T H E H E A R T B E A T O F T H E I N D I A N C O M M U N I T Y
SINGAPORE, WEEKEND OF FRIDAY,
JUNE 23, 2017
LISHA WOMEN’S WING
Little India Shopkeepers
and Heritage Association
Women’s Wing has seen
its membership grow from
40 to 400 in five years
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AT IT AGAIN
New Bengaluru metro opens to public
THOUSANDS of commuters boarded the new metro
line (below) between Nagasandra station in the
north to Yelachenahalli
station in the south
on June 19, saving
time and avoiding the
traffic-choked roads in
It is the second after
Delhi to have a metro
network running across
the city, with President
inaugurating the com-
pleted first phase on
“It was convenient
for me to commute
in the east to Sampige
Road in the north-west
by swapping metros
at Majestic,” Ms M.
Rekha, a housewife,
told IANS after a
hassle-free ride, saving
time from travelling
in crowded state-run
buses during peak
The 42.3-km long
project, which started in 2008, has been built at a
cost of about Rs13,845 crores.
Iconic poet’s statue to be built
on Hyderabad’s Tank Bund
THE statue of iconic Telugu poet,
writer and lyricist C. Narayana
Reddy, who died on June 12, will
be built on Tank Bund on the
banks of the Hussain Sagar lake in
It will be the latest addition to
the series of statues of more than
30 icons of Telugu culture installed
on Tank Bund from the 1980s.
Telangana Chief Minister K.
Chandrasekhar Rao said the gov-
ernment will also build a bronze
statue of Reddy in Hanumajipet
of Karimnagar district, where he
He added that an institute or
a university will also be named
after the poet in recognition of his
contribution to Telugu literature.
Give a book instead, says Modi
INDIAN Prime Minister Narendra
Modi is encouraging people to
“give a book instead of a bouquet
as a greeting”.
He added that “there can be no
joy greater than reading and no
strength greater than knowledge”.
He was speaking at the launch
of PN Panicker National Reading
Day celebrations in Kerala’s capi-
tal Kochi, where he said the state
has been an inspiration to India in
achieving a high literacy rate.
Navy’s first indigenous-built
floating dock launched
INDIA’S first indigenous-built
floating dock for its navy was
launched at a shipyard in Chen-
nai, signifying a milestone in the
country’s quest for self-reliance in
shipbuilding, said a statement.
It will be put through a series
of harbour trials before the navy
The dock, which is 185m long
and 40m wide, is designed for
docking Indian naval ships and
submarines of up to 8,000 tonnes.
Mrs Anjali Deshpande, the wife
of Indian Navy’s Controller War-
ship Production and Acquisition
Vice-Admiral D.M. Deshpande,
applied “kumkum” (a red pig-
ment used by Hindu women on
their foreheads) on the floating
dock, wishing it good luck before
launching the vessel.
Wi-Fi in Hyderabad at over
OVER 1,000 public places in
Hyderabad provide Wi-Fi now
thanks to the Hyderabad City Wi-
Greater Hyderabad Municipal
Corporation Mayor B. Rammohan,
who launched the Rs300-crore
project, said it will eventually
cover about 3,000 hotspots in the
Depending on its success, he
said the project will be also be ex-
tended to other districts in Telan-
gana such as Warangal, Karim-
nagar and Khammam districts.
No departure cards for Indians
flying from July
FROM July 1, Indians flying
to other countries will not be
required to fill in departure cards,
detailing their name, date of birth,
passport number and such.
But those travelling by road, rail
and sea will still have to follow the
The home ministry has decided
to stop the practice so it saves
“The same information (about
the passengers) is available in the
system from other sources,” the
home ministry order said, explain-
ing the reason behind the discon-
tinuation of the departure cards.
US and India to jointly
produce F-16 aircraft
AMERICAN military contractor
Lockheed Martin and India’s Tata
Advanced Systems have signed
an agreement to produce the F-16
Block 70 aircraft in India.
The aircraft is ideally suited to
meet the Indian Air Force’s single-
engine fighter needs and this
unmatched US-Indian industry
partnership supports India’s initia-
tive to develop private aerospace
and defence manufacturing capac-
ity, the two companies said.
The production of the fighter
aircraft will create new manufac-
turing jobs in India.
In addition, it positions the
Indian industry at the center of
the most extensive fighter aircraft
supply ecosystem in the world.
Free education for girls in
THE Punjab government has
announced free education for
females from nursery to doctorate
levels in government institutions
in the state.
Chief Minister Amarinder Singh
said the textbooks will be posted
online, allowing students to down-
load them for free.
Apart from that, the government
will introduce pre-primary classes,
nursery and lower kindergarten in
government schools from the next
It is also planning to set up five
new colleges in the current finan-
June 23, 2017
Delhi’s disappearing kids
Lost... Parents and
their missing child
seen here in a 2012
Police in the Indian
capital struggle to
reduce the number
of children who
EW Delhi has lived up to its
fearful reputation as the city
of disappearing children, with
more than 1,500, mostly between the
ages of six and 15, reported missing
in the first five months of this year.
And only a few are expected to re-
turn home, going by past trends on
tracing missing children.
The latest data, from the police,
shows a slight improvement from a
longer-time trend, but it is still an av-
erage of about 12 to 15 children go-
ing missing in the Indian capital each
day this year.
And despite CCTV cameras and
hi-tech methods, the Delhi police are
finding it difficult to locate them.
The success rate of the police is un-
impressive, and a majority of missing
children return home on their own,
according to crime records.
Deputy Commissioner of Police
Rajan Bhagat told IANS that the
missing children mostly belong to
He said there was a possibility of
the involvement of “some inter-state
human trafficking gangs” which usu-
ally prowl the slum areas and abduct
kids of “deprived and migrants fami-
lies” for cheap labour.
Government figures tabled in Par-
liament during the budget session
show nearly 27,000 children have
gone missing in Delhi in the last
five years and only 9,700 could be
“As per the data, around 12 to 15
children are reported to be missing
every day in Delhi,” Deputy Com-
missioner Bhagat said.
Across the country, 30 per cent of
the children remained untraceable,
but in Delhi that figure is 64 per cent.
The police have now launched a
scheme, “Pehchaan: Safeguarding
the Childhood”, as part of its anti-
human trafficking drive. Under the
initiative, children from poor fami-
lies are being photographed and
registered with the district police “so
that they can be traced if they hap-
pen to go missing in future”.
Deputy Commissioner Bhagat
said the “situation is alarming” in
the capital and “sometimes it is dif-
ficult to trace missing children since
poor families do not even have pho-
tographs” of their children.
So beat constables have been
asked to take photographs of all kids
in slum areas, he said.
“Under the scheme, we also cre-
ate awareness with the help of non-
governmental organisations from
time to time about crime rates in the
capital. We educate parents on how
to take care of their children.”
In a few cases, children have been
traced online. These are mostly
teenagers with mobile phones who
leave home on their own and then
access their social network accounts.
Police also take the help of organ-
isations such as Bachpan Bachao An-
dolan run by Nobel laureate Kailash
Satyarthi, as they play a crucial role
in getting information about the ex-
ploitation of children.
Children who have been abduct-
ed and employed as domestic help
sometimes get in touch with volun-
On May 18, Mr Satyarthi’s group
rescued nine children, aged between
7 and 15, from an illegal factory in
Old Delhi’s Daryaganj area, where
they were forced into slavery after
being trafficked from Bihar.
June 23, 2017
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