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Jab Harry Met Sejal: Shah Rukh Khan to launch song in the city with maximum number of Sejals

Jab Harry Met Sejal: Shah Rukh Khan's journey to seek women named Sejal across the country has got him a whopping 7000 responses and Ahmedabad has turned out to be the winner. SRK will be travelling to the city and launch the new song 'Radha' with the Sejals.

Katrina Kaif said she will never work with Ranbir Kapoor. This is Ranbir’s clarification

All the fans of Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif have a reason to rejoice as Ranbir has made it clear that there are no cold vibes between the two and they are open to working together in future. The actor says Katrina was misquoted and it was a funny banter that was taken seriously.

Aamir Khan-starrer Dangal’s success in China goes beyond the numbers

When the young Chinese, especially the girls, see Dangal's Geeta Phogat on the podium after a long, hard-fought battle against the prejudiced social norms, they see a bit of themselves in her and recognise the hardships their parents have experienced in the process.

Tubelight box office prediction: Salman Khan film’s business to suffer due to this reason

Tubelight box office prediction: Salman Khan's film might not be able to beat SS Rajamouli magnum opus Baahubali 2's box office record of day one but might cross records of Sultan, Bajrangi Bhaijaan and Aamir Khan starring Dangal. Salman Khan's film might earn Rs 25-30 crore at the box office on day one.

VIP 2: Dhanush, Kajol film’s behind-the-scenes glimpse out, trailer and audio to release on June 25

Upcoming Tamil film Velai Illa Pattadhari 2 aka VIP 2 will release on July 28 worldwide in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi. The film has Dhanush and Kajol in the lead roles and is bankrolled by V Creations along with Wunderbar Films. VIP 2 is directed by Soundarya Rajnikanth.

Lincoln actor Daniel Day-Lewis to retire from acting after Phantom Thread

The Academy Award winning actor Daniel Day-Lewis, who was last seen in Lincoln directed by Steven Spielberg will be retiring from acting. The official spokesperson of the actor confirmed this through a statement.

Godzilla to fight similar-sized monsters in sequel

The god of monsters Godzilla collides with Mothra, Rodan, and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah in this sequel scheduled to release in 2019. This is before he faces Kong in Godzilla vs Kong in 2020. Godzilla was directed by Gareth Edwards.

Prakash Mehra’s Zanjeer: The film that made Amitabh Bachchan

Amitabh Bachchan’s Zanjeer not only introduced a new hero to Bollywood (displacing reigning king Rajesh Khanna) but also brought with it a new phenomenon called the Angry Young Man. The film, directed by Prakash Mehra, also starred Pran, Jaya Bachchan, Om Prakash and Ajit.

International Yoga Day 2017: From Kareena Kapoor to Malaika Arora, Bollywood actors who stay forever young with yoga

International Yoga Day 2017: Bollywood female actors are the biggest endorsers of yoga. From Shilpa Shetty, Bipasha Basu, Malaika Arora to Alia Bhatt and Kareena Kapoor, each one of them have sweared by yoga to either shed their pregnancy weight or stay fit on a daily basis.

International Yoga Day 2017: Shilpa Shetty is the best mascot for yoga

Shilpa Shetty has emerged as the best mascot for yoga in recent times. From launching fitness books to posting healthy diets on Instagram, it's not easy to keep a tab on Shilpa's astute sense of healthy lifestyle.

Allu Arjun’s Duvvada Jagannadham, Salman Khan’s Tubelight, Simbu’s AAA set for an epic box office clash on Eid

Actor Jayam Ravi's Vanamagan, Simbu's Anbanavan Asaradhavan Adangadhavan aka AAA, Tollywood star Allu Arjun's Duvvada Jagannadham aka DJ, Salman Khan's Tubelight, Prithviraj's Tiyaan will battle it out at the box office in south of India on Eid.

Shah Rukh Khan wants Anushka Sharma to be his Radha, but Anushka isn’t happy about him meeting Sejals, see their Twitter chat

Shah Rukh Khan has already given us a glimpse into his 'Punjabi' mannerisms. Now, it's time for Anushka to flaunt her Gujarati background. In a recent Twitter chat exchange, SRK and Anushka indulged in some witty exchange of words with only a subtle hint of romance.

Jagga Jasoos: Katrina Kaif is still family for Ranbir Kapoor. Watch video

Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif have been promoting their upcoming film, Jagga Jasoos, with complete enthusiasm. The two are sharing the screen space after seven years. Ranbir and Katrina were dating while the film was being made; this is their first film post-breakup.

Anil Kapoor on working with Arjun Kapoor in Mubarakan: It was ’emotional professionalism’, we were competitive

Anil Kapoor on the trailer launch of Mubarakan says that it was an emotional experience shooting with his nephew Arjun Kapoor but there was always a kind of professionalism between the two, they were competitive and wanted to ace the scenes they shot.

Sunny Leone video songs: Hindi songs of the beautiful actress from Ragini MMS 2, Raees, Hate Story 2, Ek Paheli Leela and One Night Stand

Sunny Leone video songs: Besides doing films and music videos, Sunny is also judged MTV Splitsvilla show. The actor is currently shooting the next season in Jim Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand. Here's a list of top songs of Sunny Leone.

Toilet Ek Prem Katha: Akshay Kumar’s film to go tax free in BJP-run states?

Toilet Ek Prem Katha, starring Akshay Kumar and Bhumi Pednekar, may go tax-free in a lot of states in India as the film is based on social campaign, Clean India aka Swacch Bharat Abhiyaan, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The film is scheduled for August 11.

Ayesha Takia laughs off rumours of getting botox and lip fillers

Ayesha Takia talks about her pictures that went viral earlier this year, saying that she has developed a thick skin for dealing with trollls. She denies getting botox or lip fillers, and feel shappy to be coming back on screen with her music video, Zindagi Tujhse Kya Karen Shikvey.

Shaan to release song using instruments from world over on World Music Day

Shaan, known for his versatility, is going to release a song using a variety of musical instruments like Dizi, the Chinese flute to the Bodhrán, the Irish drum to other unique instruments like Abakua, Cowbell, Bongo, Timbales, Bagpipes, Tabla among others.

Blame Game with Kohli: Coach Kumble Quits Post

After the devastating defeat in the hands of Pakistan team in the just concluded Champions Trophy, Team India Cricket coach Anil Kumble quit the post.

Post the India defeat in the final match, differences between Kumble and team India players particularly Virat kohli reached high as the both sides are exchanging blame game. The relationships between Kohli and Kumble were strained in the recent times.   

Though Kumble is given option to extend his service for one year, the former India spinner and captain relinquished the posts in a huff. As a result, the India team is leaving West Indies to play ODIs and T20s without coach. Tuesday is the last day of Kumble's contract.


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Sridevi prefers Jhanvi's marriage to acting

The diva of retro times, Sridevi and her daughters are often labeled as Indian Kardashians, and that is undoubtedly for the style carried off by the Kapoors. Jhanvi and Khushi, the two stylish divas and kids of Sridevi and Boney Kapoor, are often snapped by the shutterbugs with their mom.

Even before Jhanvi is planning to make a debut in Bollywood, truth be told, she is already a star. Meanwhile, her younger sibling rules the world of Instagram.

Sridevi, who is running on her toes for her 300th film release titled 'Mom', revealed that her daughters have seen the film and were astounded with it. Sridevi, in an interview, revealed that the bond between her and her daughters is knitted closely and they are fond of spending time together.

Dubbing the feeling of Saif Ali Khan, who would prefer a stable profession for his daughter Sara and not showbiz, when it comes to career of the kids, Sridevi revealed that she did not want Jhanvi to get into Bollywood.

Just like every other Indian parent, Sridevi said that seeing her daughter tying a knot to someone and settling down will give her more pleasure. However, as Jhanvi's happiness matters her more, she and Boney supported her to take up Student of the year 2.


Just 2 Films Made Her 1 Cr Heroine!

Just two films have changed her fate and made her a 1 Crore heroine. She is none other than Keerthy Suresh whose last two Telugu films Nenu Sailaja and Nenu Local have turned money spinners at the Box Office. Keerthy reportedly hiked her fee and is charging 1 Cr for Pawan Kalyan-Trivikram Srinivas film.

Apart from ongoing Pawan Kalyan film, she will be seen as Savitri in biopic of the late actress. It's buzzed that she is also charging a bomb for this film and the producers have readily agreed considering her interesting lineup especially PK 25. 

With this, Keerthy has joined the legion of actresses like Kajal Aggarwal, Samantha, Shruti Haasan, Tamanna and Rakul Preet. In very short span of time, Keerthy has achieved this feat which is usually rarity. Tollywood has always encouraged and supported actresses outside Telugu land and especially there's a special soft corner on actresses from Malayalam industry.  Since Keerthy has Mallu roots, it has become quite easy for her.

This once again proved how Telugu film industry lays red carpet for heroines and pays good remuneration to them compared to other film industries who pays relatively less. Whatever, Keerthy has made use of it at right time and made big fortune


Prabhas Responds to Acting in Mohanlal's Mahabharata

Young Rebel star Prabhas, who is hogging all the limelight over the past few days promoting Baahubali 2 across the film industries, has responded to the question of whether he would act in the Rs 1000 Cr magnum opus 'Mahabharata' that has Malayalam superstar Mohanlal playing the lead role of Bheema.
Prabhas and team Baahubali has the other day attended a promotional event of Baahubali 2 in Kerala. On the eve, Prabhas said that Mohanlal is an apt choice to essay the role of Bheema in Mahabharata and that he was willing to act in the film if he was offered any other role.

Recently, the director of Mahabharata, Shrikumar Menon reportedly divulged that he is considering Superstar Mahesh Babu to essay the role of Lord Krishna. If Mahesh opts out, will Prabhas take up that role?


Zaheer Khan Engaged To Actress-Girlfriend

At the time when several young cricketers are dating girl friends and others doting their cute kids, one of the most successful Indian bowlers of all time Zaheer Khan (retired) has got engaged to his girl friend on Monday.
The cricketer, who's now captaining Delhi Daredevils in Indian Premier League, took to Twitter to share a lovely picture of the couple. He posted it captioning 'Never laugh at your wife's choices. You are one of them !!!  Partners for life. #engaged.' 

Zaheer is engaged to model-and-actress Sagarika Ghatge, who shot to name with Shahrukh Khan's Chak De India. In the pic, Sagarika Ghatge was seen flashing her dazzling engagement ring while the retired cricketer was all smiles. The beautiful couple have some plans to get married soon, but only after finishing the ongoing IPL season.

Since the time Zac (Zaheer's nickname in the team) announced this news, the left-handed speed bowler had wishes galore from cricket friends and film folks.

The 38-year old Khan officially announced retirement to International cricket in 2015 & in the past, he was linked with another Bollywood beauty Isha Sharvani, who made her Hindi debut with Kisna in 2005.


'Take My National Award Back': Akshay Kumar

'Take My National Award Back': Akshay Kumar
The national award to Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar has been the most debated and discussed subject in the recent times. The actor winning national award in 'Best Actor' category for Rustom drew mixed reactions from fans, detractors and cinephiles. It has not just resulted in huge controversy but also bothered the jury members and actor Akshay Kumar severely.
Akshay's selection was highly questioned by his critics and so, the actor finally decided to give them the runaround in his own terms. So, reacting to the whole episode, he said, 'It's has not been easy to win a National award and I won it for the first time in my 26 years of acting career. If someone doesn't want me to get this award, please go ahead and take it away from me.'

In the past, immediately after controversy stroke up, Akshay gave out a clarification saying that he neither influenced nor bribed anyone to win this National award. 

On the acting front, the Khiladi star in now working on Neeraj Pandey's 'Toilet: Ek Prem Katha' and Shankar-Rajinikanth's 2.0, wherein he's playing antagonist role


Ensure Latur becomes drought-free

A campaign led by Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has worked in Latur, the district in Maharashtra that has been wrecked by five years of consecutive drought. The BJP has won the 70-member corporation in Latur, which was held by the Congress since independence.

Latur voted on Wednesday. "If the BJP is voted to power," Mr Fadnavis said recently, the party would "ensure Latur becomes drought-free".

In February, the 46-year-old Chief Minister was credited with the BJP's resounding victory in local elections in regions like Amravati and Pune. In Mumbai, the BJP was a close runner-up to the Shiv Sena in its best result ever for the vastly-rich corporation in the financial capital. In rural areas where the Congress and Nationalist Congress Party have traditionally been strong the ruling party has made major inroads in local elections.

My MPs in jail : Mamata

 As the ruling Trinamool Congress confirmed founder Mamata Banerjee as its chief for another term, the West Bengal chief minister called on regional parties to come together to defeat the BJP, against which she launched another sharp attack today.

"Given what is going on in the country... It can't go on. I call on all regional parties to come together," Ms Banerjee said, accusing the BJP of putting "my MPs in jail."

Rajamouli's Sincere Appeal In Kannada

From a time, few groups from Karnataka are vehemently opposing the releasing of Baahubali 2 in Karnataka. They don't want any version of the film, whether Telugu, Tamil or Hindi to release in their state. And this has nothing to do with the film, but the comments made by actor Satyaraj on Kaveri issue some 9 years ago are the cause.
Despite numerous appeals from Baahubali makers, Karnataka Rakshana Vedike has confirmed that they are not only calling for a ban on Baahubali 2 release but also holding a state bandh on April 28th as the film is scheduled to release that day. All these days Rajamouli gave press statements about the issue, but now he has taken to a video message, and that spoke in Kannada to clarify his stand. 

"Maybe actor Satyaraj has made some comments on Kaveri issue, but that was 9 years ago and we (Baahubali team) are no way connected with that. We spoke to him on phone already, but can't do much. Satyaraj is neither director nor producer of the film. Many other artists and technicians are attached with this film and the success of the film is so important for all of them. Huge money is also at stake with the film and I request Kannada groups to understand this and allow the film's release. Like the way you received Baahubali 1, please shower similar love on Baahubali 2 as well" said Rajamouli, through his video, where he spoke in the Kannada language. 

The video showcases how sincerely Rajamouli appealed to the people of the Sandalwood and we have to see how they will respond


Gali To Quit Politics?

Mining baron and former minister of Karnataka Gali Janardhan Reddy is contemplating to quit politics. Gali seems to have decided not to contest direct elections. He said to have divulged the same to his close aides.

As Karnataka state elections are due in a year, all eyes are on Gali. It was buzzed that Gali would contest once again and would be active in BJP in Ballari, Rayachur districts and help the party win there. But contrary to this, Gali is contemplating to say bid adieu to direct politics.
While it's not clear whether he would continue in politics indirectly, it's learnt that the businessman-politician wants to stay away from electoral politics at the moment.

Gali had been jailed in illegal mining case in 2015 and walked out of jail only one year ago. His daughter's lavish wedding too stroked controversy for its high spend. Looks like, Gali is unhappy over the prevailing political conditions within and outside party. Gali, who is a staunch follower of Sushma Swaraj, isn't comfortable with Modi and Amit Shah's leadership. Let's wait and see whether Gali would change his mind or not.


Alia and I can say no to Karan Johar for a film: Varun

Mumbai: Karan Johar launched Varun Dhawan and Alia Bhatt in 2012 with "Student of the Year" but the actor says it is not essential that they sign every film with the director-producer.
Varun and Alia's upcoming film "Badrinath Ki Dulhania" has been produced by Johar's Dharma Productions.
"It took a year-and-half to come up (with) 'Badrinath Ki Dulhania'. We did not settle for just anything. We both are in a strong place in our career, we will not do a film just for the sake of it, no matter who is making it," Varun said in an interview here.
"We share a very comfortable relationship with Karan Johar. If we don't like something we can say no to him. He has kept that option open. But Karan will never offer us anything that is not good enough," he said.
The 29-year-old actor praised Alia for her dedication towards her craft.
"She (Alia) won't settle for anything. She wants to make sure everything is perfect and not just with her but with everyone else in the film. There was one scene that we had to re-shoot as she was unhappy. She puts her best foot forward." 
Varun is hopeful that the audiences will like "Badrinath Ki Dulhania", which is a romantic drama set in the heartland.
"Our director (Shashank Khaitan) is from a small town and his way of seeing romance and love story is very different from the way an urban person like me would see it," he said.
According to Varun, "Humpty Sharma Ki Dhulania" was a hit because it had a lot of heart and people connected with the purity of the love story.
The actor said if the sequel does well, it will be only because of the emotional connect of the people with the two characters.
The romantic-comedy is set to release on March 10.

Source ; udayavani.com

Dakshina Kannada to keep close eye on alarming decline in sex ratio

Mangaluru: Despite high literacy rate, sex ratio in Dakshina Kannada has moving down for the last 15 to 20 years and this has become a cause of concern to the government and district administration. The exact reason for the issue is not known, however the rise in the number of scanning centers, urge for male child, infant mortality and others may have been limiting the number of female children in the district, opine Dakshina Kannada district administration.
According to 2011 census data, there are 946 female children were found against 1000 male children in the district. This shows that the ratio has significantly gone down in 0 to 6 year age group. The district administration has been collecting information, data from various sources to identify the major causes for declining sex ratio. Also, it has decided to keep a close eye on scanning centres those allow the pregnant women to identify the gender of their  child.

Source : udayavani.com

SIMI jailbreakers caught on videos: Was it an encounter or murder in cold blood?

An officer in civilian clothes was seen pulling out a brand-new knife, wrapped in a thin plastic sheet, from the trousers of another slain man lying on the same rocky ground resembling what was officially identified as the scene of the alleged encounter.

A video showing an armed police commando pumping bullets into what appeared to be a nearly-dead terror suspect has raised serious questions over what top Madhya Pradesh authorities called a gunfight between the state police and eight fugitives of Bhopal's central jail Monday.

In the footage, accessed exclusively by India Today, a plain clothes  was seen pulling out a brand-new knife, wrapped in a thin plastic sheet, from the trousers of another slain man lying on the same rocky ground resembling what was officially identified as the scene of the alleged encounter.

Before the clip surfaced, the state police claimed the under-trials accused of links with the banned Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) were killed in a cross-fire about 30 km north of Bhopal.

Police insisted they were gunned down within 10 hours of the jailbreak, during which they also killed a prison guard.

A second video also appeared Friday, purportedly showing five SIMI suspects waving, apparently to turn themselves in.

In its audio, police were purportedly heard radio-messaging the control room about the whereabouts of the men, who didn't appear to be armed.

Police were also heard receiving orders to surround them.

According to authorities, the eight alleged SIMI operatives broke the Bhopal jail after killing a warder by slitting his throat with an improvised knife.

They scaled the prison walls well before dawn, using sheets and blankets strung together, officials said. Some 20 SIMI suspects are housed in the same Bhopal jail.

The fugitives, now dead, were identified as Zakir Hussain, Mehboob Malik, Amzad Khan, Mujeeb Sheikh, Khalid Ahmad, Mohammed Aqeel Khilji, Abdul Majid and Salik Sallu.

Police claimed they surrounded the escaped prisoners in a large, hilly swathe near Eentkheri village and were fired at when they tried to capture the SIMI suspects.

Two country-made pistols were recovered from the scene besides three knives, according to authorities.

Also Read: From serial blasts to jihad: All you need to know about SIMI, 8 jailbreakers who were shot dead

"We located the eight inmates, they fired on us, and all of them were killed in the cross-firing," said Yogesh Chaudhary, an inspector general of Madhya Pradesh's police.

But the state's home minister, Bhupendra Singh, said the men were unarmed. "The SIMI members used jail utensils as weapons. (They) didn't have guns, but the police had no choice but to kill them," he said earlier in the day.

In a tweet, Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh raised suspicions over the alleged jailbreak and the police's encounter theory. "Did they flee from the jail or (were) made to flee according to some well planned strategy. This should be subject to inquiry," he wrote, inviting a scathing response from the BJP.

"He (Singh) loves siding with terrorists," retorted BJP secretary Siddharth Nath Singh. "At a time when Singh should be patting the back of the Madhya Pradesh police, he is raising doubts."
Also Read: SIMI encounter: BJP praises police; Oppn raises questions

In his comments, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen chief Asaduddin Owaisi demanded an inquiry by a supreme court judge into the entire episode.

"Any rational person will not believe this theory which Madhya Pradesh's police is circulating. Are we living in some sort of a banana republic?" he remarked.

Owaisi also pointed out the slain prisoners were seen wearing jeans, watches and belts that he said are prohibited in jails.

Video of encounter between police and SIMI men who escaped prison


Most polluted Deepavali in Delhi in five years

Pollution in the national capital rose to alarming proportions in the last three days, making it the most toxic Deepavali in the past five years and its effects continued a day after as a thick smog engulfed the capital in the morning hours on Monday.

There was a rapid build-up of various pollutants in Delhi’s air on Sunday evening as bursting of firecrackers spiked the pollution. 

The levels of almost all pollutants started increasing after 7 pm when fireworks began and were recorded to be higher than Deepavali in the last five years a day after, said Gufran Beig, Project Director at System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting And Research (SAFAR) under the Union Ministry of Earth Sciences. 

According to the real time data with Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) and Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), pollution levels increased manifold in almost all locations under their radar.

On Sunday midnight, when the cracker burning was still on, the Particulate Matter (PM) 10 breached the 1,000 microgramme mark at various locations in the city. 

PM 10 at Anand Vihar monitoring station was at 1,441 microgramme per cubic metre (ug/m3), almost 14 times more than the safe limit of 100 ug/m3. 

Similarly, PM 2.5 at densely populated places like R K Puram and Punjabi Bagh spiked to 693 and 571 ug/m3, respectively, which is more than ten times the safe limit of 60 ug/m3. 


Govt officially declares Kerala drought-hit

Kerala was officially declared drought-affected by the state government on Monday,  as  October closed with no turnaround to offer from an underwhelming Southwest monsoon. 

Revenue Minister E Chandrasekharan said the Northeast monsoon (typically categorised as the period from October 1 to December 31) has, so far, left the state with a deficit rainfall of 69%. The minister was responding to an adjournment motion in the State Legislative Assembly, moved by the Opposition in connection with the issue.

During the Southwest monsoon (between June 1 and September 30), Kerala received rainfall 34% less than the long-term average for the period. The government estimates that even moderate-to-good rainfall till the end of December would not be sufficient to offset the damage caused by this deficit. 

The government commenced discussions on contingency measures about two weeks ago. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan called for concerted efforts from local self-governments (LSG) and the public to face the impending drought. 

Leader of the Opposition Ramesh Chennithala on Monday urged the government to call in a Central team to assess the situation and help in drought relief measures.

Between October 1 and 26, the state received 77.9 mm rainfall, while the long-term average for the period is 248.2 mm. The Indian Meteorological Department put the figure as a “large deficient” (-60% or less).  

While Pathanamthitta district recorded a deficiency of 46%, all the 13 other districts also reported a large deficiency in rainfall. 

Power situation

With the monsoons failing, the government is also looking at solutions to counter possibilities of a power crisis. Figures from the state load despatch centre under the Kerala State Electricity Board reveal that the combined storage in the state’s 16 major reservoirs, on Monday, stood at only 52%. 

State to get more rain in coming days 

With the Northeast monsoon becoming active over Kerala, most places in the state received rain on Monday, PTI reports. Rain and thunder showers are likely to occur in most places in the state and in at least one or two places in Lakshadweep in the next five days, the IMD said.

Heavy rainfall will occur in isolated places till the morning of November 2, the weather bulletin said.


Rain pounds TN, life hit in several parts

 Barely a day after the Northeast monsoon set in, life was affected in several parts of Tamil Nadu on Monday.

Rain battered the state, even as another low pressure area is likely to form over the Bay of Bengal on Tuesday.

Regional Meteorological Centre officials told DH on Monday that since the Northeast monsoon is active over Tamil Nadu, rainfall occurred at most places in the state and neighbouring Kerala.

According to the Met office, the upper air cyclonic circulation over southwest Bay of Bengal moved inland and now lies over interior Tamil Nadu, adjoining areas of Kerala and south interior Karnataka, and extends up to 1.5 km above the mean sea level.

“Under its influence, a fresh low pressure area is very likely to form over the southeast Bay of Bengal in the next 24 hours,” a senior Met official said. He said heavy to very heavy rain is likely to occur over Tamil Nadu in the next 48 hours, even as fishermen were warned not to venture into the sea.


Judges fear their phones are tapped: Kejriwal

NEW DELHI: Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal created a flutter on Monday by claiming that there was widespread fear among judges that their phones were tapped and termed it a serious attack on judicial independence.

The allegation invited a prompt denial from law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, who cited his past portfolio as minister of communication to say "with full authority that pho nes of judges are not tapped".

Speaking at Vigyan Bhavan, where PM Modi, Chief Justice of India T S Thakur, Chief Justice of Delhi high court G Rohini and Lt Governor Najeeb Jung were also present for golden jubilee celebrations of the high court, the Delhi chief minister said he had "overheard judges telling each other that they should not talk on phones because they could be tapped". There are opportunities when you get to talk to judges, and during one of those, I heard two judges telling each other not to talk over phone because the phones are being tapped. When I said this cannot happen, they said from the Supreme Court to the high courts and district courts, phones of judges are being tapped," the CM said.

"I don't know if this is true, but if it is true, this is very dangerous. In such a scenario, all judges can be influenced. Even if a judge has indulged in any wrongdoing, even that doesn't justify phone-tapping. Other means can be used to gather evidence against them," Kejriwal told a hushed audience. "Independence of judiciary is paramount. If true, phone tapping would be the biggest assault on this independence".

Speaking later, law minister Prasad assured the audience comprising former and present SC and HC judges, and lawyers that the Modi government was committed to an independent judiciary . "Right from Prime Minister Modi to other ministers like Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj and myself, we have fought against the Emergency for upholding three freedoms -individual, media and judiciary .So as the law minister, let me categorically declare the Modi government's commitment towards 
independence of the judiciary. It is absolute and complete. 

The independ ence of judiciary is unim peachable and uncompromising," Prasad added. The CM also waded into the controversy over the delay in judicial appointments, slamming the Centre for rising vacancies in courts. "The government should clear the appointment of names within 48 hours of them being sent by the collegium. The executive can't have any say in appointment of judges, it has to be completely independent. Even 0.001% of executive interference is not good for judiciary . Since executive is very, very powerful, an independent judiciary is paramount for keeping checks and balances," he added.

He further pointed out that delay in clearing names fuels rumours. "There are rumours that only because certain minister's (preferred) men will not be given the opportunity , the Centre is not implementing the recommendations...and similar other rumours.These rumours are dangerous for democracy ," he cautioned.

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The AAP member also subtly touched upon the recent Delhi HC verdict clipping his powers and giving LG primacy in running Delhi. "If any action of the executive snatches the power of the people, if any judicial interpretation of the Constitution hands over power to one person, that is not good for democracy ."

The home ministry strongly denied allegations of tapping of phones of judges."There is no truth in these reports. These reports are baseless and unfounded," a ministry spokesperson said.


BJP is a distant 2nd, SP out of reckoning for UP polls: Mayawati

BSP chief Mayawati is confident of returning as UP chief minister and is viewing next year's assembly election as a no-contest. "BSP is way ahead of everybody else. BJP is a distant second, Samajwadi Party is already out of the reckoning and Congress was never in the picture at all," Mayawati told TOI in a rare interview to the media on Sunday.

Asked to spell out the reason for her confidence, she indicated that it was derived from the surge in Muslim support for BSP in the aftermath of the factional fight in SP. "Muslims are determined not to repeat the mistake they made in 2014 (when they voted for SP in Lok Sabha elections). There is no confusion this time. They have resolved to vote for BSP," she said.

Dalits and Muslims account for more than a third of UP's electorate. However, she rejected the suggestion that her focus on a political coalition between Dalits and Muslims was at the cost of other communities. "Wait for the list of BSP candidates. You will realise that we have not discriminated against anybody. We have powerful leaders from all communities," she said.

Insisting that there is adequate representation for all castes and communities in her party, BSP supremo Mayawati told TOI, "Satish Mishra is BSP general secretary and the party's leader in Rajya Sabha. Ramveer Upadhyaya from Agra is a powerful leader. We have important representatives from Thakurs, Jaivir Singh from Aligarh and Umashankar Singh from Ballia. Other backward castes have consistently supported us. We believe in sarvajan hitay, sarvajan sukhay. We favour affirmative action for poor among the upper castes," she said.

Even as she said her fight was with BJP, the former CM refused to consider the saffron outfit as a viable challenge. "They are far behind us and struggling," she said. To a question about BJP's Dalit outreach, she dismissed BJP chief Amit Shah's ambitious initiative as a non-starter. "It has been reduced to a farce. They could not find Dalits to attend their Dhamma Chetna Yatra and were forced to get RSS activists tonsured and pose as Buddhist Dalits to cover the failure. The death of Dalit scholar Rohit Vemula and the atrocities committed on Dalits in Una, Gujarat has brought out the BJP's hostility towards them," she said.

However, Mayawati reserved her venom for SP, especially CM Akhilesh Yadav. Asked about the claim that Akhilesh has tried to break free of SP's alleged traditional reliance on criminals, she dismissed it as a "blatant lie". "SP remains a criminal enterprise under Akhilesh, as it was under his father. Jaisa baap, waisa beta. Mulayam Singh Yadav always rallied criminals around him and offered them protection to establish his influence. Akhilesh has collected a bunch of new criminals around him. That is the only difference," she said.

The BSP chief argued that the vicious fight among rival SP factions confirmed her claim that the party had not changed under Akhilesh. "Just consider the case of SP MLC Ashu Malik, a Muslim from Ghaziabad. He was grabbed from the party convention at the behest of the CM and in the presence of hundreds. He was taken to the CM's residence where he was brutally assaulted by the CM's supporters. Yet, nothing happened. This exposes Akhilesh's reform claims as well as his true attitude towards members of the minority community," she said.

Replying to a question about Akhilesh's claims on development initiatives, she said the CM, just like PM Modi, was adept at making tall claims. "He has been repackaging my schemes and passing them off as his own," she said.

On Congress, Mayawati said, "They are nowhere. It is a pity that they have been parading Sheila Dikshit as a Brahmin from UP. She is actually a Punjabi who married a UP Brahmin. As CM of Delhi, she blamed crimes and other problems in the capital on migrants from UP."


Don’t promise the moon to voters: Election Commission

The election commission has decided to crack down on parties that go overboard with their manifesto promises.

Officials will soon start vetting manifestos for the 2017 assembly polls in Punjab and UP. Punitive action could be as harsh as withdrawing a party's symbol if it promises the moon without giving an affidavit on a stamp paper to the commission. The decision was taken at a meeting on September 23, according to an internal note accessed by TOI.

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"it is expected that manifestos reflect the rationale for the promises and broadly indicate the ways and means to meet the financial requirements for it. Trust of voters should be sought only on promises which can be fulfilled," it reads.

In 2012, the Shiromani Akali Dal had promised laptops to class 12 students but later backtracked because of a Rs 1.25 lakh crore debt.

British Spy Chief Warns Of Threats From 'Aggressive' Russia

 : The head of British intelligence agency MI5, Andrew Parker, on Monday warned of Russia acting in "increasingly aggressive ways" and utilising new technologies in its opposition to the west.

"It is using its whole range of state organs and powers to push its foreign policy abroad in increasingly aggressive ways -- involving propaganda, espionage, subversion and cyber-attacks.

"Russia is at work across Europe and in the UK today. It is MI5's job to get in the way of that," Parker told the Guardian newspaper.

The director general of the UK's domestic security service was speaking after British warships earlier this month shadowed a Russian aircraft carrier battle group through the North Sea, which was en route to the eastern Mediterranean.

Defence Minister Michael Fallon said the Russian naval deployment was "clearly designed to test" British and broader NATO capabilities.

Last month Britain scrambled fighter jets from an airbase in Scotland as two Russian bombers neared, but did not enter, UK airspace. 

Parker said Russia was increasingly positioning itself against the west and making use of non-traditional methods to do so.

"Russia increasingly seems to define itself by opposition to the west and seems to act accordingly," he said.

"You can see that on the ground with Russia's activities in Ukraine and Syria.

"But there is high-volume activity out of sight with the cyber-threat. Russia has been a covert threat for decades. What's different these days is that there are more and more methods available," Parker added.

The spy chief's comments follow the US earlier this month accusing Russia of trying to interfere in the upcoming presidential election by hacking US political institutions, charges the Kremlin has repeatedly dismissed.

A focal point of strained relations between Russia and the west has been Syria, where Moscow is backing the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

The Syrian conflict began in March 2011 and has since killed more than 300,000 people, with fighting most recently centring on the country's second city Aleppo.

Britain's foreign minister, Boris Johnson, earlier this month said the government had evidence Russian jets had been involved in bombing raids which hit aid workers.

"We are trying to document that fully because that is in my view unquestionably a war crime," he told The Sun newspaper.

"The world's attitude towards Russia has been hardening and I think people now believe that Russia is in danger of becoming a pariah nation," Johnson added.

Why You Should Take Your Glasses Off Before Your Next Passport Photo

efore you snap that passport photo, remove your glasses.

Under new rules starting Nov. 1, the State Department will not accept passport photos if you are wearing glasses in them, even if you normally wear glasses.

Last year, more than 200,000 passport customers submitted poor quality photos that the agency could not accept. "The No. 1 problem was glasses,'' the State Department said in a news release. "We had to put their passports on hold because we couldn't clearly identify them from their photo.''

The agency expects fewer passport application delays with the new rule.

Some other passport photo regulations to keep in mind:

- You must submit a photo taken within six months.

- Photos must be high resolution. They cannot be blurry or grainy.

- Photos must show your true skin color. They cannot be over- or under-exposed or have shadows on your face.

- Selfies are a bad idea. Photos taken too close or too far away will be rejected.

- Photos must meet image size requirements of 2 by 2 inches.

Be aware that many countries, including popular European destinations, require that passports have at least six months of validity left when you enter the country. This is not a new requirement, but it has been more strictly enforced over the past several years, according to the State Department.

Getting your passport photo right the first time is especially important now because the agency is experiencing a surge in renewal applications. Because of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, they are expecting the surge to continue in 2017. The initiative implemented in 2007 requires anyone, including U.S. citizens, traveling by air to the United States from a foreign country to have a valid passport. Nearly 10 years later, those passports are beginning to expire, resulting in an increased demand for renewals, according to the agency.

On average, processing of U.S. passports takes four to six weeks. But during heavy periods, the wait may extend to 10 weeks. Expedited service takes two to three weeks but costs an extra $60.

Adult passports are valid for 10 years; children's passports are valid for five years. Passports can be renewed by mail if certain criteria are met. First-time applicants, or those younger than 16, must appear in person at a passport-acceptance facility, including designated U.S. post offices, clerks of court and public libraries.

If you are part of the renewal surge, get started early and remember, save the selfies for your vacation.

© 2016 The Washington Post

Apple India decided to quietly increase the price of the MacBook

Apple India decided to quietly increase the price of the MacBook by as much as Rs. 10,000. Apple India’s website has been updated to reflect the new prices. The 12-inch MacBook now starts at Rs. 112,900, an increase of Rs. 6,000,

The variant with a faster processor and double the SSD storage now retails at Rs. 129,990 139,900, an increase of Rs. 10,000. The US price of the MacBook remains unchanged, as does the India price of other Mac desktops and laptops.

These are maximum retail prices, and the products may be available at lower prices online as well as offline.

SIMI Men used toothbrush and other material to make keys to the barrack doors

The eight men from banned group Students' Islamic Movement of India or SIMI, who broke out of a high security prison in Bhopal and were killed in police encounter hours later on Monday, had used "toothbrush and wood" to forge keys to open the locks of their jail barracks, police said.

The men used toothbrush and other material to make keys to the barrack doors, slit the throat of jail warden Ramashankar Yadav and tied up another jail staffer Chandan Singh before scaling the 25-feet high prison wall with the help of bedsheets, Madhya Pradesh Inspector General of Police Yogesh Choudhary told reporters at a press conference on Monday evening.

Indira services to nation recalled

Hyderabad: TPCC chief  N Uttam Kumar Reddy has reminded that Prime Minister late Indira Gandhi had made relentless efforts to see that fruits of the freedom reached the backward classes and weaker sections in the country. Paying floral tributes at Indira Gandhi statue on the Necklace Road here on Monday on the occasion of her death anniversary, Uttam Kumar recalled that some anti-national elements had killed her.

Indira Gandhi was one of the world leaders, who laid down her life for national integration. Later, Uttam paid tributes to portraits of Indira Gandhi and former Union Home Minister Sardar Vallabhai Patel at Gandhi Bhavan on the occasion of Indira’s death anniversary and Patel’s birth anniversary respectively.

Speaking on the occasion, Uttam recalled that Indira Gandhi ruled the nation in such a way that fruits of the freedom reached all sections of the people. Indira Gandhi had the distinction of ushering in ‘Green Revolution’ in the country, he said. Recalling services of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, the PCC chief said Patel played a key role in merging the Nizam State into the Indian Union. 


Andhra Pradesh ranked 7, Telangana 8 in Centre’s farm index

Telangana state and Andhra Pradesh are among the top 10 farmer friendly states in the country, according to NITI Aayog's Index on reforms in the farm sector, released on Monday.

NITI Aayog or the National Institution for Transforming India is the premier policy ‘think tank’ of the Government of India. Maharashtra secured the first rank, Andhra Pradesh came seventh and Telangana, eighth.

Twenty out of 29 states, including West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Assam, Jharkhand, Tamil Nadu and J&K, have done poorly with regard to agri-sector reforms, according to NITI Aayog’s official statement.

Madhya Pradesh is ranked fourth, followed by Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Telan-gana, Goa and Chhattisgarh.

This is the first time NITI Aayog has prepared the Agriculture Marketing and Farmer Friendly Reforms Index based on initiatives taken by the states in implementing farm sector reforms.

The index is aimed at helping states identify and address problems in the farm sector, such as low growth, low farm income and agrarian distress. The areas identified for action by NITI Aayog to double farm income include agriculture market reforms, land lease reform, and reforms related to forestry on private land.

“A detailed study of the reforms in various states and Union Territories show that reforms have remained patchy, partial, sporadic and implemented in very diluted form,” the statement added.


Ramoji Heading Towards Right?

On Sunday, the largest Telugu daily Eenadu carried a four-page special feature on Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel, the first Home Minister of India, on the occasion of his birth anniversary. This is in addition to the special article written by Union Home Minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Patel.
Fine, there is nothing wrong in praising Sardar Patel, who earned the sobriquet of Iron Man of India for crushing the anti-national forces and brought unity in the country with his policy of merging all the princely states with India.
It is also true that the Congress party had not given so much importance to Sardar, as it had given to Nehru and his family. This is being cashed in on by the Bharatiya Janata Party, for Sardar is more of a right-wing leader than a Congressman.
As part of owning up all the national leaders before independence, the BJP under the leadership of Narendra Modi is trying to highlight Gandhi, Sardar Patel and even Ambedkar. The Modi government is releasing huge advertisements on their birth anniversaries and celebrating them officially.
Now, it appears Eenadu group chairman Ch Ramoji Rao is silently following the path of Modi, obviously for his own interests.
Eenadu carries special reports on all national leaders on their birth anniversaries, but it is for the first time that the daily has dedicated more than four and a half pages for Sardar Patel. Needless to say, it is only to appease Modi, if not for the true affection for Patel. 
Of late, Ramoji has become closer to the Sangh; he is now key member of the Modi’s Swachch Bharat Abhiyan and he was also rewarded with Padma Vibhushan. May be he is eyeing on a bigger position in the Centre!


Over 24 schools burnt in Valley, J&K high court calls for preventive measures

Srinagar: As schools continue to be targeted by unknown arsonists in the Valley, Jammu and Kashmir high court on Monday while taking a suo moto notice of the incidents asked for taking all ‘preventive and protective’ measures towards saving the infrastructure from further harm.

The court said that collective efforts are needed to save school buildings as it is the responsibility of all to safeguard them for education being pivotal to intellectual excellence and prosperity.

The Kashmir Valley is aghast as more than two dozen school buildings have been gutted in mysterious fire incidents over the past few weeks, two of these at the weekend. The authorities have blamed the incidents on “miscreants” and indirectly blamed separatists for the destruction. But, apart from the government and various mainstream parties, social, religious and civil society groups, the separatist political parties and leaders too have strongly condemned what they said are “obnoxious” acts aimed at depriving the Valley’s young generation of education, the key to their success.

Syed Salahuddin, the chief of United Jihad Council, an amalgam of pro-militant outfits, has, on the other hand, alleged that “agents of Indian security establishment” are behind the incidents of arson and that the purpose of it was to “defame the historical Kashmir freedom movement” and “divert the attention from main Kashmir issue”. He said on Monday, “We appeal to freedom loving people to protect all the educational institutions including private schools and help us to expose the culprits. All resources will be utilized to expose and eliminate these elements.”

A division bench of the J&K High Court said earlier during the day that investment in education is an investment for future generations. It observed that setting school buildings on fire is in effect destroying the knowledge centres of future generations.

The court directed the Divisional Commissioner, the highest civilian official in Kashmir, Inspector General of Police and Director School Education Kashmir to devise modes and methods in collaboration with higher authorities and lower officials which shall be effective in protecting school institutions. 

It also asked the Chief Secretary, Director General of Police, Director School Education Kashmir to issue necessary instructions to all DCs, SSPs and Chief Education Officers (CEOs) of the concerned districts to take all preventive and protective measures necessary for saving the school buildings from any harm.

The mysterious fire incidents have taken place at a time when the government’s decision to hold the final examinations of the 10th and 12th classes from mid-November has evoked stiff opposition from some mainstream opposition parties, the separatists and other sections of the society apart from select student and academics groups on the premise that in present circumstances it would be risky to force the students to relocate to examination centres.

They have also said that hundreds of students have been maimed and even blinded in shotgun pellet firings and other actions of the security forces in their attempt to contain the unrest and many more are languishing in jails. Further the students have due to the educational institutions remaining closed for over four months not been able to complete their syllabi.

In response, the J&K Board of School Education (J&KBOSE) has promised to curtail the syllabi for the students scheduled to appear in these examinations and frame question papers accordingly.

Former Chief Minister and working president of opposition National Conference (NC) on Monday expressed concern over continued stalemate on the issue of deferment of board examinations and said the State government should talk to the students with an open mind instead of tormenting them. “Our young students who are in their crucial classes deserve every bit of our empathy and moral support. They are the worst victims of uncertainty and turmoil as a break in their academic pursuits at this junction has a direct bearing on their careers,” he said. He added, “Unfortunately, the State government has chosen to browbeat and intimidate the students into complying with their stand on holding the examinations on time despite the loss of almost four months of in-class studies and tutorials. The current unrest has also affected our children psychologically and the Government’s insensitivity is only worsening their plight.”

Mr. Abdullah said that the students have a fair point in questioning the rationality and fairness of government holding examinations on time when only around eighty school working days could be conducted as opposed to a minimum standard of around a hundred and eighty school working days that make an academic year. He also said, “While schools are being burnt and the State government is watching as a mute and helpless spectator, their arrogance on the issue of examinations is baffling if not out rightly ridiculous”. He asked, “When you cannot protect the public education infrastructure in the State, your misplaced sense of confidence in forcing examinations on the students is absurd”.

But J&K’s education minister, Naeem Akhtar, has said that by conducting the examinations the government is not trying to invent or impose anything new in the academic arena of the State. “We’re only trying to safeguard the career of lakhs of students, whereas separatists with their shutdown calls are trying to destroy their academic career,” he said.

Meanwhile, the J&K PCC chief, G. A. Mir expressed disappointment over mysterious fire incidents and alleged that it was “inefficiency and incompetence” of the State government that has led to the destruction of educational institutions. “The burning down of schools is an attack on the future of our children and the culprits must be identified sternest punishment. Is it a ploy to damage our education system.  The Government must come out of the deep slumber and stop such unlawful activities. This was an objectionable attempt to destroy the future of our children and it cannot be tolerated,” he said in a statement here.

CPIM lawmaker Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami said that made a fervent appeal to all mainstream and separatist parties and leaders, academicians, teachers, scholars, religious leaders and others who can play an influential role to come forward and encourage re-opening of schools in the interest of society at large


Telangana now sets eyes on Global Investors Meet

Hyderabad: The two Telugu states have created a record of sorts by becoming joint toppers in the Ease of Doing Business (EoDB) rankings for 2015-16.

TS industries minister K.T. Rama Rao said the ranking has boosted TS morale. “We have now set our eyes on conducting the Global Investors Meet in early 2017 with a target to attract Rs 10 lakh crore investments from across the globe. The first rank will help us to make the event a grand success and attract large-scale investments.”

TS industries secretary Aravind Kumar said, “The periodic review of all departments during the last 10 months has paid off. We had good coordination with all departments to give faster approvals to industries, which yielded us the first rank.”

Union minister Nirmala Sitharaman said states were ranked on the basis of a 340-point business reform action plan and its implementation by the states covering the period from July 1, 2015, to June 30, 2016.

The other states that figured in the Top-10 list are Gujarat (3rd), Chhattisgarh (4th), Madhya Pradesh (5th), Haryana (6th), Jhar-khand (7th), Rajasth-an (8th), Uttarakhand (9th) and Maharashtra (10th).

The “leaders” category, with an implementation percentage of 90-100 per cent, includes the top ten ranked states, plus Odisha and Punjab (91.07 per cent).

The next category, of ‘aspiring leaders’, with an implementation rate of 70-90 per cent, includes Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Bihar. This is followed by the ‘acceleration required’ category that includes Himachal Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Delhi.

India’s position in the recently released global EoDB ranking was a lowly 130, just one rank up from the previous year’s ‘revised’ 131.


Kerala set to get Open Defecation Free status today

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Kerala will be formally declared an Open Defecation-Free state on the Kerala Formation Day on Tuesday (November 1). Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan will make the declaration at a function to be held at central stadium here at 4 p.m. Kerala, the third state in the country to attain the status after Sikkim and Himachal Pradesh, did so by constructing 1,74,720 toilets within three months. It was a joint effort of the Suchithwa Mission, Jalanidhi, local bodies and voluntary and non-governmental organisations.

Thrissur was the first district to become ODF, followed by Kannur and Kozhikode. In Idukki, the last district to join the list, a group of engineering students set up toilets in the remote tribal village of Edamalakkdy, which received a special mention from Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his monthly radio programme 'Man Ki Baat' on Sunday. The maximum number of toilets was constructed in Palakkad - 23,075, followed by Alappuzha - 14,985 and Wayanad - 13,777. All the 941 grama panchayats were already declared as ODF.

Considering the remarkable achievement in implementing the centre's scheme, the state even invited the prime minister to the function on Tuesday, but he could not turn up. Minister for Rural Development and Sanitation Narendra Singh Tomar would attend the meeting. The campaign, which was part of centre's Swachh Bharat Mission, would benefit about 8 lakh people. Ernakulam had attained ODF status on October 16. In the first phase, all the 82 panchayats were declared ODF.


Naidu To Follow AJ Radhakrishna Advice!

Telugu Desam Party president and Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu seems to have woken up from slumber after facing the dressing down from his friend-philosopher-guide Vemuri Radhakrishna, managing director of Andhra Jyothy daily and ABN-Andhra Jyothy channel.
Apparently reacting to the points raised by RK in his column in Andhra Jyothy, Naidu told the party functionaries on Monday that he would not like to trouble them and also officials with regular teleconferences early in the morning.
“Hereafter, I will hold teleconferences only once in 15 days to get the feedback from you on various developmental programmes,” he said.
Naidu also assured the officials that he would review the departmental functioning only once a month, one department at a time.
He also took Radhakrishna’s advice on party affairs very seriously and said he would dedicate at least two to three hours a day to the party activities.
The MLAs, Ministers and other party leaders can come to his residence in the evening hours and discuss the party activities, Naidu said.
Good. At least now, one would hope Naidu will focus on party and the government, instead of publicity.


Celebrate Diwali in the name of jawans who sacrifice life for country: Modi

On the 25th edition of Mann Ki Baat on Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi wished the people of India a happy Diwali.

Speaking about the importance of the festival, Modi said that all forms of darkness, both inside us and around the world, can be fought with the ‘deep’ of Deepavali.

“Our festivals are linked closely to nature - the food, weather, everything about a festival is so symbiotic,” Modi said.

Indian festivals are fixed based not only on the phases of the moon but also the mood of the people, Modi said.

Stating that everyone cleans their homes for Diwali, the PM said that world leaders like British PM Theresa May were also celebrating the festival this year.

“Diwali is now not just celebrated in India, but all over the world. Diwali is a festival which is bringing people together around the world,” the PM said.

The Prime Minister called on the people of India to celebrate Diwali in the name of jawans who were sacrificing their lives on the border every day.

“Be it BSF, CRPF or other units, our jawans are on duty and guarding us. That is why we are celebrating Diwali joyfully,” the PM said.

“People from all walks of life sent messages of love and encouragement for our jawans, just as they lit candles for their well being,” Modi said.

Modi requested parents to keep a watch on their children and accompany them while the latter burst crackers.

Speaking about the campaign to make India open-defecation free, Modi said Kerala will soon become the first state in the country to achieve this milestone, while Gujarat has also gone a long way towards achieving that goal.

"There are many government schemes which are redundant. While we have gas subsidy, there is also subsidised kerosene," the PM said denouncing black marketers and those who used the benefit of subsidy despite not needing it.

" Haryana is working hard to free itself from kerosene. This will save the government money but it will hurt the black marketers," he added.

The Prime Minister reminded the people that it was Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel's birth anniversary on Monday. It is also the death anniversary of Indira Gandhi, he said.

"Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel worked to bring everyone together, he worked for unity, fought for unity and brought unity among people," said the PM.

However, he added, 'history remembers how Sikhs and 'Sardars' all over the country faced violence and pain - in an oblique reference to the 1984 anti-Sikh riots, which began immediately following then-PM Indira Gandhi's death on October 31.

Modi had earlier requested people to share their thoughts and inputs for the forthcoming programme on the Narendra Modi App and MyGov Open Forum.
During the last edition of the programme, the Prime Minister had said that nation's armed forces are fully equipped to foil any nefarious designs.
He said there are many opportunities to talk for political leaders and they do talk, but the Army does not talk, they speak through their valour.
Speaking on Swachhata Abhiyan, Prime Minister Modi had said the citizens have now become more aware on cleanliness.


Ratan Tata met Modi after Cyrus Mistry was sacked: report

Mumbai: Ratan Tata and sacked Tata Sons chairman Cyrus Mistry met Prime Minister Narendra Modi to brief him of the upheaval in the $100 billion salt-to-software conglomerate.

According to reports, Mistry, who was unceremoniously removed as chairman of Tata Sons by its board earlier this week, met Modi on Thursday and explained his view of the events. Subsequently, Tata met the Prime Minister on Friday and in a 20-minute chat, briefed the PM about the board level changes in the company.

According to reports, Tata also called finance minister Arun Jaitley on the day the Tata Sons board sacked Cyrus, and apprised him of the circumstances of the sacking.

Mistry had levelled allegations of poor decision-making costing Tata firms billions of dollars and virtually accused Ratan Tata of not allowing him a free hand.

The Tata Sons board named a five-member search committee, which includes Tata, to choose a successor to Mistry within four months. Meanwhile, Tata is temporarily back as the chairman.


Hillary Clinton enjoys solid lead in early voting: report

With 11 days to go before the US presidential election, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton leads Republican Donald Trump by 15 percentage points among early voters surveyed in the past two weeks, according to the Reuters/Ipsos States of the Nation project.
Though data is not available for all early voting states, Clinton enjoys an edge in swing states such as Ohio and Arizona and in Republican Party strongholds such as Georgia and Texas.
An estimated 19 million Americans have voted so far in the election, according to the University of Florida's United States Election Project, accounting for as much as 20 percent of the electorate.
Overall, Clinton remained on track to win a majority of votes in the Electoral College, the Reuters/Ipsos survey showed.
Having so many ballots locked down before the Nov. 8 election is good news for the Clinton campaign. On Friday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation announced that it is examining newly discovered emails belonging to Clinton's close aide, Huma Abedin. Those emails were found on a computer belonging to Anthony Weiner, Abedin's estranged husband, during an unrelated investigation into illicit messages he is alleged to have sent to a teenage girl. The Reuters/Ipsos survey was conducted before the news emerged Friday afternoon.
It remains unclear whether the FBI inquiry will upset the balance in the race. The bureau disclosed nothing about the Abedin emails, including whether any of the messages were sent by or to Clinton.
Over the summer, the FBI said it was closing its investigation into Clinton's use of a private email system while secretary of state. Until Friday, her campaign seemed to have weathered the initial FBI email probe.
Clinton has held a lead averaging four to seven percentage points in polls in recent weeks as the Trump campaign wrestled with accusations by women of groping and other sexual advances. Trump has said none of the accusations are true. He also struggled in the recent presidential debates and faced questions about his taxes.
As of Thursday, Clinton's odds of receiving the 270 Electoral College votes needed to win the presidency remained at greater than 95 percent, according to State of the Nation polling results released Saturday. The project estimated she would win by 320 votes to 218, with 278 votes solidly for the Democrat.
Clinton's lead among early voters is similar to the lead enjoyed by President Barack Obama over Republican Mitt Romney at this point of the 2012 race, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll taken at the time. Obama won the election by 332 electoral votes to Romney's 206.
But even before the latest email news, it had been a difficult week for Clinton. News coverage of Trump's accusers had diminished, while Clinton confronted the almost daily release by WikiLeaks of emails purportedly hacked from her campaign manager's account.
This week's leaked messages raised questions about former President Bill Clinton's finances.
And her lead in the States of the Nation project fell slightly from last week. Though the projected Electoral College votes hardly moved, the number of states solidly for Clinton slid from 25 to 20 this week. Trump didn't see any additional states tilt solidly to him, but he did see some gains: The swing states of Pennsylvania, Colorado, Iowa and Nevada all moved from leaning to Clinton to being too close to call.
Still, Trump's path to a victory is narrow, and any realistic chance rests on his winning Ohio, North Carolina and Florida. As of Thursday, Ohio remained a toss-up. Florida and North Carolina were still tilting toward Clinton, according to the States of the Nation results.
Early voting data for Florida and North Carolina was not yet available this week. In Ohio, Clinton led Trump by double digits among early voters. The project's broader polling suggests the state is deadlocked between the two candidates.
In Arizona, Clinton also was solidly ahead among early voters. In the past month, Arizona has gradually moved from a solid Trump state to a marginal Clinton state, although it is still too close to call, according to the project results.
In Georgia, she enjoyed a similar lead among early voters. Overall, Georgia leans to Trump, but his lead narrowed to five percentage points this week, down from eights points last week and 13 points a month ago.
Even in Texas, where Trump enjoys a sizable lead, Clinton has a double-digit edge among early voters, according to project results.
The States of the Nation project is a survey of about 15,000 people every week in all 50 states plus Washington D.C.

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