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Extraordinary steps needed: NITI Aayog on economic slowdown

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New Delhi: Government think tank Niti Aayog on Thursday made a case for extraordinary steps to deal with the unprecedented stress in the financial sector which has resulted in an economic slowdown in the country. The Centre needs to take steps that eliminate apprehension from the minds of private sector players and encourage them to step up investments, Niti Aayog vice chairman Rajiv Kumar said. He also said private investments will drive India out of the middle income trap. Terming the stress in the financial sector as unprecedented, he said nobody had faced this sort of situation in the past 70 years when entire financial system was under threat. Rajiv Kumar, Niti Aayog vice chairman "Nobody is trusting anybody else... within the private sector nobody is ready to lend, everyone is sitting on cash...you may have to take steps which are extraordinary," he said. He said some of the steps were aleady announced in the Budget to address stress in financial sector and give a push to ec..
                 

Western Railway rescued 422 kids, 45 women in the last six months

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On Wednesday, Western Railway Chief Spokesperson Ravinder Bhakar said that the Railway Protection Force (RPF) of the has rescued 422 children and 45 women in the last six months and handed them over to their families or NGOs respectively. The rescued children were either trafficked, lost, missing, runaway or abandoned. Also Read: Mumbai: Western Railway asks BMC to repair, re-construct 6 bridges WR PRO Bhakar termed it as a significant jump from 301 children and 28 women rescued in 2018 and handed over either to their families or NGOs and shelter homes. He also said that setting up of seven Child Help Desks at the WR network stations in Maharashtra and Gujarat had helped to rescue children and women. Bhakar also assured that 15 more Child Help Desks would be set up at stations in Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, and Uttar Pradesh. Besides child help desk, the WR is also using technologies like the talk-back system and has installed 251 CCTVs in the ladies' compartments in the suburban and..
                 

These unseen pictures of Gandhi family will leave you amazed

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Senior Congress leaders, including interim party president Sonia Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Rahul Gandhi, Manmohan Singh paid tributes to former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on his 75 birth anniversary on Tuesday. This week we will celebrate my father, Rajiv Gandhi Ji's 75th birth anniversary with memorial events across India. To honour him, each day this week, I will draw attention to one of his many incredible achievements. Today, the Information Technology revolution. #RajivGandhi75 pic.twitter.com/qBjIfTVRkj — Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) August 19, 2019 Former PM Dr. Manmohan Singh, Congress President Smt. Sonia Gandhi, Shri @RahulGandhi & AICC Gen Sec Smt. @priyankagandhi pay homage to Former PM Shri Rajiv Gandhi on his 75th birth anniversary. #SadbhavanaDiwas #Rajiv75 pic.twitter.com/BgjeX6zwhh — Congress (@INCIndia) August 20, 2019 Born on August 20, 1944, Rajiv Gandhi had represented Uttar Pradesh's Amethi parliamentary constituency four times..
                 

Floods in Maharashtra: Free ration, crop loan waivers for affected

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Long with rebuilding public and private infrastructure and rehabilitating flood-affected people, the state government has announced an additional relief package for the affected people. On Monday, the sub-committee for post-flood monitoring headed by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis also set up an expert panel to study the floods in western Maharashtra and recommend measures to mitigate them in the future. The state government has offered free ration to the affected people for the next three months. The farmers will get a complete crop loan waiver for a landholding of up to 1 hectare. Those who didn’t avail crop loans will get thrice the amount of damage compensation approved by the assessors. Power bills for agricultural pumps will not be recovered in the next three months too. A special state grant of Rs1 lakh will be given for building new homes. This will be in addition to the amount that will be given under the PM Aavas Yojana. Till the homes are built, the affected families..
                 

14 killed, 45 injured in truck-bus collision in Maharashtra

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At least fourteen people were killed and 45 were reported injured in a head-on collision between a trailer truck carrying a container and a Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) bus around 10.15 pm on Sunday night in Maharashtra's Dhule district. An MSRTC spokesperson told mid-day that the accident took place late on Sunday about 1 km from Neemgul village in Dhule division. Also Read: Vision Zero launched to reduce accidents on old Mumbai-Pune highway At least fourteen people were killed and 45 were reported injured in an accident. Pic credit/Rajendra B Aklekar The bus headed on Shahada-Aurangabad route was ferrying about 65 passengers when the speeding container trailer came from the opposite direction resulting in a collision killing 14 people. Also Read: 14 children injured in road mishap after bus skids off road in Palghar The accident took place on Sunday about 1km from Neemgul village in Dhule division. Pic credit/Rajendra B Aklek..
                 

'India-Pak talks only on PoK now'

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Kalka/Jammu: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh here on Sunday said there would be no talks with Pakistan unless it acts against terrorists. And, if talks were held with Islamabad in future, they would be only on Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), Singh said at a rally ahead of the flagging off BJP's Jan Ashirwad Yatra for the October assembly polls in Haryana. On the scrapping of the provision granting a special status to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370, Singh said the decisions had sent jitters to Pakistan and it became a cause of concern for them. "Now it (Pakistan) is knocking every door and approaching various nations for help. Have we committed any crime? And they are trying to threaten us. However, the US has snubbed Pakistan, telling them to initiate a dialogue with India," he said. Singh said people in Pakistan say there should be talks with India. "What should we talk about? Why there should be a talk? If there would be any talk with Pakistan, it would happen only when it stops..
                 

Mumbai diary: Thursday Dossier

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Colours of freedom John Abraham holds the tricolour with pride at a promotional event for his film in Juhu on Wednesday. Pic/Sameer Markande In the spotlight There are Indians who do the country proud without leaving its shores, and then there are those who flee the nest to make a mark. A new book will now tell the stories of some of these personalities, via the medium of interviews that journalists have conducted with them. Titled Peerless Indians (Harper Collins India), and edited by Pritish Nandy and Tapan Chaki, it features conversations with Salman Rushdie, Amitabh Bachchan and Sundar Pichai among others. Pick it up for a dose of inspiration. An unusual jugalbandi for I-Day Joshua Pollock may now be known as a practitioner of heartfulness meditation, a technique on which he has co-authored a book with Kamlesh D Patel. AR Rahamn. Pic/Getty Images But the American violinist first arrived in India as an instructor in AR Rahman's KM Conservatory in Chennai. And to wish India on her ..
                 

Uddhav Thackeray's son, Tejas discovers two new species of geckos

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In a yet another achievement in the field of wildlife research that also highlights the fact that the ecologically rich Sahyadri's have to be protected, Tejas Thackeray, son of Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray along with two other researchers, identified as Akshay Khandekar and Ishan Aggarwal have discovered two new species of geckos from Koyna region and Ambaghat region near Kolhapur. The discovery about the two species of geckos was published in a renowned international journal Zootaxa and the researchers included Akshay Khandekar, Tejas Thackeray and Ishan Agarwal. Tejas Thackeray While speaking to Tejas Thackeray said, "I am delighted to share that our team has discovered two new Cnemaspis (Dwarf geckos) from the Sahyadris of Maharashtra. Cnemaspis Amba and Cnemaspis Koynaensis. Both the species have been named after their type and localities to throw light on this amazingly diverse yet fragile ecosystem. Amba Ghat in Kolhapur and Koyna in Satara which collectively form the Sa..
                 

Wadia hospital opens first Outreach OPD in Nashik for children with congenital heart disease

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Mumbai based Wadia hospital which is one of the leading medical institutions in the country recently joined hands with Vijan Hospital & Research Centre (VHRC) to introduce Outreach OPDs in order to cater to the needs of the pediatric patients in Nasik and North Maharashtra. A first of its kind initiative by the hospital, it aims to provide high-end clinical diagnosis and consultation by heart specialists for pediatric patients in rural Maharashtra. Also Read: Mumbai: J J Hospital dean faces heat for 'defying government' Heart specialists from Wadia hospital will be visiting Outreach OPDs on alternate Sundays, twice a month in order to cater to the needs of the people in Nahsik and North Maharashtra. Till date, the hospital has treated more than 1500 cases, out of which 150 were only from Northern Maharashtra. The outreach OPD will be a boon for children with heart ailments. Congenital heart disease, which is also called congenital heart defect is heart abnormal..
                 

Kerala faces the wrath... again!

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Thiruvananthapuram: The death toll in Kerala floods has reached 42 and more than one lakh people have been shifted to over 800 relief camps across the rain-battered state, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said on Saturday. The 42 deaths, of which 11 are from Wayanad, have been reported in the past three days. Addressing the media after a review meeting on the floods, Vijayan said that 80 landslides, which have caused the maximum destruction, have been reported from eight worst affected districts, including Meppadi in Wayanad and Kavalapara in Malappuram districts. Also Read: ETF teams to reach Kerala today to help in rescue, relief work "Authorities are still not able to ascertain the actual number of missing in these two areas. According to unconfirmed reports, 41 are missing from Kavalapara," said Vijayan. Residents are being evacuated from their homes to a safer place A red alert for heavy rain has been issued today in Ernakulam, Palakkad, Idukki, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Waynad a..
                 

In three days, Kerala floods claim 28 lives, displace 22,000

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Thiruvananthapuram: Torrential rains continued to batter various parts of Kerala on Friday as the toll in monsoon-related incidents, including landslides, in the last three days mounted to 28 with over 22,000 people being shifted to relief centres, officials said. A year after Kerala was devastated by the deadliest monsoon that led to the worst deluge in a century, the state was again at the receiving end of the nature's fury, prompting the government to seek the help of the Army and the Air Force. Train services were also affected in some places as heavy rains triggered landslides while overflowing rivers caused flooding in several parts with the worst affected being hilly Wayanad, Malappuram, Kannur and Idukki in north and central Kerala. Flight operations at the Kochi airport were suspended till Sunday due to inundation, bringing back memories of August last year when it was shut down for a fortnight following floods. A man makes his way through a flooded road in Eloor, Ernakulam di..
                 

BSP MLAs differ with Mayawati

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Jaipur: While BSP supremo Mayawati has slammed the acquittal of all six accused in the Pehlu Khan lynching case, BSP MLAs in Rajasthan have come out in support of it. Six MLAs of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), which supports the Congress government in Rajasthan, met Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Friday evening and took a different stand from that of the party chief. Mayawati had on Friday tweeted in Hindi: "Due to the gross negligence and inaction of the Rajasthan Congress government, all six accused in the Pehlu Khan mob lynching case were acquitted by the lower court, this is unfortunate. If the government would've been cautious in bringing justice to the victim's family, would this (acquittal of the accused) ever be possible, perhaps never." BSP MLA Rajendra Guda, after his meeting with Gehlot, said, "Mayawati had been conveyed wrong information. She has been sitting in Lucknow and is not updated on the process of the probe. In fact, none of the Dalits under Chief Minister Ash..
                 

President The Central Tibetan Administration Visits Parul University

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"India is the guru and the Tibetans are its Chela (students)" said Dr. Lobsang Sangay, President of Central Tibet Administration, during his talk at the recently held PU Talks event which was organised by Parul University. During his official Gujarat tour, President Lobsang visited the University campus where he delivered an inspiring talk on the journey of Tibet, to over 600 staff and students. In his opening remarks, he highlighted the longstanding geographic, religious, political and economic ties the nation of Tibet has shared with India and the significance of maintaining and promoting these relations as a way of ensuring the overall growth and development of the people. The University hosted this renowned personality as a way of motivating and enlightening the students and staff to ensure that it's quality academics, will always remain in touch with the current world affairs. Dr. Lobsang Sangay caught in a candid moment during an interactive session with the students of Parul Un..
                 

Restricted eid on the streets of Jammu and Kashmir

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Srinagar: Eid prayers on Monday were limited to neighbourhood mosques in Kashmir as authorities imposed strict controls and security forces fanned out across towns and villages, restricting the movement of people and prohibiting congregations in large grounds. Eid-al-Adha prayers concluded without any violence, police said. The festive buzz was missing with roads deserted across large swathes of the Valley, the silence broken only by police sirens and IAF helicopters hovering overhead. Kashmiris woke up to armed personnel deployed in every possible corner asking them to remain indoors. The Eidgah ground and places such as the Hazratbal shrine, the TRC ground and the Syed Saheb mosque were quiet and desolate this Eid — that comes exactly a week after the Centre announced that the J&K's special status under Article 370 was being revoked and the state being split into two Union Territories. There were reports that former chief ministers Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah and Mehboob..
                 

Kiran Bedi, Shabana Azmi pay homage to Sushma Swaraj at condolence meet

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Former Minister of External Affairs and veteran BJP leader Sushma Swaraj's condolence meeting was held on August 9, 2019, four days after the 67-year-old politician passed away after suffering a cardiac arrest. The condolence meet, which is also known as 'Uthawani' ceremony was attended by Manohar Lal Khattar (Chief Minister of Haryana), Puducherry Lt. Governor Kiran Bedi, Bollywood actress Shabana Azmi, Working President of the Bharatiya Janta Party, Jagat Prakash Nadda to name a few. Shabana Azmi consoles Sushma Swaraj's daughter Bansuri at the latter's prayer meet in New Delhi Shabana Azmi, Kiran Bedi, and few other prominent personalities were seen getting emotional as they came to pay homage to the Former Minister of External Affairs, late Sushma Swaraj. Besides politicians and Bollywood celebs, the prayer meeting was attended by friends, family, and well-wishers who thronged in large numbers to pay tributes to Sushma Swaraj. Puducherry Lt. Governor Kiran ..
                 

Infamous Indian bandits who struck terror

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Veerappan Koose Muniswamy Veerappan was born in Karnataka's Gopinatham village in a Tamil Vanniyar family of cattle-grazers. He started as an assistant to his relative Sevi Gounder, a notorious poacher and sandalwood smuggler and began his career in crime in 1970. Veerappan started off as sandalwood and ivory smuggler, killing elephants for ivory poaching but later started killing those who opposed his activities. His first murder was committed at 17 years of age. Over the years Veerappan's victims included forest officials, police officers and informers. Veerappan defied the state governments of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and the Border Security Force for over a decade. He was wanted for killing approximately 184 people, poaching about 200 elephants and smuggling ivory worth 2,600,000 dollars and about 10,000 tons of sandalwood worth approximately 22,000,000 dollars. A reward of 50 million rupees was offered for his capture, yet he dodged arrest for 20 years until killed by police on..
                 

Sitaram Yechury, D Raja stopped at Srinagar

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New Delhi: CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury and CPI chief D Raja were not allowed to enter Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) on Friday and sent back from Srinagar airport after a brief detention, party sources said. The Left leaders had gone to Srinagar to meet CPI(M) leader Md Tarigami and other party colleagues. "They showed us a legal order which did not allow any entry into Srinagar. It stated that even escorted movement in the city was not permitted due to security reasons. We are still trying to negotiate with them," Yechury told the media. Later, party sources said they have been sent back to Delhi. D Raja "Both of us had written to the J&K governor requesting him that there should be no hurdles for our visit... despite that we have been detained. I wanted to meet my ailing colleague and our comrades who are here," Yechury said. Jaipur on high alert High alert has been sounded in Jaipur following intelligence reports that armed terrorists may try to sneak in on Independenc..
                 

Mumbai: Man receives multiple e-challans for illegal parking of scooter he doesn't own

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The traffic department appears to be facing frequent glitches in the issuance of e-challan. Days after a car owner was fined for 'riding without a helmet', a 55-year-old biker has received multiple e-challans in five months for illegal parking of a scooter he doesn't own. Suresh KK, a lensman at mid-day who owns a motorcycle — Bajaj Avenger Cruise 220 — has been receiving e-challans on his mobile number since April 10 for parking a TVS Jupiter scooter in a no-parking zone at Bhoiwada. Till August 10, he has received a total of 10 e-challans for the same scooter with registration number MH 01 CX 4644, Suresh said. "On checking the Mumbai Traffic Police App, I found that all the challans were issued for the same TVS Jupiter scooter," he added. Scooter he has been fined for "When I noticed that 10 e-challans were issued to me for parking violation, I immediately tried to contact the traffic helpline. However, the number was constantly not reachable," said Suresh, who lives at ..
                 

State floods: Rs 6,813-crore relief okayed

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The state Cabinet has announced a R6813-crore relief and rehabilitation package for the flood-affected regions of Maharashtra. The government has decided to dip into the state disaster management fund to kick-start the relief work immediately and recover the amount from the Centre. The decision was taken at a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday, where Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis also announced the plan to set up an expert committee that will study the cause of flooding and recommend mitigation measures to avoid such a calamity in future. "This year's rain was unprecedented — more than three times the highest rainfall the region received in 2005. We need to have a plan in place to avoid flooding in case we get 700 per cent rainfall in four days. An expert panel will be appointed soon to study the flooding patterns and recommend measures to prevent any similar eventualities," Fadnavis said at a press briefing. A A flooded region in Kolhapur district following incessant rainfall. Pic/PT..
                 

'Without SRK's Devdas, I would have missed all this'

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What compels a person to fix their gaze on a screen for two hours? The answer varies. But popular discourse is often restricted to one poster or trailer — the end credits signifying your time to leave the cinema hall. But then, there are those like Frenchwoman Ophélie Wiel who might be waiting for the credit till the end, intrigued, and analysing every name. It's the overriding essence that is inferred from her new release, Rendezvous with Hindi Cinema (SAGE Publishing). Here, the film critic and professor of film studies at Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle, deep-dives into the industry along with the people who make it — the actor, director and film critic. So, you read about MF Husain watching Hum Aapke Hain Koun…! 50 times for Madhuri Dixit and Kalki Koechlin being 'seen' as Indian for the first time in Margarita with a Straw. It's almost as if Wiel makes the reader the third wheel, but one doesn't really mind.  Edited excerpts from the interv..
                 

Article 370: Will Supreme Court have the last word?

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New Delhi: The National Conference has moved the Supreme Court, challenging the revoking of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir in the Constitution and reorganisation of the state into two Union Territories, Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh. The Parliament on August 6 passed a resolution supporting the presidential order scrapping the provisions of the Article 370, thus making it redundant. The National Conference, a regional party of the erstwhile state, has been at the forefront opposing the Centre's decision on J&K. The party has referred it unconstitutional and also threatened to fight it to the last bit legally. NC leaders, Mohammad Akbar Lone and Hasnain Mahsood, moved the apex court, representing the party. Omar Abdullah, National Conference leader, has said the presidential order would lead into dangerous consequences and apparently indicated at civil unrest that could potentially engulf the Valley. Also Read: Kathua: Youths welcome abrogation of Article 370, hoist n..
                 

Maharashtra floods: NDRF rescue 10000 from Sangli, Kolhapur

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The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF)  rescued about ten thousand people from two flood-affected districts of Maharashtra on Friday. About 8000 people from Sangli district and 2000 people from Kolhapur district were rescued by NDRF and moved to safety. Around 2.85 lakh people have been displaced due to floods in the state. The National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has rescued over 3,500 people in Kolhapur so far. Also Read: Politics in the time of floods On the other hand, Maharashtra Chief Secretary Ajoy Mehta said that as many as 40,000 trucks are still stuck on the national highway and the roads will be repaired immediately after the flood water recedes."As floodwater recedes, roads in Sangli and Kolhapur will be repaired immediately. Nearly 40,000 trucks are stuck on National Highway-4. Approximately, one lakh hectares of agricultural land affected due to flood, compensation to be given," informed Mehta. Video of the rescue operation in Sangli Rescue operation in..