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Indian Government Admits, Colas Do Have Pesticides
March 15 from CNN-IBNNew Delhi: The Health Ministry on Wednesday submitted an affidavit in the Supreme Court admitting that there are pesticide residues in cold drinks.The N K Ganguly Committee, set up to study the issue of pesticide content in colas, suggested that a committee be set up to look into the issue of food safety.The Health Ministry also told the apex court that the Committee had suggested that there are certain pesticides, which have to be monitored for a period for three years After the Health Ministry came out with that affidavit, Coca-Cola India has come out with an official statement.In its press release, the company says, "Our products are safe and the analysis of the products for the pesticide residue is available on our website. We have always supported the setting up of standards on pesticide residue in soft drinks and welcome the move in that direction."The Ganguly Committee was set up after Delhi-based NGO Centre for Science and Environment revealed that new tests have detected dangerous level of toxins in colas.A similar CSE report in 2003 had led to a joint Parliamentary probe into the matter. Four years later, the NGO again went public with the findings of its studies, claiming that soft drinks were still not clean.It claimed that compared to 2003, Pepsi contained 30 times higher pesticide residue on an average and Coca-Cola contained 27 times higher residue.The NGO claimed that it found three to five different kinds of pesticide residues in all the 57 samples of 11 soft drink brands that it had collected from 25 different manufacturing plants of Coca-Cola and PepsiCo, spread over 12 states.
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-->AGNI celebrated its 9th anniversary this year by celebrating what it is: A network of citizen groups that comes together to raise a voice that no politics can ignore. The even was held at St. Xavier’s College. “Enforce the Rule of Law!” was the theme. Failure to do this by various authorities causes nearly all of our city’s troubles, from violation of land use regulations and poor civic services, to disappearing open spaces and deteriorating law and order. Politics and their nexus with vested interests are increasingly responsible.The keynote address was delivered by Justice Dhananjay Chandrachud while leaders of our partner organizations made brief addresses. We also considered continuing a “Pledge” program that began in Andheri on Sunday, April 6, 2008. Over 500 citizens at a Rally pledged to vote for persons who stood for the Rule of Law. News Reports of our 9th Anniversary event• 'Law must not remain on paper'Citizens should be involved in governanceEnforce the rule of lawNGOs voice concern over rule of lawEnforce Rule of Law! Fight Mob-ocracy!

Your presence will add meaning and value to a Citizen's Meeting and Peace March on Sunday, April 6, 2008, 4.00 pm onwards . Please join citizen groups listed below at Holy Family School hall, (Nelco bus stop, Mahakali Caves Road , Andheri East). Then walk with them silently to Andheri Police Station to hand over an agreed memorandum.

The city is suffering lawlessness of a scale and frequency never known before. Issues are settled on the streets, mobs close down trade, attack citizens and spread fear. Police are often inactive or slow moving, collusion with wrongdoers is alleged. Politicians and power brokers are frequently involved – and rarely brought to book.

Despite the odds against them, a breed of fearless citizens stands up for the law of the land. Names like Navleen Kumar, S. Ganesan, Sumaira Abdulali, Suryakant Panchal, H.S. D'Lima and Vaishali Patil come to mind.

Most recently, James John, a senior and valued member of AGNI in Andheri East, had three ribs broken by persons forcibly closing shops the day Raj Thackeray was arrested. He was photographing the activity for evidence.

Citizens are stronger than mobs. On Sunday, April 6, join elected representatives, former members of the administration and police, representatives of citizen groups and the public to demand an end to the politically motivated and other lawlessness sweeping Mumbai.

Do be there on Sunday, April 6 and pass this message on to all with whom you are in touch. Mobs should not rule Mumbai. Citizens must.

D. M. Sukthankar
Vice Chairman & Managing Trustee, AGNI
Former Chief Secretary, Maharashtra
Municipal Commissioner, Mumbai



AGNI (Action for Good Governance and Networking in India) is a response to the anger and helplessness felt by ordinary people in Mumbai over their living conditions, which are worse every day. Virtually every problem can be traced to the way the city is run by its politicians and administrators. Therefore, it is the city's governance that must change. AGNI tries to bring people together to bring that about. In four years from April 1999, it has grown from a handful of persons into a network of organizations with memberships that total a few lakh people.WHAT IS AGNI?
AGNI is a voluntary movement. It is non-political and non-sectarian. It networks citizen groups so as to create the democratic "numbers" that no political system can easily ignore. It works with government agencies for transparency and accountability in them. Each organization in the AGNI network maintains its own goals, character, structure and activities. AGNI promotes communication among them and collective assertion by them vis-à-vis political and administrative authorities.
HOW IS IT RUN?• Board of Trustees - AGNI is a charitable trust managed by a Board of seven trustees. Its Chairman is Mr. B. G. Deshmukh, former Cabinet Secretary, Government of India. Its role is to manage the assets and finances of the Trust and frame broad policy.• Steering Committee - It plans and executes operations within policy framed by the Trust. It is led by the Chairman or, in his absence, the Vice-Chairman, Mr. D. M. Sukthankar, former Chief Secretary, Maharashtra. It comprises some Trustees and Ward, Media and Office Coordinators.• AGNI JAAGs - The basic field unit of AGNI in a Ward is a JAAG (Joint Area Action Group), which comprises the Ward Coordinator and Co-coordinator and volunteers representing areas or activities. JAAGs fix local priorities, raise resources, run activities and are the interactive channels between citizens, administrative set-ups and elected representatives. A "Committee of Coordinators" meets monthly.HOW DOES AGNI WORK?
The city is served by 24 municipal Wards. There is an AGNI JAAG in most of them. Centrally and through the JAAGs, citizens are empowered by the right information and helped to organise. The groups then act and dialogue with administrative and elected authorities. The emphasis is on creating and extending self-help networks.COMMUNICATIONS
AGNI's objectives and tasks require it to cast its net wide. The press, FM radio and television are employed to inspire and direct well-disposed citizens who may be potential volunteers in the cause of their neighbourhood and city. AGNI has launched a website (www.agnimumbai.org). This has been designed and is constantly updated with the help of Rediff.com, a major Internet portal with over a million registered subscribers in Mumbai alone. The website offers service and information on electoral rolls and election practice, the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM), police and the citizen's right to information (how to apply and where), among other things.RECOGNITION AND SUPPORT
In recognition of its work to spread awareness of, and otherwise promote, better governance in the city and to improve quality of life here, AGNI was awarded the prestigious Fr. Maschio Memorial Award for the year 2001. Other honors have come from many organisations and the media, for instance the Shramdaan Award of The Indian Architect and Builder. It was given to AGNI for "connecting and synergising forces from all over the city to address issues affecting the urban fabric of Mumbai".
True recognition, of course, lies in the rising expectations among citizens of their elected representatives and the administration as a result of AGNI activities. Citizens are today organizing themselves better and more widely. They are also less likely to suffer in silence when there is abuse of law and regulations by elected representatives and official agencies.Although AGNI came into being as recently as 1999, it is widely known in the city and has done a lot to revive hopes of a better deal for citizens.


1) How do we know that our membership fee is used diligently for the stated purpose?
Ans. Though an income/expense statement will be provided to the members vide a monthly activity newsletter, a final audit report will be presented at the time of the AGM covering all the expenses incurred and income received by the IICCC.
2) What will be the single most important objective of the IICCC?
The most important objective will be networking of the Christian business community, not only amongst themselves but also with the Christian institutional fraternity in particular and the Christian population in general.
3) Will the administration of the IICCC organization wrest on the shoulders of a few directors?
No, IICCC organization will be a Christian people’s organization with Christians from all walks of life and from all denominations partaking in the international, national ,state, city and zonal chapter-level administration and networking of this democratic organization.
4) Is there a chance for caste or inter-denominational infighting to happen within the IICCC?
NO, the IICCC’s mission is to function as a model inter-denominational organization for all other Christian organizations in India to see and emulate. At no stage will members who harbor parochial views on the basis of caste, language, denomination, region and race will either be entertained as a member or allowed to continue as a member of the IICCC. The IICCC will be very strict on this parameter since the very basis of its founding principle is to create an ecumenical Christian movement in India.
5) Does the chamber enjoy all the powers of the other secular chambers?
Of course, it does. The Indo-international Christian Chamber of Commerce has got all the powers enjoyed by other chambers such as to aid in visa processing to quote an example.

The Indo-International Christian Chamber of Commerce is registered under Companies act of 1956. Its logo is a trade mark of IICCC.

Saturday, May 24, 2008


Non-governmental organization

A Non-governmental organization (NGO) is a legally constituted organization created by private persons or organizations with no participation or representation of any government. In the cases in which NGOs are funded totally or partially by governments, the NGO maintains its non-governmental status insofar as it excludes government representatives from membership in the organization.

The number of internationally operating NGOs is estimated at 40,000.[1] National numbers are even higher: Russia has 277,000 NGOs.[2] India is estimated to have between 1 million and 2 million. NGOs.[3]

1 History
2 Types of NGOs
3 Methods
3.1 Public relations
3.2 Consulting
3.3 Project management
4 Management
5 Staffing
6 Funding
7 Monitoring and control
8 Legal status
9 Citizen organization
10 See also
11 Notes
12 Further reading
13 External links