27 February 2013 Minister for Women, Children and People with Disabilities Lulu Xingwana has called for stricter gun control measures in South Africa, saying that domestic violence is exacerbated by easy access to firearms. Addressing the media in Pretoria on Tuesday on her department’s efforts to combat gender-based violence, Xingwana said the country needed “a sustained and effective campaign against the availability of guns in our homes and streets. I don’t see why if you already have a licence you must be given another licence for another gun. “As women, we are saying if there is no gun in your home you are much more safer. If you have a gun in your home, the research has demonstrated that you are exposed three times more than someone who has no gun in their home to attack or murder through … that gun.” Xingwana added that if there had not been a gun in Oscar Pistorius’ home, Reeva Steenkamp would be alive today. The minister said she was calling for firmer gun control measures in the country, as well as stricter monitoring of the law and monitoring of the distribution of guns.Extending reach of 16 Days campaign She also announced that the 25th of each month was to be used as a platform to ensure that the 16 Days campaign against gender-based violence took place throughout the year. The day was declared the International Orange Day by United Nations Secretary- General Ban Ki-Moon, in a bid to ensuring that the campaign against violence against women and girls was observed on a monthly basis. “The awareness is incorporated into our 365 days Action Plan Against Gender-Based Violence. Yesterday [Monday], we met in rural KwaZulu-Natal with women groups, government departments, NGOs, UN Women to mark the national launch of International Orange Day,” Xingwana said.Call for harsher sentences for abusers She reiterated an earlier call for the courts to impose the heaviest possible sentence against perpetrators of women and child abuse. Welcoming the re-establishment of sexual offences courts in the country, Xingwana said it would help in the speedy prosecution of gender-based violence. “We also note the Minister of Health’s announcement to recruit and train more forensic technicians to staff a fourth forensic laboratory – this will go a long way in processing vital evidence.” Xingwana said the recently launched National Council Against Gender Based Violence would meet four times a year to provide leadership, coordination and monitoring of gender-based violence initiatives in South Africa. Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe is the patron of the council, which is made up representative of government departments and agencies, NGOs and civil society organisations, as well as religious and traditional leaders and people with disabilities. The council will use its collective strength to ensure that women and girls are able to fully realise their rights as citizens and to live in safe communities. Source: SAnews.gov.za
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The launching of ‘Operation Digital Board’ across 15 lakh classrooms in the country in the next four years will change the face of education in the country, said Union Human Resource Minister Prakash Javadekar.Speaking at the third edition of Excellence in Education conclave organised by The Hindu group in association with Blue Star here on Thursday, Mr. Javadekar said, “We get valuable inputs from such events to raise the educational standards in the country. The media is not just a loudspeaker but has to critically examine government programmes and come up with new suggestions so that the country is benefitted and enriched.” In his special message delivered via video link, Mr. Javadekar mentioned the initiatives undertaken by the NDA government to harness the digital revolution. “Our government has taken benefit of the digital revolution to educate 15 lakh teachers and making education available online and offline. Education policy today is based on accessibility, accountability, affordability and equity,” he said.He said that the HRD Ministry had unveiled initiatives like SWAYAM and the National Digital Library (NLD) to revolutionise the structure of education in the country.He further said that the granting of complete autonomy to IIMs was a major step towards ensuring excellence in education. The concept of research parks and Atal innovation centres was a major step towards fostering entrepreneurship, he added.State Education Minister Vinod Tawde said The Hindu conclave was “a breakthrough” for thinking about the education system not only in Maharashtra, but in the entire country.“Our educational system still languishes in the industrial revolution era. The conclave will help in providing inputs on how the curriculum can be adapted to today’s digital educational epoch,” Mr. Tawde said.He further remarked on the need to mull about the emotional and spiritual quotients and not merely the intelligence quotient in education.In his keynote address, Maharashtra Education Commissioner Vishal Solanki noted that the three critical issues were digitalisation in 21st century schools, excellence in education and fostering an entrepreneurial spirit.“While phrases like ‘Technology is a great leveller’ sounds good to the ears, in reality, a lot needs to be done towards improving digital connectivity in the State’s — and India’s — rural hinterland,” Mr. Solanki said.Observing that while education offered by some establishments was expensive, he questioned whether an ‘Ivy League’ education truly guaranteed quality education or imbibed the right values in moulding children’s characters.“It is necessary to introspect in this digital age if a wealthy education is the sole guarantor of quality? For there is an amazing hunger for education among children in the rural areas as opposed to their privileged urban counterparts. We also have to ask hard questions as to how effective is the vocational training being imparted to students in institutes across the State,” he said.Fondly recalling his eager wait for The Hindu during his days as a civil services aspirant, Mr. Solanki said Pune was an apt place to host the conclave as it had a number of excellent institutions with a 200-year academic pedigree.Commenting on the yeoman service rendered by The Hindu in upholding journalistic values and maintaining literary standards, B. Thiagarajan, Joint Managing-Director, Blue Star, said the conclave symbolised a marriage of two iconic brands in fostering education and an entrepreneurial spirit through knowledge.“For educationists as well as the student fraternity, The Hindu is indelibly associated with high-quality English writing and a judicious choice of informative articles. Likewise, a commitment to providing quality vocational training constitutes a significant part of Blue Star’s CSR initiatives,” said Mr. Thiagarajan.
China backed India’s ability to conduct the Commonwealth Games successfully saying that the Indian government has made “great efforts” to host them.”No matter which country host such large scale Games, it is quite a challenge,” Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson, Jiang Yu told a media briefing when asked about the allegations that poor facilities were being provided for Commonwealth Games to be held in New Delhi.”I think the Indian government has made great efforts to prepare for the Games. I wish it will be a successful one,” she said.The unsavoury drama relating to the poor preparations of the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi and claims by its officials that the facilities would be better than that of 2008 Beijing Olympics which won international acclaim for China, generated considerable interest in the Games in Chinese official media.China itself is preparing to host yet another mega sports event, the 16th Asian Games in Guangzhou in November this year, which the organisers claim would be shade better than 2008 Beijing Olympics.The construction of all the facilities, including accommodation for more than 8000 athletes was finished and handed over to the Organising Committee on September 20.After more than two years of construction, Games Town is ready to accommodate the expected 40,000 athletes, coaches, technical officials and members of the media from around the world for the games to be held from November 12 to 27.In addition to an athletes’ village with 13 apartment buildings, the Games Town includes a media village, technical officials’ village, international broadcast centre and the main press centre.advertisementXu Ruisheng, vice-mayor of Guangzhou and executive deputy secretary-general of the organizing committee was quoted by the official media here recently as saying that “the facilities for the athletes at the Asian Games are much better than at the Beijing Summer Olympic Games.There is lot of green areas and it is a very good environment for the athletes,” he said.