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The Indian Consumer Movement and The Consumer Protection Act Of India

By Dr. Sheetal Kapoor
Associate Professor, Department of Commerce, Kamala Nehru College, University of Delhi

New Delhi, Dec 2, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio / PIB India) The Consumer Protection Act in India celebrates its silver jubilee next year. Consumer is considered as an inevitable part of the socio-economic-political system, where the exchange initiated and transactions realized between two parties, namely buyers and sellers has an impact on a third party i.e., society. The inherent profit motive in mass production and sales also offers the opportunity to many manufacturers and dealers to exploit consumers. Thus the need for consumer satisfaction and consumer protection has been recognized.
This year the theme proposed by the Ministry of Consumer Affairs is “Consumers Discharge your Responsibilities: Assert your Rights”.  The  consumers  have  eight rights empowering  them to voice their opinion in case of defective goods, deficiency in service, restrictive trade practices or unfair trade practices.

The Government as the policy making body helps empower the consumers to act responsibly. The  “Jago Grahak Jago’ campaign run by the Ministry of Consumer Affairs is a good example of how the common man can be made aware about his rights and responsibilities. India as a country has never fallen behind in introducing progressive legislation.


The Nomadic Gujjars and Bakerwals of Jammu-Kashmir In India To Receive Food Subsidy

By M. L. Dhar


US$18.7 million Hindu temple complex coming up at Northampton in England

Nevada, Nov 30, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio)  Plan for an about $18.7 million Hindu temple and high-tech community complex in Northampton (East Midlands, United Kingdom) has been approved, according to reports.

Called “Kutumbh Centre” (wider family), besides a spectacular Hindu temple, it also reportedly plans to include state-of-the-art sports, recreation, education, enterprise and entertainment facilities on about 4.3 acres; providing structure for events, exhibitions, meetings, indoor and outdoor sports, clubs, crèche and nursery, housing complex for seniors, elderly daycare, library, etc.; using solar and geo-thermal pump technology.


Latest Gandhi Statue in Slovania - Mahatma Gandhi statues & busts popular worldwide

Nevada, Nov 30, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Slovenia is the latest country to acquire the statue of peace icon Mahatma Gandhi.

Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) sent Gandhi’s life-size bronze statue (sitting meditation posture) to Slovenia for installation in Slovene Gradec Municipality. Sculptor was Ram Sutar of Delhi.

Bronze busts of Mahatma Gandhi image have already been sent by ICCR to Germany, Australia, Italy, USA, Morocco, Mexico, South Africa, Peru, Seychelles, United Kingdom, Chile, Trinidad & Tobago, Canada, Ivory Coast, Fiji, Myanmar, Ecuador, Tajikistan, Russia, Syria, Brazil, Djibouti, Senegal, Martinique, Colombia, France, Argentina, Kazakhstan, Belgium, Cyprus, Serbia and Montenegro and Ethiopia.


Ishwar Allah Tere Naam [Album contains Mahatma Gandhi's favourite bhajans, extracts from his prayer meeting discourse, quotations and archival photographs] (Set of Two Audio CDs) »

Gandhi’s life-size or one-and-half life-size bronze statues have been dispatched by ICCR from India to Italy, Canada, USA, South Africa, Switzerland, Australia, Brazil, Kazakhstan, France and New Zealand. Sculptors of statues and busts are Ram Sutar (Delhi), Gautam Pal (Kolkata), Ramesh Bisht, and Ratnabali Kant (Delhi).

Indo-American statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, applauded the countries that already had installed Gandhi’s statue and urged other countries of the world to erect statues to honor the legacy of peace icon Mahatma Gandhi.


Rabindranath Tagore Three-day Festival At The Asiatic Society of Mumbai Literary Club

Mumbai, Nov 28, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio / openPR) - The Asiatic Society of Mumbai Literary Club is pleased to announce the ASM Lit Festival 2010: Rabindranath Tagore, a three-day festival celebrating the life and work of Rabindranath Tagore in the 150th birth anniversary year of the Nobel Laureate.

As part of its programme to promote the literary arts, the Literary Club proposes to organize an annual festival, honouring eminent writers who have contributed to India’s literary heritage. This year the Literary Club honours Rabindranath Tagore through a series of events from December 3 to 5, 2010, which will include lectures, a documentary film, a panel discussion and dance-drama.


Prince William and Kate Middleton will Marry Friday April 29th 2011 Hopefully Continuing the Rare Welsh Clogau Gold Wedding Ring

London, UK, November 26, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio / PRWEB) News that Kate Middleton and Prince William are as expected overjoyed that the date and venue are now public and they can begin to plan the day. They are keen to plan the wedding as a couple as much as possible yet due to the scale of the day this is only feasible to such an extent. Rumours are also speculated that Prince Harry is already teasing Prince William and Kate Middleton of an excessive stag night / weekend, although based on Prince Williams more refined nature this is likely to be toned down.

Still undisclosed are the couple’s wedding rings and whether or not they shall contain Clogau Welsh Gold yet as the couple have chosen to keep tradition alive in the selection of the venue Westminster Abbey and the choosing of Kate Middleton’s engagement rings that was once worn by Prince William mother Lady Diana the Princess of Wales; continuing the tradition with the happy couple wearing Clogau Gold wedding rings would not come at any great surprise.


“Yes We Can” Approach Reinforces Motivation to End Racism

Washington, DC, November 29, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio / Vocus) If you're trying to end racism, it's not enough to get people to understand that racism is still a problem. You also have to make them feel like they can do something about it, according to a new study published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.

Tracie L. Stewart of Georgia State University was inspired to conduct the study by work she's done on evaluating a popular diversity training program. She found that the program reduced many white participants’ bias in the short term, which was good. "But some white participants later reported that the exercise left them with feelings of guilt and self-directed anger about continuing racial inequality," she says. "Others talked about how they left feeling helpless about changing institutionalized racism." And people who feel helpless don't feel motivated to bring about change. So she and her colleagues, Ioana M. Latu and H. Ted Denney of Georgia State and Nyla R. Branscombe of the University of Kansas, wanted to see if they could change how people act by making them believe their efforts would be successful.



British Singer Lisa Stansfield calls recent Roma expulsion from swathes of Europe as “Nazism”

Nevada, USA, Nov 29, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio) Well known British singer Lisa Stansfield says: “The recent expulsion of the Roma from swathes of Europe has echoes of Nazism”.

Writing a first person article in Tribune Magazine (London) posted on its website dated November 28, Stansfield, who is currently making a documentary of her year with Britain’s travelling community, talks about “often-ignored 200,000 gypsies or Roma who currently live in Britain”.

“These people really know how to live. While they try not to hurt anyone, they are constantly persecuted…Since arriving from India…these people have continued to fight for the simple and basic right to be themselves…There is a misunderstanding and great disrespect for these people, who come from a far older tradition and enjoy a greater depth of culture than many of us,” Stansfield points out.

Stansfield adds that during the Second World War, largely undocumented, between 250,000 and 500,000 gypsies were murdered. Some of the Roma children, who were identical or fraternal twins, were not sent to the gas chambers but preserved for experimentation. Many of the twins were literally sewn together, eventually dying of septicaemia. The Romany people do not feature on any historical tour of the Auschwitz death camp. There is no recognition of the Roma exterminated by the Nazis.


Christian-Hindu-Jewish leaders share stories to celebrate Thanksgiving in Nevada’s capital

[image: Jewish rebbetzin Ginnie Reel, Jewish rabbi Jonathan B. Freirich, Roman Catholic deacon Bob Evans, Unity minister Larry Schneider, Episcopal priest Jeffrey Paul, Hindu leader Rajan Zed, United Methodist pastor Rob Jennings-Teats, United Methodist pastor Dixie Jennings-Teats]
After sharing stories from different traditions on “blessing and gratitude”, from left to right are: Jewish rebbetzin Ginnie Reel, Jewish rabbi Jonathan B. Freirich, Roman Catholic deacon Bob Evans, Unity minister Larry Schneider, Episcopal priest Jeffrey Paul, Hindu leader Rajan Zed, United Methodist pastor Rob Jennings-Teats, United Methodist pastor Dixie Jennings-Teats.

Nevada, Nov 26, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio)  In a remarkable interfaith gesture, Christians, Hindus and Jews came together in Nevada’s capital Carson City (USA) on November 23 and shared stories of “blessing and gratitude” as part of Third Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service.

It was held at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, where the priest Jeffrey Paul welcomed the interreligious gathering with homemade brownies and chocolate. Stories shared included Jewish rabbi Jonathan B. Freirich’s “Curse of Blessings”, Hindu leader Rajan Zed’s “Ungrateful Man”, Roman Catholic deacon Bob Evans’ “Twenty into Fifty Goes a Hundredfold”, United Methodist pastors Dixie and Rob Jennings-Teats’ “Rabbi’s Gift”, Unity minister Larry Schneider’s “11th Box”, and Episcopal priest Jeffrey Paul’s “26 Cent Girl”.


7th Artivist Film Festival Awards: Actor Peter Fonda To Accept Artivist Award for Lifetime Achievement in Arts and Advocacy

[image: artivist award]Los Angeles, CA, November 24, 2010 (Washington Bangla Radio / PRWEB) The Artivist Collective is pleased to announce the Artivist Award winners at the 7th Annual Artivist Film Festival. These awards honor those artists whose exemplary work in their community stands out as a shining example of one’s ability to change the world for the better. Actor Peter Fonda will accept the Artivist Award for Lifetime Achievement in Arts and Advocacy, Barbara Pyle will receive the award for Environmental Humanitarianism, and Avis Richards will receive the award for Community Advocate.

This year’s awards will take place December 4 at the historic Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood at 8pm and will be hosted by Vanessa Williams (“Soul Food,” “The Cosby Show,” “Melrose Place”) and Boris Kodjoe (“Soul Food, “Undercovers”). The event will feature celebrity presenters and guests including Frances Fisher, Nicole Ari Parker, Esai Morales, Jonathan Morgan Heit, Anabelle Gurwitz, Leigh Taylor Young, plus Ben, Jonnie, Duncan, and Dave from MTV’s “The Burried Life” and more. The awards are followed by a lovely catered event in the forecourt of the Egyptian. Limited public tickets for the awards are available http://2010artivist.eventbrite.com/.


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