ZIMBABWE’s RULING PARTY EXPELLED PRESIDENT ROBERT MUGABE AS ITS LEADER :

Zimbabwe’s ruling party has sacked President Robert Mugabe as its leader,  Former vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa,  who had been fired by Mugabe two weeks ago, has been appointed as the new leader of the party in a widely expected move. Mugabe’s efforts to cling to power appeared close to collapse on Saturday night as tens of thousands marched through Zimbabwe’s cities calling for his resignation, while the ruling party prepared to dismiss him. Protesters took to the streets across the country on Saturday to demand the ouster of Mugabe. Local media reports said that veterans of the independence war, activists and ruling party leaders have publicly called for Mugabe’s exit and exile. Eight of Mugabe’s ruling party’s 10 regional branches have appeared on state television and called for him to go.  The Rediff.com : 19th. Nov,17

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HARYANA BJP LEADER SURAJ PAL AMU ANNOUNCED Rs.10 CR FOR BEHEADING DEEPIKA & BHANSALI :

Haryana Bharatiya Janata Party’s chief media coordinator Suraj Pal Amu has ‘congratulated’ the Meerut youth who announced a Rs 5 crore bounty for ‘beheading’ Deepika Padukone and Sanjay Leela Bhansali. He also announced a bounty of Rs 10 crore for those ‘who will behead the actor and the director’ and said ‘we will also take care of their family needs’. He dared Prime Minister Narendra Modi to speak on the issue and said the PM should exercise his powers to strike down film. He also said he will quit the BJP if needed. Amu threatened to ‘break legs’ of actor Ranveer Singh for his comments, though he did not make clear which remark he was referring to.  The Rediff.com : 19th. Nov,17

LET US REMEMBER OUR FORMER PRIME MINISTER INDIRA GANDHI ON HER BIRTH CENTENARY (BORN ON 19TH. NOV,21917) :

Let us remember former Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi on her birth centenary.  On this auspicious  occasion, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress president Sonia Gandhi, former President Pranab Mukherjee, former PM Manmohan Singh and Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Sunday paid tributes to her. ‘Tributes to former PM Mrs Indira Gandhi on her birth anniversary,’ Modi tweeted. Sonia Gandhi said, “I have heard Indiraji being referred to as the Iron Lady. But iron was only one of the elements in her character; generosity and humanity were just as prominent traits.” “She fought, yes — but not for personal ascendancy. She fought for her principles, against vested interests and agendas,” she said, while addressing the gathering prior to the inauguration of the ‘A Life of Courage’ exhibition curated by the staff of the Indira Gandhi Memorial Trust and EKA Archives.  Sonia added: “She could not tolerate any form of bullying, coercion and unfairness — that was fundamental to her character. That is what inspired her in all her battles – those she took on and those that she faced.” Hailing her as someone who fought for India’s dignity and independence against the dominance of superpowers, Sonia said that in spite of the plethora of challenges posed during her stint as prime minister, Indira Gandhi ‘faced them all with courage, fortified by her dedication to making India strong, united and prosperous’. “She fought for secularism and against those who wanted to divide society on religion and caste lines. In all her efforts she was sustained by the faith reposed in her by her fellow countrymen and women. That love was her inspiration and her reward,” she said. Former President Mukherjee, who also addressed the gathering, stated that Indira Gandhi ‘can never be erased from the pages of history’. “My career as a parliamentarian was mentored by Indira Gandhi. Her steely determination, clarity of thought and decisive actions made her a towering personality. She never hesitated to call a spade a spade,” he said. The former president also took to twitter to pay tributes to the former prime minister. ‘Remembering Indira Gandhi on her Birth Centenary. Her steely determination, clarity of thought and decisive actions made her a towering personality. Undoubtedly and rightfully India’s Iron Lady,’ he tweeted. A central figure in Indian politics, Indira Gandhi was the first and, to date, the only female prime minister of India. Born on November 19, 1917, Gandhi served as the PM from January 1966 to March 1977, and again from January 1980 until her assassination in October 1984, making her the second longest-serving Indian prime minister after her father Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Indian prime minister. While she began her educational stint at Visva-Bharati University in Santiniketan, Indira Gandhi was unable to complete her course, and subsequently continued her education from the University of Oxford. Following the demise of her mother, she briefly attended the Badminton School before enrolling at Somerville College in 1937 to study history. Indira served as her father’s personal assistant and hostess during his tenure as prime minister between 1947 and 1964. She was elected Congress president in 1959. Upon her father’s death in 1964, she was appointed as a member of the Rajya Sabha (upper house) and became a member of Lal Bahadur Shastri’s cabinet as minister of information and broadcasting. However, in the Congress party’s parliamentary leadership election held in early 1966 (upon the death of Shastri) she defeated her opponent Morarji Desai to become a leader, and subsequently Shastri’s successor as the PM. The Rediff.com : 19th. Nov,17

SONIA GANDHI SAID INDIRA GANDHI FOUGHT FOR SECULARISM IN INDIA :

Indira Gandhi “fought for secularism, against all those forces seeking to divide the Indian people on lines of religion and caste”, Congress President Sonia Gandhi said on Sunday. On the centenary of the birth anniversary of the former Prime Minister, Sonia Gandhi spoke at the inauguration here of a photo exhibition, ‘A Life of Courage’, on the life and achievements of Indira Gandhi. “I have heard Indiraji being referred to as the Iron Lady. But iron was only one of the elements in her character; generosity and humanity were just as prominent traits,” she said. Indira Gandhi, daughter of first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, was born on November 19, 1917. Read: How Indira Gandhi’s Emergency changed Indian politics She was Prime Minister from January 1966 to March 1977 and again from January 1980 until her assassination on October 31, 1984. On Sunday, Sonia Gandhi also recalled her relationship with the former Prime Minister, who was also her mother-in-law. “I came to know Indira Gandhi intimately as the head of our small family over the 16 years that we lived together in one household, just a few meters from here. I saw her at close quarters, in every mood and circumstance. “I came to understand how passionately she felt for her country, how deeply she cared for the poor and oppressed, how faithfully she followed the teachings imbibed from her father — from him, and from the other great men and women of the Indian freedom struggle who had been part of her growing up,” she said. The Congress chief spoke about Indira Gandhi’s tenure as Prime Minister, the creation of Bangladesh and the Green Revolution. “In the 16 years that were given to her to lead the country, many were the challenges she had to confront, from the endemic problems of combating poverty and inequality to the critical ones of war and terrorism. She faced them all with courage, fortified by her dedication to making India strong, united and prosperous,” Sonia Gandhi said. “It was her championship of the Green Revolution that freed India from endemic famine… Bangladesh’s creation, in which she played so vital a part, is a monument to that stand, but many are the instances through which she brought India international respect and admiration.” Former President Pranab Mukherjee, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and other leaders were also present at the event.  SIFY : 19th. Nov,17

FORMER MODEL RASHIM SHAHBAZKER REGISTERED A CASE AGAINST HER HUSBAND FOR FOR PHYSICALLY ABUSING HER AND FORCING HER TO CONVERT TO ISLAM :

A former model from Mumbai’s Bandra area has registered a case against her husband for physically abusing her and forcing her to convert to Islam. Rashim Shahbazker, a Hindu by birth, is married to a Muslim. She had earlier called the media to her residence and took them to her bedroom. It was then she revealed that she has been married to Asif for 12 years and that her husband had physically assaulted several times. Rashim alleged that this physical abuse because she refused to convert. Speaking to ANI she said, “He pressurises me, saying that if I don’t follow Islam I can’t be his wife.” The former model further alleged that her husband has married another woman and both were trying to evict her from the house. “My husband has recently married a Hindu girl who is half his age. He is now trying to evict me from our marital home. I am facing a serious threat to my life, tortured and assaulted too,” she said. She also alleged that her husband and his family have brainwashed their child, saying “Since your mom is not Muslim she is ‘Saitan’.” As of now, a case has been registered against Rashim’s husband and his friend at the Bandra Police Station under IPC Section 354, 323, 324, 504, 506 and 34. An investigation has also been launched on the same. ANI : 19th. Nov,17

ODISHA’s GANJAM KEWDA ROOH & GANJAM KEWDA FLOWER GOT EARLIER GEOGRAPHICAL INDICATION (GI) TAG :

Shaken out of deep slumber, the state government, in a face-saving exercise, is now contemplating to apply for geographical indication (GI) tag for ‘Odishara Rasagola’ and ‘Kandhamal Haladi’ (turmeric). However, this is not the first attempt by any organisation to get a GI tag for products exclusive to a particular region or place.  It is a plant native to Ganjam district and abounds between Rushikulya river on the north and Bahuda on the south. Kewda attar, Kewda water and Kewda oil (rooh Kewda) are important perfumery products, extracted from the male flowers of the semi-natural Kewda vegetation. The Odisha Sun Times Bureau : 16th. Nov,17

 

ODISHA’s BOMKAI SAREE & FABRICS HAVE GOT EARLIER GEOGRAPHICAL INDICATION (GI) TAG :

Shaken out of deep slumber, the state government, in a face-saving exercise, is now contemplating to apply for geographical indication (GI) tag for ‘Odishara Rasagola’ and ‘Kandhamal Haladi’ (turmeric). However, this is not the first attempt by any organisation to get a GI tag for products exclusive to a particular region or place.  It depicts one of the hues of a designer Odisha. The embroidered cloth was first crafted in the southern coastal parts of Odisha and the prettiest fabric facade are found in Sonepur. The Odisha Sun Times Bureau : 16th. Nov,17