New Delhi, Jan 12: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday dubbed the anti-BJP grand alliance as an ‘failed experiment’ saying that the opposition parties are coming together as they want to form a ‘majboor’ (helpless) government, whereas the BJP wants a ‘mazboot’ (strong) dispensation for holistic development.
Addressing the BJP’s National Convention in New Delhi, PM Modi said the parties that were formed primarily to oppose the Congress and its culture have now join hands with it.
“Country should decide if it wants a pradhan sevak who spends months on vacation abroad or one who works tirelessly without taking a break,” Modi told a packed Ramlila Maidan filled with party workers.
In more than an hour-long speech, Modi said for the first time in country’s history, there has been no charge of corruption against the government. “BJP rule proved that country can see a change and govt can run without corruption,” he said.
Steering clear from the ongoing controversy in the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) over the removal of its director Alok Verma, just 36 hours after he was reinstated by the Supreme Court, Modi instead talked about the restriction imposed by the government of Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, and Chhattisgarh over the entry of CBI in these states.
“Despite being harassed for 12 years by UPA govt when I was Gujarat CM, and even after the arrest of Amit Shah, we didn’t ban the entry of CBI in the state,” Modi said.
He was referring to the arrest of BJP president Amit Shah, then MoS Home in Gujarat government, over the alleged involvement in the fake encounters case in which he was later acquitted.
Modi asked, “Why Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Chhattisgarh governments banned CBI in their respective state, what irregularities they have done?”
While the BJP leaders, including the union ministers, heaped praises on PM Modi for passage of the 10 per cent reservation to people of Economically Weaker Sections of the General category in employment and education, Modi said that the reservation has been provided “to meet expectations of youths who were not getting opportunities due to poverty, and it will enhance confidence of new India.”
Addressing the growing concerns of the agriculture sector which is witnessing increasing farm distress, Modi said the government is working for improving the farmer income and will double it by 2022. “To meet expectations of youths who were not getting opportunities due to poverty,” Modi said.
As the pressure mounts from the RSS and the VHP over bringing an ordinance to construct the Ram temple in Ayodhya, Modi alleged the Congress of obstructing the court procedures in the case through its lawyers. Responding to the chants of Jai Shri Ram at Ramlila Maidan, Modi said, “Congress doesn’t want a solution to Ayodhya issue, it is creating hurdles through its lawyers.”
Modi, however, did not talk about the Rafale and the controversies surrounding the 36 fighter aircraft deal, despite the Congress chief directly accusing the PM of being involved in it. However, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley who spoke earlier hailed the deal saying, “PM Modi saved thousands of crores in Rafale deal.”
The two-day national convention came to an end with the PM’s address. On day one, BJP chief Amit Shah had addressed the gathering asking workers to work for the party’s win comparing a loss if it happens to loss of Marathas in the battle of Panipat.
Rajnath pays tributes to slain Major
Srinagar, Jan 18: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Tuesday paid his tributes to Major Ketan Sharma in New Delhi. The Major had lost his life in an encounter with militants at Anantnag on Monday.
In a tweet, Singh said: “Major Sharma made the supreme sacrifice while fighting against the terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir. Major Sharma fought valiantly like a true soldier. My heart goes out to his bereaved family.”
Army Chief General Bipin Rawat also paid his tributes to Major Sharma by laying wreath.
Meanwhile, Army, here in Kashmir, too Tuesday paid tributes to Major Sharma and three soldiers killed during a militant attack and an encounter in south Kashmir on Monday and Tuesday respectively.
In a solemn ceremony at BB Cantt, Lt Gen KJS Dhillon, Chinar Corps Commander and all ranks, paid homage to the slain soldiers. Representatives from other security agencies also joined in paying their tributes.
Two of the slain soldiers, Havildar Amarjeet Kumar and Naik Ajit Kumar Sahoo, had sustained injuries on Monday in an IED blast in Arihal village of Pulwama. They were provided immediate first aid and evacuated to 92 Base Hospital where they succumbed to their injuries.
Amarjeet, 35, had joined the Army in 2005 and hailed from village Dighawlia in Siwan District of Bihar. He is survived by his wife and two sons. Naik Sahoo, 27, hailed from village Badasuanalo in Dhenknal District of Odisha. He had joined the Army in 2015 and is survived by his parents.
On Tuesday, Rifleman Anil Kumar Jaswal sustained a bullet injury in a counter-militancy operation conducted in Marhama village of Anantnag in which two militants were eliminated.
He was provided immediate first aid and evacuated to 92 Base Hospital but he too succumbed to his injuries. Jaswala, 26, belonged to village Saroh of Una District of Himachal Pradesh. He had joined Army in 2013 and is survived by his wife and a son.
The mortal remains of the slain were flown for the last rites to their native places, where they would be laid to rest with full military honours, Army spokesperson said.
A round of applause: ‘TheRealKashmir’ shortlisted at Cannes Lions 2019
Srinagar, Jun 18: The dream story of Real Kashmir Football Club (RKFC) is being watched and appreciated by the world as a two-minute film on the club was Tuesday shortlisted at Cannes Lions 2019.
‘TheRealKashmir’ was one of the 23 shortlists at the gala considered a global event and the largest gathering of the advertising and creative communications industry.
The international festival of creativity announced the shortlists across Direct, Media, PR, Creative Data, Creative Strategy, Social & Influencer categories on Tuesday.
‘TheRealKashmir’ was shortlisted in the PR category.
“For seven decades, the world has seen only one side of Kashmir. As ‘Sports has the power to change lives’ as its driving philosophy, Adidas partnered with Real Kashmir FC, a rising football club from the strife-torn region, and decided to change the negative perception with which the world sees Kashmir”, Cheil Worldwide India, who shot the movie, had said last month.
Cheil had also noted that they told their story across different mediums to create a brand new positive lens that would enable the world to see ‘TheRealKashmir’.
“We started with a 2 minute long film based on the true story of the club and their rise to the big leagues of India. We partnered with a leading Kashmiri newspaper to reorganize its news sections by bringing the sports page in front instead of the regular cover story of negativity. Then, we organized a photo exhibition in collaboration with the renowned street photographer, Prashant Godbole, showcasing Kashmir through the positive lens of football,” Cheil said.
In fact there are many firsts associated with the Real Kashmir FC. It became the first local football club to hire a former famous Scottish player David Robertson to coach the youngsters. David was playing for Rangers FC and Leeds United before taking up the coaching assignments. Established in 2016, the Real Kashmir FC is only club from Kashmir to have played in Scotland.
Only Tuesday, the club signed a top English striker Kallum Higginbotham for the upcoming season.
In their debut season in the highly competitive I League Real Kashmir FC finished third on the table, and on the way beating power houses such as Mohun Bagan and eventual champions Chennai City FC.
Real Kashmir FC also had huge attendance in all home games played at the TRC astro-turf with an average attendance of 25000. In last I League also saw the first ever match played in snow when RKFC took and defeated Gokulam Kerala FC.
Mehbooba meets Governor ;Visits slain police officer’s residence
Srinagar, Jun 18: Former J&K CM, Mehbooba Mufti, Tuesday met Governor Satya Pal Malik at the Raj Bhavan here.
Mehbooba, as per a Raj Bhavan spokesperson, shared with Governor her views relating to the present political, and socio-economic situation in the State.
The two also discussed various issues relating to the growth and development of the State.
Meanwhile, Mehbooba, during the day, also visited the residence of slain police officer Arshid Ahmad Khan to express solidarity with the bereaved family.
She expressed solidarity with the slain officer’s family and prayed for their patience at their loss.
She added that the unresolved conflict is claiming precious human lives, destroying families and orphaning children.
Mehbooba pitched for an end to the violence and bloodshed and hoped that saner voices will prevail to resolve the conflict and end peoples sufferings in Jammu and Kashmir.
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