Saturday, October 31, 2015
Friday, October 30, 2015
International Day to End Impunity of Crimes against Journalists
2 November 2015
Message of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Today we remember the journalists and media workers who have been killed in the line of duty. More than 700 journalists have been killed in the last decade -- one every five days -- simply for bringing news and information to the public.
Many perish in the conflicts they cover so fearlessly. But all too many have been deliberately silenced for trying to report the truth. Only 7 per cent of such cases are resolved, and less than 1 crime out of 10 is even fully investigated.
Such impunity deepens fear among journalists and enables Governments to get away with censorship. We must do more to combat this trend and make sure that journalists can report freely. Journalists should not have to engage in self-censorship because they fear for their life.
The International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly to highlight the urgent need to protect journalists, and to commemorate the assassination of two French journalists in Mali on 2 November, 2013.
I applaud UNESCO [United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization] for spearheading the United Nations Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity -- a powerful mechanism joining the efforts of United Nations agencies, Governments, civil society, academia and the media.
Together, we must end the cycle of impunity and safeguard the right of journalists to speak truth to power.
Statement from Volkswagen Group India
Pune/Mumbai, October 29, 2015: Volkswagen Group India representatives have met Government of India – Ministry of Heavy Industries and ARAI today, on 29th October 2015 and have updated them on the evaluations so far on the ongoing emissions issue with reference to India.
Since there is a complex combination of several brands, various models, different engine variants and gearboxes as well as different model years that need to be analysed, establishing detailed facts is taking a longer time.
Volkswagen Group India will present its results from the evaluations by the end of November 2015. During this period, the company representatives will stay in regular touch with ARAI to keep the authorities updated on the analysis. The next steps will depend on the findings from these evaluations.
Meanwhile, Volkswagen Group India would like to assure that all vehicles in the customers’ hands remain technically safe and roadworthy.
Thursday, October 29, 2015
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