June 4, 2023


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इंटरेनट डेस्क। राजस्थान के मुख्यमंत्री अशोक गहलोत की ऐसी योजनाए है जो दूसरे राज्य भी अपना रहे है ताकी प्रदेश की जनता तो खुश रहे ही साथ ही लोगों को फायदा भी मिलता रहे। ऐसे में अब राजस्थान के बाद कर्नाटक में कांग्रेस सरकार ने फ्री बिजली देने का ऐलान किया है।

हाल ही में राजस्थान सरकार ने 100 यूनिट बिजली फ्री देने का ऐलान किया है। उसके साथ ही 101 से 200 यूनिट तक के सभी चार्ज माफ करने का ऐलान किया है। इसके बाद कर्नाटक के मुख्यमंत्री सिद्धारमैया ने कैबिनेट बैठक की और कहा कि कैबिनेट ने चालू वित्त वर्ष में सभी पांच गारंटी को पूरा करने का फैसला किया है।

गारंटी में से एक में 200 यूनिट मुफ्त बिजली शामिल है, जिसको लेकर उन्होंने कहा कि 1 जुलाई से ये प्रदेशभर में लागू किया जाएगा। हालांकि उन्होंने कहा कि बकाए का भुगतान ग्राहकों को करना होगा। सीएम सिद्धारमैया ने कहा 200 यूनिट बिजली मुफ्त होगी।

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Approximately 1,800 doctors died from Covid-19, the Indian Medical Association has estimated. As of September 22, data from the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, indicates that 974 health workers had died from the virus.

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Jalandhar Bishop Franco Mulakkal, who was accused of raping a nun in Kerala, resigned from his post on Thursday, reported PTI.

Apostolic Nunciature to India, which is the Vatican mission in the country, said that the Roman Catholic Church sought Mulakkal’s resignation not as a disciplinary measure but for the “good of the diocese” that needs a new bishop given the divisive nature of the case against him, reported PTI.

The development comes more than a year after Mulakkal was acquitted in the rape case by a sessions court in Kerala. However, the complainant has moved the Kerala High Court challenging the order.

“In this regard, the Apostolic Nunciature wishes to specify that the Holy See [governing body of Catholic Church] respects the verdict of the Additional District and Sessions Court, Kottayam, Kerala, acquitting Bishop Mulakkal from the allegations concerning him, as well as the appeal against the acquittal, which has been admitted by the Kerala High Court,” the diplomatic mission of Vatican said, reported PTI.

On Thursday, Mulakkal announced his resignation in a video message, reported The News Minute.

“The Holy Father Pope Francis has accepted my letter of resignation as Jalandhar Bishop, which I had written after detailed discussions with my superiors,” he said. 

Farmer leader Rakesh Tikait on Thursday said that a delegation of khap representatives will meet President Draupadi Murmu to seek justice for the protesting wrestlers, reported PTI.

The athletes, including Olympic medallists Sakshi Malik and Bajrang Punia and two-time world champion medallist Vinesh Phogat, had been protesting in Delhi’s Jantar Mantar for more than a month demanding the arrest of Wrestling Federation of India head Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh. He is accused of sexually harassing seven women players, including a minor.

Singh, who is also a Bharatiya Janata Party MP, has denied any wrongdoing. But the wrestlers have intensified their protest against him.

On Thursday, Tikait along with the khaps of Haryana held a mahapanchayat in Uttar Pradesh’s Muzaffarnagar to support the wrestlers.

“Representatives of the khaps will meet the president and the government in support of the wrestlers and the fight will continue till they get justice,” the Bharatiya Kisan Union leader said. “If they do not take any decision, we will take the next step. But this fight will be fought. The girls and the khap will not lose. This injustice will not be done to them.”

The development came two days after farmer leader Naresh Tikait stopped the wrestlers from immersing their medals in the Ganga river.

People in a crowd waving Turkish flags and looking upward.When Yasemin Oz, a lesbian lawyer in Istanbul, heard President Recep Tayyip Erdogan claiming victory after a runoff election on Sunday, she said she feared for the future. In his speech, he declared “family is sacred for us” and insisted that L.G.B.T.Q. people would never “infiltrate” his governing party.

They were familiar themes, heard often throughout Mr. Erdogan’s campaign for re-election: He frequently attacked L.G.B.T.Q. people, referring to them as “deviants” and saying they were “spreading like the plague.” But Ms. Oz said she had hoped it was just electioneering to rally the president’s conservative base.

“I was already worried about what was to come for us,” said Ms. Oz, 49. But after the speech, she thought, “it will get harsher.”

The rights and freedoms of L.G.B.T.Q. citizens became a lightning-rod issue during this year’s election campaign. Mr. Erdogan, facing the greatest political threat of his two decades as the country’s dominant leader and seeking to woo conservatives, repeatedly attacked his opponents for supposedly supporting gay rights. The anti-Erdogan opposition mostly avoided the topic for fear of alienating some of its own voters.

That left many L.G.B.T.Q. people fearing that the discrimination they have long faced by the government and conservative parts of society could worsen — and feeling that no one in the country had their backs.

“People are scared and having dystopian thoughts like, ‘Are we going to be slashed or violently attacked in the middle of the street?’” said Ogulcan Yediveren, a coordinator at SPoD, an L.G.B.T.Q. advocacy group in Istanbul. “What will happen is that people will hide their identities, and that is bad enough.”

Turkey, a predominantly Muslim society with a secular state, does not criminalize homosexuality and has laws against discrimination. But in recent conversations, more than a dozen L.G.B.T.Q. people said they often struggled to find jobs, secure housing and get quality health care as well as to be accepted by their friends, relatives, neighbors and co-workers.

Supporters of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan celebrating his victory in Istanbul on Sunday.
An aerial view of a mosque and an election poster for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Kayseri, Turkey in April. Turkey is a predominantly Muslim society with a secular state.

In recent years, they said, they have encountered new restrictions on their visibility in society. Universities have shut down L.G.B.T.Q. student clubs. And since 2014, the authorities have banned Pride parades in major cities, including in Istanbul, where crowds in the tens of thousands used to participate.

That tracks with Mr. Erdogan’s vision for Turkey.

Since the start of his national political career in 2003, he has increased his own power while promoting a conservative Muslim view of society. He insists that marriage can only be between a man and a woman, and encourages women to have three children to build the nation.

Rights advocates say that as Mr. Erdogan has gained power, his conservative outlook has filtered down, encouraging local authorities to restrict L.G.B.T.Q. activities and pushing the security forces to crack down on gay rights activism.

Anti-L.G.B.T.Q. rhetoric was more prominent during this election than in past cycles, even though there are no looming legal changes that would expand or limit rights. No political party is trying to legalize same-sex marriage or adoption, for example, or expand medical care for transgender youth.

Instead, Mr. Erdogan and his allies use the issue to galvanize conservatives.

“What they want to impose on society in terms of other values is full of hatred and violence toward us,” said Nazlican Dogan, 26, who is facing legal charges related to participation in pro-L.G.B.T.Q. protests at Bogazici University in Istanbul. “It was really ugly and it made us feel that we can’t exist in this country, like I should just leave.”

A group of people laughing around a table.
Bambi Ceren, right, and other members of a Pride week organizing committee gather in an apartment in Istanbul.
Nazlican Dogan, who is facing legal charges related to pro-L.G.B.T.Q. protests at a university, in Istanbul last week.

During his campaign, Mr. Erdogan characterized L.G.B.T.Q. people as a threat to society.

“If the concept of family is not strong, the destruction of the nation happens quickly,” he told young people during a televised meeting in early May. “L.G.B.T. is a poison injected into the institution of the family. It is not possible for us to accept that poison as a country whose people are 99 percent Muslim.”

In April, his interior minister, Suleyman Soylu, went even further, falsely claiming that gay rights would allow humans to marry animals.

SPoD, the advocacy group, asked parliamentary candidates during the campaign to sign a contract to protect L.G.B.T.Q. rights. Fifty-eight candidates signed, and 11 of them won seats in the 600-member legislature, said Mr. Yediveren, the coordinator.

His group has also tried to expand legal protections for L.G.B.T.Q. people.

While certain laws prohibit discrimination, they do not specifically mention sexual identity or orientation, he said. At the same time, the authorities often cite vague concepts like “general morals” and “public order” to act against activities they don’t like, such as Pride week events.

“This week is very important because we don’t have physical locations we can come together as a community to support each other,” said Bambi Ceren, 34, a member of a committee planning events for this year’s Pride week, which begins on June 19.


A drag performer surrounded by a group of people.
A drag performer who uses the stage name Florence Konstantina Delight at a club in Istanbul.People socialize at Ziba, a gay-friendly bar in Istanbul.
Last year, the police prevented Pride events and arrested people who gathered to take part, committee members said.

SPoD runs a national hotline to field queries about sexual orientation, legal protections or how to access medical care or other services. The group can solve most issues related to services, Mr. Yediveren said, but most callers’ problems are social and emotional.

“People are feeling very lonely and isolated,” he said.

Transgender individuals struggle to find jobs, housing and proper medication and care. And gay men and lesbians are sometimes forced into heterosexual marriages and fear coming out to their families and co-workers.

Worrying about, “‘Will I be caught one day?’ causes a lot of stress for them,” Mr. Yediveren said.

And the threat of violence is real.

Some L.G.B.T.Q. people said they had been beaten by the security forces during protests or met with indifference from the police while being harassed on the street.

A survey last year by ILGA-Europe, a rights organization, ranked Turkey second-to-last out of 49 European countries on L.G.B.T.Q. rights. Another group, Transgender Europe, said that 62 transgender people had been killed in Turkey between 2008 and 2022.

Many L.G.B.T.Q. people fear that the demonization during the campaign will make that threat more acute.

A queer university student from Turkey’s Kurdish minority, who grew up in a smaller city with no significant L.G.B.T.Q. presence, said she feared that bad days were ahead.


People spraying painting prints on a building wall.
Members of a Pride week organizing committee spraying graffiti in Istanbul.
Berat, an openly gay architecture student, works as a hairdresser in Istanbul.

People who would not normally commit violence might feel empowered to do so because the government had spread hatred for people like her, she said, claiming they were sick, dangerous or a threat to the family. She spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of being attacked.

Despite the increased danger, many L.G.B.T.Q. people vowed to keep fighting for their rights and maintaining their visibility in society. To deal with the fear of random attacks, they plan to look out for each other more to ensure they are safe.

In Istanbul, a 25-year-old drag performer who goes by the stage name Florence Konstantina Delight and uses gender-neutral pronouns called the new attention unsettling.

“In the whole history of queer life in Turkey, we could never be that visible,” they said in an interview. “But because of the election, everyone was talking about us.”

They described growing up in Turkey as “full of abuse, full of denial, full of teachers ignoring your existence and what happened to you, like your pals bullying you.”

At age 16, Florence accepted their sexual identity, attended a Pride parade and set up a Facebook account with a fake name to contact L.G.B.T.Q. organizations and make friends, eventually stumbling upon someone at the same high school.

They later moved to Istanbul, where they perform weekly at a rare L.G.B.T.Q.-friendly bar.

Mr. Erdogan’s win on Sunday caused Florence despair.

“I stared into space for a while,” they said.


A woman dancing in a bar.
A woman dancing at a lesbian bar in Istanbul in front of an image of Kemal Kılıcdaroglu, who lost to Mr. Erdogan in the presidential election.

The State does not owe loyalty to any religion and the Constitution does not want the religious majority to enjoy any preferential treatment, Supreme Court Judge Justice BV Nagarathna said on Monday, reported Live Law.

“The vision of the founding fathers was that a nation transcending all diversities of religion, caste and creed; to bring about a new social order based on justice, social, economic and political aspects,” she said.

Speaking at the the launch of a book titled Constitutional Ideals: Development and Realisation Through Court-led Justice, Nagarathna also noted that the the essence of fundamental duties is to achieve ideal citizenship for which one needs to practice the values of the Constitution, reported Live Law.

“Among the constitutional values, integrity is the highest,” the judge said. “But alas! With the passing of every year, integrity is losing its value in our total value system. Bribery, corruption and flaunting of ill-gotten wealth has become the order of the day and has been entrenched in Indian society.”

She added: “Disproportionate assets possessed by certain persons, especially by those in public life are hardly thought of as blackmarks in our Indian society.”

The judge also said that a country can only be as independent as its institutions like the Election Commission, judiciary, the central bank, among others, reported Bar and Bench.

जयपुर। राजस्‍थान सरकार ने बीकानेर, हनुमानगढ़ और गंगानगर जिलों में पक्के नहरी खालों का निर्माण और क्षतिग्रस्त खालों का जीर्णोंद्धार कराने का फैसला किया है। इसके लिए 162.95 करोड़ रुपये मंजूर किए गए हैं।

एक सरकारी बयान के अनुसार मुख्‍यमंत्री अशोक गहलोत ने तीनों जिलों में कार्यों के लिए 162.95 करोड़ रुपये की मंजूरी दी है।इस स्वीकृति के तहत हनुमानगढ़ के भादरा स्थित अमरसिंह ब्रांच, सिद्धमुख नहर व नोहर फीडर क्षेत्र और श्रीगंगानगर के सूरतगढ़ में पुराने क्षतिग्रस्त खालों के निर्माण में 112.95 करोड़ रुपये की लागत आएगी।

बयान के मुताबिक बीकानेर के नहरी खालों की मरम्मत में 50 करोड़ रुपये व्यय होंगे। इससे जलधाराएं एवं भूमिगत नालियों का कार्य शीघ्र हो सकेगा जिससे पानी की बचत होगी और खेतों को अधिक पानी मिलेगा।गहलोत सरकार द्वारा वर्ष 2023-24 के बजट में सिंचाई परियोजना के मरम्मत कार्य को लेकर घोषणा की गई थी।एक अन्य फैसले के तहत राज्य सरकार दौसा

जिले के लालसोट क्षेत्र में नवीन पशु चिकित्सा महाविद्यालय खोलेगी। मुख्यमंत्री अशोक गहलोत ने महाविद्यालय खोलने और संचालन के प्रस्ताव को स्वीकृति दी है।बयान के मुताबिक नया महाविद्यालय राजस्थान पशु चिकित्सा एवं पशु विज्ञान विश्वविद्यालय बीकानेर के संघटक के रूप में संचालित होगा। महाविद्यालय में प्रथम वर्ष में अधिकतम 80 विद्यार्थियों को प्रवेश दिया जाएगा।

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जयपुर। मां के प्यार को कोई नहीं जीत सकता।औलाद बेशक उससे नफरत करने लगे, मगर मां के स्नेह और उसकी आंखों से निकले दो आंसू की कोई कीमत नहीं होती। मां है ही ऐसा अनमोल रत्न , सुनो दिल की आवाज कि वो शाम ना आए,जब मां हम से दूर हो जाए। सच पूछो तो इस दुनियां में मां से बड़ा कोई धन नहीं है। जरा भी ओझल हो जाए मैया। मन बेचैन हो उठता है। यह वाकिया एक ऐसी मां का है,जिसके त्याग को उसकी औलाद ने नही समझा, वह जब विदा हुई तो उसके मतलबी पुत्र ने रो रो कर दुनिया उठा मारी।

इस कहानी की नायिका का नाम सुंदर देवी है। पांच साल पहले पति का साथ छूट था। तसल्ली के नाम पर एक औलाद थी। उसी को पाला पोसा और उसकी शादी की। दिन गुजरते गए तभी एक घटना बिजली की तरह तड़क कर गिरी। शनिवार का दिन था। सांझ ढले दफ्तर से आने वाला उसका पुत्र देर रात तक नहीं आया। चिंतित थी। परेशान थी। एक सवाल मन से था…जिसकी आंखों में कटी थी सदियां,उसने सदियों की जुदाई दीं है। एक एक एक पल भारी होने लगा था।अशुभ खयालों से घेर लिया। ऑफ…! कही कोई अशुभ ना हो जाए। बहु बेटे से नाराज थी। मगर जरा भी आहत होती तो सारे कष्ट भूल जाती।

मगर एक सवाल। मगर नहीं मिला जवाब। बेटे बहु को याद में आंखें नम कर लेती थी।आखिर कहां चले गए। कोई सूचना नही।आखिर क्यों। यह भी नही सोचा।औलाद को खोजने,यह बूढ़ी मां किसका दरवाजा खट खताएगी। आम तौर पर विक्रम संध्या के समय आ जा या करता था। कभी कोई काम होने पर विलंब की सूचना हर हाल में मिल जाती थी। मगर आज…! मन ही मन में अशुभ ख्यालों में डूबी,घर के दरवाजे को घूरे जा रही थी। घड़ी के टिक टिक की आवाज दिल की धड़कनो के साथ खेल कर रही थीं तरह जनबी बनी इसे तोड़ने का प्रयास कर रही थी।

सुंदरी की बैचेनी एक और बड़ा कारण विक्रम का बर्थ डे का भी था। इस मौके पर खीर बनाया करती थी। चावल की खीर में ड्रायफ्रूट और केसर को पत्ती डाला करती थी। मां की बनाई केसर की खीर उसे बहुत पसंद थी। हमेशा की तरह आज भी खीर बनी थी। साथ में आलू की भाजी और गरमा गर्म पूड़ी। मैया को विश्वास था कि खीर देख कर विक्की का मूड ठीक हो जायेगा। खीर के अलावा फिर दाल की पकोड़ी, यह बहु की पसंद थी। विक्की और खीर की रामायण रात बारह बजे तक चलती रही। उसकी यादों का विराम उस वक्त लगा जब दरवाजे पर लगी घंटी बज उठी। तपाक से वह उठी । बिना कोई विलंब के दरवाजा खोला। विक्रम के मुंह से शराब की आते ही वह चौकी। पहले ख्याल आया गाल पर तमाचा जड़ दूं। मगर रुक गई। इस तरह तो बात और ज्यादा बिगड़ जाएगी।

विक्की के कदम लड़का रहे थे। बदन में फंसा कमीज खोला और उसे फैंका सोफे पर। फिर बोला,,..इतनी रात हो गई तू सोई नहीं। सुंदरी चुप थी। कुछ देर के बाद,बोली। बहु मान्यता की ओर अपना चेहरा घुमाकर उसे घूरा। फिर बोली,।खाना गर्म करके परोस दो सभी को भूख लग रही होगी। विक्रम का मूड फिर गया था। नशे में गुर्राया … आप को कहा ना।हमें नहीं खानी आप की बनाई खीर।आप हो क्यो ना खा लेटी थी।सुंदरी भूखी थी, मगर विक्की के व्यवहार से उसकी भूख गायब हो गई।कांपते हाथो से खीर का बर्तन,रसोई में रखे फ्रीज में रखा। फिर बोली, आज तेरा जन्म दिन है। खीर इसी लिए बनाई थी कि तुझे पसंद है। फिर छोड़ो खीर की बात । तुम दोनों ने खाना बहत खा लिया, यह भी ठीक है। फ्रिज में रखी खीर सुबह तक और भी मजेदार हो जायेगी।

सुंदरी के हाथ में कोई कागज था। कोई दवा मंगवाई थी। ब्लड प्रेशर की यह दवा वह काफी समय से ले रही थी। विक्रम को याद आया, अरे …! यही दवा तो पांच दिन पहले ही मां ने मंगाई थी। मगर भूल गया। मां भी क्या सोचती होगी। दवा भी जरूरी थी। एक दिन भी ना लेने पर उसकी तबियत बिगड़ जाया करती थी। विक्की की आंखें नम हो गई थी। मां के कमरे की तरफ तुरंत दौड़ा। सबसे पहले उठने वाली मां को आज ना जाने क्या हो गया। आज क्यू नही उठी। मां की बनाई केसर की खीर उसे बहुत पसंद थी। हमेशा की तरह आज भी खीर बनी थी। साथ में आलू की भाजी और गरमा गर्म पूड़ी। मैया को विश्वास था कि खीर देख कर विक्की का मूड ठीक हो जायेगा। खीर के अलावा फिर दाल की पकोड़ी, यह बहु की पसंद थी। विक्की और खीर की रामायण रात बारह बजे तक चलती रही। उसकी यादों का विराम उस वक्त लगा जब दरवाजे पर लगी घंटी बज उठी। तपाक से वह उठी । बिना कोई विलंब के दरवाजा खोला। विक्रम के मुंह से शराब की आते ही वह चौकी। पहले ख्याल आया गाल पर तमाचा जड़ दूं। मगर रुक गई।

Urmila Pachkar spends roughly 12 hours each week strapped to a dialysis machine. She travels three times a week for dialysis to a centre 12 km from her home. She will turn 31 in August, but her sallow cheeks and bony form give her the appearance of a teenager.

In 2013, Pachkar was diagnosed with chronic kidney failure, a condition in which the organs, each the size of a coffee mug, are no longer able to filter blood, remove waste from the body, and maintain fluid balance.

Her life now depends on someone else’s death: today, Pachkar is one of 3,375 individuals in Mumbai who are waiting for a new kidney. “It has been seven years now,” Pachkar says, referring to the time since she registered herself for a transplant.

Under Indian law, an individual can receive a kidney, or part of a liver, from a living family member or friend. They can also receive these organs from a deceased donor, called a cadaver donor. (Certain organs, such as the heart, lungs, bowel, intestine, or hands, can only be transplanted from cadaver donors.)

In Pachkar’s case, no one in her family matched her blood group. So, she registered for a cadaver donation.

Cadaver donations are only possible in the specific…

Deepanshi Jain, a young woman in her early 20s, has a YouTube channel that has amassed over 100,000 subscribers. It started with the Covid-19 lockdown, when she found herself wondering what to do with the time that hung heavy on her hands.

Figuring that there could be others battling the same dilemma, Jain started a YouTube channel with a simple theme: What do you do – what can you do – when you are stuck at home?

The content gained immediate traction. “My channel was monetised within two months,” Jain says. “My videos went viral during Covid. Within two months, I got 6,000 subscribers.” She quit her job and devoted all her time to content creation.

Jain exemplifies a study, published in 2022, by Oxford Economics which found that the ever-growing numbers of creative entrepreneurs on YouTube contributed over Rs 10,000 crore to India’s Gross Domestic Product in 2021. The study, fielded in eight Indian languages, also found that the platform supported an equivalent of 750,000 full-time jobs.

The study shows that unlike the much-talked-about internet-based startups that originate in the metros and big cities, content creators are emerging from every nook and corner of the country.

The right of an individual to choose their sex or gender identity is integral to their personality and is one of the most basic aspects of self-determination, dignity and freedom, the Rajasthan High Court has observed, reported Bar and Bench on Monday.

Justice Anoop Kumar Dhand made the observation in his judgement ordering authorities to consider changing service records of a petitioner who had been assigned the female gender at birth. The order was passed on May 25.

The petitioner had got a job in 2013 under the General Female Category but was diagnosed with Gender Identity Disorder – the incongruence between a person’s experienced or expressed gender and the one they were assigned at birth.

After this, the petitioner underwent a gender reassignment surgery to become a male. He then married a woman and fathered two children.

In his plea, the petitioner had argued that that unless his name and gender is changed in his service records, it would be difficult for him and his family to get the benefits of his service. He had sought that the authorities should make the needed changes in the records.

The petitioner had also legally changed his name and gender to reflect their male identity, reported the Hindustan Times.

The state government had opposed the petition, arguing that the petitioner…

By Atish Chafe (Editor In Chief)

The boycott by 19 Opposition parties of the inauguration of the new parliament building on Sunday has grabbed media attention. The Opposition’s contention is that the Indian president, as the constitutional head of the country, should inaugurate the new building – not the prime minister. The government has countered this by pointing to instances where additions to the parliament building such as the annexe were inaugurated by Indira Gandhi when she was prime minister.

However, this debate is somewhat pointless. It would be foolhardy to expect Prime Minister Narendra Modi, whose pet project is the new parliament, to let go the opportunity to bask in the limelight and extract maximum mileage from the event.

The Great Indian Political Drama continues as PM Narendra Modi not compromising with opposition. But issue is over debated with continues advertising. And this helped government to keep other issues….. Sorry real issues in dark. All Indian must rethink about Modi Era. It’s very dangerous for Economy & Democracy various experts continue barking about all  political nonsense experiments by BJP. But Indian media now partial, money addicted (from tenders of Government), Corrupted. They are trying to prove theirs illiteracy, extremisms, propaganda & not thinking about current situation & upcoming dangerous future of India.

At a time when the institution of parliament is seriously imperiled, there are perhaps two things that are more important than the politicking over who gets to inaugurate the new building. The first is the new building itself – how and why it was conceived and what it symbolizes. Second, the choice of Hindutva ideologue VD Savarkar’s birth anniversary as the date of the inauguration.

इंटरनेट डेस्क। वैसे तो देखने के लिए देश दुनिया में काफी चीजे है, लेकिन कई बार लोगों का मन कुछ ऐतिहासिक चीजों को देखने और समझने का भी करता है। ऐसे में आप कई बार ऐसे फोर्ट को देखने का मन बनाते है जहां आप कुछ अच्छी चीजों को देख सकें। ऐसे में आज आपको बता रहे है की आप कहा जा सकते है।

सुवर्णदुर्ग फोर्ट
इस बार आप महाराष्ट्र के स्वर्ण किले के नाम से जाना जाने वाले सुवर्णदुर्ग फोर्ट जा सकते है। यहां का इतिहास आपको अच्छा लगेगा। जानकारी के अनुसार इस किले का निर्माण समुद्र के जरिये होने वाले आक्रमणों से बचाव के लिए करवाया गया था। ऐसे में आप एक बार इस किले का दीदार जरूर करें।

समुद्र तट पर बना है
ये किला वैसे महाराष्ट्र में स्थित कोंकण समुद्र तट पर मौजूद है जो समुद्र के साथ ही अपनी हरियाली के लिए भी काफी फेमस है। यहां लोग इस किले के साथ साथ यहां मौजूद हरियाली को निहारने भी आते है। ऐसे में आपको आना ही चाहिए।

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जयपुर। ज्यादा समय पुरानी बात नही है। यही की दस बारह साल पहले की यह कहानी है। कच्ची बस्ती से लेकर पॉश कॉलोनी…राशन की दुकानें कही ना कहीं दिखाई दे जाती थी। किसी को गेहूं चाहिए था तो किसी को चीनी या फिर दाल औरचाय की पत्ती जैसे जरूरी आइटम गरीबों तक सस्ती दरों पर मिल जाय ,इसके लिए राशन की दुकानों ने अच्छा काम किया था।

इसी का परिणाम था कि इस सुविधा को लेकर लोगों में विश्वास लोटने लगा था। मगर तभी प्रशासन ने एक नई व्यवस्था को आम जानो के कन्धों पर थोप दिया। उनका मकसद साफ था। इन गरीबों के हक की रोटी को मुसीबतों के जाल में फंसा दिया जाए। इसी कड़ी में सरकार के निर्देश थे की बोमेट्रिक मशीन में उस की उंगली का निशान जब तक नहीं लगेगा तब तक उसे राशन के आइटम नही मिलेंगे।

देखा जाय तो योजना बुरी भी नही थी।मगर हर बात के दो पहलू हुआ करते है।लोगों ने योजना का विरोध शुरू कर दिया।बापूनगर जैसी पौष कॉलोनी की राशन की दुकान एका एक लुप्त हो गई है। दुकान कहां गई। इसके संचालक कहां भूमि गत हो गए।गणेश नगर कॉलोनी में रह रही श्रमिक महिला के पास इसका जवाब है। वह बताती थी, उन दिनों राशन की इन दुकानों पर बासमति चावल की किनकी जो बहुत सस्ती और हाई क्वालिटी थी,उसका वितरण किया जा रहा था।

इसी चक्कर में कुछ लोगों ने राशन की इस दुकान को ही हाई जेक कर लिया। बापूनगर के निवासी भटकते रहे,आज तक भी इस दुकान अता पता नहीं हैं।चाय चीनी के अलावा चावल और तूर की दाल की कहानी दिलचस्प है। शुरू में इसका स्वाद लोगों को पसंद आया। लंबी लाइन को परेशानी को भोग कर भी इन आय टमो को खरीदने लगे। राशन की दुकानों के अनेक संचालक बईमानी पर उतर आए।

जनता का राशन लोगों तक पहुंचने की अपेक्षा अनाज मंडी में लेजाकर मंहगी दरो पर बिकने लगा। आम जनता जब भी इन दुकानों पर जाया करती थी,तब या तो इन दुकानों पर मोटा ताला लटका मिलता था अथवा स्टाक में नहीं होने का फरमान सुनाया जाता था।पार्षद, पोस्ट वार्डन से जवाब मांगा गया, मगर वे भी हैरान थे। झालाना basty की महिला ने बताया की उनकी बस्ती की एक अधेड़ महिला ने बताया की उसे हाई ब्लड प्रेशर रहता है।इस पर चलने फिरने में दिक्कत होती है।

सरकार की नई व्यवस्था में इन दुखियारों को राहत देने जैसी कोई सुविधा ना होने पर वे दुखी रहने लगे। हमने कौशिश की ओर अपनी मजबूरी बताई मगर कोई रहम नहीं बख्शा गया। परिवार के मुखिया के प्रतिनिधि को भी सरकारी राशन नहीं दिया। किया,मगर अम्मीजान को राशन की दुकान तक जाकर अपनी मैया का पिछले चार माह से सकीना के परिवार को राशन का अनाज नहीं मिला है।

यह बात केवल सकीना अकेली इस समस्या की शिकार नही हुई है। बहुत से लोग इस पीड़ा को झेल रहे हैं।बापू नगर के लोकल नेता कहते है कि राशन कार्ड परिवार के मुखिया के नाम पर ही बनता है। इन में अनेक लोग अवस्था अधिक होने पर चल फिर नही सकते। उनकी उंगली के चमड़ी खराब हो जाने पर बायोमेट्रिक मशीन फिंगर प्रिंट मैच नहीं कर पा रही है। बिना मैचिंग के पीड़ित परिवार को राशन का सामान नहीं मिल रहा है।

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For decades, communities have opposed what passes for development at the cost of the environment. In January, for instance, villagers in Azamgarh, close to Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh, opposed plans to expand the town’s airport.

Since 2021, residents have been opposing the international Blue Flag certification for Goa’s Cavelossim beach that is granted to breaches that meet environmental and sustainability criteria. Critics say this certification overrides key environmental rules.

Close to Telangana’s capital Hyderabad, residents of a village have since January last year protested against the expansion of stone quarrying, citing health and pollution concerns.

In India, conflicts historically arise between communities that depend on the land for their livelihoods and the authorities responsible with their welfare, a dynamic made worse when corporations seek to alter the terrain for profit. This is particularly true when it comes to environmental and climate policies, as the consequences of decisions made in this domain could have profound effects on the well-being of the environment and the people it sustains.

The key stakeholders of any project have to be the citizens who will be affected – a fact that is often overlooked. They are often kept out of the conversation until it is too late, and the only recourse is community action or long-drawn-out judicial efforts.

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Issues plaguing school education

Education is vital for individuals to develop and grow to their potential and widen their livelihood opportunities. World leaders have acknowledged the vital role of education. Nelson Mandela viewed education as the “most powerful weapon you can use to change the world” while Kofi Annan noted that “education is the premise of progress in every society, in every family”. Our discussion on public policy imperatives on health, nutrition, food security, and the young child’s well-being, has also demonstrated that a critical ingredient to improvement in these sectors is education.

Though the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2009 (RTE Act) has refocused attention on school education in recent years, some fundamental problems continue to plague the system. Despite the constitutional and legal obligations of governments, education budgets have remained modest and woefully inadequate to requirements. While there has been a reasonable expansion of coverage and enrolment in schools, the fundamental issue of poor learning outcomes, especially in government schools, has not been addressed. Poor households – both parents and children – remain alienated from the education system. Further, the education policy has not come to grips with the legitimate aspirations of poor households for “English”…

हम प्रत्येक शनिवार को महिला दिवस के रूप में मनाएंगे और क्रांतिकारी महिलाएं जैसे कि वीरांगना फूलन देवी और वीरांगना नगेली, वीरांगना झलकारी बाई कोरी को नमन करेंगें और उनके जीवन संघर्षों को जन जन तक पहुंचाने की कोशिश करेंगे।

‼️जब हिन्दू धर्म में महिलाओं को स्तन ढकने का भी अधिकार नहीं था इसलिए स्तन ही काट दिया ‼️

नंगेली का नाम केरल के बाहर शायद किसी ने न सुना हो. किसी स्कूल के इतिहास की किताब में उनका ज़िक्र या कोई तस्वीर भी नहीं मिलेगी.

लेकिन उनके साहस की मिसाल ऐसी है कि एक बार जानने पर कभी नहीं भूलेंगे, क्योंकि नंगेली ने स्तन ढकने के अधिकार के लिए अपने ही स्तन काट दिए थे.

केरल के इतिहास के पन्नों में छिपी ये लगभग सौ से डेढ़ सौ साल पुरानी कहानी उस समय की है जब केरल के बड़े भाग में त्रावणकोर के राजा का शासन था.

जातिवाद की जड़ें बहुत गहरी थीं और निचली जातियों की महिलाओं को उनके स्तन न ढकने का आदेश था. उल्लंघन करने पर उन्हें ‘ब्रेस्ट टैक्स’ यानी ‘स्तन कर’ देना पड़ता था.

केरल के श्री शंकराचार्य संस्कृत विश्वविद्यालय में जेंडर इकॉलॉजी और दलित स्टडीज़ की एसोसिएट प्रोफ़ेसर डॉ. शीबा केएम बताती हैं कि ये वो समय था जब पहनावे के कायदे ऐसे थे कि एक व्यक्ति को देखते ही उसकी जाति की पहचान की जा सकती थी.

डॉ. शीबा कहती हैं, “ब्रेस्ट टैक्स का मक़सद जातिवाद के ढांचे को बनाए रखना था. ये एक तरह से एक औरत के निचली जाति से होने की कीमत थी. इस कर को बार-बार अदा कर पाना इन ग़रीब समुदायों के लिए मुमकिन नहीं था.”

केरल के हिंदुओं में जाति के ढांचे में नायर जाति को शूद्र माना जाता था जिनसे निचले स्तर पर एड़वा और फिर दलित समुदायों को रखा जाता था.

दलित समुदाय
उस दौर में दलित समुदाय के लोग ज़्यादातर खेतिहर मज़दूर थे और ये कर देना उनके बस के बाहर था. ऐसे में एड़वा और नायर समुदाय की औरतें ही इस कर को देने की थोड़ी क्षमता रखती थीं.

डॉ. शीबा के मुताबिक इसके पीछे सोच थी कि अपने से ऊंची जाति के आदमी के सामने औरतों को अपने स्तन नहीं ढकने चाहिए.

वो बताती हैं, “ऊंची जाति की औरतों को भी मंदिर में अपने सीने का कपड़ा हटा देना होता था, पर निचली जाति की औरतों के सामने सभी मर्द ऊंची जाति के ही थे. तो उनके पास स्तन ना ढकने के अलावा कोई विकल्प नहीं था.”

इसी बीच एड़वा जाति की एक महिला, नंगेली ने इस कर को दिए बग़ैर अपने स्तन ढकने का फ़ैसला कर लिया.

केरल के चेरथला में अब भी इलाके के बुज़ुर्ग उस जगह का पता बता देते हैं जहां नंगेली रहती थीं.

मोहनन नारायण
ऑटो चलाने वाले मोहनन नारायण हमें वो जगह दिखाने साथ चल पड़े. उन्होंने बताया, “कर मांगने आए अधिकारी ने जब नंगेली की बात को नहीं माना तो नंगेली ने अपने स्तन ख़ुद काटकर उसके सामने रख दिए.”

लेकिन इस साहस के बाद ख़ून ज़्यादा बहने से नंगेली की मौत हो गई. बताया जाता है कि नंगेली के दाह संस्कार के दौरान उनके पति ने भी अग्नि में कूदकर अपनी जान दे दी.

नंगेली का जन्म स्थान
नंगेली की याद में उस जगह का नाम मुलच्छीपुरम यानी ‘स्तन का स्थान’ रख दिया गया. पर समय के साथ अब वहां से नंगेली का परिवार चला गया है और साथ ही इलाके का नाम भी बदलकर मनोरमा जंक्शन पड़ गया है.

बहुत कोशिश के बाद वहां से कुछ किलोमीटर की दूरी पर रह रहे नंगेली के पड़पोते मणियन वेलू का पता मिला.

साइकिल किनारे लगाकर मणियन ने बताया कि नंगेली के परिवार की संतान होने पर उन्हें बहुत गर्व है.

उनका कहना था, “उन्होंने अपने लिए नहीं बल्कि सारी औरतों के लिए ये कदम उठाया था जिसका नतीजा ये हुआ कि राजा को ये कर वापस लेना पड़ा.”

लेकिन इतिहासकार डॉ. शीबा ये भी कहती हैं कि इतिहास की किताबों में नंगेली के बारे में इतनी कम पड़ताल की गई है कि उनके विरोध और कर वापसी में सीधा रिश्ता कायम करना बहुत मुश्किल है.
वो कहती हैं, “इतिहास हमेशा पुरुषों की नज़र से लिखा गया है, पिछले दशकों में कुछ कोशिशें शुरू हुई हैं महिलाओं के बारे में जानकारी जुटाने की, शायद उनमें कभी नंगेली की बारी भी आ जाए और हमें उनके साहसी कदम के बारे में विस्तार से और कुछ पता चल पाए.”

कथा सुनाने का 10 लाख फीस लेने वाले ढोंगी पाखंडी लोग कहते हैं कि सब मोह माया छोड़कर ईश्वर में ध्यान लगाओ लेकिन खुद का ध्यान 10 लाख पर टिका है। यदि आप देवकीनंदन से कथा करवाते हैं तो उनकी फीस 12 लाख से लेकर 15 लाख तक है। अनिरुद्धाचार्य की फीस भी 15 लाख से 20 लाख है। जया किशोरी, धीरेन्द्र कृष्ण शास्त्री इत्यादि कथावाचकों से कथा करवाने के लिए कम से कम 15 से 20 लाख तक का खर्चा आना Normal है। उसके बाद यह सभी कथावाचक आपको प्रवचन मे बुद्धि प्रदान करते है सब मोह माया है भौतिक सुख का त्याग कर ईश्वर की भक्ति करो, ईश्वर की भक्ति मे परम सुख है भले खुद बिना मर्सिडीज एक कदम भी ना चले।

Dancers at the Star Garden Topless Dive Bar in Los Angeles have voted to become the only unionised strippers in the US – joining a growing trend of young employees seeking workplace protection though labour mobilisation.

On May 18, 2023, the National Labor Relations Board announced that balloted employees at the topless bar had voted 17-0 in favor of joining the Actors’ Equity Association.

It makes Star Garden the first unionised strip club since the now-defunct Lusty Lady in San Francisco and Seattle. That 1996 union campaign was later the subject of the documentary “Live Nude Girls Unite”.

Lusty Lady shut its doors in Seattle in 2010, and three years later in San Francisco, making Star Garden if not the first then at present the only unionised strip club. But given the high-profile nature of the campaign – and the impact of union drives among young staff elsewhere – I believe that there is a high chance that Star Garden won’t be the last strip joint to unionise.

Rusty nails, broken glass

Star Garden is the latest in a string of organising breakthroughs. In 2022, 2,510 petitions for union representation were filed with National Labor Relations Board elections – a 53% increase from 2021 and the highest number since 2016. Petitions for union elections have continued to increase in 2023.

Just as at Star Garden,…

Sunday was always going to be blockbuster. It was the final day of the league stage of the IPL 2023, after all. The fourth spot in the points table was up for grabs and both Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore (and Rajasthan Royals) had a stake. And, it was a day for centuries.

Three tons were scored for the first time ever in this league.

First, Cameron Green did it for Mumbai Indians. Then, Virat Kohli put on a single-handed master-class to score his seventh IPL century for Royal Challengers Bangalore. And finally, Shubman Gill’s century proved to be the cherry on the cake and the knockout punch from Gujarat Titans to knock RCB out.

Only last week, Kohli was passing on the baton to Gill saying, “Go on and lead the next generation,” and on the rain-affected evening at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru both Kohli and Gill ended up scoring back-to-back centuries. It was both poetic and ironic.

Centuries in IPL 2023

Player Final SR For Vs Venue Date
Brook 100 181.81 SRH v KKR

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