Shami refused to meet me: Hasin Jahan

New Delhi [India], Mar. 27 (ANI): Mohammed Shami’s estranged wife Hasin Jahan, who was in Delhi to meet the Indian pacer, on Tuesday alleged that Shami not only refused to see her but also threatened her.

Jahan was in Delhi to see Shami after the fast bowler met with a road accident and suffered injuries.

“I had come to see Shami as he was injured, but he refused to meet me. He threatened me and said ‘I will see you in court now’,” Jahan told reporters here.

Jahan and Shami are currently fighting a legal battle after the former accused the latter of having extra-marital affairs.

“Yes he met and played with our daughter, but he did not acknowledge me, his mother was acting like a bodyguard,” Jahan added.

Shami has been booked under various bailable and non-bailable offences, including an attempt to murder, after Jahan’s complaint. (ANI)

BJP defends its IT head over K’taka poll dates row

Union Minister of Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvion Tuesday defended Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) IT Cell head Amit Malviya for his tweet on Karnataka assembly election dates.

Naqvi said Malviya had no intention to undermine the stature of the Election Commission (EC).

Talking to media, Naqvi said, “Amit Malviya’s tweet was based on a TV channel’s source. He had no intention to undermine the stature of the EC. A Karnataka Congress leader had also tweeted the same thing. We agree that he (Malviya) should not have tweeted it.”

A delegation led by Naqvi met the EC officials in connection with the case.

Ahead of the announcement of polling and counting dates for Karnataka, Malviya took to Twitter to announce that the polling date would be May 12 and counting would be on May 18.

However, following social media uproar on his knowledge of the dates prior to the official announcement, Malviya deleted the tweet.

On a related note, a delegation led by Naqvi is slated to meet EC officials in connection with Malviya’s tweet on the election dates.

The 224-member Karnataka Assembly will go to polls on May 12, and counting of votes will be held on May 15, as announced by Chief Election Commissioner O P Rawat in a press conference held earlier today. (ANI)

It will take longer than the age of the universe for fastest computer to decode Aadhaar data, UIDAI CEO tells SC

Aadhaar data is protected by a 2048-bit encryption and “once biometrics comes to us, it will never go away”, says Ajay Bhushan Pandey.

It will take “more than the age of the universe for the fastest computer on earth, or any supercomputer, to break one key of Aadhaar encryption,” according to CEO of Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) Ajay Bhushan Pandey.

Mr. Pandey, who has been steering the Aadhaar project from its beginnings in 2010, was given the unique opportunity to conduct a presentation in a courtroom presided by a five-judge Constitution Bench led by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra in the Supreme Court on Thursday.

In the hour-long presentation, which would continue on March 27, Mr. Pandey said the Aadhaar data was protected by a 2048-bit encryption and “once biometrics comes to us, it will never go away”.

Recounting his own life experience as a small town person who did not have a photo identity till he joined the Indian Administrative Service in the late 80s, Mr. Pandey said Aadhaar offered the answer to the ancient question, often asked by sages, i.e., “who am I?”

A “portable entitlement” against poverty

He said that for the first time Aadhaar offered the billion plus population of India a “robust, lifetime, nationally online, verifiable identity”. Through a massive exercise that would benefit mankind, India had “leap-frogged” to Aadhaar identity from proxy and local identification mechanisms like ration card. He termed Aadhaar a “portable entitlement” against poverty.

But Justice A.K. Sikri questioned Mr. Pandey’s narrative about the infallibility of Aadhaar, asking why then did the UIDAI blacklist 49,000 registered operators. The CEO replied that these operators were de-registered for corruption, carelessness and harassment of the public. “Some of them used to take money from the public, others would not enter the details properly. We have a zero-tolerance policy,” he said.

Justice Sikri persisted, “It sounds somehow strange that you blacklisted 49,000 of your operators for harassing people.”

Mr. Pandey said, “Initially we trusted these operators, but they ended up registering trees… Jamun trees.”

Mr. Pandey explained that biometric changes could be updated through a process called ‘Aadhaar update’.

Justice Sikri asked, “Aadhaar update can be done if a person knows there is such an option. You have covered a wide area of the country and brought tribal people and those living in the fringes under the Aadhaar regime. They are poor and illiterate. How will they know what to do.”

Justice Chandrachud said that eventually the onus was on the individual to get an Aadhaar update if she wanted to continue receiving her rightful entitlements. He went on to ask whether the UIDAI had any statistics on the number of Aadhaar authentication failures so far.

Other alternatives to biometric authentication

To this, Mr. Pandey referred to the provisions in the Aadhaar (Authentication) Regulations of 2016 to point out that there were other alternatives to biometric authentication like demographics and electronic One Time PIN (OTP).

He said the UIDAI cannot promise 100% authentication everytime. There may be connectivity or other technological issues across India, especially when the scheme covered over 1.2 billion people. “When biometric authentication does not work, we have instructed our officers to check the Aadhaar card and see that the case is genuine. A person should not be denied benefits because there is failure in authentication.”

Aadhaar, he said, was not the solution for a shopkeeper who refused a woman her ration under the PDS despite the successful authentication of her biometrics.

Justice Chandrachud said, “So you say that failure of service because of failure of authentication can be addressed. But failure of service despite authentication needs to be addressed separately.”

Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehta answered the judge’s question, saying the conduct of the shopkeeper in question was the “failure of honesty”.

India joins Europe’s satellite data sharing pool

India has joined Europe’s mega global arrangement of sharing data from Earth observation satellites, called Copernicus.

Data from a band of Indian remote sensing satellites will be available to the European Copernicus programme while designated Indian institutional users will in return get to access free data from Europe’s six Sentinel satellites and those of other space agencies that are part of the programme, at their cost.

The space-based information will be used for forecasting disasters, providing emergency response and rescue of people during disasters; to glean land, ocean data; and for issues of security, agriculture, climate change and atmosphere, according to a statement issued by the European Commission here.

The agreement was signed in Bengaluru on Monday by Philippe Brunet, Director for Space Policy, Copernicus and Defence, on behalf of the EC and by P.G. Diwakar, Scientific Secretary, Indian Space Research Organisation.

The multi-billion-euro Copernicus is Europe’s system for monitoring the Earth using satellite data. It is coordinated and managed by the EC.

Wide range

The free and open data policy is said to have a wide range of applications that can attract users in Europe and outside. The Copernicus emergency response mapping system was activated on at least two Indian occasions — during the 2014 floods in Andhra Pradesh in October 2014 and after the 2013 storm in Odisha.

“Under this arrangement, the European Commission intends to provide India with free, full and open access to the data from the Copernicus Sentinel family of satellites using high bandwidth connections. Reciprocally the Department of Space will provide the Copernicus programme and its participating states with a free, full and open access to the data from ISRO’s land, ocean and atmospheric series of civilian satellites (Oceansat-2, Megha-Tropiques, Scatsat-1, SARAL, INSAT-3D, INSAT-3DR) with the exception of commercial high-resolution satellites data,” EC said.

The arrangement includes technical assistance for setting up high bandwidth connections with ISRO sites, mirror servers, data storage and archival facilities.

Husband, wife are not co-owners by default: I-T tribunal

‘Not equal in claiming tax exemptions’

A husband and wife may well be equal partners, sharing the joys and sorrows equally, but they are certainly not equal in claiming tax exemptions. Such exemptions, if any, are only based on relevant documents and not on anything else, according to income tax authorities.

This fact came to the fore recently when a Bengaluru-based couple came knocking at the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal after their joint claim for long-term capital gains (LTCG) exemption on gains arising from the sale of a property was rejected by a tax officer.

While the couple claimed that they jointly invested in the construction of the property and even declared the rent income and sale proceeds equally in their tax returns, the authorities said that since the earlier agreement and the subsequent sale deed were solely in the name of the husband, no such joint claim can be accepted.

The matter dates back to 1986, when the man purchased a land and then constructed a residential property in which he claimed that he and his wife contributed equally.

Thereafter, the property was let out and the rent was again shared equally between the husband and the wife, with both declaring the same in their annual returns as well.

Subsequently, when the property was sold, the gains were shared equally in their filings for tax purposes.

Tax authorities, however, denied the claim of the wife and taxed the entire gains in the hands of the husband. The tax officer’s contention was that the wife’s name was not on the earlier agreement of purchase and also the subsequent sale deed.

According to a note by PwC, which is one of the ‘Big Four’ consultancy firms, the husband stated that the residential property was jointly held, but could not produce any proof to support his claim that his wife contributed towards the purchase.

Malaysian citizen

Further, while the wife was a Malaysian citizen when the property was purchased, she did not have any documents to prove that she sought permission from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) before purchasing the property.

While hearing the matter, the Bangalore Bench of the Tribunal upheld the tax officer’s stand while noting that the purchase deed and the subsequent sale deed did not mention the wife’s name as either owner or co-owner.

“This ruling of the Tribunal highlights that co-ownership in a property can only be considered from the recitals of the relevant documents and not from any stated intention or claim made, which is legally unsustainable,” tax advisory firm PwC said in the note.

Five militants killed in Kupwara

Two policemen and three jawans also lost their lives in the encounter.

Five militants have been killed and five security personnel lost their lives in an ongoing gunfight in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Wednesday.

“Earlier [in the day], three bodies of the militants were recovered. The fourth body of a militant was also spotted at the encounter site in Kupwara. The firing continued [till late Wednesday evening],” said Director General of Police S.P. Vaid.

Late in the evening, a Srinagar-based spokesman confirmed that a fifth militant was “neutralised” at the encounter site. All slain militants, according to the police, were “foreigners and part of a recently infiltrated group”.

“Owing to the thick vegetation and low visibility, the mopping operation is heading slowly in the area and with due caution,” said the police spokesman. “Incriminating documents have also been seized from the slain militants,” he added.

The bodies recovered were strapped with weapons and ammunition, including live grenades, said the police.

A fresh gunfight started on Wednesday morning after an intermittent exchange of fire during the night in Kupwara’s dense forest area of Check Fatehkhan in Halmatpora range.

Officials said the group of militants, which attacked on Army’s domination domination patrol on Tuesday afternoon, “resumed target fire during the day and were holed up in natural caves offered by the mountain range in the area.” The militants fanned out in different directions and “positioned at multiple points”, they said.

According to the spokesmen of the Army and the police, two policeman and three army jawans were also killed in the fierce exchange of fire.

The deceased personnel were identified as Mohammad Ashraf Rather and Naik Ranjeet Singh of 160 battalion of the Territorial Army, and Special Police Officer Mohammad Yousuf Cheche and policeman Deepak Thesoo. The identity of third deceased Army jawan could not be ascertained.

One policeman of the Special Operation Group (SOG) was also injured and “is stated to be stable”.

The Army’s elite force, Para Commandos, have also been brought in to wrap up the encounter. Kupwara is over 110 km north of Srinagar and is a frontier district, close to the Line of Control.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti expressed solidarity with the bereaved families of the deceased personnel.

Early general election possible in 2018, says Nomura

Political events may stall reform push’

A series of political developments over the last few weeks has placed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on the back foot and an early general election in the fourth quarter of 2018 cannot be ruled out, according to global financial major Nomura.

In its latest ‘Asia Insights’ report, the Tokya-based financial services firm says that while the Centre may not breach its 2018-19 fiscal deficit target of 3.3% of gross domestic product, greater capital requirements for bank recapitalisation and State-level farm loan waivers could lead to increased debt burden and a higher general government (Centre and States combined) fiscal deficit.

‘Populist overtone’

“From an economic perspective, this suggests that big-ticket reforms are less likely and a populist overtone is more likely as the government raises its pro-farmer, pro-common man profile via higher minimum support prices (MSPs) and fiscal transfers that ensure that MSPs are effective, increasing both inflation and fiscal risks,” Nomura said.

“We were leaning towards the view that concerns over the current account deficit, fiscal slippage and rising inflation were beginning to be priced in, but the risks around politics have turned less favourable for markets after the by-election losses in Uttar Pradesh,” it added.

Interestingly, Nomura is of the view that there is a 25% probability of an early general election, clubbed with State elections scheduled in the fourth quarter of 2018 and the first half of 2019. Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh will go to the polls in that period.

The financial major opines that the political developments are proving to be irritants for the BJP-led central government due to which big-ticket reforms would be difficult. The focus was instead likely to turn towards implementation along with restrained populism, Nomura added.

Raj Thackeray calls for ‘Modi-mukt Bharat’

Mumbai [Maharashtra] [India], Mar 19 (ANI): Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) chief Raj Thackeray on Sunday called for a ‘Modi-mukt Bharat.’

Addressing a rally on the occasion of Gudi Padwa in Mumbai‘s Shivaji Park, Thackeray said, ‘Today, we have to gear up for the third independence. All the political parties must unite to make Modi-mukt Bharat a reality.’

In an hour-long speech, the MNS chief also warned about attempts by certain elements to spark nation-wide riots in future.

Voices of a “united opposition” gained even more momentum after the Bharatiya Janata Party‘s (BJP) lost two crucial seats in the Uttar Pradesh by-polls.

According to the experts, joining forces is the only way to dethrone the Modi-led government in 2019 Lok Sabha elections. (ANI)

दलेर से मीका तक, मारपीट-रेप जैसे मामलों में जेल जा चुके ये 10 फेमस सिंगर

मुंबई. हाल ही में पटियाला कोर्ट ने पंजाबी सिंगर दलेर मेहंदी को 2003 के मानव तस्करी के एक मामले में दोषी करार देते हुए सजा सुनाई थी। मामले में उन्हें दो साल की जेल हुई लेकिन वे जेल गए और करीब 20 मिनट के अंदर ही उनको जमानत भी मिल गई। वैसे ये कोई पहला मामला नहीं है जब कोई सिंगर जेल गया है इससे पहले भी कई सिंगर्स जेल जा चुके हैं। आज इस पैकेज में हम आपको बता रहे हैं ऐसे ही 10 सिंगर्स के बारे में जो कभी मारपीट, शराब पीकर गाड़ी चलाने तो कभी रेप के आरोप में जेल का चुके हैं।

1. मीका सिंह
कई कॉन्ट्रोवर्सी में फंस चुके मीका एक बार तो गिरफ्तार भी हो चुके हैं। ये वाकया उस दौरान का है जब उन्होंने अपना आपा खोकर दिल्ली में एक फैन को थप्पड़ जड़ दिया था।
2. प्राजक्ता शुक्रे
‘इंडियन आइडल’ की एक्स कंटेस्टेंट और बॉलीवुड सिंगर प्राजक्ता को शराब पीकर कार चलाने और दो लोगों को कार से चोटिल करने के मामले में गिरफ्तार किया गया था। बता दें, उस वक्त उनके साथ कार में सिंगर अभिजीत सावंत भी मौजूद थे।

यहां एक ही किचन में बनता है 65 परिवारों का फ्री खाना, 7 साल से चल रही है ये प्रथा

नाथद्वारा(उदयपुर). शहर में बोहरा समाज के 65 घरों में सुबह का भोजन एक साथ बनता है और फिर हर घर टिफिन भेजते हैं। सिलसिला सात साल से चल रहा है। अपने धर्मगुरु की नसीहत पर देश के कई शहरों में बोहरा समाज के लोग इसी प्रकार सामूहिक भोजन बनाकर घर-घर टिफिन पहुंचाने की मिसाल पेश कर रहे हैं। इस व्यवस्था में एक ही मीनू का टिफिन हर घर पहुंचाने के पीछे ऊंच-नीच का भेदभाव खत्म करने की सोच भी है।

– शहर में बोहरा समाज के 65 परिवारों में करीब 350 लोग हैं। अधिकांश परिवार व्यापारी वर्ग से हैं।
– 7 साल पहले इस व्यवस्था की शुरुआत वर्ष 2010 में हुई थी।
– भोजन समाज के भवन में तैयार होता है। किसी के घर मेहमान हो तो कमेटी को सदस्यों के अनुसार मात्रा बढ़ाने की सूचना दे दी जाती है।
– सामूहिक भोजन बनाने के लिए फैज उल मवाईद बुरहानिया कमेटी बना रखी है, जो भोजन की गुणवत्ता, वितरण की व्यवस्था देखती है।
– दाना कमेटी रसोई का राशन खरीदने की जिम्मेदारी निभाती है। इस कमेटी में 10 सदस्य हैं।

मेन्युकैलेंडर के अनुसार

– सामूहिक भोजन के लिए कैलेंडर तय कर धर्मगुरु के स्तर पर बनाई कमेटी स्थानीय कमेटी को भेज देती है।
– मेन्यु कैलेंडर के अनुसार ही तय होता है। सप्ताह में एक दिन मिठाई तथा पर्व-त्योहार पर मिठाई सहित हर दिन के लिए दाल, सब्जी का मीनू निर्धारित है।

एक-दूसरे की खुशी में शामिल होता है हर परिवार

– खुशी के मौकों पर समाज के लोग अपनी तरफ से रसोई घर में कमेटी को सूचना देकर मिठाई बनवाते हैं और इसे हर घर बंटवाते हैं।
– इससे समाज के लोगों का हर परिवार की खुशी में शामिल होने में जुड़ाव होता है।
– टिफिन दोपहर एक बजे तक घर-घर पहुंचाने की जिम्मेदारी वितरण कमेटी की होती है।
– रसोई सुबह 9 बजे शुरू होती है। कोई सफर पर जा रहा है तो बस स्टैंड, बीमारी में अस्पताल तक भी भोजन पहुंचाया जाता है।
– पर्व, त्योहार, जन्मदिन, सालगिरह सहित अन्य मौकों पर कमेटी के पास अतिरिक्त टिफिन की सूचना पहले ही आ जाती है।

सामर्थ्य के अनुसार देते हैं आर्थिक सहयोग

– इस व्यवस्था के बदले समाज के लोग सामर्थ्य के अनुसार आर्थिक सहयोग देते हैं।
– टिफिन पहुंचाने के बदले कोई शुल्क निर्धारित नहीं है। समाज की कमेटी अपने स्तर पर इसका खर्च वहन करती है।

योगी सरकार का एक साल: 5 बड़े चुनावी वादों में से ज्यादातर अधूरे, कुछ पर काम ही शुरू नहीं हुआ

लखनऊ.भाजपा ने 28 जनवरी, 2017 को उत्तर प्रदेश में विधानसभा चुनाव-2017 के लिए घोषणा पत्र जारी किया था। इसमें यूपी में अपराध और भ्रष्टाचार को खत्म कर, विकास और गरीबों की बेहतरी के लिए काम करने के दावे किए थे। भाजपा बहुमत के साथ जीती और 19 मार्च, 2017 को योगी आदित्यनाथ ने मुख्यमंत्री पद की शपथ ली। उनकी सरकार का एक साल पूरा होने पर ने उनके 5 वादों की जमीनी हकीकत जानी।

1) किसानों की कर्जमाफी

वादा: किसानों का पूरा कर्ज माफ होगा। बिना ब्याज कर्ज दिया जाएगा।
सरकार ने क्या किया: योगी ने पहली कैबिनेट मीटिंग में 36 हजार 359 करोड़ रुपए की कर्ज माफी का एलान किया। 78 लाख किसानों को कर्जमाफी का लाभ मिलना था।
हकीकत:अभी तक 17.30 लाख किसानों का कर्ज माफ हुआ। यह कुल टारगेट का सिर्फ 22% है। देवरिया, वाराणसी, गोरखपुर और कुशीनगर को छोड़कर किसी भी जिले में दूसरे चरण की कर्जमाफी के प्रमाण पत्र बांटने का काम शुरू नहीं हुआ है।
दलील:कृषि मंत्री सूर्यप्रताप शाही किसानों को कर्जमाफी का लाभ मिला है। दूसरे चरण के प्रमाणपत्र भी जल्द बांटे जाएंगे।
आरोप:नेता प्रतिपक्ष रामगोविंद चौधरी ने कहा कि कर्जमाफी की आड़ में सरकार ने खेती का बजट 70.13% कम कर दिया। किसानों को छला गया है।

2) शिक्षा और रोजगार
 पहली से 8वीं तक के बच्चों को स्वेटर, मौजे और जूते मुफ्त दिए जाएंगे। ग्रेजुएट तक लड़कियों और 12वीं तक लड़कों को लैपटॉप मुफ्त दिया जाएगा।
सरकार ने क्या किया: सरकार ने दो बार टेंडर निकाल, लेकिन दिसंबर 2017 तक प्रॉसेस पूरी नहीं हो पाई। बाद में कलेक्टर को अपने स्तर पर टेंडर कराने को कहा गया। फ्री लैपटॉप वितरण योजना- 2017 शुरू की।
हकीकत:1.5 करोड़ बच्चों में से सर्दी खत्म होने तक सिर्फ 45% बच्चों को स्वेटर बांटे गए। 22 से 23 लाख स्टूडेंट्स में से अभी किसी को भी फ्री लैपटॉप नहीं मिला।
दलील: विभाग की मंत्री अनुपमा जायसवाल ने कहा कलेक्टर को निर्देश दिए थे सभी बच्चों को स्वेटर बांट दिए गए हैं।
आरोप: सपा प्रवक्ता राजेन्द्र चौधरी ने कहा कि स्वेटर बांटने में सबसे बड़ा भ्रष्टाचार हुआ। ठंड खत्म होने के बाद दिखावे के लिए स्वेटर बांटे गए।

3) बिजली की समस्या
 2019 तक हर घर में बिजली। 5 साल में 24 घंटे बिजली मिलने लगेगी।
सरकार ने क्या किया:राज्य विद्युत उपभोक्ता परिषद के अध्यक्ष अवधेश वर्मा के मुताबिक, सपा सरकार में 14 घंटे बिजली मिल रही थी, अब 16 से 18 घंटे मिल रही है। हालांकि, लोड बढ़ने से किसानों को ज्यादा राहत नहीं मिली।
हकीकत: बिजली का निजीकरण किया गया। रेट 50 से 150 फीसदी तक बढ़े। गर्मी शुरू होते ही शहरों में भी बिजली कटौती शुरू हो गई है।
दलील: ऊर्जा मंत्री श्रीकांत शर्मा का दावा है कि सपा सरकार ने पांच साल में जितने ट्रांसफार्मर बदले उतने हमने 1 साल में बदल दिए। करीब 37 हजार ट्रांसफार्मर खराब हो गए थे।
आरोप: सपा नेता रामगोविंद चौधरी ने कहा कि केंद्र के सहारे यूपी में बिजली की सप्लाई की जा रही है। बिजली का रेट बढ़ाकर अवैध वसूली की जा रही है।

4) सेहत का ख्याल
 राज्य में 25 सुपर स्पेशलिटी हॉस्पिटल और 6 एम्स बनाएंगे।
सरकार ने क्या किया: बजट में सुपर स्पेशियलिटी हॉस्पिटल और एम्स के लिए पहले चरण में 4323.89 करोड़ रुपए रखे गए हैं।
हकीकत:अभी तक किसी भी सुपर स्पेशियलिटी हॉस्पिटल या एम्स के लिए जमीन तक तय नहीं हुई है। गोरखपुर एम्स का शिलान्यास अखिलेश सरकार में किया गया था। डेढ़ साल बीत गया, लेकिन इसका भी निर्माण शुरू नहीं हो पाया है।
दलील: स्वास्थ्य मंत्री सिद्धार्थ नाथ सिंह का कहना है कि यूपी में स्वास्थ्य की समस्या बहुत ही जटिल थी। पिछली सरकारों ने स्वास्थ्य के बजट में घोटाले किए। एक साल में हमने बेहतर इंतजाम किए।
आरोप: सपा के सीनियर लीडर और पूर्व स्वास्थ्य मंत्री अहमद हसन ने कहा कि सरकार काम करने की बजाए अस्पतालों का भगवाकरण करवा रही है। बीआरडी कॉलेज की घटना सरकार की सबसे बड़ी नाकामी है।

5) गड्ढा मुक्त सड़कें
प्रदेश में सभी सड़कें 15 जून 2017 तक गड्ढा मुक्त होंगी।
सरकार ने क्या किया: सरकार ने अलग-अलग विभागों को जिम्मेदारी सौंपी। कुल 1 लाख 21 हजार 816 किलोमीटर सड़क गड्ढा मुक्त की जानी थी।
हकीकत:सिर्फ 61 हजार 433 किलोमीटर यानी सिर्फ 50% सड़कें ही गड्ढा मुक्त हो पाई। टारगेट पूरा करने के लिए सिर्फ तीन महीने से भी कम वक्त बचा है।
दलील: डिप्टी सीएम केशव प्रसाद मौर्य का कहना है कि सड़कों को गड्डा मुक्त करने के लिए हम लगातार काम कर रहे हैं। विभाग के पास उचित बजट नहीं था फिर भी हमने अन्य विभागों के सहयोग से लक्ष्य को पूरा किया है।
आरोप: कांग्रेस प्रवक्ता सुरेन्द्र राजपूत का कहना है कि, गड्डे मुक्त सड़क का दावा कुछ ही जिलों में सफल हुआ है। जिन सड़कों को गड्डा मुक्त किया गया है वो फिर से उसी तरह हो गई हैं।

Nidahas trophy India vs Bangladesh final: Karthik’s last-ball six helps India win

India skipper Rohit Sharma won the toss and chose to bowl first against Bangladesh in the Twenty20 tri-series final in Colombo on Sunday.

The youthful Indian team, which reached the final with three wins from four matches, made just one change — with paceman Jaydev Unadkat coming in for Mohammed Siraj.

Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan said his team would have to be at their best against India. The underdogs are unchanged from their previous win against hosts Sri Lanka.

Karnataka orders probe against two prison officials.

They are accused of providing special treatment to Sasikala

The Karnataka government has ordered an inquiry against two senior officials of the Parappana Agrahara Central Prison in Bengaluru for allegedly providing special treatment to former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa’s aide V.K. Sasikala, who is serving a four-year sentence in a disproportionate assets case.

Indonesia: Christian couple caned for gambling.

Authorities caned a Christian married couple on Tuesday after they were arrested for gambling at an entertainment centre in Banda Acehin Indonesia.

The Aceh Sharia Court sentenced the couple, identified as Dahlan Sili Tongga, 61, and Tjia Nyuk Hwa, 45, to eight and seven lashes respectively for violating provincial laws. The caning took place outside the Babussalam Mosque in Lampaseh Aceh in the city, The Straits Times reported.

The couple was found guilty of violating a jinayat (Islamic bylaw) on gambling.

According to the sharia law, each lash is equivalent to a one-month imprisonment. Hence, it is believed that the couple preferred to receive corporal punishment.

The court also sentenced a 67-year-old man named Ridwan to 22 lashes for allowing gambling to take place on the premises. The authorities confiscated coins, vouchers and cash from him as well.

“This punishment shows our commitment (to implementing sharia). We want to create a deterrent so that other people do not violate sharia,” Banda Aceh Mayor Aminullah Usman said, adding that the caning was deliberately carried out in an open space so that the public could see it.

Aceh is the only province in Indonesia that implements the sharia, although non-Muslims, who are found guilty of committing crimes are regulated under the province’s criminal code such as gambling.

India to double state purchases of oilseeds, pulses.

In a bid to give a boost to farmers, the Union Cabinet has doubled state purchases of oilseeds and pulses from them.

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, approved the regularisation and extension of Government Guarantee provided to lender bank for providing credit limit to National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India (NAFED) Rs 19,000 crore from earlier Rs 9,500 crore for undertaking procurement operation of pulses and oilseeds under Price Support Scheme (PSS) and to Small Farmers Agri-Business Consortium (SFAC) for Rs 45 crore for meeting their existing liability and settlement of extant claims.

These Government Guarantees are valid for a period of five years, till 2021-22.

As the market price of most pulses and oilseeds is below the Government of India prescribed-Minimum Support Price (MSP) these provisions will help farmers in selling their produce at the MSP, and will also help prevent a situation where they are forced to make flash sales of their crops, because of the supply-demand gap, during peak arrival periods.

It will also encourage higher investment in the agro-sector and consequently yield higher production and safeguard the interest of the consumers by making supplies available at a reasonable price.

No evidence of Islamic State hand in Kashmir policeman’s killing: J&K DGP.

A Union Home Ministry official says there was no “physical infrastructure” of terror group in the Kashmir Valley.

The Home Ministry said on Tuesday that an engineering student who recently joined militancy had pushed a message on an Islamic State-affiliated news agency that the outfit had killed a policeman in Srinagar’s Soura area on Sunday. A senior Ministry official said there was no “physical infrastructure” of the IS in the Kashmir Valley and the militant might have used the platform to create confusion.

The militant, Eisa Fazli, who the Home Ministry said was associated with both Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and Hizbul Mujahideen, had pushed the message on news agency Amaq along with a picture of the dead policeman and his rifle.


True love and marriage is the process of two halves of one soul reuniting again for all eternity. This is why everyone is looking for it.


I want him to be handsome. I want her to be pretty. I am looking for wit. I am looking for kindness. Should I perform a credit check? My wedding will be on the beach. My marriage is so boring… When it comes to the body of love and marriage, we know exactly what we want. But what about the soul of love and marriage, do I know what I want? What type of spiritual connection am I looking for? How do I put the soul into “soul-mate”? What is the inner meaning of marriage? And what happens once I am married? Is love only at first sight or does it continue? What happens when I have the marital without the bliss?

35 Qualities You Should Look For In A Life Partner

1. A strong sense of self, because you can’t be with someone who doesn’t know who they are.

2. Honesty, because your relationship won’t survive without it.

3. Joy, because if you’re going to survive through the struggles, you need to be with someone who makes you happy.

4. Integrity, because you can’t be with a person you don’t respect.

5. Accountability, because you can’t have a strong relationship with someone who isn’t going to be there for you.

6. Sense of humor, because as long as they know how to laugh at life, you’ll be okay.

7. Strength, because sometimes you’re going to feel weak, and you’re going to need someone to hold you up.

8. The ability to trust others, because sometimes they’re going to be weak, and they should be willing to lean on you as much as you lean on them.

9. Maturity, because a relationship needs two adults, not one.

10. Compatibility from the start, because that’s something you can’t really ‘work on.’

11. Independence, because being with another person doesn’t mean you should forget who you are.

12. Commitment, because the only way for a relationship to continue to grow is if you both take it seriously.

13. Vulnerability, because you can’t become close with someone if they don’t let their walls down.

14. An ability to argue in a productive way. Working through a problem will be necessary, but shouting or getting overly defensive will get you both nowhere.

15. Humility, because everyone makes mistakes, and you have to be willing to admit when you’re wrong if you want your relationship to have a chance.

16. Openness, or there will be no room for growth in your partnership.

Bridging the gap from URL to IRL

In May last year, The Hindu published a story about how a social media community was helping people across the globe find catharsis. Founded by Jovanny Varela in 2015, the Internet-based community, the Artidote, began its journey as an Instagram/Snapchat/Facebook presence that shared inspirational poetry attached to art. In 2017, through his Snapchat account, Varela introduced what he calls, SnapThoughts, where fellow Artidotees would send across their deepest emotions and secrets anonymously. The founder would then curate the shared photographs on his Snapchat story, and it soon became a place where people would come to bond, heal, vent, and often just connect with one another.

Gauri Lankesh murder case: Bengaluru Police clarifies ‘no arrest by SIT’

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India], Feb 23 (ANI): Rebuffing the media reports, the Bengaluru Police on Friday clarified that nobody has been arrested in connection with the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh.

Police said that the Special Investigation Team (SIT) has not arrested anyone in the case so far.

‘Attack’ on Delhi Chief Secretary: Kejriwal, Ministers meet LG after police ‘raid’

The Delhi Cabinet of Ministers called on Lieutenant Governor (LG) Anil Baijal on Friday hours after the police ”raided” Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s official residence in connection with the investigation related to the alleged attack on Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash earlier this week.

Two shot dead in Zurich, Swiss police see no terror link

ZURICH: Two people died in a shooting in Zurich‘s city centre on Friday that police said did not appear to have any link to terrorism.Police responding to reports of shots fired near the Swiss financial capital’s main railway station shortly after 14:30 (1330 GMT) found one person dead and another gravely wounded. The second person later died, police said in a statement.

Hyderabad man loses vision after hair transplant

A case of medical negligence has been recorded in Hyderabad, wherein a diabetic man lost his vision following a botched hair transplant surgery.

After the surgery, Tariq Khusrou was infected with gas gangrene that had put his life at risk.

He went for the hair transplant in July 2016 at the clinic of the accused, Dr Khan, in Telangana. He fixed an appointment with the doctor who later operated on the victim and transplanted 2700 strands of hair within 6 hours. The entire surgery was priced at Rs 1,25,000.

The very next day, the victim claimed to have a high fever and his head got swollen.

After Florida shooting, people are giving up their weapons

About 40% of Americans say they have a gun. Almost 40% of Americans defend their right to have a gun. But on Saturday, Scott Pappalardo sawed his gun into pieces and he’s not the only one.

After the shooting at a school in Parkland, Florida, last week where 17 died people and many more were injured,teenage survivors have rallied under the #Never Again movement to lobby for an end to gun violence.

They are demanding change and some gun owners have heeded the call.

First Indian woman to fly a fighter aircraft

Flying Officer Avani Chaturvedi became the first Indian woman to fly a fighter aircraft solo when on 19 February she flew a MiG-21 bison
She is one of the three in the first batch of female pilots, besides Bhawana Kanth and Mohana Singh, who were inducted in Indian Air Force fighter squadron on June 18, 2016.

Kamal Haasan takes the plunge, launches Makkal Needhi Maiam

Veteran actor Kamal Haasan on Wednesday launched his political party, the Makkal Needhi Maiam (People’s Justice Centre), projecting himself as a serious alternative to the Dravidian majors in Tamilnadu.

Explaining where his ideology lay, he said, “People are asking me if I am left or right (in ideology). That’s why we have ‘maiam’ (centre) in our party (name). We will absorb all good things from whichever direction they come.”

Today’s Doodle Is Dedicated to Cornelia Sorabji’s,India’s first woman advocate

Cornelia was born in Nashik in the erstwhile Bombay Presidency of colonial India on this day in 1866. Her parents Reverend Sorabji Karsedji and Francina Ford were advocates of women’s education and established several girls’ schools in Pune. They encouraged Cornelia to take higher studies, and she went on to become the first woman to be graduated from Bombay University.

Cornelia took up law at the famous Oxford University and it was no easy task. It was a time when universities were reluctant to accept female students. The National Indian Association came to Cornelia’s help. Her English friends petitioned on her behalf to allow her to sit for Civil Laws exam at Somerville College, Oxford. In 1894, she completed her course, but the University didn’t award her a degree. Oxford University started awarding degrees to women only since 1922.

Even after completion of her education, Cornelia was not allowed to plead in courts both in England as well as India. She returned to her homeland and became a legal advisor. She took the cause of purdahnashins, the veiled women who were forbidden to interact with men outside their families. She helped widowed purdahnashins get their rightful share of the property, helped them pursue education and secure employment. She succeeded in pursuing the government to appoint Lady Assistants to the courts to help women litigants.

Cornelia again appeared for LLB examination in Bombay University to obtain a law degree, becoming the first woman graduate from the institution. She cleared the pleader examination in Allahabad High Court in 1899 but she was not acknowledged as a barrister.

Only in 1923 colonial courts opened their doors to women advocates. The next year Cornelia began practicing in Kolkata. In addition to pleading for her clients, she had to fight bias and male domination in courts. Six years later she retired and moved to London. She died on July 6, 1954.

She has published two autobiographies India Calling: The Memories of Cornelia Sorabji, and India Recalled, a biography of her parents, and numerous articles on Purdahnashins.

Opening for Front End Developer at Iskpro Pvt Ltd, Noida

Iskpro Pvt Ltd. is looking for Front End Developer for its Noida based office.

Experience Required:  4-8 Years

Working Days:  Mon-Fri

Must Have Skills:

Great experience in Angular

Job Description:

  • Proficiency with JavaScript and HTML5

  • Professional, precise communication skills

  • Deep Experience of AngularJS practices and commonly used modules based on extensive work experience

  • Highly Stack development Experience

  • Extensive knowledge of CSS and JS methods for providing performant visual effects

  • Thorough understanding of the responsibilities of the platform, database, API, caching layer, proxies, and other web services used in the system

  • Experience with building the infrastructure for serving the front-end app and assets

  • Architecting and automating the build process for production

About The Company:

ISKPRO is a digital agency, specializing in design and development of interactive web and mobile solutions; and promoting them through tailor-made digital marketing strategies.

Founded in Rochester, New York, in the year 2004, ISKPRO set out on a journey of discovering, learning and creating best in class solutions that would touch lives globally. Within a short span of time, we grew from a two-person endeavor to a 120-person business facility. In an era when businesses were fumbling to comprehend the dynamics of digital marketing, we instituted our presence through our bespoke digital marketing solutions such as SEO and paid (PPC) marketing services.

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Interested candidates may send their resume to

Contact Number: 0120-4307678

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Opening For WordPress Manager in Iskpro Pvt Ltd, Noida

Iskpro Pvt Ltd. is looking for WordPress Manager for its Noida based office.

Experience Required:  4-8 Years

Working Days:  Mon-Fri

Must Have Skills:

Should have great experience in managing team + handling website launch / Servers

Job Description:

  • Strong understanding of theme development and plugin development must.

  • Good understanding of front-end technologies, including HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, jQuery, Angular 2

  • Strong knowledge of how to interact with RESTful APIs and formats (JSON, XML)

  • Strong understanding of code versioning tools {{such as Git, Bitbucket}}

  • Good understanding of PHP back-end development.

  • Strong understanding and Knowledge of Mysql DB query.

  • Good understanding and Knowledge of anyone frameworks like CodeIgniter, Laravel etc.

  • Strong listening and questioning skills to ensure connection and the ability to act on clients’ needs.

About The Company:

ISKPRO is a digital agency, specializing in design and development of interactive web and mobile solutions; and promoting them through tailor-made digital marketing strategies.

Founded in Rochester, New York, in the year 2004, ISKPRO set out on a journey of discovering, learning and creating best in class solutions that would touch lives globally. Within a short span of time, we grew from a two-person endeavor to a 120-person business facility. In an era when businesses were fumbling to comprehend the dynamics of digital marketing, we instituted our presence through our bespoke digital marketing solutions such as SEO and paid (PPC) marketing services.

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Interested candidates may send their resume to

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Requirement of Android Lead Developer at Iskpro Pvt Ltd Noida

Iskpro Pvt Ltd. is looking for Android Lead Developer for its Noida based office.

Experience Required:  4-8 Years

Working Days:  Mon-Fri

Role Description:

Design, build and configure applications to meet business process and application requirements.

Must Have Skills:

Android Application Development with Machine learning / Artificial Intelligence.

Job Description:

  • 4-8 Years of total industry experience.
  • Knowledge of Kotlin
  • Extensive experience (2-3 Years) in developing enterprise/business/ smart apps on the native Android platform.
  • Proven experience of at least 1 year of developing enterprise-grade apps.
  • Expert level hands-on knowledge of Android architectural principles, Human Interface Guidelines, Testing Frameworks and automation, Code Coverage tools, Profilers for Memory, CPU and File Systems.
  • Hands-on experience in designing and integrating web-services interfaces (SOAP/ RESTful- JSON/ XML based) with native apps.
  • Hands-on experience of working on DBMS, particularly SQLite.
  • Experience working with backend technologies (e.g., Java, .NET, Python, Ruby, Node.js) a plus.

About The Company:

ISKPRO is a digital agency, specializing in design and development of interactive web and mobile solutions; and promoting them through tailor-made digital marketing strategies.

Founded in Rochester, New York, in the year 2004, ISKPRO set out on a journey of discovering, learning and creating best in class solutions that would touch lives globally. Within a short span of time, we grew from a two-person endeavor to a 120-person business facility. In an era when businesses were fumbling to comprehend the dynamics of digital marketing, we instituted our presence through our bespoke digital marketing solutions such as SEO and paid (PPC) marketing services.

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Interested candidates may send their resume to

Contact Number: 0120-4307678





Requirement For iOS Lead Developer at Iskpro Pvt Ltd, Noida.

Iskpro Pvt Ltd. is looking for iOS Lead Developer for its Noida based office.

Experience Required:  4-8 Years

Working Days:  Mon-Fri

Role Description:

Design, build and configure applications to meet business process and application requirements.

Must Have Skills:

iOS Application Development with Machine learning / Artificial Intelligence.

Job Description:

  • 4-8 Years of total industry experience.
  • Experience with iOS 6+ SDK.
  • Knowledge of Swift (must).
  • Extensive experience (2-3 Years) in developing enterprise/business/ smart apps on the native Android platform.
  • Proven experience of at least 1 year of developing enterprise-grade apps.
  • Hands-on experience in designing and integrating web-services interfaces (SOAP/ RESTful- JSON/ XML based) with native apps.
  • Hands-on experience of working on DBMS, particularly SQLite.
  • Experience working with backend technologies (e.g., Java, .NET, Python, Ruby, Node.js) a plus.
  • Experience with AR/VR.

About The Company:

ISKPRO is a digital agency, specializing in design and development of interactive web and mobile solutions; and promoting them through tailor-made digital marketing strategies.

Founded in Rochester, New York, in the year 2004, ISKPRO set out on a journey of discovering, learning and creating best in class solutions that would touch lives globally. Within a short span of time, we grew from a two-person endeavor to a 120-person business facility. In an era when businesses were fumbling to comprehend the dynamics of digital marketing, we instituted our presence through our bespoke digital marketing solutions such as SEO and paid (PPC) marketing services.

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Contact Number: 0120-4307678





Hijab-wearing Barbie doll-Doll Modeled After Ibtihaj Muhammad

The maker of Barbie has announced it will sell a doll modeled after Ibtihaj Muhammad, an American fencer who competed in last year’s Olympics while wearing a hijab.

The doll is part of the Barbie “Shero” line that honors women who break boundaries. Past dolls have included gymnast Gabby Douglas and “Selma” director Ava DuVernay.

Muhammad, the first American to compete at the Olympics while wearing a hijab, won a bronze medal in fencing at the 2016 Rio Game.

Today’s Google Doodle is Dedicated to the 131st Anniversary of Hole Punture

Today’s Google Doodle is Dedicated to the 131st Anniversary of Hole Punture.

The origins of the hole punch date back to Germany via Matthias Theel, where two early patents for a device designed to “punch holes in paper” have since[when?] been discovered.[4] Friedrich Soennecken filed his patent on 14 November 1886, for his Papierlocher für Sammelmappen.

hole punch (also known as a hole puncher) is a common office tool that is used to create holes in sheets of paper, often for the purpose of collecting the sheets in a binder or folder. A leather punch, of different construction from one designed for paper, is used for leather goods, cloth, or thin plastic sheeting. Hole punch tools are also made for use on sheet metal, such as aluminum siding or metal air ducts.A typical hole punch, whether a single or multiple hole punch,

One lakh Indians book ticket for Mars

Around 1,38,899, people from India are Mars-bound. They have ‘booked’ a flight to the Red Planet via Nasa’s InSight (Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport) mission slated for launch on May 5, 2018. Nasa states that those who submitted their names were provided online ‘boarding passes’ for the mission.

The names are being etched on a silicon wafer microchip using an electron beam to form letters with lines one one-thousandth the diameter of of a human hair. This chip will then be attached to the top hull of the lander.

Several Indians responded to Nasa’s call for names for the Mars mission. The total number of names received by Nasa from all over the world is 2,429,807.

According to Nasa on Wednesday, India ranks third in the global list with regard to the number of names submitted for the Mars mission.

The first is the US with 6,76,773 names followed by China with 2,62,752 names. India stands at number three.

Space experts point out that US leading the list is not surprising since it is, after all, a NASA mission. However, they do say that the fact that India is next to China is a matter of significance. They attribute India being ranked among the first three nations to two factors: the excitement and interest in Mars flights triggered by India’s ground-breaking Mangalyaan mission, and the overall strengthening of India-US space ties.

Slated for landing near the Mars equator on November 26, 2018, it is a 720-day mission, which will gather data on the Martian interior by monitoring Marsquakes.

B.E. MBA MCA graduates appeared for “Sweeper Exam” held in HC, Chennai

On Last Sunday, the Written exam for the Sweepers happened in High Court, Chennai. More than 3000 people participated in this examination & shockingly 2500 cleared it successfully but the more shocking thing is yet to come. When the Lawyers and evaluation panel of High Court tried to find the reason behind it that how 2500 candidates out of 3000 cleared the examination then they came to know that all the selected candidates were B.E., MBA, MCA graduates. Yes, you heard it right. B.E., MBA, MCA graduates applied for the position for which 8th Standard candidates were required.

Now, the question arises whether it’s joblessness or the greed of Government Job because if the same vacancy arises in the Private Sector, none of them will apply.

Please write your views in the comment.



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Indian 4G speed lowest in 77 nations

India has 84.03% 4G availability, making it one of the top countries in terms of 4G availability, according to a report by OpenSignal. However, in terms of 4G speed, India lies at the very bottom among 77 countries with 6.13 Mbps being the average speed.

The report highlighted that there is no country that has yet cracked 50 Mbps average 4G download speed even though some of the operators may have broken this barrier but there is no country that has consistently been able to provide LTE connections greater than 50 Mbps. South Korea and Singapore cut the closest with average 45.9 Mbps and 46.6 Mbps 4G speeds respectively.

Microsoft’s Satya Nadella to visit India next week

Satya Nadella, the India-born CEO of tech giant Microsoft, will be in India next week on a two- day visit to promote his book ‘Hit Refresh’.

Nadella, who will be in India on November 6-7, will visit Hyderabad and Delhi and engage with government officials, industry leaders, students and academia among other stakeholders, a Microsoft spokesperson told.

“The two-day trip is focused on the book. His (Nadella) engagements include meetings with customers and industry leaders across sectors, union government and employees,” the spokesperson added.”

This Japan Company Gives Non-Smokers 6 Extra Paid Leaves

One Japanese marketing firm has reportedly offered its non-smoking workers an extra six days of paid leave a year after they kicked up a stink about their smoking colleagues taking too much time during cigarette breaks.

According to a report from the UK’s ‘The Telegraph’, Piala Inc. introduced the system as a way to appease disgruntled employees who believed it took far too long for smoking workers to travel between the company’s 29th-floor head office and the basement smoking area in their Tokyo-based building

“One of our non-smoking staff put a message in the company suggestion box earlier in the year saying that smoking breaks were causing problems,” a Piala spokesperson told ‘The Telegraph’.

“Our CEO saw the comment and agreed, so we are giving non-smokers some extra time off to compensate.”

At least 22 people dead in Power Plant Explosion

At least 22 people have been killed and as many as 100 injured in a blast at a coal-fired power plant in north India’s Uttar Pradesh state, officials say.

About 80 people have been rushed to the company hospital, the government-owned plant operator National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) Limited said.

A further 10 people with serious injuries were sent to other facilities.

NTPC said there had been a “sudden abnormal sound” and an escape of gases and steam before the explosion.

The firm has launched an investigation into the blast at the plant, based near the town of Unchahar.

A state police chief, Anand Kumar, said in a video statement, that preliminary findings suggested ash had collected in the furnace below the boiler, which meant “pressure built up inside and led to the blast”.

Singapore bans additional cars-there’s no more room for them

Singapore, one of the world’s most expensive places to own a vehicle, will not allow any growth in its car population from February, citing the small city-state’s land scarcity and billions of dollars in planned public transport investments.

The Land Transport Authority (LTA) said it was cutting the permissible vehicle growth rate in the city-state to 0 percent from the current 0.25 percent per annum for cars and motorcycles. The rate will be reviewed in 2020.

Singapore tightly controls its vehicle population by setting an annual growth rate and through a system of bidding for the right to own and use a vehicle for a limited number of years. It is one of the most densely populated nations on the planet and already has an extensive public transport system.

Currently, 12 percent of Singapore’s total land area is taken up by roads, the LTA said. “In view of land constraints and competing needs, there is limited scope for further expansion of the road network,” it said.

Singapore, whose total population has risen nearly 40 percent since 2000 to about 5.6 million now, counted more than 600,000 private and rental cars on its roads as of last year. These include cars used by drivers that work with ride-hailing services such as Grab and Uber, which are becoming increasingly popular.

A mid-range car in Singapore can typically cost four times the price in the United States.

Singapore has expanded its rail network length by 30 percent and has added new routes and capacity to its bus network. The government will continue to invest S$20 billion ($14.7 billion) in new rail infrastructure, S$4 billion to renew, upgrade and expand rail operating assets, and another S$4 billion in bus contracting subsidies over the next five years, the LTA said.

The LTA will keep ……

गूगल ने आज इन पर बनाया अपना डूडल, जानें कौन थे क़वी?

गूगल आज अपने डूडल के माध्यम से उर्दू के प्रसिद्ध लेखक और साहित्यिक टिप्पणीकार अब्दुल क़वी दसनवी की 87वीं जयंती मना रहा है। 1930 में बिहार के दसना गांव में पैदा हुए अब्दुल क़वी ने भारत में उर्दू साहित्य के प्रोत्साहन में अहम भूमिका निभाई। उनका देहांत 7 जुलाई, 2011 को हुआ।

पांच दशकों से ज्यादा के अपने करियर में दसनवी ने उर्दू साहित्य में कई किताबें लिखीं। उनका प्रमुख काम मौलाना अबुल कलाम आजाद, गालिब और इकबाल पर था। इसके अलावा उन्होंने कई कविताएं और फिक्शन भी लिखे। उनको अपने कामों के लिए कई अवॉर्ड मिले।

दसनवी का जन्म प्रमुख मुस्लिम विद्वान सैयद सुलैमान नदवी के घर हुआ। वह भोपाल के सैफिया पोस्ट ग्रैजुएट कॉलेज से 1990 में सेवानिवृत्त हुए। जावेद अख्तर और इकबाल मसूद समेत उनके कई शागिर्द आज मशहूर कवि एवं शिक्षाविद हैं।

गूगल ने उनके सम्मान में अपने लोगो का डिजाइन उर्दू स्टाइल वाली स्क्रिप्ट में किया है।

Airtel offers Celkon 4G smartphone at ₹1,349

Telecom service provider Bharti Airtel has joined hands with mobile phone maker Celkon to offer its pre-paid customers 4G smartphone at an effective price of ₹1,349.

The current market price of the Celkon Smart 4G model, which comes with 4-inch touch-screen, dual SIM slots, 1 GB RAM and 8GB ROM, is ₹3,500.

Launched under the ‘MeraPehla Smartphone’ initiative of Airtel, customers need to make a down payment of ₹2,849 towards the device. Further, they need to make 36 continuous monthly recharges of ₹169. After 18 months, the customers will get a cash refund of ₹500 and after 36 months an additional ₹1,000, Airtel said.

Describing it as a stylish and affordable 4G phone, CEO (AP and Telangana) of Bharti Airtel Venkatesh Vijayaraghavan told presspersons…


Useful Android Tips And Tricks You Should Know

Here,We'll be discussing some Useful Android Tips and Tricks that has been collected from 
Various Sites.Let's Start.

Charge your device using the USB port in the back of the television.

When you’re packing for a trip it’s easy to forget a few things, even if you’ve got a great, geeky travel checklist. If you forget your charger, the television in your hotel room can fill in as a substitute.

“I often travel with a single charger and multiple devices to avoid packing too many things, but I’ve neglected to use the TV as a spare power source despite knowing this tip. While not every hotel television will have this option, it’s a good thing to remember in case you’re in a bind or would find it convenient to have that extra charger without packing it.”

Disable App Notifications

Bugged by annoying app notifications that just keep coming? If you don’t know already, these app notifications also drain your phone’s battery. If you want to turn them off, and you are on Jelly Bean 4.1 and above, here’s how:

  1. On any of your unwanted notifications in your notification bar, long press on the notification for a message box to appear.
  2. Tap on App Info > Untick Show Notifications > OK.

Disable Animations

Here’s a tip on how to make your Android device run a bit smoother: disable its animations. You will need to have access to Developer Options which can be found under Settings or About device.

Note: For some phones, you may need to go to Build number and tap on it repeatedly until you see “You are now a developer!”. Developer options are now enabled.

Under enabled Developer options, look for Window animation scaleTransition animation scale, and Animator duration scale. Then, turn them off (disable) them one at a time.

How to Turn Off Auto-Correction

Hate the fact that your phone is going English teacher mode on you? Turn off auto-correction for peace of mind when texting.

  1. Go to Settings > Language & input.
  2. Tap on the settings icon next to the keyboard that you are using, e.g. Google Keyboard.
  3. Look for Auto-correction and tap on it.
  4. Select Off to turn auto-correction off.

Don’t use your smartphone while charging it.

“Ever wondered why phone manufacturers make such short charging cables? Do they want to save money? No, the answer is — They don’t want you to use the phone while charging. Yes, they discourage the idea of simultaneously charging and using it, as it reduces battery life to a large extent. Most phones run on Li-ion batteries and these batteries have a limited charge cycle after which they need to be replaced.”

Extend your battery with low power mode.

“Your battery is at a low percentage, and you’re nowhere near a charger. Don’t panic just yet. If your phone is running on iOS9, go to Settings > Battery > Low Power Mode. (Siri can do this for you too.) By going into Low Power Mode, non-essential tasks are disabled, giving you up to FOUR more hours of battery life.”

Extend your battery with low power mode.

“Your battery is at a low percentage, and you’re nowhere near a charger. Don’t panic just yet. If your phone is running on iOS9, go to Settings > Battery > Low Power Mode. (Siri can do this for you too.) By going into Low Power Mode, non-essential tasks are disabled, giving you up to FOUR more hours of battery life.”

Use the volume button to snap pictures.

“Taking selfies is serious business. But it doesn’t have to be a difficult one. It’s surprising how many people don’t realize that you can just hit either volume button (on most phone models—both iOS and Android) to snap a picture. You don’t have to hit the virtual button that’s on your screen. This works on both the front- and back-facing cameras, but it’s particularly handy when shooting a selfie. If you didn’t know this before, you will never go back to shooting by tapping the screen. We were able to confirm this feature on various iPhones and several Android models.”

Make better use of your smartphone’s camera – it’s not just for selfies.

“It seems so simple, but getting more mileage out of your phone’s camera can truly make your life easier. Snap a picture of your fridge/pantry before you head to the grocery store so that you know exactly what to buy. Suffer from parked-car memory failure? Take a picture of the closest intersection to your car’s location. Use your smartphone camera to store highly useful information like your prescriptions (photos of your medicine bottles), your frequent flier number (photo of your frequent flier card), or your hotel’s address (photo/screen-grab of your travel itinerary) in case you lose service.”

You’re not limited to the camera app that comes with your smartphone.

“The camera app that comes with your phone is perfectly adequate (if somewhat minimalist) most of the time. But what if you want to capture the light trails of cars driving past a nighttime holiday display? Or maybe you want to use your phone’s digital zoom while shooting a video of kids unwrapping presents? If so, it’s time to check out one of the many camera apps in your phone’s app store. On the iPhone, I highly recommend Top Camera, which does all the above and more. If you’re looking for other camera-enhancing apps, we have several great suggestions for iPhones and Android phones.

How to Recover deleted data in Mobile….


Lose Fat Through Drinking Water

Across the world today quite an appreciable number of people are desperately looking for ways to burn off excess fat. Several have tried various methods ranging from exercises, diets, and even surgery- unsuccessfully. About two decades ago, a method called Japanese water therapy was discovered. It has helped numerous people in their desire to lose fat and even lose weight. By just drinking water first thing in the morning before brushing your teeth, this method has also been used to fight ailments such as headaches, constipation, endocrine disorders, asthma, epilepsy, palpitations, arthritis, obesity, bronchitis, and throat diseases.
The mechanism by which this therapy works has not been fully understood but individuals who have tried this therapy have attested to its efficacy. There is still a lot of research going on regarding this method of burning fat. I will enumerate the steps taken when using this method in the following few sentences:
1. As you wake up in the morning before brushing your teeth, drink at least 400 to 600mls of water.
2. Brush your teeth but don’t eat or drink anything for the next 45 minutes.
3. You can go ahead and have breakfast after the 45 minutes are over.
4. After 15 minutes of breakfast, lunch or dinner do not eat or drink anything for the next 2 hours.
You continue with these steps for a number of days and results can be noticed within 30 to 60 days. The numbers of days taken to control some of the above-mentioned ailments are as follows:
· Constipation -10 days
· Gastritis -10 days
· Diabetes -30 days/ a month.
· Elevated blood pressure-30 days.
· Tuberculosis -90 days.
· Arthritis -14 days.
· Cancer -180 days.
Drinking water first thing is common among many people but for this therapy to work, it has to be done before brushing the teeth.
You might want to ask questions regarding the water used, the temperature need not be cold or warm and any water at room temperature (25 degrees Celsius) is considered appropriate. Also, the water should also be as tasteless, colorless and odorless as possible. There are quite a number of modifications to this water therapy but not all work. The instructions above must be strictly followed to achieve success. The only side effect you might experience is excessive urination which you have when you first start the therapy.
What are the other benefits of drinking water first thing in the morning?
1. Helps with regular bowel mo

Really Funny and Interesting Facts

  1. It is impossible to lick your elbow (busted)
  2. People say “Bless you” when you sneeze because when you sneeze, your heart stops for a mini-second.
  3. A shrimp’s heart is in its head.
  4. A crocodile can’t stick it’s tongued out.
  5. In a study of 200,000 ostriches over a period of 80 years, no one reported a single case where an ostrich buried its head in the sand.
  6. It is physically impossible for pigs to look up into the sky.
  7. A pregnant goldfish is called a twit. (busted?)
  8. More than 50% of the people in the world have never made or received a telephone call.
  9. Rats and horses can’t vomit.
  10. If you sneeze too hard, you can fracture a rib.
  11. If you try to suppress a sneeze, you can rupture a blood vessel in your head or neck and die.
  12. If you keep your eyes open by force when you sneeze, you might pop an eyeball out.
  13. Rats multiply so quickly that in 18 months, two rats could have over a million descendants.
  14. Wearing headphones for just an hour will increase the bacteria in your ear by 700 times.
  15. In every episode of Seinfeld, there is a Superman somewhere.
  16. The cigarette lighter was invented before the match.
  17. Thirty-five percent of the people who use personal ads for dating are already married.
  18. A duck’s quack doesn’t echo, and no one knows why.
  19. 23% of all photocopier faults worldwide are caused by people sitting on them and photocopying their butts.
  20. In the course of an average lifetime you will, while sleeping, eat 70 assorted insects and 10 spiders.
  21. Most lipstick contains fish scales.
  22. Like fingerprints, everyone’s tongue print is different.
  23. Over 75% of people who read this will try to lick their elbow.
  24. A crocodile can’t move its tongue and cannot chew. Its digestive juices are so strong that it can digest a steel nail.
  25. Money notes are not made from paper, they are made mostly from a special blend of cotton and linen. In 1932, when a shortage of cash occurred in Tenino, Washington, USA, notes were made out of wood for a brief period.
  26. The Grammy Awards were introduced to counter the threat of rock music. In the late 1950s, a group of record executives was alarmed by the explosive success of rock ‘n roll, considering it a threat to “quality” music.
  27. Tea is said to have been discovered in 2737 BC by a Chinese emperor when some tea leaves accidentally blew into a pot of boiling water. The tea bag was introduced in 1908 by Thomas Sullivan of New York.
  28. Over the last 150 years, the average height of people in industrialized nations has increased 10 cm (about 4 inches). In the 19th century, American men were the tallest in the world, averaging 1,71m (5’6″). Today, the average height for American men is 1,75m (5’7″), compared to 1,77 (5’8″) for Swedes, and 1,78 (5’8.5″) for the Dutch. The tallest nation in the world is the Watusis of Burundi.
  29. In 1955 the richest woman in the world was Mrs. Hetty Green Wilks, who left an estate of $95 million in a will that was found in a tin box with four pieces of soap. Queen Elizabeth of Britain and Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands count under the 10 wealthiest women in the world.
  30. Joseph Niepce developed the world’s first photographic image in 1827. Thomas Edison and W K L Dickson introduced the film camera in 1894. But the first projection of an image on a screen was made by a German priest. In 1646, Athanasius Kircher used a candle or oil lamp to project hand-painted images onto a white screen.
  31. In 1935 a writer named Dudley Nichols refused to accept the Oscar for his movie The Informer because the Writers Guild was on strike against the movie studios. In 1970 George C. Scott refused the Best Actor Oscar for Patton. In 1972 Marlon Brando refused the Oscar for his role in The Godfather.
  32. The system of democracy was introduced 2 500 years ago in Athens, Greece. The oldest existing governing body operates in Althing in Iceland. It was established in 930 AD.
  33. A person can live without food for about a month, but only about a week without water.
    If the amount of water in your body is reduced by just 1%, you’ll feel thirsty.
    If it’s reduced by 10%, you’ll die.
  34. According to a study by the Economic Research Service, 27% of all food production in Western nations ends up in garbage cans. Yet, 1,2 billion people are underfed – the same number of people who are overweight.
  35. Camels are called “ships of the desert” because of the way they move, not because of their transport capabilities. A Dromedary camel has one hump and a Bactrian camel two humps. The humps are used as fat storage. Thus, an undernourished camel will not have a hump.
  36. In the Durango desert, in Mexico, there’s a creepy spot called the “Zone of Silence.” You can’t pick up clear TV or radio signals. And locals say fireballs sometimes appear in the sky.
  37. Ethernet is a registered trademark of Xerox, Unix is a registered trademark of AT&T.
  38. Bill Gates’ first business was Traff-O-Data, a company that created machines which recorded the number of cars passing a given point on a road.
  39. Uranus’ orbital axis is tilted at 90 degrees.
  40. The final resting-place for Dr. Eugene Shoemaker – the Moon. The famed U.S. Geological Survey astronomer trained the Apollo astronauts about craters but never made it into space. Mr. Shoemaker had wanted to be an astronaut but was rejected because of a medical problem. His ashes were placed on board the Lunar Prospector spacecraft before it was launched on January 6, 1998. NASA crashed the probe into a crater on the moon in an attempt to learn if there is water on the moon.
  41. Outside the USA, Ireland is the largest software producing country in the world.
  42. The first fossilized specimen of Australopithecus Afarensis was named Lucy after the paleontologists’ favorite song “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,” by the Beatles.
  43. Figlet, an ASCII font converter program, stands for Frank, Ian and Glenn’s LETters.
  44. Every human spent about half an hour as a single cell.
  45. Every year about 98% of atoms in your body are replaced.
  46. Hot water is heavier than cold.
  47. Plutonium – first weighed on August 20th, 1942, by University of Chicago scientists Glenn Seaborg and his colleagues – was the first man-made element.
  48. If you went out into space, you would explode before you suffocated because there’s no air pressure.
  49. The radioactive substance, Americanium – 241 is used in many smoke detectors.
  50. The original IBM-PCs, that had hard drives, referred to the hard drives as Winchester drives. This is due to the fact that the original Winchester drive had a model number of 3030. This is, of course, a Winchester firearm.
  51. Sound travels 15 times faster through steel than through the air.
  52. On average, half of all false teeth have some form of radioactivity.
  53. Only one satellite has been ever been destroyed by a meteor: the European Space Agency’s Olympus in 1993.
  54. Starch is used as a binder in the production of paper. It is the use of a starch coating that controls ink penetration when printing. Cheaper papers do not use as much starch, and this is why your elbows get black when you are leaning over your morning paper.
  55. Sterling silver is not pure silver. Because pure silver is too soft to be used in most tableware it is mixed with copper in the proportion of 92.5 percent silver to 7.5 percent copper.
  56. A ball of glass will bounce higher than a ball of rubber. A ball of solid steel will bounce higher than one made entirely of glass.
  57. A chip of silicon a quarter-inch square has the capacity of the original 1949 ENIAC computer, which occupied a city block.
  58. An ordinary TNT bomb involves atomic reaction and could be called an atomic bomb. What we call an A-bomb involves nuclear reactions and should be called a nuclear bomb.
  59. At a glance, the Celsius scale makes more sense than the Fahrenheit scale for temperature measuring. But its creator, Anders Celsius, was an oddball scientist. When he first developed his scale, he made freezing 100 degrees and boiling 0 degrees, or upside down. No one dared point this out to him, so fellow scientists waited until Celsius died to change the scale.
  60. At a jet plane’s speed of 1,000 km (620mi) per hour, the length of the plane becomes one atom shorter than its original length.
  61. The first full moon to occur on the winter solstice, Dec. 22, commonly called the first day of winter, happened in 1999. Since a full moon on the winter solstice occurred in conjunction with a lunar perigee (point in the moon’s orbit that is closest to Earth), the moon appeared about 14% larger than it does at apogee (the point in its elliptical orbit that is farthest from the Earth).

    Since the Earth is also several million miles closer to the sun at that time of the year than in the summer, sunlight striking the moon was about 7% stronger making it brighter. Also, this was the closest perigee of the Moon of the year since the moon’s orbit is constantly deforming. In places where the weather was clear and there was a snow cover, even car headlights were superfluous.

  62. According to security equipment specialists, security systems that utilize motion detectors won’t function properly if walls and floors are too hot. When an infrared beam is used in a motion detector, it will pick up a person’s body temperature of 98.6 degrees compared to the cooler walls and floor.

    If the room is too hot, the motion detector won’t register a change in the radiated heat of that person’s body when it enters the room and breaks the infrared beam. Your home’s safety might be compromised if you turn your air conditioning off or set the thermostat too high while on summer vacation.

  63. Western Electric successfully brought sound to motion pictures and introduced systems of mobile communications which culminated in the cellular telephone.
  64. On December 23, 1947, Bell Telephone Laboratories in Murray Hill, N.J., held a secret demonstration of the transistor which marked the foundation of modern electronics.
  65. The wick of a trick candle has small amounts of magnesium in them. When you light the candle, you are also lighting the magnesium. When someone tries to blow out the flame, the magnesium inside the wick continues to burn and, in just a split second (or two or three), relights the wick.
  66. Ostriches are often not taken seriously. They can run faster than horses, and the males can roar like lions.
  67. Seals used for their fur get extremely sick when taken aboard ships.
  68. Sloths take two weeks to digest their food.
  69. Guinea pigs and rabbits can’t sweat.
  70. The pet food company Ralston Purina recently introduced, from its subsidiary Purina Philippines, power chicken feed designed to help roosters build muscles for cockfighting, which is popular in many areas of the world.
  71. According to the Wall Street Journal, the cockfighting market is huge: The Philippines has five million roosters used for exactly that.
  72. Sharks and rays are the only animals known to man that don’t get cancer. Scientists believe this has something to do with the fact that they don’t have bones, but cartilage.
  73. The porpoise is second to man as the most intelligent animal on the planet.
  74. Young beavers stay with their parents for the first two years of their lives before going out on their own.
  75. Skunks can accurately spray their smelly fluid as far as ten feet.
  76. Deer can’t eat hay.
  77. Gopher snakes in Arizona are not poisonous, but when frightened they may hiss and shake their tails like rattlesnakes.
  78. On average, dogs have better eyesight than humans, although not as colorful.
  79. The duckbill platypus can store as many as six hundred worms in the pouches of its cheeks.
  80. The lifespan of a squirrel is about nine years.
  81. North American oysters do not make pearls of any value.
  82. Human birth control pills work on gorillas.
  83. Many sharks lay eggs, but hammerheads give birth to live babies that look like very small duplicates of their parents. Young hammerheads are usually born headfirst, with the tip of their hammer-shaped head folded backward to make them more streamlined for birth.
  84. Gorillas sleep as much as fourteen hours per day.
  85. A biological reserve has been made for golden toads because they are so rare.
  86. There are more than fifty different kinds of kangaroos.
  87. Jellyfish like salt water. A rainy season often reduces the jellyfish population by putting more fresh water into normally salty waters where they live.
  88. The female lion does ninety percent of the hunting.
  89. The odds of seeing three albino deer at once are one in seventy-nine billion, yet one man in Boulder Junction, Wisconsin, took a picture of three albino deer in the woods.
  90. A group of twelve or more cows is called a link.
  91. Cats often rub up against people and furniture to lay their scent and mark their territory. They do it this way, as opposed to the way dogs do it because they have scent glands in their faces.
  92. Cats sleep up to eighteen hours a day, but never quite as deep as humans. Instead, they fall asleep quickly and wake up intermittently to check to see if their environment is still safe.
  93. Catnip, or Nepeta cataria, is an herb with nepetalactone in it. Many think that when cats inhale nepetalactone, it affects hormones that arouse sexual feelings, or at least alter their brain functioning to make them feel “high.” Catnip was originally made, using nepetalactone as a natural bug repellant, but roaming cats would rip up the plants before they could be put to their intended task.
  94. The nematode Caenorhabditis elegans ages the equivalent of five human years for every day they live, so they usually die after about fourteen days. When stressed, though, the worm goes into a comatose state that can last for two or more months. The human equivalent would be to sleep for about two hundred years.
  95. You can tell the sex of a horse by its teeth. Most males have 40, females have 36.
  96. (removed, duplicated)
  97. The 57 on Heinz ketchup bottle represents the varieties of pickle the company once had.
  98. Your stomach produces a new layer of mucus every two weeks – otherwise, it will digest itself.
  99. The Declaration of Independence was written on hemp paper.
  100. A raisin dropped in a glass of fresh champagne will bounce up and down continuously from the bottom of the glass to the top

Generate Electricity From Your Windows Using SolarGaps’ Blinds

If solar panels on the roof offend your aesthetic sensibilities and Tesla’s sun-soaking roof tiles aren’t quite in your budget, then maybe the roof isn’t the right place for you to harvest the sun. SolarGaps allows you to do that from the window instead.

A set of window blinds equipped with solar panels, the rig allows you to harvest sunlight at home without complicated roof installations, so you can supplement your connection to the grid with sustainably-generated power. Since these are just windows blinds, there are no permanent installations, making it a straightforward plug-and-play solution that you can set up and remove at any time.

Each SolarGap look no different than traditional window blinds from afar, although you will notice the presence of photovoltaic cells once you start inspecting up close. Each 10-square foot window area covered by the blinds can generate as much 150W of power, which should be enough to power all the lights in your home, as well as three MacBooks all running at the same time. While they can be opened and closed much like any set of window blinds, it comes with an accompanying app (iOS and Android) where you can adjust them remotely, with options for various automated movements (e.g. it can align itself to maximize sun harvest all through the day). Each set of blind…..

Hydrogen Bomb vs. Atomic Bomb: What’s the Difference?

North Korea is threatening to test a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific Ocean in response to President Donald Trump ordering new sanctions on individuals, companies, and banks that conduct business with the notoriously reclusive country, according to news reports.

Hydrogen bombs, or thermonuclear bombs, are more powerful than atomic or “fission” bombs. The difference between thermonuclear bombs and fission bombs begins at the atomic level. [The 10 Greatest Explosions Ever]

Fission bombs, like those used to devastate the Japanese cities of Nagasaki and Hiroshima during World War II, work by splitting the nucleus of an atom. When the neutrons, or neutral particles, of the atom’s nucleus split, some hit the nuclei of nearby atoms, splitting them, too. The result is a very explosive chain reaction. The bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki exploded with the yield of 15 kilotons and 20 kilotons of TNT, respectively, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists.

In contrast, the first test of a thermonuclear weapon, or hydrogen bomb, in the United States in November 1952 yielded an explosion on the order of 10,000 kilotons of TNT. Thermonuclear bombs start with the same fission reaction that powers atomic bombs — but the majority of the uranium or plutonium in atomic bombs actually goes unused. In a thermonuclear bomb, an additional step means that more of the bomb’s explosive power becomes available.

First, an igniting explosion compresses a sphere of plutonium-239, the material that will then undergo fission. Inside this pit of plutonium-239 is a chamber of hydrogen gas. The high temperatures and pressures created by the plutonium-239 fission cause the hydrogen atoms to fuse. This fusion process releases neutrons, which feed back into the plutonium-239, splitting more atoms and boosting the fission chain reaction.

Governments around the world use global monitoring systems to detect nuclear tests as par…

David Miller scores fastest T20 ton in 35 balls

 David Miller‘s world-record breaking innings of 101 off 36 balls gave South Africa clean sweeps over Bangladesh in all three formats with an 83-run win in the final Twenty20 on Sunday.

Miller hammered the fastest century in T20 internationals – he reached 100 off 35 balls to smash the record by 10 balls – to propel South Africa to 224-4 batting first.

Bangladesh was 141 all out in 18.3 overs, another heavy defeat on a difficult five-week tour for the visiting team.

It was the first time that South Africa had won every game in three series against a touring team, Cricket South Africa said.

While South Africa gained valuable preparation under new coach Ottis Gibson ahead of tours by India and Australia, Bangladesh failed to live up to the promise it showed recently in home series.

South Africa took the test series 2-0, winning those matches by 333 runs and then an innings and 254 runs. It swept the ODIs 3-0, with winning margins of 10 wickets, 104 runs, and 200 runs.

Bangladesh came closest to something to celebrate when it went down by 20 runs in the first T20.

In the final game of the tour, Miller hit five sixes in a row in the 19th over, and nine sixes and seven fours in all in his record-breaking innings. He beat the record of fellow South African Richard Levi, who scored a century off 45 balls against New Zealand in 2012.

“Obviously a really special feeling,” Miller said. “Don’t quite know what went on there but I was just trying to watch the ball and back myself.”

Miller’s five sixes off the first five balls of the 19th over from Mohammad Saifuddin helped him move from 57 to 88 in the space of an over. He just missed out on becoming only the third batsman to hit six sixes in an over in international cricket when he could

10 documents you can use at airports to prove identity

The Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) has issued a list of 10 identity documents that can be used to gain entry to airport terminals and for checking in, dispelling confusion over the issue.

List of 10 identity documents issued by BCAS

. Passport
2. Voter ID
3. Aadhaar or m-Aadhaar
4. Pan Card
5. Driving licence

6. Service ID
7. Student ID card
8. Passbook of account in a nationalised bank with photo
9. Pension card or pension documents with photo
10. Disability ID card or handicapped medical certificate

In a first, BCAS chief Kumar Rajesh Chandra has also put in place a system for flyers to establish their identity if they lose their ID cards. “In case of a passenger who for some valid reasons is not in a position to produce any of the above photo identity proofs, the identity certificate issued by a Group A gazetted officer of central/state government on his/her official letterhead with passenger’s photo duly attested will be valid…” for this purpose,” the BCAS said….

Interesting Facts You Probably Never Knew Before

1. Statue Of Liberty is one of the most lovable and famous landmark in the world.
It’s so tall such that even it’s Index Finger is 8 Feet Long.
2. The Word “SET” has the most number of definitions in the English Dictionary that is 464 according to Oxford Dictionary.
3. Mosquitoes are more attracted to Color Blue than any other color.
4. Koala and Humans are among the few Animals that have Finger Prints.
Their finger prints are so similar that it takes a lot of effort to distinguish them under the microscope.
5. Octopus has 3 Hearts, 9 Brains and Blue Blood.
6. Blue Whale is the largest creature ever that has lived on the earth.
Blue Whale’s Tongue Weighs as much as an Elephant weighs.
7. Once a traffic Jam In China last More then 10 days with Cars moving only half a mile a day.

WhatsApp Introduces New Feature “Delete For Everyone”

Whatsapp recently introduced a new feature “Delete for Everyone”.

Sometimes, We mistakenly send a message to a wrong person and then we feel awkward.This “Delete For Everyone” feature introduced by WhatsApp will now rescue us from such situation.

Now, If you delete a message then it’s also get deleted from recipient’s conversation if both of the users have Latest version of WhatsApp installed.The feature works the same for group chats also including texts, videos etc but does not work for broadcast messages.

The message can be deleted only if it’s not yet read and you have the option to review and delete it from the recipient’s chat for only “7 minutes from sending the text”

Find Your Lost Phone Using Android Device Manager

Android Device Manager is the feature of Google which allows a user to find his/her lost phone/tablet location.Android Device Manager does not only helps to find lost phone/tablet but also enables a user to erase data of his/her lost phone and to lock it remotely.But, you will be able to find your Lost phone only if you had activated Android Device Manager in it, if you had not activated it in your lost phone, then you will not be able to find the location of your lost phone.But, you should activate Android Device Manager to your phone/tablet so that in future if you lose your phone, you may find it’s location.Well, to activate Android Device Manager in your phone/tablet, go to Settings>>Location>>and enable Google’s Location service And Click on Agree. Now, go to google settings >> Security and click on remotely Locate This Device.

Now, if you lose your phone in future, simply type Android Device Manager in Google and click on the first result shown or click on this link

After clicking on it, you will have to enter your Gmail Id which you used on your phone/tablet to access Google.After Logging in, a window will open, having Several options like Ring, Lock, Erase and Locate Device.Click on Locate Device and the current location of your phone/tablet will be shown on Google Map.

You can also use other options of Android Device Manager like you can Ring your Phone even if it is on silent mode.Just Click on Ring option.


You can Erase your Phone data.Click on Erase.Simple.


The Last thing you can do with the help of ADM is to lock your phone.Just Click on Lock option.

Earn Money Online Using Ebook + Facebook

In This Article, I will teach you in the simple way how you can start earning money online by selling E-Books investing Rs. 100 Only. Yes, you have heard it right. Believe me, this is the genuine way through which you can actually start earning money as I am.

I was also one of the guys who wasted the precious time in searching the genuine way to start making money online. I searched a lot of methods and tried them but none of them worked for me as some required an investment to start which I didn’t afford as I was not financially strong. Then, one day, I tried one of the methods to earn money online which finally worked for me and that method is to sell E-Books online.

So, let’s start on how to make money by selling E-Book with the help of Facebook.


Let’s divide the complete procedure into 3 Simple steps to understand the things easily:-


Step 1: Create an EBook.


Step 2:  Create an Account on InstaMojo to Sell E-Book to the customer and accept payment.


Step 3: Create an FB Page to promote your E-Book to get maximum customers.


Step 1: Create an E-Book



First of All, let’s understand that what is an E-Book?

“ E-Books are books in a format where they can be delivered or downloaded online. You can write them yourself, employ writers, use public domain content, and create your ebooks from many sources”.

It’s not necessary that an E-Book should have hundreds or thousands of pages; it can be even of few pages also if it’s covering the topic in well mannered.


What topic to Choose?


It depends on you that on what topic you can write an E-book and that E-book should attract the customers. The title of the book should be catchy enough to attract the customers. You can do Google search on the top trending keywords and then write an E-Book on that topic.

For Example, In India, most of the Students prepare for the government exams. So, you can write the topics, questions, answers of that particular government exam that is going to be conducted in the coming days. Another trending topic is cooking. Most of the women search the cooking recipes over the internet. So, cooking is also a good option to write E-Book upon.




Step 2 Create an Account on InstaMojo to Sell E-Book to the customer and accept payment.


Here Comes the Second Step after you have created your E-Book. Now, you need some way to accept payment from your customer if you decided to sell your E-Book for 20 Rs for example, then you need to accept 20 Rs from the customer. This can be done using InstaMojo.

Briefly, is a digital payments platform bundled with tons of e-commerce features to enable any business or individual to sell, manage & grow effortlessly, securely and cost-effectively. used as a platform to sell digital products like eBooks, music, software etc as downloads, directly to your audience by sharing a link.

Upon clicking the link, it would lead to a landing page (optimized across mobile, web & tablet) which carried information of the product like price, description, file size, file type, images and other relevant info. Here’s an example — So sellers/merchants would create such links and upon sharing, buyers/consumers can make an instant purchase.

From their end, they would host the digital files, process the payments through credit cards, debit cards, net-banking facilities and then they securely deliver the digital goods once payment is successful. Hence enabling individuals, freelancers, SOHO businesses to sell & collect payments for digital goods, directly from customers by sharing a payment link.

So, you have to just create your account on InstaMojo and Upload your E-book on InstaMojo and assign the cost to your E-book that would be charged from the customer.




Complete Procedure To Sell Your E-Book through Instamojo.


1   Sign up on InstaMojo
2   Complete all the mandatory steps – upload the KYC documents,     verify your phone number and set up your payout details.
3. Start selling eBooks via InstaMojo.


Adding an eBook on Instamojo

Click on “Add Product“.

Now choose “Digital Product” and upload the PDF file you want to sell.

Add Product Title, description, and price (write “0” to make it free).

Upload a preview image, Instamojo supports PNG, JPEG and JPG formats.

Now click on “Add Product to Store“.

That’s it. Instamojo will give you a customizable short link for your eBook. Customize it to make it cool like – and promote it on your Blog, Social Media platforms.

Instamojo will charge 5% + Rs.3 for selling an eBook. You don’t have to subscribe to any plan. Your customers can buy your eBooks through Credit card, Debit card, Net Banking and Digital Wallets. Instamojo will transfer your earnings to your local bank account within 3 days.



So, you have completed your task of uploading your E-book and are ready to accept the payment from the customer.

Now, you just have to promote your E-book to get the targeted audience and that will be done using FB. So, let’s come to the final step.


Step 3: Create an FB Page to promote your E-Book to get maximum customers.


Now you have created your E-Book and you have to find some way to promote your E-Book so that it can reach to the maximum interested customers. The Best way to promote and sell your E-book is through Facebook. They provide the cheapest way to reach the audience. By running FB ads you can reach to a targeted audience interested in buying your E-Book. You don’t need to spend hundreds or thousands of rupees, Just Spend 100 get reach of thousands of users. You spent 100 Rs on FB Ads and your E-Book would be advertised to 3000 targeted audience interested in making money. Out of these 3000 users, if at least 200 Users buy your E-book then you will get a profit of 200*20=4000 Rs.

By Just Spending Rs.100, you made a profit of 4000 Rs. So, let’s see how to promote your page on FB.

Promote your Page

It’s easier than ever to connect with more of the people who matter to you by promoting your Page on Facebook.

All it takes is a few clicks. We’ll automatically pull text and an image to instantly create a beautiful advert. All you need to do is decide who you want to reach and how much you want to spend. That’s it.

Follow the simple steps outlined below to promote your Page.


Create an advert

  • Go to the Facebook Page you have created to sell your E-Book.
  • Located on the left-hand side of the Page, you’ll see the Promote Page button
  • The advert will be automatically created from images and copy on your Page. To change the images or text, you need to first change them on your Page.

In the Advert Preview section, you’ll see how your advert will look on Desktop News Feed, Mobile News Feed, and the Right Column. Your advert will appear in all three formats.

Choose Your Audience

  • You can specify the location, age, gender and interests of the people you’d like to reach, like if you are writing E-Book on Cooking then mention Gender as Women as they are more interested in cooking.
  • The Interests field will initially be filled with interests FB think to make sense for your customers, but you should type any additional interests into the box or remove any interests that don’t apply like if you have made an E-Book on Cooking then mention cooking in the interest.

 Choose your budget

  • Enter 100 Rs as your Budget.
  • You can choose to promote your Page continuously or set an end date for your promotion
  • You’ll only be charged when your advert is displayed on Facebook, so your entire budget may not always be spent.

That’s It. Now just wait and Watch how much you earn from your E-Book.


Saudi Arabia plans to build a $500 billion mega-city 33 times the sizy of NY City

Saudi Arabia is the world’s largest oil exporter , but falling oil prices have made it more difficult for the country to pay its oil workers.

Now the Saudi Arabian government has come up with a project that could give its economy a boost: a $500 billion mega-city that will connect to Jordan and Egypt and be powered completely by renewable energy.

On Tuesday, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman announced the project , called NEOM , at the Future Investment Initiative conference in Riyadh. It will be financed by the Saudi government and private investors, according to Reuters.

The business and industrial-focused city will span 10,230 square miles . To put that size in perspective, 10,230 square miles is more than 33 times the land area of New York City.

NEOM’s larger goal is to lessen Saudi Arabia’s reliance on oil exports, which could expand the country’s economy beyond oil, bin Salmon said at the conference. The city will focus on a variety of industries, including energy and water, biotechnology, food, advanced manufacturing, and entertainment. Saudi Arabia hasn’t released a masterplan yet for what it will look like.

The country appointed Klaus Kleinfeld, a former chief executive of Siemens AG and Alcoa Inc, to run the NEOM project. Officials hope that a funding program, which includes selling 5% of oil giant Saudi Aramco, will raise $300 billion for NEOM’s construction.

Two Young Guys Attempting Bohemia’s “School Di Kitaab” Song

This Musical Video of two young guys “Amaan Siddiqui” and “Shaun” attempting the Cover of Bohemia’s “School Di Kitaab” is so impressive and sweet to be at the top of our Viral Video’s Section.
Enjoy The Video !!!

UIDAI launches ‘mAadhaar’ app


Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has launched ‘mAadhaar app’, giving a further boost to the government’s Digital India initiative.

The UIDAI announced the launch of the app via its verified Twitter account. “mAadhaar App for AndroidLaunched by UIDAI, Lets You Carry Aadhaar on Smartphone #AadhaarInNews,” says UIDAI’s Tweet.

So far the ‘mAadhaar’ app is available only to Android users, who can download it from Google Play store. The app can run on any Android smartphones running Android 5.0 version or above. Also, users need to use their registered mobile number to sign-up for the app. Using the registered mobile number is mandatory.

Here are some other key features of the mAadhaar app:

* The mAadhar app aims to let users carry their Aadhaar identity on their smartphones.

* UIDAI claims that the app allows users to block their biometric data anytime, anywhere.

* Users can also view and share their Aadhaar profile via QR code

India Won By 6 Wickets

Half-centuries from Shikhar Dhawan and Dinesh Karthik helped India beat New Zealand by 6 wickets in the 2nd ODI in Pune to level the three-match series 1-1 on Wednesday. 

India achieved a six-wicket victory in the 2nd ODI against New Zealand in Pune on Wednesday to level the three-match series 1-1. Chasing a modest target of 231, India reached home in 46 overs with Dinesh Karthik and MS Dhoni not out at the crease. Dinesh Karthik and Shikhar Dhawan scored the only two half-centuries of the match to guide the hosts home with ease. Earlier, Indian bowlers did well to restrict New Zealand to only 230/9 in their 50 overs. Bhuvneshwar Kumar picked three while Jasprit Bumrah and Yuzvendra Chahal scalped two each. No New Zealand batsman could even reach a half-century with Henry Nicholls being the top-scorer with 42. New Zealand had claimed a six-wicket victory in the 1st ODI in Mumbai on October 22. The third and final deciding game will be played in Kanpur on Sunday. Follow full cricket score of India vs New Zealand, 2nd ODI in Pune here

Recover Deleted Data From Your Phone

When you delete something from your Phone, then it does not permanently get deleted from your device, it only becomes invisible.The same happens to PC. So, if there is some sensitive data in your phone and you format your phone and sell it  to someone else, then that person can recover your sensitive data if she/he wants and it does not even take much of hard work. Today, there are many applications which anyone can use to recover deleted data from phone and one such application is DiskDigger. To recover your lost data like music, videos, files, you will have to install DiskDigger Pro for which you will have to spend some amount but if you want to recover only photos then you can do this without paying.You can easily download DiskDigger from Play Store.

After downloading it, click on the “Start Basic Photo Scan” button, then there will be the images which you had deleted, and to recover photos, just click on the photos which you want to recover and click on the Recover button placed on top and that’s it.You have recovered your deleted photos. Enjoy…

Judges cannot decide troop deployments, Centre tells Supreme Court

Centre says it is the fundamental job of the government of the day, and not the judiciary, to decide placement of police and armed forces

The Centre told the Supreme Court on Wednesday that judges cannot decide the deployment of troops, and it is the fundamental job of the government of the day, and not the judiciary, to decide placement of police and armed forces to secure the nation’s borders and maintain law and order internally.

The government’s sharp attack was directed at the recent Calcutta High Court order directing the Centre to retain all 15 companies of Central Armed Police Forces, deployed in the restive districts of Darjeeling and Kalimpong in West Bengal, till October 27 or until further orders.

The High Court had countermanded the Centre’s directive to withdraw certain companies from the two districts.

“The direction [Calcutta High Court’s] ignores and virtually obliterates the very concept of separation of powers. The maintenance of order and the security of the country, which includes the deployment of police and armed forces, is a fundamental facet of the governance of the country, and is a core governmental function of the executive wing of the State.

“These matters cannot be the subject matter of judicial review, or adjudication by a court,” the petition, filed by advocate S. Wasim A. Qadri and settled by Attorney General K.K. Venugopal, contended.

The Centre mentioned the petition for urgent hearing before a Bench led by Justice J. Chelameswar, who agreed to refer it for listing before an appropriate Bench of the Supreme Court.

The petition said the demands on the Central Police Forces are “tremendous”, and arise all over the country.

“India has a long border, and in order to effectively prevent cross-border infiltration of terrorists, Central Police Forces are also deployed. Obviously, being a high-priority consideration, the thinning of border deployment has serious national security implications,” the Centre explained.

Noting that 61 officers of the various Central Police Forces were martyred this year alone, the government pointed to the various high-alert theatres like the Valley, the North East and the Red Corridor States affected by naxal extremism which require heightened presence of forces. Even natural disasters and the holding of elections would require the deployment of these forces.

“It would be the exclusive domain of the Central government to decide on the most efficacious deployment of the limited police personnel and resources, to quell pressing situations, varying in gravity, that simultaneously arise in different parts of the country… There is no yardstick by which the Court could assess the need for deployment of Central Police Forces in different States,” the petition said.

Following unrest in the two districts in West Bengal, the Centre had deployed a total of 15 companies of Central Police Forces in June-July 2017. It said the State’s own police force has 73,403 personnel, followed by 20,781 personnel in the State Armed Force, 15,612 in Home Guards, two I.R. Battalions besides the Rapid Action Force, Counter Insurgency Force, Eastern Frontier Rifles (EFR) and ‘STRACO’.

The Centre submitted that its decision to withdraw some of the forces deployed was taken after assessing the ground situation. The State government had also concurred.

Looking at your phone while crossing the street could now cost you $99 in Honolulu

Honolulu has been working on a bill for a few months now that aims to get people to stop staring at their phones when crossing streets. The bill got its final stamp of approval from the Mayor at the end of July and, as the New York Times points out, will go into effect starting tomorrow.

Specifically, the bill (viewable here) states that “No pedestrian shall cross a street or highway while viewing a mobile electronic device.” They note that “viewing” here means “looking in the direction of the screen” — so walking with your phone up to your ear still seems to be okay.

The exceptions to the whole bill: people calling 911, and the emergency responders who might need to look at a device while running across the street as part of their jobs.

EC announces Gujarat Assembly elections date

The term of the 182-member Gujarat Assembly gets over on January 23 next year.

The Election Commission is announcing the schedule for the Gujarat polls. The term of the 182-member Gujarat Assembly gets over on January 23, 2018.

All critical events of the polling will be covered by CCTVs.

Model Code of Conduct applicable to Union Government also, insists Mr. Joti.

There will be a total of 50, 128 polling stations for 182 seats. And the polls will be fully VVPAT-based. All EVMs to be attached with VVPATs.

Differently-abled voters have been identified and the kind of help needed has also been identified and necessary arrangements have been made to help them vote, the CEC says.

All-woman managed polling stations to be introduced in Gujarat polls, says Mr. Joti. 102 all-woman polling stations will be there.

CEC A.K. Joti: Total 4.33 crore voters.

The Himachal Pradesh Assembly poll will be held in a single phase on November 9, the EC announced on October 12.

The EC has been under attack from Opposition parties for not having announced the dates for Gujarat Assembly elections along with Himachal Pradesh.

Modi taking no chances with V-P elections

NDA MPs to take part in mock voting.

The vice-presidential election, scheduled for Saturday, may look like it is in the bag for the ruling NDA, but Prime Minister Narendra Modi is taking no chances.

On Friday evening, he will meet all MPs of the NDA and the parties that have pledged support to its candidate M. Venkaiah Naidu at the G.M.C. Balayogi Auditorium in the Parliament House complex. The meeting will be different from the routine as it involves an exercise of mock voting with replicas of the ballot.

Two names

“There were 21 invalid votes polled in the presidential election, and many of them were from the BJP. It was felt, therefore, that there should be a demo of the voting process again,” said a senior office-bearer of the BJP.

The ballot will have the names of the two candidates in the fray: Mr. Naidu and Gopalkrishna Gandhi, who has been put up by the Opposition. Mr. Modi will also take part in the exercise as an MP.

At the meeting, all parties of the NDA will express their support for Mr. Naidu. This will be followed by a cultural programme and a dinner. The cultural programme is being arranged by Union Minister Mahesh Sharma.

Overseas direct investment falls to USD 1.1 billion in June 2017

Symbolic photo

Guarantees issue decline by 48.1%

Overseas direct investments from India declined by 11.4 per cent to USD 1.1 billion in June 2017. Outward FDI from India touched a nine-year low. This fall in outward FDI was on the back of a sharp 48.1 per cent decline in guarantees issued. On the other hand, equity held increased by 47.3 per cent to USD 568.3 million, while loans disbursed during the month rose by 10.6 per cent to USD 161 million.


No end to VIP culture in UP: Yogi govt. wants special toll lane for MPs, MLAs

VIP culture in Uttar Pradesh doesn’t seem to end. Yogi government writes letter to DMs to create special lane for MPs, MLAs during traffic jams.New Delhi: Narendra Modi’s government had decided to do away with VIP culture across the country from May 1, a move that was widely appreciated and followed across all states in the country. But here comes a move by Yogi Government that indicates that the VIP culture hasn’t ended in totally in the state of Uttar Pradesh

A letter from the UP government has been sent to all DMs who have asked to ensure that toll plazas under their jurisdiction will provide a separate lane to MPs and MLAs in the event of traffic jams

It also states that no road toll would be charged from any MLA or MLC of the UP assembly, or MPs from the state directed by the Centre. (Read the letter below in Hindi)


Notoriety by MLAs and MLCs at toll plazas have often been witnessed and paying the brunt for it are toll collectors who are usually abused or beaten up for seeking toll.

As decided by the Centre, only vehicles on emergency and disaster management duties are exempt from the beacon ban and will be allowed to use multi-coloured (red, blue and white) flashers, while ambulances will be allowed to use purple beacons.

According to the Centre’s directive, fire fighters, police, paramilitary forces or defence forces on law and order duty, and those on duty related to management of natural disasters can use the multi-coloured flashers.

Vehicles plying within airports, ports, mines and project sites can use amber beacons for operational purposes on the condition they don’t leave the premises on to public roads.

17-yr-old junior kabaddi player raped by man posing as stadium official

A 17-year-old national level junior kabaddi player has alleged that she was raped by a man in his thirties in northwest Delhi’s Model Town area on Saturday.

The teenager told police in her statement that on July 9 she was outside a stadium when the man, who runs a wrestling training centre, befriended her posing as a stadium official. She alleged that the man took her to a flat in Rohini on the pretext of introducing her to a few of his friends and then raped her.

The girl alleged that he served her drinks laced with sedatives after which she fell unconscious and realised later that she was sexually abused.

The girl approached police on Monday morning and said that she was traumatised because of which she could not approach police earlier. She alleged the man dropped her on a road outside the stadium and threatened to kill her if she reported the matter.

Police took the girl to a hospital for medical examination, which confirmed rape. Police are yet to make any arrests. Following her complaint, police have registered a case of rape and other sections of POCSO (Protection of children from sexual offences act) and have also detained the man.

“He was identified and has been detained. He is being questioned and will soon be put under arrest,” a police officer said.

According to the Delhi Police crime statistics, a rape case is reported every four hours in the city. In 2016, 2,155 cases of rape were reported. This year the number has already touched 930. The Delhi Police have released a tender inviting experts to conduct a sociological and psychological study on the causes of rape in Delhi.

‘8 murders and notes promising revolution’: Delhi gang claims to be vigilantes

“Long live the revolution”

“We want to correct injustices. We are against crimes in society. We want peace against oppression. If war is the solution then so be it.”

This is the note left by a group whose members claim to be “the saviours of society” and promise to make it crime free. The note was found at a spot where a 32-year- old businessman, identified as Vikas, was gunned down on Monday night in Dwarka’s sector 22.

According to reports, the string of events that led to Vikas’ murder began on July 14 when a 23-year-old youth named Hemant Kumar was shot at by the gang. Hemant allegedly was in a relationship with the sister of one of the gang members and they did not approve of it. It is suspected that Vikas was targeted because he supported the couple.

In the note left after Vikas’ murder, the group claimed that Hemant had been taught a lesson for molesting a girl and said they will not spare rapists.

The group have been allegedly involved in seven to eight murder cases and the car they use for committing crimes is also said to be a stolen one.

The group struck again on Tuesday afternoon. They are suspected to have murdered a 21-year-old man, Pradeep, who had brushed his bike against their car in Kanjhawala, a day after the Dwarka incident.

Pradeep was on his bike with his brother Pawan when it accidentally brushed against a Verna car. After an argument the men in the car allegedly whipped out a pistol and shot Pradeep dead. Pawan, his brother later identified the accused, who is also a suspect in the Dwarka murder case.

The group claim to be fighting against corrupt doctors, molesters,rapists, gamblers, anti-nationals and those with black money. The note signs off with “Jai Hind, Jai Bharat”, however, the police suspect that this may be a way of misleading the investigators.

Dismissing the gang’s claims of wiping out ‘criminals’, the police said the two murders were a result of gang rivalry that took place in Gurgaon, Jhajjar and Chhawla in May. They claimed the killers may have been hired to eliminate rivals.

The one-page note also mentions the names of the group members. The group members claim that the idea behind the killings was to “bring peace to the nation” and that they would gun down all offenders across Delhi using “high tech weapons”.

दान में मिले हाथों से बेसबॉल खेलने वाला लड़का

एक अमरीकी लड़का दुनिया का पहला बच्चा बन गया है जिसके दोनों हाथ प्रत्यारोपित किए गए हैं.

प्रत्यारोपण करने वाले डॉक्टरों का कहना है कि अब वह बच्चा बेसबॉल बैट आसानी से घूमा रहा है. 10 बरस के ज़ायन हार्वे को नए हाथ मिले हैं और उसके हौंसले को नई उड़ान.

हाथ प्रत्यारोपित करने वाले डॉक्टरों का कहना है कि यह विस्मित करने वाला है.

ज़ायन अब लिख सकता है, खा सकता है, ख़ुद से कपड़े बदल सकता है और बैट भी पकड़ सकता है. ज़ायन को हाथ एक डोनर से मिला है.

मेडिकल जांच से साबित हुआ है कि ज़ायन के मस्तिष्क ने उस हाथ को अपने हाथ की तरह स्वीकार किया है.

‘जिनसे खून का रिश्ता, वही कर सकता है अंगदान’

चीन में बंद होगा क़ैदियों से अंगदान कराना


अभूतपूर्व कामयाबी

फिलाडेल्फिया के चिल्ड्रन हॉस्पिटल में ज़ायन का इलाज चला था. डॉक्टर सांद्रा अमराल ज़ायन का इलाज करने वाले डॉक्टरों की टीम में शामिल थे.

उन्होंने बीबीसी से कहा कि ज़ायन की स्थिति में लगातार तेज़ी से सुधार हो रहा है.

उन्होंने कहा, “वह अब बैट घुमा सकता है और अपना नाम भी लिख पा रहा है. उसकी अनुभूति में लगातार सुधार हो रहा है और यह हमारे लिए विस्मित करने वाला है. अब वह अपने मां के गाल पर हाथ से थपकी दे सकता है.”

डॉक्टर अमराल ने कहा, “यह सबूत है कि उसके मस्तिष्क ने नए हाथों को स्वीकार कर लिया है.”

डॉक्टरों की टीम ने इस अभूतपूर्व कामयाब कहानी का ‘मेडिकल नोट्स द लैन्सेंट चाइल्ड एंड एडोलसेंट हेल्थ जर्नल’ में छापा है.

अंगदानः पादरी ने दे दिया अजनबी को अपना गुर्दा

दान में मिले दिल के सहारे पूरे किए 25 साल


ज़ायन का नया हाथ

ज़ायन का जन्म दोनों हाथों के साथ हुआ था, लेकिन जब वह दो साल का था तो दोनों हाथ काटने पड़े थे.

ज़ायन के ही शब्दों में, “जब मैं दो साल का था तो दोनों हाथ काटने पड़े थे क्योंकि मैं बीमार था.”

ज़ायन को जानलेवा इन्फ़ेक्शन हो गया था. डॉक्टरों को ज़ायन के दोनों हाथ काटने पड़े थे. ज़ायन की किडनी ने भी काम करना बंद कर दिया था.

दो साल डायलिसिस पर रहने के बाद चार साल की उम्र में ज़ायन की किडनी का प्रत्यारोपण हुआ. किडनी ज़ायन की मां से ली गई थी. इसके चार साल बाद ज़ायन को नया हाथ मिला.

…तो फिर बेरोज़गार हो जाएंगे किडनी चोर

अब तो लैब में ही बन गई किडनी



ज़ायन के हाथ की सर्जरी जून 2015 में की गई थी. यह अपने आप में एक बड़ा जोखिम था. हालांकि दोनों हाथों का प्रत्यारोपण की ये पहली घटना नहीं थी.

इससे पहले 1998 में भी हुआ था. यह सबसे कम उम्र में किया गया प्रत्यारोपण है. डॉक्टरों का कहना है ज़ायन उनके लिए मिसाल की तरह है.

जिनमें नए अंगों का प्रत्यारोपण किया जाता है उन्हें जीवन भर एंटी-रिजेक्शन दवाई खानी पड़ती है और इन दवाइयों का बुरा साइड इफेक्ट होता है.

इसका मतलब यह हुआ कि सर्जरी पर जोखिम का साया हमेशा बना रहता है. ज़ायन किडनी के लिए दवाई पहले से ही खा रहा है.

18 महीने बाद इसका मूल्यांकन किया जाएगा. हालांकि ज़ायन के मामले में मेडिकल टीम आश्वस्त है कि उसे इसका फ़ायदा होगा.

हमारी जेलें आपकी जेलों की तरह अच्‍छी हैं, विजय माल्‍या यहां ठीक रहेंगे : भारत ने ब्रिटेन से कहा

नई दिल्‍ली: भारत सरकार ने ब्रिटेन सरकार को यह यक़ीन दिला दिया है कि अगर शराब व्यापारी विजय माल्या को वो वापस भारत भेज देते हैं तो उसे भारत की जेल में ठीक से रखा जाएगा और भारत की जेलों में सुविधा यूरोप की जेलों से कम नहीं हैं.

भारत ने ये पक्ष केन्द्रीय गृह सचिव राजीव महर्षि के द्वारा ब्रिटेन में उनकी काउंटर पार्ट पैटसी विल्किनसन, जोकि ब्रिटेन के होम डिपार्टमेंट की परमानेंट सचिव हैं, को बताया. गृह सचिव पिछले हफ़्ते लंदन के दौरे में थे.

भारतीय प्रतिनिधिमंडल ने ब्रिटेन को ये साफ़ तौर पर कहा कि अगर विजय माल्या का प्रत्‍यर्पण किया जाता है तो न सिर्फ़ उसे उचित जेल में रखा जाएगा, बल्कि मेडिकल सुविधाएं भी दी जाएंगी.

एक सीनियर अफ़सर ने एनडीटीवी इंडिया से कहा, “ब्रिटेन को बताया गया कि भारत की जेलों के सेल यूरोप की जेलों के सेल से बड़े हैं”.

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हालांकि ये भी साफ़ कर दिया गया कि माल्या को कोई ख़ास ट्रीटमेंट नहीं दिया जाएगा. प्रतिनिधिमंडल ने ब्रिटिश अधिकारियों से भारत के इस रुख से लंदन स्थित अदालत को भी अवगत करा देने को कहा है।

अधिकारी का कहना है कि “हर जेल में अस्पताल भी है, इसीलिए उन्हें ये भी बताया गया कि जैसा फ़िल्मों में जेल की हालत के बारे में दिखाया जाता है, भारत में वैसा नहीं है”.

ये इसीलिए अहम है, क्‍योंकि विजय माल्या ने भारत की खस्ता जेलों का हवाला देकर ब्रिटेन की कोर्ट से प्रत्यर्पण नहीं करने की गुहार लगाई है.

इस संबंध में केंद्रीय गृह सचिव राजीव महर्षि ने 23 जून को महाराष्ट्र के गृह सचिव सुमित मुलिक को एक पत्र लिखकर राज्य में जेलों की स्थिति का जायजा लिया था.  सूत्रों की मानें तो विजय माल्या को भारत लाए जाने के बाद मुंबई के ऑर्थर रोड जेल में रखा जा सकता है.

गौरतलब है कि माल्या की किंगफिशर एयरलाइंस को लोने देने वाले देश के 17 बैंकों ने जब उन्हें देश से बाहर जाने से रोकने की अपील के साथ सुप्रीम कोर्ट का रुख किया तो माल्या मार्च 2016 में इंग्लैंड भाग गए थे. इन बैंकों का माल्या पर 9,000 करोड़ रुपये बकाया है. भारत में बैंकों से 9,000 करोड़ रुपये के कर्ज की अदायगी नहीं करने के आरोप में माल्या को भारतीय अदालत से भगोड़ा घोषित किया जा चुका है. वह भारत से मार्च 2016 में चोरी छुपे भागकर ब्रिटेन में जा छुपा है.

तो क्या शिक्षा पर ख़र्च ही सबसे बड़ी फ़िज़ूलख़र्ची?

उत्तर प्रदेश सरकार ने मौजूदा बजट में किसानों की कर्ज़माफ़ी के लिए 36 हज़ार करोड़ रुपये का प्रावधान किया और बताया कि इस धनराशि का इंतज़ाम सरकारी ख़र्चों में कटौती और अपव्यय को कम करके किया जाएगा.

वहीं शिक्षा के मद में पिछले बजट की तुलना में नब्बे फ़ीसद तक कटौती करके ये सवाल भी खड़ा कर दिया है कि क्या शिक्षा पर ख़र्च करना ही सबसे बड़ी फ़िज़ूलख़र्ची है?

योगी सरकार ने 2017-18 के बजट में माध्यमिक शिक्षा के लिए 576 करोड़ रुपये और उच्च शिक्षा के लिए 272 करोड़ रुपये निर्धारित किए हैं जबकि प्राथमिक शिक्षा के लिए क़रीब 22 हज़ार करोड़ रुपये का प्रावधान किया गया है.

नज़रिया: योगी को ताजमहल से नफ़रत क्यों?

पिछले साल यानी वित्त वर्ष 2016-17 के बजट को देखा जाए तो उसमें माध्यमिक शिक्षा के लिए साढ़े नौ हज़ार करोड़ रुपये और उच्च शिक्षा के लिए 2742 करोड़ रुपये निर्धारित किए गए थे.

यानी दोनों ही क्षेत्रों के लिए बजट में नब्बे फ़ीसद तक की कमी कर दी गई है. ये अलग बात है कि प्राथमिक शिक्षा के लिए पिछले साल की तुलना में बजट में 5,867 करोड़ रुपये की बढ़ोत्तरी की गई है.

नहीं मानते कि बजट में कटौती हुई

उत्तर प्रदेश विधानसभाइमेज कॉपीरइटSAMEERATMAJ MISHRA

हालांकि यदि कुल बजट की बात की जाए तो ये पिछले साल के मुक़ाबले दस फ़ीसद ज़्यादा है लेकिन शिक्षा के मद में इतनी बड़ी कटौती क्यों है, ये समझ से परे है.

राज्य के उप मुख्यमंत्री डॉक्टर दिनेश शर्मा शिक्षा मंत्री भी हैं और उनके पास उच्च, माध्यमिक और प्राथमिक तीनों ही विभाग हैं. डॉक्टर दिनेश शर्मा ये नहीं मानते कि बजट में कटौती की गई है.

बीबीसी से ख़ास बातचीत में वो कहते हैं, “कोई कटौती नहीं की गई है, सिर्फ़ अपव्यय को रोका गया है. अभी तक बजट का एक बड़ा हिस्सा इंफ्रास्ट्रक्चर और दूसरी ऐसी जगहों पर ख़र्च होता था जिनकी ज़रूरत नहीं थी, लेकिन अब शिक्षा की गुणवत्ता और शिक्षकों पर ख़र्च होगा. बड़ी बड़ी इमारतें बना देने से क्या होगा यदि वहां शिक्षक ही नहीं होंगे?”

शिक्षा को निजी हाथों में देने की मंशा

जानकारों का कहना है कि शिक्षा के लिए जितने रुपये इस बजट में निर्धारित किए गए हैं, उतने से तो शायद अध्यापकों के वेतन भी पूरे नहीं होंगे.

लखनऊ विश्वविद्यालय की पूर्व कुलपति और शिक्षाविद प्रोफ़ेसर रूपरेखा वर्मा सीधे तौर पर कहती हैं कि इसके ज़रिए सरकार माध्यमिक और उच्च शिक्षा को निजी हाथों में पूरी तरह सौंप देना चाहती है.

प्राथमिक विद्यालयइमेज कॉपीरइटJITENDRA TRIPATHI

प्रोफ़ेसर रूपरेखा वर्मा कहती हैं, “पांच सौ करोड़ और दो सौ-तीन सौ करोड़ रुपये शिक्षा पर ख़र्च करना तो किसी भी तरह से समझ में ही नहीं आता. इससे कई गुना ज़्यादा तो तीर्थ स्थलों के विकास के लिए आवंटित कर दिया गया है. साफ़ है कि प्राथमिक स्कूलों के निजीकरण के बाद अब सरकार माध्यमिक और उच्च शिक्षा का भी पूर्णतया निजीकरण कर देना चाहती है. जिनके पास पैसा होगा वो पढ़ेंगे, जिनके पास नहीं होगा, नहीं पढ़ेंगे.”

जानकारों का कहना है कि इतनी कम धनराशि में तो इन विभागों का सामान्य ख़र्च चल जाए, वही बड़ी बात है, शोध और सेमिनारों की बात तो दूर की कौड़ी है.

अपव्यय रोकने की बात

हालांकि डॉक्टर दिनेश शर्मा कहते हैं कि शोध के लिए, गुणवत्ता के लिए कोई कटौती नहीं की गई है, सिर्फ़ अपव्यय रोका गया है. लेकिन 272 करोड़ और 576 करोड़ रुपये में कितना शोध हो सकेगा और कितनी गुणवत्ता बनी रहेगी, समझ से परे है.

योगी की प्रेस वार्ताइमेज कॉपीरइटSAMEERATMAJ MISHRA

लेकिन सवाल उठता है कि इतनी बड़ी कटौती कैसे की गई है, वो भी तब जबकि माध्यमिक और उच्च शिक्षा में कर्मचारियों की ही एक बड़ी संख्या है. क्या सरकार सच में शिक्षा पर व्यय को फ़िज़ूलख़र्ची मानती है?

पैसा कहां से आए

वरिष्ठ पत्रकार योगेश मिश्र कहते हैं, “बीजेपी सरकार के एजेंडे में वैसे तो शिक्षा का मुद्दा सबसे ऊपर रहता है लेकिन किसानों की कर्ज़माफ़ी का इतना बड़ा ‘हाथी पालने’ जैसा उसने जो वादा कर लिया और दबाव में घोषणा भी करनी पड़ी, उसके लिए पैसा कहां से आए, ये बड़ी समस्या है. उन्हें लगता है कि सबसे ज़्यादा फ़िज़ूलख़र्ची शिक्षा पर ही हो रही है, सो सारी कटौती यहीं कर दी. उन्हें पता नहीं है कि इसकी प्रतिक्रिया कितनी बड़ी होगी और ये क़दम कितना आत्मघाती होगा?”

बहरहाल, सरकार आश्वस्त है कि बजट में जितनी धनराशि का निर्धारण किया गया है, वो शिक्षा विभाग के लिए पर्याप्त है और वो फ़िज़ूलख़र्ची रोककर सब ठीक कर लेगी. लेकिन सवाल उठता है कि क्या अब तक इतनी बड़ी धनराशि सिर्फ़ अपव्यय के लिए निर्धारित की जाती थी या फिर नई सरकार शिक्षा पर ख़र्च को अपव्यय समझती है?

नज़रिया: क्या मोदी के लिए चुनौती हैं योगी?

योगी आदित्यनाथ का उत्तर प्रदेश में सत्ता की शीर्ष कुर्सी तक पहुंचना हर किसी को चौंका गया था. उनका नाम मुख्यमंत्री पद के लिए आख़िरी वक़्त पर सामने आया था.

इससे पहले केंद्रीय राज्य रेल मंत्री मनोज सिन्हा का नाम लगभग तय माना जा रहा था और वो नरेंद्र मोदी की पसंद बताए जा रहे थे.

योगी को ताजमहल से नफ़रत क्यों?

मुसलमानों पर आदित्यनाथ के बयान पर विवाद

शपथ ग्रहण समारोह में मोदी शांत नज़र आए और इससे बहुतों को यह अटकल लगाने का मौका लग गया कि क्या आख़िरी वक़्त में यह फ़ैसला थोपा गया है.

लेकिन कोई इसकी कल्पना कैसे कर सकता है कि कोई मुख्यमंत्री नरेंद्र मोदी जैसे ताकतवर प्रधानमंत्री से आगे निकल जाए?

मोदी के नक्शे कदम पर

मोदी और योगी

करीब चार महीने गुज़रने के बाद योगी एक ऐसे सिस्टम में ख़ुद को फिट करने की कोशिश करने में लगे हुए हैं, जो उनके लिए बिल्कुल अजनबी है.

गोरखपुर में एक मंदिर के महंत की भूमिका से लेकर देश के सबसे अधिक आबादी वाले राज्य के मुख्यमंत्री बनने का उनका सफ़र अद्भुत था और इसीलिए कुछ लोगों को यह आसानी से हजम नहीं हुआ.

शायद योगी ने वही रास्ता अख्तियार किया जो मोदी ने सत्ता में आने के लिए अपनाया था. जैसे मोदी लालकृष्ण आडवाणी और मुरली मनोहर जोशी जैसे कद्दावर पार्टी नेताओं को दरकिनार कर आगे निकल गए, वैसे ही योगी ने भी उत्तर प्रदेश में मुख्यमंत्री की दौड़ में शामिल दूसरे प्रतिस्पर्धियों को पीछे छोड़ सत्ता हासिल करने में कामयाबी हासिल की.

जिस तरह से उन्होंने कट्टरपंथी हिंदू होने की अपनी छवि का इस्तेमाल किया है वो तरीका काफी हद तक नरेंद्र मोदी से मिलता-जुलता है.

नरेंद्र मोदी ने भी गोधरा के बाद बनी अपनी छवि का इस्तेमाल आख़िरकार राजनीतिक फ़ायदे के लिए किया.



इसमें कोई राज़ की बात नहीं है कि गेरुआ वस्त्र पहनने वाले योगी आदित्यनाथ लखनऊ की कुर्सी पाने के लिए महत्वकांक्षी थे.

उनके कट्टर समर्थकों ने इस बात को सार्वजनिक तौर पर ज़ाहिर करने में कभी कोई कसर नहीं छोड़ी. उनके समर्थकों ने नारा दिया, “देश का नेता कैसा हो, योगी आदित्यनाथ जैसा हो.”

अभी ज़्यादा वक़्त नहीं गुजरा जब योगी के समर्थक यह कहते सुने गए कि, “उत्तर प्रदेश में रहना है तो योगी-योगी कहना होगा.”

योगी आदित्यनाथ ने जिस दिन शपथ ली, उसी दिन से उनके हिंदू युवा वाहिनी के समर्थक यह कहने लगे कि, “योगी भविष्य के प्रधानमंत्री हैं.”

दिल्ली और लखनऊ दोनों ही जगहों के राजनीतिक हलकों में 2024 में उनके प्रधानमंत्री बनने की संभावनाओं पर चर्चा शुरू हो गई थी.

उनके समर्थक यह भी कहने लगे कि 44 साल के योगी आदित्यनाथ बीजेपी के सबसे युवा चेहरे होंगे 2024 में जबकि मौजूदा प्रधानमंत्री नरेंद्र मोदी भी उस वक्त तक 70 से ऊपर के हो जाएंगे.

यह अलग बात है कि इतनी सारी बातें होने के बावजूद योगी आदित्यनाथ ख़ुद को लखनऊ की गद्दी पर स्थापित करने के लिए अभी भी संघर्ष करते दिख रहे हैं.

दिखावटी चेतावनी?

मोदी और योगी

उनकी साफ-सुथरी छवि और प्रतिष्ठा के बावजूद योगी अब तक राज्य की लचर कानून व्यवस्था पर लगाम नहीं कस पाए हैं.

बलात्कार, हत्या, डकैती और लूट-खसोट जैसे जघन्य अपराध पूरे राज्य में चरम पर है. इसी बीच गोरक्षकों और नैतिकता के स्वंयभू ठेकेदारों की वजह से बढ़ रहा सांप्रदायिक तनाव इसमें घी का काम कर रहा है.

मोदी और योगी दोनों ही इन कथित गोरक्षकों को मौखिक रूप से चेतावनी दे रहे हैं जबकि ये उन्हीं की पार्टी से जुड़े लोग हैं.

लेकिन सच्चाई तो यह है कि इन चेतावनियों का कोई ख़ास असर होता नहीं दिख रहा.

कोई यकीन करेगा कि पार्टी के अंदर के ये उपद्रवी तत्व इतने निडर हो गए हैं कि उन्हें मोदी और योगी की कोई परवाह नहीं है?

ऐसे हालात में यह मानना क्या सही नहीं होगा कि ये चेतावनियां सिर्फ दिखावटी हैं ताकि लोगों के बीच छवि सुधार का फायदा उठाया जा सके?

उम्मीदवारी को धक्का

योगी समर्थक

जो कुछ भी हो लेकिन आख़िरकार ये योगी आदित्यनाथ के लिए ज़रूर नुकसानदायक हो सकता हैं.

सरकारी स्तर पर कोई कार्रवाई नहीं होने से योगी की छवि एक ऐसे मुख्यमंत्री की बनेगी जो प्रभावी नहीं हैं.

इससे 2024 में प्रधानमंत्री पद की उम्मीदवारी की उनकी संभावनाओं को धक्का पहुंचेगा.

इसके उलट अगर मोदी अगले 12 महीनों में अपने आप को एक ‘सफल’ मुख्यमंत्री के तौर पर पेश करने में कामयाब होते हैं तो वो 2019 में भी आश्चर्यचकित कर सकते हैं.

आखिरकार 2019 में उत्तर प्रदेश में पार्टी का प्रदर्शन कैसा होता है इसकी ज़िम्मेदारी भी योगी के ऊपर ही है.

क़तर की न्यूज़ एजेंसी को किसने हैक किया?

संयुक्त अरब अमीरात ने मई में क़तर की सरकारी न्यूज़ एजेंसी को हैक किए जाने के आरोपों को ख़ारिज़ किया है.

वाशिंगटन पोस्ट ने अमरीकी ख़ुफिया अधिकारियों के हवाले से कहा कि यूएई ने गुप्त रूप से क़तर के शासकों के ख़िलाफ अपशब्द पोस्ट किए. हालांकि यूएई ने इसे मनगढ़ंत बताया.

इस घटना की वजह से क़तर और उसके पड़ोसी मुल्क़ों के बीच तक़रार शुरू हो गई.

यूएई के विदेश मामलों के मंत्री अनवर गार्गश ने सोमवार को बीबीसी को बताया कि पोस्ट को लेकर आई रिपोर्ट सही नहीं थी.


उन्होंने यह भी कहा कि यूएई और पांच अन्य अरब देशों ने फीफा को ऐसा कोई पत्र नहीं लिखा जिसमें क़तर को 2022 वर्ल्ड कप की मेज़बानी से बाहर करने की बात हो.

स्विस न्यूज़ नेटवर्क ‘द लोकल’ के मुताबिक़, शनिवार को एक वेबसाइट पर फीफा के प्रेसिडेंट गियान्नी इन्फैंटिनो के हवाले से एक फ़र्जी ख़बर लिखी गई थी.

क़तर संकट: सरकारी न्यूज़ एजेंसी हैक करने से UAE का इनकारइमेज कॉपीरइटQNA/INSTAGRAM
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रूस के हैकर?

वॉशिंगटन पोस्ट ने अमरीकी खुफिया अधिकारी के नाम का ज़िक्र किए बगैर कहा कि हाल ही में सामने आई एक रिपोर्ट से पता चला कि 23 मई को यूएई सरकार के वरिष्ठ अधिकारियों की एक मीटिंग में क़तर की सरकारी मीडिया वेबसाइट को हैक करने की योजना पर चर्चा हुई थी.

इस मामले में क़तर के एक अधिकारी ने कहा कि एजेंसी को किसी अज्ञात ने हैक किया था.

यूएई, सऊदी अरब, बहराइन और मिस्र ने क़तर की मीडिया पर रोक लगा दी थी. दो सप्ताह बाद चारों देशों ने क़तर पर आतंकवाद का समर्थन करने और ईरान से संबंध रखने के आरोप में अपने संबंध तोड़ लिए.

अमरीकी खुफिया अधिकारियों ने वॉशिंगटन पोस्ट को बताया कि यह स्पष्ट नहीं हो पाया है कि यूएई ने क़तर की न्य़ूज एजेंसी खुद हैक की है या किसी अन्य को पैसे देकर ये काम करवाया है.

बीते महीने द गार्डियन की एक रिपोर्ट में दावा किया गया कि अमरीकी केंद्रीय जांच एजेंसी (एफ़बीआई) ने पता लगाया है कि इस हैकिंग के पीछे रूस के फ्रीलांस हैकर्स का हाथ है.

लंदन: ट्रेन का इंतजार कर रही मुस्लिम महिला का हिजाब उतारने की कोशिश

ब्रितानी पुलिस ने बेकर स्ट्रीट रेलवे स्टेशन पर मुस्लिम महिला का हिजाब उतारने की कोशिश को नफ़रत से जुड़ी घटना बताया है.

एक शख़्स ने लंदन के बेकर स्ट्रीट स्टेशन पर अपनी दोस्तों के साथ ट्रेन का इंतज़ार कर रही अनिसो अब्दुलकदीर का हिजाब उतारने की कोशिश की थी.

बाद में पीड़िता ने कथित हमलावर की तस्वीर ट्वीट की और लोगों से अपील की कि तस्वीर को ज़्यादा से ज़्यादा शेयर करें.

ब्रिटिश ट्रांसपोर्ट पुलिस ने पुष्टि की है कि घटना की जांच की जा रही है.

अनिसो अब्दुलकदीर ने ट्वीट किया, “बेकर स्ट्रीट स्टेशन पर इस आदमी ने जबरन मेरा हिजाब खींचने की कोशिश की तो मैंने हिजाब कसकर पकड़ लिया. उसने मुझे चोट पहुंचाई.”

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लंदन: ट्रेन का इंतजार कर रही मुस्लिम महिला का हिजाब उतारने की कोशिश

उन्होंने आगे लिखा, “उसने मुझे और मेरी दोस्तों को अपशब्द कहे. उसने मेरी एक दोस्त का सिर दीवार से भिड़ाया और उसके चेहरे पर थूक दिया.”

उनके पोस्ट को 24,000 से भी ज्यादा लोगों ने रीट्वीट किया है.

हिजाब पहनने वालों को बैन कर सकेंगी कंपनी

ट्रंप के अमरीका में हिजाब पहन दिखाई ताकत

ब्रिटिश ट्रांसपोर्ट पुलिस के प्रवक्ता ने कहा कि मामले की जांच नफ़रत फैलाने वाले अपराध के तौर पर की जा रही है.

उन्होंने कहा, ”ऐसा व्यवहार बिल्कुल बर्दाश्त नहीं किया जाएगा. हमें घटना की शिकायत मिली है. जांच की जा रही है.”

क़ब्रिस्तान पर कब्ज़े की अफ़वाह से वाराणसी में सांप्रदायिक संघर्ष

क़ब्रिस्तान पर क़ब्ज़े की कथित अफ़वाह के चलते वाराणसी में रविवार रात दो समुदायों में जमकर संघर्ष हुआ. हालात पर काबू पाने के लिए पुलिस को लाठी चार्ज करना पड़ा और आंसू गैस का इस्तेमाल करना पड़ा.

वाराणसी के वरिष्ठ पुलिस अधीक्षक आरके भारद्वाज ने बीबीसी को बताया कि अफ़वाह फैलाने के आरोप में मुस्लिम समुदाय के कई अज्ञात लोगों के ख़िलाफ़ मुक़दमा दर्ज किया गया है और गिरफ़्तारी की कार्रवाई की जा रही है.

पुलिस के मुताबिक हिंसा की शुरुआत इस अफ़वाह के चलते हुए कि सिगरा थाना क्षेत्र में पड़ने वाले क़ब्रिस्तान के बाहर की ज़मीन पर कोई अवैध कब्ज़ा कर रहा है.

इस अफ़वाह के चलते मुस्लिम समुदाय के कई लोग इकट्ठा हो गए और नारेबाज़ी करने लगे. कुछ ही देर में हिन्दू समुदाय के लोग भी बड़ी संख्या में इकट्ठा हो गए और फिर दोनों पक्षों में टकराव शुरू हो गया.

इस दौरान न सिर्फ़ पत्थरबाज़ी और आगज़नी हुई बल्कि कई वाहनों में भी तोड़-फोड़ की गई.

क़ब्रिस्तान के कब्ज़े की अफ़वाह से वाराणसी में सांप्रदायिक संघर्ष

गाय बांधने के बाद अफ़वाह

वाराणसी के ज़िलाधिकारी योगेश्वर राम मिश्र ने बीबीसी को बताया कि फ़िलहाल स्थिति नियंत्रण में है और लोगों से अफ़वाहों पर ध्यान न देने की अपील की जा रही है.

बताया जा रहा है कि विवादित ज़मीन पर पास में ही रहने वाले एक वकील महेंद्र सिंह बारिश के चलते टूट गए घर के एक हिस्से की मरम्मत करा रहे थे और इसीलिए उन्होंने क़ब्रिस्तान के पास अपनी गायें बांध दी.

पुलिस के मुताबिक इसी घटना को क़ब्रिस्तान पर कब्ज़े की अफ़वाह के तौर पर प्रचारित किया गया और देखते-देखते इतना बड़ा विवाद हो गया.

इलाक़े में तनाव को देखते हुए कई थानों की पुलिस और पीएसी तैनात की गई है.

मोदी राज में नौकरियों का क्यों है इतना बुरा हाल

भारत के आईटी सेक्टर ने साल 2016-2017 में 8. 6 प्रतिशत की विकास दर हासिल की मगर इस दौरान नौकरियों की दर सिर्फ़ 5 प्रतिशत ही रही. ये सरकारी आंकड़े हैं.

अनुमान लगाए जा रहे हैं कि अगले तीन सालों के दौरान इस क्षेत्र में नौकरियों में 20 से 25 प्रतिशत तक की गिरावट देखी जा सकती है.

हाल के दिनों में आईटी क्षेत्र की जिन बड़ी कंपनियों में छंटनी देखी गई, उनमें इन्फ़ोसिस, कॉग्निजेंट और विप्रो जैसे नाम हैं.

भारत सरकार द्वारा किए गए रोज़गार और बेरोज़गारी संबंधी सर्वेक्षण के अनुसार केवल पचास प्रतिशत कामगारों की ही रोज़गार में भागेदारी है.

जबकि हर वर्ष 1.20 करोड़ युवक और युवतियां डिग्रियां लेकर रोज़गार के बाज़ार में आते हैं, मगर नौकरियां नहीं हैं.

भारतीय मज़दूर

वित्त मंत्रालय

निजी क्षेत्र हो या फिर सरकारी. रिक्त पद तो हैं मगर उनपर बहाली रुकी हुई है.

इस बीच इसी साल अप्रैल माह में भारत सरकार के वित्त मंत्रालय ने एक अध्यादेश जारी कर कहा है कि पिछले दो तीन सालों के विभिन्न मंत्रालयों के विभागों में जो पद रिक्त पड़े हुए हैं उन्हें निरस्त किया जाता है.

ऐसी कई लड़कियां हैं जिन्होंने अच्छी पढ़ाई की और अब दूसरों के लिए उदाहरण बन रही हैं.

कई विभाग ऐसे हैं जहां पिछले कई सालों से रिक्तियां भरी नहीं जा रही थीं. हालांकि उनके भरने के लिए हर साल विज्ञापन जारी किए जाते रहे हैं. अब वित्त मंत्रालय के नए अध्यादेश के बाद ये पद ही समाप्त किए जा रहे हैं.

सिर्फ़ मंत्रालयों के विभागों की ही बात नहीं है. न्यायपालिका में भी जजों की रिक्तियों को कई सालों से भरा नहीं जा रहा है.

भारतीय मज़दूर

सरकारी आदेश

मज़दूर संगठनों ने बढ़ती बेरोज़गारी के बीच खाली पड़े पदों पर सरकार को आड़े हाथों लिया है.

संघ परिवार से सम्बद्ध भारतीय मज़दूर संघ यानी बीएमएस का कहना है कि मौजूदा रिक्तियों को ख़त्म कर सरकार उन्ही पदों पर ठेके पर बहालियां कर रही है.

बीएमएस के महासचिव बृजेश उपाध्याय कहते हैं, ”खाली पदों को ख़त्म करने का फ़ैसला बहुत पहले से चला आ रहा है. चाहे वो यूपीए का दौर हो या एनडीए का. हर साल खाली पड़े पदों को सरकारें ख़त्म करती चली आ रही हैं.”

उपाध्याय कहते हैं, “जो थोड़ी बहुत रिक्तियां कहीं कहीं बची हुई भी थीं वो भी हाल के सरकारी आदेश के बाद निरस्त हो गई हैं. थोक के भाव पर सब रिक्तियां ख़त्म. वास्तव में नियमित बहालियों के स्वरूप को बदलकर सरकार ने ठेकेदारी प्रथा शुरू कर दी है.”

भारतीय मज़दूर

रेलवे में खाली पद

बीएमएस का कहना है कि सरकारी और ग़ैर सरकारी प्रतिष्ठानों में लगभग 67 प्रतिशत नौकरियां पूरी तरह से ठेकेदारी पर आधारित हो गई हैं.

उपाध्याय कहते हैं, “क़ानून बनाने वाली एजेंसी भी सरकार है और क़ानून तोड़ने वाली सबसे बड़ी एजेंसी भी सरकार ही है. क़ानून कहता है कि नियमित स्वरूप के कामों को नियमित कर्मचारियों द्वारा ही किया जाना चाहिए. अगर कोई इस क़ानून को तोड़ता है तो सरकार उसको दंडित करती है. अब सरकार खुद ऐसा ही कर रही है.”

नियमित प्रारूप के कामों में भारतीय रेल का भी नाम है जहां भी बड़े पैमाने पर मौजूद रिक्तियों को ख़त्म किया जा रहा है. मज़दूर यूनियन भी इस मुद्दे को लेकर पिछले कई सालों से संघर्ष करते आ रहे हैं.

‘ऑल इण्डिया रेलवेमेन्स फ़ेडरेशन’ यानी एआईआरएफ़ के शिव गोपाल मिश्रा का कहना है भारतीय रेल के विभिन्न विभागों में 2.5 लाख रिक्तियां हैं जिन्हें भरा नहीं जा रहा है.

भारतीय मज़दूर

लोकसभा में उठा सवाल

मिश्रा केंद्रीय मज़दूर संगठनों के संयोजक भी हैं. वो कहते हैं कि केंद्र सरकार के विभिन्न मंत्रालयों के अधीन विभागों में 46 लाख कर्मचारी होने चाहिए जबकि उनकी संख्या 32 से 33 लाख के बीच रह गई है. यानी लगभग 13 से 14 लाख पद रिक्त पड़े हुए हैं.

कार्मिक, जन शिकायत और पेंशन राज्य मंत्री जितेंद्र सिंह ने लोकसभा में पूछे गए सवाल के जवाब में कहा था कि लोक सेवा में भी काफी रिक्तियां हैं जिसमे आईएएस, आईपीएस और वन सेवा के पद शामिल हैं.

उन्होंने बताया कि जहां देश भर में 1470 पद रिक्त हैं वहीं आईपीएस अफसरों के 908 पद खाली पड़े हुए हैं. प्रश्न का जवाब देते हुए जितेंद्र सिंह का कहना था कि सबसे ज़्यादा आईएएस के 128 रिक्त पद बिहार में हैं, उत्तर प्रदेश में 117 और पश्चिम बंगाल में 101.

उसी तरह आईपीएस के पदों में सबसे ज़्यादा 114 पद उत्तर प्रदेश में रिक्त हैं जबकि 88 पद पश्चिम बंगाल, 79 ओडिशा में और 72 कर्नाटक में. बिहार में भी आईपीएस के 43 पद रिक्त पड़े हुए हैं.

भारतीय मज़दूर

सरकारी नौकरियां

इससे पहले संसद की एक स्थायी समिति ने संघीय लोक सेवा के अधिकारियों के रिक्त पदों पर अपनी गहरी चिंता जताई है.

इस कमेटी की सिफ़ारिशों के बाद सरकार का कहना है कि पिछले चार सालों से सरकार ने आईएएस, आईपीएस और आईएफ़एस अफ़सरों की रिक्तियों में बढ़ोतरी की है.

सरकार के कार्मिक मंत्रालय का कहना है कि चालू वित्तीय वर्ष में दो लाख नई सरकारी नौकरियां सृजित की जाएंगी.

मगर अप्रैल में वित्त मंत्रालय के अध्यादेश के बाद यह पता नहीं चल पा रहा है कि यह कैसे संभव हो पाएगा.

नहीं झुका क़तर, जारी रहेंगे खाड़ी देशों के प्रतिबंध

अरब देशों के बीच अलग-थलग पड़े क़तर पर खाड़ी देशों के प्रतिबंध जारी रहेंगे, सऊदी अरब ने ये जानकारी दी है.

क़तर पर ‘आतंकवाद का पोषण’ करने का आरोप लगाते हुए खाड़ी देशों ने पिछले महीन उससे राजनयिक संबंध ख़त्म कर लिए थे और फिर उस पर प्रतिबंध भी लगाए थे.

क़तर को इन देशों की कुछ मांगों की सूची सौंपी गई थी जिन्हें मानने से क़तर ने इनकार कर दिया है.

इन मांगों का जवाब देने के लिए क़तर की समयसीमा बुधवार को ख़त्म हो रही थी.

सऊदी अरब, मिस्र, बहरीन और संयुक्त अरब अमीरात के विदेश मंत्रियों की काहिरा में बैठक हुई जिसमें कहा गया कि उन्हें अफ़सोस है कि क़तर ने उनकी मांगों को ठुकरा दिया है.

क़तर का भविष्य तय करने के लिए अहम बैठक

क़तर को 48 घंटे का अल्टीमेटम

सऊदी अरब, मिस्र, बहरीन और संयुक्त अरब अमीरात के विदेश मंत्रियों की काहिरा में बैठक हुई जिसमें कहा गया कि उन्हें अफ़सोस है कि क़तर ने उनकी मांगों को ठुकरा दिया है.

खाड़ी देशों के विदेश मंत्रीइमेज कॉपीरइटREUTERS

इन देशों के अधिकारियों का कहना है कि क़तर स्थिति क गंभीरता को नहीं समझ रहा है.

सऊदी अरब, मिस्र, संयुक्त अरब अमीरात और बहरीन ने क़तर पर जिहादी गुटों की मदद करने के आरोप लगाए हैं.

क़तर: पड़ोसियों की मांगें मानने का मतलब

इन देशों ने क़तर की नीतियों में बदलाव की मांग की थी. क़तर से अल जज़ीरा न्यूज़ चैनल बंद करने और ईरान से संबंध ख़त्म करने समेत कई मांगें रखीं गईं थीं.

खाड़ी देशों के विदेश मंत्रियों की बैठक से पहले क़तर के विदेश मंत्री शेख़ मोहम्मद बिन अब्दुल रहमान अल थानी ने कहा कि क़तर के साथ संबंध ख़त्म करने का अर्थ है क़तर की घेराबदीं जो साफ़ तौर पर अपमान और आक्रामकता का सबूत है.

उन्होंने कहा, “असहमति का जवाब प्रतबिंध और अल्टीमेटम नहीं हो सकता, बल्कि बातचीत और तर्क हो सकता है. ”

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  • 8 जून: क़तर ने कहा था कि वो अपनी विदेश नीति की स्वतंत्रता का समर्पण नहीं करेगा, अमरीका ने खाड़ी देशों की एकता की अपील की थी.
  • 23 जून: क़तर को 13 मांगों की सूची थमाई गई थी और इन्हें मानने के लिए 10 दिन का समय दिया गया था. इसमें अल जज़ीरा न्यूज़ चैनल बंद करने, तुर्की का सैन्य अड्डा बंद करने, मुस्लिम ब्रदहुड से संबंध ख़त्म करने और ईरान से राजनयिक रिश्ते तोड़ने की मांग की गई थी.
  • 1 जुलाई: क़तर के विदेश मंत्री ने कहा कि खाड़ी देशों को नहीं मानेंगे लेकिन सही परिस्थितियों में बातचीत के लिए तैयार है.
  • 3 जुलाई : सऊदी अरब और उसके सहयोगियों ने मांगे मानने के लिए क़तर को दिया अल्टीमेटम 48 घंटे बढ़ा दिया था.

India is getting hotter than previously thought, study shows

However, the temperature rise in India is sober considering that the world is on track for far more warming.

India is now two and a half times more likely to experience a deadly heat wave than a half century ago, and all it took was an increase in the average temperature of just 0.5 degrees Celsius, a new study shows.

The findings are sobering considering that the world is on track for far more warming. For the last two weeks much of Asia has been gripped by a heat wave, with a record high of 53.5 degrees C set in the southwest Pakistani city of Turbat on May 28 the world’s hottest-ever temperature recorded for the month of May. Temperatures in New Delhi have soared beyond 44 degrees C.

Even if countries are able to meet the Paris Agreement goals in curbing climate-warming carbon emissions, that would still only limit the global temperature rise to an estimated 2 degrees C. U.S. President Donald Trump’s recent pledge to exit the Paris treaty won’t help.

“It’s getting hotter, and of course more heat waves are going to kill more people,” said climatologist Omid Mazdiyasni of the University of California, Irvine, who led an international team of scientists in analysing a half century of data from the Indian Meteorological Department on temperature, heat waves and heat-related mortality.

“We knew there was going to be an impact, but we didn’t expect it to be this big,” he said.

Their study, published on Wednesday in the journal Science Advances, shows that, while India’s average temperatures rose by more than 0.5 degrees C between 1960 and 2009, the probability of India experiencing a massive heat-related mortality event defined by more than 100 deaths shot up by 146 per cent.

The study also found that the number of heat wave days increased by 25 per cent across most of India. Areas in the south and west experienced 50 per cent more heat wave events, or periods of extreme heat lasting more than three or four days, in 1985-2009 compared with the previous 25-year period.

It’s harder to estimate how deadly future warming might be. There is no historical data for heat wave mortality at those peak temperatures, and death tolls could increase sharply as it gets even hotter.

“The general public may think that a 1 or 2 degree temperature rise is not that significant, but our results show that even small changes can result in more heat waves and more death,” said Amir AghaKouchak, another climatologist at UC Irvine and a co-author of the report.

Scientists have warned for years that climate change will make heat waves more intense, more frequent and longer lasting.

“It stands to reason there would be more dire health impacts with more severe heat waves, and this paper provides a key quantification of those impacts for one region of the world,” said climate scientist Gerald Meehl of the National Centre for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado, who was not involved in the study.

The same methodology can be applied in any region to get a sense of how vulnerable a country or population might be, the authors said.

They accounted for India’s fast-rising population and income levels in the analysis, to make sure neither affected the results. In the case of income, they found an even stronger correlation between heat waves and deaths among those who are poor.

That’s bad news as India is already seeing new deadly highs. Last year in May, Jaisalmer recorded a record 52.4 degrees C.

The vast majority of India’s 1.25 billion people are poor and have few options as temperatures hit sweltering levels, drying forests and riverbeds and wiping out farm animals. Most in India rely on agriculture for their livelihoods, and climate change is likely to hurt their crops.

Many who work as farmers or in construction will have to shorten their work days by 2-3 hours within four decades, simply because it will be too hot outdoors, according to a report last year by the U.N. Environment Program.

Most cities and states are not prepared to handle more heat, even if they understand the devastation it can wreak. In 2010, some 1,200 people died in a heat wave in Ahmedabad, prompting city officials to introduce seven-day weather forecasts, extra water supplies and cool-air summer shelters.

After more than 2,500 were killed in heat-ravaged areas across India in 2015, nine other cities rolled out a plan to educate children about heat risk, stock hospitals with ice packs and extra water, and train medical workers to identify heat stress, dehydration and heat stroke.

But the nine cities cover only about 11 million people, not even 1 per cent of the country’s population.

“Heat wave stress is a relatively new aspect that hasn’t been recognized” as a climate change threat in the region, said scientist Saleemul Huq, director of the International Centre for Climate Change and Development in Dhaka. In Bangladesh, “we are seeing more heat waves, there’s no doubt about it. And there is strong anecdotal evidence that we are seeing a similar trend in mortality. I would recommend a similar study here.”

Is ‘plastic rice’ for real?

Telangana Civil Supplies Department flooded with complaints about hotels using ‘plastic rice’ in their food items

The Telangana Civil Supplies Department is being flooded with complaintsabout hotels in the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad using ‘plastic rice’ in their food items. Samples have been collected from various hotels to verify the claims. And this is not limited to Telangana alone. Over the past few years, rumours of ‘plastic rice’ being sold have been doing the rounds and a public interest litigation was even filed before the Delhi High Court .

The origin

The term ‘plastic rice’ first surfaced in China in 2010. Dubbed the Wuchang rice scandal, Chinese officials unearthed a scam by companies who passed off ordinary rice as premium Wuchang rice by adding flavours to it. The Wuchang rice, known for its unique aroma, is exported to various nations. Chinese traders are believed to have made a huge profit through this scam.

In 2011, a report by The Korea Times said: “Some distributors are selling fake rice in Taiyuan, Shaanxi Province, and this rice is a mixture of potatoes, sweet potatoes and plastic.” Needless to say, the report mentioned in detail the hazards of eating synthetic resin. Thus the term ‘plastic rice’ came into existence.

The BBC, last December, reported that a huge shipment of ‘plastic rice’ was seized in Nigeria, making it the first major confiscation. Days later, Nigeria ruled out plastic in the confiscated shipment. “The rice was contaminated with bacteria,” Nigeria’s National Agency For Food and Drugs said.

Apart from these two reports, the mainstream media doesn’t have much information on ‘plastic rice’. But the web is flooded with information ranging from YouTube videos on how it is manufactured to “Ways to spot a fake rice.” And the social media too is cluttered with forwards on the “Chinese conspiracy” behind dumping ‘plastic rice’.

Fact check

So is ‘plastic rice’ real? Unfortunately, there is no credible answer to this question. As far as India is concerned, ‘plastic rice’ has never been seized so far, though time and again there have been reports of demonstrations against such rice. Fact verification website said the claim stands “unproven”.

In a report, it said, “The plastic rice story [and its fellow counterfeit Chinese food export legends] resemble an internationally viral 2007 CCTV segment about pork buns purportedly made with scrap cardboard, for which an independent journalist was eventually detained and accused of faking the oft-referenced story.”

Afghanistan cancels T20 matches with Pakistan after Kabul attack

Pakistan were set to play their first Twenty20 match in Kabul later this year

Afghanistan have cancelled proposed home and away cricket fixtures with Pakistan after a deadly bomb attack blamed by the country’s intelligence agency on militants allegedly backed by Islamabad.

Pakistan were set to play their first Twenty20 match in Kabul later this year in what was seen as an opportunity for the neighbours to ease tensions over border skirmishes and alleged proxy warfare.

The Kabul match, set for July or August, would have been followed by a fixture in Pakistan and a full series at an unspecified date.

But the Afghanistan Cricket Board issued a strongly worded statement late on Wednesday, cancelling the matches in light of a truck bombing in the city’s diplomatic quarter that killed at least 90 people.

No group has claimed responsibility for Wednesday’s attack, although the Taliban has denied involvement.

“The ACB hereby cancel all kinds of cricket matches and initial mutual relationship agreement with the Pakistan Cricket Board,” the Afghan board said on its Facebook page.

“No agreement of friendly matches and mutual relationship agreement is possible with a country where terrorists are housed and provided safe havens.”

Afghanistan’s intelligence agency has blamed the Taliban-allied Haqqani Network for the attack, which has been linked to Pakistan’s military in the past.

The development leaves Pakistan’s cricketers even more isolated in the region.

India has refused to play a full series since the 2008 Mumbai attacks, while ties with fellow Test team Bangladesh have also soured after Pakistan pulled out of a planned series in July.

Pakistani officials said they were unhappy that Bangladesh were not willing to send their team to Pakistan.

Only minnows Zimbabwe have been willing to tour the insecurity-wracked country since a 2009 militant attack on the visiting Sri Lanka team.

Cricketing relations between Afghanistan and Pakistan were not always so frosty.

Afghans learned to play cricket in refugee camps in Pakistan after they were forced to leave their homes in the wake of the Soviet invasion in 1979.

The sport struggled to get a foothold in Afghanistan under the hardline Taliban, but has become hugely popular since the Islamist regime was toppled in a U.S.-led invasion in 2001.

While Pakistan has supported the Afghan team by supplying equipment and arranging fixtures with the fledgling side, rival India has also been keen to lend its support.

Last year, Afghanistan’s national team shifted its base from Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates to Noida, Delhi, while India’s former batsman Lalchand Rajput replaced Pakistan’s Inzamam-ul-Haq as their national team coach.

LIGO makes third gravitational wave detection

The gravitational wave detection was “the first time, a chance event; second time, a coincidence, and third, a pattern,” says Bangalore Sathyaprakash, a senior scientist with the LIGO collaboration.

The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) detectors in the U.S. have detected yet another merger of two black holes on January 4, 2017. Named GW170104, this signal marks the third confirmed detection of gravitational waves coming from a binary black hole merger. It is of great interest to the scientific community that the black holes, having masses nearly 31 times and 19 times the sun’s. Until the first detection of gravitational waves by LIGO in 2015 (GW150914) it was not known that such massive black holes could exist.

The gravitational wave detection was “the first time, a chance event; second time, a coincidence, and third, a pattern,” says Bangalore Sathyaprakash, a senior scientist with the LIGO collaboration in the U.S. and an editor of the paper describing these results which was published in Physical Review Letters

5 lakh for kin of man killed in Jewar ambush

Adityanath promises aid and security for women

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Thursday announced financial assistance of ₹5 lakh to the kin of a man who was killed in the recent Jewar ambush, where four women were also allegedly gangraped.

Mr. Adityanath has said that the State government would provide educational aid, financial support and security to the women of the victim’s family, a government spokesperson stated after two of the women met the Chief Minister here.

“He [Mr. Adityanath] said that strict action should be taken against those who carried out this incident, so that no criminal would dare repeat it in the future,” the spokesperson said.

Last week, a scrap dealer was allegedly shot dead and four women from his family gangraped in Jewar, after half-a-dozen men brought their car to a halt near the Yamuna Expressway. The U.P. police’s special task force is probing the case.

“We want the accused to be punished…hang them. Why is the police delaying in arresting them? We want justice,” Shafiq, one of the family, told The Hindu after the meeting with Mr. Adityanath.

Gau rakshak supporter stabs student

A teenager who participated in a demonstration organised by gau rakshaks in Sonipat on Thursday stabbed a student, mistaking him for a journalist, after the latter refused to click his photograph.

The protest was organised by the Gau Rakshak Seva Dal against the slaughtering of a cow in Kerala last week, said SHO (Gohana) Kuldeep Deshwal, adding that the teenager was not a member of the group.

The accused, Mohit, 19, has been arrested on charges of attempt to murder. The victim, Shivam, a Gohana resident, has been admitted to Medanta Hospital in Gurugram.

According to the police, Shivam had accompanied a journalist friend to the protest site outside the Mini-secretariat here around 2:30 p.m. An argument broke out between him and Mohit over taking pictures. “Shivam was fiddling with a camera when Mohit asked him to take pictures of the memorandum being submitted to the SDM. Shivam refused to oblige and an argument ensued. The onlookers pacified them,” said Mr. Deshwal.

Shivam lodged a complaint with the police an hour later.

“I sent Shivam with a constable to detain Mohit. When Mohit tried to run away, Shivam chased him. At this, Mohit stabbed him thrice. He was, however, caught,” the SHO added.

Champions Trophy 2017: All set for an engrossing fortnight of heady action

Champion India has a balanced side with bowlers for all conditions and surfaces

As M.S. Dhoni and his men rejoiced in their white jackets on the damp Edgbaston turf four years ago, the world was meant to have seen the last of the ICC Champions Trophy, a curiously unloved tournament, a quasi-World Cup its promoters had no time for.

Months later, though, the ICC changed stance, reviving the competition and instead putting the proposed World Test Championship into cold storage.

“It proved impossible to come up with a format for a four-team finals event in Test cricket that fits the culture of Test cricket and preserves the integrity of the format,” an ICC press release in February 2014 announced. “The most recent ICC Champions Trophy event proved to be very popular with supporters around the world and the future events will build on this success.”

And so the Champions Trophy is back for an eighth edition, its elite status seemingly entrenched, its arrival at the start of the English summer greeted with cheer.

Much is expected of the home side, transformed after an uninspiring World Cup performance two years ago. Eoin Morgan’s men have won 27 of their 44 ODIs since, the best win-loss ratio among the Full Member sides, thumping their way to scores over 300 on 21 occasions, more than anyone else has managed.

England’s batting might

This has much to do with the surfaces it has played on, but there’s no denying the might of England’s batting group. Ben Stokes, without doubt the finest all-rounder in the world, stands poised to explode, although there exist concerns over an injured knee.

Morgan, who averages 55 over the last 10 months, now has the opportunity to deliver his nation a first major ODI trophy. Monday’s embarrassment at South Africa’s hands will temper expectations, but that game will be seen as an aberration.

For all the boldness of its new approach, England will have to demonstrate that it can overcome self-doubt and handle the white-knuckle tension of a tough knock-out fixture.

There are no such fears about India. Nine of the 11 that triumphed in the final in 2013 are part of this squad, older and wiser. This is a balanced side, with bowlers for all conditions and surfaces.

Virat Kohli leads India for the first time at a global tournament, the campaign set to begin against Pakistan here on Sunday. No pressure then.

Much has been said of Australia’s pace quartet but the batting — which has not covered itself in glory in English conditions in the recent past — would appear over-reliant on Steve Smith, who has spent a demanding but fruitful three months in India.

South Africa, which enters the event as the world’s top-ranked ODI side, continues to chase a first major title since the inaugural ICC Knockout in 1998.

While it remains A.B. de Villiers’ greatest unfulfilled ambition to win a World Cup, the 33-year-old will cherish any sort of trophy with his national team at this stage.

Sri Lanka, which welcomes Lasith Malinga back to the ODI setup; Bangladesh, which enters the event ranked sixth in the world; New Zealand, which possesses bowlers who could flourish in these conditions; and Pakistan, which has managed to send a player home already, do not perhaps strike anyone as favourites.

However, the eight-team format means nobody has much room for manoeuvre in the group stages. It also means we don’t have to wait a full month for the knock-outs.

Bilateral one-day cricket often struggles for context but a tournament such as this, with multiple contenders, evokes genuine interest.

If the scores in the recently-concluded Royal London One-Day Cup, the ECB’s domestic 50-over tournament, are anything to go by there will be some mountainous totals at all three venues. It should make for an absorbing fortnight.

NASA to fly Solar Probe Plus right into sun’s atmosphere in 2018

The purpose is to study the sun’s outer atmosphere and better understand how stars like ours work.

A NASA spacecraft will aim straight for the sun next year.

The space agency announced the red-hot mission on May 31, 2017 at the University of Chicago. Scheduled to launch in summer 2018, the Solar Probe Plus will fly within 6.4 million km of the sun’s surface right into the solar atmosphere. It will be subjected to brutal heat and radiation like no other man-made structure before.

The purpose is to study the sun’s outer atmosphere and better understand how stars like ours work.

No midday meal without Aadhaar in UP schools

The present rate of Aadhaar enrolment of students in primary schools in the State is extremely low

Students of government-run primary schools in Uttar Pradesh, who do not have an Aadhaar card, will not be able to get midday meal after June 30.

List of students

The direction from the State government comes three months after the Union Human Resource Development Ministry made Aadhaar cards mandatory for midday meals and asked UP schools to make a list of students who possess the cards.

“The government has directed the basic education officers in all the districts to ensure that every beneficiary of the midday meal has an Aadhaar card so that the scheme doesn’t get affected. If Aadhaar cards for all beneficiaries of the midday meal scheme are not made and their numbers not submitted to the State government, then the students without such cards will not be able to benefit from the different schemes of the government. And you will be held responsible for that,” warned a letter written by Director, Basic Education, Sarvendra Vikram Bahadur Singh, addressed to primary education officers.

The present rate of Aadhaar enrolment of students of primary schools in the State is extremely low.

In Meerut for instance, of a total of 1.73 lakh students in 1,561 schools, only about 29,000 students have Aadhaar cards, which comes to less than 17 %.

Schools puzzled

The direction has left the school authorities puzzled as schools have closed for vacation and will reopen only on July 1.

The letter by Mr. Singh has asked all the primary education officers to submit a list of students who possess Aadhaar cards to the State government by May 30. Mr. Singh has sent a reminder to the primary education officers of Meerut, Hapur, Moradabad, Sambhal, Kannauj, Farrukhabad and Kanpur (rural) as they have not yet sent the list to the government.

Officials helpless

Most officials who handle the midday meal scheme have expressed their helpless in the face of the ultimatum. A coordinator for the midday meal scheme in Meerut said with primary schools closed for vacations, it would be almost impossible to follow the direction.

‘Students out of town’

“Schools have closed for vacations and most children have gone out of town. Teachers can be asked to help the students get their Aadhaar cards made, but the challenge is how to make cards for students who are out of town,” he said.

India is no longer the fastest-growing economy

Slowdown brings GDP down to 6.1% in fourth quarter

India lost its fastest-growing major economy tag in the fourth quarter of 2016-17, with GDP growth coming in at 6.1% compared with China’s 6.9% in the same period.

Data from the Ministry of Statistics on Wednesday showed GDP grew 7.1% in the financial year 2016-17, slower than the 8% registered in 2015-16. The GDP numbers were based on the new 2011-12 base year recently adopted for data including the Index of Industrial Production (IIP) and Wholesale Price Index (WPI). Gross value added (GVA) growth was 6.6% for 2016-17 and 5.6% in the fourth quarter, compared with 7.9% in 2015-16 and 8.7% in Q4 of that year.

The “numbers show a clear slowdown in GVA,” DK Srivastava, Chief Economic Adviser at EY India, said.

“That is, post-demonetisation there has been a slowdown,” he said. “The GDP growth rate is slightly higher (than GVA growth) because of a more than proportionate increase in indirect tax net of subsidies. But the GDP also shows a reduction in Q3 and Q4 numbers compared with the beginning of the year. So demonetisation has clearly had a tangible and adverse impact.”

The Centre, however, maintained that it was happy with the growth rate, with Chief Statistician T.C.A. Anant saying that the economy was growing “reasonably well.”

“If you look at the current and time series estimates, it is clear the economy is growing reasonably well,” Mr. Anant said, while briefing the press about the GDP numbers.

“However, if you look at it from the perspective of what sort of growth rates do we desire over a period of time, then from that perspective there is more to be achieved.”

“We can take some measure of satisfaction, but the numbers do reveal there are areas that still could improve,” Mr. Anant added. “One of the areas is capital formation. It continues to be relatively soft, with growth still below 30%. We would like to see these rates well above 30%.”

Looking deeper, GVA growth slowed in almost every sector in Q4 of 2016-17 compared to the growth witnessed in the corresponding period of the previous year.

Kohli, Kumble at loggerheads?

Kumble had replaced Ravi Shastri as Head Coach before last year’s overseas series against the West Indies.

Has India captain Virat Kohli taken cudgels against Head Coach Anil Kumble?

The answer, seems to be an emphatic yes.

Kohli, India captain across all formats, is believed to have told those running day-to-day cricketing affairs in India that all is not well with the team and the former India captain.

Kumble had replaced Ravi Shastri as Head Coach before last year’s overseas series against the West Indies.

Observers following the fortunes of the Indian team since last July believe that Kohli and Kumble are strong cricket personalities and that a clash between them was waiting to happen any time.

The BCCI, kept abreast of the personality clash, even asked Virender Sehwag to apply for the coach’s job during the IPL match between Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab in Mumbai.

The ‘Prince of Najafgarh’ seems to have expressed no interest in the proposal. “It was virtually offering the Head Coach position to him,’’ said an official.

BCCI officials tracking the long home international season are not sure whether the fissure in the team harmony began to widen when left-arm chinaman Kuldeep Yadav played the last Test against Australia at Dharamshala (India was led by Ajinkya Rahane for the injured Kohli). It is understood that Kumble’s proposal to field Yadav in the third Test at Ranchi was shot down by Kohli.

An official said: “This may or may not be the reason. But we believe the people in the corridors of power have been told that Kumble is overbearing and doesn’t give freedom to the players. It’s sad that aspersions are cast on a legend of Indian cricket.”

The Indian team members were invited for the premiere of ‘Sachin: A Billion Dreams’ on May 24 and observers believe that Kohli may have even spoken to Sachin Tendulkar about the declining relationship between the team and Kumble.

And, the BCCI invited applications for the post of Head Coach on May 25.

Advani to face court today

Murli Manohar Joshi, Uma Bharti, Vinay Katiyar too summoned in Babri case

Veteran Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders L.K. Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi, and Union Minister Uma Bharti, are expected to appear before a special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court here on Tuesday in the Babri Masjid demolition case.

On May 25, the court summoned the leaders to appear before it in person on May 30 for the framing of charges against them.

No relaxation

The BJP leaders had moved court seeking exemption from appearance but the court said they would be allowed no such relaxation.

This is the first time that the leaders would appear before a court in connection with the Babri Masjid demolition case after the Supreme Court in April restored the criminal conspiracy charges framed against them, overruling the Allahabad High Court judgment that dropped the charges.

Along with the trio, BJP leader Vinay Katiyar, Vishwa Hindu Parishad’s Vishnu Hari Dalmia, Ram Vilas Vedanti, Sadhvi Ritambara, Mahant Nritya Gopaldas, Mahant Dharamdas, Champat Rai and Satish Pradhan are also scheduled to appear before the court.

The Special CBI court is conducting a daily hearing of the December 6, 1992 Babri Masjid demolition case, in which Mr. Advani, Mr. Joshi and Ms. Bharti, among others, are accused of criminal conspiracy.

The apex court had in April used its extraordinary constitutional powers under Article 142 to revive the criminal charges against the BJP leaders. The court also transferred the Rae Bareli case in the demolition and clubbed it with the Lucknow case pending before a CBI Special Court.

Provocative speeches

While the case in Rae Bareli accuses Mr. Advani, Mr. Joshi, Ms. Bharti and other BJP and Sangh Parivar leaders of giving provocative speeches, the case in Lucknow is against “lakhs of unknown kar sevaks” and deals with the actual act of demolition of the mosque, and violence.

The SC, however, exempted Rajasthan Governor Kalyan Singh, who was the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister at the time of the incident, from facing trial as of now.

The trial, on a day-to-day basis, is to be completed in two years, the apex court ordered.

Cyclone Mora hits Bangladesh coast: weather office

The storm made landfall on the coast between Cox’s Bazar and the main port city of Chittagong at 6:00 a.m.

Severe Cyclone Mora hit Bangladesh on Tuesday packing winds of up to 117 kilometres per hour after authorities evacuated hundreds of thousands of people from low-lying coastal villages.

The storm made landfall on the coast between Cox’s Bazar and the main port city of Chittagong at 6:00 a.m. (local time), the Bangladesh Meteorological Department said in a special weather bulletin.

Aleem Dar credits Hashim Amla for his new look during ICC Champions Trophy

Experienced umpire Aleem Dar surprised a lot of spectators during the ICC Champions Trophy warm-up match between India and New Zealand with his new look. The 48-year old, who is usually always clean shaven, is now sporting a full-grown beard and he revealed that it was South Africa cricketer Hashim Amla who asked him to grow his beard in the Islamic way.


Talking to PTV after the match, Dar said that he was thinking about growing a beard and Hashim Amla’s advice helped him to make up his mind. Amla himself sports a long beard and is well known for his composure both on and off the cricket field.

Aleem Dar is one of the most consistent and experienced umpires in the world right now. He has officiated in 111 Tests, 183 ODIs and 41 T20Is. He has won the Umpire of the Year Award in 2009, 2010 and 2011 and in January this year, Dar surpassed South African Rudi Koertzen’s record of officiating in the highest number of international games to become cricket’s most experienced umpire.


The match between India and New Zealand was interrupted by rain and the men in blue clinched the game by 45 runs (D/L method). They will play their second warm-up match against Bangladesh on May 30.

‘Isn’t this our country?’ Why Muslims in Uttar Pradesh feel shaken, ‘harassed’

Anam Nisha is a first-year student in the department of chemical engineering at the Rohilkhand University in Bareilly. The daughter of a mechanic, her parents battled hostile relatives, uncomfortable with sending a girl to college, and decided to educate her— she will become the first engineer in her family.

Nisha has made friends with her classmates, a majority of Hindus. But something changed during the 2017 elections in UP.

“I did not feel this earlier. But in this election, among our friends, this feeling of being Hindu and Muslim sharpened. In discussions, our friends made us feel we were different.” She says the BJP had created this ‘division’.

Mohammed Tanweer, a final year student from Gorakhpur, nods. “When the PM came and said kabristan and shamshanghat, we felt uncomfortable. Look at issues being raised everyday. It makes us sometimes ask — do we have the wrong name?”

No generalisation about a community as large and diverse as Indian Muslims can be entirely accurate. Yet, in the course of meeting dozens of young Muslims, from west UP to the eastern most edge of Bihar, it became clear that Nisha and Tanweer are not exceptions. Muslims are shaken, disturbed, and worried.

Living as ‘anti-nationals’

Firoze Ahmad is an assistant professor in the Aligarh Muslim University’s campus in Kishanganj, in Bihar’s Seemanchal. “Muslims have begun avoiding public gatherings because anything you say can be misconstrued. On social media, as soon as you say something, you are immediately branded anti-national, terrorist, and of course Pakistani,” he says.

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A survey conducted by the well-regarded Centre for the Study of Developing Societies in four states — Gujarat, Haryana, Odisha and Karnataka — gives a clue into the mindset that leads to these labels. Only 13% of Hindus saw Muslims as ‘highly patriotic’, even though 77% Muslims saw themselves as ‘highly patriotic’.

When asked what, specifically, was bothering him, Firoze Ahmad says, “Look at the hate campaigns. When they say love jehad, raise triple talaq, talk of gau raksha, want ghar wapsi, who are they targeting? There is a common pattern. They want to ignite new debates with Muslims as the target group.”

He then clarifies. “It is not the PM. He is for Sabka saath, sabka vikaas. It is those acting in his name. They need to be punished.”

Shadab Khan is pursuing an MBA in the campus.

“This nationalism discourse has created a gulf. If I say I love Barcelona, I am a nationalist. But if I say I love Pakistani player Shahid Afridi, I become an anti-national. This has percolated down to every college, every street, every social media conversation.”

Across age groups and regions, most Muslims blamed BJP and the Sangh parivar, but they were as critical of the media.

Back in Bareilly, Heeba Roshan, a second year student of chemical engineering, noted, with a laugh, “There would have been far more peace, and so much less insecurity, if we all stopped TV news.”

Muslim women vote in Varanasi in the final phase of UP election 2017. (PTI File Photo)
Media penetration had increased, every household was watching news, this was shaping mindsets, and the content usually reinforced the views that Hindus held of the community, and alienated Muslims, pointed Ahmad.

Sense of discrimination

All of this points to a degree of psychological alienation. But is this merely perceptional or is it rooted in facts?

In Kishanganj, Raashid Nehaal is the director of the AMU campus — which operates out of two temporary buildings, one of which also doubles up as both the academic block and the girls hostel. There are only two courses being offered; he has not been able to appoint faculty, expand courses, or even build boundary walls. Work on a new campus building is halted.

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“Since the BJP government has come to power, they have not released a single paisa to us. The approved funds for this campus — meant to serve the backward region — is ₹136 crore; all we have got so far is ₹10 crore, which was released before the BJP won.”

Nehaal does not mince words. “What should we understand from this? They have become prejudiced.” He pins it on politics, and the difference in nature of regimes is palpable here. The ‘secular government’ of Nitish Kumar — which relied on Muslim votes — has extended all support to the campus, but the Union government, Nehaal claims, has been hostile.

At the other end of the Hindi heartland lies the small town of Deoband, famous for its influential Islamic seminary.

At a cloth shop in the bazaar, a group of young men look back at 2017 polls. Shah Alam tells his friends, “We were unnecessarily living with a myth that at 18%, Muslims can decide elections. The majority decides elections. And BJP has shown they don’t need us at all.”

What has been the impact of this?

“Secular parties treated us as just a vote-bank, but we at least had leaders to go to. There is no one here to listen to us. Sunwai khatam ho gayi,” replies Alam.

Adnan owns the cloth shop, and says, “Under the Mudra scheme, I applied for a loan of ₹5 lakh. I have gone to the bank repeatedly. But my application got rejected.”

But maybe his loan got rejected because it did not meet the criteria? Would it be correct to pin it to religion? He replies, “It is the mindset. The bank official told me — you will not get it. Don’t waste your time.”

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Whether it is indeed, factually, their religious identity which is leading to Adnan’s loan being rejected, Alam’s voice not being heard, Ahmad or Khan being called anti-national, Nisha and Tanweer feeling a sense of distance from their friends, Roshan getting uncomfortable watching television, or Nehaal struggling to get funds for his campus is one part of the story, open to debate. The more important part is that all of them feel that this is discrimination that stems from their religious identity.

And all of this is leading to a question that Khan — the Kishanganj student — asks bluntly, “I have always felt Indian. But today, I am being forced to ask myself — is this my country?”

Gandhi’s death: Plea in SC hints at second assassin

Outfit inspired by Savarkar questions his conviction.

Was there a second assassin involved in the death of Mahatma Gandhi?

Though the police went by the theory that three bullets were fired upon him, was there a fourth bullet also which was fired by someone apart from Nathuram Godse?

These questions are among several which have been raised in a petition before the Supreme Court with a plea that there is a compelling need to uncover the larger conspiracy behind the murder of the Mahatma by constituting a new Commission of Inquiry.

The petition also raises questions about the investigation into Gandhi’s murder, suggesting it was one of the biggest cover-ups in history and also questioning whether there was any basis to blame Vinayak Damodar Savarkar for it.

The petition by Dr Pankaj Phadnis, a researcher and a trustee of Abhinav Bharat, Mumbai, has claimed that the Justice J.L. Kapur Commission of Inquiry set up in 1966 had not been able to unearth the entire conspiracy that culminated in the killing of the Father of the Nation. Phadnis has also questioned the three bullet theory relied upon by various courts of law to uphold the conviction of accused, including Nathuram Godse and Narayan Apte, who were hanged to death on November 15, 1949, while Savarkar was given the benefit of doubt due to lack of evidence.

Inspired by Savarkar, Abinav Bharat, Mumbai, was set up in 2001 and it claims to work for the socially and economically weaker sections with a focus on bridging the digital divide.

Mr. Phadnis said his research and media reports of those days suggested that four bullets were pumped into Gandhi and the difference between three and four shots was material as the pistol by which Godse shot Mahatma on January 30, 1948 had a seven-bullet chamber.

Modi in Berlin today, says ‘new chapter’ in ties

PM’s six-day tour to Germany, Spain, Russia and France assumes added significance as all are members of the Nuclear Suppliers Group

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will arrive in Berlin on Monday beginning a six-day, four-nation tour of Europe.

He will meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel for talks to tackle issues such as the impasse in the India-EU free trade agreement, as well as developing a common strategy to counter China’s moves on connectivity and preserving the international “rules-based” system.

“Our strategic partnership is based on democratic values and commitment to an open, inclusive and rules-based global order,” Mr. Modi said in a series of messages on his website, describing the visit to Germany as a “new chapter” in the bilateral strategic partnership.

From Germany, the Prime Minister will travel to Spain (May 29-30), Russia (May 31-June 1) and France (June 2-3). His meetings at each of these countries will also be significant given that all four are members of the Nuclear Suppliers Group that will meet in June to once again consider India’s membership application.

Mr. Modi is to meet all the leaders once again in July at the G-20 summit in Hamburg (Spain is not a G-20 country, but is a permanent invitee).

Free trade pact

Mr. Modi will land in the German capital and leave directly for Schloss Meseberg, a castle outside Berlin that serves as the official retreat for Chancellor Merkel and has been the backdrop for several high level summits. The Prime Minister he is expected to dine alone with the Chancellor.

On Tuesday morning, the leaders will meet for the fourth bi-annual Inter-Governmental Consultations (IGC) in Berlin, and are expected to sign a number of MoUs on trade and investment, security and counter-terrorism, innovation and science & technology, skill development, urban infrastructure, railways, civil aviation, clean energy, development cooperation, health and alternative medicine, according to officials.

Germany is India’s largest trading partner in the EU, and Ms. Merkel will make a push for a resumption of the EU-India Bilateral Trade and Investment Agreement (BTIA), that has been suspended for four years.

Germany wants a commitment from India on either resuming talks with the EU or at least renewing the bilateral investment treaty that lapsed in March 2017.

Officials have warned that in the absence of any mechanism to protect German companies considering investments in India, their plans may be shelved.

Tackling Beijing

In a candid statement last week, German Ambassador Martin Ney had also said the “common questions” both countries share about China’s Belt and Road Initiative will be discussed, even as Germany and India explore joint projects for connectivity and development in Africa and the Indian Ocean Region (IOR).

Mr. Modi will travel next to Spain for talks with Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, expected to yield an agreement on counter-terrorism cooperation, which Mr. Modi referred to as a “common concern”.

“We seek [the] active participation of [the] Spanish industry in various Indian projects including infrastructure, smart cities, digital economy, renewable energy, defence and tourism,” he added in his statement on Sunday.

Mr Modi’s visit to St. Petersburg will mark the first time the Annual India-Russia summit is held outside of Moscow.

The Prime Minister will meet President Vladimir Putin for a “one-on-one” dinner on the sidelines of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.

India and Austria are the guest countries this year at the SPIEF, an investor’s conference called the “Russian Davos”. Mr. Modi and Mr. Putin are expected to announce a “series of agreements”, officials said, while an MoU to construct the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project’s (KKNPP) reactors 5 & 6 is in its “final stages” before being signed.

Meet with Macron

The Prime Minister’s final stop in France will see his first meeting with newly elected President Emmanuel Macron. The two leaders are expected to review bilateral relations including cooperation on nuclear and renewable energy, and defence cooperation.

No report yet on Kanpur derailment

Six months after accident that killed over 150, agencies yet to ascertain the cause

Six months after the derailment of the Indore-Rajendranagar Express near Kanpur claimed over 150 lives, investigating agencies are yet to ascertain the cause of the accident. The Commission of Railway Safety (CRS) hasn’t submitted its preliminary report.

“It is informed that the preliminary report of the said accident is not available in the office,” Rajiv Kumar, Deputy Commissioner of Railway Safety, said in response to a query under the Right to Information (RTI) Act posed by The Hindu, on May 15. On November 20 last year, 14 coaches of the Patna-bound train derailed between Pokhrayan and Malasa stations in Uttar Pradesh, killing at least 152 passengers and injuring 183.

According to the rules, the CRS has to submit its preliminary report to the Chief Commissioner of Railway Safety and the Indian Railway Board Secretary within one month of the inquiry, and it has to make the report public as well. The CRS, under the Civil Aviation Ministry, then submits a detailed report within six months of the inquiry to the Chief Commissioner. Commissioner of Railway Safety (Eastern Circle) P.K. Acharya, who is inquiring into the matter, declined to comment.

Civil Aviation Secretary R.N. Choubey didn’t respond to an e-mail questionnaire.

The accident became a high-profile case after Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, suspecting sabotage, had written to Home Minister Rajnath Singh demanding a high-level investigation.

The Home Ministry then forwarded the case to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to probe the sabotage angle.

“This matter is being monitored at the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) level. We are awaiting an inquiry report from the NIA which had taken up the investigation soon after the accident,” said a senior CRS official, on condition of anonymity. However, NIA officials said they were yet to get a report from the Commission and a team of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) experts to finalise their investigations.

Even Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a speech during one of his election rallies had termed the accident a cross-border “conspiracy.”

The initial inquiry of the CRS which was held up for submission to authorities after the National Investigation Agency started a probe into the case had identified ‘carriage and wagon defects’ as the prime reason for the accident.

N.Korea fires short-range ballistic missile off western Japan

The North’s nuclear and missile programs are perhaps the biggest foreign policy challenges to the new leaders in Washington and Seoul.

North Korea fired a short-range ballistic missile that landed in Japan’s maritime economic zone on Monday, officials said, in the latest in a string of test launches as the North seeks to build nuclear-tipped ICBMs that can reach the U.S. mainland.

The suspected Scud-type missile launched from the coastal town of Wonsan flew about 450 km, the South’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement. It landed in Japan’s exclusive maritime economic zone, which is set about 200 nautical miles off the Japanese coast, Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said. He said there was no report of damage to planes or vessels in the area.

North Korea is still thought to be several years from its goal of being able to target U.S. mainland cities with a nuclear intercontinental ballistic missile. It has a strong arsenal of short-and medium-range missiles that could hit Japan and South Korea as well as U.S. forces in the region, and it is working to perfect its longer-range missiles.

North Korea’s state-controlled media had no immediate comment. But a day earlier, the North said leader Kim Jong Un had watched a successful test of a new type of anti-aircraft guided weapon system. It wasn’t clear from the state media report when the test happened.

Mr. Kim found that the weapon system’s ability to detect and track targets had “remarkably” improved and was more accurate, according to the official Korean Central News Agency. KCNA cited Mr. Kim as ordering officials to mass-produce and deploy the system all over the country so as to “completely spoil the enemy’s wild dream to command the air.”

The North’s nuclear and missile programs are perhaps the biggest foreign policy challenges to the new leaders in Washington and Seoul.

President Donald Trump has alternated between bellicosity and flattery in his public statements about North Korea, but his administration is still working to solidify a policy to handle its nuclear ambitions.

Monday’s launch was the third ballistic missile launch by North Korea since South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in was inaugurated on May 10. He has signaled an interest in expanding civilian exchange with North Korea, but many analysts say he won’t likely push for any major rapprochement because North Korea has gone too far in developing its nuclear program.

Mr. Moon called a National Security Council meeting Monday morning to discuss the North’s launch. In a separate statement, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff warned North Korea’s repeated provocation would further deepen its international isolation.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who just returned from a G7 meeting in Italy, told reporters that “North Korea’s provocation by ignoring repeated warnings from the international society is absolutely unacceptable.”

The U.S. Pacific Command said in a statement that it tracked a short-range missile for six minutes until it landed in the Sea of Japan.

Mr. Suga, the Japanese Cabinet Secretary, told reporters that the missile fell about 300 km north of the Oki islands in southwestern Japan and 500 km west of Sado island in central Japan.

Mr. Suga said Japanese officials will discuss North Korea with a senior foreign policy adviser to Chinese President Xi Jinping, Yang Jiechi, who is scheduled to visit Japan later Monday. He said China has been increasingly stepping up and using its influence over North Korea and that the two sides will thoroughly discuss the situation.

Besides its regular ballistic missile test-launches, the North carried out two nuclear tests last year — in January and September. Outside analysts believe North Korea may be able to arm some of its shorter—range missiles with nuclear warheads, though the exact state of the North’s secretive weapons program is unknown.

Despite the missile launches, South Korea under Moon has made tentative steps toward engaging the North by restarting stalled civilian aid and exchange programs. It said last week it would allow a civic group to contact North Korea about potentially offering help in treating malaria, the first government approval on cross-border civilian exchanges since January 2016.

22 killed, many injured in Manchester concert blast

“Broken. From the bottom of my heart, I am so so sorry. I don’t have the words,” tweeted singer Grande after the attack.

Twenty-two people were killed and around 60 injured in what police believe is a suicide attack by a person at a concert arena in the northern English city of Manchester overnight. It is the deadliest terrorist attack on Britain since 2005, when bombings on London’s transport system killed 52 people.

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It is the latest attack on a European city after last month’s in Paris, the Westminster incident, the Berlin Christmas Market onslaught and the attack in Nice, France. It comes less than three weeks before Britain’s national election on June 8, and all political parties have paused their campaigning till further notice.

The attack took place late on Monday evening at Manchester Arena, Britain’s largest indoor arena, at the end of a concert of 23-year-old U.S. singer Ariana Grande, when the audience, which included many young children, were streaming out of the venue.

“This was a barbaric attack, deliberately targeting some of the most vulnerable in our society – young people and children out at a pop concert,” said Home Secretary Amber Rudd, who will attend a meeting of COBRA, Britain’s emergency committee, later on Tuesday morning, chaired by the Prime Minister.

“Families and many young people were out to enjoy a concert at the Manchester Arena and have lost their lives,” said Manchester Chief Constable Ian Hopkins, and added that significant resources were being deployed into the “fast moving investigation.”

The police said they believed the attack itself was conducted by one man, who was carrying an “improvised explosive device, which he detonated.” They would be investigating whether he was acting alone or as part of a wider network. Over 400 police officers have been deployed after the attack. The police appealied to members of the public to stay away from the area around the attack as first responders dealt with the situation.

Leaders of all political parties swiftly condemned the attack and hailed the work of emergency services. “I am horrified by the horrendous events in Manchester last night. My thoughts are with the families and friends of those who have died or have been injured,” said Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn. “A terrible night for our great city,” said Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham.

“Broken. From the bottom of my heart, I am so so sorry. I don’t have the words,” tweeted singer Grande after the attack.

Police are yet to confirm the names of any who had died but some parents took to social media in a desperate hunt for their children. Members of the public also offered accommodation to impacted people as #RoomForManchester was trending on Twitter.

Of cows, compassion and communal comity

A cattle shelter run by a Jodhpur-based Muslim educational and welfare society earns goodwill

Even as cow vigilante groups in the northern States are targeting people on the mere suspicion of eating beef or smuggling cattle, an adarsh gaushala (model cow shelter) established by a Muslim institution in Jodhpur is taking care of old and sick cows. It is also assisting dairy farmers in a dozen surrounding villages in looking after their animals, and earning goodwill for promoting communal amity.

Launched in 2004 by Jodhpur-based Marwar Muslim Educational and Welfare Society (MMEWS), the initiative has won mass appreciation, with hundreds of people handing over cows and bulls to the shelter.

Old, weak, sick, abandoned, and neglected cows are given priority at the sprawling gaushala located in Bujhawad village off the Jodhpur-Barmer highway, 12km from Jodhpur. The shelter claims to be the first gaushala to be wholly owned and managed by the Muslim community.

Situated on a large piece of land without any boundary wall, the shelter is currently home to 217 bovines tagged by the State government’s Animal Husbandry Department.

The shelter’s full-time caretaker Hakim Khan and his wife Allahrakhi are in charge of the bovines’ welfare. Dogs and wild animals intruding into the shelter is a major concern, but Mr. Khan says the job is worth it. “We are glad to receive appreciation from the majority community, which sees the gaushala as an enterprise promoting communal harmony,” he said.

A trained team brings the cows, mostly from nearby villages, to the gaushala in a specially-designed vehicle. The MMEWS currently spends a little over ₹1 lakh a month on the animals. It is planning to double the shelter’s capacity by taking over a part of the 56 acres of land allotted for the construction of the Maulana Azad University, the society’s general secretary, Mohammed Atique, told The Hindu.

“When we started the gaushala, some fringe elements objected to Muslims operating the shelter,” Mr. Atique said. “But over the years, the shelter has won people’s admiration and generated immense goodwill as villagers appreciate the selfless work.”

Most of the bovines in the shelter have come from villages such as Doli, Gangana, Bhandu, Narnadi, Khudala, Jhanwar and Rohila Kalan. The shelter also employs a team of veterinarians who not only attend to the animals but also visit the nearby villages to assist dairy farmers in taking care of their cattle. Filling gaps in the government’s veterinary infrastructure, the team runs vaccination and treatment camps for stray cows in the villages. “A mobile van visits these villages to treat cows, goats and buffaloes free of cost,” Mr. Atique said.