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Kolkata: Supporting the people who have returned awards protesting against the rising intolerance in the country, Darul Uloom Deoband Vice Chancellor Maulana Mufti Abul Qasim Nomani on Thursday said those who have not returned their awards were also equally unhappy with the prevailing situation in the country.

“The awards are being returned primarily for two reasons – the way innocent people are being killed and peace and integrity being infringed upon, and the way human values and rights are being trampled upon in the country,” Nomani told media persons on the sidelines of a programme in Kolkata.

Refusing to judge whether the return of award was the right way to protest, he asserted that those who have not return their awards should not be considered to be happy with the Narendra Modi government.

“Whether the return of awards is the right way to protest or not, that is not for me to decide. But I support their stand against the infringement of peace and integrity in the country. That some people have not returned their awards, doesn’t mean they are happy with the government. They are as unhappy as those who have returned the awards,” added Nomani.

Asked to comment on the controversy over the police “raid” at Kerala House in Delhi over allegations that it has been serving beef, he said the issue has now become political.

“It is unacceptable, people are indulging in politics over it,” said Nomani

While a host of authors have returned their Sahitya Akademi awards over the rising incidents of intolerance in the country including the murder of scholar MM Kalburgi and the lynching of a Muslim man in Uttar Pradesh over rumours of eating beef, a section of film-makers, including Dibakar Banerjee and Anand Patwardhan, too have joined the list by giving up various government awards and honours they have received.

There has been a growing debate over return of awards as mode of protests with many assailing it as “selective activism”.

(IANS)

 

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Narendra Modi App : Amazing Platform where Prime Minister connects with the citizens

Wanna give ideas to or interact with Prime Minister Narendra Modi? Go and download Narendra Modi app on android and iOs

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi (FILE PHOTO)

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has an amazing sense of connecting with masses. Prime Minister knows the nerve of Indian public and at various instances proves himself as a pan Indian leader. Prime Minster Modi is undoubtedly one of the most tech-savvy global leader and a big promoter of e-governance and m-governance since a long time. Within two months of assuming Prime Minister-ship, he had launched the ambitious myGov project. In continuing the tradition of citizen connect, Prime Minister Modi took another step towards connecting with the people at their convenience by launching Narendra Modi app couple of years back.

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Prime Minister launching Narendra Modi App

The Narendra Modi app provides updates on the day-to-day activities of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It presents an opportunity to receive messages and emails directly from Shri Narendra Modi. There is also an option to contribute and earn ‘badges’ through to-do tasks in various social initiatives. Through Narendra Modi app, one can tune-in and listen to the various episodes of ‘Mann ki Baat’, read Prime Minister Modi’s blogs, and get to know more about him from his Biography section. Narendra Modi app also provides comprehensive information on initiatives and achievements of the Union Government, which has an ‘infographics’ section for insights.

Such type of initiative by a global leader gives a strong message how technology can be used by governments to bridge gap between leaders and citizens. apart from this app Prime Minister Modi is also very much active on various social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc. Prime Minister Modi is the one of the most followed global leader on Twitter.

So what are you waiting for. Go and share some ideas of innovation with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and contribute in his vision of “Sabka Sath, Sabka Vikas”.

– by SHAURYA RITWIK, Shaurya is Sub-Editor at NewsGram and writes on Geo-politcs, Culture, Indology and Business. Twitter Handle – @shauryaritwik

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India’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan taken from Egypt’s Project, says World Bank President Jim Yong Kim

India has one of the largest networks of roads in the world, but the two per cent of its national highways carry 40 per cent of traffic

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Foreign Secretary Smt. Sujatha Singh participates in 'shramdaan' during 'Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. Flickr

Washington, Oct 08, 2016: The Narendra Modi government’s ambitious Swachh Bharat Abhiyaan is based on the knowledge sharing from a similar project in Egypt, World Bank President Jim Yong Kim said here.

“Through our new structure of global practices, knowledge sharing across countries has become easier and faster. When the Government of India came to the bank to prepare a major programme to expand sanitation services for the poor, we were able to transfer knowledge and experience from Egypt’s Rural Sanitation Project and apply it in India,” Kim said at the plenary meet of the World Bank held on Friday.

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“That resulted in the $1 billion Swachh Bharat Rural Sanitation Project in India, which applied knowledge of good service delivery – in the areas of local governance, transparency and accountability to citizens – that had already been taken to scale in Egypt,” he added.

Kim said that the bank was looking to share knowledge from these two projects globally to help deliver better results on the ground.

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He said that the World Bank is also looking to crowd in private sector investment in sectors like infrastructure.

India has one of the largest networks of roads in the world, but the two per cent of its national highways carry 40 per cent of traffic, causing bottlenecks that can limit productivity and slow economic growth.

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“Infrastructure is key to integrating economies and delivering services. To help improve India’s roads, International Finance Corporation invested $250 million in the Singapore-based firm Cube Highways. The firm is acquiring a portfolio of toll roads in India, injecting much-needed funds for road developers to complete their projects,” Kim said. (IANS)

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Veterinarian, not police, could inspect Kerala House: Kerala CM

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Thiruvananthapuram: The appropriate authority to inspect the serving of beef in New Delhi’s Kerala House was a veterinary officer and not Delhi Police, Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has told Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Chandy said here on Thursday that he has written a second letter to Modi over the police raid at the Kerala House in the national capital city which has created much political upheaval.

“The first letter was the formal expression of protest and today’s letter is one which points out the provisions as per the rules laid down,” Chandy said.

“It’s under the Delhi Agricultural Cattle Preservation Act, 1994. The appropriate authority — the veterinary officer — should first give (notice) in writing and then enter the Kerala House to conduct an inspection,” the chief minister said.

“In the act, the Delhi Police’s role is to search the vehicles at the entry point if it carries cattle for slaughter. The rules are very, very clear and hence what they did was against the rules,” he maintained.

In his second letter to Modi, Chandy has admonished the Delhi Police officials and termed their barging into the Kerala House canteen as “tyrannical and reprehensible”.

“The whole episode is a total disregard of legal niceties by the Delhi Police, which is controlled by the central government in a constitutionally federal structure,” he wrote.

On Monday, Delhi Police conducted a raid at the Kerala House canteen following a complaint that beef was being served there. Cow slaughter and beef are legally banned in Delhi.

(IANS)