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Twitter celebrates Daughter’s Week after Maneka Gandhi started Online Campaign ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’

Maneka Gandhi tweeted a photograph with her daughter-in-law and granddaughter to kick-off the campaign

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  • India celebrated August 11 as Daughter’s Day and that entire week as Daughters’ Week as part of government’s ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’
  • Maneka Gandhi tweeted a photograph with her daughter-in-law and granddaughter to kick-off the campaign
  • She believes that the campaign will help in the improvement of the society and will encourage people to send their daughters to school

August 17, 2016: India celebrated August 11 as Daughter’s Day and that entire week as Daughters’ Week as part of government’s ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ (Save daughter, educate daughter) programme to check female feticide, improve sex ratio and educate girls across the country. The social media campaign to celebrate daughters, daughters-in-law and granddaughters was started by Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi on August 8.

Maneka Gandhi tweeted a photograph with her daughter-in-law and granddaughter to kick-off the campaign. She also invited people to tweet their pictures with their daughters-in-law and grand-daughters with #BBPDaughtersWeek. There was an overwhelming response by the people and Mrs. Gandhi re-tweeted dozens of photos sent to her.

Indian Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi tweeted this photo of herself with her daughter-in-law and granddaughter Image Source : Twitter
Indian Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi tweeted this photo of herself with her daughter-in-law and granddaughter Image Source : Twitter

“We are asking people to celebrate the young women and girls in their lives. The time has come to celebrate women. Women are doing much better now, there’s more confidence in them. We want to spread the message that the girl child should be valued,” said Mrs Gandhi to BBC.

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The statement from the ministry said, “This opportunity is being used by the Ministry to engage citizens to celebrate the young women and girls in their lives, and spread the message of valuing the girl child.”

In India, sons are generally viewed as assets as they later become the breadwinners of the family, while daughters are seen as a liability. Sons are also preferred as they carry on the family name, and perform the last rites for their parents, which is an important ritual in many faiths. With the patriarchal attitude deeply ingrained in Indian society, parents run tests to determine the gender of an unborn child, and female feticide remains a common practice in parts of India.

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Mrs. Gandhi believes that campaigns aimed at removing the concept of female feticide and levelling the sex ratio in the country will help in the improvement of the society and will encourage people to send their daughters to school.

Mrs. Gandhi also explains why her campaign singled out daughters, daughters-in-law, and granddaughters. The division was to raise the voices of those Daughters who were denied the right to live, to remind people to treat Daughters-in-laws with love and affection and to appeal to the grandmothers to let the girl child live.

– prepared by Ajay Krishna of NewsGram. Twitter: @ajkrish14

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Shraddha Kapoor Approaches for Animal Safety this Diwali

Shraddha Kapoor takes a stand on animal safety this Diwali. She posted on her Twitter handle to be kind to street animals and make this Diwali a noise free and eco-friendly one.

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Shraddha Kapoor takes a stand for animals this Diwali. IANS

Mumbai, Oct 18: Actress Shraddha Kapoor has taken a stand favoring the animals in the festive season of Diwali.

Shraddha has a pet dog Shylo, and the actress has always expressed her concern for animals on various occasions.

With Diwali inching closer, Shraddha took to Twitter to appeal to her fans to not burst firecrackers, for the sake of animals.

She shared a video saying: “Diwali is coming – the festival of lights… not of noise and air pollution. Help keep the air clean and be sensitive to the animals on the streets.”

The actress added: “This is that time of the year when Diwali is just around the corner and I just wanted to say that please don’t buy firecrackers and don’t burst firecrackers.

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“Not only does it cause a lot of pollution but it also troubles all the animals on the streets.”

Shraddha further urged her fans to have a safe Diwali by spending time with family as she wished her fans.

“Instead, spend Diwali with your family, with your loved ones eat amazing food, eat sweets and don’t burst crackers. Happy Diwali.”

On the work front, the actress is currently working on the trilingual “Saaho” with Prabhas. Shraddha has recently returned to Mumbai after wrapping the first schedule of the film in Hyderabad. (IANS)

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No Diwali, Birthday Celebrations for Amitabh Bachchan This Year

The Bollywood took to Twitter to reveal his plans to his followers

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Mumbai, October 8, 2017 : Megastar Amitabh Bachchan says this year he will not be celebrating the festival of lights Diwali or his 75th birthday, which falls on October 11.

Though Big B didn’t give the reason, his daughter-in-law Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s father Krishnaraj Rai passed away in March after several days of illness.

“India thrash Australia in T20, Pink Panthers’ extraordinary convincing win, thunderstorm cancels shoot, 30 million on Twitter, and just for your information… no Diwali celebration this year,” Amitabh tweeted on Saturday night.

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India Demands Data on UN Staff Misconduct, Use of Immunity

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India has demanded the secretariat disclose information about misconduct by UN staff. Flickr

United Nations, Oct 7: In an attempt to break the wall of silence around the crimes and UN staff misconduct and those on its assignments, India has demanded the secretariat disclose information about such cases and the immunity invoked against prosecutions.

Yedla Umasankar, the legal advisor in India’s UN Mission, touched a raw nerve here by criticising the UN on Friday for not vigorously following up allegations of serious wrongdoing by its employees who enjoy the equivalent of diplomatic immunity, a prized possession of its staff.

“It appears that the UN system itself may be reluctant to waive immunity even for serious misconduct carried out by its personnel while serving on its missions, so that such cases can be prosecuted by the host governments,” he told the General Assembly’s committee on legal affairs.

“Even a few of such instances or allegations of crimes committed by UN personnel is highly damaging for the image and credibility of the United Nations system and its work around the world,” he added.

His statement also touched on the practice of some countries that protect their wrongdoers at the UN.

Umasankar demanded that secretariat disclose how many cases of serious misconduct by UN personnel were registered and the number of cases where the UN refused to waive immunity to allow their prosecution.

He also wanted to know in how many cases the host country wanted the immunity waived so it can prosecute those accused; the number of times the UN asked the host country or the country that sent them to prosecute them; how many times it consulted countries before waiver of the immunity of their personnel and how many of them refused UN’s request to waive their citizens’ immunity.

The information he wanted does not cover the diplomats sent by member countries to represent them at UN bodies and enjoy diplomatic immunity with the nations hosting the UN facilities.

After scores of serious allegations of sexual misconduct by peacekeepers, especially exploitation of children, the UN vowed to uphold a policy of zero tolerance and began publishing data on such cases in peacekeeping operations including how they were dealt with.

Starting with the year 2015, it began identifying the nationalities of those accused.

However, it has not made public a roster detailing all the allegations and proven cases of serious misconduct across the entire UN.

While the focus has been on sexual exploitation and abuse reported on peacekeeping operations, Umasankar said that “at a broader level, the issue of accountability has remained elusive in some cases”.

He attributed it to “the complexities of legal aspects relating to sovereignty and jurisdiction”, the immunity or privileges that may be necessary for UN operations, and the capability or willingness of countries to investigate and prosecute the accused.

He noted that the UN itself cannot make criminal prosecutions.

While Indian laws has provisions for dealing with crimes committed abroad by its citizens, not all countries have them, he said.

Those countries should be encouraged and helped to implement such measures, he added. (IANS)