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Mann Ki Baat: Mason gets PM Modi’s praise for building toilets for free

Referring to Dileep, he said, “He is a regular mason but he has taken a novel initiative. It has been highlighted by a newspaper and I would like to share it with you. Hailing from a small village, Dileep Singh Malviya has decided that if somebody provides the materials for building a toilet, he will not charge for his labour and do it for free. And he has made 100 toilets till now, believing that it is his scared duty….My heartfelt congratulations to Dileep Singh Malviya. We here pessimistic views about the country sometimes. But there are hundreds of such Dileep Singh’s who are in their own way doing good for the country. They are the strength of the country. They are the county’s hope. Initiatives like these take the country forward on the path of development so it is natural that we feel proud of Dileep Singh and take pride in his effort in Mann Ki Baat,” the PM said.

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Quota row: Baba Ramdev faces protest by Patel youths over alleged statement

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Ramdev, who is in Surat since three days to take part in a mass yoga camp in Puna Gaam area, later held a press conference and claimed that the youths had been misled by a “false” media report

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Yoga guru Baba Ramdev on Wednesday faced the wrath of Patel community youths who stormed the venue of his camp in Surat and protested against his alleged statement over the quota issue.Ramdev, who is in Surat since three days to take part in a mass yoga camp in Puna Gaam area, later held a press conference and claimed that the youths had been misled by a “false” media report. While addressing students at a function in the city two days ago, Ramdev had reportedly advised the Patel youths, who are agitating for reservations in OBC category, to think of the country first.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Every citizen, be it Patidar (Patel), Kshatriya or Brahmin, should first think about his country, not about himself,” he was quoted as saying in a media report. This morning, about 50 youths stormed the venue of the camp, shouted slogans and sought an apology from him.”These Patidar boys got angry because of a false media report. I met them afterwards and showed them CD of that program to clear the misunderstanding. I never spoke such words. I also said so from the dais when they were protesting. They are like my children,” said Ramdev. “After meeting me they were satisfied. There are no differences between me and the Patel community,” Ramdev said.

BJP MP Tarun Vijay warns of ‘cyber war’, seeks setting up of Ministry for cyber security

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Raising the issue during Zero Hour in the Rajya Sabha, he said cyber attacks have become a national security issue as cyber criminals were using social networking sites to target users in India

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Warning that the Third World War would be a ‘cyber war’, BJP member Tarun Vijay on Wednesday demanded setting up of a separate ministry for cyber security, saying India was the “second largest victim” of these attacks.Raising the issue during Zero Hour in the Rajya Sabha, he said cyber attacks have become a national security issue as cyber criminals were using social networking sites to target users in India. Maintaining that the country has become the “second largest victim” of cyber attacks in the world, he said in the last five months 50,000 cyber attacks have been reported and nearly half of India’s internet population was being hit by cyber attackers.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Citing a report by cyber security firm Norton, the BJP member said on an average, an affected individual loses about Rs 16,000 as a fallout of cyber crime. “This is a dreadful statistics for a country of a young population…I demand that there should be a separate ministy for cyber security in the country. We must take initiative. India must be the first counry to start a cyber security ministry,” Vijay said.He also stressed that for the success of ‘Digital India’ initiative, “we have to take care of cyber crimes”. He also made a case for cyber audits across industries, similar to that of telecom to banking sectors. The member suggested that all MLAs and MPs should be given training on various aspects of cyber security and demanded setting up of a proper cyber laboratory in the country. “India is a software capital of the world, but still we don’t have a state-of-the-art cyber lab in the country,” Vijay added.

Sharad Pawar has qualities to lead country: Devendra Fadnavis

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Praising Sharad Pawar for his contribution to the development of the state, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said that the NCP president has all the qualities to lead the country.In an interesting development, the government moved the motion for congratulating Pawar for completing 75 years. Pawar celebrated his 75th birthday with grand public functions in New Delhi, Mumbai and Pune. During the motion moved by the chief minister, leaders from across all the parties praised the NCP chief for his capacity as a politician and his contribution.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Fadnavis said that Pawar was a progressive leader whose contribution in shaping Maharashtra would be acceptable to everyone. He pointed out that it was only Yashwantrao Chavan for whom such a congratulatory motion was moved in the state assembly and for Pawar, it has been moved twice. The same Nagpur winter session had witnessed a congratulatory move on December 22, 1990 when Pawar completed 50 years.Stating that the NCP chief maintained relations with all politicians cutting across party lines, Fadnavis in his half an hour speech said that Pawar was a leader who has in-depth understanding of issues faced by the country and thus has the quality to lead the country. Fadnavis said that a few years ago it was thought that the country would have the first Marathi prime minister in Pawar but unfortunately it has not happened yet.Discipline, punctuality and strictly following Parliamentary norms was the hallmark of Pawar’s career, the chief minister opined. He went on to add that Pawar never had animosity with his political opponents and he has made an indelible mark in political, social, sports and every other field that he traversed.NCP leaders Jitendra Avhad, Chhagan Bhujbal, Shiv Sena Minister Eknath Shinde, Congress leader of Opposition Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil and Patanrao Kadam, MNS MLA Sharad Sonawane, minister Pankaja Munde, BJP MLA Ashish Shelar, Sena MLA Arjun Khotkar underlined various aspects of Pawar’s political and social life.

Nirbhaya case | Black day for women of country: Maliwal on Supreme Court plea dismissal

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“It is a black day for women in history of the country. I also believe that the Rajya Sabha has cheated the country by keeping the law pending which could have facilitated stronger punishment for juveniles in heinous crimes,” the chief of Delhi Commission for Women told reporters outside the Supreme Court.

DCW chief Swati Maliwal on Monday termed it a “black day” for women after the Supreme Court dismissed her last-minute plea against the release of juvenile convict in December 16 gangrape case and said the country has been “cheated” as a proposed law which could have allowed stronger punishment to him remains pending in Rajya Sabha.”It is a black day for women in history of the country. I also believe that the Rajya Sabha has cheated the country by keeping the law pending which could have facilitated stronger punishment for juveniles in heinous crimes,” the chief of Delhi Commission for Women told reporters outside the Supreme Court.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>She was referring to the bill to amend the Juvenile Justice Act which remains stuck in the Rajya Sabha. The proposed amendment bill seeks stringent punishment for children aged 16-18 years involved in heinous crimes.”The judges told me that they share our concerns but there is no provision to subvert the existing law. I think the time for candle marches is over and women should pick up mashaals (torches) instead to demand for justice,” Maliwal added.Hours before the juvenile was to be freed from an observation home on completion of his three year term at Majnu Ka Tila, Maliwal had moved the Supreme Court on the intervening night of Saturday and Sunday in a last-ditch effort to try and stall the release.In its post midnight order, the Supreme Court had declined to stop the release of the juvenile offender and posted the matter before a vacation bench to be heard on Monday.Amid continued protest by the victim’s parents, the juvenile convict was yesterday released and sent to an NGO at an undisclosed destination with police no longer guarding him.The Supreme Court today dismissed Maliwal’s plea saying “there has to be a clear legislative sanction” in this regard.The vacation bench comprising justices A K Goel and U U Lalit’s bench also did not agree with the submission that the juvenile offender can be subjected to the reformation process for a further period of two years under the juvenile law.

159 Indians arrested in Sri Lanka for visa abuse in 2015, says minister

Some of those arrested persons had overstayed or given false information on their stay in the country.

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Sri Lanka on Thursday said that around 159 Indians were among 402 people arrested in the country for alleged abuse of entry visa during 2015.”They have been arrested for various illegal acts including illegal employment and illegal religious propaganda work,” Internal Affairs Minister SB Nawinna told parliament. Three foreigners were arrested for begging, he added.Some of those arrested persons had overstayed or given false information on their stay in the country. At least 83 of them had found employment illegally, Nawinna said. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sri Lanka restricted its visa on arrival policy to the Maldivian and Singaporean passport holders on a reciprocity basis. All other ‘nationalists’ are required to apply for visas.

I’m the fittest person to become Prime Minister: Azam Khan

Azam Khan claimed that even his Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav will support his candidature for the Prime Minister’s post.
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Claiming to be the “fittest” person to become the Prime Minister, senior Uttar Pradesh minister Azam Khan on Tuesday said that he aspires to take up the top job and that “if Narendra Modi resigns and all MPs elect me the PM it will send a good message across the country and India will progress each passing day”.Khan claimed that even his Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav will support his candidature for the Prime Minister’s post. “When the time comes, Mulayam Singh will propose my name,” he said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>When reporters asked Khan about posters being put up in Lucknow demanding his elevation to the post of deputy chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, he said, “You are insulting me. I want to be become the Prime Minister and I deserve to hold the post. That’s why I have removed posters of me becoming deputy chief minister.”Reminded that UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav had recently floated the idea of Mulayam as Prime Minister and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi as the deputy Prime Minister at an event in Delhi, Khan said, “I’m the fittest person to become the Prime Minister of the Country and I aspire to be the Prime Minister.”On the CBI raids at the office of Rajinder Kumar, the Principal Secretary of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Khan said, “The central government and the BJP have shown disrespect to political beliefs… Everyone knows that it’s a bias action… I think there should not be raids at office of any chief minister of the country without prior permission.”

Talks with Pakistan is ‘to try and turn course of history’, says PM Modi

Speaking to India’s top military commanders on board the country’s largest aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya, Modi said “we are engaging Pakistan to try and turn the course of history, bring an end to terrorism, build peaceful relations, advance cooperation and promote stability and prosperity in our region.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inspecting a guard of honour during a welcome ceremony in Kochi on Tuesday.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said resumption of talks with Pakistan was to “try and turn the course of history” and to bring an end to terrorism but made it clear that the neighbouring country would be judged by its commitment on terrorism. Modi also asserted that India will never drop its guard on security as he admitted that there are many challenges and barriers on the path.Speaking to India’s top military commanders on board the country’s largest aircraft carrier INS Vikramaditya, Modi said “we are engaging Pakistan to try and turn the course of history, bring an end to terrorism, build peaceful relations, advance cooperation and promote stability and prosperity in our region.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”There are many challenges and barriers on the path. But the effort is worth it because the peace dividends are huge and the future of our children is at stake. So, we will test their intentions to define the path ahead. For this, we have started a new NSA-level dialogue to bring security experts face to face with each other. But we will never drop our guard on security and we will continue to judge progress on their commitments on terrorism,” he said.This is the first time that Modi has spoken on the relations with Pakistan after the two countries announced the re-engagement under bilateral comprehensive dialogue last week.The announcement came after Modi had met his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif on the sidelines of the climate change summit in Paris on November 30 where the two also agreed to hold NSA-level talks.Addressing the first ever Combined Commanders Conference to be held outside the national capital, the Prime Minister warned against “reckless” nuclear build up and continuing military modernisation and expansion. Modi said “our neighbourhood is most critical for our future and for our place in the world.”But ours is a difficult neighbourhood with the full spectrum of security challenges. We see terrorism and ceasefire violations, reckless nuclear build-up and threats, border transgressions and continuing military modernisation and expansion. The shadow of West Asian instability is becoming longer,” he said.Modi said beyond that, “our region is marked by uncertain political transitions, weak institutions and internal conflicts. And, major powers have also increased their engagement in our land and maritime neighbourhood,” he said.Modi said that India is also pursuing closer relations with China to harness the full potential of the country’s economic partnership.”We will aim to address outstanding issues, maintain stability on the border and develop greater mutual understanding and trust in our overlapping neighbourhood,” he said.The Prime Minister also spoke about the relations with China and said he believes that India and China can engage constructively across the complexity of their relationship as two self-assured and confident nations, aware of their interests and responsibilities.”We will continue to strengthen our defence capabilities and infrastructure, engage our neighbours more closely and strengthen our regional and global partnerships, including in maritime security,” he said.Noting that in a world of rapid changes, India faces familiar threats and new ones, Modi said the country’s challenges cover land, sea and air at the same time.”It includes the full range, from terrorism to conventional threat to a nuclear environment,” he said.He said that India is confident that its defence forces are prepared to deter and defeat any misadventure.”Our strategic deterrence is robust and reliable, in accordance with our nuclear doctrine, and our political will is clear,” he asserted.Modi said that the country needs capabilities to win swift wars for we will not have the luxury of long-drawn battles.”We must re-examine our assumptions that keep massive funds locked up in inventories. As our security horizons and responsibilities extend beyond our shores and borders, we must prepare our forces for range and mobility,” he said.The Prime Minister stressed that “the armed forces must fully incorporate the power of digital networks and space assets into our capabilities.””Equally, we must be prepared to defend them, for they will be the first targets of our adversaries. And networks must be seamless and integrated across agencies and forces, and are precise, clear and quick in response,” he said.Modi said that old rivalries can play out in new theatres such as space and cyber.”And new technologies offer us new ways to be more effective against both traditional and new challenges,” he said adding that “we in India must be ready for the present and prepare for the future.”The Prime Minister noted that Kochi is at the head of the Indian Ocean and at the crossroads of India’s maritime history.”India’s history has been influenced by the seas. And the passage to our future prosperity and security also lies on this ocean. It also holds the key to the fortunes of the world,” he said.

Lancet study puts India as the worst performing among BRICS nations on health indicators

Despite a certain amount of progress in the past decade or so, the report points out glaring gaps in healthcare infrastructure in the country — “low resource allocation, low emphasis on primary health care, poor utilisation of human resources,” as Professor K Srinath Reddy, one of the co-authors said.

Yet another report on India’s troubled health care system pointed out the country’s poor performance across health indicators, despite economic advantages. A report in the medical journal The Lancet — Assuring Health Coverage for all in India — by leading health researchers in the country put India as the worst performing country among the BRICS nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) and well behind its more impoverished neighbours such as Nepal and Bangladesh when it came to health.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Despite a certain amount of progress in the past decade or so, the report points out glaring gaps in healthcare infrastructure in the country — “low resource allocation, low emphasis on primary health care, poor utilisation of human resources,” as Professor K Srinath Reddy, one of the co-authors said.The report also talks about high out-of-pocket expenditure that drives millions to impoverishment and a disproportionate disease burden. As the report says, India has 20 percent of the global disease burden, marginally better than 21 percent in 2005 while expenditure has dropped from 4.5 percent of the GDP in 2004-05 to 4 percent in 2015.Speaking to dna, Professor Reddy said that idea behind this most recent analysis of data was to make a case for better investment in health care better financial allocation and governance and improved utilisation of all resources.There are certain positives; increase in life expectancy at birth, lowering of infant mortality rate and the maternal mortality ratio, containing the spread of HIV, being declared free of polio and maternal and neonatal tetanus by the WHO. However, “India accounts for 27 per cent of all the neonatal deaths and 21 per cent of all the child deaths (younger than 5 years) in the world. Diarrhoea, pneumonia, preterm birth complications, birth asphyxia, and neonatal sepsis account for 68 per cent of all deaths in children younger than 5 years in the country,” reads the study.The report calls for radical measures as the only way to assure the universal health targets that the country’s own draft National Health Policy endorses, by 2022. Suj measures start with building infrastructure for primary health care. This policy, according to Reddy, provides a sound roadmap and strategic components for the way forward. However, it’s been in cold storage for almost a year as the NITI Ayog differed from it.Earlier this year, media reports said that the Niti Ayog preferred more privatisation of health care as opposed to public spending.Expenditure on health care becomes the bone of contention. Though this government, as the report details, has launched several schemes to better healthcare across regions, ages, sexes caste and classes, it also slashed the annual health budget. Says Reddy that the argument is that resources are not used properly and often allocated money is returned. However, he advocates for more front end expenditure on human resources, drugs, technology, infrastructure.A day before The Lancet study, the Indian Health Report: Nutrition, too pointed out that India’s health indicators and its economic strength were not directly proportional. Stunting affects 38.7 percent of under five children pointing to widespread malnutrition. Both reports, importantly, highlighted that causes also lay in a range of socio-economic determinants, and “widespread inequities in health outcomes that are apparent in the large morbidity and mortality differentials across socio economic status, caste, class, sex, and geographic location”. “We’re doing poorly across the board according to aggregate indicators,” explained Reddy, however, results differed states from state, along caste and class lines. “We have to push to do better not only on aggregate indicators but also address these inequities and provide universal health access.

ISIS flag hoisting in Kashmir bid to portray contradictory picture: CRPF

CRPF Special DG Bhagat said radicalisation of Kashmiri youths was a “critical issue” which posed much wider threat.

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The CRPF on Friday said the incidents of hoisting of ISIS and Pakistani flags in parts of Kashmir were an attempt to portray a contradictory picture of patriotic Kashmiris, and described the radicalisation of youths as a “critical issue”.”There are reported incidents of waving of Pakistani and ISIS flags, but I would rather like to submit that these could just be an attempt by some people, perhaps, to sway it otherwise. “Otherwise, I can always say the people of Kashmir are as patriotic and as heroic as anybody else from the country can be,” CRPF Special DG S K Bhagat told reporters here. Bhagat said radicalisation of Kashmiri youths was a “critical issue” which posed much wider threat.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”The situation of the Valley is a bit complex. There are foreign militants and then there are militants who get the local support. So in that situation, especially, there is an attempt from across the border to put in militants who could disrupt the situation which is day-by-day improving,” he said. “One thing which I think is very very important is that apart from the challenge of militancy, the radicalisation of youths becomes a critical issue. Perhaps this radicalisation poses a much wider and a much diverse threat viz-a-viz the militancy situation,” he said.The CRPF Special DG, however, said that radicalisation was not religion specific. “That is not the issue. We are not hinting at religion as such because that interpretation is wrong,” he said. He said that radicalised youths could be some people who could be “misguided” but there was a need to look into what the people at large want.”They want a good life, they want a secure life. They want a life in which they can prosper and their aspirations can be met. They can have a grand life. They can actualise what they aspire for.”So, those issues are very important and radicalisation is one thing that is a challenge not only for the country…but has international dimensions also,” Bhagat said. Bhagat said the state government faces many challenges in terms of development, education, better networking facilities and also in terms of meeting the aspirations of the people. “The more it is able to do, the better the situation shall be…it is only through the process of development, education, outreach and other things that you are able to take care of these issues which are coming up in large numbers,” the senior CRPF officer said.He said nobody should think the security forces feel that the citizens of Kashmir were different from the citizens from the rest of the country.”That is just not the issue. Not just the CRPF, the Army, the BSF have taken a sizeable number of people from here into the forces, including some ex-militants also, but there has been no complaint. When we have no complaints from them, including the ex-militants, why should we have complaints from the citizens? he asked.The officer was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a passing-out parade of CRPF where 648 new recruits joined the force.

North eastern states have lost 628 sq kms of forest: State of forest report

North eastern states constitute only 7.9 percent of geographical area of the country but accounts for nearly one-fourth of the country’s forest cover, the report said. It is one of the 18 biodiversity hotspots of the world due to these rich forests.

Uttarakhand has mostly lost moderately dense forests

Even as the Indian State of Forest Report 2015 recorded an increase of 3,775 sqkm in the country’s forest cover compared to the last survey in 2013, the hill states of north east and Uttarakhand, regions with some of the country’s best forests, have witnessed a setback. According to the report’s data north eastern states there has been a net decline of 628 sq km in the forest cover since 2013. The loss is more than the total area of Mumbai city.North eastern states constitute only 7.9 percent of geographical area of the country but accounts for nearly one-fourth of the country’s forest cover, the report said. It is one of the 18 biodiversity hotspots of the world due to these rich forests.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The top-five states who have recorded a negative changes in forest cover are Mizoram, Uttarakhand, Telangana, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh. Mizoram’s 88.9% area is covered by forests and the state has lost 306 sq kms of it while Uttarakhand whose 45.3% area is forests lost 268 sq km of it.The State of Forest Report survey, during its ground truthing, tried to ascertain reasons for the increase and decrease in forests. It states that Mizoram has lost forests cover due to shifting cultivation patterns and other ‘biotic’ pressure on forest lands. On the other hand, Uttarakhand has lost forest cover due to rotational felling and diversion of forest land for developmental activities.Incidentally states such as Arunachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, that have both recorded loss of forest cover, are planning to build over a hundred hydro power projects each to harness major rivers. Several of these projects fall in dense to moderately dense forests and have faced opposition owing to the large forest cutting it will cause. The 2,880MW Dibang Multipurpose Project (DMP) in Lower Dibang Valley in Arunachal Pradesh will alone cut down 45.77 sq km of forest.As part of the survey, forest cover across states is categorised into Very Dense Forests, Moderately Dense Forests and Open Forests. An analysis of the report’s data shows that Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram, Nagaland, Meghalaya, Manipur and Uttarakhand have all mostly lost moderately dense forests. Categories of forest based on density Very dense forest are lands with tree canopy density of 70 %and above, moderately dense forests have a tree canopy density of 40 percent and more but less than 70 % while open forests have a canopy density of less than 10 percent.

Azam Khan more dangerous than Dawood Ibrahim: Shiv Sena

Referring to Azam Khan’s reported statements on Paris attack and Babri mosque, Shiv Sena on Tuesday alleged the SP leader was more dangerous than Dawood Ibrahim, as it asked him to “learn a lesson” from AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi who the party said has never spoken against the interest of the country.

Referring to Azam Khan’s reported statements on Paris attack and Babri mosque, Shiv Sena on Tuesday alleged the SP leader was more dangerous than Dawood Ibrahim, as it asked him to “learn a lesson” from AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi who the party said has never spoken against the interest of the country.”Azam Khan had said that if Babri Masjid was not ‘martyred’, bomb blasts would not have taken place in Mumbai.This means he supported the Mumbai bomb blasts. Even at the time of Paris carnage, Khan had supported terrorists by saying it is a result of action taken by European nations in Syria,” the party said in an edit in party mouthpiece ‘Saamana’.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”If we have such snakes and scorpions within our country, we do not need external enemies. Before talking about fighting Pakistan, people like Azam Khan should be straightened. Dawood will be brought back from Pakistan sometime or the other, but people like Azam Khan are doing more dangerous activities in the country than the underworld don,” it said.The Sena said that AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi is more temperate than Khan and that Owaisi has never spoken against the interest of the country.”Owaisi takes a balanced approach to situations and Azam Khan should learn a lesson from him. He should make it clear what does he mean when he say Babri Masjid was martyred. Babar was a foreign attacker who destroyed the Ram mandir. Even Azam Khan will not be able to answer from when Ram’s Ayodhya became Babar’s,” it said.

Ambedkar, Hedgewar similar, had put nation before self: Mohan Bhagwat

Paying tributes to Ambedkar on his 60th death anniversary, Bhagwat said, “the father of constitution studied with a great difficulty and used his knowledge for the benefit of country and not for himself”.

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RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on Sunday said like dalit icon B R Ambedkar, the RSS founder K B Hedgewar also worked selflessly for the welfare of the country.”Dr Ambedkar played a big role in framing our Constitution. He was a great intellectual who freed thousands of people from slavery. Like Dr Ambedkar, Hedgewar also worked selflessly for the welfare of the country,” Bhagwat said at a function to inaugurate a school premises named after Hedgewar at Bambolim near here.Paying tributes to Ambedkar on his 60th death anniversary, Bhagwat said, “the father of constitution studied with a great difficulty and used his knowledge for the benefit of country and not for himself”.Hailing Hedgewar, Bhagwat said the former had always passed in first class in academics.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”The man after whom this school has been named was always a first class student. As a boy, he participated in the ‘Vande Mataram’ agitation in Nagpur, after which the British closed down all schools there,” Bhagwat said, adding that Hedgewar was rusticated from school because he refused to apologise for participating in the agitation. Union AYUSH Minister Shripad Naik, state chief minister Laxmikant Parsekar, deputy chief minister Francis D’Souza were present at the function.

India’s forest cover increases to 21.34% of country’s total geographical area

Forest covers of a geographical area includes all lands having a tree density of 10 per cent and more and have a minimum area of one hectare.

India”s total forest and tree cover has increased by 5081 sq km in the past two years, the latest Indian State of Forest Report (ISFR 2015), released by the Forest Survey of India (FSI), says. Released on Friday by Union minister of environment, forests and climate change, Prakash Javadekar, under whose ministry the FSI comes, the mood among FSI officials and the minister was celebratory, as the biannual report was held up as a sign of India solidly on the path of achieving its INDC targets, as the climate change talks went on Paris.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Forest covers of a geographical area includes all lands having a tree density of 10 per cent and more and have a minimum area of one hectare. Tree cover estimation is a sample based exercise and the report explains that it comprises tree patches less than a hectare in the form of block plantations, linear plantations and scattered trees.The report says forest cover has increased by 3,775 sq km to take it to a total of 7,01,673 sq km, which is 21.34 per cent of the country’s geographical area (GA). Tree cover has gone up by 1,306 sq km to a total of 9,2,572 sq km or 2.82 per cent of the country’s GA. The mangrove cover of the country has increased by 112 sq km to 4,740 sq km.Maharashtra, however, saw a decrease in the forest cover to 50,628 sq km out of a total geographical area of 3,07,713 sq km. In 2013 its forest cover was 50,632 sq km, which was also a decrease from the 2011 data. Both reports attributed the decrease to encroachment on forest lands, with the 2015 report adding rotational felling and diversion of of forest area for non-forestry purposes as reasons.These numbers are all as compared to previous assessment carried out in 2013.The 2013 ISFR too reported such an increase at least in forest covers. The forest cover of the country had increased by 5871 sq km taking it to 697808 sq km country-wide as compared to the 2011 data. However, mangrove cover decreased by 34 sq km as compared to 2011 data, while in 2011 the mangrove cover had increased by 23.34 sq km as compared to 2009.The 2015 report shows the growing stock — the volume of all living trees in a given area of forest or wooded land more than a certain diametre at breast height — has increased by 110.34 million cubic metre. In 2013, there had been a decrease of 389.11 million cubic metre.India’s carbon sink, crucial in the current need to reduce carbon dioxide from the air, has increased by 103 million tonnes to 7044 million tonnes in 2015. In 2013 too there had been an increase of 278 million tonnes.Javadekar, buoyed by the report and the good news it carried, declared that such a report had been complied by using high resolution satellite data, so that each tree was accounted for. He added that he would ensure that afforestation meant trees that survived more than just 5 years. He took a dig at a “previous environment minister, whom he declined to name, who had apparently called this government’s environmental targets impossible.Javadekar also added that the government would also focus on reducing encroachment and chulhas that ran on wood for fuel, bringing LPG connections to every household.

No need to play national anthem in cinema halls, people go there for entertainment: AIMIM MLA Imtiyaz Jaleel

“I love my country and have great respect for our tri-colour and national anthem, but I don’t want to show my patriotism, respect and love for this great country by singing the national anthem in a cinema hall,” Jaleel said in his post on social media.

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Local AIMIM MLA Imtiyaz Jaleel on Monday said national anthem need not be played in cinema halls as people go there for entertainment.He said that merely singing the national anthem in a cinema hall does not make anybody patriotic.”I love my country and have great respect for our tri-colour and national anthem, but I don’t want to show my patriotism, respect and love for this great country by singing the national anthem in a cinema hall,” Jaleel said in his post on social media.He said playing the national anthem in cinema halls is “a big no as people go there for some entertainment and not for getting any certificate on patriotism”.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The MLA said playing the anthem could be made mandatory in schools and colleges.Watch: Video shows family thrown out of theatre for not standing for national anthemHis comments came against the backdrop of an incident in a cinema hall in suburban Mumbai wherein a family was being asked to leave by the audience for not standing up while the national anthem was being played.In Maharashtra, it is mandatory for all cinemas to play the national anthem before every film.Jaleel said that love and respect should come from within and not just by singing the national anthem before start of a film.Jaleel said an MNS leader, who was one of the panelists on a television programme, had said that he be sent to Pakistan.”I don’t know when these nautanki artists learn to call a spade a spade. Don’t thrust your superficial patriotism on us. It’s my country and I don’t have to prove my love for India to any Tom, Dick and Harry,” he added.Meanwhile, MNS activists demonstrated at Shivaji Park in Mumbai over Jaleel’s comments.

No one needs to prove his patriotism, says PM Modi in Rajya Sabha

Replying to a debate in Rajya Sabha on the Constitution, Modi underlined the ‘mantra of ekta’, saying there can be “many excuses for disintegration” in a diverse country like India but ways should be explored to keep the country united.
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Amid the ‘intolerance’ debate, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said any incident of “atrocity” is a “blot” on the society as well as the nation whose “pain” should be felt by all and asserted that unity and harmony is the only way to take the country forward. He said no questions can be raised over patriotism of any of the 125 crore Indians and nobody needs to produce a “certificate of patriotism”, a statement that assumes significance as some people have make controversial remarks like asking dissenting people to ‘go to Pakistan’.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Replying to a debate in Rajya Sabha on the Constitution, Modi underlined the ‘mantra of ekta’, saying there can be “many excuses for disintegration” in a diverse country like India but ways should be explored to keep the country united.He said, “If we have a guiding light today, then that is our constitution. The main reason behind celebrating our Constitution was to make our young people aware of our great leaders of the past. The country cannot forget Baba Saheb Ambedkar’s contributions to the nation. I am sure during meetings, there would have been pressure from all corners, different views, but still we got a perfect constitution.””Our constitution is a social document, it is not about only laws. Baba Saheb Ambedkar used to say that industrialization is very important for India,” he further added. PM Modi finally said, “No one needs to prove his patriotism, neither is there any reason to do so.”Also read: PM remains silent when rationalists get killed, Rahul Gandhi’s salvo at ModiAdopting a conciliatory approach towards the opposition at a time when some crucial bills are stuck in the House, he pitched for bipartisan approach to all issues and decried attempts to introduce partisanship or politics in any issue concerning the nation.In his 40-minute reply to the debate during which the government came under attack over ‘intolerance’, Modi said, “if there is any incident of atrocity against anybody, it is a blot on all of us, for the society as well as the nation. We should feel the pain and take this to ensure such things do not happen.”Though he did not specify any such incident, the statement may be seen a reference to the Dadri case where a Muslim man was lynched over beef-eating rumours.

BJP tolerant on ‘fabricated propaganda’ of intolerance, says Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi

Hitting out at the opposition for creating an illusion of intolerance in the country, Naqvi said the BJP is satisfied that the wrongly portrayed issue of intolerance in the country is now being understood.

Union Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Tuesday said his party was very tolerant in discussing the ‘fabricated propaganda of intolerance’ in the Parliament.”We are even tolerant on the fabricated propaganda of intolerance and that is why we openly participated and discussed the issue,” Naqvi said.Addressing the media after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) parliamentary party meeting held here, Naqvi dubbed the issue of intolerance as a political joke (siyasi shagufa), and added that his party is still concerned and ready to discuss that joke.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Leader of the House in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley and Parliamentary Affairs Minister M.Venkaiah Naidu were also present at the meeting.Hitting out at the opposition for creating an illusion of intolerance in the country, Naqvi said the BJP is satisfied that the wrongly portrayed issue of intolerance in the country is now being understood.”All those people who wanted to create an environment of illusion, there masks are now being uncovered,” he added.Naqvi also said that the recently concluded state polls results were discussed at the meeting.”Venkaiah Naidu ji also advised all members to be careful with the use of words and to stay steer clear of controversies,” he added.The Lok Sabha discussed the raging issue of intolerance in the country on Monday, the fourth day of the Winter Session of Parliament, amidst an uproar over accusations made by the Left against Home Minister Rajnath Singh.CPI leader Mohammad Salim accused Singh of saying that ‘a Hindu has become India’s ruler after 800 years’ after Narendra Modi came to power last year.The Home Minister denied making any such remark and sought an apology over the allegation. Parliament had to be adjourned four times on Monday because of this ruckus.Opposition parties also hit out at the ruling party over the recent killings over beef rumours, and for the controversial remarks made by party members.

Ex J&K CM Omar Abdullah slams Narendra Modi over ‘growing intolerance’

People are concerned over the growing sense of communal polarisation and intolerance in the country. Incidents like those witnessed in Uttar Pradesh’s Dadri and Udhampur here are blots on the social fabric of our country and will continue to haunt the nation’s collective conscience for years to come,” the NC leader said during a rally. He addressed two public meetings at Khari and Banihal areas of Ramban district.

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Growing “intolerance” in the country and the incidents in Udhampur and Dadri are blots on the social fabric of the country and will continue to hauntthe nation’s collective conscience for years to come, former chief minister Omar Abdullah said. Slamming the state government, the National Conference’s working president said several core issues have been sidelined by PDP post its alliance with BJP and this might lead to feeling of further alienation among people in the state.”People are concerned over the growing sense of communal polarisation and intolerance in the country. Incidents like those witnessed in Uttar Pradesh’s Dadri and Udhampur here are blots on the social fabric of our country and will continue to haunt the nation’s collective conscience for years to come,” the NC leader said during a rally. He addressed two public meetings at Khari and Banihal areas of Ramban district.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Referring to the death of a truck conductor in a petrol bomb attack last month, he said that the murderous attack on the trucker in Udhampur by a frenzied, communal mob highlights the gravity of the situation the state is confronted with. Criticising the state government, Omar alleged that the PDP-BJP coalition’s policy of putting core political issues on the back burner did not auger well for the prospects of peace and stability within J&K as well as the South Asian region.He claimed that the spate in incidents of intolerance and communal confrontation in the country has created a sense of despondency and restlessness that could have far-reaching, adverse implications for the next generation.”PDP has acted as a ‘political courier’ that carried the alien ideology of intolerance and communal polarisation into J and K at the behest of those who have always harboured a dream to fragment and polarise the state,” he said. “Jammu and Kashmir has witnessed a prolonged period of political unrest and turmoil. A state like ours cannot be starved of political engagement and initiatives to bring the disgruntled and disillusioned elements into the fold of our democratic processes and systems,” he said.Omar said the “continued failure” of PDP-BJP to articulate the need for political engagement with internal and external stakeholders is a threat to the fragile peace in J&K that has been earned after years of political persistence. “A lot of core political issues have been sidelined by the PDP post its alliance with the BJP and this risks further alienation and isolation in the state,” he claimed. Referring to the Rs 80,000 crore package recently announced for the state by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Omar said just numerics would not benefit people on the ground. “Packages alone would not help Jammu and Kashmir to emerge from the shadows of political uncertainty and unrest. It is very important that the political dimensions of the Kashmir issue are also addressed.”Economic packages need to be supplemented with political initiatives and measures. I spoke about this in the presence of a visiting Prime Minister and also articulated this in the Legislative Assembly,” he said.Targetting PDP, Omar said that during 2014 Parliamentary and Assembly elections in the state, Mufti Mohammed Sayeed and Mehbooba Mufti campaigned against BJP and sought votes to stop its political march into the state.”But as soon as the election results were out, PDP leaders rushed to Nagpur and New Delhi to embrace top BJP and RSS leaders. Since the very incorporation of PDP, National Conference had highlighted their inherent political nexus with the BJP. Today, their political affiliation with the BJP and RSS is out in the open,” he alleged.Omar further claimed that his party had offered to provide unconditional outside support to PDP during the process of government formation but Sayeed had refused saying his party was looking for massive funding to the state which it will receive by aligning with BJP.He said that the Chief Minister’s office had been “trivialised” under Sayeed ,and that the existing atmosphere of “helplessness and political ineffectiveness” in the state could create an aversion towards a democratic system.Omar lashed out at the government over “developmental inertia” in the state especially the far-flung areas and for neglecting the aspirations of the state’s unemployed youth. “The perpetual delays in releasing timely wages to different categories of workers besides failure to provide financial assistance to categorized segments of the population has resulted in unimaginable miseries and an overall atmosphere of vulnerability and penury,” he said. “The promise of round-the-clock electricity has turned out to be another big, cruel joke,” he added.

Shiv Sena seeks PM Modi’s view on Farooq Abdullah’s PoK remark

Abdullah had said, “PoK is part of Pakistan and will remain with it while India will continue to control its part of Jammu and Kashmir”.

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Asserting that Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir is an “integral” part of India, the Shiv Sena on Sunday sought reaction of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh on National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah’s statement that the territory is part of Pakistan.”PoK is India’s integral part according to the concept of Akhand Bharat (undivided India). Shiv Sena demands that the Prime Minister and the Home Minister should comment on Abdullah’s statement over PoK,” Sena spokesman Sanjay Raut told reporters on the sidelines of his party’s function here. Abdullah had said, “PoK is part of Pakistan and will remain with it while India will continue to control its part of Jammu and Kashmir”.Raut said that Army should get all powers to deal with terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Our military can march ahead to Pakistan and is capable to demonstrate its strength,” the Sena leader said. About possible cricket Test series with Pakistan in Sri Lanka, Raut said the Centre should take “sentiments” of people into consideration before deciding on the matter. “This decision shouldn’t be based on Pakistan Premier Nawaz Sharif’s will,” he added.Raut reacted with sarcasm when asked about the debate on ‘intolerance’. “…Indians are always tolerant. We were tolerant to the country’s divide in 1947. We, due to opposition of a few people, couldn’t build temple of Lord Ram at Ayodhya. We are sitting and waiting for the Opposition to build the temple. This speaks of tolerance,” he said.On Bollywood actor Aamir Khan’s remarks on growing disquiet in the country, the Sena leader said, “the country’s destiny is not decided by actors Aamir Khan or Shahrukh Khan, but by the common people and political parties. Shahrukh and Aamir are not authorised by people (to speak on their behalf)”.Aamir had kicked up a political storm with his remarks that his wife had asked him whether they can settle abroad due to current atmosphere in the country. Raut said the Sena, which is in alliance with the BJP at Centre and in Maharashtra government, will field its candidates in more than 200 seats (out of 230 constituencies in) in next Madhya Pradesh Assembly elections.Asked whether his party is forced to expand its base in other parts of the country given the strained ties with BJP in Maharashtra, Raut said, “Our ties with BJP remains unaffected, but we being a political party have the right to expand”.

MIG-27 to be phased out in the next couple of years: Arup Raha

“We are going to select some pilots from them who will fly fighter aircraft after completing training,” Raha said.

“We have plans to retire them in the next 2-3 years time,” he said
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All the MIG-27 fighter jets, which have not been upgraded, will be phased out in the next couple of years and there are plans to introduce Rafale and Tejas, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha today said. “Mig-27, specially the ones which have not been upgraded, are going to be retired from service. They have served well for the country. We have plans to retire them in the next 2-3 years time,” he told reporters here. Some of the squadrons of MIG-27 will be affected.”We are planning to induct many more aircraft. We have a roadmap,” Raha said, adding there are plans to replace old aircraft with new ones like Rafale and Tejas. On inducting women pilots for fighter aircraft, he said the plan was being implemented now. “Our Airforce academy has many women pilots under training now. We are going to select some pilots from them who will fly fighter aircraft after completing training,” Raha said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”From January, they (women pilots) will start their training for combat flying. In the third phase, they will be trained in Hawk aircraft and then they will be at par with the men,” he added.

Shiv Sena backs Rajnath Singh’s remarks on secularism, says Congress indulging in ‘dirty politics’

“The Congress ensured that walls of caste, creed and religion were permanent. The word secularism has been misused in our country,” the Sena said in an editorial in party mouthpiece ‘Saamana’.

Shiv Sena on Friday backed Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s remarks that secularism was the “most misused” term and hit out at Congress alleging that it effected constitutional amendments to suit its “dirty politics”.The party said that the dalit population has over the years realised that Congress has used the ‘divide-and-rule formula’ to serve its “selfish politics” of vote bank.”The Congress ensured that walls of caste, creed and religion were permanent. The word secularism has been misused in our country,” the Sena said in an editorial in party mouthpiece ‘Saamana’.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”The Constitution was framed to ensure that the country remains a strong sovereign nation. But several amendments were made for dirty politics. In the Shah Bano case, constitutional amendment was made to overturn a historic Supreme Court verdict,” the ruling alliance partner alleged.Because of such instances, the country’s sovereignty is under threat, it said.”Secularism is the most misused word in the country.Its misuse should come to an end. Because of the rampant misuse of the word, there have been instances of tension in the society,” Rajanth had said yesterday during a debate on the ‘Commitment to India’s Constitution’ as part of 125th birth anniversary of B R Ambedkar in Lok Sabha.Singh had also said that Ambedkar, the architect of the Constitution, had never thought of putting the term ‘secularism’ in the Preamble, but it was incorporated through an amendment in 1976.”The words ‘socialist’ and ‘secular’ were incorporated in the Preamble through the 42nd amendment of the Constitution. We have no objection,” he said.Referring to the debate in Lok Sabha, the ‘Saamana’ editorial slammed the Congress for claiming that Ambedkar, his constitutional framework and its implementation were all because of the party.”The dalit population has over the years realised that Congress, which ensured Ambedkar’s defeat in Lok Sabha polls, has used the ‘divide-and-rule formula’ and used followers of Ambedkar for their selfish politics as vote bank,” the Sena further alleged.The celebration of Constitution Day would be meaningful if wisdom dawns on selfish politicians not to use these words, the editorial opined.

Sena backs Rajnath Singh on secularism remark, says Congress amends Constitution to suit itself

Mumbai: Shiv Sena on Friday backed Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh‘s remarks that secularism was the “most misused” term and hit out at Congress alleging that it effected constitutional amendments to suit its “dirty politics”.

The party said that the Dalit population has over the years realised that Congress has used the ‘divide-and-rule formula’ to serve its “selfish politics” of votebank.

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“The Congress ensured that walls of caste, creed and religion were permanent. The word secularism has been misused in our country,” the Sena said in an editorial in party mouthpiece Saamna.

“The Constitution was framed to ensure that the country remains a strong sovereign nation. But several amendments were made for dirty politics. In the Shah Bano case, constitutional amendment was made to overturn a historic Supreme Court verdict,” the ruling alliance partner alleged.

Because of such instances, the country’s sovereignty is under threat, it said.

“Secularism is the most misused word in the country. Its misuse should come to an end. Because of the rampant misuse of the word, there have been instances of tension in the society,” Rajanth had said on Thursday during a debate on the ‘Commitment to India’s Constitution’ as part of 125th birth anniversary of BR Ambedkar in Lok Sabha.

Singh had also said that Ambedkar, the architect of the Constitution, had never thought of putting the term ‘secularism’ in the Preamble, but it was incorporated through an amendment in 1976.

“The words ‘socialist’ and ‘secular’ were incorporated in the Preamble through the 42nd amendment of the Constitution. We have no objection,” he said.

Referring to the debate in Lok Sabha, the Saamna editorial slammed the Congress for claiming that Ambedkar, his constitutional framework and its implementation were all because of the party.

“The Dalit population has over the years realised that the Congress, which ensured Ambedkar’s defeat in the Lok Sabha polls, has used the ‘divide-and-rule formula’ and used followers of Ambedkar for their selfish politics as votebank,” the Sena further alleged.

The celebration of Constitution Day would be meaningful if wisdom dawns on selfish politicians not to use these words, the editorial opined.

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DD plans to strengthen grip on south, east India audience; to reserve slots for regional channels on its DTH platform

In its 24th e-auction on November 9, DD earned Rs31.2 crore for selling five slots on the DD Free Dish.

In an attempt to expand its base within the rural pockets of the country, especially in southern and eastern India, public broadcaster Doordarshan will soon start reserving slots for non-Hindi, private regional channels on the DD Free Dish — its direct-to-home (DTH) platform.According to Prasar Bharati sources, a policy is being framed to facilitate the move that will be ready in the next few weeks. “The move will help us reach the rural population in different parts of the country, especially in the eastern and southern parts of the country where people usually prefer private, regional channels,” an official said. The decision follows successful e-auctions of slots on its direct-to-home (DTH) platform, which has turned out to be a good source of revenue for the cash-strapped DD.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In its 24th e-auction on November 9, DD earned Rs31.2 crore for selling five slots on the DD Free Dish. The takers included Hindi news channel Aaj Tak and Hindi entertainment channel Big Magic, both of which are pay channels.DD officials say, this has been the first time that the bid had gone above Rs6 crore per channel. In the previous e-auctions, the average bid amount was around Rs4 crore. DD officials said the new rural rating mechanism adopted by Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC), which is a fairly new rating system for TV, has led several popular private channels to increasingly participate the e-auction process of DD Free Dish slots, in an effort to reach in rural areas, mostly accessed by DD so far.So, reserving certain slots for private, regional channels on its DTH platform will be a win-win situation for DD, as DD would be able to expand itself in the eastern and southern parts of the country, riding on the popularity of other popular regional channels commonly watched by the masses in those regions. Data collected from DD shows DD Free Dish has an estimated 18–20 million subscribers. Last year, DD earned Rs115 crore by e-auctioning vacant slots on its Free Dish. “This year, we hope to earn Rs140 crore through the process,” additional director general CK Jain said, adding that in the next few months, DD may reach a the delayed target of having 112 channels on its platform, of which 64 are reserved channels and 48 are those which are being auctioned. Slots reserved for private, non-Hindi regional channels for viewers from southern and eastern India would be about five, sources said.

RSS says ‘if country could tolerate PK, Aamir must feel safe in India’; Mamata bats for actor, slams RSS

Kolkata: Extending her support to Bollywood star Aamir Khan by saying that it is his democratic right to say what he felt, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said no one has the right to ask someone to leave this country as this country belongs to everyone.

“No one has the right to ask someone to leave this country or go to Pakistan. We all are citizens of this country, India,” Banerjee said.

She also lashed out at Hindutva groups, saying that no one has the right to kill someone for just consuming beef, as the
Constitution of India grants the right to preach to each of its citizens.

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“Nobody can say anything against them in this country. They will decide what we will say. Aamir has said something what he felt and what his wife told him, he just said that. He is being asked to leave the country. Who are you to ask someone to leave this country? This country belongs to everyone. This is our motherland,” Banerjee said while addressing a rally of the minorities.

Banerjee’s comment’s comes in the backdrop of countrywide criticism on Aamir Khan’s recent remark where he expressed “alarm and despondency” over the rise in incidents of intolerance in the last six to eight months.

“Kiran (his wife) and I have lived all our life in India. For the first time, she said, should we move out of India…She fears for her child, she fears about what the atmosphere around us will be,” the actor said in an interaction at the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism ceremony organised by the Indian Express few days back.

Banerjee also criticised the statements against Shah Rukh Khan for his comments on intolerance.

“They have criticised Aamir. They have also criticised Shah Rukh. They have criticised A R Rahman. Who are they to decide what we will say or what we will eat?” she asked.

Banerjee expressed apprehensions that the powers in Delhi might unleash CBI against her for her comments against intolernace and threat to communal harmony.

“If you say anything against them, they will engage CBI after you but you can’t shut my mouth by engaging CBI after me. They have threatened Mithun Chakraborty in such a way that he can’t even talk to me. He is an MP (Rajya Sabha) of our party,” she said.

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Tolerance debate: Mamata Banerjee supports Aamir Khan, says India belongs to everyone

Banerjee’s comment’s comes in the backdrop of countrywide criticism on Aamir Khan’s recent remark where he expressed “alarm and despondency” over the rise in incidents of intolerance in the last six to eight months.

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Extending her support to Bollywood star Aamir Khan by saying that it is his democratic right to say what he felt, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said aid no one has the right to ask someone to leave this country as this country belongs to everyone.”No one has the right to ask someone to leave this country or go to Pakistan. We all are citizens of this country, India,” Banerjee said. She also lashed out at Hindutva groups, saying that no one has the right to kill someone for just consuming beef, as the Constitution of India grants the right to preach to each of its citizens. “Nobody can say anything against them in this country.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>They will decide what we will say or not. Aamir has said something what he felt and what his wife told him, he just said that. He is being asked to leave the country. Who are you to ask someone to leave this country? This country belongs to everyone. This is our motherland,” Banerjee said while addressing a rally of the minorities. Banerjee’s comment’s comes in the backdrop of countrywide criticism on Aamir Khan’s recent remark where he expressed “alarm and despondency” over the rise in incidents of intolerance in the last six to eight months.”Kiran (his wife) and I have lived all our life in India. For the first time, she said, should we move out of India… She fears for her child, she fears about what the atmosphere around us will be,” the actor said in an interaction at the Ramnath Goenka Excellence in Journalism ceremony organised by the Indian Express few days back. Banerjee also criticised the statements against Shah Rukh Khan for his comments on intolerance.”They have criticised Aamir. They have also criticised Shah Rukh. They have criticised A R Rahman. Who are they to decide what we will say or what we will eat?” she asked.Banerjee expressed apprehensions that the powers in Delhi might unleash CBI against her for her comments against intolernace and threat to communal harmony.”If you say anything against them, they will engage CBI after you but you can’t shut my mouth by engaging CBI after me. They have threatened Mithun Chakraborty in such a way that he can’t even talk to me. He is an MP (Rajya Sabha) of our party,” she said. Banerjee dared the Centre to put her jail “if they want to” as she was speaking against communalism. “Who are you to decide what we will eat or not? No one has the right to kill someone because he consumed beef. What will you do to me as I have conusmed poultry? If you think you can put me in jail, I will stay in the jail of the masses and I will have some rest.”But you can’t stop me. I don’t care. Even if everybody in this country keeps mum out of fear, I will not stay mum. I will fight against injustice. We are all brothers and sisters and we all have equal rights,” she said. Banerjee said the biggest question in front of the country is whether we shall be tolerant or intolerant. “The question before the nation is whether we shall be tolerant or intolerant. The Constitution of India has granted equal rights to each and every citizen of this country. We should not mix religion with terrorism. Terrorism has no religion, caste or creed. Terrorists are terrorists, criminals are criminals,” she said. P

People across India offended by Aamir Khan’s statement: BJP

On Monday, the actor had voiced concern over growing instances of “intolerance” and kicked up a huge political row with his remarks at a function in Delhi on Monday about his wife Kiran Rao expressing fear for their child in the current atmosphere.

BJP on Wednesday said Aamir Khan’s making it clear that he is not leaving India “covers a wider issue” and wished the actor had been “more careful” about his earlier statement.BJP spokesman G V L Narsimha Rao said “people of the country cutting across the entire spectrum felt offended by what Aamir Khan said a couple of days ago and the actor’s statement today “covers a wider issue where he talks about about his love for the country.”On Monday, the actor had voiced concern over growing instances of “intolerance” and kicked up a huge political row with his remarks at a function in Delhi on Monday about his wife Kiran Rao expressing fear for their child in the current atmosphere.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rao said “people of the country cutting across the entire spectrum felt offended by what Aamir Khan had said a couple of days ago…..I wish he was more careful about the statement.””Today, the youth of this country are in a positive frame of mind and they expect their national icons in any sphere of life to echo such positive sentiments…Presenting their own country in a negative light…certainly hurt the emotions of millions of people of this country,” he added.Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen has said that India is “the safest place” for Bollywood star Aamir Khan and his family where he is loved and respected by Hindus and Muslims.”I don’t think India is an intolerant country. Some people in India are intolerant. You would not find any country which is 100 per cent tolerant. Some people in every country are intolerant….Both Hindus and Muslims love and respect him. I think that India is the safest place for Aamir Khan and his family,” Nasreen said.Filmmaker Ashok Pandit said “whatever clarification has come (from Aamir), not leaving the country and going is a different issue. I would ask Aamir Khan a question on the basic issue of tolerance and intolerance.”He said leaving the country and going is Aamir’s personal likes and dislikes. “Any body can leave and go and nobody would stop you. If you are saying that there is intolerance then I would like to know the reasons for it,” Pandit said.

Watch: How college girls left Rahul Gandhi stumped

Opposition said Rahul has “no capacity” to lead even the youths not to speak of the country.

“His ignorance was snubbed by the young students,” BJP said. (PTI)

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Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday faced some embarrassing moments when a large section of his student audience at a women’s college responded in resonating ‘yes’ to his poser whether they thought Prime Minister Narendra Modi s ambitious ‘Swachh Bharat’ and ‘Make In India’ campaigns were working. During an interaction with students of Mount Carmel college, a leading women’s college here, the Congress vice president took an instant poll asking the young audience about the twin flagship programmes while slamming the Modi government Gandhi asked the students whether ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ (‘Clean India Mission’) was working, to which most replied in a resounding ‘yes’.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It didn’t end here as the Congress MP again asked the students if they thought the ‘Make in India’ programme was really working and the students again gave the same reply, making the leader apparently uncomfortable.Gandhi hastened to tell the audience that he differed with them. “You might see it I don’t,” said Gandhi, who sported a grey T shirt, adding,”Anyway, I don’t clearly see a vision that the BJP is projecting”. The interaction was the first in the series of Gandhi’s outreach to the students across the campuses in the country. Rahul later talking to reporters said the nature of the response of the students to his questions were not clear. “Actually it was not clear. On ‘Swachh Bharat’, half the room said nothing had happened and some said something had happened. On ‘Make in India’, I think more people said not much had happened, some said things have happened”. The kind of response by the students to Rahul’s poser led BJP to say his “disconnect” with the ground was “exposed” and shown through the mirror by the youths of the country.”When asked about Swachh Bharaat Abhiyan and Make in India, the youths of this country said that these concepts are moving ahead and Rahul was shocked. Why was he shocked? Because of the very fact that he has a great disconnect, he does not know the vibrations on the ground. Leave aside the country, he cannot lead the youths of the country,” BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said. He said Rahul has “no capacity” to lead even the youths not to speak of the country. “His ignorance was snubbed by the young students,” he said. BJP Secretary Sidharth Nath Singh said Gandhi’s interaction with students at Bengaluru should caution Congress Party and leadership that Indian youth is not willing to accept “obstructionist and negative” agenda of Congress.”The snap poll done by RG is a good indicator that PM Modi’s initiative like ‘Swachh Bharat’, ‘Make in India’ and others have strong support of the youth. It was quite heartening to learn that Indian youth had straight questions on why GST and other reforms are being blocked. “We hope RG and Congress would learn from the interaction that Indian Youth want Parliament to function and therefore they would not disturb the winter session,” he said.Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala, however, said Gandhi answered questions unlike Prime Minister Modi and this is the way for the country’s leader to interact. “This is the way, the leader of the country should interact with the young and the countrymen everywhere — sometimes disagreeing with them, sometimes agreeing with them and aswering their basic inquisitiveness on how India should look in 5 years, 10 years and 20 years. Rahul ji has answered, what no other political leader has done. Seeking to contrast Rahul’s interaction with that of Prime Minister Narendra Modi with students on November 14, Surjewala alleged that a question asked by even a child was “fixed” two weeks back as reported by a newspaper. “Rahul ji does not act like that. He believes in democratic functioning of the country, the right to agree or disagree,” he said. Another Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad dismissed suggestions that students snubbed Rahul and claimed that on the contrary they replied in negative thrice when asked about the efficacy of Centre’s plans. “The students responded with ‘No’ thrice. But they (BJP) fail to listen it. They do not want to listen ‘No’. That is intolerance,” he said.

No intention of leaving country, proud to be Indian: Aamir Khan

Mumbai: Under fierce criticism from BJP and its allies over his remarks on intolerance, Bollywood star Aamir Khan on Wednesday asserted that he stood by what he had stated and that neither he nor his wife Kiran Rao have any intention to leave the country.

The 50-year-old Aamir, who drew flak from BJP and a section of film fraternity for expressing his “alarm and despondency” over the rise in recent incidents of intolerance, came out with a statement, saying he is “proud to be an Indian”.

Aamir Khan. AFPAamir Khan. AFP

Aamir Khan. AFP

Hitting out at Aamir, Union minister Prakash Javadekar on Wednesday said the “extreme reaction” given by the actor has not only “dented” the image of the country but also his own.

Joining his party colleagues who have been critical of Aamir’s comments, Javedekar said the reason why his party did not agree with the actor’s statement is because the country has a “legacy of tolerance”.

Another Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said tolerance is in India’s DNA and the actor need not leave the country, advising him to not come under the influence of “fabricated political propaganda”.

“Tolerance is in India’s DNA. There is no space for intolerance in the country. People don’t need to get influenced by fabricated political propaganda,” he tweeted.

Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu said, “Some are propagating wrong things some are coming under wrong propaganda. There is more tolerance in India. People of India are tolerant.”

The government had called Aamir’s comments alarmist, with ministers alleging a conspiracy to tarnish India’s image.

In his one-page statement, Aamir said,”First let me state categorically that neither I, nor my wife Kiran, have any intention of leaving the country. We never did, and nor would we like to in the future.

First let me state categorically that neither I, nor my wife Kiran, have any intention of leaving the country. We never…

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“Anyone implying the opposite has either not seen my interview or is deliberately trying to distort what I have said. India is my country, I love it, I feel fortunate for being born here, and this is where I am staying,” he said.

The actor had kicked up a political storm with his remarks at a function in Delhi on Monday about his wife expressing fear for their child in the current atmosphere.

He had said, “Kiran and I have lived all our life in India. For the first time, she said, should we move out of India… She fears for her child, she fears about what the atmosphere around us will be.”

A defiant Aamir showed no signs of relenting on Wednesday in the face of fresh attack.

“I stand by everything that I have said in my interview. To all those people who are calling me anti-national, I would like to say that I am proud to be Indian, and I do not need anyone’s permission nor endorsement for that,” he said.

Sources close to the actor denied media reports that Kiran was asked to leave Mumbai for a few days in view of the raging controversy. She is in Mumbai and has no plans to leave the city, the sources said.

BJP had hit out at Aamir, saying “Where will he and his family go other than India? There is no other better country like India and no better neighbour than a Hindu for an Indian Muslim. What is the situation in Muslim countries and Europe. There is intolerance everywhere.”

Shielding him from the attack, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi had said the government should instead of branding all those who question it and the Prime Minister as “unpatriotic, anti-national or motivated” reach out to people to understand what’s disturbing them.

In his statement, Aamir said, “To all the people shouting obscenities at me for speaking my heart out, it saddens me to say you are only proving my point.” He also thanked those who stood by him.

“To all the people who have stood by me, thank you. We have to protect what this beautiful and unique country of ours really stands for. We have to protect its integrity, diversity, inclusiveness, its many languages, its culture, its history, its tolerance, it’s concept of ekantavada, it’s love, sensitivity and its emotional strength,” he said.

The actor ended his statement by quoting Rabindranath Tagore’s famous poem, “Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high, Where knowledge is free, Where the world has not been broken up into fragments, by narrow domestic walls, Where words come out from the depth of truth.

“Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection, Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way, Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit, Where the mind is led forward by thee, Into ever-widening thought and action, Into that heaven of freedom, my father, let my country awake,” signing off with “Jai Hind”.

Naqvi said, “There is nothing wrong as peace and harmony are prevailing in the country. So Aamir does not need to leave the country. He should stay back and should not come under the influence of fabricated political propaganda,” he added.

Deprecating the actor’s remarks, Javadekar said, “The statement of Aamir may have been his personal opinion but the country has been hurt by it to a large extent. If such an extreme reaction is given by a prominent artiste, then naturally some people get hurt and sad.

“The reason why we do not agree with the statement is because our country has a legacy of tolerance which is there even today. Not only has Aamir’s statement dented the image of the country but his own image has been dented,” he said.

Accusing the BJP of indulging in “fascist and discriminative” politics, the Samajwadi Party came out in open support of Aamir.

Senior SP leader and Cabinet minister Shivpal Singh Yadav told reporters in Jaunpur in UP, “Aamir does not need to leave the country. He can live anywhere in UP.”

Wading into the controversy, NCP chief Sharad Pawar said a “strong backlash” against Aamir only strengthened his views on intolerance.

“A strong backlash against @aamir_khan also amounts to #Intolerance. It would only strengthen his views on intolerance.”, Pawar said on micro-blogging site Twitter.

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Indian higher education crisis: More Indians go abroad to study, and fewer international students come to India

Even as reports last week suggested that the number of Indian student going to the US had increased by 30 percent, the inflow of foreign students to India has declined sharply, according to government data.

According to a report by The Times of India, data from the Union Ministry of Home affairs shows that the number of students coming to India from US, Germany, France, South Korea, Australia, China and Singapore had dropped by 73 percent from 13,961 in 2013 to 3,737 in 2014.

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The report also indicates that the number hadn’t just dropped for countries better placed than India, but even from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and African nations fewer people are turning to India for higher education.

Adding to this is a report in DNA which suggested that Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s bonhomie with Barack Obama had seen a huge surge in students from India studying in the US.

According to the report Indian students going to the United States had risen by 29.4 percent within a year, compared to the six percent previous year following three years of consistent decline. There are, as of now, 1.33 lakh Indians studying in universities across the United States.

In fact, it is not just to the US, more and more Indian students are looking to go abroad for higher education. According to a government report, India saw a huge jump in internationally mobile students with only 39,626 students in foreign countries in 1995 to 1,89,472 students going abroad in 2012.

While the US has remained the top destination abroad to go for higher education, the government date shows that UK replaced Australia in 2012 as the second most coveted destination for getting a higher education.

Though the Modi-Obama bonhomie and more students going to the US is well and good, the fact that lesser students are coming to India and more students are going abroad raises several questions about the quality of education in our country.

Hindustan Times in a report points out, “a part of the reason may have to do with perceptions of insecurity, owing to the attacks on women that inhibit parents from sending their children to the subcontinent.”

Another problem faced by those coming from other countries is racial discrimination. South Sudanese students had complained to Home Minister Rajnath Singh about the issue at Pune’s Symbiosis International University in September. Singh had hence appealed, “From this platform, I want to appeal to all Indian students in Pune as well as in other parts of the country not to discriminate anyone and consider every one as brother. It is very unfortunate if any such incident takes place in our country.”

The Hindustan Times also pointed out that declining level of education because of shortages of capable faculty and lack of government efforts is also a reason why fewer students are coming to India for higher education. This, may also be one of the reasons why more and more students are going out of India for their higher education, apart from may be a more prosperous middle class and easily available education loans.

However, another reason for Indian students going abroad may be better scope and opportunity. As pointed out by Philip G Altbach in a report in The Hindu in 2014, “Not only are overseas programmes and departments more prestigious, they also have far better facilities, laboratories and a more favourable culture of research. Top faculty members are often more accessible and it is easier to become affiliated with a laboratory or institute. Academic politics exists everywhere, and Indians may suffer from occasional discrimination abroad, but overall academic conditions are likely to be better than at home.”

With numbers projecting a pretty bleak picture of the Indian education system, the quickest solution could be government hiring better faculty members in universities, setting up more universities, labs and research centers across the country.

Aamir Khan remarks: NCP president Sharad Pawar slams actor’s critics

However, when he was yesterday asked about the actor’s comments, while he was at Pogarwadi in Satara district to call on the bereaved family of Colonel Santosh Mahadik who recently died in a gunbattle with militants in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district, Pawar had said, “This (the brave officer’s sacrifice) is more serious than that.”

Slamming Aamir Khan’s critics, NCP president Sharad Pawar on Wednesday said the tone and tenor of the reactions to the actor’s statement on intolerance actually lent substance to the debate on the issue.”The reactions to Aamir Khan’s statement have given substance to the debate on intolerance in the country. To say that he got his wealth in India itself amounts to an intolerant attitude. He got his money from his acting and nobody donated it to him,” he told reporters at Karad in Satara district.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He said the comment that the actor could leave the country if he wanted to was also indicative of intolerance.”The country is not any body’s private property,” the veteran leader said.However, when he was yesterday asked about the actor’s comments, while he was at Pogarwadi in Satara district to call on the bereaved family of Colonel Santosh Mahadik who recently died in a gunbattle with militants in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district, Pawar had said, “This (the brave officer’s sacrifice) is more serious than that.”Aamir had on Monday said he was “alarmed” by a number of incidents and his wife Kiran Rao even suggested that they should probably leave the country, drawing sharp reactions from the BJP and sections in the film industry.The 50-year-old actor also supported those returning their awards, saying one of the ways for creative people to express their dissatisfaction or disappointment is to return their awards.He said he also feels that the sense of insecurity and fear has been growing in the past six or eight months.Khan is the ambassador of ‘Incredible India’, a government’s campaign to promote tourism.The BJP had yesterday fielded its national spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain to launch a counter attack on Khan.”Where will Aamir and his family go other than India? There is no other better country like India and no better neighbour than a Hindu for an Indian Muslim. What is the situation in Muslim countries and Europe. There is intolerance everywhere,” Hussain said.Shielding him from the attack, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi had said the government should instead of branding all those who question it and the Prime Minister as “unpatriotic, anti-national or motivated” reach out to people to understand what’s disturbing them.

Intolerance row: Shiv Sena hits out at Aamir Khan, says if he feels suffocated then he should release films outside India

“Speaking of leaving the country is a language of treachery. Leave whatever glory this country has given you, here only,” the BJP ally said in an editorial in party mouthpiece ‘Saamana’.

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Shiv Sena on Wednesday hit out at actor Aamir Khan for his remarks on intolerance, saying he was speaking the “language of treachery” and asked the ‘Khan clan’ in the film industry to explain what calamity has befallen them.Dubbing Aamir ‘Ranchhoddas’, a character he played in the film “3 Idiots”, Sena said, “This Ranchhoddas should explain in which country is he going to live.””Speaking of leaving the country is a language of treachery. Leave whatever glory this country has given you, here only,” the BJP ally said in an editorial in party mouthpiece ‘Saamana’.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Only Aamir knows why he wanted to leave the country and why did he take his filmy wife’s remarks so seriously,” the Sena said.”Those who don’t feel that India is their own, should not speak of patriotism and of ‘Satyamev Jayate’ (referring to Aamir’s popular TV show),” it said.Attacking the powerful ‘Khan clan’ in the Bollywood, Sena said, “The Khan community in the film industry speak of fleeing the country. Let it be known what calamity has befallen them. The film ‘PK’ which ridiculed Hindu deities garnered hundreds of crores. Was this because the country is intolerant.”The Sena said if the actor feels suffocated over ‘intolerance’, then he should release his films outside India.”Aamir and his wife should go to Kashmir and see the war which our jawans fight. Should families of martyred jawans flee the country,” it said.The 50-year-old actor had said, “Kiran (his wife) and I have lived all our life in India. For the first time, she said, should we move out of India…She fears for her child, she fears about what the atmosphere around us will be.”

Mohan Bhagwat bats for mother tongue as medium of learning during initial education

Mohan Bhagwat

Stating that the mother tongue is the best medium of instruction at the primary school level, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on Tuesday sought priority for native language over foreign language in initial education.”If mother tongue is the medium of learning during the initial education, it makes learning easier in further education. This is not possible if one starts learning in a foreign language since childhood,” Bhagwat said. The Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh chief was addressing silver jubilee function of Vidya Bharati institute here. There are several instances of people who studied in their native tongue and went on to serve the country at highest levels, Bhagwat said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The RSS chief, however, said he was not opposed to teaching of other languages. “We should know our mother tongue. Hindi unites the entire country and the number of people who know Hindi is increasing. After having a complete knowledge of the mother tongue, we should also learn foreign languages to make our country shine at the international platforms.”None of the foreign languages are unacceptable to us, but the priority should be learning the mother tongue,” he said. He also hailed the efforts of Vidya Bharati to impart “culture-based” education.

BJP blasts Rahul Gandhi for supporting Aamir Khan, rakes up 1984 to counter intolerance charge

When asked if Aamir will be taken off the ‘Incredible India’ campaign, he said,” That’s not the issue as of now.”

Shahnawaz Hussain

Attacking Bollywood actor Aamir Khan, BJP leader Shahnawaz Hussain on Tuesday said there was a “deep political conspiracy” by the Congress to defame the country by harping on an atmosphere of intolerance, after Rahul Gandhi backed the actor’s comments.”Where will Aamir and his family go other than India,” he wondered in response to the actor’s remarks yesterday that his wife Kiran Rao had even suggested that they should probably leave the country. “There is no other better country like India and no better neighbour than a Hindu for an Indian Muslim. What is the situation in Muslim countries and Europe. There is intolerance everywhere,” Hussain, a national spokesperson of the BJP, told a press meet here.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”India is the most secular state where Muslims enjoy equal rights. In our country, an artist is not judged by his caste and religion but by his art,” he said. Hussain said if Aamir feels the situation is so bad in the country and that he is contemplating to leave, he should convince us. “We are ready to debate,” he added and wondered who is advising the actor. Hussain also took a swipe at the Congress Vice President for coming out in support of Aamir Khan.”This shows Congress complicity in the campaign to malign the country. Congress cannot tolerate an elected government and a popular Prime Minister. When the country is progressing under the leadership of Narendra Modi, Congress is creating an atmosphere to malign the country,” he charged. “Congress is responsible for the massacre of Sikhs and many communal riots. The party should not teach the country about tolerance and intolerance. Aamir Khan should know that this is incredible India and ‘Atulya Bharat’ and one should not do anything to malign the image.”Aamir had gained respect, fame and wealth due to the love and respect of all Indians. When you become a star your comments may get you headlines and good coverage but they are used against the country by the enemies,” he said. Hussain said Aamir’s comments show that he is not scared but was scaring others and the BJP rejects his charge.Further hitting out at the Congress vice president, Hussain said, “Rahul (Gandhi) says government should reach out to people to understand what’s disturbing them. If his father late Rajiv Gandhi had done so, the Sikh massacre would not have taken place. Where is intolerance in India?” He said Aamir is the first person to have spoken about leaving the country and this is not right. It has to be condemned, he said.To a question on whether Aamir should listen to his wife and leave the country, Shahnawaz said BJP does not want to interfere in family matters.When asked if Aamir will be taken off the ‘Incredible India’ campaign, he said,” That’s not the issue as of now.” The BJP spokesman alleged that Congress leaders Mani Shankar Iyer and Salman Khurshid visit Pakistan and berate the Indian government.”Another Congress leader Shakeel Ahmed chooses to highlight religion of some criminals. This is nothing but a dangerous trend to disturb the peace in the country. From opposing the BJP and the BJP government, the Opposition party is now against the country,” he added. To a question on whether India should play cricket with Pakistan on a neutral venue, he said, “The matter is between PCB and BCCI. The issue has not reached the domain of the Central government.”

Muslims won’t succumb to politics of Sangh Parivar: Asaduddin Owaisi

Hyderabad: All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief, Asaduddin Owaisi on Tuesday said that the Muslims would not leave the country, come what may, and that they would continue to live here as “proud Indians”.

“Muslims will not succumb to dog whistle politics of the Sangh Parivar and other fascist forces but continue their democratic struggle for justice, due share and the rights guaranteed by the Constitution of the country,” the Lok Sabha member from Hyderabad told reporters here.

When asked for reaction on Bollywood actor Aamir Khan’s revelation on Monday that his wife asked if they should move out of the country due to security situation prevailing in the country, the AIMIM leader said, “I can’t speak for a film star. I can only speak as a proud Indian Muslim that I will never succumb to all these dog whistle politics of the Sangh Parivar and other fascist organisations.”

Asaduddin Owaisi. AFPAsaduddin Owaisi. AFP

Asaduddin Owaisi. AFP

“They can’t create fear in our hearts and minds because this is our county. So long as life on earth survives, Muslims will live in India as proud Indians,” he added. Owaisi said Indian Muslims would definitely struggle for their due share and rightful position, which no one could deny them since it was what the constitution guarantees.

“We are Indians not only by birth but by choice. We have seen many adversities, many riots; thousands of lives were lost. We have also seen destruction of Babri Masjid,” he said.

Owaisi said grievances of Indian Muslims had always been with parties in power as they did not give them the rights the Constitution guaranteed. “Still this is our country. We will continue to fight. We will continue to struggle and definitely get our due share and our position,” he added.

The AIMIM leader said Muslims would not disappoint great freedom fighters who dreamt of Muslims living in the country as proud Indians.

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Swearing-in gaffes: Lalu Prasad Yadav asks Narendra Modi to take PM’s oath again

“Desh ko todne ka inka agenda hai hi kyunki PM ne desh ki prabhuta and akhandata ko ‘akshunn’ (unharmed) rakhne ki sapath to li hi nahin thee (Their (BJP) agenda to break the country is intact as the PM had not taken oath properly to maintain unharmed the unity and integrity of the country),” Prasad said in his posts on a social networking site yesteday.

Lalu and Narendra Modi

With his elder son drawing flak for mispronoucing a Hindi word during his swearing-in ceremony, now RJD supremo Lalu Prasad has raked up an issue, saying Prime Minister Narendra Modi should take his oath of office afresh as he had “mispronounced” the word ‘akshunn’ during his oath-taking ceremony last year. Modi, he said, did not properly pronounce the word ‘akshunn’ (unharmed) while taking oath as the prime minister on May 20, 2014 and instead pronounced it as ‘akshann’ which does not have a literal meaning. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Desh ko todne ka inka agenda hai hi kyunki PM ne desh ki prabhuta and akhandata ko ‘akshunn’ (unharmed) rakhne ki sapath to li hi nahin thee (Their (BJP) agenda to break the country is intact as the PM had not taken oath properly to maintain unharmed the unity and integrity of the country),” Prasad said in his posts on a social networking site. (Watch: When Lalu’s son messed up his oath)By mispronouncing the word, Modi has rendered his oath “futile” and he should “take it afresh”, Prasad said. “Akshunn (unharmed) hi nahin bola to shapath bekaar hai… PM ko dobara shapath leni chahiye…’akshann’ ka hindi mein koi shabdik arth nahin hai (PM did not say Akshunn (unharmed) which renders his oath futile…He should take oath afresh as ‘akshann’ word has no literal meaning in Hindi,” he said. The RJD supremo’s elder son had mispronounced the word ‘apekshit’ (expected) as ‘upekshit’ (neglected) while taking oath as a senior minister in the Nitish Kumar government on November 20. Governor Ram Nath Kovind had objected to the mispronunciation of the word by Tej Pratap and asked him to read out the oath afresh. Lalu’s elder son faced a barrage of jokes and criticism, especially on social media, for his lapse.

Harish Rawat denies making ‘cow slaughter’ remark

According to reports, Uttarakhand Chief Minister had on Thursday said that that people who slaughter cows have “no right to live in the country”.

Harish Rawat

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat on Friday denied making the controversial remark on cow slaughter and dared the news agency, which reported it, to prove that he had made such a remark.”I have already said what i had actually said. My statement has been misreported and i do not have anything to do with the malicious report. Now it is up to the agency to prove that Harish Rawat had said such a thing, the recording of my speech is available,” Rawat told ANI.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>According to reports, Uttarakhand Chief Minister had on Thursday said that that people who slaughter cows have “no right to live in the country”. “Anyone who kills cows, no matter which community he belongs to, is India’s biggest enemy and has no right to live in the country,” Rawat had reportedly said at a function in Haridwar. Last month, Haryana Chief Minister ML Khattar had drawn major flak for saying that Muslims should give up beef if they wanted to live in India.

India most tolerant country in the world: Venkaiah Naidu

The Union Minister also stated that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was getting a tremendous response from the world and the country was doing well under his leadership.

Venkaiah Naidu

Union Minister for Urban Development Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday dismissed the growing clamour against ‘intolerance’ in India as a “propaganda”, while stating that India was the most tolerant country in the world.”There is a propaganda going on about so called tolerance and intolerance. I must say India is the most tolerant country in the world, we have never come to intolerance and that is the philosophy of the nation,” he said at the Resurgent Rajasthan Partnership Summit’s inaugural session here.”Humara desh vasudhaiv kutumbakam mein vishwas rakhta hai (our country believes that the whole world is one family)”, he said. Naidu said that Indians were tolerant and that there might be some “stray incidents”. The Union Minister also stated that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was getting a tremendous response from the world and the country was doing well under his leadership.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”People have given us the mandate for development. Public mandate is supreme. Do not create negative image, and country is moving fast and developing…World is seeing India. World has given tremendous response to Prime Minister, it means response to India…India is a destination for investment”, he said.”The country witnessed politics of poverty, but now it has changed to politics of development under the dynamic Prime Minister Narendra Modiji,” he added. Naidu hailed Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje for her efforts of all round development of the state. “We support the Chief Minister to take Rajasthan ahead,” he said.

Political parties, foreign nations conspiring to defame PM Modi: Kailash Vijayavargiya

“Canards are being spread against BJP. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has ensured uniform development across the country, irrespective of religion or caste. But a few political parties and foreign countries are conspiring to defame the government and the country,” he told newsmen.

A few political parties and foreign countries are conspiring to defame the Narendra Modi government and the country, BJP in-charge of West Bengal Kailash Vijayavargiya claimed on Wednesday.”Canards are being spread against BJP. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has ensured uniform development across the country, irrespective of religion or caste. But a few political parties and foreign countries are conspiring to defame the government and the country,” he told newsmen.Asked to name the countries and the political parties, Vijayavargiya said, “When the time comes I will tell you.” Earlier, speaking at a public meeting, he said in the coming West Bengal Assembly polls, BJP will fight against Mamata Banerjee government for the sake of the people.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Bengal, he said, has become economically backward with no new industry or investor. “There are no investments as there is no assurance on land, power or water. Thousands are unemployed and there is no hope for development.”If there in no new industry, how will the young get employment? How can there be development?” he asked and said the situation was grave as all officers and even the police were working for the ruling party.Attacking the Chief Minister, state BJP president Rahul Sinha said, “When Maoists were most active in Junglemahal then she would walk in the area. But now when jungle is laughing(quoting Banerjee’s oft repeated claims of smile in the faces of the people following peace and development in the tribal area under her government), she travels to the place only in helicopters.”Party leader and actress Rupa Ganguly said West Bengal has become a ‘subsidy state’ and often there are cries of alleged deprivation by the Centre. “But the moment the Centre sanctions money it is spent for the ruling party.”The former Left Front government used to claim that it is the government of the poor. So does Mamata Banerjee now.But strangely the poor are benefitted only by grants from the Centre,” she said.

India warns of Islamic State threat, tightens vigil at French, US missions

Despite India’s large Muslim population, Islamic State has only been able to draw a handful of recruits from the country, although security officials say they don’t have a full picture, and that there could be more youth getting radicalised.

India has warned of Islamic State using regional militant groups to mount strikes in the country, and has increased security around the diplomatic missions of the United States, France and Britain among others, a government advisory said.The federal interior ministry said in the note issued to state police chiefs that Friday’s attacks in Paris in which 129 people were killed showed the intentions of Islamic State to expand its arc of operations beyond Syria and Iraq.Despite India’s large Muslim population, Islamic State has only been able to draw a handful of recruits from the country, although security officials say they don’t have a full picture, and that there could be more youth getting radicalised.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>But some of the world’s deadliest militant groups, including the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba that carried out the Mumbai 2008 attacks, operate in India, and the fear is Islamic State might turn to them to target foreign interests in the country.”Though ISIS/ISIL has not been able to establish any significant presence in India, its success in radicalising some youth, attracting certain section of the local population/Indian diaspora… or the possibility of piggybacking on terrorist groups operating in India have opened up the possibility of ISIS sponsored action on Indian territory,” the note said.Reuters has a copy of the advisory issued on Monday. It ordered security to be enhanced for the missions of France, the United States, Britain, Germany, Russia, Australia, Turkey and Israel.”Available intelligence about ISIS activities should be immediately reviewed to identify plans, targets, areas vulnerable to attack by ISIS and appropriate action taken to neutralise potential threats,” the advisory said.Ten Lashkar-e-Taiba gunmen attacked luxury hotels, a train station and a Jewish centre in a three-day shooting spree in Mumbai seven years ago, killing 166 people, India said, in an assault similar to the attacks in Paris.

Ashok Singhal: The man who shaped the concept of Hindu vote bank

In the passing away of Ashokji, the Hindu movement in the country has lost an iconic leader who shaped its destiny as its most vibrant and forceful proponent.

September 27, 1926​ – November 17, 2015Obituary Ashok Singhal, the man who literally set the Ganga on fire is no more. He inspired a generation of leaders, politically nurtured them and created a social engineering in the Hindu society that culminated in the creation of a political Hindu, which never was the case in Independent India.Throughout he remained controversial, but it never diminished his stature in the circle of his admirers or detractors, for he never sought anything for himself. He was a cult figure in every sense, born into a rich Singhal family of Allahabad, an engineer with gold medal (IIT-BHU), a poet, music director and singer, he could have chosen a fabulous life joining his family business. But he chose to become an RSS pracharak, a life of rigorous self renunciation. Ashokji, who was particularly close to Prof Rajendra Singh alias Rajju Bhaiyya, a man of similar eminence took up work of mass mobilisation of Hindus to eradicate casteism, fight religious conversions and modernise religion to make it an effective instrument of political change. He is the man who shaped the concept of Hindu vote bank. Without ever holding any political position or contesting elections, he held massive sway over many political destinies. Prime ministers and chief ministers from BJP to Congress to other parties respected and listened to his views.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Religious leaders from Revered Shankaracharyas, Swami Chinmayananda to Dayananda Saraswati, Swami Ramdev and Sri Sri Ravishankar listened to him because of his pious, saintly persona. When the VHP in Gujarat agitated against the Modi government drive to widen roads removing roadside temples encroaching public land, Ashokji supported the state government and doused the fire. Even controversial Digvijay Singh had no problem in receiving Ashokji with all ritualistic fanfare at his official residence when he was chief minister. During the NDA government at the Centre under Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Ashokji was instrumental in controlling the VHP agitation for a grand temple in Ayodhya.In the passing away of Ashokji, the Hindu movement in the country has lost an iconic leader who shaped its destiny as its most vibrant and forceful proponent.He was inducted into VHP in the aftermath of the Meenakshipuram mass conversion in 1981. The VHP organised Virat Hindu Sammelans, along with Dr Karan Singh, all over the country to create an awareness of Hindu unity. This was followed by Hindu Dharma Sansad consisting of the Acharyas and religious leaders from all sects and creed of the Hindu fold modernising and codifying to define what essentially constituted the frontiers of Hindu belief. He followed it up with Ekatmata Yatra where sacred Ganga water was taken to every nook and corner of the country. The central government under Indira Gandhi had tacitly extended its support to the move. But Ashokji became synonymous with the Ramjanmabhumi movement and this made him a great Hindu icon in the 90s. Ashokji’s phenomenal popularity at that point made him more popular than even some of the tallest national political leaders. Ashokji was jailed immediately after the pulling down of the controversial Babri structure in Ayodhya on 6 December 1992. The case is still going on.Ashokji played a major role in the installation of the NDA government in 1998, where he vigorously campaigned for the success of BJP candidates all over the country. His contribution in the BJP coming out victorious in the 2014 election is also well known.(The author is Member, BJP National Training team and publications)

No indication of intolerance on ground in India, says Finance Minister Jaitley

Dubai: Justifying his description of the debate on intolerance as “manufactured”, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has said there is no indication of intolerance on the ground in India.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. PTI

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. PTI

“On the ground I see an environment of public harmony in India. That’s why I initially referred to this debate as a manufactured one,” Jaitley, who arrived in Dubai on Sunday on a two-day visit to the UAE, said.

“It becomes an issue for discussion when people try to give the country a bad name and there the onus is on all of us as Indians to clarify the issue. But on the ground there is no indication of intolerance,” he told reporters at a media briefing here yesterday.

At least 75 members of the intelligentsia have returned national or literary awards in an escalation of protests by writers, historians, filmmakers and scientists over “growing intolerance”, voicing fears that the country’s robust democracy might be “coming apart” in the current atmosphere.

Jaitley had dismissed the protest as a “manufactured paper rebellion” that was politically motivated.

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Bihar defeat has no link with intolerance debate: Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan

Talking about the debate sparked by claims of “rising intolerance” in the country, Pradhan charged that “those who are speaking about intolerance, are themselves intolerant”.

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The debate over “intolerance” that is raging in the country did not contribute to the BJP-led NDA’s defeat in Bihar polls, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Sunday said in the wake of the electoral debacle that has given rise to a chorus of dissent within his party.”The Bihar defeat has no connection with intolerance although many people are trying to link the two,” Pradhan said.Talking about the debate sparked by claims of “rising intolerance” in the country, Pradhan charged that “those who are speaking about intolerance, are themselves intolerant”.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In an apparent attack on Congress, the petroleum minister said that those who had ruled the country for the most number of years could not digest the fact that a person of humble origin had become prime minister.Must read- Bihar poll results shows Hindus still believe in peace and amity: Dalai Lama”They are the most intolerant,” he said without naming any individual or party.A number of BJP MPs from Bihar have spoken out against the top party brass and faulted their campaign for raking up controversial issues and using “undignified” language.

Another RSS body revolts against govt’s move to ease FDI norms

“SJM believes that the present decision of the government to ease FDI norms for major sectors of the economy has been taken in a hurried manner and without going into the pros and cons of the decision.

The opposition from SJM comes three days after another RSS affiliate, Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh, warned the government of mass agitations if the FDI decision was not immediately rolled back.

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Raising a banner of revolt against the government for its decision to ease FDI norms in 15 key sectors, RSS affiliate Swadeshi Jagran Manch (SJM) today demanded that the move be put on hold even as it accused the Centre of haste in the matter. SJM also demanded a white paper detailing the benefits and drawbacks of FDI and said a commission comprising stakeholders should first be set up to examine the issue. It further added that government’s ‘Make in India’ initiative should be more of ‘Made by India’. “SJM believes that the present decision of the government to ease FDI norms for major sectors of the economy has been taken in a hurried manner and without going into the pros and cons of the decision.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”SJM demands that these decisions be put on hold and a commission is constituted taking all stakeholders on board while instituting a comprehensive study to estimate loss to the economy,” Ashwani Mahajan, All India Co-Convener of the Manch, said. “It is painful to see that the present government continues to follow the policy of previous UPA government in this regard. “SJM reiterates its demand for a white paper and urges the government to share the factual position with the people of India instead of repeating mere claims and intention,” he said. The opposition from SJM comes three days after another RSS affiliate, Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh, warned the government of mass agitations if the FDI decision was not immediately rolled back.SJM said it was “in deep anguish over the central government’s decision to ease FDI norms in almost all major sectors of the economy, including defence, plantation, broadcasting, single brand e-commerce, banking, construction, limited liabilities partnership, duty free shops, etc”. Arguing that the government has been advocating liberal FDI regime under its plans to revive manufacturing sector in the country in the name and style of Make-in-India slogan, the Manch said, “Government’s endeavour towards Make-in-India should be more of Made-by-India.” Mahajan said it was an established fact supported by empirical data that FDI is not a panacea for all ills. “It is not a solution for all problems. FDI has done more bad than good to the economy. There have been more outflows of royalty, interest, dividend, profits, salaries, etc., than inflows of FDI. In 2014-15 alone, while there has been FDI inflow of USD 31 billion, there has been an outflow of USD 36.5 billion,” he said. SJM also contested the government’s argument that FDI would bring growth and create employment in the country. “Government has been advocating liberal FDI regime under its plans to revive manufacturing sector in the country in the name and style of Make-in-India slogan,” Mahajan said.SJM’s take is that government data reveals FDI is not the driver of overall investment and growth in the country. “There are instances when FDI and overall investment levels have moved in opposite directions quite significantly. “For instance, in overall terms, while FDI has been growing in leaps and bounds, gross capital formation has fallen from 38 per cent of GDP in FY’08 to a mere 28.7 per cent in FY’15,” SJM said. SJM further cited the experience of the Indian economy in the last 25 years of globalisation as “very distressing” and added that globalisation had led to slowed rate of growth of employment and rate of reduction in poverty, too, had come down.”SJM has been consistently demanding a white paper from the government on the cost and benefits of FDI in this country,” Mahajan said. The BJP government had announced easing of FDI norms in 15 major sectors soon after the NDA coalition led by BJP lost Bihar Assembly polls to the JDU, RJD, Congress combine

FDI decision ‘very unfortunate’, says RSS affiliate BMS; threatens to take to street in protest

New Delhi – The Bhartiya Mazdoor Sangh has strongly opposed the government’s decision to allow Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in retail and defence sectors, and wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking the review of the decisions.

It said the government should talk to all stakeholders and discuss with them whether FDI has helped them or the country.

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The BMS will wait for the government’s decision to initiate discussion on the FDI and review it failing which the Sangh will protest by taking to the street.

The BMS, in separate letters to the PM and and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, has also demanded a white paper on the inflow and outflow of the FDI in the country.

BMS General Secretary Virjesh Upadhyay told PTI that allowing FDI in retail will “finish” the local retail sector leading to large-scale unemployment, affecting the poor.

“We are concerned about the retail sector, which is certainly going to suffer the most. We want the government to seriously consider this issue,” Upadayay told CNN-IBN in a separate interview.

“It is very unfortunate that the government has come up with a FDI and we are against it in totality. The proposal of FDI is not well researched as the government is thinking that FDI will help India to regain from its financial crises,” he told the TV channel.

He said the FDI that has come into the country so far has flowed out and is thus not helping the country.

“Nobody is talking about Foreign Direct Outflow (FDO). It means whatever investment is coming that is going out again. The volume of direct flow is higher than the investment. We want the government to bring a white paper to all the investments done in FDI till now. Also the general public should be informed about the FDO details as well,” he was quoted as saying in a report in IBNLive.com.

On allowing FDI in Defence sector, he said it was not good for the country.

With inputs from PTI

Bihar polls rejected dictatorial attitude of BJP govt: Congress

Himachal Pradesh Industries Minister Mukesh Agnihotri said the victory of grand alliance in Bihar was the victory of truth, unity and honesty which had shown a new direction to the country.

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Bihar polls have have exposed and rejected the “dictatorial attitude and arrogance” of Narendra Modi-led NDA government and the defeat of BJP would have wide impact on the country, Himachal Pradesh Industries Minister Mukesh Agnihotri said on Tuesday.”The results of Bihar assembly elections have clearly indicated that the people of the country are fed up with Modi government and they know pretty well, how to show the mirror to the communal forces,” Agnihotri said. He said that the countdown of BJP had already begun from Delhi assembly elections and now the massive defeat in Bihar was a clear mandate against the BJP as people were feeling cheated by Modi, who had made tall claims before the general elections in 2014.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Minister said the victory of grand alliance in Bihar was the victory of truth, unity and honesty which had shown a new direction to the country.”The BJP tried its best to lure the voters and played the communal cards but the people of the State were well aware of their nefarious designs and gave a strong and befitting reply to the politics of hatred and communalism,” he said, adding that the arrogant and dictatorial Modi government had been involved in a campaign to destabilise Congress governments in the country and it had also squeezed funding under various centrally sponsored schemes.”The Modi government should learn the message from humiliating defeat in Bihar and should refrain from hatching conspiracies to destabilise the Himachal Pradesh government otherwise the people of the State would also give a befitting reply to the BJP,” he said.Bihar polls had also given a strong message that Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi had been successful in uniting the opposition parties and engineered defeat the BJP, he added.

Foul-mouthed tirade continues: After SRK row, BJP’s Vijayvargiya calls Shatrughan Sinha a dog

Dog comments are something politicians really need to stay away from.

SRK, Vijayvargiya and Sinha

The dog analogies from the BJP just don’t seem to end. Earlier, VK Singh had chosen the most importune time to talk about dogs, when while discussing the death of two Dalit children said: “If someone throws a stone at a dog, you will hold the government responsible.” Now BJP’s Kailash VIjayvargiya has likened rebel BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha to a dog.Speaking to ANI, he said in a video in Hindi, that a dog often thinks the car is walking with him but that’s not the case. He said: “Jab gaadi chalti hai,kutta niche chalta hai,Kutta samajhta hai gaadi mere bharose chal rahi hai-Kailash Vijayvargiya,BJP on Shatrughan Sinha”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after BJP’s big defeat in Bihar, disgruntled MP Shatrughan Sinha that those responsible for the loss should be taken to task. The actor-turned-politician, who caused embarrassment to the party in the run-up to Bihar polls, met JD-U leader Nitish Kumar and congratulated him for the victory of the Grand Alliance. “There should be action against those responsible. They should be taken to task and they should get lessons. As former Home Secretary and party leader RK Singh has said, responsibility should be fixed and those responsible for this loss should draw lessons even if action is not taken,” he told reporters after meeting Kumar. Quizzed about his meeting Nitish being in defiance of the party line, he said it should not be viewed as such as he had met the Bihar chief minister in a spirit of healthy politics. He also cited the example of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and other BJP leaders wishing Kumar on his victory. Asked whether the party was considering action against him, he said, “I have no such information or news. I have done nothing that I should feel or realise that there should be action against me. But, still, if someone wants to take action against me, I cannot stop it. (Read: Traitor SRK’s soul is in Pakistan)Earlier, Vijayvargiya, a BJP general secretary and a former state minister of Madhya Pradesh, said Shah Rukh’s “soul” is in Pakistan though he lives in India, a day after the actor said there is “extreme intolerance” in the country, adding his voice to the protest against the ‘climate of intolerance’.The comments by Vijayvargiya and Sadhvi Prachi, a controversial Hindutva leader, came notwithstanding the refrain of top BJP leaders in the recent weeks that insensitive comments should be avoided by partymen. Vijayvargiya is one of the party strategists for the Bihar Assembly elections.”Shah Rukh lives in India, but his soul is in Pakistan. His films make crores here but he thinks India to be intolerant,” Vijayvargiya said in a series of tweets amid mounting concerns over the “climate of intolerance” in the country. “If this is not anti-nationalist, then what is it. India is making a bid to become a permanent member of the United Nations and all the anti-Indian forces including Pakistan are creating a conspiracy,” he said. (Read: How SRK exposed the right-wing)The BJP leader alleged that the attempt to create an “environment of intolerance” in the country is part of the conspiracy. “Shahrukh’s comment about intolerance points that he is matching the tunes with Pakistan and anti-Indian forces,” he said. “Today when the entire world is respecting India, talking about increase in intolerance makes the country weak in front of the world.” Vijayvargiya said that when the entire world is respecting India, talking about increase in intolerance makes the country “weak” in front of the world.The BJP leader also posed a question to Shah Rukh over blasts in Mumbai. “When hundreds of people died in the 1993 blast in Mumbai, then where was Shah Rukh Khan. When Mumbai was attacked in 26/11 attacks, then where was Shah Rukh Khan,” he added. Sadhvi Prachi while terming Shah Rukh as a “Pakistani agent” said he should be sent to that country.”Shah Rukh Khan is an agent of neighbouring coutry Pakistan as he reflects their (Pakistan’s) ideology. Such a man should go to Pakistan,” she said while talking to reporters in a court complex in Muzaffarnagar. Turning 50 yesterday, Shah Rukh came out strongly against what he called “extreme intolerance” in the country, saying intolerance towards creativity and religion will hurt the country. “There is intolerance, there is extreme intolerance… there is I think… there is growing intolerance,” he said. “It is stupid… It is stupid to be intolerant and this is our biggest issue not just an issue…Religious intolerance and not being secular in this country is the worst kind of crime that you can do as a patriot,” he added. “If there is intolerance to creativity, intolerance through religion, we are taking away every step that the nation is taking forward,” he said.
With inputs from agencies

Bihar results reflect people’s anger against PM Modi: Lalu

Prasad, whose party returned to the political forefront in the state after 10 years, said Narendra Modi’s Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi would be the first stop for him where he would search with the help of his ‘lantern’ (RJD’s symbol) the development promised by the prime minister during Lok Sabha polls.

His party making a strong comeback in Bihar by winning 80 seats, a buoyant RJD chief Lalu Prasadon Tuesday said that the “anger” against Prime Minister Narendra Modi was reflected in the results of the polls in the state.A day after the grand alliance won the popular mandate, he also said he would soon launch a nation-wide agitation against the “kattarpanthi”, or communal, forces.”There is an anger against Prime Minister Narendra Modi across the country. The Bihar results have given some relief to the countrymen,” Prasad told reporters here.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Nitish Kumar will look after Bihar and I’ll move around in the country to launch a movement against communal forces,” he added.Prasad, whose party returned to the political forefront in the state after 10 years, said Narendra Modi’s Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi would be the first stop for him where he would search with the help of his ‘lantern’ (RJD’s symbol) the development promised by the prime minister during Lok Sabha polls.”I’ll find out if Varanasi has become Kyoto as promised by Modi, the MP from Varanasi,” he said in a dig at the prime minister.Targeting the BJP-led government at the Centre, he claimed, “Nobody is feeling safe in the country… they have terrorised everybody… ‘bolte thay acche din ayenge, par itna burra din kabhi nahi dekha desh (they used to say good days will come, but the country has never seen such bad days).” Prasad, whose two sons Tej Pratap Yadav and Tejaswi Yadav won the Mahua and Raghopur seats, respectively, as RJD emerged as the single-largest party in Bihar Assembly, also said in an apparent reference to BJP chief Amit Shah that “they used to talk about ‘jungle raj’ and ‘chara chor’ (fodder thief)…people are the best judge who is what.”Prasad, meanwhile, also criticised the media and political commentators for reiterating words like “jungle raj” and “chara chor” and said it was in bad taste. They hoped they would not repeat such phrases in the future.

Bihar polls: BJP defends PM, says Narendra Modi remains "most popular leader"

Attempting to downplay its debacle in Bihar, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday slammed the barrage of attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and asserted that he still remained the “most popular” leader in the country.

Attempting to downplay its debacle in Bihar, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday slammed the barrage of attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and asserted that he still remained the “most popular” leader in the country.”In every election, the Prime Minister is the tallest leader of the BJP. He is the principle architect of the BJP’s success over the past few years. Without his leadership in the party, things would have been very difficult. He remains the most popular leader in the country today. Just because we have lost the assembly election does not mean our appeal has diminished,” BJP spokesperson GVL Narsimha Rao said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Minister of State for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi also defended the Prime Minister, saying the Opposition must not use “fiction and frustration” as a measure to celebrate their win.”It’s not like this is the first time that the BJP has ever lost. We don’t drink an elixir of victory before every polls. We have tasted both loss and triumph. We fight the election to win it, but we also know to accept the mandate of the people. There is absolutely no need to drag the number of rallies the Prime Minister conducted in Bihar since it is of no use now,” he added.Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi had yesterday launched a blistering attack on Prime Minister Modi post the grand alliance’s landslide victory in Bihar, saying it is a defeat of hatred, arrogance and anger.”This is a message for Modi ji. The message is clear that Modi ji, the RSS and BJP cannot divide this country. You cannot win the election by making the Hindus fight against Muslims. This is not a nation of caste and religion, this is the country of all and there should be love and brotherhood in this country,” said Gandhi.”I want Mr. Modi to tone down his arrogance as it will be good for him and the nation as well,” he added.The Mahagathbandhan (grand alliance) made a clean sweep by securing 178 of the 243 seats, with Nitish Kumar’s Janata Dal (United) winning 71 seats and the Congress Party securing 27 seats, paving the way for Nitish to form his government for a consecutive third time.However, Lalu Prasad Yadav’s Rashtriya Janata Dal, a constituent of the Mahagathbandhan, emerged as the single largest party by winning 80 seats, the final result for which were declared by the Election Commission at 9:28 pm on Sunday.

Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi calls for new anti-child labour law

Amid applause from law students Satyarthi, who jointly won the Nobel Peace prize last year for his fight against oppression of children across the world, said much of his achievements came from the profound support his organisation ‘Bachpan Bachao Andolan’ received from the courts.
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Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi on Saturday pitched to leaders of all political parties to immediately pass the pending Child Labour (Prohibition and Regulation) Amendment Bill in Parliament which seeks complete ban on all forms of child labour in the country.”Since the only law prevailing in the country on child labour for last 30 years has become obsolete and ineffective in achieving its desired goal, we need to have a new and good anti-child labour law to abolish all forms of child labour in the country”, Satyarthi said while delivering the first Foundation Day lecture of National Law University in New Delhi.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Amid applause from law students Satyarthi, who jointly won the Nobel Peace prize last year for his fight against oppression of children across the world, said much of his achievements came from the profound support his organisation ‘Bachpan Bachao Andolan’ received from the courts.”Indian judiciary and legal mechanisms are in safe hands but a lot needs to be done as challenges are plenty”, he said urging the law students to work hard to free child labour in the country.”Currently there are over 4.3 million child labourers in India and last year only 147 cases were filed against their employers that saw an abysmal low conviction rate of only two per cent,” he said.Presided over by the University Vice-Chancellor Prof Srikrishna Deva Rao, the Foundation Lecture was also addressed by senior judge of Supreme Court Justice Dipak Misra and Orissa High Court Chief Justice D H Waghela.Many legal luminaries of the State including judges of the High Court were also present on the occasion.

Anupam Kher urges PM Modi to meet film fraternity over ‘intolerance’

“We told him that there is no intolerance in the country. He told us that such things dent the image of the nation, he also hailed our march,” Kher told reporters here.

Kher said the intolerance debate is an attempt to malign the image of the country and is intended to target the Narendra Modi-led government.

Bollywood actor Anupam Kher, who led a delegation of film fraternity to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi, urged the Prime Minister to visit Mumbai to address the artists over the issue of ‘intolerance’. “Around 50 of us had gone to meet the Prime Minister, we also gave the names of those who support us. He listened to us. We told him that there is no intolerance in the country. He told us that such things dent the image of the nation, he also hailed our march,” Kher told reporters here.”He said that they have been fighting against this since 1947. We asked him to come to Mumbai and address the artists,” he added. The actor led a march to the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Saturday in New Delhi to protest against the voices being raised over “intolerance” in the country. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Kher said the intolerance debate is an attempt to malign the image of the country and is intended to target the Narendra Modi-led government.After meeting President Pranab Mukerjee today, Kher said that the former told him that the Constitution must be revered at all costs and those who are returning the awards must remember that it had been bestowed upon them by the people of the nation, and not by the government.

#MarchForIndia: Govt does not bestow awards, President Pranab Mukherjee tells Anupam Kher

Kher also stated that he was going to meet PM Narendra Modi at 6:30 pm on Saturday.

President Pranab Mukherjee

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After meeting President Pranab Mukerjee at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Saturday, Bollywood veteran actor Anupam Kher said that the former has conveyed to him that the Constitution must be revered at all costs and those who are returning the awards must remember that it had been bestowed upon them by the people of the nation, not the government.”As far as the Award Wapsi is concerned the President said that these awards were not given by the government, instead, it was given by the people of the country,” Kher told reporters in Delhi.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”The President also said that the Constitution of the country was designed on a secular fabric and we all should all respect that,” he added. Kher announced that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has agreed to meet the delegation in the evening at his residence.Related Read: Anupam Kher leads #MarchforIndia, alleges Award Wapsi defaming countryThe actor led a march to the Rashtrapati Bhavan on Saturday in New Delhi to protest against the voices being raised over “intolerance” in the country. The actor claimed that the intolerance debate is an attempt to malign the image of the country and is intended to target the Narendra Modi-led government at the Centre. Kher also stated that he was going to meet PM Narendra Modi at 6:30 pm on Saturday.Earlier, countering the protests by writers and artistes against “rising intolerance”, Bollywood actor Anupam Kher on Saturday led a march to Rashtrapati Bhavan alleging that the “award-wapsi” campaign was to defame the country by projecting a “wrong” picture of the situation.”India is a very tolerant country. Some people have coined the term ‘growing intolerance’. They are very few. Not every Indian thinks like that. We are secular people. We do not believe in pseudo-secularism, selective outrage or selective patriotism,” Kher, who is the spouse of BJP MP from Chandigarh Kirron Kher, told reporters.”We had a meeting with a lot of writers, artistes, filmmakers and they also believe that there is no intolerance in the country… This march is a symbolic gesture on part of a lot of people over here who say India is one and free of intolerance,” the 60-year-old said.Many filmmakers and artistes from the fraternity including Madhur Bhandarkar, Ashoke Pandit, Priyadarshan, Manoj Joshi, Abhijeet Bhattacharya and writer Madhu Kishwar joined the march to hand over a memorandum signed by more than 40 personalities including actress Raveena Tandon.Bhandarkar, a National Award winner, alleged that those involved in the protest over intolerance had opposed Prime Minister Narendra Modi before he was elected, which raised questions about their intention.”The projection that is happening for the past few days is very sad. The people who were against Modiji during elections are the same people who are coming out right now.”The whole projection and narrative that is going abroad is wrong. It is a diverse country and of course there are incidents but we all condemn them. There is no two ways about it,” he said. Kher asserted that they were not associated with any organisation or political party. “This march is led by Indians and for Indians.” Film-maker Priyadarshan said the act of returning the awards is “childish”.”People returning awards are doing a childish act. They should use the power of pen. Instances of intolerance have always been there. It is not something that happened yesterday. Shah Rukh Khan never said he is returning award,” Priyadarshan told PTI. “They are respected people but behaving like school children,” Priyadarshan said. He, however, disapproved of those critical of Khan who had said that there was extreme intolerance in the country.At least 75 members of the intelligentsia have returned national or literary awards in an escalation of protests by writers, historians, filmmakers and scientists over “growing intolerance”, voicing fears that the country’s robust democracy might be “coming apart” in the current atmosphere.The BJP-led government has dismissed the protest as “manufactured rebellion” and “politically” motivated.

Award wapsi to defame India: Anupam Kher leads march against intolerance protests

New Delhi: Countering the protests by writers and artistes against “rising intolerance”, Bollywood actor Anupam Kher on Saturday led a march to Rashtrapati Bhavan alleging that the “award-wapsi” campaign was to defame the country by projecting a “wrong” picture of the situation.

“India is a very tolerant country. Some people have coined the term ‘growing intolerance’. They are very few. Not every Indian thinks like that. We are secular people. We do not believe in pseudo-secularism, selective outrage or selective patriotism,” Kher, who is the spouse of BJP MP from Chandigarh Kirron Kher, told reporters.

Anupam Kher. PTIAnupam Kher. PTI

Anupam Kher. PTI

“We had a meeting with a lot of writers, artistes, filmmakers and they also believe that there is no intolerance in the country… This march is a symbolic gesture on part of a lot of people over here who say India is one and free of intolerance,” the 60-year-old said.

Many filmmakers and artistes from the fraternity including Madhur Bhandarkar, Ashoke Pandit, Priyadarshan, Manoj Joshi, Abhijeet Bhattacharya and writer Madhu Kishwar joined the march to hand over a memorandum signed by more than 40 personalities including actress Raveena Tandon to President Pranab Mukherjee.

Bhandarkar, a National Award winner, alleged that those involved in the protest over intolerance had opposed Prime Minister Narendra Modi before he was elected, which raised questions about their intention.

“The projection that is happening for the past few days is very sad. The people who were against Modiji during elections are the same people who are coming out right now.

“The whole projection and narrative that is going abroad is wrong. It is a diverse country and of course there are incidents but we all condemn them. There is no two ways about it,” he said.

Kher asserted that they were not associated with any organisation or political party. “This march is led by Indians and for Indians.”

Film-maker Priyadarshan said the act of returning the awards is “childish”.

“People returning awards are doing a childish act. They should use the power of pen. Instances of intolerance have always been there. It is not something that happened yesterday. Shah Rukh Khan never said he is returning award,” Priyadarshan told PTI.

“They are respected people but behaving like school children,” Priyadarshan said.

He, however, disapproved of those critical of Khan who had said that there was extreme intolerance in the country.

At least 75 members of the intelligentsia have returned national or literary awards in an escalation of protests by writers, historians, filmmakers and scientists over “growing intolerance”, voicing fears that the country’s robust democracy might be “coming apart” in the current atmosphere.

The BJP-led government has dismissed the protest as “manufactured rebellion” and “politically” motivated.

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Only 4.5% population is graduate or above: Census

It was followed by primary (25.2 per cent), middle (15.7 per cent), matric (11.1 per cent), higher secondary (8.6 per cent) and Graduate and above (4.5 per cent).

The improvements at higher educational levels are indication of educational advancement in the country during the decade 2001-11(File Photo)

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Only 4.5% of the population in the country is educated upto the level of graduate or above while a majority of 32.6 per cent population is not even educated upto the primary school level. According to the census data for 2011 on literacy, workers and educational levels, released by the Registrar General and Census Commissioner of India, literate population who are presently attending any educational institution in the country, below primary occupies the major share of 32.6 per cent.It was followed by primary (25.2 per cent), middle (15.7 per cent), matric (11.1 per cent), higher secondary (8.6 per cent) and Graduate and above (4.5 per cent). During the decade 2001-11, improvement is observed at middle and above educational levels and decline in percentage share at lower levels (below-primary and primary). The improvements at higher educational levels are indication of educational advancement in the country during the decade 2001-11.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The data on workers by five categories of literates namely literate but below matric/secondary, matric/secondary but below graduate, technical diploma or certificate not equal to degree, graduate and above other than technical degree and technical degree or diploma equal to degree or post-graduate degree have also been released. The data that distributes the population, main workers, marginal workers, non-workers, marginal and non-workers seeking/available for work by literacy status and educational levels separately for total, scheduled castes and scheduled tribes population is also released.The data reveals that during the decade 2001-2011, there is an overall improvement in literacy status and educational levels of various types of workers and non-workers among total and SC/ST population.Census 2011 has further exhibited that out of about 55.5 million Marginal workers seeking/available for work in India, the majority of 21.9 million (39.4 per cent) are illiterates followed by 20.9 million (37.6 per cent) literates but below matric/secondary and 8.0 million (14.5 per cent) matric/ secondary but below graduate.

Only 4.5 per cent population of India is graduate or above: Census data

New Delhi: Only 4.5 per cent of the population in the country is educated upto the level of graduate or above while a majority of 32.6 per cent population is not even educated upto the primary school level.

According to the census data for 2011 on literacy, workers and educational levels, released by the Registrar General and Census Commissioner of India, literate population who are presently attending any educational institution in the country, below primary occupies the major share of 32.6 per cent.

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

It was followed by primary (25.2 per cent), middle (15.7 per cent), matric (11.1 per cent), higher secondary (8.6 per cent) and Graduate and above (4.5 per cent).

During the decade 2001-11, improvement is observed at middle and above educational levels and decline in percentage share at lower levels (below-primary and primary).

The improvements at higher educational levels are indication of educational advancement in the country during the decade 2001-11.

The data on workers by five categories of literates namely literate but below matric/secondary, matric/secondary but below graduate, technical diploma or certificate not equal to degree, graduate and above other than technical degree and technical degree or diploma equal to degree or post-graduate degree have also been released.

The data that distributes the population, main workers, marginal workers, non-workers, marginal and non-workers seeking/available for work by literacy status and educational levels separately for total, scheduled castes and scheduled tribes population is also released.

The data reveals that during the decade 2001-2011, there is an overall improvement in literacy status and educational levels of various types of workers and non-workers among total and SC/ST population.

Census 2011 has further exhibited that out of about 55.5 million Marginal workers seeking/available for work in India, the majority of 21.9 million (39.4 per cent) are illiterates followed by 20.9 million (37.6 per cent) literates but below matric/secondary and 8.0 million (14.5 per cent) matric/ secondary but below graduate.

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Tolerance is soul of India, harmony is strength, says Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi

New Delhi: Amid a debate on intolerance, Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi today targeted opposition parties contending their “political propaganda of threat to tolerance” is an “assault” on the country’s soul.

Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi. AFPMukhtar Abbas Naqvi. AFP

Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi. AFP

The Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs also reiterated his party BJP’s stand that tolerance is “soul of the country” and harmony its “strength”.

“Tolerance is ‘soul of country and harmony is strength’. Political propaganda of threat to tolerance is attack on the country’s soul,” Naqvi said on Twitter in both English and Hindi.

Earlier this week, Union Finance Minister and senior party leader Arun Jaitley had stated India cannot be intolerant, while Union Minister for Minority Affairs Najma Heptulla had dubbed the country as the “most tolerant” nation in the world.

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