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Friday, September 30, 2011

Invitation to support Besharmi Morcha

Dear Friends, On a daily basis, a woman on the road does more than just walk to a destination in mind. She does that in an almost ready-for-battle state of avoiding the stares, hoots, haws, comments, gropes, grabs, and more advanced combinations from elements on the streets. All the while, being on a defensive best, because if she does run into any of these, she will have to explain why she’s been “inviting trouble”. Built on this everyday experience, sexual harassment and rape is at an all time high in our country. It has become instant nature for our authorities and our public to develop a very false perception that the victim puts herself in a place of trouble by dressing provocatively, maintaining a promiscuous lifestyle, alluding to “western” norms of living, etc. As a result, not only are we culturing wrong ideas about sexual abuse, we’re also allowing it to become a deeper part of our social fabric. And all along, we’re using wrong methods to combat this growing disease. SlutWalk as a movement started in Toronto, when a police officer as part of a lecture said that “women should stop dressing like sluts” if they don’t want to get raped. It is part of a worldwide grassroots movement challenging rape culture, victim-blaming, social judgment and working to end sexual and domestic violence. This movement has spread rapidly spread across the world . Recently the first slutwalk in India happened in New Delhi popularly known as “Besharmi March”. We felt, that the movement would be extremely relevant in a place like Bangalore, where sexual abuse takes place on so many levels on a daily basis. And of course, the fact that victims are blamed for “bringing it upon themselves” ever-so-often here in India added to our drive and belief in the legitimacy of the movement here in Bangalore. Supporters may wish to claim “slut” as a positive label of sexual freedom, ridicule the arbitrary nature of the insult, or do away with the violence of such language altogether, but ultimately we need to strategize as a group to end sexual violence. We believe that no matter who you are, where you work, what you wear, whom you choose to love, or what you said before: NO ONE has the right to touch you without your consent. We need to COME TOGETHER. As people from all gender expressions and orientations, all walks of life, levels of employment and education, all races, ages, abilities, and backgrounds, from all points of this city and elsewhere. We are asking you to join hands to make a unified statement about sexual assault and victims’ rights and to demand respect for all. However, we want to do much more than just a symbolic “walk”. Many of the events we had in mind would need the experience and expertise of people involved in fields ranging from gender study to child sexual abuse. Hence, we want to call for an open meeting, to seek your opinions and involvement in the endeavours we have planned out. Please check the attached event brief (both in kannada and english) for a list of the activities we had in mind, and do let us know a time that is most convenient. Time: 5 PM, Date: 3rd Oct, 2011 Venue: Alternative Law Forum, 122/4, Infantry Road (Opposite Wedding House) Bangalore 560001 (Nearest bus stop – Shivajinagar Depot) Contact no- 96860 18042 Warm regards,

community rights sangamma at Coorg

JOIN THE Community Rights Sangama 2011 of Adivasis, Fisher people, Forest workers, Dalits, Women and Children OCTOBER 9-12, 2011 (Kushalnagar, COORG, Karnataka) Contact - ROY DAYID (, 09448476091) Introduction: During the last few years, under the agenda of globalization, many struggles of adivasis, fisher people, forest workers and dalits have been taking place for their community rights in relation to forest, sea, water resources and land. As you are aware, the present policies of the Government tend to sell, rob and loot the natural resources to the corporates – a resource base of various communities including adivasis, fisher folk, the forest workers and dalits who are entirely dependent on these natural resource bases for their livelihood. The denial of the commons to the communities is a violation of the fundamental rights as well as a violation of human rights. The new forest rights Act has provided some benefits for the adivasis and traditional forest dwellers for their rights on forests. But unfortunately, none of these rights are implemented in its true word & spirits.. The Coastal Management Zone Notification has been withdrawn due to various struggles of the fisher people. However, the latest move is to capture the lands of the fishing community using new jargons. Attempts are being made to dilute the Forest Rights Act and the Coastal Regulation Zone Notification so that the emerging multinationals and the corporate world are benefited. The rights of the forest workers have been denied as ever before. Women and children face the maximum burden of this loot of natural resources. We believe that there is a common link between the fishing communities, adivasis and the forest workers in their struggle to assert the rights for their livelihood resources. During the freedom struggle adivasi leader Birsa Munda, who fought the British attempt to takeover the natural resources from the adivasis stated that “No government can own the natural resources since they are the livelihood resource base of the communities.” The rights for the natural resources cannot be taken away from the community either by the State or the corporate world. It is very crucial that the struggles for community rights have to be provided a platform, so that common issues can be discussed and common agendas can be framed. We believe that the natural resources are not endless and the real protectors of nature have to be recognized. Hence, the present policies of plunder and loot have to be opposed tooth and nail. We also believe that social issues can not be compartmentalised and every issue based struggle is interconnected and unless the affected communities come together, the real changes in history will not take place. Time has come to realize that no single issue movement will succeed without the support and solidarity of all other issue-based struggles. In this context, we are proposing a convention of representatives of the struggles of adivasis, fisher people and forest workers to discuss and evolve a common agenda to fight for the rights of communities in relation to land, forest and water. COMMUNITY RIGHTS SANGAMA Participation: Adivasis 2. Forest dwellers and workers 3. Fisher people 4. Dalits 5. Women 6. Children Programmes for First and Second Days During the first two days, there will be a discussion on the following themes: Forest Rights Act and its implementation: The Forest Rights Act, 2006, has recognised some of the rights of the communities dependent on the forests. Unfortunately this act is never implemented in its true word and spirits’. Major violations of the act is taking place all over the country, displacing communities and violating the very essence of the Act. Coastal Regulation Zone Notification and its implementation: Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) Notification 1991, recognised some of the rights of the fishing communities on the coastal resources. However, thousands of violations of the Notification have taken place in every coastal state of India. Many attempts have been made to dilute the Notification in many ways. However, due to the organised struggle of the fisher people a new notification recommended by a committee headed by Dr. M. S. Swaminathan, was forced to be abandoned. Many struggles are going on to make the violators of the Notification responsible to environment and local communities. EIA: Under the modern implementation of development, the Environment Impact Assessment has ceased to have any meaningful existence. The local communities have become of this paradox. SEZ, STA, etc: The corporations have been given blanket support by the government for Special Economic Zones and Special Tourism Areas. All existing norms for human rights and environment have been violated. There are thousands of struggles in this country which spread all over due to the violations of community rights. Tourism – Eco tourism, medical tourism, spiritual tourism, responsible tourism, etc. These categories often build a myth that tourism can exist and spread without destruction of environment, local resources and culture. The marginalised communities in India are becoming more and more vocal on the rights of the communities in this regard. National Parks, Sanctuaries – Critical Tiger Habitat, Elephant Corridor, Coral Reefs, Olive Ridley Turtles, etc. This institutionalised form of `protecting' environment has collapsed more or less completely. The adivasis and fisher folk in different parts of the country are victims of this commodified conservation ventures. Conservation values, culture & spirituality of adivasis, fisher folk and traditional communities: One of the reasons for the invasion on the natural resources might have come up due to the non-protection of the values, culture and spirituality of the local community. The values of the local communities have inherent strength to contradict capitalist invasion on natural resources. Unfortunately, activists in India today are yet to use this strength in the struggle against many major violations on community rights and livelihood rights. Mining and Community Rights – Iron ore, coal, bauxite, sand mining, quarries, uranium, monazite, etc: During the post globalised era in India, mining has become a grave concern for the local communities. Displacements, destruction of the environment and culture have become crucial issues for the local communities. There is a major need for articulation and preservation of the community rights being violated by the mining industries in India. Large dams: Large dams represent displacement, siltation, water logging, deforestation, submergence, health disorders, destruction of culture and many other problems for the local communities. Many laws which protect the community rights have been gravely violated by the large dams. While none of the large dams constructed in India have ever provided what they have promised, the Government is still pursuing the construction of large dams with support of international agencies like The World Bank and Asian Development Bank. Nuclear Power Plants: Almost all nuclear power projects in India have generated radiation problems, causing cancer and genetic disorders for the local communities. The Indian Rare Earths, Kalpakkam, Kota Nuclear Power Plant, Kaiga, Jaduguda and monozite mining in Chavara, Neendakara and Manavalakkurichi have caused cancer, genetic disorders, reproductive problems and skin disorders for the local communities. Since most of the nuclear plants are in the coastal areas and adivasi areas, major violations of rights have taken place on the local communities. Militarisation and Community Rights: The Armed Forces Special Powers Act, 1958 (AFSPA) justifies the use of blatant violence of the Indian army over the local communities in the north east and Kashmir. The hunger fast initiated by Irom Sharmila has crossed 10 years demanding the repeal of this draconian Act. Thousands have been killed, raped, tortured from the local communities with the blatant use of this Act. The struggles of the local communities facing grave human rights violations need urgent support from all over the country. Water and Community Rights: Water is fast becoming a commodity under globalisation, with a higher profit margin than gold or software industry. While the community rights over water is being denied in many places, the common resources of water are being sold to the multinationals. It has come to a stage that many rivers are also getting sold in this country. The pollution of the rivers have affected the community rights in many ways. The idea of interlinking the rivers will violate the community rights in a major manner. The politicians are also trying to divide communities using rivers. Water wars will become a major problem in the coming years as per experts. Access to clean and safe water for the dalits is a major problem since water resources are controlled by the upper caste in the villages. Other mega development projects: The major question for the communities today on development is: Development for whom and at whose cost. The concept of development has violated the community rights aggressively in modern India. One adivasi is being displaced every minute by the mega development projects. Many struggles in India are taking place against the violation of the community rights of the people. Community Rights & communalism: Around 350 churches and worship places were destroyed in Kandhamal. The victims were adivasis and dalits. Attacks on the Christian community rights have taken place in over ten states following the attack in Kandhamal. Attacks on the community rights of the Muslims have taken place during several riots, especially after the destruction of Babari Masjid. The communal forces have received the justification and legitimacy by most of the mainstream institutions in India, generating deep insecurity among the minority communities. Community Knowledge: Modern science and modern education systems have undermined the strength and significance of the traditional knowledge systems upheld by the local communities for generations. These knowledge systems are environment friendly and cause least damage. The present development model alienates the communities from their own knowledge. Knowledge of the communities which can be commodified are fast being patented and the rights of the communities are being denied. 16. Free Trade Agreements, FDI etc. on communities: The burning question under globalisation today is whether there is freedom of the communities or freedom of the market. The free market system and the freedom of the investors have violated the community rights pushing many to the levels of starvation. Farmers, fisher people, adivasis, workers, women and children are the worst victims. 17. Climate Change and Communities: The increases of the sea levels have already created climate refugees of the fisher folk in India. The adivasis, fisher folk and traditional farmers are the stake holders on this issue. These communities have not yet been recognised in the debates on climate change. Cultural Activities: Cultural Activities of local communities will take place on both first and second day of the Sangama. Exhibitions: Exhibitions of the traditional communities will take place throughout the Sangama. Venue: Kushalnagar Dates: October 10, 11 & 12 – 2011 Proposed Supportive Organisations: National Adivasi Alliance, Kerala Swatantra Matsya Thozhilali Federation, Theeradesa Mahilavedi, Coastal Action Forum, PPSS (Anti-POSCO Movement), INSAF, CORD, ODAF, Citizens’ Global Platform (India), PEACE, Adivasi Solidarity Council , PAD, Uttarakhand Jan Haqdari Manch, Jharkhand Jangal Bachao Andolan,SICHREM, HRLN, National Adivasi Andolan, Dayamani - Adivasi Mulavasi Asthithvaraksha Manch, Nadhi Ghati Morcha, National Fish Workers Federation, Kabani- The Other Direction, Moving Republic, NFFPFW, National Alliance of Anti-Nuclear Movements, Budakattu Krishikara Sanga, Visual Search, People’s Solidarity Concerns, New Socialist Alternative,Solidarity Youth Movement,Joint Tribal Action – Karnataka, Rajamulle Nivasi Wedike - Karnataka, and many others. Objectives of the Sangama: The following will be the main objectives of the Sangama: 1. To connect important people’s movements connected with the issues of natural resources and community rights. 2. To widen the reach of the demands of the people’s movements on community rights and livelihood issues. 3. To generate a support base for those who are struggling on the rights of the marginalised communities. 4. To generate support from the mainstream media, internet communication and alternative media on issues related to natural resources and community rights. 5. To pressurise the Government on the demands expressed by the communities on their rights to natural resources and livelihoods. 6. To document the concerns of the communities and use them for future advocacy and campaigns for the rights of the communities. -- RESIST globalisation COMBAT communalism DEFEND democracy -- You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "insaf-alerts" group. 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Vacancies at KSHSRC

Vacancies at Dear friends, Some vacancies at KSHSRC (Karnataka State Health Systems Development and Reforms Project) if anyone is interested Sylvia

Annual sport for development International meet

New Delhi, India Maidan Summit 2011 – Annual Sport for Development International Meet, New Delhi Dear friend, Magic Bus India Foundation (MBIF) is pleased to announce Maidan Summit 2011, the second annual Sport for Development (S4D) international meet from December 1 to 3 in New Delhi, India. The objectives of the Summit are to provide an interactive forum for NGOs, policy makers, technical experts and donor agencies, advocate cross-sectoral use of S4D strengthening the S4D platform in India. The event will commence with a Sport for Development International Meet in New Delhi on 1st Dec. at the Paintal Memorial Golden Jubilee Hall, VP Chest Institute, North Campus, University of Delhi. This will be followed by a series of workshops over the next two days designed for agencies which use or wish to use sport as a means to promote human development. The workshops shall be based on the following seven themes: Sport and Education; Sport and Health; Sport and Gender; Sport and Livelihoods, Youth Development; Sport and Social Inclusion; Sport and PE in schools; Sports Sciences and PE in colleges and universities (from the PE curriculum perspective). Participants will share and discuss key concepts, strategies and best practice in S4D which will further lead to drafting a way forward. We are also developing Maidan (means playground) platform into a permanent, independent and sustainable online Indian sport for development resource. We are particularly pleased to announce the forthcoming launch of Maidan magazine, a biannual collection of news articles and stories from the rapidly growing Sport for Development sector. Maidan 2011 is supported by Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports (MYAS), Govt. of India, Australian Sports Commission and Department of Physical Education and Sports Sciences, Delhi University. We invite you to participate or nominate senior management to attend the conference. Your contribution to the S4D forum would be of great value and your representatives will benefit from becoming a part of the international S4D network. They will also gain an in-depth exposure to contemporary issues and practices in the global S4D arena. Please find attached the Conference (1st Dec.) and Workshops (2nd & 3rd Dec.) agenda along with the Registration Form. A copy of the Registration Form/s, duly filled in for each nominated participant may kindly be returned to the Conference Secretariat in Delhi, together with the registration fees. We look forward to an early response with your confirmation of participation. Yours sincerely, Deepika About Magic Bus Magic Bus is a registered Section 25 Not-for-Profit Company in India, with international fundraising offices in UK, USA and Germany. Founded in 1999, we are the leading Sport for Development (S4D) player in the country, and have been appointed the Knowledge and Implementing Partner of Panchayat Yuva Khel aur Krida Abhiyan (PYKKA), the rural sports programme mandated to reach to about 200,000 villages in the country, by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports (MYAS), Government of India (GoI). Previously, under International Inspiration programme of London Olympics 2012, we have worked in partnership with GoI and UNICEF to develop and pilot functional capacity building models for community sports coaches and trainers at the grassroots level in Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra and Delhi. With our unique Sport for Development (S4D) programme, we work towards empowering children and youth in areas of Education, Gender, Health, Leadership and Livelihood, promoting the concept of Right to Play. We have envisioned a growth plan of reaching out to 1,000,000 children and youth in 10 states of India, through over 2500 staff and 30000 volunteers by 2014. Towards this, Magic Bus is currently working in the states of Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Orissa and Karnataka. CONFERENCE SECRETARIAT 1. Rekha Dey, Head – Relationships, Magic Bus India Foundation 2. Rishi Vashistha, Manager – Communication & Advocacy, Magic Bus India Foundation |+91 9958293444 3. Deepika Srivastava, Officer – Relationships, Magic Bus India Foundation | +91 9891926485 Deepika Srivastava Officer - Relationships National Programme Mobile:(+91)9891926485 Board | Blog | Delhi / NCR Office: C2/105, Sector 36, NOIDA, Uttar Pradesh 201301 T: +91 120 4787 420 Ext: 420 (within office) | Other Offices Magic Bus India, Mumbai Magic Bus UK, London Magic Bus US, Houston Magic Bus Germany, München | Magic Bus Centre For Learning & Development, India, Mumbai

Collaboration offer for financial literacy program

Dear Sir / Madam, India Infoline (IIFL) has launched a pioneering educational initiative called Financial Literacy Agenda for Mass Empowerment (FLAME). Under the FLAME initiative, IIFL has designed a comprehensive Financial Literacy Certification Course called FIN-LITES for the students of Std.VIII, Std.IX and Std.X. The ob-jective with this distance learning course is to train and certify students on day-to-day money management based on their understanding of key concepts through a specially designed FIN-LITES workbook. We wish to partner with your esteemed school in this social empowerment mission and look forward to hosting the FIN-LITES course in your school. We have taken utmost care to make certain that students understand the concepts in a simple manner without taking much time. We will also arrange online doubt clearing sessions from time-to-time. We will be very accommodative in ensuring that the FIN-LITES test does not clash with any other tests or activities of the school. Please find enclosed a covering letter, the FIN-LITES brochure, and IIFL Research HeadⳠmessage for your perusal. You may also click on the link below to view the highlights of the FLAME launch event inaugurated by Dr. K. C. Chakrabarty, Deputy Governor, RBI and Mr. Deepak Parekh, Chairman, HDFC. Getting in touch with us is simple. Drop us a mail at with your contact details or call us on 91-22-40609296 and we will be glad to explain the procedure. Schools and students will be given constant support online and offline. We will also send you a process note which explains how the contest will work, from start to finish. Appreciate your time and we look forward to your support. Warm regards, FLAME Team Website: Facebook: Twitter:

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Citizens for Social Justice appeal

Citizens for Social Justice H.Q: Plot No.69, Citizen Colony, Old Alwal, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, 500015 Delhi Address: RZ 61, 4th Floor, Palam Vihar, Sector 6, Dwarka, New Delhi 110075 Mobile No: 9989477875 (Mr. Moses Vattipalli) Email:- Press Release Members of Parliament Appealed for Lokpal Bill as 2014 Election Manifesto New Delhi, September 27, 2011 The Citizens for Social Justice write to Union Ministers, political parties and Members of Parliament of both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha to make Lokpal Bill as 2014 Lok Sabha Election manifesto. Let the nation decide a strong Anti Corruption Bill not by Team Anna and their version of Civil Societies. The appeal to make Lokpal Bill as 2014 Lok Sabha Electoral manifesto came up as response to Anna Hazare’s 13 days fast against corruption at Ram Lila Ground, New Delhi in August. The method used by Team Anna was great danger for democratic nation to blackmail the constitutionally elected parliamentarians to get through their version of Jan Lokpal Bill. Prof Kancha Ilaiah, Director of the Study of Social Exclusion & Inclusive Policy, Maulana Azad National Urdu University, Hyderabad says, “We all oppose corruption with all the might at our disposal. But we do not want that the outside forces like the Team Anna Hazare to blackmail the system and get their way through even at the level of Standing Committee of the Parliament.” Citizens for Social Justice see the draconian clauses in Team Anna’s version of Jan Lokpal Bill and it is dangerous once it becomes the law. Team Ann’s version of Civil Societies against corruption projected by English media does not represent the whole nation. It was rich, middle and upper caste societies, where the members of SC/ST, OBC and minorities not included. Dr. Joseph D’souza, President of All India Christian Council, a member of Citizens for Social Justice says, “We the Citizens for Social Justice write to Parliamentarians demanding that the Lokpal Bill should go to the people during 2014 Lok Sabha elections. Political parties should take their version of their Lokpal Bill and so should Team Anna and see if the whole nation is with their version of the Bill as claimed by them and the English media and the corporate houses which are funding them.” The text of the letter to Hon’ble Union Ministers, Political Leaders and MPs are enclosed: Dear Hon’ble Union Ministers, Political Leaders and Members of Parliament As you are aware that the debate about instituting a strong and constitutionally viable Lokpal has become contentious. We the undersigned citizens for Social Justice feel that that the Team Anna’s Lokpal Bill has not only draconian clauses but subtly aimed at marginalizing the social forces that are slowly but surely coming to the centre stage of our socio-political system. The SC/STs have been coming into parliament and higher level Government jobs because of the reservation system that the architect of Indian Constitution Dr. B.R. Ambedkar put in place. Subsequently the Other Backward Classes and Minorities are getting some place because of certain positive protective measures of the Government of India and the state Governments. If the Team Anna kind of anti-reservationists were to control the portal of power in those days in the name of civil societal power of the middle class, they would have completely opposed reservations. Since Mahatma Gandhi and Pundit Nehru were sensitive to the cause they allowed Ambedkar to put a radically rapturous constitution in place. The Team Anna with the force of an invisible hand is now trying to dismantle the constitution and the structures of parliament. We all oppose corruption with all the might at our disposal. But we do not want that the outside forces like the Team Anna Hazare to blackmail the system and get their way through even at the level of Standing Committee of the Parliament. What ever Bill the Standing Committee puts before both the Houses of the Parliament which ever political party agrees with the Standing Committee’s Draft Bill such parties can adopt that Bill as part of their Election Manifesto in 2014 general elections. Those who do not agree with the SCP’s Draft Bill they can put their own Bill before the electorate as part of their manifesto. Even the so called mightiest Team Anna can put its own Bill before the entire nation’s electorate and get a majority elected by using their media and civil societal power. Then they will legitimately have the power to create their own Lokpal. We therefore urge upon you not to be swayed away by the media and Team Anna, which seem to have a larger agenda than corruption and pass the bill in the parliament before 2014 General Elections. Within these two and half years the existing laws and institutions to curb corruption must be used without any compromise. If any draconian clauses of the Jan Lokpal get into the Bill and that Bill becomes the law the credibility of parliament will be lost. This law will definitely hamper and stop the upward mobility of the lower castes and minorities and is designed as such. Corruption and Caste Discrimination has a strong linkage in our society. We request you to keep this dimension in mind when you discuss the Lokpal Bill in future. All their designs must get exposed before the mightiest force of the nation---the electorate. The Citizens of Social Justice is an alliance of SCs, STs, OBCs and Minority religious communities. Signed by: Prof. Kancha Ilaiah - Director for the study of Social Exclusion & Inclusive Policy, Maulana Azad National Urdu University, Hyderabad Dr. Joseph D’ Souza - President - All India Christian Council Mr. Asifuddin Muhammed - President, Islamic Academy for Comparative Religion Dr. John Dayal – Member, National Integration Council Dr. Udit Raj- Chairman, All India Confederation of SC/ST Organisations Mr. Vidya Bhushan Rawat – Human Rights Activist, Delhi Ms. Cynthia Stephen, Independent Researcher and writer, Bangalore Madhu Chandra Singh – Spokesperson of North East Support Centre and helpline All India Christian Council Forum For Empowerment of Weaker Sections Andhra Pradesh Mahatma Jotirao Phule Academy Andhra Pradesh The Citizens of Social Justice is an alliance of SCs, STs, OBCs and Minority religious who are concerned about social fascism that attempts to assaults on Indian secularism and democracy. Released by Madhu Chandra PRO – aicc, New Delhi +919716004939

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

spend Rs.32 a day, you can't be called poor...that is outrageous

You can't be called poor if you spend Rs 32 a day Planning Commission of India File Photo Updating the poverty line cut-off figures, the Planing Commission on Tuesday informed the Supreme Court that anyone spending more than Rs Rs 965 per month in urban India and Rs 781 in rural India will be deemed not to be poor. Creating an outrage among the activists, the Planing Commission said that a person who spends Rs 32 a day in urban areas or Rs 26 a day in villages will not be eligible to avail the benefits of central and state government welfare schemes meant for those living below the poverty line. The new criteria for the poverty index has created furor among the activists. The NGOs have condemned the new definition of poverty and described it just a ploy to artificially depress the number of poor in India. According to the new report on poor, if a person, who lives in metro cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Chennai, spends anything more than Rs 3,860 per month on its members, it would not be considered poor. The latest report of Planning Commission is based on the Tendulkar committee report, which is updated for current prices by taking account of the Consumer Price Index for industrial and agricultural workers. The new definition of poor suggests that it is more than sufficient to spend Rs 5.5 on breakfast to keep people healthy. In this series, if a person daily spends Rs 1.02 on pulses, Rs 2.33 on milk and Rs 1.55 on edible oil, it is enough to provide adequate nutrition and keep people above the poverty line without the need of subsidized rations from the government. The report also suggests that Rs 1.95 on vegetables a day would be adequate. The figure defined in the new criteria for poor in India is seemed ridiculous. At the time of rocketing inflation, how anyone imagine to get pulses for just Rs 1.02. Tools: Print Print Email Email

Monday, September 19, 2011

None should be deprived of medical treatment

None must be deprived of treatment' Rosy Sequeira, TNN Sep 17, 2011, 04.47am IST Tags: private-public enterprise| medical treatment MUMBAI: No citizen should be deprived of medical treatment for want of finance, the Bombay high court said on Friday while hearing a petition filed by Seven Hills Hospital in Marol, a private-public enterprise. A division bench of Justice P B Majmudar and Justice R M Savant were hearing a petition filed by the hospital challenging notices issued to it by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation asking it to vacate the nearly seven acres land allotted by it to run the multi-specialty hospital. "They want us to give free medicines to all poor patients. Certain injections cost Rs 16,000. Am I supposed to give it free?" asked the hospital's counsel Dinyar Madon. He added that even civic and government hospitals do not give their patients free medicines. "Then a poor man has to die without treatment," lamented Justice Majmudar, "Is it not the right of a citizen to be given free treatment just as free legal aid? According to us, free medical aid and treatment is more important than free legal aid. Only if a man survives, will he go to court," said Justice Majmudar. Madan said the hospital will go by the memorandum of understanding with the BMC and not give in to their additional demands. "It is not economically viable," he reasoned. The BMC advocate Ashutosh Kumbhakoni said, "We (BMC) are expecting that up to 20% of the hospital should be on par with corporation hospitals." Justice Majmudar riposted, "We are more concerned with life. Every human being is equal," said Justice Majmudar. The judges also questioned whether private hospitals take patients in emergencies such as accidents. "Inform hospitals that they must admit people in emergencies. Nobody should die for want of treatment. We expect BMC to be a champion of this cause," said Justice Majmudar. The judges directed BMC to file an additional affidavit clearing its stand on the issue and also to submit a list of free medicines/ services it provides. The matter is adjourned to October 4, 2011. Ads by Google

Consumer Guidance Society of India's new helpline

Consumer Guidance Society of India has started a new helpline to assist consumers Dial 1800-222262

Sunday, September 18, 2011 competition

This week, eBay Foundation and Ashoka announced the winners of their Powering Economic Opportunity: Create a World That Works social entrepreneurship competition. We thought you would be interested in this news. The competition saw the most entries ever for a single competition-nearly 900 entries from 83 countries were submitted-and the winners represent some of the world's most innovative market-based solutions that are creating economic opportunity and generating employment for disadvantaged populations. Over 200 entries were received from India alone. Each winner will receive a cash prize of US $50,000 from eBay to invest in scaling their idea. See the list of winners and more information about the competition below. Please contact if you would like to speak with someone from eBay or Ashoka Changemakers or one of the winners. Thank you. eBay Foundation Awards $250,000 to Winners of Social Entrepreneurship Competition Record-breaking competition co-hosted with Ashoka Changemakers announces five recipients SAN JOSE, Calif.-September 14, 2011-Five winners were announced today in the Powering Economic Opportunity: Create a World That Works competition, co-hosted by eBay Foundation and Ashoka Changemakers. Nearly 900 entries from 83 countries were submitted-the most ever for a single competition-and the winners represent some of the world's most innovative market-based solutions that are creating economic opportunity and generating employment for disadvantaged populations. Each winner will receive a cash prize of US $50,000 from eBay to invest in scaling their idea. One of the winning entries, Nuru Energy to Empower: Rural Energy Entrepreneurship in India and East Africa , represents the aims of the competition and the innovative solutions it has identified from around the world. Founded by Sameer Hajee, Nuru addresses the need to replace kerosene as a source of lighting for the two billion people who lack electricity, and also creates jobs for those living in poverty. The organization's model enables local entrepreneurs to operate their own microfranchises and earn more than $3 per day in profit. This enables entrepreneurs to climb out of poverty at wages representing three to four times the national average, all while providing critical lighting to their communities at an 85 percent savings. The other winners of the competition are: • Solidarium Fair Trade (Brazil) • Grameen Foundation: Mobile Micro-Franchising in Indonesia (Indonesia) • Fundacion Paraguaya: The Financially Self-Sufficient School Model: Economically Empowering Education for Low-Income Youth (Paraguay) • Twin Cities RISE!: Nonprofit Innovation through Pay-for-Performance Funding (USA) "It was an honor to participate as a judge in the competition, and eBay Foundation and eBay are proud to support the winners as they spread the impact of their innovations around the globe," said John Donahoe, President and CEO, eBay Inc. "By advancing social innovations such as Nuru Energy and the other competition winners, we can help unlock economic opportunities for people who otherwise would not be able to participate in the global economy." The winning solutions were selected through a combination of public voting via a new Facebook application and the platform, as well as expert evaluation. The ten finalists selected through public voting were judged on their innovation, social impact, and sustainability by an international panel of experts to determine the five winners. The competition judges were: • Maureen Conway, Executive Director of the Economic Opportunities Program, The Aspen Institute • Bibek Debroy, Economist and Professor, Centre for Policy Research • John Donahoe, President and CEO, eBay Inc. • Nancy Lee, General Manager, Multilateral Investment Fund • Gayle Lemmon, Author and Deputy Director, Council on Foreign Relations' Women and Foreign Policy program • Vivianne Naigeborin, Strategic Advisor, Potencia Ventures "I am inspired to see the breadth of innovative solutions that are creating economic opportunity for the world's most vulnerable," said Diana Wells, President, Ashoka. "We are delighted to have received a record-breaking number of entries and truly honored to be able to support the pattern changing work being done by the winning innovators." More information about the competition is available at ### About eBay Foundation and The Opportunity Project The first corporate foundation to be endowed with pre-IPO stock, eBay Foundation was established in 1998 to stretch the boundaries of eBay's virtual village, enriching and empowering communities by connecting people to opportunities and resources. Using a unique combination of foundation funding, employee volunteerism, and other resources, The Opportunity Project spreads that same vision to the world's poorest communities. Inspired by the economic opportunity that eBay has brought to millions of people around the globe who earn a living on eBay's marketplaces, The Opportunity Project gives people in need the chance to participate in the economy, provide for their families, and build stronger communities. About Ashoka Changemakers Ashoka Changemakers is a community of action that connects social entrepreneurs around the globe to share ideas, inspire, and mentor each other. Through its online collaborative competitions and open-source process, is one of the world's most robust spaces for launching, discussing, and funding ideas to solve the world's most pressing social problems. Changemakers builds on Ashoka's three decade history and belief that we all have the ability to be a Changemaker. Unsubscribe Update Profile This email was sent by: Ashoka 1700 N Moore St., Suite 2000 (20th Floor) Arlington, VA, 22209, USA

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

25% seats tow be reserved for poor school students in Maharashtrao n

25% seats will be now reserved for poor school students in Maharashtra Sandeep Ashar & Yogita Rao, TNN | Sep 15, 2011, 04.06AM IST Article Comments Read more:Right to Education (RTE) Act|reservations 0 MUMBAI: It will soon be mandatory for all schools in the state to reserve 25% seats at the time of admission to grade I for students hailing from socially and economically weaker sections, and residing in areas near the school. The rule will also be applicable to schools affiliated to other national and international boards. The state cabinet on Wednesday approved business rules for implementation of the centrally-enacted Right to Education (RTE) Act. The act, which endorses free and compulsory education for children aged 6-14, was enacted in 2009, and has since been implemented in 12 states. Reservations on provisions of the act led to delays in its implementation in the state. Now, with the state cabinet approving the business rules, the final hurdle in implementation has been cleared. Apart from certain school managements, some state ministers, including those affiliated to educational institutions, and others in the political leadership, had expressed opposition to some provisions of the act. The opposition extended to the 25% reservation for students from backward sections, with arguments being made that such students would find it difficult to adapt to the culture in private schools in uptown areas. At the cabinet meeting, some ministers contended that implementation of the provision would burden the state exchequer by Rs 750 crore. Rajendra Darda however, managed to convince colleagues that approval to the provision was needed. Some ministers, including Varsha Gaikwad and minority development minister Naseem Khan, demanded that the quota for socially backward students be defined. Following the meeting, chief minister Prithviraj Chavan said the school education department would chart out a plan to implement the provision. An ongoing case in the Supreme Court on the reservation issue could, however, influence the implementation. Another contentious issue was regarding the make-up of school management committee proposed for state-run and private-aided schools. \ The committees will comprise 75% parents, while the others will be representatives from school managements, local bodies, principals and senior teachers, and experts in education. Following opposition from some politicians and managements, the government dropped the provision of appointing a parent as head of the committee in aided schools. An official from the Unaided Schools Forum claimed the rules could be challenged in court as well. Meanwhile, government polytechnic colleges in seven districts, including Mumbai city and its suburbs, will start evening classes for students from minority communities, Khan said on Wednesday.

No one must die of starvation,Supreme court of India

One Every Other Second They're dying of starvation One every other second They're praying for salvation From the misery they're born in But we turn our backs Having our own problems getting by Avoiding the horrid facts While the 3rd world babies cry Till death © Mark R. Elsis
NEW DELHI: In an attempt to make right to food meaningful, the Supreme Court on Wednesday asked its highpowered committee (HPC) to decide within three weeks whether cheap food grains under Public Distribution System be provided to BPL families at super subsidized rates in 150 poorest districts. A bench of Justices Dalveer Bhandari and Deepak Verma said "not a single person should be allowed to die of starvation" and told the Centre that the decision of the HPC headed by retired Supreme Court judge, Justice D P Wadhwa, would be binding on the government. The Three Top Sins Of The Universe by Mark R. Elsis,, February 9, 2002 On Tuesday September 11, 2001, at least 35,615 of our brother and sisters died from the worst possible death, starvation. Somewhere around 85% of these starvation deaths occur in children 5 years of age or younger. Why are we letting at least 30,273 of the most beautiful children die the worst possible death everyday? Every 2.43 seconds another one of our fellow brothers and sisters dies of starvation. Starvation doesn't just happen on Tuesday September 11, 2001, it happens everyday, 365 days per year, 24 hours per day, it never stops. Terrorism vs. Starvation Charts The number 35,615 is a conservatively low number for the barbarically needless daily deaths the poorest of the poor die. If we were to add the next two leading ways the poorest of the poor die, water borne diseases and AIDS, we would be approaching a daily body count of 50,000 deaths. Yes, upwards of 50,000 people per day are needlessly dying on Earth. These deaths are dictated by the greed of a very few, and the rest of us are not changing it -- or this ultimate sin wouldn't be happening, now would it? Let us not forget that the vast majority of these needless deaths are of children 5 years of age and under. One person every 2 seconds needlessly dies from starvation, water borne diseases or AIDS. I know Harry Chapin and George Harrison are both looking down on this travesty and are really pissed off. If the truth be known, not only did these fellow humans die the worst imaginable death, in fact they were, and always are, very quietly being murdered. This heinous, barbaric sin is mainly perpetrated by an elite few, the extremely rich and powerful megalomaniacs of the ultimate oligarchy -- the illuminati. But the inherent greed that is allowing this daily mass murdering of our fellow human beings is based in the roots of capitalism itself. This means we all have the blood of the tens of thousands of innocent children on our hands every minute of every day. This is not very good karma for us. We must quickly put an end to our relentlessly heinous and barbaric slaughtering of our own species children. On Tuesday September 11, 2001, another one of the three top sins of the universe occurred. Our species, Homo sapiens, blatantly caused approximately 578 species of the web of life to go extinct. This extinction rate equals one species of life going extinct every 2 minutes and 30 seconds. Millions of people are at work legally day and night, quickly destroying the richest place there is for life on Earth, the Rainforests. For every legal worker there are perhaps as many as 5 illegal workers destroying the Rainforests. Our species reckless expansion into the virgin Rainforests are causing countless atrocities to all life sustaining ecosystems. The virgin Rainforests are home to 61.8% of all the biological diversity on Earth. In this, the richest environment for life, we are destroying a land area which is equivalent to the size of the city of Tokyo Japan ( 240 square miles ) every day. This equals 6417 acres per hour, 107 acres per minute or 1.78 acres per second. Someday very soon we will pay the ultimate price for this sin. Someday very soon when we make yet another species go extinct from the web of life. Perhaps this has already happened or perhaps it will happen tomorrow. Most likely it will happen between 2012 to 2016 when we will reach the 10% / 50% Safeguard Threshold Providence. ( This is when there will be only 10% virgin Rainforests land area left -- but yet nature still magically retaining 50% of its species. For a full explanation of this, please read ) That extinction will finally break the camel's back. The safeguard demarcation line inherent in nature to preserve biodiversity will have been passed. It is then we will have passed our own species Omega point. We will have caused the irreversible damage to the interdependence between all life, akin to taking out the keystone species in every environment. It will result in an ever quickening array of cascading failures, which will spiral out of control throughout Earth's ecosystems. Intentionally causing the extinction of another life form is the top sin of the universe. Homo sapiens are causing mass species extinctions. So many life forms are being extinguished, that we are now well into what is called the sixth mass extinction period. The ramifications for breaking this top sin of the universe with blatant and reckless abandon will of course be, our own species extinction. On September 11, 2001, the final one of the three top sins of the universe occurred. This was the Big Lie of murdering thousands, as a cover for a grab at total world control. The elite few who are the extremely rich and powerful megalomaniacs of the ultimate oligarchy, the illuminati, played wag the dog for their own ultimate geopolitical purpose, the complete domination of the world, or otherwise known as the New World Order globalization. Understand the history of the United States over the last century. The Big Lie murder of 3000 victims of September 11th was akin to USS Maine in 1898, the Lusitania in 1915, Pearl Harbor in 1941, Gulf of Tonkin in 1964 and the 300 babies slaughtered in their incubators in 1991. Perhaps you should also read about Operation Northwoods from 1962, and The total disregard for our fellow human life and for all the other species of life on Earth is utter insanity. We will not last too much longer if we allow this to happen on our watch. We must, of course, finally look at ourselves in the mirror and see that we must change or go extinct. Meanwhile polls say that 86% of the people in the United States can't seem to face up to any one these three sins, they just want to go kick some ass. Well, in war time kicking ass is otherwise known as killing innocent woman and children. How many of these 86% do you think will even want to realize that the majority of the casualties of war are not soldiers but innocent victims, mostly the elderly, woman and children. To all of the practicing Christians and Jews amongst the 86%, what ever happened to the Sixth Commandment, Thou Shalt Not Kill? Is there something about that phrase you don't understand? Why do you think the United States Government will spend more on the military in fiscal year 2003, than all the rest of the countries on Earth combined? Current expenditures are 437 billion and our past obligations are 339 billion, this equals 776 billion. Forty-six percent of our Taxes go to the Military Industrial Complex: This figure doesn't even begin to account for all of the off-budget, black projects, nor the 40+ billion the United States will spend on intelligence in 2003. Within just the last fifty years, starting with Iran and Guatemala in the early 1950's through today, our military has murdered at least 8 million people. We have created dozens of wars to establish supposedly Democratically elected governments in other countries. Well it is not done for democratic purposes, but quite to the contrary, it is done for only one thing, corporate profits. Perhaps keeping yourself blind to all the facts about these three top sins of the universe will keep you in ignorant bliss. Perhaps going to your place of worship every day or once per week will keep you in ignorant bliss. Perhaps going around waving the U.S. flag, or wearing a U.S. flag will keep you in ignorant bliss. Perhaps listening to the corporate war hungry media will keep you in ignorant bliss. Perhaps you like to live in your own little world of ignorant bliss. Or you can open your eyes, hearts and minds to the logical understanding that we must stop this greedy murdering capitalism as quickly as we possibly can. We must stop these three top sins of the universe from happening over and over every second of every day. Or we will very soon pay the ultimate price for our greed and silence, our own extinction. If you would like to be part of the population who cares, and wants to make a difference, please make daily visits to Where all the best click to donate for free sites are listed together. In only five minutes per day, you can make a significant contribution and help to change the world for the better. Imagine Imagine there's no heaven, it's easy if you try, No hell below us, above us only sky, Imagine all the people, living for today. Imagine there's no countries, it isn't hard to do, Nothing to kill or die for, and no religion too, Imagine all the people, living life in peace. You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one, I hope someday you'll join us, and the world will be as one. Imagine no possessions, I wonder if you can, No need for greed or hunger, a brotherhood of man, Imagine all the people, sharing all the world. You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one, I hope someday you'll join us, and the world will live as one. Love Is The Answer Mark R. Elsis Is the Executive Director of the LOVEARTH ® NETWORK With Eleven Hundred Eco-Humane-Political-Spiritual Websites /

Monday, September 12, 2011

Info for NGO's

Travel grant and other resources for NGOs Travel Grants for NGOs: Sources of Potential Funding receives many inquiries about donor funding for NGO travel. This guide will help give direction by summarizing options you can explore to get the travel support you need...[more] Organizational Policies & Systems for NGOs From developing systems and policies for your organization to managing your staff and building strategies for long-term sustainability of services, here are some helpful resources with samples…[more] Fundraising Resources for Women and Girls Worldwide This resource guide seeks to provide an overview of resources, guides, and sources of funding for organizations working with women and girls...[more] Check out our recent guides on: How to apply for National Endowment for Democracy's Grants Program How to apply for DFID's Global Poverty Action Fund Impact Window grant opportunity How to apply for Commonwealth Foundation's Civil Society Responsive Grants Recent Articles: 2012 Public Eye Award: Highlight the corporate sins of a company you know, and get a chance to present your case at WEF in Davos, Switzerland UNAOC-BMW Group Award for Intercultural Innovation: Grassroots projects invited to apply for this $50,000 award UNU-ISP seeks applications for On-the-Job Research Capacity Building for Sustainable Agriculture Rhodes University Sol Plaatje Institute Scholarship opportunity for Southern African women media practitioners to pursue PDMM Excellence scholarships to participate in 36-month PhD Program “Global Food Security“ at the University of Hohenheim, Germany ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- From: Training of Trainers (ToT) on “Poverty Analysis and Vulnerability” 20 Sept-25 Sept, 2011 in Samarthan, Bhopal Dear Sir/Madam, The poor today in our society is literally cut off from the mainstream socio-economic development. They are living in socio-cultural isolation, political powerlessness and deprived of all means of productive resources. Empowerment of poor can only take place if they are organized. It is only possible if they are able to see and analyze the key factors affecting their poverty and evolve own strategy to come out of the poverty and vulnerabilities. National Rural Livelihoods Mission (NRLM) opens up opportunities to organize the poor and address their issues of poverty through their own understanding and strategies. In this context, Samarthan has developed a six day residential training course for the development workers engaged in implementation of the project on poverty alleviation and livelihood enhancement. The training will help the development workers develop requisite skills as participatory trainer and facilitator to strengthen and empower the capacity of the poor households and their self help groups (SHGs). Duration : September 20 to September 25, 2011 (Residential ) Venue : Samarthan, 36, Green Avenue, Chuna Bhatti, Bhopal Key facilitators: Dr. Yogesh Kumar and Dr. Harish Vashistha, Ms. Nikita D’cruze Language : Hindi Fee : Rs. 8000 per participant Key contents The following topics will be discussed and practised during the training: • Learning for change/participatory learning • Gender biases in economic and social life • Participatory methods of learning • Challenges and strategies in mobilisation of poor communities • Designing a training module • Managing a training events • Strategies for livelihood analysis and sustainable livelihoods • Meaning, context and dimensions of poverty • Tools and methods of poverty analysis • Strategies for convergence and effective implementation of poverty reduction programs • Social exclusion and vulnerability analysis • National Rural Livelihood Mission The brochure is attached herewith for your information. Filled-in registration form can be sent to the office of the Samarthan on or before 17th Sep 2011. Contact at or Phone office 0755-2467625/09893563713 Visit us at

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recruitment of underprivileged girls and boys for service industry

Dear Sir/ Mam, As per our telephonic discussion we would like you to recruit some of the candidates from your organization to work in areas like laundry, uniform room, public areas. We are looking for Age group between 21 yrs. to 30 yrs. Please let us know if you have any suitable Girls and Boys in your organization so that we can come over for a meeting. Looking forward for your revert. Sincèrement, Description: Description: Description: cid:image001.gif@01CC1AC8.0A1A5120 Vijaya- Team Leader Sofitel Mumbai BKC Tel: +91 22 6117 5000 Fax: +91 22 6117 5001 Email: C-57, Bandra Kurla Complex Bandra East Mumbai 400 051, India

Policy dialogue on people, parliament and performance, Delhi

Policy Dialogue on People, Parliament and Performance Conference Room I, India International Centre, New Delhi 10 September 2011 Programme Schedule Timings Programme 2:00 P.M. Welcome and Setting the Context Amitabh Behar, National Social Watch B. V. Rao, Editor, GovernanceNow 2:15 P.M. - 4:00 P.M. Discussion moderated by Manisha Priyam, Senior Lecturer University of Delhi Panel Speakers Nirmala Sitaraman, National Spokesperson, Bhartiya Janta Party Nilotpal Basu, CPI (M) Jesudasu Seelam, Indian National Congress Valerian Rodrigues, Centre for Political Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University Sanjay Kumar, Centre for Study on Developing Societies Girish Nikam, Senior Journalist 4:00 P.M.- 5:00 P.M. Open Discussion Vote of Thanks Himanshu Jha, National Social Watch Tea and Refreshments Invitation Policy Dialogue on People, Parliament and Performance Saturday, 10th September, 2011 Dear Friend, Greetings! Social Watch India in partnership with GovernanceNow is organizing a policy dialogue on People, Parliament and Performance. Social Watch India is broad based network of civil society organizations and individuals which monitors the institutions of governance and their commitment towards citizens and principles of democracy. GovernanceNow is a multi-media initiative for participatory reportage and analyses related to governance of all institutions and processes that are vital to public life in India. Social Watch report 2010 developed a methodology for evaluating the performance of Members of Parliament on the floor of the house. The Study, on the basis of 14th Lok Sabha included four parameters namely, attendance, questions, supplementary questions, debates and Private Members Bills proposed. In continuation of this, we are planning to hold a policy dialogue which aims to explore the parameters, which are based on our perception of the vital role of the Parliament in governance and development, and evaluate the performance of all the 545 MPs and to see where they stand. The Parliament is supposed to formulate effective policies as well as keep a tab on the working of the government as the union government is major spender of the national funds. Being the highest deliberative institution, we believe that policy making role of an MP should be pronounced as the state and sub-state level legislative bodies can take care of implementation and accountability dimensions. These are some of the important questions that we are planning to explore in-depth in this policy dialogue. The policy dialogue is scheduled to be held at Conference Room No. I, India International Centre Main, 40-Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate, New Delhi, on Saturday 10th September, 2011 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. We would share with you the programme schedule as soon as it is finalized. Looking forward towards your support and participation. Kindly confirm your participation through e-mail. Warm Regards! Himanshu Jha B.V. Rao National Coordinator Editor Social Watch India GovernanceNow National Social Watch R-10, Ground Floor, Green Park Extension, New Delhi -110 016, India Ph./Fax : +91-11-41644576, E-mail :

Scholarships for students from Indian Oil Corporation ndianOil Academic Scholarships Email Print Scholarships IndianOil offers 2600 Scholarships for Students of 10+/ITI, Engineering, MBBS & MBA Courses on merit cum means basis SR Stream Duration for which Scholarship will be awarded and minimum duration of course No. of Scholarships Qualifying Examination Minimum Eligibility marks in Qualifying Exam Scholarship amount per month GEN SC/ST/ OBC/Girls PC/PH 1 10+/ITI 2 years 2000 10th 65% 60% 50% Rs. 1000 2 Engineering 4 years 300 12th 65% 60% 50% Rs. 3000 3 MBBS 4 years 200 12th 65% 60% 50% Rs. 3000 4 MBA 2 years 100 Graduation 65% 60% 50% Rs. 3000 Abbreviations: SC: Scheduled Caste, ST: Scheduled Tribe, OBC: Other Backward Class, GEN: General, PC/PH: Physically challenged/Physically handicapped (minimum 40% disability as per definition under Disabilities Act 1952) 1. "IndianOil Merit Scholarships Scheme" for 10+/ITI studies 2000 Scholarships are being offered for 10+/ITI studies. The distribution of scholarships may be State-wise based on "Number of students appeared for 10th Standard during 2010-11". 2. "IndianOil Scholarships Scheme" for Graduate and Post-Graduate students 600 scholarships are being offered for professional courses (Engineering-300 nos., MBBS-200 Nos. & MBA-100 Nos.). The distribution of scholarships may be Zone-wise (as shown in the table below) based on "Number of students appeared for 12th Standard during 2010-11 and will be equitably distributed in the four zones given below. For MBA course marks obtained in graduate course will be considered. Zones for Professional Courses North East West South Delhi, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh & UT of Chandigarh, J&K Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa, West Bengal, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura, Sikkim, Andaman & Nicobar Islands. Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Goa, UT of Dadra & Nagar Haveli, Daman & Diu Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Pondicherry, Lakshadweep, Minicoy & Aminidivi Islands ELIGIBILITY: Students pursuing full time/regular courses in these streams & studying in Schools/Colleges/Institutions/Universities recognized by MCI/AICTE/State Education Boards/ State Govt. / ICSC/CBSE/Central Govt./Association of Indian universities, shall be eligible to apply. The student should have bonafide admission in the 1st year of School/College/Institute/University in the academic year 2011-12. Students of two year full time post graduate courses in Business Administration/Management recognized by Central/State Govt./Association of Indian universities and which are equivalent to MBA, are eligible for management stream scholarship. Students having confirmed admission in the first year of full time engineering degree course, MBBS, MBA and also 11th standard as well as those in the 1st year of 2 year ITI course are eligible to apply. In case of graduates, the average percentage of marks of all the academic years shall be treated as marks obtained by the candidate. Similarly in case of 10th/12th, if percentage of marks obtained is not mentioned by Board/University, percentage of marks obtained shall be calculated on total aggregate marks. Minimum eligibility percentage of marks for various categories will be as indicated above. Gross Joint income of the family of the candidate from all sources (during financial year 2010-11) should not exceed Rs. 1,00,000/- (Rupees One Lakh only). Income certificate should be issued by Competent Revenue Authorities only. The marks obtained in the qualifying examination making the students eligible to seek admission in the respective first year of these courses will be considered for selection. Normalization of marks of applicant shall be done for Engineering, MBBS & MBA streams to bring parity of marking system within different Boards/ Universities/Institutions. Criterion for selection will be merit and family's income. Wards of the employees of IOCL, its Joint Venture and Subsidiary companies and ACE Consultants are not eligible to apply. AGE LIMIT: Minimum 15 years and maximum 30 years as on 25.7.2011. Persons born between 25.7.81 and 25.7.96 (both days inclusive) are eligible to apply. RESERVATION & RELAXATION: Relaxation in the upper age limit is 3 years for OBC candidates, 5 years for SC/ST candidates and 10 years for physically challenged/physically handicapped candidates. 50% of the scholarships are reserved for SC/ST & OBC candidates. In each stream/ category, 25% of scholarships are reserved for girl students and 10% for physically challenged/physically handicapped students (minimum 40% disability as per definition under Disabilities Act 1952). Only those listed in the Central Govt's OBC list will be considered against OBC quota. OBC candidates of state list and not covered by Central Govt's OBC list may apply against general quota. APPLICATION: Candidates studying in 11th standard, 1st year of a 2 year ITI course, 1st year of Engineering degree, MBBS and MBA in the academic year 2011-12 are to apply through Online Application Form only by logging on to Once the online application is submitted by an applicant, the system will generate a unique Registration Number which the applicants should note down for future reference/correspondence. The applicants should take out a print-out of the submitted online application and send hard copy of his application form duly signed along with their Caste/Date of Birth/Mark Sheet/family's Income Certificate etc., duly authenticated/attested by appropriate competent authority/civil authority urgently for verification of documents. Applicants should provide information in the prescribed forms (click here to download the forms) which should be attached with the hard copy of application form, as stated above. However, in case the marks, income or any other information; declared at the time of initial application; is found incorrect during scrutiny; the candidature of such candidates shall be summarily rejected. Decision of IndianOil regarding Scholar's selection shall be final and no correspondence on the selection process shall be entertained. Once awarded, the scholarships will be disbursed @ Rs. 3,000/- per month for 4 years in case of Engineering & MBBS and 2 years for MBA courses and @ Rs 1,000 /- per month for duration of 2 years in case of 10+2 and ITI course. Duration of each course in no case is less than the duration of the scholarship. The scholarship will be suspended, if the scholar is not promoted to the next academic year. In case, the scholar is not promoted for the second time (in succession for 2 years during the entire course), the scholar will be taken off from the list of IOCL scholars and scholarship will be discontinued permanently. The performance of the scholar must be satisfactory during the entire duration of the course. The performance is to be certified by the Head /Principal/Dean/Director of the School/College/ Institute /University The top one scholar each from final year of Engineering, Medicine & Management (who top their respective university exam) and top 10 scholars amongst final year of ITI & 12th (who are able to achieve position amongst top ten in their respective Board) will be awarded bonus prize of Rs 10,000/- (Rupees Ten Thousand only) each and invited to the annual day function of IndianOil Institute of Petroleum Management, Gurgaon, to receive the prize. The travel, board & lodge expenses will be borne by IOCL. A scholarship holder under this scheme will not hold any other scholarship/stipend from any other source. If awarded any other scholarship/stipend, the student can exercise his/her option for choosing the scholarship that he/she proposes to avail and inform awarding authority about the same. In case, the scholar opts for any other scholarship, he/she will have to refund the scholarship amount for the duration during which he/she is in receipt of the IOCL scholarship. The payment of Scholarship amount will be sent six monthly through head of the respective School/College/Institute/University of the selected scholar. But, however, the payment of first two six monthly installments will be sent together to reach head of the respective School/College/Institute/University. There will be no obligation on part of IOCL to provide employment/vocational/summer training to any of the scholars, at any time/stage. IOCL reserves the right to reject any application as well as discontinue the scholarship at any time without giving any notice/ assigning any reason. GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS: The above referred website will be kept open to receive online applications from 25.07.2011 to 15.09.2011. Applicants are advised to keep on checking their personal e Mail id regularly for instructions specific for them only. Court of jurisdiction for any dispute will be at Delhi. LAST DATE: Last date of applying online is 15.09.11 and hard copy of the online application (print out) duly signed along with required documents, as stated above, must reach to the Administrator of the scheme: ACE Consultants, Post Box No. 9248, Krishna Nagar Head Post Office, Delhi-110051 by 15.10.2011 and thereafter no hard copy of application / documents/ correspondence will be entertained/accepted. IOCL will not be responsible for any postal delay or loss in transit of the applications or whatsoever reason. Click here to apply online Click here for Sports Scholarships For any further information/query, please contact Administrator of the Scheme at Phone No. 011-22162970 or e-mail

Streetplays can be performed at sec29 vashi

Dear Mr.Johnson, Greetings from "The Kanchan Foundation" ! This is to request you if you could provide STREET PLAYS out side our Tea/snack outlet "Chai Shai etc" Sec 29, Vashi (Just opposite IDBI bank & next to Sec 29 bus stop towards Vashi). There is an ample place outside the shop where about 100-200 viewers can easily gather & see the play, about 4 steps higher platform is also available. This thought came in mind as we receive girl candidates, few out of them have been employed by us who either failed or could not do well in their SSC/XII th exams & have no other option but to look for any employment. Street plays by your NGO can do dual role of moral boosting of their esteem as well as general public. We are planning various types of street plays (different themes based) Please let me know how to go about. Best Regards, N.U.Nayak The Kanchan Foundation visit us : Tel - +91 2266738480

Free education and hostel facilities for handicap children

FREE EDUCATION & HOSTEL FACLITIES For Handicap Children Contact: 09713741020.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Workshop on "human Rights for the Hearing Imaoired' in Bangalore

Hello Volunteers!!! Have you ever wondered what actually happens in “Human Rights”, Why are few volunteers and organizations are working for it??? OR You get to know there is a child abuse / domestic violence happening at your neighbourhood wondering how you can save some one?? To know more about Human Rights and to be part of a very special event where we are letting know HI’s (Hearing impaired) students about “Human Rights” as part of our theme based event. (most of the time we don’t take a step to let know Hearing impaired or visually challenged about these rights as per study most of challenged people go through abuses in their life, for most of them apart from crying they don’t know what next, Hence we chose these students to let them know about Human Rights) Looking forward for your email / call Date: 6th Sep, 2011 Venue: Ashvas Training centre, Near Diary Circle, Bannerghatta Road, Bangalore (after Dharmaram college take left and 1st gate is Ashvas centre) Time: 5:15 to 6:30pm Contact person: Emal 9972137819 / Roopa 9964703594 / Pavithra 9481514972 (Please give a call for more clarity on address) "If I can stop one heart from breaking, I shall not live in vain. If I can ease one life the aching, or cool one pain, or help one fainting robin unto his nest again, I shall not live in vain." -Emily Dickinson Happy Volunteering!! Peace, Emal Relationship Manager - iVolunteer iVolunteer -- Your skills can change lives No 10, KHB Colony 8th Block, Koramangala, Bangalore - 560 095 Tel: +91-80-41466568 Cell: +91-9972137819 "Be the change you want to see in the world" __._,_.___

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Workshop on Role of Women in Conflict Resolution-

Dear friends, Greetings from the Women's Unit of Indian Social Institute. Over the ages, women have the reputation of been the peace keepers whether it is in their home or in the community. The role of women in conflict resolution and peace keeping is a important topic for debate in recent ages, especially when ethnic conflicts and communal violence is on the rise today. More and more people are open to the idea of women being a part of peace negotiations. In this context Indian Social Institute along with CSSS - Mumbai is conducting a two day seminar on "The role of women in conflict resolution" on the 19 & 20th September 2011 at Indian Social Institute - Bangalore. The details are as follows: Title bbbb : Role of Women in conflict resolution Dates : 19 & 20 September 2011 Venue : Indian Social Institute, 24, Benson Road, Benson Town, Bangalore - 46. Medium : English No. of participants: 40 Kindly note that food and accommodation facilities will be made at Indian Social Institute. Participants from outside Bangalore will be reimbursed 2nd class non AC train fare. Kindly confirm your participation at the earliest either by phone or by email. Shanthi 9980331471 -- A. Sagaya shanthy Coordinator, Women's Unit Indian Social Institute, Benson Road, Bangalore. Ph: 9980331471 E-Mail :

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Asian human Rights report on the Sardar Sarovar Dam project

September 1, 2011

A Statement by the Asian Human Rights Commission

INDIA: Report on Sardar Sarovar Dam Project affected villages in Alirajpur district, Madhya Pradesh released

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) wishes to introduce you to the latest report released by our partner organisation, Vikas Samvad, based in Bophal, Madhya Pradesh on the Sardar Sarovar Dam Project affected villages in Alirajpur district of Madhya Pradesh. The report is titled: Valley of food insecurity and chronic hunger : Field status of government programmes under the Sardar Sarovar Dam Project affected villages in Alirajpur district of Madhya Pradesh state, India.

The report is co-authored by Mr Sachin Jain, Supreme Court's State Advisor to the Right to Food Commissioners' Office; Ms Rolly Shivhare, Mr Madhukar and Mr Soumitra Roy, researchers associated to Vikas Samvad.

Executive Summary:

Food insecurity has become the reality of life for the people living in Anjanwaada of Alirajpur District of Madhya Pradesh. It is one of 15 villages that are affected in Alirajpur by the submergence of Sardar Sarovar Dam Project (SSP). The only way to reach this community is by a boat from Kakrana. SSP is one of the five largest and controversial dam construction projects in India. According to the government figures 193 villages of Madhya Pradesh will be submerged when SSP is at its full height of 138.68 metres. Out of the 193 displaced villages, 15 villages are from the Alirajpur District.

In Anjanwada the people are dependent upon government schemes since the submergence of their land. Now they do not have any livelihood options other than those provided by the government schemes. However these schemes are not implemented in the village due to which, the families today face hunger and malnutrition.

Mr Khajan Singh who lives in the village claims that, a single-crop in their land would feed them for at least two years. He says: " … it has been 15 years since our land went under the water. We did not get any compensation for the animals, land, and trees that we lost."

Income from land was the only means of survival for these villagers. Today they do not have lost it and are forced to migrate to other places for survival. Mr Dhaniya Patel, an elderly man from the village says: " … the government thinks that we are enjoying ourselves out here. It is for you to see whether we are enjoying ourselves or starving. The supply through the PDS has been irregular in the village since submergence. The villagers can afford to eat only once a day so as to save food and make it the food grains last longer."

The purpose of the visit to the village was to monitor the implementation of the Supreme Court's order concerning government-sponsored food schemes. The Court has repeatedly expressed anguish of malnutrition and hunger in the country. The Court has issued about 80 interim orders directing the government the proper implementation of government schemes like the ICDS, MDM, PDS, and NREGA. To monitor the implementation of its orders, the Supreme Court has appointed two Commissioners at the national level and advisors to the Commissioners at the state. Mr Sachin Jain is the state advisor from Madhya Pradesh.

The visit to Alirajpur confirmed that the people still live in the villages affected by the SSP, even though they have lost all means of livelihood to the project. This has resulted in a situation of acute food insecurity in the villages. Contrary to this, the state administration in its report claims that the residents affected by the project have been compensated. The government report also claims that the residents living in the village are living there since they are against the project. This argument though does not make any sense in itself. In fact those living in the villages are provided no compensation or have received anything from the government. Since they have no place else to go, they continue living there. The rehabilitation process has proved to be replete with flaws in planning and implementation. Despite this, the residents of the village still expect the government to support them.

Schemes like the PDS, ICDS, MDM, and NREGA are completely dysfunctional in the villages. Evidences of widespread and unchecked corruption in the implementation of the schemes writ large upon the face of the people living in the villages. The food rations distributed at the moment are sufficient for no more than 8 months of an year. The villagers find no other means other than saving from the paltry rations to stretch it to survive for an year. For this they have no other means other than living in hunger. The government has issued any Below Poverty Line (BPL) cards to those who disserve it in the village. Without the BPL cards the villagers are unable to utilise the full potential of the PDS, to the extent it is available in the village.

According to the report the situation of women and children are the worst. There is one Anganwadi Centre in the village, but most of it remains in paper and government records and reports. The Integrated Child Development Scheme is hardly implemented in the village. The children are denied supplementary nutrition and their growth not monitored by anyone. Services to be provided through the ICDS are literally nonexistent in the villages of the district. Similarly the pregnant and lactating women are also deprived the benefits due through the ICDS. The visit of Auxiliary Nurse Midwife (ANM) and other health workers is irregular and complete immunisation has not happened in the villages. Due to this prenatal check up of women has not been conducted in the villages. In the case of any medical emergency, the women will have to travel to Kakrana SHC, which is 12 kms from the village. It takes about two hours to traverse these 12 kms. The people have to spend more to hire a private transport, as there is no public transport facility available to them.

Most of the benefits from the government-sponsored welfare schemes are denied to the women. So far there were only two institutional deliveries in the village. There are no transport linkages to the villages, which in the case of emergency, creates disastrous situations. There is not a single doctor available in any of the villages affected by the SSP in the district. The visit of a health supervisor is highly irregular. The villagers stay close to stagnant water. Due to this recurrence of water borne diseases infecting the villagers are high, which the residents say was not the case when the river flowed freely.

There are 27 families in Anjanwaada who do not have job cards. They applied for it many times but to no avail. With no job card, they are unable to find work through the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural employment Guarantee scheme. For those who found jobs some how, the payment of wages in many cases are pending since long. There are also cases in which the villagers have worked on a job in the village, but no entry made in their job cards.

This report raises questions related to food security of the tribal communities. The report speaks about the life of the communities affected by the SSP. It also speaks about the carelessness attitude of the government concerning the rights of some of the most marginalised people of India and how organised corruption within the government make life extremely difficult to this hapless people.

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