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New Delhi: The Narendra Modi government on Tuesday appointed seven new joint secretaries, including two from the Indian Administrative Service (IAS), as part of a bureaucratic reshuffle.

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Those appointed in the latest reshuffle are: Samir K Biswas, A.K. Meena, Amitabh Kumar, Rosy Sharma, Manoj Pant, Dvijendra Kumar Sharma and Sumita Mukherjee.

(IANS)

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Ladakh has suffered years of neglect, says Buddhist monk Bhikkhu Sanghasena

The meditation guru was speaking at a function where some 20 faith leaders of different religions took a pledge to convince people on proper sanitation and hygiene practices

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Suru Valley, Ladakh. Image source: Wikimedia Commons

Leh, August 31, 2016: In Jammu And Kashmir, Ladakh region has suffered from years of neglect from the central government and ministers from Delhi come and make sweet promises only to forget, a top Buddhist monk has said.

Bhikkhu Sanghasena, founder and spiritual director of Mahabodhi International Meditation Centre, made the remarks here on Tuesday evening in the presence of Union Minister for Science and Technology Harsh Vardhan.

“I really want central ministers of India to do something for Ladakh. Every time events are held here, ministers come and speak sweet, sweet things and make promises. However they end up doing nothing for Ladakh,” Sanghasena said.

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Citing poor air traffic network for Ladakh, Sanghasena said the government should prioritise good and cheaper connectivity for the strategic region that shares a border with China and Pakistan.”People in Ladakh are not economically empowered.

Mostly the tickets from Delhi to Ladakh and from here to Delhi are so high that it becomes difficult for us to afford (to travel). We do not have train and proper transport services. The only means to connect to rest of the world is

“People in Ladakh are not economically empowered. Mostly the tickets from Delhi to Ladakh and from here to Delhi are so high that it becomes difficult for us to afford (to travel). We do not have train and proper transport services. The only means to connect to rest of the world is aerial route. But their charges are so high,” he said.

Flights to Ladakh– a major tourist destination in India — operate from Delhi and Srinagar. And tickets any time of the year may cost between Rs 8,000 and 20,000 or even more during peak tourist season of July to September.

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The meditation guru was speaking at a function where some 20 faith leaders of different religions took a pledge to convince people on proper sanitation and hygiene practices.
Sanghasena, one of religious leaders to take the oath, urged the union minister to convey his greetings to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The minister was in Ladakh to attend a two-day summit on government initiatives aimed at changing the mindset of people of Ladakh to adopt proper sanitation and hygiene.

The summit was organised by the Global Interfaith WASH Alliance (GIWA) in association with UNICEF India. WASH stands for Water, Sanitation and Hygeine campaign. (IANS)

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Indian diaspora now feels a sense of “belongingness”, says External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj

PM Modi's speech took the nation by storm, people in India feels proud and 'Vande Mataram' is being chanted in a foreign land

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In Chicago, Hari Om Mandir members taking out Independence Day Parade (2016). Courtesy: Asian Media USA

NEW DELHI, August 14, 2016: The Indian diaspora now feels a sense of “belongingness,” the statement by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Saturday, August 13 came in response to PM Modi’s take on atrocities in Balochistan and Pak Occupied Kashmir (PoK).

For decades, Government only took a few defensive steps to deal with cross-border terrorism but it proved to be ineffective over time and the Kashmir narrative till today remains unsolved. PM Modi is the first Indian to openly challenge Pakistan on terrorism and this strong move will save India from its biggest geopolitical failure since Independence and prove how effective is Modi’s legacy.

According to PTI reports, Sushma said, “India today sets the global agenda as opposed to before when it used to be a mute spectator on global issues. Today, when India speaks the world listens.” In foreign policy the Central Government has brought a “paradigm shift” and today when India speaks the “world listens.”

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Modi’s speech took the nation by storm and people in India feels proud and ‘Vande Mataram’ is being chanted in a foreign land. Giving a helping hand to Indians abroad and find a solution to the distress was “never a priority” for the External Affairs Ministry before, added Swaraj.

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“PM has himself said that this ministry was about having fancy dinners wearing suit and boot. But today our embassies remain on toes,” Swaraj said to PTI.

Reacting to PM Modi’s statement on Balochistan, World Baloch Women’s Forum president and an activist Naela Quadri Baloch on Saturday said to DNA that people of Balochistan support him and urged that PM Modi to take up the Baloch issue with the international community at the United Nations, this year in September.

Members of Hari Om Mandir in Chicago. Courtesy: Asian Media USA
Members of Hari Om Mandir in Chiacgo. Courtesy: Asian Media USA
Hari Om Mandir
Hari Om Mandir, Chicago. Credit: Asian Media USA

In addition to that, Baloch National Movement (UK) spokesperson Hammal Haider Baloch also expressed similar thoughts by saying, ‘It is for the first time that an Indian Prime Minister has expressed his wish to support the Baloch people. And, I think it is a very crucial decision made by the Indian Government. We hope Prime Minister Modi will play the same role that (Indira) Gandhi had played in 1970-71.’

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Recently, Delhi-based Dr Syama Prasad Mookerjee Research Foundation launched a book- ‘The Modi Doctrine: New Paradigms in India’s Foreign Policy’ where Sushma Swaraj was also present along with Priti Patel, Indian-origin Minister for International Development in Britain.

“Naturally, the pursuit of these objectives has not been without its challenges, among them cross-border terrorism. But the wisdom of our approach and the sincerity of our efforts are clearly gaining broader support,” she said to PTI.

– prepared by NewsGram Team 

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BJP likely to spend Rs 245 Crore to develop Ramayana Circuit in Ayodhya

The development of the Ramayana circuit will take place under Centre’s Swadesh Darshan scheme

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Ram Paidi in Ayodhya. Image Source: Wikipedia.org
  • The development is expected to add fuel to the controversy surrounding the Ram Temple-Babri Masjid dispute
  • The development of Ramayana circuit will take place under Centre’s Swadesh Darshan scheme
  • The circuit would incorporate high-end audio-visual facility depicting the life of Lord Ram on water-screen video projection

In a bid to boost spiritual tourism, the Modi government is all set to spend about 245 crores to build a Ramayana circuit in and around Ayodhya.

The move that has become a political talking point has come in the wake of the elections in Uttar Pradesh,scheduled for next year, in 2017.

Along with Ayodhya, the tourism ministry has identified Nandigram, Shringverpur and Chitrakoot in the state where it will develop facilities highlighting the life of Lord Ram (manifestation of Lord Vishnu), displaying various religious proofs of events from his era.

The establishment is expected to add fuel to the controversy surrounding the Ram Temple-Babri Masjid dispute, an issue that has been dragged on in courts for decades now, but continues to stir controversy till date.

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Right-winged political parties and intransigent Hindu groups have long been demanding for a temple to be built at the site where activists demolished the 16th-century mosque in 1992.

Bharati Kashyap Sharma, the ministry of tourism’s assistant director general told Mail Today, “We have already identified these four cities with a primary focus on the ancient city of Ayodhya.”

She added, “The MoT will develop massive tourism infrastructure facilities around these religious destinations. We have also finalised the tentative cost for the project.”

India today quoting a source revealed that the detailed project report (DPR) was prepared in the last week of June and was also approved in-principle in Uttar Pradesh.

The development of the Ramayana circuit will take place under Centre’s Swadesh Darshan scheme. This scheme envisions the construction of theme based tourist circuits in the country.

Minister of Culture. Mahesh Sharma. Image Source: Indiatoday.in
Minister of Culture. Mahesh Sharma. Image Source: Indiatoday.in

The first meeting of the national panel on the circuit was led by tourism and culture minister Mahesh Sharma on June 14. The meeting also had tourism secretary Vinod Zutshi as well as related experts and other senior officials from the ministry in attendance.

According to a copy of the DPR, the Ramayana circuit will have 11 destinations spread across six states.

Apparently, areas such as Sitamarhi, Buxar and Darbhanga in Bihar, Jagdalpur in Chhattisgarh, Bhadrachalam in Telangana, Hampi in Karnataka and Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu are also expected to be added later.

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The circuit would incorporate high-end audio-visual facility depicting the life of Lord Ram on water-screen video projection. There would also be state-of-art outdoor seating arrangements or open-air theatre for the visitors. The latest technology will be used to create life-like images in order to make the circuit all the more appealing.

The Lord Ram gallery theme will depict his life primarily with 10 different episodes – Valmiki and Tulsi Ramayan, Bala Kanda, Ayodhya Kanda, Aranya Kanda, Kishkindha Kanda, Sundara Kanda, Lanka Kanda, Uttara Kanda, Lav-Kush Kanda and Ram Darbar.

Similarly, the entire Aranya Kanda (jungle where Ram, Laxman and Sita lived during exile) will depict the lives of three gods while displaying Sita’s rasoi (kitchen) apart from an AV creation of the golden deer being hunted by Lord Ram.

“The final attraction will be in the corridors where a mechanical ‘Pushpak Viman’ (flying vehicle in which Ravana kidnapped Sita) and Ravana will be shown fighting Jatayu. This will be depicted via wall-to-wall screens in the final section of the corridor,” quoted India Today from the project report.

-This report is modified by Bulbul, a staff-writer at NewsGram.

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