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While being raped, she shouldn’t have fought back: Nirbhaya’s rapist

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By Harshmeet Singh

It is time for girls to take another lesson. This time, from a person convicted of carrying out one of the most brutal gang rapes reported in Indian history.

Mukesh Singh, the driver of the fateful bus inside which 23 year old physiotherapy student Nirbhaya was gang raped and assaulted in Delhi on 16th December, 2012, said in an interview to BBC that women who go out at night have only themselves to blame in case they attract the attention of male molesters. According to English website www.independent.co.uk, the convict said that “while being raped, she shouldn’t have fought back. She should have just remained silent and allowed the rape.”

The interview was taken by Leslee Udwin, a British filmmaker working for BBC. The interview is a part of a documentary which is scheduled to be aired on BBC on 8thMarch 2015, the International Women’s Day.

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The Nirbhaya gang rape case saw an unprecedented response from the society, with millions of people belonging to different age groups, taking to streets and demanding death penalty for all the offenders, including a juvenile. The aftermath of the incident saw two major steps being taken by the government.

Firstly, Justice Verma committee was formed to come up with necessary amendments in the criminal law to allow sterner punishment in the sexual assault cases. 29 days and 80,000 suggestions later, the committee submitted its report to the government. While the committee favoured the broadening of definition of sexual offences, it rejected the popular demand of decreasing the juvenile age to 16 from 18.

Secondly, the creation of a Rs 1,000 crore Nirbhaya Fund to provide financial assistance to the NGOs working in areas of women security. In his Budget speech, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announced an additional corpus of Rs 1,000 crore to the fund. However, neither the previous government nor the current one has put forward any concrete plans for the usage of these funds.

The parents of the girl have shown exemplary courage by coming out in the open and fighting for justice for their beloved daughter. And now it is up to the society and the authorities to ensure that their agony isn’t stretched too far.

Read more here: Hypocrisy in society

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Food processing will be a main industry in future: Jaitley

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Food processing will be a main industry in future: Jaitley

New Delhi: The entire Indian agriculture value chain is set to change drastically and food processing is going to be one of the main industries of the country in the future, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Friday.

“The farm to kitchen chain is going to change in India, like elsewhere, with increased agricultural production, better storage facilities, more food processing and changing consumer food preference,” Jaitley said at the inaugural session of the World Food India 2017 here.

 “Food processing is going to be one of the principal industries of India in future, and an entrepreneur in 2017 should think of the industry from the perspective of where it will be in 2040, 2050,” he said.

In terms of market size, the Indian food market was worth $193 billion in 2016 and is expected to cross $540 billion in 2020, officials said here. The sector has been growing at the rate of 12 per cent annually.

“There is a silent revolution ongoing in India. There is an expanding middle class and below that there is a growing aspirational class, which is building up reasonable purchasing power,” the Finance Minister said, noting that this provided an enormous potential market for food products in the country.

About the potential, Food Processing Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal said that only about 10 per cent of agricultural produce is processed in the country, leading to a lot of wastage.

The industry enjoys many fiscal incentives, including preferential credit under priority sector lending, she said.

“There is 100 per cent FDI (foreign direct investment) allowed into the sector through the automatic route and we have seen inflows increase 40 per cent over the last year,” she said.

“The proposal for a Food Processing Bank is also under active consideration.”

In the presence of delegates from many countries, the event was inaugurated earlier by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who pointed out that India is the biggest producer of milk in the world and the second in rice, wheat, fish and vegetable output.(IANS)

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GST Council Actively Discusses Relief Measures for Traders and Quarterly Return Filing

The state Finance Minister said that the Council was discussing the issues being faced by small traders.

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Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council is actively discussing relief measures for traders, (ians)

New Delhi, October 6, 2017 : The Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council is actively discussing relief measures for traders, including quarterly return filing and increasing threshold limit for Composition Scheme, sources said on Friday.

“Council members requested quarterly return filings for businesses with turnover less than Rs 1.5 crore,” a Council member said on the sidelines of its ongoing meeting.

The state Finance Minister said that the Council was discussing the issues being faced by small traders.

Raising the threshold limit for Composition Scheme from the current Rs 75 lakh to Rs 1 crore is also under discussion.

“Rs 1 crore threshold in the Composition Scheme is also supported by the GST Council members,” he said. (IANS)

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BBC Expands Indian Operations with Four Additional Regional Languages ; Indian Network now Biggest Outside UK

The Indian operation has now become the biggest outside the UK

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BBC news services are available online and on social media. IANS

New Delhi, October 4, 2017 : In its largest expansion drive since the 1940s, the British Broadcasting Corp (BBC) has launched four news services in India in Marathi, Gujarati, Punjabi and Telugu languages.

The new services are available online and on social media, with a Telugu TV bulletin, BBC Prapancham, starting on Wednesday, the news provider said in a statement.

BBC News already broadcasts to 28 million people in India in Bengali, Hindi, Tamil, Urdu and English.

Director of BBC World Services group, Francesca Unsworth, told reporters on Wednesday that the i.

“Our values will remain the same with the new channels, which is to inform, educate and entertain… We do not want to be restricted to Delhi-centric, capital-based reporting and will bring out the stories of rural India,” she said. (IANS)