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US Embassy & Consulates In India - Thanksgiving Closure Nov. 25 & 26, 2010

Calcutta, Nov 12, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) The U.S. Embassy in New Delhi as well as the U.S. Consulates General in Mumbai, Kolkata, and Hyderabad will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, November 25, as well as Friday, November 26.

The U.S. Consulate General in Chennai will be open for appointments only on Friday, November 26.

In case of emergency, please call (+91-11) 2419-8000 in New Delhi, (+91-22) 2363-3611 in Mumbai, (+91) 99030-42956 in Kolkata, or (+91-40) 4033-8300 in Hyderabad. Chennai’s after-hours emergency Officer can be reached at (+91-44) 2857-4000.


India holds the key to Developing Countries in Fuelling Growth of Medium and Small Enterprises

By Gurdip Singh
Head of Business & Economy, UNI, Delhi

New Delhi, Nov 2, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio / PIB India) A recent phenomena witnessed on the Indian economic scene is the liberal approach adopted by both State-owned and private Banks in lending to the Medium and Small Enterprises. Apart from financing, the banking sector is also offering consultancy services to them. Such an aggressive approach in lending operations has not been witnessed in the past.


40% of salary of India Central government employees based on performance - Secretary, Performance Management Division

New Delhi, Oct 23, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio / pressreleasepoint) Central Government has introduced accountability across the board with setting up performance targets and top level officers agreeing that upto  40 per cent of their salaries will be placed with in two months, dependent upon level of performance for which self-evaluation process has been evolved, Dr. Prajapati Trivedi, Secretary, Performance Management Division, Cabinet Secretariat revealed here today.

Stating that the system change in the  central government would enable measurable response to public grievance by government officials, Dr. Trivedi declared.

Inaugurating ASSOCHAM organized 2nd CFOs Roundtable Conference 2010 here today, Dr Trivedi also indicated that all 62 government ministries and departments on board have signed the tool called Results Framework Document (RFD) which will set targets for each ministry and will finally be the basis for yearly evaluation.  “Results will be our bottom-line just like profits are the bottom-line of the private sector” he pointed out.



India launches Sevottam Compliant Citizen’s Charter and Grievance Redress Mechanism

By Ravinder Singh
Director ( M & C), Press Information Bureau, New Delhi

New Delhi, Oct 21, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio / PIB India)  The Department of Administrative Reforms & Public Grievances (DARPG), Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions has taken steps to put in place Sevottam Compliant Citizen’s Charter and Grievance Redress Mechanism. The Sevottam framework was designed by DARPG in 2006 as an assessment  improvement framework for public service delivery.

The Second Administrative Reforms Commission (ARC) in its 12th Report “Citizen Centric Administration – The Heart of Governance” has recommended that Union and State Governments should make the Seven Step Model outlined in para 4.9 mandatory for all organizations having public interface which was accepted by the Government of India. The ARC had made the recommendations after studying the Sevottam model which the Commission felt was a step in the right direction.


Project Arrow of Indian Postal Service to make mail delivery sharp, straight and sure

By K. Parameswaran
Assistant Director, Press Information Bureau, Madurai, India

New Delhi, Oct 18, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio / PIB India) An arrow, well aimed, will reach its intended destination straight, safe and sure! Similarly, the “Project Arrow”, being conceptualized and implemented by the Department of Posts, under the Ministry of Telecommunications, aims to make postal services sharp, straight and sure. The project will see to it that the customers will directly feel the difference in the quality of postal services.


Notice to US Citizens: Do not forget to vote - it is not too late to submit your ballot

The 2010 general elections are scheduled for Tuesday, November 2.  Overseas voters can still submit ballots through email or with an emergency Federal Write-in Ballot.


Returning from Iran prison, U.S. hiker Sarah Shourd Speaks at Women's eNews Luncheon

New York, NY, October 08, 2010 --(PR.com)-- Women’s eNews has released, with her permission, a video of recently freed U.S. hiker Sarah Shourd talking candidly at a private luncheon held in her honor.

Sarah Shourd returned to the U.S. on Sept. 19 after 14 months in an Iranian prison, accused of spying. She spoke candidly about her experience in Tehran prison and her commitment to women's rights at a Women’s eNews small private luncheon held on Sept. 28 at the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum. The luncheon was previously scheduled to provide an opportunity for Shourd's mother, Nora, to plea her case.




Asia's Local Bond Markets Expand 18.8%, Foreign Investment Soars - ADB Report

MANILA, PHILIPPINES, Oct 3, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio / ADB) Local currency bond markets in emerging East Asia had grown by an annual 18.8% as of the end of June, with $4.8 trillion in paper outstanding, according to the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) latest quarterly Asia Bond Monitor.

This large expansion was driven by a 24.4% year-on-year growth in the corporate bond market, which has become an increasingly important source of funding for private sector investment.


Human Rights Watch Laos petitions H.E. Mr Joseph Deiss and United Nations

Canberra, October 03, 2010 /Washington Bangla Radio - EIN Presswire/ -- Human Rights Watch Laos requests the attention of H.E. Mr Joseph Deiss, President of General Assembly of 65th session and H.E. Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary-General of the United Nation to persuade:

1. The Lao PDR to implement a free and fair and multiparty election scheduled to be held in 2012 by requesting a "fully democratic electoral system" under international monitoring with a focus on national reconciliation.



US urged to Suspend Training-Funding of Indonesian Police Unit Detachment 88 for Human rights violations and torture

Brooklyn, NY, September 28, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio / I-Newswire)- The East Timor and Indonesia Action Network (ETAN) and West Papua Advocacy Team (WPAT) today urged that the U.S. government to suspend all funding and training of Indonesia's Detachment 88 police unit pending review of charges leveled against the unit for systemic human rights violations, including use of torture.

"U.S. funding and training should not go to a security force that has repeatedly and credibly been charged with human rights violations including torture of those engaged in peaceful dissent," said WPAT's Ed McWilliams.



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