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'Is this a joke?': SC blasts lower court for delivering order through WhatsApp |

Sunday, September 9 2018

'Is this a joke?': SC blasts lower court for delivering order through WhatsApp |

Mayawati 'Is this a joke?': SC blasts lower court for delivering order through WhatsApp The case, involving a former minister of Jharkhand and his MLA wife, saw the lower court judge putting the accused on trial by pronouncing the order against them through a 'WhatsApp' call. The SC bench took serious note of the submissions and said, "What is happening in Jharkhand. This process cannot be allowed." PTI | Updated: Sep 9, 2018, 13:11 IST Highlights The case involved former Jharkhand minister Yogendra Sao and his wife Nirmala Devi, who are accused in a rioting case of 2016 The accused told the apex court that the trial judge had on April 19 framed charges against them through a 'WhatsApp' call despite they raising objections to it NEW DELHI: Have you ever heard of a trial in a criminal case being conducted through instant messaging app WhatsApp? Bizzare but true. This peculiar case has reached the Supreme Court, which was left wondering as to how this kind of a "joke" was allowed to happen in a court of law in India. The case, involving a former minister of Jharkhand and his MLA wife, saw the lower court judge in Hazaribagh putting these accused on trial by pronouncing the order framing charges against them through a 'WhatsApp' call. Former Jharkhand minister Yogendra Sao and his wife Nirmala Devi , who are accused in a rioting case of 2016, were granted bail last year by the top court which had imposed a condition that they shall stay in Bhopal and not enter Jharkhand except for attending the court proceedings. Both the accused have now told the apex court that the trial judge had on April 19 this year framed charges against them through a 'WhatsApp' call despite they raising objections to it. A bench comprising Justices S A Bobde and L N Rao took serious note of the submissions and said, "What is happening in Jharkhand. This process cannot be allowed, and we cannot allow administration of justice to be brought into disrepute". "We are here on the way of trial being conducted through WhatsApp. This can not be done. What kind of a trial is this? Is this a kind of joke?" the bench asked the counsel appearing for Jharkhand. The bench issued notice to Jharkhand on the plea by both the accused, who have sought transfer of their cases from Hazaribagh to New Delhi, and asked the state to respond to it within two weeks. Jharkhand's counsel told the top court that Sao has been violating the bail condition and had been out of Bhopal most of the time due to which proceedings in the case were delayed. To this, the bench observed, "That is a different thing. If you have a problem with violation of bail conditions by the accused, you can file a separate application seeking cancellation of bail. We make it clear that we have no sympathy with those who have violated bail condition." Senior advocate Vivek Tankha, appearing for the couple, said that the accused were granted bail on December 15, 2017 by the apex court in the case and they were directed to stay in Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh as a bail condition. "The trial was directed to be conducted through video conferencing from district court in Bhopal and district court in Hazaribagh, Jharkhand," he said. Tankha said that video conferencing connectivity was most of the times "very low" in Bhopal and Hazaribagh district courts and the April 19 order was pronounced by the trial judge through 'WhatsApp' call. The bench asked Tankha as to how many cases were pending against both the accused. Tankha said that 21 cases were pending against Sao, while nine cases were pending against his wife. "They are both politicians and have led various protests against land acquisition done by the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC) in Jharkhand and most of these cases relate to those agitations," he said. Tankha said that since both the them were lawmakers at the time of filing of these cases, the trial in these matters should be transferred to the special court in Delhi which is exclusively dealing with cases involving politicians. Both Devi and Sao were accused in the case relating to violent clashes between villagers and police in 2016 in which four persons were killed. Sao had become a minister in the Hemant Soren government in August 2013. According to police, Devi had led an agitation against NTPC authorities for their alleged attempt to forcefully evacuate villagers from Barkagaon without giving them due compensation or rehabilitation. Download The Times of India News App for Latest India News . Readcomments Post a comment All Comments () + ^ Back to Top Characters Remaining: 3000

Temple will be built as SC is ours: UP minister | Lucknow News

Sunday, September 9 2018

Temple will be built as SC is ours: UP minister | Lucknow News

Sun, Sep 09, 2018 | Updated 11.07AM IST Full site Temple will be built as SC is ours: UP minister Updated: Sep 9, 2018, 11:06 IST TNN LUCKNOW: UP’s cooperative minister Mukut Bihari Verma ignited a controversy on Saturday by claiming that the Ram Temple would be built in Ayodhya and stating that it would be possible because ‘Supreme Court humara hai’. Responding to a question on BJP’s longstanding promise of building the Ram temple in Ayodhya , Verma, who was in Bahraich , said: "BJP mandir ke mudde pe aayi hai. BJP vikas ke mudde pe aayi hai. Lekin mandir humara aaradhya hai, mandir banega. Mandir banane ke liye hum log krit sankalp hain.” (BJP came to power on the issue of temple. BJP came to power on the issue of development. The temple is still our revered goal, and the temple will be made. We are deeply committed to building the temple). When further asked how would the party build the temple when the matter was sub-judice in SC, Verma added: " Supreme Court mein hai tabhi to. Supreme Court bhi humara hai na. Supreme Court humara hai, karya palika bhi humari hai, vidhan palika bhi humari hai, desh bhi humara hai, mandir bhi humara hai ." (The matter is in SC, that’s why. The SC is also ours. The SC is ours, the executive is ours, the legislature is ours, the country is ours and the temple is ours)." Download the Times of India News App for Latest City News.

Price for EB-5 visa route to US Green Card to remain at $5,00,000 for now |

Sunday, September 9 2018

Price for EB-5 visa route to US Green Card to remain at $5,00,000 for now |

Donald Trump Price for EB-5 visa route to US Green Card to remain at $5,00,000 for now The employment-based fifth preference category (EB-5) visa is meant for high networth individuals (HNIs) to earn the Green Card which offers permanent residency in the US for themselves and their immediate family through a one-time minimum investment of $500,000 into a new business. PTI | Updated: Sep 9, 2018, 11:49 IST Highlights The employment-based EB-5 visa is meant for high networth individuals to earn the Green Card which offers permanent residency in the US for themselves and their immediate family It requires a one-time minimum investment of $5,00,000 into a new business that creates 10 or more jobs for Americans NEW DELHI: The investment limit for EB-5 investor visa programme, which provides Green Cards to foreigners investing at least $5,00,000 in the US, is not expected to increase at least till December this year, according to US Congressman Aaron Schock. The employment-based fifth preference category (EB-5) visa is meant for high networth individuals (HNIs) to earn the Green Card which offers permanent residency in the US for themselves and their immediate family through a one-time minimum investment of $5,00,000 into a new business that creates 10 or more jobs for Americans. "We don't see an investment hike when the EB-5 programme gets an extension in September. That (investment limit) is expected to change only when the new session is in place," Schock, a Republican and the chief sponsor of the EB-5 Reauthorisation Bill 2012 told PTI. According to estimates, the EB-5 market has been growing at 30-40 per cent every year from India and is expected to see significant increase in the next 3-4 months as there is anticipation of a sharp rise in investment limit. Demand for EB-5 visa on rise in India At a time when H-1B visa rules are being tightened, there is growing interest in the EB-5 visa program. The number of EB-5 visas issued to Indians touched a record 174 between October 2016 and 2017, up from 149 in the corresponding year-ago period. Schock said the programme has been for around 30 years but one thing that has remained constant and that is the price. For the UK it is as high as $2 million, Canada ($1 million) and Australia ($4 million). "So the price is going to go up. We can't tell you the day for certain but its going to happen," he said and added that the price is expected to go up between $1 million and 1.3 million for investors". EB-5 investor visa programme allocates up to 10,000 visas annually to foreign nationals, with a per country cap of seven per cent. India is the third highest filer of EB-5 visa application after China and Vietnam. "If you look at EB-5 applicants we are growing by roughly 30-35 per cent year on year, despite low awareness. But as awareness accelerates the rate of growth will potentially accelerate in the next few years," Vikram Kumar, scion of Chicago-based AVG Group of Companies said. Kumar further noted that a very large part of the Indian wealth creation happened in the last five years. From 50,000 millionaires in 2012 it has grown to 330,000 in 2018 and the number is expected to be much larger as there is a shadow economy. "Given these circumstances the next few years are expected to be very good for the EB5 programme," he noted. In 1990, when the US Congress created category 5, the goal was to stimulate the economy through job creation and capital investment. Two years later, with unemployment climbing, the Congress created the Regional Centre Programme and set aside EB-5 visas for those who invest in commercial enterprises associated with regional centers. Download The Times of India News App for Latest World News . Readcomments Post a comment All Comments () + ^ Back to Top Characters Remaining: 3000

Nepal snubs India, to skip 1st Bimstec anti-terror drill |

Sunday, September 9 2018

Nepal snubs India, to skip 1st Bimstec anti-terror drill |

NEW DELHI: Nepal will not be sending its soldiers for the first-ever Bimstec (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation) anti-terror military exercise to be held in Pune from September 10 to 16. Nepal has sent only three "observers" for the "Milex-2018" exercise being hosted by India, which will witness platoon-size contingents (over 30 soldiers each) from other Bimstec countries like Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar and Sri Lanka. Thailand, in turn, will also be sending only observers due to "prior commitments". Nepal army chief General Purna Chandra Thapa was also scheduled to attend the closing ceremony of the drill but that too has been cancelled, it was learnt. ''In Kathmandu on Saturday, Kundan Aryal, press adviser to PM KP Sharma Oli , was Quote: d as confirming that "Nepal will not participate in the Bimstec joint military drill. This is the official decision of the government". Nepal gets access to 4 China ports, ending Indian monopoly on transit Officials from Nepal and China finalised the protocol of Transit and Transport Agreement (TTA) during a meeting in Kathmandu on Friday giving Nepal access to the Chinese ports at Tianjin, Shenzhen, Lianyungang and Zhanjiang, a statement from Nepal's commerce ministry said. The Oli government, which is widely perceived to be pro-China, apparently took the decision after strong opposition from various quarters, including leaders from his own party. Nepalese foreign minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali had earlier in the week said there was no discussion held or agreement reached about the military exercise during the 4th Bimstec summit in Kathmandu on August 30-31. Bimstec is purely a developmental forum among the seven member countries, which does not prioritise military exercises, he said. Though PM Narendra Modi , addressing the inaugural session of the summit, had proposed to host the joint military exercise in India in the second week of September, Gyawali later said, "India was free to float the agenda, but we did not endorse it." Incidentally, India and Nepal have long-standing deep linkages in the military arena, with over 30,000 Nepalese Gorkhas currently serving in the Indian Army 's seven Gorkha Rifles and some paramilitary forces. The two armies also regularly hold their annual Surya Kiranbilateral exercise, with the 13th edition of it being held at Pithoragarh in June.

Bharat Bandh on Monday: Everything you want to know

Sunday, September 9 2018

Bharat Bandh on Monday: Everything you want to know

Bharat Bandh today: All you need to know Bharat Bandh today: All you need to know Bharat bandh today: An immediate reduction of central excise duty and excessive VAT in the states, bringing petrol and diesel under the ambit of GST are amongst some of the demands of the Opposition. By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: September 10, 2018 11:21:06 am Congress workers protest along with an effigy in Ahmedabad on Monday. (Express photo/Javed Raja) The Congress party has called for a Bharat Bandh on Monday against the rising fuel prices. While other Opposition parties like DMK, NCP, RJD, JD(S), have extended their support, the Congress has also asked civil society groups and NGOs to join the nationwide protest. When is Bharat Bandh? The bandh will be observed across the country on September 10, between 9 am and 3 pm. Congress communication department head Randeep Surjewala said the timing of the bandh is such that “the common person is not inconvenienced”. Follow LIVE UPDATES here . UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and former prime minister Manmohan Singh join Congress chief Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi for a nationwide shutdown to protest against fuel prices on Monday. (Express photo/Anil Sharma) Why is the Opposition calling for bandh? Stating the increase in fuel prices and excise duties on them as the reason behind the call for Bharat Bandh, the Opposition accused the ruling BJP government of fleecing the common man. An immediate reduction of central excise duty and excessive VAT in the states, bringing petrol and diesel under the ambit of GST are amongst some of the demands of the Opposition. Surjewala claimed the prices of petrol and diesel have gone up by around 50 per cent while the excise duties on petrol and diesel have risen by 211 and 443 per cent, respectively, since 2014. Congress workers protest against rising fuel prices in Chandigarh on Monday. (Express photo/Kamleshwar Singh) Blaming the BJP-led government for failing on multiple fronts, rebel JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav also raised the issue of increasing attacks against Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and OBCs. Congress leader Ashok Gehlot said the bandh is to awaken the government and vent the people’s anger. Tripura Pradesh Congress president Birajit Sinha protests in front of the state secretariat on Monday. (Express photo/Debraj Deb) Who all are supporting the bandh? Several opposition parties, including the Samajwadi Party , DMK and the NCP have extended their support to the strike. While the Left parties have given a separate call for bandh on the same day, the Trinamool Congress will organise street protests but would not enforce a shutdown in West Bengal. Parties like the RJD, JD(S), JVM and JMM have also lent their support to the call for bandh. Protests take a violent turn in Ahmedabad on Monday. (Express photo/Javed Raja) Top opposition leaders, including Congress’s Ashok Gehlot and Ahmed Patel, CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury and NCP’s Tariq Anwar met at Sharad Yadav’s residence during which the decision to call a bandh was finalised. MNS workers get arrested in Mumbai on Monday. (Express photo/Nirmal Harindran) Where will the bandh be observed? The Bharat Bandh will be observed in several states like Maharashtra, Bihar Karnataka, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, where regional opposition parties have come in support of the bandh call. In West Bengal, the Trinamool Congress said it supported the issues raised by the Opposition but it was against the shutdown and the West Bengal government would take all measures to maintain the public utility services on Monday. Must Watch

Petrol price touches Rs 80.50/litre in Delhi, Rs 87.89/litre in Mumbai

Sunday, September 9 2018

Petrol price touches Rs 80.50/litre in Delhi, Rs 87.89/litre in Mumbai

Petrol price touches Rs 80.50/litre in Delhi, Rs 87.89/litre in Mumbai Petrol price touches Rs 80.50/litre in Delhi, Rs 87.89/litre in Mumbai The surge in rates has renewed calls for a cut in excise duty but Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has remained non-committal, saying international oil prices are volatile and have not shown any linear movement. By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: September 9, 2018 2:30:10 pm Since mid-August, petrol price has risen by Rs 3.24 a litre and diesel by Rs 3.74 per litre as rupee hit record low against the US dollar, making imports costlier. (Express photo) Petrol prices on Sunday rose by Rs 0.12 per litre in both New Delhi and Mumbai for the fourth consecutive day. While petrol is retailing at Rs 80.50 per litre in the national capital, it is being sold at Rs 87.89 per litre in Mumbai. Diesel rates also registered a similar increase in both the metro cities. In Delhi, diesel rate touched its highest level of Rs 72.61 per litre; it was Rs 77.09 per litre in Mumbai. To protest against the spiralling fuel prices, opposition parties have called for a ‘Bharat Bandh’ on Monday. The surge in rates has renewed calls for a cut in excise duty but Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has remained non-committal, saying international oil prices are volatile and have not shown any linear movement. Since mid-August, petrol price has risen by Rs 3.24 a litre and diesel by Rs 3.74 per litre as rupee hit a record low against the US dollar, making imports costlier. This is the biggest increase in rates in any fortnight since the daily price revision was introduced in mid-June last year. Almost half of the retail selling price of the two fuels is made up of central and state taxes. On Tuesday, former Finance Minister P Chidambaram had tweeted: “Relentless rise in prices of petrol and diesel is not inevitable. Because the price is built up by excessive taxes on petrol and diesel. If taxes are cut, prices will decline significantly.” (With agency inputs) Must Watch

Hindu takes care of mosque he saved during 2013 riots | Meerut News

Sunday, September 9 2018

Hindu takes care of mosque he saved during 2013 riots | Meerut News

MUZAFFARNAGAR: At the height of communal tension during the 2013 riots in Muzaffarnagar when a group of rioters decided to demolish a 120-year-old mosque, Ramveer Kashyap put up a staunch defence, even gathering other villagers in his support. Five years later, the 59-year-old mason is still taking care of the only mosque in Muzaffarnagar’s Nanheda village. At daybreak, he cleans up the mosque, lights a candle in the evening, and even gets the structure whitewashed before every Ramzan. “It’s my religious duty. My faith teaches me to respect all places of worship,” he told TOI. Incidentally, the village doesn’t have a single Muslim inhabitant. Located 40 km from the district headquarters, Nanheda is a Jat-dominated village with a few Dalits and OBCs residing here. According to Ramveer, the village had a large number of Muslims before Independence. “However, they moved out. Now, an occasional visitor offers namaz here once in a while,” he said. Khusnaseeb Ahmad, a healthcare professional in the neighbouring Khedi Firozabad village, is one of those visitors. “I visited the village few years ago and was surprised to see a Hindu man looking after the mosque. I offered namaz there. There are many examples of love to counter hate,” he said. Ramveer stays barely 100 metres away from the mosque. “I played around it as a child. For me, it is a place of worship, which deserves respect. As there was no one to take care of it, I took on the responsibility. For the past 25 years, I sweep the premises daily and ensure basic maintenance,” Ramveer said. Nanheda village pradhan Dara Singh is all praise for Ramveer. “He even spends his own money to get it whitewashed once before every Ramzan. At times, his family members also assist him in cleaning up the place.” Ashraf Usmani, in-charge, organisation and development department of Darul Uloom , said, “It is this aspect of India that makes it great. Examples likes Nanheda are spread all across India. Soon after partition when all Muslims moved to Pakistan especially from Punjab, there were Sikhs and Hindus who protected and preserved mosques which are still there. Similarly, there are instances of Muslims protecting temples in many places.”

Data of 1.5 lakh bank customers leaked

Sunday, September 9 2018

Data of 1.5 lakh bank customers leaked

AHMEDABAD: With data on more than 1.5 lakh customers of seven banks across 13 states leaked to online fraudsters, the cyber cell of city crime branch is tracking down the mastermind of the racket, Samir Khan . Cyber cell sources said they are close to nabbing him and a big racket of cheating credit card and debit card users is likely to emerge. Cyber cell officials said bank officials from seven banks will come to the cyber cell office on Monday to help police identify the moles who was allegedly leaked customer data to Samir Khan, a resident of Delhi. On August 31, city crime branch arrested Prakashchandra Kishansingh (24), Pooja Jadav (21) and Kirti Saikya (23) of Delhi, who were calling people in thirteen states — Gujarat, Jharkhand, Maharashtra , UP, Delhi, Rajasthan, Bihar, Punjab, MP, AP, Assam , Himachal Pradesh, West Bengal, Karnataka , Tamil Nadu and Chandigarh — on the pretext of “verifying credit and debit cards”. “Kirti would use the name ‘Himanshi’ and Pooja called herself ‘Aditi’. They would convince people to give them the one time password (OTP) that would be sent to customers’ mobiles to ‘activate the card’. They would use the OTP to steal money using the credit or debit cards,” said DCP cyber cell Rajdeepsinh Jhala. Inspector V B Barad said the fraudsters managed to get customer data of more than 20,000 people from Ahmedabad alone. “The racket has shaken the banks too. They have formed their own investigation teams, to identify the source of the leak,” added Barad. In-charge ACP of cyber cell, J S Gaddam, said the fraudsters made a fake shopping website linked their bank accounts. “After using money from the credit and debit cards to fill a digital wallet, they would use the wallet to make purchases on the fake website and the money would get transferred to the account linked to the website,” Gaddam said. Jhala said they are in touch with police of various states to track down Samir Khan, the alleged kingpin of the racket. “We are in the process of registering FIRs as more and more people are coming forward to lodge complaints,” he said.

The massive plastic-cleaning device invented by a 24-year-old is headed out to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch - here's what the launch looked like

Sunday, September 9 2018

The massive plastic-cleaning device invented by a 24-year-old is headed out to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch - here's what the launch looked like

The massive plastic-cleaning device invented by a 24-year-old is headed out to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch - here's what the launch looked like Kevin Loria Sep 9, 2018, 05.46 AM The Ocean Cleanup SAN FRANCISCO - It's finally in the water. For five years now, The Ocean Cleanup , an organization founded by 24-year-old Dutch innovator Boyan Slat, has been trying to create a system that can clean plastic out of the world's oceans. There's a mind-boggling amount of plastic in the oceans , and that amount grows every day. At least 8 million metric tons of plastic pours into the sea every year - a number that's considered a low estimate, since it doesn't include commonly found debris like fishing nets. As this trash breaks down into tinier and tinier bits, much of it is eventually carried into one of five massive ocean regions, where plastic can be so concentrated that areas have garnered names like the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. On Saturday, Slat's organization began the journey out to sea with their first official 2,000-foot-long plastic cleaning array, System 001. The ship the Maersk Launcher towed the device through the San Francisco Bay out under the Golden Gate Bridge, en route to a final testing site and then - if everything goes well - they'll head to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch , where the cleanup crew hopes that first system will be able to collect 50 tons of plastic in its first year. Slat and colleagues hope The Ocean Cleanup's plastic-collecting arrays can help at least remove large debris from these swirling vortexes. They say their models show that with a full deployment of 60 arrays, they could be able to remove 50% of the garbage patch region's plastic within five years. But so far, their technology is still unproven, and no one knows for sure whether it'll work as planned. The Ocean Cleanup's plan is an inspiration for many, as an effort to try to confront what seems like an impossibly large and ugly problem. But it's also received significant criticism from members of the scientific community who study plastics. Those researchers say the system may not be effective since it can't reach most ocean plastic that has started to break into tiny pieces and sink into the waters. They fear that it could have negative impacts on marine wildlife or could be broken up by harsh ocean conditions, or that it could be a distraction from stopping the overall use of plastics and the management that prevents them from getting into the ocean in the first place. Slat says stopping plastic pollution in the first place needs to be a global priority, but that they believe cleaning up what's out there already has to be done as well. Yet he knows the world and the scientific community are watching as the system begins its first real test. "It's still not proven technology and in the next months, it has to do what it has to do," he told Business Insider. The group has run models and simulations and they've tested systems in the water, but this is the first time a full size array will be assembled and hopefully functioning in the Pacific. As he said Saturday, "models are models" - helpful, but still not perfect demonstrations of reality. "It'll be an exciting six months," said Slat. Here's what the initial deployment looked like. {{}} View As: One Page Slides The system was assembled in Alameda, California, in a shipyard in the San Francisco Bay Area. Hard-walled pipe makes up the floating component of the cleanup array. The Ocean Cleanup says the floating array is equipped with lanterns, radar reflectors, navigational signals, GPS, and anti-collision beacons. Solar panels help provide power to these systems. Below the floating part of the array, an impenetrable 10-foot skirt is supposed to help gather floating debris. Earlier this year, the Ocean Cleanup built a 400-foot test array to see how it held up while being towed out into the water. That trial unit was towed out to sea on May 18. It survived the two-week long tow test. The full array is 2,000 feet long. Designing the first full-size array cost around $23 million, though the team estimates that future arrays will cost under $6 million to make. The first array will be towed 240-300 miles offshore, which will take about three days. The device right now is long and straight, so there's not too much drag on it in the water. But once they reach the test site, it'll first be assembled into its U-shape for approximately a two-week testing period. Slat says that there, they want to see if the system keeps its shape and structural integrity once it's fully assembled — and they also want to see how it moves in the water. If all goes well, it'll be pulled another 1,000 nautical miles out to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Once the array is out there, the team plans to have a ship scoop up collected plastic approximately every six weeks. But since this is a first array, the Ocean Cleanup expects they'll have to tweak and potentially redesign aspects of the cleanup arrays and the plastic collection process. Once it reaches the garbage patch region, the team wants to see how efficient it as at capturing plastic. Once winter arrives, they'll be able to see if it can stand up to massive waves and storms. The first array might be complete, but its test is just beginning.

RSS chief in US: Hindus don’t unite… wild dogs can hunt a lion

Sunday, September 9 2018

RSS chief in US: Hindus don’t unite… wild dogs can hunt a lion

RSS chief in US: Hindus don’t unite… wild dogs can hunt a lion RSS chief in US: Hindus don’t unite… wild dogs can hunt a lion Speaking at the World Hindu Congress in Chicago Friday, Bhagwat also said that the Hindu community has no aspiration of dominance and will only prosper when it works together as a society. By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: September 9, 2018 3:13:06 pm RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat addressing the World Hindu Congress in Chicago Illinois (Source: RSS/ Facebook) Saying that Hindus have suffered for “thousands of years” and they “never come together”, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said that even a “lion, if he is alone”, can be destroyed by “wild dogs”. Speaking at the World Hindu Congress in Chicago Friday, Bhagwat also said that the Hindu community has no aspiration of dominance and will only prosper when it works together as a society. “Coming together of Hindus itself is a difficult thing. In the initial days of our work, when our karyakartas used to go and talk to Hindu eminences about organising the Hindus. They used to say sher kabhi jhund mein nahi chalta (a lion never travels in a pack). But even that lion, that Royal Bengal Tiger, king of his own jungle, if he is alone, wild dogs together can invade and destroy him,” he said. Bhagwat also said that Hindu society has the most meritorious persons in every aspect of life, “but they never come together, never stay together, they never work together.” At the World Hindu Congress, organised on the theme drawn from the Mahabharat, ‘Think Collectively, Act Valiantly,’ Bhagwat highlighted the need for Hindus to work together. He said in Hindu dharma, even a pest is not killed, but controlled. “Hindus don’t live to oppose anybody. We even allow the pests to live. There are people who may oppose us. You have to tackle them without harming them,” Bhagwat said. According to Bhagwat, the Hindu community has no aspiration of dominance and will only prosper when it works together as a society. “We have to learn to work together, separately… For that we take initiative, if we enlist all good meaning people, talk to them about need of the hour, need of the time, duty of Hindu society, and the Hinduness of every one of us,” he said. “Hinduness does not mean any mode of worship or subscribing to any God. Think about the absolute truth.” Bhagwat said a sense of idealism is good and described himself not as “anti-modern”, but as “pro-future”. “You call me anti-modern, I call myself pro-future. At the same time, we are ancient as well as post-modern. What humanity will have to think twenty years after, we are thinking today. We have to come together and stay together,” he said. He said one of the key values to bring the whole world into a team is to control ego and learn to accept consensus. “For example, Lord Krishna and Yudhishtra never contradicted each other,” Bhagwat said. In this context, he alluded to the war and politics in the Hindu epic Mahabharata, and said politics cannot be conducted like a meditation session, and it should be politics. “To work together, we have to accept the consensus. We are in a position to work together,” he said. Further, he said that Hindus have been suffering for thousands of years because they forgot to practice its basic principles and spiritualism. “Nothing is untouchable, everything Hindus must have their endeavour, their contribution in that, their say in that. Hindu is a dharma, so what Mr Anupam Kher was doing here, he is a cinema actor. Cinema is part and parcel of life, we must have Hindutva there also,” he said. Kher was also a speaker at the World Hindu Congress. “We will work together, there will be so many Hindu organisation, so many individual, taking along everyone with us. Then we have to adjust our opinions and that is the biggest thing.” Bhagwat said. Must Watch

In a first, Catholic nuns protest ‘sexploitation’ | Kochi News

Sunday, September 9 2018

In a first, Catholic nuns protest ‘sexploitation’ | Kochi News

KOCHI: For the first time in the Catholic church’s history in Kerala, a group of nuns defied their vows to come out in protest against church authorities and police for attempts to hush up the alleged rape of a nun by Bishop Franco Mulakkal of Jalandhar . They sat at Vanchi Square on Saturday for over three hours near the inspector general’s office in Kochi, demanding Mulakkal’s immediate arrest. The protests, organised by the Joint Christian Council — an apex body of independent Christian organisations — included seven nuns, five of them from Missionaries of Jesus congregation to which the rape survivor belongs. Mulakkal, who is from Thrissur, had allegedly abused the nun several times between 2014 and 2016 at St Francis Mission Home and Convent in Kuravilangad, near Kottayam , where she is based. ‘Neither church nor government or police gave us justice’ The bishop and the nun had worked together at one point in the Jalandhar diocese, which comes under the Latin Catholic church. The rape survivor had first filed a police complaint on June 27. “The church has not given us justice. Neither have police or the government. We will fight. It was the church which forced us onto the streets,” said Sr Anupama MJ, one of the protesters. The nuns also revealed they are facing threats and that church authorities initially tried to bribe them into silence. “The church can’t remain silent. We stand together with the nuns till justice is served,” said Indulekha Joseph, an activist with the Kerala Christian Reformation Movement. Sr Anupama spoke of the attempts to hush up the case. “When we reported it to the nuncio they didn’t even send an acknowledgement. We also reported directly to Rome but even they haven’t responded,” she told TOI. Responding to Saturday’s development, Kerala Catholic Bishops’ Council spokesperson Father Varghese Vallikkatt said, “If there is any truth in the allegations, there are enough forums within the church to raise complaints.”

Naomi Osaka beats Serena Williams to win first Grand Slam title | Tennis News

Sunday, September 9 2018

Naomi Osaka beats Serena Williams to win first Grand Slam title | Tennis News

Asian Games Medal tally Naomi Osaka claims US Open title after Serena Williams meltdown ​Naomi Osaka became the first Japanese player to win a Grand Slam singles title. She beat Serena Williams 6-2, 6-4 in the US Open final. ​​Osaka, 20, prevailed in the first major final of her career, thus preventing Williams from winning a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title. Reuters | Updated: Sep 9, 2018, 10:10 IST Highlights Naomi Osaka became the first Japanese player to win a Grand Slam singles title She beat Serena Williams 6-2, 6-4 in the US Open final Williams was given a game penalty during the second set after a row erupted with umpire Carlos Ramos Naomi Osaka poses with the championship trophy after winning the Women's Singles finals match against Serena Williams. (AFP photo) NEW YORK: Naomi Osaka became Japan's first Grand Slam singles champion after she thumped Serena Williams 6-2 6-4 in a controversial US Open final on Saturday, with the American suffering a mesmerizing meltdown after being handed a code violation. READ ALSO: Serena Williams: 'I am not a cheat', accuses tennis of 'sexism' It was drama-filled conclusion to a final that was rich with storylines but will now go down as one of the most controversial Grand Slam finals of all time. There was much riding on the match for both women, with Osaka bidding to become the first man or woman from Japan to lift a Grand Slam singles title and Williams poised to equal Margaret Court's record of 24 major titles. In the end it was Osaka making history but on a day of bizarre events her victory will only be a footnote to what is sure to go down as one of the most infamous matches ever played at Flushing Meadows. The chaotic finish filled with screaming, tears and jeers cast a cloud over what should have been Osaka's shining moment. READ ALSO: Serena Williams meltdown: The official response Standing on the podium waiting to be handed her trophy and a winner's cheque for $3.8 million, Osaka heard only boos as an angry crowd took out their frustration on Portuguese chair umpire Carlos Ramos, who stood to the side. "I know everyone was cheering for her and I'm sorry it had to end like this," said Osaka. "It was always my dream to play Serena in the U.S. Open finals ... I'm really grateful I was able to play with you." With Osaka in control of the match after taking the first set, Ramos sent Williams into a rage when he handed the 23-time Grand Slam champion a code violation in the second game of the second set after he spotted the American's coach Patrick Mouratoglou making some hand signals from the player's box. A string of bad behaviour followed from Williams and she went on to incur a point penalty for smashing her racket before being slapped with a game penalty at 4-3 down after she launched into a verbal attack against Ramos, accusing him of being "a liar" and "a thief for stealing a point from me". READ ALSO: Naomi Osaka shows killer instinct, soft heart in Grand Slam breakthrough The game penalty put Osaka 5-3 up and the 20-year-old Japanese kept her cool to pull off the win. Mouratoglou later admitted he had been coaching but in another strange twist an unrepentant Williams continued to deny she had received any advice and was instead a victim of sexism. "He (Ramos) alleged that I was cheating, and I wasn't cheating," said Williams. "I've seen other men call other umpires several things. "I'm here fighting for women's rights and for women's equality and for all kinds of stuff. "For me to say 'thief' and for him to take a game, it made me feel like it was a sexist remark." Almost lost in the chaos was a fearless and cool display from Osaka. Before Williams's meltdown Osaka had already put the 36-year-old under rarely seen pressure. Osaka had given Williams plenty of respect but no other concessions as she grabbed the early break on a double fault by her idol for a 2-1 first set lead she would not let go. Playing on tennis's biggest stage in her first Grand Slam final the enormity of the moment did not phase Osaka while Williams, contesting her 31st major final, looked unsteady. Williams's implosion was not a totally unfamiliar sight for tennis fans, who watched a similar meltdown nine years earlier on Arthur Ashe. Playing the semi-finals against Kim Clijsters, Williams flew into a rage after a line judge called her for a foot-fault leaving a match point down to the Belgian. Williams launched into an expletive-laced rant at the official. She waved her racket in the lineswoman's direction and then shook a ball in her clenched fist as she threatened to "shove it down" her throat. Organisers fined her $10,500 at the end of the tournament for her unsportsmanlike behaviour and was later fined an additional $175,000 and put on probation for two years by the Grand Slam Committee. Williams could face further sanctions for her actions on Saturday against Osaka, the WTA issuing a statement that they will be looking into the incident. "There are matters that need to be looked into that took place during the match," said the WTA. "For tonight, it is time to celebrate these two amazing players, both of whom have great integrity." Download The Times of India News App for Latest Sports News . Readcomments Post a comment All Comments () + ^ Back to Top Characters Remaining: 3000

Cry fascism! Modi critics fall back on oldest trick in politics

Sunday, September 9 2018

Cry fascism! Modi critics fall back on oldest trick in politics

Cry fascism! Modi critics fall back on oldest trick in politics Write for TOI Blogs Interested in blogging for timesofindia.com? We will be happy to have you on board as a blogger, if you have the knack for writing. Just drop in a mail at with a brief bio and we will get in touch with you. Please note: TOI will have complete discretion to select bloggers TOI's decision in this regard will be final There's no remuneration for blogging TOI reserves the right to edit all blogs Blogs September 9, 2018, 12:36 am IST Swapan Dasgupta in Right & Wrong | India | TOI The politicised Indian student from a Canadian university who gratuitously heckled a BJP functionary on a flight may well become a hero in circles that view the Narendra Modi dispensation as ‘fascist’. She was quite clearly responsible for disturbing the peace and violating civil aviation rules, although many will argue that a firm reprimand rather than prosecution would have been sufficient punishment for an act of juvenile self-publicity. To me, the real issue is neither the reaction of the authorities nor the fact that the student’s action has been lauded by opponents of the Modi government. The more interesting feature of the grandstanding lies in the young lady’s conviction that India has indeed turned ‘fascist’, and hence common decencies can be dispensed with in the war against a monstrous ideology. As a symbol of all that was considered disagreeable, fascism acquired an emotional significance from the 1930s. The leading lights of India’s Left, from Jawaharlal Nehru to Jyoti Basu, were initiated into the ‘progressive’ world by anti-fascist movements in Europe. Undeniably, opposition to authoritarianism underpinned initial expressions of anti-fascism. However, this loathing never extended to a rejection of Stalin and Mao, two of the three great mass murderers of the 20th century. While some ideologues were more careful in their use of fascism as a term of abhorrence, for the Left ecosystem, fascism became a catch-all swear word, a euphemism for evil. In today’s world, fascism has been used indiscriminately, to debunk Erdogan in Turkey, Viktor Orban in Hungary, anti-immigration movements in Europe, Brexit supporters in UK and even President Trump. Indeed, all mass politics centred on nationalist assertion has been abused by charges of fascism. HITLER IN DHOTI? In the ’70s, as JP’s movement gained momentum, Congressmen branded him a fascist Those with a sharp public memory will no doubt recall that Jayaprakash Narayan was generously showered with catcalls of being fascist in the run-up to the Emergency — the only truly authoritarian experience in post-Independence India. At that time, as his movement gathered momentum, the ‘progressive’ forces in the Congress and CPI hosted umpteen anti-fascist conventions across India to denounce this frail Hitler-in-a-dhoti. Atal Bihari Vajpayee, posthumously lauded as a personification of the liberal Hindu, was also a cherished target. In hindsight, this may appear laughable but nearly all the progressive intellectual stalwarts of India sold their souls to this contrived anti-fascism. With the coming of Modi, anti-fascism has resurfaced with a vengeance. This narrative has been building steadily since some writers staged an award wapasi drama in 2015. It crystallised further with the events in Jawaharlal Nehru University and the sedition charges against student activists who had allegedly endorsed the vivisection of India. The arrest of five ultra-Left intellectuals with pronounced Maoist sympathies on charges of fermenting social conflict has poured more ghee to the fire. Together with the disquiet over gau rakshaks and the murders of rationalists in Maharashtra and journalist Gauri Lankesh in Bengaluru, these incidents have built a narrative of the Modi government mounting an assault on civil liberties. A section of the progressive intelligentsia and activist media have created an impression — not least among Indian students and academics in campuses overseas — that India is sliding towards authoritarian rule. In a clever twist, Modi’s opponents have also sought to portray the culture war involving intellectuals and activists as assaults on Dalits, tribals and minorities. The outrage of the Indian student in Canada on seeing a BJP functionary stemmed, presumably, from being over-exposed to such a version of India. Such a picture is self-evidently tendentious. Neither is voluble dissent in short supply, nor has media insolence led to handcuffs. The fake alarmism can be explained by other shifts. First, this government has made no attempts to co-opt ‘public intellectuals’ into the power structure, as was the practice during Congress rule. Modi has focused single-mindedly on his mission of transformation without bothering about campus and press club angst. In effect, he has ended their role as arbiters of thought. Secondly, the partial dispossession of the ancien regime has led to centrist forces such as the Congress relying increasingly on the ‘progressive’ fringe. Minus the moral posturing, there has been a marked Leftward tilt and NGO-isation of the erstwhile centre ground. Finally, the advent of Modi has coincided with the creation of an Alt Right that, while lacking in pedigreed upbringing and academic respectability,, has spiritedly challenged the hegemony of the progressives, quite independent of state patronage. Ponderous intellectualism has been met with raw passion. With their exalted status in jeopardy, the erstwhile custodians of discourse have fallen back on the oldest trick in the trade: scream ‘fascism’. Swapan Dasgupta Well-known journalist and political commentator Swapan Dasgupta has worked for many leading Indian publications, including The Times of India. He thinks the Right is an endangered community in India's English-language media. "Right & Wrong" is one of the few voices of the community. Well-known journalist and political commentator Swapan Dasgupta has worked for many leading Indian publications, including The Times of India. He thinks the. . .

Nepal snubs India, to skip 1st Bimstec anti-terror drill |

Sunday, September 9 2018

Nepal snubs India, to skip 1st Bimstec anti-terror drill |

Mayawati Nepal snubs India, to skip 1st Bimstec anti-terror drill Nepal has sent only three "observers" for the "Milex-2018" exercise being hosted by India. ''In Kathmandu on Saturday, Kundan Aryal, press adviser to PM K P Sharma Oli, was quoted as confirming that "Nepal will not participate in the Bimstec joint military drill. This is the official decision of the government". TNN | Updated: Sep 9, 2018, 09:42 IST Highlights Nepal has sent only three "observers" for the "Milex-2018" exercise being hosted by India Nepal army chief General Purna Chandra Thapa was scheduled to attend the closing ceremony but that too has been cancelled Thailand will also be sending only observers due to "prior commitments" PM Narendra Modi with Nepal PM KP Sharma Oli during the 4th Bimstec summit in Kathmandu. (PTI photo) NEW DELHI: Nepal will not be sending its soldiers for the first-ever Bimstec (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation) anti-terror military exercise to be held in Pune from September 10 to 16. Nepal has sent only three "observers" for the "Milex-2018" exercise being hosted by India, which will witness platoon-size contingents (over 30 soldiers each) from other Bimstec countries like Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar and Sri Lanka. Thailand, in turn, will also be sending only observers due to "prior commitments". Nepal army chief General Purna Chandra Thapa was also scheduled to attend the closing ceremony of the drill but that too has been cancelled, it was learnt. ''In Kathmandu on Saturday, Kundan Aryal, press adviser to PM KP Sharma Oli , was quoted as confirming that "Nepal will not participate in the Bimstec joint military drill. This is the official decision of the government". Nepal gets access to 4 China ports, ending Indian monopoly on transit Officials from Nepal and China finalised the protocol of Transit and Transport Agreement (TTA) during a meeting in Kathmandu on Friday giving Nepal access to the Chinese ports at Tianjin, Shenzhen, Lianyungang and Zhanjiang, a statement from Nepal's commerce ministry said. The Oli government, which is widely perceived to be pro-China, apparently took the decision after strong opposition from various quarters, including leaders from his own party. Nepalese foreign minister Pradeep Kumar Gyawali had earlier in the week said there was no discussion held or agreement reached about the military exercise during the 4th Bimstec summit in Kathmandu on August 30-31. Bimstec is purely a developmental forum among the seven member countries, which does not prioritise military exercises, he said. Though PM Narendra Modi , addressing the inaugural session of the summit, had proposed to host the joint military exercise in India in the second week of September, Gyawali later said, "India was free to float the agenda, but we did not endorse it." Incidentally, India and Nepal have long-standing deep linkages in the military arena, with over 30,000 Nepalese Gorkhas currently serving in the Indian Army 's seven Gorkha Rifles and some paramilitary forces. The two armies also regularly hold their annual Surya Kiranbilateral exercise, with the 13th edition of it being held at Pithoragarh in June. Download The Times of India News App for Latest India News . Readcomments Post a comment All Comments () + ^ Back to Top Characters Remaining: 3000

Trump suggests Apple could pay 'ZERO tax' if the company makes 'products in the United States instead of China'

Sunday, September 9 2018

Trump suggests Apple could pay 'ZERO tax' if the company makes 'products in the United States instead of China'

Trump suggests Apple could pay 'ZERO tax' if the company makes 'products in the United States instead of China' Bob Bryan Sep 8, 2018, 10.11 PM Read full story Getty Tim Cook talks to Donald Trump at a tech roundtable last year. President Donald Trump said Apple should move production of its products to the US from China because the company could pay " ZERO tax" in America. The tweet comes after Apple warned that Trump's pending tariffs on Chinese goods would drive up the cost of some of its products. It is not immediately clear how Apple could pay no tax if it moved its manufacturing process to the US. President Donald Trump suggested that Apple could face no taxes if the company moves its manufacturing process to the US from China. " Apple prices may increase because of the massive Tariffs we may be imposing on China - but there is an easy solution where there would be ZERO tax, and indeed a tax incentive," Trump tweeted Saturday . "Make your products in the United States instead of China. Start building new plants now. Exciting! # MAGA." The tweet appears to be in response to a letter sent by Apple to the US Trade Representative on Friday. The company warned that many Apple products could increase in price if Trump implements a proposed round of tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods. " Second, because all tariffs ultimately show up as a tax on U.S. consumers, they will increase the cost of Apple products that our customers have come to rely on in their daily lives," the company said in the letter. Trump first threatened to impose the round of tariffs in July, and the move would be a drastic escalation of the trade war between the US and China. US companies have warned that the tariffs, which would cover a huge range of industrial and consumer goods , would cause costs to increase. In turn, those companies could be forced to raise prices or lay off workers to control costs. Trump told reporters on Friday that the tariffs would "take place very soon." Trump has long encouraged Apple to being the entirety of its production to the US, though many analysts believe that the cost to do so would be enormous . This is the first time, however, that Trump has suggested a considerable tax break for the company if their manufacturing is brought back onshore. Apple also has a long history of working to lower its tax bill and the company is already reaping huge benefits from the recently-implemented GOP tax law. While eliminating Apple's taxes in the US would be an attractive offer, it is unlikely that Trump could zero out Apple's taxes without congressional approval, which would be nearly impossible to get.