Will you sell Whistling Woods? Subhash Ghai panned for saying 'rich temples with gold should donate 90% to the poor'


Will you sell Whistling Woods? Subhash Ghai panned for saying 'rich temples with gold should donate 90% to the poor'


Hard to predict when pandemic will be over: WHO officials


Hard to predict when pandemic will be over: WHO officials
 



Vijay Mallya offers to repay his loan dues, seeks closure of case


Vijay Mallya offers to repay his loan dues, seeks closure of case

London [UK]: Fugitive liquor baron Vijay Mallya on Thursday urged the Central government to accept his offer to repay 100 per cent of his loan dues and close the case against him.

While congratulating the Centre for introducing Rs 20 lakh crore relief package to boost the economy amid the coronavirus lockdown, Mallya, lamented that his repeated attempts to pay back his dues have been ignored by the Indian government.

"Congratulations to the Government for a Covid 19 relief package. They can print as much currency as they want BUT should a small contributor like me who offers 100% payback of State-owned Bank loans be constantly ignored? Please take my money unconditionally and close," he tweeted.

Earlier this month, Mallya had sought permission to appeal against a ruling ordering his extradition to India in Britain's highest court the UK Supreme Court. The application comes two weeks after the High Court in London - the UK's second-highest court - dismissed Mallya's appeal against a lower court ruling that he be sent to India to face charges of defrauding a consortium of Indian banks of more than Rs 9,000 crores relating to the collapse of Kingfisher Airlines in 2012.

 
 
 



International Nurses Day 2020: Wishes, quotes, messages to share on WhatsApp, Instagram, Facebook


International Nurses Day 2020: Wishes, quotes, messages to share on WhatsApp, Instagram, Facebook

The International Nurses Day is celebrated on May 12 every year. The theme for this year is Nurses: A Voice to Lead -- Nursing the World to Health. In January 1974, this day was chosen to celebrate, as it is the birth anniversary of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing.

So go ahead and extend wishes to the nurses you know, who are on the front line of the battle against COVID-19.

"The most important practical lesson than can be given to nurses is to teach them what to observe." -Florence Nightingale

Happy Nurses Day to an amazing nurse! Thank you for sacrificing most of your weekends on the patients instead of going to movies!

"Caring is the essence of nursing." -Jean Watson

Dear, the way you have vowed to nurture the world with your empathy, kindness, and humanity is beyond all the praises! Happy Nurses Day!

Hands that turn caring into action,Touches that turn compassion into comfort,Smiles that turn love into healing.Happy Nurses Day

"A nurse will always give us hope, an angel with a stethoscope." -Carrie Latet

May all the care and kindness you give to others come back to warm your heart. Happy Nurses Day 2020.

"Nurses dispense comfort, compassion, and caring without even a prescription." -Val Saintsbury

Dear, you kindle the fire of hope in the darkness of despair and enlighten our world with light and love. Happy Nurses Day!

Thanks for taking such good care of people in the most difficult days of their life. Thanks for your unconditional services and patience. International Nurses Day 2020.

Your tender care, love, and understanding has made a difference in the lives of so many. Hope you have the same smiling day as you make for others. Happy Nurses Day.

Even though your contribution deserves to be celebrated, allow us to show our gratitude towards your service on this special occasion. Happy Nurses Day!

Happy Nurses Day to all the nurses who take the front rows in the battles against epidemics like the true warriors! Our respect to you!

Nurses do a job that most of us couldn’t and can raise a smile even in the darkest times. Happy Nurses Day.

Happy International Nurses Day 2020! Your kind smile is enough to cure all the diseases of the world! So always put a big smile on your face!

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus at a press conference said, "As you know, during the COVID-19, they're in the front line and they're risking their lives to save others, but not only during COVID-19. Nurses are a bridge between the health system and the community and they have been doing so ever since the nursing profession actually started."

"So... our greatest respect and appreciation from WHO to all nurses," said the WHO chief.

Tedros said that due to the ongoing pandemic and also the consensus from the nursing associations and the midwives' associations, the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife 2020 would be postponed to 2021. Furthermore, he said the consensus was to have "the 2020 as the Decade of the Nurse and the Midwife."

"The celebration is not just a celebration for the sake of celebration. It's not just to pay tribute to them; it's also to recognize their important role in achieving universal health coverage and to use nurses, midwives and other frontline health workers to achieve universal health coverage," he noted.

According to the WHO, the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife shall symbolize a year-long effort to celebrate the work of nurses and midwives, highlight the challenging conditions they often face, and advocate for increased investments in the nursing and midwifery workforce.




Latest coronavirus update: CISF Assistant Sub-Inspector dies of COVID-19 in Kolkata


Latest coronavirus update: CISF Assistant Sub-Inspector dies of COVID-19 in Kolkata

On Tuesday, an Assistant Sub-inspector of Central Industrial Security Force posted in Kolkata has succumbed to coronavirus, taking the virus death toll in the force to three.


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This is the sixth death in the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) or paramilitary forces, under the command of the Union home ministry, due to COVID-19 with two casualties in the Border Security Force and one in the Central Reserve Police Force.

Earlier, a CISF ASI posted at the Indian Museum in Kolkata and a head constable rank official posted to guard the Mumbai international airport had died of COVID-19. The 1.62 lakh personnel strong force tasked primarily to guard civil airports in the country and vital infrastructure in the aerospace and nuclear domain has 66 active cases of the pandemic till now.

The COVID-19 tally in India surged past 70 thousand cases, with 3,604 new cases reported in the last 24 hours, the Union Health Ministry said on Monday. According to the morning update provided by the ministry, the total number of cases now stand at 70,756. Of the total cases, 46,008 are active and 2,293 are fatalities so far while at least 22,454 people have recovered from the disease.




Bois Locker Room: DCW chief Swati Maliwal files police complaint after receiving death threats on Twitter


Bois Locker Room: DCW chief Swati Maliwal files police complaint after receiving death threats on Twitter

DCW chief Swati Maliwal on Friday filed a complaint with police after she allegedly received death threats on Twitter.

Maliwal recently voiced her opinion on issues like ''Bois locker Room'' and online slandering of jailed Jamia Millia Islamia student Safoora Zargar over the paternity of her unborn child.

The Delhi Commission for Women chief said, in her complaint to the Cyber Crime Cell, that she has received death threats on her Twitter handle.

"The person has made serious threats to kill and assault in these messages. These persons should be immediately booked and arrested (sic)," Maliwal said in her complaint.

 
 
 



Lockdown 3.0: 15 detained after mob pelts stone at policemen enforcing lockdown in Ahmedabad


Lockdown 3.0: 15 detained after mob pelts stone at policemen enforcing lockdown in Ahmedabad

On Friday night, an agitated mob pelted stones at policemen who were enforcing lockdown in Shahpur area of Ahmedabad.

Shahpur is in `Red Zone' as several coronavirus cases have been found in the locality. While a police inspector was injured in the stone-pelting, 15 persons were detained by police. Police lobbed 5 teargas shells to disperse the mob.

According to reports, a police team visited Shahpur after learning that locals were coming out in large numbers despite lockdown. When police asked them to stay indoors, people got angry and started throwing stones.

 
 

As per a report by Indian Express, the clash broke out after a scuffle between a few residents and a team of Rapid Action Force (RAF) personnel who were deployed in the area to ensure lockdown. A few locals were allegedly beaten up by RAF personnel as they had stepped out of their house to procure food commodities despite a complete shutdown observed in Ahmedabad.

On April 23, a similar incident a police team was attacked with stones in the Chamundanagar area of Sardarnagar when the police went to disperse a gathering of people trying to organise a religious event (Purvaj Amavas). During the incident, four policemen were injured. Later, the mob was dispersed after officials called the reinforcements.

 
 
 



Donations to Ram Janambhoomi temple trust to be exempted from income tax


Donations to Ram Janambhoomi temple trust to be exempted from income tax

The government on Friday has put the Ayodhya Ram Janambhoomi temple trust under Section 80G of the Income Tax (IT) Act.

According to reports, donors contributing to the Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra will now be granted tax exemption under Section 80G of the Income-tax Act from the financial year 2020-21.

In a notification on Friday, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) allowed tax exemption to donations under Section 80 G of the Income Tax Act, on the grounds that the structure would be a “place of historic importance and a place of public worship”. The CBDT notified that the taxes will be exempted under clause (b) of sub-section (2) of Section 80G of the Income-Tax Act and granted deduction to the extent of 50% to those who make donations to the Trust.

 
 

The Ram Janambhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust has been created for the construction of the Ram temple in Ayodhya. The 15-member trust was constituted after the Supreme Court's verdict on the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid case.

On the other, work on clearing up the site of Ram temple construction in Ayodhya has also started amid lockdown. The metal barricades erected around the makeshift temple and the CRPF camp at the site were removed on Thursday and levelling of the site has begun.

A local team of PWD officials are working in coordination with engineers of Larsen & Toubro that will be supervising the temple construction. The company will be working on a no-profit, no-loss basis on the temple construction.

 
 
 



India has always been the best : by Safa Mariyam when it comes to care and help for fellow brothers and sisters


India has always been the best : by Safa Mariyam when it comes to care and help for fellow brothers and sisters

The real example is this Covid-19 epidemic, when laborers were living in cities without work and many Bollywood stars came out to help them. Many businessmen and celebrities donated crores to the PM Care Fund. Not only big business tycoons and celebrities, ordinary people also donated to this real cause. I have seen many screenshots of the students' contribution, Rs. 1000, Rs.500, Rs.100, Rs.10 or even Rs.1 to PM Care Funds.
There are many helping spirits distributing food packets to the migrants, who had no support to eat as all the hotels were closed due to lock-down. Ration and daily house hold food items were distributed in the surrounding areas. People distributed masks, sanitizers and water bottles to policemen, sweepers and other daily warriors. Many journalists are working to reach out to those who really need help.
Social media is playing an important role to connect donors to the needy, but what about seniors who are not using social media and their carer takers ‘ are stuck in cities because of their jobs and they have no one for medicinal help.

Speaking to  HidustanTimes , SA Rizvi said, "Many journalists and social activists are very inspired by C. Indumati (DM Sultanpur), who despite being the mother of two young children, constantly visits quarantine centres  and hospitals to keep a constant watch on corona patients and suspects" she has been working for 16 hours with SP Sultanpur.
Speaking to The News India , SA Rizvi said, "Everybody is getting food and water but if we talk about medicine, people are far from it. That is why we have decided to give medicine to every sick of Sultanpur and Amethi districts
SA Rizvi came out as a light in the dark with Anil Dwivedi, Shashi Singh, Pappu Dubey, Qamar Haider, Anoop Dubey and Vijay Srivastava of Sultanpur.
They have created several WhatsApp groups, through which they ask for the drug subscriptions and deliver the medicine to their door steps to make life easier for the helpless sick seniors.

In this difficult time, all of us should do such acts and  take care that the people around us do not have any problem and all of us should pray for the betterment of World.

 




AN OPEN LETTER TO SHRI. MOHAN BHAGWAT, SARSANGHCHALAK, RASHTRIYA SWAYAMSEVAK SANGH (RSS): Your Address of April 26 – Too little, too late!


AN OPEN LETTER TO SHRI. MOHAN BHAGWAT, SARSANGHCHALAK, RASHTRIYA SWAYAMSEVAK SANGH (RSS): Your Address of April 26 – Too little, too late!

Dear Shri. Mohan Bhagwat, The whole Nation, it is presumed, heard your online address on April 26, on the current situation in the wake of COVID-19 crisis. Probable exceptions may be the sea of poor migrant labourers stranded in various towns and cities, who might have been standing in lengthy queues during your address, to collect their food packets from good Samaritans. Neither was it the festive occasion of Vijayadashami, nor the annual training session for RSS workers – routine occasions for address by the Sangh chief. But still you chose to address on this day, which shows the gravity of the situation. At the outset, let me borrow a famous quote from Julius Caesar, the famous play written by William Shakespeare – “There is a tide in the affairs of men Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune; Omitted, all the voyage of their life Is bound in shallows and in miseries. On such a full sea are we now afloat; And we must take the current when it serves, Or lose our ventures.” For the past one and a half months, the whole country has been reeling under the onslaught of Covid-19 Virus. Honourable Prime Minister of India has been leading from the front in India’s fight against this invisible enemy. Our proactive approach in tackling the Corona Virus has been receiving kudos from the whole world. Then, almost as a bolt from the blue, came about the Tablighi Jamaat controversy. And in no time, the focus of our war against this unprecedented Pandemic shifted to a little-known mosque in Nizamuddin Area of New Delhi – the Bangle Wali Masjid that serves as the Markaz (headquarters) of the Tablighi Jamaat movement. There is absolutely no doubt that the deplorable actions of some followers of the Tablighi Jamaat are beyond condonation, and must be dealt with according to the law of the land. No sooner had the Markaz fiasco came to pass, than all our traditional print and electronic media and social media appeared to have been jolted out of their hibernation, a more apt phrase would be ‘jolted out of their monotony’ of talking only about the Pandemic. What ensued can only be 

described as anything but journalism, a career that demands the highest level of professionalism and responsibility. The Islamophobic hashtags and topics began circulating on Twitter, Facebook and the Whatsapp, TRP-enhancing phrases like Corona Jihad flashing on most of the TV channels, with the newspapers taking every step not to be left behind their online counterparts in this race. Objective and balanced reporting of the event were few and far between, that naturally got drowned in the cacophony of unchecked activism on the part of majority of the media – TV channels, newspapers and the social media. In your address, you had emphasized that an entire community should not be blamed for the acts of a few, in an apparent reference to the Tablighi Jamaat Markaz controversy. By virtue of your stature, you enjoy enormous authority not only in the RSS but a larger agglomeration of Hindu organisations. Many of those who have been behind the ongoing targeting of Muslim community, in the name of the Tablighi Jamaat incident, are associated with these organisations. It is for this very reason that your intervention becomes all the more important. But, given your mysterious silence for almost a month since the Markaz controversy first erupted, your address can only be described as too little, too late. Had you chosen to speak out earlier, so many damages could have been avoided.

 Unscrupulous mischief mongers using this incident in some way to blame the entire Muslim community for the spread of Covid-19 in India, could have been avoided.

 Unchecked, misinformed, misguided and misdirected activism in majority of the electronic and print media in India, continuing unabashedly to this day, could have been avoided.

 Incessant spewing of venom against Muslims by the trolls on social media, with unsubstantiated allegations of some form of Jihad or conspiracy to weaken the country, could have been avoided.

 Physical assaults on Muslims, innocent and unconnected with the Markaz fiasco, in several places could have been avoided.

 Religious profiling and boycotting of poor Muslim vendors selling groceries and miscellaneous items, could have been avoided. Whether this is a prelude to the larger economic boycott of Muslims in the unorganised sector, only time will tell.

 Several instances of Muslim volunteers being harassed and prevented from carrying out relief activities in several parts of the country, could have been avoided.

 The most inhuman incidence of some hospitals and clinics turning away Muslim patients just because to their faith, could have been avoided.

 The Health Ministry’s bulletins, separately detailing break-up of Covid-19 cases caused by the Tablighi Jamaat congregation, forced the WHO Emergency Programme Director Mike Ryan to say, “This does not help. Having Covid-19 is not anybody’s fault. Every case is a victim. It is very important that we do not profile the cases on the basis of racial, religious and ethnic lines.”

Such adverse remarks against the country in an international forum could have been avoided.

 Recent diplomatic embarrassments faced by India over the outrage in Gulf countries due to relentless Islamophobia by certain misguided elements, necessitating the intervention of the
Prime Minister himself to assuage their unease, could have been avoided.

 

To make matter worse, the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), in its
2020 annual report last week, recommended that India be designated as a “country of particular
concern” (CPC), for engaging in and tolerating systematic, ongoing, and egregious religious
freedom violations. It is for the first time since 2004 that India has been designated a CPC, and
finds itself bracketed with countries like China, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, North Korea, Syria
and Iran. Such dubious distinction for India as a secular democracy bodes ill for her international
image and goodwill.
Adverse international opinion does not make a difference for pariah states like North Korea, Syria
or Myanmar, nor do these states could care less about what the world thinks about them. But India
belongs to an entirely different league of nations. It is the largest democracy in the world. That is
why, any (adverse) remark about India in the international arena matters a lot for the country. India
has rightly rejected all such negative comments emanating from various international forums in
recent times, as any sovereign country should do. Nevertheless, this should lead us to an honest
introspection, whether such unpleasant remarks and their frequency are any pointer to a growing
lack of faith and credibility of India as a secular democracy. If so, this does not augur well for India
as a country aspiring to reclaim its status of a Vishwa Guru.
Let me quote a line from the famous novel, The Plague (French: La Peste) by Albert Camus,
published in 1947, that tells the story of a plague sweeping the French Algerian city of Oran.
“....... there is no denying that the plague had gradually killed off in all of us the faculty not of love
only but even of friendship........”
The above line is not only pertinent to be quoted in the present circumstances, but also bears a

frightening resemblance to the social conditions existing in the country under the prevailing Covid-
19 Pandemic. Thanks to irresponsible media coverage, as well as irresponsible statements by certain

 

politicians, the current Pandemic has caused the simmering schism between the two communities – Hindus and Muslims – to widen further. No doubt the deadly Corona Virus is wreaking havoc throughout the world, India being no exception to its curse. But what is unique to this country is the alarming reality that riding on the fatal Corona Virus, a far more deadly COMMUNAL VIRUS is slowly taking deeper roots in the Indian society. As if that were not enough, there is every indication that this Communal Virus will outlive the Corona Virus, further rupturing the socio-economic fabric of our country. This carries the grave risk of making India’s recovery post-Covid very, very difficult, if not impossible. Thus, you have upon your shoulders an added moral responsibility now, to ensure that your advice contained in the address of April 26 is religiously followed in letter and spirit, and enforced on the ground, by your cadres. It is to be hoped that a strong message had already gone with your address that all minorities, including Muslims, are an integral part of India’s socio-economic fabric, and that sincere recovery efforts post-Covid requires the Nation to work in unison.

SATYAMEVA JAYATE M. W. ANSARI, IPS (Retd.) Former D.G.P., Chhattisgarh Email: mwansari1984@gmail.com

 




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