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More than 5,000 children abandon education in mica mine of Jharkhand, Bihar, to work as laborers

first_imgOver 5,000 children in the age group of 6 to 14 years have abandoned education in mica mining districts of Jharkhand and Bihar, and a section of them have started working as labourers to supplement their family income, according to a government survey.More than 22,000 children are employed as child labors The survey was conducted by the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) after a report by Terre Des Hommes, an international development agency working in India, revealed last year that more than 22,000 children are employed as child labourers in the mica mining areas of Jharkhand and Bihar.In its survey, the NCPCR said it has observed that a section of children in the mica mining areas are deprived of opportunities and have started working as labourers to supplement their family income.The survey was conducted in the districts of Koderma and Giridih in Jharkhand and Nawada district in Bihar.”As per the survey, there are 4,545 children in the age group of six to 14 years in the area of Jharkhand reported as not attending school,” the NCPCR said.The survey on ‘education & well-being of children in mica mining areas of Jharkhand and Bihar’ found that 649 children in the same age group were reported as not attending school in Nawada district of Bihar.The reasons for not attending school included lack of aspiration, lack of interest and also cases of collecting mica scraps, according to the survey.It also found that children in the age group of six to 14 years in 45 habitations of Koderma, 40 habitations of Giridih and 15 habitations of Nawada go for mica scraps collection.advertisementSelling mica scraps is the main means of livelihood for many familiesOfficials say selling mica scraps is the main means of livelihood for many families in these areas.”Several families do not see the benefit of sending their children to schools and instead prefer them working in collecting and selling mica scraps,” an official said.India is one of the world’s largest producers of mica, with Jharkhand and Bihar being the main mica producing states in the country. Mica is used in various sectors, including buildings and electronics, and even in cosmetics and paint production.The commission said the supply chain of the mica mining and industry should be made free of child labour.No child to be engaged in any part of the mica mining process and collecting scraps- NCPCR”No child to be engaged in any part of the mica mining process and collecting scraps. NGOs/development agencies should work with the local and district administration as well as with the industries to chalk out a strategy to make the supply chain of mica mining free of child labour,” the NCPCR said.The commission recommended strict action against buyers of mica scraps from children and said a special drive to abolish child labour in the mica mining areas of Jharkhand and Bihar should be carried out by the administration.”Strict actions may be taken against the buyers who buy mica scraps from the children,” it said.The NCPCR also flagged the issue of malnourishment among children in these areas.”In case of Giridih and Koderma, the undernutrition cases reported in 14 per cent and 19 per cent of the habitations and villages, respectively in the survey area. In case of Nawada, 69 percent habitations have reported that some children are undernourished,” it said.Read: Bihar schools have the worst student-teacher ratio at 38, followed by Delhi at 35: HRDRead: PUBG makes its official debut in IIT Roorkee annual sports festivalRead:9000 schools shut down due to attacks on schools and violence in West, Central Africalast_img read more

The Place Where You Can Drink Delicious Green Tea An Unusual Bar

first_imgThere are times where I feel like I want to stop by somewhere on the way home from work. If possible, somewhere a little dim, quiet, and a place I can spend my time alone. In times like this, I usually go to a bar in Nakano called “Selene.” The bar owner here is a little different from others, before you leave, he’ll serve you a green tea. Flowers are displayed visibly to the customers when entering the bar. Small tricks are used a lot to show the flowers.Classic songs playing is also calming.After finishing my drink, he started boiling some water.Green tea. Having green teal at the end is also delicious.A cup of drink is about 1,000 yen, no specific menu. Some of expensive cocktails cost 4,000 yen or more, so I personally recommend that you ask for the price before you ask for the drink.There are more than 50 other bars in Nakano, and there are many other bars also close to this bar. You can try out some bars and enjoy the night life of Nakano. If you are looking for a tasty bar in Nakano, please visit “Selene.”Information address:5-55-3, NAKANO-ward, TOKYOopen hour:20:00〜4:00shop holiday:please call and ask shop before you visitphone number: 03-3389-5870center_img This day, I had Japanese sake, with a small teapot. I can take my time and drink the sake little by little, pouring after every few slips.last_img read more

Army still holds 5000 acres of private land

At least 5,000 acres of private lands, which were taken over by the security forces since 1990, are still with the forces, according to a study, The Hindu newspaper reported.These lands are part of the high security zones. Officials have declined to provide an exact figure of the extent of land that remains with the forces. On the time frame for the release of the remaining lands,  D.M. Swaminathan, Sri Lankan Minister for Resettlement, Reconstruction and Hindu Religious Affairs, said a meeting with President Maithripala Sirisena and the Army officials would take place in a few weeks in which a decision would be taken. He emphasised that the President, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga [who is heading Presidential Task Force on Reconciliation] were all keen on returning lands to legitimate owners. On March 23 and April 10 this year, 1,013 acres in the Northern Province were released and they covered parts of Palai Veemankamam and Varththalaivilan. When criticism arose in sections of the media, especially in social media, about the land release, Mr. Sirisena, in his address to the nation last month in connection with the completion of 100 days in office, strongly defended the decision.On May 7, the President issued an order, revoking allocation of 818 acres in Sampur of the Eastern Province to the Board of Investment of Sri Lanka for industrial projects. The cancellation was done so that Tamils, displaced due to the Eelam War, could be resettled in the lands. read more

Andrew Scheers experience in the insurance industry 6 or 7 months

01:07 Pause Playback will start after this advertisement Close Playback Status: ready Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer faced more questions Monday over his credentials as an insurance broker. Scheer told reporters in Toronto Monday he worked at a firm for “six or seven months,” mostly doing clerical work but that “the licensed brokers finalized all the transactions.” 1:073926 commentsConservative Leader Andrew Scheer has talked for years about his private sector experience as an insurance broker, but under questioning Monday, he admitted he only worked in the industry for “six or seven months.” CBC News asked him exactly how long he’d worked in a Regina insurance office. “I worked from approximately spring to some time in the fall,” he said, saying he’d have to go back and check his personal records for the exact dates. CBC News also asked Scheer to clarify exactly what his role was in this office. He said his job was “supporting the whole team … answering questions from customers and clients and doing preparatory work.” He added that he would also explain and pass on information to people coming into the office.  The climate change issue keeps dogging Andrew Scheer on the campaign trailScheer promises Tories would improve access to disability tax credit When CBC News suggested this meant he’d never actually worked as a broker, Scheer said that although he (eventually) received his accreditation under the Canadian Accredited Insurance Broker Program, “at this particular office, the licensed brokers finalized all the transactions.” Conrad Shenher, who owned the insurance firm where Scheer worked and is now retired, told CBC News in a phone call that he doesn’t remember what Scheer’s duties were because it was so long ago. In response to an earlier question from The Canadian Press, Scheer had said “I left before obtaining the full licence but I did receive that accreditation for general insurance.” He also said he had many different jobs before being elected, including waiting tables. Bio still says ‘broker’ When Scheer ran for the leadership of the Conservative Party, the biographical information on his website said he “passed the Canadian Accredited Insurance Broker program and began his working career in the insurance industry in Regina.”  That’s the opposite order of events Scheer now describes. Derek Lothian, chief executive officer of the Insurance Brokers Association of Saskatchewan, confirmed that Scheer completed a course with the association “that would form part of the eligibility requirements for licensing.” As of Monday afternoon, Scheer’s biography on the Conservative Party’s web page continued to say that “before entering public life, Andrew worked in the private sector as an insurance broker.” Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer’s “About” page on the Conservative Party website says he “worked in the private sector as an insurance broker” before entering politics. (conservative.ca) On Saturday, The Globe and Mail reported that despite Scheer’s claim to have been a broker, the newspaper could find no evidence that he had received the accreditation needed to be a broker before he was elected to the House of Commons in 2004, when he was only 25. Scheer worked as a political staffer before and after his brief stint in the insurance business in Regina. AnalysisWhat tipping point seats say about Liberal, Conservative paths to victory Provincial legislation prohibits calling yourself a broker unless you hold a licence. On Sunday, Liberal candidate Marco Mendicino suggested Scheer had been misrepresenting his qualifications and called for an investigation by the Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority of Saskatchewan and the Insurance Councils of Saskatchewan. Ron Fullan, executive director of the insurance councils, confirmed receipt of Mendicino’s letter. “We are currently reviewing it. At this point, we have no further comment on the issue.” Stop Link Stop Embed Bitrate: Undetermined Restore player Turn captions off Events Log: Show/Refresh Events Close Assigned test group: None Embed Code: Play Asset: Undetermined Streaming URL: Cancel playback Close Video Pause Close Facebook Email Was Andrew Scheer an insurance broker? Share this Identifier: mediaId 1611196995722 Watch Twitter Turn captions on Ad : read more