DOMENICA, 30 AGOSTO 2015 ORE 18.30

SUNDAY, 30TH AUGUST 2015, 6.30 PM





55 min.


Director: Anna Dora Dorno
Performer: Nicola Pianzola
Original songs and vocals: Anna Dora Dorno
Original music: Riccardo Nanni
Video: Nicola Pianzola

An original script based on real-life testimonies and poems from the workers at the Ilva steel plant in Taranto. MADE IN ILVA is a masterpiece of physical theatre, exploring the impact of the biggest steelworks of Europe on the environment and surrounding population. The performance is a perfect combination of extreme physical actions, sounds that become obsessive rhythms, original music, vocals and video projections. An emotional and poetic exploration of the alienation and oppression of a human body reduced to an artificial machine.


Founded in 2004 in Bologna by Anna Dora Dorno and Nicola Pianzola, the company has carried on a daily work of research on the actor’s craft and of experimentation of the contemporary languages. INSTABILI VAGANTI has produced performances, led workshops and special international training programmes and directed performing arts projects in different countries. The group has been working and collaborating with international teams of performers, musicians, video makers and visual artists. In the physical theatre of INSTABILI VAGANTI, the performer embodies the evoking ability of the poetic act and affirms its physical and emotional presence interacting with live music, visual art and new media. The aim is to update the tradition reworking its elements with the contemporary languages of the Performing Arts in order to find new ways of expression. A total theatre in which the performer’s body and voice skills are the main channel to express feelings, emotions and truths.




27-30 August Workshop NSD – New Delhi

30 August MADE IN ILVA NSD – New Delhi

31 August Lecture Shiv Nadar University – Noida

11 September MADE IN ILVA ICCR – Kolkata

15 September MADE IN ILVA Jagriti Auditorium – Bangalore

19 September MADE IN ILVA Adi Shakti – Pondicherry


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Indian basketball teams set to participate in Beijing leg of the 3×3 FIBA World Tour

New Delhi/Bengaluru (14 August 2015): Two teams from India are set to participate in the Beijing Masters leg of the 2015 FIBA 3×3 World Tour that will be held on 15th-16th August in China. Fresh off their recent South Asian 3×3 qualifiers win in Colombo, the Indian senior men’s team, termed as team “Bangalore” and comprising Rajesh Uppar, Siddhant Shinde, Jeevanantham Pandi and Basil Philip, few out to Beijing last night.

A second team, of youngsters Kushmeet Atwal, Arshpreet Bhullar, Arshdeep Dhillon and Rajveer Singh (all from Punjab’s Ludhiana Basketball Academy), has also qualified for the event (as team “Chandigarh”) after winning a national 3×3 event organised by the National Basketball Association in India (called NBA “Jam”) in December 2014.

The Bangalore team is seeded 9th and placed in Pool A with Novisad Alwahda (UAE) and Zheng Zhou (China). The Chandigarh team is seeded 12th and placed in Pool D with Tokyo (Japan) and Wukesong (China).

About Beijing Masters

The third stage of the 2015 FIBA 3×3 World Tour will be held in Beijing China on 15-16 August 2015. The twelve best teams from the qualifiers held in the Beijing catchment area compete for two days for the pride to represent their city, a USD 10,000 cheque and a chance (for the two finalists) to qualify for the FIBA 3×3 World Tour Final in Abu Dhabi on 15-16 October 2015.

The 12 teams are divided into four pools of three teams playing in a round-robin first round against their two respective pool opponents. The top-two placed teams from each pool advance to a standard knock-out round which starts at the quarter-finals stage. The two best teams qualify for the FIBA 3×3 World Tour Final, which will be staged in Abu Dhabi on 15-16 October 2015. Apart from this main event, a dunk contest and a three-point shootout contest will also be held.  Read more: http://www.fiba.com/3x3wt/2015/beijing/competition-format


Team Bangalore

1. Basil Philip SG/SF 12 10/01/1991 Sulthanbathery, Kerala
2. Rajesh Uppar PG 4 20/01/1991 Dharwad, Karnataka
3. Siddhant Shinde PG/SG 9 15/06/1991 Pune, Maharashtra
4. Jeevanantham Pandi PF/C 10 13/10/1994 Virudhunagar, Tamil Nadu

*C= Centre, PF= Power Forward, SF= Small Forward, SG= Shooting Guard, PG= Point Guard

Team Chandigarh

1. Kushmeet Atwal 24/04/1995
2. Arshpreet Bhullar 01/10/1996
3. Arshdeep Dhillon 02/12/1995
4. Rajveer Singh 24/10/1995

Schedule for India’s league games

15th August

17:10 local time (14:40 IST): Chandigarh vs Tokyo (Pool D)

17:30 local time (15:00 IST): Bangalore vs Zheng Zhou (Pool A)

19:00 local time (16:30 IST): Bangalore vs Novisad Alwahda (Pool A)

20:30 local time (18:00 IST): Chandigarh vs Wukesong (Pool D)

About the FIBA 3×3 World Tour

The FIBA 3×3 World Tour is the pinnacle event of an ‘;open’; network of FIBA-endorsed 3×3 tournaments. Any group of four players – regardless of their nationality and representing a city – can qualify for the FIBA 3×3 World Tour by taking part in a lower level/regional tournament, eventually making their way to the world stage.

The FIBA 3×3 World Tour was first launched in 2012. The former winners are San Juan (PUR, 2012), Brezovica (SLO, 2013) and Novi Sad (SRB, 2014).

It consists of six Masters tournaments, before culminating with the FIBA 3×3 World Tour Final. The schedule of the 2015 edition is the following:

  • Manila Masters, Philippines – 1-2 August
  • Prague Masters, Czech Republic – 8-9 August
  • Beijing Masters, China – 15-16 August
  • Lausanne Masters, Switzerland – 28-29 August
  • Mexico DF Masters, Mexico – 9-10 September
  • Rio de Janeiro Masters, Brazil – 26-27 September
  • 3×3 World Tour Final, Abu Dhabi, UAE -15-16 October

The FIBA 3×3 World Tour events are true urban culture festivals, organised in the heart of the cities against the most iconic landmarks and feature non-stop music and MCs calling the games, professional dunkers, breakdancers and other street artists. They are in line with FIBA’;s “3×3 for everyone philosophy” as spectators and passers-by are invited to participate in 3×3 games and activities.

Read more: http://www.fiba.com/3x3WT/2015/manila/about-world-tour

About 3×3 Basketball- Basic Rules

  • Four members per team. Three active players on court at all times, with one rolling substitute.
  • Played using only one half of a traditional basketball court.
  • Scoring:

o   Traditional three point shots from behind the arc will be awarded 2 points

o   Every shot inside the arc is awarded 1 point.

o   Every successful freethrow is awarded 1 point.

  • Match duration: 10 minutes (with stoppages for dead ball situations and freethrows)
  • The team which scores 21 points or more within the match duration, wins the game. If neither team is able to reach 21 points, then the team with the higher points after the conclusion of 10 minutes is declared the winner.
  • If the scores are tied, then an extra period of time is played. Here the first team to score 2 points in overtime wins the game.
  • Each offensive possession will be for 12 seconds only.
  • Following each successful field goal or made free throw, a player from the non-scoring team will resume the game by dribbling or passing the ball from inside the court directly underneath the basket (not from behind the end line) to a place on the court behind the arc.
  • If the defensive team steals or blocks the ball, it must return the ball behind the arc (by passing or dribbling).

National HRD Network takes forward PM’s Skill India Initiative

A national seminar planned on ‘Skilling Young India for Global Leadership’

Focus of the Seminar:

·       Developing the infrastructure and ecosystem to motivate Indian youth

·       Shaping Indian human resource capital for global demand

·       Role of Education Institutions and Industry to nurture, hire and retain young India


Jaipur, 14th August, 2015:  National Apex body of professionals committed to promoting the HRD movement in the country, National HRD Network is all set to hold a seminar on ‘Skilling Young India for Global Leadership’ in Jaipur. Bringing forward the call of PM Shri Narendra Modi’s ‘Kaushal Bharat, Kushal Bharat’ initiative, NHRDN has partnered with CII, FICCI, Jaipuria Institute of Management and Manipal University in Jaipur to understand and generate best ideas that can help shaping Indian human resource capital to take global leadership.

This seminar will start 6.45 pm onwards on 18th August, 2015 at Hotel Marriott, Jaipur. Padma Bhushan Prof. Vijay Shankar Vyas, will be chairing the seminar with two eminent guest speakers, Mr. K Ramkumar, National President of NHRDN and Mr. Sharad Jaipuria, Chairman of Jaipuria Institute of Management. For driving a healthy and fruitful discussion, a blend of discussants representing varied bodies like CII, FICCI, Manipal University, Suresh Gyan Vihar University will share their thoughts in a panel discussion with the audience.


Prof. Ashok Bapna, President, NHRDN – Jaipur Chapter, says, “India’s vast youth, that shall constitute 64% of the Indian population by 2025, will be the reason for Indian’s global partnership and growth. The nation will soon have the largest youth population in the world. All youth have aspirations and dreams- dreams of a good life, great career, successful business etc. For shaping this Indian human resource capital for global demand, all the educational institutions and industry should come forward and should play a key role in succeeding Skill India initiative. ”

Under the PM’s ambitious project ‘Skill India, Successful India’, government aims to train over 40 crore people in India in different skills by 2022. National HRD Network is making valuable efforts to support this initiative by creating a thought leadership amongst key partners like education institutions and industry.

Oil prices skid to fresh lows in Asian trade

Oil prices slide to fresh lows in Asian tradeOil prices extended losses in Asia on Wednesday as dealers worried about China´s economy following its surprise currency devaluation, while oversupply concerns also added to downward pressure, analysts said.US benchmark West Texas Intermediate (WTI) for September delivery fell five cents to $43.03 while Brent crude for September slipped 35 cents to $48.83 in late-morning trade.

WTI on Tuesday sank to its lowest level since March 2009, while Brent also fell in London, after China´s central bank moved to devalue its currency by nearly two percent against the US dollar.

The People´s Bank of China again lowered the daily fix that sets the value of the Chinese currency against the greenback on Wednesday by 1.62 percent, sending a new shockwave through financial markets.

“The Chinese yuan continues to weaken for the second day, which could suggest further weakening of oil prices,” said Daniel Ang, an investment analyst at Phillip Futures in Singapore.

Investors fear Beijing´s move signalled concerns over growth in the world´s second-largest economy and top energy consumer, which came after data published over the weekend showed a slump in Chinese trade.

It also pushed up the greenback, which strengthened further against Asian currencies on Wednesday, which hurts dollar-denominated commodity prices by making them more expensive for international buyers.

Ang said prices were also under pressure after the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) said output in July rose by 100,700 barrels per day from the previous month to 31.5 million barrels per day.

“An increase in OPEC production is certainly not ideal for the oversupplied market at this point in time,” Ang said.

The producer cartel´s refusal to cut its output level despite sagging demand is seen as a reason for a prolonged global oversupply, which has seen prices fall to almost a third of their mid-2014 peak.

Analysts have said the move is an attempt by the cartel´s kingpin Saudi Arabia to defend its market share as it fends off competition from US shale oil.

Dealers will next focus on US crude stockpiles data to be released on Wednesday for clues on demand in the world´s top crude consumer, Ang said.


The scheduled Monsoon Session of Parliament has concluded today. Politically, this session was very educative but, frustrating. Parliament represents the best in Indian democracy. ‘Parliamentary paralysis without an issue’ signifies the vulnerability of the system.
The importance of GST need not be overstated. It converts the whole country into one economic market. It facilitates the smooth and seamless transfer of goods and services. It reduces harassment and corruption. It mandates a uniform tax regime. It eliminates ‘Tax on Tax’. It adds buoyancy to tax revenue and has a favourable impact on the GDP. The GST has received consistent support from most mainstream parties. The Congress / UPA government announced this idea in 2006 and it introduced the Bill in 2011. Today, it seeks to go back on the GST. The objections in the Congress Party’s dissent note are contradictory and trivial. The Parliamentary numbers are loaded against the Congress. It, therefore, relies on disturbance and lung power to prevent its consideration by the Rajya Sabha. The Congress is well aware that any delay in passage of the Constitution Amendment which has been accepted by most States will result in at least one year’s delay. That appears to be the Congress’ strategy. National interest is least on its priority.
The Congress party has exhibited that it continues to be enslaved to a family. It is willing to compromise national interest and policy merely because the family is unable to digest its electoral defeat in 2014. India’s loss in this Session is not Congress party’s gain. There is popular disapproval of its policies of ‘disruption without a cause’. The debate in Lok Sabha yesterday clearly demonstrated the hollowness of Congress party’s argument.
The Congress party President, Smt. Sonia Gandhi, hit a new low. It is for the first time that a senior-most leader of a mainstream party has jumped into the well of the House. Even the pretext of stature and dignity was not maintained. As for Shri Rahul Gandhi, there was no serious expectation that he would raise the level of the debate. He has failed to recognise the difference between sloganeering and a Parliamentary speech. The more he grows, the more he immatures. Aggressive body language is never a substitute for substance. It is the NDA Government which brought a tough law against illegal foreign assets. It is the NDA Government which is taking effective steps to bring to book the alleged offender around whom the present controversy is centred.
This Session has educated and enlightened public opinion that India’s economic interests are being held to ransom by the political frustration of the Congress party. India stands educated, though frustrated. The anger emerging out of this frustration will provide India the answer to face this challenge.


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Leading in the 21st Century
Ashok Soota
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DATE Wednesday, August 26, 2015
TIME 5:00 PM  – 6:00 PM (Registration: 4:30 pm onwards)
LOCATION WWF Auditorium, 172-B, Lodhi Estate, New Delhi – 110003
SPEAKERS Ashok Soota, Executive Chairman, Happiest Minds
Anuj Poddar, Executive Vice President, Viacom 18 Media Pvt. Ltd.
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One of the most pertinent issues facing our society is the balance between Success and Happiness. Success is achieving your goal and happiness is a sense of well-being, joy, or contentment. When people are successful, they feel happiness. Mr Ashok Soota, Executive Chairman, Happiest Minds will bring these two seemingly disparate subjects together based on his own experiences. He will be in conversation with Mr Anuj Poddar, Executive Vice President with Viacom18 and Ananta Aspen Fellow.

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 Ashok Soota 13-08-15 Ashok SootaExecutive Chairman, Happiest Minds
Ashok Soota, Executive Chairman, Happiest Minds since August 2011 is one of the pioneers of Indian IT industry and a serial entrepreneur.   Prior to Happiest Minds, he was Founding Chairman & MD of MindTree (1999-2011) which he led to a very successful IPO.  He was also President of Wipro’s Technology business from 1984-99 and led it to becoming India’s second largest IT Company during his tenure. Ashok has led many leadership positions for Indian Industry including President of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) – India’s largest Industry association and also President of Manufacturers’ Association of Information Technology.
He has received much recognition for his contribution to India’s IT industry and has served on Prime Minister’s Task Force for IT and on the Advisory Council for the World Intellectual Property Organization, Geneva. Ashok’s philanthropic contributions are channelled through Ashirvadam, a Trust he has founded for Environmental Protection and help for the needy including vocational training, education and medical assistance. Ashok holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree from Roorkee University (now IIT, Roorkee) and an MBA from the Asian Institute of Management, Philippines. He is a Fellow of INAE. Ashok’s hobbies include trekking, the outdoors, yoga, taichi and meditation.
 Anuj Poddar 13-08-15 Anuj Poddar, Executive Vice President, Viacom 18 Media Pvt. Ltd.

Anuj Poddar is Executive Vice President with Viacom18, engaged in repositioning and redefining the scale of the regional entertainment space in India. In his prior role as Head of Strategy and Business Development, he spearheaded the formation of Viacom18 and architected its very successful journey of becoming one of India’s leading media and entertainment conglomerates. Prior to joining Viacom18, he has had over a decade of myriad professional experience in strategy consulting, mergers & acquisitions advisory and assurance with Arthur Andersen and KPMG, besides running his own entrepreneurial venture.
In all his pursuits, he brings to fore a unique blend of business acumen, diverse experience and, above all, deep insight into human and consumer behaviour. He is a Fellow of the Inaugural Class of Ananta Aspen’s India Leadership Initiative and member of Aspen Global Leadership Network, a member of BMW Foundation’s World Young Leaders’ Forum and has been on the Governing Council of CII-Young Indians. Anuj has schooled in Mumbai, India and Michigan, USA and is a rank-holding Chartered Accountant. Anuj lives with his family in Mumbai, India.
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Renault hits the high note with A R Rahman 
Musical genius creates the theme track for Renault’s new brand campaign titled “Re Re Re Raftaar” 
~ Rendition is attuned with the Renault brand promise: ‘Passion for Life’ ~
New Delhi, August 13, 2015: Renault India, one of the country’s fastest growing automobile manufacturers, announced its association with India’s Best Music Composer – A R Rahman, who has created the track for Renault India’s new brand campaign. The foot tapping creation will have an immediate connect with the listeners, and will perfectly complement the magic that Ranbir Kapoor, who Renault recently announced as  its brand ambassador, will bring to the TVC that will go on air shortly.
The composition, titled “Re Re Re Raftaar” is a lively and mellifluous mix that celebrates life in India. This association marks the formation of a trinity of iconic brands in the form of Renault, Ranbir Kapoor and now A R Rahman, who are all synonymous with passion and innovation and individually enjoy a universal appeal.
Speaking on the association, Mr. Sumit Sawhney, Country CEO and Managing Director, Renault India Operations said, “The fourth year celebrations continue at Renault India! After announcing India’s best actor Ranbir Kapoor as our brand ambassador, it is only fitting to have India’s best music composer create the theme track for our new brand campaign. Both Ranbir and Rahman perfectly embody our brand promise, Passion for Life, and they represent the DNA of brand Renault, which stands for being vibrant, forward looking and connected to people.”
On the composition A R Rahman shared, “For me, passion is music and I have attempted to create a melody that is catchy and appealing. The creation is contemporary and stands apart, in sync with Renault’s legacy of being an iconic and inspirational brand.”
Renault’s 117 year legacy is based on innovation, which has been a hallmark of Renault throughout its car-making history. For Renault, innovation means introducing features and services that are people centric, addressing real customer needs. The partnership with India’s iconic actor, Ranbir Kapoor and now with the musical maestro, A R Rahman, is timed with Renault’s next phase of growth in India. Renault is looking to significantly increase its presence pan India, and is taking major steps on product, network and building the brand.


O P Munjal of Hero Group passes away

Hero Group's O P Munjal passes away
OP Munjal, Founder Chairman Emeritus of Hero Cycles and one of the founders of Hero Group,  passed away earlier today in Ludhiana. The 86-year-old industry veteran was facing health related issues for the past few months. He is survived by one son, four daughters, a daughter-in-law, four son-in-laws and 10 grandchildren. The cremation will take place tomorrow (August 14, 2015) in Ludhiana.Munjal  last month ceded Chairmanship of Hero Motors group and retired from an active role in the business.  Pankaj Munjal succeeded him as the Chairman and Managing Director of the Group.
OP Munjal, with his three brothers Brijmohan Lall Munjal, Dayanand Munjal and Satyanand Munjal started a bicycle spare parts business in Amritsar In 1944. They subsequently moved their base to Ludhiana naming the company ‘Hero’ and set up India’s first bicycle manufacturing unit in 1956. During 1980s Hero Cycles became the largest bicycle manufacturer by volume in the world. Shri Munjal, who led Hero Cycles for almost 60 years, also helped Hero Cycles in diversifying to other businesses such as auto parts manufacturing and hospitality. Under his able guidance, the company grew from its humble beginnings to a Rs 3000 crore industrial house. He also served as President of All India Cycle Manufacturers’ Association.

Tianjin port twin blasts

Two blasts shook the northeastern Chinese city of Tianjin late on Wednesday. Some 700 people have been injured, 71 critically, and 50 are dead, according to the latest report by Xinhua news agency.Many of the injuries being treated at the hospital are from broken glass or stones, Lu Yun, head of the nearby Taida Hospital, told the Xinhua News Agency.

A total of 12 firefighters have been confirmed dead, according to Chinese state television. Authorities have lost contact with 36 other firefighters, Xinhua reported.The blast had erupted from a shipment of explosives in a key industrial zone in Binhai New Area at about 11:30 pm local time (3:30 pm GMT), state broadcaster China Central Television said. The initial blast triggered a suspected petrol explosion in an adjacent reservoir.

U Mumba beat Bengaluru

U MUMBA BEAT BENGALURU BULLS TO RECLAIM TOP SPOT August 12:Captain Anup Kumar has a cool head and he proved it yet again by marshalling his resources in an astute manner to lead U Mumba to a 36-29 over hosts Bengaluru Bulls in Season 2 of Star Sports Pro Kabaddi today. At the Kanteerava Stadium it was the Mumbai defence which played a major role in their creditable win with Anup prodding his hit men.

 The first half saw Mohit Chhillar and Surender Nada trap their rivals’ star raider Ajay Thakur as many as four times. And if one sees it in the context of the match then Bengaluru captain Manjeet Chillar, being on the bench for close to 18 minutes, harmed them a lot. 

The result has allowed U Mumba to reclaim the top spot with 50 points. Bengaluru who are still in the hunt for a semis berth have 32 points. They just about managed to squeeze one today by reducing the margin of defeat to seven. They thus displaced Jaipur Pink Panthers to occupy the third spot. Manjeet Chhillar who took upon himself the onus of raiding should be credited for that. He collected five points towards the end despite losing two to a super tackle.

Mumba after being in front saw their rivals equalise at 7-7, but once Rajesh Mondal, Ajay Thakur and Pradeep Narwal were trapped one after the other Bengaluru had to soon face an all-out in the 17th minute of play. Mumba received a minor setback when Bhupinder Singh had to be stretchered off but the brave youngster returned in the second half. The winners led 18-13 at half-time.

Anup continued his raids which were more tactical. 

U Mumba preferred to rely on their defence in the second half. Substitute D Sureshu too served them well. He filled in well for Bhupender by scoring two raiding points and also aiding in defence. Rishank Devadiga also contributed his might with four points. To Mumba’s advantage Ajay Thakur failed to get any momentum. Pradeep Narwal and substitute Rakesh Narwal too failed to prop the Bengaluru attack. And once rival Jeeva Kumar who was subdued for some time started getting his ankle and thigh holds right to net six points Bengaluru’s defeat was imminent.

U Mumba never looked back thereafter as they went from strength to strength to inflict the second all-out to lead 34-22 with about six minutes left. Manjeet tried his best but that proved inadequate in the end. The Bulls face Jaipur Pink Panthers tomorrow and this will be a crucial tie for both as a win will bring one of them closer to their goal.

Captain Anup Kumar was as cool as ever after yet another victory for U Mumba. “I have heard that people think we are the toughest competition in the league and I am proud of this team which is called the toughest competition. Our job is to come out and be our best and play our best – that’s what we are doing here. And I am happy with the team because of that. We have a strong defence and that is an amazing thing. But it is better because we have a strong team and that is what makes a great team.”

This win was the icing on top of the cake for U Mumba who have already qualified for the play-offs. “I am grateful for having qualified for the play-offs. We need to keep our heads down and keep working hard.” said Anup Kumar.




















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Dear Naresh,Without freedom of speech, we can’t have a truly free and progressive India. That’s why we’re fighting back against government attempts to shut us down with an online Thunderclap this August 15th, our Independence Day. Join us!
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Ashok Leyland reports revenue growth of 55% and EBITDA grows by 287%

Results at a Glance
·         Revenue for the Quarter ended June 30, 2015: Rs.3,841 crores·         EBITDA: Rs.389 crores (10.1%)

·         Net Profit: Rs.159 crores

·         Volume Growth, over same period last year:  45%

Please refer attached press release for detailed report. Do write back to us for further queries from Ashok Leyland.


Palak Malik

Clea Public Relations.   


On World Youth Day UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador

Priyanka Chopra’s Message to Adolescents


New Delhi, 12th August 2015-UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Priyanka Chopra today emphasised the importance of stepping up the fight against adolescent anaemia*, regarded as a major health problem among adolescents in developing countries including India.

“One out of two young girls and one out of three young boys in India are anaemic. Anaemia is a serious health problem not only in rural but also in the urban areas. Anaemia can be prevented by taking iron-rich diet, Iron and Folic Acid (IFA) tablets once a week and deworming tablets every six months. It is really that simple,” Priyanka said addressing the youth from across the county, in a short film http://unicf.in/1L4QFhc released today to mark the World Youth Day.

The film highlights the importance of the Government of India’s Weekly Iron and Folic Acid Supplementation (WIFS) programme for adolescents. The programme was launched in 2012 to reduce severity and prevalence of nutritional anaemia in adolescents between 15 and 19 years. As many as 56 per cent girls and 30 per cent boys in this age group in India are anaemic, according to the National Family Health Survey (NFHS) 3 data. This group comprises one-fourth of India’s population and is a key driver of its future economic growth.

Dr. Sushma Dureja, Deputy Commissioner, Adolescent Health said, “The target for WIFS programme are adolescent girls and boys in government,  government aided and municipal schools, between classes 6 and 12 along with out of school adolescent girls . The aim is to improve the iron stores in the adolescent population thereby addressing the problem of anaemia caused by nutritional deficiency.”

The WIFS programme, which also covers out-of-school adolescent girls through Anganwadi centers, uses a proven and highly effective solution of providing (free of cost) weekly supplementation of deworming tablets, along with screening and counselling services.

The programme has four components namely, supervised ingestion of weekly iron and folic acid tablet, screening for moderate or severe anaemia and referral to nearest health facility,  deworming treatment every six months and nutrition and health education to encourage consumption of locally available iron-rich food and preventing parasitic infections.

Research shows that after the first year of life, adolescence is the second highest growth spurt period. Adolescents, if given the right nutrition, gain up to 50 per cent of their adult weight, more than 20 percent of their adult height, and 50 percent of their adult bone mass during this period.

Lack of iron in diets, perpetuates the inter-generational cycle of anaemia whereby anaemic women give birth to children with low body iron stores, resulting in irreversible consequences on children’s health and development.

Worldwide, it is estimated that about 20 per cent of maternal deaths are caused by anaemia; in addition, anaemia contributes partly to 50 per cent of all maternal deaths.

* The prevalence of anaemia (Haemoglobin value of <12 g% in girls and Haemoglobin value of  < 13g% in boys) is high amongst adolescents in India as per the report of  NFHS-III and the National Nutrition Monitoring Bureau Survey.


Naresh —You might hear some news over the next few days about Hillary Clinton’s emails. Because you are an important part of this team, we wanted to take a few minutes to talk through the facts — we need your help to make sure they get out there.

There’s a lot of misinformation, so bear with us; the truth matters on this.

Here are the basics: Like other Secretaries of State who served before her, Hillary used a personal email address, and the rules of the State Department permitted it. She’s already acknowledged that, in hindsight, it would have been better just to use separate work and personal email accounts. No one disputes that.

The State Department’s request: Last year, as part of a review of its records, the State Department asked the last four former Secretaries of State to provide any work-related emails they had. Hillary was the only former Secretary of State to provide any materials — more than 30,000 emails. In fact, she handed over too many — the Department said it will be returning over 1,200 messages to her because, in their and the National Archives’ judgment, these messages were completely personal in nature.

Hillary didn’t send any classified materials over email: Hillary only used her personal account for unclassified email. No information in her emails was marked classified at the time she sent or received them. She viewed classified materials in hard copy in her office or via other secure means while traveling, not on email.

What makes it complicated: It’s common for information previously considered unclassified to be upgraded to classified before being publicly released. Some emails that weren’t secret at the time she sent or received them might be secret now. And sometimes government agencies disagree about what should be classified, so it isn’t surprising that another agency might want to conduct its own review, even though the State Department has repeatedly confirmed that Hillary’s emails contained no classified information at the time she sent or received them.

To be clear, there is absolutely no criminal inquiry into Hillary’s email or email server. Any and all reports to that effect have been widely debunked. Hillary directed her team to provide her email server and a thumb drive in order to cooperate with the review process and to ensure these materials were stored in a safe and secure manner.

What about the Benghazi committee? While you may hear from the Republican-led Benghazi committee about Hillary’s emails, it is important to remember that the committee was formed to focus on learning lessons from Benghazi to help prevent future tragedies at our embassies and consulates around the globe. Instead, the committee, led by Republican Representative Trey Gowdy, is spending nearly $6 million in taxpayer money to conduct a partisan witch-hunt designed to do political damage to Hillary in the run-up to the election.

Hillary has remained absolutely committed to cooperating. That’s why, just as she gave her email server to the government, she’s also testifying before the Benghazi committee in October and is actively working with the Justice Department to make sure they have what they need. She hopes that her emails will continue to be released in a timely fashion.

It’s worth noting: Many of the Republican candidates for president have done the same things for which they’re now criticizing Hillary. As governor, Jeb Bush owned his own private server and his staff decided which emails he turned over as work-related from his private account. Bobby Jindal went a step further, using private email to communicate with his immediate staff but refusing to release his work-related emails. Scott Walker and Rick Perry had email issues themselves.

The bottom line: Look, Naresh, this kind of nonsense comes with the territory of running for president. We know it, Hillary knows it, and we expect it to continue from now until Election Day.

It’s okay. We’ll be ready. We have the facts, our principles, and you on our side. And it’s vital that you read and absorb the real story so that you know what to say the next time you hear about this around the dinner table or the water cooler.

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Jennifer Palmieri
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Hillary for America


Arcserve Invests in Indian SMB Market; Plans for Rapid Expansion to Grow Market Share


DELHI, INDIA – August 12, 2015 – Arcserve, a leading provider of data protection and recovery software today announced that it aims to expand its presence in Indian market rapidly with its industry first Unified Data Protection (UDP) solution which has been adopted by about 10,000 worldwide customers since the launch in May 2014.

Arcserve India is headquartered in Bangalore with sales representatives across Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai; its India Development Center is located in Hyderabad. The company achieved double-digit growth in India over the last fiscal year, post spinning out of CA Technologies. With an experienced team, an exclusive channel network and award-winning solutions, Arcserve plans to expand into new verticals including manufacturing, BFSI and IT/ITES to increase its foothold across India and SAARC region.

Commenting on this development, Ganesh Kuppuswamy, director for India & SAARC at Arcserve said, “India is a key growth market for Arcserve in Asia Pacific and we are going to invest heavily in this market by increasing headcounts, recruiting more partners and growing the market share in the next 12 months.”

According to NASSCOM, Indian SMB market will grow by 15 percent annually; which will propel the IT spending in the sector to over $18.5 billion by 2018. It says the Indian SMBs are rapidly innovating and adopting technology solutions to enhance competitiveness in the global and domestic business environment.

The results from a recent survey commissioned by Arcserve indicated that APAC market including India is slightly slower in adopting newer data protection technologies and practices that are being adopted in Europe and North America.

Over a third (35%) of the APAC respondents are holding onto their investment in tape as a primary target for backup, while 51 percent are using disk based data protection. Cloud as a primary means of backup is still not gaining traction at the business level with only four percent of the respondents using Cloud as the backup target.

“From the survey results we can see that there is still a requirement for some of the ‘older’ backup technologies to be supported into the future.” said Ganesh. “Tape continues to have relevance in the backup space and we suspect this will continue for a long time to come.”

The survey also reveals that the backup software market is becoming more fragmented than ever before with no one dominant player. And over half of the respondents expressed willingness to change data protection solutions in the near future.

“It’s clear that the data protection market in APAC is in a state of transition driven by business requirements and new technologies. We are glad to see that change is already underway and to some point a tipping point has been reached. This is a perfect opportunity for Arcserve to disrupt the market with newer technologies and better solutions.” said Ganesh.

In addition to team expansion, Arcserve has launched a new Arcserve Partner Programin July which offers a rewarding framework that channel partners can easily use to build and scale a successful data protection solution and services that customers will value.



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Arcserve is a leading provider of data protection and recovery software that provides organizations with the assurance that they can recover their data and applications when needed. Founded in 1990, Arcserve provides a comprehensive solution for virtual and physical environments, on premise or in the cloud, backed by unsurpassed support and expertise. The new unified architecture, Arcserve Unified Data Protection (UDP), drives a full range of highly efficient and integrated data protection capabilities through a simple, web-based user console. Arcserve has an active customer base of 43,000 end users in more than 50 countries. The company partners with over 7,500 distributors, resellers and service providers around the world. Arcserve is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota with offices around the world. Visit www.arcserve.com/ap.

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