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P.R. Dasmunsi: Brilliant organiser who rose during golden hour of student politics
Kolkata, Nov 20: Articulate and multifaceted, Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi was a master in political manoeuvring and the topmost leader of the youth brigade that took West Bengal by storm in the late 1960s, to sideline the Communists and bring back the Congress to power in 1972. It was a time when the Maoist movement went from strength to strength in the state, with bright youngsters leaving schools, colleges and universities to follow Charu Majumdar's doctrine of annihilating 'class enemies', that virtually saw a bloodbath over the years. Dasmunsi was then the magnet for those young men and women, who disagreed with the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) -- the main force of the two United Front governments in the state in 1967 and 1969 --- as also the policy of the bullets espoused by the Maoists. First as a student leader in the Calcutta University, and then as a brilliant Youth Congress organiser, Dasmunsi was a major draw with his fiery oratory and many of his proteg...




Maoists had a deadly run in 2016: Global terror report
New Delhi, Nov 17: Maoist extremists have had a deadly run in 2016 with their involvement in half of the killings in the Red Corridor, a report by a Sydney-based think tank on global terror has said. More than half of the 340 deaths in 929 terror attacks in 2016 were committed by Maoists operating in the eastern, central and the southern areas of India known as the Red Corridor, the fifth edition of Global Terror Index (GTI) report released on Wednesday said, adding police and private citizens were predominately targeted with subsequent attacks accounting for over half of all attacks. LeT, founded by Hafiz Saeed, was responsible for 30 deaths arising from 20 attacks in the country, while Hizbul Mujahideen (HM), headed by Syed Salahuddin, claimed five deaths, said the report which said they were involved in the region despite international sanctions. The report said that Hizbul Mujahideen was prominent in 2013 and claimed responsibility for 30 deaths in India. "...




Demonetisation: Most reactionary and illogical policy ever
('Note-Bandi: Demonetisation and India's Elusive Chase for Black Money' is an upcoming book from Oxford University Press dedicated to the "memory of Indian citizens who lost their lives due to demonetisation"). Excerpts from the preface by R. Ramakumar.'Demonetisation'-- the withdrawal of legal tender status of notes of denomination Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 -- announced by India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi over a televised address on 8 November 2016 will go down in history as one of the most reactionary and illogical economic policies ever attempted in independent India.It crippled an economy that ran on cash and was plagued by a slowdown; it destroyed the livelihoods of millions of farmers, workers, traders, women and the elderly; and it violated the dignity and liberty of law-abiding citizens.Yet, in a post-truth world, demonetisation also left public opinion in India deeply polarised. The language of the state had a deceptive appeal. In a society marked by abject poverty and...




India among top 7 countries at high ransomware risk: Sophos
According to SophosLabs analysis, the number of attacks on Sophos customers using Android devices increased almost every month in 2017. New Delhi, Nov 4: India is among the top seven countries for ransomware circulation as cyber attacks on not just Windows but on Android, Linux and MacOS systems have significantly increased this year globally, a new report has warned.According to "SophosLabs 2018 Malware Forecast" by global network and endpoint security leader Sophos on Saturday, two types of Android attack methods are emerging -- locking the phone without encrypting data and locking the phone while encrypting the data."Ransomware has become platform-agnostic. Ransomware mostly targets Windows computers, but this year, SophosLabs saw an increased amount of crypto attacks on different devices and operating systems used by our customers worldwide," said Dorka Palotay, SophosLabs Security Researcher, in a statement on Saturday.WannaCrypt, unleashed in May 2017, w...




Children's deaths in Gujarat hospital spotlights state's malnutrition, infant mortality
Gujarat's infant mortality rate (IMR, or infant deaths per 1,000 live births) is an outlier compared to its economic indicators, as is its under-five mortality rate, by which it ranks 18th, with India's top five being Goa (13), Kerala (13), Tamil Nadu (20), Maharashtra (24) and Manipur (26). IndiaSpend Team,As national attention was focussed on the recent deaths of 18 children over three days in Ahmedabads main civil hospital, officials said most children were underweight and thus vulnerable.That defence spotlights the fact that Gujarat -- which ranks second by industries and fifth by per capita income -- is ranked 17th among 29 states on infant mortality and 25th by underweight prevalence among under-five children.Up to 33 infants die per 1,000 live births in Gujarat, compared to Kerala (12), Tamil Nadu (19), Maharashtra (21) and Punjab (23), according to the Sample Registration System Statistical Report 2015, the latest available data.Up to 39 per cent of children in Gujarat...




India tops list of new TB cases in 2016: Global TB Report
New Delhi, Oct 31: India tops the list of seven nations, accounting for 64 per cent of the 10.4 million new tuberculosis (TB) cases worldwide in 2016, said a Global TB Report 2017, released by the World Health Organisation (WHO) on Monday.It is followed by Indonesia, China, Philippines, Pakistan, Nigeria and South Africa."In 2016, there were an estimated 10.4 million new TB cases worldwide, 10 per cent of which were people living with HIV. Seven countries accounted for 64 per cent of the total burden, with India bearing the brunt," it said.An estimated 1.7 million people died from TB, including nearly 400,000 co-infected with HIV, recording a drop by 4 per cent as compared to 2015.Also, India along with China and Russia accounted for almost half of the 490,000, multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) cases registered in 2016."Only one in five MDR-TB cases were started on treatment. India and China accounted for 39 per cent of the global gap. Treatment success remains low, at 54 ...




How results of UP Judicial Services Exams 2016 busted a myth about AMU
Mumtaz Alam, IndiaTomorrow.net, Aligarh, Oct 24: Even as the central government is opposing the minority character of Aligarh Muslim University on the premise that a centrally-funded institution cannot be minority-specific, the latest results of the Uttar Pradesh Judicial Services Exams 2016 have demolished a myth created about the university for long.   That 10 of the successful candidates for the post of civil judges are from AMU should be enough to remove the tag of non-performer recently attached to the varsity in a government report.   ALSO READ: AMU's answer to minority tag is nanotech, solar research   But the results have demolished a bigger negative tag, rather myth - that AMU is sort of a madrasa where only Muslim students study.   Of the 10 graduates of AMU who have recently qualified to become civil judges, seven are not Muslim.   These candidates were offered coaching by AMU's Residential Coaching Academy. The Uttar Pradesh Judicial ...




66% decline in child mortality rate but most new-born still die in India: UN report
The report highlighted that a major barrier in seeking healthcare for the girl child was the high out-of-pocket expenses. New Delhi, Oct 19: India has witnessed 66 per cent decline in the under-five mortality rate from 1990 to 2015 but most of the new-born deaths -- 24 per cent of all -- still occur in the country, according to a new UN report.With the reduction, India has met one of its Millennium Development Goal (MDG) targets of curbing by two-thirds the under-five death rate, according to the survery -- Levels and Trends in Child Mortality 2017 -- conducted by the UNICEF and released globally on Thursday.The report acknowledged that there has been "a recent acceleration with a faster decline in reduction of mortality for the girl child in the last five years" but "the under-five mortality for girls in India remains 12.5 per cent higher than the boys".Globally this is seven per cent higher for the boys.The UN report said there was a need for equitable access...




95% of plastic feeding the seas comes from 10 rivers including Ganga
London, Oct 18: Up to 95 per cent of the plastic polluting the world's oceans comes from just 10 rivers, including the Ganges, new research has found.While eight of these 10 river systems are in Asia, two are in Africa.The findings published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology showed that large rivers play a particularly large role - not only because they also carry a comparatively large volume of waste on account of their larger discharge."The concentrations of plastic, i.e. the quantity of plastic per cubic metre of water are significantly higher in large rivers than small ones. The plastic loads consequently increase at a disproportionately higher rate than the size of the river," said Christian Schmidt, a hydrogeologist at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ in Leipzig, Germany."Halving the plastic input from the catchment areas of these rivers would already be a major success," Schmidt added."To achieve this, it will be ...




Scourge of unemployment and unemployability haunts Indian youth
Bappaditya Chatterjee, Kolkata, Oct 11: Upset over his failure to get a suitable teaching job, Atanu Mistry, a 30-year-old from West Bengal's South 24 Parganas district, allegedly committed suicide recently.According to Mistry's family, he had armed himself with a B.Ed degree after completing his post-graduation in English to chase a childhood dream of becoming a teacher. But failing to crack the recruitment examination for primary teachers, he only managed a housekeeping job in a private entity, which shattered his morale.Again, a 21-year-old engineering graduate, Arpit Ravish, who topped the final semester examination, reportedly took his life by hanging from the ceiling of his residence at Girinagar in south Bengaluru after failing to get campus placement.There may be many Atanus and Arpits languishing after unsuccessful attempts at finding jobs in the organised sector in the depressed Indian job market despite having higher academic degrees.Take another telling instance.In July, au...




Online harassment on the rise in India, Mumbai leads
New Delhi, Oct 4: Online harassment is on the rise in India, with eight out of 10 surveyed reporting to have encountered some form of online harassment, cyberbullying and cyberstalking, global cyber security firm Norton by Symantec said on Wednesday.The highest threats of physical violence were reported by victims from Mumbai (51 per cent), Delhi (47 per cent) and Hyderabad (46 per cent), with Delhi victims (51 per cent) experiencing the highest incidence of cyberbullying.The most common forms of online harassment are abuse and insults (63 per cent) and malicious gossip and rumours (59 per cent).Shockingly, 87 per cent of the people with disabilities or poor mental health and 77 per cent of those with weight issues reported experiences of abuse or insults online."The level of online harassment in India is extremely concerning. Our latest research shows that more serious forms of online harassment including threats of physical violence (45 per cent), cyberbullying (44 per cent) and...




Modi to lay foundation stone of 8th AIIMS while 25,000 seats are vacant in existing 7
IndiaTomorrow.net, New Delhi, Oct 3: Prime Minister Narendra Modi lay the foundation of a 750-bed AIIMS-style hospital in Himachal Pradesh's Bilaspur on Tuesday.   “Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Bilaspur in Himachal Pradesh today (Tuesday). He will lay the foundation stone for the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS),” the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) tweeted.   “The 750 bed hospital will be built at a cost of approximately Rs 1,350 crore. In addition to healthcare, it will also provide medical education at the under-graduate and post-graduate level, besides nursing.”   -- PM Modi will lay the foundation stone of a new AIIMS when about 25,000 seats, as per government’s own admission, are vacant in existing seven AIIMS in as many states including Delhi.   The Central government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi informed the Rajya Sabha two months back (1st Aug 2017) that exactly 24,426 posts are vacant a...




India 3rd Among Countries That Faced Most Natural Disasters: UN Secretary General
Pointedly, Guterres said, "The United States, followed by China, India, the Philippines and Indonesia, have experienced the most disasters since 1995 - more than 1,600, or once every five days." Arul Louis,United Nations, Sep 20: India ranked third among the countries that have faced the most natural disasters in the last half century, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Tuesday pleading for unwavering international action on climate change.In his first speech to the annual high-level meeting of the General Assembly, he said, "It is high time to get off the path of suicidal emissions. We know enough today to act.""I urge governments to implement the historic Paris Agreement with ever greater ambition," he said.United States President Donald Trump has declared that his country is pulling out of the Paris agreement on combating climate change.Pointedly, Guterres said, "The United States, followed by China, India, the Philippines and Ind...




Social Media Influence Increasing Suicides
September 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day A. Shekar Reddy, Suicide is increasing in the younger generation due to the influence of the social media, peer pressure, alcohol and drug usage."Suicide" is derived from the Latin word for "self murder". It is a final act that represents the person's wish to die. There is a range, however, between thinking about suicide and acting it out. Some persons have the idea of suicide but they will never act on it; some plan for days, weeks or even years before acting out. Others take their lives seemingly on an impulse, without premeditation.Lost in definition are intentional misclassification of cause of death, accidents of undermine cause and the so-called chronic suicides. For example: death through alcohol and other substance abuse, consciously poor adherence to medical regimes for diabetes, obesity & hypertension.Men commit suicides more than four times as often as women; however, women are four times more likely t...




Parrikar's 6th Win on Panaji Assembly Seat Not His Best in 23 Years
Though lost, Congress shown its best performance on the seat in 23 years IndiaTomorrow.net, Panaji, Aug 29: Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Monday won the Panaji Assembly seat, sixth time since 1994, but it was not his best performance on the seat, neither in terms of total votes he bagged nor the margin of his victory.   Though with a margin of 4,803 votes, former Defence Minister Parrikar of BJP comfortably won the seat by defeating his nearest rival Congress, but in 2012 the margin of his victory on the same Panaji seat was 6068, his best since 1994 when won the seat first time. Not just that, the total number of votes he got this time (9,862 votes) was also lower than what he got in 2012.   On the other hand, Congress did its best performance on the seat in the last 23 years as it got 5,059 votes – the second time that party crossed the 5,000 vote mark on this seat. However, the party continued its journey on defeat trail.   &n...




India Sees 1,094 Swine Flu Deaths in 2017
Till now, 2015 was the year which saw the worst outbreak of swine flu, with a total of 42,592 cases and deaths recorded at 2,990 -- highest in the last one decade. New Delhi, Aug 24: India has recorded 1,094 swine flu-related deaths in 2017, with the maximum 342 casualties being reported in August only, said an official report on Wednesday.According to the report, released for the 33rd week of this year on swine flu, the highest number of deaths was recorded in Maharashtra at 437, followed by Goa with 269 and Rajasthan with 69 deaths.The country has so far recorded 22,186 cases, with Maharashtra again leading with maximum 4,245 cases, followed by Goa with 3,029 and Tamil Nadu 2,994 cases.The data was released on Wednesday by the Union Health Ministry.Among other states that recorded high number of swine flu till August 20, 2017, are Karnataka (2,956) and Kerala (1,374).Delhi has reported 1,416 cases of swine flu with two deaths to date. In Rajasthan, it is 651 cases.Till now, 20...




16 Million Affected by Floods in Nepal, India, Bangladesh: Red Cross
Geneva, Aug 19: A humanitarian crisis is unfolding across large areas in South Asia, with more than 16 million people affected by floods in Nepal, Bangladesh and India, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said on Friday.According to the agency, flood levels have already reached record highs in Bangladesh, and water of major rivers such as Jamuna has surpassed warning levels set in 1988, the deadliest flood in the country, Xinhua news agency reported."This is fast becoming one of the most serious humanitarian crises this region has seen in many years and urgent action is needed to meet the growing needs of millions of people affected by these floods," an IFRC statement said, citing its staff for Asia Pacific region.According to the statement, more than one-third of Bangladesh and Nepal have been flooded, and the humanitarian crisis could get worse in the days and weeks ahead.Many areas in Nepal remain cut off after the floods and landsli...




Kill Us Here But Don't Send Us Back: Rohingya Refugees
There are 16,000 Rohangiyas in India registered with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) but the total number is estimated to be 40,000.Mohammed Shafeeq,Hyderabad, Aug 18: Anxiety is writ large on the faces of over 3,800 Rohingya Muslims living in this city amid reports that the Indian government is planning to deport them. They say they prefer to die here rather than return to Myanmar, where they face persecution.Having lived here for over five years now, the refugees say they would not like to return to their native country to be slaughtered. They have appealed to the Indian government to drop, on humanitarian grounds, the plans to deport them."We thank India for allowing us to stay. If the government wants to deport us, it can do it but it will be better if they kill us here instead of sending us back," Abdul Raheem, a refugee, told IANS in a voice choked with emotion.Raheem, 32, who has been living here with his wife and three children since 2012, ...




149 Jails Overcrowded By Over 200 %: Government
New Delhi, Aug 8: Minister of State for Home Hansraj Ahir on Tuesday said that 149 of the total 1,401 jails in the country had an overcrowding rate of more than 200 per cent as on December 2015 as per the data compiled by the National Crime Records Bureau."In the Model Prison Manual 2016, the minimum accommodation space per prisoner in Sleeping Barracks suggested is 3.71 sq mt and 8.92 sq mt of ground area in Cells. No Central statistics are available on the actual space available to a prison inmate in different jails," Ahir said in a statement in response to a question raised by Sushil Kumar Singh, who represents Aurangabad (Bihar) in the Lok Sabha."Prisons is a state subject. However, a central scheme for modernisation of prisons, with a financial outlay of Rs 1,800 crores, was launched in 2002. Under this scheme, 125 new jails were constructed and 1,579 barracks were added to existing prisons."Ahir said the government had introduced the concept of plea bargaining...




Air Pollution May Cause 60,000 Deaths in 2030: Study
Five out of eight models predicted there will be more premature deaths in 2030, and seven of nine models in 2100. New York, Aug 1: Climate change, if left unaddressed, is expected to increase air pollution-related deaths by nearly 60,000 in 2030 and 2,60,000 in 2100 globally, a study has claimed.According to the study, hotter temperatures speed up the chemical reactions that create air pollutants like ozone and fine particulate matters, which impact public health.Locations that get drier may also have worse air pollution because of less removal by rain and increased fires and windblown dust. As trees respond to higher temperatures, they will also emit more organic pollutants, the researchers said."As climate change affects air pollutant concentrations, it can have a significant impact on health worldwide, adding to the millions of people who die from air pollution each year," said lead researcher Jason West, Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chap...




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