Sunday October 22, 2017

Bihar Girls to forswear Gold Jewellery until their parents build toilets in homes

The girls revealed that their parents are neither poverty stricken nor facing any financial crunch but pointed out that the construction of a toilet never figured in their agenda

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Children living in unsanitary conditions in an urban slum in India. Source: wikimedia

October 2, 2016: Several Class 10 students of a school in Bihar have forsworn gold jewellery until their parents build toilets in their homes to save them the shame of having to go out into the open to defecate.

In a bid to put pressure on parents to construct toilets to safeguard their hygiene, security and saving themselves from constant shame — Richa, Joyti, Ranju, Rabina, Khushbu and Puja Kumari decided to wear their gold lockets only when they will not be forced to defecate in the open anymore.

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They are six of 18 Class 10 students in a government girl high school in Bihar’s Buxar district, about 125km from Patna, who are still asked to defecate in the open as their houses lack toilets, a district official told IANS.

“During an inspection of school by a district administration official, Anupam Singh, the girls were asked if they did not have toilet in their homes and 18 of them raised their hands.

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“The girls also said that they want toilets to be built so that they don’t have to defecate outside and expressed their shame and agony. They removed their gold lockets and handed them over to Singh and took an oath not to wear them unless their demands were met,” another official said.

“I was both happy and upset over their determination for a toilet as these girls are fully aware of the necessity of a toilet while they have been living without a basic need like that so far,” Anupam Singh said.

Children Defecate In Open From The Time They Are Young. Source : wikimedia
Children Defecate In Open From The Time They Are Young. Source : wikimedia

Interestingly, the girls revealed that their parents are neither poverty stricken nor facing any financial crunch but pointed out that the construction of a toilet never figured in their agenda.

“We are ashamed of living without a toilet that forces us and our mothers to defacate outside,” said Khushbu, adding that her parents were ignoring her repeated appeals for building a toilet at home.

Another class 10 girl, Puja said: “I, along with my mother, am forced to make our way to an open field every night under the cover of darkness to relieve ourselves.”

In a last few months, IANS has reported several stories with rare steps by individual woman to get toilets constructed at their houses in Bihar.

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One such woman was Shanti Devi, a poverty-stricken woman in her early 40s who chose to sell her four goats to finance the construction of a toilet at her house in a village in Rohtas district as she considers it a shame for a woman to defecate in the open.

Shanti had kept the four goats to raise money for the medical treatment of her paralysed husband, who has been bed-ridden for over one-and-a-half-years.

“I have sold my goats to raise money to construct a toilet. I have finally built a toilet and fulfilled my dream,” said Shanti, a resident of Khaira Bhutha village, adding that a toilet in every home is a must.

In another instance, Phulkumari Devi, in her mid-20s, a resident of Barahkhanna village in Rohtas, mortgaged her gold and silver jewellery to raise money for the construction of a toilet at her house.

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In some cases, women, including newly-weds, divorced their husbands and left their in-laws’ houses because they failed to get toilets constructed and made them suffer the humiliation of going out in the open instead.

As millions of people in Bihar are still living without toilets, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar earlier launched a key scheme from his seven resolves, ‘Shauchalay Nirman, Ghar Ka Sammaan’ (a toilet for every household) in towns and villages of the state by the end of 2019.

The state government would provide Rs 12,000 per family for constructing toilets in urban and rural areas, while community toilets would be built for those who do not have space for constructing one.

According to Development Commissioner Shishir Sinha, there are 1.60 crore families who still do not have toilets in their homes in the state. (IANS)

 

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NIA issues second notice to the alleged terror preacher ‘Zakir Naik’

The speeches of Naik are outlawed in the UK, Canada, and Malaysia. Naik has renounced all accusations of involvement in terror-related activities and defied the ban on the IRF.

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Zakir Abdul Karim Naik is an Indian Islamic preacher, and the founder and president of the Islamic Research Foundation (IRF), Wikimedia

New Delhi, March 21, 2017: The NIA on Monday issued a second notice to controversial Islamic parson Zakir Naik summoning him to on March 30 in a case filed against him under an anti-terror law. Previously the agency had announced the first summons asking him to appear on March 14, reported by TOI.

The 51-year-old Naik came into inspection after the terrorist attack at a cafe in Dhaka last year. It is believed that Naik inspired these terrorists to carry out the attack.

A FIR against the accused and his accomplices was registered by the NIA in November last year. The notice pertaining to the terrorist attack has been sent to the Mumbai residence of the accused who is deemed to be staying in Saudi Arabia to elude the arrest.

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The physician-turned-preacher has been booked for allegedly fostering animosity between different groups on grounds of religion and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony according to sections of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA).

The Delhi High Court had recently implied the decision to immediately forbid IRF stating the organization and its president and members were indulging in “unlawful activity”. Besides the IRF, Naik is also a founding trustee of the IRF Educational Trust and the Islamic Dimensions Trust.

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The speeches of Naik are outlawed in the UK, Canada, and Malaysia. Naik has renounced all accusations of involvement in terror-related activities and defied the ban on the IRF.

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Exclusive: Meet Indian Superwomen who broke the glass ceilings in the face of every stereotype

Barring the alleged clichés on the gender difference women are now spotted with limitless strength from crossing oceans to hiking the lofty mountains.

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Women performing Stunts

March 18, 2017: Within the world of superheroes, we forgot to recognize the actuality of superwomen in the same world. A lot has been said about the women’s ineptness – Women are fragile, or even for that matter they say – Women can’t handle pain. Repudiating the alleged clichés on the gender difference women are now spotted with limitless strength from crossing the oceans to hiking the lofty mountains. While the superhero is known for saving other’s lives, a superwoman is the one who fights with the demons of society.

Newsgram brings to you the story of two heroic women who shun every stereotype and made through the top. Reporter Naina Mishra got in touch with Geeta Tandon (an Indian stuntwoman) and Anam Hashim (the youngest professional bike stunt performer and rider) to get a glimpse of their superlative skills.


 GEETA TANDON 

Geeta Tandon is an Indian stuntwoman. She came into the glare of publicity in Khatron Ke Khiladi 5

Geeta was too naive and docile when she got married to a brutal man. At the age of 15, she faced the tumultuous fits of her in-laws who spared no effort to rip her apart. Her husband once declared her ill fortune into ending up as a sex worker if she chooses to leave him. Notwithstanding, she escaped with her two children one night and never came back. It was until now Geeta thought about herself for the first time in her life and swore by nevermore to look behind.

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Geeta is a Bollywood stunt woman and has body doubled for popular actresses including Kareena, Alia Deepika Padukone. Nevertheless, her journey has not been smooth. From sexual abuse of her husband to a performer in Bhangra group and finally making it through a stunt woman, Geeta has shunned every stereotype reaching her way. For her, suicide was never an option and henceforth through an austere painstaking character, she entered the hall of fame.

“A Stunt woman is strong and the one who wants to accomplish something in life. She is equally competitive to the men. There comes not a single day when she doesn’t feels the agony, but she keeps moving for herself. 

(Geeta Tandon defined the sentiment of a Stuntwoman to Newsgram)

“In the industry also, people come up and tell us that a particular work can’t be done. But the confidence of attaining the unattainable lies within ourselves. One day I asked my master to give me a chance to prove myself, it was presumed by everyone out there that the stuntwomen will be incompetent for the action sequence, but I picked up with the pace and completed the task”, commented Geeta Tandon on gender differences.

“our society tries to wither the spirit of the person. There will be doubters and there will be people who will try to bring you down but what keeps you going is the invincible spirit.”

There was a time she had to seek out for living in slums, but somehow she knew that she doesn’t have to give up at the helm of the doldrums. She now owns a flat in Mumbai. The Bollywood stunt woman aspires to be an ‘Action Film Director’.

ANAM HASHIM

Anam came into the glare of publicity right after a video of her performing ‘Christ’, which is a type of stunt went viral.

Anam Hashim is the youngest stunt rider of the nation. The 21-year-old is known to be the first woman who had ridden to Khardung La on a TVS Scooty. Being born into a Muslim family, her journey has not been loose either.

“I had to fight with my family and leave everything in pursuit of my dreams. My dad taught me how to right a motorcycle and later on, I told him that I want to do stunts.”

‘Breaking barriers’ is exorbitant nowadays but our youngest female street bike freestyle athlete opposes the term “breaking-barriers” while speaking to Newsgram.

“It’s never about breaking barriers as the barriers are just in the head. The problem with people is that they are living with preset limitation for women decided a millennium ago. They don’t try to explore. I think like this way – I ride a Motorcycle; Motorcycle doesn’t know your gender.”

Anam Hashim is invited to world’s biggest platform TEDx – IIT Hyderabad (March 19) to inspire youth and inculcate a sense of individualism in youngsters. She aspires to ace the stunt riding championships across the world and grow her own company dreamsmotorsports.


 

The mindset that girls cannot perform what men are capable of is a thing of a past now. Most of the women start loathing their own self and lose faith in times of despairs, however, to abandon hope should be the last thing on your mind because not many live a life of warrior but those who do are the most fortunate ones. It is so easy to break the glass ceilings if we know the strength of our arms.

– Reporting by Naina Mishra, Twitter: Nainamishr94

 

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Price rise in the Gold Market due to Shopping of Jewellery in this Wedding Season

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Gold Jewellery in display at a shop, Wikimedia

New Delhi, Feb 8, 2017: Due to increased shopping of jewellery in this wedding season, gold prices soared further by Rs 220 to Rs 29,325 per 10 grams at the bullion market. The rise in the demand for gold is due to the rising wedding season demand despite weakness in global cues. Here is some data related to the price hike:

  • Standard gold (99.5 purity) climbed by Rs 220 to conclude at Rs 29,325 per 10 grams from Monday’s closing level of Rs 29,105.
  • Pure gold (99.9 purity) also jumped by a similar margin to end at Rs 29,475 per 10 grams as against Rs 29,255 earlier.

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  • Silver (.999 fineness) rose by Rs 175 to finish at Rs 42,540 from Rs 42,365 yesterday.
  • Spot gold was down 0.4 percent at USD 1,230.40 per ounce in early trade. In the previous session, the metal touched USD 1,235.73, its highest since November 11.
  • Among other precious metals, silver fell 0.7 percent to USD 17.61. Earlier in the session, it reached USD 17.76, its strongest since November 11.

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