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Participation in Yoga Day not compulsory: Govt

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After removing Surya Namaskar from Yoga, the Government also made it clear that participation in International Yoga Day events is not compulsory. Talking to media persons after reviewing the preparations for the mega event to be held at Rajpath, Minister of State for AYUSH, Shripad Yesso Naik said that it was yoga and has nothing to do with religion.

Mr Naik reaction came after some minority groups opposed against compulsory yoga classes in schools. The Minister said, it is an opportunity for everyone in the country to showcase before the world of India ancient legacy. He said, this initiative has nothing to do with any party and will help bring pride to the country. Mr Naik said, when the resolution was passed in the United Nations, 177 nations were in its favour, of which 37 are Muslim countries. Sources said, government has invited diplomats from 152 foreign missions in the country for the mega event on 21st of June to celebrate the International Yoga Day.

Earlier the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) had decided to launch a nationwide campaign against making Yoga and Surya Namaskar compulsory in schools.

Cyclone ASHOBAA may intensify into severe cyclonic storm by tomorrow

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Cyclonic storm ‘ASHOBAA’ over east central Arabian Sea has moved in a northwesterly direction and now lays centred about 750 kms west of Mumbai and 520 kms west-southwest of Veraval in Gujarat. It will move north-northwestwards and intensify further into a severe cyclonic storm by tomorrow night. Under the influence of this system, rainfall would occur at most places over coastal Karnataka, Konkan and Goa as well as south Gujarat with isolated heavy falls. Strong winds speed reaching 70 to 120 kilometres per hour would prevail along and off Karnataka, Goa and Maharashtra coasts.

The MeT Department said, sea condition would be very rough to high along and off Karnataka, Goa and Maharashtra coasts. Fishermen along and off Karnataka, Goa, Maharashtra and Gujarat coasts are advised not to venture into the sea during the next 48 hours and those who are out at open sea are advised to return to the coast.

In Gujarat, weather department has issued a warning to fishermen along the coast following the storm. As a precautionary measure, danger signal number 2 has been hoisted at all ports of Gujarat.

ACB files FIR against Chhagan Bhujbal in Maharashtra Sadan case

Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB), Mumbai today filed an FIR against Ex- deputy CM and Nationalist Congress Party leader Chhagan Bhujbal for misusing his power and illegally handing over government land to a private builder. ACB has taken this action on the basis of an open inquiry conducted by Special Investigation Team (SIT) as per Bombay high Court’s instructions given in December, 2014.

ACB has also filed FIR against 5 other then Public Works Department (PWD) officers. ACB alleged that Bhujbal allotted government land in Kalina, Santacruz in Mumbai illegally to a builder by misusing his official position. In December last year, the state government gave its nod to ACB’s proposal to conduct an open inquiry into allegations of corruption and favoritism against Bhujbal in construction of Maharashtra Sadan in New Delhi and two other government buildings in Mumbai built under Private Public Partnership.

India Coastguard Dornier aircraft missing with three crew members

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A Coastguard Dornier aircraft with three crew members on board is missing since last night off the coast of Chennai. Coast Guard officials said the aircraft left Chennai last evening with three crew members and is said to be missing since last night. Tiruchirapalli airport authorities said that the aircraft was last sighted in the radar of Tiruchirapalli airport at 09.23 PM last night . The aircraft is missing from 95 nautical miles south of Chennai off Karaikal-Nagapattinam coast.

Coast guard officials have intensified search operations for the missing aircraft. Four ships from Indian navy and five ships from Coast Guard including Charlie interceptor boats and P8-I aircraft are searching for the missing plane off the coast of Nagapattinam and Karaikal. The Dornier aircraft was inducted into the Indian Coast Gurad last year and was flown by highly experienced crew.

Muslim Board to launch campaign against Yoga in Schools

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yogaThe All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) has decided to launch a nationwide campaign against making Yoga and Surya Namaskar compulsory in schools.

Board member Maulana Khalid Rasheed Firangi Mahali said that the board decided to constitute a committee, headed by Maulana Wali Rahmani for the purpose.

“The board’s view on ‘surya namaskar’ and ‘yoga’ would be put forth by the committee along with the explanation why they go against the beliefs of the Muslims, and why they should not be imposed on their children,” he said.
Another member Kamaal Farooqui said that it was against Islam to salute the sun.“Surya namaskar should not be made mandatory in govt schools,” because Muslims bowed only before ‘Allah.’ “Board has the option to move the court and to launch a movement against the proposal,”he said. The Hindu

The AIMPLB has called it an attempt to impose Hindu religious practices through the school curriculum. The board has called the Modi government’s policies illegal and against the Constitution.

The AIMPLB has called it an attempt to impose Hindu religious practices through the school curriculum.

“The committee will also find ways to make Muslim community aware of their constitutional rights. During the campaign, we will put forth our view on Surya Namaskar and Yoga and explain as to why it was against our religious beliefs and should not be forced on our children,” he said.

Govt clears 222 eco-sensitive zones to safeguard wildlife

Environment and Forest and Climate Change Minister Prakash Javadekar has said National Forest Policy is being revised to improve forest quality with participation of tribals and forest dwellers. Talking to media persons on achievements of his Ministry in one year of NDA rule, the Minister said more than 20,000 hectare have been added to forest area for reforestation while approving projects.

He also said a Bill for higher penalties for violations of forest laws is under consideration. Mr Javadekar said through Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority, CAMPA, Rs 38,000 crore are being unlocked for more afforestation. He said 14th Finance Commission has given 7.5 per cent weightage for forest cover and provided for nearly Rs 55,000 crore for afforestation. On pollution, Mr Javadekar said government has mandated 24×7 monitoring for 3206 highly polluting industries.

Replying to a question on improving air quality of Delhi, Mr Javadekar said multi-stakeholder approach including all neighbouring states is being adopted. He said a three month action plan is being prepared to tackle the issue. On wildlife, Mr Javadekar said there has been robust growth in the past year and attributed it to better wildlife management. Mr Javadekar said 222 eco-sensitive zones have been approved for effective buffer zone for wildlife areas and three new tiger reserves are in the pipeline.

Felling of trees, drastic change in agriculture systems and commercial use of natural water resources, including groundwater harvesting and setting up of hotels and resorts, are activities regulated in Eco sensitive zones. He said new Diploma and Degree courses in Animal Welfare will be launched soon. Saying that preserving bio diversity is very important, the Minister said National Mission on Himalayan studies has been established in order to remove knowledge deficit in a very sensitive environmental zone.

Cyclone ASHOBAA to intensify into severe storm in next 36 hours

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The cyclonic storm ASHOBAA over east central Arabian Sea remained practically stationary and now lay centred about 670 km west of Mumbai and 480 km southwest of Veraval in Gujarat. It will move north-northwestwards and intensify further into a severe cyclonic storm during next 36 hours.

 Under the influence of this system, rainfall would occur at most places over coastal Karnataka, Konkan and Goa as well as south Gujarat with isolated heavy falls during the next 24 hours. Strong winds speed reaching 70 to 120 kilometres per hour would prevail along and off Karnataka, Goa and Maharashtra coasts during next 24 hours.

MeT Department said, sea condition would be very rough to high along and off Karnataka, Goa and Maharashtra coasts during the next 48 hours. Fishermen along and off Karnataka, Goa, Maharashtra and Gujarat coasts are advised not to venture into the sea during next 48 hours and those who are out at open sea are advised to return to the coast.

Maximum Propaganda, Minimum Performance; CPM on Modi Govt

“Ek Saal Bural Haal — One Year of Modi Government”

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CPMNEW DELHI: Communist party of India Marxisit (CPIM) today termed BJP government tall claims of development in one year in office as mere propaganda. Contrary to the propaganda that the BJP government has unleashed in one year in office, CPM said that the livelihood conditions of the vast majority of the Indian people are actually declining.

It said that all the three sectors of the economy – industry, agriculture and services – are in a deep crisis. Releasing the booklet “Ek Saal Bural Haal — One Year of Modi Government”, at a Press Conference after the meeting of the Central Committee General, the party General Secretary, Sitaram Yechury, said that the massive hikes in the prices of petroleum products in the background of the fall in the international price of crude oil is fuelling all-round inflation, particularly of food items and essential commodities.

He said that claims of Economic Turn Around is false. ” Soon after assuming office, the Central government has changed the basis for the calculation for National Income Accounts. According to this new formula, the GDP has been projected at 7.3 per cent. However, even with this new formula, the growth during October-December 2014 has now been revised downwards to 6.6 per cent from the earlier claim of 7.5 per cent, exposing the falsification of its own earlier claims.

This new formula has estimated the growth of the manufacturing sector as being 7.1 percent for 2014-15. The index of industrial production data however shows that the factory output in the country was only 2.3 per cent. The final private consumption expenditure, a gauge to measure household spending, grew at 6.3 per cent as against 6.2 per cent last year. The investment rate in the economy has not grown as claimed. Gross fixed capital formation reflecting investment rate is 30 per cent, down from 30.7 per cent last year. Further, output of 8 core industries contracted by 0.4 per cent compared to 5.7 per cent growth last year. Therefore, both investment and demand have stagnated. Consequently, the unemployment situation has worsened”, said that booklet “Ek Saal Bural Haal — One Year of Modi Government” .

It said that notwithstanding the hype of `Make in India’, foreign investment both in the equity markets and direct production has declined.

The agrarian distress continues to deepen. Following the drought last kharif season, unseasonal rains and hailstorms damaged standing crops in nearly two crore hectares in various parts of the country. The weather forecast for this year predicts an inadequate monsoon.

The BJP government has reneged on its promise of giving remunerative MSP to farmers. The kisans are finding it difficult to make both ends meet, leading to an increase of 26 per cent in the spate of distress farmers suicides.

The recent unprecedented heat-wave deaths across the country are also linked to the withdrawal of the MNREGA. The work generated in 2014-15 was at least 60 per cent less than earlier. The government is yet to announce any compensation or relief to affected families. The release of foodgrains under the public distribution system declined, virtually negating the assurances given in the Food Security Act, the booklet said.

The services sector which was rapidly growing in recent years, is seeing a fall in the basic index that is used to measure its growth, during the last three months.

On Communal Polarisation the part booklet said: “During this year, the real agenda of the RSS in unleashing vicious communal attacks has been patronised by this BJP government in all spheres. Campaigns of `ghar vapsi’, `love jihad’ etc, and the efforts to replace syncretic Indian history with Hindu mythology continue. Key RSS people are appointed to various crucial positions in academic institutions. Growth of rabid intolerance is reflected in the latest incident at IIT Madras. No action has been taken on any Cabinet minister or MP/MLAs who continue to spew venomous hate speeches across the country. Communal tensions are erupting across the country, the latest being the riots that took place in Atali, Ballabgarh, in the National Capital Region”.

Party said that during this year, the BJP government has been systematically undermining parliamentary procedures by seeking to bypass the Rajya Sabha where it does not have a majority. Nearly 50 legislations were enacted without reference to the Standing Committees, using its majority in the Lok Sabha.

The BJP government has re-promulgated the Ordinance amending the Land Acquisition Act for the third time, even when a Joint Parliamentary Committee has begun examining these amendments. This is unprecedented.

NJAC reflects will of people: Govt tells SC

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SCThe Central government today told the Supreme Court that it was the will of the people to have transparent, accountable and criteria-based appointment of judges through the National Judicial Appointment Commission (NJAC) instead of the collegium system whose working was shrouded in mystery.

Telling that the Parliament and the 20 state assemblies, which have backed the NJAC, represented the people, Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi told the constitution bench of the Apex Court that it was the people who wanted the change in the method of judges appointment.

The Attorney General defended the NJAC Act saying it doesn’t affect the basic structure of Constitution as alleged by the petitioners. He said that on the contrary, the NJAC is in sync with the ‘need of times’ and is modeled with ‘checks and balances’ and a democratic process with ‘Plurality of views’. He also argued that in fact the NJAC has diluted the power of the Executive as six out of three members of NJAC are Supreme Court judges and the CJI is its chairman.

The Apex Court asked the Centre whether any decision of the President regarding appointment of Judges under Article 124 with the consultation of CJI, was his discretionary decision or based on aid and advice of the Government.

The court was hearing a batch of petitions including the plea filed by the Supreme Court Advocates-on-Record Association (SCAORA) against the NJAC. Senior advocate FS Nariman, appearing for SCAORA, had sought a stay on the operation of NJAC on the ground that in any case, the new system was not functioning as the Chief Justice of India has not been participating in it.

Delhi Police arrests four students in robbery case

Delhi Police has arrested four students of prestigious educational institutions alleged involvement in a robbery case. Police said a canter containing spare parts of tractors worth 40 lakhs rupees was robbed yesterday, by four students pursuing B.Tech, BCA and BBA. Police has recovered the robbed canter, mobile phone, around 5 thousand cash and a car used in the commission of the crime. Police also said that during interrogation, accused have confessed his involvement in the robbery.