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Wednesday, December 09, 2020

China and Pakistan sign military deal amid tensions with India

By on Wednesday, December 09, 2020

  PLA official calls for higher level ties to jointly cope with various risks and challenges

China and Pakistan have signed a new military memorandum of understanding to boost their already close defence relationship, as China’s Defence Minister and People’s Liberation Army (PLA) General Wei Fenghe met Pakistan’s leadership in Islamabad and visited the headquarters of the army at Rawalpindi. Gen. Wei on Tuesday met Pakistan’s President Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan. He called on both countries to “push the military-to-military relationship to a higher level, so as to jointly cope with various risks and challenges, firmly safeguard the sovereignty and security interests of the two countries and safeguard the regional peace and stability,” Chinese State media reported.

On Monday, the two militaries signed an MoU following Gen. Wei’s meeting with Pakistan’s Chief of the Army Staff, General Qamar Javed Bajwa, at the General Headquarters, according to reports in the Pakistani media. Both “exchanged in-depth views on the international and regional situations, the relations between the two countries and militaries, the equipment and technology cooperation and other issues”, a report in China’s official media said.

While details of the new MoU were not immediately available, it follows another agreement signed last year, when China’s Vice Chairman of the Central Military Commission (CMC) General Xu Qiliang visited Rawalpindi for defence cooperation and “capacity building of the Pakistan

International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2020

By on Wednesday, December 09, 2020

  On International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) 2020, WHO raised awareness on the need to respond to the needs of people with disability in all aspects of society, including during the COVID-19 pandemic, the importance of fostering an inclusive culture, and the complete realization of the human rights of all persons with disabilities as an integral part of all human rights and fundamental freedoms.

Key messages for IDPD 2020

1. Disability is part of the human experience.

2. WHO recognizes that a world where all people attain the highest possible standard of health and well-being is only possible if health systems are inclusive of people with disability.

3. People with disability have been amongst the most vulnerable populations during the current COVID-19 outbreak due to many health, social and environmental barriers, discriminatory attitudes and inaccessible infrastructure.

4. The COVID-19 pandemic provides a unique opportunity to build back better our health systems so that they are more inclusive and responsive to the needs and human rights of people experiencing disability in all their diversity.

5. Countries need to shift towards a service delivery system rooted in the communities, reaching out and empowering people with disability.

Since 40 months in UP -- 650 employees without salaries!

By on Wednesday, December 09, 2020

  Mr Ram Dhyan Singh employee of Kalyan Nigam Varanasi depot was suffering from pancreatic cancer.

The ill, Mr Singh, was operated on 27 December last year and later 3 days of his treatment he died.

The marriage of one of his 3 surviving daughter was matched; but the paucity of fund for the dowry estranged the tie up of being married.

The daughter Anushka sent a letter to the CM narrating the whole tragic story; requested to be employed on the death compensation to the dependents; voiced up to pay the outstanding dues of 40 months salary, the provident fund and the gratuity -- but no avail so far.

The family is facing the difficulties of economic crunch.

It's not mere the tragedy and difficulties of Mr Ram Dhyan Singh's family who is suffering from the apathy of top officials of Karmchari Kalyan Nigam.

The Union Government and the state government both declined to approve this Nigam of their GST shares relaxation in the matter of providing tax free consumer goods to the employees since the GST imposed; and Nigam shut down.

Besides the secretriate Nigam has 160 Depot in the different cities of Uttar Pradesh. There are 650 employees who haven't got their salaries for about 30 to 40 months.

The retirement benefits are not being paid to the retired and to the next kin of dead employees. About 100 cases like this are still pending to be considered.

Liability of more than Rs 80 crore is still pending for the working and for the retired employees. The Employees Federation President, Satish Pandey, and  Nigam Employee President Manoj Misra both are ire  over the apathy of secretriate level officers who are not taking the decision.

They told that in the case of one employee Sri Kant Dwevedi and others have been heard in Allahabad High Court on 26 November this month.

Principal Secretary Food and Supply Nivedita Shukla Verma  had appeared before the court with an affidavit and said that the Government has not approved the relaxation in the GST, the problem of salary payment is under consideration at the secretriate level. Court has asked to the present Principal Secretary to submit the update.

On 26 November hearing in court  Principal Secretary of government of Uttar Pradesh Beena Kumar Meena has submitted the affidavit that all the employees in the Nigam are irregular; so they can neiter be re-employed nor be retired except those who are working in the head quarters. 

It is not the responsibility of the secretriate to pay the outstanding salary and the other dues. 

Court did not listen the  pleas and asked him to solve the problem within 15 days and to file the report. 

The matter has been sent to Chief Minister Office, but still under consideration. 


Indian government honours the names of three journalists for their courage of conviction and honesty

By on Wednesday, December 09, 2020

  As the 50th anniversary of the Liberation of Bangladesh draws near, what also draws near is the 50th anniversary of a genocide so gruesome that it ought not to be allowed to slide into oblivion.

 To begin at the beginning, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was not part of the deception — he was the deception. Having won only 85 seats, Bhutto’s Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) had been a runner-up in the elections of December 1970, losing to the Awami League’s 167 seats. In the political stalemate due to then-West Pakistan’s attempt to modify the people’s mandate, Bhutto’s presence in Dhaka, on 25 March 1971 for “talks” with Sheikh Mujibur Rahman (the legitimate Prime Minister-Elect for the whole of Pakistan), probably lulled Awami leaders into thinking that “the 26th would be just another Friday, like every other Friday before it”.

Although it was almost an open secret that the thousands of crew-cut youth who had been arriving in civil clothes onboard civil flights, day after day for over a month, were actually soldiers, the Pakistan Army troops in Dhaka had always behaved with deference and remarkable restraint towards Sheikh Mujib – at least on the surface. Despite martial law being in force, the Pakistan Army had withdrawn into their cantonments on 3 March, with nearly no indication that they would not continue to remain there. The sporadic clashes were largely attributed to the eagerness of free agents. After all, Awami supporters were also creating civil nuisance by going on strikes, blocking roads, etc.

So, even after his face-to-face talks with Pakistan’s military ruler Yahya Khan had failed, Sheikh Mujib’s call to his people, “to prepare themselves for an all-out struggle”, was still only a call for non-violent civil resistance. While Yahya left Dhaka, Bhutto stayed to ostensibly ‘continue the talks’ that he had come for. A wily deception.

An H-Hour of 01:00 am on the 26th and the arrest of Mujibur Rahman had already been green-signalled at 11:00 am on 25 March, but Bhutto’s presence had successfully crafted the impression that ‘talks would go on’, creating the belief that the night would be peaceful, and the days ahead conducive for democratic protests through civil disobedience.

Evening of 25 March. The iconic clock of St Thomas had just struck 10, its chimes soothing. But soldiers, many with shawls to hide their insignia, started streaming into the telephone exchanges, radio and TV Stations, teleprinter and telegraph offices, and also around the InterContinental hotel in Dhaka. Even as the last of the city’s busybodies were getting ready for bed, the stroke of 10, that night, was the sign for the Pakistan Army to effectively blockade any foreign journalists who hadn’t already been expelled or left the country on their own, to stop every means of communication, and to quietly encircle Sheikh Mujib’s residence. All of this took them just over an hour. Killings, thus far, remained purposeful – limited to what was necessary to take over control of the communication.

By 30 minutes to midnight, all that changed. The H-Hour had apparently been advanced. And the true purpose of Operation Searchlight harshly shone forth: to kill and show. Each kill had to be a signal to the other Bengalis, and Pakistanis went out of their way to make it so.

Mass deaths

Sheikh Mujib was fortunate in a way, he didn’t have to personally witness all these killings, for at about 1:30 am on the morning of 26 March, he was abducted from his home, flown to Rawalpindi and then taken to solitary confinement in West Pakistan. But his people suffered. The armed soldiers of East Pakistan Rifles, and the armed constables of the local police, were not spared either, if they were Bengalis.

Even the name for their operation was apt. A searchlight can be used either to ‘search for’ or to ‘illuminate’. This operation met both aims. Search out every person suspected of being a politician, a student leader, a teacher of Bangla, or a cultural activist. Don’t hide the deaths, but emphasise the gruesome details of these deaths as symbols and signals to illuminate the choices before people who didn’t kowtow. It was macabre.

“The killing began shortly after 10 pm,” says Mashuqur Rahman, describing the demons of 1971, “in the first 48 hours the orgy of killing had ravaged Dhaka city…… (but)….. the genocide had just begun”.

The intensity of the genocide in Bangladesh surpassed that of the Holocaust. The Nazis had cruelly notched a monthly average of over 80,000 innocent lives between 1941 and 1945, but the Pakistan Army broke the Nazi speed-record five times over in 1971, with their savage murders averaging about 400,000 Bengalis each month, not counting their rapes and other unspeakable atrocities. The ‘Gear 5’ intensity of the Pakistani Genocide stands out — the Pakistanis had committed approximately three million murders in nine months, and more than 200,000 rapes.

And most Western countries looked the other way.

Had India not intervened; had Pakistan been allowed to continue the killings for six years as the Nazis had, there would have been 24 million Bangalis dead, and the Lord knows how many more women violated.

Though the Nuremberg Trials had in no way offset what the European Jews had suffered, they had at least attempted to bring many of the Nazis to justice for murdering an estimated six million Jews.

It is one of the deepest shames of the Seventies, that the Pakistani officers responsible for the murder of nearly three million Bengalis could not be tried for their crimes. India, which had proclaimed East Pakistan a free nation, had to set free 93,000 prisoners of war (PoWs) in order to obtain the release of ‘Bangabandhu’ Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, whose presence was central to the fledgling nation of Bangladesh. Blackstone’s ratio of ten criminals to one innocent, has perhaps never in history been skewed on a grander scale.

 The role of the media

From Governor General Tikka Khan, the infamous ‘Butcher of Bengal’, or his successor General Amir Abdullah Khan Niazi, to the soldiers who made beauty their booty (to paraphrase Andrew Jackson) – everyone escaped trial.

But, even if so many criminals got away, what ensured that their crimes pierced the world’s conscience? To quote Walter Lippmann, “News and (the) truth are not the same thing”. Indeed, when it comes to news about India, Western media often chooses authors and journalists who tell their readers what they wish to hear. That becomes news. That news becomes cited history, through the sheer perversity of ‘pervasity’ (even if it’s not a real word). Western media is so pervasive that history cannot be written by the victors unless they happen to be from the West.

The news in the West may never have resembled the whole truth even in the 1971 War, had it not been for a few brave souls, thanks to whom the truth of the genocide got through to the Western media, and changed the colour of the “News” as being reported there.

Who are these heroes?

Foremost among them is Archer Kent Blood, who, as the Head of the United States Consulate in Dhaka, sent a series of cables to Washington, commencing with the one on 27 March, which read, “Here in Decca we are mute and horrified witnesses to a reign of terror by the Pak Military….”.

On 6 April 1971, he sent a ‘dissent cable’ (later dubbed ‘The Blood Telegram’) to the US Secretary of State William P. Rogers, which read: “Our government has failed to denounce the suppression of democracy. Our government has failed to denounce atrocities. Our government has failed to take forceful measures to protect its citizens while at the same time bending over backwards to placate the West Pak dominated government and to lessen any deservedly negative international public relations impact against them. Our government has evidenced what many will consider moral bankruptcy,… But we have chosen not to intervene, even morally, on the grounds that the Awami conflict, in which unfortunately the overworked term genocide is applicable, is purely an internal matter of a sovereign state. Private Americans have expressed disgust. We, as professional civil servants, express our dissent with current policy and fervently hope that our true and lasting interests here can be defined and our policies redirected in order to salvage our nation’s position as a moral leader of the free world….”. National Security Advisor Henry Kissinger didn’t react, but the Blood Telegram found its way into the press, and the ‘truth’ suddenly became the ‘news’ in the US. The moment of convergence came in the British media too. First, a small snippet by Simon Dring appeared on the front page of The Daily Telegraph on 30 March 1971. Dring had gone underground just before the murders began, and collected evidence of the atrocities at great risk to himself, but his article failed to really alter the tone of reporting in Western media. Even though the BBC subsequently carried a broadcast made on the 27th  of March 1971 by Major Ziaur Rahman from a small clandestine radio station in Chittagong (reading out Mujibur’s declaration of Bangladeshi independence), it had mostly been interpreted as the justification for a Pakistani crackdown rather than the right way around.

The defining change came when Pakistani journalist Neville Anthony Mascarenhas, penned his article, “Genocide“, in The Sunday Times on 13 June 1971. He had originally been embedded by the Pakistan government with the Pakistani forces in East Pakistan in order to report favourably, but was so disturbed by what he saw that he escaped to the United Kingdom. His article on the Bangladesh genocide has been credited by the BBC as having “exposed for the first time the scale of the Pakistan army’s brutal campaign …”, and indeed even “impelled India to look at a military option to resolve the humanitarian crisis”.

As the 50th anniversary of the Liberation of Bangladesh draws near, what also draws near is the 50th anniversary of a genocide so gruesome that it ill behoves humanity to ever forget it.

It would only be a befitting tribute to the millions of Bengali lives lost in the Pakistani genocide of 1971, that in the year 2021, the Indian government appropriately honours the names of three good men: the Late Archer Blood, the Late Anthony Mascarenhas, and Simon Dring, for their courage of conviction and honesty.

Thanks to them, news came much nearer to the truth.

The contents of this article are the personal views of the author and do not represent official position of the Indian Navy or the Government of India.

Commodore Hari Krishnan is currently Director of the Indian Navy’s Centre for Ethics, Leadership and Behavioural Studies, and has earlier headed the Directorate for Strategy at Naval Headquarters.


Wireless Internet technology for far-flung areas

By on Wednesday, December 09, 2020

  No matter that today the Internet has substituted the essential facility, there are a few other areas where the wireless connectivity is not accessible.

These areas can now be easily linked - and the work has been done by Parthsarathi Trivedi.

Young entrepreneur and founder of Skylo, Parthsarathi Trivedi is making access into the far-flung areas with his technology.

Their start-up model has two characteristics: low-cost Internet services and design, which makes people comfortable purchasing.

This effort can make digital technology accessible to those population who had been deprived because of the infrastructure and were in the weaker section of economy. 

In this way every information and opportunity related to it will open every chances door.

The agriculture and the logistics industries are constantly changing.

Parthsarathi Trivedi is distributing data networks everywhere through Skylo.

He said in a program, "Our aim is to create a world where the presence of connectivity like a sky for sensors, devices and machines should exist everywhere.

This cheapest technology will replace all industries. "

His technology will ease many tasks in the country in the form of distribution management, and rescue management etc.

Parthsarathi took the birth in Kolkotta and he has completed his study at Stanford University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. after his degree he began his company Skylo in 2017. he developed a powerful portable antena. The antena is connected from the satelites internet services, and then it provides capable internet conectivities to the hundreds of other devices.

Specialy the antena has been developed for the far-flung  and rural areas.

Tuesday, December 08, 2020

All farmers skirt Delhi border roads: Farmers are hell-bent to move in... at Delhi border!

By on Tuesday, December 08, 2020

Police forces on alert; talk between Union Government and farmer unions is going on

The talks between the farmers with the 3 Union Ministers at Vigyan Bhawan at New Delhi on Tuesday was not conclusive.

The farmer unions have turned down the government's offer of constituting a committee to consider the issues of the agitated farmers in protest against the new agricultural laws.

However the both sides met again on Thursday this week and the government rejected the demand to withdraw the laws.

The government has asked the farmer unions to hand over whatever the objections they do surface against the laws before to come for the talks of next round by the Wednesday this week.

The farmer unions have adamant that the agitation shall be more intense if the government is failed to consider their demands.

35 leaders of farmer unions were on table to talk with the government.

 All India Farmers' struggle Co-ordinating Committee(AIKSCC) has said through releasing a statement that the talks held between the government and the farmers had no conducive result and the proposal of government is unacceptable to the farmers.

"That government's offer of 5 members committee to study the concern of farmers and to pay attention over the objections of farmer unions has been turned down", said in a statement by the farmers.

Mr Narendra Singh Tomar, Union Agriculture Minister, leading the talks on behalf of the government, told that he had talked thoroughly and will resume the talks in next meeting.

The Union Agriculture Ministry said in a release that it was assured in the meeting that the centre had always been committed for the welfare of the farmers and always accomplish to discuss open mind for the farmers welfare.

All the renowned stars of the sports world and the singers from Punjab are going to support this stir and the farmers from Punjab and Haryana are on the move to Delhi.

The farmers are going to be surged on Delhi road.

On appeal of Panchayat of Punjab and Haryana, the medicines, provision (ration)  and the other essential commodities are being gathered for the farmers.

The stuff laden tractors are being carried towards the Delhi border so that there should not be any difficulties to the farmers.

Panchayats have appealed that one member  atleast of every family must be sent to Delhi to encourage the farmers.

There is expected a heavy march of farmers towards Delhi from Punjab and Haryana after the talks being failed between the farmers and the government.

Delhi police is on alert appaling a huge crowd swarm on the border areas.

The security on Delhi border was already high and now it is going to be well maintained.


Thursday, November 26, 2020

Additional Municipal Commissioner faces mistreatment of ex-corporator

By on Thursday, November 26, 2020

 Additional Municipal Commissioner Lucknow faced the frenzy hue and cry at Bajwa road in Lalkuan ward adjoining area of Hazratganj Lucknow on Monday afternoon this week.

Mrs Archana Dubedi, AMC LKO, on Monday launched special routine operation of cleanliness for two days in the wake of observing pandemic and she was with her team on the spot where ex-corporator, Amit Sonkar, came to create nuisance.

She told Pressmen, "our team have been keeping on working to clean the city; in this compliance we were inspecting  Lalkuan ward and found the defunct  vehicles parked since long; the waste building remains were lying at the roadside; and the drainage of this place were choked which were emanating filthy smell there near Kalyan Mandap and Public Toilet."

"The removal of all these waste was going on normally and the local residents were supporting pleasantly this cleaning work; meanwhile ex-corporator with 40 to 50 unidentified people reached the spot and began to create nuisance during the public duty", she told.

She allegely said, " that the work preventing by Sonkar, which was going on there, could not be understood why they were provocatively protesting? Mr Sonkar was threatening  to lodge a fake criminal case against me by misusing  SC/ST Act and even he said me to this extent that my public service would get terminated."

While the LMC lodged a FIR against Amit Sonkar for this misconduct during performing the public duty.

Mrs Dubedi alleged that the Junior Engineer, Pratima who was there, was  aggressively assaulted by a Vishal Sonkar and they were also mistreating us in malevolent way.

She said that Mr Sonkar was accused in many other criminal activities and the cases against him have been got going on.


DK Thakur is new Lucknow police commissioner

By on Thursday, November 26, 2020

  

Uttar Pradesh government late on Tuesday transferred Lucknow police commissioner Sujeet Pandey and appointed ATS chief DK Thakur as new police commissioner.

Senior police officials did not cite any specific reason behind the transfer and termed it as an administrative decision of the government. Pandey has been made ADG, Arms Training Centre, Sitapur.

GK Goswami who had returned to the home cadre after a successful stint in the Central Bureau of Investigation has been made the new chief of the Anti-Terrorist Squad (ATS) in the state.

Pandey, who had launched the commissionerate on January 15, had a successful stint and managed the city during Covid-19 pandemic outbreak while also taking action on criminals and confiscating properties of aides of jailed dons Mukhtar Ansari and Atiq Ahmad.

DK Thakur is known to be a tough officer and served as SSP/DIG in Lucknow during the Mayawati regime. Thakur also had a stint in the Central Bureau of Investigation.

Thakur took the charge as Lucknow commissioner in the wee hours of Wednesday.

COVID-19 Test Mandatory For People Coming To Lucknow From Other States For Diwali

By on Thursday, November 26, 2020

 People coming to Lucknow from other states, especially Delhi and its adjoining areas, for Diwali will have to compulsorily undergo COVID-19 test at bus stands, railway stations and the airport, an official said today.

Thirteen teams of the Health Department have been deployed at all bus stands, railway stations and the airport for screening those coming to the state capital for Diwali and contact details of the passengers will also be noted down, Lucknow Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr Sanjay Bhatnagar said.

All the suspected cases would be tested in their homes, Dr Bhatnagar said, adding that this step was being taken to prevent the spread of coronavirus during the festive season.

So far, 66,237 COVID-19 cases and 917 deaths have been recorded in Lucknow.

Special precaution is being taken with people coming to the state capital to celebrate Diwali, particulary from Delhi and its adjoining areas, Dr Bhatnagar said, adding that people coming from Mumbai are also on the radar of the Health Department.

The Health Department's teams have been posted at Kaisarbagh, Charbagh, Alambagh, Kamta bus stands, Charbagh, Manak Nagar, Badshah Nagar, City Station ,Aishbagh, Gomti Nagar, Alambagh railway stations as well as Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport, he said.

Screening of the passengers coming to Lucknow from other states started from Friday and would continue till Sunday, the Chief Medical Officer added.

The decision to take all necessary precautions in this regard was taken by the district administration keeping in view the sudden rise of COVID-19 cases in Delhi.

Colleges reopen, few turn up on Day 1

By on Thursday, November 26, 2020

 


Almost eight months after colleges and universities were shut down due to the Covid pandemic, they reopened in Uttar Pradesh on Monday. The higher educational institutions were allowed to reopen with 50 per cent attendance of students on the basis of rosters prepared by university and college authorities.

An official in the Higher Education department said that around 38 per cent students attended classes in universities and colleges across the state on Monday.

“Students seemed to be happy to be back to their universities and colleges and meet their peers. The teaching staff was also happy. However, there was caution among the students because of the surge in coronavirus cases. Some colleges saw a good turnout, while in others, the turnout was not so good,” said the official.

International Students Want to Return to China

By on Thursday, November 26, 2020

 International students enrolled at universities in mainland China, who are facing the possibility of being shut out of the country for a year, are becoming increasingly vocal about being allowed back to resume their studies.

Their recent actions have included collecting signatures for letters, producing an appeal video and inquiring with both Chinese consulates overseas and foreign consulates in China.

Hopes that overseas students can return before the end of the year are dimming, as Beijing further tightened controls this month to bar all non-Chinese nationals from Britain, France, Russia, India and other countries.

Normally, China hosts almost 500,000 international students a year, but the government claims that there have been no COVID-19 cases on any mainland Chinese campus since August -- and it intends to keep things that way.

“I think the Chinese government is cautious because the government does not want to see imported infection cases, which would harm anti-COVID measures,” Ka Ho Mok, vice president and dean of the School of Graduate Studies at Lingnan University Hong Kong, told Times Higher Education.

Mok, an expert in comparative higher education policy, urged patience. “As China is the first country in the globe to recover in terms of economic development, I think people and students in other parts of the globe would still be interested to study in China when the global health crisis is stable and national borders reopen,” he said.

However, the entry block is a pressing concern for students stuck midway through their studies.

A British chemist working toward her Ph.D. at a Chinese university told Times Higher Education that, like many international students, she left the country during the Lunar New Year holidays in January and has not been able to return.

“This [policy] led to some schools banning students from returning to China if they were abroad,” she said.

“I cannot complete my work remotely at all, as it is completely lab-based,” she said. “My Ph.D. will be suspended and delayed until I’m able to return; however, it will reduce my chances of completing my Ph.D. in the time limit, as some universities only allow enrollment for a maximum of five years.”

About 1,000 foreign students wrote in a bilingual Chinese-English appeal that “China is our second home, so of course we will keep China safe at any cost” and promised to adhere to the mandatory 14-day quarantine and other restrictions.

“We, as students, contribute to university budgets,” they wrote. “We are creating cutting-edge technologies that will hugely benefit China in the future, and some of us are even pursuing our own start-ups in China, too.”

The problem appears greatest for final-year students with pending clinical, lab or work-study assignments. If they cannot secure internships and placements soon, their applications for postgraduate work or jobs could be delayed by a full year. And that is not to mention the fact that many of these students are still paying for rent and tuition in China, while scholarship money has been cut.

Some of the frustration, it appears, stems from the feeling that rules have been unevenly applied. For example, foreign professors and businesspeople can enter China.

“Our work is essentially the same,” said the British Ph.D. candidate, who wished to remain unnamed. “I think using the severity of the pandemic is a weak excuse given to students if workers and businesspeople are able to return freely.”

She also noted that Chinese students could travel between overseas universities and home. “Many Chinese students have had planes chartered by U.K. universities, so to see that sort of treatment in contrast to students who chose to study in China and have been waiting indefinitely, it hurts a lot being ignored for so long.”

However, mainland China is not alone in blocking international students.

About a quarter of foreign students enrolled in Australia are still in their home countries, with only a small number allowed back via pilot plans, while New Zealand is letting in only some postgraduates engaged in clinical or lab work.

Elsewhere across Asia-Pacific, though, doors are slowly reopening. Most international students are back on campus in Hong Kong and Singapore, while Taiwan lifted its ban on most overseas students in August. Even Japan, which was roundly criticized for its border controls, has allowed some entrants since October.

Dubai shuts establishments in International City, Al Barsha South for COVID-19 violations

By on Thursday, November 26, 2020

 Authorities in Dubai have closed down three businesses in its latest round of inspections after they were found breaking COVID-19 safety measures.

Dubai Municipality has announced that it closed one shisha cafe in International City, a fitness centre in Al Barsha South and a laundry shop in Naif for failing to comply with the precautionary measures aimed to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

The closures were made during the municipality’s latest inspection campaign on November 23, which included visits to 2,253 establishments.

The civic body said that it also fined one business and issued warnings to 27 others, while pointing out that as many as 2,222 establishments were found to be complying with the safety regulations.

Safety measures in gyms

The Dubai Sports Council has urged all clubs, academies, and sports and training centres in Dubai not to relax and continue complying with all the protocols and safety guidelines, which were issued in accordance with the safety guidelines issued by Dubai’s Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management and other relevant authorities.

Guidelines

Sports facilities have been instructed to make sure they maintain the hygiene and sanitization requirements as mandated by authorities, which includes maintaining a regular cleaning regime, and ensuring the 2-metre safe distancing rule is respected at all times.

The facilities have also been instructed to follow all the other safety protocols and guidelines like wearing masks, checking temperature of visitors and providing sanitisers.

The regulations also require facilities to display public announcements, and awareness signage in highly visible areas. They must also maintain adequate records of their members, including names, telephone numbers and visit dates, to assist if contact tracing becomes necessary.

On International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women, a look at India’s rape crisis

By on Thursday, November 26, 2020

 The United Nations has been observing 25 November as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women since 1981.

This date was selected to honour the Mirabal sisters from the Dominican Republic, three political activists who were brutally murdered on 25 November 1960 by order of the country’s dictatorial ruler Rafael Trujillo — an incident that had triggered massive public outrage and Trujillo’s own assassination six months later.

Discussions surrounding gender-based crimes took a centre stage in India recently when a 20-year-old woman from Hathras in Uttar Pradesh was allegedly gang-raped by four upper caste men. The victim’s family had then said that they wouldn’t have lost their daughter if they belonged to the “upper-caste” communities in their village of Boolgarhi.

Her cremation, in the dead of the night, was reportedly performed without family members or proper rituals. For a change, this case was covered extensively by the media. But that is the exception, not a norm and the number of such cases only keeps rising.

The latest National Crimes Record Bureau data noted a 7.3 per cent increase in rape cases in a year — a jump from 3,78,236 in 2018 to 4,05,861 cases in 2019. Nearly 22 per cent of these cases were “assault on women with intent to outrage her modesty”.

Uttar Pradesh accounted for 14.7 per cent — 59,853 cases — of crimes against women, the highest in the country.

A report published on 28 September by the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) and the Association for Advocacy and Legal Initiatives (AALI) has noted the Uttar Pradesh Police’s “refusal and failure to register complaints of survivors of sexual assault”. This report was based on 14 case studies interviewed between 2019 and 2020 in the state.

On this International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, ThePrint takes a look at how stigma, fear and lack of legal support often deters women from filing complaints against rape and other forms of violence.

Pressure to ‘settle’ cases

Of the 14 cases that were documented in the CHRI-AALI report, 11 were incidents of rape and three of gang-rapes. The crimes had allegedly taken place in seven districts of Uttar Pradesh, namely Aligarh, Amroha, Auraiya, Lucknow, Jhansi, Jaunpur, and Muzaffarnagar.

The report noted how “survivors faced delay, derision, pressure, and severe harassment” when they approached the police to file either complaints or FIRs. It also said how caste and gender-based discrimination deprived and/or delayed justice for survivors, resulting in further trauma and mental health issues.

The police took anywhere between two and 228 days to file FIRs in 11 out of the 14 cases, the report said. It also added that the FIRs were filed only after a court order in five cases and when matters were escalated to a senior officer in the other six. Also, no woman officer was present to note down details of the sexual assaults as demanded under Section 154 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) in 12 of the 14 cases.

The report also noted how the survivors were unaware that only a woman police officer was to record a complaint of sexual assault when the survivor herself goes to the police station. It also noted how 11 out of the 14 survivors learned of their right to file a complaint to the district superintendent of police (under Section 154(3) of the CrPC) after facing refusal at their local police stations.

“The amendment that allows the survivor to file a complaint against the police is not very useful — will you fight your case or the police?” Seema Misra, AALI board member and criminal trial court lawyer working on cases of sexual violence told ThePrint. “Always blaming the women is very common in the police. In South Delhi, the police are a little scared after Nirbhaya (2012 Delhi gang rape). But that isn’t the case everywhere.”

The report said that while survivors were usually subjected to misogynistic remarks by police officers, those belonging to lower castes faced further discrimination. It also noted how the police tried to bury complaints using “coercive tactics to push survivors to settle or compromise by threatening to implicate their family members, or forcing marriage of the survivor and alleged perpetrator”.

“Registration of FIRs is a problem across the board but there is a lot of pressure to settle the matter outside the court,” Misra said

Make use of successful coal auctions

By on Thursday, November 26, 2020

 The response to India’s maiden auction of coal blocks for commercial mining seems to have been fairly good: of the 38 blocks up for auction, 19 received multiple bids, and were successfully auctioned. We need to speedily operationalise the mines, step up efficiency in coal beneficiation and transition to net zero emissions along a low-carbon path.



The 19 blocks have a combined peak-rated capacity of 51million tonnes (MT) per annum. Domestic coal output is about 700 MT, but we also imported nearly 200 MT of coal in 2019, the bulk of it non-coking steam coal readily available in our large reserves.

The heavy reliance on a coal monopoly for years has clearly stultified production, and at a huge national cost. Note that coal imports add up to over Rs 1.5 lakh crore annually. The target is to raise domestic coal output to just over 1,100 MT by 2023. In tandem, we need to gainfully boost capacity for coal beneficiation at pitheads and streamline evacuation for heightened productivity in supply.

In the auction, 76 bids were received and revenue share was the bidding parameter. As many as 65% of the bidders were from non-end-user sectors such as real estate and infrastructure.

The way ahead is to have independent regulatory oversight for coal mining. In parallel, we need to proactively raise thermal efficiencies in power, steel, cement and other coal-intensive sectors, with fast-paced diffusion of high efficiency coal technologies such as coal-gasification combined-cycle plants.

The US-India Strategic Energy Partnership needs better leveraging, to gain from the US Department of Energy’s Coal FIRST (Flexible, Innovative, Resilient, Small, Transformative) initiative to develop 21st-century energy systems, including via coal gasification.

‘Running Bihar politics from jail’ — BJP circulates audiotape accusing Lalu of luring NDA MLAs

By on Thursday, November 26, 2020

 New Delhi: Politics is intensifying in Bihar ahead of the Speaker’s election for the newly constituted 17th Bihar Assembly, with former deputy chief minister and senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi Wednesday taking to Twitter and alleging that the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav was trying to topple the NDA government by promising its MLAs ministerial berths.



The Speaker’s election is scheduled for Wednesday.

Modi posted an audio tape of an alleged conversation between Lalu and Lalan Paswan, one of the MLAs of the ruling coalition.

“Lalu Yadav showed his true colours. Lalu Prasad Yadav is luring the NDA MLA to vote in favor of the Grand Alliance in the election for the Bihar Legislative Assembly Speaker,” posted Modi along with an alleged audiotape of a conversation between Lalu Prasad Yadav and MLA from the NDA coalition.

“Lalu Yadav making telephone calls (8051216302) from Ranchi to NDA legislators and promising ministerial berths,” he had tweeted. “When I telephoned, Lalu directly picked up. I said don’t do these dirty tricks from jail, you will not succeed. (sic)”

Lalu Yadav making telephone call (8051216302) from Ranchi to NDA MLAs & promising ministerial berths. When I telephoned, Lalu directly picked up.I said don’t do these dirty tricks from jail, you will not succeed.

According to sources, a BJP functionary is likely to file a PIL in the court regarding the issue.

The RJD, however, has denied the allegations. 

“Sushil Modi’s allegations are completely baseless and incorrect. In fact everyone knows he suffers from Lalu phobia,” said RJD state spokesperson Mrityunjay Tiwari. “By posting such messages and audios, they only want to divert attention from real issues of employment and development. They should follow positive politics, not negative. They need to stop this game of making allegations and diverting attention.”

‘Lalu running Bihar politics from jail’

The state BJP unit is now alleging that Lalu was trying to run Bihar politics from jail. “The audiotape shows how Lalu Prasad Yadav is trying to lure the MLAs. This is completely illegal. How can a convict have access to a phone?” asked Sanjay Jaiswal, Bihar BJP president. “He is running Bihar politics from Jharkhand. In fact he is staying at the director’s residence. I fail to understand how that is possible. The Jharkhand government too is involved in it.”

Lalu is currently serving time in the fodder scam cases but has been at the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), Ranchi, due to his health condition. There are now allegations that he is being housed at the official accommodation of the RIMS director as opposed to the hospital.

The charges come on the day the Chief Minister Nitish Kumar-led NDA government will face its first test of strength in the Speaker’s election where Vijay Kumar Sinha has been pitted against the RJD-led Grand Alliance candidate Awadh Bihari Choudhary.

The ruling coalition won 125 seats in the 243-member state assembly, just above the halfway mark of 122. Jiten Ram Manjhi’s Hindustan Awam Morcha and Vikassheel Insaan Party (VIP) are also part of the NDA alliance. The opposition Grand Alliance, led by RJD, won 110 seats.


Why is gender equality still elusive?

By on Thursday, November 26, 2020

 Equality, more specifically, gender equality as a concept has largely remained evasive in India’s history as a republic nation. As per the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Index 2019-20, India has slipped to the 112th position among the 153 economies that were sampled. The Index takes into account and measures gender gaps in health and survival, economic participation and opportunity, education and political empowerment. India ranks an abysmal 150th out of 153 countries in the health and survival parameter.

Despite the projected rapid economic growth, the explosion of initiatives to increase women’s political participation, increased microcredit programmes and self-help groups, gender disparities have continued to grow unabated and persistently in India. Women suffer disproportionately from intimate partner violence, sexual harassment, and discriminatory labour practices.  A McKinsey Global Institute report titled, The power of parity: How advancing women’s equality can add $12 trillion to global growth, published in the year 2015 for the first time established the link between how gender inequality affects GDP and gender equality in work with gender equality in society. The report revealed that India could achieve $700 billion of additional GDP in 2025 by raising women’s participation in India’s labour force by ten percentage points between now and 2025. However, in order to achieve it bridging both economic and social gender gaps becomes imperative.

Gender sensitization typically means a process where all genders are taught to respect everyone irrespective of gender differences. However, the stereotype and bias around gender roles and rights have existed in our society and have been deep-rooted within our cultural institutions and the way we behave as a collective. A pervasive phenomenon, discrimination against women and girls characterizes almost all sections of Indian society and at all levels. Ideas about gender-appropriate behavior and gender inequality are primarily driven by the cultural institutions in India, especially those of patrilineality and patrilocality.

The regressive social construct that men are superior to women has resulted in repulsive social practices aimed at subjugating girls and women, and has also resulted in increased violence against them. It may sound odd but foundations of gender-appropriate behaviour and gender inequality begin at home. In a society like ours which is dominantly patriarchal in nature and inherently practices misogyny, sexism and propagates gender stereotypes, the majority of the domestic and care work which is both underpaid and unpaid falls on women. Most parents knowingly or unknowingly discriminate between their children and the children believe and imbibe what they see and hear. The unequal distribution of work, opportunities and resources that they witness is carried forward into adulthood and multiplies into significant indiscriminate sexism in daily affairs. Patriarchy is entrenched so deep in our culture, laws and mindsets that we have always considered this cultural social construct as the default one.

The voices against gender inequality and violence against women have been gaining momentum in India especially post the December-2012 gang-rape in New Delhi. The Nirbhaya case is considered a critical point in the fight for women’s rights in India, for the widespread protests and demands post the incident led to reformative changes in the criminal justice system of India. However, in a vast landscape like India where women empowerment and gender equality as issues are shrouded with multitude of complexities, only legislative changes cannot reverse the epidemic. The Hathras case brings forth the role of caste and its associated vulnerabilities. The case has torn the social fabric of the country by exposing the direct relation between a women’s caste and her vulnerability of getting tortured or raped and various other associated gender constructs.

Therefore, the focus of the conversation cannot be limited to just law and order; it must encompass the woman’s right to dignity, equality in terms of opportunities, access to resources and parity in all spheres of life both personal and public.

Various forms of affirmative actions can play an instrumental role in addressing the representation of women in the public spheres. However, the actions will generate minimal or zero results if an attitudinal shift for women to be considered equals in their homes and the society is not cascaded. Given the quantum and extent of the issue, the administration, the legislature and the civil society cannot work on the redressal alone. In order to achieve parity within our society, all stakeholder groups with the power to influence and the ability to act as catalysts of transformational change must come together and act as a consortium. Corporations equipped with their resources can partner with the aforesaid stakeholders and design social interventions focused at women empowerment and shunning gender stereotypes and establishing gender equality. The battles need to be fought in our homes and our schools with the parents and teachers assuming an instrumental role.

In order to achieve the change, more than the big steps it is the small steps that matter. We can contribute significantly to a gender-just society by maintaining a gender-sensitive environment at our homes and every other walks of life. The conversation around gender roles, bias and stereotypes will evolve as society progresses. Facilitating a behavioural shift at grassroots, raising our sons and daughters without discrimination coupled with affirmative actions leading to increased economic and political representation of women, is the way forward and a giant leap towards the right direction.

Shia cleric Maulana Kalbe Sadiq dies at 83 in Lucknow

By on Thursday, November 26, 2020

 Notable Shia cleric Maulana Kalbe Sadiq died on Tuesday after a prolonged illness in a private hospital in Lucknow. He was 83 and is survived by his wife, three sons and a daughter in the hospital.


His son Kalbe Sibtain had confirmed to the media that his father breathed his last at around 10.00 pm on the midnight of Tuesday. Maulana Sadiq was under treatment at the Era Medical College’s ICU from 17 November. Maulana Sadiq was suffering from colorectal cancer with metastasis with severe pneumonia and urinary tract infection.

On Sadiq’s demise, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath expressed his deepest condolences to the cleric’s family. The CM said Sadiq’s death was a great loss to mankind. The CM said Maulana Sadiq was called a messiah of the destitute by some while others termed him an embodiment of the Ganga Jamuni  tehzeeb of syncretism.

Speaking of Sadiq, Nawab Jafar Mir Abdullah, a descendant of the royal family of Awadh, told the Hindustan Times that Sadiq was the most secular person of Lucknow.

Known for his lectures during Muharram, Maulana Sadiq was the first to organise a Shia-Sunni namaz in Lucknow. He got his early education from Madrasa Sultan ul Madaris then moved to Aligarh Muslim University for graduation in Arabic. He also did his master’s degree from AMU in Arabic literature and then secured a doctoral degree from Lucknow University. Besides Arabic, Sadiq was proficient in Urdu, Persian, English and Hindi.

The vice-president of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board, Maulana Kalbe Sadiq grabbed the headlines in 2017, when he advocated for peace over the Babri Masjid land dispute. He stated that if the Supreme Court verdict was in the Board’s favour, then Muslims should give up their claim on the land.

INC Chanakya , Ahmed Patel, is no more

By on Thursday, November 26, 2020

On Wednesday morning, Congress lost its Man Friday, Ahmed Patel, who helped the party through the way, Sunday to Monday, since the 1970s. For years, Patel remained the gatekeeper to the party high command. Having won the Bharuch seat in Gujarat in 1977, a time when Indira Gandhi lost her own seat in Raebareli, Patel went on to become the party treasurer in 2018, a post that became sensitive in the party after power tussle between Sonia Gandhi and Sitaram Kesri.



Patel was 71 and his death due to post-Covid complications came just two days after the death of another party veteran Tarun Gogoi again due to post-Covid complications. You can learn many things from the lives of the two veterans. The one thing you can learn from the deaths is to not take the coronavirus lightly. The vaccine is on its way but we do not know how long before it can make its way to us. Hospitals are undesirable places to be in, and this is the worst time to land in one, so let the mask stand in the way of the virus.

Talking of hospitals, former Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Modi has alleged former Bihar Chief Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav is answering phone calls. What’s wrong with that? If Sushil Modi is to be believed, Lalu is making calls to BJP MLAs offering them ministerial berths if they switch sides from BJP to RJD. The bigger wrong is that Lalu is allegedly running the show from a Ranchi hospital where he has been camping since being jailed in the chara ghotala.

Modi says he called on the number from which the purported calls were made and it was Lalu who answered the call.

Modi has shared an audio clip of one such purported conversation. Thumbs up to the audio quality. Just play. There is no need for a replay.

But netizens have given a thumbs down to Team India’s new jersey for the limited-over matches between India and Australia that starts this Friday. It all started after Shikhar Dhawan posted a selfie donning the jersey. People’s problem is too many advertisements on the jersey that leaves no space for anything else. Well, ads on clothes won’t occupy space on the ground, which will be occupied by players, so they are unlikely to have an impact on the game.

The selfie Shikhar Dhawan posted in the new jersey has led to a lot of criticism of the jersey. 

If someone can make some money, let them make money. If someone can make lots of money, let them make lots of money. You may not get anything out of it. But then you have to give nothing to it either.

The cricket jersey, however, has had a history of its own. Until the 1970s, all games were played mostly in whites. Even names of players were not mentioned on the jersey. It was in 1980s that shades of blue started being worn by Team India. When names got scribbled on the jersey, the happiest were score keepers.

But the country that introduced colours to cricket is Team Australia, which our Men in Blue will be taking on from November 27 to January 19. Australians credit the colouring process to Kerry Packer, a media tycoon. On November 28, 1978, during the World Series Cricket between West Indies and Australia, cricketers for the first time dressed in coloured jerseys. Kerry Packer had organised the series for his television network, Nine Network. This is when the first day-night cricket match was played. White is not a colour for nights, you see. So, Australian players dressed up in gold costumes, while the West Indians wore coral pink jerseys.

All sorts of colours are now worn by cricketers. Team India prefers its blue, which it mixes with other colours on occasions.

But what is a jersey? Jersey, our Word Of The Day, was basically the largest island among the Channel Islands, which are a group of British dependency islands in the English Channel, off the coast of France.

Jersey, the island, was famous for its knitting trade and the name jersey applied to many forms of knitted fabric. The jersey cow breed also hails from Jersey, the island.

From Jersey, let's take you to Britain, where the Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, has opened up about the grief of losing a child to miscarriage. In a piece 'The Losses We Share', Markle has gone on to talk about the grief and the healing process she shared with Prince Harry.

Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, meanwhile, are sharing the experience of heavy rains ahead of cyclone Nivar making landfall. The landfall is expected around midnight tonight.

Punjab, meanwhile, has announced a night curfew from 10 pm to 5 am from December 1. All hotels, restaurants and wedding venues will close at 9.30 pm, starting December 1. Till when will the curfew stay in place? A decision on that will be taken after a review on December 15.

Too many people getting infected at the same time may spell trouble for too few doctors that the country has and who are anyway working under a lot of stress.

The Bombay High Court, in fact, had to come to the rescue of a doctor whose wife filed a FIR against him for taking too much stress during the pandemic. The stress, she alleged, caused strain on the marriage. The court ironed out the stress by quashing the FIR. It said the two have patched up.

Don’t cause stress in someone’s marriage. That is already stressful business.

If you are stressed, take to cooking. If cooking gives you added stress, lock yourself out of the kitchen and Swiggy it. US Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris, however, loves her time in the kitchen and the time on social media sharing what she made in the kitchen. Tomorrow being Thanksgiving, Harris has shared photos of Cornbread Dressing along with the recipe. She has also patented the dish calling it Kamala's Cornbread Dressing before Donald Trump could have called it Trump's Dressing-down. Thanks, to Harris for sharing the recipe because, you see, just like the dish, she could have kept the recipe too to herself. You can pick up the phone to call and share the recipe with your friends and family.

 The photo Kamala Harris posted on of her Thanksgiving delicacy. 

If you are dialling a mobile number from a landline and the ‘lady in between’ asks you to check the number you have dialled, ‘zero’ is your key. Calling a mobile from landline may soon require you to prefix ‘0’ to the number.  


Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Labours Diwali in past and their present celebration of this festival

By on Tuesday, November 17, 2020

 

A tribute to first Prime Minister Pt Jawahar Lal Nehru by Kshitiz Kant on his own birthday

During festivals there has been always shortage of labours, but this Diwali, the overcrowd of labours were seen at the labour stop. The most of the labours were not in position to go to their villages with their bare hands because of less income.

 Bunt Line Network visited many labours' stop-crossing in Lucknow on Friday this week. The quizzical gauging of sulk eyes told us all the past of their loss without money and now about 80% of work in the markets has been left on future prospect after lockdown.

 "We don't get work for many days", they told.

Woman told: "we are second option for the labouring; people don't like to beckon us". 25% of labourers were women there. They were seated there for the daily wage work. Rajkumari, Sangeeta, Santoshi and Ragini from Chhattisgarh told that the work statistics has been declined since the lockdown whereas the labours' liabilities have grown now than before the lockdown.

Women are being seldom engaged in work in comparison with past year. People think that the women don't work well in daily wage. That's why the people get hesitate to take them for work. Main labours get at least 15 days work in a month whereas women don't get any work even in a week. Bunt Line talked to many labours at Sarojini Nagar, Bara Birwa, Naher crossing, Telibag, Phoenix crossing and many other places there were many women on these places they told us we also have pressure from home,

Phoenix Mall crossing

phonix mall labour crossing where we get the daily wagers from Chhattisgarh and Bihar.

 Many women labours were standing here seeking work for their sustenance. Someone were standing here along with their wives and some, for work seeking with their girlfriends. Reporter stood for about 20 minutes. Only one man came here to take them for a day.

As he reached, the work seekers surrounded him. Ful Kumari from Chhattisgarh told, ”after the lockdown I was engaged in daily wage only for 10 days. My daughter and son both are in village. I wanted to celebrate Diwali with them, but due to lack of money I am not in position to go there. I have send 1000 rupees for my children' sweets and father-in-law's medicines."

Only three people came to take labours

At 9 a.m. Telibag crossing was crowded by labours. Women labours were maximum in number, here. Bihar, Jharkhand to Chhattisgarh labours, carpenters and painters were standing there and waiting for daily wage work.

Here Reporter stood for about 15 minutes. Only three people came to take labourers for cleaning purpose at home. 

As they came, labours surrounded them. Here labours said because of observing pandemic, the development work has no certainty of further lockdown. The people are saying: themselves, they are saving for their living because of their own job uncertainty. This is why labours are not getting any work. Last year, during Diwali, hardly people were idle to spare their time for daily wage, but this Diwali, labour did work for rupees 200.

Labours start gathering since morning 6 a.m.. Labours' pain was clearly seen during conversation with them.


Spurious liquor claims 8 lives in state capital of UP

By on Tuesday, November 17, 2020

8 people died by consuming spurious liquor whereas 15 of them are sick in Banthra, outskirt area of Lucknow . The condition of four is serious. In this matter Police has arrested salesman and the vendor of model shop. 

District Magistrate Lucknow has hand over a magisterial inquiry to ADM East in this connection. Inquiry officer has to put up the report within a week. 

Issuing a show cause notice to the District Alcohol Officer, Sudarshan Singh Yadav, the contract license has been cancelled for the alleged liquor shop in Latif Nagar. 

Sundar Lal and his neighbour Mohd Anees alias Akshay from Rasool  Pur Village, and Raj Kumar from Latif Nagar -- all have bought and consumed liquor from the vendor Nankau's shop. 

Raj Kumar's father Nankahe told that his son had come home on Thursday evening by consuming liquor and late night his condition got deteriorating. He began to blood vomiting and died in morning whereas Sundar Lal and his neighbour Anees alias Akshay from Rasool Pur-- all have bought and consumed the liquor which deteriorated their condition. 

Family members of Sundar Lal have rushed him to KGMU for his treatment. Anees was admitted to Balram Pur Hospital where both died during treatment. 

Since long the license holder and vendor has been in this business. 

According to Police Contractor Nankau has been involved in illegal alcohol business since long time. Even people used to buy alcohol after being shut down of Model Shop.

Villagers alleged that Police and Alcohol Department both had information about this illegal trading of liquor, but the officers of both departments have ignored it.

It is important to notice that Dariya Pur Khatola and many other villages are indulged in this illegal alcohol distribution business. Inspite of this, the officers kept on silence in this matter. 

According to District Commissioner of Police (Central), Somen Verma, the alleged liquor has been bought from Shubhash's Model Shop in Latif Nagar. 

During the investigation it has come out that Nankau was doing illegal alcohol business. Salesman Manvendra and Nankau duo are being questioned after the arrest. 

The victims of poisonous liquor have been rushed to hospital.  Alcohol Department and Police both reached to the villages to investigate on Friday morning. 

During investigation they got to know that between Wednesday and Thursday 15 other peoples had bought hazardous liquor from the contractors shop. After this everybody by police jeep were rushed to hospital.  Umesh, Manoj, Hafiz and Kanhai's condition are very serious. Alcohol Department is sending samples from other liquor shops for testing.



Saturday, November 14, 2020

11 NOVEMBER 2020

By on Saturday, November 14, 2020
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Monday, November 02, 2020

"if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people" on100 years of secular education

By on Monday, November 02, 2020

 BY:- Huma Baby (Hardoi): Jimmy Warsi (Houston, Texas)    

For 100 Years, Jamia Millia Islamia made an unwavering belief in an education rooted in creativity, values and intellectual curiosity. A modest beginning on October 29,1920 at Aligarh, U.P University was founded on the beneficence and tenacity of its founding members -- Shaikhul Hind Maulana Mahmud Hassan, Maulana Muhammad Ali Jauhar, Jenab Hakim Ajmal Khan, Dr.Mukhtar Ahmed Ansari, Jenab Abdul Majeed Khwaja and Dr.Zakir Hussain  with a firm belief and passion in the transformative power of education for students, the community and beyond.

The concept was to build a national institution with values--- excellence, integrity, progressive education and nationalist ideals to students from all communities, particularly the Muslims to guide them today and will endure as entering a bright future.

Jamia(university) was supported by Gandhi ji and Tagore with the hope that it could shape lives of hundreds and thousands of students on the basis of shared culture and challenging world. Jamia tops central university in government ranking is marked by immense sacrifices by its dedicated staff, students and host of anonymous prominent individual tireless efforts.

Jamia Millia Islamia is proud of its past and the prospects of its future. The journey of growth from a humble beginning in the pre-independence India to a profound ranking central university offering modern day integrated education from Nursery to Research in specialized areas are the outcome of its Founding members clear vision in spite of numerous challenges faced yet “built up the Jamia Millia stone by stone, and sacrifice by sacrifice” as very well said by Sarojini Naidu, the nightingale of India.

Turning the golden pages of history under colonial British Raj, two major factors played massive role that contributed towards birth of Jamia. The political climate in 1920 exposed both factors (A) Anti-colonial Islamic Activism and (B) Pro-Independence aspirations together with Mahatma Gandhi who was working tirelessly towards bringing a change in India. The Anti-Colonial Activism was inspired by the Khilafat Movement and the Pro-Independence factor was motivated by the non-cooperation movement of the Indian National Congress and as both factors worked in tandem it created the highest level of energy to lay the foundations of Jamia Millia Islamia. An outstanding compliment from Rabindranath Tagore called it “One of the most progressive educational institutions of India”.

However one more story is a legend of foundation of this university.

SN Banerjee sent a letter to, Sir Syed Ahmad Khan, founder of AMU referring the purpose of forming an organisation, INC, in 1885.

 Badruddin Tayyab Ji and Mr Banerjee said in this letter that they did felt that it would be incomplete without Sir Ahmad's presence.

the letter was read before Sir Syed Ahmad Khan, and he asked Mohisin, "You must have heard of mutiny 1857." He replied, 'yes!'; "but I have seen it with my own eyes"

Mohisin added," You have written in Asbabe-Baghawate-Hind that indian should be included in the viceroy's council." Sir Ahmad said, “But they are not talking of nomination by the viceroy. They want to fight against the government. These people are talking of election. Bengalis are learning English for 100 years and made good progress. we can't make such demands on the rulers. If we will do, we will lose all that we have gained since 1857."

"Those who want to fight for their rights can do so! We will continue to educate our children," Sir Syed Ahmad Khan replied to the reader.

  Sir Syed Ahmad Khan's not attending in the meeting of forming Congress party; it figured them to birth an indigenous secular university in Aligarh.

Dr.Zakir Hussain, once said.”the movement of Jamia Millia Islamia is a struggle for education and cultural renaissance”. That’s how exactly Jamia evolved and laid path for Indian Muslims not only to focus on Islam, as a religion, but also project national culture for common Indian. This became a huge step towards laying grounds among Indian Muslims that true religious education beside promoting patriotism it would help in national integration among Indian muslims offering them opportunities to proudly take part in progress of India, which will play its global role for peace and development. The perceived vision to establish Jamia was to lay such a common curriculum for Indian muslims considering future challenges and prepare students to be masters of future.

Jamia Millia Islamia today besides being a Beacon of Hope is also a torch bearer of modern ideas and innovations. Jamia stands tall with the promises and commitments of the founding fathers in realizing the vision to create or be part of human universe that offers inclusiveness, Equity, Fellowship, Justice and Peace for all. Jamia continues to serve the nation with it’s quality education, teaching and research through competent and skilled human resources that would inspire physical and human environment. Jamia is striving to become a world renowned teaching cum research institute by adapting best national and International practices through partnerships with reputable institutions of excellence both domestically and globally. Commitment to offer cutting edge learning experience with technology, global competitive education, intellectual freedom and critical research opportunities are the current priorities.

Today Jamia Millia Islamia, is considered a complete unit of distinctive layered education system offering Under-Graduate, Post-Graduate, M.Phil / Ph.D and Post-Doctoral education. Jamia has Nine faculties of learning, Thirty Eight teaching and research departments and over Twenty Seven Centers of learning and research that attracts the brightest minds nationwide to realize their potential.

In recent times, facing numerous challenges and struggles of past 100 years, Jamia undoubtedly has made remarkable success for the year 2019-2020 by achieving Number One ranking out of Forty Central Universities nationwide. How well said by imminent award winning Padam Shree scholar Professor Akhtarul Wassey “Celebrating 100 Years of journey is not the final destination rather Jamia must continue it’s journey further. Administration and its teachers are the backbone of today’s ranking and success achieved by Jamia Milia Islamia.” He further humbly appealed to Ministry of Communications and Education, Government of India, to release commemorative Postal Stamps for Jamia Millia Islamia and Aligarh Muslim University (4th ranking Nationwide) on the celebration of successful 100 years.

Another prominent Engineer and proud Alumni of Jamia Millia Islamia, Mr.Ahmed Mubeen resident of Koel Bagh Colony, shared his views and stated “ Jamia Millia Islamia has achieved  the commitments of the founding fathers in realizing the vision. Jamia has outstanding record and succeeded in establishing through education required harmony between cultures, religion and the most important factor Patriotism.

“If You are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people”.

Jamia Millia Islamia has completed 100 years of its presence and has crossed a long journey. As we say there is always room for improvement with this in mind, Jamia needs to keep growing from strength to strength.

Sunday, October 25, 2020

Women safety and strict law

By on Sunday, October 25, 2020

 

Divwanshu P SINGH

Barabanki: In a present scenario , women security is a very important topic. Time to time voices have been raised to make tough punishment framework to protect the women and make them uplift from the visicious cycle of weakness.
In my opinion cinema, tv serials , newly born webseries , now a days , have become a source of vulgar content. There is equally urgent need to bring law on this subject as it is required in case of women security.
Now a days issues are politicized , as recently , hathras issue was in limelight while none was bothered about balrampur issue. There was deep silence on these matters as these are being highlighted on the basis of caste, colour and religion which shows only dirty side of politics.
In a present scenario, maximum cases of rape have been noticed from rajasthan but silence of media Encourage such kind of incidents.
As tough and stringent laws are concerned they are being modified time to time but not being implemented properly on the ground level . It is no less than dream . Many cases are being buried due to phobia ,  fear  and undue pressure so, instead of tough laws there is an urgent need to bring change in the implementation process and to replace such mechanism which creates hurdle in its path.

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Court summons Police Station Officer to explain seizure of only 900 rupees

By on Thursday, October 22, 2020

 


ADJ, Harendra Bahadur Singh, summons SO of police station, Chinhat and Indira Nagar, to explain how the accused person involved in the dozen of different theft cases lodged in different police stations could have possessed the ill-gotten money of Rs 900 only?

The court has summoned the both SHOs to appear to furnish all the documents and records on Oct, 22.

According to the report, the accused, Ram Prakash's bail application was to hear in connection with the theft case under Indira Nagar police station. The court was apprised that the accused was sent in judicial custody in theft case.

Chinhat police recovered the gross Rs 900; Rs150, theft from the shop of adjacent Corporation Bank Street under PGI police station; Rs 100, from the shop at the highway plaza; Rs100, from the shop at Utretia; Rs 50, from the shop at LDA Ashiyana; Rs 100, from a shop at power house cross; Rs 150 from medical shop in Vijeykhand under Gomtinagar police station; Rs 100 from the shop at family mart of Sushant golf city; Rs 100, from the shop at Naqkhas; and Rs 50, from the shop at Para Sai temple shown have been recovered the accused possession.

The court said that the seizure of ill-gotten money shows a kidding of circumstances and investigation.

 


Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Ganga Express Way is to be approved in cabinet; road shall be between Meerut to Prayagraj: Satish Mahana, UP Industrial Minister

By on Wednesday, October 21, 2020

 

"The travelers shall be served excellently on Ganga Express Way which is going ro be built between Meerut to Prayagraj", Mr Satish Mahana, Minister for UP Industrial Development, told here after attending a review meeting for this dreamful project Tuesday.

It's an idea to boost the Industrial Development in the district of Uttar Pradesh where it will pass through. he adds that he he has directed the officers to speed up all the activities to build this expressway. he suggested to the officers to prepare the proposal of the project to be passed by the cabinet. The meeting of the officers and the minister also considered and discussed Expressway to be built on PPP model.

        The vehicles shall run on 120 KM/Hrs on six lanes road. He told that this Express Way shall be 594 kilometer long and be in 6 lanes that can be extended to 8 lanes in future.

The vehicle will be run on this pitch with the speed of 120 KM/Hrs; an air-base near Shahjahan Pur  beside of this path shall be built; a bridge of 900 meter long over Ganga river and 720 meter long bridge over Ramganga river have been proposed.

One toll plaza at Meerut, another at Prayagraj and 15 ramp toll plaza have to be built. 9 public help center campus are to be built beside the expressway.

The project's estimated fund expenditure is Rs 36410 crore; the land acquisition shall have expenditure of Rs 9255 crore. the minister told that by selling compositely the toll tax on Agra-Lucknow expressway shall earn Rs 4500 crore by monetization.