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India is home to seven of the world’s 10 most polluted cities

India is home to seven of the world’s 10 most polluted cities, Bloomberg reports, citing a study by IQAir AirVisual and Greenpeace. Gurugram was the world's most polluted city in 2018 with an average air quality index of 135.8, followed by Ghaziabad (second globally), Faridabad (fourth) and Bhiwadi (fifth). But the smoggy air isn’t limited to the usual suspects – as many as 22 Indian towns, including several populous ones in the northern plains, feature among the world’s 30 filthiest cities. Pollution-related healthcare costs and productivity losses cost India nearly a twelfth of its GDP, according to the World Bank. Here's what people are saying.

Mulayam Singh wants Modi as PM



Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav, in a jaw-dropping departure from the opposition chorus and his own party line, said he "prayed" for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's return to power, during speeches to mark the last sitting of the current Lok Sabha today before the national election. His supporters swore it was all in humour, but the comment still raised eyebrows.

"I want to congratulate the PM that he tried to move ahead taking everyone along. I hope all members to win and return, and you (PM Modi) become prime minister again," Mulayam Singh, 79, said in the Lok Sabha, sending the house into guffaws. The camera panned to his immediate neighbor, Congress leader Sonia Gandhi, looking surprised, and to PM Modi, chuckling and thumping his desk. The prime minister also folded his hands.

The Yadav father and son have not been on the best of terms over the past two years, during which Akhilesh, 45, staged a coup and took over control of the party founded by his father.

Despite the strain, Mulayam Singh chose to remain by his son's side as his younger brother Shivpal Yadav broke away and set up a rebel outfit.


Mulayam served three times as chief minister of Uttar Pradesh state (1989–91, 1993–95, and 2003–07).The SP made a dramatic comeback in the 2002 Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, garnering a plurality, but not a majority, of seats. However, after the collapse of a short-lived BSP-BJP coalition government in 2003, the SP put together its own governing coalition, and Yadav became chief minister for the third time. Following the BSP’s trouncing of the SP in the 2007 state assembly elections, Yadav served as leader of opposition in the assembly (2007–09) before being elected again to the Lok Sabha in 2009. In early 2012 the SP won an outright majority in the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections. Yadav retained his leadership of the party, but he stepped aside to allow his son, Akhilesh Yadav, to become the state’s chief minister. The elder Yadav was reelected in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, but his party could win only five seats in the chamber.

PM Narendra Modi delivers a dialogue from 'Uri', asks 'How's the josh?'


On Saturday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the National Museum of Indian Cinema in Mumbai. The PM can be seen making a reference to Vicky Kaushal's film 'Uri' as he asked the audiences, "How’s the josh?". In response, the audience replied with "High Sir" to the prime minister. 'Uri' is based on the surgical strikes carried out by the Indian armed forces in Pakistan in 2016. The film also has a character based on PM Narendra Modi played by Rajit Kapur.

Modi govt announces 10 per cent quota in govt jobs & education for economically backwards in general category


  • Modi Cabinet approves 10 per cent reservation for economically backward among general categories.
  • Govt may bring a Constitutional amendment to introduce the change.
  • The move is being seen as a step to consolidate the upper castes. 

In a landmark move just ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, the Narendra Modi-led NDA government ha s decided to give ten per cent reservation in jobs and higher education for economically backward persons in the general category.

This was approved by the Union Cabinet today . The reservation will be over and above the existing 50 per cent reservation and the government will amend Articles 15 and 16 - which are on discrimination and equal opportunity - of the Constitution to implement it, reports said. The move assumes political significance as it signals to the ruling party’s upper caste base that it has their interests in mind, without diluting the existing quotas for Dalits, tribal communities and OBCs.



Are you eligible: 

  • For those who earn less than Rs 8 lakh annually 
  • For those who have agriculture land below five acres 
  • For those who avail the quota, a residential house should be below 1,000 square feet 
  • The residential plot should be below 100 yards in a notified municipality

The art of diverting the sentiments on social media


While Prime Minister Modi & Shri. L K Advani greeted each other out of respect(First Pic), Rana Ayyub picked up a shot(Second Pic) to tell twitteratis that PM Modi does not respect Advani.  

PM Modi to visit Maldives today to attend swearing in ceremony of new President



Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Maldives' capital Male on Saturday to attend the swearing in ceremony of country’s new President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih.



Prime Minister is the highest ranking leader attending the ceremony and will be accompanied by a high level delegation including National security adviser and Foreign secretary.

He will also have bilateral talks with Solih after the swearing in ceremony and return to New Delhi late evening.

This is the first visit of PM Modi to Maldives and marks the beginning of a new chapter in Indo- Maldives relations.

The ties between the two countries were strained during the regime of outgoing President Abdulla Yameen and this will be the first high level visit in last three years.

The visit is expected to give a new momentum to bilateral relations under the new government and Solih is likely to visit India in near future.

The smooth transfer of power will mark the restoration of democracy in Maldives as well as a major diplomatic boost for India.

An understanding may be reached during Modi’s visit to expedite the existing Indian projects and bring new investments in the country.

The outgoing government had delayed a number of Indian projects, including a training academy for the Maldivian police and setting up of a coastal radar surveillance system. Indo-Maldivian defence partnership is likely to be expanded to cover various areas in the maritime sector .

BJP accused me of wasting money on statues, now it must apologize: Mayawati

With the stronger political unity of Dalit organizations Mayawati has become the most sought after politician in India . Modi is still India’s most popular leader, although his standing in the electorate appears to be weakening Paying tributes to Sardar Patel, Mayawati said Patel, like Ambedkar, was a true nationalist and took pride in Indian culture and tradition. , She also said the BJP should not only apologize for defaming her but also tell people why it chose an English name, "Statue of Unity" Targeting the government, the Congress said that while Patel wanted institutions to be autonomous, the government is destroying them.

Hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi unveiled a 182-metre high statue of Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel, BSP chief Mayawati sought an apology from the BJP for its comments in the past against installation of statues of Dalit icons.

In a statement, the former Chief Minister said it was unfortunate that when she got parks, monuments and idols installed of B.R. Aambedkar and other Dalit icons, she was badgered by the RSS and BJP for splurging public money. She said the 182-metre statue of Patel has been built at a cost of around Rs 3,000 crore but when her government had built memorials and parks in Lucknow and Noida to honour B R Ambedkar and other great personalities born in Dalit and OBC families, BJP and RSS leaders had criticised the move by calling it ‘extravagance’.

She said the Bharatiya Janata Party should not only apologize for defaming her but also tell people why it chose an English name, "Statue of Unity", for Patel, who was every bit an Indian.

The English name made it clear how much of this event was devotion to Patel and how much was it a political game plan, she said.

Nobel Peace Prize for Modi?

According to Financial Express, BJP's Tamil Nadu unit President Tamilisai Soundararjan Monday said she has 'nominated' Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the Nobel Peace Prize for launching the "world's largest" health scheme.

“The last date for Nomination for Nobel Peace Prize 2019 is January 31, 2019. The nomination processes start in September each year. University Professors and Members of Parliament among others can also nominate our Prime Minister,” the release added. Modi rolled out the Pradhan Mantri Jan Arogya Yojana (PMJAY)-Ayushman Bharat, and had termed it a “game-changer initiative to serve the poor”. It was the ‘biggest’ government-sponsored healthcare scheme in the world, he had said, adding “the number of beneficiaries is almost equal to the population of Canada, Mexico and the US taken together.”


According to the Prime Minister, more than 13,000 hospitals have been added as part of the scheme. He further said that trial for the rollout of the scheme was already being done in parts of the country.

The Prime Minister said that the scheme was based on the concept of 'Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas', adding that no discrimination would be done on the basis of caste, a community of religion.

A helpline number has been launched for any information on the flagship scheme of the central government. The helpline number is 14555. Besides, information about the scheme is also available at all health centres across the country.

Modi turns 68, will celebrate his 68th birthday in his constituency of Varanasi on September 17

Narendra Modi will celebrate his 68th birthday in his constituency of Varanasi on September 17. The prime minister is expected to spend the day with schoolchildren from villages located in the district.
The administration is working around the clock to welcome the PM and celebrate his birthday as soon as they received information about him arriving in the holy city on a two-day visit.

Former Union finance minister Yashwant Sinha quits BJP


NEW DELHI: Former Union finance minister Yashwant Sinha said today he's quitting the BJP because the NDA, which it leads, is undermining democratic institutions."Today I am taking 'sanyas' from any kind of party politics, today I am ending all ties with the BJP," Sinha said at an event in Patna.

In 2014, after Prime Minister Modi's whopping victory, Yashwant Sinha was marginalised along with senior leaders including LK Advani, seen as punishment for opposing Mr Modi being named their party's presumptive prime minister. Mr Sinha's son, Jayant Sinha, is a minister in PM Modi's government.

Yashwant Sinha had held the Finance and External Affairs portfolios in Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's cabinet between 1998 and 2004.Sinha, who has been at loggerheads with the party leadership for quite some time, alleged that democracy was under threat under the present government.

Leaders of the AAP, the Samajwadi Party, the Trinamool Congress, the Rashtriya Lok Dal were also present at the event.

I&B ministry cancels fake news guidelines after PM Narendra Modi order

Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi on Tuesday ordered the information & broadcasting (I&B) ministry to cancel its contentious guidelines on fake news after widespread criticism and outcry by journalists and Opposition, who dubbed these norms an attempt to “muzzle” free press.

Soon after, the I&B ministry issued a statement saying the press release regarding fake news put out by it on Wednesday night “stands withdrawn.” In the press release, the ministry had announced punitive measures like cancellation of accreditation to contain fake news, a decision which was dubbed by journalists and Opposition parties as an attempt to curb press freedom ahead of general elections due by 2019.


“The PM has directed that the press release regarding fake news be withdrawn and the matter be addressed by the Press Council of India,” said a senior Prime Minister’s Office official. The PM was also of the view that the government should not interfere in the matter, the official added.

Amending the guidelines for accreditation of journalists, the ministry announced norms to con

Trudeau's rough week in India ends with bear hug from Narendra Modi

The Canadian prime minister's first official trip to India was riddled by a series of controversies, drawing criticism by media in both countries. However, the trip ended with what appeared to be a successful meeting between Prime Minister Trudeau and Prime Minister Modi.