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By Aishwarya Nag Choudhury

It’s been four days since the Nicky Minaj inspired rap video by Chennai-based Sophia Ashraf went viral that Unilever was pressurized to take the issue into notice. Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL) responded by releasing a report on its website which claims that their ex-employees were not affected by the use of mercury in its factory. “The safety of our employees is our number one priority. We closed down the factory and launched an investigation into this matter after it arose in 2001. While extensive studies on the health of our former workers and the Kodaikanal environment have not found any evidence of harm, we continue to take this issue very seriously and it’s one we are keen to see resolved. We have been working hard to find a fair and mutually satisfactory resolution at the suggestion of the Madras High Court and have had more than ten meetings with our former employees’ representatives since 2014.”

HUL cited experts in their press release stating that toxic contamination has not affected their workers. In response to this Nityanand Jayaraman, a member of the Chennai solidarity group for the Ponds institution Hindustan Unilever Ex-workers Association said that HUL has debugged the study and refers to the report as “Dubious Science to protect its Health.”

He brings into context a point which the HUL report conveniently overlooks. Jayaraman says that the report fails to mention a Government of India report that was submitted to the Madras High Court.

The report claims that in the medical check-ups conducted during 4-6 October 2011 during the field visit of the committee, doctors had claimed that typical symptoms of mercury poisoning were found among workers.

HUL has agreed to a settlement with the workers and said that “all parties around the table to agree on an outcome.” To this Jayaraman says that the victims are open to conversation. However, he quoted a ballpark amount of 1000 crores as what he calls ‘honorary compensation.’ He clarifies his demand by pointing out that the amount in question was 2% of Unilever’s annual budget on advertising. “If they were to offer it tomorrow the matter will be resolved,” he added.

HUL has claimed that it will clean up mercury contamination in Kodaikanal. “We have taken action to clean up the premises – now waiting for consent from local authorities,” said the report by HUL in regard to the question of contamination.

As the agitation of the people in Kodaikanal shows signs of success – it is only left to see how far Unilever delivers its promises. Are they really as they claim “responsible to their workers and the environment,” or is this another hoax of empty hope given to the people to pacify them? The struggle against exploitation of nature and the due compensation of its workers continue – “Kodaikanal won’t stop until you make amends, now!”



'E-Attorney' to help lawyers handle client information and case details easily.

By Ganesh Bhatt
A 10-year-old prodigy from Tamil Nadu's Vellore has created an app called 'E-Attorney' to help lawyers handle client information and case details easily. Through this app, users can sign in and add client documents and store other case related information quickly.
Kanishkar's father, who is also a lawyer, was facing great difficulty in keeping client details organised during the pandemic. Therefore, when the young boy had to choose a course subject for his coding project, he decided to create something that would help his father. Through 'E-Attorney', users can also contact their clients directly and the clients, who are given access to the app by their lawyer, can also easily view their case documents stored in the app.

brown wooden tool on white surface Lawyers are facing great difficulty in keeping client details organised during the pandemic. | Unsplash

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Not only has the Queen of England long been a visitor to the racing at Ascot but she's also had the honour of having a winner of her own at the meeting.

By- Nanci SEO

Now we're into 2022, the anticipation for a new racing season is hotting up even more.

By the time the world focuses its gaze on Ascot in mid-June, records will have been broken, and new winners will have been celebrated in the other meetings such as the Grand National. However, there's nothing quite like the Royal Ascot meeting and the historic Ascot Gold Cup race, which has been running since 1807. The race is the first leg of the triple crown of thoroughbred racing in the UK, making it one of the most important on the racing calendar.

The meeting is held at the course, which is just 28 miles west of London and only a few miles from the residence of the British Royal Family, Windsor Castle. It's also been an event that the monarchy of Britain has often visited and had a personal interest in. Not only has the Queen of England long been a visitor to the racing at Ascot but she's also had the honour of having a winner of her own at the meeting as noted by Town & Country. Will there be another Royal victory this year? Let's look at some of the favourites for the headline race, the Gold Cup.


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Good Earth, released its first-ever limited-edition art prints in 2020.

Good Earth, released its first-ever limited-edition art prints in 2020, depicting flora and wildlife recovering their due place in nature.

Van Vaibhav is Good Earth's guiding concept. The brand has a profound passion for nature in all of its forms, and preserving the beauty of the forest is at the centre of everything. In keeping with this ethos, there is no better way to commemorate our 26th anniversary than by giving back to the environment.

The Dreamscape art print series celebrates the brand's birthday. Endangered and fragile creatures of wild paradise come alive with attention to their condition in India.

The artwork, titled 'Living on the Edge,' underlines the importance of getting a closer look at these wonderful creatures. While everything appears to be lovely and unconstrained, these endangered species are truly living on the verge of extinction.

The Dreamscape will be printed in 500 limited edition Poster prints, which will be available for purchase the brand's web store. All sales revenues - matched with an equal amount by Good Earth - will go towards the Wildlife Trust of India's aim to conserve and protect vulnerable and endangered species, as part of our ongoing relationship.

Good Earth's Founder and Creative Director, Anita Lal Google Earth's Founder Anita Lal spoke about the initiative, "Animals are so vulnerable, and their habitats are ever receding due to the pressure on land." |WikipediaWikipedia

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