50 per cent of non-essential shops, except those in red zones, to remain open in Uttarakhand


50 per cent of non-essential shops, except those in red zones, to remain open in Uttarakhand

Dehradun: As coronavirus-induced lockdown continues, Uttarakhand Chief Secretary Utpal Kumar Singh has directed all the District Magistrates (DMs) that public transports will remain suspended and 50 per cent of non-essential shops will remain open in urban body areas, except in red zone districts.

"Public transport will be restricted and 50 per cent of non-essential shops will remain open in urban body areas except red zone districts. While essential shops will remain open, barber, saloon, parlour and restaurants will remain closed," Singh said in an order to all DMs.

Meanwhile, Uttarakhand Director General of Crime and Law and Order Ashok Kumar has directed district officials to ensure strict compliance of social distancing and other COVID-19 guidelines during the lockdown.

 
 

He said that wearing masks in public places will be mandatory and social distancing should be maintained among customers at shops.

Moreover, a driver and two passengers will be allowed in four-wheelers, except in red zones. Strict legal action should be initiated against those who misuse the exemption granted during the lockdown and those who roam unnecessarily and violate the lockdown. A lawsuit can also be registered, Kumar said.

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on May 1, issued an order to extend the ongoing lockdown by two more weeks from May 4.

 
 
 



Maharashtra and Gujarat Day: PM Modi, Rahul Gandhi lead the way in extending greetings


Maharashtra and Gujarat Day: PM Modi, Rahul Gandhi lead the way in extending greetings

On Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi extended greetings to people of Gujarat and Maharashtra on the foundation day of the two states.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday greeted people of Gujarat and Maharashtra saying they have contributed to the development of the country. He said people of Gujarat have made special contributions in many fields. Gujarat has touched new peaks of achievements, he said in a tweet in Gujarati.


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@narendramodi
ગુજરાતની જનતાને રાજ્યના સ્થાપના દિવસની ખૂબ ખૂબ શુભેચ્છાઓ ! ગુજરાતની પ્રજા પુરુષાર્થ માટે જાણીતી છે. ગુજરાતીઓએ ઘણાં બધાં ક્ષેત્રોમાં વિશેષ યોગદાન આપ્યું છે. ગુજરાત સદૈવ સિદ્ધિઓનાં નવાં શિખરો સર કરતું રહે એવી મનોકામના... જય જય ગરવી ગુજરાત !

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"... Jai Jai Garvi Gujarat," Modi, who hails from Gujarat, said The prime minister said India is proud of Maharashtra's significant contribution to the country's development. "I pray for the progress and prosperity of the state," he said in another tweet in Marathi. "Jai Maharashtra," the prime minister said.


Narendra Modi

@narendramodi
महाराष्ट्र दिनानिमित्त महाराष्ट्र राज्यातल्या बंधू- भगिनींना माझ्या शुभेच्छा. देशाच्या जडणघडणीतील महाराष्ट्राच्या भरीव योगदानाचा भारताला अभिमान आहे. येणाऱ्या काळात राज्याच्या प्रगती आणि संपन्नतेसाठी मी प्रार्थना करतो. जय महाराष्ट्र !

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Former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi greeted the people of Maharashtra and Gujarat on the foundation days of both the states. In a series of tweets, the Congress leader said, "On the foundation day of Maharashtra congratulations and greetings to everyone."


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@RahulGandhi
महाराष्ट्र के स्थापना दिवस पर सभी प्रदेश वासियों को मेरी हार्दिक बधाई एवं शुभकामनाएं।

 #maharashtraday

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"On the foundation day of Gujarat greetings and congratulations to everyone," he said in another tweet.


Rahul Gandhi

@RahulGandhi
गुजरात के स्थापना दिवस पर सभी प्रदेश वासियों को मेरी हार्दिक बधाई एवं शुभकामनाएं।#GujaratFoundationDay

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On the occasion of Maharashtra, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray hoisted the flag and paid a tribute to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and Babasaheb Ambedkar.


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मुख्यमंत्री उद्धव बाळासाहेब ठाकरे यांच्या हस्ते आज मंत्रालय येथे महाराष्ट्र दिनानिमित्त ध्वजारोहण करण्यात आले. महाराष्ट्र राज्य स्थापनेला आज ६० वर्ष पूर्ण झाली आहेत.#महाराष्ट्रदिन

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BJP chief Amit Shah greeted the people of Maharashtra and Gujarat on the foundation days of both the states.


Amit Shah

@AmitShah
छत्रपति शिवाजी, टिळक व सावरकर यांसारख्या वीरांची पुण्यभूमि महाराष्ट्र राज्याच्या स्थापना दिवसानिमित्त महाराष्ट्रवासियांना हार्दिक शुभेच्छा. माझा विश्वास आहे की महाराष्ट्र निरंतर विकास आणि प्रगतीच्या मार्गावर अग्रेसर राहील. मी राज्यातील जनतेच्या कल्याणाची कामना करतो. जय महाराष्ट्र

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ગુજરાત સ્થાપના દિન નિમિત્તે સહુ ગુજરાતવાસીઓને હાર્દિક શુભકામનાઓ...

ગુજરાત તેના પરિશ્રમથી દેશમાં વિકાસ અને સમૃદ્ધિ નું પ્રતીક બન્યું છે સાથોસાથ દેશના વિકાસમાં પણ સદૈવ અગ્રેસર રહ્યું છે. 

સહુ ગુજરાતીઓના નિરંતર કલ્યાણની શુભેચ્છાઓ સાથે. જય જય ગરવી ગુજરાત

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Even, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani extended greetings to people of Gujarat and Maharashtra on the foundation day of the two states.


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વિશ્વભરમાં વસતા સૌ ગુજરાતીઓને ગુજરાત રાજ્યના સ્થાપના દિવસ નિમિતે અનેકાનેક શુભેચ્છાઓ! 

જય જય ગરવી ગુજરાત...

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May 1 is celebrated as Maharashtra Day and Gujarat Day in both the respective states is that on this day, the existing state of Maharashtra was formed. In 1960, the Bombay Reorganization Act was passed by India's Parliament to divide the multilingual state of Bombay into Gujarat and Maharashtra. The legislation came into effect on May 1, 1960.




3 Delhi policemen suspended for one day for lying to seniors that they came in contact with COVID-19 positive cops


3 Delhi policemen suspended for one day for lying to seniors that they came in contact with COVID-19 positive cops

On Thursday, three policemen were suspended for one day for lying to seniors that they came in contact with police personnel who tested positive for COVID-19 and they must be home-quarantined.

As per nws agency ANI, they were deployed at Shastri Park metro station. They've joined duty now.


ANI

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3 policemen were suspended on 29 April for 1 day for lying to seniors that they came in contact with police personnel who tested positive for #COVID19&so,they must be sent for home-quarantine. They were deployed at Shastri Park metro station. They've joined duty now: Delhi Police

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When a young Rishi Kapoor asked Shashi Tharoor his caste


When a young Rishi Kapoor asked Shashi Tharoor his caste

On Thursday, the nation was plunged into a state of grief after it was made official that actor Rishi Kapoor had died. For the uninitiated, the actor passed away after being hospitalised the day before upon complaining that he was not feeling well. The 67-year-old actor had been admitted to Mumbai's Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital.

Earlier in the day, we had brought to you the reaction of Kapoor's peer from school, Shashi Tharoor. The Congress MP had taken to Twitter earlier in the day to say the two of them had gone to the same school, namely Mumbai's Campion school. The actor had been his senior and had been his competitor in inter-class dramatics.

"Saddened to hear that my senior schoolmate at Mumbai's Campion School, Rishi Kapoor, whom i competed with in "inter-class dramatics" in 1967-68, has gone to a better world. From the romantic hero of "Bobby"to the mature character actor of his last films, he evolved remarkably. RIP," he had tweeted.

 
 

But the two had rather limited interactions in school. In a 2014 article for Huffington Post Tharoor writes that his first discovery of the concept of caste was through a conversation with Kapoor. He was ten-years-old at the time.

As Tharoor narrates, he had been "representing the 6th Standard in an inter-class theatrical event at which the 8th Standard’s sketch featured “Chintu” (Rishi) Kapoor".

"I had acted, elocuted a humorous poem and MCed my class’s efforts to generous applause, and the younger Kapoor was either intrigued or disconcerted, for he sought me out the next morning at school," he writes.

As per his account, Kapoor then went on to ask Tharoor what caste he belonged to. The 10-year-old's lack of awareness regarding the same appeared to bemuse Kapoor who asked him what he meant when he said he didn't know. "Everybody knows their own caste,” he was told.

Tharoor writes that when Kapoor further asked him if he was a Brahmin or something, he "couldn’t even avow I was a something". He adds that he had later sought an explanation from his parents regarding the same.

"They told me, in simplified terms, about the Nairs; and so it is to Rishi Kapoor, celluloid hero of the future, that I owe my first lesson about my genealogical past."




Irrfan Khan death: Arvind Kejriwal, Rahul Gandhi and others mourn demise of Bollywood's finest actor


Irrfan Khan death: Arvind Kejriwal, Rahul Gandhi and others mourn demise of Bollywood's finest actor

Renowned actor Irrfan Khan died on Wednesday at the age of 53. He had been admitted to Mumbai's Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani hospital with a colon infection and was in the intensive care unit (ICU).

An official statement by the family released to the media read, “I trust, i have surrendered”; These were the some of the many words that Irrfan expressed in a heartfelt note he wrote in 2018 opening up about his fight with cancer. And a man of few words and an actor of silent expressions with his deep eyes and his memorable actions on screen.

It’s saddening that this day, we have to bring forward the news of him passing away. Irrfan was a strong soul, someone who fought till the very end and always inspired everyone who came close to him. After having been struck by lightning in 2018 with the news of a rare cancer, he took life soon after as it came and he fought the many battles that came with it.

Surrounded by his love, his family for whom he most cared about, he left for heaven abode, leaving behind truly a legacy of his own. We all pray and hope that he is at peace. And to resonate and part with his words he had said, “As if I was tasting life for the first time, the magical side of it.”

The actor has been ailing ever since he was diagnosed with neuroendocrine tumour a while back, and has been under medical attention for the same.

Well Irrfan is undoubtedly one of the finest actors in Bollywood and he is was loved by his fans for his great work.

His fans and counterparts in the Bollywood industry offered condolences to the family and paid tribute to Irrfan and his work.

People from the political fraternity also hailed Irrfan's work and expressed shock and sadness after the news of his death.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi took to Twitter and said, "I’m sorry to hear about the passing of Irrfan Khan. A versatile & talented actor, he was a popular Indian brand ambassador on the global film & tv stage. He will be greatly missed. My condolences to his family, friends & fans at this time of grief."

Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot tweeted, "I am saddened and shocked to know about the untimely demise of one of our country's most versatile actors, #IrrfanKhan. My heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and fans. May God give them strength. May his soul rest in peace."

Here's how the entire political fraternity is paying tribute to Irrfan Khan;


Ashok Gehlot

@ashokgehlot51
I am saddened and shocked to know about the untimely demise of one of our country's most versatile actors, #IrrfanKhan. My heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and fans. May God give them strength. May his soul rest in peace.

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Shashi Tharoor

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Saddened beyond measure by the passing of a human being I had never met, but who gladdened my heart and the hearts of millions with his incandescent talent. RIP @irrfank, gone when he had so much more to give https://www.hindustantimes.com/bollywood/irrfan-khan-dies-at-54/story-Hd8s2xZ6uNeqDjgV0sl7zI.html …


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Irrfan Khan dies at 54.

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CMO Maharashtra

@CMOMaharashtra
अभिनेता इरफान खान यांच्या निधनामुळे हिंदी चित्रपट सृष्टीने एक मेहनती, अष्टपैलू अभिनेता गमावला आहे. दुर्धर असा कॅन्सर झाला असून सुद्धा न खचता, सकारात्मकतेने इरफान यांनी हे वास्तव स्वीकारले आणि उपचार सुरू असतांना परत उत्साहाने उभे राहिले.

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Rahul Gandhi

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I’m sorry to hear about the passing of Irrfan Khan. A versatile & talented actor, he was a popular Indian brand ambassador on the global film & tv stage. He will be greatly missed. My condolences to his family, friends & fans at this time of grief.

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Arvind Kejriwal

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Shocked to hear of the demise of Irrfan Khan, one of the most exceptional actors of our time. May his work always be remembered and his soul rest in peace

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Hardeep Singh Puri

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Deeply saddened to hear that after putting up a spirited fight against cancer, the young & versatile Irrfan Khan has passed away. 

After making his big screen debut in Salaam Bombay, the national award winner went on to regale his fans with several superlative performances. RIP.

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Saddened to hear about the demise of actor #IrfanKhan. He fought a long and very brave battle. Enjoyed watching his films, especially 'Hindi Medium'. My condolences to his family & loved ones.

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Supriya Shrinate

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I am so sad to hear about the tragic demise of #IrrfanKhan One of the most versatile actors of our times. This hurts even more because I reached out to him and his wife about his rare cancer that my brother was also diagnosed with. They were exceptionally kind and helpful. RIP

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Dr. Sunil Deshmukh

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India's cinematic landscape won't be the same again. It's a colossal loss. Rest in Peace #IrrfanKhan. Saying that you will be missed is a terrible understatement!

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Pratyush Kanth

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Memories remain of our last meeting, #IrrfanKhan Bhai, in front of the London hospital where we stood and chatted...with a promise to meet soon!! Generations will admire your work...#ripirfankhan ????????

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Rais Shaikh

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I am saddened and shocked to know about the untimely demise of one of our country's most versatile actors, #IrrfanKhan. May his soul rest in peace.

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Youth Congress

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We are deeply pained at the tragic passing away of Irrfan Khan, an exceptional artist and human being.

Our condolences to his family, loved ones and everyone who admired his work. May his soul rest in peace.

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Darshana Jardosh

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Really saddened to learn about the demise of acclaimed actor #IrrfanKhan. 

Just watched Angrezi Medium with my family last week & we all loved his acting. My condolences. Om Shanti ????????

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Australian PM flags imminent easing of coronavirus restrictions


Australian PM flags imminent easing of coronavirus restrictions

CANBERRA -- Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said Wednesday that the country is "not too far away" from easing coronavirus restrictions.

Morrison told reporters on Wednesday morning that the National Cabinet, which is comprised of the prime minister and state and territory leaders, would meet on Wednesday afternoon to discuss "the road back" from the pandemic.

There have been 6,738 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Australia as of Wednesday morning, including an increase of 13 new cases since Tuesday Morning.

Of all the confirmed cases in Australia, 88 have died and 5,649 have been reported as recovered, according to the Department of Health.

However, Morrison said that success in fighting the virus cannot just be measured on having a low number of cases.

"We have had great success in flattening our curve, that is obvious," he said.

"But having a low number of cases but having Australians out of work, having a low number of cases and children not receiving in classroom education, having a low number of cases and businesses not being open, having a low number of cases and Australians not able to be going about their as normal lives as possible, that is not what success looks like."

The government's COVIDSafe tracking app, which Morrison said was the "ticket" to easing restrictions, has now been downloaded 2.8 million times.

In order for the app to be effective, the government has previously said that it must be downloaded by 40 percent of the population, or about 10 million people.

"This is an important protection for a COVIDSafe Australia. I would liken it to the fact that if you want to go outside when the sun is shining, you have to put sun screen on. This is the same thing," Morrison said.

"This is the ticket to ensuring that we can have eased restrictions and Australians can go back to the lifestyle and the many things that they previously were able to do and this is important."

In addition to the uptake of the app Morrison has previously said that Australia must significantly improve its testing regime before restrictions can be eased.

To that end Health Minister Greg Hunt on Wednesday announced that the government has acquired an additional 10 million COVID-19 test kits and pathology equipment.

"Our approach to testing in Australia, already one of the highest rates per capita in the world, has been a vital part of our success in flattening the infection curve," Hunt said in a statement.

"As we move to the next stage of our recovery, further expanding testing capacity and case ascertainment is one of the three critical steps we can take to protect Australians, avoid further spikes in community transmission and assist in easing restrictions."

 
 
 



90-year-old man from Jaipur discharged after he beats coronavirus; hospital staff greet him with round of applause, flowers


90-year-old man from Jaipur discharged after he beats coronavirus; hospital staff greet him with round of applause, flowers
Some good news comes from Rajasthan amid the gloom surrounding COVID19 epidemic. A 90-year-old man was discharged from the hospital on Tuesday after he tested negative for coronavirus.

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The patient, Bhawani Shankar Sharma, is a resident of Dhuleshwar garden, Jaipur and was admitted to Sawai Man Singh hospital on April 14 after he tested Covid positive. Sharma has a history of hypertension, coronary artery disease and chronic kidney disease. He first tested negative on April 25 and the second negative report was received April 27. Subsequently, after 18 days in hospital care Bhawani Shankar was discharged for home quarantine on Tuesday.

The nurses, doctors and paramedical staff gave Sharma flowers and saw him off. He was given detailed instructions about his own care and told to keep his morale high.

While medical science warns about elderly patients being more at risk from Covid, this is the second case in Rajasthan when an elderly patient has recovered. A few days back a 90-year-old woman from Jodhpur also recovered and tested negative.

Out of the 2,262 persons who have tested positive across the state, 768 are now negative and 584 have been discharged.

Rajasthan Health Minister Dr Raghu Sharma informed, “Recovery of positive in Rajasthan has been very encouraging. Almost one third of those who tested positive have subsequently tested negative. We are in the process of increasing our rate of testing which is presently at 6,000 per day to 10,000 per day. The rate of spread of the infection has also been very proactive. Had it been spreading at the rate of April 14 the total number of positives would have reached 4,077, but we have contained it to 2,262. Total seven places continue to be hotspots and we are an average of 4,000 samples per day. The pendency of reports has also been cleared.”

Meanwhile, 73 new cases were reported in Rajasthan on Tuesday. As per the 2 pm report, 23 are from Jaipur, 19 from Kota, 14 from Jodhpur, 11 from Ajmer, 3 from Tonk, 2 from Dholpur and 1 from Sikar. The total number of positives in the state is 2,272. On including 61 evacuees and 2 foreigners the cumulative total of positive patients is 2,335. Total 51 deaths have been reported in the state.

 



Kejriwal's Delhi Minority Commission Chief Zafarul-Islam Khan threatens to raise Indian Muslims' 'plight' with Arab world


Kejriwal's Delhi Minority Commission Chief Zafarul-Islam Khan threatens to raise Indian Muslims' 'plight' with Arab world

On Tuesday, in remarks that are certainly going to cause political fissures, Delhi’s Minority Commission Chairman Dr Zafarul-Islam Khan wrote a note slamming ‘Hindutva’ bigots and claimed that Indians Muslims had ‘opted out of complaining to Arab and Muslim world’.

Even as the AAP government, led by Arvind Kejriwal appeared to have learnt the virtues of reciting Hanuman Chalisa, Delhi’s Minority Commission Chairman appeared to suggest that Indian Muslims should complain to ‘Arab and Muslim world’.

He also praised Dr Zakir Naik and wrote in a post:
hank you Kuwait for standing with the Indian Muslims! The Hindutva bigots calculated that given the huge economic stakes involved the Muslim and Arab world will not care about the persecution of Muslims in India.

The bigots forgot that Indian Muslims enjoy huge goodwill in the eyes of the Arab and Muslim world for their services over centuries to Islamic causes, excellence in Islamic and Arabic scholarship, cultural and civilisational gifts to world heritage. Names like Shah Waliullah Dehlavi, Iqbal, Abul Hasan Nadwi, Wahiduddin Khan, Zakir Naik and many others are respected household names in the Arab and Muslim world.

Mind you, bigots, Indian Muslims have opted until now not to complain to the Arab and Muslim world about your hate campaigns and lynchings and riots. The day they are pushed to do that, bigots will face an avalanche.

Dr Zafarul-Islam KhanChairman, Delhi Minorities Commission

Zakir Naik is currently absconding from India and is in Malaysia. Considered an exponent of Salafi ideology, his teachings ‘inspired’ Dhaka attackers. His preaching is banned in India, Bangladesh, Canada, UK and Malaysia. His Peace TV is also banned in most countries.Naik has rather problematic views on several things including domestic violence and considers it a right for a husband to discipline his wife.


Shazia Ilmi

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The Delhi Minorities Commision head, Zafarul Islam has not substantiated his bigoted tirade with any fact where any Govt officer/DM/Police /Doctor/ BDO or anyone from Govt machinery has discriminated against Muslims.This bigot must resign immediately @BJP4India @AamAadmiParty

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Barkha Shukla Singh
@barkhasingh45
यह महाशय @AAPDelhi minority comm. के अधक्ष हैं और हिंदुओं को खुले आम धमकी दे रहें हैं । यह होते कौन हैं 110crore हिंदुओं को सज़ा दिलाने वाले। ज़ाकिर नाइक जैसे देश द्रोही इन्हें respected आदमी नज़र आते हैं । @ArvindKejriwalजी ऐसे लोगों को आप अध्यक्ष बनाते हैं ?? Shame! @BJP4Delhi

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A criminal complaint was also filed.


Vibhor Anand ????????
@vibhor_anand
Criminal Case under sections 124A/153A/295A/505 IPC and section 66A of  IT Act filed with @CPDelhi against @khan_zafarul for his seditious and criminal Facebook post against Hindus... 

I request everyone to tag @CPDelhi and tweet #ArrestZafarul 

RT Max Please...

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Incidentally, Kuwait has become the latest country to back India after a number of fake Twitter handles posting as Middle Eastern Royals had accused the Indian government of acute Islamophobia.

According to a report in The Economic Times, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Anurag Srivastava told media persons that the Government of Kuwait was deeply committed to friendly relations with India.

For the past fortnight, a number of fake Twitter handles, posing to be members of Arabic Royalties, posting anti-India rhetoric, has raised concerns in New Delhi.

Who is Dr Zaraful-Islam Khan?

Dr. Zafarul-Islam Khan is a senior journalist, scholar and author of over 50 books in English, Urdu and Arabic. He studied in India, Egypt and UK. He worked in Egypt, Libya and UK. He was the Chief Editor of The Milli Gazettee from its inception in January 2000 to December 2016. He was President for three terms of the All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat (AIMMM), the umbrella body of Indian Muslim organizations. He is Chairman of Charity Alliance which is doing charitable work among some of the most disadvantaged people in places like Murshidabad and Muzaffarnagar. He has attended dozens of conferences across the world and has delivered keynote addresses in many Indian and foreign universities. He organized a number of international conferences in London and Delhi including the International Dialogue between Islam & Oriental Religions in February 2010 at Delhi which was inaugurated by Hon’ble Vice-President Mr. Hamid Ansari. Dr. Khan frequently appears on top Indian and foreign TV channels on issues related to the Subcontinent and the Muslim World. He was appointed as the Chairman of Delhi Minorities Commission on 15th July 2017 for a three year term. Along with the two other members of the Commission, he assumed charge on 20th July 2017.




'Had slept off in Bangalore, woke up in Cherrapunji': Twitter after unseasonal Bengaluru rains


'Had slept off in Bangalore, woke up in Cherrapunji': Twitter after unseasonal Bengaluru rains

On Thursday morning, Bengaluru woke up to thunder, lightning and heavy rain, which lasted for more than an hour in some parts of the city.

Taking to Twitter, netizens expressed their worry about the implications of the unexpected showers. Soon after, #BangaloreRains started trending and some of the tweets doing the rounds are hilarious.

One user said, "Woke up today with much a lesser appreciation for rains than I usually have." Another user said, "Had slept off in Bangalore, woke up in Cherrapunji‎."

Here's what Twitterati had to say:


Himansu Varghese
@varghesehimansu
Woke up today with much a lesser appreciation for rains than I usually have.#BangaloreRains #ParasiteMovie

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Sneha Ambekar
@snehaambekar
Beautiful morning in Bangalore!! Woke up to Thunder Showers!! #BangaloreRains

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Priya.Balakumar
@Priyabk73
what a glorious morning!! ?ah the old Bangalore! no cacophony of vehicles only sound of pure rain #BangaloreRains

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Sandeep Nandlal
@ishsagar
The Morning Rain in Bangalore #BangaloreRains

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Chethana
@Tall_Dreams
When it has rained all night & you wake up to a pouring morning...

Nature wants you to tuck in and get cozy with that special one.#BangaloreRains

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Alok singh chauhan
@Aloksin01459081
Smell of the soil after the rain is so sweet ????????#BangaloreRains

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NKunjwal
@nkunjwal1
And it continues ???? #BangaloreRains #Bengaluru #nammabengaluru #StayHome

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Manish Raj Srivastav
@saddaaindia
In this boring lockdown here come Bangalore rains to bring smiles back and add joy in our lives. A beautiful Friday morning, a perfect setup for Weekend. #BangaloreRains

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On Thursday night, a road caved-in near Kaggere area after heavy rainfall in Bengaluru, reported news agency ANI. Photos shared by ANI shows massive damage to the road, vehicles that were parked adjacent to the houses on both sides of the street.


ANI

@ANI
Bengaluru: Road cave-in near Kaggere after heavy rain last night#Karnataka

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Shashi Tharoor’s Word of the Week: Gonzo – what exactly does it mean?


Shashi Tharoor’s Word of the Week: Gonzo – what exactly does it mean?

On Friday, the nation’s self-christened and self-appointed English teacher gave us a new word – gonzo!

The man who used the most memorable phrase in English by an Indian when he wrote 'Exasperating farrago of distortions, misrepresentations an outright lies being broadcast by an unprincipled showman masquerading as a journalist (sic)', has taken his role as the nation's teacher seriously.

On Friday, he tweeted, describing 'you-know-who'.


Shashi Tharoor

@ShashiTharoor
Word of the Week: Indian media has become the preserve of the gonzo journalist!

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The word isn’t of particularly old vintage and was probably conceived in 1971 by the father of gonzo journalism Hunter S Thompson.

But first the etymology of Tharoor’s word: “1971, American English, in Hunter S. Thompson's phrase gonzo journalism. Thompson in 1972 said he got it from editor Bill Cardosa and explained it as "some Boston word for weird, bizarre." Probably from Italian (Neapolitan) gonzo "rude, sottish," a word of unknown origin, perhaps from Spanish ganso and ultimately from the Germanic word for "goose" (see goose (n.)).”

The word like much of the English language, borrows from Italian, Spanish and Germanic.

Current definition according Merriam-Webster:

“1: of, relating to, or being a style of journalism marked by a lack of objectivity due to the writer's immersion in the subject and often participation in the activity being.” 

2 informal

a: outlandishly unconventional, outrageous, or extreme

b: very strange or unusual

The term is now used across genres like gonzo pornography or gonzo comedy.

What exactly is gonzo journalism?

Simply put, a style of journalism which has no pretence of objectivity like You Know Who. The story is told as a first-person narrative. The author is not only the protagonist, but it draws its power from social critique and self-satire, eschewing the journalistic worldview that the reporter should never be part of the story.

While the tricycle rule states that a journalism should never become part of the story, that is never be seen riding the tricycle after shooting a children’s day event, gonzo journalism not only has the reporter riding the tricycle but probably takes it through burning hoops.

Describing the genre, it’s pater said in 1973: “"If I'd written the truth I knew for the past ten years, about 600 people—including me—would be rotting in prison cells from Rio to Seattle today. Absolute truth is a very rare and dangerous commodity in the context of professional journalism."

Who was Hunter S Thompson?

An American journalist and author, Thomson was memorably played by Johnny Depp in The Rum Diary. He became famous with the publication of Hell’s Angels, though he sadly became too famous in the upcoming years.

Known for his contempt for authoritarianism, love for firearms and alcohol and narcotics, he famously said: “I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they've always worked for me."

He ultimately committed suicide at 67 and his ashes were fired out a cannon in a ceremony funded by Johnny Depp. The funeral was attended by several famous people and friends including John Kerry and Jack Nicholson.




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