Nobody Showed Mercy on Her

Posted on | september 14, 2012 | No Comments

India is moving at a breath neck speed and there is an all round development taking place in every sphere of activity in the country. However, when it comes to the social reality, nothing has changed in the Indian villages. The brute compartmentalization of human on the basis of caste and centuries old traditions still rules the roost. It seems Bollywood movies have no sobering influences and often we come across stories from the rural landscapes that are spine chilling.

Here is a true story of dalit women who was tied in a pole and was disrobed, severely beaten, her face painted black and her head tonsured, all done in full public view, but none come to her rescue. The poor lady begged for mercy, but the hatred and vengeance was all pervasive had she had to face the humiliation all alone.

This horrible incident took place in Jayaghanta village under Dhama police station in Sambalpur district of Odisha. The dalit woman Subidha Buda (45) was punished because her 18 year old younger daughter eloped with a local boy Sudam Mahanand, who later died in a freak accident.
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Where’s ‘Waldo’? The Internet and the Mysterious Case of the Missing Vice President of China

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Where’s Waldo (Xi Jingping)

Vice President Xi Jingping, the man presumed to be China’s next president, is missing. He has not been seen since the first of September when he addressed the Central Party School in Beijing. Planned meetings with Hillary Clinton and the prime ministers of Singapore and Denmark have been canceled. The absence has aroused such interest probably because it comes so close before the 18th Party Congress at which it is presumed that President Hu will hand the role over to Mr. Xi.

Naturally, rumors and conspiracy theories abound.  These seem primarily focused on the possibility of a back injury, possibly sustained while swimming or playing soccer, or perhaps a mild heart attack. Wilder theories include assassination attempts, car accidents or imprisonment, possibly at the hands of supporters of fallen leader, Bo Xilai. Russian President Vladimir Putin further stirred the pot by stating that a Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation meeting would be delayed because President Hu needed to attend to an important but unspecified domestic issue.

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NEPAL: Artist being questioned for his Freedom of Expression

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Torch.svgArt can be a form of expression but when an artist’s questions the beliefs and values in the name of FREEDOM of EXPRESSION then the question of morals and ethics come up front. Likes such one of the artist in Nepal has been threatened of his life for his ultra modern fusion painting of Hindu deities and Super Heroes of the west. Manish Harijan, the painter has been questioned with his art and meanings; he was called upon by the administrative body of the government for a statement against his art exhibition when the Hindu federation started protest against the exhibition. The Siddhartha art gallery where the exhibition was going on has been sealed by the Central District Office. The case came upfront when the artist was directly threatened of being killed for his art work.

Manish Harijan, said, “People have misunderstood my art. With every painting there is a caption symbolizing a certain meaning and if it’s read then you will know the true meaning of the art and I have not made fun of the culture or tradition. I have just tried to express and adapted the art to a newer level or the new generation style. As currently the new generations are overlooking the values and tradition so this was just an effort to bring it in their notice, other than that I have no other objective. ”
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China and the Growth of Global Wind Power

Posted on | september 13, 2012 | No Comments

China is now the global leader in the rapidly growing wind energy sector. The International Wind Energy Development (IWED) report predicts that the wind power market, is expected to grow from $96.4 billion in 2011 to $161.2 billion in 2015. By 2020, wind power expected to supply almost 10 percent (9.1 percent) of the world’s power needs. The report predicts an average global growth rate of 15.5 percent a year for new annual installations through 2015, which would result in a total global capacity of 513.6 GW by 2015. The report also predicts an average annual growth rate of 11.5 percent from 2016 to 2020, which would bring world capacity to almost 1,000 GW by 2020.

In 2012 China surpassed the US and is now the world’s leading nation in terms of installed wind power generating capacity. In six years China has installed more than 50,000 MW of wind power generating capacity. This represents an annual growth rate of 87 percent for the last six years.
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New Al Haq report says governments within their rights to sanction Israel over settlement enterprise

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Well-respected Palestinian rights organization Al Haq has published a report about the responsibility of states in relation to Israel’s settlement enterprise. The legal memorandum reviews the Israeli actors, the supportive infrastructure and services, and the associated regime of Israeli laws, policies and practices that compose the “settlement enterprise.”

Al Haq’s memorandum provides a solid legal framework for advocating Palestinian rights, based on the recommendations of the 2004 International Court of Justice advisory opinion on the wall Israel built on Palestinian land, and the internationally accepted 2001 general rules on legal obligations of states when international law is violated. International legal scholars have endorsed the memorandum including Professor John Dugard.

The report also gives legal backing to governments wishing to sanction Israel, stating that ‘it is lawful for any injured party, including any affected State, to take “countermeasures”’.
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