Taj Mahal finds place in U.P. government’s 2018 calendar, The Taj Mahal, which has been in the crosshairs of controversy, has finally found a place of pride in the 2018 calender brought out by the Uttar Pradesh government. The 17th century architectural marvel is included in the month of July in the calendar brought out by the State information department. Also finding a place in the calendar is the Gorakhnath Temple in Gorakhpur. The Gorakhnath Mutt is represented by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.
PMs don’t enjoy absolute authority in coalition govts: Pranab Mukherjee, There is a need for serious public debate on the agendas of regional parties affecting national interests, especially in coalition governments where often the PM’s writ does not run fully and he may not have his way even in picking ministers and allotting portfolios, former President Pranab Mukherjee told TOI in the course of an extensive interaction on Wednesday.
Jharkhand girl ‘starvation’ death: Family stopped getting ration 8 months ago, THE FAMILY of the 11-year-old girl who died in Jharkhand’s Simdega district last month, allegedly due to non-availability of ration, had been removed from the state’s public distribution system because their Aadhaar cards were not linked to the new list issued by the government. At Karimati in Simdega’s Jaldega block, this is the only fact that everyone agrees upon — the family, their neighbours, panchayat members, even local officials. As The Indian Express found during a visit to the village on Wednesday, every other aspect of the girl’s death is a question of one version versus the other. The girl’s family insists that she died because of lack of food while other residents, the local medical practitioner, and district officials say she died due to malaria.
Modi should admit to demonetisation ‘mistake’, says Kamal, Actor Kamal Haasan has apologised for “hastily” supporting demonetisation and said Prime Minister Narendra Modi should accept his “mistake”. Mr. Haasan said he was “duty-bound to openly apologise for his haste” in lauding the note ban move, announced by the Prime Minister on November 8, 2016. Writing in his column in Tamil weekly Ananda Vikatan, which hit the stands on October 18, the actor said, “If the Prime Minister admitted the mistake… without being obstinate, another salaam (salute) from me is waiting for him.” He, however, did not make it clear what aspects he wanted Mr. Modi to admit as the “mistake” — the demonetisation decision per se or the implementation part of it.
Odd-Even scheme may be back, AAP government says it’s ready, The Odd-Even road rationing scheme could be back this winter. Delhi government has said that it is geared up to roll out the scheme if air quality in the capital reaches severe levels. Delhi transport minister Kailash Gahlot told TOI that a decision on the Odd-Even scheme would be taken by the government after Diwali. He said that the government is fully prepared to implement the scheme if it becomes necessary. “We are ready to implement the Odd-Even scheme and all the effective preparations for it are in place,” Gahlot said.
Congress has a question: Who paid for Narendra Modi’s chartered flights as Gujarat Chief Minister?, The Congress on Wednesday raised questions on Narendra Modi’s chartered flights between 2003 and 2007 when he was the Chief Minister of Gujarat after the BJP attacked the party over a report on Times Now that fugitive arms dealer Sanjay Bhandari had bought business-class air tickets for Rahul Gandhi’s brother-in-law Robert Vadra in 2012. Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi asked who had paid for more than 100 trips Modi had made by chartered planes across India and abroad between 2003 and 2007. Singhvi told a news conference that the estimated cost of the air trips was around Rs 16.56 crore.
Kerala High Court restores life ban on Sreesanth, The order comes on an appeal filed by the BCCI against a single-judge verdict revoking the life ban imposed on the cricketer in the wake of the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal. The Kerala High Court on October 17 restored life ban imposed on cricketer S. Sreesanth by the Board of Control for Cricket in India. The order came on an appeal filed by the Board of Control for Cricket in India CEO against a single-judge verdict revoking the life ban imposed on the cricketer in the wake of the IPL spot-fixing scandal. The appeal was filed by BCCI CEO Rahul Johri.
BBMP claims 50% potholes filled, citizens say poor job, Several deaths and a week after CM Siddaramaiah gave the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike 14 days to fill up the hundreds of potholes that dot the city’s roads, the civic body has claimed to have filled up 12,592 of the total 24,661 potholes.The citizens say cold mix used to fill up potholes is already giving way in some areas. “We are working round the clock to ensure all the potholes are filled within the deadline set by the chief minister. About 400km of roads is under contract, so the responsibility of fixing potholes lies with contractors.
For J-K schools, Centre plans restoration, counselling, teacher insurance, The HRD ministry has proposed revival of schools gutted in the Jammu and Kashmir unrest, emotional and career counseling for students, smart card-based health insurance for all government teachers and an exchange programme with schools outside the state. These are among interventions the ministry has proposed by to the Prime Minister’s Office and the home ministry to improve the quality of education, especially in districts affected by unrest early this year.
President Xi Jinping unveils road-map to realise “Chinese Dream”, In a sweeping marathon address that lasted over three hours, President Xi Jinping unveiled his vision of China’s future of achieving “moderate” prosperity in the next four years, and emerging as an advanced socialist nation by 2050. In his “work report” of the past five years read out at the inaugural of the 19th party congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) on Wednesday, Mr. Xi was unambiguous in declaring that China stood at “new historical juncture,” and would pursue its own path of developing ,“socialism with Chinese characteristics”.
Canada’s Quebec province to ban face coverings in public sector, Quebec will ban face coverings for people giving or receiving provincial government services under a law passed on Wednesday that rights groups have criticized as marginalizing Muslim women in the mainly French-speaking Canadian province. While the law, which takes effect by July 1, 2018, does not specify which face coverings are prohibited, the debate has largely focused on the niqab worn by some Muslim women, which covers everything but the eyes.
EU leaders to call for end to North Korea’s weapons programme, European Union leaders will demand on Thursday that North Korea end its nuclear and ballistic weapons programme, according to the draft final statement of an EU summit. The statement, to be delivered after a discussion among leaders on Thursday evening, will follow the latest EU sanctions agreed on Monday by foreign ministers, which go beyond United Nations measures.
US judge blocks latest version of Trump travel ban, A US federal judge has barred the White House from implementing yet another version of President Donald Trump’s controversial executive order on immigration, hours before it was due to go into full effect. The decision by US District Judge Derrick Watson in Hawaii which the White House signaled it would appeal marks the latest blow to Trump’s long-running efforts to restrict entry of travelers from targeted countries into the United States.
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