Friday, December 31, 2010

Life Rights Justice: Govt. of India Removes PAP for Certain of its States

An email to Dr.S.S.D.Pandey Jan 01,2011

Life Rights Justice: Govt. of India Removes PAP for Certain of its States


This mail has come to you because you were a signatory to the Online Petition for Removal of PAP from Manipur launched by Manipuri Association of Canada (MAC) on December 05, 2010. Your voice has been heard and the Government of India has removed PAP from Manipur and its neighbouring states of Mizoram and Nagaland effective Jan 01, 2011 (pl see the PIB news attached). This good news is your New Year Gift to the people of these three states and their foreign visitors. CONGRATULATIONS!

By the time this mail was going out 1061 people from all over the world had signed the petition. Many more people from Manipur also signed the hard copies of the petition launched in Manipur by the Local Support Group on Removal of PAP, Manipur. This group spearheaded the movement from Manipur to New Delhi mobilizing supports from all sections of people and submitting the petition to several ministries in Delhi.

MAC gratefully acknowledges all your supports that really mattered to this win which dawns a new era of development in the state after decades of languishing in isolation. You have shown your love for Manipur by joining this movement. Please always remember that Manipur needs you.

With great regards
Rajkumar Singh
President, MAC
On behalf of
The Board of Directors and the Executive Committee,
Manipuri Association of Canada, Whitby, ON
Attachment to email reads:
Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Ministry of Home Affairs
31-December-2010 17:20 IST
Manipur, Mizoram and Nagaland Excluded from Protected Area for Foreigners
Government has now decided to exclude the entire area of the States of Manipur, Mizoram and Nagaland from the Protected Area regime notified under the Foreigners (Protected Areas)Order 1958, initially for a period of one year. However, all foreigners visiting these States will have to register themselves with the Foreigners Registration Officer (FRO) of the District they visit within 24 hours of their arrival. Citizens of some specified countries would, however, continue to require prior approval of the Ministry of Home Affairs before their visit
to these three States.
Indian Missions/Posts have also been authorized to issue ‘Missionary Visa’ to foreign Missionaries visiting these three States as per the extant guidelines of the Government.These changes will ease the difficulties being faced by foreigners to visit these three States.
These instructions would come into force with effect from 1st of January, 2011.

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Monday, December 06, 2010

CEO's Statement to UN Global Compact 2010

From the desk of
Global Synergetic Foundation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Nov,29th,2010

 Dear Sir/Madam,
On June 5th, year 2002, Global Synergetic Foundation joined the UN’s Global Compact, and in doing so expressed its steadfast commitment to the Ten Principles that the Compact puts forth. Compliance with these principles is without doubt one of the cornerstones for the democratic and cohesive existence of both companies and society as a whole.
Much of activities are on the same path. We are committed to doing everything we can, in the interests of shareholders, clients, employees and the communities in which we do business. Through Topfield Ventures, the corporate holding arm of the  Global Synergetic, has as its primary objective  to serve as our clients' most trusted external adviser and service providers on the greatest challenges facing senior management and Governing bodies. We work with a range of organizations – Indian non-profits, companies,  and emerging  multinational  entities. We serve  them on a variety  of strategic, operational, and organizational issues and help them become world-class companies.We continue to pursue our dynamic management of environmental issues, including the implementation of our climate change strategy. In addition to working towards achieving our 40% CO2 emissions reductions goal by 2012, we have heightened our focus on the client-related aspects of climate change. We remain strongly committed to investing in our people and we continue programs and processes across the firm in order to promote a diverse workforce. We continue to work at the implementation of important projects linked to our Statement on Human Rights, in particular pertaining to the issue of responsible supply chain management and to the development of sensitive industry guidelines. We remain firmly committed to our effective risk-based approach to anti-money laundering – a key responsibility for any global firm – and to promoting the development and implementation of anti-money laundering and anti-corruption standards for the financial industry as a whole. Our continued dedication to key corporate responsibility activities demonstrates that we have not lost sight of areas of relevance beyond the fundamental consulting and service sphere. Equally, we have not lost sight of the long-term, even while, at present, our main efforts are focused on the short-term, i.e. the resolution of the crisis and the restoration of solid foundations for a successful future.
Focused fully on consultancy, training, and research activities, supporting processes of institutional development or change, tailored to the specific sector, or the respective organization. Conventional ideas about organizational engineering are being supplemented by broader notions on promoting learning, empowerment, and social capital. The approach towards institutional development puts emphasis on effective and sustainable self management, individual creativity, principles of gender equity, local knowledge and participation of stakeholders which gives us sufficient grounding to work with the UNGC Ten Principles. We embrace, support and enact the 10 principles within our “spheres of influence”.
Circle I-work place within our controlling organization  where we have  the greatest control in affecting ESG (environmental, social and governance) performance.
Circle II-our interactive space with member professionals and clients
Circle III-our company’s community interaction, social investment and philanthropy activities as performed through our non-profit units,Shri Jagdish Foundation and Global Synergetic Institute. The former focuses on World Peace Issues while the latter on Issues of Social Justice, welfare and Development
Circle IV-The fact is that the Circles I,III & IV overlap cohesively in Global Synergetic Organization controlled by the Foundation and focus ,as our Corporate Social Responsibility,(CSR),on public policy dialogue and advocacy
Year 2009-2010 has been a year of major transformation. We are able now to disseminate the Ten Principles but to get it implemented in a networked manner.
We became UN Caring for Climate Signatories in the year 2008.   Our goal with the Climate Manifesto is to give a voice to the strong public opinion that exists with respect to the climate issue, but also to spark a debate. Foundation has been highly adaptive and has been undergoing drastic transformation during the intervening period according to the changing socioeconomic and political world order. We are to give now equal thrust to promotion of World View and Eternal Wisdom for world peace and harmony and Climate and Environment.
 It is therefore, with particular pride that I present our Fifth “Communication on Progress”, which describes how our signature of the Global Compact has paved the way to tangible, long-term actions both within our Organization and on behalf of our members.
Our site, provides the  detailed version,  on our website
An abridged pdf version will also be made available shortly to public at large.
Regards and with best wishes
New Delhi

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Happy Independence Day

Where the mind is without fear
and the head is held high;
Where knowledge is free;
Where the world has not been
broken up into fragments narrow domestic walls; ...
Where the clear stream of reason
has not lost its way into the
dreary desert sand of dead habit; ...
Into that heaven of freedom,
my Father,
let my country awake.
Guru Deva Rabindra Nath Tagore, Gitanjali

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Join Hands with Open Minds & Open Hearts

The issue is in fact not anew one. Not less than 5000 to 6000 years back, the Vedic period too had the caution and prayer for saving the planet. The Seers of Rig Veda speak on behalf of earth and pray for the divine intervention to bless and protect the environment.
"Do not harm the environment;
do not harm the water and the flora;
earth is my mother, I am her son; …
Tranquility be to the atmosphere,
to the earth, to the waters,
to the crops and vegetation."
"Whatever I dig from thee, O Earth,
may that have quick recovery again.
O purifier, may we not injure thy vitals or thy heart".

The Seers of Rig Veda speak on behalf of earth for its Principle of Replenishment,
"You give me and I give you".But we forgot it in our over enthusiasm and have evidently lost much.There is not an easy solution now to workwell for everyone, but there are solutions that do work. Open minds about the power of common efforts can give us another opportunity.
Though we can not sideline the politics and economics involved in international treaties,
but there is something related directly to the existence of life on this planet, beyond politico-economic deals.
Let us join hands with open hearts and minds work for its solutions at the earliest.