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Govt. took series of measures to ensure womens safety during COVID-19 pandemic: Smriti Irani

Smriti Irani

Smriti Irani

Just after series of brutal rapes were committed in Uttar Pradesh including the horrific gang rape of 19-year-old in Hathras, Union Minister for Women and Child Development Smriti Irani said that the government took measures to ensure womens safety during COVID-19 pandemic.

Speaking on the 25th Anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women at United Nations, Irani, on Thursday, said that the government of India took a series of measures for ensuring safety security and well being of women during the COVID-19 pandemic. She said that India recognised the significance of gender quality and womens empowerment. 

?Women numerically constitute half of humanity, but their influence transfuses all dimensions of the society, polity, and economy. In India, we recognise the centrality of gender equality and womens empowerment in all aspects of our developmental agenda, the BJP leader said.

We are now focused on inclusive growth and deep reforms that together are bringing about transformational changes. Heralding these changes under the leadership of our visionary Prime Minister Narendra Modi, we have moved from a paradigm of womens development to women-led development, she said.

Addressing the reservation issue for women, Irani said, The reservation of seats for women in local government has ensured that more than 1.3 million elected women representatives today provide leadership in the formulation and implementing gender-sensitive public policies at the community level. More than 200 million Indian women have been brought into the formal banking system through the government’s Financial Inclusion Initiative. Innovated use of digital technologies has provided equal opportunity for women to access insurance, loans, and social assistance.

Speaking on gender-parity and gender awareness schemes in the country, she said, Celebrating the girl child in India and enabling her education is the multi-sectoral package of the interventions and awareness campaigns that challenge gender stereotypes and realise that girls right to education. India, today, is attaching the highest priority to ensuring gender-parity in all spheres of life and elimination of all forms of gender-based discrimination.

She added, Several of our legislation such as those pertaining to sexual harassment of women at work-place, protection of women from domestic violence, prevention of children from sexual offences and our criminal law amendments further ensuring protection of women have been strong enablers of women empowerment for the past six years of our government.

She further addressed the issue of womens safety and measures taken for the same during the Coronavirus pandemic, The government of India took a series of measures for ensuring safety security and well-being of women during the COVID-19 pandemic. These included One Stop Centres, which provide medical, psychological, legal, police and shelter facilities under a common roof.

Additionally during the pandemic, all efforts have been made to ensure continuity of care for women, especially, pregnant and lactating women and women in vulnerable situations, she added. 

Irani, speaking about the government’s vision regarding gender quality and empowerment of all women and girls, said, The national nutrition mission launched to improve nutritional stages of children, women, adolescent girls seeks to make India mal-nutrition free, by the year 2022.

In conclusion, I reiterate India’s commitment to full and effective implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for action.

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?What we achieved 25 years ago at the Fourth World Conference on Women, still remains our guiding light and source of inspiration. India remains committed to building a just and equal post-COVID-19 world for us and our daughters, Jai Hind, she concluded.

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If you’re happy the way things are running in Congress, vote for Mallikarjun Kharge: Shashi Tharoor




Radhika Dhawad | New Delhi


Congress MP Shashi Tharoor on Rahul Gandhi, Bharat Jodo yatra, the upcoming elections for Congress President and much more.

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor in an interaction at Dialogue @ Nation Next, speaks about Congress MP Rahul Gandhi and his Bharat Jodo yatra, the upcoming elections for Congress President against senior leader Mallikarjun Kharge and much more.

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BREAKING: Bombay High Court grants bail to Anil Deshmukh in money laundering case




Radhika Dhawad | Mumbai

Anil Deshmukh

Bombay High Court on Tuesday granted bail to former Maharashtra Home Minister and senior NCP leader Anil Deshmukh (72) in money laundering case registered by the Enforcement Directorate (ED). However, Deshmukh would continue to be lodged in judicial custody in Arthur Road jail as he is also being investigated by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in an alleged corruption case.

Justice NJ Jamadar pronounced the order at 2.30 pm on Tuesday afternoon. While senior Advocate Vikram Chaudhari with advocate Aniket Nikam appeared for Deshmukh, a team of Additional Solicitor General Anil Singh with Advocates Aditya Thakker, Shreeram Shirsat and Amandeep Sra appeared for the central agency.

The bail was granted on a surety amount of 1 lakh. The ED has sought a stay on the operation of the order for two weeks. Deshmukh’s lawyers said that considering the former’s health and the fact that he had no criminal antecedents, he should be granted bail.

Deshmukh and his associates have been investigated for alleged corruption between 2019 and 2021. Deshmukh was arrested in November 2021.

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And that’s how a film is made – Kantara shows the way! | Movie review




Nation Next Newsroom | Bengaluru

Kantara poster

Social media is buzzing with one word today and that word is Kantara! Yes, another Kannada film after KGF that has caught the people’s fancy and how. In fact, this one goes a notch higher than KGF – because the film has been released only in Kannada with English subtitles and yet – the movie is capturing the hearts of people across India and the world.

From California, London and Berlin to cities across India, high praise is pouring in for the Rishab Shetty starrer and the actor-director’s Twitter feed is testimony to this. Ordinary cine-goers are putting screenshots of housefull bookings, sharing videos of people clapping and whistling in theatres and then profusely thanking the star for making this film.

So, what’s this film about? Kantara (which means forest in Sanskrit) stands out because it has powerful storytelling at its core. It is rooted in local folklore, has the right amount of action and adventure and comes with a social message too. Man versus nature, native customs and local politics, which spans three timelines and a climax that’s to die for, is what the film’s about. Add to this some superlative performances by the cast, a stellar background score by B Ajaneesh Loknath and mind-blowing cinematography by Arvind S Kashyap that serenades Karnataka’s rustic locales and you have what can be called the perfect recipe for a blockbuster film. Telling you more will just be a spoiler! So, what are you waiting for? Go watch!

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