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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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Fired Vancouver waiter case: Are the French really rude?

Fired Vancouver waiter case: Are the French really rude?

28 Mar,2018 Business

A waiter in Canada has claimed he was discriminated against after being fired for “rude” behaviour. After all, he said, he was just being, well, French.

Bien, it’s true that the French have a reputation for being a bit offhand. But are they really?

Take meeting a new person. In many cultures, greeting someone you don’t know warmly is almost instinctive. Not so for the French – and definitely not for Parisians.

But perhaps this isn’t intended to be rude, and is instead down to a misunderstanding.

Talking to strangers, let alone smiling at them, can be seen as intrusive, says 26-year-old Marie Castelin, from Bordeaux, southern France, who has lived in London for four years.
Marie CastelinImage captionSome people like to use manners as a way to express their identity, says Marie Castelin
“[The French] don’t like smiling… They think, ‘I don’t know you so I’m not going to say hello’,” she says.

It doesn’t mean they don’t like you; they’ll probably save that smile (or any other sign of affection) for when you know each other a bit better.

Straight to the point

Many French are no fans of small talk either – forget about your weather comments.

They may cut short unnecessary conversations, and get straight to the point, which could come as a shock to the uninitiated.
Amélie CauchellaImage captionThe French reserve their nice behaviour for those they really know, says Amélie Cauchella
Guillaume Rey, the waiter at the centre of the news story in Vancouver, said his co-workers misinterpreted his “direct, honest and professional” French personality.

He said French culture “tends to be more direct and expressive”.

But his employers, Milestones restaurant, said he used an “aggressive tone and nature” with colleagues.

A Google search of the phrase “Are the French rude” reveals dozens of tourists’ bad experiences; waiters seem to top the list of offenders.

But both French people and foreigners are also quick to dispute the stereotype.

“It’s not that the French are rude but they’re not like the English,” says 21-year-old Amélie Cauchella, from the western city of Nantes, who has worked as a waitress in London since September.

“You’re nicer with friends than with people you don’t know, like a customer.”

‘We’re particular’

France, of course, has its own obsession with etiquette and formality.

It’s just that its complex rules dictating table manners and even how to say “hello” differ from other cultures.

But those differences don’t always justify people’s behaviour, says Marie Castelin.

“I have the feeling that some French use it as an excuse. Some people think ‘We’re particular, you should know it and that’s it’,” she says.

A conflict culture?

Julien Mainguy, co-founder of BC Talents, helps francophones from Europe integrate into the workforce in British Columbia.

“Most of the French-speaking people from Europe, they tend to be very direct,” he told Canada’s CBC News.

“The culture in Canada, it’s a non-conflict culture, particularly in the professional area.”

Pierre Massuard, from central Tours, knows it well.
Pierre MassuardImage captionThe French approach is not always very friendly, says Pierre Massuard
He manages a restaurant in London, where he has lived for seven years, and says: “Whenever I hire a French waiter it’s always really hard.

“Because they have a different approach to the business and it isn’t as casual and friendly.”

Finally, Paris is not France

Paris is home to France’s elite and many admit that being rude or arrogant there can sometimes seem like a social value.

As it’s the country’s capital, it may also be easy to take the behaviour of Parisians as a snapshot of how people behave in the rest of the country.

Not so fast, say the French from elsewhere.

In southern France, for example, people are generally known for being warmer than those in the north.

“When you smile to people they give you back the smile. So [being rude] is something ridiculous,” says Ms Castelin.