5
Oct

In Maoist heartland, a bus service resumes after 12 years

Although the bus connects two harmless cities in the Sukma district in southern Chhattisgarh, its course can be followed by security forces as thoroughly as with the Samjhauta Express, a weekly train between India and Pakistan.

Bus passengers between Gupta Travels Dornapal and Jagargonda must carry their Aadhar card at all times as proof of identity. And as the bus passes through every 13 CRPF fields along the way, you must make mandatory stops for the driver to sign the registration. In some places, each of the passengers to disembark and go through a complete disaster.

The road is bad, the bus without air conditioning is not very comfortable and the passengers are mostly extremely poor.

But the journey of 56 kilometers that the bus is, anyway, every day is like no other country. Reintroduced after 12 years, it passes through the Maoist heart where the security forces fought against the insurgents in an endless cycle of violence. In April, it was Barkapal on the bus route, a Maoist ambush killed 25 CRPF men in.

Given the explosions and bloodshed in the region, the bus driver leaves nothing to chance while negotiating the road under construction for years, but it is still far from having completed the face violent Maoist opposition.

“Koi nahi jayega Neeche highway ke sab … pe high road Nipat lena,” shouts at the passengers, warning them against the fall of the road to respond to the call of nature. Often blocked, the stretch has seen 18 FDI bursts in the last three years.

The bus service – carried out privately, but under state sponsorship – was disrupted 12 years ago after the spiral of violence. Although no less dangerous now, neighbours are willing to take the risk because the bus is their lifeline in a region devoid of connectivity. The rickety jeeps pick up passengers for a price on the stretch, but they were uneven, inadequate and overcrowded. Hindu, a ten-year-old resident of Jagargonda, has reason to be satisfied that the bus service will be presented again from May 3 to the driver’s side, which ends at a ridge of Gondi. His travel times to visit relatives in Dornapal fell by more than half.

The bus leaves at 6 am Jagargonda every day for Dornapal. The trip starts at 15:00.

“Darr Lagta hain a kya Lekin Karein? (We are afraid, but what can we do), Kamlesh said the driver. He and passengers comfort themselves with the fact that Maoists to date have not directed not to a civilian transport

30
Sep

‘Isn’t this our country?’ Why Indian Muslims feel shaken and ‘harassed’

Anam Nisha is a freshman in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Rohilkhand Bareilly University. The daughter of a mechanic, her parents fought hostile parents uncomfortable sending a daughter to college and decided to educate. She will become the first engineer in her family.

Nisha has made friends with her classmates, most Hindus. But something changed in the elections from 2017 to UP.

“I have not felt this way before, but in this choice among our friends, that feeling of being Hindu and Muslim sharp.” In discussions, our friends made us feel we were different. She said the BJP had created this “division”.

Mohammed Tanweer, a senior in Gorakhpur, nods. “When the MP came and said kabristan and Shamshanghat, we feel uncomfortable looking at the issues that arise daily. This sometimes makes us wonder – do we have the wrong name?

Without generalization about a large and diverse community that India Muslims can not be completely accurate. However, during the gathering of dozens of young Muslims in the western UP of the most limited form in Bihar, it became clear that Nisha and Tanweer are no exceptions. The Muslims are agitated, disturbed and worried. Firoz Ahmad is an Adjunct Professor on the campus of Aligarh Muslim University in Kishanganj, Bihar of Seemanchal. “Muslims began to avoid public meetings because everything they say can be misunderstood. In social networks, when something is said, it is immediately marked against the national, terrorist and, of course, Pakistanis,” he said. A survey conducted by the Center for the Study of Reputable Companies in the Developing States in four states – Gujarat, Haryana, Odisha and Karnataka – gives an idea of the mentality that led to these labels. Only 13% of Hindus regard Muslims as “highly patriotic” even though 77% of Muslims consider it “highly patriotic”.

When asked what, in particular, disturbed, Firoz Ahmad said: “Look at the campaigns of hatred. When they say love, jihad, increase the triple Talaq, talk about Gau Raksha, go to Ghar Wapsi, who to turn to “There is a common pattern. They want to start new discussions with Muslims as a target group.”

Then clarify. “This is not the PM.It is by Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas.These are those who act on their behalf.These should be punished.”

Shadab Khan does an MBA on campus.

“If I say that I love Barcelona, I am a nationalist, but if I say that I like Pakistan player Shahid Afridi, I become an anti-national. Conversation in social networks “.

In the age groups and regions, most Muslims have blamed the BJP and Sangh Parivar, but they were also critical of the media.

Back in Bareilly, Heeba Roshan, a sophomore chemistry student, said, laughing: “There would have been a lot more peace and less insecurity if we stopped TV news.”

24
Sep

What Indian Muslims have learnt: Education is empowerment

Rashid Nehaal is a tired man. As director of the Kishanganj campus of Aligarh Muslim University, he runs a non-existent, non-existent academic centre in one of India’s poorest corners with few ties to industry and the market for students to take advantage of.

“Muslims need to understand that all of India’s communities have fought.” You can not continue to blame the government and the parties 24 hours a day, they must stop expecting to pamper themselves, the reserves, they must understand that they have to compete in the market. What we must do is create an enabling environment and give them educational facilities. ”

At a time when Indian Muslims are disturbed by what they see around them, at a time when they introspect about political choices, there is a third simultaneous visible trend in the community: the desire to turn the crisis into an opportunity by focusing In the reform. The unanimous claim, among northern India, among older and younger Muslims, between men and women, between the middle class and the poor, and between urban and rural Muslims, is that the only way to do this is through A focus on education. Mohammed Adil Faridi is thirty years old and works at Imarat-e-Sharia, an influential Muslim organization at Phulwari Sharif in Patna. He is working on a computer, shuffling between checking his email and editing an Urdu newspaper.

When asked if Muslims feel like a “defeated community,” a chorus one has heard elsewhere, he replies, “No. Muslims know that education is the only road to mobility. If a person can succeed with 30% of work, a Muslim may have to put in 50% work because of certain prejudices. “But no one prevents us from doing that.” The institute runs madrasas through Bihar. With education, did you refer to traditional Islamic education? Farid replied, “At most, five or six percent of Muslims are in madrasas.” Previously, they were out of the education system altogether.Even now, most of the Muslims who are studying are in the conventional education system. A value in both. ” He, however, acknowledged that modern education imparts technical skills, which in turn helps to improve living standards.

But is it an apolitical perspective given the present circumstances? “There is a concerted call to spread hatred, the most intelligent thing for Muslims is to stay out of it, increase their educational, economic and social capacities.If you do not give it too much value, if you ignore it, your policy itself will see a setback. “

18
Sep

Modi is here for another 7yrs, Oppn can do little about it, writes Vir Sanghvi

In October 2013, several months before the Lok Sabha elections, I wrote on this page that the Indians had already decided that Narendra Modi would be the next prime minister. Now, with the next survey of Lok Sabha two years away, I will make another prediction. Most Indians believe that Modi will win the next election and, therefore, a second term as prime minister.

This is not an extravagant statement. Opinion polls from a number of research agencies published over the past week suggest that there is no anti-default factor. Modi is probably even more popular today than it was when he was first elected. The latest poll suggests that if a general election were held now, the NDA would get 48% of the votes (much more than in 2014) and more than 300 seats.

In the two years before the elections, can the Opposition reverse this state of affairs? In theory, yes. But in practice, it is difficult to defeat Modi. There are several reasons for this, many of which the Opposition does not see or do not recognize.

The first and most important is leadership. It is not an accident that Modi rose to national prominence in 2011/12 at a time when Prime Minister Manmohan Singh appeared especially ineffective and uninspiring. Sonia Gandhi was ill and had gone abroad for treatment. And it was not clear what the role of Rahul Gandhi was.

In the five years since then no one has seemed a credible challenger to Modi’s charisma and aura of strength. The mood of the public is anti-dynasty (in the elections after the elections, leaders of all parties have been defeated), no new leaders have emerged and the only politician who offered a new alternative – Arvind Kejriwal – has seen fade His aura.

The second reason for Modi’s continued popularity is that he has not betrayed the central theme of his appeal: Anticorruption. Few people believe that the prime minister is personally greedy and there has not been a significant corruption scandal during the life of his government.

But the main problem of the opposition is that Modi is a much smarter politician than his rivals. Now we forget how different it is now a prime minister that took possession. Then, he wanted to be an international statesman, attempted to make peace with Pakistan and moved legislation that benefited the Indian industry.

That kind of prime minister was easier to attack. The best moments of Rahul Gandhi came when he portrayed the government as a “boot-suit ki sarkar.” Others scoffed at Modi’s global ambitions. None of his trips abroad, his meetings with the Chinese and US presidents, and his proposals to Nawaz Sharif.

But quickly and skillfully, almost without the Opposition realizing, Modi has reformulated his first ministry. No longer bothered to cultivate the IIC, entrepreneurs who once seemed close have quietly moved away, foreign policy ambitions have been narrowed and their focus has shifted from their original middle class core to India’s poor … .

12
Sep

India should become a defence manufacturing hub to bolster military preparedness: Jaitley

New Delhi: India’s military training, which must be fully compatible with the indigenous production of weapon systems and platforms through healthy competition between the public and private sectors, is the best way to deter peace in the region .
“No country can win wars indefinitely and battles are just about buying or importing external equipment. Its security preparation would not be complete if it only depends on it,” said Defense Minister Arun Jaitley Tuesday.
Speaking at a PSU Defense Award role in the context where the government has recently developed the Strategic Partnership Policy (SP) to expand the role of India’s private sector in defense production, Jaitley emphasized the need Of India to “unleash their own potential” to become a weapons manufacturing center.
As part of SP policy, some private sector Indian companies will partner with global defense companies to jointly produce combat aircraft, helicopters, submarines and armored vehicles as tanks under the “do in India” framework. Mobile performance by DRDO and its 50 laboratories, five PSU defense, four shipyards and 41 artillery factories, and the inability to attract the private sector to jump in defense production in a major way means that India Continues to import about 65% of its military hardware and software. “The safety requirements are dictated by the type of neighborhood you have and of course, taking into account the particular situation in this case from a geopolitical point of view, our preparation is the best way to deter and it is certainly a guarantee For peace because our region is concerned, “Jaitley said. In reference to SP policy, the minister said: “A healthy competition between PSU defense and the private sector will definitely bring out the best potentia L. Competition is always the best guarantee for competition, efficiency for price control. Offers various opportunities and options. ”
Turning to the economy, Jaitley said he posted impressive growth in the past three years. “After completing seven decades after independence, we now have three consecutive years of having made the world’s fastest economy gap between major economies. We aspire to move from a developing economy to a developed economy,” he said.

4
Sep

Centre likely to review rules on sale of cattle for slaughter

NEW DELHI: The Center is likely to review recently notified rules prohibiting the sale of cattle for slaughter in animal markets to ensure that provisions are focused on preventing animal cruelty rather than limiting food choice And force farmers to meet the onerous requirements.
It is expected that the government should reconsider provisions that farmers are required to declare an animal they sell at a market or a fair is not intended to slaughter because it may hit sales and could also open new avenues for corruption and harassment by The local authorities.
The consultations took place in the government after the opposition parties and some state governments have criticized the restrictions on the sale of cattle for the massacre announced by the Ministry of Environment last Friday. It was considered that the rules are motivated excessively in writing presented in the SC to restrict the cattle trade.
Brakes in interstate cattle transport – already a risky business, because of Vigilantism cows – would damage the interests of farmers who provide other United animals. Haryana and Punjab cows are required in other parts of the country for their superior milk production and disruption of this trade is a problem for all states, including those with BJP governments.
“The rules should reflect a balance.The aim is to curb cruelty to animals and illegal logging and not to curb or prohibit eating habits.” People’s feelings are important, but they put too much power in the hands of local authorities is a Problem, “said the former minister. While most states do not allow the sale of meat, sale and consumption of buffalo meat or “buff” are allowed.
With West Bengal and Kerala protesting against the new rules as discriminatory and against the federal spirit, the issue is considered as intended to cover the circumscription of “cow protection,” BJP. However, the consequences for farmers appear to have been fully provided. Activists, however, have argued that livestock fairs are misused openly by the bovine mafia to obtain animals for slaughter. “Some issues have been raised by some state governments and other trade organizations,” said Venkaiah Naidu, Minister of Information and Broadcasting.
The Ministry of the Environment, which had notified the standards last week, received 13 representations initially, but the number has increased. The decision was rejected by meat exporters who said the measure could affect the meat and leather trade business. The rules prohibit animal markets less than 25 km from a state border and less than 50 km from an international border.
Meanwhile, officials from the Ministry of Environment reported receiving several representations regarding the ban on the sale and purchase of livestock for the massacre and the study. Several organizations have called on the government “ill-advised”, saying that it will expand “terrorism” by vacheurs.

30
Aug

After talks with Vladimir Putin, France’s Emmanuel Macron hits out at Russian media

French President Emmanuel Macron rolled out the red carpet for Russia’s Vladimir Putin on Monday, but past suspicions of Russian meddling in the French election resurfaced with Macron denouncing Russian media and Putin denying hacking allegations.

The newly-elected Macron hosted Putin at the sumptuous 17th-century palace of Versailles outside Paris for his first meeting with the Kremlin leader which he had earlier said would be marked by some straight talking.

The 39-year-old French leader and Putin exchanged a cordial, businesslike handshake and smiles when the latter stepped from his limousine, with Macron appearing to say “welcome” to him in French.

When they emerged from talks, which went on for almost an hour longer than scheduled, Macron said they had had a “frank exchange” and both men stressed they had agreed on the need to move forward on divisive issues such as Syria and Ukraine.

But at a joint news conference after their talks, ill-feeling came to the surface over past allegations made by Macron’s camp that state-funded Russian news outlets had sought to destabilise his campaign.

With Putin alongside him, Macron repeated the accusation in a reply to a journalist’s question, saying: “During the campaign, Russia Today and Sputnik were agents of influence which on several occasions spread the fake news about me personally and my campaign.

“They behaved like organs of influence, of propaganda and of lying propaganda,” he said.

During the campaign, which climaxed with Macron’s election on May 7, Macron’s camp irritated the Kremlin by saying its campaign’s networks, databases and sites had come under attack from locations inside Russia.

When his camp barred journalists from the two Russian outlets from Macron’s headquarters, a Russian foreign ministry spokesperson denounced the move as “outrageous … barefaced discrimination”.

The Kremlin and RT itself have rejected allegations of meddling in the election.

Putin did not react to Macron’s comments about the Russian media, but he bristled when a journalist suggested that Moscow’s hand was behind cyber attacks on the Macron campaign. These hacking allegations, he said, were not based on facts.

The Kremlin appeared to favour Macron’s far-right opponent Marine Le Pen for the presidency during the campaign — a view reinforced when Putin granted her an audience a month before the election’s first round.

This did not indicate an attempt to influence the outcome of the election, though, Putin said.
“We are ready to receive any person, always. If Madame Le Pen asked to meet us, why would we want to refuse her? The more so since she always publicly spoke out for developing relations with our country. It would be strange for us to refuse her,” he said.

22
Aug

PM Modi on seven decades of India-Russia friendship

Prime Minister Narendra Modi article on the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between India and the Russian Federation published in the Russian newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazzetta May 31, 2017
There are seven decades April 13, 1947, to be precise, even before India had gained independence, India and Russia have established diplomatic relations among themselves. I send a warm greeting to the people of Russia and India on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of this milestone. Celebrating this year. E in 2017.
Relations between India and Russia have been a constant in a world that has changed drastically since 1947. They have stood the test of time and have grown from strength to strength. The resilience of our relationship is based on the fact that it is based on the principles of equality, trust and mutual benefit. We have adapted our partnership at different stages of our national development and the changing realities of the international context. We were together in good times and bad.
Our relationship, of course, goes well beyond the last seventy years. That is full of history. They also go beyond governments. Afanasei Nikitin from Tver travelled to India in the 15th century to link Russia to India. Later, in the mid-18th century, Indian traders moved between India and Russia and settled settlements in Astrakhan. Gerasim Lebedev, a pioneer of Indology and Bengali theatre, visited India at the same time. It was followed by Ivan Menayev mid-19th century who introduced Sanskrit to the people of Russia, studied Vedic literature, edicts of Ashoka the Great, Pali grammar and Buddhist studies. Researchers such as Sergei Oldenburg and Fyodor Shcherbatskoy continued this tradition in the following decades, the translation and study of many Indian epics and classical texts.
In recent years, the poetry of Rabindranath Tagore was translated into Russian and Mahatma Gandhi, the father of our nation, and Leon Tolstoï corresponded to each other. The immortal work of Nikolai Roerich and his love for India remain a part of our rich cultural heritage. Russian writers such as Dostoyevsky, Pushkin and Chekhov have influenced Indian thought and drama. Yoga, Indian movies, songs and dances are a permanent link between our people.
The Soviet Union helped India build its industrial base. Bokaro and Bhilai plants, the Bhakra Nangal-e hydroelectric dam images of Wing Commander Rakesh Sharma aboard the Soyuz T-11 as the first cosmonaut of India are etched in the minds of all Indians.
Over the last 70 years, India has developed an important industrial and technological base and diversified. We are among the leading economies in the world experiencing the fastest growth. The accelerated growth potential of India has never been so great, nor the highest optimism. Russia re-appears the events of 1991 as a world power with international reach and influence. Its economy has been modernized and a new generation of the country’s advances.
In 2000, India and Russia signed a Strategic Partnership Declaration. In 2010, we elevated our partnership into a special and privileged strategic partnership. These are just words. They contain an ambitious plan for our cooperation. Our cooperation in the military-technical field is a pillar of great strength in relations between India and Russia. Russian equipment and technology are the backbones of our defence forces. Today, symbols of our contemporary society include Indian investment in Sakhalin 1, and now the Vankor oil field and Taas-Yuryakh joint venture project, NPP Kudankulam and Brahmos. In the economic field, we aim to increase mutual investments in manufacturing, the development of the North-South Corridor international transport and the creation of a green corridor. India has contributed significantly to Russia’s pharmaceutical industry.

18
Aug

Closing Bell: Sensex ends over 250 pts lower post Sikka’s resignation; Nifty below 9850

Closing Bell: Sensex ends over 250 pts lower post Sikka’s resignation; Nifty below 9850

15:30 Near Market: Mostly crossed by a weak trading day on Infosys, the benchmark indices finished the session and the week on a negative note, with Nifty’s 9900 mark.

The Sensex closed 270.78 points at 31524.68, while the Nifty finished 66.75 points lower at 9837.40. Market width was negative as 1,003 shares rose, compared with a decrease of 1,527 shares, while 124 shares were unchanged.

IT inventories decreased, followed by pharmaceuticals, which also witnessed weak movements. Midcaps, on the other hand, cut a good chunk of his losses, while the JI and FMCG won.

HUL, Bharti Airtel and BPCL earned the most on both indices, while Infosys and Sun Pharma lost the most.

15:10 Market Verification: The benchmark indices were observed by reducing a good chunk of its losses, with Nifty trading above 9800-mark.

The Sensex fell 288.14 points to 31507.32, while the Nifty fell 69.95 points to 9834.20. Market width was negative as 821 shares increased against a decrease of 1,597 shares, while 113 shares were unchanged.

14:50 The exit of Sikka weighs on the portfolio of Murthy: the surprise exit of Vishal Sikka of Infosys weighed heavily on D-Street which cost its shareholders a theoretical loss of market capitalization of about 27 000 crores whereas the investment Cumulative family of Narayana Murthy saw a Decline of about Rs 1,000 crores whereas stocks reached a multi-year level.

Infosys who started with a gap on the lower side slipped more than 13 percent to hit his multi-year low of Rs884.20 in exchange on Friday.

The promoter and the promoter group hold cumulatively nearly 29.28.06.199 shares in Infosys and Narayana Murthy and his family hold 7 90.02, 104 shares according to the BSEIndia website.

N Narayana Murthy holds 87,18,688 shares while Akshata Murthy held 2,04,25,648 shares. Sudha Murthy holds 1,80.58,640 shares and Rohan Murthy has held 3.17.99,128 shares from the June quarterly data.

The cumulative notional loss that Narayana Murthy underwent today is a little over Rs 100 crore while other members of the family have seen a national loss of just over Rs 900 crores (see table) at From the closing price of Thursday of Rs 1,020.85 on the NSE.

14:30 European update: European stocks fell sharply on Friday morning as investors reacted to the worst terrorist attack in Spain for more than 13 years.

The pan-European Stoxx 600 decreased 0.77% shortly after the opening bell with almost all sectors and major stock markets on the negative territory.

The travel and leisure sector in Europe led the losses on Friday morning, in reaction to the attack in Spain. Airlines including Easyjet, Ryanair and Lufthansa were among the largest in the first deals, each down by more than 2 percent.

2:15 pm Market Verification: Fall in IT bellwether, Infosys, continued to weigh on the benchmark indices while they continued to trade low. That said, the indices were out of the weak points of the day.

The Sensex decreased by 354.42 points to 31441.04, and the Nifty decreased by 95.40 points to 9808.75. The width of the market was negative as 674 shares rose against a decline of 1,686 shares, while 102 shares were unchanged ….

18
Aug

Gorakhpur hospital tragedy: What killed those 70 children?

Gorakhpur hospital tragedy: What killed those 70 children?

In Basti’s background NH-28 from Lucknow to Gorakhpur district hospital has an intensive care unit with 10 beds (UCI) supposedly reserved for patients with encephalitis, acute inflammation of the brain Often is the effect of a mosquito-borne disease .

On August 13, at eight o’clock in the morning, there were six beds occupying beds. The hospital staff was asleep on the floor. Ram Prakash, the supervising physician, said that the ICU only had one ventilator and that it did not work either. “All patients with critical encephalitis,” said Dr. Prakash, “are referred to the BRD Medical College in Gorakhpur.”

The hospital has been in the headlines due to the death of more than 70 children under its gaze since August 7. The government of Uttar Pradesh, resistant to criticism in the media, suspended a school principal and returned to the head of the hospital’s pediatric department.

Further to the Sahjanwa, in the Gorakhpur district, a community health center (CHC) was adjusted in 2015 from the six-bed encephalitis treatment center. At 11 am on August 13, there were no patients in the center.

The leaves here are saffron, in case they were in doubt that the holiday is in government. In the last week, there were no cases of encephalitis in CHC. In Gorakhpur, however, the 100-bed ICU hospital at BRD Medical College is full of patients suffering from encephalitis.

Many beds are used for more than one patient. The hospital is the only tertiary public hospital in the region and serves 400,000 outpatients and about 40,000 hospitalized patients each year. Hundreds of children die every year in the hospital, many with encephalitis.

Overcrowding and poor or poorly maintained facilities are at fault. In fact, many children died in the last week because the hospital did not pay a provider, which resulted in a lack of oxygen in the ITU.

The hospital denies reports. Although much of the information emerging from the hospital and state government is confusing, it could be that the only encephalitis is not the reason why many children are being dying

Hospital figures suggest that only 20% of the 30 children who died within 24 hours, between 10 and 11 August, had encephalitis. Their figures also show that as of July 931 of the 2,386 newborns admitted this year to the neonatal ICU, he died.
Yogi Adityanath, the UP Prime Minister, appointed a committee chaired by Secretary of State Rajiv Kumar to investigate the killings. A preliminary investigation found that the hospital squeak infrastructure and gruesome management are at least partially responsible.

In anonymity petition, a committee member said that ICU physicians are sent by the college while support staff, such as nurses and pharmacists, are appointed by the health department, resulting in a lack of coordination. Ashutosh Tandon, Minister of Technical and Medical Education of the State, “sought a report” from his ministry on the appalling lack of facilities in the hospital.