Computer monitor with Aadhar Data stolen from municipal building #UID


Special Correspondent, The Hindu,

Computer monitor used for creation of data for national population registry was stolen from municipal travellers' bungalow in Cuddalore on Saturday night.— Photo: C. Venkatachalapathy

Computer monitor used for creation of data for national population registry was stolen from municipal travellers’ bungalow in Cuddalore on Saturday night.— Photo: C. Venkatachalapathy

A computer monitor used in recording the data in regard to the preparation of the National Population Register and kept in the Municipal Travellers’ Bungalow at Manjakupam here was reportedly stolen by certain miscreants on Saturday night.

The intruders gained entry into the bungalow by bending the window grills. The whole lot of devices used for data collection, such as the one for recording the finger prints, a printer and the central procession unit along with the monitor were kept locked in a room in the bungalow.

The door knob seemed to have been broken with a hammer. The culprits to obviate the scent sprinkled chilli powder on the windows and the doorsteps. The data collection process is now underway in the Cuddalore town and the missing monitor was used in Ward No.8. On the complaint of the in-charge of the devices, the police have booked a case. The bungalow is in bad shape and has gone to weeds. It badly needs painting and security. The property located in the heart of the town has virtually gone to seeds for want of maintenance and care. It may be noted that when certain miscreants mad a robbery bid at the Vilvarayanatham Primary Agricultural Cooperative Bank in the town chilli powder was seen thrown around all over the place.

School becomes Aadhaar centre, so students forced into corridor #UID


 

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SUMEGHA GULATI, Finacial Express

 

Posted: Wednesday, Jul 25, 2012 at 0303 hrs IST
Tags: Unique Identification Authority Of India | Aadhaar Scheme |Sangam Vihar | Khanpur

 

New Delhi: The students of a municipal school in South Delhi have been shifted out of their classrooms, into the corridors, as the officials of Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) have set up base at the school to implement the Aadhaar scheme.

 

Since May 6, more than 500 students of Class III at the MCD primary school in Sangam Vihar, near Khanpur, have been attending classes in the corridors or the open ground, after a section of the school was converted into a temporary centre for Aadhaar.

 

According to officials, the Aadhaar team moved into the school during the summer break and is scheduled to use the classrooms till September.

 

“The principal who is in charge of the school during vacations gave permission to UIDAI. We have provided them three rooms, but students have stopped using the other classrooms in that section owing to the noise and crowd of visitors,” said Birbal Meena, school’s principal.

 

Teachers at the school said the UIDAI project has disrupted the classes and led to “indiscipline” among students.

 

“The children have to sit on the dirty floors in this extremely hot, humid weather. There is chaos (of visitors), which distracts students. And how can we teach children of this age group without the help of blackboards?” a teacher said.

 

Gungun, a student of Class III, who sat with her back to the wall in the a corridor outside the principal’s office, said her classroom was a pucca room earlier. “For the past two weeks, we sit here. There is no blackboard. Our class has been split up — some of us study here, while some sit in Class II,” said Gungun, balancing her notebook on her lap.

 

More than 2,200 students attend the school, which is from nursery till Class V. There are 32 classrooms.

 

Directorate of School Education Amit Singhla said the vast network made schools an “ideal choice” for the Aadhaar scheme.

 

“We had planned that only those schools that have extra classrooms would be used during vacations. I cannot comment on this case as MCD does not fall under our jurisdiction,” he said.

 

South corporation’s Education department said UIDAI was a task of national importance.

 

“We have passed orders that such camps should run only during holidays. But this task involves the Election Commission, our teachers fear action if UIDAI is denied rooms,” said an Education official of South corporation.

 

(Inputs from Pragya Kaushika)

 

 

Shall we film the President ? #FOE #Censorship


 

Why doesn’t India make prez movies?

Priyanka Dasgupta, TNN

(Still from Politics of Love )

India doesn’t have a Presidential form of government. Censor Board of Film Certification will not clear a film about our President that’s even remotely controversial.

Indian Presidents have largely led uneventful lives that haven’t interested our directors enough to make movies on that.

The above are just three of the many reasons often put forward when asked about the conspicuous absence of any movies made on the President of our country. The only cinematic indulgence with a rashtrapati has been in the form of Kunaal Roy Kapoor’s The President is Coming starring Konkona Sen Sharma and Shernaz Patel and Subhash Kapoor’s “Phas Gaye Re Obama” starring Rajat Kapoor, Neha Dhupia and Amole Gupte. Unless, of course, one includes Mallika Sherawat’s “Politics of Love” on the unexpected romance that develops between an Indian-American, Democratic campaign worker Aretha Gupta ( Mallika Sherawat) who falls for an African-American Republican Kyle Franklin ( Brian White) before the 2008 US Presidential Election.

While Indian cinema finecombs reality to find drama in real life, those surrounding the President’s life, scandals and controversies have never been a fodder for celluloid. Forget biographical movies, we haven’t even seen any attempts like “Wag The Dog” (about how a spin-doctor and a Hollywood producer join to “fabricate” a war in order to cover-up a presidential sex scandal), “In The Line of Fire” (about a disillusioned and obsessed former CIA agent who attempts to assassinate the President of the United States and the Secret Service agent who tracks him) or “Vantage Point” (about how the attempted assassination of the American President is told and re-told from several different perspectives). Speculations are rife that Hollywood is making Reagan on the man who once co-starred with a chimp and went on to become the head of the country.

Though it’s not completely incorrect to say that Indian Presidents have largely led uneventful lives, Pranab Mukherjee nomination has been quite engaging. The will-she-won’t-she tension over Mamata Banerjee’s support, her facebook campaign for APJ Abdul Kalam and EC rejecting Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav’s vote in the presidential election — all that ensured that this year’s presidential poll vaults have entered drawing room conversations. Once in drawing room conversations, has the plot of making of India’s 13th President lent itself to cinema?

Says Anuvab Pal, the script writer of “The President is Coming”, “I don’t think there is anything more to add in fiction that hasn’t already been done in the press about Pranab Mukherjee’s presidential candidature. I would be interested in penning a script on Pranab Mukherjee’s difficulty as a finance minister. I generally like political stories. My new play, “The Bureaucrat”, is getting packed houses because we love to make fun of politics. People stay away from it because they feel if a politician, or party, thinks it’s a mockery of them, they might get into trouble. So, people self-censor.” Pal thinks it would be interesting to write a film on the Indira Gandhi and Giani Zail Singh relationship. “The difficulty would be to make it engaging for the youth today,” he says.

Shyam Benegal, who made a biopic on Netaji, sees no point in India aspiring to make movies on presidents simply because the West has been doing them. “We have a different form of government. Why should we ape the West? We are a nation with work in progress. If I were to make any film, it would be about the political system. If the President gets featured, it would be incidental.”

But for Goutam Ghose, who has made a documentary on Jyoti Basu, a feature film on Pranab Mukherjee is an exciting proposition. “Saying that the Censor Board will create problems or that we don’t have a Presidential form of government is just an alibi. In India Win’s Freedom, Maulana Abul Kalam Azad has argued that India wouldn’t have been divided had our country adhered to a truly federal structure. Lord Mountbatten’s mission messed up the whole thing and partition became a reality. We keep on saying that our President doesn’t have much power. But the Constitution does guarantee our President a lot of power. I’d be interested in making a movie that examines how Pranab babu, rises above the problems between the Centre and state, to truly use his power and ensure that India becomes a federal nation. A plot on how a person, who has served so many portfolios, handles power to address issues of the subaltern classes in India interests me as a director,” Ghose says.

 

Bhopal victims stage own “Olympics” to protest Dows sponsorship #mustshare


Bhopal victims stage own ‘Olympics’ to protest Dow sponsorhip

Published: 26 July, 2012, 23:45

Indian spectators watch disabled children suffering the effects of the 1984 Bhopal disaster in India take part in a "Special Olympics" in Bhopal on July 26, 2012 (AFP Photo / Prakash Singh)

Indian spectators watch disabled children suffering the effects of the 1984 Bhopal disaster in India take part in a “Special Olympics” in Bhopal on July 26, 2012 (AFP Photo / Prakash Singh)

TAGS: Children, Health, Olympics, UK, Protest, India, London2012

Survivors of the 1984 Bhopal disaster, one of the world’s worst-ever industrial catastrophes, have held their own Games to protest against the London Olympics being sponsored by Dow Chemical.

­Dozens of kids aged five to 16 have participated in 10 sports in Bhopal during the ‘Special Olympics’. The move was aimed against the company which has a contract with the IOC until 2020 and, in particular, is a sponsor of London Olympics.

“We have been protesting against Dow’s sponsorship for a year now, we want them to be dropped,” organizers’ spokeswoman Rachna Dhingra told Reuters. “But we have realized this is not going to happen.”

Some 25,000 residents of Bhopal died in the aftermath of a massive gas leak in a pesticide factory owned by Union Carbide, an American company purchased by Dow Chemical in 2001.

Dow, however, has done little to improve the situation in the disaster-stricken zone. According to activists’ estimates, 500,000 people are still suffering from illnesses developed after the tragedy, including cancer, blindness and various birth defects.

The company has repeatedly denied any involvement in the tragedy and refuses to add to the $470- million compensation paid out in 1989.

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An Indian mother of a disabled child suffering the effects of the 1984 Bhopal disaster, cries during a "Special Olympics" in Bhopal on July 26, 2012 (AFP Photo / Prakash Singh)
An Indian mother of a disabled child suffering the effects of the 1984 Bhopal disaster, cries during a “Special Olympics” in Bhopal on July 26, 2012 (AFP Photo / Prakash Singh)

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Indian spectators watch as disabled children suffering the effects of the 1984 Bhopal disaster take part in a "Special Olympics" (AFP Photo / Prakash Singh)
Indian spectators watch as disabled children suffering the effects of the 1984 Bhopal disaster take part in a “Special Olympics” (AFP Photo / Prakash Singh)

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Manan, a disabled child suffering the effects of the 1984 Bhopal disaster, smiles as he reaches finish line in 25 meter walk with a walker event (AFP Photo / Prakash Singh)
Manan, a disabled child suffering the effects of the 1984 Bhopal disaster, smiles as he reaches finish line in 25 meter walk with a walker event (AFP Photo / Prakash Singh)

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Disabled Indian children get ready to participate in a 25 meter assisted walking event (AFP Photo / Prakash Singh)
Disabled Indian children get ready to participate in a 25 meter assisted walking event (AFP Photo / Prakash Singh)

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Disabled Indian children get ready to participate in a 25 meter sprint (AFP Photo / Prakash Singh)
Disabled Indian children get ready to participate in a 25 meter sprint (AFP Photo / Prakash Singh)

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Zehra, a five year old disabled child shows her gold medal she won in crab walking event (AFP Photo / Prakash Singh)
Zehra, a five year old disabled child shows her gold medal she won in crab walking event (AFP Photo / Prakash Singh)

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An Indian disabled child suffering from the effects of the 1984 Bhopal disaster, reacts in discomfort while watching a play during a "Special Olympics" in Bhopal (AFP Photo / Prakash Singh)
An Indian disabled child suffering from the effects of the 1984 Bhopal disaster, reacts in discomfort while watching a play during a “Special Olympics” in Bhopal (AFP Photo / Prakash Singh)

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AFP Photo / Prakash Singh
AFP Photo / Prakash Singh

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AFP Photo / Prakash Singh
AFP Photo / Prakash Singh

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Indian artists recreate a scene from the 1984 Bhopal gas leak disaster (AFP Photo / Prakash Singh)
Indian artists recreate a scene from the 1984 Bhopal gas leak disaster (AFP Photo / Prakash Singh)

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AFP Photo / Prakash Singh
AFP Photo / Prakash Singh

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AFP Photo / Prakash Singh
AFP Photo / Prakash Singh

NHRC notice to UP government for attack on Dalits


, TNN | Jul 26, 2012,

 

LUCKNOW: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued notices to the Uttar Pradesh government in connection with a case in which a a Dalit youth lost his legs after being assaulted and tied to a railway track in a village in the Ghaziabad district.

In the notices issued to the state chief secretary and the District Magistrate (DM) of Ghaziabad, the NHRC has sought report on action taken against the accused involved in the attack on a 22-year-old Dalit youth Tika Ram and other Dalits in Ramgarh village of Ghaziabad.

Acting on media reports, the NRHC has also asked the state government to provide information of a compensation, if any, has been or is being given Ram under the provisions of the Schedule Castes and Schedule Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

According to reports, Ram and other Dalits were allegedly beaten up by the members of the Gujjar community living in the same village over a dispute on allocation of 4.75 bighas of panchayat land by the UP government to 60 Dalit families, as per the constitutional norms, The Gujjars have built a wall around the land, restricting movement of the Dalits.

A few days back, Gujjars allegedly attacked the Dalits living in village. Armed with sticks, country-made pistols and axes, they allegedly assaulted Dalit men, women and children. Ram, who was most vocal, was allegedly tied to the railway track. He suffered grievous injuries as a train ran over his legs. Later, he was admitted to the All-India Institute of Medical Sciences in Delhi where both his legs were amputated. Ram’s father Sheeshpal told media persons that the police, which initially was not taking any action, registered a case of attempt to murder against four people that Tika Ram had named after intervention of the All-India Students’ Association and All-India Progressive Women’s Association. Sheeshpal said that those named in the FIR include brother of the village pradhan who belongs to the Gujjar community.

The land has been allegedly occupied by the gram pradhan. The Gujjars, however, have denied charges and have named Tika Ram in a case of attempt to murder related to an incident of firing on a girl belonging to the Gujjar community few days ago.

In shadow of Maruti violence, memories of a police attack


Manesar, July 26, 2012

Aman Sethi, The Hindu

“We fight because of the hunger in our stomachs”

Seven years ago, Vikramjit Singh was in a crowd of about 800 workers from the Honda factory at Manesar in Haryana, when they were surrounded by the police and beaten up. “Our demands were that the management recognise our union and that all those workers suspended or terminated during the agitation be recognised. We were called to the mini-secretariat by the administration and then rounded up and beaten.”

Today, 8,000 workers gathered in the Honda factory to mark the seventh anniversary of the attack in the backdrop of the recent violence at the nearby Maruti Suzuki plant, in which one general manager was killed and several other managers were injured.

Speakers from local and national trade unions expressed their concern over the violence at Maruti, but maintained that workers had legitimate grievances that were often ignored. “We fight because of the hunger in our stomachs,” said Ashok Yadav, president of the Honda Workers Union, “Everyone should remember this.”

The Honda meeting acquired particular significance after a ‘mahapanchayat’ of local villages resolved to support companies such as Maruti and Honda and vowed to fight the unions.

On Monday, panchayat leaders, many of whom have transport and ancillary contracts with companies such as Maruti and Honda, voiced concern that big manufacturing firms might withdraw from Manesar in the wake of last week’s violence and threatened to stop the Honda workers meeting by force if need be.

This morning, the unions, panchayat and local police appeared to have arrived at a compromise in which the union didn’t take out a procession but held a worker’s meeting within the plant premises.

“We, workers, are the children of uprooted farmers,” said Centre of Trade Unions (CITU) representative Satbir, “It is deplorable that vested interests are trying to create schisms between workers and farmers.”

In an interview after the meeting, workers recalled the successes and failures of the union over the last seven years. While they said wage negotiations and settlements were satisfactory, 63 workers are still battling charges of attempted and murder and rioting that were slapped on them after the police attack.

“It has been seven years, not a single manager or policeman has been charged for attacking us,” said Vikramjit Singh. “Instead we are facing charges of murder and appearing in court every month.”

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