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Union Minister Paswan pitch for reservation for backward communities in private sector jobs

Written By Kvartha People on Monday, February 1, 2016 | 4:04 PM

Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan today made a pitch for reservation for scheduled castes, scheduled tribes and backward communities in private sector jobs.

Paswan, leader of the Lok Janshankti Party (LJP), said his party feels that private companies, who have been availing benefits from the government, should provide reservation to Dalits in employment.

The Union minister also made a strong pitch for increasing state and Central budgetary allocation for SCs and Scheduled Tribes, in proportion to their population.

"There should also be enhanced representation to the backward classes in judiciary," Paswan told PTI here.

The Modi government at the Centre is committed to welfare of Dalits, Paswan said. Development of Chaityabhumi at Mumbai and Deekshabhumi at Nagpur are being expedited, coinciding with the 125th birth anniversary of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar, he added.
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The decision to open the site in Ayodhya was not made by late PM Rajiv but based on a court order, Digvijaya Singh

Written By Kvartha People on Friday, January 29, 2016 | 9:53 PM

Hyderabad: The decision to open the Ram Janmabhoomi site in Ayodhya was not made by late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi but based on a court order, senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh said in Hyderabad today, disagreeing with President Pranab Mukherjee's "error of judgement" statement in his memoir.

"Opening of the gate was not done by Rajiv Gandhi. It was a decision of the court. Laying the foundation stone (shilanyas at a temple site) may be an error of judgement (by Rajiv Gandhi). Decision to open the gate was not that of Mr Rajiv Gandhi's," he told PTI in Hyderabad in an interview.
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Dalit students allege cast bias at JNU

Written By Kvartha People on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 | 11:20 AM

Days after a PhD scholar threatened to commit suicide if he did not get clearance for a one-year extension of his senior research fellowship, more students have come out alleging caste discrimination in Jawaharlal Nehru University. On Tuesday, the JNU administration said there were some issues with a particular centre and a meeting has been called on February 8 to resolve the problem.

PhD scholar Madan Meher had on January 22 written to the vice-chancellor alleging caste discrimination at the Centre for International Politics, Organisation and Disarmament under the School of International Studies. Though he was against suicide, Meher said, "There is no other option left for me."

Studying at JNU since 2008, Madan Meher is from Sambalpur in western Odisha. He enrolled for MPhil at the Centre for International Politics, Organisation and Disarmament under the SC category. He has presented papers at 14 national and international conferences and has also written two books.
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Kerala CM refused to undergo a polygraph

Written By Kvartha People on Sunday, January 24, 2016 | 4:04 PM

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy refused to undergo a polygraph or lie-detector test while deposing for nearly 11 hours before a judicial commission on what is being called the "solar scam".

"Why do I need a lie-detector test? What I have said is the truth, with proof and in accordance to my conscience. What allegations are you talking about? Everything has been responded to," the chief minister told reporters.

During the deposition, Mr Chandy refused a polygraph test when asked to undergo one by the lawyer of Biju Radhakrishnan, the main accused in the case.

With assembly elections due in Kerala this year, Mr Chandy is seen as making a strong political statement by deposing; he had requested an early hearing and the Kochi-based commission held the deposition at a government guest house in Kerala capital Thiruvananthapuram.

The lengthy process began on Monday morning and continued till late in the night with a one-hour break for lunch and a short 10-minute break in the evening.
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Kerala Tourism Wins Best Pavilion Award in Madrid

Written By irf Kvartha on Saturday, January 23, 2016 | 6:34 PM

State’s boat race-themed stand a big hit at second largest travel and tourism fair

Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 23: Kerala Tourism has emerged as one among the four winners at FITUR – the second largest travel and tourism fair in the Spain. The tourism department has bagged the award in the destination category along with Mexico, Japan and Nepal.

The event, attended by the Who's Who of global tourism sector had an eye catching Kerala Tourism pavilion themed on the fabled snake boat race that proved a crowd puller among delegates. 9,500 companies from 165 countries participated at the 36th edition of FITUR held from January 20 to 24.

A large number of visitors flocked to the Kerala pavilion, which was adorned by two replicas of the snake boats, making it one of the most-photographed pavilions at the FITUR.

The state pavilion, created with the stunning images of the boat races of Kerala, won the Best Stand award for design, communication and professionalism.

"The award for our pavilion at the famed travel and tourism trade show is a huge honour for our state," said Kerala Tourism Minister Shri A P Anil Kumar, who led the Kerala delegation at FITUR.

"The award shows the strength of the rich cultural traditions of our people, which makes all of us proud," said the Minister.

"The international award, which comes in the 'Visit Kerala' year, will certainly help our state achieve further growth in foreign tourist arrivals in the future," Shri Anil Kumar added.

The sprawling independent pavilion of Kerala Tourism built on a 60-square metre area, had participation from four co-exhibitors representing the state's private tourism and hospitality sector.

"It is a significant international honour bestowed at the world's second most important travel and tourism industry event," said Kerala Tourism Principal Secretary Shri G Kamala Vardhana Rao.

He also added that the award has increased the brand value of the state and with this comes more responsibility.

"The award not only consolidates our position as a top tourism destination in the world, but also makes us known in newer markets across the globe," the Tourism Principal Secretary added.

The FITUR, organised by Madrid's trade fair organisation, called IFEMA (Feria de Madrid), was held at the IFEMA Convention Centre, one of the biggest exhibition grounds in the world.

Kerala Tourism Director Shri P I Sheik Pareeth said the award at FITUR would further encourage the tourism department to target further goals in the state's tourism sector.

"The award offers huge encouragement to all our stakeholders," Shri Pareeth added.

The award winning pavilion was conceived and designed by Stark Communications, the marketing agency of Kerala Tourism and executed by Art Director Sabu Sivan and team.

A whopping 1.25lakh trade participants attended the FITUR last year with over 97,000 visitors from the general public, who were eager to discover, assess and book the latest tourism products and services.

With its wide reach in the Spanish-speaking countries spread across the continents, FITUR is a global meeting point for tourism professionals and the leading trade fair for inbound and outbound Ibero American markets.

The co-exhibitors at the Kerala pavilion in FITUR were Ananthara Hotels & Resorts, Cgh Earth, Kumarakom Lake Resort, and Pioneer Personalized Holidays.

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Mrs. Jolly Johns, Irinjalakuda

The tourists, who reached india, were enjoying the natural beauty of ' Gods Own Country', Kerala. As they moved to a village, they noticed a temple which was under maintenance. One of the tourists was astonished by the sculptures and paintings in the temple. 

He moved on with his camera, picking out each and every painting into pictures. Suddenly his eyes stuck on an architect who was forming his new statue. The architect was deeply immersed in his work. Moving towards him, tourist noticed, another statue as same as the other, lying down nearest to the architect. In his curiosity, tourist asked: Why are you forming the same statue...Do you need both of them...??

Without facing towards the tourist, the architect replied; I made a mistake at the time of final touch. 'Hearing this, tourist eagerly started to find out the mistake. Finally he surrendered and asked:" I couldn't notice any kind of mistake. Can you trace it out?' There is a acratch on the sculpture's nose'; replied the architect.
Tourist noticed a slight scratch. On his wonder he asked; ' Where do you think to locate this statue...?' Pointing to a twenty feet high pillar, architect said; ' over there; on that pillar. ' Tourist was really surprised. 'On this height ....!! Who ever notice the scratch....? No chance....!' The very next moment he flushed out his comment.
The architect, who was well concentrated, stopped the work, turned towards the tourist and said with a smile ' ok... May be no one will trace it. But I knew it. Isn't it....!'
Dedication...., is not an external factor...Or can't be purchased.... it comes from us... deep from the heart... It doesn't depend on external conditions...Our duties should, not to be evaluated by others... or to receive their congrats..., but we should have the satisfaction- ' Job Satisfaction'... Then we could feel the joy, happiness in our mind, wich can increase our mental strength, make us comfortable....
Suppose, if we reach the peak of a mountain; don't think that ' I overcame the heights or defeated it' but ' I want to see the world from this height'....Couldn't you feel the difference...Be polite, honest, and hardworking and enjoy the satisfaction in our small lifetime......
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Iraq: US confirms Americans kidnapped in Baghdad

Written By irf Kvartha on Monday, January 18, 2016 | 3:56 PM

"We are working with the full co-operation of the Iraqi authorities to locate and recover the individuals," said a state department official.

Unconfirmed reports from Iraqi security circles said three Americans and an Iraqi translator were seized on the southern side of Baghdad.

But US officials did not say how many were held or where they were seized.

An official in Baghdad told CNN three contractors went missing on Friday.

"A company filed a report Sunday about three of its staff going missing two days ago. They are American contractors. We are looking into this report," the senior security official said.

"The safety and security of American citizens overseas is our highest priority," said US state department official John Kirby.

If it turns out to be a serious kidnapping, reports the BBC's Jim Muir in Baghdad, it would be a major blow to hopes for stability and progress in Iraq.

An attack on a Baghdad shopping centre last week, claimed by so-called Islamic State militants, brought to an end a relative lull in violence that had seen no major bloodshed in the city in months.

Before US forces pulled out of Iraq in 2011, a number of Western citizens were kidnapped and killed by radical Shia groups as well as Sunni militants, but none has been abducted since then, our correspondent says.

Last month, a group of Qatari hunters, including members of the ruling family, was kidnapped in the Iraqi desert.

Since then, BBC Iraq correspondent Ahmed Maher says, there has been no claim of responsibility and the fate of those kidnapped remains unknown - a sign of how secretive and complicated the negotiation process is.

Courtesy: BBC

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Mrs. Jolly Johns, Irinjalakuda

An old, well known and efficient carpenter, who decided to resign from his job, presented his wish to his boss, He wants to spent rest of his life with family members. The boss who loved him requested to be together for the last work of constructing a house, as the carpenter was sincere, efficient and honest too. !!1

As the request was made by the boss, the carpenter decided to be together. But was not able to concentrate in his work as though he decided to resign. He was not at all bothered about the quality of materials and even the perfection also. Somehow, he finished the construction and handed over the key. But the boss surprised him by returning the keys and asked him to receive this as a small gift for his sincerity !!!....

The carpenter was shocked and thought "if I were aware of it, I could have concentrated much more. " This is how we people do our duties. We are also building our lives....planning our future....but, without giving the best, what we could do!!! We are spending days without any preparations... We may recognize it, only when the countdown begins....So we all should be much bothered about our days, future and step forward with great plans and decisions which helps us to build a bright future....!!!

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UN war crimes investigators gather testimony from starving Syrian town

Written By Kvartha People on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 | 10:13 PM

An aid convoy on Monday brought the first food and medical relief for three months to the western town of Madaya, where 40,000 people are trapped by encircling government forces.

Residents of a besieged Syrian town have told UN investigators how the weakest in their midst, deprived of food and medicines in violation of international law, are suffering starvation and death, the top UN war crimes investigator said on Tuesday.

An aid convoy on Monday brought the first food and medical relief for three months to the western town of Madaya, where 40,000 people are trapped by encircling government forces. Another United Nations official who oversaw the aid delivery described on Tuesday how he saw malnourished residents, particularly children, some of whom were little more than skeletons and barely moving.
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S&P Downgrades Tata Steel

Rating agency Standard & Poor's (S&P) on Wednesday downgraded steel major Tata Steel to 'BB-', a low investment grade rating, over persistent subdued operating performance amid subdued demand and low steel prices.

The agency lowered its long-term corporate credit rating on Tata Steel to 'BB-' from 'BB', adding that the outlook for the Mumbai-based firm is stable.

S&P also lowered its long-term corporate credit rating on Tata Steel UK Holdings to 'B+' from 'BB-' but maintained a stable outlook on the firm struggling with high debt and lower sales. The rating on Tata Steel UK has been lowered following the downgrade of its parent Tata Steel, the agency said.
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Jammu and Kashmir:Sonia visits Mehbooba Mufti

Written By Kvartha People on Sunday, January 10, 2016 | 9:20 PM

As suspense over formation of new government in Jammu and Kashmir continued, PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti was today visited by Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Union Minister Nitin Gadkari for mourning but the meetings were seen with political significance.

The meetings took place even as BJP leader and former Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal Singh expressed confidence that the alliance with PDP will continue as he said the party has written to Governor N N Vohra saying it will have a discussion on whatever decision the the ally takes. Gandhi, who arrived from Delhi, drove straight from the airport to the Fairview residence of Mehbooba in Gupkar here at 3 pm. She stayed with the PDP president for about 20 minutes and paid rich tributes to her father and former Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed who passed away last Thursday.
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