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PM Narendra Modi, FM Arun Jaitley wish citizens on Constitution Day

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As Indians marks the Constitution Day on Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to “salute the great women and men who gave India a Constitution we are proud of.”The Prime Minister was joined by members of his Cabinet as well as the Opposition leaders who wished the citizens on the occasion marking the day on which the Constitution of India was agreed to by the Constituent Assembly in 1949.November 26 was was earlier commemorated as the National Law Day, but the government in 2015 decided to celebrate it as Constitution Day.
ALSO READ Judiciary, executive and legislature need to be careful to not cross into each other’s spaces: President Kovind Wishing the citizens on the occasion, PM Modi tweeted a short video, accompanied by the caption, “On Constitution Day, we salute the great women and men who gave India a Constitution we are proud of.”Finance Minister Arun Jaitley also greeted the nation on the day and tweeted, “#ConstitutionDay greetings to everyone. On this day in 1949 Constitution of India was adopted by the Constituent Assembly. Let us cherish the core principles of our constitution, remember its framers & rededicate ourselves to the ideals of our constitution on this historic day.”His Cabinet Colleague and Minister of Information and Broadcasting Smriti Irani tweeted, “Greetings to everyone on National Constitution Day. We remember Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar & every individual who framed our Constitution. Their contribution towards empowering our democracy is invaluable.”Vice President Venkaiah Naidu also wished the countrymen on the occasion. “Let us all gratefully commemorate today, adoption of Constitution of India, Holy Book of every citizen of country. It is a living document which provides fundamental rights to citizens and a balanced separation of powers between executive, judiciary and legislature,” he tweeted. HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar, Commerce Minister Suresh Prabhu and Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore were among those who wished the nation on the Constitution Day. Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah tweeted, “On this day in 1949, the Constituent Assembly adopted the Constitution of India. Today, I renew my pledge to uphold the Constitution.”Congress leaders Manish Tewari cautioned against losing “Tolerance to bold,daring,outrageous & even provocative creativity.””On Constitution Day what has happened to the Preambular Value-“Liberty of thought, expression, belief, faith & Worship”. Any nation that looses Tolerance to bold,daring,outrageous & even provocative creativity ultimately fossilises intellectually & Socially . We are almost there,” he said on Twitter.

Chai-meme row: Congress says PM Modi is a ‘serial abuser’, BJP says PM ‘most abused since Independence’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Congress today called Prime Minister Narendra Modi a “serial abuser” and the BJP “mother of crass statements”, drawing a strong rebuttal from the ruling party which insisted Modi was a “victim” of abuses.With political discourse often getting reduced to vituperative outburst, senior Congress leader Abhishek Singhvi targeted Modi and the BJP over it, and sought apology.”BJP is mother and producer of derogatory, insulting, foul language…the sheer brazenness with which BJP escapes any blame after indulging in crude, crass and coarse language is appalling…we demand the BJP apologise for lowering quality of public discourse,” Singhvi told reporters.Singhvi listed several cases where the prime minister allegedly made derogatory remarks by calling his predecessor Manmohan Singh a “night-watchman”, Congress president Sonia Gandhi a “jersey cow” and the party’s vice president Rahul Gandhi a “hybrid calf” in the past.Singhvi also said the prime minister recently called the Congress a “termite”. The BJP mounted a spirited counteroffensive with Union minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore insisting: “If somebody has been abused the most after independence, it is Narendra Modi. He is a victim.” He cited a host of “abusive” comments made by Congress leaders, including its president Sonia Gandhi and her deputy Rahul Gandhi, in the past to target Modi.Sonia Gandhi called Modi ‘maut ka saudagar’ (merchant of death), while her son accused him of ‘khoon ki dalali’ (broker of blood), Singh said, adding that Priyanka Gandhi had used the word ‘neech’ (despicable) against the prime minister. He also cited several others abusive comments made by Congress leaders to make his point.A bitter war of words broke out between the two parties after the Congress’ youth wing yesterday circulated a meme about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘chaiwala’ past, provoking a backlash from the BJP, and prompting a red-faced Congress to distance from it.The meme that unleashed a political firestorm contained photograph of Modi, US president Donald Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May engaged in a conversation.Modi is seen telling the two leaders about the opposition’s memes targeting him. He mispronounces the word as “mainmain”. Trump corrects him, saying the word is pronounced as “meem”, while May tells him to go and sell tea.

Netas @ SMS: Toll reaches 14

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Khatolai village transformer blast toll on Wednesday reached 14 with four more succumbing to their injuries while the condition of seven injured was reported to be critical.Politicos thronged the hospital and blast site near Shahpura a day after the incident. Meanwhile, bodies five women victims were handed to the family members after post-mortem at NIMS hospital. An elderly woman and her granddaughter were cremated on the same pyre.MP from Jaipur Rural Rajyavardhan Rathore reached SMS hospital where he spoke with the doctors and the relatives of the patients. The MP then travelled to the site of the incident and met with the aggrieved family members. BJP state president Ashok Parnami also met the doctors and family members at the SMS hospital.Meanwhile, PCC Chief Sachin Pilot also reached the hospital along with other politicos from Congress party and took stock of the treatment and facilities provided to the injured.It should be noted that on Tuesday 10 people, including a five-year-old girl and a newborn child, were killed in a blast in an electric transformer installed in Khatolai village near Shahpura town. More than 20 people sustained serious injuries.A family was holding a function for the upcoming marriage of two sisters of the family at the spot when the incident occurred. As the news of the incident spread, cops, administrative officials, politicos and locals rushed to the spot. Villagers refused to remove the bodies from the spot.District collector Siddharth Mahajan rushed to Khatolai and announced a compensation of Rs10 lakh to deceased’s family. Furthermore, he also assured that the injured would get a compensation based on the percentage as prescribed.

Amit Shah to launch ‘yatra’ as BJP eyes opposition space in Kerala

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a curtain-raiser for the high-profile and star-studded “Janraksha Yatra” to be flagged off by party president Amit Shah in Kerala on Tuesday against the alleged killing of right-wing cadre by CPM activists, Union HRD minister Prakash Javadekar launched a scathing attack on the Pinarayi Vijayan government on Monday.High on the symbolism of October 2, Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary, the minister drew a parallel between Gandhi’s movement against the British Raj and the saffron outfit’s efforts in Kerala.”Just as Mahatma Gandhi led a democratic movement against the British Raj in the Freedom Movement, the BJP is launching a democratic movement to oppose the bloody and murderous politics of the CPM in the Kerala. In democracy, democratic protest is the way to go,” he said.Javadekar accused the left government in Kerala of having unleashed “bloody politics” in which “murder and violence is used as a political tool”. “The new name of CPM is Communist Party of Maoists as they are behaving just as Naxals.””Eighty four people have so far been killed in Kerala in the last 15 years by the CPM regimes whenever they have come to power. The chief minister’s district, Kannur, is a minefield of such political murders because since he has taken over power this time, already 14 political activists have been killed in extremely brutal ways,” he said.Javadekar accused the left government of shielding the miscreants and murderers. “These criminals are deliberately patronised by the state government. They are let off and given bails on the weakest of alibis. Killing spree is the name of the game,” he added.But there will be triumph of democracy, he said, to underline the democratic nature of BJP’s latest campaign. “We are protesting in a democratic way. We are launching this yatra to raise awareness among the people against this violence and murder.”Party chief Amit Shah would be launching the yatra on October 3, Javdekar said, as he would also lead the campaign on October 5 and 17, the last day of the campaign. “All party functionaries, leaders and ministers, such as Smriti Irani, Anant Kumar, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and Giriraj Singh, will be leading the yatra.” On October 3, Shah would lead the yatra from Payyanur to Pilathara; on October 5, he shall lead from Mambram to Thalassery; while on the last day he would lead the processions to state capital Thiruvananthapuram.”The yatra would be made by activists on foot as well as vehicles, while public rallies and meetings will be organised all along the route,”the minister said.

Sports For All: Rathore to use sports discipline for effective governance

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore on Tuesday inaugurated a national workshop — “Sports for All”, which saw the participation of about 80 representatives from Indian Olympic Association (IOA), Department of Sports, Sports Authority of India (SAI), National Observers, National Sports Federations of high priority and priority disciplines, SGFI and AIUs, Sports Secretaries of the States and the Union Territories, Sports promotion Boards and Sports promotion NGOs. One of the key objectives of the workshop was to unite all the stakeholders and create a shared vision with respect to harness the various benefits that sports offer.Rathore said, “A massive overhaul of the entire sporting system is underway with the Khelo India initiative of the government as per the vision of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Khelo India scheme is not limited to development of stadiums; it will also work for the development of athletes and the nation. All the stakeholders in sports have to bring professionalism, responsibility, and accountability for the promotion of sports in the country and the government will have zero tolerance towards misgovernance in sports bodies in different disciplines.Rathore highlighted that from that large pool of 1000 players would be selected for support with resources to the tune of about five lakh rupees per year, for eight years. Every year, 1000 athletes would be added to the list to open the gates for talent spread across the nation.The National Sports Talent search portal would be another method for identifying talented children and helping them with substantial guidance. The minister said that the government was equally focused on identifying a strong pool of coaches to guide the athletes and keep everyone in a loop. The whole exercise would have a regular monitoring mechanism.Emphasising the need for professionalism, responsibility, and accountability for the promotion of sports in the country, the minister stressed that mismanagement would be met with zero tolerance. The attempt would be to get everyone on the same page towards a common goal with a shared vision, so as “to harness the multiple benefits that sports offer’’.It was clarified that “Khelo India’’ drive was about broad-basing sports, in terms of spotting talent, providing opportunities for playing, creating competition and most importantly creating an awareness of physical fitness and good health across the country.- With Agency Inputs

RCA land cancellation fuels political row

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The association that manages the affairs of the gentlemen’s game lives up to its reputation of being the hotbed of political controversy. The fresh one is related to Jaipur Development Authority cancelling the allotment of land to Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA). The roughly 18 hectare land at Chonp village some 25 km from Jaipur was allotted to RCA in 2013 for construction of a world class stadium. The cancellation order issued by the JDA cites ‘non compliance of terms and conditions of allotment’ as the reason for the cancellation. The association was supposed to have organised an inetnational match in the stadium within five years of allotment, however construction has not yet started at the spot. The decision to cancel the allotment has not gone well with the current president of RCA and Congress stalwart, CP Joshi. He has questioned the intent of the government and urged Union minister of sports Rajyavardhan Rathore to intervene and get the decision changed. Incidentally the land falls Rathore’s constituency, Jaipur Rural.“The state needs a world class stadium. Major time that has lapsed has been of Lalit Modi tenure. We expect the government to review its decision,” he said speaking to DNA. “The union minister of sports represents the area where the stadium was to come up. He is an Olympian and understands the need of world class sporting infrastructure. He is from the state and must intervene and initiate a review,” Joshi added. Joshi also went on to flay the state government, “So much talk about promoting sports and tourism and the ground action so contrary to talk,” he said. Incidentally, Joshi who had been MP from the same constituency that Rathore now represents and the land also falls under the same. The cancellation has handed Joshi a chance to score political score too.

Cabinet reshuffle: PM Modi never fails to catch talking heads off guard, says Omar Abdullah

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah while reacting to the Union Cabinet reshuffle today said Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ability to spring big surprises is “undiminished and unchallenged” even after over three years in power.He was reacting to a tweet that said that no journalist had any clue about what the prime minister and BJP president Amit Shah were planning on the reshuffle that took place this morning.Congratulating Nirmala Sitharaman, who was elevated as defence minister, Omar, the working president of opposition National Conference, while referring to the Cabinet Committee on Security, said the “high table” has become gender-balanced.Commenting on the appointment of Rajyavardhan Rathore as the country’s new sports minister, Omar tweeted thisThe NC leader also congratulated Piyush Goyal for his appointment as the new railway minister and expressed hope that the Katra-Banihal rail link in Jammu and Kashmir would get a much needed push.Earlier, while reacting to Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s statement that he had no information or discussions about the Cabinet reshuffle and got to know of it only from the media, Omar said “Spare a thought for Nitish Kumar ji who was the bee’s knees in the UPA & now only hears of union cabinet reshuffles through the media”.

125 films denied certification by CBFC in ’16-’17: Govt

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As many as 125 Indian and foreign films were either held or refused screening by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) during 2016-17, the Rajya Sabha was informed today. Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Rathore, in a written reply said that out of 125 films, 78 were Indian and the remaining were foreign. As many as 153 films (94 Indian and 59 foreign) were held up or refused in 2015-16, while in 2014-15, the number was 156 (114 Indian and 42 foreign), he said. During 2016-17, Rathore said that out of a total 19,532 films which had applied for the CBFC certification, 19,407 got the certificate. He said the majority of the remaining films which made representation to ‘Revising Committee’ or ‘Film Certification Appellate Tribunal’ also got certification. The Minister said that in case of a film being rejected by the CBFC, an appeal could be filed in the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal, and “the Central government has no powers to intervene”. To another query, Rathore said that the rate of advertisement of the All India Radio for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s monthly address ‘Mann Ki Baat’ is Rs 2 lakh for 10 seconds. He also said as many as 33 editions of the address have been aired since the broadcast of first programme on October 3, 2014. He said the programme is also aired in all regional languages and translated with the resources available with the All India Radio. “Apart from a meagre amount for regional translation as per AIR s fee structure, no significant expenditure is incurred,” he added. Rathore said as many as 38 clients, including various ministries, booked advertisements before and after the broadcast of the radio address since January 2015.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

All India Radio earns Rs 10 crore from PM Modi’s ‘Mann Ki Baat’ in last 2 fiscals

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s monthly radio address ‘Mann Ki Baat’ has generated a revenue of about Rs 10 crore for the All India Radio (AIR) in the last two fiscals, the Lok Sabha was informed.In 2016-17, the renenue was to the tune of Rs 5.19 crore, while it was Rs 4.78 crore in 2015-16, Minister of Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Rathore said in a written reply.He said regional version of the address is also broadcast in 18 languages and 33 dialects on the same day after the completion of the original broadcast.Besides, the minister said the English and the Sanskrit versions are also broadcast by the AIR.Rathore said the ‘Mann Ki Baat’ is disseminated on transmitters for domestic audience and through Internet and shortwave (SW) transmitters for global listeners.Launched on October 3, 2014, Modi addresses the nation every month in ‘Mann Ki Baat’ programme.

Govt’s nod to set up 31 AIR FM transmitters in border areas

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The government has approved the plan to set up 31 new FM transmitters of the All India Radio in border areas, the Lok Sabha was informed today. In a written reply, Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Rathore said the All India Radio (AIR) has already set up 36 frequency modulation (FM) transmitters at 33 locations in border areas. “In addition to this, schemes of setting up of 31 new FM transmitters have been approved for implementation in the border areas, including North-East states,” he said. In addition to terrestrial transmission, Rathore said that 32 AIR channels can be listened through Doordarshan’s direct-to-home platform ‘Free Dish’ throughout the country, including border areas. To another query, Rathore said that there was no approved scheme to set up new Doordarshan Kendras (studio centres) in border areas of the country. The minister said the Prasar Bharati, which runs the AIR and the Doordarshan, has informed that new AIR FM stations have been approved for setting up at 213 new locations across the country, including 100W relay stations at 152 locations. “These new AIR FM stations are under various stages of installation,” he added. In an FM (frequency modulation) transmitter the frequency of the carrier is varied by the modulation signal.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

PoK surgical strike was in planning for 15 months: Parrikar

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Former defence minister Manohar Parrikar has said the planning for the September 2016 surgical strikes in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir started in June 2015 after the NSCN-K ambushed an army convoy in Manipur. Recapping events that led to the surgical strike in September last year, Parrikar told a gathering of industrialists yesterday that he felt “insulted” when he heard about the June 4, 2015 incident in which 18 jawans were killed. “The starting of September 29 (2016) surgical strike on the western border was 9th of June, 2015….We planned 15 months in advance. Additional troops were trained. Equipment was procured on priority basis,” he said. The Swathi Weapon Locating Radar, developed by the DRDO, was used first in September 2016 to locate “firing units” of Pakistani Army, though the system was inducted officially three months later, Parrikar said. It was thanks to the Swathi Radar that 40 firing units of Pakistani Army were destroyed, he added. Disclosing that the surgical strikes against PoK militants were planned 15 months in advance after the Manipur killings, he said, “I felt insulted….A small terrorist organisation of 200 people killing 18 Dogra soldiers was an insult to the Indian Army and we sat in the afternoon and sat in the evening and worked out the (plan of) first surgical strike which was conducted on 8th June morning in which about 70-80 terrorists were killed (along the India-Myanmar border).” “It was a very successful strike,” he said. On the Army’s side, the only injury was a leech attaching itself to a soldier’s leg. Contrary to some reports, no helicopters were used. “I had placed helicopters (on stand-by) only in case of emergency evacuation,” he said. He also listened intently to a TV discussion with his ministerial colleague Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore. “… one question (from media) hurt me. Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, an ex-Armyman, was on TV and he was explaining about all kinds of search operations. An anchor asked him ‘would you have the courage and capability of doing the same on the western front’,” Parrikar recalled. “I listened very intensely but decided to answer when the time came.”(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Omar Abdullah questions govt’s security policy after Parrikar’s remarks on surgical strike

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah on Saturday questioned the strategic security policy of the Centre in the wake of comments made by former defence minister Manohar Parrikar that surgical strikes in PoK were triggered by an “insulting question” by a TV anchor.”The #SurgicalStrike had nothing to do with #Uri. It was planned because a minister was asked ‘an insulting question’.What does one say!” Omar wrote on Twitter.Omar was reacting to Parrikar’s statement that the surgical strikes against militants in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir were planned 15 months in advance.”One question (from media) hurt me. (Union minister) Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, an ex-Armyman, was on TV and he was explaining about all kinds of search operations.”An anchor asked him would you have the courage and capability of doing the same on the western front,” Parrikar had said yesterday.”I listened very intensely but decided to answer when the time came. The starting of September 29 (2016) surgical strike on the western border was 9th of June, 2015 … We planned 15 months in advance. Additional troops were trained. Equipment was procured on priority basis,” he had said.Omar said a news anchor’s question could have provoked a wider conflict with Pakistan.”We are supposed to feel safer with this sort of decision making,” he added.

‘Insulting question led to planning of PoK surgical strikes’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Former defence minister Manohar Parrikar today said an “insulting” question by a television anchor to Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore after the 2015 anti- insurgency operation along the Myanmar border prompted him to plan last year’s ‘surgical strikes’ in PoK. Speaking before a gathering of industrialists here today, the Goa Chief Minister said, “The surgical strikes against militants in PoK (Pakistan Occupied Kashmir) was planned 15 months in advance.” On June 4, 2015, north-eastern militant group NSCN-K ambushed an Indian Army convoy in Chandel district of Manipur and killed 18 jawans. Parrikar said when he was informed about the incident, “I felt insulted….A small terrorist organisation of 200 people killing 18 Dogra soldiers was an insult to the Indian Army and we sat in the afternoon and sat in the evening and worked out the (plan of) first surgical strike which was conducted on 8th June morning in which about 70-80 terrorists were killed (along the India-Myanmar border).” “It was a very successful strike,” he said, adding that on Army’s side, the only instance of an injury was a leech attaching itself to a soldier’s leg. Contrary to some reports, no helicopters were used. “I had placed helicopters (on stand by) only in case of emergency evacuation,” he said. “But one question (from media) hurt me. (Union minister) Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, an ex-Armyman, was on TV and he was explaining about all kinds of search operations. An anchor asked him ‘would you have the courage and capability of doing the same on the western front’,” Parrikar recalled. “I listened very intensely but decided to answer when the time came. The starting of September 29 (2016) surgical strike on the western border was 9th of June, 2015….We planned 15 months in advance. Additional troops were trained. Equipment was procured on priority basis,” he said. The Swathi Weapon Locating Radar, developed by the DRDO, was used first in September 2016 to locate “firing units” of Pakistani Army, though the system was inducted officially three months later, Parrikar said. Thanks to this Radar, forty firing units of Pakistani Army were destroyed, he added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Situation in Kashmir under control, Army working independently Govt.

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore on Tuesday said the situation in Kashmir is under control and that the Army is working independently to tackle any situation. ?The people are seeing, what the media is reporting. The situation in Kashmir is under control and the Army is totally independent and functioning accordingly,? he said. Meanwhile, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) Director General Rajiv Rai Bhatnagar visited Kashmir today. He interacted with 45 Battalion CRPF Sumbal, Cheetahs of 45 and 44th Battalion. He lauded the army, while stating that the Bandipora encounter was successful. ?We succeeded in saving our camps. The Jammu and Kashmir Police also helped us. We have reviewed the Amarnath Yatra too,? he added. Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police S.P. Vaid said the Bandipora encounter was a live example of coordinated work. At least four militants were killed in retaliatory firing by 45 Battalion CRPF and the Jammu and Kashmir Police (JKP) at Sumbal in Bandipora district yesterday. The militants were reportedly attempting a suicide attack on the CRPF camp.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Centre denies raid on NDTV, says inquiries on ‘mother company’

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore on Monday spurned NDTV channel?s ‘witch-hunt’ charges after a case was registered against the channel’s co-founder Prannoy Roy and others for causing an alleged loss to a private bank, and said that the inquiries are only happening on the mother company that owns the news channel. ?Different agencies are trying to create a sort of the confusion, there was no raid on NDTV, there are inquiries happening on the mother company who owns NDTV,? Rathore told ANI. Making the clarification, he added that the government is truly committed to the freedom of expression but it will also ensure that the law of the land is not broken and fair inquiries are done on the issue. ?The government is completely committed to freedom of expression be that of the press or of an ordinary citizen. Whatsoever the concerned person must provide the necessary documentation to the inquiring agency,? he said. NDTV, earlier in the day, vowed to fight tirelessly against the ‘witch-hunt by multiple agencies’. The news channel’s statement came hours after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) registered a case against Roy, his wife Radhika Roy, a private company and others for causing an alleged loss to a bank. “This morning, the CBI stepped up the concerted harassment of NDTV and its promoters based on the same old endless false accusations. NDTV and its promoters will fight tirelessly against this witch-hunt by multiple agencies. We will not succumb to these attempts to blatantly undermine democracy and free speech in India,” the NDTV said in a statement. It further said that it has one message to those who are trying to destroy the institutions of India and everything it stands for: “We will fight for our country and overcome these forces.” The CBI said that searches are being conducted today at four places including Delhi and Dehradun. Meanwhile, the caretakers at Roy’s house in Dehradun said that around six to seven people from the CBI came in the morning and searched the house. CBI sources said that the case has been registered for causing an alleged loss of Rs. 48 crore to ICICI bank.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Stop unauthorised broadcast of Pak, Saudi channels: Centre to

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Centre today asked the Jammu and Kashmir government to take immediate steps to stop the unauthorised broadcast of Pakistani and Saudi Arabian channels in the state. Information and Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu spoke with the state chief secretary and also sought a compliance report at the earliest, official sources said here. He expressed concern over reports that these channels are being broadcast in Jammu and Kashmir without permission. Earlier in the day, Naidu’s deputy in the ministry, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, had said the local administration in the state has right to confiscate the equipment of cable operators allegedly airing unauthorised channels. Noting that the government has sent an advisory to the state, Rathore said such communications are regularly sent by the Centre on unauthorised channels. “We also monitor whenever such news comes up. It is our work to ask for report about such incidents. The action is being taken,” he said. Rathore said it is the responsibility of the local administration to monitor unauthorised channels in their area and they have the right to take action against them. “In Kashmir, the district collector or the authorised government official can confiscate the equipment and take action against cable operators,” he told reporters on the sidelines of an event here. The minister was responding to reports that over 50 Saudi and Pakistani channels besides Zakir Naik’s banned Peace TV and others indulging in “anti-India” propaganda were allegedly running without necessary clearances via private cable networks in Kashmir.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Duty of local admin in Kashmir to act against unratified

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Centre today said the local administration in Kashmir has the right to confiscate the equipment of cable operators allegedly airing unauthorised Pakistani channels and take action against them. Stating that the government has sent an advisory, Union Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore underlined that such advisories are regularly sent by the Centre on unauthorised channels. “We also monitor whenever such news comes up. It is our work to ask for report about such incidents. The action is being taken,” he said. Rathore said it is the responsibility of the local administration to monitor unauthorised channels in their area and they have the right to take action against them. “In Kashmir, the district collector or the authorised government official can confiscate the equipment and take action against cable operators,” he said while speaking to reporters on the sidelines of an event here. The minister was responding to reports that over 50 Saudi and Pakistani channels besides Zakir Naik’s banned Peace TV and others indulging in “anti-India” propaganda were allegedly running without necessary clearances via private cable networks in Kashmir.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

WATCH: Minister bromance as Kiren Rijiju takes up Rathore’s workout challenge

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>MoS (Home) Kiren Rijiju on Thursday took up the challenge laid down by Olympic silver medallis and MoS (Information and Broadcast) Major Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and tweeted a video of himself workout out in the gym.Rijiju was seen doing 10 reverse crunches on a bench with the message, “Young friends, stay away frm drugs, be fit. Let’s build @narendramodi ji’s #NewIndia dream. I took out 30 mins frm work 2 respond @Ra_THORe.”On Wednesday, Rijiju had shared a video of Rathore going at it hard a the gym. “While doing duty we’ve no time for physical fitness. But my Olympian colleague @Ra_THORe manages some time & gives me a tough challenge.”Reacting to Kiren Rijiju’s compliment, Rathore wrote: “Ha ha ha…despite your hectic schedule, YOU are beyond competition AND are an inspiration. @KirenRijiju #IAmNewIndia.” Evn Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu joined in and said: “Getting intimidated by the huge commitment of @Ra_THORe & @KirenRijiju for fitness&rigorous regime they follow.Wish 1 could do bit like them.”

18 TV channels faced between 2014-17 years for broadcasting content denigrating women

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Narendra Modi government at the Centre has issued warnings and ordered 18 television channels to go off air since 2014 for broadcasting obscene content denigrating women.The government has taken action against a total of 52 channels during this period for violating programme and advertisement code.Of these, the Information and Broadcasting (I&B) ministry had issued orders to six channels, asking them to go off air for a certain period, ranging from a day to a month. In all, the I&B ministry has asked 11 channels to go off air between 2014 and 2017 for programme and advertising code violations.However, no complaint of such broadcasts has been registered in 2017.In a written reply to Lok Sabha, Minister of State for I&B Rajyavardhan Rathore said, “The existing provisions contained in the Programme & Advertising Codes and the existing mechanism are considered adequate to regulate content of private satellite TV channels including safeguarding the positive portrayal of women.”Aside self regulatory bodies for monitoring broadcast of content such as the News Broadcasting Standards Authority (NBSA) and Broadcasting Content Complaints Council (BCCC), the government body Electronic Media Monitoring Centre also keeps a tab on 900 TV channels to monitor advertising and programme code violations.The I&B ministry has constituted an Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) under the chairmanship of Additional Secretary, Ministry of I&B to take cognizance suo-motu or look into specific complaints regarding violation of the Programme and Advertising Codes.What do the programme and advertising code say on women:Rule 6(1)(k) of Programme Code states, “No programme should be carried in the cable service which denigrates women through the depiction in any manner of the figure of a women, her form or body or any part thereof in such a way as to have the effect of being indecent, or derogatory to women, or is likely to deprave, corrupt or injure the public morality or morals.”Rule 6(2) of Programme Code provides that the cable operator should strive to carry programmes in his cable service which project women in a positive, leadership role of sobriety, moral and character building qualities.Rule 7(2)(vi) of Advertising Code provides that “No advertisement shall be permitted which in its depiction of women violates the Constitutional guarantees to all citizens. In particular, no advertisement shall be permitted which projects a derogatory image of women. Women must not be portrayed in a manner that emphasizes passive, submissive qualities and encourages them to play a subordinate, secondary role in the family and society.The cable operator shall ensure that the portrayal of the female form, in the programmes carried in his cable service is tasteful and aesthetic, and is within the well established norms of good taste and decency.”

Settlement process between Rathore, builder going on: SC told

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court was today informed that the process of arriving at a settlement between Union minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and Parsvnath Developers over possession of a flat in Gurgaon was going on. “Parties submit that they need some time to put an end to the controversy. The matter is adjourned. The matter be listed on May 5,” a bench of justices Dipak Misra, A M Khanwilkar and M M Shantanagoudar said. A panel of lawyers had told the apex court on February 20 that negotiations between Rathore and the developer were nearing completion and the draft of settlement has been exchanged by the parties. A two-member committee of lawyers was appointed by the court to look into Rathore’s allegations that the flat given to him by the developer was uninhabitable. The apex court had on December 14, 2016 asked Rathore to sit with the representatives of the builder and settle the dispute amicably. It had also asked the realty firm to remove deficiencies in the flat as pointed out by Rathore and the SC-appointed panel, which visited the site, and hand it over to the minister. Rathore had booked the flat in Parsvnath’s Exotica project in Gurgaon in 2006 and paid around Rs 70 lakh for it. The firm was to deliver the flat in 2008-09. The National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission had earlier directed the builder to refund the principal amount with interest and compensate Rathore. The apex court had on October 21 last year directed Parsvnath Developers to hand over possession of the flat to Rathore in two days, saying he should not pay any additional amount to the builder.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Possibility of settlement between Rathore & builders: SC told

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Supreme Court was today informed there was possibility of a settlement being reached between Union Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and Parsvnath Developers over possession of a flat in Gurugram talks for which were in progress. The counsel for both the parties informed a bench of Justices Dipak Misra and A M Khanwilkar that the settlement between them was an “immense possibility”. The bench thereaftrer asked the counsel to file details of settlement on the next date of hearing on April 10. A panel of lawyers had told the court on February 20 that negotiations between Rathore and the developer were nearing completion and the draft of settlement has been exchanged by the parties. A two-member committee of lawyers was appointed by the court to look into Rathore’s allegations that the flat given to him by the developer was uninhabitable. The court was informed on January 12 that talks for settlement of the dispute were underway. The apex court had on December 14, 2016 asked Rathore to sit with the representatives of the builder and settle the dispute amicably. It had also asked the realty firm to remove deficiences in the flat as pointed out by Rathore and the SC- appointed committee, which visited the site, and hand it over to the minister. Rathore had booked the flat in Parsvnath’s Exotica project in Gurugram in 2006 and paid around Rs 70 lakh for it. The firm was to deliver the flat in 2008-09. The National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission had earlier directed the builder to refund the principal amount with interest and compensate Rathore. The apex court had on October 21 last year directed Parsvnath Developers to hand over possession of the flat to Rathore in two days, saying he should not pay any additional amount to the builder.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

India, Ukraine to strengthen bilateral ties through cinema

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>India and Ukraine today agreed to strengthen the bilateral cooperation between the two countries through the medium of cinema. The cooperation would be worked out through a policy and institutional framework to showcase films through festivals and utilizing the Film Facilitation Office (FFO) platform established by India, an official statement said. The screening of films with subtitles was also discussed in order to reach out to people. These issues were discussed during a meeting between Information and Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu and a Ukrainian delegation led by Iurii Artemenko, Member of the Parliament of Ukraine and Chairman of the National Council of Television and Radio Broadcasting of Ukraine, here today. Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Rathore was also present. Naidu also apprised the delegation about the FFO recently set up in the Ministry to facilitate single window clearance for film makers. The FFO acts as a facilitation point for film producers and assist them in obtaining requisite permissions, disseminate information on shooting locales as well as the facilities available with the Indian film industry for production or post production. Artemenko said that his country’s government is making efforts to organise an Indian Film Festival in Ukraine to promote cultural ties between the two countries through the medium of cinema. Deliberations were also held for organising film festivals showcasing each other’s movies in respective countries and the possibility of participating in such festivals as partner countries, the statement added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Programme signals from neighbouring countries received at

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Some programme broadcast or telecast signals from neighbouring countries including Pakistan are received at border regions of India, the government said today. This information was shared in the Lok Sabha by Minister of State for I&B Rajyavardhan Rathore in a written reply to a member’s question. According to the minister, several High power FM transmitters of the All India Radio (AIR) including seven along Indo-Pak border and six along the Indo-Nepal border have been approved. In addition four transmitters have also been approved to be set up on locations near the Indo-Bangladesh border. In a written reply to another question, Rathore said there is no proposal to make DD and AIR as separate corporate entities which is under the ministry’s consideration. Rathore also gave details as per which there is a Journalist Welfare Scheme which is being implemented by the government. The funds allocated under the scheme for 2016-17 is Rs 15 lakh. This amount was Rs 20 lakh in 2015-16 and Rs 30 lakh in 2014-15.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Noteban: Govt spent Rs 94 cr on ads to popularise e-payments

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Nearly Rs 94 crore has been spent by the government for spreading awareness about digital payments and popularising less-cash economy post demonetisation, the Rajya Sabha was informed today. Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rahtore also said that till date, the DAVP has paid over Rs 14.95 crore for advertisements released between November 9, 2016 — a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced scrapping of Rs 1000 and Rs 500 denomination notes — and January 25. “DAVP has the practice of making cashless payments to newspapers, generally through NEFT. Bill submission period is 60 days from the date of publication of print advertisement. Till date, DAVP has paid Rs 14,95,84,691 for the advertisements released between November 9, 2016 and January 25,” he said in a written reply. Responding to the question on details of total amount spent by the government for publicity of demonetisation, he said “total committed expenditure for awareness regarding digital payment and popularising action on less cash economy is Rs 93,93,28,566.” The government had claimed that the action would curtail shadow economy and crack down on the use of illicit and counterfeit cash to fund illegal activities, including terrorism.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

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