United Nations June 15, 2017: Indians working overseas sent home $62.74 billion last year, an increase of 68.6 percent in the last decade, according to a UN agency.
India received the most overseas remittances last year, a report by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) issued on Tuesday said.
The money sent by Indians overseas amounted to 3.3 percent of India’s gross domestic product, the report said.
Gulf countries were the primary destination for Indian workers going abroad and the US was a “popular destination”.
The US was the country from which most remittances – $3.6 billion – were made, the IFAD said.
Releasing the report, “Sending Money Home: Contributing to the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals), One Family at a Time”, IFAD President Gilbert F. Houngbo spoke of the impact the remittances had on improving the living standards of families in the home countries.
“The small amounts of $200 or $300 that each migrant sends home make up about 60 per cent of the family’s household income, and this makes an enormous difference in their lives and the communities in which they live,” he said.
More than 800 million family members are benefiting from the remittances by over 200 million migrant workers, the IFAD said. This year every one-in-seven persons in the world will either send or receive a share of the $450 billion transferred globally.
“Remittances are expected to remain a stable source of finance to meet the immediate needs and aspirations of millions of families around the world,” the report added.
Even though the average cost of sending money home has decreased from about 10 percent in 2008 to 7.45 percent, it still takes a big chunk out of the remittances. The UN development goals want it to be brought down further to 3 per cent by 2030, the IFAD mentioned in its report.
“If legal and regulatory frameworks facilitate the use of technology and innovation, mobile phones, digital money, Internet-based mobile and Web applications will continue to drive costs down, strengthen financial access, and improve the possibility to deliver additional services,” the report added. (IANS)
Efforts are required for training and skill up-gradation of women in traditional, new andemerging areas to promote women’s employment
In November the government will honor 100 women achievers
Gender Equality is still not reflected in ‘participation in economic activities’ which is not a good thing for women empowerment
New Delhi (India), September 7, 2017: Rakesh Srivastava, Secretary, Ministry of Women and Child Development said that very soon a law will be finalized which will protect Indian women who are abandoned by their NRI husbands or foreign partners. He said this on 6th September 2107. It will be a praiseworthy step for women empowerment.
Srivastava was present for the inauguration ceremony of 2nd Conference on Women at the workplace- “Role of Leadership”, New Delhi. The Conference was organized by The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM).
Women Empowerment by increasing job opportunities for women
According to ANI report, Rakesh Srivastava said “India has taken a lead role in gender budgeting in the world. Efforts are also required for training and skill up-gradation of women in traditional, new and emerging areas to promote women’s employment in both organized/unorganized sectors, including entrepreneurial development.”
Women Achievers will be honored
Srivastava also informed that in November the government will honor 100 women achievers. The event will be held in Hyderabad and will possibly be attended by The US President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump. The government decided to honor women achievers will inspire other women to reach great heights of success, this step will foster women empowerment.
Equal Opportunities for Women
He further added that if suitable strategies and also laws which help in women empowerment are implemented- it will ensure equal opportunities for women to enter as well as enjoy decent work in a healthy work environment. This will also include fair and equal wages, health measures, social security measures and occupational safety.
Knowledge about Gender Equality will increase Women Empowerment
He cited that gender equality is critical for the development of any country. Srivastava said that by removing barriers which prevent women from having the same access to economic opportunities, education, and productive inputs as men will lead to productivity gains. It is a crucial step to be taken in today’s globalized and competitive world.
Srivastava said, “India has been ranked 87 out of 144 countries on the latest World Economic Forum’s Gender Gap Report 2016, but in the economic sphere, much work remains to be done as India ranks 136 in this pillar out of 144 countries.” He added that gender equality is still not reflected in ‘participation in economic activities’ which is not a good thing for women empowerment.
Workforce Participation Rate in Men v/s Women
“In 2011, the workforce participation rate at all India level is 25.51% for women as compared to 53.26% for men. While there is no urban-rural gap for males (53%), there is a considerable rural-urban gap for females, when workforce participation rate for rural women is 30% it is only 15.4% for urban women,” Srivastava said, mentions ANI report.
Women Empowerment by building women’s Hostels for widows and women in distress
Rakesh Srivastava, the secretary of Ministry of Women and Child Development also shared that the government is working on women’s hostels that can also be utilized by the widows and women in distress in India.
Srivastava said “Women form an integral part of the Indian workforce. They need to be equal partners in the society for them to be equal participants in work. Women have to contend with discriminatory laws, institutions and attitudes that restrict their leadership and full participation in public life.” He added that what prevents women from becoming effective leaders is unequal access to resources.
October 15 will be observed as ‘Women Farmer’s Day’ all thanks to Krishna Raj, Minister of State for Agriculture and Farmers Welfare. This move by a minister, noticing rural women’s contribution in farming paves way for women empowerment of rural women.
Krishna Raj said, “Women can make enormous contributions to economies, whether in businesses, on farms, as entrepreneurs or employees, or by doing unpaid care work at home.”
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Pakistani man faces charges of sexually assaulting an Indian-origin teenager
The accused is suspected to have taken advantage of the child suffering from a mental disability
Dubai, August 18, 2017: Sexual assault is not gender-specific. This has been proved yet again as the case of the assault of a mentally-challenged Indian teenager by a middle aged Pakistani man came to light.
A 34-year-old Pakistani man is at present facing charges for sexually assaulting an 18-year-old mentally challenged Indian boy in Dubai. According to a report in the Khaleej Times, the incident took place on February 23, this year, and was reported to the Al Rashidiya police station.
The case was presented to the Court that the accused took advantage of the victim’s mental condition and lured him for a ride in his car. The man picked the boy from his residence in Al Rashidiya and drove him to a remote, dark street where the boy was allegedly sexually assaulted. The man has been charged on the grounds of assaulting a male, as per the report by Khaleej Times.
The 18-year old victim is an Indian-origin student in Dubai and suffers from a mild mental disability that makes him unaware of his actions and behavior.
A police lieutenant was quoted saying that the boy had come to the police station with his father, hoping to lodge a complaint. “The teenager said that he was walking outside his place when he met the defendant and they exchanged mobile numbers”, he said.
The officer further added, “The accused called him shortly later and took him inside his car”. According to the report by ANI, the man allegedly demanded to have a sexual encounter with the boy, which he refused. Following this, the man took advantage of his mental condition and forced himself upon the boy.
The accused was said to have been arrested from his office, two days after the complaint was lodged.
According to the police lieutenant, the accused claimed that he had met the boy outside a grocery in Al Rashidiya, following which they exchanged numbers. The boy had asked the man for Dh10, which he did not give to the 18 year old, who then rode in his car. “He claimed the boy started touching him inappropriately which made him sexually assault him,” the lieutenant added, as per the report by ANI.
According to the forensic reports, the accused’s DNA was found on the boy’s body and his underwear.
The 34 year old accused is currently facing charges of assaulting a male in Dubai.
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Poonawalla bought the lot for 32,500 pounds (nearly Rs 27 lakh, saying he wanted to bring the historic and rare work back to India
The pencil portrait was drawn by artist John Henry Amshewitz
It features Gandhi focused on writing something and is inscribed with the words Truth is God/MK Gandhi/4.12.’31
London, July 12, 2017: A rare 1931 pencil portrait of Mahatma Gandhi and a collection of his handwritten letters that went under the hammer at the Sothebys auction here on Tuesday have been bought by noted Indian businessman Cyrus Poonawalla, popularly known as the ‘vaccine billionaire’.
Poonawalla founded the Serum Institute of India in 1966, today one of the world’s largest vaccine makers by volume, producing 1.3 billion doses annually.
Poonawalla bought the lot for 32,500 pounds (nearly Rs 27 lakh, saying he wanted to bring the historic and rare work back to India.
I am absolutely delighted to have acquired this beautiful signed image and to have the opportunity to bring a work of such historical value back to India.
Mahatma Gandhi is one of the most respected and revered figures in the world and considered to be the father of our nation, and so to have such a rare and intimate depiction of him at work, and signed by the great man himself, is an incredible honour and an absolute pleasure, Poonawalla said in a statement.
The pencil portrait was drawn by artist John Henry Amshewitz. It features Gandhi focused on writing something and is inscribed with the words Truth is God/MK Gandhi/4.12.’31.
Gandhi usually refused to sit for formal photographs, let alone a portrait, making this an extremely rare portrayal of the political leader at work, Sotheby’s said in a statement.
Poonawalla has also bought a collection of Gandhi’s handwritten letters addressed to Sarat Chandra Bose and his family. (IANS)