November 16, 2018
  • 1:32 am Why did Police cancel the Blue Jaz Cafe’s Entertainment License?
  • 11:15 am Now, India is on the Trump’s Radar of Global Trade War | [Exclusive Story]
  • 10:49 am Let’s Fight the Child Labour in Tobacco Industry | The Alarming Rise

The famous and people’s all-time favorite place Blue Jaz Cafe is yet again in trouble. The caretakers of the cafe have been informed by the police that they have canceled out the public entertainment license of the cafe. Therefore, the cafe cannot organize any kind of show or live music outside their cafe.

Why did Police cancel the Blue Jaz Cafe’s Entertainment License?

Police sent the notice on 8th of October, and the license is set to discontinue from the next Monday. Blu Jaz Cafe, located at 11 Bali Lane is one among the popular spots in the city for live performances, music, comedy shows, even poetry sessions.

Blue Jaz Cafe

The regular customers and visitors are disappointed with the notice of course. It has been a center of attraction for 13 years now, and one among the fav places for the Kampong Glam Community. Things were going all smooth and peaceful until this Licensed Cafe got the police notice.

On asking about the issue, Ms. Aileen Tan, director of Blue Jaz Cafe said that the police did inform us on 31st August about the cancellation of the license but they didn’t give a definite date for that.

She also adds, this is why we couldn’t inform any other person about the notice as the date was unclear, and we were still appealing against the cancellation.

The cafe’s appeal got rejected looking to the poor track record of the compliances related to the licensing and conditions. On this, Ms. Aileen mentioned that the cafe has already sorted about 24 demerit points in the last two years regarding the overcrowding problem.

The Cafe is open currently and runs without any live performances or music. Along with the visitors, many of the performers are disappointed with the decision. One of them mentioned that they have to find work in some other place now, Blue Jaz was their only way of living.

Still, the cafe is backed by a big Blue Jaz community, and with their support and wishes – Ms. Tan is hoping to win the license back and bring back the Cafe to life!

trade war

Border tension and relationships are very crucial for the whole country, isn’t it?

A single trade move could affect a business involving billions of dollars. Trading is nothing but the imports and exports that is carried out from one country to another. As I say, a single rule can affect a lot many countries who are involved in the trading community.

Ind vs Usa

One such move was taken the Trump-led government, that directly points towards China. What is it, and how can others be affected by it?

How did the war reach India? We shall find out.

Trump’s Gears up for a Global Trade War

According to Bloomberg, one of the members of the Trump administration mentioned that they are going to remove out all the Chinese exports that could make about $200 billion dollars in cash value. This will increase about 10% of the total tariffs in the coming months of the China trading. It will be enabled on about $50 billion worth of the Chinese goods.

In this, about the $34 billions of good will already have the tariffed updated by Friday this week. Now the remaining $16 billion will have the respective effects in the coming week.

Well, considering the $200 billion number, that is going to the toughest step ever taken in any trade war till now. Already the Trump government has already taken a stand for all the trade relations with all the giant trade partners like China, the European Union, and NAFTA.

The U.S with India

In this fight, the less significant yet important mention is about the trade relations between India and the United States.

Tariff imposition for indiaWell, it all began when the Trump announced the tariff imposition for aluminum and other steel imports. India tried their best in exempting this, but they failed to do so. Later, India announced of increasing the import duty of about 29 goods brought from the U.S. This includes all the basic good like almonds, chickpeas, and even chocolates! Though, there are no duty hikes for the motorcycles imported from the U.S.

This current situation of the U.S demanding for all the increase in the import charges, and asking for all the concessions in all their exports – has been frustrating all the countries just like India.

It all started in the year 2013 when India was accused of imposing low export subsidies and selling their goods at a low cost, causing detriment to the American workers and people.

Comparing India with China, India only has a surplus trade of $25 billion compared to that of China’s $350 billion!

I don’t know how this war will end, but definitely, it will be something that no one ever has witnessed in the Trade War ever!

Prevent Child Labour

Did you know that there are millions of small children working in the tobacco fields? These tobacco leaves are then processed and used in the making of cigarettes. As per the studies, all the tobacco used by the 4 world’s top cigarette producers, are grown by kids as small as 12 years in the fields. And sadly, there have been no such laws and strict rules yet made by the government’s end.

Why is the condition so poor, and what is the reason which forces the children to get into this work?

Oppose Child Labour

Child Labour in Tobacco Industry

Well, tobacco leaves are mostly grown in the field by farmers and their family members. Due to poor finances, it’s the children who take up the responsibility of the job and gets along with the parents for help. Most of the places have a similar condition, which makes the kids as small as 12 years to join this business.

The continuous exposure to the tobacco creates many health issues too. Many of the kids have reported issues like nausea, vomiting, dizziness, and also headaches with working in the fields for long hours. It is not good for any child’s life. how to stop child labour in your city.

Now, let’s see how one state handled the issue in the right way. 

While most of the countries suffered from this child labor, and the government not taking strict actions for this – Brazil stood apart from all of them.

Child Labour in Tobacco IndustryBrazil is the 3rd largest tobacco producer in the world, but they dealt with the child labor strictly resulting in many positive changes.

If there is child labor, then both the farmer as well as the brand buying tobacco leaves from them are at fault. This is the simple rules that Brazil followed for their people and farmers working.

In the year 2008, Brazil banned the tobacco work for anyone less than 18 years of age. If any child younger than this limit is found working, then not only the farmer but the industry for whom they are working will get the penalties. This resulted in less number of child labor within some time, which is so awesome thing, isn’t it?

Also, the farmers were made aware of the ill-effects of working in the tobacco industry and making the children work along with them. It is still not completely eradicated from Brazil, but surely there is a reduction in the number of children in this industry.

We can hope that other countries like Zimbabwe, the United States, Europe, and others take the inspiration from Brazil and brings more positive change in the industry.

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