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Monday, 23 November 2020

Ethiopia to Tigray forces: 'Surrender peacefully' within 72 hours

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has given Tigrayan regional forces 72 hours to surrender before the military begins an offensive on the regional capital of Mekelle.
"We urge you to surrender peacefully within 72 hours, recognising that you simply are at the purpose of no return," Abiy said during a Twitter message on Sunday evening.Earlier on Sunday, Ethiopia's army said it plans to surround the rebel-held capital of Tigray region with tanks and should use artillery on the town to undertake to finish an almost three-week war, urging civilians to save themselves. The Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), which is refusing to surrender its rule of the northern region, said its forces were digging trenches and standing firm.

"The next phases are the decisive a part of the operation, which is to encircle Mekelle using tanks," military spokesman Colonel Dejene Tsegaye told Ethiopia Broadcasting Corporation.
"We want to send a message to the general public in Mekelle to save lots of yourselves from any artillery attacks and free yourselves from the junta ... then , there'll be no mercy."
The military said it's captured the town of Igada Hamus, some 97 kilometres from Tigray region's capital Mekelle.
PM Abiy rejects mediation
Prime Minister Abiy's federal troops have taken a string of towns during aerial bombardments and ground fighting, and are now aiming for Mekelle, a highland city of about 500,000 people where the rebels are based.
The war has killed hundreds, possibly thousands, sent quite 30,000 refugees into neighbouring Sudan, and seen rockets fired by rebels into neighbouring Amhara region and across the border into the nation of Eritrea.

Countries around Africa and Europe have urged a truce, but Abiy has thus far rebuffed that.
Ethiopian troops are facing heavy resistance and face a protracted "war of attrition" in Tigray, The Guardian newspaper reported on Saturday, citing a confidential UN assessment report.
The report said the conflict threatens to become "long and violent," destabilising one among Africa's most fragile regions.

 (With input from news agency language)


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Saturday, 14 November 2020

8th BRICS Science, Technology and Innovation Ministerial meeting unanimously adopts BRICS STI Declaration 2020

The 8th BRICS Science, Technology and Innovation Ministerial meeting unanimously has adopted BRICS STI Declaration 2020. The meeting was held yesterday through a virtual platform. Science and Technology cooperation among the member countries Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa was discussed in the meeting.

During the meeting, Science and Technology Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan highlighted that the COVID 19 pandemic has been a test, demonstrating that multilateral cooperation is the key to overcoming such global challenges. He informed that India has initiated an integrated response to overcome this pandemic. From the development of indigenous vaccines, novel point-of-care diagnostics and therapeutic formulations based on traditional knowledge, Indian Research and Development are working relentlessly to develop effective interventions for combating the pandemic. The Minister said, more than 100 startups have developed innovative products for COVID-19.

French police interrogate Muslim children for disliking insulting cartoons

 The police in Albertville, a city in southeast France, raided the residences of four school children for "glorifying terrorism" because the 10-year-olds did not approve of derogatory caricatures of Prophet Muhammad, the last messenger of God, according to the Muslim faith.

During a counselling session France reportedly conducted in public schools, three Muslim students of Turkish origin and one of Arab descent were asked if they were sorry for the murder of Samuel Paty, a French schoolteacher who was beheaded by a teenager last month for displaying derogatory cartoons of the prophet.  

The trio said they condemned Paty's murder, but also did not approve of the insensitive caricatures.

After the end of the counselling session, the French police raided their homes. Speaking to TRT World, one of the students' fathers recalls the terrifying raid they suffered on Thursday morning shortly before 7 am, “We woke up with armed police at our doors. Around 10 of them stormed into our house with long barreled weapons. Children were awakened from their sleep and they gathered us in the living room in our pyjamas. They kept us seated as they searched through the house but my daughter’s room more diligently, checking her books and even taking pictures of Islamic calligraphy frames we have on our walls.”

Police took his daughter EY to the station on charges of "glorification of terrorism." They asked her parents to come to the station at 9 am for questioning.

Police questioned us, me and my wife for two hours each asking ‘do you go to mosque for praying? If so, do you take your children with you? Do you have any duty at the mosque? What do you think about the caricatures?’ et cetera. I told them, our prophet is dear to all of us, all the Muslims and we do not find it appropriate. But I also told them, we do not support the killing of the teacher.”

EY’s father says his wife and the rest of the family were asked the same questions during the interrogation.
French police interrogate Muslim children for disliking insulting cartoons
“We were treated like terrorists. They took our mugshots, fingerprints and they even asked my wife to remove her headscarf for photographs. We have been living here for the past 20 years with no criminal record. Neither of my four children ever had any problems at school or with police. I was even asked about my opinion on the recent Erdogan-Macron dispute during my questioning. I urged the French police not to involve us in their politics.”

The parents were not allowed to see their daughter at the police station. EY was released at around 5:30 pm Thursday evening. Her father says, “She was crying as the police took her in the morning. Later she was taken to the police station where she was questioned and filmed through her interrogation. She was kept almost 11 hours there until the judicial decision for her release. She had to sign her statement but the police refused to give us a copy of any documentation.

The families feel they have been blacklisted by the police and the school. “We are asking our 22- year-old son to be extra careful now when he is leaving home. We will take EY to a doctor for a medical report as she hasn’t recovered from the trauma. We are considering changing her school now.”

Dark web: Cyber attacks on pharmaceuticals


Public health has been compromised by the pandemic. The health of pharmaceutical companies is under threat too, but from a different kind of source. The Indian pharmaceutical company, Lupin, is the latest victim of this ‘contagion’ — cyber attacks. This incident has been reported just a fortnight after Dr Reddy’s Laboratories isolated its data centre services after suffering a similar cyber strike. What is especially worrying is that the attack took place soon after the latter got the nod to conduct trials of Sputnik V, a vaccine for Covid-19 developed by a Russian research institute. During the period from July to September, India has allegedly witnessed 4.25 lakh cloud security breaches and the country, it has been reported, is the sixth most vulnerable nation when it comes to such depredations on pharmaceutical firms. A study by Deloitte has also revealed that the pharmaceutical industry is one of the principal targets of cybercriminals. Even though commercial and medical data are under serious threat, the discourse on data privacy in India is disproportionately tilted towards protecting personal data. The intellectual property of private companies such as research data belonging to pharmaceutical companies are incredibly valuable and, hence, vulnerable. If the integrity of research data is compromised, a medication may lose consumer trust or, worse, be rendered ineffective.

In India, protecting such data remains the onus of the pharmaceutical companies themselves. Although the government introduced the personal data protection bill, 2019, it does not adequately address the vulnerabilities of India’s data economy. Instead, the bill proposes a preventive framework that is inclined towards excessive government intervention. This could lead to a significant increase in compliance costs for businesses and end up in a troubling dilution of privacy rights of companies vis-à-vis the State. This is not the only anomaly. The push towards a digital economy has not been accompanied by a simultaneous emphasis on online security. A legal framework for the future of health data privacy is, hearteningly, in the works. The draft digital information security in healthcare bill is being crafted to protect citizens’ health data as part of an ambitious health data digitization drive. Could the scope of this legislation be widened to include medical data of companies rather than just personal data of patients? What would be even better is to have one comprehensive law that covers all aspects of data. It should be drafted in consultation with the State, commercial firms and individuals — the critical stakeholders in the matter.

Although the government introduced the personal data protection bill, 2019, it does not adequately address the vulnerabilities of India’s data economy

Ram temple trust hit by unholy ripples


 A mahant from Ayodhya has claimed to have written to the Union home ministry threatening to petition the Supreme Court unless more sadhus from the town are made members of the trust set up to build the Ram temple.

Dharam Das, mahant of the Nirvani Ani Akhara, has alleged embezzlement of the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust’s funds by some of its 15 members and claimed that local monks were kept out of the body to facilitate such corruption.

“I have sent the notice to the home ministry, which had formed the trust (in late February) on the Supreme Court’s directions,” Das told reporters in Ayodhya on Friday.“They are keeping us away because they want to embezzle the funds. I shall approach the Supreme Court if the home ministry doesn’t give a satisfactory reply within two months.”

Only one sadhu from Ayodhya — VHP leader and Maniram Chhaoni mahant Nrityagopal Das, who headed the now-defunct Ramjanmabhoomi Nyas — is part of the trust. The other 14 members include RSS and VHP leaders, bureaucrats and two outstation sadhus.

“Many senior Union ministers had said that Ayodhya’s sadhus would find a place in the trust, but after eight months we are still waiting,” Dharam Das, who was one of the Hindu litigants in the Ayodhya title suit, said.

It could not be confirmed from the Union home ministry whether it had received Das’s letter.

A trust member said on the condition of anonymity: “We haven’t seen the notice and cannot comment on it officially. But Dharam Das must know that the trust is managed and monitored by the Centre, with auditors reviewing its spending every day.”

Das alleged that Vaishnavs had been “mischievously” kept away from the trust.

They have also ignored the descendants of the saint who had placed the idol of infant Ram on the disputed premise,” he said.

Das claims his late predecessor Baba Abhiram Das alias Abhinandan Mishra, mahant of the Hanumangarhi temple, had surreptitiously installed the idol on the night of December 22, 1949, setting off far-reaching events.

However, a Hindu Mahasabha leader and monk, Ramchandra Paramahansa, had at the time publicly claimed responsibility for the act. It’s his claim that received wider publicity during the BJP-VHP temple movement although the FIR at Ayodhya police station names Abhiram.

Abhiram had never publicly claimed to have installed the statue. He had told an Ayodhya court that the temple didn’t belong to any sect, math, akhara, mahant or any other organisation or individual and that the plot should be handed over to Hindus collectively.

Continuing with the theme of embezzlement, Das said: “The title suit was between Ram Lalla Virajman and the Sunni Central Waqf Board, besides other parties. The court verdict was in favour of Ram Lalla. So why aren’t all the trusts’ assets in the name of Ram Lalla?”

Stay off crackers and enjoy Diwali


 Possession, sale and bursting firecrackers of any kind have been banned by Calcutta High Court.

The state should ensure that there is no use or display or bursting of firecrackers at all during Kali Puja and Diwali celebrations, the court said in its order. “For this purpose, only wax or oil-based diyas would have to suffice for the greater good of the citizens and in the larger public interest.

“This direction as to firecrackers will be effective all over the state and will cover not only Kali Puja and Diwali celebrations, but also Chhath Puja, Jagadhatri Puja and Guru Nanak’s birthday celebrations thereafter.”

Sparklers are not allowed. The court order clearly mentioned that no firecrackers would be allowed. “The compendious word ‘firecrackers’ is used in this order to include all types of sparklers and the like, whether or not the use or burning thereof involves any sound or light being generated,” the order read.
Police role

The court has ordered the police to maintain strict vigil and ensure there is no sale or purchase of firecrackers of any kind in the state between now and the end of the month.

    Purchase, sale, display or bursting firecrackers of any kind
    Playing loudspeakers at a sound level greater than 65decibel measured from a distance of 5 metre from the source


    Spending a night at police station
    Violators can be prosecuted under sections of the explosive substances act, leading to a criminal case and imprisonment of three years if found guilty
    Disaster Management Act 2005, Environment Protection Act, 1986 and Air Act, 1981. Charges under the environment protection act carry a maximum punishment of five years in jail and a penalty of Rs 1lakh.
    Prosecution under Section 188 of the IPC attracts an imprisonment of one month and a fine of Rs 200
    Calcutta police suburban act attracts a penalty of Rs 50

Police bandobast

    5000 police personnel will be on duty
    Watchtowers, mobile patrols, auto-rickshaw patrols and divisional reserve forces will be on standby for immediate deployment in case of complaints
    Police have asked citizens to report anything related to firecrackers through helpline numbers and on their social media pages
    In the Shakespeare Sarani, Camac Street, Park Street, Alipore, and New Alipore areas, cops will be posted on highrises to ensure there is no law violation on Diwali

Help at hand

    Emergency helpline: 100
    Lalbazar control room: 22143230
    Howrah police control room: 26415614
    Barrackpore police control room: 9874447929
    Bidhannagar police control room: 23358788
    Traffic control room: 22143644
    Fire: 101
    Ambulance: 102
    Fire brigade control room (headquarters): 22861570/ 22521165


    Calcutta Police jurisdiction: 9432610444
    West Bengal Pollution Control Board: 23353913, 18003453390 (Toll free between November 13 and 15)
    Sabuj Mancha control room: 9432209770, 9831318265, 9635912049 (only WhatsApp) — Between November 14 and 16


The cold and dry winds from north India have been somewhat stalled by a slight rise in the moisture content in the atmosphere. The Met office has ruled out rain on Diwali. But the minimum temperature is likely to be above 21 degrees Celsius, a couple of notches above normal, a Met official said.

Metro Railway will run 152 trains son Saturday instead of the scheduled 190. The first and last trains will start from Kavi Subhash and Dum Dum at 8am and 9pm. The first and last trains from Noapara will start at 8.09am and 8.55pm.
Tipple tale

Diwali is not a dry day. There is no restriction on bars, pubs, off shops, and clubs — they can serve liquor.

Collectors met with advanced farmers, told plans for the development of agriculture

 katni. Collector Shashibhushan Singh, who went on a tour of the rural area, visited the farming and horticulture work of the crops being taken by the farmers during his visit to Barwara, Barhi and Vijayaraghavgarh areas on Saturday. During this period, Collector Singh informed the rural farmers about the advanced farming.

The Collector observed the cultivation of vegetables and crops in organic and advanced method being done by Eighty-year-old Atti Lal Kushwaha, a farmer of Mazhagwan. He inspected various types of vegetable crops planted by the farmer in about 7 acres of land and the cabbage crop being taken in the shednet house. The collector observed the banana, papaya and basmati paddy crop being harvested in the village Amadi by the innovative farmer Manu Narla. Farmer Manu Narla said that in addition to the traditional basmati paddy, a variety of king bhog has also been planted. Hybrid basmati paddy produces up to about 50 quintals per acre and this time the advance of the basmati rice variety being cultivated by them, has been sold in advance at the price of 11 thousand quintals of paddy king bhog. Apart from papaya, the farmer has also planted various banana varieties G-19, Amritpani and Sankarakela, Tissue Cultures. The Collector also inspected horticulture crop mango and lemon cultivation being taken up by farmer Vijay Mishra in village Basadi in an area of ​​11 acres. The Collector instructed the farmer not to stoke in paddy field and harvest fire in Narwai. He said that strict restrictions have been imposed on burning narwhal in the fields in the district. During the tour, Collector Shri Singh also reviewed the status of construction works in rural areas and the implementation of government schemes and programs on the ground level. Deputy Director AK Rathore, Project Officer Horticulture Suryabhan Singh, Executive Engineer MS Thakur were also present on the occasion.

Friday, 13 November 2020

Fresh fiscal stimulus, combined with incentives, for critical sunrise sectors


In an attempt to spark pre-Diwali cheer, finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman delivered Thursday a third round of stimulus measures to help revive the Covid-devastated economy along with an upbeat assessment of growth prospects.

The government’s 12-point Atmanirbhar Bharat 3.0 package involves an extra Rs 2.65 lakh crore in stimulus, bringing the total amount allocated to bolstering the economy since the pandemic’s start to nearly Rs 30 lakh crore or 15 per cent of gross domestic product.

The plan also includes a new job creation scheme giving subsidies to businesses making new hires. Companies with fewer than 50 workers must take on at least two new recruits to be eligible while those with over 50 must hire at least five.And the key question -- about where the money will come from -- wasn’t revealed. At the moment, the government can’t afford to pay the states money owing on their share of GST proceeds.

The stimulus programme endeavours to ensure “critical sunrise sectors get necessary support from the government so we are able to build an India which is strong enough to serve the domestic market and link up with the global value chain,” Sitharaman told reporters.

The programme was announced after the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) said the economy likely contracted for a second straight quarter, pushing India into an unprecedented recession. Gross domestic product shrank 8.6 per cent in the quarter ended September year-on-year, the RBI estimated in its first “nowcast'' calculated using high-frequency data which provides a more real-time insight into the economy’s state. Growth contracted by 24 per cent in the April-to-June quarter from the same year-earlier. “India has entered a technical recession in the first half of 2020-21 for the first time in its history,” the RBI said.

Focus on leather, gems & jewellery

Under the 3.0 stimulus package, Production Linked Incentives (PLIs) worth Rs 1.46 lakh crore are being offered to so-called “champion sectors” the government identified last May that include leather, gems and jewellery, autos, renewable energy, pharma and textiles.

“This will give a big boost to the economy, investment, exports and job creation. A total amount of nearly Rs 1.5 lakh crore has been earmarked across sectors, for the next five years,” Sitharaman said. The PLI programme is part of a drive to support domestic manufacturing and manufacturing self-reliance and push India as an alternate global Asian manufacturing hub and divert investment from China.  

“This will give a big boost to the economy, investment, exports and job creation. A total amount of nearly 1.5-lakh crore rupees has been earmarked across sectors, for the next five years,” Sitharaman said.

Help for MSME, real estate sector

Sitharaman’s plan also involves extension of an emergency credit line guarantee Scheme for MSMEs -- micro-, small- and medium-sized businesses -- spanning 26 sectors until next March and additional credit up to 20 per cent. In addition they will get a one-year moratorium on loans as well as four more years to repay borrowings, Sitharaman said.

She singled out for help the hard-hit real-estate sector which was reeling even before Covid. To bolster residential sales, the differential between the stamp-duty circle rate and the agreement value has been doubled to 20 per cent from 10 per cent for the period up to next June 30. The move applies to primary sale of residential units valued up to Rs 2 crore.


Under 3.0 package, production linked incentives worth Rs 1.46 lakh crore offered to ‘champion sectors’

“The income tax relief provides incentive to the middle class to buy homes,” Sitharaman said. "The measure will reduce the hardships faced by both homebuyers and developers and help in clearing the unsold inventory," she added. The government is also earmarking 180 billion rupees for affordable urban housing.

The real estate sector was elated by the government’s plans with Knight Frank India Chairman Shishir Baijal predicting “unbridled property purchase activity.” He said “recognition of real estate as a core sector, creating ancillary industry demand and employment, and enhanced Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana – Urban allocation, will boost the housing demand in the country.” Also, “the increase in circle rate and transaction value threshold… will remove a transaction hurdle and save tax, thereby increasing the opportunity for unbridled property purchase activity,” he said.

According to ANAROCK Research, some 5.45 lakh units across the top seven cities priced up to Rs 1.5 crore remain unsold while another 49,290 units priced from Rs 1.5-crore-to-2.5 crore also are still on the market. Housing had slowed long before the pandemic struck.

The finance minister also relaxed deposit and performance and security rules for government tenders. She earmarked Rs 6,000-crore for equity investment in the debt platform of National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) and Rs 65,000-crore for subsidized fertilisers. In addition, she awarded Rs 10,200-crorein extra stimulus for capital and industrial expenditure. A further Rs 900-crore has been allocated for research and development on an Indian Covid vaccine.

How the Hong Kong protestors rebounded from a night of violence to rediscover their secret weapon


 Between the check-in aisles of Hong Kong International Airport last night, a maelstrom of masked young men in black swirled around the limp, pinioned figure of an accused enemy mole. Many in the crowd pushed their way to the centre to strike him or bellow obscenities that seemed to make the vast terminal building shudder. Paramedics tried to move him to safety but were stopped by the crush of angry protestors.

It was a scene that made many in the city wonder: how did we get here? This was the movement made world famous by its almost absurd levels of civility: from uniformed students doing their homework on occupied streets to armoured frontliners collecting recycling and tidying the streets where they had just locked horns with riot police.

Now, these polite protestors looked more like a lynch mob. The standoff lasted over four hours until police arrived and protesters met them for a bloody clash at the airport entrance.

So how did we get here? The answer to that question lay mainly in the previous weekend, when police escalated their suppression of the protestors’ unauthorised marches by deploying tear gas in the closed environment of a metro station, shooting protesters with “less lethal” ammo at point-blank range, dressing as their comrades to ambush retreating activists, and, most shockingly, shooting a young medic in the eye with a beanbag round and blinding her for life.

These actions heightened the protestors’ anger at police, while the undercover operation bred a dangerous level of paranoia just waiting to bubble to the surface.
"Eye for an eye" -after exacting mob justice on another suspected agent provocateur, it felt like a sky full of dark clouds had smothered the movement’s light. As if on cue, an intense thunderstorm peeled over Hong Kong.

The goal is, the words of Bruce Lee, to “Be Water”: constantly changing shape, direction and form, and streaming through the fingers of those who try to crush it.
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    China won't like it, but Mao would support the Hong Kong protests

    China won't like it, but Mao would support the Hong Kong protests

Yet in spite of the movement’s inherently diffuse nature, activists responded rapidly to the fallout from Monday night. In Telegram groups tens of thousands strong, statements were drafted and voted upon. Before the sun had risen they had voted to apologise for what had happened in the airport to the detained men and to the travellers stranded there. They then voted to call off a repeat of the airport shutdown and soon had a statement prepared.
“We must admit last night’s actions at HKIA were far too impulsive,” it read. “We have resolved to bravely face up to our own shortcomings. We sincerely apologise to the citizens who have always supported us.”

A draft code of conduct was even produced for future demonstrations, calling on all participants to cooperate with paramedics, to collect evidence on suspected moles and report them to the media rather than resorting to violence, and not to stand in the way of journalists’ work. After just one night of collective soul-searching enabled by digital democracy, these young activists – many only in their teens
– had shown a level of self-awareness and responsibility that has thus far eluded Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam. None of these countermeasures could erase the harrowing scenes of the night before, but as long as protestors showed they were willing to listen and self-correct, they can stay one step ahead of the government.

PM dedicates to the nation two Ayurveda institutes at Jamnagar & Jaipur


 Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said that Ayurveda is the heritage of India, which has focus on the well-being of the whole humanity. Dedicating two future-ready Ayurveda institutions, Institute of Teaching and Research in Ayurveda, Jamnagar and National Institute of Ayurveda, Jaipur to the nation through video conferencing on 5th Ayurveda Day, Mr Modi said, it is a matter of immense happiness for every Indian that our traditional knowledge is now enriching other countries as well. He said, it is a matter of pride that World Health Organization, WHO has selected India to set up its Global Centre for Traditional Medicine. Mr Modi said, India has a great heritage related to health but this knowledge has been in the books, ures and in the tips of grandmothers. The Prime Minister said, this knowledge needs to be developed according to modern requirements. He said, in India, new research is being done combining the ancient medical science and knowledge and the information received from the modern science of the 21st century.

Both the Institutes are premier institutions of Ayurveda in the country and are expected to play global leadership roles in the growth and development of Ayurveda in the 21st Century. The dedication of these institutes to the nation is a historic step not just in the modernization of Ayurveda education, but in the evolution of traditional medicine itself. This will provide them the autonomy to upgrade the standard of Ayurveda education, and frame various courses as per emerging national and international demand. Utilizing the immense untapped potential of AYUSH systems of health care for providing effective and affordable solutions for public health challenges is a priority of the government.

Additional Central assistance of over Rs 4381 cr approved under NDRF to six states


The High Level Committee under the Chairmanship of Home Minister Amit Shah has approved additional Central assistance of over four thousand three hundred 81 crore rupees under the National Disaster Response Fund to six states, which were affected by cyclone, floods, landslides during this year.
For cyclone Amphan, over two thousand seven hundred seven crore rupees has been approved for West Bengal and over 128 crore rupees for Odisha. For cyclone Nisarga, over 268 crore rupees has been approved for Maharashtra.  
For floods and landslides during the South-West monsoon season, over 577 crore rupees has been approved for Karnataka, over 611 crore rupees for Madhya Pradesh and over 87 crore rupees for Sikkim.

Additional Central assistance of over Rs 4381 cr approved under NDRF to six states In the aftermath of cyclone Amphan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had visited the affected states of West Bengal and Odisha on 22nd of May this year. As announced by the Prime Minister, financial assistance of one thousand crore rupees to West Bengal and 500 crore rupees to Odisha were released, in advance, on 23rd of May for immediate relief activities in these states. In addition, the Prime Minister had also announced two lakh rupees ex-gratia for the next of kin of the dead and 50 thousand rupees for the injured, which was over and above the ex-gratia provided through the State Disaster Response Fund and the National Disaster Response Fund.
In all the six states, the Central Government had deputed Inter-Ministerial Central Teams immediately after the calamities, without waiting for the receipt of Memorandum from the affected State Governments. In addition, during the current financial year, the Central Government has released over 15 thousand five hundred 24 crore rupees to 28 states from the State Disaster Response Fund till date.

Temporary post created after the ruckus in Kudri, Police force deployed!

In view of the uproar after the murder in Kudri village of Rithi, the administration has constructed a temporary checkpoint in the village. On the second day of Chakkajam, there was a ruckus in the village of Kudri and the funeral of the deceased amidst the huge outrage, there was still outrage in the village. In view of this, a temporary police post has been constructed here. Earlier, on Sunday, on the second day, there was a ruckus in the village of Kudri after the victim's family laid a check on Rithi-Katni road. The funeral of the deceased was carried out amidst heavy heat. On getting the information of the ruckus in Kudri, the atmosphere of warmth of the Reethi police station in-charge and angry villagers who arrived at the first spot was created.

On the evening of 6 November in Kudri village under Reethi police station, a young man was injured by a young man from a village. He died during treatment. Angry outlawed by the murder, the road was blocked between Reethi and Deori. After explaining the charge of the police station, the family and the villagers reached Mane and police station and recorded the statement. In the dispute, a youth named Mukesh Pal's father Phool Chandra Pal was killed. Police said that Sudina Pal, a resident of Kudri, has told that her son Brijendra Pal works as an auto driver. On Friday evening, he came from the Khadi Rithi of Rakesh Chakraborty of the village to auto. Rakesh's father met at home. He told them to take manure. Meanwhile, he was pouring down the manure from the auto and he started abusing the village in a joking manner. Meanwhile, Rakesh's brother Bindu and father started beating Brijendra. Rakesh and two other people also came. With this, Brijendra and Mukesh were attacked with a stick rod, in which Mukesh suffered a serious injury. He died on Saturday morning in Jabalpur.

Wednesday, 11 November 2020

कटनी जिले के कैमोर में एक कागज दिखाओ तो दूसरा दिखाने को कहती है पुलिस !

 कैमोर/कटनी,। कैमोर के नागरिक एक अलग तरह की परेशानी से परेशान हो रहे हैं। पुलिस की चालानी कार्रवाई से परेशान नागरिक अब पुलिस अधीक्षक के पास जाने का मन बना रहे हैं। नागरिकों ने बताया कि पुलिस को कुछ भी दिखा दें चालान बनाकर रहती है।

मध्यमवर्ग को निशाना बनाए जाने का आरोप कैमोर पुलिस पर स्थानीय लोगों ने लगाया है। नागरिकों ने बताया कि पुलिस द्वारा आम नागरिकों के दोपहिया वाहनों को टारगेट किया जा रहा है। नागरिकों ने बताया कि पुलिस द्वारा जो मास्क नहीं लगा रहे उसको मास्क के लिए और जिसने मास्क लगा रखे हैं उसको हेलमेट के लिए कहा जा रहा है।
नागरिकों ने आरोप लगाया कि बात यहीं पर नहीं रुकती है। जिसने हेलमेट लगाया है उसको कागजात के लिए कह दिया जाता है और जिसके पास कागज हैं उसको प्रदूषण विभाग के सर्टिफिकेट के लिए जाता है। दूसरी ओर पूरे क्षेत्र में ओवरलोड वाहन घूम रहे हैं लेकिन इन पर पुलिस की नजर नहीं जाती है।

इसके अलावा शहर में काली फिल्म वाली कार घूमती हैं। नागरिकों में बीएम तिवारी, राम कुमार हल्दकार, राजाराम पटेल, पंकज कुमार सहित अन्य लोगों ने इस तरह की कार्रवाइयों में रोक लगाने की मांग की है ताकि आमजन को कोई परेशानी नहीं हो।

पुलिस व परिवहन विभाग की अनदेखी के कारण ओवरलोड ट्रक, डंपर, ट्रैक्टर ट्रॉली आदि वाहन सड़कों पर दौड़ रहे हैं लेकिन इन पर किसी का ध्यान नहीं है। पुलिस व परिवहन विभाग के अधिकारियों द्वारा इनके खिलाफ कोई ठोस कार्रवाई नहीं करने से वाहन चालकों के हौसले बुलंद हैं। जानकारी के अनुसार रोजाना सैकडों ट्रक, डंपर व ट्रैक्टर ट्रॉलियां क्षमता से अधिक वाहन कैमोर क्षेत्र में घूमते हैं। इन पर अभियान चलाकर कार्रवाई नहीं की जा रही है। इसके कारण आए दिन लोग दुर्घटनाओं का शिकार हो रहे हैं। लेकिन विभाग इन ओवरलोड वाहनों के खिलाफ कोई कार्रवाई नहीं कर रहा हैं।जब इस बारे में पुलिस व परिवहन विभाग के अधिकारियों से बात की तो उनका कहना था कि ओवरलोड वाहनों के खिलाफ समय-समय पर कार्रवाई की जाती हैं।

Saturday, 3 October 2020


Sept. 30, 2020
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 WASHINGTON – Keith E. Sonderling was sworn in today as Commissioner of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency announced this morning.  Sonderling was nominated by President Trump on July 17, 2019, re-nominated on March 16, 2020, and was confirmed on September 22, 2020 by a Senate vote of 52-41 to serve as Commissioner, for a term expiring July 1, 2024. Sonderling was also designated by President Trump to serve as Vice Chair of the Commission.

Sonderling joins Chair Janet Dhillon and Commissioners Charlotte A. Burrows and Victoria A. Lipnic on the presidentially appointed bipartisan Commission. One vacancy remains on the Commission.

"I am pleased to welcome Mr. Sonderling to this vitally important agency," said EEOC Chair Janet Dhillon.  "His vast experience with labor and employment issues, including his most recent accomplishments with the U.S. Department of Labor promise an ideally suited and valuable asset to the EEOC. I look forward to working with Keith, and my other colleagues on the Commission, to continue to promote equal opportunity for all."

Prior to his appointment to the EEOC, Sonderling served as the Deputy Administrator of the Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor. He previously served as the Acting Administrator. The Wage and Hour Division administers and enforces Federal labor laws including the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, and the labor provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act.  Prior to joining the administration in 2017, he practiced labor and employment law at the Florida-based Gunster Law Firm. He received his B.S., magna cum laude, from the University of Florida and his J.D., magna cum laude, from Nova Southeastern University.

"I am humbled and honored to serve as a Commissioner of the EEOC, and to be entrusted with a position where I can continue to work to prevent and remedy workplace discrimination and to advance the rights of the American workforce. I arrive eager to draw on my valuable experience with the Department of Labor to laser-focus on furthering the EEOC’s mission,” Sonderling said.  

The EEOC advances opportunity in the workplace by enforcing federal laws prohibiting emp­loyment discrimination. More information is available at  Stay connected with the latest EEOC news by subscribing to our email updates. 

Sunday, 30 August 2020

New INMA report shares community engagement lessons learned during COVID crisis

DALLAS (27 August 2020) — In the midst of a rapidly changing pandemic and upended workplaces, publishers created unprecedented ways to engage their communities. Innovating daily, news media companies around the world delivered what readers were looking for and shifted each time those needs shifted, according to a new report released today by the International News Media Association (INMA).
What a Pandemic Taught Media About Community Engagement” shines a spotlight on the ground-level efforts by news publishers to navigate the COVID crisis. The ways in which they proved and exploited content’s versatility are demonstrated in case studies from 33 news media companies in 14 countries.
The report looks at detailed examples of how these publishers engaged their communities through:
  • Engaging content.
  • Educational content.
  • Outreach for and to advertisers.
  • Virtual events.
  • Philanthropy.
  • Positive news.
“What a Pandemic Taught Media About Community Engagement” is based on entries to INMA’s Global Media Awards competition’s special category “Best Initiative In Response to COVID-19.” These case studies give a glimpse into the worldwide response from news media companies to the audience needs sparked by the pandemic and lockdowns.
INMA Editor Paula Felps spent hours with the 98 Global Media Awards entries, culling them to a 94-page report.

“I can’t say enough about the trust, innovation, and agility projected in these COVID campaigns,” INMA CEO/Executive Director Earl J. Wilkinson said. “We believe the industry effort in this historic time is worth the breadth of the report.”
INMA has compiled the case studies to honour the work done, to give context to where the industry sits now, and to inspire news media companies on what they must do to be successful in the next phases of the crisis.

Companies featured in the report include The Big Issue, BILD, Chattanooga Times, CNN, Daily Star, Dainik Bhaskar, De Standaard, Ekstra Bladet, Gannett, The Globe and Mail, Hanza Media, The Hindu Group, Hindustan, HLN, IGC, IMS Property360, Jagran New Media LNP | LancasterOnline, Mediahuis, Mediafin, Newsday, NWZ Mediengruppe, Press Democrat, Russmedia, Singapore Press Holdings, Sydney Morning Herald, The Telegraph, ThePrint, Times of India, Upsala Nya Tidning, Vocento, Winnipeg Free Press, and Yahoo.
“What a Pandemic Taught Media About Community Engagement” is available for free to INMA members and available to non-members for US$795 – which includes one year of association membership, all strategic reports, Webinars, and access to all INMA content and peer connection tools. The report may be downloaded or purchased at

The International News Media Association (INMA) is a global community of market-leading news media companies reinventing how they engage audiences and grow revenue in a multi-platform environment. The INMA community consists of nearly 15,000 members at 850 media companies in 70 countries. Celebrating its 90th anniversary, INMA is the news media industry’s foremost ideas-sharing network with members connected via conferences, reports, Webinars, virtual meetings, and an unparalleled archive of best practices. 

Contact: Katy King
+1 972-787-8167

Saturday, 22 August 2020

Special Rapporteur’s Report on Combating Violence Against Women Journalists

On July 8, 2020, the Special Rapporteur on violence against women, Dubravka Šimonović, presented a new report on combating violence against women journalists (VAWJ) at the 44th session of the UN Human Rights Council. This report, the first to examine VAWJ in depth, documents the different forms of violence against women journalists, including femicide, sexual violence, discrimination, and online violence. “Women journalists have become increasingly targeted as visible and outspoken representatives of women’s rights,” Šimonović said in a UN Special Procedures news release. “Much remains to be done, particularly in view of the emerging fundamentalist discourse and the global backlash against women’s rights.” To read more about the report, check out our blog post on the Global 16 Days website.

In preparation for the report, on March 13, 2020, the Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL), through its Journalism Initiative on Gender-Based Violence (JiG), hosted an Expert Group Meeting (EGM) in partnership with the Office of the UN Special Rapporteur, the United Nations Population Fund, and the International Association of Women in Radio and Television. The EGM served as a knowledge-sharing session between women journalists, experts on GBV reporting, heads of UN mechanisms, and executives of media entities around the world. The full EGM report is now available to read here.On July 29, 2020, the CWGL hosted a webinar to launch the Special Rapporteur’s report. The webinar featured high profile panelists, including Jafar Irshaidat (UNFPA Syria-Hub), Lagipoiva Cherelle Jackson (JiG Chief Editor), Melissa Upreti (UN WGDAWG), Aimee Vega Montiel (GAMAR), Liz Ford (The Guardian), Tasneem Ahmar (a prominent journalist from Pakistan), and the Special Rapporteur Dubravka Šimonović on VAW, who discussed the content and significance of the report, as well as key recommendations that should be implemented to combat VAWJ.