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DNA Evening Must Reads: Najeeb Jung resigns; Ravichandran declared ICC Cricketer of the Year; and more

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>1. Delhi Lt Governor Najeeb Jung submits his resignation, Kejriwal ‘surprised’Najeeb Jung, the 20th Lieutenant Governor of the National Capital Territory of Delhi, stepped down from his position on Thursday. He was appointed to the post of Lt. Governor in 2013, replacing Tajender Khanna, another IAS officer. Read more here.2. After PM Modi mocks Rahul’s ‘earthquake’, Congress VP says ‘answer me’A combative Gandhi hit back at PM Modi for mocking his speech wherein the Congress vice president had accused him of having taken money from corporate groups, saying he could make fun of him but needed to answer the charges of personal corruption levelled against him. Read more here.3. Berlin Christmas market attack: Tunisian suspect’s fingerprints found on truck door, 4 arrested – mediaInvestigators found fingerprints of a Tunisian suspect in the Berlin Christmas market attack on the door of the truck that ploughed through the crowds, killing 12, German media said on Thursday, as a nationwide manhunt for the migrant was underway. Read more here.4. Damage to India’s economic growth will be bigger than RBI’s estimates: ReportDamage to India’s economic growth is likely to be bigger than the RBI’s estimates, as there could be a sharper slowdown in the near-term as cash shortage is likely to extend into the first quarter of next year, says a Nomura report. Read more here.5. Great news for Indian cricket as Ravichandran Ashwin is declared ICC Cricketer of the Year for 2016It turned out to be double delight for Ravichandran Ashwin at the ICC Annual Awards on Thursday as he became only the third Indian player ever to win the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy after being named the ICC Cricketer of the Year besides the ICC Test Cricketer of the Year. Read more here.

Jayalalithaa is dead: Rajinikanth, Amitabh Bachchan offer condolences on Twitter

As news of the death of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa spread on Tuesday morning, condolences poured in not only from politicians, but also from singers, actors and sportspersons as they took to Twitter to show their support.

File image of Jayalalithaa. AFP

File image of Jayalalithaa. AFP

“Deeply grieved at the passing of Jayalalita ji… a strong woman… Jayalalitha ji (is) the only chief minister of a state that celebrated 100 years of Indian Cinema .. from all regions .. most admirable!” Amitabh Bachchan said on Twiiter.

Actor Rajnikanth also offered his condolence on Twitter. The South Indian actor, who also has a cult-following in South India said:

Actor Shah Rukh Khan also tweeted:

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Bollwood singer Kailash Kher tweeted, “CM Jayalalithaa still lives in millions of heart. A politician with the soul of an artiste. May your soul rest in peace.”

South Indian actor Dhanush called her demise as “the end of the most inspirational era of Tamil Nadu politics”. “#RIPAmma you leave behind a vast vaccum. #IronLady #Shattered,” he tweeted.

Actress Gautami also tweeted about the late chief minister of Tamil Nadu:

“Very upset to hear about Jayalalitha’s passing away. She was strong, had tremendous will power and carved a special niche for herself in politics.” Actress and politician Hema Malini tweeted on Tuesday night.

“Prayers for maintenance of peace in Tamil Nadu. Strength to near and dear ones. #RIPAmma,” Cricketer Virender Sehwag tweeted.

Cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle also offered his condolences to Jayalalithaa. He tweeted:

First Published On : Dec 6, 2016 03:31 IST

#Sandesh2Soldiers: PM Modi urges citizens to send Diwali wishes for Indian soldiers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In the run up to Diwali, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has launched a campaign to send messages to our soldiers who are at the frontlines. It is being viewed as a gesture to boost their morale, especially in the face of increased skirmishes across the border between India and Pakistan.The messages can be submitted to the website mygov.in, by anyone who wants to send a message to the Indian Army, Border Security Force (BSF) and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF). Taking to Twitter, the PM said:Actors Salman Khan, Aamir Khan and Akshay Kumar are amongst many who have already extended their wishes to the armed forces. Cricketer Virender Sehwag also posted a video in his trademark style and ended with an earnest “Aap hai toh hum hai. Jai Hind” (I am because you are. Jai Hind).Here are some of the tweets for #Sandesh2Soldiers:The Prime Minister had earlier spent the Diwali of 2015 with soldiers posted at the harsh terrain of Siachen. Doordarshan will also be hosting programmes around the messages sent to the soldiers by civilians, as a part of an initiative to applaud the armed forces.

Bihar Deputy CM Tejaswi gets 44,000 marriage proposals on Whatsapp

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Bihar deputy CM Tejaswi Yadav shared a Whatsapp number with the public where they could complain about bad roads. Instead he was inundated with 44,000 marriage proposals on the number, says The Times of India report.As per a government official, out of 47,000 messages, only 3,000 were about issues related to roads. The girls also provided description of their looks based on factors like skin colour, height and figure statistics.The cricketer turned politician laughed at the incident saying he would have gotten into deep trouble if were married. “Thank God I am still single,” he said.He also said that he prefers an arranged marriage.

Chetan Chauhan, ex-cricketer, is new NIFT head: Twitter can’t stop laughing

Do you know Chetan Chauhan? He is a former Indian cricketer, who played 40 Test matches for India. Chauhan was once a long-time opening partner of Sunil Gavaskar.

What is the perfect job for a former sportsperson with experience in cricket?

Well, according to the Union government, the answer to that question is chairman of the National Institute of Fashion Technology.

That’s right.

Meet the new chairman of the NIFT. News18

Meet the new chairman of the NIFT. News18

Chauhan, who thanked PM Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah for his appointment, adds to the list of other BJP leaders who have been appointed as heads of various crucial institutional bodies, including Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Children’s Film Society of India (CFSI) and Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC). From the looks of it, the only credential Chauhan needed to head NIFT was to be a BJP MP.

In fact, even Chauhan acknowledged that he was appointed partly because he was a BJP leader. “This is a Government of India appointment. The names (for the post of chairman) are sent by the Ministry of Textiles…preference is given to people in the party (BJP),” The Indian Express quoted him as saying after his appointment.

He also said that he had been chosen as NIFT chairman because he was “an international sportsman” and has “experience in banking”. However, the NIFT Act 2006 clearly states that the chairperson of the Board of Governors (BoG) is expected to be “an eminent academician, scientist or technologist or professional, to be nominated by the Visitor” of the institute, which is the President.

According to reports, Chauhan is already the vice-president of the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) and is a senior BCCI official. In addition to this, Chauhan also runs a cricket academy and has a printing press. Already However, Chauhan said him juggling “all these profiles” is not a problem. “I will have time for all my roles.”

When asked how does he plan to balance the multiple roles, Chauhan said, “I will spend 60 percent of the time in DDCA, 30 percent at NIFT and 30 percent in my business,” he said.

Chauhan will be the head of the Board of Governors at NIFT, the supreme body which takes administrative and financial decisions of the institute. As if matters were not ridiculous enough, Chauhan also said that he will spend only “30 percent” of his time at NIFT and had this to say about his fashion sense:

“My fashion sense is not being flamboyant but well dressed. I am not dashing fashion-oriented because I have to go with what suits my age. But I like to dress up smartly and well.”

Appointing a former cricketer, whose view on fashion sense is something as vague as ‘dressing smartly’, the chairman of an institute devoted to fashion technology is something that confounds not just us but also a lot of people on Twitter.

Here is how many people reacted on Twitter:

Chetan Chauhan’s appointment comes after similar appointments have landed the Narendra Modi-led government at the Centre in controversy. Starting from Gajendra Chauhan, who was appointed as the chairman for FTII which led to massive protests by students, to appointing actor Mukesh Khanna as the chairperson of CFSI.  Critics believe that the BJP government is rewarding those who campaigned for the party prior to the elections.  Khanna too had campaigned for the BJP, and was caught on camera calling Modi, “the Shaktimaan in Gujarat.”

Current CBFC chairman Pahlaj Nihalani’s appointment was criticised heavily as well. During his appointment, Pahlaj Nihalani had said that he considers PM Modi an ‘action hero‘ and took some very controversial decisions as the censor board chief, Udta Punjab controversy being the latest one.

(With inputs from IANS)

Kerala Assembly polls 2016: Sreesanth files nominations from Thiruvananthapuram constituency

Cricketer S Sreesanth was among the 283 candidates who filed their nominations on Thursday for the May 16 Assembly polls in Kerala, taking the total number of nominees in the state to 916. The former Indian pacer is contesting as BJP candidate from Thiruvananthapuram constituency.Malappuram saw the highest number of candidates submitting nominations today at 128, while Pathanmthitta saw the lowest at 23, Election Commission sources said. Tomorrow is the last day for filing nominations.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Scrutiny will take place on April 30 and the last date for withdrawing the nominations is May 2.

Cricketer Sreesanth says he’ll be aggressive in politics as well

Cricketer S Sreesanth who is the surprise BJP candidate in Thiruvananthapuram on Sunday reportedly stated, “Aggression is one thing that I hope to bring to politics from the cricket pitch.”The cricketer also said he was not saying goodbye to cricket. As a candidate, he has said that he would woo youth to politics and focus on education. He reportedly said, “Many don’t even know who is ruling. I’m going to be aggressive in the elections.”<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>When he returned from Delhi on Sunday he was greeted by BJP workers at the airport. Reports also state that he then spent 20 minutes offering prayers at the Pazhavangadi Bhagavathy Temple, and after that went to the Sree Padmanabha Swamy Temple. He also attended the launch of BJP’s campaign logo with the top state leaders of the party.There was talk that he would be fielded in either Ernakulam or Tripunithura but his sudden candidature in Thiruvananthapuram was a surprise. Reportedly, the state unit of the party had objected to this choice as well. The cricketer also said, ”It’s a great constituency. There’s nothing like contesting here.” He also added that he was learning about the problems related to the constituency.He also added that he had not given up cricket. ”Even today I’ll talk about getting back to cricket,” he was quoted as saying.

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