The News Editorial Analysis 4th October 2021

The News Editorial Analysis 4th October 2021

Farmers killed as car in minister’s convoy runs amok in Uttar Pradesh.

The peasants had gathered at a helipad built for deputy chief minister Keshav Prasad Maurya, who was expected to attend an annual wrestling contest in Lakhimpur Kheri

Four farmers protesting with black flags on Sunday were mowed down by a car linked to a Union minister at his village in Lakhimpur Kheri, Uttar Pradesh, days after he had warned that the protesters would be fixed in “two minutes” if they did not mend their ways.Four more people had died by the end of the day, additional superintendent of police Arun Kumar Singh said. The Union minister of state for home, Ajay Misra “Teni”, said his driver and three BJP workers had been killed but did not give their names.

Superintendent of police Vijay Dhull said: “Total eight people have died. Four of them died under the wheels of a car. Everything will be clear after the post-mortem.”The Samyukta Kisan Morcha, under whose banner farmers have been protesting against three farm laws since November last year, said the minister’s son Ashis was driving the car that ploughed through the protesters around 3.30pm.It identified the four dead farmers as Daljeet Singh; Gurvindar Singh of Nanpara in Bahraich; Lav Preet of Paliakalan in Lakhimpur Kheri; and Nachchttar Singh of Dhaurahra, Shahjahanpur. A senior farm leader, Tajinder Singh Virk, was grievously injured and is in hospital.

The Morcha said at a news conference that a shot fired from the convoy Ashis was leading had killed a farmer.Jagjit Singh, a farmer, has submitted a complaint with the police stating that Ashis Misra had fired and killed a farmer in full public view.

The News Editorial Analysis 4th October 2021

Congress bid to woo women voters.

The Congress is going all out to woo women voters into its fold in matrilineal Meghalaya in its bid to make a comeback next year.

From Mahila Congress workers undertaking political journeys to various constituencies to chief minister Mukul Sangma launching women-centric and family-centric schemes, the ruling party is sparing no effort to ensure that it garners maximum support from women.

At the same time, as the party is clouded with shades of reported infighting among leaders and intense battles among ticket aspirants, the Congress has been tactfully delaying the announcement of its candidates to stem rebellion.

While parties like the United Democratic Party (UDP), National People’s Party (NPP), Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Hill State People’s Democratic Party (HSPDP) have announced their candidates in some of the 60 constituencies, the Congress has been hesitant to follow suit. It fears that those denied a ticket would wreck the party’s winning chances in some crucial constituencies

The party leadership in New Delhi is likely to announce its candidates after the Christmas festivities to provide lesser chance to rebel candidates to contest the elections.

However, the delay in announcing the candidates has not stopped the party from encouraging women to support the Sonia Gandhi-led party.

The All-India Mahila Congress (AIMC) secretary, Poonam Rani Wangkhem, who is in-charge of Congress women in Meghalaya, has been travelling from one constituency to another since the first week of this month.

Starting with five constituencies in the Garo hills region, Wangkhem has also visited constituencies like Mawshynrut in West Khasi Hills and Mowkaiaw and Raliang in West Jaintia Hills to give more teeth to the party’s grassroots organisation.She has been appealing to women to enrol themselves with the Mahila Congress and avail of schemes like widow pension scheme and the old-age pension scheme.

“In most of the constituencies which I have visited so far, very few women were aware of the existence of such schemes. Mahila Congress should come forward in a big way to help women avail of these schemes,” Wangkhem said today at two party meetings held at Mowkaiaw and Raliang constituencies.But electioneering alone is not the only weapon the Congress is utilising to compete in the polls.

Peace at the heart of education.

Education transforms lives

Education transforms lives and is at the heart of UNESCO’s mission to build peace, eradicate poverty and drive sustainable development. 

UNESCO believes that education is a human right for all throughout life and that access must be matched by quality. The Organization is the only United Nations agency with a mandate to cover all aspects of education. It has been entrusted to lead the Global Education 2030 Agenda through Sustainable Development Goal 4. The roadmap to achieve this is the Education 2030 Framework for Action (FFA).

UNESCO provides global and regional leadership in education, strengthens education systems worldwide and responds to contemporary global challenges through education with gender equality an underlying principle.

Its work encompasses educational development from pre-school to higher education and beyond. Themes include global citizenship and sustainable development, human rights and gender equality, health and HIV and AIDS, as well as technical and vocational skills development.

Peace education promotes the knowledge, skills and attitudes to help people prevent conflict occurring, resolve conflicts peacefully, or create conditions for peace. … Core values of nonviolence and social justice are central to peace education.

The Peace Education Working Group (PEWG) 

Of the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict has been working in the field of peace building and conflict prevention since 2007, addressing the structures that lead to both physical, social, and psychological violence through education initiatives in schools, colleges, and communities. 

The PEWG supports country-wide peace and conflict education policies and the development of educational structures at scale within countries and regions to build the capacity of youth, family and community members. It is crucial for these groups to have the knowledge, skills and abilities to better address and manage conflicts and advocate for social justice in their communities. We urge governments and civil society to support the cause of conflict prevention through peace education and nonviolent conflict resolution as well as to endeavor to put in place structures and conditions that uphold social justice.

Mamatha wins by poll with record margin.

Didigiri: Mamata Banerjee Wins Bhawanipur Bypoll With Record Margin Of 58,000 Votes.

Mamata Banerjee won the Bhawanipur byelection with a record margin on Sunday with 58,389 votes. The West Bengal CM beat the BJP’s candidate Priyanka Tibrewal after 21 rounds of counting on Sunday. She secured 84,709 or 71.86 per cent of the total 117,875 votes polled.

Banerjee’s winning margin beats her own former record of 54,213 voted in the 2011 byelection (after she resigned from the Lok Sabha to be the chief minister) and 25,301 in 2016. In the 2011 assembly general elections, her confidante Subrata Bakshi won by 49,936 votes.

Banerjee had to win the crucial Bhawanipur by-election to continue as the Chief Minister after losing from Nandigram constituency – 170 km southwest from her home in Kalighat in Bhawanipur constituency area – by a thin margin of 1,946 votes in the March-April Assembly elections in the state. Banerjee has since challenged the Nandigram verdict in the Calcutta high court.

India claim four more gold to claim top spot.

Shooting Junior World Championship:

India collected four gold medals out of the six on offer on competition day three on Sunday, along with two silvers, to surge to the top of the medal standings at the International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) Junior World Championship, presently underway in Lima, Peru. India swept the 10M Air Pistol medal events, including the Mixed, Women’s and Men’s Team competitions as well the 10M Air Rifle Men’s Team gold, to end the day with six gold, six silver and two bronze medals. The USA are lying second with four gold, four silver and two bronze.

Manu Bhaker was at the heart of the Indian performance winning two more golds on the day. She now has a total of three golds from the Championship. After partnering with Sarabjot Singh (reported on Sunday) to gold in the Pistol Mixed Team, she teamed up with Rhythm Sangwan and Shikha Narwal to win the 10M Air Pistol Women’s team event, beating Belarus 16-12 in the gold medal match.

The Men’s Air Pistol team then also struck gold with Naveen, Sarabjot Singh and Shiva Narwal putting it across the Belarussian Men 16-14.

Earlier in the day, the Junior Men’s 10M Air Rifle team had also won gold (reported on Sunday)

The Women’s 10M Air Pistol Team event saw India dominate as they had topped round one of qualification earlier with a combined 1722 after 180 shots and then round two on Saturday shooting 569 to Belarus’ 568. In the final, although it was even at the start, the Indians finished strong to seal the victory.

In the Men’s 10M Air Pistol Team event, India were as dominating winning round one and round two before pulling off a tight gold medal match against Belarus yet again.

In the Women’s 10M Air Rifle Team event India’s Nisha Kanwar, Zeena Khitta and Atmika Gupta, did top the first qualification round but qualified for the gold match finishing second to the Hungarian trio of Eszter Mezaros, Eszter Denes and Lea Horvath, in round two. The Hungarians maintained that superiority in the final to strike gold- their first of the competition.

It was also Atmika’s second silver of the day as she had teamed up with Rajpreet Singh in the day’s first medal event, the 10M Air Rifle Mixed Team, to finish second there as well (reported on Sunday). Rajpreet in fact also now has one gold and one silver medal in his kitty.

IT companies, startups explore innovative ways to pool talent.

HYDERABAD: With talent acquisition in the IT sector picking up pace, tech companies are faced with the massive challenge of finding the right person for roles that require specialised skills. While big firms like TCS and Wipro have been on a hiring spree for the past couple of months, emerging companies and startups are trying innovative ways to woo IT professionals, who are currently in high demand.

“The demand for qualified and skilled resources has grown by 150 per cent this year. People with skills in Cloud, Python, Hadoop and Big Data, Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning technologies are in great demand,” said Rashi Srivastava, executive vice-president of Qentelli.

Since it often gets difficult to find profusely experienced professionals, she says that Qentelli has been encouraging up-skilling and cross-skilling of its IT workforce within the company, even as they handle multiple projects. 

“If we need a person to build a Devops pipeline or Amazon Web Services and a quality assurance analyst might be interested in that project, we would encourage them by training them via Udemy and LinkedIn. They may not have the required skill, but if they have a proof of concept, we give them a chance to be in the team. This helps to build a culture of innovation as we encourage our team to have new ideas,” she adds.

Emerging companies have actively been establishing research and development centres as well as centres of excellence for this purpose. Managements agree that at present, professionals are attending interviews with multiple offers in hand.

Though pay raises were two times the number of years of experience last year, this year, it has increased to 3.2 to 3.3 times, Rashi observes.To compete with big IT firms in attracting talent, emerging companies are also investing in health programmes for employees.

“In addition to encouraging our employees to up-skill and re-skill, we are also signing them for fitness clubs, yoga and wellness camps. We have also been providing Covid insurance as well as emergency Covid services to our employees,” said Srikanth Reddy, the talent acquisition manager of Progress.

Some of the best practices for hiring these days include weekend hiring events, recruitment from colleges (freshers and interns), diversity hiring events and webinars conducted during the hiring process.



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