Mumbai: Although election season has concluded, the hubbub over pakoda is far from over. The reason this time, however, is a very different one.
Sagar Shah a young engineering graduate from Uttarakhand who managed to clear the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) with flying colours prefers to work in his pakoda shop along the Badrinath highway in Pipalkoti.
Shah’s pakoda shop has become a hit among locals and pilgrims visiting Badrinath and Hemkund Sahib. With pilgrimage season on in full swing, these fried delights are flying off the racks.
Located in a remote location of Chamoli district, Pipalkoti has seen a mass migration of locals for jobs and education. But Sagar’s case is a different and interesting one.
After completing his secondary level education from a local school, Sagar did a degree in engineering from a college in Chamoli. He also has a polytechnic diploma.
Sagar managed to achieve this feat while working at the pakoda shop alongside his father and uncle.
The young engineering graduate serves tea to the customers, deep fries pakodas and does every odd job like cleaning utensils.
Unlike many of his peers, he didn’t seek additional coaching from anywhere.
“I always had a knack for technical education, I understand how difficult it was for my family to support me financially. After completing engineering I took the GATE as a challenge, prepared a lot and cleared the exam” Sagar told News18.
Of the tens of thousands of people who appear for the GATE exam, Sagar secured a rank of around 8000. This is sufficient for him to get admission into any good National Institute of Technology (NIT). However, he has no plans of joining an M.Tech course.
“Doing M.Tech means wasting another two years and I don’t want to do that,” he said and added that he is instead keen on taking up a job and earning some money to support his family business.
“Running a pakoda shop is itself challenging. We hardly get labourers and cooks these days. I don’t feel about my father and uncle serving (food) at the shop and cleaning tables,” he reasoned.
The young achiever eventually intends to develop technology that will help several other pakoda sellers like him.
After all, in the end, it all comes back to pakodas.
Ayodhya on high alert following intelligence inputs
Ayodhya: Amid VIP movements, Ayodhya has been put on high alert soon after intelligence inputs indicated a possible terror attack in the city.
“We have put more force into action. The force has been alerted. Also, intelligence officials in the civil dress have come here. They are checking all hotels, restaurants and railway stations. The police force is vigilant and keeping a track of all the movements,” Anil Kumar Sisodia, Superintendent of Police City, told ANI.
This comes ahead of Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray’s visit to Ayodhya on Sunday along with his party MPs.
According to reports, the security has also been heightened keeping in mind the hearing on 2005 Ram Janmabhoomi attack on June 18.
Seven died while cleaning hotel sewer in Vadodara
Vadodara: Seven persons, including four sanitation workers, died due to asphyxiation on Saturday while cleaning sewer of a hotel in Gujarat’s Vadodara district, officials said.
The incident happened at a hotel in Fartikui village in Dabhoi tehsil, about 30 km from Vadodara city. Three employees of the hotel were also among those killed.
“When one sanitation worker failed to come out of the manhole, others went inside. All of them died due to asphyxiation,” district collector Kiran Zaveri told PTI.
Manmohan retires from Rajya Sabha
New Delhi: For the first time in 28 years, former prime minister Dr Manmohan Singh’s name ceased to be part of the list of members of the Rajya Sabha on its Web site, and was included in the list of former members of Parliament.
With the Congress lacking the numbers in the Assam legislature to ensure his re-election, 86-year-old Dr Singh retired from the Rajya Sabha.
Dr Singh, then finance minister in the P V Narasimha Rao government, had debuted in the House on October 1, 1991, from Assam and represented the state for five consecutive terms. He was the leader of the House during his 10 years as PM, and leader of the Opposition from 1998 to 2004.The former PM would now need to wait for the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, an ally of the Congress, to send him to the Rajya Sabha next month or until the next biennial elections in the Upper House in April 2020 when 54 MPs retire.
Five Rajya Sabha members from Tamil Nadu retire in July. The DMK, along with its allies, has the strength in the state legislature to get at least three elected to the Rajya Sabha. It has promised one seat to MDMK chief Vaiko.
However, sources said the DMK and the Congress have not had any discussions on the issue.
The Congress could also hope to send Dr Singh to the Upper House from Gujarat if elections to fill the two vacancies from the state take place together.
The vacancies are on account of two Bharatiya Janata Party Rajya Sabha members from Gujarat, Amit Anilchandra Shah and Smriti Zubin Irani, being elected to the Lok Sabha. Shah has debuted in the Lok Sabha from Gandhinagar while Irani is the Lok Sabha member from Amethi in Uttar Pradesh.
The Congress’s numbers in the Gujarat assembly would ensure the party wins one of the two seats, the other going to the BJP, if elections to the two seats are held jointly.