Hindi speakers should give more respect to other languages: Ram Nath Kovind, President Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday asked Hindi-speaking people to give more respect and space to regional languages and their speakers in a bid to make Hindi more popular across the country.Addressing a function on the occasion of ‘Hindi Divas’ in New Delhi, the President said, Hindi continued to face opposition in some parts of the country even though it became an official language many decades ago. Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who was also present at the function organized by his Ministry, said in his address that Hindi could be enriched further if its speakers also used words from other languages.
CBI to probe Rs 25,000cr Jharkhand chit fund scam, The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has taken over the investigation into 20 cases pertaining to a chit fund scam involving funds worth Rs 25,000 crore in Jharkhand on the directions of the state high court. The agency has re-registered 20 FIRs pertaining to 193 accused (including individuals and companies), being investigated by Jharkhand police till now.
AIADMK crisis: Madras HC stays floor test until September 20, With the United AIADMK ruling group still short of the 117-mark for a majority, the Madras High Court on Thursday stayed the conduct of a floor test in the Tamil Nadu Assembly until September 20. The court was hearing a petition from the Opposition DMK seeking directions for Governor Vidyasagar Rao to take immediate steps to conduct a floor test. In the plea, the DMK had raised concerns that the Speaker might disqualify the 19 MLAs affiliated to ousted AIADMK leader T T V Dinakaran if the test was not held immediately.
No drought-like scenario: Ministry, A spell of good rain in the first 10 days of the month has substantially lowered the prospects of any drought-like situation as the Agriculture Ministry claimed that production of kharif crops coverage was satisfactory. “Though there is deficit rainfall reported in 95 districts, sowing is normal and satisfactory. The current rainfall in the first fortnight of September in many States will improve the situation. The yield is expected to be same as of last year. There is no drought-like situation,” said the Ministry, reacting to reports that “as many as 225 districts across 17 States could face the drought-like situation.” The Ministry said rainfall was near normal and the overall deficit was only about 6%.
Why the West offers no models for a Uniform Civil Code, Gender-just laws and codes are, as they should be, the critical test against which contemporary democracies are assessed. Pursuing gender equality is not easy, however, and there is no set path that can ensure the realization of this ideal for all time to come. We need to move in that direction, learning from the experiences of other democracies while recognizing the particularity of our situation. If we look at Western democracies, France and most of continental Europe inched closer to ensuring equality for women through a series of legislations that changed, bit-by-bit, aspects of the uniform civil code that had been formulated by Napoleon.
Uttar Pradesh: 19 dead in Baghpat boat mishap, At least 19 people died Thursday after an overloaded boat sank in the Yamuna near Katha village in Baghpat district of Uttar Pradesh. According to survivors, the boat sank vertically into the river around 6.45 am, less than 50 m from the bank. Besides approximately 40 people, the boat was carrying at least ten bags of fertilizers, each weighing 50 kg, they said. Police said 11 people have been rescued alive. Of the 19 dead, 13 were women. According to police, all the victims were daily wage laborers from Harijan Basti in Katha. While some of them worked at a brick kiln across the river, others would take the boat to reach neighboring state Haryana, where they worked in agriculture fields.
Dhinakaran faction approaches EC to nullify general council meet, Members of the AIADMK faction owing allegiance to sidelined leader T.T.V. Dhinakaran on Thursday approached the Election Commission urging the poll body to declare the recent AIADMK (Amma, PTA) general council meeting invalid. The party’s merged factions under Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami and his deputy O Panneerselvam on Tuesday declared late Chief Minister Jayalalithaa as AIADMK’s “permanent” general secretary and annulled the appointment of V K Sasikala as interim general secretary.
Ramadoss urges TN governor to ask CM to prove majority in the assembly, PMK leader S Ramadoss on Thursday urged Tamil Nadu Governor C Vidyasagar Rao to direct chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami to convene the legislative assembly and prove his government’s majority to put an end to the prevailing political “mess” in the state. In a statement, Ramadoss held the governor responsible for the sorry state of political affairs in Tamil Nadu. He said the political scene in the state would not have touched the all-time low if the governor had directed Palaniswami to convene the legislative assembly and prove the majority of the government as soon as 19 MLAs and supporters of ‘sacked’ AIADMK (Amma) deputy general secretary T T V Dhinakaran called on him on August 22 and declared that they lost had confidence in the chief minister and hence they decided to withdraw their support to the CM.
Bullet train won’t affect IFSC: Fadnavis, The state government has said work on the International Financial Services Centre (IFSC) at Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) won’t be affected by the station that will come up at the complex for the bullet train. The state government has conveyed its concerns along with solutions to the Centre to ensure work on the IFSC moves according to schedule. The state government which had initially opposed the railway ministry’s plan to construct the station for the bullet train in Mumbai at BKC Tuesday approved the allotment of 0.9 hectares in the G-text block at BKC for the station. The state government had earlier expressed strong reservations over the proposed station in the heart of its most-decorated central business district.
Jitters in Europe as Russia-Belarus war games set to begin, Military officials in Belarus have sought to calm Western fears about major war games with Russia involving thousands of troops, tanks and aircraft, just hours before they are due to get underway. The Zapad (West) 2017 maneuvers, mainly in Belarus this year, have caused concern at NATO and in neighboring countries. Some members of the alliance, including the Baltic states and Poland, have criticized a lack of transparency about the exercises and questioned Moscow’s real intentions.
‘Pharma Bro’ Shkreli puts a bounty on Hillary’s hair, jailed, A US judge on Wednesday ordered Martin Shkreli to be jailed while he awaits sentencing for securities fraud, citing a Facebook post in which the former drug company executive offered a $5,000 reward for a strand of Hillary Clinton’s hair. Shkreli, 34, dubbed the “pharma bro” for exploits that include jacking up the price of a life-saving drug by 5,000 percent, was silent and stony-faced as US marshals led him out of a Brooklyn courtroom. He had been free on a $5 million bail since his December 2015 arrest.
North Korea missile launch, Asian markets take a hit, Australia PM calls for tougher action on Pyongyang, North Korea invited criticism from the United States and South Korea early on Friday morning (IST) after it launched an intermediate-range missile eastwards over Japan. The missile was launched from near Pyongyang. The latest launch came after the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) imposed the eighth set of sanctions on the country over its banned missile and nuclear programs.
23 killed in Malaysia school blaze, Malaysian authorities were investigating the cause of a fire early Thursday that blocked the only exit of an Islamic dormitory on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, killing 23 people, most of them teenagers. Firefighters and witnesses described scenes of horror first of boys screaming for help behind barred windows as neighbors watched helplessly, and later of burned bodies huddled in corners of the room. Islamic teacher Arif Mawardy said he woke up to what he thought was a thunderstorm, only to realize it was the sound of people screaming.
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