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Showing posts with label TRENDING. Show all posts

Indians are trending #BoycottChineseProducts—using Chinese smartphones

For the past few days, Indians have probably been using Chinese-made phones to seek a boycott of made-in-China products.

After China blocked a March 13 UN Security Council move to blacklist Masood Azhar, the chief of Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed, as a “global terrorist,” Indians trended #BoycottChineseProducts on Twitter. They asked fellow citizens to stop buying China-made electronic products, clothing, and firecrackers, among other things.

Yet, in fiscal 2018, Indians spent upwards of Rs50,000 crore ($7.2 billion) on just four Chinese smartphone brands—Xiaomi, Oppo, Vivo, and Honor.

Mayawati finally Joins Twitter

Two weeks after a Twitter handle in the name of Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati appeared, it has been confirmed that it indeed belongs to the Dalit powerhouse and former Uttar Pradesh chief minister.
“This is to inform you that Bahujan Samaj Party national president, former UP Chief Minister and ex-MP, Ms Mayawati ji has for the first time decided to join twitter for speedy interaction with media and masses besides expressing her views on various issues of national and political importance through twitter,” a statement issued by the BSP on Wednesday read.

Mayawati's official Twitter handle is @sushrimmayawati. It was actually created last year in October, but was put to use only this year in January.


American pays a record $1,10,000 to hunt markhor, Pak’s national animal


An American citizen, Bryan Harlan hunted the highest-rated Astore Markhor here at Sassi valley of Haramosh, under ongoing trophy hunting programme.
According to wildlife department of GB, the hunter paid a sum of US $ 110,000 as license fee for hunting.

This was most expensive hunt in the history of the trophy hunting programmes in GB.

The trophy hunting quota is created on the basis of annual Surveys conducted by wildlife experts.

The hunting programme was begun in 1980s. It is carried out under the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Species of Wildlife and is allowed only in notified areas of GB.

PM-led panel appoints Rishi K Shukla as new CBI director

Rishi Kumar Shukla has been appointed as the new director of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
Rishi K Shukla is an officer of 1983 cadre of the IPS. He has been appointed for a period of two years from the day of assumption of office.
The Centre announced the name of next CBI chief, ignoring the objections raised by Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge, a member of Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led selection committee, on the names of probable contenders proposed by the government.
Senior IPS officers of 1984 batch, Javeed Ahmed, Rajni Kant Misra and SS Deswal, were also said to be among the top contenders for the coveted post.
The post of the CBI chief had been lying vacant since January 10 after the unceremonious exit of Alok Verma.

T Series the most subscribed channel on YouTube ?



Indian record label T Series is once again close to taking over PewDiePie as the most subscribed channel on YouTube. At the time of filing this story, the music label was just 1.6 lakh (one hundred and 60 thousand) followers behind PewDiePie.

Analysts had initially predicted that the music brand will overtake the one-man Swedish content creator Felix Kjellberg's channel in early January 2019. However, thanks to YouTube's cleansing of spam accounts on its platform, T Series' subscriber count went down drastically in December 2018. At the beginning of 2018, T Series had about 30 million subscribers on its YouTube channel. With the introduction of landmark changes in Indian mobile and data service, the subscriber list sky-rocketed to over 70 million in just six months. The online video channel also accounts for nearly 25 per cent of its sales, which is about $100 million.The war saw many of PewDiePie fans indulge in massive online campaigns to get more subscribers. Some even hacked worldwide printers, Google Chromecasts, smart TVs and even defaced Wall Street Journal.

PewDiePie also saw many of his contemporaries and direct competitors, including Mr Beast, Logan Paul, Shane Dawson, come out in support.

Protests against Modi in TN reflect nation's mood: AP CM

Protests against Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his visit to Tamil Nadu reflected the "mood of the nation", Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said Monday.

The Tamilians protested with black flags and balloons, against the neglect of the state that suffered damages in cyclone 'Gaja', Naidu told his party leaders during a tele-conference here, warning Modi would face much severe protests in Andhra Pradesh.

"The protests in Madurai reflected the mood of the nation against the BJP. Compared to Tamil Nadu, the Centre did grave injustice to AP," Naidu said.

"Modi and (Amit) Shah will face much severe protests and opposition if they visit AP," he asserted.

He said there was every need to save the country and also fight for the rights of the states.

"We should work with the sole objective of defeating the BJP," he told the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) rank and file.

Proud to be 1st Hindu-American to run for President: Tulsi Gabbard

US Democratic Presidential aspirant Tulsi Gabbard has said that she's "proud to be the first Hindu-American to run for President". Gabbard was born in American Samoa to a Samoan-European father and a mother who is of European descent but practises Hinduism. The 37-year-old lawmaker from Hawaii adopted Hinduism when she was a teenager.


United States Democratic presidential hopeful Tulsi Gabbard said she and her supporters are victims of “fear, suspicion and religious bigotry”. Gabbard, the first Hindu member of the Congress, announced on January 11 that she will run for president in 2020.

“I am proud to be the first Hindu American to have been elected to Congress and now the first Hindu American to run for president,” Gabbard wrote in an editorial in Religious News Service on Saturday. “While the headlines covering my announcement could have celebrated this historic first, and maybe even informed Americans about the world’s third largest religion, some have instead fomented suspicion, fear and religious bigotry about not only me but also my supporters.”

Gabbard’s links with the Bharatiya Janata Party and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi have been a topic of debate in the United States. When Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited the US in September 2014, he made it a point to meet the legislator. When Gabbard got married the next year, BJP general secretary Ram Madhav flew in from India with a special message from Modi.

“I too have been accused of being a ‘Hindu nationalist’,” the Hawaiian democrat wrote. “My meetings with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India’s democratically elected leader, have been highlighted as ‘proof’ of this and portrayed as somehow being out of the ordinary or somehow suspect, even though President Obama, Secretary Clinton, President Trump and many of my colleagues in Congress have met with and worked with him.”




An article in The Intercept earlier this month had described Gabbard as “a polarising figure” whose “progressive domestic politics are at odds with her support for authoritarians abroad, including Modi, [Egyptian President Abdel Fattah] Sisi, and Syria’s Bashar al-Assad”.

Raj Thackeray's son Amit marries fashion designer Mitali Borude

Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) president Raj Thackeray's son Amit Thackeray married his fiancée and fashion designer Mitali Borude in Mumbai on Sunday in a traditional Maharashtrian-style marriage ceremony. Their wedding festivities were attended by prominent politicians, Bollywood celebrities including Amitabh Bachchan and industrialists like Mukesh Ambani. The couple, who are childhood friends, had got engaged on December 11, 2017.Later in the evening, a mega-wedding reception was organised. The notable guests who attended the event were Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, Jeetendra, Sachin and Supriya Pilgaokar actor couple, Urmila Matondkar, Sonali Kulkarni, music directors Ajay-Atul, former Union Home Minister and Chief Minister Sushilkumar Shinde, his daughter Praniti Shinde, former Deputy CM Chhagan Bhujbal and his family, former Advocate-General Srihari Amey, BJP city chief Ashish Shelar, Kiran V Shantaram, and other celebrities

Bhanupriya lands in a soup for allegedly harassing 14-year-old domestic help

According to the Indian Express, A woman named Prabhavathi has filed a complaint against Bhanupriya, accusing the veteran actor of harassing her 14-year-old daughter, reported The News Minute. The girl worked as a domestic help at Bhanupriya’s residence in Chennai.The woman, in the complaint filed at Samalkot police station in East Godavari, Andhra Pradesh, alleged that her daughter was not paid regular salary and was not allowed to meet her family. Bhanupriya has, however, denied these allegations.
The girl’s family and relatives visited Bhanupriya’s residence earlier this month after they received an anonymous call, claiming that their daughter was being harassed by Bhanupriya’s brother Gopala Krishna.
Prabhavathi has also alleged that Bhanupriya demanded Rs 10 lakh for releasing her daughter. The actor alleged that the girl had stolen valuables from the house. According to the police, the girl is still at the actor’s house.

Three-member committee must appoint CBI director by consensus and task director with regaining agency’s credibility

After months of turf wars, controversy and scandal left the CBI scarred, the government has an opportunity to initiate the much delayed process of rebuilding and restoring the agency’s credibility.

The crucial matter regarding the appointment process of the Central Bureau of Investigation director is listed before the Supreme Court. The petition flags two issues:
it challenges the appointment of the incumbent CBI director, M. Nageswara Rao, as being illegal as he was unilaterally appointed by the government, bypassing the selection committee, and
it highlights the complete lack of transparency in the appointment process.

As per the provisions of the law governing the appointment of the CBI director (the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act), the selection committee consists of the prime minister, the leader of opposition and the chief justice of India or a judge of the Supreme Court nominated by him. The composition of the selection panel has been an issue of public debate and has evolved over the years to its present composition.


On Thursday, the selection committee meeting involving Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and opposition leader Mallikarjun Kharge adjourned without being able to finalise a name for the CBI director’s post.

It is important that these three men respect the spirit of bipartisanship which Parliament envisaged when tasking such a committee with selecting the CBI director. With so many IPS officers to choose from it should not be difficult to finalise a competent individual with a consensus among all three panel members. This would greatly reassure the agency and the general public that the CBI has been entrusted in good hands. An officer with experience in CBI would perhaps be the best choice.

Fly high with Air India on the special Republic Day sale

National carrier Air India has offered air tickets at very affordable all-inclusive rates on its domestic and international sectors in the economy class as its tribute to the nation on the occasion of Republic Day, an airline spokesman said on Friday.

The tickets with these special fares will be on sale for three days starting from January 26 to 28, 2019 and will be valid for travel till September 30, 2019, the spokesman said.

Tickets can be purchased from the Air India website, airline and city booking offices, call centres and travel agents on a first come first served basis.


On the domestic sectors, the lowest one-way fares starts from Rs 979 in the economy class to Rs 6,965 in the business class, all-inclusive, he said.


On the international sectors the lowest round-trip fares to the US starts from Rs 55,000 in the economy class. The fares start from Rs 32,000 on the UK and Europe sector, while for Australia, the fares start from Rs 50,000 in the economy class.


For the Far East Asia and South East Asia sectors, the fare starts from Rs 11,000. Similar low fares are on offer for the SAARC and Gulf countries as well, he said.


Offering for business class fares are equally attractive in all the international sectors as well, the spokesman said. 

Tejasvi to wipe of BJP in both UP and Bihar with Mayawati's blessing.



RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav reached Mayawati's residence in the city to welcome the step taken by two parties and predicted a whitewash for the BJP in both UP and Bihar.The picture shows Mayawati blessing Tejaswi. If the partnership of Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav succeeeds in the coming election then Akhilesh will be CM and Mayawati will be PM.

Sabarimala : Two women below 50 claim to have entered Sabarimala Temple

Sabarimala Temple Row : Two women devotees Bindu and Kanakdurga in their 40's have claimed that they entered and offered prayers at Kerala's Sabarimala Temple at 3:45 am on Wednesday. They released a video of them entering the temple. They had earlier tried to visit Sabarimala Temple in December 2018 but had failed amidst massive protests. According to BBC India

According to Hindustan times, The Sabarimala Temple in Kerala has been shut for purification after two women below the age of 50 claimed on Wednesday that they had entered Lord Ayyappa's shrine. A video showing the women enter the shrine has been circulating online. They reportedly used a side entrance which is reserved for VIPs to directly reach the 'sopanam' and into the sanctum.

Ashwani Lohani retires, V K Yadav new railway board chairman



Railway Board Chairman Ashwani Lohani retired on Monday, despite strong indications that the Narendra Modi government could grant him an extension, according to an official order.
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General Manager, South Central Railway, V K Yadav has been appointed the national transporter’s senior-most bureaucrat by the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet. Yadav belongs to the 1980 batch of the Indian Railway Service of Electrical Engineers. He started his career as an assistant electrical engineer in February, 1982.

Lohani was appointed chairman of the Railway Board after A K Mital resigned in August last year following the derailment of the Kaifiyat Express near Auriya in Uttar Pradesh.

IPS officer Madhukar Shetty passes away



Senior IPS officer from the State, K. Madhukar Shetty, 47, passed away at a hospital in Hyderabad on Friday.

He was hospitalised for over a week on a suspected case of H1N1 infection-induced pneumonia. He underwent heart surgery on Wednesday and was on life support. He passed away at the hospital on Friday at around 8.30 p.m., sources said. He was last posted as Deputy Director, Sardar Vallabhai Patel National Police Academy, Hyderabad.

He was the son of renowned editor, Vaddarse Raghurama Shetty, who started the Kannada newspaper ‘Mungaru’ in the 1980s.

Anupam Kher-starrer The Accidental Prime Minister director Vijay Gutte arrested for Rs 34 crore GST fraud

Anupam Kher-starrer The Accidental Prime Minister director Vijay Gutte arrested for Rs 34 crore GST fraud

His father Ratnakar Gutte was involved in 328 cr bank fraud. EOW is probing this fraud in Marathwada’s Parbhani dist where loans worth ₹328 cr from 5 nationalised & 1 pvt bank were taken in the names of thousands of farmers by forging documents, without the farmers’ knowledge. Such clean people are funding movies and BJP is officially promoting it.  

Cabinet approves Indian Human Spaceflight Initiative: Gaganyaan Programme

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi has approved the Gaganyaan Programme with demonstration of Indian Human Spaceflight capability to low earth orbit for a mission duration ranging from one orbital period to a maximum of seven days. A human rated GSLV Mk-lll will be used to carry the orbital module which will have necessary provisions for sustaining a 3-member crew for the duration of the mission. The necessary infrastructure for crew training, realization of flight systems and ground infrastructure will be established to support the Gaganyaan Programme. ISRO will collaborate extensively with National agencies, laboratories, academia and industry to accomplish the Gaganyaan Programme objectives.

Expenditure:
The total fund requirement for the Gaganyaan Programme is within Rs.10,000 crore and includes cost of technology development, flight hardware realization and essential infrastructure elements. Two unmanned flights and one manned flight will be undertaken as part of Gaganyaan Programme.

Benefits:
  • Gaganyaan Programme will establish a broader framework for collaboration between ISRO, academia, industry, national agencies and other scientific organizations.
  • It This will allow pooling in of diverse technological and industrial capabilities and enable broader participation in research opportunities and technology development benefitting large number of students and researchers.
  • The flight system realization will be through Industry.
  • It is expected to generate employment and train human resources in advanced technologies.
  • It will inspire large number of young students to take up science and technology careers for national development.
  • Gaganyaan Programme is a national effort and will involve the participation of the Industry, Academia and National Agencies spread across the length and breadth of the country.

lmplementation Strategy and Targets:
Gaganyaan Programme will be a national effort in collaboration with Industry, Academia and other scientific agencies and laboratories as stake holders along with ISRO. ISRO will be responsible for realizing the flight hardware through Industry. National agencies, laboratories and Academia will participate in crew training, human life science technology development initiatives as well as design reviews. First human space flight demonstration is targeted to be completed within 40 months from the date of sanction. Prior to this, two unmanned flights in full complement will be carried out to gain confidence on the technology and mission management aspects.

Impact:
  • The programme is expected to spur research and development within the country in niche science and technology domains.
  • Huge potential for technology spinoffs in areas such as medicine, agriculture, industrial safety, pollution, waste management, water and food resource management etc.
  • Human spaceflight programme will provide a unique micro-gravity platform in space for conducting experiments and test bed for future technologies.
  • The programme is expected to give impetus to economic activities within the country in terms of employment generation, human resource development and enhanced industrial capabilities.
  • Human Spaceflight capability will enable India to participate as a collaborating partner in future Global space exploration initiatives with long term national benefits.

Background:
ISRO has completed the development of launch vehicle GSLV Mk-lll which has the necessary payload capability to launch a 3-member crew module in low earth orbit. ISRO has also tested the crew escape system which is an essential technology for human space flight. The aerodynamic characterization of crew module has b3een completed as part of GSLV Mk-lll X mission flight. Elements of life support system and Space suit also have been realized and tested. In addition, the orbital & re-entry mission and recovery operations have been flight demonstrated in Space Capsule Re-entry experiment (SRE) mission. ISRO has developed and demonstrated most of the baseline technologies essential for undertaking human spaceflight mission. Globally also, there is a renewed interest in undertaking manned exploration initiatives.

‘The Accidental Prime Minister’ trailer released: Congress smells BJP propaganda



The movie is based on former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's life during his office term. The trailer of the biopic portrays Manmohan Singh as the victim of Congress' internal politics ahead of 2014 Lok Sabha elections. The Congress party has demanded a special screening of the movie, alleging, some scenes in the movie are factually incorrect.The film is based on the book by Sanjaya Baru, Manmohan Singh's media advisor between 2004 and 2008.Manmohan Singh was accosted by reporters as he arrived at the Congress office for the party's 134th anniversary celebration.


He paused before the mics, but moved away without a word as soon as the question was asked: "What do you think about the film made about you?"

BJP has tweeted the trailer from their twitter handle , Also see what other are saying

Former first lady Michelle Obama was voted the woman most admired by Americans this year, knocking Hillary Clinton from the top spot


Michelle Obama has bested Hillary Clinton as America's most admired woman in Gallup's most recent poll.

This is the first time in 17 years that Clinton has not been voted most admired woman. This year she came in third with four per cent of the vote after Oprah Winfrey in second with five per cent and Obama with 15 per cent.

Obama recently finished touring her bestselling memoir, Becoming, whereas Clinton has withdrawn more into a private life after running for president and her time as secretary of state and first lady.

The Gallup poll surveyed a random selection of 1,025 adults from Dec. 3 to 12 for its results. The annual poll began in 1946.Barack Obama came in first for most admired man at 19 per cent, beating U.S. President Donald Trump, who came in second at 13 per cent. It is the 13th time that an incumbent president didn't win most admired man, with former U.S. president Gerald Ford the only other president who fell short.

Obama has held the title for 11 consecutive years and is now just one first-place finish short of being voted most admired man the most times. Dwight Eisenhower currently holds that honour.

Others that made the top 10 include Melania Trump, Queen Elizabeth II, Angela Merkel, Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Ellen DeGeneres and Nikki Haley for women, and George W. Bush, Pope Francis, Bill Gates, Bernie Sanders, Bill Clinton, the Dalai Lama and Joe Biden for men

Former Pakistan PM Sharif sentenced to 7 years in prison

ISLAMABAD: An accountability court on Monday handed ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif seven years in jail in the Al-Azizia Steel Mills corruption reference, but acquitted him in a second reference related to Flagship Investments.

The court also fined Nawaz Rs1.5 billion and US $25 million in the Al-Azizia reference.

A disqualification of 10 years from holding any public office is part of the sentences awarded to the former premier. The disqualification will go into effect following his release from jail after serving the seven-year sentence.

However, the court acquitted him in another case related to investments in the United Kingdom and imposed a fine of 1.6 million pounds. His sons, Hassan and Hussain Nawaz were declared absconders for failing to face the charges against them.
In the much-awaited verdict, the accountability court said Sharif could not prove the source of income for the ownership of Al-Azizia steel mill but acquitted him in the case related to Flagship Investment in the UK.

He was arrested from the courtroom as the accountability court judge Arshad Malik announced the short order. The judge initially reserved his decision on Sharif’s request to send him to Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat jail but later accepted it.
Three corruption cases were filed against the former PM on the orders of the Supreme Court following its Panama Papers case verdict that had disqualified Sharif from office last year on July 28.

This year, in July, the accountability court had sentenced Sharif to 10 years in prison in the Avenfield reference, a case related to the purchase of upscale apartments in London. In September, the Islamabad High Court had suspended his sentence and ordered his release on bail.

On December 7, the Supreme Court had directed the accountability court to conclude the two remaining cases against Sharif by December 24, after previously granting it seven extensions to wrap up the references initiated by the National Accountability Bureau, Pakistan’s anti-corruption watchdog.

Soon after the announcement of the verdict on Monday, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supporters clashed with security personnel. Tear gas and baton-charge were used to disperse the protesters.




Nawaz will travel from Rawalpindi to Lahore in his personal bulletproof vehicle and will be accompanied by a judicial magistrate. He has asked Hamza Shahbaz to reach Adiala jail with the car at 10am.