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Amar Jyoti Kalita and alka lamba

Amar Jyoti Kalita and alka lamba

It’s been a week from the time when a teenage girl was molested and assaulted by a mob outside a pub in Guwahati. Six suspects were rounded up and were arrested so far since the incident date. Recently, five more people have been arrested in connection with the molestation of the girl outside a pub in Guwahati. This takes the total number of arrests so far to 11. Though, the main suspect, Amar Jyoti Kalita, spotted in a red jersey in the video of the incident, is still absconding. Police sources had said that Amar Jyoti Kalita might have fled to Odisha, and thus a search was on in Odisha too. “Today we arrested Rupkanta Kalita from Nalbari and search operations are on in Guwahati and nearby areas, including Meghalaya where the other three other main accused may have taken refuge,” a senior official said on Monday. Meanwhile, the latest arrest came hours after Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi’s 48-hour deadline to nab the culprits ended. Formerly, Gogoi issued a deadline to the police to arrest all the accused, identified in the video also ended on Monday.

The police in Guwahati have initiated a substantial search operation since the video of the incident was broadcasted across the TV news channels, sparking nationwide outrage. The search has spread to Odisha as well where Amar Jyoti Kalita might have fled to. News agency PTI reports that Kalita, spotted in a red jersey in the video, has fled to Odisha. The police have come under fire from all quarters over the incident. A sub-inspector was suspended on Sunday. CNN-IBN has accessed the details of the National Commission for Women’s report that charges the police for acting late.

The role of the journalist, Gaurav Jyoti Neog, who captured the confrontation on camera, is also under assessment. Activists claim that he initiated the mob. Some reports say that he has resigned awaiting a probe. Neog alleged the charges against him were ‘malicious and wild’. “There are allegations leveled against me that I orchestrated the molestation on the girl on GS Road on the night on July 9. I strongly deny and refute the allegations as malicious and wild,” he said. Neog said he had carried out his professional duties as a liable journalist by asking for a camera unit from his office and filmed the “nightmarish incident to fulfill the social responsibility of identifying the molesters and get them punished.” He also appealed the management of the channel to relieve him of his duties till he was cleared of the charges and said he felt it was his responsibility to enable a free and fair trial. “I will cooperate with the investigation process … I would like to come back and join the organization again with my head held high,” he added.

 NCW Panel member Alka Lamba and CM’s office names Guwahati molestation victim, releases photo:

Meanwhile, after the NCW sacked its member Alka Lamba for revealing the victim’s identity, the Assam government repeated a similar blunder. The Department of Information and Public Relations released the name of the victim and photographs of her meeting Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Monday – a clear defiance of the law that says a victim’s individuality must always be protected and with held. The state government later requests the media to not carry the photograph or the name of the victim. This happened even as NCW Chairperson Mamta Sharma apologized to the girl and her family for the lapse in discretion on part of its probe team member Alka Lamba, who has been sacked. “I agree completely that it should not have happened, and for this, I apologize to the girl and her family.” The NCW was slated to submit its report by 2 pm on Monday, but it got delayed because of the faux pas on the part of the panel member. The NCW member had even safeguarded naming the victim, pointing that the report was not complete. A three-member NCW team had visited Guwahati and met the victim on Saturday. They had blamed the police for reacting late in trying to save the girl.

In the meantime, Assam’s Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi met the victim on Monday evening and promised more security and monetary relief to her. Also, the SSP of Guwahati, Apurba Jiban Baruah, was transferred. City SSP Apurba Jiban Baruah, who had termed the Class XI student’s ordeal as a stray incident that was hyped by the national media, has been transferred to Dibrugarh and replaced by SP of that city Arabinda Kalita, official sources said. The transfer followed the demand by the NCW for the removal of Baruah and public outrage over the incident. Even after one week of the incident the police have not been able to arrest all those involved in the heinous incident.

Tarun Gogoi’s deadline to the police to nab all the suspects had ended on Monday to arrest all the 12 people identified in the video that went viral on the internet. Gogoi today also declared that the case will be handed over to CID. He said key accused Amarjyoti Kalita was traced to Bhubaneswar but Odisha Police said their Assam counterpart were yet to contact them on the matter. Gogoi also slammed the local news channel that aired the footage of the molestation saying its role was “unethical”.

 

NCW member Alka Lamba

NCW member Alka Lamba

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Note: Matter collectively rearranged from Zee News and IBN Live websites. The basic idea is to create awareness in our countrymen towards this one of basic plus evil disease spreading in our society.


     

India is outraged over the shameful molestation of a girl by a group of mocking men in full public view in a busy area of Guwahati. The confrontation take place on 10th of July, 2012 (Monday night), in front of a bar on the Guwahati-Shillong Road. This led to a public protest after a video of the awful incident was uploaded on to the YouTube. Director General of Police Assam has confirmed that 11 of the 12 accused have been acknowledged, while three people were arrested last night and one more person was held by the police in correlation with the disgraceful happening.

Among the arrested is a contractual employee of Assam Electronic Development Corporation Ltd, Amarjyoti Kalita. Kalita, who had also acted in an Assamese serial where he had performed the role of a policeman, has since been dismissed from his service. The other two arrested were Dhanonjoy Basfor and Bulbul Das. The identity of the fourth accused is yet to be discovered. “One more person has been arrested and 12 others have been identified,” Assam Director General of Police, Jayanta Narayan Chowdhury, told to the media. Monitoring on the criticism of his force over the delayed action, Chowdhury said police is not like an “ATM machine” which can be present at the crime scene the moment one inserts a card in the machine.

Home Minister P Chidambaram, meanwhile, said no one should make light of a happening of molesting a woman or molesting a child and strongly condemned if any one tried to do so. “If they have tried to make light of the incident I strongly condemn it. No one should make light of an incident of molesting a woman or molesting a child,” he told the media in Chandigarh. The minister said he would be in touch with the Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi over the incident. Meanwhile, Gogoi termed the incident in a public place as unfortunate and said it should not have been allowed to occur. He also directed the district administration and police to monitor all bars, clubs, discos and hotels and raid them at any time if there was report of any problematic incident.

The happening came to light after the video of the confrontation went viral on the Internet. As per the information, the girl along with a friend had gone to bar situated on the Guwahati-Shillong road to attend a birthday party. However, she entered into a scuffle with her friend, subsequent which a group of men took advantage of the situation and molested her.
“Thanks to the prompt media coverage, we have got the video clip of the brawl and have identified 12 of them. We will take strong action against the guilty,” the DGP said. Narrating the progression of events, Chowdhury said, “Four girls and two boys, apparently known to each other, entered the bar on Monday night, where they subsequently had a brawl and were forced outside by the establishment’s security.” “When the six came out on the streets, local people taking advantage of the state pushed and pulled one of the girls and attempted to strip and molest her,” the DGP said. “The police were alerted and they reached the scene immediately after the incident and rescued the girl,” he said.

Inquiring about the safety of women in Guwahati, the DGP said, “This incident does not prove that there are predators lurking in the city”. “This is just an isolated incident when local people took advantage of the situation and indulged in the crime,” the DGP said. The accused were framed under Sec 341 (wrongful restraint) 143 (unlawful assembly), 294 (obscene act), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 354 (assault or criminal force on a woman with the intent to outrage her modesty) of IPC following a written complaint filed by girl’s mother. Chairperson of Assam State Commission for Women, Neera Barooah, said that the commission had taken suo motu cognisance of the incident and will decide on the next course of action based on police action and report.

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In Guwahati, outraged activists have put up hoardings all across the city with photographs of the 11 culprits, who molested the girl outside a city’s pub and asked people to inform the police about their whereabouts. “We have put up hoardings in some well-known places and at all the bus stops in the city. The basic idea behind putting the photographs of the culprits is to help police to bring the culprits to the book and to create an awareness so that such things do not occur in future,” said Avijit Sarma of the NGO Assam Public Works (APW).

Protest in Guwahati: A girl's plead

Protest in Guwahati: A girl’s plead

All 11 have been identified and efforts are on to trace the seven other men involved in the crime Monday night, an official said. The group molested and stripped the teenage girl after she came out with her friends from the restaurant-cum-bar Club Mint on the busy G.S. Road on Monday night. Although she cried for help, no one initially came forward to help. Much later, senior journalist Mukul Kalita, who happened to pass by, stopped the youths and rescued her with the help of police who by then had arrived on the location. The clip of the girl being molested was also caught on camera and went viral on the net.

“We have recorded the statement of the girl and registered a case against all those involved in the crime. We have identified all the culprits by checking the video footage captured by a local news channel,” said Additional Superintendent of Police (City) Longnit Teron.

Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has uttered worry over the incident and said that a separate task force would be set up to deal with such crimes against women in Guwahati and other places in the state. The administration is also planning a crackdown on bars and other such establishments which are open till late night, violating government guidelines. It is too little too late, said activists, questioning why the police took so long to reach the spot and why it took them four days to make the arrests even though they had the video clip to go by.

Hundreds of people, mostly women, on Sunday took out a protest rally through the streets of Guwahati, demanding commendable punishment to the culprits of the July 10. The rally mainly called by Assam’s farmers’ body Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS), was also supported by Nirjatan Birodhi Oikya Mancha and several other women and human rights groups. The participants even braved rains that lashed the city since morning and shouted slogans against the failure of the state government to protect women in the city. The protestors also carried posters and hoardings, which were written demanding a ban on a private news channel, News Live, for the so-called role of one its journalist in instigating the mob to strip the victim in public. The channel has denied this.

“We condemn the role being played by the police and district administration over the case. The administration took a long time to act and only six of the culprits have been arrested so far. This shows the failure of the state government to provide protection to people, particularly women,” said Sumitra Hazarka, an activist. “There are allegations that a journalist of a private news channel is involved in inciting the mob to strip the girl in public. If that is so, it is condemnable and there should be action against him too,” she said adding that there must be an inquiry into the whole incident.

“There have been several cases of atrocities on women across the state and in most cases, justice remains eluded. A few days back, a woman Congress legislator of Assam -Rumi Nath was beaten up severely by mob in Karimganj town. Police including the body guards of the legislator remained mute spectators. The attackers of Rumi Nath are still absconding,” said another woman protestor while adding that the situation will turn worse if the government does not act tough now.

The protest rally also shouted slogans in front of the office of News Live, located on the busy GS Road.

Bollywood Condemns Guwahati Molestation

“Disgusting” and “shameful” is how Bollywood celebrities Amitabh Bachchan, Bipasha Basu and Farhan Akhtar have dubbed the molestation of a teenager by a mob in Guwahati. The 17-year-old had gone to a pub with another girl Monday night. She was looking for an auto when 11 men pounced on her. The other girl escaped. A video clip of the girl being molested was caught on camera and went viral on the net. It caused outrage.  Here’s what the B-town twitterati had to say:

Amitabh Bachchan: Horrid visuals on TV of molestation of young girl… but just a point. How does TV crew know of it live and why don’t they intervene?

Bipasha Basu: Guwahati molestation of a 17-year-old girl for 29 minutes on the road! Shameful! These monsters have to be punished!

Anupam Kher: My country gives me millions of reasons to be a proud Indian. But it also makes me feel ashamed to be one on many occasions.

Shekhar Kapur: As a society we must take collective responsibility for Guwahati for making incidents like this acceptable and rampant. Constant bombarding of female image as mere object of sexual titillation is bound to alter perception of the immature male. Physical abuse of women and even rape is not a sexual act, but act of humiliation and power by male lacking in self worth.

Farhan Akhtar: Guwahati pathetic! Shameful! Indian women better realise that they are on their own.

Vishal Dadlani: I apologise to the girl, on behalf of this evidently depraved nation. Can’t even imagine her trauma. I swear, I’ll NEVER be a bystander while an innocent person needs help, no matter what the risk.

Rahul Bose: Sickened by the beating, molestation of a class 11 girl student in Guwahati. Saddened to the point of despair that none came to her rescue. How much more violence against women must we see before we realise it will end civilisation as we know it. What makes men silent onlookers to such carnage? what delight in seeing a 17-year-old girl brutalised?

R. Madhavan: Guwahati is a bitter reminder of how socially we are still a third world or worse country. If any genuine progress is to be made, then a drastic social change in mindset has to be enforced.

Mandira Bedi: Shameful. Disgusting animals who gloated while they molested a woman and played to a camera while at it. Sickening.

Pritish Nandy: Disgusting, the molestation of a girl in Guwahati by a mob of 30. No one stopped them. Shame on those who molested the girl. Shame on those who saw it, did not intervene. Shame on police who have done nothing since.

Note: Matter collectively collected and then rearranged from India Today, Zee News and Northeast Today websites. The basic idea is to create awareness towards this one of basic plus evil disease spread in our society.

My Views:

Go through this whole incident and then reframe this in to your mind.. Keep yourself in place to that girl. Feel the trauma, pain and sadness occurred during this incident. Imagine 20-30 people violating you, beating you and molesting you and that to for no reason. You even don’t know them. No one comes to your guard even after your yelling and pleading for help.. Feel the cry and tears rolling continuously.. What a severe trauma. Imagine.. Just for a second keep yourself in place to that girl. What was going on in her mind at that very pathetic situation where she was a merely a toy for those bastards (literally wanted to say this straight). What has just happened to our human brain and to our civic society.

Now the solution:

  1. Many would say, girl/women should not cross her boundaries. She has to be in her home at that very time. After 6:00 PM, none of the girl’s should even have to cross her home’s boundaries.
  2. Some would say girls should avoid boys and stay away from them as if evilness lies in every heart.
  3. Modernization is must to be avoided.

Etc etc

Is this the solution we need?

No, this is not a solution. This is merely surrender, a compromise made by most of us. Now, the question arises what can we do? We are common people. Ok, I agree. We are common people. On the other hand, does any one of us know that most of the country’s population is ours, the common people. These culprits are between us and are one of us. Now, the decision is ours. These handful of monsters are more powerful or we the lakhs and lakhs of the common men. At the same time, here comes the worse part.. From where are these monsters coming from?  Only punishing the guilty is not a solution, killing the evil is the pure cure. These monsters are not coming from some space extra. These are in between us. Go through your family (it’s a hard truth), if anyone is on wrong path or with a wrong group of people. Help them; guide them such that they could re catch their true path not the wrong one. I don’t remember who said this “If you dare to clean your society, start from your own house.” Then, go through your society etc and if you find something wrong, ask for society support to finish that evil either by working on that very person or on the worse situations by the police help.

On the contrary side, our country is facing these evil due to our faults. These incidents happen because we ignore the wrong things even after we are the spectators too. This gives strength to those evil guys and that handful of monsters rule the entire society of 100-500 people or even more. Then, a day arises when we are in the same situation i.e. became the victim of those men, we plead for help and none appears to help. This goes on and on with many of us none remains untouched with the evil. Now imagine 500 of us over that handful i.e. 6-10. What would happen? Think..

If we common people could realize our power and the above policy is adopted by most of us, all the evil will vanish like never existed. This is a fact.

One thing our country’s women should also have to keep in mind that modernization is not in the way we dress up, it should be in our way of thinking.. Like in a hospital, among many patients some are incurable. Similarly, in this situation not every of the men can be cured from these evil diseases. Also, at that very situation none accept you; yourself can protect yourself from these people. If you people find me wrong then, please forgive me but I want to say that we have accepted modernization a lot but still most of our countrymen are far from it. They take it otherwise and bad incidents happen.

At last, I have a great sympathy with that Guwahati girl. I know, I could not make it but if I had the chance I would have met her and should have offered my wishes to her.

Thanks for reading…


Please open the windows after you enter your car and do not turn ON air conditioning immediately. According to a research, the car dashboard, sofa and air freshener emit Benzene. a Cancer causing toxin (carcinogen). Take note of the heated plastic smell in your car. In addition to causing cancer. It poisons your bones, causes anemia and reduces white blood cells. Prolonged exposure will cause Leukemia, increasing the risk of cancer may also cause miscarriage.

Acceptable Benzene level indoors is 50 mg per sq. ft. A car parked indoors with the windows closed will contain 400-800 mg Benzene. If parked outdoors under the sun at a temperature above 60 degrees F, the Benzene level goes up to 2000-4000 mg, 40 times the acceptable level & the people inside the car will inevitably inhale an excess amount of the toxins.

It is recommended that you open the windows and door to give time for the interior to air out before you enter. Benzene is a toxin that affects your kidney and liver, and is very difficult for your body to expel this toxic stuff.

 

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omaxe residency gomti-nagar

omaxe residency gomti nagar

The company was originally set up as Omaxe Builders Private limited in 1989, promoted by Shri. Rohtas Goel , the founder, to undertake construction & contracting business. The company further changed its constitution to a limited company known as Omaxe Construction Ltd., in 1999. The name of the company has now changed to OMAXE LTD from 2006. Omaxe infrastructure & construction limited was incorporated in Feb. 2007 as a wholly-owned subsidiary of omaxe ltd to undertake projects in roads & highways, airports, power plants, educational buildings, hospitals, integrated township, and irrigation projects & other and irrigation projects & other infrastructure projects. OICL and ISO 9001:2008 certified company since its inception has been able to establish itself as a major infrastructure development company in the country. Omaxe has a resounding presence in the major cities of UP like NODIA, GREATER NOIDA, LUCKNOW, GHAZIABAD etc. LUCKNOW with flyover, smooth roads connecting stylish malls and multiplexes with dream homes, plethora of improvements in infrastructure, is witnessing a makeover and meeting the expectations of those used to living in the fast lane. The company began life as a civil construction and contracting company, has successfully executed more than 120 prestigious Industrial, Institutional, Commercial, Residential and Hospital construction projects.

The company has executed construction contracts for a number of prestigious Indian private, public sector and Multinational’s clients. Lucknow has also emerged as a major business centre with an immense market potential. Hence, the requirement of residential is tremendous. To cater to this growth and redefine the living experience for the people of Lucknow. Omaxe group is constructing Omaxe city – an integrated township of international standards, Omaxe Residency and Omaxe heights – the high rise apartments in the prime locations of Lucknow. Omaxe projects, planned in the idyllic settings of Gomti Nagar, have palatial apartments with exquisite interiors and exteriors. These high rise states of art edifice are designed with a lovely twist of the country club lifestyle. It has been designed to offer luxurious facilities including an in-house club with swimming and wave pool, a tennis court, a gymnasium, and a television lounge etc. With all elegant apartments in the Omaxe will impress a person of every stature.

omaxe heights lucknow

omaxe heights lucknow

Omaxe has received a number of awards from the industry, recognition of its continued efforts towards achieving excellence and quality. The company became the first Construction Company of northern India to receive an ISO 9001:2000 Certification. The company which was founded as a civil construction and contracting organization in1989 and subsequently diversified its business to focus on Real Estate Development from the year 2001, to capture the opportunity offered by the growing Real Estate markets in India , is today among the large Real Estate Development companies in India. Moreover, Shri. Rohtas Goel is the first generation entrepreneur, a civil engineer by qualification and a visionary having more than two decades of experience in Construction and Real Estate Development. Mr. Goel, as the Chairman & Managing Director of Omaxe has been at the forefront, a man with a mission of building globally comparable quality Residential & Commercial projects, his moto “Turning Dreams Into Realty “

Brain Stroke


brain stroke

brain stroke

A friend sent this to me …and encouraged me to post it and spread the word. I agree. If everyone can remember something this simple, we could save some folks.

STROKE IDENTIFICATION:

During a party, a friend stumbled and took a little fall – she assured everyone that she was fine and just tripped over a brick because of her new shoes. (They offered to call an ambulance)

They got her cleaned up and got her a new plate of food – while she appeared a bit shaken up, Ingrid (name of the girl) went about enjoying herself the rest of the evening. Ingrid’s husband called later telling everyone that his wife had been taken to the hospital – (at 6:00pm, Ingrid passed away.)

She had suffered a stroke at the party. Had they known how to identify the signs of a stroke, perhaps Ingrid would be with us today. Some don’t die. They end up in a helpless, hopeless condition instead. It only takes a minute to read this…

STROKE IDENTIFICATION:

A neurologist says that if he can get to a stroke victim within 3 hours he can totally reverse the effects of a stroke…totally. He said the trick was getting a stroke recognized, diagnosed, and then getting the patient medically cared for within 3 hours, which is tough.

brain stroke

brain stroke

RECOGNIZING A STROKE:

Remember the ‘3’ steps, STR. Read and Learn!

Sometimes symptoms of a stroke are difficult to identify. Unfortunately, the lack of awareness spells disaster. The stroke victim may suffer severe brain damage when people nearby fail to recognize the symptoms of a stroke. Now doctors say a bystander can recognize a stroke by asking three simple questions:

S * = Ask the individual to SMILE..

T * = TALK. Ask the person to SPEAK A SIMPLE SENTENCE (Coherently) (eg ‘it is sunny out today’).

R * = Ask him or her to RAISE BOTH ARMS.

If he or she has trouble with ANY ONE of these tasks, call the ambulance and describe the symptoms to the dispatcher.

NOTE: Another ‘sign’ of a stroke is

1. Ask the person to ‘stick’ out their tongue.

2. If the tongue is ‘crooked’, if it goes to one side or the other that is also an indication of a stroke.

A PROMINENT CARDIOLOGIST SAYS IF EVERYONE WHO GETS THESE STATS SHARES IT; YOU CAN BET THAT AT LEAST ONE LIFE WILL BE SAVED….


  

There is a need to root out invasive alien species from ecosystem because they are a threat to the biodiversity. The environmental effects like global warming and climate change are taking place because of theses alien species which are destroying natural resources. Species like lantana, carrot grass and parthenium are alien and a threat to the existing species. Declining agricultural production is one of the ill-effects of invasive alien species.
May 22 is observed as the international biodiversity day all over the world. This year too, the forest department and UP environment directorate will organize programmes on Sunday to spread awareness about the ailing biodiversity. India has world’s 8% floral and 6.5%fauna species and that make it rich in biodiversity.
Survey conducted by the botanical survey of India show that there are 45,968 species of plants and 91,364 species of animals.
However, factors like hunting, excessive extraction of resources and environmental pollution are threatening the country’s biodiversity
“Continued loss of forest will be particularly harmful,” said an official release. The forest and tree cover of Uttar Pradesh is 9.01% of the total geographical area. To conserve the depleting biodiversity, the government had planned to set up five new biodiversity parks across the state.
The year 2011 has been declared as the ‘international year of forests’ by the united nations, so the programmes for this biodiversity day will be the theme forest diversity.
The year will be dedicated to raise awareness about challenges faced by the forests all over the world and motivate people to tribute in forest conversation. The UP state biodiversity board will join in to spread awareness through planned activities like exhibitions, plantation drives and competitions throughout the year. Besides, the UP environment directorate will also organize a series of informative programmes.
The directorate will organize a quiz for school students. The stalls with informative material will be set up at five places in Lucknow university campus and at three malls in the city. The stalls will be set up by zoology department of Lucknow University. Yasahpal Singh, director, environment, said that a demo- van will spread awareness about the ailing biodiversity through puppetry at different places of the city from May 22 to 25.
The event will begin at the regional sciences city on Sunday. The state-level seminar will also be organized on the occasion.


alms and the girl       alms and the girls

A sullied hand tugs insistently at your clothes. You turn to see a little arm outstretched peremptory and tentative at the same time a small head of tousled, matted hair, patchy and pallid skin coated with many days of unwashed dirt, bare sprightly feet, and a loose faded frock almost slipping off the little girl’s slender shoulders. On those shoulders rests the burden of the survival of a large destitute family. And yet, almost miraculously, what shines through the grime is the most beautiful pair of sparking black eyes.
Delhi has far fewer street girls than boys, those girls who are forced to worked on its mean streets negotiate daily the metropolis at its most predatory. Firoza is barely 10 years old. Part of a family near Kolkata, she is delicate and fragile behind her grubby exterior. Neither she nor her younger sister can hear or speak. Their father is addicted to smack and lolls about all day in a small rented hut in shastri nagar. His two daughters beg with wordless insistence at hanuman mandir near Yamuna pushta.
To throngs of waiting’s beggars, some temple devotees give bananas and other fruits, other bring cooked kulchas and kachoris with hawla; many give away sweetmeats as Prasad. On festival days or in memory of loved ones, some some even distubte clothes. But the day’s work for the sisters is not complete without collections of alms of cash; coins wheedled out of those who line up for worship at the shrine. Their mother sites on a side lane and the deaf- mute girls leave with her collections, and run back for more.
A group of volunteers are sitting outside the temple gates, talking with a group of girls who live by begging. Suddenly firoza tenses, visibly wilts and tries to hide behind one of the young women volunteers. An older street girl, salma, fiercely runs and grabs the shirt of a disabled old man who is walking past. He too cannot speak, but he angrily gesticulates and threatens the girls. Salma protectively embraces the younger firoza. Her unspeakably gloomy and sordid tale then unfolds.
Firoza’s mother has sold her daughter to the aged man, a veteran of the temple premises. He rapes her regularly and in return, he gives money to the family to enable it to survive from day to day. We find her mother and urge her to let us take the girl under our care. She declines sadly. “ I love my daughter. But if I let her go, how will we live?”  While we plan to requisition the police to rescue the girl, I struggle to not judge the utterly defeated older woman, but cannot succeed.
Salma’s family migrated years ago from Bihar. They had built a tiny shanty in a slum near the iron bridge across the Yamuna river, not far from the cremation grounds, and lived there for 18 years. But more than three years ago, these razed by government dozers and they were forcibly shifted to a resettlement site in distant balwana. The house sites there required a down payment Rs 7,000 which they could live under a blue plastic sheet on a pavement.
Each day, the family of six takes a two- hour crowded bus ride each way, costing Rs 10 each, to reach the Yamuna pushta area. Their father used to play a rickshaw in chandni chowk, but these were recently banned by the traffic police, so he mopes unemployed. His four children have been set to work. For the younger two, work is begging at the temple, and for the older ones, earnings are more through rag picking.
The majority of street boys courageously negotiate lives alone on the streets, rebelling against abuse and neglect in their families. By contrast, most street girls we encounter in Delhi continue to live on pavements or in slums them with families, which send them out to earn to support their siblings and parents. This they do stoically and bravely, but with much less of the reckless joyfulness that street boys craft out of their hard- won freedom.
In their early years, street girls mostly beg. As they grow older, the majority rag- pick at waste dumps and markets, earning more than Rs 100 daily. Bullied and molested, they learn to shout swear words, and grapple with their fists. Many chew tobacco or sniff adhesive solution bought their parents ways to furtively earn larger sums from older men who seek street- sex with children.
Lakshmi is 14, and is often detained by the local police. They call her an incorrigible thief. For years her family has sent her out to earn, beating her if she returns with less than Rs 150 each evening. Usually this’d is not difficult, as she is an expert rag- picker. But she is not just her family’s principal bread earner; she is also a child. And there are days when she and her street friends lose track of time in their games in the public park.  She relises it is evening, and she will be thrashed if she returns home empty- handed. So she breaks into homes and steal what she can clutch and sell in the black market. Other days, she finds a man who wants sex: they are easy to spot. She takes money in advance, and they quickly conclude their liaison in a dark corner of a park. Sometimes, she is able to nimbly run away with the man’s money before he is able is grab her, but mostly she is not so lucky.
Many streets girls have single mothers. Rabbo’s husband left her 10 years ago and her sons grew into drunken vagabonds. It is her two daughters who help her light the kitchen fires through fires through rag- picking. Asha’s father also left home, leaving behind three brothers and three sisters. Her mother started living with another man, who drinks away the money that the children bring home from rag- picking. For rabina the story was the same but it ended in gruesome tragedy five months earlier; when the man she lived with man she lived with killed her son in rage when she refused to part with her life’s savings of Rs 4,000. He is now in jail; and rabina is surviving on the pavements of bawana.
The Delhi government has at agreed to open four such residential schools for streets children. And many more mothers have agreed than the schools have space for; to sacrifice the earnings of their girls so that they live safe and happy childhoods illuminated by learning.
On girls tells us wistfully, “even if my father does not let me go, I want to wear a school uniform even for one day. Can I at least do that? Just for one days.”


A High Court judge has banned a 41 year man in UK from having sex due to his low IQ. Alan had been in a relationship with a man whom he lived with and told officials ” It would make me feel happy” for it to continue. But his local council decided his “vigorous sex drive” was inappropriate and that with an IQ of 48 and a “moderate” learning disability, he did not understand what he was doing.

A psychiatrist involved in the case even tried to prevent the man being given sex education, on the grounds that it would leave him “confused”. Justice Mostyn said the case was “legally, intellectually and morally” complex as sex is “one of the most basic human functions” and the court must “tread especially carefully” when the state tries to curtail it.

But he agreed that Alan, should not be allowed to have sex with anyone on the grounds that he did not have the mental capacity to understand the health risks associated with his actions. Under the judge’s order, the man is now subject to “close supervision” by the local authority that provides his accommodation, in order to ensure he does not break the highly unusual order. “I therefore make a declaration that at the present time Alan does not have the capacity to consent to and engage in sexual relations,” the Telegraph quoted the judge as saying.

“In such circumstances it is agreed that the present regime for Alan’s supervision and for the prevention of future sexual activity is in his best interests,” judge concluded.


Weighing in at more 200 kg and armed with sharp seven-inch canines, the ancient sabre-toothed cat is thought to have been a fearsome killer. But that deadly reputation could need revision: a study of the ancient animal’s skull shows it probably had a puny bite.
The sabre-toothed cat, smilodon fatalis, was the size of a modern –day lion but more powerful built. It became extinct 10.000 years ago. Ever since fossils were first described over 150 years ago, scientists have argued about how it might have used its fangs to kill its prey.
By using computer modelling technique normally employed to measure the structural cars, strength of trains, planes and cars, scientist in Australia compared smilodon fossils with modern lion skulls.

“Where the sabres used to take down large prey? Where prey killed an eviscerating bite to the abdomen?  Was its bite powerful or weak compared with that of modern cats?” wrote Professor Stephen wroe, of the University of New South Wales in Australia, in the proceeding of the national academy of sciences.
The computer simulations showed that ancient’s cats narrow jaw restricted its killing behaviour: the smilodons could bite only the strength of a modern lions.
“For all its reputation, smilodon had a wimpy bite,” said wroe.  But he said did not make the ancient cat a pushover. “Smilodon was an awesome beast – and what it lacked in bite force it more up for else ever”.
The researchers speculated that smilodon’s relatively weak bite would have affected the way to hunt. “ the cat had an immensely powerful body; perfect for wrestling large prey to the ground, and our models show that it needed to do this before trying a bite,” said professor Colin Mchenry of the university of Newcastle in Australia.
The smilodon would have used its short, muscular limbs and large claws to wrestle down its victim. The canines would then be sunk into the prey’s throat in contrast; lions normally kill by suffocating their prey, maintaining a killer bite for several minutes. Mchenry added: “once the bite was done the prey would have died almost instantly.”
The smilodon was widespread across the plains of North America between 3 miles and 10,000 years ago.
It is thought to have hunted to animals larger than itself such as horses and buffalo.
It became extinct as a result of the environmental hanges after the last ice age.

 


      

The Amazonian wilderness is at risk of unprecedented damage from an ambitious plan to improve transport, communications and power generation in the region conservationists warned on Monday.
Development plans have been drawn up to boost trade links between 10 economic hubs on the continent, but threaten to bring “ a perfect storm of environmental destruction” to the world’s oldest rainforest, says a report from conversation international.
Projects to upgrade road and river transport, combined with work to create dams and lays\down extensive power and communications cabling, will open up previously inaccessible parts of the rainforest, raising the risk of widespread deforestation that could see the loss of the entire Amazon jungle  within 40 years, the environmental group said.
Tim Killeen, a scientist with conversation international, examined the projects funded under the multinational government backed initiative for the integration of the regional infrastructure of South America (IIRSA). He found that the environmental impact of individual  projects had often been well assessed , but there had been a failure to look at their collective impact on the region.
“Failure to foresee the impact of IIRSA investments, particularity in the context of climate change and global markets, will bring about combination of forces that could lead to a perfect storm of environmental destruction,” Dr Killeen said.
Damage to the ecosystem could have wide-ranging implications, according to the report. The Amazon river basin is the world’s largest reserve of fresh water, while the surrounding wilderness regulates the continental climate and rainfall that drives a multimillion pound agricultural industry. Empowered transport the Amazon will make it easier for inaccessible areas to be logged and burned, disrupting the ecosystems that support native species and indigenous populations.

The group urged the government backing the IIRSA to take greater account of the ecological impacts of the projects. If Amazon countries agreed to reduce deforestation rates by five per cent a year for 30 years, the saved forest would potentially qualify as a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and generate more than $6.13 billion a year over the lifetime of the agreement, Dr Killeen said.
Bio fuel crops could be planted on the 647,497 square km of land that has already been deforested, and fish farms could exploit the natural water reserves, he said.

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