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Modi dedicates 7 new plant species to nation
Prime Minsiter Narendra Modi on Monday dedicated seven new indigenously developed varieties of plants to the nation and interacted with farmers to mark the 75th anniversary of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).
 
"No country would progress without the use of science and technology," Modi said at the Vigyan Bhawan here where the CSIR marked its 75th foundation day. 
 
"Your (CSIR) contribution to the country in last 75 years increases our hopes from you. People would only expect from those who can deliever," he said. 
 
The Prime Minster also stressed upon mitigating the gaps between science and research to the industry and common user.
 
"Sometimes we do invention but the common man is kept away from those inventions. We need to abridge those gaps," he said.
 
Interacting with the farmers from five states through video conferencing, the Prime Minster encoraged them to brand their products for better marketing.
 
"Try to give a specific name to your product (vetiver or khus), this would give them unique identity and will increase their marketting prospects," Modi said while interacting with a farmer at Cuddalor, Tamil Nadu who grew khus.
 
Talking to another farmer from Jorhat who was a botany student, the Prime Minister expressed his happiness.
 
"I am happy that despite being a botany student you decided to return to the farming, while many don't. We need such spirit," Modi said. 
 
The Prime Minister also interacted with the farmers from Hyderabad in Andhra Pradesh, Cuddalore in Tamil Nadu, Jammu and Palampur in Himachal Pradesh. 
 
The new varieties of the plants that have ornamental and medicinal qualities were developed by the CSIR laboratories, especially Cental Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants (CIMAP). 
 
The plants include new varieties of lemongrass, citronella, vetiver and canna lily plant.
 
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Deepak Narain

2 months ago

This report is incomplete. It should have informed more about the new plant varieties, e.g. whether these are genetically modified mass producing plants, etc.

Nationwide strike by Hyundai workers in S Korea
The workers of Hyundai Motor in South Korea staged a full nationwide strike on Monday, the first since 2004 when the company's production line came to a standstill.
 
"If the company does not want to move forward together, we are going to show them the consequences of their actions," said the union of workers in a pamphlet, EFE news reported.
 
The activity in Hyundai's South Korean factories came to a grinding halt at 6.45 p.m. local time on Sunday after the workers rejected the latest tentative wage deal offered by the management.
 
Under the agreement, Hyundai had offered to increase workers' basic monthly pay by 58,000 won, provide one bonus payment of 3.3 million won and to withdraw a heavily-criticised wage ceiling.
 
Nearly 50,000 union members (more than 78 per cent) representing the vast majority of Hyundai's approximately 6,50,000 employees here, voted against the tentative wage deal.
 
In recent months, both sides have sat down to negotiate up to 26 times together. A total of 19 partial strikes have been staged this year, costing the company around 1,01,400 vehicles or 2.23 trillion won loss in production.
 
The Hyundai labour union said they will continue the strike for six-hours each day this week, except for days when negotiations are scheduled with the employer. 
 
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Hope filing FIR for women becomes better, says Big B post 'Pink'
After the recently released film "Pink" brought the functions of the Zero FIR system to light, also highlighting how many women aren't aware of legal procedures that can help them, megastar Amitabh Bachchan says that ministers have given hope that certain changes in law will make the process of filing FIRs easier for women soon.
 
Excerpts from the interview:
 
Q. "Pink", as we all know, is no more a film but a movement. Did you ever expect such an impact?
 
No we did not. But the kind of responses and the effect it has had on many individuals, especially women, has been overwhelming.
 
Q. When "Pink" opened, the collections were reasonable. But over the weekend the rise in the footfalls was phenomenal. Did you at any point worry about the film's reach?
 
The word of mouth worked for the film. There was no deliberate and known practiced marketing done for the film, but somewhere Shoojit Sircar did have the confidence that when people will see the film, they would react and spread the word. That is exactly what happened.
 
Q. Very few films have the power to change the way we think. "Pink" is one of them. Which of your other films would you include in this character of motivational/inspirational cinema?
 
Each and every Indian film has one basic message, victory of good over evil, and poetic justice in three hours. For me, then to differentiate one from the other, would be a wasteful exercise.
 
Q. Now "Pink" is a rallying point for women's safety. I believe the film will be used to promote the women's right and privilege to file an FIR. Please comment?
 
Some government ministers have seen it, as have eminent legal luminaries, and have given hope of changing certain laws governing women and their plight in filing FIRs. I think (my character) Deepak Sehgal in the film clarified a few misgivings. I do hope that they are brought to practice soon. What is under consideration or has been put to law is that a woman can file a complaint at any given time of day and night, irrespective of holidays or weekends.
 
Q. Just days after the release of "Pink" in which we have succinctly argued that a 'no means no', a young woman in Delhi was stalked and stabbed. How, Sir, do you think the rising growth in crime against women can be curbed?
 
That was a most unfortunate incident. But I do believe that a conscious effort in the process of education, law and moral and social policing shall bring results. Parental upbringing and early age inculcating certain values among the young, is a must.
 
Q. We speak of fighting violence against women. But about educating men not to perpetrate that violence?
 
Yes, the sons have to be educated too and brought up in a manner that they understand the equality and non-discriminatory attitude that most men think is their birthright against women. Yes, the law favours the women and there have been cases where its misuse has led to action against innocent men as well. But hopefully, a balance shall prevail in time.
 
Q. Your heartfelt open letter to your granddaughters provoked some to wonder why you had not addressed the letter to your grandson as well?
 
If you shall read the letter carefully, you shall find that the letter ostensibly addresses girls, but in doing so, it also sends a message to the boys.
 
Q. Recently, Justice Markandey Katju made an extremely uncalled for comment on your intellectual faculties. What do you think brought this nastiness on? How do you deal with such unexpected attacks?
 
Why he made that remark should be asked of Justice Katju. In a free society, everyone has the liberty to express opinion. I have merely agreed with his observation. He is right, I really do not have anything in my head.
 
Q. Finally after "Pink", are you prompted to do more films with a strong social message?
 
Each film, as I said earlier, carries a strong social message.
 
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Mahesh S Bhatt

2 months ago

Charlotte Case rape+ murder CBI acquital

Monica Lewinsky first Social media victim.

Girls & Guys are different enjoy and respect the difference donot blow out of proportion & have discipline Cheers Mahesh

M D Khattar

2 months ago

Filing an FIR is certainly a very trouble some process which takes away your time and yet you are not able to get it filed .all sort of obstacles are placed to get a simple theft or loss registered . Filing FIR by women for more serious crimes is an uphill task . Will it improve ? Unless drastic system changes are made and concerned people made aware of thier responsibility , it is doubtful if any significant change can be expected . Possibility of lodging FIR electronically seems a possible solution

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