Amit Shah a surprise guest in Nagpur

first_imgBJP president Amit Shah made a surprise visit to Nagpur, and called on the leadership of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh at its headquarters on Monday.The meeting comes in the backdrop of the presidential election to be held in July. The ruling National Democratic Alliance is yet to announce its candidate.The visit raised many eyebrows as it came hardly a couple of days after Union Minister Nitin Gadkari’s birthday celebrations in the city for which Mr. Shah was invited but he did not attend.Mr. Shah met party election coordinators and office-bearers at Ravi Bhavan here before heading to the RSS headquarters.‘Courtesy visit’According to BJP media wing head, Chandan Goswami, the BJP president paid a “courtesy visit” to RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and general secretary Bhaiyyaji Joshi. Mr. Shah and Mr. Bhagwat had flown to Nagpur on the same flight in the morning.Mr. Shah did not speak to the media, but Nagpur city BJP president Sudhakar Kohale said the BJP president spoke to the office-bearers, MPs, MLAs and organisational secretaries from the Nagpur area, and asked them about the party’s “booth expansion project”. “He asked us about our preparations regarding this project. He also inquired about Ajivan Sahyog Nidhi,” Mr. Kohale said.last_img read more

Centre, State owe an explanation: Scindia

first_imgEnding the Bhopal leg of his 72-hour satyagraha in solidarity with farmers here on Friday, Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia said that based on extensive consultation with various ryot groups, he had prepared a ‘blueprint’ that he would take to other parts of the State. The Congress will now take the satyagraha to Khalghat in Dhar district where it will end with a major farmers’ meeting on Saturday. “The response has been unprecedented over three days here,” Mr. Scindia told The Hindu on the sidelines of the event held at the Dussehra Maidan here. “We have had between five to ten thousand farmers with us and I have interacted personally with over 200 delegations and met with thousands of farmers,” he said. Times of distress Over the course of these meetings, the Congress leader said that the widespread distress and despair in the agrarian sector was clear for everyone to see. “On input issues, like the prices of seeds, fertilizers, petrol and diesel farmers are facing difficulties across the board,” he said. Madhya Pradesh, he said, has the highest percentage of VAT on petrol and diesel while India has the highest rates for petrol and diesel in the world today compared with neighbours like Pakistan and Sri Lanka. “All of this requires an explanation from both the Central and State governments as to why prices have not come down despite global oil prices having dropped by 60 per cent since the days of the UPA government,” Mr. Scindia said. He also spoke of the falling prices of crops – from soyabean in Madhya Pradesh, to chillies in Andhra Pradesh, grapes in Maharashtra, peanuts in Gujarat and other crops like onion, tomatoes and potatoes where farmers are simply not able to find remunerative rates. “There have been 9 suicides in the last three days in Madhya Pradesh and there has still not been an adequate response to the shootings in Mandsaur,” he said.Major initiativeThe 72-hour satyagraha that Mr. Scindia started here on Wednesday afternoon and which will conclude in Khalghat on Saturday is seen as a major initiative for the Congress seen in recent years to have lost its organisational strength. The satyagraha drew large crowds and also provided some semblance of a unified leadership — former Chief Minister Digvijaya Singh joined Mr. Scindia on Thursday while Congress’s other stalwart in MP, Kamal Nath, will join the public meeting in Khalghat. Assembly elections are due in Madhya Pradesh in 2018 and there is talk that Mr. Scindia, who cut short a holiday in the U.S. and returned to MP to lead the satyagraha, could take the lead in the fight against the incumbent BJP.last_img read more

On Id, Mamata appeals for unity

first_img “We are insaan (humans) first, Hindus, Muslims or Christians later,” she said amid cheers from the crowds.This was the first public appearance of the Chief Minister after receiving United Nations highest award for public service to State’s Kanyashree scheme. Ms. Banerjee received the award on June 23 which is UN Public Service Day at The Hague in Netherlands. Representatives of Muslim community congratulated the Chief Minister for receiving the award.Ms. Banerjee said that in times like this, one has to “show courage and conviction”. “Stay together. No one will be able to do anything to you,” she told the gathering. GJM set to intensify stir for Gorkhaland Urging people from different communities to stay united West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday said there is an environment of intolerance in the country.“I know the atmosphere of intolerance has given this country a lot of pain. But, we do not think that way. We are here for all. We are united,” Ms. Banerjee said at a gathering on the city’s Red Road, where thousands of people observed Id-ul-Fitr prayers.Also Readlast_img read more

The stench of unfulfilled promises in ‘model’ Phulpur

first_img“This is our own little Prayagraj,” laughs Pramila Pal. Her sarcastic allusion to the Sangam, the confluence of the Ganga, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati, is aimed at the huge pool of mud and slush formed at her door because of drain water running from different directions. “We face a lot of problems in moving about. But it becomes most embarrassing when we have visitors,” says Ms. Pal, who belongs to an OBC (Other Backward Class) community. She lives in Jaitwardih, a village roughly three kilometres from the banks of the Ganga in the Phaphamau region of Allahabad. While residents remember the village as always being bereft of civic amenities and basic infrastructure, their grouse is that there have been no real improvements despite its adoption as as a ‘model village’ after the Narendra Modi government came to power in 2014. Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya, who adopted the village, was the local MP till last year and the upcoming bypoll on March 11 is to elect his successor.Barring a few patches, most of the roads and gullies in the village are kuccha, uneven and in a decrepit state, marked by overflowing drains. Lone developmentThe lone development that has taken place in the village since it was adopted was the installation of toilets, says Magru Yadav, a resident. Sachin Yadav, a property dealer, complains that Mr. Maurya never paid heed to the civic issues nor delivered on constructing the promised pathways. Locals also say that while the power supply is satisfactory, water supply in the village is irregular. A few blocks away, in the Jatav locality, Kanchan Bharatiya says the village “urgently needs a colony to come up as most of its residents were still living in mud houses.” Another issue facing the village is that of security. The solar lights in the local Sulabh complex were recently stolen.Mahavir Yadav, the pradhan, says the poor roads and the absence of a good drainage system are the bane of the village. He, however, says that a water tank, one Sulabh toilet complex and 92 electric panels have come up in the village after Mr. Maurya adopted it.Mr. Keshav Prasad Maurya was not available for comment.last_img read more

No plans to form govt. with PDP in J&K: Congress

first_imgThe Congress on Monday sought to scotch speculation that the party was exploring the possibilities of forming a government in Jammu and Kashmir with Mehbooba Mufti’s Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).Emerging from a meeting of key Congress leaders on the Kashmir situation here, former Union Minister Ambika Soni said the party wanted fresh polls in the State that has been placed under Governor’s rule after the BJP withdrew support to the PDP.Announcing that the meeting was held to “discuss the situation arising out of the imposition of Governor’s rule in the State,” Ms. Soni said there was no possibility of an alliance with the PDP, which had failed to fulfil its promises to the people of the State.Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram, Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad,and Jammu and Kashmir Congress Committee president Ghulam Ahmad Mir were present in the meeting.‘Not foolish’A Congress delegation will also be visiting Leh, Ladakh and Kargil soon to assess the situation. On Tuesday, about 100 party members will meet in Srinagar for the same purpose.Later, speaking to journalists, Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi said in reply to a question whether the party was looking to form a government in the State: “We are not as foolish as you [the BJP] think. Our demand is that elections should happen there immediately. First, you destroyed the administration of that State, made an unethical alliance, and today you want to rule there through Governor’s rule. Three years are left there; why don’t you announce elections? Order polls if you have the courage.”“Look at their policies in such a sensitive State and they also thump their chests on nationalism,” he added.Asked about the implications of Ms. Mufti reportedly meeting former Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, Mr. Singhvi said: “Meeting with somebody has not to be read in terms of all other kinds of conclusions you are drawing. I have made it clear. I don’t think we should jump to conclusions.”However, the Congress media cell denied knowledge of any such meeting.Mr. Singhvi also said that terrorist incidents, army deaths, cross-border attacks and ceasefire violations had increased in the State.last_img read more

Five students run over by truck

first_imgFive school students were killed and four grievously injured when a truck ran over them on NH 16 in Bhadrak district on Thursday.Four of the five victims were girls. The students were returning from Ranital High School when the accident occurred. The injured were taken to Bhadrak district hospital.By the time locals rushed to the spot, the driver and the helper of the truck had already fled. Angry locals set the truck on fire.Expressing grief over the accident, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced an ex gratia of ₹2 lakh each to the family of the deceased.last_img

There will be civil war and bloodbath: Mamata

first_imgWest Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday delivered a loud and clear message that “India needs a change in 2019”.Speaking at a conclave organised by the Catholic Bishops Conference of India on the theme of “Love your neighbour”, Ms. Banerjee said the ruling party’s diktats on “what to eat, what to wear, where to stay” could not be tolerated.“India needs a change and that change has to happen in 2019,” the Chief Minister said. She cautioned the government that there would be a civil war and blood bath in Assam where 40 lakh people had not made it to the final draft list of the National Register for Citizens and faced an uncertain future.“What is going on in Assam? It is not only the Bengalis — it is the minorities, it is Hindus, it is Bengalis, it is Biharis … more than 40 lakh people who voted for the ruling party have suddenly been made refugees in their own country,” Ms. Banerjee said in her 20-minute address.Ms. Banerjee said even members of former President Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed’s family had not been included in the NRC. “We can’t let them die,” she said.Against divisions“If Bengalis say Biharis can’t stay in Bengal, South Indian people say North Indians can’t stay there and North Indians say South Indians can’t stay here, what will be [the] state of this country,” she wondered.Referring to the several incidents of lynching across the country, Ms. Banerjee said “I am not that liberal to love people who lynch. I am with the people. If tribals, Dalits and minorities are isolated, it may lead to civil unrest,” she said.Speaking to presspersons, Ms. Banerjee responded sharply to a question on the BJP’s assertion that it would carry out the NRC exercise in West Bengal too. “Who is Amit Shah? Who is BJP? Are they West Bengal’s guardians? Let them first come to power in the State,” the Chief Minister said. (With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Raj Kapoor’s memorial to get world’s largest peace hall in Pune

first_imgLate actor Raj Kapoor’s memorial in Loni Khabhor, Pune, will soon contain the world’s largest peace hall designed by architect and educationist Dr. Viswanath Karad, founder-chairman, MIT University.The hall will be inaugurated on October 2 this year with a World Peace Conference. The hall will be larger than the St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City and house statues of various philosophers, saints as well as scientists. Construction of the monument began in 2005 with no blueprint, sketches or a professional architect, but only with help from local labourers. The structure will stand for world peace and will have bronze structures weighing around 2,000 kilos each. “I had wanted to create a peace monument and started my work 13 years ago on the structure. It was a tribute to Mother India who has withstood the onslaught of time and amalgamated the cultures that came in as her own. It developed with time into a magnificent dome and will now house the world’s largest peace library besides being the world’s largest peace prayer hall,” Dr. Karad said. The memorial, which stands on the same land as the late actor’s farmhouse, was purchased by Dr. Karad from Kapoor’s family 13 years ago, and he began working on the hall shortly thereafter. Kapoor, in his will, had stated that his farmhouse, if ever sold, should go to an educational institution. Kapoor’s bungalow, which still exists on the land, will stand along with statues of him from his best films, a seven-pagoda tribute and the peace hall. “Something more had to be done here. The dome was destined to be on this land,” Dr. Karad said.On being asked about his hidden narrative in his new architectural project Dr. Karad said “Philosophy, spiritualism and science coexist and when they come together, the world becomes a better place to live in. Whether it be my speech in the UN or here, through the statues of the saints, philosophers or scientists who bless us, the mission is world peace and coexistence. The dome was destined to be on this land. I am merely an instrument.”last_img read more

Kejriwal, Amarinder lock horns

first_imgPunjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Sunday lashed out at his Delhi counterpart Arvind Kejriwal, asking him to refrain from doing politics on the issue of sacrilege and police firing incidents in Faridkot in 2015.Captain Amrinder’s rebuke came after Mr Kejriwal accused the Congress-led Punjab government of failing to punish those responsible for the sacrilege of the Sikh holy book and deaths of two persons in the alleged police firing at Kotkapura and Behbal Kalan.The Punjab government had set up a five-member SIT to probe the police firing.last_img

Delhi has failed to curb air pollution: Amarinder

first_imgDays after Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal blamed Punjab for the rise in air pollution in the national capital, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Sunday dismissed his claim that stubble burning in the State was solely responsible for the high levels of pollution in Delhi.Capt. Amarinder said Mr. Kejriwal’s remarks were another attempt by him to divert public attention for his own government’s “abysmal failure” on all counts.“Having failed to deliver on governance to the people of Delhi, Mr. Kejriwal is, as usual, trying to take refuge in falsehoods and fabrications,” he said.Capt. Amarinder said the people of Punjab would not take politely to the AAP leader’s attempts to pin the blame for his own failures on their State. “Mr. Kejriwal will see in the Lok Sabha elections what Punjab thinks of him and his AAP,” said the Chief Minister.Local sources of pollutionPointing out that the Air Quality Index (AQI) of Delhi remains over 300 during December and January every year, when there is no stubble burning in the neighbouring States, Capt. Amarinder said this clearly indicates that Delhi’s environment is impacted by its own sources, which are predominantly vehicular emissions, construction and industrial activities, power plants, burning of solid waste and sweeping.Capt. Amarinder asserted that had stubble burning been the reason for ambient air quality deterioration, then it should have impacted the AQI of the cities of Punjab first. “However, it had been observed that the average AQI of Punjab during October, 2018, was 117, while the average AQI of Delhi hovered around 270. Most of the cities in Punjab have witness clear climate with long distance visibility, in sharp contrast to Delhi,” he said.“The data clearly indicated that Kejriwal’s government in Delhi had failed completely in addressing the problem of pollution in the national capital,” said Capt. Amarinder, adding that Mr. Kejriwal was hunting for scapegoats to put the blame for his own failures.last_img read more

Ram temple: why don’t you bring down Narendra Modi government, Uddhav Thackeray asks RSS

first_imgShiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on November 2, 2018, said the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) should bring down the Narendra Modi government if it felt the need to launch an agitation for the construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya.Earlier in the day, the Sangh said it would not hesitate to launch an agitation on the issue, if needed.Speaking to journalists at the Sena headquarters in Mumbai, Mr. Thackeray said the Modi government ignored the entire agenda of the Sangh. “The issue of Ram temple was sidelined after the Modi government assumed office. When the Sena took up the issue and decided to insist on the construction of a temple, the RSS now feels the need for an agitation to press the demand.” “If you [the RSS] feel the need for an agitation despite having a strong government in place, why don’t you pull down this government,” he said.Bhaiyyaji Joshi’s commentSpeaking to media after the conclusion of a conclave of the Sangh earlier in the day, RSS general secretary Bhaiyyaji Joshi said the organisation “will not hesitate to launch an agitation for Ram temple if needed” but “there are restrictions” as the matter is before the Supreme Court.Mr. Thackeray said the BJP came to power at the Centre due to the hard work of the RSS, but the Sangh’s entire agenda, including the construction of a Ram temple, the scrapping of Article 370 of the Constitution that accords special status to Jammu and Kashmir, and enacting a uniform civil code, is now shelved.“After we took up the issue of Ram temple and I announced my plan to visit Ayodhya on November 25, others too have started talking about the issue,” Mr. Thackeray claimed.last_img read more

Nirupam Sen, veteran CPI(M) leader, passes away

first_imgNirupam Sen, senior CPI(M) leader, passed away at a Kolkata hospital in the early hours of Monday following a cardiac arrest, the hospital said. He was 72.The former commerce and industry minister of West Bengal (from 2001 to 2011) leaves behind wife, a son and a daughter.The body will be kept in a mortuary during the day and the final rites will be performed on Wednesday in Bardhaman, his hometown. The body will also be taken to CPI(M) party headquarters and the CITU office on Wednesday.“On Wednesday, Sen’s body will be taken to the CITU office here. After that it will be taken to the party’s State head quarters where people will be allowed to pay their last respects,” sources in the party said.Suffered from kidney ailmentsMr. Sen was impaired in 2013 after a health issue. In the past few years, he could be seen attending party events in a wheelchair.The former Polit Bureau member of the party had been on the life support system in the hospital after his health condition deteriorated in the early weeks of December. He had been critical since then.“Sen was fighting kidney ailments. He was impaired by a cerebral attack in 2013,” an official at the hospital said.Mr. Sen was the driving force behind attempts of industrialisation of the State in the last 10 years of the Left Front government led by former Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee.Born October 8, 1946, his political career began when he became a member of the CPI(M) during his student years. He became the district secretary of the Students Federation of India, students wing of the party in 1966.Though he started his career as a teacher, he became full-time member of the party in 1968. Mr. Sen was district secretary of Bardhaman district CPI(M) from 1989 to 1995. He became MLA from Bardhaman town in 1987, became central committee member of the party in 1998 and Polit Bureau member in 2008.CondolencesCPI (M) West Bengal’s official twitter handle said, “Red Salute Comrade Nirupam Sen. Long Live Comrade Nirupam Sen. He passed away at 5.10 am on Monday at a private hospital. The body will be kept at peace heaven in Kolkata today. Comrade Nirupam Sen’s last rites will be performed on Wednesday.”West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee tweeted out her condolences. “Saddened at the passing away of Nirupam Sen, former Minister of West Bengal. Condolences to his family and well wishers,” she said.CPI (M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury termed Mr. Sen a dedicated Communist.”Lal Salam, Comrade Nirupam Sen. We lost him this morning. A dedicated Communist, who devoted his entire life to the cause of the working class and the peasantry. He served in various capacities including as a member, Polit Bureau and a senior Minister in Left Front governments,” Mr Yechury tweeted.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

‘Cover lotus references in cityschools that are polling stations’

first_imgAn election observer on Thursday asked for ‘Rashtriya Phool – Kamal (national flower – lotus)’ embossed on a school building wall in West Delhi to be covered as it is a violation of the model code of conduct. Lotus is the BJP’s election symbol.A police officer said that the observer has asked them to identify such walls in schools that are listed as polling stations in Delhi.During a visit to polling stations, the election observer found that in several schools information such as national bird, national animal among other things were mentioned on the walls. “We have been instructed to cover the word ‘Kamal’ painted/embossed on the walls in schools where polling will be held on May 12. We are in the process of identifying such walls and they will be covered with the help of the district administration,” said the police officer.The election observer has also asked for photos of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru and B.R. Ambedkar to be covered in schools listed as polling stations.Reacting to the observer’s objection, a schoolteacher said: “There are so many parties and each of them has an election symbol that represents something that we use in schools. It doesn’t mean they start covering everything.”In 2012, the Election Commission had ordered to cover up the statues of then U.P. Chief Minister Mayawati and elephant, the symbol of her Bahujan Samaj Party, ahead of the Assembly polls. The same have not been covered this time.last_img read more

Odisha’s wildlife sanctuaries ravaged by Fani

first_imgCyclone Fani: Anger boils over in hungry Puri  “As per eye estimate, the cyclone damaged nearly 55 lakh trees, mostly casuarinas,” said Harsabardhan Udgatta, Divisional Forest Officer of Puri (wildlife) division. “As many as 20% of the trees were uprooted, while the rest were found snapped and broken. The devastation has left around 400 spotted deer homeless,” he said.Apart from deer, the sanctuary, spread over an area of 87 sq km, was home to wild boar, jackals, striped hyenas, wolves and mongooses. While the DFO asserted that no carcasses of spotted deer had been sighted, it was hard to imagine that the animals had actually escaped the cyclone’s fury.Nandankanan closedIn Bhubaneswar, the cyclone had uprooted decades-old trees inside the Nandankanan Zoological Park. Several animal enclosures too have been affected forcing authorities to shut down the zoo for an indefinite period. The Chandaka Wildlife Sanctuary, which is close by, has also been impacted with thousands of trees uprooted. Authorities are attempting to assess the extent of damage.As a result, hundreds of displaced monkeys have now entered residential colonies in the periphery of Bhubaneswar. Residents have reported cases of the simians iattacking people after loss of habitat and food sources. Severe Cyclone Fani rendered not only several thousand people homeless as it tore along India’s east coast last week, but also dealt a body blow to wildlife and forest resources in the region.The scenic stretch along the tree-lined Marine Drive that bisects the Balukhand Wildlife Sanctuary adjacent to the Bay of Bengal between Puri and Konark, is now a wasteland with hardly any tree left untouched, wildlife officials said.Also Readlast_img read more

Effort to Require Labeling of Genetically Modified Foods Losing in Washington State

first_img Voters in Washington state appear to be rejecting an initiative that would require companies to label food products containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs), according to early results. Votes against the initiative were leading 55% to 45% according to a report in The Seattle Times, which predicted opponents would win out even after mailed absentee ballots are counted later this week. Backers had hoped the measure, known as I-522, would make Washington the first U.S. state with such a mandate.The initiative has been controversial and costly. Supporters, arguing that consumers have a right to know how their food is produced, raised nearly $9 million. Opponents, who call the initiative unnecessary and costly to consumers, raised a state record-breaking $22 million with support from agribusiness.Though scientific evidence has shown that eating GM foods poses no threat to human health, some pro-labeling groups worry that it’s too soon to declare GMO products safe. Others cite possible damage to the environment, such as the potential for increased herbicide use on resistant engineered crops. But advocacy against the measure was powerful and ultimately persuasive to voters, says Julie Caswell, an applied economist at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, who specializes in the economics of food quality. Polls suggest that one influential argument against the measure was that companies would be obligated to source more costly non-GMO products, driving up prices at the grocery store. 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Trailing. An initiative to require the labeling of genetically modified foods in Washington state is trailing at the polls. Yes on 522 last_img read more

U.S. Biomedical Research ‘Unsustainable,’ Prominent Researchers Warn

first_imgThe U.S. biomedical science system “is on an unsustainable path” and needs major reform, four prominent researchers write in an opinion piece published today by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Researchers should “confront the dangers at hand,” the authors write, and “rethink” how academic research is funded, staffed, and organized, according to Science Careers (published by AAAS, which also publishes ScienceInsider).The four authors are Bruce Alberts, former president of the National Academy of Sciences and former editor-in-chief of Science; Marc Kirschner, founding chair of the Department of Systems Biology at Harvard Medical School; Shirley Tilghman, former president of Princeton University; and Harold Varmus, Nobel laureate and current director of the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Among other issues, they suggest that the system may be producing too many new researchers and forcing them to compete for a stagnating pool of funding.It’s not the first time research leaders have raised such alarms. In 2012, Tilghman co-chaired an advisory panel to the National Institutes of Health, NCI’s parent and the nation’s major biomedical research funder, that suggested a glut of trainees and a dearth of academic positions were creating a dysfunctional biomedical research system.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

BPO firms with Indian operations have a 3-step plan to manage anti-offshoring wave

first_imgEvery BPM firm has warned shareholders about protectionism, where outsourcing and immigration reform has been a focus of the current US administration. Just a few weeks ago, Sherrod Brown, Senator from Ohio, talked up protecting call centre jobs in the US yet again. Before the latest round of rhetoric, he had earlier in the year introduced a bill —for a US Call Centre Workers and Consumer Protection Act — to end offshoring and support American workers. Read it at Economic Times Related Itemslast_img

If You’s Brown

first_imgTravel season is winding down and parents are busy shopping for school supplies. Indian tourists are glad to be done with travel; the experiencethis summer has been disconcerting. But back to school doesn’t quite get usaway from what ruined summer vacation in the first place: backpacks. The recent bombings in London, a whole spate of them, were brutal and reckless. The events made everyday life more fragile. That was no doubt their purpose. Londoners, like the citizens of Madrid earlier, realized that life could not go on as usual. Since the terrorists were brown, of South Asian origin in particular, their appearance became suspicious. As the terrorists had recruited backpacks as accessories for their crime, backpacks became suspicious as well. Put the combination of the two together, and you have now a definition of what suspicious looks like.Incidents were reported in major cities all over the world of police rounding up suspicious looking people, or raiding their homes. In most cases, these were brown men. In New York, police pulled over a sight-seeing bus in July in the middle of Times Square on the suspicion that terrorists were aboard. It became clear very quickly that the dark skinned men, British citizens all, were ordinary tourists. The mayor quickly apologized. But the image of the five South Asian Britishers kneeling on a public street with their hands tied behind their backs has been alarming.Now the whole city is sensitive to brown people with backpacks. This in a city where people have gotten used to ignoring people talking loudly to imaginary friends or those who forgot to tidy up their zippers. New York takes pride in permitting all sorts of abnormalities to pass for normal. But now, we have antennas pointed at a new identity, suspicion has taken on a new face.There are plenty of apologists for this behavior. Many think it is the inevitable norm and we should just get used to it. We are well past the racial profiling debate. It is not about stopping black men on highways and streets, but a caliberated precaution to assure safety for everyone.The Brazilian man shot by London police two months ago turned out to be innocent. He was also entirely un-suspicious. Initial reports carried fantasy stories by the police that he avoided them; that he wore an abnormally heavy jacket in the hot weather; that he fled from them; that he jumped a turnstile, all turned out to be untrue. He was simply shot because someone on the force decided that this is what the target looks like these days. To top it all, London¹s Police Commissioner warned it could wellhappen again and again.Big Bill Broonzy’s blues told us some time ago, ‘If you was white, you be alright, you was brown, stick around (But as you’s black, oh, brother, get back, get back, get back).’Perhaps things haven’t changed any for blacks, but he might well now croon, ‘you was brown, get down, get down, get down.’ Related Itemslast_img read more

Asian Indian Population 2005

first_imgThe Asian Indian population in the United States grew 38%, almost 15 times the national growth rate, between 2000-2005, according to the 2005 American Community Survey, which provides a window to the U.S. population at the middle of the century. Wyoming, South Dakota and Montana, each of which have exceedingly small Indian populations, recorded the highest growth rate; however, the rates mask significant margins of error, which make the estimates for each of the three states dubious. Maine and Rhode Island, recorded a decline in the Indian population, but those numbers are also dubious because of the margin of error.Asian Indian Population 2005 State  2005 2000-2005 GrowthCalifornia 449,72243%New York 336,42334%New Jersey 228,25035%Texas 175,60836%Illinois 157,12626%Florida 95,04334%Georgia 79,16972%Michigan 78,46644%Virginia 77,20858%Pennsylvania 75,15931%Maryland 67,24135%Massachusetts 55,84027%Ohio 46,70221%Washington 41,58373%North Carolina 39,81552%Connecticut 32,98839%Minnesota 30,46880%Arizona 22,02949%Tennessee 21,41667%Wisconsin 19,67255%Indiana 16,30611%Colorado 16,15038%Missouri 15,75529%Oregon 12,65032%Louisiana 10,94232%Oklahoma 10,57724%Kansas 10,46828%South Carolina 9,45813%Delaware 8,55062%Nevada 8,17848%Kentucky 8,17621%Alabama 7,81313%Iowa 7,34030%New Hampshire 575949%Nebraska 572475%Utah 4,65252%Mississippi 4,121 8%New Mexico 3,70319%Arkansas 3,48312%West Virginia 3,24714%District of Columbia 3,109 9%Rhode Island 2,295-22%Hawaii 2,10446%Idaho 2,07061%North Dakota 1,33062%South Dakota 1,286110%Alaska 1,09051%Maine 987-3%Vermont 97514%Montana 72992%Wyoming 267663%Total 2,319,22238%Source: American Community Survey 2005  Related Itemslast_img read more