identifying sectors for Japanese investment into India by conducting consumer surveys.  She has international and national publications on the subjects of her interest. Among her recent publication is an edited book on Japan Saarc Partnership: A Way Ahead.
 Shiv Shankar Mukherjee 20-10-15 Ambassador Shiv Shankar Mukherjee, Former High Commissioner of India to U. K.

Ambassador Shiv Shankar Mukherjee has a Master’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Delhi . He joined the Indian Foreign service in 1971. He served in various capacities in the Indian missions in Damascus, Brussels, Lusaka and Washington. He was an election observer in Namibia and appointed India’s first high commissioner to that country. Later, he served as India’s ambassador to Egypt, high commissioner to South Africa, and ambassador to Nepal, before his final assignment as high commissioner to the U.K., where he retired in 2009.
At headquarters, he was Spokesman for the Ministry of External Affairs, and Director- General of the Indian Council of Cultural Relations (ICCR).
 Aftab Seth 20-10-15 Ambassador Aftab Seth, Former Ambassador of India to Japan

Ambassador Aftab Seth is the Chairman of India Global Link Co. Ltd, and Chairman, Japan-India Partnership Forum. He is currently a Visiting Professor at Kenichi Ohmae Institute of Management in Tokyo, Chairman of the Global Indian International Schools, Japan, Adviser, Global Indian Foundation and Vice President of the Global Schools Foundation with schools in India , Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand , Vietnam and Japan. He was previously the Indian Ambassador to Japan, Vietnam and Greece.
After joining the Ministry of External Affairs, India in 1968, he served in the Embassies in Beirut, Cairo and Jakarta and, the Consulates in Karachi and Hamburg. From 2004 to 2006, he was associated with the Global Security Research Institute, Keio University as its first Professor and Director. He served as Chairman of the International Advisory Committee, Keio University from 2006-2009.  He has connected Keio with India’s top Universities. He has been a Former Member of the Management Board of the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, New Delhi and a Former Visiting Professor at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. Ambassador Seth is also a member of the World Parliament of Cultures based in Bilkent University in Ankara, the biggest private university in Turkey. He has lectured at think tanks in Moscow and St Petersburg in Russia, at Christ Church University in New Zealand, at the Hudson Institute in Washington  D.C., at Harvard University,  at Columbia University in New York and in New Jersey, at the Casa Asia in Madrid Spain, at the University of Seville, at Prince Hassan University, Morocco, at Cairo University and Al Azhar University in Egypt, Al Quds University in Jerusalem and in Ramalla in the Palestine territory, and in various other Universities and Institutions in Damascus, Sri Lanka and Australia, besides other countries. Ambassador Seth is also assisting the Group 30 of Japan, which is a group of top Japanese universities set up by Prime Minister Fukuda in 2008. The Group seeks to promote higher education in Japan abroad, including in countries like India. Ambassador Seth received a B.A. (Honors) from St. Stephen’s College, Delhi University, an M.A. from Christ Church College, Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and a Doctorate of Laws from the American College of Greece.  He also received a certificate of enrolment with distinction in Japanese Language and History from Keio University. He writes extensively and has authored 3 books, including “How Much Weight Can an Elephant Lose?” in 2001 which won the Mahatma Gandhi-Martin LutherKing Daisaku Ikeda Award and a Volume of Poems, “Pillars of Landscape” (1995).
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 Biren Nanda 20-10-15 Ambassador Biren Nanda, Former High Commissioner of India to Australia

Upon completion of his Post Graduate degree in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics, Mr. Biren Nanda joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1978. Mr. Nanda has previously served as a diplomat in Indian Missions in Singapore, Beijing, Shanghai, Washington, D.C., and Tokyo. He was the Consul General of India in Shanghai from 1996-2000, Deputy Chief of Mission in the Embassy of India in Tokyo from 2000-2004, Ambassador of India to the Republic of Indonesia from 2008 to 2012 and High Commissioner of India to Australia from 2012 to 2015.
Mr Nanda retired from the Indian Foreign Service in January this year.
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‘Our attack needs attention’ – Harendra Singh, Coach,

 

‘Our attack needs attention’ – Harendra Singh, Coach, Indian Men’s Junior Hockey Team

New Delhi, 20th October 2015: The Indian Men’s Junior Hockey team returned home late night yesterday after finishing as the runner’s up at the 5th Sultan of Johor Cup. The tournament was played at Johor Bahru, Malaysia where India lost 4-3 (2-2) to Great Britain in a nail biting penalty shootout, being levelled at 2 goals each after full time. India captain Harjeet Singh was adjudged as the Player of the Tournament, as India failed to defend the title for the third consecutive year.

“The finals were a close affair and I feel bad for the boys who lost after coming so close. It’s unfortunate that even after our goalkeeper gave us life three times in the Penalty shootout, the boys probably somewhere gave into the pressure and the title slipped away from our reach. However I think our biggest learning from the tournament has been about our need to address our attack and midfield on certain areas and I am confident we will return victorious in our forthcoming tournaments,” said Harendra Singh, Coach, Indian Junior Men’s Hockey Team.

 “We really tried hard, and we played a good game, but Penalty Shoot Outs are really unpredictable, but this loss really hurts. We return with a fair idea of the areas where we need to work on so that we can return victorious in our next tournaments,” said Harjeet Singh, Captain Indian Junior Men’s Hockey Team

When asked about him receiving the Player of the Tournament award, he said, “It feels good to be awarded the Player of the Tournament, but winning was the most important, and while this award adds to my confidence, a loss in the final still leaves a lot to desire within the team.”

The Indian colts who earlier topped the pool standings in the league matches with 13 points, had earlier also lost to Great Britain. Sumit Kumar and Harmanpreet Singh with 3 goals each were the top scorers for India in the tournament.

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Walmart paid millions of dollars as bribe in India: WSJ 

Oct 20,

A US government investigation is said to have found evidence of Wal-Mart Stores allegedly paying thousands of small bribes to local officials in India to get customs clearances and obtain real-estate permits.

Wall Street Journal reported that vast majority of payments were below 200 dollars and some were as low as 5 dollars but together totalled millions of dollars.

The Journal reported that three-year federal probe found evidence of widespread bribery in India.

Wall Street Journal said investigators found similar payments in Mexico, but the bulk of such activity seemed to be in India.

Wal-Mart is likely to face charges of violating the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act due to these payments.

The world’s largest retailer entered India in 2007 through a supermarket joint venture with Bharti Enterprises but split up in 2013. Since then, it is mostly focused on wholesale business.

A BRIEF OUTLINE OF THE INNOVATIVE SWEDISH SME?

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Nksagar —Greetings from New York! I’m excited to share some news with you. Food Tank and the James Beard Foundation, along with a prestigious advisory group of more than 70 food system experts, developed the second annual Good Food Org Guide featuring nearly 1,000 food related nonprofits across the United States. Download the brand new guide HERE and SHARE this news with your social network!

This definitive Guide highlights nonprofit organizations that are doing exemplary work in each of the 50 States including the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Guam, in the areas of food and agriculture, nutrition and health, hunger and obesity, and food justice. At least 10 organizations were chosen from each of the 50 states so that wherever people live they can find the organizations nearest to them that are cultivating a better food system.

The first annual 2014 Good Food Org Guide was released as the definitive guide to organizations—national and state-by-state—who are making an impact with their work. The 2014 Guide was viewed and downloaded by more than 100,000 individuals. This year’s guide will be released at the James Beard Food Conference on October 19, 2015.

Only nonprofit, scholarly, and municipal initiatives have been selected in order to spotlight efforts that are focused on community building and engagement, advocacy, and service.

The vision and objective of this annual publication is to focus attention on the hundreds of organizations (listed in alphabetical order, not ranked) who are working in fields, kitchens, classrooms, laboratories, businesses, town halls, and Congress to create a better food system.

The list was determined by distinguished experts, including past recipients of the James Beard Leadership Award and food and agriculture leaders.

This year’s guide has tripled in size and includes new features such as categories and an online interactive mapping and search tool. This brand new website allows users to search by keyword, location, and category in order to explore the organizations they are most interested in. Every organization has its own unique profile page including contact information, description, logo, social media links, directions, and photos.

“This year’s Guide highlights the exemplary work being done by hundreds of organizations in the U.S. and it is more user-friendly, allowing anyone to search for organizations in a simple, practical way. We hope this Guide will become the go-to place for finding the good food organizations nearest you,” says Susan Ungaro, President of the James Beard Foundation.

These groups include organizations who combat childhood obesity, malnourishment, and physical inactivity; prevent food waste; educate consumers on healthy, nutritious food choices; create networks of social entrepreneurs; protect food and restaurant workers; highlight solutions for restoring the health of people and the planet; work with indigenous communities to preserve traditions, culture, and biodiversity; inspire and educate individuals to cook more of their own food; and protect public health, human health, and the environment.

“We were thrilled to collaborate with the James Beard Foundation in creating this helpful and practical tool that will shed light on all the great organizations working to improve the food system,” says Danielle Nierenberg, President of Food Tank.

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Do you know about an organization that didn’t make it into this year’s guide? SUBMIT your suggestions for the 2016 Good Food Org Guide HERE.

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5,000 migrants reach Slovenia from Croatia

Some 5,000 migrants reached Slovenia on Monday from Croatia, with another 1,200 on their way by train, Reuters quoted a Slovenian Interior Ministry official as saying. He also accused Croatia of ignoring efforts to contain the flow, Reuters reported. The ministry’s state secretary Bostjan Sefic said Germany was accepting fewer arrivals and Austria was asking Slovenia to stem the flow. “Croatia is ignoring our pleas, our plans,” the official said.

NORTH EAST SINGS A SONG AND TAKES DELHI ALONG

 

New Delhi, 19 October 2015: The capital city of New Delhi came alive with the beautiful colours of the Northeast region of India over the past three days, as the North East Festival was held at IGNCA from 16th to 18th October, 2015.  The 3rdedition of the festival, which was bigger and better than before with some special additions, saw a footfall of over 3 lakh people, who thronged the festival for a first-hand experience the very best that the North East has to offer.

Apart from showcasing the entire gamut of North East’;s culture, cuisines, handicrafts, music et al, promoting and boosting tourism in region was the key focus of this year’;s edition of the North East Festival. Special sessions with high level dignitaries were also held to discuss the strategic importance of the North East region and the Look East Policy.

The “North East Festival”, has become a brand which is synonymous with the unification of the various stakeholders of North East under one dynamic platform. North East Festival is organised by the reputed socio-cultural trust, Trend MMS, in association with IGNCA.

Mr Arvind Kerjriwal, CM Of Delhi appreciated the initiative of North East Festival and promised support for the extensive marketing throughout Delhi to promote the concept. He assured the North East community people in Delhi full security and support.

During all the 3 days of the Northeast Festival, cultural events, folk dance forms put on a spectacular show all through the festival. Delectable cuisines from the entire region drew visitors from and outside North East.  Music, dance, fashion, food, exhibition of art, photography, cartoon,traditional sports, film, discussions and much more was at display in the three day Festival. With support of  Delhi Tourism many foreign tourists came to visit North East Festival and taken part in various activities. Around 50 artisans/weavers/textile entrepreneur of NER showcased their unique designs and participated in Buyers Sellers interaction.

Few serious discussion sessions were organized. One on Potential for Food Processing sector in the NER was organized by FINER with support from MoFPI, Govt of India, One session on Tourism B2B wherein tour operators, hoteliers, top officials of Govt, Ad flim makers from Mumbai etc interacted with North East Stakeholders. One session on design improvement of the textile weavers were organized and a B2B session on textiles were also organized.  A seminar on India’;s Strategic importance and Act East Policy was attended by Mr. Ram Madhav, Mr. Ravi Capoor, JS, Ministry of Commerce, Mr. AM Singh, JS, DoNER, top intellectuals of the region, North East leaders.

The festival saw an unprecedented line-up of established and upcoming talents music, culture and fashion. Around 40 bands performed, and the top designers and gen-next designers from North East showcased their creations. Painting, Photography, Cartoon Exhibition, Live sketch, handloom-handicrafts of the region proved to be great draw among the audience.

Musicians took centrestage in the evenings with some amazing performances – Zubeen Garg, ​Lou Majaw, Boomarang, Purple Fusion, Abiogenesis, Traffic Jam, SKD, ​Parikrama,The Local Train, Girish & The Chronicles​,​Anaya Brahma,  et al enthralled crowds.

Dazzling fashion shows saw models walk the ramp in stunning outfits from the region, around 20 designers participated in the show.

The last day of the evening was dedicated to Majuli and a short audio visual presentation showcased Majuli’;s heritage, resources and the growing concerns of erosion. Singer Zubeen Garg while presenting spoke about the need of national media attention to protect Majuli.

North East Festival Football Competition was organized at Jawharlal Nehru Stadium wherein top football team of North East participated with well known colleges of NCR. Venketaswara College became eventual Champion beating Hornbill Club.

Speaking about this year’;s edition, Shyamkanu Mahanta, Organiser in Chief, North East Festival informed that this year North East Festival’;s focus of handicraft and tourism. Extensive coverage in national media would help in creating positive perception for the region. Substantial Delhi population came and appreciated the various facets of NER and we have made some progress in building bridges.

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Modi – Naidu must answer, whose and at what cost capital AP capital city being built?

NAPM Concludes its three day National Chintan Shivir in Hyderabad, Vows to Defeat Corporate Loot and Communal Forces 

 

Hyderabad | 19th October, 2015: Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Chandrababu Naidu, the CM of Andhra Pradesh are to inaugurate the capital city on 22nd of October, spending Rs. 300 crores. At whose cost and what cost, this endeavor is pushed and still being imposed, is a big question. The capital is a game of the capitalists, including real estate developers who are in nexus with the politicians.  It being at the cost of the best of agriculture and horticulture which would bring in severe destruction of livelihood and contribute to food insecurity.

The Government of Andhra Pradesh decided to establish a green field capital city between Vijayawada and Guntur cities, in a 122 sq kilometre area by acquiring prime agricultural land on the bank of river Krishna. The Government has also planned to develop the capital region in a 7068 sq. kilometres area. The capital city is promised and claimed to be developed as a liveable, environmentally sustainable and people’s capital.

The core capital region alone will displace around 90,000 marginal farmers, lease holders, agricultural workers, fisher people and other unorganised labour classes. The latter compose 80% of the population in the area. While the land lords will be getting residential plots, a commercial plot and yearly compensation for every acre surrendered, the landless will be left with a paltry Rs. 2500/- per month as ‘Pension’. Our enquiries have shown that a large number of landless families have not been included in the enumeration of affected families. Tenements in large numbers  have lost their means of livelihood. Their children are dropping out of colleges because their parents can no more afford to pay for their education.

If Amaravati is to be a People’s Capital as the Government claims it to be, then everyone, especially the unorganised working classes should have a right to the City as well as development both. They have a right to land, housing and other resources just like the landlords so that they are able to live with dignity and earn their livelihood in the new capital.

The paltry Rs.2500/- as Pension promised for the landless working classes will make them ‘beggars’. We demand that the land less working class families who are threatened to be deprived of their livelihood are paid Rs. 15000/- per month for the next ten years, with an annual increment of 10 per cent. Every family unit of the landless affected by the new capital must be included for such compensation with the government taking adequate care so that no one is excluded from such benefit.

NAPM questions this paradigm of development, Modi-Naidu model of urbanisation and undemocratic, unsustainable development planning. We will support the farmers and labourers who are refusing to give land and those who are deprived and destitute citizens.

NAPM concluded its three day Chintan Baithak at Hyderabad attended by its National Conveners and Senior Activists from 15 States. The meeting expressed deep concerns at the ongoing situation in the country and formulated a number of programmes in coming months and passed the following resolutions.

November 19 – 20 : Bhumi Adhikaar Andolan Coordination Committee Meeting, New Delhi

December 6 – 7 : National Convention and Public Hearing on Communal Violence and Religious Fundamentalism

January 10, 2016 : Samajwadi Samagam National Committee Meeting, Delhi

January 11 : Conference on “Land Rights, Community Control of Natural Resources and Development”, Chhindwara, Madhya Pradesh

Resolution Supporting Dissenting Writers and Performers

National Alliance of People’s Movements [NAPM] salutes the resilient spirit of all the writers and performers who returned the national awards, protesting against the shrinking space for difference of opinion, dissent which is happening on a daily basis directly through the different groups associated with those in power. It is also a statement to the institutions created, which were created to perform functions responding to the conscience to society.  NAPM reiterates the demands that the government must reassure the community of writers and artists that its ministers are tolerant of diverse views. Also, it must ensure that the investigations into the murders of M M Kalburgi, Narendra Dabholkar and Govind Pansare are conducted fairly and expediently and their killers are brought to justice.

We express our discontent in the strongest words especially about the inadequate response by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as well as the irresponsible statements made by the other Ministers in the Cabinet ridiculing the protests against this inaction from various quarters.  In a diverse country, imposition of irrational beliefs of vested interests in a dominant community on individuals and communities is definitely against the spirit of the values and the freedom enshrined in the Constitution. The State is obliged to ensure the spirit and the values guaranteed by the Constitution in the day-to-day lives of the people rather than subverting the spirit of the Constitution itself by violating the basic freedom of communities daily.

This is a timely reminder by the fraternity once again standing upto the power stating ‘What right do you have to remain silent’? 

AAP demands inquiry on PI Sadre Suicide & demands Eknath Khadse’;s resignation

The Aam Aadmi Party mourns Police Inspector Ashok Sadre who was driven to suicide by our corrupt system. We have a written a letter to the Chief Minster, Shri Devendra Fadnavis with the following demands:

1. We demand a CID inquiry of PI Ashok Sadre’;s suicide. All allegations made in his suicide note should be investigated.
2. As a cabinet Minister Eknath Khadse should have empathised with deceased officer. On the contrary he has made false statements and he should resign immediately.
resign for his false statements.
3. There should an inquiry instituted into the illegal sand mining business in Jalgaon

 

Journey through Welsh history with new high-tech travel map

 

Mumbai, 19th October 2015: Visitors to Wales will be able to experience Welsh history like never before this autumn thanks to the Wales History Map, launched recently (12 October) by the Welsh Government’s Historic Environment Service (Cadw).

For the first time history enthusiasts will be able to explore sites all over Wales based on their favourite period in Welsh history – from the legacy of the Princes of Gwynedd to the story of Owain Glyndŵr.

Created as part of an Escape to Wales autumn campaign, the Wales History Map is an interactive online resource which allows users to pinpoint over fifty of Wales’s best historic sites, owned or cared for by various partners from within the heritage sector, by separating them into 12 different themes of Welsh history.

The Escape to Wales campaign aims to attract keen walkers and cultural explorers to all Welsh historic sites during the shoulder season.

In addition to the map, a series of audio guides have been released telling the stories of four of Wales’s best loved ‘heroes and heroines’. FromBranwen ferch Llŷr to Gwenllian, and Llywelyn the Great to Sidney Gilchrist Thomas, the audio guides each link to a specific theme on the Wales History Map, and can be downloaded and listened to while exploring sites.

And to help visitors get in the mood for historic adventures, the Welsh Government has collaborated with Trac Cymru (Music Traditions Wales) to create the Ultimate Welsh Road Trip Soundtrack.

Featuring songs from the likes of Welsh songstress Duffy and award-winning folk group 9Bach, the soundtrack, available on the Cadw website, includes a playlist of songs by Welsh artists to complement the historic themes.

The Wales History Map is the latest product of the Welsh Government’s Pan-Wales Interpretation Plan, which aims to bring Wales’s heritage to life for locals and visitors to explore and enjoy, while maximising the economic value of heritage tourism.

Around 42 million* British tourism visits were made to destinations in Wales during the first six months of 2015, and it is hoped that the new online resource will inspire more to visit heritage sites across Wales during 2015 and 2016.

Ken Skates AM, Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, said: “We’re always looking for new and innovative ways of making Wales’s heritage more accessible and engaging for visitors, and the Wales History Map succeeds in doing that.

“By working closely with heritage partners, sites from across Wales have been linked together based on common themes. This encourages visitors to learn about the fascinating stories which make up Wales’s history, and visit sites associated with the stories – regardless of who owns or cares for them.

“Working with partners on a pan-Wales approach significantly improves the visitor experience, with tourists and locals given the opportunity to learn and engage with characters and stories from Wales’s past in a coherent and consistent way. The additional resources such as audio guides and soundtrack will also add to the overall experience, and will hopefully attract more visitors to Welsh heritage sites during the autumn.”

For more information about the Wales History Map, audio guides and the Welsh road trip soundtrack, visitwww.cadw.gov.wales/historymap

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*Stats sourced from: Welsh Government visitor research reports andhttp://gov.wales/docs/statistics/2015/150922-great-britain-day-visits-january-july-2015-en.pdf

Bihar Poll : Highlights of the Analysis  and Criminal Background of candidates

Candidates with criminal cases: Out of all the 808 candidates, 215 (27%) candidates have declared criminal cases against themselves.

  • Candidates with serious criminal cases: 162 (20%) candidates have declared serious criminal cases including cases related to murder, attempt to murder, communal disharmony, kidnapping, crimes against women etc.
  • Candidates with cases related to murder: 31 candidates have declared cases related to murder (Indian Penal Code Section-302). Ajay Kumar, an Independent candidate from Kumhrarh constituency has declared8 charges related to murder while Rajeev Ranjan Singh of theSamras Samaj Party from Digha constituency has declared 7 charges related to murder in their respective affidavits. Pradeep Kumar of theBahujan Samaj Party (BSP) from Dumraon constituency and Anant Kumar Singh, an Independent candidate from Mokamaconstituency, have each declared 5 charges related to murder against themselves. In total, 5 candidates of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), 3 of Communist Party of India (Marxist-Leninist) Liberation (CPI (ML)(L)), 2candidates of Janata Dal (United) (JD(U)), 2 fielded by Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), 2 candidates ofCommunist Party of India (CPI), 1 candidate of Samajwadi Party (SP), 1 candidate of Garib Janata (Secular), 1candidate fielded by Jan Adhikar Party(Loktantrik) (JAP(L)), 1 candidate of Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI(M)), 1 fielded by Shiv Sena (SHS), 1 candidate of Samras Samaj Party, 1 candidate of BSP, 1 candidate of Suheldev Bhartiya Samaj Party and 9 Independentcandidates have declared cases related to murder in their affidavits.
  • Candidates with cases related to attempt to murder: 57 candidates have declared cases of attempt to murder (IPC Section-307).Visheshwar Ojha of the BJP from Shahpur constituency has declared 10charges related to attempt to murder. Anant Kumar Singh, anIndependent candidate from Mokamaconstituency and Rajeev Ranjan Singh of the Samras Samaj Party from Digha constituency have each declared6 charges related to attempt to murder in their respective affidavits. Pradeep Kumar, a candidate fielded by theBSP from Dumraonconstituency, and Lalan Singh, JAP(L) candidate from Mokama constituency, have each declared 5 charges related to attempt to murderagainst themselves. In total, 4 candidates of BJP, 7 of CPI (ML)(L), 6 candidates of JD(U), 2 candidates fielded by RJD, 2 candiate of the Indian National Congress (INC), 1candidates of CPI, 4 candidate of SP, 2 candidate of Lok Janshakti Party (LJP), 2 candidate fielded by JAP(L),1candidate of CPI(M), 1 fielded by Rashtriya Jankranti Party, 1 candidate of Samras Samaj Party, 2 candiate ofBSP, 1 candidate of Suheldev Bhartiya Samaj Party, 1 of Bahujan Mukti Party and 20 Independentcandidates have declared cases related to murder in their affidavits.
  • Candidates with cases related to crimes against women: 12 candidates have declared cases related to crimes against women. 1 candidate fielded by BSP, 1 by JAP(L), 1 by Garib Janata Dal (Secular), 1 candiate ofLokpriya Samaj Party and 1 candidate of Bahujan Mukti Partyhave each declared offence related to assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty (IPC Section-354). 1 candiate of Aarakshan Virodhi party, 1 fielded by CPI, 1 candiate of Rashtriya Jankranti Party, 1 of SHS and 1 Independentcandidate have each declared charge related to Husband or relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty (IPC Section-498A).
  • Candidates with cases related to causing communal disharmony: 4 candidates have declared cases relating to causing communal disharmony.  While Vinod Kumar, an Independent candidate from Mahuaconstituency, has declared 1 charge related to deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings or any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs (IPC Section-295A) and 1offence related topromoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc., and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony (IPC Section-153A), all other candidates have declared 1 charge each related topromoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc., and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony (IPC Section-153A)
  • Candidates with cases related to robbery and dacoity: 13 candidates have declared cases related torobbery and dacoity. Anant Kumar Singh, an Independent candidate from Mokama constituency, Ajay Kumar, an Independent candidate from Kumhrarh constituency, Manoj Kumar of JD(U) from Barhconstituency along with Anjani Kumar Sinha, an Independent candidate from Mokama constituency have each declared 2 charges related to making preparation to commit dacoity (IPC Section-399) and assembling for purpose of committing dacoity (IPC Section – 402).
  • Candidates with cases related to kidnapping: 13 candidates have declared cases related toKidnapping. Anant Kumar Singh, anIndependent candidate from Mokama constituency, has disclosed 2charges relating to kidnapping or abducting in order to murder (IPC Section-364) against himself.
  • Party wise candidates with criminal cases: 21 (62%) out of 34 candidates from BJP, 7 (37%) out of 19 candidates from CPI, 9 (19%) out of 47 candidates from BSP, 10 (56%) out of 18 candidates fielded by JD(U), 12 (39%) out of 31 candidates from SP, 17 (68%) out of 25 candidates ofRJD, 3 (43%) out of 7 candidates fielded byINC, 4 (40%) out of 10 candidates of LJP along with 13 (48%) out of 27 candidates of the CPI(ML) (L)and 62 (22%) out of 276 Independent candidates have declared criminal cases against themselves in their affidavits.
  • Party wise Candidates with serious criminal cases: 11 (32%) out of 34 candidates from BJP, 6 (32%) out of 19 candidates from CPI, 8 (17%)out of 47 candidates from BSP, 8 (44%) out of 18 candidates fielded by JD(U), 10 (32%) out of 31 candidates from SP, 16 (64%) out of 25 candidates of RJD, 2 (29%) out of 7 candidates fielded by INC, 3 (30%) out of 10 candidates of LJP along with 9 (33%) out of 27 candidates of theCPI(ML) (L) and 46 (17%) out of 276 Independent candidates have declared serious criminal cases against themselves in their affidavits.
  • Red Alert constituencies*: 41 constituencies in the third phase of Bihar assembly elections have 3 or more candidates with declared criminal cases. Mokama and Digha constituencies with 9 candidates have the highest number of candidates who have self-declared criminal cases against themselves.
    *Red Alert Constituencies are those which have 3 or more candidates with criminal cases contesting elections.

Financial Background

  • Share of wealth among candidates : The share of wealth amongst the candidates contesting in the third phase of assembly elections in Bihar is as follows:
Value of assets No of candidates Percentage of Candidates
50 crores and above 3 0.37%
10 crores to 50 crores 10 1.24%
1 crore to 10 crores 193 23.89%
50 lakhs to 1 crore 117 14.48%
less than 50 lakhs 485 60.02%

Table: Share of wealth amongst contesting candidates

 

  • High asset candidates*: The 3 richest candidates contesting in the third phase of assembly elections in Bihar have assets valued above Rs 60 crores, and they are given below:
S.No. Name District Constituency Party Name Movable Assets (Rs) Immovable Assets (Rs) Total Assets (Rs) PAN Given
1 Ramesh Sharma Patna Bikram IND 23,93,54,696 9,04,60,00,000 9,28,53,54,696
928 Crore+
Y
2 Dr. Kumar Indradev Patna Barh IND 22,48,600 1,11,02,00,000 1,11,24,48,600
111 Crore+
Y
3 Akhilesh Kumar Patna Bakhtiarpur BSP 7,56,92,310 54,27,85,000 61,84,77,310
61 Crore+
Y

Table: Top three candidates with highest declared assets

*Total Assets includes income of self, spouse and dependents.

 

  • Party wise crorepati candidates: 26 (76%) out of 34 fielded by BJP, 13 (28%) out of 47 candidates ofBSP, 13 (72%) out of 18 candidates fromJD(U), 5 (71%) out of 7 candidates from INC, 20 (80%) out of 25 candidates from RJD, 16 (52%) out of 31 candidates fielded by SP, 13 (54%)out of 24 candidates of JAP(L), 7 (70%) out of 10 candidates of LJP and 52 (19%) out of 276 Independent candidates have declared assets worth more than Rs. 1 crore.
  • Average assets: The average of assets per candidate contesting in the third phase of Bihar assembly elections isRs 2.40 crores.
  • Party wise average assets: Among major parties, the average assets per candidate for 34 BJP candidates isRs 2.06 crores, 47 BSP candidates have average assets of Rs 2.21 crores, 18 JD(U) candidates have average assets worth of Rs 2.43 crores, 7 INC candidates have average assets worth Rs 5.88 crores, 25 RJD candidates have average assets worth of Rs 4.66 crores, average assets of 31 SP candidates are Rs 1.59 crores, 24 JAP(L)candidates have average assets of Rs 2.13 crores, average assets of 10 LJP candidates are Rs 2.62 crores and 276 Independentcandidates have average assets of Rs. 4.59 crores.
  • Low asset candidates:  2 candidates out of all the 808 candidates, Yugeshwar Manjhi, an Independentcandidate from Asthawan constituency and Kumar Rajiv, another Independent candidate from Fatwahconstituency, have declared zero assets in their affidavits. The three candidates with lowest assets excluding the ones with zero assets are as follows:
S.No. Name District Constituency Party Name Movable Assets (Rs) Immovable Assets (Rs) Total Assets (Rs) PAN Given
1 Manmohan Kumar Nalanda Nalanda CPI(ML)(L) 2,000* 0 2,000
2 Thou+
N
2 Umeshwar Mishra Bhojpur Arrah Bhartiya Jagaran Party 2,000* 0 2,000
2 Thou+
Y
3 Bir Kuar Singh Saran Amnour IND 5,000 0 5,000
5 Thou+
N

Table: Candidates with declared lowest assets

* on assets value indicates that the candidate has not provided the total in their affidavits, it has been calculated on the basis of details provided by them in the same

 

  • Candidates with high liabilities: The top three candidates with highest liabilities are as given below;
S.No. Name District Constituency Party Name Movable Assets (Rs) Immovable Assets (Rs) Total Assets(Rs) Liabilities (Rs) PAN Given
1 Dadan Yadav Buxar Dumraon JD(U) 1,18,04,970
1 Crore+
1,52,00,000
1 Crore+
2,70,04,970
2 Crore+
11,65,45,500
11 Crore+
Y
2 Anant Kumar Singh Patna Mokama IND 2,85,36,988
2 Crore+
25,14,75,000
25 Crore+
28,00,11,988
28 Crore+
4,02,01,525
4 Crore+
Y
3 Shambhu Singh Patna Barh Jan Adhikar Party (Loktantrik) 28,30,000
28 Lacs+
97,00,000
97 Lacs+
1,25,30,000
1 Crore+
2,00,00,000
2 Crore+
Y

Table: Top three candidates with high liabilities

 

  • Undeclared PAN: A total of 276 (34%) candidates have not declared their PAN details.
  • Crorepati candidates with no PAN: 21 candidates with total assets worth more than Rs. 1 crore have not declared PAN details. The top 3candidates with high assets who have not disclosed their PAN details in their affidavits are as given below;
S.No. Name District Constituency Party Name Movable Assets (Rs) Immovable Assets (Rs) Total Assets (Rs)
1 Sankat Mochchan Pandey Buxar Buxar IND 12,25,000* 11,30,00,000 11,42,25,000
11 Crore+
2 Mahendra Ram Vaishali Lalganj BSP 65,000 4,10,00,000* 4,10,65,000
4 Crore+
3 Subrat Kumar Yadav Patna Bakhtiarpur Jan Adhikar Party (Loktantrik) 1,41,500* 3,20,00,000 3,21,41,500
3 Crore+

Table:  Top three high asset candidates without PAN

* on assets value indicates that the candidate has not provided the total in their affidavits, it has been calculated on the basis of details provided by them in the same

 

  • Candidates with high income as declared in the ITR*: 4 candidates have declared total annual income of more than Rs 1 crore. These candidates are as given below:
S.No. Name Party Name District Constituency Total Asset The financial year for which the last income tax return has been filed by candidate Total income shown by candidate in ITR (Self+Spouse+Dependent) Self income shown by candidate in ITR
1 Satyendra Kumar Singh LJP Patna Fatwah 3,51,94,8813 Crore+ 2014-2015 1,34,96,7701 Crore+ 66,40,91066 Lacs+
2 Prem Prakash SP Vaishali Patepur (SC) 1,13,91,6821 Crore+ 2015-2016 1,24,95,1631 Crore+ 1,24,95,1631 Crore+
3 Anant Kumar Singh IND Patna Mokama 28,00,11,98828 Crore+ 2014-2015 1,23,61,4101 Crore+ 4,61,8604 Lacs+
4 Rajeev Ranjan Singh Samras Samaj Party Patna Digha 3,30,91,3343 Crore+ 2013-2014 1,08,19,9881 Crore+ 98,74,44198 Lacs+

Table: Crorepati candidates with high income as declared in ITR

*Total income includes income of self, spouse and dependents

  • Candidates who have not declared Income Tax Details*: 458 (57%) out of 808 candidates have not declared income tax details.

* Some candidates may be exempted from filing Income Tax Returns

  • Candidates with high Assets who have not declared Income Tax Details*: 44 candidates with assets worth more than Rs. 1 crore have not declared Income Tax details. The top three candidates with highest assets who have not declared their IT returns are as given below;
S.No. Name District Constituency Party Name Total Income Movable Assets (Rs) Immovable Assets (Rs) Total Assets (Rs) PAN Given
1 Sankat Mochchan Pandey Buxar Buxar IND 0 12,25,000* 11,30,00,000 11,42,25,00011 Crore+ N
2 Sunita Devi Vaishali Hajipur BSP 0 10,84,100 8,16,00,000 8,26,84,1008 Crore+ Y
3 Devendra Prasad Singh Patna Fatwah IND 450000 12,70,000 6,78,13,000 6,90,83,0006 Crore+ Y

Table: Top three candidates with highest assets who have not declared ITR details

* Some candidates may be exempted from filing Income Tax Returns

 

Other Background Details

  • Education details of candidates: 361 (45%) candidates have declared their education qualification to be between 5th pass and 12th pass.while 384 (48%) candidates have declared having an educational qualification ofgraduate or above. 54 candidates have declared themselves to be simple literates.
  • Age details of candidates: 576 (72%) candidates have declared their age to be between 25 and 50 yearswhile 226 (28%) candidates have declared their age to be between 51 and 80 years. While 2 candidates have not disclosed their age details, 1 candidate has declared to be above the age of 80 years.
  • Gender details of candidates: 71 (9%) female candidates are contesting in the third phase of Bihar assembly elections this year.

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TOP NAMES IN INDIAN GOLF TO LIGHT UP WESTERN INDIA OXFORD MASTERS

 

Pune, October 19, 2015: The inaugural Western India Oxford Masters will feature some of the top Indian professionals at the Oxford Golf Resort in Pune this week.

Leading the field at the Rs. 30 lakh event is the 2011 Rolex Player of the Year Chiragh Kumar. Chiragh finished tied second along with Anirban Lahiri at the Venetian Macau Open on Sunday and thus secured his card for the 2016 Asian Tour season. It was the Delhi golfer’s best finish on the Asian Tour since his second place at the Indian Open 2011. With Chiragh getting back to form, he is likely to be one of the top contenders this week.

Seasoned professionals Mukesh Kumar of Mhow and Delhi’s Shamim Khan will bring all their experience to the fore in order to conquer the challenging layout of the Oxford Golf Resort. Mukesh (2008 Rolex Rankings champion) and Shamim (2012 Rolex Rankings champion), both winners in the 2015 season, are currently ranked second and third in the Rolex Rankings. They are the highest ranked players in the field this week and strong contenders for the title. Interestingly, both players have registered wins in Pune in the past.

Mukesh, a winner of more than 120 titles in India, said, “The Oxford Golf Resort compares to some of the top courses in Asia due to its phenomenal setting in the Sahyadri Hills and the immaculate playing conditions. The greens will be tough to read this week as a result of the hilly setting. I expect the winning score to be between 10 and 15 under.”

Bangaloreans Khalin Joshi and Udayan Mane and Gurgaon’s Shubhankar Sharma, all tournament winners on the PGTI, are some of the promising youngsters playing this week. Rookie Udayan Mane won in Jaipur earlier this month, in what was only the seventh professional event of his career. Mane, for whom Pune is a second home as his parents reside here, is currently seventh in the Rolex Rankings.

Khalin Joshi has posted a win and four other top-10s in the season so far to be placed fifth in the money rankings. Shubhankar Sharma, who has the distinction of being the youngest winner on the PGTI at age 17, is also inside the top-10 of the rankings as he currently occupies 10th place.

Mane said, “The western region of the country needs a lot of attention for the purpose of growing the sport of golf as there are currently very few professionals emerging from this part. The Western India Oxford Masters is therefore a step in the right direction. It’s a great joint initiative of the Oxford Golf Resort and PGTI.”

Anil Seolekar, Chairman, Oxford Group, said, “We conceptualized the Western India Oxford Masters in order to promote golf in the western region of the country. Our vision is to take golf to the grassroots and get more people involved in the sport so that we can have a large talent pool in the coming years just like the northern and southern regions.”

The international challenge will be led by the likes of Sri Lankans Anura Rohana, N Thangaraja and K Prabagaran, Australian Kunal Bhasin and Bangladeshi Md Zamal Hossain Mollah. While Rohana, Thangaraja, Bhasin & Zamal are all multiple winners on the PGTI, Prabagaran has one title under his belt.

The host city of Pune will be represented by the likes of Gurki Shergill (winner of 8th TATA Open 2009), Rajiv Niranjan Datar, Aditya Bhandarkar, Sameer M Shaikh, Pravin Pathare, Dinesh Kahar, Moinuddin Malak, Saurabh Bhaduri, Dinesh Raghuvanshi, Shubham Jindal and Sumedh Gangal. The leading talent from neighbouring Mumbai is Anil Bajrang Mane, who finished inside the top-50 of the rankings last year.