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Mini-Crisis in Bosnia

When over a million people moved en masse through Central Europe in 2015/16, the small, landlocked country of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) was never part of what became known as “the Western Balkans route”.
Now, two years later, it is the newest destination for thousands of stranded migrants. They come from Syria, Iraq, Turkey, Algeria, Afghanistan and they are still struggling to continue their journeys to Western European. They are becoming ever more desperate, trapped within the borders of  Balkan countries, falling prey to criminal groups of human traffickers and smugglers.
Migration management in BiH was not such a complicated task for state authorities during 2017, as just  755 migrants passed through the country. Today, however, the situation is changing fast, with close to 3,000 migrants and refugees on the territory of a country from which, they hope, they will more easily access to the European Union.
In the last three weeks alone, 1,200 persons were reported to have transited Bosnia and Herzegovina. This may not sound much when compared to the huge numbers seen in recent years, but when compared to the numbers that passed through BiH during the entire year, it’s time for the world to wake up and smell the coffee.
Beyond migration management concerns, highlighted by the fact that the official migrant accommodation capacity of BiH is around 200 beds, the situation in the field now has now developed into a humanitarian crisis, albeit with low numbers, but a crisis nonetheless.
Migrants and refugees are sleeping out in the open or in abandoned buildings the capital Sarajevo, as well as in the northwest of the country in the area of Bihac and the town of Velika Kladusa, (the latter being the preferred crossing point into Croatia).
While waiting to make the risky and dangerous attempt to cross, the majority of migrants sleep in the parks of these cities and towns. With spring turning into summer, the rising temperatures, lack of toilets, and deteriorating hygienic conditions, the situation has raised major public health concerns.
However, the local population of affected locations have responded with an outpouring of solidarity, while local volunteer groups are working tirelessly to meet the most urgent humanitarian needs. Many credit their own refugee experiences and the hardships faced by them during the Yugoslav conflicts of 1991-1995 as motivating them to reach out to support those in need. The local population can provide empathy and comfort to the these exhausted people in need, but these citizens cannot continue to carry the burden of the humanitarian response alone.
While waiting for  state authorities to draft an urgent action plan that would enable Bosnia and Herzegovina to boost its accommodation capacities and border security, local municipal authorities, Red Cross branches, as well as  local and international NGOs, are now stepping in to provide basic assistance with food, hygiene and healthcare in an attempt to prevent the further deterioration of the situation into a larger humanitarian crisis.
In coordination with UNHCR, IOM has also enhanced its response to the ongoing situation, focusing on providing support to  local authorities and volunteer groups in the locations where migrants and refugees are currently concentrated and where the needs are most apparent. This support includes urgent basic assistance to the migrants in vulnerable situations that have arrived on the territory.
Assistance comes through mobile IOM migrant protection teams that now operate across the country. As a part of their overall response, the teams provide identified cases with first aid, medical, and psychosocial assistance. Teams are accompanied by an Arabic language interpreter, with interpreters for Farsi, Turkish, Pashto, and Urdu on call. Interpreters are critical in the current situation, particularly in the light of an overall shortage in the entire region, providing critical avenues for communication between the migrants, local service providers and authorities.
In the current situation, IOM also provides temporary accommodation in local hotels or hostels to families and other migrants in vulnerable situations and to refugees. In line with its strategy to support local institutions, IOM additionally purchased urgently  medication for medical health centers in Bihac and Velika Kladusa. In Bihac, the IOM response came at the  request of the local Mayor to work with the local Red Cross to provide accommodation and sanitary facilities. With numbers continuing to increase on a daily basis, the establishment of an official government accommodation facility remains a top priority, but it could take another month and a half before additional accommodation is secured.

Raghav Bahl – ‘Its Still Not Too Late’ or Already Too-Too Late

Writers view only:
May14, 2018 (C) Ravinder Singh
Raghav Bahl has highlighted how Indian TRADING & FINANCING of Enterprises is Foreign Owned & Controlled – India Restricts Direct Selling By Farmers & Industry to Consumers.
Raghav Bahl, CEO of TV18 was running Business Stories for 25 years– I was invited to one such TV18 Show moderated by him 4 Years ago – only Professional Inventor Certified by WIPO – I was not allowed even a minute to speak on Industry & R&D – way back in –
1970 – India CRIPPLED PATENT OFFICE when I was in school.
1980 – had reported to GoI that CSIR is doing BOGUS research and filing-Awarding  Bogus Patents – Thousand times thereafter TERI and Pitroda do Bogus Research.
1990 – 98% of World Market is outside India – should target 98% of the world market.
2004 – Pitroda is Filing BOGUS Patent – India practically ZERO in IPR.

2011 – Told RBI banks not Providing Loans to SMEs against PROPERTY, but providing Huge Loans to Low Value Addition Enterprises.
Wrecked – Mainly Non Science Education
When TOI reported just 136 Students in Gujarat Board Results were A1 Grade for Science – I quickly computed and posted ‘Out of 15,00,000 Children Born in 2000 in Gujarat, in 2018 Just 136 Passed out in A1 Grade in Science’.
Even in this ‘136 batch’ most will not opt for Engineering or Medicine or Switch to FINANCE & TRADING after Graduation.
I went in to DEPRESSION and am writing after more than 50 hours. I thought I made a decimal error but still was horrible – a state bigger than France or UK or Italy in population could produce just 136 A1 Graders in Science/Year.
We Have Already WRECKED Out Education System that needs ‘25 YEARS from SEEDS to FRUIT Stage’. Mid Stage Intervention possible but not happening.
Pack of Dullards have Mushroomed All Over – More Than 100 Times I had Advocated ‘ROOFTOP SOLAR’ – TO AVOID INVESTING IN EHT, HT & LT TRANSMISSION, STORAGE, TRANSFOMERS IN EHT, HT & LT SUBSTATIONS. But in attached story now we Find Developers insisting on T&D Network to come up first.
Its already too Late or Until India appoints 1. Tech Advisors, 2. S&T Qualified Ministers & Secretaries, 3. R&D in all Large & Medium Industry & 4. Fast Utility Model Patents, 5. Bank Loans to High Value Add Industry & Businesses.
Ravinder Singh, Inventor & Consultant, INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES AND PROJECTS
Y-77, Hauz Khas, ND -110016, India. Ph: 091- 8826415770, 9871056471, 9650421857
Ravinder Singh* is a WIPO awarded inventor specializing in Power, Transportation,
Smart Cities, Water, Energy Saving, Agriculture, Manufacturing, Technologies and Projects

Professione: reporter (The Passenger) – 1975

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Screening of Italian Movie – Professione: reporter (The Passenger) – 1975

Professione: reporter (English – The Passenger) is a 1975 drama art film directed by Michelangelo Antonioni. Written by Mark Peploe, Peter Wollen and Antonioni, the film is about an Anglo-American journalist, David Locke (Jack Nicholson) who assumes the identity of a dead businessman while working on a documentary in Chad, unaware that he is impersonating an arms dealer with connections to the rebels in the current civil war. Co-starring Maria Schneider, The Passenger was the final film in Antonioni’s three-picture deal with producer Carlo Ponti and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, after Blowup and Zabriskie Point, and competed for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.
Synopsis: A frustrated war correspondent, unable to find the war he’s been asked to cover, takes the risky path of co-opting the I.D. of a dead arms dealer acquaintance.
Director: Michelangelo Antonioni
Cast: Jack Nicholson as David Locke
Maria Schneider as the Girl
Steven Berkoff as Stephen
Ian Hendry as Martin Knight
Jenny Runacre as Rachel Locke
Ambroise Bia as Achebe
Charles Mulvehill as David Robertson
José María Caffarel as Hotel Keeper
James Campbell as Witch Doctor
Manfred Spies as German Stranger
Jean-Baptiste Tiemele as Murderer
Ángel del Pozo as Police inspector
Genres: Drama | Thriller

Second Panel Discussion on ‘Future of Governance’ – part of ‘Metamorphoses: Talking Technology’

NITI Aayog, India International Centre and Centre for Policy Research are pleased to invite you to the second panel discussion on
Future of Governance
Dr J Satyanarayana – Chairman, Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI)
Ananth Padmanabhan – Fellow, Carnegie India
Chinmayi Arun – Assistant Professor, Law, National Law University
Vrinda Bhandari – AdvocateChair: Justice BN Srikrishna – Chairman, Financial Sector Legislative Reforms Commission (FSLRC)
Metamorphoses Website
The aim of this panel is to bring clarity to concepts like receptive technology, glacial government, response of regulators to the pace of technological advancements, era of blockchain and bitcoins, artificial intelligence, big data and forecasting.
Dr J Satyanarayana – Chairman, Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI)
Ananth Padmanabhan – Fellow, Carnegie India
Chinmayi Arun – Assistant Professor, Law, National Law University
Vrinda Bhandari – Advocate
Chair: Justice BN Srikrishna – Chairman, Financial Sector Legislative Reforms Commission (FSLRC)
The talk will be livestreamed on the IIC website; available on Facebook-live on the Metamorphoses Facebook page; and video recordings will be available on YouTube, as well as disseminated through social media channels linked on the Metamorphoses website. The promotional video for Metamorphoses can be accessed here. The full facebook live broadcast of the keynote by Prof Yochai Benkler can be accessed here.
Sign up for the event at this link. This is necessary given seating requirements.
Metamorphoses is a modest effort to try and bridge the gap between digital technologies, which are transforming our lives, and our understanding of their multiple dimensions. It will unfold in a series of nine interactions covering different aspects of the digital revolution.
This series will examine the impacts of digital technologies on the human psyche and on societies – exploring ways in which some of the negative elements may be mitigated. There will be a peep into the future – of what machine learning and artificial intelligence may bring to human experience – and the moral and ethical dilemma associated with these. It will also delve into issues relating to data privacy and cyber security as well as the emerging legal regime to regulate this critical domain.

National Geoscience Awards for the year 2017

DIRECTOR [Media & Communications]
(Ministries of Rural Development, Drinking Water & Sanitation, Panchayati Raj and Communications)                                     

 Tel: 23384798, 9868257081

Dated: 14.05.2018
Dear Sir/Madam

You are cordially invited to cover the following event:

Function:Hon’ble President Shri Ram Nath Kovind to present the National Geoscience Awards for the year 2017 and will address the gathering.

Union Minister of Rural Development, Panchayati Raj & Mines Shri Narendra Singh Tomar to deliver his speech.

Date:16.05.2018 (Wednesday)

Time:11..00 AM
Venue:Hall No-5, Vigyan Bhavan,  New Delhi.

Note: Please take your seats one hour before the start of the event.
Yours sincerely,

All Accredited Correspondents /Camera Persons
All Accredited TV Channels
DG (News), Doordarshan / DG (News), All India Radio
Director, Photo Division/PIB Photo – Kindly release the photo

“National Numismatic Exhibition 2018 New Delhi”

World’s 1st Online museum for Ancient & Current Coins, Stamps & Currency Notes participates in the “National Numismatic Exhibition 2018 New Delhi” at the All India Fine Arts & Crafts Society (AIFACS) New Delhi from 14th May to 20th May 2018  with more than 500 new & interesting offerings
  • Visitors, Collectors & Hobbyists will get detailed information and a virtual access to more than 81,500 Coins, 2300 Currency Notes & 5000 stamps from Worldwide at the : site
  • Tailor made individual albums of Currency Notes from  16 different countries, An exclusive album of a collection of Currency notes from 25 different countries of Asia & detailed collection of 100 notes from 31 different countries in the world will also be available at nominal rates at the fair
  • Various historical rare Coins ranging from Ancient, Medieval, Colonial India and of ancient Roman Empire in Individual Coin Cards with the original coin, its make, ruler, denomination weight & a brief history will also be available for sale at an affordable cost
  • A wide range of accessories for Coins (Albums, Capsules, Holders, Sheets, Binders), Currency Notes ( Album, Box, Sleeves, Pockets) & Stamps (Stockbooks ,Ring Binders, Protective stock sheets) and many more of various sizes & combinations can be bought  at the fair by the collectors to preserve & restore their valuable collections
  • is the first Online Coins, Currency notes & Stamps museum with free access by registration and has currently more than 1,32,000 members & 4,13,504 facebook followers globally & all the above mentioned products can be ordered Online from the site as per your convenience
Mumbai, May 2018: Launched with an objective to impart and share knowledge and create interest for general public, students, scholars, collectors, hobbyists, buyers, sellers & investors. It’s being initiated with a purpose of reintroducing the joy and fun of coins, currency notes & stamps collection to thecurrent millennial & youth in India & globally. is a wonderful way to educate contemporary India and the world about their rich historical heritage, tradition & culture. This online museum imparts rare information such as detailed catalogue of global stamps, coins and currency notes all under one roof. Fascinating & interesting history section on coin issuing authorities, dynasties and rulers is one of the major highlight of this site.
The sole vision behind this initiative is to provide a single point of access to seek and share information and knowledge of these three fields along with its global updates. It brings together experts and researchers to share their experience with the lovers of these rare collectibles. This initiative will help reemphasize the glorious history, arts and cultural legacy of India and put our country on the global map of collectors.
What makes Mintage World credible is that it has a strong team of in-house researchers, experts & curators with decades of experience in this sector. Every bit of information on it is thoroughly cross verified with the best reference materials & technology available.  Mintage World has a strong team and the implementation of the latest technology solutions for verifying and collating authentic information for this one-of-its-kind digital platform.
Every coin in this online museum is uploaded with well curated important aspect like mintmarks, inscription details, emperor, weight, metal, denomination, date of issue etc. Similarly you would also find crucial insights of stamps like the issue date, type of stamp, perforation, value etc. Information about notes is updated with signatory details, motif description, denomination, date of issue, type of note etc. Apart from that, the news section that keeps you updated with the most recent happenings, latest releases and topical news from worldwide along with the respective images in all the 3 sectors. A Unique event calendar gives you prior notifications about the various events, auctions, seminars and forums held worldwide in this sector.
Collectors & Hobbyists can also get their prestigious collections photographed by us in a high definition studio setup, which they in turn can upload in their profile in a “ My Collection” section for their peers to watch and compare. One can also order Birthday Notes & Lucky Notes for themselves as well as for gifting. Insightful books on Bank Notes & Coins from eminent experts can also be ordered from online

Director Faraz Haider, excited the students of Gulshan Kumar Film & Television Institute

Master Class by Director Faraz Haider, excited the students of Gulshan Kumar Film & Television Institute of India!

   It was one an unusual day at Gulshan Kumar Film & Television Institute of India, which saw the reunion of the teachers with their pupil. The famous Bollywood Film Director Faraz Haider, of ‘War Chorna Yaar’( 2014) and ‘Nanu ki Janu’ (2018) fame, a box office hit, came to express his gratitude to his teachers Prof. Kalyan Sarkar, Dean, and Prof. Mansoor Naqvi, Associate Dean of Gulshan Kumar Film & Television Institute of India. Faraz Haider also conducted a Master-Class on Direction and interacted with the students at length. It was a session loaded with brilliant words of wisdom which enriched the students and boost their confidence level. Students who had seen the recently released film of Mr. Faraz had several thought-provoking questions in regards to Direction, Cinematography, and Scriptwriting. He answered all potential questions with logical reasoning combined with his experience. He inspired the students to be confident and set out in the right direction.

   In a reply to a question when asked about his success mantra and what he felt was of utmost importance, he emphasized the need to be well equipped with the knowledge about Film Making and be patient in order to succeed in the film industry. He also listed a few essential character traits which should be a part of media students i.e., confidence and seriousness.

   Mr. Faraz Haider explained the functioning style of the film industry and what is expected of the newcomers. Mr. Faraz met the teachers and was all praise for the young talented faculty besides his own teachers from whom he had learned. He toured the Gulshan Kumar Film & Television Institute of India campus and was very impressed by the infrastructure and the facilities. Mr. Faraz Haider told the students that they are lucky and are in good hands.  Mr. Vijay Sachdeva, Director – T-Series, felicitated Mr. Faraz Haider by presenting him with a shawl.

Indonesia’s Maritime Policy and Thinking of ways forward

The Nehru Memorial Museum & Library
Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia
cordially invite you to a Public Lecture 
H.E. Luhut Pandjaitan
Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs, Indonesia
Indonesia’s Maritime Policy and Thinking of ways forward for India-Indonesia as Maritime Neighbours’
on Thursday 17th May, 2018 at 11.00am
Auditorium, Nehru Memorial Museum & Library
Teen Murti House, New Delhi
Phone: 23010666;

Saransh Films Mangalya Group cordially invites

Saransh Films Mangalya Group cordially invites you to attend the Premiere & to share with you the uniqueness of their latest film along with panel discussion of  ‘KITAAB’
(The last film of Veteran actor Tom Alter. Direcetd by Kamlesh K Mishra, based on the increasing influence of electronic gadgets, and we are moving away from books. So there will also be panel discussion on the effect of increasing use of electronic gadgets on books with well known personalities.)
  • Hon’ble Dr. Mahesh Sharma (Minister of State (Independent Charge) Ministry of Culture)
  • Dr. Bindeshwar Pathak (Founder, Sulabh Sanitation & Social Reform Movement)
  • Mrs. Maitreyi Pushpa(Vice Chairperson, Hindi Academy, Delhi)

Time: 3:15 PM
Date: 15th May 2018 (Tuesday)
Venue: Film Division, Mahadev Road, Delhi

IDAHOT 2018 – Panel discussion & Film Screening (Azul y no tan rosa)

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IDAHOT 2018 – Panel discussion & Film Screening (Azul y no tan rosa)

 · Hosted by Embassy of Spain in India
On the occasion of the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia, the Embassy of Spain in New Delhi would like to invite you to the screening of the film ‘Azul y no tan rosa’ (‘My straight son’), preceded by a panel discussion with LGTBIQ+ organizations, this Thrusday, May 17th at the Auditorium of Instituto Cervantes Nueva Delhi.
Thanks for the contribution of the Delegation of the EU in India who will be offering drinks and snacks after the screening. Thanks also to the Embassy of Belgium in New DelhiGaylaxy Magazine and Solidarity and Action Against The HIV Infection in India (SAATHI) for their kind support.
Amrita Sarkar: Transwoman who has been involved in transgender activism for over 20 years. Currently working with Solidarity and Action Against The HIV Infection in India (SAATHII).
Jamal Siddiqui: Muslim transman currently working in Etasha society as a facilitator. Writer, YouTuber and blogger. Co-founder of transmen collective. (TBC)
Kritagya: Author of the book ‘Coming Out….Scribblings from the Heart’.
Navdeep: Founder-member of the Bi Collective Delhi.
Rituparna Bhora: Queer woman. Co-director and responsible for networking, fundraising, programme and organizational development and implementation at Nazariya.
Shilpi Banerjee: Mental health professional. M.Phil. in medical and social psychology from Central Institute of Psychiatry.
The panel discussion will be moderated by Sukhdeep Singh (Founding Editor of Gaylaxy Magazine) and will be followed by a Q&A session.
Synopsis: The story of Diego, a young and successful photographer that lives in the glamorous world of fashion, shallowness and excess. A tragic accident turns his world around; his partner is now in a coma. Unexpectedly, and right at this terrible time, Diego must take care of his son, Armando. Now, both of them have to adapt to each other; Armando to the unknown, homosexual world of his father, and Diego to the closed attitude of his teenage son.
Director: Miguel Ferrari
Cast: Guillermo García, Ignacio Montes, Hilda Abrahamz, Carolina Torres, Elba Escobar, Juan Jesús Valverde, Beatriz Valdés, Aroldo Betancourt, Daniela Alvarado, Alexander Da Silva, Sócrates Serrano, Arlette Torres, Juan Carlos Lares
Script: Miguel Ferrari
Photography: Alexandra Henao
Music: Sergio De la Puente
Sound: Nus Cuevas
Art direction: Marcelo Pont Year: 2012
Duration: 114 min.
In Spanish with English subtitles
For all ages
Goya Awards 2014: Best Spanish Language Foreign Film

Green Skill Development Programme (GSDP) Mobile app launched

Union Minister of Science & Technology, Earth Sciences and Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Dr. Harsh Vardhan  today launched a Mobile App on Green Skill Development Programme (GSDP) at Ganga auditorium, Ground floor, Indira Paryavaran Bhawan, New Delhi.
GSDP -Green skill development programme is a Moef -Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change initiative to develop skills from primary skills,semi skills, middle level management and assistant levels skills for high tech skill which is an utmost need in various sectors from botany, zoology, biotechnology, bio diversity, air & dust pollution, waste management, forest maintenance. Such technician, assistant, eco- guides are required at mass levels to educate, bring awareness about the Green energy to mitigate emission level thus to explain the importance of each subject to to inculcate awareness about  the special subjects within the precincts of environment and climate change.  Hence Ministry is taking up the projects to train new breed of skill required for marine,coastal belts, forest, which can keep balance of technology and its knowledge to be sustainable, non-degradable, recycle state for the welfare of the masses.
GSDP focus on skill development on school drop out who are eighteen years and above to train then on Green Skills development programme. Dr Anandi, Moef said our country has 31% of drop out and therefore it is very essential to train them with foundation and certificate programme to skill them an initiative by two reputed institute, Botanical survey of India  and Zoological survey of India, both institutions are more than hundred years old.
Thirty GSDP course to be conducted & some of the projects are -:
1.Value addition and marketing of NTFPs Plant origin
a. Lantana Furniture and crafts
b Coconut shells & Fibre Handicrafts
c. Bamboo Crafts
d. NTFP Products/ Medicinal Plants
2. Community based conservation of mangroves Ecosystem Class 10 drop out.
3. Value addition & marketing of NTFPs Animal origin.
a. wild bee keeping and processing
b. Lac & Tassar Cultivation.
3. Quality Planting Material Producer.
4. Nature Conservation & Livelihood.   River based,Nature Interpretation,eco tourism,scuba Diving for marine life conversations.
The ministry spokesperson briefed, the results of the pilots projects are very encouraging and these scale of courses shall extend to 84 other areas of environment and climate such as Pollution control,waste management, CBDA. The students are gaining confidence in Green Skills for middle level skill workers for the  support of  Green technology of high tech in nature. Skill gradations and valuation of Eco- system services training imparted under certificate and  skill gradation by the  performance reports.
Ministry is soon to give thirty course in eighty four classification which can yield upto 2021 5.5 Lakh employment to the drop out youths and this shall grow to two three time more with skill transfer in natural course.
Dr Harsh vardhan Minister for environment said that with the vision of PM Mr Modi  to train and skill the youth of India in various field and sectors so the ministry last year completed its pilot projects and we are therefore launching GSDP mobile app with all necessary and relevant information for the Green skill development training programme extensively illustrated on this app.

Media Invites Monday 14 May 18

Monday :   14 May 2018
Union Minister of Electronics & IT and Law & Justice,  Ravi Shankar Prasad will inaugurate National Level workshop on “Tele-Entrepreneurship Course (TEC)” being organised by CSC. At Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre,  10:00 AM
Union Minister of Science & Technology, Earth Sciences and Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Dr. Harsh Vardhan will launch a Mobile App on Green Skill Development Programme (GSDP) atGanga auditorium, Ground floor, Indira Paryavaran   Bhawan, 12:00noon

NITI Aayog CEO, Amitabh Kant to address ‘Circular Economy Symposium 2018’ TERI DG, Ajay Mathur to also address at FICCI, Tansen Marg, 2:30 PM

Syed Waseem Rizvi (Chairman, Uttar Pradesh Shia Central Board of Wakfs) will address a press conference at India Islamic Center 87-88, Lodhi Road 3:00 pm
Dr Justice A.K. Sikri, Judge, Supreme Court of India, Professor Upendra Baxi, Former Vice- Chancellor, University of Delhi and Professor Emeritus, University of Warwick, U.K. to the book release of Dignity in the legal and political philosophy of Ronald Dworkin, Edited by Salman Khurshid, Lokendra Malik & Veronica Rodrigues-Blanco. At The Leela Palace, Chanakyapuri   5:00PM

UNICEF Celebrating Mothers Day

Exif_JPEG_420Naresh Kumar Sagar: Every child is not # but no discrimination between girl child boy child said Kareena Kapoor Khan brand Ambassador to UNICEF.
Further panel member,  Dr Omar Hota said, Each child  born be safe healthy and mother Hale hearty each child be  immunization, best health education for all boy girl child.
Another panelists, Sheikh Mohd Ali Each child mother happy healthy during delivery.
[5/13, 3:37 PM] Naresh Kumar Sagar: Dr Gagan Gupta thanks Media health care remember polio
[5/13, 3:37 PM] Naresh Kumar Sagar: 2.4 mn less infants death
[5/13, 3:38 PM] Naresh Kumar Sagar: Child marriage less
[5/13, 3:38 PM] Naresh Kumar Sagar: Girl mortality is more than boy child need change.
Celebrating Mothers and Newborns

This Mother’s Day, champion Doctors, health workers, and mothers reiterate the need for quality healthcare to ensure every mother and child survive and thrive

NEW DELHI, 13 May 2018: UNICEF India today organized a panel discussion to highlight the importance of celebrating mothers and their newborns. A doctor from Orissa, a front line ASHA worker from Uttar Pradesh, a father from West Bengal, UNICEF Deputy Representative, Ms Henriette Ahrens, UNICEF officiating Chief of Health, Dr. Gagan Gupta and UNICEF Celebrity Advocate Kareena Kapoor Khan,  engaged in an hour-long discussion on the need for support all mothers and their newborns so that they survive and thrive.

The event was organized to mark Mother’s Day in the backdrop of UNICEF’s global #EveryChildALIVE campaign.

Globally UNICEF is focused on Every Child Alive, a signature neonatal campaign thatsupports and accelerates UNICEF’s efforts to eliminate preventable neonatal deaths by 2030, with a focus on the girl child. Given that India contributes to nearly one fifth of the global burden of under-five deaths and around a quarter of the global burden of neonatal deaths, this campaign focuses on creating an in-depth discourse around the issues.

Speaking on the occasion, Ms Henriette Ahrens said, “I congratulate the Government of India for their efforts and investments towards Universal Health Coverage, which is well reflected under “Aayushmaan Bharat”. I also salute the team of skilled health workers, who are committed to support every mother and baby with a safe pair of hands,” she added.

Interacting with panelists, Dr. Gagan Gupta said, “India has shown good and consistent progress in reduction of child mortality, with nearly 120,000 fewer under five deaths in 2016 as compared to 2015. However more efforts are needed for reducing neonatal deaths and addressing the gender gap in child survival. Simple interventions like ensuring every newborn is breast fed within the first hour of life can reduce neonatal deaths by 22 per cent. Government is doing its part but it is also our collective responsibility to ensure every child gets the best start in life, truly leaving no one behind.”

Dr. Hota from Malkangiri, Orissa shared his experiences of an arduous 10 km journey-on- foot to reach the nearest Primary Healthcare Centre and save the life of a tribal mother and her newborn. Uma Devi, an ASHA worker from Uttar Pradesh shared how she convinced a mother and her family to take their newborn to a specialized centre for newborns- the nearest Special Newborn Care Unit. A father from West Bengal shared his experiences of providing kangaroo care to his newborn twins and supporting his wife so that she could breastfeed the children.

Kareena Kapoor Khan, shared “When I was pregnant, access to quality healthcare and good doctors and nurses was a given. But this should not just be a privilege for some. Quality healthcare is something that needs to be assured for every mother and every baby, girl or boy, wherever they live. Every mother and every baby has the right to be supported by a safe pair of hands during pregnancy and the newborn period,”

Kapoor also highlighted the need for gender equity and quality, which she said are the next frontiers for newborn survival. “We need to look after our girls just as well as we look after our boys. As females ourselves, it is incredibly sad that baby girls do not always get the same care that baby boys do. If your baby girl becomes unwell, get help for them just as quickly as you would do for a boy,” she said.

Kapoor has been associated with the UNICEF for over five years and has been supporting the discourse around child rights especially in the context of education and more recently around newborn health, nutrition and development.

The discussion concluded on the need for joint efforts of all stakeholders to amplify messages and facilities around neonatal survival. This includes affordable and quality healthcare for every mother and newborn, 24X7 supply of clean water and electricity at health facilities, presence of a skilled health attendant during birth, early initiation of breast feeding and skin-to-skin contact between the mother and child.

About EveryChildALIVE

EveryChildALIVE is UNICEF’s global signature campaign to demand and deliver affordable, quality healthcare solutions for every mother and newborn. More than 80 per cent of newborn deaths are due to prematurity, complications during birth or infections such as pneumonia and sepsis. Through this campaign, UNICEF is issuing an urgent appeal to governments, healthcare providers, donors, the private sector, families and businesses to keep every child alive.

Indonesia churches bombed

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Sagar Media Inc In Indonesia: nine killed, 40 injured in blasts outside churches in Surabaya city worst in recent years. Nicaragua unrest mounts. Thousand March in Warsaw join European Union.Israel destroy underground tunnel air strike.
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#Indonesia: Six killed, 40 injured in blasts outside churches in Surabaya city.
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Sagar Media Inc Indonesia churches serial blast takes many tolls.Iraq deadly blast during General Election in Kirkuk.Canadia beach closed as suspicious matters . Paris enters stabbing incident, one kill injured wounded 4 victim dead a ISSI act. The regular stabbing London dwell in the Violent crime.
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Nawaz Sharif admits to what we have all along known and believed : Pakistan’s hand in 26/11 . Yet nothing will change . Pakistan’s military – industrial complex survives on fuelling terror in India . Time for the world to recognise this .


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