Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Monday took to Twitter to send a ‘big hug’ to a woman and also to wish her happy birthday and merry Christmas. Maybe Rahul Gandhi is finally smitten by someone and is ready to reveal it to the world. Actually, no, it’s the other way around! A 107-year-old woman blew her birthday candle on Monday and had only one wish on her mind- to meet Rahul Gandhi. Reason? She thinks the newly appointed Congress president is really “handsome”.A Twitter user with name Dipali Sikand tweeted on Monday with her grandmother’s picture cutting birthday cake with the caption: “Today my grandmother turned 107. Her one wish. To meet @OfficeOfRG Rahul Gandhi ! I asked her why? She whispers….He’s handsome !”Rahul Gandhi was quick to reply and tweeted, “Dear Dipali, Please wish your beautiful grandmother a very happy birthday and a merry Xmas. Please also give her a big hug from me. Best, Rahul.”It’s surely a Christmas miracle Deepali’s grandmother would have hoped for. Rahul Gandhi assume post as Congress President on December 16. During the recent Gujarat campaign, we witnessed his ‘change’ has got the media talking.From taking subtle digs at BJP to mixing ‘Khakra’ jokes in his speeches, Rahul Gandhi looked like a rejuvenated man.
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<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ivanka Trump, daughter of and advisor to US President Donald Trump, today pitched for access to capital and equitable laws for women entrepreneurs, saying closing the gender entrepreneurship gap could grow global GDP by up to 2 per cent.In her keynote address at the 8th annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES), she said that despite the soaring rate of female entrepreneurs, women still face steep obstacles to starting, owning, and growing their businesses.”Fuelling the growth of women-led businesses isn’t simply good for our society — it’s good for our economy. One study estimates that closing the gender entrepreneurship gap worldwide could grow our global GDP by as much as 2 per cent,” she said.Ivanka, 36, a businesswoman, fashion designer and the eldest daughter of the US President, was invited by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to the White House in June to speak at the Summit. She is leading the US contingent at the Summit themed ‘Women First, Prosperity for All’.
ALSO READ Full Schedule: PM Modi, Ivanka Trump to address Global Entrepreneurship Summit todayShe opened her speech by stressing how all over the world entrepreneurs are “revolutionising our economies, and improving our societies”.Global Entrepreneurship SummitRemarks by Ms. Ivanka Trump, Advisor to the PresidentNovember 28, 2017, Hyderabad International Convention Centre(As prepared)Thank you, Chief Minister Rao, for that kind introduction.On behalf of the United States, and the 150 other countries represented in this room, thank you for hosting The Global Entrepreneurship Summit here in Hyderabad – a city that is quickly emerging as the innovation hub of India.And thank you, Prime Minister Modi, for joining us here today – and for all that you are doing to build India as a thriving economy – a beacon of democracy – and a symbol of hope to the world.What you are achieving is truly extraordinary.From your childhood selling tea to your election as India’s Prime Minister, you’ve proven that transformational change is possible. And now you are bringing that promise to hundreds of millions of people across your country. Thank you.To the people of India, I want to congratulate you as you celebrate the 70th anniversary of your Independence.You are celebrating it as the world’s largest democracy, and one of the fastest growing economies on earth.Through your own enterprise, entrepreneurship, and hard work, the people of India have lifted more than 130 million citizens out of poverty – a remarkable improvement, and one I know will continue to grow under the leadership of Prime Minister Modi.All of you are helping India’s middle class reach its goal of nearly 500 million people by 2030. You have opened new universities across the Country. Your doctors and scientists are discovering medical cures and life-saving technologies. Your engineers and architects have built modern wonders that grace your skies. And Indian spacecraft have traveled to the Moon and to Mars.The people of India inspire us all.This is the first time India has hosted the Global Entrepreneurship Summit. It is a symbol of the strengthened friendship between our two peoples, and the growing economic and security partnership between our two nations. As President Trump said earlier this year: India has a true friend in the White House. I would like to thank the State Department for co-hosting this incredible gathering. I also want to thank Governor Narasimhan and all elected Indian officials who are here tonight for welcoming us to your beautiful country.It’s wonderful to be in this ancient city brimming with transformative technology – now, your tech centers may even outshine your world-famous Biryani.CEOs like Microsoft’s Satya Nadella went to school right here in Hyderabad. Just a few kilometers away, T-hub’s brand new facility is set to open next year – and will become the largest incubator in Asia.In this “City of Pearls” the greatest treasure is YOU – the dreamers, innovators, entrepreneurs, and leaders who never give up – never abandon your aspirations – and always strive for a better tomorrow.Today, we come together to celebrate what is happening here in India, what is happening in the United States – and all over the world: entrepreneurs are revolutionizing our economies, and improving our societies.You are rewriting the rules.You have the inspiration and drive to serve our communities through the projects you start and the businesses you build.You have the grit – the perseverance – and the WILL to succeed.Each of you started with an idea. You’ve worked long days and nights to code the next robot, create the next app, find the next cure, and discover the next breakthrough to improve millions of lives.Some may have tried to convince you that the risk is too great – and the reward too small.But you are here today because you are not afraid to fail. You want to OWN your future.So before I go further, I want to congratulate you on all you have already accomplished.And I especially want to congratulate the women entrepreneurs here today.This year’s Summit is focused on a theme that is key to our future: WOMEN FIRST, PROSPERITY FOR ALL. I am proud that for the first time ever, women make up the majority of the 1500 entrepreneurs selected to attend.Only when women are empowered to thrive; will our families, our economies, and our societies reach their fullest potential.As a former entrepreneur, employer, and executive in a male-dominated industry, I have seen firsthand that all too often, women must do more than their male counterparts to prove themselves at work, while also disproportionately caring for their families at home.After my father’s election, I saw an opportunity to leave my businesses for the privilege of serving our country and empowering all Americans – including women – to succeed. Our administration is advancing policies that enable women to pursue their careers and care for their families, policies that improve workforce development and skills training, and policies that lift government barriers and fuel entrepreneurship so that Americans can turn their dreams into their incredible legacies. In the last decade, women have made remarkable strides in starting new businesses.Globally, between 2014 and 2016, entrepreneurship activity among women increased by 10 percent.In the United States, within the last decade, the number of women-owned firms has grown by 45 percent. Even more promising, minority women have started nearly 8 in 10 new women-owned businesses.Today, more than 11 million women in the United States own businesses. They employ nearly 9 million workers, and generate over $1 trillion dollars in revenue.Many women become entrepreneurs and job creators out of necessity – some weren’t given the flexibility they needed at work to care for their families. Others lacked professional sponsors, or they weren’t given a fair shot at a promotion.Instead, women, just like many of those here today, are charting their own courses and achieving incredible feats.Fueling the growth of women-led businesses isn’t simply good for our society – it’s good for our economy. One study estimates that closing the gender entrepreneurship gap world-wide could grow our global GDP by as much as 2 percent.The women in this room can help lead the way to closing this gap and ushering in a new age of greater prosperity.Yet, despite the soaring rate of female entrepreneurs, women still face steep obstacles to starting, owning, and growing their businesses.We must ensure women entrepreneurs have access to capital, access to networks and mentors, and access to equitable laws.In developing countries, 70 percent of women-owned small and medium-sized businesses are denied access to capital. The result has been a nearly $300 billion dollar annual credit deficit for women entrepreneurs in the developing world.In the United States, a Harvard Business Review report found that investors ask men questions about their potential for gains whereas they ask women questions about their potential for loss. This could in part explain why women entrepreneurs received less than 3 percent of venture capital funding in 2016.We are working to reverse this trend. The U.S. Small Business Administration, for example, increased its lending to women by over $500 million dollars this year alone.When it comes to networks and mentorship, roughly half of women in the United States say they have difficulty finding a mentor.Yet, mentorship is critical to success. Entrepreneurs need professional guidance to help them start and grow their businesses. In the United States, we are fostering mentorship through programs such as SCORE – a nationwide initiative where successful men and women coach those who want to become their own CEOs.And when it comes to equitable laws, while many developed and developing countries have made tremendous strides, there is still much work to be done.In some countries, women are not allowed to own property, travel freely, or work without the consent of their husbands. In even more countries, the cultural and family pressure is so great that women do not feel the freedom to work outside the home.Our Administration is striving to promote greater opportunity for women around the world, both through our domestic reforms and our international initiatives.This summer, at the G20 conference, the United States was a founding member of a bold, new initiative with the World Bank – the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative, or WeFi. This facility provides access to capital, networks, and mentorship for women in developing countries.WeFi is the first facility to support women entrepreneurs at this scale, and we anticipate it will be able to leverage in excess of $1 billion dollars in public and private financing. This facility also seeks to address the legal and regulatory barriers that limit opportunities for women entrepreneurs.In the last decade, USAID has promoted women entrepreneurship through a number of programs, including providing micro-finance loans to women in Afghanistan, and bringing Internet access to women in Nigeria and Kenya.USAID Administrator Mark Green is with us here today. I want to thank him and the entire U.S. delegation for their tireless work to improve the lives of millions, both domestically and abroad.Further, as you can all attest, this Summit is yet another powerful example of a U.S. initiative that connects entrepreneurs around the world with investors who believe in your mission and will champion your success.I want to thank the U.S. business leaders who have traveled all the way to Hyderabad for this inspiring event. I also want to congratulate the more than 350 American entrepreneurs who were selected to be here with us to represent America’s brightest talent.At home, our administration is committed to empowering women entrepreneurs through domestic reforms.In the past 11 months, we have expanded apprenticeship programs and prioritized STEM education to ensure that women – and men – have more opportunities to master the skills that drive progress in the 21st century.We have dramatically reduced job-crushing regulations, which disproportionately hurt entrepreneurs and small business owners.And we are laser focused on passing long over-due tax cuts. This will provide much needed relief to working families and businesses of all sizes. Also this year, for the first time ever, the President’s Budget included a proposal to establish a nationwide program for paid family leave.We are committed to supporting women, and men, who work, inside and outside of the home.When women work, it creates a unique multiplier effect. Women are more likely than men to hire other women, and to give them access to capital, mentorship and networks. Women are also more likely to reinvest their income back in their families and communities.Here in India, I want to applaud Prime Minister Modi for his firm belief that “The progress of humanity is incomplete without the empowerment of women.”Just consider, if India closes the labor-force gender gap by half, your economy could grow by over $150 billion dollars in the next three years.As we kick off this three-day Summit, I encourage everyone here today to come together, to learn from each other, and to find new ways to lift the barriers in our societies so that women are free to innovate, empowered to succeed, and able to leave our children a brighter future. —As we strive for change, we must never forget that the best hope for our future is far greater than any single government policy – the source of our success is found in the spirit, the drive, and the talent of our people.Here with us today from San Francisco is Dara Dotz. Dara spent over a decade working in underserved communities around the world. She witnessed firsthand that many times people need very simple items – a bucket for carrying water, a splint to treat an injury, or a part to fix a generator. Dara co-founded Field Ready to provide life-saving supplies through 3-D printing. Today, Dara’s company responds to disasters all over the world and delivers humanitarian aid with cutting-edge technology.Through her innovative solutions, Dara is saving lives and bringing hope to thousands of communities. Thank you, Dara. Please stand.Rajlakshmi Borthakur joins us from Bangalore, India.When her son began having seizures at a young age, she decided to create her own solution to better monitor his health. She invented a smart glove that predicts, manages, and detects different diseases and disorders using Artificial Intelligence.Now her company, Terra Blue, aims to make specialty healthcare accessible in even the most remote places in India.Rajlakshmi – your courage and determination is truly remarkable. Please stand.Also here today with us is Reyhan Camalova from Azerbaijan. Reyhan is 15 years old. But that hasn’t stopped her from founding a company that harvests energy from rainwater. Reyhan has a powerful motto – “Light up one house at a time.” Reyhan, each home you light up is illuminating the world. We are all inspired by your brilliance and hard work. Thank you. Please stand.These women represent the vision, ambition, and grit of every entrepreneur here today.You are saving lives, creating jobs, and bringing hope to our communities. You are transforming our societies one business, and one customer, at a time.You prove to the world that we have the power to rise above the challenges of our day – to pioneer new pathways forward – and to leave our mark on this moment in history.Just think how much better our world will be if ALL OF US, men and WOMEN, are empowered to dream big, aim high, and work together towards a more just and prosperous future. A future where all mothers and fathers can work hard and build a better life for their families – where all boys and girls can go to school, discover their talents, and pursue their ambitions – and where the people of all nations can live and work with one another in dignity and peace.This is the future we can and will build together.And this is the promise of the visionaries gathered here today.Thank you.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Monday, after the uproar over his joke about Chhillar-demonetization, Shashi Tharoor replied to Manushi Chhillar’s tweet.She had tweeted: “A girl who has just won the World isn’t going to be upset over a tongue-in-cheek remark. ‘Chillar’ talk is just small change – let’s not forget the ‘chill’ within Chhillar @ShashiTharoor.”Replying to her tweet, Shashi Tharoor called her a ‘class act’ and apologised if any offence was caused to her family. He added that like every Indian he was ‘proud of her’.He wrote: “You’re a class act, @ManushiChhillar! Beautiful, smart & uncommonly gracious too. Still, if any offence was caused to any member of your family, sincere apologies. Like every Indian, I’m proud of you.”In response to Congress leader Shashi Tharoor’s comment, wherein he tried to play on Manushi Chhillar’s surname, the newly-crowned Miss World 2017 has said she is not going to be upset over a tongue-in-cheek remark.Tharoor’s witty tweet on Manushi backfired on him, when the twitterati slammed him for comparing her surname to ‘loose change’.The 20-year-old, however, gave a graceful reply to Tharoor’s tweet.Following Manushi Chhillar’s victory at the Miss World 2017 pageant on Saturday, Tharoor had tweeted, “What a mistake to demonetise our currency! BJP should have realised that Indian cash dominates the globe: look, even our Chhillar has become Miss World!”After receiving backlash, in another tweet, Tharoor issued an apology, saying, “Guess the pun IS the lowest form of humour, & the bilingual pun lower still! Apologies to the many who seem to have been righteously offended by a light-hearted tweet today. Certainly no offence was meant to a bright young girl whose answer i’ve separately praised. Please: Chill!.”
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>At the inauguration of 23rd Kolkata International Film Festival (KIFF) on Friday, actor and brand ambassador for Bengal, Shah Rukh Khan, attempted to speak Bengali and said that next time, he would be more fluent.”I have promised that I will keep on learning Bangla. My Bengali has to get better. This is my new attempt with eight lines. Please bear with me. Let me get this right because by next year I have to do it without reading it off a paper,” he said, as he read out a small Bengali message. Khan added that he would probably wear a dhoti next year to resemble a Bangla babu.Reacting to the comment, chief minister Mamata Banerjee, who was also in attendance, promised that in the next edition of the film festival, SRK would be given a dhoti and a kurta. Later, to critics of the film festival and Biswa Bangla brand, she added, “If Bengal becomes an international brand, what is the harm? One should not do politics in everything. ‘Jhandar shonge matha thandao rakhte hoi’ (It is necessary to keep a cool head along with carrying a flag). Our unity is in our diversity. Let them be those who are feeling jealous,” she said.Interestingly, at the time, her former party aide and deputy Mukul Roy, at a public meeting, had said that even as the state was reeling under the dengue crisis, Mamata was busy with film festivals.The film festival will continue till November 17 and screen 143 films from 53 countries under 16 categories.Political jabsHer former party aide and deputy, Mukul Roy, had said on Friday at a rally that even as the state was reeling under the dengue crisis, Mamata was busy with film festivals.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Chaos prevailed at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) after a clash between a group of miscreants and security personnel took a violent turn, as stones were thrown at the hospital in South Delhi.According to doctors at the hospital, the ruckus began at gate number 3, which is the gate to the AIIMS trauma centre, where around 30 persons had gathered. The doctors alleged they were in an inebriated state and attacked the security personnel deployed at this gate.Since the security personnel were less in number they called the police. Despite the police presence, the mob still tried to force their way in but was stopped. Bricks and stones were thrown which led to two security personnel being injured.The Delhi Police have registered a case under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and a few persons have been rounded up by the police.Post the incident, the Resident Doctors Association (RDA) has requested the AIIMS administration to tighten security at the hospital’s premises. In a letter to the chief of the AIIMS trauma centre, the RDA also has expressed concern about the security of the resident doctors who reside in hostels and also those who take the tunnel route to the trauma centre for their duties.”As you are aware there was stone pelting and misbehaviour by some outsiders at gate number three on Thursday, similar issues have existed for long,” the letter said.”Please kindly direct the security department near this gate to ensure no untoward incident happens. Delhi police’s help can also be sought in this regard if needed,”the letter added.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Indian students have been assaulted in a string of incidents in northern Italy, the Indian Consulate in Milan has said.The Consulate General of India (CGI) in Milan yesterday issued an advisory to Indian students and asked them not to panic.”The Consulate has received reports of unfortunate incidents of attacks on Indian students in Milan. All Indian students are urged not to panic. The Consulate is taking up this matter with the highest level of law and order authorities in Milan,” according to the advisory posted on Twitter.The advisory did not mention if the attacks on Indian students appeared to be racially motivated.The CGI advised Indian students to be in touch with each other, especially when they go out.It also advised students to spread information among other students from India about the areas where they have experienced “such incidents” so that such areas can be avoided.In New Delhi, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said she had received a detailed report about the incidents.Swaraj said she was personally monitoring the situation and asked the students not to worry.”Attack on Indian students in Milan: I have got the detailed report. Please do not worry. I am monitoring the situation personally,” Swaraj tweeted.Swaraj also said that she has spoken to a victim.”He has told me that this was a case of robbery and not a racial attack,” she said, while appreciating the Indian Consulate in Milan for providing all help.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for spending Diwali in Gurez along the Line of Control and urged him to gift physical and mobile connectivity to the people in the area on the festive occasion.Modi arrived in the Gurez sector this morning to celebrate Diwali with troops posted in the forward area close to the Line of Control (LoC). Army Chief General Bipin Rawat was also accompanying the prime minister.”Thank you for celebrating #Diwali with the people & troops in #Gurez. Please gift the people and troops a tunnel under Razdan pass @PMOIndia,” Omar wrote on his Twitter handle.”Physical and mobile connectivity would be your biggest gifts to the area this Diwali jenab. #HappyDiwali @narendramodi Sahib,” he tweeted.”You will have noticed that you can’t tweet from there sir. That’s because there is no data and almost no mobile service. Please do help with it,” he added. In an unannounced visit, Modi arrived at Gurez this morning to celebrate Diwali with the army and BSF soldiers posted along the LoC, officials said.He spent two hours with the soldiers in Gurez valley, which is shouting distance of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and has witnessed many gunfights with infiltrating militants in the past 27 years.This is the fourth successive Diwali that the prime minister has celebrated with jawans on the border.Chief of the Army Staff Gen B S Rawat and other senior army officers were present on the occasion.Modi offered sweets and exchanged greetings with the jawans, the officials said.Addressing the jawans, he said like everyone else, he too wishes to spend Diwali with his family.Therefore, he had come among the jawans of the armed forces, whom he considers to be his “family”, he said.Modi said he gets new energy when he spends time among the jawans and soldiers of the armed forces and appreciated their penance and sacrifice, amid harsh conditions.The prime minister said that he had been told that the jawans present at the gathering regularly practice yoga.He said that this would definitely enhance their abilities, and give them a sense of calm.He said jawans, who leave the armed forces after completing their duty tenure, can become excellent yoga trainers subsequently.The prime minister spoke of the new resolve that each Indian citizen must make for 2022, the 75th anniversary of independence.He also encouraged the jawans to innovate, so that their routine tasks and duties become easier and safer and mentioned how best innovations are now being recognised and awarded at the Army Day, Navy Day, and Air Force Day.Modi said the Centre is committed to the welfare and the betterment of the Armed Forces, in every way possible.In this regard, he mentioned the implementation of One Rank, One Pension, which had been pending for decades.Protecting the motherland, far from your loved ones, displaying the highest traditions of sacrifice, all soldiers at the nation’s borders, are symbols of bravery and dedication, Modi said.”I have an opportunity to spend the festival of Diwali with you. The presence of brave soldiers at the border, on this festive occasion, lights the lamp of hope, and generates new energy among crores of Indians,” the prime minister wrote in the visitors’ book.”To accomplish the dream of ‘New India’, this is a golden opportunity for all of us to work together. The Army too is a part of it,” he added.Modi later tweeted about his visit to Gurez. “Glad to have celebrated Diwali with our brave Army and BSF Jawans in the Gurez Valley, Jammu and Kashmir,” he tweeted.”Spending time with our Forces gives me new energy. We exchanged sweets & interacted. Happy to know the Jawans practice Yoga regularly,” he said.”Our Forces protect our Motherland with utmost valour, displaying highest traditions of sacrifice and dedication,” he said in another tweet.
Stampede at a Mumbai railway station has left three people dead and injured about 30, Indian officials say
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ever since Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe laid the foundation stone for India’s first bullet train project on September 14, there has been a lot of talk and excitement about the train service that will operate between Mumbai and Ahmedabad.On Sunday, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, too, expressed his excitement at the project while speaking to mediapersons. While he was addressing his visits to Japan to see how bullet trains operate, he was interrupted by someone, who asked what many feel was a ridiculous question.“Arunji,” the man began. “Bullet train ko Hindi mein kya kehte hai?” (What is a Bullet train called in Hindi?”Jaitley looked flabbergasted with the question, but was quick to regain his composure. “Please be serious,” he snapped back at the scribe. “In a serious situation, one need to be serious and not ask frivolous questions.”Another person interrupted. “Lekin, yeh serious savaal tha. (This was a serious question).” And that’s when the video, which was shared by ANI ended. But not before it went viral.The 508-km National High Speed Rail Project between Mumbai and Ahmedabad, (MAHSR) will reduce journey time between Ahmedabad and Mumbai to 2.07 hours from the 8 hours it takes at present. This is possible due to operating speed of 320 km/h, the highest in the world currently for a railway system on wheels.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a special Independence Day ‘gift’, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said New Delhi will grant medical visa in all bonafide cases pending with the ministry.She tweeted: “On the auspicious occasion of India’s Independence day, we will grant medical visa in all bonafide cases pending with us.”The foreign minister has tagged the High Commission of India and Islamabad in her tweet.One of the most popular ministers on Twitter than others in PM Narendra Modi’s cabinet, Sushma Swaraj is known for her quick witty and very persoanl responses on the micro-blogging site.Recently, Swaraj had assured of granting a visa to a Pakistani woman – who is suffering from cancer – for her treatment in India.A Pakistani woman named Faiza Tanveer had requested Swaraj to grant her a medical visa by saying that she should be given help as India is about to celebrate its 70th Independence Day.”Ma’am you are mother for me. Please grant me visa on the occasion of India’s 70th Independence Day. Please help me thankyou,” Faiza Tanveer said in a tweet.The External Affairs Minister conveyed the decision of granting the medical visa to her and tweeted, “Thanks for your greetings on India’s Independence day. We are giving you the visa for your treatment in India.”(With inputs from ANI)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Kannada film star Upendra today announced that he will launch a new political party in the state, where Assembly polls are due early next year. The actor, who has been on and off dropping hints about his political entry, said he plans to form a party that creates a platform for talents who have ideas and skills to solve people’s problems. Clad in a khaki shirt, the “real star” as called by his fans, said the dress symbolizes that the party doesn’t want ‘Jana nayaka’ or ‘Jana sevaka’ (public leader or public servant), but ‘Jana karmika’ (public worker) who stays in a particular area and honestly works for people there, for a salary. Upendra, who began his film career as a dialogue writer, has directed about 10 films and acted in about 50 films. “….giving a complete transparent alternative is my idea. With this intention we plan to launch a party,” he told reporters here. “Everyone should come forward, it is an open form. Please come forward and share your ideas without any hesitation or feelings that politics needs money or muscle power or caste support. Lets all- people- join together for a new beginning,” he added. The announcement comes a day after he gave a clear indication about his political plunge through an audio clip released yesterday, where he said “somebody has to take the responsibility to change things. I am ready to take it.” It was earlier being speculated that Upendra will be joining BJP, ahead of assembly polls. He said he would come out with a name for the party after discussing it with those who are willing to join him. Upendra asked people to share their ideas for his new party through a newly created e-mail id or through letters. “Prajaniti, Prajakiya and Prajakarana is the form, party name or symbol.. I cannot say as of now as we have to apply for it yet. Once it gets formalized, I will share with you,” he said. Asserting that a transparency will be maintained at all levels, even while selecting candidates, he said “we will share what is his/her qualification and ideas they have to solve public concerns or problems.” Noting that the main idea is to ensure that there is no leakage in public money, Upendra said if it is properly utilized, “we can create wonders like good health and education, infrastructure for the poor.” Upendra said he had got political offer from different parties in the past, but did not wish to name them. He said “I’m not blaming any political party or anybody….they have all got entangled in a circle. Even if I had gone, I would have become like that.” He said he had one more film commitment and after completing it, he will entirely dedicate his time and energy for his party cause. He, however, did not give any clear answers when asked by when he would formally announce the party and decide candidates for elections as the time is very short.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>President Ram Nath Kovind today condoled the demise of eminent scientist Professor Yash Pal, saying his passing away is a great loss for the country. Prof Yash Pal served the nation in various capacities including as chief consultant, Planning Commission, chairman UGC and member of Scientific Council, International Centre for Theoretical Physics. He was known for his contribution to the study of cosmic rays. His science-based programme titled ‘Turning Point’ made him a cult figure during the 90s, Kovind said in a condolence message sent to his wife, Nirmal Pal. “For his exemplary services in the field of Science and Technology, Professor Yash Pal was honoured with several prestigious awards including the Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan. His passing away is a great loss for our country and the scientific community,” the president said. Kovind said: “Please accept my heartfelt condolences and convey the same to the rest of your family members. I pray to the almighty to give you and other members of the family, strength and courage to bear this irreparable loss”. 90-year-old Yash Pal, noted for his contribution to the study of cosmic rays as well as for being an institution builder, died at Max hospital in Noida due to age related illness on Monday night.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>President Pranab Mukherjee has sent a message to Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra, condemning the recent terror attack on Amarnath pilgrims and asked the state government and security agencies to ensure that the guilty were brought to justice. “I am deeply shocked and anguished to learn about the cowardly attack on Amarnath Yatris in Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir, in which a number of innocent pilgrims lost their lives and several others were injured,” he said in his message to the governor. Mukherjee described the “senseless acts of terrorism” targeting innocent lives, which “deserve to be universally condemned”, as an “attack on the democratic values of the society”. “They must be met with determination and collective action,” he said. The president’s message to the governor was released to the media here by a spokesman of the state government. He, however, did not mention when did Mukherjee sent the message to Vohra. Seven pilgrims, including six women, were killed and 21 injured when their bus came under terrorists’ gunfire in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district in the evening of July 10. “I call upon the state government and all the agencies concerned to ensure that the guilty are brought to justice and law-and-order is maintained in the state,” read the president’s message. Mukherjee added that he was sure that necessary steps were being taken to provide all possible aid to the bereaved families who had lost their near and dear ones and medical assistance to the injured. “Please convey my heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased. I also wish the injured persons a speedy recovery,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Texas repairman found that one of the hardest parts about being trapped while servicing a bank’s automated teller machine was convincing customers coming for cash that he was stuck. The ATM technician shouted and passed notes begging for help through the machine’s receipt slot for about three hours on Wednesday but his appeals were mostly ignored, police said. “Most people thought it was a joke,” Corpus Christi police spokeswoman Gena Pena said on Thursday. The man, who was not identified, left his phone in his vehicle, she said. Since the area housing the ATM had thick walls and his voice did not carry well outside, he wrote polite notes. “Please help. I’m stuck in here and I don’t have my phone. Please call my boss,” a note broadcast on Houston TV station KHOU showed. The station blocked out the number. One customer who received a note showed it to a police officer passing by, which prompted a call to the boss and a rescue operation. The man was found uninjured, police said. “The poor guy was just mortified,” Pena said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today assured a Pakistani man of a medical visa so that his two and a half-month-old infant, who is suffering from a heart disease, can be brought to India for treatment. Swaraj’s assurance came after the child’s father brought the matter to her notice on Twitter. “The child will not suffer. Please contact Indian High Commission in Pakistan. We will give the medical visa,” she said. Earlier, a man named Ravi kumar had also written to Swaraj, saying that the infant needs immidiate treatment and had sought her intervention in the matter.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The wait finally comes to an end! Students who appeared for the WBCHSE Class 12 exams can now access their results as they have now been declared on 30th May at 10.30 AM. The West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education (WBCHSE) has declared the results on the official websites wbchse.nic.in , wbresults.nic.in. Please follow the steps given below to avail your results.The WB HS Exam 2017 was conducted by WBCHSE from 15 March to 29 March, 2017.Steps to check WBCHSE Class 12th Result 20171. Log on to either of the official website wbchse.nic.in , wbresults.nic.in 2. Click on the tab titled WB Board 12th Results 2017 3. Provide your roll number and date of birth 4. Result will be flashed on screen5. Take a printout of the result for future referenceIn case, the websites are unavailable due to high traffic, you need not worry.Students can also access WBCHSE Results 2017 via SMSSMS WB12 space to 54242SMS WB12 space to 58888SMS WB12 spaceto 56263We wish all the students all the best in their future endeavours!About the West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education (WBCHSE):The Government of West Bengal has established the West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education, under West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education, Act 1975. The council is the main body which looks after the education system in the 10+2. The council has its main office at Salt Lake, Bidhannagar, Korunamoyee, Kolkata along with 4 regional offices. The Council is a body corporate with perpetual succession and a common seal, and is entitled to acquire, hold and dispose of property, to enter into contracts and to do all other things necessary for the purposes of this Act and shall by its name sue and be used. Its functions are executed through an Organisation Structure.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Wednesday asked the Election Commission to reconsider the terms set for the EVM challenge scheduled in the coming week and allow it to be an open ‘hackathon’ where tampering of any kind can be demonstrated.”We would like to strongly urge you to reconsider the terms of the EVM challenge. Please do not set any such rules and regulations and allow it to be an open hackathon where tampering of any kind can be demonstrated on the machine,” AAP’s national secretary Pankaj Gupta said in a memorandum submitted to Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi.A party delegation visited the Election Commission and told the poll panel that AAP, along with other parties, have pointed at tampering of EVMs as a major reason behind their defeat in the recent state assembly and civic body polls.The party has also alleged that the tampering with the motherboards in the EVMs was the reason behind BJP’s wins in the recent assembly and civic body polls following which it had also demonstrated in the Delhi Legislative Assembly how EVMs can be tampered with.Responding to the allegations of AAP, the Commission organised an EVM challenge on June 3 in which political parties can test machines deployed in recently held assembly polls.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pakistan stands at a “crossroads” in its fight against extremism and must decide whether it wants to enjoy the benefits of its young demography or suffer at the hands of terrorism, Army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa said today. Gen Bajwa, speaking on the role of ‘Youth In Rejecting Extremism’ here, said the Army would defeat terrorists but it needed the support of the nation to wipe out extremism from the society. “Please remember, while the Army fights terrorists, terrorism and extremism is fought by law enforcing agencies and society,” he said. Pakistan is a young nation, the army chief said, adding that demographically, more than 50 per cent of population is projected to be less than 25 years of age. “We are standing at a crossroads; ten year down the line, we will either be enjoying the fruits of a youth dividend or suffering at the hands of a youth bulge, especially with the youth which remains vulnerable to extremism,” he said. “A youth driven towards extremism is a youth without a clear idea of his values and identity,” Gen Bajwa said. Talking about India caught in extremism, he said: “Just next door, India seems to have given in to extremism to such an extent that it has become the new normal. Hate has been mainstreamed in India and it is distorting there national outlook.” “The Hindutva extremism of the RSS and their GaoRakshaks, deprivation of Palestinians, the burning and desecration of mosques or gurdwaras in western capitals, the rise of hyper nationalists and the monster of racism, are all manifestations of extremism.” He said Pakistani youth is getting exploited due to poor governance and lack of justice in the society. “Our challenges are very real but there are positive sides to the picture as well. Not only have we survived the worst onslaught of terrorism in modern history, we have reversed the tide. In fact, security has now achieved conditions to help development take off,” he said. He accused enemies of Pakistan for waging war. “Our enemies, both state and non-state, are actively pursuing divisive tendencies in society. Let me say that they are waging the biggest and most sustained ‘Hybrid War’ against us from multiple directions and using multiple ways,” he said. He said said the “enemy” was using social media to achieve its objective. “We are being targeted by not only terrorists but also spin masters of multiple hostile agencies, trying to subvert our minds, particularly that of our youth. Being denied opportunities in the mainstream media, they are using faceless platforms on the internet and smart phones,” he said. He said the Indian leadership has made no secret of its involvement in proxy struggle in the erstwhile East Pakistan (which later became Bangladesh) and now in Balochistan. He said Pakistan took action affiant “terrorists of all hues and colours” and ensured the writ of state in the farthest and remotest corners of the country. “Today there are no safe havens for any miscreants in Pakistan,” he said. He vowed that extremism will also be defeated as terrorism was defeated in Pakistan.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The National Green Tribunal today directed the traffic police to remove encroachments in Lajpat Nagar market here to avoid congestion and ease the flow of vehicles in the area. A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar said that although the Supreme Court has allowed the right of hawkers to work there, they cannot be allowed to encroach roads in an unscrupulous manner. “Have you seen the roads in the Lajpat Nagar market. You can’t have four lanes for parking and shops and allow the traffic in a single lane. Please look into it and remove the encroachments,” the bench, also comprising Justice Jawad Rahim, said. The observations came after traders from the area sought directions for removal of encroachments by street vendors on roads. The bench sought a report on the status of parking facility on the land available next to Kasturba Niketan till the construction of multi-level parking is completed in the Lajpat Nagar. The NGT had earlier slammed the authorities concerned for allowing street vendors to encroach space in the market and ordered cycle rickshaws to go off the streets. The observations came after the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) and traffic police expressed helplessness in removing the hawkers from the metalled roads. It had asked authorities concerned to submit a report as to why the multi-level parking proposals which are pending for years before the authority are not being implemented and how they would be implemented in a time frame. The tribunal had also ordered Delhi government to place jersey barriers to ensure vehicles do not take a U-turn from wherever possible leading to traffic disruption.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>President Pranab Mukherjee today condoled the sudden demise of Environment Minister Anil Madhav Dave, saying his tenure was distinguished by extensive efforts to conserve nature and protect environment. Dave rendered commendable service to the nation as Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) and Minister of State (Independent Charge), Ministry of Environment, the president said. “He made important contribution as member of various Parliamentary Committees during his 8 years as Rajya Sabha member. “His tenure as Minister of State (Independent Charge), Ministry of Environment was distinguished by extensive efforts to conserve nature and protect environment,” Mukherjee said in a condolence message to his brother Abhay Dave. The president has condoled the passing away of Anil Madhav Dave, an official release said. “Please accept my heartfelt condolences and convey the same to the members of your family. May you all have the strength to bear this irreparable loss with courage and fortitude,” the president said in the message.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Board of Secondary Education, Andhra Pradesh (BSEAP) is expected to announce the AP Matric Result 2017, AP X Result 2017 today on May 6 at 3 pm. The BSEAP Result 2017, AP SSC Results 2017, AP 10th Results 2017 were initially to be announced at noon, but were later postponed due to some undisclosed reason.Changes in grading system for the AP Board 10th Class Result 2017, AP Board Exam Results 2017; teacher’s protests, hinted at delayed Andhra Pradesh SSC Result, BSEAP 10th Class Result 2017. But the board is delivering the AP Matric Result 2017 a few days earlier than 2016.Here’s how you can check the AP SSC result 2017:1. Access one of the three websites: bseap.org, bse.ap.gov.in, manabadi.co.in2. Enter your roll number and other required details3. Click on SSC Result 2017.4. Take a printout of the result for future use.Candidates, please take a note that these printouts are for your general perusal. Please obtain official mark sheets and other documents from your respective institute.About the Board of Secondary Education Andhra Pradesh (BSEAP):Established in 1953, the BSEAP is an autonomous body under the Andhra Pradesh government’s Department of Education.The board has been entrusted with the task of regulating and supervising the system of Secondary Education in the state of Andhra Pradesh. The BSEAP used to conduct examination for Andhra Pradesh SSC Result, BSEAP 10th Class Result 2017 for the 13 districts remaining in the truncated state of Andhra Pradesh.Good Luck Students for your SSC Result 2017 / AP 10th Result 2017.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>SSC RESULT: Over 6 lakh students who appeared for the SSC exams conducted by the AP Board from March 17 to April 1, will have to wait a little longer to check their AP SSC Results 2017, AP 10th Results 2017, AP Board 10th Class Result 2017, AP Matric Result 2017 on the official websites bseap.org, bse.ap.gov.in provided by the Board of Secondary Education, Andhra Pradesh (BSEAP).The Board of Secondary Education, Andhra Pradesh (BSEAP) has postponed the AP Board 10th Result 2017, AP Board Exam Results 2017 to 3 pm today.Here’s how you can check the SSC result 2017:1. Access one of the three websites: bseap.org, bse.ap.gov.in, manabadi.co.in2. Enter your roll number and other required details3. Click on SSC Result 2017 and submit.4. Take a printout of the result for future use.Candidates, please take a note that these printouts are for your general perusal. Please obtain official mark sheets and other documents from your respective institute.Also, due to heavy traffic on all the websites, it is possible that there will be a slight delay in displaying the AP Board Exam Results 2017, AP X Result 2017. Students are advised to be patient.Good luck!
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India is looking forward to a closer cooperation with Israel in all areas of mutual interest, President Pranab Mukherjee said today. Mukherjee greeted the government and the people of Israel on the occasion of their National Day. “As India and Israel celebrate 25 years of our diplomatic relations, we look forward to closer cooperation between our governments and peoples in all areas of our shared interest,” he said in a message to Israeli President Reuven Rivlin. He said the visiting dignitary’s historic visit to India in November last year opened new avenues for both the countries for joint efforts in diverse fields, including defence, water resources development, agriculture, dairy farming innovation and scientific research and development. “I am confident that our long-standing friendship will be further strengthened and our mutual understanding enhanced in the years to come. “Please accept, Excellency, my best wishes for your personal well-being and success as also for the progress and prosperity of the people of Israel,” Mukherjee said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>National Conference leader Omar Abdullah today said while Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti was going “door to door” in Delhi to save her job, Jammu and Kashmir was teetering on the brink with student protests a new cause of worry. Omar was reacting to the events of the day which saw Mehbooba call on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh in the national capital. Students of two prestigious colleges here also took to the streets against the alleged high-handedness of security forces. “While Mehbooba Mufti goes door to door in Delhi to save her job, the state teeters on the brink – student protests are the new worry,” Omar, the working president of the NC, wrote in a series of tweets. “The CM has managed to get herself a reprieve from the PM and secured her job for 3 more months. Sadly nothing will improve with her in office,” the former chief minister said. In a direct attack on the chief minister, Omar said she needs to wake up to the reality of her leadership as she was unable to hold by-elections in the very Lok Sabha constituency which she had won in 2014 general elections. “Madam, you are UNABLE to hold elections to the Parliament seat you vacated. Please wake up & smell the reality of your leadership. “Before @MehboobaMufti goes about inviting other CMs to organise events in J&K how about getting her government to organise Anantnag LS poll,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Opposition National Conference working president Omar Abdullah today questioned Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s continuance in office in the wake of “threats to Kashmiris” within and outside the state. “Posters threatening Kashmiris in UP, BJP Ministers threaten Kashmiris with bullets, BJP poaches MLAs to win MLC seat and @MehboobaMufti clings on,” Omar wrote on twitter. Responding to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s appeal for ensuring safety of Kashmiri students in other parts of the country, Omar asked him to ensure the safety of Kashmiris living in the valley as well. “Thank you jenab. Please ensure the safety of Kashmiris (inc students) in Kashmir as well. The state government has thus far failed,” he said. Singh has asked all the chief ministers to ensure safety of Kashmiri students in their states. He also took to twitter with his appeal. “I appeal to everyone to ensure the safety of Kashmiri students living in other parts of the country. Kashmiris are a part of our family,” the home minister wrote.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
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<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday said the blast in St. Petersburg is a reminder that terrorism must be dealt with “urgently and comprehensively”.Mukherjee also conveyed to Russian President Vladimir Putin that people of India stand by Russia in this difficult hour. In a message to Putin, the President conveyed his condolences on the loss of lives in the blast in a metro carriage in St. Petersburg yesterday. “This is yet another reminder that the menace of terrorism must be addressed urgently and comprehensively by the world community,” he said.Mukherjee said the people of India stand with the Russian people in this difficult hour and offer their sincere sympathies to the families of the victims. “Please accept my heartfelt condolences for the loss of innocent lives in the blast that occurred in the metro system of St. Petersburg. “We pray for the early recovery of all those injured in the attacks,” he said. A suicide bomber was behind the attack that killed 14 people and left dozens wounded.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Pune Municipal Corporation has debunked a rumour that it has issued a red alert in the city for three days, after a message on WhatsApp went viral.“Pune Municipal Corporation has issued ‘RED Alert’ for 3 days. Mean temperature will be between 45.1 to 48.5degrees Celsius. Please drink 6-7 litres of water a day, Avoid going out in open sun from 11AM- 4 PM. Circulate this message in family & friends,” the message read.In response, the Pune Municipal Corporation tweeted
ALSO READ Brace for a warmer summer ahead: IMDHowever, the rise in temperatures in March has been a cause of concern amongst India’s citizens. According to AccuWeather, an online global weather portal, most of India will reach high temperatures at or above 38 C with the highest temperatures getting recorded across Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and eastern Maharashtra where highs during the middle and end of the week will range from 43-46 degrees C
ALSO READ 2017 monsoon to be below normal: SkymetNew Delhi is expected to endure temperature above 38 C (100 F) into early next week. Overnight lows will fall only to 21-24 C during this time.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Posters urging youths to join Islamic State (IS) surfaced in Bihar’s Rohtas district on Saturday morning, sending security agencies and residents into a tizzy.The posters, in poor English, were stuck to electricity poles and were noticed by passers-by. The posters read: “Please new boys for join for ISIS”, “ISIS come to Bihar all distric” and “Boys for all Indian join ISIS” (sic). Posters didn’t have any names or details of who issued the poster.The posters have been seized by the police and an FIR has been lodged against unidentified persons. “It is a first for Bihar and we have ordered a thorough investigation into the matter,” a senior police officer said.The local cops, however, did not rule out mischief and said the pro-IS posters, which are computer printouts, could be the handiwork of some anti-social elements in the area. Meanwhile, police have increased security and patrolling in the area.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Upset about the steep decline in tourism in Kashmir after the last year’s unrest, state chief minister Mehbooba Mufti who is visiting Mumbai said that the best way to pay homage to martyrs of the violence is to visit Kashmir. “A strange desertion has taken over the streets of Kashmir. It pains my heart to see it. I have come here to request all of you to come to Kashmir again and give us our bread and butter. We strive on tourism,” said Mufti on Friday evening at a film promotional event.Refusing to entertain any political questions, Mufti when asked to comment on India and Pakistan’s relationship said she would stand by former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s statement, “You can change your friends but you can’t change your neighbours” . Making a passing reference to last year’s violence Mufti said, “I want all of you to come over as I want to see my children chasing birds and butterflies and throwing stones at each other.” She also blamed media for exaggerated coverage of violence which shaped the impression of unrest in entire Kashmir. “It was just one corner of Kashmir which saw the unrest but people even stopped coming to Jammu, “she added.With loads of Bollywood celebrities turning up at the event, Mufti was asked who would she liked to be brand ambassador of Kashmir between Alia Bhatt and Deepika Padukone. The CM replied she would prefer the Khan brothers, particularly Salman Khan. Mufti also said she is considering converting a village of Kashmir into Film city to encourage more shooting in the valley. The chief minister said she was here to meet a few industrialist and has got positive response from them. “Two years ago my father had come to Mumbai to invite all of you to Kashmir. Today I have come to do the same. Please do visit us, “she added.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Facing allegations of sexual harassment against its founder Arunubh Kumar, The Viral Fever today admitted that it should have responded in a better manner rather than reacting emotionally and too quickly. The company, however, claimed that the person, who first levelled allegations against Kumar in a blog post, was never on its payroll. TVF was criticised for its “insensitive” statement when the news first broke. In its initial statement, the company said the person behind the blog post will be found and given “severe justice”. “Yes, there have been allegations of misbehaviour against our founder, from several women. When the first blog appeared on March 12, it shocked all of us including our extended set of associates. The allegations were severe. We were confused and taken aback. “We did send out an instant response, which may have been a bit too quick and emotional. We recognise that we should have handled that response better,” a fresh statement, issued by the corporate team of the company, said. It said that the company immediately “began checking the facts internally” as the blog had alleged that the person was an employee with the organisation. “However, it is a fact that we have found no records of any such person on our pay roll, in that given time period, as described in the blog. Even as we were dealing with the first episode, several other allegations surfaced soon thereafter. “Please know that we are sincerely looking into each one of them. We are committed to getting to the bottom of these allegations. Many of you have asked so we would like to confirm that yes, we have an ICC (internal claims committee) set up in each location.” The statement also requested for another “chance” to “learn and get better”. The anonymous blog went viral on social media alleging molestation by Kumar by a woman claiming to be a former employee at TVF. The blogger alleged Kumar molested her several times during her stint at the company from 2014-2016. More women came forward on Facebook and Twitter backing her claim and narrating their experiences with Kumar. Kumar, an IIT graduate, founded TVF in 2011.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An Assistant Professor of a reputed college in Bengaluru has claimed that he has been sacked over his sexual orientation.In a Facebook post, Ashley Tellis, who is also a gay rights activist, wrote that he was asked to leave St Joseph’s College of Arts and Sciences because “students are disturbed by my personal opinions.””Students are very much disturbed by your opinions (sic). You were hired to teach English Literature. Not to give your personal opinions. Please sign these letters. Leave the college with immediate effect,” the English Assistant Professor said quoting the principal.This is not the first instance where Tellis had been removed. In 2010, he was removed by the management of the Indian Institute of Technology (Hyderabad) allegedly over his sexual orientation.Meanwhile, the college management said in a statement that the decision was taken after many parents and students complained about Tellis’ “sexual orientation.” They said the professor did not pay any heed to the “sensitivities” of undergraduate students from heterogeneous backgrounds. Defending himself on the social media platform, Tellis said he talked about sexuality because it was a part of English textbooks.”In the classroom, I used to discuss everything with students. Sometimes, it also included issues related to different sexual orientations.”This is the sort of homophobia and unbelievable violence that we LGBT people have to face every day of our lives in institutions,” he said.However, a few people have come out in support of the professor. “I am extremely proud of you and I feel privileged that I have been taught by you. This is the story of most educational institutions in India and it is so unfortunate that academic liberty is juxtaposed with extremely problematic personal ideologies,” said one in reply to Tellis’ post.Read Tellis’ full Facebook post on the matter:
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Earlier this week, we celebrated International Women’s Day. I have a problem with the term ‘celebrated’, we will come to that later. Women’s Day is supposed to be the one day we celebrate being women, because this is the one day ‘they’ will ‘let’ you be women. They will let you celebrate your body, identity, hard work, gender, and they’ll give you 50 per cent off because at the end of the day, a day where capitalism does not thrive is not a day.Coming back to my problem with the term ‘celebrated’, in this context it is a wrapping up of the ‘struggle’ that women face every day, and so the day will not acknowledge the struggle of being a woman, but will celebrate it. For example, I saw hundreds of statuses and picture quotes along the lines of, thank you for doing all that you do and all the work you do and all the slavery you do at home blah blah, and for acting like it’s no biggie but you’re actually holding the world up. Well? Thank you for knowing that I have a lot of work to do because the patriarchy dictates I do the work? Now instead of your thank you, can you instead do your share of the work? Women’s Day feels like patriarchal patronising. Oh and to all those people (especially men) cribbing about not celebrating Men’s Day… well, who stopped you? Please celebrate it (as long as it doesn’t oppress me like most mankind has). Women’s Day has to be about the celebration about the struggle, the force of centuries of women and men (and every gender) who have fought to be free from the shackles of gender, and the imposed hierarchy that comes with it. This day is about celebrating diversity. This day is about saying that we are different, yet we are equal and we demand equality. With feminism turning into a marketing gimmick, we’re losing sight of what’s important. We’re losing sight of the millions of women who don’t know what Women’s Day is, let alone the fact that it needs to be celebrated.Feminism has to be intersectional (by that I also mean that my definition of ‘woman’ extends to all those who identify as being women and not just people who have vaginas). It’s about the Dalit and tribal women being raped in areas like Bastar, and the government doing nothing about it; it’s not necessarily about the privileged of our society getting special Women’s Day discounts at a bar. The point is to build a sisterhood, a collective of women, who seek to empower, not giving into corporates that use our empowerment as a selling tool. I’m all for Women’s Day, don’t get me wrong, but to all the women out there, I hope you CELEBRATE yourself every day. I hope you remain strong and bold, and don’t define your worth by mere tokenism. I hope you celebrate yourself, in weakness and in strength. We’ve come a long way and we have so much more to do. To all the girls who are reading this, you are so much more than you think you are and nothing is impossible if you put your mind to it. And to conclude, happy Women’s Day to all the strong, independent, wonderful, amazing and inspiring women, and also to those who are not, to those who are just women. You will see posts of women who’ve done great things in their lives and people will hashtag that as #truefeminism and that should inspire you, like it should inspire every human being, and you must aim for greatness as a human being. But never think that you have to be great, or you being a woman is of no value. Never believe that women who are not ‘achievers’ are not worthy of existence. You deserve to be you, let them question your existence. You don’t need to be any of those things for your gender and existence to be validated. Women’s Day should be a celebration, a celebration of the fact that our mere existence is an act of rebellion.The writer is an 18-year-old illustrator and poet who uses her art to express her opinion on various issues.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Meghalaya Assembly Speaker Abu Taher Mondal today said that there has been no communication to his office from the Congress party with regards to the suspension of one of its member Pynshngain N Syiem. “There has been no communication to the Meghalaya Legislative Assembly from the party on this (suspension),” Mondal said after Syiem raised a point of order questioning the fate of suspended members inside the House here today. Syiem brought to the notice of the Speaker that the Meghalaya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) had issued a suspended order on December last year against him for three years. While seeking further clarification on the matter, he said, “Today I came early in the House to know my position and found that I am very much in the jurisdiction of the treasury bench despite of me being barred to be in the party.” Syiem, who was made to sit next to former Health minister AL Hek went on to add, “I am confused whether I am still in the treasury bench or just an attached member,” adding “Please tell us whether my seat will be in treasury or the opposition. On this, the Speaker said that as per convention the seating arrangement for suspended members will be allocated with the party he belonged. “You will be given separate seat only if you are expelled,” Mondal stated. When Syiem again raised the issue whether it is still permissible for him to sit in the ruling room, the Speaker said, “There is no bar on this and in fact my room is also open for you.” Later Congress chief and former chief minister DD Lapang said that it is a simple common sense as the word ‘suspended’ and ‘expelled’ is different. “The action taken against him (Syiem) for some omission is an internal matter of the party. Therefore the question of being outside and not a Congress man is wrong,” Lapang, who is also the government’s chief adviser, added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BSF jawan Tej Bahadur Yadav, who shot to fame after shooting a video of the bad quality food served to jawans, has in a fresh video claimed that he is being mentally tortured and that his phone has been tampered with to show that he has friends in Pakistan.Earlier, scrutiny of Yadav’s Facebook accounts where the BSF jawan had first posted a video clip showing the bad quality food, has showed that many residents of Pakistan were in his friends list, home ministry sources said.“Please don’t trust these rumours and believe only when I put out a video,” he says. He also complained that his voluntary retirement application has been cancelled. Interestingly, while the video has been circulated on social media, it is not available on his Facebook page.
ALSO READ Jawan viral video: 17% of Tej Bahadur Yadav’s ‘Facebook friends’ are from Pakistan, says HM sourcesYadav has also w appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for support, saying he is being mentally tortured as he exposed corruption in the force.The new video was shot when Yadav’s wife went to meet him in Jammu, following a petition in this regard in the Delhi High Court. In the new video, the BSF trooper alleges that his phone was taken away on January 10 and may have been tampered with to show that he has contacts in Pakistan.
ALSO READ Wife meets BSF jawan Tej Bahadur Yadav, tells HC she is satisfied with husband’s well-beingHowever, the BSF official said Yadav’s phone was taken away as part of the court of inquir proceedings because it is material evidence.“When his wife went to meet him, she presented him a new phone that he is using. No work has been assigned to him and there are no restrictions on his movement also. There is due process of inquiry and his voluntary retirement application cannot be processed now due to pending inquiry against him,” said the official while speaking to Hindustan Times.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is geared up for tomorrow’s elections for 227 municipal wards in which 2275 candidates are in the fray. As Mumbai is known for the voter apathy, the BMC today appealed to the voters to come out in large numbers and cast vote. “We are ready to help you exercise your franchise. Please take part in this democratic process tomorrow from 7.30 am to 5.30 pm and cast your vote,” the Municipal Commissioner Ajoy Mehta said in a statement. He said the civic body was fully prepared to hold the election across 227 electoral wards through 7304 polling booths at 1582 places. Out of 91,80,491 registered voters, 50,30,361 are male, 49,49,749 female and 381 transgenders. A senior official overseeing the poll preparations said, “All preparatory work to conduct free and fair is completed. We have gone extra mile to ensure smooth voting and good turnout. We are spending almost Rs 95 crore for over 91 lakh voters, which roughly goes over Rs 100 per voter.” He said the civic body had appealed to Mumbaikars to shed apathy and “get rid of the record of staging poor turnout in elections.” Counting of the votes would take place on Thursday. The voting percentage in the BMC polls held in 2007 and 2012 stood at 42% and 45% respectively.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Former Finance Minister P Chidambaram today said the nature of our democracy is such that political parties cannot function without funding from citizens. “Political party is not a commercial venture. Please remember in a democracy, it is the people who must fund the political parties. If you want a party-based democracy, political parties must be funded by people,” he said here while responding to a question on why political parties are exempted from paying income tax. In a Budgetry proposal, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had announced a cap of Rs 2,000 on cash donations to political parties. The veteran Congress leader, who is a Rajya Sabha MP from Maharashtra, was in a western suburb to campaign for the high-stake BMC elections slated for February 21. He said as the political parties are not engaged in any kind of commercial business or income earning activities, they collect money from people. Chidambaram observed the political funding is a “gift of people to the political system,” when assumption is that money these parties receive is accounted for and taxes have already been paid on it. “The assumption is when you give Rs 5,000 to my party, I am assuming that it is accounted money. Therefore, there is no reason to tax again a money given to a political party. Gift is not taxed today as the assumption is that you have paid tax and you are giving gift,” he said. However, he expressed the political parties should maintain accounts which should be audited and submitted to the Election Commission. The lowering of cash ceiling on political donations to Rs 2,000 from previous Rs 20,000 was announced by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in Budget 2017-18. Earlier, the Election Commission had urged the government to amend laws to ban anonymous contributions of Rs 2000 and above made to political parties.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Against the backdrop of political uncertainty in Tamil Nadu, actor Arvind Swami has joined other renowned personalities who have spoken up on the matter and said that people must choose the chief minister in a democratic manner. The 46-year-old actor took to Twitter where he said the state must elect their representative by upholding democracy. “Please contact your MLA, local party reps and tell them to represent your wishes on the choice of the CM, democratically. Whoever you might support,” Swami wrote. He also shared what appears to be the list of MLAs of the state, by saying, “@thearvindswami seems to be the contact list of MLAs, please verify and express your opinion strongly.” In another tweet, Swami wrote that the people are free to choose their leaders. “Your choice is your own. No one should judge you for that. But tell your reps so that they know who the people in their constituency want,” wrote the actor. Yesterday, actors Kamal Haasan and R Madhavan took to social media in wake of conflict of interest between the ruling party, AIADMK party secretary, VK Sasikala and former CM O Panneerselvam for Tamil Nadu chief minister’s post.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A man was today taken into custody by police for his “suspicious behaviour” near Yelahanka air base here, the venue for the country’s premier air show ‘Aero India 2017.’ Police said the man, who was carrying some SIMs, was being questioned, but ruled out any terror angle. “No terror threat at all. It’s a simple inquiry about a labourer,” City Police Chief Praveen Sood said in a tweet. “Please don’t carry uninformed news. There is no terror angle at all….repeat no terror angle,” he said in response to TV reports about the enquiry. Aero India 2017 is scheduled to be held from February 14 -18, 2017.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A member of the Assam Legislative Assembly today used Facebook Live for allegedly telecasting his speech in the House to the people of his constituency. “One member has switched on the Facebook Live function so that people in his constituency can hear him while talking in the House. This is not good,” state Parliamentary Affairs minister Chandra Mohan Patowary said in the Assembly. The incident took place during the post-lunch session while the House was discussing a private member’s resolution over timely solution to the illegal immigration problem. When members of the House pressed for making the name public, Patowary said, “I will not name him. But, this should not be done. We should not use technology in unfair means. Please don’t do it again.” When contacted, Speaker Hitendra Nath Goswami said outside the House some members have verbally complained to him about the issue. “I have asked members to give me a written complaint. After that I will see and comment on the matter,” he added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Government should not cut personal and corporate tax rates but reduce indirect taxes in the upcoming budget, former finance minister P Chidambaram said today. Asserting that demonetisation will not kill blackmoney, Chidambaram said that the government should strike at the menace. The government should not cut personal and corporate tax rates in the budget to be presented on Wednesday, the senior Congress leader told ‘India Today’ TV. “The government should cut indirect taxes in the next Budget,” Chidambaram said. He also said he wants RBI to tell how much money came back into the system. Questioning the government’s demonetisation drive, he said that it has failed to tackle the menace of blackmoney “Demonetisation will not kill blackmoney…where is the link between demonetisation and blackmoney? Please strike at blackmoney but don’t connect it to demonetisation,”Chidambaram said. “If Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes were villain, how does Rs 2000 notes become hero,” he said. Chidambaram asserted that if he were the Finance Minister, he would not have taken the decision on demonetisation. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on November 8 had announced withdrawal of high value Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes. Chidambaram said after the demonetisation 80 per cent of India’s SME’s have closed down.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>demanded judicial probe and now when such a large number of people have lost their lives you are giving the charge of the probe to police only. Please tell me how justified is this,” Omar said. On the issue of Agenda of Alliance, he said, “There is no difference between your speech in last year with this year. You have been always justifying why we have done this on the plea that it accommodates every aspects of Jammu and Kashmir. “There is no objection to your Agenda of Alliance. Nobody in this house has raised any objection on this. We have never raised any objection on its contents but we have raised question on its delivery.” Omar said, “We have said that you have shown the people your Agenda of Alliance but failed to deliver it on the ground. We don’t want to go into details where from you have brought which point of its agenda.” “When you entered into the alliance with BJP and you said that we have entered into the alliance to get Rs 40,000 crores relief for flood affected people, where is that relief I want to question you? You have yourself accepted in Assembly and Council that you have failed to provide relief to flood affected people”, he added. “Naturally questions would be raised on Agenda of Alliance. Tell me which point of these agendas would you implemented on the ground during last two years,” he said. “As per my information, there is nothing such aspect seen on the ground. You are not running the government as per the Agenda of Alliance. If you would have been running the state as per the Agenda of Alliance there would have not a situation erupted like six months long unrest”, the NC chief said. Taking a dig on the Deputy Chief Minister’s remarks about Burhan’s killing, he said, “You are creating a confusion in the security forces particularly police force.” On the issue of Mehbooba called soft to separatists, Omar said, “Before you took over the Chief Minister you have been doubted as soft to separatists by some quarters and soft to militants as well. But you proved them wrong by hundred per cent”. “The number of militants killed by security forces in 2016 has been hardly eliminated in such a large number in previous years since 2008”, he added. Omar said “It is impossible that you are inclined to be soft to separatists. If you would have been soft to separatists and militants, it was impossible that such a large number of militants would have been killed in 2016”.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>After Bela Bhatia was harassed by the mob in Bastar, lawyers, film-makers and human rights defenders who messaged SRP Kalluri to ensure the activist’s safety, were threatened by the cop himself.According to NDTV, at least nine activists who spoke received such messages by three phone numbers of SRP Kalluri. Bhatia was allegedly asked to vacate her house in Pandripani village in Bastar district on Tuesday by the villagers who held a protest outside it accusing her of being a ‘Maoist sympathiser’, the police had said. Bhatia claimed that she was allegedly threatened by a group of men who asked her to vacate immediately, failing which they will set the house ablaze. The incident occurred in Pandripani village under Parpa police station limits. Following the incident, concerned activists sent messages Kalluri asking him to ensure her safety. But he allegedly responded with veiled threats.In one such instance, activist Sandeep Singh messaged Kalluri, “This can’t go long. You are not above the constitution. Don’t sell your conscience for money.” To which the senior police responded saying, “Maoists and their dogs like you will be stoned out of Bastar. Beware.”A similar message was sent to Vani Subramanian, a film maker and an activist. She asked him: “Do citizens of India not have the right to residence in Chhatisgarh?!”. To which he replied, “Yes, we are taking strong action. Very soon, Maoists and their dogs will be thrown out of Bastar.”When Pyoli Swatija, a Supreme Court lawyer texted Kalluri saying, “Please ensure Bela Bhatia is not hounded out of her residence,” he replied, “Naxals will be kicked out of Bastar.” Kalluri has said that the allegations were false and a probe was being made into it.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Chennai police have come under fire after a video purportedly showing some police personnel setting an auto rickshaw ablaze went viral on Monday evening, after a violence broke out demanding a permanent solution on Jallikattu.The video which was aired by a news channel was also shared by several personalties, including Kamal Haasan.Sharing a video clip on twitter, Kamal Haasan asked, “What is this. Please explain some one.”According to reports, the incident took place at Mylapore area, which is a short distance from the Marina Beach, the epicentre of the agitation, which vacated by late evening.The city police commissioner S George said the matter would be probed.The Chennai Police said anti-social elements had “crept” into the pro-Jallikattu protests here, which turned violent and also asserted that it will not allow such persons to exploit the situation.Police used force only after stones were pelted at them, he claimed, adding, the police personnel had no intention to attack or harm people.As many as 94 cops sustained injuries while 51 police vehicles were damaged in violence.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>School children these days have it tough. There have been debates for several years over the weight of school bags and the vigorous regimen the kids endure to ensure that they get nothing less than 95%.A recent tweet by Hyderabad resident user Suren Pantulu of a child with a paratha in his pocket and standing in an assembly line has gone viral. Pantulu tagged the HRD Ministry and Telangana minister KT Rama Rao, reported The Times of India.In his tweet, Pantalu wrote, “Morning breakfast in the pocket. Sleep–in complete–school timings Y not 10.00 am to 5.30 pm. PLEASE THINK.”Although the date of the image could not be verified, it did evoke a response from the minister. Telangana’s Minister for Municipal Administration & Urban Development KT Rama Rao said that he was against school children being shoved into a ‘pressure cooker’ environment.“Children need a normal childhood,” he added.The two tweets have sparked a debate on Twitter over school timings.
New Delhi: Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Friday that India will help out sailors stuck in merchant ships at Ajman in United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Reacting to media reports, Swaraj said in a tweet, “I have seen the news report. We will resolve this.”
One of the sailors, Anoop Pathak, sent an SOS message from his handle, which read, “@SushmaSwaraj our ship has holes and to much water coming in!… Please help us we want to go back home!”
According to media reports, 41 Indian sailors are stranded in four abandoned merchant ships at Ajman anchorage in UAE. The owner of the vessels had seized the passports of the sailors and is reportedly untraceable.
As per reports, the sailors have not been paid for more than a year.
First Published On : Jan 6, 2017 15:31 IST