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International Day For The Elimination Of Violence Against Women

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

Every day, women and girls are subject to domestic violence, exploitation, sexual violence, trafficking, honour crimes, harmful traditional practices, such as bride burning and early marriages, and other forms of violence against their bodies, minds and human dignity.

As many as one in three women has been beaten, coerced into sex, or abused in some other way.

In the 16 days leading up to Human Rights Day and every day, let us come together to demand an end to the most pervasive yet least reported human rights abuse in the world.

Let us all take a stand and say loud and clear ‘No to violence against women’.

In this demand, we are joined by a new network of men leaders led by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as part of the United Nations UNite Campaign to end violence against girls and women. I welcome their leadership and commitment to actively engage men and boys in the cause to end impunity, promote justice and human rights, and end widespread violence against girls and women.

Whether they are policy makers, community or religious leaders, fathers or husbands, uncles, brothers or young boys, they can all do their part to eliminate all forms of violence against women.

I also welcome the recent Security Council resolutions 1888 and 1889 that strengthen accountability to women and girls in conflict and post-conflict situations. By condemning sexual violence, calling for a stronger role for women in peacebuilding, and mandating peacekeeping missions to protect women and girls, the resolutions signal a political commitment to address sexual violence as a peace and security issue.

All segments of society must unite for the dignity and well-being of women and girls. Now is the time to build a society based on respect for fundamental human rights and the equal rights of men and women.

World Habitat Day 2012

The United Nations has designated the 1st Monday of October every year as World Habitat Day. This year, World Habitat Day will be celebrated on 1 October 2012. The idea is to reflect on the state of our towns and cities and the basic right of all, to adequate shelter. It is also intended to remind the world of its collective responsibility for the future of the human habitat.
The United Nations chose the theme Changing Cities, Building Opportunities because cities are the engines of growth. It is in the cities that many realise their dreams of a better life. Even if this is not achieved, still many more leave the rural areas and flock to the cities for no other reason than the promise of a better future and prosperity. This they achieve by either getting jobs or by starting businesses which at one point not only provide for the owners but even other employees thus creating jobs.

Under this theme, UN-Habitat wants to underscore the need to plan our cities better because as has also been stated, unplanned growth of cities lead to chaotic development and urban sprawl. When well planned, cities can continue to afford opportunities to both the current and future residents. This dovetails with the new UN-Habitat campaign, I am a city changer which seeks to involve all in making their cities a better place to live.

Diesel Prices Hiked by 5 rupees


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Diesel Price Hike Latest News

The government on Thursday hiked the price of diesel by Rs 5 per litre, to be effective from midnight. The Cabinet Committee of Political Affairs (CCPA), however, decided not to hike the price of kerosene.

The CCPA, headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, also ended the subsidy on branded diesel fuel saying it would be sold at market rates.

In another major decision, it was decided that a household would get a maximum of six LPG cylinders at the subsidised price per year.

The government, however, spared an increase in petrol price by cutting excise duty of Rs 5.50 per litre.

Reacting to the decision of the CCPA, the Trinamool Congress, a key UPA ally, said that the effect of the hike in the diesel price would trickle down to essential commodities.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said she was shocked with the decision as her party was not consulted on the issue by the government.

“I am really shocked by the decision. The government did not consult us before hiking the price,” said Banerjee.

She also said that the issue was not discussed at the UPA coordination committee even.

She added, “We are part and parcel of the UPA…I want to know why the price was hiked without consultation.”

Speaking exclusively to CNN-IBN, the Trinamool Congress chief expressed her anger saying, “The hike is going to affect the farmers and prices of commodities are going to go up.”

She said that the matter was quite serious and her party would not tolerate things that affect people, adding that the government must withdraw the hike.

The West Bengal Chief Minister said that she would take up the matter in party meeting, but maintained that she would continue to stay with the UPA.

Earlier, speaking to CNN-IBN, Trinamool Congress spokesperson Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar said, “We will discuss the fallout of the hike in party forum.”

The Congress also said that as a party, it was not in favour of the hike. “As a party, we are not in a favour of the hike as it hurts the farmers,” said Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh.

He, however, added that “there are some unpleasant decisions that have to be taken by the government in power”.

Meanwhile, reacting to the announcement, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said they protested the hike.

BJP leader Ananth Kumar said, “It will have cascading effect on inflation, it will have direct effect on common man, farmers and labourers.”

“The cap on the LPG cylinders will hurt the poor. This government has brought back control economy of past era,” he added.

Describing the hike in diesel prices as a cruel joke and “mortal blow” on the common man and farmers, the BJP accused the government of conspiring with petrol ‘mafia’ and said it will not allow the hike and take to the streets instead.

“This is a cruel joke on the common man in the country. It has hit farmers hard during the peak paddy sowing season. We will not allow this hike. We will not allow this government to loot the common man like this,” BJP Vice President Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said.

“The way this government is increasing prices of petrol, diesel and LPG despite a reduction in international crude prices, it is a clear-cut case of a conspiracy with the petroleum mafia,” Naqvi said.

BJP leader Yashwant Sinha said the hike will have a cascading effect on prices and will contribute further to inflation.

“It is a mortal blow of Rs 5 increase in diesel price and will cause hardship. Had it been raised in small amounts it would not have been that objectionable or difficult. Diesel increase will have a cascading effect on the economy as a whole. Prices are already not under control, so this is going to contribute to overall inflation and create mayhem in the economy,” Sinha said.

The Left Front also opposed the move by the government calling it a “highly condemnable action”. CPM leader Brinda Karat said that at a time when food inflation was rising, the diesel price hike would have a cascading effect.

Karat said, “There is no question of waiting. The government has to roll back and reverse it entirely.”

List of diesel price in major cities:

Ahmedabad:The price after the hike would be Rs 51.38 per litre, which is Rs 45.89 per litre at present.

New Delhi: The price of diesel in the national capital would be Rs 46.32 per litre following the hike. Currently, the price is Rs 41.32 per litre.

Mumbai: In Mumbai, where the current price is Rs 46.25 per litre, the price of diesel will be Rs 51.25 per litre after the hike.

Jaipur: Currently, the price in the Rajasthan capital is Rs 43.25 per litre, and would be Rs 48.22 per litre post midnight.

Chandigarh: The price after the hike would be Rs 46.94 per litre, which is Rs 41.25 per litre at present.

Kolkata: In the West Bengal capital, the price at present it Rs 44.76 per litre at present, and would be Rs 49.76 per litre post midnight.

Chennai: Currently, the diesel price in the Tamil Nadu capital is Rs 43.91 per litre, and following the decision, it would be Rs 48.91 per litre.

International Day of Democracy

In 2008, at the initiative of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, the United Nations General Assembly declared 15 September International Day of Democracy. The National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia commemorates the day every year.

The National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia will commemorate Democracy Day this year as well, in addition to the 120th anniversary of its membership at the Inter-Parliamentary Union.

A conference on Human Rights and Parliamentarians will be organised at the National Assembly House, in cooperation with the OSCE Mission to Serbia, on 6 October 2011, on the occasion of the International Day of Democracy and the anniversary of IPU membership. The Serbian translation of the Handbook titled Human Rights: A Handbook for Parliamentarians, published by the Inter-Parliamentary Union, will be presented in the course of the Conference.

Last year, the Inter-Parliamentary Union proposed that all the parliaments commemorate the International Day of Democracy with the topic Political responsibility: strengthening bonds between the parliament and the citizens. On the occasion, the Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia Prof. Dr Slavica Djukic-Dejanovic addressed all the MPs in a letter proposing that they get involved so that the National Assembly may, based on the answers to the questionnaire, gain insight into the citizens’ awareness of the work, position and significance of the National Assembly.

The National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia commemorated Democracy Day 2009 by publishing a note on democracy on its website.

“Compared with the world’s long historical experience with democracy, Serbia’s democracy is young and insufficiently developed, and it needs friends. The political factors should make use of the people’s preference of democracy to develop the democratic spirit, strengthen democratic institutions, include as many citizens as possible in the social reform, to create an environment conducive to economic development and better life, exhibiting social solidarity with the most underprivileged, and above all to spread trust in a free and just society”, states the note commemorating Democracy Day 2009, among other things.

A year earlier, in 2008, when the date was established, Serbia commemorated the International Day of Democracy by a Solemn Session of the National Assembly attended by the highest state dignitaries and representatives of the army, religious communities and diplomatic corps. The session was also attended by the UN Resident Coordinator and representative of the UN Development Programme in Serbia David Lance Clark. He congratulated Serbia on its progress in democratisation realised in the previous years.

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