India has invited the leaders of the BIMSTEC Member States
for the swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister NarendraModi on Thursday
Ministry of External Affairs, MEA said that invitations have
also been sent to the President of Kyrgyzstan SooronbayJeenbekov who is the
current Chair of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and Mauritius Prime
Minister PravindJugnauth, the Chief Guest at this year's PravasiBhartiya Divas.
MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said in response to a media
query, this is in line with the Government's focus on its 'Neighbourhood First'
The BIMSTEC, or the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral
Technical and Economic Cooperation, member states are: Bangladesh, Myanmar, Sri
Lanka, Thailand, Nepal and Bhutan including India.
Prime Minister NarendraModi will take oath for the second term
on Thursday evening. President Ram NathKovind will administer the Oath of Office
and Secrecy to Mr Modi and other members of Union Council of Ministers at a
function in RashtrapatiBhavan.
Global estimates published by the World Health Organization
(WHO) indicate that about 1 in 3 (35%) women worldwide have experienced
either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner
sexual violence in their lifetime.
Worldwide as many as 38% of murders of women are committed by a
male intimate partner. What makes this worse for countries like India is the
fact that intimate partner violence is the highest at 37.7% in the WHO
South-East Asia region.
As per figures released by WHO, the violence ranges from 23.2%
in high-income countries and 24.6% in the WHO Western Pacific region to 37% in
the WHO Eastern Mediterranean region.
Meanwhile, healthcare professionals cautioned that violence can
negatively affect a woman’s physical, mental, sexual, and reproductive health,
and may increase the risk of acquiring HIV in some settings.
Warning that intimate partner violence cause serious short-and
long-term problems for women and adversely affect their children besides leading
to high social and economic costs for women, their families and societies, WHO
said: “There is now evidence that advocacy and empowerment counselling
interventions, as well as home visitation are promising in preventing or
reducing intimate partner violence against women.’’
The Central Information Commission (CIC) has again directed
the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to disclose the list of large loan
defaulters to activist Nutan Thakur. However, Central Information
Commissioner Suresh Chandra said the RBI need not provide copies of files
related to the list.
In November 2018, the CIC had issued a show cause notice to RBI
Governor Urjit Patel, holding him responsible for not disclosing the same
information, in a different case. The recent CIC order comes a month after the
Supreme Court backed the transparency watchdog against the central bank in an
April 26 ruling.
The SC gave the RBI “a last opportunity” to withdraw a November
2016 Disclosure Policy which stonewalls the disclosure of many types of
information under the Right to Information Act, including the list of wilful
defaulters and annual inspection reports. The policy was directly contrary to
the court’s December 2015 judgement that the RBI could not withhold information
sought under the RTI Act, said an SC Bench.
In the wake of the SC ruling, the CIC has again directed the RBI
to partially disclose the details requested by Ms. Thakur. She had initially
filed her RTI request in September 2017, on the basis of a lecture by RBI Deputy
Governor Viral Acharya who said the RBI had directed banks to file insolvency
applications against 12 large accounts comprising about 25% of the total