SpaceX’s Dragon supply ship, loaded with nearly 5,500lb (2,500kg) of cargo and experiments, aborted an approach to the International Space Station on Wednesday after encountering a problem in its GPS navigation system, Spaceflight Now reported. The solar-powered spacecraft was about 365 meters, from the space station when it automatically bailed out of the rendezvous. Another approach was set up for Thursday. NASA said SpaceX’s mission director at the Dragon control center in Hawthorne, California, reported the aborted rendezvous at 3:25am EST (08:25 GMT) when the spacecraft ran into trouble processing GPS navigation data.
: Pakistan Army on Wednesday launched a nationwide operation dubbed Radd-ul-Fasaad.
According to the Director-General of the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) wing of the Pakistan Army, the operation aims include elimination of residual and latent threat of terrorism, consolidating gains of operations made so far and ensuring security of Pakistan’s borders.
The Pakistan Air Force, Pakistan Navy, Civil Armed Forces as well as other security and law enforcement agencies will continue to actively participate and support the efforts of the Pakistan Army to eliminate the menace of terrorism from the country.
Operation Radd-ul-Fasaad will entail conduct of broad spectrum security and counter-terrorism operations by Rangers in Punjab, continuation of ongoing operations across the country and focus on more effective border security management.
The operation will also include a countrywide deweponization and explosive control as additional cardinals of the effort.
The hallmark of this operation will be pursuance of the National Action Plan.Geo news
|Colloquium: Travel Literature in French and Francophone Literature
Banaras Hindu University
23-25 February 2017
20th February 2017
The Embassy of France in India gives prime importance to strengthening cultural relations between India and France through the promotion of French culture and French language in India.
As part of this initiative, the Embassy of France and Institut français India will support the international French-language symposium on the theme of “Travel in French and Francophone Literature“ (Le récit de voyage dans la littérature française et francophone). The colloquium is organised by the French Department at Banaras Hindu University.
Colloquium : Travel Literature in French and Francophone Literature
Banaras Hindu University
23-25 February 2017
Travel narrative is one of the oldest literary genres. Numerous authors – including Jean de Léry, Nerval, Gautier, P. Loti, Segalen, Morand, A. Gide, Kessel, Cendrars, Lévi Strauss, Michaux, Leiris, Butor, Le Clézio, Lacarrière, Réda, Bouvier and others – have tried this nomadic literary genre in which they share their experiences during a journey. The link between travel and literature is as old as history and literature, but the two are far from being of the same nature. Although this relationship between travel and literature exists since the origins of literature, it gained even more significance during the 20th Century. What could this passion be attributed to? What does one look for in these initiatory peregrinations and in these ritualised shifts? What does one discover in oneself and what representations of ‘the other’ emerge out of it? With the rise of globalisation and pluralism what clarity do travel stories bring out regarding the questions of alterity and cultural identity? What kind of relationships emerge when differences come together? And especially, what are the forms of conciliation and adaptation that emerge? Such are the problematics addressed by the symposium.
Alongside of a rich panorama of authors and university scholars from India and Francophone countries, The Embassy of France has invited Mr. Nicolas Deleau, writer, painter, traveller, author of Les rois d’ailleurs and recipient of a prize in the category of travel literature at the festival of Amazing Travellers (Etonnants Voyageurs) at Saint Malo, France. Deleau shall be presenting a paper on “Narrating the world: a few issues in writing”.
Pope Francis called on Wednesday for urgent humanitarian aid for the starving people of South Sudan, saying millions risked being “condemned to death” by a famine in parts of the war-ravaged country. “Now more than ever there should be a commitment by everyone to not just talk but contribute food aid and allow it to reach suffering populations,” he told tens of thousands of people in St. Peter’s Square for his weekly audience. Since 2013 South Sudan has been mired in civil war, which the pope called “fratricidal”. President Salva Kiir, whose government declared a famine on Monday, has promised aid agencies safe access to hunger-stricken civilians.
Pro health Asia launched its world class,specialized in high end Pro Health Asia Physiotherapy and rehab center in Defence colony, New Delhi is modeled on Pro health Asia’s successful clinics in Hong Kong for over two decades.
ProHealth Asia world-class physiotherapy and rehab center launched in Delhi
Delhi, February 22 2017: ProHealth Asia launched its world-class, specialized high-end ProHealth Asia Physiotherapy and Rehab center in New Delhi today. Spread over 4200sq. ft. in the plush Defence Colony area of the capital, the new facility is modeled on ProHealth Asia’s successful clinics in Hong Kong for over two decades. ProHealth Asia provides high-end, modern and well-appointed clinics for patients to relax in a private environment to evaluate and assess symptoms prior to treatment.
ProHealth Asia Physiotherapy and Rehab Centre in New Delhi, specializes in a wide range of problems from chronic neck and back pain to acute sports injuries and a wide range of condition from post-surgery rehabilitation, postural workstation ergonomics and women’s healthcare for both pre-natal and post-natalprograms. The hands-on treatments are unique and patients can expect thorough assessments, expert analysis and evaluation, matched with a specially designed treatment plan and expert care.Private consultations begin with an initial assessment, expert evaluation and initial treatment followed by a customized therapy plan to set goals and get you back on living life to the fullest. The therapy plans often include manual therapy techniques, acupuncture/ dry needling, self-directed exercise programs and strategies that look into your lifestyle.
“People think about physiotherapy only when they are in pain and even then, it’s often done as random or ad-hoc sessions. At ProHealth Asia Physiotherapy & Rehab Centre, our approach is different, but simple. We use the traditional concepts of physiotherapy, mainly in the form of manual manipulation, complemented by unique techniques that help “speed” up your body’s healing process. And match this with a rather specially designed recovery plan that’s right for you. We don’t just treat you to relief pain temporarily, our service promise is to lead you onto the road to full recovery and to care for you at every step of the way”, said Abhinav Gorawara, Managing Partner, ProHealth Asia.
World-renowned physiotherapist, Ms. Philippa Stewart, Director and Physiotherapist currently managing SPI ProHealth Asia Ltd based in Hong Kongand equipped with over two decadesof expertise in this field, is spearheading the team in India and the ProHealth Physiotherapy Academy that is also specially set up in India. The goal of the academy is to train and build the existing knowledge of Physiotherapists and to enable them to effectively treat any musculosketal condition with best practice solution from around the world. The curriculum of the academy is centered around 5 core Areas-Sports Medicine, Pilates Rehab; Dry Needling & soft tissue technique, Spinal mobilization & management, Patient management & customer service.
Renowned physiotherapists from the industry form the panel of experts at ProHeath Asia Physiotherapy & Rehab center in New Delhi. Mr. Shrikant Iyengar a well-known name in the field and former chief physiotherapist of the Indian Hockey Team since a decade along with Mr. Saurabh Mathur, renowned physiotherapist from Gangaram Hospital, Delhi along with a well-qualifiedteam of eight additional physiotherapists promise to provide patients the absolute best in assessment, diagnosis and treatment. A major part of the treatment focus is to provide real, easy to understand explanations of each patient’s problems and a treatment plan that leads to full recovery.
Using a unique blend of knowledge and handling skills to speed up the body’s natural healing processes and prevent further injuries, ProHealth Asia help promote good health by assisting patients in a more elaborate treatment plan that prevents further pain and injury.
Speaking on the efficacy and need of such a Physiotherapy & Rehab Centre in India, Mr. Jyoti Randhawa, eminent Golfer and Partner, ProHealth Asia said, “People who are avid sportsmen, require high-level performance and an added demand is placed upon their body, which stresses their muscles, joints and bones. Sports physiotherapists help athletes recover from sporting injuries, and provide education and resources to prevent problems. I am delighted to now have partnered with the ‘Pro’s’ at sports physiotherapy, Pro Health Asia, here in India. Philippa and team have helped me on several occasions to be on top of my performance in my career and continue to help me. I am delighted that many more Indian sportsmen can now benefit from their experience, knowledge, skilled assessment and diagnosis of sports injuries, and use effective ‘hands-on’ management techniques and exercise protocols to assist recovery and prevent injury.”
About ProHealth Asia
ProHealth Asia operates high-end healthcare services within a network of specialist centers. Specializing in personalized treatments for adults and children of all ages, the clinics offer physiotherapy, pediatric physiotherapy, speech and language therapy, family counseling and grief counseling. Alongside ProHealth’s long-standing physical operations, we invest and acquire well-established medical practices in the Asia Pacific region. At ProHealth Asia, they develop healthcare products that match their patients’ needs in order to deliver on-time healthcare services with optimal results. Their healthcare clinics have over two decades of operational and specialty experience.
A major part of the value-add for ProHealth’s Physiotherapy Clinics in India will be a comprehensive training programme for the physiotherapists. It will enable the staff to deliver a world-class service, modelled on ProHealth’s successful clinics in Hong Kong and the service we provide for elite athletes through SPI ProHealth.
|CPR and CSH are pleased to invite you to a workshop on
Gender and Public Transport in India: How do we move from women’s safety to gender equity?Tuesday, 28 February 2017, 3:45 p.m.
|Conference Hall, Centre for Policy Research|
|Image: ITDP India|
The increased policy attention to gender in public transport in India has focused on women and is largely circumscribed by technological and project level interventions aimed at addressing and preventing gruesome incidents of violence. The accounts of sexual violence in the public sphere and Nirbhaya’s death in December 2012 galvanized action by civil society and different levels of government in creating safer public transportation systems.
However, public transport planning remains gender blind as city mobility plans rarely collect gender disaggregated data, investigate gendered trip chaining patterns, the mobility of care, inequities such as daily harassment, time poverty, forced mobility and forced immobility, lack of access to non-motorized vehicles and employment and growth in public transport organizations.
This is compounded by fragmented information on existing initiatives undertaken by public transportation authorities. For example, bus-based authorities have created toilets for transgender persons at city bus stands (Mysore), installed GPS devices and CCTV cameras, provided segregated seats and women only doors, conducted gender sensitization trainings, created Women Safety Committees (e.g. Bangalore) and reserved jobs for women drivers and conductors (e.g. Karnataka). Some of these were initiated prior to 2012, often on political requests or on receiving complaints. The implementation challenges, impact of these actions or the extent to which gender equity is rooted within the transport organization’s vision and goals has not been explored. Thus a wide area of research themes on gender and mobility in India remain uninvestigated.
This paper situates women’s security within a broader goal of gender equity; and identifies research gaps in moving the policy discourse towards gender equitable public transport systems. The research focuses on city bus services as they form the back bone of urban India’s public transportation system. The research was conducted at the Indian Institute for Human Settlements and was first presented at the conference on “Urban Planning, Governance and Design for Reducing Urban Conflicts and Violence: Critical Learnings and Possibilities”, March 2-4, 2016, Ahmedabad.
Sonal Shah is Senior Manager at the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy, where she coordinates urban planning projects, policy and research. She has 12 years’ experience in over a dozen cities in India, on city-scale to neighbourhood plans, transit oriented development and station accessibility planning to street design, historic precinct conservation, gender, urban redevelopment and housing policy research.
She wears dual hats as a practitioner and educator. In addition to co-teaching undergraduate urban design studios and graduate history and theory of planning courses, she has conducted capacity building sessions and workshops with professionals, government officials and practitioners. She has presented in numerous conferences such as Safe and Inclusive Cities Conference (Ahmedabad), Transed (Delhi), Walk 21 (Munich), Eco-mobility Conference (Changwon), Talking Transit (Bhopal) and ConnectKaro (Bangalore and Mumbai).
Sonal previously worked with reputed organizations such as the Indian Institute of Human Settlements, World Resources Institute and with the late Charles Correa at the Urban Design Research Institute. She completed a B.Arch from KRVIA, Mumbai University and MSc Urban Planning from Columbia University.