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Media Watch: International News


greecegreece1The United States has charged three men with conspiring to support Islamic State militants in Syria and wage war against the United States. Charges against two Uzbeks and one Kazakh were filed in federal court in New York Wednesday. Zlatica Hoke of Voice of America(VOA) reports (Courtesy:VOA NEWS)

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Media Watch: Crime & War


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Media Watch: News Reports


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Here a episode of On Assignment hosted by  Imran Siddiqui and Alex Villarreal.

Behind the scene shows are quite popular now a days. Russian State Television’s International News  Channel regularly telecast their behind the camera show News Team. Voice of America’s weekly show On Assignment is quite popular among viewers.

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Women at work


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Any help or assistance regarding personal safety tips for women


End Male Violence Against WomenHelp Desk:Women Safety:provides any help or assistance regarding personal safety tips for women while in distress and self defense measures. It is created by Calcutta based not-for-profit media organization Peacock Media Communication. Women often abused, beaten,stripped,molested,assaulted or raped in a park, in a crowded places, on public transport, or even in police custody.Remember, Personal safety has become an issue of importance for everyone,especially for women.Awareness is necessary to curb this type of violence against women.Always Use your sixth sense while traveling alone. Here, we provide useful tips/ assistance/help for women in distress.

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President Obama’s visit to India


President Barack Obama participates in a traditional greeting with President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi following a ceremonial welcome at Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi, India. January 25, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama participates in a traditional greeting with President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi following a ceremonial welcome at Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi, India. January 25, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama participates in a ceremonial welcome at Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi, India. January 25, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

President Barack Obama participates in a ceremonial welcome at Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi, India. January 25, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

President Barack Obama toasts Prime Minister Naredra Modi during a State Dinner hosted by President Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi, India. January 25, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama toasts Prime Minister Naredra Modi during a State Dinner hosted by President Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi, India. January 25, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama view the Republic Day Parade with President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi from the Rajpath saluting base in New Delhi, India. January 26, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama view the Republic Day Parade with President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi from the Rajpath saluting base in New Delhi, India. January 26, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)

President Barack Obama speaks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the Republic Day Parade at the Rajpath saluting base in New Delhi, India. January 26, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama speaks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the Republic Day Parade at the Rajpath saluting base in New Delhi, India. January 26, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama view the Republic Day Parade with President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi from the Rajpath saluting base in New Delhi, India. January 26, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama view the Republic Day Parade with President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi from the Rajpath saluting base in New Delhi, India. January 26, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama participates in a traditional greeting with President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi following a ceremonial welcome at Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi, India. January 25, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama participates in a traditional greeting with President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi following a ceremonial welcome at Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi, India. January 25, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama wave to the crowd at the Rajpath saluting base following the Republic Day Parade in New Delhi, India. January 26, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama wave to the crowd at the Rajpath saluting base following the Republic Day Parade in New Delhi, India. January 26, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) Pictures courtesy: The White House

Netaji Subhas:pictures that speak a thousand words


Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tribute to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose on his 118th birth anniversary on Friday.You can also watch this wonderful documentary on Subhas Chandra Bose on You Tube.

Subhas Chandra Bose with his Ajad Hind Bahini(Force).

Subhas Chandra Bose with his Ajad Hind Bahini(Force).

Subhas Chandra Bose inspected his army platoons.

Subhas Chandra Bose inspected his army platoons.

Subhas Chandra Bose with Mahatma Gandhi during Indian National Congress 51st season.

Subhas Chandra Bose with Mahatma Gandhi during Indian National Congress 51st season.

Subhas Chandra Bose and Wife Emilie Shenkl(1937)

Subhas Chandra Bose with his German Wife Emilie Shenkl (1937)

The ‘Death’ of a writer


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Perumal Murugan
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Like our western counterparts, we also condemn the horrific massacre of Charlie Hebdo journalists. But why we are mum about the ‘death’ of a prominent South Indian writer named Perumal Murugan? Recently he has announced his ‘death’ as a writer after he was hounded by extremists who play caste based  politics in South Indian states specially in Tamil Nadu.He has been critical of caste based politics of Tamil Nadu specially in Kongu region. Actually, his much acclaimed novel Mathorupaagan angered the right wing extremists and campaign against his works intensified so much that he compelled to announce his ‘death’ as a writer.It is an absolute violation of freedom of expression.

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The year’s best photos


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All year long, official White House photographers are hard at work capturing Presidential moments for the history books.

And at the end of every year, Chief Official White House Photographer Pete Souza chooses the very best — from tens of thousands of images — for his Year in Photographs. The collection is full of deeply moving moments — from the serious and official, to the funny and behind-the-scenes.

You don’t want to miss this one: Check out the best images of 2014 and the stories behind them.

See this year's best photos.

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2014 in review


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,900 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 48 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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An Ebola update from President Obama


President Obama spoke to the nation about Ebola — how the Administration is responding, and what you should know.

The Ebola virus is a public health and national security priority, and the President has directed the Administration to continue to take aggressive measures at every level of government.

President Obama reiterated that, while Ebola is a serious disease, Americans need to understand the facts and be guided by the science: Ebola is not easily transmitted. And we know how to fight it.

Watch President Obama, then find out what you need to know about the Ebola virus, and how the Administration is responding.

Watch President Obama and get the facts on Ebola here.

Have more questions? Here’s what public health officials want you to know.

Text and Video courtesy: The White House

Extensive use of steady cams in news


boomI really like the extensive use of steady cams in the news of RT ( Russia Today), an international news channel of Russian State Television, specially Boom Bust a business based program hosted by Erin Ade and In the Now, a news based program hosted by Anissa Naouai.

intheI also like News team, a behind the scene program which highlights the professional hazards of RT correspondents across the world while filming day to day news events. Local TV stations of Calcutta may also use camerasteady cams instead of handheld cameras when anchors roam from their desk to newsroom, to make it less formal and more interactive in nature.

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The Autumn Festival ( Durga Puja) 2014


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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

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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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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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Media Watch: Germany World Cup winner


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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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Colombia born singer Shakira became most famous Celebrity on Facebook. She has 96,563,983 likes · 1,275,392 talking about this.sh

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.
Full package( Initial): $ 100 (Rs. 6013.5) including breakfast, lunch ( per head )

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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


 

File Picture: Arun Lodh

File Picture: Arun Lodh

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.

 

File Picture: Arun Lodh

File Picture: Arun Lodh

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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Media Watch: Crime & More


newsnews1Pakistan’s cultural heartland Lahore got a respite from news of bomb attacks and security threats through a colorful three-day literary festival. Voice of America(VOA)’s Ayesha Tanzeem reports on what putting on such an event entails in a dangerous security environment, and why many attendees thought of it as their way to fight back. Video Credit:VOA

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