Bangalore shame – Should schools allow mobile phones, and a one-number helpline?

There’s been enough furore and outrage in the media and fifth estate – social media – about the recent slew of school children being molested well within the school premises in Bangalore. There could be other places in the country where such shameful events happen away from the limelight, and events that will never be reported.

When will our girls be safe from the hands of monsters masquerading as teachers?!
When will our girls be safe from the hands of monsters masquerading as teachers?!

Clearly, the law, even in the after-math of the Nirbhaya case that shook the national capital, is not a deterrent for those animal minded teachers who indulge in such criminal behavior with the girl students. The reason could be that, in most cases, there is no sensitization of the gender to the perils of possible molestation in closed door or isolated teaching situations.

While installing CCTV’s and asking for schools to do background check of the teaching and non teaching staff are being suggested and advised by governments circulars, these are only half measures that would be woefully short in preventing such unfortunate evens – thanks to the ill-equipped law enforcement machinery, and all the more dangerous corrupt administration.

One solution worth thinking about and easy to implement – allow mobile phones in the school and make sure that the phones also comes with a one number 911 like alert, which immediately alerts the authorities of a potential rape happening. Besides the actual alerts, the fact that girl children are equipped with phone where law enforcement or parental help is a button away will be a huge deterrent for evil minded teachers voyeuring in the schools.

High time social activists and child protection groups start action to make these, or any similar measure a reality. Only then, will our girl child be safe from the hands of monstrous creatures masquerading as teachers!

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Bangalore shame – Should schools allow mobile phones, and a one-number helpline?

Tamil Maanila Congress to be re-born? and is it Congress vs Congress now ??

TNCC Leader Gnanadesikan who resigned the day before has attacked the high command in a rather unprecedented way, making it clear that with the so called ‘high command’ losing its sheen, a majority of state level leader will look for ‘other’ options for their political career.

Its an open secret that for a while now, the state leaders who are a part of the group inclined to be a part of the G K Vasan group are toying with the idea of reviving the Tamil Maanila Congress, and be a decent political force in the assembly elections in the state due somewhere in 2016.

Its also a strategic move by the TN leaders to distance themselves from the former Union minister P Chidambaram, who is widely believed to be in for a legal wrangle in some of the scams. Gnanadesikan’s utterances against Chidambaram, more likely with the blessings of G K Vasan must be seen in that light.

Is the Gandhi surname a liability now?
Is the Gandhi surname a liability now?

The move also needs to be seen in the light of two facts –

one, the charm that the Congress top brass and the Gandhi surname commanded are no longer there, and in fact, the danger is that the Gandhi surname is now a political liability, given the discredited state the party is in – after the LS poll debacle, and the failure to even put up a fight in the state polls for Maharasthra and Haryana. Observers feel that Jharkand where polls will be held soon will also be no different for the Congress leadership in terms of the outcome.

two, the state level leaders are no more willing to pay obeisance to the Congress high command, unless there is a semblance of a plan to revive the party through structural changes at the top leadership.

There two facts will haunt the high command not just in TN, but in most of the states where Congress has been relegated to a non-entity, thanks to the pro Modi wave, which continues.

The choice before a whole lot of Congress leaders now is to either jump ship to the BJP or other regional parties, and for those who have a bit of organisational backing, float a regional outfit and ally with like-minded parties in the future.

While the TMC may be born again or not in Tamilnadu, what Gnanadesikan has said now may well be what many regional satraps of the Congress may be pondering too.

Yet, its to be seen if this will shake the ‘high command’ from the deep slumber.

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Tamil Maanila Congress to be re-born? and is it Congress vs Congress now ??

Bhopal Union Carbide Criminal Warren Andersen Dead!

Notorious criminal Warren Andersen, under whose stewardship the biggest killer gas leak happened in the Central Indian city of Bhopal had died in Florida, USA.

The Bhopal disaster took place in a plant belonging to Union Carbide’s (UCC) Indian subsidiary, Union Carbide India Limited, in Bhopal during 1984. Thousands of people died and thousands more were injured in the disaster. As the UCC CEO, Anderson was charged with murder by Indian authorities. He flew to India and was promptly placed in custody by Indian authorities. Anderson who got bail later, and was controversially allowed to leave the country, never returned.

On the night of the disaster, when an explosion at Union Carbide’s pesticide plant in Bhopal caused 40 tonnes of lethal gas to seep into the city, six safety measures designed to prevent a gas leak had either malfunctioned, were turned off or were otherwise inadequate. In addition, the safety siren, intended to alert the community should an incident occur at the plant, was turned off.

Union Carbide responded to the disaster by paying survivors inadequate compensation and abandoning the plant, leaving tonnes of dangerous toxic chemicals strewn around the site and the people of Bhopal with a toxic legacy that is still causing injury today. In 2001, the company shed its name by merging with Dow Chemical.

The US government had refused to extradite Warren Andersen to India saying that there was insufficient evidence to show his culpability.

Warren Anderson’s death was not announced by his family, was confirmed from public records in Florida, USA

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Bhopal Union Carbide Criminal Warren Andersen Dead!

Women at work – are egg freezing allowances a perk at all?

In the last week, companies like Apple and Facebook have laid the seeds for what is now known in HR lingo as the perks war. Facebook has announced that it has recently began covering egg freezing, and Apple will start in January next, benefiting women employees who would like to postpone child bearing in the prime of their career.

Reacting to this, and also laying down an Indian HR context to this, Mr D Venkat, CE,O, Strides HR Consulting said here – “In my experience of managing rewards for candidates, what really works as a morale booster at the workplace are clearly quantifiable and tangible rewards. Egg freezing perks, which the global techies have offered are grossly misleading from the point of the final outcome. It’s just a hype, and the cash rich valley techies are making much ado about nothing, with their ability to throw cash. In the case of egg-freezing, when we consider the view of medical professionals, it is clear that the outcome is not just assured”

Perk or Illusion? Do egg freezing allowances mean anything?
Perk or Illusion? Do egg freezing allowances mean anything?

“There are many other ways in which the corporate can communicate that the women employees are more than equal; Egg Freezing perks certainly do not in reality make the women equal” he emphatically added.

He also mentioned that technology such as egg freezing are no guarantees for a successful or healthy pregnancy and delivery. Quoting medical information which is relevant to such perks and the outcome, he said – as per eminent doctors, in order to attempt pregnancy, egg freezing must be followed by in vitro fertilization (IVF) with another laboratory procedure; data available globally reveals a 77% failure rate of frozen eggs in women aged 30 and a 91% failure rate in women aged 40.

Looks like, egg-freezing allowances are not a real perk, after all the hue and cry?!

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Women at work – are egg freezing allowances a perk at all?

Tamil news channel News7Tamil lauched early today – 1st to launch with an “all women” crew!

Tamil news channel, “News7Tamil” launched a little earlier in the day today, and in a first of its kind, the launch broadcast was led by an all women editorial and technical team, a channel official stated. A complete women crew was in command of the editorial and technical operations related to the launch programs.

News7Tamil Launched!
News7Tamil Launched!

In a proud moment for the members of the launch crew, and the new channels top management, the launch that commenced at 6 am was an all-women show – Pramila Krishnan was the shift in-charge of the newsroom, Rafia Begam led the Output shift and Dhanya Lakshmi led the studio floor camera team. The Production Control Room was commanded by Anandhi G and Uma Gomathi. The Broadcast and IT shifts were led by Bhuveshwari G and Divya V.

The inaugural broadcast, the official added, will feature reports from women reporters across Tamil Nadu including Tamilarasi and Sherly in Coimbatore, Jansi M in Madurai and Anbarasi in Puducherry.

Its the first channel to launch with an all-girls inaugural crew!
Its the first channel to launch with an all-girls inaugural crew!

The channel stated that with an average employee age of 25 years, News7Tamil has the youngest television newsroom in the world. It is also the only television news station in the world to have a separate social media studio, it added. The channel is said to be equipped with one of the largest video walls in the world, the latest versions of the most advanced broadcast, news gathering and newsroom automation systems, and News7Tamil would be  one of the most technologically advanced news stations in the world.

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Tamil news channel News7Tamil lauched early today – 1st to launch with an “all women” crew!

Centre, and Arun Jaitley embarrased ? Supreme Court orders black money holder list be handed over.

The Narendra Modi led NDA government was sort of embarrased in the highest court of the country today – in a blow to the dilly dallying approach of the centre making names public in a selective way, the court ordered that the list of black money holders, in toto, be handed over by tomorrow to the court.

Black money - a vacillating centre rapped in the knuckles?
Black money – a vacillating centre rapped in the knuckles?

The  SC pulled up the government for seeking modification of its order on disclosing names of account holders in foreign banks.

The apex court also ordered the government to just pass the information of account holders and then await its orders on the matter. This decision by the Supreme court comes a day after the centre released eight names against whom it has started prosecution for allegedly stashing black money in foreign banks. Of the eight, three of them were said to have bank account in foreign banks.

This made the court to question the government as to why it was keen on  providing a protective umbrella to foreign bank account holders. “We can’t leave the issue of bringing back black money to government. It will never happen during our time”, stated   the SC said in its judgement.

This happening in the court is a huge embarrassment for the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who has, as per even many NDA supporters, has been vacillating on the black money holder list being made public.

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Centre, and Arun Jaitley embarrased ? Supreme Court orders black money holder list be handed over.

Captain Vijayakanth is CM front-runner for TN in 2016

Captain Vijayakanth has made his ambitions clear in his speech to his party workers over the last week-end. He has asserted in his speech that with Superstar Rajinikanth refusing to be drawn into the BJP’s bandwagon, he was the front runner to the Chief-minister-ship of the state.

Captain will settle for nothing less than CM in 2016!
Captain will settle for nothing less than CM in 2016!

Elections to TN will be held somewhere in 2016, unless there is a drastic change in plans, where the present ADMK government may call for dissolution of the present assembly, and call for snap polls. Some political observers feel that this is a possibility, provided the ousted CM Jayalalitha comes out of her legal wrangles in the disproportionate assets case, which has convicted her along with Sasikala and a few others. Incidentally, Jaya’s appeal is to be heard in the Bangalore High Court today. However, it could be just the beginning of a fairly long drawn process.

Some party workers in the meeting venue where Vijayakanth laid his plans clear however felt that just in case the BJP agrees to the ally DMDK holding the CM chair, it would be Premalatha Vijayakanth who would be the partys choice, and even Vijayakanth would bide by the party’s choice.

The BJP camp is Tamilnadu is amused by these developments; while the leadership in the state Unit would take the actor ally’s speech with a pinch of salt, they will also be left wondering if the DMDK is trying pressure tactics for a larger chunk of seat sharing.

However, political observers feel that elections 2016 in TN are a long way to go, and Vijayakanth’s utterances are too premature.

As the classic adage goes – 2 years is a long long time in politics.

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Captain Vijayakanth is CM front-runner for TN in 2016

Dr Tharoor cleans up the famous Vizhinjam beach… is it a political storm on the beach side?

Shashi Tharoor, MP from Trivandrum, and presently persona non grata with the Congress leadership, thanks to his bipartisan views on the “Clean India” campaign call by PM Narendra Modi, in a sense has done it again, much to the chagrin of his party and party-men.

He extended his support to the clean India campaign of the PM by clean up the famous Vizhinjam beach, just 14 kms away from the center of his constituency, Trivandrum.

Apart from tweeting in reply to the Prime Ministers call for support to a Clean India, Dr Tharoor also posted a video of the event and his speech with an appeal to PM Modi that funds be allocated by the centre to help revive the polluted Parvathi Puthanar falling in his home constituency.

While many neutral political observers have indeed lauded Dr Tharoor for his support for the cause of a Clean India, the video and the MP’s speech has left many in the Congress circles wondering if its now a mere formality that the suave leader will formally exit the party, that is battered owing to a series of electoral debacles under the leadership of the mother-son duo, Sonia and Rahul Gandhi.

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Dr Tharoor cleans up the famous Vizhinjam beach… is it a political storm on the beach side?

Modi may attend Maha swearing in… but quandary over protocol?!

PM Narendra Modi is likely to attend the swearing in ceremony of the BJP or BJP led government in Maharashtra, as and when it happens.

However, officials of the state governments protocol wing are in a quandary over how the seating arrangements are to be made, just in case Modi does attend the grand swearing in at the precincts of the Mantralaya.

Leaders of the state BJP seem to be of the opinion that the state officials must keep a watch on the swearing ceremony of the M L Khattar led government today, to see how the PM Modi is seated in that function.

“We suggested them that they should watch where PM sits during the swearing-in ceremony of Haryana government today and accordingly make seating arrangements here,” one leader stated.

Looks like the Haryana government officials did not ponder that much on the protocol challenge as this video of the today’s swearing in depicts.

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Modi may attend Maha swearing in… but quandary over protocol?!