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has written to prime minister
Narendra Modi, urging him to
do his best in releasing her from
kidnappers in Kabul.
In the letter, the family mem-
bers, including her father Denzil
(above), who live in Kolkata, said
that the “brave, thoughtful, gener-
ous and compassionate” Judith
had been working in Afghanistan
for the well-being of the people
there and participating in the
developmental programmes of the
Ms Judith, who works for an
organisation Aga Khan
Foundation, was abducted by
suspected militants in Kabul on
June 9. She was
scheduled to return
to India this week.
about Rs2 crores
in cash and parts
of wild animals,
including tiger and deer skins
(right), from two houses in Dhem-
aji and Guwahati, belonging to a
divisional forest officer of Assam.
The government has since
suspended the officer, Mahat
Talukdar, and ordered a probe
against him. Investigators said that
he was caught while accepting
a bribe of Rs30,000 from three
businessmen in his office, which
led them to raid his houses.
Mahatma’s life story to come
out in comic form
THE Navjivan Trust, an
house founded by Mahatma
Gandhi in 1929, will portray his
life story in a comic form.
A digital and print publishing
consultant with the trust Apurva
Ashar said the comic is meant for
young adults and those looking
for something easy and light-
hearted to read.
She added that the comic, which
will be published in Gujarati and
English, will carry the words of
Gandhi and be authentic. The
trust plans to launch it on his birth
anniversary on Oct 2.
Bengal government to open
fair price vegetable stalls
IN A bid to keep a tab on ris-
ing food prices, the West Bengal
government will sell vegetables at
fair price stalls after buying them
directly from farmers.
The initiative will keep rising
prices of essential commodities
in check by removing the middle-
Said cooperation minister Arup
Roy: “The first stall will come
up on June 22 in Barrackpore, in
North 24 Parganas district.
“We will gradually take it to
other parts of the state.”
Railways provides menu for
THE Railways has started
providing baby food at stations
and items like burgers which are
popular with children between
five and 12 during train journeys.
The scheme called Janani Sewa
will ensure that essential items
like hot milk, water and baby food
are available at stations.
It is being introduced at over 25
stations, including Delhi, Mumbai
Central, Howrah, Chennai,
Nagpur, Pune and Lucknow.
The move came after railways
minister Suresh Prabhu received
a complaint from a woman
regarding the unavailability of
milk and baby food for her child
at the railway premises.
Aids deaths down in India
DEATHS caused by AIDS in India
have decreased nearly 55 per cent
in the last eight years, while new
HIV infections have dropped from
2.51 lakhs in 2000 to 86,000 last
year — a 66 per cent decrease.
According to latest statistics
presented by health minister J. P.
Nadda, India recorded 148,309
such deaths in 2007 but last year,
the figure was 67,600.
Endorsing the proposal by
the UN General Assembly to
implement AIDS control strategies
to end the epidemic across the
world by 2030, Mr Nadda said
countries must collaboratively
work to achieve it.
Yoga practitioners attempt to enter Guinness Book
MAHAYOGAM, a spiritual organisation in Chennai that promotes yoga for a happy
life, attempted to enter the Guinness Book of World Records by conducting a 40-
hour, non-stop yoga performance at the Senate House in the University of Madras
The event on June 11 and 12 was held in association with the Department of Yoga
of the University of Madras, ahead of International Yoga Day on June 21.
The 43 disciples from Mahayogam aimed to break its previous 32-hour record for
Limca Book of Records and performed 4,000 asanas in a cycle.
Jharkhand to develop defunct
mines as tourist spots
department is working to develop
closed and abandoned mines in
the state into tourist destinations.
The move comes after the
department studied mining
tourism in Australia, Chile,
Canada, Norway and other
The department’s director
Prasad Krishna Waghmare
said that it would be a novel
experience for visitors and tourists
and that the government is in talks
with a few mine operators.
The department has also been
working on temple tourism as well
as biodiversity tourism as part of a
Air Force get first three women
INDIA’S first three women fighter
pilots will be commissioned into
the Indian Air Force on June 18
along with flight cadets at a com-
bined graduation parade.
The ceremony, which will be
held at the Air Force Academy in
Dundigal on Hyderabad’s out-
skirts, will be reviewed by defence
minister Manohar Parrikar.
He will confer the President’s
Commission, on behalf of the
President of India, to 129 graduat-
ing trainees of various branches,
including 22 women trainees.
Day care centre for
mentally ill in Coimbatore
COIMBATORE has opened its first
day care centre for people suffer-
ing from severe mental illness.
The 48-bed centre, sponsored
by Chennai-based Schizophrenia
Research Foundation, offers all
services free and is home to pa-
tients for about six hours a day.
They will learn skills such as
jewellery making, painting and
plate making which could also
help them get jobs.
June 17, 2016
THE Delhi government has ordered a probe af-
ter a woman alleged that some underprivileged
children in the city were denied service at a Con-
naught Place restaurant where she had taken
them to dine and celebrate the birthday of her
An angry Delhi deputy chief minister Manish
Sisodia said it was a “typical colonial mindset
and cannot be tolerated”.
“I have asked district magistrate New Delhi to
enquire and report within 24 hours,” the minister
Mr Sisodia also threatened to cancel the res-
taurant’s licence if the allegations were found to
be true. “We will not let the restaurant work like
The probe order, on June 11, came after Ms
Sonali Shetty said she had taken a few street chil-
dren to the restaurant in Delhi’s Connaught Place
to celebrate her husband’s birthday on June 10.
She alleged that the restaurant manager asked
her and the children to leave as they cannot be
served at the eatery.
Ms Shetty protested the alleged discrimination
and was on a sit-in outside the restaurant for 10
Attempts to speak to restaurant officials failed
as repeated telephone calls to the eatery and its
office went unanswered.
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Fighting to rescue child
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Children in focus
BUSINESS student who went
undercover to expose child
labour at a factory has prom-
ised to keep up the fight after her ef-
forts led to the rescue of more than
Ms Jharna Joshi, 22, was visiting
relatives in Gujarat when she noticed
large numbers of children going to
work at a ceramics factory in Chara-
daya, 170km from Ahmedabad.
She asked local residents about
the issue but could not confirm the
workers were underaged, so she de-
cided to apply for a management
trainee job at the factory.
“In the factory, I accessed records
of these workers and found that the
majority of them were below 18
years of age. Some were even below
14 years, which is illegal,” she told
When her appeals to local child
protection authorities went un-
heeded, she wrote to the state’s chief
minister Anandiben Patel and travelled to the capital
Gandhinagar to lobby state government officials.
Earlier this month, government officers raided the
factory and rescued 111 child workers, most of them
Millions of children in India work in factories,
mines and other areas, according to aid agencies and
The law bans those under-14 from working in haz-
ardous jobs, but activists say it is not properly imple-
Ms Joshi said she was attacked by two men who
pulled her off her scooter as she went to the police
station to record her statement.
But she vowed to continue the fight, saying she
knew of more factories in the area that employed
“I will continue to fight until the ceramic unit
owners are behind bars. They used to make children
work in such sub-human conditions,” she told AFP
on June 13.
June 17, 2016
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