A month after imposing a censorship on Twitter, the ultra conservative gulf kingdom Saudi Arabia has threatened to ban instant messaging applications like Skype and WhatsApp citing failure to control them as the reason.”The Communications and Information Technology Commission has requested companies operating the applications to meet the regulatory requirements to avoid their suspension in the kingdom,” sources told Saudi news website Sabq.”The commission is now coordinating with the application operators on the issue.”According to Russia Today, the Saudi Arabian government had given just a week’s time to the companies to deal with the situation and decide on technical measures.The sources said the decision of banning instant messaging applications was “in accordance with regulatory procedures.”Saudi-owned television news channel Al Arabiya reported that instant messaging applications like Skype, WhatsApp and Viber face the risk of being banned.Recently, Saudi Arabia Minister for Media and Culture Abdel Aziz Khoga had asked citizens to abide by the government’s decision of banning Twitter.”People have to take care of what they are writing on Twitter,” the minister said.”It’s getting harder to observe around three million people subscribing to the social network in the kingdom.”Earlier, the government had banned the usage of Blackberry Phones stating that the sending and receiving of message was encrypting communications and was causing difficulty in monitoring them which in turn affected the country’s efforts to fight terrorism and crime.Here are some countries that have completely banned social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube:
To commemorate the International Day of the Girl Child on October 11, a UN-declared international observance day to support greater opportunities for girls and end gender discrimination, teenage girls from marginalised communities stepped into the roles of traffic policemen and manned the traffic in the national Capital.European Union Ambassador to India, Tomasz Kozlowski inaugurated the takeover and distributed badges to the girls. He said, “Ensuring that girls feel respected and valued in society is the first step to breaking down the barriers of discrimination. Today, on International Day of the Girl Child, we remember that empowering girls and women is not just our moral duty, it is also the solution to many of the greatest challenges we face in the quest for development and peace: Investing in girls is investing in peace and prosperity”. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf120 girls manned traffic for two hours at multiple locations in Delhi- Rajpath, Mandi House, Baba Kharak Singh Marg and Windsor Circle. They were assisted by traffic police personnel, most of whom were women. They also displayed signage and posters on gender equality as well as girls’ rights. Passersby were handed stickers with the message ‘Be the Driver of Change’.The celebration of the International Day of Girl Child is part of a 3-year collaboration between the European Union (EU) and Plan India for promoting gender equality and combating discrimination against the girl child. The EU currently funds 3 large initiatives on the rights of the girl child in India, with a specific focus on eliminating sex-selective abortions. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveOn the occasion, Bhagyashri Dengle, Executive Director, Plan India said, “Despite significant progress over the last several decades toward girls’ and women’s equal participation, gaps still remain. By occupying such spaces and places where they are rarely seen or heard, it is a step towards promoting gender inequality and claiming their rights.”Besides manning traffic, the girls also took over important roles even in corporate houses, media publications and radio stations for a day, last week to commemorate International day of the Girl Child. Going forward, 10 metro stations in Delhi will also have signage and people will be requested to pledge their support for a safer Delhi, from October 11-20. Plan India, a member of Plan International Federation, is a nationally registered independent child development organisation committed to creating a lasting impact in the lives of vulnerable and excluded children, their families and communities. Plan International celebrates this day to support the movement for girls’ rights and development so that girls everywhere can learn, lead, decide and thrive.Champa, studying for a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences, comes from a family of six. She has been involved with Plan India as a youth advocate for the past four years, ensuring that her community is safer for girls and that they are more aware of their rights. She said, “We must work together to ensure girls and young women are aware and have access to justice. Informed and empowered girls can stand firm against injustice and demand their rights. Doing this together allows us to share our challenges and innovative ideas to overcome them.”
Kolkata: The state Tourism department is coming up with a District Tourism Committee (DTC) in all 23 districts across the state, to ensure a hassle-free travel experience for domestic as well as international tourists. “The DTC will have five members with the District Magistrate (DM) as the chairman, the District Information and Cultural Officer (DICO) as member secretary, another senior government official and two eminent persons from the district. The committee will ensure that tourists in their respective districts face no hassle during their visit and stay,” said state Tourism minister Goutam Deb, while delivering his Budget speech for 2019-20 at the state Assembly on Tuesday. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe total budget in the Tourism sector for the ongoing fiscal is Rs 413.8 crore. The minister announced that the state government has taken up development of Nabadwip and Cooch Behar, which has been declared as a heritage site. “Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has assigned IIT Kharagpur the task to prepare a project report on the development of these sites, with special emphasis on its heritage,” said Deb. The minister also announced his department’s plan of projecting Gajoldoba in the Hills as one of the biggest tourism hubs in the country. “We have 208 acres of land at Gajoldoba, which will be developed into an integrated tourism hub,” he added. Among other tourism initiatives, Deb said that the government is planning to introduce cruise services till Mayapur connecting Belur Math, where the evening puja (popularly known as Sandhya Arati) is a huge draw for the people of the state.
If you look at the current slate of emojis on your phone, they leave a little something to be desired when it comes to both job prospects and breaking free of gender stereotypes. While there is a male police officer and construction worker (and a Santa Claus), the only options ladies get are princess and bride. A little retrograde and ridiculous, right?Related: The 2015 Word of the Year Is an Emoji You Use All the TimeThis week, four Google employees presented 13 new female emojis (and 13 male counterparts, for a total of 26) to the Unicode Consortium, the nonprofit that develops standards for digital text across multiple platforms and languages and approves each new batch of emojis. The new icons depict career paths ranging from medicine to music, with an emphasis on jobs in STEM fields.Image credit: GoogleCiting the United Nations’s mandate for gender equality, Hillary Clinton’s campaign for president and the U.S. Treasury Department’s recent announcement that Harriet Tubman’s image will soon be on the $20 bill, the authors wrote, “No matter where you look, women are gaining visibility and recognition as never before. Isn’t it time that emoji also reflect the reality that women play a key role in every walk of life and in every profession?”Related: Emojis Are Coming to a Theater Near YouEarlier this spring, feminine hygiene company Always put out a well-received campaign speaking to this issue, and First Lady Michelle Obama even weighed in.Hey @Always! We would love to see a girl studying emoji. Education empowers girls around the world. #LetGirlsLearn #LikeAGirl— The First Lady (@FLOTUS) March 8, 2016The proposal also noted that 78 percent of women are frequent emoji users (compared to 60 percent of men) and emojis are used most frequently by women under 30, so it seems fitting to provide a variety of images of working women to these users. The Google team wants to standardize these new emojis and get them onto smartphones by the end of 2016. Best of all, the 26 new options will give entrepreneurs a slew of avatars to choose from, regardless of industry or gender. This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now May 11, 2016 Enroll Now for Free 2 min read