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Saturday, February 5, 2011

Ashok Bhattacharya wants Union Home Minister Chidambaram's immediate interference in hill affairs....1 battalion of women CRPF is deployed in Darjeeling...ABGL leader criticised GJM's proposed move of the next phase of agitational programme...Guardian Forum's urged the GJM to spare the students...devotees of Ugyen Trinley Dorjee organised a peace rally...

TitBits, KalimNews :
Fearing Morcha's anti-dialogue moves, Ashok Bhattacharya wants Union Home Minister Chidambaram's immediate interference in hill affairs. According to the announcement of GJM it is scheduled to meet on 6th February and announce its future course of programme and action which could affect all governmental offices as well as educational institutions.
1 battalion of women CRPF is deployed in Darjeeling on Saturday.It is for the first time a whole women's batallion is deputed in the hills.
Pratap Khati, ABGL leader criticised GJM's proposed move of the next phase of agitational programme. He disclosed that his party would resort to fast-unto-death against the proposed interim set-up very shortly under the leadership of party chairperson Bharati Tamang, widow of late Madan Tamang.
Guardian Forum's President Col (Retd) D.K. Pradhan has urged the GJM to spare the students from agitation in the beginning of the proposed 'hard movement'.
GJM's frontal organisation JULWO's seven members participated in the chain hunger strike today in Kalimpong SDO office premises. Today was the 8th day of relay hunger strike.
The devotees of Ugyen Trinley Dorjee organised a peace rally to express their solidarity towards the Karmappa today in Gangtok.Thousands of Tibetans and other people participated in the rally.
Centre and ULFA ready for talks without precondition
Sushanta Talukdar, TH, Guwahati: The United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) on Saturday said that its general council had endorsed the resolution of the central executive council (CEC) to sit for talks with the Centre without any precondition.
ULFA vice-chairman Pradip Gogoi, along with the outfit's self-styled foreign secretary Sashadhar Choudhury and central publicity secretary Mithinga Daimary, made the announcement at their first-ever press conference here.
The ULFA leaders said the general council, which met after 15 years on January 30, unanimously endorsed the decision taken by the CEC to honour the resolution adopted at the Sanmilita Jatiya Abhibartan (SJA).
Mr. Choudhury said the outfit had received an invitation for the first round of preliminary dialogue with the Government of India to work out the modalities in New Delhi on February 10. Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram would be present, he said, adding the ULFA leaders would also seek an audience with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. The ULFA was yet to declare a ceasefire, he said.
A three-page statement, read out by Mr. Daimary and distributed among journalists, stated that formal invitation letters, for two meetings, signed by ULFA chairman Arabinda Rajkhowa, were dispatched to the self-styled commander-in-chief Paresh Barua and CEC member Jiban Moran. The ULFA chairman also informed the two leaders of the meetings over phone. However, the meetings were held in their absence as they could not be present in time. The CEC held the view that the presence, at the meetings, of these members, who went missing after the crackdown on the ULFA in Bhutan in 2003, was impossible due to circumstantial reasons.
To a question whether the general council had decided to give up the “sovereignty” demand, Mr. Choudhury said the party had agreed to sit for talks without precondition as all previous efforts at resolution of the conflict through dialogue had failed due to imposition of conditions by both sides.
Asked whether “sovereignty” would be on the agenda, he said that even answering this question would be construed as a precondition for talks.
He said the ULFA was in the process of preparing the agenda, in consultation with various organisations, and would make it public once it was finalised.
Mr. Choudhury said the ULFA would have no role in the coming Assembly elections in the State.
Dharna in Delhi
NA Thapa, KalimNews: Gorkha Janmukti Morcha, Delhi Unit staged a dharna and carried out a rally at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi on 1 Feb 2011 in support of the ongoing movements for the demand of a separate state of Gorkhaland. About 300 supporters from Delhi and Haryana participated in the rally led  by Mr. Asoke Biswa, President, Delhi unit. The slogans were raised against the oppression/lathi charge made on the Peace-march led by Sri Bimal Gurung ,President, Gorkha Jan Mukti  Morcha, Dooars area. The youths have threatened to take drastic steps in case the pad-yatra  had to face any atrocity or physical force by Police / WB administration. They warned in case of any harm or injury to Sri Bimal Gurung or any supporter, they will take extreme steps to counter this injustice.
Prominent amongst the participants was one of the protagonists, Col Ramesh Allay, President, Bhartia Gorkha Purba Sainik /Ardha Sainik Morcha, (a frontal org in support of demand of Gorkha Land ).Col Allay expressed that the Gorkha Ex-servicemen of Army and Para Military Forces had always  been the fore-front patriots of India and honors given to veterans in India is immense however a  peaceful march  by the Ex-servicemen on 9th Apr 2008  in Siliguri was ruthlessly suppressed and lathi-charged by West Bengal Police resulting into the injury to 56 veterans including Smt Yanky Gurung,wife of Kargil Saheed and posthumously decorated Rifleman Santosh Gurung. Inspite of RTI application filed in May 2008  and again in Aug 2010 to State Information Commissioner, no reply has been given nor action taken for excessive force used by West Bengal Police.
Gorkha Ex-servicemen from all over India will carry out mammoth dharna and rally in near future in New Delhi if due /serious consideration is not given to Gorkhas for the grant of separate state of Gorkhaland. He also mentioned about return of war medals by all Veterans to the President of India if demand for separate state is turned down. They will never be the part of West Bengal. This denial of legitimate/constitutional demand will only profess more disturbances and turmoil in this sensitive area of Siliguri-corridor, Chicken Neck. The Gorkha–youths have lost their patience and can no more hold back themselves. This century long agitation since 1907 has been for the Identity of Gorkha citizens spread all over India. Mr Asoke Biswa and all leaders of GJMM of Delhi unit strongly expressed their support for this movements and vouched that they will come in mass to pressurize the Govt of India for the grant of Statehood in near future and make padh-yatra led by Sri Bimal Gurung in Dooars a success.
Dr. Pradeep Nair:Event management, the most profound form of advertising and marketing, is a glamorous and thrilling profession. It provides an opportunity for unleashing one’s creative potential to a very high degree. It demands a lot of hard work and effort but at the same time offers enormous scope.
Event management is a process of organizing a professional and focused event, for a particular target audience. It involves visualizing concepts, planning, budgeting, organizing and executing events such as fashion shows, musical concerts, corporate seminars, exhibitions, wedding celebrations, theme parties, product launching etc. It is a good career option which does not require much investment and offers a lot of independence and flexibility. If you have a passion for conducting events, having good organizing ability and be flexible to work for long hours, you can make a successful career in this field.

Today, there are a number of companies hosting and organizing events on a regular basis. These range from the small time private events to the large-scale international events. A good number of young people are entering in this field because they realize the potential of the market and the demand and supply situation. In fact, the most profitable aspect of this field is the need for creativity. And that is how and where one earns.
The management of events calls, largely for coordination, from stage one. The first thing required is to get the orders for the event. This process is also known as pitching for an event. Usually, whether it is for small time events (birthday parties and weddings), or then for the larger ones assigned by companies (exhibitions and trade fairs), or the international concerts; the event manager/company is asked to submit a project report, with the finances involved. On the basis of this, the assignment is given to them.
The field of event management not only requires a great amount of creative skills but also involves lots of discipline and meticulous planning. Planning an event is an event in itself. The job of organizing an event begins with the very basics. The client comes to the event manager with a vague idea in mind. It is entirely up to the event manager to work on the idea and turn it into a reality. Events could be anything from concerts, product launches, conferences, promotions, press conferences, jubilee celebrations and farewells to television based events, fashion shows, wedding or parties... it could be just anything.

In terms of educational qualifications, a formal education in the form of a diploma or degree in event management or in advertising or public relations with a specialization in event management should be ideal though not much stress is laid on education. But there are a host of other qualities, which are essential for a person to be well-equipped in this field. These include:
Analytical/Critical thinking and problem solving – Analytical thinking, critical thinking and problem solving are abilities that are a must in this field. You should be able to acknowledge a problem, recognize that it has to be solved then and there, and always think on how the situation could be avoided in future.
Client/Customer service orientation - Client/Customer service orientation is the ability to be client focused and committed to meeting the needs of your customer. An event manager has to be client focused, he must attempt to know the client’s needs, he must be able to put them at ease while interacting with them, build trust and respect with customers and clients.
Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines – An event manager should be able to handle pressures and deadlines at east. In spite of meticulous planning and arrangement, a small error or miscalculation can wreak havoc and disrupt the entire schedule. At such testing times, you should be able to remain clam and cool and perform your role as though everything is under control, so that others are not adversely affected.
Teamwork, facilitation and co-operation – Needless to say, one of the most important things in event management is the ability to work as a team. You should not only know how to lead a team but also work with everyone and get the job done. You should be able to build efficient teams of people and facilitate their effectiveness. Always remember, “There is no ‘I’ in T.E.A.M.”.
Planning, co-operation and organisation – This involves the ability to effectively coordinate and organize oneself, others, information and/or situations at a personal and/or organizational level.
Good networking skills - An event manager needs to build up his own network. The more number of contacts he has the more successful he will be. Any kind of business can be only expanded through contacts and you must therefore have the skill and aptitude to go out and talk to people.
An event manager has to first design the basis framework of the event. After which he/she prepares the marketing plans, hunts for sponsors, works on the logistics, locates the site/destination, contacts vendors, hires performers, prints/mails invitation cards, creates menus, looks after the stage/lights, books the artistes, arranges for transport for different people, and on the event day, co-ordinates, plans and finalizes every aspect of the event. Event managers usually start working months before the event. Sometimes, in order to make the work easier, large event management companies hire the services of smaller companies on a contract basis.
Event management is an excellent field to make money. In fact once you start getting the feel of the field, it will never be a problem. Even freelancers today earn anywhere between Rs. 20,000 and above today. It is a very lucrative profession. Money again depends on the kind of events you handle. If you prefer to deal with weddings and parties it may easily come around Rs. 30,000 to 40,000 or even more. Event coordinators with a good deal of experience could earn much higher.
Many of the University Departments offering a Post Graduate degree in Public relations and Advertising or Mass Communication generally have event management as one of their main subjects. Some Universities, Colleges and Media Institutions also offer specialization in Event Management.
Now a days some management and media institutions are also MBA programs in Event Management. Mudra Institute of Communication, Ahmedabad, Indian Institute of Mass Communication, New Delhi, Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University of Journalism, Bhopal, Annamalai University, Madurai, Kamraj University, Tamil Nadu, Punjabi University, Patiala, Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati, Guru Jambheshwar University, Hisar are some institutes which offer Master Program in Public Relations and Advertising with a specialization in Event Management.
The eligibility to take admission in master level courses is a Bachelor’s in any stream having some understanding of media issues. The selection is generally based on a written test followed by a personal interview.
The best way to get into the profession of event management is to enter into this field as a trainee with a degree or diploma in this field. While doing your training with an event management company you will get an opportunity to learn how events are organized. Once you learn how to coordinate and promote, you should make your career really big in this field. A good understanding of various stages of planning in event management will definitely promise you a high position.
[Dr. Pradeep Nair is presently working as a research Scientist with AJK – Mass Communication Research Centre (MCRC), Mamia Millia Islami (A Central University), Jamia Ngar, New Delhi – 110025 – e-mail id:, Posted and Contributed by KalimNews for benefit of promising students in courtesy with Employment News dated 5-11 February, 2011.]

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