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BJP wins one ST seat less, vote share up 5%

Even as the Congress came up with its best performance in the state in more than two decades in the just concluded Assembly elections, the voting pattern in tribal seats will be a concern for the party. Though Congress and its allies won the same number of seats as in 2012, and BJP one less, the ruling party recorded a huge rise in vote-share in tribal belts, a clear sign of its increasing penetration in seats considered traditional Congress strongholds.In 2012, Congress had won 16 out of the 27 tribal reserved seats, which are spread along the state’s entire eastern border, starting from the southernmost district of Dangs and right up to Banaskantha in north Gujarat.The BJP had won ten seats in 2012, while Chhotu Vasava had won the Jhagadia seat in Bharuch.In the 2017 elections, the Congress won 15 out of the 24 seats that it contested, while Chhotu Vasava’s outfit Bhartiya Tribal Party, with which Congress had a seat-sharing agreement, won two seats, taking the alliance’s tally to 17.BJP’s tally of tribal seats came down from ten to nine, while independent candidate Bhupendrasinh Khant won from Morva Hadaf seat. Khant has said that he would join the party that approaches him first. If he joins the BJP, its tally will rise to ten, the same as in 2012. However, for Congress, the devil is in the details.An analysis of the election results shows that Congress’ vote-share increased just marginally, while that of the BJP was up sharply.The analysis reveals that Congress increased its vote-share in tribal seats from 46.1 per cent in 2012 to 46.50 per cent in the latest polls. The analysis also includes the seats that its ally BTP had contested. On the other hand, the BJP, despite winning one seat less than in the previous elections, saw its vote-share going up from 40.40 per cent to 45.40 per cent, a massive increase of 5 per cent.To put this number in perspective, Congress’ overall vote-share increased by about 2.5 per cent from 39 per cent in 2012 to 41.4 per cent in 2017 polls.Though BJP’s vote-share in tribal seats was lower than its overall vote-share of 49.1 per cent, a 5 per cent rise is a huge one.Senior Congress leader Tushar Chaudhary was among the big losers for Congress in the tribal seats, while ten-time MLA Mohansinh Rathwa just scraped through with small margin.”The results were good, but we could have done better. The party should start grooming newer faces rather than depending on the same candidates again and again. This is the need in Gujarat, and also in the tribal belt,” said a Congress leader, requesting anonymity.The 2017 elections saw Congress coming up with its best performance in the state in more than two decades in the recently concluded Assembly elections. The party and its allies won 80 seats, while restricting the BJP to 99 seats, the ruling party’s lowest tally in past six elections.

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Gujarat Elections 2017 | I will join a party that approaches me first: Bhupendrasinh Khant

Defeating BJP’s Vikramsinh Dindor and Alpeshbhai Damor of Bharatiya Tribal Party (BTP) supported by the Congress, independent candidate from Morva Hadaf located in Panchmahal district won with 4,366 votes, thereby giving a shock to many.All eyes were on this seat as BJP had replaced its sitting MLA whereas Congress gave up the seat for an ally. While Bhupendrasinh Khant wanted to contest on Congress seat, he contested as an independent candidate when Congress gave up its seat to Bharatiya Tribal Party (BTP).Speaking with DNA a day after the victory, Khant said that he is willing to join a party. He says, “As of now, I am happy being in the Opposition. No party has yet approached me. The party which approaches me first, I will join them.”Determined to wrest the seat, which his mother won in 2012, Khant garnered 58,513 votes as against BJP’s Dindor who got 54,147 votes. The seat was won by Khant’s mother Savita in 2012 with a margin of 11,289 votes. She had defeated BJP’s Bijalbhai Damor. While Savita had got 56,886 votes, Damor had got 45,597 votes. But Savita Khant died on the day results were declared, days after having passed into coma on the day of the elections.In 2013 by-election, Congress fielded Savita’s son Bhupendrasinh in the hope of winning back the seat on sympathy but lost. Interestingly, this year BJP changed its sitting MLA Nimisha Suthar to field Vikramsinh Dindor.Speaking about priorities, Khant said, “I will mainly focus on roads, drinking water and education. These are some of the core issues that people here have been facing for many years. I am happy that I won despite contesting as an independent candidate and shows people’s trust in me.”

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Gujarat Elections 2017 | More tribals in poll queue despite violence in Dahod

The tribal seats in the districts that went to the polls on Thursday continued with the trend of high percentage of voting. The tribal districts saw around 70% of voting during the first phase too.As for this election, 13 tribal seats spread over five districts of Banaskantha, Sabarkantha, Panchmahals, Dahold and Vadodara went to polls on Thursday.Banaskantha saw 74% of voting and the tribal seat Danta recorded 65.28% while Sabarkantha saw 77% polling. The latter reported some trouble with the EVMs in three places in Bhiloda seat. The issue was later resolved.The polling percentage for other districts were Panchmahals (72%), Dahod (65.36%) and Vadodara (73%). While Panchmahals and Vadodara saw a bit less voting than 2012, Dahod saw a considerable dip. The district had registered over 69% voting in the last assembly election.Both Khedbrahma and Bhildo in Panchmahals saw over 70% voting. In Vadodara too, the tribal seats recorded a heavy turnout. Seat specific voting percentage for the three seats in Vadodara were not available at the time of going to print. In Dahod district, Fatehpura seat saw two incidents of violence. Both the incidents involved workers from BJP and Congress battling each other over some issues in voting.Dahod has six seats of which five are reserved for tribals. Fatehpura is one of them and saw 60.91% of voting. The other seats are Jhalod (67.23%), Limkheda (71.21%) , Dahod (64.56%) and Garbada (50.98%).The district saw 78 instances where one of the parts of EVM had to be changed.Looking at dahodDahod has six seats of which five are reserved for tribals. Fatehpura is one of them and saw 60.91% of voting. The other seats are Jhalod (67.23%), Limkheda (71.21%) , Dahod (64.56%) and Garbada (50.98%).

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Gujarat Elections 2017 | Former CM Chimanbhai’s son against Balkrushna Patel

Dabhoi seat of Vadodara district has the high profile candidate from Congress, Siddharth Patel who is son of former late CM Chimanbhai Patel. BJP has repeated the sitting MLA Balkrushna Patel. Siddharth lost with more than 5,000 votes to Balkrushna Patel in last Assembly polls, but a sitting MLA has never won Dabhoi.After tribal voters, Patel community, most of them farmers, has great dominance and with the polarisation of votes among Tribal community, there are subcastes like Rathwa, Tadvi, Vasava and Bhil.The Patel community had showed faith in BJP in last polls but this time the situation may be different taking the issues like agriculture, civic facilities and water supply for drinking and irrigation.Several BJP workers are not happy with Balkrushna Patel’s work during last term and several have resigned after he was given a ticket. He had earlier warned that if he is not given a ticket, he would contest as an independent.People are not happy with the performance of Congress candidate Siddharth Patel either. He was elected to the Assembly in 2007. He is an influential leader of Congress but is in Ahmedabad most of the time. As he was less connected to the voters, he lost last polls.Total Voters : 2,01,849Male- 1,03,875Female – 97,974Caste Combination :Patel- 43,886Baniya- 6,513Kshatriya- 9,943Schedule caste(weavers)- 10,413Muslims – 22, 321Other general – 1,500Rabari(nomadic)- 6,637Vasava(ST)- 32,432Tadvi(ST)- 12,238Rathwa(ST)- 1,145Bhil(ST)- 1,236Thakor(OBC)- 21,735Other- 32,210Poll results :2002 : Chandrakant Patel (BJP)2007 : Siddharth Patel (Congress)2012 : Balkrushna Patel (BJP)
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Fire blazes factory in Basni

Damage is also being assessed. Basni fire brigade sources said that they got information of fire in Sushil Udhyog which is situated in street in front of Industrial Area Agriculture Mandi around 8:30 in the morning. A fire engine was sent there, but the intensity of the fire was so high that extra fire engines were also sent. Fire tenders were also called from Shastri Nagar and Mandore. The reason for the fire is unknown. It is believed to be a short circuit.”

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Collective consciousness for new way ahead

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The word ‘Samvaad’ can be roughly translated as a ‘Conversation’. Typically, a conversation requires two or more parties – unless one is referring to a soliloquy or an intense reflection within oneself. I am keeping my fingers crossed as I plan to embark on one such inner journey.But, for now, if we wish to facilitate the cross-pollination of ideas, wisdom and worldviews that run the risk of being lost, we need to create spaces for such a healthy exchange, among dialogue, discussion and dissent. Spaces that put people at ease to express their perceptions and experiences, and concerns. Such spaces would facilitate intense listening, caring and sharing. Just as infrastructure development entails brick and mortar, nation-building requires the building blocks of dialogue, discussion and dissent leading to collective resolutions, breakthroughs and progress. This is important in a diverse country like ours. This collective consciousness can also help remove prejudices, build new bridges and instil hope and optimism.Last week, I got to taste the flavour of one such grand conversation or Samvaad, which was focused on tribal people across the globe. This saw the coming together of over 1,500 tribal men and women of about 100 tribal groups from 22 states of India and some from Australia, Canada, Zimbabwe, Laos and Kenya. Organised by Tata Steel in Jamshedpur, Samvaad has been a regular annual event, held from November 15, the birthday of the tribal hero, revered as Bhagwan Birsa Munda.‘Aspiration of Tribal Youth and Leadership for Future’ has been this year’s theme. Showcasing a variety of tribal handicrafts, medicine, cuisines, sports, art and culture, Samvaad has come to be a ‘one-stop-shop’ for exchange across dimensions of tribal life and culture. Workshops on topics ranging from social entrepreneurship, malnutrition, environment, introspective theatre and livelihoods were also held with many practical insights on how to address these challenges in tribal communities and spawn new success stories.In keeping with the spirit of Samvaad, top musicians like Pt Nayan Ghosh, (Sitar), Pt Pushparaj Koshti (Surbahar), Pt Nityanand Haldipur (Flute) and Pt Ulhas Bapat (Santoor) ferried the participants in their inner journey and Samvaad, too, through meditative and contemplative music.While every aspect of this event had something refreshing, I particularly loved the simple yet powerful personal narrative of the legend, Tulasi Munda, affectionately called Tulasi Aappa from Keonjhar, Odisha. As she pranced up and down the stage, with her cloth bag slung across, the 70-year-old Padma awardee was as fiery as she was authentic, confident and compassionate. Inspired deeply by Vinoba, even though she was herself uneducated, she decided to educate tribal children with whatever she knew and learnt. She has educated thousands of underprivileged since 1964. ‘Give, give and give’ was her message. Whatever is given with good intention will empower the giver to give even more, she said with great faith. Following the message of Tulasi Aappa’s life, if each one of us made an inventory of what we can give, we ourselves would be amazed. We can increase the spirit and quotient of giving by liberally offering knowledge, skills, education, insights, information, art, craft or resources to those who need these. There is, perhaps, no one who cannot offer anything.Can we create spaces all around us for such conversations or ‘Samvaads’ to happen? Can we embark on this journey of giving to make a better world and spread the Joy of Giving and Living?

Support those that bring change through democracy, not violence: VP Naidu tells adivasis

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu today appealed to the adivasi communities to support and encourage people who bring change through democracy and not those who promote violence.Speaking at the 15-day Aadi Mahotsav event here organised by the Tribal Affairs Ministry, Naidu stressed there are people in the tribal areas who try to encourage extremism and terrorism by propagating the notion that guns are the only solution to all problems. “Let me say that guns can never be successful in a democracy. There can only be loss through guns. There (the tribal areas) nowadays the naxalvadis or the maovadis want to bring about change. If they are really interested in change and believe in their ideology then they should participate in democracy… They should go to the people with their beliefs, encourage people and win elections and then later try to implement their ideologies,” Naidu said.Naidu also said that bombing streets, damaging hospitals, and not letting government schemes reach the tribal areas are not ways by which the community can be helped. “I want to appeal to my adivasi friends that they should encourage and respect people who believe in democracy and bring in change and not those that encourage violence,” he said. The VP said the only way to bring change is through the ballot. The gun, he said, is first used to kill and then later kills its owner. Stressing on the need to bring the tribals into the mainstream of society, Naidu said it was also important to ensure that they retain their culture.The tribes constitute over eight per cent of the country’s population, amounting to over 10 crore people. Aadi Mahotsava, a fortnight-long festival to promote the tribal culture, cuisine and commerce is being organised at the Dilli Haat area here and will continue till November 30. It will feature an exhibition-cum-sale of tribal handicrafts, art, paintings, fabric, jewellery through 204 stalls. Over 750 tribal artisans and artists from over 25 States will be participating in the festival.

Maharashtra: From May 1, 2018, state govt to directly transfer tribal funds into gram panchayat accounts

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a bid to speed up the development of tribal areas in the state, the Maharashtra government on Monday decided to transfer tribal development funds directly into the bank accounts of gram panchayats.With the move, Maharashtra becomes the first state in India to take such a decision. The aim is to bring down red-taping and reduce corruption.According to the state’s tribal development department, 9% of the total fund of Rs 5,000 crore is reserved for tribal welfare and development of tribal-dominated areas.“Most times, the funds did not reach the people. The files have gathered dust in Mantralaya. Hence from May 1, 2018, we will start transferring funds directly into the gram panchayat’s bank account,” an official said.As per government schemes, only 1.5 lakh tribals benefit from various government schemes.“Only middlemen and contractors are benefitting from the tribal funds. We had decided to plug loopholes in system. And, as a part of reform, transferring fund directly to bank accounts is the best solution,” said another official requested anonymity.As per this decision, if village population is 100% tribal, this particular village panchayat will get Rs 10 lakh of fund directly into its bank account. “The panchayat can utilise this fund as per its needs and demands. They do not need to run from pillar to post to obtain various permission to get fund. This is a revolutionary step. We are sure it will benefit as many as tribal and after one year review will be done,” said the official.

Politics of caste: No one’s territory

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>If there is one factor that surely influences the political scenario in the country, it is caste. It is ingrained in Indian genes and there is hardly any option strong enough to combat it. When it comes to Gujarat politics, none of the castes have a given leader, It has not accepted anyone to head them. Then again, the dominance of sub castes makes the equation a little complicated, says the assessment of political analysts and veteran politicians.The recent rise of three young leaders from three different castes and people throwing their support behind them is an excellent example. Yet, the million dollar question rules: will they be accepted from across the spectrum of their caste and sub caste (as no one has had a successful stint as a caste leader before), though caste dominates our politics, questions Kartik Bhatt, political analyst.Caste issue at its peakBhatt explains that 80s was the era when caste politics was at its peak. This was the decade when national and state level caste politics started taking center stage. Then chief minister Madhavsinh Solanki introduced KHAM (Kshatriya, Harijan, Adivadi & Muslims) theory into politics that consolidated the Congress vote bank. In 1984, the Solanki government introduced 27 per cent reservation for Other Backward Classes and this expanded the Congress vote bank, but they also paid a cost for it. Patels started deserting the party.Citing the 1984 Lok Sabha elections, he added, when the whole nation stood with the Congress after the assassination of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, Patidars voted for BJP’s Patel candidate AK Patel in Mehsana. BJP had won only two seats at the national level and one was Mehsana.Taking this argument ahead, political analyst Hemant Shah’s experience suggests that caste leaders have limited affect on very small pockets in the state. He added have not heard or read of any leader has or had influence over on his/her entire caste across the state. Citing an example, he said Koli community leader Purshottambhai Solanki could have an influence over Kolis in Bhavnagar and Amreli district, but South Gujarat Kolis will not take him seriously.Just because of this, the party can’t avoid caste fabrics at the grassroot level, especially the sub caste dominance. Citing another example, he said Shankarsinh Vaghela is an OBC leader but he has a fan following in upper caste Rajputs This does not mean Rajputs and OBCs from across the state will follow him and vote for him or his candidate.How leaders are madeCaste leaders are either born from caste movement or welfare work, believes veteran politician Narpatsinh Chavda. His experience says that in central Gujarat, Natwarsinh Zala and Narendra Mahida became leaders because of their welfare. In North Gujarat, an Anjana Patidar leader rose from the cooperative movement in the dairy sector.Chavda goes to the extent saying that in those days, politicians could not imagine projecting themselves as caste leaders. “I don’t remember Chiman Patel ever publicly claiming of being a Patel or Patidar leader, but on the contrary, was accepted by all castes,” he said.On this, Shah says Chimanbhai was a charismatic leader, his son Siddharth may not be that influential or appealing, whereas Shaktisinh Gohil, a Rajput leader was influencing and this itself shows that it was an individual capabilities.‘It always existed’Caste did exist, even when it was claimed that Gujarat had turned into a Hindutva laboratory, says Bhatt, In the past 22 years, the party tickets were distributed on a caste base. I don’t remember a BJP or Congress giving a ticket to Anjana Patel, where Kadva Patel dominated or a Koli Patel was given tickets where the upper caste Patels were huge in numbers. On surface, it sounds like a Hindu consolidated vote bank, but under cover, it was caste politics.Agreeing to this theory, political analyst Mukesh Khatik felt that once again the state was returning to a more hard core caste politics with the rise of Patidar leader Hardik Patel, OBC leader Alpesh Thakor and Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani. But, how deep the impact of their leadership is can be gauged only after results are out.There is no doubt that these leaders, Patels, Thakore and Mevani have risen from caste remains, but they are getting support because they are raising issues that pinches people at large, is the assessment of Hemant Shah. So in the long run, they are less likely to remain caste leaders.CASTE MAKES A DIFFERENCEA political leader wishing anonymity cited three recent examples to explain the caste effect in politics. The first instance was Congress national vice president Rahul Gandhi attending a Thakor community rally led by new leader Alpesh Thakor. The second is party’s national leader Kapil Sibbal holding a midnight meeting with Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti leaders and the third is BJP’s national president had to intervene in the growing dissent against party’s state unit president and Bhavnagar (West) MLA Jitu Vaghani, where Karadiya and Nadoda had launched an agitation.WHERE CASTE SPEAKS LOUDER THAN ACTIONVisavadar in JunagadhIt has been said that only Patidar candidates win from this constituency. Excluding 1962, the only time non Patidar Madinaben Nagori from Congress won the seat, it has always been a stronghold. This was the only reason that BJP’s stalwart Kesubhai Patel selected this seat to contest in 1995. He got re elected in 1998. Since 1995, BJP did not lost this seat till 2012, when it lost to Keshubhai who contested on a GPP ticket. The one time BJP’s stalwart, said to be a Patidar leader, could not help his son Bharat Patel win the seat in 2014, after which the seat fell vacant.Bhavnagar south in SaurashtraThis constituency can be said to have the fastest changing caste equations in three decades. Where once INC(O)’s Gandhi Manilal defeated INC’s Doshi Ratilal in 1975, the next election in 1980 saw one time ruler and king late Krishna Kumarsinhji Gohil’s Son Shivbhadrasinh from BJP defeated by Patel Trambklal of INC in 1980. In the next five years, equations changed and Congress’ Koli candidate Shashi Jamod won it from Janata Party’s Patel Thakarsinhbhai. It is constituency that has a mix of Rajputs, Patidars, Koli, Baniyas and Brahmins. Congress leader Shaktisinh Gohil (picture bottom right) first won the seat in 1990 and was re elected in 1995. Then, it was represented by Sunil Oza from the Brahmin community, Gohil grabbed it back from BJP. After delimitation, new consituencies were carved out as Bhavnagar East-West and Rural, the Patidar community dominance increased on Bhavnagar (West), forcing Gohil to switch to Bhavnagar Rural. BJP state unit presindent Jitu Vaghani (picture top left) won West in 2012. Gohil was defeated by BJP’s Koli community leader Purshottam Solanki in Bhavnagar Rural in 2012.Kheralu in north GujaratTwo castes dominate the constituency. Thakor is a sub caste under the Other Backward Class and there are the Anjana Patels. Other than 1962, it has been a Thakor or Anjana Patel bastion. Shankarji Okhaji Thakor was elected from this seat as an Independent, Congress and even a Janata Dal candidate. Caste factor is so important that Ramilaben Desai, who got elected on a BJP ticket in 2002, suffixed her name with Anjana when she contested on a Congress ticket in 2007. To win this seat, BJP had to field Dabhi Bharatsinhji, who is a leader of the Thakor community.EllisbridgeThere is no doubt that excluding Muslim-dominated pockets, the rest of Ahmedabad has become BJP’s Hindu fort. But, when it comes to fielding candidates, caste domination is compelling the party to select either Brahmins or Baniyas. It was only in 1967, when independent RK Patel won. From 1975 to 1990, this seat was represented by Babhubhai Vasanwala. For the first time, when BJP fielded its candidate in this seat, it selected Haren Pandya, who defeated Congress’ Dashrath Patel of INC. But, Pandya’s wife Jagruti Pandya lost the election 2012 on a GPP symbol. It is represented by Jain MLA Rakesh Shah from BJP now.TRIBAL BELT: NO LEADER STOOD FIRMThe Eastern Gujarat belt is called the tribal belt and spreads from Danta Taluka of Banaskantha in north Gujarat to Dangs in the south, Nizar of Tapi district, Kaprada and Umargam of Valsad district. There are 27 assembly seats reserved for STs. With each constituency, the equation of the tribal sub caste changes and so does the influence on the constituency.CONG CARDLate Amarsinh B Chaudhary was projected as a tribal leader by the Congress. For the first time, he got elected to the state Assembly in 1972 from Vyara seat of Surat (now Tapi). He served as CM from 1985 to 1989, in 1990 was defeated and forced to change his constituency to get reelected.BJP’S ATTEMPTAfter Ram Silanyas Yatra in the late 80s, BJP decided to make inroads in the tribal belt for the first time and deputed its general secretary Suryakant Acharya to create a cadre in the tribal belt. In the 1990 elections, the party won seven seats in the tribal belt. After this, the RSS and its sister organisations’ active presence increased its tally in the tribal belt only by three seats, taking it to 10 in the 2012 elections.

Jammu and Kashmir: Picture of Hizbul terrorrist holding US-made AR-15 M4 rifle goes viral

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Security agencies have launched an investigation after a photograph showing a Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist brandishing a US-made AR-15 M4 rifle in an orchard in Kashmir went viral on social media.An intelligence officer said prime facie it looked like a “morphed” picture but “we are investigating the matter”.This is the first time a terrorist in Kashmir has been spotted with an AR-15 M4 rifle, widely used by the US Army in Iraq and Afghanistan wars.The militants operating in Kashmir have mostly been using AK assault rifles — both Chinese and Russian made.A senior police official said there was nothing surprising about a Hizbul terrorist being spotted with a US rifle in the valley as weapons of all kinds are freely available in Pakistan’s FATA (Federally Administered Tribal Areas) region.”You can buy any rifle there. What is the big deal? We have been taking on the terrorists and we will continue to do so. The change in weaponry hardly matters,” the official said.

Centre to use Nirbhaya Fund for school safety measures

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As a fallout of the Ryan International School incident, where a 7-year-old child was found murdered in the school’s washroom, the Centre will now utilise a corpus from the Nirbhaya fund to train drivers and other non-teaching staff in schools to ensure safety and security of children. This is the first time that money from the Nirbhaya fund will be used for children. Official sources said that the decision has been taken looking at the increasing number of crimes against children in schools. The decision was taken at a high-level meeting of officials from the Ministry of Human Resource Development and Ministry of Women and Child Development on Monday. Officials from CBSE, NCPCR, KVS and other organisations were also present in the meeting. A six-member committee consisting of secretaries from Ministry of Tribal Affairs, Minority Affairs, WCD, HRD, Social Justice and Water and Sanitation will look into the implementation of schemes. Among the major initiatives that the government plans, is establishing POCSO booths in each school equipped with the Childline helpline number (1098) where a child can lodge complaints of any deviant sexual activity or any form of sexual harassment. Details of the eBox facility, an online platform where children can lodge complaints online about sexual harassment, will be printed by the NCERT on textbooks, along with details of POCSO to make both children and their parents aware about the existence of a POCSO committee in schools. “The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has in the past also sent various circulars to schools to maintain POCSO committees and display it properly in school corridors so that they know that such a committee exists. The same rule will be re-asserted in view of latest incidents,” said a senior official from CBSE. Apart from this, the NCPCR will issue guidelines for routine security and safety audit of schools. The role of parent-teacher associations will also be increased inside the school management to strengthen the security and safety inside the school.Komal, a movie developed by NCERT on child sexual abuse, will be shown to children in schools as a part of educating them about good touch, bad touch. The movie, which is available on the official website of NCERT as well, shows what child sexual abuse is through the life story of a young school girl abused by her neighbour. Gender champions, children above 16 years of age screened by the school committee to create awareness of gender-sensitive campaigns, will also be deployed. As per a set of directives sent by the NCPCR to schools in 2016 for the safety and security of schools, the verification of all staff members, affidavits by newly selected candidates that they have not been accused of any offence under POCSO, gender sensitive curriculums, etc were part of the safety audit. A two-member committee constituted by CBSE had fixed responsibility of the 7-year-old child’s death on Ryan International School, Gurugram. It said that the death could have been averted had the school been more ‘cautious’.

INPT blocks NH and railway tracks demanding separate state

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Indigenous People s Front of Tripura (IPFT) leaders and supporters today blocked the Assam-Agartala national highway (NH) and railway tracks at Khamthingbari in West Tripura district, to demand for a separate state for the tribal people. However, there was no report of any untoward incident, police said. The Superintendent of Police (SP) of West district said “The situation is peaceful along the national highway”. The INPT is demanding that a separate state be carved out for the Tripura Tribal Areas Autonomous District Council (TTAADC) areas, which constitutes two third of the state territory and is the home to the tribals, who form one third of the population. As the IPFT supporters blocked the national highway and railway track at Khamthingbari in West Tripura district the road traffic has been diverted to Agartala-Khowai- Teliamura due to the blockade. The blockade affected train services. A large number of security personnel have been deployed in and around Khamthingbari. NC Debbarma, the self-styled president of IPFT said “We are hopeful there will be no untoward incident during the blockade programme. I had a meeting with top officials of police and discussed the issue. We are in favour of peaceful observance of blockade programme”, he told reporters at Khamthingbari.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Cabinet approves nullification of proposed CNT amendments

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Jharkhand cabinet today approved the nullification of the proposed amendments in section 21 of Chottanagpur Tenancy Act (CNT) and section 13 of the Santhal Pargana Tenancy Act (SNT). A government communique today said that the cabinet in its meeting, presided by Chief Minister Raghubar Das, approved the Tribal Advisory Committee s decision yesterday to nullify the proposed amendments. The Cabinet was also briefed about the return of the amendment bills by Governor Droupadi Murmu with the comments of different political and social organisations. The cabinet was also informed about yesterday s TAC meeting and its decision to nullify the proposed amendments in the CNT and SPT acts. Das had yesterday announced the decision to nullify the proposed amendments in section 21 of Chottanagpur Tenancy Act (CNT) and section 13 of the Santhal Pargana Tenancy Act (SNT). The announcement came after the TAC meeting, chaired by him.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Not a single case of sexual harassment in 1,100 state tribal schools: Govt report

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In an astonishing figure that has cropped up, not a single case of sexual harassment or assault has been reported by women committees, despite of a rape case that rocked Buldhana’s residential school in December 2016. The committees inspected 1,000-odd tribal schools across Maharashtra. Reports from all 16 tribal districts which have schools have been submitted to the government gradually over the last few months. Surprisingly, none of them found a single complaint of sexual harassment from girl students across. Manisha Verma, secretary Tribal Development department said, “All reports were submitted a couple of months ago. None of the committees found any sexual harassment case in any school. Just one incident was reported from a school in Nashik district that too was of punishment.” When asked to elaborate on the case, Verma just said, “A girl student was being punished by the principal for some wrongdoing. We have already transferred the principal.” Verma added, “The department is doing a lot of positive things to improve the tribal schools which must be highlighted.” Facing flak from every quarter after the rape of a 13-year-old student in an ashram school in Khamgaon tehsil of Buldhana district, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had directed the tribal development department to send a five-member women’s team in every district to inspect all ashram schools and send a detailed report on all their operations including ‘in-depth talks with female children’. There are 526 government tribal residential and 552 government-aided tribal schools in the state set up in dense and remote forest and hilly regions. These institutions cater to nearly five lakh children including two lakh girls.Earlier, death of nearly 1,100 children in these schools over the past one decade had also led to a huge uproar in 2016. The high court and Human Rights Commission also rapped the state government for the same. The department has planned to impart gender and life skill training to all children studying in residential schools, said Verma.

Tribal communities should not forget their languages : Oram

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Minister Jual Oram today called upon the tribal communities not to forget their languages and divert from their culture despite invasion by western culture. Delivering a lecture on Re-examining tribal development in the face of evolving challenges here, Oram, the union minister for tribal affairs, said Because of westernization we have forgotten our own unique culture. This is the area where we need to re-examine, he said. Oram assured funds from his ministry for preservation of tribal languages in Arunachal. The tribal administration is unique and the tribal community in the country are going ahead with improvement in education and infant mortality rate. However, extra effort is needed to reduce the gap in health and education sectors, he said. There is no dearth of fund for tribal development and an amount of Rs 8000 crore was sanctioned for his ministry as the Centre is committed to develop 163 tribal districts in the country, the minister said. While there are no bindings for the ministry to spend in any area for tribal development, but proposals should be sent from the respective state governments. “The ministry provides funds to the states after due recommendation from the central project appraisal committee in consultation with the state government. The committee also monitors implementation of such projects,” Oram said. Responding to queries, Oram said that the issue of granting citizenship or not to Chakma and Hajong refugees in Arunachal Pradesh is a state subject and the Centre would work as per the recommendation of the state government. He asked the state government to conduct a study on the issue and accordingly recommend to the Centre.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Venkaiah felicitates AP tribal students who scaled Mt Everest

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu today felicitated the students of Andhra Pradesh tribal welfare residential schools, who scaled the world’s highest peak Mount Everest last month. Addressing students at a function organised by the Swarna Bharat Trust’s Hyderabad chapter here, the minister said conquering Mt Everest is a remarkable and historical achievement and the students are inspiration for others. Six students of AP Tribal Welfare Residential Schools, belonging to scheduled caste and scheduled tribe categories, scaled the peak within 30 days of their expedition and achieved their target on May 13. On the occasion, the urban development minister announced that Trust’s Venkatachalam, Vijayawada and Hyderabad chapters will jointly award an incentive of Rs 3 lakh to the students for their achievement, an official release said. AP Social Welfare Secretary, Residential Schools, Velugoti Ramulu said the students were provided a thorough training at the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute. Of the six students, Vooyaka Krishna Rao and Kunja Durga Rao, both senior intermediate students of AP Tribal Welfare Residential Schools, are the sons of daily-wager, farm labourers, belonging to scheduled tribes. Krishna Rao’s parents are agriculture labourers in the Seetampeta Agency area in Srikakulam district while Durga Rao’s parents too eke out their living as daily wagers. G Suresh Babu, who conquered the highest peak along with five others from his state, too belongs to the scheduled caste with his parents being smalltime workers in their native Pulichinta village in Kurnool district. Kare Satya Rao of Visakhapatnam comes from a family of fishermen and he was sponsored by the Youth Services Department. S Nagaraju, also from Visakhapatnam, was a marathoner as well. Tammineni Bharat from Kurnool district could not conquer the Mt Everest in his first attempt in 2015 because of the devastating earthquake in Nepal but this time, as part of the six-member AP team, he achieved the distinction.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

2 secy-level officers transferred had differences with their

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a bureacratic reshuffle, two secretary-level officers known to have differences with their respective ministers, were transferred today. The Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) approved the transfer of 1982-batch Tamil Nadu cadre officer Leena Nair, Secretary, Women & Child Development (WCD) Ministry, to the Ministry of Tribal Affairs in the corresponding capacity. Another 1982-batch Bihar cadre officer, Rashmi Verma, has been moved to the Tourism Ministry as Secretary from the Ministry of Textiles. The differences between these officers and their respective ministers are public knowledge. Last December, WCD Minister Maneka Gandhi had in fact complained to Minister of State in Prime Minister’s Office, Jitendra Singh, about Nair’s alleged frequent absence from work and delays in clearing files. Maneka had also written a strongly worded letter to Nair, demanding an explanation on the status of 40 different issues she wanted addressed. “When can we expect a leap forward?” she has asked in the letter, a copy of which is with the(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

SC seeks material for probe in renewal of flying licenses

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court has sought “concrete material” in support of a plea seeking a CBI probe into alleged corruption in renewing licences of flying clubs between 2013 and 2015 across the country. “You (petitioner) give us some concrete material. You have raised a very good cause and the point is where is the concrete material,” a bench comprising Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justices D Y Chandrachud and S K Kaul said. The bench was hearing a PIL filed by Rajasthan-resident Ram Babu Meena, who is taking pilot training. The bench granted four weeks to Meena to provide additional material in support of the plea. Meena has alleged that “institutionalised corruption” was prevalent in the process of recruitment of pilots into airlines as well. The plea has sought a CBI probe into alleged corruption by Directorate General of Civil Aviation officials in the process of renewal and extension of flying clubs across country between 2013 and 2015 and misuse of the Commercial Pilot Licence Scholarship Scheme. It has also sought a direction to conduct a common airline entry test for fresh commercial pilot licence holder, engineer, crew by an independent authority. The petitioner also sought a direction to the Ministry of Tribal Affairs and the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment to revisit and reform the scholarship scheme. The petition also sought constitution of a judicial commission to re-examine training and licencing of pilot and aircraft maintenance engineer in civil aviation and working system of the DGCA.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Loopholes found in security at ashram schools for tribal girls

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A committee of women legislators from both the houses of Maharashtra legislature has found many shortcomings in the security at `ashram’ (residential) schools for tribal girls. Also, in some places authorities were seen to be trying to suppress reporting of incidents of sexual exploitation, it said in the report, submitted today. Even the food served to the girls was found to be of sub-standard quality. The 13-member committee said in its report, submitted today, that in some schools, washrooms or toilets are far away from the dormitory, and were unguarded. Rs 5,000 given to victims of sexual atrocities by the Tribal Welfare Department was too meagre an amount, and it needs to be increased to Rs 50,000, the committee said. District consultative committees set up under joint chairmanship of district collectors didn’t visit the ashram schools regularly, it said. Cases of sexual exploitation and other atrocities should be tried in fast-track courts, it said. Most of the ashram schools are located outside the villages and do not have proper access roads; in some schools the boundary wall is incomplete or broken, it found. The committee of women legislators was set up in December 2015 following alleged sexual exploitation of two tribal girls at a school at Pandhurna in Wardha district. The report was tabled by Minister of State for Women and Child Development Vidya Thakur in both the houses today. The committee recommended that CCTV cameras should be installed in ashram schools, and armed women security guards should be deployed wherever possible. It recommended amendment of rules so that guilty or negligent officials can be dismissed immediately. There should be `Honorary Guardians’ whom the girl students can approach if they have any problem, it said. There should also be a toll-free helpline where the girls can lodge complaints anonymously, and local police should visit the schools regularly during night patrolling, it recommended.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Ministry ‘mute spectator’ to plight of tribals: Par panel

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Parliamentary panel has pulled up the Ministry of Tribal Affairs for being a “mute spectator” to the plight of tribals in the country, particularly the women, and asked it to “recalibrate its role”. The Committee on Empowerment of Women in its report on ‘Empowerment of Tribal Women’ also observed that “A rather nonchalant approach of the ministry is reflected in the prevailing ground realities of tribal societies.” “The Committee are of the opinion that the Ministry of Tribal Affairs has not been truly effective in playing the role of a positive catalyst for the welfare of tribal communities in the country,” said the report, tabled in Lok Sabha today. “Though the ministry is mandated to provide a focused approach on the integrated socio-economic development of the tribals in a coordinated and planned manner, the committee have observed during the examination of the subject that the ministry has remained a mute spectator to the plight of the tribals in general and tribal women in particular,” the panel said. The Committee further said it felt that if all the special plans and programmes meant for tribals had been “implemented sincerely over the years, the majority of the tribals in the country would not have still been under poverty line, and lacking in crucial health and social parameters like total total fertility rate, undernourishment, literacy rate, child mortality rate etc, till today”. The panel has made a number of recommendations to the ministry while asking it to “recalibrate” its role. The Committee strongly recommended that the government should take strongest possible steps to put an end to “diversions and lapses of Tribal Sub-Plan funds” in all states and identify “sham projects” in the name of tribal welfare to guarantee maximum returns from available funding. It also has taken serious note of the “unavailability of tribal-specific information/data with the ministry” on various important issues and welfare measures pertaining to tribals. “This is mainly because of lack of unified planning and proper monitoring of implementation mechanism for various programmes,” it observed. The Committee has recommended “the ministry to continuously coordinate with various implementing agencies, keep itself abreast of the latest figures related to the tribal issues especially pertaining to tribal women and come up with a comprehensive database on tribals within six months under limitation to them”. The panel has “strongly condemned” the attitude of the ministry with regard to trafficking of tribal women, saying, “It is a pity the government has no reliable data on the number of tribal women trafficked from tribal belts to big cities and metropolises.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

MPs seek more powers for district councils of tribals

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Cutting across party lines, Lok Sabha members today pitched for more financial and administrative powers for the autonomous district councils (ADCs) to ensure overall development of tribal regions, most of which are in the Northeast. “The Centre needs to have a relook at the functioning of the ADCs and find out whether they are meeting the aspirations of the people of tribal areas,” said Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury while participating in a discussion on a private member’s bill seeking to amend the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution. Moved by Vincent H Pala (Cong), the Bill seeks to raise the number of members of ADCs from 30 to 40 and increase powers of the Councils to deal with land rights and other tribal issues. The autonomous district and regional councils were set under the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution to protect the custom, culture and traditions of tribal and ensure their overall development. Most of these councils are in the Northeastern region. Chowdhury said these district councils do not have adequate financial resources and suggested that funds should be made available to them to undertake activities to meet the aspirations of the tribal people. Ram Prasad Sarmah (BJP) demanded that the number of members in the ADCs should be increased to 40 and more such councils should be set up in Darjeeling in West Bengal to promote the development of the Gorkhas. Saugata Roy (TMC) said the government must assure the tribal people in the Northeast that their culture and identity will be protected. He said the Northeast has the potential to become the next Switzerland. “Education and Christianity had made the people of Northeast more advanced,” he said, adding the Department of North East Region should focus on improving infrastructure in the region. Roy said the issues of the Northeastern region should be dealt with “kid gloves” and utmost sensitivity. Participating in debate, Gaurav Gogoi (INC) said there was a need for a “bridge of dialogue and communication”. He also emphasised on preserving the languages of the Northeast by archiving them. Highlighting the problem of insurgency in the Northeast, Gogoi said “law and order cannot be just through gun and arrests, but also through diplomacy and dialogue. We cannot homogenise the Northeast but have to understand its heterogenity.” Nishikant Dubey, who supported the Bill, said the district councils of the Northeast have become ‘elite clubs’, while Rameswar Teli (BJP) highlighted the issue of under-development of the Northeast region.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

North East TADC to seek Rs 2,000 cr support from Centre

The FOCUS meet, which was attended by representative from Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council, North Cachar Hills Autonomous Council (NCHAC), Tripura Tribal Council, Chakma District Council of Mizoram and Tura MP Conrad K Sangma, has decided to pursue the matter with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Tribal Autonomous District Councils in the North East today unanimously decided to seek Rs 2,000 crore for development activities in their respective jurisdictions from the Centre and create a separate ministry for their upkeep. The demand came in the wake of the Centre’s recent decision to reduce budgetary provisions for the special assistant grants to ten ADCs to Rs 500 crore for 2017-2018, a 50 per cent reduction from what was allotted in the previous fiscal. Addressing reporters after a joint meeting of the councils under the umbrella of Forum of Councils Under Sixth Schedule (FOCUSS), its chairman and Khasi Hills Autonomous District Council chief P N Syiem said “We have unanimously resolved to urge the Centre to reconsider its decision and enhance the present budget allocation for the ten ADCs.” The FOCUS meet, which was attended by representative from Jaintia Hills Autonomous District Council, North Cachar Hills Autonomous Council (NCHAC), Tripura Tribal Council, Chakma District Council of Mizoram and Tura MP Conrad K Sangma, has decided to pursue the matter with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. Syiem said two delegations would meet Jaitley and the Prime Minister in March. He admitted that one of the reasons behind the financial cut was the delay and non-submission of utilisation certificates (UCs). Syiem said KHADC and JHADC in Meghalaya were yet to get the funds sanctioned by the Centre despite proposals being submitted on time. The FOCUSS chairman said the Centre should consider setting up of a separate ministry for the tribal district councils in the NE. “We will also demand a separate budget head for the ADCs,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

What’s the point of progress if kids are malnourished: HC

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bombay High Court today said Maharashtra’s progress and prosperity is pointless when 50 per cent of children in the state are malnourished and below the poverty line. The court also observed that the government has not taken any serious steps to address the problem. A division bench of Justices V M Kanade and P R Bora was hearing a bunch of PILs highlighting increasing instances of malnutrition-related deaths and illness among those living in Melghat region of Vidarbha and other tribal areas. “In our state, the children’s population must be over 40 crore. Out of this, 50 per cent children are below poverty line and suffering from malnourishment. What is the point of prosperity and progress in the state when this is the situation,” Justice Kanade observed. The court further said the state government ought to make separate allocation of funds to address the issue in the upcoming budget session. The court has posted the petitions for further hearing on March 1, when the secretaries of Women and Child Welfare department and the Tribal Welfare department will have to submit power-point presentations to HC on how they propose to tackle the problem and what measures will be undertaken. The court had earlier too come down heavily on the government for failing to initiate steps to solve the problem, and had said the concerned ministers will have to take more interest.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Tribal girl student’s body found hanging from tree

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Body of a girl student who belonged to Bonda tribe was found hanging from a tree in the hostel premises of Khairaput high school in Malkangiri district today, district officials said. The tribe is among the Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups (PVTG) in Odisha. District Education Officer (DEO) Prasant Kumar Mohapatra said the girl, identified as Sukri Dhadenga Majhi, a class VIII student of the school and a resident of Bandhaguda area in Bonda Ghati, stayed in the state run hostel. Malkangiri District Collector K Sudarshan Chakraborty has directed the district welfare officer to rush to the school and look into the circumstances. Asked about possibility of suicide, the DEO said, “We have been told the girl had some mental problems which could be the cause of the incident.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Budget criticised by Dalit, SC/ST rights activists

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The union budget for 2017-18 was criticised by a group of Dalit and Scheduled Caste rights activists here today, for its “paradigmatic shift” in policy from sub plans to welfare-oriented approach and merger of plan and non-plan heads in it. The budget replaces SC Sub Plan (SCSP) and Tribal Sub Plan (TSP) by ‘Allocations for welfare of SC and ST’ which is a “retrogressive step” as sub plans had been key policy for flow of financial resources to Dalit and Tribal communities in the country, said Paul Divakar in a press conference organised by National Campaign on Dalit Human Rights. “The previous trend of under-allocation continues in 2017-18 budget and the allocations for SC comprise only 2.5 per cent and triabl allocations 1.53 per cent of total budget expenditure although government has raised total allocations as compared to last year. It is violative of Jadhav guidelines mandating allocating minimum of 4.63 per cent for SC and 2.39 per cent for ST of the total budgetary allocation,” he said. Vimal Thorat slammed the government for “negligible” allocations for schemes of SC and ST women. “These women continue to be marginalised and suffer from all kinds of discrimination. Within the SC and ST welfare schemes, allocations for women schemes amount to just 1.19 per cent (SC) and 1.68 per cent (ST). Is it something worth considering.” she questioned. The analysis of NCDHR shows that several of the directly beneficial schemes for SCs and STs like Self Empowerment of Manual Scavengers and Rehabilitation of Manual Scavengers, National Overseas Scholarships and National SC Finance Development Corporation have been “severely undermined” of funding has been “slashed”, Abhay Xaxa said. “Only 11 new schemes for SC and 8 for ST have been introduced in 2017-18,” he said. Beena Pallical and Ravi Duggal also participated in analysis of the budget in terms of SC and ST allocations. Pallical said that recommendations has been made to the government for real targeted schemes for SCs and STs, legislation on sub plans for SC and ST, special focus on Dalit and tribal women, and release of Rs 12,000 crore as backlog of Post Matric Scholarships to students of marginalised communities.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Maha govt to train Bhumkas in tribal areas to bring down pregnancy-related death

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Traditional tribal healers known as Vaidus or Bhumkas in Melghat , Maharashtra will now be trained for primary measures for treating routine cough, cold and other illnesses. They would be receiving Rs. 200 per patient if new born or its mother is sent to Primary Health Center by them. To bring down malnutrition deaths and pregnancy related deaths, state health department has came out with this novel idea. In last six months, the state health department has trained 359 Bhumkas in Melghat areas who generally rely on traditional medicine and a few rituals as well as chanting of mantras while treating their patient. Health Minister Dr Dipak Sawant on Monday informed media persons that his department would be giving highest priority to bring down children deaths in Melghat and other tribal areas of the state. He said that state government would be opening 72 sub-centers which would work in small villages in Nandurbar, Gadchiroli, Mokhada, Wada and other Tribal areas. He informed that other than training the Bhumkas, government is also creating awareness within tribal population for not marrying the daughters below 18 years of age. He told that there are 11 PHCs in Melghat and health department is monitoring the diet of the pregnant women in last few months. Sawant said that in last six months the Bhumkas have been trained for routine illness and measures to be taken so that they would not rely upon wrong line of treatment which could prove fatal by losing precious time. Sawant said that generally Tribal have faith and trust in these Bhumkas or Vaidus and that is the reason his department has decided to give honorarium to Bhumkas if they send the new born or his mother to Primary health Center. Sawant informed that health department would be giving Rs. 200 per patient to Bhumkas so that maximum children and mothers can reach PHC’s at right time thereby reducing the fatality.

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