Highlights of PM Modi's speech during launch of 'Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan'


Highlights of PM Modi's speech during launch of 'Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan'

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday launched 'Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan', through video conferencing, to boost livelihood opportunities in rural India amid COVID-19 crisis.

While addressing the nation, PM Modi said country is proud of the sacrifice made by our braves in Ladakh. "Country is proud of the sacrifice made by our braves in Ladakh. Today when I am speaking to people of Bihar, I will say the valour was of Bihar Regiment, every Bihari is proud of it. I pay tributes to the braves who laid down their lives for the nation," he said.

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar said during the launch of Garib Kalyan Rojgar Abhiyaan said that migrant workers who have returned to Bihar are now wiling to stay back in their native places hence, it is important to create employment opportunities for them.

The campaign of 125 days across 116 districts in 6 states aims to work in mission mode to help migrant workers.It will involve intensified and focused implementation of 25 different types of works to provide jobs and create infrastructure in the rural regions of the country with a resource envelope of Rs 50,000 crore, the PMO office had said.

Around 39 crore people have received financial assistance of Rs 34,800 crore amid the COVID-19 lockdown under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package (PMGKP) as on May 5, the government had said in a statement on May 6.These people received the assistance, which was announced by Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on March 26 to protect them from the impact of the lockdown due to COVID-19, via digital payment infrastructure.

 
 
 



Coronavirus in India: Centre asks states to strictly follow home-isolation guidelines


Coronavirus in India: Centre asks states to strictly follow home-isolation guidelines

The Centre has asked states to ensure implementation of its guidelines on home isolation at the field level "in letter and spirit" to effectively contain the spread of the coronavirus, after taking note of instances of laxity.

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare issued revised guidelines for home isolation on May 10 which continue to be effective as on date, an official statement said Friday.

According to the guidelines, very mild and pre-symptomatic COVID-19 patients can opt for home isolation, provided the patient has a room for himself/herself with a toilet facility and has an adult attendant or caregiver.

Also, the patient should agree to monitor his/her health and regularly inform the status to the district surveillance officer for follow-up by surveillance teams.

An important clause in the revised guidelines is that the treating doctor should be satisfied with the patient opting for home isolation based on medical assessment and assessment of his/her residential accommodation, the government said.

In addition, the patient should fill in an undertaking on self-isolation and should follow home quarantine guidelines, it said.

"In this regard, some instances have been noticed wherein home isolation is allowed in a routine manner in certain states, and clauses of the revised guidelines are not followed in letter and spirit," it said.

This may lead to spread of the disease within the family members and neighbours, more so in urban settings such as dense urban agglomerations, the Centre said, adding the Health Ministry has requested states to ensure strict implementation of the guidelines at the field level to effectively curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"We have collectively been following the policy of test, trace, track and isolate and the same may not be feasible if the guidelines issued are not implemented in letter and spirit," Health Ministry Joint Secretary Lav Agarwal in his letter to states said.

"It is again reiterated that the urban congested settlements exercising the option of the home isolation may result in patient spreading the infection to family members and in the neighbourhood. In this context, it is requested to ensure strict implementation of the guidelines on home isolation at the field level," he said.




Amid India-China standoff, Pakistan violates ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir's Hiranagar


Amid India-China standoff, Pakistan violates ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir's Hiranagar

Amid India-China standoff, Pakistan continued to violate the ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC). On Saturday morning, the Pakistani army violated ceasefire along the international border in Hiranagar sector of Jammu and Kashmir, reported India Today.

According to a report by India Today, Pakistani troops resorted to unprovoked firing and shelling along the international border in Kathua district.

Meanwhile, A Pakistani drone was shot down by the Border Security Force along the International Border in Kathua district of Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday. The drone was spotted hovering in the skies by a BSF party on patrol duty in the vicinity of Border Out Post Pansar around 5.10 am.

BSF personnel fired about nine rounds and shot down the flying object 250 metres inside Indian territory. Multiple weapons have been recovered from the drone which was brought down by the security forces.

On Friday, Pakistan violated ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Tangdhar sector of Jammu and Kashmir's Kupwara district. The unprovoked ceasefire violations by Pakistan was through the firing of mortars and other weapons, which started in the evening. A befitting reply is being given by the Indian Army.

(Inputs from Agencies)




Vande Bharat's Phase 3: 85 Indians return home from Madagascar in special chartered flight


Vande Bharat's Phase 3: 85 Indians return home from Madagascar in special chartered flight

85 people hailing from various Indian states, living and working in Madagascar, departed for India in a special chartered flight under the third phase of Vande Bharat's repatriation mission.

Madagascar has been home to about 20,000 persons of Indian origin. The total number of Indian citizens residing in the small island nation located in the southern Indian Ocean and close to East Africa is about 2500. Those people are mostly engaged in trading, manufacturing, and other businesses.

Indian ambassador Abhay Kumar went on-board the special chartered aircraft along with Second Secretary Mani Agarwal and wished all the passengers a very safe journey back home to India.

Madagascar has about 1300 COVID positive cases and has had 10 deaths so far. The pandemic situation seems to be under control.

Madagascar is set to celebrate its 60th Independence Day this month on June 26 which would be a low key affair without any foreign participation because of the prevailing global pandemic




Defence analyst shares picture of barbed wire stick used on Indian soldiers by Chinese, Twitterati in shock


Defence analyst shares picture of barbed wire stick used on Indian soldiers by Chinese, Twitterati in shock

A disturbing image of nail-studded rods, reportedly used by Chinese soldiers to attack Indian soldiers on Monday night has garnered outrage on social media.

Senior journalist Ajai Shukla, who shared the image tweeted, “The nail-studded rods — captured by Indian soldiers from the Galwan Valley encounter site — with which Chinese soldiers attacked an Indian Army patrol and killed 20 Indian soldiers. Such barbarism must be condemned. This is thuggery, not soldiering,” he tweeted.


Ajai Shukla

@ajaishukla
The nail-studded rods — captured by Indian soldiers from the Galwan Valley encounter site — with which Chinese soldiers attacked an Indian Army patrol and killed 20 Indian soldiers.

Such barbarism must be condemned. This is thuggery, not soldiering

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The nail-studded rods — captured by Indian soldiers from the Galwan Valley encounter site — with which Chinese soldiers attacked an Indian Army patrol and killed 20 Indian soldiers.

Such barbarism must be condemned. This is thuggery, not soldiering

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Just ghastly

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The world should condemn China for this barbaric attack. Unprofessional and cowardly. https://twitter.com/ajaishukla/status/1273478468919951361 …

Ajai Shukla

@ajaishukla
The nail-studded rods — captured by Indian soldiers from the Galwan Valley encounter site — with which Chinese soldiers attacked an Indian Army patrol and killed 20 Indian soldiers.

Such barbarism must be condemned. This is thuggery, not soldiering

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“Thuggery, not soldiering”
Civilians in Kashmir forced to drink water from lavatory, electric shocks applied to chest, red hot iron rod on genitals, their private parts pulled with pliers. All is documented. Chinese are merciful by comparison. https://www.trtworld.com/magazine/india-s-torture-methods-new-claims-emerge-from-disputed-kashmir-29879 … https://twitter.com/ajaishukla/status/1273478468919951361 …


India's torture methods: new claims emerge from disputed Kashmir
In video recorded interviews, the victims allege that the Indian army subjected them to immense physical pain and psychological pressure.

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Ajai Shukla

@ajaishukla
The nail-studded rods — captured by Indian soldiers from the Galwan Valley encounter site — with which Chinese soldiers attacked an Indian Army patrol and killed 20 Indian soldiers.

Such barbarism must be condemned. This is thuggery, not soldiering

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Horrific beyond words. https://twitter.com/ajaishukla/status/1273478468919951361 …

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@ajaishukla
The nail-studded rods — captured by Indian soldiers from the Galwan Valley encounter site — with which Chinese soldiers attacked an Indian Army patrol and killed 20 Indian soldiers.

Such barbarism must be condemned. This is thuggery, not soldiering

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This is against all norms, terribly painful to even look at these nail-studded rods. https://twitter.com/ajaishukla/status/1273478468919951361 …

Ajai Shukla

@ajaishukla
The nail-studded rods — captured by Indian soldiers from the Galwan Valley encounter site — with which Chinese soldiers attacked an Indian Army patrol and killed 20 Indian soldiers.

Such barbarism must be condemned. This is thuggery, not soldiering

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Earlier, the Indian Army issued a statement, saying that the clash between the two sides happened as a result of an attempt by Chinese soldiers to 'unilaterally change' the status quo during de-escalation in Eastern Ladakh, adding that the situation could have been avoided had the agreement at the higher level had been scrupulously followed by the Chinese side.

Indian Army troopers were outnumbered by 1:5 when they came under attack from the Chinese People's Liberation Army soldiers at patrolling point number 14 in Galwan Valley on the Line of Actual Control. Officials had earlier stated that no guns had been used in the skirmish.

The Chinese resorted to rocks and barbed wires, as a pact signed by the two sides to not open fire within two kilometres from the LAC. This had been stipulated to prevent "dangerous military activities" and does not apply to routine firing activities in small arms firing ranges.

As the first segment under Article VI states, "Neither side shall open fire, cause bio-degradation, use hazardous chemicals, conduct blast operations or hunt with guns or explosives within two kilometers from the line of actual control."

Notably, government sources have called Monday's attack the 'deadliest attack carried on Indian Army personnel by the Chinese military to our memory.'




India becomes non-permanent member of UN Security Council for 8th time: Here's India's vote tally in successful bids at UNSC


India becomes non-permanent member of UN Security Council for 8th time: Here's India's vote tally in successful bids at UNSC

India has been overwhelmingly elected as a non-permanent member of the powerful UN Security Council for a two-year term, in an unprecedented election where envoys from the 192 member states voted wearing masks and in adherence to the strict social distancing norms due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This is the eighth time that India will sit at the UN high-table.

Previously, India was elected for 1950-1951, 1967-1968, 1972-1973, 1977-1978, 1984-1985, 1991-1992 and most recently in 2011-2012 when Hardeep Singh Puri, now India's Minister for Housing & Urban Affairs and Civil Aviation, was India's Permanent Representative.

Back then, India placed its position as a non-permanent member of UNSC by successfully winning 56/58 votes in 1950-1951, 82/119 votes in 1967-1968, 107/116 votes in 1972-1973, 132/138 votes in 1977-1978, 142/155 votes in 1984-1985, 141/154 votes in 1991-1992, 187/191 votes in 2011-2012 and finally by 184/192 votes in 2021-2022.

Less than a year after its term at the Security Council ended, India had put in its candidature for the non-permanent seat in 2013 under the tenure of then Permanent Representative Ambassador Asoke Mukerji.

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India elected unopposed as non-permanent member of UN Security Council
India, the endorsed candidate from the Asia-Pacific States, won 184 votes out of the 192 ballots cast in the elections for the five non-permanent seats of the Security Council, the world organisation's most powerful organ.

India's two-year term term as the non-permanent member of the UNSC would begin from January 1, 2021.

Along with India, Ireland, Mexico and Norway also won the Security Council elections held on Wednesday.

In 2021, India, Norway, Ireland and Mexico will sit in the most powerful UN organ along with five permanent members -- China, France, Russia, the UK and the US as well as non-permanent members Estonia, Niger, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Tunisia and Vietnam.

The two-year terms of Belgium, Dominican Republic, Germany, Indonesia and South Africa are ending this year.

Immediately after the results were announced, India's Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador T S Tirumurti said in a video statement that he is "truly delighted that India has been elected as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council for 2021-22.

"We have received overwhelming support and I'm deeply humbled by the tremendous confidence, which the member states of the United Nations have reposed in India," he said.

Tirumurti said India's election to the Security Council is a "testament" to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's "vision and his inspiring global leadership particularly in the time of COVID-19." "India will become a member of the Security Council at a critical juncture and we are confident that in the COVID-19, and the post-COVID-19 world, India will continue to provide leadership and a new orientation for a reformed multilateral system," Tirumurti said.

He said that the outcome is a "reflection" of the "strong campaign" led by Minister of External Affairs S Jaishankar and also thanked Minister of State for External Affairs V Muraleedharan, Foreign Secretary Harsh Shringla as well as his predecessor Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin.

India will be guided by the five priorities under the overarching theme of NORMS: New Orientation for a Reformed Multilateral System. These priorities, launched by Jaishankar, includes new opportunities for progress, effective response to international terrorism, reforming multilateral systems, comprehensive approach to international peace and security, and technology with a human touch.




Coronavirus in Bengal: BJP MP arrested in Kolkata during protests over handling of dead bodies


Coronavirus in Bengal: BJP MP arrested in Kolkata during protests over handling of dead bodies

BJP MP Soumitra Khan was arrested for Unlawful Assembly on Monday amid a protest. The protests in Kolkata’s Phoolbagan area were against the undignified disposal of COVID-19 infected dead bodies allegedly by state government authorities. A video had surfaced a few days ago of dead bodies being dragged from the Nil Ratan Sircar (NRS) hospital – something that West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhanker had also criticised. 


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আজ রাজ্য বিজেপির সাধারণ সম্পাদক @basusayan এবং যুব মোর্চার সভাপতি @KhanSaumitra যুব মোর্চার রাজ্য সাধারণ সম্পাদক শ্রী তাপস ঘোষ সহ বিভিন্ন রাজ্য ও জেলার নেতৃত্বকে বিনা কারণে গ্রেফতার করার প্রতিবাদে  কোলকাতা উত্তর শহরতলি জেলা যুব মোর্চার বিক্ষোভ কর্মসূচি।

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The arrests took place during a BJP Yuva Morcha programme when the saffron party workers gheraoed the DC’s office. Apart from Khan, BJP leader Sayantan Basu was also taken away by the police. They were arrested for Unlawful Assembly as there was no permission given to hold the rally.


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তৃনমূলের পুলিশের ভূমিকা দেখুন, লজ্জা লজ্জা @AITCofficial @BanglarGorboMB @BJP4Bengal @BJYMinWB

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Several BJP workers were also taken away by the police. Khan took to Twitter to lash out at the Trinamool Congress (TMC) administration. He had incidentally been a TMC MP from Bisnupur before winning the same seat in 2019 after switching to the BJP camp.

"Can't we protest @Kolkatapolice? Don't just listen and work for the Trinamool. Work for the people. Long live the BJP," the leader said along with sharing photos of his fellow party workers in the area,” read the tweet.


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@KhanSaumitra
প্রতিবাদ করতে পারবো না? @KolkataPolice. আর দয়া করে তৃনমূলের কথা শুনে কাজ করবেন না। মানুষের জন্য কাজ করুন। বিজেপি জিন্দাবাদ @BJP4Bengal

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The state government had rubbished the reports of the dead bodies being dragged out of the morgue of NRS hospital saying that they were not bodies of COVID-19 patients but were undeclared bodies.

The Governor however has lashed out at the state administration and the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) over their treatment of human beings, irrespective of how they died. The KMC had replied by saying that they had ordered a probe into the matter.




Swara Bhasker says don't use people's suffering for 'own agenda', Sambit Patra reminds her of Rohith Vemula


Swara Bhasker says don't use people's suffering for 'own agenda', Sambit Patra reminds her of Rohith Vemula

Bollywood actress Swara Bhaskar who is known for her activism does not shy away from taking a stand for a cause. After the suicide of a Dalit scholar Rohit Vemula in 2017, Swara stood for the scholar. Bhaskar has time and again used Vemula's death to attack the current regime.

However, after the death of actor Sushant Singh Rajput the actress tweeted that 'people should really stop using someone’s suffering and tragic demise to further their own agenda'.

This led to a sharp rebuke from BJP National Spokesperson

The BJP leader wrote, "People should really stop using someone’s suffering and tragic demise to further their own agenda! #RohitVemula"

Check out his tweet here:


Sambit Patra

@sambitswaraj
People should really stop using someone’s sufferering and tragic demise to further their own agenda! #RohitVemula

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After being accused of hypocrisy, Bhaskar said: "The administration harassed Rohit Vemula, suspended him, stopped his fellowship, and pushed him towards suicide. These are not my statements - facts based on suicide note, documents, and chronology. "


Swara Bhasker

@ReallySwara
#RohithVemula case पर लागू नहीं होता प्यारे संघी। वो रोहित जिसे प्रशासन द्वारा तंग करके एवं भेद भाव वाला व्यवहार करके, सस्पेंड करके, fellowship रोक के उसे आत्महत्या की ओर धकेला। ये मेरा बयान नहीं- Suicide note, documents और chronology पर आधारित facts हैं। ???????????????????????????? https://twitter.com/Abhishek_Mshra/status/1272616538370191361 …

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क्या यह केवल सुशांत के केस पर ही लागू होता है या अन्य पर भी ?

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After the tweet, not only Sambit Patra but many others criticised the actress for her hypocrisy.

Check out the reactions here:


Pratyasha Rath
@pratyasharath
Ouch Swara. 
That is pretty much the be all end all of your activism. https://twitter.com/ReallySwara/status/1272579807956611072 …

Swara Bhasker

@ReallySwara
People should really stop using someone’s sufferering and tragic demise to further their own agenda! #SushantSinghRajput

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Says someone who thrives on using others sufferings for own propaganda..
Vemula,Kathua,Junaid,Safoora etc and this very own tweet. https://twitter.com/ReallySwara/status/1272579807956611072 …

Swara Bhasker

@ReallySwara
People should really stop using someone’s sufferering and tragic demise to further their own agenda! #SushantSinghRajput

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If this happens, what will be there for you to tweet from now on? https://twitter.com/ReallySwara/status/1272579807956611072 …

Swara Bhasker

@ReallySwara
People should really stop using someone’s sufferering and tragic demise to further their own agenda! #SushantSinghRajput

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So a Gaurav Taneja speaking against his own airline Air Asia is 'anti establishment'. 

Vivek speaking against Salman was 'anti establishment' 

Kangana saying it on face of Johar is admirable. 

Alas, We have made heroes out of 'zero cost' gasbags like Kashyap, Sinha & Swara.


Nitin Gupta
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That's why Swara will ask questions abt Rohit Vemula's suicide. 
Because that's zero cost. Free PR. 

But won't ask questions about suicide in her own industry. 
Their 'loud' virtue signaling is a cover up 4 their silent surrender in their own industry. https://twitter.com/ReallySwara/status/1272579807956611072 …

Swara Bhasker

@ReallySwara
People should really stop using someone’s sufferering and tragic demise to further their own agenda! #SushantSinghRajput

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Rohit Vemula must be turning in his grave reading this. https://twitter.com/ReallySwara/status/1272579807956611072 …

Swara Bhasker

@ReallySwara
People should really stop using someone’s sufferering and tragic demise to further their own agenda! #SushantSinghRajput

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Yaar.....mein wo proverb bhool gaya......something like '100 rats eating.....cat go haj'. https://twitter.com/ReallySwara/status/1272579807956611072 …

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@ReallySwara
People should really stop using someone’s sufferering and tragic demise to further their own agenda! #SushantSinghRajput

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Somebody whose life is based on agenda to promote #UrbanNaxals, mint money on Asifa & Ishrat Jahan & who constantly abuses PM  @narendramodi is today advising us to stop using somebody’s tragic demise to further ones agenda. 
Ha ha. https://twitter.com/reallyswara/status/1272579807956611072 …

Swara Bhasker

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People should really stop using someone’s sufferering and tragic demise to further their own agenda! #SushantSinghRajput

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Rohith Vemula, a Dalit scholar had committed suicide on the campus of the University of Hyderabad earlier on January 17, 2016, following alleged caste bias.

According to an article by the Wire, Vemula's suicide note had touched upon how he felt that his birth was his "fatal accident".

The publication also republished his suicide note.

He had written: "May be I was wrong, all the while, in understanding world. In understanding love, pain, life, death. There was no urgency. But I always was rushing. Desperate to start a life. All the while, some people, for them, life itself is curse. My birth is my fatal accident. I can never recover from my childhood loneliness. The unappreciated child from my past.

I am not hurt at this moment. I am not sad. I am just empty. Unconcerned about myself. That’s pathetic. And that’s why I am doing this."




Sushant Singh Rajput death: Unable to bear the grief, actor's cousin's wife dies of shock in Patna


Sushant Singh Rajput death: Unable to bear the grief, actor's cousin's wife dies of shock in Patna

Sister-in-law of late Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput passed away in Bihar. According to a report that has been published by TOI, Sudha Devi, wife of Sushant’s cousin, passed away at Purnia in Bihar when Sushant's last rites were being conducted in Mumbai.

The report also said that she could not bear the loss of the 34-year-old actor and stopped eating after she got to know about the actor's demise.

The young actor's last rites were performed on 15th June at Mumbai's Vile Parle amid heavy downpours.

Sushant's father and his two sisters arrived from the actor's hometown Patna, while a few of his colleagues and friends from Bollywood and the television industry were also present, besides fans also flocked the venue to catch a last glimpse of the star.

Among industry colleagues who turned up was Sushant's rumoured girlfriend, actress Rhea Chakraborty, who, earlier in the day visited Cooper Hospital, where the actor's post-mortem was performed.

Bollywood colleagues spotted at the ceremony were Rajkummar Rao, Kriti Sanon, Shraddha Kapoor, Varun Sharma, and Vivek Oberoi.

Filmmaker Abhishek Kapoor, who directed Sushant in his debut feature "Kai Po Che" and "Kedarnath" was present along with wife Pragya Kapoor. Casting director-turned-filmmaker Mukesh Chhabra, who has directed Sushant in the upcoming "Dil Bechara", was also present.

Owing to social distancing regulations amid the ongoing COVID 19 pandemic, the police reportedly allowed only 20 people to gather near the pyre. For the same reason, all people who attended Sushant's funeral arrived wearing masks. Many of them brought umbrellas, too.

Rajput allegedly killed himself by hanging at his Bandra residence in Mumbai on Sunday. However, no suicide note has been recovered from Rajput's residence, police said.

The provisional post mortem report of Rajput revealed that the provisional cause of death was asphyxia due to hanging, said Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Abhishek Trimukhe.

Citing media reports claiming that late Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput suffered from clinical depression due to professional rivalry, Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh said that Mumbai Police will also probe this angle.

(With inputs from agencies.)




Preventing school dropouts among Muslims is the biggest challenge of the academic year 2020-2021 ... ???


Preventing school dropouts among Muslims is the biggest challenge of the academic year 2020-2021 ... ???

Heads of Muslim educational institutions, academicians, teachers & NGOs will have to take concrete steps !!!

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Salim Alware

     Representing the central government in the Supreme Court last week, the Solicitor General of India told the court that 97 lakh migrant workers had been repatriated.  The number of laborers returning from Maharashtra, Gujarat and Karnataka is 11 lakh, 21 lakh and 3 lakh respectively, of course their children have also migrated with them from small and big cities to villages wherein their numbers are not known. This can be calculated   only after the schools reopen in the month of August or thereafter. 

Since these workers have reached their villages, after a short stay they will try to find a livelihood at the local level and in case they fail to do so, they will have no choice but to return to the same cities and we never know how much time this process will take. Due to this the schooling of their children will be in a state of uncertainty. Only time will tell what steps the governments of UP, Bihar and West Bengal will take in this regard as it has not been discussed yet.
 
Many NGOs in Maharashtra and Gujarat also provide basic education to the children of laborers near their place of residence or worksite which is called informal schooling. Now these children who have migrated to villages may  not have the opportunity to continue their education. Whether or not this will depend on parental concerns as well as local state government policies.
 As far as Muslims are concerned, we do not have separate statistics on the basis of which we can say how many Muslim workers have returned home with their families, and how many children will lose their academic year due to the migrant exodus.
  
  The three-month lockdown has hit hard the working class, artisans, day laborers, security guards, car cleaners, drivers, housewives and women working in small factories.  It can be difficult for their children to continue their education and many of the parents are looking for an excuse to discontinue their children's schooling so that their kid becomes an additional source of income for their families.
A big chunk of Muslims fall under this category and it is of utmost important that their children continue their education.
 
It is the responsibility of Muslim educational institutions, teachers, educationists, philanthropists and NGOs to ensure that these children attend schools and colleges as soon as the new academic year begins.  Work on a war footing to prevent a possible dropout of these children and make an immediate effort to work out a strategy in this regard ... !!!

 




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