PII-UNICEF Fellowships 2016 - Applications Invited

Dear Reader,

The Press Institute of India and UNICEF invite applications for fellowships for this year.

The fellowships are basically meant for working journalists in Tamil Nadu and Kerala, although journalists working elsewhere but keen to cover such stories in TN and Kerala may also apply.

You will find details regarding the themes, objectives, duration, eligibility criteria, selection process, etc in the attachment.

Last date for receipt of applications is August 18, Thursday.


Reaffirming Solidarity -- Towards Justice, Peace, and Hope

9 August 2016: A Day of Reflection

Irom Sharmila makes a move towards freedom, by giving up her fast, which has lasted nearly 16 years.

We feel deep respect for Irom Sharmila's non-violent struggle and her indomitable spirit, and support her decision to give up the fast. The struggle for peace and justice will continue.

On 9 August, 1942, Mahatma Gandhi and other leaders of the Quit India movement were arrested. The British government promulgated the Armed Forced Special Powers Ordinance on 15 August 1942, to quell the Quit India movement.

The government of India promulgated the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), 1958; and subsequently imposed it in several parts of the country. People in Manipur, including Imas (`mothers': elderly women activists), Meira Paibis (women's groups, literally women holding `mashaals'), and many civil society groups, are struggling for AFSPA to be repealed, in the interests of peace and justice. They want good governance to be restored in the state. Experts argue that the Act perpetuates violation of fundamental democratic rights. It grants excessive powers, and impunity, to armed forces. Atrocities against ordinary citizens have been documented over the years.

In 2012, the Extra Judicial Execution Victim Families Association (EEVFAM) filed a PIL in the Supreme Court of India, alleging 1,528 fake encounters in Manipur since the 1980s. The Court ordered investigation into six cases, all of which were proved to be fake encounters: killing of innocent persons, by armed forces or police commandos. The Court has ruled that all the remaining cases must be thoroughly probed. It has questioned impunity, ruling that armed forces cannot use excessive force even in areas that come under AFSPA.

Humane, democratic solutions are needed to solve real problems faced by people; dialogue rather than repression. We stand in solidarity with democratic people's movements in Manipur, and elsewhere in the country -- being waged today by dalits, women, minorities, workers, people with disabilities, sexuality rights activists, and other marginalised sections. We -- ordinary people, students, teachers, feminists, activists -- care for democracy and human rights, peace and good governance, accountability and justice. We feel that we are all responsible for helping to bring this about. We need to listen, learn, and together search for ways to move ahead, to actually resolve many very difficult situations.

We propose 9 August 2016, as a day of reflection: upon our own ethics and politics, upon freedom, justice, peace -- and hope. We will sit together that day, in quiet companionship. We will sit at Jantar Mantar -- from 2.30 to 6.30 p.m. Do join! We may sing some songs, read poetry, draw, sit in a circle, talk…; some may want to fast for the day, they could break their fast at 6. We would like to light candles as it gets dark. We are not planning this as a protest. Rather, a moment of quiet solidarity.

- Shanti, Deepti Priya, Runu Chakraborty, Nandini Rao, Shraddha Chikerur, Uma Chakravarthy, Ravi Nitesh, Devika Mittal, Sampurna Trust, Save Sharmila Solidarity Campaign, Ninglun Hanghal, Felix Padel, Malvika Gupta, Dhruva Narayan, Sunita Kumari ….

Please feel free to forward this to others who may be interesting in joining on the 9th. And, do bring along poetry, umbrella, mats, water, candle, posters, or anything else you'd like to share. This is a spontaneous action with no central organizing committee; your participation helps lend it meaning!


Health Minister Launches MAA Programme To Promote Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is natural and cost effective intervention and should be promoted at all levels: J P Nadda

New Delhi, 5th August 2016 - "Breastfeeding is the most natural and cost effective intervention and should be promoted at all levels. This is an enormous resource that every child has access to. It is our job and our privilege to promote the world's most effective investment for human development." This was stated by Shri J P Nadda, Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare at a launch of MAA (Mothers Absolute Affection), a flagship programme for promotion of breastfeeding, here today. Shri Faggan Singh Kulaste, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, Smt. Anupriya Patel, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, Shri C K Mishra, Secretary (Health) and Smt. Leena Nair, Secretary (WCD), Mr. Louis George Arsenault, UNICEF Representative to India and Ms. Madhuri Dixit, UNICEF Celebrity Advocate were also present at the occasion, along with other senior officials.

Shri J P Nadda highlighted the life cycle approach of the Ministry and said that a Continuum of care approach has been adopted by the Ministry with the articulation of 'Strategic approach to Reproductive Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent health (RMNCH+A), bringing focus on all the life stages. The Health Minister further added that we must appreciate that breastfeeding is a child's first inoculation against death, disease and poverty and according to the latest scientific evidence, breastfeeding is our most enduring investment in physical, cognitive and social capacity development.

Addressing the gathering, Shri Faggan Singh Kulaste, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare said that awareness is the key among people and we have to work on dispelling myths and misconceptions. Shri Faggan Singh Kulaste further added that breastfeeding creates a special bond between mother and baby and the interaction between the mother and child during breastfeeding has positive impact for life, in terms of stimulation, behaviour, speech, sense of well-being, security and how the child relates to other people.

Smt Anupriya Patel, Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, stated that Breastfeeding is central to improving child survival. Poor breastfeeding practices contribute to about 13% of child deaths. Smt. Anupriya Patel further added that the Ministry is launching MAA-Mother's Absolute Affection'' to create an enabling environment to ensure that mothers, husbands and families receive adequate information and support to promote breastfeeding practices.

Ms. Madhuri Dixit, laid emphasis on Mothers milk in ensuring the survival of the child. The actor and mother of two healthy children, said, "Early initiation of breastfeeding within one hour of birth and thereafter exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months are essential for the wellness of the child." She further added that awareness should be generated to promote breastfeeding. The simple act of breastfeeding can ensure our children have the right nutrients to start their life"

Highlighting the importance of this initiative, Shri C K Mishra, Secretary (Health) said that there is hardly any difference in rates of breastfeeding among rural and urban population as against the perception that rural area might have higher rates of breastfeeding due to traditional practices. This implies that need for support regarding breastfeeding is universal. The Secretary (Health) further mentioned that the MAA - the nation-wide breastfeeding promotion program, is about intensified efforts to promote, protect and support optimal breastfeeding. It builds upon the existing initiatives and addresses the needs of all children including those living in difficult circumstances.

"MAA-Mother's Absolute Affection'' is a nationwide programme launched in an attempt to bring undiluted focus on promotion of breastfeeding and provision of counselling services for supporting breastfeeding through health systems. The programme has been named 'MAA' to signify the support a lactating mother requires from family members and at health facilities to breastfeed successfully. The chief components of the MAA Programme are Community awareness generation, Strengthening inter personal communication through ASHA, Skilled support for breastfeeding at Delivery points in Public health facilities, and Monitoring and Award/recognition.




[An]ekta Manch, a coalition of civil society activists and organisations across the country is calling for a review of the Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill, 2016 mooted by the Ministry of Women and Child Development in more meaningful consultation with those directly affected by the draft Bill.

The current draft is problematic because:

  • It was drafted without consulting civil society organisations working in the field of labour, migration, sex work and child rights.
  • It is unclear how the Bill, which does not even define 'trafficking', will work cohesively with existing laws such as the Immoral Trafficking Prevention Act (ITPA) and Section 370 IPC that currently address human trafficking.
  • The Bill has been drafted solely from the lens of sex work, ignoring the fact that thousands are trafficked each year in India for marriage, bonded labour or forced labour, in mines, beedi factories and for domestic work, as well as for the illicit organ trade.
  • The Bill continues to conflate adult and child trafficking despite long standing recommendations calling for separation of the two in order to more effectively tackle trafficking.
  • The provision empowering any public servant or social worker or public spirited citizen to 'rescue' trafficked persons is an invitation to busy bodies, interlopers, moral policing by all and sundry to 'rescue' persons and produce before the District Anti-Trafficking Committee whose role is problematic.
  • There are some questions that may be asked before jumping at a new law Is ITPA inadequate in terms of ensuring rehabilitation of victims? Is the new JJ Act inadequate on issues of rehabilitation, repatriation and restoration of child victims? What is lacking as far as rehabilitation measures are concerned? Do we not have enough of SOPs, Protocols and Advisories to deal with these situations?
Speakers from this broad coalition of organizations and individuals working on the rights of workers, children, women, trafficked persons, sex workers include:
  • Moderator Vrinda Grover, Advocate
  • Nalini Nayak, Self Employed Women's Association (SEWA)
  • Anisha Ghose, HAQ Centre for Child Rights
  • Pooja Rajiv, Jharkhand Anti Trafficking Network (JATN)
  • Kiran Deshmukh, Veshya Anyaya Mukti Parishad (VAMP)

WHEN: Monday 8 August 2016, 4-6 p.m.

WHERE: Indian Women's Press Corps, Windsor Place, New Delhi 110001


  • Ms. Rupsa Mallik, +91 997129701 rmallik@creaworld.org
  • Ms. Aarthi Pai, + 91 7350707200 aarthi.pai@gmail.com
  • Ms. Amelia Andrews, +91 9313869174 aandrews@creaworld.org


19th International Conference on " Sustainable Growth, Innovation & Revolution In The New Millennium"

Warm Greetings from RDA !!!

We are pleased to inform you that Research Development Association In collaboration with the Rajasthan Chamber of Commerce & Industry, is organizing the 19th International Conference on " Sustainable Growth, Innovation & Revolution In The New Millennium" at KOCHI (KERALA- INDIA) during 7-8 November, 2016.

Papers are invited on the broader themes and sub themes with the Multidisciplinary approach. There will be the following 4 Main tracks:-

  • Track 1 - Sustainability, Innovation & Revolution In Accounting & Finance.
  • Track2- Sustainability, Innovation & Revolution In Global and Indian Economy.
  • Track3- Sustainability,Innovation & Revolution In Entrepreneurship & Business Management.
  • Track 4 - Sustainability, Innovation & Revolution In Tourism, IT & ICT
  • Track 5 - Higher Education, Research & Statistics In Research
The participants are requested to forward the abstract and full papers (mentioning the relevant Track) via soft copy at the following Email Id's given below :-
drjain.rda@gmail.com & drjain2001@rediffmail.com

We look forward to receive enthusiastic and favorable response from your part. Kindly gratify us through your participation and stimulus by contributing research yourself through this academic congregation and make this international conference a grand success.

Please share this information with your colleagues & peers.

We sincerely hope that you will attend the conference during 7th & 8th November, 2016 along with your colleagues at KOCHI, KERALA (India)

For further enquiry please feel free to Contact:

Dr.Praveen Jain
Conference Secretary
Research Development Association & Research Development Research Foundation, JAIPUR
Email: drjain.rda@gmail.com & drjain2001@rediffmail.com
Mob:- +91-9799201212


PII-ICRC Annual Press Awards

Call for entries: Best Article and Best Photograph on a Humanitarian Subject

Greetings from the New Delhi office of International Committee of the Red Cross!

This is to inform you about the 10th edition of The Press Institute of India (PII) - International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Annual Awards for Best Article and Photograph on a Humanitarian Subject.

The theme this year is - Reporting on the Fate of Victims of Natural/Man-Made Disasters

The deadline for entries for both articles and photographs is 15th September 2016

Read more:http://blogs.icrc.org/new-delhi/2015/07/06/icrc-pii-annual-awards-for-journalists-reporting-on-humanitarian-issues/

We look forward to see your participation and request you to share the announcement with your colleagues and friends in media.



35 years programme 'Autonomous Politics: Kal, Aaj aur Kal'

Dear friends,

This August, Saheli completes 35 years as a non-funded autonomous feminist collective based in Delhi. From the outset we have been an integral part of the autonomous women's movement which emerged in the late 70s/early 1980s out of a need to speak for ourselves, to evolve newer ways of understanding and organising on women's issues, and create a collective identity ­autonomous from political parties, state structures and institutional funding. Creating and sustaining non-hierarchical structures of functioning has been anything but easy. Yet this has been both, an exciting and a challenging journey.

Within the women's movement, there has been many a vibrant (and often contentious) debate on the definition(s) and relevance of such autonomy. Today, given the political times we are all living in, we believe that the idea of 'autonomous politics' is particularly charged - with challenges and possibilities.

At Saheli, our struggle for women's liberation has always had strong interlinkages with the struggles against religious fundamentalisms, casteism, homophobia, war, development induced displacement, and the repression of other marginalised groups.

Hence in 'celebration' of our 35 years, we are planning 2 days of reflection, discussion, thinking and planning to reignite the potential of autonomous politics with our comrades across movements, be they in the environment, livelihood, queer, civil rights, anti-caste and any other kind of movement space.

Do drop us a line confirming your presence at saheliwomen@gmail.com to help us plan logistics. As always, if you're coming from out of town and need a place to stay, our homes are ready to welcome you.

In solidarity,


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