Bollywood actor and BJP leader Paresh Rawal takes dig at Rahul


Bollywood actor and BJP leader Paresh Rawal takes dig at Rahul

Bollywood actor and BJP leader Paresh Rawal on Friday took a dig at Congress president Rahul Gandhi, saying if the latter could address the parliament without a hitch, an earthquake will come.
Rawal, while addressing the media said, “Agar aaj Rahul ji bina padhe, bina fumble kare, bina ghalti kare 15 minute bolenge toh dharti zaroor hilegi, hilegi bhi kya, naachegi.”
He made this statement with reference to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech during Karnataka assembly elections where he had challenged Rahul to speak for 15 minutes without reading from any paper.
The statement came as the Lok Sabha today took up a debate on the no-confidence motion against the Modi government.
The debate was initiated by the Telegu Desam Party terming the ruling party as a saga of empty promises.
The opposition gave momentum to the motion under issues like special status to Andhra Pradesh, mob lynching incidents, cow vigilantism, communal statements and atrocities faced by minorities. (ANI)

 




Centre resorting to vote-bank politics: Mamata Banerjee on NRC release


Centre resorting to vote-bank politics: Mamata Banerjee on NRC release

Kolkata: Expressing concern over the exclusion of 40 lakh names in the final National Register of Citizens (NRC) draft, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today said those “Indian citizens have become refugees” in their own land. Banerjee also alleged that the central government has resorted to “vote-bank politics”.

The CM, who is leaving for Delhi today, said she would seek time from Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to discuss the issue. “I am sending a team of party MPs to Assam and if necessary, I will go there too,” she said. Asked whether West Bengal would give shelter to those whose names have not appeared in the final NRC draft, she said, “They have their homes…they are inhabitants of Assam. We will think about it if they want to come. But why should they be evicted?”

“They are Indians, but they became refugees in their own land,” she said. Banerjee also claimed that even names of some people who have passports, Aadhaar and voter cards have been excluded from the final draft. Accusing the Centre of trying to forcibly evict 40 lakh people, she said, “It is a matter of grave concern. Internet service has been snapped. We cannot contact people in Assam.” Amid tight security, the much-awaited NRC final draft was published today with over 2.89 crore names out of the total 3.29 crore applicants in Assam.




National Register of Citizens for Assam is completely impartial, no need to panic, says Rajnath Singh


National Register of Citizens for Assam is completely impartial, no need to panic, says Rajnath Singh

New Delhi: Home Minister Rajnath Singh today said the draft National Register of Citizens for Assam is completely “impartial” and those whose names are not included should not panic as they will get an opportunity to prove their Indian citizenship.

The home minister’s reaction came after the draft NRC was published today with the names of about 40 lakh residents of the state not being included. “No coercive action will be taken against anyone. Hence, there is no need for anyone to panic. This is a draft and not the final list,” he told reporters here.

Even someone whose name is not in the final list can approach the foreigners tribunal, Singh said. “Some people are unnecessarily trying to create an atmosphere of fear. I want to assure all that there is no need for any apprehension or fear. Some misinformation is also being spread. The NRC process has been done impartially,” he said.


  
Singh said some people may not have been able to submit necessary documents and they will get full opportunity through the claims and objections process. The National Register of Citizens (NRC) is a list of Assam’s citizens and it is being updated following a direction of the Supreme Court.

The home minister said only after the disposal of claims and objections, the final NRC will be published and even after the final NRC, every person will get an opportunity to approach the foreigners tribunal. “This means that even those whose names do not figure in the final NRC will get an opportunity to approach the tribunal. There is no question of any coercive action against anyone,” he said.

The home minister said the NRC process is being carried out with complete fairness and transparency and it has been monitored by the Supreme Court. The much-anticipated final draft of the NRC was published today with 2.9 crore names out of the total 3.29 crore applicants in Assam.




India had requested Antigua to detain Mehul Choksi after reports of his presence on Caribbean island


India had requested Antigua to detain Mehul Choksi after reports of his presence on Caribbean island

New Delhi: India requested authorities in Antigua and Barbuda to detain PNB scam fugitive Mehul Choksi after it received information about his presence in the Caribbean island, government sources said today. They said India was in touch with the island nation following reports of Choksi’s presence there and requested the authorities there to restrict his movements by land, sea and air.

“As soon as MEA (Ministry of External Affairs) received information of the likely presence of Mehul Choksi in Antigua, our High Commission in Georgetown had alerted the A&B (Antigua and Barbuda) government, in writing and verbally, to confirm his presence in their territory and detain him and prevent his movement by land, air or sea,” a government source said.

Last week, Choksi reportedly claimed he had taken Antigua citizenship last year to expand his business as the passport of the Caribbean nation provides visa-free travel to 132 countries. “Our high commissioner is meeting the relevant authorities in A&B government today. We continue to liaise with relevant GOI agencies and the Government of Antigua and Barbuda to follow up on this matter,” the source said.


  
Choksi and his nephew Nirav Modi are being investigated by the Enforcement Directorate and the Central Bureau of Investigation after it was detected that they allegedly cheated the Punjab National Bank of more than Rs 13,400 crore with the purported involvement of a few of the lender’s employees.

The scam, which reportedly began in 2011, was detected in January this year, after which PNB officials reported it to the probe agencies. Choksi and Nirav Modi fled India in January this year nearly a fortnight before the scam was detected. Choksi’s valid passport was revoked in February 2018.




(In pictures) World witnesses longest-ever total lunar eclipse


(In pictures) World witnesses longest-ever total lunar eclipse

New Delhi: The world is witnessing Blood Moon or total lunar eclipse, the longest of the 21st Century. The rare celestial event can be seen in its entirety from all parts of India. The century’s longest total lunar eclipse, which began on July 27, will last till the early hours of July 28.

According to NASA, the total lunar eclipse will last for close to one hour and 43 minutes, starting late at night and continuing till the early hours of July 28. “This total lunar eclipse is significant because it is the longest,” Director of Delhi’s Nehru Planetarium, Ratnashree, told ANI.

At some point, when the moon will move into earth’s shadow, the sunlight passing through Earth’s atmosphere will turn the moon red. In Varanasi, devotees are taking a dip in the Holy Ganges at Dashashwamedh Ghat. The day is all the more special in India, as both lunar eclipse and Guru Purnima are falling on the same day.

Celebrated on the full-moon day in the ‘Ashadh’ month of the Hindu calendar, Guru Purnima is a day dedicated to spiritual teachers. Since the festival is celebrated by both Hindus and Buddhists, there are no set rituals that are followed during the day.

While some people observe fast to show respect to their gurus, others visit temples to offer prayers and seek blessings. People, who follow living gurus, pray for the long life of their spiritual teachers. Students, on the other hand, celebrate this festival in schools where they worship their teachers and ask for their blessings.

In one such instance in Vadodara, children celebrated the festival by worshiping their parents and giving them presents. “We worshiped our parents today because our parents are our first teachers,” said a child. Ironically, according to the Hindu tradition, no religious or auspicious practice is performed at the time of the lunar eclipse.

Going by this tradition, many famous temples across the country also remain closed for darshan during the period. People performing puja are instructed to do it before or after the eclipse. People following the Hindu religion are advised to take a bath before and after the lunar eclipse. They also avoid cooking or consuming food during that period.

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IBPS RRB Admit Card 2018 for Officer Scale I Prelims exam released, check at ibps.in


IBPS RRB Admit Card 2018 for Officer Scale I Prelims exam released, check at ibps.in

nstitute of Banking Personnel Selection, IBPS RRB Officer Scale I Prelims 2018 Admit Cards have been released. IBPS RRB Officer Scale 1 preliminary examination will be conducted on August 11, 12 and 18. Candidates who have registered for the examination are expected to keep an eye on the website. The institute is expected to release IBPS RRB Officer Scale I Pre-Exam Training Call Letters by next week on their official website ibps.in.

IBPS will also release the IBPS RRB Office Assistant Prelims 2018 admit cards which is expected to release in August. However, the pre-exam training call letters for the exam will be releasing this month itself. Applicants are expected to keep an eye on IBPS official website, which is ibps.in.

Here are the steps to download IBPS RRB Officer Scale I Prelims Admit Card and Pre-Exam Training Call Letter


 
Firstly, go to IBPS’s official website, ibps.in.

Go to CRP RRBs tab to open the tab for RRB recruitment. Then the next page will open

Click on Common Recruitment Process – Regional Rural Banks Phase VII, then a new window will open

Once the IBPS RRB Prelims 2018 Admit Cards are released, you will see your admit card in the new window. The Pre-Exam training call letters would also be available on this page.

The details like the slot assigned as well as the venue or examination centre would be available only on the admit cards. IBPS RRB Officer Scale Prelims 2018 are scheduled for August 11, 12 and 18. Also, there would be no preliminary examinations for IBPS RRB Officer Scale-II and III.




Delhi starvation deaths: Girls’ father would usually go away for 3-4 days in search of jobs, say police


Delhi starvation deaths: Girls’ father would usually go away for 3-4 days in search of jobs, say police

New Delhi: The father of the three girls, who allegedly died of starvation in east Delhi’s Mandawali on Tuesday, would usually go away for three-four days in search of jobs and then return, the police said on Wednesday.

A senior police officer said the police have formed teams to trace Mangal, the father of the three minor girls. On July 24, the three girls, aged two, four and eight, were taken to the Lal Bahadur Shashtri hospital by their mother and a family friend where they were declared brought dead. The girls’ father, a casual labourer, had left on the morning of July 24 for finding work and has not returned since. Police are on the lookout for him and he will be questioned in connection with the matter.

Police said the girl’s father used to leave home in search of jobs for three-four days and return eventually. The family of the deceased girls’ belongs to West Bengal. They were staying here in Mandawali at the residence of their friend Narayan. The father had lost employment after the autorickshaw he used to drive on rent had been stolen. Police has learnt that no cases of auto theft have been reported in any of the police stations so far. Police said that if someone had stolen the autorickshaw, then a complaint should have been registered.


 
Police said the father of the girls was an alcoholic and in an inebriated state would sometimes leave his auto at random spot, and find it later after gaining consciousness. Police are trying to trace someone who could lead them to Mangal’s village in West Bengal. Police said only after the father comes back, they will be able tell as to for how many days the girls had not eaten and since when they were unwell. The initial postmortem report suggested that they died due to starvation and had not eaten for over a week.




Rajasthan Police arrest 2 people in Dalit man’s lynching incident


Rajasthan Police arrest 2 people in Dalit man’s lynching incident

Barmer: The Rajasthan Police has arrested two people in connection with Dalit man’s lynching incident in Barmer. 22-year-old Khetaram was beaten to death by a mob on Tuesday for allegedly having an affair with a Muslim woman in Rajasthan’s Barmer.

Meanwhile, Barmer Deputy Superintendent of Police Surinder Kumar said, “The victim succumbed to severe injuries. Two people have been arrested in connection with the incident.” According to police, the post-mortem report revealed that the deceased was severely beaten and that the attackers also tried to strangulate him. Further investigation in the matter is underway.




Will support any candidate who defeats BJP, RSS, says Rahul Gandhi


Will support any candidate who defeats BJP, RSS, says Rahul Gandhi

New Delhi: Congress Party President Rahul Gandhi said he would support any candidate who will defeat the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).

Rahul’s statement came in response to a question posed by a woman journalist on whether he would back All India Trinamool Congress (TMC) Chief Mamata Banerjee or Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) President Mayawati as the face of Prime Minister in the upcoming general elections, according to sources. With regards to the Congress’ strategy in the 2019 General Elections, Rahul said the key agenda would be to seal their victory in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, which jointly constitute 22 per cent share of seats in Lok Sabha.

For this, Rahul said the Congress was ready to form alliances in the two states to defeat the BJP. He also noted that the BJP’s allies such as Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and Shiv Sena were already miffed with the party, which would be an added advantage to the Congress. Rahul, however, reportedly said his chances of becoming the next Prime Minister would be subject to where the dice falls. Earlier in the day, the Congress Party had shared images on social media from the party president’s interaction with women journalists in the national capital. “Congress President @RahulGandhi met and interacted with women journalists earlier this evening and what a wonderful interaction it was!” the party posted from the official Twitter handle.




Maratha reservation protests: Roads and highways in Aurangabad district blocked by activists


Maratha reservation protests: Roads and highways in Aurangabad district blocked by activists

The Maratha community is back on roads for their pending reservation issue. Today, several Maratha organisations have called for a bandh in state after a man demanding reservation committed suicide in Aurangabad district. All roads and highways in Aurangabad district and other parts of the Marathwada region have been blockaded by Morcha activists.
Recently, angry locals prevent Aurangabad MP Chandrakant Khaire from attending last rites of Kakasaheb Shinde, who jumped off a bridge over Godavari river, on Tuesday during agitation. Khaire taken out of the cremation ground under police cordon. Locals warn leaders against taking political mileage of Shinde’s death. In this section we see the pictures from the parts of Maharashtra where the Maratha community is protesting for their rights:

 




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