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Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose appointed as India’s first Lokpal



Former Supreme Court Judge Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose has been appointed as India’s first Lokpal. President Ram Nath Kovind has appointed the Chairman of the Lokpal along with other members of the anti -corruption watchdog.

The Lokpal will have four judicial members including Justice Dilip B. Bhosale, Justice Pradip Kumar Mohanty and Justice Abhilasha Kumari. Besides it will have four other non- judicial members.

Terror funding case: ED attaches 13 properties of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen in J&K



The Enforcement Directorate, ED has attached 13 properties of Mohammad Shafi Shah and six other terrorists of Hizb-ul-Mujahideen in Jammu and Kashmir.

The properties worth one crore 22 lakh rupees were attached in connection with an ongoing investigation against Hizb-ul-Mujahideen commander Syed Salahuddin and others under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act.

Priyanka Chopra is among world powerful women



Bollywood actress Priyanka Chopra Jonas has joined international celebrities including Oprah Winfrey and Meryl Streep in USA Today’s list of “50 most powerful women in entertainment”.

Honoured on getting featured in the list, Priyanka said in a statement: “I feel privileged to share this platform with these amazing women who have each pushed through their own challenges and created their own realities and today stand shoulders above everyone in their chosen careers. It does give one a feeling of achievement.”

Priyanka became a popular name in the West through her lead role of Alex Parrish in the American TV drama thriller series “Quantico”. She made her Hollywood debut opposite Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Zac Efron in the action-comedy “Baywatch” in 2017.

The list also included the names of singer Beyonce, television star Ellen Degeneres, Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence and international pop icon Jennifer Lopez among many others.

EC notice to BJP’s Babul Supriyo over campaign song

Agencies /Kolkata
The Election Commission has issued show cause notice to the Union Minister and BJP leader Babul Supriyo for violation of Model Code of Conduct. State Additional Chief Electoral officer Mr. Sanjoy Basu said that the Union Minister released a video recording of the party’s campaign song in electronic and social media without taking pre-approval from Media Certification and Monitoring Committee (MCMC). Mr. Supriyo has been asked to give his reply within 48 hours.

Meanwhile, the notification for second phase of Lok Sabha Elections in West Bengal has been issued today. Elections will be held in three Parliamentary seats in this phase on 18th of next month. Four nominations have been filed for first phase of elections while two nominations have been submitted for second phase of polls so far. The first phase of election will be held in two Parliamentary seats in the state on 11th of April.

EC directs parties to desist from using Defence forces for any political propaganda


Staff Reporter / NEW DELHI

Election Commission today directed all political parties to desist from indulging in any political propaganda involving activities of the Defence Forces. The Commission has issued an advisory to Presidents of political parties in this regard. The advisory says that the political parties are advised that their campaigners and candidates should desist from such activities.

The poll panel has also cited its earlier advisory in which it had directed political parties to advise their candidates and leaders to refrain from displaying photographs of defence personnel or photographs of functions involving defence personnel in advertisements as part of their election campaign.

Mamata Dares PM Modi, Amit Shah to Compete With Her on Chanting Mantras

Accusing the BJP of only playing politics over the Ram Mandir issue, the West Bengal chief minister said her government had built a skywalk at the iconic Dakshineshwar temple.


By A Correspondent / Kolkata

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Tuesday hit out at the BJP saying  “Worship does not mean only putting a tilak on the forehead. You must understand the meaning of the mantras. I challenge Modi-Shah to compete with me in chanting mantras,”

On BJP questioning her religion, She said neither she nor the people of the state need to learn the meaning of ‘communal harmony’ from the “divisive BJP”.

She even challenged Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah to see who can chant mantras better.

The TMC supremo was speaking at a pre-holi event organised by the Marwari community.

Mamata stressed that the BJP plays politics of religion, while she believes in religion that has humanity, not that which has a political colour.

“There are people who question my religion. I want to tell them that my religion is humanity and I do not need lectures from others about religion,” she said at a programme in connection with the upcoming Holi festival.

On BJP’s allegations that she does not allow puja to be conducted in Bengal, she said they should go and see how many ‘mandir’ (temples) have been constructed during the TMC regime.

“Ek Ram mandir nahi bana paya, rajniti kar liya (They were unable to build the Ram mandir, but managed to play politics around it.),” Mamata said and added that her government had built a skywalk at the iconic Dakshineshwar temple in the state, and has undertaken several developmental works at religious sites.

She also paid homage to the slain jawans and their families saying, “I don’t believe in religion where they play politics over blood. I don’t play Holi with blood.”

The science behind Holi

Dr Birbal Jha

India is a land of cultures and values wherein human life is woven with the pearls of festivals around the year for smooth, pleasant and recreational life. Holi is one of the festivals which is directly linked to environmental science, naturopathy and medication.

This festival of colours enters the cycle of seasons with winter fading and summer beginning to knock at the doors. Holi is a science in itself. Such a celebration makes the environment safe and habitable, reeking of a life style.

In older times or even now also, those people not taking a bath regularly during winter often develop some skin eruptions leading to even severe infections. Also unwanted particle accumulations on the human body happen. This needs rinsing out.

Allopathic treatment could be hard on the pocket besides being prone to side effects. So people prefer naturopathy involving mud or turmeric therapy. Also mud therapy is one of the best practice in yoga culture of curing diseases. It is flourishing now even in urban areas.

Naturopathy is more encouraged now in view of several side effects of allopathic medicines. Holi is said to be a preventive approach preparing the human body to be ready for exposure of harmful UV sunrays during summers.

The science of using natural colours like turmeric is to cleanse the body and remove unwanted accumulation on the skin. Turmeric is proved to have medicinal value more particularly for human skin.

However, being ignorant of the sensitivity and objective of Holi, many people use chemicals or chemically made colours to smear on the facial skin of their loved ones. This needs a check. We can’t think of our relatives of being badly affected by our ignorance while celebrating a festival.

There should be a motive behind every celebration. What needs to be taken into account is the philosophy, reasoning, rationality and responsibility behind a fest like Holi. On mythological perspective, Holika Dahan is a replica of burning the devil. It is a celebration of the safety of Prahlad, a devotee to God over the death of Holika, the devil.

Holi ensures cleanliness and sanitation around the human inhabitation. Bonfire is the aftermath of sanitation drive. The day follows for a cleansing body.

The science cannot be linked to any religion but it is for the sake of mankind. Many foreigners throng India not only to see it but to actively participate in such pious and scientific festival of this great country.
Society must reek of collectivism and democratic understanding. Living together and having a bonding relationship for humanity should, of course, be the objective.

Holi imports a lot in bringing people together as one cannot play and enjoy it alone. It has democratic values. It renews relationships. It gives a scope of reunions.”Bura naa maano Holi hai” is often echoed and enchanted which clearly suggests a message to bury the differences of past and look forward to amity and cordiality.


Over 1,000 feared dead in Mozambique cyclone


More than a thousand people are feared to have died due to cyclone Idai that devastated Mozambique last week. Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi said in a nationwide address that 84 deaths have been registered officially, but more than 1,000 deaths could be registered. He said more than 100,000 people are in danger.

The city of Beira in central Mozambique bore the full wrath of Cyclone Idai on Thursday. The storm unleashed fierce winds and flash floods and washed away roads and houses.

Beira international airport was closed because of cyclone damage but later reopened. In neighbouring Zimbabwe, Idai left 98 dead and at least 217 are missing, according to the information ministry.

Jet Airways crisis: Minister asks aviation secy to hold emergency meeting


Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu today asked his Ministry Secretary to hold an emergency meeting on the grounding of flights by Jet Airways, and advance bookings, cancellation, refunds and safety issues.

In a tweet, Mr Prabhu said he asked the Secretary to get a report on Jet compliance issues immediately from Directorate General of Civil Aviation.

Our correspondent reports that the cash-starved Jet Airways has alleged that non-payment of salaries had adversely affected its members’ psychological condition, which puts the safety of the airline’s flight operations at risk.

In a communication to the DGCA, the Jet Airways Aircraft Maintenance Engineers’ Association sought the aviation regulator’s intervention in recovering the dues.

It said the management’s failure to keep its commitment of clearing their salary by March had shaken their faith in the company.

GST council approves transition plan for new GST rates on residential properties


GST council today approved a transition plan for new goods and services tax rates on residential properties under which developers of under-construction buildings may either opt to shift to the revised lower rates without input tax credit or stick to the previous rates.

Revenue Secretary Ajay Bhushan Pandey told media that for housing projects launched on or after the first of April this year, the developers will have to adhere to the new GST rates recommended by the council last month. Developers can also opt for different GST options for separate buildings in a project depending on if construction started before or after 31st March this year. Mr Pandey added that there will be no revenue loss to the government due to the new GST structure for under-construction housing.

The next GST Council meeting will be held after the Lok Sabha elections. The Revenue Secretary informed that authorities will, however, seek permission of the Election Commission if the need arises for any meeting of the body.