Virtual meeting of UN General Assembly
The COVID pandemic has brought a sea change at least for the present time in our daily activities. Students right from the nursery class to universities are doing online classes in major parts of the world. Seminars where physical presence of both presenter and participant is a must is being replaced by webinar where with the help of internet participants in different locations can hear the presenter ask questions and get the reply instantly.
It is interesting to learn that this year for the first time in the 75-year history of UN, the heads of the States of the member countries will not be travelling to New York to participate in the General Assembly session in person. The virtual meeting which will run from September 22 to 29, 2020 and it will be participated by 119 Heads of state and 54 Heads of government who will speak through pre-recorded video from their own country. Generally, when the session is held in person 70 to 80 Heads of State participates against this year's large attendance expected. Development in tele-communication has made it possible as all works being run with the help of it.
Vacancies in forces
Recently, the Central government has revealed that more than one lakh posts of Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) have been lying vacant. They include Border Security Force (BSF), Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and Indo Tibetan Boarder Police (ITBP). The chief role of these forces is to assist States and Union Territories in police operations to maintain law and order and contain insurgency, and to defend the borders of the country. But such a huge number of vacancies in the Central Armed Police Force may affect badly in the defence and security of the nation as well as Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), Special Protection Group (SPG), National Investigation Agency (NIA), Intelligence Bureau (IB), Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB). Therefore, considering the emergency and essentiality of security and defence personnel, the Central government must take early necessary steps to fill up the vacancies in the interest of the nation.
Rupak G. Duarah,
The recent statement by the government in Parliament about not maintaining any record of the actual number of deaths of migrant labourers during their journey back home during the lockdown is immature and illogical. The government had proudly announced a revival package of Rs. 20 lakh crore and gave it a fair amount of advertisement, but on other hand, it has simply denied sharing the actual position of migrant labourers. The labour class is regarded as the backbone of the economy. If the status of this class remains unknown, then how does the government expect to revive the economy?
Chandan Kumar Nath,
News with a message
Ever since SSR's death, the debate is still raging on the infamous triangle of drugs, infidelity and depression which seems to be dependent on each other.
Relationships are always one to one. A person might be very good to someone but for somebody else he might be the deadliest enemy. A person is carved out of the circumstances in his or her life and as such, our reactions differ from each other in the same circumstance.
We are nobody to judge anyone as we all are webbed in our own world of duty. Awareness is very essential at each level of consciousness otherwise this life that God has bestowed upon us with such love and grace will be meaningless at the end of life. In our deathbeds, we will cut a sorry picture for ourselves. This pandemic has surely bestowed upon us with the best of times to ponder upon so many issues, to reflect upon our inner self and hope is the only thing we can cling on to at such crucial times. All these news do carry a message for all of us.
Purabi Pathak Barua,