India is not a racist country, no, it is not!

The niftiest thing about racism in India is that in the mind of its practitioners, it doesn’t exist. Racism in India, that is. Communalism, communism, vegetarianism, hooliganism, casteism, crony capitalism and Mughal-e-Ism, yes. But racism? Not in this country.

How can it, since we have, since the dawn of pre-post-colonialism and other malapropisms, been the victims, and, as far as nationalism goes, been glorious ‘tryst with destiny’ victors against it.

For Indians, who at least don’t ‘look Chinese’, it is that horrid thing that gets Indians beaten up in Australia, Sikhs mistaken for West Asian Islamists in the US, construction workers and maids in the Gulf leading miserable lives, and the Mahatma thrown off the train at Pietermaritzburg.

And in those rare cases when the Indian is actually not the victim, racism is what US President Donald Trump supporters ‘do’ against Mexicans, swathes of the US practised before Jay ‘Success is the Biggest Revenge’ Z became one of America’s B R Ambedkars, and why Nelson Mandela became famous for being the Indian Gandhi. (More on the Mahatma a bit later.)

Last Monday, four Nigerians — Nigerians being from a country in Africa, the way Srinivas Kuchibhotla, who was shot dead in a racist attack in Kansas in February, was from the Asian country of India — were brutally attacked in Greater Noida by a mob. The mob had morphed from a reported group of angry protesters who believed that a Class 12 (Indian) boy died of a drug overdose from drugs allegedly supplied by his Nigerian neighbours.

It is important to note that the four Nigerians beaten up on Monday — or the fifth Nigerian attacked in another part of Greater Noida on Wednesday —and a fifth were detained but released after the police found no evidence against them. Perhaps the mob and the cops can be forgiven, since it is really, really hard for Brown people to differentiate between Black Africans going about their own business and Black Africans peddling drugs. After all, when did another kind of -ism stop enough people from believing that Pakistan actor Fawad Khan also had a hand in the attack on the Indian Army headquarters in Uri, Kashmir?

Since last week’s racist attacks, much has been aired about the traditional Indian prejudice against dark skin, with the usual examples of marriage adverts putting a premium on fair skin and ‘whitening’ creams trotted out. That is, indeed, a prejudice, and a deeply embarrassing one. But not fundamentally different from the ‘traditional aesthetic’ bias for large breasts or — among the ‘hipster’ crowd — big beards.

Racism is both more toxic and, ironically, easier to stamp out. It is more toxic because it not only harbours a prejudice that is cooked in vats of noxious stereotypes, but it’s also regularly acted upon. Racist action can take the form of, as cited by Monday’s victims, name-calling and taunts, restricted entry and inflated prices to more violent forms.

South African social scientist Ashwin Desai and historian Goolam Vahed in their 2015 book, The South African Gandhi: Stretcher-Bearer of Empire, extensively collate Gandhiji’s own writing in the period in which the future Father of Another Nation lived in South Africa between 1893 and 1914.

In this startling work of scholarship, the writers quote passages where Gandhi had described Black Africans as “savage”, “raw” and living a life of “indolence and nakedness” and making a case through campaigns of being “treated differently” from the indigenous Black population.

So, the bull must be caught by the horns if racism in India is to be tackled with a little more seriousness than via parliamentary condemnation and tut-tuts about creating a bump in India-Africa trade, happy post-colonial ties and other pleasant things between the people of the ‘Great Continent’ and of the ‘Great Subcontinent’. Or rather, the bull must be caught by the horns and put before the cart: by cracking down on racist crime when it takes place in Mother India.

As Monday’s attacks — and countless other anecdotal evidence that goes beyond ‘Africans’ and includes fellow Indians from the northeastern part of the country — point to once again, the functionaries of law and order find these ‘crimes’ to be nothing but ‘incidents’ in a country where you don’t either have to be ‘kaalu’ or a ‘chinky’ to face a lynch mob. And ‘incidents’, as we all know, get taken as seriously as a prospective paying guest with a name that can be so hard to pronounce.
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Extra MR vaccine dose for kids aged nine months to 15 years

AS PART of the national strategy to eliminate measles and control rubella in the country, all children, aged nine months to less than 15 years, will be given an additional dose of MR vaccine, regardless of any previous vaccination status or history of measles. The government plans to eliminate measles and control rubella by 2020.

Measles is a highly infectious disease caused by a virus. An estimated 49,000 children die of measles annually, making it one of the leading causes of death in India. Every school-going child will be given two doses of measles vaccine, which is safe and effective. The campaign will target 100 per cent children.

Under the campaign, the departments of health and education are partnering schools. Both the teachers and students of private and government schools, including other institutions, will take part in the orientation campaign, which will guide them about the diseases. The education department has been told to make a list of students in the age of 15 years.

“The programme will be started as soon as the health department receives the vaccine for the students,” said an education department official. The campaign will also include raising of awareness in society through posters, handouts and banners.

Rubella and Congenital Rubella Syndrome (CRS) leads to deafness and blindness in children. The country witnesses 30,000 cases of CRS annually in the country. The programme has to be conducted in three to four weeks’ time and then will reach the community through outreach programmes.

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Source: http://indianexpress.com/article/india/extra-mr-vaccine-dose-for-kids-aged-nine-months-to-15-years-4597071/

Venezuela opposition seeks removal of Supreme court judges

Venezuela’s president and Supreme Court backed down Saturday from an unprecedented move to strip congress of its legislative powers that had sparked widespread charges that the South American country was no longer a democracy. (Source: AP) Venezuela’s president and Supreme Court backed down Saturday from an unprecedented move to strip congress of its legislative powers that had sparked widespread charges that the South American country was no longer a democracy. (Source: AP)

Venezuelan opposition lawmakers are calling for the removal of the Supreme Court judges who issued a ruling nullifying the country’s congress.

That ruling threw the South American country into a political crisis last week. The decision was reversed on Saturday after coming under heavy international criticism.

Opposition leaders said on Sunday that the judges had to be removed to restore constitutional order in the economically embattled country.

Leaders said they will take up the matter in congress on Tuesday. The body’s authority has now been reinstated, but congress does not have the power to recall judges by itself.

The opposition is also calling for a street protest on Tuesday.

President Nicholas Maduro addressed the matter in a speech on Sunday and accused his opponents of desperately seeking to generate violence through street protests.

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Source: http://indianexpress.com/article/world/venezuela-opposition-seeks-removal-of-supreme-court-judges-4597107/

CISF aims to rid 59 airports of hand bag stamping practice by year-end

After doing away with stamping of hand baggage in seven airports, the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) will aim at doing away with the practice in 59 airports across the country. “By the end of this year the practice would be followed at the 59 airports of the country,” said O P Singh, director, CISF, at a press conference in Kolkata.

He said BSN Reddy, who would soon be made AIG (technical), will look into technological intervention into airport security. Referring to incident of a Shiv Sena MP hitting an airline official, Singh said, “CISF is there to protect aircraft security and only if the pilot demands can we enter the aircraft and intervene.”

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Academy of Country Music Awards 2017: What to expect from the awards show

On Sunday night in Las Vegas, the 52nd Academy of Country Music Awards will debut at their new home, Sin City’s T-Mobile Arena.

While the venue may be new, the hosts aren’t — Luke Bryan and Dierks Bentley are old pros by now. Bryan hosted three times before with Blake Shelton, and this will be his second run with Bentley.

Going into the night, Keith Urban stands to take home the most statuettes, as he’s nominated for seven awards. Miranda Lambert and Maren Morris are close behind, with six nods.

Morris, however, has already come out on top in one of her categories, taking home the previously announced new female vocalist trophy. Jon Pardi and Brothers Osborne head into the night as the new male and new vocal duo or group winners, respectively.

When it comes to presenters, Lauren Alaina, Kane Brown, Kacey Musgraves, “Entertainment Tonight”’s Nancy O’Dell, Jake Owen, Kellie Pickler, Darius Rucker, Miss America Savvy Shields, and NASCAR drivers Elliott Sadler and Bubba Wallace will help reveal the night’s victors.

Just like any other awards show worth its time on TV, the ACMs will be jam-packed with one-of-a-kind performances.

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill will perform “Speak to a Girl” for the first time, while Thomas Rhett will debut his single featuring Maren Morris, “Craving You.” Florida Georgia Line teams up with Backstreet Boys for a medley that’s sure to include their collaboration on “God, Your Mama, and Me.”

Keith Urban and Carrie Underwood will do “The Fighter,” as road buddies Cole Swindell and Dierks Bentley deliver “Flatliner.” Christian artist Lauren Daigle joins Reba McEntire for a new version of “Back to God.”

Jason Aldean, Kelsea Ballerini, Brothers Osborne, Luke Bryan, Lady Antebellum, Sam Hunt, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Jon Pardi, Rascal Flatts, Chris Stapleton, Brett Eldredge and Old Dominion are set to sing as well.

The action starts at 8 p.m. ET, live on CBS.

Here’s the complete list of nominees for the 52nd annual ACM Awards:

Entertainer of the Year

Jason Aldean

Luke Bryan

Florida Georgia Line

Carrie Underwood

Keith Urban

Male Vocalist of the Year

Jason Aldean

Dierks Bentley

Thomas Rhett

Chris Stapleton

Keith Urban

Female Vocalist of the Year

Kelsea Ballerini

Miranda Lambert

Maren Morris

Kacey Musgraves

Carrie Underwood

Vocal Duo of the Year

Big & Rich

Brothers Osborne

Dan + Shay

Florida Georgia Line

Maddie & Tae

Vocal Group of the Year

Eli Young Band

Lady Antebellum

Little Big Town

Old Dominion

Rascal Flatts

Songwriter of the Year

Ashley Gorley

Hillary Lindsey

Luke Laird

Shane McAnally

Lori McKenna

Album of the Year

Black — Dierks Bentley

Dig Your Roots — Florida Georgia Line

Hero — Maren Morris

Ripcord — Keith Urban

The Weight of These Wings — Miranda Lambert

Single

“Blue Ain’t Your Color” — Keith Urban

“H.O.L.Y.” — Florida Georgia Line

“Humble and Kind” — Tim McGraw

“My Church” — Maren Morris

“Vice” — Miranda Lambert

Song of the Year

“Blue Ain’t Your Color” — Keith Urban

“Die a Happy Man” — Thomas Rhett

“Humble and Kind” — Tim McGraw

“Kill a Word” — Eric Church

“Tennessee Whiskey” — Chris Stapleton

“Vice” — Miranda Lambert

Video of the Year

“Fire Away” — Chris Stapleton

“Forever Country” — Artists of Then, Now and Forever

“Humble and Kind”– Tim McGraw

“Peter Pan” — Kelsea Ballerini

“Vice” — Miranda Lambert

Vocal Event

“Different for Girls” — Dierks Bentley featuring Elle King

“Forever Country” — Artists of Then, Now and Forever

“May We All” — Florida Georgia Line featuring Tim McGraw

“Setting the World on Fire” — Kenny Chesney featuring Pink

“Think of You” — Chris Young featuring Cassadeee Pope
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Source: https://gma.yahoo.com/academy-country-music-awards-2016-expect-awards-show-064621198–abc-news-music.html

Overwatch Announces World Cup 2017 – Hollywood.com Esports

Overwatch Announces World Cup 2017

Blizzard introduces a new qualification process for this year’s World Cup.

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The Overwatch World Cup returns for 2017 and will culminate in a final showdown at BlizzCon 2017 in November. Eight single-elimination matches will determine which country is the best at Overwatch. However, the road to the World Cup will be a little different this year because Blizzard is introducing a new qualification process.

For 2017, Blizzard will track the Skill Rating of the top 100 players from each country to determine that country’s average SR. At the end of the qualification period, the top 32 countries with the highest average SR will head to the World Cup. This means that Overwatch players can actively help their country secure a spot in the World Cup by bringing their best to Competitive Play.

Once the top 32 teams are confirmed, players from each country will work together to assemble a National Committee of three local experts. The committee will be chosen from a pool of ten nominees with expertise in the field such as analysts and coaches. One selected, the committee will be in charge of suggesting team lineups and roster picks for the competition.

From there, four live qualifiers will take place over the summer in Europe, North America and Asia. The top 32 countries will compete in groups of eight in these qualifiers and the top two finishers will secure a spot at the 2017 World Cup.

Last year, South Korea took 1st place at the 2016 World Cup, with Russia and Sweden taking 2nd and 3rd place respectively. Currently, South Korea leads at the top of the SR charts with China and USA following close behind. Click here to view the top 50 countries.
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Overwatch Announces World Cup 2017 – Hollywood.com Esports

Overwatch Announces World Cup 2017

Blizzard introduces a new qualification process for this year’s World Cup.

Courtesy of Blizzard Entertainment

The Overwatch World Cup returns for 2017 and will culminate in a final showdown at BlizzCon 2017 in November. Eight single-elimination matches will determine which country is the best at Overwatch. However, the road to the World Cup will be a little different this year because Blizzard is introducing a new qualification process.

For 2017, Blizzard will track the Skill Rating of the top 100 players from each country to determine that country’s average SR. At the end of the qualification period, the top 32 countries with the highest average SR will head to the World Cup. This means that Overwatch players can actively help their country secure a spot in the World Cup by bringing their best to Competitive Play.

Once the top 32 teams are confirmed, players from each country will work together to assemble a National Committee of three local experts. The committee will be chosen from a pool of ten nominees with expertise in the field such as analysts and coaches. One selected, the committee will be in charge of suggesting team lineups and roster picks for the competition.

From there, four live qualifiers will take place over the summer in Europe, North America and Asia. The top 32 countries will compete in groups of eight in these qualifiers and the top two finishers will secure a spot at the 2017 World Cup.

Last year, South Korea took 1st place at the 2016 World Cup, with Russia and Sweden taking 2nd and 3rd place respectively. Currently, South Korea leads at the top of the SR charts with China and USA following close behind. Click here to view the top 50 countries.
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Source: https://esports.hollywood.com/overwatch-announces-world-cup-2017-4bbe768c4cd2?source=collection_home—4——3———–

Jyotiraditya Scindia vs Piyush Goyal over who’s to blame for power situation

Piyush Goyal and Jyotiraditya Scindia speak in Lok Sabha. PTI Piyush Goyal and Jyotiraditya Scindia speak in Lok Sabha. PTI

Lok SABHA witnessed heated exchanges between Power Minister Piyush Goyal and Congress chief whip Jyotiraditya Scindia Thursday over the current power situation. Scindia questioned the government claim that the country has surplus power; he claimed the reality is different. Goyal used the dismal picture painted by Scindia to hit back, saying that it was on account of the failure of the policies pursued during the last 50 years (of Congress rule).

Raising the issue during question hour, Scindia said the Power Ministry measured the surplus power on the basis of the demand of discoms. He said six crore households in the country still don’t get adequate power, including 80 per cent of the households in Bihar, 45 per cent in Madhya Pradesh, 70 per cent in UP and 65 per cent in Jharkhand. How then could the government claim the country had surplus power, he asked.

Goyal responded that it was good the Congress leader, a former power minister, had himself exposed the performance of his own government “in detail”. Goyal said when he became a minister, “crores of homes were without power, electricity had not reached thousands of villages, discoms incurred annual losses to the tune Rs 60,000 to 65,000 crore”. Referring to Scindia’s contention, he said, “It was a good analysis of Congress performance — how did Congress deprive people of power for 10 years.”

As Goyal and Scindia got worked up, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan had to intervene, asking both of them to stay calm. When senior Congress MP Kantilal Bhuria tried to say something, the Speaker told him, “Bhuriaji, don’t come in between two young men.” At one stage, Goyal mocked Scindia when he tried to interrupt him: “When the actual situation is exposed, it hurts (Jab vastvik sthiti bahar aati hai to chot lagati hai).”

“Chot keejiye per na lage,” Mahajan said. Congress members, including Scindia and K C Venugopal, raised a din when Goyal helped took a sip from a glass of water placed on his desk. “When I drink water, you get uncomfortable, because you will have to listen to me longer,” Goyal remarked. “Paani peejiye, pilaiye, sab kuchh keejiye, lekin shanti se,” the Speaker said.

“Madam,” Goyal said, “janata ne inhein paani pila diya hai, mujhe paani pilaane ki zaroorat nahin hai (Madam, people have taught them a lesson, there is not need for me to do that).” Goyal maintained that enough power was being generated ever since the new government had come to power in 2014. The government could now fulfil demands up to 50 per cent more than the current requirement, he said. He also declared that all homes across the country will get power as per their requirement by 2022 and all households in UP will have electricity connection by 2019.

“In Uttar Pradesh, all homes will be given electricity connection by 2019… Efforts are also on to provide 24-hour power to all households in Uttar Pradesh,” he said.

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Source: http://indianexpress.com/article/india/jyotiraditya-scindia-vs-piyush-goyal-over-whos-to-blame-for-power-situation-4593234/

This Man’s Honest Post On Racism In India Shows How Disrespectful We Really Are Toward Africans

A few days ago, locals in Greater Noida had beat up Nigerians for their alleged involvement in the death of a 17-year-old boy. Because racism comes as an easy offence for most of us, the assault on the Africans didn’t create an uproar that it deserved.

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This is probably why this man decided to pen a thought piece on the subject. Nana Kofi Yalley writes,

“Must we also start ganging up on your fellow citizens who have gone to stay in our countries? You say who cares just because you don’t have a relative there to be attacked but if you were to be attacked yourself will you dare to live to be attacked in another man’s country where you are vulnerable? That’s the choice you leave us. But we are too civilized to do unto you what you do unto us.”

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He goes on to explain how Africans are contributing to the Indian economy but are not getting the respect they deserve.

“We renting your flats at high prices, paying huge amount of dollars for fees, and spending the monies we bring in here and not saving them outside India but in the same Indian banks. Please give us some respect. The recent attack in Noida is something I can’t really understand where innocent people will have to be hospitalised for a crime they didn’t commit.”

You can read his entire post here.

It’s high time we, as Indian citizens, learn to respect foreign nationals staying in our country and stop seeing them as a threat just because they belong to a different colour or community.
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Source: http://www.indiatimes.com/news/world/this-man-s-honest-post-on-racism-in-india-shows-how-disrespectful-we-really-are-toward-africans-274443.html

Italy May Become The First Western Country To Offer Paid Menstrual Leave To Working Women

Working women in Italy, who experience painful period, may soon get paid menstrual leave if the Italian parliament decides on it.

The Italian parliament is discussing the matter and if everything goes well, it will allow companies to offer three paid days every month to women who go through menstrual pain.

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Italy may become the first Western country to offer paid period leave if the motion is passed. Japan and Indonesia are already allowing their working women time off during those painful days every month.

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Experts believe that it will allow women feel more comfortable. However, not everyone agrees. Many believe that the legislation may backfire on women leading companies to think twice before hiring them.
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Source: http://www.indiatimes.com/news/world/italy-may-become-the-first-western-country-to-offer-paid-menstrual-leave-to-working-women-274311.html