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By Nava J. Thakuria The lone Nobel laureate of Bangladesh, who is popularly known as banker to the poor, Professor Muhammad Yunus has been awarded with Karl Kübel Prize of Germany for his extraordinary and multifaceted commitment to families all over the world. The Karl Kübel Foundation for Child and Family honoured the Bangladeshi economist, who conceptualized the small loans to women borrowers without any collateral, with the prestigious award in Bensheim on 30 September 2022. “Prof Yunus had made it possible for the children and families of his female customers to lead a better life. He is truly a…

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Union Home and Cooperation Minister Amit Shah said that the massive rally in Rajouri is a response to those who claimed that if Article 370 is removed, there will be violence in Jammu and Kashmir. Addressing a public meeting in Rajouri, in Jammu and Kashmir, he said that for 70 years, three families ruled in J&K and restricted democracy within their families. But, since 2014, under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Panchayat elections were conducted in 2014 and thereafter Tehsil and District Panchayat elections were conducted in 2019, and now the governance of Jammu and Kashmir, which was…

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President of India, Smt Droupadi Murmu, launched ‘herSTART’ – a start-up platform of Gujarat University in Ahmedabad. She also inaugurated/laid the foundation stone virtually from Gujarat University for various projects of the government of Gujarat related to education and tribal development. The President said that it is natural for an institution which has alumni like Dr. Vikram Sarabhai, to be a pioneer in science, research and innovation. She noted that there are more than 450 start-ups working in the campus of Gujarat University. And more than 125 women-led start-ups are being actively supported by this university. Also around 15,000 women entrepreneurs…

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Driven by the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi’s proactive policies and the launch of 5G services in India, Minister of State for Electronics & Information Technology Rajeev Chandrasekhar, in Rajkot, Gujarat, said that India will soon emerge as a leader in Electronics Manufacturing in the world with its youth playing a big role in this effort. “Prime Minister, Modi’s vision of India’s Techade can be realised by our young Indians through their hard work, determination and enterprise. The Government on its part can only be the enabler with its initiatives like the Digital India, Skill India etc,” he said addressing students…

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Several international human rights and civil society organisations demand an end to the deliberate violence, arrest, threats, and charges against Iranian human rights defenders, journalists, student activists and civil rights actors, especially amongst minority ethnic groups.They deplored that since 18 September 2022, over fifty human rights defenders, in addition to journalists and student activists, have been arrested and arbitrarily detained, some already charged with “acting against national security”. The death toll around the country is estimated to have gone beyond one hundred according to some human rights organisations and media outlets. According to the Baloch Activists Campaign on 1 October 2022,…

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President Droupadi Murmu said that the people of Gujarat have a culture of enterprise and innovation. The entrepreneurs of Gujarat have given a special identity to Gujarat and India. Gujarat is one of the leading states in the country in terms of development. She inaugurated/laid the foundation stones for various projects of Government of Gujarat related to health, irrigation, water supply and also the projects of Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways related to upgradation of Deendayal Port, Kandla from GMERS, Gandhinagar, on Monday. She said that Gujarat has presented examples of natural farming and environmental protection along with industrial…

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The Sri Lankan authorities and the international community must fully incorporate human rights into their responses to the country’s economic crisis, Amnesty International said in a new report, as people in the country face serious concerns around access to healthcare while being driven to the brink of starvation, widespread malnutrition, and deep poverty. The report, “We are near total breakdown”: Protecting the rights to health, food and social security in Sri Lanka’s economic crisis, explores the catastrophic impact of the crisis on the economic and social rights for the people of Sri Lanka. “For months now, the people of Sri Lanka…

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The World Movement for Democracy has welcomed Maria Ressa, co-founder and CEO of Rappler and 2021 Nobel Peace Prize winner, as new chairperson of its Steering Committee. Rappler is the top digital news site leading the fight for press freedom in the Philippines. As Chair, Ressa will guide the World Movement’s Steering Committee, which advises and helps mobilize a global network of civil society activists, scholars, parliamentarians, thought leaders, journalists, and funders who are committed to advancing democracy. Ressa succeeds Jose Ramos-Horta, a fellow Nobel Peace Prize winner who served as Chairperson for two years before being elected President of Timor Leste for…

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Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar along with Election Commissioner Anup Chandra Pandey launched a yearlong Voter Awareness Program – ‘Matdata Junction’ during an event organised at Akashvani Rang Bhavan, New Delhi. The ‘Matdata Junction’ is a 52 episode radio series produced by the Election Commission of India (ECI), in collaboration with All India Radio (AIR). Addressing the gathering, Rajiv Kumar said that the program Matdata Junction will be a strong platform to connect with the voters across the country. The program as a combination of information and entertainment, would specifically help address urban apathy and inform the audience about the…

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In a big boost to Aatmanirbharatha in Defence, Defence Minister Shri Rajnath Singh presided over the formal induction of Light Combat Helicopter (LCH), designed and developed by Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), into the Indian Air Force (IAF) in Jodhpur. Naming LCH as “Prachanda”, he said that its induction comes during the Amrit kal when the Nation is celebrating Azadi ka Amrit Mahostav and a pointer to the future when IAF will be the top most force in the world, as also making the country fully AtmaNirbhar in Defence production requirements. He also took a sortie onboard the LCH shortly after…

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