<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A photo of President Pranab Mukherjee travelling in an India Air Force (IAF) plane to attend late Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s last rites has taken social media by storm.Mukherjee on Tuesday flew to Chennai to pay his last respects, even as the plane he was travelling in had to return mid-way to Delhi due to a technical snag, before heading back to Chennai.In a photo posted by the Rashtrapati Bhavan on its official Twitter handle, Mukherjee can be seen seated on a sideways-facing bench-seat.According to reports, the President had to shift to IAF Mi-17, which is primarily a transport helicopter, to fly to Marina Beach.Even though some Twitterati wondered why the President had to travel in such discomfort, many praised Mukherjee’s noble gesture and the effort made to attend Jayalalithaa’s last rites.Earlier, remembering J Jayalalithaa from the early days of his political career, President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday expressed his condolences and called her a fighter with a wonderful mastery over facts and theories.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In his third stint in the top office, O Panneerselvam was on Monday night sworn in as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu hours after his predecessor and party supremo J Jayalalithaa passed away after a prolonged illness.A grim-faced Panneerselvam, who was also seen sporting a beard, was sworn in around 1.15 AM by Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao at the Raj Bhavan amidst a scene of gloom.After he took oath of office, a total of 31 Ministers, all of them members of the previous Jayalalithaa cabinet, took oath in a simultaneous swearing-in.Panneerselvam was administered the oath of office and secrecy by Rao, who air-dashed here from Mumbai yesterday after Jayalalithaa suffered a cardiac arrest.Panneerselvam (65), often hailed as Jayalalithaa’s ‘Man Friday’, took oath in the name of God.
ALSO READ AIADMK chief & Tamil Nadu’s beloved Amma J Jayalalithaa passes awayThis is the third time he is helming the state, acting as a stop-gap arrangement on earlier both occasions when Jayalalithaa was convicted in two separate corruption cases in 2003 and 2014.Earlier, AIADMK MLAs elected him as their Legislature Party Leader, paving the way for his elevation as Chief Minister.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Opposition parties organised widespread protests across Andhra Pradesh against the Centre’s demonetization move but no bandh as such was observed in the state today even as leaders of CPI and YSRC were detained at some places following demonstrations.Congress’s state unit president N Raghuveera Reddy led his party workers in a protest rally from Andhra Ratna Bhavan to Lenin Centre. “We are not against the scrapping of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes but why did the government introduce Rs 2000 note,” Raghuveera said.He said the common man was put to untold misery because of the “abrupt” decision of the Centre to ban the high denomination notes.CPI state secretary K Ramakrishna and others were taken into custody at the Lenin Centre where they staged a protest on the demonetization issue. In Tirupati, YSR Congress leader Bhumana Karunakar Reddy and others were taken into custody.In Guntur city too YSRC leaders, led by West MLA Mustafa, were detained by police following a protest rally. YSRC leaders and workers were also taken into custody in many other districts of the state where protests were held.Left-affiliated trade unions organised dharnas in front of many bus depots of AP State Road Transport Corporation in the state.However, RTC services were not disrupted.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao moved into his new official residence complex at Begumpet in the early hours on Thursday.Rao and his wife performed the ‘Griha Pravesam’ (house warming).Government has named the buildings complex — two existing buildings being used by the Chief Minister, the newly-built CM residence, office and a conference hall — as ‘Pragati Bhavan’, sources told PTI.The conference hall has been named as ‘Janahita’. The Chief Minister would interact with different sections of society, including farmers, workers, employees and artisans, on formulation of policies and their implementation in ‘Janahita’.The reports said that due to security reasons, “bullet-proof” bathrooms have been constructed in the house.A government statement had earlier said the new residence had been planned as the Chief Minister’s camp office and residence did not have adequate facilities for parking and holding large meetings.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Congress President Sonia Gandhi said there was no comparison between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and late Indira Gandhi and rejected suggestions that the party did not have leaders to take him on.She also made it clear that she was not “troubled” by comparisons between Modi and Gandhi and that her party was taking on the Modi government. “Every era in politics or history has its own problems, its own leaders and its own opposition. I think the Congress party is taking on the present dispensation,” Sonia Gandhi told India Today TV. She was replying to a question whether her party needed to be competitive unlike the 60s and 70s when it was dominant and that it did not have a leader to take on Modi. Asked whether she was troubled by the fact that Modi was being compared with the late Prime Minister as a strong personality, Gandhi said, “It does not trouble me because I do not believe in it. I have my own clear views about it . There is no comparison. Absolutely not.”To another question that her party did not have a tough and competitive leader like Modi, she said, “I do not agree with that.” She recalled that Indira Gandhi was ridiculed, insulted and made fun of from within even more than outside when she entered politics, became a Congress president and later Prime Minister. There was nothing that she did was right. She was able to “overcome” that, Gandhi said.The photo exhibition, Sonia said, was consciously housed in Swaraj Bhavan which was the place of Indira Gandhi’s birth and where she met the leading lights of the freedom movement.The event is part of Congress’ commemoration of Indira Gandhi’s birth centenary that started November 19. “It was here at Swaraj Bhavan that Indiraji took her first lessons in politics. Her mortal remains after her martyrdom were also brought here. That’s why this exhibition has been opened here. From here it will be taken to other places,” said Sonia who, along with her children, dressed in pure whites, interacted with Congress leaders and workers asking them to prepare hard for the upcoming assembly polls. Sonia and Priyanka stayed overnight at Swaraj Bhavan, which was recently refurbished.Congress leaders were keen to get themselves clicked with the Gandhis, who also inquired about them and the preparations ahead.Rahul also shared his thoughts on demonetisation with Congress leaders present there.Sonia, 69, who briefly stopped her speech for the ‘azaan’, also remembered the emotional bond she shared with Indira saying, “Indiraji was not just my mother-in-law. She was like my mother. For 16 years we shared a house and also shared joys, sorrows and emotions.” The Gandhis refrained from making any comments on when Priyanka will formally launch her UP election campaign.No politics today, was their refrain.
New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee has said India and New Zealand can become partners for promoting security, stability and prosperity in their regions and beyond, as he welcomed visiting Kiwi Prime Minister John Key.
Key called on the President at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Wednesday.
Mukherjee, while welcoming the PM and his delegation, said India values its relationship with his country and the sustained momentum of high level contacts reaffirms the growing strength and dynamism of bilateral engagement between India and New Zealand.
The President, a Rashtrapati Bhavan spokesperson said, said India and New Zealand share a unique bond based on shared values and synergies, being two multicultural, vibrant democracies that believe in and respect the rule of law.
“New Zealand can be a key partner in India’s quest for food security. Bilateral trade in goods and services has nearly doubled in the last eight years. Currently, total trade in goods and services in 2015 amounted to USD 1.45 billion.”
“India and New Zealand can be partners in promoting security, stability and prosperity in the region and beyond. The two countries can work together in areas such as maritime security and ensuring freedom of navigation and in countering terrorism,” he said.
The President added that there exists a strong desire amongst the people of the two countries to improve relations.
On his part, the spokesperson said, Key reciprocated Mukherjee’s sentiments and said his government would like to grow and strengthen the bilateral relations.
He thanked Mukherjee for his visit to New Zealand earlier this year and said India’s economic growth provides many opportunities.
“There is a strong and growing Indian community in New Zealand,” Key said, adding the high-level contacts between the two countries provide the foundation stone for a better understanding of each other’s perceptions.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Myanmar’s State Counselor and Foreign Minister Aung San Suu Kyi will call on the President Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Tuesday.She will also meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the last day of her visit tomorrow. After arriving in the national capital yesterday after attending the BRICS-BIMSTEC Outreach Summit in Goa, Suu Kyi yesterday met Congress President Sonia Gandhi at her residence. Suu Kyi is accompanied by several Ministers and senior officials and her visit will provide an opportunity to discuss issues of mutual interest and seek to further strengthen the close and friendly ties that exist between the two countries.
Sun, 9 Oct 2016-12:08am , Lucknow , PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik has written to Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav directing him to take action against former MLA Krishna Kumar Sachan after he was found guilty in the Lokayukta report in a disproportionate assets case.Sachan’s wife is also accused of buying land in an “illegal manner,” a press release from Raj Bhavan said. The Lokayukta after probing the charges had asked the government to lodge a case against Sachan under Anti- Corruption Act.The Lokayukta also asked to initiate action against some local revenue department officials in connection with the land deals of his wife, the release said. The Lokayukta had sent a special report to the Governor after the state government failed to apprise him of the action taken.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa hospitalised for the past two weeks, Governor Ch Vidyasagar Rao on Friday called two senior ministers and Chief Secretary P Ramamohana Rao and discussed the day-to-day administration and affairs of the government. The Governor enquired “about the general administration of the affairs of the government,” a Raj Bhavan release said.”The Chief Secretary to Government briefed Honourable Governor about the administrative affairs that are being carried out on a day-to-day basis and also other general matters,” it said.Jayalalithaa’s trusted lieutenant and Finance Minister O Panneerselvam and his cabinet colleague Edappadi K Palaniswami also met the Governor at the Raj Bhavan where he enquired with them about the health condition of the Chief Minister, it said.Although the Governor had visited Apollo Hospital, where Jayalalithaa was admitted on September 22 after she complained of fever and dehydration, on October 1, this was the first time he has held consultations with the senior ministers and the Chief Secretary since she was hospitalised. The Ministers and Chief Secretary met Rao “on the request of the Governor,” it added.With the ministers, the top two in Jayalalithaa’s Cabinet after her, the Governor “enquired about the health condition” of the AIADMK supremo, it added. Further, he also enquired about the arrangements made for the visit and information to be presented to the High Level Technical Committee on Cauvery issue constituted by the Centre “to protect the welfare of farmers of Tamil Nadu”, it added.Palaniswami, the Public Works Minister, explained in detail the arrangements made and related matters, it added.The Apollo Hospital had said yesterday that the 68-year- old AIADMK leader’s health condition “continues to improve” but requires a longer stay at the hospital. “The consensus of opinions of all the experts is that the line of treatment given to the Chief Minister should be continued as she will require a longer stay at the hospital,” a release from the hospital had said.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>75-year old K Kushalappa and his son, Satish Kushalappa, the father and brother of former Dy Sp MK Ganapathy, who committed suicide in July are not surprised at the news of KJ George being reinducted into the Siddaramaiah cabinet on Monday. Ganapathy’s family says that they were already suspecting that the CID enquiry would clear the former home minister and the two high–rung officials of any criminal charges.KJ George who took oath as a cabinet minister in Raj Bhavan was named by MK Ganapathy as being responsible along with two other IPS officers “if anything happens to him”, after which he committed suicide. George was given a clean chit by the CID on September 17, along with other police officials, citing the reasons of “lack of evidence”. However, Ganapathy’s family and even the opposition party, BJP have described the CID enquiry into the case as cover-ups.Ganapathy’s family has already approached the Karnataka High Court and filed an objection against the CID report terming it as a mere eye-wash. The CID enquiry was initiated after Ganapathy’s son, Nehal filed a complaint with a court against George and two police officers. Ganapathy’s brother, Satish calls the whole exercise as a travesty of justice. “We never trusted the CID inquiry to begin with. The CID officers who came to record our statements had presented the distorted versions in their final report. Many times we even questioned the CID officers on why they did not take into account the documents saved on my brother’s phone and other relevant details. But they brushed these evidences aside saying they were irrelevant,” Satish told dna.The family is demanding a CBI inquiry, which has also been urged by the BJP. “We are not taking sides with any political party. The politicians rushed to our houses to score points. We do not expect anything from them. But we have not given up. My brother served in the police department throughout his life. The least we could hope is that his own department officials would initiate a fair probe into the matter. But he was harassed so much that he became fed up of the system,” Satish said.Many public and social media campaigns seeking “Justice for MK Ganapathy” had put up hoardings in many parts of Karnataka days after MK Ganapathy’s suicide case came to the fore.Today, Ganapathy’s family says that they stand isolated . “It is a fight against the political heavyweights but we wish to continue our fight all alone,” Ganapathy’s brother added.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Criticising Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray for not tendering apology for the controversial cartoon published in Sena daily mouthpiece — Saamana, leader of opposition in the state assembly Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil, on Wednesday, said that perhaps Thackeray does not know that tendering apology never belittles anyone.Speaking to media at Gandhi Bhavan, which is Congress state unit headquarters at Nariman Point, Vikhe-Patil said that since Saamana is Sena mouthpiece, it was the demand of Maratha community that Thackeray should render an apology. He said Thackeray instead chose to satisfy the Maratha community with an apology by the cartoonist Srinivas Prabhudesai, which is not acceptable.Vikhe-Patil said that it was the same Uddhav Thackeray, who refused to hand over Matoshree bungalow, the house of Late Balasaheb Thackeray for converting it into a memorial after Balasaheb. He said that Shiv Sena through Saamana has insulted not only Maratha women, but also martyrs from police department and army, and at the same time, it has criticized those protesting against the controversial cartoon.
Sat, 24 Sep 2016-12:30am , Lucknow , PTI
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav will expand his cabinet on September 26 in perhaps the last reshuffle of his council of ministers ahead of the Assembly election in early 2017. Governor Ram Naik will administer oath of office and secrecy to the new ministers at Raj Bhavan on Monday, a Raj Bhavan release said.This will be the eighth expansion of the Akhilesh Yadav government since it assumed office in 2012. The UP council of ministers can have 60 ministers and there are three vacancies at present. Sacked Mines Minister Gayatri Prajapati is all set to be inducted as a cabinet minister as part of a compromise formula to end the recent family feud in the Yadav clan, but he may get a different portfolio.
Sun, 21 Aug 2016-05:25pm , Imphal , PTI
Shanmuganathan, whom Heptulla succeeds, was holding the dual charge of Governor of Manipur and Meghalaya. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Former Union minister Najma Heptulla was sworn in as Governor of Manipur at Raj Bhavan at Imphal on Sunday. Acting Chief Justice of Manipur High Court Rakesh Ranjan Prasad administered the oath of office at 11.30 AM.Heptulla, the 18th governor of the state, replaced Shanmuganathan who was holding the dual charge of Governor of Manipur and Meghalaya. The swearing in ceremony was attended by Chief Minister Okram Ibobi and his cabinet colleagues among others, an official statement said.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Long-term peace and stability of a united Nepal is in India’s interest and New Delhi will work with it to achieve this goal, President Pranab Mukherjee has said.He made these comments when Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister of Nepal Bimalendra Nidhi called on him at Rashtrapati Bhavan yesterday.”The President said long-term peace and stability of a united Nepal is in India’s interest. India will work with Nepal towards this common goal,” a statement from Press Secretary to the President Venu Rajamony said.It said the President conveyed to the visiting dignitary that India attaches highest priority to its relations with Nepal and remains strongly committed to further strengthening this age-old relationship.”India-Nepal relations are firmly embedded in shared geography, history, culture, civilisation and close people-to-people ties,” he said.The statement said the President congratulated Nidhi on his appointment as the Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister of Nepal.”He wished Mr Nidhi every success in promoting national cohesion and reconciliation in Nepal,” it said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi knows the art of keeping the media on tenterhooks. After half a dozen false alarms, speculation is rife over a fresh date for a reshuffle in Modi’s council of ministers.According to the latest murmurs, triggered after a five-hour meeting between Modi and BJP president Amit Shah, changes in the cabinet and the BJP could take place before the Prime Minister leaves on a four-nation tour on July 6. The monsoon session of Parliament begins on July 18, just a week before Modi returns from his tour.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Party sources said the process could be completed within a week, but refused to divulge any detail. Reports of a reshuffle created a flutter in the BJP headquarters, but party leaders could throw little light on the matter. Modi and Shah prefer secrecy when it comes to crucial matters, keeping even party leaders and most ministers in the dark till the last minute.Sources, however, said the consultation process which involved mainly three senior ministers — Arun Jaitley, Rajnath Singh and Nitin Gadkari — had almost been completed and the new list would be more or less ready.However, Rashtrapati Bhavan has not received any message about the reshuffle in the council of ministers so far amidst reports that 11am on July 4 was an auspicious time. While the media is scouting for any sign of the much-awaited expansion, even preparations for Iftar at the Rashtrapati Bhavan were mistaken for it being geared up for a reshuffle.A party leader said there was nothing unusual about Modi and Shah having such long meetings as they had several issues concerning the nation to be discussed.Meanwhile, a consolidated presentation of all ministries, which had been asked to submit their self-appraisal reports, was being made by economic affairs secretary Shaktikanta Das at a meeting of Council of ministers on Thursday evening.While sources have ruled out major changes either in the government or the organisation, there is a feeling that the party needs to be strengthened. According to them around six new faces could be inducted into the council of ministers, which had a strength of 70 at present and could be expanded to 81. While there is a vacancy in the sports and youth affairs with Sarbanand Sonowal moving to Assam as chief minister, minority affairs minister Najma Heptullah could move out as she has crossed the 75 cut off age. Minister of state for social justice Vijay Sampla, who has been made Punjab BJP chief, could also be replaced.The changes in government could have a fallout on the Organisation, where there are already some vacancies, including three vice-presidents and two general secretaries. As of now there are ten vice-presidents, seven general secretaries and 16 national secretaries. If some party office bearers are inducted into government, the vacancies in party would go up further.
Chennai: Tamil Nadu Governor K Rosaiah on Saturday invited Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa to form the government after she apprised him of her election as leader of AIADMK Legislature Party.
She will be sworn in Chief Minister along with 28 others, including her trusted lieutenant and Finance Minister in the outgoing Cabinet O Panneerselvam, on 23 May in a function at the Madras University Centenary Auditorium.
She called on Rosaiah at the Raj Bhavan and submitted a letter informing him of her election as Leader of the AIADMK legislature party. Later, Rosaiah congratulated her and gave a letter inviting her to form the government.
“Jayalalithaa furnished a list of persons to be appointed Ministers in her Cabinet which was approved by Governor Rosaiah,” an official release from the Raj Bhavan said.
Jayalalithaa will have portfolios of Home and All India Services including the IAS, public and general administration, stated the release.
Panneerselvam will be the Minister for Finance, Personnel and Administrative Reforms again, while former MP Dindigul Srinivasan will be the Minister for Forests. Several of the sitting Ministers have been named to hold offices again including P Thangamani (Electricity), S P Velumani (Municipal Administration and Rural Development), Edappadi K Palaniswami (Public Works), K T Rajenthra Bhalaji (Rural Industries), R B Udhayakumar (Revenue), S P Shanmuganathan (Milk and Dairy Development), and K C Veeramani (Commercial Taxes), the release said.
Including Jayalalithaa, there will be four women in the Cabinet besides three medical doctors. Deputy Mayor of Chennai Corporation P Benjamin, who won from Maduravoyal here amid tough competition from DMK, has been named Minister for School Education and Sports and Youth Welfare. M R Vijayabaskar will be Transport Minister. Edappadi K Palaniswami has been allocated Public Works in addition to the portfolios of Highways and Minor Ports, which he held in the outgoing Cabinet. Sellur K Raju will head Cooperation again besides Labour, it said.
Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Friday resigned from the post following the defeat of Congress-led UDF in the Assembly election.Chandy drove to the Raj Bhavan this morning around 1030 hrs and submitted his resignation letter to Governor P Sathasivam.He told reporters that UDF and Congress would be meeting next week to discuss the poll debacle and take stock of the situation.UDF, which was trounced by CPI(M) headed LDF in the May 16 polls, bagged only 47 seats against the rival front’s 91.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”This is only a temporary phenomena and Congress will come back with strength,” 72-year-old Chandy said, adding, “the party and Front have the responsibility for the setback, but as chairman of UDF, I have more responsibility”.On reports that he was not willing to take up the post of Leader of Opposition, he said, “It is a matter to be discussed at the party level. I have nothing more to say.” Chandy said that he would be going to the state Secretariat to meet his office staff and other employees.Chandy has the distinction of being the only Congress chief minister to have completed the five-year term in office.
The Kerala 10th standard exams results for the academic year 2015-16 SSCL ( Secondary School Leaving Certificate) is going to be declared soon. Students can heave a sigh of relief in a few hours.The result for DHSE Kerala Pareeksha Bhavan Board will be announced at 11 am on their official website.Students can view their exam results at by entering their application number.About Kerala Board:With each year more and more students are taking the Kerala State Education Board exam. This year over 5,00,000 students from schools affiliated to the KSEB sat for the 10th standard exam and the resulting percentage is expected to be 96.75. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In the last 5 years the number of students sitting for the Kerala State Education Board Conduct the Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC) and THSLC examination has steadily gone up. It has also been observed that girls have been scoring higher than boys in Kerala State Education Board results in the past five years. Follow these steps to check your result: 1. Go to keralaresults.nic.in, result.prd.kerala.gov.in, or results.kerala.nic.in2. Click on check result3. Enter your details such as name and application number.4. Your results will be flashed on the screen.5. Take print out of the result.All the best!
The Kerala 10th standard exams results for the academic year 2015-16 SSCL ( Secondary School Leaving Certificate) is going to be declared today. The result for DHSE Kerala Pareeksha Bhavan Board has been preponed to be announced at 11 am on their official website.Students can view their exam results by entering their registration numbers and name.Steps to check result: 1. Go to keralaresults.nic.in, result.prd.kerala.gov.in, or results.kerala.nic.in<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>2. Click on check result3. Enter your details such as name and application number.4. Your results will be flashed on the screen.5. Take print out of the result.About Kerala Board:With each year more and more students are taking the Kerala State Education Board exam. This year over 5,00,000 students from schools affiliated to the KSEB sat for the 10th standard exam and the resulting percentage is expected to be 96.75. In the last 5 years the number of students sitting for the Kerala State Education Board Conduct the Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC) and THSLC examination has steadily gone up. It has also been observed that girls have been scoring higher than boys in Kerala State Education Board results in the past five years. Good luck!
Having served as Foreign Minister twice, President Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday said that the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) was “perhaps his second love” after the Finance Ministry.At an interaction with officer trainees of Indian Foreign Service (2014 and 2015 batches) who called on him at Rashtrapati Bhavan here, he said he has fond memories of his intellectual interaction with many foreign service officers, for all of whom he has high regard. Mukherjee pointed out that he has “served as External Affairs Minister twice and enjoyed leading the ministry. According to a press release issued by Rashtrapati Bhavan, the President said that “MEA was perhaps his second love after the Finance Ministry, where he served for the longest period of time”.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Foreign service officers, he said, are the spokespersons, interpreters and narrators of India’s story to the world. Foreign policy is an extension of the enlightened self- interest of a country in the context of the environment prevailing in foreign countries, he said. Noting that Europe has put aside centuries of conflict and formed a powerful union, he said that in today’s world, ‘Balance of Payments’ and ‘Terms of Trade’ have replaced ‘Balance of Power’ in importance.He also recalled how Mauryan era philosopher and jurist Kautilya had advised the king to be careful in appointing envoys, the release said. The President said the foundation of India’s foreign policy was laid by Jawaharlal Nehru and is based on our core civilizational values. “National leaders like Nehru, Subhash Chandra Bose and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel kept a watch over international events and thought how they should be linked to India’s interests,” he said.Mukherjee congratulated the officer trainees for having chosen this “challenging and exciting career” and described foreign service officers as the voice of the country abroad.He said their initial years might be difficult and family life may suffer and they may encounter difficult conditions, but once they settle down, they will thoroughly enjoy their work and be able representatives of the world’s largest functional democracy and a civilisation which has guided humanity for centuries. Mukherjee’s first stint in the foreign ministry was between February, 1995, and May, 1996, and he returned at its helm again from October, 2006, to May, 2009.
With PDP President Mehbooba Mufti all set to assume the Jammu and Kashmir mantle, state BJP on Saturday said it had never made any demand for additional ministerial berths.”See we (BJP) were clear from the beginning but our partner (PDP) wanted some clarification and once they were satisfied they decided to move ahead. Everything is now settled and we are looking forward with positivity to run the government effectively”, BJP’s candidate for deputy chief minister Nirmal Singh said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He was talking to reporters on the sidelines of the state executive meeting of BJP and added that the meeting was a routine affair to discuss the party’s strategy. PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti is all set to become the first woman chief minister of the state as Governor NN Vohra today invited her to form the new government. There have been reports about demands of a few BJP legislators on division of portfolios. Asked whether the BJP had made any demand for additional ministerial berths, Singh said “our party never made such a demand. We are committed to the Agenda of Alliance (AoA) which is our basic document and all this is unconditional. There were no conditions but yes discussions do take place”. “As far as the ministerial berths are concerned, the swearing-in ceremony is taking place in Jammu on April 4, notification for which will be issued from Raj Bhavan. Who all will be ministers, we are already discussing that within the party and you will know it on the day of swearing-in”.Asked whether the new conditions laid down by the PDP have been accepted, he said, “there was no curtain and Agenda of Alliance is the only thing which has to be implemented in the next five years and that would be our main focus”.On the meeting, Singh said “it is a routine affair which takes place after every three months in which political and economic resolutions are discussed.”He said issues like how the party has functioned and its functioning in the future are deliberated upon during the meeting.On the issue of Pakistani flag being “raised” in Kashmir just ahead of the government formation, Singh said that such incidents should not be linked with the formation of the government. “We will never compromise on national security and whosoever indulges in such activities would be put behind the bars as was done in the past ten months”, he said.
Touching bar dancers or throwing money at them can now land you in jail besides facing a Rs 50,000 fine. This stringent provision is envisaged in a draft Bill finalised by the Maharashtra government to regulate dance bars in the state post lifting of a ban on them.LIVE England vs New Zealand 1st Semi-Final T20, ICC World T20 2016, March 30, 2016According to the draft law, the act of touching bar dancers or throwing currency notes at them will attract imprisonment of six months and/or a penalty of Rs 50,000. It also proposes a hefty fine of Rs 25 lakh for illegal operation and a deadline of 11:30 pm upto which it can operate.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The proposed legislation was approved at a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis at Vidhan Bhavan yesterday. The Bill would be tabled in the ongoing session of Legislature.”Vulgar” dances or actions will not be allowed and Bar dancers are not to be skimpily dressed and these entertainment outlets will not be permitted within 1 km of educational institutions and places of worship, according to the bill.Fadnavis had earlier formed a 25-member committee with legislators from all parties to deliberate on the issue and make suggestions. The panel was appointed after the Supreme Court lifted the 2005 ban on dance bars a few months ago.The draft law makes it mandatory to install CCTV cameras at the entrance of dance bars and on the dance floor. The owner will have to keep the CCTV footage for 30 days. It suggests a fine of Rs 10 lakh or imprisonment for 3 years for the owner if a dancer is found to be exploited. It said such entertainment outlets will not be allowed to stay open after 11.30 pm (earlier the deadline was 2 am).The proposed legislation suggests deployment of women security guards. Waitresses and bar dancers have to give their consent if they wish to work after 9.30 pm. Consumption of alcohol will be allowed at these outlets but drugs will be strictly prohibited. Also, it will be mandatory for the bar owner to maintain personal record of all employees. Women under the age of 25 would not be allowed to work as dancers.The owner will have to sign an agreement specifying the monthly salary and other details, including contribution towards PF and other miscellaneous benefits, with employees. The owner will have to maintain a register of all employees and their attendance is to be recorded through biometric system.If an illegal dance bar (without licence) is found to be in operation, the owner will be liable for a fine of Rs 25 lakh and/or imprisonment for five years. The offence will be non-bailable and cognisable. The draft suggests those visiting dance bars must be over 25 years and carry a valid age and identity proof.
Bollywood actor Anupam Kher on Monday thanked the whole country for being conferred the Padma Bhushan title, saying he would continue to serve the nation to the best of his abilities.”Thank you my India for this honour. I will continue to serve my country to the best of my abilities,” he said after receiving the honour from President Pranab Mukherjee at the civil investiture ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The 61-year-old actor also said he was getting “flashback” of his beginning as a small town boy while getting ready to receive the country’s third highest civilian award.”As I get ready for Padma Awards ceremony, I have a flashback of my life. Journey of a small town boy. Thank You India for the Love. Padma Bhushan,” he tweeted before leaving for the ceremony.”A BIG Thank You to you ALL for your love, warmth & support. Jai Ho,” he said.Kher has been in the Hindi film industry for more than three decades and has acted in many films like ‘Aagman’, ‘Saaransh’, ‘Karma’, ‘Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara’ besides others.
Amid suspense, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti seemingly softened her stand about the government formation in the restive state.Mehbooba also met the Jammu and Kashmir governor NN Vohra and discussed “political issues and various challenges faced by the state on the developmental and economic fronts”.”I am not rigid. If I feel that the Centre is working for the betterment of the state, then I will not have any objection to form the government. But if it is an exercise just for the sake of government formation or delaying the polls, then I am not for it,” Mehbooba said while addressing party workers in Jammu.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Invoking her late father Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s name, PDP president said Mufti’ did not join hands with BJP as party but he saw it as a coalition between the centre and the people of J&K aimed at providing succour to the masses.”At any point of time if I feel the Centre has a room in its heart for the people of Jammu and Kashmir and is ready to fill the framework, which we have made, with the colours, I will have no hesitation in becoming the chief minister of this state. And it would be a matter of honour,” she said.Mehbooba’s apparent softening of stance comes 20 days after BJP’s point man Ram Madhav said the common minimum programme (agenda of alliance) is a comprehensive document and there can neither be any addition or the deletion.Madhav’s remarks came on February 18, a day after he rushed to Srinagar in a special plane to meet PDP president Mehbooba Mufti in a bid to resurrect the alliance that has hit the dead end after the demise of chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed on January 7.PDP president later drove to Raj Bhavan and interacted with governor for almost an hour. “In an hour long meeting at the Raj Bhavan today afternoon Governor N.N. Vohra discussed with Ms. Mehbooba Mufti, MP and President PDP, political issues and various challenges faced by the State on the developmental and economic fronts”, said an official spokesman.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Saturday sacked Milk and Dairy Development Minister B V Ramanaa from the cabinet as well as from a key party post. Ramana was earlier removed from the cabinet as Revenue Minister in 2014 and reinducted the same year and vested with the Dairy Development portfolio.Governor K Rosaiah has “accepted” Jayalalithaa’s recommendation to “drop” Ramanaa from the Council of Ministers, a Raj Bhavan statement said. Rural Industries Minister P Mohan will handle the Milk and Dairy Development portfolio, it added.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Meanwhile, in an AIAMDK release, party supremo Jayalalithaa said Ramanaa was being “relieved” as the party’s Tiruvallur West Secretary. She announced the temporary appointment of M Ganesan, Secretary of AIADMK Kancheepuram West, in place of Ramanaa till someone else was appointed.No reason was given for the removal of Ramanaa from the cabinet as well as the party post.
A BJP delegation on Friday met Jammu and Kashmir Governor N N Vohra and discussed political situation of the state, even as the government formation in Jammu and Kashmir continues to reel under suspense.MLA and BJP State President Sat Sharma along with others met Vohra here at the Raj Bhavan this evening, an official spokesman said.Besides discussion on the political situation, the BJP delegation brought to Governor’s notice several important issues of public interest, including disbursement of relief to PoK refugees, construction of shelters for people affected by firing from across the border and conduct of municipal elections, he said.
New Delhi: Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan was on Thursday accorded a ceremonial welcome in the forecourt of the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi.
Al Nahyan, who is on a three-day visit, was accorded a ceremonial Guard of Honour in the sprawling courtyard of the Rashtrapati Bhavan in what is his first state visit to India.
Modi and Al Nahyan, who is also the deputy supreme commander of the UAE armed forces, later met at the Prime Minister’s residence.
“An exceptional tete-a-tete. PM meets the Crown Prince for a restricted meeting at 7RCR before talks in the evening,” Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted.
The two leaders will hold detailed deliberations on Thursday following which both sides are expected to sign a number of agreements.
Ways to contain radicalism, stepping up counter-terrorism cooperation and dealing with the Islamic State are likely to figure prominently in the talks.
Before his ceremonial welcome, the Crown Prince also visited Mahatma Gandhi’s memorial at Rajghat, laid a wreath and planted a sapling there.
Al Nahyan arrived in Delhi on Thursday to a warm welcome, with the Prime Minister setting aside protocol to receive the “special friend” at the airport with the hope of adding new vigour and momentum to India-UAE ties.
A businessman from Visakhapatanam sent Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal a sum of Rs 364, why? Because he wants Kejriwal to buy a pair of formal shoes for himself.Embarrassed by how Kejriwal chose to wear sandals with socks during a banquet at Rashtrapati Bhawan which was hosted in honour of French President Francois Hollande, Sumit Agrawal said that Kejriwal needed to buy formal, closed shoes.Agrawal further said that Kejriwal’s decision to wear the particular footwear was not justified as he was representing the country and not “staging a dharna at an Aam Aadmi Party rally at Ramlila Maidan or Jantar Mantar.”<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The businessman sent the money to Delhi CM through a demand draft and also wrote an open letter saying, “Kejriwal was at the President’s dinner at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, not a friend’s birthday party in a restaurant in Hauz Khas. While dressing as per one’s convenience is a question of personal liberty, some places are above personal preferences…You’re a grown man. Please act according to the situation & dress for the occasion.”Agrawal also suspects that Kejriwal’s choice of footwear might have been a publicity stunt. Nonetheless, he said that he had taken a lot of efforts to collect the money. He wrote in his letter, “Sir, I know that this is a very small amount, but it is the result of the effort of an entire Sunday afternoon of hard work. I had initiated the collection with an initial contribution of Rs 49.”Read the full text of the letter here.
The BJP-led government in Goa on Friday disallowed use of its premises for the scheduled release of a book on Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse on occasion of the former’s death anniversary on Saturday amid protest by a local political outfit and to possibly avoid a potential controversy.However, Anup Sardesai, the writer of the book titled ‘Nathuram Godse – The Story of an Assassin’, said he would go ahead with its release at a different venue. In a late evening communication to the state-run Ravindra Bhavan in Margao, the venue of the release, South District Collector Pramod Shinde asked its management not to allow release of the book. Sardesai said, “I received an e-mail from Ravindra Bhavan stating that the venue will not be allowed to be used for the release of the book due to unavoidable circumstances”.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He said he would proceed with the release at a different venue. “I will inform about the venue to my audience. I have also informed police about the new venue,” Sardesai added. Earlier in the day, ‘Goa Forward’, launched by former state election commissioner Prabhkar Timble recently, opposed letting of the government premises for the release of the book which it termed as an “unpatriotic cause”.Interestingly, BJP leader Damodar Naik, chairman of Ravindra Bhavan, was supposed to release the book.Naik had said that the venue was booked through a normal procedure and there was no ulterior motive behind holding the function. “We will hold ‘satyagraha’ in front of Ravindra Bhavan if the government allows the function to happen,” Goa Forward secretary Mohandas Lolienkar told PTI. He also claimed that the protest has been supported by various sections of people including independent legislator Vijai Sardesai.Lolienkar had threatened to block all entrances of Ravindra Bhavan even as the party submitted a memorandum to South Goa district collector requesting cancellation of the function. “Though the event appears innocuous, it is timed for January 30 which is the death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi,” Fatorda legislator Vijai Sardesai said.He termed the function as a “veiled celebration of a murder” and a deliberate design to disturb peace and harmony and to provoke and incite people by insulting the memory of Mahatma Gandhi.Meanwhile, author of the book said he was caught up in a political storm and rivalry between two political parties.
The historic Presidential buggy on Friday made a comeback, after a year’s break, with President Pranab Mukherjee arriving in it to attend the Beating the Retreat ceremony.Three decades after its discontinuation at public functions due to security reasons, the buggy was used at the ceremony in 2014. However, last year the President had arrived in his limousine. Mukherjee was cheered as the wheels of the open gold-plated carriage rolled down the Raisina hill, making its way past hundreds of spectators who gathered to witness the colourful event.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Mukherjee, the chief guest of the function and the Supreme Commander of the armed forces, reciprocated the greetings with his customary wave at the audience. He was received by Vice President Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chiefs of the three forces.The armoured Limousine, followed the buggy to its path to Vijay Chowk from Rashtrapati Bhavan accompanied by the President’s Bodyguards, a regiment with horses carrying out ceremonial duties for the President.The six-horse driven carriage was used by the Viceroy during the British rule. After Independence, it has remained with the Rashtrapati Bhavan. The Beating the Retreat ceremony which takes place on Vijay Chowk on Rajpath on January 29, marks the end of Republic Day celebrations.Almost 32 years ago, former President late Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed had used the buggy to reach the exit gate of Rashtrapati Bhavan from where he used to travel in car to attend the ceremony. An open horse-driven buggy was seen as a security threat by security agencies then, following which the traditional carriage was replaced by bullet-proof cars.
Newly formed Goa Forward party has opposed the release of a book on Mahatma Gandhi’s killer Nathuram Godse scheduled for Saturday on the death anniversary of the Father of the Nation.The book, titled ‘Nathuram Godse – The Story of an Assassin’ and written by Anup Ashok Sardesai, is scheduled for release tomorrow at the government-owned Ravindra Bhavan in Margao by BJP leader and the bhavan’s chairman Damodar Naik. “The use of government premises for such an unpatriotic cause should be stopped. We will hold ‘satyagraha’ in front of Ravindra Bhavan if the government allows the function to happen,” Goa Forward’s secretary Mohandas Lolienkar said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He claimed that their protest is being supported by various sections, including Independent legislator Vijai Sardesai. “The party workers will block all the entrances of the venue so that no one can attend the function,” Lolienkar said, adding that the protest “will be peaceful”. The party has submitted memorandum to South Goa District Collector requesting cancellation of the function. “Though the event appears to be innocuous, it is timed on January 30 which is the death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi,” Vijai Sardesai, the MLA from Fatorda, said.Dubbing the event as “veiled celebration of a murder”, he alleged that the book release is a deliberate design to disturb peace and harmony and to provoke and incite people by insulting the memory of Mahatma Gandhi, especially on the particular day. The Ravindra Bhavan authorities, however, denied the charges, and said they cannot stop the function. “The Ravindra Bhavan was booked through a normal procedure. Nothing was deliberate,” its chairman Damodar Naik said.Naik, however, said he might rethink on attending the function if there is any objection to it.
With 27 high-definition state- of-the-art cameras, two giant hydraulic cranes and a team of over one hundred personnel, Doordarshan has made meticulous plans to ensure that its live telecast of the 67th Republic Day celebrations on Rajpath is a visual treat.”Doordarshan plans to have no less than 27 high-definition state-of-the-art cameras this year while the number of such cameras was 24 last year, as we intend to ensure a visual treat for viewers across the globe,” an official said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Giving details, they said fifteen of the cameras would be placed along Rajpath including two robotically-controlled cameras placed right inside the President’s enclosure. Seven cameras will be positioned at the India Gate while five will be at the Rashtrapati Bhavan, the official said in a statement.Two hydraulic cranes, measuring over 80-ft in height will also be used to mount cameras for dynamic aerial views, an official said. Exclusive dynamic microphones will also be deployed on parade ground to pick up foot movements, commands of officers and other atmospheric sounds. The coverage will incorporate the departure of President Pranab Mukherjee along with chief guest French President Francois Hollande from the Rashtrapati Bhavan.The live coverage from India Gate and Rajpath would highlight the arrival of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Vice President M Hamid Ansari and the President along with the French President.Some of the cameras will be also be installed at the top of the India Gate to provide a panoramic view of entire Rajpath while more such shots will be provided by four jimmy jib cameras, officials said. A team of over one hundred Doordarshan personnel has been working close to three months with diverse agencies to make the event a visual treat for viewers.
That neon blue colour you see on the photograph is what is called ‘blue waves’ or bioluminescence. Since Thursday, this spectacular vision on the Juhu beach has stunned many.When Abir Jain (20) and Nilesh Mane (22), both third-year BSc zoology students from Bhavan’s College, received a call from a friend on Sunday, they thought she was trying to play a prank on them.Understandable. For, this is the first time, bioluminescence is being reported from Mumbai. It has been reported in Lakshadweep before.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”But when she, Sayli Bhalekar, who stays in Juhu Koliwada, sent a small video to us, we realised that she means business and reached the beach around 8 pm. We were left mesmerised,” the duo said.”Wherever we placed out feet, the surrounding area started glowing. It was like watching an animation film,” they said.”We asked a few people on the beach to confirm whether it was real. We had never witnessed something as spectacular as this before,” said Mane, a resident of Andheri, who volunteer for several wildlife projects. Some local residents said they have been seeing this since Thursday, he said.The next step was to capture the visual beauty on camera.”This was the most difficult thing as it was not possible to spot the glow from the road due to the lights. Hence, we had to move towards the Danda side, which was dark and we could see the bioluminescence clearly. I waded chest-deep in water and after making several changes to the settings on my DSLR camera, we were able to click the images,” said Mane. He also believes that the El Niño effect could be one reason.Both Abir, a resident of Goregaon and Nilesh, couldn’t think of leaving the spot and they were at the spot till 2.30 am.From what they have studied in textbooks and from what they searched on the Internet, they confirmed that it was due to phytoplanktons.Phytoplanktons are tiny organisms about 0.5mm in size. When washed ashore, as tides vibrate, a protein called luciferase is activated, triggering a series of chemical reactions that produce the neon blue glow.”They have a tail-like structure called flagella that produces light when disturbed, stressed or in high-pollution levels and will give a light flash lasting a fraction of a second. We identified the likely species to be noctiluca scintillans,” said Jain.The two have collected water samples from the spot and are planning to publish a scientific paper about Blue Waves.They said they have only seen this in pictures taken in Australia and other places.Dr Parvish Pandya, associate professor, zoology department and vice principal of Bhavan’s College, said that such an activity has never been recorded or reported so far in Mumbai, though it has been reported in Lakshadweep.”As soon as these students informed me on Monday about this activity, we went to the beach stretch that evening but did not see any luminescence. We have asked the locals to alert us when they spot it again. I appreciate the work done by these students as they are doing this research even as they are appearing for their ongoing internal examinations,” he said.
Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah landed in a row after video footage showing him appearing to slap a person went viral. Rejecting media reports, Siddaramaiah said he had not slapped any official and some electronic media were carrying out “false” propaganda against him.Video footage showing Siddaramaiah lose his cool and raise his hand against a person went viral as TV channels aired it, identifying the purported victim as Ballari Corporation Commissioner P G Ramesh, who however, maintained it was not him.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Chief Minister appeared to have slapped the person who came in his way in the midst of an enthusiastic crowd here but he and Ramesh said the reports were false. The video shows Siddaramaiah surrounded by his security personnel and supporters accepting greetings from the people and he is seen suddenly losing his cool and raising his hand against a person saying “make way” angrily, as the crowd jostled to shake hands with him.Only the back of the person, who was allegedly slapped, is seen in the footage. Siddharamaiah took to the social media to clarify his position. In a post on the Chief Minister of Karnataka’s official Facebook account, Siddaramaiah said “the news that is being telecast by some media channels that the Chief Minister has slapped an officer at the inauguration of Valmiki Bhavan in Ballari has surprised and saddened me. “Through this, I would like to inform the people of the state that I have not slapped any officer,” the post written in Kannada added. Clarifying on his part, the official said the Chief Minister was angry at the security staff and not at him. “…it is not me, its security; it’s security and not me. I stumbled amidst melee, so the CM told his security not to push, that’s all,” he said.The video footage in question: