#Koodankulam -Thousands of protestors detained while laying siege to TN assembly


By Tariq Abdul Muhaimin 10/29/12  NEWZFIRST

CHENNAI, TN – Thousands of protestors including leaders of different political parties were detained by the police on Monday, when they were en route to lay siege outside the Tamil Nadu assembly demanding the closure of Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant (KKNP).

More than 5000 protesters from across the state had gathered at Egmore, Chennai and started moving towards the assembly to lay siege to it until the KKNP is not shut down completely.

“We do not have permission for the rally or the protest; however we will march towards the assembly. The police is ready to arrest us when we reach there, but this will not stop us,” said Rajkumar, an activist from Tamils Cultural Centre, while speaking to Newzfirst before the rally began.

Amidst intense police deployment, the protesters including several political party leaders, Members of Legislative Assembly (MLA) and two Members of Parliament (MP) started their march towards the TN assembly at around 1:15 PM, where thousands of police personnel were waiting to stop the protestors and detain them.

MP Thirumavalavan of VCK, MP Ganesha Murthi of MDMK, MLA Jawahirullah of MMK and MLA Velmurugan of TVK were among the protestors. They have been detained and taken to different convention halls across the city.

“Since there are several thousand protestors, they are being taken to different convention centres across Chennai in 20 buses which were already waiting near the assembly,” said Rajkumar.

According to several reports, the police had also detained several protestors across the state on Sunday evening and sent back many more who were en route to Chennai with the intention of joining the protest.

Invitation – Discussion on Use and Abuse of Dalit Assertion on 1 May 2012


India International Centre
Working Group on Alternative Strategies and
Maharashtra Sanskritik ani Rannaniti Adyayan Samiti

Cordially invite you to a Discussion on

Use and Abuse of Dalit Assertion: Micro to Macro – Maharashtra to Rashtra

on  Tuesday 1 May 2012 at 6.30 pm
at India International Centre
(Conference Room I)
40, Max Mueller Marg
New Delhi – 110003

Panelists:

 

Prof. Sushma Yadav, Ambedkar Chair, Indian Institute of Public Administration;

Dr. M. Sukumar, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, DU;

Dr. Milind Awadh, Associate Professor of English, Zakir Hussain College, DU;

 

Dr. RajkumarAssociate Professor of Political Science, Dayal Singh College, DU;

Dr. Y. S. Alone, Assistant Professor, School of Arts and Aesthetics, JNU


Discussants:

Shri Rajeev Shahare, IFS, Joint Secretary(West Asia & North Africa), Ministry of External Affairs;

Dr. Doss Parimala, Assistant Professor, Department of Education, DU.

 

Moderator: Suhas Borker


The discussion is to be held in Conference Room I located above the IIC Library; 

The discussion begins at 6.30 pm and shall close at 8.00 pm.

 

Wheelchair access is available.

Bus Numbers: 047,052,440,521,522,526,580;

Bus Stops:  Get off at ‘Lodhi Road Xing’ or ‘Max Mueller Marg’.

Bus Numbers: 326, 344, 970, 994;

Bus Stops: Get off at  ‘Mausam Bhawan’ or ‘Lodhi Garden’.

Bus Numbers: 026, 048, 056, 408, 719, 734;

Bus Stop: Get off at ‘ Lodhi Colony 18 Block’.

 

Nearest Metro Stations:

‘Jorbagh’ on Yellow Line  ———–

‘Khan Market’ on Violet Line ——–

 

 

Jointly organised by India International Centre, Working Group on Alternative Strategies and

Maharashtra Sanskritik ani Rannaniti Adhyayan Samiti


For any further information please contact:

IIC Programme Division: 24619431

Working Group on Alternative Strategies: 26259310/11

Maharashtra Sanskritik ani Rannaniti Adhyayan Samiti: 9810041082/9811022844\


In solidarity

Suhas Borker

Convener, Working Group on Alternative Strategies

info.wgras.in@gmail.com

Upper caste boys kill boy from lower caste for ‘topping class’


Chandigarh, Indian Express

In yet another caste related crime, a topper of an engineering college in Hisar district of Haryana, belonging to backward caste, was shot dead in broad daylight by his classmates – all from Jat community. The assailants pumped four bullets in the boy’s body from point blank range outside the college, leaving him dead on the spot. The police were conducting raids to nab the assailants.

The incident took place at around 9.30 am outside Kalpana Chawla Institute of Engineering and Technology. The only son of his parents, Pradeep (22), a topper of the mechanical engineering branch of the college, was stopped by two of his classmates Rajkumar and Kalyan, both belonging to Jat community.

“While Rajkumar was riding the motorbike, Kalyan, who was sitting pillion fired six rounds at Pradeep from a country-made revolver. Four bullets hit Pradeep. He was rushed to the hospital, but was declared dead on arrival,” said Ombir Singh, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Hisar, who is leading the Special Investigation Team, constituted to nab the two absconding accused. While Kalyan belongs to Panihar village, Rajkumar is from Seeshwala village in Hisar.

Pradeeep’s body, after the post mortem, was handed over to parents who performed the last rites in the evening, the DSP added.

According to the police, Pradeep – who belongs to backward caste Khati (carpenter) – was a topper in the college and the two accused were nursing a grudge against him.

Read more here

Ever heard of sari cancer?


Doctors at Grant Medical College have stated in Indian Medical Association journal that  something called sari cancer’ is on the rise.

CHENNAI Jan 30: The next time you drape a sari, you might want to re-tie that petticoat knot. According to an article in the November issue of the Journal of the Indian Medical Association, doctors at Grant Medical College in Mumbai have reported cases of what they are referring to as sari cancer.

“We have treated three women for waist or sari cancer in the last couple of years,” says author of the article Dr G D Bakhshi, who is an associate professor of surgery at Grant. He authored the piece with colleagues Dr Ashok D Borisa and Dr Mukund B Tayade. While two of the patients diagnosed a couple of years ago are mentioned in the article, the third was detected just three months ago. All the women were above the age of 40.

“The sari petticoat, if tied in the same place day after day, can cause chronic irritation along the waistline,” says the report. “The constant irritation can result in scaling or pigmentation. But most sari-wearers don’t notice it until it gets chronic,” says Dr Bakhshi.

He adds that women need to be cautious because waist dermatoses can turn malignant as it did in the case of the three women treated at GMC.

Dr Bakhshi advises sariwearers to tie their petticoats looser or switch from the usual rope-like belt to broader ones that reduce pressure on the area. He also suggests that they keep changing the level at which they tie saris. “This kind of cancer does not really affect those wearing pants or belts because the pressure is spread over a larger area, unlike in the case of a petticoat nada or string,” he says.

Treatment depends on the stage at which the cancer has been diagnosed. “If detected early, it can be treated with reconstructive surgery. But if the cancer has spread to the lymph nodes then we need to remove the malignancy,” says Dr Bakhshi. He adds that if detected early the cancer is curable.

Chennai-based dermatologist Dr Maya Vedamurthy says that around 3% of sari-wearers who come to her have waist dermatoses but she has not seen any cases where it has turned malignant. “The moment I notice it, I tell the patient to start wearing the nada a little looser or switch to a broader string,” she says.

Like sari cancer, there are several lifestyle-related cancers that are increasingly being seen in India, such as breast, ovarian and tobacco-related cancers. “There are many types of tobacco-related cancers from lung and stomach to bladder and pancreatic. The cancer is also lifestyle-related, caused by smoking as well as increased levels of pollution in the environment,” says Dr T Rajkumar, professor and head of molecular oncology, Cancer Institute, Adyar.

He says breast and ovarian cancer have similar lifestylerelated causes such as late childbirth, lack of exercise, and breastfeeding on the decline. “Working women tend to postpone the age at which they have their first child and going beyond 30 is risky. With ovarian cancer, risk factors include early menarche and late menopause,” he says. Dr Rajkumar adds that colonic cancer, which is related to a low-fibre diet, is also on the rise world over.

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