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Odisha government signs a Statement of Intent (SoI) with University of Chicago

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Bhubaneswar, April 3, 2017: The Odisha government on Monday signed a Statement of Intent (SoI) with University of Chicago and University of Chicago Trust in India.

The SoI was signed with a view to facilitate new research, knowledge and capacity building in several areas.

“One of the objectives of entering this collaboration will also be to seek expertise in setting up a virtual academy for digitisation, preservation and improved access of archival material of Odia language and culture,” said Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, who was present at the signing of SoI.

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The cooperation between the state government and University of Chicago would also deal with research, monitoring and impact evaluation and pilot project implementation in the sectors of energy, environment, health, water and sanitation.

Patnaik said these initiatives would go a long way in preserving invaluable lingual and cultural heritage and resources of Odisha and also in providing better solutions to basic needs of the people. (IANS)

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Nobel Prize 2017: Richard H. Thaler Wins Nobel for Economic Science

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A photo of Richard H. Thaler, winner of the Nobel Prize in economic sciences 2017, officially called the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel. voa

Sweden, October 9: American Richard H. Thaler was awarded the Nobel Prize 2017 for Economics — officially the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel.

The award committee said Thaler was chosen “for his contributions to behavioral economics.”

“By exploring the consequences of limited rationality, social preferences, and lack of self-control,” Thaler “has shown how these human traits systematically affect individual decisions as well as market outcomes,” the Swedish Academy said.

Thaler developed the theory of “mental accounting,” explaining how people simplify financial decision-making by creating separate accounts in their minds, focusing on the narrow impact of each individual decision rather than its overall effect.

Thaler was born 1945 in East Orange, New Jersey and received his Ph.D. in 1974 from the University of Rochester, New York. He is a Charles R. Walgreen Distinguished Service Professor of Behavioral Science and Economics at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Illinois.

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced the Nobel Prize 2017 award Monday. It carries a $1.1 million prize. (voa)

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Hindu American Foundation (HAF) Releases Online Forms for Second Bullying Survey of Hindu American Youth

In this first edition, it was unfortunate to find out that half of the respondents to the survey felt socially outcasted because of their religious background

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  • The Hindu American Foundation from the US aims to inform the society about Hinduism
  • The Foundation is responsible for various research and reports on Hindus all over the world
  • The website of the foundation has released forms for further survey of bullying of Hindu American Youth

New Delhi, August 18, 2017:  nonprofit organization for Hindu community in America, Hindu American Foundation (HAF) works for the well-being of Hindus and spread the Hindu philosophy.

Earlier this year, the Hindu American Foundation had published a report titled ‘Hindus in South Asia and Diaspora: A Survey of Human Rights 2017’. The report was an extensive research work that enlisted the numerous incidents of Human Rights violations against Hindus in various countries.

Also Read: 2017 Hindu Human Rights Report Released by Hindu American Foundation (HAF): Here is What you Need to Know!

Now the HAF is coming out with its second survey of Hindu American youth being bullied in American schools. To reach out to the masses and get the widest survey outreach, their website has released a form. The responses from these forms will be compiled and reported. The second survey will be published next year.

The deadline for the form is until 1st December 2017. The form can be accessed here.

Last year the foundation came out with its first survey report of Hindu American youth being bullied. The survey was titled ‘Classroom Subjected: Bullying and Bias against Hindu Students in American Schools’ which had concluded that Hindu American students continue to be bullied and feel socially ostracized for their religious beliefs.”

In this first edition, it was unfortunate to find out that half of the respondents to the survey felt socially outcasted because of their religious background.

But the report’s objectives were successful. It was a recommended resource at the state as well as federal level.

Bullying is one of the biggest social evils that face our society. With this survey, HAF aims to highlight and combat bullying of the minority on the basis of their religion.

– Prepared by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2394


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#SheMeansBusiness : Odisha Government Announces E-Platform for Women Entrepreneurs

The decision to encourage women to do business by using social media is a significant in bolstering women empowerment

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SHG women running a cabinet manufacturing business. Wikimedia

Odisha, August 11, 2017: Odisha government has found a novel idea to empower women by allowing them to do business through Facebook- #SheMeansBusiness,  an e-business platform set up by a joint initiative of Facebook, MSME department of Odisha and Mission Shakti. The move is an indicator of the time when start-up revolution is changing entrepreneurship like never before.

The decision to encourage women to do business by using social media is a significant step by the state government to reinforce its business ecosystem and bolster women empowerment.

Women self help groups (SHGs) will now be able to sell their handcrafted products through #SheMeansBusiness.

It would help women exhibit their products across the country and worldwide and will also strengthen their socio-economic status. From ‘Badi’ made in Keonjhar and Ganjam to beautifully crafted ‘Chandua’ of Pipili, the platform will impel women to sell everything.

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A workshop is being organized in the capital city to provide the necessary marketing and entrepreneurial skills to women.

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik stated at the inaugural program of the workshop, “This joint initiative by the government and Facebook is an innovative program to impart digital marketing skills to our women entrepreneurs particularly the SHGs. This can further strengthen the progress of our women and take their empowerment to a whole new level”, mentioned Odhisatv.

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In the first phase over the next one year, the government intends to train and around 25,000 women with basic skills and information on technology, teamwork, transparency which will enable them to carry out business operations smoothly.

On the other hand, women self-help groups are hopeful about the unconventional method of business. “Once we open accounts in Facebook we will be trained to sell our products online and hope to do more business with it,” said an SGH member.


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