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Vinay Dinu Tendulkar: The other Tendulkar in Rajya Sabha

One a sporting icon with demi-god status who is rarely away from the headlines and the other a relatively low profile parliamentarian, the two Tendulkars in the Upper House of Parliament are a study in contrasts.Both Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar, 44, and Vinay Dinu Tendulkar, 56, are debutants in the Rajya Sabha. But that’s where their similarity perhaps ends.While the cricket ace, a nominated member of the House, makes news just by attending the Rajya Sabha, Vinay Tendulkar is the BJP’s man from Goa who stays behind the headlines, a quiet organisational worker who is chief of the party’s unit in the coastal state.Sachin Tendulkar’s first term began in 2012, and will end in April 2018, but Vinay Tendulkar’s run in the Rajya Sabha has just begun. He was elected to the House from the lone seat of Goa in July 2017.The Bharat Ratna awardee hit the headlines last week after he rose to speak on ‘the right to play and future of sports in India’, a discussion initiated by him.The master blaster, who has been in the public eye since he made his cricketing debut in his teens, could not complete his speech due to some heavy balling by the opposition against the government.Vinay Tendulkar’s career profile has been quite different.He quit his job in a mining company in 1994 to pursue politics full-time and went to win the Sanvordem seat twice– in 1999 and 2002. A non-controversial figure, he is known to be close to Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar.”My great-grandfather was from Maharashtra, who migrated to Goa,” Vinay Tendulkar said.He was a former environment minister in the Manohar Parrikar cabinet from 2002-2005 and vice chairman of the Goa State Infrastructure Development Corporation from 2000-2004.Vinay Tendulkar’s tenure as Goa party unit chief saw the BJP winning both the Lok Sabha seats in the state in 2014, a rare feat for the party, and returning to power early this year despite not being the single largest party in the Assembly.Vinay Tendulkar, who belongs to Dabal in South Goa, also known as the mining belt of the state, is also on the parliamentary committee on tourism, transport and culture, and has so far asked three questions, including two to the Ministry of External Affairs on Indian fishermen.But Vinay Tendulkar is more than just a politician with a mining background. He is also fond of acting and has appeared in over 150 Marathi and Konkani plays.Sandesh Prabhudesai, political analyst of Goa politics and editor of Goanews.Com described Vinay Tendulkar as a hard-working party worker with subdued communication skills.Though not so common, Tendulkar is a known surname in coastal belt in south Konkan and Goa, where linguistic and state borders came much later but people more or less have similar habits when it comes to food and traditions.Amongst the others who share the famous surname were late playwright Vijay Tendulkar, known for the hard-hitting plays like “Ghashiram Kotwal” and “Sakharam Binder”, and his daughter Priya, an actor.

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Sachin Tendulkar’s debut Rajya Sabha speech is silenced

Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar’s maiden speech in the Rajya Sabha ended without him uttering a single word on Thursday as the legendary batsman, once feared by bowlers across the world, kept standing, probably thinking how to deflect and tackle the uproar in the House.The legendary batsman was called by Rajya Sabha chairman M Venkaiah Naidu to initiate a short duration discussion on the right to play and the future of sports in India.As soon as Sachin rose to speak, the first time during his five-and-a-half-year tenure, Congress members stood up demanding an apology from Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his insinuating remarks against his predecessor Manmohan Singh during an election rally in Gujarat.Naidu came to his help, first cajoling and persuading the members and then scolding them for their unruly behaviour.”The hon. member who has been awarded Bharat Ratna by the government, wants to make a submission on sports which is a very important activity for the country. Please follow the rules and let him speak,” Naidu said, beseeching members’ attention and assuring that he has agreed to sort out the issue by calling the leader of the house Arun Jaitley and leader of the opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad for a discussion.When the ruckus did not stop, Naidu warned, “Do not trivialise things. Don’t create trouble in the House, and don’t earn bad name… Names of people who are raising slogans would be published tomorrow.”Despite being egged on by Naidu and helped by Sukhendu Sekhar Roy, Sachin, cracker of many tons amid hostile conditions and roaring crowds, kept standing bemused with a smile on his face.Failing to rein in Congress benches, Naidu finally drew curtains on the proceedings. Sachin was immediately surrounded by his fans who included Derek O’Brien and Jaya Bachchan, among others.Furious for not letting Sachin speak, Jaya later said, “He has earned name for India at the world stage, it is a matter of shame that he was not allowed to speak even when everyone knew it was on today’s agenda. Are only politicians allowed to speak?”O’Brien was upset for being denied an opportunity to bat, with Sachin being the opener.”I was padded up to bat at No. 5 in Rajya Sabha and speak on sports after Sachin was to open the innings. But the match was called off because of bad weather,” the quizzer said wittingly.Congress members, however, were unrelenting. “Why are you making a mockery of Parliament? Are false allegations on 2G and Manmohan Singh are more important or Sachin Tendulkar who never spoke in Parliament for the last five years? Does ‘Bharat Ratna’ give you the licence to speak in Parliament? All are equal in the House,” said Congress leader Renuka Chowdhury.

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Sachin Tendulkar visits adopted village

Former ace batsman and member of Rajya Sabha, Sachin Tendulkar sought speedier development in his adopted village of Donja in Osmanabad district during a visit to monitor development work.With a population of 2,800 people, Donja was adopted under the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY) and as per the scheme, Tendulkar gave Rs 4 crore from his MPLAD (Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme) funds for infrastructure development. The first village he adopted under the scheme was Puttumraju Kandriga in Andhra Pradesh. Donja was to have access to potable water through pipelines that would fetch it from water tanks.Besides that, a new school building, sewage system and concrete roads were part of the plan. InDiya Foundation, an organization associated with Tendulkar, has also undertaken a project to provide solar energy-based lighting solutions to the school, besides other public amenities. Donja was declared an ODF (Open Defecation Free) village in November 2016 after Tendulkar adopted it.After meeting the area’s collector, Tendulkar addressed the crowd, saying, “I am overwhelmed by your enthusiasm and spirit, and hope that all of us can work together towards development of the village. The initial challenges in implementing development work have been successfully overcome and I am sure that execution of work will pick up speed. We want to showcase Donja’s development as a casestudy for other villages across the country.” He also played cricket with some children from the local school.

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PM Modi continues to be most followed Indian on Twitter

Prime Minister Narendra Modi continues to be the most followed Indian on Twitter even as the growth in his follower base at 52% was lower than that of Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli, according to the microblogging site.As per a Twitter report capturing trends in 2017, Modi saw his follower base increasing by 52% to 37.5 million (as of December 4), from 24.6 million in 2016.However, Kohli saw his followers grow by 61% during the same period although on a smaller base.The cricketer is ending the year with 20.8 million followers, as against 12.9 million last year.Cricket legend, Sachin Tendulkar also saw a growth of 56% in his follower base on Twitter this year.Also readTwitter users come to rescue of young boy stranded at Jaipur Railway station This is the first time ever, Kohli and Tendulkar made it to the list of top 10 most followed Indian accounts, Twitter said.The list was dominated by Bollywood actors with Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar, Aamir Khan, Deepika Padukone and Hrithik Roshan.Also readWrong ‘Theresa May’ targeted by Trump on Twitter waits for apology call from White HouseShah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan saw their fan base on Twitter grow at 40% each. However, Shah Rukh — with 30.9 million followers — was ahead of Salman who had 28.5 million followers.The data showed that the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 Final clash between India and Pakistan was the most tweeted about ODI ever with 1.8 million tweets.India’s biggest tax reform, GST, also made it to the list of top trending hastags due to the magnitude of conversations it generated on the platform, Twitter said.Besides, the Supreme Court decision on the controversial Triple Talaq issue made ‘#TripleTalaq’ trend on Twitter on August 22, with more than 350,000 tweets.
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Sachin Tendulkar fan’s 44-ft rangoli makes a record

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Nerul resident Abhishek Satam’s obsession with Sachin Tendulkar has landed the 28-year-old artist in the India Book of Records for the 44 ft x 24 ft rangoli he made on the occasion of his favourite cricketer’s 44th birthday. Satam has been selected among top 100 Indian record holders and will be felicitated on November 12.Speaking about the record, Satam said, “Though the rangoli was planned in a short time, it has been appreciated by many people. I sent it as an entry for different records owing to its uniqueness. I was surprised on receiving the mail telling me that I have been selected.” He added, “It feels amazing when you follow your passion and it gets appreciated. It gives one inspiration to do more unique work.”Talking about his inspiration, Satam said, “I wanted to celebrate Tendulkar’s birthday by showcasing my creative artwork. The rangoli was sponsored by my friends and school alumni.”A fan of the sportsman since he was eight, Satam has collected over 40,000 photos, 160 magazines, 40 books, and over 11 pens designed by Reynolds with the cricketer’s autograph and photo. Satam’s collection also includes a 24-karat gold-plated bat with Tendulkar’s autograph. He added, “I used to buy newspapers and magazines which had Tendulkar’s photo from scrap dealers to make cutouts and keep a collection of his photos.”

Sachin Tendulkar had written to Suburban Dist Collector about rail safety in August

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Cricket legend and Rajya Sabha MP Sachin Tendulkar, who has received criticism in the past for poor attendance in the Upper House and has been accused of being a passive parliamentarian, had on August 28 written to the Mumbai Suburban District Collector putting forth suggestions on a wide range of issues. He had urged the Collector to consider them while drafting the Mumbai Suburban District Plan 2025 — a blueprint for development of the district till 2025.In a five-page letter, Tendulkar put forth suggestions on issues such as hawker zones, safety and security of Railways, public transport, public parking, solid waste management, water supply, water transport and open spaces for children, among others.In the letter written to Deependra Singh Kushwaha, Tendulkar had said, “A dedicated Hawker Zone/ Food Zone will help clear pedestrian area in and around railway stations and on skywalks.””Pedestrians should be directed to take pavements or skywalks where constructed and not walk between traffic in at station roads,” He added.Tendulkar added, “Vacant spaces can be utilised in every suburb for creation of weekly markets with clear markings on space and temporary/ permanent hawker zones.” He also stressed on having connectivity via water transport services to cut down road congestion and help boost tourism in the city.In the letter, written a month before the Elphinstone Road stampede in which 23 people died, Tendulkar also wrote about providing safety and security for railway commuters. “There are platforms where there is a wide gap between the train and the platform, and at some places, the edges of the platform have worn out creating dangerous situations for alighting commuters. It is time that not only this city, but the country as a whole, makes safety and security its utmost priority.”He had drawn on Hong Kong, New York and Singapore as examples for dedicated water transport systems. “I have read recent reports of linking various ferry points such as Gorai/Andheri. It will provide and alternative for people away from trains and roads – for example, Gorai can also operate to South Mumbai with vehicles on board the ferry, cutting short a three-hour drive.”Creating green spaces was also on the agenda. “Restoration of green spaces where families can sit and cook together will help create community settings in the city. We must also encourage the construction of green buildings which are self-sufficient in terms of generation of electricity and depend minimally on the grid for supply.”Other issues on which Tendulkar focused were rainwater harvesting, cleaning of rivers and water tributaries and security of road infrastructure and traffic management.

Rajinikanth backs PM Modi’s ‘Swachhata Hi Seva’ mission

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Superstar Rajinikanth said on Friday that he extended “full support” to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Swachhata Hi Seva’ mission.Cleanliness was godliness, the 66-year-old said on Twitter, backing the initiative under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.”I extend my full support to our hon Prime Minister @narendramodi ji’s #SwachhataHiSeva mission. Cleanliness is godliness,” Rajinikanth tweeted.The “Kabali” actor has been hinting for some time that he might take the political plunge.Rajinikanth’s tweet comes a day after film star Kamal Haasan met Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal here, amid indications that he, too, might join politics.Haasan was invited by Kejriwal to join politics to fight corruption and communalism.Haasan had said earlier that he would be willing to work with Rajinikanth if the superstar ever decided to enter politics.The fortnight from September 15 till Gandhi Jayanti is being celebrated as ‘Swachhta Hi Seva’.Celebrities such as Akshay Kumar, Anushka Sharma and Sachin Tendulkar have also pledged their support to the Swachhta movement.​

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Mission 24: A plan to uplift M-East ward

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>M-East ward, spanning 3,819.71 ha, stretches from the Mankhurd road going to Vashi, including areas on both sides of the road such as Chembur East, Govandi, Deonar among others. BMC’s 24th ward also lies at 24th position with its human development indices, as per MCGM’s DP data and HDR 2009. Over the next 24 months, Mission 24, a novel initiative by two NGOs, will work towards the needs of this ward.Apnalaya, which has been working towards the area’s development since 1992, came out with its situation analysis report called Life on the Margin earlier this year. The NGO’s CEO, Arun Kumar says, “72.5% of total M-East ward population lives in slums. Initially, the corporation had issues with some data, but we explained that both our baselines are different. Based on 2011 census and due to under-counting, they planned as per a population of 8 lakh, whereas our research shows 12 lakh. They finally came on board and realised provisions need to go up accordingly and Mission 24 was born.” Over the next 24 months, this mission will work towards the needs. It was formally launched on Tuesday at the BMC headquarters with an introduction by Mumbai First’s CEO Shishir Joshi, a backgrounder by Apnalaya’s Arun Kumar and Anabelle, and a supporting speech cricketer Sachin Tendulkar. Laying out the aims, Municipal Commsioner Ajoy Mehta said, “Our priorities will be more and better educational institutions, primary as well as women and child healthcare, sanitation; and decentralising waste management to reduce burden on Deonar dumping ground.”

Saibaba Trust drops idea of roping in Tendulkar and others

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust (SSST), which manages the Saibaba temple here, today cancelled its decision to invite celebrities including Sachin Tendulkar and Amitabh Bachchan to be `brand ambassadors’ for the Saibaba Samadhi (death) centenary year. The decision was taken “considering people’s feelings” said Suresh Haware, chairperson of the Trust. The Trust had announced in July that it would rope in celebrities such as Bachchan, Tendulkar and some others to be the brand ambassadors for the centenary year events. There was opposition to the proposal, so the Trust today dropped the idea. The shrine of Saibaba, a spiritual leader who lived in the 19th century Maharashtra, draws lakhs of devotees from across the country every year.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Sachin Tendulkar turned up in Rajya Sabha and Twitter can’t keep calm

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Former Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar on Thursday attended the Rajya Sabha.Although, Tendulkar attended the proceedings, he didn’t ask any question. Boxer Mary Kom too was also present in the Upper House.This development comes two days after Samajwadi Party MP Naresh Agarwal had questioned absence of nominated members from the Rajya Sabha.Agarwal had on Tuesday asked Tendulkar and actress Rekha to resign from the Rajya Sabha.Speaking in the Upper House of Parliament, he had said: ‘They should resign if they are not interested in Parliament They are hardly present in Parliament.’Tendulkar and Rekha were the worst performers in attendance in the Rajya Sabha among the 12 nominated members.Here’s how Twitter reacted: With inputs from ANI

RS MP elect Vinay Tendulkar to continue as Goa BJP chief

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Newly-elected Rajya Sabha member from Goa Vinay Tendulkar will continue to head BJP’s unit in the coastal state till the party relieves him from the post. “I will continue to be the Goa unit chief of BJP till my party wishes. Although I have become a member of the Rajya Sabha, I will continue working for the party organisation in the state. The ongoing party programmes will continue,” Tendulkar told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Parrikar hails maiden win of BJP on Rajya Sabha from Goa

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar today hailed the maiden victory of the BJP on sole Rajya Sabha seat from the state. BJP state unit president Vinay Tendulkar today defeated his Congress counterpart and sitting Rajya Sabha MP Shantaram Naik on the support of the alliance partners of the saffron party. Parrikar said with the victory of Tendulkar, Goa now has four MPs in both the Houses of Parliament. “We have got all the votes whichever we deserved. This is for the first time that a BJP candidate is elected to Rajya Sabha from Goa. Now we have four MPs. This magic can be done only by the BJP,” he told reporters. Besides Shripad Naik and Narendra Sawaikar, who represent North Goa and South Goa seats in Lok Sabha, respectively, Parrikar himself is a Rajya Sabha MP from Uttar Pradesh. “With four MPs in Parliament, we can ensure that Goa’s demands are met by the Centre,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

AIB in soup for tweeting meme on PM Modi, Mumbai Police cyber cell registers FIR

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Comedy group All India Bakchod (AIB) has found itself in hot water again after posting a meme on Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Twitter.The Mumbai Police cyber cell has registered an FIR against the AIB group.The group had posted an image of PM Modi’s look-alike at a railway station along with a photo of the PM with a Snapchat dog filter.However, after outrage on social media, the tweet was deleted.Following which, AIB co-founder Tanmay Bhat posted a screenshot of an old post by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.”Will continue making jokes. And deleting if necessary. And making jokes again. And Apologizing if necessary. Don’t care what you think,” said Tanmay Bhat.This is not the first time that Tanmay has found himself embroiled in a controversy.Last year in May, Bhat received nationwide flak for posting an irreverent video of a mock conversation between legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar and legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar.

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Rumours of instability in Parrikar govt baseless: Goa Forward Party

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Goa Forward Party, an alliance partner in the BJP-led coalition in the state, has rubbished all rumours of an instability in the Manohar Parrikar government.The rumours that are being floated through media are either to run a newspaper or their news channel. Speculations that the Manohar Parrikar-led government is unstable, are baseless,” GFP mentor and Goa minister Vijai Sardesai told reporters here today. He was speaking to media-persons after BJP’s Goa unit president Vinay Tendulkar filed his nomination papers for elections to the lone Rajya Sabha seat from the coastal state slated for July 21.Sardesai said that GFP, which is a constituent of the NDA, is firmly behind the state government. Nothing has changed from March 14 (when government was formed) till date which would make us re-think about our support to the Goa coalition government,” he said. Speculations were rife that the Congress was in talks with a few legislators of the GFP to topple the Parrikar government. Also, media reports had suggested that GFP would split over the candidature for the Rajya Sabha seat.Sardesai, however, denied such reports and said, Rajya Sabha seat was never in contention. We never had a demand over RS seat. So there is absolutely no truth in what you are speculating about. He said GFP is backing the BJP candidate for Rajya Sabha poll as the party has no expectations in the national politics. BJP, which managed to win only 13 seats in the 40-member House, during the Goa assembly elections, formed the state government with the support of GFP, MGP and independents.

BJP’s Vinay Tendulkar files nomination for RS election

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Goa BJP unit chief, Vinay Tendulkar, today filed his nomination for the election to the state’s lone Rajya Sabha seat. The election for the Rajya Sabha seat in Goa would be held on July 21 and today is the last day for filing the nominations. Tendulkar submitted his nomination form to state Legislature Secretary N B Subhedar. He was accompanied by legislators from his own party and allies Goa Forward Party (GFP), Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) and independents. “All the coalition partners in the government have extended support to my candidature and I expect to have a smooth sailing during the election on July 21,” Tendulkar told reporters after filing the nomination papers. The coalition partners in Goa’s Manohar Parrikar-led government have already pledged support to Tendulkar’s candidature, paving a smooth way for him into the Upper House of Parliament. Tendulkar has the support of 12 legislators from his own party, three each from the GFP and the MGP and three independents. There are 38 legislators in the 40-member Assembly. One MLA each from Congress and BJP resigned after the state polls were held earlier this year.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Goa BJP chief Tendulkar party nominee for Rajya Sabha poll

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The BJP’s Goa unit president Vinay Tendulkar is the party candidate from the coastal state for upcoming Rajya Sabha poll. The election to the lone Rajya Sabha seat, currently represented by the Congress’ Shantaram Naik, will be held on July 21. The last date for filing of the nomination is July 11. “Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar selected me after holding dialogues with the coalition partners. The CM was given all rights to finalise the candidate for the Rajya Sabha poll,” Tendulkar told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Saibaba Sansthan plans to rope in Big B or Tendulkar for event

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Shree Saibaba Sansthan Trust (SSST) is planning to rope in either Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan or master blaster Sachin Tendulkar as brand ambassador for the Saibaba samadhi centenary event. The event will be observed between October 1, 2017 and October 18, 2018. “We plan to have either Amitabh Bachchan or Sachin Tendulkar as brand ambassador for the Saibaba samadhi centenary event. We have written a letter to both of them and are awaiting their response,” Chairperson of the SSST Suresh Haware told reporters here today. The purpose behind appointing either Bachchan or Tendulkar is to widely publicise the centenary event, said Haware. On facilities that will be provided to devotees visiting the temple town, Haware said, the sansthan will be constructing a new air-conditioned ‘darshan mandap’ (queue building for devotees). At present 60,000 devotees from different parts of the country and abroad visit the Saibaba temple on a daily basis. The number further swells during festivals like Ram Navami, Guru Pournima, Vijaya Dashmi and on the New Year day. Yesterday, the Maharashtra cabinet also decided to promulgate an ordinance to amend the Shree Sai Baba Sansthan Trust Shirdi Act of 2004 in view of the centenary celebrations.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

BJP meet illegally held on airport premises, alleges activist

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Social activist Aires Rodrigues today filed a complaint with authorities against the alleged illegal and unauthorised public meeting organised by the BJP on the Dabolim Airport premises which was addressed by the party’s president Amit Shah. The BJP has, however, denied the charge and said the event was held outside the airport premises and all required permissions to host it were taken. In the complaint addressed to the Secretary of Ministry of Civil Aviation, Chief Secretary of Goa and the Director General of Police, Rodrigues sought that an FIR be registered against the organisers of the event besides Shah and all other dignitaries present at the meeting yesterday. “They cannot now claim to be ignorant of the legal provisions,” he said in the complaint, a copy of which was made available to the media here. Rodrigues, who is also an advocate, claimed that probably for the first time ever in the history of the country, a public meeting was organised in the high-security precincts of an airport. He alleged that Shah was allowed to to address party workers within the airport premises in total violation of law. Stating that the Goa civilian airport functions within the Naval air base and is a Defence establishment, he added a carpeted podium, chairs for dignitaries and sound system were all set up at the entrance of the airport terminal. “Shah had arrived at 11.15 AM and addressed the public meeting with the airport and police officials conveniently looking the other way while the law was being blatantly breached,” he alleged. He claimed the event, which was held in “complete and gross abuse of power”, was attended by Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, Union Minister Sripad Naik, Goa BJP Chief Vinay Tendulkar, Ministers and MLAs besides hundreds of people who were “herded” to the airport. Rodrigues claimed the event also caused inconvenience to travellers. Also, the airport being considered a security installation, no public meeting could have been held there and it amounted to a violation of the other enactments covering vital installations like airports, he said. Rodrigues has sought an immediate inquiry to ascertain which officers allowed the “illegal” public meeting and “stringent” action in accordance with law be taken against them. When contacted, a BJP leader said all permissions required to host the event were taken. “As far as my knowledge goes, we have taken all the permissions required to host the function,” state panchayat minister and Dabolim MLA Mauvin Godinho told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Amit Shah to break bread with BJP’s Goa allies tomorrow

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP president Amit Shah will have lunch with the allies of the ruling BJP in Goa during his two-day visit to the coastal stare beginning tomorrow.”On his arrival tomorrow, Amit Shah would be accorded a warm welcome by more than 2,500 BJP workers at the Dabolim airport at 11.15 am,” the BJP said in a statement issued today.After paying tribute to martyrs at the Azad Maidan here at around 12.15 pm, the BJP president will head towards the State Guest House at 12.30 pm where he will have lunch with ministers and MLAs belonging to the BJP and its allies, it said.Shah will address various elected representatives of the BJP in the state capital at around 4.30 pm, before heading to another venue where he will speak at a gathering of professionals, including industrialists, hotel owners, CAs, doctors, builders and others, between 6.30-7.30 pm.On Sunday, Shah would inaugurate the South Goa office of the BJP in Margao town.Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, party president Vinay Tendulkar, Union AYUSH Minister Shripad Naik and South Goa MP Narendra Sawaikar would attend the function.The BJP-led coalition comprises the Goa Forward Party (GFP) led by Vijai Sardesai, Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP) and Independents.A day after the BJP announced nomination of Ram Nath Kovind for presidential election, GFP’ Sardesai, who is state Agriculture Minister, on June 20 welcomed his candidature, saying he will be an “exemplary President”.Independent legislator and Revenue Minister Rohan Khaunte, too, pledged his support to Kovind in the next month’s election for the top constitutional post.The MGP, which has three MLAs, has not yet spelt out its stand on Kovind.MGP president Dipak Dhavlikar had said nobody had approached them so far seeking their support for the NDA’s presidential choice.

Sachin holds screening of his biopic for villagers in AP

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar today arranged a special screening of his biopic “Sachin: A Billion Dreams” for the residents of Puttamraju Kandriga village in Andhra Pradesh, which he has adopted under the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY). The village is located in Nellore district in AP and sources close to the former cricketer said that the district administration’s help was taken to organise the special screening. Around 350 villagers, including children, were taken to S2 Cinema in Nellore in six buses to watch the special show, the sources said adding that the screening started at 2.50 pm. “Sachin: A Billion Dreams” is a docu-drama based on the life of the master blaster and comprises some real life videos. A special screening of the movie had been arranged for the Air Force personnel in New Delhi recently.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

Anil Kumble: India cricket advertises for new coach

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Manohar Parrikar to contest from Panjim for Goa Assembly, Kuncalienker to vacate seat

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who has to get elected to the Legislative Assembly within six months of taking charge as CM, will be contesting from the Panjim Assembly constituency.Parrikar, who took oath as chief minister in March after resigning as defence minister, is heading the BJP-led coalition government in his home state.”The party has decided that CM Parrikar will contest from Panjim, so MLA Sidharth Kuncalienker has willingly decided to resign,” said state unit BJP president Vinay Tendulkar.Earlier, party workers from Panaji and Curchorem seats, currently represented by BJP, had urged Parrikar to contest from their respective constituencies.Parrikar has in the past contested from the Panaji seat, which he was representing as chief minister at the time of his elevation as defence minister in November 2014.

Sachin, Rekha being targeted for low attendance because of their celebrity status: Congress

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress leader Rajiv Shukla today said the issue of low attendance of Sachin Tendulkar and Rekha in the House was being raised because they are celebrities.”There are many members who do not come to the House but the issue of their absence is not being raised. Reason being, they are not celebrities. These two are celebrities, that is why people are raising the issue,” Shukla told reporters outside the Parliament.Earlier, SP leader Naresh Agarwal had raised questions over the low attendance of nominated members of Rajya Sabha, like cricketing icon Sachin Tendulkar and Bollywood actress Rekha, in the House.”I am not defending them but at the same time they cannot be forced to attend,” Shukla said, adding that many members, including Agarwal, were not present yesterday during the voting on Finance Bill.

Assembly polls bring Goa’s ‘Wanarmare’ tribe into mainstream

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The ethnic ‘Wanarmare’ tribe in Goa which was living in near total obscurity, recently put forward a step to join the mainstream and crossed a major milestone in their lives when they voted for the first time in the State Legislative Assembly elections held on February 4. The community members who lived for ages in forests of Goa without any documentation, finally saw themselves queuing up for voting in Shiroda constituency during the polls. This milestone also summed up their two year long struggle to get into the mainstream which was supported by agricultural expert and social activist Sachin Tendulkar, Indian Administrative Service (IAS) Officer Sachin Shinde, and lawyer Vasudha Sawaikar among others. Isolated and reclusive, this tribe is known for their age-old tradition of chasing and slaying monkeys in the forests of Goa-Karnataka and Maharashtra earning them the name Wanarmare. The tribe has now given up this tradition to take up work in sugarcane farms along Goa s Sanguem taluka. One bow and arrow is what is left with them which they symbolically worship. After they gave up the tradition of monkey slaying, they were left without any work hence they took up casual jobs in farms. But the aim of absorption into the mainstream still remained a distant dream for them,” Tendulkar said. The tribe which keeps migrating had arrived at a spartan agricultural village of Kosambshel in Nirancal panchayat in Sanguem taluka in 2012, where they were put up in a private land. Tendulkar narrated how when he went there for the first time, the tribe was living in a few huts without even basics like a bedsheet to beat the cold. When we went there in September 2014 and spread the word, the help started pouring in. But the main issue was to get them the legal documents,” he said. Then South Goa District Collector Sachin Shinde came as a major help for the tribes who were first offered ration cards under Central government s Food Security Scheme and then the Aadhar card. About 35 members from the tribe even opened their bank account, he said. The major milestone in their life came when after a long struggle, 40 members got their voter ID cards with the help of Vasudha. “It was a good initiative to bring the tribe into the mainstream. We would welcome more such efforts to bring in those people who are left out, Goa s Chief Electoral Officer Kunal told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

CBI moves HC challenging acquittals in Scarlett Keeling case

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The CBI has moved the Bombay High Court challenging the Goa Children’s Court order acquitting the two persons charged with sexually abusing British teenager Scarlett Eden Keeling and leaving her to die on state’s Anjuna beach in 2008. The petition was filed with the Goa bench of HC on February 3 by Central Bureau of Investigation claiming that Special Judge Vandana Tendulkar did not apply her mind while delivering the judgement due to which both the accused went scot-free. “CBI has filed petition before Goa Bench of Bombay High Court challenging the order of Goa Children’s Court wherein both the accused in Scarlett Eden Keeling death case were acquitted,” a senior CBI official told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

High voter turnout will benefit us, claim both BJP and Cong

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP and Congress, the main political parties in fray for the Goa Assembly polls, today claimed that the high voter turnout today is in their favour and the counting on March 11 will reflect the same. “The people came out in large numbers to vote for BJP. Voters have seen our good governance for last five years. They came out as they want BJP to continue in power,” state BJP chief Vinay Tendulkar said reacting to the high polling percentage. The coastal state witnessed voting of more than 83 per cent across its 1,642 booths in 40 assembly constituencies. “The vote is for continuation of BJP in power. We are all set to form our government after the counting,” Tendulkar said. BJP is contesting on 37 seats, while it has given support to 4 independents. Congress too has claimed that the high voting was in their favour. “The high vote percentage is against BJP’s U-turns, corruption and taking people for granted,” All India Congress Committee secretary Girish Chodankar said. “The kind of turnout you witnessed today was to teach BJP a lesson,” he said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)

People want Manohar Parrikar back in Goa, claims state BJP chief

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A day after BJP president Amit Shah said the next Goa government would function under Manohar Parrikar’s leadership, party’s state chief Vinay Tendulkar on Tuesday claimed that people want the Defence Minister to be brought back to Goa.He also said that the RSS is with BJP for the polls.Goa will go to polls on February 4 to elect the 40-member House.”Parrikar has good mass contact, that is why there is demand coming up from people that he should be brought back to Goa. But the decision on it would be taken by elected MLAs after the polls,” Tendulkar told PTI in an interview today.However, he refused to divulge on the party’s strategy in this regard.”Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar has clarified that the MLAs will decide their leader. The decision will be taken after the election,” he said.On Shah’s statement yesterday about Parrikar, Tendulkar said, “Party president has said that even if he is not made CM, he will be controlling the affairs of Goa.” “He (Shah) must have said it depending on the demands and expectations of the people. At present, Parrikar and Union ministers Shripad Naik and Nitin Gadkari are leading the party’s campaign in Goa,” he said.After Gadkari had recently fired up speculations about the Chief Ministerial candidate in poll-bound Goa, Shah yesterday said the next government in the state will “function under Parrikar’s leadership, irrespective of his posting.” Asked about RSS’s support, Tendulkar said, “Sangh is always with swayamsevakas. They (swayamsevakas) never interfere in politics but their blessings are with us. RSS is with us for this election too,” he said.Regarding the newly formed Goa Suraksha Manch led by rebel sangh leader Subhash Velingkar, he said, “He (Velingkar) had said that they will form the next government but now they are contesting only on four seats. I don’t think they will be able to win on even one seat. There will not be damage to us.Cadres were with certain ideology. They are with us.” Tendulkar said BJP would be releasing its Goa manifesto on January 27, a day before Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s public meeting in the poll-bound state.”The experience of last five years is being used to draft the manifesto. Few things which are left incomplete would be repeated in this manifesto. We have fulfilled 90 per cent assurances given in the 2012 manifesto,” he said.Mocking the Congress’ manifesto which has assured to ban casinos, Tendulkar said they have promised sky to people as they (Congressmen) know they will not be coming to power.”Congress through its manifesto is giving false assurances. They were behind getting casinos to Goa. They were the father of illegal mining scam in the state,” he alleged.”Those who don’t want to come to power, they can keep on giving assurances. But in our case whatever is written in the manifesto, it would be completed,” he stressed.The BJP leader said the party is getting good response during their campaign.”Initially when we began the campaign we had targeted 26 seats. But while we are in the midst of the campaigning, we see that there is increasing support for the party candidates.Also, the opposition camp is not intact, which is helping us in the election,” he said.The Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP), which had severed ties with BJP just before the formal notification of the election, will not have an impact on BJP, Tendulkar said.”Our organisation is our strength. MGP chief (Dipak Dhavalikar) himself is contesting from Priol constituency.(Another leader) Sudin Dhavalikar might have impact but is only restricted to Madkai constituency. He alone cannot go around the state canvassing for his candidates,” he said.”We have organisational strength. We have Mahila morcha, yuva morcha and other wings. MGP can’t damage us,” Tendulkar asserted.

Keep your eyes and ears open for inspiration

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a beautiful essay written by Scott Barry Kaufman, he says, “we live in a culture saturated with evaluation”. It is so tragically and tellingly true. Many years ago, I exited that world. Ceased to enter awards. Stopped being seen at the right places. Ruthlessly avoiding the right people. It was not out of hubris. It was out of a dire need for self preservation, evolvement and relevance. I now live in a world and practise a culture of inspiration. And I find it in some writers. I am inspired by the clarity of thought and the emotional ink that runs through their pens. Even their nuanced nibs. David Brooks is one of them. Every day I Google him hoping to bump into a new piece. Some of David’s pieces are pointed poetry, read ‘The Machiavellian Temptation’. It says: “In the 19th century, there was a hydraulic model of how to be a good person. There are all these torrents of passion flowing through you. Your job, as captain of your soul, is to erect dams to keep these passions in check. Your job is to just say no to sloth, lust, greed, drug use and the other sins”. I visualise what David writes. In his book What is inspiration? he writes, “inspiration demands a certain posture, the sort of posture people feel when they are overawed by something large and mysterious. They are both humbled and self-confident, surrendering and also powerful. When people are inspired they are willing to take a daring lark toward something truly great. They’re brave enough to embrace the craggy fierceness of the truth and to try to express it in some new way. Yes, hard work is really important for achievement. But life is more mysterious than just that”. And finally the two greatest books that I have read. Both by David are Bobos in Paradise and The Road To Character. The other writer who inspires me immensely is Cheryl Strayed. She thinks in flesh and writes in blood. Reading her is like getting a mental transfusion. Her ‘Dear Sugar’ columns speak of that. The Love Of My Life is an extraordinary essay, she writes, “healing is a small and ordinary and very burnt thing”. In one of her other pieces she wrote, “Whatever happens to you belongs to you. Make it yours. Feed it to yourself even if it feels impossible to swallow. Let it nurture you, because it will.” And in still another she tells you that “forgiveness doesn’t sit there like a pretty boy in a bar. Forgiveness is the old fat guy you have to haul up a hill.” I don’t know about you, but I can see the fat man being dragged. Cheryl is such a competent bridge maker between the islands of words and images. That is irrepressibly inspiring. Read her glorious books Tiny Beautiful Things and Torch.David Remnick is the editor of The New Yorker. In his piece on Trump’s election ‘An American Tragedy’, he wrote, “His level of egotism is rarely exhibited outside of a clinical environment”. Glide through Leonard Cohen Makes it Darker in The New Yorker. Finally, read his staggering book: Lenin’s Tomb.The Busy Trap by Tim Kreider is perhaps the most observant yet hilarious short essay that I have ever read. I have also used it as an axis for presentations that I often make to very serious, senior and hugely busy board members. The Busy Trap is a frivolous and light slap to our busy faces. I reproduce an excerpt: “Idleness is not just a vacation, an indulgence or a vice; it is as indispensable to the brain as vitamin D is to the body, and deprived of it we suffer a mental affliction as disfiguring as rickets.”Amongst food and travel writers, I have always been drawn to the work of AA Gill. He carried a frightfully playful pen with his palate. He revealed his battle with cancer in his review of the Magpie Cafe, Whitby. In that he wrote “I’ve got cancer. Sorry to drop that onto the breakfast table apropos of nothing at all. Apropos and cancer are rarely found in the same sentence. I wasn’t going to mention it, the way you don’t. In truth, I’ve got an embarrassment of cancer, the full English. There is barely a morsel of offal not included. I have a trucker’s gut-buster, gimpy, malevolent, meaty malignancy.” I wish I can write this way in my last few months.I have never watched Tendulkar play. Either on the ground or on television. The most I know about Djokovic is that he models for Uniqlo. But there is a sports writer who is right up there for me. And I am his devotee. Rohit Brijnath. His elegy for the long player is Wisden writing. “Every day pragmatism and sentimentality collide in India’s cricketing universe.” Read From nobodies to Tiger, we’re all in search of confidence. His piece on Tendulkar is mountainous: Sachin Tendulkar, Genius in residence. Rohit’s writing is penetrative and poetic.There are indeed buckets of inspiration to pour on top of ourselves every day of life. I seek them. And through this column make a feeble attempt at showing them for you.Up until the next fortnight, keep your eyes, your mouth, your nose, your fingers and your ears open for inspiration. Because as Steve Jobs once said, “As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it”.

Goa Elections 2017: Ahead of PM’s rally, Shah to address public meetings on January 23

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<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP president Amit Shah will address two rallies in poll-bound Goa on January 23, ahead of a public meeting of Prime Minister Narendra Modi scheduled on January 28.”Amit Shah would address public rally at Vasco and Ponda. He will also hold a meeting with the key office-bearers to review the campaigning for elections,” BJP state unit president Vinay Tendulkar told PTI, adding Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar and other senior leaders would attend the meeting. Modi is scheduled to address a public meeting near Panaji.Senior BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu is also scheduled to address a meeting at Mandrem constituency on January 22, Tendulkar said. BJP has fielded candidates in 36 constituencies and extended support to Independents on four seats. Goa goes to single-phase election on February 4.

DNA Morning Must Reads: 5 killed in Florida airport shooting; Highlights of BJP National Executive meet; and more

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>1. 5 killed in Florida airport shooting, gunman identified as Iraq war veteranThe attack was the latest in a series of mass shootings that have plagued the United States in recent year. Read more.2. In poll times, demonetization, surgical strikes hold sway over BJP meetParty’s political resolution says govt reserves every right to respond to threats in “appropriate and out-of-the-box” manner. Read more.3. Akhilesh freezes SP’s bank accountsThis measure completes the isolation of his father, and uncle Shivpal Yadav, in the ongoing battle for political supremacy. Read more.4. When Om Puri stood in front of a camera, he filled up the screen, writes Anupam KherHis work will be textbook material for many Indian actors, for generations to come. Read more.5. Sachin Tendulkar fan attempts 100-hour batting recordMukund Gawde, a die-hard follower of Tendulkar who has decided to bat at the renowned Shivaji Park maidan in Mumbai for 100 straight hours to pay tribute to his idol’s record of 100 international centuries across all formats. Read more.

BJP to field 37 out of 40 candidates in Goa, to support contestants in remaining seats

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Ruling BJP will field candidates in 37 out of total 40 constituencies in upcoming Goa Assembly elections and will support contestants in remaining three seats in Catholic-dominated Salcette taluka. “BJP will contest 37 seats and support others in Vellim, Benaulim and Nuvem,” BJP state unit president Vinay Tendulkar told reporters here today. The party has already begun the process to shortlist nominees in various constituencies.Tendulkar said 22 candidates will be announced this week and rest later. He said the selection committee, also including Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, is meeting party cadres in each constituency before deciding about the contestant.”Till now the core committee of the party has met cadres from 22 constituencies. Entire process of meeting cadres would be over by January 9. The core committee will hand over the names to election committee before forwarding it to party’s central election committee,” the BJP leader added. BJP had won the 2012 Assembly elections in the alliance with the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party (MGP).

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