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Aditi Nagar New Delhi: By taking a complete U-Turn and ignoring Rahul Gandhi, Congress party comes back to Gandhi family only. While resigning from the post of the party president on July 3, Rahul had categorically ruled out the possibility of any Gandhi, including Sonia and Priyanka, to take over the charge of the party in his absence. Now, the outcome of a muchawaited CWC only indicates that Congress can’t survive without Gandhis. An another important aspect of this development from Sonia’s nomination as the interim president happens to be a major win for Ahmed Patel-Ashok GehlotMukul Wasnik-Avinash Pande camp, who had initially floated the name of a Gandhi family loyalist Mukul Wasnik, but at the eleventh hour of CWC, by gauging the mood of senior leaders still arguing for Rahul and Sonia, this camp by changing its previous strategy, immediately lined up behind Sonia by dumping the candidature of Wasnik. Infact, Sonia as the party president ap-

Capt. Amarinder Singh, Punjab CM Happy to see Smt. Sonia Gandhi ji back in the saddle. It was the best decision in the current circumstances. Her experience and understanding will help guide @ INCIndia. I wish her and the party all the best.


CM Ashok Gehlot had a busy day in New Delhi taking part in CWC, that pondered over the new party chief before finalising the name of Sonia Gandhi. Gehlot also met various youth leaders before flying back to Jaipur in the evening

Anand Sharma, Rajya Sacha MP We are all grateful to Smt #SoniaGandhi for accepting request of the unanimous request of the CWC to be the Interim President of @INCIndia, at this critical juncture when India faces numerous challenges.

Smt #SoniaGandhi ji has kindly accepted the unanimous proposal of CWC, keeping in mind serious challenges before our Nation n all Congressmen are grateful to her for the same. I have full faith that under Sonia ji’s leadership, all Congressmen would work with dedication. —Ashok Gehlot peals more to everyone including Wasnik himself. Everyone knows that Wasnik was not a natural alternative to any Gandhi-family candidate, but in absence of Gandhis, he was the most suited candidate available to the ‘traditional Congress’. Anyhow at the end of the day, Congress’

West Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankar in conversation with CEC Sunil Arora.


months long uncertainty and confusion is over and now everyone has taken a sigh of relief including towering Congress leader and three-time Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot, who was being pressed very hard by Sonia and Priyanka to take over this charge, but Gehlot

Kolkata: Chief Election Commissioner, Sunil Arora, on a two-day visit to West Bengal on Saturday, met up with the state’s newly-appointed Governor, Jagdeep Dhankar at Kolkata’s Raj Bhavan. During their meeting, Arora ruled out any possibility of the use of ballot papers in elections, citing judgment of Supreme Court in this regard. Arora said the demand made by some political parties Turn to P4

was not at all willing to shift to Delhi. The return of Sonia Gandhi and isolation of Rahul Gandhi will also seriously hurt the say of Rahul’s young brigade in the key matters of the party. The apparent losers are Milind Deora, Jyotiraditya Scindia, Sachin Pilot and so on.


onia Gandhi later in the day paid a moving S tribute to Sheila Dikshit




on Saturday, saying the former Delhi chief minister stood by her side in her “darkest years” and had also urged her to take up the Congress party’s presidency. The UPA chairperson said that Dikshit guided her like an elder sister.

National Conference leaders move SC against revocation of Art 370

Singh to file RS papers from Raj

New Delhi: National Conference MPs, Mohd Akbar Lone and Hasnain Masood, on Saturday moved the Supreme Court challenging the August 5 Presidential Order by which Article 370, granting special status to the Jammu and Kashmir, was revoked and sought a declaration that it be declared as illegal and unconstitutional. They also challenged the Jammu and Kashmir (Reorganisation) Act of 2019 by which the state was bifurcated into two Union Territories and sought a direction to declare it as “unconstitutional, void, and inoperative”. This is the fourth

New Delhi: Former Prime Minister and senior Congress leader Manmohan Singh will file nomination for the R a j y a Sabha from Rajasthan. The 86-year-old leader will file his nomination on August 13. The seat has been vacant after the death of state BJP president Madan Lal Saini, who was elected to the Rajya Sabha last year when the BJP was in power in the state. Now the Congress party is in majority in the legislative assembly. —ANI

A security personnel stands guard during curfew like restriction on fifth consecutive day in Srinagar on Friday. —PHOTO BY PTI

petition filed in the top court on the revocation of special status granted to Jammu and Kashmir. The NC leaders said that they MPs and as citizens of India they are ag-

grieved by the Presidential orders. “Presidential Order uses Article 370(1)(d) - which was meant to apply other provisions of the Constitution to

the state of Jammu and Kashmir - to alter Article 370 itself, and thereby the terms of the federal relationship between the state of Jammu and Kashmir and the Union of India,” the plea said. “Presidential order having been passed during an extended period of President’s Rule, it substitutes the concurrence of the Governor for that of the Government (and effectively, therefore, amounts to the Central Government (acting through the President) taking its own consent (under President’s Rule) to change the very character of a federal unit,” it added. Turn to P4




Rain since time immemorial have made for a perfect backdrop for some of the most memorable Bollywood numbers &scenes, which still linger on in memories of movie buffs. Monsoon in its myriad moods creates the feeling of love and nostalgia much more. Purva Shree Mahasani & Rakshita Pareek take you down the memory lane...


hink rains, and you cannot escape your romantic side is unleashed. It’s the magical essence which rains create that makes you fall in love with it. Whether it’s the smell of the wet earth that seduces you to pour out your heart’s hidden desires for your loved one or makes you take that pen to paper to express the unsaid feelings in a poem or simply follow your heart by taking a walk in the downpour.

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It can make you sit at home enjoying hot and delicious ‘pakodas’ or just simply snuggling up with your love; it can also make you want to unleash the artist in you. May even spend some ‘we moments’ with your soul mate- a tradition which the people might be following every monsoon. Besides, we just can’t imagine rains without the

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‘Bollywood Factor,’ which is an inseparable part of our lives barring the agegroup we belong to. Rains since time immemorial have proven to be the perfect backdrop for a beautiful song sequence or a sensuous scene being shot in Bollywood. Raj Kapoor and Nargis romancing the rain in the empty streets of Mumbai is an eternal image for movie lovers. From the heydays of black-and-white cinema to contemporary times, the monsoon has been a constant, playing myriad roles. The weather has been used as a trope in cinema since its dawn, actively impacting the style and plot. The rain has been the ultimate aphrodisiac of Indian cinema. Rain is used for songs, to create a buildup or even as an integral part of the storyline. The trend started with rainy love songs that added some oomph to movies without seeming obnoxious or

“Umbrellas do play a significant role in the rain as they are used as a universal prop that is used by Bollywood to jazz up the romantic rains even more”

vulgar. It was romantic, naughty and sensuous. When it rains

in Bollywood, saris turn sheer, and the lovers caught in the rain take shelter under an

umbrella. The most memorable scenes and songs which use rain are Madhubala and Kishore in the song ‘Ik Ladki Bheegi Bhaagi Si.’ The showers of monsoons have also been viewed as a synonym for hope. In Aamir Khan’s Lagaan, the villagers sing and dance


monsoon is a seasonal dominating wind A that lasts for many months and changes directions. The word ‘monsoon’ is derived

from the word ‘mausam,’ which is the word for weather in Hindi, Urdu, and many other North Indian and Pakistani languages. However, it was first used in English in reference to the big seasonal winds blowing from the Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea in the southwest, bringing heavy rainfall to the area in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and other countries.

WHY MONSOON IS SO IMPORTANT? onsoon is important due to the fact that M it accounts for 80 percent of the rainfall. The agriculture sector of India is heavily

dependent on the rains, especially this year when the economy is trying to revive after the global slump. Also, the rain brings relief from burning heat and soaring temperatures.


to Persia and the western world via The Silk Route. Mentions of either ‘Umbrella’ or a ‘Parasol’ are found in ancient cultures of nearly all countries, including Persia, Greece, Egypt, Italy, and India. In many countries, the parasols were used during processions, behind a person of higher authority or position, not strictly a Royal! In many paintings across the world, someone holding a ‘Chhatra’ (as it is called in Marathi and Hindi) over an important person is seen. In the ancient days, it was more of a sign of authority than for protection.


First India goes round the town, to get bytes from people about this topic... t is believed that the Iunite heaven and the earth when it rains.


Here’s a list of some of the most memorable rain songs which are a ‘must’ on the playlist of every music buff when its raining cats and dogs... Pyar Hua Iqrar Hua Hai Chandni (1989) - Shree 420 (1955) Mera Mann Tarse ReEk Ladki Bheegi Bhagi Lamhe (1991) Si- Chalti Ka Naam Tip Tip Barsa- Mohra Gaadi (1958) (1994) Bheegi Bheegi Raaton Rimjhim RimjhimMein- Ajnabee (1974) 1942, A Love Story (1994) Gore Rang Pe Na Itna Ghuman Kar- Roti (1974) Koi Ladki Hai- Dil To Pagal Hai (1997) Rimjhim Gire SaawanManzil (1979) Taal Se Taal Mila- Taal (1999) Aaj Rapat JaayenNamak Halal (1982) Bhaage Re Mann- Chameli (2003) Dil Me Aag Lagaye Sawan Ka MahinaSaanso Ko Saanso Alag Alag (1985) Mein- Hum Tum (2004) Kaate Nahi Kat Te- Mr. Barso Re- Guru (2007) India (1987) Tum Hi Ho- Aashiqui 2 Lagi Aaj Saawan(2013)

mbrella is a folding canopy, supported by wooden or metal ribs that are mounted on a wooden or metal pole. It is typically used for protection from rain or sunlight. In the latter context, it is called a ‘Parasol.’ The word umbrella evolved from a Latin word ‘Umbrella,’ which is a round flower with a flat top or ‘Umbra,’ which means shadow. The oldest reference to a collapsible umbrella dates back to year 21 AD, from China. Perhaps the oldest umbrella was designed in China. Its design was later brought to Japan, via Korea and it was also introduced


in hope of the rain clouds, with the monsoon being the quintessential backbone of the farmers’ lives. Recently, the rain has strayed from just being a symbol of romance.



ne simply cannot talk about rain and umbrella without talking about Vidya (Nargis) and Raj. The song ‘Pyar Hua Iqrar Hua Hai,’ is iconic in so many ways and the fact that the umbrella is seen throughout the song hardly providing any shelter to the couple being the top of the list. But when we talk about iconic songs shot in rain, Sridevi’s raincoat in ‘Kisi Ke Haath Na Aayegi ye ladki,’ can sure beat any song shot in a heavy downpour with the couple sharing an umbrella. The song from movie Chaalbaaz became a super hit because of the legit reason, it provided one way to Bollywood to dance. Though Sridevi is seen holding an umbrella at the start of the song, she gets rid of it as soon as the lyrics start to play.

n romantic scenes, the I‘silent umbrella symbolizes the expression’ of love.

An umbrella is used in romantic scenes to depict the self-expression of love and a sense of belonging in the lovers. The rainy season and the umbrella, from old times to modern films, is the best way to display the ‘pure expression of love’. —Vijay Vyas, Film critic

This phenomena becomes more romantic in movies when the couple in love, dances under the umbrella with the romantic showers making their love more sensational. —Charu Asopa Sen, Actress

scenes Tisedheareonromantic usually pictura couple in a

playful mood with an umbrella in hand. The umbrella, instead of providing the shelter to the couple, shows the romantic bonding between them that can be depicted through umbrella only. —Raja Hasan, Bollywood singer

monsoon song defiA nitely adds glamour to a film... and its incomplete if

an umbrella is not used. An umbrella creates a bonding between the couple. It helps a director to show the actors getting close to each other in a film. Talking about this, I remember a lovely song “aaj rappat jaayein, to hamei na uthayiyo” from Amitabh Bachchan’s Namak Halal.

—Rishee Migllani, Youth icon, Model/Actor

eing a writer and an Bmantic aspiring filmmaker.. romovies and umbrella

has always fascinated me. Umbrella is kinda universal prop used in our Hindi cinema as a love cupid and I have always imagined my love story to start with something like this.

—Vartika Raj

connection of TrainsheBollywood and is so cliche and

yet so romantic. We always end up singing the songs picturised in rain whenever we even see the sign of downpour. I remember, almost 5 years back, every romantic song used to be picturised in rain with an umbrella. —Twinkle Khandelwal


Rainbow of hope: Met predicts more downpour in next few days Mukesh Sharma

Jaipur: Monsoon rains continue to batter many districts across the state including Jaipur on Saturday. Meanwhile water level in Mahi dam touched critical level and the administration has issued alert to people in the downstream area to refrain from any activities. The district administration has started the process of displacing the people living in the low-lying areas of the dam. The rains continued in the state capital Jaipur from Friday night till Saturday morning. Met Office has warned of heavy rain with thunderstorms at is isolated places in the state in the next 24 hours and scattered rains in the state over the next four days. The rains continued in South Rajasthan on Saturday also. Several areas of the south Rajasthan including Udaipur, Dungarpur, Sirohi, Jalore districts received good rainfall. Seeing the report for the last 24 hours, the highest 160 mm of rainfall was recorded in Semari of Udaipur district. Due to the rains, the water level in the ponds and rivers located in these areas has increased. After heavy rainfall


10 trains cancelled due to heavy rains Mukesh Sharma

SILVER LINING: A magnificent rainbow was spotted after a heavy downpour in Jaipur on Saturday.

in the state, the weather became pleasant on Saturday. The hills of Nahargarh were covered with clouds. The water level of Bisalpur dam, the main source of drinking water for Tonk, Jaipur and Ajmer districts, is also getting the water for the last two days. The dam’s water level rose to 310 RL meters on Saturday. At the same time, Parvati has been in spate for the past three

days because of heavy rainfall in its upstream. Due to this, the contact between two villages Hanotia and Gogalhedi has been cut. The Meteorological Department has issued an alert for heavy rain in Ajmer, Banswara, Baran, Bhilwara, Bundi, Chittorgarh, Dungarpur, Jhalawar, Kota, Pratapgarh, Rajsamand, Sawai Madhopur, Sirohi, Tonk, Udaipur, Barmer, Jalore, and Pali in

eastern Rajasthan. The low-pressure area from the Bay of Bengal is very strong and is now moving towards Rajasthan. According to the Meteorological Department, this low-pressure area has moved from Chhattisgarh to Madhya Pradesh. This will mainly affect four states, including Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, and Rajasthan.




Jaipur: Rail operation has been disrupted due to heavy rains in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, and Rajasthan. The railway administration has cancelled ten trains. While three trains are running on diverted routes. Apart from this, many trains are being operated late. Chief Public Relations Officer of North Western Railway, Abhay Sharma said that due to heavy rains in the Central Railway region, rail traffic has been affected due to water filling between various stations. Due to this, ten trains have been cancelled. Train number 16587/16588 operated between Jodhpur and Yesvantpur will not operate from Bikaner on August 13th, Tuesday.

THOSE CANCELLED 1. Train No. 16587, Yeshwantpur-Bikaner Express on 11.08.19 2. Train No. 16588, Bikaner-Yeshwantpur Express on 13.08.19 3. Train No. 12940, Jaipur-Pune Express on 13.08.19 4. Train No. 12939, Pune-Jaipur Express on 14.08.19 5. Train No. 16508, Bangalore-Jodhpur Express on12.08.19 6. Train No. 16507, Jodhpur-Bangalore Express on 15.08.19 7. Train No. 16210, Mysore-Ajmer Express on 13.08.19 8. Train No. 16209, Ajmer-Mysore Express on 16.08.19 9. Train No. 16534, Bangalore-Jodhpur Express on 11.08.19 10. Train No. 16533, Jodhpur-Bangalore Express on 14.08.19

CHANGED TRAINS SERVICES (FROM THE INITIAL STATION) 1. Train No. 16588, Bikaner-Yeshwantpur Express will be diverted via Surat-Jalgaon-Wardha-BallarshahSecunderabad. 2. Train No. 16507, Jodhpur-Bangalore Express will operate on the diverted route via Surat-JalgaonWardha on 10.08.19. 3. Train No. 16531, Ajmer-Bangalore Express will run on the diverted route via Vadodara-Godra-RatlamBhopal-Itarsi-Nagpur-Ballarsha on 12.08.19.



Chief Secretary D B Gupta with the students of Jaipuria Institute of Management.

E-governance helped in finding 1L bogus ration cards, says CS First India News Jaipur: Chief Secretary D B Gupta said that due to e-governance 1 lakh bogus ration cards have been identified. Speaking about the importance of e-governance in controlling corruption during “A talk with D B Gupta” in Jaipuria Institute of Management, he said that it was revealed

that there were 1 lakh farmers in Rajasthan who took the loans were actually not alive. It also came to light that 90 thousand farmers on whose names loans were taken were missing. During the session, he spoke on “ diversity and opportunities in Rajasthan- and the role of e-governance subject.” He also spoke about the

MINOR GIRL ALLEGEDLY RAPED BY UNCLE IN BHILWARA Bhilwara: A minor girl made a complaint following which a case of rape was registered in Bhilwara. The accused is a relative of the girl. It has been alleged that the accused had raped the victim at her house in the month of June and July. It has

been alleged that the accused had threatened the girl of killing her mother and father and making the video viral and continuously raped her. Police have registered the case under POCSO case and have started the investigation.

challenges in the state due to the geographical condition of the state and also stressed on the improvement in education and medical and spoke of opportunities in tourism and mining and laid stress on the role of e-governance. On all these aspects, CS spoke with our senior correspondent Dr Rituraj Sharma.

The Rajasthan University Syndicate meeting was held on Saturday under the chairmanship of Vice-Chancellor Prof RK Kothari. In a three-hour meeting, the university’s proposal to close the Mass Communication Centre was rejected. Now the Mass Communication Centre in the University won’t be closed. Also, it was decided to invite fresh tenders for contract workers in the university. University contractual employees demonstrated a protest during a syndicate meeting. Employees were demanding for their regularisation. Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad workers protested against the closure of the Mass Communication Centre. Meanwhile, Rajasthan University is prepping for students union elections for which the voting will take place on August 27. The counting will take place the next day on August 28. The elections are being conducted in one phase so that classes don’t get disrupted and the law enforcement agencies don’t have to dedicate more resources than what is necessary. —PHOTOS BY SUMAN SARKAR

BODY OF WOMAN FOUND NEAR CHAMUNDA MATA TEMPLE Chittorgarh: A woman’s body was found near Chamunda Mata temple situated at a hilltop near village Tana in Akola Police station area of Chittorgarh. People gathered in large numbers after the woman’s body was found. The police have taken the body in its possession and have started the investigation. Akola SHO

Ramesh Meena informed that woman had been mercilessly killed and her feet have been slit and after being dragged, the body was pushed from the hilltop. The body has yet not been identified. District Superintendent of Police Anil Kayal also reached Akola after getting the information about the incident.

24-YEAR-OLD LABOURER ELECTROCUTED IN KOTA Kota: A 24-year-old labourer was electrocuted while working at an under-construction building in Kota district, police said on Saturday.The incident took place on Friday evening when Harish Kushwa, a resident of Kotri Goverdhan-

pura area in Kota, was working at a site in Ghaghtana village and died on the spot after coming in contact with a live wire, Kaithun Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) Yogesh Kumar said. Kushwa touched the overhead live wire and collapsed.

WOMAN DUPES 72-YEAR-OLD MAN OF `70 LAKH IN ALWAR Alwar: A 72-year-old man was allegedly duped of Rs 70 lakh by an unidentified woman on the pretext of offering him a business investment plan, police said on Saturday. The woman befriended the complainant- Satyavrat Sharma, a former school teacher, through Facebook and got the money deposited in

different bank accounts, they said. Sharma, a resident of Alwar, lodged a police complaint on Friday, claiming that the woman was based in London and approached him through social media. After exchanging phone numbers, she offered him a lucrative investment plan following which he deposited the money.



CLICK SELFIES, FLICK AUTOGRAPHS The ubiquity of smartphones and the decline in cursive writing has played a major role in the impending death of autograph Vipul Jeph


n today’s age when technology reigns supreme, we follow a culture which changes with changing trends. Something which is in trend today will be outdated tomorrow. Whether it was about flaunting a meeting with a celebrity or simply telling the world about a party with friends, clicking selfie is always a first choice. The traditional scribbled signature on a piece of paper is outdated or considered as of less value, as fans now prefer to take a

selfie with their favourite artist. There was a time when if we met a celebrity, we took his autograph on photos or on books or even on our tshirts. Now, things have changed. Taking a selfie with celebrity and posting it on social media is all we do because social media communities rely on visual sharing. Meanwhile, autograph-hunting is no easy business & unglamorous too. In earlier times we didn't have cameras or mobile phones with camera that’s why we used to choose autograph as memorabilia. With tech-

nological advancement all smartphones come with cameras, front and back, taking the selfie culture forward themselves. It is absolutely true that there is less demand for autographs as we have become more and more dependent on visual society. Whenever we are about to meet our favourite artist, all we have to do is be ready for the right moment. A dab of make-up or styling, the perfect timing and lighting, and a click from the smart piece of technology on our palm is all we need to flaunt ourselves over social media.


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arlier, the Efocused autograph was on ce-

lebrity’s identity, they signed with patience, ensuring their signature looked beautiful on paper and also used to write some quote on autograph but now what we get in the name of autograph is hastily scribbled —ANJALI initials. elfie provides S you an extra benefit of editing

and enhancing before posting it on social media. Selfie-taking also enhances our mood and makes us more confident as approaching a celebrity and asking him or her for a picture require guts. —GARVIT

oung generation Y counts on selfies because it is as

important as an autograph. It contains the date, time and location. One can create a lifetime memory on a single click and post it to social media. Technological advancement plays an essential role in changing our habits. —VARSHA


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FROM PG 1 A PREAMBLE... on the issue was set aside by the highest court as ‘things of the past”. To a question on the controversial issues of extension of NRC in West Bengal, he said the commission would wait for the Supreme Court verdict. Recently, once again pitching for the National Register of Citizen to be a nationwide exercise and not just restricted to Assam, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on July 16 told Rajya Sabha that the government will ensure that all illegal settlers in India are de-

ported as per international law. The minister was replying to a supplementary query by Samajwadi Party member Javed Ali Khan on whether the National Register of Citizens (NRC) will be implemented in other states as well. This has serious references to West Bengal which is battling the problem of illegal migration from across the border. This is Arora ‘s second visit to the state after he took over as CEC. During his two-day visit, Arora met officials of state election commission, including

chief electoral officer (CEO) for west Bengal, Aariz Aftab. He reportedly discussed poll preparation and revision of the electoral rolls in Bengal. West Bengal Assembly elections are due in 2021.

National Conference.. The petition contended that the Presidential order takes cover of a “temporary situation”, meant to hold the field until the return of the elected government, to accomplish a fundamentally, permanently, and irreversibly alteration of the status of

the Jammu and Kashmir without the concurrence, consultation or recommendation of the people of state, acting through their elected representatives. This amounts to an “overnight abrogation of the democratic rights and freedoms guaranteed to the people of the Jammu and Kashmir upon its accession”. The right to autonomous self government and the right to an identity within the federal framework are fundamental rights flowing from the right to life and other provisions contained in Part III of

the Constitution and their removal in a manner that has made a mockery of the “procedure established by law” is clearly in violation of fundamental rights and ought to be struck down forthwith, plea added. Earlier this week the Supreme Court had declined to grant an urgent hearing to a petition filed by a Delhi based lawyer challenging the revocation of the special status given to Jammu and Kashmir. Another petition had sought withdrawal of curfew and other restrictions including

blocking of phone lines, internet and news channels in the state. On Friday a Kashmiri lawyer had approached the apex court against Presidential order and sought direction to prevent all forms of human rights violation in the state. SC to hear plea of J&K for extension of admission deadline in institutions The Supreme Court Friday agreed to hear next week a plea of the Jammu and Kashmir government seeking extension of August 15 deadline for admissions of selected students of

the state in different colleges of the country under the Prime Minister’s Special Scholarship Scheme (PMSSS). Students struggle to admissions in various technical institutions: A bench headed by Justice N V Ramana took note of the submissions of advocate Shoeb Alam, representing the state government, that due to “prevailing law and order situation” and “various restrictions” in Jammu and Kashmir, the selected students are finding it difficult to abide by the August 15 deadline for getting the admissions

in various technical institutions under the PMSS scheme. About Prime Minister’s Special Scholarship Scheme (PMSSS): The PMSSS was launched by the Centre during 2010-11 to encourage the students of state of Jammu and Kashmir and provides scholarship to deserving candidates to meet the expenditure towards tuition fees, hostel fees, cost of books and other incidental charges while studying across the country in various engineering and regular courses.


The primary area of focus of PM Modi’s visit will be the youth of Bhutan. Several agreements between educational institutions in India and Bhutan are expected to be signed

Youth, edu high on Modi’s agenda for Bhutan visit New Delhi: Several agreements between educational institutions in India and Bhutan are expected to be signed during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the Himalayan nation amid reports that the number of Bhutanese students studying in India has been declining. Talking to the media, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said that a primary area of focus of the visit will be the youth of Bhutan. "One of the primary areas of focus (of PM Modi's visit) is the youth of Bhutan. What we are expecting from the MOUs and Agreements, you will discover that the majority of them relates to the educational institutions in Bhutan and high-quality educational institutions in India particularly in science technology and mathematics," Gokhale said. "This is one of the very concrete ways in which we think we remedy the situation, besides, of course, making it easier for Bhutanese studying in India through giving of grants and such assistance which is continuing under our bilateral programmes," he added.


Gokhale was briefing the media on PM Narendra Modi's two-day visit to 'trusted friend and neighbour' Bhutan from August 17 at the invitation of Bhutan's Prime Minister Lotay Tshering."Modi will call on the leader of the Opposition Dr Pema Gyamtsho, as well as the fourth King of Bhutan," Gokhale said. Upon arriving in Bhutan, Modi will visit one of the oldest Dzong in the country, Simtokha Dzong. Subsequently, he will hold a bilateral with Bhutanese PM Dr Lotay Tshering, followed by the signing of the MoUs. The visit is in line with India’s continued emphasis on its ‘Neighbourhood First Policy’.

WHAT TO EXPECT FROM MEET  On September 18, Modi will address students at the Royal University of Bhutan.  The visit is in keeping with the tradition of regular high-level exchanges between the two countries and provides an opportunity to the two sides to discuss ways to further strengthen and diversify the bilateral partnership, including economic and development co-operation, hydro-power cooperation, people-topeople-ties.

This is one of the very concrete ways in which we think we remedy the situation, besides, of course, making it easier for Bhutanese studying in India through giving of grants and such assistance which is continuing under our bilateral programmes —Vijay Gokhale, Foreign Secretary  India will provide Bhutan transitional trade support facility of Rs 400 crore over a period of five years to encourage Bhutanese exporters to export more in India.

 The highlight of the visit would be the formal inauguration of the Mangdechhu hydroelectric power project, which is a 720MW run-of-river power plant built on the

Mangdechhu River in Trongsa Dzongkhag District of central Bhutan.  “Built at a cost of around 512 crores, this is the most cost-effective hydroelectric project in South Asia,” the Foreign Secretary said.  In addition, India and Bhutan will review defence and security matters, including the situation along the border separating the two countries, informed Gokhale. —ANI


CM Khattar triggers row

over ‘Kashmiri girls’ remark New Delhi: Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar has triggered a controversy by commenting about Kashmiri girls after Article 370 of the Constitution was scrapped by the Centre. The Chief Minister was addressing a Statelevel function of Maharishi Bhagirath Jayanti Samaroh at Fatehabad. Talking about the progress Haryana has made in restoring the sex ratio balance in the state, Khattar said the ratio of girls per 1,000 boys has gone up from 850 to 933.. "Earlier OP Dhankad would say we will bring girls from Bihar to marry into Haryana. Now some people are saying we will bring them from Kashmir but jokes aside, only after the sex ratio in our society is fixed, we can restore a balance," Khattar said. The Indian government on Monday revoked Article 370 of the Consti-

CM has trigerred acontroversy by commenting on Kashmiri girls.


tution that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcated

the state into two Union Territories -- Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.

Rajnath Singh approves extension of benefits of child care leave New Delhi: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh approved an extension of benefits of Child Care Leave to single male service personnel, in line with a recent order of Department of Personnel and Training extending similar benefits to civilian employees.

Singh also approved certain relaxations of CCL provisions to women officers in the defence sector. Earlier, only parents of children below 22 years with 40% disability could only avail the CCL. The period has been reduced to 5-day. —ANI

Vice - President Naidu launches state DBT scheme for farmers in Jharkhand


Chennai: Tamil Nadu CM K Palaniswami visited the Arignar Anna Zoological Park, near here, Saturday and named three lion cubs and four tiger cubs. Three cubs born to lion ‘Siva’ and lioness’ Neela’ were named as ‘Pradeep’, ‘Dhakshina’ and ‘Niranjana’ by Palaniswami. Similarly, four white tiger cubs born to tiger ‘Vijay’ and tigress ‘Uthra’ were named as ‘Mithran’, ‘Yuga’, ‘Venmathi’ and ‘Rithwik.’ —PHOTO BY PTI

FORMER SP MPs SURENDRA SINGH NAGAR, SANJAY SETH JOIN BJP New Delhi: Days after resigning from Samajwadi Party and from the Rajya Sabha, Surendra Singh Nagar and Sanjay Seth on Saturday joined the Bharatiya Janata Party. Both the senior leaders were inducted in the saffron camp here at the BJP headquarters by General Secretary Bhupendra Yadav in the presence of other party leaders Anil

Baluni, Neeraj Shekhar and Naresh Agrawal, etc. Shekhar joined the BJP recently after resigning from Rajya Sabha as well as the SP. Agrawal left the SP ahead of the 2019 General Election. Welcoming Nagar and Seth in the party, Yadav accused the SP of putting the ideology of Ram Manohar Lohiya and his principles of social justice into the back burner.

Ranchi: Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on August 10 launched the Jharkhand government's 'Mukhya Mantri Krishi Ashirwad Yojana' under which money would be directly transferred into the bank accounts of farmers in the state. Under the scheme, beneficiaries having farm land of less than one acre to five acres, will get Rs 5,000 to Rs 25,000 in their bank accounts. "I saw the happiness in the face of the farmers who showed me the message on their mobile phones. I congratulate the government and the farmers on the occasion," Naidu said. He said the Centre has taken a pledge to double the income of

I saw the happiness in the face of the farmers who showed me the message on their mobile phones. I congratulate the government and the farmers on the occasion. —M Venkaiah Naidu, Vice President

farmers by 2022 and in that endeavour, the government is continuously increasing minimum support price (MSP) for 23 farm produce. Calling for conservation of rainwater in view of depletion of

ground water, Naidu said conservation of rainwater should be made people's movement and hoped that farmers would use traditional method to help conserve ground water. Praising the Centre and the State govern-

ment's efforts in protecting the interests of "annadata" (food providers), Naidu stressed on the importance of developing village and recalled the efforts made by him when he was the Union Rural Development minister. "You need to have a structural change in the agricultural sector, and it should be the top priority," he said. According to an official statement, under the Mukhya Mantri Krishi Ashirwad Yojana, approximately 35 lakh farmers will be benefited and by September/October and Rs 3,000 crore would be sent in the accounts of the beneficiaries. The launching ceremony was also held in other 23 districts, apart from Ranchi. —ANI


Guwahati: Former Rajya Sabha MP Santiuse Kujur has resigned from the Congress party. Kujur, in his resignation letter to the Cong President said that it was his ‘personal decision’ to resign from the party. "With regret, I would like to inform you that I am tendering my resignation from the membership of the party

with immediate effect and all other party portfolios given by the Congress party. This is purely my personal decision." He also wished for the party's "bright future" and hoped that the party will help in changing the country for better." Kujur's tenure at the Upper House MP had ended in June this year.





Path to growth is industrialisation Trump’s election as president marks the end of postwar American consensus on trade



n the seventh anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, Dani Rodrik posed a controversial question: “Is Export Led Growth Passé?” Writing on September 11, 2008, this famous Harvard professor argued that advanced economies were unlikely to run large current account deficits and import as they did in the past. Export markets would shrink and longterm success for developing countries would depend “on what happens at home rather than abroad.” In 2016, Rodrik gave a key lecture at the University of Sussex in the UK developing this argument further. He argued that the “East Asia style growth miracles are less likely in the future.” Furthermore, if growth miracles happen, they would no longer be based on exports alone. Rodrik also made the case that growth in emerging markets has been unsustainably high in the last decade and will come down by a couple of percentage points. In this day and age, it is common sense for most economists to hold a notion of convergence. As per this idea, Third World countries can grow fast and achieve standards of living similar to advanced economies in a matter of decades or less. As latecomers, these countries, also referred to as developing economies or emerging markets, have access to the latest thinking, new technologies, First World capital and global markets. This access should allow these poorer countries to converge with richer ones in a matter of decades or less. Rodrik distinguishes between conditional and unconditional convergence. Most development economists hold the view that convergence is not inevitable but conditional. To achieve it, poorer countries must build up their economic and political institutions, develop human and physical capital, and employ sound economic stabilization policies that rein in fiscal deficits and curb inflation. These conditions are akin to the “Washington consensus” first coined by British economist John Williamson. Since 1989, the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund have faithfully preached this sermon to poorer countries ad infinitum. As per the Washington consensus, convergence with richer economies is conditional on poorer ones instituting marketbased critical reforms. The faster poorer economies bring in reform, the quicker they will catch up with richer ones. While the prescription for rapid growth and thus convergence to the First-World living standards is straightforward, the trouble with it is that there is no example of a single economy that has grown and converged following the dictums of free markets, improvement of institutions and all the other recommendations. FOR FULL REPORT LOG ON TO WWW.FAIROBSERVER.COM



Veteran politician and former President of India, Pranab Mukherjee was conferred Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian award in the country on August 8, 2019. President Ram Nath Kovind gave the award during an event at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Thursday

ven Mrs Indira Gandhi, at times, would say, “No matter how hard one tries, they can never get a word out of Pranab. All they will see is the smoke coming out of his pipe.” Mukherjee had a huge love for his smoking pipes, even after he quit smoking years ago. A proud owner of over 500 smoking pipes gifted to him by different heads of states and other foreign dignitaries, Mukherjee has donated the collection to the Rashtrapati Bhavan Museum. His first pipe was apparently gifted to him by senior Congress leader Debkanta Barua from Assam. Pranab was born in a Bengali family in Mirati, a village in the Bengal Presidency of British India (now in Birbhum district, West Bengal, India). His father, Kamada Kinkar Mukherjee was active in the Independence movement and was a member of West Bengal Legislative Council between 1952 and 1964 as a representative of the Indian National Congress and was the member of AICC. His mother was Rajlakshmi Mukherjee. Mukherjee attended the Suri Vidyasagar College in Suri (Birbhum), then affiliated to University of Calcutta. He subsequently earned MA degree in Political Science & History and LL.B. degree; both from University of Calcutta. He was an upper-division Clerk in the Office of Deputy Accountant-General (Post and Telegraph) in Calcutta. In 1963, he became Lecturer (Assistant Professor) of Political Science at Vidyanagar College affiliated to University of Calcutta and he also worked as a Journalist with the Desher

Dak before entering politics. His parliamentary career began in 1969. He got nominated to Rajya Sabha until 2004 when he was elected to Lok Sabha. Mukherjee’s political career began in 1969 when he managed the successful Midnapore byelection campaign of an Independent candidate, VK Krishna Menon. Then Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi, recognised Mukherjee’s talents and recruited him to her party, the Indian National Congress. He became a member of the Rajya Sabha in July 1969. Mukherjee was re-elected to the house in 1975, 1981, 1993 and 1999. From the time Pranabda firwas made a minister for revenue and banking by Indira Gandhi in 1973, he has held various portfolios in following governments. He first headed the finance ministry in 1982. However, he went through a bad phase when, after the assas-

sination of Mrs Gandhi, he fell out with Rajiv Gandhi. He remained in the cold for quite some time. He formed his own party, the Rashtriya Samajwadi Congress, which merged with the Congress in 1989 after reaching a consensus with Rajiv Gandhi. After Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination in 1991, Mukherjee’s political career revived when the former Prime Minister PV Narasimha Rao appointed him Planning Commission head in 1991 and foreign minister in 1995. Following this, as elder statesman of the Congress, Mukherjee was the principal architect of Sonia Gandhi’s ascension to the party’s presidency in 1998. When the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) came into power in 2004, Mukherjee won a Lok Sabha seat for the first time. From then until his resignation in 2012, Mukherjee was practi-


Invasion has invaded political discourse I

n the runup to the 2018 midterm elections, US President Donald Trump insisted that what was happening at the border should be thought of as an invasion. Hesitating between employing a metaphor or a simile, Trump said, “Some people call it an ‘invasion.’ It’s like an invasion. They have violently overrun the Mexican border.”

CONTEXTUAL NOTE Trump’s selective use of the term is particularly egregious. The term “invasion,” when rhetorically applied to humans (rather than, say, locusts), carries with it the connotation of malicious intent. Armies invade; migrants travel. Locusts have no malicious intent but, when swarming, 

they do serious damage as they fail to respect human notions of property, making it reasonable for humans to think of them metaphorically as invaders. In contrast, migration — even when its effects are aggravated by poverty — reflects not only the natural human tendency toward cultural and commercial exchange, but it is typically accompanied by a positive attitude toward the place and the people of its destination. Far from signifying malicious intent, it most likely includes a disposition toward gratitude. Migration is a natural and necessary phenomenon in human societies. Even when the number of immigrants to a community increases to the point of making some people —

El Paso shootings have drawn the media’s attention to the frightening potential effects of Donald Trump’s veiled racism

especially those suffering from a certain level of insecurity about their own cultural identity — feel uncomfortable in the presence of groups with different cultural codes, there is no justification for comparing their presence to an invasion. The United States is one of the rare nations of the world never to

have been invaded by another group of people, though Native Americans may perceive that question a little differently. War, on the other hand, is an unnatural and unnecessary act consisting of the violation not just of another group’s territory, but also its well-being and its culture. The intent of war is by definition malicious. Throughout its history, the US has cultivated the art of invasion. From the persistent “Indian territories” of the 19th century that eventually permitted the establishment of the 50 states to Afghanistan and Iraq in the 21st century, military invasion aimed at conquest has been a permanent feature of US history. But invasion can take other forms. Military invasion more often than not

leads to economic and cultural invasion. Over the past century, nations across the globe have witnessed the invasion of American businesses who have altered their way of life, from Goldman Sachs (in Greece, for example) to McDonald’s and Starbucks virtually everywhere. Is their intent malicious? It focuses on money, marketing clout and financial power. Compared to migrants who are simply seeking an environment in which they may individually survive, prosper and even contribute to the community, for businesses the pure greed that motivates them along with the desire to influence other people’s behavior could be called a kind of malice. FOR FULL REPORT LOG ON TO WWW.FAIROBSERVER.COM

cally number-two in Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s government. He held a number of key cabinet portfolios—Defence (2004–06), External Affairs (2006–09) and Finance (2009–12)—apart from heading several Groups of Ministers (GoMs) and being Leader of the House in the Lok Sabha. After securing the UPA’s nomination for the country’s presidency in July 2012, Mukherjee comfortably defeated PA Sangma in the race to Rashtrapati Bhavan, winning 70 per cent of the electoral-college vote to become India’s 13th President. Pranabda, as he is fondly known, has been a compulsive workaholic, who, according to his daughter Sharmistha Mukherjee, used to work nearly 18 hours a day. He has not taken a holiday since the last 20 years, except a trip to his ancestral village annually for Durga Puja, when he dons a priest’s robe and performs prayers for four days. AUTHOR IS MANAGING EDITOR, FIRST INDIA INPUTS-AGENCIES


TWEET Subramanian Swamy @Swamy39 In 1991 I said Govt doesn’t needGovernor’s Report for dismissing a state Govt. Then I got dismissed DMK Govt.Then on Art 370 I argued that we don’t need Const Amendment. Proved right again. Now I say Govt does not need SC ok to build Ram Temple in Ayodhya. Will Namo do it? Shashi Tharoor @ShashiTharoor With Kochi airport closed, my speaking commitments in the area this weekend have been postponed. No seat available to Kerala but miraculously my AirIndia flight to Kochi, which we assumed wld be cancelled, has been converted to a Trivandrum flight. I’m heading back to my constncy

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Lust, anger, and greed are the three doors to hell. —Bhagavad Gita

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MONSOON FURY As many as 36 persons were rescued from marooned areas in Uttara Kannada and its adjoining areas of the state

Over 1,000 evacuated in Maha, Goa & K’taka Panaji: A total of 1,016 people including 602 women and 193 children were evacuated from various parts of delugeaffected areas in Maharashtra, Karnataka, and Goa by the rescue operation teams from Goa Naval Area on Saturday. With the help of two Advanced Light Helicopters provided by the Indian Navy to the authorities to carry out rescue operations in those areas which are not accessible by boats in Karnataka, as many as 36 persons were rescued from marooned areas in Uttara Kannada and its adjoining areas of the state. Meanwhile, in North Goa, two teams were kept on standby in Pernem and Mapusa as the increasing water level necessitated the opening of the shutters of Tilari dam here. Over 15 people who were stranded in the floods were also rescued —ANI

Fire brigade personnel rescue a small baby at Vidya Nagara.

An Indian army helicopter searching for marooned residents of Karnataka on Saturday.

People wade across a flooded street on water tank in Kozhikode.

Flood hits Vadodara due to heavy rainfall

People wade through the waterlogged road during heavy rain in Ahmedabad on Saturday.

K’taka floods: Rescue ops on in Badami Badami: The security forces carried out rescue operations near Badami town as floods continue to wreak havoc in the state. Around 1,024 villages in 80 talu-

kas of 17 districts have been affected due to the floods caused by incessant rains in the region. 20 NDRF teams, 10 Army teams, five Navy teams and two SDRF

teams are engaged in rescue operations. CM BS Yediyurappa, informed that over two lakh people have been evacuated from floodaffected areas. —ANI

Vadodara: Normal life was affected in Vadodara after the water level in Vishwamitri River swelled due to incessant rain in Gujarat. Last week, operation at the Vadodara International Airport and at Railway Stations was halted due to the heavy rains in the region. Heavy rainfall continues lashing Rajkot as the water level has increased in several rivers causing it to burst into cities creating a flood-like situation across several dis-

tricts of the state. On Aug 1, the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) teams were also deployed to shift people from low lying areas to safer locations. At least 11 people have lost their lives in Gujarat in last 24 hour as incessant rains wreak havoc in the state, said Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on Saturday. Rescue operation to evacuate people to a safer place is underway. So far around 6,000 people have been shifted. —ANI

Army personnel rescue an old lady in Badami.

Armymen collects boats and other relief materials.

Maha: 12 dead, over1.4 lakh evacuated Sangli: Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis on Saturday said that 12 people have lost their lives while over 1.4 lakh people have been evacuated from the flood-af-

fected areas in the state. “So far 12 people have lost their lives while eight are still missing and two are injured. At least 1,43,000 people have also been

rescued from 101 floodhit villages in the state,” Fadnavis said. Around 306 shelter homes have been set up for people rescued from the floods. —ANI

A new Parl building under consideration: Birla Amit Shah to unveil book on VP New Delhi: Construction of a new Parliament building is being considered among various options, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla said, adding that a final call was yet to be taken. Addressing a press conference here, Birla said there is a sense that a new parliament building is required. Several groups have been formed for taking suggestions from various people, including parliamentarians, on the issue, he said. The current Parliament building may also be modernized, he added. Speaking in the House during the just-concluded session,


The current Parliament building may also be modernised, Birla said.

Birla had urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to include the expansion and modernisation of Parliament Building in his resolution for 'New India', on the completion of the 75th year of India's Inde-

UP GOVT TO PROVIDE FREE RIDE TO WOMEN ON RAKSHA BANDHAN Lucknow: CM Yogi Adityanath announced that the state government will offer free travel to all women of the state on government buses of all classes on the occasion of Raksha Bandhan. "Raksha Bandhan is an auspicious festival. I wish the citizens of this state a very Happy Raksha Bandhan. On this auspicious festival, the

state government has directed the Uttar Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation to offer free transportation to women on Raksha Bandhan in all category of buses," Yogi said. "The free transportation service will remain effective for 24 hours starting from midnight of August 14 till midnight of August 15.

pendence. He also had said it is the aspirations of “all of us” that Parliament building of the largest democracy of the world should be the most magnificent and attractive.

Talking about the just-concluded session, Birla said, “The proceeding of Lok Sabha was not adjourned even once during the session and as a result, it sat for 72 hours more than its allocated time, which is

TWO HELD WITH CACHE OF AMPHETAMINES IN KOLKATA Kolkata: An anti-Fake Indian Currency Note team of the special task force of Kolkata Police caught hold of two drug peddlers with a cache of amphetamines. On search, altogether 70 packets of Narcotic Drugs - amphet-

amines, commonly known as ‘Yaba’ consisting of about 1.5 lakh pieces of Yaba tablets were seized from their possession. The arrested persons are Faruk Ahmed (34) and Musaddik Ali (20). Both are natives of Kamrup in Assam.

equivalent to working of 12 sittings.” Thanking members of the House, he said that by taking all parties along he would try his best to ensure that the proceedings continue uninterrupted during his tenure. “If Lok Sabha functions properly and sat for longer hours, it sends out a positive message in the country,” he said. Birla said a conference of speakers of all state assemblies will be convened soon to discuss how can the productivity of the state legislatures can be enhanced. —PTI

Venkaiah Naidu’s 2 years in office Chennai: Union Home Minister and BJP president Amit Shah on Sunday will release a book that chronicles two years in office of Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu. The function is being hosted by Union Minister of Environment Forests, Climate Change and Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar. The book titled, 'Listening, Learning and Leading,' captures a few glimpses of the VP's 330 public engagements in all the states and union territories of the country

DGCA SUSPENDS LICENSES OF TWO SPICEJET PILOTS New Delhi: Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has suspended the license of two SpiceJet pilots, who were involved in the runway overrun while landing the aircraft at Mumbai airport. The licenses of the two SpiceJet pilots have been suspended for a period of one year, reads the suspension

letter issued by DGCA. The flight (SG-6248) was operating from Coimbatore to Mumbai on July 2, 2019, when it overshot the runway while landing. According to the DGCA, the aircraft touched down late at approximately 4,462 feet from the runway threshold and resulted in a runway overrun.

The book features glimpses of VP’s 330 public engagements.

during the last two years, said an official statement. Naidu has delivered 61 convocation addresses, interacted with students on 35 occasions, visited 97 scientific and technological research institutions and deliv-

ered 25 special lectures. The book also contains Naidu's important diplomatic engagements, including his visits to 19 countries in four continents and his achievements and initiatives as Rajya Sabha Chairman.

MAN GIVES TRIPLE TALAQ ON STAMP PAPER IN ALIGARH Aligarh: The police have registered a case against a man after a woman was allegedly given Triple Talaq on a stamp paper of hundred rupees in Aligarh. CO Civil Lines Anil Samania said, "We have registered an FIR under sections 3 and 4

of the Muslim Women Act, 2019 against a man who gave Triple Talaq to his wife Anjum Kamal on a Rs 100 stamp paper." "We have registered an FIR and further action will be taken as per law," he said. She was married in June 2005.


World’s highest lake found in Nepal


new lake has been discovered in Nepal, which is higher than Tilicho lake and situated in the same district of Manang. It has been earmarked as a major destination in the preparation of Nepal Tourism Year 2020 Nepal is the home of the highest peak in the world, the Mt Everest. But not only that, Tilicho lake, situated in the beautiful Manang district of Nepal also held the prestige of being the highest lake in the world in terms of altitude at

Kejin Sara lake (5,200 m) displaces Tilicho (4,919 m) as the highest lake in the world.

50 diplomats across world recall Swaraj

New York: Diplomats of about 50 countries across the world at the United Nations have written separate condolence messages for former External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj who died of a cardiac arrest on Tuesday. India’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Syed Akbaruddin, on Saturday posted a video on Twitter featuring some of these messages written for Swaraj in a book. “In diplomacy, words matter... Diplomats from all across the world visit @ IndiaUNNewYork to record condolences on the sad demise of Madam @SushmaSwaraj,” his tweet read. The countries condoling Swaraj’s death were: Germany, Italy, Ghana, Cuba, Afghani-


Beijing: At least 18 people were killed and 16 others went missing as super Typhoon Lekima battered the eastern coastal region of China on Saturday morning. The typhoon brought torrential rain and heavy winds that knocked out power, downed thousands of trees and forced more than one million people out from their homes. The National Meteorological Center earlier in the day also issued an orange alert before the typhoon made landfall. The Center told local news agency that Typhoon Lekima, the ninth typhoon of the

year, made landfall in the city of Wenling in Zhejiang around 1:45 am with a maximum wind force of 187 kilometers per hour. The typhoon is expected to move further north at a speed of about 15 km/h, with gradually weakening force, the center said, adding that it will sweep through Zhejiang and Jiangsu provinces before making another landfall in the southern coastal areas of the Shandong Peninsula on late Sunday. The center also warned against strong winds in places, including Taiwan, Fujian, Zhejiang, Shanghai, and Jiangsu. —ANI

5,200 m altitude of Kejin Sara

sonnel for the verification of altitude of lake.

How much area does Kejin Sara cover? The lake covers an area of approximately 1.2 km and one will need to trek for 2 days to accomplish the achievement of reaching the highest lake in the world. This news has come as a welcome surprise for the local community and authorities, who see this destination as an ideal way to attract more tourist for the upcoming Nepal Tourism year 2020. —Agencies

4 km long

1.2 km wide

200 m deep

2 days

trek to reach the height

Waves hit a sea wall in front of buildings in Taizhou, China’s eastern Zhejiang province.

Disneyland closes for first time due to safety reasons stan, Australia, Bangladesh, Nepal, Russia, UAE, Maldives, New Zealand, among others. Swaraj breathed her last on Tuesday night at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) after suffering a cardiac arrest. She was the foreign minister in the first term of the Modi government. —ANI

ahead with the decision to abrogate Article 370 of the Indian Constitution in Jammu and

Where is Kejin Sara located? Located in Chame village, the administrative headquarter of the Manang district, this lake has been named as Kejin Sara lake. A survey was carried out and approved by the collaborative team of local committee and administrative as well as police per-


Typhoon Lekima leaves 18 dead in China

Two Taiwanese women face powerful gusts of wind generated by Typhoon Lekima in Taipei.

‘Modi accepted defeat on Kashmir’ Bahawalpur: Jaish-eMohammad (JeM) chief and UN-proscribed terrorist Masood Azhar has claimed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi “accepted his defeat” over the Kashmir issue by stripping its special status and said that industrialists will buy land there which will result in Kashmiri Muslims “losing their existence”. Azhar alleged that Modi has “thrown an axe on his foot” by going

4,919m. However, this tag is soon to be officially taken away from the lake as the same district of Manang has discovered a new lake, situated in the base of Lamjung Himal at 5,200m.


Kashmir. “The mujahideens...have approached near their destination. Due to the fear, the ant

grew wings and the jackal is on its way to the city. The Modi government has admitted his humiliation and defeat by revoking the special status of Kashmir and he has thrown an axe on his foot. One chapter of Ghazwa-e-Hind (holy war against India) and of ‘jihad’ Kashmir has been completed,” the message appeared in ‘Aurora Intel’ under the name of the author Faran Jeffery. —ANI

Modi...thinks that if the special status of Kashmir is over, Hindu capitalists like Ambani, Mittal and Jindal will buy whole Kashmir...and then they will earn money through tourism and forbidden acts while Kashmiri Muslims will lose their existence —Masood Azhar




Moscow: In wake of the changes brought in by New Delhi in the special status to Jammu and Kashmir after scrapping Article 370, Russia on Saturday said it hoped that India and Pakistan will not allow aggravation of the situation in the region. In a statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs here said that Moscow is “a consistent supporter of the normalisation of relations between India and Pakistan” and hoped that the differences between the two sides will be “resolved by political and diplomatic means on a bilateral basis”.

Beijing: China expressed serious concerns over the current developments in Jammu and Kashmir following the abrogation of the special status by India leading to rising of tensions in the region. This was divulged during bilateral talks between Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi, who rushed to Beijing to discuss the latest situation in Jammu and Kashmir. During the negotiations, Wang told Qureshi that the Kashmir issue should be resolved bilaterally in a peaceful manner as per UNSC resolutions.

Islamabad: Twitter users in Pakistan changed their profile pictures to a red colour as a mark of protest against the stripping of special status to Jammu and Kashmir by India earlier this week. “Go red for kashmir Let’s make your dp red #StandwithKashmir,” wrote one Twitter user. “Turn your DP’s red. Let the world see what is happening. #kashmir,” another Twitter wrote. “Kashmir today. #StandWithKashmir,” a third Twitter user said. Tensions between India and Pakistan spiralled after the Indian Parliament passed a resolution to revoke Article 370.

Beijing: Shanghai Disneyland, a themebased park featuring attractions, entertainment, restaurants, shops in mainland China, was closed on Saturday for safety reasons as Typhoon Lekima made landfall in the city. It is the first time that Shanghai Disneyland has been closed due to inclement weather conditions since its opening in June 2016, local


news agency reported. People who have booked tickets for Shanghai Disneyland

on Saturday can visit the park on any other day within the next six months (by February 10, 2020), the park said in a statement. Those who have purchased tickets for the Beauty and the Beast musical on the day can contact the purchasing channels to reschedule or apply for a refund, it added. The National Meteorological Center here has also issued an orange alert in the wake of it. —ANI

More PSU banks link deposit and loan rates to RBI's repo New Delhi: More government-owned banks have announced linking their lending and deposit rates to the Reserve Bank of India’s (RBI’s) repo for facilitating faster transmission after the State Bank of India did so in May. While Syndicate Bank has made several changes to its offerings on loans and deposit products, Bank of India, Union Bank and Allahabad Bank also said they are working on the modalities to launch similar products. “Housing, vehicle and consumer loans will now be offered at the basis of a repolinked rate. With the change, the housing loans will start from repo plus 2.9 per cent at 8.3 per cent,” Syndicate Bank said in a statement. The saving bank deposits of over Rs 25


lakh will also be based on the repo rate, it added. Bank of India said another dimension of rate transmission process is by way of offering repo linked lending rate to select customer segments, including personal loans. “We are working out the necessary modalities in this regard so as to launch such products during the current month,” it said.

Union Bank said to provide better interest rate transmission, it will soon link its housing and vehicle loan portfolio to repo rate from the current marginal cost of funds based lending rate. The move to link the deposit and lending rates by these four lenders come even as the RBI has not mandated them to do so. —ANI


Shreyas, who didn’t get to play during the T20 series, was in the playing XI during the rain-affected first game, which was abandoned after 13 overs in Guyana

IYER FIRE: Shreyas set for reckoning in 2nd ODI

Cricketers practice during a net session ahead of their cricket match.

Port of Spain: Shreyas Iyer will be auditioning for the still vacant number four slot as India would pray for some bright sunshine while taking on West Indies in the second ODI of the three-match series on Sunday. Iyer, who didn’t get game time during the T20 series, was in the playing XI during the rain-affected first game, which was abandoned after 13 overs in Guyana. There is very little chance that India will

Players during a practice session.

tinker with their batting order so the Mumbaikar has a better chance of getting into action during the second game. Two matches will never be enough to cement his place but a couple of decent outings will surely reduce the pressure on the young shoulders and provide a bit of security to express himself. He has had a good series with the A team in this part of the world, having hit two half centuries against the West

Indies A. He has now got a measure of the tracks. Virat Kohli’s guidance and a friendly arm around shoulders from vice-captain Rohit Sharma will work wonders for the Delhi Capitals captain, who in full flow is a treat to watch. Iyer being given a go at number four certainly means that KL Rahul will have to cool his heels till Shikhar Dhawan is persisted at the top of the order. The team combination for the first game is an indicator that after a

good World Cup at the top of the order post Dhawan’s injury, Rahul is being looked at as a specialist opener who will only come in place of Dhawan or Rohit in case of an injury to any one of the two. The series is also important for Kedar Jadhav, who is next in line to get a permanent boot from the national side after Dinesh Karthik. With Shubman Gill waiting in the wings, time is running out for the pint-sized Maharashtra cricketer,

Rafael Nadal moves into Montreal semis

The defending champion beat Fabio Fognini and marked his victory Montreal: Defending champion Rafael Nadal beat Fabio Fognini to move into the s emi-finals of the Rogers Cup in Montreal. World number two Nadal, seeking a fifth Rogers Cup title, started slowly before dispatching the Italian 2-6 6-1 6-2. The Spaniard faces Gael Monfils or Roberto Bautista Agut, who will return on Saturday to complete their rain delayed match Monfils was 30-0 up in the first game when play was suspended. Russian pair Daniil

Medvedev and Karen Khachanov meet in the other semi-final. “It was an up-anddown match, but a positive match for me because I played better and better as it went on,” Nadal said. M e dve d ev breezed past Austrian second seed Dominic Thiem 6-3 6-1 while Khachanov overcame German number three seed Alexander Zverev 6-3 6-3.

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Liverpool thrash Norwich City 4-1 Egyptian striker Salah doubled the lead for his side in the 19th minute. Dijk provided the third goal to the team in 28th minute to make their lead thrice

Liverpool: A 4-1 win was registered by Liverpool against Norwich City in the opening game of the Premier League here at Anfield Stadium on Saturday. Last season’s runners-up Liverpool kept their momentum going as they scored three goals in the first half of the game. Grant Hanley’s comical own goal in the seventh minute provided the Liverpool initial lead in the

Windies name 13-member squad for Test St. John’s: Cricket West Indies (CWI) on Saturday named the 13-member squad for the upcoming Test series against India. The interim selection panel of CWI headed by Robert Haynes has included Antiguan uncapped off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall in the squad. “Rahkeem has been performing consistently over a long period of time and has proven to be a match-winner, so we believe his elevation to the Test squad is merited at this time,” said Haynes. The squad includes two uncapped players - Cornwall and Shamarh Brooks. The Test side will be lead by pacer Jason Holder. Cornwall will make his long-awaited Test debut at home when Windies kick off their campaign in the ICC World Test Championship against India later this month. —ANI

Indies squad for Test series Jason Holder (c), Kraigg Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Shamarh Brooks, John Campbell, Roston Chase, Rahkeem Cornwall, Shane Dowrich, Shannon Gabriel, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Keemo Paul, Kemar Roach.

Jonty Rhodes wishes Raina a speedy recovery

Bopanna reach men’s doubles semi-final



whose batting slot has been a worry for Kohli and coach Shastri. There is a school of thought in the Indian cricket fraternity that Jadhav doesn’t have the requisite technique to bat up the order and neither enough power to clear the ropes consistently at the death. Unless the top order scores runs, Jadhav has time and again been liability, not being able to force unless there is one of the bigger names batting at the other side. —PTI


match. Later in the first half, Mohamed Salah, Virgil van Dijk and Divock Origi netted the ball to seal Liv-

erpool’s victory in the inaugural encounter of the Premier League. The last goal was scored by Origi in the

42nd minute on his 100th appearance for Liverpool. The only goal of the second half came from Norwich City’s striker Teemu Pukki in the 64th minute. Liverpool did not score any goal in the second half. Liverpool suffered a blow as goalkeeper Alisson Becker was replaced by debutant Adrian in the first half after sustaining a hamstring injury while taking a goal-kick. —ANI

Rohan Bopanna and Denis Shapovalov progressed to the semi-final of the men’s doubles event at the ATP Montreal Masters after receiving walkover from their opponents. The Indo-Canadian got a walkover in their quarterfinal clash against France’s Benoit Paire and Swiss Stan Wawrinka. They will now face Robin Haase and Wesley Koolhof in the semifinal.

New Delhi: Former South African batsman and greatest fielder of all time Jonty Rhodes has shared a special message and asked Indian batsman Suresh Raina, who underwent knee surgery, to listen to his body. “@ImRaina u have been an inspiration to

so many with your incredible work ethic over your career, especially these last couple of years. Listen to your body now my friend knowing u, u will want to be out training tomorrow. #aramse,” Rhodes tweeted. The Board also informed on twitter. —ANI


West Bengal Governor Jagdeep DhanKhar and his wife Sudesh Dhankhar received at Raj Bhavan, Kolkata on Saturday ninety-year-old renowned Tennis player Naresh Kumar and his wife Sunita Kumar. They presented a book entitled ‘SAINT TERESA OF KOLKATA’ authored by her. Naresh Kumar had played in the India Davis Cup team for eight years since 1952. He later served as team Captain. He won the singles title at the Irish championship in 1952, 1953.


Do not give your past the power to define your future. —Jagdeesh Chandra, CEO & Editor, First India



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SUSHMA SWARAJ’S RICH LEGACY ugust 9 witnessed a huge crowd at Dr Ambedkar International Center at 15 Janpath, New Delhi. It was the emotional ‘Uthawani’ of late Sushma Swaraj, who touched several lives via her twitter handle and was regarded as a shining comet in Indian politics. The hall failed to accommodate the large gathering, as a result several people were observed paying their last respects on the screen outside the hall. Despite being a private family event, the senior leaders, foreign diplomats and ministers were seen pouring in for last respect. Within no time, several VIPs reached the hall which led to shortage of chairs in the front rows, and Shahnawaz Hussain vacated his chair for Ranjan Bhattacharya. BJP leaders Manoj Tiwari, Nishikant Dubey were seen standing near the main gate, while Shabana Azmi appeared quite emotional. Despite ill health, Murali Manohar Joshi also marked his tribute. EAM S Jais-


hankar, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Dr Harsh Vardhan, Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar and BJP Working President JP Nadda were also seen. Vijay Goel and Manoj Tiwari were seen receiving the people at the gate, while the entire task of management was handled by Sudhanshu Mittal. Everyone knows that Sushma ji was one of the devote worshipers of Lord Krishna, hence ‘Jai Radha Madhav, Jai Kunj Bihari Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna Hare Hare’ tune was played on the landline of Sushma Ji’s house, which shows her immense belief in Lord Krishna. Sushma’s favourite colour was blue and the favourite numeral- number 8, as a result be it home or car ‘8’ ruled everywhere. Her affection for Krishna can be gauged from the fact that even before kidney transplant, Sushma once said that ‘it’s all up to Krishna now; he’s the best decider for me’. The atmosphere became very emotional when the Manchasin singer troupe started singing Sushma ji’s fa-

Saturday TWEETS Ashok Gehlot @ashokgehlot51 On #WorldBiofuelDay, let us promote biofuels as an environment friendly and cost effective source of energy. Need of the hour is to create biofuel economy, generating jobs and enhancing energy security for India.. It is always a matter of joy to see #Rajasthan’s talent getting recognition. This time it is music director from #Jaipur, Shashwat Sachdev, who has won #NationalFilmAward for background music of Uri movie. Congrats to him! Greetings on #WorldLionDay to all nature lovers, conservationists and those who are striving to save the #Lions in their natural habitat for our future generations. Let us pledge to protect the King of Jungle and provide safe sanctuaries for #Lion to survive.


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vourite bhajan, listening to the same, her husband Swaraj Kaushal and daughter Bansuri Swaraj broke down. Bansuri came on the stage for a very brief address and said that her mother roared like a lioness in the Parliament, but she used to laugh like 5-yearold. With her notable Hindi vocabulary and wonderful selection of words, she proved that she is the true authority of her mother’s glorious heritage.

CONFLICT IN CONGRESS ON 370 t the meeting of the Congress Working Committee convened in New Delhi, Jitin Prasad questioned contradictory statements of Congress leaders that are coming out regarding Section 370, and said this is creating confusion among people. On this statement, Ghulam Nabi Azad said to Jitin, “Party leaders may have their own opinion about this, but as far as the party line

is concerned, Congress is against the removal of Article 370 in Kashmir.” Hearing this, UP Congress leader RPN Singh stood up and said that people in UP are in favour of the scrapping of Article 370. P Chidambaram interrupted Singh and said, “UP is not India, Congress is a National Party” (ie UP is not the whole of India, don’t forget that Congress is a national party). However, there is a clear rift within the Congress Party. Most

of young leaders of the party are in favour of the removal of Article 370, but the senior leaders of the party have some other views.


JDU TOWARDS POSSIBLE RUCKUS verything is not going smooth in Nitish Kumar’s JDU. Like Congress, the voices of discontent are emerging against the top leadership. The latest case is about the scrapping of Article 370 from Kash-


mir; Nitish Kumar’s close aid and Rajya Sabha MP RCP Singh was earlier seen standing by the said of his leader on this issue. But for the last few days, he seems to have taken a U-turn and is now supporting the removal of Article 370. While Nitish’s other Rajya Sabha MP KC Tyagi and Lok Sabha MP Lallan Singh are waking up to protest against the removal of Article 370. If sources are to be believed, Prashant Kishore is being told to be behind this changed attitude of RCP. PK and RCP have always had a tussle between them. PK is still said to have good relations with PM Modi. These days a big change can be seen in the relationship between RCP and PK – it is getting a bit sweeter. Sources say, it was PK who got the PM to talk to RCP which led to the change of the stand of the RCP on the Article 370. It is said that Shah had already entrusted the task of managing Rajya Sabha MPs to Piyush Goyal and Bhupendra Yadav; both were already working towards it. The proximity of JDU MP and Rajya Sabha Deputy

Chairman Harivansh with the BJP is not hidden, so Nitish has decided that this time he will not send Harivansh again to Rajya Sabha.

WHEN PM LAUDED VIJAY GOEL ith the approaching elections in Delhi, there is increased competition between Delhi’s old BJP leader Vijay Goel and BJP Delhi President Manoj Tiwari to lead the saffron leadership in the capital. Recently, while addressing the workshop in the Parliament House, PM Modi himself was all gaga for Goel. PM said that ‘Vijay Goel works very innovatively, new MPs should learn from him.’ On the other hand, Manoj Tiwari seems to be a frontrunner in the race for Delhi CM. He is also a darling of Shah. Today the situation is that, there is a competition between Goel and Tiwari to bring AAP and Congress leaders to BJP. Nevertheless, on the basis of his media management, Goel is way better than Tiwari.


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‘Himalayan blunder’: NC for release of netas Jammu: The NC on Saturday reiterated its demand of lifting siege on Jammu and Kashmir and releasing its party leaders including president Farooq Abdullah and vice-president Omar Abdullah from "continued detention" after "robbing" of the special entity of the state. "The idea of secular and democratic India is in peril in this part of the country which is undergoing most traumatic phase in its history," senior leaders of the National Conference said in a resolution adopted at a meeting at Sher-e-Kashmir Bhavan. The leaders expressed anguish over "detention" of hundreds of party leaders in the Valley,

NSA interacts with cattle traders, locals ahead of Eid in Anantnag A woman walks with her children as security personnel stand guard during curfew like restriction in Srinagar.

Jammu region and Ladakh, saying it was "chilling and unprecedented". The prevailing situation is worse than 1975 emergency, they said. History will remember these as "Himalayan blunders", they said, adding that muzzling the voice people is a blot on the largest democracy of the world. —PTI


Jammu: Continuing his outreach programme, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval on Saturday visited Anantnag in south Kashmir and interacted with cattle traders and locals ahead of Eid. Doval toured the sensitive downtown Srinagar and interacted with locals and security personnel. According to officials, the NSA stopped at a cattle market in Anantnag, a hotbed of terrorist activities. In a video circulated on social media, Doval can be heard enquiring about


NSA Ajit Doval interacts with locals in Anantnag on Saturday.

the price, weight and diet of the cattle. A young trader, after informing Doval that he brought his cattle from Drass area of Kargil, asks if he knows where Drass is. Before Doval

could reply, Deputy Commissioner of Anantnag Khalid Janagir tells the trader that the man he is talking to is NSA. A smiling Doval pats the man, shakes his hand and leaves. —PTI


“Concerned about shutdown, restraint on scribes” 

In a situation prevailing in J&K at present, the role of a free media, unhindered by restrictions, becomes critically important in helping in dissemination of news

New Delhi: The Editors Guild of India expressed deep concern on Saturday over the continued shutdown in communication links with the Kashmir Valley and the consequent “curtailment of the media’s freedom and ability” to report fairly on the developments there. The guild’s statement came days after the government revoked the provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution in Jammu and Kashmir to withdraw the special status given to the state and bifurcated it into two Union territories

Security personnel stand during curfew like restriction in Srinagar.

Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. The guild said while some visiting journalists might be able to file their reports once they were out of the Valley, the lockdown was almost “total and draconian” for the vi-

brant local media organisations that were the first eyes and ears on the ground. The government knew very well that it was impossible to process and publish news now without the internet, it said. The government owed it

to the people of the country, including those in Jammu and Kashmir, to allow the press, a vital institution of democracy, to function freely, the guild said. It added that it was deeply concerned over the continued shutdown in communication links with the Kashmir Valley and the consequent “curtailment of the media’s freedom and ability” to report fairly and accurately on current developments. In a situation such as that prevailing in Jammu and Kashmir at present, the role of a free

media, unhindered by such restrictions, becomes critically important in helping in dissemination of news and in its democratic duty of keeping a watch on institutions of the government and security, the guild said. “The Guild underlines the imprudence in creating an unfair distinction in the treatment: for access, curfew passes, communication between local journalists and those coming in to report from outside. All journalists and all Indian citizens are entitled to equal freedom,” the statement said. —PTI

EID-UL-AZHA NAMAZ TIMINGS As per Chief Qazi of Jaipur Qazi khalid Usmani, Eid-ul-Azha prayers will be held on Monday at 8:30 am at Eidgah on Delhi Byepass and at 6:30 am at Ghulam Masjid in Ramganj bazar. I I I JAIPUR, SUNDAY AUGUST 11, 2019


Actress-producer Anushka Sharma has started a campaign demanding stricter laws against animal cruelty.The campaign has been named #JusticeForAnimals and Anushka, who has a huge social media following of about 60 million followers, has asked for stricter laws to punish the offenders. P3


CHALI... Glamorous Bridal photoshoot for the look launch of ‘Jodhpur Couture Show’ was held at Diggi Palace

said, “I focus only on Bridal apparels and make the best for the Brides to look as grand as possible on their special day. The name of the collection being showcased at the show is ‘Aaranya’ which means ‘One’, and focuses on plants, trees, forests and all the live colors. My designs usually strain on integrated and fine hand-work.” Talking further, she mentioned, “It’s a really big platform for me to showcase my designs, and the shoot at Diggi Palace was outstanding. The entire property is very pretty, and it totally did justice to the kind of background I had imagined.” It is going to be a total of three days’ photoshoot, with the other two focussing on Saree for the festive season, and Lehenga collection for the royal and modern Brides. nehal.nayar@



his year’s ‘Jodhpur Couture Show’ is round the corner, so are the preparations of all the designers and their team who are going to be a part of it. One of Pink City’s luxury Bridal apparel brand, Islie by Priya Jain, launched their first look for the show with a photoshoot at Diggi Palace in the Pink City. The collection includes the outfits for the upcoming Bridal season with rusty pastel colors that are more towards the contemporary and traditional side for the modern Brides. Talking about the collection that is going to be showcased at Jodhpur Couture Show, Priya Jain

Bridal collection from ‘Islie by Priya Jain’ for ‘Jodhpur Couture Show’



Raj Bansal, Mamta Jain, Nirmala Sewani and Sudhir Mathur

Anshu Harsh in conversation with Jagroop Singh Yadav



To create awareness towards the sexual harassment cases against women in the city, a rally was organised by PC Foundation to spread the message of ‘No more Rape’ and ‘Save the Girl Child’ on Saturday.

Jaipur Collector Jagroop Singh Yadav in conversation with Anshu Harsh

alking about literature and life, a session was held on Saturday, ‘Literature of Life’ with Jaipur Collector Jagroop Singh Yadav, in a conversation with Anshu Harsh at RAS Club. The conver-

sation took many interesting twists and turns, that kept the audience engaged throughout with talks like Jagroop Singh’s school life in his childhood, his obsession with Harivansh Rai Bachchan’s poetry, what kind of books the youth must read as per the pre-

sent time, and comparison of today’s films with the ones that were made earlier. Jagroop Singh also narrated s few famous literary poems that are closed to his heart. Talking about applying literature on life, Jagroop Singh said, “Literature is the mirror of the

society, culture and tradition. An individual gets to know a lot about art and culture through literature, and humans can witness the things that cannot be touched, but can be read and understood, through this medium.”


Forhex Fair 2019 will be one of the biggest home and lifestyle products fair in India, including a big food and beverages area. When: August 15-18 Where: Birla Auditorium

Varun Thakur is the latest Internet sensation who has taken over platforms like Snapchat and Facebook, making fun of all the struggling actors based out of Mumbai. When: August 31 Where: Hotel Clarks Amer




India Interior Expo-2019 introduces people to beauty relaxation and modernism and helps the person to learn a lot about the space. When: Till August 12 Where: Hotel Royal Haveli


Mischa Barton

calls it quits


ctor Mischa Barton has parted ways with her Australian boyfriend James Abercrombie. A spurce close to the 33-year-old actor said that the two have officially parted ways and revealed the reason behind their breakup. “Mischa and James are now over. The reason she broke up with him is to focus on her career,” the source said. The actor rose to fame playing Marissa Cooper on the drama series ‘The OC’ and quit the show a year before it ended its four-season run in 2017. Over the past decade, Barton has appeared in main-

ly small films and competed on ‘Dancing With The Stars’, an experience she called ‘awful’. James and Mischa started dating in the spring of 2017 after meeting at a party in Los Angeles. Over the last couple of years, the two have occasionally been spotted out together in the city and in New York. —ANI



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The 46-year-old actor said that she has given more than half of her life to the public and feels okay to take some time off to choose how she wants to ‘come back into the world’. “The way I look at it is that I’ve given more than half of my life to the public. I feel it’s OK for me to take time for myself now to reorganize and choose how I want to come back into the world. If I decide to. I don’t miss performing,” she added. —ANI

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merican actor Cameron Diaz, who last starred in the 2014 film ‘Annie’ and is missing in action since then, revealed that she ‘doesn’t miss performing’. The star feels grateful for the life she has lived so far and the success she has tasted, but wants to take some time off to ‘reorganise’ her life. “I started experiencing fame when I was 22, so 25 years ago -- that’s a long time,” the actor said.

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You may get the internal transfer in a company to a place of your dreams and even abroad. Your boss really appreciates all your hard work but not be expressive about it. Watch your words or else you may loose your relations with close ones.

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Actor-politician Nusrat Jahan is enjoying her honeymoon with husband Nikhil Jain in Maldives. Nusrat’s Instagram account is bombarded with her beautiful honeymoon pictures and fans comments.


Re-launch of the menu of Roadhouse - Bar and Grill took place on Friday followed by live music along with a dinner party


A From Left- Rishabh Jain, Narayanan Tharoor, Vidhi Jain, Pankaj Gupta, Vini Pant and Puneet Sharma

What’s on the menu!



oliday Inn’s in house bar ‘Roadhouse Bar and Grill’ relaunched its menu on Friday to welcome the foodies of Jaipur to experience tantalizing flavours along with hand-crafted drinks in an ambience that ex-


udes elegance and style. During a conversation, the General Manager of Holiday Inn, Pankaj Gupta said,

“We thought of changing the menu of Roadhouse a little bit for the youngsters to chill out at lunch or dinner. It is a fusion of different kind of foods such as finger food, chinese, continental, indian and other various cuisines.” The restaurant has combined the flavours of America and India in their dishes.

Anushka Sharma

When Sonakshi knocked Akshay off his chair From Left- Edward Dickinson, Ranoo Nathany, Rashmi Dickinson and Sudhir Kasliwal

Akshay Kumar and Sonakshi Sinha

I have been in this profession for the last 17 years. I primarily spent my career in Mumbai and then I moved to San Francisco where I worked in a restaurant chain. It has been two years since I am in Jaipur and I love the food here. We have an Asian restaurant ‘Chao-The Chinese Bistro’. I am a chef with a background of Indian food. One of my signature dishes here is ‘Tofu shiitake asparagus kadahi’. —ARINDAM BAHEL, Executive Chef

ctress-producer Anushka Sharma has started a campaign demanding stricter laws against animal cruelty. The campaign has been named #JusticeForAnimals and Anushka, who has a huge social media following of about 60 million followers, has asked for stricter laws to punish the offenders. Anushka has been deeply moved with the incident involving Lucky - a dog who got badly beaten up in Mumbai and died subsequently. Highlighting several gruesome cases of animal atrocities across India, Anushka posted a note demanding policy change. Anushka said: “Lucky was not the only one who faced inhuman cruelty. There are several more cases of dogs being mercilessly attacked and killed across our country. The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act, 1960 needs to be amended to provide #JusticeForAnimals - we need immediate attention and action on this. There’s a need for #StricterLawsAgainstAnimalCruelty.” —IANS

A From Left-Nisha Singh, Meera Kataria and Ranoo Nathany

Registrations for the Indian National Qualifier open for BMW GS motorcycle owners (650cc and above) in Gurugram CITY FIRST


kshay Kumar is known as Bollywood’s ‘Khiladi, but it was ‘Dabbang’ star Sonakshi Sinha who managed to knock him off his chair. Sonakshi made everyone’s jaws drop during a media interaction for their forthcoming film ‘Mission Mangal’ when


eam India’ to compete at BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy 2020 in New Zealand. The Indian National Qualifier for BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy 2020 will be hosted in Goa from September 27-29, 2019. Registration for the Indian National Qualifier is open for all

BMW GS Motorcycle owners (650cc and above) in Gurugram. Three winners of the Indian National Qualifier will proudly represent the country at the BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy 2020 to be held in New Zealand. The winning team will be fully equipped by BMW Motorrad for the adventure ahead, flown to New Zealand and presented with a brand new per-

sonalized BMW GS motorcycle for each rider for duration of the event. Mr. Rudratej Singh, President and Chief Executive Officer, BMW Group India said, “The GS Trophy is not a rally or a race; it focuses mainly on team spirit as well as skills that are tested in various ways. It unites the world of motorcycling with the essence of friendly competion.”

she knocked him over from his chair. It turned out to be a prank by Akshay and Sonakshi. The actress shared the moment on Instagram Stories. In the video, Akshay is seen sitting beside her and talking to a journalist about ‘Mission Mangal’. He then

moves a bit to adjust his chair and pushes it slightly backwards. It is then when Sonakshi gives a slight nudge to Akshay’s chest, making him topple off his chair! As everyone gasped, Sonakshi said: “If people irritate me, that’s what I do”. —IANS




ctor Rishi Kapoor has launched actor Anupam Kher’s autobiography ‘Lessons Life Taught Me, Unknowingly’.Kher was thrilled to have his friend Rishi Kapoor release his autobiography as ‘he is not just a fine actor, but also a symbol of courage and hope in his fight, and recovery from disease’, Anupam said about the actor, who is undergoing a medical treatment.



Students of Rawat School giving Avengers:Endgame performance

A performance during the event KIRTI CHAUHAN


he ongoing two-day semifinals of the fifth season of ‘D fest 2019’, an Inter school dance competition by Buskers Dance Institute, was culminated on Saturday at Nirmala Auditorium. On the second day of the semi-finals, 40 schools

from Jaipur participated in the event and performed various western dance styles. Out of them, three performances in the junior and senior category each were shortlisted by the jury, to be performed in the grand finale on August 25. A wild card entry would be taken in both the groups on the basis of the ‘Likes’ on their per-

formance video Instagram. During the event, the mentors of the schools were felicitated by the Directors of Buskers, Hemant Singh Gajawat and Brijesh Saxena. The event was started with an amazing performance on ‘Beti Bachao and Beti Padhao’ and then a non-musical performance based on the ‘Unity of Religions’,


presented by the junior group of Janki Devi public school, melted the hearts of the audience. The senior students of Rawat School Pratap Nagar showed the movie ‘Avengers: Endgame’ in their 2.30 minutes performance, wherein, juinor group gave the ‘Puppet’ performance, during the event.

MGDians performing Hip-Hop Jazz during the event

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Govind Dev ji Temple Mahant Anjan Kumar Goswami ji launching the music of the movie ‘Mharo Govind’ KIRTI CHAUHAN


he music of the Rajasthani movie ‘Mharo Govind’ was launched in the city on Saruday at Aangan restaurant, was launched under the auspicious presence of Govind Dev Temple Mahanta Anjan Kumar Goswami. Minister of Art and Culture BD Kalla was present as the chief guest during the event, and ap-

Jury panelists of WOTFA VANSHIKHA GOUR


he jury meeting of the fifth edition of ‘Women Of The Future Awards’, (WOTFA), concluded on Saturday in Hotel Holiday Inn. The nomination forms received were evaluated based on their merits



Locals enjoy the mesmerising semi-finale performances of D fest 2019


out of which, profiles of 40 women were selected who will be felicitated on September 6 in the award ceremony. The brand owner of WOTFA, Sweety Soni said, “10 women will be awarded from ‘Save The Children’ foundation who are working in the rural areas and deserve

to be felicitated.” The jury panelists are Deepa Mathur, Amruta Maurya, Ritu Mehra, Usha Khandelwal, Tina Sahani, Medhavi Gautam, Bharti Singh Chauhan, Pallavi Sethi, Poornima Goyal, Yojna Singh, Khushboo Kapoor and Prameeti Pareek.

Dr Alok Srivastava during the session Jawahar Kala Kendra organised a day-long seminar, ‘Gandhi Nehru Samvad’ on Friday, which was based on the life and time of Mahatma Gandhi. During the event, a seminar was given by the famous Hindi writer and critic, Professor Purushottam Agarwal and famous writer and social scientist, Dr Alok Srivastava. The seminar was moderated by the well-known Hindi writer of Rajasthan, Dr Durga Prasad Agarwal.



eople across the country had participated in an online contest organised by Gauraagini Arts and L.M. Ishwar Foundation, where they were asked to present artwork on the topic, ‘Hamara India’. To celebrate the winning artworks of the best entries, a photo exhibition was organised at Jawahar Kala Kend-

Zabbar, and directedcomposed by Sanjay Raizada and Gaurav Jain. Deepshikha Jain accompanied Sanjay and Gaurav in giving voice to the songs. Music of the movie is released by T series. Producer N K Mittal and Actor/Director of the movie Manzoor Ali informed that the film will be presented in Rajasthan and Gujarat on the occasion of Janamastmi.




preciated the efforts of the team for making a Rajasthani film on religious concept and assured them the support of Government for promoting Rajasthani films. Other prominent personalities like OSD Chief Minister Office Farukh Afridi, Ghazal Samrats Ustad Ahmad Hussain and Ustad Mohammad Hussain also graced the event. The songs of the movie were written by Abdul

Team Palace Royals played cricket match with Ashta Challenger and PP Sunriser on Saturday and won both the matches by 24 runs and 7 wickets, respectively. —PHOTO BY NAIM KHAN

Dr Raagini Ishwar with the winning participants and their parents

One of the winning designs of ‘Hamara India’

ra on Saturday, with the showcase of all the winning participants’ inner emotions towards India, which would go on till today. Dr Raagini Ishwar, Chairperson, L. M. Foundation said, “We have set up this art exhibition on the occasion of our Founder, L. M. Ishwar’s birthday, where

the number of entries has been massive.” She added, “We had kept an online photo contest, wherein people from across the country had participated. He loved kids and was a true patriot, and that is the reason for keeping the theme of the exhibition as, ‘Hamara India’.”

Gour Sanadhya Foundation organised a cultural event ‘Leheriya 2019’ on Saturday at Pink City Press Club. —PHOTO BY NAIM KHAN

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First India Newspaper 11 August 2019  

First India is Rajasthan’s own English Newspaper. We bring you the most exclusive news of Rajasthan interspersed with the best of national,...

First India Newspaper 11 August 2019  

First India is Rajasthan’s own English Newspaper. We bring you the most exclusive news of Rajasthan interspersed with the best of national,...