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J&K: Indian Army takes initiative to clean up Dal Lake on World Environment Day

On the occasion of World Environment Day, Indian Army in collaboration with LCMA and an NGO took an initiative to clean Dal Lake in Srinagar. Hundreds of Army Jawans, volunteers of the NGO, and J&K LCMA took part in the cleanliness drive. The motive of this event was to keep the Lake clean in order to attract tourists to the valley. The J&K LCMA, NGO, and the Indian Army will continue these types of cleanliness drives in future to increase tourism in J&K.

Mega Jan Sampark Abhiyan: Amit Shah and JP Nadda to address rallies in Andhra Pradesh

New Delhi: Union Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP president JP Nadda will visit Andhra Pradesh as part of the Mega Jan Sampark Abhiyan. The purpose of the leaders' visit is to present the progress card of the PM Modi government's nine-year tenure to the public, said sources in the BJP. According to the party sources, Home Minister Shah will address a public rally in Visakhapatnam on June 8, while Nadda will address a gathering in Tirupati on June 10. In commemoration of the nine years of the Modi government at the Centre, party leaders and ministers have been holding public meetings across the country from May 30 to June 30 to provide information about the achievements of the Modi government and its various welfare schemes and development initiatives. As part of the nine-year celebration, the BJP has planned to hold around 50 rallies all across the country between May 30 and June 30, of which Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lead the charge and address half-a-dozen rallies. According to sources, the campaign will also give a thrust to the BJP's preparations for the Lok Sabha elections which is nearly a year away.

“Reach out to us…” Railways Minister Vaishnaw’s appeal to kin of Odisha train accident victims

Union Railways Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw on June 05 appealed families of tragic Odisha train accident victims to reach out to them. The Minister also updated about the restoration work.

Former Railways Minister Dinesh Trivedi slams Mamata Banerjee over "Dal mein kuch kaala" comments

Nainital (Uttarakhand) : Dinesh Trivedi, a former Railway Minister and top West Bengal BJP leader, slammed Mamata Banerjee for her "Dal mein kuch kaala hai" comment on the Odisha train accident and said that "Mamata Banerjee is a very senior leader and Chief Minister of West Bengal, and such a statement was not expected from her." West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had earlier on Sunday slammed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led Central government over the Odisha train accident, stating that "Dal mein kuch kaala hai', we want the truth to come out". A train accident in Odisha's Balasore on Friday claimed the lives of 275 people and injured over 1,000. The accident is being described as one of the worst in the country. He advised Mamata Banerjee not to politicize the Odisha train accident and asked her to refrain from "doing politics on the funeral pyre of the people killed in the accident." "When it comes to the security of the country, such matters should not be politicized. There will be many issues and time to do politics. Therefore, doing politics on the funeral pyre of the people killed in the accident does not suit her," said Trivedi. "Railway officials have accepted that the Balasore accident is prima facie pointing towards a criminal incident, and they have investigated why and how the incident happened," Trivedi added. Describing the Odisha-Balasore train accident as the product of a large conspiracy and stating that only the railway and CBI investigations will reveal the plot. Trivedi said that "the target of the conspirators was to kill passengers on a large scale, but due to the joint efforts of the Odisha government, railways, and disaster management, a large number of people could be saved." Showing his concern about the Balasore accident, former Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi said that a huge conspiracy is being hatched against the country. The aim of the conspirators is only to harm the people of the country.


“PM Modi got emotional…” says BJP MP Hans Raj Hans on brutal murder of minor girl

BJP MP Hans Raj Hans met the family of the minor girl who was stabbed to death on May 28. He handed over a cheque of Rs. 1 lakh to the family of the deceased girl. Hans Raj Hans said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi also got emotional after hearing this news. The accused, Sahil has been sent to two-day police custody.

Mahakumbh 2025: Digital Kumbh Museum to become centre of attraction

Lucknow (Uttar Pradesh ) : The Uttar Pradesh government is making extensive preparations for 'Mahakumbh 2025.' The Tourism Department is engaged in the development of tourism sites, and the beautification of temples, along with providing public facilities, for the 'Mahakumbh 2025', said the state authorities. In this sequence, the construction of the 'Digital Kumbh Museum' is also proposed by the Tourism Department. This digital Kumbh Museum, to be built at a cost of Rs 60 crores, will also serve as an attraction for the devotees coming here. In addition to showcasing the culture of the country and the state, it will offer insights into the mythological and historical significance of the Kumbh Mela. The tourism department has recently presented this proposal to the chief secretary. The state officials say that Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's intention is to make the Mahakumbh 2025, to be held in Prayagraj, the most divine and grand event ever. As per his vision, all kinds of civic facilities should be accessible to devotees from all over the country and the world coming to Prayagraj, they added. In a recent meeting, CM Yogi said that the Kumbh Mela in 2025 will be cherished for a very long time by the devotees and that when they leave, they will extol its virtues. The development work in this area is progressing in line with the goals of the Chief Minister. According to the proposal, the Digital Kumbh Museum will provide people with a modern Kumbh experience as it will be equipped with facilities such as Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning (HVAC), and audio-video rooms. It will also feature various galleries with spiritual themes, including the Spiritual and Kumbh Mela Interpretation Gallery, Samudra Manthan Gallery, and Akhada Gallery. The museum will provide facilities like a food plaza and souvenir shop, allowing visitors to purchase literature and products related to the Kumbh Mela. Additionally, there will be facilities such as a Cultural Haat (Akshayavat), a museum, a gallery and theatre (Amrit Kalash), and a guest house. According to the proposed outline of the Digital Kumbh Museum, the three rivers (Ganga, Yamuna, and Saraswati) will be displayed using three different colors, based on animated fractal geometry and static graphics will also be used. Following that, the interactive map of Prayagraj will be presented on a large screen in the Interpretation Gallery, which can be explored through touch interactions. Here, along with the history of Prayagraj, information about the modern city will also be provided. In the Samudra Manthan Gallery, the epic tale of 'Samudra Manthan' will be presented through floor projection. The Akhada Gallery will showcase the Akhada culture prevalent in the country. It will have an interactive wall related to Shankaracharya, describing his journey. In the Temporal City, there will be video walls, while in the 'Triveni Sangam' there will be a combination of floor, wall, and ceiling. Regarding the preparations for MahaKumbh 2025, the Tourism Department has proposed various other development works, including the development and beautification of Bharadwaj Ashram, Dwadash Madhav Mandir, Nagvasuki Mandir, Dashashwamedh Mandir, Manakameshwar Mandir, Alopashankari Mandir, Padilla Mahadev Mandir, temples along the Panchkoshi Parikrama Path, Koteshwar Mahadev, and Kalyani Mandir. Additionally, there are plans for the beautification and construction of Takshak Tirth, temples in the Karachna area, Akshayavat/Saraswati Koop/Patalpuri Mandir, Hanuman Mandir, a floating jetty, and a restaurant. Other works including facade lights at Rahi Ilawart Hotel, the renovation and beautification of 18 new rooms, including the maintenance and beautification of three entrance gates along the main routes for Triveni Darshan are also part of the proposal. The estimated cost for all these proposals, including the Digital Kumbh Museum, exceeds Rs 170 crore. In addition, there is an estimated cost of Rs 120 crore for various civil works, and Rs 18 crore for facade lighting-related works.


Shahbad Dairy Murder case: Delhi Police identifies accused as ‘mechanic’, family seeks justice

A heinous murder case that was reported from Delhi’s Shahbad Dairy area, has sent a shockwave across the country. A 16-year-old girl was brutally stabbed to death by a 20-year-old man, identified as Sahil, in broad daylight. Not only did he stab the minor multiple times, but he also kicked her several times and then picked up cement block and bludgeoned her. While the gruesome act was being done, locals and residents stood like spectators and passed through the lane several times. The accused has been nabbed from Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr and is being transported to Delhi for further probe. As per Delhi Police, victim was in relationship with accused, and couple were also involved in quarrel a day before.

"BJP will form govt in MP with majority in upcoming assembly elections," says Jyotiraditya Scindia

Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh) : Union Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia on Monday said that Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is confident of forming a government in Madhya Pradesh with an absolute majority in the upcoming state assembly elections. While addressing the reporters, Scindia said, "Every party worker is working on the ground in Madhya Pradesh with full dedication. We are confident that the BJP will form its govt in MP with an absolute majority in the upcoming elections." He further said that the problem with Congress is that they are holding meetings in Delhi for elections in Madhya Pradesh. " This is the problem with them. They are holding meetings in Delhi for Madhya Pradesh. The public is there is saying to congress that Delhi is very far away," he said. Earlier today former MP Rahul Gandhi exuded confidence for the assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh and said that the party will win 150 seats there. He made the remarks after a meeting of party national president Mallikarjun Kharge with other party leaders. Speaking to the reporters, Rahul Gandhi said, "We had a very detailed meeting right now. Our internal assessment says that since we got 136 seats in Karnataka, we are now going to get 150 seats in Madhya Pradesh. What we did in Karnataka, we will repeat in MP." However, the former MP from Wayanad refused to comment on the Chief Ministerial face of the party in the state. In the 2018 assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh, Congress emerged as the single largest party with 114 seats and BJP got 109 seats. However, in 2020, the Congress government lost the majority followed by the resignations of some MLAs. After this, BJP formed the government in the state and Shivraj Singh Chouhan was reinstated as the Chief Minister.

“Sahil pretended like Hindu…” Victim’s friend discloses shocking revelation in Shahbad Dairy case

In a new shocker in Delhi’s Shahbad Dairy murder case that traumatized the whole country with spooking CCTV footage, Victim’s friend made a shocking revelation claiming that accused Sahil used to pretend like ‘Hindu’. Victim’s friend also said that “he used to wear ‘Rudraksha’ to show off that he is Hindu” Sahil’s landlord also confirmed that he was living here for 2 years and his father’s name is Sarfaraz. In a spine-chilling case, a 16-year-old girl was brutally stabbed to death by a 20-year-old man, identified as Sahil, in broad daylight. The violence was not limited to just multiple stabbing and kicking, but also the accused bludgeoned her with cement block several times. While the gruesome act was being done, locals and residents stood like spectators and passed through the lane several times. The accused was nabbed from Uttar Pradesh’s Bulandshahr and was taken to hospital for medical check-up. More details in the case are awaited.

Police will take action if people from outside come and do riots: VK Singh on wrestlers' protest

Ranchi : Following the scuffle between protesting wrestlers and Delhi police that occurred in Delhi on Sunday, Union Minister General VK Singh (retd) VK Singh said that people from outside participated in the protest and riots which led to police taking action against them. "If people from outside will come there and do riot, then the police will take action," VK Singh told media persons. The Delhi Police have registered an FIR against the organisers of the wrestlers' protest and their supporters for violating law and order. Several ace grapplers including Bajrang Punia, Vinesh Phogat and Sakshi Malik have been protesting at the Jantar Mantar accusing the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh of sexual harassment and demanding his arrest. Many prominent opposition parties have lent their support to the wrestlers' protest. The FIR was registered at Parliament Street Police Station. "If people are sitting there for political purposes then the administration will take action," he added. India's Olympic medallist wrestlers Sakshi Malik, Bajrang Punia alongwith Vinesh Phogat and Sangeeta Phogat were detained by Delhi Police on Sunday while attempting to march to the new Parliament building where they planned to stage a demonstration. FIR has been filed under Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections 147, 149, 186, 188, 332, 353, Section 3 of the PDPP Act, said Delhi Police. "We provided all possible facilities to the wrestlers protesting at Jantar Mantar for the past 38 days. But yesterday they violated the law despite all requests made to them. They were detained and released by the evening," said Suman Nalwa, Deputy Commissioner of Police in Delhi.


PM Modi leads his way to new Parliament; marks beginning of New India

Marking a new beginning for the Indian Democracy and its politics, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the new parliament building on May 28 in Delhi. The new complex witnessed one of the most gala inaugural ceremonies as the PM also installed the Sengol, the historic scepter from Tamil Nadu. The Sengol has been placed near the seat of the Lok Sabha Speaker, and is a symbol of the transfer of power. Many ‘Adheenams’ were also invited, who performed the holy ceremony while the PM was handed over the Sengol.

'Sengol' is something to do with our culture and culture cannot be ignored: Padma Subrahmanyam

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the new Parliament Building on Sunday. On the special occasion, classical dancer and author Padma Subrahmanyam discussed the role of 'Sengol' established in the new Parliament House. Talking to ANI, Padma shared her happiness about the new parliament building inauguration. He said," All that I have to say I feel so happy. The small letter that I wrote has such a great effect. I am only praying when the new parliament building is inaugurated, it is the beginning of the golden age of Indian history. She further added, "Let the 'Sengol' stand there erect reminding people of the importance of being straightforward, caring for people, and not bending in any way away from justice." Regarding her book on Sengol and how crucial it is to Tamil culture, she said, the idea of "Dharma Dhand" has existed throughout India since the Ramayana and Mahabharata eras, and there has been a continuation of that tradition in South India. "Dharma Dhanda" is known as "Sengol" in Tamil. She added, "Sengol means that stick which reminds you of refinement in thought words and action." Padma shared her thoughts on the letter she wrote to the prime minister regarding Sengol, she said, " So, this is a very happy moment and I feel particularly gratified and thankful to god... I send a letter to the honourable prime minister. Translating the very important article that came from 'Thuglak Tamil magazine' and the article was written by no less than a person 'Shri GuruMurti'. and this is the letter that I sent to Prime Minister ji in 2021. And it has rectified so well much more than what I expected." Further, she explained how governance has to be, "Governance has to be based on ethical ideals for the welfare of humanity and 'Sengol' was not representing monarchy but it was given to the king by the Rajguru. For him, to remember that justice is something that cannot be compromised. So, this is the philosophy of 'Sengol'. When asked about the politics that took place regarding the establishment of 'Sengol', she replied, "I am not a politician, to be honest, and I dont understand petty-mindedness because 'Sengol' is something to do with our culture and culture cannot be ignored whether you are a politician. If my country is known all over the world, it is because of the culture, and the preservation of the culture that we have cultural values." Padma urged those who interpret 'Sengol' as a religious symbol to view it as a stunning work of art. "Still, you adore it. What an amazing carving you have. History is significant, and every person should be proud of their heritage. Other nations are extremely proud of their short histories. And I can't think of any reason why we shouldn't be proud of our own past." She added, "Even if you want to interpret 'Sengol' as a religious symbol, take it as a beautiful piece of art. You still love it. What a wonderful carving you have. And our country has a culture that gives culture to symbolism. Symbolism is very important for everything. There is meaning and emblem for every ethical value. "So, I hope people understand these ethical values of 'Sengol' and stop this unnecessary waste of time instead of taking pride and owning the whole success story of building a beautiful, wonderful castle that is a temple of democracy. I don't think there should be room for any petty-mindedness," She said. Earlier today, Prime Minister Modi installed the sacred 'Sengol' in the new Lok Sabha chamber, right next to the Speaker's chair, after performing puja. PM Modi also prostrated as a mark of respect before the 'Sengol' during the ceremony. Before it was installed in the new Parliament building, PM Modi was handed over the historic 'Sengol' by Adheenams. The 'Sengol' marked the transfer of power from the British to the Indians in 1947. The new Parliament building will enable 888 members to sit in the Lok Sabha. In the present structure of the Parliament, there is a provision for the sitting of 543 Members in the Lok Sabha and 250 in the Rajya Sabha. Keeping in view the future requirements, arrangements have been made for a meeting of 888 members in the Lok Sabha and 384 members in the Rajya Sabha in the newly constructed building of the Parliament. The joint session of both Houses will be held in the Lok Sabha Chamber.

“Everyone should embrace this symbol…” Shashi Tharoor differs over party’s stand on ‘Sengol’

Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated new Parliament building to the nation on May 28. He installed the historic ‘Sengol’ near Lok Sabha Speaker’s chair in the Parliament. However, 20 opposition parties including Congress decided to skip the inaugural ceremony event. They demanded that the unveiling of the new Parliament building should have been done by President Droupadi Murmu. Meanwhile, going against its party line Congress leader Acharya Pramod has called out the Opposition for boycotting the inauguration. Acharya Pramod advised the Opposition to oppose PM Modi but not the entire nation while urging them to reconsider their decision. Similarly, the installation of the historic ‘Sengol’ (sceptre) has become the latest flashpoint between Congress and BJP. The BJP claimed that the “Sengol” was handed over to Jawaharlal Nehru by Mountbatten to mark the transfer of power from British to Indians. Congress denied this argument and claimed that the sceptre was presented to Nehru by a religious institution in then Madras. Keeping aside the arguments, Congress Leader Tharoor said that everyone should “embrace the symbol from the past to affirm the values of the present”Although some Congress leaders, come out hard against the Centre accusing it of spreading "false narratives". Tharoor's stand is quite different from what other party leaders have taken on the issue of 'Sengol'

Assam's Vande Bharat Express will boost tourism, enrich socio-economic development: PM Modi ahead of inaugural run

New Delhi : Northeast will get its first Vande Bharat Express on Monday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will flag off the first Vande Bharat Express for Assam today through video conferencing as a part of the move by Indian Railways to avail joy of travelling for the people of the northeast, a government official said on Sunday. Ahead of the inaugural run, PM Modi said that the train will "boost tourism" and enrich "socio-economic" development in the Northeast. "I am delighted to flag off Assam's first Vande Bharat Express tomorrow, 29th May, at 12 noon. This state-of-the-art train embodies our commitment to providing speed, comfort and enhanced connectivity. It will also boost tourism and enrich socio-economic development," PM Modi tweeted. It is the first of its kind premium semi-high speed aesthetically designed, well-equipped fully Air Conditioner service between Guwahati in Assam and New Jalpaiguri in West Bengal. "The frequency of the train will be five days a week. There will be no service of this train on Tuesday," the official said. This new service will cover the distance of 411 km between Guwahati and New Jalpaiguri in 5 hours 30 minutes reducing the present shortest journey time by the speediest train significantly. The Vande Bharat Express train service will operate six days a week discovering the new age rail travel with airlines like travel feelings for people of the northeast who will able to feel the comfort and speed during the journey. This will be the fastest train in this sector and will benefit IT professionals, businessmen, students and tourists. Vande Bharat Express is the fulfilment of an ambitious plan laid by Indian Railways to pitchfork the standards and speed of rail travel in the country. The Prime Minister will also dedicate New Bongaigaon--Dudhnoi--Mendipather and Guwahati--Chaparmukh newly electrified sections to the nation. He will further inaugurate the new DEMU/MEMU (workshop for trains) shed at Lumding here. The 'Make In India' call of Prime Minister Modi has driven this initiative with the Integral Coach Factory (ICF) coming up with this modern Semi-High Speed fully indigenous train showcasing superior aerodynamic design, highest operational speed, most aesthetic interiors, state-of-the-art safety features imbibing the latest rail technology. The approximate cost of each train set is around Rs 110 crore. Vande Bharat Express runs as a self-propelled Semi-High Speed train set. The train set holds an aerodynamic design on both ends, which significantly reduces air drag and gives the train a futuristic look. The train set is equipped with the Centralized Coach Monitoring and Control System. It has eight coach Chair Car configurations, stainless steel car body with a seating capacity of 530 passengers with maximum utilization of onboard space. The Executive chair cars of Vande Bharat Express have a seating capacity of 52 each, normal Chair cars have a seating capacity of 78 each and the driving trailer coaches have a seating capacity of 44 each. Equipped with driver-guard communication with a voice recording facility, the bogies of Vande Bharat Express are equipped with fully suspended traction motors for 160 kmph operational speed. The train is equipped with 'KAVACH, the indigenously developed Train Collision Avoidance System with optimum reliability. Advanced state-of-the-art suspension system ensures smoothness on move in the train. Green footprint plans have been prioritized by dispensing with power cars and saving about 30 per cent of electricity with an advanced regenerative braking system. The braking system is electro-pneumatic with disc brakes mounted directly on wheel disks, significantly reducing braking distance. Signal exchange lights on the coaches enable the hassle-free exchange of signals with wayside stations when the train is on the move. Superior floodproofing for under-slung electrical equipment is done to enable withstand floods up to a height of 650 mm. This energy-efficient train has a faster turnaround time in comparison to others.


'Walking stick' will get its rightful place, says PM Modi ahead of establishing 'Sengol' in new Parliament building

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday on the eve of the inauguration of the new Parliament building, said that the symbol of transfer of power, Sengol, which was kept as a 'walking stick' in Prayagraj's Anand Bhavan will get its rightful place on Sunday. While addressing Adheenams (priests) who handed over the sacred sceptre to him here today, PM Modi said, "It would have been better if after independence this revered Sengol was given an appropriate place. But this Sengol was put on display at Anand Bhavan in Prayagraj as a walking stick." "Our government has now brought that Sengol out of Anand Bhavan and it is getting its appropriate place in the temple of democracy," he said. Earlier in the day, the Prime Minsiter met the Adheenams at his residence and sought their blessings. In his address to Adheenams, he said, "I am delighted that tomorrow at the time of the inauguration of the new Parliament building, all of you are going to personally come there and give blessings." Highlighting the role of Tamil Nadu in the freedom struggle, he said the southern State has been a bastion of Indian nationalism in every era. "Despite this, it is unfortunate that the Tamil people were not given the importance they should have been given during India's independence. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has started raising this issue prominently," PM Modi said, adding that now the people of the country are also coming to know what happened to Tamil Nadu. He said that when the time of independence came, there was a question about the symbol of the transfer of power. At that time under the guidance of Raja ji and Adheenams, we got a virtuous path from our ancient Tamil culture. "And the way was of the transfer of power through Sengol," he said. He went on to add that in Tamil tradition, Sengol was given to the ruler. It was a symbol that the person, bearing it, has the responsibility of ensuring the welfare of the country and will never deviate from the path of duty. "Today, photographs from that period (1947) remind us of the passionate and intimate connection between Tamil culture and India's destiny as a modern democracy. Today, the saga of those deep ties has once again come alive after coming out of the buried pages of history. Along with this, we also get to know what was done with this biggest symbol of transfer of power," he said further. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla will dedicate to the nation the new Parliament building on Sunday. Various rituals according to the Vedas will be performed ahead of the inauguration of the new Parliament building by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 28, sources said on Thursday. The inauguration ceremony will begin at around 12 noon. However, in the run-up to the event, preparations would be done since morning. As per sources, an elaborate ceremony will take place in the morning on Sunday, which includes pujas performed in a Vedic ritual way, starting at 7:30 am. These pujas will go on till 9 am, after which the inauguration function is expected to begin at around noon. Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of the new Parliament Building on December 10, 2020. It has been built in record time with quality construction.

"Opposition opposes all decisions taken by PM": BJP leader Ramesh Bidhuri

New Delhi : Amid the row over the inauguration of the new Parliament building by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP leader Ramesh Bidhuri on Saturday said the 'Opposition opposes all the decisions taken by the PM'. "There is no controversy, Opposition just opposes the PM in every decision. PM Modi has done all this for the country. The building is so old, but now the ministers will be able to work in a better environment," Bidhuri said. An intense political slugfest has been triggered post the BJP's decision of the PM to inaugurate the parliament-building">new parliament building. Several Opposition parties have decided to boycott the inaugural event over their belief that the inauguration should be done by the President of India instead. The building is scheduled to be inaugurated on May 28. Notably, Congress and other opposition parties decided to boycott the inauguration of the new Parliament Building and stated that it "insults the high office of the President, and violates the letter and spirit of the Constitution". Earlier TMC, AAP, and CPI(M) decided to boycott the inauguration of the new Parliament Building on May 28. A total of 21 parties have decided to boycott the inauguration of the parliament-building">new parliament building. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla will dedicate to the nation the new Parliament building on May 28. Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of the new Parliament Building on December 10, 2020. It has been built in record time with quality construction. However, backing the inauguration of the new Parliament building by Modi, Union Minister of State for External Affairs and Culture Meenakashi Lekhi took a jibe at Congress' decision to boycott it. She alleged that the new building has been constructed at a much lower cost than what was proposed in the Congress regime. "It was decided during the Congress rule that the country needed a new parliament. Their budget for that was above Rs 3,500 crore. This Parliament building has been built for about 300 crores. It is clear that these people were engaged in making it a big means of corruption... This is the country's Parliament, not the Parliament of any person," Meenakashi Lekhi said.

Nari Shakti finds new momentum in 9 years of PM Modi governance

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government in the last nine years has put Nari Shakti at the forefront of India's development journey, stated a book titled "9 Years: Seva, Sushasan, Garib Kalyan" issued by the PM Modi-led central government to mark its 9-year anniversary in two successive terms. According to the book, PM Modi-led government has understood and emphasized that empowerment is not a one-stop solution; instead, it requires a lifecycle-based approach towards women empowerment. In this regard, welfare programmes for women are designed in a manner to support them at different stages of life to overcome socioeconomic barriers to their empowerment, it said. "For the first time in India, 1,020 women per 1,000 men (NFHS-5) ratio was achieved, more than 3.03 crore women have been paid under PM Matru Vandana Yojana, 3.18 crore Sukanya Samriddhi Yojana accounts were opened and Over 27 crore MUDRA loans were given to women beneficiaries", the book stated. The book further added that the government launched Mission Poshan, an integrated nutrition support programme to address the challenges of malnutrition in children, adolescent girls, pregnant women, and lactating mothers through a strategic shift in nutrition content and delivery and by the creation of a convergent ecosystem to develop and promote practices that nurture health, wellness, and immunity. "68.9 per cent of nearly 2.5 crore PM Awas-Gramin beneficiaries are women", it said. Further, the book said that over 27 crore sanitary pads ensured at Re. 1 were distributed through Jan Aushadhi Kendras and 3.94 crore free antenatal check-ups was conducted under PM Surakshit Matritva Abhiyan. It emphasized that paid maternity leave was increased from 12 weeks to 26 weeks, the sex ratio was increased from 991 in NFHS-4 to 1020 in NFHS-5 and Maternal Mortality Rate declined to 97 in 2018-20, during PM Modi's governance. "For the Modi government providing women with a life of dignity is a fundamental promise of governance. This promise manifests itself in the increased usage of LPG cylinders under the Ujjwala Yojana which has saved crores of women from chronic respiratory disorders through smoke-free kitchens. With the success of Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, crores of women are now able to access toilets in their homes without any fear of safety or violation of dignity", the book read. The book further added that Under PM Awas Yojana, women are being made owners of the family home thus becoming active participants in household decision-making. "In the 9 years of the Modi government, women have grown from strength to strength. Their success can be seen in the significant increase in female police personnel, in the laurels won by sportswomen for the country, and in the enrolment of women in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths. The government has transformed women from being welfare targets to empowerment agents. Today it is no longer women development, but women-led development", it added.

Sengol handed over to PM Modi at 7LKM

In a historic moment, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on May 27 received Sengol by Dharmapuram Adheenam seers from Chennai. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman was also present during the landmark ceremony.

"Golden day": BJP's Sumer Solanki on new Parliament building inauguration ceremony

New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party Rajya Sabha MP Sumer Singh Solanki on Saturday said that the inauguration of the new Parliament building, on Sunday, will be a golden day in the history of India. "Tomorrow will be a golden day in the history of India. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the new Parliament building. The new Parliament House has been built with all the facilities. The whole country should celebrate it," the BJP MP told ANI. Lashing out at the opposition for boycotting the inaugural ceremony, to be held on Sunday, he said that the protests, happening around are beyond his understanding as the Parliament is a temple of democracy. "PM does not belong to any party, he represents the whole country. When we fielded the country's tribal woman Droupadi Murmu as a presidential candidate, we appealed to the Congress and other opposition parties to make her win but Congress and other parties objected," he said. Notably, Congress and other opposition parties decided to boycott the inauguration of the new Parliament Building and stated that it "insults the high office of the President, and violates the letter and spirit of the Constitution". Earlier TMC, AAP, and CPI(M) decided to boycott the inauguration of the new Parliament Building on May 28. A total of 20 parties have decided to boycott the inauguration of the new parliament building. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla will dedicate to the nation the new Parliament building on May 28. Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of the new Parliament Building on December 10, 2020. It has been built in record time with quality construction.

Yoga Story in Saudi Arabia; Life changer for woman suffering from auto-immune disease

Nouf Mohammed Al Marwaai, Founder-Chairman of Arab Yoga Foundation, narrated how Yoga helped her to fight her auto-immune disease, lupus erythematosus. While talking to ANI, Nouf Mohammed Al Marwaai said that she could notice a significant change in her disease after started practicing Yoga. “It is not like any sport. It is really a wellness sport because it has a holistic approach,” she said.

"After 9 yrs, India no more staggering economy": Anurag Thakur at valedictory session of National Conclave on 9-Years of PM Modi Govt

New Delhi : Union Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs Nirmala Sitharaman presided as the chief guest over the valedictory session of the National Conclave on 9-Years of the Government held at Plenary Hall, Vigyan Bhawan on Saturday. The event inaugurated earlier in the day by Union Minister of Railways Ashwini Vaishnav, witnessed the three thematic sessions where the panellists from various fields expressed their views and also interacted with the 'Yuva Shakti'. The valedictory session also witnessed the presence of Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting Anurag Thakur, and Union Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Dr L. Murugan, Secretary, Minister of I&B Apurva Chandra and CEO, Prasar Bharati, Gaurav Dwivedi. Anurag Thakur, while welcoming the Chief Guest and other participants, highlighted that the image of India has transformed in the last decade. The minister said, "It is only because of the able leadership and good policy decisions of the government that the perception among youth about their future has improved.' He brought to the attention of everyone about the challenges the country was facing 9 years back. "But after 9 years, India is no more a staggering economy and has emerged as the fastest growing economy, also surpassing the British economy to become the 5th largest one", he added. The Minister recalled how the union government tackled the COVID-19 pandemic in line with the Prime Minister's adage of 'Jaan hai toh jahan hai' &'Jaan Bhi, jahan bhi'. "The scientists were engaged to develop covid vaccines. Not one but two vaccines were developed and around 220 crore covid vaccine doses were provided free of cost to the public", he highlighted. While highlighting the efforts of the government in ensuring food security, especially during the times of COVID-19 pandemic, the minister mentioned that 80 crore people were provided free-of-cost foodgrains for 28 months and around Rs 4 lakh crores were spent by the government in this regard. Also, to tackle the challenges faced by businesses during the pandemic, various schemes were introduced such as Emergency Credit Line Guarantee Scheme because of which businesses have not only survived but also flourishing now. He also laid emphasis on the efforts of the government in providing impetus to the startup ecosystem and added that India now proudly stands as the 3rd largest Startup ecosystem in the world with 1 lakh startups in the country, including 100 Unicorns. Anurag Thakur went on to highlight the record achievement of the government in the last 9 years and mentioned that this government not only ensured transparency and accountability through digital technology but also ensured pucca houses to 3.5 crore beneficiaries, constructed 12 crore toilets, provided tap water connection to 11.7 crores households, Ujjwala gas connections to 9.6 crores women, distributed more than 100 crores LED bulbs, quadrupled the pace of road construction in last 9 years and also ensured that all the village are electrified. He also added that PM GATI Shakti is providing India with the foundational infrastructure thereby ensuring 'Gati' as well as 'Pragati. The Minister said, "Budget outlay for sports has more than tripled from Rs 864 crores to Rs 2700 crores in last 9 years. Through schemes such as Khelo India, Youth games, University games and Winter games have been initiated in which around 15,000 sportspersons have already participated. In this year's Khelo India Games, 25 new National Records were created out of which 21 were created by the daughters of India." Anurag Thakur highlighted the prowess of India's digital payment infrastructure and recalled how the same has been appreciated globally, including by Google CEO Sundar Pichai. The minister said, "Because of this robust digital infrastructure only, 21 crore women could get Rs 31,000 crore transferred to their bank accounts." "Out of 3.5 core households provided with pucca houses, 75 per cent of the registries have been done in the name of women", the minister added. The Minister concluded by saying that the world sees hope in India and with the efforts of the government, India is on a fast track to realising the goal of becoming a viksit (developed) even before 2047. The Finance Minister started her address by highlighting the intention of the Government through Seva, Sushashan and Garib Kalyan, Referring to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's leadership, Sitharaman said, "At the Prime Minister has earned the trust and faith of people by his sheer hard work and it is manifested through his popularity among the people and added that the mindset of the people has also changed." Sharing the minutes of her discussion with the Prime Minister, the Finance Minister said, "It was his advice that no new tax should be introduced in the name of COVID and we didn't charge people right from vaccines to distribution of food. Not only that, even after the COVID-19 pandemic, taxes were not raised." Speaking on the issue of reforms, Sitharaman said, "The Prime Minister encouraged continuous reforms by removing 1,500 archaic laws to ensure that such laws do not become an instrument to harass citizens and a tool for corruption." Giving an example of One Nation, One Tax under the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime, the Finance Minister said, "This government not only brought the robust legislation with all states on board, but also created a strong system of GST to provide ease of living to the common and business people." Referring to the safety of women, the Finance Minister said, "The Prime Minister addressed the issue of women's safety through his speech on Independence Day at the Red Fort." "The Prime Minister not only spoke about many girls having unhealthy practices, due to want of sanitary pads, he also made it affordable by providing them at the cost of Rs 1. These are not small mindset change issues," the Finance Minister added. In reference to the Start-Up ecosystem, Sitharaman said, "Honourably closing business was stigma earlier but with the introduction of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC) young people can start a business and in case of failure, also close it honourably." Talking about the huge change in the Armed Forces, Sitharaman said, "Earlier Permanent Commission was only available to boys but on the directions of Prime Minster this sector has now been opened for women also; thereby fulfilling their aspirations of getting Permanent Commission on the front line in the Army, Navy, Air Force and even Coast Guard." "These changes happen when the leadership works with all the stakeholders to change their mindsets. India is a very complex country and decision-making goes through many layers and levels," she added. Citing the examples of the evacuation of students stuck in Ukraine, Yemen and Sudan, Sitharaman said, "This Government is changing the perceptions of people outside India, manifested in a committed and dedicated Government, which puts India's interest first." "This shows that the Prime Minister takes every citizen seriously; every citizen is heard and every citizen is responded to," the Finance Minister added.

“He proudly greeted everyone…” Kovai Kamatchipuri Adhinam Priest on meeting with PM

Kovai Kamatchipuri Adhinam priest Gnanaguru Saktha Sri Sivalingeswara Swamigal on May 27 reacted to ANI about Adhinam’s meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He said that the PM proudly accepted Adhinam’s prasadham and mementos. “More than 25 Adhinam seers have come from Tamil Nadu and gave respect to Prime Minister in a special way by giving their respective Mutt’s prasadham and mementos. Prime Minister proudly accepted it and greeted everyone,” said Gnanaguru Saktha Sri Sivalingeswara Swamigal. The Sengol which was given during the time of Independence will be placed in the centre hall tomorrow morning. Prime Minister will inaugurate the new Parliament building tomorrow and will place the Sengol there. All Mutt Adhinam seers will participate in this,” he further said.

"Nitish Kumar is jealous of PM Modi's achievement:" BJP Sushil Modi

Patna (Bihar) : After Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's statement wherein he said that there was no need for a new Parliament building, BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi on Saturday said that the former is "jealous" of the achievement of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Expressing his "surprise" over Nitish's statement, Sushil Modi said, "I'm surprised by his statement. The old building is going to complete its 100 years. The proposal for a new building came when PV Narasimha Rao was the Prime Minister of India. Even Meira Kumar had talked about the poor condition of the old building. They could not dare to build a new one. PM Modi made it possible in two and a half years. He is jealous of such a huge achievement of PM Modi. He cannot digest it." He further questioned Bihar CM aboz problems if the PM will inaugurate the new building while Nitish himself had inaugurated the extension of the Bihar Assembly. "It's okay when he inaugurated the extension of the Bihar Assembly and now has problems when PM Modi is to inaugurate the new building," the BJP leader said while talking to ANI. Notably, earlier in the day while talking to the reporters in Patna, Kumar said, "What was the need for a new Parliament? The earlier building was a historic one. I have repeatedly said that the people in power will change the history of this country." On May 28th 2023, the Prime Minister will inaugurate the new Parliament building, which is part of the Central Vista redevelopment project which will be boycotted by the leaders of Congress and 20 other opposition parties as they accused the government of "bypassing" President Droupadi Murmu for the event. Modi laid the foundation stone of the new Parliament Building on December 10, 2020. It has been built in record time with quality construction. In the present building of the Parliament, there is a provision for the sitting of 543 Members in the Lok Sabha and 250 in the Rajya Sabha. Keeping in view the future requirements, arrangements have been made for a meeting of 888 members in the Lok Sabha and 384 members in the Rajya Sabha in the newly constructed building of the Parliament. The joint session of both Houses will be held in the Lok Sabha chamber. One of the highlights of the event will be the installation of a historic golden sceptre, called Sengol, near the Speaker's seat. The Sengol is a symbol of India's independence and sovereignty, as well as its cultural heritage and diversity.


‘Every politician was jealous…’ Australian LoP on PM Modi’s grand event at Qudos Arena Park

As Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived at Sydney’s jam-packed Qudos Bank Arena to address community event, he was welcomed with thunderous applause and loud cheers. Impressed by the massive gathering, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese drew parallels between PM Modi’s event and famous American singer Bruce Springsteen’s popularity. “The last time I saw someone on this stage was Bruce Springsteen and he did not get the welcome that Prime Minister Modi has got. Prime Minister Modi is the boss," said Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese. Days after the event, Australia’s Leader of Opposition Peter Dutton quipped that every politician present at the venue was jealous. “Every politician there (Qudos Bank Arena) last night was jealous of the fact that he (PM Modi) was able to get 20,000 people chanting his surname in unison in other side of the world…so I feel it was an extraordinary event and I really acknowledge the work of Indian community in hosting PM Modi,” said Peter Dutton in the Australian Parliament.

"ABVP making major contribution to instilling nationalism among youth," says former Army chief General MM Naravane

Pune (Maharashtra) : The former Army chief General MM Naravane on Friday said that the student outfit Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad is making a major contribution to bringing nationalism among youth. While speaking at the National Executive meeting of Akhil Bhartiya Vidyarthi Parishad in Pune, former Army Chief General MM Naravane said, "India is a country whose economy is rising at a good pace as also told by my earlier speaker Industrialists Baba Kalyani and if you see according to GDP after USA China and Japan we are in the fourth place currently. This is not a small thing. In the next 3-4 years we will further rise to come to third place." "There are a lot of reasons for this development. We have a demographic dividend advantage. Our youth and our working population bring development but this population only be good when it would be disciplined and skilled," he added. He also mentioned that if our youth gets involved in illegal activities then the demographic dividend will not be beneficial. "Somehow if these youth goes on to do wrong things or get involved in illegal activities like stone pelting and burning busses etc then this demographic dividend will not be beneficial," the former army chief said. He also mentioned that during his tenure as army chief, a lot of policies were made by the Defence ministry in the central government. "Apart from this as a former Army Chief a lot of policies were made by the defence ministry. Firstly Sainik School which are doubled, now, in fact, girls can also join it. Also, private schools can be part of Sainik School as per new schemes. Second is NCC, the government have increased the vacancy in NCC which is now 2 lakh from 1 lakh earlier. Third the Agnipath Scheme, this was also a step to bring nationalism among youth to make them disciplined and skilled and if we have such skilled and disciplined youth it will bring nationalism among them," he said. He also mentioned many factors are involved when it comes to national security and it is not just the army's responsibility to secure the nation. "When we speak about national security we always think of Army but it is more than that, it involves many things. There are many threats. There are external threats and internal threats, and there are threats that involved in National security like in food, health, energy, water cyber security etc these all are part of national security and everyone who's is connected contributes to securing them like a doctor secure health sector like Enforcement Directorate brings black money like a Techie secures our cyber threats so it's not just Army's responsibility it a responsibility of all to strengthen the Country," he said.


“Sad, unfortunate…country won’t accept” CM Yogi tears into opposition’s boycott of new Parliament

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath slammed Opposition parties over their decision to boycott the inauguration event of a new Parliament building by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said it is sad and unfortunate. The country will not accept this. “Instead of making this historic occasion a dignified and proud moment, the Opposition, including Congress, are making statements. This is unfortunate and irresponsible. This weakens democracy. I think the country will not accept this under any circumstance,” said Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

Vipul Shah, Adah Sharma, 'The Kerala Story' team meet Union Minister Nitin Gadkari

Mumbai (Maharashtra): Film producer Vipul Shah, actor Adah Sharma and 'The Kerala Story' team meet Union Minister of Road Transport & Highways Nitin Gadkari on Thursday in Mumbai. Taking to Twitter handle, Nitin Gadkari dropped pictures with film producers Vipul Shah, Aashin Shah and actors Adah Sharma, Yogita Bihani, and Sonia Balani. In one of the pictures, 'The Kerala Story' team can be seen having a discussion with Nitin Gadkari. And also posed for a group photo. 'The Kerala Story' has been facing criticism by political parties due to its storyline. 'The Kerala Story' stars Adah Sharma, Yogita Bihani, Siddhi Idnani and Sonia Balani in the lead roles. The controversy surrounding the film started when its trailer claimed that 32,000 women from Kerala had gone missing and joined the terrorist group ISIS. This statement triggered a heated political debate and many leaders questioned the veracity of the claim. Earlier, the Supreme Court stayed the ban imposed by the West Bengal government on the film 'The Kerala Story' on May 18. "Prohibition by West Bengal is not tenable. The order of the additional secretary of West Bengal shall remain stayed," Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud said. The apex court also directed the makers of The Kerala Story to give a proper disclaimer regarding the unsubstantiated figure '32,000' mentioned in the film. Senior Adv Harish Salve, appearing for film producers, says that disclaimer -"there is no authentic data to back up the suggestion that the figure of conversions is 32,000 or any other established figure" and "the film represents the fictionalised version" of the issue- shall be added.

Millions of BJP workers to reach out to every household on Modi government's anniversary: Javadekar

Pune (Maharashtra) : Bharatiya Janata Party leader Prakash Javadekar on Thursday said that the party workers will reach out to millions of households across the nation to present the report card of the work done by the Centre, on the nine years of the Narendra Modi government on May 30. "Our government is not just responsible but also answerable to the people of India. Therefore the government presents its report card to the people every year. This is the ninth year of our government which is in power with a full majority. It's a landmark year for us. PM Modi has provided stability, security, peace and prosperity," the BJP leader said while speaking to ANI. "Our millions of party workers will reach crores of houses in a month during the campaign to give the information of the nine years of the Modi government... We will hold press conferences. Various campaigns will be done in a month, As I am in charge of Kerala, I will go to Kerala for 10 days. I will also be holding events in Pune and Telangana for the remaining 20 days," he added. With the BJP-led government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi set to complete nine years of its two successive terms, the Bharatiya Janata Party has decided to start a mass reach-out programme across the country for a month starting May 30, sources said on Tuesday. The BJP is planning to hold around 50 rallies all across the country between May 30 and June 30, of which Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lead the charge and address half-a-dozen rallies. According to sources, the campaign will also give a thrust to the BJP's preparations for the Lok Sabha elections which is nearly a year away. The reach-out campaign will be inaugurated on May 31 through a mega rally by PM Modi in Rajasthan's Ajmer, sources said. The other leaders who will take part in the mass campaign include BJP national president JP Nadda, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and others. Meanwhile, on May 27, JP Nadda will also hold a press conference regarding the achievements of the Modi government. "During this entire campaign, 45-55 big rallies will be organized across the country, in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself will address more than half a dozen rallies," sources said. Narendra Modi was sworn-in for the first time as Prime Minister on May 26, 2014 and PM Modi took oath at office for the second term on May 30, 2019.

Members of Yadav community stage protest in Hyderabad against TPCC chief Revanth Reddy

Hyderabad (Telangana) : Members of the Yadav community staged a protest at Indira Park in Telangana's Hyderabad on Thursday claiming that state Congress president Revanth Reddy insulted the community. The protestors demanded the TDP chief's apology to the community over his remarks. One of the protesters, Gaddam Srinivas Yadav said, "Around 15 days back Revanth Reddy insulted the Yadav community. If he apologises, this will end here, otherwise, we are ready to gherao the AICC office in Delhi in the coming days." Several people from the Yadav community gathered at the Indira Park in Hyderabad today for the protest. "He (Revanth Reddy) doesn't know the history of Yadavs. Yadav community is a community that takes along people of all strands of life. We always think of the good of people", the protestor added. As per the police inputs, the protestors tried to enter Gandhi Bhavan to lay siege. Following the same, heavy police security has been deployed at the Congress Headquarters, Gandhi Bhavan in Hyderabad today, the officials said. "They had also planned to march to Gandhi Bhavan and lay siege. However, the police stopped the protestors with barricades", the officials informed.

Hear from famous Indian classical dancer because of which Sengol will be placed in new Parliament

Renowned Indian classical dancer Padma Subrahmanyam, who wrote a letter on 'Sengol' to Prime Minister's Office, spoke about the historical aspect and significance of the golden sceptre. She said, “Feel elated Sengol will be placed in the building of India's secular government”. Notably, Sengol will be installed by PM Narendra Modi during the inauguration of the new Parliament building on May 28.

"Will attend": YSRCP MP over new Parliament building inauguration

New Delhi : Amid the opposition call for a boycott of the inauguration ceremony of the newly built Parliament, K Raghu Rama Krishna Raju, Lok Sabha MP and YSRCP leader on Thursday said that he will attend the event scheduled for May 28. Reacting to the opposition's move of boycotting the inauguration, Raju said when Prime Minister Narendra Modi had laid down the foundation stone for the Parliament, no one had registered their protest then. "I will be attending the inauguration ceremony of the new Parliament building. I have received the invitation for it as well. Some of the political parties are boycotting it, they say that the President should have inaugurated it. So me and my party's stand is that when its foundation stone was laid by the PM, at that time no one protested and now everyone is protesting at the time of inauguration. PM is the leader of the House, so there is nothing wrong about PM inaugurating the parliament," said Kanumuru Raghu. Kanumuru Raghu further said that not inviting President Droupadi Murmu to the ceremony doesn't mean she is getting disrespected as every Indian citizen respects her. "It would have been better if President Droupadi Murmu had attended this program but boycotting it is not a good thing to be done," he added. Kanumuru Raghu urged opposition leaders to join the inauguration ceremony as the Parliament belongs to everyone. "You must express your disagreement, but you should participate in it, this Parliament House belongs to everyone, being a member of Parliament, please join it and then express your feelings to the public," he said. On the other hand, amid the boycott call by the opposition, the Centre has received a confirmed list of 25 political parties, including some which are not a part of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), that will participate in the inauguration ceremony of new Parliament building on May 28. Apart from the BJP, several parties in the NDA including AIADMK, Apna Dal, the Republican Party of India, the Shinde faction of Shiv Sena, NPP, NPF, Biju Janata Dal, TDP, and YSRCP will be attending the function on Sunday. The 21 opposition parties who will now boycott the inauguration are - Congress, AIUDF, DMK, Aam Aadmi Party, Shiv Sena (UBT), Samajwadi Party, TMC, Janta Dal (United), Nationalist Congress Party, Communist Party of India (Marxist), RJD, Indian Union Muslim League, National Conference, Communist Party of India, Jharkhand Mukti Morcha, Kerala Congress (Mani), Vidhuthalai Chirunthaigal Katchi, Rashtriya Lok Dal, Revolutionary, Socialist Party and Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam and AIMIM. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the new Parliament building on May 28.

“He should return as PM in 2024” Head Priest of Madurai Adheenam who will present Sengol to PM

History will be repeated when Prime Minister Narendra Modi receive the historic ‘Sengol’ from Pontiffs of 20 Adheenams from Tamil Nadu to install in the new Parliament building. On August 14, 1947 the Sengol was handed over to India’s first Prime Minister by the Pontiffs of Thiruvavaduthurai adheenam.

Assam govt distributes appointment letters to nearly 45,000 successful candidates; Amit Shah attends event as Chief Guest

Guwahati (Assam): Union Home Minister Amit Shah, in the presence of Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, on Thursday presented appointment letters to some of the youth to mark the ceremonial distribution of joining letters to as many as 44,703 successful candidates who have been selected for various positions in the Class-III and Class-IV categories under various departments and wings of the State government. With Thursday's appointment letter distribution to 44,703 successful candidates, the total number of employment seekers who have been appointed to Government of Assam services in the two years of the current Bharatiya Janata Party-led government in the State stands at 86,782. Addressing the gathering of successful candidates and their family members at the Veterinary College Playground at Khanapara in Guwahati, CM Sarma termed Thursday's appointment letter distribution a momentous occasion not only for the selected candidates but for him as well, as it took him nearer towards fulfilling his promise of providing government jobs to as many as 1 lakh employment seekers in State. Sarma said he himself wasn't sure about the possibility of fulfilling that promise when it was made but the faith the people of Assam reposed in the current Bharatiya Janata Party-led regime kept him motivated towards fulfilling it. Had it not been for the pandemic scenario posed by the Covid-19 crisis, the 1-lakh recruitment target would have been reached by now, the Chief Minister added. The Chief Minister exuded confidence the remaining recruitments needed to cross the 1-lakh mark would be completed within a short span of time, as the government is in the process of issuing advertisements for filling up another 22,000 vacant positions. The Chief Minister further said the recruitments under the current regime have been made in a free and transparent manner while terming nepotism, and corruption in recruitment as a thing of the past. The Chief Minister further appealed to the successful candidates to remain motivated at all times and work with dedication so that Assam can be transformed into one of the most progressive States on all fronts within the next two to three decades. "They have to play a major role in realising Prime Minister Narendra Modi's dream of projecting the status of the nation to that of a world leader by the 100th year of its Independence," he added. Referring to the process of nation-building as a collective responsibility, the Chief Minister appealed to the new recruits to government services to make the best use of their period in service. The Chief Minister also appealed to the youths of the State to tread the path of entrepreneurship. "Relying on government jobs alone would bring a stagnancy in the State's forward march," he said.


Top highlights of PM Modi’s speech at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney

Prime Minister Narendra Modi reacheds the Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney to attend the Indian community event. He reached there with his Australian Counterpart Anthony Albanese. PM Modi received thunderous welcome in Sydney as the Indian diaspora was thrilled with Modi’s visit.

Celebrity chef Sarah Todd meets PM Modi in Sydney, discusses Ayurveda

New Delhi : Celebrity chef and restaurateur Sarah Todd shared her experience of her meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Australian city of Sydney. She gave a glimpse of their discussion on Ayurveda and its benefits. Sarah Todd took to Instagram handle and dropped pictures with PM Modi from the meeting.Sharing the pictures, she wrote, "An incredible honour to be invited personally to meet one on one with the visionary leader, Prime Minister of India, His Excellency Shri Narendra Modi today in recognition of my work and achievements." Sarah shared details about her conversation with PM Modi."@NarendraModi and I engaged in a conversation that delved into the Ayurvedic principles of ancient Indian cuisine and the use of the finest local ingredients and their health benefits. Our discussion reinforced my love of India, my passion for the food industry and reaffirmed that I'm on the right track. Beyond the captivating conversation, we also discussed the next steps and carved a clear vision for the direction for me to follow. Grateful for Mr. Modi's guidance and support in shaping my path ahead," she added. She ended the note by saying, "Feeling inspired and grateful for this opportunity. Excited for the journey ahead!" Sarah has always been inspired by the incredible diversity in Indian cuisine. Her Insta posts are proof of this."India, you never cease to amaze me! Every time I visit this beautiful country, I'm blown away by the incredible diversity in cuisine. From street food and the Sandwich to fine dining, there's always something new and delicious to discover. And it's not just the food, but also the vibrant fashion scene that continues to inspire me," she captioned the post. Sarah loves to explore ingredients and is always ready to indulge in all the amazing local dishes city like Mumbai has to offer.Since her debut on MasterChef Australia, Todd has grown to become one the most renowned and exciting names in the Indian food scene, opening her first restaurant Antares Restaurant and Beach Club in 2014, where after she returned to Australian screens for a six-part series called 'My Restaurant in India', airing in 156 countries worldwide.In 2020 Todd was invited as an official chef for the Australian Open in the AO Chefs Series, hosting a fine dining restaurant that was featured in a 5-part series called Perfect Serve. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Sydney as part of the third and final leg of his three-nation visit after concluding his visit to Papua New Guinea. Earlier he met with the CEOs of Sydney-based companies.

G20: “Very beautiful places…” Singaporean HC Simon Wong impressed by ‘unseen’ beauty of Srinagar

India is hosting a 3-day G20 Tourism Working Group meeting in the picturesque city of Srinagar. The J&K administration has not left any stone unturned to make grand arrangements for the dignitaries. Foreign delegates have been left mesmerised by the natural and cultural beauty of ‘heaven on earth’. Singaporean HC to India Simon Wong was impressed by India’s hospitality and extended his full support towards India. HC Wong expressed his happiness over India chairing the G20 presidency and for useful programs. The meetings are being held at Sher-i-Kashmir International Conference Centre in Srinagar from May 22 to May 24. The people of Kashmir welcomed the G20 summit meetings which aim to boost tourism and business sector. The delegates are likely to visit various famous places in Jammu and Kashmir to witness true potential of UT’s tourism.

"Once these films are created, they're appreciated by audience": Kangana Ranaut on 'The Kerala Story' controversy

Haridwar (Uttarakhand): Actor Kangana Ranaut on Tuesday visited Siddhpeeth Shri Dakshin Kali Mandir in Uttarakhand's Haridwar to offer prayers and seek blessings. Kangana was seen offering her prayers and indulging in rituals at the Siddhpeeth Shri Dakshin Kali Mandir.During her visit, she reacted to the ongoing 'The Kerala Story' controversy. She said, "The films which people like to watch and appreciate, only benefit the film industry. People always have complaints with the Bollywood film industry, as the kind of films they want to watch, such films are not made and once these films are created, they are appreciated by a mass audience." When asked about the ban on films, the actor said, "When a film is approved by the censor board, which is a government body, then it should not be opposed." 'The Kerala Story' has been facing criticism by political parties due to its storyline. 'The Kerala Story' stars Adah Sharma, Yogita Bihani, Siddhi Idnani and Sonia Balani in the lead roles. The controversy surrounding the film started when its trailer claimed that 32,000 women from Kerala had gone missing and joined the terrorist group ISIS. This statement triggered a heated political debate and many leaders questioned the veracity of the claim. Earlier, the Supreme Court stayed the ban imposed by the West Bengal government on the film 'The Kerala Story' on May 18. "Prohibition by West Bengal is not tenable. The order of the additional secretary of West Bengal shall remain stayed," Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud said. The apex court also directed the makers of The Kerala Story to give a proper disclaimer regarding the unsubstantiated figure '32,000' mentioned in the film. Senior Adv Harish Salve, appearing for film producers, says that disclaimer -"there is no authentic data to back up the suggestion that the figure of conversions is 32,000 or any other established figure" and "the film represents the fictionalised version" of the issue- shall be added. Talking about her work front, 'Emergency' marks Kangana's first solo directorial film. The film revolves around the life of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and features Kangana in the titular role of the late politician. Apart from Kangana, the film stars Anupam Kher, Mahima Chaudhry, Vishak Nair and Shreyas Talpade in prominent roles. She will also be seen in 'Tejas' in which she will be seen portraying the role of an Indian airforce pilot. The official release date of the film is still awaited. Kangana will be seen headlining 'Chandramukhi 2'. Helmed by P Vasu, 'Chandramukhi 2' is the sequel to the blockbuster hit Tamil horror comedy film 'Chandramukhi' which starred Rajinikanth and Jyothika in the lead roles. In 'Chandramukhi 2' Kangana will portray the role of a dancer in the king's court, who was known for her beauty and dance skills. In the upcoming months, the audience will also see Kangana in 'Manikarnika Returns: The Legend of Didda', and 'The Incarnation: Sita' in her kitty.

‘Hard work, consistence’: Candidates from J&K shine bright in UPSC CSE

In J&K’s Anantnag, which was once infamous for terror activities, a boy had made his parents proud. Waseem Ahmad Bhat has secured 7th rank in Union Public Service Commission Civil Services Examination 2022. Another candidate from J&K’s Poonch, Parsanjeet Kour, has achieved her dream by securing 11th rank in UPSC. From Jammu’s Kathua, Nitin Singh from secured 32nd rank in UPSC CSE 2022.

"Grateful": CM Sarma expresses gratitude to Amit Shah ahead of day-long visit to Assam

Guwahati (Assam): Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Tuesday extended gratitude to Union Home Minister Amit Shah who will distribute nearly 45,000 appointment letters to the newly recruited candidates as part of the celebration of the second year of the state government. Union Minister Amit Shah will arrive in Assam on May 25 for a day-long visit to attend a programme in Guwahati where the Assam government will distribute 44,703 appointment letters to the newly recruited candidates of various government departments. Taking to Twitter, Sarma said, "How grateful to Hon Home Minister Shri @AmitShah Ji for having agreed to bless 44703 new recruits as part of the celebration of 2nd year of our government. The moment is especially gratifying as we move forward towards fulfilling our commitment of 1 lakh jobs." The state government has organized a programme at Veterinary College Field, Khanapara in Guwahati to distribute the appointment letters where Union Home Minister Amit Shah will present. Assam Chief Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma on Tuesday said in a press conference held in Guwahati that, appointment letters to 44703 successful candidates were to be distributed during the programme. "Union Home Minister Amit Shah will be present in the programme. The Union Home Minister will also lay the foundation stone of the National Forensic Science University on the same day," Himanta Biswa Sarma said. The Assam Chief Minister also said that, in July this year the state government will publish additional advertisements for 22765 posts of the state government.


“Modi hai to Mumkin hai” chants reverberate in Port Moresby as PM Modi meets Indian diaspora

Prime Minister Narendra Modi met the Indian diaspora in Port Moresby on May 22. PM Modi received a rousing welcome from the Indian community in Papua New Guinea. “Modi hai to Mumkin hai” chants reverberated in the island nation. PM Modi was in Papua New Guinea for the 3rd FIPIC Summit. Earlier, PNG conferred the ‘Companion of the order of Logohu’ to PM Modi. He was given the accolade for championing cause of unity of Pacific Island countries. The honour comes immediately after Fiji conferred their highest civilian award to PM Modi. Notably, only a handful of Non-Fijians have received ‘Companion of the Order of Fiji’ honour so far.

Veteran actor Sarath Babu passes away, celebs mourn his demise

New Delhi : Veteran actor Sarath Babu, known for his roles in Tamil and Telugu cinema, died at a hospital in Hyderabad on Monday. The veteran actor was 71. He was admitted to AIG Hospital, Hyderabad due to some health issues. Sarath Babu made his acting debut with the Telugu film 'Rama Rajyam' in 1973. Four years later, he got a break in Tamil cinema with K Balachander's directorial 'Nizhal Nijamagiradhu', which also starred Kamal Haasan and Sumithra. He rose to fame with roles in films such as 'Mullum Malarum', 'Thisai Maariya Paravaigal', and 'Nenjathai Killathe'. In Tamil, he was recently seen in the film 'Nenjathai Killadhe', in which he co-starred with Bobby Simha. He also had a short role in Pawan Kalyan's 'Vakeel Saab'. He has also acted in a few Kannada, Malayalam, and Hindi films. The veteran actor was honoured with Nandi Awards nine times for best acting in supporting roles. After learning about the unfortunate event, Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed grief over the untimely death of Sarath Babu and extended condolences to the late actor's family. Taking to Twitter, PM Modi said, "Shri Sarath Babu Ji was versatile and creative. He will be remembered for several popular works in several languages during his long film career. Pained by his passing away. Condolences to his family and admirers. Om Shanti." Not only PM Modi but several celebs took to their social media handles and mourned the demise of the late actor. Superstar Chiranjeevi wrote, "Silver screen 'Zamindar', popular actor The news of Sarath Babu's death was shocking. He has earned a place in the hearts of the audience with his performance that exudes beauty and sophistication I have a lot of connection with Shri Sarath Babu. He has been my co-star in many films. To his family members, My deepest condolences to all the fans. Oh peace! #RestInPeace #ActorSarathBabu."Rajinikanth mourned the demise of his close friend and wrote, "Today I lost my close friend and wonderful man Sarathbabu. It is an irreparable loss. May his soul rest in peace. #SarathBabu." Sarath Babu and Rajinikanth have appeared together in a number of films, including 'Annamalai', 'Muthu', 'Mullum Malarum', 'Veliakkaran', and 'Netrikkan'. 'Annamalai' and 'Muthu's collaborations are still regarded as the best flicks that showcased their camaraderie on screen. 'RRR' star Jr NTR took to Twitter and wrote, "Sad to hear about the passing of veteran actor Sarath Babu garu. His contributions to Indian cinema will be remembered forever. My heartfelt condolences go out to his family and friends. Om Shanti."Saddened by the demise of Sarath Babu, Ravi Teja extended his condolence, "gentle heart, smiling soul & a great human being you will be missed & remembered forever #sarathbabu garu my deepest condolences to his family! om shanti!"Actor-politician Prakash Raj paid tribute to the late actor and penned a note on his Twitter handle. The note read, "Wonderful to have met this ever-smiling soul.. will cherish his warmth and encouragement throughout my career.. thank you dearest #SarathBabu for everything. RIP." Other South actors including Kamal Haasan wrote, "A great actor and a great friend, Sarath Babu has passed away. The days of acting with him are a shadow in my mind. Introduced by my Gurunath in Tamil. He excelled in many timeless roles. Cinema has lost a good actor. My tribute to him,"Telugu producer and director MS Raju "Heartbroken after learning about the untimely demise of #SarathBabu garu! I never thought our #MalliPelli be the last this legend gets witnessed on Big Screen! May his soul Rest In Peace." He also shared a picture and poster with a message on it. Over his five-decade career, Sarath Babu acted in more than 200 films across languages including Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada, and Hindi. He is well-known for his collaborations with Rajinikanth and Kamal Haasan on numerous productions.

'Splitsvilla 9' actor Aditya Singh Rajput found dead at his Mumbai residence

Mumbai (Maharashtra): Model actor Aditya Singh Rajput was found dead on Monday at his residence in Andheri. The actor was 32 years old. Aditya was found in the washroom of his apartment. Krishakant Upadhyay, Deputy Commissioner of Police said, "He was taken to his room with the help of a watchman and the actor's cook. He was later sent to a hospital. We are investigating this matter, we can only provide further details after verifying it with the medical reports." He said, "The Investigation is underway, let the postmortem happen. I have given you the primary information as per our investigation." Oshiwara police have registered a case under ADR and are engaged in further investigation. At the age of 17, Aditya Singh Rajput began working in the industry. He worked as a model, an actor, and in production. He was born and raised in Delhi but was originally from Uttarakhand. In films like 'Krantiveer' and 'Maine Gandhi Ko Nahin Mara', he played the lead role. He appeared in more than 125 advertisements in addition to films and television shows. He also took part in reality shows such as 'Splitsvilla 9'. Other TV shows in which he participated include 'Love', 'Ashiqui', 'Code Red', 'Aawaz Season 9', 'Bad Boy Season 4', and others.

New Zealand PM Chris Hipkins scheduled his PNG visit to meet PM Modi despite Biden’s absence

In a warm and special gesture towards India, New Zealand PM Chris Hipkins flew to Papua New Guinea especially to meet PM Modi. As per ANI sources, speculations of Kiwi PM Chris Hipkins canceling his PNG trip following the cancellation of US Prez Biden's trip. However, Kiwi Chief Hipkins made sure to visit Papua New Guinea confirming his bilateral talks with PM Modi. Prime Minister Modi met Kiwi PM and held talks on various subjects including trade and commerce, education, and many more. President Joe Biden canceled his visits to Papua New Guinea and Australia amid the ongoing debt ceiling negotiations in Washington. Meanwhile, PM Modi’s global ‘popularity’ continues to outshine other prominent leaders. PM Modi reached Papua New Guinea on May 21 where PM James Marape touched PM Modi's feet and sought his blessings. PM Modi co-chaired the 3rd India-Pacific Islands Cooperation (FIPIC) Summit.

"Situation in West Bengal is far worse than Ukraine": Suvendu Adhikari targets TMC govt

Hooghly (West Bengal) : BJP leader and Leader of opposition in West Bengal Suvendu Adhikari on Monday launched a scathing attack on Mamata Banerjee -led TMC government and said that the "situation in the State is far worse than the situation in Ukraine". While talking to ANI, Suvendu Adhikari said, "The condition of West Bengal is worse than that of Ukraine. There is not much explosion happening in Ukraine as it is happening in Bengal. Even though the situation has become a bit peaceful there but recently explosions are going on in Bengal." On Supreme Court's hearing TMC leader Abhishek Banerjee's plea on May 26, he said, "Law is equal for everyone but my allegation is on Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and Enforcement Directorate (ED) is that they have left Mamata Banerjee in Saradha chit fund scam, her nephew (Abhishek Banerjee) in case of coal and cow smuggling." He further stated that BJP is going to win more than 400 seats in the Lok Sabha elections. "PM Narendra Modi will cross 400 seats," he said. Earlier today Supreme Court agreed to list on Friday a plea by TMC leader Abhishek Banerjee challenging the Calcutta High Court order which allowed Central agencies to quiz him relating to a recruitment scam. Senior Advocate Abhishek Manu Singhvi mentioned the plea before the top court and sought an urgent hearing. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Saturday questioned the nephew of chief minister Mamata Banerjee and Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader Abhishek Banerjee in connection with the school recruitment scam in West Bengal. Banerjee has questioned the probe agency's decision to summon him on short notice. After being questioned for over nine hours by CBI on Saturday, Abhishek Banerjee said that the quizzing by the probe agency was a waste of each other's time. "I was questioned for 9 hrs 40 minutes by CBI. This was a total waste of their time (CBI time) and my time. Arrest me if you have proof against me. We will not bow down to you," TMC MP said. The CBI summons came after the Calcutta High Court on Thursday allowed the central agencies to quiz the TMC leader in the recruitment scam in West Bengal schools. Central agencies previously questioned Abhishek, his wife and his sister-in-law in relation to a coal smuggling scam case.

J&K: Polo View Market illuminated to welcome G20 Delegates

The Polo View Market is a popular market area located in the heart of Srinagar. It is known for its various shops selling traditional Kashmiri handicrafts, shawls, carpets, and other souvenirs. The market is a bustling hub of activity, especially during the tourist season. It is a popular spot for locals as well as visitors to Srinagar. The market is updated as the first wireless market in Srinagar under the Smart City Project. The market is now illuminated and decorated with lighting and flowers to welcome the delegates of the G20. People hope that G20 will boost Kashmir’s tourism and business sectors.

"If Rahul Gandhi is here...": Smriti Irani in Kerala

Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala): Union Minister Smriti Irani on Monday urged the people of Kerala to ensure defeat of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi in Wayanad as he deprived Amethi of development and he will do the same in his constituency of the southern state. Crediting herself for having ousted Rahul Gandhi from the Gandhi family Lok Sabha bastion in Uttar Pradesh's Amethi, she said that the Congress leader, who was elected as a member of Parliament from Kerala's Wayanad, should be defeated in the upcoming general elections next year. "It was me who sent him to Wayanad from Uttar Pradesh. What was the reason behind (Congress) sending him to Wayanad? When he was an MP there, 80 per cent of the people didn't have electricity, the district collector didn't have an office, there was no fire station. When the Wayanad MP (Rahul Gandhi) was in Amethi, there was no medical college. There was no Sainik School or Kendriya Vidyalaya. When he left (in 2019), all this was possible," the Union Minister said. "If he (Rahul Gandhi) is here (Wayanad), the same (previous) situation as Amethi will be in Wayanad. So you (people of Kerala) should ensure that he is not here," she told while addressing the state-level women's labour convention's inauguration organised by the Kerala unit of the Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS). It is pertinent to mention that Irani had defeated Rahul Gandhi in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls in Amethi which has long been a Gandhi family bastion, where the likes of Sanjay Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi have been MPs. Irani had to taste defeat from Rahul Gandhi in Amethi in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. However, she ended the long-prevailing Gandhi family bastion in the 2019 general elections. Rahul Gandhi, then, had contested from Amethi and Wayanad in which he lost the former and emerged victorious in the latter. However, he was disqualified as an MP earlier this year after being convicted in a defamation case in Surat.

G20 Meeting in J-K: Korean Delegate mesmerised by surreal view of illuminating Shikaras in Dal Lake

As three-day G20 Summit is being hosted by picturesque city of Srinagar, The J-K administration has made sure to amaze the delegates with the scenic beauty of the city. In that series, India’s iconic Dal Lake is decked up to mesmerise delegates with its surreal view. Korean Delegate Ji Eun Park was among those who was blown away by the ‘stunning beauty’ of the J-K. Dr Adyasha Das, Central Nodal Officer for Eco and Tourism also hailed the development in the Union Territory. With lethal Marcos and NSG on guard, Kashmir is protected by a three-tiered security grid for the duration of this three-day G20 Summit, from May 22–24

MP: CM Chouhan announces to built Maharana Pratap Lok in Bhopal

Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh): Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has announced that the state government will build a 'Maharana Pratap Lok' in the memory of Hindu Rajput King of Mewar Maharana Pratap in the state capital Bhopal. CM Chouhan made the remark while addressing a program organised in Bhopal on Monday of Maharana Pratap Jayanti. According to the Western calendar, Maharana Pratap was born on May 9 but according to the Hindu calendar, the Jayanti is celebrated today (May 22) this year. "Maharana Pratap Lok will be built in Bhopal. A memorial will be built and the deeds of Maharana Pratap, his horse 'Chetak' and his seven associates will be depicted in it. So that the coming generations will know about their bravery," the CM said. He also announced the creation of the Maharana Pratap Board in the state. "I will never let the respect for Mewar (it is a region in Rajasthan which also includes the present-day Neemuch and Mandsaur district of MP) decrease. This land will always remind the bravery of Maharana Pratap. The head bows down as soon as Maharana Pratap's name is pronounced. Such bravery is not seen anywhere. India will always remember the sacrifice of Maharana Pratap. He was really a brave man," Chouhan said. Mughal emperor Akbar came with 1 lakh soldiers for war and Maharana Pratap defeated him with only 20,000 soldiers. The Haldighati battle is known in the whole world, the chief minister added. On the occasion, Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said, "CM Chouhan fulfilled what he promised. Most of the announcements made by the CM regarding Rajput society were fulfilled. Holiday has been declared in the state on Maharana Pratap Jayanti. It is our endeavour to turn Madhya Pradesh into a golden state." Tomar also thanked CM Chouhan for building the statue of Rani Padmavati. Notably, CM Chouhan unveiled the statue of Rani Padmavati at Manuabhan Tekri in Bhopal on Monday morning. Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar and Maharaj Kumar Dr Lakshyaraj Singh Mewar, a descendant of Maharana Pratap and others were present on the occasion. Besides, Lakshyaraj Singh praised CM Chouhan and said that the one who has Shiva in his name would definitely rule. He compared Chouhan with a diamond. "I attended many other programs but here, I am feeling like I am in Mewar, sitting in my mother's lap. Today this program is an example for the country. The government gave us what we asked for, we asked for a general holiday to be declared on Maharana Pratap Jayanti and we got it," Lakshyaraj Singh said. He added that the culture was being revived through this program. He extended thanks to CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan for it.


Emotional visuals not seen before! Papua New Guinea PM seeks PM Modi’s blessings

Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached Papua New Guinea on May 21. The arrival of PM Modi in Papua New Guinea witnessed an exceptional response from the host country. In an unprecedented gesture to PM Modi, Papua New Guinea PM James Marape personally reached the airport to receive him. PM Marape touched PM Modi’s feet and sought his blessings upon his arrival at the island nation. Usually, Papua New Guinea doesn’t give a ceremonial welcome for any leader arriving to nation after sunset. However, Papua New Guinea broke the protocol and a special ceremonial welcome was arranged for PM Modi. Notably, Narendra Modi is the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Papua New Guinea. PM Modi is visiting Papua New Guinea for the FIPIC Summit which will see participation from leaders of 14 countries. After his visit to Papua New Guinea, PM Modi will visit Australia and hold talks with PM Anthony Albanese. According to the Australian government website, Harris Park is home to large Indian community. India has been receiving back-to-back invitations from members of the G7 nation post the Summit

Only 16 pc of people in Pakistan believe local economy is getting better: Report

Islamabad : Only 16 per cent of people in Pakistan believe that their local economy is getting better, which is the lowest in the region except for Afghanistan, Dawn reported citing a Gallup survey report released this week. The survey by Gallup World Poll showcases how the unrest in Pakistan is rooted in its economic woes. The survey stated that the perceptions of corruption in Pakistan have reached a record high, living standards have plummeted and left millions of people struggling to meet their basic needs. The survey revealed that the economic downturn is being felt hardest in Sindh. The authors Hashim Pasha and Benedict Vigers in the report said, "Except for Afghanistan, where the economy has crumbled since the Taliban's takeover, Pakistan ranks lower than all other countries in the Asia-Pacific region in perceptions of improving economic conditions." 86 per cent of Pakistanis consider corruption to be widespread in Pakistan's government and 80 per cent believe that corruption in businesses has hit record highs, Dawn reported. Showcasing the connection between the recent political turmoil and economic crisis, the authors said that Pakistan's economy has seen record inflation, rising commodity prices, and significant declines in foreign investment and remittances, as per the Dawn report. Catastrophic floods in 2022, partly overlapping the timing of Gallup's fieldwork in Pakistan also caused an estimated USD 15 billion in economic losses. The report said that former Pakistan PM Imran Khan's arrest Imran Khan and the "subsequent civil unrest have added to the economic misery" as the value of Pakistani rupees (PKR) against the dollar dropped to a historic low. The report said, "Recent mass protests coupled with an ongoing constitutional crisis have compounded the already chronic sense of instability in the South Asian nation and have made its efforts to avoid a sovereign default more precarious," according to Dawn report. The authors said that at the beginning of Imran Khan's tenure as Pakistan's PM in 2018, Pakistani were far more likely to think their living standards were getting better than getting worse. The outlook of people in Pakistan has worsened ever since, according to the report. In 2022, 19 per cent of Pakistanis said their living standards were improving and 48 per cent said they were getting worse. According to the survey, Pakistani women are more likely to be affected by the economic slump than men, Dawn reported. The number of people in Pakistan who struggled to afford shelter increased in 2022 to 32 per cent, which is one of its highest points on record, as per the Dawn report. Speaking about the ongoing political situation in Pakistan, the report said that "the country is on the brink of default, and its future is deeply uncertain." According to the report, the quality of life in Pakistan is unlikely to improve "as long as a sustainable political solution remains elusive," Dawn reported. It warned that until it happens, the people of Pakistan will continue to believe that they live in a corrupt system.

“We Love You Modi Ji…” PM Modi receives rousing welcome from Indian Diaspora in Papua New Guinea

PM Modi received a rousing welcome from Indian Diaspora members as he arrived in Papua New Guinea on May 21. “Bharat Mata Ki Jai” chants reverberated loud outside his hotel in Port Moresby. Upon his arrival, PM Modi interacted with Indian Diaspora members and didn’t shy away from clicking pictures with them. Many children accompanied by their parents also waved at Modi amid enthusiasm and were seen holding National Flags. Notably, Narendra Modi is the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Papua New Guinea. PM Modi is visiting Papua New Guinea for the FIPIC Summit which will see participation from leaders of 14 countries

PM Modi applauds INS Vikrant for successful berthing at Karwar Naval Base

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday praised INS Vikrant for successfully berthing for the first time at the newly constructed Aircraft Carrier pier, at Karwar. In response to a tweet by Indian Navy, Prime Minister said, "Remarkable!" India's first indigenous aircraft carrier INS Vikrant on Saturday docked for the first time at the newly built berthing facility of Karwar Naval base. This landmark development under Project Sea Bird aims to enhance the ship-berthing capacity of the Karwar Base. "India's first indigenous aircraft carrier INS Vikrant successfully berthed for the #first time at the newly constructed Aircraft Carrier pier, at Karwar today. Built under Project Seabird, this is a landmark in enhancing the ship-berthing capacity of the Karwar Base," Indian Navy said in a statement.

Furious Pakistan appalled by upcoming G20 meeting in Srinagar, Pak FM visit PoK to target India

Pakistan Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto’s PoK visit ahead of the G20 Meet in Srinagar has raised eyebrows. Pakistan is appalled by the upcoming G20 meeting in Srinagar and stepped up its efforts to derail it. Pakistan targeted India and has claimed that the G20 meeting in the disputed region is a violation of international laws. Bilawal Bhutto said that it is not possible for India to play an important role in the world by violating UN resolutions. Defence expert PK Sehgal condemned Bhutto’s visit and said that Pak FM should use his energy to save ‘Crisis-Hit-Pakistan’, not in G20 Srinagar meet. Earlier, Pakistani FM Bilawal Bhutto also spewed venom on the Kashmir issue and targeted India. Speaking to Pakistani reporters, Bilawal Bhutto condemned the upcoming G20 meeting in Srinagar. Moreover, Bhutto openly threatened India, and said, “We will respond to this on time and they will remember it”. Notably, Bilawal Bhutto is on a PoK’s visit from May 21 to May 23 in Islamabad to address the Assembly.

PM Modi took countless measures for OBC community in 9 yrs: Amit Shah in Gujarat

Ahmedabad (Gujarat): Union Home Minister and Minister of Cooperation, Amit Shah inaugurated the National Convention of Modi Samaj in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, on Sunday. In his address, the Union Minister said that efforts are being made to unite the dispersed community, and it is a good sign for both the community and the nation. He said that this community has progressed ahead due to its continuous efforts and strength and it will get the representation. Shah said that this society is blessed by Lord Shiva himself. Union Home Minister and Minister of Cooperation said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has visited every village in Gujarat and inspired the youth by forming an organization that provided an unparalleled structure for bringing change in Gujarat. He said that on the basis of his public welfare works during his tenure as Chief Minister of Gujarat, PM Modi became the Prime Minister of the country, and now he is increasing India's pride across the world. Shah said that the previous governments always harassed and humiliated the OBC community and ignored them, Prime Minister Modi took many initiatives for giving respect to the OBC community and took many steps for the welfare of the OBC community in the last nine years. He said that many OBCs have been made Chief Ministers from our party, the constitutional status has been provided to the OBC commission by the government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and for the first time 27 ministers from the OBC community have been included in the Union cabinet. Union Home Minister said that earlier there was no reservation for OBCs in Kendriya Vidyalaya, Navodaya Vidyalaya and NEET exam, but it has now been ensured by the government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He said that a venture capital fund for OBC young entrepreneurs has been set up. The amendment process in the OBC list was also initiated by the government under the guidance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Shah said that during the last 56 years of rule of the previous governments, not a single initiative was taken for ensuring respect for the OBC community, but PM Modi has taken countless measures in the past nine years, through which the OBC community is rising and achieving its due place. Shah said that during the Covid-19 pandemic, considering everyone equal, PM Modi provided the Corona vaccine to 130 crore people. He said that Prime Minister Modi has eliminated corruption by linking many public welfare schemes of the government with DBT and sending their benefits directly to the bank accounts of the poor. Union Home Minister and Minister of Cooperation Minister said that Rathore, Teli, Sahu community has made a huge contribution to the country and given the country such a Prime Minister who has worked to establish India's pride in the world. When the President of America says that Prime Minister Narendra Modi, you are very popular in America, and he wants your autograph, then every Indian feels proud. He said that the Indian economy which was earlier ranked 11th in the world, has moved up to the 5th position today and Prime Minister Modi has set a target that the Indian economy will become a USD 5 trillion economy by 2025. Shah said that India ranks second in the world in smartphone usage and production, third in the aviation market, third in the automobile market, third in start-ups and ranks third in the world in renewable energy. Shah added that after the independence of the country, in comparison to the 50 years of opposition governments, the nine years of government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi have had many significant achievements.