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This Is The Most Amazing Story Of Rebellion And Courage

Sujit Nair



This is the most amazing story of rebellion and courage. An evil oppressor, a brave heart rebel, loving husband, and a sad but perfect end to one of the worse atrocity ever witnessed in our country.

In the early 19th century, Travancore (an erstwhile princely state in Kerala) had a barbaric and oppressive law that was highly degrading for its women. The Mulakkaram, or the ‘breast tax,’ was a tax to be paid by the Dalit women of Travancore per the size of their breasts.

As the law did not allow Dalit women to cover their breasts, the tax was meant to add insult to their injury of being easily identifiable in the most demeaning way.

The regime subjugated the lower castes and ensured they stayed in debt with barbaric laws and taxes on things as trivial as the right to wear jewellery and, for men, the right to grow a moustache.

During these dark times, one woman named Nangeli, and her defiance, brought about a simple, yet revolutionary change that helped abolish the breast tax.

Nangeli was an Ezhava woman from Cherthala, who belonged to a family that could not afford to pay the prescribed taxes. In a preliminary act of rebellion, Nangeli refused to uncover her breasts whenever it was demanded of her. When the tax collectors of the province came to her home to collect their dues, Nangeli bravely defied them with a final blow. She cut off her breasts and nonchalantly presented it to the collectors in a banana leaf. The tax collectors immediately fled in fear as Nangeli bled to death at her doorstep, and the news spread across the state like wild fire.


CBI approaches Nigeria seeking information on absconding businessman Nitin Sandesara




Nitin Sandesara

New Delhi | The CBI has asked the Interpol wing of Nigeria to confirm if the absconding promoter of Gujarat-based Sterling Biotech, Nitin Sandesara, being probed in a Rs 5300 crore banking fraud case, has moved in that country, officials said on Tuesday.

The move came after reports that Sandesara along with his family members, also accused in the scam, have fled from the United Arab Emirates to Nigeria with which India does not have any extradition treaty.  The agency has said it has no input on the whereabouts of Sandersara and his family members.

Following the reports, the agency has approached the Nigerian Interpol authorities to find out details of Sandesara and his family members. Last October, the agency booked Sterling Biotech, its directors Chetan Jayantilal Sandesara, Dipti Chetan Sandesara, Rajbhushan Omprakash Dixit, Nitin Jayantilal Sandesara and Vilas Joshi, chartered accountant Hemant Hathi, former director of Andhra Bank Anup Garg and other unidentified persons.

The CBI has alleged that the company had taken loans of over Rs 5,000 crore from a consortium led by Andhra Bank which have turned into non-performing assets. The FIR has alleged that the total pending dues of the group companies were Rs 5,383 crore as on December 31, 2016.

The directors of the company “connived with the in-house chartered accountant and falsified material records of the company”, such as production, turnover and investments in capital assets, the FIR alleged. “This was allegedly done using various India-based entities and those situated abroad,” it said. The company was earlier booked by the CBI in August for allegedly bribing senior Income Tax department officials.

On June 28, 2011, the IT department had conducted searches and seizures at 25 premises of Sterling Biotech Ltd, during which a diary containing hand-written records of financial transactions was found, the FIR in that case had alleged. “Some of these names were appended with further references such as IT or Commissioner etc,” it had alleged.

In the present case, the CBI has booked all the accused for criminal conspiracy, cheating, forgery and corruption among other charges.

The CBI has alleged that false and fabricated documents and manipulated balance sheets were prepared for getting loans sanctioned from the banks which were later diverted for personal purposes.

It said that in an attempt to cheat the banks and falsely represent market capitalisation of the group companies, the shares in India and abroad in the names of non-promoters were held by directors themselves and were concealed from banks.

The CBI FIR alleged that the directors had quoted false documents under their signatures with “mala fide intention” to induce banks to sanction and release the credit limits.

“In three areas manipulation was substantial — reporting of turnover of companies, reporting of investments in capital goods (fixed assets) and taxes to be paid on the manipulated turnover,” it alleged.

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Out of every 10 children going missing in Delhi 6 remain untraced: Report





New Delhi | Out of every 10 children going missing in the national capital, six remain untraced, a report released by the Alliance for People’s Rights (APR) and NGO Child Rights and You (CRY) stated on Tuesday.

According to the report based on NCRB data and RTI replies from police, 63 per cent of missing children in Delhi were untraceable, while it was 30 per cent across the country. As many as 26,761 children went missing in Delhi in the last five years, and of them only 9,727 could be traced, the report titled ‘Missing Children In Delhi 2018’ stated.

However, according to Delhi police data, the rate of missing children has been significantly reduced from 22 going missing every day in 2015 to 18 daily in 2017, the report stated. In reply to an RTI query, Minister of State for Women and Child Development, Krishna Raj stated that out of 2,42,938 children reported missing across the country between January 1, 2012 and March 20 last year 1,70,173 could be traced.

“The data reveals that there is a decrease in the total number of missing going children in Delhi in comparison to previous year… But in terms of tracing missing children Delhi is the worst and this should be critically taken care of by the authorities,” the report suggested. To ensure that a robust preventive mechanism is in place, a model system was introduced by APR and CRY in the form of community vigilance.

It highlighted how people from every community could be empowered and entrusted with the task of keeping an eye on children in their locality, and look out for any sign of danger or potential harm that can befall them.

“While the role of police is paramount with regard to the issue of missing children, the Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS) suggests community-level preventive mechanisms to tackle the issue,” Regional Director (North), CRY, Soha Moitra said.

Seen in this light, the system and society have to come together to prevent children going missing, as the responsibility of creating a reliable safety net around them lies both with the state and the community, she said.

“Taking cognizance of the enormity of the issue, ensuring inter- and intra-state coordination in the investigation, rescue and rehabilitative mechanism and investing in adequate resources and trained personnel at every level are the need of the hour,” Moitra said.

Reena Banerjee, the state convenor of APR, said by forming a strong security net around children, their safety can be ascertained to a large extent, which is evident from the fact that there have been close to no incident of a child gone missing over the past two years within the communities that have engaged with the idea of forming vigilance groups.

“In a couple of instances where a child was found to be missing, the vigilance groups were able to take immediate action to notify the authorities which ensured early recovery of the child,” she said.

The report revealed that the number of missing children in the age group of 12-18 years is the highest and among them the number of girls are much more than boys. The reasons include child labour, commercial sex work, forced marriage, domestic work and forced begging.

“A complete apathy is seen among police department. There is no wide-scale research or comprehensive analysis of missing children with an aim to tackle and deal with the problem in Delhi. The national capital has turned out to be most unsafe for children amongst the list of seven major metropolitan cities, according to NCRB 2016 data,” the report stated.

Strengthening of preventive mechanisms, including police patrolling, announcements of missing children in public spaces, ‘hue and cry’ notice, hoardings and banners of missing children, installation of CCTV cameras and many other strategies are not yet adopted extensively in the most vulnerable areas, it stated.

According to the report, Delhi has set up 11 District Child Protection Units, however, their link with communities through community-based vigilant groups have not been developed yet as mandated in the Centre’s Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS).

Also there is a lack of personnel in the police department to deal with the issue of missing children. Police personnel are overburdened and not able to concentrate on the cases of missing children with enough sensitivity due to their various engagements in other cases and duties, it stated.

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Defence Minister Nirmala Sithraman assures phase 2 completion of the Coastal Surveillance Network (CSN) on time

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Nirmala Sitharaman

New Delhi | Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday assured that the second phase of the Coastal Surveillance Network (CSN) would be completed on the mentioned time period.

The Coastal Surveillance Network (CSN) provides real-time surveillance of the high sensitivity areas along the coastline to avoid 26/11 like terrorist attacks on Mumbai.  Sitharaman lauded the exemplary efficiency of the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) and foresightedness of its leadership for scientific and meticulously planned development of the organisation to meet the emergent challenges while inaugurating the 37th Coast Guard Commanders’ Conference.

The Defence Minister also appreciated the coast guard for its work and saving people’s life post-cyclone Ockhi and during Kerala floods. Nirmala Sitharaman admired the surveillance efforts of ICG in the vast and expansive maritime zones of India in the Indo-Pacific region.

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