One of the major challenges on the higher education landscape in India will be to create infrastructure capabilities and a suitable environment to ensure that the huge gap between supply and demand is filled, or at least reduced considerably. But rough estimates of the number of young aspirants for higher education (post school) will almost double by 2016-30. Needless to say, this will be a complex and difficult job; the sheer scale of it is daunting.Mindless and unplanned growth will not only spoil the existing fabric of higher education, but might start off something which will be difficult to rectify and control later. Given the scale of the needs and urgency, it is quite clear that private players, and public-private partnership, along with massive efforts of the government, will be required. Already, in recent times a large number of private institutions have sprung up and although some of these have created reasonable infra-structure, their focus has remained limited to what they perceive as the needs of the “market”.NeedMany of these institutions also proudly display their association with educational institutions abroad. On their part, given their more recent perceptions about its economic growth and huge demand for higher education, the foreign educators are more than tempted to bring their expertise to India. On the other hand, there is no question that higher education in India can benefit enormously from those who have proven credentials, abilities and the desire to come to India, independently or in collaboration with existing universities/institutions in India, both public and private.advertisementMore so, in several areas where we have not been able to create facilities and trained manpower including those which may be considered non-traditional, but are in great demand in present times, for example, film making, media, animation, product design, automobile engineering and design, subject related to the hospitality industry, clinical studies, hospital management, conflict resolution, diplomacy, town planning, food processing and so on.I know this because of my own association with a number of scholarship schemes for studies abroad where one often finds that there are none at all, or very meagre facilities at present in the country. Many of these areas are not only relevant, they are now established subjects of teaching and research. However, whether foreign educators in these areas will come and establish facilities or they will all opt for softer options like business management, law, engineering etc. remains to be seen.As of now, the role, scope and guidelines for foreign universities wanting to come to India remain unclear, particularly to students aspiring for quality higher education. In this context, the Foreign Institutions Entry Bill, which is due to be presented to Parliament, is timely and much needed. The bill is essentially regulatory in nature and seeks to set conditions, boundaries and guidelines for the entry of foreign educators.LegislationWhile most guidelines are straightforward, two mandatory conditions that will make any highly reputed foreign institution frown are: (a) “The foreign university has to maintain a corpus fund of a minimum of Rs 50 crore. Maximum of 75 per cent of any income generated from the fund shall be utilised for developing the institution in India and the rest should be reinvested in the fund and (b) Any surplus in revenue generated in India by the foreign university has to be invested in the development of the educational institution established by it in India.”Why would any decent foreign educator like to come to India, at least independently? More so in present times when most well known foreign universities are finding it difficult to run their “business” of providing quality education in their own countries. The costs of higher education, for example in UK and USA, have increased alarmingly, and these universities have increasingly resorted to shorter duration courses for higher studies, largely diluting the whole idea of quality education within a university set up. But getting back to the bill, the question remains: why will a highly ranked foreign educator, which cannot make, and take, money out of India, come here in the first place?As a regulatory bill, this is a good one, particularly for the benefit of eager students and parents. It tries to ensure that incoming foreign educators have appropriate credentials, and that all relevant information regarding the nature of courses, faculty, fees, infrastructure, nature of collaboration, entry process etc. is transparently and easily available to all; for the first time, it will also be clear to the foreign educators as to what is required on their part, and what they can expect. The bill should be welcomed by all stakeholders involved in the pursuit of higher education.advertisementHowever, the sheer scale of the demand should be a scary thought for all. The regulators are only as good as they choose to be. There are several regulatory bodies, existing for a long time, whose job is to ensure the quality and transparency of higher education and how well they have performed is not hidden from anyone, particularly in the case of private Indian institutions. While the present bill is aimed at foreign educators coming to India, there is an urgent need for making it mandatory and ensuring that all private institutions in India provide adequate infrastructure and the details that are being asked from the incoming foreign educator.QualityWhat about the quality of higher education? The bill is largely silent on the issue, and rather vaguely mentions that “quality” should be maintained. This however is an important issue, equally valid for the foreign educator as well as Indian institutions, public or private. It is often said that studying at world class institutions such as Oxford, Cambridge, Harvard, Yale, Cornell, to name a few, is an experience in itself. In fact, it is. It is not only the environment, quality of teaching, quality of coherent students, robust research culture etc but also several other facilities and structures like organised sports, music, theatre, debates, university clubs and entertainment facilities that make for essential ingredients of quality education.Good quality education is expected to provide the recipient with knowledge, analytical skills, ability to think independently, an appetite for deeper inquiry in the subject and equip one with tools and methodology to address different questions. In addition, while quality education readies one for taking up a variety of jobs, it is also expected to inculcate flexibility in thoughts and the ability to appreciate opinions different from one’s own.What is the quality of higher education in Indian teaching institutions, public or private? While some of the well known universities (a generous estimate of thirty or so) can claim a reasonable standard of education, these standards decline rapidly. Higher education in the university has suffered from continuous criminal neglect for a long time, and that simply cannot be addressed in a short period of time; such repairs are necessarily long drawn processes.Can quality in education be transplanted? In principle the answer has to be yes. But in practice, it would require persistent and careful attention. My own hunch is that we will see the presence of foreign educators in areas like engineering (B.Tech, M.Tech), law, pharmacy, biotechnology, management studies, areas already invaded with missionary zeal by private education providers in India. Will their collaboration with foreign players produce better quality? It is the Indian government which will have to invest heavily and continuously in higher education in areas like the humanities, fine arts, basic science and it is good that after decades of neglect higher education is on the radar as far as human resource development is concerned.advertisementThe writer is Director, International Centre for Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology, New Delhi
Washington: The Nike Oregon Project was set up to end the distance-running dominance of the east Africans but has become a huge headache for the US sportswear giant, which said Friday it was shutting it down.Alberto Salazar, the coach who founded the prestigious Portland-based training group in 2001, pushed himself to the brink as an athlete, and preached the same philosophy as a coach. But the 61-year-old Cuban-born American’s will to win went too far, according to the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), which last week banned him for four years for multiple doping violations.Salazar has been a major figure in American athletics for decades, having won the 1980, 1981 and 1982 New York Marathons and the 1982 Boston Marathon.He is a long-time friend of Nike founder Phil Knight and persuaded him that if the company financed his dream project, he could end the stranglehold of Kenyan and Ethiopian athletes on distances from 800 meters to 10,000m and the marathon.Salazar’s career is intertwined with Nike’s rise to become the world’s pre-eminent sportswear manufacturer — he even has a tattoo of the company’s swoosh logo.Even as Nike CEO Mark Parker announced he was closing the Oregon Project on Friday, he said in a memo to staff that Nike would still support Salazar in his appeal because the ban “for someone who acted in good faith is wrong”.Parker said the arbitration panel that finalised Salazar’s ban “found there was no orchestrated doping, no finding that performance enhancing drugs have ever been used on Oregon Project athletes and went out of its way to note Alberto’s desire to follow all rules”.The group’s most successful athlete is Britain’s Mo Farah, the 2012 and 2016 Olympic champion at 5,000 metres and 10,000m. Farah left the Oregon Project in 2017.The project currently includes Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands, who won the women’s 1500m and 10,000m titles at the World Championships in Doha last week, and Donavan Brazier, who took the men’s 800m gold.There is no suggestion that any of these athletes have been involved in wrongdoing, but since Salazar’s ban, Farah is facing new questions about why he continued working with the coach even when he knew he was under investigation.Farah won the Oregon Project’s first Olympic gold in 2012 in London in the 10,000m. Galen Rupp, a long-time Salazar protege, took the silver medal behind him, and Farah also claimed the 5,000m gold.EXPERIMENTS WITH TESTOSTERONEBut behind the scenes, Salazar’s colleagues were concerned. Steve Magness, who spent 18 months as Salazar’s assistant but quit before the London Olympics, spoke out as a whistleblower when the BBC’s investigative show Panorama and ProPublica investigated doping allegations in 2015.Testimony from various figures alleged microdosing of testosterone, among other suspicious actions.The USADA report into Salazar’s activities revealed that Salazar kept Nike CEO Parker informed of his experiments with injecting a mixture of amino acid and dextrose at doses clearly above what would be allowed under World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) regulations.In another email to Parker, Jeffrey Brown, a doctor who worked with the NOP and has also now been banned, described experiments with testosterone gel.Parker responded to Brown, “It will be interesting to determine the minimal amount of topical male hormone required to create a positive test.”A Nike spokesman said Parker “had no reason to believe that the test was outside any rules as a medical doctor was involved” and that he believed Salazar “was attempting to prevent doping of his athletes”.Under Salazar’s guidance, Farah won another golden double at the Rio Olympics in 2016 where Rupp took marathon bronze and another Oregon Project athlete, Matt Centrowitz, won the 1,500m.By the time Farah left the group in October 2017, USADA was investigating Salazar and Brown.The case against the two went to the American Arbitration Association, with hearings conducted in May and June 2018 setting the stage for the rulings handed down last week.USADA chief executive Travis Tygart said Salazar and Brown had “demonstrated that winning was more important than the health and wellbeing of the athletes they were sworn to protect”.Salazar has strongly denied any wrongdoing and said he and his athletes “have endured unjust, unethical and highly damaging treatment from USADA”.”The Oregon Project has never and will never permit doping,” he said. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Alberto SalazarathleticsNikeOregon Project First Published: October 21, 2019, 10:53 PM IST
Fans across both India and Pakistan would not be able to enjoy a small yet intriguing battle between Virat Kohli and Junaid Khan as the left-arm pacer has not been included in the 12-men Pakistan squad for the high-octane Champions trophy clash to be played at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground on Sunday.Junaid and Kohli have faced-off quite a few times in the past and the Indian star has managed to score just 2 runs off 22 balls in ODIs. While Junaid has also dismissed Kohli three times and has also bowled 21 dot balls in the 50-over format.And thus, his exclusion from the playing XI does surprise everyone.However, Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed defended his decision of excluding the left-arm pacer on the eve of the match, saying, “It was four-five years ago that Junaid dismissed Kohli. But those conditions were different. But what has suited us, according to that we have picked our top 12.””We have chosen our players keeping in mind the best playing XI we can have for tomorrow’s game. And I am sure the bowlers that are going to play tomorrow’s game will come out with a good performance and will take Kohli’s wicket,” he added.Head coach Mickey Arthur along with Sarfraz announced a 12-men squad for the much anticipated encounter.”Junaid Khan, Haris Sohail, Fakhar Zaman will not be part of the team,” said Arthur on the eve of the match.The South African coach further said that decision on Fahim Ashraf and Shadab Khan will be made tomorrow, after having a look at the wicket.advertisementHe further said that there are chances of Fahim being preferred over Shadab after looking at the wicket.
HAVANA — In a landmark act of sports diplomacy, soccer’s New York Cosmos on June 2 will become the first U.S. professional team to play in Cuba since Presidents Raul Castro and Barack Obama announced their countries planned re-establishing diplomatic relations.Baseball may be sport the two nations most share, but soccer’s popularity is growing in both nations and Cuban officials said the friendly match against the country’s national team is an important step in the normalization of the relationship between the U.S. and Cuba.“In this new era that our two countries are living, this game is another link that will help establish the relations announced by the two Presidents,” said Antonio Garces, Vice President of the Cuban Soccer Association.While the two governments have yet to reopen embassies following the December announcement of detente, Havana has been flooded by a surge of U.S. tourists, as well as delegations of lawmakers, businesspeople and athletes.A group of retired NBA stars held a training camp for Cuban players in April and Cuban officials have said a Major League exhibition game is planned for the near future, although Major League officials have said no plans have been made.The Cosmos, who are leading the standings in the second-tier North American Soccer League, arrived Sunday night, and were training ahead of the match at 30,000-seat Pedro Marrera stadium, which is to be televised nationally in Cuba.They were accompanied by honorary president Pele, the legendary Brazilian star who played for the original Cosmos franchise as his career was ending.Asked about the bribery scandal that exploded last week in soccer’s global governing body, he declined to criticize FIFA or its head, Sepp Blatter.“We are players and we want to provide joy to the public and people. What happens with executives doesn’t interest me,” he said. “He’s a man who has been there 25 years. You have to respect him.”While Cuba is far from a soccer powerhouse, the sport hasn’t been spared the waves of departures that have robbed its teams of many top-ranked athletes.Forward Maykel Galindo left in 2005 and went on to play for several U.S. teams. Midfielder Osvaldo Alonso abandoned Cuba two years later and now plays in Seattle.Cuba’s relatively weak international soccer performance hasn’t stopped the sport from spreading on the island, with growing numbers watching professional games on television and playing on dusty fields and neighborhood streets.“Soccer is a people’s sport that’s gained a lot of popularity in recent years, in Cuba and the United States, and without a doubt it’ll help tear down barriers and open doors,” Garces said.The last professional U.S. soccer team to visit Cuba was the now-defunct Chicago Sting, which played in 1978 after President Jimmy Carter moved to warm ties with Cuba and open the interests section in Havana that both countries want to soon convert into a full embassy.___By Anne-Marie Garcia. AP writer Michael Weissenstein contributedTweetPinShare0 Shares
Liverpool Enough Barcelona talk! It’s time for Coutinho to lift Liverpool Melissa Reddy Liverpool FC Correspondent Last updated 2 years ago 14:00 16/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(19) Getty Liverpool Premier League Liverpool v Burnley Burnley Philippe Coutinho Transfers Opinion The greatest antidote to Burnley’s compact, frustrating approach is the artistry of the 25-year-old, who received a wonderful reception at Anfield Philippe Coutinho, wrapped in apprehension, would have run through the differing scenarios in his head as soon as he swallowed the reality that a move to Barcelona would not materialise this summer.Having handed in an unsuccessful transfer request to facilitate the swapping of Anfield for Camp Nou, while not featuring for the Merseysiders during that period due to a back injury that then dissipated on Brazil duty, how would he be received at a home game?Would the crowd vocalise their disappointment in the 25-year-old’s actions through piercing jeers? Would they be ambivalent? Or would they be happy to have him representing the club again? Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Coutinho will have imagined all three eventualities – and often too – ahead of the question finally being answered on Wednesday night in the 2-2 Champions League draw with Sevilla.On 76 minutes, as Emre Can left the pitch, the German midfielder was naturally clapped off. But as the substitution announcement continued over the tannoy with “to be replaced by No. 10, Philippe Coutinho,” the applause amplified and was accompanied by a thunderous cheer that filled the ground.There are matches to be won and ambitions to be met with the Brazilian still central to both of those aims, so the Liverpool fans in attendance smartly chose to support rather than chastise him.“It was really nice how the crowd welcomed him,” Jurgen Klopp said ahead of Saturday’s hosting of Burnley. “I think nobody was 100 per cent sure about this [reaction], but I’m really happy that we, as the Liverpool family, were sensitive enough to do it exactly like this.“I think it was good for him. He has trained outstandingly in the few sessions we’ve had so far together since he’s back.”Quite noticeably undercooked during the cameo – given his only competitive football came in a combined 46 minutes against Ecuador and Colombia with his country already qualified for the World Cup – Coutinho wasn’t aided by the fact the closing minutes against Sevilla disintegrated into desperation as Liverpool sought a winner in a match they should’ve long killed off.“In the game he was not perfect, of course, but that’s how it is after a long break,” Klopp admitted. “But it helped him and it helped us so for sure we are ready to think about him as a starter.”Against Burnley, who will constrict the space and prioritise frustrating Liverpool, Coutinho should line up from the off in the centre of the park.Coutinho 5/1 to score 2+ Inventiveness and cerebral play will be fundamental to the Reds disrupting Sean Dyche’s obstructive gameplan and there is no option at Klopp’s disposal superior to the Rio-born virtuoso in both of those virtues.With the dynamic, effective Sadio Mane unavailable as he serves the first of a three-match suspension, Liverpool are already short of a game-changer on Saturday and their two-time Player of the Year is the ideal candidate to step back in and spark their expansive blueprint.Coutinho has already displayed a telepathic understanding with Salah during pre-season. Against Leicester in the Premier League Asia Trophy, the futsal-schooled star was positioned deep and switched play with a dissecting delivery to the Egyptian on the right flank.Coutinho advanced as Salah enjoyed a one-two with Trent Alexander-Arnold and freed himself to receive the ball. He anticipated the winger’s dart between Danny Drinkwater and Harry Maguire, lofting a pass into that very space. Salah, having kept Christian Fuchs in his shadow, headed in to equalise after Islam Slimani’s opener.Then, in the 3-0 victory over Hertha Berlin, Coutinho received possession and casually turned Vladimir Darida before transforming five markers into bystanders. He spotted the speedster ready to exploit the space between Karim Rekik and Lustenberger, packaged a phenomenal pass into his path, which Salah dinked over Rune Jarstein.There is, of course, no shortage of evidence to how much Coutinho is suited to functioning in tandem with Roberto Firmino and Daniel Sturridge.Encouragingly, there have been samples of stellar chemistry between the Brazil international and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in sessions at Melwood too, and having got those minutes during midweek, it’s time for The Magician to conjure his defence-splitting craft again from the start.“They have a clear plan, and you can see it and see it and see it in each game,” Klopp said of Burnley. “They stick to it and it’s so difficult to play against it because their players show big desire to defend all the situations.“That’s something I have to consider when I do the line-up – we need freshness in mind and in legs for this game. There will be really small spaces, there won’t be a lot of easy situations where you can outplay them or whatever.”It will need real, proper work – shooting in the right moments, passing in the right moments and crossing in the right spaces.”It will need Coutinho orchestrating matters from midfield. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Next Reuters GstaadJuly 29, 2019UPDATED: July 29, 2019 00:13 IST Albert Ramos-Vinolas of Spain holds the winner trophy after the final game against Cedrik-Marcel Stebe of Germany (AP)HIGHLIGHTSAlbert Ramos-Vinolas claims the Swiss Open Gstaad title, his first since 2016It was not easy because everybody said it was raining all day, Ramos-Vinolas said afterwardsThe 85th ranked Ramos-Vinolas, however, quickly found his groove and took a 4-2 leadSpain’s Albert Ramos-Vinolas eased past German Cedrik-Marcel Stebe 6-3 6-2 to win the second ATP title of his career at the Swiss Open on Sunday after not dropping a set at the clay court tournament all week.The 31-year-old Ramos-Vinolas wrapped up his first triumph since winning in Bastad, Sweden, three years ago after both players’ patience was tested by a four-and-a-half hour delay to the start of the final because of persistent rain in Gstaad.After the long wait, it was world number 455 Stebe who made the quicker start with a break of serve to begin the contest.The 85th ranked Ramos-Vinolas, however, quickly found his groove and took a 4-2 lead when a Stebe forehand sailed wide to finish a lengthy game and earn him a second break.Stebe was forced to play two matches on Saturday due to poor weather conditions earlier in the tournament and fatigue seemed to get the better of him in the final.A backhand winner on the slide earned Ramos-Vinolas a break of serve in the opening game of the second set and he never looked back, wrapping up the win in an hour and 21 minutes.It was not easy because everybody said it was raining all day, Ramos-Vinolas said afterwards.I said to my coach and my wife I was thinking I have to be ready because if it stops, you uncover the court and in 30 minutes you are on court.All the time I was thinking I have to be ready and I was ready. So you have to be calm, but at the same time you have to be excited.advertisementRead more | India set to announce Davis Cup squad for Pakistan by August 5Also see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Ramos-VinolasFollow Cedrik-Marcel StebeFollow ATP titleFollow Swiss open Ramos-Vinolas topples Stebe to lift Swiss Open titleThe 85th ranked Ramos-Vinolas, however, quickly found his groove and took a 4-2 lead when a Stebe forehand sailed wide to finish a lengthy game and earn him a second break.advertisement
Dayton (Ohio): National Weather Service confirmed Sunday night that a “large and dangerous tornado” hit near Trotwood, Ohio, outside of Dayton. The service tweeted that the situation was extremely dangerous and for residents in northern Montgomery County to take cover. It later tweeted that there were new tornado threats for the extreme northern part of the county and southern Miami County with another possible threat near the county line. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’ On its Twitter account the Ohio Department of Transportation tweeted photos of crews using snow plows to clean up debris on I-75 north of downtown Dayton. Another suspected tornado near Vandalia, Ohio, was crossing the path of the first tornado, lifting debris in the air, the service said. The service issued several tornado warnings for cities including Cedarville, Wilberforce and Jamestown until 12:45 a.m. EDT. Trotwood is about 8 miles (12 kilometers) northwest of Dayton.
It is 9:30 am on a cloudy August morning. Kajal and Nilesh wait for us at the Mandsaur Courthouse with Nilesh’s brother and sister. The streets are empty except for a Maruti Omni parked under some bushes, in which Kajal and Nilesh had arrived. As we reach, the first thing Akash Chouhan asks for is their Aadhaar Cards. “This is very important,” he says.Chouhan, 27 is a final year law student and runs a local NGO called Nayi Abha Samajik Chetna Samiti, that runs rescue and advocacy programmes for women forced into prostitution. As we leave them to gather documents, Chouhan says, “Cover her face up. Don’t disclose this to anyone. We’ll be back in a couple of hours.” Also Read – Remembering Sudhir PhadkeAugust 31, 2018, was one of the most important days for Kajal and Nilesh. Kajal had run away from her home in Ratlam district of Madhya Pradesh to get married to her boyfriend, Nilesh, in Mandsaur. They are both Banchchada, a community infamous in the state for forcing their girl children into prostitution. Essentially, a community that looks at women/girls as cash cows, but fails to keep them as safe as the animal itself. The “tradition” is rumoured to have started when colonisers arrived in the northern parts of the state. Court dancers of monarchs were forced to perform sexual favours for them, which in turn kept them and their families safe. Following this, families continued to enforce this on their adult daughters as a way to put bread on the table. Also Read – YOUR HEALTHY FESTIVE PALATEKajal and Nilesh wanted to get married as soon as possible because Kajal’s parents were threatening to sell her off into prostitution unless Nilesh could come up with Rs 15 lakh. The money was to compensate for the money she would have made from being forced into prostitution. That is why she ran away. Chouhan had, through his NGO, single-handedly, in a day, arranged for Kajal and Nilesh to be married at the courthouse, made sure the police gave them protection and their blessings, and sent them off to an unknown place for their honeymoon, so they could hide from Kajal’s family members for a few weeks. “Once men in the community saw the potential for making money by doing nothing but forcing their daughters into prostitution, they jumped on it,” Chouhan says. Now at least four to five generations of men in the Banchchada community have grown up knowing that they can earn money just by having daughters and pushing them into this trade, he adds. In Neemuch, Mandsaur, and Ratlam districts, there are 72 Banchchada villages. In these villages, women outnumber men and there are more than 2,000 minor girls being forced into prostitution, mostly by their parents, according to Chouhan. While the number of women who are in the trade is at least four times that, there is no way of confirming how many of them choose prostitution and how many are forced. Girls are given hormonal supplements as soon as they are ‘inducted’, to make them look older, with the supplements often being used indiscriminately, with no regulated dosage system in place. Chouhan says that increasingly men are asking for younger girls “who look mature”. According to locals, the practice of forcing minors into prostitution started only about 10-12 years ago, owing to these demands from ‘clients’. Unsurprisingly, the advent of internet and pornography on mobile phones has led to such fantasies in the men who visit these girls, Chouhan says. Nita’s story Nita (name changed), 17, was forced into prostitution by her alcoholic parents when she was 13. “I had just gotten my 6th Standard results and I had passed. I was waiting to start the 7th Standard after the summer holidays. One day, my mother brought a man home and asked me to go into a room with him,” she said, describing how girls/women are “initiated into the trade”. “Three to four women held me down on the bed as the man forced himself on me. The women gave me oils to make sure I didn’t resist,” she continued. “I screamed and shouted for it to end. This happened every time until the girls finally broke.” As far as she can recall, Nita said she was visited by at least 100 men a month in the span of four years. Her charges, decided by her parents, ranged from Rs 100 to Rs 300. Considering the lower end of the range, Nita made her parents at least Rs 4.5 lakh over the course of four years. After four years of being raped every day, Nita was rescued in a raid led by Chouhan and the Madhya Pradesh Police. She now lives in the same house as her parents, who had soon got out on bail. However, she lives in a separate room with minimal interaction with them while they continue to urge her to go back into prostitution. “My mother is now upset because I’ve found someone I love and want to get married to him. They don’t want that for me because they won’t be able to use me to earn money once I get married,” Nita said. The man she is referring to is a truck driver from Uttar Pradesh – one of her ‘clients’ – who had raped her on several occasions while she was ‘in the trade’. She plans to get married as soon as she turns 18 and move to UP. Trauma The situation in these three districts is nothing short of dire. As in Nita’s case, there are countless instances of rescued girls/women developing Stockholm Syndrome, where they end up having affectionate relationships with their abuser as a way to get out of an abusive situation. In fact, apart from the extremely limited way that the physical trauma of being raped is treated in rescued women and girls, there is no way for the victims to even recognise or understand the different kinds of mental trauma they might be going through. With no access to mental health practitioners, there is no way to gauge the amount of mental trauma that victims go through. For women who are in the trade by choice, there are not nearly enough health clinics for them to get tested for sexually transmitted diseases on a regular basis. Usually, women have to travel more than 50 km to get to a health clinic in Mandsaur to get tested. Moreover, there is a social stigma with regards to how victims should be rehabilitated. There is a prevailing ideology among most men in the area, according to which, the only way for women and girls to get out of this abusive circle is for them to get married. While there are institutions in the area that provide basic education for rescued girls and women, there is no infrastructure in place to provide vocational and skill training for them, so they can become financially independent. Organised trade From time to time, the police conducts raids in these districts and rescues about 10-12 girls at a time, sometimes more. However, months after these rescue operations, the parents get out on bail, wait for things to cool down, and continue with their business. Customers are easy to come by because of where they are located. Girls and women station themselves at small huts along the highway connecting Ratlam, Mandsaur, and Neemuch. Truck drivers using the highway often just stop at these huts that look like paan shops at first glance and either go into a nearby house or invite the girls/women into their vehicles. Despite having come under police scanners multiple times, the “trade” is extremely organised in the way girls and women are trained to keep an eye out for suspicious behaviour. Young girls are taught to spot government vehicles, police vehicles, or media persons; they are trained to run away the moment they see a camera. The usual practice is that if one of them notices a suspicious vehicle or person, a photo of the vehicle is circulated in a closed chat group and the entire community goes underground.
Gurugram: Ninety-two schools have been sent notices for being unregistered. The action comes after the High Court took stern notice of over 1000 schools with no licences.According to official data, there are over 200 unlicensed schools that are functional in the city. As most of these private schools are not registered they too get away in charging exorbitant sums from the parents. For long it has been alleged by educations activists and aggrieved parents that the district administration has not penalised these unlicensed schools some of it are operational since 2007. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderIn March this year Parents of over 300 students at Global High School in Sector -57 faced a harrowing time as they have been provided with a notice by the school management of its abrupt closure. Not only does a lack of licence give a leeway of these schools to increase the fees but also it puts the safety of children in jeopardy. In an alarming figure that puts a serious question mark over the safety of school children over 20 private schools in Gurugram are functioning without the NOC from the fire department. The information has been revealed from the survey conducted by the fire department Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe information cites that most of these Private schools are prominent schools in the schools in the city. The fire officials have cited that while most of the schools have not applied for the renewal of the license, there are also certain schools whose license were rejected due to inadequate fire safety systems. Sources in the fire department have cited that lack of action by the authorities is resulting in most of the establishments including schools in the city getting away and not renewing their fire safety licenses. Besides the private schools, there are certain government establishments including the city’s civil hospital that does not have a fire safety clearance certificate.
The Security Council today extended until 15 October the mandate of the United Nations Observer Mission in Georgia (UNOMIG), established in 1993 to verify compliance with a cessation of hostilities and separation of forces accord following the armed conflict between the Georgian and Abkhaz sides.In unanimously adopting the resolution extending UNOMIG, the 15-member body called on both sides to consolidate and build on recent improvements in the overall security situation along the ceasefire line, and underlined the need for “a period of sustained stability” along the line and in the Kodori Valley.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in his recent report on Abkhazia, Georgia, noted that “a period of sustained stability along the ceasefire line and in the Kodori Valley would improve the prospect of repairing the much deteriorated relationship between the two sides.” In today’s resolution, the Council urged “all parties to consider and address seriously each other’s legitimate security concerns, to refrain from any acts of violence or provocation, including political action or rhetoric, and to comply fully with previous agreements regarding ceasefire and non-use of violence.”It also called on both sides to finalize without delay documents on the non-use of violence and on the return of refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs).At its February meeting in Geneva, the Secretary-General’s Group of Friends expressed its disappointment at the lack of progress in implementing the proposals it had set out last year to boost confidence between the parties.The Council too expressed its regret at the lack of such progress, and urged both sides to implement these measures without conditions. 15 April 2008The Security Council today extended until 15 October the mandate of the United Nations Observer Mission in Georgia (UNOMIG), established in 1993 to verify compliance with a cessation of hostilities and separation of forces accord following the armed conflict between the Georgian and Abkhaz sides.
The parties welcomed the recent lifting of the EU ban on export of fish from Sri Lanka. This was achieved due to the extensive improvements made by the Government of Sri Lanka in fisheries management and control, consistent with its international obligations. It was agreed that the close relationship established on fisheries between the two parties will continue.The Joint Commission welcomed Sri Lanka’s application for access to the trade concessions under the EU’s Generalised Scheme of Preferences Plus (GSP+) as a sign of Sri Lanka’s renewed commitment to meeting its wider international obligations. The parties discussed the procedure for assessing the application, which was presented to the EU at the end of June, in line with the GSP Regulation. The EU drew attention to the importance of continued positive progress in fulfilling Sri Lanka’s stated commitments which need to proceed in parallel. The Joint Commission also agreed to resume the EU-Sri Lanka investment dialogue.The European Investment Bank announced that it was currently negotiating a €50 million (LKR 8.2 billion) concessional loan with the Government of Sri Lanka for Greater Colombo Wastewater Project. The EU reiterated its plans to widen its 2014-2020 development programme (€210 million (LKR 34.4 billion) beyond rural development to provide grants for reconciliation and good governance. Discussions on the specific needs will continue with the Government of Sri Lanka in the coming months. The parties agreed on a series of actions for follow-up before the next Joint Commission meeting in Colombo in 2017. (Colombo Gazette) Sri Lanka and the European Union (EU) have had talks on the progress with regard to the release of land and the normalisation of the life in the North and East of the country, the repeal of the Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) and the release or prosecution of detainees held under the PTA, and the establishment of the transitional mechanisms for truth, reconciliation, justice and reparations were also discussed. Sri Lanka provided updates on the process of drawing up the new Constitution.The Foreign Ministry said that the meeting provided an opportunity to exchange views on the state of implementation of the UN Human Rights Council resolution of 1 October 2015, which was co-sponsored by a number of UN Member States and Sri Lanka. The parties noted the progress made and indicated that further measures would be pursued and progress would continue for the implementation of the resolution. The EU welcomed the participation of Sri Lankan students, scholars and universities in EU higher education and research cooperation programmes and encouraged more applications from Sri Lanka, given the wealth of available opportunities. The Joint Commission, which oversees the 1995 EU-Sri Lanka Cooperation Agreement on Partnership and Development, deals with a broad range of bilateral and multilateral issues of mutual interest. Its tasks are to: ensure the proper functioning and implementation of the Agreement; set priorities; and make recommendations. The matters were discussed at the 20th meeting of the EU – Sri Lanka Joint Commission which took place in Brussels yesterday. The meeting was co-chaired by Mrs Chitranganee Wagiswara, Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka, and Gunnar Wiegand, Managing Director for Asia and the Pacific at the European External Action Service. All three Working Groups established under the terms of the Joint Commission reported back from their respective meetings held in January (the Working Group on Governance, Rule of Law and Human Rights) and in May (the Working Group on Trade and Economic Cooperation Issues, and the Working Group on Development Cooperation).The meeting was held in an open and constructive spirit. The EU extended condolences to the many victims of the damaging floods and landslides in Sri Lanka in May and their bereaved families. The Sri Lankan side expressed their appreciation for the EU’s swift response to this disaster. The EU gave €700,000 (LKR 114.5 million) to provide emergency humanitarian assistance to the worst affected communities.
Ohio State senior forward Jae’Sean Tate finishes a dunk in the first half against Appalachian State on Dec. 16, 2017 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Ashley Nelson | Station ManagerThe last time a team from the Sun Belt Conference entered the Schottenstein Center two years ago, it handed Ohio State a crushing defeat that ended up being a major factor in keeping the Buckeyes out of the NCAA Tournament.Only four members of the team that lost to Texas-Arlington still put on a Scarlet and Gray jersey, but veterans Keita Bates-Diop and Jae’Sean Tate wouldn’t allow a night like that to occur a second time.Tate scored 19 points and Bates-Diop added 16 with eight rebounds to lead Ohio State (9-3) past Appalachian State (5-7), 80-67 Saturday evening. Freshman forward Kaleb Wesson had 16 points and eight rebounds and redshirt senior guard Kam Williams also was in double-figures, with 11 points.A week had passed since head coach Chris Holtmann’s team last played a game, which triggered thoughts of a possible letdown. The first half provided little excitement, with Ohio State unable to grasp control of the game until Bates-Diop created some momentum before the break.With less than two minutes remaining in the first half, Bates-Diop deflected an attempted pass from Mountaineers forward Hunter Seacat into the backcourt. Bates-Diop dove on the ball and passed it off to guard Andrew Dakich, who drove to the basket and left it for Tate for the two-handed slam.That play was part of a 6-0 run to close the half, and the Buckeyes led 40-27. Holtmann said that play sparked his team and picked the offense out of a drought.“That’s an expectation for an older guy to do that,” he said. “It’s an expectation for all our players to do that and I don’t think we did that every time tonight, which was disappointing. But that was a really, really special play.”Bates-Diop’s lay-in in the beginning of the second half gave Ohio State a 17-point lead. Then, following a fire alarm that caused people inside the arena to evacuate, the Mountaineers cut their deficit to nine with an 8-0 run.Leading 60-47 out of the under-12 media timeout, Wesson finished at the rim, Tate flew in for a dunk and Jackson banked in a 3 to give the Buckeyes a comfortable 20-point lead.Ohio State forced 18 turnovers. The Buckeyes shot 53 percent for the game.Entering the game, Appalachian State guards Ronshad Shabazz and Justin Forrest were averaging 21.8 and 16.8 points, respectively. Saturday against the Buckeyes, Shabazz had 15 and Forrest had 12, shooting a collective 1-for-8 from beyond the arc.“We knew we had to be active because they have a real high-powered motion offense,” Williams said. “So just getting deflections, taking it one stop at a time, one possession at a time. When we put that together, very few teams can execute against us.”Less than three minutes into the second half, prior to a Mountaineers free-throw attempt, the fire alarms sounded at the Schott and fans were told via an emergency response system inside the arena to exit the building. After roughly seven minutes, fans were allowed to re-enter the building and play resumed following a brief warm-up period.The event caused a delay of about 14 minutes.Sophomore center Micah Potter and freshman forward Kyle Young both returned from an ankle injury Saturday, after missing two games and one game, respectively. Potter played just one minute while Young played 13 minutes.Holtmann said Potter told him that his ankle was feeling “as good as it has felt” since suffering the injury on Nov. 19 against Northeastern. Holtmann added that Young played more than anticipated because of Wesson’s foul trouble.Up Next:The Buckeyes are back on the court Tuesday against The Citadel at 7 p.m.
THE FAMILY OF an Irish surfer missing in Australia has issued a statement to thank people for their support as the search for his body continues .Stuart Butler, 20, has not been seen since Saturday morning when he got into difficulty while surfing at Byron Bay.Police have said the rescue mission has now moved to a “body recovery operation”.A family spokesperson, in a statement issued through Tweed Byron police, said that all the efforts made to help find Stuart are appreciated.“We’d like to say a huge and heartfelt thank you on behalf of Stuart’s family both here and back in Ireland for the support we have received from the local community. We are full of hope that he will be returned to us and ask all to keep him in their thoughts and prayers.The Dublin native was with two friends – 26-year-old Levi Fahrenholtz and English teen Mike Fuller – when they got into difficulty in the water on Saturday.Fahrenholtz, a US citizen, was eventually rescued from the water after being dragged around the Cape, while Fuller managed to pull himself onto the rocks.“The waves didn’t even seem huge; I would describe (the surf) as semi-huge that day,” 25-year-old Levi Fahrenholtz told The Northern Star.“It wasn’t the size of the waves, it was more that it looked choppy – I thought I might get thrashed around – but it was going to be fun. It was just buggerising around – we weren’t looking to prove anything.We had just paddled out to the first break and then we were suddenly in the gutter getting dragged out. We couldn’t paddle against it (the rip); it was too strong.‘The waves didn’t seem huge… But we couldn’t paddle against it’
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Consul for Educational Affairs of the Greek Consulate, Haris Ladopoulos, visited Strathmore Secondary College’s Greek language program two weeks ago. Mr Ladopoulos met with the Principal of Strathmore Secondary College, Ken Harbottle, the Assistant Principal, John Mitsinikos and the two Greek language teachers, Christos Tsiatis and Despina Eleftheriadis. Strathmore Secondary College has continually provided a Greek language program for over thirty years.
Bientôt un système pour créer des mèmes sur Google+Il semblerait que le réseau social de Google lance d’ici peu un système permettant aux utilisateurs de modifier les images publiées sur son réseau, dans un but humoristique, à la manière des mèmes que l’on trouve sur la toile.Un développeur Google+, Colin McMillan, indique sur son mur du réseau qu’il sera possible de rajouter des mots sur une photo pour la rendre amusante, attirante ou encore intéressante…A l’instar des LOLCats (images de chats avec des commentaires généralement farfelus), ces prochains mèmes Google+ auraient le mérite d’apporter une petite touche d’humour sur le réseau social, qui cherche certainement à se démarquer de la concurrence.À lire aussiÉquinoxe du Printemps : pourquoi tombe-t-il le 20 mars ?On imagine déjà la communauté Google + très inventive pour retravailler les diverses images, surtout dans ces futures périodes d’élections où les internautes n’y vont pas de main morte (rappelez-vous le mème de Martine qui travaille plus pour gagner plus). Le développeur donne également quelques exemples à cette adresse. Alors si vous êtes inspirés, préparez-vous! Le 18 janvier 2012 à 21:00 • Maxime Lambert
Stay on target Sony Crammed a 9-Inch Touchscreen Into a Single-DIN Car Stereo$199 Bose Frames Audio Sunglasses Arrive in January Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Washington is the latest state to propose right-to-repair legislation that would make it easier for consumers and retailers to replace or repair electronics.But, while 17 others introduced bills aimed at making parts and manuals more accessible, Washington wants to simply ban devices that prevent straightforward repairs.“Original manufacturers of digital electronic products sold on or after Jan. 1, 2019, in Washington state are prohibited from designing or manufacturing digital electronic products in such a way as to prevent reasonable diagnostic or repair functions by an independent repair provider,” the bill said. “Preventing reasonable diagnostic or repair functions includes permanently affixing a battery in a manner that makes it difficult or impossible to remove.”The bill was introduced before news of Apple’s alleged iPhone throttling made headlines, according to Washington Rep. Jeff Morris, who submitted the bill last month.“But that’s become something constituents and legislators have sunk their teeth into,” he told Motherboard. “They can say, ‘This is what we’re talking about,’ and point to this as the type of thing that is accelerating the demise of their technology so they have to buy the next model.”Cupertino has denied such allegations, saying that it would “never do anything to intentionally shorten the life of any Apple product.” But to “address customer concerns,” the company reduced the price of out-of-warranty iPhone 6 and higher battery replacements, and promised an iOS software update “early in 2018.”Washington’s strict legislation is only one among many: So far in 2018, 17 states have introduced right-to-repair bills, despite what Repair.org called “strident opposition” from manufacturers.Among them: Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Virginia, Vermont, and Washington.And while none have passed yet, activity is picking up steam.Supporters include digital rights activists EFF, environmental and consumer groups, agriculture organizations, repair franchise iCracked, online repair community iFixit, and thousands of small businesses.“We have a chance to guarantee our right to repair electronic equipment—like smartphones, computers, and even farm equipment,” iFixit’s website said. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to protect local repair jobs—the corner mom-and-pop repair shops that keep getting squeezed out by manufacturers.”
The U.S. Supreme Court has affirmed the right of citizens to make changes to the congressional redistricting process through initiatives.Download Audio:The Monday decision has no tangible impact on Alaska at the federal level. With one congressional district for the whole state, it’s impossible to gerrymander Alaska when it comes to national representation. But an attorney who has handled state-level redistricting litigation thinks the decision could draw more attention to how political lines for the Legislature are drawn. Jason Gazewood says the non-partisan Arizona process that was upheld could “serve as a model for Alaska.”“To the extent that Arizona board created a board that was designed to be nonpartisan in how they chose election districts, Alaska could really learn a lot from that lesson,” says Gazewood. “Alaska’s choice process is really driven by partisan interests.”Arizona voters established an independent redistricting commission out of concern that political parties were gaming the system to increase their representation in Congress. In Alaska, the lines for the state Legislature are set by a board picked out mostly by elected politicians. Gazewood says there’s an incentive to consolidate power, rather than put voters in districts that best represent their views or interests.“You know, you’ve got presiding officer of the House, presiding officer of the Senate making decisions about who’s on the board. The governor making choices,” says Gazewood. “So, really, these are decisions that are motivated by politics in a lot of ways.”It would take an amendment to the Alaska Constitution to change the redistricting process, which would involve a vote of the people.It took Alaska three years to finalize its maps in the last redistricting cycle.
Ranveer Singh, Deepika PadukoneInstagramMuch to the fascination of everyone present at the location, Deepika Padukone, who is also a sportsperson, played cricket with the entire team of her upcoming film ’83, in between breaks on the sets. During the time out of the schedule of the shoot, Deepika would play cricket and was doing a baller job at it!Playing cricket along with the whole cast, also helped them bond and know each other better. In ’83, Deepika is playing the role of Romi Dev, wife to Kapil Dev, alongside hubby Ranveer Singh who is playing the role of Kapil Dev. The movie is based on the life of Kapil Dev and how he steered India to the world cup victory of 1983 Cricket World Cup.Having seen the life of a sportsman at close quarters and living with an Internationally acclaimed player, helped her understand the role of Romi Dev better. She has seen exactly what it took for her mother to be a wife to a sportsman who has to dedicate a majority of his life to his sport and bring glory to the country on representing it abroad and knows all the sacrifices and the toll it takes on their personal lives.Deepika has closely seen the whole life of her parents and one is excited to see it reflected on screen with the release of ’83 with her coming on screens as a cricketer’s wife.Apart from this, the actress is playing the role of an acid attack survivor in her upcoming film ‘Chapaak’, which is based on the life of Laxmi Aggarwal.The year 2020 will be special as both her upcoming films are releasing in the same year and interestingly, both the characters Laxmi Agarwal and Romi Dev are real-life characters with the heavy background behind them, making it a year of promising portrayals by the actress.
PM in the list of top 100 global thinkersPrime minister Sheikh Hasina has made her room in the list of top 100 global thinkers as the famous US-based Foreign Policy journal came up with a register of world leading thinkers.“Sheikh Hasina has responded to the greatest security challenge facing Bangladesh with a generosity . . . Rather than turn away the approximate 700,000 Rohingya who fled persecution in Myanmar, Hasina welcomed them and allowed them to remain in her country,” the journal wrote justifying their decision for incorporating in the list of its Current Issue: Winter 2019.Sheikh Hasina has been named among the 10 top global thinkers in the category “Defense and Security”.Referring to the background of the list, the Foreign Policy said they selected the leading global thinkers cautiously considering their stake in shaping the world mind.“In a year of worldwide economic crisis and dangerous wars, of radical innovation and newfound realpolitik, street revolution and blunt rhetoric, we could think of no better way to make sense of it than through the big ideas of those who shape our understanding of the world,” the article read.
Spin waves are where the electronic spin of one atom is transferred to another and then to another and so on propagating through a group. In this new research, the team found that by embedding information in a spin wave, and then retrieving it later, they could take advantage of the time it takes for the propagation to occur all the way though all of the atoms, thus allowing for holding onto quantum state information for a specified period of time.To make this come about, the team built a magneto-optical trap that first slowed atoms down using a laser beam. Once slowed, the atoms were held steady using magnets in a vertical triangular trap. When a photon was introduced, it caused a spin that was propagated through the atoms, creating a spin wave. At the other end, another laser fired at the same frequency as the first but with the opposite polarization caused the spin to be converted back into a photon, which revealed the quantum state information that had been held first in the original photon, and then conveyed through the wave. Using this technique, the team found that they could hold on to the quantum state information for 3.2 milliseconds and that the process was between seventy one and seventy five percent efficient.What’s more, the team believes that if optical lattices were introduced into the trap, i.e. crossed laser beams with different frequencies, they could make the whole system even more efficient. They also believe that this new process could be used as a means for creating memory storage in an actual quantum computer. More information: Efficient and long-lived quantum memory with cold atoms inside a ring cavity, Nature Physics (2012) doi:10.1038/nphys2324AbstractQuantum memories are regarded as one of the fundamental building blocks of linear-optical quantum computation and long-distance quantum communication. A long-standing goal to realize scalable quantum information processing is to build a long-lived and efficient quantum memory. There have been significant efforts distributed towards this goal. However, either efficient but short-lived or long-lived but inefficient quantum memories have been demonstrated so far. Here we report a high-performance quantum memory in which long lifetime and high retrieval efficiency meet for the first time. By placing a ring cavity around an atomic ensemble, employing a pair of clock states, creating a long-wavelength spin wave and arranging the set-up in the gravitational direction, we realize a quantum memory with an intrinsic spin wave to photon conversion efficiency of 73(2)% together with a storage lifetime of 3.2(1) ms. This realization provides an essential tool towards scalable linear-optical quantum information processing.via Arstechnica This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Quantum memory for communication networks of the future Journal information: Nature Physics (Phys.org) — One of the main sticking points to creating a true quantum computer capable of performing meaningful work, is the problem of storing quantum state information in memory. Recent efforts have resulted in highly efficient memory that lasted only a short time or low efficient memory that lasts longer. Now, a combined group of two teams, one from China and one from Germany, have come up with a way that appears to offer the best of both worlds. As they describe in their paper published in the journal Nature Physics, they found that they were able to store quantum information in atomic spin waves. Citation: Research group creates longer lived and more efficient quantum memory (2012, May 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-05-group-longer-efficient-quantum-memory.html © 2012 Phys.Org Explore further