Why journalists !


isis5On 20 August, 2014, US journalist James Foley beheaded by the militant armed group known as Islamic State or ISIS.A masked man dressed in black is seen in the video cutting the throat of a man wearing a orange jumpsuit as detainees in Guantanamo. The man said that  Foley was being executed in revenge for the recent US air strikes on Islamic State positions in Iraq.
On September 3, 2014, another US journalist Steven Sotloff was beheaded in the same manner.
Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, the ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people. Obama are you listening?

According to Reporters without Border (RSF), 50 journalists were killed, 179 journalists imprisoned in Syria till now in 2014. Last year (2013), 77 journalists were killed.journalists arrested 826, Journalists kidnapped: 87.

Just a rumor !


danielWe heard it through the grapevine that Daniel Weber, husband and manager of  adult film actress turn Hindi film actress Sunny Leon is going to appear in Big Boss season 8. An  accomplished musician in his own right, Daniel said,” It is just a rumor.”

Andy Serkis, the great motion capture actor


 

Andy Serkis in motion capture suit, plays the role of Caeser the ape in the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Photo Courtesy: The American Cinematographer

Andy Serkis in motion capture suit, plays the role of Caeser the ape in the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Photo Courtesy: The American Cinematographer.

Very few cine goers may recall the name of the British actor Andy Serkis but this excellent actor who enacted in the lead roles of King Kong, Gollum in Lord of the Rings, Caeser the ape in the recently released Dawn of the Planet of the Apes among others, created these super natural creatures with perfect emoting and expression. You may not feel the presence of these ‘motion capture’ actors like serkis on screen because motion-capture is a digital technology where animation and special effects play major roles. For instance, Andy Serkis played the roles of King Kong or ape wearing specially created suits ( motion capture suits) which covered in numerous dot like sensors with multiple cameras normally in front of a green screen (croma).

Andy Serkis as Caeser the ape. Photo courtesy:The American Cinematographer

Andy Serkis as Caeser the ape. Photo courtesy:The American Cinematographer

These cameras capture movements of actors and feed them to computer software. After the shooting, VFX artists and animators convert the human actors with these creatures in real locations according to scripts matching their anatomy and psychology onto the faces and bodies of motion-capture factors.Now-a-days more and more film makers from Hollywood adopt these digital enhanced technology to create real and true characters with perfect soul and emotion. As industry experts believe that in these cases human actors recreate the super natural screen characters with perfect facial expressions and emotions. We may hope that in near future  these talented actors like Serkis who recreate memorable and immensely popular characters on screen would be nominated for prestigious awards like Oscar for their contributor.

The Autumn Festival 2014


Even though Durga Puja is nearly three months away, the preparation is in full swing to face the festival. Durga puja is celebrated with joy all over India especially in West Bengal.People send Durja Puja gifts to dear ones and express good wishes to them. Durga Puja is celebrated in the autumn months of September-October. Calcutta and other parts of Bengal, where the festivals are most grandly celebrated and it is considered utmost important to worship Goddess Durga on this day. Devotees line up from the early hours to offer flowers(anjali). After the prayers, the Prasad (sacred food) is distributed. Priests perform rituals by chanting religious

File Picture: Arun Lodh

File Picture: Arun Lodh

verses.Bengalies prefer non-vegetarian foods in this day. Local TV news channels air special programs during the festive time. The special Puja editions of Bengali magazines normally hit the stands by the auspicious day of Mahalaya.Kumartuli’s artisans were originally from Krisnanagar and other parts of Nadia district of Bengal.Initially,during the season,they rented houses in Kumartuli aarea of North Calcutta and left after the festive season.After the population of Calcutta increases, they also live permanently in the area.This year Bagbazar Sarbojanin,Ekdalia Evergreen,Chalta Bagan,College Square,Md.Ali park,Santosh Mitra Square,Madoxx Square,Surachi Sangha,Park Circus,Barisha Club,Sri Bhumi Sporting Club,Salt Lake FD Block,Garia Metali Sangha,Babu Bagan,Badamtala Asar Sangha get full marks for arranging such pujas.

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File Picture: Arun Lodh

The four days of Puja (Autumn Festival)  start from September 30, the sixth day of the full moon  that follows the Mahalaya and ends up with the Bijaya Dashami. According to Hindu scriptures, Durga is the wife of God Shiva, the Hindu Goddess emerged when evil forces threatened the very existence of the Gods.Durga killed the powerful demon Mahishasur.

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 Peacock Media Communication offers foreign tourists who want to visit Calcutta during festive season, an unique tour in various puja pandals(makeshift temples) in and around Calcutta, the cultural capital of India.

 

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File Picture: Arun Lodh

 

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Maths Olympiad Launched


Pretoria (South Africa): – Cape Town will be abuzz next month as the country welcomes students from over 100 countries, who will participate in the 55th International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO).

matBasic Education Minister Angie Motshekga on Tuesday launched the Olympiad – the first to be held in Africa. The IMO is a problem solving contest for high school students held in different countries each year in July. This year, 582 students from 109 countries in five continents will participate in the IMO.

Each participating country enters a team of up to six high school students, who will sit for 4.5 hours solving three challenging problems per day, for two consecutive days. Each problem has a maximum of seven points and covers areas of maths that are not covered in schools.

The participants will be accompanied by a team leader, who is the country’s representative on the jury and a deputy leader, who is responsible for the well-being of the team. Teams may also be accompanied by observers.

Their solutions are assessed by the team leaders and their marks are approved in consultation with a team of coordinators, appointed by the host country.

The top half of the contestants are awarded with gold, silver and bronze medals. All contestants, who do not win a medal, but have solved at least one problem correctly, earn an honourable mention.

Speaking at the IMO launch, Minister Motshekga said it was an honour to host the prestigious contest.

She acknowledged her colleagues from the South African Mathematics Foundation (SAMF), whose passion and dedication to the subject of mathematics has grown local talent in the Olympiad by record numbers across South African schools.

“We do believe that it is important for learners to enjoy mathematics and this Olympiad gives participants a unique opportunity to broaden their mathematics horizon and compete against the very best in the world. These competitions are usually the privilege of developed countries and awaken mathematical talent in many learners,” said Minister Motshekga.

Sparking a love for maths

The IMO is perceived by some as the World Cup of Mathematics. South Africa hopes that hosting this event will create enthusiasm around mathematics and inspire the country’s future engineers, accountants, doctors, teachers and inventors.

“The department has prioritised mathematics, as we recognize the importance of excellence in this particular subject. It has a major impact on the developmental objectives of the country and the economy.

“We are working to improve not only the enrolment of learners in mathematics in South Africa, but also learner outcomes in this crucial subject. Events like this help to create enthusiasm around mathematics,” said Minister Motshekga.

Executive Director at SAMF, Professor Johann Engelbrecht, said that hosting this year’s IMO is an opportunity to show the world that the country is able to host world class events and it has top class mathematicians.

Director of the IMO2014 and a lecturer at the University of Cape Town – which will host the IMO– said: “Holding a high profile event such as the IMO in South Africa will bring mathematics into the public eye and highlight the importance of mathematics education in South Africa’s economic and technological development.”

The main sponsors for the IMO2014 are the Basic Education Department, Google, SABC Education, South African National Roads Agency Ltd and Sasol.

The Pre-Olympiad camp will start on 30 June. Team leaders will arrive on 2 and 3 July to set the papers and teams are expected to start arriving around 6 July.

A big opening ceremony will be held on 7 July, and participants will start writing papers on 8 and 9 July. After that, the marking of papers will start.

The closing ceremony will be on 12 July and participants will leave on 13 July 2013.

Courtesy: SAnews.gov.za

 

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An Open Letter from Irom Sharmila Chanu to India’s new PM


mrAn Open Letter from Irom Sharmila Chanu forwarded by the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC)

(Sharmila Chanu, a Manipuri poet turned social activist. She completed ten years of hunger strike demanding the repeal of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 (AFSPA) in Manipur. Irom Sharmila Chanu started her protest after the Malom massacre where 10 civilians were gunned down by the Armed Forces on 2 November 2000. The Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 (AFSPA) gives special powers to arrest, detain and even kill people on suspicion.In 2006, Justice BP Jeevan Reddy Committee recommended the repeal of the The Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958. “Save Sharmila Solidarity Campaign” launched across India)

Honourable Prime Minister
Shri Narendra Modiji,
South Block, Raisina Hill, New Delhi-110011
Phone +91-11-23012312+91-11-23012312 Fax +91-11-23019545, 23016857

Dated: 27th May, 2014

An Open Letter from Irom Sharmila Chanu forwarded by the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC)

(Sharmila Chanu, a Manipuri poet turned social activist. She completed ten years of hunger strike demanding the repeal of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 (AFSPA) in Manipur. Irom Sharmila Chanu started her protest after the Malom massacre where 10 civilians were gunned down by the Armed Forces on 2 November 2000. The Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 (AFSPA) gives special powers to arrest, detain and even kill people on suspicion.In 2006, Justice BP Jeevan Reddy Committee recommended the repeal of the The Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958. “Save Sharmila Solidarity Campaign” launched across India)

Honourable Prime Minister
Shri Narendra Modiji,
South Block, Raisina Hill, New Delhi-110011
Phone +91-11-23012312+91-11-23012312 Fax +91-11-23019545, 23016857

Dated: 27th May, 2014

INDIA : An open letter to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Dear Honourable Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modiji,

A hearty congratulation from a young woman demanding for Right to Life under the Constitution of India to the newly elected Prime Minister of India!

First of all, I seek your pardon for any lack of etiquette in addressing you as the Prime Minster of India. I, Irom Sharmila Chanu, the lone hunger striker for repeal of the AFSPA, 1958 from the whole of areas in the country that come under the purview of this act, would like to draw your kind attention to my humble appeal for getting, the innocent people numbering around 4 Crores, free from the injustice, meted out by the Parliament of India.

Why should the Indian Parliament treat us, the inhabitants of the North East Region of India differently from the rests of people in different states of India at large by declaring our region as disturbed areas, under which the Constitution provides, the Armed Forces, even to the rank of a Havildar, the power to kill with full impunity, torture and rape anyone on mere suspicion of being an insurgent in their eyes? Why should so many women be exposed helplessly to their sexual pleasures? Holding with such Licence to kill under the AFSPA, 1958, the Government of India has been committing thousands of the killings and enforced disappearance of innocent people over the last few decades. This has resulted into same number of surviving widows and thousands of lamenting parents for their love ones leaving behind thousands of women headed families!

The Chiefs of the Indian Army remain strongly against the repealing of the AFSPA only because they are too scared and insecure in their movements without excess power provided by this Act. As the consequence of their barbaric acts towards the innocent people, who are considered inferior and wild stupid beings in their eyes, and are very likely to retaliate suddenly and stealthily against the in humanness of the Indian Armies, out of rage amongst the masses. With such mindset of the army chiefs’ tactics of controlling the insurgency and upholding AFSPA in the north-east states of India and the state of Jammu and Kashmir has only been helpful in begetting more and more insurgent parties in the long run. I consider, the only solution to the liberation or separation movements in the north-east region of India will be none other than changing of the mindset of the mainstream masses and power holders in politics at large to stop discriminations and step-motherly treatments meted out to at the looks of Mongoloid features.

Please, do provide us with the basic right of being a human so that we can live with self-respect and dignity. Under the disturbed areas status the State has exploited our tourism industry by restricting any tourist from abroad which should provide us large income in exchange of our traditional manual products with which we would also expand our knowledge and horizons from such interactions with advanced countries of the world.

Please don’t see me as a supporter of any insurgent party by the only notion of the way I protest against. Instead, please do see me as conscientious human being who doesn’t want to have a permanent home and food nor adopt any particular religion or citizenship like the birds in nature so that I am accessible, wherever and whenever needed. I want to wonder around in the world as long as my body and soul are in union. And, I want nothing from this mundane earth, except enjoying the feeling of Importance with my birth as a rational, social animal to the following generation after my departure from the world, In that case, the future generations who would be born after me and whose knowledge about my living past would also be from the history, only will surely be want to transform the bad side of my own being into good, owing to the glory of my good actions of which I had meted out during my living space In this world.

Do prevail over the nation with the practice of nonviolence under your leadership and ensure democracy takes roots in the country by repealing AFSPA from the whole areas inhabited by around 4 Crores of people in the North East and elsewhere. Crores of rupees which is allocated every year to eradicate insurgency can be utilized productively for the uplift of the poor peasants who feed the Crores of Indians by transforming all the armed recruiting centres and barracks in every nook and corner of our states into fertile paddy fields that once it were for the farmers so that we can live a contented and peaceful lives. Now, that you are not only the head of the State but popularly elected leader by the whole of the nation for a change, holding with the greatest power to command in your hands. Like the enlightened emperor Asoka of KaiInga after witnessing the huge devastation with heaves of deaths and lamentations that prevailed over the whole land as a consequence of historic battles, do rule your nation with the weapon of Ahimsa so that you may reap only with peace and love of your peoples to allay the fears of Anti-Modi groups since the incidents of Godra in 2002 and transform them into your beloved friends for a peaceful and vibrant society.

At my personal level, your historic victory over the recently concluded Parliamentary election and your becoming the Prime Minster of India was also envisioned in my dreams, nearly 5 years back in 2009, when I saw you standing few metres apart right in front of me with smile. I waited for this day to see you in that position, today. It has been dream fulfilling for me also.

In those very days, I knew nothing about you except with a notion of a violent leader. But, recently after hearing from the Newspapers of your pronouncement as the Prime ministerial candidate of BJP in the 16th Lok Sabha election, I did recollect myself of my past dream of your standing before me and sharing the dreams with my near and dear ones, here. So, we were hopeful and prayed for your victory. Now, it turns out that the dreams were a prophecy that came true in your assuming the highest post of the State. I now count the days of my freedom with the repeal of AFSPA, 1958 with your efforts in the Parliament. So, do be the omnipotent leader who eventually breaks my fast of 14 years by repealing the Act. You’ll be blessed by the souls of those innocent people who are no more and millions of young people like me and my intimate friends who wish to lead protected life by the law of the land with dignity or let us gain Nirvana from this crazy world of power abuse of the mundane world and liberate our souls from the body that enjoy No Right to Life guaranteed under the Constitution of the country. The choice is in your hands under your able leadership.

Thank you for your kind attention.

With utmost regards

Irom Sharmila Chanu
Imphal Central Jail

Courtesy: The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC)

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Explore the city by walking


ricksawPeacock Media Communication has started an initiative to showcase real Calcutta beyond VM ( Victoria Memorial), MTH ( Mother Teresa House) where foreign tourists can get glimpses of real Calcutta and it’s real people. Enjoy walking in the city. Walking in the big city like Calcutta can be fun, interesting and challenging, especially when crossing the streets.North Calcutta has an absolutely staggering number of neighborhoods and each with its own character. Take a ride of public transport system like buses, trams, local train, enjoy typical Bengali street foods and lots more.

* busesGet a close look at the lanes and bylanes of North Calcutta, it’s age old buildings, it’s a magical charm, a charm that’s forever and a charm that’s apart. it’s age old addas. It usually takes place among friends, relatives or colleagues.

* trainSpend great moments while travelling in a local train from Howrah railway station to Chandannagore, a former french colony. From a tourist perspective, riding the local train also gives a unique glimpse into daily life in Calcutta. Places of importance in Chandannagore : chandannagoreChandannagore Strand,Chandannagore Museum and Institute (Institut de Chandernagor),The Sacred Heart Church of Chandannagar (l’Eglise du Sacré Cœur) and others.

* An exclusive tour that gives tourists some memorable moments while riding local transports like rickshaws, local buses, cub (Taxis), taxisauto rickshaws. Visit some lesser known places like snake park, near Calcutta, police museum, Sonagachi the biggest red light area in India.It is an area with several hundred multi-story brothels and estimated 11,000 sex workers.
street foods* Enjoy typical street food of Calcutta like Phuchka, Churmur,Jhalmuri, Telebhaja, Ghugni and others.
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PAKISTAN: 57 journalists killed during the last 15 years


pakHere the experts from report prepared by the Asian Human Rights Commission:

The United States, the United Kingdom and a delegation of the European Union on Friday called upon the Government of Pakistan to resolutely defend media freedom in the country, adding that gags on the media and attacks on journalists were not acceptable…….

May 3, was proclaimed World Press Freedom Day by the UN General Assembly in 1993. This year’s theme for this day, as declared by the UN, is “Media Freedom for a Better Future: Shaping the post-2015 Development Agenda”.

Amnesty International in its statement of April 30 said that journalists in Pakistan live under the constant threat of death, harassment and other violence from all sides, including the intelligence services, political parties and armed groups like the Taliban. Pakistan’s media community is effectively under siege. Journalists, in particular those covering national security issues or human rights, are targeted from all sides in a disturbing pattern of abuses carried out to silence their reporting…..

The World Press Freedom Index 2014, issued by the international non-governmental organisation “Reporters without Borders” earlier this year, termed Pakistan “….. the world’s deadliest country for media personnel”, adding that for the second year running, the Indian sub-continent is the Asian region with the biggest rise in violence for journalists. The index calls the targeted nature of the violence “the most disturbing development”. The report ranked Pakistan at the 158th position out of 180 countries.

It is evidently true, as far as the government is concerned that Pakistan is not the deadliest country in the world for journalists. They claim that dozens of media houses are operating freely and that the media has never enjoyed such freedom in its history. However, every year on average a dozen journalists are killed and many are injured by the attacks from Muslim banned organisations, extremists and secret spy agencies run by the military establishment. Many journalists have told various quarters that they would be attacked or killed by state intelligence agencies particularly by the notorious ISI. The Taliban and other Muslim fundamentalist’s organisations are operating freely and they monitor the broadcasting of every television channel and try to dictate their policies. In most cases the owners of the media houses follow their instructions. But the lives of individual journalist remain at the mercy of the militant organisations without protection even from their employers. The governments always want to remain as silent spectators as if the protection of journalists or media houses is not their responsibility.

The year 2014 started with the killing and attack on journalists. On January 1, Mr. Shan Dahar, the reporter of Abb Takk television was shot dead while filming near a pharmacy in Larkana. He had already produced one story on prescription drugs being illegally resold in the town, and was taking video of a package bearing a “not for resale” label on it shortly before he was shot dead.

On January 17, Gunmen riding on motorcycles shot dead three Express News workers on Friay after ambushing a stationary DSNG van in a busy neighbourhood of Karachi. This was the third and most lethal strike on Express Media Group and its staff in the space of five months. In two previous attacks, the main offices of Express Media Group, were targeted. The January 17’s ambush took the lives of a technician, security guard and a driver, all of whom were seated in the front of the van. The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility for the latest attack in a live telephone call from Afghanistan to Express News.

From January 2013 to date, 17 journalists were attacked and injured either by the intelligence agencies, beaten and tortured by police or by injured by violent people while covering processions and rallies. Other journalists mentioned in the report are living under the dangling swords of life threats. The authorities were least bothered about conducting investigation in the matter except in the case of Hamid Mir, who was attacked by unknown persons while he was coming from Karachi airport during the tight security arrangements for former military ruler General Pervez Musharraf.

On March 28, Raza Rumi, a prominent journalist and anchorperson from Express News channel has survived an assassination attempt but his driver was killed. He left the country as he found no security or protection from the government. The Taliban has accepted the responsibility for the attack which has given a good excuse to the government that they can not provide protection as the Taliban is beyond the reach of the law enforcement agencies including the military intelligence agencies.

On April 6, Jamshed Baghwan, Peshawar bureau chief of Express News was been targeted for the second time this year. A bag with 2.5kg of explosives was found outside his house, and on April 6, grenades were thrown at his residence. Baghwan says every day his mother and colleagues tell him to leave the country as they do not find any protection from the law enforcement agencies.

On April 19, a prominent journalist and anchorperson of Geo TV was attacked by unknown persons and he was critically injured by six bullets. He and his family members accused the ISI and its chief general Zaheerul Islam for the attempt to kill him. The military establishment, instead of, conducting inquiries against the allegations rather file a petition before the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) to cancel the license of Geo TV for hurling the blame on ISI. The ISI and military establishment are using banned Muslim terrorists organisations and its paid politicians to agitate on the streets in favour of military and the ISI.

On May 2, a Geo TV News cameraman was subjected to thrashing and a bid was made to snatch his camera. Geo News cameraman Asif Kabir was going to the channel’s office located in Model Town A, Bahawalpur, Punjab, when three bike riders wearing helmets intercepted him. The three men called him a traitor and an Indian agent and assaulted him. They injured badly but no case has been filed by the local police.

During the year 2013, the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) documented that 13 journalists were killed while performing their duties. 55 journalists have been killed in the line of duty in Pakistan in the last ten years, and 36 of them were deliberately targeted and murdered because of their work, says the Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) in its latest report…….

In the country the media freedom is fragile. Journalists are being harassed or killed for doing their work, publications are being censored or shut down, and laws are being passed which criminalise free speech. This reality does not change on the Internet……

The judiciary, which is always looking for the political cases to shut up the democratically elected governments by using Suou Moto actions while the government fail to control the spy agencies and its cronies for the attacks on journalists and escape from their responsibilities for the protection and suitability of the freedom of expression which is the basis of a democratic society.

The AHRC calls upon the military establishment to halt the use of coercive actions on the freedom of expression and press as if it is continued it would lead to the defeat of the military in the hands of unarmed media persons. The Government of Pakistan must ensure that all abuses committed against journalists are duly investigated and that appropriate action is taken against perpetrators while the public is provided with information on the outcome of enquiries.

The government must defend media freedom, this being an important component of the freedom of expression as defined in Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and in the Article 19 of the Constitution of Pakistan.

For full report visit:http://www.humanrights.asia/news/ahrc-news/AHRC-STM-079-2014

Text Courtesy:  the Asian Human Rights Commission

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Fact and Figures : Indian Election


 

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Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) were first used in Kerala, designed by Electronics Corporation of India Ltd. and Bharat Electronics Ltd. 

An electronic voting machine (EVM) can support 64 candidates, the highest number. If the number exceeds, then manual ballot would be  used.

1033 candidates contested for a single seat: Modaurichi assembly constituency in Tamil Nadu in 1996. The ballot paper looked like a  booklet.

Bahujan Samaj Party(BSP) of Mayawati and George W Bush`s Republican Party (USA) :the same electoral symbol-the elephant.

Former Prime Minister of India Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s father and mother  share the same name Krishna. Krishna Bihari Vajpayee is his father’s name and mother’s name is Krishna Devi.

 

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Atal Bihari Vajpayee is the only parliamentarian of India to be elected from four different states i.e Uttar Pradesh (UP), Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh (MP) and Delhi.

Atal Bihari Vajpayee is the only Indian politician who had won from six different constituencies: Balrampur – 1957, 1967 (UP), Gwalior- 1971 (MP), New Delhi – 1977, 1980, Vidisha- 1991 (MP), Gandhinagar – 1996 (Gujrat), Lucknow – 1991, 1996, 1998 (UP).

In the year 1998 BJP ( Bharatiya Janata Party) won Lok Sabha(House of the People) seats for the first time in the states like West Bengal  and Tamil Nadu.

Chhindwara in Madhya Pradesh  has always returned Indian National Congress (INC) during the parliamentary elections.INC leader and Union Minister Kamal Nath represented it1980, 1984, 1989, 1991, 1996, 1998,1999, 2004,2009.

  Bomdila district in Arunachal Pradesh saw lowest voter turnout in a polling station. The numbers are just three.

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This is what change looks like


Eight million Americans have signed up for private insurance in the marketplaces thanks to the Affordable Care Act — and it means that many of them are getting quality, affordable care for the first time.

Last week, President Obama had a chance to visit with Texas families personally impacted by the health care law.

Their stories are a powerful reminder of why the law is so important — take a minute to watch.

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PMs of India


In April 21,1997,Inder Kumar Gujral replaced Deve Gowda as prime minister .But after 11 monthsMarch 18,98)the Congress party with drew support.

In April 21,1997,Inder Kumar Gujral replaced Deve Gowda as prime minister .But after 11 months March 18,98)the Congress party with drew support.

H.D.Deve Gowda became Prime Minister(June96-April 21,97).

H.D.Deve Gowda became Prime Minister(Jan 96-April 21,97).

In 1996(May16-May28)Atal Behari Vajpayee led BJP government collapsed when they failed to secure the majority mark in the lower house of the parliament.

In 1996 (May 16-May 28)Atal Behari Vajpayee led BJP government collapsed when they failed to secure the majority mark in the lower house of the parliament.

P.V.Narshima Rao led Indian National Congress(INC)completed five year term(91-96)despite major scams like JMM bribary.Rao inducted Oxford educated Manmohan Singh into his cabinet as finance minister.Dr,Singh liberasized country's stagnent economy.

P.V.Narasimha Rao led Indian National Congress(INC)completed five year term(91-96) despite major scams like JMM bribery.Rao inducted Oxford educated Manmohan Singh into his cabinet as finance minister.Dr,Singh liberalized country\’s stagnant economy.

After the downfall of V.P. Singh government,Chandra Shekhar became Prime Minister with the outside support of the Congress.But afterseven months,his government collapsed(90-91)

After the downfall of V.P. Singh government,Chandra Shekhar became Prime Minister with the outside support of the Congress.But afterseven months,his government collapsed(90-91)

Parliamentary election in India is round the corner. Lets talk about the importance of prime Minister in India’s Parliamentary Democracy:

In 1952,the Indian National Congress(INC)led by Jawahar Lal Nehru came to power by winning 364 of the 489 seats in Parliament.In 1957,Jawahar Lal Nehru returned to power for the second time(Tenure as Prime Minister 1947-1964).”

In 1989,V.P.Singh,a vetern politician and once a close confident of Rajiv Gandhi came to power with the support of the Left and the right(BJP).But after 11 months(1990)the BJP withdrew support from the minority government.

In 1989,V.P.Singh, a vetern politician and once a close confident of Rajiv Gandhi came to power with the support of the Left and the right(BJP).But after 11 months(1990)the BJP withdrew support from the minority government.

In 1984,her son Rajiv Gandhi became Prime Minister by winning the election with huge majority.

In 1984,her son Rajiv Gandhi became Prime Minister by winning the election with huge majority.

In 1979,Deputy Prime Minister Choudhery Charan Singh came to power.The indian National Congress(INC)supported his government from outside.But within a year(1980),the Congress withdrew support.

In 1979,Deputy Prime Minister Choudhery Charan Singh came to power.The indian National Congress(INC)supported his government from outside.But within a year(1980),the Congress withdrew support.

In 1977,the first non-Congress government led by Morarji Desai since independence was formed.But after two years(19790,Morarji Desai government lost power due to some internal conflict.

In 1977,the first non-Congress government led by Morarji Desai since independence was formed.But after two years(19790,Morarji Desai government lost power due to some internal conflict.

After the sudden demise of Lal bahadur Shastri,Indira Gandhi,the daughter of Jawahar lal Nehru became the first woman Prime Minister of India.The major achievement of Indira Gandhi was the bold decision taken by her to support Bengali speaking East pakistan's struggle for independence from urdu speaking West Pakistan.After 11 days of war Pakistan army was forced to surrender and independent Bangladesh was born.

After the sudden demise of Lal bahadur Shastri,Indira Gandhi,the daughter of Jawahar lal Nehru became the first woman Prime Minister of India.The major achievement of Indira Gandhi was the bold decision taken by her to support Bengali speaking East pakistan\’s struggle for independence from urdu speaking West Pakistan.After 11 days of war Pakistan army was forced to surrender and independent Bangladesh was born.

In 1964,Lal bahadur Shastri became Prime Minister of India(June 64-Jan.660.But India soon lost one of the finest Prime Ministers of India.He died at Thaskhant.

In 1964,Lal bahadur Shastri became Prime Minister of India(June 64-Jan.660.But India soon lost one of the finest Prime Ministers of India.He died at Thaskhant.

After the death of Jawahar Lal Nehru in 1964,Gulzarilal Nanda became the interim Prime Minister(May-June1964).He also served as acting prime minister from Jan11-24,66).

After the death of Jawahar Lal Nehru in 1964,Gulzarilal Nanda became the interim Prime Minister(May-June1964).He also served as acting prime minister from Jan11-24,66).

In 1952,the Indian National Congress(INC)led by Jawahar Lal Nehru came to power by winning 364 of the 489 seats in Parliament.In 1957,Jawahar Lal Nehru returned to power for the second time(Tenure as Prime Minister 1947-1964).

In 1952,the Indian National Congress(INC)led by Jawahar Lal Nehru came to power by winning 364 of the 489 seats in Parliament.In 1957,Jawahar Lal Nehru returned to power for the second time(Tenure as Prime Minister 1947-1964).

Dr. Manmohan Singh returns back to power for the second time.In 2004,Sonia Gandhi,the President of Indian National Congress(INC) shocked the nation by refusing the post of Prime Minister over the issue of her nationality and insisted Dr.manmohan Singh to become prime minister(2004-2009and 2009...)From then,the miled mannered,low profile but focused Manmohan Singh rules the country with iron grip.

Dr. Manmohan Singh returns back to power for the second time (2009-2014).In 2004,Sonia Gandhi,the President of Indian National Congress(INC) shocked the nation by refusing the post of Prime Minister over the issue of her nationality and insisted Dr.manmohan Singh to become prime minister(2004-2009and 2009…)From then,the mild mannered,low profile but focused Manmohan Singh rules the country with iron grip.

In 1980,The Indian national Congress(INC)led by Indira Gandhi returned to power with thumping majority.But in 1984,she was assassinated by her sikh body guards.Atal Behari Vajpayee became Prime Minister on March 19,1998.He completed his five year term in 2004 but lost to INC led United Progressive Alliance(UPA).

‘Many women don’t even know they’re underpaid’


Hi,

On average, full-time working women earn 77 cents for every dollar earned by men.

Worse still?

Pic:Karen Arnold

Pic:Karen Arnold

. And because 51% of women report they are discouraged or forbidden from discussing their wages, they can’t take steps that would ensure they’re earning fair pay at work.

That’s why today, on Equal Pay Day, President Obama is taking action.

See what President Obama is doing to address the gap — then share the news.

Women deserve fair pay at work. Check out this graphic, and pass it on.

Thanks,

Cecilia

Cecilia Muñoz
Director, Domestic Policy Council
The White House
@Cecilia44

Text Courtesy: The White House

Election Commission of India claims that Electronic Voting Machines can prevent Booth capturing


According to Election Commission of India, an Electronic Voting Machine consists of two Units – a Control Unit and a Balloting Unit – joined by a five-meter cable. The Control Unit is with the Presiding Officer or a Polling Officer and the Balloting Unit is placed inside the voting compartment. Instead of issuing a ballot paper, the Polling Officer in-charge of the Control Unit will press the Ballot Button. This will enable the voter to cast his vote by pressing the blue button on the Balloting Unit against the candidate and symbol of his choice.

…..EVMs manufactured in 1989-90 were used on experimental basis for the first time in 16 Assembly Constituencies in the States of Madhya Pradesh (5), Rajasthan (5) and NCT of Delhi (6) at the General Elections to the respective Legislative Assemblies held in November, 1998.

…..EVMs can record a maximum of 3840 votes. As normally the total number of electors in a polling station will not exceed 1500, the capacity of EVMs is more than sufficient.In case the number of contesting candidates goes beyond 64 in any constituency, EVMs cannot be used in such a constituency. The conventional method of voting by means of ballot box and ballot paper will have to be adopted in such a constituency.EVMs can record a maximum of 3840 votes. As normally the total number of electors in a polling station will not exceed 1500, the capacity of EVMs is more than sufficient.

:the EVMs are programmed in such a way that the machines will record only five votes in a minute. As recording of votes has necessarily to be through Control Unit and Balloting Unit, whatever be the number of miscreants they can record vote only at the rate of 5 per minute. In the case of ballot papers, the miscreants can distribute all the 1000 odd ballot papers assigned to a polling station, among themselves, stamp them, stuff them into the ballot boxes and run away before the police reinforcements reach. In half an –hour, the miscreants can record only a maximum of 150 votes by which time, chances are the police reinforcement would have arrived. Further, the presiding Officer or one of the Polling Officers can always press the “close” button as soon as they see some intruders inside the polling station. It will not be possible to record any vote when once the ‘close’ button is pressed and this will frustrate the efforts of the booth-capturers.

But,Political parties in India have been opposing the Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) for the past several months.Political leaders expressed reservations over the use of EVMs.Researchers from Michigan University and a Hyderabad-based scientist also observed that the EVMs are not tamper-proof.

In India,the office of the Prime Minister is based on constitutional law


 

First Prime Minister of India:Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru

First Prime Minister of India:Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru

Parliamentary election in India is round the corner. Lets talk about the importance of prime Minister in India’s Parliamentary Democracy:

 
According to Constitutional experts,under the parliamentary democracy of India,the Prime Minister of India is the pillar of the Union Government.In India,the office of the Prime Minister is based on constitutional law.The Prime Minister of India is not only the head of the real executive,he is also the leader of the majority party in parliament.The Prime Minister is appointed by the Prisident.The president has little choice in this matter because he has to appoint the leader of the majority party in the house of the People(Lok Sabha) as the Prime Minister of India.The prime Minister may also belong to the Council of States(Rajya Sabha).

The Prime Minister has the power to summon and preside over the meetings of the Cabinet.He co-ordinates and supervises the activities of the different departments.In a cabinet meeting,the decisions are taken by majority votes.But the Prime Minister may ask his cabinet colleagues to consider the decisions.The prime Minister also plays an important role in foreign affairs.He plays a decisive role in the appointment of ambassadors,consuls and other diplomats.

The Prime Minister acts as the chief adviser of the President.The Prime Minister advised the President in the appointment of the ministers,the Judges of the Supreme Court and High Court and other important officials of the Government of India.He may also advise the President to summon and dissolve the House of the people and to seek a fresh mandate.The Prime Minister is the leader of the Parliament.In the House of the People, he makes policy statements on behalf of ministers.

Parliamentary election in India is round the corner


Parliamentary election in India is round the corner.All political parties whether left or right are gearing up for poll and set up strategies  to attract voters.
Lets talk about the parliamentary system of India:
The Central Legislature of India is known as ‘Parliament consists of the President and two houses.The lower house is called the House of the People(Loksabha) and the upper house is called the Council of states (Rajya sabha)The President of India is an internal part of the Union parliament because he summons and progress the House of parliament.He has also the power to dissolve the House of the People.No Bill can become an Act of parliament without the consent of the President.The House of the People is the popular chamber of Indian parliament .It consists of the representatives of the nation.The Constitution provides that the House of the people consists of not more than 545 members of whom 530-directly elected from the 25 states on the basis of universal direct adult franchise and 13 from 7 Union territories and 2 members are nominated by the President to represent Anglo-Indian Community.
Every citizen of India who is not less than 18 years of age is entitled to vote in the elections of the House of the people.The tenure of the House of the people is five years .The House of the people elects a speaker and a Deputy speaker from among its members .The speaker and in his absence the Deputy speaker presides over the meetings of the House.

Indian Election 2014


According to Indian Constitution, a non citizen cannot be a contesting candidate in the elections.

The minimum age for becoming a candidate for Lok Sabha(Lower House) election shall be 25 years.

According to section 62(5) of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, no person contested an election will at any election if he is accused in any criminal case.

For parliamentary election a candidate is required to make a security deposit of Rs. 10,000 ($167).A candidate belonging to Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe is required to make a security deposit of Rs. 5,000 ($83.5).

A defeated candidate who fails to secure more than one sixth of the valid votes polled in the constituency will lose his or her security deposit.

There are six Political Parties as National Parties and fifty Political Parties as State Parties in different States.

According to Election Commission, a polling station normally covering not more than 1500 electors. However, in some cases, such number may exceed 1500 to avoid the breakup of any polling area in large villages or urban area. When the number exceeds 1600, another Polling Station should be set up.

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We’re looking for your feedback


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As a subscriber of White House email updates, you get messages from us from time to time to keep you in the loop on the President’s priorities and what’s going on at the White House and around the administration.

Today, we want to hear from you.

We create a lot of content — from the emails we send, to the charts, infographics, videos, and tools we feature on our website — and we want to make sure it’s as interesting and informative as possible.

You have a unique stake in making it better, so we want to hear it straight from you:

What’s working for you? What would you like to see more of? What are the issues that matter most to you in 2014? Let us know here.

By sharing your thoughts, you’re going to help us make our programming at WhiteHouse.gov a little bit better. And you’ll help improve the experience of millions of Americans — whether they’re sharing a chart about how the deficit has been cut in half since 2009, watching the President’s State of the Union address, or creating a petition asking the administration to take action on an issue that matters to them.

Here’s your opportunity to weigh in and let us know what you think:

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We’re looking forward to seeing your feedback.

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INDIA: Relief awarded only after long battle by acid attack victim


Picture courtesy:Radio Netherlands Worldwide

Picture courtesy:Radio Netherlands Worldwide

On January 17, 2014, the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) issued an urgent appeal (AHRC-UAC-005-2014, http://www.humanrights.asia/news/urgent-appeals/AHRC-UAC-005-2014)  for immediate intervention and financial assistance to a survivor of acid attack in the Indian state of Assam as per the guidelines issued by the Supreme Court of India in 2013. Women in Governance (WinG-Assam), a network of women activists in Assam, India, had apprised the AHRC about the acid attack on two young girls, Nirupama Kalita, aged 18, and Karishma Kalita, aged 12 and their mother and grandmother. They were attacked with acid while they were returning home from a local religious site on November 6, 2013, in Assam’s Darrang district. This caused serious injury. Karishma, her mother, and grandmother all suffered injuries, while it was Nirupama who suffered grievous injury. The victims were immediately admitted to Asamarik Medical College Hospital, Mongoldoi. Later, they were shifted to Gauhati Medical College Hospital, Guwahati, for appropriate treatment. Nirupama had already undergone four plastic surgeries and related treatment when the AHRC issued its Urgent Appeal. At the time, to continue better treatment outside the state, the family was in need of more financial resources.

However, it is only in March 2014, after a draining battle with judiciary and other justice delivery institutions, that the authorities have ordered compensation for the victims as per the mandates of law. The insensitivity of the state for the victims of the attack has only added to the trauma.

…….In order to raise awareness about the violence against women in Assam, WinG-India organized a public hearing in Guwahati on January 8-9, 2014, and this case was presented before the public domain. The jury members of the public hearing visited the chief justice of Gauhati High Court and appraised him about the case. Chief justice forwarded the case to Portfolio Judge of Darrang district.

On 20 January 2014, activists from WinG-Assam requested for the early payment of 3 lakh INR as compensation as per Supreme Court’s order to which the Portfolio judge replied that the ‘Supreme Court order requires to be examined first as though SC has laid such a verdict its not compulsory to follow the same’. The judge also asked for the bail documents of the accused when the activists demanded proper investigation by police. Procurement and submission of these documents required some time. On January 24, 2014, all the documents were submitted and they were asked to contact the Judge after Saraswati Puja holidays. Later, it was informed that the case has been admitted in the Gauhati High Court sou motu (Writ Petition (Civil) 749/14) and is still sub-judice.

……..Police investigation in the case has progressed slowly and is incomplete even today. The case, registered under Sipajhar police station [case no 357/13 u/s 341, 326A and 34 IPC], betrays justice and there is negligence in investigations. The bottle of acid left at the spot of incident by the accused was not seized by the police even after they were repeatedly informed about its presence there. The maternal uncle of the survivor took the bottle and gave it for testing in a local laboratory where it was confirmed by experts as nitric acid. Nitric acid was stored in a 1 liter coca cola bottle, which was then concealed in a 3 liter mineral water bottle covered with black tape.

As a part of the police investigation, the suspects were arrested and released. They have been moving around freely in the locality, causing continuing threat to the safety and security of the survivors and family members. Corruption and negligence of duty by the police in this case cannot be ruled out.

The family members have been constantly requesting the police to expedite the investigation. To respond to such a request, the Superintendent of Police (SP), Mr. Jitmal Doleym, accused the victim of immoral character in order to assassinate her character. Following such remark, activists of WinG-Assam on 22 January, 2014 complained to the Additional Director General of Police (DGP) seeking action against the errant SP and also demanded speedy investigation. Additional DGP informed that SP Jitmal Doley has been transferred to another city and Mr. Ganjawala has been deployed at Darrang. He then over phone directed the new SP Ganjawala to handle the case properly. Authorities informed that they are to collect sufficient evidence soon.

…….The AHRC is concerned about several issues that relate to this case. Despite having clear guidelines regarding relief and rehabilitation for acid attack survivors, the authorities forced those that suffered such a harrowing attack to have to run from pillar to post to obtain the state-sponsored relief via litigation.

The long term consequences of such an attack include not only permanent physical damage but also debilitating psychological, social, and economic difficulties. The cruelty of an acid attack causes tremendous trauma to victims and a long drawn out process of redress and relief can only add to the pain. The protracted and insensitive response of the state exposes the state dishonesty towards its citizens.

For full report please visit:http://www.humanrights.asia/news/ahrc-news/AHRC-STM-047-2014

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American Budget 2015


The 2015 Budget Whiteboard

In case you missed it, the President released his Fiscal Year 2015 budget last week.

Brian Deese, Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget, is pretty handy with a dry-erase marker, and he took some time to sketch out the nuts and bolts of the President’s budget.

Want a better sense of exactly what’s in the budget? You should probably watch this whiteboard video.pic

Want to know how the President’s budget will continue to steadily bring down the deficit for the next ten years? You should watch this whiteboard.pic1Text and video courtesy: The White House

website with a cause


crimeA website with a cause. It is about women, who fight back. The website will provide alternative news that usually avoid by mainstream media. The website a Peacock Media initiative where people can get community awareness news, is a local news and informative website that covers small cities and towns across the Globe.The web zine (digital) international  magazine (Daily Updates) the top priority for communication and spreading awareness.We will highlight and thus make people aware of such global issues as human trafficking, drug trafficking, atrocities against the LGBT community, cross border terrorism, cyber crimes, forensic sciences, criminal psychology, atrocities against women, AIDS/HIV, domestic violence,corruption in high places, serial killing and other important human rights issues. It will be interactive in nature with additional content. There are language options like Francais, Portugais, Kiswahili, Espagnol, Farsi, Arabe,Mandarin.According to one estimate, half a million Indian children under the age of 16 are exploited in the sex trade. It is actually a 12-14 page magazine and plugins for various application like Anroid, Black Berry, Amazon, Kindly, I phone, Amazon, Playbook.It has some sections like At your service a community based service basically help people from various problems including personal one.One can reach us through email. Another sections(page/link like Home, News (Crime) News (Human Rights),Investigations, Video feeds.
A magazine style website where you have many categories (human trafficking, drug trafficking, atrocities, cross border terrorism, cyber crimes, etc..) in which you post the different topics. Post an article, should have an ability to add photos and videos. The website should be mobile optimized that works on Smartphone, Tablets and Desktops. And well formatted contact form to email the details for what a user is looking for. Also the website should be in multiple languages.
Responsive design supporting any screen size: laptops, tablets, cellphones
Web magazine with multiple categories and menu/sub-menu
Ability to add/edit/delete articles/news/blogs from the administrative backend. Only Users with privileges be allowed to post.
Ability to upload pictures/videos. Videos to be uploaded in your you tube channel and linked.
Comment system for every post using Facebook, twitter, linked login credentials and email notifications.
Lo-gin and “Register to be a Reporter” functionality.

Address for communication: 65,Block-C, Bangur Avenue,Calcutta-700055(West Bengal,India)Ph:+91 9883202758/+919681961445

For full working demo: Visit http://zonearts.com/crime

 

Student film festival


Hello everyone,

The very best person to talk to about how modern technology is changing our classrooms isn’t me, or even the President.

It’s a student who is actually learning from those tools every day — accessing school assignments online, watching video lessons to learn a new concept, or even talking directly with other students around the world with new technology.

That’s why, a few months ago, the White House challenged students all across the country to create short films answering a simple question:

Why is technology so important in the classroom — and how will it change the educational experience for kids in the future?

The response was overwhelming. And today, the 16 official selections are going to be screened at the first-ever White House Student Film Festival.

You’re going to want to tune in for this one. Watch the official selections, then tune in today at 2:30 p.m. ET.

Pic Courtesy: George Hodan

Pic Courtesy: George Hodan

 

Watch Now

Today’s going to be a fun day, but this event speaks to something much bigger.

That’s because these students’ films all illustrate the critical conversation about education in our country right now: the importance of connecting our classrooms.

The fact is that right now, only around 30 percent of our students have the high-speed Internet access they need for digital learning. That means millions of kids across the country aren’t currently benefiting from the kinds of technologies that made the student films you’ll watch today possible.

The President’s ConnectED initiative is making sure that changes — by connecting 99 percent of students to next-generation, high-speed broadband within five years.

Want to see exactly why that’s so important? Just take a look at some of the incredible things kids can produce when they’re connected.

See the official film festival selections, then make sure you’re watching the event at 2:30 p.m. ET today.

Looking forward to continuing the conversation,

Secretary Arne Duncan
Department of Education

Text Courtesy: The White House

President calling


 

Illustration Courtesy: J G Heck/Flickr

Illustration Courtesy: J G Heck/Flickr

What $10.10 would mean for you

President Obama is calling on Congress to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10. And the President has taken the first step by signing an Executive Order raising the minimum wage for federal contractors.

Raising the federal minimum wage will give millions of Americans a raise, and it’s long overdue — because no one who works full-time should have to live in poverty.

Last week, we asked what raising the minimum wage meant to you.

The stories you shared are a strong argument for exactly how important it is that we get this done. Raising the minimum wage helps Americans young and old. It helps provide relief for those who are just scraping by, and it helps those saving for a rainy day. It’s the right thing to do, but don’t take our word for it.

Read these stories from folks like you — then forward them on, and submit your own.

Raising the minimum wage will allow me and my family to live comfortably, not worry about living from paycheck to paycheck.
Vennatte E., Huntsville, TX

It would give me a chance to save something for the future of my kids and grandchildren.
Malissa M., Bloxom, VA

This would help out single parents like me to help finish raising their kids alone on one income.
Idrissa S., Oglethorpe, GA

It will help me save money to go to the college of my dreams and help me lift the burden off my mother.
Shelby S., Long Beach, CA

The stories you share make a difference. Share your story and help spread the message: We need to raise the minimum wage.

Text Courtesy: The White House

Photos: Inside the State Dinner


Recently, President Obama and the First Lady are hosting French President Hollande for a state dinner — concluding the first state visit by a French president in nearly 20 years.

 White House Chef Cris Comerford and Pastry Chef Bill Yosses took over the White House Instagram to give you a look behind the scenes — and inside the kitchen.
whiwhi1whi2Text and Pictures courtesy: The White House

Stop such comments


filmIf you want to give feedback or suggestions about Shanthanubh’s weblog, We will always respond to your suggestion or praise or criticism.But can we please stop all the ‘nasty’ comments like these.

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I want to make career in bluefilm call me…….
I also want to work in blue film i am a teenage boy only 16-year-old…
I am ready to play the any roll for make new porn film this is my choice
I am ……… from Chennai age 25. I like to work pron industry guide me
I want to make xxx movies seriously if u give me a chance please.
Sir, I want to be porn star. But I have no money. Can u help me?

Please remember I’m a digital news researcher, not a part of adult film industry.I do agree with experts that it is an art and a business and needs to be done correctly, I usually highlight issues like how the Adult movie industry in America cope up with AIDS menace,Actors are professional people, they know how to work the camera. ‘It is unique but a little over saturated at the moment. To many people here think they can shoot good movies and don’t do it correctly.’

Sochi 2014


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Pic Courtesy: Waferbodard/Flickr

For daily updated of Sochi Winter Olympic Games visit:

http://www.sochi2014.com/en/news

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Women tourists often face harassment in the national capital Delhi and other cities


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Pic Courtesy:Erik Abderhalden/Flickr

Peacock Media Communication a not-for-profit media house is going to launch a new initiative to aware foreign tourists how to avoid unpleasant experiences while visiting India. Women tourists often face harassment in the national capital Delhi and other cities like groping by unknown faces,molestation and often rape. A 51-year-old Danish national was gang raped in New Delhi a few days back. That incident happened when she lost her way. Like New Delhi, Calcutta the cultural capital of India, is not safe anymore for women. Incidents of rape and molestation cases reported almost everyday. According to a recent study, 1,152 women are raped every day in Democratic Republic of Congo i.e 48 women are raped every hour. I think we are in a similar situation.While travelling to Indian metros and other cities, foreign tourists always avoid getting into empty autos and cabs. Note down the registration numbers and even avoid empty public transport buses. Install a mobile SOS application Nirbhaya: Be Fearless©.For installation click https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.smartcloud.nirbhaya&feature=search_result to seek help from others when you feel unsafe. Always keep an emergency (Police) help line number.When you see a man or group of men following you and passing lewd comments, keep shouting. Always carry pepper sprays and Swiss knife.Always travel with groups. Avoid desolate places. Avoid ‘unwanted friends’. Choose proper guide or companion or guard. Avoid lesser known guest houses or hotels.

For any suggestions and help while visitng Calcutta

peacockmediacommunication@india.com

Photos: What my day looked like


ob3Hey, all –

On Tuesday, President Obama will deliver his fifth State of the Union address from the Capitol. He’s taking the lead on his own remarks, but as his chief speechwriter, I’ve been spending the week helping him craft what he wants to say.

Today I took over the White House’s Instagram account to give you a look inside the State of the Union process.

Take a look at some of today’s photos:

obob1ob2Several other folks here are going to be giving you updates on preparations this week, too — so stay tuned.

Thanks,

Cody

Cody Keenan
Director of Speechwriting
The White House

P.S. — If you haven’t already, say you’re in for the 2014 State of the Union.

Text and Photo Courtesy: The White House

From the First Lady Michelle Obama


Pic Courtesy:Alex Johnson/Flickr

Pic Courtesy:Alex Johnson/Flickr

Hello, all –

Today, I met a young man named Troy.

Troy comes from New Orleans, where his family lived through the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. He couldn’t read until he was twelve, and would regularly cut school because the other students would tease him. When he did attend, he’d shove desks, start fights — anything to get him out of class.

But then Troy saw his younger siblings start down a similar path. And he decided to make a change. He connected with his fifth-grade teacher, and enrolled in a program called the Urban League College Track. With the support of College Track and his teachers, he worked hard and made his way into high school — and today, he’s a sophomore at Bard College, studying American Literature.

There are a lot of kids like Troy out there — kids with all the potential in the world — but far too many of them are slipping through the cracks. They’re not making their way to college — maybe because their parents never went, or because they’ve never been encouraged to believe they could succeed there.

It’s on all of us to help change that.

That’s why today, Barack and I hosted college and university presidents, business leaders, philanthropists, and representatives from organizations around the country who are helping more of our kids see their potential and pursue their education. They’re helping them navigate the financial aid and college admissions process. They’re working with them to find schools that match their ability and interests. And they’ve made real, concrete commitments to help make college a reality for more kids.

And here’s the thing: You don’t have to be a university president or an executive to do that. There is something that each and every one of us can do in our communities to help make sure our kids realize their potential and make their way into higher education. That could mean having a conversation with a young neighbor or a relative, serving as a mentor, or volunteering at a local high school to help students fill out their college applications.

So I’m asking you today to make a commitment of your own — and learn more about the commitments that universities and organizations from around the country are making, too.

I’m passionate about helping our young people because I see my story in theirs.

Neither of my parents graduated from college, but they always encouraged me to pursue my education and told me that college was possible. And I know that there are so many kids out there just like me: kids who have a world of potential but need some encouragement and support to make it through college.

That’s why I was so inspired by some of the commitments I learned about today.

Universities are taking steps like helping underserved students with financial literacy, or finding innovative ways for academic advisors to better support students who could use a helping hand. And many colleges are working with organizations like the Posse Foundation to give kids the social and academic support they’ll need to graduate.

These kinds of programs aren’t just good for these young people. They’re good for all of us. Because after everything these kids will have overcome to get to college — and get through college — they’ll have all the skills they need to thrive in our businesses, and law firms, and labs. And that’s not just good for them and their families, it’s good for their communities and our country. That’s why Barack is working every single day to expand opportunities to every single young person in America. And that’s why we’re working to rally the country around his “North Star” goal – that by 2020, America will once again have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world.

Reaching that goal begins with each of us doing our part as parents, students, educators, and citizens.

We can all help a young person realize his or her potential, so I hope you’ll learn more about the commitments that organizations and schools around the country are making — and then make a commitment of your own:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/share/college-opportunity

Thanks in advance for everything you will do on behalf of America’s young people.

First Lady Michelle Obama

Text Courtesy: The White House

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‘Your stories are powerful’


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The very best people to describe what having new health insurance means — what it feels like — isn’t me, or any White House policy staffer. It’s not even the President.

It’s you. Or your neighbor, coworker, sister, or partner.

It’s anyone who woke up on the morning of January 1st with the peace of mind, security, and quiet dignity that comes with taking your health care into your own hands.

We’ve been hearing from a lot of you. Your stories are powerful, and they keep coming in.

Read what 10 different Americans had to say about what being covered now means to them. Then, join them and share a story of your own.

JoAnn S., Florida
“I haven’t had insurance in years and my husband had a shared insurance junk-type policy. The day I signed up on Dec 10, I actually cried when the application went through. I got my first premium notice in the mail yesterday and was never so happy to see a bill before.”

Gayla W., New Hampshire
“I lost my job last April. My partner and I both have pre-existing conditions so our only option was to COBRA my employer-provided plan — at a cost of $1,676 a month. It was a good plan, but now we have a comparable plan through the ACA for $87 a month. I can’t describe just how life changing this is for us. We can afford to live again.”

Stella R., California
“For me this makes all the difference between having good health or not. I recently had a CAT scan (which I had to pay out of pocket for) because I was losing a lot of weight. It turns out that something was found and now I will need to see specialists and have further procedures done to make sure it is not cancer. My first appointment is on January 6 with a specialist. If I did not have health insurance, I would not be able to see a specialist. It would wipe out any savings I have and leave me medically at high risk.”

Brian F., Florida
“I have not had Insurance for over 10 years. I had a pre-existing condition that made me uninsurable — even though I was perfectly healthy. The last quote I got was in 2008: It was $1,750 a month with a $10,000 deductible. There was no way to ever afford that. …This insurance changes everything for me. I do not have to worry anymore when I get a sore throat or an infected cut that I will have to go to the emergency room — run up thousands in bills and then have to file bankruptcy. This is a great day. Thank you for the ACA. It is a life changer.”

Elina K., Colorado
“My mom, who is 61 and works as a freelance Russian interpreter, went to the ER in November. She, her partner and myself are uninsured. Tests confirmed she had a major blockage and would need surgery. The mass appears to be cancerous and is pushing down on her internal organs. She has been in severe pain for weeks. … Last night, around 3 a.m., she was admitted to the hospital and will be having surgery which she had to put off until her ACA policy kicked in at midnight. She now has expert care in a facility that in less than 24 hours changed her medication and treated her symptoms with noticeable results. When my stepdad came home tonight, exhausted after spending all day at the hospital, all he could say was ‘thank god for Obamacare’ …It may well end up saving her life.”

Kendra S., Oklahoma
“Just this past October, my husband was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. This devastating news was compounded by the fact we were not insured, my husband could no longer work, and the rapid medical procedures that occurred quickly ran up thousands of dollars that we don’t have the money to pay. We quickly began researching the ACA, made an appointment with a local Community Care office and after many hours of research, to determine the coverage that we could afford. We are so grateful for the ACA. With the incredibly terrible stress that has befallen upon our family, at least now we know his medical expenses are covered.”

Rachelle L., Florida
“My 28-year-old daughter was able to get healthcare coverage on her own for the first time through the ACA. She has a pre-existing condition, a genetic kidney disease that prevented her from getting coverage in 2009 at the age of 24 when she had to come off of our policy due to the age requirement. Her Cobra payments were $650 a month because she could not get more reasonable private coverage due to her pre-existing condition. In 2010, she was able to come back on our BCBS plan because of the ACA and was able to remain there until she finished school. We signed her up through the website and paid for her plan directly through Cigna on December 2: $298/month for a silver plan with a $0 deductible! She received her new insurance card on December 27th for coverage starting Jan 1! We now have peace of mind that all of her medical needs will be covered at a reasonable cost.”

Curtis D., Washington
“Our new coverage has begun. I am 62, and my wife is 55. We are both self employed and neither of us have had coverage for the past seven years. Thankfully we are both pretty healthy, but it feels good to know we can schedule a checkup and take care of any lingering issues we’ve been putting off. Thank you for making improvements to the health care of the country.”

Kelly M., Maryland
“I have a new plan. I haven’t had insurance for years. When I applied for insurance before, I was denied for pre-existing conditions, even for plans with huge deductibles. I signed up on the Maryland Healthcare Exchange back in October, and by January 1st, I was holding an insurance card from Carefirst Blueshield and have already had my first doctor’s appointment. It works. I am proof. And I’m so grateful that I can take care of myself with dignity without having to go to the ER whenever I’m sick or have to spend half of my paycheck at an urgent care center. I can do all of the preventative measures that I have been putting off, and get back on the road to health. It’s a good feeling.”

Kate S., Connecticut
“This healthcare reform is a life-changing event for my family. My husband and I have had to carry our own insurance for the past 25 years and, with the family insurance we had, we were paying $2,500.00 a MONTH for coverage, which we could not afford. Once the children graduated from high school, we had to take them off our policy because we could not afford it anymore. … We have never been high wage earners and the costs of our insurance have for years been an impossible burden. Now that the system is fair and goes by our income, we finally may be able to set money aside and save for our future.”

Simply put, for millions of Americans: Health reform matters.

If you’ve got a story of your own, share it with us here.

And if you don’t think stories like these ones get told enough — then do something to change that. Pass this on.

Thank you,

David

David Simas
Deputy Senior Advisor
The White House
@Simas44

Text Courtesy:The White House

Show your support


crime1An Immediate appeal to save India based Peacock Media Communication founded by Shanthanu Bhattachaarya, a not-for-profit new age publication organisation which want to promote atrocities against women, child sex and other relevant issues through their interactive international English web portal.We need at least $6500 to run the operation.Like The Voice of San Diego(www.http://voiceofsandiego.org/),we also going to produce an independent and not-for-profit digital (online) and print magazine( Bengali edition) which will provide crime and human rights related stories for the global community which relies on donations.So we need foundations and individual donors to back our non-profit venture. The media outlet will be run with shoe string budget and skeleton stuff with maximum seven to nine reporters and sub-editors but at the same time will stay stylish on a shoestring budget. We will generally use royalty free pictures and rely on freelance reporters budget and invite guest editors to edit a certain section for every issue. In fact newspaper industry across the world is facing serious financial trouble. Various media outlets are shedding staff and reducing services.Tumbling advertisement revenues and other factors are the main reasons behind this current scenario.we will highlight and thus make people aware of such global issues as human trafficking, drug trafficking, atrocities against the LGBT community, cross border terrorism, cyber crimes, forensic sciences, criminal psychology, atrocities against women, AIDS/HIV, domestic violence, corruption in high places, serial killing and other important human rights issues. It will be interactive in nature with additional content.We do agree with Mark Glaser,the executive editor of PBS MediaShift and Idea Lab that crowd funding can save journalism business.

http://shanthanubh.wordpress.com/support-crime-more-2/

‘Folks are getting back to work and the economy is getting stronger’


It’s not exactly a secret that Washington hasn’t worked as well as it should. Between the constant gridlock and partisanship, most people just tune this town out. That was especially true this year when the government literally shut down.

Yet, even in spite of all that, thanks to the grit of the American people, this country continues to move forward. After the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, folks are getting back to work and the economy is getting stronger.

And late this year, Washington took a cue — and managed to make some progress itself.

flagWhile it’s too early to declare a new era of bipartisanship, what we’ve seen recently is that Washington is capable of getting things done when it wants to. And there’s an opportunity next year for this town to do its job and make real progress.

Here are just a couple areas where there’s been progress made recently — check them out, and then take a look at our full 2013 year-in-review.

For the first time in years, both parties in Congress came together and passed a budget. This budget doesn’t include everything that everyone wanted — but our economy will grow a little faster, be a little fairer for middle-class families, and create more jobs because of it.

Our businesses created 2 million jobs in 2013. That’s more than 8 million private-sector jobs in just over 45 months.

The economy is growing. Just last week we learned that, over the summer, our economy grew at 4.1% — its strongest pace in almost two years.

We’ve cut the deficit in half since 2009. That’s four years of the fastest deficit reduction since the end of World War II — and it means we’re improving our nation’s long-term fiscal position while strengthening our economy.

We produce more oil in the U.S. than we import from abroad. Thanks to an all-of-the-above strategy, we’re reducing our reliance on foreign oil — and that means lower energy costs for consumers.

The American auto industry is thriving. Last month, the auto industry added more than fifteen thousand jobs. And just a few weeks ago, the United States sold its final stake in General Motors.

Americans are getting better health coverage. Since October 1st, more than 1 million Americans have selected new health insurance plans through the federal and state marketplaces. And millions more are getting better health care thanks to increased protections and benefits.

There’s a little less gridlock in Congress. Leaders in Congress took action so that executive and judicial nominees (except to the Supreme Court) can be confirmed with a simple majority vote. Now we’re filling critical vacancies, and the government will work better for Americans because of it.

So while the politics in Washington can be frustrating and change takes time, that’s no excuse for inaction. In the New Year, we need to help American businesses continue creating jobs, make sure Americans are ready for those jobs, and make sure those jobs offer the wages and benefits that give families a fair shot at financial security.

We also need to look out for those who are searching for a job. Congress needs to extend unemployment insurance, something we’ll be making a priority when members come back to work.

There’s a lot of unfinished business, but there are also things we can build on. If you saw some things in this list that you think more people should know about, then pass them on.

Thanks, and happy holidays.

Dan

Dan Pfeiffer
Senior Advisor
The White House
@Pfeiffer44

Text Courtesy: The White House

The (Gingerbread) White House


It weighs 300 pounds. It’s definitely bigger than a bread box. It’s got a working water fountain, and it’s edible.

It’s the Gingerbread White House.

We put together a time-lapse to show you how it came together — and to get you in the holiday spirit.

Watch the Video: http://www.whitehouse.gov/share/gingerbread-white-house?utm_source=email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=email276-text1&utm_campaign=holidays

Text & Video courtesy: The White House

Happy Merry Christmas

Picture Courtesy:Anna Langova

Picture Courtesy:Anna Langova

Chander Pahar, a new big budget Bengali adventure film


Shot in South Africa,a new Bengali adventure film Chander Pahar is the journey of a Bengali boy named Shankar.Based on the novel by Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay a noted Bengali writer.

chand1Directed by talented film maker Kamaleswar Mukherjee, Starring Bengali film super star  Dev, Martin Cito Otto, Nabeel Khan and others with African lions, elephants…

chand

Experimenting with unconventional news structure


Picture Courtesy:A. AlFadhly

Picture Courtesy:A. AlFadhly

Local news channels (TV stations) adopt the same time- tested news structure. Anchors deliver the news from behind desks on a studio set, like any other channel. Their styles are petty much the same. Most of their reporters are novice and mediocre. Experts assume that channel heads don’t  want to torn up the news structure.They should know that as the channel is not a market leader in news, they may have little to lose in.

Picture Courtesy:H.Assaf

Picture Courtesy:H.Assaf

Market leaders in news like ABP Ananda and Chabbis Ghanta may alienate some of their traditional viewers if they try to overhaul the existing news structures. But despite solid number one or number two in regional market, Media managers or Channel heads

Picture Courtesy:Ephe Drin

Picture Courtesy:Ephe Drin

of these TV stations have the guts to torn up news structure. TV stations select a prime time news cast and torn up it’s structure like anchor shoot with Jimmy jib, steady cam, use of hand held cameras, direct interaction with reporters.The news should more interactive in nature. Remove your regional tag and try to be global.

Arresting the “shooter”

U.K. ISPs ordered to block 21 pirate sites, including top torrent destinations


Andy Weir:Another battle has been won by copyright owners in the war against online piracy, as the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) has succeeded in blocking access to numerous sites accused of being linked to illegal downloads of copyrighted content.

The BPI, the trade association which represents the interests of the music business in the United Kingdom, has obtained a court order instructing internet service providers (ISPs) in the U.K. to block access to 21 such websites with immediate effect. The list includes some of the most popular torrent sites, including Monova, Torrentz and BitSnoop.

Picture Courtesy: Jekub Krechowicz

Picture Courtesy: Jekub Krechowicz

The full list of sites that must be blocked is:

Abmp3
BeeMP3
Bomb-MP3
eMP3world
FileCrop
FilesTube
MP3Juices
MP3lemon
MP3Raid
MP3skull
NewAlbumReleases
RapidLibrary
1337x
BitSnoop
ExtraTorrent
Monova
TorrentCrazy
TorrentDownloads
TorrentHound
TorrentReactor
Torrentz

As BBC News reports, ISPs have until tomorrow, October 30, to comply with the order. Two of the U.K.’s largest ISPs, Virgin Media and BT, have already confirmed that they will do so.

Earlier this year, a report indicated that piracy in the U.K. was on the rise, with a 16% increase in illegal downloads and streaming over the previous quarter.

Article Courtesy: Neowin.net

Documentary with contemporary issues


Picture Courtesy:Philipp Pilz

Picture Courtesy:Philipp Pilz

I recommend a video by Erika Brekke, a freelance video journalist based in San Francisco She makes documentaries that deal with contemporary issues.This is the example of perfect shot composition like LS (Long Shot), Mid shot and Close ups.

http://www.onearth.org/media/video-art-at-the-dump-from-trash-to-treasure

Shot Composition


Picture Courtesy:Michal Zacharzewski

Picture Courtesy:Michal Zacharzewski

For perfect shot composition follow the guidelines of veteran  news videographer Bill Mecca, a  award winner former Television and radio journalist and a faculty member of mass communication of a legal college.

http://blip.tv/video-quick-tips/video-quicktips-episode-6-3774828

Pic Courtesy:Keith Syvinski

Pic Courtesy:Keith Syvinski

 

Inhuman attitude of a bank


Image Courtesy: Petr Kratochvil

Image Courtesy: Petr Kratochvil

.An ordinary day for Sumit sarkar (name changed) but there is nothing ordinary about the man who is recovering from tongue and throat cancer. A deeply spiritual man, he believes if you worked for the poor, a divine spirit would empower you to accomplish right things in life. ” I feel a little disheartened,” the man in his late forties said.Why? He explained,once a successful businessman, his financial condition deteriorated, when he first diagnosed cancer in the early 2008. He was first admitted to AMRI,Calcutta. As he hovered on the brink of death, he was sifted to Tata Cancer Research Center, Mumbai.After painful and prolonged treatment, his health condition improved but temporally. Even now, he shuttles between his home town  which is around 37 km away from Calcutta and Mumbai quite often for medical checkup.

As a businessman, he took a cash credit loan worth Rs 28 Lakh from a nationalized bank. He alleged that despite smooth transactions for 22- 23 years with the bank, they withdrew his premature life  despite his written intimation after his illness. He also added that bank send him a letter dated 20.05. 2011 demanding a sum of Rs 58,55,114 with interest within a period of 60 days. After receiving the letter, he met the official of the bank and they assured him that they consider the matter with due consideration.” But I am surprised by their inhuman and irresponsible behavior,” he lamented. The bank also referred the case to Debts Recovery Tribunal no 2. They also send summons under sec 19 (4) of the Recovery of Debts Due to Banks and Financial Institutions Act, 1993.

When contacted,  the chief manager and deputy zonal head of the bank, said, “we have the right to confiscated the property of defaulters and recover the loan amount due from him after serving them proper notice.” He also added that they waited for three years with humanitarian and compassionate grounds but he failed to repay the dues with interest.

According to experts, the Secularization & Reconstruction of Financial Assets & Enforcement of the Security Interest (Second) Ordinance, 2002, has given banks absolute powers to attach properties of loan defaulters, who will no longer be able to take refuge of court and thwart attempts by banks to recover their dues. Though Supreme Court upheld the law, but offered some respite to borrowers. But unfortunately these are hardly complied by the banks. They sometimes behave like typical money lenders ignoring the basic human values.

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