Maya Art Space celebrates World Photography Day in style

first_imgOn the occasion of World Photography Day 2019, Maya Art Space organised the first solo exhibition of photographs and paintings titled ‘Blink’ by Suvomoy Mitra.The photographs which were showcased in the exhibition presented various fractions of life around us. The paintings on the other hand were originated from various attractions and denials. This exhibition was a perfect example that a photographer can even paint if he wants to. The artist’s collection proved to be an easy co-existent of instant visions through lens along with sustained impressions on canvas. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainThe art show, which started on August 19 and went on till August 28, from 2 pm to 8 pm daily. The photo-cum-paint exhibition was inaugurated by renowned photographers including Jayanta Saha, Soumitra Datta, and sculptors like Bimal Kundu, Niranjan Pradhan to name a few. On the same day, a fully illustrated guide book for photo enthusiasts, ‘Photographyr Noksha Jukti Golpo’, by the artist was also released at Maya Art Space on August 19. Written in simple Bengali for everyone, the book features innumerable images from renowned photographers across generations. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardPublished by Maya Art Space, Suvomoy’s book is a compact and fully illustrated book on contemporary technology, use, content importance and art of photography. Useful links and references that help the reader to know more are also added in the book. The author, who is an experienced professional photographer, author, workshop organiser based in Kolkata, wrote the book to take readers into a greater world of knowledge and understanding on photography. A week long programme featuring talks, presentations related to photography were also arranged at Maya Art Space.last_img read more

75 years later legacy of Canadas role in DDay landing still lingers

first_imgOTTAWA — When he jumped out of his landing craft into knee-deep water off the coast of Normandy on June 6, 1944, Jack Commerford wasn’t contemplating the role he was about to play in what would become one of the most pivotal events in history.The 20-year-old from Newfoundland and Labrador, who had joined the army three years earlier to shoot down German bombers, was too busy doing his job — and trying to stay alive — during the long-awaited Allied assault to free Europe from the Nazis.“I was just thinking of my duties at the moment,” recalls Commerford, now 95. “Go where I was sent and do what I was told, that was primarily what I was interested in. I’m not sure how much I thought of the overall war.”The invasion of Normandy is widely considered one of the turning points in the Second World War, as the allies smashed through Hitler’s supposedly impregnable Atlantic Wall and began the westward march to Berlin to meet the Soviets coming from the east.But in Canada, which had come into its own in the wake of Vimy Ridge and the First World War, D-Day and the conflagration that spawned it gave the country the chance to find its feet and establish its standing in the world.“D-Day makes us winners,” says retired major Michael Boire, an expert on Canadian military history at the Royal Military College of Canada. “It makes us winners in our own eyes. And that’s tremendously important.”That wasn’t always the plan.At the start of the war in 1939, then-prime minister William Lyon Mackenzie King, fearing another conscription crisis, wanted to keep his country from becoming too deeply involved. Conscription, introduced in 1917, nearly tore Canada apart during the First World War as many Canadians, particularly in Quebec, railed against being forced to fight in Europe.Mackenzie King adopted a policy of “limited liability,” in which Canada’s main contributions were small contingents of troops to help defend England and the provision of food, equipment and training to assist the allies.“But the war doesn’t go the way anybody expects,” says author and historian Jack Granatstein, former head of the Canadian War Museum.“The Germans in 1940 sweep everything away and all of a sudden Canada is Britain’s major ally. From being a limited liability participant, suddenly we are the major ally of Great Britain. And so all the stops are pulled on the war effort in Canada.”That included retooling Canada’s fledgling industrial base to start mass producing weapons, aircraft, warships and tanks, which in turn laid the groundwork for the future innovation and economic prosperity that Canadians know today.“We go from being a poor country in a very real sense to being a rich country at the same time as we’re fighting the war,” says Granatstein, who notes Canada’s gross domestic product doubled between 1939 and 1945.In 1931, Canadians became masters of their own affairs with the Statute of Westminster, a British law that effectively made Canada a sovereign nation. With D-Day and the war, the country was soon basking in a newfound self-confidence matched only by its desire for peace.That manifested itself in Canada’s role as a founder of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, established primarily to check Soviet aggression in Russia, and its strong support for international institutions such as the United Nations to push for a rules-based international order.“It was clear Canada had entered the international scene, it was a player at the table,” said Boire. “And Canadian public opinion is all about getting involved in every single international organization that’s around and … participating in the avoidance of war.”Sitting at the Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre in Ottawa, with his military medals pinned proudly to his chest, Commerford echoes that assessment.“It shaped Canada into being a wonderful, peace-loving country,” he says.“I see Canada and its leaders as continually doing things that will encourage or help maintain peace, not only in Canada but also elsewhere. And I think D-Day and the Second World War contributed to that strong desire for peace.”Canada started the war with a regular army of 4,200. Eventually, around 1.1 million Canadians would serve in uniform. They were everywhere, be it bombing German cities, escorting naval convoys across the Atlantic or fighting house to house in Italy.But D-Day was the big one, the attack everyone had been waiting for. And while two of the Normandy landing beaches were assigned to the Americans and two to the British, the fifth — an eight-kilometre stretch code-named Juno — was all Canadian.“One of the five beaches is ours,” says Canadian War Museum historian Tim Cook. “We must take it. And one of the challenges for D-Day is if one beach fails, they’re likely all to fail.”Years of preparation and training following the hard lessons of Dieppe — the disastrous raid two years earlier in which 900 Canadians were killed and nearly 2,000 captured — were put to the test when the first landing craft hit the beach at 7:45 a.m.The casualties in that initial wave were heavy as the Canadians advanced into a maelstrom of German fire; by the end of the day, 340 would be killed — more than twice the number who died during Canada’s entire 13-year war in Afghanistan. Another 574 were wounded.Yet the assault was a success. The Canadians advanced farther than anyone else on that first day while Canadian pilots guarded the skies and more than 100 Royal Canadian Navy ships manned by 10,000 Canadian sailors guarded the English Channel or ferried troops and equipment to shore.One of those was Alex Polowin, who served aboard HMCS Huron and compares the feeling of battle to how a boxer feels as he prepares to fight an opponent.“Most of our battles were at night and we’d come out there and all of a sudden starshells fly over your ship. Starshells light up the sky to bring out your silhouette,” says Polowin, now 94.“You’ve got fear in you, you’ve got to hate that person. You get that adrenaline rush forced on you in boxing. But this was natural.”The war would grind on for nearly another year. Some of the hardest fighting would happen after D-Day, as the allies pushed out of the beaches and into the rest of western Europe. By the end, 45,000 Canadians in uniform had lost their lives in the war.But D-Day has tended to overshadow those Canadian efforts, which includes the Battle of the Scheldt, the Battle of the Atlantic and the liberation of Italy. In 1999, D-Day was selected the Canadian news event of the century in a survey by The Canadian Press.“Canada is fundamentally changed by the Second World War,” says Cook. “To pick an isolated event is too simplistic, but D-Day becomes a symbol.”— Follow @leeberthiaume on Twitter.Lee Berthiaume, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Former Khmer Rouge leader arrested by UNbacked tribunal in Cambodia

19 November 2007The United Nations-backed tribunal in Cambodia trying Khmer Rouge leaders accused of mass killings and other crimes three decades ago announced today that a former head of State of the country has been arrested and brought before the court. Khieu Samphan, who served as president of Democratic Kampuchea, as Cambodia was then known, between 1976 and 1979, was arrested after co-investigating judges at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) issued an arrest warrant. The ECCC has not released any details of any charges against Mr. Samphan, who becomes the fifth person to be brought before the tribunal. In a press release the court announced that its defence support section has assigned two lawyers to Mr. Samphan’s case while it assesses whether he can pay for his legal team for the next two years. They are Say Bory of the Cambodian Bar and Jacques Vergès, a French lawyer. Under an agreement signed by the UN and Cambodia, the ECCC was set up as an independent court using a mixture of Cambodian staff and judges and foreign personnel. It is designated to try those deemed most responsible for crimes and serious violations of Cambodian and international law between 17 April 1975 and 6 January 1979, when up to three million people perished at the hands of the Khmer Rouge. read more

UN scaling up food aid for West Africans struggling amid rising prices

29 July 2008The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has announced it is expanding operations in West Africa to feed an additional 1.4 million people who are struggling due to high food prices in Guinea, Mauritania, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Burkina Faso and Senegal. “WFP is taking vital steps to ensure the poorest people in West Africa are not pushed over the edge by the impact of high food prices,” said Thomas Yanga, WFP’s Regional Director for West Africa, adding that WFP’s efforts are designed to complement government responses already in place.WFP added the 1.4 million new beneficiaries to the 3.6 million people it was already planning to assist this year in the six countries, which have been severely impacted by a combination of increased high food and fuel prices, and poor harvests owing to floods and droughts.WFP notes that over the past 12 months, food costs for its operations in the region have increased by almost 60 per cent and overall operational costs are now 30 per cent higher. Increased fuel prices have also pushed up transportation costs as many regions in need of assistance are landlocked. The agency is scaling up food distributions to the hardest-hit areas across the region. In addition, malnourished children, pregnant and nursing women, primary school children and people affected by HIV/AIDS will also benefit from WFP food assistance.This month WFP started distributions to an additional 600,000 people in Guinea’s capital, Conakry. It also started food distributions last week in the country’s rural areas to help cover the immediate needs of families – many of whom are surviving on cassava and mangoes – until the next harvest.Meanwhile, in Mauritania – which depends on imports for 70 per cent of its food needs – the agency stocked cereal banks in the beginning of the rainy season, which allowed farmers to acquire cereals at a reasonable price and to plant their seeds, rather than resort to eating them. WFP has also scaled up its distributions in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Burkina Faso and Senegal to reach hundreds of thousands people, including young children and pregnant women. Meanwhile, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon chaired the fourth meeting of the high-level task force on global food security, held yesterday at UN Headquarters in New York. The task force – which brings together the heads of key UN agencies, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank – was set up by Mr. Ban in May to promote a unified response to the challenges posed by the surge in global food prices.“He discussed ways the task force can support responses at the country level, commending panel members for the many initiatives that are already underway but adding that there is still much to do,” UN spokesperson Michele Montas told reporters.Mr. Ban hailed the Comprehensive Framework for Action – a series of measures agreed on by the task force to meet immediate needs and also to build longer-term resilience to food crises in the future – as “a great achievement.” At the same time, he stressed the need to broaden the partnership to include partners in the private sector, civil society, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and donors, as well as the need to translate the plan into concrete and quick action, in close partnership with national governments.Among the immediate measures proposed in the plan are increasing nutritional and other feeding programmes, as well as supplying fertilizers, seeds, animal feed and veterinary services to help smallholder farmers in the current planting season. The plan also calls for a reduction in export bans on food commodities, and focuses on the need for much greater investment in agricultural production in the longer term. Mr. Ban also noted the task force’s impact on the recent Group of Eight (G-8) Summit, which for the first time focused an outcome statement solely on food.“The Secretary-General stressed the need to build upon that outcome and make progress in areas where continued G-8 political and financial commitment is indispensable, particularly in a marked increase in official development assistance for agriculture as well as progress in reducing agricultural subsidies,” Ms. Montas said.The next meeting of the task force will take place in early September. read more

Storm death toll crosses 50

Of those killed, 29 are from the Galle District including 27 from Balapitiya. The DMC said that 10 people were also reported killed from the Colombo District and another 10 in Kalutara.The DMC also said that 153 houses have been fully damaged by the storm and 3385 houses partially damaged. Relief assistance has been provided to the affected families while search and rescue operations are continuing to locate those missing. According to the DMC, 13595 people have been affected since last Friday by the storm. The death toll from the storm last weekend has crossed the 50 mark with 16 people still missing.The Disaster Management Center (DMC) said that  most of those killed and missing are fishermen.

Apple Mattel and JDcom rise while Covetrus falls

NEW YORK — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily on Tuesday:Apple Inc., up $8.49 to $208.97The U.S. government is delaying tariffs aimed at China that involve cellphones, laptop computers and other electronics.Mattel., up 51 cents to $11.51The delay in tariffs also means retailers won’t have to raise prices on toys, clothing and other items during the holiday shopping season.Covetrus Inc., down $9.30 to $13.89The animal health technology and services company reported weak second quarter results.Deciphera Pharmaceuticals Inc., up $15.95 to $35.90The pharmaceutical company reported positive results from a key study focusing on a potential stomach cancer treatment.JD.com Inc., up $3.50 to $30.66The Chinese e-commerce company’s second quarter profit far exceeded Wall Street forecasts.Avaya Holdings Corp., up $1.52 to $11.80The company said it is in discussions with multiple parties about a range of potential strategic transactions.CIT Group Inc., down $1.75 to $42.88The banking company is buying Mutual of Omaha Bank for $1 billion in a mix of cash and stock.Yum Brands Inc., up 59 cents to $117.13The operator of KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell named David Gibbs its new CEO to replace Greg Creed.The Associated Press read more

Loonie lower greenback strengthens as job creation blows past expectations

by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 6, 2015 7:01 am MDT TORONTO – The Canadian dollar closed lower Friday amid Canadian and U.S. jobs data that beat expectations.The loonie lost 0.64 of a cent to 79.85 cents US as Statistics Canada reported that more than 35,000 positions were created in January, far higher than the 4,500 that economists had expected. However, the agency said the gains were the result of more part-time work. The unemployment rate declined 0.1 percentage points to 6.6 per cent.The loonie weakened as the greenback strengthened after the U.S. Labor Department reported total employment gains of 257,000 last month, well above the approximately 233,000 positions that economists had expected. The U.S. jobless rate edged up to 5.7 per cent from 5.6 per cent.Traders also digested a warning from Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. that the collapse in oil prices will send shock waves through housing markets in provinces with oil-producing economies. It says the 50 per cent plunge in crude prices since last summer will only be partly offset by the positive effect of the lower Canadian dollar and lower interest rates.CMHC says that housing starts are expected to decline by one per cent in 2015 and that Multiple Listing Service sales will remain unchanged while the MLS average price is expected to increase by a modest 1.5 per cent.The loonie has had a volatile week, losing and gaining as much as a full U.S. cent in individual trading sessions. The activity mirrored choppy action on commodity markets as traders tried to assess if crude prices had found a bottom last week around the US$44 a barrel mark.They hope that a string of energy sector cutbacks that followed the collapse of crude oil prices have started to deal with a huge supply/demand imbalance. However, inventory data this week showed U.S. inventories at 80-year highs.On Friday, the March crude contract in New York was up $1.21 to US$51.69 a barrel.Gold prices fell heavily in the wake of the release of the U.S. jobs report, with the April bullion contract down $28.10 to US$1,234.60 an ounce. March copper slipped a penny to US$2.59 a pound.In other economic news, Germany’s industrial production was up in December by 0.1 per cent over November despite a drop in construction and capital goods, and the first time since early 2011 that industrial production in Europe’s biggest economy has increased for four months in a row.Greece also remains a key focus in financial markets as the new Greek government tries to forge a new deal on the country’s debts with its partners in the 19-country eurozone. On Friday, it was confirmed that finance ministers from the eurozone are to hold a special meeting next Wednesday to discuss Greece’s debts, a day ahead of a summit of European Union leaders. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Loonie lower, greenback strengthens as job creation blows past expectations read more

Syria Uptick in violence exacerbates already dire situation says UN food relief

“Since the end of last year, airstrikes have destroyed numerous civilian buildings, killing hundreds of people in both places and, in the case of Idlib, displacing some 100,000 people,” said UN World Food Programme (WFP) Senior Communications Officer Bettina Luescher at the regular press briefing in Geneva. In Idlib, armed clashes between Government forces, their allies and opposition armed groups have intensified, with insecurity also spreading to parts of northeast Hama, western rural Aleppo and southern Idlib – forcing 100,000 people to abandon their homes near the frontline and move towards safer areas. Conditions in Idlib are dire, with many displaced people forced to stay out in the open during the winter period. “WFP had assisted a total of 70,000 displaced people in Idlib in December and January with ready-to-eat, five-day rations; [and] there were plans to distribute additional ready-to-eat rations in the coming days,” Ms. Luescher said, adding that WFP had prepositioned over 27,000 rations in Idlib and Aleppo, and that emergency supply shipments from Turkey were also ongoing. WFP and partners are also conducting needs assessments there. Fighting continues in the besieged enclave of Eastern Ghouta where nearly 400,000 people are living in dire conditions suffering severe food, fuel and drinking water shortages. “A total of 417,000 people were currently living under siege in Syria, with the largest proportion of them in besieged areas of Eastern Ghouta, where almost 400,000 people lived,” Ms. Luescher continued, adding: “WFP access to Eastern Ghouta had been severely restricted for the past five years, allowing only a trickle of aid to reach families in need.” In 2017, WFP had helped to deliver food assistance for 110,000 people in 13 parts of the enclave. She called ending the seven-year conflict “the single greatest priority,” noting that it continues to push “ever-more people into hunger and misery.” WFP appealed to all parties to protect civilians, respect humanitarian principles and allow the safe delivery of food to families in need, no matter where they were. read more

HTC dévoile son boîtier Media Link HD

first_imgHTC dévoile son boîtier Media Link HD Après avoir dévoilé sa nouvelle gamme de smartphones Android lors du Mobile World Congress de Barcelone, HTC a présenté son Media Link HD. Il s’agit d’un boîtier multimédias qui permettra de visionner sur un téléviseur des contenus stockés sur un téléphone, et ce en qualité HD.HTC vient d’officialiser le lancement prochain d’un nouveau boîtier multimédias, le HTC Media Link HD. Après avoir présenté ses HTC One X, One XL, One S et One V, sa nouvelle gamme de smartphones Android, le constructeur taïwanais dévoile un périphérique très facile à utiliser. Il permettra de regarder sur une télévision des contenus stockés sur un HTC Sense 4.0. Contenus qui pourront être gérés directement depuis ce smartphone, le seul pour l’instant à être compatible.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Comme son nom l’indique, le boîtier offrira le visionnage de contenus en haute définition et pourra être connecté à n’importe quel téléviseur équipé d’une sortie HDMI. Tout en regardant des contenus en streaming, l’utilisateur pourra en outre continuer à utiliser son smartphone.C’est au mois d’avril qu’est prévu le lancement du Media Link HD. Aucune date précise n’a toutefois été annoncée. Et son prix reste, lui aussi, pour l’heure inconnu.Le 12 mars 2012 à 19:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Des capteurs montés à lenvers provoquent lexplosion dune fusée Proton

first_imgDes capteurs montés à l’envers provoquent l’explosion d’une fusée ProtonMettre des satellites en orbite n’est jamais une promenade de santé et l’explosion d’une fusée russe Proton au début du mois fait partie des risques. Les experts de l’agence spatiale russe ont fouillé les débris et, surprise, des capteurs d’accélération ont été découverts installés dans le mauvais sens ! L’erreur avait échappé à au moins deux contrôles. Certains confondent leur gauche et leur droite, ça arrive, mais mélanger le haut et le bas c’est déjà plus rare. Et quand ces personnes travaillent sur des fusées cela peut rapidement poser problème, un problème à 200 millions de dollars. Le lanceur russe Proton-M qui s’est ainsi écrasé le 2 juillet a explosé à cause d’une incroyable erreur de montage repérée après coup par l’agence spatiale russe Roskosmos.Selon le Figaro les spécialistes de Baïkonour  ont constaté que le lanceur, qui devait mettre en orbite trois satellites pour l’équivalent militaire russe du GPS, a dévié de sa trajectoire au moment du décollage. Le Proton-M s’est rapidement incliné avant de s’écraser au sol un kilomètre plus loin.Des capteurs à l’enversLa fusée a en fait décollé un poil trop tôt, quatre dixièmes de seconde, ce qui a provoqué une poussée automatique de la puissance des moteurs afin de compenser ce léger décalage. Hélas ce coup de boost a fait s’enflammer un des moteurs qui s’est arrêté après seulement quatre secondes.Mais alors, comment cela a-t-il pu amener la fusée à se pointer vers le sol ? D’après l’étude des débris le constat est sans appel : certains capteurs d’accélérations étaient montés à l’envers ! La découverte a d’autant plus sidéré les experts que ces pièces sont marquées d’une flèche sensée indiquer comment les installer.Une erreur jamais détectéePire, pour des raisons de sécurité, ces pièces ne s’emboitent pas si elles sont mises à l’envers : les personnes qui les ont installées ont donc dû forcer pour les insérer et cela ne leur a pas mis la puce à l’oreille. Ces erreurs n’ont pas été repérées lors des tests à l’usine moscovite de Khrounitchev, ni lors de l’assemblage final à Baïkonour.L’accident n’a provoqué aucun mort ou blessé, mais cet enchaînement d’erreurs incroyables entame grandement la confiance des propriétaires de satellites. De plus, tous les lancements de Proton-M sont suspendus malgré les retards qui vont être engendrés. La concurrence, dont Arianespace, espère probablement récupérer quelques juteux contrats au passage. Le 13 juillet 2013 à 13:26 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Pochettino believes Spurs can win at Camp Nou

first_imgTottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino believes his team has what it takes to get an all-important victory against Barcelona.The North London club travel to the Camp Nou on the final matchday of the group stages of this season’s UEFA Champions League, in need of a result to make it to the second round of the competition.Mauricio Pochettino’s men took their qualification hopes to the final Group B game thanks to a 1-0 win over Inter Milan at Wembley Stadium, thanks to Christian Eriksen’s 80th-minute strike.Spurs are still seen as outsiders to progress, , and will have to the at their absolute best to match the result of Inter, who play at home to PSV Eindhoven.It would be as an impressive achievement if Spurs were able to make it to the next round of the Champions League considering their standing at the halfway stage of the group with just one point from their opening three games.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.Pochettino said, according to Sports Mole:“All is possible in football. We have big respect to Barcelona, they are one of the best teams in Europe, it will be a so tough. But we have belief and faith that we can win.”“We need to show again a good level to compete at our best and arrive in Barcelona and compete at our best. We need fresh legs, fresh mind and no injuries. We need to arrive that way in Barcelona.”last_img read more

ASA Board of Directors to Meet in St Louis Next Week

first_imgASA Board of Directors head to St. Louis next week for the annual December meeting, where they will elect new Executive Committee members, say farewell to retiring friends and directors and discuss issues impacting the soybean industry.Directors and ASA staff meet Dec. 8-11 at Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark, kicking off the meeting with new board orientation and an executive committee session on Monday. The week’s activities also include Monsanto Partnership Day, USB’s Connections Event and ASA’s Retiring Director’s dinner and reception.ASA staff has a schedule packed with a mix of business and fun and we look forward to seeing each of you at the meeting next week!last_img

Merediths Figure OReillys Craft Fold

first_img‘The Future is Online’Sebastopol, California-based O’Reilly Media said it will no longer publish the print edition Craft, a 50,000-circulation quarterly magazine it launched in October 2006. “We’ve come to realize that there were more and more challenges in publishing Craft as a print magazine, especially with the costs of print and distribution rising, and diminishing interest among advertisers in print,” the magazine wrote in a post on the magazine’s Web site. “So we’ve decided that Volume 10, our Celebrate Like Crazy issue, will be our last print issue and that the future of Craft is online.”Three employees—one from edit, one from marketing and one from design—were laid off. The remaining staffers will remain with the Web site.“It’s tough for an independent publisher to produce two D.I.Y titles,” associate publisher Dan Woods told FOLIO:. O’Reilly also publishes 100,000-plus circulation tech enthusiast magazine Make. “We’re really shifting our editorial focus to where our audience is,” Woods continued. “We’re getting one million visitors a month at Craftzine.com. We know people will be disappointed by this but we feel now is the time to make the move.” The number of magazines folding in 2009 continues to mount. The latest: Figure—a fashion magazine targeting plus-size women—and Craft—a do-it-yourself crafting title—have been shuttered, their publishers said today. “Despite much effort, analysis and momentum in the past couple of years, the impact of today’s economic climate makes it impossible for us to sustain the attention required for long-term growth and viability of the magazine,” Figure magazine owner Charming Shoppes, a specialty apparel retailer, wrote in a letter to advertisers today. The March/April issue will be its last.Launched in 2002, Figure was published by Meredith Corp.’s integrated marketing division. Four positions at Meredith were eliminated as a result of the magazine’s closing, a spokesperson said. According to its 2009 media kit, the magazine carried a rate base of 700,000. last_img read more

Full Statehood back on the agenda

first_imgWith the escalating conflict between Delhi’s Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal and Lieutenant Governor, Najeeb Jung, the peculiarities of the city-state’s governance structure are back in the spotlight. Another battle line bubbling beneath the surface, albeit without the same kind of media glare, is that between the Delhi government and the Municipal Corporation Department (MCD). This too had come to the fore in March, when the three municipal corporations demanded that the Delhi government pay the salaries of the striking safai karamcharis. While these conflicts between the State government, the Centre and the MCD may come to the surface occasionally, the citizens of Delhi are not unfamiliar with the governance mess that exists in this city. Anyone who has tried to get a heap of garbage cleared from outside their apartment or attempted to get a broken sewage line repaired, would have come across the multiplicity of authorities – be it the MCD, the DDA, the Delhi Jal Board, the MLA or Councillor – without any single one of them being accountable for the job at hand. It is this messy multiplicity that has given rise to periodic demands for full statehood for Delhi. Also Read – Gateway of criminal justiceGovernance of the national capital is always a complex issue, and most countries across the world have struggled to find appropriate solutions for it. On the one hand is the ‘national’ dimension of a capital city, as it houses all national institutions of the legislature, the executive and the judiciary; it hosts international embassies and diplomats, and often ‘national’ monuments. The capital city often has great symbolic value for the image a nation and its government wish to convey to the larger world. And these are the reasons why national governments wish to retain control over the governance of the capital city. However, the ‘national’ dimension is in contradiction with the needs of the citizens who live and work in the city that need well-functioning basic amenities, public transport and security. It is these latter needs that often suffer neglect when capital cities are governed by national governments. Unfortunately, this is precisely the dilemma that has existed as far as Delhi is concerned. Also Read – Turning a blind eyeAt the time of Independence, Delhi was a Chief Commissioner’s province. In 1956, it became a Union Territory. A year later, the Delhi Municipal Corporation and the Delhi Development Authority Acts were enacted to promote the growth and development of the city. However, despite these landmark legislations, there was a demand for a democratic government for Delhi, which could focus on fulfilling the needs of the citizens of the city. In partial fulfilment of this demand, the Delhi Administration Act was enacted in 1966, which provided for the creation of a Metropolitan Council, which was a deliberative body that had 56 elected members and 5 other nominated by the president. It was headed by the Lieutenant Governor, and was empowered to recommend but not legislate. It was intended as a compromise between an elected legislature and rule by the President. And yet the governance of Delhi – especially because of its growing and socio-economically diverse population – remained a matter of concern. In 1989, the Balakrishnan Committee set up by the Government of India recommended that Delhi needed an elected Legislature and Council of Ministers to deal with matters that concern the common person in this city. It was based on this recommendation that the Government of National Capital Territory (GNCT) Act was passed in 1991, along with Constitutional Amendments that introduced Articles 239AA and 239AB in the Constitution, providing for a Legislative Assembly in Delhi. The Legislative Assembly was given power to legislate and govern on all matters in the State List except Land, Police and Public Order, as these were supposed to be essential for the ‘national’ functions of the capital.As an elected Legislature has governed Delhi for the past 22 years, several shortcomings in this governance structure have emerged. One, the Delhi Municipal Corporation Act predated the formation of the Legislative Assembly, so the Municipal Bodies, which fulfil various essential functions, remain accountable to the Union government and not the elected Delhi government. Two, the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) is under the control of the Ministry of Urban Development. With both these institutions under the Union government, the ability of the elected government of Delhi to meet the needs of the people gets severely curtailed. Three, with the Delhi Police being under the Home Ministry, which is meant to ensure security to the entire country, there is an unsurprising neglect of security provision outside Lutyens Delhi, which has been brought to light by horrific incidents of rape in the capital.It is for these reasons that there is a repeated demand for full statehood for Delhi so that the elected government can control the provision of essential services for Delhi’s citizens. Moreover, with the multiplicity of authorities and the lack of clarity about their relationship, governance and delivery has suffered. And while the ‘national’ dimensions of the city need to be recognised and provided for, there is a substantive devolution of power that can be done to the Government of Delhi; a detailed blueprint for which has been made by the Second Administrative Reforms Commission (ARC) in 2005. These include chairing of DDA by the Chief Minister of Delhi, control of MCD by Delhi government (with an exclusion of certain zones which have national significance), broader security to be retained by the Union government with traffic and local policing being devolved.As Delhi faces governance related challenges and conflicts today, it is the spirit of the city’s institutional evolution that needs to be understood and taken further. Delhi’s institutional evolution has shown a move towards the need to transfer power into the hands of elected representatives of the people, in line with the pattern of democratic evolution throughout history. It is this spirit that needs to be respected and furthered, not curtailed. And it is in this light that the recommendations of the Second ARC are significant, as they reflect that if the Union Government is committed to the interests of the people of Delhi, the governance crisis can be resolved without compromising national interests. What remains to be seen is whether the Union government will gracefully devolve these powers, or will they eventually do the same under duress and pressure from the people of Delhi?(Atishi Marlena is a social activist and policy researcher, who has been with the Aam Aadmi Party for the past two years. Views expressed are personal)last_img read more

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first_imgKolkata: The Panchayat and Rural Development department carried out a massive campaign againstopen defecation on World Toilet Day. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee tweeted: “On #WorldToiletDay today, let us pledge to eradicate the menace of open defecation. Our State’s flagship programme, #MissionNirmalBangla, has been very successful. As of May, 2018, 11 districts, 33,261 Villages, 2,621 Gram Panchayats and 255 Blocks in the State have become #ODF.” Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeSteps have already been taken by the Panchayat and Rural Development department to make all the districts in Bengal open defecation free by March 2019, much ahead of the deadline of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, which is October 2, 2019. The department has released posters and stickers to create awareness against open defecation. Through the posters, parents, particularly the mothers, have been requested to ensure that their children wash their hands before taking any meal. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedAlso, people have been urged to clear the containers used to store water periodically, to stop the breeding of mosquitoes. Steps have been taken to expedite the construction of toilets in every household in five districts that include Purulia, Jhargram, Uttar Dinajpur, Jalpaiguri and areas under GTA, where construction work is being carried out at slower speeds. It may be mentioned that Nadia was the country’s first district that was declared as ODF by the Centre. Much before Swachh Bharat Abhiyan was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 2, 2015, Subrata Mukherjee, state minister for the Panchayat and Rural Development department, at a meeting held in Nadia, urged the District Magistrates to take steps to make the areas under their jurisdiction open defecation free. The DMs agreed and Mission Nirmal Bangla was introduced. Round the year campaign is on to ensure that people of the villages that have toilets, use and maintain them properly.last_img read more

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