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Daily Archives: 19th May 2018

‘Lihaaf’ Poster Unveiled in Cannes, Ismat Chugtai’s Story is now a Film

The Urdu story which was published in 1942 had stirred controversy and a case was filed against Ismat Chugtai for obscene content. Lihaaf spoke of two women, Begum Jan and her masseuse, Rabbo. Chugtai portrayed the two woman as having a relationship with homosexual undertones and this upset the 'morality' of the people of the time. It openly talked about sex and of the loneliness of a housewife. Ismat won the court case and Lihaaf became her most famous work.

Madhya Pradesh Students Will Now Have To Answer Roll Call With ‘Jai Hind’

Regarding the 'Jai Hind' roll call, the circular said, 'Different words are used to mark the attendance. To instil patriotism among students it has been decided by the government that ‘Jai Hind’ should be used while marking attendance in school.' It was the School Education Minister Vijay Shah who pronounced the verdict which said that saying 'yes sir/madam' to roll call was not patriotic enough in November 2017. It was tested in schools of Satna district from October 1, 2017. Shah had said that based on the success of this experiment, he would introduce it in all schools.

Congress Releases Call Recordings of BJP Luring Congress MLAs with Ministerial Posts and Meetings...

Amid the Congress' and JDS' attempt to form a democratically elected government in Karnataka, the Congress on Friday night (May 18, 2018) released audio tapes of conversations between BJP leaders and Congress MLAs in which the former are heard asking the latter to join BJP. This luring was done in the last minute attempts to hold on to power in Karnataka as the Supreme Court has ordered a floor test to be held today (May 19, 2018).

9 Years of Beemapally, Remembering the Brutal Murder of Muslims by Kerala Police

May 17 marked the 9th anniversary of the Beemapally firing that killed six Muslims who were residents of the area. It was on the same day, in 2009 that the CPI(M) police opened indiscriminate fire on the Muslims of Beemapally who were mostly fisherfolk, killing 6 people. 27 people were wounded in the firing. Most of them were wounded by gunshots.

China Encourages US to Work for North Korea’s Denuclearisation

China to continue encouraging the United States and North Korea to work toward latter's denuclearisation.

Vibgyor Group of Schools Delivers a 100 Percent in IGCSE Results

The results of Class 10 equivalent International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) and class 11 & 12 A-level exams, held in March 2018 were announced recently.

SC Rejects Plea Challenging Bopaiah’s Appointment as pro tem Speaker

Ahead of the floor test in the Karnataka Assembly on Saturday at 4 pm, the Supreme Court has rejected a petition by the Congress-JD(S) challenging the appointment of K.G. Bopaiah as pro-tem speaker.

Protest Ban at IIT Kharagpur, Dean Calls Students ‘Anti-National’

Students have demanded that Prof. Somesh Kumar must withdraw his “anti-national” statement and refrain from making such comments in the future. Mr Sushil Kumar Choubey, the assistant security officer should publicly apologize for arrogant behaviour and physically handling the students and that the administration should re-establish the fundamental rights granted to all citizens of the country by the Constitution in the campus premises, they said.

19 Dead in Truck Accident in Gujarat

In a fatal accident on Saturday morning, 19 people have lost their lives and seven have been injured after a cement-laden truck in which they were travelling turned turtle on Bhavnagar-Ahmedabad highway, near Bavalyali village in Bhavnagar.

Will Bulldoze Corrupt Road Contractors, Warns Nitin Gadkari

Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari made controversial remarks on Friday when he warned road contractors of dire consequences if they indulged in corrupt practices.

Minister Harsh Vardhan’s Green Good Deeds Gets Global Recognition

Green Good Deeds, the societal movement launched by Environment, Forest, and Climate Change Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan to protect the environment and promote good living has found acceptance by the global community.

Congress Confident of Winning Floor-test in Karnataka Assembly

Hours before the floor test is set to begin in Karnataka assembly, Congress leaders said they have the numbers and ultimately they will form the government in the state in alliance with Janata Dal (Secular).

A$ap Mob Co-founder Arrested on Sexual Assault Charges

A$AP Bari, one of the co-founders of popular hip-hop group A$AP Mob, has been arrested in London over sexual assault charges.

Organization of the Islamic Cooperation Leaders Hold Summit Over Gaza Killings

Leaders of the Organization of the Islamic Cooperation (OIC) member states arrived in Istanbul on Friday for a summit, called by Turkey, over the killings of about 60 Palestinian protesters by Israeli forces along the Gaza border.

SC to Hear Plea Challenging Bopaiah’s Appointment Today

Supreme Court on Saturday will hear the petition filed by the Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) challenging the appointment of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA K.G. Bopaiah as the pro tem speaker to conduct the crucial floor test in Karnataka.

Tejashwi Yadav Urges Opposition Parties to Join Hands Against BJP’s Dictatorship

Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav, who met Bihar Governor Satyapal Malik to stake claim to form a government in the state on Friday, has urged all the opposition parties to come together to oppose the BJP-led central government's 'dictatorship' in the country.

United Nations Human Rights Council Votes to Probe Israel-Palestine Clashes

The United Nations Human Rights Council in a session voted to begin a probe in the recent deadly Israel-Palestine clashes in Gaza.

Pembilai Orumai Leader Gomathi Augustine Faces Threat of Eviction From CPI(M) Police

Communist Party of India (Marxist) and the police are harassing and threatening Pembilai Orumai leader Gomathi Augustine's house owner asking them to evict her from her house. CPI(M) workers also make sure that Gomathi is ostracised within the community. When she goes to a house, they create problems for the people living there so that they will stop her from visiting. Of all the people who took part in the strike, Gomathi asks why she alone is facing these problems. Lisy, another leader of the strike who later joined CPI(M) is not facing any problem, she added. In fact, she is part of the group that circulates her photographs on WhatsApp calling her a sex worker.

Thunderstorm, Squall Likely to hit Delhi-NCR in 2 Hours

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) officials on Saturday issued a warning of a thunderstorm with strong winds and rain in various parts of Delhi and National Capital Region (NCR).

Netherlands Prime Minister to Attend India-Dutch CEOs Forum

Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte is scheduled to arrive in India for a two-day visit commencing from May 24 as part of India-Dutch CEOs forum to be held in New Delhi.

Navy Bikers’ Expedition to Spread Coastal Security Awareness Flagged off

The fifth and final leg of the 600 km long motorcycle expedition organised by Indian Navy as part of Golden Jubilee Celebrations of the Western Naval Command was flagged off from Visakhapatnam.

European Union Felicitates Big B With Citation

The European Union on Friday felicitated veteran actor Amitabh Bachchan with a Citation.

Over 100 Passengers Dead in Cuban air Crash

More than 100 passengers onboard Boeing 737 Cubana de Aviacion are feared dead after the plane crashed on Thursday afternoon soon after it took off from Havana's Jose Marti airport.

Mysterious Disappearance of Christians in Youhanabad, Community Puts Forth Grievance

Members of Christian community based out of Karachi in Pakistan met District Inspector on Friday to inform about mysterious disappearances of Christians and "raids" conducted in Youhanabad.

Delhi Daredevils Beat Chennai Super Kings by 34 Runs

Batsman Ambati Rayudu's quick 50 from just 28 balls went in vain after Chennai Super Kings (CSK) march to the top spot of the Indian Premier League (IPL) points table was halted by bottom-placed Delhi Daredevils (DD), who clinched an easy victory by 34 runs at the Ferozshah Kotla here on Friday.

Two Arrested, 18 Suspended for Negligence in Purchase of Wheat in Lucknow

Two people have been arrested and 18 others were suspended over negligence in the purchase of wheat in Uttar Pradesh's Lucknow.

Iran Nuclear Deal Better Than None, Says Angela Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the Iran Nuclear Deal 2015 is better than none.

Section 144 Clamped in Mangalore

Amid the political ruckus in Karnataka, section 144 has been imposed in Mangalore as a precautionary measure ahead of the Supreme Court's order directing Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) B.S. Yeddyurappa to prove majority in the state assembly on Saturday.

Peta India’s Merry Gift for Meghan Markle, Prince Harry

Ahead of the much-awaited British royal wedding of Prince Harry and Hollywood actress Meghan Markle, animal rights organisation PETA India have decided to gift a bull, named Merry, a hybrid of the name Meghan and Harry, to the couple.

Jharkhand Government to Give Rs 10 Lakh to Slain BSF Jawan’s Family

Jharkhand government has announced a compensation of Rs 10 lakh to the family of Sitaram Upadhyay, the BSF jawan who was killed in Pakistani shelling in Arnia sector of Jammu on Friday.

China Dismisses Trump’s Allegation of Influencing North Korea

China dismissed the allegations put forward by United States President Donald Trump on Friday that President Xi Jinping might be influencing North Korean relations.

Complaint Filed Against Janardhan Reddy for Offering Money to Raichur Rural MLA

The Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) has filed a complaint and demanded action against BJP leader Janardhan Reddy for offering hundreds of crore rupees and a minister portfolio to Raichur rural MLA Basvanagowda Daddal over the phone.