Dr. Shashi Tharoor explains why studying history is important. And he makes it all the more special in his own style.
Falun Gong is a Chinese spiritual practice that combines meditation and qigong exercises with a moral philosophy centered on the tenets of truthfulness, compassion and forbearance.
In 1999, Chinese Communist Party initiated a campaign to eliminate the spiritual belief of Falun Gong.
Recently it has come to light that tens of thousands of Falun Gong practitioners from the Chinese prisons are being killed 'on demand' for their organs, which are sold and transplanted at enormous profit. This practice of Organ Harvesting needs immediate global attention.
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Have you seen them lately? Their chirruping makes us nostalgic and reminds us of our childhood times. Sadly, a bird as common as a sparrow now features in the IUCN Red Data List of threatened species alongside the glamorous snow leopard, tiger and red panda.
5 major reasons for the disappearance according to sparrowshelter reports are:
1. Modern Architecture
ultra stylish flats with sleek walls, there is no room for sparrows to build their nests and survive
2. No Grains
The packaged food culture and supermarkets like food bazaar has completely outdated the concept of grains being sold open in shops. The grains spilling out from gunny bags were the major source of the omnivorous sparrows' food
Those familiar with the organisational structure of Delhi University would know that the entrant teachers join the university as ad-hoc professors. However the working condition and guidelines applicable to them are highly discriminatory.
To highlight few of the situation that they have to deal with:
1. An ad-hoc’s services can be terminated without giving any reasons on a day’s notice.
2. An ad-hoc is given at least one day’s break in their teaching term every four months, so that they cannot claim seniority as the years pass (called as a break-in-service)
3. If a student asks ad-hoc for an LoR, the college might refuse to give them a letterhead
(as shared by few of the ad-hoc teachers)
With already such discriminatory and inhuman working condition, there came a surprise last month in the form of a UGC notification.
There was a government notification in May and some major highlights and analysis suggests that:
Tutorials would no longer be counted as part of the direct teaching workload, and that two practical hours would be counted as one. This would drastically reduce the total number of sanctioned posts, effectively rendering about five thousand ad-hoc, temporary, guest teachers in Delhi University jobless.
The remaining teachers would have to take double the number of courses, leading to doubling of preparation and assessment time and an inhuman and unrealistic workload.
The loss of posts would also take away employment avenues for thousands of research scholars all over the country.
The drastic increase in student / teacher ratio would also push our global rank down further, as this is one of the major criteria in ranking.
"Now this apparently bizarre decision appears to have been prompted by a 55% deduction in Government grant to our funding authority viz the University Grants Commission in the Union Budget in February this year. This, along with all the ill-conceived academic restructuring that has been going on for the last few years, is in keeping with the Government policy to shift higher education to the self-financing, private business model." writes the DUTA president in an open letter.
Hence the protest. The teachers are protesting against UGC's notification that is likely to bring down the number of teaching positions by 50 per cent. The notification also increases the assistant professors' workload from 16 hours per week to 22 hours per week.
It is a genuine concern and the entire student fraternity should come in support for their cause and request the concerned authorities to work out a rational approach and solution.
With a music video, she brought one of the biggest multinational conglomerate to their knees for the severe and one of the worst mercury contamination in the world at Kodaikanal. Kodaikanal Pollution is a proven case of mercury contamination by (Hindustan Unilever) in the process of making mercury thermometers way back in 2001.
After a lot of petition, fight for justice and awareness generation, the case was finally settled in 2016 after Unilever agreed for remediation of the site and appropriate compensation for the affected workers.
After her successful attempt with the music video "Kodaikanal Won't", she has begun a new initiative to bring the guilty of Bhopal Gas incident to justice with her video "Toxic Rap Battle: DOW vs Bhopal".
And guess what, the fight ain't done.