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Online Petition launched to Ban Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) by a group of Women belonging to Dawoodi Bohra Community

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Delhi, Dec 10, 2016 : Recently, a petition has been doing the rounds on Internet. The online petition is launched by a group of women belonging to the Dawoodi Bohra community who underwent Female Genital Mutilation.

This petition aims at rooting out this ancient practice and was initiated by an advocacy group known as ‘Speak Out on FGM’ on Change.org on Thursday ahead of the International Human Rights Day.

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According to the PTI, the petition’s report will be submitted to the welfare of women and child wing of United Nations. A similar petition was also launched last year as well, in the month of December which had received an overwhelming response and was submitted to Union Women and Child Development minister, Maneka Gandhi.

In December 2012, the UN General Assembly had adopted a unanimous resolution on banning FGM. The World Health Organisation (WHO) classifies FGM as a violation of the human rights of girls and women.

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Many women involved in the petition voiced their opinions. Ranalvi said, “I have no hesitation in admitting that I was subjected to FGM at a very young age, but I have ensured that my daughter, who is now 22, does not undergo this brutality.” Another 50-year-old working woman, Maasooma Ranalvi from Delhi said, “Our main objective to make at least everyone aware about this age-old practice being observed in our country since last 1400 years which in not only shameful but is unconstitutional and utterly violates human rights.”

Poonawala, the president of the University Women’s Association, a non-profit organisation working towards empowering women quoted,”We want the government to acknowledge it and stand behind us. Promulgate a law to flush out this regressive ritual from the society.”

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DMRC Uses Pictorial Messages to Spread Awareness on COVID-19

The campaign of pictorial awareness has been planned under the supervision of DMRC's Safety department

DMRC spreads awareness among citizens about COVID-19 through pictorial messages. Wikimedia Commons

Amid lockdown 4.0 and halted service of the metro rail in the city, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is engaged in spreading awareness about COVID-19 disease at its construction sites through pictorial messages, according to Covid-19 pandemic in India updates.

In a press statement, the DMRC said, “Along with all conventional methods to raise awareness about this pertinent issue, a number of pictorial awareness messages have been painted at DMRC’s sites so that the workers keep getting reminded about the precautions while at work.”

The campaign has been planned under the supervision of DMRC’s Safety department.

The DMRC asserted that all relevant government guidelines and advisories have been taken into consideration while planning the content. Easy language and pictorials have been used so that the messages are satisfactorily conveyed.

The DMRC said that getting the messages painted was a major challenge as most of the painters, who are generally engaged for such assignments, were unavailable during the ongoing lockdown. As an alternative mechanism, printed banners in flex were installed at a number of locations. “While the messages are largely bilingual, a lot of focus has been laid on the use of Hindi as a lot of workers are more proficient in reading Hindi,” said the DMRC.

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Painters were unavailable for making such messages because of the lockdown, said DMRC. (Representational Image). Pixabay

At present, the corporation is carrying out construction at about five to six different sites in the city including work sites of Dhansa, Airport Express Line expansion work in Dwarka as well as sites/casting yards for Phase 4 projects.

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It said that all guidelines set by the government agencies are being implemented while resuming works and contractors and workers are being sensitised about the precautionary guidelines at the beginning of work during the tool workshops.

“Displays with the necessary information regarding social distancing have been installed at the sites. Masks, sanitizers and thermal scanners have been made available at the sites as well. DMRC’s engineers are keeping a very close eye at the sites to ensure all norms are followed,” it said. (IANS)

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Spreading COVID-19 Awareness in Bollywood Style

COVID-19: Campaign on spreading awareness via Bollywood dialogues

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Hitchki, a popular Bollywood themed Restobar has come up with a social distancing campaign using actors images and dialogues from famous movies. IANS


In the light of COVID-19 outbreak causing a global health crisis, many have stepped up to creatively spread awareness on social distancing. This is an entertainment news.

In India nothing sells more than cinema, which is why, Hitchki, a popular Bollywood themed Restobar has come up with a social distancing campaign using actors images and dialogues from famous movies and popular celebrities like Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone.

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Bollywood has always had a huge influence on the people of our country and it’s also the essence and the core of Hitchki. IANS

Dialogues from movies like ‘Baazigar’ and ‘Om Shanti Om’ have been tweaked to go with the mood of the initiative. For instance ‘Kabhi kabhi jeetne ke liye, ghar par baithna padta hai .. Aur ghar par baitkar jeetne wale ko Baazigar Kehte hai, ‘Ek baar joh Maine Self-Quarantine kar diya, toh main khud ke Boss ki bhi nahi sunta’, ‘Ek chutki Sanitizer ki Keemat tum kya jaano Ramesh Babu’ and other catchy phrases like ‘Mogambo khush hoga jab tum Social Distancing karoge’

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Dialogues from bollywood movies like ‘Baazigar’ and ‘Om Shanti Om’ have been tweaked to go with the mood of the initiative. IANS

Arjun Raj Kher, Brand head of Hitchki says “Social distancing is very crucial in this vulnerable time. Bollywood has always had a huge influence on the people of our country and it’s also the essence and the core of Hitchki. To preserve the status quo, we have taken an initiative and started a social campaign on spreading awareness of social distancing. We have incorporated the famous dialogues of Bollywood to raise awareness that people should limit contact with others due to the outbreak of COVID-19.

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As these popular dialogues and songs are very close to everybody’s heart, we hope it helps in generating a positive outcome.” (IANS)

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Sanitization to Fight Coronavius Begins in UP

Massive sanitization drive begins in UP

A massive sanitization drive began in major cities in Uttar Pradesh on Friday. (Representation Image). Pixabay

A massive sanitization drive began in major cities in Uttar Pradesh on Friday. This is the latest news in India.

Rajkumar Vishwakarma, DG, fire services, told reporters that sanitization was being done with sodium hypochlorite and fire personnel had been instructed to take care and not to spray the disinfectant on human beings and animals.

The sanitization will be done using sodium hypochlorite. (Representational Image). Pixabay

Spraying will also not be done inside any building due to electrical connections.

Fire personnel have been asked to take photographs and post it on WhatsApp media groups. They have been asked to avoid calling the media personnel to the sanitisation sites to avoid risks.

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Earlier this week, about 50 migrant workers who were at a bus station in Bareilly, were sprayed with sodium hypochlorite by the sanitisation staff. Those who were sprayed, including children, complained of itching in the eyes and rashes on the body.

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Chief minister Yogi Adityanath had expressed his concern over the incident and assured action against the guilty.

District magistrate Bareilly, Nitish Kumar said that the incident happened due to ‘over-zealous’ workers. (IANS)