Kurukshetra IAS Academy Blogs

1.Global Adjustments Foundation seeks to help more women

A hybrid gathering of founding members of ChampionWoman Circle was held in the city, where women from all walks of life shared their experiences and ideas on how to empower more women.

The championwoman.org website was also formally launched during the event by ISRO scientist G. Usha. ChampionWoman Life-Leadership programme is an initiative by Global Adjustments Foundation, a non-profit organisation, founded by Ranjini Manian, who over the last two decades has supported several expatriate families relocate to India through her firm Global Adjustments Services Private Limited.

“We conduct workshops across various disciplines to enhance women’s self-worth and their confidence levels to help them face day-to-day challenges in life and workplace,” Ms. Manian said, adding that over 5 lakh women and girls have benefited out of this already and the team hopes to reach 1 million by 2025.

Ms. Usha narrated her life story and told the attendees how she faced a serious health crisis.

“My strength went from 100% to 10% but the doctor said, ‘You will be fine’. When I joined ISRO, I walked in with a walker,” she said, adding that things eventually changed.

“I learnt classical dance, which was a therapy, and even preformed an Arangetram. The strength is within us,” she said.

R.M. Anjana, diabetologist and Managing Director, Dr. Mohan’s Diabetes Specialities Centre, said one most important aspect for a woman was her health.

Mariazeena Johnson, Chancellor of Sathyabama University, highlighted that education was key for women. Kirthiga Reddy, former MD of Facebook India and CEO of Virtualness, suggested that the country needed more women in new technologies. Veena Kumaravel, founder of Naturals Salon and Spa, stressed the importance of skilling for women.

2.‘India is emerging as the strongest home of social entrepreneurship’

IFMR GSB (Graduate School of Business), Krea University in partnership with TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs) Chennai and The Chennai Angels on Saturday hosted Confluence 2024 on the theme ‘Catalysing Entrepreneurship’.

In his inaugural address, Gopal Srinivasan, Chairman and Managing Director, TVS Capital Funds Limited, said there are 700 start-up incubators in India today. He also said a lot of entrepreneurship happens outside start-ups with 70 million micro and small enterprises and produce 40% of the nation’s GDP.

India has 2 million social enterprises. The 150-million-people, who are below the poverty line, need a lot of social impact work. And India is emerging as the strongest home of social entrepreneurship, Mr. Srinivasan said.

‘Localise manufacturing’

Srini Raju, Chairman, Sri City Foundation, pointed out the need to localise manufacturing. Most of the goods consumed in India are imported.

Lakshmi Narayanan, Chancellor, Krea University, said the university wants focus on entrepreneurship and has set up the centre for entrepreneurship. “Confluence 2024 has not just been an event but a manifestation of our commitment to nurturing the entrepreneurial spirit. The convergence of such diverse and dynamic individuals underlines the potential for innovation and collaboration in shaping the future of our global community,” Lakshmi Kumar, Professor and Dean, IFMR GSB, Krea University, said.

In his special address, Ashvin Chadha, Managing Partner and Co-Founder, Anicut Capital, emphasised the pivotal role of finance in transforming innovative ideas into tangible success. Thillai Rajan, a professor from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, delivered keynote address on ‘What Characterises Tech Start-Ups,’ shedding light on the distinctive attributes that set tech entrepreneurs apart.

3.Kerala moves SC as President withholds assent for 4 Bills

The State government also files appeal against Governor Arif Mohammed Khan’s office for keeping the Bills pending for a long time and later reserving them for President’s consideration

In an unprecedented move, the Kerala government on Saturday filed an appeal in the Supreme Court as President Droupadi Murmu has withheld assent for four Bills passed by the Kerala Legislature without disclosing any reasons.

It has also moved the Court against Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan’s office for keeping the Bills pending for a long and indefinite period, and later reserving them for the consideration of the President.

The act of the President in withholding the assent for the four Bills without giving any reason was highly arbitrary and in violation of Articles 14, 200 and 201 of the Constitution. The reference of the seven Bills to the President has to be recalled on the grounds of Constitutional morality, the State has argued.

The State has listed the Secretary to the President, the Kerala Governor and the Additional Chief Secretary to the Governor as respondents in the writ petition filed before the Supreme Court.

Kerala would be represented in the top court by a senior lawyer, specialising in Constitutional matters and C.K. Sasi, its Standing Counsel.

‘Grave encroachment’

The State contends that the actions of the Union government in advising the President to withhold assent to Bills passed by the Legislative Assembly 11 to 24 months back, which were wholly within the domain of the State government, subverted and disrupted the federal structure of the Constitution. It was also a grave encroachment into the domain entrusted to the State under the Constitution, it argued.

The Governor, who reserved the seven Bills, avoided a decision from the Supreme Court by bundling up seven of the eight pending Bills and referring them to the President. The actions of the Governor lacked bona fides and were not in good faith.

The reservation of the Bills by the Governor after keeping them pending for up to 24 months was a deliberate attempt to avoid carrying out his constitutional duty and functions under Article 200 of the Constitution. Hence the reference of the Bills to the President has to be held to be unconstitutional, the State would argue.

4.Karnataka government knocks on SC’s door seeking drought relief from Centre

As repeated appeals seeking funds under the National Disaster Response Fund from the Centre have not yielded results, the Congress government in Karnataka has filed a petition in the Supreme Court against the Union government for denying financial assistance for drought management in the State.

The move is expected to trigger a fresh political debate in the run-up to the two-phase Lok Sabha election in the State. Earlier too, Karnataka raised the issue of “discrimination” by the Centre in devolution of funds, clearances to projects and financial assistance for schemes.

“We cannot be mute spectators when the farmers are in distress. The Centre’s hostility towards the State’s people and farmers is deliberate and therefore we approached the top court seeking justice,” Chief Minister Siddaramaiah told reporters here on Saturday.

Under Article 32

The State has approached the top court under Article 32 for enforcement of fundamental rights guaranteed under the Constitution to seek directions from the court to the Centre for release of funds under the NDRF, he said.

A total 223 out of 236 taluks were notified as drought-affected. The agriculture and horticulture crop loss during kharif 2023 has been reported in over 48 lakh hectares with the estimated loss of ₹35,162 crore. The government has sought ₹18,171.44 crore from the Centre under the NDRF.

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