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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.

International Day for Disaster Reduction

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2012 International day for disaster reduction: Women and girls – the [in]Visible force of resilience!

INTERNATIONAL Day for Disaster Reduction (IDRR) is a celebration of how people reduce their risk to disasters and their effort to heighten public awareness about the importance of disaster risk reduction in contrast to reactive or
Disaster Risk Reduction
. More lives can be spared and damage to property can be better avoided through this strategy.

With the aim of highlighting the potential and significant partners in disaster risk reduction (DRR), a Step Up initiative was started in 2011 so that thereafter, each year would focus on a different group of partners leading up to the 2015 World Conference for Disaster Reduction. Last year, the focus was on children and young people; this year it is on women and girls; in 2013, the ageing population; and in 2014, people with disabilities. The theme of this year’s celebration is “Women and Girls: the [in]Visible Force of Resilience,” seeks to draw attention to the fact that their invaluable contribution to the protection and rebuilding of their communities are often unrecognized and their ability to contribute is hindered by lack of inclusion and poor understanding of gender inequality.

Women and girls are neither helpless nor passive; Philippine experience can attest to this. While they too fall victims to tragedies and disasters, they endeavor to transcend such state, and contribute what they can to respond to emergencies and address the immediate needs of family and community members. They are endowed with unique knowledge and skills that are crucial in managing disaster risks.

International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction was originally celebrated every second Wednesday of October by virtue of UN General Assembly Resolution 44/236 dated December 22, 1989. The Assembly, through Resolution 64/200, on December 21, 2009, later designated October 13 as the date to celebrate the IDDR.

We greet the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction led by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UN Special Representative of the Secretary General for Disaster Risk Reduction Margareta Wahlstrom on the occasion of the 2012 International Day for Disaster Reduction.

Navratri Celebrations 2012

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The celebration of Navratri garba is in the honor of the Goddess of power or Shakti. Since this festival is celebrated for a period of 9 days and that too in the night, therefore the festival is called Navratri. The word navratri in Sanskrit means 9 nights. ‘Nava’ means nine and ‘Ratri’ means night. 9 different forms of goddess are worshipped on each day. The celebrations in the night begin with the customary and traditional Aarti. The highlight of the festivities is the garba dance, which is performed by the people from all lifestyles. This usually goes on till about midnight. The dancers gather in the grounds hours before the event in order to get the best view from their place of sitting. The dancers are attired in the traditional dress,navratri costume and play navratri dandiya-raas with ‘dandiya’ or wooden sticks.

Navratri in Ahmedabad Gujarat

During the festival of Dandiya Raas Garba, the entire city of Ahmedabad looks like a beautiful sight. This is because the state government takes a lot of care and interest in the festival. The entire city is lightened up with small colorful lights. The last two days of the festival namely the eighth and ninth day are of prime importance. It is on those days that Devi Mahatmya is read to invoke her and seek her blessings. People, irrespective of the age take part in this holy recital.

Gujarat and especially Ahmedabad is a place to be during navratri as the Celebrations are mind blowing and extremely traditional.

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World Teachers’ Day 2012

World Teachers’ Day is on October 5

World Teachers’ Day

Teachers are one of our most valuable resources, yet we often treat them like a cheap commodity. “Take a Stand for Teachers” is this year’s theme for “World Teachers’ Day.” Irina Bokova, Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) explains World Teachers’ Day: “On this day, we call for teachers to receive supportive environments, adequate quality training as well as ‘safeguards’ for teachers’ rights and responsibilities.”

Here are some national teachers retention statistics from the Business-Higher Education Forum:

* Thirty-three percent of all new teachers leave teaching during the first three years; 46 percent leave in the first five years.

* The rate of attrition is 50 percent higher in poor schools versus wealthy ones.

* The United States spends about $4.9 billion each year to replace teachers.

I wonder why they’re all leaving. On Oct. 5 you can help by making sure your child’s teachers know how important they are to you and your family. Ask them what they need to do their job better, and do what you can to help them get it.

Engineers Day 2012 India

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September 15th India Celebrates Engineer’s Day

Engineers day celebrated in india on 15th September. Engineers day is celebrated on birthday of Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvarayya, he is an eminent Indian engineer and statesman. And also he played a great role in developing technologies in India.

Sir Visvesvarayya constructed project of Krishna Raja Sagara on the Kaveri River near Mysore. he was builted many dams in Maharashtra. He is a recipient of the Indian republic‘s highest honour, the Bharat Ratna, in 1955.

Bharat Ratna Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya (1861-1962) was called a wizard in engineering. He was also called the precursor of economic planning in India. He took an interest not in engineering alone, but was capable of applying his talent to many allied matters connected with the development of the nation. His learned discourse on economic planning in India titled ‘Planned Economy for India and Reconstructing India’ was the first available document on the planning effort of the country and it is still held as the parent source matter for economic planners. To commemorate the birthday of Bharat Ratna Sir M Visvesvaraya, the Council of the Institution decided to observe September 15 as the Engineers’ Day every year. This is celebrated throughout the country through all the Centres of the Institution with learned discourses on a theme specified by the Council every year.

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.