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Delhi’s premier fashion institute NIFT joins #DNAFightsRape- Save the Evidence Movement

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New Delhi [India], February 18 (ANI/BusinessWire India): A virtual discussion jointly organised by Ogilvy India and the country’s leading fashion and design institute, National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) Delhi, brought together subject matter experts from legal, law enforcement, education, and policy on a common platform calling for active measures to raise awareness for a citizen’s role in combating rape and expediting justice with better use of forensic DNA technology.
The event themed ‘Role of Citizens in Combating Rape – The Power of Youth & Creative Expression’ saw representatives from NIFT Delhi join the #DNAFightsRape-Save the Evidence awareness initiative which has been backed by UN Women India, Girl Up, Delhi Police, and AIIMS among several others in the past.
“Youth have always been the greatest drivers of social transformation. They have the potential to disrupt inertia with their energy and creativity. However, to tap into that, our education system must introduce them to pressing social issues and seek their participation in finding solutions. Traditional learning must be supplemented with critical thinking and creative thought to facilitate change. This initiative deals with one of biggest challenges our society faces and requires a new way of thinking. Only when we change mindsets can we ensure a safe and free world for our women & children. We are delighted to be associated with this cause and look forward to extending our support to bring the message home,” said Neeti Banga, Associate Professor, Leather Design Department, NIFT Delhi, while opening the discussion.
“Breaking the cycle of abuse will require concerted collaboration and action between governmental and non-governmental actors including educators, health-care authorities, legislators, the judiciary and the mass media. Education of young men and women will lead to change in attitudes and perceptions. It is therefore extremely important for the youth of this nation to understand the sensitivity of this issue and create awareness through various mediums, by conducting webinars, joining causes like #DNAFightsRape and further help in educating the citizens of this nation,” added Dr Pinky Anand, Sr. Advocate, Supreme Court of India, chiming in on the significance of educating the youth on this burning social issue.
Explaining how DNA evidence helps with the pursuit of truth and justice, Vivek Sood, Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India said, “Authenticity of evidence in criminal prosecutions including rape cases, is critical for securing conviction of the accused. Otherwise, there’s a risk of rapists going scot free and innocents getting punished. DNA is a very credible piece of evidence that nails the rapists and exonerates the innocents who are falsely implicated. DNA evidence supports criminal justice in rape cases, as no other piece of evidence. It is also the strongest piece of corroborative evidence that supports the version of the victim of rape. In cases where the rape victim dies, DNA can be used as a stand-alone evidence.
The initiative was lauded by DCP Isha Pant, Bengaluru who has long been involved in initiatives for safety of women and children. Sharing her experience with ‘Be Together Bangalore’ campaign and ‘Safe City Project’ to make public spaces safer for women, she said, “While it’s the job of law enforcement agencies to conduct thorough investigations in sexual crimes, it is also important for us to work with the civil society to build confidence in our justice system by raising awareness about all that is being done to ensure their safety. Not only can forensic DNA technology bring sex offenders to justice, it can also act as a strong deterrent by putting the fear of law in the minds of criminals. Use of scientific methods of investigation remains a priority for Bengaluru Police and we’re taking steps to equip the force with the training and resources for proper collection and handling of DNA samples in such cases.”
The highlight of the event was a musical composition rendered into a video film created by Chords & Co., the official music club of Manipal Institute of Technology, MAHE, urging citizens to ensure justice and build a safer India by preserving DNA evidence and demanding it in cases of rape & sexual assault.
“As a young woman, I’m constantly aware of the threats that exist out there. The reality of the situation is grim and cannot be unseen or unheard. As a student club, we ensure that the vulnerable feel safe and flourish without fear and hesitation. Like all artists, we want our work to be impactful, to be part of the change. The track we created for this campaign holds a lot of value and power. It reminds us of the past and the atrocities we let happen as a society. But it is also a beacon of hope. A message of awareness and empowerment to victims of sexual abuse and the power of DNA evidence. The essence of the track is simply true justice for the victim with due respect for those who are wrongly accused,” said Rasika Muralidharan, Vocalist and Head of Social Media, Chords & Co, while talking about their inspiration behind the musical tribute.
Bringing in a global perspective Tim Schellberg, Founder & President, Gordon Thomas Honeywell–GA added, “It is good to see growing public awareness and faith in forensic DNA technology in India. People are beginning to realise the unmatched power DNA evidence in bringing sexual offenders to justice and deterring incidence of rape. However, considering the size of its population and the quantum of violent crime, India is still conducting DNA tests only in a tiny fraction of cases. Like everywhere else in the world, the youth always play a big role in changing status quo and we’re beginning to see that in India. They are more globally connected and woke than any generation in the past and realise how other countries are using this technology effectively to bring down crime rate and even catch serial offenders.”
“Rape is a pandemic that has infected our society for long. With only 1 in 4 such cases leading to conviction, the future looks grim unless we do something about it. What started as the #DNAFightsRape-Save the Evidence citizen awareness drive has today become a movement with members of the civil society stepping forward to spread the message of Don’t Wash, Don’t Clean. Save the Evidence in their own unique ways. We will continue to take this message to the masses till conducting DNA tests in rape cases becomes the norm,” said Arneeta Vasudeva, Head, Public Relations & Influence, Ogilvy India.
Despite rising crime, declining conviction rates, and an unprecedented backlog of cases in courts, there is huge unmet potential for DNA casework in India. Official statistics show a dramatic increase in the number of crimes against women, which have shot up from 24,923 in 2012 to 33,356 in 2018 – a jump of 34 per cent. As per NCRB data, one woman is raped every 15 minutes in India, whereas only one in four reported rape cases result in conviction.
Over the last couple of years, increasing awareness of forensic DNA technology in India has led to the doubling of the number of DNA tests conducted in criminal cases from 10,000 cases in 2017 to nearly 20,000 in 2019. However, despite growth in the number of profiles being tested, the absolute volume remains low, especially in crimes against women and children.
Facebook Link to the #DNAFightsRape – Save the Evidence musical composition: https://fb.watch/3IACiOLNaC/
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AGEL commissions 100 MW wind power project in Gujarat before schedule

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Ahmedabad (Gujarat) [India], March 8 (ANI): Adani Green Energy Ltd (AGEL) said on Monday its subsidiary Adani Wind Energy Kutch Three Ltd (AWEKTL) has commissioned a 100 megawatt wind power plant at Kutch in Gujarat five months ahead of its schedule.
This is the fifth project commissioned before schedule by the company over the past one year, AGEL said in a statement. The plant has power purchase agreement with Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) at Rs 2.82 per kilowatt hour.
With successful commissioning of the plant, the company has an operational wind generation capacity of 497 MW. AGEL has total renewable capacity of 14,815 MW including 11,470 MW that has been awarded and is at different stages of implementation.
With this project, the company has added a total renewable capacity of 800 MW in the last 12 months despite challenges of Covid-19 outbreak.
Like all its other assets, the newly-commissioned plant will be managed by Adani Group’s intelligent energy network operation centre’s platform that gives AGEL complete centralised visibility and an ability to manage its renewables assets on a pan-India basis.
AGEL said it has continued to integrate the objective of sustainability with economic development, thereby creating jobs as well as enabling decarbonisation in line with India’s commitment at United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris.
The company is a part of Adani Group and has one of the largest global renewable portfolios over 14,815 MW of operating, under-construction and awarded projects catering to investment-grade counterparties.
The company develops, builds, owns, operates and maintains utility-scale grid-connected solar and wind farm projects. Key customers of AGEL include National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC), Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) and various state discoms.
Listed in 2018, AGEL is a 25.03 billion dollar company. Mercom Capital, the US-based think tank, recently ranked the Adani Group as the number one global solar power generation asset owner. (ANI)

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Emaar Malls plan merger with Emaar Properties a credit negative: Moody’s

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Dubai [UAE], March 8 (ANI): Moody’s Investors Service has said the proposed merger of Emaar Properties and its subsidiary Emaar Malls by way of share swap will be credit negative for the latter.
Emaar Malls shareholders excluding Emaar Properties, which owns 84.6 per cent of Emaar Malls, will receive 0.51 Emaar Properties share for one Emaar Malls share, equating to a 7.1 per cent premium to Emaar Malls’ closing share price on March 1.
“The transaction will be credit negative for Emaar Malls because it will increase credit linkages between Emaar Malls and Emaar Properties, and because Emaar Malls will no longer be listed following the merger. It will therefore lose access to the equity market to raise capital.”
Moody’s said the proposed transaction contrasts with its expectation of Emaar Malls developing as a quasi real estate investment trust by virtue of expanding its shareholder base and thereby reducing the influence of its parent.
Although the two entities will continue to operate at arm’s length, the lack of minority shareholders increases governance risks. Emaar Malls’ financial policies will not change, including dividend payments of 50 to 70 per cent of funds from operations and a maximum gearing (net debt divided by equity plus net debt) of 50 per cent.
The company has a good track record of operating under these policies. “However, we view its decision not to pay dividends in 2020 despite the weak outlook for its parent’s development business as positive,” said Moody’s.
Emaar Malls’ issuer and sukuk ratings are unchanged by the proposed merger. Moody’s said it believes Emaar Malls has no intention to increase its leverage from current levels or to conduct any transaction aimed at supporting Emaar Properties by way of leveraging Emaar Malls’ balance sheet.
A sukuk is a sharia-compliant bond-like instruments used in Islamic finance. Sukuk involves a direct asset ownership interest while bonds are indirect interest-bearing debt obligations.
“We estimate Emaar Malls’ adjusted gross debt to EBITDA was 2.5x as of December 31, 2020 and within our guidance for a Baa2 rating.”
On the date of the merger, which will take place after certain conditions are satisified (like the transaction’s approval by Emaar Malls’ sukuk holders), Emaar Properties will assume Emaar Malls’ assets and liabilities and Emaar Malls will be dissolved as a legal entity.
Emaar Malls’ existing business will be reconstituted into a new wholly-owned subsidiary of Emaar Properties. Emaar Malls Management LLC will become the new obligor of existing Emaar Malls 750 million dollar sukuk. (ANI)

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Fitch, S&P rate IRFC’s proposed USD notes at BBB-minus

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Hong Kong, March 8 (ANI): Fitch Ratings has assigned Indian Railway Finance Corporation’s (IRFC’s) proposed US dollar Regulation senior unsecured notes a rating of BBB-minus.
The proposed notes will be issued under IRFC’s existing four billion dollars global medium-term note programme.
The net proceeds from proposed notes will be used for funding acquisition of rail assets which IRFC will lease to Indian Railways, and to meet debt-financing requirements of various entities in the railway sector.
Fitch said the proposed notes are rated in line with IRFC’s issuer default rating on the basis that the notes issued under the programme will constitute direct, unconditional and unsecured obligations of IRFC and rank pari passu (on equal footing) with all its other present and future outstanding unsecured and unsubordinated obligations.
Meanwhile, S&P Global also assigned BBB-minus rating to long-term foreign currency issue rating to IRFC’s proposed benchmark size senior unsecured US dollar notes. (ANI)

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Equity indices rise 1 pc, GAIL top gainer

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Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], March 8 (ANI): Equity benchmark indices rose by nearly 1 per cent during early hours on Monday mirroring strong trends in Asian markets.
At 10:15 am, the BSE S&P Sensex was up by 514 points or 1.02 per cent at 50,919 while the Nifty 50 edged higher by 169 points or 1.13 per cent to 15,107.
Most sectoral indices at the National Stock Exchange were in the green.
Among stocks, energy major GAIL rose by 6 per cent to Rs 156 per share while ONGC was up by 5.3 per cent to Rs 121.05. UPL, Axis Bank and Larsen & Toubro too traded in the green with margins ranging between 2.7 to 3.8 per cent.
However, Bajaj Auto fell by 1.9 per cent to Rs 3,780 per share. UltraTech Cement, Asian Paints, Nestle India and Britannia were in the red zone.
Meanwhile, Asian shares rallied after the US Senate passage of a 1.9 trillion dollar stimulus bill augured well for a global economic rebound.
Japan’s Nikkei gained by 1.2 per cent while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng was up by 0.46 per cent and South Korea’s Kospi added 0.40 per cent. (ANI)

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ASTM offers India’s first online Women Safety Course

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New Delhi [India], March 7 (ANI/ThePRTree): Economic and technological advancements notwithstanding, India’s place in the world will be determined by how safe women are in this country.
A woman should never limit herself to the safe confines of her home simply because she doesn’t have safe and empowering public spaces.
Women often give up exciting opportunities for fear of unsafe working environments. In such a scenario, the best gift a woman can receive is to be equipped with the knowledge and skills that will boost her confidence.
ASTM’s Women Safety Training program provides women from all walks of life, corporate or otherwise, with the knowledge needed to protect themselves in unsafe scenarios.
This Women Safety Training course is conducted by ASTM Academy, a security training institute that has been training security professionals for over a decade. The online course seeks to transform today’s woman with psychological awareness, self-defence techniques, and awareness of how the law can protect her.
On the occasion of Women’s Day, ASTM Academy is offering this course at a very affordable cost investment to help women leave conquer their fear and stride independently towards the life they choose.
This practical course will give women the resources to keep safe in public places, workplaces, and private arenas. A safe, stress-free workplace brings out the best in individuals and also attracts the best talents in the industry. What better way to ensure that all women employees are in an atmosphere where the mind is without fear and the head is held high’!
Women empowerment is not just about protection, it’s also about giving women the means to get justice for any trespasses that may occur in their lives. Backed by years of experience in training, ASTM Academy deals with women’s Safety from all possible perspectives.
This course equips the participants with easily accessible know-how on technological, legal, social, and governmental support. A woman who is well informed is also well-armed to navigate into a world that may spring surprises on her unsuspecting self.
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Dr Taara Malhotra, leads the path of positivity via Energy Healing

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New Delhi [India], March 6 (ANI/ThePRTree): Positivity in life comes from regulating the disturbances in the body’s energies and energy fields which are addressed via interventions into those energies and energy fields.
Dr Taara Malhotra, a well-reckoned Psychic, Celebrity Tarot Card Reader, Numerologist, Vastu Consultant, Astrologer, Energy Worker, and Spiritual-Karmic Healer invests her commitment as an Energy Therapist, Spiritualist, Clairvoyant, and Psychic Soul.
She is the light that shines for thousands of seekers who are walking the path of spiritual growth and self-empowerment to help, guide, and even train them in a way that overcomes the issues of health, wealth, and relationships.
Striving to help in balancing their energies, aura scanning and cleaning, Vastu correction, accessing past life records, name and signature correction, Dr. Malhotra provides healings and remedies free of cost to underprivileged people.
She is one of the most trusted names in divine energy today. Having said that, she has also contributed her hand in curing numerous cancer and paralysis patients using her expertise in alternative healing techniques.
Recently, Taara Malhotra got listed in “Forbes Magazine” as one of the leading personalities in Spiritual Healing and Training. An eminent member of the Abhigyane Foundation affiliated with The United Nations (Department of Economic & Social Affairs), she works for the welfare of society. She also hosts workshops in a variety of colleges to talk and train about the importance of energy healing.
Her vibes have been a source of spiritual guidance to top Bollywood celebrities, industrialists, and many more eminent members of society. Taara is also a Certified Reiki GrandMaster, Akashic Records Teacher, Certified Tarot Card Reader, Astrologer, Lenormand Card Reader, Numerologist, Coffee Cup Reader, Karmic Healer, Lama Fera Master, Switchword Expert, Vastu Consultant, Crystal Healer, Spiritual Healer and has mastered various aspects of Aura reading and scanning. All this knowledge is brought to use to guide people and bring them in sync with their soul plan.
Being the Director of “Divine Energy Bliss” and “Center for Occult and Spiritual Learning” (CFOSL), she coordinates the learning programs, courses, and training in all the above modalities. Having trained more than 6800 students across the globe, she has won more than 100 awards and accolades in the holistic sciences and spiritual healing field.
Taara Malhotra is associated with Navbharat Times (Times of India) and Amar Ujala for over two years in the field of Numerology and Tarot Card Reading. One can see her on Haryana News, Zee TV, Aaj Tak, and CNBC. Timesjobs.com- magazines and newspapers are an important part of her journey for three years.
Her passion has been duly acknowledged by the world as she is honored with top awards and accolades in Occult Sciences, Spiritual Heading, and other Healing Modalities. Some of the most important achievements of her life include the Women Achiever Award by Abhigyane Foundation (United Nations), The Kohinoor Award for Outstanding Work in Occult & Spiritual World Year, National Choice award as Best Holistic Healer & Tarot Card Reader Year, Humanity Excellence Award, Energy Empress in 2016, Nari Shakti Samaan as 51 Most Influential Women of India. Many more of such milestones have been adorned on her trophy wall.
One could in a blink of an eye say that Dr Taara Malhotra is one of the top and most talented spiritual healers and life coaches. The one call for all those who are looking for guidance to lead the path of positivity.
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