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DNA Morning Must Reads: Modi laughs off Rahul’s charges; Najeeb calls it quits, speculation over new ‘Jung’; and more

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>1. Now he has spoken, there will be no quake, PM Modi mocks Rahul, criticises Manmohan, ChidambaramHe also attacked the Opposition for stalling Parliament over the currency ban, by alleging that they were trying to “rescue the corrupt”. Read more.2. Najeeb calls it quits, speculation over new ‘Jung’ beginsJung’s sudden resignation caught everyone unawares. Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi claimed that the LG had given no indication of his plan to resign two days ago when he had a meeting with him. Read more.3. No need to go on defensive, Amit Shah tells party leadersAmit Shah is understood to have cautioned his party against going on the defensive or allowing political opponents to set the agenda. Read more.4. World No.1, aiming for that: PV SindhuRio Olympic silver medallist PV Sindhu has set her eyes upon going for the numero uno ranking. Read more.5. Saifeena’s baby has fans going crazyWhile the speculation continues, the family has neither accepted or denied the authenticity of the images — the latest being of the parents and the baby. Read more.

dna Must Reads: Rio Olympians conferred Khel Ratna; Telangana deputy CM slammed over ‘proper coaching’ comment; and more

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>1. Kashmir unrest: Dialogue must, need to find permanent solution: Modi tells J-K opposition leadersDuring a 75-minute-long meeting, Modi said, “Those who lost their lives during the unrest are ‘part of us, our nation’. Whether the lives lost are of our youth, security personnel or police, it distresses us.” Read more here 2. Askme.com employees, sellers hold protest outside Gurugram office over non-payment of duesE-commerce portal Askme.com suspended its operations last week, citing a severe cash crunch in the company, after its major shareholder pulled out. Read more about the protest here3. Forgetting Gopichand? Telangana deputy CM slammed for ‘promising’ to give PV Sindhu ‘proper coaching’Shuttler PV Sindhu might have clinched the silver medal at Rio Olympics but mentor and chief coach Pullela Gopichand believes his ward is still far away from achieving her full potential and said she has the talent to be head and shoulders above the rest in the world. Read what Telangana deputy CM said here4. Rio Olympians Sindhu, Sakshi, Dipa and Jitu to be conferred Khel RatnaMore laurels for Olympians who have just returned from Rio. Know what is in store for them in India here5. Shocking: MNS won’t allow Sushant Singh Rajput’s MS Dhoni biopic to be dubbed in MarathiSushant Singh Rajput’s MS Dhoni: The Untold Story trailer has received thunderous response from the audiences and critics alike. And the entire team had a master plan ready up their sleeves, but the biopic won’t be dubbed in Marathi, know the reason here

Rio 2016: India’s PV Sindhu in Olympic upset

A 21-year-old badminton player becomes India’s latest hope for an Olympic medal at the Rio 2016 games, after a shock win against a Chinese favourite.

Anganwadi workers threaten to protest against meagre entitlements

The row between women and child development minister Maneka Gandhi and anganwadi workers around the country does not seem to cool off soon. Following a statement released by the ministry last week on the entitlements given to the workers, including an insurance scheme, clothes, scholarships, etc., anganwadi workers have issued a counter statement saying that they will hit the streets to protest against the meagre entitlements. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The government release is a continuation of the exchanges between the workers and the government, which has refused to identify them as workers. They are now identified as volunteers, and hence are paid a third of the minimum wage and are not entitled to any social security benefits. The workers are now going on a nationwide protest on July 11. “The government entitlements are practically nothing; they must respect the contribution of these workers. If nothing, the government must pay heed to the recommendation of the 45th Indian Labour Conference,” said Tapash Sen, general secretary of the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU). The 45th ILC has unanimously recommended that anganwadis be recognised as workers, and not simply volunteers. With a continuous slashing of the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) budget in the last two years, the government claims that the states have to shoulder responsibility, says All India Federation of Anganwadi Workers and Helpers (AIFAWH) general secretary A R Sindhu. “Most states have not been able to shoulder it, say for instance, Maharashtra. There has been a deficit of Rs 1,500 crore in the budget this year alone,” says Sindhu. The release, says Sindhu, enlists schemes that have been existing as far as 1985. “The pension scheme and the bima yojana were introduced in 1994, and the promotion to supervisors scheme has been running since 1985. It was increased from the existing 25% to 50% last year by the union ministry, but in states like Punjab and Himachal, over 90% to 100% reservation already exists,” said Sindhu. Currently, anganwadi workers in the country are entitled to Rs 3,000 per month, while anganwadi helpers are given Rs 1,500 per month. State anganwadi centres are allowed to provide allowances over the base pay. West Bengal pays over Rs 1,500, and Karnataka Rs 1,000 over and above what is mandated. There are 24.58 lakh anganwadi employees currently, including 12.93 lakh anganwadi workers and 11.65 lakh anganwadi helpers, working in 13.42 lakh operational anganwadis in the country. Most anganwadi workers are engaged over six hours daily.

Kerala: Police file case against film director Major Ravi for sexist remark

On Tuesday, the Kerala police filed a defamatory case on Malayalam director Major Ravi for his sexist remarks against a media person. A report in Malayala Manorama states that the remarks were allegedly made against TV journalist Sindhu Suryakumar and she approached the Kerala Inspector General of Police to file a complaint.The report adds that the Cantonment police in Thiruvananthapuram conducted an initial investigation into the remarks that the director made and then registered a case against him. The director has been charged with a non-bailable offence.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Director Major Ravi had allegedly called the journalist a sex worker. But terming the allegations as false, he told the daily, “I haven’t insulted any channel or any media person by taking names. Some websites had reported that I had passed derogatory remarks against a media person by taking her name. This is totally rubbish.” Ravi added that he had not watched the media debate on TV fully.The remarks were allegedly made during a discussion of the ‘navathi’ celebrations of Malayalam poet Akkitham.Major Ravi was quoted at that time as saying, “If the woman termed Goddess Durga as a sex worker, she too belongs to the same category”.

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