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Scientific temper, adventure sports in Modi’s Mann Ki Baat



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New Delhi,  Prime Minister Narendra Modi talked about unity, “Nari Shakti”, enhancing the scientific temper of the youth and importance of adventure sports during the 62nd edition of his monthly radio program ‘Mann ki Baat’ on Sunday.

While he wished Indians for the upcoming celebrations of Holi, Gudi Padwa and the Indian new year, the Prime Minister reminded that the festivals carry a message of unity in them.

“In order to further boost the scientific temper among children and youth, one more system has been introduced — a visitor’s gallery has been created with a seating capacity of 10,000 — now you can witness rocket launches in front of your eyes at Sriharikota,” said Modi.

Talking about women empowerment, he said Indian women are scaling new heights. He gave an example of Bihar’s Purnia region and cited the case of a 12-year-old girl. He said Purnia’s women farmers are not only preparing saris, but are also selling them in big fairs, putting up their stalls.

“Entrepreneurship of women, daughters of our country, their courage, are a matter of pride for each one of us. I would particularly like to share with you, the achievement of 12-year-old daughter Kamya Karthikeyan,” Modi said.

Focussing on environment, the he said: “Biojet Fuel is prepared from non-edible tree borne oil. “It is procured from various tribal areas of India. These efforts will not only reduce carbon emissions but may also reduce India’s dependence on crude oil imports.”

Calling India’s biodiversity a unique treasure, he invited Indians to explore it. He also spoke about India’s efforts to create a sustainable habitat for migratory species. He also referred to the recent discovery of world’s largest cave fish which was found in Meghalaya.

The Prime Minister also mentioned about his experience in Hunar Haat, that came to news after he visited the craft fair and relished ‘Litti Chokha’, a delicacy from Bihar.

The Prime Minister termed his visit to the Haat a memorable experience, and during his address mentioned one specific incident. “It was a great satisfaction to hear the words of a disabled woman at Hunar Haat. She told me that earlier she used to sell her paintings on the pavement. But her life changed after joining Hunar Haat,” said Modi.

As always, his radio programme was dotted with anecdotes and his life experiences. He spoke about inspiring stories from Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh, which he claimed exhibit “the power of human determination”.

Towards the end, Prime Minister requested Indians to enjoy adventure sports in the coming months. “The coming days would be perfect to set out and take part in adventure sports. Are you ready?,” he asked.


Yediyurappa to work from home as staffers test positive

“I am healthy. No one needs to worry. I will give advice and issue instructions through video conference,” tweeted Yediyurappa in Kannada.





Bengaluru, July 10 : Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa would work from his official residence in the city centre for a few days, as some of his staffers at his home office tested Covid-19 positive, an official said on Friday.

“Yediyurappa, 78, will work from his official residence ”Cauvery” for some days after some staff members at his home office ”Krishna” tested positive for the virus,” an official of the Chief Minister’s office told IANS here.

The Chief Minister has cancelled all official engagements till further notice and will hold video conferences with officials and ministers on Covid-19 and other issues.

“I am healthy. No one needs to worry. I will give advice and issue instructions through video conference,” tweeted Yediyurappa in Kannada.

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Dubey killed to cover up his links: Kapil Sibal




Kapil Sibal

New Delhi, July 10 (IANS) Congress leader Kapil Sibal on Friday said that the encounter killing of gangster Vikas Dubey was predicted by many persons and questioned if it was done to cover up his alleged political links.

“Killed in an encounter. Predicted by many, wilful incompetence. Or, is it a conspiracy to destroy evidence linking Vikas to certain parties and individuals?”

“Commission to investigate politician-police-criminal nexus in UP,” the Supreme Court lawyer added.

Dubey was being transferred from Madhya Pradesh”s Ujjain when he was killed by police after he tried to flee from their custody in Bhauti area near Kanpur on Friday morning. He was wanted for the killing of eight police officials on July 3 in Bikru village in Kanpur district.


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Opposition slams Yogi govt over Vikas Dubey encounter



Akhilesh Yadav

Lucknow/New Delhi, July 10 : The opposition parties on Friday slammed the Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government over the encounter of dreaded gangster Vikas Dubey, while being brought back to the state from Madhya Pradesh’s Ujjain.

Former Chief Minister and Samajwadi Party Chief Akhilesh Yadav took to twitter and wrote, “Actually. his car has not overturned, but the government has been saved from turning over the secret.”

His remarks came soon after Dubey died on Friday morning after being critically injured in an alleged shootout with the STF officials on Friday morning near Kanpur. The gangster was shot when he reportedly tried to flee, following a road accident in which the vehicle he was travelling in overturned near Kanpur. Dubey was taken to the emergency ward of the Hallett Hospital. Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Kanpur Dinesh Kumar said that the doctors have confirmed the death of Vikas Dubey.

Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) leader Jayant Chaudhary also slammed the BJP government over the “encounter rule” in the state and urged all the judges to resign. “After Vikas Dubey”s encounter, all the judges of the country should resign. There is no need of court in BJP”s encounter rule,” Chaudhary said in a series of tweets. “All this drama has been created to save the real culprits of killing eight policemen,” the RLD leader said in another tweet.

Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader and Rajya Sabha MP Manoj Kumar Jha also criticised the Uttar Pradesh government over the encounter saying the “black truth” of the entire “syndicate” has also been “encountered” along with Dubey. “If the news of the Vikas Dubey death in the encounter is true, then accept that the black truth of the entire syndicate has also been encountered. The system has saved itself from being naked. How the story is so simple from yesterday”s visuals of Mahakal temple to the story till today morning. Proceed with this as the final truth (sic),” Jha tweeted.

According to reports, as the convoy bringing Dubey from Madhya Pradesh”s Ujjain reached the Bhauti area under the Barra police circle in Kanpur on Friday morning, the vehicle in which Vikas was seated, overturned after skidding on the road due to heavy rain.

Dubey, along with two other police personnel in the vehicle, was injured in the accident. As soon as the gangster was taken out of the vehicle, he allegedly snatched a pistol from the STF team and tried to fire at the police. He was fatally injured in retaliatory firing. Dubey received a bullet injury in the chest which proved fatal. Five members of the Dubey gang have been killed in police encounters over the past seven days.

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