The shocking incident allegedly took place at village Mudwara under Nowgong police station of Chattarpur district on 24th August. A 45-year old Dalit woman had been granted a “patta”of a piece of government land a few months ago. The piece earlier belonged to Vijay Yadav. He was angered and started harassing her.
The victim alleged that on 24th August, Yadav had let his cattle in her field to damage the crops. When she went to his home to complain, Yadav’s wife Vimla beat her with lathis. After some time, Yadav joined them, stripped the victim and also forced her to drink his urine. Moreover, she was threatened that worse treatment would be meted out to her if she dared to register a complaint with the police.
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By JAMES BRADSHAW – MEDIA REPORTER, The Globe and Mail
Yellow Pages Ltd. is cutting 300 jobs by November in a corporate “realignment” designed to make the company leaner and free up dollars to invest in its digital ventures as it continues to move away from print directories.
The company announced the layoffs, which represent about 10 per cent of its work force, on Thursday, and said they will “principally affect management positions that have been integrated within other functions or that are no longer aligned with the company’s digital operations.”
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“The real issue is whether capitalism is organized for the benefit of the society as a whole or for the benefit of a small group,” says Reich
BY MIKE KONCZAL
Economic inequality is shaping up to be one of the central debates of the 2016 election: Those on the left – most notably Bernie Sanders – decry the increasing wealth and power of those at the very top of the economy, while others are left behind. Those on the right respond that this upswing in inequality, however regrettable it might be, is the natural result of free markets.
Few have looked at this issue as closely as political economist and former Labor Secretary Robert Reich. In his new book, Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not the Few, he tackles this obsession with free markets. He argues that there is no such thing as a free market, and that the basic rules of capitalism – laws surrounding property, monopoly, contract, bankruptcy and enforcement – are really driving inequality.
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Last weekend’s deadly attack on an international hospital in Afghanistan was a reminder of the terrible war that grinds on there, with Afghan civilians caught in the crossfire.
Doctors Without Borders, a globally respected group, has charged that the deaths of 22 patients and staff members at its hospital in Kunduz was a “war crime.” The United States has promised to investigate what Gen. John Campbell, the NATO commander in Kabul, says was a mistake.
The hospital bombing comes as the United States is quietly exploring some diplomatic options that could reduce the violence in Afghanistan — and perhaps even curb the danger of a nuclear Pakistan next door. As with most diplomacy in South Asia, these prospects are “iffy,” at best. But they open a window on what’s happening in a part of the world that, except for disasters such as the Kunduz incident, gets little attention these days.
The United States recognized more than four years ago that the best way out of the Afghanistan conflict would be a diplomatic settlement that involved the Taliban and its sometime sponsors in Pakistan. State Department officials have been conducting secret peace talks, on and off, since 2011. That effort hasn’t borne fruit yet, as the Taliban’s recent offensive in Kunduz shows.
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