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PM Modi praises Yogi Adityanath : An illusion or reality check

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Lucknow, July 15 : As Prime Minister Narendra Modi  is busy  inaugurating new projects in Uttar Pradesh and praising chief minister Yogi Adityanath while accusing former chief minister Akhilesh Yadav for “neglecting” people, the people of the state are complaining about poor condition of roads with potholes  that pose threat to their lives.

In a reality check in Uttar Pradesh, roads around Lucknow’s Lalbagh, Lucknow City railway station and other areas are riddled with potholes.

Locals complain that “These are very dangerous, especially when it rains. It gets waterlogged, leading to accidents. We risk our lives everyday.”

Chief Minister Adityanath had promised pothole-free roads by June 15, 2017  and said action will be taken against the departments that fail to meet the deadline.

Interestingly, both the PWD and Irrigation department, which have fared badly, are headed by Keshav Prasad Maurya. Maurya however has assured that roads will be fixed soon.

Therefore, Adityanath government have failed in delivering his first big ticket promise after coming to power — pothole-free roads by June 15, 2017.

On the contrary, the Prime Minister  praised chief minister Yogi Adityanath, stating that his government has changed the very perception of Uttar Pradesh. “Yogiji has been able to curb the crime rate and corruption in Uttar Pradesh. He has contributed immensely to the state’s development,” he said.

Roads in Gorakhpur is filled with potholes, locals said, “Government had promised that all potholes would be filled by 15 June 2017 but nothing has been done till today. Potholes have claimed many lives. Government is only talking about religion and nothing else.”

 Keshav Prasad Maurya has reportedly told the Public Works Department (PWD) to erect saffron-coloured boards, displaying the slogan ‘sarkar ka sankalp, sadkon ka ho kayakalp’ (the goverrnment’s pledge is to transform roads), along with pictures of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, chief minister Yogi Yogi Adityanath and deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya, on the roads in UP, that have been declared pothole-free pothole-free by the department.

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MeToo: Producers Guild of India amps up efforts to tackle cases

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Mumbai, Oct 17: Within a week of setting up a special committee on sexual harassment, the Producers Guild of India has made it mandatory for all members to sign a declaration affirming that laws around sexual harassment of women at workplace are instituted and implemented.

Last week, the Producers Guild appointed a new committee, with producer Sneha Rajani as its head, to address the issue of sexual harassment at the workplace within the film industry.

It called for an extraordinary general meeting to amend its by-laws, as a result of which it has been made compulsory for all existing and new members to sign a declaration that affirms that ‘The Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition and Redressal) Act 2013’ and any amendment/successor act thereof has been instituted and implemented in their workplaces, as prescribed by the law.

“This is to be signed and submitted by every Guild member within 30 days of receipt of the declaration from the Guild. Within these 30 days, the Guild will schedule a series of workshops to be conducted by specialized external agencies, which will enable its members to institute and implement these robust processes at their workplaces, if they have not already done so.

“Failure to submit the declaration to the Guild by the end of 30 days from its receipt, would result in expulsion from the Guild,” a statement said.

The members will also require to affirm that if any nominated representative of a Guild member is adjudged to have engaged in sexual harassment by the Internal Complaints Committee (ICC), the Guild has the right to immediately expel the concerned nominated representative.

“The committee will enable all Guild members to institute and implement robust processes in their workplaces to ensure the highest standards of safety for employees and crew members, whether in offices or on the sets of productions. The Guild is committed to working on a sustained and continuing basis to make industry workplaces safe spaces for everyone who works here,” the statement added.

The efforts have been amped up in view of the rapidly increasing number of names that are coming out in the open as part of the raging #MeToo movement in the country. Nana Patekar, Sajid Khan, Vikas Bahl, Alok Nath, Rajat Kapoor, Kailash Kher and Subhash Kapoor are some of the people who have been named.

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Shaikh Akleem is ‘Sita’, Afzal Ansari is ‘Lord Shiva’ in this Bihar Ramlila

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The stage is set for the Ramlila — the dramatic re-enactment of the life of Hindu god Lord Ram performed in the run-up to Dussehra — in this small Bihar village, with Muslims plentiful among the performers, organisers and the audience. (Credit-HT Photo)

Sato Awanti (Bihar), Oct 17: For nearly four decades, Muslims in this Bihar village have been helping Hindus celebrate Dussehra and playing mythical characters in the Ramlila — a dramatic representation of the life of Lord Rama. The village is an example of India’s composite culture and the communal harmony lived through Dussehra.

For 10 days, Shaikh Akleem is Goddess Sita, Guddu Tiwari is Lord Rama while Afzal Ansari is Lord Shiva and Amit Singh becomes Hanuman, enthralling people from far and near with their get-up and performances in Sato Awanti, a village in Kaimur district, about 200 km off Patna.

Shaikh Akleem (19) is thrilled playing the role of Sita, with Tiwari as “Maryada Purushottam Ram”.

“I am lucky to play Sita, loved and respected by all. It is a matter of pride for me,” Akleem said.

Guddu Tiwari, playing the role of Rama, said that Ramlila here was unique because it was played and organised with the help of Muslims. “Both Muslims and Hindus treat Ramlila as their own, it is special for us.”

This is a part of decades-old tradition started by a group of Muslims with the support of Hindus in Sato Awanti. Both the communities enthusiastically participate in Ramlila in the village.

“It all started 36 years ago, in 1982, when a few Muslims, including Jamaluddin Ansari and Nurul Ansari, decided to organise Ramlila. Over the years, this village has become popular for it,” said Shaikh Mumtaz Ali, the Director of Ramlila in the village.

In the first Ramlila organised in the village, Khurshid Alam played the role of Lord Rama and Jamaluddin Ansari acted out Kumbhakaran, the younger brother of Ravana. Sharfuddin Ansari, a martial expert, has been helping the troupe depict war scenes.

Shaikh Mumtaz Ali, the father of Akleem, said that “we have successfully managed the Ramlila show for the last six days, and hope to do so for the remaining three days”.

The response of the people has been overwhelming, Shaikh Mumtaz Ali said.

During the evening show, loud chants of “Siyavar Ram Chandra Ki Jai” by the audience that has several Muslims can be heard.

“Not just Hindus, but several Muslims from the neighbouring villages and some from far-off villages come to watch our rare show,” said Shaikh Mumtaz Ali.

According to Suresh Singh, the patron of Ramlila in the village, both Muslims and Hindus donate money and work together to ensure the success of the show.

“In our village, more than religious, it is a social event with participation from all. It’s a positive sign,” Suresh Singh said.

This year, Tauqeer Ansari is playing the role of Kumbhakaran. Dozens of children, both Hindu and Muslim, form the “Vanar Sena” of Lord Rama, he said.

The spirit of conviviality can be gauged from the fact that Hindus help Muslims take out the Muharram procession in the village.

“We are proud that Muslims help us, support us to celebrate Durga Puja. They have set an example of harmony. This is unheard of anywhere else,” Guddu Tiwari said.

Mahesh Prasad, a villager, said: “We can’t think of celebrating the festival in such a big way without the support of Muslims.”

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Rampal gets life imprisonment in second murder case

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Hisar, Oct 17: A Hisar court on Wednesday awarded life imprisonment to self-styled godman Rampal in the November 2014 murder case (FIR number 430). 

Thirteen others were also awarded the same punishment.

The court of Additional District and Sessions Judge D.R. Chalia, who convicted them on October 11, awarded the life sentence.

This comes a day after, Rampal and 14 others were sentenced life imprisonment in another case, connected to the death of four women and a child, who lost their lives due to suffocation and illness during the impasse at his Ashram.

Last week, the court had convicted Rampal and others under Sections 302 (murder), 343 (wrongful confinement) and 120 B (conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

The two murder cases against him relate to the murder of six people during violent clashes between his supporters and Haryana Police at his Satlok Ashram near Barwala town in Hisar district.

Since their arrest in November 2014, Rampal and his aides have been lodged in the jail.

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