Sunday, August 09, 2015

Girl loses way, walkers fly her to Coimbatore for admission

CHENNAI/COIMBATORE, August 10, 2015

Vipasha Sinha
Karthik Madhavan

thehindu
Swathi and her mother Thangaponnu at Anna University in Chennai on Saturday.

Instead of TNAU, Coimbatore, the girl and her mother reached Anna University in Chennai by mistake.

For a group of walkers in Anna University, Saturday morning was no less than a page out of a movie script.

Around 6.30 a.m., they saw a woman and a young girl asking people for directions. Curious, some of them approached the duo to offer help.

R. Swathi, who had scored 1,017 marks in her Plus Two, came with her mother Thangaponnu, a shepherd from their hometown of Musiri in Tiruchi. “They were asked to come to Anna Arangam, Tamil Nadu Agriculture University, Coimbatore, but they reached Anna University by mistake,” said M. Saravanan, a former student of College of Engineering, Guindy and a member of a walking group called Twalkers.

Counselling was to start at 8.30 a.m. in Coimbatore. Both mother and daughter had lost hope. One of the walkers brought them breakfast, another went to book and print out the flight tickets, while another was speaking to TNAU staff in Coimbatore. Tickets were confirmed and Twalkers’ members decided to share the cost of Rs. 10,500. Some of the walkers, who are teaching at Anna University, spoke to TNAU registrar C.R. Ananda Kumar, explained the problem and asked for extra time.

“We took off at 10.05 a.m., landed at 11.28 a.m. and in the next hour we had the admission letter on our hands,” Ms. Swathi said. She will now pursue B.Tech. Biotechnology at the Coimbatore campus. “It looks like a miracle now,” she says. The Twalkers did not stop there. They called up Thangaponnu to confirm if they had secured the admission. “It was very kind of them to do so. They came around like an angel when we had lost hope,” Swathi said.

After getting the seat and back in their hometown in Musiri, the mother-daughter are now planning to visit Chennai again. “We want to return the money they spent to buy our flight tickets. How else can we say thank them,” Ms. Thangaponnu said.

Source: thehindu

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Friday, August 07, 2015

Benevolence Vs Malevolent: Stories of opposite ending

Uttar Pradesh man helps wife marry lover, sees her off with gifts

Besides throwing out a lavish lunch, Phoolchand and his family members also gave gifts to the newly wed at the time of `Vidai.

Rajat Rai   |   Mail Today  |   Lucknow, August 7, 2015 |

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It could well be a perfect script for a Bollywood romance block buster but for Phoolchand it was sort of a heart break when he performed the marriage and `vidai' of his wife with smiles on his face.

Chanda, a resident of Bikapur village of Faizabad district, had an affair with a youth Suraj of the same village. However, bowing to the wishes of her parents, she married Phoolchand in 2012. Phoolchand, a native of the adjacent village Palipoorab, happily took his bribe to his house.

However, as fate could have it, he had to leave for Jalandhar immediately to earn money. Though the husband wife talked to each other frequently on phone, Chanda's and Suraj's love further blossomed as Suraj used to visit his relative in the Palipoorad village. His relative's house is close to Chanda's house and to ensure a meeting, Chanda used to visit his house on one pretext or the other.

Meanwhile, Phoolchand returned back on August 4 only to get a shocker. Chanda, not only returned the jewelery, clothes and other items that Phoolchand gave her at the time of marriage, but also told her the truth.

"I was happy that she relied on me and told me the truth. I got angry and sad for some time but decided to take out a solution", Phoolchand said.

After discussing the matter with his father, Phoolchand reached Chanda's village along with his father and confronted the village panchayat. "I kept forward my suggestion that Chanda and sooraj whould be allowed to marry and I have no objections", Phoolchand said.

After a long discussion, the Panchayat agreed to Phoolchand's offer and Sooraj and his family were also summoned. Sooraj and his family members agreed with in no time and the marriage was performed at the village's shiv mandir on Thursday.

 "This shows the mental level and strength of our youths these days and we salute Phoolchand for this brave step. It is better to accept the truth and act accordingly than to linger on with a forced relationship throughout life", Ravindra Yadav, the village head of Bikapur said.

Besides throwing out a lavish lunch, Phoolchand and his family members also gave gifts to the newly wed at the time of `Vidai' with blessings of a happy married life.

Source: indiatoday



In Modi's Varanasi, lover's head tonsured

The head of a lover-pair were tonsured and they were paraded all over in village Koirajpur under Bargawan police station in Varanasi on Sunday night.

Piyush Srivastava   |   Mail Today  |   Lucknow, August 4, 2015 |

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Much against the belief that the west UP is brutal towards lovers, this time a similar incident took place in east UP. The head of a lover-pair were tonsured and they were paraded all over in village Koirajpur under Bargawan police station in Varanasi on Sunday night. When the father of the youth, who has run away with a girl, rushed to the police station for help, the cops allegedly said: "Go and make a complaint with Prime Minister Narendra Modi."

Incidentally, Varanasi is Parliamentary constituency of Modi.

The villagers were angry because the lovers eloped from the village last month when they were prevented from marriage. However, they had returned back four days ago.

"They tonsured our head and thrashed us while forcing us to parade in the village. This happened against the wish of our parents. Although our parents were against our marriage, they had accepted us two days ago", said Lalji Kumar, 19, the youth.

"When we went police station, the policemen rebuked us and asked to make a complaint with Modi, because he is our MP", said Shyamji Singh, a relative of the youth. 

Source: indiatoday

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Tuesday, August 04, 2015

శ్రీ కౌముది ఆగస్ట్ 2015

Govt. job portal lists manual scavenging as ‘career option’

Mohit M. Rao

August 4, 2015

the hindu
Cleaning of sewers, descending into manholes, removing night-soil (human excreta) using a broom find a place in the National Career Services portal.

The job profile of a “Safai Karamchari” and a “scavenger” is listed as being “mildly hazardous or dangerous” – putting them in the same category as “astrologer”

What was conceived by the Narendra Modi-led NDA government as bringing employers and job seekers on a single platform, seems to now promote and allow the hiring of the prohibited act of manual scavenging at the click of a button.

Cleaning of sewers, descending into manholes, removing night-soil (human excreta) using a broom find a place in the National Career Services portal that was launched recently as a part of Skill India.

For instance, under the ‘unorganised sector’ panel of the website, a “Sweeper, Sewer” is “expected to” clean sewage systems by “using various cleaning instruments,” including bamboo or iron rod, and collecting debris and refuse in a bucket using a spade and handing this bucket to “helper outside manhole.”

Similarly, the “Sweeper, Wet” description lists a “key competency” of removing “night soil using spade and broom.”

On its launch by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on July 20, the portal was to link two crore job seekers with nearly nine lakh establishments. Mr. Modi had then said: “…it is essential for Indian society to develop a consciousness towards ‘dignity of labour’.”

However, advocates Clifton D’ Rozario and Maitreyi Krishnan — who had taken the issue of manual scavenging to the Karnataka High Court — say: “These dehumanising [definitions] are the very practice due to which the manual scavenging community has been stigmatised, ostracised and discriminated. [It] is now being proudly promoted as a ‘career option’.”

Furthermore, employing persons under these definitions have been made punishable with imprisonment under the Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Act, 2013, the advocates say.

‘Inhuman practice’

They also point to the Supreme Court order (dated March 27, 2014) in the Safai Karamchari Andolan vs. Union of India case, where the court observes that handling human excrements with bare hands, brooms or metal scrappers or in baskets is an “inhuman practice,” while in November 2008, the Chennai High Court had directed that the cleaning of sewage could only be through mobile mechanical pumps or other devices.

Acknowledging that the description did indeed become promotion of manual scavenging, M. Shivanna, Chairperson, National Safai Karamchari Commission, said, “This is definitely wrong, and amounts to promoting such activities. Though we have been insisting that Sucking and Jetting Machines should be used, the website implies that descending into manholes is also a part of the job.”

The commission will issue a notice seeking clarification on Wednesday, he told The Hindu.

In same league as astrologers

Incredibly, the job profile of a “Safai Karamchari” and a “scavenger” is listed as being “mildly hazardous or dangerous” — putting them in the same category as “astrologer” and “palmist” that come under unorganised sector careers.

While the risks for “Safai Karamchari” include “lung, respiratory, neurological diseases, infection, biological diseases, suffocation, fatigue,” for an astrologer or palmist or money lender, the dangers include “heart diseases, depression and anxiety, fatigue, stress.”

The website similarly contains unfortunate, now antiquated phrases for describing jobs. “Domestic Servant” is described as “performing the general house-hold duties and attending to the personal comforts of master or employer” — terms that show “underlying feudalism,” say advocates Clifton D’ Rozario and Maitreyi Krishnan.

Source: thehindu

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