The Sacred Festival of Nine Nights CHAITRA NAVRATRI: CELEBRATING THE DIVINE FEMININE India is a land of rich cultural heritage, and festivals hold an important […]
A deadly fire at a migrant detention center in northern Mexico has claimed the lives of at least 39 people and left 29 others seriously injured. The facility was holding 68 men from Central and South America, with many hoping to cross into the United States once pandemic-related public health rules are lifted in May. Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has suggested the fire was caused by migrants setting mattresses on fire in protest at being deported. Local media reports have indicated tensions between the detained migrants and staff at the facility prior to the fire.
Netanyahu Endeavors Another Adjusting Act, Perhaps His Hardest Yet Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s longest-serving leader, is facing a challenging political situation as he tries to navigate […]
The Agneepath scheme launched by the Indian government aims to encourage young people to join the army and serve their nation. Young soldiers between the ages of 18-21 will be recruited for a period of four years, during which they will receive training in various aspects of military service. After completing their service, they will receive a sum of Rs 11 lakh 71 thousand and a qualification certificate from the government. The scheme is expected to reduce the burden of pension on the government and provide additional budget for the army to invest in their needs.
The Agneepath Yojana, a new Indian government scheme that aims to recruit and train youth to become soldiers, has sparked concerns over the future of the country’s border security. The plan involves recruiting soldiers for a period of only four years, after which they will be released back into the job market. Many are questioning whether four years is enough time to fully understand and commit to protecting the country, especially given the experience and knowledge required for such a challenging role. Additionally, concerns have been raised over the impact of the scheme on the spirit and respect for the military profession, and on the pension and benefits of soldiers.
Civil unrest erupted in Israel after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fired Defense Minister Yoav Gallant for speaking out against the government’s attempt to gain greater control over the selection of Supreme Court justices and limit the court’s authority over Parliament. Gallant’s dismissal sparked chaotic late-night demonstrations in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, with protesters blocking roads and breaking through police barriers. The crisis has already caused weeks of protests, tensions with the Biden administration, and unrest in the military, and now it has caused a rift in the governing coalition itself, prompting leading academics and trade unionists to intervene politically.
The war in Ukraine has seen a surge in foreign volunteers joining the fight against Russian-backed separatists. However, with no formal structure for vetting volunteers, individuals with problematic pasts and fabricated military records have become entrenched in the International Legion and other volunteer groups. This has led to unchecked access to weapons and military equipment, posing a significant risk to the safety and security of those involved in the conflict. Formal structures for vetting volunteers are crucial to ensuring that only qualified individuals have access to weapons and military equipment.
Los Angeles Unified School District has reached a tentative deal with the Service Employees International Union Local 99, representing 30,000 education workers, following a three-day strike that closed hundreds of campuses and canceled classes for 422,000 students. Local 99 said that the school district had met its key demands, including a 30% pay increase. The deal, which runs through June 30, 2024, gives support workers a series of retroactive pay raises and sets the minimum wage at $22.52 per hour. Workers employed as of June 30, 2021, will get a one-time $1,000 bonus. The deal must still be voted on by the full union.
Mindfulness meditation is a practice that involves paying attention to the present moment in a non-judgmental way. Research has shown that regular practice of mindfulness meditation can have numerous benefits for mental health, including reducing symptoms of anxiety, depression, and stress. Additionally, mindfulness meditation has been found to improve cognitive function and increase feelings of well-being. By incorporating mindfulness meditation into daily life, individuals can improve their overall mental health and well-being, making it a valuable tool for those looking to manage stress and improve their quality of life.