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Delhi to launch awareness drive on sexual harassment at workplace

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New Delhi, Sep 17 (IANS) The Delhi government on Monday said it will launch a massive campaign to bring awareness about the 2013 Prevention of Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace Act.

The decision was taken after Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia reviewed the implementation of the act in a meeting with the Department of Women and Child Development (WCD) here.

“The Deputy Chief Minister reviewed the status, challenges and progress in the implementation of this Act in all 11 districts of Delhi. Eight out of 11 districts have formed local level committees in their districts,” a statement released by Sisodia’s office said.

The two-month-long awareness campaign will include using mediums like radio, television and cinema halls, among others, so that the informal sector workers as well as formal institutions are aware of their rights under the act.

The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition, Redressal) Act makes it mandatory for the government, private and non-government formal establishments to form Internal Committee (IC) wherever there are more than 10 employees.

For the informal sector, such as domestic workers and open markets, in case of any harassment faced by a woman, a local committee (LC) at the district level should be formed with a nodal officer in-charge to address the complaint.

Taking cognizance of the Act, Sisodia said: “This is a very effective act and we must use it in both letter and spirit to make it workable. These local committees can play a very important role in the implementation of this act. It is our top concern to provide a safe work environment for Delhi’s women.”

In the meeting, it was decided that by November 31, all formal institutions and organisations will be mandated to form their Internal Committees.

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DRDO successfully test fires Long Range Surface to Air Missile

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Odisha, Jan 24: Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) on Thursday successfully test-fired Long Range Surface to Air Missile (LR-SAM) from naval warship INS Chennai off the coast of Odisha.

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US-based artiste gives ‘refreshing touch’ to India’s national anthem

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Mumbai, Jan 24 : Sparsh Shah, a 15-year-old singer, rapper and a motivational speaker from New Jersey, and singer-composer-producer Rohan Puntambekar have recreated a version of Indias national anthem, the “Jana Gana Mana”.

The new version of the song has been sung by Sparsh. The music has been produced by Rohan.

“Both me and Rohan were planning to do a musical collaboration. We met on Facetime and decided to start a music project around the Republic Day occasion. So, we brainstormed and came up with a recreated version of our national anthem and tried to give it a refreshing touch,” Sparsh said in a statement.

“We did the recording and video shooting via FaceTime, Skype and other modes. The entire process was simply amazing”.

Sparsh was born with an incurable disease called Osteogenesis Imperfecta, also known as the brittle bone disorder. But this didn’t stop him from dreaming big. He has already enthralled audiences across the globe with his inimitable singing and rapping.

He is a professionally trained singer in Hindustani classical and American vocal music.

“Sparsh is an exceptionally talented boy and at such a young age, he has become an international fame. This is my first collaboration with him and it’s a pleasure recording ‘Jana Gana Mana’ with him,” said Rohan.

“Jana Gana Mana” is Times Music’s exclusive release and is available across all the digital platforms.

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J&K: Two killed, many injured as bus falls into gorge near Ku Nallah

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Srinagar, Jan 24: At least two persons lost their lives and 28 were injured after a bus fell into a gorge on Ramnagar-Udhampur road.

The incident took place near Ku Nallah.

More details awaited….

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