Wednesday, April 25, 2018

The BP Energy Outlook 2040
25 Apr. at 1:02 pm
CPR Initiative on Climate, Energy and Environment is pleased to invite you to the
Presentation of The BP Energy Outlook 2040
Dr. Kaushik Deb
Thursday, 26 April 2018, 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Conference Hall, Centre for Policy Research
The full discussion will be streamed through Facebook live on CPR’s Facebook page.
BP Energy Outlook 2040 present’s BP’s analysis of future energy trends and factors that could affect them. The Energy Outlook considers the forces shaping the global energy transition out to 2040 and the key uncertainties surrounding that transition considering a range of alternative scenarios.  The scenarios have some common features, such as a significant increase in energy demand and a shift towards a lower-carbon fuel mix, but differ in terms of particular policy or technology assumptions.
About the Speaker: Dr. Kaushik Deb is an economist at  BP in India where he is responsible for overseeing the analysis of natural gas markets in Group Economics, with a focus on LNG markets. Before BP, Kaushik was a Director at IDFC. He has two decades of research, consulting and teaching experience in a variety of infrastructure sectors, including sector restructuring studies, energy-environment-economy modeling, energy and environmental economics. Dr. Deb holds a D.Sc. in Applied Economics from ETH, Zurich and an MA in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics.
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PSEB asked to print books worth Rs 7 cr for Edu Dept Chandigarh – Education Department has requisitioned the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) for printing books Worth Rs 7 crore for the ambitious Padho PunjabPadhao Punjab project.
(Rahul Bali, Senior Correspondent, Sagar Media, New Delhi)

The recent slogan “Padho Punjab Padhao Punjab” by the Punjab government under the leadership of Chief Minister Amrinder Singh is a positive step. Punjab is a predominantly an agriculture state. In the colonial period, illiterate people from Punjab migrated to the British colonies to work as laborers in railways, mines etc. Those who migrated 60 years back to the British colonies did not upgrade their educational credentials despite abundant facilities in the developed world. Elderly Punjabis settled permanently in England, USA, Canada and in European countries remained illiterate. The current status of education system in the state of Punjab is dismal. In his article, “Socio-Economic Crisis in Punjab” by Ranjit Singh Ghuman” observed that “Education in rural Punjab has almost collapsed. The process started in the 1980s and there has been no resurgence till date”.
The dropout rate of students belonging to marginalized groups in rural government primary schools is more than 85%. According to education department of more than 2667 primary, upper primary schools do not have enough teachers. The shortage of qualified teachers is a big challenge in fulfilling the mission. The transfer of teachers from one place to another place and extra administrative duties has disheartened the teachers. The media reports indicate that the working teachers are utilized by the education department for various political ends by successive governments.
The author conducted an interview with more than 50 government and private primary and higher school teachers in district Jalandhar, Punjab and found that the majority of students want to go to the developed countries such as England, Canada, USA, European countries. Several studies conducted in the past demonstrates that migrated students from Punjab largely end up in doing labor jobs in the western countries. There is need to change mind set of the students of Punjab. In globalized world, only educated and skilled workers are welcome. The government of Punjab must organize workshops in urban and rural areas of Punjab to educate the students and the parents. There is need to sensitize this important issue in the larger interest of Punjab. The time and energy of the working teachers need to be utilized to impart holistic education to the students. Padho Punjab and Padhao Punjab mission can only be fulfilled if drastic changes are made in the education system.

“Semicolonialism, Siam and the Making of a Nation State”

The Nehru Memorial Museum and Library
cordially invites you to a Public Lecture
“Semicolonialism, Siam and the Making of a Nation State”
Dr. Prabhakar Singh
   O. P. Jindal Global University
at 03.00 pm on Friday,  27 April 2018
in the Seminar Room, Library Building
Nehru Memorial Museum and Library
Teen Murti House, New Delhi-110011
All are welcome.

Analysis of MPs/MLAs with Declared Cases Related to Hate Speech

Dear Friends,
The Law Commission Report no. 267 of March 2017[1] on Hate Speech states that “Hate Speech” has not been defined in any law in India. However, legal provisions in certain legislations prohibit select forms of speech as an exception to freedom of speech. The term “Hate Speech” has been used invariably to mean expression which is abusive, insulting, intimidating, harassing or which incites violence, hatred or discrimination against groups identified by characteristics such as one’s race, religion, place of birth, residence, region, language, caste or community, sexual orientation or personal convictions.
By giving tickets to candidates who have been charged with cases related to “Hate Speech” especially promoting enmity between religious groups and for committing acts that are intended to outrage religious feelings, political parties have been in a way abetting circumstances that lead to events such as communal riots and violence between different groups of people. Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and National Election Watch (NEW) have analysed the self- sworn affidavits of all sitting MPs and MLAs. Analysis reveals that many of our current MPs and MLAs, who are designated lawmakers have actually declared cases related to “Hate Speech” against themselves. This analysis is based on the affidavits submitted by the candidates and MPs/MLAs prior to the last election they contested.
 The following IPC and RPA sections deal with ‘Hate Speech’ as per the ‘Law Commission Report no. 267 on Hate Speech’:
Provisions under IPC
Ø  Section 153A IPC penalises ‘promotion of enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc., and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony’.
Ø  Section 153B IPC penalises ‘imputations, assertions prejudicial to national-integration’.
Ø  Section 295A IPC penalises ‘deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs’.
Ø  Section 298 IPC penalises ‘uttering, words, etc., with deliberate intent to wound the religious feelings of any person’.
Ø  Section 505(1) and (2) IPC penalises publication or circulation of any statement, rumour or report causing public mischief and enmity, hatred or ill-will between classes.

Provisions under the Representation of the People Act, 1951
 · Section 8 disqualifies a person from contesting election if he/she is convicted for indulging in acts amounting to illegitimate use of freedom of speech and expression.
 · Section 123(3A) and section 125 prohibits promotion of enmity on grounds of religion, race, caste, community or language in connection with election as a corrupt electoral practice and prohibits it.

1.      ADR supports the following recommendations of the  Law Commission Report:
a.      The Model Code of Conduct given by the Election Commission of India for the guidance of political parties and candidates should be amended to the extent that effect is given to the sub section (3A) of section 123 of the RPA, 1951. The first part of the Code i.e. General Conduct should expressly provide a provision that prohibits any kind of speech that promotes, or attempts to promote, feelings of enmity or hatred between different classes of the citizens of India on grounds of religion, race, caste, community, or language, by a candidate or his agent or any other person with the consent of a candidate or his election agent for the furtherance of the prospects of the election of that candidate or for prejudicially affecting the election of any candidate.
b.      Hate speech poses complex challenges to freedom of speech and expression. Hence, new provisions in IPC are required to be incorporated to address this issue. Amendments to the IPC, 1860 and the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 by adding new provisions on ‘Prohibiting incitement to hatred’ provocation of violence in certain cases’ following section 505 IPC, and accordingly amending the First Schedule of CrPC.
2.      ADR believes that strict action must be taken against the candidates giving hate speech prior and during the elections, and against the elected legislators even after the elections, if found guilty of indulging in ‘Hate Speech’.
3.      Internet is an important tool for disseminating information and opinions however, it also serves as a platform for disseminating unlawful speech. Political parties have been misusing the medium for unlawful statements. Hence, it is recommended that such unlawful statements on online platforms should be monitored and if the person found guilty, they should be penalised.
4.      Political Parties must not give tickets to the candidates who have declared serious criminal cases against themselves.
5.      Cases against MPs and MLAs should be fast tracked and decided upon in a time bound manner.

Summary and Highlights

Ø  A total of 58 Current MPs and MLAs have declared cases related to hate speech.
Ø  Sitting MPs with Declared Cases related to Hate Speech: 15 Sitting Lok Sabha MPs have declared cases related to Hate Speech against themselves. None of the Rajya Sabha MPs have declared cases related to Hate Speech against themselves.
Ø  Party wise MPs with Declared Cases related to Hate Speech: 10 Sitting Lok Sabha MPs with declared cases related to Hate Speech are from the BJP, and 1 each is from the AIUDF, TRS, PMK, AIMIM and SHS.
Ø  Sitting MLAs with Declared Cases related to Hate Speech: 43 sitting MLAs have declared cases related to Hate Speech against themselves.
Ø  Party-wise distribution of MLAs with  Declared Cases related to Hate Speech:17 Sitting MLAs with declared cases related to Hate Speech are from the BJP, 5 each are from the TRS and AIMIM, 3 are from TDP, 2  each from INC,  AITC, JD(U) and SHS, 1 each from DMK,  BSP, SP and 2  are Independent MLAs.
Ø  State wise MLAs with Declared Cases related to Hate Speech: 11 sitting MLAs with declared cases related to Hate Speech are from Telangana. 4 MLAs are from Bihar, 9 MLAs are from Uttar Pradesh, 4 from Maharashtra, 3 each from Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, 2 each from Uttarakhand and West Bengal and 1 MLA each from Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan and Jharkhand have declared cases related to Hate Speech against themselves.
Ø  Political Party Leaders with Declared Cases related to Hate Speech: Political party leaders such as Asaduddin Owaisi (AIMIM) and Badruddin Ajmal (AIUDF) have declared cases related to Hate Speech against themselves.
Ø  Union Minister with Declared Cases related to Hate Speech: Ms Uma Bharti, Union Cabinet Minister for Drinking Water and Sanitation has declared cases related to Hate Speech against herself.
Ø  State Ministers  with Declared Cases related to Hate SpeechThere are 8 State ministers who have declared cases related to Hate Speech against themselves, their details are as follows:
 Patil Gulab Raghunath
Jaibhan Singh Pavaia
Madhya Pradesh
Thanneeru Harish Rao
K.Tarakarama Rao
Swapan Debnath
West Bengal
Arvind Pandey
Surya Pratap
Uttar Pradesh
Suresh Kumar
Uttar Pradesh
Table: State Ministers with Cases Related to Hate Speech

Ø  Recognized/ Unrecognized parties given tickets to candidates with declared cases related to Hate Speech:  In the last 5 years, 198 candidates with declared cases related to Hate Speech have contested elections for State Assemblies, Lok/Rajya Sabha. In last 5 years, 141 candidates from Recognized political parties and 29 candidates from Unrecognized political parties have given ticked to such type of candidates. 
Ø  Independent candidates with cases related to Hate Speech:  In last 5 years, 28 independent candidates with declared cases related to Hate Speech have contested the elections for State Assemblies, Lok/Rajya Sabha.

State Wise MPs/MLAs with Declared Cases Related to Hate Speech
Figure: State Wise MPs/MLAs with declared cases related to Hate Speech

Number of MPs/MLAs with declared cases related to Hate speech
Uttar Pradesh
Andhra Pradesh
Tamil Nadu
West Bengal
Madhya Pradesh
Grand Total
Table: State Wise MPs/MLAs with declared cases related to Hate Speech

Party Wise MPs/MLAs with Declared Cases Related to Hate Speech
Figure: Party wise MPs/MLAs with declared cases related to Hate Speech

Number of MPs/MLAs with Declared Cases related to Hate Speech
All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen
Grand Total
Table: Party wise MPs/MLAs with declared cases related to Hate Speech

[1] Law Commission Report no. 267 – Hate Speech, March 2017 :
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Child Development: Order an in-depth study on male child sexual abuse in India

Maneka Gandhi, Union Minister For Women & Child Development, has responded to the petition: Maneka Gandhi, Minister for Women and Child Development: Order an in-depth study on male child sexual abuse in India #EndTheIsolation.

Section 138 Make ease of biz

Section 138 – Make Businesses Transparent, Fraud Free
April24, 2018 (C) Ravinder Singh

Special session on Section 138 revealed there are over 16m to 25m Check Bounce cases pending in courts and courts on average take 4-5 years for deciding it. This has greatly reduced ECONOMIC ACTIVITY – CRIPLED Companies engaged in litigation.

Way back in 1975 I was responsible for Procurement at BTPS. All multinationals and reputed companies demanded ‘Payment Against Delivery’ or ‘Advance Payment’ but SMEs had to visit BTPS several times to collect tender documents, make bids, be present at the time of opening of bids, collect Supply Orders, Deliver Goods and Collect Payment.

India even today prefer ‘CASH PAYMENTS’ for Salary Payment for Contract or Casual Work or in Small Business or Purchase of Goods and Services in majority of the cases but in –

USA for half a century all Employees Were REGISTERED, WEEKLY salaries paid by Check, all Utility Bills & monthly installments for services paid by Check. For shopping of more than $10 – Credit Cards were used in 90% cases. Banks issued 1000 Checks on opening account with account holders name and address. Even if one forgets to put account number and drops Pay Check in Drop Box Banks would put the money in right account. ATMs dispensed cash so Bank Clients visit the Bank for Opening & Closing of Accounts. These days most transaction made Electronically.

Section 138 in India was being abused for Ensuring Payments for Goods & Services without declaring Goods & Services provided When Buyer Can’t Pay Against Delivery – CHEATING, FRAUDS, MONEYLENDING, MONEYLAUNDERING THRIVED.

Examples – 1.] A Congenital Cheat would Promise to get Rs.8 Cr Loan at low interest rate and demand 5% Service Charge – Collect UNDATED Checks worth Rs.40 Lakh, Present Checks without arranging LOAN – initiate Section 138 Case. 2.] A Person would file IT Return showing 10 times real income – Stand Guarantees for Scores of various Loans. 3.] Take New Loans from NBFC to pay for Pending Bank Loans without declaring liabilities. 4.] Bankers go after GUARANTOR than Borrower in most cases.


1.      GOI should MAKE Registration of All Products & Services Delivered COMPULSORY –

2.      Product & Service Provider to get his DUES immediately through Electronic Payment or Check Payment or Bank Draft. Introduce WEEKLY PAYMENT Of Salaries.

3.       Banks to FACILITATE PRODUCT & SERVICES BUSINESSES TRANSACTIONS than advancing BIG MONEYS as WORKING CAPITAL or BIG LOANS to ‘VERY LOW VALUE ADDED Businesses i.e. Gems & Jewelry, Trade’ which are better served by NBFCs.

4.      Points 1, 2 & 3 shall MINIMIZE WORKING CAPITAL requirements, and

5.      Banks to Maintain MINIMUM BALANCE IN CURRENT ACCOUNTS OF MSMEs than BULK Advances of Working Capital or LOW VALUE ADDED Businesses.

Ravinder Singh, Inventor & Consultant, INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES AND PROJECTS
Y-77, Hauz Khas, ND -110016, Ind

Lucky Draw event by Hamdard today

On behalf of Hamdard India, we would like to invite you for the Lucky Draw event by Hamdard tomorrow. Attached is the media invite for your perusal.
Event : Hamdard Bonanza Lucky Draw – Phase 1 – 2nd Dec 2016 to 25th Jan 2017 and Phase 2 -15th Feb 2017 to 31st March 2017
Hamdard Bonanza is an innovative customer loyalty programme for Hakims/Doctors/Vaids/Unani & Ayurvedic Outlets has now become an iconic scheme. There has been an overwhelming response from Unani fraternity with more than 3500 participants from across the country. This event is a culmination of Hamdard Bonanza (2016-2017) and will see a lucky draw to identify more than 200 lucky winners of prizes, including Bumper prize of a Maruti Alto Car.
Venue : India Islamic Centre
Date : 24th April 2018 (Tuesday)
Timings : 12.30 PM followed by Lunch
Request you to kindly RSVP by replying on the mail.
Thanks & Regards,
Tanya Chaudhary
Manager – Brand Communications

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