POLICE LOG for August 31 Wilmington Man Issued Summons Over Dirt Bike

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Friday, August 31, 2018:Justin Michael Denorscia (22, Wilmington) was issued a summons for Reckless Operation Of Motor Vehicle; Motorcycle Equipment Violation; Unregistered Motor Vehicle; and Uninsured Motor Vehicle. A West Street caller reported a dirt bike was being operated in the street. (11:30am)A caller reported he lost his blue Michael Kors wallet in the Yentile Farm parking lot last night. (12:06pm)Fire Department responded to small brush fire at S.G. Torrice on Industrial Way. (1:14pm)Police assisted with motor vehicle lockout with two infants inside. (3:36pm)A passerby reported a prescription pill bottle on the sidewalk at Main Street and Veranda Avenue. (5:39pm)Police responded to two men involved in a fistfight near the main entrance of Monogram Foods on Ballardvale Street. Fire Department responded for possible broken nose. (9:56pm)A red 2012 Honda Accord struck a tree on Woburn Street. (11:21pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 5: Driver Throws Beer Bottles; Syringe Found; Woburn Man Issued Summons; Texting While DrivingIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 21: Driver Issued Summons; Solicitors Going Door To Door Without Required PermitIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 31: Woburn Man Arrested For OUI; Bad Highway Crash Required MedflightIn “Police Log”last_img read more

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POLICE LOG for September 28 Wilmington Man Arrested Bad Crash On 93

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Friday, September 28, 2018:Police issued a verbal warning for failure to yield to emergency personnel at an accident scene on West Street. The operator almost struck an officer. (6:01am)A tractor trailer unit got hung up on power lines and a rock wall at the corner of Main Street and Eames Street, blocking the northbound lane. Eames St. sign and stop sign have been knocked over. RMLD, Verizon, and Cody’s Towing notified. (6:08am)Eric Creekmore (36, Wilmington) was arrested on 2 warrants and for Possession of a Class A Drug. (8:53am)A Mass Ave. caller reported being trapped in his vehicle in his driveway. Party got in without keys and the security system locked him in. (3:14pm)5 vehicles were involved in a crash on the 93 North Exit 39 ramp. North Reading Police assisted in shutting down Concord Street. Fire Department responded. One vehicle rolled over. A small amount of Class D was located in one of the vehicles and destroyed at station. (10:08pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for July 24: Tractor Trailer Involved In Hit & Run; Billerica Man Issued Summons; Driver Hurt In CrashIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 26: Wilmington Man Arrested For OUI; Tractor Trailer Takes Out Wall, Signs & HydrantIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 28: Dracut Woman Arrested; Lawrence Man Issued Summons; Missing RingIn “Police Log”last_img read more

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FUN ON THE FOURTH Winners Announced For Family Day Events

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 Fun on the Fourth’s Family Fun Day events:THREE LEGGED RACE1st Place – Jeff Bryson and Hannah Bryson2nd Place – Isabella Cooper And Lillian French3rd Place – Julie Nazzaro and Jamie NazzaroLIMBO CONTEST1st Place – Claire Desomarais2nd Place – Gia Wile3rd Place – Lila MahoneyHULA HOOP CONTEST7 Year Old – 1st Place Ella Hoffmann8 Year Old – 1st Place Elizabeth Qin17 Year Old – 1st Place Kaitlyn HowlandWATER BALLOON TOSS1st Place – Clay Kellam and Alex Kellam2nd Place – Hayden Kane and Julia Kane3rd Place – Isabella Cooper and Edi CooperBUCKET BRIGADE1st Place Tie – Charisse Smith and Jeoff Smith1st Place Tie – Tammy Steeves and Eric Steeves3rd Place – Sanjeev Kemer and Sahanna KumerWIFFLE BALL1st Place – Ayden Balter, Cam Kelley, Austin Harper, Erin McCarthy, Anthoney Cooper, Theodore Bryson, and Sanjeev KumerFREE BIKE RAFFLE WINNERSMaya Hamson, Zachary Stroud, Elenor Bergerson, Brody WileBABY CRAWL1st Place – Reece Buckelew2nd Place – Mckenzie Shafton3rd Place – Ash BrewsterBaby Crawl 1st Place FinisherBaby Crawl 2nd Place FinisherBaby Crawl 3rd Place Finisher(NOTE: The above list was provided by the Wilmington Fourth of July Committee.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedFUN ON THE FOURTH: Winners Announced For Sporting EventsIn “Community”FUN ON THE FOURTH: Winners Announced For Sporting Events & Family Day EventsIn “Community”Fourth of July Committee Announces Fun On The Fourth Contest WinnersIn “Community”last_img read more

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iPad Pro 129 LTE 599 Update Sold out

first_img Motorola Moto phone saleMotorola’s Moto phones offer prodigious bang for the buck. Today: same bang, fewer bucks. A whole bunch of Moto phones are on sale, everything from the entry-level E4 Plus ($129.99) to the newer Moto G6 32GB ($159.99, even though the main promo page shows $199.99). See them at MotorolaThe Moto line has “Cheapskate approved” written all over it. Broadly speaking, you get a great set of features in phones that come unlocked and carrier-agnostic: They’re compatible with both CDMA and GSM networks, meaning you can use them with pretty much any US carrier.One thing, though: Many of Motorola’s sale prices are mere matches for the everyday prices offered on Amazon, though some of those prices are for Prime subscribers only. But there are a few better deals, like the Moto Z2 Play for $200. Amazon’s price: $239.Read more: The best phones for 2019CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! Amazon Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Apple Comments Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. See It $674 Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? See it $674 reading • iPad Pro 12.9 LTE: $599 (Update: Sold out) Now playing: Watch this: $799 Apple News • Get an 11-inch iPad Pro for $650 (save $150) See It See All iPad Procenter_img The Cheapskate $747 • Mentioned Above Apple iPad Pro (11-inch, Silver, 64GB, 2018) Preview • Apple’s newest iPad Pros hands-on: The iPad X we expected It’s the big one. Apple Good morning, cheeps! A couple quick housekeeping items to start the day. First, following yesterday’s maddening price-jump on the Acer camera, which happened mere minutes after I posted the deal, I’d like to encourage you to follow me on Facebook and Twitter. That’s the best way to get updates when such issues arise. I also frequently share bonus deals throughout the day!Second, If you happen to live in southeast Michigan, come meet me this Saturday, April 6, at the Plymouth District Library at 10 a.m. I’ll be sharing some of my best money-saving secrets and handing out swag and raffle prizes. (Your chances of winning something: excellent.) Come on out! Bring a friend!As a longtime iPad fan, I’ve definitely experienced a little lust for the iPad Pro 12.9 — you know, the big one. But $999? No way, no how. And that was for the Wi-Fi-only model.Check this: For a limited time, and while supplies last, B&H has the Apple iPad Pro 12.9 with Wi-Fi and LTE (64GB) in gold for $599 shipped, which I believe ranks as one of the best deals ever on this particular configuration.See it at B&HThis is the 2017 model, so it still has a home button and still relies on Touch ID rather than Face ID. Surprisingly, it’s new, not refurbished, which is usually the only way you’d see a price this low.And speaking of that, Apple proper sells the refurbished iPad Pro 12.9 for $589 — but it’s the Wi-Fi-only version. A mere $10 more buys you retail packaging and the LTE option. (That said, Apple’s refurbs are pretty much good as new, right down to the new battery and one-year warranty.)See it at AppleAt this size, and paired with a Bluetooth keyboard, the iPad Pro could potentially take the place of a laptop. And the LTE option is something few laptops have, a boon if you often find yourself “in the field.”I’m not sure how long these will last at this price, so if you think you might be interested, act fast. As we learned yesterday, the best deals often disappear in a hurry.Read more: Apple iPad Pro 12.9 review iPad Pro 2017 review: ProMotion for me! Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Review • iPad Pro 2018 review: A powerful, beautiful tablet that needs a software overhaul CNET may get a commission from retail offers. 8 Share your voice Best Buy 3:23 Tags See It Tablets Phones Amazon Motorola Applelast_img read more

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Satellite rights of Wazir Kya Kool Hain Hum 3 could be lower

first_imgGAZAB , DILWALE TV RIGHTS SOLD FOR 60 CRORES HIGHEST EVER #GeruaFastest5mViews @taran_adarsh— SRK HATERS KO MAARO (@SRKswarrior1) November 20, 2015The worldwide box office collection of “Dilwale” was Rs 306.10 crore, while that of “Bajirao Mastani” stood at Rs 347.57 crore till the end of the fourth weekend. TwitterHindi film production houses and distributors selling satellite and television rights of their movies for whopping amounts, as has in the past, may not continue in the current year. This could affect the revenue of entities like Eros International Media, 30% of whose earnings comes from selling film rights to movie channels.”Bajirao Mastani”, globally distributed by listed entity Eros, reportedly sold the satellite rights of the Ranveer Singh-Deepika Padukone-starrer for Rs 35 crore, according to Business Standard. Earlier, trade analyst Taran Adarsh had said MSM had acquired the TV rights of Shah Rukh Khan-starrer “Dilwale” from Red Chillies Entertainment for Rs 60 crore, besides agreeing to jointly produce content for films and television.Another blockbuster, “Bajrangi Bhaijaan” starring Salman Khan earned about Rs 50 crore under a five-year deal between the actor and Star India Network, while the music rights (sold to T-series) have fetched around Rs 10 crore.But these could be aberrations and may not recur. In 2015, there was a 40% decline in rates for satellite and television rights of Hindi films, according to Mint.The report said new Hindi film channel launches pushed prices up. Aggressive buying made business sense for channels as these movies drove television rating points (TRPs), translating into increased advertisement revenues.But not many TV channels are expected to be launched in 2016, and therefore, satellite rights of even box office hits may see softening of rates, giving leeway to channels to drive a hard bargain.Also, box office hits are not necessarily successful when aired on TV channels, the Mint report added. “Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani” was a box office success, earning Rs 188 crore, but generated TRP of a meagre 0.2. The Ranbir Kapoor-Deepika Padukone-starrer was acquired for Rs 25 crore.Paradoxically, the lesser known film”Ramaiya Vastavaiya” garnered just above Rs 36 crore at the box office but registered a TRP of 2.5 when shown on television, the report said.The trend could hit a major revenue stream for distributors and producers, like Eros and other production houses. The company derives about 30% of its revenues from these rights, with theatrical rights contributing 38% and the rest coming from overseas sales.Eros recovers the entire production cost of movies before they are released in theatres by selling music rights, satellite rights and 39% guaranteed cost recovery from its parent for international distribution, according to an update by ICICI Direct last August.Hindi movie channels largely comprise of Sony Max, Star Gold, Zee Cinema, Movies OK and &pictures.It would be interesting to see how the latest set of movies such as “Wazir” and “Kya Kool Hain Hum 3” end up when they sell their satellite rights. “Wazir” features Farhan Akhtar, Aditi Rao Hydari, Bejoy Nambiar, Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Amitabh Bachchan, while “Kya Kool Hai Hum 3” has Tusshar Kapoor, “Bigg Boss 9” contestant Mandana Karimi, Aftab Shivdasani as lead characters.Meanwhile, shares of Eros International have been going downhill ever since “Bajirao Mastani” directed by Sanjay Leela Bhansali was released on 18 December, 2015. The price was Rs 260 on the day and closed at Rs 202 on 15 January, 2016. During trading, the stock almost touched its 52-week low of Rs 198.95.Shah Rukh Khan’s “Dilwale” was also released on 18 December.MSM and Red Chillies Ent ink strategic alliance. To co-produce TV, digital and film content. TV rights of #Dilwale also acquired by MSM.— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) November 20, 2015last_img read more

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Chhatra Dal leader killed in factional clash

first_imgBlood and an abandoned motorcycle is seen after the clash at Kumarpara intersection of Sylhet on 11 August. Photo: Anis MahmudA local unit leader of Jatiyatabadi Chhatra Dal (JCD), student wing of Bangladesh Nationalist Party, was killed and two activists injured in a factional clash in Kumarpara area of Sylhet city on Saturday night.The deceased is Foyjur Rahman Raju, 26, son of a certain Fazar Ali of Shahpur village in Rajnagar upazila of Moulvibazar district and former vice-secretary for publicity of JCD city unit. He was a student of Sylhet Law College, reports UNB.Leaders and activists of JCD started to gather in front of the residence of newly elected Sylhet City Corporation mayor Ariful Haque Chowdhury around 7:00pm.Two groups of the student wing of the BNP locked into a clash in front of the house, said sub-inspector Faruk Ahmed, in-charge of Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College police camp.The clash left three including Raju injured. Among the injured, Raju succumbed to his injuries at the hospital around 11:00pm, said the SI.Meanwhile, the newly-elected mayor Ariful visited the hospital and expressed his condolence to Raju’s family.last_img read more

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Russia identifies Saint Petersburg bomber

first_imgAkbarjon Djalilov, an alleged suspect in the April 3 blast in the Saint Petersburg metro. Photo: AFPRussian investigators Tuesday identified the bomber in the deadly Saint Petersburg metro blast as 22-year-old Akbarjon Djalilov, as Russia’s second city mourned the 14 people killed.The Investigative Committee said in a statement that Djalilov “carried out an explosion” in the carriage of a train travelling between two busy stations on Monday afternoon.Djalilov’s “genetic trace” was also found on a bag containing a second bomb left at another metro station and later defused, the statement said.Authorities in Central Asian Kyrgyzstan said that Djalilov was an ethnic Uzbek who was born in its southern city of Osh but was a citizen of Russia and had lived there since the age of 16.The remains of the bomber were found at the scene of the blast, but it was not clear if he is included in the official toll of the attack.Flags flew at half-mast in Russia’s second city and flowers and candles piled up at an impromptu memorial outside the metro station rocked by the attack, as authorities beefed up security on the busy underground transport system.The Kremlin said the bombing was “a challenge to every Russian”, including President Vladimir Putin.The bombing raised jitters ahead of the Confederations Cup football tournament in June, with the opening game and final set to be held in Saint Petersburg as Russia gears up towards hosting the World Cup next year.Commuters on the busy Saint Petersburg metro remained on edge after the system temporarily shut down Monday in the wake of the attack.“Everyone in the metro can only think of this,” said 45-year-old Svetlana Golubeva as she entered the underground.Resident Dmitry Leonov said there was a sense of shock that terror could strike the city as he picked his way through the candles and flower tributes lining the gates of the station.“Now we’re all under threat,” he said.‘Food for thought’Putin, who hails from Saint Petersburg, was holding a meeting near the city at the time of the bombing and later on Monday added his own floral tribute at the scene.“The fact that the act of terror was perpetrated at the moment that the head of state was in the city is food for thought,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Tuesday.A spokesman for Kyrgyzstan’s security services, Rakhat Sulaimanov, told AFP in Bishkek that authorities of the ex-Soviet republic were in contact with their Russian counterparts over the case.There has not been a claim of responsibility for the attack, which came after the Islamic State group called for attacks on Russia in retribution for its military intervention in Syria against the jihadists.Russia has long been battling an Islamist insurgency in its volatile Caucasus region and has suffered a string of bloody terror attacks over the years.Health Minister Veronika Skvortsova said the toll from the blast had climbed from 11 to 14 Tuesday as three people succumbed to their injuries, adding that 49 more people remained in hospital.Those hurt include citizens of Belarus, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, as well as Russians from 13 different regions, according to the Saint Petersburg authorities.The chief of the Saint Petersburg metro, Vladimir Garyugin, said Tuesday that quick actions by staff prevented a much higher toll and that passengers had helped each other instead of panicking.The second bomb was an explosive device fashioned from a fire extinguisher and hidden in a bag, he said.“A metro employee quickly cordoned off the area and called in experts,” Garyugin said in televised remarks.‘Barbaric act’In the wake of the attack Putin spoke to a string of leaders around the globe—including holding only his second phone call with US President Donald Trump overnight.Trump offered Putin the “full support of the United States Government,” according to a White House statement.Putin also talked up cooperation in the fight against terrorism with leaders in Germany, France, Turkey and the king of Saudi Arabia.The attack in Saint Petersburg is the first in several years to hit a major city in Russia.In October 2015, a bomb attack claimed by IS downed a plane carrying holidaymakers back to Saint Petersburg from Egypt in October 2015. All 224 people onboard were killed.Russian ground transport has also been hit by extremists before, including in the Moscow metro and the Domodedovo airport, where a blast claimed by Islamic insurgents killed 37 people in 2011.In an apparently unrelated incident, two traffic policemen were killed overnight in the southern city of Astrakhan when unidentified assailants opened fire on them, the regional governor said, calling them “radical Islamists.”last_img read more

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Trump Hobbles Obamacare

first_imgPresident Donald Trump pronounced ObamaCare, or the Affordable Care Act (ACA), as “dead” at a White House cabinet meeting Oct. 13.“It’s gone,” the president said with arms crossed before the cameras documenting his announcement. “It’s no longer….You shouldn’t even mention it. It’s gone. There’s is no such thing as ObamaCare any more.”President Donald Trump speaks to the 2017 Value Voters Summit, Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, in Washington. Trump’s decision to end a provision of the Affordable Care Act that has benefited an estimated 6 million Americans helps fulfill a campaign promise, but it also risks harming some of the very people who helped him win the presidency. Nearly 70 percent of those benefiting from the so-called cost-sharing subsidies live in states Trump won last November, according to an analysis by The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) A same day executive order eliminated a set of subsidies, or cost-sharing reductions (CSRs), to health insurance providers that allowed them to reduce copays and premiums for working families struggling to afford health insurance. The Americans that qualify are above the poverty line and do not qualify for Medicaid.“I cut off the gravy train,” Trump said of withholding the funds.On Oct. 17, Sens. Patty Murray, a Democrat of Washington, and Lamar Alexander, a Republican of Tennessee, announced a tentative bipartisan arrangement to fund these subsidies for two years. No bill has been signed into law at the time of this report , and given that Congress has not passed a budget since 2015, any measure will likely be part of another continuing resolution.Part of the president’s alleged rationale was to find a healthcare solution “where premiums don’t have to double and triple every year like they’ve been doing under ObamaCare,” he said during the same meeting.However, premiums have only risen 12 to 15 percent this year, said Dylan H. Roby, associate professor of health services administration at the University of Maryland, College Park. And, he added, the majority of that increase is due to uncertainty in insurance markets fueled by the Trump administration’s threats.“The Trump administration has been deciding on a monthly basis whether to cancel the payments and that uncertainty led to premium increases overall,” Roby told the AFRO. ”If we see premiums go up by 25 percent this year, half of it’s due to uncertainty, part of it’s due to the cost sharing reductions going away and then a small percentage, probably 6 or 7 percent is actually due to increases in health care costs and the risks that people in the individual market are using services.”Further, he said, while some consumers might be driven off their health insurance due to rising costs, those that remain insured will be entitled to increased tax credits from the supposedly “dead” ObamaCare.Cutting CSRs “actually spends a lot more federal money than would have been spent on the payments themselves,” Roby said.If the Alexander-Murray deal does not go through, the new arrangement stands the greatest chance of injuring a large number of Black Americans but also Trump’s political base.“Trump is really good at dog whistle politics and policy: doing things that may not have any meat underneath them,” said Judy Lubin, a sociologist, policy analyst and adjunct professor at Howard University. She described the executive order as an act of “spite.”“This is an example where it does have substantial impact on people’s lives,” Lubin told the AFRO. “It’s just a really bad policy. Almost 50 percent of people who are eligible for these subsidies live in the South. Another 20-plus percent live in the West. We’re looking at Trump supporters: 50 percent of them are White, non-Hispanic living in these red states.”Questions remain over the sheer complexity of ACA as it was and how consumers can protect themselves even if the tentative deal goes through. Roby was confident that savvy consumers would be able to avoid the worst impact in the exchanges, but Stephen B. Thomas, director, Maryland Center for Health Equity, wondered how his grandmother would keep up.“She could not navigate her way through it without her hand being held,” Thomas told the AFRO. “We have far too many people in our country — especially racial and ethnic minorities, especially people living in rural areas, Black, White, especially people who live in poverty — who have no hand to hold, and so they’re left to fend for themselves.”While immediate damage from the executive order has been avoided or at least delayed, another conversation about the future of ACA is a short two years away.“Do we have people being rolled out of the hospital into the street? No,” said Thomas. “But the mere fact that that’s a possibility, that people could die from lack of access to care that would save their lives and, more importantly, preventative services that could actually prevent disease from occurring in the first place is the most tragic aspect of the situation that we currently find ourselves in.”last_img read more

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Prithvi in Delhi

first_imgAll lovers of theatre brace up and keep the weekend free, for you don’t wanna miss out on this lovely thing coming up. The Pad- starring Kitu Gidwani, Capt. Sanjay Nath, Daniel D’ Souza and Saattvic, and is produced by Nishna Mehta – young powerhouse and one of the most sought after stage managers in Mumbai theatre. It explores relationships in contemporary India  among people belonging to communities that most people know very little of and are subject to quick stereotyping. The play looks beyond these biases of stereotype and assumption and looks at the characters for who they really are as people.The play raises questions about the nature of love and its limitations. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’ About the play A house in Bandra, Mumbai is witness to two inextricably intertwined relationships between successive pairs of occupants. Pulkit, a banker, has rented a quirky flat in Bandra for the sole purpose of hooking up. One night he meets Sahil, a young PhD student, for sex. Sahil is researching interior design, and is taken by the interiors of the house. He wants to use it for his research, but has to deal with a bitter, cynical and brusque Pulkit. The one night stand turns into something more, as they get to know each other… and uncover the lives of the previous occupants, Jennifer and Fabian. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix The Theatre gropup Frontier Theatre is a new Mumbai based theatre group that aims to create original and relevant theatre that pushes boundaries. Central to our philosophy is the belief that the content and form of our work should reflect and document the exciting and dynamic society we live in – a society that is trying to develop while keeping its roots intact, a society that is struggling to reconcile Eastern and Western values and ways of life, a society that throws up mind boggling inequalities, a society that is on the cusp of becoming a major global power. So get it booked and get going! When – June 7,2014 4:30 pm & 7:30 pm Where – Alliance Francaise de Delhilast_img read more

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Street kids exploited due to nonimplementation of laws

first_imgAnju Talukdar from Multiple Action Research Group (MARG), which works with women and children and unorganised labour, said there has been no realisaton of the existing child-sensitive laws, leaving the lives of street children unchanged.Talukdar was part of a discussion titled, “The Invisibles– A dialogue” organised by Youth ki Awaz and Save the Children.The session aimed at speaking up for child rights and “fight for the rights of India’s most vulnerable citizens,” by discussing the issue from various angles and suggesting feasible solutions. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf“We have a special law for children on sexual act with special measures for children, child friendly measures – police procedures to medical procedures all focussed on children. But, the gap is in the implementation. There is a big problem of street children in all smart cities,” Talukdar said.Two youth advocates, who used to live on the streets before being rescued, also shared their stories.15-year-old Salmaan, who was rescued by one of Save the Children India’s partner NGOs, aspires to become an actor, besides a powerful advocate for children’s rights. His short play is scheduled to be staged soon. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive“I lived on the streets before. I was not doing anything at that time. We were not given any importance by others, they didn’t even bother if we passed out in front of them,” Salman said. Often spotted cleaning tables or getting chai at dhabas, street children are not just subjected to exploitation but are also stripped off any identity of their own, with every child being addressed as either a “Raju”, “Chotu” or a “Kalu”.“I don’t know whether you have noticed, boys who are employed at the dhabas and other shops are often called ‘Raju’, Kalu’ or ‘Chotu’, we don’t have a particular name. There are thousands of children like us in the country. We also dream to study,” he said. Nisha, now a class IX student, used to work as a domestic help to support her family. After being rescued, she was enrolled in an English medium school, where she not only excels in studies but also aims to become a doctor someday. “I had to do the job of ‘dusting’ when I was nine. But I wanted to study and I got the opportunity to get it”.Besides living a difficult life on the streets, Nisha also faced the challenges of being a girl, particularly in a poor family. “For you, it was very easy to reach 8th standard. But for me, it was a difficult task. I had to work for my family from the age of nine because in our society, people think, what is the need for a girl to study? I know that I have to work hard to become a doctor. But, whenever I hear that girls can’t do anything, I get angry because I am also a girl!” she said.The discussion also saw experts detailing the legal framework safeguards and enforcements.“According to Right to Education Act, for a street child, he can go to a government school and get the right to education. In case of private schools, 25 per cent seats are reserved for disadvantaged students which also include street children (in some states only),” Anju said.“The poorer we are, the weaker we see the government machinery against us. According to the Juvenile Justice Act, if a child does not have a place to stay, take the child to the child welfare committee and the committee will take him/ her to a home or a place of safety,” she said. Kalikesh Singh Deo, MP from Odisha who also attended the session, asked the youth to be aware of the problems faced by street children. “Use the voice for the children, start a campaign from your college itself. Use your power to make a change,” he said.last_img read more

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