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Wake up West Bengal, your girls are waiting!

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"Kolkata the land of Rabindranath Tagore! In his famous song, Rabindranath Tagore tells us to never give up on hope. He tells us to walk alone believing in ourselves despite no one responding to our call for help. This song makes me wonder about the power that is needed to walk alone. It also makes me wonder about the calls for help that are ignored by us everyday," said Amruta Khare, a dedicated volunteer at Empower People.

Kolkata has turned out to be the second safest city as far as the number of crimes per lakh population is concerned. However, West Bengal as a whole has performed poorly in 2016 as per the latest data released by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB). As per the report, of the total cases of human trafficking, 44% (3,579) were reported in West Bengal alone. Currently, the state ranks second with regard to crimes against women.

We at Empower People believe that whenever help is asked for, it should be given. Furthermore, we believe in developing our society into one where no one needs to ask for help, one where criminal activities are curtailed simply with the watchful eyes and ears od the communities.

In order to achieve this, Empower People is organising a March Against Bride Trafficking, an initiative being popularised on social media with the hashtag #MABT2018. It will cover 13 Districts of West Bengal among 45 Districts in total across 10 states. It will mobilise people into taking initiative to track micro level government mechanisms with a special emphasis on behavioral change among the citizens.

Let us all walk together towards direly needed change, a change in our mindsets, a change in our attitude as a community of People sharing space on this Planet we call Earth.

Mumbai Weather

Hottest March day recorded in Mumbai, city to receive thunderstorm

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India Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted, Mumbai is likely to experience thunderstorm from Friday after recording the hottest day with maximum temperature of 37.8 degrees Celsius, according to several reports.

"There is a depression over South-West Bay of Bengal, and this will be moving westward and entering the Arabian Sea. This will bring moisture to the state," media reports Ajay Kumar, scientist at IMD, as saying.

According to IMD, rainfall is expected only in the south Konkan region on Friday, followed by two days of isolated rainfall in most parts of Maharashtra.

Skymet, a private weather news portal, also reported predictions of rainfall in Mumbai over the weekend.

"A confluence zone is expected to form in the proximity of the coastline. In the light wind field condition, a feeble trough is also likely to form along the Konkan and Maharashtra region. Thus, some clouding is possible from 15 March followed by light rainfall activity. These rains may even spill into 16 and 17 March," its report stated.

On Sunday, however, Mumbaikars experienced sweltering heat as the maximum temperature rose by almost 4.7 degree Celsius from the previous day, prompting IMD to declare it as the hottest day in March this summer, according to media reports. 

"The reason for the heat was the low-level circulation over the Arabian Sea near south Gujarat, which brought the North Easterly winds to the coast causing the temperatures to rise," the report quoted an IMD official, adding that Sunday's temperature was 6 degrees Celsius above normal.

"This is the seasonal weather condition for March where we will witness temperatures mostly on the rise, and much above normal levels. However, sporadic fluctuations cannot be ruled out," the report quoted KS Hosalikar, deputy director-general of the western region, IMD, as saying.

The humidity levels on Sunday also remained low, leading to hot but dry conditions. The humidity level during the day on Sunday was 85 percent at Colaba and 77 percent at Santacruz, but by evening, these levels dropped to 65 percent at Colaba and just 15 percent at Santacruz, the report said.

(With agency inputs) 


2018 may turn a positive year for homebuyers with improved environment

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The year 2017 had been an action– packed one, not just for real estate but for the entire nation. Many new reforms were introduced in the real estate sector also which are now showing positive results.

RERA was implemented in the country last year in May whose main function was to bring transparency and accountability in the sector. With the act being implemented in the country, the sector is showing signs of revival. GST has replaced the multiple taxes levied by the central and state governments and has subsumed of all the indirect taxes. GST has also brought in the positive sentiments to the fraternity.

“Reforms are making the market buyer-friendly and are further attracting global investors to consider India as one of the preferred destinations for real estate investments. Ready-to-move-in properties have remained a preferred choice for home-buyers across the country and have managed to command around 3.7% premium over properties under construction, Magicbricks has reported,” Rahul Singla, Director of Mapsko Group, said.

In the 2017 budget, infrastructure status was given to the affordable segment which was a boon to it. In this year budget, the targets for construction of houses under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) for 2018-19 were also outlined, which will work in favour of the real estate sector.

“Union budget 2018-19 has given a major push to the ‘Housing for all’ schemes under which 1 crore house are slated to be built by 2019. After RERA, the Indian real estate market has become a buyers’ market. With an objective of boosting the supply of rural housing and augmenting the supply of affordable houses in urban areas, the government has said that 3.7 million houses will be built in urban areas and 5.1 million houses in rural areas in 2018-19. This will induce more developers to launch new projects and complete existing ones. Thus, 2018 will definitely be the year of home buyers;” Gaurav Mittal, MD of CHD Developers Ltd. says.

"Reforms like RERA and GST, as well as infrastructure status to affordable housing, have revived consumer sentiment to a great extent and have also helped the sector to tread on the path of revival,” Yash Miglani, MD of Migsun, said.

With the improved environment, the real estate is attracting investors across the globe and days are not far when the real estate sector will become number one in the entire world.


Car Banged

Woman drove over footpath, 2 injured

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A woman allegedly drove over a footpath in front of JMD Regent Plaza building, Gurugram after which she had hit two man severely sitting on footpath also victims were rushed to the nearest hospital immediately due to multiple injuries, said media source.

A source revealed that the woman was not habitual of automatic transmission system of her new Maruti swift that she has brought today from Maruti showroom which is why she had lost control while protecting the bang against a car and drove over the footpath, resulted two man sitting on it were deeply injured.

Incident came into light when two man were sitting on the footpath for breezy wind under the shade of a tree, during that a woman had hit them while taking hard breaks when the tyre banged and burst after hitting the edge of the footpath.

(The writer is an Assistant News Editor of NewsMantra)


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16-yr-old Dalit boy beaten to death on Holi

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A 16-year-old Dalit boy was allegedly beaten to death while playing Holi by a group of persons in Alwar district, Rajasthan on Friday, police said today.

Police further informed that the victim Neeraj Jatav (16) was playing Holi with other community people when clashes broke out between the two sides at Bhiwadi town.

Additional Superintendent of Police Pushpendra Solanki said Jatav sustained grievous injuries in the attack and he eventually died.

The officer added that prima facie no sharp-edged weapon injuries were found on the body.

Meanwhile, irate family members of the victim vandalised the hospital where he was rushed for treatment. A police vehicle was also damaged in the melee, police said.

The kin have accused three persons for their alleged role in the crime, they said. No FIR has been registered in the matter yet.

(With agency inputs)