A joint team of the Child Development Project Officer, members of the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) and the police on November 30 raided a shelter home near the district headquarters town of Dhenkanal, where minor girls have complained of repeated sexual abuse.A group of inmates of the shelter home run by Good News India, an NGO, had alleged that Simanchal Nayak, in charge of the home, sexually assaulted minor girls regularly. “Initially, we did not report the incident fearing public humiliation. But when the harassment became unbearable, we were forced to come out in the open,” said an inmate.The shelter home in-charge, however, dismissed the allegation saying the children were levelling baseless allegations as he was strict in enforcing discipline.The CWC found that the shelter home was established in violation of the Juvenile Justice Act. “It has not been registered under the Act. As many as 81 inmates have been given residential accommodation and 47 of them are girls. We are in the process of recording their statements. Our findings will be forwarded to higher officials for action,” Niranjan Mishra, CWC Member, told The Hindu over the phone.“When we first received complaint about harassment, we had issued a show cause notice after paying a visit to the home. Subsequently, a complaint was registered with the Dhenkanal Sadar Police Station,” said Anuradha Goswami, CDPO.Most of the inmates are orphans, brought from Odisha’s backward districts.
The Uttarakhand High Court on Tuesday upheld the G.B. Pant University’s decision to cancel the selection process adopted for appointments of 93 assistant accountants at the varsity. A Division Bench of the High Court consisting of Chief Justice Ramesh Ranganathan and Justice Ramesh Chandra Khulbe found no unreasonableness in the G.B. Pant University’s decision cancelling the selection process for all the posts of assistant accountants in the university. Counsel for the university Kartikey Hari Gupta said the institute was informed about the order immediately and the same is being complied with. Earlier, the university had conducted a written and a typing test for the posts. After the examination, various candidates complained of some irregularities upon which an inquiry committee was constituted. The committee concluded that the selection process had anomalies and recommended cancellation of the entire selection. The said cancellation was challenged before the High Court whereby a single judge bench directed that the typing test be conducted again. Mohit Kapoor, aggrieved by the order of the single judge bench, filed an appeal against the order and alleged that the selection process was unfair and requested the entire selection process be cancelled.
Union Minister Maneka Gandhi on Friday set off a political storm when a video clip went viral on social media, showing her telling Muslims that if they did not vote for her, she might not be responsive to their requests later.“I am winning… But if my victory is without support from Muslims, I won’t feel that good. Dil khatta ho jayega (heart will become sour). Then when a Muslim comes to me for work, I think let it be, how does it matter?” Ms. Gandhi said at a rally in Turabh Khani.The District Election Officer has since served notice on Ms. Gandhi, giving her three days to respond. The six-time BJP MP is contesting from Sultanpur in U.P.“It is all give and take, a negotiation, isn’t it? We are not all children of Mahatma Gandhi, are we?” Ms. Gandhi is heard saying at the rally.“I have already won the election but you will need me. This is your chance to lay the foundation. When the election comes and this booth throws up 100 votes or 50 votes, and then you come to me for work, we will see… do you all understand,” Ms. Gandhi said.The Minister’s speech comes just days after the Election Commission issued a notice to Bahujan Samaj Party president Mayawati following a complaint from the BJP that she had sought Muslim votes during the mahagathbandhan’s rally in Deoband.Furore on TwitterThe veiled threat in the speech evoked strong condemnation across the board from social media.Congress spokesperson Sanjay Jha in a series of tweets, condemned the Minister, saying: “Scandal! Naukri ek sauda hai (employment is a bargain)#BJPS # Maneka Gandhi. Dear Demographic Dividend India, now you know why India has an unemployment jobs crisis. For #BJP providing jobs is a commercial deal; you have to help them first to get a job. A quid pro quo. It is a barter, give & take.”‘EC looking away’Congress supporter and political analyst Tehseen Poonawala tweeted: “From Amit Shahji to Maneka Gandhi maám, Muslims are being threatened openly by the BJP. Never before in the history of independent India and her elections has this happened and the Election Commission of India continues to look away and not act.”Actor Swara Bhaskar tweeted, “Literally Sick. Is Maneka Gandhi threatening Muslims? Isn’t this unconstitutional? And criminal? She is admitting that she will abuse her power soon as she in office! @ECISVEEP This must violate something! ”
Haryana’s Ambala Lok Sabha constituency is set to witness a contest between former two-term MP Kumari Selja of the Congress and the incumbent, Rattan Lal Kataria of the BJP, for the third time since 2004.Ambala, a Scheduled Caste reserved constituency, has traditionally seen a direct contest between the Congress and the BJP or its earlier avatar, the Jana Sangh, since 1967. Aman Kumar Nagra of the Bahujan Samaj Party in 1998 was the only non-Congress, non-BJP candidate to have won the seat.Currently a Rajya Sabha MP, Ms. Selja had defeated Mr. Kataria on both the earlier occasions in 2004 and 2009. This week, she kicked off her election campaign with a roadshow where she targeted her rival party for not fulfilling the promises made in 2014.At a party meeting in Panchkula, Ms. Selija, who is a member of the Congress Working Committee, hit out at the BJP accusing it of bringing to a standstill the development work started in the constituency by the previous Congress-led government. She also urged people to compare the development work carried out during her two previous stints as the Member of Parliament from Ambala. In 2014, Mr. Kataria had won the seat by defeating Raj Kumar Balmiki of the Congress after Ms. Selja opted to not contest the election.Development work The BJP MP, who had won the seat for the first time in 1999, is banking on the development work done by him in the constituency as well as the “good performance’’ of the NDA government at the Centre and BJP government in the State.Mr. Kataria, who on Friday filed his nomination, made it clear that he would focus on the achievements of the government headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, including the welfare work done for farmers and the poor. “Also, the BJP in Haryana has worked on the principle of ‘Sabka Sath, Sabka Vikas’. The State government has given a transparent and graft-free governance,” he told reporters.Besides the Congress and the BJP, Rampal Balmiki of the Indian National Lok Dal, who has been a member of Yamunanagar Municipal Corporation for four terms, and Naresh Saran of the BSP-Loktantra Suraksha Party alliance are also in fray .All 10 Lok Sabha constituencies in the State will vote in the sixth phase on May 12.
Researchers have found a way to extract dinosaur bones and other fossils from rock without picking up a hammer and chisel. The target fossil for the new study was a specimen that had been dug up from a German clay pit in the early 1900s. The object, still encased in much of the rock that had entombed it, had been slathered in concrete and then transported back to a museum in Berlin—which was struck by a bomb during World War II, sending the specimen and hundreds of others into a jumbled heap of rubble. Most of the fossils that weren’t blasted to dust had had their labels burned, so no one could identify what the remaining concrete jackets held or where they had been dug up. Technology to the rescue: A CT scan of one such lump (left, main image) revealed that it held a vertebra (plastic model, right) from a Plateosaurus (artist’s concept, inset), the researchers report online today in Radiology. That, in turn, allowed the researchers to determine where the fossil had originally been unearthed, among other details. Scientists have long used CT scans to peek inside fossil-bearing rocks, but the increasing use of 3D printers now enables them to make endless numbers of exact copies of those relics. Because CT scans are noninvasive, the approach minimizes the risk of shattering or otherwise damaging a rare fossil while trying to extract it from its rocky tomb. The technique might even help museum folk speed up their analyses: By knowing what’s inside a lump of rock, researchers can determine which fossils are worth extracting, and which ones can wait.See more ScienceShots.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)
The U.S. International Trade Commission has determined the domestic industry is harmed by imports of welded stainless steel pressure pipe from India. Related Items
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Indian American attorney Parthiv Patel made history Jan. 24 as the first undocumented immigrant to be admitted to the New Jersey Bar Association.Patel was sworn in to office by New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal, himself a history-maker as the first Indian American to serve in that role in the state. Patel took the oath of office as New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy looked on. Patel’s wife Sarika also attended the ceremony.““Dreamers are Americans,” said Patel after he was sworn in. “We are your doctors, accountants, and now lawyers. We are also your gas station attendants and the people who make your coffee and dream of becoming doctors and lawyers, but cannot because of laws that prohibit us.”Read it at India West Related Items
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They can turn an evocative phrase as deftly as they can excise a tumor or heal a heart. They may not be able to write a decipherable Rx, but they can pen evocative words full of clarity, beauty and often deep insights into their professionWe are talking of the intriguing tribe of physician-scribes who are as at home in the ER or operation theater as they are in the universe of the written word, of magazines, newspapers and books. Abraham Verghese: I often feel I write in order to understand what I’m thinking.The doctor-writer tradition goes back a long time, to Anton Chekhov and Somerset Maugham. Given the large number of Indian physicians in the United States, it was only a matter of time before some began wielding the quill. From physician-novelist Dr. Sanjay Nigam to Dr. Sanjay Gupta, who besides being a neurosurgeon is also a correspondent for CNN, a columnist for Time magazine and the author of Chasing Life. In recent years, a handful of Indian physicians have broken through into the world of medical literature: Dr. Abraham Verghese, Dr. Atul Gawande and now the latest entrant, Dr. Sandeep Jauhar has each written honestly and with introspection about the complex world of medicine, taking us through the rabbit hole into a place we hardly know.Verghese did his internship and residency in Johnson Hill, Tenn., and worked at the University of Iowa’s AIDS outpatient clinic. At the same time he attended the noted Iowa Writers Workshop, and bit by bit, his everyday encounters became grist for his first book, My Own Country: A Doctor’s Story – a powerful memoir about working with AIDS patients in rural Tennessee, and in the process, finding himself.The New York Times Book Review called the book “an account of the plague years in America, beautifully written, fascinating and tragic, by a doctor who was shaped and changed by his patients.” It was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and selected by Time magazine as one of the five best books of the year. It was also made into a Showtime movie directed by Mira Nair and starring Naveen Andrews.His second book, The Tennis Partner, about the drug addiction and death of his friend, a young medical student, was a New York Times notable book and a national bestseller. Verghese has written for many publications including Granta, The New York Times and Wall Street Journal. For the last ten years he has been working on his next book, Cutting for Stone, which will be published by Knopf soon.He observes that in medical school you are taught to observe, pick up on details and bring it all into a diagnosis, which are factors fundamental to the process of writing too.“I often feel I write in order to understand what I’m thinking. When I start to write, then it starts to emerge, a sort of secondary, tertiary understanding that I wouldn’t have had if I hadn’t tried to write it. So that’s the part of writing that I think is utterly mysterious and enjoyable,” he says. Atul Gawande: I feel I may be competent at what I do, but there’s a slightly harder question: what’s the difference between those who are merely competent and those who are good?Verghese, who was professor of medicine and chief of infectious diseases at Texas Tech Health Sciences Center in El Paso, Texas, later became the founding director of the Center for Medical Humanities and Ethics at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in San Antonio.“The humanities are vital in helping students maintain empathy with their patients,” he says. “Students come to medicine with a great capacity to imagine the suffering of others. In their clinical years, however, they are taught to take the patient’s unique story of illness and translate it into the depersonalized language of the chart. We want to keep alive their innate humanity, integrity and empathy.”Verghese, who was recently appointed the senior associate chair for the theory and practice of medicine at Stanford University, has just moved to Palo Alto with his wife Sylvia and 10-year-old son (his two older boys are both in college, studying literature). “One of the beautiful things about this position is that for the first time in my life I have a 40 percent protected time to write.” he says, “So I’m bringing about the separation of the two roles something that I never did before. It’s delightful. I feel I’ve finally earned the ability to do that.”He’s come to Stanford as a tenured professor with tenure, which is generally reserved for those with research grants and scientific breakthroughs under their belt. He says, “It’s just very humbling to see how over time the effect of my writing has been that it’s taken to be the equivalent of scientific research. I think it’s looked at as seriously a contribution as research and that’s really gratifying to me.” Besides his writing, Verghese will be responsible for third year medical students on rotation in internal medicine, something typically delegated to junior faculty: “To me, it’s a great privilege and honor, because it’s precisely the thing that I consider terribly important, a moment to shape them.” He enjoys the position because it gives him time to interact with students and patients. Now that he has a small office of his own and the time to write, Verghese wants to explore with the pen how medicine and his own thinking are evolving. “We have never had more ability to bring patients a cure or better their medical conditions, yet I think there has never been a time when patients have been more dissatisfied with medicine. “It’s a very strange paradox. Science is at this brilliant phase where we are curing some cancers with a single pill, but the public, I think, feels quite the opposite, that medicine is getting further and further away from the patient, from one human being interacting with another. It’s more like you’re getting swallowed up by a system when you have an illness and being farmed out to all these tests and specialists.”He feels the real issue of the day is to balance this almost mathematical, scientific model of disease with our need as humans to have someone to give us comfort, reassurance and company through the course of a long illness. He says, “That’s what intrigues me the most right now.” It is also something that intrigues Atul Gawande, another physician who has delved deep into his profession – warts and all. His first book, written while he was still a resident, Complications: A Surgeon’s Notes on an Imperfect Science turned the searchlight on a resident’s life and was a finalist for the National Book Award in 2002 and was published in more than a 100 countries.Gawande juggles several balls: he is a surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, assistant professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School, assistant professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard School of Public Health, and associate cirector for the BWH Center for Surgery and Public Health. He is also the director of the World Health Organization’s Global Challenge for Safer Surgical Care.Into this hectic lifestyle he also embeds his writing, as a staff member of New Yorker magazine, and author of two books. In 2006 he received the MacArthur “Genius” Award for his research and writing, and his articles have appeared in the annual Best American Essays and in Best American Science collections. Sandeep Jauhar: If I knew then what I know now about journalism, I never even would have thought of going to the top editor at the New York Times and asking him for a job.In Complications, Gawande was trying to find answers to the questions which were perplexing him about the medical field. He says, “It was written from the perspective of someone who was just starting out in medicine. I was trying to understand in that set of stories how and why medicine is imperfect and if medicine is imperfect, how do we become remotely competent?” Now five years later as his journey into the medical world continues, he’s written Better: A Surgeon’s Notes on Performance. “Over the last few years I’ve been trying to answer a slightly different set of questions,” he says. “I feel I may be competent at what I do, but there’s a slightly harder question: what’s the difference between those who are merely competent and those who are good? What makes medicine particularly interesting is that failure is so easy; it’s right around the corner.”He has not only written about the possibilities of errors and human failures in medicine, but has also worked to bring about real-life changes. Through initiatives at the Center for Surgery and Public Health at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Gawande is working to improve medical practice with innovations like bar codes to prevent surgeons from accidentally leaving sponges and instruments in patients.He says: “For the last eight years, my research agenda has focused on making advances in two areas: understanding and ultimately reducing injuries from error in surgery; and improving policies affecting the provision of surgical and medical care. More recently my work has expanded to address questions in global health – in particular, how to meet the growing demand for care for surgical diseases in poorer Sandeep Jauhar: “If I knew then what I know now about journalism, I never even would have thought of going to the top editor at the New York Times and asking him for a job.”countries.”Better is all about going that extra mile, of crossing the chasm from average to being better. He tries to analyze what makes a doctor fight the odds and get better results. Why is it that at an average hospital center you have a 33-year life expectancy while some of the best centers give you a chance of a 47-year life expectancy? Can one take the know-how that exists at the top of the bell curve and take it elsewhere? For Gawande, writing about these issues brings some clarity, if not answers.If you’re a patient and stymied by the frightening hospital labyrinth, think how confused and terrified a new intern feels! For the most candid and colorful depiction of these turmoils, one has to turn to Intern: A Doctor’s Initiation – a medical memoir by Dr. Sandeep Jauhar, who is now head of the Heart Failure Center at the Long Island Jewish Hospital in New York.It’s a hard-to-putdown book as you follow the reluctant doctor-to-be passing through the fire of medical training to emerge a full fledged healer. The book received glowing praise. Reviewer Robert Coles wrote: “Told of here is a time of travail and testing – a doctor’s initiation into the trials of a demanding yet hauntingly affirming profession – all conveyed by a skilled, knowing writer whose words summon memories of his two great predecessors, Dr. Anton Chekhov and Dr. William Carlos Williams: a noble linage to which this young doctor’s mind, heart, and soul entitle him to belong.” It did not come easy. Sandeep Jauhar, who was completing his Ph.D. in physics at Berkeley came to the medical field late, torn between different professions, including journalism. Although his older brother was a doctor, medicine was the last thing Jauhar had wanted to pursue.In Intern he writes, “Medicine was so bourgeois! My father admonished me for being impractical. He wanted me to become a neurosurgeon-one trained at Stanford, no less. To him, that was the apogee of professional attainment… But I wanted nothing to do with my parents’ dream. In immigrant Indian culture, youthful rebellion is saying no to a career in medicine.”He had always been passionate about journalism: “On Sunday mornings the voice of David Brinkley was as familiar as my mother’s urging us to come to the table for her potato parathas.” Before entering medical school, he applied for and was surprised to get a prestigious science journalism fellowship, which led to a summer working at Time magazine in Washington DC.In the book he relates an amusing incident while interviewing with Gerald Boyd, then a senior editor at The New York Times, without clips or reporting samples, just story ideas in his backpack. When told he could not be hired, Jauhar with all the optimism or foolhardiness of youth asked, “Why not?”Told brusquely that he was unqualified, he still managed to make connections during that this initial visit. Although he was not successful then, his byline has appeared frequently in the paper. “That was just another example of how important it is, sometimes when you’re young, not to know your own limitations, not to know what the etiquette is,” he says. “If I knew then what I know now about journalism, I never even would have thought of going to the top editor at the New York Times and asking him for a job. It was ridiculous but in the end it served me well.”Asked if he still experiences a tug of war between being a physician or a journalist, Jauhar says, “I’ve virtually reconciled, in the sense I am first and foremost a doctor. That is my fulltime job, but I’m very lucky in that I’m able to write about medicine and I have venues like the New York Times where I can explore and develop my writing interests. So I feel very lucky to be able to do both. To me my writing informs my medicine and my medicine informs my writing and so it’s sort of an organic process.” “I think there is evidence to suggest that literature and humanities can potentially improve one’s doctoring, possibly by making more empathetic physicians, but there’s no evidence that I’m aware of that having a consuming passion like writing can make a better doctor.” He adds, “What I like about writing is it allows me to explore some of the questions and conundra that come up in clinical practice and allows me to go a little deeper. So in that sense, my interest in writing about medicine forces me to examine issues in medicine a little more deeply than if I wasn’t writing.”Jauhar says his typical day revolves around the Long Island Jewish Hospital where he heads the Heart Failure Program, treating inpatients every day and outpatients several times a week. He also staffs the Cardiology Fellows Clinic once a week. He returns home to play with his three-year-old son Mohan and reconnect with his wife Sonia, who is an endocrinology fellow, over dinner. Late in the evening when everyone’s gone to bed, he usually heads to his computer to do a little writing.Before his medical training, Jauhar had thought of medicine as “a cookbook craft” with little room for creativity. Now he believes there is: “I think the creativity is not in the mechanics of treatment, but it’s in how you deal with the patient, how you advocate for them, how you explain to them what’s going on, how you communicate with them. I think that’s how your personality can be expressed.” Having agonized about a career in physics, medicine or journalism, what advice would he give to similarly conflicted souls? He says it’s important to figure out what you really want to do – and it took him really a very long time to figure that out.“I went to physics, partly out of interest in the field, partly to prove to myself that I was able to do it,” he says. “I switched to medical school when I was 26 and started writing for the New York Times when I was 30. I wasn’t an English major, I didn’t write for my college newspaper, but I was able to engineer the transition because it was something I was very interested in doing.“As one of my advisors at Berkeley once said to me, ‘Figuring out what you really want is the hard part – getting it is the easy part!’” Related Items
Massachusetts is poised to drop nearly 30,000 legal permanent residents from its nationally touted three-year-old health care plan. The new state budget eliminates Commonwealth Care — the subsidized health insurance program for low-income residents — coverage for immigrants who have been in the country for less than five years to shave nearly $130 million off the state’s $5 billion budget deficit.Gov. Deval Patrick has pushed back, so the state is exploring a substantially curtailed option, which would offer limited preventive and emergency care to those dropped from the program, at roughly half the cost. As we went to press, prospects for the limited coverage plan were still up in the air. But even if a compromise program survives, unless economic conditions improve next year, health care coverage for immigrants will likely be gutted over time.As the nation’s economy sinks and tax receipts shrivel from California to New York, mounting state and federal deficits are straining public programs, even as demand for services soars. Enrollment in Massachusetts’s Commonwealth Care swelled in recent months as unemployment rose, forcing tens of thousands of state residents to turn to the public health care plan. The economic pressures nationwide will only mount over the next several months.The Massachusetts rollback is modeled after the 1996 federal welfare reform act, which barred Medicaid and some other welfare benefits to permanent residents during the first five years of their U.S. residency. However, it is only the first salvo in a fierce public debate that will increasingly entangle legal and illegal immigration.As legislators in other states search for cost cuts, programs for immigrants, both legal and undocumented, will be among the first on the chopping block. And should the recession linger past this year, it is not only recent permanent residents who will discover themselves at risk. In California, activists are already pushing a ballot initiative challenging the U.S. citizenship of children of illegal aliens, even though the 14th Amendment states unequivocally: “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and the State wherein they reside.” Ballot proponents contend that as illegal aliens are not “subject to the jurisdiction” of the United States, their children legally are not U.S. citizens. Not surprisingly, the ballot initiative is dressed in a populist welfare reform measure.The economically successful community of Indian Americans, comprised predominantly of professionals, has, for the most part, been detached from the plight of more economically vulnerable immigrant communities, especially undocumented aliens. Most Indian professionals reserve their distress and ire for the painful delays, often of as lengthy as five years, which green card spouses must endure. This single-minded focus on narrow, self-serving immigrant concerns is neither wise, nor effective. All immigrant groups are vulnerable to the vagaries of the economic winds, as the tens of thousands of Indians with six figure incomes who have joined the unemployment rolls in recent months are rudely discovering.The immigration debate flares every so often in America during economic downturns. The anti-immigrant fervor never reached a head during the past several decades only because the flows of economic cycles dissipated its building momentum, sometimes just in the nick of time. This recession, however, will likely linger longer, or even should the economy turn, it may provide only a temporary reprieve.We would be wise to embrace the most vulnerable in our midst. It is hard to empathize with an out-of-work, $80,000-a-year techie tossed out on the manicured lawns of his half-million-dollar estate in New Jersey, who was callously indifferent to the plight of the 62-year-old triple-bypass patient just stripped of her heath coverage. Related Items
Manoj Jena, the Congress candidate of Aska Assembly segment in Odisha’s Ganjam district, was seriously injured when a group of armed miscreants shot at him and hacked him with sharp weapons on the outskirts of Berhampur at 9 p.m. on Wednesday. Anil Swain, an associate, was also seriously injured. The two were admitted in the MKCG medical college hospital here. Later they were shifted to a private hospital in Bhubaneswar.
Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik said here on Saturday that the offer of talks made by Hurriyat leaders was a “positive change”.“The Hurriyat, which once did not let in [Union Minister] Ram Vilas Paswan who was waiting at their door, is now talking about talks. This is a positive change,” he said.Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq made the offer from the historic Jamia Masjid on Friday, saying he was ready to support any dialogue process on resolution of the Kashmir issue.Pat for MirwaizThe Governor expressed happiness that the Mirwaiz spoke against the drug menace too and pledged to fight it. He said it pained him to see youth getting killed with bullets. “If we function sincerely, youth will not be swayed and misled that if you die you will get Jannat [paradise]. A Muslim will get heaven only if he becomes a good Muslim,” he said.He admitted that there was displeasure among the youth which “needs to be solved”.The Governor said the State was witnessing many changes. “Recruitment to militant ranks is almost zero. There is no stone-throwing after Friday prayers,” he said.
The MLAs of the Congress-led government in Madhya Pradesh are expected to meet on Wednesday, for the third time in 11 days, to ensure that the flock stays together in the wake of events in Karnataka and Goa. Sources said Chief Minister Kamal Nath is set to meet his MLAs, as well as those from the allies — the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party — and Independents over dinner to ensure that they remain united during the division (voting) on financial matters when the monsoon session of the Assembly resumes on Wednesday. Such meetings have been held earlier on July 7 and July 11, the latter being attended by senior leader Jyotiraditya Scindia, a close aide of Rahul Gandhi, as well, sources said. “Yes, I have also been invited to the meeting on July 17 at the CM’s house. I am with the Congress and fully support Kamal Nath ji,” BSP MLA Ram Bai said on Sunday. Leader of the Opposition Gopal Bhargava and State BJP chief Rakesh Singh, at a meeting on July 8, had already asked all its MLAs to be present in the House, a party leader said. Mr. Bhargava had, in May, written a letter to the MP Governor requesting a special session for floor test of the government.BJP sweepThis was shortly after the BJP swept the Lok Sabha polls, winning 28 of the 29 seats in the State. He had said at the time that the BJP would seek division on financial matters. The Congress has 114 MLAs in the 230-member House against the BJP’s 109 (one having resigned after winning the LS polls). The Kamal Nath government is supported by two MLAs of the BSP and one from the SP. The House has four Independent MLAs.
The Congress is in for another blow in western Maharashtra as MLC Anandrao Patil, the right-hand man of senior Congressman and former chief minister Prithviraj Chavan, is said to be on his way to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).Mr. Patil, a long-time aide of Mr. Chavan, has been the Congress’s Satara district president for nearly 18 years, besides heading a number of important posts in the Satara unit, and other positions like the vice-chairman of the Maharashtra Krishna Valley Development Corporation.He has called a meeting of his supporters on September 13 in Karad, where he is expected to announce his decision of joining the BJP.It is believed that Mr. Patil, a Governor-nominated MLC, is expected to join the ruling party in the presence of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis when the BJP’s Mahajanadesh Yatra reaches Satara.According to sources, Mr. Patil, a former MLA, met with Mr. Fadnavis on Monday through the offices of BJP leader and sugar baron Atul Bhosale, Mr. Chavan’s arch political rival. An aide close to Mr. Chavan told The Hindu, “While he has been a loyal worker for many years, he had been giving strong hints of disaffection even before the Lok Sabha polls and had been planning to join the BJP for the past two months.” Mr. Patil completes his tenure as MLC in June 2020.“While the term of a district president is usually 10 years, Mr. Patil, through the good offices of Mr. Chavan, had got an extension. Mr. Chavan had also consistently promoted him to a number of responsible posts,” the aide said, accusing the BJP of playing a cold political game of “buying” opposition leaders. While his defection is said to pose problems for Mr. Chavan, who is the MLA from the vital South Karad Assembly constituency, the senior Congressman is unperturbed and confident that he still retains a loyal base in his constituency.In the 2014 Assembly elections, Mr. Chavan won a stiff contest against formidable opponents both on the outside (the BJP’s Atul Bhosale) and within his party in the form of seven-time MLA Vilas Patil Undalkar, who contested as an Independent.However, equations in Satara district as a whole have changed dramatically since the BJP-Shiv Sena’s Lok Sabha sweep and the seemingly unstoppable exodus of Congress-NCP MLAs and important leaders in western Maharashtra.The BJP have already inducted two sitting opposition MLAs: the NCP’s Shivendraraje Bhosale of Satara and Congress MLA from Maan, Jaykumar Gore, a former supporter of Mr. Chavan. Harshavardhan Patil to join BJPMeanwhile, senior Congressman Harshavardhan Patil, upset with the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) over the Indapur Assembly seat, is expected to formally join the BJP on Wednesday in the presence of Mr. Fadnavis and BJP State president Chandrakant Patil.Mr. Patil, a former State minister and four-time MLA from Indapur, had lost by a narrow margin to the NCP’s Dattatrey Bharne in 2014 when the Congress and NCP contested separately.Despite this, he had supported NCP MP Supriya Sule and campaigned to ensure her victory from the Baramati Lok Sabha seat in the hope that the NCP would back his candidacy for the Indapur segment, which is part of the Baramati Lok Sabha constituency.However, the NCP’s disinclination to pick him over Mr. Bharne has riled the Congressman.
BJP national president Amit Shah will hold a meeting of top party leaders from Bengal in the national capital on Wednesday amid the ongoing tussle in the unit. Party sources said on Tuesday that State BJP president Dilip Ghosh and senior leader Mukul Roy will take part in the meeting which will discuss organisational issues and the upcoming party organisational elections in the State. Mr. Ghosh said the meeting is a routine one and denied that there would be discussions on his differences with Mr. Roy. .“Every two months we have such meetings on organisational progress in the State. All the organisational issues will be discussed”. But State BJP sources said the differences between Mr. Roy and Mr. Ghosh will be discussed during the meeting. The differences between the two leaders came out in the open over induction of former Kolkata Mayor Sovan Chatterjee and his friend Baisakhi Banerjee on August 14 at the BJP headquarters in Delhi. Mr. Chatterjee had recently said he would quit the party if TMC MLA Debashree Roy joins the party. He had expressed his desire to quit the saffron party barely after two weeks of joining it as he “felt humiliated” due to certain remarks by State unit leaders.Mr. Ghosh dismissed Mr. Chatterjee’s allegation saying no one can join it by setting any “precondition” and every member has to abide by the rules and regulations of the party. “At a time when people of Bengal are looking at us (BJP) as an alternative, differences between the two top leaders of the State unit has not gone down well with the central leadership and has sent out a wrong message to the cadres,” a senior State BJP leader said. Buoyed by its performance in the Lok Sabha election when it had bagged 18 out of a total 42 Lok Sabha seats in Bengal, only four less than the TMC, BJP leaders have been asserting that their next target is to unseat Mamata Banerjee from power in the 2021 State polls.
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