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Haj application process to go online, transparent: Naqvi

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Mumbai, Nov 12: Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Sunday said the government has been working to make the entire Haj process online to bring in transparency and convenience for the pilgrims.

The Minister said the announcement had been made one month in advance to give more time for preparations, adding the applications for Haj will be available from November 15 onwards.

He asserted Haj 2018 will be performed as per the new Haj Policy which is going to be finalised soon by the ministry after examining the recommendations of the high-level committee constituted to frame the new Haj policy. The committee has submitted its report.

Apart from this, Naqvi also launched a new Haj mobile app through which application for Haj can be directly made and registration fee can also be paid.

While launching the app he stated “This app will make Haj application process easier and comfortable. Application for Haj, enquiry and information, news and updates and e-payment are some of the main features of this mobile app,”

“For the first time, for Haj 2018, details of total expenditure to be incurred by the pilgrims is given in the Haj application form. This is a step towards transparency.”

The Haj application form for 2018 contains the embarkation points-wise detailed air fare comparison which will enable the pilgrims to make an informed choice about the embarkation point.

The pilgrims for the first time will get to choose the embarkation point according to their convenience.

“For example, Haj air fare per pilgrim from Srinagar is Rs 1,09,692 while from Delhi it is Rs 73,697. So, the pilgrims from Jammu and Kashmir can opt for Delhi embarkation point,” said Naqvi.

“Similarly, the Haj air fare from Guwahati is Rs 1,15,646 per pilgrim while it is Rs 83,027 from Kolkata. So, the pilgrims from Assam, Meghalaya, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim can opt for Kolkata,” he explained.

Pilgrims from Gaya, where the airfare is Rs 1,13,680, can also choose Kolkata.

“This will ensure that the pilgrims don’t face problems even after abolition of Haj subsidy,” Naqvi said.

The HCI has expressed disagreement with some of the recommendations, including that of abolishing quota for senior citizen applicants , who are above 70 years and would allow the women above 45 years in a group of four or more to perform Haj without a male relative or “mehram”.

Last time, around 1,24,940 persons performed Haj through Haj Committee of India while about 45,000 pilgrims went their own.

HCI Chairman Mehboob Ali Kaiser, its CEO Maqsood Ahmed Khan and senior officials of the Minority Affairs Ministry were also attended the event.

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Policeman dies in militant attack in Kashmir 

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Wreath laying ceremony of jawan killed in militant attack

Srinagar, Feb 25: A policeman was killed in a militant attack on Sunday near Charar-e-Sharief shrine in Badgam district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said.

Constable Kultar Singh of the Jammu and Kashmir Armed Police 13th Battalion was injured when militants attacked a security guard post outside the shrine and escaped with his weapon.

Kultar later succumbed to his injuries at the hospital.

Though security forces cordoned off the area for search operations after the attack, no one had been detained at the time of filing this report.

Director General of Police S.P. Vaid condoled the Constable’s death in a tweet. “Pained at the loss of a valued colleague Kultar Singh of JKAP 13 Bn who attained martyrdom in an attack on J&K Police guard for protection of Charar-e-Sharief shrine.”

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PM Modi talks about Indian Scientists, women- led empowerment and artificial intelligence in his Mann Ki Baat

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi (File Photo)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised Indian Scientists in his Mann Ki Baat on Sunday. Mentioning Sir Jagdish Chandra Bose. Har Gobind Khorana and Satyendra Nath Bose, he said they are the proud of the country.

Pointing out the increasing importance of Artifiacial intelligence, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged Scientists to find ways in which we can enhance lives of our ‘divyang’ brothers & sisters through artificial intelligence.

Prime minister also asked,”can we make use of Artificial intelligence in early detection of natural calamities?”

Talking about natural calamities prime minister Narendra Modi said most of these disaters happens due to our negligence. “If we remain vigilante & follow rules then we can avoid such situations,” he added

PM also praised the Union Budget 2018 for its emphasis on natural and efficient use of energy, he said,”waste to wealth’ & ‘waste to energy’ through bio-gas for villages under ‘Swacch Bharat’ initiative called ‘GOBAR-Dhan’ (Galvanizing Organic Bio-Agro Resources) has been rolled out.”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said the country was moving from women development to women-led development and emphasised that the dream of New India was where women were empowered, strong and an equal partner in the nation’s overall development.

In his monthly radio address “Mann Ki Baat”, he also urged women to create self-help groups for the GOBAR DHAN initiative which may become a source of income for the rural population.

“The aim of GOBAR-Dhan scheme is to ensure cleanliness in villages and generating wealth and energy by converting cattle dung and solid agricultural waste into Compost and Bio Gas,” Modi said.

Modi on Women Empowerment 

Speaking about International Womens’ Day on March 8, the Prime Minister said: “There are many programmes that are held in our country and the world. Today the country is moving forward from the path of women development to women-led development.”

Quoting Swami Vivekananda’s saying that the idea of a perfect womanhood was perfect independence, Modi said the dream of New India was where the women were empowered.

“Today, it is our duty to ensure the participation of women in every field of life, be it social or economic life, it is our fundamental duty. We are part of a tradition where men were identified due to women-Yashoda-Nandan, Kaushalya-Nandan, Gandhari-Putra, these were identities of a son.

“Today, woman power has shown inner fortitude and self-confidence, has made herself self-reliant. Not only has she advanced herself but has carried forward the country and society to newer heights.

“After all, our dream of ‘New India’ is the one where women are strong and empowered and are equal partners in the development of the country,” he said.

Referring to a suggestion from a listener, the Prime Minister urged countrymen to felicitate mothers and sisters who have completed 100 years on the occasion of International Women’s day.

“Can a programme of paying respect for such centenarians be held and can’t we reflect upon a life lived long?” he asked.

Hailing efforts of a group of women from Jharkhand who organised a hygiene campaign for an entire month and constructed 1.70 lakh toilets in just 20 days, Modi said they showed that women power was an integral component of the ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’.

He mentioned the current budget in which an emphasis has been laid on turning ‘waste to wealth’ and ‘waste to energy’ through bio-gas.

“A target has been set to use cattle dung, agricultural waste, kitchen waste to produce Bio gas based energy. Under the GOBAR-Dhan Scheme, our farmer brothers and sisters will be encouraged to consider dung and other waste not just as a waste but as a source of income.”

Modi on electrification of Elephanta 

“For 70 years, the lives of the denizens of three villages — Raj Bander, Mora Bander and Shet Bander — were engulfed by darkness, which has got dispelled now and there is brightness in their lives.”

He also congratulated the people and administration for the same.

“I am glad that now the villages of Elephanta and the caves of Elephanta will be lit due to electrification. This is not just electricity, but a new beginning of a period of development,” he said.

The electricity supply to the Gharapuri Isle was brought on February 22 through a 7.5-km long undersea cable.

With Inputs From IANS

 

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Politicians react to veteran actress Sridevi’s death

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Actress, Sridevi (File Photo)

The actress, Sridevi, who ruled not just Hindi cinema but also got praised by southern people for her acting skills passed away on Sunday morning leaving her fans stunned and sad.

Not just the film industry but the politicians also showed their grievances just after the news of her death broke out.

Here’s how Indian politicians reacted to Sridevi’s death-

Unhone apne abhinay se poore desh ko prabhaavit kiya. Woh bahot kam umar mein iss duniya se vida ho gaye. Main unke charnon mein shraddha suman arpit karta hoon: Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan 

Yeh khabar sunke bahot shock laga. Humne kabhi socha bhi nahi tha. Unhone apne talent se kaafi logon ko prabhaavit kiya. She was a wonderful actress & unhone apna sthaan banaya hindi film industry mein. It is a big loss for Bollywood: Hema Malini, Mathura MP

I was shocked to hear the news of her demise. She played an important role in the field of performing arts. We all have seen her capabilities on the screen. This is a huge loss for the nation. I give my heartfelt condolences to her family: Union Minister Piyush Goyal 

Jis shaadi (Dubai) mein woh gayin thi, main bhi wahin tha. Doosre din maine ek summit mein jaane ka decision liya. Mujhe dukh hai ki maine yeh decision liya,varna unke saath samay bitaane ka avsar milta: Amar Singh 

As a multi lingual actress, especially for the Telugus, she( #Sridevi) became the most favorite heroine. She remains as a proud actress of India with her unparalleled acting skills: Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu 

Earlier President Ramnath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi also condoled her death.

Right now, police are engaged in forensics report. We are in touch with the family & local authorities to provide all possible assistance: Indian Ambassador to UAE Navdeep Singh Suri to ANI

ridevi who acted in Telugu, Hindi & several other Indian languages films had captivated the cine-goers with her acting skills & earned countless fans,said Telangana CM K. Chandrashekar Rao

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