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The survey was conducted over Facebook with 320 respondents who were primarily from Asian countries like India, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Singapore, Thailand

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New Delhi, Feb 6, 2017:  According to a recent study, Every second child in urban Indiafeels the lack of safety on internet while around 16 percent are harassed by inappropriate messages online.

According to a survey conducted by mobile operator Telenor India’s ‘WebWise’, a flagship program on the cyber safety and security of children — around 99 percent schoolchildren in urban India use internet, of whom 25 percent have been the victim of hacking of their accounts.

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The survey was conducted over Facebook with 320 respondents who were primarily from Asian countries like India, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Myanmar, Pakistan, Singapore, Thailand.

The targets of this survey were Facebook users from the age group of 18-64 with stated interests in parenting, family issues, child welfare and online security.

Over 22 per cent of respondents’ children were the victims of rude and hostile comments and profanity online while 29 per cent of respondents said that being cyberbullied affected the child in a dark and negative way and was ‘depressing’ for a time.

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Forty-six per cent of the respondents stated that they speak to their children ‘all the time’ about internet and online activities, followed by 39 per cent who have discussed this ‘some times’. Only 12 percent said they had never had any conversation about this topic.

However, the survey found that a large segment of Asian adults feels empowered and aware enough to address an issue like online safety with youth comfortably.

Twenty-four per cent of respondents came up with the fact that the negative situations faced online made the children more alert and able to defend themselves in the virtual world and the same number of respondents mentioned that the children did not seem to be affected, seven per cent even saying that the online bullying and harassment ‘inspired the child to then help other victims’.

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“Across Asia, we see examples of awareness-building efforts, on the part of our company and many others, which reach scores of children, parents and school teachers and we hope this is leading to more resilience against online mistreatment,” Zainab Hussain Siddiqui, Director, Social Responsibility, Telenor Group mentioned in his statement.

Researchers have concluded that education must be imparted among youths to make them aware of how to be secure online and avoid being bullied or mistreated. (IANS)

 

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Mahalaya: Beginning of “Devipaksha” in Bengali Celebration of ‘Durga Puja’

“Mahalaya” is the auspicious occasion that marks the beginning of “Devipaksha” and the ending of “Pitripaksha” and heralds the celebration of Durga Puja

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  • Mahalaya 2017 Date: 19th september.
  • On Mahalaya, people throng to the holy river Ganges in order to pay homage to their ancestors and forefathers; which is called ‘Torpon’
  • Mahalaya remains incomplete without the magical chanting of the scriptural verses from the ‘Chandi Kavya’ that is broadcasted in All India Radio
  • The magic is induced by the popular Birendra Krishna Bhadra whose voice makes the recitation of the “Chandi Kavya” even more magnificent

Sept 19, 2017: Autumn is the season of the year that sees the Hindus, all geared up to celebrate some of the biggest festivals of India. The festive spirit in the Bengalis all enthused to prepare for the greatest of the festivals, the ‘Durga Puja’.

About Mahalaya:

Mahalaya is the auspicious occasion that marks the beginning of “Devipaksha” and the ending of “Pitripaksha,” and this year it is celebrated on September 19.

Observed exactly a week before the ‘Durga Puja’, Mahalaya is the harbinger of the arrival of Goddess Durga. It is celebrated to invoke the goddess possessing supreme power! The goddess is invited to descend on earth and she is welcomed with devotional songs and holy chants of mantras. On this day, the eye is drawn in the idols of the Goddess by the artisans marking the initiation of “Devipaksha”. Mahalaya arrives and the countdown to the Durga Puja begins!

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The day of Mahalaya bears supreme significance to the Bengalis. The day is immensely important because on this day people throng to the holy river Ganges in order to pay homage to their ancestors and forefathers. Clad in white dhotis, people offer prayers and take dips in the river while praying for their demised dear ones. The ritual is popular as “Torpon”.

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An idol-maker in progress of drawing the eye in the idol of the Goddess. Wikipedia

As per Hindu myth, on “Devipaksha”, the Gods and the Goddesses began their preparations to celebrate “Mahamaya” or Goddess Durga, who was brought upon by the trinity- Brahma, Vishnu, and Maheshwara; to annihilate the fierce demon king named Mahishasura. The captivating story of the Goddess defeating the demon got popularized with the goddess being revered as “Durgatinashini” or the one who banishes all the evils and miseries of the world. The victory of the Goddess is celebrated as ‘Durga Puja’.

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Mahalaya remains incomplete without the magical chanting of the scriptural verses from the ‘Chandi Kavya’ that is broadcasted at dawn in All India Radio in the form of a marvelous audio montage enthralling the souls of the Bengalis. Presented with wonderful devotional music, acoustic drama, and classical songs- the program is also translated to Hindi and played for the whole pan-Indian listeners.

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Birendra Krishna Bhadra (1905-1991). Wikipedia

The program is inseparable from Mahalaya and has been going on for over six decades till date. The magic is induced by the popular Birendra Krishna Bhadra whose voice makes the recitation of the “Chandi Kavya” even more magnificent! He has been a legend and the dawn of Mahalaya turns insipid without the reverberating and enchanting voice of the legendary man.

Mahalaya will keep spreading the magic and setting the vigor of the greatest festival of the Bengalis- the Durga Puja, to worship the supreme Goddess, eternally.

                 “Yaa Devi Sarbabhuteshu, Shakti Rupena Sanhsthita,

                     Namastaswai Namastaswai Namastaswai Namo Namaha.”

– by Antara Kumar of NewsGram. Twitter: @ElaanaC