Monday, July 31, 2017


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Indore, 31st July, 2017: MAN Trucks India, a 100% subsidiary of MAN Truck & Bus AG, Germany, was conferred the Environment Award for its facility in Pithampur, near Indore by the Government of Madhya Pradesh. The Hon’ble Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, Shri. Shivraj Singh Chauhan gave the award to Mr. Shrikant Pandit, Head of MAN Trucks’ plant in Pithampur at a function organised in Bhopal recently. The Hon’ble Chief Minister of Chhattisgarh, Shri. Raman Singh was present on the occasion.
MAN Trucks’ Pithampur facility won this State Level Competition organised by Madhya Pradesh Pollution Control Board. The award comprises a trophy, certificate and cash prize of INR 50,000. This award evaluates all industries for their efforts in continual improvements on air quality, water usage, wastage control, method of handling &disposal of hazardous material, etc. A panel of senior government officials adjudged participating companies on the above aspects, besides on safety, waste control, optimum use of natural resources and employee involvement.
Mr. Joerg Mommertz, Chairman & Managing Director, MAN Trucks India said, “We are happy to receive this honour from the Madhya Pradesh government. At MAN, it is our commitment to preserve the environment, which is part of our Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives. We are focused on our efforts to ensure that our production facility meets all the concerns towards conserving the ecology and make products that address environmental concerns. This approach is reflected in the recognition given by the state government. We will aim to achieve even better results going forward.”
The award recognised efforts by the company towards pollution control and environment conservancy during 2014-15. MAN Truck competed in the large scale industry, medium hazardous category. Other participants included players from automotive, pharmaceutical, textiles and cement manufacturing facilities.
About MAN Trucks India
MAN Trucks India Pvt. Ltd. is a fully owned subsidiary of MAN Truck & Bus AG, Germany. The company has its Head Quarters in Pune and state-of-the-art manufacturing facility at Pithampur, Madhya Pradesh. The product range manufactured in this plant include tippers for off-road& construction, haulage for regular & over dimensional cargo, and special application trucks such as fire tenders, garbage compactors, concrete mixers, boom pumps, tip trailers and bulkers. The product range for India is developed at MAN Trucks R&D centre in Pune. The trucks made in India are also exported to African and Asian markets. MAN Trucks offers prompt and efficient support through its network of 64 touch points in India and one each in Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal. The company has sold over 25,000 trucks since it started its India operations in 2006.

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Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL) claimed responsibility on Monday for a suicide attack that targeted the Iraqi embassy in the Afghan capital Kabul, the group’s Amaq news agency reported. Afghan security forces battled gunmen near a police compound and the nearby Iraqi embassy on Monday. They said the attackers appeared to have taken cover in the embassy building in a business district of the city, from where smoke could be seen rising.
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An  election in which less than thirty percent votes is to give powers to President and null to mull  the position voices  was  condemned by the US  President Donald Trump, European Union, Canada and Latin American powers including Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Mexico.
Senior opposition leader Henrique Capriles called on Venezuelans to continue defying the deeply unpopular Maduro with new protests against the election and the “massacre” he said accompanied it.
“We do not recognize this fraudulent process,” he said, calling for nationwide marches Monday and a mass protest in Caracas Wednesday, the day the new assembly is due to be installed.
Maduro has decreed a ban on protests during and after the vote, threatening prison terms of up to 10 years.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro claimed victory Monday in an internationally criticized election to pick a new assembly to rewrite the constitution, but the opposition vowed to keep protesting despite deadly clashes.
Ten people were killed in a wave of bloodshed that swept Venezuela Sunday as Maduro defied an opposition boycott and international condemnation — including the threat of new US sanctions — to hold elections for a powerful new “Constituent Assembly.”
Protesters attacked polling stations and barricaded streets around the country, drawing a bloody response from security forces, who opened fire with live ammunition in some cases.
Despite the boycott and the unrest, the head of the National Electoral Council, Tibisay Lucena — one of 13 Maduro allies already hit by US sanctions — said there had been “extraordinary turnout” of more than eight million voters, 41.5 percent of the electorate.
In a speech to hundreds of supporters in central Caracas, Maduro hailed it as a win.
“We have a Constituent Assembly,” he said.
“It is the biggest vote the revolution has ever scored in its 18-year history,” he said, referring to the year his late mentor, Hugo Chavez, came to power.
The socialist president is gambling his four-year rule on the 545-member assembly, which will be empowered to dissolve the opposition-controlled congress and rewrite the constitution.
But the unrest fueled fears that his insistence on convening the assembly — despite months of demonstrations — would only plunge the country deeper into chaos.
There was blistering international condemnation of the vote, led by Washington.
“The United States condemns the elections… for the National Constituent Assembly, which is designed to replace the legitimately elected National Assembly and undermine the Venezuelan people´s right to self-determination,” US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement.
It threatened further “strong and swift” sanctions on Maduro´s government.
The election was also condemned by the European Union, Canada and Latin American powers including Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Mexico.
The opposition said the vote was a fraud.
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Turkish authorities detained 1,098 people over the last week for suspected links to militant groups or last year’s failed coup attempt, the Interior Ministry said on Monday. It said 831 of those were detained for suspected ties to the US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom Ankara blames for orchestrating an attempted coup in July. Gulen denies any involvement. The ministry said another 213 of those were suspected of links to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), which has carried out a three-decade insurgency against the government. Forty-six people were detained over alleged links to Islamic State, while 8 more were held for suspected ties to “leftist terrorist groups,” the ministry said.
Thousands of people rallied in Turkey’s largest city on Sunday against security measures Israel has imposed at the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, shortly after Israel removed other measures that led to two weeks of violent Palestinian protests.
The rally in Istanbul, called “The Big Jerusalem Meeting” and organized by Turkey’s Saadet Party, drew some five thousand people to the Yenikapi parade ground on the southern edge of Istanbul.
Protesters were brought in by buses and ferries from across the city, waved Turkish and Palestinian flags, and held up posters in front of a giant stage where the chairman of the Saadet party and representatives from NGOs addressed the crowd.
“The Al-Aqsa mosque is our honor,” read a poster.
“You should know that not only Gaza, but Tel Aviv also has their eyes on this parade ground. Netanyahu does as well, and he is scared”, said Saadet Party Chairman Temel Karamollaoglu, referring to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Turkey has opposed the security measures installed at the entry points of the mosque compound, with President Tayyip Erdogan warning Israel that it would suffer most from the dispute.
Erdogan accused Israel of inflicting damage on Jerusalem’s “Islamic character”, in comments that Israel’s foreign ministry called “absurd”.
The dispute over security at the mosque compound – where Israel installed metal detectors at entry points after two police guards were shot dead this month – has touched off the bloodiest clashes between Israelis and Palestinians in years.
On Friday however, the main prayer session at the Al-Aqsa mosque ended relatively calmly after Israel removed the tougher security measures, though it barred entrance to men under age 50.
Israel captured East Jerusalem, including the Old City and the holy compound, in the 1967 Middle East war. It annexed the area in a move that has never been recognized internationally.
Al-Aqsa mosque, Islam’s third holiest shrine, sits in the heart of the Old City. It is also the holiest place in Judaism – the venue of two ancient temples, the last destroyed by the Romans. Jews pray under heavy security at the Western Wall at the foot of the elevated plaza.
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Stricter screening of passengers and luggage at Australian airports will stay in place indefinitely after police foiled an alleged “Islamic-inspired” plot to bring down a plane, which local media said may have involved a bomb or poisonous gas. The ramped up security procedures were put in place after four men were arrested at the weekend in raids conducted across several Sydney suburbs. The men are being held without charge under special terror-related powers. The Australian Federal Police would not confirm media reports the alleged plot may have involved a bomb disguised in a meat grinder or the planned release of poisonous gas inside a plane. Australian Federal Police (AFP) Commissioner Andrew Colvin told reporters on Monday that the plot specifics were still being investigated
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The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief’s counsel, Anwar Mansoor, claimed before the Supreme Court today that the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has no right to audit a political party’s funds after they have been audited by a chartered accountancy firm.
Mansoor, the counsel for PTI Chairman Imran Khan, was presenting his arguments before the three-judge Supreme Court bench, which resumed hearing the disqualification case against the PTI chairman today.
Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Hanif Abbasi petitioned the Supreme Court late last year to disqualify Imran and PTI leader Jahangir Tareen for ‘not declaring their assets and violating the income tax ordinance and peoples act’. The petition also terms the PTI a ‘foreign funded party’.
Mansoor resumed arguments today after being absent from previous proceedings owing to a medical leave.
Addressing the bench, headed by Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar and comprising Justice Faisal Arab and Justice Umar Ata Bandial, Mansoor argued that the ECP can only conduct scrutiny and not an inquiry of funds.
He claimed the law has no provision for the ECP to inquire into a party’s funds once its details have been submitted to it.
The chief justice observed whether not having the power to scrutinise funds is an acceptable defence by the PTI.
He further remarked that the defence being presented by the counsel is not per the correct interpretation of the law.
Mansoor is continuing PTI counsel Naeem Bukhari’s arguments presenting the money trail of Imran’s properties in London and Islamabad.
The hearing was then adjourned until tomorrow.
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India’s navy seized a ship carrying about 1,500 kg of heroin worth 35 billion rupees ($545 million) on Sunday in what it said was its biggest ever drugs haul. The vessel, which was operating under the name MV Henry under the Panama flag, was intercepted off the Gujarat coast near the city of Porbandar, said S. Paramesh, deputy director general at the Indian Coast Guard. It was sailing from Dubai to Alang, a town in Gujarat known for shipbreaking, Paramesh said. The eight crew members aboard, all of whom were identified as Indian nationals, are under investigation
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Sunday, July 30, 2017

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Thursday, July 27, 2017


Chinese and Indian soldiers stand guard at the Nathu La border crossing in India’s northeastern Sikkim state, near the disputed Doklam territory. Photo: AFP 
A border standoff between Chinese and Indian troops on a remote Himalayan plateau has heightened long-standing tensions while ensnaring a tiny kingdom, Bhutan, between the two nuclear-armed powers.
The row has festered for more than a month as India and China refuse to back down in the distant but strategically key territory, reflecting the historic mistrust between the Asian giants.
The area is disputed between China and Bhutan but India’s decision to jump into the fray reflects its concerns about Beijing’s growing military might and ambitions in the region, analysts say.
The border trouble began in mid-June when Chinese soldiers started to extend a road through the Doklam territory — known as “Donglang” in Chinese.
India, a close ally of Bhutan, then deployed troops to stop the construction project, prompting Beijing to accuse India of trespassing on Chinese soil.
China, which warned this week that it would step up its deployment, insists that India must withdraw its troops before any proper negotiation takes place. India says said both sides should withdraw their forces.
“The solution to this issue is simple, which is that the Indian troops back out honestly,” Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said this week.
While the deadlock may be broached during Indian National Security Advisor Ajit Doval’s visit to Beijing on Thursday, there are no signs that either side is ready to back down.
“It’s easier to shake a mountain than to shake the People’s Liberation Army (PLA),” Chinese Defence Ministry spokesman Wu Qian boasted at a press conference Monday.
Sarath Chand, India’s vice army chief, said on Tuesday: “China is expanding its influence across the Himalayas into our neighbourhood despite being an economy five times the size (of India), with such a large standing army… it is bound to be a threat for us in the years ahead.”
Mistrust is hundreds of years old and the pair fought a brief war in 1962 in India’s border state of Arunachal Pradesh.
“India views China’s road-building as a threat because (the Chinese) have gone against the status quo of behaviour in a disputed territory,” Shen Dingli, vice dean of Fudan University’s Institute of International Studies, told AFP.
The road was being built close to the “Chicken’s Neck,” a narrow, essential strip of land connecting India’s northeastern provinces with the rest of the country.
But Beijing maintains that “Doklam has been part of China since ancient times,” countering that Indian troops triggered the standoff by crossing a boundary established in an 1890 agreement with Britain.
Zhao Xiaozhuo, a senior Chinese colonel and an analyst at a PLA think tank, said it was “ridiculous” for India to view the road construction as a threat.
“India views infrastructure in the border areas as only for military use with little consideration for their valuable role in economic development,” Zhao wrote in the state-run China Daily.
Bhutan has taken a backseat as India and China scuffle.
Jayadeva Ranade, head of the Delhi-based Centre for China Analysis and Strategy, said China is trying to establish a “pro-Beijing lobby” inside Bhutan.
“But Bhutan has limitations on what it can do directly. It has protested to China, issued notes, but more than that, what can they really do but sit and watch?”
Chinese President Xi Jinping nor Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi can back down without facing a “nationalist backlash” back home, said Huang Jing, a Sino-Indian relations expert at the National University of Singapore.
Xi in particular must exude strength as he consolidates power before a crucial Communist Party congress later this year.
“This situation is very dangerous. I don’t think China has much choice if the Indian troops stay where they are — Xi will have to demonstrate to Chinese people whether he means what he says,” Huang told AFP.
India fears that China’s “String of Pearls” military and commercial network in the Indian Ocean increasingly undermines its own geopolitical status.
And it has voiced concern about another Chinese project: The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, which will give Beijing access to the Arabian Sea but passes through the hotly disputed Kashmir region.
The project is part of a massive Chinese global trade infrastructure programme dubbed One Belt, One Road, which India has snubbed.
The standoff is a very public sign of India’s willingness to push back.
“As this face-off continues, the one who’s actually losing ground are the Chinese because they have styled themselves so far as a major power whom no one can challenge,” Ranade said.
“So the fact that India has stood up to them is a message to all other countries in the region.
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      “URGENT INVITATION Rejoinder”
26th July, 2017

Dear Friends & Colleagues,
Sub :   Welcoming “Your Goodself” to grace the occasion as a “Special Media Invitee” at “INDO-RUSSIA Friendship Day” being Organized by “Falcon Media”, Publishers of MARKENOMY & ENERTIA” Supported by the “Defence & Marine Biz” & “PSE Journal &in Association with Non-Profit Mother Organizations “MARKENOMY Foundation & ENERTIA Foundation”.
Theme:         Defence, Infrastructure, Logistics, Renewable Energy & Power, Mining & Natural Resources etc.
Venue:          SCOPE Convention Centre – AUDITORIUM, Core No.8, SCOPE Complex, 7 Lodi Road, New Delhi
Date & Time:   Friday, 28th July 2017 (6.00 pm – 10.00 pm – Evening Function)

Greetings from “ENFRAtv – India’s and Asia’s Pioneering Online Youtube – Digital TV Channel Covering Key Economy Sectors – Energy Resources, Oil & Gas, Power, Infrastructure, Water, Scientech & Geopolitics etc.”, promoted by ENERTIA ENFRAMEDIA Pvt. Ltd (EEPL) and Powered By “ENERTIA – Asia’s Premier Journal on Sustainable Energy, Power & Renewables!!!

It is our pleasure to communicate here that “Falcon Media” (Publishers of “MARKENOMY & ENERTIA” journalsand “ENERTIA ENFRAMedia Pvt. Ltd. (EEPL)”the Publishers of “DEFENCE & MARINE Biz (D&M)” in Association with MARS Media Resources (Publishers of “PSE Journal”) are organizing “INDO-RUSSIA Friendship Day” with an aim to promote greater Economic and Technological Co-operation between INDIA & RUSSIA in the Strategic Sectors led by Defence, Infrastructure, Logistics, Renewable Energy & Power, Mining & Natural Resources etc.

SCOPE (Standing Conference of Public Enterprises) is the “Supporting Theme Partner” for the “INDO-RUSSIA Friendship Day”confirmed via the Office of Director GeneralDr. U. D. Choubey, being organized on Friday, 28th July, 2017 in New Delhi. Please find attached the “Flyer / Brochure” for the “INDO-RUSSIA Friendship Day”.

The “President/Chairman of Organizing Committee & Eminent Organizing Council Members”, derive great joy and pleasure in having your ‘Consent for Graceful Presence’ as a “Special Media Invitee” at the “INDO-RUSSIA Friendship  Day”.

This “INDO-RUSSIA Friendship  Day” is an ‘Evening Program’ and will have RUSSIA represented by Mr. Oleg Pagiev, CEO,Territory of Logistics LLC. & Mr Alexey Komissarov, CEO, TrackAll RUSThe program will have select presentation and proceed with a‘Dinner & Networking’ for the Russian representation along with Indian Dignitaries including PSE Head Honchos, Private Sector Entities etc. organized by the Hosts (India side – Falcon Media – EEPL & SCOPE combine).

Leading Dignitaries include Prof A. G. Iyer, Editor-in-Chief, MARKENOMY, ENERTIA & ENFRAtv; Padmashree Satish Kumar, Director, NIT Kurukshetra; Santosh Goenka,  Executive Director, Business India Group; Vishwa Mohan Bansal, Chairman, NDIM, Mata Prasad,Former ED, NTPC & LifeTime Achievement Award Winner, ENERTIA Awards; Yogendra Prasad, Former CMD, NHPC; LifeTime Achievement Award Winner, ENERTIA Awards
Dr. V. K. Garg, Former Chairman, PFC & Ex. Chairman, JERC; Dr. Hirdesh Khanna, CMD, IKRATOS Solargie; S. K Chaturvedi, Former CMD, Power Grid Corporation of India Limited; Ex. Chairman JERC; A. B. Agrawal, Former Chairman, BBMB; Ex ED, NHPC Ltd; Rajinder Kaura, CMD, BERGEN Solar Power & Energy; P. K.Sinha, Head – HR & CC, SCOPE etc.

We now look forward to your Valued & Gracious Presence” at the “INDO-RUSSIA Friendship Day” on Friday, 28th July, 2017 in New Delhi, SCOPE Convention Centre – AUDITORIUM, 6-00pm onwards.

With Warm Regards & Best Wishes,


R. Thiagarajan Iyer
Convenor – “INDO-RUSSIA Friendship Day”
Editorial Director & Head Markets
Falcon Media & EEPL
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Sony Pictures Sports Network to broadcast
India’s tour of Sri Lanka 
~ First away series with all three formats – Test, ODI & T20 – in 3 years ~

Press Release
Mumbai, July 27, 2017:

The Sony Pictures Sports Networks (SPSN) will broadcast India’s tour of Sri Lanka, which kicks off on 26th July 2017. The series promises to be a treat for cricket enthusiasts, with a line up of three tests, five ODIs and a standalone T20, to be played across four scenic venues in Sri Lanka. For the first time in three years, India will be playing a series that has matches in all three formats, overseas.
India’s tour of Sri Lanka will also see the network’s celebrated live wrap-around analysis show ‘Extraaa Innings’ hosted by Harsha Bhogle. Showcasing, pre, mid and post-match analyses of the series, the wrap-around show will feature expert insights from an impressive line-up of panelists like Sunil Gavaskar, Ajay Jadeja, Murali Kartik and Russel Arnold. Moreover, Simon Doull will provide pitch analysis.
Watch the series LIVE and Exclusive from July 26, 2017 to September 6, 2017 in English on SONY SIX and SONY SIX HD and in Hindi on SONY TEN 3 and SONY TEN 3 HD. Viewers on the go can also watch the series by LIVE streaming it on the SonyLIV App and its website,

Mr. Rajesh Kaul, President, Distribution and Sports Business, Sony Pictures Networks India:
“With two channels dedicated to cricket, we are committed to offering Indian cricket fans with the finest of cricketing action in 2017. The all format India tour of Sri Lanka series will ensure that there is something for every cricket enthusiast providing premier sporting action that promises an unmatched viewing experience with the best panelists and experts.”   

Uday Sodhi, EVP and Head-Digital Business, SonyLIV said,
“SonyLIV has established its foothold as India’s premium digital entertainment destination when it comes to entertainment and sports, and it further reinforces its position as the ultimate online destination for the sports fan with the India’s tour of Sri Lanka. As the most diverse, original and relevant entertainment content source in India’s OTT domain, sports is an integral part of that diversity. We aim to provide our users with a year-round, immersive sporting experience.”

Test Matches
26-Jul-17Galle9:15 am onwards
3-Aug-17Colombo9:15 am onwards
12-Aug-17Kandy9:15 am onwards
ODI Matches
20-Aug-17Dambulla1.30 pm onwards
24-Aug-17Kandy1.30 pm onwards
27-Aug-17Kandy1.30 pm onwards
31-Aug-17Colombo1.30 pm onwards
3-Sep-17Colombo1.30 pm onwards
T20 Match
6-Sep-17Colombo6:00 pm onwards
About Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN)
Sony Pictures Networks India (SPN), is a subsidiary of Sony Corporation which owns and operates the Sony Entertainment network of television channels.
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GPU-Gandhar organized a Swachhata Activity in active association with Bharuch Nagarpalika in the Slum area of Bharuch City. The activities mainly included (i) Handing over of 100 Nos. Roto Moulded Dustbins & 2500 pairs of Small dustbins (Blue & Green) and on-the-spot distribution of 220 Nos. small dustbins to slum dwellers (ii) Distribution of Sanitary Napkins to adolescents residing in the slum area by Medical Officer & GAIL Ladies & (iii) Cleaning activity. On this occasion, Shri R.V.Patel, President, Nagarpalika, Smt. Nina Yadav, Chairman, PWD-Nagarpalika, Smt. Parvatiben Parmar, Member-Nagarpalika and Shri Sanjay Soni, District Municipal Officer (DMO) & Chief Officer, Nagarpalika and their team members were present. From GAIL-Gandhar, Shri U.P.Bhagat, General Manager (GPU-O&M)/OIC, Shri Sharad Chaturvedi, DGM (O&M) were present along with HoDs/employees & their spouses and GAIL Medical Officer, Dr.Garima Soni.
Speaking on this occasion, Shri U.P.Bhagat, GM (O&M) expressed the need of Health & Hygiene in day-to-day life and conveyed sincere thanks to the Bharuch Nagarpalika for their active and overwhelming support to take forward the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. Shri Bhagat also administered ‘Swachhata Pledge’ to all the dignitaries and gathering. Shri R.V.Patel, President, Bharuch Nagarpalika expressed his satisfaction for the contribution of GAIL and assured all kind of active support from Nagarpalika to make the Bharuch City-a Clean City. In addition to the above activity undertaken in the forenoon, Shri U.P.Bhagat, GM (O&M)/OIC also had a Meeting with the Safai Sathis and support staff in the afternoon and appreciated their contribution.

Site before the activity
Site before the activity
Site cleaned before the activity
Site cleaned before the activity
Shri U.P.Bhagat, GM (O&M)/OIC welcoming Shri R.V.Patel, President, Bharuch Nagarpalika
Shri Sharad Chaturvedi, DGM (O&M) welcoming Smt. Nina Yadav, Chairman, PWD-Nagarpalika
Shri Sanjay Soni, DMO & CO, Bharuch Nagarpalika welcoming Shri U.P.Bhagat, GM (O&M)/OIC
Dignitaries lighting the lamp on this occasion
Dignitaries lighting the lamp on this occasion
Shri U.P.Bhagat, GM (O&M) addressing the gathering
Shri U.P.Bhagat, GM (O&M) addressing the gathering
Shri R.V.Patel, President, Nagarpalika addressing the gathering
Shri U.P.Bhagat, GM (O&M) administering the Swachhata Pledge to dignitaries and gathering
Slum dwellers actively taking the Swachhata Pledge being administered by Shri U.P.Bhagat, GM (O&M)
Shri U.P.Bhagat, GM (O&M) administering the Swachhata Pledge to dignitaries and gathering
Slum dwellers receiving the small dustbins
Cleaning activity.
Distribution of Sanitary Napkins to slum dwellers by GAIL Ladies and Medical Officer
Distribution of Sanitary Napkins to slum dwellers by GAIL Ladies and Medical Officer
Group photograph after the cleaning activity
GM (GPU-O&M) with Safai Sathi and Support Staff at GPU-Gandhar
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  • Dengue deaths increased by almost seven times from 2014 (74) to 2015 (486).
  • From 2014 to 2016, Delhi saw an average of 5,89,683 cases of diarrhoea annually. As many as 41% of deaths due to diarrhoea were of children 4 years of age or younger.
  • 22% of the total diarrhoea cases were in Rural Narela Zone alone.
  • There were 7,985 institutional deaths due to tuberculosis in 2014 and 2015.
  • In 2016-17, the average Delhi household spent an estimated Rs. 1,07,793 as annual expenses on health.
  • Only 15% of citizens are estimated to have health insurance.
26th July, Delhi: Cases of diarrhoea and hypertension spiked in Delhi from 2015 to 2016, a white paper on the state of health of Delhi published by NGO Praja Foundation revealed. Diarrhoea cases increased from 5,64,416 in 2015 to 6,22,480 in 2016, and the city registered an average of 5,89,683 cases from 2014 to 2016. Hypertension cases increased from 3,22,510 in 2015 to 3,61,443 in 2016.
Even as the capital has seen an extremely high number of diarrhoea cases in the past three years, citizens lodged a large number of complaints about polluted water in 2016, indicating that people had raised concerns about the issue to the authorities. Among various civic issues, the maximum number (2,27,444) of civic complaints in 2016 by far were on water supply. These constituted 50% of the total complaints in that year.
This data was procured by Praja Foundation under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, 2005.
Speaking about these findings, Milind Mhaske, Project Director of Praja Foundation, said, “While apathy on the part of citizens is often a factor which comes in the way of ensuring accountable governance, this was clearly not the case when it came to diarrhoea in Delhi. These statistics indicate that people did raise a red flag over polluted water, but the authorities paid little heed.”
Zone-wise data collected by the organisation revealed that Rohini Zone of North Delhi Municipal Corporation had the highest number of (8,599) cases for Dengue in the last three years (26% of the total). With respect to tuberculosis also, Rohini Zone saw the highest number (74,477) of cases for Tuberculosis in the last three years. The cases in Rohini Zone alone constituted 33% of the total cases of tuberculosis in that year. Rural Narela zone had the highest number of (3,84,401) cases for Diarrhoea in the last three years. The cases in Rural Narela constituted 22 % of the total diarrhoea cases in Delhi.
The white paper also included estimated data on the household expenditure incurred on health by Delhi citizens. This data was collected through a survey commissioned by Praja to research organisation Hansa Research. Shockingly, the average Delhi household spent an estimated amount of Rs. 1,07,793 on healthcare in 2016-17. Further, only 15% of citizens were estimated to have health insurance.
“This means that while on one hand, authorities are not taking enough preventable measures to check the spread of diseases, citizens are spending humungous amounts of money on their healthcare needs. Further, as highlighted by the data, health risks disproportionately affect poorer households,” Anjali Srivastava, Assistant Manager at Praja Foundation, said.
Even as the city continues to see very high cases of major diseases, the responses of elected representatives to several of these diseases appears to be inadequate. For instance, medical relief and public health committee councillors did not raise even a single issue on tuberculosis from April 2015 to December 2016. Similarly, MLAs also did not raise even a single issue on tuberculosis from the time of their election on 24th February, 2015 to 15th November, 2016.
“In order for concrete steps to be taken to improve the state of public health, it is absolutely essential that there should be a proper data management system on various diseases. There is no way that the authorities in charge of running Delhi can confront the various health challenges confronting the city unless they have a clear idea about their magnitude,” Milind Mhaske said.
About PRAJA Foundation:
PRAJA was founded in 1997 with a vision to re-establish accountability and transparency in governance. Fuelled by a concern about a general lack of interest among the Citizens’ in the local Government; Praja aims to create awareness among the citizens, and therefore empower them though the knowledge.
PRAJA believes that the availability of information can go a long way towards simplifying people’s lives and evoking participation. This aims to ensure a holistic approach for ushering good governance must have buy in of our ideas from the elected representatives. At the same time, there should be tools and mechanisms which enable citizens to keep a close watch on the work done by their elected representatives. PRAJA’s goals are simplifying people’s lives, empowering the citizens and Government with facts and creating instruments of change to improve the quality of life of citizens in India. PRAJA is committed to creating an accountable and efficient society through people’s participation.
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