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Prime Minister Mr. Modi accorded warm welcome at Raipur Airport


Raipur: Chief Minister Mr. Narendra Modi were accorded warm and enthusiastic welcome by Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh, on his arrival at Swami Vivekananda Airport in Mana, Raipur today morning.

At the airport, Food Minister and District In-Charge Mr. Punnulal Mohile, Home Minister Mr. Ramsevak Paikra, Forest Minister Mr. Mahesh Gagda, Labour Minister Mr. Bhaiyalal Rajwade, Member of Lok Sabha Raipur Mr. Ramesh Bais, Chairman of National Scheduled Tribal Commission Mr. Nandkumar Sai, Chairman of Chhattisgarh State Textbook Corporation and MLA Mr. Devji Bai Patel, Raipur North MLA Mr. Shrichand Sundrani, Arang MLA Mr. Naveen Markandey, Chhattisgarh State Youth Commission Chairman Mr. Kamalchandra Bhanjdev, State Government's Chief Secretary Mr. Ajay Singh, Director General of Police Mr. AN Upadhyay, Inspector General of Police Mr. Pradeep Gupta, Collector Mr. OP Choudhary, Senior Superintendent of Police Mr. Amresh Mishra and Senior officials of Government-Administration were also present. Prime Minister reached Naya Raipur based NRDA building, where he inaugurated Integrated Command and Control Centre and then left for Bhilainagar with Chief Minister.




Mumbai: Major fire breaks out in high-rise in Worli where Deepika Padukone resides


A fire broke out in commercial premises at Appasaheb Marathe Marg in Worli, Mumbai. The fire is on the 25th floor of the building, but the name of the building is not known right now. According to reports Bollywood actress, Deepika Padukone lives in the same building.

 

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More than 90 people rescued safely. 6 fire engines, 5 jumbo tankers and an ambulance at the spot. Firefighting operations underway.

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Jammu and Kashmir: 2 policemen killed in terror attack in Pulwama


Pulwama (Jammu and Kashmir): Two police personnel were killed and three others were injured in a terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Tuesday. The police revealed that an exchange of fire took place after terrorists attacked a police guard post, at a court complex, in the wee hours of Tuesday morning.

The area has been cordoned off and a search operation is underway. In a separate incident, terrorists attacked a Central Reserve Police Force party with grenades at Janglat Mandi in Anantnag. Four CRPF men were reportedly injured in the attack. All the injured were rushed to the hospital.

More details are awaited.

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Bhima-Koregaon riots case accused Sambhaji Bhide creates row with ‘mangoes for sons’ remarks, gets slammed


Mumbai: The prime accused in the Bhima-Koregaon riots case and the man is considered a ‘guru’ of PM Modi and a ‘mentor’ of Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis, has claimed that mangoes from his farm have the power to help couples conceive. “If couples eat mangoes from my farm, they will be able to go forth and multiply,” is the bizarre claim made by Manohar, alias Sambhaji Bhide, the founder of the Shivpratishthan Sanghatana.

Bhide, at a rally over the weekend, replete with references to Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj’s rule, derided the current social and political changes. And, in the process, he served his fertility recipe about the ‘prowess’ of mangoes from his farm, backed by statistical evi- dence, claiming that the said mangoes had helped around 150 couples to pro-create. Naturally, the social media went bananas.

Twitterati tried to jog Bhide’s memory with a clip from the renowned Marathi film, ‘Ashi He Banwabanwi,’ in which Paru, the wife of the char- acter ‘Lakshya’, played by the late Lakshmikant Berde, was shown becom- ing pregnant after eating a mango. Among the jokes that did the rounds were: “Bhidechya baagetil amba khalyane muley hotat, hajagatik shodh ahe.


Nobel sathi prastav karayala hava.” (That children can be conceived by eating mangoes from Bhide’s farm, is an inter- national discovery, defi- nitely worthy of the Nobel Prize). Referring to the Kamasutra, another person said, “Aaj doan shabda shikayala milale. 1) Aam- sutra 2) Guruvirya (Today we learnt two new words: Aamsutra and Guru’s sperm). The next one was a senior one. “Shejarchya ajobani ajichya kanakhali vajavli. Ka? Tar mhane bazaaraat janaarya ajobana, aaji ambe gheun ya, ase mhanali.”

(Today, the neighbouring grandpa planted a tight one under grandma’s ears. Why? Because she asked him to get mangoes from the market). Some even connected this humorous claim to the one made by a former Rajasthan HC judge, Mahesh Chandra Sharma, on the peahen getting impregnated by the tears of a peacock. “Landor morache ashru pitey, mhanun tila pila hotat. Aata, Bhide guruji mhantat, tyanchya shetatil ambe khaun, mula hotat.” (The peahen drinks the tears of a peacock and gets impregnated. Now, Bhide Guruji says eating mangoes from his farm will help one become a parent).

Another referred to the famous Shanta Shelke song for toddlers, Naach Re Mora Aambyachya Vanaat: “Naach re mora ambyachya vanat, hey kharach ‘baal’ geet ahe.” (Peacock dancing in a mango farm, is truly a ‘baby’ poem). And one wag could not resist taking a bite out of the king of mangos, the Alphonso. “Mag aata haapus ki baapus? Tya ambyala baapus ambe mhanave.” (So is it haapus or ‘Bhaapus’ after ‘father’ mango?).




Pranab Mukherjee speaks on nation, nationalism and patriotism at RSS event


Nagpur: Former President Pranab Mukherjee did not disappoint the nation. Presiding over an RSS event, he warned that any attempt to define India through “religion, dogma or intolerance” will only dilute the national identity. Also, he warned against narrow and parochial definitions of nationhood — such as religion and region.

As RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat played the benign host, the former president dwelt on the difference between the concept of “utopian nation-state” and Indian nationalism — which he said emanates from “universalism”. He also underscore that ‘‘our national identity has emerged from a long-drawn process of confluence, assimilation and co-existence,” Mukherjee said in Nagpur. It is this multiplicity “in culture, faith and language” that makes India special, he said. “We derive our strength from tolerance. We accept and respect our pluralism. We celebrate our diversity. They have been a part of our collective consciousness for centuries.”

Mukherjee did not once name the RSS but quoted from Nehru’s ‘Discovery of India’: “I am convinced that nationalism can only come out of the ideological fusion of Hindu, Muslims, Sikhs and other groups in India.” He had a message for the nation and the RSS: “We must free our public discourse from all kinds of fear and violence.”


Before the former president spoke, Bhagwat said the debate over Mukherjee’s decision to attend the RSS event was “meaningless” and no one is an outsider for his organisation. Speaking ahead of Mukherjee’s speech, Bhagwat said Mukherjee will remain what he is and the Sangh will remain the Sangh, even after the event. Bhagwat also said his organisation wants to unify the entire society and no one was an outsider. People may have different views but they are all children of mother India, he said. Mukherjee’s decision to preside over the RSS event has already triggered a major political slugfest with several Congress leaders criticising his decision. Senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel expressed his disapproval in a tweet and said he did not expect this from him.

SANGH IS SANGH AND PRANAB IS PRANAB

GREAT SON OF INDIA

“Today I came here to pay my respect and homage to a great son of Mother India,” Pranab Mukherjee’s message in RSS visitor’s book.

DEFINING INDIA

Any attempt to define India through “religion, dogma or intolerance” will only dilute the national identity.

ON NATIONALISM

Indian nationalism emanates from “universalism”.

Nationalism can only come out of ideological fusion of Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs and other groups

ON CULT OF VIOLENCE

We must free our public discourse from all kinds of fear and violence.

BHAGWAT ON INDIAN TRADITION

‘‘Exchanging views is part of India’s tradition. Sangh invited Pranab da and he accepted. That is Indian tradition.”

ON NEEDLESS DEBATE

“The Sangh is the Sangh and Dr Pranab Mukherjee is and will remain Dr Pranab Mukherjee”

STATE’S RAJDHARMA

In the happiness of the people lies the happiness of the king, their welfare is his welfare.

CONSTITUTIONAL PATRIOTISM

From our Constitution flows our nationalism.

The construct of Indian nationalism is constitutional patriotism




Official asked us not to attend Rahul Gandhi’s program: Farmer who lost his son in police firing last year


Mandsaur: A farmer who lost his son in police firing during the agitation last year today alleged that a government official asked him not to attend a condolence meet where Congress chief Rahul Gandhi was to be present. The official, however, denied the allegation. Gandhi yesterday attended a condolence meet at Pipliya Mandi in the district on the first anniversary of six farmers’ death in police firing. He also addressed a rally.

Dinesh Patidar, whose son Abhishek was among those killed, told PTI that Garoth Sub-divisional Magistrate (SDM) R P Varma called his another son, Sandeep Patidar, and said they should not attend the event, organised by the Congress. “Varma called my son Sandeep, who is a government employee, and asked who from our family were going. When Sandeep said we were going to attend the meet, Varma asked him to stop us,” Patidar said.

Patidar further said he and his wife attended the event all the same, as it was a condolence meeting. Had chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan invited them to such a meet, they would have attended it too, he said. “Rahul asked us during the meeting what is our demand. I told him that we should get adequate price for our crops, and those who killed our son and other farmers should be punished,” he said.


When contacted, SDM Varma said he only called and advised Patidar’s son, who works as a peon in the government office at Garoth, not to attend the meeting, as rules prohibit government servants from taking part in such programs. “It was my duty to advise him, as he is a government servant. As far as other family members were concerned, they were free to do so,” Varma said.




‘We’ll contest all upcoming elections on our own,’ says Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut


Mumbai: The Shiv Sena on Thursday said that it will contest all upcoming elections on its own.

Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut told ANI, “We know what the agenda of Amit Shah Ji is but Shiv Sena has passed a resolution that we’ll contest all upcoming elections on our own. There will be no change in that resolution.” Yesterday, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah met Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray at the latter’s residence ‘Matoshree’ in Mumbai, as part of the ongoing ‘Sampark for Samarthan’ (Contact for Support) campaign.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis was also present during the meet. In the recent past, differences have cropped up between BJP-Shiv Sena. In this regard, Fadnavis clarified that although there was no plan to dissolve the alliance, mutual efforts were essential for sustaining ties.




Pranab Mukherjee’s daughter Sharmishta warns him against attending RSS event


New Delhi: Former President Pranab Mukherjee’s daughter Sharmishta does not share his enthusiasm for attending an RSS meet in Nagpur. In a subtle message to her father, she pointed out that his speech will be forgotten in no time, but the optics will remain and used to reinforce false claims. Sharmishta, a Congress leader, said by going to Nagpur, Mukherjee has given the BJP and the RSS full handle to plant falsehoods and spread rumours.

She tweeted that even the RSS wouldn’t believe that Mukherjee was going to endorse their views in his speech. She fears like other Congressmen, that by doing so, he is giving a certain legitimacy to the RSS. In fact, all day there were rumours that she was joining the BJP. “Hope Citizen Mukherjee now realises how BJP’s dirty tricks department operates,’’ she said in a series of tweets. ‘‘All this is just the beginning!” she added.

Earlier, Sharmistha rubbished rumours of her joining the BJP saying: “In the mountains enjoying a beautiful sunset and suddenly this news that I’m supposedly joining BJP hits like a torpedo! Can’t there be some peace and sanity in this world? I joined politics because I believe in the Congress. Would rather leave politics than leave the Congress,” she said on Twitter. The RSS has invited Mukherjee to be the chief guest at the concluding function of “Tritiya Varsh Varg” or third-year course and address the Swayamsevaks’ on June 7.




Arun Jaitley hits back at Rahul Gandhi for his speech in Madhya Pradesh; wonders ‘how much does he know’


New Delhi: Union Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday dissected Congress President Rahul Gandhi’s speech at a farmers’ rally in Mandsaur, wondering if he is being inadequately briefed or he is a little too liberal with his facts.

In a blog, he responded to six points made by Rahul, dubbing each of his contentions as “factually false.”

On his charge that PM Modi had waived loans of Rs 2.5 lakh crore of the 15 top industrialists, Jaitley asserted that “factually this is completely false as the Government has not waived a single rupee due from any industrialist.”
“Those who owed money to the banks and other creditors have been declared insolvent and removed from their companies under the legislation enacted by PM Modi’s Government. These loans were given largely during the UPA Government,” Jaitley said.


Again, the charge that loans are not available to kisans but only to industrialists is also false as this was during the UPA Government, particularly in UPA II, as the bulk of the amount constituting the NPA was put out by the banking system during 2008-14. Since 2014, systematically, steps have been taken to recover these monies, Jaitley pointed out.
Responding to the charge that PM has given Rs.35000 crores each to two diamond jewellers who have now escaped from the country, the Union Minister said: “This banking fraud started in 2011 when the UPA II was in power. It was only detected during the NDA period.”
Rahul also charged that if the Congress comes to power, mobile phones, which are made in China, will be manufactured in India. “I have a dream,” the Congress president said, “that when I come back here in ten years and look at my phone, it is labelled ‘Made in Mandsaur’.” This, he claimed, wouldn’t be possible under governments led by Modi or Chauhan.
Jaitley said this is a case of inadequate knowledge. “In the year 2014, when UPA went out of power, there were only two mobile phone manufacturing units in India. In 2018, with the result of our electronics policy and the incentives in a four year period, this has increased to 120 units with an investment of Rs.132000 crores.

Yet another charge was that jobs are not being created in India. “The latest GDP data has reemphasised India as the fastest growing economy. There is a double digit growth in construction, expansion in manufacturing, an increased capital formation which indicates investment increase, large investment in physical infrastructure and increased investment in rural India. All these are job creating sectors.”
Rahul has also boasted that “we will connect farms and villages to the cities.’’ Regarding this, Jaitley said Rahul’s impression is of the Digvijaya Singh era in Madhya Pradesh when he was the chief minister.
“Madhya Pradesh had the worst set of roads in India when the Congress was voted out in 2003. Poor quality roads was one key reason for ousting the Congress. Thanks to Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Prime Minister Modi, who during the NDA Government has tripled the investment in rural roads, in comparison to what the UPA spent, there is a revolution in the Gram Sadak Yojana.”

NOW, RAHUL JUMLA: ALL WITHIN TEN DAYS

Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday promised to waive farmers’ loans in Madhya Pradesh – all within 10 days — if his party comes to power. He also said if the Congress comes to power in MP, those responsible for the death of six farmers in Mandsaur district would face strict action within 10 days. He was addressing a rally held to mark first anniversary of a firing incident that claimed the lives of six farmers. The family members of three out of the six deceased farmers also shared the dais with Gandhi.




Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray makes CM Devendra Fadnavis sit out during meeting with Amit Shah


Mumbai: The Shiv Sena is determined to make the BJP pay for its sins of omission and commission. No wonder when Amit Shah arrived at ‘Matoshree’ to keep his ‘appointment’ with Uddhav Thackeray, Sena was in no mood to ‘play along.’ Rather, Uddhav Thackeray made chief minister Devendra Fadnavis ‘sit out’ while he was meeting Shah.

Television channel sources said while the meeting took place on the second floor, Fadnavis was twiddling his thumbs on the ground floor of the house. It seems Sena leaders wanted to send out a blunt message that the ‘appointment’ was for the BJP president only. State BJP President Raosaheb Patil-Danve also kept away in deference to the Shiv Sena’s wishes.

Sources point out that Fadnavis too had stopped showing such courtesies to the Sena some time back. In March this year, Fadnavis had refused to entertain him after making him wait for over two hours. Setting the tone for the meeting with Shah, a scathing editorial in “Saamna” on Wednesday morning had questioned the BJP’s outreach programme after suffering the rout in by-polls. The editorial was also insistent that the Sena will fight all the upcoming elections alone.


‘‘The prime minister is touring the world and BJP chief Amit Shah is going around the country as part of their ‘sampark’ programme. Shah will be meeting NDA allies. However, what exactly will he do? Why is the meeting at this juncture, when the BJP has suffered defeat in by-polls,” the Sena had demanded in the article.

It is understood that in the meeting Uddhav asked Shah why the BJP was now so keen to fight the elections with the Sena, especially after treating it shabbily in the last four years. Thackeray also raised the agrarian crisis and the Bullet train project with the BJP president. Shah also visited the landmark Siddhi Vinayak Temple in Prabhadevi and called on Mumbai BJP President Ashish Shelar before proceeding to the Thackeray house.

The Congress is watching the events with keen interest. It feels the Sena is out to extract a better deal for itself in the general election. “The meeting between the two leaders is aimed at cutting a political deal, nothing else. The Shiv Sena is not going to snap ties with the BJP,” Maharashtra Congress chief and former chief minister Ashok Chavan prophesied.





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