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NGO to teach healthy cooking to street vendors

 

The Maharashtra government is conducting a campaign for street vendors in Mumbai, in which, they are being trained in preparing food in a hygienic manner with the help of an NGO, a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) official said today.

“As part of the campaign, our team is imparting training to the street vendors on healthy cooking of edible items,” said Shailesh Adhav, Joint Commissioner, FDA.

On March 27, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis launched a mobile van, donated by a corporate, and new vehicles of the FDA at Vidhan Bhavan here.

The programme was initiated by the National Association of Street Vendors of India (NASVI), an NGO working for the cause of hawkers in the country.

“We keep educating the street vendors on how to make their products more healthy and hygienic by inviting them at our workshops. But this time, we thought to reach them by going door to door and it has yield very positive response. Our officials are explaining them various procedures like using less oil while cooking, cleaner water, checking the purity of the raw materials,” Adhav said.

At the end of two-hour-long training session, we give the vendors a certificate as well a kit containing an apron, gloves and caps.

Senior manager, NASVI, Arvind Shukla said the training is all about preparing and selling quality food.

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20. Mera Jeevan Mery Sharteyn ( Hindi )

Mera Jeevan Mery Sharteyn ( Hindi ) By Sonia Gulani Translated by Anu Singh

मेरा जीवन मेरी शर्ते लेखिका सोनिआ गोलानी अनुवाद अनु सिंह

Audio Presention by: Palak Mehta, Priyanka Tanwar and Anant Alam

18 लीक से हटकर चलने के अद्भुत किस्से

 

राहुल अकेरकर ने अमेरिका से बोईकेमिकल इंजीनियरींग मई मास्टर की डिग्री ली लेकिन उनकी पहचान एक सेलिब्रिटी शेफ और मुंबई के बेहतरीन फाइन – डाइनिंग रेसतरा इंडिगो के मालिक के रूप में है |

मनोहर परिकर ने आईआईटी बॉम्बे में इंजीनियरिंग की लेकिंग सुर्खियों में गोवा के मुख्यमंत्री के तोर पर आये|

हर्षा भोगले ने आईआईएम अहमदाबाद से मैनेजमेंट की डिग्री ली, लेकिन उन्हें दुनिया के सबसे मशहूर क्रिकेट कमेंटटरो में से एक गिना जाता है |

रशिम उदय सिंह कभी इनकम टैक्स की डिप्टी कमिश्नर थी, लेकिन अब देश की सबसे मशहूर फ़ूड क्रिटीक मानी  जाती है

इन चार सच्ची कहानियो के आलावा 14 और लोगो की कहानिया इस किताब का हिंसा है| मेरा जीवन मेरी शर्ते लीक से हटकर चलने के 18 अद्भुत किस्से में हर शक्श ने प्रोफेशनल क्षेत्र मई अपने करियर को लेकर कोई न कोई प्रयोग किउए और उसमे सफल हुए | इन 18 लोगो ने यह साबित कर दिया की क़रीर या पढाई के ठीक बीचोबीच अपने दिल की आवाज़ सुनकर एक रास्ता अख्तियार कर लेना कोई बूरा ख्याल नहीं है |

 

इनमे से एक राहुल राम एन्वॉयरमेंटल टाकीज़कालॉज़ी में पीएचडी है लेकिन उन्होंने संगीत का रास्ता चुना और देश के सबसे मशहूर बैंड इंडिया ओसियन  का हिस्सा बने. आईआईएम कोलकाता के ग्रेजुएट ने अपने सफल कॉर्पोरेट करियर के बिच में तय किया की वे सिर्फ और सिर्फ लिखना चाहते है, अमिश के शिव रचनातरया – द इम्मोर्टल्स ऑफ़ मेलुहा, द  सीक्रेट ऑफ़ नागiस और द ओठ ऑफ़ वायुपुत्रास ने किताबो की दुनिया में नया इतिहास रचा | ठीक इसी तरह श्रीनाथ ने एडवरटाइजिंग में बना बनाया करियर छोड़कर एक NGO  के लिए काम करने का असाधारण फैसला लिया|

 


 

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Crimes against Women by our Honourable Law Makers!

 

Analysis of MPs/MLAs with Declared Cases Related to Crimes against Women

 

 

Dear friends,

Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and National Election Watch have analyzed 4845 out of 4896 election affidavits of current MPs and MLAs. It includes 768 out of 776 affidavits of MPs and 4077 out of 4120 MLAs from all the states of India.

For complete report with details of IPC sections related to crimes against women declared by sitting Rajya Sabha, Lok Sabha MPs and Members of Legislative Assemblies, please refer to:  https://adrindia.org/content/analysis-mpsmlas-declared-cases-related-crimes-against-women-1

Summary and Highlights

  • Out of 1580(33%) MPs/ MLAs analysed with declared criminal cases, 48 have declared cases related to crimes against women.

 

  • Among these 48 MPs/MLAs with declared cases related to Crimes s against women, 45 are MLAs and 3 are MPs.

 

  • 327 candidates analysed who had declared cases related to crimes against women, were given tickets by recognized political parties.

 

  • 118 independent candidates analysed with declared cases related to crimes against women had contested for Lok/Rajya and state assembles’ elections in last 5 years.

 

  • Among these candidates, 40 candidates were given tickets by parties for Lok Sabha / Rajya Sabha elections. Various recognized parties have given tickets to 287 candidates with cases related to crimes against women for state assemblies’ elections.

 

  • In the last 5 years, 18 independent candidates with declared cases related to crimes against women contested in the Lok Sabha/ Rajya Elections. Similarly, 100 independent candidates with declared cases related to crimes against women contested in the state assemblies’ elections.

 

  • Among the states, Maharashtra has the highest number of MPs/ MLAs i.e. 12, followed by West Bengal with 11 , Odisha and Andhra Pradesh each with 5 MPs/MLAs who have declared cases related crimes against women.

·    Among the states in the last 5 years, Maharashtra has the highest number of candidates i.e. 65, followed by Bihar with 62 and West Bengal with 52 candidates who were given tickets by political parties even though they have declared cases related to crimes against women in their affidavits.

·  Among various recognized parties, BJP has the highest number of MPs/ MLAs i.e. 12, followed by SHS (Shiv Sena) with 7 and AITC (All India Trinamool Congress) with 6 MPs/MLAs who have declared cases related crimes against women.

  • Among the major parties in the last 5 years, 47 candidates with declared cases related to crimes against women were given tickets by BJP. The second highest number of candidates, i.e. 35 who had declared cases related to crimes against women were given tickets by BSP, followed by 24 candidates from INC who had declared cases related to crimes against women who had contested for Lok/Rajya Sabha and State Assemblies Elections in last 5 years.
  • Following are 3 MLAs who have declared have declared cases related to rape :
  • Gonuguntla Suryanarayana from TDP who has won from Dharmavaram constituency in Andhra Pradesh (2014)
  • Jethabhai G.Ahir from BJP who has won from Shehra constituency in Gujarat (2017)
  • Gulab Yadav from RJD who has won from Jhanjharpur constituency in Bihar(2015)
  • In the last 5 years, recognized parties have given tickets to 26 candidates who had declared cases related to rape.
  • In the last 5 years, 14 independent candidates with declared cases related to rape have contested for Lok/Rajya Sabha and State assemblies’ elections.

Recommendations of ADR

 

All major political parties give tickets to candidates with cases of crimes against women especially rape and therefore hindering the safety and dignity of women as citizens. These are serious cases where charges have been framed and cognizance have been taken by the courts. Hence, political parties have been in a way abetting to circumstances that lead to such events that they so easily but vehemently condemn in Parliament’. ADR and NEW strongly recommends that:

  • Candidates with a serious criminal background should be debarred from contesting elections.
  • Political parties should disclose the criteria on which candidates are given tickets.
  • Cases against MPs and MLAs should be fast tracked and decided upon in a time bound manner.

    Contact Details

     

    National Election Watch/Association for Democratic Reforms

     

    Media and Journalist Helpline

     

    +91 80103 94248

    Email: adr@adrindia.org

    Maj.Gen. Anil Verma (Retd)

    Head

    National Election Watch,

    Association for Democratic Reforms

    011 4165 4200,

    +91 88264 79910

    adr@adrIndia.org,

    anilverma@adrindia.org

    Prof Jagdeep Chhokar

    IIM Ahmedabad (Retd.)

    Founder Member,

    National Election Watch,

    Association for Democratic

    Reforms

    +91 99996 20944

    jchhokar@gmail.com

     

    Prof Trilochan Sastry

    IIM Bangalore

    Founder Member,

    National Election Watch,

    Association for Democratic Reforms

    +91 94483 53285

    trilochans@iimb.ernet.in

     

 

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Innovative Technologies for the Disabled Dominate PEC Open House.

PEC’s open house comes to a close

 

Amongst several categories of innovative projects in the Open House organised by the Punjab Engineering College, a deemed University; innovative technologies created by the young Engineers, stole the show.

The winners fell in three categories — Circuital Branches, Non-Circuital Branches and Technical Societies. Further, prizes under two special categories, ‘Research with larger impact’ and ‘Most innovative idea’, were also presented to the deserving teams.

Under circuital branches, ‘Braille Tablet’ made by Khuswant Rai, Esha Tandon, Simran Kaur and Garima Shukla secured the first position while ‘I-Vote’ and ‘Bone Conduction Hearing System’ secured the second and the third spots, respectively.

Under technical societies, ‘Gesture-controlled wheelchair’ made by Jatin Batra, Palak Jain, Ashmeet Jheetha, Aman Garg and Mukul Sahni secured the first position while ‘LiFi’ and ‘Robotic Arm’ secured second and third positions, respectively.

The project ‘Smart Shoe for blind’ won the prize under the ‘Research with larger impact’ category while ‘Smart Gate Controlling Reservoir System’ project secured the ‘Most Innovative Idea’ prize.

Braille tablet: The aim was to develop an alpha prototype of Braille tablet with a touch screen on the front side, provide Braille tactile on the opposite side of the tablet and voice command operation facility in it, thus helping people who are visually impaired to have an unlimited opportunity in their education personal productivity.

Gesture-controlled wheelchair: Its aim was to model a gesture-controlled wheelchair equipped with basic home automation applications vis-à-vis control of fans and lights as well as advanced features, including face detection-enabled security systems.

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Is Modi afraid of NGOs?

Why Narendra Modi shouldn't be afraid of NGOs

 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi sees enemies all around him, and non-governmental organisations or NGOs are high up on his list. Just a few days ago, at a farmers rally organised by the Bharatiya Janata Party in Bargarh, Odisha, Modi said that NGOs were conspiring to defame him and bring down his government.

NGOs (like black marketers in the chemical fertiliser industry), he said, were robbing and destroying the nation and were “morning and evening conspiring to figure out how to finish Modi, how to remove Modi’s government, how to dishonour Modi”. The prime minister added that efforts aimed at forcing NGOs to account for the money they receive from abroad had turned them against his government.

Modi’s antipathy to non-governmental organisations is of long standing. A speech he made on the subject in 2006 sets out his view. Like many others he sees charitable work like feeding the poor, maintaining cow shelters, housing pilgrims, organising blood donation camps, as honourable social work. Registered NGOs are, however, “monkey traders” who jump from one issue to the next following the funding. He specifically singles out organisations receiving foreign funds as self-serving businesses in his 2006 speech:

“Funds are obtained from abroad, an NGO is set up: a few [media] articles are commissioned, a PR firm is recruited and slowly, with the help of the media, an image is created. And then awards are procured from foreign countries to enhance this image. Such a vicious cycle of finance – activity – award is set up and once they have secured an award, no one in Hindustan dares raise a finger no matter how many failings of the awardee”.

Tilting at NGOs

There are many who will agree with Modi that there must be better regulation of non-governmental organisations, that there are many that follow the money and even some that exercise disproportionate influence over government policy. But most will wonder why the prime minister of India is tilting at NGOs.

The foreign money NGOs receive is small change in an economy the size of India’s. Home ministry figures show that in the period 2011-’12, the total inflow of foreign funds to organisations registered under the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act or FCRA was Rs 11,546.3 crore. More than half of this (approximately Rs 6,000 crore) was for religious organisations, two-thirds of which was spent on education, training and maintenance of priests, preachers and religious schools. Compare this to the Centre and states budgeted expenditure on just education for 2012-’13 which is Rs 4,03,236.5 crore.

Among the recipients of foreign funding are myriad non-governmental organisations affiliated to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, the BJP’s ideological guide. With the BJP in power, these organisations exert considerable influence on government. While the prime minister talks of NGO conspiracies to do him in, the RSS systematically collects information about such organisations in areas in which it is active. At the moment, the Vanvasi Kalyan Parishad, the RSS body working with tribal communities, is conducting a survey of grassroots-level NGOs working in the tribal sub-plan areas of Rajasthan. The survey is designed to collect detailed information on whether these non-governmental organisations agree with the RSS view on key issues or not.

Like previous governments, this one too relies on NGOs to implement many of its social development programmes at the grassroots. A conservative estimate puts the government’s grants to the NGO sector at Rs 1,000 crore. In fact, NGOs are an acknowledged part of Modi’s pet projects like the Swachh Bharat programme. NGOs are also the go-to people for ideas and project implementation in most social-development related ministries.

But NGOs that irk the prime minister the most seem to be the ones acknowledged abroad as doing good work. This is curious given Modi’s own love for being feted in foreign countries. To help his case against these as-yet-unnamed NGOs, the prime minister has a handy Intelligence Bureau report that says exactly what he does. The report, a re-issued, slightly edited old bureau report on NGOs commissioned by the UPA government includes a verbatim extract from Modi’s 2006 speech on NGOs quoted earlier.

Seeking transparency?

Since the IB report was published, the government has cancelled the registration of nearly 10,000 NGOs under the Foreign Contributions (Regulation) Act 2010. NGOs like Greenpeace and funding bodies like Ford Foundation and Caritas have had restrictions placed on their functioning in India too. The government has also targeted human rights defenders, among them former additional solicitor general Indira Jaising’s Lawyers Collective.

The home ministry, which is the ministry responsible, said that its endeavour was “to bring in transparency and accountability while ensuring national security”. National security’s obverse is anti-national activity. The government has signalled that its definition of anti-national activity includes people’s dietary preferences, student protests, the demand for justice for victims of communal riots or anything that is critical of the government or outside the belief system of the Sangh Parivar.

As the Jat quota agitation unleashed violence in Haryana, and the periphery of Delhi, Modi was telling people in Odisha, “morning through night there is turmoil around me, some people are constantly trying to get at me.” The NGOs, he said, had “all got together saying ‘Modi ko maro, Modi ko maro’” (pull Modi down, pull Modi down).

When the prime minister singles out NGOs as the cause of his troubles, is he setting up straw men to knock down, or does his government’s persecution of those who disagree with it suggest something rather more calculated? Only time will tell.

https://scroll.in/article/804152/why-narendra-modi-shouldnt-be-afraid-of-ngos

 

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