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- Prisoners were released from Kaliti, Dire Dawa, Ziway, Shewa Robit and Harer, as well as other prisons
- Ustaz Kamil Shemsu was imprisoned in 2012 when many Muslims in Ethiopia protested what they said was government interference in their religious doctrine
- Hayatel Kubera was a freshman in college in Addis Ababa when she was arrested in 2012 and taken to an Ethiopian investigation center known as Maekelawi
Sept 14, 2016: The Ethiopian government pardoned more than 700 prisoners in celebration of New Year’s Day on the Ethiopian calendar and the Muslim holiday Eid.
Among those released were people charged under the country’s controversial anti-terror law. Critics of the law say it is used to stifle dissent and lock up political opposition members.
Ustaz Kamil Shemsu was imprisoned in 2012 when many Muslims in Ethiopia protested what they said was government interference in their religious doctrine. He was sentenced to 22 years.
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“It’s difficult to say I am happy because there are still other brothers left in prison,” he told VOA Amharic.
Prisoners were released from Kaliti, Dire Dawa, Ziway, Shewa Robit and Harer, as well as other prisons administered by the federal government in the Southern region, Tigray region, and Amhara region.
Hayatel Kubera was a freshman in college in Addis Ababa when she was arrested in 2012 and taken to an Ethiopian investigation center known as Maekelawi. She said she was arrested in relation to the Muslim protest movement and was still under investigation and awaiting trial at the time of her release.
Government media announced that the president signed the pardon for Muslim groups because they expressed regret, according to Ethiopian Prosecutor-General Getachew Ambaye.
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In 2012, the Muslim community in Ethiopia was introduced to new religious teachings known as Al-Ahbash. The Ethiopian government considered the teaching to be modern and began training in the fall of 2011. However, it encountered stiff resistance from some Muslims uncomfortable with the new teachings. Students walked out of classes in protest and demanded a change of teachers appointed by the government.
Silent protests and sit-ins at mosques followed, and the members of a 17-person committee selected to represent students were arrested and charged with extremism.
“The claim from the committee’s side, and I think there is good enough evidence that supports that, was that the Al-Ahbash movement was invited and forced upon the Muslim community, kind of like telling them what type of Islam they were supposed to be adhering to, which is a violation of the constitution,” said Terje Ostebo, director of the Center for Global Islamic Studies and an associate professor at the University of Florida.
Muslims make up of 33.9 percent of the total population of about 100 million in Ethiopia, according to the Central Intelligence Agency.
Ostebo stressed that the government has released prisoners before and that this holiday pardon doesn’t necessarily signal a willingness to change.
“It’s kind of common in Ethiopia that New Year is the time when you show leniency and grant pardons,” he said. “I’m not sure if I could put it that strongly that they are acknowledging any mistakes.”
Yusuf Getachew, editor-in-chief of faith-based magazine Ye Muslimoch Guday, or Muslim Affairs, was one of the people released. He was arrested in July 2012.
“The government asked if we are going to accept the pardon or not, and we accepted it and that’s why we were released,” he said.
He had been sentenced to seven years.
Murithi Mutiga of the Committee to Protect Journalists said his organization was calling on Ethiopian authorities to free all prisoners of conscience.
“There is a very large number of people that have been detained within very secretive and large detention facilities that have done nothing else other than to simply do their jobs as journalists,” he said. “I think the Ethiopian authorities would do a very good thing to just let all prisoners of conscience … please let them go.” (VOA)
Drawn from the details provided by a Brahmin-turned-amateur-historian, this is a real story that follows two learned men as they traverse India during the 1857 uprising on foot, unearthing history from a new vantage point
As the First War of Independence raged, a Brahmin from Maharashtra, Vishnubhat Godse, on a pilgrimage found himself caught right in the middle of the action. He, along with his uncle Rambhat, went through a series of adventures, including barely escaping hanging.
Upon his return home, Godse wrote it all down in Marathi so that his forthcoming generations could have an idea of how things were during that tumultuous period. "The Walking Brahmin" by Maneesh Madhukar Godbole retells that journey, which is a rare eyewitness account from a common Indian's point-of-view.
Published by Garuda Prakashan decades after the original manuscript, it puts all pieces of the story together with maps and photographs and offers a unique insight into what really happened during the War of 1857.
This tale starts in 1857, as the protagonist duo starts on a 'teertha yatra' from Varsai, a small Maharashtrian village, and walk smack in the middle of the mutinous upheaval of 1857. Having the misfortune of being at the wrong place at the wrong time, they were caught in the crossfire between the loyalist Indian troops and the British.
Delhi Government under ‘Sipahi Rule of 1857’.Photo by Flickr
Narrativising historical incidents through an Indian lens, such as the fall of Jhansi, they survived the aftermath of British savagery, were robbed of all their belongings multiple times, and even managed to avoid getting hanged twice. Being on the road for over two years, they finally returned to Varsai, which was where Vishnubhat penned down his adventure for his descendants.
"His original manuscript, which ran into 297 pages, comprised two notebooks and twenty-two individual pages. It was eventually published as a Marathi book in 1907, a few years after Vishnubhat's death. This is probably the only known instance of a document that talks about 1857 from an Indian perspective," the Pune-based Godbole said.
"Not only does it give us the story from the perspective of the vanquished, but it is also more reliable as it is a first-hand account of experiences and not based merely on hearsay. Thus, the value of this book, in the annals of history, is quite priceless.
"Vishnubhat's book offered me a unique and authentic insight on how our ancestors lived. What they believed in, the social structure of those times, the hardships, the never-give-up attitude, their fortitude, their beliefs and their ability to even put their lives at risk to fulfill their responsibility," added Godbole, who learnt about this lesser-known story when he was busy writing blogs related to his travel to northeast India and subsequent research.
Sharing his insights on the book, Uday S. Kulkarni, historian and author of "The Extraordinary Epoch of Nanasaheb Peshwa", said that it "gives us a graphic account of the cruelty perpetrated by British forces in cities such as Jhansi, where troops looted and massacred the populace in retaliation for the stiff resistance the city offered the attacking force. It's a short book, which brings alive the times, the dangers, the smell of war and of death...a first-rate historical account of those turbulent times."
Keywords: India, History, Independence, War, Maharashtra.
Genesys International on Thursday launched its pan India program to make the Digital Twin of entire Urban India.
The launch programme was inaugurated by Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog.
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The creation of this very accurate 3D data will mean a host of applications would open up in high-definition mapping, which was hitherto not possible, for smart cars, e-commerce, logistics, gaming, utilities planning for next generation networks in telecom, renewable energy and in disaster management and emergency response.
Moreover, with all the smart city components, the digital twin of cities will put India on the map with advanced cities that are now using this geospatial technology.
High-definition mapping, which was hitherto not possible, for smart carsUnsplash
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Genesys has a constellation of advanced sensors in India, consisting of aerial mobile and terrestrial systems capable of imaging at very high speeds and resolution
Genesys has also filed for patents in unique Geocoding for addressing 3D data as well as automated capture of features from 3D Street map imagery. (IANS/PR)
Keywords: NITI Aayog, High-definition mapping
By- Lucy Gray
In the crowded video streaming platforms business, coming up with what is best is an uphill battle.
You need the right advice and technical know-how to choose the best. Most of the so-called popular streaming devices have so many ups and downs. Therefore, it would pay to carefully examine what you would want to spend your money on.
We all know that Netflix, HBO Max, Hulu, and other popular streaming platforms have dominated the market, and Netflix is the daddy to all. But this has not stopped other services from joining the ring.
We have the new kid on the block- Peacock TV, launched in July 2020. Peacock is owned by NBC and so far the service has gained at least 54 million signups.
Subscribing to all the streaming services would be next to impossible. We have narrowed our research to compare two excellent services -Peacock and Hulu.
Comparison can be based on three main factors, the streaming services price, their availability on devices and apps, and the shows and movies each has to offer.
Which streaming service is the best between Peacock or Hulu?
1. Hulu vs. Peacock Prices
Peacock price description
Peacock is a video streaming service that is available on many devices. One can view on-demand or can use streaming channels. It features original series, movies shows, and live sports. With its free ad premiums versions, subscribers have the chance to stream on-demand and live content.
If you love Fast and Furious or Harry Potter, you will be good to go on Peacock; unfortunately, Peacock TV has geo-blocking features that restrict viewers. It's only available within the U.S and a few territories such as Puerto Rico, American Samoa, Guam, etc.
You can stream Peacock TV outside the USA, but you need a secure VPN server. There are many VPN s available, but one best recommended is the ExpressVPN.
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Peacock TV meets users’ needs; it has free, premium, and premium plans.
For the free plan, ads take 5 minutes /hour, and you can watch for more than 13,000 hours. Besides, you can watch the selected Peacock original series, movies, classic shows, and NBCU seasons
The two paid plans are Premium with ads $4.99/ month- or Premium plans without ads- $9.99/month. Here, Ads take 5 minutes per hour. The service has more than 20 000 hours of content with full access to Peacock original series and any other current season shows, movies, or even late-night TV.
Hulu price Description
Hulu comes with a basic plan and a Hulu + Live TV.
The basic plan goes for $6.99. Here you get a full on-demand library with ads. For the entire on-demand library with no ads, you get it at $12.99. Hulu + Live TV goes for $64.99/month. You can access on-demand content, and the package has over 75 channels.
The last one is Hulu+Live TV$70.99/month with no ads. With this, you can access an on-demand library. The package comes with over 75 live channels.
Peacock has a free tier and is available to anyone on the internet without any charge, whereas to use Hulu, you need to pay for every content you watch.
2. Shows and movies available
You can access Peacock TV shows and movies for more than 7500 hours without any single cent. With the premium plan, you can access new episodes one day after they are aired. The service also has live sports for free.
Peacock draws its content from Comcast properties such as NBC, while Hulu has its content from Disney properties.
Hulu originals, movies, and shows include The Great, Marvel’s Hit-Monkey. Dopesick, Nine Perfect Strangers, Drama, such as No Fue Mi Culpa, comedies such as Vacation Friends, etc
Peacock originals include The Amber Ruffin Show, Brave New World, Dr. Death, Rutherford Falls. Note that shows like The office can be watched for free.
It’s worth noting that Parks and Recreation will leave Hulu, and Peacock will own it exclusively.
Shows and movies availability comparison
Both streaming devices have equally the same shows. Both of them have ads with upgrades to an ad-free version for extra monthly free.
Both services allow you to watch network content a day after it aired
Hulu seems to be on top with the addition of FX on Hulu, and while both have profound originals, Hulu seems to outdo Peacock
3. Availability of Devices and Apps
Hulu apps and devices
To access Hulu, you can use apps such as NBC Sports, Fox News, Disney Now, CBS, ESPN, FOX Business, among others
There are many supported devices to watch Hulu from, such as Android phones and tablets, iPads, Apple TV, Android TV. Chromecast. Fire Tablets, PlayStation, Xbox, Mac, and PC browsers.
Peacock TV apps and devices
You can get Peacock on selected Smart TVs, Roku, Google Play Store, or even in gaming consoles. The streaming service can be compatible with the following apps; Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Google Chromecast, Apple mobile devices, Comcast Xfinity Flex,
Apps and devices comparison
Hulu is accessible on most of the available streaming devices such as Amazon Fire Tv and Roku.
Meaning, when it comes to the availability of the services on apps and devices, Hulu wins the contest.
There has been no other streaming device with such, not even Netflix, which is the daddy to all streaming platforms.
With this, Peacock has its space, and the issue of free tier could mean more than one would think. This can doubtless be used as a determinant when choosing between Peacock and Hulu.
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