THE HIMALAYAN TALK: INDIAN GOVERNMENT FOOD SECURITY PROGRAM RISKIER

http://youtu.be/NrcmNEjaN8c The government of India has announced food security program ahead of elections in 2014. We discussed the issue with Palash Biswas in Kolkata today. http://youtu.be/NrcmNEjaN8c Ahead of Elections, India's Cabinet Approves Food Security Program ______________________________________________________ By JIM YARDLEY http://india.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/07/04/indias-cabinet-passes-food-security-law/

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALASH BISWAS CRITICAL OF BAMCEF LEADERSHIP

[Palash Biswas, one of the BAMCEF leaders and editors for Indian Express spoke to us from Kolkata today and criticized BAMCEF leadership in New Delhi, which according to him, is messing up with Nepalese indigenous peoples also. He also flayed MP Jay Narayan Prasad Nishad, who recently offered a Puja in his New Delhi home for Narendra Modi's victory in 2014.]

THE HIMALAYAN DISASTER: TRANSNATIONAL DISASTER MANAGEMENT MECHANISM A MUST

We talked with Palash Biswas, an editor for Indian Express in Kolkata today also. He urged that there must a transnational disaster management mechanism to avert such scale disaster in the Himalayas. http://youtu.be/7IzWUpRECJM

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALASH BISWAS LASHES OUT KATHMANDU INT'L 'MULVASI' CONFERENCE

अहिले भर्खर कोलकता भारतमा हामीले पलाश विश्वाससंग काठमाडौँमा आज भै रहेको अन्तर्राष्ट्रिय मूलवासी सम्मेलनको बारेमा कुराकानी गर्यौ । उहाले भन्नु भयो सो सम्मेलन 'नेपालको आदिवासी जनजातिहरुको आन्दोलनलाई कम्जोर बनाउने षडयन्त्र हो।' http://youtu.be/j8GXlmSBbbk

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALASH BISWAS LASHES OUT KATHMANDU INT'L 'MULVASI' CONFERENCE

अहिले भर्खर कोलकता भारतमा हामीले पलाश विश्वाससंग काठमाडौँमा आज भै रहेको अन्तर्राष्ट्रिय मूलवासी सम्मेलनको बारेमा कुराकानी गर्यौ । उहाले भन्नु भयो सो सम्मेलन 'नेपालको आदिवासी जनजातिहरुको आन्दोलनलाई कम्जोर बनाउने षडयन्त्र हो।' http://youtu.be/j8GXlmSBbbk

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALASH BISWAS BLASTS INDIANS THAT CLAIM BUDDHA WAS BORN IN INDIA

THE HIMALAYAN VOICE: PALASH BISWAS DISCUSSES RAM MANDIR

Published on 10 Apr 2013 Palash Biswas spoke to us from Kolkota and shared his views on Visho Hindu Parashid's programme from tomorrow ( April 11, 2013) to build Ram Mandir in disputed Ayodhya. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77cZuBunAGk

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALSH BISWAS FLAYS SOUTH ASIAN GOVERNM

Palash Biswas, lashed out those 1% people in the government in New Delhi for failure of delivery and creating hosts of problems everywhere in South Asia. http://youtu.be/lD2_V7CB2Is

Palash Biswas on BAMCEF UNIFICATION!

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALASH BISWAS ON NEPALI SENTIMENT, GORKHALAND, KUMAON AND GARHWAL ETC.and BAMCEF UNIFICATION! Published on Mar 19, 2013 The Himalayan Voice Cambridge, Massachusetts United States of America

BAMCEF UNIFICATION CONFERENCE 7

Published on 10 Mar 2013 ALL INDIA BAMCEF UNIFICATION CONFERENCE HELD AT Dr.B. R. AMBEDKAR BHAVAN,DADAR,MUMBAI ON 2ND AND 3RD MARCH 2013. Mr.PALASH BISWAS (JOURNALIST -KOLKATA) DELIVERING HER SPEECH. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oLL-n6MrcoM http://youtu.be/oLL-n6MrcoM

Imminent Massive earthquake in the Himalayas

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALASH BISWAS CRITICIZES GOVT FOR WORLD`S BIGGEST BLACK OUT

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALASH BISWAS CRITICIZES GOVT FOR WORLD`S BIGGEST BLACK OUT

THE HIMALAYAN TALK: PALASH BISWAS TALKS AGAINST CASTEIST HEGEMONY IN SOUTH ASIA

Palash Biswas on Citizenship Amendment Act

Mr. PALASH BISWAS DELIVERING SPEECH AT BAMCEF PROGRAM AT NAGPUR ON 17 & 18 SEPTEMBER 2003 Sub:- CITIZENSHIP AMENDMENT ACT 2003 http://youtu.be/zGDfsLzxTXo

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Step-parents less likely to kill children than biological parents: study

http://news.nationalpost.com/2011/11/23/step-parents-less-likely-to-kill-children-than-biological-parents-study/

Step-parents less likely to kill children than biological parents: study

 Nov 23, 2011 – 11:42 PM ET

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Cinderella's evil stepmother and two stepsisters.

By Karen Seidman

MONTREAL — Forget the evil stepmother — a new study from the Universite de Montreal shows that Cinderella probably should have been a lot more fearful of her biological parents.

The findings in Jean-Philippe Quenneville's psychology master's thesis show that for 182 children under the age of 12 who were killed in Quebec between 1990 and 2007, the biological parents were responsible in more than 75 per cent of the cases.

Contrary to popular perception, step-fathers were the aggressors in only 11 per cent of the cases.

While Quenneville agrees that step-fathers represent a high proportion of cases, in terms of absolute numbers, he said, biological parents are still responsible for far more cases of child murder.

Furthermore, step-parents were less likely to use a weapon or direct action to kill a child; they were more often guilty of abuse or neglect. But biological parents were more likely to set out to kill their children.

Of the 139 deaths attributed to biological parents, 28 were the result of ill treatment and all other cases involved the use of a weapon or direct action, such as strangulation, drowning or poisoning. In cases involving step-parents, a weapon was used in four out of 20 cases and 14 deaths resulted from ill treatment.

"The methods used by biological parents are much more lethal, which indicates that their true intention is to kill, contrary to step-parents," said Quenneville.

Although child murder is still rare, the cases tend to be rather high-profile, as has been the case with the ongoing Shafia trial and with cardiologist Guy Turcotte.

 

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It's enough of a problem that, last month, Quebec Health Minister Yves Bolduc said he was putting together a committee of experts to come up with suggestions on how to prevent what looks like an increase in family violence.

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Quenneville's study should provoke an interesting debate among psychologists who espouse the Cinderella Effect, which argues that children are much more likely to be mistreated at the hands of their step-parents than at the hands of their genetic parents. Quenneville said his findings are similar for step-fathers, but there are still so many cases among biological parents that he set out to discover why.

 

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Among primates, the aggressor is usually a male who joins a new group and kills the offspring of the female he hopes to conquer to maximize the odds of reproduction.

Some psychologists argue that this reproductive strategy is used by humans and explains why child murder occurs when a new partner or spouse arrives in an established household. But since biological parents may be even more likely to kill a child, Quenneville felt that explanation doesn't delve deep enough.

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In non-human primates, the biological parents are rarely guilty of child murder while it is the opposite for humans. Quenneville looked for clues to understand this. One important one is that child murder is practised in all societies and is often related to difficult economic conditions.

Quenneville believes one reason for child murder is an evolutionary mechanism to help control parental investment, in line with other cultural expressions such as contraception, abortion and adoption. The higher the investment, the greater the odds that the parent will want to invest in cases with the best chances of success.

For example, when twins were born in several pre-industrial societies, it wasn't uncommon to eliminate one of them if it was deemed too difficult to raise both of them properly. Also, when a higher economic value is placed on male offspring, young girls can be at risk, as has been seen in China and India.

But he in no way believes this explanation justifies the practice.

"Today, with all the other methods of birth control, killing offspring is clearly pathological and not a reproductive strategy," said Quenneville.

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