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New York: Indian American attorney Richa Naujoks née Gautam has been shortlisted for Thomson Reuters Foundation’s TrustLaw “Lawyer of the Year” award.  

Celebrating grounTMPSNAPSHOT1435079987644-43ba2413-38f2-4e82-ba90-ec7faf24d3a3dbreaking pro bono projects undertaken by legal teams with NGOs and social enterprises around the world, the award recognizes lawyers who have gone above and beyond in providing exceptional pro bono support.

Among individual nominees, Richa Naujoks is the only Indian and the only US lawyer shortlisted for this prestigious award, said a statement. 

A senior associate at Nixon Peabody LLP’s New York City office, she is a graduate of the National Law School of India University in Bangalore and the University of Washington in Seattle (LLM). She currently serves as co-chair of the India Committee of the American Bar Association’s Section of International Law. 

Richa Naujoks was nominated by Mumbai-based Wello for her outstanding pro bono work on the complex restructuring of Wello’s US and Indian legal and operational structure. Wello makes water wheels that help women safely carry water from distant water sources to their homes. 

TrustLaw connects the world’s leading legal teams to provide free legal assistance to organizations working for social and environmental change. It is able to draw from its network of over 100,000 lawyers across the world to meet the legal needs of NGOs and social enterprises. 

In addition to Wello, other South Asian projects and NGOs are represented within the various categories for the 2015 awards. Indian firm LawQuest is nominated for its support of Nazdeek Trust with multiple projects around its efforts to organize tea workers for right of association and a basic minimum wage. Norton Rose Fulbright South Africa coordinated a team of firms including White and Case, Mughal Barristers, J Sagar Associates, and Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP to provide research on the admissibility of character evidence in rape cases for the Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST). 

Linklaters led a team of lawyers from Hewlett-Packard Company, HSBC Bank PLC, DLA Piper, and Adnan Kelana Haryanto & Hermanto to help Indian NGO Vidya Sagar understand legal capacity in disability legislation. 

(IANS)

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An Average Indian Spends One-Third Waking Hours on Smartphone: Survey

The survey, conducted online as well as face to face across top eight cities -- found that 75 per cent of the respondents agreed to have owned a smartphone in their teens

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The result of Smartphone addiction is such that 30 per cent fewer people meet family and loved ones multiple times a month. Pixabay

An average Indian is spending one-third of his or her waking hours on phone – nearly 1,800 hours a year — and three out of four respondent said if smartphone usage continues at this rate, it is likely to impact their mental or physical health, a survey revealed on Friday.

More than half of the respondents have never tried to switch off from their social handles and confessed to not being able to live without their phones while almost all respondents prefered having virtual conversations with friends and relatives, said the joint survey by Cybermedia Research (CMR) with Chinese smartphone maker Vivo.

“The results demonstrate that the dependency over smartphones has increased. While smartphone will continue to be the primary go-to device, users have realized that periodically switching-off would help benefit their personal health,” said Prabhu Ram, Head-Industry Intelligence Group, CMR.

The result of smartphone addiction is such that 30 per cent fewer people meet family and loved ones multiple times a month.

One in three people felt that they can’t even have a five-minute conversation with friends and family without checking their phones while three out of five respondents said that it’s important to have a life separate from mobile phone and that could help them lead to happier lives,” the findings showed.

“As the ‘born in the net’ generation grows up as digital natives, there is a fundamental change underway within society — redefining relationships, interactions and the very fabric of human emotions and exchanges,” said Nipun Marya, Director Brand Strategy, Vivo India.

“This transformation is also an opportunity to harness and drive positive change, reinforce balance and responsible proliferation of technology and its usage among consumers,” he added.

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An average Indian is spending one-third of his or her waking hours on phone – nearly 1,800 hours a year — and three out of four respondent said if smartphone usage continues at this rate, it is likely to impact their mental or physical health, a survey revealed on Friday. Pixabay

The survey, conducted online as well as face to face across top eight cities — found that 75 per cent of the respondents agreed to have owned a smartphone in their teens and of them, 41 per cent were hooked to phones even before graduating from high school.

The total number of respondents was 2,000 out of which 36 per cent were women and 64 per cent were men.

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“For results based on a randomly chosen sample of this size, there is 95 per cent confidence that the results have a statistical precision of plus or minus 2.2 per cent of what they would be if the entire population had been surveyed,” said the survey. (IANS)