Month: July 2019


Conspiracy to name Sonia in AgustaWestland case Congress


first_imgSHARE Matter may rock Parliament on Friday The Congress on Thursday attacked the Centre over a reported statement made by the counsel of Christian Michel, an accused in the AgustaWestland case, that the Narendra Modi government and its agencies were forcing him to sign a false confessional statement naming UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi in return for exoneration from charges.The allegation is set to rock the Monsoon Session of Parliament, which is about to take up a no-confidence motion against the Centre on Friday.The Congress’ media in-charge Randeep Singh Surjewala termed the revelations as stunning and said they had blown the lid off the “concerted conspiracy”, “blind vendetta” and “web of lies” weaved by Modi against the Congress leadership. “Even as Christian Michel has been detained in Dubai, Indian agencies have failed to produce any evidence in the courts so far and are merely involved in hatching a conspiracy against leaders of Opposition and using Christian Michel as a tool for the purpose,” Surjewala said in a statement on Thursday.“Never before in the history of India has a Prime Minister been found complicit in gaining ‘false evidence’ against Opposition leaders to seek revenge. This shocking expose is also a testimony to the disease prevailing in CBI/ED prostrating before the Prime Minister to collect fake and false evidence with a single handed aim of tarnishing the reputation of Opposition leaders and serving the political masters as a ‘captive puppet’ and a ‘willing tool’ of malicious conspiracy,” he said. July 19, 2018 SHARE SHARE EMAIL Former Congress president and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi   –  PTI corruption & briberycenter_img Published on COMMENT national politics COMMENTSlast_img read more


Daily Hunt digital survey picks Narendra Modi as most popular leaderDaily Hunt


first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi   –  Reuters national politics COMMENTS About 63 per cent of respondents participated in a digital survey conducted by a content aggregator and a market research agency have said they have more or similar levels of trust in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s abilities to steer the country as compared to 2014 and half the participants felt a second term for him would be good for them.The survey was carried out by Daily Hunt and Nielsen India and they claimed that 5.4 million people who are frequent visitors to the former’s platforms in 10 different languages participated in the survey. The results of the survey conducted during last month were announced here on Thursday.Revealing the findings, Daily Hunt President Umang Bedi said the survey was not politically-motivated. “Our only motivation was to bring out the voice of real Bharat,” Bedi said adding that a large number of respondents were from tier 2 and tier 3 towns and cities. According to the survey, 60 per cent of the respondents felt Modi was a better leader to root out corruption followed by Arvind Kejriwal (15 per cent) and Rahul Gandhi (14 per cent). About 62 per cent of the participants said Modi was their pick for leading the nation during a national crisis. Rahul Gandhi came a poor second with 17 per cent rooting for him.Interestingly, most south Indian States, barring Karnataka, were circumspect about Modi’s leadership qualities, while half or more respondents from the States in other geographic regions gave him a thumbs-up, the firms claimed. COMMENT Published oncenter_img November 01, 2018 SHARE SHARE SHARE EMAIL Respondents from most southern States barring Karnataka were however circumspect about PM’s leadership qualitieslast_img read more


Farmers march Fadnavis says land rights claims will be settledFarmers march Fadnavis


first_imgMembers of the Lok Sangharsh Morcha holding a protest in Mumbai on Thursday   –  PAUL NORONHA Demands include compensation for drought, increase in MSP SHARE SHARE EMAIL Published on COMMENT agriculture November 22, 2018 Maharashtra Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Thursday assured tribal farmers that their forest land rights claims will be settled by December this year.Fadnavis gave assurance to representatives of the protesting farmers who marched to Azad Maidan here for redressal of their grievances, which include compensation for drought and transfer of forest rights to tribals.A delegation of the protesting tribals met Fadnavis at Vidhan Bhawan in south Mumbai, where the winter session of the State legislature is underway. Tribal Welfare Minister Vishnu Savra said that 3.6 lakh claims were received, of which 1.74 lakh have been settled in favour of the tribals. Similarly, 12,000 claims for community forest activity were received, of which 7,700 have been settled, he said.Two-day march Fadnavis assured the delegation that the remaining claims would be settled by December this year. The march reached Azad Maidan early Thursday, eight months after a similar protest was held at the venue. The farmers and tribals who began the two-day march from Thane to Mumbai on Wednesday. Magsaysay award winner Dr Rajendra Singh, also known as the Waterman of India, was among the marchers. He blamed the government for the drought, which he termed as “man-made”. The farmers are demanding implementation of the Swaminathan Committee report, which suggested that farmers must have assured access and control over resources such as land and water. They are also demanding an increase in the minimum support price (MSP) and a judicial system to ensure its implementation. “We have been consistently asking the State government to fulfil our long-standing demands, but the response has been lukewarm. We were forced to launch this agitation,” said Pratibha Shinde, general secretary of the Lok Sangharsh Morcha, which is organising the protest. SHARE COMMENTSlast_img read more


Opposition flogging a dead horse BJP


first_imgManohar Parrikar had allayed fears on PMO’s role in Rafale deal: Nirmala Sitharaman SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENT Nirmala Sitharaman, Defence Minister   –  File photo Rafale jets to join IAF fleet soon: President Kovind February 08, 2019 RELATED Responding to The Hindu’s expose on the Rafale deal, the Centre and the BJP said both the newspaper and opposition parties are flogging a dead horse. The BJP fielded Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and HRD Minister Prakash Javdekar to defend Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his office, as the Opposition said the report made it clear that the Centre has something to hide.Sitharaman said in Lok Sabha that the report should have also carried the reply of the then Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar. “If the newspaper wanted to bring the truth out, I would have thought that it was incumbent upon that newspaper to put the reply of the then Raksha Mantri also on record,” she said. “The then Raksha Mantri, Parrikar, had very clearly said… in response to the file noting of the then Defence Secretary… ‘remain calm, there is nothing to worry, things are going all right’,” she added.She said that the PMO’s enquiries about the progress of any work cannot be construed as an interference and added that every question on Rafale is over and done with. “The newspaper and the opposition parties are flogging a dead horse. In other words, they are like what the PM said yesterday (Thursday)… playing into the hands of multi-national corporations and with vested interests keeping the issue alive,” she claimed. “They are not interested in the Indian Air Force getting powerful. They are not interested in the Indian Air Force becoming empowered. They are working to the tunes of multi-national corporate warfare ,” she said. Javadekar said the “lie-manufacturing factory” of Rahul Gandhi continues to operate and “he has served us yet another lie”. “We absolutely reject his allegations,” Javadekar told reporters. “Rahul Gandhi and the Congress are working to get the Rafale deal scrapped. They are playing into the hands of foreign forces and companies with vested interests,” he added. He reiterated the BJP’s allegation that the UPA government had finalised the Rafale deal in 2011 but did not go ahead with it because it had not got any commission. “There cannot be a deal in a Congress government without any commission,” said Javadekar. “The Supreme Court has said there is no scam in the Rafale deal. Gandhi does not accept it. Repeating a lie would not make it true,” he added. politics SHARE COMMENTS Defence Secretary’s note on Rafale strong evidence against Modi: Rahul PM has stolen people’s money: Rahul Rahul leads barrage on Modi, Govt; Parliament rocked Published onlast_img read more


With naturally farmed pork startup Arohan forays into the premium segmentWith naturally


first_img COMMENT COMMENTS 0 Published on With a ₹4-crore turnover in four years, Arohan Foods may not find much reference in the Indian start-up space. But this small company is today a major catalyst in increasing farm income in the North-East. Arohan’s focus is on processing and marketing of pork meat. Small-scale pig farming is common in the North-East, which is also the largest consumer of pork. Arohan rolled out its ‘Choice Pork Natural’ brand of sausages and bacon in 40 cities in 20 States, only to realise that the model was unviable. The North-East may have the largest pig population, but the farming practices are so inefficient that farmers barely make money despite the retail price in Guwahati being 40 per cent higher than in Delhi. Selling this high-cost meat in faraway markets made little business sense. “The situation forced us to work on the back-end,” said Arindom Hazarika, director of Arohan.Innovative solutionHe was convinced that standard commercial farming practices will not work in the North-East, where there are a large number of small farmers scattered over 8 per cent of India’s landmass.“Animal husbandry is closely linked with farm practices. Punjab grows maize and corn. This is used by industries for production of animal-feed, which finds easy market in hundreds of large piggeries in the State,” said Hazarika. In contrast, the North-East grows a single crop of rice. Branded pig-feed is available at ₹25 a kg. The feed cost alone is estimated at ₹12,500, against a farm-gate price of ₹13,000. However, with technical support from the Central Tuber Crop Research Institute, farmers were encouraged to grow sweet potato, tapioca, and colocasia as pig feed, in the idle season. A portion of the agri-horticultural production was diverted to feed animals. This was supplemented with water hyacinth, banana stems, etc., which are grown in abundance locally. “The feed standardised by us is 70 per cent as efficient as the machine-made feed but barely 20 per cent in cost,” said Hazarika.Livelihood missionArohan is now preparing to re-launch its processed products as “naturally farmed”, expecting higher value realisation. “We will play in the premium category, which is now dominated by imports,” said Hazarika. Arohan is also encouraging farmers to tap the huge demand for raw meat through self-help groups.One such initiative is under way at Gogamukh in Lakhimpur district in Assam, where small farmers will be brought under an SHG, which will have its own slaughter house and 50 branded outlets at small towns in the district. Pacts with State govtsThe Lakhimpur initiative was undertaken on behalf of the NHPC. Arohan has already entered into agreements with the governments of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh to replicate the movement as part of the livelihood mission.“There are three major takeaways of the farmer SHG initiative. First, consumers will get quality meat. Tapping the retail market will help improve their earnings. And the model is not dependent on State subsidy,” Hazarika said. June 03, 2019 food processing industry SHARE SHARE EMAIL SHARElast_img read more


Thai man sentenced to death for tourist murder


first_img Thailand Related News World 10 Jul 2019 German court hands life sentence to Iraqi over teenager’s rape-murder Tags / Keywords: When she attempted to escape, he used a rock to repeatedly batter her head and face.This “caused severe wounds that led to her death,” the court said in a statement.Ronnakorn pleaded guilty to all charges – including rape, murder, concealment of the body and using methamphetamines.Last year, Thailand carried out its first execution since 2009, sentencing a 26-year-old murderer to death by lethal injection.Human rights groups condemned the “deplorable” decision to resume the practice after almost a decade with no executions.The country, which has some of the highest incarceration rates, has more than 500 people on death row.A popular tourist destination, Thailand is expected to receive upwards of 40 million visitors this year and is generally considered safe for travellers.But several high-profile incidents have tarnished its reputation in recent years.In 2014, the battered bodies of two British backpackers were found on the dive resort island of Koh Tao.The following year two Myanmar migrant workers – who remain behind bars today – were sentenced to death for the murders after a controversial investigation and trial that were criticised by observers. — AFP Related Newscenter_img Thailand 11 Jul 2019 Thailand keeps power of arbitrary detention Tech News 10 Jul 2019 Go-Jek snags investment from Thailand’s largest lender Bangkok: A Thai garbage collector has been sentenced to death for the grisly rape and murder of a German tourist holidaying on a beach island.Ronnakorn Romruen was arrested in April, hours after the bloodied body of a 27-year-old German woman was found buried under dried leaves and rocks on the picturesque island of Koh Sichang in the Gulf of Thailand.A Thai court announced the verdict and sentenced of the 24-year-old garbage collector to death on Wednesday.Ronnakorn was under the influence of methamphetamines when he raped the victim, the court said. {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more


Auditing Muslim cemeteries in KL


first_imgThe new double-storey office for the Jalan Ampang Muslim Cemetery. Nor Hisham signing a plaque to offically open the new office and surau at the Jalan Ampang Muslim Cemetery as Fawziah Holdings director Datuk Fawziah Abdul Karim looks on. {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} World 11 Jul 2019 At Vatican, empty tombs add new twist to missing girl mystery Central Region Tags / Keywords: Over the past three years, Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) had hired contractors to upkeep some Muslim cemeteries. Improvements will range from facility and infrastructure upgrades such as new signage, walkways, gazebos and fencing. Related News Nation 30 Apr 2019 PBS denies slamming Wong’s clean-up of Muslim cemetery AN AUDIT committee will be set up soon to decide on much-needed upgrades of Muslim cemeteries in the city.Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Nor Hisham Ahmad Dahlan said the committee would identify cemeteries that need upgrading.The committee will comprise representatives from the Federal Territories Religious Department (Jawi) and Federal Territories Islamic Religious Council.Nor Hisham said some cemeteries under the supervision of mosques were in bad condition due to financial constraints. Related News Nation 22 Jun 2019 DBKL has planted 600,000 trees in Kuala Lumpur since 2010 “I will ensure DBKL takes action. By early next month, a minimum of two cemeteries will get new signage,” said Nor Hisham during the official opening of a new office and surau at the Jalan Ampang Muslim Cemetery.The cemetery is the first of 29 in Kuala Lumpur to be reconditioned with a new office, surau, workers’ rest room, toilets, rubbish collection room and repaved roads at a cost of RM900,000. The two-year project was completed in May.Nor Hisham also received contributions from Fawziah Holdings in the form of nine gazebos costing RM50,000. The gazebos were built in various parts of the cemetery to shelter visitors and workers.Meanwhile, DBKL Health and Environment Department assistant administrator Mohd Syamsul Qamar Sabaruddin said the cemetery only had 300 vacant burial plots.He added that the Jalan Kuari Cheras Muslim Cemetery had run out of burial plots.The cemeteries in Jalan Ampang and Jalan Kuari are the only ones under the responsibility of the Kuala Lumpur mayor’s office while six are managed by Jawi and another 21 by mosques supervised by Jawi.last_img read more


First prototype of BrahmosNG will be ready by 2024


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