New Delhi: Over 100 officials and 200 young boys and girls of Women and Child Care Institutions of the Dept of Women and Child Development, Delhi government and other dignitaries came together to celebrate International Women’s Day (IWD) on March 8 by making HeForShe pledges and attending an event aimed at raising awareness of inclusion and need of engaging young boys on issues related to women empowerment, safety, rights and respect of women and girls.This year, Department of Women and Child Development, Govt of NCT of Delhi had week long celebrations commemorating International Women’s Day 2019. Department organised thematic Gender Awareness Training Programmes in partnership with the UN Women focusing on Prevention of Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace legislation and also on Gender Responsive Budgeting for the key stakeholder departments of Delhi Government, Municipal Corporations and Delhi Police. Week long celebrations comprising of debate, painting competitions and sports events around the theme this year “Engaging Boys for achieving Gender Equality and making public and other spaces safe for women and girls” were held in the Government run Institutions for Boys and Girls. Manish Sisodia, Delhi’s Dy Chief Minister sent his message, his good wishes on International Women’s Day. His message also appreciated the involvement of boys of the Observation Home for celebration of the International Women’s Day.
Day: October 12, 2019
Kolkata: Two separate incidents of fire were reported in the city and on the outskirts on Monday morning. No casualty or injuries were reported in these incidents.The first incident took place at Barasat in North 24-Parganas at a private nursing home and the other fire incident took place at a flat in Tollygunj when the occupants were not at home. According to the North 24-Parganas police, around 9 am the staff members of the Megacity Nursing Home situated on Jessore Road spotted smoke billowing out of a window on the first floor. The security staff members of the nursing home rushed to the spot and evacuated the floor. The patients, who were serious, were taken to a safe place. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAt the first, the staff members of the nursing home tried to douse the flames but they failed. Later, three fire tenders were pressed into action. The fire was brought under control within an hour. The incident triggered panic among the patients, doctors and nurses, who ran out of the building and stood on the road. Barasat Municipality Chairman Sunil Mukherjee rushed to the spot to supervise the rescue operation. Some of the patients were shifted to the nearby Barasat District Hospital. Mukherjee also ordered a probe in this regard. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway”We had given a clearance to the nursing home authorities after examining various aspects. Another probe will be conducted to see if fire safety measures were in place. Perhaps the meter box caught fire. A major tragedy has been averted due to the prompt action by the police and fire officials,” Mukherjee said. However, the officials are yet to ascertain the exact cause of the fire. According to the preliminary investigation, an electrical short circuit might have led to the incident. The fire personnel are examining if there were adequate fire-fighting arrangements at the hospital. According to a fire department official, there were no major damages but some electronic gadgets reportedly got destroyed. In the second incident, a fire broke out inside a flat housed in a multi-storied building at Bijoygar in Tollygunj on Monday morning. The occupants of the flat had gone to a temple. Local residents found smoke billowing out of the flat and informed the fire brigade. The area was covered with black smoke. The occupants of other flats also evacuated the building following the incident. Two fire tenders doused the flames and brought the situation under control. They are yet to ascertain the cause of the fire and the extent of damage.
Protests in Bengals Kankinara disrupt train servicesProtests in Bengals Kankinara disrupt train services
Kolkata: Train services in the Sealdah-Naihati division of Eastern Railway (ER) were disrupted for about three hours ( 8.43 a.m. to 12:04 p.m.) on Tuesday as residents squatted on tracks near Kankinara station, protesting against clashes in the North 24 Parganas district, an official said. Residents of the Bhatpara Assembly constituency were staging protest against violent political clashes during the by-election on Sunday. Due to protests 17 electric multiple unit (EMU) trains were stopped. It included 13104 Bhagirathi Express, 12384 Asansol-Sealdah Intercity Express and 15048 Poorvanchal Express. ER authorities had to cancel seven pairs of EMU locals and terminate seven others before their destinations. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja A large contingent of RPF, GRP and West Bengal Police had been deployed at the site to ensure safety and security of passengers and to help resume services, the ER said in an official statement. The by-election was caused by Trinamool MLA Arjun Singh’s defection to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) two months ago. Blaming Singh and other BJP activists for the disruption, State Food Minister and Trinamool North 24 Parganas district President Jyotipriyo Mullick told IANS, “Singh and his men are creating trouble. They are setting shops and houses on fire, disrupting trains and harassing the public.” “The paramilitary forces, deployed during the elections, are also supporting them. We have met the District Magistrate and sought their arrest within 24 hours,” Mullick said.
Westboro Baptist Church Celebrates Orlando Mass ShootingWestboro Baptist Church Celebrates Orlando Mass Shooting
By Tatiana FlowersRabat – While many mourn the loss of their loved ones killed in the Orlando shooting, The Westboro Baptist Church celebrates the tragedy by saying, “God sent the shooter.”The 61-year-old church, infamous for its anti-LGBT pickets at schools and funerals of gays and lesbians, has continued its hateful discourse on social media. Dozens of hateful parodies, videos and pictures are posted on the group’s Twitter page, blaming LGBT people for the Orlando shooting. “God Sent The Orlando Nightclub Shooter And Your “Gay Pride” And Prayers Only Make It Worse,” the group’s page says.Early Sunday morning, Omar Mateen entered Pulse Nightclub, a gay discotheque in Orlando, and began spraying bullets around the club. He left 50 dead and 53 more wounded, making it the deadliest mass shooting in American history.Many wonder how something as catastrophic as this could have happened, but The Westboro Baptist Church claims it makes complete sense. “We thank/praise God, who in His infinite wisdom sent the shooter to: 1) execute wrath, 2)mercifully chasten,” the group’s Twitter page says.The Westboro Baptist Church, widely described as a hate group, traditionally pickets at schools, political sites, funerals or protests involving the LGBT community. However, it has publically shunned Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson, and Barack Obama as well. The group is not only against LGBT people, but also Jews, Muslims, Catholics, politicians, and the media.Although the group Tweeted, “ORLANDO BOUND” yesterday, there are no definite details about if, when, or where it will picket the Orlando shooting. The groups website, “Godhatesfags.com,” has no information on a possible appearance either.The 40-member church is located in Topeka, Kansas and monitored by The Southern Poverty Law Center and The Anti-Defamation League. In 1955, the church was created by Reverend Fred Phelps, a disbarred lawyer and politician, who died in 2014. Today, it comprises many of his family members, which include: his children, grandchildren, and relatives by marriage.“Fred Phelps will not be missed by the LGBT community, people with HIV/AIDS and the millions of decent people across the world who found what he and his followers do deeply hurtful and offensive,” said the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force in a report released by CNN.In many instances, members of the Westboro Baptist Church have been attacked, beaten, and tackled, not only by regular people but also by law enforcement. Many people now say, the group’s slogan should change from “God Hates Fags,” to “God Hates Everybody,” as the members can be seen holding posters that read, “God Hates Children,” “God Hates Fat,” “God Hates America,” “God Hates You,” and “God Is Your Enemy.”Additional posts by The Westboro Baptist Church include the following.All posts can be found by searching their multiple Twitter handles, which are often deleted by social media platforms: @GodHatesFagsWBC, @WBCSaysRepent.
Final TrumpClinton Debate Draws Over 71 Million ViewersFinal TrumpClinton Debate Draws Over 71 Million Viewers
Washington – An estimated 71.6 million people watched the final debate between White House contenders Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on TV on Wednesday, the third-largest total ever recorded. The data supplied by the Nielsen ratings agency covered people who watched Wednesday night’s debate on the four main U.S. broadcast networks plus nine cable and public television channels.The first Clinton-Trump face-off in September attracted a total TV audience of 84 million, the largest in the history of U.S. presidential debates. Wednesday’s audience ranked as the third-highest for a U.S. presidential debate. A 1980 debate between Democratic President Jimmy Carter and Republican challenger Ronald Reagan drew 80.6 million viewers.
Text of the Feds statement after its meeting WednesdayText of the Feds statement after its meeting Wednesday
WASHINGTON — Information received since the Federal Open Market Committee met in December indicates that the labour market has continued to strengthen and that economic activity has been rising at a solid rate. Job gains have been strong, on average, in recent months, and the unemployment rate has remained low. Household spending has continued to grow strongly, while growth of business fixed investment has moderated from its rapid pace earlier last year.On a 12-month basis, both overall inflation and inflation for items other than food and energy remain near 2 per cent. Although market-based measures of inflation compensation have moved lower in recent months, survey-based measures of longer-term inflation expectations are little changed.Consistent with its statutory mandate, the Committee seeks to foster maximum employment and price stability. In support of these goals, the Committee decided to maintain the target range for the federal funds rate at 2-1/4 to 2-1/2 per cent. The Committee continues to view sustained expansion of economic activity, strong labour market conditions, and inflation near the Committee’s symmetric 2 per cent objective as the most likely outcomes. In light of global economic and financial developments and muted inflation pressures, the Committee will be patient as it determines what future adjustments to the target range for the federal funds rate may be appropriate to support these outcomes.In determining the timing and size of future adjustments to the target range for the federal funds rate, the Committee will assess realized and expected economic conditions relative to its maximum employment objective and its symmetric 2 per cent inflation objective.This assessment will take into account a wide range of information, including measures of labour market conditions, indicators of inflation pressures and inflation expectations, and readings on financial and international developments.Voting for the FOMC monetary policy action were: Jerome H. Powell, Chairman; John C. Williams, Vice Chairman; Michelle W. Bowman; Lael Brainard; James Bullard; Richard H. Clarida; Charles L. Evans; Esther L. George; Randal K. Quarles; and Eric S. Rosengren.The Associated Press
By Hajare El KhaldiRabat – Morocco will benefit from an EUR 3.35 million project that aims to tighten legislation on cybercrime in the European Union’s “Southern Neighborhood.”This initiative is a joint project between the European Union and the Council on Cooperation Against Cybercrime, financed under the European Neighborhood Instrument that started on July 1, 2017. Following an eight-month inception phase, a launching conference was held in Tunisia on March 21-23, with the participation of several countries, including Morocco and the other priority countries for the project: Algeria, Tunisia, Jordan, and Lebanon.The three-year project aims to tackle the issue of cybercrime through five key areas: legislation, specialized services, and inter-agency services, including public-private cooperation, judicial training, international cooperation, and strategic prioritization of cybercrime and electronic evidence. The Budapest Convention of 2001, also known as the Convention on Cybercrime of the Council of Europe, serves as a guideline for the Cybersouth Project and for any country hoping to develop a comprehensive national legislation against cybercrime. By its 15th anniversary in 2016, 50 states had become party to the convention: several European countries, Australia, Canada, the Dominican Republic, Israel, Japan, Mauritius, Panama, Sri Lanka, and the USA; another 17 counties, including Morocco, became signatories. According to a 2015 Global Information Society Watch (GISWatch) report, Moroccan Cybercrime Services, working under the General Directorate of National Security, identified 112 cases of cybercrime in 2011, over 26 of which were crimes against personhood, including sexual harassment. “Despite the increasing number of sexual harassment cases in cyberspace, and Morocco’s avowed commitments at the international level, the government’s legislative agenda does not address sexual harassment in cyberspaces sufficiently. NGOs also tend to concentrate their efforts exclusively on sexual harassment offline,” read the report.
Hunger Strikes on Downward Decline Mustapha El KhalfiHunger Strikes on Downward Decline Mustapha El Khalfi
Rabat- Morocco’s government spokesperson and Minister Delegate for Relations with Parliament and Civil Society, Mustapha El Khalfi, announced on Monday in Rabat, that the number of hunger strikes observed by detainees in Moroccan prisons dropped by approximately 37 percent between 2014 and 2017.Answering an oral question on the matter from the Istiqlalian Group of Unity and Egalitarianism at the House of Representatives, El Khalfi said that in 2014, 2,700 cases of hunger striking were recorded, while in 2017, this number decreased by about 1,000 cases, demonstrating a continuous downward trend.The minister pointed out that once a hunger strike is registered, the participating detainees are summoned for inquiry as to the reasons for their actions, with the aim of urging reconsideration. He added that if the reason for the strike was related to the conditions of detention, the detainee petition will be satisfied according to the law. El Khalfi underlined that if the strike is conducted for other reasons, the demands of the inmates are transferred to the competent authorities. He emphasized that the inmates are regularly kept informed about the progress of their files in line with Article 131, related to the organization of penitentiary institutions. The inmate, in turn, is obliged to inform the judicial authorities, family, and the central administration of the reasons for the hunger strike.
Morocco Appoints Larbi Benrazzouk as New Head of OMPICMorocco Appoints Larbi Benrazzouk as New Head of OMPIC
Rabat – The government council validated Benrazzouk’s appointment when it met Thursday, November 1.OMPIC is responsible to protect industrial and commercial property, such as brands, patents, and industrial designs.Benrazzouk will take over from Adil El Maliki, whom King Mohammed VI appointed governor of Essaouira province in August. Benrazzouk has been the director of Maroc PME, formerly the national agency for the promotion of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), since 2014.During his time within Maroc PME, Benrazzouk concluded a new contractual framework between the state and Maroc PME for 2013-2020.Since then, Benrazzouk has supported SMEs by scaling up the agency’s flagships programs Moussanada and Imtiaz. The Moussanada program aims to improve the productivity of 500 SMEs per year and improve their competitiveness in terms of cost, time, and quality.The Imtiaz program aims to finance 50 development projects presented by SMEs with high growth potential to facilitate access to bank credit and support the most successful companies to make higher revenues and be more profitable.Maroc PME also has several ambitious objectives to fund small and medium-sized enterprises.Larbi Benrazzouk graduated as an engineer from Rabat’s Mohammedia School of Engineering. He also holds a specialized graduate studies degree in patrimonial and financial management from Montpelier University.
Moroccos Trade Deficit up 126 Foreign Direct Investment down 86Moroccos Trade Deficit up 126 Foreign Direct Investment down 86
Rabat – By the end of August 2018, Morocco’s trade deficit year-to-date had increased to MAD 77.8 billion, up from MAD 69.1 billion in the same period of 2017.The trade deficit growth is due to rises in both exports and imports, up by MAD 29.6 billion, and MAD 20.9 billion, respectively.Imports increased by 9.4 percent to MAD 345 billion, due to imported goods (MAD 27.2 billion), especially equipment goods and energy products. The rise in exports is mainly due to exports of goods (MAD 16.79 billion). Aeronautics grew 26.9 percent, automotive sales grew 17.8 percent, phosphates and their derivatives 17.2 percent, and agriculture and food 5.6 percent. The texture and leather sector saw a 3.3 percent rise.Over the same period, remittances from Moroccans living abroad increased by 1 percent to MAD 44.96 billion.In the first eight months of August 2018, foreign direct investments (FDI) had decreased by 8.6 percent to MAD 16.5 billion, in comparison to 18.1 billion during the same period in 2017.Over the same period, reserves from foreign currency totaled MAD 225.8 billion, down from MAD 240.9 billion a year before.