Daughter Of India wins Gold at 2022 Commonwealth Games

The Tokyo Olympic silver medalist Saikhom Mirabai Chanu has made the country proud yet again by winning India’s first Gold Medal at the ongoing 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, United Kingdom.  The 27-year-old lifted a total of 201kg in the 49kg weight class. The fact that the difference between her and silver medallist Marie Ranaivosoa of Mauritius was a huge 29kgs shows how dominating Chanu’s performance was.

The Padma Shri Awardee won her third consecutive medal at the Common Wealth Games after her silver in 2014 in Glasgow and the gold at Gold Coast 2018 in the 48 kg category.

She gave an excellent performance in the snatch round itself by successfully lifting 84kg in the first attempt and 88kgs in the second attempt giving her personal best and setting a CWG record. In the Clean and Jerk category, Mirabai successfully lifted 109kg in her first attempt and 113kg in her second attempt. Even though it didn’t land well in her final attempt of 115kg, it did not matter as India’s first gold of this edition of the CWG was already confirmed.

An inspiration to many, she is in a league of her own, always trying to push her own boundaries and setting up records one after another. Despite not playing at her peak, she managed to live up to everyone’s expectations and achieved another milestone.

She has been one of the most successful weightlifters in India and has won medals from the Commonwealth Games and the Asian Championships along with her gold medal from the 2017 World Championships.

India has been the traditional powerhouse in weightlifting at the CWG with more than a ton of medals and with gems like Mirabai Chanu, India’s future in weightlifting seems to hold many more achievements.

RULING NDA’S CANDIDATE FOR PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION 2022 – SMT.DROUPADI MURMU (FORMER GOVERNOR OF JHARKHAND)

A TRIBAL LEADER FROM ODISHA, SHE HAS BEEN NAMED AS THE RULING NDA’S CANDIDATE FOR THE UPCOMING PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION IN JULY 2022. THE DECISION WAS TAKEN AT THE  PARLIAMENTARY BOARD MEETING OF BHARTIYA JANTA PARTY HELD ON TUESDAY.

ON BEING ELECTED, MURMU WOULD BECOME THE FIRST TRIBAL PRESIDENT, SECOND FEMALE PRESIDENT OF INDIA AND SERVING AS FIFTEENTH PRESIDENT OF INDIA.

HAILING FROM MAYURBHANJ DISTRICT IN ODISHA, MURMU BEGAN OUT AS A TEACHER BEFORE ENTERING INTO STATE POLITICS.

ON BJP TICKET, SHE HAS BEEN ELECTED TWICE AS MLA, FROM RAIRANGPUR IN MAYURBHANJ (YEAR : 2000 AND 2009).

MURMU WAS FIRST CONSIDERED AS A CONTENDER FIVE YEARS AGO, WHEN FORMER PRESIDENT SHRI. PRANAB KUMAR MUKHERJEE WAS SET TO LEAVE FROM RASHTRAPATI BHAVAN.

DURING THE BJP-BJD COALITION GOVERNMENT THAT CAME TO POWER IN 2000, SMT. DROUPADI MURMU HELD THE COMMERCE AND TRANSPORT, AND, SUBSEQUENTLY, THE FISHERIES AND ANIMAL HUSBANDRY PORTFOLIOS.

SHE MANAGED TO WIN HER SEAT IN THE ASSEMBLY ELECTION HELD IN 2009 DESPITE ALL ODDS.

IN 2015, MURMU WAS SWORN IN AS THE FIRST WOMAN GOVERNOR OF JHARKHAND.

BEFORE SHE BECAME AN MLA, MURMU SERVED AS COUNCILLOR IN THE RAIRANGPUR NAGAR PANCHAYAT. SHE ALSO SERVED AS THE VICE-PRESIDENT OF THE BJP’S SCHEDULED TRIBES MORCHA.

WHEN ELECTED, WHICH, ALMOST LOOKS LIKE A CERTAINTY, AS NDA COMMANDS ALMOST 48% OF THE ELECTORAL ROLLS, SHE WILL NOT ONLY BE THE FACE OF TRIBALS IN INDIA SITTING AT THE TOP POSITION BUT WILL GIVE B.J.P BIG ELECTORAL STRENGTH.

KNOWN TO BE HUMBLE AND AFFABLE, MURMU IS ALSO KNOWN FOR HER ADMINISTRATIVE SKILLS.

“Nrtya-Veerangana”: The Indomitable Women of Dance

On 19th June, 2022, Shri Kamakhya Kalapeeth (Centre for Indian Classical Dances) & Dr Sonal Mansingh presented for the first time – A combination of four path- breaking Dancers who carved a niche by their courage a break stifling social orthodoxy through the Arts, at 6:30 p.m. at Kamani Auditorium, Copernicus Marg, New Delhi. The programme marks Azadi Ka Mahotsav and is supported by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India, and facilitated by the apex body in the field of performing arts in the country, Sangeet Natak Akademi, New Delhi.

The mega event was graced by Sh. Harivansh Narayan Singh, Deputy Chairman, Rajya Sabha, Sh. S P S Baghel, Minister of State in the Ministry of Law & Justice, Shri Vinay Sahasrabuddhe, President of Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR),
Mrs Mallika Nadda, W/o Shri JP Nadda, President Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP), Sh. Rakesh Asthana, Delhi Police Commissioner,
in the presence of an august gathering of ambassadors, diplomats from over 20 nations, dignitaries from United Nation, officials from ministries of culture & tourism, leading artists and members from the fraternity of art and culture and enthusiastic rasikaas that packed the auditorium.

The concept and overall direction of Nrtya Veerangana is by Padma Vibhushan awardee and Member of Parliament-Rajya Sabha, Dr Sonal Mansingh. As the Sutradhar/Narrator of the presentation, her flawless and erudite weaving of the life of the four women protagonists evoked an intense attentiveness of the audience, many of whom must not have heard of these dancers who revolutionised social history of Bharat between the 17th to 20th century. These four accomplished women artists wrote a new leaf with their strength of thought and will power. Each one of them possessed characteristics that created a path breaking movement at unimaginable time.

The art form was the enabling tool of expression that broke the shackles. At every juncture they reminded society of the intrinsic values of Bharatiya Sanskriti. The group dance presentations depicted four Indian classical dance styles. Smt Vanashree Rao, Smt Neena Prasad, Smt Vaswati Misra and Shri P.T. Narendra scripted and choreographed Kuchipudi, Mohiniyattam, Kathak and Bharatnatyam, respectively.
The first presentation portrayed Muddupazhani, a poet and litterateur who brought parity of women through her sensuality laden work ‘Radhaika Santvanam” in Kuchipudi style. It was followed by the life of Thatri, who broke shackles of being the ‘inner person’ i.e., Antarjanam into a bold woman who changed the mores of society.

The item was a Mohiniyattam presentation. The audience was spell-bound as a Kathak recital followed showcasing Madame Menaka, who brought Kathak dignity and global visibility from a Nautch-Dardari image. The performances of the evening concluded with the Bharatanatyam group dance depicted Rukmini Devi’s contribution to breaking the barriers of prejudice against dance by personal example and restored spiritual content in dance. As Dr Sonal Mansingh concluded the narration of the last episode of “Nryta-Veerangana”, the audience stood up giving a standing ovation to the grand presentation of women of substance in Indian classical dance.

The choreographers and students were felicitated by the guests of honour and the diva of Indian classical dance, Dr Sonal Manisngh, was presented a bouquet of flowers as gesture of gratitude for bringing together sterling performances like a bouquet of beautiful flowers with lingering aroma that sooth the weary soul of a busy society.

The programme was specially created by Dr Sonal Mansigh to celebrate Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav following Prime Minister Narendra Modi ji’s vision of celebrating 75 years of India’s independence from foreign rule and the three (3) Sutras given by him to highlight Bharat’s identity and achievements-Vishwaguru Bharat, Atmanirbhar Bharat and Unknown and Unsung heroes. They have given a new impetus to think, research and present some really unknown aspects and characters of Indian history. It is with this vision that the new production ‘Nrtya Veerangana’ has taken shape highlighting a truly forgotten chapter of our history.

Her World India salutes Avani Lekhara

Her World India salutes the indomitable spirit of Avani Lekhara on winning 2nd Gold at Para Shooting World Cup and becoming the new World record holder in the R2 women’s 10m air rifle standing SH1. The Indian shooter crushed the former record (249.6) by scoring (250.6) in the Chateauroux 2022 World Cup, in France!

Provision for extending benefits under old pension scheme to family of missing Central Government employees covered under NPS

Under the  CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972, if a Government employee goes missing during service, the benefits of arrears of salary, family pension, gratuity, leave encashment, etc. are paid to the families of the missing employees in accordance with the instructions issued vide this Department’s OM No. 1/17/2011-P&PW(E) dated 25.06.2013.

However, on introduction of National Pension System (NPS) for Government servants w.e.f. 01.01.2004 vide Ministry of Finance, Department of Economic Affairs’ notification dated 22.12.2003, the CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972 was amended making them applicable to the Government servants appointed on or before 31.12.2003. Therefore, above provision with respect to missing Government employees was not available to Government employees joined  on or after 01.01.2004 and covered under NPS. Therefore, in the case of missing employees, family of Government employees covered under NPS were not getting any benefit.

Subsequently, benefits of CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972 or CCS(Extraordinary Pension) Rules,  as the case may be, were extended in the event of death of Government employee covered by NPS or his discharge from service on invalidation / disablement, vide this Department’s OM dated 05.05.2009. However, the above benefit was not available for those whose whereabouts are not known and their family has to wait for their re-appearance or declared dead as per law.

Now, therefore, considering the hardship being faced by the  family of missing Government employees appointed on or after 01.01.2004, during service, benefit of CCS(Pension) Rules, in accordance with this Department’s OM  No. 1/17/2011-P&PW(E) dated 25.06.2013 has also been extended vide Department of Pension and Pensioners’ Welfare OM No. 57/03/2020-P&PW(B) dated 28.04.2022 to the family of missing Government employee covered under NPS during service and in accordance with the option exercised by the Government employee or default option in this regard as provided in Central Civil Services (Implementation of National Pension System) Rules, 2021.

In the case of a Government servant covered under NPS goes missing during service and his family is given family pension under CCS(Pension) Rules, the Permanent Retirement Account under National Pension System would remain suspended till the Government employee re-appears or  till he is declared dead in accordance with the  law. The family would be eligible to get benefits of family pension, retirement gratuity, leave encashment etc. in accordance with this Department’s OM dated 25.06.2013.

Why we need women CEOs

The appointment of Jyoti Deshpande, CEO, Viacom 18 Pvt Ltd as the co-chair of FICCI Media and Entertainment Board gives as a tremendous boost to the confidence of women.

Deshpande joins the league of five other powerful women in the media industry recently featured among the top 50 most powerful women in India in the business magazine Fortune India which include Shobhana Bhartia, Chairperson and Editorial Director, HT Media and Kalli Purie, Vice Chairperson, India Today Group among others.

Surely and steadily women are conquering every male bastion there is. From the Defence and Police forces to space, steel, real estate and liquor. An alumnus of IIM Ahmedabad, Hina Nagarajan became the managing Director and CEO of Diageo India in July 2021 and in the same year in January, Soma Mondal, a graduate in electrical engineering from National Institute of Technology, Rourkela, took over as Chairman of SAIL.

With the growing list of women CEOs, the outlook of corporate India appears to be changing. According to the Business 2021 report by global accounting firm Grant Thornton, India ranks third in the world for women working in senior management positions. As per the study, the percentage of women in senior management for India stood at 39 per cent, against the global average of 31 per cent. The report also said that 47 per cent of mid-market businesses in India now have women chief executive officers (CEOs) compared with 26 per cent globally.

Although there’s decline in board chairs held by women in 2021, it witnessed an increase in the number of women taking up CEO roles: 4.7 per cent female CEOs against 3.4 per cent reported in 2018 according to the Deloitte Global’s Women in the boardroom report published by The Economic Times. Interestingly, the report also said that there was a ‘positive correlation’ between appointing a female CEO and the diversity on the board. Also, globally, companies with women CEOs have significantly more women on their boards than those run by men, 33.5 per cent versus 19.4 per cent.

Women promote equality and bring soft skills to workplace
Having women in leadership roles has proved advantageous as they bring equality and soft skills to their workplace. Especially during the pandemic crisis, women played a crucial role. According to a news report published in US News, countries led by women such as Denmark, Finland, Iceland, New Zealand, Germany and Slovakia have been internationally recognized for the effective response to the pandemic. The article also quoted a Harvard Business School study saying that ‘the presence of women leaders in national, local and community level governance leads to an increase in policy making that advances rights, promotes equality and improves quality of life for those overlooked in society’.

In fact, according to a report in Borgen magazine, with better representation of women in the political system, neglected sectors such as healthcare, education will become priorities.

Better representation in politics needed
The Women’s Reservation Bill that proposes to reserve 1/3rd of all seats in the Lower house of Parliament of India, the Lok Sabha, and in all state legislative assemblies for women is still pending.

In world rankings, India ranks 122 out of 153 countries when it comes to women’s representation in parliament, according to the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report 2020.At the national-level, while the 2019 Lok Sabha elections saw an increase in representation of women representatives, only 14% of the Members of Parliament (MPs) in India are women. At the state-level, women make up only nine per cent of the elected candidates of state legislative assemblies. If the management of the pandemic crisis by women led countries is an example to go by then clearly, the need of the hour is better representation of women in politics.

Malnutrition and equal pay package

However, despite the progress made by women, malnutrition and equal pay package continue to plague Indian women. According to a news report in Borgen magazine, half of the young women are anemic and enter pregnancy underweight.

And even when women take on leadership roles, women make 25 per cent of the income men make and generally take on childcare responsibilities, making it very challenging for women to have ambitious careers.

Supportive polices, access to education and nutrition and equal pay package will certainly pave the way for equal representation of women in every sphere of work.

Sources:

https://www.livemint.com/companies/news/indian-women-rank-ahead-of-global-peers-in-leadership-roles-11614795615945.html
https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/company/corporate-trends/more-women-in-india-india-taking-up-leadership-roles-but-boardroom-diversity-progress-is-slow-report/articleshow/89422370.cms
https://www.usnews.com/news/best-countries/articles/2021-03-08/why-countries-with-female-leaders-have-responded-well-to-the-pandemic
https://www.hindustantimes.com/opinion/where-are-india-s-women-leaders-101614781421864.html

REMEMBERING SUR KOKILA LATA MANGESHKAR : DR. JITENDRA SINGH

REMEMBERING SUR KOKILA LATA MANGESHKAR : DR. JITENDRA SINGH

DR. Jitendra Singh, MoS,PMO and a passionate observer of Indian cinema.

 Talks  exclusively to Rakhee Bakshee, Founder and Editor-In-Chief ,Her World India on the sad demise of Lata Mangeshkar

On Sunday, 6th February 2022, India lost a gem, the most admired singer of the nation who inspired generations of artists in the sub-continent. Flawless rendition, purity of music and quest for excellence defined Lata Mangeshkar the iconic singing personality of India

Lata Mangeshkar was an Indian playback singer and music composer who ruled the music scene of India for more than 8 decades. She recorded songs in over thirty- six Indian languages and a few foreign languages, though primarily in Hindi, Bengali and Marathi. Though she stood out most in hindi cinema, songs, Ghazals, Devotional music apart from other regional languages. ‘Lata didi’ as, she was fondly called, came from a very humble background and her family included three other sisters and a brother. Her father Deenanath Mangeshkar was a musician himself and owned a drama company. Her childhood was spent listening to singers and other performers from the music industry. Lata Mangeshkar was a truly gifted singer, who stood as a musical genius as a child itself. She was shy but used to share her singing talent with her mother. Having worked hard on her talent and finding space in the music industry later she rose to great heights in the music industry and seem to be known as Nightingale of India.

Dr.Singh reminiscence “I still remember the time when in Mughal-E-Azam (1960) Lata ji went to the hall to create Echo effect for the song ‘ Pyaar kiya toh darna kya’. Since there was no advanced technology used then, such pursuit for excellence was really remarkable. That was the power or the range of her voice” “The next thing I remember that Raj Kapoor was elated when he found Lata Mangeshkar as the singer in his film Barsaat (1949) for the song ‘Barsaat Mein Hamse Mile Tum’ and said that it was a blessing for his movies to have her as the singer as her voice was really melodious and matched his requirement. His earlier movie ‘Aag’ had not done well and he thought that Lata would be lucky for him” He also remembered that on 14th August, 1947 at midnight when the whole of India was celebrating its Independence, the people of Mumbai came out on the streets singing ‘Barsaat Mein Hamse Mile Tum....’ which denoted the happiness of people enjoying the season of monsoon as well. ''During 1947-48 when the films came out, the singers name went unnoticed mostly but because of her immense talent, Lata Mangeshkar, then a 17 year old young girl found her name in the poster as the makers felt that her talent needed to be recognised. It in a way broke the mould in that era”

Dr. Singh also remembered as to how Dilip Kumar once lightly mentioned that coming from a Marathi background Lata could not be performing flawlessly as far as diction was concerned. But Lata proved everyone wrong by working hard on her diction and sang ghazals with equal ease and melody. At Albert Hall in London, when Lata Mangeshkar sang ‘Bekas pe karam kijiye’ from the movie Mughal-E-Azam, the audience rose in huge appreciation for her rendition. Lata Mangeshkar also sang in Dogri, the local language of Jammu and it only goes to show her versatility. Once Mr.C. Ramachandar, a celebrated music director said that if I give a 75 out of 100 to the male playback singers of those eras like Mukesh, Kishore Kumar and Md. Rafi, then I would give 90 out of 100 to Lata Mangeshkar as a playback singer. This statement also goes to show how Lata broke the stereotypical mould where the music industry was mostly dominated by male singers. Dr. Singh shares another very unique observation about Lata didi, the power of her voice was such that in a movie people remember her voice more in a song than the actress enacting it on the screen, for eg: “In the song ‘Kuch Dil Ne Kaha’ (Anupama, 1966) though Sharmila Tagore sang the song in the movie, everyone remembered Lata’s singing, Some of the

Some of the most favourite songs of Lata ji are : 1.Ajeeb Dastan hai ye.... (Dil Apna Aur Preet Parai- 1960) 2.Aayega Aane Vala... (Mahal- 1949) 3.Abhi Baatein Hoti Hai...(Sunny- 1984) 4.Hamne Dekhi hai in aankhon ko...(Khamoshi 1969) Lata Mangeshkar was mature, Hardworking, focused and one of the great personalities of our country, we will truly miss her.

PRESS BRIEF

In  accordance with Central Civil Services (Pension ) Rules, in the case of a mentally retarded son or daughter of a deceased Government servant/pensioner, family pension can be paid to a person nominated by the Government servant or the pensioner or his/her spouse.

It has come to the notice of the Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare that in some cases, the Banks are not allowing family pension in respect of a mentally retarded child through the person nominated by the pensioner or his/her spouse and they insist for a guardianship certificate issued by a court of law.

The provision for nomination is intended to avoid any hassles to the child suffering from a mental disability in obtaining the guardianship certificate from the court and in claiming family pension after the death of his/her parents. Insisting for a guardianship certificate by the Banks in such cases defeats the very purpose of  such nomination and also amounts to violation of the statutory provisions of the CCS (Pension) Rules, 2021.

The Department has, therefore, reiterated the provisions of the above rules. CMDs of all Pension Disbursing Banks have been advised to issue  suitable instructions to their CPPCs/Pension Paying Branches for payment of family pension in respect of a mentally retarded child through the person nominated by the  Government servant/pensioner/family pensioner in accordance with the statutory provisions of the Rules and not to insist for a guardianship certificate issued by a court of law in such cases.