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“Nari”, a web portal for women, launched by the WCD Ministry

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New Delhi, Jan 2, 2018: In order to make information on all government schemes and initiatives for women more easily accessible, the Ministry for Women Child and Development on Tuesday launched a new web platform – “Nari”.

The National Repository of Information for Women was launched by WCD Minister Maneka Gandhi. It summarises over 350 schemes and other important information benefiting women.

“Nari is a niche initiative by the WCD Ministry to list all the central and state specific schemes. The platform will provide information to women on issues affecting their lives,” said the Minister at the event.

Nari will provide links to the Ministries, departments and autonomous bodies offering the schemes as well as easy access to online applications and grievance redressal.

The website will have tips on good nutrition, suggestions for health check ups, information on major diseases, tips for job search and interview, investment and savings advice.

Besides, information on crimes against women and reporting procedures. It will also have contacts of legal aid cells, simplified adoption procedures and many other facilities.

“It will endow women with the power of information to build their life skills and facilitate them in taking full advantage of the services provided by the government,” she added.

The Minister also launched another web portal – “e Samvad” which will enable the NGOs and civil society to provide their feedback, suggestions, put up grievances, share best practices and others.

“Senior officers within the WCD Ministry will be able to view the inputs and suggestions received for their concerned subject areas and appropriately respond to the NGOs.

“This will help in formulation of effective policies and measures for welfare of women and children,” Gandhi said. (IANS)

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The Great U.S. Government Shutdown

The Senate stands at an impasse while the nation collapses around it.

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The dome of the U.S. Capitol is seen beyond a chain fence during the partial government shutdown in Washington, Jan. 8, 2019. VOA

By Vishvi Gupta

The partial shutdown of the Government of the United States has now entered Day 31. With as many as 800,000 federal employees furloughed, the entire nation remains in a turmoil due to the longest government shutdown in the history of United States.

The shutdown which started on December 22 of 2018, due to the disagreement of United States Congress and the President Of United States on ‘Border Security Funding’  has followed us well into 2019 and still has bleak chances of ending.

President Donald Trump remains undeterred in his conquest to get the funding for wall, no matter who pays for it, it seems. In a tweet and several different speeches, during the presidential election race of 2016, the then presidential candidate Donald Trump promised that “Mexico will pay for the wall”. However, he now demands almost $5Bn from the taxpayers of the country.

The country’s senate remains at an impasse and the only ones affected? The people.

Thousands of federal employees joined hands in protests and social media to share their stories of how exactly the shutdown is affecting them. Many employees have had to set up Gofundme donation websites to get by or to meet their basic needs. The shutdown led the hastag, ‘#ShutdownStories’ trend on twitter. Even students who rely on free or reduced fee meals at school are impacted. The lunch menus at schools are being revised so as to conserve food and funding.

As the shutdown drags on, it sees many businesses also take a hit. Mohammad Badah, a local falafel street vendors who saw a steep fall in his sales said,” Usually I do in this area, like 60-70 customers, so far I did like 19 customers today.” Badah can now afford to operate only one of his two trucks.

Also Read: U.S. Senate Stays Divided Over Trump’s Immigration Deal

Meanwhile, there is no budging on the democratic or republican side. President Donald Trump proposed a deal to the democrats in which he backs away from a simple demand for border funding and now offers a 3 year extension of the program for refugees and immigrants who came to America illegally as minors, also called ‘Dreamers.’ Democrats, however rejected this deal saying that Donald Trump’s proposal is “unacceptable” and said the president’s proposal was “not a good-faith effort.”

The Senate stands at an impasse while the nation collapses around it.