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Attempts being made to create conditions like 2002: Azam Khan

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Speaking at a programme on Sunday evening to handover financial assistance to 125 girls for their marriage, the Minister attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his statements on protection of cow, and the Ganga.

In an apparent reference to the Gujarat riots, Uttar Pradesh minister Azam Khan on Sunday alleged attempts are being made to create “disturbing” conditions like in 2002, with an eye on upcoming elections in many states.”Attempts are being made to create disturbing conditions as those had emerged in 2002, with a dangerous inclination, keeping in mind the upcoming elections in three states in 2016 and then in UP, in 2017,” the state Cabinet Minister said.Speaking at a programme on Sunday evening to handover financial assistance to 125 girls for their marriage, the Minister attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his statements on protection of cow, and the Ganga.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He again alleged that the BJP has taken massive donation from a “beef exporter”, a charge the party has already denied.He said the BJP had made all efforts in Bihar to garner support on these three issues – cow, the Ganga and the temple – but they received a “historic drubbing”.Khan asked the saffron outfits as to why they have not disclosed the details of the donations collected in the name of Ram Mandir.”Where is the huge amount of money? If the people s money is returned to them, it would help eliminate poverty to a very great extent,” he said.Khan, who is the national general sectary of the SP, today again spoke of his desire to become PM, just days after he asserted he is the “fittest” person to hold the post.”I possess all the capabilities and competence to hold the coveted position. The moment Narendra Modi steps down, SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav himself would propose my name for that post. A proposal for any lesser position shall be an attempt to hurl insult upon me,” he said.”I have already issued a warning to the BJP to vacate the seat for I am coming. You are not capable of defending the country but I would exhibit the way to safeguard it,” he said.The Minister, who was the chief guest at the programme on the occasion of Minorities Day, opined that the Day is being observed at the behest of UNO, which instead of behaving like an independent organisation remained an “enslaved entity” of the US.There are super powers who are engaged in launching exploitation of poverty-stricken countries to augment their economies, he alleged.

Helpline, FB page launched for North East people in Chandigarh

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The page ‘Chandigarh Administration for the people of North East’ and toll-free helpline number- 1800-180-2130 was inaugurated by Vijay Dev, Adviser to the Administrator, UT Chandigarh.

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Chandigarh administration on Saturday launched a dedicated helpline number and Facebook page to provide timely help to the people from North East residing in Chandigarh and in adjacent areas. The page ‘Chandigarh Administration for the people of North East’ and toll-free helpline number- 1800-180-2130 was inaugurated by Vijay Dev, Adviser to the Administrator, UT Chandigarh. Speaking on the occasion, Dev said such initiatives will provide a sense of assurance and safety to the North-East community.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> An official release said that UT Chandigarh DC Ajit Balaji has constituted a committee to safeguard the rights and freedom of the people of North East and it comprised Tapasya Raghav, SDM (E) and SP Roshan Lal as the nodal officer, along with the representatives of the North-East community. “With the united efforts of the committee along with strict action taken by the Chandigarh Police in cases of assault, the objective of safeguarding and protecting North-East people against any type of crime would be achieved,” said Adviser. Notably, five students from Sikkim were injured at a college here after they were allegedly assaulted by another group of students from Himachal Pradesh over racist remarks. The incident had taken place on Tuesday evening at a private college in Mullanpur, on the outskirts of the city, following which police had arrested 10 people.

Subramanian Swamy hits back at Congress, says got ‘Z’ security under Narasimha Rao govt

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Speaking to reporters in New Delhi, Swamy, the complainant in the National Herald case, said that the Congress government led by Rao had provided ‘Z’ category security to him.

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Responding to Congress’s criticism over the extension of ‘Z’ category security to him, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy on Saturday said it was during former prime minister PV Narasimha Rao’s tenure that he was provided this protection, which was later curtailed by the UPA government.Speaking to reporters in New Delhi, Swamy, the complainant in the National Herald case, said that the Congress government led by Rao had provided ‘Z’ category security to him. That was later curtailed by the previous UPA government and made applicable only in a few states, he added.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”When our (BJP) government came, they said this is injustice and again provided me the security that had been given to me during Rao’s tenure,” he said.”Now I don’t know if they (Congress) think Narasimha Rao was a BJP man,” he said.Meanwhile, as Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, party Vice President Rahul Gandhi and others appeared in court today in the Herald case, Swamy criticised the party and claimed it is afraid that it is losing the case and, hence, there were the “processions and gatherings” of its workers.”This taking out of processions, gathering of crowds… so many arrangements have to be made. With all this, a message would go out to the world that not all is equal in our country and democracy is not well-established. I tell Congress, that is why your name is spoiled… you are losing this case, that is why you are doing all this. If you are winning, then go smiling to court,” Swamy said.

Shashi Tharoor’s private bill to decriminalise homosexuality defeated in Lok Sabha

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The Congress leader tweeted: “Intro of Pvt.Member’s Bill2decriminalize consensual sex btwn consenting adults defeated in LS 71-24. Surprising to see such intolerance.Notice of intent to oppose introducn of Bill came so late there was no time 2rally support. Will try again in future. We shall overcome!”

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Shashi Tharoor’s Private Bill to decriminalise homosexuality and do away with Section 377 was turned down in Lok Sabha. The Congress leader tweeted: “Intro of Pvt.Member’s Bill2decriminalize consensual sex btwn consenting adults defeated in LS 71-24. Surprising to see such intolerance.Notice of intent to oppose introducn of Bill came so late there was no time 2rally support. Will try again in future. We shall overcome!” Earlier, transgender rights activist Laxmi Tripathi told ANI, “Section 377 must be discussed in the Parliament. It should not be considered on morality value, but as a human and constitutional right. Section 377 should be dismissed.” Hundreds of gay rights activists on Sunday danced to drum beats and held colourful balloons as they marched in the ‘Queer Pride Parade’ in Delhi, celebrating the diversity of gender and sexuality. Speaking at the Times Lit Fest , Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had said that the apex court should not have reversed the Delhi High Court order de-criminalising consensual sex among homosexuals. “When you have millions of people involved in this (homosexuality) you can’t nudge them off,” Jaitley said. In December 2013, the Supreme Court had overturned the Delhi High Court’s July 2009 judgement, which had declared Section 377 as unconstitutional. The apex court had stated that amending or revoking Section 377 should be a matter left to the Parliament and not the judiciary. Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code criminalises homosexual acts, stating it is ‘against the order of nature’.

BJD’s Sathpathy asks parliament to legalise marijuana use to reduce alcohol abuse

““In the villages of my constituency, old people, venerable people used to smoke marijuana… natural marijuana. Today, by imposing ban on natural substances, which people have been using for ages, from the time of Lord Shiva, we have actually forced a lot of these people to move on to alcohol.”

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Speaking in parliament, Tathagata Satpathy, the BJD’s chief whip in the Lok Sabha called for the legalisation of cannabis consumption on Thursday. He claimed that banning cannabis consumption was responsible for the rise in alcoholism, reports Indian Express. . Evoking Lord Shiva he said: “In the villages of my constituency, old people, venerable people used to smoke marijuana… natural marijuana. Today, by imposing ban on natural substances, which people have been using for ages, from the time of Lord Shiva, we have actually forced a lot of these people to move on to alcohol.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>“Bhang was a very common intoxicant in the holy city of Puri. You could get it on the roadside. It was legally available there. It is available in Varanasi also. You have made it illegal and it has been replaced by alcohol.” Satpathy also linked alcohol consumption to rising crime rate. In the past, he won a lot young fans by talking about legalising marijuana consumption, and described the ban as elitist and argued for its legalisation. He also questioned the efficacy of banning alcohol. He asked: “Have bans actually helped bring down alcohol consumption? The brightest example is the Gujarat model. The state has been dry since the 1960s, but alcohol is available in every nook and corner of the state… It is the duty of the Centre to tell states not to ban alcohol.”

Delhi court dismisses charge against AAP MLA Akhilesh Tripathi

Earlier on November 26, Akhilesh Tripathi was held in a 2013 case of rioting and criminal intimidation and sent to judicial custody

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A lower court in Delhi on Saturday acquitted AAP Akhilesh Tripathi of a two year old rioting case, reports Janta Ka Reporter. In an embarrassment for the police, the Rohini Court also rapped them for bringing such charges against the Model Town MLA. Earlier, on November 26, Akhilesh Tripathi was held in a 2013 case of rioting and criminal intimidation and sent to judicial custody for a day, the fifth lawmaker of the ruling party to be arrested.In 2013, an FIR was registered against Tripathi, Rahul Kumar, Vikas Mandal, Inder Vikram Singh and Kanhaiya Kumar Jha for alleged offences under Sections 147 (punishment for rioting), 148 (rioting armed with deadly weapon), 149 (every member of unlawful assembly guilty of offence committed in prosecution of common object), 323 (causing simple hurt) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Speaking to Janta Ka Reporter, Tripathi said that this verdict should come as a lesson to the Delhi Police. He said that he will ask Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to control the police forces. Tripathi also accused Delhi Police of malicious action.

Development remains Modi government’s lone agenda, says Venkaiah Naidu

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Stating that development is Narendra Modi Government’s lone agenda, Union Minister and BJP leader M Venkaiah Naidu on Saturday said those attacking it in the name of “intolerance” were actually hurting the image of the country.”Those attacking the NDA Government in the name of “intolerance” are actually hurting the image and standing of the country,” he said here. Speaking at a foundation stone laying ceremony for a fly-over, Naidu attacked Congress over some important events of the past.Recalling the imposition of Emergency (1975-77) in the country and massacre of Sikhs in Delhi in 1984, the former BJP President said those who were at the helm of affairs then, are now preaching morals. The agenda of the Modi Government is development alone, the Union Minister maintained. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

Chennai rains: 18 patients die in MIOT hospital due to flooding of generator room

peaking to reporters, some relatives of those dead alleged that those on life support like ventilator and oxygen could not be continuously given such backup as the generator room was flooded.

Eighteen patients died in a hospital here allegedly due to flooding of generator room and resultant snap of ventilator and oxygen support as Tamil Nadu government indicted the hospital management for “abandoning” its job and said the incident will be probed.Over the past several days when rains ravaged the city, a well-known private hospital on the banks of the Adyar river in Manapakkanam here was hit by flood in parts of its premises and according to the government 18 died in the past two to three days. As there was no electricity, the hospital was run on generator. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Speaking to reporters, some relatives of those dead alleged that those on life support like ventilator and oxygen could not be continuously given such backup as the generator room was flooded. “Out of 75 ICU patients in that hospital, 57 ventilator patients were moved out. The remaining patients died over the past two three days. Let us not jump the gun to say that the patients died due to power failure,” Tamil Nadu Health Secretary J Radhakrishnan told reporters.Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary K Gnanadesikan told a press conference here that hospital management “abandoned” their job of guarding the interests of their patients and the state walked the extra-mile in protecting the interests of all patients in all public and private hospitals. “The (hospital) management abandoned their job,” he said adding the private hospital authorities should have set up their generator room in the first floor as the premises was in a low-lying area pretty close to river Adyar. To another question on action against the hospital, he said “the law would take its course.” Radhakrishnan explained how the government extended all support to private hospitals including ensuring oxygen supply and shifting of patients from inundated hospitals. He said he had visited the hospital where 18 died and found that the generators had ceased functioning due to inundation and that the hospital had no standby generators.Seven 108 ambulances were deployed to transport patients to private and a government hospital. Also, out of the 18 dead, the bodies of four were taken away by the kin of the dead and the remaining 14 were taken to the Government Royapettah Hospital as there was power in the mortuary of MIOT Hospital.

After poll debacle, Gujarat government announces land bonanza

Sources said the BJP’s poor performance in the district and taluka panchayat polls too was discussed at the meeting

In a major pro-farmer decision following the loss in Panchayat elections, the BJP government in Gujarat on Thursday said it would allot 6,000 acres of land to co-operative societies and agricultural produce committees at concessional rates for infrastructure.The decision to allot the government-owned land worth Rs 5,667 crore was taken at today’s cabinet meeting chaired by the Chief Minister Anandiben Patel at Gandhinagar. These societies and committees will get 10 to 30 acres of land each at 10 to 35 per cent of ‘Jantri rates (rates specified by the state government), an official release said. Godowns to store agricultural produce, pesticides, seeds and fertilisers etc., offices for milk co-operative societies, dairies and bulk milk coolers can be constructed on these lands.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sources said the BJP’s poor performance in the district and taluka panchayat polls too was discussed at the meeting. Of the 31 district panchayats, Congress won 21 while BJP won only six. In 2010, BJP had won 30 district panchayats. Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Panchayat and Rural development minister Jayanti Kavadia admitted that results, announced yesterday, were disappointing.”The results of district and taluka panchayats were not as per our expectations….we will do introspection about how that happened. We will double our efforts to make sure that everyone gets benefits of development,” Kavadia said. Asked what was his own analysis, he said panchayat elections are “more or less” individual-centric. “Candidates become more important than party’s image or work done in the area. Issues are different in each village. Perhaps we might have failed to communicate the true picture to the rural voters,” Kavadia said.

Construction mafia worked overnight during Diwali days

At least five new building works were initiated in B-ward – comprising entire area from Mohammed Ali Road to Agripada – during these days.

One of the newly constructed buildings in B-ward of BMC

When the city was holidaying during Diwali, there was one group that was busy working – Mumbai’s construction mafia. At least five new building works were initiated in B-ward – comprising entire area from Mohammed Ali Road to Agripada – during these days. Buzz is that Mumbai’s underworld, backed by politicians, is making slow but steady entry into the illegal construction business. “It involves less investment, but more profit. Dilapidated buildings are purchased at small price and construction is carried out with minimal costs. No piling or foundation work is involved and the building is raised with support of iron beams,” said a source.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> “They get permission for carrying out repairs, and once it’s obtained, the original building is demolished and a new one is raised. “The rates of such buildings are fixed according to the location. While the tenants are suitably rehabilitated, the additional space created is sold out at a good price,” the source added. Speaking to dna, MN Singh, former commissioner of police said he won’t be surprised by the news that the underworld is into illegal constructions. “Real estate and film production were always their favourite business. But the question is, why is civic body not acting even after illegal buildings are popping up in daylight,” he said. At least three constructions of illegal buildings are underway on Memonwada Road in Mandvi. Building no.51 – which was originally ground-plus-two floors – has been raised to 11 floors in just 45 days. Building no.55/1 is also demolished under the guise of repairs and work is being carried out day and night. Similarly building no.81 on the same road is also being reconstructed. Same is the case with building no.111 on Zakaria Masjid Street in Mohammed Ali Road. Shrinivas Kilaje, assistant commissioner of B-ward refused to get into the details, but said he has learnt about the illegal buildings and was in the process of preparing a report after investigation. “We are in the process of digging out the details,” he said. “We have list of such buildings and are in process of taking action,” an official from Building & Factory Department of B ward told dna. He however failed to reply on why the buildings were allowed to be razed in the first place. “We are inquiring into the fund flow of a building constructed in Pydhonie. We would ask the civic body if there are other such projects in which suspicious money flow is involved,” said deputy commissioner of police, detection, Dhananjay Kulkarni.

Proof of patriotism not prerequisite to making statements: Shah Rukh on intolerance and Aamir Khan

Shah Rukh Khan weighed in on the debate surrounding rising incidents of intolerance in India and fellow actor Aamir Khan’s recent statement on the issue. Speaking to CNN-IBN, Shah Rukh said, “You don’t have to prove your patriotism in any other way, except for thinking good for the country and doing good. You have to work for the benefit of the country. If I work for the country in the most kindest way in what I am good at, my country is going to benefit from that. But if I am corrupt, and regional about it, I will be harming my country.”

This was Shah Rukh’s first reaction to Aamir’s statement where he had said that he was “alarmed” by a number of incidents and his wife Kiran Rao even suggested that they should probably leave the country.

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At a time when social media reach is baffling and almost unaccountable for, users chip in with quick and easy judgment. Shah Rukh echoed the concern and said that nothing less can be expected from such a medium. “Twitter and social media is about free voice, people do take very radical steps, they get abusive. Even a generic statement can be turned into radical statements by people,” he said.

Shah Rukh added that social media should not be taken very seriously and a few things need to be ignored.

“I have never been disappointed. It is not a medium to have a deep conversation,” said Shah Rukh with a smile, “Since people take a very radical stand sometimes and start jumping the gun and at the end when you dont know what to say, you resort to teri **ki, etc.”

Adding that just because an actor has been in the industry for 25 years, he does not have to speak on all issues, the actor said, “You realise even a generic, logical thing can be turned around into a radical statement. I think I should only speak on matters to do with my work.”

Speaking at the Ramnath Goenka Awards event last week, Aamir had said, “When I chat with Kiran at home, she says ‘Should we move out of India?’ That’s a disastrous and big statement for Kiran to make. She fears for her child. She fears about what the atmosphere around us will be. She feels scared to open the newspapers every day. That does indicate that there is this sense of growing disquiet, there is growing despondency apart from alarm. You feel why this is happening, you feel low. That sense does exist in me.”

However, after two days, the actor clarified that neither he nor his wife Kiran, have any intention of leaving the country as he is proud to be an Indian, and stand by everything that he said in the interview.

With inputs from agencies

Need to examine if reservation is working well: Shiv Sena

He said reservations for SCs and STs were enshrined in the Constitution to ensure social equality and real progress.

Desai noted that there is demand for reservations in private sector .

Shiv Sena MP in Rajya Sabha, Anil Desai on Tuesday called for an examination of whether the reservation system has benefitted the people for whom it was intended even as he said that there was a demand for it in the private sector. Speaking during the discussion on Constitution, Desai said that it needs to be seen whether the benefits of the system are going beyond the few who have benefited and has percolated to villages to people in need of them. He said reservations for SCs and STs were enshrined in the Constitution to ensure social equality and real progress. However, it does not seem to be happening.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Desai noted that there is demand for reservations in private sector and there is need to examine whether the present system is working well in the right spirit. He said there is a possibility of a rift between various castes which Parliamentarians should ensure does not happen. With regard to law on prevention of atrocities against Dalits, genuine victims should be helped, he said, adding that in other cases, where it has been used in a different way, states should look into the matter.Desai also said that Shiv Sena founder late Balasaheb Thackeray was against the caste system.

Indian Parliament is not sovereign, Jethmalani counters Arun Jaitley

Speaking at the 155th anniversary celebrations of Indian Penal Code 1860, organised by Directorate of Prosecution in Kerala, Jethmalani came down heavily on Jaitley for terming “erroneous” the Supreme Court’s reason for striking down the NJAC Act and saying “Indian democracy cannot be a tyranny of the unelected”.

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Eminent jurist Ram Jethmalani on Sunday asserted that Indian Parliament “is not sovereign” for its decisions can be challenged in court, as he hit out at Finance Minister Arun Jaitley for criticising the Supreme Court verdict to scrap NJAC Act on appointment of higher judiciary.National Judicial Appointments Commission Act was the “product of complete unity between the old corrupt government and the new corrupt one”, the former BJP member alleged. Speaking at the 155th anniversary celebrations of Indian Penal Code 1860, organised by Directorate of Prosecution in Kerala, Jethmalani came down heavily on Jaitley for terming “erroneous” the Supreme Court’s reason for striking down the NJAC Act and saying “Indian democracy cannot be a tyranny of the unelected”.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Ask any politician, particularly the Prime Minister. He will tell you that Parliament of India is sovereign. “Every student of the Constitution in the LLB class knows that Parliament of India is not a sovereign body…Parliament of England is sovereign because the judiciary has no power to set aside any legislative Act by the Parliament,” Jethmalani said here, referring to the Supreme Court’s verdict striking down as unconstitutional the NJAC Act which would have replaced the collegium system.”Parliament of India is not a sovereign body. It is a truth,” he said. Countering Jaitley’s argument, the 92-year-old former law minister said, “The judges of Supreme Court of India or even the High Court judges can never be called unelected because the law does not require them to be elected so that kind of adjective does not apply to the judges at all.” He said the judiciary could withstand “the pressure of a political document” when it was produced before the Supreme Court for its scrutiny.Jethmalani also attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the blackmoney issue, saying he failed to fulfill his promise despite canvassing in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls that blackmoney worth thousands of crores of rupees would be brought back and distributed to poor people of the country.”He (Modi) went to the extent of telling the people that I will put Rs 15 lakh in the account of every poor man in the country,” he said. “Even till today they are not able to get back one dollar,” he said, and warned that Bihar election results will be repeated if he fails to fulfill the promise made in the BJP manifesto for 2014 Lok Sabha polls.”Look at the kind of margin by which Modi has lost (in Bihar),” he said. Jethmalani, who was expelled from BJP in 2013, said he wanted “nothing from him (Modi)” except “for God’s sake fulfil the promise that you have made to the poor people of India”.

Chidambaram says banning ‘Satanic Verses’ wrong, Rushdie asks how many years to correct ‘mistake’

“This admission just took 27 years. How many more before the “mistake” is corrected?” he asked on Twitter.

Salman Rushdie on Saturday asked how many years would it take to correct the ‘mistake’ of banning his book ‘Satanic Verses’. He was reacting to P Chidamabaram’s statement where he had said that the Rajiv Gandhi government’s decision to ban Salman Rushdie’s book Satanic Verses in 1988 was wrong. “This admission just took 27 years. How many more before the “mistake” is corrected?” he asked on Twitter. Chidambaram, was a Minister of State for Home Affairs under Rajiv Gandhi from 1986-89. “If you had asked me 20 years ago, I would have told you the same thing,” he said when asked why it took him so many years to reach such a conclusion.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>
Asked if the Emergency imposed by Indira Gandhi was also wrong, the senior Congress leader said, “Indira Gandhi herself admitted in 1980 that the Emergency was wrong and, if elected to power, she would never impose the Emergency. People believed her and elected her to power again.” Speaking about alleged rising intolerance in the country, he said,” It is on the rise” and expressed hope that “this moral majoritarianism” will fail comprehensively.”What is of profound concern to me is the apparent rise of intolerance. Khap panchayats today are more visible and more brazen in dispensing Kangaroo justice. There is rush of bans. Ban jeans, ban authors, ban food, ban artist, ban travel, ban NGO,” he said.With agency inputs

India first is only religion, Constitution only holy book: PM Narendra Modi

Speaking in the backdrop of attack over ‘intolerance’, he asserted that diversity is the strength of India and it needs to be nurtured.

“The country will run by the Constitution and it should be run by the Constitution. India has fundamentally grown on this ideology,” he said.

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Facing attack over ‘intolerance’, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said ‘India first’ is the only religion of his government and Constitution is the only holy book while asserting his commitment to work for the welfare of people of all sections and religions. He ruled out any review of the Constitution and reached out to the Opposition by saying that the ruling side does not believe in forcing decisions using its majority but believes in working through consensus.Replying to a two-day long debate on the Constitution in Lok Sabha, Modi also rejected the Congress contention that the NDA government was trying to deny due credit or undermining the role of leaders like Jawahar Lal Nehru, to whom he paid rich tributes. Speaking in the backdrop of attack over ‘intolerance’, he asserted that diversity is the strength of India and it needs to be nurtured. “For the government, the only ‘dharma’ is ‘India first, the only ‘dharma granth’ (holy book) is the Constitution,” the Prime Minister asserted in his about 70-minute reply to the debate during which opposition members raked up the issue of ‘intolerance’ and questioned his silence over the issue.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”The country will run by the Constitution and it should be run by the Constitution. India has fundamentally grown on this ideology. The country has the internal energy amassed over thousands of years which gives it the stimulus and capacity to deal with crises,” Modi said. Invoking Mahatma Gandhi, B R Ambedkar and Nehru repeatedly, he underlined that the ‘Idea of India’ is reflected by the aspects like ‘Ahinsa Parmo Dharma (non-violence is supreme duty), ‘Sarv Dharma Sambhav’ (equal respect to all religions) and ‘Vasudev Kutumbakam’ (entire world is a family). “Our country has been there for thousands of years. Shortcomings do come. Even vices do crop up. But there is something that keeps us going. Even when vices come up, solutions also emerge from within the society….It is like ‘auto pilot corrective arrangement and this is our strength,” the Prime Minister.Asserting that the thrust of his government is on ‘sabka sath’ (cooperation from all), he said, “no section of the society should lag behind. If any part of the body is paralysed, the body cannot be called healthy. We have to empower people from all sections, be it any community, region or language.” Noting that India has 12 religions, 122 languages and 1600 dialects and comprises people who are believers in God as well as athiest, he said, “all should get justice. There should be harmony.”

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.”

Delhi filmmaker files complaint against Aamir Khan

Speaking to dna, the filmmaker, Ullhas PR, said he hoped that the celebrity fraternity takes notice of the complaint and avoids spreading fear and making loose remarks in the future.

A file photo of Aamir and wife Kiran

Reacting to Aamir Khan’s remarks on insecurity and fear in the country, a Delhi-based filmmaker on Tuesday filed a complaint against the Bollywood actor at a local police station here. The complaint was received and acknowledged by the police at the New Ashok Nagar police station in East Delhi. While no FIR was registered in this connection and senior officials of the Delhi police said further action will follow in accordance with law.Speaking to dna, the filmmaker, Ullhas PR, said he hoped that the celebrity fraternity takes notice of the complaint and avoids spreading fear and making loose remarks in the future.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”I don’t want the actor to be punished. I just want the needful to be done to prevent such remarks which spread fear in the country,” he said.”We have received the complaint and are looking into it. Further action will follow in accordance with law,” DCP (East) B S Gurjar said.”I also live in the same society and don’t feel any fear. The actor should specify which society was he talking about and if there is enough evidence in his (Khan’s) statements then we all should come forward and do something about it,” the filmmaker said referring to the remarks made by Khan on society.Aamir Khan who on Monday spoke against intolerance, said that he was “alarmed” by a number of incidents and that his wife Kiran Rao even suggested that they should probably leave the country. Khan said that there was a sense of growing insecurity and fear in the society in the last six months.”(Wife) Kiran and I have lived all our lives in India. For the first time, she said, should we move out of India? That’s a disastrous and big statement for Kiran to make to me. She fears for her child. She fears about what the atmosphere around us will be. She feels scared to open the newspapers everyday. That does indicate that there is a sense of growing disquiet,” Khan had said.The filmmaker also shared his opinion on how the Bollywood actor should have responded to his wife when she expressed the desire to leave India. “The actor should have told his wife that he as a public figure and he will try to make India better instead of speaking about their discussion in public,” Ullhas said.”I am not doing this for publicity. I have filed complains against the Supreme Court for ‘misrepresentation’ of state emblem,” he said.The filmmaker had earlier in August approached the police for action against Khan for referring to police as ‘thulla’ in his film ‘PK’.

‘ISIS one of the best users of internet technology for promoting their cause,’ says Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar

“The world that we as a nation will be interacting with is increasingly fraught with turbulence and will call for dominant military might. We need to develop technology and system appropriate to evolving military doctrine,” Parrikar said addressing the DEFCOM seminar here organised by the Corps of Signal of the Indian Army and the CII.

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar

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Stating that the future wars might be fought in the cyberspace, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Monday warned the Army against “information blackout” as he sought enhanced capabilities to ensure protection from disruptive cyber attacks or manipulations.Parrikar also citied the example of the terrorist organization ISIS, which he said, was “one of the best user of internet technology” for promoting their cause.The Defence Minister said a resurgent India will increasingly play a dominant role in the world affairs.”The world that we as a nation will be interacting with is increasingly fraught with turbulence and will call for dominant military might. We need to develop technology and system appropriate to evolving military doctrine,” Parrikar said addressing the DEFCOM seminar here organised by the Corps of Signal of the Indian Army and the CII.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He said that Information Technology (IT) has an important role to play because “future wars may be cyber wars”.Parrikar, however, asserted that boots on the ground cannot be replaced. “Ultimately conventional armies cannot be replaced but they can be equipped with equipment which will provide them with all the information to fight with a well decided and well planned way without getting interrupted.” Speaking about the need for proper use of the developing internet technology, Parrikar said, “One can take the example of terrorist organisations like Daish or ISIS. They use the internet to ensure a lot of recruitment or support, and they are one of the best users of internet technology for promoting their cause.”He said his worry was information blackout which can be caused by various destructive mechanisms.”Information corruption can be another danger to the platform which we use,” he said adding that information overload is also a problem.”Because of Information Technology, you can get so much information that getting vital information out of that becomes something like finding a needle in a haystack,” the minister said.He said while we progress through IT and make a more digitalised army, the danger is of disruption through cyber attacks by the enemy. “We need to enhance our capabilities to ensure that they are protected from such disruptive cyber attacks or cyber manipulations,” he said.Parrikar said the Indian Army should not only use the digital advantage but also protect itself against destructive technology of adversaries. Noting that India has been at the forefront of software development, he said one needs better hardware designing and integration in our system. Parrikar also said that the new Defence Procurement Procedure was at an “advanced stage”, and he expects it to be in place in the near future.He said the government’s effort is to have as much as indigenisation as possible.The minister, however, said that it cannot happen overnight because even with best efforts, only 10% increase can be achieved.Underlining that the government has been pushing very hard, he assured the industry and the armed forces that the government is focusing on Make in India.”Our effort will be to depend on indigenously manufactured items because for a very rare eventuality in a war, you can really depend on your own resources,” he said.

Elections can’t be won by pitting one community against another : Goa BJP MLA Michael Lobo

Lobo sought to attack the opposition Congress, which had recently organised ‘pledge against intolerance’ campaign

Goa BJP MLA Michael Lobo on Monday said politicians in the country should not make statements that may divide the communities and create tension, and elections can’t be won by “pitting one community against another”.Lobo sought to attack the opposition Congress, which had recently organised ‘pledge against intolerance’ campaign. Congress was trying to divide people on religious lines, he said. “Intolerance was there earlier as well. Only now it is being hyped up and made to sound as if the BJP is about to divide India. Not only in our party, in every party there are one or two people who talk nonsense. India is a country of many religions and everyone has a place here,” Lobo said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”You cannot win elections by pitting one community against another. You have to be responsible members of your community,” said the MLA, who is a prominent Catholic face of the state BJP. Speaking about the comments made by leaders of the MGP party last year which is in coalition with BJP, Lobo said as elected representatives, all politicians have the responsibility to ensure that they “do not make wrong statements which can create tensions and divide people.” “There has not been a single communal incident in Goa over the last three years that BJP is in power. The people of Goa are educated and smart enough to know and will not be fooled by the Congress’s claims,” Lobo said, adding that the Congress was raking up the issue only for political gains.

Bihar poll results shows hindus still believe in peace and amity: Dalai Lama

“It is because of this amity that India is known worldwide as a country of religious tolerance. All religions and individuals are given equal respect here,” Dalai Lama told reporters on the sidelines of a function here.

Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama on Saturday said India is a nation of non violence and noted that a majority of the Hindus believes in peace and amity.”India has a long tradition of peace and amity. The people of Bihar in the recent Assembly polls have proved that a large section of the Hindu community still believes in peace and amity,” the 14th Dalai Lama said without naming any political party or leader.”It is because of this amity that India is known worldwide as a country of religious tolerance. All religions and individuals are given equal respect here,” he told reporters on the sidelines of a function here.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Religious tolerance not only means respecting all religions but also the people. Buddhism too started in this nation and because of this, India is the guru and all Buddhists are students,” he said.Asked about terrorism, the Tibetan spiritual leader said, “First we must create an atmosphere of peace and it should be initiated from one’s own home. Encouraging religious tolerance is the need of the hour and should be done through schools and universities.”Speaking on climate change, the Dalai Lama said, “This is everyone’s responsibility. We all need to work together and give primacy to it. The big nation gives main importance to its own profit while the issue of climate change comes way down its agenda.”

Is Mumbai prepared for a Paris-style attack?

Speaking to dna, experts said that little has changed on the ground and the city remains as vulnerable and as soft a target it was on November 26, 2008 when 10 armed fidayeen including Mohammed Ajmal Kasab attacked the city and killed 166 people and injured more than 300.

An RPF dog squad checks passenger luggage at Borivli railway station on Saturday in the aftermath of Friday’s Paris terror attack
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Within a few hours of the Paris terror attack, startling similarities with the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks emerged. However, the one question that remains topmost on most peoples’ minds is, whether after seven years of the audacious attacks is Mumbai prepared to tackle a similar attack or any other such spectacular terror attacks? Speaking to dna, experts said that little has changed on the ground and the city remains as vulnerable and as soft a target it was on November 26, 2008 when 10 armed fidayeen including Mohammed Ajmal Kasab attacked the city and killed 166 people and injured more than 300. Former Mumbai police commissioner D.Sivanand?han says “After the 26/11 terror attack we were fully prepared to tackle such a kind of situation but that was seven years ago. Now, with the changing times, even the terrorists would have advanced in technological know-how and weapons, so the police force also constantly needs to upgrade itself”. He added, “As police comissioner post 26/11, I did my best to get the police force capable and ready to tackle such a situation with number of sophisticated weapons that were brought in and other measures being taken”.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Interestingly, post 26/11, the Maharashtra government on the recommendation of the Ram Pradhan committee tried implementing a number of measure sought by the committee. However most of them either did not see the light of day while some of them, after implementation, were totally neglected. Post the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, the shortage of good quality bulletproof jackets was highlighted — however inspite of the Pradhan committee recommendation to procure bulletproof jackets the force is yet to get them. Similarly, one of the most important recommendations by the committee was to strengthen coastal security in Maharashtra. However seven years after the Mumbai terror attacks, the Mumbai police is yet to get space for even one more coastal police station. Interestingly, most of the policemen posted at the coastal police stations don’t know how to swim. Similarly the Mumbai police had procured amphibious marine crafts, Sea?-legs, spending crores of rupees which are currently left unused due to technical snags. Even the bomb detecting van fitted with an X-ray and scanning machine worth Rs7 crore, procured post 26/11, is lying wasted at the Mumbai police headquarters. However former Indian Police Service (IPS) K P Raghuvanshi said ” I think we are better prepared than the last time as we have now Force One, NSG hub in Mumbai and a Quick Response team for such attacks”. He added,”However if terrorists use new means and methods every time, then no security forces in the world can claim to be fully prepared”. Former IPS officer Y P Singh said “I don’t think that we are prepared for such attacks. Personally I feel averting such attacks with the help of intelligence is more important rather than responding once the attack has taken place”. He added “The state and the central intelligence agencies lack coordination and since there are ego issues, the security of the nation takes a hit”.

PM Modi hated as he doesn’t belong to privileged class: Chetan Bhagat

He said: “If Modi and Amit Shah had attended Doon school, spoke impeccable English and were spotted with their English girlfriends, they would not have been attacked so much.”

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Speaking at a literature festival, author Chetan Bhagat said that Narendra Modi is being attacked by historians, scientists and artists because he doesn’t belong to the ‘privileged classes’. He said that the privileged class of this country couldn’t handle the fact that the people in power were from the Hindi medium. According to a leading daily, Chetan Bhagat was quoted saying: “If Modi and Amit Shah had attended Doon school, spoke impeccable English and were spotted with their English girlfriends, they would not have been attacked so much.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He also attacked the intelligentsia for returning their awards and said it was inappropriate to blame the government. He said: “These are not mere awards, but honours that are given to an individual for his or her individual achievement. How can you later return an honour that you had already accepted?” he said adding now foreign media has come into play and they are painting a sorry picture of India. They are portraying India as a country which is intolerant.” “There are certainly some problems in the country. But there is no crisis-like situation which may force people to return government awards. “I do not approve of this trend. There is complete freedom of speech and expression in India. Nobody has ever asked me to say or not say something. When someone returns an award this way, it gives an opportunity to foreign media to brand us as ‘intolerant’,” he said. The 41-year-old writer known for his novels like ‘Five Point Someone’ and ‘Two States’, said that an award is in fact not given by the government, but by a jury. People living in big cities enjoyed a privileged position until 30 years ago. But for the current generation, passion, hard work and talent matter and the privileged classes are not able to come to terms with this change, he claimed.Bhagat, who is quite active on social media, also said, “Even if these people return 500 awards, my five tweets are enough for them.” To a question from the audience, the writer said he would not join any political party as he did not want to lose his freedom of speech.(Read: Chetan Bhagat unaware of what historians do: Twitter reacts)

Not a moo point: Cow milk party in Uttar Pradesh in response to beef controversy

The event was seen as a response by intellectuals and religious leaders to the debate trigged all over the nation on beef eating and ban.

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In response to beef and pork parties, a cow milk party was organised by Lok Adhikar Manch at Hazratganj here on Saturday. Professors and scientists from Lucknow University, and locals served cow milk to people and passers-by and spread awareness among them about its utilities.Also read: From Dadri murder to Cow Ministry: 8 incidents that prove that India has gone to the cowsThe event was seen as a response by intellectuals and religious leaders to the debate trigged all over the nation on beef eating and ban. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Speaking on the occasion, Maulana Khalid Rasheed, a leading cleric from a prominent Islamic seminary, asked people to take care of each other’s sentiment. People present at the event said the debate on beef ban was baseless and politically motivated.Also read: Jammu and Kashmir beef ban- Ball in govt’s court as HC sets aside earlier order

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal sacks minister Asim Ahmed; challenges BJP to remove Shivraj Chouhan, Raje

The graft charges against Khan were quite serious.

He said that the government is referring the graft complaint to CBI

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Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal sacked his minister Asim Ahmed Khan on Friday over corruption charges. He said that the government is referring this complaint to CBI. Khan held the portfolio for Food and Civil Supply, Environment and Forest, Minority affairs and Election. Speaking about dropping the minister from his cabinet, Arvind Kejriwal said, “We’ve received serious complaint of corruption against our Cabinet Minister Asim Ahmed, the complainant has sent us a one-hour audio clip.”Kejriwal said, “I will not even spare my son, Manish Sisodia or anyone else if he is corrupt.” He added saying that now that AAP sacked a tainted minister it was now BJP’s turn to do the same with Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Regarding Ahmed, he added that along with Manish Sisodia he conducted a preliminary assessment after listening to the audio clip said that prima facie it seemed to be a serious matter.

Activist Rahul Easwar attacked for not supporting beef festival in Kerala, alleges ‘left wing fascism’

Rahul says he had gone to MSM college in Kayamkulam for an event where he was to speak on cyber security and pre-marital education.

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The issue of beef ban has become a hot burning topic across India with unfortunate incident in Dadri even making international headlines and Kerala is no exception to it. On one side there are students and lecturer Deepa Nishanth who are supporting the beef fest in Sree Kerala Varma College, Thrissur, Kerala. And on the other, ABVP and Yuva Morcha are demanding that the college take action against her.Now, activist and author Rahul Easwar has been attacked in a college in Kerala for not supporting beef ban. This on a day when a MLA in Jammu and Kashmir Assembly was attacked by BJP MLAs for hosting a beef party. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Speaking to dna, Rahul says that he had gone to MSM college in Kayamkulam for an event where he was supposed to speak on cyber security and pre-marital education. When he came out of the lecture, Easwar saw that the college gates were being closed and he was stopped by around 25 students. They asked Easwar to support the beef fest and he flatly refused stating that he was neither supporting the beef fest nor the pork fest. He was then heckled, abused, stones were thrown at him and his car was vandalised.Easwar tells dna, “I suspect it was planned attack because when I went into the college to give my lecture there was no issue. I have been voicing my opinion on various TV channels that I don’t support the beef fest or the pork fest and I think this is as a result of that. Can’t I live in Kerala without supporting the beef fest? I believe in Article 48 of the Indian Constitution. On one hand, we have cultural fascism and this is just counter-cultural fascism from the Left wing which I totally oppose. We don’t need beef fests or pork fests but we need a middle ground.”
Easwar goes on to add, “Some people are making this attack on me as a Hindu-Muslim issue. It is absolutely nothing of the sort. The college I went to is a Muslim college and the college principal, Professor Shaik Ahmed, has been extremely helpful and cooperative. He called up and apologised for what happened.” He also stated that he has filed a police complaint and the police have arrested a person in connection with the attack on him.

Manipur government has disappointed me: Irom Sharmila

She urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to repeal AFSPA before he goes to the UN to ask for a permanent seat.

Irom Sharmila

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She hasn’t touched a morsel of food for over 14 years and, in these years, has courted as many arrests. In the national capital to argue against the Delhi Police’s charges of suicide, Irom says that the Manipur government and the Manipuri people have disappointed her.“I don’t see my fasting as a punishment; it is my duty. Yet, I feel somewhat dissatisfied with the local people. I, too, am part of contemporary Manipuri society, so why should they isolate me; celebrate me and sing my glories but act but behave like I have passed away?” says the 43-year-old crusader, fighting against the imposition of the draconian Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA).<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Irom talks about the her relationship with Desmond Coutinho, her British-origin Goa-based partner, to which friends, family and the Manipuri society in general seem to be opposed. “After nine years of struggle, I found a like-minded man, and we decided that we will get married if AFSPA is repealed,” she says. “But the people of my state were unkind to him, and blamed all the failures and misgivings of the movement on us. What they forget is that I’m not just a Meitei, not just a woman, I’m a human being,” she said.In the court, Irom argued that she was falsely implicated in a case of suicide, and that violence alone cannot solve problems. “The Constitution can be amended to to suit the needs of our leaders. So, why can’t it be amended to suit the needs of the people,” she asks. “By imposing AFSPA, the government, politicians, NGOs and state agents are gathering a lot of dirty money.”She urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to repeal AFSPA before he goes to the UN to ask for a permanent seat. “A lot of people were dissenting against Modi’s tactics of governance based on violence when he was the chief minister of Gujarat because it is so contradictory to the father of the nation, who was also from Gujarat,” she said. Speaking on the months-long protests against the Manipur Land Reforms Bill, Irom said that the root cause was the Constitution. “They want to amend the Constitution to allow the hilly people of the state to buy areas in the valley, but not allow the same rights to the people in the valley,” she said. “The condition will soon enough be comparable to Tripura, where the native people now have a minority status.”

Muslims lagged behind as they enslaved women, says AMU Vice-Chancellor

The community just cries about discrimination which just does not exist, said Zameer Uddin Shah, a former Army officer and brother of actor Naseeruddin Shah

While UP minister Azam Khan, often masquerading as the voice of the teeming Muslims, has written to the UN about the minorities’ pitiful plight in India, Lt Gen (retd) Zameer Uddin Shah, Vice-Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University, has said that the Muslims had only themselves to blame for their present socio-economic state. The AMU V-C, known for his scathing and rather radical views about his own community, slammed the Muslims for wasting too much of time on religious rituals, including ‘namaz’ and the holy month of Ramzan. At a meet organised here by the AMU Old Boys, he also criticised Muslims for keeping their women “enslaved” and failing to make the most of opportunities available to them.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> “You have not utilised half of your population. Your women have remained enslaved. They were kept inside homes. Muslims have no one else to blame. You enslaved women and the result is you are enslaved,” Shah said as the large gathering listened in pindrop silence. Speaking about his experience in Saudi Arabia, the former Army officer and brother of actor Naseeruddin Shah, said the situation remains the same there too. “Women are confined. Except in Turkey and Iran, women have remained enslaved in the entire Muslim world. That is the reason why they are backward,” he added. The AMU V-C virtually mocked Muslims for treating the month of Ramzan as a holiday. “Muslims work for 11 months in a year. During Ramzan they do not work. Also, in any normal week, they do not work for two-and-a-half days. On Friday, they make elaborate preparations for ‘namaz’. This is followed by the weekend,” he added. He dwelt on the shortcomings of the community, saying: “You left education. There is infighting among the community. There is division on regional lines, too. This is also destroying AMU.” Shah also stated that even though there was no discrimination on religious grounds, Muslims were in the habit of raising a hue and cry about not being given enough opportunity. “What matters is qualification and ability. I started as a madarsa student and reached here. The community just cries about discrimination which just does not exist,” he said.

AMU VC says Muslims lag behind in development because they enslave their women

Vice-Chancellor Lt Gen (retd) Zameeruddin Shah was speaking at a felicitation function of AMU Old Boys at Lucknow on Sunday.

Aligarh Muslim University Vice-Chancellor Lt Gen (retd) Zameeruddin Shah has reportedly asked Muslims to look at how they treat their women. Speaking at a felicitation function of AMU Old Boys at Lucknow on Sunday, Shah was quoted as saying Muslims lagged behind in the development race because they enslaved their women.According to The Indian Express, Shah said, “You have not utilised half of your population. Women remained enslaved. They remained inside home. Muslims have no one else to blame. You enslaved women and the result is you are enslaved. I stayed in Saudi Arabia, the situation remains the same. Women are confined. Except Turkey and Iran, women remained enslaved in all Muslim world. That is the reason they are backward.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>These remarks come just a few months after Shah did not allow undergraduates girls to use library of AMU stating it would attract boys.He also lashed out at Muslims for their work ethic. According to the report, he said, “Muslims work for 11 months in a year. During Ramazan they do not work. Also, in any normal week, they do not work for two-and-a-half days. On Friday, they make preparations for Namaaz. This is followed by the weekend.”

Ankit Fadia named brand ambassador of Digital India’s campaign

Speaking to dna from the UAE on phone, Fadia said that even though the decision was a humbling one, he was told about it more than a few months ago. “A few weeks before the Digital India campaign was launched by Narendra Modi, an official of the department of electronics and information technology got in touch with me and asked me whether I would like to be a part of the initiative,”he said.

When on Monday, self-styled digital expert Ankit Fadia announced that he has been appointed as the brand ambassador of the Digital India campaign, it took many by surprise.Speaking to dna from the UAE on phone, Fadia said that even though the decision was a humbling one, he was told about it more than a few months ago. “A few weeks before the Digital India campaign was launched by Narendra Modi, an official of the department of electronics and information technology got in touch with me and asked me whether I would like to be a part of the initiative,”he said. The official asked Fadia to come and meet him to collect the certificate, he added.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>When asked why did the government not announce it during the Digital India announcement, Fadia said that perhaps the focus was more on prospective investments. He added that as brand ambassador, his roles and responsibilities were three-fold. “Firstly, to promote the components of the initiative on social media and on personal media. Secondly, to participate in any Digital India event when I am asked to,” he said, adding. “Thirdly, sometime provide with inputs on digital projects when asked to.”The announcement was however, not too well taken by the people on social media, many of whom felt that Fadia did not have the prowess. Fadia shot to fame at the age of 17 when he claimed to have hacked the website of an Indian tech magazine, and said that he was later offered a job by the editor. The said editor, Charles Assisi, denied that it ever happened. Fadia also claims that he was consulted by a classified agency to hack Osama Bin Laden encrypted messages in 2001. He also claims that he has done important work in the field of “digital intelligence”.Fadia has authored 16 books and is currently takes classes on ethical hacking. He has taken ethical hacking classes in all the major colleges and universities. He also starred in an MTV show What The Hack, and has a YouTube show Geek On the Loose where he shares technology tips and tricks. The show has more than 750,000+ views on YouTube.Ethical hackerAnkit Fadia has authored 16 books and is currently takes classes on ethical hacking. He has taken ethical hacking classes in all the major colleges and universities. He also starred in an MTV show What The Hack, and has a YouTube show Geek On the Loose where he shares technology tips and tricks. The show has more than 750,000+ views on YouTube.

Domestic Violence case: Supreme Court rejects Somnath Bharti’s bail plea, asks him to surrender today

In a major blow to AAP leader, the Supreme Court has asked Somnath Bharti to surrender by Monday (today) evening in domestic violence and attempt to murder case lodged by his estranged wife.

In a major blow to AAP leader, the Supreme Court has asked Somnath Bharti to surrender by Monday (today) evening in domestic violence and attempt to murder case lodged by his estranged wife.SC has asked Bharti to first surrender and they will take a call about whether the matter should be referred to mediation centre. The matter has been posted for hearing on Thursday. Somnath Bharti had on last Wednesday moved the Supreme Court seeking protection from arrest, in which the Delhi high court has rejected his anticipatory bail plea. Speaking to the news agency ANI, Somnath Bharti’s lawyer Vijay Agarwal said, ” Yes, he has been asked to surrender, will inform my client as soon as I establish contact.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He further said, “Supreme Court has asked Bharti to surrender by today evening, then the court will consider on Thursday, October 1, whether reconciliation is possible.” The controversial MLA had sought a direction that the Delhi Police be restrained from arresting him till his petition challenging the High Court order is decided.Around eight persons were grilled on Wednesday by police as their search continued for Bharti, who is evading arrest. AAP chief and Delhi Chief Minister Kejriwal had also urged him to surrender to police. Terming the allegations by his wife as “very serious”, Justice Suresh Kait had earlier said she has been tolerating his “cruelty” and “brutal assault”. Lipika had filed a complaint of domestic violence with Delhi Commission for Women on June 10 alleging that her husband had been abusing her since their marriage in 2010. She had also given a complaint to the police in this regard.Delhi Police then registered an FIR against Bharti under sections 307 (attempt to murder), 498A (cruelty towards wife), 324 (voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapon), 406 (criminal breach of trust), 313 read with 511 (attempt to cause miscarriage without woman’s consent), 420 (cheating) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of IPC.

Pakistan waging proxy terror war against India: Rajnath Singh

He also noted that India’s borders with Pakistan and China are “very sensitive” and said security arrangements have to be ensured keeping the situation in mind.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday blamed Pakistan for waging a proxy terror war against India and regularly violating the ceasefire agreement.He also noted that India’s borders with Pakistan and China are “very sensitive” and said security arrangements have to be ensured keeping the situation in mind. Speaking on India’s security scenario at a conclave organised by Hindustan Media Ventures Ltd here, he said, “Pakistan has been regularly violating ceasefire agreements, but India has given a befitting reply”.”Pakistan is also waging a proxy terror war against India,” he said. The Home Minister said the Modi government went whole hog against the infiltrators as a result of which 130 terrorists were killed while sneaking into Indian territory since 2014, compared to 110 in 2013 and 67 in 2012.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Singh said that since the NDA government came to power in 2014, infiltration cases have dropped to 15 this year from 52 in 2014, 264 in 2012 and 277 in 2013. The Minister said increasing defence power of India was not going down well with anti-national elements. On China, he said the border dispute with that country persists and attempts were being made to resolve it.Singh said though the boundary with Nepal and Bhutan was peaceful and there was no problem, the borders with Bangladesh and Myanmar were “active”. To a question, he said ISIS will fail to set up any network in India.Singh also said Left Wing Extremism was a big challenge as 10 states and 125 districts were affected. The Home Minister said another area of concern was growing cases of cyber crime.To a query relating to RSS, the senior BJP leader said, “We are and will remain RSS volunteers. The organisation never permits creating differences on the basis of caste and religion.”On opposition criticism that RSS was indirectly running the government, he said the Sangh never sought a report card from the government on its functioning.

Subramanian Swamy dubs JNU students, professors as ‘naxals’

Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy has made another controversial remark by calling the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students and professors “naxalites.””Not only students, I am also calling JNU professors as naxal,” said Swamy while responding to a question here on Friday. Speaking on his recommendation to change the name of JNU to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose University, he said that Bose was far more educated as compared to Nehru. Also Read: Subramanian Swamy speaks out on reports he was offered JNU vice-chancellor’s job

Health ministry officials review fresh cases of supposed dengue deaths in Delhi

Amidst media reports putting out number of dengue deaths in New Delhi as 22 by Sunday, and the intermittent rains giving rise to fears of further spread of the disease, health ministry officials reiterated once again that the situation in the city was under control. Speaking to dna, Dr Charan Singh from the directorate of health services in Delhi stressed that using the word ‘outbreak’ commonly being quoted in most news reports, was scientifically wrong. It should be said that there was an upsurge in this year’s cases, he said.

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Amidst media reports putting out number of dengue deaths in New Delhi as 22 by Sunday, and the intermittent rains giving rise to fears of further spread of the disease, health ministry officials reiterated once again that the situation in the city was under control. Speaking to dna, Dr Charan Singh from the directorate of health services in Delhi stressed that using the word ‘outbreak’ commonly being quoted in most news reports, was scientifically wrong. It should be said that there was an upsurge in this year’s cases, he said.Singh spoke following the Directorate General Health Services weekly review of dengue cases, held on Saturday. The meeting reviewed 30 new cases of deaths that could be related to dengue, to determine which ones were purely a dengue fatality. Thoughts have upped the media reports have upped the number of dengue deaths in Delhi to 22, the government figures might differ as they sort out deaths only from dengue and deaths caused by another medical complication in patients with dengue. This condition, Singh said, was called co-morbidity. Though the number of purely dengue deaths from these 30 is supposed to be only 6, Singh declined to confirm that number, till the data was officially released this week.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Though the Director of Indian Council of Medical Research, Dr Soumya Swaminathan has been quoted in press reports has confirming there is no new mutant strain of dengue this year, Dr Singh said we couldn’t even say for sure that this was only the Den-2 and the Den-4 strains that had spread. “Things change in medical science so often,” he said, “for now this looks like a mixed infection, that could carry all four strains.” However, he did say that Den-2 and Den-4 do cause the most fatality.”But there are many reasons as to why there has been this upsurge this year,” added Dr. Singh, “it’s the virus’s cyclical pattern. But the situation is under control.”Sources high up in the central ministry have long been saying that the situation not out of hand in or in the country. Many have attributed the panic amongst people to a certain herd mentality, or rushing to the hospitals to be admitted at the first sign of a fever. There is also a certain sense of frustration with state governments, that, the sources say, have to take the lead. “We can only advise and assist with logistics and funds,” they said. “For the first time, the union ministry held a training workshop with the corporation, to train their workers to handle dengue,” said one senior member of the ministry.Minister for Health and Family welfare, JP Nadda issued his 12 advisory this year on dengue, on Saturday. Following the intermittent rain, he conveyed to the Delhi government that “vector control measures need to be intensified to contain the problem of dengue. You are requested to instruct all concerned officials and department to intensify the efforts.” He laid heavy emphasis on checking breeding areas for mosquitoes, such as construction sites, basements, roof-tops and unused buildings.

Twitter mocks Mahesh Sharma for his uncultured comments

Union Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma has been in the eye of the storm since he made a handful of comments about ‘Indian culture’.

Union Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma has been in the eye of the storm since he made a handful of comments about ‘Indian culture’. He had said about former APJ Abdul Kalam: “Aurangzeb Road ka naam bhi badal kar ek aise mahapurush ke naam par kiya hai jo Musalman hote hue bhi inta bada rashtravadi aur manavtavadi insaan tha (We have renamed it after someone who was a humanitarian and a nationalist despite being a Muslim).” He also said: “Western culture is not bad but it may not be good for us. Here, 15-year-old children don’t leave their parents. A 14-year-old girl wanting a night out maybe all right elsewhere but not in India.”Speaking about the RSS’ role in governance he had said: “If at all saffronisation has been done, it has been done by the 125 crore people of the country who gave us a huge mandate. They knew what is RSS, what is BJP. They have given us a mandate to run the country.” <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Here’s how Twitter reacted to the Mahesh Sharma’s comments: He was compared to Mukesh Singh. He was compared to Donald Trump.

Maharashtra: Drought can be declared if rainfall less than 50 %

Speaking to reporters here today, Revenue Minister Eknath Khadse said the report of the sub-committee has been placed before the state Cabinet, which will consider it at its next meeting.

A proposal has been mooted for the Maharashtra government to declare an area as drought-hit if it receives less than 50% of average rainfall between June and July as against the earlier criterion of less than 75% precipitation in the said months.A state Cabinet sub-committee has drafted new field crop yield assessment norms and changed the parameters as per which Maharashtra government may declare an area as drought- affected.As per the sub-committee’s recommendations, drought can be declared if there is less than 50 per cent of average rainfall between June and July and if the sown area is less than 50% of the total cultivated area.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Speaking to reporters here today, Revenue Minister Eknath Khadse said the report of the sub-committee has been placed before the state Cabinet, which will consider it at its next meeting.The report seeks to amend the Drought Manual 2009, whereby the terminology of “drought-like situation” will be replaced with a clearly defined term, “drought”, he said.The earlier norms, which came into existence during the British Raj, relied on ‘Nazar Aanewari’ (on site crop yield), Khadse said.”After Independence, the base changed to Paisewari.However, with the devaluation of the paisa, the yield assessment is even today conjectured by standing on the farm bund and arriving at an approximate crop yield estimate,” he said.However, the government will henceforth rely on satellite technology to arrive at a more accurate assessment of the crop yield. For this purpose, remote-sensing technology available with Maharashtra Remote Sensing Application Center will be used to determine acreage estimation.”It has been recommended that technology with Division- wise Automated Weather Stations (AWS) be used if it can measure crop yields based on factors like rainfall, temperature, moisture and other related factors,” Khadse said.The sub-committee, in its report, recommended that the norm for declaring drought if there was less than 75% rainfall be revised to less than 50 per cent rainfall from June to July.Drought should be declared if the water stock in irrigation dams is less than minus 0.4 of the Normal Difference in Vegetation Index (NDVI).The other new norms recommended include determining drought on the basis of Moisture Adequacy Index.

Time to stress on preventive health care: PM Narendra Modi

The time has passed for addressing illness, time has come to address wellness…. We will have to move ahead with a comprehensive thought, in which we should address wellness and well-being and not only illness,” he said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Friday, turned the spotlight on the state of healthcare in the country as he urged graduating students of the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Institute and Research (PGIMIR), Chandigarh, to serve the poor of the nation at every step in their career. Speaking to over 500 post graduate students at the 34th Convocation ceremony of the coveted medical institute, he echoed his speech at the recently concluded Global Call to Action Summit, he emphasised on “holistic” and “preventive” health care.The time has passed for addressing illness, time has come to address wellness…. We will have to move ahead with a comprehensive thought, in which we should address wellness and well-being and not only illness,” he said.Echoing his policy throughout his term in office, he also laid much emphasis on yoga as a means to reaching this holistic health.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The PM called on the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi and Swami Vivekananda to inspire the students to focus their services on the poor and the weak, saying, “”When you are in a state of confusion and unsure about a particular situation, when you think whether to do this or that, for a moment, just think about that poor man who may have played a role in your life, thought about you, remember him, the decision you are going to take will be decided automatically.”The PM may not be one to shy away grandiose statements but his focus on the plight of the poor comes on the heels of the health ministry’s National Rural Health Statistics report, which has shown a shortfall of doctors, specialists and other medical staff in sub, primary and community health centres across the country, a worrying statistic for a system that caters to lakhs of deprived communities.Stretching his tendency for conflation, the PM vested significance in the graduation being held on 11 September, the anniversary of the attacks on the twin towers in the United States, in 2001. He said that this day should also be remembered ” when young doctors are stepping out from this institute to take upon the task of saving the lives of others. Killing is very easy, but one has to dedicate an entire life for preserving life.”The star studded event was also attended by the Health Minister JP Nadda, who took up where the PM left off, and spoke about the institute’s move towards the PM’s dream of a digital India, working towards full implementation of e-hospital. The health ministry as a whole has been showing itself to be focussed on technology in its health outreach programmes, in line with the PM’s emphasis on all things digital.

Mumbai Meat Ban: Raj Thackeray mocks BJP, calls it ‘Bhartiya Jantu Paksh’

“This issue is taken as “Jains against Hindu”. Only BJP will benefit from these vote bank tactics,” Thackeray said.

Speaking against the meat ban by the BMC, MNS chief Raj Thackeray on Thursday claimed, “It is because of PM Narendra Modi and Amit Shah, that Gujarati people and Jains are feeling emboldened.” He also said that Jains cannot decide the policies of the state and vowed his party’s support to those willing to sell meat in the state. “The Jains will not decide what will happen in Maharashtra. Digambar Jains roam naked showing their body, if that is okay then why is this meat ban issued in the state?” asked Thackeray.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Tomorrow Muslims will also make such conditions on Ramzan and so will the shops stay closed?, he added. He accused the BJP is communalising the issue. “This issue is taken as “Jains against Hindu”. Only BJP will benefit from these vote bank tactics,” he said.”MNS will definitely support whoever wants to sell meat, won’t follow the meat ban,” he added.Thackeray also mocked the BJP calling it the party ‘Bhartiya Jantu Paksh’.

BJP, Congress slam Pakistan Army chief Raheel Sharif, say Kashmir remark shows country’s ‘immaturity’

Speaking at an event, Sharif had called Kashmir an “unfinished agenda” and warned India of “unbearable damage” in case of a “long or short” misadventure by the “enemy”.

Sharif had called Kashmir an “unfinished agenda” and warned India of “unbearable damage”

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BJP and Congress on Monday slammed Pakistan Army chief General Raheel Sharif over his provocative remarks targeting India, saying it showed the neighbouring country’s “immaturity” as it continues to “daydream” despite suffering defeats in the past. BJP secretary Shrikant Sharma said it was an “empty boast” by Sharif, adding that his provocative comments were driven by desperation over Pakistan’s internal crisis as well “exposure” of its role in sponsoring terrorism in India. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Speaking at an event, Sharif had called Kashmir an “unfinished agenda” and warned India of “unbearable damage” in case of a “long or short” misadventure by the “enemy”. Terming his remarks as “belligerent and irrational”, Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said the only unfinished agenda before the world was to ensure that Pakistan ceases to be a safe harbour for global terrorists. He noted that Pakistan was imploding as well exploding both politically and economically. Recalling Pakistan’s previous “humiliations” in its wars with India, BJP secretary Sidharth Nath Singh said its army’s misadventure in 1965 received a befitting reply and it was humiliated in 1971 war and later during Kargil war. “If still the Pakistan Army chief wishes to daydream, it just goes to show Pakistan’s immaturity in dealing with India,” he said. “As far India is concerned, our army has strongly responded to Pakistan army’s provocations in the past, continues to do so during the ongoing ceasefire violations and will do so in case of any future misadventure,” Sharma said.

Sheena told me she was Indrani’s daughter in 2011: Peter Mukerjea

Peter Mukerjea said that Sheena had told him that she was Indrani’s daughter and not her sister. He claims that he had confronted Indrani about the matter who denied it. In the end he chose to believe his wife.

Speaking to a leading news channel, Peter Mukerjea said that Sheena had told him that she was Indrani’s daughter and not her sister. He claims that he had confronted Indrani about the matter who denied it. In the end he chose to believe his wife. He also claimed that Indrani had come down to Mumbai in 2012 to separate Rahul and Sheena. He also said that he was sure that there was no financial transaction between the two. He also talked about his son Rahul who he said was in a relationship. (Read: Indrani-Sheena Case: All you need to know)<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Story Till NowThe police picked up Indrani Mukerjea after arresting her driver. Her son Mikhail, who people believed earlier to be her sibling along with Sheena, said that the cause of the death was a property dispute. Others claim, that the reason why Indrani killed Sheena was because of her relationship with Rahul, who is Peter’s son.Officials, requesting anonymity, said that Rahul and Sheena, 24, had been seeing each other for over a year which Indrani did not like. A web of lies and intriguing relationships have emerged in the case as it came to light that Sheena was Indrani’s daughter and not sister as Indrani has been claiming for years. The motive of the murder still remains a mystery though Indrani’s son Mikhail claimed he knows the real reason but will not disclose it.

Ahmedabad: Centre rushes army in after Narendra Modi reviews situation on Patel quota agitation

Wary of the situation, Modi himself came to appeal on camera to the people of his home state. Speaking in Gujarati and invoking Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Patel, Modi just stopped short of putting the blame.

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As the situation remains tense in the Patidar reservation-riot hit Gujarat that has left 7 people dead and ravaged property worth crores, Centre on Wednesday rushed 5,000 paramilitary personnel and five columns of army to carry out flag march in Ahmedabad after reviewing the situation at the top level.Wary of the situation, Modi himself came to appeal on camera to the people of his home state. Speaking in Gujarati and invoking Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Patel, Modi just stopped short of putting the blame.”Since yesterday, the type of atmosphere that is building up in the land of Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Patel, the manner in which violence is being used as a tool… we all know that violence serves no purpose,” said Modi.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”We have always believed that the development of the state is possible only if we all walk together and stay united. It is my appeal to my brothers and sisters that the occasion calls for a single mantra – “peace”. Each and every issue can be resolved through talks,” said Modi.Union home minister Rajnath Singh spoke to Gujarat chief minister Anandiben Patel on Wednesday morning and then again in the evening, and assured her full Central help to tackle the situation.”The home ministry is in constant touch with the Gujarat government and additional forces have been rushed as requested by the state government. We do not want to take any chance as call was given for a state-wide bandh,” a senior official said.The prompt Central government action came considering that Gujarat has witnessed many communal clashes in the past and situation can turn serious, the official said.

Indrani Mukerjea Case: Peter Mukerjea speaks out about his son’s relationship with Sheena

Peter Mukerjea claimed that he knew about his son’s affair with Sheena but was unaware that she was Indrani’s daughter.

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Speaking to India Today, Peter Mukerjea said that he’d been out of the country for pretty much the last three years. He also said that he didn’t know much about the situation and he hadn’t met Indrani since all this began. He also added that his son Rahul believed that Sheena had left for the US without telling him and that the two of them lived together. According to CNN-IBN, Sanjeev Khanna, Indrani’s first husband has detained by police in Kolkata. Earlier, it was believed that Indrani and her driver had murdered her sister Sheena. However, later reports suggest that Sheena wasn’t her sister but her daughter. Mikhail Bora, confirmed that Sheena and him were Indrani’s children. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>She refused to acknowledge us: Indrani Mukerjea’s son Mikhail Bora”We met first time in 2005 in Kolkata and she was hesitant to accept me and my sister Sheena as her daughter in front of Peter Mukerjea. She told that I live in a high profile society and it will give her a bad name. So she introduced us as her siblings” Bora told ANI. He claimed that his mother had told him that Sheena had settled in the US and didn’t want him to contact her. He added that he didn’t pressurise because she threatened to stop her pocket money.Indrani Mukerjea was on Tuesday arrested by Mumbai Police on charges of murder. Indrani Mukerjea has been taken to Tihar jail by Mumbai Police and will stay in police custody till August 31. She was charged of murdering her daughter and disposing off her body.During interrogation, the driver claimed that Indrani had killed Bora and that he had helped her in disposing of the body by dumping it in the forests of Raigad district, the officer said. Raigad police had come across remains of an unidentified body, which they had disposed of without collecting DNA samples, the officer said. The officer said they would take the two accused to the crime spot where the body was dumped.

Now BJP politican cum actor Naresh Kanodia to select India’s official entry to Oscars: Report

Even though the FTII row is showing no sign of subsiding, Senior BJP leader and Gujarathi actor Naresh Kanodia has been invited to be a jury member to select India’s official entry to the Oscars, reported A leading tablod.

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Even as the FTII row is showing no signs of subsiding, central government may have attracted a fresh controversy. Senior BJP leader and Gujarati actor Naresh Kanodia has been invited to be a jury member to select India’s official entry to the Oscars, reports a leading tabloid.Accordingly to the report, Kanodia has been approached by the Film Federation of India (FFI) to be the part of the jury. Kanodia was elected from Karjan constituency of Central Gujarat in 2002, but lost the seat in 2007. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Speaking to Mirror, Kanodia said that his selection is purely based on his merit and it has nothing to do with BJP or PM Modi backing him.The report also says that when FFI President JP Chowksey was contacted, he was unaware of the Kanodia episode. However, the president called back and reportedly said not to link FTII controversy with Kanokia.The President also told the tabloid that they have invited people like Amir Khan, Jabbar Patel, who are yet to revert back/ Kanodia has worked in-over 65 films in Gujarati movies and have given few blockbusters too.The committee will take the decision on sending film to Oscar after watching Hindi and regional entries in Hyderabad.

NHAI finally agrees to NH7 wildlife mitigation plan

After several flip-flops, citizen protests and pressure from the National green Tribunal (NGT) the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has finally come around to accept a wildlife mitigation plan that will aide movement of tigers and other wildlife across the widened NH7 in the Kanha-Pench corridor. The Kanha-Pench corridor connecting national parks at these two places is considered one of the best tiger habitats in the country and the proposed four-laned NH7 will cut through this corridor. The mitigation plan agreed upon includes building an eco-duct or a landscaped animal overpass in the Madhya Pradesh section, which will be a first in the country, and animal under passses in the Maharashtra stretch.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The development is significant as NHAI had in the past rejected Wildlife Institute of India’s mitigation plan on the grounds that it would increase the project budget substantially. According to sources, the estimated cost of the entire mitigation plan – Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh stretch – will be Rs.515 crores.Earlier this week, the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) during a meeting of the National Board for Wildlife (NBWL) decided to grant wildlife clearance to the expansion of NH7 through the tiger corridor. During the meeting, the ministry and NHAI decided that a eco-duct or a landscaped animal overpass will be built above the main carriageway in the Khawasa and Rukhad section of NH7 in Madhya Pradesh.Sharing the details of the eco-duct, an NHAI official said, “We have agreed in-principal to build four eco-ducts of which two will be of 500m and one each of 800m and 300m in length. There will be 14 other minor structures too. We will spend approximately Rs300 crores on mitigation.” The eco-duct wildlife crossing will be a first of its kind mitigation measure to be adopted the country, made popular in Canada, Netherlands and Belgium.On the Maharashtra side of NH7, it has been decided that three animal underpasses will be built under the vehicular overpass. An NHAI official in-charge of the project in Maharashtra said, “Three animal underpasses will be built with two of 750m in length and one 300m long with a height of 5m each. Although I cannot quote the exact budget for the plan, it will cost an estimated amount of Rs215 crores.” Speaking on WII’s earlier recommendation, the NHAI official from MP said, “WII’s earlier recommendation to build a 2km long underpasses and 2km long elevated flyovers did not seem feasible to us and hence we had asked them to modify it.” The NHAI, though, have also been rapped in the NGT for not delaying a mitigation plan and are due to submit it before the TribunalWildlife conservationists said that mitigation measures should be studied carefully before implementation and authorities should also build pedestrian crossings on high-speed highways. “There is no precedent of a wildlife crossing for tigers anywhere, but mountain lions do use tunnels in California and elephants use crossings in Kenya. It is a recent innovation and it will be really helpful if we implement it properly. Along with it, highways should also have pedestrian crossings,” said Vidya Athreya, wildlife biologist, Wildlife Conservation Society. ‘Not feasible’Speaking on WII’s earlier recommendation, the NHAI official from MP said, “WII’s earlier recommendation to build a 2km long underpasses and 2km long elevated flyovers did not seem feasible to us and hence we had asked them to modify it.” The NHAI, though, have also been rapped in the NGT for not delaying a mitigation plan and are due to submit it before the Tribunal

#ModiInDubai: Twitter reacts to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech

It doesn’t matter whether you love Narendra Modi or hate him, no one can deny that he’s an extremely powerful orator. In fact, he’s also a superb showman and could’ve given Don Draper a run for his money if he ever pitched copy.

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It doesn’t matter whether you love Narendra Modi or hate him, no one can deny that he’s an extremely powerful orator. In fact, he’s also a superb showman and could’ve given Don Draper a run for his money if he ever pitched copy. Speaking at Dubai Cricket stadium, the Prime Minister held the entire audience of 50,000 Indians captive as he talked about India’s role in improving relations, the rise of the digital India and also a thinly veiled criticism at Pakistan.Here’s how Twitter reacted to his football-match length speech: <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>And of course some people had to joke about it.

Watch Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s entire Independence Day speech

The Prime Minister spoke out against casteism and communalism, claiming that they could be vanquished through the nectar of development.

In a powerful speech on Independence Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated how India was not a place for communalism or corruption. He also admitted that the government is still looking for a solution to implemen One Rank One Pension for military personnel.He claimed that the “poison” of casteism and communalism could be fought with the “nectar of development” and said the people of this country would take it to new heights. He said: “Be it the poison of casteism or the frenzy of communalism, these have no place in the country and should not be allowed to grow. These ills have to be eradicated through the nectar of development.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Speaking about corruption, he said: “I want to reaffirm that this nation will get rid of corruption. We can rid the country of corruption, we have to start from the top.” “Corruption is like a termite, it spreads slowly, reaches everywhere but it can be beaten with timely injections,” he said.

Radhe Maa to get summons soon in dowry case: police

According to police, the statement of all the six accused will be recorded from tomorrow. All the seven accused have been booked under relevant sections of the IPC and Dowry Prohibition Act, police said.

Radhe Maa

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Contoversial self-styled ‘godwoman’ Radhe Maa, named in a dowry harassment case, will soon be summoned by the Mumbai police for recording her statement, a top police officer said today even as she rubbished charges against her. “Radhe Maa, who was out of Mumbai for the last few days, returned to the city today. We will first issue summons to her, after which her statement will be recorded,” DCP (Detection) Dhananjay Kulkarni said.According to police, a 32-year-old woman has accused Radhe Maa of instigating her in-laws, who are her followers for many years, to demand dowry from her. “Police has so far issued summons to six persons, including the in-laws of the complainant. However, summons had not been served on Radhe Maa, who is the seventh accused in the case,” Mukund Pawar, senior inspector of Kandivali police station said. The summons were issued after police registered an FIR against Radhe Maa and others last week, including the in-laws of the woman who has accused them of “mental and physical harassment for dowry”.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>According to police, the statement of all the six accused will be recorded from tomorrow. All the seven accused have been booked under relevant sections of the IPC and Dowry Prohibition Act, police said. Speaking exclusively to Zee News, controversial godwoman Radhe Maa said that Nikki Gupta, the woman who has accusing her of dowry harassment, came from a poor background and that all accusations against her are false.Radhe Maa also claimed that she had a direct connection with God, who’d take the right decision and that she didn’t have any grudges against another human.

Zee Media Exclusive: Watch controversial godwoman Radhe Maa claim she’s innocent

The godwoman claimed that she had never asked for dowry and that the cases against her are false.

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Speaking exclusively to Zee News, controversial godwoman Radhe Maa said that Nikki Gupta, the woman who has accusing her of dowry harassment, came from a poor background and that all accusations against her are false.In the video, Radhe Maa can be seen dancing with her disciples. She even introduces her family members, her daughter-in-laws – Megha and Manisha – and claims that she had never taken any dowry from them. Speaking to Zee News reporter Ashwini Pandey, the controversial godwoman said: “The complainant, Nikki Gupta is very poor. If I have not take anything from my daughter-in-laws who belong to royal families, then why will I take money from a poor person who doesn’t have anything to eat?”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Also Read: Everything you wanted to know about Radhe MaaFurther rejecting the allegation, Radhe Maa said, “I never demanded helicopters or any luxury items from anyone.” She also said that her younger son was in Thailand shooting for a movie called Ishk.com in which he was going to play the lead role.When asked about advocate Falguni Brahmbhatt’s claims about obscenity, her aide Chote Maa asked the reporter to check the lawyer’s background and said, “If she (Falguni) wears a salwar-suit in court, does she wear the same clothes at her home?” Her aide added that she didn’t know who released Radhe Maa’s pictures to the public.When asked why she didn’t lodge a complaint, Radhe Maa claimed that she had a direct connection with God, who’d take the right decision and that she didn’t have any grudges against another human.Watch the whole interview here:

Released Indian professors recollect ISIS experience

Speaking to the newspaper, Vijay Kumar, who is a faculty with Sirte, University Libya said that initially he along with three others were locked in a tiny dark room.

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4 Indians were kidnapped by suspected ISIS terrorists few days back of which two have been released. Many wondered why ISIS, known for their brutality, released two of the kidnapped individuals so tamely. Now an answer has emerged to that mystery. According to a report published in a national daily, their profession may well be the reason why two of the individuals managed to get away from the clutches of the dreaded militant group. Speaking to the newspaper, Vijay Kumar, who is a faculty with Sirte, University Libya said that he had initially ​been locked up, along with three others, in a tiny dark room. The gory images of what ISIS does to its prisoners passed through his mind. A few hours after that, things changed for the better. Their abductors asked them their name, profession and religion. According to Vijay, once ISIS men heard that kidnapped individuals are teachers, their attitude softened remarkably.The leader of the abductors, told the Indians that they had great respect for teachers. They further said that since all of them had helped educate Libyan children, they will not be blindfolded or harmed. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Vijay Kumar, originally from Kolar, and his colleague from Raichur, Laxmikanth Ramakrishna, along with two others from Hyderabad, were kidnapped on Wednesday. Vijay and Laxmikanth were later released. Laxmikanth told the newspaper that they were travelling to the airport for their annual vacation back home when tragedy struck them. They were abducted near a checkpost, around 50 km from Sirte. They were brought to an undisclosed location and all their precious belongings were taken away. ISIS men asked them about the reason behind leaving the country and what they know about Islam. The next day they were shifted to another camp. Tragically, some of the students they taught were also part of the terrorist group, according to Vijay. But both of them recounted that they were provided proper food and accommodation. Later, all their luggage was returned including valuable items. ISIS men accompanied them to the university to check their passport. After the check, their ordeal ended. The ISIS abductor even asked the university to immediately renew Laxmikanth’s contract, which had not been extended yet. However, as of now, Laxmikanth has no plans to return to the war-ravaged country and wants to stay in his home state of Karnataka. It was a close shave for them but the future remains uncertain for the two men from Hyderabad, who are still held captives by ISIS.

Congress leader Gurudas Kamat gets NCW notice for offensive remarks against Smriti Irani

Speaking in Rajasthan on Thursday, Kamat had referred to Irani as a “poncha lagane waali (cleaning woman)” while questioning the minister’s credentials to hold the charge of the education portfolio.

Congress leader Gurudas Kamat was on Saturday asked by the National Commission for Women to explain within a week his alleged offensive remarks against HRD minister Smriti Irani that have invited criticism.Speaking in Rajasthan on Thursday, Kamat had referred to Irani as a “poncha lagane waali (cleaning woman)” while questioning the minister’s credentials to hold the charge of the education portfolio.”We have sent a showcause notice to Gurudas Kamat over his remarks about Smriti Irani. We have asked him to reply in a week’s time,” said Lalitha Kumaramangalam, chairperson of the National Commission for Women.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While campaigning for local body elections in the BJP-ruled state, Kamat had said, “I am from Mumbai and I have seen her doing cleaning job in a hotel there”.”Her family’s financial condition was not good.Therefore, she worked in a hotel in Versova. Since, Smriti was only 10th pass, she cleaned tables in the hotel.” “There is a buzz everywhere that an uneducated sister has been elevated to the position of the education minister of this country,” Kamat had said.BJP leaders in Rajasthan had slammed Kamat’s remarks, saying such “shallow statements” reflect the desperation of the Congress.

Live: Yakub Memon’s body handed over to kin, security beefed up in Mumbai, Nagpur

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A three-judge newly constituted bench of the Supreme Court, who were to take a decision on 1993 Mumbai blast convict Yakub Abdul Razak Memon’s curative petition, have dismissed the plea, reports on Wednesday said.

Earlier in the day, the bench was hearing afresh the plea of Memon after two judges gave a split order. Senior advocate Raju Ramachndran, appearing for Memon, initiated arguments by referring to the separate, divergent orders passed by Justice A R Dave and Justice Kurian Joseph on Tuesday and said that the procedures established by the law have not been followed while deciding the curative petition of the convict.

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Ramachandran said, “The judges, who were part of judicial process earlier, must be party to curative petition. It cannot be decided by judges who are strangers to the matters.”

He further said that besides the three senior most judges, the curative petition should have been circulated to the judges, if available, who had decided the criminal appeal and the review petition.

Senior advocates T R Andhyarujina and Anand Grover both supported the contention of Ramachandran and said that this death warrant is illegal and can not be executed tomorrow.

Attorney general Mukul Rohatgi, who is presently continuing his argument, said that the court should not forget the fact that it was the first terror attack at the heart of the country that had led to the death of 257 persons and several hundred injured.

Rohatgi on Tuesday had told the two judge bench that all judicial remedies available to Memon got exhausted with the dismissal of the curative petition on 21 July.

A three-judge bench headed by CJI had on 21 July rejected Memon’s plea, contending that the grounds raised by him for relief did not fall within principles laid down by the apex court in 2002 in deciding curative petitions.

Memon, in his plea, had claimed he was suffering from schizophrenia since 1996 and has remained behind bars for nearly 20 years, much more than a person serving life term has to spend in jail.

He had sought commutation of death penalty, contending that a convict cannot be awarded life term and the death sentence for the same offence.

The apex court had on June 2, 2014 stayed the execution of Memon and referred his plea to a Constitution Bench as to whether review petitions in death penalty cases be heard in an open court or in chambers.

The apex court had on 9 April this year dismissed Memon’s petition seeking review of his death sentence which was upheld on 21 March, 2013.
Memon’s review petition was heard by a three-judge bench in an open court in pursuance of the Constitution Bench verdict that the practice of deciding review pleas in chambers be done away with, in cases where death penalty has been awarded.

12 coordinated blasts had rocked Bombay, as the city was then known, on 12 March, 1993, leaving 257 dead and over 700 injured.

With PTI inputs

Maharashtra government to bring in law on property attachment to punish its corrupt officials

Speaking in the state legislative council, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Wednesday said they had issued a GR asking government officers to declare and submit details of their assets.

To curb rampant corruption, the Maharashtra government has decided to bring a Bill on the lines of what the Bihar government has, wherein property of those accused in criminal cases and of corrupt officers will be confiscated and attached to the government.Speaking in the state legislative council, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Wednesday said they had issued a GR asking government officers to declare and submit details of their assets. “However, response to this decision has been lukewarm. Government employees are reluctant to declare their assets. Also, most officials indulge in corrupt practices, and the existing law is not effective to punish the guilty. Therefore, on the lines of Bihar, we have decided to table a bill in the next winter session. Our Home department is already in the process of preparing the draft bill,” he added.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Presently, government officers booked for corruption or disproportionate assets continue to hold on to their ill-gotten wealth even as a long trial goes on in court. The court may just fine the corrupt public servant on conviction, besides giving him/her a jail sentence. “But under the proposed law, investigating agencies can get property of the accused attached, pending trial, and the same can be ‘forfeited’ to the government if the court convicts the guilty,” said an official.”We want to make a stringent law in order to bring down the number of corruption cases. We want a law that acts as a deterrent,” Fadnavis added.He also said that while investigating such cases the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) will take the help of the Enforcement Directorate (ED). “The ED has expertise in financially complex cases; it can help the ACB make cases against corrupt officials watertight.”Fadnavis said that in the last seven months, the ACB had conducted 636 raids and arrested 820 people. “We have registered 21 cases of ill-gotten wealth. Compared with 2014, in 2015, the conviction rate has gone up by 6%. We have created a mobile app and a Facebook page to help people lodge complaints against corrupt officials easily. We have also started a toll-free number — 1064 — on which people can call and register complaints.We have instructed all government offices to instal CCTV cameras on their premises and also told officials not to charge any taxes or government fees in the form of cash but accept the same only in the form of cheque,” the CM said, adding that his government is putting emphasis on reducing human interference to reduce corruption. The law in BiharThe Bihar government’s law empowers its ACB to attach property, even during the course of the investigation, against an accused. The property can be returned only if the accused is acquitted of all charges. Under this law, it had recently confiscated the property of a corrupt IAS officer after raids and converted the seized palatial bungalows into government schools.

Mann ki Baat: PM Modi pays tribute to Kargil war martyrs but avoids OROP issue

The Prime Minister Further added, “26 July is also important because on the same day last year we started MyGov.in. Over 2 crore people have visited and over 5 lakh people have commented on it.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday shared his thoughts with the nation in ‘Mann Ki Baat’ programme and paid tribute to Kargil war martyrs. Modi however did not speak on the issue of the One Rank One Pension issue. The non implementation of this scheme is being protested by former servicemen. Speaking on the 10th edition of the programme, PM Modi said, “I salute all the brave soldiers who lost their lives in the Kargil war, for their sacrifice and valour, on the occasion of Kargil Vijay Diwas. Kargil war though fought on borders had significant contribution from every village, every town of the country.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As Prime Ministerial candidate Modi had promised to look after armed forces personnel, retired and serving, when elected to power. The non implementation of the One Rank One Pension scheme is being protested by former servicemen. The Prime Minister Further added, “July 26 is also important because on the same day last year we started MyGov.in. Over 2 crore people have visited the website and over 5 lakh people have commented on it.”Modi added that he was receiving several suggestions on the website including ones about what he should say in his speech on August 15. He encouraged listeners saying, “You can send me suggestions on Mygov India. You can also write to me on Akashwani.” Speaking about the recent road accident that took place in Delhi, PM Modi asked parents to create an awareness. Modi said, “One is shocked to see the statistics of road accidents in country, every 4 minutes a person dies in road accident.”He further added, “Apart from Government, it is the duty of every family to inform the youngsters in the family about importance of road safety rules. Steps will also be taken to implement ‘National Road Safety Policy’ and ‘Road Safety Action Plan’.”Expressing concern over the declining interest in the field of science and technology, Modi said, “When we ask students what they want to become when they grow up, only one out of 100 says he or she wants to become a scientist.The Prime Minister also said that we have taken up a major task and aim to provide 24-7 power supply to all villages. “It is a difficult task, but we have initiated it,” he said.

West Bengal government initiates steps to upgrade status of transgenders

Constituted through a resolution of the cabinet, the Board comprised of four official and nine non-official members, who were present in the meeting to discuss among other things, rehabilitation and welfare of the transgender community.

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The West Bengal Government has taken special initiatives to upgrade status of the highly marginalised and vulnerable transgenders who are lagging behind on human development indices mainly in the areas of education and employment.”Majority of this community is either not educated or less educated and thus, unable to participate fully in social, cultural, political and economic activities,” Minister of State for Women and Child Development and Social Welfare Shashi Panja told reporters after chairing the first meeting of the West Bengal Transgender Development Board (WBTDB), set up by the state government.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Constituted through a resolution of the cabinet, the Board comprised of four official and nine non-official members, who were present in the meeting to discuss among other things, rehabilitation and welfare of the transgender community. Speaking on the issue, Panja said emphasis would be on sensitisation and awareness programmes involving all stakeholders, including the police, to tackle the community’s medical problems, educational facilities and security challenges.”Despite their citizenship, the transgenders are segregated and denied access to health service, judicial service, education and different other benefits of the society just because of their different lifestyle,” Panja said, adding, “As a result they are denied facilities of many schemes and projects which are available for general people.” “This seclusion also forces them to adopt forceful collection of livelihood, which often go up to law and order problem,” the minister said. Panja said a 15-member State Coordination Committee would be there to keep a tab with the Board for all development activities. In addition, district-level committees would be in place to ensure development works were implemented at the grass root level, she said.To a question, Panja said the state government was thinking about setting up Sex Reassignment Surgery (SRS) units in specialised government hospitals for the benefit of this community. The Supreme Court already recognised transgenders as third gender while directing the government to extend reservation to them in the Backward Classes category in jobs and education and provide them with healthcare.In this regard, opinions and views of representatives of all stake-holders like the departments of health and family welfare, backward classes welfare, police, school and higher education, technical education, law, women commission etc had been taken, the Minister added.

Delhi Law Minister Jitender Singh Tomar arrested, says AAP; BJP calls it ‘drama’

Deepening the crisis in Delhi government, reports on Tuesday quoted the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) saying that the Delhi police have arrested Law Minister Jitender Singh Tomar. Earlier reports did not confirm whether Tomar was arrested or detained for police questioning but it was later reported that he was arrested over the alleged fake law degree case.

PTI reported that the police arrested the Aam Aadmi Party leader from his house on Tuesday morning and took him to Hauz Khas police station for further questioning. Tomar was arrested on the basis of a criminal complaint filed by the Bar Council of India, according to CNN-IBN. Times Now reported that an FIR had been filed against Tomar at 3.30 am on Tuesday.

Delhi Law Minister Jitender Singh Tomar was reportedly arrested by the Delhi police. AFP

Delhi Law Minister Jitender Singh Tomar was reportedly arrested by the Delhi police. AFP

Tomar has been charged under various IPC Sections including 420 (cheating). Speaking to CNN-IBN and said, “I am with some inspectors who are taking me to the Hauz Khas police station without any notice.”

He added that 30-40 police officers had come to his office to take him to the police station. “This is being done to tarnish the image of the AAP. This is political harassment,” Tomar said.

AAP leader Sanjay Singh also tweeted about Tomar’s arrest and alleged that he had been arrested without any prior notice.

Delhi police commissioner BS Bassi refused to comment on the incident and said that he would give a statement only after receiving a full report.

BJP leader Nupur Sharma said that it was all a ‘drama’ by AAP and it was not sure whether Tomar had been arrested or just detained.

“It’s too early to say. We don’t really know if he has been arrested or detained,” Sharma said. “The AAP is just playing on emotions and doing drama.”

International Yoga Day events not compulsory, has nothing to do with religion: Centre

New Delhi: Amid opposition from minority groups including the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) against compulsory yoga classes in schools, government on Monday said participation in the 21 June events to mark International Yoga Day was not “compulsory”.

Union Minister Shripad Naik. PTIUnion Minister Shripad Naik. PTI

Union Minister Shripad Naik. PTI

However, Shripad Naik, Minister of State for AYUSH, the coordinating ministry for the Yoga Day events, said, “It is yoga and has nothing to do with religion.”

Speaking to reporters after reviewing the preparations for the mega event to be held at Rajpath, Naik said, “The event is not a compulsory one and it has no connection with religion.”

“We have not made anything mandatory. It is yoga and has nothing to do with religion. We request everyone… It is an opportunity for everyone in the country to showcase before the world our ancient legacy. This initiative has nothing to do with any party. This will help us bring pride to the country,” he said.

Asserting that “those who want to oppose can oppose. What can be done?” he added, “I do not understand why are they opposing. When the resolution was passed in the UN, 177 nations were in its favour, of which 37 are Muslim countries.

“Yoga does not speak about any religion. If one doesn’t want to do a certain part, then don’t do it. If you don’t want to say ‘Om’ while practising yoga, then don’t do it. At least one can perform yoga,” Naik said.

He was asked about AIMPLB’s decision to launch a nationwide campaign against the move of making ‘Surya Namaskar’ and yoga compulsory in schools.”

Naik also said that about 35,000 people are expected to attend the Rajpath event.

PTI

Live | Snooping row: BJP protests outside Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal’s residence, one injured

Speaking to the media, BJP Delhi Chief Satish Upadhyay said, “AAP wants to break into people’s privacy. Who gave them the right to tap Delhi people’s phone calls?”

The Bharatiya Janata Party ​on Saturday protested outside Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s residence for allegedly procuring snooping equipment.The news report claimed that the Delhi government was planning to to buy snooping equipment to enhance surveillance capabilities of anti-corruption branch.Speaking to the media, BJP Delhi Chief Satish Upadhyay said, “AAP wants to break into people’s privacy. Who gave them the right to tap Delhi people’s phone calls?”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He further added, “We will protest against this wherever possible.”Meanwhile, few protesters injured as police used police used water canons to disperse them.However, denying details of a report broadcast on a TV news channel, the AAP government said there was plan to fight corruption by procuring any snooping devices for the ACB.AAP spokesperson Nagendra Sharma tweeted​, “There is no proposal by the Delhi government to procure anything called as a snooping equipment and no such cabinet note has been circulated​.”He further added, “The channel concerned running this wrong story made no attempt to contact the Delhi government for its version before airing it. The channel seems to have minted its own terminology to falsely show the Delhi government in poor light and defame the ACB.”

BJP calls Rahul Gandhi’s comments on RSS an ‘item number’

Speaking at an NSUI convention in the national capital earlier, Gandhi targeted the RSS for its influence over the BJP.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Thursday lashed out at Rahul Gandhi fro targeting the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and alleged that an ‘immature’ Congress vice-president was performing an item number and entertaining his party’s youth with such a childish remark. “It is very immature of Rahul Gandhi to make comments on a nationalistic organization like the RSS. He is obviously performing an item number before his party youth and is trying to entertain them with such childish remark,” BJP spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao told ANI.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Speaking at an NSUI convention in the national capital earlier, Gandhi targeted the RSS for its influence over the BJP. “Look at RSS cadres. They always stand in a straight line, and if anyone steps even a little out of line, they get caned. Discipline is an excuse for them, an excuse to kill individuality. Stop the government from allowing the RSS to interfere with governance,” he said. The Congress vice president also said that his party’s greatest strength is to solve the most ‘complex problems’ and criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for failing to deliver on his promises during his first year in office. “The Congress believes in discipline, but I have really understood the reality over the past 10 years. Earlier, I would wonder why there was no order, but now, I understand why. It is in the DNA of the Congress Party to listen to everyone. Others call it disorder, but this is the Congress Party’s strength: it is in our DNA to solve the most complex of issues,” Gandhi said.

Metro proposals for 9 cities under consideration: Venkaiah Naidu

Metro proposals for nine cities, including Lucknow and Pune, costing a total of Rs 83,000 crore are under consideration of the central government, Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said on Friday.

Metro proposals for nine cities, including Lucknow and Pune, costing a total of Rs 83,000 crore are under consideration of the central government, Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said on Friday.Nagpur, Ahmedabad, Lucknow, Pune and Vijayawada are few cities which are under the consideration of the central government, he said.”The Metro services would cover a total length of 223 km and cost Rs 83,000 crore,” Naidu said. With such expansion of metro services, the demand for rolling stock is set to increase and keeping this in view, government is encouraging production of metro coaches in the country, Naidu said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Speaking at the inauguration of Reach-3B of Bangalore Metro Railway line between Nagasandra and Peenya Industrial Area, he said, “out of the 2,100 coaches that Delhi metro needs for its three phases, 1,850 are being indigenously manufactured.”Stating that presently indigenous metro coach making facilities existed at three locations in the country with a total production capacity of 620 coaches per year, Naidu said these include BEML’s unit at Bengaluru with a capacity of 150 coaches per year, Bombardier’s unit in Gujarat with a capacity of 350 per year and Alstom’s unit in Chennai that can produce 120 cars per year.”Alstom is setting up another metro car making unit at Sri City with an investment of Rs 630 crore,” he added. Naidu said Bombardier has signed a contract with Australia for exporting 450 metro cars made in India and these exports will begin by the end of this year. Similarly, Alstom will supply 132 metro cars to Australia beginning in August, 2017.”This is what our Prime Minister is keen about. India shall emerge as the manufacturing hub for the world given our advantages.”Manufacturing of metro cars for domestic needs as well as for exports is an indication of the dream of ‘Make in India’ taking shape,” he said. Speaking about government’s ambitious scheme of building 100 smart cities, Naidu said one of the key objectives of smart cities initiative is to put in place an efficient and reliable public transportation system which will enable easy mobility.