Officers and a godwoman: Radhe Maa lands Delhi Police in trouble

first_imgRadhe Maa with SHO Sanjay Sharma at Vivek Vihar police station in east Delhi.  | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement In a major embarrassment to the Delhi police, visuals showing controversial self-styled godwoman Radhe Maa sitting on a Station House Officer’s chair at a police station and swaying with policemen at a Ram Lila function in different parts of Shahdara district have surfaced on social media.Both the instances allegedly happened in a span of a few hours on the intervening nights of September 28 and 29.Two suspendedSo far two police officers, including the Station House Officer who allegedly offered his designated seat to Radhe Maa to sit, have been suspended while four others have been sent to district lines even as top police officers themselves conceded that this kind of conduct was “unacceptable” and “unprofessional”.  The police station concerned is Vivek Vihar where she went first around 12.30 a.m. and the image that has surfaced shows the in-charge Sanjay Sharma and two other policemen standing next to the chair occupied by the godwoman.Not just this, it is also seen that Mr. Sharma has his hands folded and is also wearing a red-coloured chunni, which her disciples are known to wear.In his defence, the officer said that she wanted to use the toilet of the police station as she had come to attend a Ram Lila function but could not explain the gesture of folding hands.last_img read more

Maharashtra Budget session curtailed to ease pressure on police

first_imgTo ensure tight security in the city and adequate police deployment across the city in wake of the current tension on the India-Pakistan border, the Budget session of the Maharashtra legislature was curtailed on Thursday. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said in the Assembly that at least 6,000 police personnel are deployed in the Vidhan Sabha presmises during the session. “There is tension at the border and at this time it is important to maintain internal security. Mumbai being the financial capital of the country, the vigil needs to be tighter. There is no need to panic, but we must take extra precaution,” said Mr. Fadnavis. He informed the Assembly, that in a meeting [all party? or CM only?] held with security establishments [when?], it was observed that police required extra force to ensure adequate deployment. “This was conveyed to leaders of all political parties and it was unanimously decided to curtail the session. This decision has been taken to ensure the release of extra police force and make them available to provide security cover at other areas,” he said, reiterating that there is no need to panic. Mumbai police intelligence sources had told The Hindu on Wednesday that the city was put on high alert since the air strikes. Vote on accountThe Assembly approved the vote-on-account which has budgetary provisions for four months of the next financial year (April to July this year), without any debate.Leader of Opposition Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) MLAs Ajit Pawar and Jayant Patil said they were tabling their respective speeches on the interim budgetary provisions on the floor of the House. The appropriation Bill and vote-on-account were subsequently passed by a voice vote. The House was then adjourned for an hour and a meeting of the State cabinet was also held.Earlier, at the start of the day, NCP legislator Jitendra Awhad urged Mr. Fadnavis to move a motion that the State along with rest of the country stood firmly behind the armed forces and Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman, who was captured by Pakistan after an air combat on Wednesday. Accordingly, a one-line resolution was unanimously passed with the Assembly expressing solidarity with armed forces and demanding release of Wg. Cdr. Varthaman.last_img read more

Three Indian-origin Businessmen Jailed For Rorting $2 million

first_imgThe national vocational education and training (VET) regulator Australian Skills Quality Authority (ASQA) has welcomed the conviction of three Indian-origin businessmen who operated fake training organisations in Melbourne and received more than $2 million in fraudulent subsidies from the Victorian government.Read it at SBS Related Itemslast_img

The Surprising Indian Origin Of Blue Jeans

first_imgWho hasn’t worn blue jeans? Today, they are simply everywhere, from the USA to Ghana to Vietnam. Here is the story of the unexpected relationship between the world’s most popular clothing item and India.It all started with indigo. A beautiful, rich blue dye could be extracted from the variety of indigo plant found in India (Indigofera tinctoria). Other varieties of indigo were found in various tropical countries, but India was the indigo centre of the world; Harappans first started making this dye 5,000 years ago!Read it at Indian Express Related Itemslast_img read more

Azkals survive Tajiks in thriller, firm up hold of top spot in Group F

first_img1 dead in Cavite blast, fire NBA: Russell Westbrook named ‘Shaqtin’ a Fool’ MVP After the defeat to China, Dooley said “the team had many meetings and all of them positive but direct to the point why things happen in football.”“I know we would do great, but we still have a lot to learn,” Dooley added.The Azkals now have six points from two matches, two points ahead of Yemen which battled Nepal to a goalles draw in Kathmandu. Tajikistan remained winless from two matches.The Azkals face Yemen on Sept. 5 at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod. Only the Top 2 teams from the group will qualify for the Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates in 2019.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ CONTRIBUTED PHOTOThe Philippine Azkals survived a late Tajikistan uprising for a thrilling 4-3 win to firm up its hold of the top spot in the AFC Asian Cup Qualifiers at Republican Central Stadium in Dushbane. Captain Phil Younghusband opened the scoring with a free kick in the 28th minute, before a brace from Javier Patinño off two assists from Mike Ott put the Azkals on their way to what looked like a comfortable victory before 15,000 fans in the Tajik capital.ADVERTISEMENT What ‘missteps’? Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guidecenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Patiño scored with a composed finish from just inside the box in the 42nd minute, before grabbing his second with a breakaway goal off another fine pass from Ott.But Tajikistan struck twice in quick succession with Parvizchon Umarbaev scoring from the spot in the 57th minute off a questionable foul called on Amani Aguinaldo and Dilshod Vasiev finishing off a quick counter four minutes later, setting the stage for a nervy finish.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutLeftback Daisuke Sato restored the two-goal advantage for the Azkals with a long range strike with 10 minutes remaining but Manuchekr Dzaliliov late strike put the game back on a knife-edge and the Azkals would feel relief more than anything after another unconvincing display on the heels of the 1-8 friendly loss to China.“The players did a great job,” said Azkals coach Thomas Dooley. “They where focused from the beginning and tried to do everything we talked about, even in the free kick.” Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage View commentslast_img read more

Virat Kohli calls Mumbai ‘home of cricket in India’, fans gratified

first_imgMumbai’s redemption with Virat Kohli is complete. Three seasons after they booed him for being a ‘I mean business’ opponent against Mumbai Indians in an IPL game at the Wankhede, fans are now going gaga over the Indian skipper for making them proud. (Virat Kohli 235, R Ashwin 12/167 give India historic series win over England)”We are proud to have a captain who is the best in the world. I will never forget the shots he played against England in this match,” said Nitin, a Test match regular in Mumbai.The local merchandise sellers could not thank Kohli enough for boosting their business. “Generally for a Test match we don’t sell much. But this time everyone wanted to buy a Virat Kohli t-shirt before going in for the match,” said one. (Beating England not as easy as it looked: Virat Kohli)We spotted a couple of English fans wearing Kohli jerseys and when asked if they had switched sides, one of them replied: “We are England fans but we are soaking in the atmosphere. You have the best batsman in the world. On a track England found difficult to survive on, he scored 235 without any trouble.”Kohli on his part, has done enough to win fans over from this part of the country by paying them the ultimate compliment.At the post-match presentation ceremony, Kohli said: “The way the crowd came out and supported us, it gave us the energy to push through the tough moments in what is the home of cricket in India.” (Virat Kohli one of the batting greats of our generation: Alastair Cook)advertisementKohli remembered how his team had let their supporters down in Mumbai twice before against England in 2006 and 2012. “I was telling Ashwin while taking the victory lap, this is the ground, where the last time we played England, that we lost our momentum and lost the series mentally,” he said.Close to capacity crowds came in to watch Kohli bat through the course of his eight-hour gem. By taking a victory lap around the ground acknowledging their support, Team India has more than made up for the losses in the past.And Virat Kohli with his batting artistry and heartfelt gratitude, has forged his own special bond with the city.last_img read more

Sri Lanka transition grinds to halt at India roadblock

first_imgTwo years have passed since Sri Lanka bid farewell to the last of their batting greats yet the South Asian side appears no nearer to ending what has been a difficult period of transition. (Captain Upul Tharanga calls for patience before India ODI: Can Sri Lanka turn it around)When the brilliant Kumar Sangakkara followed the equally prolific Mahela Jayawardene into retirement in 2015, even the most optimistic Sri Lankan fans acknowledged the void they left was simply too big to be filled overnight.What they probably did not anticipate was that two years down the line, the team would still be hopelessly in the throes of a seemingly interminable era of regeneration.Once admired, even envied, for their steady supply of freak bowlers with bizarre actions and a near-invincible record at home, Sri Lanka’s recent humiliating 3-0 whitewash at the hands of India made for a particularly painful watch.Only Kusal Mendis and Dimuth Karunaratne offered fleeting glimpses of batting prowess but Sri Lanka were otherwise completely outclassed by the tourists in one of the most lop-sided series of recent times.Reuters Photo”Since I’ve been in this team, this is the worst series loss I’ve experienced,” Test skipper Dinesh Chandimal said after his team lost three matches in 11 days against their neighbours.The debacle followed their first ever one-day series loss to Zimbabwe in July, which prompted a frustrated Angelo Mathews to relinquish the captaincy of both the Test and one-day sides.Mathews appeared to have sparked a revival last year when they whitewashed Australia but the 3-0 home win proved little more than a false dawn.advertisementSri Lanka were subsequently thrashed in both Tests and one-dayers in South Africa, lost a home Test against Bangladesh and then failed to progress beyond the group stage at this year’s Champions Trophy.The India whitewash has led the country’s sports ministry to call for a report from Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) to explain why the side performed so poorly, while former captain Aravinda de Silva believes the board lacks vision.”We are going through a rebuilding process but you can’t be saying that forever,” de Silva, hero of Sri Lanka’s 1996 World Cup triumph, told the Hindu newspaper last week.”Short-term process is good for a few months, one or two series, but not for the future.”So we need to seriously look at the team in the long-term and not keep chopping and changing,” said de Silva, who quit as head of the board’s cricket committee in May. (Ranatunga slams Sri Lankan board after India rout)STRING OF INJURIESHis former teammate and chief selector Sanath Jayasuriya pointed to a string of injuries as one reason for the side’s struggles and dismissed allegations of leading a trigger-happy panel.”Why should we change a squad of players if they are performing well and are injury free?” he told reporters. “Do you know how many players have been injured in the last 14 months?”Asela Gunaratne missed a majority of the series after fracturing his hand on the first day of the opening Test and paceman Nuwan Pradeep was sidelined after picking up a hamstring injury in the second Test.Reuters PhotoRangana Herath, who has helped Sri Lanka overcome the loss of retired spin great Muttiah Muralitharan, missed the final Test with a stiff back.Sri Lanka were twice subjected to being made to follow-on and a lack of balance was evident as they failed to stretch any of the three Tests to a full five days.Jayasuriya sought to explain the lack of competitiveness.”For instance, Mathews is not bowling after his hamstring injury,” the former captain said of the all-rounder.”He used to bowl at least 15 overs in a Test innings earlier but now plays purely as a batsman. So it’s very difficult to get the right balance when your key all-rounder is not bowling.”last_img read more

14 days agoKane raps teammates as England slide to first qualifying defeat in ten years

first_imgKane raps teammates as England slide to first qualifying defeat in ten yearsby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham striker Harry Kane rapped team-mates as England slid to their first qualifying defeat in ten years.Skipper Kane gave Gareth Southgate’s men a perfect start with a fifth-minute penalty before the Czech Republic’s pair Jakub Brabec and Zdenek Ondrasek rocked the Three Lions.Kane fumed: “It was down to us. We went ahead early and had the perfect start to an away game. After that we were sloppy with the ball, they scored not long after, and we just didn’t move it as quickly as we normally do.“We weren’t fighting, we weren’t pressing as much as we do. We gave the ball away too cheaply, especially in the first half.“We had a couple of chances to put the game to bed but didn’t and unfortunately gave one away at the end. It’s a bit of a wake-up call.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Nova Scotia Energy Team Gets Down to Work in Scotland

first_imgBy the time Nova Scotians were sitting down to lunch on Tuesday,Sept.2, Nova Scotia’s energy team had put in a full day at theOffshore Europe Oil and Gas Exhibition and Conference inAberdeen, Scotland. Led by Energy Minister Cecil Clarke, the largest Nova Scotiandelegation in over a decade has been networking withrepresentatives of the international oil and gas market anddemonstrating their expertise in today’s offshore environment. The day began with the opening of Nova Scotia’s booth. Apartnership between the Department of Energy and theOffshore/Onshore Technologies Association of Nova Scotia (OTANS),the booth serves as headquarters for the 14 companies andorganizations participating in the event. After attending the opening roundtable, Mr. Clarke toured thefacilities at RIGTRAIN, a state-of-the-art training facilityproviding hands-on training in well control and safety proceduresthat uses simulators and on-site working drilling rigs. “There’s no substitute for the hands-on training these types ofsimulators can provide to workers in the oil and gas industry,”said Mr. Clarke. “That’s why the Department of Energy hassupported the dynamic positioning simulator and other frontlinetraining programs through our partnership with the Nova ScotiaCommunity College.” Later in the afternoon, Nova Scotia hosted a partnership forum,allowing a number of UK companies to learn about the advantagesof doing business with Nova Scotia firms. Natural ResourcesCanada Minister Herb Dhaliwal attended the event, which featuredtestimonials from two major offshore companies, AMEC and theCraig Group. In business for more than 30 years, AMEC plc is an internationalengineering services company with more than 15,000 employeesworldwide. It has partnered with Irving Shipbuilding and Blackand MacDonald. Neil Bruce, managing director, highlighted NovaScotia’s engineering capabilities and AMEC’s vision of makingHalifax a worldwide engineering centre for the company. Douglas Craig, managing director of the Craig Group, adiversified marine services company with more than 70 yearsexperience, stressed the importance of partnerships in buildinginternational opportunities. He also praised local companyWelaptega for its innovation and use of technology. Welaptega haspartnered with the Craig Group on a number of projects includingone of the world’s smallest 3-D underwater cameras. “What we’re seeing here is that Nova Scotia’s investment intraining, in promotion and in building our industry is payingoff,” said Mr. Clarke. “These international, award-winningcompanies are in a position to learn from our experience and ourlocal knowledge through partnerships that help our companies growand access new markets.” The Offshore Europe (OE) conference is among the premier offshoreoil and gas exploration and production events worldwide. OE 2001attracted more than 24,500 visitors from 72 countries.last_img read more

Province Introduces Sustainable Transport Program

first_imgCommunities throughout the province will be able to make transportation more sustainable, active and accessible through a new pilot program. The Nova Scotia Moves sustainable transportation pilot program will offer grants to local groups, including municipalities, band councils, community benefit organizations and social enterprises. “By helping communities develop cleaner, more accessible and more convenient transportation options, people can choose to drive less and move more,” said Energy Minister Charlie Parker. “These options are important given rising fuel costs and our need to stay active and healthy.” Potential projects could range from expanded community transit services in rural areas to infrastructure improvements for pedestrian and bike safety. “Nova Scotians want to be able to make better transportation decisions that, over the long term, are healthier for them and the environment,” said Environment Minister Sterling Belliveau. “This pilot program allows us to work with municipalities, community groups, and others to help make that happen.” The province consulted with a number of municipalities, environmental organizations and transit-oriented community groups to design and ensure the program responds to people’s needs. Kathy Gamache, chair of Community Transit Nova Scotia, says the group appreciates the collaborate approach. “Community Transit Nova Scotia is pleased that the province’s work on sustainable transportation continues to move forward the ideas set out in Making the Connection, our discussion document created by a provincial task force and released in June 2012,” said Ms. Gamache. “Access to provincial funding, such as the Nova Scotia Transportation Research Incentive Program, ensures the volunteers and non-profit groups working at the community level receive the support and resources they need.” The deadline for applications is Dec. 21. Successful projects will be announced in January, with a second call for applications expected early in the new year. For more information on the Nova Scotia Moves program, visit www.gov.ns.ca/energy/nsmoves/.last_img read more

NOTA Marginal hike in Delhis satellite constituencies

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi’s satellite districts of Gurgaon, Faridabad, Ghaziabad and Gautam Buddh Nagar witnessed a marginal hike in NOTA voters in the Lok Sabha elections, accounting for 26,241 votes, according to official data. The maximum None Of The Above (NOTA) voters were from Gautam Buddh Nagar, while Gurgaon had the lowest NOTA numbers, the Election Commission data showed. Altogether Gurgaon, Faridabad, Gautam Buddh Nagar and Ghaziabad had 26,241 NOTA votes this time, up from 15,577 in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, when the choice was first made available to voters in parliamentary elections, it showed. Gurgaon registered 5,389 NOTA votes (0.37 per cent of total votes cast), up from 2,658 from 2014 (0.20 per cent of total votes cast), according to the data. The ‘Millennium City’ elected BJP’s Rao Inderjit Singh with a vote share of 60.94 per cent, while Congress’ Ajay Singh got 34.24 per cent votes and BSP’s Chaudhary Rais Ahmed could manage 1.85 per cent of all votes cast. Faridabad had 4,986 NOTA votes (0.38 per cent of total votes cast), up from 3,328 from 2014 (0.29 per cent of total votes cast), it showed. The industrial hub witnessed a landslide victory of BJP’s Krishan Pal, who secured 68.9 per cent of all votes cast against Congress’ Avtar Singh Bhadana (20.72 per cent) and BSP’s Mandhir Maan (6.54 per cent). Ghaziabad had 7,495 NOTA votes (0.45 per cent of total votes cast), up from 6,205 from 2014 (0.46 per cent of total votes cast), the data showed. In Ghaziabad, BJP’s V K Singh alone polled 61.96 per cent of all votes cast, followed by SP’s Suresh Bansal (29.06 per cent) and Congress’s Dolly Sharma (7.34 per cent) Gautam Buddh Nagar recorded the maximum of 8,371 NOTA votes (0.60 per cent of total votes cast), up from 3,328 from 2014 (0.29 per cent of total votes cast). Here, BJP’s Mahesh Sharma secured 59.64 per cent of all votes, followed by BSP’s Satveer Nagar (35.46 per cent) and Congress’s Arvind Kumar Singh (3.02 per cent), the data showed. In these four constituencies, NOTA had better vote share than most other candidates, including independents, according to EC statistics. In Gurgaon, there were 27 candidates and NOTA ranked on the fifth spot, while in Faridabad it got the same rank among 24 candidates. In Gautam Buddh Nagar and Ghaziabad, NOTA amassed the fourth-highest vote figures among 13 and 12 candidates, respectively, it showed. Results for the 17th Lok Sabha elections that were spread over seven phases between April 12 and May 19 were announced on May 23, with BJP candidates emerging victorious on 303 seats.last_img read more

Mercury treatment centre in limbo for Grassy Narrows

first_imgLiberal MP Bob Nault, left, Grassy Narrows Chief Rudy Turtle, and Indigenous Services Minister Seamus O’Regan meet after a four hour meeting. Photo: Brittany Hobson/APTNBrittany HobsonAPTN NewsIt’s been two years since the federal government committed to a specialized health facility for Grassy Narrows First Nation, but despite a planned meeting with Minister of Indigenous Services Seamus O’Regan, the community is no closer to an agreement.O’Regan visited the Northwestern Ontario community Wednesday afternoon for what was supposed to be a feast with members and the signing of a memorandum of agreement with Chief Rudy Turtle and council.But that’s not what happened.Instead Turtle and O’Regan engaged in private negotiations for nearly four hours.No agreement was reached between the two, only a promise for more conversations.Turtle called the agreement inadequate.“The minister came in today and he was hoping we would sign a memorandum of agreement but the proposal he put forward wasn’t good enough,” said Turtle.(Members of Grassy Narrows wait outside a meeting between O’Regan and Turtle. Photo: Brittany Hobson/APTN)The community has been living with the long-term effects of mercury poisoning after a paper mill in Dryden, ON dumped contaminates in the nearby English-Wabigoon River system in the 1960s.For decades members suffer from impaired vision, loss of hearing and speech and cognitive function, along with mental health issues linked to the mercury poisoning.A feasibility study for the treatment centre was completed last fall and came with an estimated 30 year cost of $88.7 million.Construction has yet to begin on the new centre.Details of the proposed agreement weren’t released but Turtle said it didn’t include a sufficient dollar amount.He also said the government was proposing to build an assisted living facility not a specialized treatment centre.Turtle could not sign off the agreement because it doesn’t address the on-going issues.He said the community needs more than a, “temporary Band-Aid fix.”Following the meeting O’Regan told reporters the government and chief and council have the same objectives in mind.“We are getting very close. We made some steps today. This is what negotiation looks like it takes it own course,” he said.(Chrissy Isaac confronted O’Regan after no agreement for a treatment centre was negotiated. Photo: Brittany Hobson/APTN)Meanwhile during Question Period in Ottawa, NDP MP Charlie Angus called out the Liberals for failing to keep their commitment.“The people of Grassy Narrows have suffered 50 years of lies, cover-ups and broken promises…two years ago this prime minister promised that spring there would be shovels in the ground…enough of broken promises. Where is the money?” asked Angus.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said, “we remain steadfast in our commitment to build a health facility in Grassy Narrows.”For the people of Grassy Narrows Wednesday’s events proved to be difficult and frustrating.Chrissy Isaacs confronted the minister calling his actions disrespectful.Community member Chrissy Isaacs confronts O’Regan. She says it was disrespectful for the minister to not meet with the rest of the community. A feast was prepared at the school and more than 100 students waited to meet the minister. pic.twitter.com/xpiaFuNQPx— Brittany Hobson (@bhobs22) May 29, 2019The mother of three says her youngest is dealing with the effects of mercury poisoning.She hopes to one day see a generation of people who aren’t sick.O’Regan said discussions will continue over the next coming days.Turtle says he will continue to push for a fair and adequate deal.bhobson@aptn.ca@bhobs22last_img read more

Financial crisis threatens to set back education worldwide UN report warns

“While rich countries nurture their economic recovery, many poor countries face the imminent prospect of education reversals,” UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Director-General Irina Bokova said, noting the failure of donors to deliver on pledges. “We cannot afford to create a lost generation of children who have been deprived of their chance for an education that might lift them out of poverty.” UNESCO’s Education for All-Global Monitoring Report 2010, entitled Reaching the Marginalized, urges rich countries and the G20 group of developed and developing countries to scale up aid needed to avoid damaging budget adjustments in the poorest countries, stressing that a financing gap of $16 billion a year must be bridged to reach the Education for All goals. Rich countries and international and financial institutions are exaggerating how much aid they provide to help poor countries cope with the financial crisis, using ‘smoke and mirrors’ in their reporting, the report says. “Rich countries have mobilized a financial mountain to stabilize their financial systems and protect vital social and economic infrastructure, but they have provided an aid molehill for the world’s poor,” Global Monitoring Report director Kevin Watkins said. At the report’s launch at UN Headquarters in New York, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed that education is a fundamental human right. “It should never be an accident of circumstance, nor is it a privilege to be distributed on the basis of wealth, gender, race, ethnicity or language,” he said.Ms. Bokova added that the financial crisis could force governments to cut spending for education and parents to pull their children out of school or simply not to send them. “In short, it would create a lost generation at tremendous cost to society,” she said.Mr. Watkins told a later news conference: “The bottom line message of the report is we’re an awful long way off track for achieving the international development goal of universal primary education by 2015.” The report charts “spectacular advances” over the past decade in striking contrast with the ‘lost decade’ of the 1990s, noting that the number of children not attending school has fallen by 33 million since 1999, sub-Saharan Africa has increased enrolment at five times the rate achieved in the 1990s, and the number of children out of school in South and West Asia has been more than halved. Such numbers dispel the myth that poor countries cannot achieve rapid progress in education, but the report warns that many countries are likely to fall far short of the targets adopted by governments in 2000 because of their failure to address inequalities and donor shortfalls, citing sub-Saharan Africa as an area for priority action. Education systems across the region could end up without $4.6 billion per year in public spending for both last and this year due to the crisis. Global indicators highlighted as cause for concern include: On current trends, 56 million primary school-age children will still be out of school in 2015. Another 71 million adolescents are currently not at school. Gender disparities remain deeply engrained, with girls accounting for 54 per cent of children out of school. 10.3 million additional teachers will be needed worldwide to achieve the goal of universal primary education by 2015. There has been little progress towards the goal of halving adult illiteracy that affects 759 million people, two-thirds of them women. Malnutrition remains a major barrier to progress in education, with 178 million children up to the age of five years affected and the numbers rising. Far too many young people leave primary school unable to read or write. In some sub-Saharan countries, adults with five years of primary schooling have a 40 per cent chance of illiteracy.The report cautions that the reality may be worse than the picture provided in national data. Using household survey data analysis, it presents evidence that school records overstate the number of primary school-age children in school by as much as 30 per cent.Identifying policies to counteract persistent inequalities in education, it calls on governments to improve accessibility and affordability by going beyond removing formal school fees for basic education to cutting informal charges and providing targeted incentives for disadvantaged groups. Governments should also ensure that marginalized children have access to highly skilled teachers by offering incentives for deployment in remote rural and disadvantaged urban areas. 19 January 2010The global financial crisis threatens to deprive millions of children in the world’s poorest countries of an education, especially in sub-Saharan Africa, with a knock-on effect on future economic growth, poverty reduction and progress in health and other areas, according to a United Nations report released today. read more

Security Council reaffirms its support for boosting womens role in peacemaking

In a presidential statement read out in a formal meeting by Brian Cowan, the Foreign Minister of Ireland, which holds the presidency of the 15-member body for the month of October, the Council renewed its call on States to include women in the negotiations and implementation of peace accords, constitutions, and strategies for resettlement and rebuilding, and to take measures to support local women’s groups and indigenous processes for conflict resolution. In that context, the Council recognized the efforts of the Mano River Women’s Peace Network in facilitating peace and dialogue in the Mano River Union region, which comprises Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. It was also encouraged by the inclusion of women in the political decision-making bodies in Burundi, Somalia and East Timor. The Council underscored the importance of including a gender perspective in all policies and programmes addressing armed conflicts and called for the inclusion of gender components in peacekeeping operations. It also renewed its support for gender-sensitive training guidelines and material on the protection, rights and particular needs of women, and on the importance of involving women in all peacekeeping and peace-building measures. It called on troop-contributing countries to include these elements in their national training programmes for peacekeepers. On the issue of gender balance among UN envoys, the Council said it was concerned that there were still no women appointed as special representatives or special envoys of the Secretary-General to peace missions, and urged Member States to redouble their efforts to nominate women candidates to the Secretary-General. The Council also urged Mr. Annan to appoint women as special representatives and envoys to pursue good offices on his behalf. Recognizing the need to implement international humanitarian and human rights law that protects the rights of civilians including women and girls during and after conflicts, the Council called on all parties to armed conflicts to take special measures to protect women and girls from gender-based and other forms of violence. read more

Afghanistan Brahimi addresses panel laying groundwork for Emergency Loya Jirga

The 21-member Special Independent Commission was announced last Friday after Mr. Brahimi had whittled the list down from 300 names. According to the Bonn Agreement, which spells out the political process for the future of Afghanistan, the Commission has the final authority to determine the procedures for, and the number of people who will participate in, the Emergency Loya Jirga.Two working sessions were held in Kabul today, according to a UN spokesman. The formal inauguration of the Commission is expected to take place when Hamid Karzai, Chairman of the Interim Administration of Afghanistan, returns to Kabul.Mr. Karzai is currently in the United States and is expected to arrive at UN Headquarters in New York at around 9 a.m. Wednesday to address an open meeting of the Security Council. read more

Annan pays tribute to memory of veteran diplomat Oleg Troyanovsky

“Mr. Troyanovsky was a brilliant diplomat who represented his country with singular expertise and adroitness at an acutely challenging time in the world and the history of the Organization,” Mr. Annan said through his spokesman.”He combined a profound understanding of the indispensability of the UN with exceptional charm, humour, eloquence and flair.”Spokesman Fred Eckhard recalled an incident in 1980 when Maoist demonstrators posing as reporters doused Ambassador Troyanovsky in red paint. “While other diplomats flinched, Troyanovsky looked up calmly and said – without missing a beat – ‘better red than dead,’” Mr. Eckhard said.The Secretary-General extended his condolences to the family and friends of the veteran Russian diplomat and to the Government of the Russian Federation. read more

Colombia UN calls on world to pay more attention to millions displaced

“These numbers, which continue to rise, make the Colombian situation not only the largest UNHCR operation in the Americas but also one of the world’s biggest and most forgotten humanitarian tragedies,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) spokesman Ron Redmond told a news briefing in Geneva today. UNHCR Assistant High Commissioner for Operations Judy Cheng-Hopkins has just concluded a four-day mission to neighbouring Ecuador and today is expected to cross the border into Colombia on her way to the city of Pasto in the department of Nariño, which has seen a marked increase in violence and forced displacement since the start of the year. In Colombia, she is scheduled to visit UNHCR’s projects for displaced people in the cities of Barranquilla and Cartagena. About half of Colombia’s internally displaced live in urban centres, many of them in poor suburbs that are little more than shantytowns. Ms. Cheng-Hopkins is scheduled to meet government officials in Bogota, the capital. Beyond the IDPs within Colombia, there are a quarter of a million Colombians in need of protection in Ecuador, and tens of thousands more of concern to UNHCR in other countries in the region, such as Venezuela, Panama and Costa Rica. While in Ecuador, Ms. Cheng-Hopkins met with leading officials. She said she shared the Government’s concerns that the number of Colombian refugees continues to grow on a monthly basis. More solidarity should be shown with countries like Ecuador which are bearing the brunt of the crisis, she added. UNHCR has repeatedly expressed its alarm at the impact on civilians of the more than 40 years of fighting between the Government, leftist rebels and right-wing paramilitaries in the Andean country. In recent months it has voiced particular concern for the countries indigenous communities, some of whom are threatened with extinction as the fighting uproots them from their ancestral lands to which their culture and traditions are closely linked. read more

Southern commuters endure new travel chaos as workers begin 48hour strike

first_imgAlex Foulds, Southern passenger services’ director, said the two-day strike would “achieve nothing”.”Passengers will be rightly dismayed that the RMT has chosen to disrupt services yet again,” he said. “After many months of trying to reach agreement with the RMT, we are now moving forward with our plans for the benefit of customers and we urge the RMT to join us in putting passengers first.”We have guaranteed all our on-board staff a job until the end of the franchise, with no reduction in salary. Our plans are safe, and will mean fewer cancelled trains. We are sorry that our passengers will once again suffer because of RMT intransigence, and we urge the union to work with us to find a sensible way forward.” The industrial action centres on the role of guards on Southern trainsCredit:Carl Court /Getty A Southern Rail employee hands out flyers as she takes part in a strike against company working practices Campaigners from Disabled People Against Cuts said they believe Southern risks “taking a significant retrograde step” if it starts a driver-only operation.A spokesman said: “We believe that if a train runs driver-only operation to an unstaffed station with a passenger who is unable to exit the train unassisted, then an offence will be committed under the Equality Act 2010.”After 30 years of commitment, effort and public expenditure to ensure that disabled people can travel by train, as by other modes, with confidence, we risk taking a significant retrograde step that will effectively deny people those hard-won rights. That is simply unacceptable.” A Southern Rail employee hands out flyers as she takes part in a strike against company working practicesCredit:Carl Court/Getty The industrial action centres on the role of guards on Southern trains A Southern Rail employee erects a banner opposite Victoria station in central London as she takes part in a strikeCredit:Carl Court/Getty Please please please don’t leave me stuck in London today train strikes!!!! 🙏🏽😫 @SouthernRailUK— Louisa Bettine (@LouisaBettine) September 7, 2016 Come on then Southern… Let’s see how long it’ll take me to get to work today then! So pleased I’m off tomorrow #Southernstrike— Graham Lamb (@GrahamLamb82) September 7, 2016 Clapham Junction station in London during rush hour in August amid previous strike actionCredit:Nick Edwardscenter_img Southern strike He added: “RMT remains available for serious talks but GTR clearly have no interest in resolving the dispute and it is also clear that the Government are propping them up financially and politically.”Just a fraction of the £100 million the GTR parent company is hoarding in profits would be enough to keep a guard on the Southern trains, keep the trains safe and accessible and resolve the dispute.”It is absolutely right to call for the Government to intervene and to hold those responsible for this continuing shambles to account.”Mr Cash added: “Reports from all locations this morning confirm that the strike action is rock-solid and determined again across the Southern Rail network as we fight to put rail safety and access before the profits of the failed Govia Thameslink operation.” Mick Cash, RMT general secretary,  said the union supported points raised by the campaigners as they put disabled people “at a substantial disadvantage”. “GTR, hoarding £100 million in profits and soaking up public funds, have ignored these points right from the off,” he said. “That attitude is disgraceful.” Clapham Junction strike Southern said it had put 119 trains back into its temporary weekday timetable, restoring the entire inner London metro service so that almost all London Bridge peak trains are now running, and tripling the number of trains operating on the West London Line.The temporary timetable was introduced with 341 fewer trains on July 11 following “unprecedented” sickness levels among train crew. @SouthernRailUK there goes my train that arrived at the ecr so overcrowded that people were getting pushed out pic.twitter.com/61ZbvUpYa0— Mark Payne (@markstephenpay1) September 7, 2016 Hundreds of commuters are facing travel chaos including delays and cancellations as workers at Southern Railway launched a fresh strike in a long-running row over changes to the role of conductors. Disability campaigners joined a picket line outside London Victoria station as members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) walked out for 48 hours.More than two out of five trains will be cancelled, while there will be no service on some routes. Many trains will start late and finish early, although Southern plans to run up to 60 per cent of its services during the industrial action.Commuters took to social media on Wednesday morning to complain about the service.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Theresa May announces fund to end child burial fees after campaign by

first_img“That is why I have asked for the Children’s Funeral Fund to be set up in England. For Carolyn, in memory of her son Martin, and in support of all those parents overwhelmed by such harrowing loss.”Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said the establishment of a fund was “very welcome and wonderful news”.He said: “This is a simple piece of dignity for bereaved families across the country, secured through tenacious campaigning by Labour’s Carolyn Harris who tirelessly kept up the pressure when the Government was dragging its feet.”No parent who has gone through the heart-breaking experience of losing a child should be left struggling to cover the cost of a funeral.” Ms Harris has long campaigned on the issue, with her eight-year-old son Martin having been killed in 1989, having previously said the establishment of a fund was “the dignified, compassionate and sympathetic thing to do”. The light in a dark week. So very very proud of @carolynharris24 and in fact a bit tearful for those I’ve stood next to while they buried their babies. https://t.co/fjck2E4hOn— Jess Phillips (@jessphillips) March 31, 2018 Theresa May hailed the “dignity and strength” of Ms Harris, adding: “No parent should ever have to endure the unbearable loss of a child – a loss that no amount of time will ever truly heal.”But in the raw pain of immediate loss, it cannot be right that grieving parents should have to worry about how to meet the funeral costs for a child they hoped to see grow into adulthood.”In the darkest moment of any parent’s life there is little light – but there can be support. We’ve done it! Theresa May has just announced that the government will establish a #ChildrensFuneralFund!From the bottom of my heart, to everyone who has helped me get this far, thank you. RT the good news ↓#Carolyn4Deputy pic.twitter.com/fVQ4RN3WcI— Carolyn 4 Deputy (@carolyn4deputy) March 31, 2018 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Child burial fees are to be waived after a campaign spearheaded by an MP who needed a loan to bury her eight-year-old son after he was killed in a car accident.Carolyn Harris, who represents Swansea East at Westminster, had called on the Government to cover the costs of burials and cremations to help parents struggling to pay for their child’s funeral.The Prime Minister has announced the establishment of a Children’s Funeral Fund which will pay for the costs of the burials and bring England in line with Wales.Ms Harris said: “I celebrated last year when the Welsh Government gave me the Children’s Funeral Fund, I’ve celebrated when every local authority right across this country has done this.”But at last after so much pressure and so much time, families right across the United Kingdom can know that if they’re ever in that terrible, terrible position when they lose a child, that there will now be a pot of money available to make sure that child has a dignified and respectful funeral.last_img read more