Lucknow: The time has come for Priyanka to appear on the screen and to play the chief role. After holding months of pondering over her role in the coming assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, the Congress has decided to field Priyanka Vadra as the leader of its campaign in the State. The report further says that Priyanka will play a huge role in the elections. She had campaigned in the last election in her family’s constituencies of Rae Bareli and Amethi. This time, she is expected to lead the rallies across the state. Congress has had a dismal performance in Uttar Pradesh so far. In the last assembly polls, Congress had won just 28 of the 403 seats in the state. In the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, the party had secured only two seats in UP with only Sonia and Rahul emerging victorious. With BJP pointing out that, "Congress is today like a sinking ship without a captain," Firstpost's Sandipan Sharma wrote, "For the Congress, Priyanka Gandhi is indeed an idea whose time has come. Whatever be the outcome of the expected ploy, it will immediately inject new life in the Congress veins. Its workers will get a sense of direction, the party a new face and voters the option of looking at a Rahul-mukt Congress. Comparisons with leaders of other parties can wait, but in a tossup between the Gandhi siblings, Priyanka is the clear winner." Satya Dev Tripathi, the party spokesperson in Uttar Pradesh, told to the media that for the first time, Priyanka will move out of Rae Barelli and Amethi constituencies — where she has campaigned for Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi in the past — and hold about 150 public meetings across the State. “It will be a mind blowing campaign,” said Tripathi, “From our calculations she will cover an average of 2.5 assembly constituencies in the next six months.” Waiting for the return of its vice-president Rahul Gandhi, who is currently vacationing abroad, the party is planning to hold a convention in Lucknow in mid July, where Gandhi will launch the campaign and present Priyanka as its leader. Reports about her projection as the party’s Chief Ministerial candidate kept pouring out after the Congress hired the poll strategist Prashant Kishor as its election campaign manager for Uttar Pradesh in February 2016. And his involvement is clearly visible in party’s strategies too. In the last few weeks, the party has changed its strategy on dealing with BJP’s anti-Vadra rhetoric. Apart from distancing themselves from Mr. Vadra and describing him as a “private person,” the party leaders have started to defend him. A senior Congress leader told that Priyanka was in constant touch with Prashant Kishor and his team members. “She is even taking interest in discussing district level manifestos that are drafted by Prashant’s team,” the leader said. It seems Prashant Kishore boosted the whole party, spinning the election wheel, and the ultimate result is to be seen soon.
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Hyderabad : Motorists can now show their papers on their smart phones to the police during checking. A mobile application offering a simple and efficient single-screen display for important vehicle-related documents were launched on Wednesday in Hyderabad. Titled 'RTA m-Wallet', it helps motorists avoid physically carrying documents like driving license, registration certification and other vehicle related papers. The App enables owners and drivers of vehicles to store their documents issued by the Transport Department in digital form, relieving the citizens from carrying physical documents and preventing from loss or misplacement, an official release said. Motorists can show 'RTA m-Wallet' on their smart phones to the police or Road Transport Authority (RTA) authorities during check-in. The digital wallet for all transport-related documents will be available on Android and IOS platforms, it said. Telangana Information Technology Minister K T Rama Rao and Transport Minister P Mahender Reddy launched the app at the Secretariat in Hyderabad. 'RTA m-Wallet' also offers options to add multiple vehicles owned by an individual. The documents once downloaded on the application will be saved permanently, the release said.
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Chennai: Alisha Abdullah, a young lady from Chennai has been turning heads both on the racing circuit and off it. She's a rock star on wheels and a total badass beyond it. Alisha was already showing signs of a future racer when she was all of 13! Alisha's introduction to the world of racing began when she was still experiencing her first decade on this planet, via go-karting and her legendary racer father Mr R A Abdullah. By the time the Chennai-based kid was 11-year-old, Alisha was winning all kinds of go-kart races. And, at 13, she won the MRF National Go-Karting Championship and the Best Novice Award in the National level Formula Car Racing in the open class. By the time she was 15, Alisha had turned toward super bike racing. In 2004, she had not only placed herself in the top five of the JK Tyre National Racing Championship, she had also paved herself a way into other racing avenues. From the four wheel frenzy, Alisha's father quickly piqued her interest in super bike racing, and as you probably guessed, she started ripping it apart. After a fairly horrific accident with a two-wheeler in 2010, Alisha moved back to four-wheelers. It was long speculated whether Alisha would return to two-wheeler racing after the crash. To which she was quoted by TOI saying: "In a completely male-dominated sport, I think I bruised quite a few men’s egos. They couldn't stand a girl push past guys and many a time they deliberately hit my bike. Being a no-nonsense girl, I always fought back. But, the crash was the threshold. I didn't want to race bikes any more, though I loved it.” In fact, Alisha has also made a film appearance. Alisha guest appeared in the 2014 Tamil film Irumbu Kuthirai, and is working on another film set to release this year. It also, probably doesn't come as a surprise that she's commonly been mistaken for a beauty queen. It would be a pleasure to see what the future holds for Alisha, and it seems it wouldn't be anything less than spectacular and adrenaline spiking. She was once quoted saying, “It's all in your mind. Nothing is impossible! I got put down, mocked and what not but I believe that’s how you become stronger.”
Posted by NN-spl corre: on 26 March
Trivandrum: In November 2015, Mir Mohammed Ali, an IAS officer posted in Trivandrum, Kerala, initiated a project with the intention of bringing places of public interest onto the online platform. Titled the ‘Map My Home Project’, it was implemented with the participation of over 100 students from multiple colleges in the city. Three months and over 1500 mapped-locations later, the Govt. of Kerala issued an order recommending the statewide implementation of this project. The Map My Home Project uses Google Maps to increase accessibility and accountability at Government offices, besides giving a fillip to local businesses.
- If you are confused which government office to go to and want to contact the office.
- If you are ever unsure where a particular government office is.
- If you are wondering where the nearest pharmaceutical shop or a juice shop is.
Posted by NN-spl corre: on 26 March
Kochi : Pappada Vada, a restaurant in Kochi has come up with a brilliant idea to help the poor people: a public fridge where people can leave food for the homeless and those just needing a little helping hand. Called as “Nanma Maram“, the fridge which is located at Kaloor Kathrikadavu road in Kochi works 24/7. Everybody can access the fridge both to take and to bring food. Apart from this Pappada Vada restaurant will stock the fridge with 50 food packets on a daily basis for the homeless. Homeless people and those struggling to buy food can help themselves to products from the refrigerator. Pappada Vada will take care of the cost and operation of Nanma Maram. Pappada Vada is requesting residents of Kochi to bring in their excess food to Nanma Maram. But make sure it is neatly packed and the food is fresh. You also need to add the preparation date of the food. The restaurant is aiming to reduce the unnecessary wastage of food, so that those in need will not have to starve. It is a matter of feeding not only the body but also the soul through a “great act of charity”.
Posted by NN-spl corre: on 25 March
New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has been named among the world’s 50 greatest leaders by Fortune magazine. He is the only leader from India to bag a place on the list that has been topped by Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon. This is Fortune magazine’s third annual ‘World’s 50 Greatest Leaders’ list that features personalities across the globe from the fields of business, government, philanthropy and arts. The AAP chief has bagged the 42nd position on the list for his efforts to curb pollution in New Delhi by implementing the odd-even vehicular policy on alternate days on the city’s roads. Bezos, who topped the list this year, has been on the list all three times. He is followed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel (2), Myanmar’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi at (3), Pope Francis at (4) and Apple CEO Tim Cook at (5). The list also includes the likes of US astronaut Scott Kelly (22), Canadian PM Justin Trudeau (48) and Bhutanese PM Tshering Tobgay (50). Along with Kejriwal, another South Asian in the list is the Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who is in number 10. It is worth noting that Mr Arvind is the 10th youngest leader in the list.
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Thiruvananthapuram: Bishops at the Holy Thursday service in two Latin diocese churches in Thiruvananthapuram and Kochi,for the first time washed the feet of women as part of a ritual earlier performed only on males. Christians on Thursday commemorated Holy Thursday -- that recalls Jesus washing the feet of his 12 apostles before having the Last Supper. The change in the 'feet washing' ritual on 'Maundy Thursday' is in line with a decree issued in January by Pope Francis, saying the rite should no longer be limited to men and boys, but also include women and young girls. "The decision to extend the ritual to women and girls was taken after the church discussed it at various levels," a spokesperson of Latin Church's diocese told IANS. Archbishop M. Soosaipakiam washed the feet of six women, including two physically challenged women, and six men on Thursday evening at the St. Joseph's cathedral in the state capital, the spokesperson said. The Latin Church is in communion with the Roman Catholic Church headed by the Bishop of Rome, more popularly known as Pope. Along with the Syro Malabar Church and the Syro Malankara Catholic Church, it accounts for Kerala's Catholics who make up about half of the 61.41 lakh Christians in the state. Washing of the feet is the most important ritual on Maundy Thursday. The change, Pope Francis had said, was "an attempt to improve the method of implementation, to express the full meaning of the gesture performed by Jesus at the Last Supper". While the Latin Church diocese here decided to make the change, other dioceses have decided to take it up next year. The Syro Malabar Church also decided to look into the matter next year. Leading the service in Kochi, Mar George Cardinal Alencherry, the head of the Syro Malabar Church, however, washed the feet of 12 men only. "Today (Thursday) this did not happen in our churches," Paul Thelekkat, a senior priest of the Syro Malabar Church, told IANS. The Syro Malankara Catholic Church also decided to keep the change in ritual in abeyance, pending discussions at all levels. Before becoming Pope, Francis, as a bishop, used to wash the feet of not only women but also non-Christians in the rituals in his home country Argentina, Thelekkat said. "Now the Pope has made a change in the ritual. But as far as oriental Catholics (Syro Malabar Church and the Syro Malankara Catholic Church) are concerned, ritual changes are made not by the Pope, but by the synod of bishops of the particular church. I hope these two churches will look into it," said Thelekkat. 'Synod' refers to the governing body of a particular church. Non-Catholic churches in Kerala continue to hold the ritual, limited to only men and boys.
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New Delhi: Students of Jamia Millia Islamia have built an eco-friendly food vending cart which has provisions for waste disposal and solar power generation. The cart was one of the submits showcased at the Festival of Innovations at Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi. The project, which the university is in the process of patenting, was among the six entries selected out of 114 sent for presentation at the recently concluded Festival. The other entries were from IIT Kanpur, Central University of Jammu, IIT Madras, NIT Tiruchirpalli and IIT Delhi. “The product named ‘Innokart’ is an economical food vending cart that provides proper storage, shelter and hygiene. The cart promises to transform street food selling in India for the better,” said Mini S Thomas, Honorary Director, Jamia’s Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE). “Besides the storage drawers, the cart has two sections for waste disposal-for dry and wet waste each. The top panel has been kept free for advertisements while there is a plan to set up solar panel on the rooftop,” she added. The product has been developed by three students from the University’s Faculty of Architecture-Huma Pervez, Faiza Jamal and Faraz Khan. The university is now planning to test the cart in its premises and then work on its commercial viability. For now, the cart will be used by our canteen people for selling food in streets inside the university campus. We will then see if there are any flaws that need to me removed and further work on its commercial viability, Thomas said.
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Hyderabad: University of Hyderabad is among the “best universities” in the world to pursue courses in English, Chemistry and Physics. As per the 2016 subject-wise QS World University Rankings, in which 42 subjects are listed, the English department at UoH finds itself in a list of the world’s top 200-250 English departments. UoH scored 56.2 out of 100 points on various parameters. The Chemistry department is among the top 300-350 and scored 58.8 on a scale of 100. The university’s Physics department scored 56.3 and debuted in the rankings this year. It was ranked among the top 300-350 in the world. In English, only UoH finds a place in the ranking from India. In Chemistry, Banaras Hindu University and University of Delhi are the two other universities that have been featured in the rankings. The Department of Communication of UoH is ranked fifth, Political Science fourth, Sociology fifth and Performing Arts second best in the country, among all Indian universities. To compile these rankings, QS evaluated 4,226 universities, qualified 2,691 and ranked 945 institutions in total. In-charge vice chancellor Prof. M Periasamy said, “I am happy three of our departments have got good score. The university would take measure to improve on their scores and other departments too.”
Posted by NN-spl corre: on 18 March
Pune: Surat and Rajkot in Gujarat are the cleanest train stations in India while Mughalsarai in Uttar Pradesh and Pune are among the dirtiest, a survey has found. The station at Bilaspur in Chhattisgarh was third among the 75 A1-category railway stations followed by Solapur, Mumbai Central in Maharashtra, Chandigarh, Bhubaneshwar (Odisha) and Vadodara (Gujarat), said the preliminary report of the survey, which was released by Railway Minister Suresh Prabu. Bringing up the rear were Guwahati, Hazrat Nizamuddin (Delhi), Sealdah (West Bengal), Kanpur Central (UP), Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh) and Muzaffarpur (Bihar). “The idea is to make the entire rail network clean. This is just the beginning of a process which will actually and eventually bring all stations on a par to a particular standard,” Prabhu said. He said the move is in line with the budget announcement of taking steps to improve the cleanliness at the 8,000 stations in India and take forward the ‘Swachh Rail Swachh Bharat’ mission. In ‘A’ Category (332 stations), among the top 10 cleanest stations were Beas (Punjab), Jamnagar and Gandhidham (Gujarat), Vasco-Da-Gama (Goa), Kumbakonam (Tamil Nadu) and Nasik Road (Maharashtra). Shahganj, Ballia and Janghai (Uttar Pradesh), Madhubani and Bakhtiyarpur (Bihar) and Raichur (Karnataka) were among the 10 least clean stations. Rail Ministry had entrusted the task of the survey to Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), which engaged TNS India Pvt Ltd for undertaking the work. As many as 75 A1 and 332 A category stations across 16 zonal railways were covered by the survey, which was based on passenger feedback. The survey was conducted through interviews with passengers who were asked to rate the cleanliness of stations on 40 different parameters. The final report, which will also factor in the existing infrastructure, responses from railway staff and non-railway service providers, is expected to be submitted to the Rail Ministry shortly, an official said. After the scrutiny of the final report, the ministry will take further action for improving the cleanliness standards at major stations, he added.