09082017-LSTC-01.qxd 8/8/2017 8:04 PM Page 1 c m y b CHANDIGARH | WEDNESDAY | 9 AUGUST 2017 TRIBUNELIFE+STYLE HACKERS CAN LEAK MORE GOT EPISODES PATEL TO BE AWARDED Dev Patel, who became popular with his debut film Slumdog Millionaire, will be felicitated with the Asia Society 2017 Asia Game Changers Award at a ceremony to be held at the United Nations, New York, in November. PTI Hackers behind the HBO data breach have posted a fresh cache of stolen HBO files online, which includes a script summary of an upcoming Game of Thrones episode and a month’s worth of emails from the inbox of one of the company’s executives. ANI ALFRE JOINS THE LION KING Luke Cage star Alfre Woodard has joined the voice cast for Disney’s The Lion King remake. The 64-year-old actress will voice Sarabi, Simba’s mother, in Jon Favreau’s new version of the 1994 epic musical. Woodard has joined Donald Glover, who will voice Simba. PTI ‘Ah nahi hona chahida si’ utes, I saw my father running towards me; he grabbed me by my arm and we boarded the train,” her face brightens up with an innocent smile, a smile that comes from the confidence of being in safe hands. Jasmine Singh A happy family in Sargodha was jolted out of their peace by Partition. Mohali-based Manjit Kaur, a little girl then, recounts the horror... at the age of 78 EVENTY-EIGHT-YEAR old Manjit Kaur from Mohali is glad that we’ve brought up the topic of Partition. She dreamt about it a few days ago! Although she doesn’t remember clearly, she saw an old relative in Sargodha, Pakistan. “Good old days,” smiles Manjit Kaur, as she looks at her younger son getting ready for work. “Aidan da hi din si...I was sitting along with my sister who was applying nail polish when someone from Amritsar came with the urgent piece of news that we had to leave Sargodha immediately. My maternal uncle, Gurcharan Singh Kalra, a doctor in Amritsar, had sent this man to get us safely back to India, six-seven days before Partition. My uncle had news that something really bad was going to happen, so I asked the man to tell my parents that we should leave Paksitan; barefoot, if it had to be that way.” Manjit Kaur(R) S Manjit Kaur was a young girl at PHOTO: VICKY GHARU CONFUSION ALL AROUND UNEASY CALM that time. While her parents hurriedly got busy packing things in some old trunks, the children looked at them perplexed. “We were wondering what is happening here, why are we being told to leave our house, and why are we running like this from our own village,” Manjit places a pillow behind her back for support. The family, her parents and five brother-sisters quickly boarded a train. Manjit remembers the scare, the confusion, the rush every single soul on the railway station was in. “In this rush, somehow I couldn’t board the train with my family. I started crying, fearing that my parents had left without me. Thankfully, within five min- Feel safe, virtually Social media platforms bat for women safety on internet With social media campaigns giving voice to women on one hand, and Twitter trolls on the other, a panel discussion in New Delhi talked about how social media can be used to ensure a safe online experience for women. Titled “The Social Safety Network”, the panel discussion held recently, threw light on the safety policies of popular social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and search engine giant Google. Ankhi Das, Public Policy Director at Facebook, believes it has become vital to understand what the users are seeing around on the platform and develop safety policies accordingly. “Despite having policies that are used to combat objectionable content on the Facebook, we have done partnership with local platforms like Youth Ki Awaaz for a programme called ‘social surfing’, especially to analyse what local users feel about the content on the platform,” Das said. LACK OF KNOWLEDGE Das noted how a programme run by Facebook on ground, recently found a “lack of knowledge among users about the community standards and significance of the reporting button”. “Unwanted content and issue of fake profile has often surfaced on Facebook but with several tools and reporting mechanism every piece of content on the platform is reportable. We are looking for several other preventive measures too,” she said. Google’s Internet Saathi programme that will soon be rolled out in Bihar and Haryana, to help rural women go online, is one such initiative. “We have around ten million rural women from thousand villages, who are planning to work online. We have integrated a curriculum in vernacular languages to educate people about how to keep their passwords and monetary transactions safe,” Sunita Mohanty from Google said. TWITTER WORLD Meanwhile, Twitter, which has become a platform giving freeway to online trolls in the recent times, is working on developing stronger mechanisms to ensure online safety. Mahima Kaul, Head of Public Policy and Government at Twitter, added that analysing the percentage of complaints specifically filed by women was difficult as the user profiles varied across the platform. “Since we have different kinds of users and receivers using the platform, when people talk about sensitive issues like sexuality and domestic violence, many do not want to use their real names and we allow that. Therefore, we do not have any specific data on the complaints filed by women. “Through several mechanisms we get to know what a user’s reaction will be if they come across trolls or objectionable data. But the bigger threat is how users approach being online. What I feel is that one will be challenged sometimes for the political or social issues that they raise on the internet and that is the choice a user makes for herself,” Kaul said. — PTI BIG (B) warning Bollywood superstar Amitabh Bachchan threatens to go off the grid if 75th birthday celebrated The Shehanshah of Bollywood, Amitabh Bachchan, who will turn 75 in October, has made it clear that he won’t allow or acknowledge any celebration for his milestone birthday. Taking the matter to his blog, he wrote, “Many threaten and plan the 75th celebration for my birth. May it be known that there shall be no such event, allowed or even acknowledged. May it be known that if there is such move by others, they must withdraw from it for I shall never acknowledge or endorse such... Be it family or Ef (extended family) or any other... it is not going to be with any consent. It shall only drive me to some isolated unknown location, which shall never be known by any. Period!” Big B will turn a year older on October 11. On the professional front, Amitabh Bachchan will next seen in Thugs of Hindostan alongside Aamir Khan and 102 Not Out with veteran actor Rishi Kapoor. — ANI c m y b Manjit Kaur and her family came to Amritsar just before Partition. They were safe, but her maternal grandparents were still in Pakistan. They refused to acknowledge Partition; they were not ready to leave. “But my uncle took all the risk to get them from Pakistan in a military truck. They still weren’t ready to leave,” Manjit is not smiling anymore. The bloodshed that followed; the stories of trains carrying dead bodies of Sikhs and Hindus passing through Amritsar station, the stories of Sikh families poisoning their own girls for the fear of being taken away by Muslims...has wiped the smile of her face. Her family then moved to Delhi where they had to stay in a refugee camp for a while, before life slowly found a way to flow again. NO GRUDGES Manjit smiles at us, we can see her coming back to the present, surrounded by her kids...she has no grudges. She reminds us how her mother in-law, also from Sargodha, would often talk about their village. “She loved talking about it; she would often chat with women in the Gurdwara. Bus batwara na hunda, asi kiney kush si. Sikh Muslim sab ek hunde si. Ah nahi hona chahida si,” she repeats the last line. Manjit often thinks of her three-storeyed house in Sargodha, which they came to know was occupied by a Muslim Thandedar, post Partition. “I went to Pakistan in 1987 on Guru Nanak’s birthday, but I didn’t go to Sargodha — my birth place,” she shares. But why? “I don’t know,” says Manjit. Maybe it was the pain of seeing someone else in charge of her house or maybe she didn’t want to walk through those dark alleys again. Manjit did not go back to Sargodha! jasmine@tribunemail IN THIS RUSH, SOMEHOW I COULDN’T BOARD THE TRAIN WITH MY FAMILY. I STARTED CRYING, FEARING THAT MY PARENTS HAD LEFT WITHOUT ME. THANKFULLY, WITHIN FIVE MINUTES, I SAW MY FATHER RUNNING TOWARDS ME; HE GRABBED ME BY MY ARM AND WE BOARDED THE TRAIN BUS BATWARA NA HUNDA, ASI KINEY KHUSH SI. SIKH MUSLIM SAB EK HUNDE SI. SAB KATHE REHNDE SI
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