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IIT Kharagpur facilitating filing of GI application for ‘Goyna Bori’



Kharagpur, July 31 : The Intellectual Property Rights cell of IIT Kharagpur has taken up an initiative to facilitate the process of filing of potential Geographical indications for “Goyna Bori” – the fine art of using lentil paste mix to create exquisite designs, a institution’s director said here on Sunday.

“Goyna Bori is distinctive of certain parts of Bengal. With a distinct historical basis dating back several centuries, the art form has been elaborately described by Rabindranath Tagore in his works. It is believed to have originated in Midnapore,” IIT Kharagpur director Partha Pratim Chakrabarti told the media.

A team comprising students and faculty of the IPR Cell visited Tamluk, headquarter of East Midnapore district and embarked on the exercise of preparing the requirements for filing of a GI for “Goyna Bori”.

The team met district officials and also interacted with some self-help groups engaged in the art-form.

The women demonstrated various aspects of the making of the goyna bori, its current status and also the distinct demand this has in several states of India and abroad.

“The self-help groups suggested that this art must be encouraged and agreed to assist in providing information that could help in the documentation for the registration of GI.”

The IIT’s AIP Cell team collected the documentation as well as details of the socio-economic aspects of the art form. The team is in the process of documentation for filing of GI.

The endeavour followed a suggestion from Neerajita Sarkar, a graduating student of LL.B Hons. in IP Law, who initiated the thought for GI recognition of “Goyna Bori”.

Chakrabarti said the institute would recognize faculty excellence at all levels of the career path of the teachers and staff by endowing regular faculty members through chair professorship awards and faculty Excellence Awards. The regular non-faculty staff members will be endowed with staff excellence awards.

The Institute will shortly announce six chair professor awards for full professors for a three-year term which may be renewed once. The award amount will be Rs 25,000 per month pver and above the salary.

He said the ministry of human resource development has sanctioned Rs 48.75 crores to IIT Kharagpur for the second phase of National Digital Library project.


Farmers Call Bharat Bandh On December 8

Thousands of farmers continue protests at the national capital’s border points on Friday amid heavy police deployment.



Farmers on Protest

Hardening their position ahead of the fifth round of talks with the government, agitating farmers on Friday announced a ”Bharat Bandh” on December 8 and said they would occupy toll plazas on that day.

Addressing a press conference, farmer leader Gurnam Singh Chadoni said if the Centre does not accept their demands during Saturday’s talks, they will intensify their agitation against the new farm laws.

“In our meeting today, we have decided to give a ‘Bharat Bandh’ call on December 8 during which we will also occupy all toll plazas,” said Harvinder Singh Lakhwal, another farmer leader.

“We have planned to block all roads leading to Delhi in the coming days if new farm laws are not scrapped,” he also said.

Delhi’s border points remained choked as thousands of farmers from Haryana, Punjab, and other states held demonstrations for the ninth consecutive day, after talks with the government failed to yield any resolution on Thursday.

The farmer community has expressed apprehension that the new laws are “anti-farmer”, and would pave the way for the dismantling of the minimum support price system, leaving them at the “mercy” of big corporations.

However, the government has maintained that the new laws will bring farmers better opportunities and usher in new technologies in agriculture.

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Kangana Ranaut reacts to legal notices against her

She had retweeted the post with pictures of two elderly women, including Bilkis Bano, and wrote that the “same Dadi” who featured in Time Magazine was “available in 100 rupees”.



Kangana Ranaut

Mumbai: Actress Kangana Ranaut on Friday reacted to legal notices piling up against her.

“Film mafia filed many cases on me, last night Javed Akhtar filed one more, Maharashtra government filing one case every hour now congress in Punjab is also joined the gang…. Lagta hai mujhe mahan banake he dum lenge (I think they will take a break only after making me great.) Thank you,” Kangana Ranaut tweeted from her verified account on Friday reacting to a news piece talking about the legal notice.

Earlier on Friday, the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee sent a legal notice to Kangana, seeking an “unconditional apology” for her “derogatory” tweets against farmers and activists involved in the farmers protest against the Centre’s three Farm Laws, the committee’s president.

“We have sent a legal notice to Kangana Ranaut for her derogatory tweet calling the aged mother of a farmer as a woman available for Rs 100. Her tweets portray farmers protest as anti-national. We demand an unconditional apology from her for her insensitive remarks on farmers protest,” Manjinder Singh Sirsa, President of DSGMC tweeted.

The notice comes in the wake of a tweet from the actress alleging that the ‘Shaheen Bagh dadi’ also joined the farmers’ agitation over the new agri laws at various border points of the National Capital Region.

She had retweeted the post with pictures of two elderly women, including Bilkis Bano, and wrote that the “same Dadi” who featured in Time Magazine was “available in 100 rupees”.

On Thursday a petition had been filed in Bombay High Court against Kangana. The petitioner seeks the suspension of the verified Twitter account of the actress for allegedly spreading hatred and disharmony.

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Dalai Lama congratulates Maha teacher who won global prize




Dalai Lama

Dharamsala, Dec 4 : Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, on Friday congratulated Ranjitsinh Disale, a primary school teacher in Maharashtra, on winning this year’s Global Teacher Prize, saying educating the young children, especially the poor, is perhaps the best way to help them as individuals.

“I would like to congratulate you,” His Holiness wrote, “on being named the world’s most exceptional teacher and to express my admiration for your generosity in sharing half the prize money with runners-up in the competition”.

“Educating young children, especially from poor and needy backgrounds is perhaps the best way to help them as individuals, and actively contributes to creating a better world.

“Your work to ensure that disadvantaged girls go to school, as well as your efforts to prepare study materials for them in their own language, the online science lessons you offer pupils in 83 countries and your project building connections between young people in conflict zones are all vivid examples of compassion in action.

“When you say, ‘Together we can make a difference — we can make this world a better place’, you are absolutely right. I am sure your exemplary service will encourage other brothers and sisters to follow in your footsteps.”

The spiritual leader ended his letter with an offering of prayers and good wishes.

The 31-year-old Ranjitsingh Disale declared that he will split half of the prize money of $1 million with his top 10 fellow finalists.

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