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Qutub Minar turns blue on World Austism Awareness Day

ACE has associated with Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment to light up the monument.

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New Delhi, Apr 2 : The Qutub Minar was today lit in blue coloured lights to observe the ninth annual World Autism Awareness Day as a part of the international #lightitupblue campaign to raise awareness about the disorder.

“Lighting up the minaret in blue is a symbolic representation towards inclusion for disability and a real attempt to create a shift in consciousness,” Archana Nayar, Founder, Autism Centre of Excellence (ACE), said.

Recognised internationally, World Autism Awareness Day witnesses events across the globe that attempt to sensitise people towards the disorder as well as aim at increasing acceptance of autistic individuals in the mainstream society.

“The #lightitupblue campaign is an internationally led effort to create awareness about autism involving architecturally significant structures.

“The Qutub Minar is a unique historical monument which is a visible and accessible part of our capital city while being a popular landmark,” she said.

ACE has associated with Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment to light up the monument.

The move, Nayar said, was an expression of India’s support for the global autism community.

Keeping in mind the spirit of inclusion and acceptance, ACE has also collaborated with PVR Cinemas for a sensory friendly screening of the 2016 American 3D computer-animated musical comedy “Sing” at PVR Sangam here.

“For us to have a proper movie experience, the sounds qualities are higher as compared to the lights and viewers are obviously not allowed to move around the movie theatres. But, for autistic people, it is the other way round,” Nayar said.

The screening was slightly modified wherein the lights were turned up while the sound was turned down, and the viewers were able to move about freely.

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Civilian injured in accidental firing at J&K militant’s funeral

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Thousands attend the funeral procession of slain Lashkar militant Mudasir Ahmad Bhat of Parigam Yaripora, pic: Shah Hilal (Kashmir Life)

Srinagar, July 22 (IANS) A civilian was injured on Sunday in an accidental firing during the funeral of a slain militant in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara district, informed sources said.

Eyewitnesses said civilian Fayaz Ahmad was injured in the foot in Katrasoo village when the rifle of a militant went off accidentally during the funeral of Mudaser Bhat, who along with two others were killed in Khudwani area of the district in a gunfight with security forces earlier.

The injured was shifted to a Srinagar hospital.

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Five-storey building collapses in Ghaziabad, magisterial inquiry ordered

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Gaziabad, July 22:A five-storey under-construction building collapsed on Sunday near Missal Gadi in Ghaziabad and there are fears of several labourers being trapped under the debris.A magisterial inquiry has been ordered.

Four people were injured in the incident and teams from the fire department and National Disaster Management Force have been rushed to the spot. Rescue operations are underway.

Ghaziabad DM Ritu Maheshwari said, “Prima facie, there seems to be issues with quality of the building. A magisterial inquiry has been ordered. 7 people have been rescued and sent to hospital. There is no casualty as of now. Rescue ops are underway.”

 

 

Just five days before two buildings fell down in Greater Noida’s Shahberi Beri village, claiming nine lives.

Recently,two six-storey buildings in Shahberi village, one of which was under construction, collapsed around 9.15 pm. Prima facie investigation found out that the building layout plans were not approved by the Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority (GNIDA).

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Posters showing Rahul Hugging PM Modi emerge in Mumbai

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Mumbai, July 22 : Several posters carrying the image of Congress president Rahul Gandhi hugging Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Lok Sabha have come up in Mumbai. The posters, which have been put by the Congress workers, also has a tagline that reads, “Nafrat se nahi, Pyar se jeetenge (we will win by love, not hatred).”

Rahul’s gesture was hailed by his party leaders as “Jaadu ki Jhappi (magical hug)” and  Shiv Sena, NDA ally at the Centre and in Maharashtra equated the no-confidence motion, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi  with the FIFA World Cup final and said Prime Minister Narendra Modi might have emerged victorious like France, but Congress chief Rahul Gandhi won many hearts like runners-up Croatia. The Sena had abstained from the debate on the no-trust motion and the voting.

 

Rahul garnered huge attention during the discussion on no-confidence motion on July 20 after he walked up to the Prime Minister and hugged him after concluding his fiery speech.

During his fiery rhetorical speech, Rahul attacked the Modi government and said, “I will take out this hatred out of you and turn it into love and turn it into love. I am the Congress. You taught me what it means to be a Hindustani, what it means to be a Hindu. It means to love somebody even if they attack you.”

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