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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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Kim in Beijing: Why Xi’s still the one he needs to see

Kim in Beijing: Why Xi’s still the one he needs to see

28 Mar,2018 Business

Early on Wednesday morning local time, Chinese state media confirmed that the mystery visitor from across the Yalu River – carried on board an armoured train and received with much pomp and circumstance in Beijing – was none other than North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, writes Ankit Panda.

The trip marks Kim’s first known trip outside of North Korea since he assumed the reins of power after his father’s death in 2011.

After more than six years of purges, internal power consolidation and breakthroughs in nuclear and ballistic missile technology, Kim has left the Hermit Kingdom, at Chinese President Xi Jinping’s invitation.

Under normal circumstances, such a trip would be seen as a marker of Kim’s confidence – with North Korea’s regime apparatus firmly under his thumb, he has felt ready to leave the country. A less secure leader might have feared a challenge to his authority or even a coup had he left the country prematurely.

But not only is Kim now confident enough to leave the country, he is seen playing the role of statesman, standing alongside Xi, himself the leader of a nuclear power state and permanent member of the United Nations Security Council.

And like Kim, Xi – following a recent change to China’s constitution – will almost certainly lead his country for life, so their personal relationship matters.

China reportedly notified the United States of Kim’s visit after it had occurred, further emphasising Kim’s status as the belle of the ball in North East Asia. The North Korean leader sees his nuclear weapons as having conferred on his country a certain degree of status and prestige; his trip to China serves to underline that.

China’s noticeable absence

But in observing Kim’s visit, we can’t set aside the international circumstances – which are anything but ordinary.

Beginning with his New Year’s address, wherein he declared his nuclear and ballistic missile programs completed, Kim began what would become a months-long process of diplomatic outreach across the military demarcation line that separates his country from South Korea.

This process is ongoing.

On Thursday, envoys from the two Koreas will meet again to begin hammering out an agenda for what will become the third inter-Korean summit meeting at the end of April, when Kim will sit down with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the Panmunjom truce village.

At the same time, we appear to be on track for what will become the first-ever US-North Korea summit. US President Donald Trump has accepted an invitation from Kim Jong-un – conveyed to him by South Korean envoys – to meet to discuss the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula.
Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump (file images)Image copyrightAFPImage captionBackroom diplomacy is continuing to make the surprise Kim-Trump summit a reality
Amid all this, China appeared noticeably absent.

As the dominant regional power and North Korea’s only ally and major trading power, Beijing wields considerable material and political influence in Pyongyang. The relationship is one that Chinese leader Mao Zedong once called “as close as lips and teeth” – a phrase meant to evoke both closeness and interdependence.

Since 2013, most analysts have seen signs of fracturing between Beijing and Pyongyang. Kim Jong-un purged Jang Song-thaek, his uncle and the man who was once seen as the point person in Pyongyang for managing the bilateral relationship. (Jang was particularly influential on economic matters.)

In 2016 and 2017, too, North Korea conducted ballistic missile launches during important moments for China. Launches occurred as China hosted world leaders for the 2016 G20 meeting in Hangzhou, during the opening of the Belt and Road Forum and the Xiamen BRICS summits in 2017.

Meanwhile in 2017, China voted for new rounds of increasingly harsh sanctions on North Korea at the UN Security Council.

While its enforcement of sanctions remains lacking – particularly for illicit sea-based commerce and financial institutions in the borderlands – Beijing has taken note of Washington’s so-called “maximum pressure” campaign, seeking to give Trump what he desires.

North Korea has lashed out at these sanctions, seeing them as an unjust form of aggression.

Media captionKim Jong-un and Donald Trump: From enemies to frenemies?
Whatever bad blood exists between the two old partners, however, isn’t enough to lead Kim Jong-un to make Moon Jae-in and Donald Trump the two first world leaders he’d meet since coming to power.

Instead, Kim, like his father and grandfather, has shown Beijing to be his first destination abroad.

The next months will open Pandora’s box in North East Asia. Kim has been quoted by both South Korean and Chinese officials as being open to discussing denuclearisation, but, as always, this means something quite different for North Korea than it does for Washington. Pyongyang imagines a denuclearised “peninsula” as one without a US nuclear guarantee for South Korea.

As preparation begins for the inter-Korean summit and a chaotic White House in Washington lurches toward its own summit with North Korea, China has made it clear that it is anything but irrelevant.

While South Korea’s Moon was in the driver’s seat through February and March with North Korea, that period may have come to a close.