Saturday, July 11, 2015

Lucknow: Amitabh Thakur (IPS) files complaint against Mulayam Singh Yadav at Hazratganj Police Station

Eurozone ministers to decide on Greece bailout

Eurozone ministers to decide on Greece bailout

But he faced anger from some in his own party for proposing measures that were rejected in a referendum last Sunday. Some creditors gave an initially positive reaction to the plans but a bailout agreement is far from certain.
The creditors – the European Commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund – have sent a first joint assessment to the Eurozone Ministers. Greece is asking creditors for 59.47 billion dollars to cover Greece’s debts until 2018, but the amount of the new bailout could reach 74 billion euros, as Greece is seeking a restructuring of its massive debt, which it says is unsustainable.

Myanmar go to the polls on 8 November


Myanmar’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi
Myanmar will go to the polls on 8 November in its first open general election in 25 years, officials say.
The vote is seen as a crucial next stage in steps towards full democracy.Myanmar’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi has said the National League for Democracy will contest polls set for Nov 8. “We have decided to take part in the election,” Suu Kyi told reporters at a press conference at her residence in the capital Nay Pyi Taw, vowing the party would “amend the constitution” that bars her from the presidency if it wins the polls.The Reform in Myanmar has been under way since 2010 when military rule was replaced by a military-backed civilian government.

Super typhoon Chan-hom

Super typhoon Chan-hom
Super typhoon Chan-hom progressed towards Shanghai prompting evacuation of more than 8 lakh people in eastern China.After lashing Japan’s Okinawa island chain and Taiwan, Super typhoon Chan-hom progressed towards Shanghai prompting the evacuation of more than 8 lakh people in eastern China. China’s National Meterological Centre, NMC, says the powerful storm could be the strongest typhoon to strike Zhejiang province, since 1949. The storm left five people dead in the Philippines earlier this week and injured more than 20 people in Japan Friday. It was 235 kilometres southwest of Zhenjiang province early morning today and continued to gain pace as it travelled towards land, the NMC said.

PM NARENDRA MODI REACHED TURKMENISTAN

Jul 11,
Two countries are to sign agreements on tourism, science and technology, defence likely to be signed
After successful conclusion of the Seventh BRICS Summit and SCO Summit and fruitful interactive sessions with several Heads of the Governments held at UFA in Russia, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, reached Turkmenistan capital city of Ashgabat Friday night. He was welcomed by the Turkmenistan Foreign Minister Rasit Meredow at the Ashgabat International Airport.
It is the first visit by an Indian Prime Minister after the then Prime Minister P.V.Narasimha Rao’s visit in 1995. AIR correspondent reports that the visit is being seen as an excellent opportunity to strengthen India-Turkmenistan ties in several areas.
Sardar Sarovar Project Affected Commits Suicide
Frustrated for not getting Rehabilitation
Government responsible for the suicide of Tembhrya Kutarya.
It’s illegal to complete the Dam that takes life of Adivasis.
Chimalkhedi | 10th July: Yesterday, on 9th July 2015, in the village Chimalkhedy, barely 10 to 12 kms away from the Sardar Sarovar Dam, TembhryaKutarya consumed poison and committed suicide. This news reveals the actual dire reality underlying the false tall claims of rehabilitation by Maharashtra Government. While this press note is being drafted the dead body of the old man Tembhrya Kutarya is decaying on the banks of the river Narmada in the village Chimalkhedy and the Govt. is “still thinking” how to take MBBS doctor there to do postmortem. Dr. Anil Patil appointed on the riverine dispensary on the medical barge that is very irregular, in spite of being in Kevadia colony (the colony near SSP) since yesterday morning was apparently neither aware of nor was concerned about this incident. When, he was on his way to Nandurbahar (in opposite direction) this morning around 6 am, he was strongly told by activists to go back to the village and not to the district place, Nandurbahar. Even though he is not permitted to do postmortem, since he is BAMS, not MBBS, he has stayed back.When the dead body is decaying the height of the Sardar Sarovar Dam is being raised by 17 meters to 139 meters submerging several villages and thousands of Adivasis. Only future will decide how many more may have to commit suicide as 2.5 lakhs people in the submergence area are being sacrificed.
The story of  Tembhrya Kutarya tells a lot. For the last 30 years Andolan with its consistent efforts, pushed and tried till govts have rehabilitated 11,000 families in Gujarat and Maharashtra by giving land for land and also compelled Madhya Pradesh government, with hardly any will power, to prepare rehabilitation sites. Beyond this, as of today there are 1200 families in Maharashtra and 5000 families in M.P. who are yet to get land rights. Tembhrya Kutarya was one of those.
In the list of displaced adivasis from Maharashtra, right from the beginning the name Tukya Kutarya being unique was conspicuous Tembhrya Kutarya was his brother, as joint landholder. Andolan has been consistently exposing confusions and errors in the lists. Tembhrya’s name was misspelled as “TembhryaTukya” and in spite of Andolan pointing out; the government has not corrected the records. The second error was listing him as landless.
In the 2002, during Task force work for 1 ½ to 2 years Andolan activists worked with the government and prepared record of the displaced. The government system being such, confusions continue and hundreds of families are still left out.  Tembhrya’s four sons were excluded too, TembhryaKutarya was not declared as landholder with joint landholding( with his brother) but was declared as adult son and was given only one hectare land. Even this he had not actually obtained because only one of the four was given notice and the land is in different place. Thus, he was not given his right to 2 hectaresof  land and also the decision about his sons. As per the traditionaladivasi families Tembhryadaya (old man) has eight sons’ in his family, of them four are married. Each has 2 to 4 children (some are not surviving); only one has married late and has only one child. In such a situation claims for his 5 sons to be declared as adult sons are pending for last 5 years. Tembhryadaya’s application for correction in his name is also pending with GRA (GrievanceRedressal Authority). Thus GRA has been formed by Supreme Court during the Narmada Bachao Andolan’s case and till now in Maharashtra 3 retired judges have chaired this. The present chair is Justice Bagga. Thus, either because of the lapses in the system or by the different attempts, to get real PAF declared takes years of efforts.
The authority without taking any decision sent back applications of Tembhrya daya’s 4 sons to additional collector a year ago. All the 4 have been labeled non-eligible because they could not show unwarranted proofs like Ration cards of 1987 and names in voting list. The land of this family is submerged since 2003! The decision of labeling them non-eligible was taken in February but the letters of all 4 were sent only 4 days ago. So, on the same day in great depression he told his wife “my eight sons and their families cannot survive on my one hectare. So I don’t want to live “and he ended his life by committing suicide. In fact this is the homicide of adivasis by the exploitative government system.
The Maharashtra government is now trying to not even search for any land but try to give cash and break law. The tribal demanding their legal rights, insisting for land based rehabilitation refused government’s move of cash compensation. The entire community based rehabilitation has been pending. The future looks even more threatening, as lakhs of families including Adivasis in the mountains as well as planes of Nimad that include farmers, farm laborers, fisher folks and traders to face water or give up life/ commit suicide? Fighting for the rights to life, Andolan achieved many things but the system is crooked and works violating not only laws but even court orders obtained through long struggle. The selfishness in politics leads to cruel decisions like the blind one by Mr.Modi. Inspite of 6 years enquiry into in M.P., crores of rupees are wasted but rehabilitation with the land or livelihood does not reach the displaced people. Some try to take bribes to include false names and let down tribals in the name of lack of “proofs”. Thus, it is the government system that is to be blamed for compelling PAF’s to commit suicides after facing submergence of homes and farms for years. IN THE CASE OF ADIVASIS LIKE TEMBHRYA, IT IS NO DOUBT A CASE OF ATROCITY AGAINST ST!
One must say that, with the suicide of Tembhrya Kutarya this new chapter has begun. Last year’s water level of 129 meters will now reach 134 meters (at dam site) this monsoon. It seems the next chapter is inevitable devastation and the andolan has to reach its peak. In a way Tembharyadaya has given a warning. Will the government and the society take this seriously?
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ONLINE CONSUMERS TO BE BETTER PROTECTED BY NEW UNITED NATIONS GUIDELINES MONITORED BY UNCTAD

Geneva, 10 July 2015 – Better protection for people buying things online in both developed and developing countries will be among the outcomes of revisions to United Nations guidelines agreed at a major UNCTADconference in Geneva. More than 350 competition specialists from 70 countries gathered on 6–10 July to review the so-called “United Nations Set” of mutually agreed competition and consumer protection policies.
UNCTAD’s work on competition and consumer protection has long shown that these can play a direct and important role in promoting economic growth and reducing poverty in developing countries. Competition stimulates innovation, productivity and competitiveness, increases a country’s attractiveness as a business location, triggering investment, and delivers benefits for consumers through lower prices, improved services and greater choice. Empowered consumers, who know their rights and enforce them, are subject to fewer abuses. This directly improves their welfare.
Last updated in 1999, the United Nations Guidelines on Consumer Protection needed updating in a world of e-commerce and online shopping, and in other areas such as financial services, energy, public utilities, and tourism. With the update, member States agreed to put UNCTAD at the center of global consumer protection.
“If we want citizens to be active players in achieving sustainable development we need to empower them as consumers in the marketplace,” UNCTAD Secretary-General Mukhisa Kituyi said. “I am delighted that member States have entrusted UNCTAD with becoming the privileged international forum for advancing consumer protection worldwide.”
A proposal will be submitted to the United Nations General Assembly for adoption in its next session and contains the request that UNCTAD: establish an Intergovernmental Group of Experts on consumer protection law and policy; monitor the implementation of the guidelines; serve as forum for exchange of best practices; and provide technical cooperation and capacity building to developing countries and economies in transition.
Amanda Long, Director-General of Consumers International, the world federation of consumer groups, said: “We are particularly pleased with the high level of commitment to establish an Intergovernmental Group of Experts. Effective implementation by member States and business will be key going forward.”
Further outcomes of the conference included renewed support for UNCTAD’s voluntary peer review model. Since 2005, more than 18 countries have been participated in the competition policy peer review process. The resulting reports were used in amending legislation, advocacy (for example in Indonesia and Nicaragua) and establishing new training agenda for staff in Zimbabwe.
UNCTAD’s unique development perspective and experience in working with competition authorities in developing countries, as well as on competition policy worldwide, serve as a guarantee that the voluntary peer review process focuses on fostering competitiveness and takes into account the development needs of countries.
The conference also agreed to reconvene the Intergovernmental Group of Experts on Competition Law and Policy during the next four years until the next ministerial review conference is held. Emerging issues this body will tackle include:
  • Competition and its role in inclusive and sustainable development
  • Best practices in the design and enforcement of both competition and consumer protection laws and policies
  • The provision of capacity building and technical assistance
  • International cooperation and networking
In particular, next year’s meeting will focus on examining the interface between the objectives of competition policy and intellectual property; enforcing competition policy in the retail sector; enhancing legal certainty in the relationship between competition authorities and judiciaries; and strengthening private sector capacities for competition compliance.
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West Bengal: Another Church Vandalised in Nadia District
West Bengal, July 10, 2015: Unidentified people vandalised a Catholic church in West Bengal’s Nadia district, police said on Friday, barely 25km from another Christian institution where a nun was gang-raped a couple of months ago.
The vandalism of the St Thomas Catholic Church at Taherpur on Thursday night was the latest in a string of attacks on minority-run institutions across the country which opposition parties and activists attribute to fringe right-wing groups.
The spate of attacks had prompted Prime Minister Narendra to break a long silence and assure that his BJP-led government would protect life and property of minorities in the country.
Police said that the altar of the Taherpur church was found broken outside the building though the vandals left all valuables untouched.
A police official involved in the investigations told Hindustan Times that they are not ruling out the vandalism angle.
“The act of pulling out the altar and smashing it raises doubts about the intention of the attackers,” he said, refusing to be identified as he is not authorised to speak to the media.
Police said that though the church is located in a densely populated area nobody heard any “suspicious sounds at night”.
Two Christian priests, apart from a doctor and two nurses working for a temporary medical camp in the area, were also staying at an adjacent building but they too denied hearing anything, police added.
Police are trying to find out how the vandals entered the church as the main door and windows and grills were locked from inside and there were visible signs of a break-in.
The church doors are locked for the night after the caretaker, Tapan Mondal, rings a ceremonial bell every evening.
Police quoted Mondal as saying that there was nobody inside when he locked it on Thursday evening.
“We have received a complaint from the church authorities. We have registered a case of attempt of theft, but we are probing all angles,” said the police official.
However, the church does not have CCTV cameras installed, police added.
In the case of the rape and loot at the Ranaghat Convent of Jesus and Mary, footage from CCTV had helped police to identify the accused and arrest them from different places.
In the Ranaghat incident on March 21 – which had shocked the nation and even reached the Vatican — the criminals had looted Rs 8 lakh after raping a 71-year old missionary.
– the hindustan times

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