Loyalists, Team Rahul score big in Congress rejig


Loyalists, Team Rahul score big in Congress rejig

The reconstituted CWC will have 22 leaders, while there will be 26 permanent invitees and 10 special invitees.

Congress’ interim chief Sonia Gandhi on Friday set up a special committee to assist her in operational and organisational matters, reshuffled the Congress Working Committee and and appointed General Secretaries and state in-charges with loyalists dominating the restructuring which bore a visible stamp of Rahul Gandhi.

In the special committee which will function till the leadership election is held at the next party session, only Mukul Wasnik, among the signatories to the letter calling for party reforms, has found place but he has been divested of his charge of Kerala and Tamil Nadu, while retaining Madhya Pradesh.

The other members of the committee are A.K. Antony, Ahmed Patel, K.C. Venugopal, Ambika Soni, and Randeep Singh Surjewala.

Ghulam Nabi Azad, one of the signatories, has been dropped as General Secretary.

Congress’s chief spokesperson, Surjewala, considered close to Rahul Gandhi, has been given charge of Karnataka, apart from being made part of the special committee. Jitin Prasada, who was also a signatory, has been given place in the CWC as a permanent invitee and made in-charge of West Bengal, which goes to polls next year.

Rahul Gandhi loyalists who have been made General Secretaries include Tariq Anwar, Jitendra Singh, who has been made in-charge of Assam, and Ajay Maken who retains Rajasthan.

Venugopal remains General Secretary, Organisation but hands over charge of Karnataka to Surjewala.

Anwar, also considered close to Rahul Gandhi, has been made in-charge of Kerala, another poll-bound state, while Devender Yadav has been appointed Uttarakhand in-charge, Manickam Tagore in-charge of Telangana, while Rajiv Satav and P.L. Punia have retained their post as in-charges of Gujarat and Chhattisgarh, respectively.

Rajeev Shukla, who is considered close to Priyanka Gandhi, has been made in-charge of Himachal Pradesh.

In a major snub to Manish Tewari, who was also a signatory, former Union Minister Pawan Bansal has been made in-charge of headquarters replacing Motilal Vora who has crossed 90 years of age.

Another old hand, Karnataka leader H.K. Patil has been made in-charge of Maharashtra in place of Mallikarjun Kharge who may be the next Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha.

Rajni Patil has been shifted to Himachal Pradesh to Jammu and Kashmir as in-charge.

While former Union Minister Salman Khurshid has been given place in the CWC, Vivek Bansal, who is close to him, has been appointed in-charge of Haryana where party leader Bhupinder Singh Hooda was a signatory to the letter.

Other in-charges are Priyanka Gandhi Vadra for Uttar Pradesh, Oomen Chandy for Andhra Pradesh, Harish Rawat for Punjab, R.P.N. Singh for Jharkhand, Shaktisinh Gohil for Delhi and Bihar, and Dinesh Gundu Rao for Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and Goa.

The reconstituted CWC will have 22 leaders, while there will be 26 permanent invitees and 10 special invitees.

The Central Election Authority will be now headed by Madhusudan Mistry, who replaces Wasnik, while Arvinder Singh Lovely, who was one of the signatories, has also found place in it.




‘India-China relations have once again come to crossroads’: Chinese foreign minister


‘India-China relations have once again come to crossroads’: Chinese foreign minister

Wang Yi told S Jaishankar that the imperative is to immediately stop provocations such as firing a Wang Yi and other dangerous actions that violate the commitments made by the two sides.

 

After the foreign ministers of India and China met at the sidelines of the SCO summit in Moscow, the Chinese government on Friday told that their foreign minister Wang Yi told S Jaishankar that the imperative is to immediately stop provocations such as firing a Wang Yi and other dangerous actions that violate the commitments made by the two sides.

According to the Chinese authorities, Wang said at the meeting that the India-China relations have once again come to a crossroads.

“As two large developing countries emerging rapidly, what China and India need right now is cooperation, not confrontation; and mutual trust, not suspicion. Whenever the situation gets difficult, it is all the more important to ensure the stability of the overall relationship and preserve mutual trust,” said the China statement, reported Indian Express.

According to Beijing, Wang noted that it was normal for India and China to have differences as two neighbouring major countries.

But it was important to put the differences in a proper context.

The Indian and Chinese foreign ministers, S Jaishankar and his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi after two-and-half hours of bilateral talks agreed to disengage and de-escalate the situation at the Line of Actual Control (LAC). The duo also came to a five-point agreement.

As per a joint statement issued by the Ministry of External Affairs Friday, both ministers had a “frank and constructive” discussion on the developments in the India-China border areas, as well as the relations between the two countries.

S Jaishankar, External Affairs Minister of India met Wang Yi, State Councillor and Foreign Minister of China yesterday in Moscow on the side-lines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) meeting.

According to the statement, the two ministers agreed that both sides should take guidance from the consensus reached by leaders of the two countries on developing India-China relations, and ensure differences do not become disputes.

“The two foreign ministers agreed the current situation was not in the interest of either side. “They agreed therefore that the border troops of both sides should continue their dialogue, quickly disengage, maintain proper distance and ease tensions,” the MEA statement said.

The two ministers also agreed both sides should abide by all existing agreements and protocol on China-India boundary affairs, maintain peace and tranquility in the border areas and avoid any action that could escalate matters, the statement said.

“The two sides also agreed to continue to have dialogue and communication through the Special Representative mechanism on the India-China boundary question. They also agreed in this context that the Working Mechanism for Consultation and Coordination on India-China border affairs (WMCC), should also continue its meetings,” the statement read.

The Ministers agreed that as the situation eases, the two sides should expedite work to conclude new Confidence Building Measures to maintain and enhance peace and tranquillity in the border areas, it added.

 

 




Coronavirus cases spike in Uttarakhand


Coronavirus cases spike in Uttarakhand

In a grim development underlining the gravity of the situation in the state due to the Covid pandemic, the wife of an Officer on Special Duty to Uttarakhand Chief Minister lost her life due to the coronavirus infection (Covid-19).

 

With rapid increase in coronavirus cases and high death rate in Uttarakhand, the Trivendra Singh Rawat government faces a more challenging situation now.

In a grim development underlining the gravity of the situation in the state due to the Covid pandemic, the wife of an Officer on Special Duty to Uttarakhand Chief Minister lost her life due to the coronavirus infection (Covid-19).

Varsha Bhatt, wife of Urbadutt Bhatt, died of Covid in a private hospital in Dehradun late on Wednesday night.

Uttarakhand registered the highest Covid-19 positive cases on Wednesday, when 1,061 persons were tested positive for coronavirus.

This is the highest number of cases recorded in a single day in the hill state. With this there are a total of 8,500 active cases in the hill state.

Out of 27,211 positive cases found so far, 18,262 patients have recovered. With 372 deaths, the pandemic continues to create panic among the public.

Dehradun with 6,116 cases remains the number one hotspot of Covid-19 in Uttarakhand, followed by Haridwar (5832 cases), Udham Singh Nagar (4948) and Nainital (3577). Among the hill districts, Tehri has recorded 1611 cases.

Currently, there are 262 containment zones in Uttarakhand.

Even the controversial Khanpur MLA Kunwar Pranab Champion was tested positive and he is presently in isolation at his residence in Dehradun.

Though Uttarakhand has a high recovery rate (67.11%) but in September the situation has turned alarming.

 

 




Telugu TV actress Sravani commits suicide, family blames boyfriend


Telugu TV actress Sravani commits suicide, family blames boyfriend

Hyderabad:  The TV actress has committed suicide by hanging her self at her residence in Madhura Nagar, on Tuesday night.

According to the report the actress was found hanging from the ceiling in the bathroom at her residence. After which the family member rushed her to a nearby hospital, where she was pronounced dead

The police investigation is still on. However her family alleged that harassment by her boyfriend Devraj Reddy had forced her to do so.  They have lodged a complaint against Devraj in SR Nagar police station. They also said that Devraj has been harassing Sravani for a while now.

Sravani has been active in the Telugu TV industry from the past 8 years. was seen in popular Telugu serials Manasu Mamatha and Mounaragam as well. Her untimely demise has taken the cast and crew of the shows by surprise.




Tollywood actor-comedian Jaya Prakash Reddy no more..


Tollywood actor-comedian Jaya Prakash Reddy no more..

Hyderabad: Telugu actor Jaya Prakash Reddy who was known for his best comedy and antagonist roles passed away at the age of 74 due to heart attack in the wee hours of Tuesday (September 8) at his residence in Guntur, Andhra Pradesh.

His journey in the world of cinema
The actor made his on screen debut when he was in his 40s. He was working as a sub-inspector of police when he got an opportunity to act in Venkatesh’s 1988 film Brahma Puthrudu.

However, Jaya Prakash Reddy’s major break came ten years later with Nandamuri Balakrishna’s 1999 film Samarasimha Reddy. His turn as the antagonist speaking flawless Rayalaseema-slang made him a household name. And he never looked back.

Jaya Prakash was a master of dialects and could speak any Telugu slang especially ‘Rayalaseema’ effortlessly. He therefore carved a niche for himself in the Telugu film industry speaking in the Rayalaseema dialect in most of his films.

His grip on the language was so flawless that it helped him to deliver a few amazing performances not only in Telugu industry but also in Tamil.

He was also a theatre artiste and before the lockdown, he was busy with the play Alexander.

Jaya Prakash Reddy’s movies
Some of Jaya Prakash Reddy’s famous films include Samarasimha Reddy, Preminchukundam Raa, Narasimha Naidu, Nuvvostanante Nenoddantana, Julayi, Ready, Kick, Jayam Manadera, Jamba Lakidi Pamba, Avunu Valliddaru Istapaddaru, Kabaddi Kabbadi, Evadi Gola Vadidi and Kithakithalu, among others.

Jaya Prakash Reddy was last seen in Sarileru Neekevvaru that starred Mahesh Babu and released in January this year.

Jaya Prakash’ death has left the Telugu film industry and his fans saddened, heartbroken and shocked! As soon as the news of his death came, many celebrities took to social media to remember the late actor.

With close to 100 films to his credit, Jaya Prakash Reddy’s demise has left a huge void in the film industry.

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Raja Singh requests Amit Shah to start NRC process from Hyderabad


Raja Singh requests Amit Shah to start NRC process from Hyderabad

Hyderabad: Raja Singh, BJP MLA representing Goshamahal Assembly Constituency requested Union Home Minister to start National Register of Citizens (NRC) process from Hyderabad.

In a tweet, he claimed, “Rohingya’s in Hyderabad have setup a YT channel ‘Hyderabad Rohingya TV’ & Football club like any other legal citizens”.
Sharing the screenshot of a YouTube video, he also questioned, “Next what contesting elections?

Is @TelanganaCMO & @TelanganaDGP are not aware of such activities”.

Facebook bans Raja Singh
Earlier, Raja Singh was in headlines after Facebook banned him. He is at the centre of a controversy that erupted after a report in ‘Wall Street Journal’ that Facebook’s content policies favoured the BJP.

The social media giant banned the legislator from its platform and Instagram for violating its policy that prohibits content promoting violence and hate.

Facebook spokesperson
“We have banned Raja Singh from Facebook for violating our policy prohibiting those that promote or engage in violence and hate from having a presence on our platform,” a Facebook spokesperson said.

The process for evaluating potential violators is extensive and it is what led us to Facebook’s decision to remove his account, it added.

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Rural schoolchildren in Nuh tune in to radio for education amid the pandemic


Rural schoolchildren in Nuh tune in to radio for education amid the pandemic

The “Radio School” programme, started by community radio Alfaz-eMewat, has been the only source of information for a number of children in the villages of this district.

A community radio in Nuh district in the Mewat region of Haryana has been helping schoolchildren in their studies during the current Coronavirus pandemic. The “Radio School” programme, started by community radio Alfaz-eMewat, has been the only source of information for a number of children in the villages of this district.

“Radio lessons have proven useful in these times,” says Ravinder, a resident of village Shikrawa and a listener of Alfaz-e-Mewat. “Since charity begins at home, a few radio reporters, whose kids are studying in private schools resorted to radio programmes produced at the station to fill the gap.”

Affirming this, Fakat Hussain, a senior reporter at the community radio Alfaz-eMewat FM 107.8, an initiative of S M Sehgal Foundation — a rural development NGO working in areas of agriculture, water, governance, and transforming schools — said, “I had to rely on the radio programmes we produced at our community radio station for teaching my children.” The programme “Radio School” on the community radio came in handy at a time the community needed it the most, he added.

The “Radio School” programme was started about seven years back with the objective to provide tutorial sessions through subject teachers to students, who cannot afford private tuitions, and also to reach out to community people who have never seen inside of a school classroom, explained Pooja O Murada, a representative of Alfaz-e-Mewat FM 107.8 and SM Sehgal Foundation director. “With changing time and needs, the programme has adopted different methodology to share knowledge, but our aim has remained the same ~ to spread education to all those who seek for it in our broadcast area,” Murada added.

The programme has episodes on the subjects of Maths, English and Science from primary and secondary classes. The government school teachers gave their recordings as part of Dastake-taaleem campaign facilitated by the State Education Department a few years back, along with educational content that the station received from Sesame Street, NCERT and contributions made by several volunteers and interns, Murada said. All these form the content for the radio station, which is being broadcast regularly during the pandemic to make up for the educational loss of schoolchildren.

Nawed, a Class IX student from village Dhadoli, says he listens to “Radio School” programme and also makes his younger siblings hear the episodes on different subjects. The digital divide in urban and rural areas is well known and given the pandemic, education has been severely affected, more so in rural areas. Online education may have become a new normal in urban areas, but in rural areas online education technically means no education. There are multiple constraints, ranging from lack of access to a digital device like smart phones, laptops or computers, to nonexistent high speed connectivity and conducive space for both students and teachers that keep them away from accessing online education.

Ever since the lockdown was imposed, the students in most rural areas have remained out of touch with books and schools. While the online classes started for many private schools, rural schoolchildren had to be satisfied with whatever little came their way through mohalla classes or erratic flow of assignments for school groups.

Mohd. Safi, a government school-teacher from Government Middle School, village Santhawadi in Nuh, shares how his day looks like amid the pandemic with schools shut for students. While following the preventive norms, he conducts a mohalla paathshaala (neighbourhood school) in his village daily with 12 students in one group. He says, “We have two groups in place when there are more students and there is no barrier here, the child can be from any school; government or private. A shiksha doot, graduate from the same village, helps us to coordinate the classes when the teachers are in school preparing for the assignments to be sent.” Safi further adds that assignments are sent on WhatsApp groups for students. His optimistic view makes him believe that students who do not have smartphones, around 50 per cent, keep in touch with their friends to know what is being taught.

 




Bihar poll: JD-U seeks more seats, BJP says can form govt on its own


Bihar poll: JD-U seeks more seats, BJP says can form govt on its own

As a part of this formula, the BJP had offered quite many its sitting LS seats to the JD-U. The minister’s remarks come close on the heels of some BJP MPs expressing concerns over the way that JD-U had been staking claims for more seats.

Even as the ruling JD-U goes on pressing for more seats under the seat-sharing arrangements, the BJP has dropped a bombshell by stating that it is in a position to form government on its own and the last year’s LS poll results have amply explained the party’s base support base. The next assembly elections in Bihar are due in October/November for which poll preparations are already on though the Election Commission has not announced the dates for polling.

“We can form a government on our own in Bihar and there’s no doubt in it. But, we’ve been in partnership with the JDU since 1996 and we do not want to break it, neither do they. We don’t leave our friends,” Union Power Minister and BJP parliamentarian from Ara, RK Singh told the media today. He added there were no differences among the NDA partners over seat-sharing and claimed it would be completed smoothly. “Lok Sabha Poll results have clearly displayed the vote base of BJP and PM Modi. Hence, the seat division should be based on that only,” he asserted.

If his remark is any indication, the seat sharing will take place on the basis of the formula adopted during the 2019 LS polls when the BJP and JDU had contested on equal number of seats. As a part of this formula, the BJP had offered quite many its sitting LS seats to the JD-U. The minister’s remarks come close on the heels of some BJP MPs expressing concerns over the way that JD-U had been staking claims for more seats.

What has annoyed the BJP further is the way the JD-U has gone on inducting outsiders to the JD-U and even lured Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) president Jitan Ram Manjhi to the party ahead of polls. The JD-U has so far inducted 12 RJD legislators.

Incidentally, all had emerged victorious after defeating the BJP candidates in the last 2015 assembly polls when JD-U fought the elections in alliance with the RJD. It’s obvious now, they would stake claims on sitting seats. If that is not enough, Manjhi too has staked claims on some 10 seats and, most of these seats too happen to be the BJP’s traditional bastions. The continuing developments have, thus, caused bitterness in relations between BJP and JD-U, and it is to be seen now how things unfold in days to come.JD(U) leader and Information and Public Relations Minister Neeraj Kumar also welcomed Manjhi to the NDA fold, saying it was in the state’s interest and result in the RJDled alliance getting wiped out in the assembly polls. The RJD had drawn a blank in the last Lok Sabha elections.

With dalits constituting a significant chunk of the electorate, Manjhi has often clashed with Paswan’s party. The two had bickered even before the 2014 general elections for a larger share of tickets. Manjhi was then a part of the NDA and the JD(U) a constituent of the grand alliance.

HAM(S) has support among ‘Mushar’ voters. They are a ‘Mahadalit’ community, which has a substantial population in the state where ‘Paswans’ are numerically strongest and the most influential among a plathora of dalit castes. The LJP believes Kumar wooed back Manjhi to counterbalance Paswan’s party.

The BJP has so far kept itself away from the feud, and insisted the alliance will contest the polls as a cohesive unit.




NIM scales 3 unconquered peaks in U’khand Himalayas


NIM scales 3 unconquered peaks in U’khand Himalayas

The Uttarkashi-based institute “conquered“ the Naga peak (4,790 metres), Ku (5,871 mts) and an unnamed peak (5616 mts) in record six days.

India’s apex adventure sports institute, Nehru Institute of Mountaineering (NIM), used the period during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic to scale three unconquered peaks in Uttarakhand Himalayas. The Uttarkashi-based institute “conquered“ the Naga peak (4,790 metres), Ku (5,871 mts) and an unnamed peak (5616 mts) in record six days.

All the three peaks are located in the Nelong valley (Uttarkashi), which was open for tourists after a 53 year long gap in 2015. Leaving troops of Indo-Tibetan Border Police and army, who are stationed there, and occasional visit of shepherds, the area remains out of bound for the common public from 1962 to 2015.

NIM Principal Colonel Amit Bisht said, “We scaled the peaks in alpine style-in which a climber carries his own food, tent and equipment. It is different from expedition style in which you use porters and other facilities like fixed lines. We have collected vital data of the three peaks.”

The three-member Nehru Institute of Mountaineering has compiled data about suitable places for establishing camp, difficulty, route, distance, etc. This information will provide help to mountaineers in climbing the Naga, Ku and the unnamed peaks in the future. NIM began the expedition on 27 August and completed on 1 September. The team returned to Uttarkashi on Thursday evening.




Rajnath Singh holds talks with Chinese counterpart General Wei Fenghe in Moscow


Rajnath Singh holds talks with Chinese counterpart General Wei Fenghe in Moscow

The meeting between the two leaders, which is first of its kind after the stand-off at the Galwan valley, lasted for 2 hours 20 minutes.  

Defence Minister of India Rajnath Singh had held a meeting with his Chinese counterpart General Wei Fenghe on Friday night at the sidelines of the SCO summit in Moscow, Russia.

The meeting between the two leaders, which is first of its kind after the stand-off at the Galwan valley, lasted for 2 hours 20 minutes.

 

On Thursday, Chinese Defence Minister Wei Fenghe has sought a meeting with his Indian counterpart Rajnath Singh.

“Peaceful stable and secure region of SCO member states, which is home to over 40 per cent of the global population, demands a climate of trust and cooperation, non-aggression, respect for international rules and norms, sensitivity to each other’s interest and peaceful resolution of differences,” Rajnath Singh said at the SCO.

Separate from Rajnath Singh, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said there will be no compromise on India’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and asserted it cannot be “business as usual” in bilateral ties unless there is peace and tranquillity in the border areas.

At the same time, he said India is open to resolving outstanding issues through dialogue.

Foreign Minister S Jaishankar also participated in a meeting of the G-20 Foreign Ministers on Thursday and will be meeting his BRICS counterparts via videoconferencing on Friday.

“We have a long history, which is very good in many parts, very indifferent in some parts and very difficult in some ways. The problem is the more difficult parts are more recent… This is not the easiest of times in the relationship,” the External Affairs Minister was quoted as saying by Indian Express.

“I am not underplaying the seriousness of the current situation or the actual challenges of the boundary question. It is vital for both countries to reach and accomplish, not just for them. I think that one has a lot riding. I am also conscious that right now we have a situation in the border areas of the western sector. We have agreements and understandings with China the agreements and understandings must be scrupulously observed by both parties, neither party should attempt to change the status quo unilaterally. And the reality is, what happens on the border, will impact the relationship, you cannot separate it,” he added.

India said the border tension in Ladakh over the past four months is a direct result of Chinese actions which is aimed at effecting unilateral change in the status quo of the region.

On Monday, the Indian Army said in a statement that the Chinese Army has carried out provocative military movements on the southern bank of Pangong Tso Lake on Saturday night to change the status quo.

“The Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) troops violated the previous consensus arrived at during military and diplomatic engagements during the ongoing standoff in eastern Ladakh and carried out provocative military movements to change the status quo,” said the statement.




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