HM: Pakistan’s decision to call off talks as ‘unfortunate.’

Pakistan is not ready to focus fully on terrorism and calls off NSA-level talks with India. Talks between National Security Advisors of two countries were to begin today.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has termed Pakistan’s decision to call off talks as ‘unfortunate.’

External Affairs Ministry further said India never put any preconditions for the NSA Level talks.

What India had insisted upon was commitment to the spirit of Shimla Agreement and the Ufa Declaration.

In some tough talking that has put the ball back in Pakistan’s court, India has made it clear that while it is committed to peaceful and bilateral talks, it will not be held hostage by any pre- conditions set at the last minute and that talks with separatists is unacceptable.

Pointing to increased ceasefire violations and cross border terrorism, India questioned commitment to the Ufa agreement.

Earlier in the day, with Pakistan’s approach casting a cloud over the talks, India made it clear that Pak NSA Sartaj Aziz’s proposed talks with separatist leaders is unacceptable.

Sartaj Aziz will be in Delhi on Sunday and NSAs of both countries are scheduled to discuss issues related to terror on Monday. While India sent both the Agenda and a proposed schedule for the talks to Pakistan three days back, Pakistan is yet to share its agenda.

In the meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistan counterpart Nawaz SharifIt in Ufa, it was agreed that the NSAs will meet to talk on terror alone. But Pakistan is now adamant on bringing up the Kashmir issue and on going ahead with talks with the Hurriyat.

Sunday’s invitation by the Pakistan High Commission to hardline leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani and other separatist leaders to meet Sartaj Aziz has upset New Delhi but Pakistan has stuck to the line that such meetings were routine.

Last year India had cancelled talks with Pakistan after its High Commissioner held talks with separatist leaders just before the NSA level talks.

Terrorism and other contentious issues, which are in the domain of the NSAs, will be taken up at the talks.

This includes destabilisation in FATA, Balochistan, and Karachi. Sources say India will not only handover evidence of Udhampur attack perpetrator Naved belonging to Pakistan but also evidence of Pak involvement in the Gurdaspur attack and a dossier with evidence on Pak sponsored terrorist attacks on Indian soil. India will also hand over a list of absconding terrorists and criminals who have sought refuge in Pakistan.

Enforcement Directorate has issued fresh summons to Kashmiri separatist leader Shabir Shah, at present in Delhi, for questioning in connection with a decade-old case of terror financing through ‘hawala channel’.

According to sources the summons have been sent at the south Delhi guest house where Shah, the Chairman of Democratic Freedom Party of Jammu and Kashmir, has been kept after Delhi Police detained him yesterday when he landed to meet Pakistani leadership in prelude to the now cancelled NSA-level talks.

According to sources Shah has been summoned at the Delhi zonal office of the agency this week.

This is the third attempt by the agency to serve summons on Shah in a August 2005 case where Delhi Police’s Special Cell arrested Mohammed Aslam Wani, an alleged hawala dealer, who had claimed that he had passed on Rs 2.25 crore to Shah.

The agency had said its earlier summons were not replied by Shah.

Hurriyat leader Shabir Shah  arrested in New Delhi on Saturday upon his arrival ahead of a possible meeting with Pakistani advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz during that latter’s impending visit.

On Friday Pakistan’s foreign office issued a statement in response to the Indian ‘advice’ that Sartaj Aziz not meet Hurriyat leaders during his visit to India, Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary conveyed to the Indian High Commissioner that this was not acceptable for Pakistan.

The statement of the Foreign Ministry said Kashmir is a disputed territory as per the UN Security Council resolutions which remain unimplemented. Pakistani leadership has always interacted with the Kashmir/Hurriyat leadership, during their visits to India. Pakistan sees no reason to depart from this established past practice. The Hurriyat leaders are true representatives of the Kashmiri people of the Indian occupied Kashmir. Pakistan regards them as genuine stakeholders in the efforts to find a lasting solution of the Kashmir Dispute.

Pakistan has proposed and conveyed to India a comprehensive agenda reflecting the broad understanding reached between the leaders in Ufa, that all outstanding issues, including Kashmir and other disputes, as well as, terrorism issues and other CBMs will be discussed between the two countries.

India’s insistence to introduce conditionalities and restrict the agenda for the dialogue, demonstrates a lack of seriousness on India’s part to meaningfully engage with Pakistan.


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EVENT : A National Dialogue on An Equal Space “Gender Parity in the Media and Entertainment Sector” organized by National Commission for Women to be inaugurated by Shri Prakash Javadekar, Hon’ble Minister of State for Environment, Forestry and Climate Change.
DATE : 24th August, 2015
TIME : 10:00 AM
VENUE : Regency Ball Room, Hotel Hyatt Regency, Bhikaji Cama Place, Ring Road, New Delhi-110066

जन आंदोलनकारियेां के साथ पधारेगें, युवा विद्यार्थी

राजघाट पर 24 अगस्त के महासंमेलन की तैयारी जोरदार रूप से जारी।
तुषार जोग, अंतरराष्ट्रीय कलाकार के साथ बच्चों का आविष्कार
देषभर के जन आंदोलनकारियेां के साथ पधारेगें, युवा विद्यार्थी भी ।
भूमि अधिकार का मुद्दा आज देष भर अहम राजनैतिक मुद्दा बन चुका हैं। भूमि अधिकार किसानो के लिये, ‘‘विकास’’ का आक्रमण और विस्थापन का आतंक से बचने के लिये अहम मुद्दा है। भूमि अधिग्रहण के आसर तो केवल भूमिधारी पर नही, भूमिहीन खेती मजदूरों पर भी होता हैं। भूमिहीनो में सम्मेलित है मछुआरे, कुम्हार नावडे वाले भी । इन सभी का अधिकार है जिने का और प्राकृतिक पर निर्भर है उनकी जीविका इसलिये, इन तमाम समाजो को एकत्रित आकर नर्मदा घाटी में सरदार सरोवर से उजडने के खिलाफ लड़ना पड रहा हैं ।
‘‘भूमि-आवास-आजीविका अधिकार’’ हजारो परिवारो को देना बाकी होते हुये सरदार सरोवर जैसे महाकाय बांध को आगे बढाने का जो अपराध शासक कर रहे है, उसी को विरोध जानने तथा नर्मदा धाटी के 45 हजार सरदार सरोवर परियेाजना ग्रस्तो के जीवन अधिकार सत्याग्रह को समर्थन देने पहुच रहे है, देष भर के जन आंदोलनकारी कल 24 अगस्त के रोज राजघाट में पधारने वालो की संख्या बढकर कई सारे सषक्त जनआंदोलनो के साथी समर्थक यहां एकत्रित हो रहें हैं। दिल्ली से योगेन्द्र यादव जी (जय किसान आंदोलन व स्वराज अभियान) संदीप पाण्डेय जी (सोसलिस्ट पार्टी व उत्तर प्रदेष), सी.के. जानू (केरल), इसके अलावा तमिलनाडू, उडिया, म0प्र0 बिहार, बंगाल, महाराष्ट्र से आने वालो की संख्या बरीबन 100 हो गई है। विविध विद्यापीठ विष्वविद्यालय के युवा विद्यार्थी पधारे है, आंदोलन की जीवन शाला के बच्चे और अंतराष्ट्रीय कलाकार तुसार जोग कला प्रदर्षन में व्यस्त है। बड़वानी के कई संगठन/संस्थाअेां ने आंदोलन को व्यक्तव्य जाहीर करते हुये, समर्थन घोषित किया। महासम्मेलन में मछुआरे, केवट भी साम 5 बजे नावडा रेली निकालेगे।
इस कार्यक्रम को सफल बनाने को लेकर युवाओं ने सत्याग्रह स्थल पर बैठक ली। जीवन अधिकार सत्याग्रह के 13वा दिन भी राजघाट स्थित सत्याग्रह स्थल पर डटकर बैठे है। आज ग्राम भवरिया, गांगली, सोदूल, के लोग सत्याग्रहण पर रहे।
(मीरा) (बिलाल खान) (मुकेष भगोरिया) (राहूल यादव)
  • The Russian military has performed the successful launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile, part of the RS-12M Topol family, from the Kapustin Yar testing range in the southern Astrakhan region, TASS reported. The missile’s warhead hit the designated hypothetical target at the Sary-Shagan range in Kazakhstan “with the desired precision,”Russia’s Defense Ministry said in a statement. The launch was aimed at testing “promising combat equipment for intercontinental missiles,” the ministry added.

  • Belgian and French police officers will jointly patrol the trans-border high-speed Thalys trains on a regular basis, an emergency Belgian Security Council meeting decided, according to TASS. The decision was taken after phone conversations took place between French President Francois Hollande and Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel. The set of measures will also include tightened controls at railway terminals, strengthening cooperation with local police, and sample luggage inspections. The new measures take effect at the beginning of this weekend, said the Belgian Interior Ministry statement.

  • 15:12 GMT

    The death toll in the Kabul suicide car bombing has risen to 12, including three foreign contract workers and a woman. Sixty-six people were wounded in the blast, six women and five children among them, Afghanistan’s Health Ministry officials said. The suicide attack targeted a foreign convoy in a diplomatic district of the Afghan capital close to the US embassy and ISAF headquarters. EU ambassador to Afghanistan as well as the British embassy in Kabul have condemned the attack.

  • At least 20 people have been killed and dozens wounded in airstrikes launched by Syrian government forces on the Damascus suburb of Douma, AP reports citing the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights group. Other groups including the Local Coordination Committees and the Douma Revolution claim that 50 people have died in the strikes. The suburb hosts the Jaysh al-Islam rebel group, also known as the Islam Army. UN officials earlier condemned the government forces actions.

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British train workers go on strike

Train workers from First Great Western, a British train company that provides commuter and suburban services, went on strike on Sunday against the introduction of new trains. The strike was organized by theRMT union, which says the introduction of new Hitachi inter-city trains will lead to job losses, because buffet cars may be abolished. The union said it is also concerned over job security and passenger safety on board the new trains. According to First Great Western, they are “running 70 percent of our regular Sunday services but trains may be busy and there will be limited food and drink services on-board.”

Media agencies

Dear friend

Andy Hall is a researcher who defends the rights of migrants in Thailand, including migrants from Burma.

On Monday he will be in a court in Thailand, because a Thai company wants to stop him revealing exploitation of their factory workers. If this company succeeds in their cases against him, he could end up spending 8 years in jail and facing an 8 million pound fine.

Email the government of Thailand now and call on them to ensure all charges against Andy Hall are dropped immediately.
Andy Hall
In 2013 he was involved in exposing how a factory in Thailand was committing human rights abuses against migrant workers in its factory. Abuses included child labour, workers being beaten, being paid illegally low wages and facing dangerous working conditions.

Instead of the company, Natural Fruit, taking action to stop these abuses, it has launched several legal cases for defamation and computer crimes against Andy Hall. If convicted, he could face more than eight years in jail and a fine of more than eight million pounds.

The government of Thailand should be enforcing the law to stop abuses like this. They should be telling Natural Fruit to drop these cases and clean up its act. Instead they have been supporting the prosecution, appealing against a court decision to dismiss one of the cases.

These cases are an attack on free speech, and threaten work to improve the rights of migrant workers in Thailand, millions of whom are from Burma.

Email the government of Thailand now calling on them to ensure all charges against Andy Hall are dropped immediately.

Thank you.
Anna Roberts
Burma Campaign UK

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Worldwide growing enthusiasm for “water reuse” issue
Dear water friends,

The enthusiasm for “wate reuse” is growing worldwide. In today’s newsletter you will get interesting news from the INTEWA product world and their areas of application.

RAINMASTER in the municipality office, City of Cape Town,

The Cape Town Municipality is installing a RAINMASTER F-40SC Duplex system in their latest suburban office. Their eco – innovative architect decided on the RAINMASTER Duplex system because of the low power consumption and the “safe while redundant” working principle.

Rainwater is collected from approximately 430m² and filtered by two self-cleaning PURAIN 100 rainwater filters with high efficiency. The collected water is stored underground in six 5000 litre tanks. The water saved will flush toilets and urinals throughout the three storey building.
PURAIN filter for tank mounting
Manheim Car Auction in Atlanta, USA
At the Manheim Car Auction in Atlanta, Georgia, USA a 175 m³ captures water from 3,720 m² filtered through a PURAIN DN300 pre-filter. The PURAIN filter is mounted inside the tank and acts as the tank overflow along with a skimmer pipe.
Rainwater harvesting system in Scherrwiller, France
The system consisting of reinforced concrete container with 50 m³ capacity and PURAIN 150 Filter was factory-assembled into the container cone. Rainwater is used for agricultural spray irrigation and for washing machines.
Rain water infiltration with DRAINMAX tunnel in front of the Eintracht Stadion Braunschweig.

The rain runoff of approximately 12,000 m² from sealed surface of the forecourt and the Westtribüne should be infiltrated. Due to space constraints, a trench infiltration below forecourt is the best solution. The DRAINMAX Tunnel system succeeded with a total volume

of just under 300 m³ at Eintracht Stadion. An optimized production, minimal transportation volume and quick installation of DRAINMAX Tunnel leads to best price per m³ storage capacity, which can be achieved with plastic trenches.
Izmir Türkei, Greywater harvesting with AQUALOOP

In future, the greywayer will be used for flushing toilet at a student residence in Izmir.

The experts of BAYSAL ARTIMA team have selected the AQUALOOP technology, certified as per British Standards.

Two membrane stations each with six AQUALOOP membranes deliver best water quality. The system was erected with local tanks.
Now we shower with rain water

The INTEWA team enjoys the wonderful, Brazilian weather conditions at a beach volleyball tournament, of course they then showered with rain water.

We look forward to chatting with you about our products!
Oliver Ringelstein, Manager

Hawker Hunter plane has crashed at the Shoreham Airshow

BREAKING Hawker Hunter plane just crashed at the ‪#‎Shoreham‬ Airshow's photo.

As per tweets 22/08/2015 18:50  Sussex Police said there are several causalities, but do not know how many or what condition they are in.22/08/2015 18:48  After confusion, we have still no news about the pilot’s health.

22/08/2015 18:26  We receiving reports the jet crashed onto at least 4 cars Westbound on the A2

The Hawker Hunter is a subsonic British jet aircraft developed in the 1950s. The single-seat Hunter entered service as a maneuverable fighter aircraft, and later operated in fighter-bomber and reconnaissance roles in numerous conflicts.

22/08/2015 18:06  The plane crashed is a Hawker Hunter during #Shoreham Airshow as per net report.

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KUALA LUMPUR, 22 AUG – AirAsia, the World’s Best Low Cost Airline is Putra Brand Award’s Gold Recipient for the sixth consecutive year under the ‘Transportation, Travel & Tourism’ Category, marking its continued presence as the country and the region’s leading and largest low-cost carrier.


Aireen Omar, CEO of AirAsia Berhad received the award at the Putra Brand Awards 2015 ceremony held yesterday night in Kuala Lumpur.


“We are very proud to be the Gold Recipient for the ‘Transportation, Travel & Tourism’ Category for Putra Brand Awards once again, and would like to thank everyone who voted for AirAsia. We are committed to further grow our route network and make our brand presence stronger as we move from being just a low-cost carrier to being a value-carrier,” commented Aireen Omar at the awards ceremony.


Putra Brand Awards is the premier brand awards in Malaysia and it is the only brand award of, by and for the brand managers and owners. Launched in 2010 by the Association of Accredited Advertising Agents Malaysia (4As) in association with the Malaysia’s Most Valuable Brands (MMVB), the Putra Brand Awards to recognize brand building as an integral business investment, measured by consumer preference.

Anti-migrant protest leads to clashes with police near Dresden

On Friday, German riot police clashed with activists protesting against an expected arrival of 250 refugees for resettlement, when a rally turned violent in the town of Heidenau near Dresden. Several people were reported injured in the altercation before the police cleared way for the migrants’ buses. The government condemned the rioting, accusing the protesters of racism. Media agencies

Iran reports downing spy drone —

Iran reports downing spy drone

Iranian military have shot down a surveillance drone on its western border with a surface-to-air missile, reported the state news agency IRNA citing Farzad Fereidooni, commander of anti-aircraft systems in Kermanshah province. The report didn’t say what nation operated the drone,. Tehran points to the US and Israel as the countries sending drones to spy on Iran. Fereidooni said last year his troops repelled 12 unidentified aircraft from Iranian agencies

CSE’s Fortnightly News Bulletin (August 20, 2015)

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Governance matters

by Sunita Narain

It is time we recognised that the current ways of fixing the environment are not working. Rivers are more contaminated; air is more polluted and cities are filling up with garbage we cannot handle. The question is: where are we going wrong? What do we need to do?

For this, we first need to recognise that India and countries like ours have to find new technical solutions and approaches to solve environmental problems. It is a fact that the already industrialised world had the surplus money to find technologies and fund mitigation and governance, and they continue to spend heavily even today. We have huge demands—everything from basic needs to infrastructure—on the same finances and will never be able to catch up in this game. So, we need to build a new practice of environmental management, which is affordable and sustainable.

In this way, environmental management options will have to be explored carefully and leaps made.

Take river cleaning. For long we have invested in sewage treatment plant technologies that were adopted by the rest of the world. We hoped we would clean our rivers the way other countries did. But we forgot that most of our cities do not have sanitation systems or underground sewage networks. Even if flush toilets of a few urban Indians are connected to the underground drain, and their waste is pumped for some length and transported to sewage plants and treated, it does not clean rivers. The reason is that the rest—in fact, the majority—do not have the same connection. Their waste goes to open drains and then to the same river or lake. The end result is dirty water.

Pollution control measures must be affordable to meet the needs of all. They must cut the cost of water supply and the cost of taking back wastewater. This would require reworking sewage management so that we can intercept wastewater in open drains and septic tanks, and treat it as cost effectively as possible. It would also require strategies to make sure that rivers have enough water to dilute wastewater.

All this can be done. But it will require backing new solutions, ensuring that they are put to practice and scaling them up.

For this, we also require the ultimate investment in our institutions of governance. Without them we cannot have arbitration or resolution of difficult conflicts. For too long in our environmental journey we have neglected this aspect. The rot has, in fact, accelerated in the past 10 years, even as environmental issues have been mainstreamed. This is because governance has never been on the agenda.

As a result, governments and civil society have invested all their political capital, bureaucratic time, energy of committees and media airtime into airing differences on project and policy designs, and not on the capacity that we need to implement these in the real world. We continue to churn out notifications and policies for regulating environmental degradation—everything from battery rules to hazardous waste management to plastic disposal and clearance for every building or shopping mall or penalties against illegal dumping of waste—without any consideration whether we can actually do this on the ground.

It is time we focused firmly and squarely on strengthening the capacity of regulatory agencies. For instance, even after years, the pollution control boards remain understaffed and grossly neglected. The problem is that this is an agenda nobody wants to touch. Governments want to downsize or outsource governance to the private sector or civil society. They do not believe they can fix what is broken, and high-profile environment ministers do not want to touch this as it brings them little kudos. It is a hard job and it is not immediately recognised. Civil society does not push for this because it distrusts the bureaucracy and believes that strengthening it will further corrode the power of the people. So, the agenda is unattended and institutions, abused.

This has to be the biggest lesson of the past four decades. We cannot fix what is broken till we make an attempt to fix it. There is no doubt that we cannot have the same “inspectors”, but we can have new-age tools of transparency, data analysis and do everything that builds public trust and credibility. Similarly, we cannot have the same “sticks” but we do need even stronger enforcement systems that can make deterrence work.

This is the real environmental agenda, but one that is inconvenient to handle. It is about change that matters.

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India has witnesssed a significant rise in the population of monkeys in recent years. Monkeys are attacking crops and causing destruction in many other ways. Down to Earth investigates.

– Missing pulse
Despite being the world leader in the production of pulses, India has been forced to import due to crop loss and seed deficit.

– Vaccine Hope
While Africa gets its first vaccine to fight malaria, India is still in the early stages of clinical trials

– Why Manipur is flooded
State’s worst flood in recent history raises doubts over the role of dams

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– News: US’ revised Clean Power Plan not ambitious enough
The final plan boasts of only a marginal difference in the amount of power generation-related emissions reduced until 2030

– News: Linking India’s rivers may not be a fruitful exercise, say environmentalists
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– Environment In-Parliament
Parliamentary standing committee on science and technology, environment and forests urged the environment ministry to give funds to Tamil Nadu to rejuvenate all the lakes including the one at Ooty under the National Plan for Conservation of Aquatic Ecosystems. Read the report:

– Question raised in Rajya Sabha on Projects pending for environmental clearance, 13/08/2015

Question raised in Rajya Sabha on Forest land area diverted for development projects, 13/08/2015

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– Environment In-Court
Bombay High Court lifted the nation-wide ban on Maggi noodles, subject to fresh tests.
The Bombay high court on 13 August 2015, struck down FSSAI’s order of a nationwide ban on the sale of Nestle India’s popular 2-minute Maggi noodles. Nestle India has been asked to conduct fresh safety tests on the product before relaunching it.

Order of the National Green Tribunal regarding conservation of Wildlife in Chambal Sanctuary, 13/08/2015

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– CSE Press Release: CSE condemns misrepresentation of findings of recent CSIR study on diesel and CNG buses
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– CSE’s Environment Education Unit (EEU) organised a two-day-long Orientation Workshop on Environmental Audit and Solid Waste Management for teachers and student on August 13-14, 2015 in partnership with Himachal Pradesh State Council for Science, Technology and Environment at Government Senior Secondary School, Bhunter, Kullu, Himachal Pradesh. The workshops received an overwhelming response – 1 science supervisor, 22 teachers and 42 students from 22 schools attended the workshops.

– Green Schools Programme (GSP) GOLD: GSP Gold, a part of CSE’s GSP, is an exclusive engagement with ten selected schools in Delhi/NCR to bring about change and sustain the green initiatives launched. The first GSP GOLD orientation workshop was conducted for 10 teachers and 10 students from the selected school on August 11, 2015 at CSE’s IHC office from 10 am to 2 pm. The objective of the workshop was to sensitise the participants about the need for model schools in Delhi to showcase good and successful green practices.

– CSE announces winners of Anil Agarwal Media Fellowships on Good Food
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– The recent edition of the publication “” from All India Disaster Mitigation Institute (AIDMI) carried an article “Rising to the Call – Stories of Spectacular Adaptation to Climate Change in Different Parts of India” contributed by Arjuna Srinidhi from CSE’s Climate Change team.


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Mumbai, August 21: Bengaluru Bulls led by the indefatigable all-rounder Manjeet Chillar edged Telugu Titans 39-38 to seal the first spot in the finals of the second season of the Star Sports Pro Kabaddi.  In what seemed to be a one-sided affair in favour of the Bulls, till about five minutes left on the clock the first play-off of the Star Sports Pro Kabaddi League came alive with the Titans coming back into the match with three super tackles and their star raider Rahul Chaudhari striking super form. There was a sudden urgency in their play and while the stadium reflected a sense of disappointment in their loss, there was delight in seeing them going down with a fight. The full-house at the Dome @ SVP, NSCI really had their monies worth.

Bengaluru yet again showed that they had it in them to stave off the late challenge from their rivals. Manjit and Dharamaraj who too had a superb match took the onus on themselves to deny Rahul Chaudhari a free rein during the last two raids.  They blocked Rahul and did not allow him to raid deep and score more than one point. It was their sacrifice and on the spur decisions which finally clinched for Bengaluru their maiden entry into the finals.

The first half belonged to the winners as they inflicted an all-out to lead 15-10 towards the fag end of the first half. They had a lead of 16-10 at the break. It was Manjeet’s all-round play (4 raid points and 1 bonus), which really put the Bulls in the driver’ seat. Ajay Thakur their star raider came up with three points.

For Telugu Titans, the injury to Sukesh Hegde their most dependable player really hit hard. He limped off the court with his heavily strapped left knee giving way very early in the match. To add to their worries Meraj Sheykh also was out early and he looked slightly injured when he was tackled heavily. Besides Rahul was able to contribute just 1 point plus a bonus that didn’t help matters for the Titans.

The Bulls continued to dominate after the break. Ajay Thakur raised his game and Dharamaraj Cheralathan with Somvir Shekhar too started making clean and effective frontal tackles that gradually helped his team increase the lead substantially. They inflicted the second all-out by the 25th minute at 25-13. The trend continued despite Titans coming with some spirited super tackles. They had six in the match with Sandeep Kandola who didn’t have a good match getting two.

Deepak Niwas Hudda kept his teams hopes alive with substitute Prashant Rai showing pluck and grit. From 34-23 and 37-25 Titans clawed back courtesy Rahul and Sandeep who came up with two-point raids. It resulted in an all-out on the Bulls very soon. With about a minute and half left and the score 38-36 in favour of the Bulls it would have gone any way. Finally Manjeet and his boys kept their cool to seal their spot in the finals.



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Atul Shunglu
Assistant Secretary General
August 21, 2015
Mr. N.K. Sagar
ENKAY Sagar Holdings Pvt. Ltd.
New Delhi
Dear Mr. Sagar,
Taiwan Night
2nd September, 2015, FICCI K K Birla Auditorium, N.Delhi
We cordially invite you to Taiwan Night being co-organized by FICCI with the Taipei Economic and Cultural Center in India, as per the below schedule:

Day & Date    :           Wednesday, 2ndSeptember, 2015

Time               :           6.30 pm onwards (to be seated by 6.15 pm)

                   Venue            :          FICCI K. K. Birla Auditorium, Tansen Marg, New Delhi
The evening will witness a fusion of Taiwan and Indian culture as the Youth Ambassadors from Taiwan along with Indian Youths from prestigious Indian Universities & Schools and Rotary Club (International District 3011 & 3012) will present rich and diversified cultural performances.
The musical and dance performance “Energetic New Taiwan” is divided into twelve acts with focus on six main aspects – natural environment, LOHAS, cultural heritage, cuisine, cultural creativity and warmth.
An E-invite card is attached for your ready reference (click here to download). You are welcome to bring your family & friends. We would appreciate if you can send us a line of confirmation latest by 25th of August, 2015 enabling us to register you for this Cultural Program. Confirmations should be forwarded to my colleague Mr Lalit Chawla, Tel: 23738760–70, Ext: 422; Email:
I hope you will be able to join us for this musical extravaganza.
With warm regards,
Yours sincerely,
(Atul Shunglu)



Macedonia declared a state of emergency yesterday and will send troops to its border with Greece to stop illegal migrants from pouring into the country. The move has stranded about 1,500 men, women, and children in a no-man’s land between the two countries in the dangerously high summer heat.

Around 2,000 migrants a day have been crossing into Macedonia from Greece. Macedonia is a major transit point for migrants heading from Greece to wealthier northern EU members. Some 44,000 people have reportedly travelled through Macedonia in the past two months, many of them fleeing violence in Syria.


South Asian FMs agree on allowing SDF to invest in infrastructure projects in single country

Aug 21,  12:6 PM

South Asian Finance Ministers have agreed on allowing the SAARC Development Fund (SDF) to invest in infrastructure projects in a single country in an attempt to activate the infrastructure and economic windows under the SDF. According to SAARC Charter, projects located in one or more SAARC member countries, of significant economic interest for three or more member states, are eligible for funding from the SDF.

During the 18th SAARC summit held in Kathmandu last year, the leaders had agreed to open infrastructure and economic windows of the SDF while its social window has remained operational currently. The infrastructure window of the SDF would cover projects in the area of energy, power, transportation, telecommunications, environment, tourism and infrastructure, while the economic window would primarily look after non-infrastructure funding.

The existing social window offers grant and technical assistance to member countries in their poverty alleviation and social efforts. The 7th meeting of SAARC Finance Ministers that concluded yesterday in Kathmandu also decided to increase the capital of the fund as current amount is very low to fund any big scale project. Currently, capital of the SDF is just $350 million





Four teams, two matches and all eyes on one prize – the Star Sports Pro Kabaddi trophy and the chance to become Star Sports Pro Kabaddi champions. The top four teams in Season 2 of Star Sports Pro Kabaddi – U Mumba, Telugu Titans, Bengaluru Bulls and Patna Pirates have fought it out with their sweat and tears after 60 matches of intense action over 32 days. But while those results have helped them get to this stage, it all boils down to one single moment for these players- The #FinalPanga.

How have these four teams made it till this final hurdle – who were their star players and will they be able to step up on the big stage to make it till the end?


The table toppers hold a highly impressive record in Season 2 with a record number of wins for a single team with 12 out of 14 matches. They have an abundance of riches which they exhibited through their equally good bench strength. They have a super star in Captain Anup Kumar. He has a steadying and calming influence on his players as he guides them successfully through any crisis. On many occasions U Mumba made successful comebacks with Anup himself leading from the front. Anup has got immense help from Rishank Devadiga the find of the last season. He has now become one of the foremost players who can be trusted for the do-or-die third empty raids.

Anup and Rishank are capable defenders too, especially when it comes to supporting the main defenders Mohit Chhillar (36 tackle points) and Surendra Nada (28 tackle points), who are the right and left corners and central defender Jeeva Kumar (27 tackle points), known for his gutsy and timely tackles. Then they have the unmerciful Vishal Mane who is dreaded for his tackles.

Mumbai has tremendous bench strength. They successfully utilised Bhupender Singh and Pradeep Kumar (28 raiding points) as raiders when their super star Shabeer Bapu Sharfudeen was not available due to injury like last year. If Shabeer is fit to do battle then Mumba will be a dominant force going into the play-offs. Iran captain Fazel Atrachali showed his mettle in the limited chances he got. Is he the trump card to be used by coach E Bhaskaran to surprise the opponents?

On current form and fitness U Mumba look well prepared for the challenges ahead. They enjoyed the luxury of resting their full squad in the last two outings which has given their best players time to remain injury-free, recoup, recover and re-strategise. That’s the advantage you have when you keep the momentum going. Overall U Mumba is the best balanced side with good replacements at hand.

They look well equipped to achieve their goal, the title which they missed last season.

Form guide (most recent first): LWWWLWWWWWWWWW – 12 wins, 2 losses – 60 points

Head to head (vs Jaipur Pink Panthers/Patna Pirates): 1 win, 1 loss/2 wins  

Key players: Mohit Chhillar, Shabeer Bapu, Vishal Mane



Missing out on qualification for the play-offs in Season 1 by only one point, Telugu Titans redeemed themselves to great lengths with their stupendous showing in Season 2 and qualified for the play-offs in second position with the most number of draws this season (3).

Though their performance was not as fluent as that of U Mumba they have shown to have the wherewithal to do battle against the best. In Rahul Chaudhari (79 points), they have last season’s best attacker in their ranks. He has seen a few up and downs in form this year but Titans’ raiding side is still formidable. While Rahul is full of flair they have a silent performer in Sukesh Hegde. Despite being a do-or-die who has sacrificed more for his team his tally of 62 points is quite high. Then they have Prashant Rai whose tally of 46 raid points as an off and on player speaks for itself.

Titans’ best asset is however Deepak Niwas Hudda (54 raiding points and 27 tackle points), who should undoubtedly be one of the best all-rounders in the league. The tall Haryana lad has an enviable wiry but strong physique which he uses to bulldoze a couple of defenders and has the skills, strength and timing to block and immobilize any attacker. He is a complete player in the making.

If one player were to decide the fate of a match then Titans have the best in Meraj Sheykh the sleek and fast moving Iranian who can score a super raid or come up with a super tackle at will at crucial junctures. They also have the baby-faced Sandeep Kandola who has the talent to blossom into a world class defender. He is a dependable left corner who needs to curb his enthusiasm.

With the sort of showing and inherent strength, Titans are the dark horses who may upset others. But their opponents in the second semi-final will be the one team that has constantly bested them throughout both editions of Star Sports Pro Kabaddi – Bengaluru Bulls. Having already lost to them both times in Season 2 and being on the cusp of qualification for the play-offs in Season 1 but losing to the same opponents, Telugu Titans will be hoping to finally get one up on their Southern rivals. Their ultra-aggressive attitude and youthful outlook could be the key to taking home the big prize.

Form guide (most recent first): WLDDWWDLWWLWWW – 8 wins, 3 draws, 3 losses – 50 points

Head to head (vs Bengaluru Bulls): 2 losses  

Key players: Sukesh Hedge, Sandeep, Meraj Sheykh


Although they finished in third place in Season 2 to set up a clash with Telugu Titans for a place in the finals, Bengaluru Bulls always seem to secure victories through the skin of their teeth. They were also able to find their momentum in the second half of the season although they haven’t secured a victory against U Mumba or Jaipur Pink Panthers this season, especially being the first team to lose to Jaipur Pink Panthers and their 3 match losing streak that extending into their home leg. But their story against Telugu Titans is a different one altogether. Unbeaten against them across two editions of Star Sports Pro Kabaddi, the Bulls will be feeling extremely confident regarding their Southern rivals when it comes to the match-up for the play-offs.

Their performance was a story of a few ups and downs but that is no disqualification for them being one of the front-runners for the title. In Ajay Thakur (68 points), they have a top raider who can be counted upon to cause havoc in opposition ranks on his day. But the side which had the measure of the Titans on every occasion they met in the league, four to be precise will have to pull up something special this time as both will be vying for a place in the title round.

So in that context their Captain Manjeet Chillar (50 raid points and 32 tackle points), has to fire on all fronts. The quality all-rounder is capable of boosting his defence and can raid in the most trying circumstances. Rajesh Mondal the third raider has also performed well for the Bulls.

The Bengaluru defence has, time and again helped the team to come out of tight situations. At right corner they have veteran Dharmaraj Cherlathan. He can block any top raider with strength aided by his flawless technique. His partner on the left is Joginder Narwal known as the ‘Tiger’. He can bring down any raider with his perfect waist and ankle holds. For a raider entering the territory manned by these two it is akin to straying into a minefield.

Then there is Somvir Shekhar in the middle who enjoys the confidence of Coach Randhir Singh Sherawat. Bengaluru’s defence is a fortress which should take some doing to breach. To sum up, Bengaluru is a defence oriented side which also has an attack which can give them enough points to put it across their rivals.

Bengaluru Bulls will be hoping for consistency and an all-round effort from their experienced and young players to push them over the line against the Telugu Titans.

Form guide (most recent first): WWLLLWWLWWWLW – 8 wins, 5 losses – 43 points

Head to head (vs Bengaluru Bulls): 2 losses  

Key players: Somvir Shekhar, Ajay Thakur, Dharmaraj Cheralathan


Having sweated it out for a place in the semi- finals by beating defending champions Jaipur Pink Panthers, the Patna Pirates will be brimming with confidence as they take on mighty U Mumba on their home turf. They played as a well-knit unit against Pune and Jaipur in the last phase to eventually make the grade and Mumba can’t afford to take them lightly.

No one gave them a chance after the exit of their Captain Rakesh Kumar and two big defeats against Telugu Titans and Dabang Delhi had crushed their morale. But the turnaround came when they defeated Bengaluru Bulls at home. They went on to beat Kolkata, lose to Mumbai before coming good in Pune.

They have a young side led by the youngest captain Sandeep Narwal a quality all-rounder. They have in their ranks players like Ravi Dalal and Deepak Narwal and Gurvinder who are skilled enough to trouble rival defences. But U Mumba have the psychological advantage of having beaten them on both occasions this year, albeit narrowly.

Patna don’t have a superstar in their ranks who can single-handedly decide the fate of the match. Their teamplay wins matches for them. They have the fast improving Korean Tae Deok Eom in their ranks who will be a threat to the Mumba defence with his speed and power. He has also picked up a few tricks from the Indian internationals which can prove effective.

Patna’s statistics also don’t reflect much. Deepak Narwal (50 raid points), Ravi Dalal (44 raid points), Sandeep Narwal (36 raid points) are figures which don’t put them in the top bracket. But their defence now looks good with Sandeep himself with Girish Ernak, D Suresh looking more than confident while dealing with top raiders. So beware U Mumba!

Form guide (most recent first): WWLWLWLDWWLWLL – 7 wins, 1 draw, 6 losses – 41 points  

Head to head (in season 2 vs U Mumba): 2 losses

Key players: Sandeep Narwal, Gurvinder Singh, Girish Ernak


Former US President Jimmy Carter said his cancer has shown up in his liver and on his brain and that he will undergo his first radiation treatment Thursday afternoon, AP reported. The statement came in his first public remarks since his diagnosis that the cancer was first discovered as a tumor on his liver. On August 3, he underwent surgery to remove the tumor, Carter, 90, said, adding that later four spots of melanoma were found on his brain. Cutting back “fairly dramatically” on work at his Carter Center in Atlanta, he says he’s not feeling despair or anger over his health. “I’m perfectly at ease with whatever comes. I’m ready for anything. I’m looking forward to a new adventure,” he said.


ALL Ladies League & Women Economic Forum

Dr Harbeen Arora, Global Chairperson ALL Ladies League & Women Economic Forum invite you to the largest summit for women- the “Women Economic Forum 2016” in New Delhi, India from May16-21th 2016. Over 1200 delegates from more than 75 countries are expected to attend this worlds largest congregation of women. See

We encourage you to be a speaker and share your thoughts with a global audience. Program and the 321 current topics are at In case you wish to propose another topic, we will be happy to consider.

Vinay and Harbeen


Alexis Tsipras has confirmed his resignation


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Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has confirmed his resignation and early election plans for Greece in a live address. The move comes after Athens managed to pay a huge chunk of its €3.4 billion debt to the ECB.

The political mandate of the January 25 elections has exhausted its limits and now the Greek people have to have their say,” Tsipras said in a televised address Thursday night.

Tsipras said that he will now be looking for the Greek people to vote to continue the government program of his leftist Syriza party.

Local media have been speculating about the possible upcoming announcement since Thursday morning. Citing a source in the government, Reuters reported that Tsipras would propose holding the snap elections on September 20.

The resignation was handed in immediately after the address. However, no specific date for the snap poll was mentioned. However, Tsipras requested that President Prokopis Pavlopoulos hold the elections as soon as possible.

On Friday, eurozone finance ministers agreed to a third bailout program for the crisis-stricken country. Athens will receive a total of €86 billion over three years.

The same day, the Greek parliament approved a draft law enacting a third bailout plan. Forty-three members of Tsipras’s Syriza party, including former Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis, voted against the bill or abstained. The party holds 149 seats in the parliament.