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Chams Plc Q12014 Interim Report

first_imgChams Plc (CHAMS.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Technology sector has released it’s 2014 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about Chams Plc (CHAMS.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Chams Plc (CHAMS.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Chams Plc (CHAMS.ng)  2014 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileChams Plc provides enterprise technology solutions for identity management and transaction payments to the public and private sectors in Nigeria. The company builds robust, secure and adaptable platforms to facilitate identity management, identity transactions and verification systems. Established in 1985, Chams Plc has executed identification and verification projects for major institutions including INEC, NCC, NHIS, PeNCOM, ICAN, Customs, Nigeria Air Force, NAHCO, Head of Service of the Federation as well as government departments and private education institutions. The company has also handled identity management and transaction payments for the governing bodies of the states of Osun, Anambra, Ogun, Adamawa, Benue and Oyo. Chams Plc handled the execution and deployment of identity management solutions for the Bank Verification Project which was a multi-million dollar initiative of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) and the Banker’s Committee. It was the first banking industry biometrics identity matching solution in the global financial markets. Chams Plc is the front end partner to the national Identity Management Commission (NIMC), the agency of the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN). Other notable accolades include pioneering Nigeria’s first payment card scheme, Valucard; and is the first homegrown company in Nigeria to be listed in the Guinness Book of Records for setting up the mega ChamsCity Digital Mall. Chams Plc’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Chams Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Kenya Commercial Bank Limited (KCB.tz) 2018 Presentation

first_imgKenya Commercial Bank Limited (KCB.tz) listed on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2018 presentation For more information about Kenya Commercial Bank Limited (KCB.tz) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Kenya Commercial Bank Limited (KCB.tz) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Kenya Commercial Bank Limited (KCB.tz)  2018 presentation Company ProfileKenya Commercial Bank Limited is a leading financial institution in Tanzania offering retail and corporate banking services as well as mortgages, treasury and Bancassurance services. Kenya Commercial Bank offers financial solutions ranging from current accounts, overdrafts and loans to fixed and short-term deposits, mortgage finance, trade finance and forex, and business investment accounts. The banking institution participates in investments in Treasury Bills and Bonds with the central banks. Wholly-owned subsidiaries in the banking group include Kenya Commercial Finance Company Limited, Savings & Loan Kenya Limited, Kenya Commercial Bank Nominees Limited, Kencom House Limited, KCB Tanzania Limited, KCB Sudan Limited, KCB Rwanda SA and KCB Uganda Limited. Kenya Commercial Bank Limited is listed on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange.last_img read more

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s Christmas message for 2019

first_img Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Albany, NY Rector Martinsville, VA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Knoxville, TN Episcopal Office of Public Affairs, Rector Washington, DC Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Submit an Event Listing Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Tags Cathedral Dean Boise, ID “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness cannot overcome it,” Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry said in his Christmas Message 2019.The video of the Presiding Bishop’s message is here.The text of the Presiding Bishop’s message follows:Presiding Bishop Michael Curry Christmas Message 2019In the first chapter of John’s Gospel, sometimes referred to as the prologue to the Gospel, sometimes spoken of as the whole Gospel in miniature the Gospel writer says this. As he reflects on the coming of God into the world in the person of Jesus. As he reflects on Christmas. He says, the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness cannot overcome it.I don’t think it’s an accident that long ago, followers of Jesus began to commemorate his coming into the world when the world seemed to be at its darkest.It’s probably not an accident that we observe Christmas soon after December 21, the winter solstice. The winter solstice being in the Northern Hemisphere the darkest time of the year.Undoubtedly, these ancient Christians who began to celebrate the coming of God into the world, they knew very well that this Jesus, his teachings, his message, his spirit, his example, his life points us to the way of life itself, a way of life, where we take care of each other. A way of life, where we care for God’s world. A way of life, where we are in a loving relationship with our God, and with each other as children of the one God, who has created us all.They also knew John’s Gospel and John’s Christmas story. Now there are no angels in John’s Christmas story. There are no wise men coming from afar. There’s no baby lying in a manger. There’s no angel choir singing Gloria in excelsis Deo in the highest of the heavens. There are no shepherds tending their flocks by night. Matthew and Luke tell those stories. In John, it is the poetry of new possibility, born of the reality of God when God breaks into the world.It’s not an accident that long ago, followers of Jesus began to commemorate his birth, his coming into the world. When the world seemed darkest. When hope seemed to be dashed on the altar of reality. It is not an accident that we too, commemorate his coming, when things do not always look right in this world.But there is a God. And there is Jesus. And even in the darkest night. That light once shined and will shine still.  His way of love is the way of life. It is the light of the world. And the light of that love shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not, cannot, and will not overcome it.God love you. God bless you and may you have a Merry Christmas and may this world be blessed. Amen.The Most Rev. Michael B. CurryPresiding Bishop and PrimateThe Episcopal Church Rector Belleville, IL Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Shreveport, LA Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Youth Minister Lorton, VA Associate Rector Columbus, GA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Presiding Bishop Michael Curry In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Submit a Job Listing Rector Tampa, FL Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Smithfield, NC Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Back to Press Releases Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Episcopal Church Office of Public AffairsPosted Dec 16, 2019 The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Featured Events Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Press Release Service Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Submit a Press Release Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s Christmas message 2019 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness cannot overcome it Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Hopkinsville, KY Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Bath, NC Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Featured Jobs & Calls Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Collierville, TN last_img read more

West Tennessee church partners with Episcopal school on major construction…

first_img Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Youth Minister Lorton, VA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Shreveport, LA Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Submit a Job Listing The Rev. Sandy Webb, rector of Church of the Holy Communion in Memphis, Tennessee, poses for a photo in the church’s nave, which is closed for construction until Palm Sunday. Photo: Cindy McMillion/Holy Communion[Episcopal News Service] When parishioners at Church of the Holy Communion in Memphis, Tennessee, process into the nave on Palm Sunday, April 5, they won’t just be participating in the traditional re-creation of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem. They’ll also be looking around a lot.That is because Palm Sunday is serving as the congregation’s “grand reveal” of its newly renovated nave, marking the completion of a $12 million overhaul of the church facility that has coincided with the opening of a new $21.5 million 60,000-square-foot athletic and wellness facility on church property for the adjacent St. Mary’s Episcopal School.The girls’ school was founded in 1847, and the partnership between the church and school dates to 1953, when Holy Communion offered a permanent home to St. Mary’s on the church’s campus a few miles east of downtown Memphis. Today, “the partnership reminds both of us that we’re stronger together than we are apart,” the Rev. Sandy Webb, rector of Holy Communion, said in an interview with Episcopal News Service.The church is one of the largest in the Diocese of West Tennessee, with an average Sunday attendance of about 400 across three services. The school, with 825 students from preschool through 12th grade, had long used the cafeteria in the church’s basement, as well as a small church gymnasium, but neither facility was fully serving either institution’s needs, Webb said.Holy Communion has worshipped in its current church building since 1950. In recent years, it had been spending considerable time and money keeping up with maintenance on its aging facilities, making it more difficult to focus on the congregation’s core values of worship, service and hospitality, Webb said.The church’s and the school’s shared values made it natural to collaborate on a construction plan and a fundraising strategy, Webb said. Though the church and school projects were distinct, their constituencies overlapped. Donors were encouraged to give to both projects.Holy Communion kicked off its fundraising in fall 2016, and demolition for the church project began in May 2018. The church buildings were taken down to the studs to allow modern upgrades, including air conditioning and internet connectivity. When crews began work on the nave in June 2019, the congregation began worshipping in the parish hall. Parishioners, as they look ahead to returning to the nave on Palm Sunday, have been following the project’s progress in updates on Facebook.The school’s new athletic and wellness facility, meanwhile, opened in January 2020. It includes a larger dining hall, a larger gymnasium, workout facilities, locker rooms, classrooms and offices.“It validates the students and shows that we really do care about their health and wellness,” Albert Throckmorton, St. Mary’s head of school, told the Memphis Business Journal.Holy Communion, after providing the land and covering some of the cost, will have access to some of the space, including the gymnasium. The congregation’s support of local youth sports leagues serves about 1,000 children a year, Webb said, and the new athletic and wellness facility also will be used by additional church-sponsored community programs, such as yoga classes and ballroom dancing.“We are very much aware that the future of the church is going to be different from the past of the church,” Webb said, and he sees these modernized buildings as part of Holy Communion’s work toward that future, in collaboration with St. Mary’s.And with the project nearly complete, the congregation also is looking ahead to November 2020, when it will host the 39th annual convention of the Diocese of West Tennessee, Holy Communion’s first time hosting since 2008.“I am looking forward to being at the Church of the Holy Communion next November for Diocesan Convention,” Bishop Phoebe Roaf said in a church newsletter article. “I am grateful to the Rev. Sandy Webb, the wardens and vestry as well as St. Mary’s Episcopal School for their willingness to host. This will provide an opportunity for the diocese to see firsthand the renovated and expanded space at the church and the school.”– David Paulsen is an editor and reporter for Episcopal News Service. He can be reached at [email protected] Rector Belleville, IL Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Submit a Press Release Submit an Event Listing Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS West Tennessee church partners with Episcopal school on major construction projects Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Smithfield, NC Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Albany, NY Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Press Release Service TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector Collierville, TN Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Washington, DC Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Featured Events Cathedral Dean Boise, ID In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 By David PaulsenPosted Mar 6, 2020 Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Curate Diocese of Nebraska Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Tampa, FL Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Martinsville, VA Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Bath, NC Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Hopkinsville, KY Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Associate Rector Columbus, GA New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books last_img read more

Social Enterprise: What It Is and Why It Matters

first_img  21 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Tradingcenter_img Howard Lake | 22 April 2008 | News Social Enterprise: What It Is and Why It Matterslast_img read more

Kashmir cyber-police threaten, slap reporter who questioned their methods

first_img RSF_en Receive email alerts News Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the threats and violence, including being slapped in the face, to which Kashmiri journalist Auqib Javeed was subjected during a five-hour interrogation by cyber-police in Srinagar, the capital of Indian-administered Kashmir, after writing about their intimidation of Twitter users. Such behaviour is unacceptable in a democracy, RSF says. Follow the news on India “I fear for my life now,” Javeed told RSF. “I believe that the authorities could go to any lengths to silence me and could arrest me on an fabricated charge.” He was clearly still in a state of shock when he spoke to RSF on 21 September and, earlier that day, he had written about his brutal treatment by the police two days before.A member of the Srinagar cyber-police called Javeed on 18 September and asked him to come to their headquarters the next day. When Javeed asked him whether everything was all right, he replied, “We will have a cup of tea.” This is an expression that police in authoritarian Asian regimes often use when they plan to grill a journalist or dissident.When Javeed responded to the summons the next day, he says he was, “questioned for five hours at the police station and slapped, threatened and humiliated.”Javeed had been summoned over a story he wrote for the news site Article 14 that was published two days before. It described the methods used by the cyber-police to intimidate Twitter and other social media users. It said they were being “questioned and hectored by police and let off only after promising not to issue posts against the government and its policies.”Phone searched, evidence erasedPolice superintendent Tahir Ashraf Bhatti described the story as “fake and misleading” although it quoted him at length. Its only factual error, which was quickly corrected, concerned the building used by the cyber-police. Javeed’s phone, which was taken from him during the five-hour interrogation, was subjected to close scrutiny and all traces of his communications with the superintendent were removed.“It is absolutely unacceptable that members of the police manhandled, threatened and intimidated a journalist who just did his job,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “The behaviour of the Srinagar cyber-police is typical of authoritarian regimes and unworthy of Indian democracy. We call on the federal authorities to punish those responsible for the violence against Auqib Javeed.”This is not the first time Javeed has been subjected to intimidation in connection with his work. The National Investigation Agency, India’s counter-terrorism police, interrogated him for three hours in July 2018 for interviewing a Kashmiri separatist leader. His phone was also taken and never returned.Last week, RSF condemned police violence against three other journalists in Kashmir. While covering an exchange of shots between separatists and government forces on 15 September, Newsclick photographer Kamran Yousuf and reporters Faisal Bashir and Reshi Irshad were beaten by several policemen, one of them with a baton.India is ranked 140th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. In rural India, journalists face choice between covering pandemic and survival IndiaAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsOnline freedomsProtecting sources Armed conflictsInternetFreedom of expressionViolence Twice slapped and threatened by police officers, Kashmiri journalist Auqib Javeed fears for his life (photo: kashmirobserver.net). India: RSF denounces “systemic repression” of Manipur’s media June 10, 2021 Find out morecenter_img to go further News September 23, 2020 – Updated on September 24, 2020 Kashmir cyber-police threaten, slap reporter who questioned their methods News IndiaAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsOnline freedomsProtecting sources Armed conflictsInternetFreedom of expressionViolence RSF demands release of detained Indian journalist Siddique Kappan, hospitalised with Covid-19 March 3, 2021 Find out more April 27, 2021 Find out more News Organisation last_img read more

Donegal Hurlers honoured in Lifford

first_img O’Kane and McCarter take up coaching rules Donegal Hurlers honoured in Lifford WhatsApp NewsSport Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Google+ 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic At a civic reception today in the County House, Lifford, the Donegal Hurling Team that won the Lory Meagher Cup in 2011 were honoured.Speaking at this Civic Reception the County Manager, Mr. Seamus Neely said that he was delighted that Donegal County Council had an opportunity to recognise this special and historic won for the Donegal Hurlers.This team reached the finals of the Lory Meagher Cup in 2009 and in 2010 but it was not until 2011 that the team achieved this victory with a 70th minute goal from Ciaran Mathewson securing this breathtaking win for Donegal.The Lory Meagher Cup is an annual hurling competition organised by the GAA since 2009 and is an extension of the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship, the premier knock-out hurling competition.  The winners of the Lory Meagher Cup are promoted to the Nicky Rackard Cup competition the following year.This win was the first senior All-Ireland title for the Donegal hurlers Previous articleArranmore Island welcomes an unusual visitorNext articleGAA – Tyrone Halted By Kerry News Highland By News Highland – July 23, 2012 Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th center_img Pinterest Donegal to get 50 tickets for Armagh but not for spectators RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest Google+ Twitter Twitter Facebooklast_img read more

An Ongoing Struggle For Women’s Freedoms

first_imgColumnsAn Ongoing Struggle For Women’s Freedoms Prerna Dhoop & Vandana Dhoop17 Jan 2021 1:48 AMShare This – xEnactment of ‘anti-love jihad’ laws across India, not just criminalises love, but robs a woman of her individuality and independent existence. Overlooking their capabilities, the government of today seeks to shatter the choices and freedoms of Indian women by confining them to the domestic sphere, even deciding who to love and live with. Dr. Rukhmabai, India’s first…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginEnactment of ‘anti-love jihad’ laws across India, not just criminalises love, but robs a woman of her individuality and independent existence. Overlooking their capabilities, the government of today seeks to shatter the choices and freedoms of Indian women by confining them to the domestic sphere, even deciding who to love and live with. Dr. Rukhmabai, India’s first woman physician, faced something similar in 1885. She was called ‘immoral’ and ‘anti-Hindu’ for her bold refusal to cohabit with the worthless, Dadaji Bhikaji to whom she was betrothed in her childhood. The Indian patriarchy led by Bal Gangadhar Tilak protested against her clarion call for the Indian woman’s right to choose her partner and declared that: “The greatest possible care should be taken to guard or watch over women, they are incapable of independent existence both by virtue of their physical inferiority and their situation in life.” Let’s reminisce about those unsung Indian women whose aptitudes did not “fit” in well with the sphere men had designed for them and how within their respective chosen spheres they were able to make the highest contributions for humankind. Gnanjyoti Krantijyoti Savitribai Phule, was one of the first Indian scholars to point out the intersectionality between gender and caste oppression for which she faced widespread harassment from high caste men. In 1854, Savitribai wrote in ‘Kavya Phule’ that education alone could emancipate women from the shackles of Brahmanical patriarchy. She along with her life partner Jyotiba and her sister companion and India’s first Muslim woman teacher Fatima Sheikh opened a school for girls; conducted the first inter-caste marriage without dowry, Brahmin priests and rituals; protested against the practice of shaving widows’ heads; and provided a safe space for pregnant widows and their infants. In 1881, Tarabai Shinde wrote ‘Stree Purush Tulana’, a feminist jeremiad when a young pregnant widow faced widespread societal condemnation and was awarded a death sentence for aborting her foetus. She questioned why the society’s religious literature and standards of ‘morality’ and ‘purity’ were written and interpreted only from the male standpoint and not a female perspective. Even when it came to her private life, Shinde defied societal customs when she and her husband chose to live at her parental home and not bear any children. In 1887, Pandita Ramabai Sarasvati, the Sanskrit-feminist scholar wrote in her masterpiece ‘The High Caste Hindu Woman’ that from the womb till the tomb, a female was never considered as ‘equal’ to a male. She questioned why the elders while blessing a woman proclaim: ‘Mayst thou have eight sons and may thy husband survive thee’. For Ramabai, the chief means of women’s happiness was their complete independence from patriarchal chains. In her personal life, she fell in love and married a lower caste Bengali lawyer who died too soon leaving Ramabai a widow. But there was no stopping for Pandita Ramabai, she travelled the world and lived a life on her own terms exercising utmost freedom. She converted to Christianity and dedicated her life to the service of Indian women folk. For most Indian widows life ends after their husband’s death but for Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay like Ramabai, life began after widowhood. As a young widow in 1919, instead of living a life of renunciation, she pursued higher education and actively engaged in the freedom movement, politics and theatre. She defied all social and religious mores to remarry a fellow theatre artist, Harindranath Chattopadhyay only to divorce him later due to irreconcilable differences. She single-handedly achieved so much that forget a woman even a man in his lifetime could not have imagined. As a political leader, women rights activist, entrepreneur and social reformer Kamaladevi persuaded Mahatma Gandhi to include women in the Dandi March; she organised the women engaged in handicraft home-based industries into cooperatives and sought formal recognition for their economic contribution; and fought for the women workers’ right to decent working conditions. In 1947, Dr. Hansa Mehta, India’s delegate to the UN and Constituent Assembly member, vehemently argued for amending the opening phrase of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: ‘All men are born free and equal’ and replacing it with an inclusive one: ‘All human beings are born free and equal’. Her idea was that every human individual who was bound by the law, was entitled to a recognition as well as a voice in its enactment. When it came to the social reformer and educationist’s personal life she found a soulmate in Dr. Jivraj Mehta who belonged to the Vaishya community which was lower than her own Brahmin caste. The stereotypical image of a woman as being dependent and lacking agency was thoroughly defied by the anthropologist, Madhumala Chattopadhyay, who became the first individual in the world in 1991 to achieve the impossible feat of establishing contact with the oldest inhabitants of India- the primitive Sentinelese tribe. She landed on the North Sentinel Island, unperturbed about losing her life at the hands of the world’s most isolated and hostile tribe, known to attack anyone trying to access their habitat. How can the government presuppose that the capabilities- genius, talent, energy and force of mind-which are not permitted to be exercised by women, do not exist at all? The contribution of world’s first all-women infantry combat unit, the Rani of Jhansi Regiment in Netaji’s Azad Hind Fauj is unforgettable. Bilkis Dadi, the octogenarian activist protesting against state paternalism and the infamous CAA at Shaheen Bagh is a memorable sight! In 1887, Dadaji Bhikaji filed a case for restitution of conjugal rights. The judge decided the case against Dr. Rukhmabai and ordered her to live with her husband or undergo imprisonment for six months. Rukhmabai bought her freedom from Dadaji for a sum of Rs. 2000. One is left wondering: what is the worth of Indian woman’s freedom today? Views are personal. (Prerna Dhoop is a human rights lawyer based in Kolkata and Vandana Dhoop is an independent research consultant)Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Donegal priest to get state funeral in South Korea tomorrow

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By News Highland – April 26, 2018 News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Google+ Previous articleMeeting hears urgent need for Irish Passport Office in NorthNext articleStaffing shortages in community hospitals highlighted in Dail News Highland DL Debate – 24/05/21 Google+ WhatsApp Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic WhatsApp Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Twittercenter_img Pinterest Facebook Pinterest Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Homepage BannerNews Facebook A Donegal born priest who spent over 65 years in South Korea will be given a state funeral there tomorrow.Fr PJ Mc Glinchey was born in Raphoe in 1928, and was brought up and reared in Letterkenny. In 1951, he was ordained a Columban Father, and was posted to the island of Jeju, 70 miles off the mainland of South Korea.He died there this week, in a hospice he himself had built.When Fr PJ Mc GLinchey arrived on Jeju in 1952, South Korea was recovering from the three year Korean War which had caused social and economic devastation.The island is roughly the size of County Donegal, with a population of 40,000. At the time, there was very poor infrastructure and little or no employment.He became an economic and agricultural pioneer, helping farmers develop their holdings and introducing new breeds of cattle, sheep and pigs.He arranged the purchase of a co-operative farm, and developed health and education facilities. He also established a textile factory in order to provide employment for the women of the island.His methods were replicated elsewhere across the Far east, and he has received numerous honours from both the Irish and South Korean governments.He is being accorded a state funeral on the island of Jeju tomorrow. Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Donegal priest to get state funeral in South Korea tomorrow Twitterlast_img read more

Mega Millions lottery: Grand prize of $512 million up for grabs

first_imgJustin Sullivan/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Tonight may be the night one lucky person wins one of the largest jackpots in the history of the Mega Millions lottery.The lottery game’s jackpot grew to a whopping $512 million after Friday’s drawing yielded no winners of the top prize. One lucky ticket holder might be the recipient of that windfall today, when the drawing takes place at 11 pm ET.The grand prize is the fifth largest ever for the game and the eleventh largest in U.S. history, a Mega Millions official told ABC News.But if you do win the jackpot and want your prize money in cash immediately, that amount won’t necessarily all be yours. You’ll be taking home a far smaller but still impressive sum of $303.4 million – before taxes.To take home the entire $512 million, you’ll have to be a little more patient, and choose the annuity payments option – one immediate payment, and then annual graduated payments for 29 years, the official said.Earlier this year, two other Mega Millions winners made history – with one winning a prize of $451 million in January and another winning $533 million in April.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more