On Netaji’s 122nd birth anniversary, PM Modi inaugurates Subhas Chandra Bose museum at Red Fort
New Delhi: Ahead of Republic Day celebrations, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday inaugurated three new museums inside the Red Fort compound commemorating the nation’s freedom struggle, including one on Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and his Indian National Army (INA).
The first museum showcases artefacts related to Bose and the INA, including a wooden chair and sword used by Netaji, medals, badges, uniforms and more. The INA trials were held in the Red Fort. Modi also unveiled the ‘Yaad-e-Jallian’ museum that will take the visitors through the bloody massacre of the Jallianwala Bagh in 1919. It will also showcase the heroism, valour and sacrifices made by Indian soldiers during World War-1.
The third museum is dedicated to the historical narrative of the 1857 War of Independence, showcasing the valour and sacrifices made by Indians in the first war of independence against the British. The museums have been designed to provide an immersive experience to visitors with photographs, paintings, newspaper clippings, ancient public records, audio and video clips, animation and multimedia.
Aparna Kumar becomes 1st Indian woman IPS officer to complete South Pole expedition
New Delhi: Aparna Kumar, who become the first woman Indian Police Service (IPS) DIG and Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) officer to successfully complete the South Pole expedition, is now aiming to set her foot on the North Pole in April, to mark the achievement of conquering both the poles.
Speaking to ANI about her adventurous journey, Aparna said: “I started my journey from Union Glacier; there were seven other members in my team. It took us eight days to reach the South Pole covering 111 miles (178.6 km). We reached there on January 13.”
Talking about the future plans, Aparna shared: “It was very difficult because you need to work, take care of the family and take out time. I trained regularly and sacrificed a lot of things which people take for granted. My next expedition will be for the North Pole, scheduled for April.” Aparna has successfully reached the South Pole after covering 111 kilometres of walking on the snow. She also carried equipment weighing 35 Kilograms along with her. She has already scaled the top six mountain peaks of the six continents of the globe.
She reached the South Pole on January 13 where she unfurled the National and ITBP flags. The ITBP officials welcomed her at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi on January 19. The women band of ITBP presented the welcome tunes and a bouquet to her.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Chief Minister Uttar Pradesh Yogi Adityanath also conveyed their appreciations to the officer. Aparna is a 2002 batch UP Cadre IPS officer, who has been posted at the Northern Frontier Headquarters of ITBP in Dehradun. The ITBP has been credited with 211 successful mountaineering expeditions across the globe, making a record. The ITBP is a Central Armed Police Force which is primarily deployed to secure the icy Himalayan borders of the nation since its Inception in 1962.
Hindu Sena pays tributes to Queen Victoria on death anniversary, says she freed India from autocratic Mughals
New Delhi: The Hindu Sena, a right-wing group, Tuesday paid tributes to Queen Victoria on her 118th death anniversary here and said she “freed India from the autocratic rule of the Mughals”.
The organisers of the event at Jantar Mantar here said it was the first time they paid tributes to the Empress and credited her with “uniting the princely states of India in 1857”. Surjeet Yadav, the national spokesperson and vice-president of the Hindu Sena, claimed, “India would have disintegrated into thousands of pieces had it not been the Britishers, who under the Queen, united a large number of princely states into one entity in 1857.”
He also claimed that “the Britishers gave what we have today, be it the law, railways, roads, communication networks, schools, buildings, etc.” “The Britishers did not destroy our temples like the others did…They gave us the law which we follow even today,” Yadav said. “Leaders like Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru could raise their voice because it was not an autocratic government. They gave Indians the first taste of freedom by allowing local self-governance in 1882,” he said.
He claimed the imperial army strived for equality among all castes in India. “They (the Britishers) formed the Mahar regiment. Earlier, in Bengal presidency, only people belonging to upper castes were allowed to enlist in the army,” he claimed, adding “if there is a gentlemen race in the world, it’s is the British”. The Hindu Sena had celebrated the birthday of US President Donald Trump with a cake weighing 7.1 kg in New Delhi in 2017.
Mayawati should think about joining hands with BJP for Dalits: Ramdas Athawale
Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh): Pointing out that Mayawati had been victorious in previous elections with support of BJP, Union Minister Ramdas Athawale on Monday suggested BSP should ally with the BJP for the upcoming Assembly polls instead of partnering with the Samajwadi Party, if she really wanted to work for the Dalits.
The Samajwadi Party (SP) and BSP had formed an alliance earlier this month to jointly contest 38 seats each in Uttar Pradesh in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections while leaving the other two seats to other parties. “Mayawati became Chief Minister three times after receiving support from BJP. She did not see humanism and casteism then. When she wanted to be in power, she took help from BJP… If Mayawati really wants to work for Dalits, then she should think about joining hands with the BJP and Prime Minister Modi,” Athawale told ANI.
BJP MLA says BSP chief Mayawati ‘worse than a transgender’, draws strong criticism
The Union Minister termed the SP-BSP alliance as opportunistic. “BSP is forming an alliance because they did not win any seat in 2014. In Uttar Pradesh elections also, they thought Mayawati will become Chief Minister again but they were restricted to just 19 seats. That is why they have formed an alliance with their enemy (SP). Voters are not accepting this alliance because till now they have only raised voices against each other. SP-BSP alliance is only to get into power and defeat Prime Minister Modi,” he added.
Athawale said both the SP and BSP feel that Congress is not a “strong party.” “I think that the SP-BSP alliance on one side and Congress and others parties on other will only help BJP in Uttar Pradesh since votes will get divided. BJP can win over 60 seats in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections and NDA won’t face any problem in forming the government at Centre,” he said. The minister also criticised Congress president Rahul Gandhi for his attacks on the Prime Minister and said that there was “no unity in the Opposition” today as seen in the recent TMC-led rally in Kolkata.
“Time and again Rahul Gandhi attacks Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This shows that the Prime Minister is moving ahead with ‘Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas’. He is the powerful leader in the country today. Despite Rahul’s attacks the people are with Prime Minister Modi. He will win the upcoming general election and become the Prime Minister again,” Athawale said. “There have been talks over Rahul Gandhi versus Narendra Modi but now after conducting a big rally, Mamata Banerjee has challenged Rahul Gandhi making her a bigger leader than him. There is no unity in the Opposition,” he added. When asked about the Ayodhya land dispute case, Athawale said, “It’s not fair to take the law in hands and construct Ram Temple in Ayodhya. The matter is currently in Supreme Court. We should wait for the court’s order”.
Stay in your limits, act like a woman: NSUI leader threatens female student after she complains of molestation
A video has gone viral where NSUI district president of Shahjahanpur, Irfan Hussain was caught on camera threatening a female student after she complained of molestation.
In the video, it is seen that Irfan Hussain is threatening the woman in front of the college staff. During the entire argument, the college staff did not intervene. The NSUI district president of Shahjahanpur, on camera, is caught saying, “You are just in the first year now, you have to stay here for three more years, you must reform yourself (sudhar jao). I will make it very difficult for you to enter the college main gate. Act like a woman, stay in your limits.”
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NSUI District President Irfan Hussain threatening a girl in front of the college staff after she protested against an eve teasing incident in Shahjahanpur,UP.
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After the video went viral, the National Students Union of India (NSUI) suspended Hussain. An FIR has been registered against NSUI Shahjahanpur district president Irfan Hussain. The cops have been trying to arrest Hussain, who is absconding. “An incident of molestation has come to notice at GF College. FIR has been registered and attempts to arrest the accused are underway,” Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) Shahjahanpur D Tripathi told ANI.
Citizenship bill not be applicable as Nagaland protected under Article 371(A): CM Neiphiu Rio tells Rajnath Singh
Kohima: Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio has written to Home Minister Rajnath Singh, saying the citizenship bill is not applicable to the state as it is protected under Article 371 (A) of the Constitution.
A Cabinet meeting, chaired by Rio, on Friday asserted that the state is protected under provisions of Article 371 (A) and the Inner Line Permit (ILP) as per Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation, (BEFR) of 1873, a release issued by the Chief Minister’s Office said Sunday. The article deals with special provisions with respect to Nagaland.
It states that no act of Parliament with respect to religious or social practices of the Nagas, Naga customary law and procedure, administration of civil and criminal justice involving decisions according to Naga customary law, ownership and transfer of land and its resources, shall apply to the state unless the Legislative Assembly by a resolution so decides.
The Cabinet deliberated on the matter in view of the citizenship bill being passed by the Lok Sabha on January 8 and its consequent impact on Nagaland and other north-eastern states. The state Cabinet, during the meeting, also decided to appeal to the Centre to have wider consultations with all north-eastern states to ensure that rights of indigenous people are fully protected.
The Cabinet decided to re-affirm all provisions of Article 371 (A) and to strengthen the implementation of the ILP as per BEFR of 1873 that will also be taken up in the next session of the state assembly. The release stated that as per the Cabinet decision, the chief minister has also written a letter to Home Minister Rajnath Singh, conveying the concern and apprehension of the people of Nagaland regarding the bill, the release said.
The letter says the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, even if enacted, will not be applicable to Nagaland in view of the Article 371 (A) that guarantees the Nagas their way of life un-interfered by any Parliamentary enactment, unless the Legislative Assembly by a resolution so decides, it said.
The citizenship bill provides for according Indian citizenship to the Hindus, Jains, Christians, Sikhs, Buddhists and Parsis from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan after six years of residence in India, instead of 12 years currently, even if they do not possess any document.
Debt bondage has been described by the United Nations as a form of modern day slavery
Kolhapur, Maharastra ( Kishor Abitkar). Debt bondage has been described by the United Nations as a form of "modern day slavery" and the Supplementary Convention on the Abolition of Slavery seeks to abolish the practice.
The practice is still prevalent primarily in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, although most countries in these regions are parties to the Supplementary Convention on the Abolition of Slavery.
It is predicted that 84 to 88% of the bonded labourers in the world are in South Asia. Lack of prosecution or insufficient punishment of this crime are the leading causes of the practice as it exists at this scale today.
In Kolhapur district well known for progressive thoughts is not aware how Shankaracharya Math of Karveer is still practicing it.
For 3 generations farmers in Darvad a village near Gargoti have to serve like sheduled cast people in Kolhapur Math. When they refused Shankaracharya leaved on each family fine of Rs.30000.
This is reality of a village which is adopted by Revinue minister of Maharashtra. So no collector or S.P. dares to take any action. Even a tahsil P.I. refuses to register a complain.This was told to press by a social activist Dr. Subhash Desai from Gargoti here today.
Sharad Kalaskar’s statement is part of the 9,235-page additional charge-sheet filed by the SIT in November before a special court in Bengaluru. It details how he and Vaibhav Raut, a key accused in Nallasopara arms haul case met Punalekar at his office in Fort, Mumbai, in June-July 2018.
Kalaskar has told SIT that Rishikesh Deodikar alias Murali, another key member of the outfit and who is still at large, had instructed them to do so after Amol Kale’s arrest in May 2018 (Kale was the commander of the group that was targeting ‘evildoers’. Police say his arrest sparked panic a month the remaining members.)
Rajasthan Congress begins exercise to pick Lok Sabha candidates
Jaipur: After its success in the recent Rajasthan Assembly elections, the Congress here has begun seeking feedback from workers in each constituency to pick candidates for the Lok Sabha polls. This is being done through a series of meetings being held in the state capital. Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said the party’s state leadership is inviting workers to discuss the upcoming elections.
“We are trying to understand their feelings and will collectively select nominees for the Lok Sabha elections. The final decision will be taken by the party high command,” Gehlot told reporters. Gehlot claimed there is no doubt that the party will win all 25 Lok Sabha seats in the state.
Party office bearers on Wednesday held a meeting with workers of Chittorgarh Lok Sabha constituency, reports PTI.
The meeting was held at the chief minister’s residence and also attended by deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot and Rajasthan in-charge of the All India Congress Committee, Avinash Pandey.
26 children shortlisted for national award 2019: WCD
New Delhi: The Women and Child Development Ministry has shortlisted 26 children for the national award this year for their exceptional achievement in the fields of innovation, sports, arts, social service, or any other area deserving recognition, according to an official statement. In the past, the National Bravery Awards were organised by an NGO named Indian Council for Child Welfare, reports PTI.
Recently, the financial integrity of the ICCW was questioned by the Delhi High Court during the hearings of a writ petition, the statement of the WCD Ministry said. In view of this, the government dissociated itself from the ICCW and revamped the scheme of the National Awards for children last year to include bravery as an additional component in the Pradhan Mantri National Children Awards, the statement said.
Under the present format, awards will be given in two categories of Bal Shakti Puruskar to individuals and Bal Kalyan Puraskar for institutions or individuals working for children. The WCD Ministry has shortlisted 26 awardees, including one joint award for the National Child Award (now renamed as Bal Shakti Puraskar), under the category of innovation, scholastic, sports, art and culture, social service and bravery. A total of 783 applications were received for the Baal Shakti Puruskar this year. The National Selection Committee also finalised the names of two individuals and three institutions under the National Child Welfare Awards category.
BJP amassed over Rs 437 crore in donations
written by Agencies January 17, 2019 10:07 am New Delhi: The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party has got over 93 per cent of all the donations of above Rs 20,000 received by national political parties, during 2017-18, pocketing Rs 437.04 crore of the total Rs 469.89 crore donated by corporates and individuals. According to a report by election watchdog, the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR), a total of 4,201 donations of above Rs 20,000, amounting to Rs 469.89 crore were declared by the seven national parties for the year.
Of the total donations, BJP got the lion’s share with 2,977 donations followed by the Congress which has declared receiving Rs 26.658 crore, reports IANS. The total donations received by the BJP is more than 12 times the aggregate declared by the rest of the national parties – Congress (INC), Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Communist Party of India (CPI), Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI-M) and All India Trinamool Congress (AITC).
The total donations of the national parties, during the year dipped by Rs 119.49 crore from the previous year. The BJP’s donations have decreased by 18 per cent from Rs 532.27 crore it received in 2016-17 while the Congress’ donations decreased from Rs 41.90 crore in 2016-17 to Rs 26.658 crore during 2017-18. The Mayawati-led BSP declared that it did not receive any donations above Rs 20,000 during the year.It is mandatory for political parties to provide details of all donations of more than Rs 20,000 to the Election Commission annually.
Of the total donations, 1,361 amounting to Rs 422.04 crore were made by corporate/business sectors while 2772 individual donors donated Rs 47.12 crore in the year. The CPI-M garnered Rs 2.75 crore from 196 donations, while the NCP collected Rs 2.08 crore through 42 donations. The CPI got Rs 1.14 crore from 176 donations while Trinamool Congress got Rs 20 lakh from 33 donations.