1st govt-sponsored transgender poets’ meet

1st govt-sponsored transgender poets’ meet
India’s 1st government-sponsored poets’ meet was organized for the transgender community at the Sahitya Akademi in Kolkata. The ‘Transgender Poets’ Meet’ was chaired by India’s first transgender college principal Manabi Bandopadhyay. In the event, each of the poets was given nearly 15 minutes to recite their poetry. Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) criminalizes homosexuality.

Centre supports Bru pact

The Home Ministry is committed to implementing the agreement signed to repatriate 33,000 Bru refugees living in camps in Tripura & Mizoram. As per the agreement each of the 5,407 families will get Rs. 5,000 per month along with ration for 2 years and house-building assistance of ` 1.5 lakh. The Bru community had fled Mizoram in 1997 following an unrest and are in relief camps in Tripura.

Centre supports Bru pact

The Home Ministry is committed to implementing the agreement signed to repatriate 33,000 Bru refugees living in camps in Tripura & Mizoram. As per the agreement each of the 5,407 families will get Rs. 5,000 per month along with ration for 2 years and house-building assistance of ` 1.5 lakh. The Bru community had fled Mizoram in 1997 following an unrest and are in relief camps in Tripura.

Gujarat’s Jews gets religious minority status

The Gujarat government has granted religious minority status to the Jewish community in the state. The notification to this effect was issued on July 6 by the state’s Department of Social Justice and Empowerment. They shall get benefits of welfare schemes formulated for religious minority communities within the jurisdiction of Gujarat.

International Day of Cooperatives 2018

The International Day of Cooperatives is an annual celebration of the co-operative movement, observed on the first Saturday in July since 1923. Observed on 7 July 2018 and theme was the ‘Sustainable societies through cooperation’. Co-operatives are committed to the sustainable development of communities – environmentally, socially and economically.

Technip FMC wins special recognition from GCNI

TechnipFMC has received a special recognition award for their flagship community development initiative in India, ‘Seed of Hope’, at the 13th National Convention 2018 for developing Suva village in Dahej, Gujarat. The convention was held by Global Compact Network India on June 8 at Shangri-La, Bengaluru. The theme of the convention is Sustainable Development Goals: Blueprint for action.

AP’s largest petroglyph site at Kandanathi

Dr. Raghu of Yogi Vemmana university has discovered Andhra Pradesh’s largest petroglyph site at Kandanathi. The site has nearly 200 engravings, peckings that belong to Mesolithic, Neolithic period. The petroglyph at Kandanathi reveal the presence of the Boya community divided into groups – Mandla (herdsmen) and Yenubothula (buffalomen).

Swajal launched in 115 Aspirational Districts

Ministry for Drinking Water and Sanitation announced that Swajal Yojana will be launched in 115 Aspirational Districts of India. It will involve an outlay of Rs 700 crores through flexi-funds. Swajal is a community-owned drinking water programme for sustained drinking water supply launched in 2018. Swajal pilot project was launched at Village Bhikampura, Karauli, Rajasthan.

Bindeshwar honoured with Nikkei Asia Prize

Social reformer & founder of Sulabh Int. Bindeshwar Pathak was honoured with Japan’s prestigious Nikkei Asia Prize. The award was given under Culture and Community category for his significant work in tackling poor hygiene and discrimination. Launched in 1996, the award honours people in Asia who have made significant contributions in science, technology & innovation and culture & community.

National Awards on Best Performing SHGs

Shri Narendra Singh conferred the National Awards on Best Performing Self Help Groups under Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana – National Rural Livelihood Mission (DAY-NRLM). It will provide public recognition to the outstanding performance of the community institutions. As part of the Award, each SHG received a cash award of ` 1,00,000 along with a commemoration and a certificate of appreciation.

WB approves 6,000 crore Atal Bhujal Yojana

The World Bank has approved Atal Bhujal Yojana (ABHY), a Rs.6000 crore Central Sector Scheme of the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation. The scheme is to be implemented over a period of five years from 2018-19 to 2022-23. The scheme aims to improve groundwater management in priority areas in the country through community participation.

Sikkim govt approves MSP organic commodities

Sikkim government has approved Minimum Support Price (MSP) for various organic horticultural commodities, mostly vegetables, being produced in the state in order to protect the interests of the farming community. The Sikkimese farmers will get differential MSP for the organic commodities. Sikkim government had banned sale of 27 non-organic food products in the state from April 1, 2018.

Nepal: First country to eliminate Trachoma

Nepal became the 1st country in south-east Asia to eliminate Trachoma. Trachoma is a kind of chlamydial infection that happens due to unclean water supply & lack of hygiene and spreads through contact with nose, throat or eye of infected person. Nepal government took important measures like providing incentives to districts & local communities to build latrines in order to improve sanitation

Biodiversity award for Arunachal reserve

An NGO, Singchung Bugun Community Reserve, won the India Biodiversity Award 2018 in the category of ‘Conservation of wildlife species’ The NGO bagged the prize for its unique endeavor & contributions towards conserving the rare wildlife resources of that area. The prize was presented by Union Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change & was conferred by National Biodiversity Authority.

‘Green Good Deeds’ gets global recognition

Green Good Deeds, the societal movement launched by Union Minister for Environment, Dr Harsh Vardhan has found acceptance by the global community. The movement aims to protect the environment and promote good living in the country. The ongoing BRICS Ministerial on Environment in South Africa, has agreed to include “Green Good Deeds” in its official agenda in the next Ministerial in Brazil.

Jagriti Yatra won charity award in UK

Jagriti Yatra, an Indian charity that organizes train journeys to understand & build India of smaller towns & villages has won an award in London. It was among a series of worldwide charities and individuals recognized for their impact on their communities at the Asian Voice Charity Awards. It organizes 15-day train journeys, covering 800 km for 400 change-makers across India every year.

Top 30 innovations showcased at marathon

To identify India’s best student innovators, Atal Tinkering Labs of the Atal Innovation Mission of NITI Aayog organized an Atal Tinkering Marathon. It was a 6-month long challenge across 6 different areas, namely, clean energy, water resources, waste management, healthcare, smart mobility and agri-tech. The goal of the student innovator programme is to test the innovations in the community.

International Buddhist meet begins in Lumbini

The International Buddhist Conference got underway in Lumbini, the birthplace of Lord Buddha.The conference aims to disseminate teachings of Buddha and spread the messages of nonviolence, brotherhood, co-existence, love and peace to the international community. Representatives from 16 countries including U.S., Japan, India, China, Indonesia and Sri Lanka will attend the conference.

Adilabad Dokra & Warangal Durries get GI tag

Adilabad Dokra, an ancient bell metal craft popular in the tribal regions of Adilabad district in Telangana, and Warangal Durries have been issued the Geographical Indication (GI) Registration Certificate by the GI Registry, Chennai.GI tag can be used as a marketing tool to promote the products in India and abroad. The Dokra craftsmen belong to the Woj community, called Wojaris.

Digital platform for MSME exporters launched

Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu launched FIEO GlobalLinker- A digital platform for MSME exporters to digitise their businesses & join a global community of growing businesses.It will help in expanding India’s multi-focused export strategy & also aid in connecting art & artisans to market. FIEO GlobalLinker is setup with a view to make business growth of SMEs simpler, profitable & enjoyable.

WB to fund community-led landscapes mgmt

A loan agreement worth USD 48 million for the “Meghalaya Community – Led Landscapes Management Project (MCLLMP)” was signed between India and the World Bank.The objective of the project is to strengthen community-led landscapes management in selected landscapes in Meghalaya. The project will help manage the depleting resources, by strengthening the communities and traditional institutions.

Maritime trade to go electronic

The government has made the use of e-Invoices, e-Payments and e-Delivery orders mandatory across the maritime trade as it seeks to push digitisation of trade processes.The government has also directed stakeholders to use the Port Community System (PCS). PCS is a centralised web-based message exchange platform for the Indian maritime community to exchange the documents.

New Jersey declares April as Sikh Awareness

The US state of New Jersey has declared April as =Sikh Awareness and Appreciation Month‘ as part of its effort to promote awareness of the faith. The resolution was adopted unanimously by both the New Jersey House of Representative and the Senate. The move would promote public awareness of the Sikh faith, recognizing important contributions of the Sikh community to US.

World Theatre Day observed on 27th March

World Theatre Day is celebrated annually on the 27th March by =International Theatre Institute‘ Centres and the International Theatre Community. World Theatre Day was initiated in 1961 by the International Theatre Institute. One of the most important of these is the circulation of the World Theatre Day Message. The first World Theatre Day Message was written by Jean Cocteau in 1962.

Lingayats community gets minority status

The Karnataka Government declared minority status to the Lingayats community. This comes days after the CM Siddaramaiah-led government accepted the suggestions of Nagamohan Das committee to grant a separate religion status to the Lingayats community. The decision was critised by the Veerashaiva Lingayat Samanvaya Samiti and termed as politically motivated move.

Axis Bank Opens Representative Office

Axis Bank opened a representative office in Sharjah, to better serve its customers in the emirate and to expand its retail offerings to customers in the neighbouring northern emirates. The representative office is the 3rd Axis Bank office in the UAE after Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The new office will service the NRI community in the emirate and will also provide service in the other emirates.

Silver Jubilee of Losar festival

Buddhist Community of Itanagar celebrated the silver jubilee of the Losar Festival. The festival was full of cultural presentations from across the state, including the colourful Bhutanese and the Gorkha Cultural programs. For the locals, Losar gives them a good harvesting year ahead. For the Buddhist community, the festival is termed as the ‘New Year’ according to their Buddhist calendar.

Rajasthan gave 1% quota to MBC

Rajasthan has issued orders for granting 1% reservation to the Most Backward Classes, within the 50% ceiling mandated by the Supreme Court.The overall reservation in the State stood at 49% before the decision. Along with Gujjars, nomadic communities Banjara, Gadia-Lohar, Raika and Gadariya were included among the Other Backward Classes for quota in the govt jobs & educational institutions.

WW II Memorial Museum in Changlang

Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu inaugurated the World War II Memorial Museum here in the state’s Changlang district bordering Myanmar.It is expected to boost international and domestic tourist inflow especially from Southeast Asian countries. It also showcases traditional items from indigenous Tangsa community.

Pak-Iran to resume rail services

Pakistan & Iran will be resuming train services b/w 2 countries by Sept as the security situation has improved.The train will operate between Quetta & Mashhad or Qom. Both countries also considering to revise 1959 railways agreement inked between both countries. To cater to the business community, Pak’s railway ministry has decided to start running 15 freight trains between Quetta & Zahedan.

HP woman featured in WHO’s 2018 calendar

14 : A health worker from Mandi district in Himachal Pradesh, Verma has featured in the World Health Organization (WHO) calendar for the year 2018.Verma has found mention in the WHO calender for her efforts to ensure hundred per cent coverage of her area of operation under the measles and rubella programme. Verma works to immunise the children of shepherds and the Gujjars community in the area.

Mr Sunak Inducted Into Theresa’s Team

British Prime Minister Theresa May has inducted Indian-origin lawmaker Rishi Sunak into her government.Mr Sunak is the son-in-law of Infosys co-founder NR Narayana Murthy. The 36-year-old has been appointed as an under secretary of state in Britain’s Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.

Pravasi Bharatiya Divas

Pravasi Bharatiya Divas is a celebratory day observed annually on 9 January by India to mark the contribution of the overseas Indian community towards the development of India.The day commemorates the return of Mahatma Gandhi from South Africa to Mumbai on 9 January 1915. It was established in 2003 and is sponsored by the Ministry of External Affairs and FICCI, CII and DoNER.

Larger Bench to decide on Sec. 377

The SC referred to a larger Bench a writ petition filed by five gay and lesbian members of the LGBT community to strike down the colonial Section 377 in the IPC.Section 377 of the IPC criminalises homosexuality. A three-judge Bench, led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra, decided to revisit a December 2013 verdict of the Supreme Court in the Suresh Kumar Kaushal versus Naz Foundation.

East Jerusalem for Palestinian capital

Arab states will push for the international community to recognize East Jerusalem as the capital of a Palestinian state.This announcement comes a month after US President Donald Trump recognized the city as Israel’s capital.Many Arabs consider the eastern part of Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state.

Chah Bagicha Dhan Puraskar Mela 2017-18

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal launched ‘Chah Bagicha Dhan Puraskar Mela 2017-18’ at a function held at Sarbananda Singha auditorium in Tinsukia, Assam.During the launch, Sarbananda Sonowal distributed cheques to beneficiaries.Under this scheme, people belonging to tea community who opened bank accounts during demonetisation will be credited Rs 2500 in their accounts.

Ranveer appointed as Ambassador for EPL

Actor Ranveer Singh was appointed as Ambassador for EPL (English Premier League) in India. Ranveer Singh will help to promote the EPL League both in India and other countries.As an ambassador, he will support the English Premier League’s community initiatives in India and promote fan events etc.

Minorities Rights Day

Minorities Rights Day is celebrated on 18 December every year since 2013.The day is celebrated to promote the rights of the minorities besides bringing a better understanding among the religious communities of the country.The United Nations had on December 18, 1992, promulgated the “Declaration on the Rights of Persons belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities”.

Pension for state’s transgenders

The Andhra Pradesh Cabinet has approved a scheme to provide a pension of Rs 1500 to transgenders above 18 years of age in the state.Under this scheme the transgenders will be provided ration cards, plots and scholarships, also skill development for financial stability.After Kerala and Odisha, Andhra Pradesh becomes the next state to sanction pension scheme for the transgender community.

The World Conference on Vedas

V. President of India, M. Venkaiah Naiduinaugurated the World Conference on Vedas, “Vishwa Ved Sammelan”.He said, Yajurveda mentions that the knowledge of Vedas is meant for the well-being of the entire humanity. The Vedas do not refer to any caste or community.The Vedic philosophy states that truth, non-violence, patience, penance and spiritual uplift are the foundations of a human life

Kapu reservation bill passed in Andhra

The Andhra Pradesh assembly unanimously passed the Kapu reservation bill which will provide the community with a 5% quota in education and employment in the state.However, Kapu quota if issued will take the total quota in the state to 55%, which is more than 50% limit restricted by the Supreme Court.The Kapu community forms 27% of the population.

Parrikar launches app ‘Jai Kisaan’

Goa CM Manohar Parrikar launched the Jai Kisaan App, a farmer engagement app containing features to fulfill the needs of the farmer community in India. It is a one-stop solution for agricultural information and cultivation.Its services include soil testing and customized information wherein farmers will have access to fertilizer recommendations on the basis of crop and target yields.

Global Conference On Cyber Space

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the fifth edition of the Global Conference on Cyber Space or GCCS in Delhi. The theme of the two-day conference is Cyber4All: A Secure and Inclusive Cyberspace for Sustainable Development. GCCS 2017 will give the world’s cyber community a unique opportunity to learn from global experience and expert insight.

Delhi to form ‘Mahila Suraksha Dals’

Deputy CM of Delhi Manish Sisodia said that, the Delhi would form “Mahila Suraksha Dals” to curb crimes against women in the national capital. The government would constitute these teams in coordination with the Delhi Commission for Women. These MSDs will comprise representatives of the local community, both men and women, besides civil defence volunteers & will work at the grassroot-level.

India Disaster Response Summit in Delhi

Union Minister of State for Home Affairs, Kiren Rijiju inaugurated ‘India Disaster Response Summit’ in New Delhi. India has become the first country to partner with Facebook on disaster response. Facebook introduced a Disaster Information Volunteers programme. Under DIV, a network of trained volunteers would provide supplementary information on disasters in their local communities.

IFAD approves funds for NE project

International Fund for Agriculture Development has approved a USD 30 million soft loans for the fourth phase of the North Eastern Region Community Resource Management Project. IFAD is an international financial institution and an agency of the United Nations. NERCORMP is a livelihood and rural development project aimed to transform the lives of the poor and marginalized tribal families.

FIPSPHYSIOCON 2017 Conference

“FIPSPHYSIOCON 2017”, Conference on Human Physiology – VII Congress of FIPS along with XXIX Annual Conference of the PSI was inaugurated at Vallabhbhai Patel Chest Institute. This event was organised by DIPAS of DRDO. The objective of the conference is to update the scientific community about latest advances in human Physiology in extreme environments.

Fourth World Internet Conference

China will hold the 4th World Internet Conference from 3rd to 5th Dec in the river town of Wuzhen. Latest internet technologies will be presented to the world at this year’s WIC jointly sponsored by Cyberspace Administration of China & Zhejiang provincial govt. WIC will push for the building of a community of shared future in cyberspace, advocate respect of differences & forging of consensus

Indian ships visit to Sri Lanka

Indian Naval Ships Tir & Sujatha and the Indian Coast Guard ship Sarathi arrived at the Colombo port on 02nd Nov 2017 on a goodwill and training visit. The 2 Indian naval ships are on a 5-days goodwill visit to Sri Lanka to participate in the training exercises. The crew will also take part in a series of friendly sports events and community service activities organised by the Sri Lanka Navy

Hong Kong to host of Gay Games

Hong Kong will become the first Asian city to host the Gay Games in 2022. It is organised by the LGBT community. The Gay Games features a range of sports and is open to all participants, “without regard to sexual orientation, and there are no qualifying standards”. The next edition will be held in Paris in August 2018.

Karnataka approves transgender policy

Karnataka cabinet approved a policy which seeks to provide legal protection to transgender community and thereby safeguard them from social and sexual exploitation. The objective of this policy is to remove the stigma attached to the community and integrate them into mainstream of the society. An awareness drive will be conducted to sensitise general public about the rights of transgenders.

Sabbatical leave to begin startups

Kerala government has given green signal to a proposal of the state Startup Mission to accord sabbatical leave to the faculty members of all colleges who intend to establish startups. The new initiative would help members of the academic community to become part of entrepreneurship. It will contribute to the government’s determined efforts to strengthen and accelerate the startup ecosystem.

Largest combustion research centre

The world’s largest combustion research centre which will impart a major boost to the Indian scientific community was inaugurated at the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. The National Centre for Combustion Research and Develop-ment as inaugurated by NITI Aayog member V K Saraswat. This centre will play a pivotal role in making sure that India has access to the latest technologies.

International Day for Disaster Reduction

The International Day for Disaster Reduction was started in 1989, after a call by the United Nations General Assembly for a day to promote a global culture of risk-awareness and disaster reduction. It is held on 13 October every year. The 2017 campaign seeks to raise global awareness about effective actions and practices taken to reduce exposure to disaster risk at the community level.

HDFC Bank launches SmartUp zones

In a bid to become preferred banker for the start-up community in India, HDFC Bank has announced the launch of SmartUp zones in its branches across India. An exclusive area inside the branch premises of HDFC Bank (to be referred as SmartUp Zones) will be dedicated to start-ups. Smartup Zones, will offer tailor-made banking and advisory solutions to entrepreneurs.

Snow leopard sighted in Arunachal

A camera, placed by researchers in Arunachal Pradesh has captured the first photos of the elusive endangered snow leopard. The presence of the big cat beyond these protected areas highlights the importance of community support for conservation. This perhaps is the first time that the presence of snow leopard has been reported through a camera photograph from the state of Arunachal Pradesh.

First state capital to get trans toilet

Bhopal is set to become the 1st state capital to come up with an exclusive toilet for transgender community. The new public restroom will be located in Mangalwara locality, an area where transgender people are predominant residents & would have 3 signs on display – male, female & transgender. In MP, the transgender community has had considerable representation in elections.

International Day of Older Persons

The International Day of Older Persons is observed on Oct 1 each year. It aims to raise awareness of how vital older people are as a part of community & break down age discrimination. This year’s theme is – Stepping into Future: Tapping Talents, Contributions & Participation of Older Persons in Society. This year’s theme underscores the link b/w tapping talents & contributions of older persons

New Shareholders of SWIFT India

SWIFT India, that enables trillions of dollars transfers each day has announced that Citibank & Standard Chartered Bank have joined Indian services as shareholders. SWIFT India was formed in 2012 as a joint venture of SWIFT SCRL & 9 banks in India, for domestic financial community & by the community. Shareholders of SWIFT India currently comprise of Axis, BOB, BOI, Canara Bank to name a few.

Second Indian Workers’ Resource Centre

Indian Ambassador in UAE Navdeep Singh Suri inaugurated 2nd Indian Workers’ Resource Centre in UAE. It provides counseling and support to the overseas Indian Community on legal, personal and financial matters, free of cost. The IWRC will receive, register and monitor grievance petitions and provide clarification to information seeking queries. The first IWRC was opened in Dubai in 2010.

Mahabaleshwar receives Saraswati Samman

The prestigious literary award, the Saraswati Samman for 2016 was awarded to Konkani writer Mahabaleshwar Sail. He was awarded for his novel “Hawthan” that captures the lives of the potter community in Goa. Sail reflected on how Konkani language and literature had been subdued and how it took a resurgence after Goa’s independence to give the language its rightful place.

Rizvi takes charge of Chairman of NCM

Syed Ghayorul Hasan Rizvi assumed charge of the Chairman of the National Commission for Minorities. He is a graduate in Arts and served as Chairman of U.P Minority Finance Development Corporation Ltd. NCM was set up under the National Commission for Minorities Act, 1992 to look into complaints from members of 5 religious communities – Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists and Zoroastrians.

Mahesh Bhalla Appointed as Chief Mentor

Mahesh Bhalla, former Executive Director of Dell’s Consumer & SMB business in India, has been appointed as Chief Mentor of StartupsClub India. StartUpsClub is the largest community for such ventures in India with over 10,000 plus entrepreneurs on its board. It is an initiative that helps entrepreneurs build an ideal platform to create a conducive environment for starting an enterprise.