Saturday, October 30, 2010
BRIGHT and pretty, Emma enjoyed a blissful childhood.
Her loving parents ran a local shop, brother Joe, 15, doted on her and at school she won Student Of The Year.
But her idyllic life was turned upside down when a ruthless sex gang infiltrated her circle of friends and mounted a two-year reign of terror.
Repeatedly raped, beaten and drugged, Emma, now 21, became one of a growing number of British school children in the clutch of gangs of vile sex attackers.
The nature of the crime makes it difficult to assess numbers involved, but last December, child protection agencies and local authorities in Scotland warned of a rise in child trafficking.
Here Sun Woman talks to Emma about her terrifying tale in the hope others will recognise the warning signs.
EMMA was always on her phone, texting and chatting even through the night.
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Thursday, October 28, 2010
In its role as the 'Knowledge Partner and National Resource Centre' (KP & NRC) for the 'Department of Personnel and Training' (DoPT), Government of India (GoI) the 'Centre for Good Governance (CGG), Hyderabad' would be carrying out such key functions as:
- Creating a Gateway to various resources on RTI; managing the Portal management and providing Technical Inputs
- Research, documentation and knowledge management
- Providing technical support and advisory services to DoPT and Information Commissions
- Facilitating stakeholder interactions
The Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Shri Prithviraj Chavan launched the Logo on RTI and the RTI portal today in the presence of Shri. A N. Tiwari, Chief Information Commission and Shri. Shantanu Consul, Secretary, DoPT.
In the last five years the RTI regime has heralded a regime of transparency and accountability and strengthened the democratic structure of the country. Success stories of citizens using the RTI Act abound. The Act has achieved great success in empowering the citizens of India. However it was felt that the core values of the RTI regime – Empowerment, Transparency and Accountability- need to be given a shape in the form of a logo. The logo would be displayed at all public authorities and will be used in various communications related to RTI.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Shashank Manohar said after the council meeting in Nagpur today, that the Kochi franchise's breach was a remedial one and not like that of the other two teams that had been disqualified� - the Rajasthan Royals and the Kings XI Punjab. So, he said, it had been given a month to respond."
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
“November 1 onwards MNP would be operational partially... We wanted to inaugurate it in Haryana,” Mr. Raja told reporters in New Delhi."
Raju, who was arrested and charged in the company’s multi-crore fraud, popularly known at the ‘Satyam Scam,’ was denied bail by the SC after the CBI contended that the former chief could try to influence witnesses. The CBI also alerted that Raju must have already approached some of the witnesses while on bail.
Raju and five others accused in the scam have been given a dateline of November 8 to surrender before the police.
However, there are speculations as to whether Raju would be jailed or be back to hospital where he had been admitted for a minor heart attack.
He was earlier granted bail by the Andhra Pradesh High Court on account of health issue."
Response to global crises must prioritise zero tolerance for corruption
With governments committing huge sums to tackle the world’s most pressing problems, from the instability of financial markets to climate change and poverty, corruption remains an obstacle to achieving much needed progress, according to Transparency International’s 2010 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), a measure of domestic, public sector corruption released today.
The 2010 CPI shows that nearly three quarters of the 178 countries in the index score below five, on a scale from 0 (perceived to be highly corrupt) to 10 (perceived to have low levels of corruption), indicating a serious corruption problem.
“These results signal that significantly greater efforts must go into strengthening governance across the globe. With the livelihoods of so many at stake, governments’ commitments to anti-corruption, transparency and accountability must speak through their actions. Good governance is an essential part of the solution to the global policy challenges governments face today,” said Huguette Labelle, Chair of Transparency International (TI).
To fully address these challenges, governments need to integrate anti-corruption measures in all spheres, from the responses to the financial crisis and climate change to commitments by the international community to eradicate poverty. For this reason TI advocates stricter implementation of the UN Convention against Corruption, the only global initiative that provides a framework for putting an end to corruption.
“Allowing corruption to continue is unacceptable; too many poor and vulnerable people continue to suffer its consequences around the world. We need to see more enforcement of existing rules and laws. There should be nowhere to hide for the corrupt or their money,” said Labelle.
Corruption Perceptions Index 2010: The results
In the 2010 CPI, Denmark, New Zealand and Singapore tie for first place with scores of 9.3. Unstable governments, often with a legacy of conflict, continue to dominate the bottom rungs of the CPI. Afghanistan and Myanmar share second to last place with a score of 1.4, with Somalia coming in last with a score of 1.1.
Where source surveys for individual countries remain the same, and where there is corroboration by more than half of those sources, real changes in perceptions can be ascertained. Using these criteria, it is possible to establish an improvement in scores from 2009 to 2010 for Bhutan, Chile, Ecuador, FYR Macedonia, Gambia, Haiti, Jamaica, Kuwait, and Qatar. Similarly, a decline in scores from 2009 to 2010 can be identified for the Czech Republic, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Madagascar, Niger and the United States.
Notable among decliners are some of the countries most affected by a financial crisis precipitated by transparency and integrity deficits. Among those improving, the general absence of OECD states underlines the fact that all nations need to bolster their good governance mechanisms.
TI’s assessment of 36 industrialised countries party to the OECD anti-bribery convention, which forbids bribery of foreign officials, reveals that as many as 20 show little or no enforcement of the rules, sending the wrong signal about their commitment to curb corrupt practices. While corruption continues to plague fledgling states, hampering their efforts to build and strengthen institutions, protect human rights and improve livelihoods, corrupt international flows continue to be considerable.
“The results of this year’s CPI show again that corruption is a global problem that must be addressed in global policy reforms. It is commendable that the Group of 20 in pursuing financial reform has made strong commitments to transparency and integrity ahead of their November summit in Seoul,” said Labelle. “But the process of reform itself must be accelerated.”
TI calls on the G20 to mandate greater government oversight and public transparency in all measures they take to reduce systemic risks and opportunities for corruption and fraud in the public as well as in the private sector.
The message is clear: across the globe, transparency and accountability are critical to restoring trust and turning back the tide of corruption. Without them, global policy solutions to many global crises are at risk.
Transparency International is the global civil society organisation leading the fight against corruption
Monday, October 25, 2010
More than 65% of children on average said they had received corporal punishment, according to children's organisation Plan International.
Its report found that the majority of these children attended state schools.
Out of the 13 countries which were the subjects of the research, India was ranked third in terms of the estimated economic cost of corporal punishment.
The study, Prevention Pays, found discrimination by caste and gender was the major cause of violence against children in India.
Plan said many children abandoned school because of the punishments, which included hitting pupils with hands or sticks, making them stand in various positions for long periods and tying them to chairs."
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Saturday, October 23, 2010
In the largest classified military leak in the US history, whistleblowing website WikiLeaks has released nearly 4 lakh secret American documents on Iraq war detailing graphic accounts of torture, killing of over 66,000 civilians and Iran's role in the conflict.
The latest leaked documents, chronicling the Iraq war from 2004 to 2009, provide a new picture of how many Iraqi civilians were killed, open a new window on the role that Iran played in supporting Iraqi militants and give many accounts of abuse by the Iraqi Army and police. This was disclosed by the 'The New York Times', one of the news organisations which got early access to the papers.
WikiLeaks, which released the papers despite Pentagon's warning that it could endanger informants and reveal war strategy, called the document drop the largest-classified military leak in history.
In a news release, the group said the documents detail 109,032 deaths in Iraq, encompassing 66,081 civilians, 23,984 insurgents, 15,196 Iraqi government forces and 3,771 coalition forces, according to the classifications used by the US military.
The Pentagon strongly condemned the unauthorised disclosure of classified information contained in 392,000 documents.
WikiLeaks Editor-in-Chief Julian Assange told CNN that the new round of field reports shows "compelling evidence of war crimes" committed by forces of the US-led coalition and the Iraqi government.
Earlier this year, WikiLeaks had released 92,000 Afghan war-related documents.
Friday, October 22, 2010
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Wednesday, October 20, 2010
How taking the Pill can bring out woman’s jealous side http://ow.ly/2WdUV
RP ranking dips in Press Freedom Index; just imagine India rank!! In top 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 90, Top 100??? You're wrong!
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
October 19, 1949> The People's Republic of China is formally proclaimed.http://newsunlimited.in/
"Prosperity belongs to those who learn new things the fastest." Paul Zane Pilzer
News quiz (2.11.2009)
1. Talks to avert the second round of postal strikes collapsed this week. Where were the talks held?
Correct answer: TUC
2. A fossilised skull found on the Dorset coast belonged to which prehistoric predator?
Correct answer: Pliosaur
3. In which country’s courts is a challenge to the legality of the EU Lisbon treaty to be heard?
Correct answer: Czech Republic
4. Which sporting icon admitted to having taken crystal meth during his career?
Correct answer: Andre Agassi
5. Who was criticised for holding men-only basketball games?
Correct answer: Barack Obamahttp://newsunlimited.in/