First India-Lucknow Edition-19 January 2021

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Kashmir valley is reeling under intense cold wave which has resulted in the freezing of water supply lines and water bodies in several areas, including the Dal Lake.

Tourists take picture in a snow-covered region of Tangmarg, in Baramulla district of North Kashmir. The Kashmir Valley is reeling under severe cold, as Srinagar recorded a low of minus 8.4 degrees Celsius, the lowest in the city after 29 years. —PHOTO BY PTI

Didi sounds bugle for WB polls from Nandigram


Her former right hand man Adhikari, who represented the seat, but crossed over to BJP says ‘CHALLENGE ACCEPTED’


Nandigram (West Bengal): West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee on Monday announced that she will contest from Nandigram Assembly seat in the state election that is due in just a few months. The Chief Minister’s return to Nandigram is a direct challenge to Suvendu Adhikari, who has led an exodus of Trinamool leaders to the BJP over the past few weeks. Over 40 Trinamool Congress leaders joined Adhikari as he defected to the BJP in a mega rally in December in the presence of Union Home Minister Amit Shah. “I will contest from Nandigram Assembly. If possible I will contest from both Bhawanipur and Nandigram,” she said while addressing a rally here. Turn to P6

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee arrives for a public meeting in Nandigram on Monday.

ADHIKARI ACCEPTS DIDI’S DARE, SAYS WILL DEFEAT HER IN NANDIGRAM OR QUIT POLITICS Kolkata: BJP leader Suvendu Adhikari on Monday accepted the challenge thrown by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to contest from his Nandigram assembly seat, asserting he will defeat her in the election or quit politics. He, however, said the final decision to field candidates will be taken by BJP leadership after thorough discussion and not in an arbitrary way like in the ruling TMC. “If I am fielded by my party from Nandigram, I will defeat her by a margin of at least 50,000 votes or I will quit politics,” he asserted. “I don’t know from where I will be fielded, whether I will be fielded,” he said, addressing BJP workers after a three-km road show. Banerjee, Adhikari alleged, was playing with the sentiments of the people of Nandigram.

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday said the Delhi Police should decide on the entry of protesting farmers into Delhi on Republic Day, as it heard a plea seeking an injunction against the proposed tractor rally scheduled on January 26. Stating that it is a law and order matter, the apex court said, “Police is first authority to decide who should be allowed to enter Delhi. We are not going to tell you what you should do. We will take up this matter on Jan 20.” P5

GOVT: REACTIONS, 2 DEATHS NOT LINKED TO VAX New Delhi: A total of 3.8 lakh people have been vaccinated since the rollout of the coronavirus vaccines three days ago, the government said on Monday. Among them, 580 cases of adverse reactions have been observed & 7 persons have been hospitalized. Two persons have died also but neither deaths are related to vaccines, the government said. 1,48,266 healthcare workers were administered the vaccine on Monday. P6

‘Tandav’ over web series for hurting sentiments, makers say sorry after FIR Lucknow: Tandav, a political drama series streaming on Amazon Prime Video, has created furore over its alleged portrayal of Hindu deities in a ‘bad light’ and use of ‘casteist scenes and dialogues’. In this regard FIR has been lodged in Lucknow against the makers of this web series and also Amazon’s India head of original content for allegedly depicting Hindu gods in a manner hurtful to religious sentiments of the people. The FIR against Aparna Purohit, the head of Amazon’s India head of original content, director of the series Ali Abbas, producer Himanshu Krishna Mehra, writer Gaurav Solanki, and an unknown person was lodged late on Sunday night by senior Sub Inspector Amar Nath Yadav at the Hazratganj Kotwali police station in Lucknow. The makers of web series ‘Tandav’ on Amazon Prime Video Monday issued an uncondi-


Mission Rozgar gains further momentum CM Yogi to distribute appointment letters to 436 newly appointed secondary teachers on Tuesday First India Bureau Lucknow. January 18, At a time when Covid-19 pandemic seems to have paralysed growth, UP CM Yogi Adityanath has decided to defy all odds and give a big job push. Claiming to have already given jobs and

employment opportunities to 24 lakhs under Mission Rozgar, the UP CM now intends to double this target in the coming year. And to keep the momentum going he will distribute online appointment letters to 436 candidates for the post of Assistant

Yogi Adityanath

Teachers/Associates and lecturers in the

Arts Department Of the Secondary Schools on

Tuesday. The CM will also interact with the newly appointed staff. Candidates will be issued online appointment letters / posting orders containing photographs through the website developed in technical collaboration with NIC.According to Vinay Kumar Pandey, Director of Secondary Education, 114 female and 24 male candidates have been selected for the post of Assistant

Teacher of Arts in government schools. Apart from this, 298 candidates, 189 women and 109 men, have been chosen as lecturers. Online appointment letters will be distributed to the candidates by the CM at latter’s residence. On this occasion, C.M. Yogi will also communicate with newly appointed teachers by means of video conferencing through NIC. Turn to P6

SECURITY INCREASED AT SAIF, AMAZON’S OFFICES New Delhi: Joining the list of leaders opposing the content of Saif Ali Khan-starrer web series ‘Tandav’, Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati on Monday said that some scenes of the series “hurt the religious and ethnic sentiments” of people and it would be appropriate to remove them to maintain peace and harmony in the country. BJP leader Kapil Mishra too sent a legal notice to Amazon Prime Video demanding immediate removal of the web series from its platform. tional apology for “unintentionally” hurting sentiments of public. “The cast and crew did not have any intention to offend the sentiments of any individual, caste, community,

race, religion or religious beliefs or insult or outrage any institution, political party or person, living or dead. The cast and crew of “Tandav” take cognizance of the Turn to P6

CEC arrives in Assam to review poll preps Guwahati: Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora and other EC functionaries on Monday arrived in Assam on a three-day visit to review preparedness for the forthcoming Assembly polls in the state, officials said. Arora chaired a closed-door meeting with Chief Electoral Officer Nitin Khade and senior police officers of Assam at a city hotel in the evening soon after reaching here. Turn to P6

ECI team led by CEC Sunil Arora alongwith with Sushil Chandra & Rajiv Kumar in Guwahati on Monday.



Stage set for unopposed elections for 12 seats of legislative council, 10 BJP candidates file papers Biennial polls: Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma and former IAS officer AK Sharma file their nominations

s k a e p Yogi S P CM has said that U clean drinking water would be supplied to After filing their nomination papers all BJP candidates for MLC polls posing with Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Deputy Chief Ministers Keshav Prasad Maurya and Dinesh Sharma. (Right) Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma handing over his nomination papers to Returning Officer BB Dubey, at Vidhan Bhawan in Lucknow on Monday. Many senior ministers were also present during the filing of nomination papers at Vidhan Bhawan. —PHOTOS BY SUMIT KUMAR

M Tariq Khan Lucknow: The stage is set for unopposed elections for 12 seats of UP legislative council with 10 BJP candidates filing their nomination on the last of the process on Monday. Two Samajwadi Party candidates, Rajendra Chowdhary and Ahmed Hasan have already filed their nomination on January 15. A minor flutter was created when an independent candidate Mahesh Chandra Sharma of Kanpur also filed nomination. According to sources, the candidature of the 13th candidate Mahesh

All eyes on PM’s close aide AK Actually three Sharma’s filed nominations on Monday but all eyes were on the former civil servant and close aide of PM Modi AK Sharma aka as AK SharmaBharat for twitterati. “Bhavaani Shankarau Vandey! With blessings of National President Shri Nadda PM Modi’s close aide and BJP candidate AK Sharma filing his nomination papers on Monday.

Chandra Sharma, however. is likely to be rejected as his candidature did not have requisite number of proposers and fee-receipt as

BJP chief Nadda in Lko on Jan 21-22 First India Bureau Lucknow: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national President Jagat Prakash Nadda is scheduled to visit Lucknow between January 21-22, party sources revealed on Monday. Earlier, the BJP national chief was supposed to come to Lucknow on December 28 and 29 but the visit was called off after he tested positive for Covid-19. “BJP national President JP Nadda will visit Lucknow, on a two-day visit to hold discussions with state leadership on state organisation and government,” said a party office-bearer requesting anonymity. The top leadership of BJP is expected to dis-

ji & of Shri Modi ji, Amit Shah ji, Swtantra Dev Singh ji, Yogi ji, Bansal ji, other leaders & BJP family, I am filing MLC nomination today. Really moved by support of all. Grateful!,” said the former IAS officer greeting the gathering with folded hands.

JP Nadda

cuss and finalise the campaign itinerary not only for West Bengal but also discuss strategy for party’s comeback in the next Assembly election under Mission 2022. Being the national chief of the ruling party, Nadda would also be meeting party ministers as well as functionaries to ensure smoother coordination between the two.

filing of nominations for 12 legislative council seats, which will fall vacant on January 30. The scrutiny of papers will be held on January

19 and names can be withdrawn till January 21. The polling is scheduled to take place on January 28 and the counting will be held an

hour after completion of the polls.” CM Yogi Adityanath and ministers were present during the filing of papers. Those who filed their nominations include state unit BJP president Swatantra Dev Singh, Lakshman Prasad Acharya, Deputy CM Dinesh Sharma, former IAS officer AK Sharma, Kunwar Manvendra Singh, Govind Narayan Shukla, Salil Bishnoi, Ashwani Tyagi, Dharamveer Prajapati and Surendra Chaudhary. The BJP has asserted that it will win 10 out of 12 seats. Each candidate requires 32 votes to make it through.

each and every household by 2022. He said there was no dearth of funds for “Jal Jivan Mission.”

P CM met Union Jal UShekhawat Shakti Minister GS on Monday

and discussed “Namami Gange” and various other water resources and conservation projects in the State.

has directed Yof allogithatstate construction universities

and private universities including medical colleges to be set up in the state should be completed within the stipulated timeline to provide better educational infrastructure and facilities to youths.

per norms The BJP put up a show of strength as a long cavalcade of party nominees and party workers drove from party

office to Vidhan Bhawan where the nomination process was held. Returning Officer, BB Dubey said, “Monday was the last day for the

Services of Saifai medical varsity OSD terminated

Yogi cabinet meet Return to organic farming, to discuss budget Guv Anandiben urges farmers

Lucknow: The services of officer on special duty (OSD) of Uttar Pradesh State University of Medical Sciences, Saifai, Etawah Gurjit Singh Kalsi have been terminated with immediate effect. Kalsi after retiring from the post of director (finance) of the same university in August last year was appointed as OSD in November. As per government spokesman, Kalsi was being paid honorarium as OSD despite the fact that in accordance to University rules creation of any new post in the university was only possible with the prior approval of Government or by any general or special order of the State Government.

First India Bureau Lucknow: The first cabinet meeting of the Yogi Adityanath government this year would be held on Tuesday to discuss and fine tune proposals for budget 2021-22. Since this would be the last budget of the Bharatiya Janata Party government, funds allocation for top priority schemes and programmes being run by various departments would be taken up during the brainstorming, said sources. Here it is pertinent to mention that there cannot be a gap of more than six months between the sitting of a

House. The last assembly session has held on August 22, as such the government has to convene a session by February 21, sources pointed out. The budget session tentatively scheduled for February 18, would be brief. Sources said all the government departments have been asked to submit their proposals immediately, so that preparations could start. After two to three days of debate on Thanks motion over the Governor’s address, the budget would be tabled and it would be passed in a week.

First India Bureau Shahjahanpur: Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel strongly advocated for the importance of organic farming. The Governor attended a programme organised to mark the completion of 40 years of the establishment of Vinoba Seva Ashram in Shahjahanpur, where she was a chief guest. In her address at the event she said that people should move towards organic farming and that by the use of fertilizers, even though the production has increased, but so have diseases like cancer. She urged the farmers to return to organic farming so that the future

Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel.

generations will not be affected by such diseases. On reaching Vinoba Seva Ashram, Governor visited the Model Goshala and observed the method to make vermin compost and later visited Trimata i.e. Janani Mata, Go Mata and Dharti Mata Sadan established in the ashram.

She later inquired the benefits of various government schemes from the woman farmers and expressed her displeasure that woman farmers didn’t get any benefit. She asked DM Indra Vikram Singh to make sure the farmers get the benefit of Ayushman card as well as other schemes.


After strawberry fest in Jhansi, now Lko to hold ‘Gur Mahotsav’ 

The decision to hold the festival is part of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath government’s initiative to ensure branding of agro-based products.

First India Bureau Lucknow: Famous for its sweet, succulent and juicy Dussehri mangoes, the City of Nawabs, will host an event to showcase a product that is at the heart of many mouthwatering sweets in the country on the direction of UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. In a first of its kind show, Lucknow will hold a Jaggery Festival (Gur Mahotsav) some-

In a first of its kind show, Lucknow will hold a Jaggery Festival sometime next month.

time next month. The decision to hold the festival is part of Yogi Adi-

tyanath government’s initiative to ensure branding of agro-based

products. According to a government spokesman,

the ‘Gur Mahotsav’ ‘ will be showcasing the branding of jaggery and its related products. Progressive sugarcane farmers from every corner of the state will be invited and it is expected that many specialist producers of the agriculture and food processing sector will also visit the festival and share their knowledge. The ‘Gur Mahotsav’ was scheduled to take place last year but

due to the Corona pandemic, it was postponed. The sugar industry and sugarcane development department has started gearing up for this huge event. Additional Chief Secretary, sugarcane development department, Sanjay Bhoosreddy, recently held a meeting in this regard to discuss the format and purpose of the Gur Mahotsav. “The Gur Mahotsav” will have stalls of jaggery

chocolates, sweets, candies, and kheer. The Indian Council of Agricultural Research and the Sugarcane Research Institute have jointly prepared chocolate and other products from jaggery in different flavours. This event, which will be held in Lucknow, will not only benefit Ayodhya and towns adjacent to it but will also promote sugarcane farmers of Avadh and Purvanchal regions.



A police team was attacked by villagers when they raided Ruhasa village to nab cow-slaughter accused. Five policemen including police outpost incharge were injured in the attack. Police sources said when Daraula police reached at Ruhasa village to arrest cow slaughter accused Mujjamir then Mujjamir’s relative and other villagers attacked on police team. Five cops including police out post incharge were severely injured in the attack. AAP ALLEGES MP GOT DEATH THREAT

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Monday alleged that its Rajya Sabha MP and UP in-charge Sanjay Singh had received a death threat. “A person called on the phone of Sanjay Singh’s aide. He said he is from Hindu Vahini and will burn Singh alive by sprinkling kerosene oil on him,” AAP’s state president Sabhajit Singh alleged. MOHAN BHAGWAT IN VRINDAVAN

RSS’ Sarsanghchalak Mohan Bhagwat arrived in Vrindavan late in the evening on Monday for his two-day programme. He will meet major saints of Braj at Keshavdham and the sangh promoters to discuss issues of national interest. Bhagwat has been provided with Z plus security. The Intelligence Bureau and the local intelligence unit are keeping an eye on people living around Keshavdham. TEACHERS DISMISSED FOR FAKE DOCU

Two assistant teachers working in basic education department for last 23 years were dismissed from service on Monday for allegedly submitting forged documents, officials said. Directives have been issued to lodge cases against them and realise the salary paid to them. ‘ABDUCTED’ GIRL BROUGHT BACK

Gorakhpur police on Monday said it had brought a man booked under UP’s anti-conversion law from Karnataka and handed over the 19-year-old girl who was allegedly abducted by him to her family. However, further action in the case will be taken based on the girl’s statement as she is an adult, the police said.


Only four fatalities reported in 24-hrs; Caseload also declines with just 379 fresh cases First India Bureau Lucknow: In a pleasant development, that shows light beaming at the end of the tunnel, UP reported least number of fatalities in the last six months on Monday. As many as four COVID-19 fatalities, the lowest in over six months, which took the death toll to 8,580, were registered, health department officials said. Also, the state witnessed only 379 fresh infections which have pushed the caseload to 5,96,904. The number of active cases stands at 8,631. At least 622 people were discharged, ACS, Health, Amit Mohan Prasad said.


Photo for representational purpose only.

“There are 8,631 active cases in the state and the total number of recoveries has risen to 5,79,693. Of the active cases, 2,948


are in home isolation, 823 are undergoing treatment in private hospitals and the rest are in government hospitals,” he

added. So far, over 2.63 crore samples have been tested for covid, including more than 1.10 lakh on Sunday, Prasad said.

Ward boy died of heart attack Post-mortem report of the ward boy says he died of heart attack and

Rathore involved in many crimes, NSA likely First India Bureau Jalaun: Expelled BJP leader Ram Bihari Rathore, arrested last week on charges of child sex abuse, was involved in various criminal and anti-social activities for last six-seven years. As per the sources, along with various crimes, Rathore operated a betting racket from his house in Konch police area of Jalaun dis-

trict. Investigators are collecting evidence against him and may summon police personnel who had been posted in the area in the past few years to gather more information. Konch police station SHO Imran Khan said all aspects were being looked into and necessary evidence was being collected so as to invoke the stringent National Security Act (NSA)

Expelled BJP leader Ram Bihari Rathore.

Timely disposal of Police Housing Corp proposals saving huge money: Awasthi

against Rathore. Under the NSA, a person can be detained without charge for up to 12 months if authorities are satisfied that he or she is a threat to national security or law & order. Three cases have been registered against Rathore so far. The 65-yrold was arrested on January 13 on the complaint of two minor children accusing him of sexually exploiting them.


Road Safety Month

First India Bureau Lucknow: In accordance to the instructions of CM Yogi Adityanath, Additional Chief Secretary, Home, Awanish Awasthi has said that special measures are being undertaken for improving the functioning of UP Police Housing Corporation by ensuring timely disposal of all construction projects, which otherwise in the past resulted in huge losses to the exchequer. According to Awasthi the corporation suffered financial loss of Rs 11.29 crore in 2018-19 financial year besides Rs 7.12


ACS Home Awanish Awasthi

crore in 2019-20. However, in 2020-21 the Corporation registered profit which has witnessed steady growth and has exceeded Rs 4 crore in current financial year. Meanwhile ADG, Police Housing Corporation, HR Sharma said


total 155 construction works were being presently carried out by Police Housing Corporation which included construction of residential and non-residential buildings for the Police department as announced by the CM.

he National Road Safety Month and a Public Awareness Campaign was started in the toll booths of Lucknow and Agra on the Agra Lucknow Expressway by IAS Amit Kale, SDM Fatehabad. Starting January 18 to February 17 under the National Road Safety Month and a Public Awareness Campaign, UPEIDA has set up eye test camps at the toll booths of Agra and Lucknow on the LucknowAgra Expressway. This booth has been set up to check the eyes of all motorists passing through the said toll booths for free.

Two coaches of the Amritsar-Jaynagar Express derailed at 7:50 AM on Monday at Lucknow’s Charbagh Railway Station. There were 155 passengers in the two coaches. No injury and casualty was reported. The train had just left the yard and was running at a slow pace. A committee is being formed to probe the matter. —PHOTO BY SUMIT KUMAR

not due to the corona vaccine. It was found that the volunteer’s condition had deteriorated after the administration of the vaccine and when an ambulance was requested, the operator kept asking about the address of the patient. As the patient soon fell unconscious, he was taken to hospital in an auto and he was declared dead on arrival by the doctors. The news made headlines as the family members blamed the death due to the corona vaccine. Another shocking fact was the heart of the patient was only 500 gm whereas a normal heart weighs 800 gm.

Fursatganj coldest in state at 3.6 degrees First India Bureau Lucknow: Life across UP continues to reel under extreme weather conditions. Icy cold winds during the day have negated the effect of sunlight while dense fog has reduced the speed of vehicles on the highways. As per the MeT department, a cold day is when the minimum temperature is below 10 degree Celsius and the maximum is at least 4.5 degrees below normal. The lowest temperature was 3.6 degree Celsius at Fursatganj (Rae Bareli) and the highest was 22.5 degrees Celsius registered in Jhansi. The local MeT office said cold wave conditions occurred at isolated places in east UP. Day temperatures rose in Gorakhpur, Moradabad, divisions; fell appreciably in Prayagraj, Kanpur, Bareilly divisions.


R-Day start to Dhannipur mosque project with hoisting of Tricolour 

Apart from the mosque, the 5-acre project includes a hospital, a museum, a library, a community kitchen, the Indo-Islamic Cultural Research Centre and publication house

First India Bureau Ayodhya: Just as the construction of Ram Temple gains pace, the Dhannipur mosque project, which includes a hospital, a museum, a library, a community kitchen, the Indo-Islamic Cultural Research Centre, a publication house, besides a mosque, will formally begin in Ayodhya on the upcoming Republic Day. “At a meeting of the Indo-Islamic Cultural Foundation (IICF), it was decided that Republic Day will be celebrated with the start of the Dhannipur mosque project, which includes a

Design of the proposed mosque complex.

hospital, a museum, a library, a community kitchen, the Indo-Islamic Cultural Research Centre, a publication house and a mosque,”

secretary and spokesperson of the trust Athar Hussain said on Sunday. He said at 8.30 am on January 26, the national

flag will be hoisted on the five-acre plot of the project, which will be followed by plantation of saplings by the chief trustee and the member

trustees of the IICF. At a virtual meet chaired by IICF president Zufar Ahmad Farooqi and attended by all the nine trustees, the progress of the trust activities, especially the procedural delay in getting the 12-A/80-G clearances under the I-T Act and the proceedings for the opening of an FCRA account, was discussed, the statement said. “It was deci0ded to make a formal beginning of the project by applying for the plan clearance from the Ayodhya District Board and start the soil testing process at the five-acre plot,” he added.

Trust gets donations to the tune of Rs 100 crore for Temple Ayodhya: Shree Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust has received a donation around Rs 100 crore, said General Secretary of Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust Champat Rai. Rai said, “The data has not reached to the headquarters till now but we have got a report from our karyakartas, that they have received a donation for around

Rs 100 crores for this noble cause.” The Trust is conducting a mass contact and contribution campaign for the construction of the grand temple which began on January 15 and will go on till February 27.

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n December last year, Congress President Sonia Gandhi pacified a group of 23 dissenters (G-23) by accepting in principle their demand for inner-party democracy, which implied holding elections for the Congress Working Committee and the new chief of All-India Congress Committee. Even after five-hour long deliberations between Sonia Gandhi and G-23, the issue of Rahul Gandhi’s return as party president remained unresolved. With nearly a month gone, there is no indication that the Congress leadership is in any hurry to keep that promise. Rahul Gandhi remains a reluctant leader even as the disenchantment in the party is growing. Internal issues plaguing the Congress once again resurfaced with senior leader Kapil Sibal questioning the delay in effecting the much-needed changes in the party. “Since the meeting on December 19, we’re almost one month down the road. We’ve had no response on how and when this will happen. We hope that that response comes in the next few days,” said Sibal who could not attend that meeting as he was travelling abroad. Also absent from the meeting were Randeep Surjewala, KC Venugopal, Rajiv Satav, and some other loyalists of Rahul Gandhi. The revival of Congress is imperative for its survival. It has already faced electoral reversals in Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, and Kerala. Its prospects don’t look good in West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, and Assam. With internal strife persisting and no clarity on party president, sentiment against the Gandhis is growing. Yet, they seem to think that panacea lies in procrastination and not in taking the problems head-on.



fter Mamata Banerjee’s confidante Suvendu Adhikari defected to the BJP, the move was nothing short of a political quake in West Bengal. Adhikari’s departure from Trinamool Congress was significant because of the influence he commands in not one or two but 65 Assembly constituencies across six districts. He was the face of the Nandigram protests over land acquisition by the Left government in 2007 in which 14 people were killed. Mamata herself was deeply involved in the protests and coined the “Maa, Maatee, Manush” slogan which catapulted her to power in Bengal in 2011. Now Mamata has locked horns with Adhikari by announcing her decision to contest from Nandigram, which is the latter’s home turf. She will also contest from the Bhawanipore seat. “I have always started my campaign for the assembly polls from Nandigram. It is a lucky place for me,” said the West Bengal chief minister who is a legislator from Bhawanipore in south Kolkata. The announcement is tantamount to throwing a gauntlet which was promptly accepted by Suvendu Adhikari. The former transport minister responded by saying that if he can’t beat Mamata by “half lakh votes” he will “quit politics”, making it one of the most prestigious contests in the coming elections. Usually, politicians contest from two seats when they are unsure of retaining their constituency. They then look for a safe seat. But here Didi is entering the lion’s den. Although the size of a political rally does not guarantee votes, the Bengal chief minister’s rally on Monday showed she is ready to take on the BJP.




n big corporate houses, there are various departments to achieve company goals. They have a group of senior managers leading each department. They also have a department called Market Analysis which enables them to stay connected with the market of their segment, but small companies do not have such facility of department segmentation. In a small company, there will probably be a small team – maybe four or five employees. The promoter will be thoroughly involved in every aspect of the business – from production to sales and finance and service. The small company may not afford the cost of Managers and Leaders. At such a time, if the

Some small entrepreneurs believe that whatever they know is true. They give great importance to their traditional thinking for the company’s operation. They always try to find some other kind of fault with new things or ideas. They are too much into their own world. They often give more importance to a process driven by people and if a particular manager remains absent for a day they become conscious

promoter or company owner does not have progressive thinking, then the company will not grow. Also, some small entrepreneurs believe that whatever they know is true. They give great importance to their traditional thinking for the company’s operation. They always try to find some other kind of fault with new things or ideas. They are too much into their own world. They often give more importance to a process driven by people and if a particular manager remains absent for a day they become conscious. They never try to invest in process Automation or system development. They believe and have over-confidence in their own skills, but whenever they face a sudden challenge in the company, they get confused and start panicking. If the Head of a company possess such a hollow view then the company has to bear a heavy loss at some or the other point in time. The Head of the company needs to change its mindset. If the company wants to be on the path of development, then the Head of the company should keep a progressive approach and connect with some outside expert following the vision of the company’s business. Today let’s talk about one such progressive company’s


entrepreneur, Keyur Shah, Promoter and CEO of Reyes Techserve Pvt. Ltd. This company is a renowned IT company offering innovative technologies and software to the healthcare industry and most of its business comes from the USA. In order to keep the company progressing for the last 17 years, Keyur has been continuously offering new ideas and innovative products to the customers. The company’s philosophy is to give more than what is required at any corner of the world, and also within the fixed time limit. Keyur believes that if you want to keep your customers happy, then you have to keep employees happy. Mr. Keyur is an outspoken partner who has



ridgerton, Netflix’s hit of the season, which is adapted from the historical fantasy novels of Julia Quinn, plays fast and loose with history. It opens in 1813, the year in which Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice was published, Napoleonic war raged in Europe and London’s Westminster Bridge was illuminated by the world’s first public gas company. Bridgerton is far from an accurate portrayal of the historical Regency period in which it is set – named for the transfer of power from the incapacitated King George III to his son George IV in 1811 until the king’s death in 1820. However, it does get some things right.

In the show, London’s social set are abuzz with gossip provided by the anonymous column of Lady Whistledown. The columnist’s salacious writing is in step with the time: gossip newspapers circulated in Regency London, detailing the exploits and scandals of the “Bon Ton”, or fashionable elite, during “the season”. As Bridgerton’s historical consultant Hannah Grieg has detailed, this was the six months each year during which the daughters of Britain’s richest families would be presented at court, and advantageous marriages arranged. Some have expressed surprise at Bridgerton’s depiction of sex on screen. But, while Daphne Bridgerton’s (Phoebe Dynevor)


extensive outdoor copulation against a backdrop of triumphant baroque architecture may not have been every new bride’s experience, sex was everywhere in Georgian England. For two shillings, tourists in London could purchase

Harris’ List of Covent Garden Ladies, a catalogue of sex workers in the city that later informed the show Harlots. Scandalous elopements, abductions and unfaithful spouses within the upper classes were all fodder for

the gossip columns. The adultery trials of aristocratic women proved particularly popular, among them Seymour Fleming, known as Lady Worsley in 1782, and Lady Anne Foley in 1786. Another thing Bridgerton has received attention for its clumsy handling of issues of race in the Regency period. The show is one of several recent costume dramas looking to make the historical presence of people of colour in Regency England visible. Another thing Bridgerton has received attention for its clumsy handling of issues of race in the Regency period. The show is one of several recent costume dramas looking to make the historical presence of people of colour in

Regency England visible. While the decision to introduce racial diversity to the story has been lauded by many, including the novels’ author, Julia Quinn, Bridgerton has faced strong criticism from scholars and viewers alike. Bridgerton’s visual culture is no less implicated. Across its luscious sets, paintings copied from reallife artworks give depth and legitimacy to the Regency world created onscreen. A group portrait of the Bridgerton brothers, hung in the stairwell of Bridgerton house and to which the camera returns throughout the series, replicates Sir Joshua Reynolds’s 1760s depiction of the British politician Henry Fane and his friends.

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‘POLICE TO DECIDE ON FARMERS ENTERING DELHI’ Farmers’ protests: Centre opposes the entry of protesting farmers in Delhi, fears law & order violation New Delhi: The Supreme Court said on Monday the entry of protesting farmers into Delhi on Republic Day to be decided by the Delhi Police due to it being a “law & order issue”. The apex court was hearing a plea seeking an injunction against the proposed tractor rally on January 26. “We said this last time that entry to Delhi has to be seen under Delhi police. Who should not be allowed and the number of people who can enter are all matters of law and order to be dealt with the by the police,” the top court said. “We have indicated to the Attorney General and Solicitor General that it’s totally up to the

police to decide who should enter and who should not. Does the Union of Indian want police to be told that they have powers under the police act?,” said the bench, after the AG sought an adverse order against the tractor rally.The matter has been adjourned till Wednesday. In an application filed through the Delhi police, the Centre told the court that any planned rally or demonstration that aimed to interrupt and disrupt the festivities of Republic Day would cause the nation to be “embarrassed”. After the hearing, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh

New Delhi: Distancing itself from Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) chief Gurnam Singh Chaduni, Sanyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM) on Monday said it was not associated with the “all-party meeting” attended by Chaduni. In a press note, SKM said a committee has been formed to look into the matter and give its

report in three days’ time. “SKM is not associated with the “all-party meeting” taken up by Chaduni with political parties. SKM, after taking note of Gurnam Singh Chaduni’s ongoing activities with political parties, after a due discussion on the same in a general body meeting of SKM yesterday, has formed

Tomar said that the reforms brought in by Prime Minister Narendra Modi were “courageous” and would benefit farmers. Agitating farmer unions have remained firm on holding a trac-

tor rally on the Republic Day and vowed to continue their stir till the Centre’s farm laws are repealed. Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar on Sunday urged them to discuss alternatives to scrap-

Sanyukt Kisan Morcha distances itself from BKU chief after political outreach allegation a Committee that will inquire into the matter and give its report in 3 days’ time. SKM will take further steps thereafter,” the statement read. Punjab union leaders

Darshan Pal, Balbir Singh Rajewal and Jagjeet Singh Dallewal, as well as Rashtriya Kisan Mahasangh leader Shiv Kumar Kakkaji, All India Kisan Sabha leader Hannan

Before 2025, we intend to bring down road accidents by 50 pc: Nitin Gadkari New Delhi: The Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari on Monday said that the government aims to bring down road accidents and its related deaths down by 50 per cent before 2025. While inaugurating the National Road Safety Month at Vigyan Bhawan today, Nitin Gadkari said, “If we wait till 2030, 6-7 Lakhs more people will die. So, we have made a commitment that be-

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fore 2025, road accidents and deaths due to it will be brought down by 50 per cent with help of people’s participation.”

Highlighlight the achievements of the Ministry, Nitin Gadkari said, “We have achieved the target of constructing 30 kilometres of road per day. I believe that by the end of March, perhaps we will achieve the target of constructing 40 kilometres of road per day.” The inaugural function was launched by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari.

Minister of State for Road, Transport and Highways, General (Retd) V.K Singh and CEO, Niti Aayog, Amitabh Kant also participated. Activities planned during the month include the launch of a film on Road safety, flagging off of a National Championship Safe Speed Challenge from Wagah border to Kanyakumari, and giving away of awards for Road Safety, stated the press release by the Ministry. —ANI

CBI arrests senior Railway officer, four others in Rs 1 crore bribery case New Delhi: Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has arrested a senior railway officer of Northeast Frontier Railway and four others in an on-going investigation of a case related to alleged bribery of Rs 1 crore. The five accused were arrested on Sunday. As per CBI, it has arrested a Chief

Administrative Officer (a Senior Railway Officer), Construction-II, North Eastern Frontier Railway(NFR), Maligaon (Assam); a Deputy Chief Engineer, NFR, Agartala; an Assistant Executive Engineer, N.F. Railway (NFR), Agartala (Tripura); an employee of a private company based at

SENSEX TANKS 470 PTS; NIFTY DROPS BELOW 14,300 Mumbai: Equity benchmark Sensex plunged 470 points on Monday, tracking losses in index majors Infosys, HDFC and ICICI Bank amid a weak trend in global markets After a choppy session, the 30-share BSE index ended 470.40 points or 0.96 per cent lower at 48,564.27. Similarly, the broader NSE

Nifty tumbled 152.40 points or 1.06 per cent to 14,281.30. ONGC was the top loser in the Sensex pack, shedding around 5 per cent, followed by Sun Pharma, PowerGrid, Bajaj Finance, IndusInd Bank, Dr Reddy’s and Maruti. On the other hand, Reliance Industries, Titan, HDFC Bank and ITC were the gainers.

Guwahati (Assam) and a private person (a relative of CAO, NorthEastern Frontier Railway) in an on-going investigation of a case related to alleged bribery of Rs 1 crore. The statement read, another sum of Rs 18.5 lakh (approximately) & Rs 6.5 lakh have been recovered from the premises

of Deputy Chief Engineer & Assistant Executive Engineer (AEN). Thus, a total amount of Rs 2.39 crore (approximately) has been recovered. This includes an alleged bribe of Rs 1 crore, which exchanged hands yesterday, is stated to be one of the biggest bribe money trapped. —ANI

INTER-DISTRICT SNOW RUGBY C’SHIP HELD IN BUDGAM Budgam (Jammu and Kashmir): A first of its kind inter-district snow rugby championship was held at Dharmuna in Budgam district of North Jammu and Kashmir on Monday to encourage youth of the valley to take up sports. The event

was organised by the District Rugby Association, Budgam. Overwhelming participation of the youth was observed at the sports event. It was a great opportunity for participants to display their athletic skills during this winter season.

ping the legislation at the next meeting scheduled for January 19. However, Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Rakesh Tikait told reporters in Nagpur that the farmer groups were prepared

Mollah and All India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee leader Yogendra Yadav, signed the letter. Asserting to continue to protest against the BJP rallies, Chaduni on January 10 said his organisation had not let the Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar to hold a rally in Karnal. BKU is

to sit in protest till May 2024. “Our demand is that the three laws be taken back and the government provide a legal guarantee on the MSP,” he said. In an application filed through the Delhi police, the Centre told the court that any planned rally or demonstration that aimed to interrupt and disrupt the festivities of Republic Day would cause the nation to be “embarrassed”. Meanwhile, union leader Yogendra Yadav said at a press conference at the Singhu border protest site that the agitating groups will carry out a tractor parade on the Outer Ring Road in Delhi on Republic Day. —Agencies

is protesting against the three newly enacted farm laws Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020, & the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020. —ANI

We will not quarrel, but celebrate R-Day: Farmer leader Rakesh Tikait

akesh Tikait, the R National Spokesperson of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU), on Monday reiterated that the farmers’ leaders have said that they would take out a parade on Outer Ring Road in the national capital so the police should come and talk to them and remove the roadblocks for the parade. He was responding to the order of the Supreme Court delivered on Monday which said that the Delhi Police should decide on the entry of protesting farmers on Republic Day as it is a matter of ‘law and order’ while

hearing a plea by the centre that sought an order against the proposed tractor rally by farmers on Republic Day. “The highest court has taken cognizance of the matter. It is a good thing that the law and order situation must be looked into by the police, said Tikait The farmers protesting against the farm laws have announced a ‘Tractor March’ on Republic Day. Tikait said the citizens of the country cannot be stopped by constitutional institutions or the police from celebrating the Republic Day. —Agencies


Delhi district courts resume physical hearing New Delhi: All district courts of Delhi on Monday resumed physical hearing on an alternate day basis. The courts will continue taking up the matters through ‘video conferencing’ on non-physical days. Many lawyers practicing in district courts welcomed the decision and said that it will heal the lawyers of trial court who had suffered financially due to limited hearing in the courts. Bharat Lal Shivhare, a counsel, said that the decision to resume partial physical hearing will help those lawyers, who were suffering financially. Another young lawyer Mehul Prasad, who is practicing in lower courts, expressed happiness about the resumption of physical hearing and said that many lawyers are not technologyfriendly and were unable to argue in virtual hearings. —ANI

HC disposes PIL seeking removal of Amitabh Bachchan’s voice New Delhi: The Delhi High Court was on Monday informed that Bollywood Megastar Amitabh Bachchan’s voice has been removed from the caller tune on precautions against the Covid-19 viral infection, leaving the PIL invalid. The bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice Jyoti Singh was hearing the submission of the petitioner who

Jaishankar raised Mallya’s Don’t join WhatsApp if extradition: Centre to SC New Delhi: The Centre retary of India raised it not accepting on Monday informed with the UK Permanent the Supreme Court that Under Secretary of Vijay Mallya’s extradi- Home. UK’s response new policy: HC tion has been raised at the highest political level, but the UK government has refused to share the details of the confidential proceedings delaying his extradition. “In December 2020, External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar raised the issue with UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab and most recently in January 2021, the Home Sec-

JIO TO EMBED E-COMMERCE APP INTO WHATSAPP IN 6 MONTHS Bengaluru: Reliance Industries plans to embed its ecommerce app JioMart into WhatsApp within 6 months, sources reported on Monday, as the conglomerate looks to ramp up its retail and grocery business in the country. Reliance, which has been trying to move away from its mainstay oil and energy business, had

sought removal of the actor’s voice from the

caller tune in his plea as it was infructuous Taking note of the submission, the court disposed of the petition as not pressed. The petitioner had sought removal of the voice of the megastar from the caller tune on the ground that the actor himself, along with some family members, had been infected by the virus. —ANI

last year raised about $26 billion from investors like Google & Facebook for its digital and retail arms as it takes on Inc and Walmart-backed Flipkart in India. The move to integrate JioMart with WhatsApp will allow hundreds of millions of users to order products from Reliance without having to leave the app.

remained the same”, said Solicitor General Tushar Mehta before a bench headed by Justice UU Lalit. Mehta added that in November last year the foreign secretary of India raised the issue of Mallya extradition with UK Home Secretary Priti Patel, who responded that the UK’s legal complexities were preventing Mallay’s quick extradition.

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court said accepting new privacy policy of WhatsApp was a “voluntary” thing & one can choose not to use that platform if one did not agree with its terms & conditions. The court said if the terms & conditions of most mobile apps are read, “you would be surprised as to what all you are consenting to”.

PARL PANEL SUMMONS FB, TWITTER OFFICIALS ON JAN 21 New Delhi: The Parliamentary Committee on Information Technology has issued summons to officials of Facebook & Twitter for January 21, to question them over misuse of social media/online news platforms. The allegations of a Facebook bias

towards the BJP were reported in The Wall Street Journal in 2020 & had claimed Ankhi Das, the platform’s then India Policy Head had opposed the idea of removing hate posts by BJP leaders, warning that this could hamper “commercial interests”.




New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday took a veiled dig at previous Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) regime, saying that the previous government had no modern approach and policy for metro. Speaking at the ‘Bhoomi Poojan’ of Ahmedabad Metro Rail Project Phase-II and Surat Metro Rail Project via video conferencing, the Prime Minister said over 450 kms of metro network became operational in the last six years. “Work on projects worth Rs 17,000 crore is starting from today. This shows that the country’s efforts for new infrastructure projects is increasing during COVID-19. Ahmedabad and Surat are cities that will empower self-reliant India. Ahmedabad and Surat are receiving very important gifts today. Metro will further strengthen the connectivity in two major business centres of the country Ahmedabad and Surat,” he said on Monday. “These metro projects are being conceptualised to meet the needs of the future. Our cities will get better fa-


Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing at the inauguration of the Ahmedabad Metro Rail Project Phase-II and Surat Metro Rail Project in Gujarat, through video conferencing, in New Delhi on Monday.



fter the Bhoomi Pujan, Modi said, “Today, infrastructure projects worth Rs 17,000 crore are going to start, which shows that the country is serious on initiatives related infrastructural development project even during the Covid pandemic.” He further said that after Ahmedabad, Surat is one of the biggest city in Gujarat

cilities,” PM Modi said. He added that during the previous regime expansion of metro railways in the country was comparatively ‘less significant’, adding that

getting water supply from pipeline,” he said. Modi said that under the Jal Jeevan Mission, 10 lakh new water connections have been distributed. “And very soon, every household in Gujarat will be getting water supply through pipeline,” said Narendra Modi Modi, while enumerating the acheivements of the mission.

diums,” the Prime Minister asserted. “Today, we are developing transportation system of cities as integrated system. We are developing cities’ transport system like integrated system, which means that bus, metro, rail will not ply as per their own design but work as collective system, complementary to each other,” he added. Prime Minister Narendra Modi highlighted that Surat is eighth biggest city in terms of population and fourth fastest growing city in the world.

which will be connected with modern transport. “In Surat, the metro project will connect the important business centres with each other,” the PM said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi further highlighted that besides cities, villages in Gujarat have also witnessed unprecedented development. “Specially the roads, elec-

tricity and the supply of the water have improved in last two decades.”, PM Modi who had served three terms as the the Chief Minister of the state said. Modi also pointed out that many of us seen the time when the water was supplied in the villages through tankers and trains. “Now 80 per cent of the population in the state is

around 1,000 kms long metro lines are being laid in 27 cities. “Before 2014, only 225 kms of metro line became operational in 1012 years. In last 6 years,

over 450 kms of metro network became operational. Once there was no modern approach for metro, and there was no metro policy. As a re-

sult, there are different metro in different cities based on different techniques and facility. There was no integration of metro with other public transport me-

IMD extends cold wave warnings

Recoveries exceed active Covid Cases by over one Crore: Health Ministry


‘Media trials’ can obstruct administration of justice: HC NCP DEMANDS JPC ON PURPORTED CHATS BETWEEN GOSWAMI AND DASGUPTA

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New Delhi: The Bombay high court observed that ‘media trials’ can obstruct the administration of justice, and is in violation of programme code under the Cable Television Network Regulation Act, impacting the ongoing investigations. The high court on Monday made the observation while disposing of a batch of public

Somnath Temple trust looks after the management of the Jyotirlinga Somnath temple. On Monday. A virtual meeting of the trustees took place in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been unanimously elected as the chairman. He will be holding this post for one year. He is the second Prime Minister to chairman of the trust after late Morarji Desai.

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interest litigations (PILs) filed by former police officers, activists, lawyers and NGOs from Maharashtra in the aftermath of actor Sushant Singh Rajput’s death in June 2020. They had requested the

court to issue restraint orders to media reporting on the actor’s death. After hearing out the arguments of various parties for weeks, the court had reserved its judgment on November 6, 2020.

will get appointment in the highest priority schools. Similarly, married women candidates whose children are autistic or are 40 pc disabled and whose spouse is posted in Indian Army / Air Force / Navy or Central Paramilitary Forces, or widowed women / widower who have not remarried, and are single parents and whose spouses are employed in state or aided schools, council schools, state / central universities and state / semi-government services falling under basic, secondary and higher education will also

be given preference in posting.

New Delhi: North India will continue to reel under the grip of an intense cold wave for few more days even as the dense fog will lift by Tuesday, a senior official at the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Monday. RK Jenamani, the senior scientist, IMD, said that the warning for the cold wave in North India has been extended till January 22. Earlier, the IMD had issued a cold wave warning for January 1315 and then extended it till January 18. However, RK Jenamani said that the dense fog spread across northern plains in Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand will begin lifting from Tuesday resulting in hotter days and colder nights.

Four officers in the Additional/Joint Director level have been given jobs the Enforcement Directorate (ED). Accordingly, Ms Monika Sharma has been appointed as Additional Director, (HIU-1, Training, Systems, Adjudication), Headquarters, while Kapil Raj was given the charge of HIU-2, Penalty Recovery, Headquarters and Rohit Dwivedi is assigned Administration, Establishment and Vigilance with additional charge of intelligence, Headquarters. Besides, Yogesh Sharma has been appointed as Additional Director, Mumbai Zone office-II. 10 TOP EXECUTIVES OF A PSU UNDER SCANNER

The Vigilance Department is whispered to have served notices - regarding financial irregularities - on 10 Top Executives in a Public Sector Undertaking (PSU). The Executives came under scanner after they allegedly siphoned off the company’s money to different sector. WHERE IS THE FILE OF 13 BANK ED’S?

The file pertaining to the appointment of 13 new ED’s in various banks is said to have been stuck up. Guessing game is on. NHRC’ CHAIRMAN’S POST TO REMAIN VACANT TILL MAY ?

Post of the Chairman of National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) is lying vacant. It is said that the post will remain vacant till May. MAJOR OVERHAULING OF IRS OFFICERS AFTER BUDGET

A Major overhauling in the CBDT and the CBIC is expected to take place after the budget is presented. MAHARASHTRA CHIEF SECRETARY TO RETIRE NEXT MONTH

Maharashtra Chief Secretary Sanjay Kumar is retiring in February end. He is 1984 batch IAS officer. LOKPAL ORDERS PRELIMINARY INQUIRY INTO 21 COMPLAINTS

Anti-corruption ombudsman Lokpal has ordered preliminary inquiry into 21 complaints – 18 by the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) and three by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). APPOINTMENT OF MEMBERS STUCK UP?

Appointment of members of Income Tax Appellate Tribunal seems to have stuck up. J Khanwilkar Committee sent recommendations in October 2019. Supreme Court Constitution Bench Judgment came in November 2019. Another judgment of Supreme Court came in November 2020 to clear the appointments. Still there is no process undergoing in any ministry. In the meanwhile, all other tribunals like NGT, RCT, NCLT, APTEL, IPAB have been facilitated with recruitment. Tribunal has vacancy of more than 60 members and crores of rupees tax is stuck and VSVS scheme has not reduced the litigation at all. WHO WILL MOVE TO SRINAGAR ?

After the merger, about half a dozen IAS officers of UT cadre are likely to move to Srinagar. Covid vax shots may help India by leaps and bounds.

New Delhi: India's total COVID-19 recoveries have surpassed the active caseload by more than one crore, the Union Health Ministry said on Monday, terming it as a landmark achievement. The total number of Covid-19 recoveries has touched 1,02,11,342, while the active cases in the country stand at 2,08,012 today. "The gap between the two has progressively grown to touch 1,00,03,330. The total recovered cases



The central deputation tenure of Dr Y L P Rao working as Deputy Director General, UIDAI, HQ, New Delhi has come to an end. He is a 1986 batch IFS officer of Maharashtra cadre. 19 PRIVATE SECRETARIES OF CSSS PROMOTED

are nearly 50 times the active cases in the country," the Health Ministry underlined.

As many as 19 Private Secretaries of the Central Stenographers’ Secretariat Service (CSSS) have been promoted as Principal Private Secretaries. Those promoted are: S P Bhatnagar, Sanjay Dhawan, Hema Narang, Mahendra Singh Rawat, V Ravi, Anita Arora, R N Sahai, Indira Mohan Kartikeya, Neeraj Jaitly, Rita Devnani, Sanjeev Sharma, Archana Bhatnagar, Gulshan Kumar, Punam Verma, Geeta Negi, Sudha Bhardwaj, Deepa Rajesh, Gulshan and Sarita Peghwal. By arrangement with: http://

FROM PG 1 Mission Rozgar Pandey informed that for the first time, on the instructions of the Chief Minister, newly appointed teachers are being given the facility to select the options of schools in the order of online preference as per their wish. Online appointment letters will be issued to selected teachers based on their choice of order of preference. In the recruitment process, the first preference is being given to the selected candidates in the Handicapped category from Public Service Commission, from which they

Didi sounds... Adhikari had won the Nandigram seat as the TMC candidate in 2016. Traditionally, Banerjee has always contested from Bhawanipur. “I will come again and again as Nandigram is my lucky place. In the 2016 election, I announced my election from Nandigram. Today also I came to Nandigram. TMC will win in 2021. Mamata had swept into power defeated the ruling Left with a landslide victory in the 2011

Assembly election. “If I make mistake slap me but don’t go away from me. Who will do that much work for you? If anyone calls me bad, I won’t let them,” she said. “Bhawanipore, please don’t feel sad. I will give you a good candidate,” the 66-year-old promised. Later in her speech, she indicated that she may contest from both constituencies and said, “Nandigram is my big sister, Bhawanipore is my younger sister... I will fight from both if possible. In case I am unable to contest from Bha-

wanipore, someone else would contest.” —ANI

‘Tandav’ over... concerns expressed by the people and unconditionally apologize if it has unintentionally hurt anybody’s sentiments,” series director Ali Abbas Zafar shared the statement on his Twitter handle. The film starring Saif Ali Khan, Dimple Kapadia, Sunil Grover, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Dino Morea, Kumud Mishra, Mohd Zeeshan Ayyub, Gauhar Khan and Kritika Kamra, premiered on the stream-

ing platform on Friday. Taking to Twitter, BSP President Mayawati called for removing the objectionable content from the web series. Protests are being registered against some scenes hurting the religious and ethnic sentiments in the Tandav web series, in respect of which it would be appropriate to remove whatever is objectionable so that the atmosphere of peace, harmony and mutual brotherhood in the country is not spoiled anywhere, she said. According to the FIR,

following public outrage expressed on social media platforms, the web series was viewed and it was found in the 17th minute of the first episode of the series that Hindu gods and goddesses have been allegedly presented in an “undignified manner’ and shown using language which is hurtful to religious sentiments. Dialogues in the web series can incite caste anger, the FIR stated.

CEC arrives... The CEC is accompanied by 7 senior officials of the Commis-

sion. The EC team on Tuesday would hold separate meetings with the chief secretary, home secretary, DGPdistrict election officers and the SP, officials said. Other members of the team are Election Commissioners Sushil Chandra and Rajiv Kumar, Director General Dharmendra Sharma, Deputy Election Commissioner Chandra Bhusan Kumar, Senior Principal Secretary Narendra N Butolia Director of Expenditure Pankaj Srivastava and EVM Consultant Vipin Katara. —PTI



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n what could be demoralising for the morale of IPS officers in Uttar Pradesh, the unexpected, out of turn transfers, allegedly on the whims and fancies of a handful influential is not only defying the Apex Court guidelines for a minimum two-year stay period in a district but also allegedly out to affect smooth and efficient policing in the state. For example, Anurag Arya, who took charge of Pratapgarh in August last year was transferred from within a span of just six months due to health reasons while Arvind Chaturvedi, who took charge of Barabanki in January last year, was also sent to Sultanpur before the completion of one year, despite his working having been appreciated by many. According to former Director General of Police (DGP) Prakash Singh, known for working on police reform over the

years, the pace and pattern in which police district chiefs are changed in UP are pathetically different from the transfer pattern of district magistrates. As per Singh, the recent case of Hathras was a glaring example in this context. He further mentioned that the transfer of police officers was mostly carried out due to political reasons. Police officers doing good work should be given a chance to work for at least two years as the Apex Court order also mentions so, he added. Ex-DGP Vikram Singh also feels that most transfers are in self-interest and not in the public interest. Political interference is the biggest reason for transfers. It takes six months for a police officer to understand a district and at least one year to improve its condition. therefore, any good officer should be given a two-year posting in a district.

Maya joins chorus

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Tandav webseries First India Bureau

Lucknow: Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati has joined the list of people to voice their strong objections against objectionable scenes and dialogues in the web series Tandava. A case has been filed against the director, producer, writer and head of India original content Amazon of the webseries Tandava in Lucknow. Former Chief Minister, Mayawati has been tweeting after the uproar over the web series Tandava. Mayawati said that certain scenes of the series have hurt religious and ethnic sentiments and called for the removal of such scenes from the series so as to maintain an environment of peace, harmony and mutual brotherhood is maintained in the country. Earlier on Sunday night, FIR was lodged in Hazratganj Kotwali, Lucknow against Ali Abbas Zafar, director of web series Tandava, producer Himanshu Meh-



everal ministers in the Yogi Government are not happy with the choice of IAS officers assigned to their departments by the state government. With elections in the state just about an year away, these ministers are being besieged by their supporters and party workers from their respective constituencies seeking favours and getting the “odd job”



officer in Pratapgarh, a politically charged district. Most of the district chiefs so far have been able to stay for six months or less which raises the question that whether IPS officers do not like this district or vice versa. Interestingly the unexpected rapid transfer of police chiefs in the district has failed to improve the law and order scene.

2: In Sultanpur, IPS officer Arvind

Chaturvedi is the fifth officer to be posted as Superintendent of Police within a span of two-and-a-half years. The district considered as important in political terms has a pathetic law and order scene as rising crime has always posed as a challenge. In this district also, the inability of an IPS officer to stay for long is a puzzle.

3: Prabhakar Chaudhary, another

IPS transfers allegedly on the whims and fancies of a handful influential continues to be the norm while denting the morale of country’s biggest police force

IPS officer with a clean image, has also faced several transfers within three years. Currently serving as Superintendent of Police, Moradabad, Chaudhary had few months stay as police chief in different districts including Varanasi, Sonbhadra, Bulandshahr, Sitapur and Ballia and Kanpur (Dehat). In the name of public interest, the government continued transferring Chaudhary to different districts at short intervals. On the contrary in the same state with the

done. But the “mantrijis” recommendations are being shot down by these “babus” (read IAS officers) citing rules and procedures. And the leading group of these disgruntled ministers is a deputy chief minister and a senior cabinet minister with a very important portfolio who have raised the issue at the top level. With the transfer season in full swing, these minsters have trained their guns and are now going hammer and tongs after a senior IAS officer from Maharashtra and another additional

4: Further IPS Atul Sharma of 2009 batch was made police chief of several major districts including Prayagraj. However, with major crime incidents during his tenure, he was suspended and removed on charges of corruption. 5: Finger was raised on the posting

of promotee IPS officer RP Pandey, who was said to be close to former cabinet minister and senior Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan. Sanjeev Tyagi, another 2010 batch IPS officer, who was in controversy due to misbehavior with women officers during the tenure of the SP government, was made police chief of Auraiya and then Bijnor. Recently he was being transferred to Pratapgarh but later cancelled. Similar postings of controversial officers Ajaypal Sharma and Himanshu Kumar were carried out.

6: Another glaring example is that of Abhishek Dixit, a 2006 batch IPS of Tamil Nadu cadre who despite lacking experience in leading major districts besides having serious corruption charges against him leveled was posted as chief of a district like Prayagraj. He was later suspended.

Yogi govt scrambles to with rape & murder

SC after petitions against of specially-abled girl

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ra, writer Gaurav Solanki and Aparna Purohit of Head India Original Content Amazon by the Senior Sub-Inspector Amarnath Yadav. The series has been in the eye of the storm ever since its release. One such scene which has hurt the religious sentiments is in the 17th minute of the 1st episode also abusive language has also angered the people. It is being said that the series is made to gain political supremacy and incite the religious sentiments of the community.

same government setup, many tainted officers continue to receive important postings sans any special achievement.

Unknown charged

‘love jihad’ law flood HC Mayawati


Lucknow: With a lot of cases being filed against the Yogi governments’ Uttar Pradesh Prohibition of Unlawful Conversion of Religion Ordinance of 2020, loosely referred as the ‘love jihad’ law, in the Allahabad High court, the UP government has moved Supreme Court for relief. The Yogi Aditynath government has filed a petition in the Supreme Court for a stay of all proceedings of cases filed in Allahabad High Court regarding the ordinance and the government has also asked the cases to be transferred to Supreme Court from the Allahabad High Court. The hearing on the petitions against ‘love jihad’ ordinance will be heard on 25th January, the order was given by the bench of Chief Justice Govind Mathur and

chief secretary rank civil servant known for his “no-nonsense type” approach to get them shifted. Will the UP CM agree to their requests? Only time will tell.. -M Tariq Khan



naction by police in the case lodged against Dilip Bafla by

Justice SS Shamsheri. The bench was also informed of the petition regarding the transfer of cases filed in the Supreme Court. The bench observed that while a notice has been issued by the Supreme Court, no interim order has been passed thus hearing is not barred. In the petition, the anti-conversion law has been challenged as one which is against the constitution’s fundamental rights of a person to live and also freedom of choice. The call for repealing the ordinance has been made because such an ordi-

nance can be misused. The state government defended the law saying that the law has been brought to protect civil rights and not to violate anyone’s fundamental right. The ordinance is to prevent conversion through deceit. The Division Bench of high court rejecting the government’s plea to adjourn the hearing until the ongoing hearing in the Supreme Court and has decided 25th January as the final hearing date. The state government was represented by Advocate General Raghvendra Pratap Sin-

Lucknow Development Authority (LDA) has raised questions against the LDA as well as the police. The police as per information received is not getting the support of LDA for initiating action against Bafla. The LDA had lodged a case against Bafla alleging that he had come to the office for misappropriation

of files. Moreover, the Mahasamiti had also accused Bafla of large scale misappropriation of land. But in this case also, the silence of LDA has raised many a question as to why no action has been initiated against Bafla so far or why the police have not been able to arrest him despite the fact that he was going around

gh. He told the court that a petition in the Supreme Court is also being heard in addition to transferring of all the cases from the state to the Supreme Court so that all the cases can be heard simultaneously. The high court observed that while the Supreme Court has not passed any interim order, the hearing for the case in High Court cannot be adjourned. The state government had earlier filed its reply in the court on January 5th which was 102 pages long and declared that the ordinance was necessary. Four separate applications were filed in the Allahabad High Court against the anti-conversion ordinance and all the petitions had one common concern which was that the ordinance was non-essential and is for only political gains.

freely and available for investigation. Bafla is also alleged to be making phone calls through WhatsApp so that his conversation could not be recorded. However, now is such a situation the Mahasamiti will have to come forward in the public interest and not wait for LDA to break its silence on the issue.

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Barabanki: A case of rape and murder has been registered against an unknown person for the murder and rape of a specially-abled girl. On Monday, IG Ayodhya Dr. Sanjeev Gupta took stock of the situation and recorded statements from the bereaved family. 5 police teams have been deployed to arrest the accused but so far no success has been found. The body of the mentally handicapped was found in a mustard field in Bibipur village of Zaidpur, the girl was said to be bleeding from her mouth, genitals and she was strangulated by a scarf. The young girl had stepped out of her home at 9’O clock in the morning on Sunday and when she didn’t return till late at night, her family began searching for her. The mutilated body of the girl was found 500 meters away from her house. SP Yamuna Prasad, ASP Manoj Pandey and

Moreover, the LDA may give up its land but how could the Mahasamiti allow corruption in the public interest. The big question is whether

DM Dr. Adarsh Singh also reached the spot on Monday morning. Zaidpur police have taken 10 persons under custody on suspicion. Police force has been deployed in large numbers to avoid any untoward incident. The postmortem was carried under the supervision of Magistrate and has been video recorded. The report has confirmed injuries and excessive bleeding in various parts of the girl’s body suggesting gang rape. Various political leaders of all major parties arrived at the house of the girl to assure of strict actions to be taken against the accused.

Bafla is showing the mirror to vice-chairman Abhishek Prakash or is Bafla proving to be a heavyweight in the case.

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SP to contest ’22 polls on its own: Akhilesh

Accuses BJP of using the community & attempting to marginalise it politically First India Bureau Lucknow: The assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh are a year away and the political parties are managing the political equations to trump the rivals in the real battle of votes. The BJP through the MLC elections has put out a strong message looking to maintain its caste combination. It has given tickets to dalits, backward classes, Vaishya, Thakur, Bhumihar and Brahmin. But the party could not adjust one for its core vote bank-the Kayasth community. This folly, many believe, has given the Samajwadi Party a weapon to bill the BJP as anti-Kayastha. The BJP has fielded a Thakur Kunwar Manvendra


Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath with party state president Swatantra Dev Singh

Singh from Jhansi while Arvind Sharma, former IAS officer who joined the party recently is a Bhumihar from Mau, East UP. State president Swatantra Dev Singh and Dharamveer Prajapati are OBCs. Deputy CM Dinesh Sharma and Go-


vind Narayan Shukla represent the Brahmins, while Laxman Acharya and Surendra Chowdhary come from the dalit community. The party has accommodated state vice president Salil Vishnoi from the Vaishya community. It was expected of the


BJP to give ticket to a Kayasth candidate following the victory of SP’s Ashutosh Sinha in the election for legislative council from Varanasi. The SP has accused the BJP of using the Kayasth community when it needs and at-

HC disposes of talaq plea of Muslim man, wife First India Bureau

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath with Union Jal Shakti Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat at his residence in Lucknow on Monday. The two reviewed the works related to ‘Jal Jivan Mission’ and ‘Namami Gange’ projects.

tempting to marginalise it politically. Ashutosh Sinha said the BJP has merely used the community but never gave its due. The Kayasth leaders and workers were not given a place in state body nor has anyone been sent to Rajya Sab-

Lucknow: Noting the fact that a man and his wife have accepted the talaq, the Allahabad High Court observed that now talaq would be termed to be a khula tala. The division bench of Justice Dr Kaushal Jayendra Thaker and Justice Gautam Chowdhary passed this order while hearing a petition filed by Mohammmad Gufran @ Gufran. At this stage it is stated by both that they want to bury their differences and as this is a petition under Article 226 of Constitution of India and as the parties

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belong to Muslim religion and as now they have accepted the talaq, which would now be turned as khula talaq as per the Muslim Personal Law (Shariat) Application Act, 1937 and as per the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Divorce) Act, 1986. The husband faces

some offences which can be said to be in the realm of non-compoundable offences. The Court refrained from opining as to whether it was a pressure technique or it was a genuine complaint and observed that the parties “have undertaken not to indulge in any litigation against each other in future. Though the State Counsel has his own reservations but as it is a private dispute and it does not affect public domain or public policy of the State, the petitioner states that this may not be treated as precedent in future.


Govt tweaks transfer rule to shift IAS officer M Tariq Khan Lucknow: For Riya Kejriwal, a 2017-batch IAS officer of Rajasthan cadre, the New Year brought cheer and her joy knew no bounds when she got a transfer order to Uttar Pradesh. She had applied for a change in cadre to UP on grounds of marriage as her husband and batchmate Ishan

Riya Kejriwal

Ishan Pratap Singh

Pratap Singh is an IAS officer in UP. The De-

partment of Personnel and Training approved

her request and Riya has packed her bags and all set to join her hubby soon. She, however, is lucky to have got the clearance soon. For, there are around a dozen such requests for cadre change on similar grounds are pending with the DoPT, sources revealed. The Centre has tweaked the policy but existing norms still al-

low an IAS officer to choose the cadre state of his/her spouse. “The proposals are at various stages of consideration,” said an official. The central government may, with the concurrence of the state governments concerned, transfer an officer from one cadre to another cadre on the ground of marriage, as per a DoPT policy.

ha or legislative council. This, despite the fact that the community has always sided with the BJP and voted en masse. The SP has shown its unwavering commitment towards the community. The BJP hasn’t fielded any Kayasth leader for Lok Sabha elections, mayoral or MLC elections. The SP on the other hand gave one ticket to the community in 2014 LS elections and mayoral ticket from Jhansi. In 2017 elections the BJP had given tickets to five Kayasths and SP to three. Only one Kayasth leader Siddharth Nath Singh is a minister in Yogi cabinet. Sinha, however, accused the BJP of not giving representation to Kayasth community on the basis of population.

SP chief Akhilesh Yadav

First India Bureau SHRAVASTI: Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav on Monday said his party would contest the 2022 Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls on its own, but keep its doors open for smaller parties, including that of his estranged uncle Shivpal Singh Yadav. Asked if the SP would enter into an understanding with his uncle’s Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party, Yadav said he has already said the doors are open for Shivpal and if there is

any other winnable candidate of his party, he or she too would be considered. “We have already said we will not contest in his (Shivpal’s) area and he would be made a minister after the formation of the government and given due respect,” the SP chief said. To a question on the upcoming biennial Legislative Council polls on 12 seats, he said if the elections are held, the BJP will have to look after its MLAs as many of them are ready to “run away”.


Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani extended warm wishes of a long and healthy life to Governor Acharya Devvrat on his birthday at Raj Bhavan (Governor’s House) in Gandhinagar on Monday.

HC asks govt to pay widow of asst teacher Prayagraj: The Allahabad High Court has asked the authorities for payment to widow of an assistant teacher within three weeks with interest applicable. Court also levied a fine of Rs 5000 on the state government. Petitioner’s husband Muzammil Ali Khan was an assistant teacher in Badayun. He had taken VRS at 60 and it was approved in 2012. He was not paid gratuity among other payments.

IAS Lav Agarwal’s brother found dead First India Bureau LUCKNOW: Panic prevailed after the body of Ankur Agarwal, brother of bureaucrat Lav Agarwal, was found near Saharanpur on Monday. As per reports received, body of Ankur Agarwal, who is brother of joint secretary in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Lav Agarwal, was

found lying in a suspicious condition in Pilkhani area. Due to recovery of a licensed pistol near the body, the death prima facie case seems to be a case of suicide. On receiving information Superintendent of Police accompanied by police force reached the scene and started investigations. Several police teams have been deployed to investigate the same. I I I LUCKNOW, TUESDAY JANUARY 19, 2021






ne of India’s most proficient and important designers in the fashion pantheon, Rajesh Pratap Singh is originally from Jaipur and now runs his fashion empire from New Delhi. His minimalist viewpoint and his super-luxurious execution ensure his position in the industry and he is often celebrated by his peers. His seasonal offerings include the most beautiful winter basics and outerwear. Known as one of the most intellectual of designers, his work is widely appreciated for the complex development of his fabrics. Not for him the convenience of ordering woollen fabrics from China and Italy, for he maintains that Indian wool counts amongst the finest in the world and all it needs is the correct production guidelines to make a difference and upgrade Indian wool to global standards. To achieve this, he set up his own looms in Neemrana just outside New Delhi and hired the very best of weavers to produce his fabrics

under his masterful supervision. At Rajasthan Heritage Week, he showed his mastery over the medium with a series of exquisitely made woollen ensembles for men & women. Here, he worked with the Khadi wool of Rajasthan right from its original source, choosing the best quality of raw material that was processed according to his exacting standards. This raw wool was hand-spun into fine yarn and woven by the Master Weavers of the State, like Sitaram Ji of Barmer who painstakingly wove the fabric into the yardage that would form the foundation of his collection. Once the fabric was ready, he shipped it back to New Delhi for the finishing and dyeing process. Some of the finished product also returns to Rajasthan for hand block printing by the master artisans, and then again back to New Delhi to be made into his internationally celebrated garments. This is what sets Rajesh Pratap Singh apart from the quotidian. His fabrics are virtually impossible to replicate, creating an exclusivity that appeals to the purists of fashion, for they know that to wear his collection is literally a badge of sartorial honour. While many designers are content to buy fabric from the usual Chinese/Turkish/Italian import houses, Rajesh will never compromise his exacting standards, developing his fabrics from the ground up season after season. This winter, he used wool in an extremely restricted colour palette

of white and off-white combined with grey and black anthracite to send out a collection at once strong and sophisticated. His fabrics were woven into chequered, striped or jacquard designs, sometimes inspired by simple tribal blankets and sometimes by traditional European classics. His block printed woollen fabrics created a sensation, for the furry surface texture of wool does not lend itself easily to block printing, and especially with vegetable dyes. This was perfectly executed by the artisans. Embellished with subtle detailing like Kantha embroidery and resist dyeing processes to create a batik effect, his International silhouettes were dramatic and his tailoring impeccable. From blazers to greatcoats, and from three-piece suits to separates, each piece reflected his personal philosophy. Gender fluidity played a big role in his imaginative offerings, blurring lines as his men wore skirts and the women wore sharply tailored ensembles inspired by menswear. There is no one quite like Rajesh Pratap Singh in the Indian Design firmament, and for me, he is truly the most important and cerebral designer in a market space flooded with spurious western knock offs and copies. With a loyal band of customers the world over acquiring his collections, ensuring that their wardrobe features timeless pieces that can be worn for a lifetime of style. With serious investment and funding, the Rajesh Pratap Singh label is perfectly poised to become an international brand.





A PERSPECTIVE wheatgrass “wonders” are mainly restricted to test tubes, no clinically significant research has been conducted on a large human population. But the enterprising businessmen have found an opportunity to make some quick money as dreams are always easy to sell to gullible people who are always in search of shortcuts to great health. Lastly, your logical query is what you should do? Well, if you are a fan of “green blood”, stay so because fans are usually

such veins and scaffolding in wheatgrass leaf. This means the leaf mainly contains chlorophyll pigment which is responsible for photosynthesis in which carbon is extracted from soil and oxygen and hydrogen are taken from the water, then with the help of sun rays, it synthesizes carbohydrates which are food for the plant and are essential for the survival of the plant. The theory that it is a good source of magnesium stands on the loose ground because magnesium deficiency in human


here are people who call it “green blood” and credit innumerable benefits to it. As per claims, wheatgrass juice can have dramatic effects in the management of diabetes, hypertension, heart diseases, infertility, low libido, obesity, thalassemia, hemolytic anemia, skin sores, aging, diseases of teeth, eyes, muscles and joints. Claims are made about the significant role in the management of asthma, allergies, inflammatory bowel diseases, cancers, arthritis and loss of mental functions! They base their claims on hemoglobin like structure in wheatgrass where magnesium replaces iron and claim that almost every mineral and antioxidant is present in this socalled “wonder” herb. Doesn’t this all sound utopian? There is an old saying that too many friends mean no friend. How can a single herb contain so many ingredients and can have so many effects that it can treat almost every sickness under sun! Have you ever looked closely at a wheatgrass leaf ? It looks like a stroke of green by a painter with no veins and scaffolding like other green leaves of plants and trees. It is in these veins and scaffolding that the minerals and other substances are stored. You will see no


beings is rare as all the grains, seeds, leafy green vegetables and all vegetarian and non-vegetarian fiber contain plenty of magnesium. Wheatgrass is neither a unique nor a dominant source of this mineral whose requirement to the human body is also minimal. The leaf is mainly composed of chlorophyll and some traces of minerals and this story of green blood holds no ground as magnesium can not carry oxygen which iron in hemoglobin does and the theory of similarity of

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as such, causes no harm. Furthermore, being drawn from a plant source, it might do some, yet unknown, good as well. But if you expect a miracle, then there might be many disappointments but once again, habits die hard, a myth has its own survival strength so, drink if you feel good but do not forget your cucumber, tomato, potato and spinach, plus remember cabbage, cauliflower, cluster beans and coriander.

structure with dissimilar constituents appears illogical. Secondly, human intestines can neither breakdown chlorophyll nor absorb it so, by simple logic, chlorophyll is of no use to the human body. Some people claim that wheatgrass juice removes cancer cells from mouth cancers and intestinal tumours but no widespread studies have been conducted and any beneficial claim at this juncture should be considered as an over-enthusiasm. Studies conducted to date on the usefulness of





Good diet and regular exercise will keep you both physically and mentally robust. At work, you are likely to remain in control and see a project to completion. Financially, you remain in a comfortable situation. Travelling long distance is not recommended today.

Money comes in a steady stream and promises to make you financially comfortable. Self-discipline and not succumbing to temptations will help in maintaining good health. Some of you may get tied up in office and reach home late today. It may become difficult to find time.

Returns from previous investments are likely to make your financial worries disappear. A new exercise regime may need to be dovetailed to your requirements to benefit. Your professional rivals are likely to punch holes in your cost-cutting ideas for a project.

On the financial front, a new source of income is likely to be tapped soon that may get your coffers brimming! Health counselling will do wonders for those longing to come back in shape. You are likely to win much appreciation by completing a task in record time.

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Maintaining good health becomes your priority and sets you on a fitness trail. A senior will repose full faith in you for tackling a man management situation at work. Situation on the financial front will remain satisfactory, despite rising expenditure. A property issue may create tension.

A profitable venture is likely to fill up the coffers of some businesspersons. You may be held responsible for a deed that you have not committed at work. Fitness classes will prove immensely beneficial, especially for those in the middle age group.

Businesspersons are likely to find a new venture progressing satisfactorily. A profitable day is also indicated for professionals. There is much that needs to be done, so tighten your belt. Good health is likely to provide you with oodles of energy and enable you to finish work.

Some of you can end up paying more than intended for a product or service, but it will be worth it. Taking up a good health scheme will prove beneficial. A practical solution may be found for a complex problem on the professional front. Support of family members everywhere.


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Realising a handsome amount from someone is possible on the financial front. Your efforts on the professional front will be noted by those who matter. A child or younger sibling can make you proud by his or her achievements. Good health keeps you energetic all throughout.

Money multiplies, as you get an opportunity to add to your wealth. Time has arrived to reap rich rewards of your hard work. Parents or elders may nag you into doing something you don’t want to, but you will manage to wriggle out of it. You will start working out.

Salary enhancement cannot be ruled out. An alternative to your staple diet may prove immensely enjoyable. An argument with senior can make you feel insecure. You may find the atmosphere on the home front serene and most welcoming. Places of tourist attraction may be on the agenda.

Increased expenditure can be expected and may get you worried. It is important to get back into the thick of things on the work front. Renovation work of a property owned by you is likely to enhance its market value. This is a very positive day, in which you get to achieve much.

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overwhelmed by emotions, not logic. They, most of the time, follow some unproved line of thoughts, usually non-factual but the longevity of belief in miracles is unending. Let wheatgrass juice be the “green nectar” of your morning drink and nurture the euphoria of health, vitality, virility and longevity. Forget the fact that you don’t need and can’t perform photosynthesis, drink a glass of green as it is palatable and

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Birthday special

Dwyane and Gabrielle


abrielle Union recently shared the sweetest video as a tribute to her husband Dwyane Wade on the occasion of his 39th birthday! The actress posted a moving montage that featured Wade and Union’s relationship, as husband and wife and also as parents. The adorable video showed several sweet moments between Wade and his children as well as some makeout moments with Gabby. —Agency

Love & Thunder

Slammed BACK


Grateful for the wishes


ennifer Lopez recently slammed back at a commentator! The Ain’t Your Mama singer shared a post on Instagram, where she was talking about her skincare, which is when a social media user took to the comment section and accused the actress and singer of getting botox. “But can I just mention that brows and forehead don’t move at all when you talk or try to express… you definitely have Botox. And tons of it. And it’s all good. Just saying,” the commenter wrote. Jennifer Lopez then snapped back at the troll and said: “LOL that’s just my face!!! ….For the 500 millionth time… I have never done Botox or any injectables or surgery!! Just sayin.” —Agency

Sidharth Malhotra


idharth Malhotra who celebrated his birthday on Saturday pens down emotional notes for all his well-wishers on Instagram with a thankful note and a suave picture. He feels grateful for all the love and blessings he has received from his fans. Bollywood celebs Kiara Advani, Hritik Roshan, Katrina Kaif, Vicky Kaushal and Kriti Sanon among others showered birthday love on him. —Agency

Matt and Chris


he brimming cast of Thor: Love and Thunder have welcomed another superstar as their cast. Matt Damon who had a noteworthy cameo in Thor: Ragnarok is reportedly in Australia to shoot for the upcoming film. It’s not yet disclosed whether which character shall he take on but the team has welcomed him aboard. —Agency

FRIENDS reunion?

Lisa Kudrow


isa Kudrow has revealed on Rob Lowe podcast that the F.R.I.E.N.D.S. reunion is definitely happening. She also revealed that she has pre-shot something for the show. The crew is about to shoot soon in the early spring and who knows what to expect after 17 long years, but, alas, the wait is over. —Agency

Jennifer Lopez


riti San o n w h o h a s wrapped up shooting for her film Bachchan Pandey in Jaisalmer was seen matching steps with a traditional Rajasthani dancer. After the long schedule, she was enjoying some downtime on the film’s sets. —Agency

Kriti embracing her


... her post

From the sets



Kriti Sanon

Leone in action


unny Leone has surprised Vikram Bhatt with her acting and stunts for the upcoming webseries Anamika. Taking everyone by surprise, she has performed most of the stunts by herself which is adding a natural touch to the screen. The bold and beautiful Sunny will be seen in the 10-episode series along with Sonnali Seygall. —Agency

Breaking Rules Priyanka and Rajkummar


ajkummar Rao has shared a throwback video on Instagram from his shoots of The White Tiger with Priyanka Chopra Jonas. Priyanka is seen revealing her favourite candy and its hysterical. Rajkumar Rao has often praised PeeCee for her immensely chilled out attitude at the sets with her co-actors. —Agency

Tom Hardy


he UK has gone under a lockdown yet again owing to the new variant of COVID-19 virus spreading through the country. During the lockdown, several amenities including gym have been directed to remain closed. It seems like a London gym has its door opened for Tom Hardy. An onlooker claimed the Venom actor has been training at the venue on Friday afternoon. —Agency

First steps first


irat Kohli who was blessed with a baby girl on 11 January with wife Anushka Sharma has changed his Twitter bio. The new bio reads: ‘A proud husband and father’ with a heart emoji. Virat definitely is grateful for the blessing. —Agency

Naseeruddin Shah


aseeruddin Shah expresses his views YouTube channel named Karwan-e-Mohabbat India about Love Jihad. Calling it a ‘tamasha’, he further comments that, ‘I don’t think that anyone would be so stupid to actually believe that Muslims will overtake the Hindu population, it is unimaginable. For that, Muslims will have to have so many babies. So, t h i s whole notion is unreal.’ —Agency

... with Vikram Bhatt and Sonnali Seygall

Sunny Leone




Women candidates showcased their skills for Army recruitment at the AMC Centre in Lucknow on Monday, January 18.


A‘Robin CHARITABLE ARMY Hood Army’ feeds the hungry


at any hour of the day, every day!

MP Kaushal Kishore with Amit Sharma CITY FIRST



he office of the Addiction Free Society Campaign, initiated by MP Kaushal Kishore, was inaugurated on Monday at the Saidham Temple, Gomtinagar in Lucknow, by Kaushal Kishore himself. The founder of Saidham Foundation Trust, Amit Sharma provided a


campus for the noble cause of making an addiction-free society. Payal Sharma took over as in-charge of the


teach these children.” RHA now has started working towards helping women educate themselves and become self-reliant with jobs nearby. It also works towards betterment of

the environment. It’s recently launched campaign ‘Academy Green Tree for 2050’ where it’s mission is to plant over 2lakh trees in between 9 January 2021 to 26 January 2021.


A four days long camp of Hero Moto Corp was organised by Sushil Hero in Basti district between January 15 and 18. Motorbikes with advance features were put for display along with a free test ride for customers. During the camp, Hero’s owner Prem Kumar Aggarwal and General Manager Pawan Kumar Shrivastava were also present.

On being asked about achievements of the NGO, its senior volunteer, Pradeep Mishra, says, “ The biggest achievement I felt was during Covid-19. It was during lockdown-1 that

people were stuck in different parts of the world. So we at RHA launched a campaign called ‘Senior Patrol’ in order to help the elderly in need of food and medicines. Where our volunteers got requests from all over the world to help their loved ones and the appreciation and love we got from serving them was the biggest achievement of all.” Robin Hood Army is one of the prominent zero fund organisations that has been awarded by the president of India as the best NGO and recognised by platforms like ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’.


Various Tehri Bhoj programs were organised by the leaders of the Congress Party in Lucknow on Sunday, where all the senior leaders like City President Mukesh Singh Chauhan, Vice-President Dr Shahzad Alam and former City President Sushil Dubey attended the events.

Dense fog and cold wave grips Prayagraj in Uttar Pradesh. “The visibility is low and our hands shiver while driving but we have to do something to earn the daily bread and butter,” said an autorickshaw driver. — ANI



t’s well known that food is most important for survival of the human race yet there are millions who go to sleep hungry. To solve this stumbling block and to serve the hungry citizens comes ‘Robin Hood Army’ who feeds the hungry at any hour of the day, every day. Today, Cityfirst will be in conversation with these heroes without the cape of Robin Hood Army or RHA. Robin Hood Army is a zero fund, non-profit organisation run by its ‘Robins’ or volunteers. Established in 2014, the NGO now has over 70,000 volunteers worldwide and over 900 in Lucknow. Senior volunteer, Pradeep Mishra, tells us about various causes RHA works for, “Robin Hood Army has been working since 2014 with a motive to feed the hungry in a place where 35%-40% goes into waste. It takes the surpluses of food from various restaurants and distributes it to the poor and needy in dire need of food.” He adds, “Robin Hood Army also has volunteers who teach these underprivileged kids with over 2000 kids learnt and skilled to join higher education and 5000 still in classes. Since it’s a non paying job, it’s solely on the ‘Robins’ to volunteer to

smooth functioning of the office. Speaking on the occasion, MP Kaushal Kishore said that the contribution of Saidham Foundation Trust is remarkable regarding promoting the government welfare schemes to the needy. Nineteen volunteers also took oath for not indulging in any kind of addiction in life.

People of Lucknow enjoying the cold and foggy weather on Monday.