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

Hamilton police charge man with harassment and extortion of woman

A 41-year-old man has been arrested after a woman was extorted and repeatedly harassed by someone she met online.George Condy, of Port Elgin, is charged with criminal harassment as well as four counts of extortion related to incidents involving a woman he allegedly met on an online dating site. Police say between March 2015 and February 2018, a woman received thousands of text messages and emails from the man. They say he used an alias to continually harass the woman and threaten to ruin her life. Police allege Condy also threatened to send personal information about the victim to her family, friends and employer if she did not speak with him. Hamilton police detectives with the assistance of the Hamilton Police Tech Crime Unit and the Saugeen Shores Police executed a search warrant in Port Elgin on Tuesday and arrested Condy.Cell phones and computers were also seized from the home by officers.Police are asking anyone with further information call Detective Chambers or Detective Constable Mendes at 905-546-3817. read more

Closures planned during Labour Day weekend

Brock University’s administrative offices will be closed for the Labour Day long weekend from Saturday, Aug. 31 to Monday, Sept. 2.However, some key areas at the University’s main campus will remain open as per regular weekend operating hours.Sunday, Sept. 1 is also Brock’s annual Move-In Day, which will see 2,400 students moved into the University’s residences. As a result, departments and services such as Residences, Dining, Parking, IT Help Desk, Brock Card, Campus Store and the Walker Sports Complex will all be open throughout the day.The following campus services are open and closed on the Labour Day long weekend:Campus SecurityOfficers are available 24-7 by phoning x3200, via emergency phones on campus, by emailing security@brocku.ca or through the Brock Mobile App. James A. Gibson LibraryClosed: Saturday, Aug 31 to Monday, Sept. 2.Walker Sports ComplexOpen: Saturday, Aug. 31 and Sunday, Sept. 1 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.Closed: Monday, Sept. 2.Due to an ongoing expansion project, the Zone will remain closed until Tuesday, Sept. 3.Eleanor Misener Aquatic CentreTo keep the pool working well throughout the year, it has been drained and is undergoing annual maintenance. It is set to reopen on Monday, Sept. 9.Food establishmentsAll food services locations will be closed on Saturday, Aug. 31.On Sunday, Sept. 1, Lowenberger and DeCew dining halls will be open from 5 p.m. until 1 a.m., Guernsey Market will be open from 9 a.m. until 7:30 p.m., the Tower Tim Hortons will be open from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Hungry Badger will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.On Monday, Sept. 2, Lowenberger and DeCew dining halls will be open from 9:30 a.m. until 1 a.m. and Hungry Badger will be open from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.Campus StoreClosed: Saturday, Aug. 31.Open: Sunday, Sept. 1 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Monday, Sept. 2 from noon to 4 p.m.Parking ServicesOn Sunday, Sept. 1, the Parking Services office in the Campus Store will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Monday, Sept. 2, the Parking Services office in the Campus Store will be open from noon to 4 p.m.Beginning Sunday, Sept. 1, Zones 1 and 2 will be free on weekdays after 6 p.m. and all day on weekends. Parking is prohibited between 2 and 5 a.m. on any day. Parking permits will be required in Zones 1 and 2 during business hours.Hourly parking is available in a number of locations throughout campus. Cars with valid permits can continue to park in their designated lot.Rodman Hall Art CentreOpen: Saturday, Aug. 31 and Sunday, Sept. 1 from noon to 5 p.m.Closed: Monday, Sept. 2.Student Health ServicesStudent Health Services will be closed Saturday, Aug. 31 to Tuesday, Sept. 3.Students can call 1-833-BROCK-33 (27625) for personal counselling 24-7, 365 days a year. read more

Anderman Ceramics announces its new range of ceramic coatings and cements

first_imgInorganic adhesive cements and corrosion/abrasion resistant coatings are included in Anderman’s next generation ceramic products. The range of products offered includes heat resistant coatings, wear/corrosion coatings and electrical insulating cements for use in industries such as mining and minerals, nonferrous metal, iron and steel, etc. The ceramic adhesive cements are made from selected quality materials, binders, additives and chemicals exhibiting characteristics such as high adhesion, high temperature resistance, thermal and electrical insulation and are unique inorganic formulations designed for potting, sealing and coating components and applications as they adhere to many surfaces.Anderman says “these inorganic ceramic adhesives cements have been proven to perform to a level much greater than that of any current polymer adhesive cements and when combined with their non-toxic, non-hazardous and non- flammable characteristics, make them ideal solutions for a vast range of industrial uses.The company also offers a range of high performance and revolutionary corrosion, abrasion and chemical resistant coatings products which can be applied on a large range of materials and components used in numerous industries.last_img read more