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Two Dalit women activists at the World Summit in New York
Report dated Today @ 12:37 PM
Thenmozhi Soundararajan and Asha Kotwal both key participants of the Dalit Women Self-Respect Yatra and have travelled from district to district across India to motivate women to speak up, represented the story of their struggle against gender violence at the Fifth Women in the World Summit in New York recently.
Senior legal and investigative correspondent for NBC News Cynthia Mcfadden noted that only 1 percent of Dalit rape cases receive justice, to which Soundararajan, a transmedia artist expressed that the shame is not on the woman, the shame is on India. Kotwal, general secretary of the All India Dalit Women Rights Forum shared her insights on the sad status faced by India's Dalit women.
According to the National Crime Bureau about four Dalit women are raped each day, but Kotwal believes the number is likely to be much higher as many cases remain unreported.
“GlaxoSmithKline bribed doctors to boost sales”
Report dated 17/04/2014 @ 12:36 PM
Jarek Wisniewiski who worked with the company for 8 years, has blown the whistle on Britain's biggest drug company, GlaxoSmithKline. He told the BBC's Panorama that money set aside to teach patients in Poland about an asthma drug, Seretide, was actually used to bribe doctors to boost the company's sales.
Wisniewiski says he told GSK he was unhappy with the arrangement which resulted in him being sidelined at work and eventually sacked.
A criminal investigation has now been launched and 11 doctors and one GSK regional manager have been charged.
GSK which sells some of the world's best-known medicine's and has an annual turnover of over 26 billion pounds, has been hounded by allegations of bribery in recent months, the most recent came shortly after reports that GSK hired Iraqi government doctors and pharmacists to act as sales reps in order to boost sales. The company is also waiting to find out whether it will face prosecution in China following claims it paid 300 million pounds to doctors and government officials there.
GSK says it is investigating the allegations and confirmed the company has 'zero tolerance' on issues raised in the allegations. It is cooperating with investigators.
Three Indians nominated for International Woolmark Prize
Report dated 16/04/2014 @ 12:17 PM
Designers Zubair Kirmani, Akaaro and Barkha Sonzal are among the nominees from the India and Middle East category of the 2014-15 edition of the International Woolmark Prize (IWP) that is now in its third year.
For the first time two designers will receive the overall award, one for menswear and one for womenswear. Five regional awards will be held to choose 10 finalists who will each receive a AU$50,000 contribution towards their next collection, and an invitation to take part in the international final for which they will have to present sketches of a Merino wool capsule collection of 6 outfits of which one complete outfit must be produced at the Indian and Middle East regional awards to be held in India later this year.
Judges will consist of a panel of local and international experts. Winners will receive a further AU$100,000 to help with fabric sourcing and marketing their collection.
Winners will also have their collection commercialised through international retail partners including Harvey Nichols in Britain, Joyce in China, Saks Fifth Avenue in the USA, Colette in France, 10 Corso Como in Italy, My Theresa online, and David Jones in Australia.
IWP's global designers include Narcisco Rodriguez, Victoria Beckham, Diane von Furstenberg and Richard Nicoll. Delhi based designer Rahul Mishra was the first Indian to win the IWP's latest edition.
Muslims unite to keep Narendra Modi out
Report dated 14/04/2014 @ 11:56 AM
Sunnis, Shias and those subscribing to different schools of thought have decided to bury their differences to combat the threat that looms ahead in the shape of poll favourite Narendra Modi.
The Jamiat-ul-Ulema-e-Hind, the Muslim United Forum (MUF) and the newly formed Telangana Muslim Muttahada Mahaz have held sessions to shortlist the party they will support.
The MUF is also approaching the TRS, YSRP and Jai Samaikyandhra party with its demands, as both the bodies have shunned the TDP following its alliance with the BJP. Both groups are expected to extend support to Congress. Modi phobia has also given rise to various Muslim organisations giving advisories to the community on who to vote for and NRI Muslims are active on the Internet with their suggestions. The All-India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat, an umbrella body of Muslim organisations has also asked secular voters to thwart the 'fascist' agenda and help secular forces win.
It has asked the community to vote for the Aam Aadmi Party and the Congress at the national level, and for Muslim parties in Kerala, Assam and Hyderabad.
UK NRI doctors lose case on racial discrimination
Report dated 12/04/2014 @ 2:59 PM
The BAPIO, British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin, lost their case in the royal courts of justice when it ruled that British minority ethnic and international candidates were not discriminated against because of their race or ethnicity in the Membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners (MRCGP) examinations.
The Justice ruled that he did not see a breach of the Equality Act and the MRGCP did not discriminate on the basis of nationality or colour. The Court however warned that 'the time has come' for the RCGP to address differentials in the pass rates between white and non-white candidates.
The judge also said the claim made by BAPIO was made in 'good faith' by an organisation acting in the best interests of the public, and BAPIO had achieved, if not a legal success, then a moral one.
After the High Court ruling RCGP Chair Dr Maureen Baker said they welcomed the verdict and the RCP has been at the forefront of identifying the differences in pass rates for some time, including that international medical graduates do not do as well in the exam as those from UK medical schools, and they were the first of the Medical Royal Colleges to publicly raise this issue and commissioned and supported extensive research to understand what is happening and to try and identify the possible causes.
BAPIO had challenged the fairness of the Clinical Skills Assessment - the most crucial element of the exam process for trainee general physicians. The case found tremendous support from NRI doctors who had raised 190,000 pounds for BAPIO to help with legal costs.