Priyanka Gandhi Slams UP Government For Roti-Salt Meal To Schoolchildren

Uttar Pradesh's Mirzapur: Students at a government school in Mirzapur get salt with their rotis.

Mirzapur: Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra today slammed the Uttar Pradesh government for serving just chapatti and salt to schoolchildren in Mirzapur under the mid-day meal scheme of the central government that provides lunch and proper nutrition to children from poor families who study in government schools across the country.
“In Mirzapur's school, students are being served salt and roti as mid-day meal. This is the real state of affairs of the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh. The government facilities are getting poorer and such treatment towards children is highly condemnable,” Ms Gandhi tweeted in Hindi along with the video that shows young children sitting on the floor of the school corridor, eating rotis with just some salt in their plates.
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“Corruption, Dynasty, Looting Reigned In Like Never Before”: PM In France

PM Modi speaks at UNESCO headquarters in Paris.

New Delhi: In ''New India'', the noose is tightening on corruption, nepotism, loot of public money and terrorism, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said today, addressing the Indian community in France.
“India is racing ahead not because of Modi… it is because of the stamp of approval that the people of India have given in forms of their vote,” PM Modi said to a large gathering at the Unesco Headquarters in Paris.
PM Modi said his new government had been in place for only 75 days. “Already you have seen the bold decisions taken, record work being done in parliament. The 100-day milestone is yet to arrive. Mind you, the first 50-75 days are generally taken to plan things and get greetings and congratulatory calls, but you all can see the intent of the government of the day… And that India means business.”
He appeared to make a reference to the government's decision to end special status to Jammu and Kashmir under A..


“Our Friendship Is Unbreakable,” Says PM Modi In France: Top Quotes

Here are the top quotes from PM's address to the Indian community in Paris:
New Delhi: The friendship between India and France is “unbreakable, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said today while addressing the Indian community at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris. “The relationship India and France share is more than just friendship. The Indo-French relationship has stood the test of time,” he said. India's healthcare programme has become the world's largest healthcare programme. The Ayushman Bharat covers more people than the entire populations of US, Canada and Mexico combined.India is moving fast on the path to development. The world acknowledges today that India is bringing people out of poverty at a very fast pace.These days Paris is filled with the echoes of Ram. After all it is the year of Mahatama Gandhi's 150th birth anniversary. If I had a chance to, I would spend time at Bapu's feetThe friendship between India and France is unbreakable. The relationship In..


Indian Railways To Re-Introduce Ramayana Circuit Tours

The first such train, “Shri Ramayana Yatra”, is scheduled to depart from Jaipur (Representational)

New Delhi: The Indian Railways Ramayana Circuit tours, which cover sites associated with Lord Rama, will be reintroduced this year owing to its successful run last year.
The train covers important destinations connected with the life of Lord Rama in India and Sri Lanka. While the Indian leg will be covered by train, the Sri Lankan tour will be undertaken by flight from Chennai.
IRCTC, the railways' catering and tourism arm, ran four packages of the special tourist trains in 2018 and this year two tour packages on this circuit will run in November and like last year, interested tourists can avail the opportunity to visit such sites in Sri Lanka as well, railways said on Friday.
While the Indian leg of the journey will cost Rs 16,065 per person for 16 days and 17 nights, those going to Sri Lanka will have to pay Rs 36,950 per person.
The first such train by the name “Shri Ramayana Yat..


Shah Faesal’s Plea Against His Detention To Be Heard On September 3

Shah Faesal's lawyers, during the brief hearing, sought that his son and parents be allowed to meet him

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court said on Friday it will hear on September 3 former IAS officer Shah Faesal's plea alleging he was illegally detained at Delhi airport on August 14 and taken back to Srinagar where he has been kept under house arrest.
A bench of Justices Manmohan and Sangita Dhingra Sehgal asked both sides to file their submissions and listed the matter for hearing on September 3.
The court declined to give an earlier date, saying the matter will take time and “it is not going to happen overnight”.
“A week or 10 days will not matter,” the bench said and also made it clear that it was not going to examine the issue of Shah Faesal's travel to the US for his studies as it was not a prayer sought in the habeas corpus plea moved on his behalf.
The bench listed the matter on September 3 as Solicitor General (SG) Tushar Mehta was not available during the first h..


Indian Climate Activist To Participate In First UN Youth Climate Summit

The Youth Climate Summit will feature a full-day of programming that brings together young activists.

United Nations: A young climate activist from India is among 100 outstanding climate champions selected from around the world for a special ''Green Ticket'' that will help them travel to the UN headquarters next month to participate in the first-ever Youth Climate Summit, a platform for young leaders to showcase their solutions for climate change on a global stage.
Vishnu P R, from Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, is the CEO of ''Change Can Change Climate Change (C5) Foundation'', an organisation focused on climate change mitigation and adaptation projects.
C5 is a youth-led initiative that was originally designed as a sustainable volunteer development platform which will be a model for the whole nation starting from Thiruvananthapuram, which has now become a platform with more than 10,000 registered youngsters in the district, the UN said.
These pro..


Economy Has High Blood Pressure: Shobhana Kamineni, Top Apollo Executive

Shobana Kamineni is the executive vice chairperson of Apollo Hospitals.

New Delhi: HighlightsShobana Kamineni is the executive vice chairperson of Apollo Hospitals Every country goes through stresses, our country has a few more, she said India's economy is facing the worst pace of growth in nearly five yearsThe Indian economy is in a state of “high blood pressure”, Shobana Kamineni, executive vice chairperson of Apollo Hospitals, told NDTV. The comments from the top healthcare professional come at a time the country's economy is facing the worst pace of growth in nearly five years.
Ms Kamineni, a top executive at one of India's leading private healthcare providers, was speaking on NDTV's show Executive Decision on the looming slowdown in India's economy.
“Every country goes through its stresses and our country has a few more going on. It's global stresses, it's environment stresses, it's job stresses, it's tensions that are coming from all ..


Three Dead, More Than 20 Injured In Stampede At Temple Near Kolkata

Kolkata: At least three people have died and more than 20 were injured after a stampede broke out at a temple near Kolkata last night where devotees had gathered for Janamasthami celebrations.
Huge queues had gathered last night outside the Lokenath Dham Temple at Kachua to celebrate Janmashtami when the boundary wall of a home on the road leading to the temple suddenly collapsed, said an official.
Amid the chaos triggered by the wall collapse, some people reportedly fell into an adjacent pond. Others ran for shelter towards the temple and gathered in the shacks that sell goods outside the gate, which also collapsed.
At least 25 people are admitted in hospitals across Kolkata and North 24 Parganas district with serious injuries.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee visited the injured today at two hospitals in Kolkata.
“Heavy rain, wall collapse and huge crowds led to this unfortunate tragedy,” said Ms Banerjee. “But there are a lot of bamboo and plastic shacks near the temple gate which add..


Full Faith That Centre Will Deal With Economic Slowdown: Arvind Kejriwal

Arvind Kejriwal said that “the country has to stand as one and repair the economy” (File)

New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said today that he has full faith on the central government that it will take concrete steps to deal with the economic slowdown. This is one situation where the country has to stand as one and repair the economy, Mr Kejriwal said.
“I have full faith that in the coming times, the Centre will take concrete steps on it (economic slowdown). This is one situation where the country has to stand as one and repair the economy,” Mr Kejriwal said on the sidelines of an event in Delhi.
“Whatever steps the Centre will take to repair the economy, the Delhi government will give them full support. I am personally worried about the job losses,” Mr Kejriwal added.
“It is a matter of grave concern, especially for auto sector, textile, real estate and others where we are seeing that the slowdown is becoming deeper,” he said.
Arvind Kejriwal's remarks came amid de..


P Chidambaram’s Arrest A Diversion From Crumbling Economy: Ashok Gehlot

Ashok Gehlot defended fP Chidambaram in the INX Media case.

New Delhi: Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot today defended former Finance Minister P Chidambaram in the INX Media case saying the Centre is acting against him only to divert public attention from the “crumbling” economy of the country.
“The actions against P Chidambaram are being done to divert attention of people from the “crumbling” economy. Leave alone the question of creating new jobs, it is now getting difficult for the people who are employed to keep their jobs intact,” the Rajasthan Chief Minister said.
The Supreme Court will hear the case on Monday, along with Mr Chidambaram's petition challenging his arrest by the CBI in the corruption investigation. A special anti-corruption court had yesterday sent Mr Chidambaram to a five-day CBI custody that ends on August 26.
The Congress leader was arrested from his home in south Delhi amid high drama on Wednesday after attempts by his lawyers to get an urgent hearing..