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To come back in power, BJP has to build Ram Mandir: Hindu priest threatens to withdraw support

06 Jun,2018 Politics

NEW DELHI: There seems to be no end to Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s troubles. On one hand, the Opposition is gaining footage with every passing poll, on the other hand, some of the party’s supporting organisations are pressing on the issue of Ram Mandir.

“If they (BJP) want to come in power again (in 2019) then they have to build the Ram Temple, else we will start a movement and make sure they are defeated,” Mahant Paramhans Das, a priest in Uttar Pradesh’s Chawani Temple told ANI.

Das’ was reacting to Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi statement.

Naqvi had earlier claimed that development will be the only issue for BJP in 2019 elections, further adding that Hindutva and Ram Mandir are not the primary issues for the saffron party.

“Today our government has made development as the mood of the nation. We have made development, a people’s movement. Prime Minister Modi has become ‘Vikas Nayak’ for the people of the country,” the minister said.

Naqvi further added that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been the “biggest victim of political intolerance” and from Gujarat to Delhi “political conspiracies” were hatched against him by “frustrated forces” who have been defeated by the people of the country.

The Hindu Yuva Vahini, a youth wing formed by UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, also reportedly threatened to cut off contact with BJP if building the Ram Mandir ceases to be one of the primary issues.

They added that the recent defeat in by-elections is due to the party’s slow move over the construction of Ram Mandir.

Clean India: Government launches sanitary pads at only Rs 2.50

06 Jun,2018 Business

Bringing yet another innovation in spreading cleanliness and hygiene, the government introduced sanitary pads that will be sold at Rs 2.50 on Monday, June 4. This is pad is also environment-friendly. Under the Pradhan Mantri Bharatiya Janaushadhi project, the pad will be sold all over the country.

Union Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers Mansukh L Mandavia told reporters in New Delhi that these sanitary pads, called Oxo-biodegradable facility, will be available at 3,600 Drug Centers across the country. This center is spread across 33 States and Union Territories.

The minister said that the price of these pads has been kept low for better reach and usage. In the market where the available pads are generally priced at Rs 8 per unit, the cost of the four unit packs is Rs 10.

The minister also added that the pad will help women of poor classes to maintain their basic needs related to cleanliness. He also said that competition from the new cheap pad market will increase and other companies can also reduce their prices.

Bepannah 5 June 2018 Full Episode Written Update: Rajvir Finds Out About Zoya and Aditya’s Whereabouts

06 Jun,2018 Entertainment

In yesterday’s episode of Bepannah, Aditya starts to feel very thirsty while being in the jungle. Zoya finds a pond and helps Aditya drink water. On the other side, the bankers reach Zosh Company and order to seal it. The employees plead for being given some more time but the bankers are reluctant in accepting their requests and further seal the company.
Aditya finds a phone booth and makes a call to Arjun. A police officer happens to stand beside Arjun while he attends the call thinking that it is Aditya who had called. Aditya also, very smartly, talks in Sheikh’s tone, tells his location in code language and easily fools the police officer while Arjun knows that it is Aditya on the line. Arjun cracks the code and comes to know that Aditya was in Badlapur. Rajvir tracks Aditya’s and Arjun’s phone call and is also able to know Aditya’s location. Aditya and Zoya find a tea stall and buy something to eat. Arjun is trying to get out of his house in order to reach Zoya and Aditya but the police don’t allow him to leave.
Zoya and Aditya see a car coming their way. Zoya assumes that it was Arjun’s car but Aditya tells him that it wasn’t Arjun and they both realise it is Rajvir. Zoya and Aditya again start running away and enter the jungle. While trying to find a place to hide Zoya’s foot gets stuck in a trap that is usually placed for animal hunting. Aditya helps Zoya to get out of it and further carries Zoya in his arms and continues to run.
Zoya and Aditya reach a place which looked busy as people could be seen around. They find a house where they could see no one and so they decide to go there to hide. Rajvir reaches the same place and orders the police to look everywhere for Aditya and Zoya.

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Why India is taking the lead for a clean planet

Why India is taking the lead for a clean planet

05 Jun,2018 Business

Before we had plastics, we used bags made of jute and paper and combs of wood . Frugality, recycling and reusing was part of our tradition. The belief that there is more than one life for everything was entrenched in the psyche of Indians.

Somewhere along the path to development, we moved away from our natural way of living. Plastics are now littering our shorelines, clogging some beaches totally. Plastic waste is choking drains in cities, causing them to overflow, making them a breeding ground for diseases. Our oceans and ecosystems are turning into dumping grounds.

This is not just India’s problem, but a global one. We are all connected through the seas. Plastic packaging has been found floating with icebergs and in the deepest depths of the ocean. Where the ocean currents meet, there are huge floating islands of waste: plastic bags, cutlery, packaging, bottles, drinking straws and more. Some of these items are used momentarily and discarded adding to our waste woes. This has huge adverse effect on sea life.

Used wisely, plastic is a miracle material. Look at any hospital and see the exquisitely created sterile packaging and basic items that save countless lives. However, plastic materials that are used for manufacturing myriad products not degradable. Our obsession with plastic, coupled with over consumption, the use-and-throw culture, and littering creates a hazardous environment for animals, marine life and human beings.

Plastic debris in the sea kills an estimated 100,000 marine mammals and millions of birds and fish annually. According to the UN Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Pollution, land-based sources account for up to 80% of the world’s marine pollution, 60- 90% of the waste being plastic debris. Every year, an estimated eight million metric tonnes of plastic ends up in our oceans, equivalent to a full garbage truck every minute.

It’s time to recognise and accept the cause of this: it’s not plastic that is the problem, but what we do with it.

Plastics and polymers in solar panels and wind turbines are at the heart of India’s economic and energy revolution. However, single-use plastic has created several problems for the environment as it is not bio-degradable. According to United Nations estimates, every year the world uses 500 million plastic bags, half of which are used just once.

India is already a global leader in recycling. We’re also a leader in innovation. That’s why we’re committed to leading the world in finding solutions to this problem. As a global host of the upcoming World Environment Day on June 5, India will be moving into high gear against single-use plastic pollution.

I urge upon citizens to pledge to do one “Green Good Deed” a day at least – which effectively means taking green good actions that reflect our green good behaviour. This indeed is our green social responsibility towards the earth and also the future generation for whom we must leave a better planet.

From the boardroom to the classroom; from the cricket field to the railway station; from the office to the beach; I call upon people to come out of their homes and become “Green Good Deed” warriors in our battle against plastic.

Community action comes first, and it delivers tangible results. We should all be inspired by the beach-cleaning community movement being taken up in Mumbai, which is a huge success story. I would like to remind all of you on this occasion that as a result of the team’s hard work, turtles have returned to the beaches near Mumbai. This movement has also resonated around the world, inspiring thousands to act and push for change. The ministry of environment, forest and climate change has also taken up beach and river cleaning activities with the help of state governments, NGOs and several community-based organisations in different parts of the country this year.

Even if not being involved directly in a clean-up, anyone can exercise their power and influence as a consumer – by refusing unnecessary single-use plastics such as straws, carry bags, cups, bottles, plastic utensils, etc.

Second, we need the private sector to do what it does best: innovate. Time and again we have shown the world the creativity and entrepreneurial spirit of our people. On World Environment Day, it is now time for us to pledge to innovate our way out of a throwaway future. Many Indian business leaders are already doing so: there are plastic-free hotels and waste-to-energy projects that keep rubbish out of landfills. An increased acceptance of the idea that extended producer responsibility is also good business is now visible.

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