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PM Modi must change his Kashmir policy



Terror incident in Kashmir

The alarming situation in Jammu and Kashmir has confirmed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in no mood to restore peace in the Valley and neither he is taking a cue from the rapprochement of Korean Peninsula to initiate dialogue with Pakistan government for saving the lives of Armymen and to allow the country to progress in a friendly environment.

Modi lacks the skills of a leader and therefore he allowed the situation to drift into violence where even students including girls resorted to stone pelting,ultimately leading to alienation of Kashmiris from India and there is a surge in local militancy after the killing of Burhan Wani in 2016.

Director general of police SP Vaid said according to intelligence agencies there has been a rise in the numbers of locals joining the militancy.

Meanwhile, the political situation of Pakistan is in a fluid state after the country’s Supreme Court disqualified Nawaz Sharif as the chief of the ruling PML-N over the Panama Papers case.General elections are scheduled to be held in Pakistan in July 2018 to elect members of the National Assembly and only then the Indian government can think of resuming dialogue with Islamabad authorities.

It appears that so far the Modi government at the centre and the PDP-BJP coalition in the state has used hard power to deal with Kashmir and therefore,Muslims in the Valley felt oppressed while giving enough room to Pakistan to propagate globally that Indian government is committing atrocities on Kashmiris, thus making Kashmir a nuclear flashpoint for a larger conflict in the South Asia.

PM Modi has been bragging for wining the elections one after the other but he never sees that after wining the elections what type of governance  BJP is delivering .

India should immediately shun its hug diplomacy and adopt soft and substantial diplomacy to tackle three challenges: First-of minimizing terror attacks to the likes of Pathankot, Second dealing with the Pakistan army to for the ceasefire violation along the border and third,creating an opportunity for peace by engaging with Pakistan authorities.

Another tragic incident of an eight-year-old Kathua girl has triggered international condemnation of the country .

Controversial statements by BJP leaders

Rampur MP Nepal Singh on Indian Army

The BJP parliamentarian from Rampur sparked a controversy while saying that soldiers ought to die. He said, “They will die every day in the Army. Is there any country whose soldiers do not die while fighting? Even in villages if there is a scuffle, at least one person will get hurt. Name a device from which people do not die? Tell one such thing which can stop the bullet. He, however later apologised for his statement.

Union minister Anant Kumar Hegde had criticised the word “secular” and said the BJP government would “amend the Constitution” to remove the word from the Preamble.

BJP-backed Maharashtra MLC Prashant Paricharak sparked outrage amongst soldiers after making controversial comments about Army wives at an election rally.

While addressing a rally, Paricharak said, “He (the soldier) happily tells (his colleagues) that his wife has given birth to a baby boy…but he has not visited home for a whole year.”

Indian government should rather work for the resolution of the Kashmir crisis as Army Chief Bipin Rawat has admitted that there is no military solution and the security forces can only create conditions for a political settlement. The BJP has also opposed the recent amnesty given to the stone-pelters by the state government.

Moreover, Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Assembly Speaker and former Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Singh termed the objection raised by the Army over construction of house on the plea of ‘security risk’ on his land as politically motivated.

Chief of Army Staff General Bipin Rawat has moved the J&K High Court to stay construction of Assembly Speaker Nirmal Singh’s house near an ammunition depot at Nagrota. It’s time to change the Kashmir policy and Prime Minister Modi should use his upcoming visit to Kashmir on May 19, by announcing a unilateral ceasefire which Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti has demanded the relaxation in cease-fire of Operation All Out in Kashmir.

Mufti opposed “Operation All Out”, saying that the gun was not the solution. Kashmir can be brought back to normalcy only by talks and by holding the hands of the youths, she said.

It is pertinent to mention that former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had announced a similar ceasefire in 2000.

The Central government should initiate dialogue with all stakeholders on the clearly defined issues so that the normalcy can be brought to the Valley so that the  restrictions on internet services can be lifted and  educational institutions can be opened.

Blog: By Arti Bali,

(Senior Journalist)


Madhya Pradesh farmers hopeful of being ‘debt-free’ as loan waiver scheme kicks-off



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Bhopal, Jan 22 : A week after the launch of the loan waiver scheme in Madhya Pradesh, the Congress government claims 19.54 lakh farmers have filed their applications in the six days till Sunday.

While the opposition BJP has been calling the “Jai Kisan Rin Mukti Yojana” a trick to cheat the farmers, the question is how the farmers of the state perceive the entire exercise.

Kailash Chaudhary, a farmer from Mandsaur district’s Babulda village, said: “About two years ago, six farmers sacrificed their lives for their rights in Pipliya Mandi. This is the beginning of the victory of their fight.”

“Forms are being filled for waiver of loans up to Rs 2 lakh. We feel that the government is taking our demands seriously,” Chaudhary told IANS.

Mandsaur was the centre of farmers’ agitation in 2017 when six farmers were killed in police firing in June, 2017. After the incident, the farmers’ movement had taken over the whole state, which then spread to the whole nation.

Farmer’s leader Kedar Sirohi said: “Farmers in different parts of the state are excited about the loan waiver. They are filing applications in large numbers.”

“To ensure they don’t face any difficulty in filing applications, leaders and workers of farmer organisations are helping them. Government officials is also alert to help out the farmers. Colour coding of application forms has made it easier for farmers to fill out the applications,” he said.

According to official figures, out of the 19.54 lakh forms filed till Sunday, around 60 per cent were green forms, 35 per cent were white forms and 5 percent were pink forms. The farmers are hopeful of becoming debt-free through this exercise.

As per the scheme, the farmers of the Aadhaar seeded list will have to submit green applications and the farmers of non-Aadhar seeded list will have to submit white coloured applications. Farmers have to submit a pink application to file an objection or claim against information provided in the green or white list.

However, the main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had been accusing the Congress of misleading the farmers and terming the scheme a trick to cheat them.

Former Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan said the Congress promise of a loan waiver won’t be fulfilled by a mere announcement.

“The Chief Minister (Kamal Nath) and Congress leaders are saying they have fulfilled their promise of loan waiver to the farmers. But the promise has not yet been fulfilled. An announcement does not mean fulfillment of the promise,” he said, adding the Congress was misleading the farmers.

Congress spokesperson Syed Jaffer responded that 55 lakh farmers will get their loans waived of under the scheme, for which the due process needs to be followed.

“No matter what charges the BJP makes, the truth is that farmers are happy and they trust that the Congress is fulfilling the promise that they made to them,” he said.

“Those farmers who are in debt, neither are they now receiving notices from the banks nor is their property being seized. Under BJP rule, farmers had to go to jail and lose their property just for not paying their power bills,” Jaffer told IANS.

Calling the scheme pro-farmer, farmer leader Shiv Kumar Sharma told IANS that political parties were creating doubts about the scheme.

“Farmers were reeling under debt which had increased manifold over the last one-and-a-half decade. Now they are getting waiver of up to Rs 2 lakh. The government is new and one should wait before making adverse comments,” he said.

Kamal Nath had signed the farm loan waiver file soon after taking oath as the Chief Minister. The filing of forms for the waiver started from January 15 and will continue till February 5.

According to the government, farmers will start getting the money in their loan accounts from February 22.

The Chief Minister had said that the scheme would benefit around 55 lakh farmers by waiving their loans worth Rs 50,000 crore.

(Sundeep Pouranik can be contacted at [email protected])

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Entertainment industry is run by a glamorous mafia: Pahlaj Nihalani

Dropping another bomb, Nihalani says he suspects the hands of some big guns in sabotaging “Rangeela Raja”.



Pahlaj Nihalani

Mumbai, Jan 22 :Govinda, “Rangeela Raja”, Pahlaj Nihalani-backed comeback vehicle for Govinda, did not open well. Nihalani says it is because his film did not get the theatres required as the entertainment industry is run by a “glamorous mafia”.

“I am being targeted for my blunt views on the workings of censor board, and because of me, my leading man Govinda is being targeted. If you ask me, Govinda and I have the maximum number of enemies in the film industry,” Nihalani said.

Lamenting the lack of theatres for “Rangeela Raja”, Nihalani says he was refused a release in places like Bihar and Jharkhand.

“These are traditional strongholds of Govinda. And not a single theatre in Patna or Ranchi agreed to play ‘Rangeela Raja’. Why? Because my film is bad? Are only quality films released in theatres? And who decides that my film is substandard? A handful of critics for whom I did not have a press show, so they are upset with me and they are taking it out on my film,” he said.

Dropping another bomb, Nihalani says he suspects the hands of some big guns in sabotaging “Rangeela Raja”.

“I know who they are. I know the people who want to finish off Govinda and me. The entertainment industry is run by a glamorous mafia. They all sit, eat, sleep and make movies together. Solo producers like me with no corporate backing are being pushed out of the film industry in the name of corporotization,” he said.

But Nihalani says he isn’t going away anywhere.

“I belong to this industry as much as those who are currently monopolising the A-list stars. I will make another film with Govinda and prove he too is an A-list star.”

Nihalani says he has always believed in introducing new talent and will continue to do so.

“I introduced Govinda and Chunky Pandey. In ‘Rangeela Raja’ I’ve introduced Mishika Chourasia. I am confident she has a very bright future. Unless the industry will punish her for being Pahlaj Nihalani’s protege.”

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BenQ launches 4K home cinema projectors in India



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New Delhi, Jan 22 : Taiwanese electronics company BenQ on Tuesday launched two new 4K home cinema projectors — “W2700” and “W5700” — with CinematicColor technology, projector-optimised HDR-PRO support and individual factory colour calibration in India.

The new projectors, “W2700” and “W5700”, priced at Rs 2.49 lakh and Rs 2.99 lakh respectively, are the world’s first 4K home cinema projectors, the company said.

“With this new range of 4K projectors, we are extremely optimistic that these will turn any room into a world-class home theatre with video enhancing technologies,” said Rajeev Singh, Managing Director, BenQ India.

Fuelled by DCI-P3 colour space, “W2700” delivers the highest level of image accuracy while the “W5700” projector provides a 1.6X big zoom along with 2D H/V lens shift that is ideal for audio visual (AV) rooms.

The HDR-PRO supported projectors also incorporate auto colour and tone mapping techniques to offer improved brightness and contrast range along with ideal image optimization for vivid video quality.

Designed with a compact profile, the light weight projectors facilitate tailored AV personalization with versatile short throw, big zoom and lens shift for a wide range of home cinema possibilities, the company said.

The projectors would begin shipping in the first quarter of 2019.

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