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Himachal Kashmiri porters live in anxiety

first_imgShimla: There are visible signs of anxiety, if not worries, among 8000 Kashmiri porters on Narendra Modi government 2.0 decision to trifurcate Jammu & Kashmir and scrap Article 370, apart from removing Article 35A.”We don’t know how the situation turns. Right now, the worry is how to get connect to families and how their well-being as phones are not working in the valley and life has come to a complete halt,” says Mohammad Yusuf. Yusuf, who had been living in Shimla since 1975, says this this has happened for the first time. The phones have suddenly gone off and there is no other way to speak to the families in the crisis situation. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Manzoor Ahmad, who hails from Kashmir and working in Shimla as porter for past 18 years, too has similar complaint. “Abrogation of article is not unexpected thing. We have been hearing these speculations a long time ago in the valley. It’s not fair for me as being a poor wage earner to comment on such an important decision of the India’s government. Yet, the point is it should bring peace in the valley and create jobs. Why are we here away from homes, only to earn livings,” says Ahmad. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KShimla, as par official reports has 7000 to 8000 Kashmiri porters. Called as Khans in local parlance they are in fact Shimla’s lifeline. It’s difficult to manage trade, tourism and retail business without their help. They work at LGP agencies to carry cylinders for home deliveries. Help tourists to find hotels, carry their luggage on their backs, do loading and unloading job, and also work at ration/PDS depots. Every time there is trouble in Kashmir, the Kashmiri porters do feel scared though many admits that it’s militancy and lack of job avenues they have chosen Shimla to go the labour jobs. “This is very peaceful state. Shimla suits us climatically also. The place has lots of scope for earning, which helps us to feed the families back home. The developments in Kashmir or any violence sends us to tense moments,” admits Tariq, who is now into shawls business.last_img read more

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Jason Mraz To Perform In Myanmar Against Human Trafficking

first_imgMTV EXIT (End Exploitation and Trafficking) has announced a historic live concert in Myanmar to be held on December 16th to raise awareness and increase prevention of human trafficking.The free live concert will be held at the Yangon People’s Square, which lies at the base of the magnificent 2600 year-old Shwedagon Pagoda, one of the most iconic and auspicious sites in the country.Multi GRAMMY award-winning singer songwriter Jason Mraz will headline the event becoming the first international artist ever to perform at an open-air concert in Myanmar. Also performing are Myanmar’s top artists including Phyu Phyu Kyaw Thein and R Zarni. Sharing the stage at the free concert will be speakers from the anti-trafficking sector, government and donor community who work to fight human trafficking in Myanmar.In addition, MTV EXIT has launched a contest giving fans a chance to win a trip to see Jason Mraz live in Myanmar. Contest details are here.MTV EXIT Live in Myanmar will be broadcast in Myanmar on national television and will air across MTV’s international network in early 2013 as a special edition of “MTV World Stage,” MTV’s weekly live music series. Available in more than a half-billion homes, the program will feature performances, interviews and key educational information about human trafficking.The event is funded by the Australian Government’s Agency for International Development (AusAID), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Walk Free, a global movement to end modern-day slavery; and produced in partnership with the Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, the United Nations Inter-Agency Project Against Human Trafficking (UNIAP) and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).Jason Mraz has taken his musical journey from coffee houses to stadiums globally and now has two GRAMMY awards and six GRAMMY nominations to his credit. In 2008, his third album, We Sing We Dance We Steal Things, featured the hit “I’m Yours,” which sold more than 21 million units worldwide and the GRAMMY-winning songs “Make It Mine” and “Lucky.” Most recently, Mraz released Love Is A Four Letter Word, which features the chart-topping song, “I Won’t Give Up.” Mraz has been a longtime advocate against human trafficking, engaging with anti-trafficking organizations in Ghana and The Philippines. The Californian singer last performed to capacity crowds in Asia in June 2012 as part of the Tour Is A Four Letter Word world tour.Human trafficking is a tragic crime that enslaves and exploits its victims, the majority of which are women and children. There are more than 20 million people living in slavery around the world with Myanmar and Southeast Asia particularly affected. The concert forms part of a wider initiative that seeks to educate and train youth through innovative television programming, digital content, capacity building workshops and community-based events. MTV EXIT Live in Myanmar follows the production of two Myanmar MTV EXIT documentaries on human trafficking, which were broadcast in 2010 and 2012 on national television to educate the public about the dangers of trafficking.MTV EXIT is also proud to partner with Edelman, the world’s largest public relations firm. Further details on the concert including how to obtain free tickets will be released soon. For more information, click here or follow MTV EXIT on the following social media platforms: Twitter @mtvexit and Facebook.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

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