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Narendra Modi pens foreword for Hema Malini’s biography



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New Delhi, Oct 13: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has penned a “short, crisp and sweet” foreword for “Beyond The Dreamgirl”, an authorised biography of actress and BJP MP Hema Malini.

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The book, by former editor of Stardust and producer Ram Kamal Mukherjee, will be launched on October 16, when the “evergreen beauty” turns 69. Its launch also marks the celebration of Hema Malini’s glorious run of 50 years in Indian showbiz.

“Our PM has written very briefly in the book about his feelings for Hemaji. It’s short, crisp and sweet, not rubble and bubble. It’s an honour for me as an author and for Hemaji also that it is perhaps the first time that an active Prime Minister has written a foreword for a book on a Bollywood actor,” Mukherjee told IANS over the phone from Mumbai.

Having started her film career in 1968 with Raj Kapoor-starrer “Sapno Ka Saudagar”, she regaled movie buffs with roles in films like “Seeta Aur Geeta”, “Sholay”, “Dream Girl” and “Satte Pe Satta”. An accomplished classical dancer, Hema Malini earned the epithet of ‘Dreamgirl’ for her flawless beauty, and became a pioneering female superstar in an otherwise male-oriented film industry.

In 1999, Hema Malini campaigned for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate in the Lok Sabha elections in Gurdaspur, Punjab. She is now a BJP MP from Mathura constituency.

“I guess it’s all because of Hemaji’s credentials and contribution to art and cinema that Mr Modi agreed to pen the foreword. When I was interacting with his office, they were very happy that Hemaji did not just limit her talk in the book to Bollywood,” said Mukherjee, who had in 2005 released a coffee table book called “Hema Malini Diva Unveiled”.

“Beyond The Dreamgirl”, published by HarperCollins India, will give readers an in-depth look into her life.

“It is divided into 23 chapters, covering her childhood, teens, Bollywood, rise as an actor, romance, colleagues, marriage, her second innings, launching Shah Rukh Khan in ‘Dil Aashna Hai’ — which she directed — her ballet, her political journey and spiritual journey. There are two chapters dedicated to her daughters Esha and Ahana.

“She has also spoken about her Agra accident and her singing career. We have summed it all up with a chapter called ‘Bliss’. This book will also have Hemaji’s family tree, which has not been published earlier, and there will be a lot of exclusive unseen photographs from her personal, professional and political spheres,” Mukherjee said.

The ageless talent has shared an insight into her life with Dharmendra as well as spoken on political figures like Modi, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, L.K. Advani and Sushma Swaraj.

How did Mukherjee get Modi to pen the foreword?

“It was not something thought of when I started writing the book two years ago. I started my research and wanted somebody else to do the foreword,” he said, without naming the film industry person whom he had approached.

“It was almost like a miracle to have Mr Modi write for us. When I discussed it with Hemaji, her first expression was, ‘I hope you know what you’re saying. I know you’re under pressure, but I think you’re losing your mind’.

“When I said there’s no harm in trying, she said, ‘You try and do whatever you want to do’. Then it was a process.”

The writer feels it’s the actress’ constant effort in promoting Indian classical music and dance through her ballets on Hindu mythological characters like Durga and Meera, which Modi appreciates.

“I think Mr Modi liked her inclination towards classical dance and music and how she promotes it at international platforms. I think this is a USP of Hema Maliniji, apart from she being Hema Malini. And I guess that’s also what justifies the title of the book.”



IAF fake recruitment website found, FIR filed



New Delhi, March 22: The Indian Air Force on Thursday filed an FIR against unidentified persons for creating a fake website to provide employment opportunities in the IAF.

The fake IAF website was identified by one of the officers of IAF and hence a complaint was registered on March 16, under the Information Technology Act, ANI reported.

According to FIR, the reprobates, who created the fake website called applications for various posts.

Wing Commander Manjit Singh, said “The application form said it was for a vacancy in the ‘civilian group C posts in the Air Force record offices.”

Singh posted at the Army headquarters in New Delhi immediately noted down the website’s name “”.


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PM Awas Yojana: Only 8 percent houses built in 3 years



New Delhi, March 22: The Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) for urban areas which promised “housing for all” by 2022, has barely completed target of  8%, or 3 lakh of the 40.6 lakh houses in last three years.

However, the condition of the rural version of PMAY is better, as under this scheme 30%, or 28.8 lakh houses, have been completed against the 95.4 lakh targeted by the rural development ministry in 15 months since the plan was inaugurated, the Times of India reported.

According to data on the websites of the urban affairs and rural development ministries, on March 5 this year, the ministry had considered 8,341 projects under PMAY involving 40.6 lakh houses.

But only 3.4 lakh houses have been constructed so far. while work is underway on 18 lakh or about 44% of the target.

However, the data doesn’t show the stage of development for these houses.

Among those completed, about 3 lakh houses are occupied.

On June 25, 2015, the PMAY (Urban) was launched by Prime Minister Modi aiming to build two crore houses for the poor in urban areas by 2022.

Responding to TOI’s questions, the joint secretary and mission director, housing for all, in the urban housing ministry stated, “Keeping in view that housing projects take 18-24 months to complete (in case of projects under two categories), we can expect that in the financial year 2018-19, the pace of PMAY (U) will pick up quite significantly”.

While, PMAY (Rural) was inaugurated on November 20, 2016, and projected to build 1 crore new houses by March 31, 2019. Ou of which, 51 lakh houses were to be completed by end-March 2018. Thus, the 27.7 lakh actually completed are only about 54% of the target at present.


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Delhi Budget 2018-19: 26 % allocation for Education, Health gets 12.7 %



New Delhi, March 22: Delhi Finance Minister Manish Sisodia on Thursday presented Budget for 2018-19 before the assembly with emphasis on environment and health. 

While announcing the Budget, Sisodia said it estimates are pegged at Rs 53,000 crore which is 19.45 percent more than the revised budget estimates of Rs 44,370 crore for the last fiscal.

Sisodia also described the budget a “Green Budget” and vowed of round-the-year, real-time pollution study.

The study will be a part of a 26-point programme to control pollution in Delhi.

“We are going to thread 26 programmes and schemes of transport, power, environment and PWD for devising a unified system of pollution control, bringing down levels of different pollutants,” he added.

Below we have enlisted top announcements of the Budget 2019-19:

Rs 6,729 crore has been allocated for the health sector, which is 12.7 percent of the total

Project to install 200-250 CCTVs will be completed by June 2019

Rs 100 crore sanctioned for free WiFi scheme

Rs 1500 crore allocated for infrastructure development of unauthorised colonies.

1000 electric buses to be on roads by March 2019

Rs 403 crore had been allocated for Mohalla Clinics and Polyclinics. Also, mobile van clinics were to be established with Rs 15 crore

For Infrastructure development Rs. 1,500 crore allocated

1,000MW of solar and wind power will be bought

Tablets will be provided to all teachers in government schools in a bid to help them keep an online record of students

Twenty-six percent of the Rs 53,000 crore has been allocated for education


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