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Radhika Vemula denies saying claiming that cheque from IUML ‘bounced’

On Tuesday, Radhika, Rohith Vemula’s mother denied claiming that a cheque from the Indian Union Muslim League had bounced. Referring to an article published on an online portal, she claimed the article was spreading ‘misinformation’.She was quoted saying by News 18: “No cheque bounced, it was rejected due to an error. I have no problem with them IUML. They have given me an advance of Rs 5 lakh for land and promised me Rs 10 lakh more after Ramzan. I will campaign for anyone who is against the BJP. The article is spreading wrong things.”According to a report in The News Minute, days after Rohith Vemula’s suicide the IUML had promised his mother Radhika Rs 20 lakh to build a house for the family, who stay in a rented house.Also readTo avenge Rohith Vemula, Hyderabad University student plans VC’s assassination Radhika was quoted saying by TNM: “When Rohith died, I was just crying in the velivada and I had no idea about all the people coming and greeting me. At this time, these party members came from Kerala and said they had heard the news and learnt that we were absolutely poor.” However, IUML leader D MK Muneer promised that the party would stick to its words. He was quoted saying by ANI: “If the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) has given their word, we will stick to it. I heard the news that a cheque of Rs 20 lakh that was given to Rohith Vemula ‘s mother bounced. This has not come to the notice of any of our leaders yet.”Reacting to the article, Sambit Patra said: “This is saddening!! Politics over the dead.. Instalments yet to be paid.. It seems while some were eying for gains over an unfortunate Suicide, Truth was the biggest looser!!”She had slammed the IUML saying: “In such a context, how can use they make promises and use it for political gain?”She also said that claimed that one of the two cheques given by the party had bounced. The party had called it a clerical mistake.Vemula’s suicide in January 2016 had triggered a nationwide protest.


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Envoy Luo Zhaohui floats idea of China-Pak-India trilateral summit to tackle ‘common challenges’

In a significant development, Chinese envoy to India Lou Zhahohui has proposed trilateral summit between three neighbouring countries of India, Pakistan and China on Monday. Speaking in a seminar titled, ” Beyond Wuhan: How Far and Fast Can China-India Relations Go”, Chinese ambassador proposed several possible pathways towards moving forward India- China relationship. Envoy said that India and China need to avoid a Doklam like situation in the future, where soldiers of both countries were locked in a stand-off for over two months. He also proposed trilateral summit among China, Pakistan and India in the lines of China, Russia and Mongolia summit on the sidelines of SCO. It will be interesting to see if India warms up to such proposal. India has always said that Kashmir, which is one of the major difference points between India and Pakistan is a bilateral issue and has steadfastly refused any suggestions for third-party negotiations. It is unlikely that India would mellow its stance in this specific point at this point in time. For China, India not coming on board for its OBOR project remains a major cause of concern. India has decided against it as parts of the projects go through Pakistan Occupied Kashmir. Also readIndia teams up with China to counter OPEC’s influence on fuel pricing Lou later took to Twitter to outline some of the salient features which should guide the Sino-Indian relationship. Envoy said,” We need to control, manage & narrow differences through expanding cooperation. The boundary question was left over by history. We need to find a mutual acceptable solution through Special Representatives’ Meeting while adopting confidence-building measures”. He also highlighted how the relationship has gone beyond ‘bilateral scope’. He said, ” We need to enhance coordination & cooperation in SCO, BRICS, G20 and join hands to tackle global challenges.”Growing trade deficit has been one of the pet peeves of Indian side through the years. To tackle that envoy said, ” According to Ambassador, the informal summit in Wuhan was beginning of a new phase in India-China relationship. Luo Zhaohui said, ” The Qingdao meeting is essentially the continuation of the #Wuhan informal summit. In Wuhan, the summit created a new model of engagement between the two leaders. It is of great significance, fruitful and a milestone in the history of bilateral relations.”Mentioning the importance of the summit, he said, ” Strategic communications, meetings, heart-to-heart dialogues are important. What’s equally important is to implement the consensus, transmit leaders personal friendship down to the people, and take more concrete actions. The Qingdao Meeting has shown the right direction.”He gave a 5C formula of communication, cooperation, contacts, coordination, and control. to harbour the relationship between two countries. Special care and attention is needed to attend to this ‘multifaceted and complicated’ relationship said Luo Zhaohui. He said,” How to coexist with each other, how to look at the respective development and how to judge intentions of China and India, are key issues that urgently call for the strategic guidance from the leaders. We need to enhance strategic communication and increase mutual understanding”.He particularly emphasised on people to people contact to grow trust between the two nations that would help in narrow down differences. PM Modi and Xi Jinping met in Wuhan to reset relationship between two countries after last year’s chill. They later met at sidelines of SCO and decided that the second round of informal meeting will be held in India next year. Apart from outstanding border issues, the point of OBOR, NSG membership are some of the major sticking points between the two countries.



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Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan raises Maldives work permit issue with Sushma Swaraj

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Saturday urged External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to immediately resolve the issue of Maldives not renewing work permits of Indian nationals and denying them visa.In a letter to Swaraj, a copy of which was released to the media here, he noted that more than 30,000 Indians, majority of them from Kerala, were working in the education, health and tourism sectors in Maldives, adding the restrictions has caused anxiety.The work permits used to be usually renewed within a week but at present they were not, he said, while seeking Sushma Swaraj’s intervention, considering the issue as a national one.Certain recent political development there was the reason for denying the work permits and visas, he said.India and Maldives share diplomatic relations since the island nation became independent, he said adding the role played by Keralites in the economy of the island nation had been recognised by it.


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Sushma Swaraj to begin 7-day trip to four European nations tomorrow

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will begin a tour of Italy, France, Luxembourg and Belgium on Sunday with an aim to boost India’s strategic engagement with the European countries.The visit, from June 17-23, will provide an opportunity to hold in-depth discussions with the political leadership on a wide range of global, regional and bilateral issues and advance our growing strategic engagement with the European Union, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said.In the first leg of her visit, Swaraj will travel to Italy, which will be the first major political exchange between the two countries after Giuseppe Conte assumed charge as Italy’s new prime minister.Swaraj will call on Conte and also meet her counterpart Enzo Moavero Milanesi.The external affairs minister will then visit France from June 18-19.In Paris, Swaraj will meet her counterpart Jean-Yves Le Drian during which both the sides will review the bilateral relations.India and France are celebrating the 20th anniversary of their Strategic Partnership.Swaraj will be visiting Luxembourg from June 19-20 and it will be the first ever visit to Luxembourg by an external affairs minister from India, the MEA said.During her visit, Swaraj will be calling on Grand Duke of Luxembourg Henri Albert Gabriel F lix Marie Guillaume and Prime Minister Xavier Bettel.”Swaraj will also have meetings with Jean Asselborn, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs and Pierre Gramegna, the Minister of Finance. In Luxembourg, she will also interact with the Indian community,” the MEA said.On the last leg of her tour, Swaraj will visit Belgium from June 20-23.In Brussels, she will meet Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belgium Didier Reynders.She will also meet President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker and the President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani.The MEA said Swaraj will also meet her counterpart Federica Mogherini, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, to review the entire gamut of the India-EU relations.She will also deliver a keynote speech at the high-level event Climate, Peace and Security: Time for Action’, she will lead the International Yoga Day (IYD) celebrations at the European Parliament and also interact with the Indian community, the MEA said.



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Two Pakistani nationals inadvertently cross IB in Samba; sent back

Two Pakistani nationals were arrested by the BSF troops after they inadvertently crossed over to the Indian side along the International Border (IB) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Samba district, where authorities sent them back, a senior official said.The Border Security Force handed over the Pakistani nationals, who inadvertently crossed over to the Indian side along the IB last night, to Pakistan Rangers at the Suchetgarh border, Inspector General of BSF Jammu frontier Ram Awtar said.On the intervening night of June 15-16, the Pakistani nationals were apprehended by alert troops of the BSF, he said.During preliminary questioning, they revealed their name as Sohal and Ahmed, both residents of Pakistan’s Chamman village, Awtar added.It came out that they inadvertently crossed the IB due to little knowledge about that particular patch, he said.On being approached by the Pakistan Rangers at the Suchetgarh border, adopting a humane approach, the strength of our sovereignty and integrity, the BSF handed over both the Pakistani nationals to the Pakistan Rangers.


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Madhya Pradesh: Professor arrested for raping minor student in Harda

A 48-year-old professor of a government polytechnic college in Madhya Pradesh’s Harda district was arrested for allegedly raping a minor student, police said on Saturday. “Ganesh Dave, a government polytechnic college professor in Harda was arrested on Friday after a 17-year-old student filed a complaint of rape,” said Harda additional superintendent of police (ASP) Hemlata Kureel.The official said that Dave had been charged under section 376 (rape) of the Indian Penal Code as well as under relevant sections of the Protection Of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.The ASP said that the professor allegedly lured the girl, a student of Class XI, on the pretext of imparting lessons and financing her higher education.The victim approached police after the professor began frequently demanding sexual favours, Kureel informed.Police said that investigations into how the girl and the professor, who also runs a dance class, came in contact were underway.
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Seychelles President says his country will not move forward on naval project with India

Ahead of his India visit, Seychelles President Danny Faure has said a joint project with New Delhi to develop a naval base at Assumption Island in his country would not move forward.There has been growing political opposition in Seychelles to a pact it signed with India in 2015 to develop a naval facility at the island which would have given India a strategic advantage in the Indian Ocean Region.Government sources said Faure would arrive here on June 26 on a bilateral visit during which a range of issues to strengthen two-way cooperation would be discussed.At a press conference on June 4, Faure had said Seychelles would develop military facilities at the island on its own and that the project with India “will not move forward”.According to the Seychelles News Agency, he said, In next year’s budget, we will put funds for us to build a coastguard facility on the Assumption ourselves. It is important for us to ensure that we have a military post in this area.” He had also said the issue would not be discussed with the Indian leadership during his visit to New Delhi.The Ministry of External Affairs has not commented on the issue.India was keen on developing the Assumption Island as a naval base to expand its footprint in the strategically key region where China has been trying to enhance its military presence. The pact on the Assumption Island between India and Seychelles was first signed in 2015 during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to that country. An updated version of the original pact was finalised by the two sides earlier this year.However, opposition leaders in Seychelles came out openly against the pact after the original document as well as the revised version of it surfaced online in March.After the furore, the Seychelles president said he would not approach the country’s parliament to ratify the agreement with India.Seychelles had ordered an inquiry into the leak of highly classified agreement.Modi and Faure had a bilateral meeting in April on the sidelines of the multilateral Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London.
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You mutilated Wasim’s body? Terrorists seen grilling Indian Army jawan Aurangzeb moments before murder

A chilling video of 24-year-old Riffleman Aurangzeb, who was abducted and killed by the militants on Thursday, has sent shock waves in the Kashmir Valley.The rifleman of 44 Rashtriya Riffles (RR) was abducted when terrorists intercepted a private car at Kalampora village in the Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district. The gunmen took Aurangzeb along with them, while the driver was released without any harm. Later, Aurangzeb’s bullet-riddled body was recovered from Pulwama’s Gusso village.Aurangzeb was en route home in Poonch to celebrate Eid with his family when he was abducted. The incident occurred in the morning when troops stopped a car at Shadimarg and asked the driver to drop the soldier near Shopian for his onward journey via Mughal road. A day after the killing, the terrorists released the 1.15 minute video in which they are heard questioning the Aurangzeb about the encounters. “Yes I am rifleman and my duty was on the post,” Auragzeb was seen replying to the attacker’s question, who was not visible in the video.Terrorists were heard asking whether he was the guard of Major Rohit Shukla who was injured during an encounter in which Hizbul Mujahedeen Commander Sameer Ahmad Bhat alias Sameer Tiger was killed on April 30. “Who desecrated the bodies of Wasim and Talha”, asked the terrorists. “No I did not”, replied the Aurangzeb.Meanwhile, the Indian Army today paid befitting tribute to two of its comrades, who made the supreme sacrifice on 14 June 2018 in the Kashmir Valley.In a solemn ceremony at Badami Bagh cantonment, Lt Gen AK Bhatt, Chinar Corps Commander and all ranks, paid homage to the martyrs on behalf of a proud nation. Representatives from other security agencies also joined in paying their last respects to the martyrs.“Riffleman Aurangzeb sustained multiple bullet injuries in a dastardly act wherein he was kidnapped and killed by the terrorists in Gasu village of Pulwama enroute his home on leave to celebrate Eid with his family. Coming from Village Salani in Poonch, Jammu and Kashmir, the soldier was 24 years of age and had joined Army in 2012. He is survived by his wife, parents and three brothers”, said Colonel Rajesh Kalia, defence spokesman at Srinagar.Riffleman Manvendra Singh sustained bullet injuries during the fierce operation in Panar Forests of Bandipora district in which two terrorists were eliminated. “He was provided immediate first aid and evacuated to 92 Base Hospital but, unfortunately, he succumbed to his injuries. Late Rfn Manvendra Singh, 30 years of age, had joined Army in 2008 and hailed from Village Kabiltha in Rudraprayag, Uttrakhand. He is survived by his wife, a daughter and a son”, said Colonel Kalia.The defence spokesman said the mortal remains of the martyrs were flown for the last rites to their native places, where they would be laid to rest with full military honours. In this hour of grief, the Army stands in solidarity with the bereaved families of the martyrs and remains committed to their dignity and well being.
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New study reveals that Indian children have remarkable religious tolerance

Turns out, children in India have a remarkable level of acceptance of different religions’ rules and practices.A University of California-Santa Cruz study found that both Hindu and Muslim children in India thought that Hindu children should follow Hindu norms and Muslim children should follow Muslim norms.”Even in a region with a long history of high religious tension, we see impressive levels of religious tolerance among children,” said co-author Audun Dahl. “Children think that people in different religions should follow their own norms–and that’s a starting point, a reason for optimism.”Very little research has been done on how children reason about religious norms, despite the fact that differences between religious norms underpin conflicts around the globe, including Catholic/Protestant clashes in Europe and differences among Sunni and Shia Muslims, noted Dahl. Religious norms dictate practices from clothing and land ownership to reproduction, he said, with adult adherents frequently wanting others to adhere to their norms.”Children expressed preferences for their own religion, but we found no evidence of children rejecting the norms of the other religion,” said Dahl, adding that such tolerance is the first step toward greater harmony.The study took place in Gujarat where investigators worked with 100 children ages 9 to 15, focusing on different Hindu norms, such as the prohibition against eating beef, and Muslim norms, such as the prohibition against worshipping an idol. They also asked the children about hitting people to explore the youngsters’ reasoning around moral norms.These findings offered hope that exposure to conflicts over religious differences, like those experienced by children in many regions of the world, need not lead children to develop negative attitudes toward the religious practices of other groups. “Rather, perhaps these levels of understanding will play a role in reducing conflict over time,” said Dahl.The study is published in Child Development.




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To tackle fake news on social media, Bengal govt planning new law

The West Bengal government is working on a new law to tackle the menace of fake news and posts on social media, a move which comes against the backdrop of such posts stirring trouble and unrest in many parts of the country.A Home Department official told PTI that the state government intends to bring more clarity on the nature of the offence and punishment for those responsible for spreading fake news and posting morphed photographs with an aim to disrupt peace and communal harmony or spread hatred in society. The state government has been preparing a data bank on fake news circulated on social media in West Bengal and other parts of the country in the past couple of years besides, keeping records of past offenders while framing the new law, he said.The new legislation comes after several reports of fake news circulation surfacing in the state during the last couple of years. The recent incidents in Shillong, Godda in Jharkhand and Karbi Anglong district of Assam have added to the concern. Fake news, morphed photographs, pictorial representation and write-ups posted on social networking sites could have major implications which can create unrest among the people and require strict law to deal with it, the officer said.”There are several incidents in recent times when posts on social media had major implications. Different sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) are used to deal with cases depending on the nature of the crime or intent of the posts. But the state government is trying to formulate a law for strict actions against persons or the organisation found guilty of such activities,” he said. Currently, in West Bengal people who are found responsible for posting fake news and morphed photographs with the intent of causing fear or alarm among the public or commit an offence against the state or against public tranquillity are booked under Sections 505(1)(b) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), he said.The IPC section 505(1)(b) punishes those who intent to cause or likely to cause fear or alarm among the public, or any section of the public whereby any person may be induced to commit an offence against the State or against the public tranquillity. The IPC section 504 is also applied for cases where “intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of peace” are found. In the process of the drafting the law, the state government is taking assistance from the West Bengal Police. Police have identified several paid Twitter handles and Facebook accounts which are constantly being used in different manner for such posts, he said.”They have also identified how funds are routed through different channels to pay these people who were handling fake Twitter handle and Facebook accounts and sharing fake news, photographs, pictorial representations and articles,” he said. “But we need to find out whether the posts are made deliberately or inadvertently. We also need to find out whether the posts are made only for fun or there is any wrongful gain by the person. We have to find out the motive of the person and depending on that he would be charged,” he said.Last July, the state police had arrested Bhabatosh Chatterjee from Sonarpur in South 24 Parganas district for his alleged involvement in inciting communal violence at a time when incidents of clashes were reported from Basirhat. Police found that Chatterjee had allegedly uploaded a still of a Bhojpuri film showing a man forcibly pulling a woman’s saree and claiming it to have happened in Basirhat and Baduria in July last.Last week also, a fake notification purportedly issued by the state finance department on a letterhead with the Biswa Bangla logo stating that the state government has declared holidays for five days, from June 12 to June 16, to celebrate the Eid festival, started doing the rounds.Declaring it to be fake, the Kolkata Police started a probe into the matter. “A separate law for this purpose will help us in dealing with posts on social networking sites violating norms and disturbing harmony in society. This will give us a clarity in understanding the nature of crime or the intention of the person responsible for his or her posts as well as bringing charges against him,” he said.
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India facing the ‘worst water crisis in its history’

Some 600 million Indians are facing an acute shortage of water, said a new report by the government.

Four-fold increase in manual scavengers in new govt survey; sewer, septic tank cleaners, Rly employees unaccounted for

In 2018, India has recorded 53,236 manual scavengers, which is a four-fold rise from the 13,000-odd such workers counted in 2017, the Indian Express reported.However, the data, the report added, was a gross underestimate as only 121 out of more than 600 districts were surveyed. Furthermore, it does not involve people cleaning sewers and septic tanks, as well as data from the Railways, which is the largest employer of manual scavengers.“Of the 53,000 identified so far through the national survey, only a total of 6,650 have been confirmed officially by states in keeping with the tendency to under-report the prevalence of this practice,” the report added.Also readDelhi High Court directs DSIIDC to pay Rs 10 lakh compensation to kin of manual scavengersLast November, the Centre announced that a survey on manual scavengers would be conducted by the Social Justice and Empowerment Ministry with the idea to counter the severe under-reporting of the number of these labourers.As per the Socio Economic and Caste Census, 2011, there were 182,505 manual scavengers in India. After the Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Act, 2013, the definition of manual scavengers was extended to include sanitation workers.Also readEnd of manual scavenging? Robots to soon clean up manholes in KeralaTill December 2015, only 12,226 manual scavengers were registered with the government. As per the 2011 Census, in over 182,505 households, human excreta is removed by hand, which has been outlawed under the MS Act.Recently, the government made it mandatory for private companies and contractors to pay a compensation of Rs 10 lakh to the family of any manual scavenger who loses his or her life during the job, over and above the Rs 10 lakh compensation paid by the government.Recently, the Delhi High Court has directed the Delhi State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd (DSIIDC) to pay Rs 10 lakh compensation each to the families of two manual scavengers who died while cleaning a sewer in Bawana Industrial Area.
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Bullet-ridden body of Army jawan Aurangzeb abducted by terrorists found in J&K’s Pulwama

The bullet-ridden body of an Army jawan was recovered from Pulwama district hours after he was abducted by militants on his way home for Eid celebrations, police said today.Aurangzeb, who was ‘buddy’ of a company commander, was abducted by militants at Kalampora in Pulwama this morning when he was on his way home in Rajouri district for Eid celebrations.His body was found by a team of police and Army at Gussu village, about 10 km away from Kalampora, in Pulwama district.He was shot in his head and neck, police said.Aurangzeb belonged to 4 Jammu and Kashmir Light Infantry and was posted at the 44 Rashtriya Rifles camp at Shadimarg in Shopian, they said.At about 9 am, Army men from the unit stopped a car asking the driver to drop Aurangzeb in Shopian, officials said, recounting what had happened.Terrorists stopped the vehicle as it approached Kalampora and abducted the jawan.Reacting to the development, former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah tweeted, “Another piece of terrible news to add to an already horrible day. May Aurangzeb rest in peace. Allah Jannat naseeb karay(sic).” During the day, veteran journalist and ‘Rising Kashmir’ editor Shujaat Bukhari and his two personal security officers (PSOs) were shot dead by terrorists outside the newspaper’s office in the heart of Jammu and Kashmir’s summer capital.Sameer Ahmad Bhat alias Sameer Tiger, who was the local Hizbul Mujahideen commander, was killed in the encounter at the Drubgam village of Pulwama district in May.He was an A++ category terrorist and wanted in connection with several terrorist attacks in the area.His killing was part of the Indian Army’s all-out offensive against the Pakistan-backed terrorists active in the Kashmir Valley.The Narendra Modi government at the Centre had earlier given a go-ahead to the Army and the other security agencies to eliminate terrorists active in J&K.Bhat’s killing was seen as a major breakthrough for Army and a huge setback to the Hizbul Mujahideen.The anti-terror operations targeting Pakistan-backed A list terrorists began shortly after the encounter of local Hizbul Mujahideen posterboy Burhan Wani, whose killing had triggered a massive protest in the Kashmir Valley.
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ICAR’s 23rd AIEEA 2018 Examination: ICAR to release admit cards today, check icar.org.in, aieea.net

Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) will conduct the 23rd All India Entrance Examinations for Admission (AIEEA) on June 22, 2018. The ICAR will release the e-admit cards for AIEEA today on the official website. The candidates who have applied for the postgraduate and PhD programmes the exam will be held on June 22,2018. The entrance exam for the undergraduate courses will be held on June 23, 2018.ICAR’s 23rd AIEEA 2018 examination for the academic session 2018-19 will be conducted through Online Computer Based Test at specified centers across India. AIEAA test will be of two and half hours of duration for the ICAR undergraduate courses and postgraduate courses. Furthermore, the duration of the PhD test will be 3 hours. The maximum marks for undergraduate test will 720 marks; it will be 650 and 200 marks for PG and PhD respectively.INSTRUCTIONS’Candidate may note that without self-attestation of photo as well as signature and putting thumb impression of the candidate on e-Admit card, candidate will not be allowed to appear in the examination. Candidate is advised to preserve this e-Admit card till completion of counseling and admission process in the allotted Agricultural University,’ reads the official statement.MOCK TEST ICAR will also host a mock test for practise purpose for all the candidates who will appear for the CBT (Computer based test). The time and date of the mock or sample test will notified to the candidates on the official website icar.org.in and aieea.net.ABOUT ICARThe Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) is an apex body for coordinating, guiding, and managing research and education in agriculture in the entire country under the aegis of DARE, Ministry of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare , Govt. Of India. ICAR conducts All India Entrance Examination for Admission (AIEEA) to Bachelor degree programmes in agriculture and allied subjects (other than veterinary sciences), at Agricultural Universities on 15% of the University seats (except RLB CAU Jhansi, NDRI Karnal and Dr. RP CAU Pusa, Bihar where 100% seats will be filledup) every year. National Talent Scholarship (NTS) of Rs 2000/- per month are awarded based on the AIEEA-UG examination to all those candidates who take admission outside their state of domicile.ICAR PG Scholarships for postgraduate studies will be awarded to 475 candidates based on merit in this examination as per their overall merit-rank and seat availability in different disciplines.ICAR’s provides Master degree programmes in AUs in different disciplines of Agriculture, Horticulture, Forestry, Veterinary, Animal Sciences, Agri. Engineering, Community Science (erstwhile Home Science), Fisheries, Dairy Science and other allied sciences.






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Throw it in the dustbin: Subramanian Swamy slams ‘highly prejudiced’ UN report on Kashmir

India on Thursday called the United Nations’ Report on Kashmir misleading and mischievous, adding “the report violates its sovereignty and creates a false narrative.”‘The report violates India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. The entire state of Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India. Pakistan is in illegal and forcible occupation of a part of the Indian state through aggression. We have repeatedly called upon Pakistan to vacate the occupied territories. The incorrect description of Indian territory in the report is mischievous, misleading and unacceptable. There are no entities such as ‘Azad Jammu and Kashmir’ and ‘Gilgit-Baltistan,’ the statement issued on Thursday by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) read, adding that the report had ignored cross border terrorism from Pakistan.The MEA further stated ‘it is disturbing that those behind this report have chosen to describe internationally designated and UN-proscribed terrorist entities as ‘armed groups’ and terrorists as ‘leaders’. This undermines the UN led consensus on zero tolerance to terrorism.’Also readIn Kashmir, CRPF jawans break Ramzan fast to donate blood to cancer patientReacting BJP MP Subramanian Swamy said he’d throw the ‘report in the dustbin’. Swamy said: “I would throw the report in the dustbin. They (UNOHCHR) are highly-prejudiced left dominated organisation. We should say to them, ‘to hell with you’. We don’t comment on reports written by people who don’t know about the subject.”In the 49-page report, the United Nations Human Rights Office has called for a probe into alleged human rights violations in Kashmir by both India and Pakistan.Also readEid ul-Fitr 2018: In Gaza, unpaid government salaries dampen celebrations The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Thursday said that it was not given full access to the area for a detailed investigation.The ministry also said that such ‘malicious reports’ could not undermine the will of the people and the government of India to protect the territorial integrity of the country.Also readIndia won’t issue passport if you don’t register NRI marriages within 7 days: WCDAccording to the UN report shortly after protests broke out after the killing of the commander of terror outfit Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) Burhan Wani in July, 2016, the High Commissioner of Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein met officials from both Pakistan and India and the two sides had two different versions of the situation.Hussein’s report further stated that both countries were asked for unconditional access to Kashmir.According to the statement, India rejected the request while Pakistan said that the office of the High Commissioner would be given access to Pakistan-administered Kashmir only if the latter obtained access to the Indian side as well.When the request for full access was rejected, OHCHR undertook remote monitoring of human rights violations.The OHCHR said that special laws in place like Armed Forces (Special Powers) Acts (AFSPA) and the Public Safety Act (PSA) of Jammu and Kashmir created structures that obstructed the normal course of law, impede accountability and jeopardize the right to remedy for victims of human rights violations.The AFSPA 1990 “gives security forces virtual immunity against prosecution for any human rights violation. In the nearly 28 years that the law has been in force in Jammu and Kashmir, there has not been a single prosecution of armed forces personnel granted by the central government,’ the report said, adding that despite Supreme Court order to probe extra judicial killings in Manipur, there had been no such initiative in Kashmir.‘PSA has reportedly been widely used by the authorities in Jammu and Kashmir to stifle dissent. It has been used to target human rights defenders, 75 journalists, separatist76 political leaders, suspected members of armed opposition groups and people involved in protests,’ the report further alleged.The report also slams India for using pellet guns and also condemns the ‘arbitrary detentions and arrests’.India is obliged to ensure that no person is ‘subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment’. There have long been persistent claims of torture by security forces in Kashmir,’ Hussein said in his report, mentioning the incident of Farooq Dar being strapped to an Army vehicle.Hussein’s report also states that enforced disappearances continue in the valley and slams the terrible state of law and order, which was evident from ‘the Kunan-Poshpora mass rape, which took place 27 years ago and for which attempts to seek justice have been denied and blocked over the years by the authorities at different levels.’On Pakistan, the OHCHR said that there was rampant misuse of Pakistan’s anti-terrorism Act against young activists and that there was violation of land rights, restrictions on freedom of religion and belief.The OHCHR said that there needs to be an urgent need for meaningful dialogue that includes people of Kashmir. ‘Consider the findings of this report, including the possible establishment of a commission of inquiry to conduct a comprehensive independent international investigation into allegations of human rights violations in Kashmir,’ Hussein’s report states.It also asked India to repeal AFSPA and to establish impartial and credible investigations to probe all civilian killings.‘Investigate all deaths that have occurred in the context of security operations in Jammu and Kashmir following the guidelines laid down by the Supreme Court of India’Bring into compliance with international human rights standards all Indian laws and standard operating procedures relating to the use of force by law enforcement and security entities, particularly the use of firearms: immediately order the end of the use of pellet-firing shotguns in Jammu and Kashmir for the purpose of crowd control,’ Hussein said.It asked Pakistan to immediately release ‘from prison or house arrest any political activists, journalists and other civil society actors who have been convicted for peacefully expressing their opinions.’‘End the misuse of anti-terror legislation to persecute those engaging in peaceful political and civil activities and expressions of dissent, and amend the Anti-Terrorism Act to bring it in line with international human rights standards, including by incorporating human rights safeguards,’ the report further said. 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India won’t issue passport if you don’t register NRI marriages within 7 days: WCD

All NRI marriages solemnised in India would need to be registered within seven days, the Ministry of Women and Child Development said today.If the NRI marriages are not registered within seven days, the passports and visas would not be issued.Last week, Women and Child Development (WCD) Minister Maneka Gandhi had said that the NRI marriages would need to be registered within 48 hours.The decision for mandatory registration of marriages within seven days was taken on Wednesday after a group of ministers – Gandhi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, met to map out legal solutions for redressing the issues faced by women in NRI marriages.Officials at the ministry said that the discussions were held for enumerating fine details on ways to resolve the issues related to NRI marriages.Another proposal discussed was holding the properties of NRI offenders in escrow in case they abscond abandoning their spouse.Escrow is a legal concept in which a financial instrument or an asset is held by a third party on behalf of two other parties that are in the process of completing a transaction.The official said the move would require amendment of three legislations- Code of Criminal Procedure, Marriage Act and the Passports Act.The three ministries were asked to formulate a draft legal amendments to give effect to decisions taken at the meeting. As of now, there is no time frame to register marriages in India. However, a Law Commission report has recommended that the time limit to register marriages should be restricted to 30 days after which a penalty of Rs 5 per day could be imposed.The ministry had earlier constituted an Integrated Nodal Agency (INA) with representatives from the ministries of External Affairs, Home Affairs and Law and Justice to look into matrimonial disputes involving Non-Resident Indians (NRI).According to the recommendation of the National Commission for Women (NCW) and the decisions taken in the INA, look-out circulars are issued as per criteria defined by the MHA, for keeping a watch on arrival or departure of NRI husbands and preventing them from leaving India, the ministry had said.
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India transgender officer rejoins duty after rare show of support

The 29-year-old policeman was allowed to rejoin the force after a minister backed him.

Govt looking to crackdown economically on absconding ‘NRI husbands’

Alarmed by reports of NRI husbands deserting wife shortly after husbands, the government is looking to crackdown on such practices. According to media reports, it is looking at measures to stifle such persons economically so that it becomes a deterrent to the practice of leaving one’s wife in foreign shores shortly after marriage. The plans include confiscation of husband’s share in joint properties. Group of ministers are looking at set of measures which can be taken to stop such practices. Such reports of NRI husbands turning out to be deserters have come particularly from Punjab. It is well known that Punjabis comprise a large part of overseas Indian diaspora population too.In case a husband is a deserter and has avoided summons, that record would be logged in a proposed website documenting such cases. It would help to nab such offenders. Also revocation of passport for people who go missing are on cards. Registration of NRI marriages within 2 days of the marriage is also being fast-tracked. Many of the senior ministers in the Modi government are looking for means to crackdown on practices which put women through difficulties. However, there are certain bridges to be crossed before these proposals get a legal framework. According to the report, passport, CrPC code and marriage registration act have to be changed accordingly for these set of proposals to be legally valid.


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India slams UN report on human rights in J&K as ‘fallacious, tendentious and motivated’

India on Thursday strongly reacted to UN report on alleged human rights violation in Jammu and Kashmir. Dubbing the report as ‘fallacious, tendentious and motivated’, India said it violated India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. This stern statement from Ministry of External Affairs came hours after the UN report which came down hard on both India and Pakistan. The released the first of its kind report on alleged human rights violations in both J&K and Pak occupied Kashmir and sought an international inquiry into these abuses. The global human rights watch body also asked Pakistan to end its “misuse” of anti-terror legislation to persecute peaceful activists and quash dissent.Asserting that there was an “urgent need” to address the past and ongoing human rights violations, the report said, “any resolution to the political situation in Kashmir should entail a commitment to ending the cycles of violence and accountability for past and current human rights violations.” The report said, “the people on both sides of the Line of Control have been detrimentally impacted and suffer from limitations or denial of a range of human rights.” Reacting to the report, MEA said that the report tries to form a false narrative. India’s response says ” The entire state of Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India. Pakistan is in illegal and forcible occupation of a part of the Indian state through aggression. We have repeatedly called upon Pakistan to vacate the occupied territories. The incorrect description of Indian territory in the report is mischievous, misleading and unacceptable. There are no entities such as “Azad Jammu and Kashmir” and “Gilgit-Baltistan”. MEA further said,” It is disturbing that those behind this report have chosen to describe internationally designated and UN-proscribed terrorist entities as “armed groups” and terrorists as “leaders”. This undermines the UN led consensus on zero tolerance to terrorism. The motivated report deliberately ignores that fundamental rights and freedoms guaranteed under the Constitution to every Indian citizen, including in the state of Jammu & Kashmir, are protected also by an independent judiciary, human rights commissions, free and vibrant media and an active civil society.” India has always lodged their protest to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. It accuses that individual prejudices’ are being allowed to undermine the credibility of a UN institution’. MEA also refused the false equivalence between India and Pakistan, saying, ” There can’t be any comparison between Jammu and Kashmir and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir as “the former has a democratically elected government while the latter has seen a Pakistani diplomat arbitrarily appointed as its head”.The UN “Report on the Situation of Human Rights in Kashmir: Developments in the Indian State of J-K from June 2016 to April 2018, and General Human Rights Concerns in Azad J-K and Gilgit-Baltistan” also noted since the late 1980s, “a variety of armed groups has been actively operating in the Indian state of J-K.” The report also talked about killing of Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani by the Indian forces which triggered unprecedented protests in the Valley during this period. The report also sought repealing of the Armed Forces (Jammu and Kashmir) Special Powers Act, 1990 “urgently” and also “immediately remove the requirement for prior central government permission to prosecute security forces personnel accused of human rights violations in civilian courts.” This is for the first time the UNHRC has issued a report on the alleged human rights violations in Kashmir and PoK. With PTI Inputs

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Fourteen people arrested over three days in New Delhi for gold smuggling

Fourteen people, including six Chinese nationals, have been arrested by customs officials at the international airport here for allegedly smuggling gold worth about Rs eight crore into the country.Some of the accused, including five women, had concealed gold in their rectum, an official said.The 14 were arrested in five incidents that were reported in the past three days at the airport, said Anubha Sinha, Joint Commissioner (Customs) at the Indira Gandhi International Airport.It is one of the biggest seizures made by the customs in recent times, she said.Giving details of the cases, Sinha said besides the five Chinese, the customs department arrested Iranian and Azerbaijan nationals.The officials had yesterday intercepted two Chinese nationals after their arrival from Bangkok.A detailed examination of their baggage and personal search resulted in recovery of six kg of gold. They had concealed gold in the form of bangles worn by them.The gold which is assessed to be worth Rs 1.8 crore has been seized,” she said.In another case, an Iranian national was held after his arrival from Dubai on Tuesday for allegedly trying to smuggle in eight kg gold. He had concealed the gold in especially designed pockets of the jacket worn by him.On the same day, five Azerbaijan nationals, including three women, were arrested for smuggling in 2.45 kg gold.The accused had concealed the gold in the form of bangles and other jewellery worn by them.On June 11, four Chinese nationals, including two women, were arrested for illegally carrying six kg gold.Of the total gold, about five kg was concealed in their rectum by the accused, said Anees Cherkunnath, Deputy Commissioner (Air Intelligence) at the airport.They were intercepted after their arrival from Hong Kong.Two Indian men were also arrested on the same day for smuggling in four kg of gold. One of them was intercepted after his arrival from Bangkok. He had concealed three kgs gold in his rectum, Cherkunnath said.Whereas, the other person was arrested in Amritsar with one kg gold. The accused had either smuggled in gold on his own or got it through his accomplice who had come from abroad, according to customs officials.They said the flight bound for Amritsar was earlier an international one and the accused must have smuggled the gold through the help of another passenger who had come from abroad.In all, 26.45 kg gold valued at Rs 7.93 crore has been seized in these cases, Cherkunnath said.


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Minor alleges rape by 20-year-old neighbour in Dankaur village

A 20-year-old youth has been accused of allegedly raping a 12-year-old girl in the Dankaur village on Tuesday.As per the parents of the victim, the accused Harendra Singh is their neighbour and well-known to them. On June 10, when the girl was playing outside her house in the afternoon, Singh dragged her and took her away to a deserted place and allegedly raped her.”The parents of the girl approached us and alleged that on Sunday, the accused dragged the girl to a deserted place and raped her. The girl’s parents were alerted when she started shouting for help and attracted the attention of the villagers. However, the accused managed to flee from the spot. She then narrated the incident to her parents,” said the station house officer (SHO) of Dankaur police station.The girl is a student at a private school, while Singh is unemployed. She has been sent for a medical examination to ascertain the claims of sexual assault.”Based on the complaint, we have filed a case of rape under the Indian Penal Code Section 376 and the Protection of Children Against Sexual Offences Act. The accused has not returned to the village yet and all efforts are being made to apprehend him,” the SHO said.

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Maharashtra government issues guidelines for establishment of business incubators

In a bid to promote establishment and expansion of business incubators, Maharashtra government today issued some important guidelines. The government proposes to provide grant-in-aid to set up the incubator for a maximum period of 5 years to cover capital and operational expenditures. To scale up existing incubators with a demonstrated history of facilitating start-ups, capital assistance grant of up to Rs 5 crore shall be provided. Equal contribution would be required to be made by the applicant depending on his/her category. The selection criteria will be business plan, leadership team, sector expertise, market linkages and infrastructure. The objective is to promote Maharashtra as start-up and innovation hub.State industries department officer told DNA, “The Maharashtra State Innovation Society (MSInS) proposed to set up business incubators across the state in collaboration with industry and academia. The aim is to foster the start-up ecosystem and enable entrepreneurs to succeed in their pursuits. The guidelines issued today will help establishment and expansion of incubators.”Director General of Indian Merchants’ Chamber (IMC), Arvind Pradhan said that the biggest problem faced by start-ups has always been lack of good infrastructure for healthy growth. “The policy on incubators will propel organisations, both in the profit and non-profit sector, to set up incubation centres with financial support from the govt. The policy has the potential of ensuring that soon, Maharashtra may become the capital of start-ups in India,” he noted.The officer informed that the government has proposed three categories of incubators for providing financial support. Category I incubators will receive grant-in-aid of up to 100per cent of the total eligible project cost comprising capital and operational expenditure up to Rs 5 crore. The applicant under this category can bring on board other knowledge partners and promoters.For the category II incubators, the applicants will receive a grant in aid of up to 75per cent of the total eligible project cost up to Rs 5 crore. Each tranche of the grant-in-aid will be disbursed in phases approved by the expert committee set up by MSInS only after the applicants provide proof of contribution of 25 per cent.In case of Category III incubators, applicants will receive grant-in-aid of up to 50 per cent of the total eligible cost up to Rs 5 crore. The MSInS will hold a maximum 26 per cent equity stake in special purpose vehicle, the equity share of MSInS will increase in the proportion of the contribution to a maximum of 49 per cent.

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Chef Atul Kocchar sacked for Priyanka Chopra terrorism tweet

Michelin-starred chef Atul Kocchar tweeted Muslims had “terrorised” Hindus for 2,000 years.

Documents related to whistleblower bureacrat Sanjiv Chaturvedi go missing from Haryana CM’s office

A senior officer of Haryana government has lodged a police complaint against chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar’s office after sensitive documents related to whistleblower bureacrat Sanjiv Chaturvedi’s case went missing.As per the complaint, filed on May 21 by the superintendent of the forests department, the documents pertain to a legal dispute over quashing of President’s orders and a Union environment ministry panel’s recommendations for a CBI probe into the scams exposed by Chaturvedi.An RTI application, filed in March by Indian Forest Services (IFS) officer Chaturvedi, a Magsaysay awardee, had revealed that the file was not “traceable”.Four files containing sensitive official records pertaining to the legal dispute regarding quashing of President’s orders and a Union government panel’s recommendations for a CBI probe into the scams exposed by Chaturvedi have gone missing from Haryana governments record, the RTI application had said.The documents had been submitted to the chief minister to decide on the withdrawal of a petition by former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, seeking quashing of the Union government panel’s report indicting Hooda and senior officials for allegedly fabricating charges against The files having gone missing surfaced after Chaturvedi, now posted as conservator of forests in Uttarakhand, had sought information on these issues under the RTI on March 1 from the state government.He was informed by Haryana’s forest department that none of the documents were traceable at present and were being searched.Chaturvedi had later written a letter to Khattar, asking him to hand over the entire matter to the CBI for a probe.

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Have you qualified NET? You still can’t become university teacher, here’s why

PhD has been made mandatory for recruitment of teachers in universities from 2021-22 and cracking the National Eligibility Test (NET) would not be accepted as the only eligibility criteria, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said today.However, masters degree with NET or PhD would continue to be the minimum eligibility criteria for direct recruitment in colleges, a senior official said.Currently, those who hold PhD degree or are NET qualified with masters degree are eligible to apply for assistant professor, the entry level position, in universities.Announcing the new regulations of the University Grants Commission (UGC), Javadekar said Academic Performance Indicators (API), which was resisted by many as research was made compulsory for college teachers, has been scrapped so that they could focus on teaching students.”The whole effort is to improve quality of higher education and to attract and retain the best talent in the country. All the incentives of earlier regulations have been maintained, but the API for college teachers has been removed.”Now college teachers would not have to mandatorily do research but will have to essentially concentrate and give better education to undergraduate students,” he told reporters here.The Union minister said teaching outcomes would be considered for promotion and if a teacher does research work, it would attract additional points for promotion.”The new recruitment for universities will be only PhD holders. We have given time of three years. So from 2021, assistant professor (entry level position) will have to hold PhDs,? Javadekar said.The minister said Indian students who got their PhD degree from top 500 universities abroad will also be eligible for appointment in universities. Currently, such students are not eligible to take up teaching jobs in the Indian universities.According to the new regulations, he said for the first time provision for promotion in colleges will be up to professor level.The regulations also mandate newly recruited teachers in universities and colleges to undergo one month compulsory induction programme, Javadekar said.
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India stork with beak shut by stopper is rescued near Delhi

Indian rescuers had feared the rare bird would starve as it was unable to open to its beak to eat.

India chess player quits Iran tournament over headscarf rule

Soumya Swaminathan said the compulsory headscarf rule violated her personal rights.

Ceasefire Violation: 4 BSF jawans martyred in Pak firing in J&K’s Samba

Eight days after it agreed to give peace a chance, Pakistan Rangers reneged its promise and resorted to heavy firing and shelling on the Indian forward positions along the International Border, leaving four Border Security Force (BSF) jawans, including two officers dead in Ramgarh sector of Samba district in Jammu and Kashmir. The incident occurred on Tuesday night when Pakistan Rangers fired indiscriminately on BSF outposts in Chamliyal area. Four BSF soldiers were grievously injured in the attack. They were shifted to the Hospital where three including assistant commandant were declared dead. Another injured jawan also succumbed to injuries later.”Four BSF jawan including an assistant commandment martyred in Chamliyal area. All belong to 62nd battalion of BSF. One jawan has been injured”, said a BSF officer of Jammu Frontier.Martyred jawans have been identified as assistant commandant Jatinder Singh, assistant sub-inspector Ram Niwas, sepoy Hans Raj and Sub Inspector Rajneesh.BSF immediately swung into action and retaliated in equal measure to silence Pakistani guns. Tension has again gripped the International Border after a brief lull.The fresh ceasefire violation has come eight days after Border Security Force (BSF) and Pakistan Rangers held a commander-level meeting to end the hostilities and ensure peace on the International Border in Jammu division.The BSF-Pak Rangers Sector Commander level meeting was held on International border opposite the Border Outpost Octroi on June 5.The BSF had hoped that the meeting would bring firing-free environment, particularly for villagers residing near the border on both sides. “Commanders on both sides agreed to keep talks on at every level to develop confidence between two border guarding forces,” a BSF spokesman had said.

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UK judge orders Operation Blue Star related files to be made public

A UK judge has ordered the declassification of documents that are expected to shed further light on Britain’s involvement in Operation Blue Star in 1984, dismissing the British government’s argument that the move could damage diplomatic ties with India.Judge Murray Shanks, who presided over a three-day hearing of the First Tier Tribunal (Information Rights) in London in March, ruled yesterday that a majority of the files relating to the period must be made public and rejected the UK government’s argument that declassifying the Downing Street papers would damage diplomatic ties with India.The judge, however, did accept that one file marked India: Political , from the UK’s Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC), could contain information that relates to British spy agencies MI5, MI6 and GCHQ (Government Communications Headquarters) and therefore the Cabinet Office was entitled to rely on a technicality that exempts such material from the Freedom of Information (FOI) request appeal.We recognise that the period we are concerned with was a highly sensitive one in India’s recent history and the strength of feeling it continues to evoke it should also be remembered that the fact that 30 years has gone by is bound to have reduced any prejudice that may have resulted from release of the withheld material, the judgment notes.The FOI appeal was handled by KRW Law on behalf of freelance journalist Phil Miller, who has been investigating the exact nature of the then Margaret Thatcher led government’s assistance to the Indian Army operation on Golden Temple in Amritsar.In 2014, UK government documents declassified under the 30-year rule to make such material public had revealed that British military advice was given to Indian forces prior to Operation Blue Star.Then British Prime Minister David Cameron had ordered a review into this discovery, named as the Heywood Review, which led to a statement in Parliament declaring that Britain’s role had been purely advisory and the advice provided by the country’s Special Air Service (SAS) had limited impact in practice.But Miller, the author of Sacrificing Sikhs: The need for an investigation’ report released last year, says only full transparency would reveal the exact nature of Britain’s involvement.After nearly four years of asking for disclosure of these files, it is a great victory for a judge to rule that more transparency would not harm diplomatic ties or risk national security, said Miller, who is disappointed that one file has been left out due to a loophole relating to the country’s intelligence agencies.It is no wonder that many in the Sikh community are calling for a public inquiry, as only that would have the power to disclose all relevant material, he added.The files that must now be released in full include papers on UK-India relations from 1983 to 1985 covering a meeting between Thatcher and Indira Gandhi’s advisor, LK Jha, the situation in Punjab, Sikh activities and the assassination of Mrs Gandhi in October 1984.Judge Shanks dismissed the UK government’s claim that declassifying these papers would harm relations with India and said it is worth noting that we have heard no evidence of any adverse reaction from the Indian government resulting from the events of January and February 2014, referring to the Heywood Review.The UK Cabinet Office has been given time until July 11 to appeal against the First Tier Tribunal’s decision. Alternatively, it must make the relevant documents available to Miller for his research by July 12.The Cabinet Office said it would be issue its response in due course.
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NEET 2018 Counselling to begin on June 13 – here’s who all are eligible

The long wait is over for students who appeared in NEET. Soon they can undergo counselling to choose their stream. The counselling schedule has been released by Medical Counselling Committee (MCC) on its official website – mcc.nic.in.Here are the cut-off marks for each category:1) General – Candidates who’s scored a minimum of 50 percentile2) General (Physically Handicapped) – Candidates who’ve scored a minimum of 45 percentile3) SC/ST/OBC – Candidates who’ve scored a minimum of 40 percentileEligibility of NEET 2018: * Indian Nationals, Non-Resident Indians (NRI’s), Overseas Citizen of India (OCI’s), Persons of Indian Origin (PIO’s) & Foreign Nationals are eligible.* The candidate must have completed age of 17 years at the time of admission or will complete the age on or before 31st December, 2018 i.e. the year of his/her admission to the 1st year MBBS/BDS Course.* The upper age limit for candidates seeking admission in MBBS/ BDS seats shall be 25 years as on the date of examination with a relaxation of 5 years for candidates belonging to SC/ST/OBC category and disabled category.The candidate must have passed in the subjects of Physics, Chemistry, Biology/Bio-technology and English individually and must have obtained a minimum of 50% marks taken together in Physics, Chemistry and Biology/ Bio-technology at the qualifying examination.Here are the complete details of the NEET 2018 Counselling ScheduleNEET 2018 Counselling Schedule: Round 1Registration, Choice Filling and Payment – 13th June 2018-18th June 2018 (5pm as per server time)Payment Facility will be available till 19th June 2018 (12 pm)Choice Filling/Locking 19th June 2018 (10 am to 5 pm as per server time)Processing of Seat Allotment – 20th June 2018-21st June 2018Result – 22nd June 2018Reporting – 23rd June 2018-3rd July 2018NEET 2018 Counseling Schedule: Round 2:Registration, Choice Filling and Payment – 6th July 2018-8th July 2018 (5pm as per server time)Payment Facility will be available till 9th July 2018 (12 Noon)Choice Filling/Locking – 9th July 2018 (10 am-5 pm as per server time)Processing of Seat Allotment – 10th July 2018-11th July 2018Result – 12th July 2018Reporting – 13th July-22nd July 2018NEET 2018 Counseling Schedule: Mop-Up Round:Display of Seat Matrix for Mop-up Round – 10th August 2018 to 11th August 2018Registration, Choice Filling and Payment – 12th August 2018 to 14th August 2018 (5pm as per server time)Payment Facility will be available till 15th August 2018 (12 Noon)Choice Filling/Locking – 15th August 2018 (10am-5pm as per server time)Processing of Seat Allotment – 16th August 2018Result – 17th August 2018Reporting – 18th August-26th August 2018Transfer of Non Reporting & Non Joining Vacant Seat to Deemed/Central Universities for Mop-up on 27th August 2018

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BJP Yuva Morcha file police complaint against Shehla Rashid for remarks against Gadkari and RSS

A police complaint has been registered against former JNU student union leader Shehla Rashid for tweets that claimed that the RSS and Nitin Gadkari were conspiring to assasinate Prime Minister Narendra Modi.A number of Twitter users claimed that Rashid has been booked under sections 153A, 295 and 295 A of the Indian Penal Code.The representatives of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha submitted a complaint at the Parliament Street police station in Delhi. The complaint stated: ““The message is totally false, unfounded, concocted and without any basis. The message also promotes insecurity and uncertainty in the country by levelling unfounded allegations that RSS/Gadkari is planning to assassinate PM Modi.”However, no FIR has been lodged as yet. Earlier, Rashid claimed that she was being sarcastic about Nitin Gadkari plotting to kill PM Narendra Modi after the Union Minister threatened to sue her.Rashid responding to the Maoist threat letter to the PM said, “Looks like RSS/Gadkari is planning to assassinate Modi, and then blame it upon Muslims/Communists and then lynch Muslims.”Also readNitin Gadkari to take legal route against Shehla Rashid for ‘PM killing’ allegationsResponding, Union Minister Gadkari wrote, “I would be taking legal action on anti-social elements who have made bizzare comments; attributing personal motives to me, regarding the assassination threat to PM @narendramodi.”In a bid to get into damage control mode, Rashid while speaking to a television channel said that she had mentioned Gadkari’s name ‘randomly’ as means to show how JNU students feel when they are targetted. She further claimed that the purported letter planning to assassinate PM Modi was ‘fake’. Also readShehla Rashid claims her tweet was sarcastic after Gadkari threatens to take legal action over PM assassination claim A plot to assassinate PM Narendra Modi was unearthed by Pune Police recently. The police in Pune on Thursday told a court that they had seized a “letter” from the Delhi residence of one of the five people arrested on Wednesday for having alleged “links” with the banned CPI (Maoist). The purported letter allegedly mentioned of a plan to “assassinate” Prime Minister Narendra Modi in “another Rajiv Gandhi-type incident”, the police told the court.On Friday, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had written: “The “half Maoist” is a serious threat to Indian democracy. Willingly or otherwise, they become over-ground face of the underground. Unfortunately some political parties see the Maoist as their instrument in the anti-NDA cause. It’s high time that people recognise this malaise.” Jaitley in several of his speeches in the past too has been critical of the JNU brigade of which Shehla Rashid is a part of.”

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India raises Nirav Modi issue, says Britain must not be seen as safe haven for ‘wanted criminals’

The United Kingdom should not be viewed as a safe haven for wanted criminals of other countries, India said today, even as Britain confirmed fugitive Indian diamantaire Nirav Modi’s presence on its soil.India’s clear message was conveyed to UK Minister of State for Countering Extremism Baroness Williams by Union Minister of State (MoS) for Home Kiren Rijiju at a meeting here.Raising the issue of fugitives such as Nirav Modi, liquor baron Vijay Mallya, who were wanted by New Delhi for frauds and financial misappropriations, Rijiju said Britain should not be viewed as a safe haven for men wanted by the law of the other country for various offences, a statement issued by the Home Ministry said.The MoS conveyed to Williams that while India respects the courts and will pursue legal procedures in Britain to bring back wanted men, New Delhi expects the cooperation of the UK government.Allaying concerns over prison conditions in India, Rijiju said there are absolute safeguards against human rights violations in Indian prisons, the statement said.Top officials said the UK delegation has confirmed that Nirav Modi, who is at the centre of a money laundering case linked to the over Rs 13,000 crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud, is currently in that country.”UK authorities have confirmed Nirav Modi’s presence in Britain,” an official privy to the meeting said.Williams has also assured Rijiju of Britain’s full cooperation in the Government of India’s efforts to expedite Nirav Modi, liquor baron Vijay Mallya and others extradition, the official said.Modi, who is absconding and has not joined the ED probe in the case till now, and others are being probed under various criminal laws after the fraud came to light this year following a complaint by PNB that they allegedly cheated the nationalised bank to the tune of over Rs 13,000 crore, with the purported involvement of a few employees of the bank.”I had a very useful meeting with UK Minister Baroness Williams. We discussed about India-UK joint efforts to deal with terrorism and extremism. We also agreed to cooperate in the matters of extradition and sharing of information,” Rijiju told reporters after the hour-long meeting.Letter Rogatories (LRs) in the cases lodged against Nirav Modi by the Enforcement Directorate (ED), the CBI and the Income Tax Department were sent to the UK Central Authority (UKCA) on March 19, April 14 and April 15 respectively.The UKCA has forwarded these LRs to the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) for execution and conveyed that action would be taken on implementation of the ED LR. The ED and the SFO have entered discussions on the way forward.Nirav Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi are being investigated by the Enforcement Directorate for allegedly cheating PNB, the country’s second largest lender, to the tune of more than Rs 13,000 crore.The duo and others are also being probed by other central agencies after the fraud came to light this year following a complaint by PNB that they allegedly cheated the nationalised bank.Both Nirav Modi and Choksi were said to have left the country before criminal cases were lodged against them.India is also pushing for the extradition of liquor tycoon Vijay Mallya, who is on trial for the UK court to rule if he can be extradited to India to face charges of fraud and money laundering amounting to around Rs 9,000 crores.In the case related to Mallya, at a case management conference hearing held at the request of Mallya’s lawyers on May 24, the judge has scheduled closing submission by the defence on June 21 and closing submission by India on July 26.The hearing for final arguments in the case was deferred from July 11 to July 31.In a separate development, the State Bank of India-led consortium of 13 banks won a case on May 8 wherein the Queen’s Bench Division of the commercial court in England’s High Court of Justice dismissed his plea to overturn a worldwide order freezing his assets and ruled that Indian banks were entitled to recover their funds from his assets in the UK.The last date for lodging an appeal against this decision by Mallya in the UK Court of Appeal was May 30. He has appealed on May 29.


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Meet Hitesh Kumar, a Kargil martyr’s son who has joined the Indian Army 19 years after father’s death

19 years after his father was gunned down in Kargil, Hitesh Kumar has been commissioned as a lieutenant in the Indian Army after passing out of the Indian Military Academy in Dehradun.Hitesh was only six years old when his father, a lance naik in the 2nd Battalion of Rajputana Rifles, was killed at Tololing, in Kargil, on the night of June 12, 1999. On hearing the news of his father’s death, Hitesh vowed to join the Army, the Times of India reported.Interestingly, Hitesh will be serving in the same battalion as his father, the report added.The story has garnered a lot of traction on social media, and a number of Indians have shared sentimental tweets about the story. Actor and businesswoman Preity Zinta tweeted, “The greatest love stories are the ones with your motherland. No one knows that better than an Army kid & an army family. So proud & so inspired by this family (sic).”Major Surendra Poonia, also tweeted how ‘proud’ he was of Hitesh. “In Kargil war,on 12Jun99 L/Nk Bachan laid his life for nation in battle of Tololing fighting Pakis. 19 yrs later son Hitesh Joined his regiment 2 Raj Rif. After commissioning,he went to his father’s memorial to pay tribute. Hitesh,We are proud of U (sic),” he tweeted.
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Mumbai woman files police complaint after being spied upon with her phone, computer since 2012

It appears that technological advancements are more bane than a boon, as this Mumbai woman discovered. In her complaint, the woman has said that she is being stalked and spied upon by an unknown individual since June 2012 using her cell phone and computer, the Indian Express reported on Monday.In her complaint, the woman said she began receiving innocuous messages sent to her via WhatsApp, relating to posts on her Facebook page.“I had posted on Facebook about getting a new haircut, I would immediately receive an image on WhatsApp from a friend of a woman getting a haircut. Or if I was drinking coffee at a cafe, I’d receive an image of a coffee cup and the words ‘will you have coffee with me?” said the woman speaking to the daily.Unable to take the harassment any longer, the woman has quit all social mediaHer family, however, insisted that she was on the receiving end of practical jokes, and she was dissuaded from approaching the police. “This year, after her phone began to ring each time she stepped into a bathroom either at home or at work, the woman was convinced she was being spied upon. Her efforts to make her family and friends take her seriously did not succeed, and she said she contemplated suicide,” the report added.The woman was referred to advocate Pankaj Bafna following which she discovered that her gadgets had been infected by malware.The woman, who works for an IT company, is hesitant to hand over a list of suspects to the police. She is suspicious of a few, but doesn’t have any evidence. An FIR was finally lodged last Friday at Bhoiwada police station against unidentified individuals under the Information Technology Act for tampering with a computer, harassment on social media, theft of confidential data, identity theft, impersonation, transmitting obscene material and cyber stalking, the police said.




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5 Aligarh Muslim University students in dock over blasphemous Facebook post, police files FIR

Days after row over Jinnah portrait, the Aligarh Muslim University is in news again. In yet another incident that can snowball into a major controversy, the Aligarh Police has registered a case of blasphemy against five varsity students for hurting religious sentiments of a sect of minority community through a Facebook post.After the provocative post went viral, the former AMU students union president Nadeem Ansari lodged a complaint at the Civil Lines Police Station. The police have registered an FIR against five AMU students. The case has been registered under Section 295-A of the Indian Penal Code and Section 67 of the IT Act on Saturday night.AK Sahani, SP City, said that a case has been registered and the police were on the look-out for these students. “We have appealed to the students to keep calm and maintain harmony in the campus in view of Eid,” he said.According to the police, the students in question had gone to Delhi for an Iftar party. It was during this party that these students posted some blasphemous content on Facebook.The post sparked a controversy with several AMU students, belonging to the other sect of the community, demanding immediate action against the erring students.Sensing trouble, the five students quietly left Aligarh Saturday morning and deactivated their social media accounts. However, later, two of the students offered unconditional apology to AMU faculty administration for the FB post.Taking serious note of the post, AMU Cultural Education Centre (CEC) has imposed a life-time ban on all the five students from taking part in any activity in the campus. The varsity administration clarified that only one of them was studying in AMU and other four were former students but were frequent visitors to the campus.



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Violence cost India’s GDP over Rs 80 lakh crore on PPP basis; Per person cost at Rs 40,000

Violence cost the Indian economy a whopping US $1.19 trillion (over Rs 80 lakh crore) last year in constant purchasing power parity (PPP) terms, which amounts to roughly US $595.4 per person, says a report.The findings are part of the report prepared by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) based on an analysis of 163 countries and territories.Violence impacted US $1,190.51 billion to the Indian economy in 2017, 9% of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) or US $595.4 (over Rs 40,000) per person.The economic impact of violence to the global economy was US $14.76 trillion in 2017, in PPP terms. This is equivalent to 12.4% of GDP, or US $ 1,988 per person.The global economic impact of violence is defined as the expenditure and economic effect related to containing, preventing and dealing with the consequences of violence .The estimates include the direct and indirect cost of violence as well as an economic multiplier. “The multiplier effect calculates the additional economic activity that would have accrued if the direct costs of violence had been avoided,” the report noted.As per the report, human beings encounter conflict regularly whether at home, at work, among friends, or on a more systemic level between ethnic, religious or political groups. But the majority of these conflicts do not result in violence.The fall in peacefulness over the decade was caused by a wide range of factors, including increased terrorist activity, the intensification of conflicts in the Middle East, rising regional tensions in Eastern Europe and northeast Asia, and increasing numbers of refugees and heightened political tensions in Europe and the US, it added.About the Asia-Pacific region, it said it remained the third most peaceful region in the world despite a slight fall in its overall peacefulness. There were notable improvements in both internal and external conflicts fought and relations with neighbouring countries, but violent crime, terrorism impact, political instability and political terror all deteriorated across the region.For South Asia, the report said strengthening scores on the Political Terror Scale, refugees and internally displaced person (IDPs) and terrorism impact were only partially offset by a deterioration in external conflicts fought after a border dispute with China flared in the Doklam Pass. The three-month standoff also involved India, which sent troops to the area, it added.In this region, the two least peaceful nations Afghanistan and Pakistan continued their decline. Besides, Bangladesh and Myanmar also saw deterioration, including due to the Rohingya crisis.”The total economic impact of violence (globally) was higher in 2017 than at any point in the last decade,” the report said, adding that the global economic impact of violence increased by 2.1% from 2016 to 2017, mainly due to a rise in internal security expenditure.Syria topped the list of most affected countries by economic cost of violence as a percentage of GDP at 68%, followed by Afghanistan (63%), Iraq (51%) in the second and third position respectively.Others in the ten most affected countries by economic cost of violence include El Salvador, South Sudan, Central African Republic, Cyprus, Colombia, Lesotho and Somalia.The report further noted that there has been a widening “prosperity gap” between less and more peaceful countries. Since 1960, the most peaceful countries have, on average, seen their per capita GDP grow by an annual rate of 2.8%.On the other hand, less peaceful countries have experienced economic stagnation. Their annual per capita GDP has, on average, grown by just 1% over the last seven decades.Switzerland is the least affected country in terms of economic cost of violence, followed by Indonesia and Burkina Faso.Among emerging markets violence impacted US $1,704.62 billion to the Chinese economy, Brazil (US $511,364.9 million), Russia (US $1,013.78 billion) and South Africa (US $239,480.2 million).Among developed nations, for the US, the cost of violence in terms of PPP was US $2.67 trillion or 8% of the GDP. For the UK, it was 312.27 billion, 7% of GDP.


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Mumbai: Excitement is there as football world is coming up

Manu Shetty, a senior coach who trains students for national level and junior level in Dadar 11 Football Academy, thinks it is important for people to watch the game to understand the game as well find interest in it. Shetty feels football is one of the cheapest games and should be given equal importance as cricket in the country. While the sport is seeing slow but gradual growth, it is not remotely close to match the infrastructure that European teams get.”Yes the government is helping, but the infrastructure Europe has is more,” said Manu Shetty.People have started considering it as a career option as there is somewhat of a steady flow of income now-a-days. Shetty also said that football is not only restricted to boys with girls showing more and more interest in the game.On how to keep the progress going, Shetty said, “What India needs is more sponsors for football.””We need more support from the government in terms of infrastructure so that we get to train our players as we have to start with the basics like controlling and kicking balls properly,” he said.Hopeful about the growth and growing support, a footballer coaching under Shetty said, “We will surely see India participating in FIFA World Cup in the upcoming years. People are actually coming out in support, they have started recognising this sport even if it does not get as much priority as cricket gets.””Indian players should also match the skills of players from other countries,” said the coach said.




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2 killed in rain-related incidents in Maharashtra; dust storm, rain bring respite in North

Two persons were on Saturday killed in rain-related incidents in Maharashtra’s Thane district, while a dust storm hit the national capital and its surrounding areas that had been reeling under the scorching heat for a few days.Heavy rains lashed Mumbai, causing a slight delay in the movement of trains.There were reports of rains in Punjab, Haryana and some parts of Uttar Pradesh, which had been sweating it out in sweltering conditions.The weatherman predicted rains in Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan, West Bengal, Odisha, Jharkhand, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Meghalaya, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, and Chhattisgarh tomorrow.In Maharashtra’s Thane district, fisherman Steni Admani (66) was struck by lightning at around 6 am. He died on the spot, said Shivaji Patil, chief of the District Disaster Control Cell.Six others, who were out in the open at that time, were also injured due to the lightning strike and have been admitted to a local hospital.A woman, who was riding pillion on a two-wheeler died after the vehicle rammed into a truck on the GB Road. An official said heavy rains apparently led to the accident.Heavy rains pounded Mumbai, leading to a slight delay in the running of suburban trains.The Indian Meteorological Department declared the onset of the monsoon over Mumbai, the adjoining Thane-Konkan areas, Ahmednagar, Parbhani and other parts of Maharashtra.”Heavy to very heavy rainfall was recorded in the suburbs till 8.30 am today,” IMD Deputy Director K S Hosalikar said.Trains on the suburban section of the Central Railway (CR) were running late due to the showers, an official said, adding that there were no cancellations. Two flights had to be diverted due to the bad weather.Over the years, heavy monsoon rains have paralysed Mumbai, flooding streets and disrupting land, air and road traffic.A dust storm, with winds gusting up to 70 kmph, hit the national capital this evening, bringing some relief from the searing heat.The weatherman said light rain was witnessed in many areas.The dust storm pushed the temperature down by a few notches on what was a sultry day. The city recorded a high of 40.5 degrees Celsius and a low of 30 degrees Celsius, according to the MeT office.The humidity levels were recorded at 71%.The weatherman forecast dust storm in Ghaziabad, Merrut, Baghpat and other adjoining districts in western Uttar pradesh.Sultry conditions abated in Haryana and Punjab after rains. Chandigarh, which received rainfall earlier in the day, had a high of 33.8 degrees Celsius, down five notches against normal.In Punjab, Amritsar recorded a maximum of 31.7 degrees Celsius after rains.Haryana’s Ambala, lashed by a heavy downpour, recorded a high of 31.9 degrees Celsius.However, Hisar and Bhiwani continued to brave the hot weather at 41 and 41.4 degrees Celsius.The local weather office predicted thunderstorm and gusty winds at several places in the two states.
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Sterlite firing: Witnesses contradict police report, say victims were killed at least 2 km from protest area

Nearly a fortnight after 13 people were killed by police in Tamil Nadu’s Tuticorin district for protesting the pollution levels released by Sterlite copper plant, a report by the Indian Express has revealed that records were tweaked to change the location where police fired on protestors.The revelation comes after witnesses contradicted what the police said, the report added.One person told the daily that he was one of those who carried the body of Antony Selvaraj, an accountant with a shipping company, and placed it inside an ambulance two kilometres away from where police claim he was killed.“The other significant detail to emerge from official records is that on May 21, a day before the police firing, a government circular signed by a divisional magistrate appointed Deputy Tahsildar Sekhar in charge of areas surrounding Fatima Nagar, Therespuram, Puthutheru, Lions’ Town and Matha Church, all about 12 km from the Collectorate complex. But an FIR filed on May 22 at SICOT police station on the killing of protesters shows it was Sekhar who signed the order after Rajkumar Thangaseelan, a Special Tahsildar, who was originally deployed at the Collectorate complex, refused to sign it,” the report added.Earlier, two deputy tahsildars who allegedly gave the order to the force to do it have been transferred.Also readDMK stages walkout over anti-sterlite protests in Tamil Nadu assemblyDeputy Tahsildars Kannan and Sekar were transferred to Kayathaaru and Srivaikuntam respectively by District Collector Sandeep Nandoor, an official order said.Thirteen people were killed in police firing on May 22 and 23 after protests for closure of the plant over pollution concerns turned violent in Tuticorin.Also readHow Sterlite row transformed Kamal Haasan and Rajinikanth’s onscreen rivalry into real-life riftThe Tamil Nadu government had last month appointed a one-person Commission of Inquiry headed by a retired judge of the Madras High Court to probe the violence in Tuticorin.The State Human Rights Commission also has initiated an inquiry into the issue.Also readTamil Nadu anti Sterlite protest: SC refuses urgent hearing on plea filed by victims’ familiesOn May 28, the government ordered the state Pollution Control Board to seal and “permanently” close the Vedanta group’s copper plant, following the violent protests.The following day Chief Minister K Palaniswami maintained in the assembly that police action was “unavoidable” and asserted that action would be taken if anyone had wrongly handled the situation.The issue continued to rock the assembly in the following days with the ruling AIADMK claiming that the main opposition party DMK had allotted land for expansion of the copper plant in Tuticorin district when it was in power during 2006-11.The Chief minister had listed out efforts by his government for permanent closure of the unit, including the 2013 action taken by J Jayalalithaa as then chief minister of Tamil Nadu.He had also accused DMK working president MK Stalin of allotting 230 acres for Sterlite expansion when he was holding the industries portfolio as deputy chief minister earlier.With PTI Inputs
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Do you still have hopes from this party? After Pranab Mukherjee’s visit to RSS HQ, Owaisi says Cong is ‘finished’

All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) president Asaduddin Owaisi on Friday hit out at the Congress after the party leader and former president Pranab Mukherjee attended the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) annual event.Owaisi said the incident is enough to define the internal situation of the Congress.‘The Congress is finished. A man who spent 50 years in Congress and was President of India visited the RSS headquarters. Do you still have hopes from this party’’ Owaisi said.Mukherjee on Thursday attended the Third Year Sangha Shiksha Varga (SSV) event organised at RSS headquarters in Nagpur and addressed the RSS workers.Earlier, the Congress expressed their disapproval and disappointment over Mukherjee’s attendance at the event.Also readCongress quaked when Sangh and Pranab met at RSS HQ Veteran Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader LK Advani on Friday lauded former president Pranab Mukherjee for his grace and goodwill in accepting the invitation for attending the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) event held in Nagpur yesterday.Also readDNA Edit: Pranab bats for values to which Cong pays lip serviceThe BJP leader also described Mukherjee’s speech as an “illuminating exposition of the noble idea and ideals of Indian nationalism”.Mukherjee, who has had decades of association with the Congress, yesterday spoke on the concepts of nation, nationalism and patriotism in the context of India, at the RSS event in Nagpur.A statement by Advani reads, “Yesterday?s visit by Pranab Mukherjee, India?s former President, to the headquarters of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) in Nagpur, and his illuminating exposition of the noble idea and ideals of Indian nationalism, are a significant event in our country?s contemporary history.”Also readWe thank Pranab Mukherjee for strengthening conversation around nationalism and patriotism: RSSPraising Mukherjee and RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s speech at the event, Advani said, “There was significant concord and resonance in the views expressed by both leaders. Both of them highlighted the essential unity of India, which accepts and respects all diversities including the pluralism of faiths.”Describing himself as a lifelong ‘swayamsevak’ of the RSS, the senior BJP leader said, “I believe that these two national leaders have truly set a praiseworthy example of dialogue transcending ideological affiliations and differences.”Advani expressed his happiness that under the leadership of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, the organisation has expanded and intensified its efforts to reach out to various sections of our nation in the spirit of dialogue.While concluding his thoughts on the matter, Advani hoped that such conversations, conducted in the spirit of openness and mutual respect, will surely help in creating a much-needed atmosphere of tolerance, harmony and cooperation to build an India of our common dreams.A political slugfest had erupted after Mukherjee accepted the invitation by the RSS for attending their officer trainees’ programme at headquarters in Nagpur. (
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PM Modi heads to China’s Qingdao for SCO Summit, to hold bilateral talks with Xi Jinping: Full schedule

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday morning left for China’s Qingdao where he will attend the two-day long 18th Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit. This will be India’s first participation in the summit as a full-time member of the organisation. India, along with Pakistan, became the full-time member during Astana summit in June 2017.”An early morning start! PM @narendramodi heads to Qingdao, China for the annual meeting of the Council of Heads of States of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) on 9-10 June. This is India’s first participation as a full member of the Council. #IndiainSCO,” Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said as PM left for Qingdao on Saturday morning.”With 8 members, SCO represents approximately 42 percent of the world’s population, 22 percent of the land area and 20 percent of the GDP. #SCO focusses on political, economic, security and cultural cooperation & enables India to engage with Central Asian countries,” Kumar added. On Friday, PM Modi said he was excited to lead the Indian delegation for the SCO’s first-ever meeting with the country as a full member.”I am excited to lead the Indian delegation for our first-ever meeting of the Council as a full member,” Modi said in a Facebook post.”On 9th and 10th June, I will be in Qingdao, China to take part in the annual SCO Summit. This will be India’s first SCO Summit as a full member. Will be interacting with leaders of SCO nations and discussing a wide range of subjects with them,” the prime minister tweeted.Prime Minister Modi is also scheduled to hold bilateral talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping apart from holding meetings with various other participating leaders. In the meeting, the two leaders will take stock of the implementation of decisions taken at the informal summit just over a month ago in Wuhan.Discussions in the summit will take place on diverse issues ranging from combating terrorism, separatism and extremism to promoting cooperation in connectivity, commerce, customs, law, health and agriculture, protecting the environment and mitigating disaster risk and fostering people-to-people relations.The member-countries are expected to sign the Qingdao Declaration. The declaration will hold details of the significant mechanism for resisting the global terror activities. Founded in 2001, the SCO currently comprises eight member states, India, Kazakhstan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan. India and Pakistan were admitted to the SCO last year.Here is PM Modi’s schedule in Qingdao today (all times local-IST+2.5): 3:50 PM: Arrival in Qingdao5:30 PM: Call on by Mr. Rashid Alimov, SCO Secretary-General6:00 PM: Meeting with Chinese President Xi Jingping6:45 PM: Meeting with Uzbekistan President Mr. Shavkat Mirziyoyev7:50 PM: Banquet hosted by Chinese President Xi Jingping10:00 PM: Meeting with Tajikstan President Mr. Emomali Rahmon(With PTI inputs)
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Pranab’s speech resonates with RSS ideology, says LK Advani

As was feared by many in the Congress, the BJP on Friday used former President Pranab Mukherjee’s address to the swayamsevaks not only to legitimise RSS ideology but also to describe it in consonance with the values of the right-wing organisation.The accolades came from none other than veteran BJP leader LK Advani who described Mukherjee’s visit to the RSS headquarters in Nagpur and his “illuminating exposition of the noble ideals of Indian nationalism” as a “significant event” in contemporary history.Lauding Mukherjee for accepting the invitation of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, Advani said there was “significant resonance” in the views expressed by both of them.”Both of them highlighted the essential unity of India, which respects all diversities, including the pluralism of faiths,” Advani said in a statement.The veteran leader praised Bhagwat for intensifying RSS efforts to reach out to various sections of the nation in the spirit of dialogue.”Such conversations, conducted in the spirit of openness and mutual respect, will surely help in creating a much-needed atmosphere of tolerance, harmony and cooperation to build an India of our common dreams,” he said.Recalling his long association with Mukherjee, Advani praised him for showing grace and goodwill in accepting the RSS invite.”His (Mukherjee) own reflective nature, combined with his long and varied experience in public life, has made him a statesman who strongly believes in the necessity of dialogue and cooperation among people of various ideological and political backgrounds,” Advani said.Going against the wishes of several Congress leaders, including his daughter Sharmistha, the former President had gone ahead with his visit to the RSS headquarters in Nagpur on Thursday where he shared dais with RSS’s top brass, saw the full parade of RSS cadres and at the end of the event delivered his speech.While Mukherjee’s speech was later used by the Congress to attack the RSS, the party failed to justify why did he pay homage to the RSS founder Hedgewar and called him great son of Mother India.Many Congress leaders were not satisfied with Mukherjee’s speech as they wondered why the fiery Congressman diluted the substance of his speech and failed to make any direct or indirect reference to the RSS’s chequered past.”The BJP is going to use Pranab Da’s visit and praise for Hedgewar to attack the Congress present leadership that has been highly critical of the RSS and its offshoots,” said a senior Congress leader.


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Not home dry yet: IMD sticks by high alert

At Air Quality Index (AQI) 32, the air quality on Friday evening was the best recorded for the season, beating June 4th’s record of 34. System of Air Quality Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR) that monitors AQI at 10 stations in the city showed low levels of various pollutants.”

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No review of India’s stand on China-Pak Corridor, says Nirmala Sitharaman

India does not view its relations with China through the prism of China-Pakistan ties, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said on Friday but ruled out the possibility of New Delhi reviewing its stand on CPEC project, a major irritant in the Sino-Indian relationship.She also said New Delhi is alert to the economic assistance provided by China to India’s neighbours and ramifications it could have for the country.”One thing I want to assure here…we do not view our relations with China through the prism of China-Pakistan relations,” the minister told an event to mark the 10th anniversary of ‘Chennai Centre for China Studies’ here.Sitharaman brought up the issue of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), and made it clear that India will not “entertain any thought” of reviewing its stand on it, as it concerned its sovereignty.”It is an issue of sovereignty, and we shall not entertain any thought (other than the stated Indian position) on that matter,” she said.The CPEC comprises a bunch of projects aimed at upgrading infrastructure in Pakistan and strengthening the economic ties between the two countries. The corridor will link Gwadar in south-western Pakistan to China’s Xinjiang province, and would pass through Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir, a territory India claims as its own.”The kind of economic assistance being extended to many of our neighbours are all very clearly impacting the economies there, probably helping to bond a relationship with those countries.”As a result, even a strategic presence could be enabled. I see a linkage. This is something which I think all of us, you (Chennai Centre for China Studies) as a think tank, and we as a government, constantly be alert to and understand its ramifications,” she said.Sitharaman said Pakistani military was becoming increasingly dependent on the Chinese for arms and equipment.”The focus of the reforms is therefore evidently moving towards the PLA (People’s Liberation Army) Navy, PLA Airforce and PLA Rocket Forces as opposed to erstwhile emphasis on just the PLA,” she said.Noting that a “fundamental reorientation” of the China-Pakistan relations was not likely, the minister said last month’s informal summit meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi andChinese President Xi Jinping was not just a “one-off” thing and that the two nations will “immensely benefit” from it.”No doubt, in the long term, the relationship between India and China will immensely benefit from this engagement,” she said.Sitharaman said she was in China in April this year with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj for the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation’s (SCO) foreign and defence ministers’ meet where India made a pitch for a greater interactive forum. “And for that, we should have definitely a hotline between India and China,” she said.The hotline, she said, would reduce the time consumed in reaching the empowered decision makers in times of confrontation at the ground level.”We have certainly underlined the fact that the border personnel meeting, flag officer meet can all happen. But we need to have a better hotline that would easily help us in being ready for a (conflict) resolution in a short time,” she said.

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IAF Jaguar develops snag while landing, pilot ejects safely

An Indian Air Force Jaguar fighter jet today developed a technical snag during landing at the Jamnagar Air Force base, an IAF official said.The pilot of the aircraft is safe as he ejected in time, said the official.”At around 9:20 am, the pilot of a Jaguar aircraft, on a routine mission from Jamnagar, safely ejected when the aircraft developed a snag during the landing phase. It was a minor accident. Pilot is safe,” said the official.He said a court of inquiry has been ordered to ascertain the cause of the incident.According to him, the plane has not crash landed, as it had only developed a technical snag. There was only minor damage to the fighter jet, he said.The incident comes just three days after another Jaguar fighter jet crashed in Kutch in which senior IAF pilot Air Commodore Sanjai Chauhan was killed.Air Commodore Chauhan, a recipient of the Vayu Sena Medal and the Air Officer Commanding of Jamnagar Air Force Station, died when the deep penetration plane crashed in a field in Bareja village on June 5.

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15 cases of fire in trains in last five months, railway board sounds alarm

Fifteen cases of fire-related accidents have been reported in trains in the last five months primarily due to improper maintenance of rolling stock and lack of supervision, a Railway Board letter has said, instructing zonal railways to take corrective measures to minimise such incidents in the future.The letter addressed to all General Managers of zones states that such incidents have shown ‘laxity in the maintenance of rolling stock’ and preventive action must be taken in this regard.”In the last five months, there are 15 cases of fire accidents/incidents reported over zonal railways involving locomotives, coaching stock and freight stock due to various reasons like miscreant activities, improper maintenance of rolling stock, loading of prohibited items…”Above incidents indicates laxity in maintenance of rolling stock and lack of supervision, slack supervision of commodities being loaded, insufficient security…”, the letter dated May 31 said.In the letter the board has pointed out zone-wise how lack of proper maintenance as well as monitoring of goods being loaded in trains had led to such accidents. In Agra Division a coach caught fire due to electrical short circuit and in another instance, in NR zone in Delhi Division, another fire broke out because charged electronic goods or mobile batteries were stored in the luggage portion of the coach.Similarly, the board letter has listed incidents in both Central Railway and North Central Railway where it said that fire broke out due to improper maintenance.

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While rain remains a tiny respite, India’s groundwater crisis in need of major management: Report

With the farmer protests that hit the nation in the past few weeks, a new report that has highlighted by science journal Nature has said that the national groundwater crisis that has been fuelled by intense pumping needs urgent management.According to satellite data between 2002 and 2012 that was accessed by the magazine, India is undergoing severe depletion as measured by satellite data between 2002 and 2016, mainly due to intense extraction using water pumps for crop irrigation, a report by Mongabay added..In the article that analyses global analysis on freshwater availability, northern and eastern India emerged as major hotspots of groundwater depletion mainly because of overexploitation for irrigation although eastern regions also faced low rainfall, while the central and southern regions showed stability owing to water policy changes and increased rainfall.Also readForget nuclear wars, water wars are beginning at community levels and we’re too blind to acknowledge themRecently Shimla, too, witnessed a massive water crisis. The reckless felling of trees, unplanned and illegal constructions have reduced the queen of hills to a concrete jungle and drying up of water sources have plunged Shimla into severe water crisis.People lining on streets for water tankers has become a common sight. As the Himachal capital grapples with the acute water shortage, residents and environmentalists are now urging the tourists to stay away from Shimla. Also readOn World Environment Day, parched Shimla to witness muted celebrations In India the problem begins at the village or the city levels. Most slums across big cities in India are non-notified, which means they do not have a regulated power supply or water supply.In an earlier interview with DNA, Anshu Sharma, the co-founder of SEEDS said that water problems a groundwater scarcity emerges from three root causes. Firstly, unplanned or poorly planned urban development, with exponentially rising water demand and slower and ad-hoc increase in water supply.Also readPolitical fallout: BJP faces heat as over dozen districts battle water crisis across Rajasthan Secondly, low regional analysis while investing in urban growth, leading to mismatch in catchment capacity and urban demand.Finally, climate variability – both due to cyclic climatic patterns and long term climate change, raising risks of periods of too much water and too little.“We have not carried out or come across any statistical survey, but from exchanges with communities where we work I can say that the average Indian is grossly unaware of the imminent water crisis that most Indian cities (and villages) will face in the coming times. Common perception is limited to local authorities supplying water in pipelines, and it arriving at the taps at home or in the community. Where this water is sourced from, what are the gaps, and what it takes to clean and transport this water is something that most of us are blind to. These aspects need to be understood in order for us to adequately value this critical resource that we so often take for granted,” he had said in the interview.

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Mumbai: How mistaken identity got this couple beaten up by Andheri pub staff

A couple was assaulted in a Mumbai pub on May 27, allegedly by the staff members of the establishment, Mid-Day reported. While the staff has been booked, the pub owners allege that the couple repeatedly assaulted a bouncer before the staff retaliated.According to the report, Yash Kukreja and Vedika Sangtani had visited Agent Jack’s pub in Andheri to watch the IPL final. After the match, music started playing and the couple started dancing. On the floor were a group of teenagers and a middle-aged couple. A while later, the middle-aged woman complained to the staff that one of the teenage boys was harassing her. However, in a case of miscommunication, the staff assumed the teenage boy to be Yash and reprimanded him.Vedika then reportedly clarified the confusion with the woman and then approached the staff to clear the air. The middle-aged woman also reportedly clarified the confusion with the staff. However, the staff members refused to listen and allegedly assaulted Yash. When Vedika tried to intervene, she was allegedly assaulted. Both Yash and Vedika then approached the Amboli police station, where the cops called the accused. A waiter also arrived and corroborated Yash and Vedika’s story. Meanwhile, a senior officer asked his team to bring the alleged accused to the police station. When the cops reached the bar, they were told two bouncers have been fired and the owner of the franchise is on leave.An FIR was filed under sections 143, 147, 149, 504, 504, 323 of the Indian Penal Code. However, the owner of the establishment, Dibyendu Bindal told the daily that the couple was drunk and misbehaved with the staff.

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‘India’s soul resides in pluralism and tolerance’: Former President Pranab Mukherjee’s full speech at RSS HQ

Former President Pranab Mukherjee today warned that any attempt to define India through “religion, hatred, dogmas and intolerance” will dilute our existence and said public discourses must be freed of all forms of violence, as he addressed an RSS event despite criticism by the Congress and his family.Asserting that India’s identity has emerged through a long-drawn process of confluence, assimilation and co-existence, Mukherjee, in a strong-worded speech on ‘nation, nationalism and patriotism’ in context of Bharat, said India’s soul resides in pluralism and tolerance.Greetings,Also readTold you so: Sharmistha Mukherjee chides her father Pranab after fake pictures of him giving RSS salute goes viralSarsanghchalak Shri Mohan Bhagwat Ji, Delegates, Ladies and GentlemenToday, I’m here to share with you my understanding of the concepts of Nation, Nationalism and Patriotism in the context of India, that is Bharat. These three concepts are so closely intertwined that it is difficult to discuss any one of them in isolation.Also readWe thank Pranab Mukherjee for strengthening conversation around nationalism and patriotism: RSSLet us make a beginning by understanding the dictionary meaning of these three words. Nation is defined as ‘a large group of people sharing the same culture, language or history and inhabiting a particular state or area’. Nationalism is defined as ‘identification with one’s own nation and support for its interests especially to the exclusion of interests of other nations’. Patriotism is defined as ‘devotion to and vigorous support for one’s country’.Let us look at our roots,Also readWhen Sharmistha Mukherjee and Subramanian Swamy bonded over father-daughter differencesIndia was an open society, globally connected along the Silk and Spice Routes. These busy highways of commerce and conquest witnessed a free exchange of culture, faith and invention as merchants, scholars and sages traversed mountain and desert and sailed the oceans. Buddhism reached Central Asia, China and Southeast Asia together with Hindu influences. Ancient travelers like Megasthenes in the 4th century B.C., Fa Hien in the 5th century A.D. and Hiuen Tsang in the 7th century AD; when they came to India, wrote about the efficient administrative systems with planned settlements and good infrastructure. Takshashila, Nalanda, Vikramashila, Valabhi, Somapura and Odantapuri comprised the ancient university system that dominated the world for 1,800 years beginning the sixth century BCE. They were magnets for the finest minds and scholars in the world. In the liberal environment of these institutions creativity found full form and art, literature, and scholarship flourished. Chanakya’s Arthashastra, an authoritative text on state-craft was also written during this period.India was a state long before the concept of the European Nation State gained ground after the Treaty of Westphalia in 1648. This model- of a defined territory, a single language, shared religion and a common enemy- is the model which led to the formation of various nation states in Europe. On the other hand Indian Nationalism emanated from “Universalism” the philosophy of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam (वसुधैव कुटुम्बकम) and Sarve Bhavantu Sukhinah, Sarve Santu Niramayah. We see the whole world as one family and pray for the happiness and good health of all. Our national identity has emerged through a long-drawn process of confluence, assimilation, and co-existence. The multiplicity in culture, faith and language is what makes India special. We derive our strength from tolerance. We accept and respect our pluralism. We celebrate our diversity. These have been a part of our collective consciousness for centuries. Any attempt at defining our nationhood in terms of dogmas and identities of religion, region, hatred and intolerance will only lead to dilution of our national identity. Any differences that may appear are only on the surface but we remain a distinct cultural unit with a common history, a common literature and a common civilization . In the words of the eminent historian Vincent Smith, “India beyond all doubt possesses a deep underlying fundamental unity, far more profound than that produced either by geographical isolation or by political superiority. That unity transcends the innumerable diversities of blood, colour, language, dress, manners, and sect” .If we take a quick look at history the emergence of the Indian State can be traced back to the sixteen Mahajanapadas mostly spread across Northern India in the 6th century BC. In the 4th century BC, Chandragupta Maurya defeated the Greeks to build a powerful empire comprising of North-Western and Northern India. Emperor Ashoka was the most illustrious ruler of this dynasty. After the collapse of the Mauryan Dynasty, the empire broke into small kingdoms around 185 BC. Gupta Dynasty again created a vast empire which collapsed around 550 AD. Many dynasties ruled till 12th century, when Muslim invaders captured Delhi and successive dynasties ruled for the next 300 years. Babur defeated the last Lodhi King in 1526 at the First Battle of Panipat and firmly established Mughal rule which continued for 300 years. The East India Company after winning the Battle of Plassey in 1757, and the Three Battles of Arcot (1746-63) brought a vast territory in East and South of India under its control. A large part of western region was also annexed to the company’s territory and to administer these territories, a modern form of government was established in 1774. To administer these territories, the office of Governor General at fort William, Calcutta and two sub-ordinate governors at Madras and Bombay were created. For nearly 140 years, Calcutta was the centre of British Authority in India. However, the responsibility of administration was taken away from the East India Company in 1858 and the Secretary of State for India was appointed in the British Cabinet to super intend the Indian Administration.Throughout this period of 2500 years of changing political fortunes and conquests, the 5000 year old civilizational continuity remained unbroken. In fact, each conqueror and each foreign element had been absorbed to form a new synthesis and unity . Tagore in his poem ‘Bharat Teertha’ says and I quote “……No one knows at whose beckoning call how many streams, of humanity came in indomitable waves from all over the world, over the millennia and mingled like rivers, into this vast ocean and created an individual soul, that is called Bharat”.The concept of Modern Indian State found frequent articulation by various Indian organizations including the Indian National Congress towards the end of nineteenth century. Starting with Shri Surendranath Banerjee in 1895 at Pune, all Congress Presidents gave a call for an Indian Nation comprising the territorial areas of British India and the territories of 565 princely states. When Bal Gangadhar Tilak gave voice to the phrase coined by Barrister Joseph Baptista “Swaraj is my Birthright and I shall have it”, he referred to Swaraj for the Indian People – encompassing various castes, creeds, and religions, spread across British India, and Princely States. This Nation and Nationalism was not bound by geography, language, religion, or race. As Gandhiji explained Indian nationalism was not exclusive, nor aggressive, nor destructive. It was this Nationalism that Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru so vividly expressed in the ‘Discovery of India’, and I quote, “I am convinced that Nationalism can only come out of the ideological fusion of Hindu, Muslim, Sikh and other groups in India. That does not mean that extinction of any real culture of any group, but it does mean a common national outlook, to which other matters are subordinated”. In the process of our movement against British Rule, the various anti-colonial, anti-British and mostly progressive movements across the length and breadth of the country were unified into a cohesive national struggle for freedom, keeping the feeling of patriotism above their individual, ideological and political leanings.We won independence in 1947. Thanks to the efforts of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the Princely States merged leading to the consolidation of India. The complete integration of Provincial and Princely States took place after the formation of states on the recommendation of States Re-organisation Commission.On 26 January 1950, the Constitution of India came into effect. In a remarkable display of idealism and courage, we the people of India gave to ourselves a sovereign democratic republic to secure for all its citizens justice, liberty, and equality. We undertook to promote among all citizens fraternity, the dignity of the individual and the unity of the nation. These ideals became the lodestar of the modern Indian State. Democracy became our most precious guide towards peace and regeneration from the swamp of poverty created by centuries of colonial rule. For us, Democracy is not a gift, but a sacred trust. The Indian Constitution, consisting of 395 articles and 12 schedules, is not merely a legal document but a Magna Carta of socio-economic transformation of the country. It represents the hopes and aspirations of the billion plus Indians. From our constitution flows our nationalism. The construct of Indian nationalism is ‘Constitutional Patriotism’, which consists of an appreciation of our inherited and shared diversity; a readiness to enact one’s citizenship at different levels; the ability to self correct and learn from others .Delegates, Ladies and Gentlemen, I want to share with you some truths that I have internalized during my fifty year long public life, as a Parliamentarian and Administrator. he soul of India resides in pluralism and tolerance. This plurality of our society has come through assimilation of ideas over centuries. Secularism and inclusion are a matter of faith for us. It is our composite culture which makes us into one nation. India’s Nationhood is not one language, one religion, one enemy. It is the ‘Perennial Universalism’ of 1.3 billion people who use more than 122 languages and 1600 dialects in their everyday lives, practice 7 major religions, belong to 3 major ethnic groups- Aryans, Mongoloids, and Dravidians live under one system, one flag and one identity of being ‘Bhartiya’ and have ‘No Enemies’. That is what makes Bharat a diverse and united nation.In a democracy, informed and reasoned public engagement on all issues of national importance is essential. A dialogue is necessary not only to balance the competing interests but also to reconcile them. Divergent strands in public discourse have to be recognized. We may argue, we may agree, or we may not agree. But we cannot deny the essential prevalence of multiplicity of opinion. Only through a dialogue can we develop the understanding to solve complex problems without an unhealthy strife within our polity.Peaceful co-existence, compassion, respect for life, and harmony with nature form the foundation of our civilization. Every time a child or woman is brutalized, the soul of India is wounded. Manifestations of rage are tearing our social fabric. Every day, we see increased violence around us. At the heart of this violence is darkness, fear, and mistrust. We must free our public discourse from all forms of violence, physical as well as verbal. Only a non-violent society can ensure the participation of all sections of people in the democratic process, especially the marginalized and the dispossessed. We must move from anger, violence, and conflict to peace, harmony, and happiness.We have lived with pain and strife for long enough. You are young, disciplined, well trained and highly educated. Please wish for peace, harmony and happiness. Our Motherland is asking for that. Our Motherland deserves that.Happiness is fundamental to the human experience of life. To lead healthy, happy, and productive lives is the basic right of our citizens. While we have done well on our economic growth indicators, we have fared poorly on the World Happiness Index. We rank 133 out of the 156 countries mapped in the World Happiness Report 2018. Kautilya’s Shloka from Arthashastra, inscribed near lift No. 6 in the Parliament House says: In the happiness of the people lies the happiness of the king, their welfare is his welfare. He shall not consider as good only that which pleases him but treat as beneficial to him whatever causes happiness to all people. Kautilya points out in this shloka very succinctly that the State is for the people. People are at the centre of all activities of the state and nothing should be done to divide the people and create animosity amongst them. The aim of the state should be to galvanise them to fight a concerted war against poverty, disease and deprivation and to convert economic growth into real development. Let the objective of spreading Peace, Harmony and Happiness inform the formulation of our public policy and guide all the actions of our state and citizens in their everyday life.This and only this will be able to create a happy nation, where Nationalism flows automatically.Thank YouJai Hind.




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Greater Noida: Trio gang-rape woman on pretext of legal help

A 28-year-old woman was allegedly gang-raped by three men in the Naroli area of Jarcha in Greater Noida. The police said that the incident took place on the night of June 3. A case has been registered while the police are yet to make any arrests.According to the police, the victim in her complaint has said that she was on her way to Noida from Hapur with the three accused persons, whom she had met at Hapur. The three allegedly gang-raped her and even tried to poison her on the way.” The woman said that her husband is lodged in Hapur jail and on June 3, she had gone to meet him and try for her his bail. The three accused identified as Hazmat, Ismail Ali and Muzammil, all natives of Sarurpur in Hapur, allegedly approached her under the pretext of providing her legal help,” said a senior police officer.The trio then offered her lift and help to meet a criminal lawyer. However, the woman has claimed that after reaching Greater Noida, the accused forcibly took her to an isolated area in Naroli and gang-raped her and tried to poison her. However, the woman filed a case on June 5.”After raping her, she was dumped by the roadside. Based on the complaint filed by the victim, we have booked the three under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code. However, no arrest could be made so far as we are still cross verifying the claims made by the victim,” said a senior police officer.Poison HerAccording to the police, the victim in her complaint has said that she was on her way to Noida from Hapur with the three accused persons, whom she had met at Hapur. After raping they also tried to poison her, police said.

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Govt looking to provide affordable healthcare to all: PM Modi

The prime minister also said that his government aims to eradicate tuberculosis from India by 2025, five years ahead of a globally-set deadline. Ahead of the International Yoga Day on June 21, the prime minister also appealed to people to practice yoga and make it a part of their life. ”

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Storm over India film on women who ‘smoke, drink and have sex’

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India’s first indigenous artillery gun to undergo trial in Thar

Dhanush’s dhoom will reverberate again at Jaisalmer’s Pokhran field firing range when India’s first indigenous long-range artillery gun will undergo a trial next week.The trial will be carried out in presence of representatives of Indian army technical officers and GCF experts. Along with the trial of its long-range firepower, the performance of Dhanush in heat and other adverse conditions will also be tested.‘Dhanush’ has been developed by Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) and manufactured by Jabalpur-based Gun Carriage Factory (GCF). The trial of ‘Dhanush’ which was going on for the last five years had initially faced some major hiccups over ammunition used.This gun is an upgrade version of Sweden’s Bofors gun, more 80 percent of its parts are built indigenously. Bofors could hit the target at a distance of 29km, while the Dhanush hit the target at a distance of 38km.In comparison to Bofors working on hydraulic system, the it operates under the electronic system. With the help of night vision device, it can hit targets in the night.It uses 125-mm shells and can fire 5 to 6 shells in a minute. More than 400 Dhanush guns are expected to be acquired by the army.
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Overcast sky brings relief to National Capital

The national Capital was cooler on Wednesday as the cover of clouds made the heat bearable during the first half of the day. The city recorded a maximum temperature of 41.6 degrees Celsius. The weatherman has forecast dust or thunderstorm for Thursday.The morning was pleasant because of a cloudy sky and a strong gust of wind. This continued till afternoon, when the sky, too, became overcast with thick clouds, indicating the possibility of rain.However, the weather became sultry after that. Relative humidity at 8:30 in the morning was 66 per cent, and at 5:30 pm, it was 41 per cent. Mercury touched one degree above normal at the Safdarjung Observatory, bringing the maximum temperature to 41.6 degrees Celsius. The minimum temperature was 28.5 degrees Celsius.The Palam Observatory, on the other hand, recorded a maximum temperature of 42.9 degrees Celsius, a variance of two degrees more from season’s average. The minimum temperature, however, remained static at 28.1 degrees Celsius.The Indian Meteorological Department has predicted generally cloudy sky with light rain or drizzle on Saturday. This will bring the temperature down to 38 degrees Celsius. On Thursday, there may be dust or thunderstorm while Friday forecast says generally cloudy sky with possibility of thunder or lightning. The temperature will hover between 40 to 41 degrees Celsius. Meanwhile, residents are eagerly waiting for pre-monsoon rains to lash the city.”Since the beginning of the week, we have been anticipating some rain. Though the sky is overcast and it is not as hot as it was till a few weeks ago, the humidity has made weather sticky,” said Tanisha Singh, a resident of South Extension-I.DrizzleThe Indian Meteorological Department has predicted generally cloudy sky with light rain or drizzle on Saturday. This will bring the temperature down to 38 degrees Celsius.




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If you don’t innovate, we will stagnate: PM Modi to young innovators

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Wednesday took part in an interaction with young innovators and start-up entrepreneurs at 9:30 AM today.It was a very unique and a first of its kind interaction between the Prime Minister and youngsters from the world of start-up and innovation.PM Modi told the youngsters: “If we do not innovate, we will stagnate.”He also commended entrepreneurs in Assam for furthering a spirit of enterprise and innovation in the North East.He also said: “Make in India, ‘Design in India’ is also essential.”He also said: “Our start-ups are growth engines. Today’s big companies were start-ups at some point. I urge the people of India to keep innovating.”Taking to his Twitter handle, Prime Minister Modi wrote on Tuesday, “Tomorrow at 9:30 a.m., I will take part in an exciting interaction with youngsters from the world of start-ups and innovation. The interaction offers a wonderful opportunity to hear directly from pioneering young innovators who have excelled as start-up entrepreneurs.”The PM also applauded the youth for their innovation, out-of-the-box thinking and India as an emerging hub for start-ups.‘India has emerged as a hub for start-ups and innovation. Indian youngsters have distinguished themselves due to their futuristic and out-of-the-box thinking. During tomorrow’s interaction youngsters from leading incubation centres and tinkering, labs will be taking part as well,’ tweeted the PM.PM Modi also expressed his desire for the youth to join him in the interaction and participate in it.‘I would particularly urge my young friends to join tomorrow’s interaction. It is a wonderful way to learn, grow and get inspired. You can join the interaction via the ‘Narendra Modi Mobile App’ or @DDNewsLive. If you have any idea or suggestion, do share it on social media,’ PM Modi on Twitter. With inputs from ANI

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Pravin Togadia lashes out at Gujarat government on farmers’ issue

Former VHP leader Pravin Togadia lashed out at central and state governments on farmers’ suicide issue. Togadia, while addressing a press conference on Tuesday in Ahmedabad, express his sympathy for farmers’ plight in India and offered support for their demands. This comes at a time when the agrarian community across the country is on strike and has boycotted markets.Addressing the media, Togadia said, “Our farmers have been thrown out of our economy mercilessly despite our economy being driven by agriculture. All political parties should be ashamed of themselves as they have been doing nothing while our farmers are forced to commit suicide. When farmers raise their voice, bullets are fired at them. This is totally injustice. This kind of ignorance will come down heavily on Indian economy.”Togadia put forth several demands on behalf of farmers and said the government must take the initiatives so that the farmers could get one and half to two times more returns against the sale of their produce. He also demanded that the Centre accept all the recommendations made in the Swaminathan Committee for the welfare of the farmers and should not garner political benefit out of that.”Farmers have been supplying us all food materials and we have been getting them easily so that they were never been given importance(sic). Our governments snatch their land from them on the name of acquisition for development but land is the only medium they have for livelihood.”REBELLIOUS ONETogadia demanded that the Centre accept all the recommendations made in the Swaminathan Committee and that it should not garner political benefit out of the same

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India policewoman praised for breastfeeding abandoned baby

The Indian officer may have saved the abandoned baby’s life with her quick actions, police say.

Sunanda Pushkar case: Summoned Tharoor promises to cooperate, says charges preposterous, baseless

Senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor who has been summoned by a Delhi Court as an accused in the case related to his wife Sunanda Pushkar’s death, on Tuesday promised to co-operate and said that charges against him were preposterous and baseless.Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal took cognisance of Tharoor’s alleged offences of abetment of suicide and committing cruelty towards Pushkar, and asked him to appear before it on July 7, saying there were sufficient grounds to proceed against him. Reacting to the development, Tharoor, in a statement said, “I have taken notice of the developments in the case being heard by the Hon’ble Judge of the Patiala House Court in relation to the circumstances surrounding the untimely demise of my late wife, Mrs. Sunanda Pushkax Tharoor. As I understand, the court has issued summons against my name and I have been asked to appear before the court on Saturday, 7th July 2018. I would like to point out that, from the very start, I have fully cooperated with the investigating team and continue to maintain that due legal process must be followed in all aspects related to this case.” Tharoor also said that he would like to reiterate his position that he finds the charges preposterous and baseless, the product of a malicious and vindictive campaign against myself. “I will continue to vigorously contest these charges and maintain my steadfast conviction that ultimately the truth will prevail through the judicial system that we are privileged to have in our country,” he said.The Congress leader has requested the media to respect his right to privacy, given that the matter is sub-judice. “I will refrain from commenting on this issue further until such time as the next scheduled hearing of the case.”Asking Tharoor to be present in the court, the judge said, ” I have heard the prosecutor. I have gone through and perused the charge sheet and the documents filed along with it. On the basis of police report (charge sheet), I take cognisance of offence of abetment of suicide of late Sunanda Pushkar and committing cruelty upon her by Dr Shashi Tharoor.””There exists sufficient grounds to proceed against Tharoor for commission of offences of Section 306 and 498 A of IPC. Issue summons to him for appearance for July 7,” the court added.Also readDNA EXCLUSIVE: Sunanda Pushkar was murdered, Delhi Police knew it from day 1, says ‘secret report’The Delhi Police had on May 14 accused the Lok Sabha MP from Thiruvananthapuram of abetting Pushkar’s suicide and told a city court that he should be summoned as an accused in the four-and-half year-old case, claiming there was sufficient evidence against him.In a nearly 3,000-page charge sheet, the police named Tharoor as the only accused while also alleging that he had subjected his wife to cruelty. It had also urged the court to summon Tharoor as an accused.The couple’s domestic servant, Narayan Singh, has been named one of the key witnesses in the case.Pushkar was found dead in a luxury hotel room on the night of January 17, 2014.Tharoor has been charged under Sections 498 A (husband or his relative subjecting a woman to cruelty) and 306 (abetment of suicide) of the Indian Penal Code.Under Section 498A, the maximum punishment is up to three years of imprisonment, while jail term up to 10 years is prescribed under Section 306.An FIR was registered by Delhi Police on January 1, 2015 against unknown persons under IPC section 302 (murder).According to prosecution sources, the charge sheet mentions that Pushkar was allegedly subjected to mental as well as physical cruelty. Tharoor has not been arrested in the case(With agency inputs)
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