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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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Sir Ken Dodd: Fans turn out for comedian’s Liverpool funeral

Sir Ken Dodd: Fans turn out for comedian’s Liverpool funeral

28 Mar,2018 Lifestyle

Thousands of fans of Sir Ken Dodd have joined friends and family to say a final “tatty bye” to the comedy legend at his funeral in Liverpool.

Some waved his trademark tickling sticks in the air at the end of the service at the Anglican cathedral.

There was also a rousing round of applause as his coffin was carried out to the strains of his song Happiness.

Children dressed as his colourful Diddymen characters followed the coffin out of the packed cathedral.
Diddymen at Sir Ken Dodd's funeralImage copyrightPAImage captionThe Diddymen were characters who often accompanied Sir Ken
The Diddymen get high fives from the Bishop of Liverpool Paul BayesImage copyrightGETTY IMAGESImage captionAfterwards, they got high fives from Bishop of Liverpool Paul Bayes
Hundreds more people watched the service on a big screen outside.

Earlier, members of the public lined the six-mile route of his funeral cortege, which travelled from his Knotty Ash home to the cathedral.

At one point, a choir sang Happiness as the horse-drawn hearse went past.

The much-loved funnyman died at the age of 90 earlier this month. A private interment followed the funeral.
Sir Ken Dodd funeral cortegeImage copyrightREUTERSImage captionThe funeral cortege was led by a horse-drawn hearse
Ken Dodd fans with signImage copyrightPAImage captionSome fans held up signs along the route of the funeral cortege
Fellow comedian Jimmy Tarbuck was among those delivering tributes during the ceremony, describing Sir Ken as “our city’s hero, perhaps our city’s greatest hero”.

He said: “I’m pleased for Ken that there’s yet another full house.
Band outside Liverpool CathedralImage copyrightREUTERSImage captionA band played outside the cathedral – with the conductor using a tickling stick
There were also tickling sticks in the crowd watching on a big screenImage copyrightREUTERSImage captionThere were also tickling sticks in the crowd watching on a big screen
“Was he a good comic? No – he was better than that. He was the greatest stage comedian I’ve ever seen in my life,” Tarbuck said.

“Live on the stage, he set a standard which no-one has remotely approached since.”

Actress Stephanie Cole told the congregation Sir Ken was a “genius” who had “treated everyone equally”.
Tickling sticks on The Beatles statueImage copyrightGETTY IMAGESImage captionTickling sticks have been placed on statues in Liverpool, including one of The Beatles
“He was kind, he was thoughtful, he had a real wealth of knowledge – he was a real polymath,” she said.

“And always with a playful child inside him, never far away. I loved to talk to him about the mechanics of comedy and I learned so much from him.”

Sir Ken’s rendition of the song Special Absent Friends was played during the service.

In another emotional tribute, author, producer and friend John Fisher said: “Ken Dodd was, no contest, the complete comedian, our greatest entertainer. But he was more.

“He was a life-enhancing force of nature. He was a fount of charity, kindness and bonhomie, and a loyal friend.

“We’ll never see the like of Ken Dodd again. Thank you, Sir Ken. Tatty bye.”

Actors Ricky Tomlinson and Miriam Margolyes, comedians Stan Boardman and Jimmy Cricket, and TV executive Michael Grade were among the other figures from the entertainment world at the service.
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At the scene

by Paul Burnell, BBC News website, at Liverpool Cathedral

The horse-drawn hearse arrived to warm applause as Sir Ken’s local brass band played a medley of his hits.

Hundreds of people massed outside the cathedral in biting wind to watch the funeral on a big screen.

Young and old sat or stood to honour one of their own. Fans from all over the UK mixed with people on their lunch breaks to share anecdotes and shed a few tears among a sea of tickling sticks.

The service ended after just under an hour and three quarters – short by Sir Ken’s standards – with the congregation singing Sir Ken’s anthem Happiness and giving the comedian a standing ovation.
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Meanwhile, tickling sticks were positioned on statues and public buildings in the city in his honour, and flags at the Town Hall, St George’s Hall, Cunard Building and Central Library were lowered for the day as a mark of respect.

Media captionLady Anne Dodd, the widow of Sir Ken Dodd, talks about the tributes paid to him
Sir Ken, one of Britain’s most recognisable entertainers, was born in 1927 in the suburb of Knotty Ash.

He died just days after marrying Anne Jones, his partner of 40 years, at their home.

Speaking to the BBC’s North West Tonight, she said the support she had received from Sir Ken’s fans had been “unbelievable”.
Ken DoddImage copyrightGETTY IMAGESImage captionSir Ken was one of the UK’s best-loved entertainers for 60 years
“I couldn’t have imagined it would be as it has been,” she said. “We’ve had a tremendous amount of flowers.”

She attributed that in part to the “tremendous empathy” her husband had “with people he knew and people he didn’t know”.

She told North West Tonight’s Roger Johnson: “You look at [the messages] and you know there’s so much love there. He loved his audience and he loved what he did.”