GOVERNMENT TO INCREASE COLLEGE GRANTS IN 2014
Caracas, 21 Nov. AVN.- Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro, said Thursday that the number of college scholarships will increase to 200,000 in 2014.
“We will increase scholarships up to 200,000 to support students who are being trained and are part of the future of this country,” Maduro said in a nationwide radio and television hookup for the commemoration of the University Student Day and in defense of academic achievements made in 14 years of revolution.
He recalled that currently there are 164,000 students receiving scholarships.
“From 1998 until 2013 grants have been increased by 275% and they will continue to grow. Nobody will stop us,” he said.
Also, the Bolivarian Government Gran Mariscal de Ayacucho scholarship program will be brought back, “with 10,000 scholarships to study abroad at the best universities. Such students will be trained in undergraduate and graduate programs.” “We will train students in key areas for the development of the nation. Strategic areas the country needs,” he said.
Young students from colleges and universities across the country are visiting Caracas Thursday to participate in the celebrations for the University Student Day, which included a march in Caracas to the Miraflores Palace, where they were received by President Maduro.
VENEZUELA FOREIGN MINISTER HIGHLIGHTS HISTORIC ROLE OF STUDENT MOVEMENT
Caracas, 21 Nov. AVN.- Venezuelan Foreign Minister, Elias Jaua, highlighted Thursday the historical role that Venezuelan student movement has played for the construction of the “good, humanitarian homeland.”
On his Twitter account, @Jaua Miranda, FM described the University Student Day as evidence of the ability of Venezuelan youth to defend and preserve their rights.
“Student Day: What so beautiful pages for the cause of the good homeland, of human homeland, the Venezuelan Student Movement has written,” he posted.
A massive march of young students takes Caracas on Thursday as part of activities to celebrate their day, which they say “is a day in which we claim all the achievements we have made in education thanks to Commander Chavez and the Revolution Bolivarian,” said student LerinAngarita.
Students will walk four avenues of downtown Caracas, from the National Experimental University of the Arts, or Unearte to the Palace of Miraflores.
VENEZUELA STRENGTHENS FRIENDSHIP WITH PARLIAMENTARY GROUPS OF THE WORLD
Caracas, 20 Nov. AVN.- The deputy minister for Europe, Calixto Ortega, said on Wednesday that in the past 14 years Venezuela has strengthened friendship with groups of parliaments of the world.
“This initiative, which is old, from Venezuela’s friendship with groups of parliaments of the world has been strengthened in the last 14 years,” said Deputy Foreign Minister during the installation of the Venezuela – Switzerland Parliamentary Friendship Group, in the Federal Legislative Palace, in Caracas.
The activity was attended by the Ambassador of the Swiss Confederation in Venezuela, Sabine UlmannShaban, and the chairman of the National Assembly’s Standing Committee of Foreign Policy, Deputy YulJabour.
For his part, Jabour expressed diplomatic representative his government’s commitment to make further progress on the development of relations at the parliamentary level, as with the Swiss Government and people, and hoped that in this way it will be possible to strengthen solidarity and fraternity between the two nations.
He also stressed that parliamentary diplomacy promoted in Venezuela has contributed to the spread of Venezuela’s reality in the world, which he summarized in a process of liberation, social justice that seeks the greatest amount of happiness for the people.
VENEZUELA’S LEGISLATURE GIVESPRESIDENT MADURO DECREE POWERS TO FIGHT CORRUPTION AND “ECONOMIC WAR”. ENABLING LAW STARTS OFFENSIVE TO BUILD THE FUTURE HOMELAND
Caracas, 20/11/13. Sources: Venezuelanalysis –AVN.- “Today, November 19th, 2013, is a historical day because a new offensive to build independent fatherland starts, homeland for our children, homeland for future,” said Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro at Miraflores Presidential Palace, in Caracas, last Tuesday.
Marching from the seat of the legislative palace and up to Miraflores, citizens and socialist deputies handed over to the President an enabling law passed by parliament after two compulsory discussions.
Venezuela’s National Assembly granted President Nicolas Maduro on Tuesday the power to pass laws by decree on economic and anti-corruption issues for a period of 12 months.
The National Assembly (AN) held a second and final vote on a proposal from Maduro to enact the so-called Enabling Law, which allows him to legislate by decree on specific issues for the period set by the assembly.
According to a statement released by the AN following the vote, Maduro has been empowered to pass legislation to “fight corruption, usury, money laundering and the economic war unleashed in recent times against the country by the national oligarchy”.
According to Article 1 of the legislation passed by the AN yesterday, Maduro’s decree powers will be limited to the “fight against corruption” and in “defence of the economy”. Over the next year the decree powers can be rescinded at any time by the assembly, and the Enabling Law itself imposes constitutional restrictions on the president.
Maduro will also not be able to rule without the AN, as the assembly will continue to convene as usual and pass legislation.
“The president will use these special powers to enact measures that allow the unobstructed confronting of corruption and straightening out of the economic model imposed by a ‘parasitic bourgeoisie’ that is ‘still sucking oil revenues…,” the AN statement read.
Thanking legislators for enacting the Enabling Law, yesterday afternoon Maduro told Venezuelan media the measure “will allow us to move forward in the next 12 months” in tackling both issues.
“I want to thank the National Assembly for the approval of this law that will allow us to legislate against corruption and economic war,” Maduro said yesterday.
“I am planning a ground-shaking offense against corruption from January 2014. With the Enabling Law I’ll go with everything, there will be no repentance,” he stated.
Following the vote, around 2,000 government supporters marched from the AN to Miraflores Palace. AN head Diosdado Cabello led the march, which ended with the delivery of the law to Maduro.
“Let’s walk to Miraflores Palace to deliver the Enabling Law to our brother Nicolas Maduro,” Cabello announced at the start of the march. At the same place on Monday, a smaller group of opposition protesters chained themselves to the gates of the congress to protest the law, and were reportedly arrested.
“They underestimated me, they said Maduro was an amateur, and what you have seen is little compared to what we’re going to do to defend the people’s rights,” Maduro told the crowd at Miraflores.
According to constitutional lawyer Hermann Escarra, the Enabling Law will not only make it easier for Maduro to tackle corruption and the economy, but also to promote workers’ rights and food sovereignty.
“Among the laws that the Enabling Law is going to work with are the exchange rate regime, public administration reform, and laws that deal with crimes and offenses that will surely be the subject of an extensive discussion,” Escarra told state broadcaster VTV.
Since first requesting the Enabling Law last August, Maduro has publically floated a slew of new legislation he hopes to pass, ranging from increasing the maximum penality for corruption charges from eight years to 20 to the creation of new dedicated teams within the public prosecutor’s office to investigate economic crimes.
“Through this Enabling Law, the Maduro government will fight the illegal financing of political parties, establish rules to prevent and punish capital flight,” The AN statement read.
“In addition, [the government will] issue provisions in defence of the national currency in order to contravene the attack on it, and strengthen the financial system,” it stated.
“If it’s necessary to change all the laws, we will do it,” Maduro said in August.
On Monday, Maduro told supporters that he was already prepared to pass two laws by decree as early as this week, including restricting sales profits to 15-30% and creating a new agency to oversee foreign currency exchange. The announcements come amid a government crackdown on retail price-gouging across the country. The government’s consumer protection and price regulatory body Indepabis has forced some stores to drop shelf prices by as much as 60%.
However, according to Maduro, on Monday authorities found retailers imposing profit margins as high as 4000% in the capital, Caracas.
“The National President noted that the fight against corruption will boost economic freedom to ensure access of Venezuelans to goods and services,” the AN statement read.
“The prices came down and with the Enabling Law, [now] they will stay where they should,” Maduro said.
AT THE VENEZUELAN EMBASSY IN BUCHAREST: EXHIBITION “HUGO CHAVEZ: PIONEER OF AMULTI-POLAR WORLD”
The Embassy of Venezuela in Bucharest opened the photo exhibition “Hugo Chávez: Pioneer of a Multi-Polar World”. The collection of 57 photographs show key moments of the intense life of President Chávez in his quest for a renovated vision of the world.
Since assuming the Venezuelan presidency in February 1999, President Chávez alongside with implementing his social programs inside Venezuela, turned into a leader and warrior in the international scene, inspired by the humanist principles of the Liberator Simon Bolivar.
Chávez created bonds of fraternity and friendship with Latin American, African, Asian, Arab and European leaders who recognized his vision towards the protection of the most humble beyond the borders of Venezuela, traveling the world, looking for alliances and forming bonds of fraternity with sister Nations for the defense of sovereignty and the struggle against any form of imperialist interference.
The selection of images in exhibition collects a minimal but significant sample of what this extraordinary man was able to accomplish in his victorious walk through the world, and are a sample of his paramount legacy: To be the pioneer of a multipolar world of freedom, justice and peace.
Following the untimely demise of a genuine international Leader, Venezuelan President, NicolásMaduro, underlines his full pledge and commitment to Chávez’ legacy to ensure the continuity and deepening of the ongoing historical transformations in the new world that is being created.
The exhibition is opened for viewing at the Venezuelan embassy in Bucharest: 18, PictorMirea St, Sector 1. Monday to Friday, 10-15 H.
sursa: Embajada de la República Bolivariana de Venezuela en Rumania