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Sikandra bypoll: BJP retains seat, wins by 7000 votes

The Yogi Adityanath led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) continued its good show in Uttar Pradesh as it comfortably won the Sikandra bypoll on Sunday. BJP won the Sikandra Assembly by defeating Akhilesh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party by 7,000 votes.The bypoll was held after the seat fell vacant as sitting BJP MLA Mathura Prasad Pal passed away on July 22 . The BJP then nominated Pal’s son Ajit Pal Singh against Samajwadi Party’s Seema Sachan and Congress’ Prabhakar.Around 12 candidates were in fray including five independents in the Sikandra constituency which falls in Kanpur Dehat district. Around 53% of 3.21 lakh total electorate had cast their votes in the by election.The Kanpur Dehat district is mainly known for bandit queen Phoolan Devi’s vengeance after her rape in 1981 Behmai massacre where she and her gang killed 21 upper caste Rajpats.

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Gujarat Elections 2017 | Padmavati ban for women’s honour: Vijay Rupani

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Saturday said Padmavati movie was banned to keep the honour of women intact.Addressing BJP women workers’ convention in Rajkot on Saturday, he said, “The film release was stopped in the state as the character of Padmavati, who represents Indian culture and the pride of women in India was presented in a bad shape in the film. It also does not present the character of the queen in a proper manner. In Gujarat, we respect women.”He added, “The filmmaker tweaked the history by playing with the sentiments of people which cannot be tolerated. We cannot let some people play with the pride of Indian women, as they are always respected in Indian culture.”
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Parliamentary panel grills Sanjay Leela Bhansali, Prasoon Joshi

Filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali on Thursday faced a barrage of questions from a Parliamentary panel, which took stock of his controversial film ‘Padmavati’, reportedly based on the legend of Chittor’s Queen Padmini.The 30-member Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting, led by Anurag Thakur, had asked Bhansali and censor board chief Prasoon Joshi to appear before it after the film attracted huge controversy.Fringe Rajput groups such as Karni Sena, aided by certain politicians, have accused Bhansali of distorting history by showing a romantic dance sequence between Queen Padmini and Delhi Sultanate king Alauddin Khilji. Bhansali, however, has refuted all these claims.Noting that a movie was meant for entertainment and not for creating a tensed atmosphere across the country, panel head Anurag Thakur raised the issue of why a huge amount of money of taxpayers was being utilised in this matter, and why the movie was being showcased to select media. At the time, even the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) was yet to see the film.The panel members asked Bhansali why his movies seemed to target communities and produce tension. They also asked whether creating a controversy was the new trend to sell movies and how could Bhansali assume that the movie could be released on December 1, when he applied for certification on November 11. As per the Cinematography Act, the CBFC has to take 68 days before certifying a movie.”Is selective media screening of the movie fair and ethical? Was it an act to influence the CBFC?” the panel members asked. Bhansali, sources said, clarified that the film was entirely based on Malik Mohammed Jayasi’s epic ‘Padmavat’ and he neither changed the context nor the facts.CBFC chief Joshi told the ad hoc Lok Sabha Committee on Petitions that the censor board cleared only the trailer and the promos of the period film. He later said he has not seen the film yet but would constitute an expert committee, which will see the film critically and decide if it can be screened as it is or with some cuts.The panel was yet to decide whether Thursday’s meeting satisfied their queries and will take a decision in a couple of weeks. Thereafter, it will submit a report of its findings to the Speaker’s office.
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Padmavati: India’s Supreme Court rejects bid to block Bollywood epic

The controversial period epic has sparked protests across India by Hindu and caste groups.

SC dismisses plea seeking to stall Padmavati release, rebukes Chief Ministers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a fresh plea seeking to stall Bollywood film Padmavati’s release, and said all concerned people, holding responsible posts must be guided by rule of law.The fresh petition that had sought an order to restrain the producers of the movie from releasing it abroad.Lawyer M L Sharma had also sought a direction to the CBI to register a case against director Sanjay Leela Bhansali and others for various offences including defamation and violation of the Cinematography Act.However, the Supreme Court took strong exception to statements made by persons holding high offices against the film, saying the remarks were tantamount to pre-judging the movie which is yet to be certified by the Censor Board.The top court also said that these kind of statements are violative of the principle of Rule of Law as Censor Board is yet to certify the movie. ALSO READ Padmavati row | In support of Deepika Padukone film, Bengal film industry to observe a ’15-minute black out ‘The film has been embroiled in a spate of controversies ever since its inception.The lavishly mounted film, starring Deepika Padukone in the title role, and Ranveer Singh and Shahid Kapoor, is a joint production by Viacom 18 Motion Pictures and Bhansali Productions.Many groups have been protesting amid rumours that there was a romantic dream sequence between Rajput queen Padmini and Allauddin Khilji. Several politicians have already demanded a ban on the movie, while Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Gujarat, and Rajasthan have already refused to allow a release of the movie in the state.Last week, the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) cleared the movie for release on December 1. ALSO READ Covering up Padmavati plaque shows Rajasthan government in poor lightThe BBFC has given the film a 12A rating and was passed without any cuts. The 12A rating mandates that the film cannot be viewed by a child under the age of 12 unless accompanied by an adult.Bhansali has been under attack from the group since he started shooting for the movie. The set of the movie was vandalised twice – in Jaipur and Kolhapur – and the director was roughed up by Karni Sena members in Jaipur in January. ALSO READ Lights. Camera. Censor: A 360 degree low-down on ‘Padmavati’ controversy

Miss World Manushi Chhillar speaks out against unconstitutional practice of Triple Talaq

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Miss World 2017 Manushi Chhillar is a beauty with a cause who, while speaking to a news agency, addressed a number of social issues plaguing our nation- from Triple Talaq to sexual assault.Chhillar’s stand on the now unconstitutional practice of Triple Talaq is clear- that one person should not have more ownership over the marriage.”Marriage is a very special friendship between two people and one person should not be given more ownership over that relationship,” Chhillar said in an exclusive interview.The Miss World also spoke on the cases of sexual assault on minor girls across the country, and urged all to protect children and ensure a normal childhood for them.”If you talk about sexual assaults on small girls, I think it is very important for us to give protection to our children, because if you empower a child you empower the nation. And, if children are given security, then they can do wonders in their life. Every child has a right to grow and have a normal childhood,” she said.Apart from taking steps like legislation, awareness, and sensitisation for curbing sexual assault cases in the country, Chhillar also called for a change at the grass root level, by teaching children to respect women at homes itself.”Most important is education, not only in school but also at home. When you learn to respect a woman at home, you will learn to respect a woman in the society,” she said.Although Chhillar reiterated her stand about not entering Bollywood at present, she did not completely dismiss the idea for future consideration.”Acting is a very interesting field. I have been into theatre but as of now it’s not something I really really want to do but it does sound fun and may be if I can do it along with my education, I might,” said Chhillar.Miss World is at present on a mission to spread awareness about menstrual hygiene, and is extensively travelling under the campaign.Chhillar’s win at the beauty pageant comes 17 years after Priyanka Chopra won the crown in 2000.She was crowned the new queen by Miss World 2016 winner Puerto Rico’s Stephanie Del Valle at a glittering event held at Sanya City Arena in China on November 18.

India Padmavati: Body found near fort linked to film protest

Protesting right-wing groups say the film Padmavati “insults” an iconic Hindu queen.

Padmavati | Please stop release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s movie outside India, says plea in Supreme Court

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to hear on November 28 a fresh plea seeking to stop the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s ‘Padmavati’ outside India on December 1.This comes as the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) on Wednesday cleared the movie for release in the UK on December 1. The plea filed by advocate ML Sharma alleges that the makers of “Padmavati” misrepresented facts before the court with regard to Censor Board’s approval on releasing songs and the promo and sought directions stop the release of the controversial film outside India. A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud said it would hear the plea on Tuesday. “We will take it up on Tuesday. You (advocate) file a writ petition,” the bench told Sharma who mentioned his fresh plea for an urgent hearing.Sharma alleged that grave damage will be done to social harmony if the movie is allowed to be released outside India.He also sought criminal prosecution of the makers of “Padmavati” for allegedly misrepresenting facts that the songs and promos were cleared by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC).Earlier, the top court had dismissed Sharma’s plea seeking to delete certain alleged objectionable scenes from the movie.The bench had observed that the CBFC had not yet given certificate to the movie and the apex court could not “injunct” a statutory body from doing its duty.“Padmavati” has been facing protests by various Rajput groups and political leaders, who have accused director Bhansali of distorting history.They allege that there is a romantic dream sequence between Rajput queen Padmini and Allauddin Khilji in the film.The film was scheduled to arrive in cinema halls on December 1, but Viacom 18, the company that has produced the film, postponed the release till further notice.(With PTI inputs)

Politics peaks as states spar over movie

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court rejected a petition against ‘Padmavati’, but politics over the movie escalated as the BJP governments in Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh said they would not allow its screening till “the controversial scenes” are deleted. Even the Congress government in Punjab backed protesters who say any depiction of romance between legendary Hindu queen Padmini and Delhi Sultnate ruler Alauddin Khilji is wrong and insults the Rajput community.West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC head Mamata Banerjee, however, termed the controversy a calculated plan to destroy the freedom to expression and condemned “this super emergency.” J&K’s main opposition National Conference also wrote to CM Mehbooba Mufti to ban the release in Jammu.Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has asked his Haryana counterpart Manohar Lal Khattar to act against those threatening actor Deepika Padukone for her portrayal of Padmini. Padukone and director Sanjay Bhansali have received threats. Bhansali was also attacked on set in January by a Rajput organisation.MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan told delegations of the Rajput community that his government will not tolerate any distortion of history. “Even if passed by the censor board, the movie wouldn’t be released in the state,” he said.UP’s Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya said that the state government will not allow ‘Padmavati’ to be released in the state till filmmakers delete all controversial scenes and objectionable portions. The film’s makers have already deferred the movie’s release. It was release on December 1.Punjab CM Amarinder Singh became the first Congress leader to speak against the Rs 190-crore film when he said, “Nobody will accept the distortion of history and those who are protesting are rightly doing so.Rajasthan has already asked for removal of the “objectionable” parts of the film based on a 16th century poem, ‘Padmavat’. Historians have been divided over whether the queen ever existed. The film’s makers have been denying allegations of any distortion of history.

No pre-judging: SC junks petition against Sanjay Leela Bhansali

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court on Monday junked a petition that sought criminal charges against Padmavati’s director Sanjay Leela Bhansali for allegedly defaming the legendary Hindu queen’s character. The court said it did not want to pre-judge the movie as it was still pending before the censor board.This comes amid widespread protests by groups — claiming to represent the Rajput community — against the movie that has deeply divided chief ministers in several states. A bench led by Chief Justice Dipak Misra said that the matter was still pending before the Central Board for Film Certification (CBFC) and it was too premature to be decided by it (the court). The bench — also comprising Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud — said that it did not want to pre-judge the film.The petition had been filed by advocate ML Sharma who said Bhansali defamed the queen by portraying her as a dancer.The apex court, however, disagreed with him and said that no case was made.Protesters who have issued threats against the director and actors say the depiction of romance between Padmini and Delhi Sultnate ruler Alauddin Khilji insults the Rajput community. The film’s makers have been denying allegations of any distortion of history. Historians have also been divided over whether the queen ever existed.During the brief hearing, Sharma objected to songs already released by the production house as part of its promotional strategy. “Half the movie has already been released and without any proper certification,” Sharma argued.To this, senior advocate Harish Salve, representing the film, responded that the process for certification is on and all appropriate paperwork was in order for the material that is already on air. The production house has deferred the December 1 release of the movie.But trouble for the movie continues. A Varanasi court directed the local police to register an FIR against Bhansali for “insulting the religion, selling or printing defamatory matter and public mischief.” Petitioner Kamlesh Chandra has sought a ban on the film and action against its makers for depicting the character of Rani Padmavati in poor light which has “hurt the sentiments of Indians.” The court issued summons to Bhansali who was also attacked on sets in January by a Rajput organisation.

A Dialogue with JC: Baby Doll Sunny can’t wait to be Barbie Doll in Tera Intezaar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>You all must be anxiously waiting for November 24 – the release date of your film?Arbzaaz Khan: Ofcourse, there is excitement before release of every film…but we are happy, we have worked hard… now waiting for the reponse of public.How the movie is special for you?Sunny: I was quite excited after reading the script…I have tried hard to keep up the expectations of my director…I hope audience will enjoy watching the way we enjoyed working…the sales will be in line with the views.How excited you are for it?Rajeev: We have been working on this project for 18 months … we are hoping for the bestTeaser is a hit, does it indicate anything?Sunny: People watch teaser on social media and You Tube, I hope the number of hits on social media would translate into viewership of the movie… hope that the sale of tickets will be in line with the number of viewsYou are considered Queen of social media… what is the response keeping that in mind?Sunny: Not a Queen but as an entertainer, we should reach out to all kinds of markets…social media has a far reach for youth… I think I am good here.What is the basic concept of the film?Rajeev: This is a musical romantic thriller… it has got all kinds of elements.Why did you think of casting Sunny?Arbaz: I was excited doing this movie because the script was interesting… I got interested as Sunny was in the film… sometimes you do films due to script and sometime because of star cast…I knew Rajiv for long time… He was assistant of Mukul Sir… He is doing debut… He came with complete preparation…You had said somewhere that you want to spend some time with Sunny?Arbaz: Yes, this is right…film comes and goes… but people, acquaintance and friendship lives forever…Sunny is a magical personality… Yes…I am also excited…We have the same style of having fun.. We both enjoyed working with each other…Yes there were never dull moments on the sets.You are known as the most glamorous face of the industry… what do you think about it?Sunny: I look at every movie according to script and character… there is glamour in every film… that’s why we get excited about artists, singer sand actors…we want to be like them… this is glamour in one or the other form.When you go out from Mumbai, crowd go out of control…law and order situation arises…you get threatening calls also?Sunny: Police does its job well…the issue of calls is an old… that was not a big deal.You are very beautiful that is your problem (JC to Sunny). Arbaz, What is your role in this movie?Arbaz: I am playing a businessman in this movie who is fond of painting…he has a dream woman in his mind… he keeps on thinking about her…he draws her and paints her… when he meets her then he show her his world… she gets surprised… a little bit of romance and then there is a twist… he goes missing… she tries to find her…the film Tera Intezaar is all about the problems she faces… whether he comes back or not.Sunny what is your role?Sunny: Like Arbaz has said, when I saw his paintings in the movie my character falls in love with him… she loves him like crazy… one day he goes missing… then she tries to find him and get him at the end.Tell me something about Barbie Doll?Sunny: We started shoot of this movie through this song…I become a man in this song…this is something different for me…I ramp walked in that character.Was it different than Munni Bai of Dabangg?Arbaz: Yes totally different…songs of a film has great value before and after the release of movie… I think people to go to theatre because of songs also.I have learnt that you are planning for Dabangg -3 and you may cast Sunny?Arbaz: Yes I am planning Dabangg -3 … Yes if there is any role suitable to her then she will definitely be there… Yes if Sunny is there, it will be good. I will like to habve that song which can can change the personality…Yes at the end of it, whether we work together or not, friendship is important.You are a family member of Salman, how do you rate him as an actor?Arbaz: He is a good actor. He has grown with every movie… In last one decade he has worked well… Wanted, Sultan, Dabangg and his last movie…great work.Is he alone these days…?Arbaz: Where ever he is, he wants to be there … if you are talking about marriage then he is not alone…he is with his family, family loves him… if you talking about his partner then he is fully covered on that aspect… everyone knows, he was not ready for marriage… he knows the seriousness of marriage…perhaps he is not sure of that lady or not ready himself… this is his decision… if you are eligible for marriage, it doesn’t mean that you have to get married …this will be his decision…What is your views on morality and hypocrisy in the country?Sunny: This is everywhere..whether India or US…this is human nature …they judge you whether you want or not…Are you happy with the response from public?Sunny: I am very happy…I am happy by getting so much love and affection from friends and fans…this is a secular country… people love youArbaz: This is totally a democratic country…Yes if you can inspire people the face of the country will change differently. How do you find Narendra Modi as a person?Arbaz: We all support him… he won the elections because his is everyone’s choice, he became PM…. he will bring changes, this is what I believeSunny: Yes he is allowing businesspersons of different countries and companies to India.. he is doing great things… Whatever I know, I like him

Subramanian Swamy irked by Deepika remark

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP leader Subramanian Swamy slammed actor Deepika Padukone on Tuesday for her comments regarding the hullabaloo around ‘Padmavati’.“It`s appalling, it`s absolutely appalling. What have we gotten ourselves into? And where have we reached as a nation? We have regressed,” she had said, commenting on the spiralling controversy around the epic drama.Reacting to Deepika’s comments, Swamy tweeted – “Cine actress Deepika Padukone giving us lecture on regression. Nation can progress only when it is regression from her perspective.”Cine actress Deepika Padukone giving us lecture on regression!! Nation can progress only when it is regression from her perspective.— Subramanian Swamy (@Swamy39) November 14, 2017Doubts on the extent to which the National Award-winning filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali has fictionalised the story has led to a row with politicians, organisations and individuals raising a finger at him for ‘distorting history’ and demanding that the release of ‘Padmavati’ be stalled. However, Deepika is convinced the movie will release, as scheduled, on December 1.As a woman, I feel proud to be a part of this film and to tell this story, which needs to be told. And it needs to be told now,” Deepika, who plays the title role in Bhansali`s professed tribute to the sacrifice, valour and honour of Rajput queen told IANS.“The only people we are answerable to is the censor board, and I know and I believe that nothing can stop the release of this film,” she said, adding that the film industry`s support symbolises how “this is not about `Padmavati`. We`re fighting a much bigger battle.”“They are very independent individuals and very strong characters,” Deepika added, pointing out that in ‘Padmavati’, while there are two men – Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh – she essays the title role, which “does not happen often in a woman`s career”.“I celebrate that,” she said.‘Padmavati’ marks the third film that Deepika has worked in under Bhansali`s direction after ‘Goliyon ki Raasleela Ram-Leela’ and ‘Bajirao Mastani’

Children decode the DNA of a newspaper

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>DNA newsroom was filled with excitement and new ideas as teenaged students from Mount Litera School International (MLSI), Mumbai, visited the office. The children had a session with the editors of DNA who briefed them about their specific work areas and different sections that they head — like sports, city, nation, and entertainment.In the session, the students got first-hand experience on how a newsroom functions. They were briefed how story selection is done, and where do reporters gather or source their information from. They also got to learn about the different news styles — news stories, features, interviews, etc. Fascinated to know a newspaper business runs, the students asked several questions about how these papers are printed, how advertisements are acquired and designed and what kind of stories finally make it to the paper.Students then took a tour of the newsroom wherein they learnt about each section of the newspaper in detail. Some children were keen to know how a page is designedand were glad to know the news in advance. “Every day when I wake up, I see the cartoon strips and illustrations in the papers,” said a Grade 7 student, Ksha Raut, as she keenly looked at an illustration done for the paper.The students then marched towards the web desk where they saw how the team is on its toes to update breaking news on to the news website. Here, they got to learn how news stories are picked up from various agencies and how they are tagged to get more internet traction.The kids also got an opportunity of interacting with cricketer Shreyas Iyer, who shared his career journey. Excited to meet a cricketer, students asked him about his game strategy, his journey from childhood to reaching the Indian cricket team and what he does when he feels nervous on the field.They later got to witness an editorial meeting wherein all the editors discussed the stories for the day’s edition. The tour ended with a snack break wherein students discussed their day’s learning with a bite of sandwiches. “It was such an exciting day! I did not know that bringing out a newspaper is such a challenging task,” said Khushi Kothari, a Grade 7 student.(Navyata Goenka, Advisor to Mount Litera School International, greets students)The ambition of my life: To become a fashion designerI always wanted to become a fashion designer or an artist. I wanted to become a fashion designer because when I was small my parents used to buy shawls as they used to travel to cold places and whenever they left a shawl outside take it and wrap it around me and walk around the house until it falls off. And one day my parents put on a fashion show on the TV. When I watched it I really, really, really wanted to become tat person who walking on the catwalk from that day onwards I started practicing on how to walk like that. One day when I was walking I remembered about the shawls when my father took them out. When I remembered about them I walked with them rapped around me. So when I kept doing that everyday after a while I realised that instead of just rapping them around me I was actually starting to develop clothes like frock, t-shirts etc…So when I realised that I though I was getting closer to become a fashion designer. — Diya Vasudevan, Grade 5The brave BrontosaurusI love dinosaurs. I like to collect informationfrom them My dinosaur is a Brontosaurus. It has scaly skin.It has thorns. It has sharp teeth !This dinosaur means thunder lizard !It痴 thorns are very sharp !It has a thorny tail. —Ayaan Gupta, Grade 1Her PurityDeep inside the forests of SunderbanLies the heart of our nationShe flows with crystal clear magical waterThrough the meadows and valleysShe glistens like a diamondShe is the great legendShe the masterAnd we her thirsty slavesHer worshippers manyAs she does not use tyrannyTake a sip or two and feel brand newJust a drop of her on your tongueWill take you back to when you were youngHer soul is made of goldTakes more pain than she can holdTake a dip into her water blueAnd it will purify youTry it and you will know it’s trueRushing and gushing down to the seaShe will forever be a queen freeHer fall will be the end of it allShe cries a beautiful tuneTo the brightest moonHear her melodious laughAnd she will split your soul into halfShe is just a unique beautyBut…..She is dyingHer magic has turned to greyHer soul locked far awayCan see her shine no moreHer water doesn’t flow like beforeHer worshipers turned to enemiesMocked her, killed her till she could no longer breatheStripped her of the thing she holds most dearHer purityShe could no longer take thisShe dwindled and dwindledLetting every vein of her dryTill her melody could no longer flyLeaving her people dying of thirstThey asked her why? Why thou so harsh? She replied with the outermost cry I long to sing, I long to flow, i long to glow But how do i? When thou put me through this misery Stripped me of my melody, my shine, my purity Please hear my cry for help Save me, help me For I no longer can save myself Thou brought this upon thyself I am dying Help please help All stood without so much of a yelp Listening to her cries of pleas that never end All were silent but one He spoke and the the burning fire awoke He said I will plant the trees bright and green For a kilometre around you so you will be no longer unseen It will give you back all your value Your glisten, your voice and your water blue You will flourish like you have never before Your veins will burn with the greatest roar For you my mother, I your child Will not rest till you again smiled. — Yashvi Chheda, Grade 9*************Hero without a capeShe brushed my teethshe combed my hairThere Was no hate in her heartJust love and careShe taught me what is rightand what is wrongShe made me wiseshe made me strongThank you from protecting mefrom every stormThank you for thank you forteaching me the normThank you for everythingI love you mom— Aarav Aggarwal, Grade 9

Stationary Torture

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While Mumbai’s local trains are often called the city’s ‘lifeline’, the 164-year-old rail system is struggling to keep pace with the 76 lakh commuters who now use the system daily. In the aftermath of the tragedy at Elphinstone Road station, several teams fanned across the city to audit railway stations.Shashank Rao takes a closer look at five of the city’s major stations to find out whether improvements, if any, have been made to the stations’ infrastructure only to find that not much has been done to plug the gaps to ensure the safety of commutersBandraBandra may be called the ‘Queen of the Suburbs’ and its station’s building may boast a ‘heritage’ tag but the condition of the rail premises in and around Bandra station are in dire straits. The Western and Harbour lines culminate at this station which caters to the commercial hub of Bandra-Kurla Complex on the east, and posh neighbourhoods and old villages on the west.While the platforms of the 19th century Victorian-styled station are wide enough to contain the high footfalls the station witnesses, the foot-overbridges (FOBs) that connect the west to the east are in poor condition.Over the past few weeks, the Railway authorities have rid the FOBs of hawkers. The station boasts the city’s first skywalk which is sadly occupied by hawkers.The FOB on the station’s south-end is incomplete, and connects only to the west. The other end leads to Harbour line platforms. Senior Western Railway (WR) officials claim they have begun the work of extending this FOB, and connecting it to the skywalk. “This work is expected to be complete by the end of this financial year,” said an official. The FOB on the station’s north-end is rarely used by commuters owing to the inconvenience it causes for hiring auto rickshaws.Plenty of food stalls dot this station, many of them near FOBs, blocking the free movement of commuters. Slums on both sides of the station lead to frequent instances of trespassing and people using the tracks for sitting and drying clothes. Besides, the slum dwellers often throw garbage on railway premises including the tracks which is one of the primary reasons for waterlogging of rail tracks every monsoon.The multi-disciplinary audit team, that was formed for both Western and Central Railway after the stampede at Elphinstone Road station, has proposed bar fencing as a way to prevent encroachers from using the fifth rail line on the east side of Bandra. The audit report submitted to the Railway ministry also states the need to demolish abandoned buildings on the station’s east side, provisions for proper lighting, cement-concrete boundary walls, and shutting down of unauthorized entry and exit points to the station.Daily Footfalls2016-171.41 LJogeshwariOwing to the ever-increasing crowd at Andheri station, Jogeshwari station too has grown in prominence over the past few years. Attention was drawn to the station’s poor infrastructure only after commuters went up in arms and resorted to ‘Rail Roko’ in the first week of October. The station is used by commuters to access area such as Oshiwara, Goregaon and Jogeshwari-Vikhroli Link Road.The station’s infrastructure is poor considering its dual-discharge island platform for the slow line which caters to platforms 1 and 2. Trains to Borivli and Churchgate arrive here but fast trains to Churchgate also halt here during peak hours. In all, nearly 480 services halt at Jogeshwari everyday.”We do not have sufficient space to walk or wait for the trains on this island platform. The situation has worsened especially after the platform on the west side was broken down,” said Mansoor Darvesh, secretary, Passenger and Traffic Relief Association and a Jogeshwari resident.The platform has been demolished to accommodate two more tracks that are meant for the proposed Andheri-Goregaon Harbour line. WR officials agree that the cutting down of the 3-meter wide platform on the west side has left little space for commuters, especially during peak hours. New platforms have been built further north of Jogeshwari station where the Harbour line trains are slated to make their halt. This has a subway built for people to enter or exit the station premises and has been completely covered by an oval shaped roof.A new FOB and an elevated ticket booking office has been built but commuters claim that the office is too high and there is a need for escalators. As a result, commuters tend to trespass rather than climb the long flight of stairs. Besides, the platforms do not have roof-cover at the ends which the WR authorities are now working to install.Daily Footfalls2016-171.06 LWadalaApart from local trains connecting the Harbour line, this station has a truck terminal and a junction which connects freight and goods trains from the city’s Port Trust to rest of the country. It is also the station where local trains connect both Andheri on the WR and Panvel on CR. Apart from the four rail tracks for the suburban system, there are at least eight rail tracks meant for goods trains carrying coal, cement and other freight.The daily footfalls at Wadala station have increased owing to the several offices that have come up around the area. Not to forget the college-going crowd of nearby degree and engineering colleges. To cater to this increasing crowd, CR officials say they have increased the number of services on the Harbour line with additional halts at Wadala. From October 2, the CR added 14 suburban services on the CSMT-Panvel Harbour line and another 14 on the Thane-Vashi Trans-harbour line.This station too witnesses several cases of trespassing due to the several illegal slums and encroachments around the rail premises. For instance, there are several encroachments causing problems at the Raoli junction near the station. “The CR needs to ensure that encroachments are demolished and people are rehabilitated so that garbage from rail premises can be removed,” said Gaurang Damani, a Wadala resident.CR officials said that the FOBs on the Kurla-end of the station witness heavy congestion. During peak hours, the station witnesses instances of overcrowding due to inadequate entry and exit points. The audit report has advised replacement of the existing FOB with a wider one, and extending it to the Monorail station.There is a possibility of creating four more entry and exit points, apart from removing railway offices to provide wider exits. The shops outside the station too need to be relocated and the Railways are in talks with the BMC for the same.Daily Footfalls2016-1770,767MasjidThis is one of the stations that connects older and busy markets such as Crawford Market, Manish Market, Masjid Bunder, Mangaldas Market and the Mumbadevi Temple. Additionally, it connects both the Main and Harbour lines.While the CR demolished and built a new road-overbridge at Masjid around seven years ago, the condition of this station continues to remain dismal.Platforms 3 and 4 slope towards the tracks, making them dangerous for commuters boarding and alighting from moving trains.”The iron borders of the staircase jut out which could hurt commuters hurrying to catch a train,” said a railway official. The multi-disciplinary team in its report noted that the staircases are slippery.This station too suffers from heavy encroachment with hawkers having residential dwellings outside and next to the station. These lead to congestion during peak hours. As there is a huge market area nearby, many vendors and sellers carrying bulk luggage use the FOBs which further leads to congestion.The CR authorities are working on providing space for extension on the FOB’s east side till the deck, in order to ensure speedy clearance on the CSMT-end of the booking office. Sources said that on the Kalyan-end of the FOB, on the west hand side, there is a shop blocking smooth movement of commuters and so the BMC has been asked to relocate this shop.Meanwhile, the middle FOB witnesses the maximum number of commuters as it is closest to the markets. The CR authorities are working on arrangements for walking using a skywalk on the vacant space connecting east and west. The officials said that the BMC has agreed to provide landings for the same.Daily Footfalls2016-1755,800KurlaThis station is among the most crowded in the suburban railway network. It provides access to Bandra-Kurla Complex on the west and Nehru Nagar, Andheri-Kurla Road on the east. It connects Main and Harbour lines of CR, making it an important station.The station has three FOBs which are densely crowded. Over 245 people who trespass have died on the tracks at Kurla until November this year. This is a particular problem near the northern end of the station from where Harbour line trains ply. Besides, the width of these FOBs are a mere 2.44 meters, needing immediate replacement with wider FOBs, and modification to connect it with the skywalk. Several women commuters at this station complain of being wrongly touched. After nearly a decade, a new subway has been inaugurated and thrown open to the public by the BMC.”This subway is needed to have arms connecting the platforms instead of only going from east to west,” said Subhash Gupta, president, Mumbai Rail Yatri Sangh.There are several shops — illegal and legal — that need to be removed and relocated in order to provide better access to commuters. At present, it is a struggle to exit the station premises but after the Elphinstone Road tragedy several hawkers have been cleared. Auto rickshaws parked haphazardly outside the station make smooth transit a problem. The audit report mentioned the need to disallow vehicular traffic from coming close to the station premises on the west side.There is also a proposal of having an elevated three-line Harbour station above the eastern part of the sprawling Kurla station. The Rs 96-crore project entails the creation of a rail flyover, starting from north of Chunabhatti to the south of Tilak nagar stations right above the current platforms 7 and 8. The elevated Harbour line will have two lines that will move towards CSMT and Panvel while the third line will terminate at Kurla. The rail line below will then be used by freight trains coming from Mumbai Port Trust via Wadala.Daily Footfalls2016-171.58 LWe have taken several steps to ensure that there is no congestion on rail premises. We are also coordinating with the BMC to demarcate no hawking zones.—Ravinder Bhakar, Chief PRO, Western RailwayWe have started taking initiatives to reduce congestion at railway premises. Work to improve infrastructure of platforms and FOBs has also begun.—Sunil Udasi, Chief PRO, Central Railway

Rajput Sabha writes to PM, demands ban over Padmavati release

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Deepika starrer Padmavati seems to be getting more and more embroiled in controversy with every passing day. A wide range of sections are joining the opposition to the film based on the life of the valiant queen of Chittorgarh.Shri Rajput Sabha, the supreme body of the Rajputs has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and demanded a complete ban on the release of the film Padmavati. Copies of the letter, written by the president of the body, Giriraj Singh Lotawala, have also been sent to Amit Shah, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore. The letter says that the film hurts the sentiments of the Rajput community also expressed anguish that Smriti Irani has supported the film.In another development the erstwhile queen-mother of the Jaipur royal family Padmini Devi on Wednesday came out publicly against the film. Sharing the stage with the national president of the Rajput Karni Sena Mahendra Singh Makrana, Padmini Devi accused Bhansali of not honouring the agreement he had made with them, “Bhansali has backed out of his commitment. When he started with the shooting of Padmavati he had agreed to screen the film before us.” “He had also consented that the screening would be before the launch of any song or trailer of the film. He has not honoured his commitment,” added Padmini Devi.BJP MLA and member of the Jaipur royal family Diya Kumari also came out publicly along with her mother Padmini Devi and said, “Maharani Padmavati of Chittor who committed jauhar with thousands of women is a testimony of extreme valour and courage that has rarely been witnessed in history.” She added that the entire country irrespective of caste or religion is proud of the history of Chittor. Any attempt to distort the history or twist the facts will be a collective insult to the women of this country.”National President, Karni Sena Mahipal Singh Makrana warned that the film would never be allowed to be released in Rajasthan if it has a dream sequence of Allauddin Khilji with Rani Padmavati.” He categorically stated that, “There should be no scene having Rani Padmavati and Allauddin Khilji together. We will consider permitting the release of the film only if Bhansali agress to make the changes in the film and most importantly screens it for us before the release,” said an emphatic Makrana.Youth members of the Rajput Karni Sena are visiting cinema halls and asking cinema hall owners not to screen the film. They have also said owners would be responsible for the consequences. This has caused panic among the distributors who are considering pulling back from picking up the film that is scheduled to release on December 1.The prospects of Padmavati look gloomy in Rajasthan, and it could follow the fate of Jodha Akbar, unless Bhansali agrees to keep up the promises he made in Rajasthan.WARNINGYouth members of the Rajput Karni Sena are visiting cinema halls and asking cinema hall owners not to screen the film.
They have also said owners would be responsible for the consequences. This has caused panic among the distributors.

Now, Brahmins oppose Padmavati

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>If opposition from the Rajputs and some sections of the Congress was not enough, the Brahmins too have launched an offensive against the Sanjay Leela Bhansali film Padmawati. They have demanded that the Rajasthan government ban the film and ensure that it is not released.State president of the Sarv Brahmin mahasabha Suresh Mishra said Bhansali’s attempt to smear the image of the valiant queen for the commercial success of his film will not be accepted. In a statement issued by the organisation it was said that 16,000 women had laid down their lives to protect their honour and no attempt to misconstrue the history will be accepted.Speaking to DNA Mishra said: “One famous director of Bollywood has called me on behalf of Bhansali and asked us about our demands. I have categorically told him that the film must be shown to a 15-member panel of experts from the state. The panel should include subject experts from history. If they give a green signal that the film does not distort historical facts and has no imaginary love scenes between Allaudin Khilji and Rani Padmawati, only then will we take back our opposition.”He said, “We have given them time till November 15 to accede to our offer. Otherwise we will go ahead with our plans.” Elaborating on his future plans, Mishra said: “We will write to all cinema halls of the state; from multiplex to single screen and request them to not release the film. We will mobilise our district units and ask them to ensure that the film is not released.”When asked about the various organisations that were already protesting against the soon to be released film, Mishra said, “We will all the join forces to oppose distortion of the valour and dignity of Rajasthan.”

WATCH: Sushma Swaraj helping Bhutanese crown prince wave to crowd is the most adorable thing you will see

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>King of Bhutan, Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, arrived to India on Tuesday as part of a four-day visit. He was greeted by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, as was his wife Queen Jetsun Pema Wangchuck.However, the highlight was the greeting of their todler son, who shyly waved to the crowd at the airport.Watch the video hereOn November 1, King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck will meet Swaraj and also meet President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi later in the day.On November 2, Wangchuck will call on Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Vice President Venkaiah Naidu.The visit would provide an opportunity to both the sides for reviewing the entire gamut of bilateral cooperation.The visiting dignitary is also scheduled to meet Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.He will conclude his visit on November 3.Early this month, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar had also travelled to Bhutan and held talks with the King and Bhutan Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay.

Forum tells risk firm to pay medical claim of insured

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The District Consumer Dispute Redressal Forum of south Mumbai pulled up an insurance company for rejecting the complainant’s medical claim and directed the firm to pay the complainant’s medical bills worth Rs 38,015 along with an additional amount of Rs 10,000 towards the complainant’s mental agony. The forum also asked the firm to pay the complainant’s litigation costs. Explaining its rejection, the firm stated that there was no need for the complainant to get continuous medical supervision after undergoing gastroscopy.Vasantray Mody, a resident of New Queen’s Road at Opera House, had purchased a mediclaim policy from The Oriental Insurance Company. He had purchased the individual medical insurance policy and paid an approximate one-time premium of Rs 1.5 lakh. The policy was valid from March 20, 2013 to March 19, 2014. In the interim, Mody was advised by doctors to undergo an operation and was hospitalised for the same. He underwent gastroscopy and later submitted the hospital bills seeking reimbursement for his medical treatment.The insurance firm refused to reimburse the bills claiming that as per the norms of the policy, the complainant is not entitled to take hospitalisation for more than 24 hours, and since it was exceeded, the claim was repudiated.The forum, after going through the evidence brought in the record, held, “When the complainant submitted the claim, it was repudiated on March 5, 2014. As the complainant had paid the premium of the policy and the policy was in existence, therefore, we found that there is a deficiency in service and unfair trade practice on the part of the insurance firm as it repudiated the claim of the complainant without any reasonable cause.”

VHP to organise statewide stir in Uttar Pradesh to ban Deepika Padukone-starrer Padmavati

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) on Saturday announced that it would not allow the release of Sanjay Leela Bansali’s Padmavati in Uttar Pradesh. Senior VHP leader Rakesh Varma alleged that the film glorified foreign invaders such as Alauddin Khilji and casts aspersions on Rajasthan’s royalty The VHP had burnt film’s posters in Gonda district on Friday and plans to launch a statewide stir against the film.The film is based on Rajasthan’s queen Rani Padmavati who burnt herself alive when barbaric ruler Alauddin Khilji forcibly attempted to make her his wife.“The film is an insult to Rani Padmavati. The film maker has made an attempt to distort the history. The VHP will not allow this to happen. We will not let the movie to be shown in any theatre in Uttra Pradesh,” warned the BJP leader.The film has been in controversy since beginning. During its shooting in Jaipur, unruly members of Karni Sena had disrupted the shooting. Filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali was even assaulted by the mob. Later, the film unit had to pack up from Jaipur and shot the movie in Mumbai.The film is slated to release on December 1.

BBC to launch new Indian services: What you need to know

Here are a few interesting facts about the four regions where the BBC has launched new services.

Man from Dhangar community tries to blacken Maha Edu Min Vinod Tawde’s face over reservation issue

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> A member of the Dhangar community tried to throw black powder at Maharashtra Education Minister Vinod Tawde in Satara today.Tawde was in the Western Maharashtra city, about 250 km from here, for an event, when a person, later identified by police as Maruti Jankar, approached him with black powder and attempted to throw it at him.Jankar was immediately detained, the Satara police said. The black powder in question is known as ‘bukka’ in local parlance and used at auspicious occasions.For long, the Dhangar community members have been demanding reservation in government jobs and educational institutes.A few days ago, some members of the community allegedly threw yellow powder (`bhandara’) on Tawde at a function in Solapur city to press for their demand to rename the Solapur University after Ahilyabai Holkar, a medieval-era queen of the Maratha ruled Malwa kingdom.

DNA Morning Must Reads: PM Narendra Modi’s visit to Varanasi, SC’s stern warning to BCCI, and more

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>1. Banihal terror attack: Two terrorists nabbed, hunt for Aquib continuesIn a major success, the Indian Army and J&K Police, in a swift joint operation arrested Gajnafar and Arif, involved in the terrorist attack at Banihal on the SSB personnel on Wednesday. Read more here2. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s two-day visit to Varanasi begins todayPrime Minister Narendra Modi will undertake a two-day visit to his Lok Sabha constituency Varanasi from Friday to inaugurate several infrastructure projects, address public gathering, and hold an interaction with a group of Muslim women. Read more here3. Trump ‘mentally deranged’, US will ‘pay dearly’ for threatening North Korea, says Kim Jong-unNorth Korean leader Kim Jong-Un on Saturday mocked Donald Trump as “mentally deranged” and warned he will make the US president “pay dearly” for threatening the destruction of his country at the United Nations. Read more here4. Fall in line or face serious consequences, SC tells BCCIThe bench led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra asked the BCCI officials to explain their lack of initiative and ability to push forward the Justice Lodha Committee reforms in the Special General Meeting (SGM) held on July 26. Read more here5. The simpler the garment, the better Deepika Padukone looks: Rimple and Harpreet Narula on styling her for ‘Padmavati’The designers, who catalysed Deepika Padukone morph from a Sinhala princess to a dazzling Rajput queen get candid. Read more here

Teacher’s Day 2017: From Rahul Gandhi to PM Modi, 11 politicians re-imagined as teachers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It’s Teacher’s Day and hence we thought of casting our beloved politicians as teachers, based on their acumen and expertise. In any case, politicians are always too keen to give lectures and long speeches, so most would take to teaching like fish to water. English:Who else but Mr Shashi ‘Erudite With Perfect Diction’ Tharoor than to teach the language. It won’t be a farrago of misinterpretation to say that the Congress MP will fit the bill effortlessly. When expanding our vocabulary or getting hounded down by a certain anchor, Tharoor can teach us about ills of British Raj, speaking in a tongue more eloquent than the Queen. Mathematics:The nominees are many. From zero loss Kapil Sibal to Subramanian Awamy courting abstract numbers about scams, the list is long. But the ideal maths teacher has to be Arun Jatiley. If demonetization is a religion, Jaitley is the first follower. He can defend any formula and prove a hypothesis, no matter if the equation holds up or not. Physics:The man who once taught us about escape velocity of Jupiter, and will be speaking about Artificial Intelligence in USA is the natural candidate to be a Physics teacher. Rahul Gandhi knows a thing about disintegrating parties, err atoms, just ask Congress. Geography:You can either learn from books or venture out and see everything first-hand to give your Mann Ki Baat to students. There’s no person better to teach geography than our globe-trotting PM. Expect students to get A+ in map pointing. History:The ideal history teacher is someone who is wise, worldly and seen history unfolding in front of him/her. It’s best if the person was also part of creating history. Veteran LK Advani is the perfect candidate for the job. Whether Jinnah is secular or not, is likely to be a separate chapter. Economics:This man has the pedigree, the required expertise and even got his demonetization maths correct. Manmohan Singh is our ideal Eco teacher, except one hitch. He can’t be trusted to keep his class under control. Unruly students skipping class, while Singh explains how NDA tweaked the GDP calculation method, is likely to be an everyday sight. Chemistry:An engineer by training, Arvind Kejriwal can teach a high-school Chemistry class with ease. He will also get to use his favourite catchphrase Sab Mile Hue hain ji when he talks about chemical equations and compounds. Biology:A trained surgeon, Sambit Patra is our pick for Biology teacher. However, with his penchant for going off topic and repeating the same thing over and over again, finishing the rather tedious Bio syllabus on time remains doubtful. Political ScienceTMC Supremo Mamata Banerjee, a trained lawyer will breeze through Political Science class. By the end of the course, students will be fully briefed about why India is secular, how Centre is violating the spirit of Constitution by giving diktats about issues which are state subjects and all other shorojantro (conspiracy) the big, bad Delhi Empire is hatching. Computer:No other choice, than our Vice President Venkaiah Naidu. Surprised? Well you wouldn’t be if u know COMPUTER is anagram for Caring Of My Pet Under Tremendous Effort (And) Responsibility. The man is responsible for handling the Rajya Sabha, so surely, he can take Computer classes easily without breaking a sweat. Expect him to boot the computer class with ease without any debugging issue. Physical Education:This will be a split choice (pun intended) between Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and Kiren Rijiju, two people who have given us fitness goals. The boys and girls can pick up some marksmanship skills from Rathore too, which can come handy at times. Baba Ramdev can chip in as the guest lecturer on Guru Purnima.

‘Court will struck down bill granting 5 pc quota to Gujjars’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rebel BJP MLA in Rajasthan Ghanshyam Tiwari today opposed the Vasundhara Raje government’s decision to raise OBC reservation from 21 to 26 per cent for granting 5 per cent reservation to Gujjars and four other castes, saying it would be struck down by the court. He said that if the proposed bill is challenged and struck down by the court like the previous SBC reservation bill, all the castes under the OBC would suffer. “The bill which the government is going to introduce for increasing OBC quota to grant reservation to Gujjars and other castes will exceed the 50 per cent legal ceiling. It may be struck down by the court and if this happens, all the castes getting OBC reservation will suffer,” he said. Tiwari said that the government should also take initiatives to provide reservation to economically backward people of upper caste. The government has assured the Gujjar leaders that the OBC quota will be split after increasing it to 26 per cent to grant them 5 per cent reservation. A bill to this effect will be introduced in the upcoming Monsoon session for which a consensus was arrived at Thursday night at a meeting of the cabinet subcommittee with the Gujjar delegation. The total reservation in the state stands at 49 per cent at present and this is set to once again crossed the 50 per cent legal ceiling. In May this year, the state government had issued a notification to re-include five castes of Gujjar/Gurjar, Banjara/Baldia/Labana, Gadia-Lohar/Gadalia, Raika/Rebari and Gadaria (Gaadri), in the OBC list. These castes were first included in the OBC list in 1994. The castes were re-included in OBC after state High Court in December last year struck down the Special Backward Class (SBC) Reservation Act, 2015, which provided special backward class status to these five castes. Tiwari has been criticising Raje and the BJP leadership after show cause notices were served on him by the party’s national discipline committee in May last. The notices were sent after the BJP MLA alleged that the Rajasthan unit of the saffron party had become a place for the “mafia and sycophants” while the dedicated, loyal and qualified people were being “sidelined”. He had also called Raje the “queen of indiscipline”.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

DNA EXCLUSIVE: Books or ‘khadi’ handkerchiefs to replace bouquets presented to PM Modi during his domestic trips

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Books or ‘khadi’ handkerchiefs will replace bouquets that are presented to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to greet him during his domestic trips, the government has said.The PM had recently appealed to people that they should give books instead of bouquets as greetings to push reading and knowledge. The PM had also said that ‘khadi’ products as gifts can provide employment to a large number of underprivileged people.The Union Home Ministry issued directions to all states, UTs and establishments on July 12 that no bouquet be presented to the PM during his tours in India. The missive under the title “arrangements during visits for the Prime Minister within India” says: “…at the best a flower along with a khadi handkerchief or a book may be presented…”The letter also asks all states and UTs to suitably sensitise all concerned to ensure the instructions are complied with.Addressing the launch of PN Panicker National Reading Day celebrations in Kerala on June 17, the PM had urged people to “give a book instead of a bouquet as a greeting”, saying that there is no joy greater than reading and no strength greater than knowledge.”Such a move can make a big difference”.Modi made the same appeal on Twitter the same day, which had Thiruvananthapuram MP Shashi Tharoor’s attention. The Congress leader had tweeted: “Some minds think alike! I’ve been saying this for years in Thiruvananthapuram!”About a week later, during his ‘Mann Ki Baat’ radio address, the PM urged people to stop exchanging bouquets and instead gift khadi products.”One can also use a khadi handkerchief to welcome people, and be a support to the innumerable underprivileged people. When I was in Gujarat, I had set a tradition of welcoming people by not giving bouquets, but books or handkerchiefs instead,” he had said.”The lifespan of a bouquet is very short. You receive it in your hand for a moment and then abandon it. But when you present a book, it becomes a part of the household, a part of the family,” the PM had said.The expenses are reduced as well, and the gift is well utilised too, the PM had said, adding, “I say this, thinking of the historical value of such gifts”.The PM had also recalled his last visit to London, where Queen Elizabeth had invited him to lunch with her. “…when she showed me a small thread-spun khadi handkerchief, her eyes lit up. With great respect, and in an emotion-filled voice, she said, that Mahatma Gandhi had sent this handkerchief to her as a wedding gift”.GIFTING THE PMThe Home Ministry’s missive under the title “arrangements during visits for the Prime Minister within India” says: “…at the best a flower along with a khadi handkerchief or a book may be presented…”

Rlys dub passenger protests at Pune station anti-national

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Describing the protest by passengers that prevented the Deccan Queen Express from leaving Pune Station as “anti-national”, Railways today said they have arrested three women commuters for “obstructing a running train.” On Monday, around 100 daily commuters of Pune-Mumbai Deccan Queen Express, staged a protest demanding that the train should leave from platform number one instead of platform number five. Railways said that the Railway Protection Force (RPF) was currently going through the CCTV footage and will soon identify other passengers who blocked the train’s journey. The Deccan Queen, a popular train among passengers who commute between Pune and Mumbai, has been departing from platform number 5 of Pune railway station for last few months instead of platform number one as has been the practice of several years. The decision to shift the departure platform was taken due to “operational compulsion”. “Around 100 commuters held up the train for almost one hour and railways have taken this act seriously and held three female commuters under section 174 (A) (obstructing a running train) of the Railways Act,” said a release issued by the public relations office of Pune Division. In the release, Pune’s Divisional Railway Manager B K Dadabhoy said, “Such anti-national act will not be tolerated at any cost and action will be taken as per the legal provisions.” He also appealed the commuters not to take the law into their hands and cooperate with railway administration for smooth functioning of the trains. In the release, Pune DRM office said the Railway Protection Force has obtained CCTV footage and photos of the incident and with the help of the evidence the identity of other commuters, who were involved in the Monday protest is being probed and they too will face the action. The three women commuters were later produced before Railway Magistrate, who imposed a fine on them, the release added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Film lovers attend screenings of Lumiere brother footages

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Film lovers from Pune came in large numbers to the special screenings of Lumiere brother footages at National Film Archive of India (NFAI) auditorium today. It was a housefull response at NFAI from the audience which appreciated the special event, said a release issued here. People of all ages, including children, were present at the screening today to enjoy the funny moments from the Lumiere films such as The Gardener or Jumping the Blanket and appreciate the work of these pioneers who made cinema, as we know it today, possible, it said. The audience also appreciated the screening of the rare footage from the film With Our King And Queen Through India (1912) which was made during the 1911 Delhi Durbar, the release added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

FULL TEXT of Mann ki Baat: Emergency in 1975 was darkest night for our democracy, says PM Modi

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>PM Modi on Sunday shared his thoughts on his ‘Mann ki Baat’ programme. Read the full speech below.My Dear Countrymen. Namaskar. The weather is changing. It has been extremely hot this year. But it is good that the monsoon is moving ahead on schedule on its natural course. The weather has become pleasant in several parts of the country with abundant showers. As a result of the rains, the cool breeze has brought about some respite from the oppressive heat of past few days. One has seen that no matter how hectic the life is, no matter how tense we are, whether its one’s personal or public life, the arrival of the rains does lift one’s spirits.The Car festival of Lord Jagannath, the Rath Yatra, is being celebrated in several parts of the country with great piety and fervour. This festival is now also celebrated in some parts of the world. The underprivileged of the country are deeply connected to Lord Jagannath. Those who have studied the life and works of Dr. Baba Saheb Ambedkar, would have observed that he had wholeheartedly praised the Lord Jagannath temple and its traditions, since, social justice and social equality were inherent to these. Lord Jagannath is the God of the poor. But few would know that in English, there is a word, ‘juggernaut’ which means, a magnificent chariot, that is unstoppable. In the dictionary, the etymology of the word ‘juggernaut’ traces its roots to the chariot of Lord Jagannath. And therefore, we can observe that the world has in its own way accepted the significance of the Car Festival of Lord Jagannath, The Rath Yatra. On the occasion of Lord Jagannath’s Car Festival, I extend my heartiest greetings to all my fellow countrymen, and offer my obeisance to Lord Jagannath.India’s diversity is its unique characteristic, and India’s diversity is also its strength. The holy month of Ramzan is observed all across, in prayer with piety. And now the festival of Eid is here. On the occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr, my heartiest greetings to one and all. Ramzan is a month of charity, and sharing joy. The more you share joy, the more it multiplies. Let us come together and take inspiration from these holy festivals and share their joyous treasures, and take the nation forward.In this holy month of Ramzan, I came across a very inspiring incident at Mubarakpur village of Bijnor in Uttar Pradesh. About three and a half thousand families of our Muslim brethren reside in that little village and in a way, form a majority of its population. During this Ramzan the villagers decided to get together and construct toilets. Now, to construct these household toilets, the government gives financial assistance, under which, they were provided a sum of 17 lakh rupees. You will be pleasantly surprised and happy to know that, during this holy month of Ramzan, these Muslim brothers and sisters, returned this money to the government, saying, they would construct these toilets with their own labour and their own money; and that this sum of 17 lakh rupees be used for providing other facilities in the village. I felicitate the residents of Mubarakpur, for transforming the pious occasion of Ramzan into an opportunity for the welfare of society on. Each and everything about them is inspiring. And the most important of it all is that they have freed Mubarakpur of the scourge of open defecation. We know that in our country there are three states that have already been declared Open Defecation Free states, that is, Sikkim, Himachal Pradesh and Kerala. Uttarakhand and Haryana have also been declared ODF, this week. I express my gratitude to the administration, government and especially the people of these five states, for achieving this objective.We know very well, that tremendous hard work is required to achieve anything worthwhile, whether it is in one’s own life or for the society. If we have bad handwriting, and we want to improve it, we have to consciously practice for a long time. Only then will the habit of the body and mind will change. Cleanliness is also similar to this. These bad habits have become a part of our nature. We have become accustomed to them. To free ourselves of these habits we will have to constantly strive and persevere. Everyone’s attention will have to be drawn. We will have to repeatedly remind ourselves of good inspirational incidents. And I’m happy to see that cleanliness is no longer confined to being a government programme. It is getting transformed into a movement by the society and the people. And when government functionaries take this initiative forward with the participation of the masses, it becomes even stronger.Recently I came across a wonderful incident, which I would like to share with you. This happened in the Vizianagaram District of Andhra Pradesh. The district administration there undertook a huge task with people’s participation. From 6 a.m. on the 10th of March, till 10 am of the 14th of March. A hundred-hour non-stop campaign. And what was the objective? To construct 10,000 household toilets in 71 gram panchayats in those hundred hours. And my Dear Countrymen, you will be happy to learn that the administration and the people together did construct 10,000 toilets in hundred hours successfully. 71 villages became ODF. I congratulate the people in the government, government officials and the citizens of Vizianagaram district on this great accomplishment of achieving this feat through immense hard work and setting a very inspiring example in the process.These days, people have been regularly sending their suggestions for ‘Mann Ki Baat’, on the NarendraModiApp, on MyGov.in, through letters and Akashvani. Shri Prakash Tripathi reminiscing about the Emergency, has written, presenting 25thof June as a Dark period in the history of Democracy. Prakash Tripathi ji’s commitment to democracy is praiseworthy. Not only is Democracy a system, but also a ‘sanskar’- a part of our ethos. Eternal Vigilance is the Price of Liberty. One needs to be constantly alert about our Democracy, that is why we must also keep remembering the events that inflicted harm upon our democracy; and at the same time move ahead, carrying forward the virtues of democracy. 1975 – 25th June – it was a dark night that no devotee of democracy can ever forget. No Indian can ever forget. The country had virtually become a prison. The voice of the opposition had been smothered. Several prominent leaders including Jai Prakash Narayan had been jailed. The judicial system too could not escape the sinister shadows of the Emergency. The press was completely muffled. The present-day students of journalism and the champions of democracy have been endeavouring towards raising awareness about that dark period, by constant reminders, and should continue to do so. Atal Bihari Vajpayee ji was also in jail at that time. After one year of Emergency, Atal ji wrote a poem, in which he describes the state of mind during those turbulent times.The scorching summer month,The sad winter moonlight,The sobbing monsoon,An emptiness pervading withinAn entire year has gone by.The world confined behind bars,But the soul like a restless birdThe freedom song resonatesFrom the earth to the sky,An entire year has gone by.The eyes are in anticipationCounting days and momentsThe beloved who went away,Shall return one day,An entire year has gone by.The believers of democracy fought a prolonged war, and the great nation that India is, where the spirit of democracy pervades the very being of all its people, the strength of that spirit was demonstrated when the opportunity of elections came. We have to further fortify that legacy.My dear countrymen, every Indian today, is proud and holds his head high. 21st June 2017 – Yoga has permeated the entire world. From the seashores to the mountains, people welcomed the first rays of the sun, with Yoga. Which Indian wouldn’t be proud of this! It isn’t as if Yoga didn’t exist before, but now the threads of Yoga have bound everyone together, and have become the means to unite the world. Almost all the countries in the world made Yoga Day their own. In China, Yoga was practiced on the Great Wall of China, and on the World Heritage site of Machu Picchu in Peru, at 2400 metres above sea level. In France, yoga was performed in the vicinity of the Eiffel Tower. In Abu Dhabi in UAE, more than 4000 persons participated in mass yoga. In Herat, in Afghanistan, on the India Afghan Friendship Dam, Salma Dam, Yoga added a new aspect to India’s friendship. In a small country like Singapore, programs were organised in 70 places, with a week long campaign. On the occasion of International Day of Yoga, the UN released ten stamps. A ‘Yoga Session with Yoga Masters’ was organised at the UN headquarters. The staff of the UN and diplomats from across the world participated.Yoga has created a world record again this time also. In Ahmedabad in Gujarat, around 55 thousand people performed Yoga together and created a new world record. I too had the opportunity to participate in the Yoga event held in Lucknow. But I also had the good fortune to practice Yoga in the rain for the first time. Our soldiers practiced yoga in Siachen where temperatures reach minus 20, 25, 40 degrees. Whether it is our armed forces, or the BSF, ITBP, CRPF and CISF, each one of them, apart from their duties has made Yoga a part of their lives. On this Yoga Day, since this was the third International Day of Yoga, I had asked you to share photos of three generations of the family doing yoga together. Some TV channels also took this idea forward. I received a lot of photographs out of which, selected photographs are compiled and uploaded on the NarendraModiApp. One significant outcome of the way the yoga is being talked about all around the world is the portent that today’s health conscious society is now taking steps from fitness to wellness, and they have realised that fitness is, of course, important, but for true wellness, yoga is the best way.Sound bite.“Respected Prime Minister Sir, I am Dr. Anil Sonara speaking from Ahmedabad, Gujarat. Sir, I have a question. Recently in Kerala, we heard you speak about replacing bouquets that we give as gifts, with good books as mementos. You had started this practice while you were in office in Gujarat, Sir, but in the recent days we have not been seeing much of this. So, can we do something about it? Is there nothing we can do to have this implemented throughout the country, Sir?”Recently, I had the opportunity to go to one of my favorite events. A very good programme is being run in Kerala for the past few years, by the P.N. Panicker Foundation, which encourages people to cultivate the habit of reading books and to enhance their awareness towards this, by organising celebrations such as ‘Reading Day’, and ‘Reading Month’. I had the opportunity to go for the inaugural function, where I was told that instead of bouquets, they gift books. I liked it. Thus I was also reminded of what had slipped my mind. Because when I was in Gujarat, I had set this tradition of welcoming, by not giving bouquets, but books or handkerchiefs instead. And that too, a ‘Khadi’ handkerchief, so that it promotes ‘Khadi’. Till the time I was in Gujarat, this habit had been ingrained in us, but after coming here, I had lost that habit. When I went to Kerala, it was rekindled. I have already begun to issue instructions in the government. Here too we can gradually nurture this habit. And the life span of a bouquet is very short. You receive it in your hand for a moment and then abandon it. But when you present a book, it becomes a part of the household, a part of the family. One can also use a ‘Khadi’ handkerchief to welcome people, and be a support to the innumerable underprivileged. The expenses are reduced as well, and the gift is well utilized too. I say this, thinking of the historical value of such gifts. During my past UK visit, in London, the Queen of Britain, Queen Elizabeth had invited me to dine with her. The atmosphere was imbued with maternal warmth, and I was served with great affection. Afterwards when she showed me a small thread-spun khadi handkerchief, her eyes lit up. With great respect and in an emotion filled voice, she said, that Mahatma Gandhi had sent this handkerchief to her as a wedding gift. So many years have passed and yet, Queen Elizabeth has treasured the handkerchief gifted by Mahatma Gandhi. And she was happy to show it to me, when I went there. As I gazed at it, the Queen encouraged me to touch it. A small gift by Mahatma Gandhi, has become a part of her life and a part of history. I know that these habits do not change overnight, and when we talk about it, we invite criticism. Despite that, one should keep talking about it, and keep making the effort. Now, I cannot say that if I go somewhere and somebody brings a bouquet I will refuse it. No, I won’t do that, but we will talk about it even though there is criticism, and then gradually, the change will happen.My dear countrymen, as Prime Minister, there are numerous tasks to be handled. I have to remain deeply absorbed in files, but for my own self, I have developed a habit of reading daily, at least a few of the letters I receive and because of that I get a chance to connect with the common man. I get a variety of letters, written by all sorts of people. Recently, I had the opportunity to read a letter, which I feel, I should share with you. From the far south, in Madurai, Tamil Nadu, Arulmozhi Sarvanan, a housewife, sent me a letter. And what was in that letter? She wrote, that she thought about engaging in some economic activity keeping in mind her responsibilities such as children’s education, to lend some financial assistance to her family. She got some money from the bank, under the ‘Mudra’ Scheme and commenced working towards procuring some items from the market for sale. Then she came to know of the ‘Government E-Marketplace’ system initiated by the government. She tried to find out the details, and asked people about it. And then she registered herself for the scheme. Here I want to tell my countrymen, that if you get the opportunity, you should also visit, the E-G-E-M, E-GEM website on the Internet. This is a great new system. Whoever wants to supply any item to the government, small things such as electric bulbs, dustbins, brooms, chairs and tables, they can register themselves. They can mention the quality of the goods, the rate at which they sell, and it is compulsory for the government departments to visit the site and see whether the supplier can supply the goods at reasonable prices without compromising on the quality. And then the orders can be placed. That is how the middlemen can be removed from the system. The entire process becomes transparent. There is no interface. Everything is done through technology. So, when people register in E-GEM, all the government departments become aware of them. As there are no middlemen, the goods are available at very reasonable rates. Now whatever goods Arulmozhi Madam could supply, she got all those registered on this government website. And the best part is, what she has written in this letter is very interesting. She has written that she got the money from the ‘Mudra’ Scheme and started her business, then she registered the inventory of all her products on the E-GEM website, and then she got an order from the Prime Minister’s Office. It was news to me also, I wondered what the PMO would have ordered. She wrote that the PMO had ordered two thermoses, and she was paid Rupees 1600/-. This is empowerment. This is an opportunity for encouraging entrepreneurship. Had Arulmozhi not written to me I wouldn’t have realised that because of E-GEM, a housewife living far away and running a small business can have the items on her inventory purchased directly by the Prime Minister’s Office. This is the nation’s strength. This has transparency, this has empowerment, this has entrepreneurship too. Government E-Marketplace – GEM. I would certainly like that whoever wishes to sell their products or business items to the government, should increasingly get connected with this website. I believe that this is an excellent example of Minimum Government and Maximum Governance, and it’s objective is Minimum Price and Maximum Ease, Efficiency and Transparency. My dear countrymen, on the one hand, we take pride in Yoga, on the other we can also take pride in our achievements in space science. And this is the unique attribute of India, that whereas we have our feet firmly on the ground with Yoga, we have our dreams to soar beyond horizons to far away skies. Recently, India has had many achievements in sports, as well as science. Today, India’s flag is flying high not only on earth but also in space. Just two days ago, ISRO launched 30 Nano satellites with the ‘Cartosat-2 Series Satellite.’ And besides India, these satellites are of France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Britain and America, nearly 14 such countries. And with India’s Nano Satellite Mission, we will get a lot of help in the field of agriculture, farming, and dealing with natural disasters. We are all aware that a few days ago, ISRO has successfully launched the GSAT-19. And of all the satellites launched by India, this was the heaviest satellite. The newspapers of our country have compared it with elephantine weights. You can well imagine the magnitude of the achievement of our scientists in space. On the 19th of June, our Mars Mission completed one thousand days. You may be aware that when we had successfully created a place for the Mars Mission in orbit, this entire mission was planned for a duration of 6 months. It had a life expectancy of 6 months. But I’m happy that the strength of the endeavours of our scientists has been such that not only has this crossed six months; even after a thousand days, our Mangalyaan Mission is at work, sending images, providing information, collating scientific data, way beyond its expected duration and life expectancy. The completion of one thousand days, is an important milestone in our scientific journey, our space odyssey.These days we see that our youth are getting increasingly inclined to the field of sports. It is becoming evident that along with studies, our new generations can see a future in sports as well. And our sportspersons, through their prowess, skills and accomplishments win laurels for the country as well. Recently India’s Badminton player, Kidambi Shrikant has brought glory to the nation by winning Indonesia Open. I extend my heartiest congratulations to him and his coach for this victory. I had the opportunity, a few days ago to be associated with the inaugural function of the Synthetic Track of the renowned athlete, P.T. Usha’s Usha School of Athletics. The more we promote sports, the more we see the spirit of sportsmanship. Sports play an important role in personality development also. There is a great significance of sports in overall personality development. There is no dearth of talent in our country. If the children in our family are interested in sports, they should be given opportunities. They should not be forced off the playing fields to be locked in rooms with books. They should study as well, if they can do well in studies, they should certainly do so, but if they have the potential and the inclination to do well in sports, that should be encouraged and supported by the school, college, family and all the people around them. Each one should nurture dreams for the next Olympics.My dear countrymen, let me mention once again, that this Season of Rains, with its abundance of festivals and festivities, brings with it a unique new feeling of the times. I extend my heartiest greetings to you all, until the next episode of ‘Mann Ki Baat’, when I shall share my thoughts with you once again. Namaskar.

PM Modi leaves for three-nation tour, Portugal to be first stop

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday embarked on a three-nation tour of Portugal, the US and the Netherlands during which he will hold talks with the top leadership of those countries to boost bilateral ties.The highlight of his four-day visit will be the US leg as Modi will be meeting President Donald Trump for the first time on June 26 in Washington.Ahead of his US visit, Modi said he looked forward to the opportunity of having an in-depth exchange of views.”My USA visit is aimed at deepening ties between our nations. Strong India-USA ties benefit our nations & the world,” he had tweeted. In a statement posted on Facebook, Modi said his two-day visit to Washington from June 25 was at the invitation of Trump. Apart from official meetings with Trump and his cabinet colleagues, Modi will be meeting some prominent American CEOs.In the first leg of the tour, Modi will visit Portugal where he will have talks with Prime Minister Antonio Costa.”Building on our recent discussions, we will review the progress of various joint initiatives and decisions,” he said about his upcoming meeting with Costa.After the US visit, Modi will travel to the Netherlands on June 27 where he will have a meeting with the Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and call on King Willem-Alexander and meet Queen Maxima. This year, the two countries are celebrating 70 years of the establishment of Indo-Dutch diplomatic relations. “I look forward to meeting Prime Minister Rutte and reviewing our bilateral relations. I would be exchanging views with PM Rutte on important global issues including counter- terrorism and climate change,” Modi said ahead of the visit.

Aim to build forward-looking vision, says PM ahead of US visit

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi tonight said the aim of his upcoming visit to the US was building of a “forward-looking vision” for the bilateral partnership and further consolidate the robust and wide- ranging ties. Modi, who will be meeting President Donald Trump for the first time on June 26 in Washington, said he looked forward to the opportunity to have an in-depth exchange of views. Along with the US, he will be travelling to Portugal and the Netherlands during the four-day visit beginning tomorrow. “My USA visit is aimed at deepening ties between our nations. Strong India-USA ties benefit our nations & the world,” he tweeted. In a statement posted on the Facebook, Modi said his two-day visit to Washington from June 25 was at the invitation of Trump. “President Trump and I have spoken on telephone prior to this. Our conversations have touched upon our common intent to take forward our productive all round engagement for the mutual benefit of our people,” he said. “I look forward to this opportunity to have an in-depth exchange of views on further consolidating the robust and wide ranging partnership between India and the United States,” the prime minister said. He noted that India’s partnership with the US is multi- layered and diverse, supported by not just governments but all the stakeholders on both sides. “I look forward to building a forward-looking vision for our partnership with the new Administration in the United States under President Trump,” he added. Apart from official meetings with Trump and his cabinet colleagues, Modi will be meeting some prominent American CEOs. Like in the past, he will also be interacting with the Indian diaspora. In the first leg of the tour, Modi will pay a working visit tomorrow to Portugal where he will have talks with Prime Minister Antonio Costa. “Building on our recent discussions, we will review the progress of various joint initiatives and decisions,” he said about his upcoming meeting with Costa. “We will also discuss ways to further enhance the bilateral engagement, especially in the areas of economic cooperation, science & technology, space collaboration and people to people ties,” the prime minister added. He said the two leaders will deliberate on means to intensify the bilateral cooperation in counter-terrorism and on other international issues of mutual interest. “I also see significant potential for deepening bilateral trade and investment ties,” he said. He will be interacting with the Indian Community in Portugal during the visit. After the US visit, Modi will travel to the Netherlands on June 27 where he will have an official meeting with the Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and call on King Willem- Alexander and meet Queen Maxima. This year, the two countries are celebrating 70 years of the establishment of Indo-Dutch diplomatic relations. “I look forward to meeting Prime Minister Rutte and reviewing our bilateral relations. I would be exchanging views with PM Rutte on important global issues including counter- terrorism and climate change,” he said. Economic relations form the core of the bilateral relations and the Netherlands is India’s 6th largest trading partner in the EU and 5th largest investment partner globally. “The Dutch expertise in areas such as water and waste management, agriculture and food processing, renewable energy and ports and shipping, matches with our development needs,” the prime minister said. “Indo-Dutch economic engagement is a win-win proposition,” he said, adding he would be discussing with Rutte as to how the two sides should work to further harness the synergies. He said he will also be meeting with CEOs of major Dutch companies and encourage them to join the Indian growth story. “There are strong people-to-people relations between the two countries with the presence of second largest Indian diaspora in Europe in the Netherlands. I look forward to engaging with the Indian community in the Netherlands,” he added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Darjeeling unrest: A boon for Sikkim tourism

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The unrest in Darjeeling during its peak tourist season has led to a boon for the Sikkim tourism industry as travellers are selecting the neighbouring hill state instead of Darjeeling due to the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha agitation which is going on there. C Zangpo, Secretary of Sikkim Tourism said, “The tension in Darjeeling has led to a sudden boom in the tourism industry here…Toursism related establishments in Gangtok are currently packed with customers and have full bookings in the coming days as well.” The GJM agitation in Darjeeling has led to many cancellations by domestic and foreign tourists in the ‘Queen of hill stations’.According to the Sikkim Tourism secretary, majority of the tourists who are visiting Sikkim were initially planning on visiting Darjeeling on the second leg of their journey or had been there before reaching Sikkim. Travel operators along with the secretary echoed concerns as to the difficulty of managing so many tourists at the same time.
ALSO READ Darjeeling unrest: Internet still suspended, slain GJM men’s kin vow to carry on fight for Gorkhaland”We have asked travel operators and hotels to try and accommodate as many tourists as they can without compromising on the service standards as any mismanagement at this time could give a bad name to the tourism industry,” said Zangpo​Hotels have started cancelling new booking enquiries as presently they have been booked up till mid-July. A tourist from Kolkata, Santanu Bose, commented saying, “We had been in Darjeeling for holidaying when all this happened. Our travel agent immediately contacted operators in Sikkim and we were lucky to get reservations. We spent only one night in Darjeeling. We are enjoying our stay here now.”Bose further told PTI at the Mall that many tourists had to cut short their visit and return. Tourists from Sikkim are now being provided with Sikkim Nationalised Transport buses every day with security which is making them feel secure and allowing them to avoid getting stuck in the hills due to the ongoing bandh. Darjeeling has witnessed clashed between GJM activists and the police over the demand for a separate Gorkhaland state since June 8.The Sikkim government’s sources said that they had requested their West Bengal counterpart on June 18 to provide security to vehicles passing through NH 31A in Darjeeling district in view of the agitation.The West Bengal government in return had assured them that security would be provided to all Sikkim bound vehicles and the police would carry out extensive patrolling on the highway.Sevoke in Darjeeling district is connected to Gangtok via the 92 km-long NH 31A and is considered the lifeline of Sikkim. Around 30 km of the highway passes through West Bengal.

London fire may have destroyed DNA needed to ID victims

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The devastating fire that struck a high-rise tower in London may have been so powerful that it destroyed much of the DNA evidence needed to identify its victims. As firefighters keep searching the charred ruins of the Grenfell Tower public housing complex with sniffer dogs and drones, Metropolitan Police commander Stuart Cundy said there was “a risk that, sadly, we may not be able to identify everybody.” Experts said the intensity of Wednesday’s fire at the 24 -story building will make naming victims extremely difficult, drawing comparisons to the 2001 World Trade Center terror attacks in New York, where 40 percent of the victims were never identified. “When you have a fire that takes hold like that, that is literally an inferno. You get a lot of fragmentation of bodies, charring of bones and sometimes all that’s left is ash,” said Peter Vanezis, a professor of forensic medical sciences at Queen Mary University in London. He said the temperature of the blaze at Grenfell Tower was comparable to a cremation. “The longer a fire burns, the less chance you have that there will be enough DNA left to test,” Vanezis said. Still, he said if people were protected by any surrounding furniture or debris, it’s possible there might be some viable DNA. Vanezis said the best chance to identify victims may be if officials find any remaining bits of teeth or bone, which are usually the last parts of the body to be destroyed. He said sophisticated techniques could be used to amplify the DNA, but noted such tests can only identify a person’s family, not the individual. Vanezis added that medical devices like a pacemaker or any artificial implants could be used to identify people by finding their registration details. Another complicating factor is that much of the DNA material that would normally be used to help pinpoint victims like toothbrushes or combs were probably also incinerated in the blaze. “Even if we get some DNA, the question will be, do we have anything to compare it to?” said Denise Syndercombe Court, a forensic science expert at King’s College London. In those cases, Syndercombe Court said experts would need a DNA sample from other family members or need to see if there are any reference samples available elsewhere, like a hospital blood or tissue test. Syndercombe Court said even tiny fragments of teeth or bone could help, explaining that DNA tests can be run on as few as 10 to 20 cells. She said many identifications would probably be done via dental records, predicting that such samples would be more likely found from people who died of smoke inhalation, rather than those killed by the fire itself. Syndercombe Court said the testing process would likely take months, as officials scour through remains, search for things like comparison DNA and go through a lengthy verification process. “People won’t want to give up easily,” she said, adding that officials would likely also encounter other obstacles, like trying to find people who weren’t expected to be at the tower or differentiating between siblings where little DNA remains. The timing of the fire — after the recent deadly attacks in Manchester and London — also doesn’t help. “The capacity of labs to do this kind of testing is limited,” Syndercombe Court said. “They’re already working on forensic evidence from Manchester and London. This just adds to the backlog.” As of today, London police said 30 people have died in the Grenfell blaze. Britain’s Press Association has reported that some 70 people are still missing after the fire, based on a compilation of verified reports.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Tiwari ‘frustrated’ for not being inducted into Raje cabinet:

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The infighting between BJP MLA Ghanshyam Tiwari and the party in Rajasthan intensified today when three ministers and an MP in a joint statement said the legislator was “frustrated” and attacked the Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje as he was not inducted into the state cabinet. Tiwari, in a reply to a show-cause notice served to him by the party’s national discipline committee on May 6 for alleged indiscipline, had on Monday questioned the central leadership for not taking “action” against Raje, saying he will not bow down to the “corrupt and inferior leadership”. In a strongly worded response, the disgruntled MLA had called the chief minister as the “queen of indiscipline”. Health Minister Kalicharan Saraf, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Rajendra Rathore, Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Arun Chaturvedi and MP Nihal Chand Meghwal in the joint statement said the MLA from Sanganer began his tirade against the party as he was not inducted into the Raje cabinet and he was “frustrated” over it. “This is the nature of Tiwari. He even messed with late Bhairon Singh Shekhawat who taught him politics. Tiwari lost the Assembly election from Chomu in 1998 by a record number of votes, but Raje gave him a ticket from the safe seat of Sanganer in 2003,” Saraf said. Accusing the MLA of spitting venom against the state leadership of the party in his reply to the show-cause notice, Rathore dubbed Tiwari as “kalyugi Kalidas”. “Kalidas cut a branch of a tree on which he was sitting himself and Tiwari is doing the same, but it is doubtful that he will ever gain wisdom,” he said. Chaturvedi accused Tiwari of being “arrogant” and not aware of the importance of the party and its ideology. “He is working on a principle that only he is correct and the rest wrong,” he said. Meghwal, MP from Sriganganagar, said Tiwari is spreading lies as there has been no pressure of the chief minister on the MPs.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Non-Himachalis can own freehold luxury homes in Auramah Valley

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>New Delhi India, Apr 27 (ANI-Businesswire India): Beating the downturn in the real estate market, Auramah Valley, the ultra luxury residential project is giving 50% – 60% return to its residents over the last 3 years Only limited 200 apartments, 50 duplexes, and 20 villas are spread across 100 acres of terraces, valleys, and forest surrounded by snow covered mountains Only luxury property to have 24×7 helicopter Service/availability Has the largest rainwater harvesting tanks which can store over 10 Lakh litres of filtered water Rare opportunity to own freehold, Super Luxury Villas, Luxury Duplexes and Signature Apartments at Auramah Valley, The Himachal Govt. approved, Rupee 480 crore, # 1 Luxury Township of Shimla. In a first-of-its-kind real estate endeavour in India, Imperial Reality and Developments have launched the 2nd phase of the Rs 480 crore uber luxury project in Shimla, that is set to change the realty landscape in pristine hill station. This is also a rare opportunity for Non-Himachalis to own a freehold property in Himachal. ?Buying a property in Himachal Pradesh has been fraught with tedious processes and laws. Auramah Valley, is a Govt. of Himachal approved project which gives you the privilege of owning a Free-Hold luxury home in Shimla,? said Mr. Manav Singh, chairman Imperial Reality, and Developments. ?We are opening up the 2nd phase and inviting applications for 100 homes comprising of 2 Bedroom 1,600 sq ft is selling with a starting price of 1.1 Crore, 4 bedroom duplexes (3500 sq ft) starting at Rs 2.7 crores, and Villas of 5,000 sq ft at Rs 5.6 crore.? Added Mr. Manav Singh. Located adjacent to the Naldehra Golf Course at Shimla, Auramah Valley, an ultra luxury residential project is built over 20 acre land and 80 acres of forest cover. It has launched phase 2 with 100 exclusive residences comprising of Signature Apartments, Luxury Duplexes and Super Luxury Villas to be delivered in the span of 14 months. This move is following the successful completion and handing over of the first phase of 30 homes, with another 20 to be delivered by September 2017. Auramah Valley is a Luxury Hill Township with 200 apartments, 50 duplexes and 20 villas, clubhouse, helicopter club and plush amenities spread across 100 acres of terraces and valleys surrounded by snow covered mountains, gushing streams and breathtaking meadows. With construction taking place on 20 acres, the residents at Auramah valley will enjoy 80 acres of forest, with a lifetime view of the valleys and mountains. Auramah valley claims that if you compare your home anywhere else in the world, your home at Auramah Valley will be significantly better in design, space and certainly the atmosphere. ?The township will cater to niche clientele with a discerning eye for luxury, comfort, and wellness. To ensure a harmonious community, all buyers are vetted by the screening committee to buy these ?limited edition? apartments,? said Mr. Manav Singh. Auramah Valley has also beaten the downturn in the real estate market giving a 50%-60% return to its residents over the last 3 years. Less Supply, almost no organized developer in the region, backed by high-quality construction and on time delivery has enabled Auramah Valley to beat the markets. Commenting on the launch the elated Mr. Manav Singh said, ?We are the only Luxury Real estate development in Shimla, and have lead the En-Vogue trend of luxury second homes in the hills. This is well reflected in the overwhelming response we received for the 1st Phase of Auramah Valley, which we have successfully delivered, to happy clients and on time.? Auramah Valley also has plans to launch Fully Serviced senior homes as part of the second phase. These will include only 14 homes of 700 sq ft to 1,000 sq ft and will be attached to the club house. The state of the art clubhouse (the civil structure has already been completed) would have features like a world-class spa, heated swimming pool, gymnasium, indoor and outdoor restaurant as well as a cigar lounge, cards room and a movie theatre. There will also be a secured play area for children, along with a tennis and basketball court. Situated at 22 kilometers ahead of Shimla, Auramah Valley is the only residential project which has a dedicated helicopter Service (not just a Helipad). Thus there would be a 24×7 pickup service from anywhere in North India to Auramah valley. The valley will have a 24×7 clinic, and scheduled doctor visits every day, as well as a department store for all daily needs. Auramah Valley is also approved by a number of banks who provide home loans to the buyers. Auramah Valley has made several provisions to ensure abundant water supply. It has large rainwater harvesting Tanks which can store over 10 Lakh litres of filtered water, besides their own source of water from the stream, which is only 2 km below. ?Auramah valley is the ?Gold Standard? of luxury residential homes in Shimla. Our aim is to bring back the glorious past of Shimla, the Queen of the Hills, and create a community of high living and high thinking people.? added Mr. Manav Singh. (ANI-Businesswire India) Ends AD NNNN ANI(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Departure of Nilgiris Heritage train delayed by four hours

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The departure of Nilgiris Mountain Railway (NMR) train from Mettupalayam to Udhagamandalam was delayed by four hours today, owing to delay in the arrival of connecting Nilgiris Express from Chennai. Traffic on Erode-Coimbatore section was disrupted following a technical snag in Mannargudi Express near Tirupur in the early hours, following which all the trains on the route were delayed by four hours, official sources said. The Nilgiris Express, which was to arrive at 5.50 AM at Mettupalayam, via Coimbatore, arrived at 9.30 AM. As a result, the NMR, a major tourist attraction to Queen of Hills, Udhagamandalam, scheduled to leave at 7.10 AM, departed at 9.50 AM from Mettupalayam, the sources said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

India recalls Hazrat Mahal’s contribution to freedom struggle

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India today hailed Begum Hazrat Mahal, who had rebelled against British colonial rule in 1857 58, saying it was people like her who inspired the country to gain independence. Recalling Begum’s contribution towards the Indian freedom movement, India’s Ambassador to Nepal Manjiv Singh Puri laid a wreath on her tomb to commemorate her 138th death anniversary here. “The freedom struggle of 1857 has an important place in the history of India and it is because of the inspiration we got from people like Begum Hazrat, we have become independent now,” Puri said at a function held here. Begum, who is one of the earliest female freedom fighters of India had taken refuges in Nepal in 1859. April 7, 2017 is the 138th death anniversary of the Begum. Then Prime Minister of Nepal Junga Bahadur Rana granted asylum to Begum, who had taken part in the freedom movement of 1857. Born in 1820, Begum spent more than two decades in Nepal and passed away in 1879. A tomb was built at the Jama Masjid after her death. Granddaughter of Begum Tilak Fatima also attended the wreath-laying ceremony. After King Wajid Ali Shah had been exiled to Matiaburj in Kolkata, the Queen had bravely fought against the British troops annexing Awadh, defeating them in Alambagh. A documentary on the life of Begum was also screened on occasion.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Haryana govt’s new policy allows liquor vends to sell IMFL,

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With the favouring changes in Haryana’s Excise and Taxation policy for the year 2017-2018, the liquor vends allotted to retailers during the bidding process have been allowed to store both IMFL as well as country-made liquor for sale. Under the policy, the department has categorised liquor vends into zones between Gurgaon East and West areas. As per the new policy, a license holder can open maximum six liquor vends with two sub vends, following the Supreme Court’s order and excise departments norms. Under the earlier policy for 2016-2017, the department had allotted three vends in one zone. Sources have said the decision was taken with a view to centralise revenue generation through limited players having high capacity. Deputy Commissioner of Excise and Taxation of Gurgaon Aruna Singh, who heads east part of Gurgaon, said as per the new policy, the liquor traders are entitled to sell both IMFL and country-made liquors in an individual vend, which is new initiative. “We have already directed the traders to open the new vends following the Supreme Court’s fresh guidelines about distance measurement based on motorise length of 500 metres and excise and taxation norms,” Singh said. Following the apex court’s decision on December 15, 2016 to measure liquor vends falling under 500 metres from national and state highways, the depratment carried out the measurement process for motorable distance from the edge and nearest point of service lanes of highways to vend. 43 liquor vends falling within the 500-metre distance were closed as their licenses were cancelled on March 31, 2017, she added. There are total 41 zones declared by new excise policy with 19 falling under east area and 22 under west area of Gurgaon. This time the liquor vends will go till 344 numbers in Gurgaon, while in last year there were 323 in the city. The 19 zones located in east area are Valley view, DLF-1, Sector-4, 29, 56,31, 47, Galleria, Golf Course, Golf Suit sector-44, South City-II, Pioneer zone, Badshahpur, Bhondsi rural, Sohna Urban, Rural, MG Road and others. HC Dahiya, Deputy Commissioner of Excise and Taxation of Gurgaon is heading west area 22 zones. “The Cyber Hub area which is falling under west zone has highest bid of Rs 56 crore against the reserve price of Rs 41 crore set by excise department. As far as the east area is concerned, there are 19 zones coming under it and maximum bidding of Rs 39 crore for sector 31 zone. Lowest bidding for west and east areas are from Bilaspur and Sohna Rural with Rs 6.30 crore and Rs 3.12 crore, respectively,” the officer said. “The cyber hub zone comes under 500 meters and hence the decision of apex court bring headache for the owner of that zone, while some pubs and bars in sector-29 comes under 500 meters distance and some left out which is a matter of measuring their distances. Some pubs like ‘Chillis grill and bar’ at Ambiance Mall and Hotel Queen Pearl come under 500 metres have been closed,” Dahiya said. With pubs and bars owners started submitting affidavits with excise department for the review, he said. “We are waiting for some more affidavits of this kind following which they would undergo verification by excise department. If, they fall beyond 500 meters, they would get NOC from the department, while bars coming within the distance will be shut forever,” Dahiya said. There is no limitation for liquor vends to stock IMFL and domestic liquor. The excise department has given a flexibility of for them to stock IMFL and domestic liquor according to the demand of the area. “Suppose, liquor vends in DLF city or cyber hub have huge demand of IMFL, they are entitled to stock accordingly. Similarly, domestic liquors have huge demand in rural areas like Sohna, Pataudi and Maneser. The excise department has set minimum reserve price of particular area accordingly,” said Dahiya. The excise department has identified 65 bars in west Gurgaon and 50 in east Gurgaon coming within the distance of 500 meters. There is no point of measuring them further as the department has already measured their distances, Dahiya said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Karni Sena, the group that attacked Sanjay Leela Bhansali, now destroys mirrors in 13th century fort

The Sena said it had warned that the mirrors in the Padmini palace would be destroyed if they were not removed. The mirrors, says the group, misrepresent the story of queen Padmini, who preferred to commit Jauhar or self-immolation to protect her honour rather than submit to Muslim ruler Alauddin Khilji <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 13th century Chittorgarh Fort in Rajasthan was vandalised last evening, allegedly by activists of the Karni Sena.According to reports, the Sena that claimed responsibility for the attack, vandalised and shattered mirrors in Padmini Mahal, the palace of the legendary Rajput queen. The attackers pretended to be tourists to get past the lone security guard posted outside the palace, which stands within the fort complex, surrounded by a small lake.A case has been filed against unknown people.
ALSO READ Karni Sena spokesperson HITS OUT at Sanjay Leela Bhansali, makes some SHOCKING revelations!The Sena said it had warned that the mirrors in the Padmini palace would be destroyed if they were not removed. The mirrors, says the group, misrepresent the story of queen Padmini, who preferred to commit Jauhar or self-immolation to protect her honour rather than submit to Muslim ruler Alauddin Khilji. Khilji, the Sultan Of Delhi, had attacked the kingdom of Chittorgarh in 1303 apparently to capture the queen, renowned for her beauty.The same group had assaulted filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali last month during the shoot of his period drama “Padmavati”. The group had then accused Bhansali of filming a dream sequence depicting romance between Padmini and Alauddin Khilji, played by actors Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh. Bhansali has denied the allegation.

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