Thursday, November 26, 2015
The event was organised by UN Women Indian along with UNFPA India, UNDP and UN in India as part of the United Nations global campaign that is set to continue till December 10, designated as the UNs Human Rights Day.
Inaugurating the event Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said, "Addressing the issue of woman empowerment should be the topmost priority right now. During my tenure as a minister, we celebrated women empowerment day every year.
"Violence against woman is disliked and condemned worldwide. Ending discrimination against woman and empowering them should be given importance in India," she said.
Frederika Meijer Representative UN Population Fund, India and country director UNFPA said that United Nations aims to eliminate all kinds of violence against women and gender discrimination and seeks to end it by 2030.
Filmmaker and classical dancer Aishwarya Dhanush who was present at the event said, "The awareness regarding the discrimination and violence against women should start from home. Raising hands must only be for raising doubts, and nothing else. The foundation has to be started right from the home."
"We are born in a chauvinistic society and men should help in changing the mindset," she further said.
According to the UN the colour orange is symbolic of "a united fight to end violence against women".
The campaign, which began in 1991 witnessed participation across 17 countries with landmarks such as the Sphinx in Egypt and the Empire State Building in New York lit up in orange in solidarity.
The event addressed issues like eve-teasing, dowry, acid attacks, child marriage, compulsory education for girl child and physical violence among others. The women leaders called for the participation of men and boys towards the progress of women in the world.
Chairperson of National Commission of Women (NCW) Lalita Kumaramangalam said, "When I took over I realised the pressure on police officials in addressing the grievances by women was mind boggling. Until the society as a whole does not address women issue, the problem will continue to stand before us.
"As NCW chairperson I feel that every family must join hands with the administration to eliminate violence and discrimination against women. Then only it will be eliminated from its root cause," she said.
Stating that discrimination and violence against women often starts even before their birth Preeti Sudan, Additional Secretary, ministry of women and child development said, "Government initiatives like Beti Bachao campaign has brought the issue in the public forum. The factor of fear among women needs to be address equally and the Indian government is with the UNs cause to instill a sense of security in them."
Senior Counsel Davinder Singh (right) was named Singapore’s “Disputes Star of the Year” at a Hong Kong event. Senior Counsel Cavinder Bull received Drew & Napier’s awards. — PHOTO: ASIALAW ASIA-PACIFIC DISPUTE RESOLUTION AWARDS 2015/ST
Legal eagle Davinder Singh was named as Singapore’s best dispute lawyer at the inaugural Asialaw Asia-Pacific Dispute Resolution Awards 2015.
Drew & Napier, the Singapore-based law firm that he helms at the chief executive officer, took home two awards at the ceremony held on Sunday (Sept 24) in the republic.
Davinder Singh received the “Disputes Star of the Year – Singapore” award while the firm won the award for the Singapore’s national law firm of the year and also the best domestic arbitration firm.
The 58 year-old lawyer had represented the late Lee Kuan Yew, the nation’s first Prime Minister, as well as his son and current Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, in the courtrooms.
He graduated from the National University of Singapore in 1982 and joined the Litigation Department of Drew & Napier thereafter. He was in the first batch of Senior Counsel appointed in 1997, according to his profileavailable at the firm’s website.
Davinder Singh, who has been a commercial lawyer and advocate for over 30 years, was also a former Member of Parliament for the Bishan-Toa PayohGroup Representation Constituency from 1988 to 2006.
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Having read Vikramjit Singh’s article in TOI on November 8 “A brief history of Sardar jokes”, I am compelled to go on a nostalgic trip. And yes, having initiated a petition on Change.org to let people voice their opinion, I do not think that the Supreme Court PIL is frivolous.
(The writer is a social worker with one of the largest educational charities in the Sikh community.)
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
A Pakistani police commando stands guard, as Indian Sikh pilgrims arrive at the Wagah railway station near Lahore, Pakistan on Nov. 20.
Hundreds of Sikh pilgrims from India started arriving by train in Pakistan this week.A special Lahore-bound train ferried pilgrims between the two nations as devotees traveled to pay their respects at their founding guru’s birthplace.
Sikh pilgrims from India waved from a train bound for Pakistan at the Attari International Railway Station, about 35 kilometers from Amritsar on Nov. 20
They disembarked, amid heavy security, in the city of Nankana Sahib where Guru Nanak, the founder of the religion was born over 500 years ago, to celebrate the anniversary of his birth.
Sikh pilgrims from India arrived in Pakistan by a special train to participate in a three-day festival to celebrate the birth anniversary of their spiritual leader at the city of Nankana Sahib near Lahore.