Chandigarh: The list of banned items seems to be increasing by the day. On Tuesday, the Haryana government announced a ban on the manufacturing and sale of gutka, pan masala, and other similar products which contain tobacco. Such products are now completely banned in the state.
People have mixed reactions on this ban; while some feel that it is a welcome step, there are others who are criticising this move.
Health Minister Anil Vij highlighted that the decision has been taken keeping in view the health of the people.
“The manufacturing, storage, distribution and sale of gutka, pan masala, flavoured or scented tobacco, kharra and other similar products containing tobacco have been completely banned. Other products containing tobacco which are available in market are also included in it,” he said.
The Food and Drugs Administration has issued a notification in this regard. Vij added that the notice prohibited the sale and purchase of tobacco products for one year starting from September 3 in the interest of public health.
The products under this ban includes a mix of other ingredients such as heavy metals and anti-caking agents, the only exception being specifically permitted ingredients, silver leaf, binders, flavours, scents and fragrances.
• Supreme court has ruled that the practice of triple talaq is illegal. • BMMA celebrates the ban on unilateral divorce. In a landmark decision by a five-member panel, the Supreme Court has banned the practice of triple talaq in India, calling the much-debated practice “unislamic, arbitrary and unconstitutional”. The verdict, which was passed by a 3-2 majority on August 22, 2017, has been met with mixed reactions all over the country, attracting applause as well as apprehension from people.
What is triple talaq
The practice of triple talaq, or talaq-e-biddat, is a Islamic ritual through which a man might divorce his wife by uttering the word ‘talaq’, that is, the Arabic word for ‘divorce’, three times. The controversial practice, which dates back to Islamic scriptures of the 8th century AD, was a common one among the Muslim population in India, most of which follow the Hanafi school of law. The practice of instant divorce has often been enacted in India, not only through oral declaration, but also through letters, emails, text messages, Skype and Whatsapp.
Reactions to the triple talaq ban in India
“It’s been 10 years of a struggle on the 8 percent of the population, so that’s a big respite, and a big relief,”stated Noorjehan, the co-founder of the Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andolan (BMMA), also known as the Indian Muslim Women’s Movement. The BMMA had fought a long and hard legal battle in order to secure this verdict, on the grounds that the practice of instant divorce through an oral declaration has left many Muslim women bereft of their right to alimony as well as the custody of children. The BMMA has also claimed that the prescribed avenues for reconsideration or reconciliation are rarely followed in India, as a result of which 90 per cent of the 4710 women they had interviewed had called for a ban on the controversial practice. The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), on the other hand, has opposed the verdict, claiming that it infringes the right to religion of Muslim people, which is granted to the citizens of India via Article 25 of the Indian Constitution.
However, the verdict has been passed against triple talaq by a five-member panel of judges, in which each of the judges belonged to a different religion: Hinduism, Islam, Sikhism, Zoroastrianism and Christianity, after they had reviewed the petitions of seven women who felt victimised by the practice. “Triple talaq is against the basic tenets of the Holy Quran and consequently, it violates Shariat … What is held to be bad in the Holy Quran cannot be good in Shariat and, in that sense, what is bad in theology is bad in law as well,” declared the panel of Supreme Court judges, making India the 23rd nation to ban the practice of unilateral divorce, after Pakistan, United Arab Emirates and Egypt.
At a time of tepid job growth and continuing income disparities, the major challenge is to make the youth of the country entrepreneurial and not job seekers, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu said on Thursday.
“Disparities continue to remain in India and so there is a need for inclusive growth… there is the need to take care of the suppressed, oppressed and depressed,” Venkaiah Naidu said at the Bharatiya Yuva Shakti Trust’s (BYST) silver jubilee celebrations here with Britain’s Prince Charles as the chief guest.
“The challenge for us is to make the youth entrepreneurial, and not become job seekers,” Venkaiah Naidu said pointing to the NDA government’s various initiatives to encourage youth enterprises like Startup India, Standup India and the Mudra financing scheme for underprivileged sections.
Modelled on Prince Charles’ Trust for business startups, BYST, founded by Lakshmi Venkatesan, daughter of former President R. Venkatraman, is engaged in building rural entrepreneurship — “grampreneurs” — as also enterprise among under-privileged sections, which includes business mentoring. The current BYST chairman is Bajaj Group chief, Rahul Bajaj.
“Without mentoring, it would be very difficult to set up startups, with all the business, marketing and other vital issues involved in the first two-three years,” Prince Charles said in his address at the International Mentoring Summit organized by BYST to mark its 25 years.
“What amazes me are the sheer number of jobs these young entrepreneurs had created. The aim of such a project should be to create a virtual cycle of creating entrepreneurs who can then invest in the future of business,” Charles said referring to his trust.
BYST was officially launched in 1992 by Prince Charles and expanded its operations to six major regions of India.
Out of these six regions, four — Delhi, Chennai, Pune and Hyderabad — run the urban programme while two regions — Haryana and Maharashtra — run the rural programme.(IANS)
White House, November 6, 2017 : A man opened fire with an assault weapon at a church near San Antonio, Texas, Sunday morning, killing 26 worshippers and wounding at least 20.
The victims range from five to 72 years old.
The gunman is also dead and there is no clue so far as to his motive.
Federal investigators from the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms have joined local law enforcement officers in tiny Sutherland Springs, Texas, about 50 kilometers from San Antonio.
On Monday, U.S. President Donald Trump said the mass shooting “isn’t a guns situation” but is instead “a mental health problem at the highest level. It’s a very, very sad event.” He said the shooter was “a very deranged individual.” The president is monitoring the situation from Japan, the first stop on his five-nation Asian trip.
Earlier, Trump called the shootings “an act of evil” and appealed for prayers. He ordered U.S. flags on federal buildings to be flown at half-staff through Thursday.
“We cannot put into words, the pain and grief we all feel and we cannot begin to imagine the suffering of those who lost the ones they so dearly loved. Our hearts are broken,” the president said.
Texas Governor Gregg Abbott says this is worst mass shooting in Texas history. He said there are “many pieces of a complex puzzle” to put together.
What is known, according to Texas public safety official Freeman Martin, is that the gunman, later identified as Devin P. Kelley, was described as a young white male dressed in black and wearing a bullet-proof vest. He first opened fire with an assault rifle outside the First Baptist Church and continued shooting after going inside.
Freeman said a local resident with his own rifle confronted the shooter, causing the gunman to drop his weapon and flee in his car. The citizen pursued the gunman, joined shortly by police. Freeman said the suspect crashed the car just over the county line and was found dead in the vehicle from a gunshot wound. It is unclear if he killed himself or was shot by the citizen.
Wilson County Sheriff Joe Tackitt says police found multiple weapons in the suspect’s car.
U.S. Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek told VOA late Sunday that records show Kelley was discharged from the Air Force about three years ago: “Records checks confirm Devin P. Kelley was previously a USAF member, who served in Logistics Readiness at Holloman AFB, NM, from 2010 until his discharge in 2014. Kelley was court-martialed in 2012 for two counts of Article 128 UCMJ ((EDS: Uniform code of Military Justice)) — assault on his spouse and assault on their child. Kelley received a Bad Conduct Discharge, confinement for twelve months and a reduction to the grade of E-1.”
Two of the victims were killed outside the church. The rest were shot inside.
An eyewitness to the shootings, who is a Vietnam War vet, told VOA’s Mehtap Colak Yilmaz that he had not seen anything like the church massacre “since Vietnam.”
Marie Ann Montgomery, the church’s Sunday school director, told VOA’s Yilmaz that people in the congregation knew Kelley and some of the suspect’s family members were among the victims. Montgomery stopped short, however, of saying the suspect deliberately targeted his family.
While none of the victims have been publicly identified, First Baptist Church Pastor Frank Pomeroy told U.S. news networks that his 14-year-old daughter, Annabelle Renee Pomeroy, is among the deceased.
Pomeroy was in Oklahoma at the time of the shooting. He told ABC News he was on his way back to Sutherland Springs.
He said all of the people killed Sunday were close friends. Pomeroy also said he wants the world to know his daughter “was one very beautiful special child.”
Sheriff Tackitt says the church posts its weekly services on YouTube and that the massacre was likely caught on camera. The FBI says it believes only one gunman was involved.
Sunday’s Texas shooting comes just weeks after October’s mass killing in Las Vegas. Stephen Paddock opened fire on a country music show there, killing 58 and wounding about 500. Paddock shot from his 32nd floor hotel room and killed himself as police moved in. Investigators in the Las Vegas shooting are still working to confirm a motive. (VOA)