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June 14, 2016

Aamir Khan's new look for Dangal revealed: Actor tweets photo of his physique ahead of filming of upcoming Bollywood movie

Special Correspondent

Mumbai: Bollywood star Amir Khan has released a photo of his physique.

The photograph has been released ahead of the filming of the upcoming film 'Dangal'.

Khan tweeted the photo and wrote, "2 days to go before I shoot for young Mahaveer".

The Bollywood star also shared the photograph on his Facebook page.

Khan has reportedly gained over 20 kilograms in preparation for the role of Indian wrestler Mahaveer Phogat.

The actor is well-known for working hard on his physique and changing his looks for the movies.

He is particularly famous for his role as Mangal Pandey, Ghajini and that of a young student in 3 Idiots.

Khan has been working out rigorously for months. The super star first gained weith from 68 kg to 93 kg as he plays role of an ageing wrestler in the initial part of the film.

Later, he had to lose weight so that he could shoot for the second phase. Sakshi Tanwar, Fatima Sana Sheikh and Sanya Malhotra are other actors in the movie.

11 million caste certificates issued during special drive in Madhya Pradesh, digitally signed documents will be available online

Special correspondent
BHOPAL: Over one crore 19 lakh 16 thousand 108 caste certificates have been issued in MP recently.

These certificates were issued during special campaign of the state government to issue the certificates at school level.

Digitally signed caste certificates are also being kept safe in digital repository.Hence, these certificates will be always available online.

The state government has simplified process of issuing caste certificates to SCs, STs and OBCs to remove difficulties.

Issuance of caste certificate has been covered under Public Services Delivery Guarantee Act in Madhya Pradesh.

Arrangement has been made to issue caste certificates with digital signature of SDM (Sub Divisional Magistrate).

To ensure that school students do not wander about to obtain caste certificates, General Administration Department had launched this special campaign to issue certificates to students taking admission in class I from July 1, 2014.

June 13, 2016

CM reaches AJAKS meet uninvited after Dalits-Tribals throng Bhopal over reservation in promotion demand

Special Correspondent

BHOPAL: With temperature rising above 40 degrees Celsius, the issue proved to be hotter than the day.

Dalits and Adivasis thronged the state capital on Sunday, in huge numbers to attend a protest rally called by AJAKS (Anusuchit Jati Janjati Adhikari Karamchari Sangh) Scheduled Caste Tribe Officers and Employees Association.

The gathering was so impressive that the Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan who was scheduled to go to Allahabad to attend national executive meet of the BJP, could not stop himself from attending the event and rushed to the venue - Dussehra Maidan- uninvited.

Chouhan assured the gathering that reservation in government jobs would continue in state. To ensure justice to the SC, ST government employees and others CM announced formation of a cabinet sub-committee.

As the Chief Minister went ahead explaining his government’s policies and programmes for the welfare of SC-ST, desperate crowd booed him to cut short his speech and his visit.

The protest termed as ‘Save reservation, Save Nation’ was organized as an answer to state government’s decision to scuttle promotion and reservation in government jobs on various pretext.

Various organizations of ‘general’ category started a signature campaign after the apex court gave judgment against reservation in promotion in government jobs.

The campaign was constantly run in the state capital Bhopal and other major cities since then. About half a dozen ministers of the government remain present during the programme.

Dalit and Tribal legislators belonging to the Congress and the BSP were also present. All the ministers and MLAs cutting across party lines reiterated that they would resign from their posts and join them if there are any efforts to end reservation in government jobs.

Bhopal gas survivors’ fingers crossed, waiting for White House to respond, online petition crosses 1 lakh signatures

Special Correspondent

BHOPAL: Anxiety among Bhopal gas survivors is at its highest after crossing the threshold of 1 lakh signatures in an online petition required for the White House administration to respond.

Organizations fighting for the rights of gas survivors started an online petition on the White House website.

The aim was to put pressure on American government to produce officials of Dow Chemical in Indian courts, responsible for the world’s biggest industrial disaster- Bhopal Gas Tragedy.

The online petition “Uphold International Law! Stop Shielding Dow Chemical from Accountability for Corporate Crimes in Bhopal, India” had got support from all quarters.

It reads, ‘We insist that the US government meet its obligations under Treaty and international law by immediately serving notice upon Dow to attend court in Bhopal on July 13, 2016.’

The petition had garnered more than 106,493 signatures at the time of filing of this report. Rachna Dhingra of International Campaign for justice in Bhopal said that she was quite confident of gaining support from national and international fraternity fighting for human rights and justice for the people of Bhopal.

“We are now just waiting for response from the White House,” added Dhingra. According to White House website the response time extends up to 60 days. It may sometime get delayed, depending on the topic and the overall volume of petitions.

Toxic MIC (Methyl Isocyanate) gas leaked from the factory owned by Union Carbide Corporation (UCC) on December 2, 1984 that killed more than 25,000 and injured lakhs of people.

Dow Chemical bought the UCC in 2001 but it did not made UCC available to face charges of man slaughter.

June 12, 2016

Tankha’s win to Rajya Sabha revives Congress in Madhya Pradesh, BJP strategy questioned by a section of senior BJP leaders

Special Correspondent
BHOPAL: Results for three Rajya Sabha seats from Madhya Pradesh- two to the ruling BJP and one to the Congress has given life to the otherwise dormant Congress. At the same time several BJP leaders have expressed concern over increasing interference of the central leadership in state.

Anil Madhav Dave and MJ Akbar of the BJP and Vivek Tankha from Congress have been elected for the upper house from Madhya Pradesh.  

Congratulating renowned lawyer and Congress candidate Vivek Tankha, Congress state president, Arun Yadav said that the results have proved that Congress and BSP MLAs stick to their ideology and are not out for sale.

Senior Congress leader wishing not to be quoted said that Kamalnath has emerged as a bigger leader in the whole episode. “It was Kamalnath who got letter of support from BSP Supremo Mayawati,” said the leader. Four BSP MLAs played crucial role in Tankha’s win, who had support of 57 Congress MLAs and was falling short of one vote.

On the other hand, Vivek Tankha too came armed with a strategy and camped in Bhopal for more than four days. It was Tankha’s legal team that worked on a strategy and managed bail for MLA Ramesh Patel who was arrested on rape charges and was in jail for past four months.

BJP also opposed leader of Opposition, Satyadev Katare’s postal ballot. Katare is undergoing treatment in Mumbai. Tankha’s legal team fought hard to restore Katare’s voting rights- which otherwise would have been difficult. Congress was also successful in barring BJP MLA Rajendra Meshram from voting.

Apart from this other senior leaders like Digvijay Singh, Suresh Pachauri, Jyotiraditya Scindia stay put in the state capital and put up a united show after a long time.

On the other hand, BJP disowned its general secretary and independent candidate Vinod Gothia, once it smelled the defeat. Tankha shares good rapport with CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan and it is understood that Chouhan did not want BJP to contest for the third seat. BJP required 10 votes for Gothia while Tankha required only 1 vote for his win.

Sources in the BJP said that whole episode was controlled by the central unit of the BJP and that the state unit was simply following the orders. Sources say that CM tried to convince the central leadership that contesting for the third Rajya Sabha seat may cause a dent in BJP’s (read Shivraj’s) image as chances are too bleak to win it.

However, BJP’s central unit did not budge and the party had to face a humiliating defeat at the hands of Congress. Till now BJP had won all the by-elections held in the state and bore an invincible image which has now been dented, if not shattered.

June 11, 2016

MP government gears up for BRICS convention, meeting to be held soon to design programme

Special correspondent
BHOPAL: With Rajya Sabha polls over, Madhya Pradesh government is now all set to hold a meeting to finalise the details of its contribution in BRICS summit, to be held in Khajuraho from August 31.

Two day BRICS convention of tourism would be held in Khajuraho. State culture and tourism department would prepare a special programme for the event, said top sources in the government.

High level meeting would be held later this month to decide upon the details of the programme, said government official. “Our objective would be to design a programme that showcases India’s diverse culture along with promotion of state’s tourist spots,” said the official.

“We won’t miss this golden opportunity to promote state’s tourism sights,” said an official of the tourism department, wishing anonymity.

Heads of BRICS – Brazil, Russia, China and South Africa are expected in the convention besides Indian PM Narendra Modi hosting the event.

Madhya Pradesh attracted around 8 crore domestic and international tourists in the year 2015 and is expected to grow by 20% this year.

Tourism department of state has made ambitious plan of investing more than Rs 1300 crore to give a boost to its infrastructure in state.

June 10, 2016

Barack Obama endorses Hillary Clinton: Will the Democrat candidate make history, become first woman president of US?

DELHI: President Barack Obama has endorsed Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton.

With this Hillary Clinton is all set to create history. If she wins, she would be the first woman president of USA.

Clinton faces Republican candidate Donald Trump who is known for his controversial views.

Despite heavy odds in the earlier phase, Hillary Clinton managed to get her party's nomination for the White House bid.

The endorsement means a lot for her, as it puts pressure on Bernie Sanders to leave the race and support Hillary, so that the Democrats can join hands to fight Republican candidate.

Hillary, the wife of former US president Bill Clinton, has harboured the dreams to become US president for long. In the earlier election, she was a competitor of US president Barack Obama as presidential nominee for her party.

Later, she served as secretary of state. The election is scheduled on November 9. There has never been a woman president in America. If elected, Hillary Clinton will make history in the 'land of the free'.

TIH Bureau

June 8, 2016

Madhya Pradesh government outsources school students' coaching to RSS, minister pleads helplessness, Congress terms it Saffronization

BHOPAL: School education department of Madhya Pradesh has outsourced its ambitious scheme known as ‘Ruk Jana Nahi’ to RSS affiliated Saraswati Shishu Mandir schools.

School education department had decided to provide coaching to students who failed in state board exams.

Instead of involving teachers employed in school education department, government has outsourced it to Saraswati Shishu Mandir.

“Our teachers did not volunteer for this work thus we gave the project to Saraswati Shishu Mandir,” said Paras Jain, minister for school education, during inauguration of the coaching programme.

But the chool Teachers Association has opposed the government’s move.  “We have been assigned all sorts of works ranging from census of animals to humans to vaccination programme etc.

This was a good programme and school teachers would have done it willingly,” said Ashutosh Pandey, state president of teachers association. Open Board come forward to conduct the coaching programme and outsourced it to Saraswati Shishu Mandirs.

Open Board would conduct exams and provide pass certificates to appearing students. More than 1.73 lakh students have registered for this coaching and exam, said director of Open Board, PR Tiwari.

Tiwari clarified that Saraswati Shishu Mandir management came forward and offered coaching to fail students and school education department agreed. “Students who failed would get coaching in 350 Saraswati Shishu Mandirs present across the state,” added Tiwari.

Congress termed the whole exercise as saffronisation of state run schools. “If school education department is so concerned about students who failed in board exams then it should have urged the education board to increase supplementary in 2 or 3 subjects instead of starting and outsourcing a coaching programme,” said Pankaj Chaturvedi, Congress spokesperson.

TIH Bureau

June 7, 2016

ABVP disrupts yoga camp in Jiwaji University in Gwalior, organisers file complaint against ABVP members

BHOPAL: Activists of student wing of the Bhartiya Janta Party created ruckus in a yoga camp organized by Sun to Human Enliven Association, on Tuesday morning.

The Surya Milan Sadhna Yoga Shivir  was organized at Jiwaji University campus in Gwalior witnessed unruly scenes when scores of ABVP members reached at the camp shouting slogans. They asked the organizers to stop the camp immediately.

ABVP members asked to stop the camp terming it unsocial and promoting obscenity. They said that the Yoga guru was not practicing yoga and was spreading obscenity on the pretext of yoga camp.

Women and Child Development minister Maya Singh, a cabinet minister in Shivraj Singh Chouhan led BJP government, was also present at the function.

Organizers have complained to the Superintendent of police, Gwalior, Harinarayanchari Mishra against ABVP.

ABVP members alleged that organizers were playing film music and were dancing and not practicing yoga. One of the ABVP member also alleged that men in the camp were asked to take off their shirts in presence of women participants.

The organizer of the event is known as Param Alaya popularly known as Pappu Bhaiyya. Participants of the camp said that there is huge resentment against the ABVP members for their act.

TIH Bureau

June 5, 2016

Bhopal Gas Survivors want 30k signatures in nine days for online petition, rapper Sofia Ashraf appeals to sign White House petition

BHOPAL: With nine days left to garner 67,446 signatures to get a response from the White House, NGOs working for the welfare of Bhopal gas survivors have sought support of other organizations working for human causes.

Bhopal gas tragedy that occurred in 1984 is among one of the world’s biggest and worst industrial disasters that killed more than 10,000 people.

The affect of poisonous MIC (methyl isocyanides) gas could be seen on the third generation as well.  

Indian government had charged the Union Carbide Corporation (UCC) with man slaughter along other charges but UCC refused to show for the trial. In 2001 Dow Chemical bought the UCC and made compensation matters more complicated.

India has sent four notices to the US Department of Justice to summon Dow Chemical to explain UCC’s whereabouts. India and US are signatory to Mutual Legal Assistance treaty, under which the notices has been sent to the US, department of justice.

It was moved by the International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal, North America from May 15 at the White House official website. Rachna Dhingra of Bhopal Group for Information and Action, says that the petition needs 1 lakh signatures before June 15 to make US government respond.

The petition required 67,446 signatures within 9 days to reach 1 lakh mark.  Representatives of gas survivor organizations are confident to reach that mark before due date. Sofia Ashraf, the rapper is out with a new video seeking justice for the survivors of Bhopal Gas Tragedy .

The organisations hope that the pressure created by the ongoing petition will force the US Department of Justice to serve the notice on Dow Chemical which in turn will have to explain to the Bhopal court why it continues to shelter Union Carbide, a fugitive from justice.

TIH Bureau

Government urged to ban Bajrang Dal, other armed groups; demand raised in the aftermath of Mathura violence

After the horrific gun battle police and followers of Ram Vriksha Yadav, who headed a splinter group of Jai Gurudev sect, there are demands for focus on armed militias.

As many as 24 persons including SP City and a SHO had been killed in the fierce firing in the Ashram in Mathura.

Now, Rihai Manch, a rights group, has demanded ban on all such groups that impart arms training.

It has specifically urged the government to ban Bajrang Dal. In an official release, Rihai Manch has said that such cache of arms in Ashram was stored but the police had no idea about it, though the activities were going in the midst of the city.

The Manch has said that when Bajrang Dal and Durga Vahini, the groups associated with Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) run weapons' training camps, it is clear that there is a conspiracy to disrupt peace in the State.

The general secretary of the manch, Rajeev Yadav, has said that high-level inquiry is needed into the violence in Mathura. The Manch has said that government should take immediate steps and impose ban on Bajrang Dal and other groups that are imparting arms' training and are involved in violence.

TIH Bureau

June 3, 2016

24 killed in armed violence in Mathura: Ashram followers attack police with bombs, firearms; City SP killed

24 persons including two police officers were killed when followers of an Ashram attacked the policemen in Mathura.

The scale of violence was such that a SP rank officer and a SHO were killed while over 50 policemen were injured. 

The police also retaliated. In the ensuing violence, 24 persons including the two officers were killed. Others who died are followers of Ashram. 

The violence was triggered off when police reached Jawahar Bagh to evict the illegal occupants. The encroachers who had set up Ashram are members of a breakaway group of Jai Gurudev sect.

The breakaway group known as 'Netaji' sect, that wants a new currency, and demanded cancellation of elections for the post of PM and President, had stored huge cache of arms, resisted police action. 

Swadhin Bharat Vidhik Satyagrah and its armed wing Subhash Sena are led by Ram Vriksh Yadav. The police said that they were on his hunt. It was not clear if he managed to escape from Mathura or was hiding elsewhere. 

There were country-made bombs and firing from the encroachers side. SP Mukul Dwivedi and SHO Santosh Yadav were killed in the attack. The police were caught unawares and had no idea about the activities within the Ashram.

Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav accepted that there was a lapse. Police said that 6 rifles and more than 45 country-made revolvers were recovered during the raid. 22 persons belonging to the sect were killed and the encroachment was removed.

TIH Bureau

June 2, 2016

VHP leader among 24 convicted for Gulberg society massacre of Muslims during Gujarat riots, 36 acquitted

As many as 24 persons including leader of the right-wing Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) has been convicted for Gurberg society massacre.

69 Muslims including former Member of Parliament (MP) Ahsan Jafri along with dozens of women and children, were butchered here.

A special court gave the verdict on the killings that had taken place in February 2002. Judge PD Desai delivered judgement in a jam-packed court.

While 24 persons were convicted, 36 have been acquitted. The quantum of sentence is yet to be delivered. VHP leader Atul Vaidya has been convicted, however, he has not been charged for murder, but in lesser sections. BJP leader Bipin Patel was acquitted.

Jafri's wife Zakid Jafri expressed dissatisfaction with the judgment. The reason is acquittal to many accused apart from the fact that the court ruled out the conspiracy angle in this case.

Zakia Jafri said that she would continue her fight, to get justice for the victims of the Gujarat pogrom. She said that she will move the higher court and would appeal against the verdict.

Over 1,000 persons, mostly Muslims, were killed in the post-Godhra massacre, when right-wing Hindu organisations targeted Muslims. Gujarat riots took place when Narendra Modi was chief minister of the State.

TIH Bureau

[Photo courtesy: Rediff.com]

BJP wins assembly by-election in Betul district, no celebrations as Shahdol MP passes away

BHOPAL: BJP’s Mangal Singh Dhurve won Ghodadongri seat (Betul district) in assembly by-polls, declared on Thursday.

Dhurve defeated Congress’ Pratap Singh Uike by a margin of 13,334 votes.

BJP has decided not to celebrate its victory as Member of Parliament from Shahdol Dalpat Singh Paraste passed away after prolonged illness on Wednesday evening.

His last rites would be performed on Thursday. Death of sitting MLA from Ghodadongri, Sajjan Singh Uike led to by-elections on the seat.

Congress candidate Pratap Singh Uike got 69,122 votes while BJP’s Dhurve managed to get 82,304 votes; winning election by a margin of 13,334 votes.

BJP national president Amit Shah congratulated MP BJP team through a tweet. State president Nand Kumar Chouhan gave credit of victory to CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan and added that party would make no celebrations as last rites of Shahdol MP Paraste would be held the same day.

June 1, 2016

Two ancient Kalachuri idols stolen from Katni found in US, process initiated for their return

BHOPAL: Two idols of Kalachuri era that were stolen from Vijayraghavgarh in Katni district are reported to be found in the United States of America. The process for returning these idols has also begun.

The US agency FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) had recently shared this information after an agreement made between Modi government and the US government on returning ancient idols.

FBI shared the information about these idols with the Indian Embassy, which in turn reported the matter to its intelligence wing, the IB (Intelligence Bureau) office in New Delhi.

With inputs from IB office, CB CID office in Bhopal forwarded the information including photographs of the said idols to SP Katni, Gaurav Rajput.

ASP Katni, Yashpal Singh Rajput confirmed that nine idols were stolen from Karitalai Museum and FIR was lodged at Vijayraghavagarh police station in 2006 on complaint of guard Ramlal.

Rajput said that the pictures sent by the US Embassy are very similar to the ones stolen. The idols of God Vishnu and Natraj are valued at about Rs one crore in the international market, added Rajput.

Kalachuri dynasty that ruled parts of Deccan from 10 to 12 century AD is believed to have its origin in Madhya Pradesh. Their ancient capital was situated near Jabalpur which is around 90 kms from Katni.

Farmers distraught as onion selling at 50 paise per kg in Madhya Pradesh, government offers to buy at Rs 6 per kg

BHOPAL: Providing succor to distraught farmers, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan announced on Wednesday that government would buy onions from farmers at Rs 6 per kg.

MP had witnessed bumper production of onions this season, owing to which the wholesale rates of onion had gone as low as 50 paisa and Rs 1 per kg.

Farmers ultimately started throwing onions on roads or left it at their farms to rot.

“My heart melts for farmers as I am a farmer myself. I cannot leave them alone at this hour of distress,” said Chouhan, addressing a gathering at a Gram Uday programme, near Bhopal.

Several farmers protested outside collector’s office at Indore and threw about 5000kgs of onions on the road, as mark of protest. Similar protests were witnessed in other parts of the state including Shajapur where rates fell down to 50 paisa per kg.

Since then farmers growing onions had been protesting and demanding the state government to come forward to provide relief.

“Last year when there was acute shortage of onions, state government conducted raids at different places to bring down the prices. This year when farmers could not even realize the investment they made in fields government should come forward to help them out of distress,” said Dilip Patidar, a farmer.

According to an estimate of the state government, productivity of onions has exceeded 13 crore quintals this season. Area of sowing too had increased from 1.5 lakh hectares in 2015 to 5 lakh hectares this year.

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