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Arvind Kejriwal exploits simplicity for publicity: Manohar Parrikar

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Manohar Parrikar

Describing Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal as someone who tries to gain publicity out of his simple ways, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Thursday said success can go to a person’s head if he or she doesn’t have the capability to deal with failure.”When Arvind Kejriwal started making publicity of his simple ways, people started talking about my own simplicity. But I feel that simplicity should not be for publicity… “If a person wants to become successful, he should have the power to absorb failure. Else success tends to go to the head,” Parrikar said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He was speaking at the inaugural session of golden jubilee conference of the state unit of Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), BJP’s student wing, here. In the last 15-20 years, barons who have turned education into business have mushroomed in Maharashtra, he noted.”This is the reason why students get only printed degrees (not real education)… People are studying further and further for jobs. I have seen students studying upto PhD level. The question then arises how do you find a groom for a PhD-holder bride,” he said in jest. He also said that India needs to become strong not to pick flaws of other countries, but to ensure that no country dares to cast “evil eye” at India.

No Indian casualties in Saudi fire incident: Sushma Swaraj

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Describing the incident as “unfortunate”, Swaraj said all Indians were safe.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Thursday said there were no Indian casualties in the fire incident today at a hospital in Saudi Arabia where 30 Indian nurses were on duty. At least 31 people were killed and over 100 injured in the blaze at the hospital in the southwestern port city of Jizan, reports said. The blaze broke out at the intensive care unit and the maternity department of the hospital. Describing the incident as “unfortunate”, Swaraj said all Indians were safe. “Unfortunate fire incident in Jizan Hospital, Saudi Arabia with many casualties. Our Consulate reports from Jeddah that all Indians are safe,” Swaraj tweeted. External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup also tweeted, saying there were no Indian casualties in the incident. “Update on Fire in Jizan Central Hospital, Saudi Arabia where 30 Indian nurses were on duty. Consulate confirms no Indian casualties,” Swarup tweeted.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

PM Modi says Ambedkar’s vision still not understood, releases commemorative coins

The Prime Minister said while his contributions towards social justice have been recognised, his economic thought and vision is still not fully understood and it needs to be appreciated.

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Describing BR Ambedkar as a great visionary, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said his economic thought and vision is still not fully understood, even though his contribution towards social justice have been fully recognised.Releasing two commemorative coins of Rs 125 and Rs 10 denomination at his residence as part of the 125th birth anniversary year celebrations of the architect of the Constitution, he said Ambedkar was a visionary and a very deep thinker.Related Read: PM Modi, Sonia Gandhi, President Pranab Mukherjee and others pay tribute to Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Prime Minister said while his contributions towards social justice have been recognised, his economic thought and vision is still not fully understood and it needs to be appreciated. Modi said there were only a few individuals who remain alive in public consciousness, even 60 years after their death. He said “the more we recall Ambedkar’s thought, in the context of issues currently faced by India, the more we come to respect his vision and his approach to inclusiveness.” He said Ambedkar and the Constitution of India should always be discussed and talked about in this country, and the observance of Constitution Day on November 26 was a step in this direction, a press release issued by Prime Minister’s Office said.The Prime Minister appreciated Ambedkar’s vision on subjects such as women’s empowerment, India’s federal structure, finance and education. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot were present on the occasion.Earlier in the day, Modi paid floral tribute at the Dalit mascot’s statue in Parliament House lawns. “Remembering Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar on his Punya Tithi,” he posted on Twitter along with a photograph showing him and Ambedkar’s statue.

Terror attacks in France is an attack on humanity: Prime Minister Modi

On the third and final day of his UK visit, PM Modi said, “It is unfortunate that I am unveiling the statue of Basaveshwara…at a time when my heart is filled with shock.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi paying tributes at the statue of 12th century Indian philosopher Basaveshwara after its unveiling by him in London on Saturday.

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Describing the terror assaults in France as an “attack on humanity”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday asked the UN to define terrorism before it is too late so that the world knows who is backing terror and who is against it.Condemning the terror attacks in Paris that claimed over 120 lives, Modi said, “What happened in Paris yesterday is an attack on humanity and the world should accept that it is not an attack on Paris, not an attack on French citizens, not an attack on France but an attack on humanity.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”It is an attack on humanitarian principles that is why all the powers that believe in humanity have to come together to condemn such attacks. All pro-humanity forces should unite to defeat anti-humanity forces. They will have to fulfil their responsibilities,” he said in London at the ceremony for unveiling the statue of 12th century Indian philosopher Basaveshwara.Modi said whenever evil forces raise their head, reformers like Basaveshwara take centre-stage.Also read: Islamic State jihadists claims Paris attacks that killed 128On the third and final day of his UK visit, Modi said, “It is unfortunate that I am unveiling the statue of Basaveshwara…at a time when my heart is filled with shock.”Modi called on the UN to define terrorism before it is too late so that it becomes clear who is siding with terrorism and who is fighting the menace.”I would like the UN that is celebrating its 70th anniversary to not waste anytime in defining terrorism…the proposal is in front of it…so that we get to know that who is siding with terrorism, who is helping terrorism, who is backing terrorism and who is being targeted by terrorism, who are against terrorism and who for humanity are ready to sacrifice.”He stated that it was the “need of the hour” that world’s pro-humanity forces unite before it is too late.”And with unity isolate such forces (anti-humanity) and chalk out a strategy to defeat them,” he said.Earlier in the day when the news of the attacks in Paris broke, Modi had tweeted, “News from Paris is anguishing & dreadful. Prayers with families of the deceased. We are united with people of France in this tragic hour.”France was rocked by multiple, near simultaneous attacks on entertainment sites around Paris last evening that claimed over 120 lives. At least two explosions were heard near the Stade de France national stadium where a France-Germany friendly soccer match was being played with President Francois Hollande in attendance.

Bihar Polls: Either vote for BJP or return of jungle raj, says Amit Shah

Claiming that only BJP can put Bihar on the path of development, he said Kumar and Prasad cannot bring back the state’s lost glory.

Claiming that Nitish Kumar-Lalu Prasad alliance cannot restore Bihar’s lost glory, BJP chief Amit Shah on Tuesday said people of the state had the choice of either voting for the party for all round development or the secular alliance for the return of ‘jungle raj’.”You can either vote for bringing back Lalu Prasad’s jungle raj with Nitish Kumar as its mask or vote for Narendra Modi-led BJP to restore Bihar’s glory. There is no third option left,” Shah told a gathering of intellectuals here.Claiming that only BJP can put Bihar on the path of development, he said Kumar and Prasad cannot bring back the state’s lost glory.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The ‘Budhijivi Sammelan’ (intellectuals conference) was organised by BJP to apprise them of its agenda and viewpoints. Shah was accompanied by Union ministers Ananth Kumar, Suresh Prabhu, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Bihar in-charge Bhupendra Yadav, Rajya Sabha MP M J Akbar and others. Referring to the state’s history, Shah said Bihar had ruled the country for over 600 years, gave the first republic to the world and was a place of learning and education.”But now where Bihar has reached ?” he asked. Coming down heavily on Kumar, the BJP national president said, “Nitish Kumar for most of part of his political journey, fought against Lalu Prasad’s jungle raj. He fought to end Prasad’s jungle raj but is now saying that he never called the RJD regime so. But people know what Kumar used to say.” On Kumar’s ‘outsider’ barb, he said “A Bihari will become the chief minister but it will be BJP’s Bihari CM as there is no place for him (Kumar) to become the CM again.” Describing Kumar as an “arrogant” leader, Shah said he cannot implement the Rs 1.25 lakh crore special package for Bihar announced by the Prime Minister.”If it (package) has to be implemented, people have to strengthen Narendra Modi’s hand,” he said.

Cow cannot be anyone’s mother, it’s just another animal: Markandey Katju on beef ban

The former Allahabad High Court judge strongly condemned the killing of the man in Dadri and demanded severe punishment to those involved in it.

Agitated over Katju’s remarks, several students staged protest and shouted slogans against him (File Photo)

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Describing lynching of a man near Delhi over rumours that he had consumed beef as “politically motivated”, former Supreme Court judge Markande Katju on Saturday said cow was just another animal “which cannot be anyone’s mother”. “Cow is just an animal and an animal cannot be anyone’s mother, if I like to eat beef then what’s harm in it, even people worldwide consume beef, if I like to too eat then who can stop me…” he said during a function at Banaras Hindu University here. Katju said he too ate beef and was not harm in it.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Are those people across the world who eat beef are bad and only we (in the country) who don’t eat are saints and seers, whats harm in it when people eat beef, I too eat and will even continue to eat further…” he said. The former Allahabad High Court judge strongly condemned the killing of the man in Dadri and demanded severe punishment to those involved in it. “I too came to know from media and others that an announcement was made from (inside) a temple that a man eats beef and then mob rushed and lynched that man. “What could be more unfortunate than this that a man is killed on the basis of rumour and for no other reason. The culprits must be given severe punishment at an earliest,” he told reporters.Later, agitated over Katju’s remarks, several students staged protest and shouted slogans against him. They also tried to block the way of Katju while he was heading to the seminar hall. Later the security guards shielded Katju and took him wit them.Iqlakh was dragged out of his home and stoned to death on a village street after a public announcement from the local temple that the family had slaughtered a calf and eaten its meat. While Iqlakh died, his 22-year-old son Danish is battling for life at a hospital following two brain surgeries.

Congress says fisherman’s killing ‘unprecedented’, slams Centre for ‘failing to act decisively’

Describing the killing of a fisherman off the Gujarat coast as “despicable and unprecedented”, Congress on Friday slammed the Centre for “failing to act decisively” in spite of repeated land and sea “transgressions by Pakistan”.

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Describing the killing of a fisherman off the Gujarat coast as “despicable and unprecedented”, Congress on Friday slammed the Centre for “failing to act decisively” in spite of repeated land and sea “transgressions by Pakistan”.”The killing of Gujarat fisherman in broad daylight by Pakistani forces is despicable and unprecedented… It is appalling that even after repeated land and sea transgressions by Pakistan, (the) government has failed to act decisively,” senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel said in a series of tweets. Shakeel Ahmed, who is the political secretary to Congress President Sonia Gandhi and hails from Gujarat, said he had written to the Centre three months ago underlining the urgent need to strengthen Gujarat’s coastal security but “there was no response”.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At the AICC briefing, Congress General Secretary Shakeel Ahmed too targeted the government on the issue. “The Prime Minister will be well advised to give an account to the people of India as to why after more than 900 ceasefire violations from Pakistan where scores of civilians have died, Pakistan is blatantly killing Indian fishermen near Dwarka in Gujarat,” Shakeel Ahmed said.The fisherman, identified as 40-year-old Iqbal, was killed in firing from an unidentified boat on his fishing vessel near the International Maritime Boundary Line off the Gujarat coast this morning, with the local fishermen association blaming the Pakistan Maritime Security Agency for the attack.

Rahul Gandhi says Naveen Patnaik ‘lacks focus’ on Odisha’s future

Describing children as the country’s future, Gandhi said the chief minister is not bothered about the future of the state though there is no dearth of funds in Odisha.

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Taking a jibe at Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for spurt in infant deaths at Sishu Bhavan here, Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi on Friday said the state government “lacks focus” on key sectors like health care and education. “I found the doctors are working sincerely and there is no shortcoming on their part. However, what is lacking is the state government’s focus on health care and educaton. The chief minister is indifferent towards these sectors and state’s future,” Gandhi said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The AICC vice president was speaking to media after visiting Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Post Graduate Institute of Paediatrics, popularly known as Sishu Bhavan, which witnessed death of more than 60 infants in a span of 12 days last month. Describing children as the country’s future, Gandhi said the chief minister is not bothered about the future of the state though there is no dearth of funds in Odisha which is endowed with rich mineral resources. Observing that there should not be any difficulty in running Sishu Bhavan properly, he said the attitude of the state Government should change. “Odisha’s tragedy is played out in this hospital,” said Gandhi who spent around 30 minutes in the hospital and interacted with doctors. Maintaining that there was no politics behind his visit to the hospital as alleged by the ruling BJD in Odisha, Rahul said “I came to see for myself the state of affairs here and I thought my visit can at least put some pressure on the state Government to improve things here.” “If the state Government thinks there is politics in my visit, I am happy because it has drawn the attention of the administration to this hospital,” he said. Narrating his experience inside Sishu Bhavan, the Gandhi scion said, “I saw the spirit .. future of Odisha inside the hospital where a child was lying on bed and the mother was crying. However, the child appeared disturbed not for his health condition but for his mother’s plight.The child requested us to console the mother.” The mother and the child have every right to get better treatment and attention at the hospital so that they can return happily, said Gandhi. Refuting BJD’s claim that there was politics behind Rahul’s visit to the hospital, both PCC President Prasad Harichandan and leader of opposition Narasingha Mishra said party leader’s visit is totally humanitarian and not political. “At least Rahulji could come all the way from Delhi to see the condition of children undergoing treatment, but our chief minister didn’t find time to visit the hospital despite the serial infant deaths,” said Mishra.

Saradha scam: West Bengal Transport Minister Madan Mitra shifted to Intensive Treatment Unit

Describing the deterioration of oxygen saturation as “critical”, the doctor said the minister’s condition has “improved a bit” this morning after high-end antibiotics were administered to him.

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West Bengal Transport Minister Madan Mitra, incarcerated in connection with the Saradha scam, was shifted to Intensive Treatment Unit (ITU) of a state-run hospital after he complained of chest pain and respiratory distress.”The minister was moved to the ITU last night after he complained of chest pain. The oxygen saturation of his body was found to have deteriorated after diagnosis so he was taken to the ITU immediately,” SSKM Hospital Director Prof(Dr) Manju Banerjee told PTI on Saturday.Describing the deterioration of oxygen saturation as “critical”, Banerjee said the minister’s condition has “improved a bit” this morning after high-end antibiotics were administered to him.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”It’s critical because chances of catching cold for such patients are higher. In fact Mitra has lungs problems. Docotors have prescribed him high-end antibiotics. His condition after today’s check-ups was found to have improved a bit but he will continue to remain in the ITU.” Mitra’s health condition would be reviewed twice daily, she said adding and senior doctors are keeping a close watch on him.Mitra, arrested in December last year in the multi-crore Saradha scam have been charge sheeted by CBI for several offences including criminal conspiracy. He has been spending most of his time in the hospital citing illness. On CBI’s plea, a city court had directed Alipore jail authorities to furnish details of Mitra’s stay in hospital and prison.

23 years later, Sopore Bypass Bridge finally inaugurated

Describing Sopore as a historic town, the CM said the place is bestowed with great intellectual and entrepreneurial potential, which remained subdued over the last two decades.

CM Mufti Mohammad Sayeed said that the opening of the Sopore Bypass Bridge comes as a major relief to the people as it will de-congest the main Sopore town and rid it from frequent traffic jams.

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Two-decade long wait for Sopore Bypass Bridge finally came to end on Monday when CM Mufti Mohammad Sayeed inaugurated the 216-metre long bridge after its construction started 23 years ago.CM, on the occasion, asserted that he has fulfilled his promise that he had made with the people during his last visit to apple town on July 23. “I had given my word last month and today I have fulfilled my promise,” Mufti said adding that he had directed Border Roads Organization (BRO) to get the bridge ready by August.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Describing Sopore as a historic town, the CM said the place is bestowed with great intellectual and entrepreneurial potential, which remained subdued over the last two decades. He said the town has had an important place in the socio-cultural milieu of the valley and elders would still remember it being called as the Chota London of Kashmir.Meanwhile, the Mufti government claims that the bridge will facilitate the people of Sopore in many ways.“It will annihilate distances”CM said that the opening of the Sopore Bypass Bridge comes as a major relief to the people as it will de-congest the main Sopore town and rid it from frequent traffic jams. “The bridge will facilitate movement of heavy vehicles away from the town and connect Sopore outskirts with Kupwara and Baramulla,” he mentioned.“It will boost economy by helping fruit growers”MLA Syed Basharat Bukhari, in his address, said the new bypass bridge would not only connect people of North Kashmir with the rest of the state, but also provide a lifeline to the economic activities of the region, in particular the export-oriented fruit business.Asserting that the new bridge will benefit nearly 1.5 lakh growers and traders in the apple town, Syed Altaf Bukhari said the government has already started work to improve all major roads to provide better connectivity to the people. He made specific reference of road projects like Sopore-Ladoora, Higam-Tarzua, and Fakir Bagh-Sultanpora and added that these would be taken in hand shortly.Praising Public Works, BRO and the district administration for speeding up construction of the remaining 30 per cent work on the bridge, which coincides with the beginning of the apple season when fruit-laded trucks move to markets outside the state, Mufti shared, “I want to see Sopore come up as a premier fruit marketing hub for which it needs better roads and a fully-equipped fruit mandi,” he said and added that his government has already started working on it in a mission mode.Interestingly, locals all this while, had constructed their own set of mythsThe construction work for the bridge was started by Border Roads Organisation in 1992 at the time when Rajiv Gandhi was the prime minister of the country.While the bridge was being constructed in last 23 years, it also prompted locals to create theories and myths to justify the undue delay in construction process. “Some believed that Indian government was trying to evade a war with the neighbour country by delaying construction, others believed that construction was not getting completed due to supernatural powers,” shares Naveed Khan, a local, and adds, “None of these theories have any basis though.” Several locals were of the view that a war would break out between India and Pakistant once construction of bridge is completed. Some Soporeans also share the association of myths with construction of bridges has had a long history in Kashmir.

Rahul Gandhi a part-time leader, says Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi

By disrupting the entire Monsoon Session, Congress part time leader Rahul Gandhi has increased the duration of Congress political exile by 20 years. Congress is fighting for its political existence, and if they think that they can move forward by indulging in this kind of nuisance and non-sense, then they are mistaken, Naqvi told AN

Describing Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi as a part time leader, Minister of State for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Thursday said the former has increased the duration of his party’s political exile? by 20 years by disrupting the Monsoon Session of the Parliament.By disrupting the entire Monsoon Session, Congress part time leader Rahul Gandhi has increased the duration of Congress political exile by 20 years. Congress is fighting for its political existence, and if they think that they can move forward by indulging in this kind of nuisance and non-sense, then they are mistaken, Naqvi told ANI.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The country?s progress will continue under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and no one can stall this,? he added.Meanwhile, a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs (CCPA) has been convened today amid indications that it may convene a short session of Parliament for passage of key bills.The ongoing Monsoon Session of the Parliament, which has been rocked by relentless opposition protests, concludes today.

Devyani Khobragade episode ‘painful period’ for bilateral ties, important lessons learnt: US

New York: Describing the Devyani Khobragade episode as a “painful period” in Indo-US ties, the US has said the incident has led to “important learnings” and there is a determination to avoid such instances.

US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Desai Biswal said following the episode, there are things that the US has tried to do differently in terms of its officials in India.

Devyani Khobragade. PTI

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Asked about the Khobragade episode at her talk on US-India relations at the Consulate General of India’s Media-India Lecture Series, Biswal said the incident involving the former Deputy Counsel General was a “painful period in the bilateral relationship.

“Both governments learned some important lessons and we achieved some important understandings and clarity in how to operate in each others’ systems, with more clarity to the expectations that we each have of the other,” she said.

Khobragade, a former Indian Deputy Consul General in New York, was arrested in December 2013 on charges of visa fraud. The charges were rejected by her. Her arrest and mistreatment resulted in a major diplomatic row between India and the US.

India took several retaliatory measures like reducing the diplomatic privileges of American diplomats in the country and bringing it at par with what Indian diplomats get in the US.

Biswal further said, following the episode, there are things that the US has tried to do differently in terms of its officials in India.

“We had very important learnings that came out of that episode. There is a determination to avoid such instances,” she said, adding that both India and the US work in “complex and highly regulated environments.”

“We have very robust and open societies and so it is going to be complex in managing all of the different aspects of this relationship,” she said.

There will be times when things go wrong, when some American official could violate rules and regulations and “we will have to deal with it and vice versa”, Biswal said.

She said the countries have to learn how to operate within each others’ walls and it gets “complicated” at times but a part of the business of diplomacy is navigating the complex issues.

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Abdul never demanded anything for himself, says Kalam’s brother

“The government had accorded its full respect to him, so there is nothing which we could demand,” he added.

Considered one of the most popular presidents of India, Kalam became the11th head of the state and occupied the post between 2002 and 2007 during the NDA government headed by Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
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Describing late former president APJ. Abdul Kalam as a personality who never demanded anything for himself, his brother Mohammed Muthu Meera Lebbai Maraicker on Tuesday said he doesn’t how he will sleep again at night.”Abdul had lived with me from his childhood. Today passing away of him is a big loss for me. I don’t know whether I will sleep now onwards because I have always his thoughts in my mind. He is the personality who has never demanded anything for him,” Maraicker told ANI.”The government had accorded its full respect to him, so there is nothing which we could demand,” he added.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Kalam’s last rites will be performed at Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu on Thursday. The public is currently paying homage to the late president at his residence. The Parliament has been adjourned for two days. Its members offered their tribute and observed two-minutes of silence as a mark of respect to the late leader’s memory.Kalam passed away in Shillong last evening. He collapsed after suffering a massive cardiac arrest while delivering a lecture at the Indian Institute of Management in Shillong yesterday.The government has declared a seven-day national mourning as a mark of respect for Dr. Kalam, who played a stellar role in advancing India’s nuclear programme.Considered one of the most popular presidents of India, Kalam became the11th head of the state and occupied the post between 2002 and 2007 during the NDA government headed by Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre condoles APJ Abdul Kalam’s death

“He was an ordinary man with extra ordinary achievements,” VSSC said in a condolence message.
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Describing the demise of former President APJ Abdul Kalam as a great national loss, “particularly for the ISRO community”, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) condoled his death.”This is a great national loss, particularly for the ISRO community, because he was one amongst us. He was the Project Director of SLV3 launch vehicle from which all the later rockets of ISRO evolved,” VSSC said in a condolence message.Kalam was a peoples’ President, who believed that the glory of India would be measured by the temples of education, Science and Technology and ignited the minds of countless students to dream big in life. “He was an ordinary man with extra ordinary achievements,” the message said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Life is finite but ideas and vision are immortal. Even though he is no more, his vision and ideas are always going to be with us. There are no goodbyes from us, wherever he is, he is always going to be in our heart, inspiring us to fly on the wings of fire in all our future endeavours’.

No decision to cull stray dogs, says Kerala Tourism Minister

In the past couple of weeks, the Kerala government and its tourism sector have faced a backlash through social networking mediums over the stray dog issue in the state, with a group of animal activists and the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) launching an online campaign calling for boycott of Kerala.

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Describing as ‘baseless’ allegations by animal activists that the state government had decided to cull all stray dogs, Kerala Tourism Minister AP Anil Kumar today said only the rabid dogs which pose danger to people would be eliminated.”The allegations are baseless; the government has decided to kill only rabid and dangerous stray dogs because of the dangers they have posed to people, particularly to children, over the past few months,” he said in a statement here.Rebutting the allegation, following agitations in various parts of the country over the issue, he said the “Worldwide Boycott Kerala Movement 2015″ on the social media was based on ‘misinformation’.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In the past couple of weeks, the Kerala government and its tourism sector have faced a backlash through social networking mediums over the stray dog issue in the state, with a group of animal activists and the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) launching an online campaign calling for boycott of Kerala.The campaign, which was also conducted in metros like Kolkata, Delhi and Bengaluru, requests people to not select Kerala as their tourist destination till the government rescinds its decision to kill stray dogs.”There is no decision to kill all dogs, as mentioned in the online petition,” the Minister said.In fact, the #Visit Kerala campaign, initially started by the tourism department to market the state, has been taken up passionately by local people in response to the allegations. “The government has decided to implement an Animal Birth Control (ABC) programme at veterinary hospitals,” he said.It has been decided to start sterilisation in 50 veterinary hospitals with primary facilities across the state, and to implement anti-rabies immunisation in all veterinary hospitals.State Tourism Secretary G Kamala Vardhana Rao said :”I do not believe that the online campaign will affect Kerala s tourism. The state registers a steady growth in the domestic and international tourist arrivals annually.””Kerala is an animal-friendly and pet-loving state. We will soon implement measures for the registration of pet dogs through local self-governing bodies,” he said.He also pointed out that the state’s “sensitive” treatment of rabid and stray dogs would make Kerala a more tourism-friendly and safer place.

Kerala HC directs CBI probe into child trafficking cases

Describing child trafficking as a menace which has to be combated by all concerned, the Kerala High Court on Monday directed a CBI investigation into such cases reported in the state.

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Describing child trafficking as a menace which has to be combated by all concerned, the Kerala High Court on Monday directed a CBI investigation into such cases reported in the state.A Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Ashok Bhushan and AM Shaffique directed CBI to take over two cases registered by Palakkad railway police and other cases of child trafficking from outside the state to Kerala.In a 99-page landmark judgement, the court said that repeated incidents of bringing a large number of children to the state in violation of rules and regulations clearly indicated the necessity of proper investigation and punishment to the guilty.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The court directed that no orphanages or child homes shall receive children from outside the state, except in accordance with law. Such facilities should get prior approval of orphanage control board and recommendations of the state governments concerned, the bench said.The high court said Child Welfare Committees shall take appropriate measures in accordance with Juvenile Justice Act with regard to children who are still housed in orphans and child homes.All orphanages shall get registered under Juvenile Justice Act 2000 and no exemption shall be granted to houses registered under 1960 Act, the Bench said.The judgement was passed while hearing PILs by NGO Thampu and others, who sought the intervention of the high court to stop incidents of children being trafficked to orphanages in Kerala from other states.

FTII terms talks with govt as ‘inconclusive’ and ‘unsatisfactory’; students’ protests to continue

An FSA spokesman in a media statement said, “Today, we stand at a critical juncture which needs intense deliberations to chart our way ahead. We will be back. Till then the strike is on.”
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Describing their talks with the government as “inconclusive and unsatisfactory”, the FTII’s Students Association (FSA) on Saturday said the strike that started on June 12 demanding removal of TV actor Gajendra Chauhan as FTII Governing Council Chairman “will continue”.A ten-member delegation of the FSA led by filmmaker Girish Kasarwalli and oscar-winner Resul Pukutty on Friday had a meeting with I&B minister Arun Jaitley and other officials during which the main demand for removal of Chauhan was reportedly cold-shouldered, FSA sources said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An FSA spokesman in a media statement said, “Today, we stand at a critical juncture which needs intense deliberations to chart our way ahead. We will be back. Till then the strike is on.”Chauhan has been in focus of the now three-week old agitation by the students who claim that he lack “stature and vision” to head the institute.The association of the actor with ruling BJP has also been a bone of contention with the students expressing reservations over his ideological orientation which, they say, could have a bearing on the FTII’s ethos of plurality of thoughts.Chauhan, known for his portrayal as ‘Yudhishthir’ in popular TV serial Mahabharat, had earlier said it was premature on part of the students to oppose his appointment even before he took charge and proved his credentials for the job.”Yudhishthir, do not teach us Dharma”, is a slogan currently popular with the agitating students of the premiere institute.

Lalit Modi row: Congress turns its gun on PM Narendra Modi

Describing it as “Modi Gate scandal” of the year-old BJP government, Congress spokesman Randeep Singh Surjewala said it reflects clearly active complicity of not only external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj but also that of the government.

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Even as external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj receved support from unexpected quarters — the Samajwadi Party and Lalu Prasad Yadav’s Rashtriya Janata Dal, the principal opposition Congress on Monday turned its gun on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, claiming his “tacit approval” in aiding and abetting fugitive businessman Lalit Modi. They party said the former Indian Premier League commissioner was “squarely involved in blackmoney, havala, betting, match-fixing and money-laundering racket.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Describing it as “Modi Gate scandal” of the year-old BJP government, Congress spokesman Randeep Singh Surjewala said it reflects clearly active complicity of not only external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj but also that of the government.Surjewala said her crime is that she overturned the government communications to a foreign country, not only denying travel documents to Lalit Modi but also sought his arrest to hold him accountable to Indian law – so that black money laundered by him could be brought back to the country. Those communications had gone out when the UPA was in power, he underlined.He went on to point out that Lalit Modi not only had a direct association as also client-counsel relationship with Swaraj’s family but also a long standing relationship with Prime Minister Modi and BJP President Amit Shah and flaunted photographs in support at an AICC press briefing.Surjewala said it is uneard of a foreign minister calling up envoy of a foreign nation and head of a committee of foreign parliament to seek favours for criminal. “It is also unprecedented that written communications establish quid pro quo in the past between the said criminal and the external affairs minister. It is also deeply stunning that external affair minister’s family appears as a counsel in the court for the criminal while external affairs minister goes out of the way to ensure release of travel documents by a foreign country to the said criminal.”Adding to 11 questions he fired on the issue on Sunday, Surjewala shot another 11 questions at the prime minister, topping them with one on his relationship with Lalit Modi and Amit Shah’s equation with Lalit Modi. He wondered if Swaraj can withdraw the written communications of then finance minister P Chidambaram without prior consent of present finance minister (Arun Jaitley) and prime minister, leading to grant of travel documents to Lalit Modi. Is tacit approval of the PM not writ large, he asked.”By facilitating Shri Lalit Modi to escape the blue-corner notice and prosecution in pursuance of the summons issued by ED and Income Tax authorities, has Smt. Sushma Swaraj not abetted a crime and is consequently liable to be punished under Sections 107, 172, 173, 174 etc. of Indian Penal Code,” the Congress spokesman asked.He asserted that it was her “patent lie” that she helped Lalit Modi since he had to give consent for surgery of his wife in Portugal since the Portuguese law does not require any such consent except for willingness of the patient to take or refuse the treatment.Surjewala also sought to draw Arun Jaitley in the controversy, asking him to spell out the stand of his ministry as also enforcement and income tax authorities on the status of Lalit Modi as a criminal, absconder and a money-launderer. “Will the finance ministry make an appropriate statement,” he asked.

Railways ready to fuel West Bengal’s growth: Suresh Prabhu

Describing Kolkata as a thriving city, Prabhu said that it should be the “natural commercial capital of the country and get back the position which it deserves”.
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Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Saturday said that his ministry would make every effort to fuel the growth story of West Bengal which was one of the larger economies and big contributor to the nation’s GDP.”It is happy to note that West Bengal is one of the larger economies of the country and also a big contributor to the national GDP. We will make sure that West Bengal grows at a much faster rate,” Prabhu said while inaugurating a number of projects in Kolkata.Prabhu said, “I spoke to the chief minister who is now in Dhaka this morning. I hope to meet her soon once she comes back. The Centre and the state will have to work together”.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He said that the entire eastern part of Asia, of which West Bengal was a part, would drive the future growth story in future.”For that to happen, there is a need to improve all kinds of connectivity which included rail, road, air and sea,” he said. “Our aim will be how to make West Bengal a growth engine of the country”.Describing Kolkata as a thriving city, Prabhu said that it should be the “natural commercial capital of the country and get back the position which it deserves”.Prabhu said “West Bengal has got more money in the last budget than what it got during the UPA regime. It is a priority for the railways in helping the growth to happen here”.

RSS interfering into Sikh affairs: AISSF

AISSF president urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to immediately intervene into the matter.

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All India Sikh Students Federation (AISSF) on Sunday condemned the appointment of BJP legislator Tara Singh as president of Takht Hazoor Sahib Management Board in Maharashtra and alleged that RSS was interfering into the affairs of Sikhs. Opposing the appointment, AISSF president Karnail Singh Peer Mohammad said that his organisation will not “allow RSS’s interference into Sikhs religious affairs.” Describing Singh as a “non-baptised Sikh”, he urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to immediately intervene into the matter and stop BJP’s “interference” in religious affairs of Sikhs.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> “BJP is following RSS agenda (by appointing Tara Singh),” he said. He also appealed the Akal Takht head Gurbachan Singh to convene an urgent meeting of all the five Takhts head at Amritsar over the issue.”The Takht chiefs must give warning to the BJP to stop interfering in the religious affairs of the Sikhs,” he said. Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Shiromani Gurudwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC), considered to be mini-parliament of Sikhs, have opposed the recent appointment. Also Read: RSS struggles to find 680 saffron-leaning people for top academic posts

Sushma Swaraj for ‘mutually rewarding’ ties with Indian diaspora

Describing Indian diaspora as “successful, prosperous and politically influential”, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Thursday called for a “mutually rewarding” partnership with it in developing the country.”We welcome each of you–entrepreneurs, investors and professionals from the diaspora to participate in our endeavour to develop our motherland and restore its past glory. I promise it will be mutually rewarding and satisfying partnership,” she told a gathering of expatriates at the 13th Pravasi Bhartiya Divas. Swaraj said Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who formally inaugurated the government’s annual outreach event for overseas Indians today, had taken a lead in engaging deeply with them.”A successful, prosperous and politically influential diaspora is as much an asset to India as a strong and self-reliant India would be a source of inspiration for the diaspora,” she added. The minister said overseas Indians had grown as a confident community of over 25 million people in the past couple of decades. “It pleases all Indians when overseas Indian community is respected for its work culture and discipline, successful integration with the local community and outstanding contribution to their respective countries,” she said.

Human connect has become superficial in digital age: Kailash Satyarthi

Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi on Monday stressed the need to employ science and technology to bail out children reeling under abject poverty even as he lamented that “human connect” has become “superficial” in the digital age.”Science is the purest form of knowledge and knowledge is universal. Digital disparity and inequality are growing. In the age of digital connectivity, we are losing the humane connect and feelings of compassion and respect towards each other. In the digital age, human connect has become superficial,” Sathyarthi told reporters on the sidelines of the 102nd Indian Science Congress in Mumbai. Satyarthi, who shared Nobel with Pakistani activist for female education Malala Yousafzai, said he was impressed by India’s young scientific brains and convinced that the country was in promising hands.”The importance of science and technology is growing and the need of the hour is to ensure that it helps children living in abject poverty as well,” he added.”There are over 17 crore child labourers in the world. While six crore kids had never been to school, 15 crore children have dropped out after (attending) primary school. We may be doing the best possible research about Mars but there are millions of children who are bought and sold at a price lesser than animals,” Satyarthi said while seeking enhanced investment in child education.Calling for innovative ways to protect children from hunger, disease and denial of education, Satyarthi said Ebola was discovered about a decade ago but no priority was given to it because the disease was affecting poor countries and had not reached US and Europe. He said the country should take the moral leadership in ensuring that fruits of science and technology reach children.”We still have morality and humanity deep-rooted and there should be a mix of science and moral values,” he added. Describing child labour as a “development disaster”, Satyarthi said government alone cannot be blamed for it.He said as per statistics 13 children disappear in India every hour.Lamenting that science has been “misused” for violence, Satyarthi said he wondered what could be the “scientific base” for violence.

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