IS THE CONGRESS RIGHT IN EXPELLING MANI SHANKAR AIYER?

After Rahul Gandhi Rebuke, Congress Suspends Mani Shankar Aiyar Over "Neech" Remark NEW DELHI: Senior Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar was suspended from the primary membership of the party on Thursday for calling Prime Minister Narendra Modi a "neech aadmi", a remark that PM Modi said was aimed at his humble origins. Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi had responded to the volley of attacks from the BJP over the comment by his sharp disapproval of the language used by Mr Aiyar during the day and asking him to apologise. The Congress' decision to later suspend Mr Aiyar and seek his explanation is seen as an attempt to insulate the party from the controversy that erupted just two days before the first phase of Assembly elections in Gujarat. The BJP and PM Modi, who was campaigning in Gujarat, had invoked Mr Aiyar's remarks to target the Congress through the day. "Shriman Mani Shankar Aiyar today said that Modi is of 'neech jaati' (low caste) and is 'neech' (vile). Is this not an insult to Gujarat? This is an insult to the great legacy of India. This is born of Mughal mentality," he told an election rally in the state's diamond city, Surat. PM Modi...

Youth Unemployment – We all are responsible by Areesha Fatma

Instead of beginning with the same mundane way of penning down my article, here I would like to share a small incident which at second level intrigued me to write on this crucial issue. (*Here, first level credits goes to the man behind this amazing website). Here, it goes, while sipping a medium cup of coffee at one of the cafes in South Delhi, I observed a group of 3-4 youngsters probably college students or pass-outs, they must be of around 22 or 23 years of age. I somehow overheard their conversation from my table as the place was not that much crowded with people. The thing which took my attention to their conversation was ‘job chahiye hai yaar’, their further conversations gave me an understanding that they were looking for a job and in this process were facing various issues. Even one of them quoted that despite studying from good college, they were unable to get a suitable employment from them. While this was one of the incident, the other problem which I constantly keep on listening from my friends these days is dissatisfaction with their jobs/current employment due to low salary, boss concerns, timings, work pressure...

SHOULD TRIPLE TALAQ BE BANNED IN EVERY SENSE?

Triple talaq: Govt plans to make practice a punishable offence, likely to table Bill in winter session Three months after the Supreme Court set aside the centuries-old practice of instant triple talaq or talaq-e-biddat in which Muslim men divorce their wives by uttering talaq three times in quick succession, the government has taken the first step to consider a legislation that will make triple talaq a criminal offence. A Bill to this effect is likely to be tabled in the winter session of Parliament. “The government is contemplating making talaq-e-biddat a criminal offence. Very serious consideration is being given by the government,” a senior government functionary said Tuesday. A committee of ministers has been constituted to finetune the legislation, the official said. The committee comprises Home Minister Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi. SOURCE - INDIAN EXPRESS Modi Govt. Mulling Law To End Triple Talaq The government is considering bringing a legislation in the winter session of Parliament to put an end to instantaneous triple talaq, a Muslim way of divorce which is still in practice despite the Supreme Court striking it down. A ministerial committee has been...

IS CREATIVE FREEDOM UNDER THREAT IN OUR COUNTRY?

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...

DO WE NEED AN ENVIRONMENTAL REVOLUTION TO BREATHE BETTER IN INDIA?

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...

WILL PARTY POLITICS RUIN DELHI’S HEALTH?

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

IS THE GOVT. DOING ENOUGH TO COMBAT POLLUTION IN DELHI?

Delhi air pollution: City schools stop all early morning outdoor activities Deteriorating air quality in the capital has resulted in some top private schools suspending outdoor activities for students. Some others, however, maintained they will monitor the situation and take necessary precautions in the coming days. On Saturday, Sanskriti School sent a message to parents, saying, “Please note that due to the high pollution levels/ unfavourable weather conditions in Delhi, the morning sports practice has been suspended for a few days…” SOURCE - INDIAN EXPRESS Days Before Delhi Marathon, Doctors Warn Runners Of Pollution Risks NEW DELHI: Aman Awasthi, 61, moved to Delhi in 2004. After developing a heart condition, his doctors advised a strict diet and regular exercise. So Mr Awasthi made it a point to walk for 30 minutes and top up the hour running every morning. "How ironic that now doctors are saying don't run. It will turn out to be unhealthy. This is the price of retiring in a city," he said. On a sunny but somewhat foggy morning, a group of Lycra-clad runners stretch their hamstrings in Delhi's Nehru Park. Sporting yoga mats, water bottles, breathing masks and heartbeat monitors, the group is meeting for their weekly training for...

Is The iPhone Value For Money Or Waste Of Money?

THE EXPENSIVE HABIT OF IPHONE BUYING! After months of unprecedented hype and rumours, Apple finally took the wraps of the iPhone X at an event at the Steve Jobs Theatre in Cupertino yesterday. The iPhone X has been launched to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the iPhone and as a result is the most radical update to the iPhone line-up yet. But all this extravagance comes at a cost. You will have to pay a king's ransom to get your hands on the iPhone X when it arrives in India on November 3. Smartphones have been getting expensive year on year. There was a time when a device costing more than Rs 50,000 was completely unheard off. But now the iPhone X has shattered all price barriers. Let me put it into perspective. Two Samsung Galaxy S8's can be bought for Rs 1,15,000. A fancy 250cc bike can be bought for Rs 1 lakh. One iPhone X can be bought for Rs 1,02,000. There is a cheaper model with 64GB storage for Rs 89,000. But even that seems a bit too much at first glance. The last time Apple overhauled the design of the iPhone was with the iPhone 6 in 2014. They...

IS VIRAT KOHLI FROM ANOTHER PLANET?

VIRAT KOHLI CLOSER TO BEING GREATEST! Virat Kohli achieved yet another milestone in his career, completing 9,000 ODI runs during the third and final one-day against New Zealand in Kanpur. His deputy Rohit Sharma too struck his 15th ODI century as India were on course for a massive score. Requiring 83 runs to reach the milestone, Kohli achieved the landmark in his 194th innings and in his 202nd ODI. In the process, the Indian skipper emulated AB de Villiers, who held the record for being the fastest to 9,000 ODI runs. De Villiers had this record earlier this year when he got to the mark in 205 innings (214 matches). Now, Kohli holds the honour of being the fastest scorer of 9,000 runs in ODIs. Things got better for Kohli as he notched up 32nd century and his 2nd of the series as New Zealand struggled to contain the flow of runs. The latest knock was his sixth as skipper, the most by a skipper in ODIs. Ever since his debut year, the Indian captain has never averaged below 40 in a calendar year in ODIs and has scored 1,347 runs at an average of 74.83 this year. Last year, he averaged a...

Is Linking Adhaar Card to Everything a Danger to Privacy?

PROBLEMS WITH ADHAAR CONTINUE! NEW DELHI: There is relief on the way for mobile phone users, particularly senior citizens, facing difficulties in complying with the Supreme Court's order linking Aadhaar with mobiles as proxy authorisation may soon be permitted for the purpose. The options being considered by the government in consultation with telecom companies include use of online OTP (one time password) for mobile numbers registered with the Unique Identification Authority of India, alternatives such as iris scanning for per sons whose fingerprints are indistinct and home visits for senior citizens. Sources said the UIDAI is expected to issue directions outlining the options that could be made available to mobile users to comply with the SC ruling so that the process is completed with minimum inconvenience to the public. There has been concern that public annoyance over time consuming procedures was reflecting poorly on the government even though it had not sought Aadhaar linkage to phones. The proxy authorisation option will see a person nominated by a senior citizen verify ing Aadhaar linkage for the mobile user. As of now, it is not clear whether the facility will be restricted to senior citizens or be available to other mobile users as well. The...

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