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Online contest by IIMB students club gets warm response

Spearheaded by QUEst, the contest receives over 100 entries from across the country 

Bengaluru: Poems, essays and short stories celebrating diversity made their way to the online contest —  IWriteforDiversity, an initiative of a few post graduate students in management at IIM Bangalore, led by Abhishek Ghosh and Rohit John Philip.

QUEst, the diversity and inclusion group led by Ghosh and Philip, had announced an online writing contest inviting stories, poems and reflections on inclusion. The contest #IWriteForDiversity, was launched on August 1, in collaboration with Interweave, an inclusion solutions consulting firm. It was hosted on a platform called Penbound, a socio-publishing, networking and learning platform for readers and writers.

Vineet Shetty, Co-founder of Penbound, said: “It’s nice to know that people from ages 18 to 60 and from different educational and cultural backgrounds, participated in the contest.”

Dr. Radhakrishnan Pillai, author of ‘Corporate Chanakya’ and the ‘Chanakya’ series, evaluated the entries.

Charumathi Supraja, an independent journalist, who won the first prize for her short story ‘Eyes Full of Stars’, said: “It’s good to see the focus on inclusion and diversity”. 

Among the entries, ‘The Third Sphere’ by Nisha Babu, a 20-year-old student from Bhopal, shines the spotlight on the transgender community in India, ‘Making’, a short story by Bangalore’s George Thomas, deals with homosexuality, and ‘Cinderella – no holds barred’ by 15-year-old Upaasana Kartik retells the fairy tale. Aarti Shyamsunder, organizational psychologist who runs her own consulting practice focused on leadership, assessment, diversity and inclusion in Bangalore, writes on ‘sexism and its victims’, while Sastra University’s Kavyapriya Sethu and Lady Shri Ram’s College’s Aditi Majumdar, in their poems, ‘What Do You See?’ and ‘Your Cup of Tea’, write on gender roles, identities and biases.

Anushka Shetty, Co-founder of Penbound, said: “Collaborating with QUEst has helped us get people to think about issues that are often swept under the carpet. The response has been very encouraging.”

Rohit Philip, of PGP 2016-18 at IIMB, agreed with Shetty. “The response has been fantastic. We have received requests for regional language contests and we are working with Penbound on this. To sustain the momentum generated by the contest, we are also working with Kashish Art Foundation and will host a film festival on campus this weekend (Oct 14th) for students and the IIMB community.”

The winning entries of the #IWriteforDiversity contest can be read at  

Jagan throws open floor to leaders

Hyderabad : Brushing aside the remarks of TDP leaders and their personal attack on Leader of Opposition YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, YSR Congress has said that the comments stem out of the fear of the stupendous success of Yuva Bheri. It said that the Party leader held a crucial meeting ahead of the Nov 2 Padayatra to take stock of the situation. 

Speaking to reporters here on Wednesday, Party leaders Mekapati Rajamohan Reddy, RK Roja and Ambati Rambabu said the crucial meeting was attended by the MPs, MLAs, MLCs, constituency coordinators, district level leaders and heads of all the affiliated wings of the Party and discussed the logistics of the Padayatra and how to go about with the mass contact agenda.

YS Jagan Mohan Reddy had thrown open the floor to the leaders to express their views about the way in which the Padayatra arrangements should be made. He gave a patient hearing to the views expressed by the members and their viewpoint. Most of the speakers had suggested that the booth level committees should be strengthened and the outreach should be widened and it was resolved in the meeting that every village should be visited by the cadre and the Party flag should be hoisted, they said.

As booth-level committees form the backbone of the Party, they should be given importance and the cadre should be roped in in every programme, the members had told YS Jagan Mohan Reddy.  Over 50 participants had expressed their views that were considered by the Party President.

The meeting discussed about the arrangements to be made in the remaining 12 districts while the Leader of Opposition is touring one district and the modalities thereof and all aspects of the Padayatra were taken into account, they said.  

1 Cr children join ‘Satyarthi Class’ on child sexual abuse

Jaipur: Noble Peace Laureate, Kailash Satyarthi conducted the largest ever lesson on child abuse in Jaipur on Wednesday. The 35-minute session on ‘increasing awareness on the dangers of sexual abuse’ was held at the DAV Centenary Public School.  More than 10,000 children attended the session from multiple branches of the DAV school.

The session focused on lessons on basic rights that children are granted under the constitution of India, the difference between good touch-bad touch and the need to understand the principles of ‘no touch’ as something to protect themselves and other children from potential abuse.

“The lesson covered the need to be fearless and not harbour feelings of fear, shame or embarrassment, and to immediately take action or seek help if actions of others make us feel uncomfortable,” said the Nobel Laureate. There were several hundreds of schools that simultaneously took the special session designed by Satyarthi himself in the state of Rajasthan.

“Satyarthi Class” as it is popularly known among children and teachers will have over one crore students attending it across the country. The core education aligns with key goals set by the Bharat Yatra on child sexual abuse and trafficking. The class will be held in 693 DAV schools across the 23 states of West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Sikkim, Rajasthan, Punjab, Orissa, Madhya Pradesh, Manipur, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Jammu & Kashmir, Jharkhand, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat, Delhi, Chandigarh, Chhattisgarh, Bihar and Andhra Pradesh. 

Additionally, governmnet and private schools in the states of Assam, Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and NPS schools of Delhi-NCR will also conduct the session under the guidelines provided by the Kailash Satyarthi Children’s Foundation.

These states will be conducting the special class during the course of this week to contribute in ensuring the safety, security and well-being of children in the country.

Satyarthi said, “The lesson will impact the lives of lakhs of students, providing them the means necessary to protect themselves from potential abuse, pan India. It is not just important but critical to promoting necessary awareness about abuse and assault, given very high instances of such heinous crime happening in our country. Our aim is to teach children to recognize danger and threat and to distinguish between normal behaviour and perpetrators. One of the best ways to stop is moral epidemic is to empower children to protect themselves.”

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Munagala: RTC bus rams into lorry, 4 killed, 14 injured

Suryapeta: 4 persons were killed and 14 others injured, some of them critically when an APSRTC bus dashed against a parked lorry at Moddula Cheruvu near Munagala of Suryapet district in Telangana in the wee hours of Sunday.

The bus, coming from Vijayawada to Hyderabad, tried to over take another RTC bus and in the process dashed against a parked lorry on the national highway. The tragedy occurred around 3 a.m , according to eye -witnesses.

As a result, the speeding bus rammed into the parked lorry with one half of it cutting and giving way. The driver of the bus and three passengers died on the spot. 14 other passengers were seriously injured. They were all rushed to hospitals in Kodada and Suryapet by the police and local people.

There were 36 passengers in the bus when the accident occurred. The bus was totally damaged. The RTC bus belonged to Avanigadda depot in Krishna district of AP.

Three of the killed were identified as Matangi Vara Prasad, 60, Rani 48 and the driver 47. .. Police are trying to establish the identity of others.  Some of the injured were shifted to Hyderabad hospitals from Kodada and Suryapeta Hospitals as their condition was critical.

Murugadoss offers villain role to Mahesh

villain role to Mahesh

Murugadoss offers villain role to Mahesh

Vijay to play villain in Telugu version of the same movie

Hyderabad: With super star Mahesh Babu‘s Spyder breaking collection records at the box office despite mixed reviews, director AR Murugadoss is busy planning another movie with him. But the only difference this time is that Mahesh will co-star with Tamil super star Vijay.

There are reports that Murugadoss has come out with a story for both of them. The two super stars have already heard the story but have not yet green signaled the project.

Reports said that there will be two versions of the move, one in Telugu and the other in Tamil. In the Tamil version , Vijay will play hero while Mahesh Babu will play villain. This will be reversed in Telugu version with Vijay playing villain and Mahesh hero. However, it is yet to be seen how the fans will react to these reports of offer of villain role to Mahesh.

This means there will be two movies with the same content but each of them will be different with both the heroes exchanging roles and characters. 

Once the two heroes okay the project, Murugadoss will begin the script work on it. If everything goes well, this may go on the sets next year.

Mahesh to act in Spyder’s Hindi version

Reports said that Murugadoss is planning the Hindi version of Spyder and Mahesh Babu will be the hero for the Hindi version too. But it is not yet confirmed by Mahesh Babu officially.