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Referees and Judges from Asian Karate Federation (Recognized by Olympic Council of Asia) and World Karate Federation (Recognised by International Olympic Committee) will judge the entire tournament

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This year in 2016, Karate enthusiasts across the City of Joy, Kolkata, will have something to look forward to! 

Dates and venue for the 2nd International Open Karate Championship 2016 have been announced and needless to say, once again Kolkata will be filled with more than 2000 experienced karate talents across the globe. The participants shall pour in the famous Khudiram Anushilon Kendra and Netaji Indoor Stadium from August 5 – 7 August 2016 to demonstrate their skills and fight for one of the most prestigious events of the year. Judges will speculate the performance of state, national and internationally acclaimed Karatekas from Worldwide.

Students practicing Karate. Image source: Premjit Sen
Students practicing Karate. Image source: Premjit Sen

Many countries are taking part in this mega event- Singapore, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, and Uzbekistan are to name a few. It is expected that there will be more than 15,000 footfalls in the mega event and about 10,000 Karate Kids are likely to participate, to see the best fighter from India and abroad.

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Moreover, first-time Referees and Judges from Asian Karate Federation (Recognized by Olympic Council of Asia) and World Karate Federation (Recognised by International Olympic Committee) will judge the entire tournament.

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The flow of the events would start sharp at 9am on 5th August 2016 at Khudiram Anushilon Kendra with all senior events followed by cadet and junior events till 7pm. On 6th August 2016, the events will start at 9am sharp with all children group below 6years onwards above. On the 3rd and last day of the event, Team Kumite event will be held in Netaji Indoor Stadium where history would be created in Bengal as the Champion teams will be awarded cash prizes of INR 50,000 (Champion), INR 25,000 (Runner-up) and INR 15,000 each (Joint 3rd) same as Cricket Teams get cash award in IPL.

Karate has been included in 2020 Olympics and such kind of tournaments shall not only popularize this sport but also motivate the aspiring young buds to do better and aim for the ultimate result in future.

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The event is being organized by none other Shihan Premjit Sen, President Karate Association of Bengal. Karate in Bengal has developed tremendously under his supervision and leadership since more than a decade now. He has been successfully training lakhs of karate kids nationally under his banner All India Seishinkai Shito-Ryu Karate-Do Federation. He is himself an 8th Dan Balck Belt from Japan also Referee of World Karate Federation and President of Karate-Do Association of Bengal.

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Star ICC Asks Anonymous Accuser Of Sexual Assault Charges To Step Forward

The accuser said that while she was at the company, there were "clear instructions" given to make the sales team fulfil the targets.

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#MeToo: Star India internal panel writes to anonymous accuser to come forward

The Internal Complaints Committee of Star India on Sexual Harassment (Star ICC) has written to the anonymous accuser — who had alleged “sexual exploitation” of women employees — asking her to reach out to the committee or its external member on allegations made by her in tweets.

In a Twitter post on Friday, Star ICC, formed under the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 said it had reached out to the accuser through two emails on the ID provided by her through her tweets. The committee’s external member is Veena Gowda, a Mumbai-based woman rights lawyer.

The accuser, who tweeted through handle @ApurvaS17 — saying she would remain anonymous — had made sexual harassment allegations against the company’s officials in an open letter.

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Star believes that the allegations made in the tweet without the complainant coming forward and giving any further detail, is a malicious attempt.

Asked to comment on the allegations, a Star India spokesperson said in a statement that despite no response by the anonymous accuser to the messages sent, the Star ICC had “suo moto conducted a preliminary inquiry and found no basis or factual accuracy” in respect of the allegations.

“We strongly urge any genuine complainant to approach the Star ICC. At Star, we stand with women in drawing the line on any behaviour that violates human dignity or the ability for women to pursue their dreams with respect and freedom. We have a zero-tolerance policy towards sexual harassment,” read the statement in response to an email query by IANS.

It also said that the anonymous tweet shared on October 13 raised an allegation that “runs completely counter to everything we believe in and the norms and values that we deeply embrace.”

The statement further said: “Star believes that the allegations made in the tweet without the complainant coming forward and giving any further detail, is a malicious attempt to malign and defame the reputation of the company and the CEO.” It said that Star reserves its right to initiate appropriate legal proceedings in this regard.

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The Star ICC had “suo moto conducted a preliminary inquiry and found no basis or factual accuracy.

The accuser in her tweets had said that the #MeToo movement had encouraged her to come forward and that she had quit her job at Star India in the Airtime Sales section after 26 months and nine days and was now a homemaker, “taking care of my baby and hubby in a beautiful country, far away from Mumbai.”

The accuser said that while she was at the company, there were “clear instructions” given to make the sales team fulfil the targets in case they want to continue with their employment contract, “for which even if you have to take the clients to a hotel room and sleep with them for days.”

She said there were many instances when she and three of her female colleagues (interns) had clear instructions to reach a hotel after office hours for a private party hosted for influential friends.

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She says the influential friends were “mostly bureaucrats and sometimes politicians and foreign nationals” who were “all ready to violate you, force you to dance against your wishes, drink with them, make drink(s) for them, exchange your numbers and even quietly accompany them to their respective rooms if they want you to”.

Veteran writer-director Vinta Nanda, who earlier this month accused actor Alok Nath of sexually violating her 19 years ago, wrote on Twitter: “I’m neither shocked nor surprised. I salute your courage to have come out and spoken out. The rot runs deep.” (IANS)