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DSGMC NOT SERIOUS

DSGMC is not serious about safety of women- Inder Mohan Singh

Delhi- 30th April : S. Inder Mohan Singh, Sr. Vice President of Shiromani Akali Dal Delhi said that the way by which an ‘Internal Complaints Redressal Committee’ for redressal of complaints of Sexual harassment at workplace was constituted by the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) recently on 25th April proves that the office-bearers are not at all serious about the safety of women. While making allegations in this regard, Mr. Singh informed that the management has constituted a 4 members Redressal Committee headed by a lady Superintendent, a Typist & a class-IV level Sewadarni of DSGMC along with a N.G.O. lady. S. Inder Mohan Singh while declaring this Redressal Committee merely as mimicry asked the DSGMC management whether this Superintendent level Committee is competent to inquire into the allegations of sexual harassment & women molestation leveled against their senior officers ? Whether the recommendations made by these junior employees against their senior officers will be legal in the eyes of law ? Mr. Singh asked where is the office of this Redressal Committee and whether publically announcing the residential addresses & mobile numbers of this Committee in the Office Order will not be a threat to the safety of these women Committee members ? S. Inder Mohan Singh said that only top most senior officers should have been included in the Internal Redressal Committee, but presently police cases have been registered against 3 suspended top officers of DSGMC for sexual harassment & women molestation, which is very unfortunate & pathetic for a religious body like DSGMC.

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Learn the Art

 

Learn the art of effortless meditation from Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s Sister

 

30th April, 2018: Thousands across India are expected to learn the Sahaj Samadhi meditation technique from Smt. Bhanumathi Narsimhan, sister of Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and bestselling author of Gurudev: On the Plateau of the Peak, from the 4th to 6th of May.

With more than 3,000 published scientific studies, the benefits of meditation today are becoming common knowledge. Benefits of regular Sahaj Samadhi practice include clear thinking, increased energy, better physical health, improved relationships and greater peace of mind.

Last October at the World Psychiatry Association’s Annual Conference, a study on the effects of Sahaj Samadhi Meditation, on cardiovascular health, nervous system and clinical depression received the award for best research.

The Sahaj Samadhi program teaches an effortless and easy way to practice meditation.  Anybody above 14 years of age can learn to meditate. The participant is taught to use a simple sound mentally which allows the mind to settle down.  As the mind reaches this meditative state, stress disappears, decision making is improved and people experience more clarity in life. 

“Meditation can help you stay energized and productive throughout the day. It can make your smile unshakeable ,” says Smt. Bhanumathi, extolling the benefits of this unique technique.  

The Pan-India Sahaj Samadhi Dhyan Yoga across India will be held from 4-6 May which will have live sessions of Bhanumathi Narasimhan, teaching this effortless meditation to thousands across the length and breadth of the country through technology. The experience of meditating with thousands more is another special phenomena. For more details, please write to part2@vvki.org or call 9620169692.

 

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Renew contest 16 seats in London

Renew Britain

Dear Naresh Sagar
We are crowdfunding to help fund our local campaign efforts! We have now reached 50% of our total and have four days left. Please can you donate and share with your contacts!

Local elections are this Thursday and all of our 16 candidates have been busy  campaigning in their areas and canvassing with local people. Renew posters and leaflets been appearing throughout London and the North East. Our constant presence in these areas has been picked up by local media, including in the Chronicle LiveEvening Standard and the Metro.

Make sure you go out to vote on Thursday and send a message to your MP to oppose Brexit!

Various regional groups have also been active with events taking place in the North East, West Midlands and Scotland!  They have successfully spread Renews message and have got more responses for our Listening to Britain survey. Thank you to everyone who took part in these events!
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The Question of Representation in Higher Education

Sagar Media Inc : National Convention The Question of Representation in Higher Education 30 th April 2018 India International centre , New Delhi DUTA
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The convention discussed about the current autonomy scenarios in the universities and the way autonomy is being done the self financing scheme and contractual teaching are key to the autonomy which make the head of the department and Vice Chancellor or Principals to get to the high value of courses and the management shall reap rich harvest. Higher Education  as mentioned above has reservation to be diluted or gets in oblivion and meant for richer and richest.
Right of education for all shall be thus a hoax at higher levels..
Sagar Media Inc: UGC And Gov in name of rule SC ST OBC admission is one percent from last yr was 16% Killing the edu of Reservations class. Address by EX UGC
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Cambodia general election

Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen said on Monday that there would be no any postponement to the general election, which is scheduled for July 29 this year.

“For the election, there is no any moving backwards, and there is no any postponement to happen,” he said in a speech during a university graduation ceremony here.

He said the government vowed to insure the safety for the election, and the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) would comply with all procedures and regulations set out by the National Election Committee.

The National Election Committee on Monday began registering political parties for the upcoming election and the registration will run until May 14.

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Macron, Rouhani to coordinate Iran Nuke

French President Emmanuel Macron and his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani agreed to work together in the coming weeks to preserve the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement, according to a statement released by the French presidency.

In their hour-long conversation, Macron hoped that the achievements of the negotiations would be preserved and discussions opened on three additional subjects, the Elysee Palace said, citing Iran’s ballistic missile program, its nuclear activities beyond 2025, and the main crises in the Middle East.

The French president has been making efforts to salvage the Iran nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, which the United States has threatened to leave under President Donald Trump.

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Mobile sector regulatory at Glance

Dear Mobile leaders. Lots of things are happening in mobile sector regulatory aspects. I am giving them hereunder. I am interested to know if friends are interested to know details and does issue affect them. Then pl send me email/phone number and we will enlist you for updates:
i) Mandatory testing from TEC by which all mobiles (imported or locally made) would need a TEC Certificate from 1.10.2018. The specifications for testing are being made now and known as Essential Requirements(ER). There are issues on series/test procedures/test fees/time lines/absence of labs etc.
ii) SAR test is not mandatory, but based on self certificate. But lots of members are forced to pay 500-1000 USD for each consignment/model.
iii) UAP is not mandatory, but several members are forced to pay 1000 US $
iv) ROHS certificate is not mandatory, but lots of members are forced to pay heavy fees every time.
v) IPv 6 certificate is not mandatory, but lots of members are paying heavy fees for its certificate.
vi) The IMEI certificate is required once for TAC, but lots of members are paying additional 500 USD for each consignment.
vii) Each member is supposed to have a password for their GSMA account, but seldom members have and in that absence they depend on someone else and pay fees and remain out of touch of GSMA. On large the GSMA form for IMEI is filled by some intermediate persons and he enters fake/non genuine email. Members are not aware of the same.
viii) CEIR does not envisage any certificate, but some members are paying 500 USD for each model.
ix) Non clarity on duties on PMP, Panic Button, GPRS, Indian languages.
x) Issues connected with BIS testings.
Prof NK Goyal, Chairman TEMA-Telecom Equipment Manufacturers 

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Tripura Assembly Election Expenditure and Vote Share Analysis

According to Section 78 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, every contesting Winner has to lodge a true copy of his election expenses within 30 days from the date of declaration of result of election, with the District Election Officer in all States and Union Territories. Tripura Election Watch and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) have analyzed all 60 election expenditure statements submitted after the Tripura 2018 Assembly for newly elected MLAs.  The expenditure limit for the Winners during the Tripura Assembly elections was Rs. 20 lakhs. These election expense documents include details of expenses on public meeting and processions, campaigning through electronic and print media, expense on campaign workers, expense on vehicles used and expense on campaign materials.

Recommendations:

1.       Each Winner is required to file his election expenditure statement within 30 days of the results of the elections, the deadline in case of the Tripura Assembly Elections being the 3rd April, 2018. It is recommended that the Abstract Expenditure Statement (Annexure 15) of the Winners is uploaded on the website of the CEO within 72 hours of the receipt of the statement.

2.       The deadline for filing an election petition against any Winner is 45 days after the declaration of the results. Generally, Winners submit their election expenditure statements towards the end of the 30 days given for submission of the statements. This leaves 15 days for any common citizen to file an election petition against any Winner. The deadline for filing an election petition should be increased in order to give the citizens time to scrutinize the election expenditure statements of the Winners and gather the relevant documents/proof etc. for the election petition.

3.       As has been instated in the filing of affidavits during the elections, the Winners should not be allowed to keep any field blank on the Abstract Election Expenditure statement (Annexure 15) and Schedule 1 to 9. The statements must be filled in a legible format and overwriting of amounts in the statement should be discouraged.

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Rohingya Refugee Camps Face ‘Life Threatening’

Cox’s Bazar – Work by aid agencies in Bangladesh’s Rohingya refugee camps to create life-saving access routes and prepare people for floods, landslides and other disasters ahead of the upcoming monsoon and cyclone season is under imminent threat unless urgent funding is secured in the next six weeks, according to IOM, the UN Migration Agency.

Without new funding, the lives of tens of thousands of people who flooded into the camps in southern Bangladesh to flee violence in Myanmar triggered in August last year will be put at risk, the agency says.

Almost a million Rohingya refugees are currently living under tarpaulins in Cox’s Bazar district, on steep, sandy slopes denuded of vegetation. At least 120,000 have been identified as being at the high risk from floods and landslides triggered by heavy rain. Of these 25,000 have been have been identified as at the highest risk from landslides. But without aid, many will have to remain in their current hazardous locations. Hundreds of thousands of others will also be at risk if roads become impassible and vital aid supplies and medical services cannot get through.

Tarpaulin stocks are also rapidly running out and IOM, which oversees shelter distribution, reports that by mid-May supplies will fall below critical levels. Without funding for more stock, at-risk families will not receive new shelters and no replacements will be available for those whose homes are damaged or destroyed during storms.

Other IOM vital services at serious risk unless more financial support is forthcoming include water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) activities. Without ongoing WASH projects, safe water supply systems could collapse and overflowing latrines could put hundreds of thousands of refugees at risk from waterborne diseases.

IOM, which has appealed for USD 182 million to provide aid in Cox’s Bazar through December 2018, is currently facing a funding shortfall of almost USD 151 million. The overall joint response plan of all agencies, which called for USD 951 million, has currently secured just nine per of that amount.

“Aid staff on the ground are working flat out to improve shelters, stabilize ground, secure key access roads and have emergency response services readied to save lives if the worst happens. But the harsh truth is that we cannot keep doing that if we do not have the funds,” said John McCue, IOM’s Senior Operations Coordinator in Cox’s Bazar.

“We cannot wait for funding to come in after the emergency is over and possibly preventable tragedies have occurred. We need to be able to act now if lives are to be saved.”

The scale of the response in Cox’s Bazar – the world’s biggest refugee settlement – and the prospect of an emergency within an emergency when the monsoon and cyclone seasons hit, means that aid agencies are working together in close coordination to avert the threat of a large scale of loss of life.

IOM, WFP and UNHCR are working alongside other agencies and the government of Bangladesh on a range of measures to prepare for the severe weather challenges ahead. Shared projects include machinery hubs to keep vital access ways open, disaster response mechanisms, and preparing safer land for the relocation of those most at threat from landslides.

For IOM, critical activities now at risk of being halted because of the lack of funding include shelter, WASH, camp development and management, and vital health services.

The nature of the response means agencies and the government are reliant on each other to ensure effective delivery of life-saving services through common pipelines and shared activities. Lack of funding for any key agency or sector could have a catastrophic impact across the entire response.

“With so many critical sectors already on the brink of being suspended because of lack of funds, we have no time to lose,” warned McCue. “If significant funding is not secured in the next few weeks to keep operations running, there is a high likelihood that many children, women and men may die, when they could have otherwise been saved.”

Life-saving IOM activities ahead of the monsoon about to run out of funding include:

Camp Management and Development: Analysis shows floods and landslides will put hundreds of thousands of lives at risk and cause severe access challenges to a population entirely reliant on aid. Ongoing work to improve grounds conditions and build community resilience to prepare for emergencies is vital. Without funding to support their relocation, tens of thousands of people identified at grave risk of being directly hit by landslides will have no option but to remain where they are.

Shelter: As lead agency on shelter, IOM is now rolling out 120,000 upgrade kits through a common pipeline and training refugees to strengthen their shelters ahead of monsoon. Without immediate funding, stocks of tarpaulins will fall below the minimum levels of 40,000 pieces by mid-May. That will mean no new shelters for at risk families relocated from landslide areas, or for those whose homes are damaged or destroyed by storms.

Health: IOM health teams currently directly serve almost 80,000 people a month and support partner organisations to reach many more. If funding shortages forces the end of services, it will result in an immediate increase in preventable deaths, and put vast numbers of people at risk of deadly outbreaks, particularly of waterborne diseases.

Needs and Population Monitoring: IOM’s programme is the only actor with systems in place to rapidly respond to emergency events, analyze immediate needs, and swiftly share data with relevant organisations. NPM provides technical support to tackle small scale incidents in the camps on a 24-hour basis and assess a large-scale disaster scenario within 72 hours. Without this service, the ability to help those hit by landslides and floods will be drastically reduced.
For more information please contact IOM Cox’s Bazar. Fiona MacGregor, Tel. +8801733335221, Email: fmacgregor@iom.int or Shirin Akhter, Tel: +880 341 52195, Email: sakhter@iom.int.

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PM : Developing Buddhist tourism

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that Centre was taking initiatives to develop infrastructure for Buddhist tourism in an attempt to connect Southeast Asia to the important Buddhist sites in the country.

” We are developing infrastructure for Buddhist tourism, which is going to connect Southeast Asia with the important Buddhist sites of India. I am also very pleased that the government is a partner in the restoration of many Buddhist temples which also includes the centuries old Anand Temple in Bagan, Myanmar,” Modi said in his monthly radio programme “Mann Ki Baat”.

Buddhism has  forged a link between India and many Asian countries like China, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Cambodia, and Myanmar where Lord Buddha’s preachings were of their tradition.

” Today, when there is confrontation and human suffering prevalent everywhere in the world, Lord Buddha’s teachings show the way to rid hatred from the world with compassion. I wish people all over the world who revere Lord Buddha and believe in the principles of his compassion, an auspicious Buddha Purnima,” Modi said.