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The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) has directed Pak TV channels to stop airing what it calls indecency and intimacy in dramas, Samaa TV reported.
A notification issued by the authority states that it has been receiving numerous complaints from viewers who believe that the content being depicted in dramas does not represent the "true picture of Pakistani society".
"PEMRA finally got something right: Intimacy and affection between married couples isn't 'true depiction of Pakistani society and must not be 'glamourized'. Our 'culture' is control, abuse, and violence, which we must jealously guard against the imposition of such alien values," said Reema Omer, Legal Advisor, South Asia, International Commission of Jurists.
"Hugs, caress scenes, extramarital affairs, vulgar and bold dressing, bed scenes and intimacy of married couples are being glamourized in utter disregard to Islamic teachings and culture of Pakistani society," PEMRA stated, as per the report.
The authority added that it has directed channels time and again to review content with "indecent dressing, controversial and objectionable plots, bed scenes and unnecessary detailing of events".
Most complaints received by the PEMRA Call Centre during September concern drama serial "Juda Huay Kuch is Tarah", which created quite a storm on social media for showing an unwitting married couple as foster siblings in a teaser for an upcoming episode. However, it only turned out to be a family scheme after the full episode aired, but by that time criticism had mounted on HUM TV for using the themes of incest to drive the plot, the report said. (IANS/JB)
Keywords: Pakistan, Islam, Serials, Dramas, Culture, Teachings.
By - Devakinanda Ji
OṀ BHĀGYABHŨMYAI NAMAH:
OṀ (AUM) -BHAA-GYA-BHOO-MYAI—NA-MA-HA
ॐ भाग्यभूम्यै नमः
(Bhāgyam: Wealth, happiness, luck)
Bhāgyam has many meanings including wealth, luck, and prosperity. There is no one in the world who doesn't want wealth and happiness. If possible, everyone wants to enjoy pleasures and wealth without working for it.
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Bhāgyam can be in many forms, not necessarily just money. For people who lack something dear to them, getting that is their utmost bhāgyam. For example, a rich and wealthy couple may feel that they are not lucky and fortunate that they don't have any children and they feel utmost joy and happiness when they conceive a baby. Having health is wealth ('ārogyame' mahābhāgyam') for someone who is told he/she is going to die from a terminal illness.
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Hindus worship goddess Lakshmi, the divine consort of Lord Vishṇu. They pray to her for wealth and also worship her in eight different forms. Indian married women worship Lakshmi every Friday and this has been a tradition and culture for millennia. Our ancient sages assigned an entire month for Indian women to worship the goddess and one special day for a strict religious observance called Varalakshmi Vratam. In addition to praying and worshipping, observing religious rituals and festivals, Hindus work very hard and try their best to be prosperous and happy.
We have spiritual wealth and our land is 'Bhāgya Bhūmi'.
Keywords: Wealth, Fortune, Lakshmi, Prosperity
MALMÖ, SWEDEN — Social media giants were urged to act Wednesday to stem online antisemitism during an international conference in Sweden focused on the growing amount of hatred published on many platforms.
The Swedish government invited social media giants TikTok, Google and Facebook along with representatives from 40 countries, the United Nations and Jewish organizations to the event designed to tackle the rising global scourge of antisemitism.
Sweden hosted the event in the southern city of Malmo, which was a hotbed of antisemitic sentiment in the early 2000s but which during World War II welcomed Danish Jews fleeing the Nazis and inmates rescued from concentration camps in 1945.
"What they see today in social media is hatred," World Jewish Congress head Ronald Lauder told the conference.
President of the World Jewish Congress Ronald Lauder speaks in Oswiecim, Poland, on January 27, 2020. Credit: vao
Google told the event, officially called the International Forum on Holocaust Remembrance and Combating Anti-Semitism, that it was earmarking 5 million euros ($5.78 million) to combat antisemitism online.
"We want to stop hate speech online and ensure we have a safe digital environment for our citizens," French President Emmanuel Macron said in a prerecorded statement.
European organizations accused tech companies of "completely failing to address the issue," saying antisemitism was being repackaged and disseminated to a younger generation through platforms like Instagram and TikTok.
Antisemitic tropes are "rife across every social media platform," according to a study linked to the conference that was carried out by three nongovernmental organizations.
Hate speech remains more prolific and extreme on sites such as Parler and 4chan but is being introduced to young users on mainstream platforms, the study said.
On Instagram, where almost 70% of global users are aged 13 to 34, there are millions of results for hashtags relating to antisemitism, the research found.
On TikTok, where 69% of users are aged 16 to 24, it said a collection of three hashtags linked to antisemitism were viewed more than 25 million times in six months.
In response to the report, a Facebook spokesperson said antisemitism was "completely unacceptable" and that its policies on hate speech and Holocaust denial had been tightened.
Finnish President Sauli Niinisto and Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama speak during the Malmo International Forum on Holocaust Remembrance and Combating Antisemitism in Malmo, Sweden, October 13, 2021. Credit: voa
A TikTok spokesperson said the platform "condemns antisemitism" and would "keep strengthening our tools for fighting antisemitic content."
According to the EU's Fundamental Rights Agency, 9 out of 10 Jews in the EU say antisemitism has risen in their country and 38% have considered emigrating because they no longer feel safe.
"Antisemitism takes the shape of extreme hatred on social networks," said Ann Katina, the head of the Jewish Community of Malmo organization that runs two synagogues.
"It hasn't just moved there, it has grown bigger there," she told AFP.
Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven has made the fight against antisemitism one of his last big initiatives before leaving office next month and has vowed better protection for Sweden's 15,000-20,000 Jews.
Reports of antisemitic crimes in the Scandinavian country rose by more than 50% between 2016 and 2018, from 182 to 278, according to the latest statistics available from the Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention.
The Jewish community in Malmo has fluctuated over the years, from more than 2,000 in 1970 to just more than 600 now.
In the early 2000s, antisemitic attacks in Malmo made global headlines. Incidents included verbal insults, assaults and Molotov cocktails thrown at the synagogue.
In response, authorities vowed to boost police resources and increase funding to protect congregations under threat.
Mirjam Katzin, who coordinates antisemitism efforts in Malmo schools, the only such position in Sweden, said there was "general concern" among Jews in the city.
"Some never experience any abuse, while others will hear the word 'Jew' used as an insult, jokes about Hitler or the Holocaust or various conspiracy theories," she said. (VOA/RN)
Keywords: Antisemitism, Holocaust, Jews, World
The tiny red and yellow insects that serenely sit on green leaves in gardens are considered almost jewels of any botanical space, given their shiny appearance, and biological value. They keep plants healthy by eating the organisms that cause damage to their roots. Farmers are always happy to host ladybirds in their fields. They also serve as a good indicator for fires. When a fire is approaching, these ladybirds fly away quickly.
Ladybirds also serve as a good indicator for fires. When a fire is approaching, these ladybirds fly away quickly. Image source: wikimedia commons
In England, the ladybird is supposedly a symbol of the Virgin Mary, who is depicted as wearing a red cloak in earlier paintings. The seven dots on each wing are believed to represent seven sorrows and seven joys. In other parts of the world, this insect is called a ladybug.
The rhyme that children sing has two meanings. One is to do with the Act of Uniformity that was passed in 1556 and 1662 by Queen Elizabeth I. This act forbade Catholic Mass being held, so priests took to conducting them in secret. The lines in the rhyme that speak about the ladybird flying away to hide are seen as an allusion to this act of hiding. By saying the ladybird is hiding, even under the baking pan, it shows how desperate the Catholics were to hide anywhere, even in little rooms behind the walls of a house.
Ladybirds eat any plant-damaging organisms and therefore are valued greatly by farmers Image source: wikimedia commons
The alternate and more probable meaning to this rhyme is that of an event beckoning fire. In this case, the fire is not a threat but a necessity. The farmers sing to the ladybird to fly away home while they burn the leftovers of their crop to prepare the field for the next sowing. The rhyme holds this meaning particularly in England, where ladybirds are abundant.
Keywords: Ladybird, Farmers, Rhyme, Act of Uniformity