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Greater Noida teen killer kept in isolation at juvenile home

The 16-year-old boy who was arrested for killing his mother and sister at their Greater Noida residence has been kept under observation and in isolation at the juvenile home. A team of doctors, including psychologists, are keeping an eye on him to check for behavioural changes and to make sure that he does not develop suicidal tendencies.Talking to DNA, officials taking care of the teen said that during his first day in the juvenile home, he did not utter a single word. He has been kept separately so that he doesn’t get violent and attack other inmates.”A team of doctors and councillors is keeping an eye on him and trying their best to keep him out of depression,”the official said. According to the officials, the boy was remorseful and cried for some time after being brought to the observation home in Phase II of Noida.”He was accompanied by his father and relatives. They came around 6 pm on Saturday. He hugged his father and kept crying. Once we start seeing changes in him, we will move him with the other inmates,” said Nem Chand, Superintendent of the observation home.Meanwhile, the boy has gradually started talking to other inmates. “We have told other inmates to not discuss or ask him about the incident. He is getting better by the day. He is, however, ashamed of the act he committed. He is reading books by famous legends such as Mahatma Gandhi and Swami Vivekanand,” Chand said.On the first day, the boy was so tired that he went to sleep at 10 pm and woke up at 6 am. He seemed to be tired and depressed after traveling 2,511 km. “He eats egg and bread with milk in the morning, sabji, roti, dal-chawal, for lunch and sabji, roti, raita for dinner,” Chand added.After an examination by a psychologist, the next step would be his age determination. The juvenile house has 130 other inmates from five district — Gautam Budh Nagar, Ghaziabad, Shamli, Meerut, and Muzzafarnagar.On Tuesday night, the boy’s 42-year-old mother and 11-year-old sister were found murdered in their Greater Noida flat. His father was out of station for work when the incident took place.According to the CCTV footage accessed by a team of officials probing the case, deceased Anjali and the two children were last seen entering the society around 8 pm on the fateful night and the boy was seen leaving the building around 11.30 pm.

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Google pays tribute to Homai Vyarawalla, India’s first woman photojournalist

Homai Vyarawalla, India’s first woman photojournalist would have been 104 today had she been alive. On her birth anniversary, Google paid tribute to her through a doodle.Here are 10 things you should know about India’s first woman photojournalist- Homai Vyarawalla was born on 9 December 1913 to a Parsi family in Navsari near Surat in Gujarat. Her father ran a travelling theatre company- She is a graduate from the Sir JJ School of Art- She married Jamshetji Vyarawalla, a photographer with The Times of India- She began her photography career in the 1930s where a chunk of her work was published during World War II in the Illustrated Weekly. At the beginning, her pictures were published in her husband’s name- In 1942, she moved to New Delhi where she joined British Information Services. Here her work was recognised as she took photographs of several Indian leaders including Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru- Most of her photographs were published under the pseudonym “Dalda 13″. The reasons behind her choice of this name were that her birth year was 1913, she met her husband at the age of 13 and her first car’s number plate read “DLD 13”- In 1970, shortly after her husband’s death, Homai Vyarawalla decided to give up photography lamenting over the “bad behaviour” of the new generation of photographers- Later in life, Vyarawalla gave her collection of photographs to the Delhi-based Alkazi Foundation for the Arts.- She was awarded the Padma Vibhushan in 2011- On her 104th birth anniversary, Google paid tribute to her through a doodle.

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Gujarat Elections 2017 | Arjun Modhwadia against Babu Bokhiria

It is perhaps one of the most exciting battles in Gujarat, Congress leader Arjun Modhwadia battling it out against current MLA and water resource minister Babu Bokhiria of the BJP. The seat can swing either way.In 2002, at the height of communal polarisation, Modhwadia defeated Bokhiria with a slim margin of 4,000 seats. Modhwadia retained the seat in 2007 too defeating BJP’s Shantaben Odedara with a margin of 6,000 votes.Bokhiria had his revenge in 2012 when he won the seat against Modhwadia with a margin of over 17,000 votes.Bokhiria won Porbandar in 1995, 1998 and 2012. The two- Modhwadia and Bokhiria- have clashed against each other for the seat thrice- in 1998, 2002 and 2012. Of the three encounters, Bokhiria has turned up victorious twice (1998 and 2012).Porbandar, which is the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi, is a high stakes battle and it can be known from the fact that Rahul Gandhi himself campaigned here wooing the fishing community and promising them a separate ministry.He also did not forget to mention the withdrawal of the Rs300 crore fuel subsidy by the BJP government led by Narendra Modi.The Congress is hoping to cash in on the rising unemployment and the anger over reduction in subsidy on fuel for fishermen besides adequate MSP.Porbandar: A high stakes battle for bothName: Arjun Modhwadia (Congress) V/s Babu Bokhiria (BJP)Name of seat: PorbandarTotal votes: 2.12 lakhWho won last three elections:2012: BJP2007Cong2002: Cong
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Gujarat elections 2017 | Gujarat is war between Ram Rajya & Rome Rajya: Virendra Singh

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday raised the issue of the letter issued by Archdiocese of Gandhinagar, Archbishop Thomas Macwan. It claimed that the appeal in the letter was akin to alleged support given by Pope to fascist regime of Benito Mussolini in Italy.”The electoral fight in Gujarat is a war between Ram Rajya and Rome Rajya,” said Virendra Singh, chief of BJP’s Kisan Morcha, as he was in Capital before returning to Gujarat on campaign.”In 1929 the Pope in Rome had made an appeal for the victory of Italian dictator Benito Mussolini. In the same way Macwan urged the Christians to vote against nationalist forces. So in a way this is also a war between the ideals of Mahatma Gandhi and what dictator Mussolini stood for,” Singh said.”Our ideal is Ram Rajya which was expounded by Mahatma Gandhi in the concepts of swadeshi and village self-reliance which he tried to flesh out after independence. This very model has been taken up by Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” Singh said.Singh accused the ‘Rome Rajya’ to be violent and disruptive. “On the other hand, Rome Rajya is inspired by money, pistol and dynasty,” Singh said in an oblique reference to the Italian origins of Congress president Sonia Gandhi.Singh alleged that the Nehru-Gandhi family was trying to implement and perpetuate Rome Rajya.
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Lucknow: State to get first woman mayor in 100 years on Sunday

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Uttar Pradesh has already been India’s first state to be governed by first woman governor and chief minister. Now, Lucknow is set to make history on Sunday by electing its first woman mayor in 100 years.Freedom fighters Sarojini Naidu and Sucheta Kriplani were the country’s first woman governor and chief minister respectively.Naidu, popularly known as the ‘Nightingale of India’, was the governor of the United Provinces, now known as Uttar Pradesh, from 1947 to 1949.She was born in a Bengali family on February 13, 1879 in Hyderabad and was educated in Chennai, London and Cambridge.Naidu was a follower of Mahatma Gandhi and participated in the freedom struggle. She, later, went on to become the president of the Indian National Congress.
ALSO READ Vajpayee taken off Lucknow city electoral rollsA poet of modern India, she wrote a collection, including children’s poems, nature poems, patriotic poems and poems of love and death.Kriplani, who held the chief minister’s office from 1963 to 1967, had come to the forefront during the Quit India Movement in 1942.She worked closely with Mahatma Gandhi during the Partition riots. She was one of the few women who were elected to the Constituent Assembly and was part of the sub-committee that drafted the Constitution.A woman has never before been elected as head of the municipal body. This time, however, the Lucknow mayoral seat has been reserved for women, hence all parties have fielded women candidates.The city got its chance to elect a woman mayor 100 years after the Uttar Pradesh Municipalities Act came into existence.The Samajwadi Party has selected Meera Vardhan, kin of educationist Acharya Narendra Dev and the Congress has pitched Prema Awasthi, wife of the former Congress legislator Surendra Nath. The civic polls will be held in the state capital tomorrow in the second leg of the three-phase municipal elections across Uttar Pradesh.Lucknow has thrice sent a woman to the Lok Sabha as its representative with Sheila Kaul being elected in 1971, 1980 and 1984.

Gujarat elections 2017: Rahul Gandhi to begin two-day Gujarat visit today

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, who has visited Gujarat seven times since August, will begin yet another visit to the state on Friday.Gandhi, who is set to take over as Congress president before the elections, is slated to visit Kirti Mandir, the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi in Porbandar, before addressing a public meeting of fishermen in the coastal city.His next stop will be at Dalit Shakti Kendra in Nani Devti village of Sanand, where he will accept a national flag measuring 125 feet by 83.3 feet, and weighing 240 kg. The flag has been prepared by 150 Dalits from ten states and is the largest of its kind.In the evening, the Congress leader is scheduled to have an interaction with representatives from the public health sector at Thakorbhai Desai Hall, which will be followed by an interaction with teaching community at Viratnagar. “Rahul ji will also address a public meeting at Nikol,” a party functionary said. Gandhi is slated to visit Gandhinagar, Aravalli, Mahisagar and Dahod districts on the second day of his visit. He would be welcomed at Dehgam in Gandhinagar, followed by a corner meeting in Bayad, Aravalli. He is slated to address a corner meeting at Lunavada in Mahisagar, and a corner meeting in Santrampur after that.The Congress leader will be welcomed at Fatepura in Dahod, followed by a corner meeting in Jhalod, and a public meeting in Dahod, his last public engagement of the day. Gandhi visited flood-hit north Gujarat in August, followed by a visit to Ahmedabad. He campaigned in Saurashtra for four days, and three days each in central, south and north Gujarat after that, and also visited Surat for a day on the first anniversary of demonetisation. The Congress feels that his visits have generated a lot of traction for the party, which would help it in the elections.

MP police seize bust of Godse from Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha office in Gwalior

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Madhya Pradesh Police and state authorities on Tuesday took possession of the bust of Nathuram Godse, which was installed inside the office of the Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Mahasabha’s office in Gwalior, following the collector’s order for its removal.The room has been sealed by the police. A police team is also present at the spot.On November 15, the Hindu Mahasabha installed an idol of Godse inside their office on his 68th death anniversary.The Mahasabha had requested for land from the district administration for a temple dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin in the city, but their plea was not entertained.”The government refused to give us land for the temple, so we created one on our private land,” Hindu Mahasabha VP, Narayan Sharma had told ANI.Sharma also said four political parties helped them to establish the temple, adding the temple was established on their property and that “nobody can change or touch our personal opinions.”Nathuram Vinayak Godse was a Hindu nationalist, who assassinated Mahatma Gandhi, shooting him in the chest three times at point blank range in New Delhi on January 30, 1948.He was hanged till death on November 15, 1949.

Porbandar is a prestige issue for BJP and Cong

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>For BJP and Congress, it is a fight for prestige in the Porbandar Assembly constituency over the restoration of the city’s status as Paris of the Saurashtra region and its marketing within and outside India as the birthplace of Mahatma Gandhi.For a change, there is no talk of quota for Patidars or demonetization. But traders cite fall in business after the rollout of GST and submit that BJP needs to bring in further changes to arrest fall in its rating.BJP, which had won the seat in 2012 poll, lists out a number of steps initiated by the government to upgrade the city’s infrastructure and keep its Paris status intact. However, the Congress blames the state government and local administration for the poor state of roads, sewage disposal and holding them responsible for surge in pollution. Both, however, agree that both Porbandar and Paris are magical lands of love and beauty and the architecture is of contemporary age. But they differ in their approach.As far as the city’s importance as Mahatma Gandhi’s birthplace goes, BJP puts the onus on the Congress for doing little for the preservation of its status while in power in the state and at the Centre. On its part, the Congress claims that the BJP has been using the names of Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel to gain political mileage.This apart, both parties have stepped up efforts to lure politically decisive Other Backward Communities (OBCs), including Kolis and Kharva, Meher and also the Muslim community to win the seat in the ensuing election.The Congress wants to cash in on resentment within the Kharva community over the issue of grant of subsidy in a time-bound manner and lack of substantial development in fishing infrastructure. On the other hand, the BJP is projecting the steps taken by the government for the fishing community, which includes launch of development of port terminal with the investment of Rs 15 crore, construction of jetty, reinstatement of subsidies and introduction of few more.Khimjibhai Motivaras, the BJP’s Porbandar city president, who comes from the Kharva community, told DNA, “Congress president Rahul Gandhi is a ‘parachute’ leader who lacks knowledge of grassroots and, therefore, his party is engaged in luring the Kharva community and fisherfolks in general by neglecting the good work done by the state government. They will vote for the BJP and the party will retain its hold in Porbandar and also in the state.’’Kiritbhai Morwadia, BJP’s OBC cell chief, said of the 146 OBC, 36 communities are in Porbandar alone, and he has been holding everyday workshops for members of two castes to mobilise support.However, Congress leader Ramdevbhai Modhwadia counters BJP’s claims, saying that the Kharva community by and large is angry with the party for its neglect, while members of Meher and other castes from OBC want a change and they will vote for Congress.

India trashes UN envoy’s ‘lens’ remark against Swachh Bharat mission, PM Modi’s flagship project

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India has strongly objected to the serious insensitivity shown by Leo Heller, the United Nations Special Rapporteur, with his ‘lens’ remark against the Swachh Bharat mission.Referring to the logo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s flagship initiative, Heller today said, “Now is a critical time to replace the lens of those glasses (Mahatma Gandhi’s glasses) with the human rights lens.”Reacting to the comment, the Centre said that world knows that the Mahatma Gandhi was the foremost proponent of human rights, including for sanitation, his unique and special focus. The glasses of ‘Father of the Nation’, the unique logo of the Swachh Bharat Mission, epitomise core human rights principles.The UNSR on human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation undertook a visit to India from 27 October to 10 November 2017. UNSR alleged that human rights principles have not been properly addressed in India’s water and sanitation programmes.In a statement, the Central Government strongly rejected his mostly baseless assertions and reiterated that the Swachh Bharat Mission and the rural and urban drinking water programmes fully conform to the Human Rights Criteria and Principles (as established by the UN system) as listed below.Referring to the incomplete understanding of water and sanitation in India, the statement says that the UNSR has failed to acknowledge the paradigm shift in national sanitation policy, which has moved from construction of toilets to open defecation free communities and seems to be looking at the SBM from a tinted lens.The Centre argues that he also attempts to question the findings of a third party, 1,40,000 household national survey by the Quality Council of India that usage of toilets was above 91 per cent, by misleadingly comparing it with a survey of only 1,024 households by Water Aid which focused on toilet technology and not on usage.Regarding the allegation about the lack of toilets in government schools, the UNSR’s claim citing a report by a private organisation is denied.The UNSR also claims that there is inadequate attention and funds for water supply, whereas the reality is that since the launch of the National Rural Drinking Water Programme (NRDWP) in 2009, Rs 1,20,000 Crore has been invested by Centre and States on into rural drinking water, and Rs 40,000 Crore has been invested by the Central Government on urban water supply since 2005.The government called the report inaccurate, sweeping and biased. Centre says that it is committed to to human rights in general and particularly in the water supply and sanitation sectors and strongly rejects the claims in the UNSR’s report and press statements.

Nothing but love for your state: Shashi Tharoor reacts to PM Modi’s statement that ‘Congress hates Gujarat’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Reacting to PM Modi’s stern comments that Congress was against ‘Gujarat and Gujaratis’, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor had a message of ‘love’ for PM Modi. Taking to Twitter, the Congress MP said that that his son Ishan Tharoor was marrying a Gujarati and they had ‘nothing but love your state and its people’.Ishaan Tharoor, a foreign affairs writer at the Washington Post, recently tied the knot with fellow journalist Bhumika Dave.Prime Minister Narendra Modi had excoriated the Congress and the Nehru-Gandhi family, accusing it of disliking Gujarat and Gujaratis who were an “eyesore” for them.Invoking tall leaders from the poll-bound state like Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and Morarji Desai, the prime minister accused the “Congress and the family” of slighting them.
ALSO READ Watch | Congress has special hatred for Gujaratis: PM Modi attacks Nehru-Gandhi family in fiery speechHe also alleged a “conspiracy” was hatched by the Congress to put him in jail, in an apparent reference to accusations of his complicity in the 2002 post-Godhra riots.Accusing the main opposition party of pursuing “negative politics”, Modi dared the Congress to fight the upcoming Gujarat Assembly polls on the development plank.”Gujarat polls are round the corner and the Congress has developed fever once again. Gujarat has been an eyesore for the party and the family. I won’t repeat what they did to Sardar Patel, his daughter Maniben, and Morarji Desai.”They did not speak about the work of Morarji Desai or his dedication and commitment to Mahatma Gandhi’s ideals. They instead chose to talk about what he ate and drank,” Modi told a massive BJP rally at Bhat village near Gandhinagar, referring to the former prime minister’s fondness of urine therapy.With inputs from PTI

Remembering Mahatma Gandhi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Gandhi Jayanti has since past few years taken a totally new dimension and meaning. Now, it is not about enjoying a day off from work, but to actually get going in pursuit of one of the many ideals propounded by Gandhi— Cleanliness is next to Godliness— by being a part of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (SBM).Students and teachers of various colleges that fall within the purview of Rajasthan University cleaned the campuses as a part of the SBM campaign. They also took an oath to spend at least two hours a week for promoting cleanliness in the city.Students from Maharaja’s College, Maharani’s College, along with NCC candidates also performed a Nukkad Natak to spread awareness about cleanliness.On the occasion, health minister Kalicharan Saraf paid floral tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at the Secretariat. Chief secretary Ashok Jain, home principal secretary Deepak Upreti, principal secretary (chief minister) Tanmay Kumar, along with Jaipur police commissioner Sanjay Agrawal, were present during the event.Saraf, along with minister of rural development and panchayati raj Rajendra Rathore, too paid floral tribute at Gandhi Circle.Students and teachers of Gandhi Nagar-based Shahid Lft Abhay Pareek Government Girls Sr Secondary School, crooned Gandhi’s favourite songs. They also performed hymns like ‘vaishnav jan toh’, ‘payoji maine Ram ratan dhan payo,’ and ‘raghupati raghav’.Vice chancellor, RU,RK Kothari also paid respects to the national leader Gandhi by garlanding his statue placed in the university.

Ram Nath Kovind pays homage to Mahatma Gandhi at birth place, inaugurates projects

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, visited Mahatma Gandhi’s birthplace Kirti Mandir in Porbandar on his 148th birth anniversary on Monday. Kovind took part in prayers held at Kirti Mandir and paid homage to Mahatma. He also felicitated the Gujarat government for the achievement of Open Defecation Free(ODF) status of rural Gujarat.Kovind said that it was a priviledge for him to visit Kirti Mandir on Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday.Kovind said, “By achieving ODF status for rural parts, Gujarat has paid real homage to Gandhiji today. Cleanliness is not the sole responsibility of sanitation staff or government, it is a social responsibility. Gandhiji imparted the lesson to inculcate good habits of sanitation by cleaning toilets himself 100 years ago. It will be real tribute to him on his 150th anniversary two years later.”The president remembers Sardar Patel as sculptor for united India whose birth anniversary falls on October 31. Later to this event, he reached Mangrol town where he inaugurated water supply augmentation projects for 45 villages and laid foundation stones for a fishing harbour.The President also inaugurated various projects such as the jetty and other facilities at Jafarabad Fishing Harbour; upgradation of Veraval and Porbandar Fishing Harbour and Navibandar, Miyani and Salaya Fish Landing Centres. He hoped for a boost in the economic development of the region and improve the quality of life of the people.The president said, “Gandhiji aimed at the overall development of society and believed in the dignity of labour. The people of Saurashtra are known for their hard work, whether in agriculture, trade or other professions. They have improved their lives by dint of their hard work and diligence while facing natural calamities and other challenges of nature.”The President acknowledged Gujarat’s contribution in agriculture, industry, education, arts, literature and public life. “Around 48% of the cargo entering or exiting the ports of the country is from the ports of Gujarat. The state is the largest contributor in the marine fisheries business in India and its share is around 20% of the total trade. I give complements to CM Vijay Rupani for building on the past legacy and working diligently in order to make the projects possible.”

On Gandhi Jayanti, Nitish vows to eliminate dowry, child marriage from state in 2 years

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Following the “successful” enforcement of total prohibition, Bihar on Monday launched a mega-campaign to wipe out the twin evils of child marriage and dowry as tribute to Mahatma Gandhi on his 148th birth anniversary on October 2.Launching the campaign at newly-built “Bapu Sabhagaar” at Patna’s Samrat Ashok Convention Centre, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said, “Bihar is a land of knowledge, yet some social evils are prevalent here. There are laws against it. Once we spread awareness and reach out to people, these will be removed.”Citing stats, Nitish said 39 per cent weddings in Bihar were child marriages and 987 cases were registered deaths due to dowry in 2016. “Almost 10,000 cases of dowry related atrocities were registered in the state in 2016. In fact, Bihar is number 2 after Uttar Pradesh, in dowry related crimes in India. We want to bring about a change as was brought by similar social campaigns alcohol and other drugs,” he said.More than 5,000 girls, who were present on the occasion, also took a pledge to fight child marriage and dowry. The CM also launched a Mobile-based application and flagged off an awareness vehicle as a part of the campaign. The government departments and voluntary organisations will collaborate to take the campaign further.The CM urged people to come out on roads on January 21, 2018, and form a human chain against the twin social evils. “I will request leaders to cut across party lines and participate in it,” Nitish said, urging people to shun such weddings.The government has set its eyes on a two-year time frame to eliminate dowry and child marriage. The state may also mull on fixing the responsibility on “Mukhiyas” or local Panchayat representatives, if any case of dowry or child marriage was reported in their area, as was suggested by deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi.

Swachh Bharat is now a people’s movement: Modi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The dream of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan cannot be realised by 1,000 Mahatma Gandhis, one lakh Narendra Modis and India’s all chief ministers together, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Monday, emphasising that it can only be done by the unity of the country’s 125 crore people.Addressing the nation on the occasion of the 148th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and the third anniversary of his flagship cleanliness campaign, he said Swachh Bharat had become a people’s movement. The issue should not be politicised, the PM said at Vigyan Bhavan after paying tributes to the Mahatma at Rajghat earlier in the day.”There are several other issues to criticise Modi. (Some) people will give you a thousand issues to do so… but do not discourage those who are maintaining cleanliness,” he said. He gave a new mantra — Swachhagraha.The PM took a dig at politicians and retired government officials who approach him for assignments but never show up again when he asks them to contribute towards cleanliness.”They say they are willing to extend their services and are awaiting my orders. When I politely tell them to contribute some time for cleanliness, they never turn up again,” he said.Modi said politicians fight to install statues of their favourite leaders, but hardly care to keep them neat and clean. “But later, no one takes interest in upkeep and cleanliness. Then pigeons are free to do anything on them (the statues),” he said.The PM said while everyone believes in cleanliness, people are not ready to take responsibility. “No task is small,” the PM said and asked people to not discourage those practicing cleanliness. The PM reviewed the programme with Union Minister of Drinking Water and Sanitation Uma Bharti and Minister of State (independent charge) for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Puri, and Ministers of State SS Ahluwalia and Ramesh Chandappa Jigajinagi, among others. The PM spoke about difficulties faced by women in India due to lack of sanitation facilities.Bharti proposed penal action against officials for incidents resulting in the death of sanitation workers while cleaning sewers. She requested the PM to bring in a law so that the officials should be held responsible. She said that in Delhi alone, at least 10 sanitation workers have died while cleaning sewers.The mission was launched on October 2, 2014, to eradicate open defecation by 2019, by constructing 12 million toilets in the country at an estimated cost of Rs 1.96 lakh crore. So far, Kerala, Gujarat, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh have been declared open defecation free (ODF) states.Other schemes related to the mission include Swachh Survekshan to promote competition among cities to be ranked as high as possible for cleanliness, and app-based initiatives like Swachh Bharat Toilet Locator. The app provides directions and distance to the nearest public toilet.

SBI Chairman Arundhati Bhattacharya participates in Swachhta Hi Seva mission

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The heads of the country’s two largest lenders on Monday picked up brooms on the occasion of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary, and pledged resources and money to make the government’s ‘Clean India’ drive a success.ICICI Bank’s chief executive Chanda Kochhar announced a plan to train 1.5 lakh individuals for sanitation, health and hygiene awareness programme over the next one month.SBI chairperson Arundhati Bhattacharya said they will increase digital banking to reduce the use of paper which will help the environment as well as lead to better cleanliness.Lead by Bhattacharya, around 250 senior employees of SBI cleaned the area around the Girgaum Chowpatty in the heart of the city, while Kochhar and her senior management officials cleaned the area near its branch in the Backbay Reclamation area of the city.On the occasion, Bhattacharya said the drive will hopefully encourage everyone to come together and help turn Mahatma Gandhi’s dream of a clean India into a reality.”SBI’s commitment towards digital banking is another way of supporting a clean India as less usage of paper will lead to a lot of reduction in waste and making the environment healthy and a clean place to live,” she said.Kochhar said in November 2014, ICICI Bank adopted the ‘Clean India Mission’ and since then on every working day, the employees of one branch of the bank have been participating in the initiative by cleaning the area surrounding their office.”So far, 6,000 of our employees have cleaned the areas near 800 of our branches in over 130 cities,” she said.Starting from Tuesday, ICICI will also organise multiple sanitation, health and hygiene training modules which will be conducted across all the 24 urban centres and over 200 rural centres of ICICI Academy for Skills, and 17 rural self- employment training institutes, she said.”Tomorrow alone, they will train over 15,000 individuals,” she said.The bank, through its efforts, aims to train nearly 1.5 lakh people over the next month alone, Kochhar said. Bhattacharya said the SBI workforce will carry out similar clean-up activities elsewhere.”SBI aims to improve the quality of life and make the country sustainable by carrying forward this initiative on a regular basis,” she added.

Mahatma Gandhi, Nehru, Patel and Ambedkar were all NRIs: Rahul Gandhi in US

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Thursday, Rahul Gandhi urged the diaspora in the US to participate in transforming India, and also said that India’s forefathers were all ‘NRIs’. While urging NRIs in the United States to come forward with their ideas for another movement of transforming India, Rahul Gandhi on Thursday said, “Mahatma Gandhi was an NRI. Jawaharlal Nehru came back from England. Ambedkar, Patel, Maulana Azad, every one of them went to the outside world, saw the outside world, returned to India and used some of the ideas that they had got and transformed India.”Gandhi, who is on a two-week visit to the US, termed the Non-Resident Indians “as the backbone of the country” and said he was keen to involve them in the work of the party to discuss its vision forward.Praising the Indian community’s contribution to the country’s progress, the Gandhi scion said, “Wherever I went, you made me feel proud to be an Indian.”Appealing to the NRIs to support the grand old party, Rahul Gandhi said Congress Party represented a philosophy that is thousands and thousands of years old.Sam Pitroda, who is chairman of Overseas Congress and spoke before Gandhi, urged the NRIs to stand up for the right cause, he said Congress “needs help today”.Gandhi invited non-resident Indians (NRIs) to “work with the Congress”.”I had many conversations during my trip. Most people were worried about what has happened to the tolerance that used to prevail in India,” Gandhi said on Twitter today, without naming any party or leader.In another post, he said, “NRIs have tremendous knowledge and understanding in different fields. I invite you to work with the Congress and discuss the vision forward.” Gandhi said India will have to empower small and medium businesses if it has to produce “millions of jobs”.The Congress vice president had two public interactions in the US — at University of California, Berkeley and Princeton University — where he targeted the government on various issues.Gandhi is in the US on a two-week-long tour.

Join hands with Congress, Rahul Gandhi urges NRIs in US

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress party vice president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday called on NRIs to join hands with the grand old party.While addressing a gathering at Times Square, Gandhi said, “You (NRIs) have tremendous knowledge and understanding so you need to involve. I want to invite you to work with Congress to discuss vision for going forward. We want to take your help.”Asserting that NRIs are “our backbone,” the Congress vice president averred, “everywhere you look, there is an Indian working for US and India, building both countries.”He further stated that great leaders like Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru were all NRIs.”The original Congress movement was an NRI movement. Mahatma Gandhi was an NRI, Jawaharlal Nehru came back from England. Ambedkar, Azad, Patel these were all NRIs. Every single one of them went to the outside world, saw the outside world, returned back to India and used some of the ideas that they had got and transformed India,” adding that father of the White Revolution in India, Verghese Kurien, too was also an NRI.”Congress Party is 130 years old, but we don’t represent an organisation, we represent a philosophy of more than 1000 years old. People view India as a geographical construct, I view India as a set of ideas. We have many religions, languages and everyone are living happily together. The reasons they have been able to do so is due to ideas of the Congress party,” he added.

Defamation complaint against Rahul Gandhi, Sitaram Yechury over remarks on Gauri Lankesh murder

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> An RSS activist has filed a complaint in a magistrate court here against Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi and CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury for allegedly linking the organisation to the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh.”I have filed a case of criminal defamation and the hearing is likely to take place on October 22,” lawyer Dhrituman Joshi, who filed the complaint, said. In the complaint filed on Friday, Joshi cited some purported remarks by Gandhi and Yechury and alleged that they had blamed the RSS for the murder. “Statements made by the accused and the respective political parties are in utmost sense defamatory and belittle the RSS in the eyes of common public. There was a definite move by the accused to tarnish the image of the RSS, without citing any proof,” Joshi alleged in his complaint.He said that being an RSS worker, he was humiliated and defamed before the common people. The complaint claimed that the comments, which are “defamatory and detrimental to the image of the RSS”, have been made without any proof or official statement by the investigating authorities. Joshi has also made the Congress, its president Sonia Gandhi and the CPI(M) as party to his complaint.Journalist Lankesh was killed on September 6 by unidentified assailants at her residence in Karnataka. Rahul Gandhi is already facing a defamation case in a court at Bhiwandi in Thane district over his alleged comment against the RSS regarding Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination.

Seva is best way to celebrate PM Modi’s birthday, says Amit Shah

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On the 67th birthday of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah has urged everybody to organise and join cleanliness initiatives, and devote the day to the ‘Swachh Bharat Mission’, adding that the mission is very special to the former.”I urge you all to organise or join any cleanliness initiative and share your photos on the Narendra Modi Mobile App,” wrote Shah, in his blog.The BJP president also wished a long as well as healthy life in service of the nation to Prime Minister Modi, and praised him for working for the nation on his birthday too.With the BJP celebrating ‘Sewa Diwas’ on the occasion, Shah said that several organisations and NGOs, particularly the youth-driven groups are undertaking a wide range of social service initiatives.”Service or Seva indeed is the best way to celebrate Narendra Bhai’s birthday,” Shah added.In praise of the prime minister, Shah claimed that ‘India First’ is a belief that he lives by.”They (People of India) see him as their own, a person working round the clock for their and the nation’s welfare, without any self interest,” Shah wrote.He also claimed that Prime Minister Modi has worked extensively towards poverty alleviation, and under his supervision, the government has undertaken “historic poverty alleviation initiatives (that are) taking shape at a scale unheard of in the history of India”.”With the Jan Dhan Yojana’s unprecedented success, the banking system was opened to millions who were isolated from the financial mainstream,” he said, in reference to the above claim.He also mentioned the MUDRA Yojna in Prime Minister Modi’s repertoire. The scheme aims to create an inclusive, sustainable and value based entrepreneurial culture.”Majority of MUDRA’s beneficiaries are from poor households, small towns or rural India,” he added.Adding to the string of praises, Shah credited the “historic crackdown against black money and corruption through various measures” to the prime minister.He also reminisced his first meeting with the prime minister ‘as a young BJP Karyakarta’, and recalled working closely with him later on, during the 1995 Gujarat elections, 1998 Gujarat elections and other party forums.Recounting his term as the home minister for over seven years under Prime Minister Modi’s office as the Chief Minister of Gujarat, Shah said, “I witnessed first-hand his grip on administration and how he transformed Gujarat into a model state of development and good governance.”He concluded by conveying his message of “Swachhata Hi Seva” movement.”Let us strengthen the ‘Swachhata Hi Seva’ movement with our active and continuous participation so that we can fulfil Mahatma Gandhi’s dream of a clean India,” he said.As Prime Minister Modi turns 67 today, major political entities sent in their wishes to him.Narendra Modi became the Prime Minister of India on May 26, 2014 after the BJP won the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.Since taking office, Prime Minister Modi has hit headlines for having made major policies for the country, which have received varied responses, with few sections welcoming the decisions, while others opposing them.​

Hindi Divas: Give more respect to other languages, says President Kovind

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday asked Hindi-speaking people to give more respect and space to regional languages and their speakers in a bid to make Hindi more popular across the country.Addressing a function on the occasion of ‘Hindi Divas’ here, the President said Hindi continued to face opposition in some parts of the country even though it became an official language many decades ago. Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who was also present at the function organised by his ministry, said in his address that Hindi could be enriched further if its speakers also used words from other languages. Referring to recent incidents on the Bangalore Metro, where a pro-Kannada group opposed Hindi signboards in the train service, and earlier agitations against Hindi in Tamil Nadu, President Kovind said there was a feeling among some people that Hindi was being imposed on them.”Non-Hindi speaking people desire that we (Hindi-speaking people) give attention to their languages. Those who speak Hindi should give space to other languages. We all have the responsibility to give respect to non-Hindi speaking people and regional languages,” he said. Kovind suggested that those who speak Hindi should greet a Tamilian with a ‘vanakkam’, a Sikh with ‘Sat Sri Akal’ and a Muslim with an ‘Adaab’ — words of greeting in Tamil, among Sikhs and in Urdu respectively. They should use the word ‘Garu’ (sir) while addressing a Telugu-speaking person, he said.The adoption of other languages and cultures will help unite the people and the country, he said. The president said he had used the Russian word ‘spasiba’ (thank you) while ending his speech at a state banquet during the recent visit of Belarus President A G Lukashenko. The guest was so delighted that he spontaneously responded with a ‘Jai Hind’. The Belarus president also announced that Hindi would be taught in that country’s state university from this month.Kovind also asked lawyers and doctors to use Hindi and other regional languages at work. “In India people don’t understand the language of lawyers and doctors. In courts, now, gradually Hindi and other languages are being spoken. Similarly, if the doctors start giving prescriptions in Devanagari and other languages, the doctor-patient distance will be reduced,” he said. In his address, the home minister said Hindi was the unifying language for the country and had helped bring people of different regions together during India’s freedom struggle.”We (Hindi-speaking people) should accept and use popular words of regional languages. If we do that, it will enrich the language,” he said. Singh said the contribution of non-Hindi speaking people such as Mahatma Gandhi and Bal Gangadhar Tilak was immense in making Hindi an official language of the country. He also questioned those who said English was required for India to become an economic power. “I want to ask those who say that without English India can’t be an economic power, how come China has become an economic power by speaking Mandarin,” he said.In his welcome speech, Union minister of state for home Kiren Rijiju said even though Hindi was not his mother tongue, he felt immense pride while speaking the language. “In my native state (Arunachal Pradesh), Hindi is widely spoken and used by common people from all walks of life,” he said. All the speakers spoke in Hindi at the function. Hindi is the mother tongue of the president and the Union home minister.

New Rs 50 currency notes land in Jaipur

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The batch of new Rs 50 denomination banknotes in the Mahatma Gandhi series have reached the Reserve Bank of India in Jaipur on Monday. The arrangements are being made for distributing it to the public from either Tuesday or Wednesday, informed the sources.RBI had released the new notes in August this year along with new Rs 200 denomination notes. The distribution of Rs 200 notes was started from Ganesh Chaturthi and a lot of excitement was seen in the public.

Mahatma Gandhi may have studied abroad, but he wasn’t influenced by western education: RSS Chief

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on Saturday said that the leading figures of the freedom movement including Mahatma Gandhi and Rabindranath Tagore had been educated under a “western” system but were never influenced by it.Bhagwat was pointing out that it is not only the schooling, but a child’s parents and the atmosphere at home and in the society that play a larger role in upbringing.Various Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) outfits have spoken out against “westernised” education, demanding an overhaul of the education system.There is a “consensus in the society” that the education system needs to be changed, Bhagwat said.”…the Macaulay education system, which we say is a foreign education system, produced Vivekananda, Lokmanya Tilak, Gandhiji and Rabindranath Tagore…So why did that school education system not influence them? The entire generation which participated in the freedom movement studied in the Macaulay education system,” he said.The RSS leader made these remarks at the launch of the Indian Education Manual (Bhartiya Shiksha Grant Mala) by Ahmedabad-based think-tank Punarutthan Vidyapeeth.Dinanath Batra, the Shiksha Sanskriti Utthan head known for controversial statements on education, was present on the dais when Bhagwat was speaking.

India, Nepal hold delegation level talks to bolster ties

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> India and Nepal on Thursday held delegation-level talks at New Delhi’s Hyderabad House to further enhancing the ties between the two sides. Earlier, ahead of delegation level talks, Nepal?s Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba held bilateral talks with his counterpart Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj respectively in the national capital. Deuba asked Prime Minster Modi to “support Nepal more” for development plans and to build more trust and understanding to expand the relations between two nations. He said Nepal has historical relations with India and his visit is to enhance the partnership for the overall development of Nepal and consolidate the relations between the two countries. “India has played an important part in our development efforts and we request Prime Minister Modi to support us more for development plans and first to build trust and understanding to expand our relations,” Deuba said even as he was accorded a ceremonial reception at the Rashtrapati Bhavan here today. The Nepal Prime Minister also paid floral tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat today. He was accompanied by his wife Arzu Rana Deuba. Before that, he received a ceremonial welcome and guard of honour at the courts of Rashtrapati Bhavan here. In a special warm gesture, Prime Minister Modi received his Nepalese counterpart Deuba at his residence, in an unscheduled meeting Wednesday afternoon. The Nepal Prime Minister, who is on a five-day visit to India, on Wednesday attended a programme in the Nepali Embassy where he addressed the Nepali community in India and business event organised by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM). Nepal Prime Minister Deuba, who is on a five-day state visit to India, landed in New Delhi on Wednesday afternoon. He will also be inaugurating the electricity transmission line to Nepal from India.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Terrorism & graft-free India in 5 yrs Modi’s target: Singh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union minister Jitendra Singh today said terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir was in its last phase as Prime Minister Narendra Modi had set a target to wipe it out from the country in the next five years. He said that just as the period between 1942, when the Quit India movement was launched by Mahatma Gandhi, and 1947, when India got freedom, witnessed important developments, the five years of the Modi government would free India from terrorism, corruption and poverty. “The prime minister has set a target to make India free from terrorism, corruption, casteism, imperialism and poverty … Despite getting freedom (in 1947), we are not fully free from these evils,” the minister of state in PMO told reporters on the sidelines of an event here. “Terrorism in Kashmir is in its last phase and within the next five years, Modi’s fight against corruption will be taken to the next level,” he said. Singh said today’s India belonged to the youth and the task of “cleaning the mess” would be completed by them. On the issue of Article 35A, which allows the J&K government to define the “permanent residents” of the state, who are entitled to certain benefits, he said: “People who are out of power are trying to make it an issue.” “They want to create something out of nothing. They want make it complicated,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Raje outsmarts Congress; tribals to get 200 days under MNREGA

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rajasthan government has doubled the number of employment days for tribals in Udaipur and Baran districts under the MNERGA (Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Gurantee Act) in a year. This would take the number of working days from the present mandatory 100 days to 200 days. This increase would provide guaranteed six months of employment to the tribals. The tribes that would benefit from this would be Saharia and Kharua tribes in Baran and Kathodi in Udaipur. The move is being seen as political shrewdness by the BJP government to continue its good run in the tribal areas that were traditionally Congress stronghold. The tribals to whom this benefit has been extended are the most backward tribes and bringing them into the mainstream has been on the priority of governments. This decision of the Raje government is especially expected to consolidate its hold and goodwill among the adjoining tribal areas of Banswara and Dungarpur where it made huge inroads during the previous assembly elections in 2013. These areas have traditionally been Congress strongholds and have traditionally voted for it. The BJP’s massive sweep over Udaipur division and all four constituencies of Baran is a lead that the BJP wants to retain and Congress seeks to reclaim. The Congress had over the last couple of months been actively mobilising the areas in its favour. Congress national vice president Rahul Gandhi’s trip to Baran last year and Banswara in July this year had the BJP concerned.State Congress president Sachin Pilot had camped in Banswara to ensure the success of Rahul’s public rally was seen as a consolidated move by Congress to woo back its voters. Social activists had for long been demanding an increase in the number of working days for the tribals due to their backward social and economic status. As per sources in the government, in the memorandum to the government the activists had highlighted the problem of bonded labour and debts and cited it as the reason for their poor economic condition. The activists had said that the employment guarantee scheme under the MNREGA has been serving to proving them a lifeline, but the limit of 100 days is all little to serve the purpose of their meaningful rehabilitation. Taking cognizance of this the Raje government directed the district collectors of Baran and Udaipur to ensure an additional employment of 100 days to the tribals belonging to Saharia, Kherua and Kathodi. Tribal issues have been a cause of political controversy in rajasthan for long. Hunger deaths of tribals have caused embarassment to consecutive governments, though they have denied them.

Solution to Kashmir, terror will be found by 2022, assures Rajnath Singh

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday asserted that by 2022, a solution would be found to the Kashmir problem as also other problems like terrorism, naxalism and North East insurgency.”There are a lot of problems — terrorism, naxalism, Kashmir problem. Much is not needed to be said about these problems. But I can assure you this much that by 2022, we have pledged to create a ‘new India’…So a solution will be found to all these problems before 2022. We want to assure the countrymen on this,” he said. Singh was addressing a programme here titled ‘Sankalp se Siddhi – New India Movement (2017-2022) Naye Bharat kaa nirmaan’.On the occasion, he administered oath to the gathering for making India ‘Swachh’ (clean), poverty-free, corruption- free, terror-free, communalism-free and casteism-free. “If people could take (Quit India) pledge in 1942 and get freedom in 1947, then why is it so that after 70 years of Independence, India is not that self-reliant which it should had been? “I would congratulate Prime Minister Narendra Modi for taking a pledge to create a ‘new India’ before the country celebrates its 75th year of freedom,” he said.He said Mahatma Gandhi understood the importance of cleanliness and had made it a campaign but it is Modi who gave it the shape of a mass movement. “For 85 long years after the first war of Independence in 1857, India understood the country’s power and kept on gathering it. “In 1942, the entire nation stood united when Mahatma Gandhi said ‘British should Quit India’ and gave the clarion call of ‘do or die’. … It was the result of this pledge which bore fruits five years later,” Singh said.He said if in five years after launch of Quit India movement, India could achieve Independence, “then why can’t we make a ‘new India’ after taking pledge in 2017 and realising it in 2022?” He said Pandavs also had achieved victory in Mahabharata because of their pledge and resoluteness. “This (new India) will be an India where there will be no poverty or illiteracy, every person will have a house, no one will die of shortage of medicine. On the global stage, India will emerge as a powerful nation.Talking about corruption, the home minister said, “In the first meeting of the Union Cabinet, we took a pledge to fight corruption. Our pledge was to change power and system.” Referring to GST which was rolled out on July 1, he said, “Many of our friends are having problems but after a few months, all will praise GST. We passed GST with the pledge of ‘one-nation, one-tax.”Singh said BJP does not indulge in politics of government formation “but for nation building and development.”

Independence Day 2017: Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik falls ill during celebrations, but recovers soon after

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, who suddenly felt unwell during the Independence Day function here because of humidity, today expressed hope that poverty would be eradicated from the state by the year 2036.”I am hopeful that poverty can be completely eliminated from Odisha by 2036, on the occasion of completion of 100 years of formation of Odisha as a separate state,” Patnaik said in his Independence Day speech.But, after unfurling the national Tri-colour at the state-level parade at Mahatma Gandhi Marg, the chief minister was visibly unwell while delivering the address and was seen slowing down towards the end of his speech.
ALSO READ Independence Day 2017: Instead of imposing restrictionos on women, keep errant sons indoors, says Arvind KejriwalDespite that, he remained at the parade venue and took salute. He, however, recovered soon after and attended other scheduled programmes elsewhere.
ALSO READ Independence Day 2017: US envoy wins hearts after donning Kanjeevaram during celebrations”The Chief Minister suddenly did not feel well due to humidity. Now he is completely OK,” an official of the Chief Minister’s office said.Patnaik later said in his twitter handle that he had felt dehydrated.”Should have had adequate water for parade in sunny humid condition. Felt bit dehydrated. Perfectly fine now with two glasses of nimbu pani,” Patnaik tweeted.”Attending rest of days programs. Must tell all you kids out there to drink adequate water before going out in sun. Thanks for your wishes,” he said in the tweet.While returning home from the function, the chief minister went to Capital Hospital where doctors examined him and said his health condition is perfectly alright.In his Independence day speech, Patnaik said poverty has reduced by 25 per cent through various programmes of the BJD government.Stating that the country is celebrating 200 years of Paika Rebellion, Patnaik said this was the first struggle for independence against British rule.Paikas were peasant militias of the Gajapati rulers of Odisha who revolted against the British in 1817.Patnaik said he salutes the great sons of the soil and gain inspiration from their ideals, values and selfless devotion to the motherland.Patnaik called on the people to work in tandem and take the state and the country to the heights of development with peace, prosperity and inclusive growth.

‘Fine after nimbu pani’- Odisha CM after falling sick during I – Day celebration

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik suddenly fell unwell while attending the Independence Day celebrations today at Mahatma Gandhi Marg. Patnaik took to Twitter and said, ?Should have had adequate water for parade in sunny humid conditions. Felt bit dehydrated. Perfectly fine now with 2 glasses of nimbu pani.? He also advised all parents to give their kids adequate water before going out in sun and thanked all his well wishers. ?Attending rest of days programs. Must tell all you kids out there to drink adequate water before going out in sun. Thanks for your wishes,? he tweeted. The Chief Minister Office further stated that Patnaik is completely fine now and is at his residence. After taking rest, Chief Minister Patnaik attended the police medal ceremony programme at Soochana Bhawan.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Odisha CM feels unwell at I-Day programme, recovers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik suddenly felt unwell while addressing the people at the Independence Day function today but officials said he recovered soon after. “The Chief Minister suddenly did not feel well due to humidity. Now he is completely OK and at Naveen Nivas (his residence),” an official of the Chief Minister’s office said. He would also attend all his programmes scheduled for the day as he is completely alright, the official said. The chief minister, who unfurled the national tri-colour at the state-level parade at Mahatma Gandhi Marg, was visibly unwell while delivering his address and was seen slowing down towards the end of his speech. Despite that, he remained at the parade venue and took salute. On way to his residence, the chief minister went to the Capital Hospital where doctors examined him and said his health condition is perfectly alright. Senior BJD leader Debi Prsad Mishra told reporters after meeting Patnaik at his residence that the chief minister is fit and there is nothing to worry about his health.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

91-year-old ‘doctor didi’ Bhakti Yadav passes away in Indore, PM Modi pays tribute

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Padma Shri awardee nonagenarian gynaecologist Bhakti Yadav, fondly called ‘Doctor Didi’, passed away here on Monday. She was 91 years old, family sources said.She breathed her last at her home this morning, Dr Yadav’s son Raman told PTI.She was suffering from osteoporosis and other age related ailments. Over the past few months she was continously losing weight, he said.Raman claimed that she treated over one-lakh women patients free of cost during the past six decades and also offered free medicines to poor patients.She was the only girl in the 1948-1953 batch of MBBS course in Indore’s Government Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College.In April this year, the then district collector P Narhari had presented the citation and medal of the fourth highest civilian award in the country, to Dr Yadav at her residence.Due to her poor health, she could not attend the function organised in New Delhi.

EDMC seeks to make its area ODF by October 2

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) has stepped up its sanitation drive to make the areas under it open defecation-free (ODF) by October 2. “Principals of all EDMC schools have been sensitised on the importance of ODF. Various teams have been constituted to visit the schools to sensitise teachers, staff and students,” the civic body said in a statement today. Similarly, RWAs, NGOs, self-help groups, market associations and ward councillors are also being oriented regarding the idea of ODF. “Accordingly, 61 councillors have already declared their wards ODF,” the EDMC said. The civic body has 64 wards under its jurisdiction. Municipal Commissioner Mohanjeet Singh said the civic body has required number of community toilets within a distance of 500 metres from residences that do not have individual household toilets. “Critical areas from ODF point of view have been identified and strict vigil is being insured. Civil defence volunteers are being deployed to educate and prevent people from defecating in the open,” he said. Singh said an intensive awareness campaign was being carried out in EDMC areas including through radio jingles, posters and banners. The BJP-led EDMC had incidentally fared poorly in the last Swachhta Survey. The Centre under its ambitious Swachh Bharat campaign seeks to make the entire country open defecation-free by October 2, 2019, the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Quit India 75th Anniversary: PM Modi hails freedomf fighters, Sonia Gandhi takes jibe at RSS

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Invoking the spirit of Quit India Movement, Parliament on Wednesday pitched for strengthening secularism and democracy amid Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call for a determined effort by all sections to rid the nation of ills like communalism, casteism and poverty by 2022.Congress President Sonia Gandhi, however, warned that the “forces of darkness” were trying to destroy the roots of democracy and the “clouds of the politics of division and hate” are hovering over the plural and egalitarian values enshrined in the Constitution.Parliamentarians paid rich tributes to the freedom fighters and recalled their sacrifices as both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha took up a special discussion on the 75th anniversary of Quit India Movement launched on this day in 1942 by Mahatma Gandhi.Leaders from all parties were unanimous in underlining the need for strengthening democracy and secularism even as some in the Opposition equated the current situation to that prevailing during the colonial days.Some Opposition leaders contended that democracy and secularism was under threat today, with CPI(M)’s Sitaram Yechury warning against creation of “Hindu Pakistan”.The prime minister, who initiated the discussion in the Lok Sabha, underlined that everyone would need to rise above political and ideological affiliations to rid the nation of ills like communalism, casteism, poverty, corruption and dirt.He said ideological differences, which are there today, existed even during the freedom struggle and despite the different approaches, everyone had worked for the common goal of Independence.Corruption, poverty, illiteracy and malnutrition are the greatest challenges that India now needs to overcome and to do that, there is a need to create the same spirit that existed between 1942 and 1947, he said.Setting 2022, the 75th anniversary of the country’s Independence as the target year, Modi said people should take a pledge of ‘Karenge, Aur Kar Ke Rahenge’ (We will do and surely do).”In 1942, the clarion call was ‘Karenge Ya Marenge’ (Do or Die) – today it is ‘Karenge, Aur Kar Ke Rahenge.’ The next five years should also be about ‘Sankalp Se Siddhi’, a resolve which will lead us to accomplishment,” Modi said.He said in the next five years till 2022, India must try to bring positive changes so that it can become inspiration for many other nations.India’s freedom from colonial rule was not only about India, but a defining moment in ending colonialism in other parts of the world too, the Prime Minister said.He said from 1857 to 1942, the move towards freedom was incremental, but the years from 1942 to 1947, were transformative and delivered on the objective.”In 1942, conditions internationally became favourable for India to get independence. Today again, the global conditions are favourable for India,” he said.The prime minister hailed the role of freedom fighters, saying the struggle for independence saw participation of people from all sections, responding to Mahatma Gandhi’s clarion call in 1942 of ‘Do or Die’.During his nearly 30-minute speech, he remembered the role played by different leaders in different period of times which include Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, Lal Bahadur Shastri, Jai Prakash Narayan, Ram Manohar Lohia, Bhagat Singh, Chandrashekar Azad and Raj Guru and Sukhdev.Modi recalled that even as many senior leaders like Mahatma Gandhi were jailed at the beginning of the Quit India movement, a new generation of leaders emerged to fill the vacuum and take the movement forward.”The Quit India movement marked the rise of a new leadership. They supported Mahatma Gandhi during the movement,” he said.Modi said the recollection of movements such as the Quit India was a source of inspiration and the current generation has a responsibility of passing on the legacy of such movements to the future generations.While talking about the success of collective efforts, he referred to the rollout of the GST and said it could not have been possible without the cooperation of all parties.He said a similar approach would be required to resolve the problems of the country.Speaking after Modi, Sonia Gandhi said, “It seems secular, democratic and liberals values are being endangered. The public space for debate and difference of opinion is shrinking… “Have the forces of darkness emerged? Is there a fear about the existence of a sense of freedom? Are attempts being made to destroy roots of democracy which is based on equality, social justice, law-based system and freedom of expression?” She took digs at the BJP and its ideological mentor RSS, without naming them.”We should not forget that there were people and organisations which had opposed the Quit India movement and had played no role in getting our country freedom,” she said.BJP member Kirron Kher shouted “travesty, travesty”, as Gandhi made these remarks but was signalled from the treasury benches to remain quiet.The Congress has often accused the RSS of playing no role in the freedom movement, a charge vehemently denied by it.People have to fight for the India they believe in, which is loved by one and all and which was envisioned by the freedom fighters, Gandhi said.”We can and will not allow the idea of India to be a prisoner to narrow mindedness, divisive and communal ideology.If we have to preserve freedom, we will have to defeat the forces endangering it. We can’t and we won’t allow sectarian forces to succeed,” she said, asking people to defeat such “repressive” forces.She also underlined the contributions of the Congress and Jawaharlal Nehru to the landmark episode in India’s struggle for independence, adding that her party’s workers had made countless sacrifices.After about 4 hours of discussion during which leaders of all parties spoke, the Lok Sabha unanimously adopted a resolution, pledging to work tirelessly in the next five years to build a nation as envisioned by Mahatma Gandhi and other freedom fighters.”We, the representatives of more than 125 crore people, resolve to take along every citizen in working towards building a nation as envisioned by Mahatma Gandhi and other freedom fighters by 2022 when we will celebrate 75th anniversary of our independence,” the resolution said.The resolution, read out by Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, said, “We shall remain committed and dedicated to build a strong, prosperous, clean and glorious India which is free of corruption. We are committed to welfare of all sections and promote harmony and patriotism.”In the Rajya Sabha, Leader of the House Arun Jaitley said it was the day to commit to make the country a strong, just and economically-progressive country.He underlined the need for freeing the country from all kinds of violence, be it in the name terrorism, politics or religion.Jaitley, who holds the portfolios of Defence and Finance, said the country still faces challenges to its security and sovereignty but the armed forces were capable to deal with these.Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad targeted the ruling BJP by equating yesterday’s developments related to the Rajya Sabha polls in Gujarat to the events witnessed when the Quit India Movement was launched on this day in 1942.After three hours of discussion, the Upper House also adopted a resolution pledging to build a strong, self-reliant, secular and democratic India.Moving the resolution, Chairman Hamid Ansari said the House recalls that 75 years ago, Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi gave a clarion call to people for “do or die” to end the British Rule while asking the British to quit India.He said the House observes “on the 75th anniversary of Quit India Movement that it is important to remember the heroic struggle of people, students, peasants, workers and government officials who defied the brutal oppression of the British Raj to launch mass Satyagraha that shook the very foundation of the British Rule.”The House “solemnly takes a pledge to uphold and safeguard the values and ideals of the freedom movement and rededicate ourselves to build an India that is strong, self- reliant, inclusive, secular and democratic,” Ansari said.

Azad equates Gujarat RS polls to Quit India Movement events

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad today targeted the ruling BJP by equating yesterday’s developments related to the Rajya Sabha polls in Gujarat to the events witnessed when the Quit India Movement was launched on this day in 1942. He trained his guns at the BJP in the Rajya Sabha while participating in a special debate to commemorate 75th anniversary of Quit India Movement. “I don’t want to mention the incidents of the last night. It looked like the same night (August 8/9, 1942) because the developments kept us awake till morning,” the Congress leader said. He was referring to the bitter fight witnessed during counting of votes in the Rajya Sabha polls which ended after the Election Commission declared votes of two rebel Congress MLAs as invalid, resulting in the victory of Ahmed Patel of the Congress. “I don’t want to bring politics because today it’s a different occasion. But yesterday’s night and day were the same,” the veteran Congressman said, equating it to the events of 1942. Referring to the August 7-9, 1942 events, Azad said that night a resolution was passed and Mahatma Gandhi gave a clarion call. Mahatma Gandhi, the then Congress president Jawaharlal Nehru and Sardar Patel were arrested on the same night and the Congress was banned on August 9, 1942, Azad recalled. Even newspapers — National Herald, in which Nehru used to contribute, and Young India and Harijan, in which Mahatma Gandhi contributed, were banned. “It is now a different issue that we are fighting for the newspapers which were mouth piece of India’s freedom movement,” he quipped. In another apparent jibe on BJP and RSS, Azad said he did not want to go into details which parties participated in the Quit India Movement and which opposed it. “This is a history and the entire information could be found on Wikipedia and Google,” he said. At this point, CPM leader Sitram Yechury said internet was not working. To this, Azad said the country has defeated the “mightiest powers” and one should not be afraid of such small issues like absence of internet.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Rajya Sabha: Amid Doklam stand-off, Arun Jaitley says Indian Army ready to meet any challenge

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Arun Jaitley on Tuesday said the Indian armed forces are strong enough to meet any challenge to the country’s security as he underlined that lessons have been learnt from the 1962 war.He also said in the Rajya Sabha that the people of the country have a predominant wish of retrieving the parts of Jammu and Kashmir occupied by Pakistan since 1948.Jaitley, while initiating a special debate to mark the 75th anniversary of Quit India Movement launched by Mahatma Gandhi in 1942, said India had faced many challenges over these decades but “we can proudly say the country became stronger with each challenge”.He said India had “learnt a lesson” from the 1962 war with China that “the armed forces will have be made fully capable on our own because even today the nation faces challenges from our neighbouring countries.” Compared to 1962, the armed forces were made stronger in 1965 and 1971 wars, Jaitley said.In 1962, India had to face a war imposed by China and suffer severe reverses. However, in the wars of 1965 and 1971 thrust by Pakistan, India had emerged victorious.”I agree that some challenges are still there. Some people are targeting our country’s sovereignty and integrity.But I am fully confident that our brave soldiers have capabilty to keep our country secure, may it be challenges on the eastern border or the western border,” he said.”The armed forces can give any kind of sacrifice for the security of the nation,” the defence minister asserted.Jaitley’s message assumes significance as it comes amid a two-month-long border standoff with China in Doklam even though he did not specifically mention it.He also referred to the occupation of parts of J&K by Pakistan soon after the Independence.”Initially (after Independence), we faced a crisis. Our neighbour had an eye on Kashmir. Even today, we cannot forget that a part of the country has got separated. It is a wish of every Indian today as to how to retrieve that part,” the minister said.Jaitley, who is Leader of the Rajya Sabha, said today was the day to commit to make India a strong, just and economically-progressive country.He underlined the need for freeeing the country from all kinds of violence, be it in the name terrorism, politics or religion.Jaitley said the country is facing a bigger challenge from terrorism and Left-wing extremism.In a clear reference to Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi, he said a prime minister and a former prime minister had to lose their lives to terrorism.Jaitley said people from across the border and also some people within the country who have taken to arms, are trying to spread terrorism especially in northern region of the country.He said the security forces, including army, CRPF and Jammu and Kashmir police have contributed a lot in fight against terrorist in J&K, though some incidents still take place.Jaitley stressed that the House and the whole nation needed to commit in one voice to fight the menace of terrorism.He also emphasised on probity in public life and reduction of money use in politics.Emphasising that different religions and castes are an integral part of the country, Jaitley said it is important to manitain harmony in the country.The minister said there should be no place in the country for violence in the name of politics, religion and terrorism.”The country should be freed from such violence,” he said and added that on this historic day there is a need to take pledge to make India strong, just and economically progressive.While recalling the events related to Quit India movement launched on this day in 1942, Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad took a jibe on the ruling BJP, saying “last night too several incidents happened”, an apparent reference to Rajya Sabha polls in Gujarat and subsequent events.As Azad said parties of those who participated in the freedom struggle and those who did not could be easily searched online, CPM member Sitaram Yechury quipped that internet was not working.To this, Azad said the country has defeated the “mightiest powers” and one should not get afraid of such small issues like absence of internet.Samajwadi Party member Ram Gopal Yadav talked about contribution of socialist leaders like Ram Manohar Lohia and Jai Prakasah Narayan.He asked the government to keep an eye on Himalayan region as “the threat is from that side”.Senior JDU leader Sharad Yadav stressed that one should learn from history. “History should not distorted,” he added.

Why is Rahul Gandhi missing from CWC meeting on 75th anniversary of Quit India movement?

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC) on the 75th anniversary of Quit India movement was held here with party vice president Rahul Gandhi skipping it as he is down with viral fever. The meeting of the highest decision-making body of the grand old party discussed the contribution of the Congress in the movement.The meeting was attended by top Congress leaders and was chaired by party chief Sonia Gandhi. The Quit India movement was launched at the Bombay session of the All India Congress Committee by Mahatma Gandhi in August 1942, during World War II, demanding an end to British rule in India.

MP Congress slams move to shift Mahatma’s memorial

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Congress in Madhya Pradesh today strongly criticised the move to shift a memorial housing urns with ashes of Mahatma Gandhi and his wife Kasturba from Rajghat in Barwani district, calling it a “national shame”. The memorial was dismantled by the district administration and temporarily relocated to a nearby place to avoid its submergence. The raising of height and the closing of the gates of Sardar Sarovar Patel dam in Gujarat raised concerns about submergence of large tracts of land in Dhar, Barwani, Khargone and Alirajpur districts. Hence, the urns were shifted around Wednesday midnight to a location 4km away from the original site. Barwani collector Tejaswi Naik said a grand memorial would be built at the new site. However, the move invited strong criticism from the opposition Congress. Leader of Opposition in Assembly Ajay Singh termed it as a “national shame” and said it amounted to running “bulldozers” over the memories of the Father of the Nation. He said the dam height was raised to benefit Gujarat. Singh said Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, instead of focusing on rehabilitating affected people, was spending his energy on demolishing the memorial. Congressmen, led by state unit president Arun Yadav, Singh, MLAs Bala Bachchan and Jaivardhan Singh, among others, staged a protest in Barwani town on the memorial issue and addressed a meeting. In a related development, Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) leader Medha Patkar continued her indefinite fast at Chikhida in Dhar district for the second day demanding rehabilitation of people displaced in Madhya Pradesh due to closure of Sardar Sarovar dam’s gates last month. After the meeting in Barwani, Congress leaders met Patkar and extended their support to her agitation.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Nitish hits back at Tejashwi, says power not meant for ‘personal gain’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> After Tejashwi Yadav attacked Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in the state Legislative Assembly, the latter hit back saying he would not support one who indulges in corruption and accumulates income through wrong means. Taking a jibe at RJD- family politics, Nitish said the chair is not for rejoicing power but for serving the people. ?We were given a mandate to work. We tried to overcome all the problems by respecting the ?Mahagatbandhan?. You (Tejashwi) were not clarifying on the corruption charges. I had only asked your explanation,? Nitish said. Asserting that his decision to break the alliance with RJD was taken in favour of the state, Nitish said, ?This government will work and serve the people of Bihar. We will not tolerate corruption and injustice.? He further said that his government will show a mirror to RJD. ?Secularism is not to hide your corruption and wrongdoings. We will not support the one who will accumulate income through wrong means,? Nitish added. Meanwhile, Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi also trained his guns at the RJD fraction and said, ?You call Nitish?s decision a disrespect to people?s mandate. If you (Tejashwi) had given resignation then we would have not taken this decision.? Asserting that mandate is not for corruption and ?benami properties?, Sushil Modi said Tejashwi became an owner of 26 benami properties in 26 years. Venting out his anger against Nitish Kumar earlier in the special session, Tejashwi asked him that did he not feel ashamed sitting next to Sushil Modi. Tejashwi unleashing a tirade of fiery salvos on Kumar, said that the latter has stitched an alliance with a party who conspired the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi. ?Did you not feel ashamed sitting next to Sushil Kumar Modi? You take out Champaran yatra and then stitch an alliance with a party which assassinated Mahatma Gandhi,? said Tejashwi. Further speaking on the matter of his resignation, Tejashwi said Kumar never asked him to step down from his post and it never occurred to him that the Bihar chief does not want him to be a part of his team. ?Nitish ji never asked me to resign. I also thought that he does not want me to resign. I would like to ask him why he quit the alliance and toppled the government,? said Tejashwi. Tejashwi further said Nitish has betrayed the people of Bihar with his decision. “People of Bihar have suffered immensely. I am deeply saddened by the Nitish ji resigned. It was all planned,” said Tejashwi in assembly. Meanwhile, Nitish Kumar won the floor test in the Bihar Legislative Assembly with 131 votes in favour and 108 against.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Mahatma’s memorial in Rajghat dismantled; sparks protests

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The memorial of Mahatma Gandhi and his wife Kasturba Gandhi at Rajghat area near here was today dismantled by the district administration and temporarily relocated to a nearby place, triggering protests. The memorial was facing a threat of submergence due to closure of gates of Narmada dam in neighbouring Gujarat. The development came hours before Narmada Bachao Andolan (NBA) leader Medha Patkar was to start her indefinite fast demanding rehabilitation of people displaced in Madhya Pradesh due to closure of Sardar Sarovar dam’s gates last month. According to activist Hinshi Singh, urns containing ash of Gandhi, Kasturba and Mahatma’s secretary Mahadev Desai were taken away from the memorial early morning. However, the urns were brought back after locals, Patkar and other activists protested, she said, adding that the urns were forcibly taken away by the police in the afternoon who beat up the protesters. However, District Collector Tejaswi S Naik said there was some confusion when the urns were being taken to a temporary place from Rajghat this morning. The protestors did not allow the urns to be taken away from Rajghat, the officer said, adding they were shifted to a temporary place in Kukri area in the afternoon. The collector said a grand memorial of the Mahatma, Kasturba and Desai would be constructed after a committee set up in this connection takes the final call. Before starting her fast, Patkar said the state government has asked 40,000 families living in the submergence areas close to Narmada river in Barwani, Alirajpur, Dhar and Khargone districts to vacate their dwellings by July 31. “The government officials are forcing the affected people to move to the tin sheds built by the government, but this make-shift arrangements lack basic infrastructure,” she said. “I want the gates of the Sardar Sarovar Dam to be opened and the oustees rehabilitated. Reservoirs in Gujarat are full with water due to the recent rains, and there is no urgency to store water in the Sardar Sarovar dam,” she added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Expected him to rise above partisan considerations: Cong slams Prez Kovind for not mentioning Nehru in speech

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Congress on Tuesday came down heavily upon President Ram Nath Kovind for not mentioning former prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru’s name in his speech on the day of his oath-taking ceremony and said he should ‘rise above the party politics.’ Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said President Kovind disrespected the freedom fighters by not mentioning Nehru’s name in his speech.’This is very sad and unfortunate that he took Jawaharlal Nehru’s cabinet ministers’ name in his speech, but did not mention the name of Nehru Ji who was a freedom fighter and the first prime minister of the country. The President should remember this that he is not a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate anymore. He is a candidate of India. He has to protect the Constitution of India and rise above and think beyond party politics,’ Azad told ANI. ‘This is a disrespect to the freedom fighters who sacrificed their lives for the nation,’ he added.Congress leader Anand Sharma said that Kovind has disrespected history by equating father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi with Deen Dayal Upadhyay.’It is expected that he rises above partisan considerations. It is unfortunate that in today’s occasion on his first address he has chosen to equate father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi with Deen Dayal Upadhyay. It has disrespected history and the fact that it was Gandhi ji who was the ‘mahanayak.’ Deen Dayal ji was neither a leader of India’s freedom movement nor did he make any contribution in building modern India after independence,’ Sharma said.Addressing the gathering at the Central Hall of Parliament, Kovind, who sworn-in as the 14th President of India today, said, ‘I am aware I am following in the footsteps of stalwarts such as Dr. Rajendra Prasad, Dr. S. Radhakrishnan, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, and my immediate predecessor, Shri Pranab Mukherjee, whom we address out of affection as Pranab Da.’In his speech, he further remembered Mahatma Gandhi, Bhim Rao Ambedkar and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel as patriotic freedom fighters.’Our Independence was the result of efforts by thousands of patriotic freedom fighters led by Mahatma Gandhi. Later, Sardar Patel integrated our nation. Principal architect of our Constitution Babasaheb Bhim Rao Ambedkar instilled in us the value of human dignity and of the republican ethic,’ he added’We need to sculpt a robust, high growth economy, an educated, ethical and shared community, and an egalitarian society, as envisioned by Mahatma Gandhi and Deen Dayal Upadhyay ji,’ the President said.Kovind was administered the oath of office and secrecy by Chief Justice of India J. S. Khehar today. An National Democratic Alliance’s (NDA) candidate, he defeated the Opposition’s nominee Meira Kumar by a huge margin.

Change of guard at Rashtrapati Bhavan begins with knock on the

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The elaborate ceremony for change of guard in India’s highest Constitutional office started today with a gentle knock on the door of President-elect Ram Nath Kovind’s Akbar Road residence. It was Military Secretary to the President, Major General Anil Khosla, inviting 71-year old Kovind and his wife Savita to the Rashtrapati Bhavan, where President Pranab Mukherjee was waiting for them in the study. The two leaders then went to the grand Rashtrapai Bhavan forecourt where they were escorted to the saluting dais. Mukherjee took the last salute of the President’s Bodyguard (PBG) with President-elect Kovind standing to his left. He and his successor then drove down Raisina Hill to the Central Hall of the Parliament in a black limousine. Escorting them was grand equestrian procession by the PBG, dressed in white ceremonial uniforms and blue turbans with gold ornamental work. The road from Rashtrapati Bhavan to Parliament was lined with jawans of the armed forces. The morning had begun with the president-elect offering floral tributes to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Maha Assembly adopts condolence motion for Bhilare Guruji

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Maharashtra Assembly today condoled the death of Gandhian Bhilare Guruji, who claimed to have saved Mahatma Gandhi from a knife attack by Nathuram Godse. The Assembly adopted a condolence motion after recalling the services of Bhilare Guruji. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said his work in the freedom struggle and post-independence period is important. “He helped in developing several co-operative institutes. His political career was dedicated to serve people,” said the Chief Minister. Bhiku Daji Bhilare, who claimed to have saved Mahatma Gandhi from being killed by Nathuram Godse in 1944, passed away after a brief illness on July 19. The 98-year-old Gandhian, popularly known as Bhilare Guruji, was cremated at his village, Bhilar, in Mahabaleshwar teshil in western Maharashtra’s Satara district. Congress leader and Leader of Opposition Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil spoke about his political and social contribution. NCP leader Ajit Pawar said,”When Mahatma Gandhi was in Mahabaleshwar, Godse visited there and attacked him with a knife. It was Bhilare Guruji who saved Gandhi from this attack. The Commission formed after Gandhi’s assassination had also mentioned about this attack and his act of saving Gandhi.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Jaitley condemns cow vigilantism, asks not to give it political colour

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday condemned incidents of cow vigilantism across the nation and urged political parties and their leaders not to give it political colour. ?This issue should not be given political colour. Violence can never be a partisan issue,? Jaitley said in the Rajya Sabha today. Jaitley further said Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh have already condemned incidents of taking the law in their hands in name of ?Gau Raksha?. ?Action has been taken in all such incidents in a systematic manner and arrests were also made. All those, against whom evidence is going to be found, are going to be charge-sheeted and then prosecuted for the offences,? he added. Prime Minister Narendra Modi last month sent a stern message to the cow vigilantes and said that killing people in name of ?Gau Bhakti? is not acceptable. “Killing people in the name of Gau Bhakti is not acceptable. This is not something Mahatma Gandhi would approve of,” Prime Minister Modi had said. He had also said that no one has the right to take the law in his or her hands. The Prime Minister?s remark came in the wake of increasing incidents of lynching and violence in the name of cow protection.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

I am not associated with any party, my views are my own: Gopalkrishna Gandhi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Opposition’s Vice Presidential Candidate Gopalkrishna Gandhi on Tuesday said he doesn’t belong to any party, and he is an ordinary citizen and his views are of his own.”I am an ordinary citizen and I have been selected for this post by the Opposition to represent the common people. I am not associated with any party. My views are my own”, said Gandhi after filling the nomination for the Vice Presidential election.Gandhi said his nomination for the post simply indicates that the Indian politics has risen above and has got connected with the culture.”A gap has been created between the people and the Indian politics. I want to just fill up this gap. I am not here to oppose any individual or party. I am here to all humility to place before electors, the aspirations of the citizens of India”, he said.Gandhi further said that the nation is living in times of division, which spells danger for the future, not only for politics but for the nation and civilization.”I am here not to oppose but to unite the integrated intelligent electoral of the Parliament and the defensive nature of today’s new politics”, he said.Gandhi also took a dig at the Shiv Sena for raising question on his nomination, as he had appealed to grant mercy to 1993 Mumbai serial blast convict, Yakub Memon, saying that he believe death penalty belongs to the medieval ages and its wrong.”My views inspired by Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Ambedkar. I had also written to Pakistan Prime Minister, Narendra Modi demanding that he should not hang Kulbhushan Jadhav”, he said.Earlier in the day, Gandhi filed his nomination to be the 13th Vice President of India in the Parliament House. Gandhi was accompanied by Congress President Sonia Gandhi, party vice president Rahul Gandhi, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and other eminent leaders of various political parties.India will go on poll on August 5 to elect its new Vice President.Gopalkrishna, the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, said a total of 18 opposition parties asked him to be their presidential candidate.The term of Vice President, Hamid Ansari, who is also ex-officio Chairman of the Rajya Sabha, ends on August 10.

Congress falsely implicating Bhagwat, charge Sonia, Rahul for perjury, says Swamy

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Lambasting Congress for falsely implicating Rashtriya Swayamseak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat for perpetrating ?so-called Hindu terror? across the country, senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Subramanian Swamy on Saturday said Congress president Sonia Gandhi, vice-president Rahul Gandhi and party leader P. Chidambaram should be charged with perjury. ?The government should set up something to register an FIR and make Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and P. Chidambaram as accused in a conspiracy to subvert the country and falsification of information, tantamounting to perjury,? Swamy told ANI. Swamy said he was already aware of the conspiracy hatched by the UPA Government to implicate Bhagwat. Swamy further said that even after the United States had declared the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) as an international terrorist organisation, the Congress hatched a new plan to implicate Bhagwat by introducing the nomenclature ?Hindu terror?. ?They (Congress) did a somersault here and started a new FIR with so-called Hindu terror and the whole objective was to somehow implicate Mohan Bhagwat because he is the head of the largest voluntary organisation of the world, and it is the backbone of the BJP, as far as workers are concerned. Therefore, this cultural organisation was sought to be so defamed, that by the time elections came, people out of fright, would decide not to vote for the BJP and give it to UPA. But that gamble failed, because by the time they could get along to summon and subject Bhagwat to third-degree methods, which was their dirty plan, the police (NIA level) said they wanted further proof and so it was delayed. So when the elections came, we won,? Swamy said. Swamy further said that the same approach was adopted by the Congress in the case of Mahatma Gandhi?s murder, but they faced failure there as well. ?In the Mahatma Gandhi murder case also, this was attempted, but it failed. They used the media control they had to propagate against the RSS. Now, we won?t allow them to do this. They should be brought to book,? he said. Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi also said members of such nationalist parties were there in the hit-list since the beginning. However, the forces who tried to malign them were exposed in the past and will be exposed now as well. As per reports, after the extreme violence in Ajmer and Malegaon blast, the UPA Government had pressurised the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to implicate Bhagwat as per their ?Hindu terror? theory.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

PM Modi propagating ideals of Gandhian era: Culture minister

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union minister Mahesh Sharma today said Prime Minister Narendra Modi propagated “the ideals of the Gandhian era” and, like the father of the nation, inspired generations. The Culture minister was speaking at the launch of a book on Mahatma Gandhi’s salt satyagraha. “Today among us, we have a propagator of the ideals of the Gandhian era in the prime minister,” he said. The minister, while talking about Gandhi’s contribution to the independence struggle, noted that the salt satyagraha was not just about a pinch of salt, but about inspiring generations, something that the prime minister was also espousing. “He (PM) started with the promise that the glow of freedom would reach every person in the country. His dream is to fulfil the dreams of Gandhiji. The ministry of Culture is duty bound and committed to spreading his dreams and thoughts throughout the world for the sake of humanity,” Sharma said. The salt march, also known as the dandi march and salt satyagraha, was an act of non-violent civil disobedience in colonial India, initiated by Gandhi in 1930, to produce salt from seawater in the coastal village of Dandi. The book ‘Historical Background to the Imposition of Salt Tax under the British Rule in India (1757-1947) and Mahatma Gandhi s Salt Satyagraha (1930-31) against the British Rule’ has been authored by Y P Anand, former Director, National Gandhi Museum. “This book is extremely important for India, especially in the present times, wherein there is a need for humanity in the world,” the minister added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Vice President Polls: Applaud opposition’s ‘unity and conviction’, says Gopalkrishna Gandhi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Gopalkrishna Gandhi, the opposition’s pick for vice president, today said he applauded the “unity and conviction” with which the 18 parties asked him to be their candidate.The former West Bengal governor and grandson of Mahatma Gandhi said he accepted the nomination with all “seriousness”.”I accept the nomination with all the seriousness that it calls for. I applaud the unity and conviction with which the opposition parties have asked me to be their candidate for the role of vice president,” he told PTI.Gandhi was the only name discussed when 18 opposition parties met today to decide on their candidate for the vice presidential poll.His name earlier had earlier done the rounds as a probable candidate for president, but the opposition chose former speaker Meira Kumar instead to contest against NDA’s nominee, Ram Nath Kovind.

Oppn choice for VP’s post an insult to Mahatma: BJP leader

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The opposition’s decision to field Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson, Gopalkrishna Gandhi, as their joint candidate for the post of vice president is an “insult to the father of the nation”, said a Telangana BJP leader. Congress and its “cronies” picking the kin of Mahatma “who is slated to lose” is an insult to the father of the nation, Telangana BJP spokesperson Krishna Saagar Rao said. He alleged that the Congress betrayed Mahatma Gandhi by using his last name. Terming the party as “selfish and opportunistic” party, Rao said the Congress picked Gandhi’s kin to “victimise him for political expediency”. “Congress did not think of (a) Gandhi kin or Meira Kumar as president and vice president (during UPA-1 and UPA-2 regime). It is cheap and low politics,” he added. Eighteen opposition parties today chose former West Bengal governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi as their joint candidate for vice president. Meira Kumar is the opposition’s nominee for the presidential polls.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Applaud oppn’s ‘unity and conviction’: Gopalkrishna Gandhi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Gopalkrishna Gandhi, the opposition’s pick for vice president, today said he applauded the “unity and conviction” with which the 18 parties asked him to be their candidate. The former West Bengal governor and grandson of Mahatma Gandhi said he accepted the nomination with all “seriousness”. “I accept the nomination with all the seriousness that it calls for. I applaud the unity and conviction with which the opposition parties have asked me to be their candidate for the vice presidentship,” he told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Delhi: Days after PM Modi’s warning, mob thrashes six men for allegedly carrying buffaloes

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At least six people were thrashed by a mob in Delhi’s Baba Haridas Nagar for allegedly carrying buffaloes.The mob vandalised the six vehicles reportedly carrying calves and thrashed three drivers. Later, the calves were released.One of the drivers Ali Jaan received major injuries while the rest have been discharged from the hospital.An FIR has been registered by Ali Jaan’s son against attackers.On June 30, a man accused of carrying beef was allegedly beaten to death by a mob in Jharkhand’s Ramgarh district.Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi warned people that killings in the name of cow protection would not be tolerated.The Prime Minister tweeted, “Killing people in the name of gau bhakti is not acceptable. This is not something Mahatma Gandhi would approve of.”He added that no one would be allowed to take the law into their hands.

Farmers’ outfit to take out rally to Delhi from Mandsaur

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A farmer’s outfit in Madhya Pradesh plans to take out a rally to New Delhi from Mandsaur, where five peasants were killed in police firing a month ago, to take forward the demand for remunerative prices for produce and waiver of farm loans. The inter-state road campaign, being organised by the Madhya Pradesh Kisan Sabha, will start from Mandsaur and cover various places in Maharashtra and Gujarat, before reaching New Delhi later this month. On July 18, the rally will reach Delhi where farmers will hold a protest in front of Parliament. It will continue the march and culminate at Champaran in Bihar on October 2, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. The farmers in the state had last month gone on an agitation, stopping supply of milk, food grains and vegetables to protest the lack of good prices for their produce. On June 6, five farmers were killed as the agitation by peasants demanding a loan waiver and remunerative prices for their produce turned violent in Mandsaur. “More than 150 farmers’ bodies are taking part in this four-wheeler rally. The almost three-month-long rally is going to start with the collection of soil from the villages of the five farmers killed in police firing on June 6,” MP Kisan Sabha president Jaswinder Singh, who is in Mandsaur, told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Such vigilantism leading to destruction of humanity, not cow protection CPI

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Communist Party of India (CPI) on Tuesday, while commenting on the increasing incidents of cow vigilantism, said it shows destruction of humanity and human values and certainly, not cow protection. The party?s remarks come in the backdrop of a fresh occurrence of such incident, where a truck driver in Assam’s Sonapur was assaulted by cow vigialantes yesterday on suspicion of transporting cows. CPI leader Brinda Karat held the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) responsible for giving leverage to such people, encouraging them to get involved in such things. ?These people (cow vigilantes) have been given the licence by the BJP-Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Government at the Centre and in the states. It is because they believe they have the patronage and support of those at the top of the power ladder that they can dare to do such things. It is a shame that in all these cases, it shows destruction of humanity and human values and certainly, not cow protection. There is no punishment. Today, we are going to meet the Home Minister also on these issues,? Karat told ANI. Such incidents of lynching and assault by mob or ?cow vigilantes? have seen a sharp increase in the recent days. However, while addressing a gathering at an event marking the centenary of the Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmedabad and 150th birth anniversary of Shrimad Rajchandraji on June 29, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had urged to shun violence in the name of cow vigilantism. Prime Minister Modi said violence is against the ideals of the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi. “Killing people in the name of ‘gau bhakti’ is not acceptable. This is not something Mahatma Gandhi would approve,” he had said. “Let’s all work together. Let’s create the India of Mahatma Gandhi’s dreams. Let’s create an India our freedom fighters would be proud of.” “No person in this nation has the right to take the law in his or her own hands,” he added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

‘Inclusive conception of India under attack’: Sonia Gandhi at National Herald launch

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Slamming the “culture of vigilante violence”, Congress President Sonia Gandhi today said it was being “actively supported” by those who are supposed to enfore the law and that the nation was facing a great challenge in the form of “domestic misrule”.She said India has reached “a crossroads marked by increasing threats of authoritarianism and bigotry” and the “inclusive conception” of the country was “under attack”.”We are in a war of ideas. We wage this war to preserve our ideals, which have built India up as a model of democracy, diversity and co-existence. When these ideals are threatened, India itself is in danger. And if we do not raise our voices, if we do not speak up, our silence will be taken as consent,” Gandhi said.She said the press was being “pressured to obey and applaud” rather than to question and speaking the truth was the imperative of the present age.Gandhi was speaking at a function here where President Pranab Mukherjee released a commemorative publication of the National Herald newspaper, which was run by the Congress, on ’70 years of India’s Independence’.”The National Herald evokes a time when nationalism fought foreign rule. But domestic misrule is as great a challenge for our country,” she said.”At a time when the inclusive conception of our nation is under attack, and the press is pressured to obey and applaud rather than to question, speaking truth to power is the imperative of our age,” she said.Gandhi said “the tried and tested idea of India has been thrown fundamentally into question by rising intolerance, by malevolent forces that tell Indians what they cannot eat, who they cannot love, what they cannot say-indeed, what thoughts they cannot hold”.All this, she said, was “being encouraged by a culture of vigilante violence actively supported by those who are supposed to enforce the law. Such examples assault our consciousness almost daily.”The Congress chief said the ‘National Herald’ was a reminder of “what is precious about the India which its founders fought to free”.The Congress chief called for working together “to safeguard an India in which each person’s voice can be raised and heard — most of all the voices of those who question and disagree.”She recalled the rich legacy left behind by Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Sardar Patel, Maulana Azad and B R Ambedkar, saying it has stood the test of time.”It is the irony of present times that their work is now sought to be either obliterated or in some cases appropriated by individuals and groups who are in direct opposition to their beliefs and principles.”Those who stood aside when history was painfully made by sacrifice and struggle, those who, indeed, had little faith in the Constitution adopted by our country, are now seeking to create an India completely at odds with the one that saw the light of Independence on August 15, 1947,” Gandhi said.In remarks apparently aimed at the BJP, she said, “Let us not forget that they made no sacrifices to shape India’s destiny.”She said though their language is modern, they seek to take India backward, to further their narrow sectarian vision.”Their modern jargon conceals pre-modern beliefs, concepts that are at odds with progressive and inclusive thought… It is our duty to pull away the hypocrisy and reveal the reality lurking beneath,” the Congress chief said.Calling for “preserving the flame of our national ideals”, she said, “If we accept without scrutiny, without question, without a challenge the fallacies and follies we are witness to today, we will leave for our children a land of injustice, a legacy of trauma, and a country divided and broken.”Gandhi said one has to fight the daunting battle against injustice, against poverty, against prejudice, against patriarchy, against malnutrition, against illiteracy, against communalism — “but we must also prevail in this greater war for the soul of our nation”.”Ours is a mission to preserve the credibility and sanctity of our institutions in their democratic design”, she said, adding “we must fight for Mahatma Gandhi’s ideas of truth, Jawaharlal Nehru’s celebration of pluralism, Sardar Patel’s vision of unity, Dr Ambedkar’s legacy of social justice.”Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, her daughter Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and a host of Congress leaders, former Ministers and chief ministers, besides former and sitting MPs were present at the function.

Meira invokes Mahatma Gandhi in fight for poor, minorities

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Opposition presidential candidate Meira Kumar today invoked Mahatma Gandhi and gave the slogan of “do or die” in the fight for poor and minorities. In an apparent reference to the controversy over beef eating, she said the slogan was given to oust the British, narrow-mindedness and intolerance. “Today, the government asks people about their food… Dalits and minorities are being marginalised,” she said, addressing MPs and MLAs of the Congress and other parties that have extended support to her for the July 17 presidential election. “To carry forward the ideology I belong to requires a lot of energy. Dalits and the downtrodden are usually crushed and they need to be uplifted. The poor, belonging to any caste, need to be fought for. The fight is difficult and I need everybody’s support,” she said. The ideology of the Congress must not be allowed to “dry up” but it should flow like the Ganga, making the entire country pure, she said. “It is not a big thing to respect one’s own religion … respecting others’ religion is. Gandhi got us freedom not so that poor and marginalised people are harassed,” she said. “The karo ya maro (do or die) slogan was not given only to oust the British, but also to oust narrow-mindedness and intolerance,” she said. She was fighting a battle for various causes including freedom of press and women, Kumar said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

86 pc wages of 1 crore workers paid within 15 days: Govt

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The government today said it has paid 86 per cent of wages out of nearly one crore workers under the MGNREGS scheme within 15 days. Timely payment of wages under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) has been a major concern for the government from some time. The Central government has ensured timely release of funds and states have responded by strengthening the implementation machinery to provide timely payments, the Union rural development ministry said. “..nearly 80 lakhs to 1 crore workers are coming everyday for work in different parts of the country under MGNREGS. Over 86 per cent of them are paid within 15 days. This is a remarkable improvement compared to earlier years,” the ministry said in a statement. The thrust of MGNREGS works is on agriculture and allied activities, and it is visible at the field level, it added. Works under MGNREGS have created over 91 lakh hectares of irrigation potential in the last two years which is currently being evaluated by the Institute of Economic Growth (IEG), New Delhi. 2,264 water stressed blocks have received special attention for natural resource management, water harvesting and water conservation. 2.62 lakh water conservation works have been completed in the current financial year including more than 1.31 lakh farm ponds across the country. Also, 1.45 crore assets of beneficiaries of MGNREGS have been geo-tagged so far and are in the public domain while 5.2 crore workers are already on the Aadhaar-based payment system (ABPS) and over 9 crore workers have seeded their Aadhaar details with consent in NREGA software. Eighty-seven per cent of job cards have been verified and 1.1 crore job cards have been deleted so far after giving reasons.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

No religious angle linked to lynchings: Venkaiah Naidu

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union minister M Venkaiah Naidu today dubbed incidents of lynchings in the country as “barbaric” and said they should not be seen from a religious angle. Law enforcement agencies at the district and the state level must take effective steps to prevent such incidents in future, the minister said, a day after a man was killed in Jharkhand for allegedly transporting beef. “It has been condemned by and one all. The prime minister also, for the second time, spoke about it. It is happening in different parts of the country and it is barbaric and atrocious. No religious angle is linked to it,” he told reporters here. The latest incident of lynching has been reported from Ramgarh in Jharkhand where the victim, identified as Alimuddin Asghar, was intercepted by a mob on suspicion of transporting beef in his van. Asghar’s lynching yesterday came even as Prime Minister Narendra Modi condemned acts of violence in the name of cow vigilantism. Addressing a gathering at Sabarmati Ashram, Modi had said that “killing people in the name of gau bhakti (cow worship) is not acceptable. This is not something Mahatma Gandhi would approve.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

BJP for ‘sovereign impact’ on people as PM Modi condemns cow vigilantism

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi?s warning to cow vigilantes will have a ?sovereign impact? on people all across the country. ?The Prime Minister has reiterated what he have been saying. He said that cow vigilantism should not go to the extent of indulging in violence and if you are working for the protection of cow, then you should not resort to such violence. And you cannot take law into hands. And I hope that it has a sovereign impact on people all across the country,? BJP leader Sudesh Verma told ANI. Another BJP leader Sanjeev Balyan said no workers or supporters from the party has ever done such a thing. ?It is right that people should not take law into their hands. Where ever such incidents are reported, strict action is taken. No workers or supporters from the BJP has ever done such a thing. And even Prime Minister Modi has said that they are not our workers. And strict investigation is going on and if someone is found guilty will be punished,? he added. Meanwhile, the Communist Party of India (CPI) has slammed Prime Minister Modi for not taking action against Gau Rakshaks (cow vigilants) and said merely saying things is not enough. CPI General Secretary D Raja said that “finally the PM has opened his mouth, but words are not enough. Actions must be taken.” PM Modi earlier asserted that violence is not a solution to any problem and no one has the right to take the law in his or her own hands in this nation. “Today, I want to say a few words and express sadness on some of the things going on. India is a land of non violence; the land of Mahatma Gandhi. Why do we forget that? No one spoke about protecting cows more than Mahatma Gandhi and Acharya Vinoba Bhave,” he added. During the last few months, incidents of mob lynching, violence, and murders in the name of cow protection have increased, causing a tense situation across the country.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

PM remarks against cow vigilantism publicity stunt: Cong

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Congress today dismissed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s warning to those killing people in the name of cow protection as nothing but an eyewash and yet another publicity stunt. Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi said the prime minister’s remarks that killings in the name of cow protection was not acceptable, were “too little too late” and these words meant nothing as actions outdo them. “Too little too late. Words mean nothing when actions out do them,” he said on Twitter. At the AICC briefing, senior Congress spokesperson Ghulam Nabi Azad dubbed Modi’s remarks as “yet another publicity stunt” which had “no meaning”. He said the remarks have come after “public pressure” in the wake of yesterday’s countrywide protests against lynchings. The Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha said BJP state governments or the prime minister did not act against anyone in the last three years. “This statement has no meaning. It is an eyewash and we don’t believe in it. This is all just eyewash. Nobody has faith in this statement. When they will punish them, then we will see,” he said. “They merely stated on television and told their own people to continue doing what they were and no one will ask,” Azad said, lamenting that not even an FIR has been lodged against those who have been seen on television committing such acts. Addressing a public meeting in Ahmedabad to mark the centenary of Mahatma Gandhi’s Sabarmati ashram, Modi said killing people on the pretext of protecting cows is not acceptable and warned that no one has the right to take law into his hands. He said indulging in violence in the name of “gau bhakti” goes fully against the ideals of the Father of the Nation. Voicing his concern over the spate of incidents of lynching and violence over cow protection, he said nothing would will be achieved from such acts.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Cow vigilantism: Words mean nothing when actions outdo them, says Rahul Gandhi on PM Modi’s remarks

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday evening criticised Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech over cow vigilantes, saying that the statement was ‘too little too late’.Taking to Twitter, Gandhi wrote, “Too little too late. Words mean nothing when actions outdo them.”Earlier in the day, Prime Minister in a tough message against mob lynching and killing in the name of the cow said such actions were not not acceptable and warned that no one has the right to take law into his hands.Addressing a public meeting to mark the centenary of the Mahatma Gandhi’s Sabarmati ashram here, Modi said indulging in violence in the name of “gau bhakti” goes fully against the ideals of the Father of the Nation. Voicing his concern on the spate of incidents of lynching and violence over cows’ protection, the prime minister said nothing would will be achieved from such acts. “Today, I want to express my sadness and my pain, when I am here at the Sabarmati ashram,” he said. “This is a country which has the tradition of giving food to ants, street dogs, fish, the country where Mahatma Gandhi taught us lessons of non-violence. What has happened to us?” Modi asked.”If a patient dies due to an unsuccessful operation, relatives burn down hospitals and beat up doctors. Accident is an accident. When people die or are injured in the accidents, a group of people come together and burn vehicles,” he said, pointing out the prevalent trend among the people of taking law into their hands, and the mob violence. “Nobody would have practised cow protection and cow worship more than Mahatma Gandhi and (his follower) Vinoba Bhave. They showed us the way how to protect cow. The country will have to adopt their way,” the prime minister said.

PM need not remind us of Gandhi’s ideals: Left parties on cow

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi need not remind people of Mahatma Gandhi’s ideals but should ensure strict action against those attacking people on the pretext of protecting cows, Left parties today said. On the prime minister’s statement that unleashing violence against others went against the ideals of Gandhi, CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury said: “We do not need him to remind us of this.” “We are aware of Gandhi’s principles … We want to know what the prime minister proposes to do to stop such mobocracy,” he said. In an open letter, CPI general secretary S Sudhakar Reddy welcomed Modi’s “another” warning to the “so-called” cow vigilantes. “In spite of Modi’s severe warning to them”, anti-social elements are continuing with their activity. It is not clear to people what is encouraging them, it said. Ministers in the BJP-ruled states are supporting cow vigilantes, directly or indirectly, through their statements. No action has been taken against cow vigilantes or in cases of attacks on Dalits, he alleged. “It is more like a warlord’s regime of Middle Ages then a democratic government of the 21st century in India, especially in BJP-ruled states … Real, serious steps should be taken to stop these killings at once,” he added. CPI national secretary D Raja said a series of protests against mob attacks targeted at minorities impelled the prime minister to speak on the issue. Raja said Modi being the prime minister has all information on such incidents and can take necessary steps to control the situation. “Incidents of lynching are occurring mainly in BJP-ruled states. So, he should direct these states to take action,” he added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

PM visits Sabarmati Ashram, says it enlightened human race

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi today termed the Sabarmati Ashram here as Mahatma Gandhi’s “tapobhoomi”, or the land where he did spiritual practice, and said the place has enlightened the entire humanity. Modi was here to take part in the centenary celebrations of the Sabarmati Ashram, which was home to Gandhiji from 1917 to 1930. After a short visit to the Ashram, Modi left a message in the visitors’ diary at ‘Hriday Kunj’, a place inside the premises where the Father of the Nation used to live. In his message in Gujarati, the PM said the Ashram is not just a building or an institution, but a place which has witnessed the building of a nation. Modi wrote in the diary that “100 years of Sabarmati Ashram is not a centenary of a building, institution or an activity only. To bring the nation out of hundreds of years of slavery, Bapu made this place his ‘tapobhoomi’ and gave us ‘swaraj’ (independence)”. “This Ashram is a live witness to the process of nation-building. This place enlightened the consciousness of entire world’s humanity, not just of India. I bow down to this ‘tapobhoomi’. I bow down to respected Bapu,” he further wrote. During his visit, Modi interacted with Ashram trustees about ongoing activities, planted a tree, offered flowers at Gandhiji’s statue and also tried his hands on a ‘charkha’ (spinning wheel).(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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