“Even the district officials were involved in making the wrong decisions. The family of the martyrs lost everything but no accountability is fixed,” Mr. Gajbhiye said. He informed the House of his meeting with the families of those killed and said some of them are in dire straits.Mr. Gajbhiye said the families have yet to get any help from the government. Even the promised ₹25 lakh as insurance cover has not reached them. The Hindu had reported on May 15 that the insurance policy for the conflict zone had lapsed earlier this year owing to red tapism and delays by the Director General of Police’s office in Mumbai. “The State must now give each family member a government job. The government must take immediate steps for this,” he said.Mr. Kesarkar said the government would announce jobs for family members in less than seven days. This will be done with all documentation in place, he said. “We will ensure that ₹25 lakh is also paid on time,” he assured the House.In one of the worst retaliatory attacks on the anti-naxal security forces, Maoist insurgents had blown up an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) killing men of the QRT. The unit was proceeding from the police station in Kurkheda taluka, nearly 60 km north of Gadchiroli, when the blast was triggered after Naxals had torched 36 vehicles on May 1. Gadchiroli Naxal attack: Troop pullout may have left a hole in red zone security grid Nearly one-and-a-half months after a Naxal attack in which 15 personnel of the Gadchiroli police were killed, the government on Friday announced the suspension of a senior police officer for not following the Standard Operating Procedure (SoP).Minister of State (Home) Deepak Kesarkar said in the Maharashtra Council that Deputy Superintendent of Police, Shailesh Kale, was being suspended for sending the Quick Response Team (QRT) on patrol without following the SOP in place for conflict zones. A preliminary probe of the Home Department had found lapses in adherence to the SOP.The Minister was responding to a calling attention motion raised by Prakash Gajbhiye (Congress) and Leader of Opposition Dhananjay Munde, who pointed out that the death of 15 policemen was a direct result of negligence by senior police officials, who had instructed the unit to, at one point, proceed in open jeeps.Also Read
The winner of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) Schools’ Essay Competition is upper sixth form student of Munro College, St. Elizabeth, Raheem Smith. Upper sixth form student of Clarendon College, Kameesha Beecher, copped second place winner, while Shavine Briscoe, a student of Cornwall College, Montego Bay, placed third. At a prize-giving ceremony held on Friday, December 14 at the offices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade in New Kingston, Mr. Smith expressed the view that the Convention should be included in the schools’ curriculum. “Not many people are aware of it and so the essay was a form of allowing students to be aware of it. I think it should be incorporated in the school’s curriculum, because it is very important to the development of our country,” he told JIS News. Mr. Smith made a power-point presentation on his recent trip to the United States, where he attended a Special Session of the United Nations General Assembly on the Law of the Sea Convention held on December 10 and 11, at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The five-day all expense paid trip, which was the first prize of the Competition, was sponsored by Caribbean Airlines Limited and members of the Jamaican diaspora in New York. Accommodation was secured by the Jamaica Consulate General in New York. The sixth former said the research information for his essay under the theme, ‘Oceans for All; The World’s Common Heritage,’ was obtained from websites of the United Nations and the International Seabed Authority (ISA). Mr. Smith said he also received advice and assistance from his teacher and thanked the organizers and sponsors of the Competition. “It was an experience that I will treasure for a lifetime. It was my first time in New York and I learnt a lot, especially being at the General Assembly for the first time. I’ll treasure the moments,” he said. Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Ambassador Paul Robotham, said the Ministry was keen on raising awareness of the importance of the Convention and the fact that Jamaica is the headquarters for the International Seabed Authority (ISA), an autonomous international organisation established under the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. “For a small country to be the headquarters for a big international institution is quite an achievement and something that all Jamaicans and school children should be proud of and this exercise should held to spread that message,” he said. He pointed out that Jamaica was instrumental in negotiating the Convention including the late former Permanent Representative to the ISA, Dr. the Hon. Kenneth Rattray and President, International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, Judge Patrick Robinson. The Permanent Secretary also mentioned the role being played by the Chairman of the 30th Anniversary Planning Committee and Deputy Permanent Representative of Jamaica to the International Seabed Authority (ISA), Coy Roache. “He has been there all along and has made tremendous contribution to the development of this Convention and Jamaica’s participation in the Sessions,” he added. Bringing greetings at the function, Principal Legal Officer at the ISA, Kening Zhang, who represented the Secretary General of the ISA, Nii Odunton, said the recipient of the second prize, Kameesha Beecher, will benefit from a three-week paid internship at the ISA during its annual Session in 2013. He said Ms Beecher will enjoy “hands-on” experience of the work and meetings of the Authority. The Competition was part of a year-long celebration for the 30th Anniversary of the Opening for signature of the Law of the Sea Convention. The Convention was opened for signature in Montego Bay on December 10, 1982 and attracted a record of 119 signatures, the largest number of signatures ever affixed to a treaty on its first day.
50 young people from the communities of Flanker and Norwood in Montego Bay, St. James have received certificates The 30 males and 20 females, deemed at-risk, benefited from life skills training The FPC was awarded a grant of approximately $1.3 million to carry out the camp Story Highlights Approximately 50 young people from the communities of Flanker and Norwood in Montego Bay, St. James have received certificates of participation for their involvement in an eight-week summer camp operated by the Family and Parenting Centre (FPC).The presentations were made at a closing ceremony held on Sunday, September 22, at the FPC in Unity Hall.The 30 males and 20 females, deemed at-risk, benefited from life skills training in areas of self awareness, emotional needs, happiness and balance, empathy, managing anger, conflict resolution, choosing a career path, job application and interview, and sexuality management. They also participated in sporting activities.The summer camp, held from July 22 to September 13, was funded by the European Union (EU) and the Government of Jamaica (GOJ), under the Poverty Reduction Programme (PRP) being implemented by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF). The FPC was awarded a grant of approximately $1.3 million to carry out the camp.Founder and administrator at the FPC, Dr. Beverly Scott, said that working with the young people “gave us clearer insight into the culture of the communities and the challenges that they (the youngsters) face, and how they deal with these challenges. At the outset we got a few demonstrations of how they settle their conflicts.”She stated that by the end of the camp there were more instances of peaceful solutions being brought to the fore when problems arise.Programme Manager of the PRP, Dr. Eleanor Henry, in bringing greetings, underscored the importance of young people in at-risk communities being exposed to social intervention programmes that are “designed to assist in the diversion from crime and violence to gainful activities and occupations”.She extended congratulations to the team at the FPC, “for their vision and most importantly, for expending the efforts to coordinate and implement this (summer camp)”. She described the camp as yet another programme geared towards nation building.Guidance Counsellor at the St. James High School, Radcliff Virgo, who delivered the keynote address, told the young people that there is nothing wrong with their communities, noting that every area has good and bad influences.He said that it is for the individual to determine, which of the influences he or she will follow.“I implore you to continue to live those positive traits that you have been taught……..each day you should tell yourself that it is a day for me to do better than I did yesterday,” Mr. Virgo urged.He further encouraged them to set their own standards and be happy with their achievements.