After Blue Whale Challenge, other online death games come under Supreme Court scanner

first_imgAfter the deadly Blue Whale Challenge that has allegedly sparked a spate of suicides across the country, many more twisted online games that goad vulnerable teens into killing themselves could face a ban in India.The Supreme Court on Friday sought the view of the Centre on a public interest litigation filed by lawyer Sneha Kalita who drew its attention to several other such perverse pastimes like Choking Game, Salt and Ice Challenge, Fire Challenge, Cutting Challenge, Eyeball Challenge and Human Embroidery. Kalita argued that these games too have the potential to cause fatalities or serious damage to the life and psyche of youth and said it was the “responsibility of all the stakeholders to curb this menace and prevent its further spreading like cyber virus amongst the teenagers just like the Blue Whale Challenge”. Experts say the expansion of internet connectivity and social media has created new opportunities for entering into suicide pacts, with “curators” cajoling teens into risky behaviour.A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra tagged the petition along with another one pending in the SC, seeking a court-monitored complete ban on the Blue Whale challenge which has allegedly claimed several lives in the country. Seeking the Centre’s view, the court asked if the government had any plan to set up an expert committee to deal with such games which have created a crisis situation within the children and youth community.The apex court has sought the assistance of attorney general KK Venugopal in the matter. Indicating it is likely to issue some significant orders, the bench also stopped the Delhi High Court from hearing any similar petitions. A plea seeking complete ban on the Blue Whale game is pending before the HC.advertisement”Like the Blue Whale challenge there are several other games around and if we don’t prevent or make any filtering, these kind of games too would assume dangerous proportions,” senior advocate Vijay Hansaria, who was representing Kalita, told the bench, seeking direction for framing guidelines to regulate and monitor virtual sports.”All stakeholders, be it parents, teachers, professors, police and other authorities, must collectively tackle this menace by advocating awareness. Parents should be more vigilant about the online activities of their children and speak to them immediately if they feel suspicious about their child’s behavior,” the petition said.With rising number of children allegedly succumbing to Blue Whale, the top court had on September 16 asked the Centre why the suicides were continuing despite a ban. The CJI sought to know what has been the effect of the August 6, 2017 direction by the government to social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram to remove the link of the controversial game in which dangerous tasks like self-inflicting of wounds are assigned to the player by administrators during a 50-day period. The bench also wanted to know what has happened after the intervention of the Delhi and Madras high courts. The Ministry of electronics and IT (MeitY) had also instructed these websites to report anyone advocating or promoting this game to law enforcement agencies.The government is concerned about the availability of such games on the internet. An administrator of the game uses social media to invite or incite children to play this game, which may eventually lead the child to take extreme steps, including suicide, the MeitY notification had said.The game has so far purportedly led to over a 100 deaths in the US, China and other countries.last_img read more

Mercedes drives in new AMG G 63 at Rs 2.19 cr

first_imgNew Delhi, Oct 5 (PTI) German luxury carmaker Mercedes-Benz Friday launched a new version of its premium SUV AMG G 63 priced at Rs 2.19 crore (ex-showroom). The model comes powered by a 4-litre V8 biturbo diesel engine that generates 585 hp of power. It can attain 100 km/h from standstill in 4.5 seconds and achieve a top speed of 220 km/h. “The extreme rock-climbing abilities combined with sports car performance, class leading styling and a high-tech cabin makes the new Mercedes-AMG G 63 yet another legend in the making,” Mercedes-Benz India Vice President, Sales and Marketing Michael Jopp told reporters here. The company continues its product offensive and the new AMG G 63 is the tenth product it has launched for the Indian market in 2018, he added. “We have an exciting line-up for the upcoming festive season and our product innovations will continue in the coming months,” Jopp said. PTI MSS RKL ANSANSlast_img read more

Jamaicans Urged to Clean Up Their Communities on Labour Day

first_imgStory Highlights Jamaicans are being encouraged to come out and clean up their communities on Labour Day, which is being observed on Tuesday, May 23. “Bring back volunteerism to Labour Day,” she said, while urging citizens to engage in meaningful projects in their respective areas. Jamaicans are being encouraged to come out and clean up their communities on Labour Day, which is being observed on Tuesday, May 23.Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Dr. Janice Lindsay, made the call while speaking at a Jamaica Information Service Think Tank on Thursday (May 18) at the agency’s head office in Kingston.“Bring back volunteerism to Labour Day,” she said, while urging citizens to engage in meaningful projects in their respective areas.She said that persons can be involved in the beautification of parks, painting of murals, or the planting of trees.“Whatever it is that is distinctively unique to your respective communities, whether it is something related to your tangible heritage, we are saying come out on Labour Day to restore, preserve and beautify,” she said.Noting the recent heavy rains and damage to the nation’s infrastructure, she said it was an appropriate time for Jamaicans to come together and work to improve their communities.“With the rains that we have been experiencing…it was a disaster but it’s an opportunity for us to really mobilise our people and to get our communities back up and running again,” Dr. Lindsay said.However, the acting Permanent Secretary warned citizens to seek guidance from the relevant agencies, with regard to the cleaning and restoring of monuments in their communities.“If you are undertaking any work on a monument or site, you really ought to work closely with the Jamaica National Heritage Trust to undertake those restoration works,” she emphasised.Labour Day is being observed under the theme ‘Restore…Preserve…Beautify’, with the emphasis on two National Projects – the Ward Theatre and the Central Police Station in Kingston. Acting Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Dr. Janice Lindsay, made the call while speaking at a Jamaica Information Service Think Tank on Thursday (May 18) at the agency’s head office in Kingston.last_img read more

Government Ministers talk water in Nassau Bahamas at CWWA conference

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bahamian music legend gunned down at home in Turks and Caicos Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bi-lateral talks with Bahamas to resume, UK gives green light to high-level TCI delegation Related Items:bahamas, bahamas deputy prime minister, caribbean water and waste water association, Government ministers, jamaica workinister, phillip davis, tci goverment support groupcenter_img Recommended for you Nassau, 09 Oct 2014 – MINISTERIAL MEETING at Caribbean Water and Waste Water Association conference includes Bahamas Deputy Prime Minister, Turks and Caicos Govt Support Services Minister and Jamaica’s Works Minister. The Bahamas is spending $83 Million dollars with Miya Bahamas for an expansive project in Nassau to reduce water loss.Jamaicans are distressing their system of water delivery to the country by the Govt by not paying their bills. Turks and Caicos is still plagued by challenges stemming from hurricanes and storms.Dep PM Hon Philip Davis said the high level talks were fruitful. Former PM And Deputy PM Christie and Davis Deep in Water Debtlast_img read more

Army Stakeholders Learn about New Guidance for Energy Efficiency Resiliency Investments

first_imgWith the objective of DOD’s former Energy Conservation Investment Program recently extended to include projects designed to enhance energy resilience, officials from across the Army responsible for the rechristened Energy Resilience and Conservation Investment Program (ERCIP) met last month to learn about the service’s new planning guidance for prospective projects. The importance of updating the Army’s process for reviewing candidates was heightened due to the service’s directive requiring installations to ensure critical mission capabilities are protected from disruption, said Dominic Ragucci, the Army’s ERCIP program manager. The directive calls for installations to develop the capability to sustain their energy and water requirements for at least 14 days during a service interruption.The directive requires backup power systems which may not save an installation money in the same way a conventional energy efficiency or renewable project would, leading to a revision in the lifecycle cost analysis for projects, Ragucci said. Achieving energy resiliency and security means installations essentially are backing up backup systems, he explained, and trying to satisfy a minimum savings-to-investment ratio can be challenging, reported the Army Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville.Photo by Stephen Baack Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more