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POLICE MISCONDUCT INCREASING IN THE STATE
GUWAHATI HAS THE HIGHEST
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What will Guwahati get from the Subansiri Dam? RAHUL CHANDA
he NHPC project at Gerukamukh in Arunachal Pradesh has been on hold since 2011 following stiff opposition from anti-dam organisations in Assam. Recently, a delegation of the Centre, the state government and about 32 anti-dam bodies, including the Krishak Mukti Sangram Samiti (KMSS), the All Assam Students Union (Aasu) and the Asom Jatiyatabadi Yuva Chatra Parishad (AJYCP) among others, held day-long tripartite talks on the issue of resuming the stalled work. But what exactly will be the consequence? Guwahati being the gateway to the northeast, whatever happens in any corner of this region, the city gets affected.
As per the original DPR, the project capacity was expected as: The upper stage 2000 MW with a dam height 214m from bed level The middle stage 1600 MW with a dam height 203 m from bed level The lower stage 2000 MW with a dam height 116m from bed level
The blockade The Subansiri Lower Dam, officially named the Lower Subansiri Hydroelectric Power Project (LSHEP), is an under-construction gravity dam on the Subansiri River in Northeast India. It is located 2.3 km upstream of Gerukamukh village in Lower Subansiri District on the borders of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. Described as a run-of-theriver power station by NHPC Limited, the dam is expected to supply a 2,000 MW power when completed. The project has experienced several problems during construction - include landslides, re-design and opposition. It is notable that, if completed as planned, it will be the largest hydroelectric project in India. According to Engineer JN Khataniar, the Subansiri Lower Project cannot be operational without having the other two reservoirs in Subansiri Upper and Middle Stage. He said, “After taking over the project details from the Brahmaputra Board by NHPC on 22nd of March, 2000 as directed by Ministry of Water Resources, NHPC had re-investigated the entire project site for upper, middle and lower Subansiri project on the same river flowing from the Himalayan Region through Arunachal Pradesh to Assam and finally fall at river Brahmaputra.”
Khataniar also added that the report on “Integrated flood moderation Studies – October 2005” prepared by NHPC recommended that, “The exclusive flood cushion has been considered in the upper stage as 10.00m, middle stage at 15.00m and in the lower stage as 0.00m.” “Subansiri Dam is a low height Dam of only 116.00m height, the storage capacity of the Dam is minimal and there would not be worthwhile flood mitigation through this reservoir.”
“It is evident from the results that, flood moderation effect in SLP is almost negligible if the upper two dams are not considered in the system.” “Objective of flood moderation can only be achieved by constructing the dams upstream of Subansiri Lower i.e, Subansiri Upper and Middle.” The above study report was signed by a 10 member technical group constituted from top officials of CWC, CEA, CWPRS, MOWR, BRAHMAPUTRA BOARD, NHPC etc., he added.
The twist The construction of the Subansiri Lower Dam involves many challenges. These include land not being available when construction was scheduled to commence, a limited annual construction time because of monsoons (from mid-April to midOctober), the need to handle high flood flows and poor rock conditions. The design of the dam has undergone drastic and repeated revisions that
Hydro-Electric projects over river Subansiri
have affected the schedule and planning of the construction work. As of November 2011, the dam reached an elevation of 138 m (453 ft), just below the spillway elevation of 145 m (476 ft). On 16 December 2011, construction equipment was halted by protests. Since then, the dam work is on halt and still requires expert level talks to restart the project. But, the twist of the story according to Khataniar is, in the 3rd meeting of the Joint Steering Committee held on 12.01.2012, committee members present in the meeting were in view that, by integrated operation of all three projects on Subansiri River i.e. Subansiri Upper, Middle and Lower projects, the flood moderation could be taken care of. No flood moderation for independent Subansiri Lower HE Project has been conceptualised.
The expert to expert level talks is expected to happen on 23rd December 2013, which will further decide the status of the dam work resumption. If there is no other reason but to make a dam, which can help the people to develop with more power, then the government initiative to build the lower Subansiri dam may be a real ray of hope for many.
The latest important observation of the Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) for EIA Constituted by Ministry of environment and Forest Govt of India on 05.09.2013 in it’s 68th meeting held on 23rd and 24th September 2013 at SCOPE Complex New Delhi are as follows “Out of 19 hydro power projects which are planned in the Subansiri basin, 7 pre-feasibility study reports and two DPR are available, of which one project is under construction. The details of other projects are not yet available.” “All the projects in Subansiri Basin are ROR projects with pondage provisions to meet the peaking requirements only except the Subansiri Middle and Subansiri Upper HE projects which have the provision of flood cushioning of 15.0m and 10.0m respectively for flood mitigation measures apart from the pondage provisions. “With completion of proposed Dams, the flow in the downstream stretch of the river would be reduced considerably more so during lean period.” Surprisingly, the above very important recommendations and findings as mentioned are totally ignored in the Dam Design Review Panel (DDRP) prepared on May 2013 and submitted to Ministry of Power Govt of India New Delhi on 04.06.2013 Interestingly, the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) had informed Khataniar on his request, on the present status of upper and middle stage of Subansiri Project, on 05.09.2012, are as follows: “Subansiri middle and Subansiri upper projects have been handed over to private developers” “Subansiri upper and lower projects are currently under various stages of developments and the DPRs of these projects have not yet been received.”
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Lead Story “During the fourth meeting of the Technical Group, it was decided that NHPC could go ahead with lower Subansiri Project subject to condition that, the three reservoirs would be operated in such a manner that the flood moderation achieved in the months of June –July will also available in September – October.” Hence, Khataniar finally said, “The foundation is not at all safe for sliding, overturning or breaking.”
NHPC clarification According to NHPC, it is true that previously a study said that there has to be three integrated dams to create power and control all other calamities. But, the Arunachal government handed only the lower dam to the company, while the contracts for building other two dams which is the Subansiri upper and middle were given to Jindal power limited and KSK. The existence of KSK and their work capabilities is only known to the Arunachal government. After the work has been in hold from 2011, many researches, analysis and detailed investigation has been done on the dam to provide power without any calamities. The height of the dam is 116 metre and the foundation is on hard rock. The dam is stable by its weight, so, the various analysis and rumours about the river bed and the required foundation feet can be foreseen with the 40 years of dam building experience of NHPC.
Flood fight For downstream riparian rights and sustainable biodiversity, NHPC
Dam and spillways Type of dam
116 m (381 ft)
130 m (427 ft)
284 m (932 ft)
2,250,000 m3(2,942,889 cu yd)
Lower Subansiri River
Type of spillway
37,500 m /s (1,324,300 cu ft/s) 3
1.37 km3 (1,110,677acre·ft)
.44 km3 (356,714acre·ft)
33.5 km2 (13 sq mi) Power station
8 x 250 MW Francis-type
150 m (492 ft)
has decided to run one turbine continuously (24 hrs daily) to ensure a continuous flow of about 250-300 cumecs during lean season in the river d/s of dam. During flood period (i.e June, July and August) the reservoir will be operated 15m below the FRL having flood cushion 442 M.Cum, which is about 1/3rd of the full reservoir capacity. Flood warning system as a non-structural mean for flood mitigation will be established by NHPC in consultation with local administration, prior to of the project. NHPC has also taken up the matter with IMD and CWC for establishing full proof flood forecasting system for flood mitigation in downstream area. NHPC has decided to carry out protection works beyond 15 km that may be extended up to 30 km in dam side
What will Guwahati gain? The city being the capital of Assam will obviously have to gain or lose from the project. If the dam creates havoc, the economy will be affected and it is a part of river Brahmaputra, so, directly or indirectly even the city people will get affected. 5000 people were employed in the project from Assam, when the work resumes, again people will get employment. In 2008 10 students were recruited from Assam Engineering College by NHPC through campus recruitment. On 14th October 2013, Union power minister of India informed the Chief Minister of Assam that the
state will get a share of 533 MW from the project. One percent of the power received by Assam will be free but the MoU is not yet signed with the state government. So, the city being the capital, will get the maximum amount of power share which will reduce the problem of load shedding which the citizens are used to. One percent free power means saving the state’s economy, which should reduce the electricity bills. The state will give rise to many auxiliary industries as the dam will require maintenance. Nine people recently got government jobs in the Transport Corporation of India with the help of NHPC skill development programme as a part of their CSR activity. So, many people will be developed by the company and the industries coming because of the dam. The expert to expert level talks is expected to happen on 23rd December 2013, which will further decide the status of the dam work resumption. If there is no other reason but to make a dam, which can help the people to develop with more power, then the government initiative to build the lower Subansiri dam may be a real ray of hope for many. But, if all the anti-dam organisations are to be taken into considerations then it won’t be wrong to say that the difference between the previous proposal and the present proposal sounds fishy. Whenever there is development, there is destruction, but science has only made man possible to reach Moon and Mars. Where will the dam take us? For the time being, let’s believe the experts who will meet on 23rd December and decide our fate.
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GUWAHATI HAS THE
OF CH LD WORKERS IN INDIA Mrinmoyee Hazarika
here are no Sundays or any other such holidays for Sunita, Stella, Sangeeta, Asrita and thousands of other “domestic helper” children across the city. In order to serve the modern nuclear families, they have been sacrificing their own comforts with their relentless service. These child domestic helps visit to your houses every morning to ease the morning rush hour of your household when everybody has to go out for work or school at the same time. Nobody cares to grant a day’s leave to those workers. They even get an allowance cut if they take a day off. Most of the domestic workers have the experience physical and mental abuse and the worst part is that they also become victims of trafficking. The scenario is no different across the country, but here in Guwahati the situation is much grimmer. Surveys have proved that majority of the domestic workers of the city are below the age group of 14.
The City has a high number of underage domestic workers living in deplorable conditions and suffering physical and mental abuse.
Untold tales Priya Kachuwa from Dumuni tea estate in Baksa district had the worst nightmare of her lifetime when she almost felt into the hands of the women traffickers who happened to be her neighbour. The story goes this way: Around four and half year back, Sophiya approached Priya with an offer to provide work and took her to Delhi. On their way to Delhi, a man unknown to Priya, but known to Sophiya had accompanied them. Priya got suspicious when she first saw the man and wanted to come back. But, her neighbour Sophiya convinced her to go to Delhi. After arriving there, Priya was sold to a household in the Saket area of Delhi at Rs 15,000 and a monthly rate of Rs 5000 in return of her service. Totally unaware of the trading, she started working at the house.
Even after working so hard, we get a monthly salary of Rs 500 to 600 per households, which is very minimal. We do not have BPL cards, or any holidays. Moreover, we do not get any leave, even in cases of deliveries. If we take a day off, the employers deduct the salary of the day from our monthly salary. The employers scold us if we arrive late sometimes,”
Centre for Development Initiatives (CDI)’s survey on child domestic workers of Guwahati, 2008 shows 84 % are doing part time domestic work and 75% of the CDWs are school going 44% of the CDWs were put to work by their own parents and 46% by themselves. 62 % of the CDWs do cleaning of houses as their major work. 10 % of the CDWs took care of children. 51 % of the CDWs cleaning house and utensils. 10 % helped in the family business of their employers. The minimum age when the children began their work is 9 and the maximum is 18 The minimum wages that the CDWs receive is Rs.150, the maximum is Rs.1000
At the end of every month, the man who had accompanied Priya to Delhi, used to come and take Rs 2000 as commission out of her salary of Rs 5,000. Priya only came to know about all these when she begged her employer to tell the truth. Besides, Priya came to know about the trafficking activities of her neighbour Sophiya and her team involving the ‘man’. But, somehow she got lucky and landed in a household in Delhi as a domestic help. She even managed to rescue two of the girls who had fallen into the hands of Sophiya and her team.
Now, with the help of some of her friends, she has bagged herself a job of a domestic hep in a household in Gurgaon on a monthly salary of Rs 8000. “I am the only bread earner in my family. It’s been more than four years in Delhi and now, I am doing well compared to the initial days of my staying in Delhi,” Priya Kachuwa told G Plus. Though, the stories of Sunita Minz, Stella Toppo, Sangeeta Somary and Asrita Minz are a bit different from Priya Kachuwa, the sufferings and pains undergone by them are the same. These underprivileged women have been working in different households of the Milanpur area of Chandmari. To make ends meet every day, they have to work in five to six households for an hour or so. “Even after working so hard, we get a monthly salary of Rs 500 to 600 per households, which is very minimal. We do not have BPL cards, or any holidays. Moreover, we do not get any leave, even in cases of deliveries. If we take a day off, the employers deduct the salary of the day from our monthly salary. The employers scold us if we arrive late sometimes,” Stella, who is also a mother, told. “Sometimes, the employers use profanities against us. Above all, they do not hesitate to accuse us of theft, if they something in the house, is misplaced” a miserable Sunita Minz lamented.
Existent picture Guwahati, being the gateway to the Northeast has become one of the major hub of domestic workers, especially children. On one hand, lower Assam is becoming as a sup-
plier and Guwahati is emerging as the receiving zones of domestic workers in the entire Northeastern region. A survey done by Centre for Development Initiatives (CDI), a national NGO, on children domestic workers of the city in 2008 revealed that 87% of the total respondents (domestic workers) came under the age group of 10 to 14. The same survey carried out in Hatigaon, PaltanBazar, Bhaskanagar colony, Babla Colony, Kahilipara & Bamuni Maidan also revealed that majority of the children domestic workers were female. “Due to the introduction of various laws protecting child rights, the number of child domestic workers has come down sizably in many states of the country. But the situation remains grim in the city of Guwahati. Many households of the city still employ child domestic workers who are prone to physical and mental abuse. Studies have shown that, in recent times the BTAD areas in Assam is gradually turning into transit zones for trafficking of child and women domestic workers,”Sister Teresa Joseph, secretary, CDI told G Plus. The CDI has more than 3000 domestic workers registered in Guwahati, but it is estimated that the number of domestic workers in the city crosses 30,000, majority of who are female. “Domestic workers have little rights. However, they are being included in the category of minimum wage labour. But, nobody pays them according to the norms. They live and work in a constant fear and face physical and mental torture, abuse and sexual harassment,” sister Teresa also added.
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‘Serious misconduct’ means any act or omission of a police officer that leads to or amounts to Death in police custody Grievous hurt, as defined in Section 320 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860 Molestation, rape or attempt to committing rape Arrest or detention without due process of law Forceful deprivation of a person of his rightful ownership or possession of property Blackmail or extortion Non registration of First Information Report
POLICE MISCONDUCT INCREASING IN THE STATE Mrinmoyee Hazarika
olicing in India still has a long way to go. Unlike other countries, the police personnel are not considered to be very peoplefriendly in India. The status in Assam is no different. There has been a long standing allegation against the police personnel of not behaving well with the common public. People thus, hardly find it convenient to turn to the police for any help or assistance. Herein, comes into play the importance of the Assam State Police Accountability Commission (ASPAC). In order to ensure good public behaviour on the part of the police, the ASPAC was set up in the year 2008, following the enactment of the Assam Police Act 2007. Since then, the commission has been receiving complaints and disposing them with competence.
Increasing trend During the initial year of establishment of the commission in 2008, a total number of 67 cases were registered and all of them were disposed swiftly. In the following year, altogether 26 cases were being registered in ASPAC and the next year (2010) too witnessed 52 cases being registered in ASPAC. Altogether 66 cases were registered in the commission in the year 2011 and 41 of them were being disposed. “Over time, we have been receiving more number of cases of ‘serious misconduct’ against the police personnel. This year, till the month of November, we have already received
Cases registered and disposed in ASPAC from the year 2008 – November, 2013 Year
2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 Total
67 26 52 66 79 85 375
67 26 52 41 32 17 235
Nil nil Nil 25 47 68 140
“Among the cases received by the commission, maximum number of complaints were filed on the ground of non-registration of first information report (FIR) by the police” 85 cases of ‘serious misconduct’ against the police. The previous year saw 79 such cases,” Dimbeswar Kalita, secretary of the commission told G Plus. The secretary mentioned that the rapid increase in the number of cases registered against the police definitely indicates an increasing trend of police misconduct in the state. “There is a rapid increase in complaints received by the commission, which clearly shows increase in police misconduct,” Kalita said.
Regarding the highest number of complaints received by the commission falling under ‘serious misconduct’ as phrased by the Assam police act, 2007, he said, “Among the cases received by the commission, maximum number of complaints were filed on the ground of non-registration of first information report (FIR) by the police”
Awareness The idea of police accountabil-
ity commission is a new one for the state public. But during its 6 years of existence, the commission has been able to make the public aware of its presence. “We have been organising awareness camps across the state to make the general public as well as the police personnel aware of the provisions of the police accountability commission. We also invite members of the NGOs to take part in those programmes. At present, we have two such programmes at hand to be organised in Bongaigaon and Dhubri district. Now, people are coming up to lodge complaints against police misconduct,” secretary of ASPAC expressed. Mentioning about the acceptance of the hearings of complaints registered in ASPAC, he further expressed that the government and DGP are bound to follow it.
Snags The commission is entitled to primarily carry out two types of inquiry processes on the basis of the complaints received by it – order criminal proceedings and departmental action. Although the commission was empowered to take up cases suo moto or based on complaints, it can only enquire into the complaints, like checking the documents and referring them for departmental action. The prosecution can be done only by the DGP and the Home department can take disciplinary action against
the chargesheeted police personnel. “In our annual report, submitted to the Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, we have given several recommendations to amend the act which require legislation in the Assembly,” Dimbeswar Kalita told. The recommendations include a regional police accountability authority, submission of quarterly reports of the departmental inquiry/directions to the commission by DGP, an organisation to research matters relating to the efficiency of police services and a police rulebook conforming to the police act, to re-design the general diary to make police work transparent and accountable. It also recommended formation of a committee comprising police officials, representatives from citizen’s liaison groups and nagarik committees to closely monitor the functioning of the police. Moreover, the commission is facing manpower shortage which makes the existing staff overburdened. “The provisions of Assam Police Act, 2007 allows the formation of district accountability authorities for each district, under the ASPAC. But, the government is yet to form these authorities. Because of which, the whole system is now becoming a single window operation and the people living in different parts of the state have to come to Ulubari, Guwahati to lodge a complaint. Besides, lack of manpower in the commission has forced the existing officials to take extra work load,” Kalita said.
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In the News
Is The Sarusajai Stadium Ready For The Fifa Under-17 WC The stadium has been shortlisted but will it make it into the final six? PRATIK DHAR
IFA recently declared that India would host the FIFA Under-17 World Cup in 2017. The entire footballing fraternity of the country had been waiting for the decision for a long time and this should come as a good reason to cheer for all of them. With cricket always grabbing all limelight, this decision should help the slowly evolving football infrastructure in the country. There are several venues vying to get selected for the matches to be played during the tournament and Guwahati is keeping its fingers crossed to be one of them.
Is Assam FIFA ready
Though the All India Football Federation (AIFF) has not announced the six final venues, Guwahati seems to be one of the most promising competitors for this upcoming mega event. The other venues in the race are Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Calcutta, Bangalore and Goa. The Executive Committee Member and Vice Chairman I-League (AIFF) and Honorary Secretary of Assam Football Association, Ankur Dutta informed that the AIFF has already shortlisted eight venues and out of those the Sarusajai Stadium is one of the venues which could make it to the final six. Altogether 24 teams including host India will qualify for the world cup. All these 24 teams would be divided into six groups and each group
would consist of four countries. There would be six matches in each venue. The Sarusajai Stadium has been already shortlisted and should become a confirmed venue provided the infrastructure is upgraded and developed by the government of Assam and the Sports Authority of Assam. At present, both the practice ground and the main ground are not up to the mark and needs development. The floodlights have to be upgraded as well. The minimum floodlight requirement is 2000 lux but presently it is only between 600 to 700 lux. The dressing rooms should also be renovated with other required facilities. The IMG-Reliance is planning a new league in India, the Indian Super League to be held in the month of September next year and has selected Guwahati as one of the venues. The MOE has been signed and the Chief Minister of Assam has already directed the government of Assam and the Sports Authority of Assam to develop the necessary process. So, once these renovations are completed then Guwahati should become one of the final venues for the FIFA tournament. Before the FIFA representatives come to inspect the stadiums, they should be ready by then. Moreover, the government of Assam has also given the two guarantees to the union government, one being the tax exemp-
The Sarusajai Stadium has been already shortlisted and should become a confirmed venue provided the infrastructure is upgraded and developed by the government of Assam and the Sports Authority of Assam.”
tion guarantee and the other being the security guarantee for the players and matches to be held. The Assam government will go for tendering and experts would be invited to develop the grounds. They will also look into the specifications given by the FIFA. The PWD (Public Works Department) has already floated tender for the flood light systems.
The Challenge Factor
Swan Thapa, a coach at the GTC, Football Academy says that “we have not witnessed an I-League tournament here till now so, to comment on the under-17 FIFA World Cup would be too early. Though the Sarusajai Stadium has been selected as a venue, I am unsure about its ground condition. We often go there for practice but looking at the condition of the ground, it is still way behind the required standards. Though the authorities are claiming that they would renovate it within the stipulated time, it has become a matter of concern now.” The Under-17 group is an important group, so, if Guwahati gets selected as one of the venues for the FIFA World Cup 2017, it will be a boost for the local footballers of that age group as they would be able to draw the inspiration from the game. Thomson Langthasa, member of Senior Assam Football Team too is not
sure about the ground standards. He feels that to be a venue for a tournament of such stature, the grounds must be upgraded first to meet the norms as specified by the FIFA body. Otherwise, it would become difficult to make it into the final six. The weather condition is also another factor. However, he also feels that, since India would be the host country, it will participate in the tournament which is a positive sign for the entire north eastern region as well. The future is still uncertain. There is time and there is hope. It is an event we are waiting for. But whether Guwahati would become the desirable venue for the mega event is still a matter of concern. While some are apprehensive, others are confident. But if it does happen, the region will have grand stories to share in the future.
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ritically acclaimed Bollywood filmmaker Nagesh Kukunoor visited the city to have a pre-release preview of his upcoming film Lakshmi as a part of the GPlus campaign in Guwahati against women trafficking. On the way from Airport to Anuradha Cinema, Nagesh exclusively talks to GPlus and shares his reasons to make a film on women trafficking. Koushik Hazarika
How was your journey from Hyderabad Blues to Lakshmi? The journey has been fun. One of the things which I focused on is to try and make sure that I never repeat myself; try and find stories which I have never done before, most specifically, genres I have never dealt before. It’s an ongoing growth process and if you enjoy film making than there is no end to it. It’s been 15 years and I have been messing around with different kinds of films.
How did the idea of Lakshmi come to you? There is an NGO I interacted with. Actually, I have done some work for Plan India, which is a worldwide organisation that funds NGOs and does a lot of work in the area of children. While working with Plan I met an NGO and through that I met lot of women who were victims of sexual exploitation and trafficking and were rescued and kept in shelter homes. While interacting with them I was blown by the fact that what emerged were not stories of loss, pain and suffering, although they had a lot of it, but stories of heroism. So, I was trying to see if there is a story somewhere. I met a young girl there who was actually forced into prostitution and once she got out of it, she had taken her traffickers to court and won. That was the hook. Once I got that I started devising a story around it. So, in the beginning of the film I say that it’s a fictional account of many true stories.
During your interaction with these victims, what did you notice, in terms of their mental makeup? Given the amount of physical, emotional and mental trauma these women had suffered it was amazing to see how ‘normal’ they were. They had their own support structure in the rescue shelter. Having said that one of the things that these NGOs face is that a lot of them end up going back into prostitution because they have no other option. The families don’t take them back, they cannot find a job anywhere, and the vocational training provided in the rescue centre do not help in great living. So, these are some of the things they battle with.
So, the society does not allow them to get back to normalcy? They absolutely don’t. Getting them out is only winning half the battle, may be even less because getting them back into the mainstream is such a huge task. Because of the stigma in our society they are considered outcasts, that it’s very said.
What according to you do they want from the society? One thing they are looking for is normalcy. They want the society to treat them as normal human beings. Most of these girls are forced into it and it’s not by choice. Because only something happened to them, they have to live such double lives. They have to lie all the time as the society refuses to accept them as normal persons. The biggest irony is that a lot of these girls get sold by their own family, and when rescued, the same family treats them as if they have committed a sin.
Do you think the main reason is poverty for trafficking? It’s a very strong component, but it’s a very strange mindset that a lot of people have used it as an excuse. One of the reason for naming the film Lakshmi is that when a girl child is born in a house in India, they say is ‘ghar me lakshmi aa gayi’, and then they sell the girl. I understand that some people are dirt poor and have nothing. But in that situation I say, sell yourself, instead of selling another human being.
You must have done a lot of research before doing the film; do you know that even Assam has the problem?
Getting them out of prostitution is only winning half the battle -Nagesh Kukunoor
Yes, I am aware of that. In fact Andhra Pradesh is the first, and that is the place I hail from. The film was shot in Hyderabad entirely.
Do you think that the Indian audience is opening up to alternative movies? I have been asked this question frequently since the time Hyderabad Blues opened the doors to an alternative kind of cinema. After every two or three years the press asks, ‘do you think that now a movement has started and we will see a whole bunch of films, and my response always is ‘I hope.’ Having said that, in the last couple of years, I have seen such films had no business releases, but actually did very good in the box office, that gives me a little hope.
Have you heard anything about Assamese films and Assamese film industry? The answer is no, but then when I was on the National films award jury in 2005 and that was the first time I had seen several Assamese films, one by Jahnu Baruah. There were some very interesting Assamese films. Do you think it’s easy to make films now than before with the invention of cameras like 5D and all?
Photo: Rahul Chanda
For Assam to be explored by Bollywood, people from this part have to make Bollywood films.
100%. It’s become way way easy. When films first found their legs with the 35mm films, that is where films became what they are in our lives. 35mm film enjoyed a period of almost 70 years. Everything which was known about how to become a filmmaker was restricted to the people who could afford 35mm film. Once that paradigm shifted, everything has changed. Now you need your iPhone to make a film and that is the beauty. It has taken out the power from a selected few and thrown it out to so many. Even Bollywood is seeing a lot more filmmakers because of this change.
come and shoot here. The other is that a place can be a character in the story or the people whom you use in the story. To do this you have to understand the place and be familiar with it. One of the reasons why the other parts of India have been explored so much because you have filmmakers from that part. For example Bollywood has a lot of Punjabi filmmakers. So, for Assam to be explored by Bollywood, people from this part have to make Bollywood films.
You have come to Guwahati for the first time, so, if you get an interesting script or an issue here, will you work on it?
It’s a smart thing to do it with Priyanka because you get a wider audience. It’s a question of economics. If you want everyone to know the Marry Kom story, in a country like India it is the only way to do it. We are so star-obsessed that it will be the hook. Marry Kom’s story won’t be the hook.
Not necessarily! First, a place can be a destination, for example, if people say Assam is very pretty, people can
Your thoughts on Priyanka Chopra playing Mary Kom...
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ssam is a naturally resource-rich state. But it has been seen that the resources that are being exploited in recent times are not being done so wisely. Outside investors have made the state their strong hold while the indigenous people are still struggling to make it. The future has also become a concern for many quarters of the society as there is uncertainty in every aspect. Lets hear what the Guwahatians feel about it.
Surajit Kalita, Private Firm Employee It is true that Assamese people have not been able to use their own resources wisely and efficiently. The main reason being that those who have already made it big are never in a mood to help their own acquaintances in times of need and mostly in terms of financial aid. Today, our youths are busy looking for government jobs more than starting their own business. So, they never enter the domain. Moreover, they would favour a private job rather than setting up their own enterprises.
Satyajit Deka, Student Most of the times, the government sanctions areas of land holdings to outsiders or non Assamese investors because of the fact that they do not place much demands whereas, in case of the Assamese people, the deal is never hassle free as most of the time they come up with objections. On the other hand, it cannot be denied that our Assamese people feel embarassed about doing small time jobs while the non Assamese people never fuss about any type of jobs delegated to them. This infact has helped them to flourish in every field.
Banashree Deka, Student Most of our youths have left the city to gain the exposure of the metro cities since it is more happening outside and those who are residing here are satisfied with what they are getting. Despite having the idea that Assam is rich in natural resources, the indigenous people never come forward to use them, rather would wait for someone else to come and start an industry and they would work under them. Today, the Assamese people at first have to inculcate self dependency within them so that they could gather the courage to start their own setup. Also, the people residing outside should come back with the exposure gained to work for the state.
The Sattriya Style & the Ankiya Nat & Bhaona
he Sattriya style evolved early in the 16th century when the Vaishnava saint and reformer Sankardeva composed his dance drama and devotional songs. The sattra dances possess a number of hastas, choreographic patterns, distinctive costumes and a variety of masks. Different modes of pursuing Bhakti towards the goal of eternal bliss were formulated by Sankardeva. He chose ‘Lila’ (divine sport) as the subject matter of listening, singing, chanting, dancing and enacting the pursuit of Bhakti to realise the impersonal and Absolute Brahman. This device was the basis of the evolution of Ankiya Nat and Bhaona. What is distinctive about Ankiya Bhaona is that it includes dance, music and drama. The dance comprises of both ‘Nritta’ (pure dance) and ‘Nritya’ (interpretative dance) which have great impact on drama. The pure dance form incorporated in Ankiya Bhaona are the dance performed by orchestra (Gayan Bayan) in the Purvaranga, the long entrance dance piece of the Sutradhara and the principal actors and actresses; the short dance pieces that mark the entrance of other lesser dramatize persona; the marching and exit dance of each character, the dance depicting battle; the dances performed by the principal characters in the closing sequence set to Kharaman Tala. These dances are based on Angikabhinaya (bodily expressions) guided by the principles of Natyashastra and the Abhinaya Darpan and as passed down by the oral tradition. The music of Ankiya Bhaona is known as Sattriya music. The principal instruments used are Khol or Mridang, a kind of skin covered instrument of barrel shaped with each end covered with tightly stretched skin. Wind instruments like flute and string instruments like violin do not find importance here. Natya, the drama is a sole of Ankiya Bhaona. The representations of Bhaonas are popularly known as bhawana or bhaona. The performances of Sankardeva’s and Madhavdeva’s dramas are known as Ankiya Bhaona, representation of other dramas in the same grand style is also known by the same name. The term Ankiya is neither found in the written text of the dramas nor in the biographical literature (charita). However, although the term is applied in a superficial way to signify their compositions, it implies at a deeper level, a sense of reverence towards the creation of these two great masters. It is an indigenous form as it is not written in the spoken dialect of people of the land rather than in an artificially literary language called Brajavali. The characters of the play are called Bhavariya and female characters are invariably played by man.
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It is true that Assamese people are lagging behind when it comes to the usage of natural resources of the state. Basically, our people lack the capital to start any business. Since, to start a business, a huge capital is needed but it becomes difficult for most of the people as they do not have a mortgage to give. Now-a-days, people are scared to enter into a business activity because of the growing risk related with it. Moreover, the loan acquiring process has also become difficult and tedious. Those who are already rich (both Assamese and Non-Assamese), keep on investing because they have opportunity and other people as well do not fear to enter into a partnership with them because of the security they assure.
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eek in, week out, we have been talking to citizens, member organisations, area sabha members and councilors regarding their respective areas and the problems and issues it has. Most of them cite a lackadaisical attitude of authorities but some of them do realise that the public too needs to cooperate to achieve a successful and well run locality. This time we move on to Chilarai Nagar of ward number 18 and find out what they have to say about their area.
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Niharendu Bikash Dhar, Auditor, Chilarai Nagar Unayan Committee Presently, the water in the boring well has also dried out. The current government though took an initiative to dig another tube well in the Chilarai Nagar Naamghar premise but the entire process was in vain. The pipelines for Guwahati water project have also been laid but it is still at a nascent stage. Most of the re-planning and repairing works are done by the Chilarai Nagar Unayan Committee. The water distribution is also done by the members of the committee. The local unemployed youths have been engaged to distribute the water and as per the direction of the executive members of the committee, they distribute water to the households. Water scarcity is being faced by us all round the year. We have 500 members in the committee but cannot supply water to more than six members a day.
Makhan Lall Nath, Executive Member, Chilarai Nagar Unayan Committee The main problem of the area is severe water scarcity. We do not have any kind of water supply provision. Neither there is GMC nor there is Urban Water Sewerage Board. Moreover, the condition of the road is also poor. The recent laying of the pipes have further damaged the road. It is a low-lying area and hence it often gets water logged. The repairing of the Srimantapur Chilarai Nagar link road was approved twice by the Dispur Secreteriat Municipal Administration, but till date nothing has been done. Today, there is not even the sufficient space to accommodate a fire brigade in times of emergency.
Arati Bhattacharyya, Housewife The local people have been working for the development of the area. Despite being located in the heart of the city, we still do not enjoy some basic amenities. If I have to pay Rs 2000 to clean the drains, near my house then what is the use of paying the necessary taxes to the authorities. Though we have the lamp posts, there are no bulbs. Some of the posts are in deplorable condition. Moreover, the local residents should also urge the Unayan committee to start a cleaning drive immediately.
Lila Phukan, Housewife
Ulubari Kachari Basti Part of Lachit Nagar area Rup Nagar area Chilarai Nagar area Birubari area Srimantapur area Jonakpur area
A. S. Member’s response
We do not see any kind of developmental work in the area. After the GMC election, we were expecting some changes to happen but nothing as such has happened. Post the elections, not a single representative of the GMC have visited the locality. The condition of the area is deteriorating everyday. There are no proper roadways and no drainage facility. The Bharalu stream is situated right next to us and when it overflows, we become its worst victims. Moreover, the GMC labourers rarely turn out to clean the drains but again leave the rubbish on the road.
Kamini Kumar Das, Area Sabha Member 18 (C) Both street light repairing and cleaning of drains in different localities of 18 (c) are going on. We have already completed replacement works of street lights in four by-lanes of Srimantapur L.P. School Road. Moreover, the deep tube-well and a reservoir at Chilarai Nagar Club provided by the BJP party at a cost of Rs 9 lacs is also catering to the needs of around 500 people in the area. The main reason for the slow progress of work is due to non-availability of sufficient funds. Sometimes we spend from our own pockets to maintain the pace of work. Our Mayor has assured us with further progress once the funds arrive. GMC has also ordered another 400 dustbins to be placed in different corners of the city and till now it has received only 20. Two out of twenty has been given to ward number 18 and we have placed them near the Guwahati Medical College.
Area Sabha Member’s Version
CHILARAI NAGAR, BYLANE NO. 3
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The SALE Factor PRATIK DHAR
uying or selling a house is definitely not a piece of cake. If the thought of selling a house comes to mind, it can turn out to be very tedious with all the procedures involved. Many sellers are failing to attract potential buyers because of the fact that they are not aware of the basic requirements for selling a property. Selling a property has become a strenuous task for owners, right from finding a prospective buyer to finalising the sale agreement.
SELLING PROPERTY The Evaluation Factor
While selling a property, a proper valuation of the property is to be made prior to its sale. A self-assessment of one’s property is most important while one can also resort to an external source to determining its worth. Consulting property dealers in respective localities is another way of systematic valuation. One can also refer to the prevailing market rates for similar properties.
Finding a prospective buyer is another gargantuan task. The idea behind getting such buyers would include process, which may involve classified advertising in newspapers or websites, for the purpose. Another potential step would be to approach professional brokers to find the prospective buyers for a property. While approaching a property dealer or a broker, the track record of their work and reputation must be checked and it is equally important to check the credentials of the purchaser in terms of his background, financial capabilities and reliability.
While selling a property to a specific purchaser, communicating with the society or governing body in case of a building should be done, further in addition to this, the seller would also have to obtain a ‘No Objection Certificate’ (NOC) from the governing body, for the same.
Only after obtaining the NOC, the seller may proceed with the legal processes related to the property. Fixing an appointment with the sub-registrar to get the property registered in the name of the buyer would become the next procedure. This shall be under the provisions of the Indian Registration Act 1908.
PROCESS OF PROPERTY REGISTRATION
The registration of a property involves adequate stamping and paying of the registration charges for a sale deed and having it legally recorded at the sub-registrar’s office. If the prop-
erty is purchased from a developer, registering the property amounts to an act of legal conveyance. If it is the second or third transaction for the property, it could involve a duly stamped and registered transfer deed. The process is now computerised in most states, and involves the issuing of a token number for registering the document on a specified date. The process can take anything from seven to fifteen days. The documentation will vary depending upon the nature of the property. If the property is already under lien, then the mortgaging agency will have its own format.
REGISTERING A MORTGAGED PROPERTY
If a property that is under mortgage is to be registered, the mortgaging bank will require an NOC from the housing society (where the property is located) in a prescribed format. The bank then initiates the loan outlay or disbursement, depending on the repayment eligibility of the purchaser. The document then gets
duly registered on bank’s confirmation of disbursement to the seller after obtaining all the originals documents from the sub-registrar’s office. The housing society will need to receive an intimation, without which the existing owner cannot create any third-party lien or exercise any right to further sell or grant a leave and license on the property.
WHAT THE LAW SAYS
Registering the documents relating to the transfer, sale, lease or any other form of disposal of a property is compulsory by law under section 17 of the Indian Registration Act, 1908. Once a property is registered, it means that the person in whose favour the property is registered is the lawful owner of the premises and is fully responsible for it. If the required documents are not duly registered, then Section 49 of the Indian Registration Act, 1908 states that the documents will not have any bearing on the property, and that they do not confer any transaction rights over the property.
In other words, the law does not recognize unregistered owner and does not give him/her any rights over the property. Sale of immovable property has been defined as a transfer of ownership in exchange for a price paid or promised or partly paid and partly promised by the Transfer of Property Act, 1882. •
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In a sale there has to be a seller and buyer. The seller has to be efficient while transfering the immovable property to the buyer. Both parties (the seller and the buyer have to be competent to contract under the Indian Contract Act). Subject of a sale should be immovable property. There has to be a transfer of ownership by the seller to the buyer. Price is the essence of the contract of sale. It may be paid in a bulk or in instalments as agreed between the two parties.
SERVICES OF A PROPERTY LAWYER
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Legal advice related to property law. Legal documentation related to property laws which include the drafting and vetting of title documents, lease, license agreements, transfer documents, gift of property documents and all other such services. Legal services related to house tax, mutation, assessment of property with Municipal Corporation. Legal services pertaining to advice on wealth tax, property tax. Litigation services in the fields of property law. Legal services for claiming possession of the property. Handling the disputes between landlord and tenant related to the property disputes.
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City Entertainment Industry All Set For a Windfall
The party season is here and clubs and hotels of Guwahati are all set to make big bucks
ome year-end and entertainment business in Guwahati zooms up. Key to this is the temporary import of about a 150 DJs, some top-of-the-line, from Kolkata, Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore. Not only Guwahati but other areas of Northeast India including Shillong, Kohima, Aizwal and Upper Assam gets a slice of this booming business too. All together, the year-end celebrations leads to a business of about Rs 100 to 200 Cr a night. Northeastern states known for its love for music and festivity makes lavish arrangement for the New Year’s eve night. The Christian community presence is very strong in the Northeast states with Nagaland, Mizoram, Meghalaya pre dominantly have a Christian population. Even in Assam, Tripura, Manipur and Arunchal Pradesh there is a sizable number of Christian population. Northeast India accounts for 4 percent of total population of the county. These DJs are brought in by disc owners, private organisers and hoteliers to pump up the entertainment scene in a region. The partying starts here on the Christmas Day and continues until 31st. Even resorts along the national highways organize DJnite to pull the crowd. Thousands of holidaying crowd come here during this time of the year for relaxing from different parts of India. Top bracket DJ’s charge around Rs 4 to Rs 5 lakh for a three-hour performance. Some of the DJ’s that come
According to the State Government records, about 39,085 liters of foreign liquor is being sold on an average daily. It fetches excise revenue to the tune of Rs 38.78 lakh.
here charge between Rs 1.5 to Rs 4 lakh for a single performance. There will be over 30 discothèques in the Northeast India. To get entry into a 31st night event, one needs to shell out Rs 3000 to Rs 8000. Most of the hotels and restaurants organise 31st night bashes. There are over 300 hotels in Guwahati alone. Adding to these, the organisers also pay for the travelling expenses of the DJ’s and the others accompanying them. A Guwahati based Karaoke lounge bar owner who did not wish to be quoted said, “While disc and hotels get DJ’s even corporate parties, office get together, locality parties and roof top parties of apartments hire DJ’s.” He added that there is a distinct shift in the preference from live bands to DJs. Latest releases from anywhere
in the world can be played by DJs. “Earlier we had a concept of celebrity live bands now this has been taken over by celebrity DJ’s. There is a frantic rush for tickets. At times we even hire foreign DJ’s.” The copyright society Phonographic Performance Limited (PPL-India) keeps a hawk eye on different performances. PPL collects the royalties from each licensee, according to the terms of the licence. The licences are given out in three categories namely events with sponsors or tickets, events without tickets and without sponsors, and events for charitable cause. Sources in PPL said, “This time of
To get entry into a 31st night event, one needs to shell out Rs 3,000 to Rs 8,000. year we increase our vigilance. We take help of civic administration. The administration in Guwahati is helping us a lot. Our revenue in different heads in Northeast this time would be several crores,” Sources in the hotel industry said,
“Hotel industry is trying innovative dishes. New veggie and non veggie dishes will also be there on the 31st night”. This is a merry time for liquor companies. Most of wines shops in Assam are stocking liquors before 31st. Sources in the excise department added, “This is major time to meet our revenue targets.” According to the State Government records, about 39,085 liters of foreign liquor is being sold on an average daily. It fetches excise revenue to the tune of Rs 38.78 lakh. Assam has 1,448 licensed wine shops selling foreign liquor. There are around 303 wine shops and over 128 bars in Guwahati alone.
YES BANK Organizes Painting Competition
ES BANK, India’s fourth largest private sector bank, organized a series of painting competitions for children at its branches in the North Eastern states of India to commemorate the recently concluded Hornbill Art Festival. The YES Community initiative was conducted across the cities of Aizawl, Guwahati, Jorhat, Agartala, Itanagar, Silchar and Tezpur, focused on a creative and colourful depiction of the Hornbill species. The best paintings were displayed at the Art Festival. YES BANK recently partnered with the International Hornbill Festival, Nagaland to further strengthen its ongoing efforts for promoting art, culture and wild-life conservation
Godrej interio launches first franchise in Guwahati
G in India. The festival is Asia’s largest tourism initiative and is hosted by the Government of Nagaland. It was inaugurated by Honourable President of
India, Shri. Pranab Mukherjee. The annual festival attracts wild-life enthusiasts from all over the world and is the pride of Nagaland
odrej interio, a manufacturer of home and office furniture has launched its first franchisee in Maligaon area of the city, on last Monday. Subodh Kumar Mehta, senior Vice President of Godrej interio had inaugurated the store. Inaugurating the franchise, Mehta said, “Guwahati has been contributing a share of 6-7% of the company’s overall sale. We have experienced a good response from our customers based in the entire north east region.
Keeping that in mind and cater to a large number of customers, we have opened our first franchise here” He also stated that the franchise would provide customers access to the latest range, upcoming trends and options even before the actual launch of the products. The store offers modern and innovative furniture for the kitchen, bedroom, living and dining area. The whole NE region contributed 42% to the company’s market share.
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It’s Time To Reload!
Sunburn Season 7 is going to be absolutely amazing with Tenishia coming down to Guwahati. Experience Sunburn Reload in your city with Tenishia, Anish Sood, (S)haan & NDS & Blue at Hotel Brahmaputra Ashok, Guwahati.
Currently ranked 65 in the DJ MAG top 100, Tenishia hold their own as the most successful DJ/Producer in Malta, selling arena shows and appearing everywhere from TV to mobile phone adverts. Winners of ‘Best Newcomer Award 2005’′, ‘Best Live Performance 2005’′ and 3 years in a row ‘Best Dance Tune Award’ at the Malta Music Awards, Tenishia has proved to be an Icon to the young generation taking the clubbing scene by storm and building up enough fans to hold their own Tenishia Live events.
At just 23, Anish Sood is part of a new generation of path breaking DJs and producers who have taken the Indian dance music industry by storm. With releases on respectable labels around the world and a calendar that rivals many veterans, Anish’s relentless, hardworking attitude has seen his career take a big leap.
(S)haan (born as Shaan Singh, 18 June 1995 in Mumbai, India) is the youngest DJ ever to play at an international music festival. At age 15, he debuted at Asia’s largest music festival – Sunburn 2010, in Goa, India. He is the new kid on the Electronic Dance scene and has played to many packed house across India and in London.
NDS & Blue
Dj Nds N Dj Blue is the brainchild of childhood friends, Gaurav Sharma and Siddharth Sharma. In 2007, after being bored with the Orignals and Bollywood Mixes driven music scene in India, the boys started producing originals and Commercial electronic music and sending out demo tracks to labels and other producers.
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Nagesh Kukunoor and Monali Thakur interract with media at Guwahati Press Club on 13th December Seminars on women trafficking in various colleges by Global Organisation of Labour Development (GOLD). GOLD GS Dr. Rajeev Sharma talked on various issues which can help eradicate the problem from the society
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The Official Pre Party for 22nd December
Poison Mr. 909
Champabati High School
Rose and Poppy Tinted Glasses Vespa Vipe Presents DJ SA
Free Soul 2013 AU/ D10/ Gramme VIAL
ARE WE BEING HUMAN? Campaign against Human Traffcking
IIT Students perform street plays at various locations across the city, spreading awareness against women trafficking
Nagesh Kukunoor and Monali Thakur interact with the audience at Anuradha Cineplex after the preview of Lakshmi
Young Indians Eastern Regional Summit Date: 13th December 2013 Venue: NEDFi Hall
Cultural Affairs secretary Swapnil Baruah speaks during the inaugural session of the summit
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Stay hungry, stay foodie GARGEE BARUAH
PHOTOS: SHASANKA GOGOI
Baghdad restaurant, Hatigaon, near Rajdhani Masjid, Guwahati
he ideology of a foodie rules out contentment as the motto is to stay hungry for more. The foodie’s paradise gets better every weekend as G Plus takes you to a seraphic ride in and around Guwahati. Craving for some Mughlai/NorthIndian, middle- eastern cuisine this weekend? The Baghdad restaurant is divided into two sections: ac and non-ac. The air-conditioned section is well-lit and has an ambience unlike the other section. Looks like one has the ‘street’ look and the other has the ‘smart’ look. The other (which is the air-conditioned part) is spacious and is made to look sophisticated compared to the non- ac section. The menu has a wide range of chicken, beef and mutton dishes. It also has vegetarian items albeit I guess few people would be interested to avoid the non-veg delight on the platter. It also serves a few items in Chinese cuisine. The place is earning a name especially because of its biryani. It serves beef, chicken, mutton and egg biryani. They have Hyderabadi Biryani along with the plain biryani in the menu. The biryani here is lipsmacking! The quantity served for half or full plate is satisfactory and not meagre like in most restaurants. The chicken butter masala here is a mouthwatering one under chicken dishes. In beef dishes, they have beef bhuna, beef keema, beef stew, beef korma, beef rizala, beef chaap, beef kofta curry, beef liver fry, beef dal gosht, beef roasted, beef stew (Naga boiled style). They
Opening hours: 12 noon to 10.30 PM
Cost: Around 500 to 600 for a hearty meal for two people.
have starters in beef. The rolls are quite reasonable in price which comes for around 50 to 60 bucks. The restaurant serves all kinds of purpose with its two-way appeal like birthdays and important meetings in one to grabbing
some fast food items and indulging in chatter with school/college friends to rid off hunger in the other. The service is swift and the staff is very polite. Home-delivery service is available.
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Amazing Spiderman 2 trailer crosses 1 Million hits in one week
t looks like that the wait is finally over as the trailer of Amazing Spiderman 2 is out on Youtube, revealing Rhino, Green Goblin and Electro against Spidey. Even the trailer shows up the Vulture wings and Doc Ock’s Arms just for a moment if you look closly. Check it out. It looks like Spidey is going to be real busy this time.
Godzilla is back
India may issue warning against Bitcoin
s regulatory glare increases on Bitcoin globally and its exchange rates become extremely volatile, Indian authorities may soon issue a public advisory to warn against potential risks associated with this new digital currency concept. While authorities and experts are becoming more worried about its potential money laundering risks, there are also concerns about this new phenomenon snowballing into an ‘e-ponzi’ or an electronic version of investor fraud, given the growing promotion of Bitcoin as an investment product without any enabling regulations for them. “At least a public advisory may be issued soon to warn against possible
risks associated with Bitcoins,” a senior official said, while adding that the pressure has increased on regulatory and enforcement agencies in India after latest moves by China and France on this front.
Facebook may soon launch ‘Sympathize’ button
acebook’s ‘Like’ button has been one of its biggest successes, but it is not rare to find posts which one may not actually like. In such cases users often write ‘dislike’ in comments just to express their unhappiness about the topic of the post. While the ‘Dislike’ button may still be away, users may get to see a ‘Sympathize’ button in their news feed. According to a Huffington Post report, Facebook is pondering on introducing a ‘Sympathize button’. The button created by an employee during Facebook hackathon held “a little while back” reportedly became an instant hit.
This button would appear when users post a gloomy update (for example Sad or Depressed from Facebook’s list of feelings) in place of ‘Like’.
Microsoft may bring back Start Menu in Windows 8.2
he new Godzilla movie is set to release in 2014. The childhood horror returns. Check out youtube for the theatrical trailer.
Spotify to unveil free mobile streaming service
potify, the Swedish music streaming service, is set to announce a new way for users to pick specific tracks and listen to them on mobile devices without paying a fee. That’s according to a person familiar with the matter who was not authorized to speak about the feature, to be announced at an event in New York. The person spoke on condition of
anonymity. The Wall Street Journal reported earlier on the free feature, saying it will mostly serve up music based on the user’s input. The person says users can pick tracks and put them in a playlist. If the playlist is long enough, Spotify will shuffle the songs and play them back a limited number of times.
icrosoft could possibly bring back the good-old Start Menu option in its next version of Windows OS. Analysts Mary Jo Foley and Paul Thurrott, who have been predicting changes to the flagship operating system that is powering a major chunk of devices, said that the future Windows version, dubbed ‘Threshold’ would be more tightly locked, and focus on Windows Store apps. According to Tech Crunch, the speculations about Threshold include a
major bounce back of the Start Menu, which was taken off the latest Windows 8 version, in an attempt to give it a tablet-like touch interface that ultimately put off conventional desktop users. Thurrott said that the Start menu and not just the Start button, which has been restored to the tweaked version of Windows 8.1, could come back to Windows and would appear only on those product versions that support the desktop, the report added.
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Starring: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad, Santino Fontana, Alan Tudyk, Ciarán Hinds. PG cert, Director: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee The artists and writers at the Walt Disney Animation Studios are in the habit of outdoing themselves at the moment, and in cinemas this week you can see them do it twice in one sitting. Frozen, their 53rd animated feature, is just squeezably lovely: another example, alongside Tangled and The Princess and the Frog, of the kind of nostalgic yet forward-thinking storytelling that has become the studio’s hallmark since John Lasseter’s arrival from Pixar in the mid-2000s. But stuck in front of it is a sevenminute Mickey Mouse cartoon that is unquestionably the best thing Disney has done since the dawn of the Lasseter era. Watching it feels like arriving at a Michael Bublé concert only to discover that the warm-up act is Dean Martin: an espresso shot of freewheeling genius before the slippery-smooth professionalism of the main event. The short, which is called Get a Horse!, at first looks like a restoration of a black-and-white cartoon that Disney might have produced in the late 1920s. Mickey is voiced by Walt Disney himself with lines of dialogue
cherry-picked from his own early cartoons, and he is riding on a hay wagon with Minnie, where they are pestered by the half-forgotten Peg-Leg Pete character: a drooling, bristlychinned cat who is puttering along behind in a misfiring car. As the slapstick ramps up, the screen itself begins to buckle, until suddenly the characters tumble out into the cinema, in full-colour and three dimensions but otherwise unchanged. Frozen is based very loosely on the Hans Christian Andersen story The Snow Queen, which has been rewritten to focus on two royal sisters and given a punchy new title that was surely coined with Tangled and perhaps also the hit Broadway musical Wicked in mind.
Battlefield 4 is a military blockbuster that aims for unrivaled destruction. Fueled by Frostbite 3, Battlefield 4 allows you to demolish the buildings shielding your enemy. You will lead an assault from the back of a gun boat. Battlefield grants you the freedom to do more and be more while playing to your strengths and carving your own path to victory.
Angry Birds Toons is a series brings to life the characters and adventures from one of the beloved games in history!
A spine chilling ninety six hour hunt through the worlds most dangerous terrain where history collides with gunfire will Mehrunisa get out of this one alive? One morning on her way to work, Mehrunisa gets a call that will change her life forever. The truth about her missing father is at her fingertips but it will take her on the most desperate chase of her lifetime. A chase that will pit her against hardened jihadis plotting the deadliest terror attack on India, that will test her mettle against historys deep secrets, that will teach her that the price of love can mean bloodied hands. The story hurtles from icy Kashmir to snow-clad Hindukush from the sinister corridors of a military hospital to the warrens of Peshawar even as the clock counts down to the impending catastrophe.
Cast: Sunny Leone, Sachin Joshi, Nasiruddin Shah Director: Kaizad Gustad. There is nothing striking or new in this film be it Kaizad Gustad’s direction or Sunny Leone’s exposure. Sunny Leone can do everything apart from acting. Her steamy scene with Sachin Joshi is really sizzling but when it comes to acting she falls flat. This seems to be an endeavor of serving old wine in new bottle. The story is a bit confusing. Veteran actor like Naseeruddin Shah has done a good job like always, but it seems that his acting skill has been underused. The music director, Toshi and Sharib, has done their best to save the boat from sinking. There is one surprise element present in the film, that is, the cameo of former porn star Sunny Leone’s husband Daniel Weber.
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Gender Equality & Relationship Breakups
I answer all your questions on life, love and sex I’m 22 and for a year, I was seeing a 24-year-old guy I met during my MBA. We were great together, but three weeks ago he broke up with me. He said I did nothing wrong and that it was all his fault. He admitted he’s not a one-woman guy and that he was sleeping with other girls all the time when we were together. I was faithful and honest with him – he was my FIRST LOVE. I feel used and disgusted, and it’s made me lose all confidence in myself. He begged me not to be angry with him but I love him too much to be cross. I just keep hoping he’ll call. -Name withheld
s the clamour for equality grows louder, the relationship complexities also increase in the city of Guwahati. The ego game between working couples persuades people to take extreme decision like getting divorced.The cultural description about various societies like the matrilineal and patrilineal grants leadership values to either of the gender, but with the origin of the concept of gender equality, the old leadership formulae in families is slowly fading out. Both the man and women prefer working now and like contributing their contributions towards the family. But if there is an existence of earning inequality, sometimes the ego comes in between and sparks a conflict. How do people deal with income inequality, and how do they determine who spends the money? Let’s take a look first at the issues caused by income inequality, and then explore some different ways to handle those issues.
A 35-years-old government employ said in anonymity, “I am not divorced to my wife but we stay separately. She is also working and earns more than me so somehow we started having conflicts because of financial reasons. We have one 7 years old son who lives with her and I meet him sometimes. We are happy staying apart but I love her very much.” The spouse who earns the majority of the household income may also feel resentment towards his or her spouse. If the spouse who earns less income spends money on goods that are not essential, the spouse earning more money may
feel taken advantage of or feel that the household budget categories and expenditures are unbalanced. Perhaps the spouse who earns more feels as though he or she has to work harder or longer hours to make the money, and feels that his or her spouse needs to put in the same amount of effort earning an income.
Money equates to power. This includes power to get what one desires, power of influence, and power over other people. In marriages, sometimes the primary income earner believes that he or she has power over the other spouse. The primary income earner makes all of the decisions about where the family goes, what the spouse does, and determines the family dynamics. The spouse who makes less money ends up at the mercy of the spouse who makes more.
Overspending can be another result of one spouse making more money than the other. Similar to a power struggle issue, but isolated only to issues with power over the money, the spouse earning more sees the money as his or her own, and believes that he or she has the right to spend the money at will. The other spouse may not have anything left for other purchases.
Another issue that may arise from income inequality is dishonesty. There are several reasons why couples may lie to each other about money, or want to hide their spending habits.
If a spouse is spending more than a fair share of the family income, he or she may cover up the secret to avoid marital conflict. It is a terrible thing when one spouse overspends. It is even worse when the spouse lies about overspending. A city based house wife said, “My husband has no limit on everyday spending and I am fed up of restricting him from his expenditures. Almost every month we have to take loans for certain requirements. Sometimes I feel like leaving him.”
Denial of Needs
In extreme circumstances, some spouses who make less money may deny their own needs because they don’t believe that they have a right to spend the family money. They may deny themselves such things as clothing, grooming, and dining out, or on an even more extreme level, they may deny themselves doctor visits or food – all the while thinking that they are doing what is best for the family. This kind of behavior causes more harm than good, and puts an additional strain on a marriage. There are many more problems revolving around gender equality and earnings inequality in a family. But, when you are married, you are part of a team. A team works together, practices together, plans together, wins and loses together, and is rewarded together. So in your married life, both spouses need to work in tandem to get through any financial issue that may arise, such as income inequality. You must open the lines of communication and plan how you are going to deal with the differences in your salaries.
Well girl, all I can say is that you were blinded by love and awed in that phase of life and maybe you could just never notice the subtle hints of his infidelity. Move on and be brave enough to face the bare truth. Guys like these use women as comfort blankets, tossing them aside, when they aren’t needed any more. Look around, by God’s grace, there are enough and more real men left in the world who are mature enough to handle love. And girl, life is a bit too long, and chances of you falling in love again are bright, so don’t stretch this first love bit too far.
I’m 16 and struggle with my weight. I feel hideously thin. It’s hard to find clothes that fit, let alone look nice. I try to eat well but nothing seems to be working. My BF says that I look fine but I feel insecure all the time. Help -Name withheld
Girl, stop obsessing over your weight so much. You are still young and your body will undergo major changes as you grow older. And why the insecurity? With all my age and experience, I can surely vouch for the fact that women with an overall pleasing personality fare way better in the attractiveness chart than women with merely voluptuous bodies. Simply shift your focus and work towards more meaningful things in life, I guess there is a lot more to life than just dress size.
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A Career in Food Processing PRATIK DHAR
ood processing is a branch of food science and is the set of methods and techniques used to transform raw ingredients into food for consumption. Processing of food helps in the preservation of food that enhances its flavour while reducing the toxins in them. In India the food processing industry is gaining momentum as the consumer food industry sees an upward growth.
3 years Degree Programme
(Graduate Level) Candidates must be 10+2 passed from a recognised board. Candidate should have minimum of 60% (45% for SC and ST) in aggregate in best of five subjects including Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Biology.
Candidates must be 10+2 passed from a recognised board Candidate should have minimum of 60% (45% for SC and ST) of marks
Some of the study related subjects for the undergraduate level Food Refrigeration and Cold Storage Construction Food Packaging Technology Food Additives Food Dehydration Technology
A candidate who is good with science and has an interest in research work and gathering information can join the field.
B.Sc. Food Processing Technology or Bachelor of Science in Food Processing Technology is a three years undergraduate food technology program. The techniques learned in the course are used to convert raw ingredients into food. While the M. Sc. Food Technology is a two years post graduate program and involves the steps of selection, preservation, processing and distribution of food.
A candidate who has excellent communication and interpersonal skills and have no problem for working for long hours can make it a career option. They must be able to work individually or as a part of team.
2 Years Degree Programme
(Post Graduate Level) Candidate must have graduation with 50% marks with Chemistry, Biochemistry, Botany, Zoology, Microbiology, Biotechnology, Agriculture, Food Science and Nutrition, Food Technology as subjects. Some of the reputed institutes and universities conduct entrance examination to get admission to the degree course.
Candidate must have graduation with 50% marks Some of the reputed institutes and universities conduct entrance examination
Some of the study related subjects for the post-graduate level
Job Types Food Chemist Research Specialists Product Developers Food Microbiologist Dietician Food Technologists Production Manager Food Packaging Manager and many more
Employment Areas Multi National Companies Private Firms Educational Institutes Hospitals Restaurants
Food Chemistry Principles of Food Engineering Principles of Processing and Preservation Dairy Technology Technology of Cereals Technology of Fish, Meat and Poultry Packaging Technology
Engineering properties of food Emerging Technologies in Food Processing and many more
Nutrition and Health and many more
These are few of the subjects from the entire course and these may vary from institute to institute.
These are few of the subjects from the entire course and these may vary from institute to institute.
Food Research Laboratories Catering Companies and many more
An Overview As a Food Technologist a candidate will use their skills to preserve fruits, vegetables, pickles, snacks, juices, beverages, etc. Apart from preservation, food technology also deals with manufacturing confectionery, snacks and also the packaging of all these products for marketing and shipping. If one has the love for food then Food Technology is the career for them.
Some of the Top Colleges Tezpur Universtity, Tezpur Amity University, NOIDA MS University, Gujarat Birla Institute of Technology, Pilani Central Food Technology Research Institute, Mysore Krishi Vishwavidyalaya, Himachal Pradesh Govind Ballav Pant University of Agriculture and Technology, Uttarakhand Fruit Technology Institute, Lucknow IGNOU Indian Institute of Crop Prossecing Technology, Tamil Nadu
A candidate must have high standard of cleanliness and hygiene since it is a course related with food technology. A candidate who wants to become a lecturer in the field must be NET/SLET qualified.
Benefits of the Course The course provides opportunity to learn the application of food science along with market needs and requirements. The candidates will be able to develop food products that meet the consumer demands and comply with government and industryâ€™s strict safety and health guidelines. Candidates can find jobs in both small and large multinational companies & also have the opportunity to join the government or the public sector as well. The food technology industry is a booming sector with bright career opportunities. The course also provides with the opportunity to go for further studies and there is also the option of pursuing a course in abroad as well.
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Your weekly dose of HOROSCOPE
TAURUS You’re just not as practical as usual as the week begins. Avoid making any major financial moves or career decisions now, and any planning should be of the short-term variety. Then, from sometime Tuesday through Thursday, the energy’s ideal for sharing your feelings; you’ll recognize the right moment instead of kicking yourself later. Go on, say it! Someone you interact with on Friday or this weekend may be every bit as bullheaded as you. It’s annoying, yet also intriguing. Imagine what you can accomplish if you join forces instead of butting heads!
GEMINI The stars are highlighting everything that’s amazing about you as the week begins. You’ve got a way with words that’s extremely winning, and everyone’s loving you. Make some moves in all areas of life! Around Wednesday and Thursday, however, it’s time to stop and reassess. Get yourself to sit down and make a list of career goals, romantic ideals or just plain old errands. From Friday through most of the weekend, you’ve got massive can-do energy, incredible intelligence and quite the sense of adventure. You’ll want to be all ready for action!
Doing something a bit out of character can be extremely liberating at the beginning of the week, though you may want to do it outside of the context of work (or at least make sure your boss isn’t around!). Take a bold, positive step, and then watch the stars push you further and faster from sometime Tuesday through Thursday. Is romance on your mind? You’re very good at it right now! If you’re thinking about a major expenditure (financial or even emotional) around Friday or this weekend, be sure you’ve considered the long-term impact.
Your mind’s sharp and your instincts are good as the week gets going, and it’s an excellent time to share what’s in your heart. Anything (or even anyone) new is favored for you now. From sometime Tuesday through most of Thursday, however, it’s best to chill out and stick with what’s working. Finish up a current project instead of kicking off a fresh one, and save any major romantic stuff for later. Sometime around Friday, you’ll have a more accurate big-picture view of your personal scene — and through the weekend, the view looks better and better. Enjoy!.
LEO Friends are in your personal stars as the week kicks off. Workplace camaraderie feels great, and a new off-the-clock connection can truly blossom beautifully. Looks like you’re in a mellow mood from sometime Tuesday through most of Thursday — could it be that you’re sorting something out? Perhaps something deep? Don’t forget to let your instincts weigh in; they’re excellent now. You’re feeling excellent yourself starting late Thursday and through most of the weekend. Everything that’s wonderful, generous, lovable and creative about you is highlighted. The world’s truly your oyster!
While your mind’s working splendidly as the week gets started, the brain-to-mouth connection could be a little problematic. Don’t turn off that internal editor, because how you say it is just as important as what you say. Somebody, or maybe a whole crew of somebodies, is ready to lend you a hand around Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. These people could be from work, in your family or even perfect strangers. From Friday through the weekend, your challenge is to maintain flexibility, both of body and mind. Do some yoga, then change your plans at the last minute. It’ll feel great.
SCORPIO Handle all work-related stuff with extra care and your boss with kid gloves as the week begins. Resist the urge to do something risky. You’ll be glad you did. From sometime Tuesday through most of Thursday, though, your intuition’s spot-on. Oddly, getting what you want may just be a matter of letting your original plan go. Around Friday and even this weekend, stressing out is one way to react to the situation; it’s up to you to find a better one. To preempt freaking out, get proper exercise and rest, and talk about what’s up with you now.
SAGITTARIUS Life looks busy at the beginning of the week, but don’t forget to consciously choose your path. You’re the captain of your destiny, and your actions speak at least as loud as your words. Relationships of all varieties figure prominently from sometime Tuesday through most of Thursday. Put the people factor first, and be ready to negotiate and compromise, rather than ignore an issue or walk away. Life looks fabulous starting later on Thursday and lasting through most of the weekend. Let your sense of fun (and some amazing luck!) be your guide.
CAPRICORN Thinking clearly is key as the week gets under way. Figure out what makes you feel centered, grounded and highfunctioning, then do it and take on the world. From sometime Tuesday through most of Thursday, you may be having that ‘grass is greener’ sensation. Take your desire for something different into serious consideration, but make any major changes slowly, in increments. Then take special care with work and projects on Friday and Saturday. Have a backup plan (and maybe a fire extinguisher!). Reach out on Sunday; your touch is wanted.
AQUARIUS Get online, on the phone or in touch in any and every way as the week kicks off, especially if you have a romantic connection. You’re on it when it comes to communication now. From sometime Tuesday through most of Thursday, however, it’s internal talk that may occupy you. Find ways to tune into your inner voice among the busy day-to-day. That voice has something major to say! Then it’s your creative powers that figure prominently from late Thursday and through the weekend. Exercise that imagination … learn, love and live fully. On Sunday, though, don’t lose track of something important.
PISCES You’re much more likely to give an indirect answer than a simple yes or no as the week begins, and hey, it’s your choice. Maybe you just need a little more time to think, because from sometime Tuesday through most of Thursday, you’re ready for action. Romance can really heat up, and your greatness is appreciated in all areas of your life now. Take advantage of the energy to start something new. Another hint: Take particularly good care of your health from Friday through the weekend. It may be a bit delicate, so be smart and keep in balance.
JUST FOR LAUGHs Chintu chup ke cigarette pee raha tha, tabhi us ke papa aa gaye. Chintu ne ghabrahat mein, jaldi se cigarette shirt ki jeb mein chupa li. Papa, gusse se: Kya tum cigarette pee rahe the? Chintu: Nahin toh... Papa: Toh phir tumhari shirt se yeh dhuwan kyun nikal raha hai? Chintu: Papa aap ne baat hi dil jalane wali ki hai toh dhuan toh niklega hi.
Grandpa was always going on about the good old days, and the lower cost of living, in particular to his grandson. “When I was a kid, my mom could send me to the store, and I’d get a salami, two pints of milk, 6 oranges, 2 loaves o’ bread, a magazine, and some new blue jeans... all for a dollar!!” Grandson, “You can’t DO that anymore..... they got those darn video cameras everywhere you look.”
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You’re full of extra enthusiasm and even some great new ideas as the week kicks off — just be aware that one or two of the little things could escape you now. From sometime Tuesday through most of Thursday, home is where your heart is. Get your digs in order and settle in; you’ll deeply enjoy being mellow, whether it’s solo-style or with family or friends. Different, hotter energy comes your way late Thursday and extends through most of what just might be an extremely romantic weekend. Are you ready for some amazing adventure on your love path?
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Top 6 Christmas destinations This festive season, we give you a list of the best destinations to head out this christmas.
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Diu and Daman
Diu and Daman both are Union Territory which means there is no state Government but Central Government directly administrating both cities. Diu and Daman has large number of NRIs (Non Resident Indians) and most of them come here in the winter season to celebrate Christmas. Both cities have wonderful and beautiful beaches. Also you will love its hisctorical places. There are large number of foreign tourists coming to celebrate the Christmas especially from the western countries.
There are some places that are actually hyped about but they do not offer the right kind of experience and there are some destinations that never get that kind of attention and they still manage to impress and satisfy you. Pondicherry also known Puducherry has always been one of them and there is so much available here to see and especially during Christmas. You must be wondering why we did not put Goa on the top of our list? Well, to be honest, an average Indian guy who works hard to earn their income believe in the satisfaction when they are spending their hard earned money and that is what Pondicherry has to offer, a total value for money experience.
If you like crowd, music and madness and if you prefer grand-style celebration Goa is your destination to celebrate Christmas. It is also one of the states that is most visited by foreign tourists and during Christmas the entire state looks like one giant party hall ready to celebrate the festival. Known as the beach paradise of India Goa remains the first choice for most travelers and party-goers in India.
While Onam is the biggest festival here, Christmas is also celebrated with the same amount of zeal and excitement as Kerala does have sizeable population of Christians. When you are here in Kerala you can visit the Mar Thoma Church and Jacobite Church that still conduct rituals in Syriac. The biggest difference between Christmas in Goa and Kerala is that in Goa it’s all about fun while in Kerala it’s all about family re-union and spending time together, so the mood differs here in the South. If you prefer a relaxed and peaceful Christmas celebrations then Kerala is the place to be this Christmas.
The Garden City of India is also now known as the IT hub of the country. Bangalore now called Bengaluru is also one of the best places that you can visit to enjoy your Christmas holidays in style. The city is known for the kind of shopping experience that it offers on Brigade Road and Commercial Street, but apart from that there is so much more that you can get in Bangalore for the entire family. Bangalore celebrates Christmas in a special way where the locals get into the spirit of Christmas but there is a sense of togetherness and loving each other at the same time.
The winding streets of Shillong are bustling with people and the festive spirit is in the air. Christmas is just too hard to miss in this Scotland of the East. Not only do people of different faiths celebrate this festival, Christmas is also an excuse to be with family and friends. The most important part of Christmas is the midnight mass on its eve. Shillong’s Cathedral Church, one of the oldest in Northeast India, will have more than 10,000 people attending its midnight mass.
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Is the SC order on gay sex
N Jaya Devi
Masum Yusuf Ahmed
POINT conditions for a stable, affectionate, and moral atmosphere that is beneficial to the upbringing of children—all fruit of the mutual affection of the parents. This aids in perpetuating the nation and strengthening society, an evident interest of the State. Homosexual marriage does not provide such conditions. Its primary purpose, objectively speaking, is the personal gratification of two individuals. It is not entitled, therefore, to the protection the country extends to true marriage. If homosexual marriage is universally accepted as the present step in sexual freedom, what logical arguments can be used to stop the next steps of incest, paedophilia, bestiality, and other forms of unnatural behaviour?
If homosexual marriage is universally accepted as the present step in sexual freedom, what logical arguments can be used to stop the next steps of incest, paedophilia, bestiality, and other forms of unnatural behaviour?”
n a decision which is being widely opposed by all homosexuals across the country, a two-judge bench struck down a landmark Delhi high court ruling in 2009 which found that Section 377 of the Indian penal code prohibiting ‘carnal intercourse against the order of nature’ infringed the fundamental rights of Indians. Now, there are feelings attached to any personal mental or physical act in human life. People have their own will to
I feel, the court should have applied current social and moral values in this case. The traditional taboos are always there in the society, but the SC should have taken into consideration the change, which takes place in the society. If the system never had changed, then India could have still witnessed social evils like sati and untouchable caste system.
totally agree with the verdict given by the Supreme Court which refers homosexuality as a “criminal offence.” Firstly, a homosexual ‘marriage’ is harmful and it must be opposed. Calling something a marriage does not make it that. Marriage has always been a covenant between a man and a woman, which is by nature ordered toward the procreation and education of children and the unity and wellbeing of the spouses. Secondly, it violates Natural Law. Marriage is not just any relationship between human beings. It is a relationship rooted in human nature and thus governed by natural law. Any situation, which institutionalises the circumvention of the purpose of the sexual act violates natural law and the objective norm of morality. Thirdly, it always denies a child either a father or a mother. It is in the child’s best interests that he be raised under the influence of his natural father and mother. The unfortunate situation of these children will be the norm for all children of a same-sex ‘marriage.’ It also ignores a child’s best interests. Fourthly, it validates and promotes the homosexual lifestyle. In the name of the ‘family,’ same-sex marriage serves to validate not only such unions but the whole homosexual lifestyle in all its bisexual and transgender variants. Legal recognition of same-sex marriage would necessarily obscure certain basic moral values, devalue traditional marriage, and weaken public morality. Another reason for supporting the SC order is that it turns a moral wrong into a civil right. Homosexual activists argue that same-sex marriage is a civil rights issue similar to the struggle for racial equality in the 1960s, which is not true. Further, it imposes its acceptance on all society. By legalising same-sex marriage, the country becomes its official and active promoter. One of the main reasons why the State bestows numerous benefits on marriage is that by its very nature and design, marriage provides the normal
COUNTERPOINT satisfy their need and requirement, without harming others feeling and I am very unhappy to say that the supreme decision making body of our country did not understand the issue and declared someone’s will to be happy as illegal. Even the government understood that the SC order was unjustified and on the very next day of the order, the government promised urgent steps to overturn the Supreme Court ruling declaring homosexuality as illegal amid indications that it could file a curative petition in the apex court.”We will have to change the law. If the Supreme Court has upheld that law, then we will certainly have to take firm steps. Change has to be made fast and any delay cannot take place. We will use all means available to make changes at the earliest,” Law Minister Kapil Sibal said in the wake of an uproar over the ruling. Responding to questions on the options available with the government, he said “one of the opinion could be to bring it to Parliament at the earliest. The other opinion could be to approach the Supreme Court or take any other route. We will adopt the approach which will give us quick results.” Finance Minister P Chidambaram said the Supreme Court ruling was “wrong” and all options would be looked at to set right the apex court order. A section of the society may be happy by such a judgement, but personally speaking I feel, the court should have applied current social and moral values in this case. The traditional taboos are always there in the society, but the SC should have taken into consideration the change, which takes place in the society. If the system never had changed, then India could have still witnessed social evils like sati and untouchable caste system. The times are evolving and with the concept of satisfaction, mental or physical varying from people to people, gay sex is also a kind of act which makes may be some people happy in their own way, so, what is the problem in letting people lead their life in their own way?
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Near Chandmari Flyover Guwahati – 781003 Phone No – 0361-2654185
Rupali Path, Jonali Guwahati – 781024 Phone No – 0361-2465225, 94351-01370
Assam Infotech & Management Institute Rodali Path, RGB Road Guwahati – 781024 Phone No – 94350-47073
Blaze Institute of Professional Studies Near SBI, Ulubari Guwahati – 781007 Phone No – 99574-11779
Delhi Public College of Competitions Pinaki Path, Zoo Road Guwahati – 781003 Phone No – 0361-2460272
Don Bosco Institute of Management
Kharghuli Guwahati – 781004 Phone No – 0361-2604490, 88760-16764, 9706008860
Elite Institute of Studies Near Bora Service Ulubari Guwahati – 781007 Phone No – 0361-2382642
#169, Chandmari Guwahati – 781003 Phone No – 0361-2660788
#9, Shanti Path Zoo Road, Guwahati – 781024 Phone No – 95084-50606, 98595-26409
Pinnacle Education & Research Institute Arohan , Wireless Guwahati – 781028 Phone No – 0361-2224677, 95085-71345
Rapid Ascent (P) Ltd
Behind Vijaya Bank Khanapara Guwahati – 781022 Phone No – 0361-2363153, 2361036
Behind MLA Hostal Dispur, Guwahati – 781006 Phone No – 98647-55279
Beltola, NIPCCO Road Guwahati – 781028 Phone No – 0361-2300090 SC Goswami Road Panbazar Guwahati – 781001 Phone No – 0361-2602653, 98640-39850
MG Path, Christianbasti Guwahati – 781005 Phone No – 99570-73410
Zoo Tiniali Guwahati – 781024 Phone No – 0361-2718977
Ganeshguri Guwahati – 781006 Phone No – 0361-2231993, 98640-16078
Roktabh’s Spoken English Bhangagarh Guwahati – 781005 Phone No – 98640-13837
Noonmati Guwahati – 781020 Phone No – 98640-34631
School of Technology & Design Bharalumukh Guwahati – 781009 Phone No – 99541-89739
Lutuma Guwahati – 781018 Phone No – 0361-2492078, 98640-73246
Zoo Road Tiniali, Guwahati – 781021 Phone No – 99542-12210
Zoo Road Tiniali Guwahati – 781003 Phone No – 0361-2458512, 98640-35464
Zoo Road, Guwahati – 781021 Phone No – 98599-43043
Bliss Enclave Ganeshguri Guwahati – 781006 Phone No – 92070-41850
Bora Service Guwahati – 781007 Phone No – 0361-2465270
New Age Computer Education
Seuji Ali RGB Road Guwahati – 781003 Phone No – 97060-71224, 97062-15401
Pub Sarania Road Guwahati – 781003 Phone No – 98640-78676 Near Hari Sabha, Panbazaar Guwahati – 781001 Phone No – 98599-23023
Zoo Road Tiniali Guwahati – 781021 Phone No – 90850-60986
Apurba Sinha Path Zoo Road Guwahati – 781021 Phone No – 98640-18073
Chandmari Colony Chandmari, Guwahati – 781003 Phone No – 98642-59249, 98642-59250
G PLUS DEC 14 - DEC 20, 2013
Emmy Rossum WHO’S sHE?
Emmanuelle Grey “Emmy” Rossum was born on September 12, 1986 and is an American actress and singer-songwriter.
She has starred in movies including Songcatcher, An American Rhapsody and Passionada. Her role in Mystic River garnered her wider recognition. She starred in the blockbuster film The Day After Tomorrow and received critical acclaim for her performance in The Phantom of the Opera.
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The 27-year old star of the Showtime series, “Shameless,” posed topless for photographer James White, who shot the actress for the Esquire distribute.
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The US Department of Defence has designed a next-generation satellite capable of observing 40 percent of the Earth’s surface at any one time. The MOIRE satellite will be able to beam high-resolution images in real time from anywhere on our planet. From its position 35,000 kilometers above the Earth, MOIRE will be able to view approximately 40 percent of the planet’s surface. The satellite will transmit what it sees in high resolution and in real time.
6 year old school boy suspended for kissing a girl in Colorado. The boy’s mother said officials at Lincoln School of Science and Technology in Canon City, a southern Colorado city of 16,000, are over-reacting. Jennifer Saunders said her son was suspended once before for kissing the girl and had other disciplinary problems, and she was surprised to find out that he would be forced out of school again for several days.
WARM DECEMBER: It is the middle of December and just like our netas, the winter too seems to be in a mood to deceive. With the temperature dipping only slightly, the days are still hot making you break into a sweat! Oh winter, where art thou?
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