PADHO PUNJAB PADHAO PUNJAB:
PSEB asked to print books worth Rs 7 cr for Edu Dept Chandigarh – Education Department has requisitioned the Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) for printing books Worth Rs 7 crore for the ambitious Padho Punjab, Padhao Punjab project.
(Rahul Bali, Senior Correspondent, Sagar Media, New Delhi)
The recent slogan “Padho Punjab Padhao Punjab” by the Punjab government under the leadership of Chief Minister Amrinder Singh is a positive step. Punjab is a predominantly an agriculture state. In the colonial period, illiterate people from Punjab migrated to the British colonies to work as laborers in railways, mines etc. Those who migrated 60 years back to the British colonies did not upgrade their educational credentials despite abundant facilities in the developed world. Elderly Punjabis settled permanently in England, USA, Canada and in European countries remained illiterate. The current status of education system in the state of Punjab is dismal. In his article, “Socio-Economic Crisis in Punjab” by Ranjit Singh Ghuman” observed that “Education in rural Punjab has almost collapsed. The process started in the 1980s and there has been no resurgence till date”.
The dropout rate of students belonging to marginalized groups in rural government primary schools is more than 85%. According to education department of more than 2667 primary, upper primary schools do not have enough teachers. The shortage of qualified teachers is a big challenge in fulfilling the mission. The transfer of teachers from one place to another place and extra administrative duties has disheartened the teachers. The media reports indicate that the working teachers are utilized by the education department for various political ends by successive governments.
The author conducted an interview with more than 50 government and private primary and higher school teachers in district Jalandhar, Punjab and found that the majority of students want to go to the developed countries such as England, Canada, USA, European countries. Several studies conducted in the past demonstrates that migrated students from Punjab largely end up in doing labor jobs in the western countries. There is need to change mind set of the students of Punjab. In globalized world, only educated and skilled workers are welcome. The government of Punjab must organize workshops in urban and rural areas of Punjab to educate the students and the parents. There is need to sensitize this important issue in the larger interest of Punjab. The time and energy of the working teachers need to be utilized to impart holistic education to the students. Padho Punjab and Padhao Punjab mission can only be fulfilled if drastic changes are made in the education system.
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cordially invites you to a Public Lecture
“Semicolonialism, Siam and the Making of a Nation State”
“Semicolonialism, Siam and the Making of a Nation State”
Dr. Prabhakar Singh
Dr. Prabhakar Singh
O. P. Jindal Global University
at 03.00 pm on Friday, 27 April 2018
in the Seminar Room, Library Building
Nehru Memorial Museum and Library
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The Law Commission Report no. 267 of March 2017 on Hate Speech states that “Hate Speech” has not been defined in any law in India. However, legal provisions in certain legislations prohibit select forms of speech as an exception to freedom of speech. The term “Hate Speech” has been used invariably to mean expression which is abusive, insulting, intimidating, harassing or which incites violence, hatred or discrimination against groups identified by characteristics such as one’s race, religion, place of birth, residence, region, language, caste or community, sexual orientation or personal convictions.
By giving tickets to candidates who have been charged with cases related to “Hate Speech” especially promoting enmity between religious groups and for committing acts that are intended to outrage religious feelings, political parties have been in a way abetting circumstances that lead to events such as communal riots and violence between different groups of people. Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and National Election Watch (NEW) have analysed the self- sworn affidavits of all sitting MPs and MLAs. Analysis reveals that many of our current MPs and MLAs, who are designated lawmakers have actually declared cases related to “Hate Speech” against themselves. This analysis is based on the affidavits submitted by the candidates and MPs/MLAs prior to the last election they contested.
The Full Report can be accessed here: https://adrindia.org/content/analysis-mpsmlas-declared-cases-related-hate-speech-0
The following IPC and RPA sections deal with ‘Hate Speech’ as per the ‘Law Commission Report no. 267 on Hate Speech’:
Provisions under IPC
Ø Section 153A IPC penalises ‘promotion of enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc., and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony’.
Ø Section 153B IPC penalises ‘imputations, assertions prejudicial to national-integration’.
Ø Section 295A IPC penalises ‘deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs’.
Ø Section 298 IPC penalises ‘uttering, words, etc., with deliberate intent to wound the religious feelings of any person’.
Ø Section 505(1) and (2) IPC penalises publication or circulation of any statement, rumour or report causing public mischief and enmity, hatred or ill-will between classes.
Provisions under the Representation of the People Act, 1951
· Section 8 disqualifies a person from contesting election if he/she is convicted for indulging in acts amounting to illegitimate use of freedom of speech and expression.
· Section 123(3A) and section 125 prohibits promotion of enmity on grounds of religion, race, caste, community or language in connection with election as a corrupt electoral practice and prohibits it.
1. ADR supports the following recommendations of the Law Commission Report:
a. The Model Code of Conduct given by the Election Commission of India for the guidance of political parties and candidates should be amended to the extent that effect is given to the sub section (3A) of section 123 of the RPA, 1951. The first part of the Code i.e. General Conduct should expressly provide a provision that prohibits any kind of speech that promotes, or attempts to promote, feelings of enmity or hatred between different classes of the citizens of India on grounds of religion, race, caste, community, or language, by a candidate or his agent or any other person with the consent of a candidate or his election agent for the furtherance of the prospects of the election of that candidate or for prejudicially affecting the election of any candidate.
b. Hate speech poses complex challenges to freedom of speech and expression. Hence, new provisions in IPC are required to be incorporated to address this issue. Amendments to the IPC, 1860 and the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 by adding new provisions on ‘Prohibiting incitement to hatred’ provocation of violence in certain cases’ following section 505 IPC, and accordingly amending the First Schedule of CrPC.
2. ADR believes that strict action must be taken against the candidates giving hate speech prior and during the elections, and against the elected legislators even after the elections, if found guilty of indulging in ‘Hate Speech’.
3. Internet is an important tool for disseminating information and opinions however, it also serves as a platform for disseminating unlawful speech. Political parties have been misusing the medium for unlawful statements. Hence, it is recommended that such unlawful statements on online platforms should be monitored and if the person found guilty, they should be penalised.
4. Political Parties must not give tickets to the candidates who have declared serious criminal cases against themselves.
5. Cases against MPs and MLAs should be fast tracked and decided upon in a time bound manner.
Summary and Highlights
Ø A total of 58 Current MPs and MLAs have declared cases related to hate speech.
Ø Sitting MPs with Declared Cases related to Hate Speech: 15 Sitting Lok Sabha MPs have declared cases related to Hate Speech against themselves. None of the Rajya Sabha MPs have declared cases related to Hate Speech against themselves.
Ø Party wise MPs with Declared Cases related to Hate Speech: 10 Sitting Lok Sabha MPs with declared cases related to Hate Speech are from the BJP, and 1 each is from the AIUDF, TRS, PMK, AIMIM and SHS.
Ø Sitting MLAs with Declared Cases related to Hate Speech: 43 sitting MLAs have declared cases related to Hate Speech against themselves.
Ø Party-wise distribution of MLAs with Declared Cases related to Hate Speech:17 Sitting MLAs with declared cases related to Hate Speech are from the BJP, 5 each are from the TRS and AIMIM, 3 are from TDP, 2 each from INC, AITC, JD(U) and SHS, 1 each from DMK, BSP, SP and 2 are Independent MLAs.
Ø State wise MLAs with Declared Cases related to Hate Speech: 11 sitting MLAs with declared cases related to Hate Speech are from Telangana. 4 MLAs are from Bihar, 9 MLAs are from Uttar Pradesh, 4 from Maharashtra, 3 each from Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, 2 each from Uttarakhand and West Bengal and 1 MLA each from Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan and Jharkhand have declared cases related to Hate Speech against themselves.
Ø Political Party Leaders with Declared Cases related to Hate Speech: Political party leaders such as Asaduddin Owaisi (AIMIM) and Badruddin Ajmal (AIUDF) have declared cases related to Hate Speech against themselves.
Ø Union Minister with Declared Cases related to Hate Speech: Ms Uma Bharti, Union Cabinet Minister for Drinking Water and Sanitation has declared cases related to Hate Speech against herself.
Ø State Ministers with Declared Cases related to Hate Speech: There are 8 State ministers who have declared cases related to Hate Speech against themselves, their details are as follows:
Patil Gulab Raghunath
Jaibhan Singh Pavaia
Thanneeru Harish Rao
UDHAM SINGH NAGAR
Table: State Ministers with Cases Related to Hate Speech
Ø Recognized/ Unrecognized parties given tickets to candidates with declared cases related to Hate Speech: In the last 5 years, 198 candidates with declared cases related to Hate Speech have contested elections for State Assemblies, Lok/Rajya Sabha. In last 5 years, 141 candidates from Recognized political parties and 29 candidates from Unrecognized political parties have given ticked to such type of candidates.
Ø Independent candidates with cases related to Hate Speech: In last 5 years, 28 independent candidates with declared cases related to Hate Speech have contested the elections for State Assemblies, Lok/Rajya Sabha.
State Wise MPs/MLAs with Declared Cases Related to Hate Speech
Figure: State Wise MPs/MLAs with declared cases related to Hate Speech
Number of MPs/MLAs with declared cases related to Hate speech
Table: State Wise MPs/MLAs with declared cases related to Hate Speech
Party Wise MPs/MLAs with Declared Cases Related to Hate Speech
Figure: Party wise MPs/MLAs with declared cases related to Hate Speech
Number of MPs/MLAs with Declared Cases related to Hate Speech
All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen
Table: Party wise MPs/MLAs with declared cases related to Hate Speech
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Section 138 – Make Businesses Transparent, Fraud Free
April24, 2018 (C) Ravinder Singh email@example.com
Special session on Section 138 revealed there are over 16m to 25m Check Bounce cases pending in courts and courts on average take 4-5 years for deciding it. This has greatly reduced ECONOMIC ACTIVITY – CRIPLED Companies engaged in litigation.
Way back in 1975 I was responsible for Procurement at BTPS. All multinationals and reputed companies demanded ‘Payment Against Delivery’ or ‘Advance Payment’ but SMEs had to visit BTPS several times to collect tender documents, make bids, be present at the time of opening of bids, collect Supply Orders, Deliver Goods and Collect Payment.
India even today prefer ‘CASH PAYMENTS’ for Salary Payment for Contract or Casual Work or in Small Business or Purchase of Goods and Services in majority of the cases but in –
USA for half a century all Employees Were REGISTERED, WEEKLY salaries paid by Check, all Utility Bills & monthly installments for services paid by Check. For shopping of more than $10 – Credit Cards were used in 90% cases. Banks issued 1000 Checks on opening account with account holders name and address. Even if one forgets to put account number and drops Pay Check in Drop Box Banks would put the money in right account. ATMs dispensed cash so Bank Clients visit the Bank for Opening & Closing of Accounts. These days most transaction made Electronically.
Section 138 in India was being abused for Ensuring Payments for Goods & Services without declaring Goods & Services provided When Buyer Can’t Pay Against Delivery – CHEATING, FRAUDS, MONEYLENDING, MONEYLAUNDERING THRIVED.
Examples – 1.] A Congenital Cheat would Promise to get Rs.8 Cr Loan at low interest rate and demand 5% Service Charge – Collect UNDATED Checks worth Rs.40 Lakh, Present Checks without arranging LOAN – initiate Section 138 Case. 2.] A Person would file IT Return showing 10 times real income – Stand Guarantees for Scores of various Loans. 3.] Take New Loans from NBFC to pay for Pending Bank Loans without declaring liabilities. 4.] Bankers go after GUARANTOR than Borrower in most cases.
IMPROVED Section 138 – With EXPRESS COURTS
1. GOI should MAKE Registration of All Products & Services Delivered COMPULSORY –
2. Product & Service Provider to get his DUES immediately through Electronic Payment or Check Payment or Bank Draft. Introduce WEEKLY PAYMENT Of Salaries.
3. Banks to FACILITATE PRODUCT & SERVICES BUSINESSES TRANSACTIONS than advancing BIG MONEYS as WORKING CAPITAL or BIG LOANS to ‘VERY LOW VALUE ADDED Businesses i.e. Gems & Jewelry, Trade’ which are better served by NBFCs.
4. Points 1, 2 & 3 shall MINIMIZE WORKING CAPITAL requirements, and
5. Banks to Maintain MINIMUM BALANCE IN CURRENT ACCOUNTS OF MSMEs than BULK Advances of Working Capital or LOW VALUE ADDED Businesses.
Ravinder Singh, Inventor & Consultant, INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES AND PROJECTS
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Roll-out of e-Way Bill system for Intra-State movement of goods in the States / Union Territory of Arunachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Meghalaya, Sikkim and Puducherry from 25th April, 2018
E-Way Bill system for Inter-State movement of goods has been rolled-out as per the decision of the GST Council from 01st April, 2018. As on 20th April, 2018, e-Way Bill system for Intra-State movement of goods has been rolled-out in the States of Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Telangana, Tripura, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh. Till 22ndApril, 2018 more than one crore eighty four lakh e-Way Bills have been successfully generated which includes more than twenty two lakh e-Way Bills for Intra-State movement of Goods.
E-Way Bill system for Intra-State movement of goods would be implemented in the following States/ Union Territory from 25th April, 2018:-
(i) Arunachal Pradesh
(ii) Madhya Pradesh
US president Trump and France president Macron state visit to hold talk on Iran nuke deal. Iran has threatened dire consequences in case Iran nuke deal in 2015 if is cancel. With fear of US sanction on Iran the global crude oil price surge to 75$ per barrel. Trump hints for new Nuke Iran deal..
France President three days visit to Washington is the opporunity for two powers to get to consenus on Iran nuke deal with different goal post. France Macron want to fix the Iran nuke deal rather than cancil for peace in region.
US Trump on North Korea is to have the meeting with Kim to bring peace between South Korea and restrict the North Korea Nuke missiles program to shelved.
Thompson Reuters Foundation, UNICEF and IIMC launch Critical Appraisal Skills online course for Health Journalists
New Delhi, 24 April 2018: The World Immunization Week, is being observed worldwide from 24-30 April, 2018. During this week, UNICEF launched an online version of the ‘Critical Appraisal Skills’ (CAS) course for health journalists. This course is conceptualized in collaboration with Thomson Reuters Foundation, Indian Institute of Mass Communication and Oxford University. The course is available for entry and mid-level health reporters. It aims to enhance the capacities of media representatives to generate factual and non-sensational reports.
Evidence shows that a well-researched news story, underpinned with an evidence-based approach can help mitigate any adverse perception about large scale public health initiatives such as the Routine Immunization programmes. It also helps dispel myths and fears and ensures pro-active public participation. This becomes catalytic for the success of large scale health initiatives.
In January 2018, the Indian Institute of Mass Communication integrated the course as a module within all the eight communication streams that it presently teaches. Speaking at the launch, Mr K.G Suresh, Director General, IIMC said, “The course provides a specialized set of skills and competencies to the journalism students and enables them to research and analyze health-related information for credibility and relevance thereby improving the accuracy in reporting.”
India has one of the largest immunization programmes in the world, in terms of the number of beneficiaries, geographical coverage and quantities of vaccine used, with nearly 26 million newborns targeted for immunization annually. Over nine million immunization sessions are held across the country to achieve this. However, only 62 per cent of the children in India receive full immunization during the first year of their life.
Nicolas Ballet, Director, Journalism and Media Programmes, Thomson Reuters Foundation said, “With this initiative, we are training Indian journalists to apply the Reuters principles of accuracy and impartiality to their reporting on immunization and mother and child health. The media plays an essential role in shaping the conversation, and we hope to inspire a new generation of journalists to take on this issue and shine a light on topics at the heart of social and economic development.”
Speaking on this occasion, Dr Yasmin Ali Haque, UNICEF Representative in India said, “Media is one of our key partners. This course will be an opportunity for health journalists across the country to add a critical dimension of evidence in their reporting and support in disseminating credible messages on the value of vaccines and how immunization saves the lives of millions of girls and boys.” “I am delighted to share that the leadership of the Government of India, along with the collaboration and efforts of the multiple partners including the media, has generated a strong response to the call for vaccination, resulting in an increase of vaccination coverage by 9 percentage points over six years. This is a cause for celebration as it contributes significantly towards Child Survival as well as Sustainable Development Goals.” Dr Yasmin added.
The free online course is launched in the backdrop of UNICEF’s ‘Every Child, Alive’ campaign which focuses on reducing newborn mortality, ensuring that every child is alive and healthy in the days, weeks and months after birth.
The link for the course website:http://www.health-of-india.org/
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Smriti Subs – only Indian to be crowned as World Swimsuit Model of the Week
An Indian shortlisted as the world’s next Swimsuit Superstar is now a reality! The only Indian model to be selected and shortlisted amongst a bevy of international models – svelte and sensuous Smriti Subs has been crowned as World Swimsuit Model of the Week (in the week of 23rd April 2018) – an online talent hunt platform sponsored by gaming major Supabets.
In addition to being ‘super sexy in a millennial way’, the bold and beautiful Smriti beat several top swimsuit contenders as she clearly stands out from the rest of the pack due to her brown eyes and an extremely photogenic and versatile face. With her sharp, chiseled features, the sizzling lass can pass off as a luscious Latin American lass in one picture and an alluring Asian in another.
Glam doll Smriti said, “Emerging as World Swimsuit Model of the Week in the fact of intense international competition is a huge accomplishment! I am looking forward to winning the grand finale of World Swimsuit 2018 by Supabets as it will open doors for me with respect to several international assignments and opportunities. I have a naturally lean body and thanks to sports and fitness, I ensure that I stay fit and in shape. I also want to show the world that Indian Swimsuit Models have the discipline, commitment and professionalism to make it big on the global stage.”
Sensual and photogenic, Smriti has worked with some of the leading Indian and international photographers across the country. The Life Style Journalist Magazine featured her in their October 2017 issue “Destined to Model”. She has also featured in Vogue and Elle India (digital). Smriti made waves as one of the finalists at the prestigious Femina Style Diva 2015. Since then, she has modelled for all the leading fashion weeks in India including Lakme Fashion Week, Amazon India Fashion Week, India Beach Fashion Week, etc. The leading designers that she has modelled for include: Vikram Phadnis, Pria Kataria Puri, Falguni & Shane Peacock, Rebecca Dewan to name a few.
In fact, her penchant for being different ensured that Smriti is the only model to ever feature on the IIT magazine (Insight IIT). Smriti was one of the faces of Araaish 2018 – a multimedia campaign that straddled across platforms. At present, she is one of the brand ambassadors of Bling Vine Jewellery.
First scouted when she was just 13, Smriti refused to take up modelling as she was way too young and had no interest whatsoever in being a model. However, she was rediscovered again when in college and soon realised that she was destined to be a model. She shuffled between Bengaluru and Mumbai making the most of both worlds. Her qualities include a personality that stands out confidence, great body language, talent, mental strength and good looks. She adores the stunning outfits that models get to wear and bring them to life in her own unique style. She loves the heady feeling of being on the runway. And yes she loves going to exotic destinations and locations, which are part and parcel of a model’s job. She loves meeting new people – designers, choreographers, stylists, photographers, magazine crews, channel staff and others. Gone are the days when models naturally transition into actors, she says, adding that today acting is a completely different ballgame. So there are models who are focused on modeling and then there are those who can manage both. To each their own but Smriti sure can manage both with aplomb! And the world is her stage!
Gary Kirsten is looking for Indian talent
~ Former South African cricketer and World Cup-winning coach for India, Gary Kirsten’s eponymous institute
will be organising a nation-wide talent scout starting April 23
Gary Kirsten Cricket will be looking for exceptional young cricketers in India to hone them into players of the future. India’s World Cup-winning former coach Kirsten, is working closely with a group of experts, to harness the best talent in the country. A nation-wide talent scout will be held between April 23 and May 18, with a two-day camp in Delhi (May 10 and 11th).
Six players from each city will be invited to Pune for a weekend training programme following which 3 top players will be given a scholarship for a 2-month residential High-Performance Camp worth Rs 2 lakhs each.
To participate in the talent hunt, all one needs to do is text their name, city and contact details via WhatsApp to 9112295566. Upon receipt of these details, the player will be sent the link of an entry form which s/he has to fill and submit for final registration. The team at GKC will then contact the player with details of the venue, date and time for participation. The entry fee for the talent scout is Rs 1,000 (including taxes) and the only criteria for participation is talent.
Date for enrollment: 23rd April- 18th May
Date for Delhi Camp– 10th- 11th May
Categories– Under 14, Under 19, Open Category
Thank you very much for your interest in attending the “FICCI World IP Day 2018 Conference on “Promoting Innovation, Creativity & IP Generation among Women Entrepreneurs”, on 27th April 2018 at the Lalit Hotel , New Delhi. Your participation in the conference is confirmed*.
Kindly see attached the updated agenda.
Conference details are as under:
- Date: Apr. 27, 2018
- Time: 9:15 AM to 4:15 PM
- Venue: The Lalit Hotel (Regal Hall), Barakhabha Avenue, New Delhi
Please note that Delegates Registration at the venue will begin at 9.15 am, and entry into the conference will be closed at 10.00 AM sharp.
We look forward to receiving you on 27th April at the venue.
Goh Chok Tong Former PM of Singapore address Keynote speaker visited Calcutta 1995 so went for stroll but could not due to poor quality of air. Delhi mega hub of urban growth need to work towards Clear Sky. Is government stringent policies. The Singapore indutry regulation were imposed for clear sky and fined for pollution for fine city. PM of state must have knowledge of plants and power, Singapore is city nation in park not country with park.The clear sky help to bring best organisation to establish in Singapore.
Amitabh Kant, Chief Executive Officer, NITI Aayog, India journy of urbanism has gone not on US but blend with Singapore model of compactness and vertical growth.
Transport contributes continous polluting air clean fuel, electric generation need better clean fuel. Houses need to use gas fuel, LPG.