The Candid Eye

April 21, 2010

Saudi Police let 15 school girls burnt alive!!

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Saudi Arabia’s religious police “Mutaween”  are tasked with enforcing Sharia Law as defined by government in the Kingdom.By the name of god these people have been committing crimes against humanity.Recently, the Mutaween police had let 15 school girls burnt alive just because they were not wearing burqa at that time.

Saudi Arabia's Religious Police & Fire victim

Saudi Arabia’s religious police stopped schoolgirls from leaving a blazing building because they were not wearing correct Islamic dress, according to Saudi newspapers.

In a rare criticism of the kingdom’s powerful “mutaween” police, the Saudi media has accused them of hindering attempts to save 15 girls who died in the fire on Monday.About 800 pupils were inside the school in the holy city of Mecca when the tragedy occurred.

The Mecca city governor visited the fire-damaged school : Image Courtesy - BBC

According to the al-Eqtisadiah daily, firemen confronted police after they tried to keep the girls inside because they were not wearing the headscarves and abayas (black robes) required by the kingdom’s strict interpretation of Islam.

One witness said he saw three policemen “beating young girls to prevent them from leaving the school because they were not wearing the abaya”.

The Saudi Gazette quoted witnesses as saying that the police – known as the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice – had stopped men who tried to help the girls and warned “it is a sinful to approach them”.

Affected students are being taken to hospital : Image courtesy - BBC

The father of one of the dead girls said that the school watchman even refused to open the gates to let the girls out.

“Lives could have been saved had they not been stopped by members of the Commission for Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice,” the newspaper concluded.

Relatives’ anger

Families of the victims have been incensed over the deaths.Most of the victims were crushed in a stampede as they tried to flee the blaze.

The school was locked at the time of the fire – a usual practice to ensure full segregation of the sexes.

The religious police are widely feared in Saudi Arabia. They roam the streets enforcing dress codes and sex segregation, and ensuring prayers are performed on time.Those who refuse to obey their orders are often beaten and sometimes put in jail.

Source: BBC

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November 27, 2009

Indian green lessons for the West

Filed under: Global Warming,India — thecandideye @ 6:00 AM
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Ahead of next month’s climate change negotiations in Copenhagen there’s a lot of anger in India about the West’s pressure on it to sign up to emissions cuts. The BBC’s Sanjoy Majumder travelled to India’s most industrialised state, Gujarat, to see at first hand some very effective – if homegrown – attempts at tapping renewable energy.

A woman carrying cow dung!

 

In the middle of an open field, a man crouches over some cow dung and uses two pieces of metal to scrape up large amounts of it before deftly depositing it into a pan.

He then transports this to a large biogas plant – essentially made up of three silos sunk into the ground and connected via an intricate maze of pipes to a large collection bin in which the cow dung is collected.

This is where the dung is mixed with water and fermented to create gas, which is then piped to a large temple next door, the Jagganath temple in Ahmedabad, Gujarat’s biggest and most polluted city.

The temple uses the gas to cook food for 1,000 pilgrims every day.

Thick smog

The biogas plant is often showcased by the government of Gujarat to emphasise its commitment to green energy.

“We have been emphasising on renewable energy, we have been emphasising more on solar and wind energy, and we have been taking a number of measures that probably were not thought of also, let alone being taken, in the West, 25, 30, 40 or 50 years ago,” he says emphatically.Rajiv Gupta is a senior official who co-ordinates Gujarat’s headline grabbing climate change initiatives.

“See, ultimately every development, wherever it takes place, has certain costs. Our effort has been to reduce those costs to the bare minimum.”

But despite the drive to create a greener state, temple kitchens powered by cow dung are not the norm in Ahmedabad – it’s a city of chimney stacks and thick smog, where you get the impression that “climate change” is still unknown to most people.

Jagannath-temple-kitchen

But in the city’s schools there’s a definite sense that this may be changing.

Grade seven at the Rachana school could be straight out of a Charles Dickens novel, the girls and boys huddled together inside a grim classroom, lit by a solitary fluorescent bulb with paint peeling off the walls.

But what’s surprising is that the students here are not just being taught maths or physics, they’re being given a lesson on climate change.

‘Colonial nightmares’

“This is actually a national programme and it goes to 200,000 schools,” says Kartikeya Sarabhai, who designed it.

Much of the battle to go green depends on spreading information

One of Gujarat’s most passionate Greens, he’s a bit like an Indian Al Gore. So it’s surprising to learn that he is bitterly opposed to India signing up to emissions cuts at Copenhagen.

“I think that pressure from outside is negative. Having a Western country come and monitor us is taking us back to colonial nightmares. And you must realise that we’ve come out of colonialism and that we are a proud country,” he says.

It’s not just the adults – after class, I discover that even 12-year olds resent the way they are being singled out by the West.

“I think in USA they use more appliances and vehicles than us,” says one boy.

“They use more electricity, they always use their vehicles to travel small distances. We use public services like buses but they don’t use all this,” says a girl.

As dusk approaches, a thick smog settles on Ahmedabad and the green activist Kartikeya Sarabhai drives me into a teeming shanty-town of densely packed tin shacks.

Women dressed in colourful saris hunch over stoves, cooking dinner while half-naked children play on top of a rubbish dump. Looming large behind them are three giant chimneys from a coal-fired power plant, belching thick black smoke into the air.

It’s a perfect illustration of the dilemma that India finds itself in – to improve the lives of its poorest it needs to develop further and in the process build more carbon-emitting thermal plants among others.

But Mr Sarabhai believes that there are other solutions and the answers may well lie in the slums.

“You need to look beyond the squalor and see how efficiently they live their lives,” he says as he takes me on a tour.

Most of the houses, he explains, are built from broken bricks, tiles, stones which have been left over from construction sites.

“They dry their clothes on the roof and in the process cool their homes. They live close to their workplace,” he explains.

“Sometimes poverty offers us the most creative solutions. You don’t have to waste to grow rich.”

It’s a message that India will take to Copenhagen – that the answer to low-carbon growth lies in homegrown solutions.

And rather than being told what to do by the West, they could actually offer the world some expertise of their own.

July 26, 2009

Triple Eclipse and its repercussions

A part of rare astronomical phenomenon has already started happening and this triple eclipse has triggered an interesting and intense discussions among people in India. DK Hari has already written a book on this triple eclipse phenomenon, He says, there always destructive things happened in the past, when a triple eclipse series associated with it. Hence, he says this triple eclipse might bring up something destructive. The total solar eclipse, that happened this year is of the longest duration in this century.

Check out here,what BBC  says about eclipses?

Annular Eclipse

Annular Eclipse

Triple eclipse phenomenon is not new to Indian Astrologers who have such an accurate knowledge of astronomy and planetary positions for centuries, and can predict these with precision. VEDIK-INDIA SOCIETY, a non-profit organisation, dedicated to the well-being of mankind through the preservation of Vedic traditions, scriptures and practices is performing a Prapancha Shanti Yajna , which will continue till 2012. More details can be found here:

Prapanja Shanti Yajnam on Triple Eclipse

Eclipses occur in patters depending upon the duration of the eclipse, how much of the sun or moon is covered during the eclipse and so on. These patterns are called Saros Cycle. More about these can be found from:-

NASA’s website on Eclipses

You can even download and play the specific chanting ringtones specific to your birth Zodiac sign and other details, from this website, for peace to your life during time of eclipses:-

Birth Chant & Ringtone for protection from the Eclipse

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