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dil-apna-punjabi:

Sikh Motorcycle Club Rejects TOIFA Offer
SURREY – The Sikh Motorcycle Club of BC was asked to ride in front of the limousine of Shah Rukh Khan for his appearance at the upcoming TOIFA awards to be held next weekend but the Turbaned Riders refused the offer. They were even offered payment but still they rejected the offer.
They responded by saying that they only “ride in front of the True King of Kings – Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji”

dil-apna-punjabi:

Sikh Motorcycle Club Rejects TOIFA Offer

SURREY – The Sikh Motorcycle Club of BC was asked to ride in front of the limousine of Shah Rukh Khan for his appearance at the upcoming TOIFA awards to be held next weekend but the Turbaned Riders refused the offer. They were even offered payment but still they rejected the offer.

They responded by saying that they only “ride in front of the True King of Kings – Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji

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India’s standoff with the WTO

joethought:

is making me very happy. I think it’s the right decision in the long run.

Here’s a super-simplified version of the whole thing (off of my understanding):

1. The WTO wants an open market in every country for administering something called ‘The Bali Package

2. They hope to do this by lowering trade tariffs and agricultural subsidies, in order to facilitate trade between developed countries and developing countries 

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3. In countries like India, whose economy is supported in a large measure through agriculture, impoverished farmers are given some kind of subsidy- things like tax breaks, electricity subsidies and most importantly - an MSP - A Minimum Support Price. This ensures that farmers have a market to sell their goods at a minimum price

4. The WTO wants governments of various developing countries to lift these subsidies in order to facilitate free trade more quickly

5. This is despite the fact that developed nations continue to support their farmers through huge subsidies. The US for instance, subsidizes her cotton farmers to the tune of $4.6 billion, every year.

6. Yet, the US objects to subsidies being offered in India, saying it will “disrupt free trade” and affect food grain prices in the long run

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7. India objects to this strongly, and in no uncertain terms. India also calls for a revision of the terms of subsidies and insists that her farmers are practically fighting the US treasury. India demands that she should be allowed to support subsidies for her agriculturalists

8. Despite having previously agreed to let subsidies remain in December 2013, the WTO had done no additional work to provide clauses in the bill, for India to negotiate terms with

9. India, in essence, is calling out the hypocrisy of developed nations through her strong stance in blocking the WTO agreement, and trying to make sure various subsidies in India are not derailed

10. Many developing nations are now gathering in support of India, to re-work provisions of the WTO deal for their people. With the exception of  South Africa, almost all countries in the list of developing nations are now on board

11. The developed countries are (understandably) upset about this, but so far, India has shown no signs of backing down (which is also quite understandable)

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India’s concerns in this matter are reasonable, considering that we may be implementing the Food Security act, and has historically provided some kind of minimum safety net for our farmers. 

I hope this issue gets resolved in time, but it’s only fair that developing countries assert themselves for the welfare of her most destitute.

I see no reason for India to tow the US line on this. I hope India won’t lose out on the peace deal, but by and large, this goes into my Right Things To Do By A People category. 

Finally, a government with signs of a backbone.

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~SATYAMEVA JAYATE

Some 40% of the youngsters in Goa watch ‘rape porn’ regularly, Mysore-based organization Rescue said, based on a sample survey it conducted covering 200 undergraduate male students in Goa across 10 colleges.

Rescue CEO Abishek Clifford said they have asked state administrators to install software that blocks pornographic sites before distributing the laptops and tablets that the Goa government provides to students.

Clifford said that according to their survey 76% of the surveyed students said that watching pornography involving rape led to the desire to rape in them. He said that another 47% of these students ended up watching child porn.

"All of the students were already watching porn, 50% of them were now watching violent porn. Watching pornography is a progressive addiction. When it no longer satisfies you, you turn to violent porn or child porn," he said.

He recommended a software K9 that he said allows porn sites to be blocked completely.

"One high school in Goa reported to have caught their female students with a pen drive that contained violent porn, which the school head was shocked to see in the possession of children," Clifford said. Rescue’s survey claims that students end up watching 28 videos of rape each week.

Drawing a link between watching rape porn and rape reported in real life, Clifford said, “The incidents of rape are increasing due to saturation of violent internet porn. Everyone is shocked at the level of violence in rape, now we know why. Violent porn advertises rape and half of the porn sites have it.”

The students surveyed were between the ages of 18 to 22, he said.

magictransistor:

'Tree of Life' screen, Sidi Sayyid mosque in the city of Ahmadabad (Western India).

Lotus ceiling, carved from stone, Eastern Rajasthan (Northeastern Madhya Pradesh), 11th-12th century, India.

Qutb Minar (قطب, क़ुतुब), Alai Darwaza, Qutub complex. Qutab, Mehrauli in Delhi, [Mamluk Dynasty]; India 1192 AD.

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