Raipur: At least 140 villages and hamlets in Chhattisgarh that have been suffering without electricity since Independence may finally see illumination powered by solar energy, thanks to the efforts of CREDA.
Chhattisgarh State Renewable Energy Development Agency (CREDA), which is working under Remote Village Electrification Program, has powered around 1700 villages/hamlets since 2003 and very soon it will complete the electrification of 140 more villages.
All the 140 villages lie in the Naxal-hit districts of Sukma, Bijapur, Narayanpur, Sarguja, and Dantewada.
Solar energy is being used to power those villages and hamlets that are located in remote areas, especially in the vicinity of tiger reserves, national parks, and wildlife sanctuaries, and hence they are not connected to the national grid.
CREDA has involved local people in the maintenance of the solar set ups and has appointed a local person as the operator. Additionally, a technician has been hired for the cluster of 10-15 villages to fix any problems that arise during the operation.
Rajkummar Rao starrer-Newton draws attention to the clan of Indians who do not vote during elections
The film strikes a balance between humor and the urge to tell the real story of the group of Indians who choose not to participate in the decision-making process
Newton will have a theatrical release on September 22
New Delhi, August 30, 2017: In the beginning, the name “Newton” may stir thoughts about the great Scientist and his philosophies, but one you get a glimpse of the trailer, you will understand that Rajkummar Rao starrer “Newton” is a dark political comedy going by the simple rule “If you don’t change nothing, nothing will change.”
From the very first glimpse, Rajkummar Rao in and as Newton makes the trailer appear extremely promising.
Imagine sitting in a remote village somewhere in Chhattisgarh, far beyond the reach of technology and any worldly interference.
Imagine being surrounded by impassive villagers on one end and Maoists and police forces on the other, with both competing for cooperation and power among local people.
Now, what if you were to conduct election voting in such a scenario?
The Maoists would want the villagers to boycott the elections.
As per the trailer, this film is about the people living in villages, who hardly have any idea about exercising their right to vote, and showcases various shades of human emotions blended with humor.
Newton, a political satire starring Rajkummar Rao in a titular role, tells the story of an oddball named Nutan Kumar who is a stickler for rules and principles- this is revealed from the very first frame of the trailer when he refuses to marry an underage girl.
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The film is an intimate portrait of a government clerk with the single-minded agenda to conduct free and fair elections in a village riddled with conflict in Chhattisgarh. However, amidst violent clashes between Maoist guerrilla armies and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans, Newton is exposed to a bigger problem- villagers who are not aware of their “right to vote”.
The film reflects an underlying social problem of the contemporary Indian society- the unrelenting saga of ignorant citizens who do not exercise their voting rights; of people who cannot make sense out of elections and those who deem it unnecessary and treat it like a joke.
What Inspired ‘Newton’ ?
In an interview with LiveMint in January, writer-director Amit Masurkar had said “the only day people feel powerful and really a part of the democratic process is Election Day: regardless of caste, gender, religion” which prompted him to make Newton.
The young director drew inspiration from the Indian Constitution and its Preamble. According to him, these are great documents but there exists an inherent gap between the virtues upheld in the Constitution and the reality of India that could make for quality cinema.
In another interview, Masurkar said, “the humor is incidental and the subject is serious. Some may find elements of a thriller. I would call it a ‘dramedy’.”
Newton Gives Hope To Bollywood
Newton comes at a time when Bollywood is slowly transitioning towards impactful cinema. With films like Nil Battey Sannata and Toilet : Ek Prem Katha, that lend support to adult literacy, and Clean India campaign respectively, ‘Newton’ also aims to impart awareness, however of a different kind. It belongs to the selective category of cinema that entertains yet provokes a viewer to reflect on what he saw, even long after the film has ended.
The film very conveniently aims to give a wake-up call to everybody who considers voting as an insignificant activity. The trailer exposes how people in villages fail to exercise this right due to deep-embedded fear and hence, continue to stay defenseless.
With Rajkummar Rao’s words echoing in your ears “If you don’t change nothing, nothing will change”, the trailer comes as a gentle reminder that the power lies right in our hands.
The trailer looks quite promising and the film is all set to release on September 22.
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June 19 marks the International Day for Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict
UN Action Against Sexual Violence states that women and children are the worst victims of any violence in the world
Kashmiri women are the worst sufferers of sexual violence in the entire world. 11.6% women in Kashmir Valley have to face of sexual assault and 1 in 7 become victims of rape
– by Supreet Aneja
June 20, 2017: June 19 marks the International Day for Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict. With increasing conflict in the world, the number of sexual cases in such areas are alarming. Whether the conflict is between two people or two countries, women are always the first victims.
UN Action against Sexual Violence states that women and children are the worst victims of any violence in the world. Talking about India, the horrifying cases of sexual abuse against women and children in conflict zones like Chhattisgarh, Kashmir, and Manipur leave one in a sense of shock.
A recent rape case of 14 years old girl on April 2, 2017, in Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh is one such example, in which security forces while using their power left the poor girl in trauma. This is not the only case.
In a report by National Human Rights Commission in January 2017, it stated about the sexual assault of 16 tribal women between 16th and October 25, 2015. NHRC held the Chhattisgarh Government responsible for the same but the government had sidelined these cases saying that such cases are measures to defame the police forces.
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Well, other than Chhattisgarh, the situation in Kashmir is also terrifying. According to the Medicines Sans Frontiers Report of 2005, Kashmiri women are the worst sufferers of sexual violence in the entire world. 11.6% women in Kashmir Valley have to face of sexual assault and 1 in 7 become victims of rape. Government figures reveal that between 2015 and 2016, 595 cases of rape were reported in Jammu and Kashmir.
The sad part is that these figures reveal only those cases that are reported. More than half the cases never come out because of factors like fear of the society and the power of the forces. Human Rights Organisations like Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, have time and again pressurized India to repeal Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) that gives unlimited powers and impunity to the armed forces.
The Secretary of All India Women’s Association, Kavita Krishnan, on the day of International Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict shares how government instead of repealing an act like AFSPA, calls such activists anti- nationals. She also emphasizes that the need of the hour is to rouse the conscience of those who don’t live in conflict areas and try to think the plight of the sufferers. And to think if it is nationalist to rape the women in the name of power.
The plight of such unfortunate women, definitely makes us ponder if we are living in the humanitarian world or not. It is that we come forward to stop this epidemic from spreading further. Whether it is in conflict zones or a normal area, done either by security forces or civilians, we should all pledge to stand against sexual violence of any form.
– by Supreet Aneja of Newsgram Twitter: @supreet_aneja
Kochi, May 4, 2017: Even though Kerala accounts for 37 per cent of the total area under coconut farming in the country, it is at sixth place in terms of productivity, recently released data shows.
The total area under coconut farming in Kerala is 7.7 lakh hectares, while the total production stands at 7,429 million coconuts — 34 per cent of its total production, according to the statistics on coconut production published by the Union Ministry of Agriculture.
In terms of productivity, Chhattisgarh leads the chart with record 16,508 coconuts per hectare, followed by Andhra Pradesh with 13,732 per hectare, while Kerala stands at 9,641 coconuts per hectare. (IANS)