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Shashi Tharoor warns of 'Hindu Pakistan' under BJP rule, Sambit Patra hits back |

Wednesday, July 11 2018

Shashi Tharoor warns of 'Hindu Pakistan' under BJP rule, Sambit Patra hits back |

NEW DELHI: Shashi Tharoor on Wednesday said that if BJP wins 2019 Lok Sabha polls it create conditions leading to the formation of a "Hindu Pakistan". Congress leader's remark evoked strong reaction from the BJP. "If they (BJP) win a repeat in the Lok Sabha our democratic constitution as we understand it will not survive as they will have all the elements they need to tear apart the constitution of India and write a new one," the Congress leader was Quote: d as saying by ANI. That new one will be the one which will enshrine principles of Hindu Rashtra, that'll remove equality for minoritie… https://t.co/seXvnjQbOb — ANI (@ANI) 1531324542000 Tharoor further added that the saffron party will write a new Constitution which will pave the way for a nation, much like Pakistan, where rights of minorities are not respected. "That new one will be the one which will enshrine principles of Hindu Rashtra, that'll remove equality for minorities, that'll create a Hindu Pakistan and that isn't what Mahatama Gandhi, Nehru, Sardar Patel, Maulana Azad and great heroes of freedom struggle fought for," he added. BJP national spokesperson Sambit Patra slammed the Congress leader calling his "Hindu Pakistan" reference a "shameless". In a tweet, Patra said that the Congress party doesn't loses any opportunity to demean India and defame Hindus. MR Sashi Tharoor says India will become “Hindu-Pakistan” if BJP returns to power in 2019! Shameless @INCIndia doesn… https://t.co/GDS7vJkZ3y — Sambit Patra (@sambitswaraj) 1531322848000 The Congress leader also said that the Prime Minister is more interested in conducting political rallies than in running the country. "Since last four-and-a-half years, we have been hearing so many speeches attacking the Congress party, attacking one family, attacking everything the Congress has done," Tharoor said. Tharoor's remark came after the Prime Minister launched a scathing attack at the Congress Party while addressing a farmers' rally in Punjab earlier in the day. "This country got to where it has during Congress rule and the rule of other governments. I am not taking away the contribution of other governments. We have been able to bring about a country that has gone from 17 percent literacy rate to 79. We were 90 percent below the poverty line in 1947, today it is 20 percent. When British left, the life expectancy of people was just 27. Today it is almost 70. In every respect, the country has made very good progress," he added. Tharoor said in BJP rule rights are being taken for granted. "Today (in BJP's rule) we take many of the rights for granted including the RTI, MANREGA. These are all the rights that the Congress fought for Indian people. As far as farmers are concerned, minimum support prices rose under the Congress - four times they have risen under the BJP," Tharoor said. "People have begun to see through his (PM Modi's) reiterate. They understand this is a gentleman who always says certain things for political purposes, but we should stop seeing and see what action is taking place. That action has been sadly lacking," he added. Earlier in the day, while addressing a farmers' rally, Prime Minister Modi said: "In the last 70 years, the party on which our farmers placed their faith did not recognise their hard work. Only promises were made to farmers. They (Congress) made a lot of announcements about welfare in those years, but they were only worried about the welfare of one family. Farmers were made a vote bank." PM Modi's rally came in the wake of the recent Minimum Support Price (MSP) hike.

Shashi Tharoor : if bjp wins 2019 polls, india will become hindu pakistan, says shashi tharoor | अगर 2019 में बीजेपी जीतती है तो भारत 'हिंदू पाकिस्तान' बन जाएगा: शशि थरूर - Navbharat Times Hindi Newspaper

Thursday, July 12 2018

Shashi Tharoor : if bjp wins 2019 polls, india will become hindu pakistan, says shashi tharoor | अगर 2019 में बीजेपी जीतती है तो भारत 'हिंदू पाकिस्तान' बन जाएगा: शशि थरूर - Navbharat Times Hindi Newspaper

तिरुवनंतपुरम कांग्रेस नेता शशि थरूर ने मंगलवार को कहा कि अगर भारतीय जनता पार्टी 2019 के लोकसभा चुनाव में जीतती है तो वह 'हिंदू पाकिस्तान' बनने जैसे हालात पैदा करेगी। तिरुवनंतपुरम में एक कार्यक्रम में उन्होंने यह बात कही। थरूर ने आगे कहा कि बीजेपी नया संविधान लिखेगी जो भारत को पाकिस्तान जैसे मुल्क में बदलने का रास्ता साफ करेगा, जहां अल्पसंख्यकों के अधिकारों का कोई सम्मान नहीं होगा। थरूर ने कहा, 'अगर वे (बीजेपी) दोबारा लोकसभा चुनाव जीतते हैं तो हमारा लोकतांत्रिक संविधान खत्म हो जाएगा क्योंकि उनके पास भारतीय संविधान की धज्जियां उड़ाने और एक नया संविधान लिखने वाले सारे तत्व हैं।' थरूर ने कहा, 'उनका लिखा नया संविधान हिंदू राष्ट्र के सिद्धांतों पर आधारित होगा जो अल्पसंख्यकों के समानता के अधिकार को खत्म कर देगा और देश को हिंदू पाकिस्तान बना देगा। महात्मा गांधी, नेहरू, सरदार पटेल, मौलाना आजाद और स्वतंत्रता संग्राम के महान सेनानियों ने ऐसे मुल्क के लिए लड़ाई नहीं लड़ी थी।' थरूर के इस बयान पर बीजेपी ने तीखी प्रतिक्रिया व्यक्त की है। बीजेपी ने इसके लिए कांग्रेस अध्यक्ष राहुल गांधी से माफी की मांग की है। एएनआई से बातचीत में बीजेपी प्रवक्ता संबित पात्रा ने कहा, 'शशि थरूर ने जो कुछ भी कहा है, उसके लिए राहुल गांधी को माफी मांगनी चाहिए। पाकिस्तान के निर्माण के लिए कांग्रेस जिम्मेदार थी और एक बार फिर वह भारत को नीचा दिखाने और देश के हिंदुओं को बदनाम करने का काम कर रही है।' बीजेपी प्रवक्ता ने ट्विटर पर भी कांग्रेस पर हमला बोला। पात्रा ने ट्वीट किया कि कांग्रेस भारत को नीचा दिखाने और हिंदुओं को बदनाम करने का कोई मौका नहीं खोती है। पात्रा ने लिखा, 'थरूर कहते हैं कि अगर बीजेपी 2019 में फिर सत्ता में आती है तो भारत हिंदू-पाकिस्तान बन जाएगा! बेशर्म कांग्रेस भारत को नीचा दिखाने और हिंदुओं को बदनाम करने का कोई भी मौका नहीं गंवाती है। 'हिंदू आतंकवादियों' से लेकर 'हिंदू-पाकिस्तान' तक...कांग्रेस की पाक को खुश करने वाली नीतियों का कोई जवाब नहीं है!' MR Sashi Tharoor says India will become “Hindu-Pakistan” if BJP returns to power in 2019! Shameless @INCIndia doesn… https://t.co/GDS7vJkZ3y — Sambit Patra (@sambitswaraj) 1531322848000

Shashi Tharoor warns of 'Hindu Pakistan' under BJP rule, Sambit Patra hits back |

Wednesday, July 11 2018

Shashi Tharoor warns of 'Hindu Pakistan' under BJP rule, Sambit Patra hits back |

NEW DELHI: Shashi Tharoor on Wednesday said that if BJP wins 2019 Lok Sabha polls it create conditions leading to the formation of a "Hindu Pakistan". Congress leader's remark evoked strong reaction from the BJP. "If they (BJP) win a repeat in the Lok Sabha our democratic constitution as we understand it will not survive as they will have all the elements they need to tear apart the constitution of India and write a new one," the Congress leader was quoted as saying by ANI. That new one will be the one which will enshrine principles of Hindu Rashtra, that'll remove equality for minoritie… https://t.co/seXvnjQbOb — ANI (@ANI) 1531324542000 Tharoor further added that the saffron party will write a new Constitution which will pave the way for a nation, much like Pakistan, where rights of minorities are not respected. "That new one will be the one which will enshrine principles of Hindu Rashtra, that'll remove equality for minorities, that'll create a Hindu Pakistan and that isn't what Mahatama Gandhi, Nehru, Sardar Patel, Maulana Azad and great heroes of freedom struggle fought for," he added. BJP national spokesperson Sambit Patra slammed the Congress leader calling his "Hindu Pakistan" reference a "shameless". In a tweet, Patra said that the Congress party doesn't loses any opportunity to demean India and defame Hindus. MR Sashi Tharoor says India will become “Hindu-Pakistan” if BJP returns to power in 2019! Shameless @INCIndia doesn… https://t.co/GDS7vJkZ3y — Sambit Patra (@sambitswaraj) 1531322848000 The Congress leader also said that the Prime Minister is more interested in conducting political rallies than in running the country. "Since last four-and-a-half years, we have been hearing so many speeches attacking the Congress party, attacking one family, attacking everything the Congress has done," Tharoor said. Tharoor's remark came after the Prime Minister launched a scathing attack at the Congress Party while addressing a farmers' rally in Punjab earlier in the day. "This country got to where it has during Congress rule and the rule of other governments. I am not taking away the contribution of other governments. We have been able to bring about a country that has gone from 17 percent literacy rate to 79. We were 90 percent below the poverty line in 1947, today it is 20 percent. When British left, the life expectancy of people was just 27. Today it is almost 70. In every respect, the country has made very good progress," he added. Tharoor said in BJP rule rights are being taken for granted. "Today (in BJP's rule) we take many of the rights for granted including the RTI, MANREGA. These are all the rights that the Congress fought for Indian people. As far as farmers are concerned, minimum support prices rose under the Congress - four times they have risen under the BJP," Tharoor said. "People have begun to see through his (PM Modi's) reiterate. They understand this is a gentleman who always says certain things for political purposes, but we should stop seeing and see what action is taking place. That action has been sadly lacking," he added. Earlier in the day, while addressing a farmers' rally, Prime Minister Modi said: "In the last 70 years, the party on which our farmers placed their faith did not recognise their hard work. Only promises were made to farmers. They (Congress) made a lot of announcements about welfare in those years, but they were only worried about the welfare of one family. Farmers were made a vote bank." PM Modi's rally came in the wake of the recent Minimum Support Price (MSP) hike.

Govt: Going soft on adultery will destroy institution of marriage |

Thursday, July 12 2018

Govt: Going soft on adultery will destroy institution of marriage |

NEW DELHI: The Centre has argued that removing the provision that holds men guilty of adultery and not women will wreak havoc on the institution of marriage. It held that men and women cannot be seen as equal partners in the crime of adultery and Section 497 of IPC should not be decriminalised. Responding to a PIL by Joseph Shine which sought striking down of Section 497 or making both men and women equally liable for the offence of adultery, the Centre said: “Striking down of the provision would tantamount to decriminalising the offence of adultery, thereby eroding the sanctity of marriage and the fabric of society at large.” “Section 497 of IPC supports, safeguards and protects the institution of marriage,” the Centre said, while admitting that the Law Commission is seized of the need for amending the provision suitably. The Centre argued that removing the deterrence would encourage adulterous behaviour with deleterious social consequences. TIMES VIEWThe fact that the law as it stands allows only for men to be prosecuted for adultery is a throwback to a Victorian morality. Worse, it implicitly treats the woman involved as someone who does not have – or cannot have — a will of her own. This is absurd in today’s age. The government’s argument that the law should remain the way it is to preserve the sanctity of marriage makes no sense. How are marriages better preserved by making only men prosecutable for extramarital affairs? And can the state really preserve marriages through such laws? A marriage is only as sacrosanct as the partners in it choose to make it. That is equally true for both partners and it’s time the law woke up to that. The contested section says: “Whoever has sexual intercourse with a person who is and whom he knows or has reason to believe to be the wife of another man, without the consent or connivance of that man, such sexual intercourse not amounting to the offence of rape, is guilty of the offence of adultery, and shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to five years, or with fine, or with both. In such case the wife shall not be punishable as an abettor.” The Centre cited a 33 year-old SC judgement in Sowmithri Vishnu case, where it had ruled that if Section 497 was struck down, then “adulterous relations will have a more free play than now”. It said: “Decriminalisation of adultery will result in weakening the sanctity of a marital bond and will result in laxity in the marital bond.” The Centre said: “Striking down of Section 497 of IPC and Section 198(2) of the CrPC will prove to be detrimental to the intrinsic Indian ethos which gives paramount importance to the institution and sanctity of marriage. The provisions of law, under challenge ion the present PIL, have been specifically created by the legislature in its wisdom, to protect and safeguard the sanctity of marriage, keeping in mind the unique structure and culture of Indian society.” However, the Centre did not deal with the contentious issue raised by the PIL about making both men and women equally liable for the crime of adultery. It said the issue of equal liability is under consideration of the Law Commission of India. “The final report of the law commission is awaited regarding the amendment to Section 497,” it said. A three-judge bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud had in January this year referred the PIL to a five-judge bench while observing that prima facie it felt that the consistent rulings of the SC upholding validity of Section 497 required reconsideration by a larger bench. “The provision seems quite archaic and especially, when there is a societal progress,” it had said. The SC had felt that it was about time to examine whether affirmative action mandated under Article 15(3) of the Constitution to benefit women in general could legally and judicially translate into absolving them of prosecution in a crime for which men are punished.

Institute of Eminence (IoE) for Jio Institute: 10 things to consider before criticising move

Wednesday, July 11 2018

Institute of Eminence (IoE) for Jio Institute: 10 things to consider before criticising move

Institute of Eminence (IoE) for Jio Institute: 10 things to consider before criticising move Institute of Eminence (IoE) for Jio Institute: 10 things to consider before criticising move The IoE status is being given to Jio Institute for the sole purpose of being a university that can be a world class one in the years to come. Written by Maheshwer Peri | New Delhi | Updated: July 12, 2018 7:49:23 am An IoE status will ensure that the regulatory oversight is eased for such universities to pursue excellence. (Representational Image) The proposed Jio Institute is at the receiving end of a lot of flak over it being given the Institute of Eminence(IoE) status. Here is a primer: 1. The IoE status is being given for the sole purpose of being a university that can be a world class one in the years to come. 2. The public universities will get Rs 1,000 crore each for the next 10 years while the private universities don’t get any monetary support from the government. 3. However, an IoE status will ensure that the regulatory oversight is eased for such universities to pursue excellence. 4. For the first time, the government concedes that regulation impedes the pursuit of excellence. It is an oxymoron. 5. Currently, universities cannot appoint a foreign faculty, cannot collaborate, partner, exchange, cooperate with any foreign University, or cannot innovate unless they take permission from UGC/MHRD. 6. Pursuing the dream of being a world-class University is an expensive proposition. Just the right intent wouldn’t suffice. HKUST, set up in 1991 is the youngest University that is world class. It had a corpus running into billions. It’s research funding today is close to $700 Million. It has faculty and researchers from the top 40 universities in the world. 7. If there is any corporation in India which can fund in billions, have a grand vision, on a large scale, Reliance would be the first one. 8. Reliance can also ensure that world’s best faculty, academics and researchers look at India in seriousness. Getting them to work in India is an expensive affair. 9. The collaborations and partnerships that Reliance can strike with the best universities around the globe cannot be under-estimated. There is already a conversation of a partnership with Harvard. 10. The only thing exposed in IoE is India’s grand vision scuttled down from 20 to just six universities. This is primarily because MoF could not find Rs 10,000 crores. All he gave was Rs 3,000 crores after a four-year delay. No University in India is well funded. Rarely do we think of research. Universities in India are largely teaching shops judged on creating glorified clerk’s and not entrepreneurship, researchers and creators. We create consumers. It is time we change that. For me the question should not be: “How could Reliance get the IoE status?”. It should rather be, ‘When the government isn’t losing anything financially, why couldn’t they give IoE status to a few more private universities and give wings to their dreams?’. Tags:

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Wednesday, July 11 2018

सुप्रीम कोर्ट ने केन्‍द्र सरकार को लगाई फटकार, कहा- ताजमहल को संरक्षण दो या बंद करो या ध्वस्त कर दो Khabar

फाइल फोटो खास बातें कोर्ट ने कहा कि एफ़िल टॉवर को देखने 80 मिलियन लोग आते है आप लोग ताजमहल को लेकर गंभीर नहीं है आप टूरिस्ट को लेकर गंभीर नहीं हैं नई दिल्ली: ताजमहल को लेकर सुप्रीम कोर्ट ने केंद्र सरकार पर जमकर फटकार लगाई है. कोर्ट ने कहा, ताज को सरंक्षण दो या बंद कर दो या ध्वस्त कर दो. सुप्रीम कोर्ट ने कहा कि एफ़िल टॉवर को देखने 80 मिलियन लोग आते है, जबकि ताजमहल के लिए मिलियन. आप लोग ताजमहल को लेकर गंभीर नहीं है और न ही आपको इसकी परवाह है. हमारा ताज ज्यादा खूबसूरत है और आप टूरिस्ट को लेकर गंभीर नहीं है. ये देश का नुकसान है, ताजमहल को लेकर घोर उदासीनता है. ताज महल में बाहरी लोगों को नमाज पढ़ने की इजाजत देने से सुप्रीम कोर्ट का इनकार सुप्रीम कोर्ट ने कहा कि अगर ध्‍यान रखा जाता तो हमारी विदेशी मुद्रा की दिक्कत दूर हो जाती. सुप्रीम कोर्ट ने फिर सवाल उठाया कि टीटीजेड (ताज ट्रैपेज़ियम जोन) एरिया में उद्योग लगाने के लिए लोग आवेदन कर रहे है और उनके आवेदन पर विचार हो रहा है. ये आदेशों का उल्लंघन है. सुप्रीम कोर्ट ने टिप्पणी करते हुए कहा पीएचडी चेंबर्स को कहा है कि जो इंड्रस्‍टी चल रही है उसको क्यों ना आप खुद बंद करें. तब टीटीजेड की तरफ से कहा गया कि वो अब टीटीजेड में कोई नई फैक्ट्री खोलने आई इजाजत नहीं देंगे. यूपी के आगरा में कुत्‍ते के ऊपर बना दी सड़क और फिर... सुप्रीम कोर्ट ने अपने आदेश में कहा कि टीटीजेड ने कुछ नई फैक्ट्रियों के आवेदन पर विचार कर रही है. सुप्रीम कोर्ट ने टीटीजेड के चेयरमैन को नॉटिस जारी किया. टीटीजेड के प्रमुख को सुप्रीम कोर्ट में तलब किया. वहीं केंद्र सरकार ने सुप्रीम कोर्ट में कहा कि MOEF ने एक कमिटी का गठन किया है, जो ये देखेगी प्रदूषण को देखेगी कि ताजमहल कितना और किन वजहों से प्रदूषित हुआ है. केंद्र सरकार ने ये भी कहा कि ताजमहल के आस पास के इलाकों का भी मुआयना करेगी प्रदूषण को लेकर. कमेटी की रिपोर्ट 4 महीने के भीतर आ जाएगी इसके बाद ये तय किया जाएगा कि क्या किसी विदेशी एक्सपर्ट को कमिटी में शामिल करने की जरूरत है या नहीं. टिप्पणियां 9 मई को सुप्रीम कोर्ट ने ASI को फटकार लगाई थी. ताजमहल के रंग बदलने को लेकर ASI ने काई और गंदी जुराबों को जिम्मेदार ठहराया था। सुप्रीम कोर्ट ने कहा कि 1996 में पहली बार ताजमहल को लेकर आदेश जारी किया लेकिन 22 साल बाद भी कुछ नहीं हुआ. ASI के ये कहने कि ताजमहल को काई और कीड़े -मकोड़े (इंसेक्ट) से हो रहा है नुकसान, पर सुप्रीम कोर्ट नाराज हुआ. ASI ने कहा कि ताजमहल पर काई उड़कर जमा हो रही है. सुप्रीम कोर्ट ने ASI को फटकार लगते हुए पूछा कि ताजमहल को काई व कीड़ा-मकोड़े (इंसेक्ट) कैसे नुकसान पहुंचा सकते है. कोर्ट ने कहा कि ASI समझना नहीं चाहता कि ताजमहल में समस्या है? कोर्ट ने कहा कि क्या काई के पास पंख होते है जो उड़कर ताज़महल पर जा कर बैठ जाती है. कोर्ट ने ASI को कहा कि इसका मतलब है कि उनके पास पंख है जिससे वो उड़ कर चले जाते है. अगर ASI का यही स्टैंड है कोर्ट में तो केंद्र सरकार को ताजमहल के रखरखाव के लिए किसी दूसरे विकल्प का तलाश करना होगा. ASI ने कहा कि लोग जो जुराब पहनकर आते हैं वो भी कई बार गंदी होती हैं कि फर्श खराब होते हैं. ASG तुषार ने कहा कि विदेशों में कई जगहों पर डिस्पाजेबल जुराबें दी जाती हैं. याचिकाकर्ता एमसी मेहता ने कहा कि यमुना में पानी गंदा है. पहले मछलियां होती थी जो काई को खाती थीं. सरकार बैराज बना रही हैं जिसके कारण यमुना में पानी कम है केंद्र सरकार को चार हफ्ते में जवाब देने को कहा गया कि केंद्र यमुना पर कितने बैराज बना रही है. वहीं उत्तर प्रदेश सरकार को जुलाई में ताजमहल को सदियों तक सुरक्षित रखने के विजन डॉक्यूमनेट देना है. Hindi News से जुड़े अन्य अपडेट लगातार हासिल करने के लिए हमें फेसबुक और गूगल प्लस पर ज्वॉइन करें, ट्विटर पर फॉलो करे...

Fed up, SC tells govt: Restore Taj Mahal, or raze it |

Thursday, July 12 2018

Fed up, SC tells govt: Restore Taj Mahal, or raze it |

NEW DELHI: Expressing deep anguish over the “apathy” of the Centre + , UP government and other authorities towards preserving the Taj Mahal , the Supreme Court on Wednesday gave an ultimatum to the government—either restore the pristine beauty of the Taj or demolish it. The court has been monitoring preservation of the world heritage site for 31 years and has passed a slew of orders from time to time for preservation of the monument. But the court’s efforts seem to be futile with the Taj being damaged by rising pollution levels. The monument is becoming green and blue in patches, which is attributed to rising pollution and poor maintenance. As the Centre and UP failed to give a blueprint to save the Taj, a bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta said: “It is sheer apathy. You are absolutely not bothered about it.” The SC told the Centre: “You can shut down the Taj. You can demolish it if you like and you can also do away with it if you have already decided ... No action plan or vision document has come yet. Either you demolish it (Taj) or you restore it.” The SC decided to hear the case on day-to-day basis to bring the hearing to a logical conclusion for protection of the monument. It also noted that the authorities were allowing expansion of industrial units in the vicinity of Taj Mahal which could add to the pollution. The court summoned the chairman of Taj Trapezium Zone and Commissioner of Agra to be present before it to explain why industrial units were coming up in the area in violation of its order. The SC had restrained the authorities from allowing establishment of industrial units and also barred cutting of tree without its permission in Taj Trapezium Zone — a 10,400 sq km trapezium-shaped area covering five districts of the Agra region. Drawing parallel with Paris’ Eiffel Tower, the SC said it remained preserved despite attracting eight time more tourists in comparison to the Taj. It directed the Centre to file an affidavit in two weeks giving details of what has been done for protection of the Taj and what it intended to do in future. Noting that ASI had failed to protect Taj Mahal, the SC had earlier raised questions whether ASI could be relieved of the task to manage the affairs of the monument. It had said that ASI was not properly discharging its duty in maintaining the beauty of the Taj and asked the Centre to consider whether some other organisation be given the responsibility to protect the 17th century heritage.

FIFA World Cup: Croatia vs England: Mandzukic sends Croatia to first World Cup final | Football News

Thursday, July 12 2018

FIFA World Cup: Croatia vs England: Mandzukic sends Croatia to first World Cup final | Football News

Croatia vs England: Mandzukic sends Croatia to first World Cup final Croatia vs England: Mandzukic sends Croatia to first World Cup final FIFA World Cup 2018: Croatia reached the World Cup final for the first time after an extra-time goal from Mario Mandzukic gave them a 2-1 win over England in their semi-final on Wednesday. | TNN | Updated: Jul 12, 2018, 08:39 IST Highlights Mario Mandzukic scored in the 109th minute as Croatia came from behind to beat England 2-1 after extra time Croatia reached their first World Cup final, where they will face France on Sunday Luzhniki was dressed in red and white as the St George's Cross fluttered against the chequered flag of Croatia Croatia's forward Mario Mandzukic celebrates after scoring his team's second goal against England Related Videos Croatian fans confident of Wor... MOSCOW: England staked their claim for the World Cup final berth a little too early in the game in a little too astonishing manner. ALSO READ: Croatia will be ready for France in final, says coach Dalic But the final blow of the ironsmith was dealt by Mario Mandzukic to end England's fairytale and book the final tryst with France, come Sunday. Moscow's Luzhniki was dressed in red and white as the St George's Cross fluttered against the chequered flag of Croatia. Sniffing the smell of history that's going to be made, the fans turned up in numbers just to share the landmark moment in the sport. It was England's biggest game since they were beaten by West Germany at this stage in Italia '90. It was the Croatians who danced till the last after a late revival saw them book their maiden World Cup final. Kieran Trippier had shut one half of the stadium with a peach of a free-kick, the very first of the match barely five minutes on. It was England's eighth from a dead ball situation. ALSO READ: We left everything out there, says England manager Southgate Call them one-trick ponies, but are there any on the stage who is playing it better? The Tottenham winger curled his right footer with rare precision far away from Danijel Subasic's flailing arms. Pinching one's own self back from wonderland would have been natural but Gareth Southgate's England has redefined the normal. Had Harry Kane and Jesse Lingard could keep their wits, England would have wrapped up the World Cup semi-final in the first session itself. Instead they left it for some late drama befitting the occasion. England's full court-press marked Ivan Rakitic and Luka Modric out to extinction till Ivan Perisic ignited a fightback deep into the second session. The Inter Milan star met Sime Vrsaljko's cross over and above Walker's head. Scores were level and England started to look vulnerable as Perisic again hits the upright giving Walker, a drop of his shoulder. Croatians have woken up, finally. Pushing the game to another tortuous half hour, Modric found an extra pair of lungs when the others were gasping. Young England, dearth on experience, finally caved in. It was Perisic who won a header that fell inside the box and the tiring English defence suffered brain freeze. Mandzukic reacted the quickest, pinging the ball past Pickford, who had denied him with a brave save, minutes before. The goal killed the contest for good as players dropped like flies hit by cramps. Only Modric strode along the Luzhniki pitch like the last of the Mohicans. With two minutes to go, Modric was substituted so that he gets the biggest applause. Get latest news & live updates on the go on your pc with News App . Download The Times of India news app for your device. Read more Sports news in English and other languages. RELATED

More than 500 people who rode a zipline are sick with E. coli - here's what to know about the infection

Thursday, July 12 2018

More than 500 people who rode a zipline are sick with E. coli - here's what to know about the infection

More than 500 people who went ziplining in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee are sick with E. coli infections. Reuters/Oswaldo Rivas More than 500 people who rode a zipline in Tennessee are sick with E. coli infections . Health inspectors think they got sick after drinking contaminated well water. E. coli is a species of bacteria that live in the intestines of people and animals. S ome E. coli are harmless, but other strains can cause kidney failure or death. A trip down the zipline ended in misery and vomit for more than 500 people who visited Gatlinburg, Tennessee this summer. The Tennessee Department of Health found E. coli bacteria present in the water at CLIMB Works ziplining tours in the Great Smoky Mountains, as The Knoxville News Sentinel reported. At least 548 sick people have said they ziplined at CLIMB Works between mid-June and early July. The tree-topping tours include water stops, and the coolers are filled with well water, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution . That's likely where the contamination came from. Emily Oney, who vacationed in the area with her family, wrote on Facebook that she visited the zipline with a group of seven other people on June 31. By the following afternoon, six of them were "throwing up and terribly sick," she said. "Upon further investigation, I found a review online from Sunday where more families were claiming to be sick from the contaminated coolers of water on the course," Oney said. "Do not drink the water here." CLIMB Works, which bills itself as the top-rated zipline tour in Tennessee, responded to Oney saying the company feels "awful" if it had "any part in anyone getting sick." "We worry something might have contaminated the water during the dates of your visit," the company wrote. It turned out to be a dangerous strain of a common bacteria. What is E. coli? E. coli has a bad reputation as an illness-causing bacteria, but you probably have some good E. coli inside your body right now. Escherichia coli is a broad term for a species of diverse bacteria. Certain strains of E. coli colonize our guts almost immediately after birth and stick to the mucus of our intestines, keeping our intestinal tract humming along smoothly. Some of the most common signs of infection with the bad type of E. coli include bloody diarrhea, stomach cramps, and vomiting. It can take 10 days for symptoms of E. coli to show up, and an additional two to three weeks for the illness to be reported to health officials. E. coli bacteria Flickr/NIAID "People have gotten infected by swallowing lake water while swimming, touching the environment in petting zoos and other animal exhibits, and by eating food prepared by people who did not wash their hands well after using the toilet," according to the CDC . Because E. coli contamination comes from little bits of poo, any person or animal along the path that food or water take from a field or well to your mouth can easily contaminate produce, meat, or water. Most people can survive E. coli poisoning — the miserable symptoms usually last five to seven days. There's not much you can do to treat the illness, though, except to stay well hydrated until it's over. Pregnant women, young children, older adults, and people with compromised immune systems need to be extra careful about steering clear of E. coli-contaminated food and water. The infection's more severe complications can include kidney failure, which happens in about 5% to 10% of cases and usually affects people under the age of 5 and over 60, according to the Merck Manual . The best way to kill E. coli is to boil it. The CDC recommends bringing water to a rolling boil for a minute (or if you're at elevations above 6,500 feet, three minutes), then cool and store the liquid in a clean, sanitized container with a tight cover and keep it refrigerated. There is no filter that's certified to work for all E. coli strains.

Yogendra Yadav: I-T dept recovers Rs 22 lakh cash during raids at hospital group related to Yogendra Yadav - The Economic Times

Thursday, July 12 2018

Yogendra Yadav: I-T dept recovers Rs 22 lakh cash during raids at hospital group related to Yogendra Yadav - The Economic Times

NEW DELHI/CHANDIGARH: The Income Tax Department has recovered about Rs 22 lakh cash during raids on multiple premises of a hospital group in Haryana's Rewari, related to Swaraj India chief Yogendra Yadav , after it was detected that they allegedly made cash payments to a Nirav Modi firm for purchasing jewellery, officials said. They said the tax department searched the Kalawati hospital and Kamla Nursing Home and the residences of its main partner Dr Gautam Yadav and others. "A total of three premises are being searched by the ITD sleuths from the investigation wing of Haryana. A team of about 40 tax officials and a contingent of police personnel executed the action," a senior official said. It is understood that Gautam Yadav is the nephew of Yogendra Yadav and son of his sister Dr Neelam Yadav. Officials said the tax department carried out the action acting on inputs received from a dossier of information from the Nirav Modi group, absconding from probe in the USD 2 billion PNB fraud case, and it was found that Gautam Yadav paid Rs 3.25 lakh cash, out of the total Rs 6.50 lakh, in cash for purchase of jewellery from the diamantaire's firm. They added that the searches also covered Dr Narender Singh Yadav and Rs 22 lakh cash was recovered from the residence of the Yadavs. "The current cash limit in the hand of a person is Rs 2 lakh and the source of this cash amount of Rs 22 lakh is being probed," an official said. When asked about the ITD allegations, Yogendra Yadav told PTI "the question is whether this money is unaccounted for? I do not know about the accounts of the hospitals." The department also trashed Yogendra Yadav's allegations that the raiding teams of the department sealed the hospital and the ICU as a few "caesarian section deliveries" also took place during the time of the searches, which is part of the 'panchnama'. They added that all the CCTVs of the searched premises, including the hospitals, were kept operational and they have recorded all the search proceedings that began at 11 AM. Swaraj India chief Yogendra Yadav has alleged that the raids were carried out with an intent to "intimidate" and "silence" him as he had launched an agitation for fair crop price for farmers and against liquor shops in that city in Haryana. Yadav, who started his campaign with a nine-day 'padyatra' (march) that ended two days ago, said the place and the timing of the "raid" was to send a message not just to me but also to the many farmers who are fighting for their rights. Earlier in the day, he took to Twitter to also allege that the Modi government was "targeting" his family through the raid. 0 Comments

'Either restore beauty of Taj Mahal or demolish it': SC slams government, authorities for apathy |

Wednesday, July 11 2018

'Either restore beauty of Taj Mahal or demolish it': SC slams government, authorities for apathy |

NEW DELHI: Restore the pristine beauty of the historic Taj Mahal or "you can demolish it if you like." An angry Supreme Court made these observations on Wednesday as it came down heavily on the Centre, the Uttar Pradesh government and various authorities for their "lethargy" and "apathy" in taking steps to protect the iconic monument, dubbing the issue of its preservation as a "hopeless cause". "You (government) can shut down the Taj. You can demolish it if you like and you can also do away with it if you have already decided," an anguished bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta said. "Uttar Pradesh (government) is not bothered. No action plan or vision document has come yet. Either you demolish it (Taj) or you restore it," the bench said. The apex court has been monitoring development in the area to protect the Taj Mahal, built by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal at Agra. Its construction was completed in 1643 but work continued on other phases of the project for another 10 years. The ivory white marble mausoleum is a UNESCO World Heritage Site . During the hearing, the bench also drew a parallel between the Taj Mahal and the Eiffel Tower of Paris and said the mausoleum was perhaps more beautiful, but India continued to lose tourists and foreign exchange due to the situation prevailing there. "There is the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Perhaps it is nothing compared to Taj Mahal. 80 million people come there (Paris). This is eight times more than what we have. You can destroy the Taj, we don't want to do it," the court said. Referring to the Eiffel Tower, the bench said that in India, there were concerns about security, but in other countries, they have made towers like "TV towers" from where tourists can get a view of the entire city. "We are obsessed with security. At every place (in foreign cities), you have towers to have a bird's eye view of the city. But in India, you have security problems. There are no such towers to look at the city," the bench said. When one of the lawyers said that the vision document was being prepared, the bench shot back, "Will the vision document come after the Taj is demolished? Taj Mahal has to be protected or the Government of India has to decide if it has to be demolished". On being asked by the court about the number of tourists visiting India last year, additional solicitor general ANS Nadkarni, appearing for the Centre, said the figure was about 10 million in 2017. "There is sheer lethargy and apathy. People (abroad) are making money, but no one is bothered (here)," the court said. When Nadkarni said that Union tourism ministry could give more details about the tourists visiting India, the bench observed, "Do you realise the loss to the country due to this sheer lethargy? Foreign exchange, infrastructure, everything is lost due to this. There is a loss to tourism. One monument can do it, but there is apathy". The top court also observed that despite there being a report of the Parliamentary Standing Committee, which dealt with the effects of pollution on Taj, the authorities have not bothered to take appropriate steps in this regard. It said that the committee had stated in its report that Taj Mahal is a national pride and heritage and multi-pronged approach was required to preserve and restore it. During the hearing, the bench was also informed that soon, online booking system would start at Taj Mahal where the tourist would be able to book high-end tickets. One of the advocates also told the bench that soon there would be time restriction and time slot for the tourists visiting Taj. Nadkarni told the court that the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur was conducting an assessment of air pollution level in and around the mausoleum and Taj Trapezium Zone (TTZ) and they would give their report within four months. TTZ is an area of about 10,400 sq km spread over the districts of Agra, Firozabad, Mathura, Hathras and Etah in Uttar Pradesh and Bharatpur district of Rajasthan. Nadkarni also said that a decision in this regard was taken in December last year and IIT Kanpur has started the assessment work. "Why will it be done during the monsoons when the pollution level is already down," the bench asked and termed the government's affidavit in the matter was "vague". The bench also took exception to the question why only four ambient air quality monitoring stations were set up at Agra against 22 required. It directed the Centre to file an affidavit in two weeks giving all details of what has already been done for protection of Taj and what the government intended to do further. The court said the affidavit filed by the Centre giving some details of steps taken was "absolutely of no consequence" and it should specify every step in detail, along with a time-frame and responsibility and accountability of the concerned departments. It said that steps taken by the authorities appear to have a "negative effect" on Taj. The bench also said that since the matter was lingering on for a long time and no concrete steps have been taken to restore the glory of Taj, it would take up the matter on a day-to-day basis from July 31.

Supreme Court: Centre opposes plea in SC that seeks to make women also liable for crime of adultery |

Wednesday, July 11 2018

Supreme Court: Centre opposes plea in SC that seeks to make women also liable for crime of adultery |

NEW DELHI: The Centre on Wednesday filed an affidavit in the Supreme Court ( SC ) opposing a plea that seeks to make men and women equally liable for the crime of adultery , which they currently aren't. Currently, under Section 497 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), the crime is applicable only to men who have sexual relations with a woman who isn't their wife. Adultery a crime for women too? SC to rule The question whether a woman and a man in an adulterous relationship can be treated as partners in crime spurred the Supreme Court on Friday to reexamine the validity of the IPC’s Section 497 which, for the last 158 years, has absolved married women from being charged with adultery. The Centre said Section 497 was enacted to safeguard the sanctity of marriage and diluting it would be detrimental to the matrimonial bond. Last December, the SC agreed to examine the constitutional validity of the 157-year-old 'gender discriminatory provision' in the IPC which punishes a married man for adultery for consensual sexual relations with another man's wife. Why punish married men alone for adultery, asks SC The Supreme Court agreed to examine the constitutional validity of a 157-year-old 'gender discriminatory' provision in Indian Penal Code which punishes a married man for adultery for consensual sexual relations with another man's wife. A bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud sought the Centre's response in four weeks to a PIL by Joseph Shine from Kerala who is employed at Trento in Italy on why a married man alone and not the consenting wife of another should be hauled up. What persuaded the SC to examine the constitutional validity of what it felt might be an archaic provision was the clean chit given to the woman, irrespective of her role in the adulterous relationship, as also counsel Kaleeswaram Raj's argument that as per Section 497 no offence of adultery is committed if there was consensual sexual relation between an unmarried man and an unmarried woman; an unmarried man and a married woman; and between a married man and an unmarried woman. Section 497 states: "Whoever has sexual intercourse with a person who is and whom he knows or has reason to believe to be the wife of another man, without the consent or connivance of that man, such sexual intercourse not amounting to the offence of rape, is guilty of the offence of adultery, and shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to five years, or with fine, or with both. In such case the wife shall not be punishable as an abettor." The bench said: "Prima facie, on a perusal of Section 497 of the Indian Penal Code, we find that it grants relief to the wife by treating her as a victim. It is also worthy to note that when an offence is committed by both of them, one is liable for the criminal offence but the other is absolved. It seems to be based on a societal presumption."

Unnao gangrape case: CBI chargesheet names BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar as accused |

Wednesday, July 11 2018

Unnao gangrape case: CBI chargesheet names BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar as accused |

NEW DELHI: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday filed a second chargesheet naming BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar as an accused in the Unnao gangrape case involving a 17 year old girl. In its chargesheet, the CBI said that Senger has been charged for rape along with accomplice Shashi Singh, who allegedly stood guard outside the room when the crime happened in June last year, as alleged by the girl. Senger has also been charged under POCSO Act, according to the chargesheet. Booked for rape, CBI detains Unnao MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar, who was booked by the UP police on Thursday following nationwide furore over rape allegations levelled by a 17-year-old minor in Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao, was taken into custody by the CBI from his Lucknow residence in the wee hours of Friday. As per the investigation, the rape happened between 7 and 8 pm on June 4, 2017. Last week, the investigating agency had filed its first chargesheet in which it had named five accused, including Sengar's brother, Jai Deep Singh + alias Atul Singh Sengar. Allahabad HC orders arrest of BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar in Unnao rape case In its first chargesheet, the agency had charged the accused of murder and other related offences, according to a CBI spokesperson. A 17-year-old girl had alleged that she was raped by Bangermau MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar of the BJP at his residence when she had gone to meet him with a relative seeking a job last year. Her father was allegedly abused and beaten up by the accused in front of his house, resulting in grievous injuries. He was also slapped with the Arms Act by the local police and put in jail where he succumbed to injuries in the absence of treatment on April 8 this year. During the investigation, all the accused named in the FIR were arrested and they are at present in judicial custody. Read this story in Marathi

Net neutrality: Internet to remain free and fair in India: Govt approves net neutrality

Wednesday, July 11 2018

Net neutrality: Internet to remain free and fair in India: Govt approves net neutrality

NEW DELHI: In a decision that will ensure that netizens continue to have free and fair access to the internet, the government on Wednesday approved the principles of net neutrality in India + . “Any deviations and violations of the rules of net neutrality – which come into effect almost immediately – will be met with stiff penalties,” telecom secretary Aruna Sundarajan told TOI. Under net neutrality, online access is unrestricted and non-discriminatory. The only exceptions are new and emerging services such as autonomous driving, tele-medicine or remote-diagnostic services, which may require prioritised internet lanes and faster-than-normal speeds. A committee will look into the possible exceptions for “critical services” which will also be defined keeping in view the basic tenets of net neutrality. Net neutrality: All you wanted to know but were afraid to ask Telecom regulator Trai (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India) earlier this week issued its recommendations on net neutrality while calling the internet an 'open platform'. Sundararajan said the inter-ministerial telecom commission, which met on Wednesday, gave the go-ahead to net neutrality in the country. Net neutrality has become a contentious issue across the world as social media giants and mobile and internet providers seek greater control on delivery of content and services to customers. It is feared that handing out greater and unchecked control to them will lead to monopolies and situations of paid prioritisation, both of which will stifle the start-up culture and new innovations. The US, the world’s biggest internet economy, is yet to take a clear stand on the matter. In May, the US Senate voted in favour of keeping open-internet rules as it attempts to overturn regulator Federal Communications Commission’s decision to repeal net neutrality rules, something seen as difficult in view of challenges at the House of Representatives or the White House. TIMES VIEWAll those who believe in a fair marketplace should welcome the reiteration that the principles of net neutrality will be upheld in India. This will ensure that those who control the pipes through which data flows – between providers and consumers of content – cannot favour some providers over others. The government now needs to ensure there are no loopholes that could result in an uneven playing field – for instance, companies that own both broadband and produce content should not be allowed to distribute their content free, by not charging for the data. Conversely, other content providers should have the same free access to distribution. As per the net neutrality rules in India, mobile operators, internet providers and social-media and internet companies cannot engage in, or seek, preferential treatment as there will now be prohibition on any kind of interference in the treatment of content, including practices like blocking, degrading, slowing down or granting differential speeds or treatment to any content. Moreover, any efforts to create zero-rated platforms have now been blocked. Zero-rated platforms + , which had earlier been tried (by companies such as Airtel and Facebook) but barred, offer only a certain category of services and websites as free, thus creating paid layers and stifling competition and innovation. The government’s decision is being seen as progressive as it will not allow any mobile operator, internet service provider or online/social media giant to create monopolies on the internet by getting specialized treatment by paying for it. The rules of equal access will be maintained and no company can buy special treatment for itself or its services. Industry analysts said that net neutrality rules will help the culture of startups and innovation as access to the internet and delivery of services will be the same for everyone. “Smaller companies will have the opportunity to grow unhindered with no fear of bigger rivals stifling their opportunities by paying for specialized treatment,” a government official said. Sundararajan said that net neutrality will come into force through a notification by the telecom ministry, and companies will need to adhere to its principles. Changes to the licensing norms for companies will be made to factor in the new-age rules. The telecom secretary, who also heads the telecom commission, also said that internet traffic management by mobile companies will be monitored in the new regime. “The telecom department will decide on traffic management rules, and will seek recommendations from sector regulator Trai on the same.” The government has also decided for the formation of a multi-stakeholder body for the monitoring and enforcement of net neutrality. “Apart from government officials, this will have representatives from telecom companies, internet service providers and those engaged in internet-of-things platforms,” Sundararajan said. Govt approves net neutrality, web stays equal for all 01:57 The grounds for net neutrality and free and fair internet was laid by Trai which in November last year recommended that internet access in India should remain non-discriminatory with no restrictions in the delivery of content through practices such as throttling of speed, blocking, paid prioritisation or preferential treatment. Trai chairman R S Sharma has also advocated for the introduction of net neutrality principles in India. “The overarching goal for us has been that internet must remain an open platform, unhindered by any entity, so that users and customers have a choice to access content of their liking… Nobody owns the internet and thus it should be available to everyone. We seek openness and integrity of the internet.” As the internet economy gains in size and influence across the world, there have been increasing concerns with relation to the potential for discriminatory treatment of internet traffic by the entities that control access to the internet. Also, some of the internet giants may buy their way through to a preferential environment at the cost of other companies and startups. Read this story in Malayalam Read this story in Marathi

GDP: India becomes world's sixth largest economy, muscles past France

Wednesday, July 11 2018

GDP: India becomes world's sixth largest economy, muscles past France

PARIS: India has become the world's sixth-biggest economy, pushing France into seventh place, according to updated World Bank figures for 2017. India's gross domestic product ( GDP ) amounted to $2.597 trillion at the end of last year, against $2.582 trillion for France. The country's economy rebounded strongly from July 2017, after several quarters of slowdown. India, with a population of around 1.34 billion, is poised to become the world's most populous nation, whereas the French population stands at 67 million. This means that India's per capita GDP continues to amount to just a fraction of that of France which is still roughly 20 times higher, according to World Bank figures. India maintains position as top IT exporter, lags in ease of doing business: Report Manufacturing and consumer spending were the main drivers of the Indian economy last year, after a stutter blamed on demonetisation and implementation of Goods and Services Tax ( GST ). India has doubled its GDP within a decade and is expected to power ahead as a key economic engine in Asia, even as China slows down. According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), India is projected to generate growth of 7.4 per cent this year + and 7.8 per cent in 2019, boosted by household spending and a tax reform. This compares to the world's expected average growth of 3.9 per cent. The London-based Centre for Economics and Business Research, a consultancy, said at the end of last year that India would overtake both Britain and France this year in terms of GDP, and had a good chance to become the world's third-biggest economy by 2032. At the end of 2017, Britain was still the world's fifth-biggest economy with a GDP of $2.622 trillion. The US is the world's top economy, followed by China, Japan and Germany.