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Haryana’s BJP government to spend Rs 500 million to promote mythological river

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Chandigarh, Purported signs of existence of a river considered sacred in Hindu mythology and a religious-minded BJP government being in power in Haryana are sufficient factors to try and “revive” the invisible Saraswati by spending a whopping Rs.50 crores ($7.5 million) in public money.

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Buoyed by the recent “discovery” of water at just seven feet in Rohlaheri village of Haryana’s Yamunanagar district during digging work to find the mythological river, the Haryana government has pledged Rs.10 crore from the corpus to establish the Haryana Saraswati Heritage Development Board.

Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar had in April announced the Rs.50 crore project to revive the river.
“The Board will conduct meticulous field work to unearth and understand the past and the present content of the Saraswati heritage in Haryana for exposition of cultural patterns and values. It will help to preserve and promote the various archeo-cultural facets of the Saraswati Heritage Area,” said a note of the state cabinet, which approved the setting up of the new board and release of funds for it.
A provision of Rs.10 crore has been made for establishment and smooth functioning of the Haryana Saraswati Heritage Development Board which includes a provision for recurring expenditure of Rs 2.42 crore for petty expenses, payment of salaries and wages, a senior Haryana government official told IANS.
Khattar, who heads the first Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in the state and has been a Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) ideologue, and other BJP ministers have been quite inclined to dig up the mystery behind the mythological river, given its significance in Hindu mythology.
The Saraswati river finds several mentions in ancient Hindu scriptures like the Rig Veda, the Mahabharata, the Ramayana and others, giving credence to the belief that the river existed during ancient times when it was held in great reverence.
“In Yamunanagar district, there are several places where there is tell-tale evidence that the river flowed in the area at one time,” Sohan Lal, a septuagenarian from the area, told IANS.
The Haryana government has drawn up elaborate plans for reviving the river through the new board.
“The Board will aim at revitalizing sacred places in the Saraswati Heritage Area. It will create effective linkages between tourism and cultural facilities by developing tourism circuits and conservation of natural resources in the area. It will develop and revive the existing Saraswati creek for irrigation, sanitation, recharging of ground water, plantation, development of herbal parks, landscaping to preserve and protect the environment and to ensure soil conservation,” the state government’s plan states.
The board will associate with the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), UNESCO and other related national and international institutions for the project.

(IANS)

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The major Challenge is to make the Youth of the Country Entrepreneurial and not Job Seekers : Venkaiah Naidu

"The challenge for us is to make the youth entrepreneurial, and not become job seekers," Venkaiah Naidu said pointing to the NDA government's various initiatives.

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  • At a time of tepid job growth and continuing income disparities, the major challenge is to make the youth of the country entrepreneurial and not job seekers, Vice President  Venkaiah Naidu said on Thursday.

“Disparities continue to remain in India and so there is a need for inclusive growth… there is the need to take care of the suppressed, oppressed and depressed,” Venkaiah Naidu said at the Bharatiya Yuva Shakti Trust’s (BYST) silver jubilee celebrations here with Britain’s Prince Charles as the chief guest.

“The challenge for us is to make the youth entrepreneurial, and not become job seekers,” Venkaiah Naidu said pointing to the NDA government’s various initiatives to encourage youth enterprises like Startup India, Standup India and the Mudra financing scheme for underprivileged sections.

Modelled on Prince Charles’ Trust for business startups, BYST, founded by Lakshmi Venkatesan, daughter of former President R. Venkatraman, is engaged in building rural entrepreneurship — “grampreneurs” — as also enterprise among under-privileged sections, which includes business mentoring. The current BYST chairman is Bajaj Group chief, Rahul Bajaj.

“Without mentoring, it would be very difficult to set up startups, with all the business, marketing and other vital issues involved in the first two-three years,” Prince Charles said in his address at the International Mentoring Summit organized by BYST to mark its 25 years.

“What amazes me are the sheer number of jobs these young entrepreneurs had created. The aim of such a project should be to create a virtual cycle of creating entrepreneurs who can then invest in the future of business,” Charles said referring to his trust.

BYST was officially launched in 1992 by Prince Charles and expanded its operations to six major regions of India.

Out of these six regions, four — Delhi, Chennai, Pune and Hyderabad — run the urban programme while two regions — Haryana and Maharashtra — run the rural programme.(IANS)

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Quick View on Dera Chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Case: 20 Years of Imprisonment enough for a Rapist in India?

15 point guide to know about the latest developments in Gurmeet Ram Rahim’s case

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Dera Chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim got a jail sentence of 20 years
Dera Chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim got a jail sentence of 20 years. Twitter

New Delhi, August 28, 2017: A special CBI court gave jail sentence of 20 years (for a 15-year-old case) to rape convict Gurmeet Ram Rahim today.

Here’s a 15 point guide about the Gurmeet Ram Rahim  case:

  • Jagdeep Singh, CBI Judge declared 2 sentences of 10 years imprisonment for the 2 rape cases that happened in 2002.
  • Dera chief was also fined by the court for the 2 cases amounting to a total of Rs 30 lakh (Rs 14 lakh each would go to the 2 rape victims).
  • The Dera chief allegedly cried in the courtroom and also begged for sympathy and forgiveness.
  • The defense requested the Judge to be lenient as the Dera chief has worked for the welfare of people in the past.
  • Apart from the rape cases, Gurmeet Ram Rahim is also facing trial in 2 separate murder cases- Dera follower Ranjit Singh and journalist Ram Chander Chhatrapati.
  • Protests by Dera followers (after his conviction) in Haryana and Punjab have led to the death of 38 people and crores of damage to public property.
  • A special court was set up in the Sunaria Jail premises in order to avoid any further damage caused by the violent mob. For this Jagdeep Singh, CBI special court judge flew to Rohtak today.
  • Talking about safety measures, Atul Kumar, District Collector of Rohtak said that shoot at sight orders will be issued if any anti-social elements occur which tries to harm the police force or innocent public.
  • Security was increased outside Manohar Lal Khattar, Haryana chief minister’s official residence in Chandigarh before Ram Rahim’s sentencing.
  • There was high security around the Rohtak district jail with paramilitary forces and Haryana Police covering the area. The Army was on standby.
  • No movement of people (other than the authorized ones) was allowed within 10 km distance from the jail premises.
  • Panchkula, Sirsa, Uttar Pradesh, neighboring areas were on high alert and to ensure the safety of citizens Paramilitary forces were placed in various areas. There is a curfew in Sirsa and Section 144 is enforced in Rohtak. Sensitive areas of Punjab are being patrolled by security forces.
  • Locals have been asked to stay indoors as a preventive measure.
  • Mobile internet services will remain suspended in Haryana, Punjab and also Internet lease lines in Dera Sacha Sauda headquarters, Sirsa till tomorrow 11:30 a.m.

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#RapistRamRahim Case : Godman Breaks Down in Court Today, Pleads Guilty- 7 Facts About the Dera Chief’s Sentencing

Shoot at sight is to be issued immediately if "anti-social elements" are spotted

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Gurmeet Ram Rahim, gestures during the premiere of movie ‘Jattu Engineer’ in New Delhi. voa

Haryana, August 28, 2017: Gurmeet Ram Rahim’s quantum of punishment for his conviction in rape will be pronounced today. As Dera Sacha Sauda followers tore down the city when he was pronounced guilty, here are ten things to know about today’s historic announcement.

1. The Special Court for the decision of punishment is set up in Rohtak’s Sunaria where the convict will be brought.

2. On Monday, Jagdeep Singh who is the same CBI Special Court Judge to find Gurmeet Rahim guilty, arrived in Rohtak by air today at 2:30 pm. The hearing to last for 1.5 hours.

3. Haryana Police along with paramilitary forces have established multi layered security around Rohtak. The army, until further orders, is on standby. 10 km around the prison premises no movement of individuals is allowed.

4. Shoot at sight is to be issued immediately if “anti-social elements” are spotted, said Rohtak DC Atul Kumar.

5. Section 144 is implemented in Rohtak, while Curfew is in the process in Sirsa. Punjab, too, is on high security. As a preventive measure, local residents are asked to stay indoors.

6. Manohar Lal Khattar, Haryana CM, and his official residence are also tightly secured ahead of the hearing.

7. Mobile and Internet services remain shut in Haryana and Punjab. Schools are officially shut for today as well.