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Egypt to hold parliamentary elections in October, November

Egypt’s parliamentary elections will be held in two stages, in October and November. Half of the country’s governorate will vote on October 18-19, while the second half will cast their votes on November 22-23 during the ‘second stage’ of the elections, the Head of the Supreme Election Committee, Ayman Abbas, said in a statement. Voters outside Egypt will cast ballots in a first stage on October 17-18, and a second stage on November 21-22. If required, the revote will also take place in two stages, on October 26-28 and November 30 – December 2. The registration period for candidates will begin on September 1 and will last 12 days. The official election results will be announced in December so that “Egypt will have a new legislature before the end of the year,” the Committee added.

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EU ministers to hold emergency talks on September 14

EU home affairs ministers will hold emergency talks in Brussels on September 14 on the escalating migration crisis in Europe, AFP reports. The government of Luxembourg, which holds the EU’s six-month rotating presidency, said that the meeting is being convened “to assess the situation on the ground, the political actions underway and to discuss the next steps in order to strengthen the European response.” Nearly 340,000 migrants reached EU’s borders in the first seven months of 2015, which is nearly a three-fold increase compared to same period last year.

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Tokyo rally momentum against Abe’s security bills

Largest rally held against national security bills

Tens of thousands of people have gathered in central Tokyo to oppose national security bills in the largest rally so far against the proposed legislation

The bill has been welcomed by the US, which is seeking more support from its Asian ally, but was met with disfavor by China and South Korea, which are engaged in territorial disputes with Japan.

The Japanese public has consistently opposed the bill, with the latest poll conducted by the Kyodo news agency suggesting that almost 70 percent are against it receiving final approval.

The organizers say about 120,000 people gathered near the Diet building on Sunday. The police say 30,000 took part in the rally.In front of the gate of the building, protesters carried placards with the messages “Don’t destroy Article 9” and “We won’t let any children be killed”.
Composer Ryuichi Sakamoto told the crowd it’s encouraging to see that the spirit of the Constitution and the war-renouncing Article 9 has taken root. He said this is a crucial time to regain democracy and he will act with them.
A university student said she cannot take responsibility for the lives that would be lost if the national security bills become law.
She also said she doesn’t want her taxes to be used to supply ammunition that would harm children in faraway countries.
She added she is confident that the passage of the bills can be stopped.
The leaders of the largest opposition Democratic Party, the Japanese Communist Party, the Social Democratic Party, and the People’s Life Party & Taro Yamamoto and Friends joined the rally. They pledged to do all they can to stop the bills from becoming law.The organizers of the rally say around 300 similar protests were held across the country on Sunday.Reports NHK
Sea of Masses of people in Tokyo flooded the street just in front of the parliament’s main entrance and surrounded the building. A nearby park was also swarming with demonstrators. Despite being present in heavy numbers, the police were unable to restrict the demonstrators to the sidewalks because of the size of the crowd reports International media.
Tens of thousands of people gathered outside Japan’s parliament building on Sunday to protest Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s controversial bill, which authorizes Japanese armed forces to join foreign military operations. Some also called for the PM’s resignation.

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DLF Promenade hosts Arsenal Academy soccer clinic kick-start the football season

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DLF Promenade supports Magic Bus children to be part of the Arsenal Academy 

30th August 2015: Making this festive weekend a delight for families and soccer fans, DLF Promenade organised an exclusive Soccer Clinic by The Arsenal Football academy for children this weekend. The clinic saw spot registrations for as many as 80 young football enthusiasts. This was held over a period of 2 days, Saturday and Sunday (29th – 30th August), at The Hub, DLF Promenade. Children played the Arsenal Way and won ‪#‎RayParlour & ‪#‎SolCampbell signed Arsenal Soccer School Jerseys, merchandise and membership discounts. DLF Promenade also awarded a special scholarships to 3 under privileged children of Magic Bus, a non-profit organisation, which works towards the welfare of underprivileged children via sports. These children will now get to train under the Arsenal academy for the entire year.

Activities like Penalty shootout (how many you can score in 3 shots), Keep Uppie (how many time you can juggle a ball), Obstacle course (How quickly can you complete our score), Trick Challenge (how many tricks can you do) and the rapid fire quiz (how much do you know about Arsenal FC), engaged the kids through the weekend. 

While awarding the scholarship to the Magic Bus children, Ms. Dinaz Madhukar Sr. Vice President & Mall Head, DLF Promenade said “India is a land of champions and we need to instill core values like self-belief and focus into them. Through this soccer clinic in association with the Arsenal Football academy, we wanted to encourage families visiting the mall to involve their children in sports and also support these talented and deserving children from Magic Bus to realize their potential.”

Also present at the occasion, Mr. Jaideep Bhatia, Head, Fundraising, Magic Busmentioned “At Magic Bus, we believe that sports can catalyze change for the children we support . I am glad that DLF Promenade is supporting the training of budding talent with  one of the best of International soccer programmes available her in India.”. 

Mr. David Moliner from Arsenal Soccer Schools added “Soccer is the second best sport loved by all children from various age groups after cricket in India. To facilitate such a clinic for budding talent & soccer enthusiasts is a great way to get them involved in the sport. I hope this encourages new talent and drives kids to participate in our world-class training programme.”.

The action-packed weekend fun was doubled by the screening of Arsenal & Newcastle United for all the football lovers at DLF Promenade. Soccer enthusiasts and their parents also availed a 15% discount on India on Track – Arsenal Soccer School Membership and 20% discount on Arsenal Merchandise at The Puma Store. At the clinic free training sessions and exclusive arsenal merchandises was also given out to young soccer enthusiasts.

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FIBA Asia Championship Day 2: Indian Women outclassed by Japan

FIBA Asia Championship Day 2: Indian Women outclassed by Japan

Wuhan, China, 30 August 2015: Reigning Asian Champs from 2013, Japan, proved too strong for India on Day two of the 26th FIBA Asia Women’s Championship 2015 that is underway at Wuhan, China. Coming into this game, Japan had beaten Korea in a hard fought 59-53, while India had fallen to Chinese Taipei. Today, the Japanese faced little trouble against a young Indian side missing two of its key backcourt players.

Starting point guard Kavita Akula has been made unavailable for the event due to her college career starting in the U.S. Matters were made harder in today’s game, as India’s most experienced player and captain Anitha Paul Durai was rested as a precautionary measure.

The first quarter began with Japan taking a huge 32-9 lead against India. With the depleted backcourt, the bulk of the playmaking load fell on the young shoulders of 17-year-old Bhandavya HM, who battled hard for close to 35 minutes, the most time spent on court by any player from either team. However, India ended up conceding 36 turnovers, the second straight game with more than 30 turnovers. Japan pounced on these additional opportunities, leaking out for 22 easy fast break points, many of them facilitated by their 19 steals.

Japan also dominated the paint-game, outrebounding India 52-29, with 23 of these rebounds coming on the offensive glass. By halftime, Japan had built a mammoth 63-21 lead. In the second half, Japan showcased their deep bench, which scored a whopping 89 points in total against India’s 13, making this 131-31 win a formality.   Six Japanese players scored in double digits, while for India, Bhandavya and Stephy managed 6 and 5 points respectively.

There were a few relative positives for India, notably their higher freethrow shooting percentage (7/11) and three blocks, two of which came via centre R Rajapriyadarshini. Another individual statistic of note was Smruthi Radhakrishnan’s 4 offensive rebounds, the joint highest among all players, matched only by Japan centre Yuka Mamiya. Radhakrishnan ended as India’s top rebounder with 6 boards.

India will next face another Asian giant and reigning bronze medallist China tomorrow afternoon. Captain Anitha Paul Durai is expected to return to action.

Japan (Mio Shinokazi 25, Mika Kurihara 19, Al Mitani 16) bt India (Bhandavya HM 6, Stephy Nixon 5) 131-31 (32-9, 31-12, 25-6, 43-4)

For the full box score, please access the following link:http://www.fiba.com/asiawomen/2015/3008/Japan-India/

UPCOMING INDIA TEAM GROUP A SCHEDULE FOR 26TH FIBA ASIA WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP 2015

S. No. Match Day and Date Local Time in Wuhan, China Indian Standard Time
2. India v. China Monday, 31 August 2015 5:00 p.m. 2:30 p.m.
3. India v. Thailand Tuesday, 1 September 2015 12:30 p.m. 10:00 a.m.
4. India v. Korea Wednesday, 2 September 2015 12:30 p.m. 10:00 a.m.

INDIAN SQUAD FOR THE 26TH FIBA ASIA WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP 2015

Jersey
No
Family Name(s)/Last Name First Name(s)/Given Name Date of Birth
(dd/mm/yyyy)
Place of Birth
(City & Country)
Height
(cm)
Weight(Kg) Position
04 PRASANNAN GEETHA Anjana 09/11/1994 Kollam India 177 56 G/F
06 Stephy Nixon 06/06/1992 Chalakudy India 184 79 C
08 KOCHUPARAMBU SUBHASHMON Poojamol 14/08/1996 Kottayam India 174 64 G/F
10 RADHAKRISHNAN Smruthi 15/04/1992 Thaliyil India 175 68 F
13 PALANILKUMKALAYIL SKARIA Jeena 09/01/1994 Kalpatta India 179 64 F
14 LIMAYE Shireen Vijay 13/12/1995 Pune India 178 69 F
18 HEMMIGE MAHESHA Bhandavya 18/04/1998 Mandya India 163 53 G/F
22 MURALINATH Apporva 02/02/1989 Chennai India 180 68 F
33 RAJAGANAPATHI Rajapriyadharshini 03/01/1994 Salem India 189 72 PF/C
77 PAUL DURAI Anitha 22/06/1985 Chennai India 168 66 G
88 TUDU Sitamani 04/10/1994 Bahalda India 169 58 G/F

*PG – Point Guard / Feeder, G – Guard, F – Forward, G/F – Wing, PF – Power Forward, C – Centre, PF/C – Pivot

  1. Team Manager: Mr. Rajendar Manthani
  2. Team Physio: Mr. Radha Krishna Reddy
  3. Coach: Mr. Francisco Garcia
  4. Assistant Coach: Ms. Aparna Ghosh
  5. Referee: Ms. Snehal Bendke
  6. Referee: Mr. Rajnarayan Patro

About the FIBA Asia Women’s Championship 2015 & India’s Participation

Tournament Format

This will be the 26th edition of the Asian Women’s Basketball Championship. 12 teams are expected participate in this championship and are divided into two Levels. Level 1 features the top six teams, while level 2 features the remaining six. League matches are conducted within each level and the two bottom placed teams from Level 1 play ‘qualifying matches’ against the two top placed teams from Level 2. The winning teams from these ‘qualifying matches’ qualify to Level 1 for the next edition of this event while the losing two teams are relegated to Level 2.

Simultaneously, the top four Level 1 teams go through to the semi-finals, followed by the finals. A bronze medal match is also played between the losing semi-finalists to determine the third and fourth placed teams. The winning team qualifies for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. While the second and third placed teams go through to the 2016 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

Tournament history

Prior to the upcoming iteration, 25 editions of this biennial championship have been held so far, dating back to 1965. South Korea won the inaugural edition and leads the gold medal tally overall (12 Golds), followed by China (11 Golds) and Japan (2 Golds). India first participated at this event in 1970, and has competed 16 times in total. The Indian women’s team best finish came at the last edition of this Championship in 2013, when we finished 5th. Prior to that, India’s best finish had been 6th place at the 1992, 2009 and 2011 iterations.

About Basketball Federation of India

The Basketball Federation of India or BFI is the governing and controlling body of basketball in India, and is responsible for the development and promotion of the sport at all levels. BFI has been involved in conducting camps, clinics, events, and training sessions at its academies for the development of basketball. BFI came into being in 1935 and took complete control over Indian basketball in 1950. Prior to that time, the Indian Olympic Association handled the conduct of Indian basketball championships. Since 1950, the BFI has been conducting various such championships, from the grassroots to senior team participation in international tournaments. In addition, the BFI has been responsible for the establishment of strong sub-junior and junior level programs. The BFI has to its credit produced several international players of repute, among them 17 have been bestowed with the honour of Arjuna Awards. Earlier in June 2015, 19-year-old Satnam Singh Bhamara made history by becoming the first Indian national to be drafted by an NBA team, when he was selected by the Dallas Mavericks. More information at www.basketballfederationindia.org

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The All Tribal Students Union Manipur (‪#‎ATSUM‬) has urged the Governor not to give his assent to the Protection of ‪#‎Manipur‬ People Bill, 2015 which is likely to be passed by the ‪#‎ManipurLegislativeAssembly‬. In a representation to the Governor, ATSUM pointed out that the Bill is being drafted as per the wish and whims of the ‪#‎JCILPS‬ without any representation from the ‪#‎tribal‬ Assembly members.

The All Tribal Students Union Manipur (ATSUM) has urged the Governor not to give his assent to the Protection of Manipur People Bill, 2015 which is likely
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Are you with me, Naresh? Hillary Clinton

Are you with me, Naresh? _ Hillary Clinton

Are you with me, Naresh?

Hillary Clinton

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Indian Women fall to Chinese Taipei in opening game of FIBA Asia Championship

Wuhan, China, 29 August 2015: In their opening game of the 26th FIBA Asia Women’s Championship 2015, the Indian Senior Women’s team suffered a blowout 92-61 loss against Chinese Taipei in their Group A fixture on Day 1 of the tournament at Wuhan, China.

Chinese Taipei, who finished fourth in the 2013 version of the tournament, was the clear favourite entering this game. Facing an uphill task, India had a faulty start with their opponent storming out of the gates with an 8-0 start. India did manage to stem the flow ending the first quarter down 11 to 22. The second quarter was India’s best of the game. Managing to match Chinese Taipei shot-for-shot, the second quarter scoring was almost even between the teams.

Entering the second half with a 12-point lead, Chinese Taipei further extended the gap between the teams outscoring India 29 to 18 in the third quarter. Chinese Taipei’s Y. Wei led the scoring with 20 points, while S. Peng and Y. Lin contributed with 12 and 11 points respectively. In the fourth quarter, Chinese Taipei continued to drain buckets with ease, thus maintaining their huge lead and cruising to an easy victory.

Poojamol Subhashmon, from Kerala, led India in scoring ending the game with 17 points while Bhandavya HM, India’;s youngest player at 17 years old, played confidently, although out of position at point guard, to score 8 points. Smruthi Radhakrishnan added 3 assists, while Shireen Limaye led the team in rebounding pulling down 7 rebounds.

India’s young and largely inexperienced side failed to maintain their composure on the big stage and turned the ball over a massive 33 times. Clearly, the team missed starting point guard, Kavita Akula, who was made unavailable for the event due to her college career starting in the U.S.

Coach Garcia will need to ensure that his players take better care of the ball going forward in the tournament. “We competed quite well for around 25 minutes of the game against one of the top 4 teams. Then, our lack of stamina brought us down. Obviously, we missed the services of our starting point guard Kavita Akula. But I must say that we competed better against them than we did in Bangkok [in the 2013 FIBA Asia Championship],” said Coach Garcia, after the game.

Their next opponent will be Japan, who they will face tomorrow.

Chinese Taipei (Y. Wei 20, S. Peng 12, Y. Lin 11) bt India (Poojamol Subhashmon 17, Anitha Paul Durai 8, B. Mahesha 8, J. Skaria 8) 92-61 (22-11, 15-14, 29-18, 26-18)

For the full box score, please access the following link: http://www.fiba.com/ls/#8061&11894-A-1.

UPCOMING INDIA TEAM GROUP A SCHEDULE FOR 26TH FIBA ASIA WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP 2015

S. No. Match Day and Date Local Time in Wuhan, China Indian Standard Time
1. India v. Japan Sunday, 30 August 2015 3:00 p.m. 12:30 p.m.
2. India v. China Monday, 31 August 2015 5:00 p.m. 2:30 p.m.
3. India v. Thailand Tuesday, 1 September 2015 12:30 p.m. 10:00 a.m.
4. India v. Korea Wednesday, 2 September 2015 12:30 p.m. 10:00 a.m.

INDIAN SQUAD FOR THE 26TH FIBA ASIA WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP 2015

Jersey
No
Family Name(s)

/Last Name

First Name(s)

/Given Name

Date of Birth
(dd/mm/yyyy)
Place of Birth
(City & Country)
Height
(cm)
Weight

(Kg)

Position
04 PRASANNAN GEETHA Anjana 09/11/1994 Kollam India 177 56 G/F
06 Stephy Nixon 06/06/1992 Chalakudy India 184 79 C
08 KOCHUPARAMBU SUBHASHMON Poojamol 14/08/1996 Kottayam India 174 64 G/F
10 RADHAKRISHNAN Smruthi 15/04/1992 Thaliyil India 175 68 F
13 PALANILKUMKALAYIL SKARIA Jeena 09/01/1994 Kalpatta India 179 64 F
14 LIMAYE Shireen Vijay 13/12/1995 Pune India 178 69 F
18 HEMMIGE MAHESHA Bhandavya 18/04/1998 Mandya India 163 53 G/F
22 MURALINATH Apporva 02/02/1989 Chennai India 180 68 F
33 RAJAGANAPATHI Rajapriyadharshini 03/01/1994 Salem India 189 72 PF/C
77 PAUL DURAI Anitha 22/06/1985 Chennai India 168 66 G
88 TUDU Sitamani 04/10/1994 Bahalda India 169 58 G/F

*PG – Point Guard / Feeder, G – Guard, F – Forward, G/F – Wing, PF – Power Forward, C – Centre, PF/C – Pivot

  1. Team Manager: Mr. Rajendar Manthani
  2. Team Physio: Mr. Radha Krishna Reddy
  3. Coach: Mr. Francisco Garcia
  4. Assistant Coach: Ms. Aparna Ghosh
  5. Referee: Ms. Snehal Bendke
  6. Referee: Mr. Rajnarayan Patro

About the FIBA Asia Women’s Championship 2015 & India’s Participation

Tournament Format

This will be the 26th edition of the Asian Women’s Basketball Championship. 12 teams are expected participate in this championship and are divided into two Levels. Level 1 features the top six teams, while level 2 features the remaining six. League matches are conducted within each level and the two bottom placed teams from Level 1 play ‘qualifying matches’ against the two top placed teams from Level 2. The winning teams from these ‘qualifying matches’ qualify to Level 1 for the next edition of this event while the losing two teams are relegated to Level 2.

Simultaneously, the top four Level 1 teams go through to the semi-finals, followed by the finals. A bronze medal match is also played between the losing semi-finalists to determine the third and fourth placed teams. The winning team qualifies for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. While the second and third placed teams go through to the 2016 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

Tournament history

Prior to the upcoming iteration, 25 editions of this biennial championship have been held so far, dating back to 1965. South Korea won the inaugural edition and leads the gold medal tally overall (12 Golds), followed by China (11 Golds) and Japan (2 Golds). India first participated at this event in 1970, and has competed 16 times in total. The Indian women’s team best finish came at the last edition of this Championship in 2013, when we finished 5th. Prior to that, India’s best finish had been 6th place at the 1992, 2009 and 2011 iterations.

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Dharamvira Gandhi and Harinder Khalsa suspended from the Aam Aadmi Party

The Political Affairs Committee (PAC) of the Aam Aadmi Party today suspended Dharamavira Gandhi and Harinder Singh Khalsa from the primary membership of the party and referred disciplinary proceedings against them to party’s National Disciplinary Action Committee.

In its meeting on 29 August, 2015, the PAC took cognizance of anti-party activities indulged in by Dharamavira Gandhi and Harinder Singh Khalsa in Punjab. In a unanimous decision, the PAC suspended Khalsa and Gandhi from the party and referred their cases to the National Disciplinary Action Committee. Now the three-member National Disciplinary Action Committee, with Pankaj Gupta, Dilip Pandey and Deepak Bajpai as its members, will look into the complaints of anti-party activities and indiscipline against Dharamvira Gandhi and Harinder Singh Khalsa.

Resolution passed by the PAC

The PAC expresses its concern over anti-party activities indulged in by Mr. Dharamvira Gandhi and Mr. Harinder Singh Khalsa. Mr. Gandhi and Mr. Khalsa have been involved in the activities of certain outfits, opposed to aims and objectives of the party. The only aim of these outfits is to damage the Aam Aadmi Party and anti-corruption movement in the country.

There are several instances that show that Mr. Gandhi and Mr. Khalsa are trying to establish a parallel organization within the party with the sole objective of damaging the party in Punjab.  Mr. Gandhi and Mr. Khalsa have criticized the party leadership and the decisions taken by the party on several occasions in the media. Not only Mr. Gandhi and Mr. Khalsa used the press to express their disagreement with the party on various issues, they also openly disobeyed the party on several occasions and refused to follow party discipline.

The corrupt BJP-SAD regime in Punjab has made the state a hub of narcotics trade. Well-oiled state run corruption machinery has completely paralyzed the government apparatus. Fed up with two terms of misrule by the BJP-SAD combine, people of Punjab have decided to go with Aam Aadmi Party to bring Delhi model of corruption free governance to the state. Mr. Gandhi and Mr. Khalsa have joined hands with the corrupt BJP-SAD leaders in Punjab and have betrayed the faith of the common man.

With a clear intent of creating confusion among party volunteers and damaging the party, Mr. Gandhi and Mr. Khalsa today organized a conference, parallel to that of the Aam Aadmi Party, at Baba Bakala today on the occasion of Rakhar Puniya. They used pictures of National Convenor Arvind Kejriwal and party MPs Bhagwant Mann and Sadhu Singh to create confusion and help Shiromani Akali Dal-BJP. They used party symbol and pictures of party leaders in the publicity material of their conference without due permission from the party.

Taking cognizance of their anti-party activities and indiscipline, the PAC has decided to refer their case to the National Disciplinary Action Committee for suitable action against them. The PAC also unanimously resolves to suspend Mr. Dharamvira Ghandhi and Mr. Harinder Singh Khala from the primary membership of the party.

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AAP Media cell

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Press Release

New Delhi, August 28, 2015:  The two-day global ‘Call to Action Summit 2015’ concluded today with Health Ministers and heads of country delegations from 22 countries adopting the DELHI DECLARATION on ‘ending preventable maternal and child deaths’. The declaration was developed as an outcome of the high-level ministerial conclave held yesterday during the summit.

The Call to Action Summit 2015 held on 27-28 August 2015 in New Delhi was co-hosted by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India and the Health Ministry of Ethiopia, in partnership with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Tata Trusts, UNICEF, USAID and WHO.

The Hon’ble Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Shri J P Nadda, in his address as the Chair for the valedictory session of the summit urged all leaders from participating countries to “commit to a culture of evidence-based decision-making, strengthen accountability of national health systems and align resources to those with the greatest need.” During the address, he also assured that, “India will lead the efforts to demonstrate global progress in maternal and child health by working closely with global partners to make sure that the post 2015 development agenda will advance the cause of ending preventable child and maternal deaths.”

Heads of co-host organisations and partners including Mr. Richard Verma, US Ambassador to India; Ms. Geeta Rao Gupta,  Deputy Executive Director, UNICEF; Mr. Girindre Beeharry, Country Director, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Mr. R K Krishna Kumar, Trustee, Tata Trusts and Dr. Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director, WHO (SEARO) joined the ministerial delegations during the adoption of the DELHI DECLARATION and pledged their commitment and support to ending preventable deaths of children and mothers.

The Summit was a platform for the Health Ministers of 24 nations, Health Ministers from states of India, academic experts, health practitioners and global leaders from diverse sectors – corporate, civil society and media to deliberate on the importance of Systems, Partnerships, Innovations, Convergence, and Evidence in ending all preventable maternal and child deaths.

The Additional Secretary and Mission Director (National Health Mission), Shri C K Mishra, outlined the commitments made by the countries in the Delhi Declaration. During the session that he chaired on “Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescent Health’ he said, “Maternal and child health needs more resources and it is important to ensure accountability and maximisation of its impact.” The session examined ways to accelerate progress beyond 2015 on maternal and child health goals. The panel recommended that adolescent health, particularly of the girl child, should be given centre-stage in order to improve the health of mothers and the children they bear.

The session on ‘Moving towards Scale’ put the spotlight on the child survival interventions that have worked well in low and middle-income countries. India shared its experience in scaling up the immunization programme and policy makers from other countries offered solutions on how affordable primary health care services in urban areas could be expanded.  Game changing technologies for healthcare delivery were presented by experts and innovators, who also discussed the eco-systems required to foster innovations for child and maternal care: use of mobile phones, emergency transport, health education, and referral systems, to name a few.

H.E. Dr. Aminata Keita, the First Lady of the Republic of Mali chaired the session named, ‘Survive, Thrive, and Transform’, where the importance of the continuum of care in the prevention of malnutrition, diarrhea and newborn deaths was discussed. The session also touched on the inter connections between health, safe water, sanitation, gender empowerment and rural development. The session on Health Financing featured a discussion on financial models of health service delivery, fund management and utilization, public sector purchase of health services from or outsourcing to the private sector and ensuring accountability and governance in fund management.

In order to maintain the momentum in ending preventable child and maternal deaths in any country, government efforts are not enough. The session on corporate partnerships brought together development partners and the corporate sector to discuss the contributions that could be made by pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies and philanthropists and foundations to support this agenda.  In the final session on Accountability for Results, Shri Bhanu Pratap Sharma, Secretary, Health and Family Welfaresaid that, “Evidence based decision making and community level accountability are the cornerstones of a functional and impactful public health service delivery system.” He also highlighted the existing accountability structures within the National Health Mission.

The Hon’ble Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated the Summit yesterday and announced another major milestone achieved by India for children and mothers by eliminating maternal and neonatal tetanus. In his inaugural address, the Hon’ble PM said, “I firmly believe that this summit will provide a highly effective platform to address common challenges that will help countries achieve the desired goals for maternal and child health.” The Prime Minister released a coffee table book‘Born to Be’ depicting key milestones in 25 years of India’s progress in maternal and child health’. He also released the USAID report ‘Acting on the Call: Ending Preventable Child And Maternal Deaths’ that outlines the plan to save 15 million children and 600,000 women by 2020.

Dr. Kesetebirhan Admasu, Minister of Health, Ethiopia, said, “We will hold ourselves accountable to the commitments of DELHI DECLARATION through regular monitoring of progress through this joint platform, and promote cross-learning, knowledge sharing and collaboration among the 22 nations to end preventable deaths of mothers, newborns and children.”

Sonia Sarkar

Communication Officer (Media) , UNICEF India

Tel (+91) 9810170289,9891861445;

Email: ssarkar@unicef.org

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SEBI issues discussion Paper on Review of policy relating to forfeiture of partly paid-up shares

 

SEBI has released a discussion Paper on “Review of policy relating to forfeiture of partly paid-up shares – Amendments to SEBI (Substantial Acquisition of Shares and Takeovers) Regulations, 2011”. It states that forfeiture of shares is a process specified under Table-F (Articles of Association of a Company Limited by Shares) of Schedule I of the Companies Act, 2013. The standard procedure to be followed in case of forfeiture of partly paid-up shares is as follows:

·         If a member fails to pay any call, or instalment of a call, on the day appointed for payment, the Board of Directors of the company may, at any time thereafter during such time as any part of the call or instalment remains unpaid, serve a notice on him requiring payment of such amount, together with any interest which may have accrued.

·         If the requirements of any such notice are not complied with, any share in respect of which the notice has been given may be forfeited by a resolution of the Board of Directors of the company

Need for regulatory amendment

·         Regulation 10 of the Takeover Regulations, 2011 provides general exemption from the obligations to make an open offer for certain acquisitions, subject to fulfilment of the conditions specified therein.

·         Increase in voting rights arising out of actions undertaken by the companies under the Companies Act, 2013 such as rights issues, buybacks and schemes of arrangement are exempt from the open offer obligations under regulation 10 of the Takeover Regulations, 2011

·         Further, accrual of voting rights on preference shares where dividend has not been paid for two years or more as per sub-section (2) of section 47 of the Companies Act, 2013 are exempt from the open offer obligations under regulation 10 of the Takeover Regulations, 2011.

·         Currently, there is no provision for increase in the voting rights of a shareholder due to the expiry of call notice period and forfeiture of partly paid-up shares to be exempt under regulation 10 of the Takeover Regulations, 2011 and an application needs to be filed with SEBI for seeking exemption from the open offer obligations in this regard under regulation 11 of the Takeover Regulations, 2011.

·         It may be noted that the facts of these cases with respect to these applications are quite similar. However, a reasoned order must be passed by SEBI in each such case which may take enormous amount of time and effort.

·         Further, increase in the voting rights of a shareholder due to the expiry of call notice period and forfeiture of partly paid-up shares is undertaken under the Companies Act, 2013 and is passive in nature

·         Therefore, it is proposed by SEBI that the Takeover Regulations, 2011 may be amended suitably for providing general exemption from the open offer obligations in the cases of increase in voting rights as a result of the expiry of call notice period and the forfeiture of shares in line with general exemptions available with respect to rights issues, buybacks etc

Proposed Amendment —Accordingly, it is proposed to insert the following as clause (j) under sub-regulation (1) of regulation 10 of the Takeover Regulations, 2011: “Increase in voting rights arising out of the operation of sub-section (1) of section 106 of the Companies Act, 2013 or pursuant to forfeiture of shares by a company undertaken in compliance with the provisions of the Companies Act, 2013 and articles of association of the company.”

Considering the implications of the said matter on the market participants including listed companies, promoters/promoter group of the said companies and investors, public comments on the amendment proposed above are solicited by SEBI. You may kindly send your suggestions (if any) at surbhi@phdcci.in/sunitag@phdcci.in latest by 15th September 2015.

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29 August 2015
UNIC/PRESS RELEASE/147-2015

STATEMENT FROM THE UN SECRETARY-GENERAL

 

Lamenting recent migrant/refugee deaths, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appeals to governments for bolstered efforts ahead of global meeting:

 

I am horrified and heartbroken at the latest loss of lives of refugees and migrants in the Mediterranean and Europe. Yesterday saw the grim discovery of the bodies of more than 70 people inside a truck abandoned near the Austrian border with Hungary. Reports indicate that many of the victims were Syrian asylum seekers — including children.

Recent days have brought yet more news of hundreds of refugees and migrants drowning in perilous journeys on the sea. Earlier this year, I visited search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean. Despite the concerted and commendable efforts of the joint European search and rescue operation, which has saved tens of thousands of lives, the Mediterranean Sea continues to be a death trap for refugees and migrants.

These repeated tragedies underscore the ruthlessness of people smugglers and traffickers whose criminal activities extend from the Andaman Sea to the Mediterranean to the highways of Europe. It also highlights the desperation of people seeking protection or a new life.

A large majority of people undertaking these arduous and dangerous journeys are refugees fleeing from places such as Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. International law has stipulated — and States have long recognized — the right of refugees to protection and asylum. When considering asylum requests, States cannot make distinctions based on religion or other identity nor can they force people to return to places from which they have fled if there is a well-founded fear of persecution or attack. This is not only a matter of international law; it is also our duty as human beings.

I commend those leaders and communities who have stepped up to our shared responsibilities and obligations. But much more is required. I appeal to all Governments involved to provide comprehensive responses, expand safe and legal channels of migration and act with humanity, compassion and in accordance with their international obligations.

Let us also remember: the high number of refugees and migrants are a symptom of deeper problems — endless conflict, grave violations of human rights, tangible governance failures and harsh repression. The Syrian war, for example, has just been manifested on a roadside in the heart of Europe.

In addition to upholding responsibilities, the international community must also show greater determination in resolving conflicts and other problems that leave people little choice but to flee. Failing that, the numbers of those displaced — more than 40,000 per day — will only rise.

This is a human tragedy that requires a determined collective political response. It is a crisis of solidarity, not a crisis of numbers. I am encouraged that these issues will be an area of focus and priority when world leaders gather at the United Nations Headquarters in New York next month for the opening of the General Assembly. I am organizing a special meeting devoted to these global concerns on 30 September.

 

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