Pakistan resorts to heavy shelling along LoC in Poonch, civilian injured


Pakistan resorts to heavy shelling along LoC in Poonch, civilian injured

Jammu: Pakistani troops continued to target civilian hamlets and forward posts along the LoC in the twin sectors of Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir with intense shelling overnight, resulting in injuries to a civilian, officials said on Tuesday.

The Pakistani troops resorted to intense shelling and firing along the Line of Control (LoC) in the Shahpur Kirni and Balakote sectors overnight, triggering panic among civilians, they said.

 
 

"Pakistan initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation by firing from small arms and intense shelling with mortars along the LoC in the Balakote sector," a defence spokesperson said.

The Indian Army was retaliating in a befitting manner, he added. In the Shahpur sector, the Pakistan Army targeted villages with 120-mm mortar shells, triggering panic among the villagers, officials said.

Mohammad Showkat (30), a villager, was injured in the shelling and hospitalised late on Monday night, they added. The Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire along the LoC in Poonch thrice on Monday.

 
 
 



Atal Bihari Vajpayee statue installed in Lucknow, to be unveiled on December 25


Atal Bihari Vajpayee statue installed in Lucknow, to be unveiled on December 25

Lucknow: A 25-ft bronze statue of former prime minister late Atal Bihari Vajpayee, was installed at the Lok Bhawan building here and is expected to be formally unveiled on December 25, his birth anniversary.

The statue was installed at the Bhawan on Monday night. According to sources, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to unveil the statue.

Sources said that the Prime Minister's Office was yet to confirm Modi's availability on December 25. Sculpted by famous sculptor Raj Kumar Pandit of Jaipur, it statue is going to be the tallest statue in the state.

 
 

Vajpayee's life-size statue was commissioned on March 9, 2019 to Jaipur's Works for Artist Foundry. It has been mounted on an eight feet high base, prepared by the Uttar Pradesh Rajkiya Nirman Nigam Limited.

The statue has come up at the spot where a cut-out of Vajpayee, overlooking the imposing entrance to the Lok Bhawan, was symbolically placed.

Vajpayee represented Lucknow in the Lok Sabha for a record five consecutive terms, which also included his three stints as Prime Minister.

Yogi Adityanath has taken a keen personal interest in the construction of the Vajpayee statue. Though the exact estimate was not known, officials said that the contract for the Vajpayee statue was given for Rs 89.6 lakh.

Last year, a 12.5 ft bronze statue of Swami Vivekananda, made by Maharashtra's Uttam Pacharne, was unveiled at the Raj Bhawan by the then governor Ram Naik and the Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

Four more statues -- all 12.5 ft high -- that are nearly ready and are being given finishing touches include those of Adityanath's revered gurus Mahant Avaidyanath and Mahant Digvijayanath, former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Hemvati Nandan Bahuguna and also Bhartendu Harish Chandra -- widely regarded as the father of modern Hindi literature and Hindi theatre.

While Bhartendu Harish Chandra's statue would be installed at the Bhartendu Natya Akademi in Gomti Magar, the place and positioning of Bahuguna's statue as well as those of spiritual gurus from Gorakhnath Math, of which Adityanath is the head priest, are yet to be decided.

"Unlike in previous governments when statues were mostly sanctioned on political lines, the Adityanath government is sanctioning statues of leaders which inspire our young generation," said Uttar Pradesh Minister Ashutosh Tandon.

In the Bahujan Samaj Party regime, statues of almost all Dalit icons were installed in various places in the state capital while Akhilesh Yadav, in his regime installed statues of Janeshwar Misra and Ram Manohar Lohia.

 
 
 



Tamil Nadu: To boost train tourism over Nilgiri mountain, 71 foreigners enjoy special ride


Tamil Nadu: To boost train tourism over Nilgiri mountain, 71 foreigners enjoy special ride

Udhagamandalam: As a part of promoting train tourism over Nilgiri Mountain Railway (NMR) section, around 71 foreign passengers from UK, USSR and USA enjoyed a ride on full tariff train-special between Coonoor and Udagamandalam on Monday.

"FTR special run between ONR - UAM using two first-class coaches and one SLR (seating-cum-luggage rack) coach hauled by X 37398 steam loco, 71 foreign passengers arrived from the UK, USSR, USA enjoyed the trip," the Railways said in a statement.

 
 

The passengers who enjoyed the trip took photos of the loco, coaches heritage buildings, tracks and beautiful landscapes, at Lovedale station. Later, all foreign passengers posed for a group photo in front of the engine.

The recently overhauled Swiss X-class steam loco chugged between Ooty and Coonoor on the NMR track. With two first-class coaches and one SLR, the steam loco number X-class 37398 departed from Coonoor at 10.40 am and reached Ooty at 12.20 pm.

The NMR connects Mettupalayam (MTP) via Coonoor with the hill station of Udagamandalam in Tamil Nadu. Built by the British in 1908, it is metre gauge railway, popularly known as Ooty toy train.

It is the only railway line in India which uses a rack and pinion system to climb the steep gradient.

In 2005, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) added the NMR to the World Heritage Site.

Covering the majestic Nilgiri mountains, the Nilgiri Mountain Train covers a distance of 41.8 km, travels through 208 curves, 16 tunnels, and 250 bridges in full route trip.

 
 
 



Citizenship (Amendment) Bill to be tabled in Rajya Sabha tomorrow


Citizenship (Amendment) Bill to be tabled in Rajya Sabha tomorrow

New Delhi: The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019, which was passed by Lok Sabha yesterday, will be tabled in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday, sources said.

The Bill, which seeks to give citizenship to refugees from the Hindu, Christian, Sikh, Buddhist and Zorastrian communities fleeing religious persecution from Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh was passed in Lok Sabha on Monday.

 
 

Lok Sabha passed the Citizenship Bill with a majority of 311 votes against 80 votes in the Lower House where 391 members were present and voted.

The cut-off date for citizenship bill is December 31, 2014. In Rajya Sabha, the Modi government requires the support of at least 123 MPs in the 245-member house.

 
 
 



Over 900 scientists, scholars demand 'immediate withdrawal of Citizenship Amendment Bill


Over 900 scientists, scholars demand 'immediate withdrawal of Citizenship Amendment Bill
 



23-year-old woman set on fire in Bihar after failed rape bid


23-year-old woman set on fire in Bihar after failed rape bid

Muzaffarpur: A young woman was allegedly set on fire by a neighbour after she resisted his attempt to rape her, a police officer said here on Monday.

The 23-year-old victim, who suffered 50 per cent burns in the incident, was currently undergoing treatment at a hospital in the Muzaffarpur town, he said.

 
 

Based on a complaint filed by her mother with Ahiyapur police station, the accused has been arrested, Station House Officer (SHO) Vikas Rai said.

According to the complaint, the woman was alone at home on Saturday, when the accused, who lived close by, sneaked into her house and tried to rape her.

Her mother -- who works at a primary health centre -- rushed home and took her to a hospital after a local informed her about the incident, the SHO added.

Saturday's incident comes less than a week after charred bodies of two women, set afire after suspected rape and murder, were found in Buxar and Samastipur districts.

In another village in Ahiyapur police station area, the body of an eight-year-old girl was found on Friday - stuffed in a bag and dumped in an orchard after suspected sexual assault.

 
 
 



Assault on office of President: P Chidambaram slams govt over Maharashtra issue


Assault on office of President: P Chidambaram slams govt over Maharashtra issue

New Delhi: Congress leader P Chidambaram on Wednesday attacked the BJP over the way Devendra Fadnavis was sworn in as Maharashtra chief minister, saying it was an "assault" on the office of the President to wake him at 4 am to get the order revoking President's rule signed.

"What will remain in memory of Constitution Day 2019 is the most egregious violation of the Constitution in Maharashtra between November 23 and November 26, 2019," Chidambaram said in a tweet posted by his family on his behalf.

 
 

"It was an assault on the office of Rasthrapathi to wake him up at 4.00 am to sign an order revoking President's Rule. Why could it not have waited until 9.00 am in the morning?," he asked in the tweet.

Chidmbaram, who is lodged in jail in cases of corruption and money laundering, also extended  greetings to the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress coalition that is set to form government in Maharashtra.

 
 
 



54 - the number that stopped Sharad Pawar from becoming PM in 1991 but made him kingmaker in 2019


54 - the number that stopped Sharad Pawar from becoming PM in 1991 but made him kingmaker in 2019

As the political rollercoaster comes to a stop today in Maharashtra, it is important to mention the crucial role played by Shard Pawar, the scriptwriter of the Maha game plan. It is only right to say that after Balasaheb Thackeray, the mighty Pawar has emerged as the superstar of Indian politics.

Pawar remained the central figure throughout the political scuffle in Maharashtra that started soon after the Assembly elections results were out on 24th October 2019. Though the fight that ended officially today with the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress alliance taking over the government and Uddhav Thackeray as the Chief Minister, Pawar was shining right from the time of campaigning. His iconic speech in Satara in the rain, became the landmark event of 2019.

Sharad Pawar, who exited Congress after Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination which led to Sonia Gandhi taking the lead, is highly respected by Sonia. While the Sena-NCP-Congress alliance talks were on, Sonia made it very clear to her party members that she won’t take any decision without Pawar’s consent.

While Pawar was still in Congress, in 1991 when the congress party had regained power in the post-Rajiv Gandhi era, Pawar faced a mere miss from being the Prime Minister of India. During that time, Sonia had refused to make any direct intervention and Sharad Pawar took charge of the situation.

He became pro-active and held several dinners with the help of the likes of Suresh Kalmadi. However, the will to take the party forward in the hour of grief backfired on Pawar and he was left with the support of barely 54 MPs. In the prolonged tug-of-war, Pawar fought against Arjun Singh but the party ended up naming P.V Narsimha Rao as Prime Minister.

Sharad Pawar’s NCP secured 54 seats in the 2019 Maharashtra Assembly elections as well. Though the Maratha warrior could have sidelined with BJP post its fallout with Sena, Pawar, as usual, took a more difficult route and shook hands with Shiv Sena and Congress.

Pawar had picked up on the signs from the ground, the common discontent with the Modi-Shah led government with former CM Devendra Fadnavis in lead in Maharashtra, he managed to pull off a non-BJP government in Maharashtra.

With Ajit Pawar’s betrayal and ‘Ghar Wapsi’ scenes, and him being the mastermind behind the unimagined alliance between Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress, the future of Maharashtra politics is yet again in the hands of the 78-year-old Maratha strongman.

 
 
 



UP cop suspended for objectionable posts against PM Modi, RSS


UP cop suspended for objectionable posts against PM Modi, RSS

Sultanpur: A police sub-inspector was suspended for posting objectionable comments against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) on social media, the police said.

The sub-inspector Anand Gautam, posted at the Kadipur police station here, had written the comments between 2016 and 2018, and had not deleted them despite warning.

Sultanpur Superintendent of Police (SP) Himanshu Kumar has suspended the sub- inspector with immediate effect and has also ordered an inquiry into the matter.

 
 

A Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) rank officer has been asked to review Gautam's Twitter and Facebook posts, including six against the Prime Minister and four against the RSS and BJP, before initiating legal action.

"The suspended officer has been asked to explain his conduct. The social media cell of the district police will review the social media accounts of all police personnel. A warning has been issued to all to refrain from objectionable posts," the SP said.

The suspended sub-inspector's posts were brought to the notice of Kadipur SHO Om Veer Singh by local BJP leaders who claimed that he had also maligned the chief minister.

 
 
 



'Greedy politics': Shatrughan Sinha on political situation in Maharashtra


'Greedy politics': Shatrughan Sinha on political situation in Maharashtra

On Tuesday, Congress leader Shatrughan Sinha called the political situation in Maharashtra as "greedy politics".

In a veiled attack at the BJP after its government collapsed in Maharashtra, Sinha said the Constitution was taken for granted. "Finally, after the SC verdict good sense seems to have prevailed. The greedy politics which had taken the Constitution for granted, abided by the SC orders keeping democracy & faith intact. Long Live Constitution! Long Live SC! Satyamev Jayate! #ConstitutionDay#MaharashtraCrisis," Shatrughan Sinha tweeted.

 

Remembering with solemn gratitudes, the architect of India’s Constitution, social reformist, politician, economist .B.R.Ambedkar, .Rajendra Prasad & other nation builders for their contributions in framing the Constitution of India.

 

Finally, after the SC verdict good sense seems to have prevailed. The greedy politics which had taken the Constitution for granted, abided by the SC orders keeping democracy & faith intact. Long Live Constitution! Long Live SC! Satyamev Jayate!

 
 
 

Devendra Fadnavis resigned as Maharashtra chief minister on Tuesday ahead of the floor test shortly after rebel NCP leader Ajit Pawar did a u-turn and quit as his deputy, in another dramatic twist to the month-long political saga that will see Shiv Sena supremo Uddhav Thackeray being sworn in as the BJP leader's successor on November 28.

Admitting he does not have the majority hours after the Supreme Court ordered the floor test for Wednesday, Fadnavis was back in Raj Bhavan to submit his resignation to Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari just three days after he was sworn in at a hush-hush ceremony last Saturday. His return for a second term followed stunning midnight developments where Ajit Pawar revolted and propped up the BJP government. Hours after 49-year-old Fadnavis quit, a post-poll alliance of the Shiv Sena, the Nationalist Congress Party(NCP) and the Congress, picked Uddhav Thackeray, 59, as its nominee for the chief minister's post.

 
 
 



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