AYODHYA: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will help lay the foundation stone for a "grand" new Hindu temple at the flashpoint holy site Ayodha that has been the longstanding cause of the sectarian rift in the South Asian country today.AFP looks at the history of the three acre patch of land in the holy northern town of Ayodhya and why it has long been an explosive source of contention between India s majority Hindus and minority Muslims.
As the auspicious day of Bhoomi pujan of the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya approaches, some of the Congress leaders, which until now were known for appeasing minorities, have decided to make a flip flop and woo the Hindu voters. For a party which denied existence of Lord Ram, Gandhi scion and former Congress president Rahul Gandhi;s sister Priyanka Gandhi issued a statement welcoming the Ram Mandir. In addition to Priyanka Gandhi, Former MP chief minister Kamal Nath and erstwhile Union Minister Manish Tewari also took to Twitter and conveyed their subtle support for the construction of the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya. Gandhi scion And UP General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra extended her support for the Bhoomi pujan ceremony of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya. She issued a statement on the event, claiming it to be a cause for national unity, brotherhood and cultural congregation.
State BJP chief Dilip Ghosh told ThePrint that there is no lockdown on Eid (1 August) and Muharram (29 August), but on the bhoomi pujan ceremony day of the Ram temple, which will be held on 5 August. The whole lockdown decision is arbitrary and only to punish Bengali Hindus. What is the basis of choosing and omitting certain dates? There is no pattern. In a certain week, you choose lockdown on Thursday, but next week, you remove Thursday. They include Wednesday in some week, and Sunday in another. The only constant is Saturday because Bengali Hindus do puja on Saturday, he said.
Following a recent security assessment, it has been found that Turkey has been funding and supporting extremist Islamic organisations in Kerala and Kashmir, reported Hindustan Times. Turkey, led by Islamist leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has reportedly emerged as the epicentre of anti India activities. As per the report, the expansionist Turkish government, seeking to establish its dominance in the Islamic world through its conservatism and #8216;Ottoman traditions ' is now exerting its influence on South Asian Muslims. According to officials familiar with the security assessment, an extensive review was carried out to unearth the escalated anti India activities that are perpetrated by Turkey in coordination with the deep state in Pakistan.
Nand Kishor Gurjar maintained that animal sacrifice was being stopped to check the spread of coronavirus in the area . Humare log iska dhyan rakhenge ki Loni ke andar bilkul corona na aaye. Ishliye puri tarah qurbani di gayi toh (wey) jimmedar honge, aur hum hone nahi denge.. (We will ensure that there is no spread of coronavirus in Loni, and if animal sacrifice is performed then those people will be responsible and we will not let allow that to happen).
The persecution of religious minorities including Hindus and Sikhs is not a new phenomenon in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. Religious persecution and forced conversion continue unabated in the terror state of Pakistan. Despite repeated appeals by the Indian government, the Pakistani government has been doing little to save its religious minorities from the atrocities being meted out at them almost every other day.Last month, the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) noted that despite restraining orders issued by a senior civil judge of Bahawalpur bench, the local authorities levelled 25 houses and partly demolished another 10 houses belonging to Hindus, leaving the occupants including women and children homeless. Around the same time, 102 Hindus were forcibly converted to Islam in the Golarchi district which falls under the Badin district of Sindh province, Pakistan. Earlier, a radical extremist was seen dismantling the temporary boundary wall of the new Sri Krishna temple in Islamabad. .Huma Younus, a Christian girl who was kidnapped from her home in Karachi on October 10 last year, has become pregnant due to the incessant sexual violence perpetrated by her abductor Abdul Jabbar.
The star performers in the three months to June, among the early birds, were the software firms but makers of food products and consumer goods also executed efficiently to cash in on demand, much of which surfaced in June as consumers made pent up purchases. With migrant labour making its way back to work at factories, engineering majors like Larsen amp; Toubro (L amp;T) would be aiming for higher levels of execution in the coming quarters; at L amp;T the workforce has increased to within 20% of the company s peak requirements. Britannia, of course, managed to resume operations at most of its manufacturing facilities in the very first week of the lockdown.A stellar set of numbers from Infosys and a rich $7 billion deal haul at TCS is evidence the country s IT sector will bounce back quickly; the TCS management is confident it can match last December quarter s rupee revenues in the coming winter quarter. While staples businesses were not expected to fare too badly, Hindustan Unilever s volumes a fall of only 7% y o y were reassuring, with the management attributing it to faster increase in rural demand. MD amp; CEO Sanjiv Mehta has, of course, cautioned the near term outlook remains uncertain and that it is difficult to estimate market growth and demand. Demand for certain food products, however, could remain strong.Britannia, which turned in a strong performance in Q1FY21 as it was able to overcome logistical challenges to meet the surging demand, should continue to do well even after the unlocking.Companies have managed to rein in costs, wherever possible, to protect their margins. Despite slower volumes which fell 33% y o y, ACC s results beat expectations as the company was able to bring down costs; the costs per tonne fell 7% y o y as the lower freight, power and deferment of certain flexible costs more than offset higher fixed costs.Bajaj Auto reported better than expected gross margins even as revenues fell 60% y o y, thanks to an expected plunge in volumes. With user industries virtually shut, steelmakers bore the brunt of the inactivity.JSW Steel reported a loss in the quarter, the first since Q3FY16, on the back of a 25% fall in shipments and a 22% drop in realisations. Analysts are not sure if the company will be able to maintain sales volumes for 2020 21 at the previous year s levels, as the management has said it would.Clearly, the core sectors were badly hit, but market leaders shone through. L amp;T reported execution levels of around 50%, bagging enough orders to maintain its order backlog. Analysts observed the company has shared an order pipeline of Rs 6.3 lakh crore that can potentially help it win about Rs 0.9 lakh crore of additional orders at a historical 15% hit rate.
Ayushmann Khurrana, who is considered as one of the outsiders in Bollywood, had earlier said that the star kids who are successful are "genuinely talented", adding that he knew he won t get a second chance as he is an outsider . Star kids who are successful, are genuinely talented. They get their first break but then they have to live up to a benchmark. If I give my 50 per cent, people say I have done it by myself. If star kids have a potential of 80 per cent and even if they give their 100 per cent, people aren t satisfied, the actor had said at Hindustan Shikhar Samagam 2020.
August 5 marks the first anniversary of three distinct, radical and game changing decisions impacting the disputed state of J amp;K. These were the derogation mdash; shy;because technically it is still on the books mdash;of Article 370; the abrogation of Article 35A; and the dismantling of the state of J amp;K. All three steps were taken without any reference to the people of the state or any discussion in shy;Parliament. Yet, they were done with consultation enough to ensure legal validity while circumventing the truth, a manipulative technique at which New Delhi is very proficient.The government ''s basis of support was the ruling BJP ''s visceral understanding of vast swathes of populist (as opposed to discerning) India and its calculated use of muscle. In the latter category of instrumentation was the disinformation campaign by the martial command and control of Kashmir. It was an unprecedented psychological operation designed to cause confusion, provoke crowd panic and feelings of imminent calamity, shy;inc shy;luding ”terrorist ” attacks, communal unr shy;est or even war. It sent Hindu shy;pilgrims, tourists and non Kashmiri shy;daily wage labourers scurrying home in confusion and fear. Ladakh and Jammu too were subjected to such disinformation, but the focus of the actions was on slurring Kashmir, which has been under a year long lockdown since, with occasional letups to allow the arg shy;ument that the restraints have not been unbroken.
In the past few Olympics, Indian men''s and women''s hockey teams have had disastrous affairs.Hindu Dharma Sena president Santosh Dubey is himself one of the main accused in the case.
The sad demise of Sushant Singh Rajput on June 14 has not only started a conversation about mental health in Bollywood but also kicked up many controversies, with many attributing it to the hard time that outsiders have in the close knit film industry. Now, just within a month of his death, two films inspired by the late actor have already been announced, one of them starring TikTok star Sachin Tiwari, who had become a rage on social media for his uncanny resemblance to Rajput. This, again, has ignited the question of whether Bollywood really wants to celebrate his life or just milk an opportunity.Film maker Hansal Mehta, who has directed real life inspired films such as Shahid (2013), Aligarh (2015) and Omerta (2018), says that ultimately, everything depends on the intent behind the film. ”When you make a film on a true story, it ''s always about the intention of the film maker. If the intent is to let the world know of the actual story, then it ''s a different thing. But if it ''s to simply capitalise on something that ''s topical, I think that ''s not ethical, ” Hindustan Times quoted him as saying.
Kolkata, Jul 21 (UNI) Hindustan Zinc today announced the elevation of Mr. Arun Misra as its Chief Executive Officer.New Delhi, Jul 21 (UNI) Steel Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Tuesday said as the nation unlocks and people get back to work, people must understand that the virus is very much here and it s important to take all precautions and balance life and livelihoodAddressing a webinar on 'Working in Covid 19 times', organised by the Ministry, he said, 'In the last few months we have established protocols and practices with significant success to fight against the Covid 19 pandemic and talked about the need to continue following all recommendations by experts, ensure social distancing, wear masks, wash our hands to contain the spread of infection.'Speaking on the occasion, Minister of State for Steel Faggan Singh Kulaste talked about the role of steel Central Public Sector Enterprises (CPSEs) in the fight against the pandemic, high recovery rate in India, the economic package announced by the Government and the need to adopt a more healthy lifestyle.
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Desperation can make even the wisest of men, and women, lose control of their faculties. And certainly no one will accuse Nepal Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli of belonging to that special category, at least not from the way he has been trying to destroy his country s relationship with India, out of sheer desperation to cling on to his post. Ever since rumblings started in his party over him holding on to two posts, party chief and Prime Minister, Oli has thought of tiding over this hiccup which is threatening to become a breach, by whipping up nationalist sentiments by portraying India as the enemy so according to him, anyone trying to replace him is pro India and thus anti Nepal. The latest in Mr Oli s anti India arsenal is the claim that Lord Rama is Nepali and Ayodhya is in Nepal. Perhaps madness will be too simple an explanation for Mr Oli s flight of fancy, for there is too much method to it as well as instigation by the Chinese. The attempt is not only to stoke Nepali pride and nationalist sentiments but also to drive a wedge between the two countries that may be separated by political geography but share civilizational roots both Hindu and Buddhist. It is akin to hitting at the root of Hindu faith and questioning one of the cornerstones of Hindu beliefs. But rewriting beliefs may not be as easy as redrawing his country s map to show Indian territory as Nepal s, as the pushback will come from within Nepal itself. From all appearances, the pushback has already started. Certainly a step such as delaying the citizenship of Indian women married to Nepalese citizens by seven years is not going to make him popular in his country, considering intermarriages are common between the two people and the international boundary is, in effect, an imaginary line when it cuts through a border village. Too many Nepalese live and work in India for India Nepal relationship to be allowed to be held hostage to one man s short sightedness. Even if China may have overtaken India as the highest source of FDI in Nepal 90% of Nepal s FDI is from China according to the Chinese press China will not welcome Nepal s citizens to work and live there. In fact, the reverse is likely to be true, with the Chinese coming by the droves and settling down in Nepal under the pretext of building infrastructure, now that Nepal is a part of the BRI. In fact, even the BRI is unlikely to give an alternate window to the world to a landlocked Nepal, when Kolkata port is at a relatively short distance of 800 odd kilometres, compared to any other port that the Chinese may offer to Nepal to transport its goods. Although Prime Minister Oli s foreign policy advisers have been saying that his government is looking at being close to both India and China, in reality, Mr Oli has aligned himself so closely with China that even an anti India Pushpa Kamala Dahal Prachanda , who was responsible for letting China get a foothold in Nepal, is appearing positive by comparison to India. China s influence on Nepal has reached such proportions that all its political parties, its military, the intelligentsia, are in the thrall of Beijing. It will not be easy to wean the Nepalese elite away from China s grip. The situation is such that schools in Nepal have started making learning Mandarin compulsory, after China promised to pay their teachers salaries. In other words, China has started micro managing Nepal s domestic affairs, and the Nepal government is allowing this to happen, so dazzled it is with the promise of Chinese billions, even though most of the money is yet to materialize, with, to give an instance, not even a kilometre of railway line built to connect Tibet with this Himalayan country. Surely, Nepal realises that China may come with a benign face, but its actual interest is strategic in this case making the whole of India s northern borders restive and keeping India tied down, fighting one fire after another. Nepal just needs to take a look at countries that have become China s vassal states, only to go bankrupt as they have fallen into debt traps and have been forced to sell off assets to Chinese companies. Or better still, it just needs to look at Tibet and Xinjiang to understand the fate that possibly awaits it. While India needs to be sympathetic to Nepal s concerns, at least India is not a revisionist power, unlike China. India has not been grabbing Nepal s territory, which China has been doing. One man s insecurities cannot be allowed to hold India Nepal relations hostage. This relationship transcends personality, geography and petty political interests.
A Hindu lawmaker from the ruling Pakistan Tehreek e Insaaf party in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Friday told the provincial assembly that the minority community in the country would welcome the construction of a Krishna temple in Islamabad. Speaking in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly, MPA Ravi Kumar said the minorities were enjoying equal rights and living in peaceful coexistence with the majority community in Pakistan.
In an interview with Hindustan Times, R Balki acknowledged that star kids have an advantage when it comes to their first time on screen, but he was quick to point out that actors like Ranbir Kapoor or Alia Bhatt have unmatched talent. "The question is do they (star kids) have an unfair or bigger advantage? Yes, there are pros and cons. But I d ask one simple question: Find me a better actor than Alia (Bhatt) or Ranbir (Kapoor), and we ll argue. It s unfair on these few people who re probably some of the finest actors, " he said.
;India dropped from Chahbar Port deal. This is the diplomacy of the Modi government that won laurels even without getting the work done, China worked quietly but gave them a better deal. Big loss for India. But you can;t ask questions ; senior Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi tweeted citing a report in The Hindu.The report said that Iran had decided to proceed with the construction of a rail line from Chabahar port to Zahedan, along the border with Afghanistan, on its own following alleged delays from the Indian government in funding and starting the project.