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NEW DELHI:  Law of Sexual Harassment at Workplace: Practice and Procedure authored by Mr. Amish Tandon, Advocate and published by Niyogi Books was officially released at National Sports Club of India, Mathura Road, Opp. Pragati Maidan Gate 3, New Delhi at 7:30 pm onwards. The book is a comprehensive treatise on the Sexual Harassment of Women (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act, 2013 and the Rules thereof. It has forewords from Hon’ble Justice Jayant Nath (Judge, High Court of Delhi); Hon’ble Justice V. Kameswar Rao (Judge, High Court of Delhi); and Hon’ble Justice Manju Goel (Retd.) (Judge, High Court of Delhi). 

The event was presided over by Hon’ble Justice A.K. Pathak (Judge, High Court of Delhi), Hon’ble Justice Jayant Nath (Judge, High Court of Delhi) and Hon’ble Justice V. Kameswar Rao (Judge, High Court of Delhi). The event was attended by various Judges of the Delhi High Court and Politicians, including Hon’ble Justice Indermeet Kaur (Judge, High Court of Delhi), Hon’ble Justice Vibhu Bakhru (Judge, High Court of Delhi), Hon’ble Justice P.S Teji (Judge, High Court of Delhi), Hon’ble Justice I.S Mehta (Judge, High Court of Delhi), Hon’ble Justice Rekha Palli (Judge, High Court of Delhi) and Shri Jayant Sinha (Hon’ble Minister of State for Civil Aviation). 

Additionally, various distinguished members of the Delhi High Court Bar also attended the event, including Mr. Kirti Uppal, Sr. Advocate (President, Delhi High Court Bar Association); Mr. J.P. Sengh (Vice President, Delhi High Court Bar Association); Mr. Sandeep P Agarwal, Sr. Advocate (Member, Executive Committee, National Company Law Tribunal Bar Association); Mr. Sudhanshu Batra, Sr. Advocate. 

Mr. Bikash De Niyogi, publisher addressed the audience by stating the need of this book given the various cases and statements by various public figures & celebrities, reminding us that the awareness as well as understanding of this law is still at a fledgling stage, especially for those with a non-legal background. Be it any line of work, women and men today work shoulder to shoulder, it is, thus, imperative for us for us to evolve a code of conduct in the workplace so that gender domain is properly respected. He also noted that the law lays down a broad guideline but it depends how we assimilate it and implement it. However, there are several issues which remain unaddressed by the courts, thus this book feels like a book with purpose. 

Justice A. K. Pathak traced the historical background of the law and discussed several key aspects of the Act, including the meaning and scope of the expression ‘sexual harassment’. He further complemented the author for coming out with an exhaustive commentary on the subject at a very young age. While commenting on the authorship, Justice Jayant Nath said “the book attempts to cover all facets of the new legislation. It provides a brief, simplistic and clear enunciation of the law”. He further added “the book contains the comprehensive database of all judgements rendered in the field and is a must for lawyers, corporate houses and all professionals dealing with the Act.” 

Justice V. Kameswar Rao praised various features of the book, especially the draft sexual harassment and conciliation policy which could be easily utilized by corporate while drafting and updating their internal policies. While lauding the author for the book, he called for its periodical updation. Mr. Amish Tandon, the author of the book, gave an outline of the work and how it started shaping as early as in 2014 when he started advising on issues of sexual harassment at workplace. He said “My approach behind crafting and structuring the book has been very simple and straightforward. A holistic and terse analysis of the law in user-friendly language, including the substantive and procedural aspects thereof. The essence of all relevant case laws inserted. The desired objective was to make it useful for all including lawyers, students, HR and Legal Teams of Companies, Members of Complaints Committees and all those interested to know about the area.”

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JAMMU: Jammu artist Jang S. Verman’s art works have been displayed in an International Art Exhibition at Gunsan Art Center in South Korea. The exhibition has been organized by ASROPA, an organization based in South Korea and headed by Prof. (Dr.) Clemens Beungkun SOU to commemorate 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games. The organizers have been organizing such other International Art Exhibitions since 1995. One hundred and three artists from forty three countries are participating in this exhibition.

Art works of eight Indian artists, viz. Jang S. Verman (J&K), Prabhinder Lall and Harpreet Kaur (Chandigarh), Sankari Mitra (West Bengal), Rupinder Kaur (MP), Roma Bahl (Jammu artist now based in Lucknow), Late Naveen Dhiman (HP) and Prof. Kashyap Parikh have been included in this International Art Show.  It may be mentioned that Jang S. Verman is working on his innovative technique in creating ‘NoPaint Images’ where no paint is applied but the images are created with the application of techniques of collage, drawing, photocopy, photography, and computer application. The images so created give the pictorial visuals of water colour paintings.

Jang S. Verman has participated in many International Art Exhibitions and Art Workshops/ Camps in Sweden, South Korea and in India at New Delhi (twice), Jammu (thrice), Nagar, Kullu (thrice) and Kolkatta (West Bengal). He has also displayed his art in various International, National and State art exhibitions and art camps at New Delhi, Jaipur, Lucknow, Benglurru, Kolkatta, Amritsar, Chandigarh, Mani Majra, Shimla, Patiala, Ludhiana, Bhamlada (Pathankot- Dalhousie NH), Chamba, Naggar (Kullu), Jammu, Kargil etc.

He has been awarded by many Art Academies in National and Regional Art Exhibitions and his works figure in the prestigious collections of Lalit Kala Akademi (LKA), New Delhi, All India Fine Arts & Crafts Society, New Delhi, Regional Centre of LKA at Luckmow, Indian Academy of Fine Arts, Amritsar, Himachal State Art Museum, Simla, International Roerich Memorial Trust, Naggar, Kullu, Chandigarh LKA, Punjab LKA, Chandigarh, J&K Academy of Art, Culture and Languages, Jammu and Srinagar, Kala Kendra, Jammu and many art organizations in the country. 


He has been associated with various organizations as executive member and working for the cause of art, literature, music and other forms of culture. He is on the Editors’ Board of Aabru Punjabi magazine with international standardization and as one of the approved journals of UGC. He is also contributing as a columnist on art and culture in various dailies and magazines.

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  • ‘India’s considered and independent stand on Palestine upheld’

SRINAGAR: National Conference President and Member of Parliament, Dr. Farooq Abdullah on Friday welcomed the passage of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) resolution opposing the declaration of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel by the United States. Expressing gratitude to all the 128 countries that voted in favour of the resolution declaring the US move on Jerusalem as “null and void”, the National Conference President also expressed satisfaction at India’s support to the resolution and said this had upheld India’s considered, principled and independent stand on Palestine.

“I thank all countries that voted to support the resolution. The move to declare Jerusalem as the capital of Israel by the United States was an arbitrary, unjust and baseless move that defied history and tenets of justice. India, by voting in support of the resolution along with other countries, has upheld its considered and principled stand on Palestine”, the NC President said in a statement issued from National Conference Headquarters ‘Nawa-e-Subha’ on Friday.

The National Conference President said no such steps should be allowed that would hamper peace and stability in the Middle East and deprive the people of Palestine of their rights. “India has traditionally and consistently considered East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine and India’s support to the UNGA resolution re-affirms that stand and commitment”, Dr. Farooq Abdullah added.