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Kerala Assembly special session underway to discuss cattle slaughter ban

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Thiruvananthapuram, June 8, 2017: The Special session of Kerala Assembly is underway on Thursday to discuss Center’s notification on sale and purchase of all kinds of cattle from animal markets for slaughter.

During the one-day session, the discussion will be held on finalising the steps to be taken by the state government on the issue, which the state had termed as an infringement into the state’s rights and against federal principle.

The government is considering approaching the Supreme Court and bringing in a law within its ambit to prevent the implementation of the notification which it rejected saying this as an infringement into the state’s rights and against federal principles.

The CPI-M government and Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan have criticised the ruling BJP dispensation at the Centre over issue.

On Wednesday, the Kerala High Court has refused to stay the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Regulation of Livestock Markets) Rules, 2017 (Rules) that prohibit the sale of cattle for slaughter in the markets.

Read More: Kerala High Court refuses to block new law on cattle sale

The Union Environment Ministry on May 27 modified the animal cruelty rules, making it mandatory to ensure all kinds of cattle are not bought or sold with a purpose of slaughtering.

As the ministry notified the Prevention of Cruelty to Animal (Regulation of Livestock Markets) Rules-2017, it asserted that the aim is to regulate the animal market and prevent cruelty.

Read More: Centre modifies rules to end cattle slaughter

Soon after the Centre’s regulation on cattle slaughter came, in Protest against the new law beef festival was observed in several parts of Kerala and IIT Madras students were also seen celebrating a beef festival inside the campus.

Read More: Kerala observes ‘Beef Festival’ in protest against Centre’s slaughter ban

After that, the Madras High Court on Tuesday granted a four-week stay on central government’s notification on new cattle slaughter ban.

Read More: Madras HC stays Centre’s order on cattle slaughter ban

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BJP MP Vinay Katiyar attacks Priyanka, says Rohingyas sympathisers should leave India

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New Delhi, May 24: Two days after actor and UNICEF goodwill ambassador for Child Rights Priyanka Chopra visited Rohingya camps in Bangladesh, BJP MP Vinay Katiyar on Thursday attacked her and said those sympathising with Rohingyas should not be allowed to live in India and sympathisers should leave the country.

Taking a dig at Priyanka Chopra, he said there is no place for Rohingyas Muslims in India. He further added that Priyanka Chopra shouldn’t have to meet Rohingya Muslims in Bangladesh. Yesterday, Priyanka Chopra said, “Many months later Rohingya Muslims are still highly vulnerable, living in overcrowded camps with no idea when or where they will ever belong…even worse when they will get their next meal.”

Priyanka Chopra on Monday visited Cox’s Bazaar, one of the largest refugee camps in the world and to share his experience, Priyanka Chopra on Twitter said, “I’m in Cox’s Bazaar, Bangladesh today for a field visit UNICEF, visiting one of the largest refugee camps in the world.”

The actor also shared her pictures with victim children staying in refugee camps on the social media app Instagram. According to United Nations’official stats, almost 700,000 refugees have fled violence in neighbouring Myanmar and arrived in Cox’s Bazar since August 2017.

When Mansur Ali, 12 yrs old, first came to the Child Friendly Space (CFS) at the Balukhali camp, he was only drawing scenes of bloodshed and violence. Helicopters shooting at him and his friends playing soccer… or his village and home being on fire with burning bodies all around him.. Today, his drawings reflect a more hopeful story, one we would like all these children to have. Since the #Rohingya children have arrived in Cox’s Bazar, they have been living in overcrowded camps with no real place that to call their own. Imagine a space that lets you forget your troubles and be a child again… even if its only for just a few hours a day. For the Rohingya children, over 300,000, in the camps in Bangladesh this is the only space that allows them to be kids. These Child Friendly Spaces created by @unicef give kids access to art, music, dance, sport, and counselling etc. The space has often proved to be very therapeutic, helping these kids deal with the horrific situations they faced.. the @unicef aid workers work tirelessly to make sure these children find their spirit again. It doesn’t matter where a child is from or what his or her circumstances are… NO child deserves a life without hope for the future. The world needs to care. We need to care. Please lend your support at www.supportunicef.org #childrenuprooted @unicef @unicefbangladesh

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As I walk into the Women Friendly Space at the Jamtoli Camp, I am instantly struck by a certain calmness. These camps are loud & crowded, actually overcrowded, and so to find a quiet oasis, in this case a small hut with a tarp roof and thatched bamboo walls, is surprising. But for the girls in this camp, this is what they call their “house of peace.” It’s a place they can come and just be. A place to interact with friends, seek counselling, learn about hygiene, or learn life skills like art and music. There are approx 50 Women Friendly Spaces in the camps, just like this one, that on any given day see 50-70 Rohingya girls seeking these safe havens. The centers open at 9am, but there is seldom a day when the women aren’t lined up early, waiting for the doors to open. It is here that I met three 18 year old young women, in particular, who’s stories really shook me – their names have been omitted to protect their identities. They recounted lives of pain and suffering so horrifying…it’s difficult to fathom. One scarred with memories of houses in her village being burned – she and her parents traveled for two days to get here, passing hundreds of decapitated and dismembered bodies along the way. Another shared stories of young girls being pulled from their homes to be raped and tortured. They even tried to kill her and cut her with a knife, but she fought back. How did you manage to be so brave, I asked her…she replied, “If you’re born you will die, so I’m not scared of dying today.” In what world is it normal for an 18 year old girl to have this perspective on life?! The third young woman traveled for nearly two weeks on foot through the forest, where her youngest brother died along the way. There was lots of rape and torture back home she told me, and some women’s breasts were even cut off. While their lives are safer now, they are all still struggling. They know that with an education they can get a job and create better lives for their family, like buying protein for their meals, and clean drinking water. It’s literally as basic as that. Please help however you can, no donation is too small…go to www.supportunicef.org #childrenuprooted @unicef

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This is little Shohida (8 months old), who stole my heart with her infectious smile. It’s a poignant reminder of the dichotomy of life…here she was getting all the help she needed, when just a few months before, her mother, Alada (who was only 19 years old at the time) walked for 15 days, while 6 months pregnant with her ,to get across the border. It shows us that there is hope left in this world. When you’re dealing with a mass exodus of thousands of people, who have been displaced from their homes and are desperate for refuge, the need for proper health and nutrition takes center stage…especially for women and children. On the various Unicef Field Visits I have taken, I am always surprised by the simple yet effective solutions that @unicef and their partners develop to deal with the most dire and pressing situations and issues. This is something I experienced again today during my visit to the Nutrition Centre at the Jamtoli camp in Cox’s Bazar. More than 60,000 babies have been born in the camps over the past 8 months, so this center is an essential resource for new mothers to learn about proper feeding and nutrition. It all begins with the MUAC, a process where the child’s middle upper arm is measured to ascertain their nutrition level. From there, aids create a program for the child and a nutrient rich, ready-to-eat peanut paste is portioned out for each child based on the severity of malnutrition. At the Center mother’s are also taught basic hygiene and good health practices when they are in their homes. The world needs to care. We need to care. Please lend your support at www.supportunicef.org #childrenuprooted @unicef @unicefbangladesh

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Priyanka, 35, has worked with Unicef for a decade and was appointed as the national and global Unicef goodwill ambassador for Child Rights in 2010 and 2016 respectively. She promotes causes such as environment, health and education and women’s rights among many others.

Almost 700,000 refugees have fled violence in neighboring Myanmar and arrived in Cox’s Bazar since August 2017, according to the UN.

Last year, Priyanka had met Syrian refugee children in Jordan.

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India, Netherlands discuss cooperation in various sectors including agriculture, health

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New Delhi, May 24: India and Netherlands on Thursday explored cooperation across several sectors at a CEOs Round Table attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Dutch counterpart Mark Rutte.

“Explored strengthening cooperation in sectors like agriculture and food processing, horticulture, water management, logistics, life sciences and health, among other areas,” external affairs ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said in a tweet.

“Netherlands strength in technology and innovation is a big opportunity for India cutting across several sectors crucial for India’s development”, he added.

Both the countries announced a wide range of MoUs/Agreements and Initiatives across different sectors including Government to government, Knowledge institutions, Water, Agrifood and horticulture, Hi-tech/IT/Space, Life Sciences & Health, Smart Cities, Business and Sustainability.

The Netherlands joined the International Solar Alliance (ISA).

Expressing happiness over this Prime Minister Modi said this decision by The Netherlands to join the ISA will add a new chapter to Indo-Netherlands bilateral relations.

“India and Netherlands have shared close relations in the United Nations Security Council and also with respect to multilateral exports. The ISA will add a new chapter” he added.

Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Netherlands Mark Rutte arrived in India for a two-day official visit on Thursday.

He was welcomed by Union Minister of Food Processing Harsimrat Kaur Badal.

Lastly, he will participate in an agro event, before heading to Bengaluru.

Rutte is scheduled to call on Governor of Karnataka, Vajubhai Rudabhai Vala.

In Bengaluru, he will pay a visit to Shell Technology Centre and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

Around 10 in the night on May 25, he will leave for Netherlands.

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Bringing petrol, diesel under GST will lower prices, says Fadnavis

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Mumbai, May 24: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday said that the fuel prices will come down once the central government builds a consensus to bring petrol and diesel under the Goods and Services Tax (GST) cap. 

“We have decreased our taxes already but now rates are going up due to rising crude oil prices in international market. So we are trying to make a consensus in GST Council on bringing petroleum under GST, that will decrease the price,” Fadnavis said while replying to rising petrol and diesel prices in the state.

Earlier on Tuesday, All India Petroleum Dealers Association president Ajay Bansal said that they can only control the rising fuel price by reducing VAT of state and central taxes.

Across the four metro cities, prices increased around 30 paise on Tuesday. In Delhi and Mumbai, the fuel was sold at Rs 76.87 and Rs 84.70 per litre, up from Rs Rs 76.57 and Rs 84.40 respectively on Monday.

While on Wednesday, a litre of petrol in Mumbai was retailing at Rs 84.99, while in Delhi at Rs 77.17.

Despite the constant price rise, no solution from the central government has been offered yet.

However, In the wake of petrol and diesel price hike, the Union Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Law and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad held a meeting.

After a close deliberation, Prasad said the centre will take a long-term view to deal with frequent up and downs.

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