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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.

News from Science & Tech

Jaguar self-drive car revealed in New York

Jaguar self-drive car revealed in New York

28 Mar,2018 Science & Tech

The first self-styled “premium” autonomous car has been unveiled in New York – and it’s a Jaguar.

The vehicle, made in conjunction with Google’s self-driving unit Waymo, will be tested on public roads this year.

By 2020, the firms say 20,000 self-driving Jaguar sport utility vehicles (SUVs) will be part of Waymo’s public fleet.

The launch comes a week after an Uber self-driving car killed a woman in the state of Arizona.

The investigation into that crash is ongoing.

Waymo has committed to launching the first fully-driverless taxi fleet – without a human safety driver – in Arizona by the end of 2018.

“That Waymo is moving forward shows a lot of confidence,” commented Tim Stevens, editor-in-chief of news site Roadshow.com.

“The company knows its technology is solid and it’s eager to allow a wider audience to experience it.”

Fatal crash

But public confidence in self-driving tech has taken a severe hit since the Uber incident.

It is not yet clear why Uber’s self-driving car did not detect 49-year-old Elaine Herzberg as she crossed the road with her bicycle.

Velodyne, the firm that designed the sensors on top of the vehicle, said it was “baffled” as to why the crash happened, insisting its technology was capable of spotting Ms Herzberg.

Uber has repeatedly declined to comment while the investigation is ongoing – a preliminary report into the cause is expected in the coming weeks.

In the meantime, Uber has suspended its self-driving trials – and on Monday, Arizona revoked its licence to do so anyway.

Fancier self-drive

Waymo is a company spun out of Google’s self-driving department and is owned by Google’s parent company, Alphabet.
Jaguar Waymo tie-up carImage copyrightWAYMOImage captionJaguar plans to build up to 20,000 I-Pace vehicles in the first two years of production
It describes the Jaguar I-Pace as the world’s first premium self-driving vehicle.

Until now, Waymo’s fleet had been made up mostly from Chrysler Pacifica models adapted to contain Waymo’s sensor technology.

The I-Pace is already breaking new ground for its maker, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) – it is the first full-electric vehicle from the company, which is owned by India’s Tata Motors.

“That Waymo want to offer one million rides a day shows they’re definitely going after Uber,” commented Mr Stevens.

“For JLR, this gives the company a huge boost on the tech side. While the technology will be Waymo’s, the image will be largely Jaguar.”