In a setback to the government’s efforts to pass the triple talaq Bill in the Rajya Sabha, the Janata Dal(U), a National Democratic Alliance partner, on Saturday said it would oppose the draft legislation in the Upper House.Party spokesperson K.C. Tyagi slammed the Bill, which criminalises instant divorce by Muslim men with a jail term of up to three years, and said it was of an “imposing nature” and would “definitely create a lack of trust in society”.“We believe that ours is a nation based on a delicate balance in respect of laws and governing principles for different religious and ethnic groups. We must not impose any view without obtaining substantive consultations,” Mr. Tyagi said.The JD(U) does believe in reforms, but these should be brought after in-depth consultations with various religious and ethnic groups, he said.The Bill may be tabled in the Rajya Sabha on Monday, sources said. The Lok Sabha passed it on July 25 and if the Rajya Sabha passes it, it will become law, replacing an ordinance which had enacted a similar provision through an executive decree.The JD(U), led by Bihar CM Nitish Kumar, did not vote in the Bill’s support in the Lok Sabha and staged a walkout. It made little difference though, as the BJP enjoys a strong majority in the House on its ownThe party may adopt a similar tactic in the Rajya Sabha.The numbers are much trickier for the saffron alliance as it is still far short of a majority and depends on parties like the BJD, the TRS and the YSR Congress — which are not aligned to either the BJP-led NDA or the Opposition.The JD(U), which is otherwise an NDA constituent, has six members in the Rajya Sabha, whose current strength is 240, according to details on its website.The government had recently got the better of the Opposition, which includes the Congress, the TMC and the Left among others, in the Rajya Sabha when it got the RTI Bill passed with the support of the BJD, the TRS and the YSR Congress.However, the three may not take a similar stand on the contentious Triple Talaq Bill, which faces strong opposition by a number of Muslim groups.
Pavitra Chalam, 28At the age of 21, she was already an established name in art circles. A graduate from the New York Film Academy, she has 35 documentary films in her kitty including the award-winning Anamika: Her Glorious Past. Having done stints at various news organisations as a journalist, she,Pavitra Chalam, 28At the age of 21, she was already an established name in art circles. A graduate from the New York Film Academy, she has 35 documentary films in her kitty including the award-winning Anamika: Her Glorious Past. Having done stints at various news organisations as a journalist, she finally realised that her passion lay in filmmaking. Her narrations are compelling and undeniably affective and have forced the world to sit back and take notice.Time travel: The art of story-telling has fascinated me since I was three. In my stint at NDTV and BBC as a journalist, I realised that filmmaking was my calling. I wanted to share my experiences and narrate stories on issues that affected many in our country. My journey began with Bus at the Youth Initiative for Peace in 2003 in Pakistan and I haven’t looked back since then.Above the line: Filmmaking has been a transformational experience so far. For instance, I saw my friend being overpowered by drug addiction and it changed me to an extent that I wanted to share this experience with everyone. This art has given me a vent to bring about sensitivity in the masses. It has reaffirmed my faith in what I do and what I have been doing.Lights, camera, action: Filmmaking is an honest medium and its purpose is to convey issues that matter. My films always have a human interest angle and I plan to keep it that way. I am fascinated by the styles of different filmmakers but I want my films to be beautiful and show what I have seen. I am inspired by the lives and struggles of those I film and this makes it even more imperative for me to narrate their stories.Intermission: I feel blessed to have a supportive group of friends and family. And when I am not making movies, I try to be around them as much as I can. Being an athlete, I try to catch up on kickboxing and various other sports. I adore soft toys and chocolates and have not been able to give them up, which I think is my only vice. Apart from that, I am an avid tea drinker and cannot seem to get more of it.Stepping stone: Having studied filmmaking, I knew the basics and this helped me move forward with fresher topics and a new style of presentation. In the initial days, my audience was niche. But it soon graduated to a large number of people. This overwhelming response pushed me into doing things even better.Feat of life: I still have a long way to go in terms of achievement and am still in the learning curve. Yet, every piece of my work is special and something we are meant to do. I see change around me and this ability to inspire drives me to do something unparalleled.The path to glory: It is very important to focus and develop an ability to be able to tell stories honestly. Films should glorify life and motivate everyone to help those who are deprived. If young filmmakers realise this gift, a complete transformation in how we tell our stories can happen.advertisement
VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – The government has missed a critical opportunity. That’s the message is coming from Diabetes Canada, in response to the federal government’s budget, which does not include funding for a new national strategy.Diabetes Canada president and CEO Dr. Jan Hux says there’s a huge sense of urgency. “The number of Canadians diagnosed with diabetes has doubled in the last 12 years. Another person is diagnosed every three minutes.”“We estimate the current costs — direct, attributable costs — of diabetes are in the order of $28 billion. A 20-year-old in Canada now faces a 50/50 lifetime risk of developing diabetes,” she said.Hux says the organization was asking for $150 million over seven years to implement its strategy, which she argues would lead to 90 per cent of Canadians living in environments that prevent the development of diabetes.“Ninety per cent of Canadians [would] be aware of their diabetes status and — for those affected — 90 per cent of them would receive treatment. And of those receiving treatment, 90 per cent would be showing measurable improvements in their health outcome.”She admits there are some items in the federal budget that are of benefit to people with diabetes. “Most noteably, changes to the application of the registered disability fund, so people could actually retain access to those funds after turning 21. That is encouraging for people living with Type 1 Diabetes, in particular, who face very high out-of-pocket costs.”
Legislation also forgives outstanding debt State Rep. David Maturen today voted for a bipartisan legislative package to end driver responsibility fees on Oct. 1 and forgive all outstanding debt associated with the fees.Maturen, of Vicksburg, said he voted for the bills because too many families have been burdened with the senseless fees since they were put into place by a previous administration trying desperately to balance the budget.“It’s ridiculous to think that paying a fee – on top of court costs and fines – will do anything to improve someone’s driving skills,” Maturen said. “The fee schedule amounts to nothing more than a money grab to fill a budget shortfall nearly 15 years ago. The fees have caused hardships for families and cost many people their jobs when they had no source of transportation.”In addition to the fees ending on Oct. 1, Maturen said all associated debt will be forgiven at that time. The legislation also creates a grace period from enactment of the bill thorough Dec. 31 that enables them to get their driver’s licenses back without paying a $125 restoration fee. People on monthly payment plans will receive immediate forgiveness, and others may participate in workplace development training programs to regain their driver’s licenses prior to Oct. 1.The bills now go to the governor for consideration.##### Categories: Maturen News,News 14Feb Rep. Maturen votes to end punitive driver responsibility fees
SeaChange and TiVo have launched a joint solution targeting cable operators looking to launch advanced VOD services.The new Cardio solution comprises SeaChange’s interactive consumer electronics gateway software and servers that interface directly to TiVo’s user interface and set-top boxes including the Premiere, Premiere Q and Preview models. The solution supports platforms Cisco and Motorola.“Cardio improves upon a simple and hugely popular goal to give operators more choice in set-tops and subscriber experience while further leveraging their SeaChange video back office,” said Anthony Landamia, executive director, product management, SeaChange. “SeaChange and TiVo solved a fundamental challenge for operators who invested in VOD yet wanted to expand set-top options without disruption. Its capabilities will continue to evolve and support more devices and digital network vendors.”