Colourful Dances of School Children in the Republic Day Parade-2015

Colourful Dances of School Children and Dance on Swachh Bharat Concept to add Charm in the Republic Day Parade-2015 

Three schools from Directorate of Education, Delhi Government, one school from Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan and a school each from West Zone and South Central Cultural Zone will perform colourful dances on Rajpath during the Republic Day Parade – 2015 in New Delhi. Nearly 1200 boys and girls from these schools are taking part in this extraordinary cultural event, who have been shortlisted after going through a rigorous process of selection. 

136 students from Govt. Girls Senior Secondary School, Nathu Pura, Delhi will perform ‘Swachh Banaye Bharat Dance’ in which students are appealing to make every path, every town and every home neat and clean so that it appears to be a visible heaven on earth. 

Children belonging to a school from Udaipur coming under West Zone Cultural Centre, will perform Gujarat’s ‘Daang Adivasi Holi Nritya’. This dance is performed by young male and female accompanied by their instrument sarnai, kahlya and Dholki. 

180 girls from Govt. Girls Senior Secondary School, Janakpuri will perform ‘Gondhal Dance’ which is an educative, entertaining and important tradition of Maharashtra. 

170 girls and boys from Red Roses Public School, Saket will present a dance in multicolour attires celebrating India’s first successful launching of spaceship ‘Mangalyaan’ into the orbit of planet Mars. 

83 girls and 77 boys from South Central Cultural Zone, Nagpur will perform a folkdance in the ‘Lezim’ format. ‘Lezim’ is purely a Maharashtrian game. 

155 students from Kendriya Vidyalaya, RK Puram will perform a dance based on ‘Tejasvi Yuva Shakti’ which reflects full strength, energy and potential of youth. 


MoS (Home) Shri Kiren Rijiju to attend the 2nd NIA Day function tomorrow 

Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Kiren Rijiju will preside over a function to mark the second NIA Day celebration here tomorrow. On the occasion, Shri Shekhar Gupta, eminent editor, columnist and author will deliver the second R.V. Raju Memorial Lecture on the topic “Pakistan and Neighborhood: A Hawkish agenda”. 

The first NIA Day was celebrated on completion of five years of the agency`s existence, on January 20, 2014. The National Investigation Agency (NIA) was set up by the National Investigation Agency Act, 2008, which was enacted as India’s law enforcement response to terrorism in the wake of the 26/11 Mumbai attacks. Late Shri R. V. Raju took over as the first Director General of the NIA on January 19, 2009. 

The NIA is empowered under the NIA Act, 2008, to investigate a variety of offences. NIA is assigned cases for investigation by the Ministry of Home Affairs, either on the basis of a report from the State Government, or suo motu, which are grave enough to be investigated by the Agency. Besides Headquarters, NIA today has six branches, in Hyderabad, Guwahati, Kochi, Mumbai, Lucknow and Kolkata. 

So far 92 cases have been assigned to the NIA for investigations. These are among the most complex, high profile cases. Of the cases investigated till date, many cases have entered the trial phase, of which in twelve, trial has been completely or partially finalised and judgements delivered. NIA has secured conviction in ten cases. 


Central Zonal Council to hold its 20th meeting at Lucknow tomorrow 

The 20th meeting of the Central Zonal Council comprising of the States of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Uttarakhand will be held at Lucknow tomorrow. The last meeting of the Zonal Council was held in New Delhi in the year 2010. 

As a precursor to tomorrow’s meeting, the Standing Committee of the Central Zonal Council was held in New Delhi on October 31, 2014 to finalize the agenda items proposed to be placed before the Council and see if they merit bringing up before the council or can simply be dealt with at their level. 

The issues flagged by the Standing Committee, consisting of the Chief Secretaries of the States, relates to increasing density and upgradation of existing roads, child welfare programmes, control of Left Wing Extremism, improvement of the Airport Infrastructure in the States, release of CAMPA funds and modernization of police forces. There are likely to be many more substantial issues of Centre-State and Inter-State relations that the Chief Ministers would like to raise in the meeting. 

There are five Zonal Councils, namely Eastern, Western, Northern, Southern and Central Zonal Council which are advisory bodies and discuss any matter in which some or all of the States represented in a Council have a common interest. These Councils advise the Central and State Governments on any matter of common interest in the field of economic and social planning, linguistic minorities, inter-state transport, matters connected with or arising out of the reorganization of states and matters concerning border disputes. 

The Union Minister for Finance, Corporate Affairs and Information & Broadcasting, Shri Arun Jaitley delivering the 1st Justice J.S. Verma Memorial lecture on the ‘Freedom & Responsibility of Media’, in New Delhi on January 18, 2015.
Media Contours changed in the last two decades – Shri Arun Jaitley Shri Jaitley delivers the 1st Justice J. S. Verma Memorial lecture on the ‘Freedom & Responsibility of Media’ 

The Minister for Finance, Corporate Affairs and Information & Broadcasting, Shri Arun Jaitley has said that in the last two decades, the conventional contours of the issues pertaining to Freedom and Responsibility of Media had changed due to changes in the nature and content of media and the definition of news. News in the electronic media today was being defined by what the camera could capture. In the current paradigm, technology had become a driving force for these changes. The impact of technology was profound as information dissemination was taking place 24x7 across different technological tools and media platforms including the digital space. Shri Jaitley stated this while delivering the delivering the first Justice J. S. Verma Memorial lecture on the ‘Freedom & Responsibility of Media’ organized by the News Broadcasters Association here today. 

Elaborating further, Shri Jaitley said technological developments had defied the contours of censorship and the challenges for the media lay within, in the context of ownership patterns, financial sustainability and financial models which led to aberrations such as paid news. The Minister further stated that the challenges before media was to ensure Quality, Credibility along with the responsibility to play the role of an Educator in handling sensitive issues. The challenge also lay in maintaining high ethical standards on the issue of conflict of interest where media needed to be very careful. Regarding Digital Media, the Minister said the financial models would evolve as the medium matured. The digital platform also needed to evolve its own standards of responsibility as it had emerged as an alternative platform for information dissemination. 

The Minister further mentioned that Media responsibility was critical in addressing matters related to security, social tension, privacy of the individual and the issues that involved a subjudice connotation. Media needed to avoid the conduct of parallel trials in reporting matters that were subjudice. Shri Jaitley also mentioned that constructive deliberations on all issues relating to media freedom and responsibility needed to be initiated amongst all stakeholders. 

During the course of his address, Shri Jaitley recalled the outstanding contribution of Justice J. S. Verma in the domains of Human Rights, gender equality, probity and media freedom as the conscience keeper of the society. 

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