Farmers suicide issue rocks Ktaka Assembly

first_imgThe issue of farmers’ suicide rocked the Assembly on Monday with BJP members entering the Well of the House, demanding a debate on it and dubbing the Siddaramaiah government as “anti-farmer”.As the House met for the day, Opposition BJP Leader Jagadish Shettar raised the issue of repeated incidents of farmers suicides, with many incidents reported in the sugar belt of Mandya district. “Farmers are losing hope, government is not seriously taking steps to control it, day by day farmer suicides are increasing,” he said.last_img

The Merchant of modern times

first_imgThe jury is still out on the genre of The Merchant of Venice, one of the most debated and complex plays by William Shakespeare. While some argue it’s a comedy there is still a debate on it being a tragic comedy or a problem play. However, when Vikram Kapadia decided to direct The Merchant of Venice for Aadyam theatre, he was sure that his adaptation of the Bard would be a black comedy. “It is open to many interpretations. But for me, it is a black comedy. It’s always a challenge to adapt the Bard’s work. Since playing around with dialogue means killing the play, I have only made it contemporary with the costumes and the set,” Kapadia told in an interview.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Adapted in a contemporary setting, it is a universal tale showcasing the games people play. There is deception, treachery, love, hatred and revenge. For Kapadia, the play is politically and socially relevant than ever before. The satire on society is also an exciting thriller. Venice and Belmont are now recast as worlds of great gamblers, rich business men, socialites and the prodigal youth. It’s a world where morals and conscience are replaced by opportunism and convenience. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe play opens with a cross-dressed singer (very central to many Shakespearean plays) crooning in a night club, introducing the audience into a heady world of cocktails and casinos. It’s in the bar that Antonio (Luke Kenny) a rich merchant promises Bassanio, his young friend 3,000 ducats for wooing beautiful heiress Portia.The play revolves around two main plots— Bassanio’s adventures playing the lotto to win Portia and Shylock’s pursuit of Antonio’s ‘pound of flesh.’ Shylock, the central character, is the heartbreaking villain, an unmerciful Jew moneylender. The most successful banker in Venice, he is regularly slighted by the Jews and is constantly in competition with Antonio. In his modern take on the play, Kapadia tried to portray Shylock more sympathetically, like most of the contemporary renditions.Shylock is played by the director himself. Sporting a magnificent beard (minus the red hat) he makes a poignant performance. Kapadia’s Shylock comes across as a wounded person with a sense of pride and pulled off the predicament of Shylock with ease and elan.However, one wonders if Kapadia was successful in bringing out the human side of Shylock. The director also failed to show the intensity of the relationship between Shylock and his daughter Jessica, who elopes with Lorenzo, a Christian, which shatters Shylock. Another character who took the centerstage is Portia. She is stubborn, vindictive, wealthy and beautiful, a character with many shades. Yuki Ellias as Portia was at her best at the court scene, which is very melodramatic. Despite Rajeev Siddhartha’s good looks, he failed to make an impression as Bassanio. The Moroccon king (Neil Bhoopalam), Portia’s unsuccessful suitor put on a brilliant show, as did Jim Sarbh as Gratiano, Bassanio’s friend.Somehow, Kapadia fumbled at places, where he tried to induce a contemporary flavor to the narrative.  His idea of modernity highlighting a night club, actors in bikinis and bottom slapping of women didn’t fit the plot.last_img read more

India is unprepared for gathering teen sexual revolution

first_imgOne in four Indian women is married before 18, and 7.8 per cent of women aged 15 to 19 are pregnant or mothers, according to the latest available 2015-16 National Family Health Survey (NFHS)-4 data. While the percentage of women married before 18 decreased from 47.4 per cent in 2005-06 (NFHS-3), the use of contraceptives in married women aged 15-49 years dropped from 56.3 to 53.5 per cent. While 2.7 per cent of boys and eight per cent of girls reported their sexual debut before the age of 15 in 2005-06, the latest comparative data have not been released.Yet, social and policy barriers do not allow the sexual and reproductive needs of adolescents to be addressed because many of those who have sex are unmarried and below the age of consent, said Sunil Mehra, Executive Director of MAMTA, a Delhi-based non-profit, working on adolescent and reproductive health issues. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf As a result, 33.6 per cent of India’s population is born of adolescent pregnancies. India has 253 million adolescents, but the country is not doing enough to ensure that they become productive adults. That process begins with making more adolescents familiar with sexuality, but the opposite is happening.Spurred by concerns of HIV-AIDS, the government in association with UN agencies introduced an adolescence-education programme (AEP) in 2005. Adolescent health featured for the first time as a national programme which included health clinics that offered preventive, promotive, curative and referral services for adolescents and youth. Within two years of inception, the AEP was banned in 12 states. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveHowever, even where the programme is being implemented, the quality of implementation is open to question, she said. “Given that sexuality education addresses long-held attitudes and cultural or moral norms, effective implementation is key to making sure young people get accurate, non-judgmental information,” said Srivastava.Nationally, while the three national health surveys (1992-93, 1998-99, 2005-06) reported an almost equal proportion (59.1, 59.8 and 58.2 per cent) of pregnant and adolescent mothers, there was a steady increase in the first pregnancy among adolescents (11.7, 12.4 and 14.4 per cent). “Early marriage and low contraceptive use are the reasons behind this trend,” said a 2015 review in Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research. What is clear, said experts, is that Indian adolescents are more sexually active than ever – yet, “services for unmarried adolescents are non-existent in India”, said Mehra. Reproductive health services include counselling on menstrual disorders, menstrual hygiene, use of sanitary napkins, use of contraceptives, sexual concerns, sexual abuse and gender violence. While there has been a recent uptake in activities around menstrual hygiene and iron folic supplements through schools and immunisation through anganwadi (day care centre) workers, sexual and reproductive health is “completely neglected”, Mehra said. In October 2014, the government started the Rashtriya Kishor Swasthya Karyakram (RKSK) or National Adolescent Health Programme, which, like adolescent-friendly health clinics (AFHCs), made village health clinics sensitive to adolescent needs. Yet, independent studies reveal widespread ignorance. No more than five per cent of young men and eight per cent of young women in the studied villages were aware of AFHCs, said a 2014 study conducted by the Population Council in Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Jharkhand. The main reason 82-90 per cent why adolescents did not seek help was because they thought their problems were not serious enough; the second-most common reason was because they were too embarrassed, the study found.However, with RKSK, the effort is now to engage adolescents through peer educators who would speak about various life skills,while sensitising ASHAs, auxiliary nurse midwives, anganwadi workers, and medical officers to offer “non-judgemental services”, said Indrani Banerjee Bhattacharyya, Assistant Director, Quality Assurance, Child in Need Institute. In the age group of 15-19, of those who had sexual intercourse, 0.07 of girls and 0.01 per cent of boys were found to be HIV positive, according to the 2005-06 National Family Health Survey. It is obvious, said experts, that contraceptives are not adequately available. And among contraceptives, the only real option is a condom, “yet, it means girls have to rely on their male partners for protection which is not ideal,” said Vivek Malhotra, Director, Population Health Services (India). “Emergency contraceptives as an alternative should be made affordable”, he added.last_img read more

TMC workers accuse Balurghat police chief of working at behest of BJP

first_imgBALURGHAT: Accusing the district police chief of working at the behest of saffron leaders, a group of local Trinamool Congress leaders staged a demonstration before the office of the Superintendent of Police at Balurghat on Sunday. The leaders have also demanded immediate transfer of district police chief Nagendranath Tripathi.The agitators alleged that the police have been harassing Trinamool workers on the basis of false charges being filed by the BJP. “BJP activists have been threatening us since the election dates were declared but surprisingly, our complaints against the accused BJP men have not been entertained by the police. We are helpless and have no option left but to show demonstration, demanding immediate transfer of the district police chief,” said the agitators. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataOutgoing Trinamool councillors of Balurghat civic body along with some party workers took part in the demonstration and raised slogans against Tripathi in the morning. The agitators had festoons and placards in hand, exhibiting their grudge against the police chief. Questioning the neutrality of Tripathi, the agitators said the recent actions of police have been motivated and biased. “The police chief is behaving like a puppet of BJP. All of his recent decisions were taken at the behest of BJP leaders. On the basis of false charges lodged by the BJP, our workers are being summoned at any time and interrogated as if they are criminals. Therefore, we want immediate replacement of him,” they said. According to a source, the flex of Trinamool’s Balurghat candidate Arpita Ghosh was found broken on the outskirts of Balurghat. Ghosh’s head was missing from the flex as well. A complaint was lodged accordingly, but police have remained clueless regarding the culprits.last_img read more

4 Hard Drives to Protect Your Business Data

first_imgFire and WaterioSafe Solo G3(1 TB for $300; 2 TB for $350; 3 TB for $450)This 15-pound USB 3.0 drive, the size of a cinder block, is built to withstand 1,550 degrees Fahrenheit and three days of submersion in 10 feet of water. We didn’t have a flame hot enough or the time to test these capabilities, but the fact that the Solo G3 comes with $2,500 in forensic data recovery services gives us confidence it will deliver on its promise. Air SupplySeagate GoFlex Satellite(500 GB for $200)When connected via cable, the USB 3.0 drive works perfectly fine with Mac and Windows machines. But at the push of a button, the iOS- and Android-compatible external drive launches its own Wi-Fi network, which can be accessed by portables. Unplugged, the drive has up to 10 hours of battery life, and as many as eight Wi-Fi-equipped devices can connect to it at once. 2 min read This story appears in the January 2013 issue of . Subscribe » Zippy DriveLaCie Little Big Disk(512 GB for $699; 1 TB for $999)Pairing the two fastest technologies in external storage–Thunderbolt connectivity and solid-state drives–this top-of-the line portable unit moves files at speeds of up to 635 MB per second. (Or put it this way: It can transfer a two-hour movie file in two seconds.) Bonus: The Little Big has two Thunderbolt ports, so you can daisy-chain multiple units together for a massive stockpile of storage. February 12, 2013 Cache and CarryWestern Digital My Passport Edge(500 GB for $100)Slim, small and fast, this USB 3.0 drive is about the size of a cigarette case and comes preloaded with software that allows you to protect files with a password and perform backups automatically. Since it draws power from the computer’s USB port, it’s supremely portable–no power cord or bulky adapter needed. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. If you ever doubt the value of backing up your files, learn from my example: When I was cleaning up my computer’s desktop, I grabbed a file thinking it was an older version of a document, tossed it in the recycle bin and clicked “empty.” Poof, eight hours of work went up in digital smoke. Fortunately, I had backup. My external hard drive–set to make hourly, daily and weekly copies of my system–recovered the file instantly. If, like mine, your entire business runs off of one computer, consider connecting one of these hard disks. It’s an investment in peace of mind. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more