Jamshedpur simmers after seven brutal lynchings

first_imgNo fresh violence was reported in Jamshedpur city in Jharkhand on Sunday after the lynching of seven people on Thursday, though anger and anxiety were palpable in certain areas of the town.“Prohibitory orders under Section 144 were imposed from 10 p.m. on Saturday night to 6 a.m. on Sunday. Now the orders have been lifted. The situation is under control and there is adequate deployment of security forces,” Amit Kumar, District Collector ( DC) East Singhbhum told The Hindu.There was tension in Jugsalai area of the industrial city where final rites of two of the victims — Vikash Verma and Gautam Verma — were performed amid a large deployment of police. The victims, both brothers, were lynched at Nagadih on Thursday allegedly over rumours of child-lifting.In addition to the deployment of police and Rapid Action Force ( RAF), meetings were organised by community leaders in an attempt to ease the tensions. Iswar Soren, a prominent tribal leader held a meeting at Karandi on the outskirts of the city.Meanwhile, 18 people have been in the arrested in connection with the lynching and the subsequent violence, the DC said.On Thursday seven people were lynched in two separate incidents — four at Raj Nagar in Saraikela-Kharwawan district and three at Nagadih under Bagbera police station. Those killed at Raj Nagar were Muslims, said to be cattle traders while in Nagadi the dead were all Hindus.“14 persons have been arrested from Mango in the Jamsedhpur town. While ten of them were involved in stone pelting on Saturday, four have been behind orchestrating the violence on Saturday,” Mr Kumar said.Violence broke out in Mango, a suburb in Jamsedhpur city on Saturday when members of the Muslim community had called for a bandh protesting the Raj Nagar incident. Certain shops were open in the area and that triggered large-scale violence on Saturday.The police and administration have appealed to the people not to believe rumours and have carried appeals in local newspapers also. The State government has also announced a compensation of ₹2 lakh to the kin of each of the victims.Rumours of child-lifting gangs operating in certain parts of the State including Jadugoda in East Singhbhum district had surfaced on Whatsapp on May 10.Senior officials told The Hindu there seems to be a chain from where the Whatsapp messages originated. The police were trying to ascertain whether the rumours were systematically floated as a part of conspiracy to destabilise law and order or were just acts of mischief. According to locals, in certain areas parents stopped sending their children to school following the rumours.“While facebook and other social media activities can be monitored it. It is difficult to keep a check Whatsapp forwards,” a senior police official said.“We are also trying to tell people that they should not believe everything which comes as in Whatsapp forwards,” the District Collector said.last_img read more

Piracy rate at 80 percent in Africa

first_imgAdvertisement While the global rate of software piracy stands at around 42 percent, in Africa it is closer to 80 percent, according to the Business Software Alliance (BSA).The highest rate of piracy is in Zimbabwe, where 92 percent of software is being used illegally.“You could call it a developing world phenomenon,” says the BSA’s legal affairs manager Warren Weertman, who points out that a similar problem exists in Asia. Nor, he says, is it hard to understand why it happens. – Advertisement – “What you see is a proliferation of counterfeit or unlicensed copies of software being made available, often at a significantly reduced price,” Weertman says. “So people will often feel, ‘why buy a copy of Microsoft Office for what could be a couple of hundred dollars when you can pick up a bootleg copy for a couple of dollars?’.”[related-posts]Industry leaders, including the BSA and Microsoft, have been campaigning hard to convince both consumers and governments that software piracy doesn’t just hurt tech multinationals.It’s an uphill battle; in Africa, as Weertman points out, intellectual property (IP) rights are rarely enforced even when they are enshrined in law.From an economic perspective, it behooves African governments to work harder on the issue, Weertman believes. Along with generating tax revenues, buying licensed software also creates jobs, says Weertman.“When people are making use of licensed software, chances are that there will actually be in increase in jobs to support that legitimate IT infrastructure in markets,” he says. “It’s not just about lost tax. It actually goes to the heart of the issue of employment.”Pirated software can also cost a customer or business more when it stops working or works slowly, Weertman says, and comes with security risks.”We find that in most copies of counterfeit software a lot of the security features have been disabled.”One of the most crucial steps towards enforcing IP rights is for African governments to update their legal frameworks, Weertman says, which in some cases can be decades old. South Africa’s copyright act, he says, dates back to the 1970s, and although it has been modified several times since then, “it’s still not up to date with the digital economy that exists in the world today”.Microsoft has mounted a campaign to fight piracy across the continent. Monique Ferreira, Microsoft’s anti-piracy manager for South Africa, says the company focuses on educating the public about the security risks of piracy and the consequences of being caught — many consumers, she says, aren’t even aware they’re breaking the law. But they also work closely with the police and governments across the continent, trying to boost enforcement.A focus on law enforcement has yielded results in the past. Piracy rates in Russia fell from 73 percent in 2007 to 63 percent in 2011, says Weertman, largely due to rigorous prosecution of IP offenders by local police.But, he admits, many African consumers are simply unable to afford software licenses. “It can be a tricky debate, because ultimately it is important that people do get access to software,” he says.Microsoft has been finding ways for cash-strapped consumers to access legal versions of its products. These include offering pared-down versions of its Office suite at a reduced price, and a program allowing schools and universities licensing Office for their staff to install it free on students’ computers.Source: Zdnetlast_img read more