INDIA

Rohingya terrorists

Rohingya Muslims are from Myanmar. They are ethnic Muslims who were living in the Rakhine province in the Arakan region. Myanmar government does not recognise Rohingya’s as their citizens. Rohingya Muslims have their roots in Bangladesh and they are referred to as Bengalis in Myanmar. As Myanmar does not recognise Rohingya’s they are practically stateless for 35 years.

Even though Myanmar government derecognised Rohingya Muslims thousands of them started leaving the country only from 2012. As they spoke Bengali they started going to Bangladesh in large numbers. As the number of emigrants from Myanmar was increasing very fast Bangladesh chose to stop all humanitarian assistance to Rohingya Muslims leaving them helpless

They headed towards Thailand. Thailand’s navy gave them food and medicines but did not allow them to land on their territories Then the Rohingya Muslims went to Malaysia thinking that a Muslim majority country would give them shelter. Malaysia adopted the same policy as Thailand. The Rohingya’s went to Indonesia, another Muslim majority country, and managed to enter it. By the time Indonesian government declared that Rohingya’s were not welcome into their country thousands of them had already taken shelter there.

By now all the doors were closed and Rohingya’s turned towards India. They entered India through India – Myanmar border and India, Myanmar, Bangladesh trijunction. There are 40,000 Rohingya Muslims living illegally in India. Rohingya Muslim population has increased four times in India over the last two years.

International organisations have appealed to India not to deport the Rohingya’s. The government’s decision to deport the Rohingya’s concerns the security of India. It should be noted that India is not a signatory to the 1951 Refugee Convention of the U.N or the 1967 Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees. India does not have a refugee specific law and the matter falls under the Foreigners Act of 1946, enacted by the Central Legislative Assembly. The Foreigners Act makes undocumented physical presence of a foreigner in India a crime. It also empowers the government to detain a foreigner living illegally in India till that person is deported.

The problems caused by Rohingya Muslims in India

  • Uncontrolled influx of migrants in the country will create social, political, economic and cultural problems.
  • If India does not set down the rules of the game right now, it will be difficult to argue against and stop the influx later.
  • Rohingya’s pose grave security challenge as they may be recruited by terror groups.
  • Nearly 22%  of India’s population is below the poverty line. 1 in 5 Indians are poor. A large number of people are unemployed. Indian government cannot help the Rohingyas when Indians are living in this condition.
  • India is struggling with growing population, decreasing farmland and food shortage. Rohingya population in India will only increase these problems.
  • This is a threat to the security, sovereignty and integrity of India. And this is a good ground under the Foreigners Act to deport them.

The Rohingya conflict is undoubtedly a massive humanitarian disaster. It should be solved locally, in Myanmar, by putting international pressure, working with the government there and sending aids to them.

You just can’t solve a crisis by importing it!

“Just like moons and like suns,

With the certainty of tides,

Just like hopes springing high,

Still I’ll rise.”

– Maya Angelou
Some women not only believe in such powerful messages but also empower others. Tripti Somani and Archana Gupta are two such wonen; they recently organized QueensXI women’s cricket league to extend theirher support towards women in sports.
QueensXI is first of it’s kind initiative taken in India and brings women and cricket together. They says that it gives her immense pleasure and satisfaction when she takes such initiatives which look towards breaking stereotypes.
Their contribution towards empowering women and bridging the male-female devide doesn’t srart or end here. They have been vested into helping women climb the social ladder since long. She has under taken and sucessfully organized various other contests like Rasoi Queen and has been associated with Confederation of Women Entrepreneurs. They have also made her contribution towards helping home makers come out of their domestic domains and become financially and economically independent women.
They both wishe to continue with the same enthusiasm and organize more such events that support women in rising against all odds.

QueensXI is one of it’s kind initiative for empowering women. It brings together cricket, the widely accepted “male sport” together with the women power.

The final match between LIC Chandigarh and Sri Lanka Air Force was played on 2nd September with a man’s vigour and a woman’s elegance. LIC Chandigarh created history by winning the first ever QueensXI league.

Chandigarh’s captain Praveen Khan expressed her gratitude towards  QueensXI for giving this opportunity to young women. She appreciated the participation of 8 teams and enjoyed playing the matches.

She is a resident of Moga district of Punjab and playing cricket since her childhood. She has been constantly supported by her father to pursue sports who is himself a football player. She calls herself a proud sportsperson and is more than willing to go ahead with cricket.

 

She also appreciated the fact that society is now opening up to see women reaching new heights in sports and wishes that many more women come up and such events happen that promote women.

Sehwag Cricket Academy and confederation of Women Entrepreneurship COWE, Delhi recently launched ‘QueensXI a Cricket league for Women’ with great optimism and open heart from 31st august to 2nd September. COWE believes that through leadership and entrepreneurship, women can become the torch bearers of woman power. We are currently present across India.

Queen’sXI Women Cricket League aims to give encouragement to women in sports. QueensXI programs aim to fulfill the basic needs of women in sports, needs that are identified through experts and certified organizations. This program helped and will continue to help shape women’s passion for sports into reality by bringing them the opportunities, best equipment and experiences on and off fields and in the boardrooms across India.

Sehwag Cricket Academy (SCA) is founded by International Cricketer – Mr. Virender Sehwag. The Academy provides structured coaching and development programmes for amateurs and professionals in various age groups and skill sets.

Opening ceremony of QueensXI Women Cricket League was sucessfuly organized on 31st August and was attended by various dignatries including Ruby Yadav, Chef Gautam Chaudhry, Sanjana Jon, Shibani Kashyap, Suvarna Raj, Parull Maahajan, Leher Sethi , Ruhi Ganguly , Gaurav gupta , Mallika Chaturvedi and Nidhi sharma and Deep Bajaj.

Their biggest challenge is to support every possible woman in sport.

Narender Modi ji’s biggest campaign says “Beti bachao Beti Padhao”, QueensXI aims to give a different side to the same mission ‘Beti Bachao BETI KHILAO”, give her the freedom to play as well. It endeavours to bridge the gap of opportunities that are currently biased and available for men as compared to women.

QueensXI is an open category Cricket league with national and International female cricket players. www.queensxi.com
First day at League witnessed participation from 8 teams –
1) Northern Railway
2) North Central Railways
3) Central Railway
4) Confederation of women entrepreneurs (COWE – a mix team from all over India)
5) Haryana Kings
6) Gwalior XI
7) Chandigarh (LIC)
8) Sri Lanka Airforce team.

Final match was concluded in the presence of Mr Virender Sehwag on 2nd September at 4 pm and was attended by various dignatries Blossom Kochhar , Deepa Malik, Priyanka Raina, Gauri Sarin, Zaheer Khan (Afghanistan) , Divij Gupta, Major General Dilawar Singh, Bhayana Yogita, geeta Grewal , Shilpa Sonal, Rekha Chaudhari, Renu Sharma, Papiya Banerjee, Manu Dangi, Ira Shinghal, Nikhil Arora, Rajesh Goyal, Shantanu Gupta, Nikhil Sharma, Smriti Chhabra and Dr Amit kaur.

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Virenda Sehwag handed over the awards for various categories – Women of the matches, Women of the series, Best Bowler, Best fielder and Best batswoman.
Semi Final took place on 2nd September between Sri Lanka Air Force vs Haryana Kings Northern Railways vs LIC Chandigarh.

Final match took place between srilanka Air Force Vs LIC Chandigarh LIC Chandigarh (77 runs) won by 10 runs.

This initiative needs to be nurtured with an open mind and a practical approach. Women’s cricket has to be understood on its own merit, independent of Men’s cricket performance. Importantly, efforts have to be made for general acceptance amongst public for the sport played by women who roughly constitute 50% of the population.

COWE
COWE’s formed in 2004, has a goal is to motivate females to inculcate entrepreneurship culture. This platform would boost the confidence of women and help them to attain an edge for their entrepreneur’s careers. Women in India manage a vast majority of household spending and are better at building lasting relationships which are prerequisites for entrepreneurs today.
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The women behind Queen’sXI are two passionate and women-oriented minds who visions a better tomorrow for women in sports- Mrs. Archana Gupta, Director KEI Industries Ltd. and Tripti Singhal Somani , CEO -KGS advisors who joined hand to support as common cause of #womeninsports.

They have got immense support from our event partners – KEI Wires & cables , KGS Advisors, AbhiSports, World in a Box, Deseez, Wow!momos , Liquid, BEconomy , Peebuddy, AcrossTheRoad, Yourstory and MuditBawejaphotography. They would like to thank all our esteemed partners who happily came forward to join the mission for the better of the society and to contribute towards women’s upliftment.
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Future of Hyderabad

Bonthu Rammohan, Mayor, Hyderabad.'s Vision on the future of Hyderabad.

Posted by Indians News on Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Hyderabad often known as “The City of Nizams” is the capital of Telangana and de jure capital of Andhra Pradesh. Telangana the youngest state of India formed on 2 June 2014

The Hyderabad Mayor Bonthu RamMohan shared the Telangana government’s views on vision and mission for the future of the city with us. Bonthu RamMohan became the first Mayor of Hyderabad city after the formation of the youngest state of India, Telangana. He is a part of Telangana Rashtra Samithi. He was the AVBP leader during his University days and in 2002 he left AVBP & joined TSR in the agitation for separate statehood.TSR Party Chief K.Chandrashekar Rao selected him as TRS youth wing state president.

He says “The state of Telangana, the youngest state of India & The city of Hyderabad after the formation of the state has achieved a lot in such a short period of time.”. Being so young the state and its capital are moving at a high speed on the tracks of progress.  Despite having major social and economical problems like lack of electricity & rains, farmer suicide, the state has managed to be at par with everyone. The Telangana state government while forming the state planned a layout to tackle the problem.

  • The Government ensured 24hrs electricity supply to the state so that the development doesn’t stop.
  • It launched the single window “Telangana State Industrial Project Approval and Self-certification System Act”
  • Launched “Mission Bhagiratha” a water grid scheme which aims at providing safe drinking water to every households.
  • Launched Mission Kakatiya is aimed at improving the ground water table, reducing the power consumption by farm sector, getting higher yields, spurring the growth of livestock and rejuvenating rural economy on a whole.
  • The Telangana Government ensured job opportunities for the youths in IT & Other sectors.
  • For the growth and development of the city, the government is planning to have 8 lane outer ring road & its service roads to make it fully connected.
  •  The Government aims at ensuring proper law & order in the city making it a crime-free city to live in
  •   The city has been elected as the ”Livable-City” for past three years as the cost of living is low and is a peaceful place to live in
  • The City has been ranked 5th in the World Rapid Growing cities & many companies like Google, Microsoft etc are looking up at this city .

Future Of Hyderabad

  •  For having a hassle free traffic on roads many strategic growth development plans are made by the government. There are construction of overpasses, underpasses & flyovers to make it well connected with each and every corner of the state.
  • Also there will be metro connectivity through out the city.
  • Further, to enhance the quality of city roads, the State government has constituted Hyderabad Road Development Corporation Limited .
  • To end the water woes 3 new water reservoirs are commissioned by the water board

The Telangana State Government thus aims at building a world class city free of traffic, crimes and other social and economical problem & making it a livable city across the globe.

“It is best to work among the youth in whom lies our hope — patiently, steadily, and without noise”. – Swami Vivekananda

Every year August 12 is observed as International Youth Day. It is the day for addressing and creating awareness about the issues faced by youth worldwide. It is designated by United Nations focusing on 15 priority areas with some being Education and Employment, Youth and Conflict, Health, Drug Abuse, Juvenile delinquency. The theme for this year  is Youth Building Peace which aims to recognize the contributions of  youth to prevent and transform conflicts , support inclusion, social justice and maintain peace.

 

As part of youth development in India , State Bank of India has initiated a fellowship programme called SBI Youth of  India, in partnership with NGOs. In this, young people work with rural communities in areas like skill development, sanitation, education and e-governance across 9 states of the country presently.

 

There are 1.8 billion young people in the world  between the ages 15-29, according to the UN Report. And India becomes the country which has the world’s largest youth population with nearly 345 million young people that accounts 28% of the country’s population. Though having large youth population gives potential for economic and social progress, India still remains in the critical phase. This is proved  by India’s rank in Global Youth Development Index 2016 complied by Commonwealth Secretariat.

 

India  ranked 133rd  among 183 participating countries with neighboring countries SriLanka(31), Bhutan(69), Nepal(77). The report  highlights that youth development falls behind mainly in education, employment and health. Looking at the stats, unemployment rate stands at 5%. And 13.2% people belonging to the age group 18-29 did not manage to find jobs in 2015-2016 according  to the survey conducted by Labour Bureau. When it comes to health, more than 60% women between age groups 15-49 are anemic. Assam ranks the lowest in the Health Outcome Index. And Overall youth literacy rate stands at 89.95% between 15-24 age group.

 

India spends very less on youth development compared to its size of population.According to the RBI, expenditure on Education and Health  remains at 2.9 and  1.4 as a proportion of country’s GDP in 2016-2017 which is same as last year. In fact, there is no significant improvement on expenditure on both from fiscal years  2009-2010. All these reiterates the need to increase public spending on youth developmental issues to reap demographic dividend.

 

People tend to go for Education in conventional domains , example Engineering. When students in large number go for Engineering , they end up jobless or forced to settle with  IT jobs. This is due to the reason that India is more into service sector and no relevant jobs available in existing industries.Awareness about wide career courses and opportunities available should be created among Indian Youths. And government should  focus on job creation. These are also the reasons why we can find Indians migrating to foreign nations for Employment. It is known that those nations which employ Indians praise their potential and skills. What would happen if half of these population work and become entrepreneurs in India creating jobs rather waiting for government to do its part? Although this is gaining momentum in recent times, it still is not enough compared to having world’s largest youth population.

 

Social and Ethical Values are to be inculcated among the young people for they are the future of India. The sense of social responsibility is slowly but steadily creeping in the minds of Indian youth.They can be the tides of change, they can work towards eliminating crimes and social injustice and maintain peace.

 

Power of Youth is indubitable. They can achieve anything and everything they want. Protest in favour of  Jallikattu in TamilNadu  is simple example of what youth can do.If they are properly guided and provided with adequate resources and opportunities, they can contribute to the Economic Growth and can as well help realize the Vision of  Developed India.

The responsibility of youth towards orphans

Orphan, is a small word. But it means something big and important in our society. The word orphan represents a child who has lost his parents, either by death of his parents or by being abandoned by them. These children live in orphanage and a few lucky ones are adopted by someone. Nobody cares for the orphaned children and there are only very few who grow up into good adults. But mostly they grow up into criminals in the society. And they become a problem for the society.

A shocking truth is most orphans are children who have been abandoned by their parents for some reason. It may be due to poverty or a child born through illegitimate relationship. The parents of these children do not care for them. They don’t worry about the child’s future. The orphans are forced to stand alone and fight against the cruel society in which they live. The situations faced by them makes them good or bad citizens. A solution for this problem is adoption. India has a large population of youth. If each young person adopts an orphan they will get good education and a bright future. It will be good for our society too. Even those who have children of their own should come forward and adopt orphans.

A new study by an international children’s charity fund has found that 4% of India’s child population are orphans. India has 20 million children. India has the largest child population in the world. 41% of India’s population is below the age of 18. The fact is only 0.3% of the children’s parents have died. The rest have been abandoned by their parents. Poverty is the main reason to abandon the children. Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal have more orphans. In general, India’s central and eastern regions are more affected than the north and south.

In Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Chhattisgarh there are 6 million orphaned children who are under the age of 18. And by 2021 these states will probably be home to 7.1 million orphans. Bihar, Orissa, Jharkhand and West Bengal have 5.2 million orphans now and it will become 6 million by 2021. The total number of orphans is set to increase from 20 million to 24 million by 2021.

There are more than 1000 orphanages in India which are run with the help of grants provided by the Government of India and NGOs. And not all orphanages are genuine. Some run the orphanages for their own interests. And what should we do to create a society without any child who would be called as an orphan? Perhaps in the future, these orphans may be the ones who will think about new ways to build a society with no orphans. Let us wait for that day to come soon.

Time and again Pakistan has been violating ceasefire at the Line of Control and it is the sixth time this year that Pakistan fired mortar shells at India; at an Indian school, precisely.

On the 18th of July, Pakistan’s military fired along the Line of Control (LoC), in a village called Naushera, in Jammu & Kashmir. The children at the school that was targeted by Pakistan had been stuck for over 4 hours inside.

However, the police and other officials retaliated soon after, and a few bullet proof trucks were arranged to the rescue, that ferried the kids to their homes safely. Although no casualties were reported, the trail of scars cannot be overlooked.

On this matter, Mehbooba Mufti Sayeed, the chief minister, said that the deteriorating camaraderie within the two nations have to be stabilised and the countries have to work together towards curbing terrorism and towards welfare of the states, instead of firing at each other.

However, the conditions in Jammu & Kashmir are only getting worse. The violations of ceasefires in the past few days have killed militants, sarpanch and a number of innocent children.

Mehbooba Mufti Sayeed.
Image courtesy: Hindustan Times

Do you want to test your mental aptitude, logic, and dexterity? There is a wonderful platform to build fundamental experience and knowledge to excercise coordination skills at school level.

This program recognizes the dire need of technical exposure among the school students. Technothlon is an international school championship organized by the students fraternity of IIT Guwahati. This program is conducted as a part of dire annual techno management festival called TECHNICHE.

It is an opportunity to expose the innovation and creativity of a student in all it rawness. Technothlon began in 2004 with an aim to inspire young minds. Journey of Technothlon was started in a small room but with the participation of 200 students confined within the city of Guwahati over past 14 years, now they have expanded their reach to 400 cities all over India and also to various international centers.

Structure of Technothlon:

Students are allowed to participate in teams consisting of two members. They are two squads: junior squad-classes 9th and 10th and Senior squad-classes 11th and 12th.

The championship program is conducted at two stages:

  • Prelims: During month of July written preliminary exam takes place in numerous schools in and around India. Prelims is an general objective written exam. It relies only on the students logical and analytical thinking ability. Two team member are given a common question paper and answer sheet. They can discuss it among themselves and attempt the paper together. The time limit is two and half an  hour. These questions are designed to check the intellect and problem solving ability of students. This year next edition of Technothlon (prelims) scheduled for 16 July.
  • Mains: Mains is an event based competition. The selected teams of the same squad compete against each other in various events. Each team will have to face pre events from which top 5 teams will be selected for the final showdown.

The events vary every year, it was conducted during “techniche”, the techno management festival of IIT Guwahati, held during the time period of 31st August to 3rd September 2017.

There are various exciting prices awarded to winning participants of Technothlon. It also includes a guided tour of the NASA, USA for the winner in each squad.

Offline registration can also be done by contacting under signed participants who have registered already can access through Technopedia the online module of Technothlon.

To know more about Technothlon 2017, please visit technotholon.techniche.org

Indian farmers have had a rough time during the last decade. Farmers in India are poor inspite of high food price inflation. Food inflation is caused when there is a supply issue (failed monsoons, natural calamities, famine, crop destruction), when food produces perish due to bad weather, when there is damage while storing or during transport, due to centralised hoarding and black marketing by distributors. This causes an artificial scarcity of produce in the market. In these cases there is a food price inflation and customers pay more for food produce but farmers get no benefit from the price hike.

Whether there is an inflation or not farmers get only a fixed value for their produce which is called Minimum Support Price (MSP), which is fixed by the government, and a small bonus sometimes. The MSP does not allow for big margins. The condition is the same even when the procurement is made by private sales middlemen. So majority of the profit goes into the hands of the middlemen or processing or distribution companies and retailers. Farmers don’t get any benefit for the market price movements.

Many farmers avail loans and take credits for many things like buying seeds, fertilizers and irrigation equipments. Prices of seeds and fertilizers remain high even during drought conditions. By the time the crop is ready for harvest the farmer has to pay his debts. Most farmers don’t have the facility to store the produce after the harvest. He takes his produce to the Agricultural Produce Marketing Committee mandi. Here the farmers face transportation problems. The procurement infrastructure is much scattered and farmers do not have resources to bring their produce to mandis even when they are within 100 km from their villages. The farmers have to pay a transportation fee.

In the mandi the farmers are compelled to sell their produce to a specified buyer. The person in the mandi quotes a random price which is not acceptable by the farmer. Even in the government controlled auction centres officials and buyers conspire together secretly. Market is flooded with the produce and all the warehouses are full. The farmer is not able to do anything and he sells it at the price quoted by the commission agent in the mandi. Middlemen abuse farmers by buying their produce at low prices. Layer upon layer of middlemen mediate between the farmer and the consumer. The more the middlemen, the greater is the arbitrage and wider the gap between the price paid to the farmer and what the consumer pays.

Farmers struggle to sell their produce in the marketAgricultural Produce Marketing Committee prohibits the farmers from dealing directly with buyers and asks them to sell to licensed middlemen. The aim was to give India’s farming community a fair and consistent price for their produce. But over the years, the system has created several layers of intermediaries, lengthening the supply chain and increasing the opportunity for cartels to form, which in turn drive prices down for farmers and up for consumers.

Government announces MSP to insure farmers against any sharp fall in farm prices. The MSP is announced by the Government of India at the beginning of the sowing season on the basis of the recommendations of Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices. The MSP is fixed by the government to protect the farmers against excessive falls in price during bumper production periods. At such times the supply is high and the demand is low. The farmers can always sell their produce at MSP. If the market price is above MSP then they can sell it at market price. If the market price falls below the MSP during bumper production then government agencies should purchase the produce at announced MSP. Only a few food grains are procured by the Government of India and hence fixing MSP for various agricultural produces has no meaning.

The food grains which come to the mandi are first made available to the private traders. Only when there is no buyer left to buy the produce the Food Corporation of India buys the grains at the MSP. MSP was started as a safety net for farmers through a guarantee that if their produce is left unsold in the market, it will be bought by the government. The procurement price is the price which the government pays when it buys food grains which is needed to maintain buffer stock or for Public Distribution System. Once the government has purchased the required quantity the left over produce can be sold only at MSP.

Food grains in the mandiThe MSP is always less than or equal to the government declared procurement price. Also the procurement price is always lower than the market price. MSP is announced before sowing the crop and procurement price is announced before harvesting the crop. MSP was introduced around 60 years back and now it fails to safeguard the farmers. Moreover government announces MSP for 25 crops only. 86% of farmers don’t come under MSP protection. MSP is not provided for fruits and vegetables.

Farmers are crying out for attention. The farmers are the majority voters in India but the government is not paying any attention to them. Only when the farmers are given pricing power farming will become a sustainable sector. What a farmer wants​ is a fair price for his produce. Who will fix it – the farmer or the government?