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Indian state wins coveted UN award

 

God's own country
God’s own country

Known as God’s own country, Indian state Kerala, for the first time, has won the prestigious Ulysses Prize from United Nation’s World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) for its tourism project at Kumarakom and for bringing in excellence and innovation in the sector.
The prizes were announced in Madrid, Spain and Kerala’s Kumarakom project won the prize in the category “Innovation in Public Policy and Governance”. The prizes were conceived to honour innovation, policy making and information dissemination the field of global tourism.
The Kerala government official attributed the success to locals, communities, self help groups and business in the tourism sector who coordinated and cooperated well to make the project a success.
Under Kumarakom project, the locals, including vendors, farmers and small business were supplying their farm produce to the thirteen hotels and resorts in the area for their daily use.
Speaking at the function, UNWTO secretary-general Taleb Rifai said, “Tourism is increasingly becoming a transformative force, bringing in economic growth, creating jobs, and most importantly, changing people’s lives.”
“We are humbled by the UNWTO’s decision to confer this highest international award on our state,” said Kerala Tourism Minister A P Anilkumar.
It must also be noted that tourism management has also become a specialised field for tourist spots, and there have been demands in India to stress on the need of having a system where the numbers of tourists coming in the country are managed considering the effects of climate change on the ecology and flora & fauna of India. It must be hoped with this award India lays greater emphasis on responsible and innovative tourism in the country.
Abhishek Bhardwaj

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India celebrates its 65th Republic Day

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After August 15, 1947 (when India earned its freedom from British Empire), January 26, 1950 remains the most important in the history of India and its people; since this was the day when India enacted its Constitution and done away with British rule completely.
In 2014, India celebrated its 65th Republic Day across the nation as President Pranab Mukherjee greeted the public on the occasion. The day was celebrated in India’s capital, New Delhi, where a ceremony was held near India Gate at Rajpath as India’s first citizen received guard of honour from Indian Armed forces in the company of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe who was the chief guest this year.
The President honoured personnels from armed forces who laid down their lines in the line of duty bestowing upon gallantry awards on them posthumously, in addition to that children who performed acts of bravery were also rewarded. The event also saw India flaunting its military might and cultural fervour.
While the Indian Army put on display its arms and artillery, on the other hand, India’s prominent states, union territories and important government ministries showcased their regional pavilions. Going by the “unity in diversity”message the largest democracy in the world stands for India put on display its colours and hues in the heart of the nation for over a billion people to see.
Abhishek Bhardwaj

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Anti Corruption Helpline Launched in Delhi

Arvind Kejriwal

At last anti corruption helpline started in Delhi.  The new Aam  Aadmi Party (AAP) Government of India took many steps for the welfare of the people, they have reduced the electricity bill, water bill, and at last they have launched a helpline to prevent corruption. The man behind the amazing performance is Arvind Kejriwal who was a former civil servant.  His party won 28 of the 70 seats on Delhi election. But many people are joining Aam Aadmi party after seeing their amazing steps, they admire Mr. Kejriwal. People’s participation inspired Mr. Kejriwal’s  party to contest the parliamentary election. This helpline started with a view to help the people who deals with the bribe demand by the Government employee. It’s not easy to take steps against corruption in a country like India. Anti corruption helpline would be a great relief for the people who are suffering due to bribe and corruption.

This helpline started working from 9 January. It will be open 14 hours everyday. On first day evening Arvind Kejriwal said that they got 38 serious complaints that day. And they got more than 4 thousands calls in the first few hours of launching. He also mentioned that it’s a helpline, not a complaint number. This helpline is aimed to create fear the corrupted person and alert them.  In this process callers will leave their complain, name and number. Government official will call back and give some tips and also plan for conducting sting operation. If AAP get cooperation of all people, they can make a revolution by their good will and different steps.

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Arvind Kejriwal led Delhi govt cut 50% electricity tariff

Arvind Kejriwal the Chief Minister of Delhi declared this after a cabinet meeting at the Delhi Secretariat on Tuesday December, 31. According to this declaration, 50% price will be reduced for those who consume up to 400 units every month. Earlier, Kejriwal announced that three power distribution companies will be audited within 24 hours and the final decision will be taken by Wednesday evening.

Kejriwal said that the power tariff cut will be applicable from January 1, 2014. To reduce the half price of electricity was his one of the major pre-poll promises.

The Chief Minister said that this decision of reducing electricity tariff would benefit 28 lakh of the total 34 lakh consumers in the city. This decision would mean an additional burden of RS 200 crore on the exchequer till March 2014 where the actual outflow of money will only be Rs. 61 crore. The remaining money will be adjusted against the RS. 4500 crore with the distribution companies which they already owe to the Delhi government.

In reaction to the declaration the power distribution companies said that the government will have to first apprise the Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission of the decision before the new tariff is implemented.

On Monday December 30,2013 Kejrial delivered another announcement which he had promised to voters- free water. His government has declared that every household in Delhi with a working meter will receive nearly 700 liters of free water.

Kejrial and his AAP led government has fulfilled two of its biggest pre-poll promises within four days of being in power.

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New party forms government in Delhi

Delhi's Chief Minister
Delhi’s Chief Minister

What would you say when just one year old party makes a debut in politics, takes on two of the strongest national parties and comes close second only to form the government in the administrative capital of the nation. Yes! It is not a fairy tale; it has happened in India today.
A civil rights activist and 2005 Ramon Magsaysay Award winner Arvind Kejriwal today took oath of Delhi Chief Minister after his party, founded less just a year back, formed the government in Delhi. The anti-corruption crusader who served Indian Revenue Service earlier left his additional commissioner’s job to raise the issue of Right to Information Act and won the battle when the RTI Act came into force in 2005, which later won him the Ramon Magsaysay Award (regarded as Asia’s Nobel prize) as well.
In 2011, he joined Anna Hazare to raise the issue of Jan Lokpal Bill (Anti-Corruption Bill), such meticulous was his planning to garner support among masses and campaigning that the government had to call civil society group to bill drafting committee for the first time. However, the committee reached an impasse and Hazare and Kejriwal went on to protest two more times sitting on fast unto death to pass Jan Lokpal Bill, however, government refused to budge and dared them to enter into politics.
Kejriwal and his confidantes formed a political party called Aam Aadmi Party (Common Man Party) with the symbol broom with the sole aim to clean politics. Even his mentor Anna Hazare distanced himself from the newly formed political party. Being a naturally gritty person Kejriwal decided to fight elections on all 70 seats in upcoming Delhi Assembly Elections and filed his nomination against Delhi Chief Minister of 15 years Sheila Dikshit, later to beat her by more than 20,000 votes.
His party won 28 seats after withstanding a smear campaign by two national parties, a series of attacks on its member, which claimed one life, a sting operation and several FIRs and cases. AAP wave swept across Delhi and voters turned out in huge numbers to elect their representatives. All AAP representatives come from humble backgrounds and one candidate, Rakhi Birla who sworn in as a new minister today, lives in just 25 yards home. To add to that all candidates come with clean backgrounds and have no criminal cases pending against except for those filed just before elections and during protests.
It is left to be seen how AAP fulfills its promises as its task is will cut out, and time is at premium. But the victory of AAP has rejuvenated Delhi’s common men with new vigour and a new found belief that politics can be clean, and they can finally breathe in a corruption free environment.
Abhishek Bhardwaj

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India government moves apex court to decriminalize gay sex

Delhi Gay Parade
Delhi Gay Parade

Weeks after India’s Supreme Court criminalized gay sex under Section 377 and asked the Parliament to review the existing law for LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) Community; Indian government filed a review petition in the apex court to review its verdict.
The SC verdict created a furor among Indians across the world and cheered up conservative section which were happy to marginalize LGBT community. While almost all the health organizations, human and gay rights activists came all out against the verdict calling it regressive, archaic and biased towards a minority community.
The voice of the non-government representatives found support from political entities as well. India’s major national party Congress slammed the verdict and expressed resolve to overturn it by making necessary amendments in the existing law. Although there are still political forces who welcomed court decision, citing gay sex anti-religious and unnatural (as it does not lead to reproduction), which was more of an effort to garner votes among people who consider gay sex as taboo and against their religious views.
The main worry that arose post SC decision was not only ostracization of the LGBT community, but also the harassment that they have to deal with from police personnel and anti-social elements. Besides the rapid rate of HIV positive cases among LGHBT community may also go unnoticed as the verdict would make the sexual act and any relationship illegal and criminal forcing people hesitant to approach health official.
A health organization has also filed a review petition in the Supreme Court to re look its decision based on existing Section 377 which was enacted in 19th century. Both the petitions are pending for hearing in the Supreme Court and has raised hopes among deprived LGBT community and prompted them to come out of their hiding by raising the issues they face in their day to day lives. India’s young generation has reacted progressively at the verdict and joined gay pride parade in Delhi to oppose the decision and demanding the government to review the particular in question. As for the next generation the choice of one’s life partner has nothing to do with caste, colour, creed and gender!
-Abhishek Bhardwaj

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India passes its Anti-corruption bill

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Anti-Corruption-Crusader-An

After a long wait of more than four decades, Indian Parliament has passed an anti-corruption bill called Lokpal Bill, Both the houses of Parliament i.e Upper House (Rajya Sabha) and Lower house (Lok Sabha) passed the bill with the majority of parties voting in favour of the bill after some amendments.

The Lokpal Bill came into prominence in 2011 when social activist and Gandhian Anna Hazare sat on indefinite fast to get the bill passed and this time as well he was on a fast to up the ante against the Parliamentarians to pass the bill.
Now, that the bill is passed, and the public is waiting for its enforcement on the Government Departments, Ministries, Autonomous Government Bodies, Some Non-Government Organisation, Judiciary and Member of Parliament and Legislative Assemblies across nation, there are still some pressing issues for the world’s largest democracy to deal with.
While the Lokpal Bill has been passed its recent amendments has dented its potency. The bill in its current format has no provision for Citizen Charter, which means there has been no time limit attached to complete a requested work for the government employees concerned. Though a separate Citizen Charter Bill is still pending in the Parliament.
In addition, if a complainant files a complaint against a person which is frivolous or malicious in nature then he/she can be imprisoned for a period of up to one year. Considering the fact government agencies would be investigating the matter against a government employee or department, there is a widespread fear that a biased investigation can result in harassment for the complainant.
Besides that a whistleblower who tries to bring a scam or malpractice to Lokpal’s purview gets no protection from the state as a separate Whistleblower Bill is again pending with the Parliament.
Reeling under number of scams in recent times, it is being hoped as and when the existing Lokpal comes into effect, it keeps a check on the corrupt forces who otherwise have been taking advantage of the loopholes of the system. And reverse the trend of government officials and ministers siphoning off money meant for public good and rampant bribery practice prevalent in all government offices.
-Abhishek Bhardwaj