Skip to main content

Delhi govt to upgrade facilities at night shelters

Homeless people living in night shelters in the city can hope for better amenities in coming days as Delhi Government decided to upgrade facilities at these centres as soon as possible. After visiting various night shelters on Monday, Delhi Finance Minister A K Walia, said he has directed the departments concerned to provide adequate medical facilities to the occupants apart from basic amenities such as toilet, clean ambience, sanitation, blankets and drinking water.
Delhi Government has already released Rs two crore for improving infrastructure at permanent night shelters. Walia said government would do its best to provide shelter to all the homeless people in the city so that they can protect themselves from the shivering cold.

Walia said 86 temporary night shelters have been functioning in the city currently against 24 last year. He said 64 permanent night shelters are being operated by Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board which functions under Delhi Government.

Earlier these shelters were run by Slum and JJ Department of MCD. Walia said DUSIB was in process of identifying more places for setting up of night shelters.The Minister also instructed the officers to deploy mobile health check-up vans at each and every night shelter at least twice a week.

Walia said he was also coordinating with Health Department and NGOs to make arrangements to undertake chest x-ray of all homeless presently putting up in night shelters. An amount of Rs 70 lakh has already been released by the DUSIB for providing beddings to the homeless people intemporary night shelters.


Comments

Popular posts from this blog

"Facebook Tests a New Feature To Let Users Enjoy Events Togather"

Facebook is testing a new feature to let users share events that they are interesting in attending to, on their "Stories" so that they can coordinate with friends and enjoy events together.

According to a TechCrunch report, the test will involve a new option to "Share to Your Story" that appears when you visit an event's page on Facebook.

"If shared, friends will see a tappable sticker within your Story that includes the event details and lets friends respond that they're also 'interested' right from the Story itself," the report added.

Friends also can tap on the sticker in the Story to visit the event page.

"There's also a link to the event page built in and a way to start a group chat on Messenger with friends who responded," said The Verge.

The test is currently rolling out to users in the US, Mexico and Brazil.

To use the new test feature, go to the Events page, click "Share" below the date and time of the eve…

Sudan Restricts Social Media Access to Counter Protest Movement

Since last year Internet freedom in Sudan declined due to a crippling economic crisis that made access to ICTs prohibitively expensive for everyday users. The government also exerted increasing control over the online sphere by arresting online journalists and activists and introducing new restrictive laws and also blocking access to social media used to organise nationwide anti-government protests triggered by an economic crisis.


Sudan has been rocked by near-daily demonstrations in the past over two weeks.

In a Northeast African country where the state controls traditional media, the internet has become an important information battleground. Of Sudan’s 40 million people, about 13 million use the internet and more than 28 million own mobile phones.

According to local media, about 13 million of Sudan’s 40 million people use the internet.
Hashtags in Arabic such as “Sudan’s_cities_revolt” have been widely circulated from Sudan and abroad. Hashtags in English such as #SudanRevolts have…

Largest Spike in Hate Crimes Since 9/11, Says a Report

The number of hate crimes reported in the United States jumped by 17% last year, the largest increase since 2001 when the terrorist hijackings on 9/11 fueled a surge in attacks on Americans of Muslim and Arab ancestry.

A total of 7,175 hate crime incidents were reported to the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program in 2017, up from 6,121 in 2016, said the UCR Program's annual Hate Crime Statistics report, Xinhua reported.

It's the third year in a row the FBI has reported an increase in hate crimes. The number of hate crimes in 2016 rose about five percent from 2015.

The 2017 incidents encompass 8,437 total offences, meaning some involved multiple criminal charges.

According to the report, the most common bias categories in single-bias incidents were race/ethnicity/ancestry (59.6 percent), religion (20.6 percent), and sexual orientation (15.8 percent).

The victims represented a cross section of society, with African-Americans and Jews the most frequently targeted victims. Of 34…