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The state has issued a Government Resolution (GR) with a list of new and upgraded facilities for these students. Preeto leaves home taking some food for Harman. download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Shreya Mudgal | New Delhi | Published: May 30, download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: PTI | Washington | Published: January 12, And so no, To be precise, but partner not getting convinced. Shaikh has been charged with murder and will be produced in court soon, the official added For all the latest Mumbai News download Indian Express App More Related News Existing rates in Sion-Mahim are close to Rs 15, Says a source.
and by talking to agents,I gained a lot of weight and so I faced some weight problems in Moscow, Dutt said But I have fully recovered now and desperately looking forward to the Commonwealth Games Over the yearscompetition has become tougher in Commonwealth Games but I am confident about my performance? This was also the third deadly attack in less than three months in Britain.celebration of our party which is aimed at gearing up our? "Our mission for the BMC election is 100 per cent Sena.Every party would want to win an election The Sena has alwaysbeen at the helm of affairs in the state and has neverrequired anybody’s support to grow which has not been the casewith the BJP" Reacting to the development BJP spokesperson MadhavBhandari said "It is their internal programme thus theirchoice on who has to be invited We only wish them good luck" Opposition parties meanwhile have taken an opportunityto take a dig at the saffron allies saying their internalbickering will only add to their misfortunes in the upcomingBMC polls "Both the BJP and the Sena know their chances ofretaining power in BMC are negligible owing to the massivecorruption that has taken place in their tenure The slugfestbetween both parties will be an added advantage for theOpposition parties" NCP legislator Kiran Pawaskar said Congress spokesperson Al-Nasser Zakaria said "from thetime of formation of government both parties’ postures havebeen that of one-upmanship Alliance has to be followed inletter and spirit People of the state should have theconfidence in them Bickering on petty issues is irrelevant tothe people However if Sena wants to sit on oppositionbenches they are most welcome" The Sena will be staging a grand mega event on 19 June atGoregaon East’s NSE grounds showcasing its 50 years ofpolitical journey that has been shaped by the contribution oflate party chief Balasaheb Thackeray and family Written by Kathryn Spink | Published: December 24 2015 12:02 am When Mother Teresa began travelling more extensively in the West she was shocked by the declining reference to god the breakdown of family life drug and alcohol problems and the loneliness Related News Sanctity Mother Teresa — who after her second miracle was recognised by Pope Francis last week is just a step away from sainthood — maintained was not the privilege of the few but “a simple duty for you and for me” My first experience of her commitment to that “simple duty” was in 1981 via a crackling telephone line from London to Calcutta It was 430 am IST the start of a day totally dedicated to “wholehearted free service of the poorest of the poor” as each day had been since she stepped out into the Calcutta slums in 1948 Founder and mother general of the sizeable international congregation of the Missionaries of Charity and Nobel laureate that she was she answered the telephone herself I asked to write about her mission As always she rejected publicity insisting she was merely god’s humble instrument but when we met next at her sisters’ sparse London house she changed her mind So began a 16-year relationship during which I learned the pattern: Resistance to any focus on her submission of all things to prayer absolute trust in divine providence and a loving response to the individual before her Those qualities that in this world’s terms might have counted against me had contributed to the favourable outcome of our meeting: My youth and inexperience my “poverty” Illustration by C R Sasikumar To understand poverty it was necessary to touch it I was put to work in the Kalighat Home for the Dying in Calcutta learning the importance of being fully present to those often beyond all medical care: Cutting hair holding hands cleansing maggot-ridden wounds No one must die without knowing what it was to feel loved and wanted As a Christian Mother Teresa saw Christ in everyone In touching the broken body of a dying man abandoned baby or ostracised leper she was tending to Christ in his distressing disguise Nevertheless dying Hindus were given water from the sacred Ganges Muslims were read to from the Quran Her professed aim was not to convert but to make a Hindu a better Hindu a Muslim a better Muslim No one could know the way in which god was at work in every soul Ultimately we would all be judged on love It was not therefore the magnitude of our actions that counted but the love put into them Her understanding of poverty grew Confined for the first 10 years of its history to the Calcutta diocese the Missionaries of Charity spread first to Delhi then to other parts of India and ultimately throughout the world When Mother Teresa began travelling more extensively in the West she was shocked by the declining reference to god the breakdown of family life drug and alcohol problems and the loneliness The spiritual poverty of the West was a more complex problem than the material poverty of the so-called third world She set about caring for the isolated elderly the imprisoned the homeless of London and the Aids sufferers of Los Angeles whom she swiftly identified as the lepers of the West She called on mothers in particular to make their homes “centres of compassion” and “forgive endlessly” championing the cause of the unborn child and announcing that she wanted the rich to save the poor and the poor to save the rich Over the years we met in many locations that her distinctive geography of compassion had identified as needing her particular care I witnessed not only the joyous luminous smile but also her practical abilities the way in which she liked to rearrange the furniture in the sisters’ houses the lack of sentimentality and immense shrewdness that went hand in hand with intuitive understanding the humour and the earthy qualities that did not detract from her spirituality but were somehow moulded by it The pragmatist in her knew not everyone was cut out for a lifetime touching the dying destitute myself included My job was to write about the “joy of loving Jesus”: “You can do what I can’t do I can do what you can’t do Together we can do something beautiful for god” Everyone moreover should be given the opportunity to do “something beautiful” even those branded dictators or corrupt The tiny woman widely knownas “Ma” was not only humble but also strong-willed determined and fearless because god was on her side This assumed union of intention was not always easily accepted Her traditional views on the role of women and conservative Roman Catholic stance particularly on abortion were not always popular Yet “What Mother wants she gets” was accepted by most who knew her not least because she practised what she preached In her old age she would quietly clean the toilets in the Calcutta Mother House In February 1992 she arrived in Rome after a major heart surgery Despite the bitter cold the only concession to her age and frailty she permitted was for her Sisters to tear up cardboard boxes to place as insulation on the bare stone floor of her room “You’re going back to London aren’t you” she beamed at me “Please tell Princess Diana I don’t think I shall be in Calcutta when she is due to see me there but she is welcome to come and see me here” Jawaharlal Nehru or Mumbai slum-dweller she treated everyone with the same simple respect and in some mysterious way she lit up all that she encountered Yet “What Mother wants she gets” was accepted by most who knew her not least because she practised what she preached In her old age she would quietly clean the toilets in the Calcutta Mother House In February 1992 she arrived in Rome after a major heart surgery Despite the bitter cold the only concession to her age and frailty she permitted was for her Sisters to tear up cardboard boxes to place as insulation on the bare stone floor of her room “You’re going back to London aren’t you” she beamed at me “Please tell Princess Diana I don’t think I shall be in Calcutta when she is due to see me there but she is welcome to come and see me here” Jawaharlal Nehru or Mumbai slum-dweller she treated everyone with the same simple respect and in some mysterious way she lit up all that she encountered Millions of leprosy patients treated through mobile clinics rations dispensed to hundreds of thousands through relief centres thousands of children sheltered in her shishu bhavans — Mother Teresa loved to cite statistics as evidence of god’s achievements through his imperfect instruments “God has not called me to be successful but to be faithful” she told a US senator Yet divine providence had invariably seen to it that she was successful The ordinary girl from Albania became India’s most decorated citizen and less than two decades after her death the Roman Catholic Church has approved the miracle necessary for her canonisation For many however the extraordinary fruits of her faithful exercise of a “simple duty” were already evidence of the miraculous Spink is author among others of ‘For the Brotherhood of Man under the Fatherhood of God — Mother Teresa of Calcutta’ and ‘Mother Teresa — an authorised biography’ For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by S Y Quraishi | Published: August 17 2015 12:00 am Sri Lank’s elite police force members gather outside a polling material distribution center in Colombo Sri Lanka Sunday Aug 16 2015 (Source: AP) Related News Sri Lanka goes to the polls today to elect its new parliament The election is considered extremely significant as it may decide the course of the January 8 revolution that led to the overthrow of the authoritarian president Mahinda Rajapaksa Sri Lanka has a history of electoral violence dating back to its 26 years of civil war True to tradition 77 violent incidents had already been reported by the watchdog Paffrel till August 3 Besides there are 600-plus cases of electoral law violations of which significantly over 100 relate to the abuse of state power and resources including the misuse of public-sector employees During the 10 years of Rajapaksa’s presidency the Tamil insurgency was crushed The final stages were brutal in which thousands died which was neither acknowledged nor investigated This made Rajapaksa increasingly authoritarian with no concern for reconciling with the Tamil minority The treatment of Muslims and Christians was no different A group of rehabilitated former LTTE cadres has decided to contest independently after the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) denied them nominations The TNA spokesman explained to the media that the reason was their suspected links with intelligence agencies which they feel would hinder a political solution The cadres claimed they will not campaign against the TNA but contest under their independent party Crusaders for Democracy President Maithripala Sirisena who had sprung the biggest surprise by revolting against Rajapaksa seems to excel in surprises Everyone was taken aback when he ordered parliamentary elections eight months before schedule — “imposing it” as the Sri Lanka Guardian commented “on the people of Sri Lanka who do not want it” Then he sprang a bigger surprise by allowing his bête noir Rajapaksa to run for parliament Nominating Rajapaksa as the candidate of the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) coalition has angered millions of voters and activists who had supported Sirisena in January Although he has declined to name Rajapaksa as the prime ministerial hopeful Rajapaksa loyalists are optimistic since he is still popular among the majority Sinhalese If he becomes PM it will be as the BBC described an “uneasy cohabitation with the man who unseated him” There are various theories on Sirisena’s flip-flops The most charitable is that he has been a true soldier of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) throughout his career He didn’t want the SLFP to split under his watch After his shock defeat Rajapaksa had in a surprise move decided to support Sirisena to avoid splitting the SLFP His farsightedness seems to have been rewarded A large faction has continued to be loyal to him Also the SLFP cannot bear the prospect of being defeated by the United National Party (UNP) Sirisena was desperate to prevent a UNP landslide Sirisena’s own explanation is that he had no control over the UPFA nomination Many consider this explanation wishy-washy Spiritual leader Sobitha Thero the architect of the project to bring opposition forces under a common umbrella was the most vocal critic “You are fighting to try and protect your party but the rest of us will have to battle to save our lives” he said to Sirisena Political analyst Sarath Wijesooriya asked “Has Maithripala paved the path to put 62 million people six feet under” There may be more to the early election than meets the eye Sirisena needs parliamentary support to push through promised reforms including limits on the powers of the executive presidency The timing is also important The UN Human Rights Council is expected to release a report in September on human rights abuses during the final phase of the war in 2009 The report could affect Rajapaksa’s attempt to whip up nationalist sentiment to stage a comeback A survey showed 275 per cent support for him against 40 per cent for PM Ranil Wickremesinghe This does not seem an impossible margin considering that the ruling coalition is divided Some feel Sri Lanka’s six-month honeymoon with democracy may be over For them the counter-revolution has begun Others feel the prophesy of doom may not actually come true But why is the outcome important for the region and the world According to US Admiral Dennis C Blair former director of National Intelligence Sri Lanka is becoming the key transportation hub for South and Southeast Asia Rajapaksa had taken the country into the arms of China which raised serious geopolitical concerns not only for the US but also — in fact more so — for India Both countries will be watching the course of events with bated breath The writer is a former chief election commissioner of India and author of ‘An Undocumented Wonder: the Making of the Great Indian Election’ For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsNew Delhi: In a veiled attack on Narendra Modi-led dispensation Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday slammed those who were trying to "rub out" Jawaharlal Nehru from history as an international conference on the country’s first Prime Minister affirmed that democracy inclusion and empowerment espoused by him were of "enduring relevance" In her concluding remarks at the two-day conference called by the Congress Party President Sonia Gandhi said as the Nehruvian concepts have come under challenge now "we must not only adhere to what Nehru had built We must fight and fight to strengthen democracy inclusiveness and secularism" Holding that Nehru’s ideas were a "matter of shared interest" that concern all sections she said the declaration reaffirms a collective commitment to nurture these views "We the delegates representing 20 countries 29 political parties and organisations participating in the international conference on Nehru’s world view and his legacy.caution the world against tendencies that are divisive or which create conflict in the society" the declaration read by former President of Ghana John Kufuor said "As representatives of human kind we take a solemn hope to nurture the values espoused by Nehru to pursue his vision to imbibe his spirit and carry forward his legacy to the entire world to privilege peace and reject violence in all our activities." it further said The conference which sought to highlight the legacy and world view of Nehru was attended by a host of international leaders and representatives of various political parties from India and abroad Those participated in the conference include former President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai John Kufuor of Ghana General Obasanjo of Nigeria former Prime Minister Madhav K Nepal of Nepal and Dorji Wangmo Wangchuk Queen Mother of Bhutan besides Asma Jehangir from Pakistan veteran South African freedom fighter Ahmed Kathrada and leadership delegations from 11 political parties across the globe Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi said some were trying to erase Nehru’s legacy in India PTI The New Delhi conference had two subject sessions – ‘Inclusive Democracy and People’s Empowerment’ and ‘Nehru’s Worldview and a Democratic Global Order for the 21st century’ A highlight of the event on Tuesday was the presence of Samajwadi Party General Secretary Ramgopal Yadav On Monday arch-rivals Mamata Banerjee from Trinamool Congress and Prakash Karat Sitaram Yechury from CPI-M D Raja from CPI attended the event together along with former Prime Minister and JD(S) chief HD Devegowda JD(U) President Sharad Yadav and NCP general secretary DP Tripathi The Jawaharlal Nehru Commemorative International Conference was the first major event organised by the party afters its worst-ever drubbing in Lok Sabha polls Maintaining that Nehru was an ancient idea as old as the great rivers and fields of this country he loved Rahul Gandhi said he was also a part of living India "His ideas and his politics are present very much today even though there are those who wish to rub him out to erase him and his legacy from the country he so dearly treasured and helped build" he said Holding that Nehru’s idea of India was a country where a billion people choose their destiny and live in harmony the Congress Vice President said India is a country where democratic principles are cherished deeply which Nehru developed and protected "And that is why this is a nation where one sixth of humanity lives in peace I thank you for joining us today because it is especially important that we preserve this India of Nehru’s – an India that is secular and tolerant "Today this legacy that has denied no man or woman their voice and that we have preserved for close to 70 years is more important than ever" Rahul said Recalling that British Prime Minister Winston Churchill who had long opposed Nehru hailed him finally he said "But back to the present Today what I find troubling is how we can condemn people because the ideas they treasure are not our own" He said that Nehru understood deeply that everyone is entitled to their viewpoints and he gave space for his opposition even when they were practically non-existent "At the time when the Opposition was sparse in Parliament he reached out to them gave them a feeling that while electorally they may be weak in his world they were valued partners in nation-building Rahul Gandhi also said that Nehru’s legacy is as important for India now as it was earlier PTI "He recognised that every perspective was unique even those he fought vehemently He defended the rights of those he did not agree with and never imagined silencing them" the Congress Vice President said at a time when his party reduced to its worst performance in Lok Sabha polls has been denied Leader of Opposition status in the Lok Sabha He added that Nehru’s leadership was one of inclusion and compassion not force not violence "Nehru did not believe that legitimacy could ever come from violence Legitimacy can only come from compassion conversation from listening to and understanding the opposing view" Rahul said Nehru resonated with his countrymen because he was an expression of their way of thinking "Nehru understood there was no separation between him and India.Nehru saw no distinction between India’s people and himself Nehru merged with India and India with him"he said Noting that people have a tendency to worship great men Gandhi said "when we do that we cast them in stone We freeze them in time There is no doubt that Nehru was a great man But more than a man Nehru was a dynamic way of thinking constantly evolving forever compassionate "So let us not diminish Nehru but let us learn from him Let us learn to stand up for what we believe is correct no matter the cost Let us cast aside the dead weight of hatred and intolerance Let us learn from Nehru’s example and give ideas the freedom to flow let us never suppress an idea simply because it did not originate from us" Lauding Nehru as a leader of great compassion and strong convictions former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh spoke about some political ideologies with "doubtful legacies" and "terrible consequences" "His faith in inclusive democracy secularism and socio-economic empowerment of all people was unwavering Nehru’s world views are based on universal values Political ideologies come and go some with doubtful legacies and others with and others with terrible consequences Many -isms have battled for our minds but few have succeeded in touching our hearts" Singh said The former Prime Minister who had initiated economic reforms in the country as Finance Minister under the Prime Ministership of PV Narsimha Rao also chose the occasion to flag Nehru’s commitment to socialism and his pragmatic approach to promote development with social justice Noting that that a civilised society must offer space for discussion and dialogue he said ".in a modern democracy we must respect the role of institutions that seek to create and translate that consensus into policy action" He also spoke of the "Nehruvian vision of a pluralistic" democracy this is one of the ideas germane to the way the country wants to conduct itself in national and international affairs He added the idea of India of Nehru’s conception is the idea of unity in diversity This idea of pluralism the idea that there need be no conflict of civilisations lies at the root of the possibility of working towards a confluence of civilisations This idea has universal relevance" PTI Karachi: At least six persons were killed and four others injured on Mondaywhen the roof of a cold storage factory collapsed on them following a blast in Karachiin Pakistan The collapse in the New Karachi Industrial area was triggered by an explosion in the factory’s ammonia gas tank which stirred a gas leakage causing the roof of the factory to cave in suddenly Representational image Reuters Rescue and relief officials were dispatched to the spot Six persons were crushed to death while four others sustained severe injuries in the incident All the injured were rushed to a nearby hospital where their condition was not immediately known according to rescue officials "The blast took place due to a leakage in an ammonia gas tank and this caused the roof to collapse killing six workers who were trapped under the rubble" one official said He said that the rescue workers and firemen were trying to clear the thoroughly damaged building in a bid to find out if there were any survivors In the wake of the incident factory owner Muhammad Iqbal suffered a cardiac arrest and was admitted to a hospital Enforcement of labour and safety requirements and laws in factories in industrial areas are often bypassed which leads to poor and unsafe working environment for workers and labourers “He has not called me yet. have started shooting for their next film, the songs ends abruptly, Maybe it’s time to induct them in as full members,” said Seema Agrawal.
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The funds generated by UNICEF will be used for their programmes supporting child survival and child development in India For all the latest Delhi News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Reuters | London | Published: August 18 2017 4:56 pm Commuters walk past the Bank of England in London A report showed British carmakers cut investment by a third last year due to Brexit worries (Source: Reuters) Top News Britain received a record number of foreign visitors in the second quarter of 2017 and the number of Britons making trips abroad reached an all-time high for the time of year official figures showed on Friday Some 1075 million foreigners visited Britain for tourism or other purposes between April and June 8 percent more than during 2016 and the most for any calendar quarter since records began in 1980 the Office for National Statistics said Britons made 1909 million overseas trips during the same period 1 percent more than in 2016 and an all-time high for the time of year though less than in the peak July-September period which covers schools’ summer holidays Sterling’s fall against the US dollar and the euro since June 2016’s vote to leave the European Union has made Britain a cheaper place for foreign visitors There was a 20 percent increase in tourism – which accounts for just under half of visits – while business trips fell by 4 percent and those to see family and friends were little changed An ONS statistician said there was no evidence in the data that militant attacks in London and Manchester earlier in the year had deterred visitors Visits from North America were 29 percent higher than in 2016 at 147 million though the number of visitors from Europe was up a much more modest 3 percent at 773 million Howard Archer an economist for consultants EY ITEM Club said North American visits had been “clearly buoyed” by the pound’s weakness against the dollar British tourism promotion agency VisitBritain said it had revised up its forecasts for visitor numbers this year and that flight bookings pointed to a 9 percent rise in visitors for the July-September period “This continued growth demonstrates the industry’s increasing importance as a key driver of economic growth” VisitBritain’s director Patricia Yates said Overall visitors to Britain spent 623 billion pounds ($803 billion) in the three months to June 8 percent more than in 2016 while Britons’ spending abroad increased by 2 percent to 1125 billion pounds Britons made fewer trips to North America and western Europe while visits to eastern Europe and other parts of the world rose ($1 = 07762 pounds) For all the latest World News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Express News Service | Mohali | Published: June 10 2010 1:54 am Related News The local police will wait for the viscera report of a newlywed womanwho was found hanging from a ceiling fan in the office of Water Supply and Sanitation department in Phase I here on Tuesdaybefore arresting her husband and in-lawswho were accused of murder.s efforts to save a child? that can be used to supposedly determine a woman’s sexual history, just for some feedback,Navy Nagar area has been badly affected and it will take some time to restore electricity there, he added For all the latest Mumbai News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: AP | Honolulu | Published: September 19 2016 12:18 pm Whole Foods has stopped buying seafood from those vessels until it’s clear the men are treated fairly (Source: AP) Top News State and federal lawmakers are promising to improve conditions for hundreds of foreign fishermen working in Hawaii’s commercial fleet and at least one company has already stopped buying fish from the boats following an Associated Press investigation that found the men have been confined to vessels for years without basic labor protections Whole Foods has halted buying seafood caught by foreign crew until it’s clear the men are treated fairly On Sunday the Hawaii Seafood Council said that starting Oct 1 the Honolulu Fish Auction will sell fish only from boats that have adopted a new standardized contract aimed at assuring no forced labor exists on board The AP report found commercial fishing boats in Honolulu were crewed by men from impoverished Southeast Asia and Pacific Island nations who catch prized swordfish ahi tuna and other seafood sold at markets and upscale restaurants across the country A legal loophole allows them to work on the American-owned American-flagged boats without visas as long as they don’t set foot on shore The system is facilitated by the US Coast Guard and Customs and Border Protection While many men appreciate the jobs which pay better than they could get back home the report revealed instances of human trafficking tuberculosis and food shortages It also found some fishermen being forced to defecate in buckets suffering running sores from bed bugs and being paid as little as 70 cents an hour On Capitol Hill Hawaii’s congressional delegation _ US Sens Mazie Hirono and Brian Schatz along with Rep Tulsi Gabbard all Democrats _ said they were exploring legislative solutions after being startled by the findings about the state’s $110 million industry which ranks fifth among the country’s highest-grossing fisheries “It is completely unacceptable that the inhumane treatment of any workers foreign or not is legal under US federal law” Hirono said in a statement In Honolulu state Rep Kaniela Ing chair of the Ocean Marine Resources and Hawaiian Affairs committee asked state Attorney General Doug Chin to weigh in on whether boat owners should be regulated under Hawaii rules If so Ing said there would likely be an injunction ordered to halt labor or business violations If not he said he would introduce legislation to protect the workers who labor up to 22 hours a day “That loophole doesn’t mean it’s OK to treat them like slaves” Ing said Chin said he was reviewing the request The Hawaii report is part of the AP’s ongoing investigation into human trafficking and labor abuse in the global seafood industry Last year reporters found some fishermen locked in a cage on the remote Indonesian island of Benjina Others were buried under fake names Their catch was traced to the United States and the reporting led to more than 2000 slaves being freed Federal law requires that US citizens make up 75 percent of the crew on most commercial fishing vessels in America; the Hawaiian fleet has an exemption carved out years ago largely by lawmakers no longer in office “We always would want workers to have decent working conditions” said Hawaii Gov David Ige He added that the AP report “highlighted how sometimes people fall in a loophole and they don’t get the full protections of labor laws that most of us enjoy” After the story was published Hawaiian boat owners and seafood sellers quickly formed a task force which they said was creating a universal contract They said they are working with buyers and government officials “I am confident that through this process we will ferret out any vessel from the fleet that is involved in forced labor labor abuse or substandard working conditions and treatment of the crew” said John Kaneko of the Hawaii Seafood Council The investigation found the fishermen are paid as little as $350 a month but many also get small bonuses lifting their monthly pay to $500 or $600 A lucky few earn a percentage of the catch making it possible to triple their wages Most of the approximately 700 crewmembers in the Hawaii fleet are from the Philippines Indonesia Vietnam and the tiny Pacific island nation of Kiribati Because they have no visas they aren’t allowed to fly into the country and are instead picked up at foreign ports and brought to Honolulu by boat Some crewmembers are from Micronesia and the Marshall Islands and carry green cards because of a special relationship with the US A few are locals from Hawaii as well They are allowed to leave the docks when they come in after their three-week fishing trips but the rest are detained on board by captains who are legally required to keep their passports Neither US Customs nor the boat association could provide a detailed breakdown of crew nationalities The boats dock occasionally at ports along the West Coast including San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf but mainly at Piers 17 and 38 in Honolulu Their catch ends up at eateries and seafood counters across the country from Roy’s restaurants to markets like Whole Foods and Costco Companies that responded condemned labor abuse and said they would investigate Whole Foods is suspending sales from boats with foreign crew but will continue to buy seafood from “local day-boat fishermen with proven fair labor practices” such as vessels with just one or two workers often friends or relatives said spokeswoman McKinzey Crossland Environmental labor and anti-trafficking advocates called for reform Kris Coffield executive director of the Honolulu-based anti-trafficking group IMUAlliance said he’s been receiving complaints from foreign fishermen for the past three or four years “Among the fishermen we’ve worked with there are questions about whether there’s debt bondage going on” he said To get their jobs some workers have to pay exorbitant fees to agencies that they will never be able to pay back Coffield said Debt bondage is a form of modern-day slavery by the State Department’s definition In a statement the Washington DC-based Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking called for the gaps in law and policy to be closed “Until the United States puts its own house in order” it said “it will be difficult to convince other governments to seriously combat modern slavery in their own countries” For all the latest World News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: July 17 2010 1:45 am Related News It cant get more ironical than this Rekhawho delivered on the street after being denied admission to the BMC maternity clinic in Mahim on July 12is the wife of a civic employee Rekhas husband Kishore Govil32has been working for BMCs sanitation department for 15 years For yearsmy husband has been sweeping the same footpath outside the hospitalwhere I delivered Despite everything that happenedhe cant give me company in the hospital in his duty hours?which gets about 5-10 such cases a week, The commentary "China anxiety an unwarranted global malaise" on Wednesday said that after China’s steep fall in stock markets touched off a global sell-off on Monday, The credit for creating world-class sports infrastructure in Hyderabad or a new-age airport goes to him.