Arctic is deeply threatened: John Kerry

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John Kerrry at Glacier Conference
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Anchorage, Alaska: “we believe the Arctic is threatened, deeply threatened; because we believe that there are serious choices to be made about fishing regulations, about transportation, about search and rescue, about security.”

US Secretary of State John Kerry made this observation on the opening day of the 2-day Glacier Conference here on Sunday. Alaska particularly needs focus from Washington on some fundamentals like economic development and modernization of communications in terms of connectivity and so forth, pointed out in an interview.

Kerry said that the President wanted to come up here in order to highlight these challenges and to get people to focus on the Arctic itself.”We are an Arctic nation. We have been ever since the great purchase of Alaska from Russia, and thank God we are, because I believe we bring a vision for shared responsibility – not one country, not for military purposes, but for stewardship. And I think stewardship is really a hallmark of what President Obama wants to create out of this visit, and a greater awareness that is the key to that stewardship”, observed Kerry.

Tiger Temple Report by Cee4life to expose illegal tiger trade

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tiger templeOnce upon a time, nearly 16 years ago, screams a Cee4life post on facebook,  a myth was born that would fool gullible people, intelligent people, professional people, animal loving people etc from all over the world.
The myth, according to Cee4life, was “the rescue of injured and orphaned Tiger cubs, by Monks in Thailand, at a place called Wat PA Luang Ta Bua Yansampanno, better known as The Tiger Temple…..

This fairytale grew into epic proportions because of “feel good” coverage, points out Cee4life, adding it is not the journalists or media fault, why wouldn’t you believe that kind loving Buddhist Monks were doing these seeming miracles with Tigers? Its unthinkable to think it was all a charade.

But just as there is good in every religion, faith, country or heart in the world, there is also the dark that lurks there too, Cee4life states while underscoring how in 1999 and 2000, 8 Tigers were bought through the illegal wildlife trade and there began the gargantuan foundation of lies that has grown into a monstrosity …

The 8 Tigers had parents, they were not injured or orphaned Tigers, they were Tigers illegally obtained via the illegal international trade in Tigers…..

Cee4life claims that it has gone to a tremendous extent and risk to gather and protect the undeniable evidence and information.

Due to the severity of “threats”, relevant “agencies” have been informed of who, why, what, when and where and theTiger Temple Report 2 report has been given to multiple sources so it is ensured that it will come to light. Cee4life has said in a statement.

The Tiger Temple Report by Cee4life will be released in the coming weeks. It is heavily controversial, and will reveal a most shocking corruption on international illegal Tiger trade that was founded in Wat PA Luang Ta Bua Yansampanno, The Tiger Temple, Thailand.

Cee4life has dedicated the report to “every Tiger that lost its life inside the Tiger Tempe and every Tiger that stands to lose their life in there right now.

Tiger-dead for fake Chinese medicineSybelle Foxcroft, founder Director of Cee4life says:

“I saw a comment that said “When money is offered even the most gentle souls are tempted”….. Tiger Temple.. you might be able to get away with that bribery with some of your high and mighty friends, but not this org my friend.. There is no amount of money that you could offer to make us turn a blind eye.

You think that the public will forget about every single tiger that you traded, killed, murdered, NEVER…..

We have asked that those within Tiger Temple, whether as a long turn volunteer or a paid staff member, to step forward now, before it is to late. You have this one last chance or you will be found as guilty as all those who have deliberately carried on after beautiful tigers lost their lives to wildlife trade, at the order of you leaders, the Abbot and Jakkrit. You foreigners that think you are so untouchable, you are not. Time is running out now. Step forward and relieve yourself of the guilt you have carried. The people who you walk beside in the Tiger Temple, who you think are your friends, are nothing but shells of soul less beings desperate to keep a job. A job that requires you to ignore deaths, unattended injuries, beatings and the ultimate crimes of wildlife trade. We speak so hard to you now, as we have the evidence, your faces, every one of you…. Step forward, before you pay with your own freedom….. The clock is at 5 to midnight, step forward TT and you may be given a reprieve.

Tiger Temple – You are NO LONGER hiding Behind the Cloak of Buddha because we have ripped your cloaks off and you are stark naked for all the world to see your CRIMES…..”

Tamil Nadu case: Landmark Supreme Court judgement on Article 16(4A) of Constitution, accelerated promotion and consequential seniority

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ReservationNew Delhi: The Supreme Court of India last week set aside a Madras High Court order and directed the Tamil Nadu government to revise the seniority list of Assistant Divisional Engineers applying the ‘catch up rule’ within four months.

The Tamil Nadu Government also has been asked by the Supreme Court that any promotion granted to the Assistant Divisional Engineers promoted from the rank of Junior Engineers following “rule of reservation with consequential seniority” should be reversed and Further promotion of Assistant Divisional Engineers shall be as per the revised seniority list.

The landmak judgement by a two-judge bench of the apex court comprising Justice T.S. Thakur and Justice R. Banumathi on 27 August 2015 says: “In the absence of any provision for consequential seniority in the rules, the ‘catch up rule’ will be applicable and the roster-point reserved category promotees cannot count their seniority in the promoted category from the date of their promotion and the senior general candidates, if later reach the promotional level, general candidates will regain their seniority.

Further, the order says: “The Division Bench (of the Madras High Court) appears to have proceeded on an erroneous footing that Article 16 (4A) of the Constitution of India automatically gives the consequential seniority in addition to accelerated promotion to the roster-point promotees and the judgment of the Division Bench cannot be sustained.

Supreme Court order draws attention to the respondents’ contention that in about eight departments of the State, rule of reservation is followed and one among them is Tamil Nadu Highways Engineering Service and in terms of Rule 12 practice of following rule of reservation in promotion is in existence for more than sixty years and therefore the Division Bench (of the High Court) rightly extended the protection under Article 16(4A) to accelerated promotees. We are not impressed with the above submission, the Supreme court has said adding in terms of Rule 12, reservation is followed only for promotion of AEs/JEs as Assistant Divisional Engineers and Rule 12 does not protect the consequential seniority to ADEs who were promoted following the rule. The appellants belonging to the general category are not questioning the accelerated promotion granted to the Junior Engineers/Assistant Engineers by following rule of reservation but are “only seeking fair application of the ‘catch up rule’ in the fixation of seniority in the category of ADEs.”

The Supreme court has emphasised that the true legislative intent under Article 16 (4A) of the Constitution is to enable the State to make provision or frame rules giving consequential seniority for the accelerated promotion gained based on the rule of reservation. Rule 12 evidently does not provide for the consequential seniority for reserved category promotees at any point of time. The consequential seniority for such reserved category promotees can be fixed only if there is express provision for such reserved category promotees in the State rules. In the absence of any specific provision or policy decision taken by the State Government for consequential seniority for reserved category accelerated promotees, there is no question of automatic application of Article 16 (4A) of the Constitution.

The respondents in this case placed heavy reliance upon Rule 12 of the Special Rules Tamil Nadu Engineering Service and contended that their consequential seniority is protected in terms of Rule 12 and under Article 16 (4A) of the Constitution of India. Rule 12 reads as under:-
“Rule 12: Reservation of appointments: The rule of reservation of appointments (General Rule 22) shall apply to the appointment of Assistant Divisional Engineers by direct recruitment and recruitment by transfer separately and the appointment of Assistant Engineers by direct recruitment.”
The apex court has especially pointed out that Article 16(4A) of the Constitution is only an enabling provision which specifically provides that the concerned State may make any provision for providing reservation of appointments or posts in favour of any backward class citizens which is not adequately represented in the services under the State. Articles 16(4) and 16(4A) have to be read with Article 335 of the Constitution which deal with norms of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes to services and posts and lay down that the claims of the members of the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes shall be taken into consideration consistently with the maintenance of efficiency of administration, in the making of appointments to services and posts in connection with the affairs of the Union or of a State.

The order underscores that in the absence of any policy decision taken by the State of Tamil Nadu, Eighty-fifth Amendment per se will not protect the consequential seniority granted to the respondents who were promoted to the post of Assistant Divisional Engineers following the rule of reservation.

Common issues involved in a bunch of appeals addressed by he Supreme Court in this case are :-

(i) In the absence of policy decision taken by the State/rules framed pursuant to the enabling provision of Article 16 (4A) of the Constitution of India whether a reserved category candidate promoted on the basis of reservation earlier than his senior general category candidate in the feeder category can claim consequential seniority in the promotional post;

(ii) In the absence of policy decision taken by the State with regard to Tamil Nadu Highways Engineering Service Rules, whether Division Bench was right in holding that Article 16(4A) of the Constitution of India by itself would give consequential seniority in addition to accelerated promotion to the roster-point promotees.

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Bhopal prepares to host 10th Vishwa Hindi Sammenlan

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vishwa hindi sammelanBhopal : Bhopal will attract global spotlight when it will host the 10th Vishwa Hindi Sammelan (aka World Hindi Conference) on 10th of September. A three-day conference, an event organized by Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India will work in partnership with the Government of Madhya Pradesh. Bhopal got nominated as a host for the 10th edition during the 9th World Hindi Conference held in Johannesburg, South Africa in September 2012.

The tradition of the World Hindi Conferences began with the first conference having been organized in Nagpur in 1975. Since then, these conferences have achieved a global profile and have been able to gain a likable momentum on their own. The subsequent nine World Hindi Conferences were organized in different world cities- twice in Port Louis (Mauritius), Nagpur and New Delhi (India), Port of Spain (Trinidad and Tobago), London (UK), Paramaribo (Suriname), New York (USA) and Johannesburg (South Africa). These Conferences have always attracted a galaxy of renowned scholars and followers of Hindi worldwide.

Each Conference revolved around a specific theme like Vasudhaiv Kutumbakam, Apravaasi Bharateeya Aur Hindi, Hindi Aur Bhavee Peedhee, Vishwa Hindi : Nai Shatabdi Ki Chunoutiyan, Vishwa Manch Par Hindi, Bhasha ki Asmita Aur Hindi Ka Vaishvik Sandarbh etc.

The 10th World Hindi Conference will focus on contemporary issues and will promote discussions on ways of expanding the horizon and usage of Hindi in areas of science and technology, Information Technology, Administration and foreign policy, law, media etc. The Vishwa Hindi Sammelan will be held at Lal Parade Ground in Bhopal. MP State government being the local organizer, MP Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan will facilitate as Chief Patron. Makhanlal Chaturvedi National University for Journalism and Communication will be the partner organization for this Conference. CM Shivraj Singh Chauhan has been personally involved in close monitoring of final preparations to this mega world event.

Minister for External Affairs, Sushma Swaraj, who happens to be the Chairperson of Advisory and Programme Committees informed during official launch of 10th Vishwa Hindi Sammelan here in Bhopal that the main theme of Conference will be ‘Hindi Jagat: Vistar evam sambhavnayein’ (World of Hindi – expansion and scope). She said that the three-day conference will have 28 seminars on various aspects including the failing language standards in Hindi journalism. Minister of State for External Affairs V.K. Singh was also present in the meet along with Higher and Technical Education Minister of MP, Umashankar Gupta.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate ‘Vishwa Hindi Sammelan’ on 10th. The ceremony will be concluded by Home Minister Rajnath Singh on 12th.

Ms. Swaraj launched a website where participants can register themselves for the event.