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Bhubaneswar: Union Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi has ordered an inspection of all shelter homes in Odisha, a fortnight after allegations of sexual abuse of minor girls at a home in Dhenkanal district came to light.
In a letter to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik last Friday, Gandhi said, “I strongly believe that the concerned authorities must assume moral responsibility for this incident. I have asked Secretary, Ministry of WCD to get an inquiry conducted in this.
“I have also asked (the) National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) to get all the homes in Odisha inspected immediately.”
An NGO-run shelter home in Beltikiri village of Dhenkanal — 106 km from Bhubaneswar — was sealed last Sunday and two people, including its managing director, had been arrested following allegations of sexual harassment.
“It is a matter of regret that the district administration has no knowledge about how it functions, despite the fact that it is only 10 km away from the district headquarters,” Gandhi said, adding that the license of the shelter home in question had expired in October.
The minister said there were also reports of “religious conversions” at the shelter homes run by the NGO, pointing out that most of it had been functioning without registration since the last two years.
The minister alleged that the state government had failed in providing security to women and children.
Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan, too, had sought the Centre’s intervention in the matter.
“I sincerely urge you to take exemplary action against the perpetrators of this heinous crime in order to stop the illegal functioning of the shelter home,” Pradhan had written in a letter to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh.
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Lucknow: An Army jawan allegedly involved in the killing of a police inspector during mob violence in Bulandshahr has been arrested, a senior official of the UP Special Task Force said Sunday.
“The Army handed over Jitendra Malik to UP STF team in Meerut yesterday late night,” IG STF Amitabh Yash told PTI here today.
Asked whether this will be considered as handing over by Army or arrest by the STF, Yash said, “Technically it will be considered as arrest. In the videos available he is present at the site of violence.”
Currently, he is in police custody in Meerut, the IG STF said.
On Monday, a mob of some 400 people rampaged through a village in Bulandshahr district apparently after cow carcasses were found in a jungle nearby.
During the violence, Inspector Subodh Kumar Singh and a 20-year-old man died of gunshot wounds.
Nine people have been arrested in connection with the violence.
Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat said Saturday that full cooperation will be extended in the investigation of the incident.
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Denovo Recruitment against 877 Non Gazetted Direct Quota Posts advertised in 2013 vide Advertisement Notices No. 01 & 02 of 2013 dated 12.03.2013-conduct of written test.
NOTIFICATION FOR WRITTEN TEST
It is hereby notified for information of all concerned that:- In pursuance tc5 Denovo recruitment process in response to the Advertisement Notice No. 01 and 02 of 2013 dated 12.03.2013 read with Notification No. DF&ES/Rec-2018/5908- 18 dated 14.08.2018, the List of candidates who have qualified PST/PET conducted through TRP by the Departmental Recruitment Board has been notified and is available on the departmental website fireandemergency.jk.gov,in.
The breakup of posts against which selection will be made has been revised in accordance with SRO 294 of 2005 dated 21.10.2005 readwith SRO 144 of 2008 dated 28.05.2008 and is notified for the information of the candidates as Annexure – A to this notification.
The written test of the candidates who have been declared to have qualified the PST/PET shall be conducted on 16.12.2018 (Sunday) & 17.12.2018 (Monday) simultaneously at Jammu, Srinagar and Kargil as per the following schedule:-
Morning Session : 11.00 AM to 01.00 PM
Evening Session : 02.00 PM to 04.00 PM
The eligible candidates can download Admit Cards w.e.f 10.12.2018.
The Name of the Centre, Post for which applied. Roll No. of the candidate for the written test and date of test will be notified in the admit card.
The candidates shall check their particulars In the Admit Card carefully and in case discrepancy is found, the same shall be immediately reported to the Chairman Departmental Recruitment Board of Fire Si Emergency Services,
The candidates must reach the specified Centre/ Venue well in advance on the date of test and shall report in the examination centre at the stipulated time as provided in the admit card. Any candidate who reports after the stipulated reporting time will not be allowed in the examination hall.
The written test will be Objective/ OMR type having 100 questions carrying 100 marks for each post, as per the syllabus already published.
The OMR sheet will be candidate specific and the candidates shall verify their personal detaits provided on the OMR sheet and In case of any discrepancy, the candidate shall immediately report to the examination Incharge.
The candidates shall use Blue black ball point pen in the written test. The guidelines for making of response/ correct answers on Answer / OMR sheets will be mentioned in the Admit Card.
The candidates appearing in the written test shall bring their admit cards along-with one of the photo identity proofs such as Aadhar Card/ Passport/ Driving License/ Voter Card etc, in original.
The candidates shall strictly comply with the directions given to them by the Examiners/ Invigilators. Any candidate found disregarding the directions will be liable to be debarred from the written test.
The candidates shall bring along-with them Clip board or hard board (on which nothing is written) and a good quality blue black ball pen for making responses on the Answer Sheet. Use of calculator, mobile phone, Bluetooth Device, Paper, Notes, Book, Scanning Device, Pager, Headphone, Earplugs, Laptop, iPad, Tablet PC or any other computing/ communication/ electronic device mobile/ smart phones, smart watches and any other electronic gadgets inside the examination hall/room are not permitted. The candidates are advised not to bring any such items with them to the examination centre as the arrangement for their safekeeping cannot be assured, and any loss to these items shaLL be at the cost, risk and responsibility of the candidate.
Use of unfair means in the examination is strictly prohibited. Any candidate using any unfair means in the written test will be debarred from the written test and will also be prosecuted.
No candidates should misbehave in any manner or create disorderly scene in the Examination Hall or harass the staff posted for conduct of the examination. The candidate found involved in any such misconduct will be penalised.
No TA/DA will be paid to the candidates for appearing in the written test.
Annexure – A:
|s.No.||Name of the Post||O.M||s.c.||S.T||R.B.A||A.L.C||Soc. Caste(OBC)||Total|
|3.||Fireman/ Fireman driver||338||47||59||118||18||12||592|
|10.||Steno-Typist (Sub Officer – S)||02||“||01||01||–||–||04|
|11.||Junior Assistant (Leading Fireman – M)||24||03||04||08||01||01||41|
ASTROLOGY: WEEKLY PREDICTIONS 09TH –– 15TH DECEMBER 2018
ARIES (Mar 21 – Apr 20)
TDespite an adventurous theme and a strong desire for new experiences and opportunities, a more spiritual and dreamy tendency could prevail. The issue of beliefs might be on the agenda, which could affect how you approach an idea or project. A more practical focus suggests that you make a start that involves both options.
LIBRA (Sep 24 – Oct 22)
Getting your priorities in order could be difficult this week because others might be demanding and perhaps even needy at times. You may have to strengthen your boundaries if you are to get everything done as intended. Still, your compassionate side can win out, and you may find yourself lending a helping hand even if you do have to sacrifice your own agenda., you can always say no.
TAURUS (Apr 21 – May 20)
While you might be embracing more intense issues with a view toward making key changes, your social life sparkles, too. You might need to balance your inner and outer lives if you’re going to be productive this week. However, this could be difficult midweek, when a social event that seems particularly alluring takes you away from more pressing issues.
SCORPIO (Oct 23 – Nov 22)
Creative and romantic opportunities are plentiful this week, but they will require money. Think very carefully about the cost of a creative project or new relationship. While this can seem materialistic, the cosmos is urging you to trust your instincts. You have an inborn ability to know when something isn’t as it should be, and the coming days are a chance to use it.
GEMINI (May 21 – Jun 20)
There could be a lot going on regarding certain relationships, team projects, and your social life. Early in the week, you might be torn between leisure activities and attending to your goals and responsibilities. If you feel really stuck, taking a little time out to consider your priorities could help you be more productive.
SAGITTARIUS (Nov 23 – Dec 22)
While you might feel full of vim and vigor, the domestic scene and members of your family may require support over the week ahead. Someone could be feeling a little bit lonely and in need some attention, and if so, this is something to deal with gently, without compromising your own agenda.
CANCER (Jun 22 – Jul 23)
Work beckons, but so do more enticing aspects of life, such as the chance to travel, explore subjects of interest, or lose yourself in new ideas or fascinating books. You’ll need to find a balance between getting your daily tasks completed and indulging a fascination with new interests. Your sector of work and lifestyle brings an opportunity to make a fresh start.
CAPRICORN (Dec 23 – Jul 20)
You could feel like retiring from the world and keeping yourself to yourself, but you might be dragged into an issue that has nothing much to do with you. A detached perspective would be very helpful here, enabling you to understand the truth of the matter. Still, this could rumble on for some time, so patience may be necessary.
LEO (Jul 24 – Aug 23)
You might want to explore new ideas and creative opportunities, but there could be a matter to attend to first. This might involve sorting out a confusing or frustrating issue that seems hopelessly entangled. Take your time because this could take a little while to resolve. If you can detach from it, you might find that some clarity is possible.
AQUARIUS (Jan 21 – Feb 23)
Your social circle, good friends, and even those you connect with on social media can be a force for good in your life. There could be much positive energy coming to you from people who really appreciate your company and enjoy having you around. Accept invitations and move in new circles. Wonderful opportunities could come your way if you do.
VIRGO (Jul 24 – Aug 23)
You might have things to do at home, but other people could have demands as well. If they really want something out of you, they could try all sorts of tricks to get your attention. To keep the peace, you might need to find a balance between your needs and theirs. Your home zone can be an opportunity to get domestic projects up and running.
PISCES (Feb 20 – Mar 20)
Responsibilities and ambitions could be very much on your mind, yet you might feel complacent about them and have to push yourself to get anything done. And with the sun angling toward nebulous Neptune in your sign on Wednesday, you might experience tension in this regard. Sorting out your priorities and making a to-do list could certainly help.
People you stay with are bound to have an impact on you and your personality, especially if they are related to you like a parent, partner or sibling. Toxic relationships can immensely affect your mental health. In such a situation, dealing with a narcissistic parent can also hamper the relationship, requiring years of therapy to heal the damage.
For the parent, their child being independent and unlike how they imagined can be quite threatening and this causes them to cut off the relationship dynamics altogether. Here are some common tell-tale signs which can help you point out the difference between a healthy and a threatening relationship:
Parents live through their children’s lives
Many children grow up with the fear of living up to their parents’ expectations, who for their own selfish needs enforce their own wishes on their children, creating mental stress and dilemma for them. This can be quite troublesome and limit the child from developing their own personality.
Jealousy and possessiveness
Another common trait which is associated with narcissistic people is jealousy and possessiveness. There can be examples when the parent can feel threatened by the child’s growth and maturity. Any time the child doesn’t spend fulfilling the parent’s wishes is seen negatively. It often ends up guilt-tripping the child to limit their own life and devote more time to the parent, which is rather unhealthy.
Parents critique and put the child down
For children, their parents are the closest contact as well as their biggest motivators but when they live in the shadow of a narcissistic parent, constant critique and putting down can impair their self-esteem. Most common examples of this behaviour include nitpicking, invalidation, baseless comparisons and simply saying that the child is not just good enough!
They maintain a superior self-image
More than the child itself, the parent also sometimes displays behaviour of superiority and treat the people around them as objects, using them for personal gain. The sense of superficiality arises from having an inflated ego and can be very damaging for the child, giving rise to trust issues as well.
They indulge in manipulation
One of the most visible signs of being in any kind of toxic relationship is manipulation.
Any kind of love they get comes with a sort of condition,
unlike the way healthy parenting works. Narcissistic parents are often known to make their children feel ungrateful and not competent enough. This results in the child not getting any kind of support or love which can land them up with unresolved mental issues.
They are very particular and inflexible
No, they are not just strict parents. One of the most common problems encountered while dealing with self-obsessed parents is that they are particular with the things they do and get very touchy and angry if their children do not perform or behave up to their expectation.
Lack of empathy
Empathy, love and compassion can act as big tools for positive reinforcements which can affect mental well-being. In the lack of it, the child can face problems growing up, with their emotional intelligence at risk and they are also at risk of replicating the same kind of behaviour.
Being an absent parent
Being mentally, physically or emotionally unavailable for your child can be a big problem. By choosing to focus on their own interests and needs, the parent can show neglect which can negatively impact a child, making him feel unneeded and alone.
In his book In Praise of Love (2009), the French communist philosopher Alain Badiou attacks the notion of ‘risk-free love’, which he sees written in the commercial language of dating services that promise their customers ‘love, without falling in love’. For Badiou, the search for ‘perfect love without suffering’ signifies a ‘modern’ variant of ‘traditional’ arranged-marriage practices – a risk-averse, calculated approach to love that aims to diminish our exposure to differences: ‘Their idea is you calculate who has the same tastes, the same fantasies, the same holidays, wants the same number of children. [They try] to go back to arranged marriages,’ writes Badiou. The philosopher and cultural theorist Slavoj Žižek subscribes to similar ideas about arranged marriages, referring to them as a ‘pre-modern procedure’.
When it comes to the view of arranged marriage in the West, Badiou and Žižek offer relatively genteel criticisms. Popular and learned representations of the practice almost always associate it with honour killings, acid attacks, and child marriages. It’s often presumed to be the same thing as a forced marriage; coerced, dutiful, predictable – the very opposite of individual agency and romantic love.
Due to the growth of international migration, the question of how Western states treat arranged marriages bears very serious consequences in terms of how we perceive the emotional lives of migrants and diasporic community members. The prevalent Western perception of illegitimacy is unwarranted, based both on ignorance of arranged marriage and on a lack of insight into Western norms.
Badiou criticises both libertinism (superficial and narcissistic) and arranged-marriage practices (empty of that organic, spontaneous and unsettling desire that inspires emotional transgressions). He argues that love is real when it is transgressive – a disruptive experience that opens people to new possibilities and a common vision of what they could be together. It possesses the power to floor the ego, overcome the selfish impulse, and transfigure a random encounter into a meaningful, shared continuity. To Badiou, love is not simply a search for an adequate partner, it is a construction of an almost traumatic transformation that compels us to look at the world ‘from the point of view of two and not one’.
Do arranged marriage practices suppress the transgressive power of love, as Badiou implies? Can choosing an arranged marriage be the act of a free person, and does that person then feel with as much depth as those who met through a friend, or at college, or via a dating app? Any answer must take into account that there are different arranged-marriage practices, and that what people experience as true love varies across different cultures.
It is important to emphasise the difference between arranged marriages – which respect consent of prospective spouses – and forced marriages, where such consent is absent. By distinguishing forced and arranged marriages, we can begin to see an overlap of the cultural logics that underpin arranged marriages and ‘modern’ match-making practices.
Arranged marriage usually refers to a broad spectrum of practises in which parents or relatives act as matchmakers. They introduce their young ones to ‘suitable’ partners and influence their personal decisions. Such arrangements are fairly common in much of the Middle East and North Africa, as well as in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and China. Some arranged marriages are the result of several different introductions organised by families or professional matchmakers, followed by chaperoned or unchaperoned meetings of the prospective couple. The meetings serve as prelude to family discussions that culminate in a decision by the couple. Other marriages are arranged only in the sense that they receive the blessing of the families after a couple expresses the desire to marry (self-arranged).
To varying degrees, each arranged marriage is influenced by filial and social pressures on the agency of the prospective couple. But so are Western marriages, in form. In romantic love too, social class, education, profession, religion (factors that are deeply influenced by family), all mediate and shape attraction and compatibility. The social reality we are raised in shapes our freedom to choose partners, even to feel desire. For Badiou, love becomes meaningful when it is subsumed under anticonsumerist politics. Others find meaning in different ideals.
Couples in arranged marriages often find romance in family-initiated introductions because it speaks to their broader value system. For many, it is a smarter, more spiritual form of love because it prioritises collective will and emotional labour over sexual impulse and selfish individuality. This is perhaps one reason why couples in arranged marriages express high levels of satisfaction in their relationships, sometimes more so than couples in love marriages.
Another common criticism of arranged marriages goes something like this: arranged marriages are not built upon informed desire. Since partners lack familiarity with each other, they cannot be expected to possess any genuine feelings for each other. But as the British psychotherapist Adam Phillips has observed, the romantic euphoria we feel towards a desired partner is not always derived from our knowledge of them, but from prior expectations of meeting someone like them: In Missing Out (2013), he writes:
[T]he person you fall in love with really is the man or woman of your dreams; … you have dreamed them up before you met them. You recognise them with such certainty because you already, in a certain sense, know them; and because you have quite literally been expecting them, you feel as though you have known them for ever, and yet, at the same time, they are quite foreign to you. They are familiar foreign bodies.
This sense of dreamed-up familiarity inspires people to pursue real intimacy. Arranged marriages work in the same way.
It is hard to universalise notions of love because it is such a dynamic, delicate and complicated experience. What Western observers often forget is that people of other cultures are constantly carrying out subtle transgressions against the lazy stereotypes in which they are viewed.
Postcolonial feminist theory has demonstrated that women who opt for arranged marriages are not passive subscribers of patriarchal traditions, but engaged in negotiating the practice to shift the balance of power in their favour. Arranged marriage might not be the perfect solution to the problem of love, but it isn’t a fossilised holdover from archaic times. It’s an ever-evolving, modern phenomenon and should be understood as such.
Badiou’s definition of true love is limiting, idealistic and dismissive of the cultures and experiences of most people in the world. It gets in the way of understanding how love can be expressed and experienced within even the most seemingly ‘traditional’ practices. This misunderstanding and limitation poses real dangers in our current political climate.
As the volatile Western political world plunges deeper into xenophobia and nativism, empathy is ever more at risk. Dismissive and stigmatising caricatures of cultural differences can be – and often are – enlisted to cast migrants and people in diasporic communities as lesser or somehow not worthy of respect.
History has repeatedly shown us that imagining a group of people as unloving beings serves as a prerequisite to mistreating them. While it is necessary for us to condemn violent and coercive social practices such as forced marriages, we must not malign an entire culture as the loveless ‘other’. What would that say about the quality of our love?
Farhad Mirza is a Pakistani-born freelance journalist and researcher, whose work has appeared in The Guardian, Al Jazeera, New York magazine and Deutsche Welle, among others. He is based in Berlin.
This article was originally published at Aeon and has been republished under Creative Commons.
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Washington: White House Chief of Staff John Kelly will step down by the end of this year, US President Donald Trump has said, confirming that he will announce a replacement “over the next day or two”.
The 68-year-old retired Marine Corps general has been President Trump’s Chief of Staff since July 31, 2017. In the first seven months of the Trump administration, Kelly was the secretary of Homeland Security.
“John Kelly will be leaving I don’t know if I can say ‘retiring’. But, he’s a great guy. John Kelly will be leaving at the end of the year,” Trump told reporters at the White House on Saturday.
“We will be announcing who will be taking John’s place…I shall be announcing that over the next day or two. But, John will be leaving at the end of the year. He has been with me almost two years now,” Trump said.
Nick Ayers, the 36-year-old chief of staff to the vice-president Mike Pence, is Kelly’s likely successor.
There were reports that the relationship between Trump and Kelly had deteriorated to such an extent that the two were no longer on speaking terms.
Kelly, who was brought in by Trump after he fired Reince Priebus, has been instrumental in bringing in a sense of discipline inside the White House.
Kelly was one of the several generals appointed by Trump to key roles, including defense secretary Jim Mattis, and former national security advisers Michael Flynn and HR McMaster.
According to a report in ‘The Wall Street Journal’, the relationship between Kelly and Trump had completely broken down, leading the president to tell an associate to “stop calling John” and to instead “call Nick, he’s my guy”.
Veteran journalist Bob Woodward wrote in his bestselling book ‘Fear’ that Kelly called Trump an “idiot” at the head of a “Crazytown” administration.
Kelly, however, denied such reports and stayed in post.
In France in November for events marking the 100th anniversary of the end of the first world war, Kelly visited an American cemetery outside Paris while Trump remained in the city, the White House insisting rain made a presidential visit impractical.
Kelly’s exit from the White House is the latest in a series of reshuffles in the Trump administration.
On Friday, Trump said he will nominate William Barr his attorney general, replacing Matthew Whitaker who was named acting attorney general only a month ago. Whitaker replaced Jeff Sessions in the top Justice Department post.
Sessions was fired after months of being attacked and ridiculed by the president on November 7.
Trump appointed State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert as the US’ next ambassador to the UN, replacing Indian-origin Nikki Haley who said in October that she would step down at the end of the year.
McMaster was replaced on March 22 with John Bolton as the national security adviser.
Scott Pruitt, the Environmental Protection Agency chief quit on July 5.
Former secretary of state Rex Tillerson was fired by Trump on March 13 after rifts between them. On Friday, Trump tweeted that Tillerson was “dumb as a rock” and “lazy as hell”.
James Comey, the FBI director, who led the Russia probe before Mueller, was fired by Trump in May last year.
Michael Flynn resigned in February last year as Trump’s national security adviser.
Earlier in the day, Trump nominated General Mark Milley as his next Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the nation’s top military advisor.
If confirmed by the Senate, Gen Milley would replace General Joe Dunford who is scheduled to retire next summer. Milley currently is Chief of Staff of the Army.
Trump described Gen Milley as a “great gentleman and a great patriot”. (PTI)
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