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Two Indians Shortlisted for Commonwealth Youth Awards

Both Delhi-based finalists were singled out for their work towards achieving United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal on gender equality.



Delhi-based activists Mirnalini Dayal and Yogesh Kumar were singled out for their work in the field of achieving United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal No. 5 on gender equality.(Photo and Caption: DD NEWS)

Two Indian activists have been named among 20 finalists from across 53 member-countries for the Commonwealth Youth Awards 2018 for their work in the field of gender equality.

Mirnalini Dayal has been recognised for her work as a campaign leader for ‘Health Over Stigma’ and Yogesh Kumar as the founder of social enterprise ‘Even Cargo’.

Both Delhi-based Indian finalists were singled out for their work in the field of achieving United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal No. 5 on gender equality.

“The awards recognise outstanding young people aged 15 to 29 whose innovative projects and programmes have had a significant impact on their communities,” a Commonwealth Youth Programme statement said. “This year’s focus is on celebrating young people’s contribution towards a fairer, more sustainable, more secure and more prosperous future for the Commonwealth: the four sub-themes of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) taking place in London in April,” the statement said.

Dayal has been shortlisted for her efforts to challenge the stigma associated with accessing sexual health services and create a safe haven for women to seek out reproductive health facilities in India.

Through ‘Health Over Stigma’, she also supports women to gain the necessary skills to run advocacy campaigns and positively impact the lives of other women. The group claims to have successfully trained more than 450 young activists to date.

Kumar’s ‘Even Cargo’ enterprise promotes gender equality through the employment of women couriers, which has traditionally been seen as a male profession in India.

His organisation works to overcome the barriers of unemployment through skill development of women, training female drivers in motorcycle driving, self-defence and logistics.

The 20 finalists this year span every region of the Commonwealth, including Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Americas, Europe, and the Pacific. They were shortlisted from more than 400 applications from across the globe.

Regional Young Persons of the Year will be selected from among the finalists, with one exceptional entrant being recognised as the overall Commonwealth Young Person of the Year during the Commonwealth Youth Forum in London, which will coincide with CHOGM next month.

In addition to a grant of 1,000 pounds to continue their development work, all finalists will be awarded a trophy and certificate.

The Regional Young Persons of the Year will receive 3,000 pounds, and the Commonwealth Young Person of the Year will pick up 5,000 pounds.

“The finalists this year have initiatives and projects that aim to build a more secure, prosperous, fairer and a sustainable future for all in the grassroots levels and exemplify the outstanding contribution of young people from across the Commonwealth in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and realising the CHOGM 2018 aspiration ‘Towards a Common Future’,” the programme said.

The Pan-Commonwealth adjudication panel for the overall winners of the 2018 awards, convened by the Commonwealth Secretariat, included the High Commissioner for Saint Kitts and Nevis, representatives from the High Commissions of Fiji, Malaysia, and Kenya, a trustee of the British Youth Council and the Commonwealth Local Government Forum.

CHOGM, to be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with heads of government from across the Commonwealth membership on April 19-20, will also include the Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC) elections. Among this year’s several nominees is one Indian, who is contesting the elections in the category of Vice-President, Partnership & Resources.

Ravi Theja Muthu, from Chittoor in Andhra Pradesh, has declared his intention to strengthen existing partnerships if elected. The elections to the CYC’s executive will lead to the appointment of a new set of youth leaders for the 2018-2020 term until the next CHOGM.

Courtesy: DD News
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Citizens Pledge to Make Ujjain Zero Waste City

UMC brand ambassador Swami Muskurake (Shailendra Vyas) administered an oath of making Ujjain a zero waste city.



UJJAIN (Madhya Pradesh): Over 500 citizens formed a human chain in the shape of ‘3R’ at Dussehra Maidan under the aegis of Divine Waste Management and Services on April 22. The organisation assists Ujjain Municipal Corporation (UMC) in its cleanliness campaign.

‘3R’ stands for ‘Reduce’, ‘Reuse’ and ‘Recycle’ of garbage.

The spokesperson of the organisation said, “We should reduce garbage and try to reuse it by recycling it”.

Mayor Meena Jonwal in her address suggested that garbage should not be disposed off out in open or on roads”.

“Garbage should be reused and recycled to make Ujjain a zero waste city,” she added.

UMC brand ambassador Swami Muskurake (Shailendra Vyas) administered an oath of making Ujjain a zero waste city.

Health in charge Mangilal Kadel, zone head Buddhiprakash Soni, deputy commissioner Manoj Pathak, Yogendra Patel, health officer BS Mehta, PC Yadav, Manoj Rajwani and members of team Divine and team Jwala, members of NSS, reliance group members and members of Akshat Cricket Academy were among others present on the occasion.

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Jhulan Goswami Honoured with Commemorative Stamp for 200 ODI Wkts

Jhulan remains to be one of the pillars of the Indian women’s cricket team, despite having her ODI debut in 2002.



KOLKATA (West Bengal): A postage stamp, featuring Goswami’s mugshot in India colours next to an image of Kolkata’s iconic Victoria Memorial, has been issued in honour of her claiming a record 200 wickets in women’s ODIs.

The unveiling of the stamp took place on Friday at the Calcutta Sports Journalists’ Club, in the presence of former India men’s captain Sourav Ganguly.

Adjudged the ICC Women’s Player of Year award in 2007, Goswami, 35, recently became the first female player to pick up 200 ODI wickets when she had Laura Wolvaardt caught behind in the third ODI during India’s tour of South Africa in February.

In May 2017, Goswami found her 181st ODI wicket in South Africa’s Raisibe Ntozakhe, during the Quadrangular series, and surpassed Australia’s Cathryn Fitzpatrick as the leading wicket-taker in the format. During the same tour, Goswami pipped Charlotte Edwards and Lydia Greenway to the honour of the most catches by a non-wicketkeeper in women’s ODIs.

The recognition was lauded by fellow professionals from across the world. Former Australian woman cricketer Lisa Sthalekar was one of the first ones to react on Twitter:

Jhulan remains to be one of the pillars of the Indian women’s cricket team, despite having her ODI debut in 2002.

Interestingly, former Indian skipper Kapil Dev was the first cricketer ever to claim 200 ODI wickets. Even Kapil Dev took 166 matches to achieve the feat.

She had joined the Indian women’s cricket team back in 2002 against England, almost a week before her Test debut against the same team. In 2007, she was announced as a part of the Asia squad in the Afro-Asia tournament in India. A year later, Jhulan was named the captain of India for the then tour of Australia. Her captaincy stint lasted for just 25 games.

In 2010 she received the Arjuna Award. Two years hence, the 35-year-old was honoured with the Padam Shri.

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Sikkim Panchayat Bags Six Awards, Reps to Receive Awards from PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi would bestow the awards to state representatives from the Directorate of Panchayati Raj.  



NEW DELHI: Sikkim will have another reason to bask in the national glory when awards in various categories in e-panchayat are presented on National Panchayat Raj Day on April 24 in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh.

The awards would be handed over to state representatives from the Directorate of Panchayati Raj, RM & DD and Rural Local Bodies by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Sikkim managed to secure the first position among the first category States for excellence in implementation of e-Panchayat initiatives.

Sikkim has also bagged one of the three National Awards for effective implementation of Gram Panchayat Development Plan in the very first year of the institution of such an Award by the Ministry of Panchayati Raj.

(1) e-Puraskar: First Prize under Category I to the State
(2) Deen Dayal Upadhyay Panchayat Sashaktikaran Puraskar (DDUPSP) to South District Zilla Panchayat
(3) Deen Dayal Upadhyay Panchayat Sashaktikaran Puraskar (DDUPSP) to Martam Gram Panchayat Unit, West Sikkim
(4) Deen Dayal Upadhyay Panchayat Sashaktikaran Puraskar (DDUPSP) for Namphing Gram Panchayat, South Sikkim
(5) Nanaji Deshmukh Rashtriya Gaurav Gram Sabha Puraskar (NDRGGSP) to Gram Panchayats for outstanding performance of Gram Sabha GPDP Award to Tingvong Gram Panchayat, North Sikkim
(6) Gram Panchayat Development Plan Award to Maniram Phalidara Gram Panchayat, South Sikkim

The Sikkimese delegates will be leaving for Jabalpur to attend the two-day event starting from the 23rd with a Maha Panchayat wherein 2-3 Panchayat Presidents of Sikkim will be participating in the Panel Discussions on various aspects of PRIs.

This will be followed by the Awards ceremony on April 24, 2018, which is also celebrated by PRIs across the country as National Panchayat Raj Day.

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