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Controversies appear to be the middle name of Aam Aadmi Party convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. He thrives on it. Since the moment in time the legendary RTI activist floated a party, he has been in the news whenever he wanted to be.
From ink and egg attacks to sleeping in Delhi cold on pavements as the CM, the Kejriwal list goes on and on. But let’s not go into the past (for the fear of AAPtards, as the online AAP army and the fanatics are affectionately called).
On December 12, there was a demolition drive by the Indian Railways in the Shakur Basti area where, as per latest reports, a six-month-old baby died due to the commotion caused before the demolition. The father, in an FIR, said that the baby didn’t die due to demolition drive, rather it was the hurry to vacate the place that resulted in the death.
Now, let’s see the Arvind Kejriwal reasoning. Indian Railways come under Centre (true); Centre is run by Modi (and no one else); Modi is doing all this inhuman acts (no one knows why); let’s attack him, anyway.
Not only this, the home minister of Delhi launched an inquiry which is commendable (or just fashionable to announce), and Kejriwal suspended three officials in a move that will establish him as the messiah.
For two days, his party cadre was seen distributing caps and flags of the party in the demolished slums when he was talking on the ‘human’ and ‘animal’ terms.
Let’s move on to December 15, when, in a sudden move, CBI allegedly raided the CM office in relation to his Principal Secretary Rajender Kumar Singh in an old bribery case.
Kejriwal went crazy over this. Yes, he did go crazy as his this tweet suggests where he calls the Prime Minister of the nation a ‘coward and psychopath’.
Modi is a coward and a psycopath
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) December 15, 2015
Obvious enough, the two incidents are totally unrelated. But, are they?
Let’s see the Kejriwal reasoning over this raid. CBI is a central agency (true); it has centre word in it (true); Centre has BJP-led government (yes it is); Centre controls CBI (not so sure about it); Modi heads centre and is plotting revenge as he ‘couldn’t stop me politically’ (yes, he has nothing else to do! Even the AAP guys will say he is traveling in planes all the time!).
So, I want to ask the Delhi CM regarding the demolition and what did he actually do as the CM of Delhi to ensure safety of the slum dwellers?
The Shakur Basti kids while talking to NewsGram, in all their innocence, said, “Ghar to unhe Kejriwal hi dilayega.” Will the CM ensure the fulfilment of his poll campaign promises of rehabilitation of the jhuggis and slums?
Perhaps no. The slums will rise again as they always do. Kejriwal will hop on to another controversy to blame Modi for anything, anyhow.
The humanitarian crisis that Kejriwal saw yesterday and day before, has given way to his personal crisis when the office of his PS was raided by the CBI.
He forgot the six-month-old baby and the hundreds of the Shakur Basti slum dwellers as it was a great opportunity to unleash his Twitter rants with ‘live-tweeting’ of the CBI raids.
As I was talking to a colleague over his absurd obsession with Modi, he remarked, “Kejriwal thinks that Modi wakes up in the morning and till he goes to bed, he makes plans to put Kejriwal in trouble as if he has nothing else to do.”
I could not agree more. Kejriwal’s obsession with ‘Modi is doing all this’ has gone so far off the limits that the limit is not visible. His latest tweet, quoted above, is a prime example that he doesn’t have the decency of language and protocol.
It will not change. He is achieving his purpose as the government had to respond to a question over the raids in Rajya Sabha that the raids were not on him as he is making it out to be but on an officer. Venkaiah Naidu clarified on the matter as well. However, as the legend of Kejriwal goes, he finds everyone to be blatantly lying.
I just want to know, from him and his supporters, what has the government decided on the ‘humanitarian crisis’ in Shakur Basti? Or is he waiting for the Delhi cold to rise and blame it on Modi that his ‘cold response to his tweet brought the chill in Delhi!’
Ok, that was absurd. But what isn’t?
(The views expressed in the article are personal)
NEW DELHI - India Navy sending four ships for exercises and port visits with the Philippines, Vietnam, Singapore, Indonesia and Australia to strengthen cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region, its navy said Wednesday, as China's maritime power grows in the area.
The Indian ships will spend more than two months in the region, the navy said in a statement.
Commander Vivek Madhwal, the Indian navy spokesman, said four ships will take part.
The ships will also participate in a multilateral exercise, MALABAR-21, along with the Japanese, Australian and U.S. navies, the statement said.
It said the exercises will enhance coordination with friendly countries, based on common maritime interests and a commitment to freedom of navigation.
"Besides regular port calls, the task group will operate in conjunction with friendly navies to build military relations and develop interoperability in the conduct of maritime operations," the statement said.
The U.S., India, Japan and Australia are part of the Quad regional alliance created in response to China's growing economic and military strength. Washington has long viewed New Delhi as a key partner in efforts to blunt increasing Chinese assertiveness in the Indo-Pacific region.
India is also in a continuing standoff with China over their disputed border in the eastern Ladakh region. The countries have stationed tens of thousands of soldiers backed by artillery, tanks and fighter jets along their de facto border, called the Line of Actual Control.
Last year, 20 Indian troops died in a clash with Chinese soldiers involving clubs, stones and fists in a portion of the disputed border. China said it lost four soldiers.(VOA/HP)
The UK government on Thursday announced that it will move India from the red to the amber list on Sunday, in the country's latest update to the 'Red-Amber-Green' traffic light ratings for arrivals into England amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
This means the visit visas for the UK from India are open, in addition to other long-term visas that have remained open. But travellers from India arriving in England can complete a 10-day quarantine at home or in the place they are staying (not mandatorily quarantine in a managed hotel).
The UK government also announced that arrivals from France to England will no longer need to quarantine if they are fully vaccinated. The step aligns France with the rest of the amber list now that the proportion of beta variant cases has fallen, where those who are fully vaccinated with a vaccine authorised and administered in the UK, the US or Europe do not need to quarantine when arriving in England.
This move also simplifies the system to three categories, as well as the green watch list to give travellers notice where green status is at risk.
To continue cautiously reopening international travel, Austria, Germany, Slovenia, Slovakia, Latvia, Romania and Norway will be added to the government's green list, having demonstrated they posed a low risk to UK public health.
Besides India, Bahrain, Qatar and the UAE will also be moved from the red to the amber list, as the situation in these countries has improved.
The data for all countries will be kept under review and the government will not hesitate to take action where a country's epidemiological picture changes, a statement by the UK government said.
Following an assessment of the latest data, Georgia, La Reunion, Mayotte and Mexico will be added to the red list as they present a high public health risk to the UK from known variants of concern, known high-risk variants under investigation or as a result of very high in-country or territory prevalence of Covid-19.
Arrivals from Spain and all its islands are advised to use a PCR test as their pre-departure test wherever possible, as a precaution against the increased prevalence of the virus and variants in the country.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said: "We are committed to opening up international travel safely, taking advantage of the gains we've made through our successful vaccination programme, helping connect families, friends and businesses around the world.
"While we must continue to be cautious, today's changes reopen a range of different holiday destinations across the globe, which is good news for both the sector and travelling public."
Since February, anyone who arrives in the UK from a red list country has been required by law to book a stay in a managed quarantine facility for 10 days.
In order to ensure taxpayers are not subsidising the costs of staying in these facilities, which have gone up, the cost will increase from August 12. Alternative payment arrangements remain available to those who genuinely cannot afford to pay and rates remain the same for children up to 12.(IANS/HP)
A Hindu temple in Pakistan's Punjab province was reportedly vandalized by hundreds of people after a nine-year-old Hindu boy, who allegedly urinated at a local seminary, received bail, a media report said on Thursday.
According to the Dawn news report, the incident took place on Wednesday in Bhong town, about 60 km from Rahim Yar Khan city.
Besides the vandalization, the mob also blocked the Sukkur-Multan Motorway (M-5), the report added.
Citing sources, Dawn news said that a case was registered against the minor on July 24 based on a complaint filed by a cleric, Hafiz Muhammad Ibrahim, of the Darul Uloom Arabia Taleemul Quran.
The sources said that "some Hindu elders did tender an apology to the seminary administration saying the accused was a minor and mentally challenged".
But, when a lower court granted him bail a few days ago, some people incited the public in the town on Wednesday and got all shops there closed in protest, the report quoted the sources as further saying.
A video clip showing people wielding clubs and rods storming the temple and smashing its glass doors, windows, lights, and damaging the ceiling fans went viral on social media.
In response, one Twitter user said: "Ganesh Temple, village Bhong in Rahim Yar Khan, Punjab has been ravaged. Another day, another attack on Hindus in Pakistan."
Another said: "Yesterday, the mob ran amok at Temple over minor boy issue who allegedly urinated, the boy said to be mentally handicapped. Hindu community made an apology for the boy — a case registered against the nine-year-old boy. Those vandalized temples, no FIR registered against them."
District police spokesman Ahmed Nawaz Cheema said Rangers had been deployed in the troubled area and the situation was under control.
A small town close to the River Indus and Sindh-Punjab border, Bhong houses a number of gold traders who originally hail from Ghotki and Dehrki (Sindh), according to the Dawn news report.
A ruling PTI member representing the minority said he had been in touch with the local Hindu community and influential Rais family of Bhong since the issue surfaced.