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ALSO READ |? again, half of Rs 216 crore ?the new tariff order of the regulatory commission for 2010-11 would be in place, a senior power board official said PunjabHaryana to get relief package for paddy Though belatedPunjab and Haryana can both expect some compensation from the Centre for the good crop of paddy during a drought year Punjab Chief Minister on Wednesday said both Punjab and Haryana will be compensated by the Centre for bearing extra financial burden to purchase power at high costs “Punjab may get Rs 800 crore and Haryana Rs 400 crore as relief from the Centre” the CM said Chief Secretary S C Agrawal said the Planning Commission has approved the financial assistance for the state though the form in which it would come has yet not been communicated to the state For all the latest Chandigarh News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 18 2016 12:58 pm Though the sentiment of love and togetherness between siblings is still very much there a lot of the celebrations now revolve around fancy meals gifts and vouchers (Source: Thinkstock Images) Top News Raksha Bandhan is a celebration of the bond of affection between a brother and a sister It is a day when siblings pray for each others’ happiness and well-being While the exact origin of the festival that is celebrated joyously in India and Nepal is unknown there are are many interesting stories associated with it The most common one is from the Mahabharata which acknowledges the relationship between Lord Krishna and Draupadi According to the epic one morning when Lord Krishna was flying a kite he cut his finger with the thread Draupadi – who was nearby – saw him bleeding profusely ran to him tore a piece from her sari and tied it around his finger Lord Krishna was so touched that in return he promised to protect her from all evil forever And he did all along especially during her ‘cheerharan’ by the Kauravas There are other stories too that are equally interesting For instance this one time when Goddess Indrani (wife of Indra) tied a thread given to her by Lord Vishnu around her husband’s wrist to protect him from rakshasas (demons) during a war between the Gods and the demons Another mythological story goes like this: There was a time when Lord Indra lost a war and was so unhappy about it that he complained to Brihaspati (leader of the Gods) Brihaspati then prepared a raksha sutra and told him to wear it for protection But not all tales are associated with the Gods One of the famous historical stories involve Emperor Humayun and Rani Karnavati of Mewar When Mewar was attacked twice by Bahadur Shah Zafar in the mid 16th century she sent a letter with a rakhi to Humayun as a last resort to help her The emperor was very touched by the gesture and immediately left the military campaign that he was then involved in to protect her Another such popular story is that of Alexander and King Puru of India’s Kaikeya kingdom in circa 326 BC Legend has it that Alexander’s wife Roxana had heard of the festival of rakhi at the time when the Greek king was trying to invade India To protect her husband ahead of the battle Roxana had sent a rakhi to King Puru urging him to “protect” her husband Thus at the time of battle when King Puru had the opportunity to kill Alexander he refrained from doing so because of the vow he’d made to his ‘rakhi sister’ Rakhi rituals of the past and present The annual festival falls on Shravan Purnima of the Hindu lunar calendar and was made popular by Rabindranath Tagore to promote the feeling of unity in a society protect each other and encourage a harmonious life At present there are many rites and rituals – some that go beyond the more popular one of tying the rakhi – that are followed For instance in some parts of India families draw figures on the walls of their homes and worship them with offerings of vermilion and kheer Palm imprints are also used to decorate the entrance of a household where rakhis are stuck as part of raksha bandhan rituals Brahmins too consider this as an important day where young boys from the community discard old Janaeu (holy white thread) for a new one According to stories in ancient India Rishis used to tie rakhis to those who would come seeking their blessings They also used to tie sacred threads on their own wrist to ward off evil Not just learned men even wives sisters and mothers used to tie rakhi to protect the men from all harm Much like other Indian festivals Raksha Bandhan too has changed over the centuries Though the sentiment of love and togetherness between siblings is still very much there a lot of the celebrations now revolve around fancy meals gifts and vouchers Well at least that’s much better than wars and battles right For all the latest Lifestyle News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Top NewsHow can we blunt prejudice against immigrants By Jennifer Couzin-FrankelMay 17 2017 9:00 AM As summer turned to fall in 2015 Ulrich Wagner was glued to the news watching decades of his social psychology research play out on TV Special package: Human migrations Images beamed from Munich Germany more than 300 kilometers from Wagner’s home north of Frankfurt showed thousands of refugees flooding the city’s train station Their arrival marked the hopeful end of a journey begun in war-torn Syria and other Middle Eastern hot spots And Wagner was impressed to see the welcome extended by his fellow Germans Outside the station tankards of water with plastic cups lined the sidewalk Volunteers sorted through boxes of cereal and diapers One photo showed a German police officer crouched and smiling eye-to-eye with a young refugee boy who wore the officer’s forest green hat and a broad grin The scale of the migrant influx into Munich and elsewhere in Germany was hard to fathom: one million people entering a country of 80 million It was a test for Germany as a nation "If we do this well" Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel was quoted as saying "we can only win" The influx also has morphed into a giant ill-controlled social experiment How much social support should the government provide How can it find long-term housing for everyone who needs it Will newcomers embrace the social norms of their adopted country and what happens if they don’t These are among the most pressing questions but in the background hovers another: How can individuals civic groups and governments manage prejudice against refugees Despite the encouraging scenes at the train station alarms soon went off for Wagner who teaches at the Philipps University of Marburg The refugees were funneled into reception centers where they stayed for up to 8 months he says In his town which took in hundreds of people the refugees were first housed in enormous tents and then in an expanse of prefabricated houses isolating them from life in the surrounding community Separating newcomers from the home population according to Wagner’s studies and many others "is not really a good idea" If there’s one factor that fights prejudice Wagner says it’s contact: neighborly greetings children mixing in school sports teams of refugees and native Germans passing the soccer ball back and forth Wagner is 65 years old with a close-cropped graying beard and frameless glasses Until 2015 he had studied prejudice against Turkish guest workers in Germany Then he pivoted to the refugee crisis hoping that both findings drawn from past work and innovative studies involving the newcomers might point to policies to reduce the prejudice the refugees would probably encounter "That" he says "was the starting point" for a new career trajectory Wagner is one of many social scientists riveted by events unfolding in Germany and elsewhere Prejudice has an ancient history rooted in evolution and human behavior But recent events have upped the stakes: the war in Syria and outflow of refugees the election of President Donald Trump in the United States Brexit in the United Kingdom and the rise of far-right parties in Europe which many attribute to hostility toward immigrants In the last 5 years "there’s been a mammoth sweep of increased anti-immigration prejudice" says Winnifred Louis a social psychologist at the University of Queensland in Brisbane Australia Figuring out what to do about it is more pressing than ever In Berlin a volunteer tutor offers language instruction to two asylum seekers Learning a home country’s language research has found is one of the best ways for newcomers to forge connections with natives SEAN GALLUP/GETTY IMAGES "Human beings have always been group beings" says Rupert Brown a social psychologist at the University of Sussex in Brighton UK Over millennia our survival as a species has hinged on small groups sticking together with members supporting one another Today each of us belongs to many such "in groups" as psychologists and anthropologists call them Those groups might include our neighborhood our ethnic identity our religious community a sports team or our political affiliation "One or more of those groups that we belong to may influence our thinking our emotions and our behavior" Brown says Prejudice of course can be directed against any group by any other But immigrants and even more so refugees and asylum seekers may be especially vulnerable because of their tenuous place in a larger society "You don’t really belong anywhere; by definition you’re stateless you’re fleeing some place of torture or persecution" Brown says "And yet you’re not a citizen of the country in which you’re now living" either Studies of ancient and modern peoples indicate that prejudice flows largely from a perception that such "out groups" pose some threat: to one’s economic security one’s physical safety one’s way of life or one’s national identity And volatility like an economic meltdown or a terrorist attack can intensify those fears "We tend to pull in and our definitions of who is part of the national group gets narrower" says Victoria Esses who studies immigration and prejudice at the University of Western Ontario in London Canada "There’s more outsiders" To social psychologists those ebbs and flows can be encouraging Even if prejudice never disappears attitudes are malleable People can be swung toward prejudice But with the right tactics they can also be swung away from it One of the first people to launch a rigorous real-world experiment to reduce intergroup prejudice was a young psychologist named Betsy Levy Paluck now at Princeton University In 2003 when Paluck was a graduate student at Yale University her mentor asked for a favor: He was teaching a class on political intolerance and prejudice and needed to update his syllabus with examples of successful interventions "I went to the literature" Paluck says now "I couldn’t find them" Although many laboratory studies had been conducted often with college-aged volunteers to her surprise she could find almost none in the real world So Paluck designed one She focused on the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide when 9 years earlier members of the country’s Hutu majority had slaughtered 800000 minority Tutsis Not surprisingly suspicion and negative stereotypes continued to fester Paluck wanted to test whether mass media could be a prejudice-busting tool and turned to a nonprofit called La Benevolencija for help The group was writing a soap opera New Dawn for Rwandan radio Central to the show were two hostile communities that ultimately reconcile along with a romance between a woman in one and a man in another The story did not refer to Hutus and Tutsis directly "It went over weeks" says Brown whose own work on anti-immigrant prejudice was influenced by what Paluck found "Would they wouldn’t they all the usual stuff" of soap opera lovers Paluck recruited small groups all over the country who gathered to listen To create a control group she offered hundreds of other volunteers a radio show on health and HIV that said nothing about reconciliation—along with financial incentives not to listen to the La Benevolencija show for the time being The intervention lasted a year and the show was a huge hit The positive effects were striking Soap opera listeners were far more likely to say their community supported intermarriage between Hutus and Tutsis They were also more likely to agree that people should speak up about their trauma "You’re still left with tons of questions" Paluck says How long do those effects last What types of propaganda work against it "It takes a lot of time to accumulate the evidence and then you’re left with evidence from one program in one context" Paluck was fortunate to find a show with finely honed messages to which people actually wanted to listen Still her project underscored the ability of mass media to modulate perspectives of community norms In Canada Esses and her then–graduate student Andrea Lawson studied the reverse effect showing volunteers an editorial cartoon suggesting that immigrants spread infectious disease Esses who published her results in 2013 says she couldn’t imagine that looking at one cartoon would influence what she assumed were deeply held beliefs "I was surprised" she says that it did with prejudice against immigrants increasing by 05 to 15 points on a five- or seven-point scale Such attitudes can have a real impact on immigrants whose mental health can reflect the degree of welcome they receive in a host country We think of government as reflecting the will of the people But they tell us how we define ourselves as a nation Victoria Esses University of Western Ontario Canada Media messages exert power—for better and worse—because they play on our emotions But they can also influence attitudes by communicating outsiders’ experiences to the broader public Such "indirect" contact is easier to engineer than actual friendship between real people and it is gaining attention Aware that Paluck pulled off a version of indirect contact with the Rwandan radio show Brown in the United Kingdom has teamed up with an Italian children’s book author named Laura Ferraresi to design books for elementary schoolers One book Adventures and Mysteries at School: Tales Against Prejudice Drawn by Children describes children from Africa and China who move to Italy and enjoy life with new friends After 6 weeks of reading and discussing the book children in Italy were asked how much they would want to engage with immigrant children—for example by playing at school or inviting them to dinner The improvement was modest but real about a half-point on a five-point scale although how long the effect will last isn’t clear Brown and many others agree that for reducing prejudice nothing beats active engagement between newcomers and locals And such contact with refugees doesn’t get much more direct than it is in Canada these days There groups of up to five citizens can volunteer to sponsor a Syrian family for a year raising money for living expenses and providing social support In the last 18 months or so Canadians have sponsored thousands of refugees Researchers are already seeing hints that the program is affecting attitudes not only between sponsors and refugees but also in the wider community "It leads to civic activity which actually changes the climate" says Christopher Kyriakides a sociologist at York University in Toronto Canada "Neighbors who were once potentially against [sponsorship] have come around" In one of the first studies on private sponsorship of Syrian refugees he and his colleagues interviewed 105 sponsors and sponsored refugees Among the findings: It helps when sponsors view refugees as "persons who have rescued themselves" rather than "objects to be rescued" An 8-year-old Syrian refugee carries buckets for making maple syrup during a field trip outside of Toronto Canada BERNARD WEIL/TORONTO STAR VIA GETTY IMAGES Canada’s private sponsorship system and its tight control over who enters the country is vastly different from what has happened in Germany which experienced an exponentially greater influx over which it had less control Not surprisingly the German situation is far more complex and efforts to nurture contact have faced more hurdles Wagner as part of his new focus on refugees is trying to encourage mixing where possible He works with schools to set up classroom projects in which refugee and German children collaborate and he acts as an adviser to the German government promoting even distribution of refugees in different regions to avoid refugee "ghettos" At the University of Hagen in Germany social psychologist Stefan Stürmer is not only ensuring that contact happens but also studying what makes it most successful He is experimenting with a study-buddy program that pairs international students with native Germans Stürmer is examining what motivates local students to assist international ones "We try to match them with buddies who have a potential to fulfill those motivations" such as empathy for a foreign student or curiosity about a part of the world The emotions of the home students are complicated Stürmer has found "There is an empathic impulse and that might be a strong impulse but there are also other emotions" he says such as "insecurity intergroup anxiety concerns about behaving correctly offering [the] appropriate kind of help" Psychologists who have studied ethnic-based prejudice in the United States have found something similar: Because white people fear their own missteps they often hesitate to interact with black people Instead whites stay away avoiding even eye contact However promising some current interventions are scattered efforts on the ground can do only so much "You need structural changes" too says Thomas Pettigrew a social psychologist at the University of California Santa Cruz and at 86 years old a pioneer in the field Those changes can be something as simple as government-funded language classes because a shared language is one of the best ways to guarantee contact Political leadership also matters Anti-immigrant language by US and various European politicians may reflect the views of some of their constituents—but psychologists believe that the rhetoric can also fuel prejudice And the reverse is true: In December 2015 Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was filmed at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport warmly greeting the country’s first Syrian refugees Danielle Gaucher a social psychologist at the University of Winnipeg in Canada along with Esses and others have been surveying groups of more than 300 Canadians about their attitudes toward refugees over time Since Trudeau was elected in late 2015 those attitudes have improved notably In Canada "it became part of our national dialogue that we’re welcoming" Esses says Some drivers of prejudice such as economic instability or an uncontrolled influx of refugees can be hard for even the most seasoned politicians to manage Still Esses believes "We think of the government as reflecting the will of the people … but it tells us how we define ourselves as a nation"Cats have been part of human society for nearly 10000 years but they weren’t always string-chasers and lap-sitters Ancient felines hunted crop-destroying rats and mice for early farmers and in return we provided food and protection At least that’s what scientists have long speculated Now they can back it up Cat bones unearthed in a 5000-year-old Chinese farming village indicate that the animals consumed rodents and that some may have been cared for by humans The findings provide the earliest hard evidence of this mutually beneficial relationship between man and cat The book of cat domestication is missing a few pages The oldest record of cats entering human society comes from an early farming village known as Shillourokambos located on the southern coast of the Mediterranean island of Cyprus In 2001 researchers led by Jean-Denis Vigne now director of research at the French National Centre for Scientific Research in Paris discovered the shared grave of a human and feline underneath an ancient home The skeleton of the animal—dated to 9500 years ago—was surrounded by carved seashells indicating that cats held a special status in this society Indeed Vigne and others have argued that felines were important to the survival of such villages whose large surpluses of grain attracted armies of rodents; the tamest cats meanwhile cozied up to humans self-domesticating themselves over the course of thousands of years Yet there was no solid evidence for this hypothesis and cats largely vanished from the historical record until about 4000 years ago when they began to appear on the tomb paintings of ancient Egypt The new study fills in some of that missing history A team of archaeologists excavating an ancient settlement known as Quanhucun in central China has found eight cat bones—a pelvis a mandible and other pieces all dating to about 5300 years ago—scattered among other animal bones pottery fragments and stone tools in garbage pits around the site The villagers perhaps a thousand strong were successful millet farmers—and they clearly had a pest problem The researchers unearthed rodent burrows tunneled into grain storage pits and v-shaped ceramic vessels the size of giant flower vases likely designed to keep stored grain out of the mouths of scavengers The inhabitants’ best weapon against these rodents however may have been cats When the team analyzed the bones of the felines it discovered forms—or isotopes—of carbon and nitrogen that indicated that the cats ate small animals which themselves had eaten grain Based on other bones found at the site those animals were likely rodents the researchers report online today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences The species of the cats is unclear But the size and shape of the remains indicates they may belong to the genus Felis which encompasses several species of small felines including the Near Eastern wildcat (Felis silvestris lybica) believed to be the ancestor of today’s housecat While these animals were protecting crops villagers may have returned the favor One of the cats had an unusually high level of grain in its diet “That’s unexpected because cats are obligate carnivores” says team member Fiona Marshall a zooarchaeologist at Washington University in St Louis “It suggests that this cat was eating human food” Another cat was an older individual perhaps about 6 years old based on the wear of its teeth Marshall says “For a wildcat it’s very rare to have teeth so worn so old” says Vigne who was not involved in the study “The most acceptable interpretation is that this cat was taken care of by people I’m convinced that there was a tight connection between humans and cats at this time in China” “Scientists have long suspected that cats were drawn to early farming settlements because of rodents and human refuse but there’s never been actual evidence to test this hypothesis” Marshall says “That’s what’s exciting about these new data We’re finally seeing the mechanisms behind feline domestication” “This is a super-interesting opening chapter” says Carlos Driscoll whose genetic sequencing of hundreds of wild and domestic cats in 2007 pegged Felis silvestris lybica as the ancestor of today’s housecats “But it’s just the beginning of the conversation” For one thing he notes that the Quanhucun cats were found in the trash rather than buried with pomp like the Cyprus cat was “That raises the possibility that these animals weren’t pets at all They may have been eaten or used for their fur” The species also makes a big difference says Driscoll the WWF chair in conservation genetics at the Wildlife Institute of India in Dehradun If the Quanhucun cats are lybica they made it from the Near East to China thousands of years earlier than thought possibly along ancient trade routes But that also means that the cats were already tame and that the Chinese farmers played little role in their domestication It’s also possible he says that the Quanhucun cats were a different species of feline—perhaps jungle cats(Felis chaus) or leopard cats(Prionailurus bengalensis)—that were domesticated independently in China Because the DNA of these creatures is different from that found in modern housecats however these animals either died out or were overtaken by domestic cats from the Near East Vigne is now working with the Chinese team to sequence the DNA of the cat bones If the animals were wildcats he says it means that farming was critical to the domestication of the cat and that this turn of events may have happened more than once “In different places in the world you have this same process going on It strengthens our view of what led to this more intense relationship between humans and cats” It also means something more fundamental: The rise of human civilization was destined to give rise to the housecat Jayalalithaa said she had been targeted for the sole reason of working for the people ever since the day her mentor, Whether we get two,asking if he wished to respond to the criticism over his statement, and 43 centres had violated the MTP Act. RLSP has three Lok Sabha MPs — Upendra Kushwaha (Karakat),By: Express News Service | Panchkula | Published: October 18

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