Manushi Chhillar: Know your Miss India World 2017 Even though she was studying to become a cardiac surgeon, destiny had other plans for Manushi Chillar, who is India's Miss World contestant for 2017. The 20-year-old, who is the 54th titleholder, represented the state of Haryana at the Femina Miss India 2017 beauty pageant, and competed with 29 contestants from other Indian states. She took over as Miss India World from Priyadarshini Chatterjee at the finale event, which was held in Mumbai earlier this year. Now, Manushi is competing with 108 contestants for the Miss World crown at an event that will be held in China on November 18. Manushi was enrolled in a bachelor’s degree in medicine and surgery when she decided to enter the beauty pageant. However, she is equally passionate about outdoor sports such as paragliding, bungee jumping, snorkelling and scuba diving. No surprise then that her motto in life is, 'When you cease to dream you cease to live. SOURCE - TIMES NOW


Creative freedom in ICU... Mona Creative freedom has been the burning issue this week. First, two films got dropped from International Film Festival of India, resulting in Sujoy Ghosh stepping down from its jury. Second, the vandalism over yet-to-release Padmavati for hurting religious sentiments continue; a multiplex in Kota where the trailer of the Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s magnum opus was screened bore the brunt. Actor-director Farhan Akhtar opened a new front by pointing out that there is ‘lack of unity in the film fraternity’. Is it just a transient phase or a serious one in which creative expression is in the line of fire? Writers, filmmakers and film enthusiasts share their take. It’s very unfortunate Attacks on creative freedom have worsened over the last few years. Not only is this unfortunate but shameful that no one from the authority has taken a stand on it. We have seen goons having their way whether it was Padmavati, Udta Punjab, or Indu Sarkar. The jury is set up by the government and the films passed by it and cleared by the Censor Board, how can they just be drooped? Marathi cinema is thriving and to drop its opening film at IFFI is just not...

Has Swachh Bharat Created The Desired Impact?

Evaluating the Success of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan October 2, 2017, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, also marked the third anniversary of the Modi’s government’s flagship scheme, the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (SBA). The SBA is one of the largest cleanliness drives in the world, with a workforce of three million government employees who are directly or indirectly attached to the programme. With the SBA now completing three years, it is imperative to evaluate its achievements. The Swachh Survekshan 2017 was undertaken by the Quality Council of India to check the progress and impact of SBA. The parameters of evaluation included waste collection (sweeping and transportation), municipal solid waste processing and disposal, open defecation and toilets, capacity building and information, and education and behaviour change. For a programme as diverse in impact as the SBA, these parameters will give us an idea of how it has been implemented but to think that they can tell us how the programme has done within a community is illogical. Simple logic tells us that the single most important impact of the SBA should be on the health of the community. From the era of English physician John Snow, we know that cleanliness drives away diseases...


India on path to meet climate targets, rich world falling short Sixteen of the 25 major carbon emitting countries, including the United States, Australia, Canada and the EU nations (counted together) are not on track to achieve their Paris pledges, says a new global report released in Germany on Wednesday. The report, based on scientific analysis of what all the top 25 emitters have been doing to cut their emissions, has noted that only nine of these countries, including India and China, are "on track to achieve or even overachieve their self-determined unconditional" targets. This new report by the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and two other institutions including New Climate Institute provides an overview of projected greenhouse gas emissions in 25 major emitting countriesregion up to 2030, taking into account the emission trajectories based on current policies and the implementation of their nationally determined contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement. The report, while highlighting how most developed countries were falling short, attributed their poor record on the higher commitments made. It noted that a country likely to meet its NDC was not necessarily undertaking more stringent action on mitigation than a country which is not on track, as this...


3 Years of BJP Government – Success or Failure? Narendra Modi after a remarkable win formed his Government on 26th May 2014. The Government launched several welfare schemes and objective of running these schemes was to bring equality, lucidity and security on social as well as economic fronts. From the past 3.5 years, BJP government in India marked its presence in all socio, economic, national, international, political and religious concerns. It’s been 3.5 years since Narendra Modi assumed office as the Prime Minister as a large Modi Wave stormed away from the Manmohan Singh government. 3.5 years have gone past but we can’t really say if the government has done anything for this nation in terms of ground implementation rather than depressing the economy. It was only recently that India’s GDP plunged to 5.7% in the first quarter of the current fiscal year hitting a 3 year low. There have been castles of schemes and promises but each fallacy of the government has been well covered by jibes of nationalism and Hinduism. Wouldn’t you call the government an utter failure as the nation seems to be run in such bizarre and amateur manner? SOURCE - VOICEURVIEWS Three Years Into Modi’s Regime, the Cracks Are Beginning...


AAP govt. not serious about controlling pollution: BJP New Delhi , November 12 (ANI): In the wake of the Delhi Government calling off the odd-even vehicle movement in the national capital, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday said it took a U-turn on the scheme after getting hauled up by National Green Tribunal (NGT), adding it was not serious about reducing or controlling the pollution in the state. BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma criticised the Aam-Aadmi Party Government in the state and said it never implemented the hundreds of solutions suggested by the NGT. "The Delhi Government took a u-turn on the odd-even scheme, because only yesterday it came under heavy criticism by the NGT. The NGT went on-record to tell the government that they or the Supreme Court, in the last one year, never asked the government to implement odd-even, but suggested hundred other ways to reduce pollution," she said. "The state government still went ahead with the scheme even though their own Delhi Pollution Board was saying it was not effective, and in fact worsened the situation in phase-1 and phase-2. Odd-even is an unnecessary obstacle in the lives of Delhiites. I truly feel that this government is not very serious...


Understanding air pollution levels in India and how technology can help resolve some issues As we approach the winter season, it has become a habit to hear news about 'severe smog' situations in New Delhi. The current incident of smog occurring in the capital city of India, is just another example of how situation can go out of hand if proctive measures aren't taken soon. This is easier said than done. It will require a planned execution of preventive steps for a prolonged duration. As we approach the winter season, it has become a habit to hear news about 'severe smog' situations in New Delhi. The current incident of smog occurring in the capital city of India, is just another example of how situation can go out of hand if proctive measures aren't taken soon. This is easier said than done. It will require a planned execution of preventive steps for a prolonged duration. SOURCE - FIRST POST India and China face deadliest air pollution in the world: Study Beijing and Delhi are two of the worst cities in terms of pollution, but on one hand, Beijing has a well-defined measure to battle the smog, Delhi is far from formalising one. In India, rapid industrialisation...


Odd-even rule back in Delhi from Monday The odd-even vehicle rationing scheme will be enforced in the capital for a five-day period, beginning Monday, as part of a graded response plan to tackle pollution in Delhi, the government announced on Thursday. The scheme, which will come into effect on November 13 and continue till November 17, both days included, will be in place from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Women drivers, two-wheelers and vehicles carrying children in school uniform, in addition to VVIPs, would be exempted from its provisions, Delhi Transport Minister Kailash Gahlot said. The policy mandates that private vehicles ply on the basis of the last number of their licence plates — odd numbered cars on odd dates and even-numbered ones on even dates — and has been enforced in Delhi twice earlier: from January 1 to 15 and April 15 to 30. Motorists will have to pay ₹2,000 if they violate provisions of the scheme, which will be enforced by teams of the Delhi police, the transport department and sub-divisional magistrates. “The exemptions will be similar to last year and there is no need for people to panic,” he told reporters, adding that CNG vehicles having valid stickers would be exempt....


Amardinder Singh tweets to Kejriwal; Punjab decides to shut all schools from 9-11 Nov Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Wednesday reached out to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on the latter's concern over stubble management in the neighbouring states. In a series of tweets addressed to Kejriwal, Singh said, "Share your concern over stubble burning and pollution @ArvindKejriwal, Centre alone can solve the problem given its national implications." Singh also said that the smog situation is serious but "Punjab is helpless" as problem is widespread and state has no money "to compensate farmers for stubble management." SOURCE - FIRSTPOST Delhi inches towards pollution emergency, air highly toxic The toxic haze hanging over Delhi today thickened, leading to near zero visibility at many places, even as air quality slid further and touched calamitous levels. The air quality index of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) had a score of 487 on a scale of 500, indicating 'severe' levels of pollution, which can affect even healthy people and "seriously impact" those with existing diseases. If the score touches 500 and persists there for at least 48 hours, measure .. SOURCE - ET


PM Thanks People For Support, Tweets Video on Note Ban Benefits Wednesday, 8 November, marks one year since Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s big surprise announcement to scrap Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 currency notes. The Congress-led Opposition, which has heavily criticised demonetisation over the past year, will launch nationwide protests to observe what has labelled ‘Black Day’. Meanwhile, BJP stalwarts, including Rajnath Singh and Arun Jaitley, are busy defending demonetisation and its benefits. SOURCE - THE QUINT Rahul Gandhi attacks Modi, says PM’s 'thoughtless act' destroyed livelihoods of honest Indians On demonetization's first-anniversary, Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi hit-out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying, livelihoods of millions of Indians were destroyed by PM’s thoughtless act. "Demonetisation is a tragedy. We stand with millions of honest Indians, whose lives and livelihoods were destroyed by PM’s thoughtless act," said Rahul Gandhi in a tweet. The Congress and other Opposition parties have also planned countrywide protests in the form of processions, rallies, and candle-light marches to mark the first demonetization anniversary on Wednesday, as their leaders would observe it as 'black day' The Congress, which described the note ban decision as the 'biggest scam' and 'the largest government-abetted money laundering scheme', has asked all its state units to organise...

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