Votes of over 5 crore to decide Bengals fate today

first_imgKolkata: Around 5.71 crore people have exercised their franchise in the seven phase election in Bengal this year to constitute the 17th Lok Sabha, taking the total poll percentage to 81.68. In the 2014 Lok Sabha poll, Trinamool Congress had got 34 seats while Congress, BJP and CPI(M) had got 4, 2 and 2 seats respectively. Bengal has now seen an unprecedented election in 2019. Polls were held in seven phases after the Election Commission of India cited vulnerable environment. The first phase was held on April 11, while the last phase was held on May 19, with a span of 39 days. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaThe important seats that have drawn attention include Jadavpur and Basirhat, where Tollywood actors Mimi Chakraborty and Nusrat Jahan are contesting. Asansol is another important seat, where Moon Moon Sen, who was an MP from Bankura, is facing outgoing BJP MP Babul Supriyo. In Purulia, BJP did well in the Panchayat election and the fight will be between outgoing MP Mriganko Mahato and the BJP contender. Malda North is important too, where Trinamool candidate Mausam Noor, the Congress MP who joined Trinamool Congress recently, is fighting against her cousin. Saugata Roy, who was elected from the Dum Dum Lok Sabha seat, is contesting against BJP leader Samik Bhattacharya. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersSimilarly, Dinesh Trivedi, who was elected twice from the Barrackpore Lok Sabha seat, is contesting against Arjun Singh of BJP. The Midnapore Lok Sabha seat is also important where Manas Bhuniya is contesting against BJP state president and MLA from Kharagpur town Dilip Ghosh. The results of the exit poll shown on national and vernacular television channels mention that BJP will get 23, 16 or 11 seats in Bengal. Trinamool supremo Mamata Banerjee has, however, dismissed the exit poll as “gossip.” The people will have to wait till Thursday afternoon to get a clear picture of the post-poll scenario in the state.last_img read more

Manoj Tiwari pays courtesy visit to poll rival Sheila Dikshit

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari on Saturday paid a courtesy visit to his Congress counterpart Sheila Dikshit, whom he defeated on the North East Delhi seat in the general election, at her residence here. Tiwari visited the 81-year-old Dikshit at her East Nizamuddin residence after learning about her ill-health, said Delhi BJP media co-convener Neelkant Bakshi. During the 20-minute meeting, he enquired Dikshit about her health. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal Nagar “The two leaders acknowledged that political rivals can have friendly and harmonious relations and Tiwari told Dikshit he treated her like his mother,” Bakshi said. Dikshit was defeated by 3.66 lakh votes by Tiwari from North East Delhi seat. During a press conference, Tiwari had admitted he was “scared internally” to face the three-time Delhi chief minister and Congress veteran in the poll. Dikshit took charge of Delhi Congress president in January and led the party in the general election. Under her leadership, Congress candidates managed to get more votes and replaced AAP candidates on five of the seven Lok Sabha seats as nearest rivals to winning BJP candidates. The party, however, failed to win even a single seat as the BJP under Tiwari’s leadership did a clean sweep winning all the seven seats by huge margins.last_img read more

Rajinikanth says Modi charismatic leader like Nehru Rajiv

first_imgChennai: Tamil superstar Rajinikanth Tuesday described Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a “charismatic” leader like Jawaharlal Nehru and Rajiv Gandhi and attributed the BJP’s massive win in the Lok Sabha polls to his individual leadership.He also said that Congress President Rahul Gandhi need not resign following the party’s debacle in the Lok Sabha elections, saying he was a youngster and perhaps had not got the cooperation of senior party leaders. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCRajinikanth said he would be attending the swearing-in of Modi as Prime Minister on Thursday, following an invitation for him to participate in the event. The veteran star likened Modi to tall leaders of India, including Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi, A B Vajpayee, K Kamaraj, C N Annadurai, M G Ramachandran, M Karunanidhi and J Jayalalithaa. “This Lok Sabha poll victory is a win for the individual leadership called Modi. It is the victory for a charismatic leader,” he told reporters here. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citations”In Indian politics, whether at the national level or state, any party will reap wins only on the (popularity) of a leader. He is a charismatic leader,” he said about Modi. He noted that the country in the past had charismatic leaders like Nehru, Indira, Rajiv and Vajpayee. “After them (the country) has got Modi, a charismatic leader. If you see in Tamil Nadu, there were charismatic leaders like Kamaraj, Anna, Kalaignar, MGR, Jayalalithaa. Along those lines, this victory is achieved for the leadership of Modi,” he said. However, the BJP lost out in southern states like Kerala and Tamil Nadu due to an “anti-Modi wave” though there was a pro-Modi wave in other parts of the country, he noted. “When there is a political wave, one cannot swim against it and will be swept away,” he added. The reasons for such an anti-Modi wave in Tamil Nadu included the Sterlite issue in Tuticorin, methane extraction project in Cauvery delta and the “whirlwind campaign” of the opposition, Rajinikanth added. Asked if the issues surrounding NEET and GST had also contributed to the BJP’s bad show, he said “definitely.” On Congress chief Gandhi’s offer to resign, the Tamil superstar said, “He should not resign.” “I won’t say he lacks leadership qualities. The thing is it is very really difficult to handle the Congress party, it is an age-old party where senior-most people are there.”last_img read more

ISI Dcompany resurface with new route to pump fake notes into India

first_imgNew Delhi: After a brief interval, high-quality Fake Indian Currency Notes (FICN) are again being printed across India’s eastern borders and are being pumped into the country at an alarming rate. An ongoing investigation of the National Investigation Agency (NIA) has revealed that nexus between Pakistan’s ISI and the D-Company has resumed to supply fake currency notes into the Indian economy. The nexus was uncovered after the police in Nepal arrested kingpin of the fake currency notes racket, Yunus Ansari, following a tip-off by Indian intelligence agencies. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents According to Indian officials, Ansari is considered to have close links with the ISI and Dawood Ibrahim who is said to be the biggest player in the fake currency notes racket. Along with Ansari, three other Pakistani nationals identified as Muhammad Akhtar, Nadia Anwar and Nasiruddin were also arrested. At the time of arrest, Ansari and his associates had fake currency notes with face value of over Rs 7 crore, an official added. However, Ansari’s arrest has also highlighted that Nepal, once used as the prime conduit to pump in fake currency notes into India, is no longer being used by Pakistan for the purpose. The fake currency is now being sent into India across its eastern border with Bangladesh. Also Read – World suffering ‘synchronized slowdown’, says new IMF chief This was highlighted by NIA’s investigations in various cases of fake currency circulations. The most recent was a case in January where a man from West Bengal was arrested from Anand Vihar railway station here with fake currency notes with the face value of Rs 10 lakh. During investigation, the accused had revealed that the notes were printed in Bangladesh and he was supposed to circulate them in busy markets and shops in the national capital. In another case, the NIA filed a chargesheet in a Gujarat court in May against three accused involved in a case of circulation of fake currency notes, who had been utilising their contacts in Bangladesh. Sanjay Kumar Mohanbhai Devadiya was arrested from Gujarat’s Junagadh by the state police’s Anti-Terrorism Squad in October last year and on being interrogated revealed that two other accused – Mavajibhai Lathidadiya alias Guruji and Tahir Saikh – were also involved in the racket and were operating from West Bengal, where they could easily get fake currency from Bangladesh. While Guruji is already lodged at Presidency Correctional Home in Kolkata, Saikh was arrested from Malda in February this year. The latest case of the arrest of two people – Wasim (20) and Qasim (44) – from Gurugram’s sector 48 area by the NIA and the Gurugram Police on Wednesday night and seizure of a cache of fake currency from them, has made it clear that the nexus behind the spread of fake currency has been able to achieve a very high quality of printing and the eastern border has become a new gateway for the counterfeit currency to enter India.last_img read more

Gadkari plans to infuse Rs 15L cr in highways globalise Khadi in

first_imgNew Delhi: Union Minister Nitin Jairam Gadkari, who is best known for his go-getting approach in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s cabinet has lined up big plans in his second innings. In the Gadkari’s list, the plan to infuse Rs 15 lakh crore in highways, propelling GDP growth by globalising khadi and MSME products ranks at the top.After taking charge of Road Transport and Highways and Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises (MSME) Ministry, Gadkari in his first interview to a news agency, said that the mission ahead was to further propel the country’s economic growth through concerted efforts be it in highways or MSME. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC”The blueprint for highways is already in place. We plan to take up work worth at least Rs 15 lakh crore in highways that includes building 22 green expressways, rolling out all stuck projects in the next 100 days and creating a ‘grid of roads’ at par with the power grid,” Gadkari told the news agency on Wednesday The Minister said that during his previous tenure, his ministries — Road Transport and Highways, Shipping, Water Resources, Ganga Rejuvenation and River Development — in a cumulative basis, had seen a spend of Rs 17 lakh crore that included Rs 11 lakh crore in the highways sector alone. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citationsReferring to the momentous victory of BJP led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Gadkari said that the resounding mandate by the people rising above petty party-politics, caste-creed or communalism has reaffirmed that people need “development” which will remain a priority area. Through demonetisation, the message has gone clear to the people that Modi-led government is against corruption and black money and all initiatives whether welfare schemes, houses, gas, electricity or health insurance have benefitted the poor, he stressed. The minister said that the priority for him will be “rolling out all stuck highway projects that include many of the IL&FS projects within 100 days”. “I reviewed projects yesterday and found out about 225 projects were pending for financial closure etc, which has been resolved and now only about 20-25 projects are left. This is a priority area and the pending projects will be zero within 100 days,” the minister said. About his new Ministry MSME, the Union Minister said that his endeavour would be to globalise MSME and Khadi products through joint ventures and he was especially keen on mass-scale honey production besides promoting products like Moringa which are globally much in demand. The focus will be rural areas and forming clusters of potters, people dependent on leather industries and giving them assistance with new technology aimed at promoting export of these products, he said. Citing the example of coir, he said small scale industries will be promoted, and noted that the plan is to make coir industry a Rs 20,000 crore economy from the present Rs 10,000 crore. “I am confident that these are going to create huge employment and propel GDP growth which will apparently be visible in next two to three years,” he said, adding that Khadi will be another thriving area.last_img read more

Sharad named interim CVC

first_imgNew Delhi: Vigilance Commissioner Sharad Kumar has been named interim CVC until a new incumbent is chosen by Prime Minister Narendra Modi-headed selection panel.Central Vigilance Commissioner (CVC) K V Chowdary and Vigilance Commissioner T M Bhasin completed their tenure at the anti-graft body on Sunday and Monday respectively. Kumar, who is the other Vigilance Commissioner, has been authorised to act as the CVC “until the appointment of the Central Vigilance Commissioner”, an order issued by Personnel Ministry said. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCKumar, a former chief of anti-terror probe agency National Investigation Agency (NIA), took over as Vigilance Commissioner on June 12 last year. His tenure at the Central Vigilance Commission will end in October next year, when he completes 65 years of age. Chowdary and Bhasin were credited for bringing in certain systemic changes at the CVC to tackle corruption. Chowdary, who had been chairman of the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) — the policy-making body of the Income Tax department — ensured that time taken in resolving graft complaints by the Commission is reduced and started a monthly-lecture series for Chief Vigilance Officers (CVOs). Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citationsThe CVOs act as distant arm of the Commission to check corruption in government departments. Bhasin, a former CMD of Indian Bank, brought in several measures to ensure corruption-free working of banks. During his tenure, the CVC came out with a report after analysis of top 100 banks frauds in the country. However, the Commission was embroiled in the controversy involving two former top officers of the CBI. The CVC exercises superintendence over CBI in corruption cases. The CVC took measures to probe allegation and counter-allegation of corruption levelled by former CBI chief Alok Kumar Verma and his deputy Rakesh Asthana against each other. Meanwhile, the Personnel Ministry has started the process of shortlisting the candidates for the posts of CVC and Vigilance Commissioner. It has recently for the third consecutive time extended the last date for applying for the top posts in the anti-corruption watchdog. The Personnel Ministry had in March-end initiated the process of filling up the posts of Central Vigilance Commissioner and Vigilance Commissioner. The last date for sending application to the ministry was May 1, which was first extended to May 22 and then till June 6. The date has now been further extended to June 17.last_img read more

Rahul rejects MPs demand to remain party chief

first_imgNew Delhi: Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday again rejected a plea by MPs to continue as the party chief, a month after he decided to give up the top post after the Lok Sabha election drubbing.According to party sources, Rahul Gandhi was requested by MPs like Shashi Tharoor and Manish Tewari to remain as the party chief at the Congress Parliamentary Party (CPP) meeting in Parliament. “But Rahul Gandhi remained firm on stepping down,” a party source said. The CPP meeting was chaired by Sonia Gandhi. The National Students Union of India also staged a protest outside Rahul Gandhi’s residence here on Wednesday to persuade him to take back his offer of stepping down from the presidency. Hundreds of Youth Congress activists carried placards which read: “Nation needs you Rahul Gandhi” and “Without you we are nothing”. According to party leaders, NSUI leaders are set to meet Rahul Gandhi.last_img read more

LS clears bill to set up central tribal universities in Andhra

first_imgNew Delhi: A Bill to set up a central university and a tribal university in Andhra Pradesh was passed by the Lok Sabha on Friday. Moving the Central Universities (Amendment) Bill, 2019 for passage, HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ said the government has alloted Rs 450 crore for the central university and Rs 420 crore for the central tribal unversityCurrently these two universiites are functioning in temporary facilities in Anantpur and Vijayanagaram respectively. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!He said the Modi government has given Andhra Pradesh two universities and seven institutions of importance. Stating that at present the education department has a budget of Rs 1.25 lakh crore, he said the government is moving at a fast pace in the area of education. It has put the education sector under focus to ensure all round development, he said. To a query, he said vacant posts in all central education institutions will be filled up in the next few months. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedAccording to the Central Universities (Amendment) Bill, 2019, the two universities will increase access and quality of higher education and also promote avenues of higher education for the people of the state. The Tribal University will provide instructional and research facilities in tribal art, culture and customs and advancement in technology to the tribal population of India. At present, there is no central university in Andhra Pradesh while other states, except Goa, have one or more such institution. Setting up a central university and a central tribal university in Andhra Pradesh is obligatory under the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014 for creation of Telangana. Participating in the discussion, K Suresh (Cong) said that the bill has not mentioned about detailed funding mechanism and funding of universities have remained an issue in the country. There is also no mention about curriculum and administration of these two universities in the bill, he said. He added that it was also not mentioned whether tribals would get reservation in the central tribal unversity. “The NDA government is known for reducing funding for central universities,” he said, adding there are several vacancies in different universities not yet filled. Rajiv Pratap Rudy (BJP) took a swipe at the TDP for questioning the intentions of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. TDP, a former ally of NDA, currently has only 3 Lok Sabha members at against 15 in 2014. He also expressed concern over rise in number of students in coaching centres. Coaching centres have become a big business in the country, he said, adding as per a study, out of four students, one is going for tuitions. He demanded granting of central university status to Patna University and Jai Prakash University in Chhapra. Saugata Roy (TMC) said the Delhi University is one of the best in the country. He said unless the number of seats is increased in the university the “terrible pressure” would stay. He said the cut off marks for its enrollment are touching 95 per cent, 98 per cent and 99 per cent. He also alleged that the Nagpur University is including history of RSS in its curriculum. “Let the university not work on RSS agenda but on national agenda,” he added. Lavu Sri Krishna (YSRCP) said that a central university should attract students and faculty from all parts of the country.last_img read more

Reliance says its main gas fields in KGD6 block in late life

first_imgNew Delhi: Reliance Industries has said its flagship natural gas fields in the KG-D6 block in the Bay of Bengal are in “a late life stage” with output plummeting to an all-time low. The company, beginning mid-2020, will bring to production three sets of new discoveries in the block that will reverse the years of decline in production. Dhirubhai-1 and 3 — once the country’s highest gas producing fields — are “in a late stage and affected by low pressure and water ingress related challenges,” the company said in an investor presentation post announcing June quarter earnings. The fields produced an average of 1.76 million standard cubic metres per day of gas during April-June, the firm said. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalRIL has till date made 19 oil and gas discoveries in the Krishna Godavari basin. Of these, MA — the only oil discovery in the block — began production in September 2008. D1 and D3 fields went onstream in April 2009. MA field ceased to produce in September last year and now D1 and D3 are in their last stage. KG-D6 had hit a peak of 69.43 mmscmd in March 2010 before water and sand ingress shut down wells. This peak output comprised 66.35 mmscmd from D1 and D3, the largest of the gas discoveries on the KG-D6 block, and 3.07 mmscmd from MA field.last_img read more

Anil Agarwal to exit from Anglo American to divest 193 stake

first_imgNew Delhi: Two years after becoming the biggest shareholder of the firm that owns De Beers diamonds, metals tycoon Anil Agarwal announced an exit from Anglo American by divesting his near 20 per cent stake. He had in March 2017, began buying into Anglo American through a JP Morgan mandatory convertible bond and by the time he bought a second tranche in September 2017, his stake in the mining group totalled to 19.3 per cent. The bonds were to mature next year but Agarwal decided to exercise a call option and take profits on his investment. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalAgarwal is said to have made about $500 million before costs from the deal. “At the time of Volcan’s (Agarwal’s family trust) initial investment, I explained that this was an attractive financial investment in a great company with excellent assets and a strong board and management team,” he said in a statement. “This has turned out to be the case, with our target returns achieved even sooner than expected. The share price of Anglo American has close to doubled since Volcan invested, delivering attractive gains to all investors.” Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostIn a separate statement, Vedanta Ltd said its overseas subsidiary, Cairn India Holdings Ltd (CIHL) will exit its investments in Anglo American Plc. In December 2018, CIHL purchased an economic interest through a structured investment in equity shares of Anglo-American Plc, from Volcan Investments – Agarwal’s family trust, for a total consideration of Rs 3,812 crore. “CIHL and Volcan Investments Ltd have agreed to unwind entirely the structured investment entered between them in December 2018, ahead of the originally envisaged schedule,” Vedanta said in a statement. “With this, Volcan will exercise the early exchange option available to it on July 26, 2019, and consequent to this the full exchange of its two issues of mandatory exchangeable bonds secured by shares in Anglo American plc will settle on August 12, 2019.” This structure was to mature in parts in April 2020 and October 2020 but Cairn is exiting the same ahead of the originally envisaged schedule. “The share price of Anglo American has close to doubled, since Volcan invested, delivering attractive gains to all investors,” the statement said. The investment by CIHL, which was entered into as part of its cash management activities, has delivered a net gain of over $100 million in the 8 month period it was held, it added. Cash proceeds from the settlement of the transaction will be paid to CIHL on August 13, 2019. Chief executive Srinivasan Venkatakrishnan said: “We are pleased this structured investment has achieved a superior return for CIHL, as we expected when it was entered into. Our strategy continues to be to focus on our existing businesses, where we believe that there are significant opportunities to unlock their full potential.” “The unwinding reflects our disciplined approach to treasury management and capital allocation together with our commitment at all times to act in the interests of all shareholders,” he said. Following the redemption of the structured instrument, completed with due Board approvals, CIHL will have no further economic exposure to Anglo American plc shares.last_img read more

NEX structural sections can be supplied in customised lengths special grades

first_imgKolkata: SAIL’s sophisticated new Universal Section Mill at Burnpur and Medium Structural Mill at Durgapur in West Bengal are all set to produce and deliver the company’s branded product NEX parallel flange structural sections in customised lengths and special grades. This was conveyed by senior officials of SAIL’s Central Marketing Organisation (CMO) in a meet of the company’s Eastern Region customers held at Ispat Bhavan here on July 25, 2019. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe meet was attended by representatives of major steel-using companies in both private and government sectors such as Larsen & Toubro, Simplex Infrastructures, Novatech Projects (I), GPT Infra Projects, BBJ Construction Co Ltd, Jaiprakash Associates Ltd, Bridge and Roof Co. Ltd, BTL EPC Ltd, Vrinda Engg, McNally Bharat, Rahee Infratech, etc. In his address to the gathering, ED (Marketing)/CMO MC Agrawal informed the customers that continual efforts are being made by SAIL plants to supply products as per market needs. Developments relating to NEX branded structural sections of SAIL – such as production of customised lengths and special grades – have been based on market feedback. Nationally renowned structural designer and visiting faculty, Jadavpur University, Prof. Biswajit Som, in his keynote address at the meet, emphasised that the future of construction lies in the usage of steel parallel flange sections. He exhorted the participants to increase the usage of these structurals in their construction and infrastructure building projects to provide better stability and strength to the structures.last_img read more

Police Motorcycle backfiring causes panic in Times Square

first_imgNew York City: The New York Police Department says the loud noise of a motorcycle backfiring caused a panic and sent people scrambling in Times Square. The department tweeted Tuesday evening, “There is no #ActiveShooter in #TimesSquare. Motorcycles backfiring while passing through sounded like gun shots.” The tweet also says the department received multiple 911 calls and urged the public to not panic saying “The Times Square area is very safe!” The Midtown Manhattan neighborhood is a major tourist destination and entertainment center. PIX11 reports that some people on Twitter thought the noise was an explosion and that many people ran into buildings and stores. The scare comes after 31 people were killed in two mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, in less than 24 hours over the weekend.last_img read more

Apples new iPad Pro may get multiple rear cameras

first_imgSan Francisco: Apple could bring a multiple camera array on the back of its upcoming line-up of iPad Pros, reports suggest. While the next iPad Pro could come with three rear cameras, the regular 10.2-inch iPad might come with a dual-camera system, The Verge reported on Saturday. Even though Apple has updated its iPhones with dual-camera systems, the company has not added multiple camera options to its tablets as yet. The latest iPad Pro has a single camera with 12MP sensor and the latest iPad Mini, iPad Air and iPad come with 8 MP sensors. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year The multiple-camera system for iPads could be part of Apple’s Augmented Reality (AR) ambitions, the report noted. Reports suggest that not just iPads but upcoming iPhones would also be featuring a triple rear camera array. Expected around September this year, Apple’s upcoming iPhone 11 line-up is speculated to feature company’s new A13 chip, sport a new Taptic Engine and a lightning port for audio and charging.last_img read more

Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix

first_imgActor-comedian Leslie Jones is set to topline a stand-up special which will premiere on Netflix. The Ghostbuster actor shared the news during her appearance at ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “I am doing a Netflix special. So ya’ll finally get to see what I really do,” Jones told Kimmel. She said that though she acts in films, she still considers herself to be a “hardcore” stand-up comedian. “I mean it’s great to be an actress but I’m actually a stand-up, hardcore. That’s what pays the bills,” Jones said. The 51-year-old actor revealed that her stand-up performance will be held in Washington DC on September 10 as she believes the city has “one of the best comic crowds”. The yet-to-be-titled stand-up special will be produced by Jesse Collins Entertainment and release next year.last_img read more

Donald Trump in Warsaw 80 yrs after WWII outbreak

first_imgWarsaw: US President Donald Trump, fresh from hob-nobbing with his G7 partners at a glitzy French resort town, will on Sunday attend sombre commemorations in Warsaw of the outbreak of World War II 80 years ago. Trump will be the first US head of state to come to Poland for an anniversary of the start of history’s bloodiest conflict, which claimed 50 million lives, including those of six million Jews in the Holocaust. Few other major leaders are expected in the Polish capital, as French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are not coming, while Russian President Vladimir Putin was not invited. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USAccording to the Polish presidency, around 40 foreign delegations are expected, half of them led by heads of state. They include Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, whose partnership is important to Poland, which believes its security depends on Ukraine remaining outside of Russia’s sphere of influence. Warsaw said Putin was snubbed this time — unlike 10 years ago — because of Moscow’s 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine. “It would be inappropriate to commemorate the anniversary of armed aggression against Poland with the participation of a leader who is today acting this way towards a neighbour,” Poland’s deputy prime minister Jacek Sasin said in July. Russia’s foreign ministry responded with “bewilderment”, noting Moscow’s “unquestionably decisive contribution to the defeat of Hitler’s Reich.”last_img read more

Take a break from cell phones during pregnancy

first_imgWe often forget that pregnancy is wellness and not an illness. Though it comes as a blessing to all expecting couples, it brings along a set of concerns and problems.Talking about one such issue during that time, Dr N S Kanimozhi, Gynecologist and Obstetrician, Cloudnine Group of Hospitals, Chennai reveals that radiations from mobile phones, computers, and wireless routers are likely to have an impact on the growing fetus. “In today’s technology-driven world, you rely on your cell phone to stay in touch with friends and family, get your work done and keep track of what’s going on around you. Wireless Internet connections, laptops and tablets are as ubiquitous as phones. While technology comes as a boon it is important to note that cell phones and other wireless devices emit radio waves,” Kanimozhi clarifies. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainThat is why expecting mothers are recommended to have limited exposure to radiation during this phase. With so much of technology available around, expecting mothers need to understand that “radiation is a kind of energy”. Most of the expecting mothers are encouraged to not be exposed to radiation during this important phase. Lesser the exposure to radiation lower will be the risk of birth defects in the newborn, the Gynecologist and Obstetrician reveals. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma Award”A birth defect is a health condition that a baby has at birth. Birth defects change the shape or function of one or more parts of the body. They can cause problems in overall health, in how the body develops, or in how the body works. It is important to note that fetuses are particularly sensitive to radiation during their early development, between weeks 2 and 18 of pregnancy,” she adds. Globally, researchers have found that mobile phones emit radio waves a type of non-ionizing electromagnetic radiation which is not likely to affect the health of the mother or of the growing fetus. The possibility of severe health effects depends on the gestational age of the fetus at the time of exposure and the amount of radiation it is exposed to. Unborn babies are less sensitive during some stages of pregnancy than others. Agreeing to her views, Dr Nupur Gupta, Director, Obstetrics, and Gynaecology, Fortis Gurugram states, the use of electronic gadgets like a cellular phone or laptop is inevitable today. We cannot completely abandon the devices, but spreading information about the harmful effects of these radiation on children and pregnant women is necessary. Effects of mobile phones on pregnant women Excessive and increased use of mobiles for a long term can trigger insomnia which leads to reduced bone density and brain activity as well. This is detrimental to fetal brain development and may result in behavioral issues like hyperactivity. Besides, mothers spending a lot of time on the mobile phone might result in neglection, leading to behavioural problem in the kid. Higher rate of exposure to radiation during pregnancy can also change brain activity of the pregnant women causing fatigue, anxiety, reduced memory and sleep disturbance. Constant and continued exposure to radio waves during pregnancy can influence and interfere with cellular receptors of the human body and may initiate cancer. Pregnant women should consult their physicians if they have any concern about radiation exposure to their fetus. Smart phones are truly an addiction these days. It might be difficult to stay away from it, but is extremely necessary to ensure that the baby as well mother are healthy. So, if you are an expecting mother, take a break from your cell phones and enjoy every moment of this beautiful phase.last_img read more

India tells Pakistan to act on forced conversions

first_imgNew Delhi: With the latest case of a Hindu girl’s abduction and forced conversion to Islam coming to light in Pakistan, India on Sunday said that it has conveyed to Islamabad the strong condemnation of such incidents by the civil society and the people of India and has asked the neighbouring country to take “immediate remedial action”.The spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs, Raveesh Kumar, said in a tweet that the civil society and the people of India have strongly condemned the recent deplorable incidents of forced abduction, conversion and marriage of “two Sikh girls in Pakistan”. “We have reflected these strong concerns with Pakistan and have asked for immediate remedial action,” Kumar tweeted. The MEA response came even as protests were held outside the Pakistan High Commission here by a large gathering of Sikhs and others, demanding that Islamabad take action in the matter. Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) MLA from Delhi, Manjinder Singh Sirsa, who has written to Union Home Minister Amit Shah about the Sikh girl’s forced abduction, conversion and marriage to a Muslim man in Nankana Sahib, Pakistan, said that he has learnt about another Hindu girl, Reno Kumari, from Rohri town in Sindh province of Pakistan, being abducted. “I have been given information about another Hindu girl who was kidnapped from Rohari city of Pakistan Reno kumari D/o Inderjeet Kumar from Rohari is missing from IBA Sukker. We are very concerned about the safety of Hindu and Sikh girls in Pakistan,” Sirsa tweeted tagging the Pakistan government. Sirsa said he has met Amit Shah and has apprised him of the abduction and forced conversion of a minor Sikh girl in Pakistan. “I have met @AmitShah Ji and apprised him about the abduction and forced conversion of a minor Sikh girl in Pakistan. I have urged him to take up this matter with @pid_gov & help in safe return of the girl. He has assured me of maximum efforts for the daughter from Nankana SahibA@ImranKhanPTI,” he posted on twitter. Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal also expressed shock over the incident. “Shocked to know after abduction & forced conversion of Sikh girl in Nankana Sahib, a Hindu girl has been forcibly converted to Islam in Pakistan. Urge External Affairs min @DrSJaishankar Aji to raise issue of ethnic cleansing of Sikhs & Hindus in Pak in UN Human Rights Council,” she tweeted. Earlier, a girl named Jagjit Kaur, daughter of a Sikh granthi from Nankana Sahib, was forcibly abducted and warned that unless she converted to Islam, her brother and father would be killed. She is now known as Ayesha and is married to a Muslim man. On Saturday, the girl’s family members denied that she has been returned to them, terming it as fake news. The girl’s family has appealed to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan and army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa for justice, saying “they are prepared to go to lengths” to ensure her return. In a video doing the rounds on Twitter, the girl’s brother Dasvinder Singh said that a video claiming that his sister has been reunited with the family was fake. The MEA had earlier said that it has received a number of representations from various quarters of civil society and members of Sikh religious bodies about the incident in Pakistan. According to the FIR filed by the girl’s family, eight men had barged into their house in Nankana Sahib on August 28 and taken away Jagjit Kaur at gunpoint.last_img read more

Ranveer wraps up 83 London schedule at Lords stadium

first_imgMumbai: The team of 83, starring Ranveer Singh, has wrapped up shooting the crucial London schedule of the film. Ranveer took to Instagram to announce the film’s schedule wrap in London. “That’s a schedule wrap, folks! cheers,” wrote Ranveer Khan, with an emoji of the Union Jack. The actor’s Boomerang video raised a toast to the filming. “83 narrates the incredible real-life account of the underdog Indian cricket team led by Kapil Dev, who beat the West Indies – a mighty cricketing nation at the point, to life the World Cup in 1983. Ranveer plays Kapil Dev, while his wife, actor Deepika Padukone, essays Kapil’s wife Romi. Director Khan has shot the entire final match sequences mostly inside the Lords cricket grounds, which involved complex procedures of obtaining permissions to film sequences in restricted parts of the stadium, including the historic Long Room. A lot of shooting was also done during the recent 2019 Cricket World Cup matches at the Lord’s.last_img read more

Puri sent to 6 day ED custody

first_imgNew Delhi: A Delhi court on Thursday sent Ratul Puri, nephew of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath, to 6-day ED custody in a money laundering case related to the AgustaWestland chopper scam.Special Judge Arvind Kumar sent Puri to ED’s custody till September 11, noting that the agency has sought his custodial interrogation to unearth the source and end use of tainted money.last_img

Apex court allows Mehboobas daughter to meet her in Valley

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday allowed former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti’s daughter to meet her in Kashmir, where she is under detention following the revocation of the state’s special status a month ago.A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi allowed the PDP chief’s daughter Iltija to meet her after she submitted in court that she has no problem in going to their Srinagar home but has not been able to move freely in the city. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The bench, also comprising justices S A Bobde and S A Nazeer, noted that there was no problem in authorities permitting Iltija to travel from Chennai, where she is currently staying, to Srinagar to meet her mother. As far as moving around in other parts of Srinagar goes, Iltija can do so subject to the permission from district authorities, the bench said in its order. It also allowed Iltija’s plea to meet her mother in private. A relieved Iltija said she will be finally meeting her mother thanks to the Supreme Court. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”I feel a sense of relief that I will be able to see her. But my greater worry is that there seems to be no plan in place to end this siege that the state has witnessed for a month now,” she said. Mehbooba is in detention in a hut at Chashmeshahi near the governor’s residence Raj Bhavan in Srinagar. “Today marks a month since a brutal clampdown was imposed in Jammu and Kashmir. Eight million people have been incarcerated and are living in constant fear, stripped of their rights and dignity. “I had no choice but to approach the honourable court for justice. I will continue to speak my mind on what is right for Kashmir like any free and responsible citizen should,” Iltija said in her reaction, adding she would be flying to Kashmir soon. In her petition, Iltija said she is concerned about her mother’s health as she has not met her for a month. “From the deliberations that have taken place, we are of the view that the state government has not and does not intend to prevent the petitioner (Iltija) from coming back to Srinagar from Chennai, where she is presently staying and meeting her mother. The petitioner may accordingly return to Srinagar on a date of her choice. She would be free to meet her mother in private,” the bench said. “So far as moving around in other parts of Srinagar is concerned, the petitioner would be free to do so subject to requisite permission from the district authorities as and when necessary,” it added. While advocate Nithya Ramakrishnan was making a submission that the petition was filed on behalf of Iltija seeking access to her mother as she has not met her for long time, Attorney General K K Venugopal and Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said Mehbooba’s mother Gulshan Ara and sister Rubaiyya Sayeed visited her on August 29. They met her again with the permission of the district magistrate on September 3, the law officers said. The solicitor general said the petition is not for the “ostensible purpose” but for other reasons.last_img read more