HOLIEST SHRINE OF SIKHS ‘THE GOLDEN TEMPLE’ WILL GLOW BRIGHTER WITH 160 KG MORE GOLD :

Golden Temple, the holiest shrine of the Sikhs, is set to shine brighter with 160-kg gold worth Rs 50 crore being plated on the domes of its four deodis (entrances). This will be in addition to the gold-platedHarmandar Sahib in the middle of the sarovar (holy tank), the domes of Akal Takht, the highest temporal seat of the Sikhs, and darshani deodi (entrance to the sanctum sanctorum).Diljit Singh Bedi, the spokesperson and additional secretary of Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee that manages the historic gurdwaras, including Golden Temple, says the SGPC has decided to enhance the beauty of the shrine by gold-plating the four deodis (entrances), which symbolise that the doors of Golden Temple are open for all.It was 192 years ago that Maharaja Ranjit Singh, the Sikh ruler, donated Rs 16.39 lakh for sone di sewa. Mohammad Khan was the first craftsman to overlay the sanctum with gold foil. Besides Ranjit Singhs successors, his queens and other prominent Sikhs also donated money for sewa. A total amount of Rs 64.11 lakh was spent at that time, as per the book, Twarikh Sri Amritsar. The Rediff.com : 16th. July,18

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US PRESIDENT TRUMP BLAMED AMERICA’s STUPIDITY FOR STRAINED TIES WITH RUSSIA :

Ahead of his meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, United States President Donald Trump on Monday blamed Washington DC’s, foolishness and stupidity for the poor state of relations with Moscow.He also criticised special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation stemming from the alleged election meddling by Russia in the 2016 US presidential election, calling it a “rigged witch hunt.”Taking to his Twitter handle, Trump wrote: “Our relationship with Russia has NEVER been worse thanks to many years of U.S. foolishness and stupidity and now, the Rigged Witch Hunt!”Taking an aim at his predecessor Barack Obama, the US President tweeted: “President Obama thought that Crooked Hillary was going to win the election, so when he was informed by the FBI about Russian meddling, he said it couldn’t happen, was no big deal, & did NOTHING about it. When I won it became a big deal and the Rigged Witch Hunt headed by Strzok!”  The Rediff.com : 16th. July,18

PAKISTAN’s JAILED FORMER PM NAWAZ SHARIF HAS BEEN KEPT IN ‘ABYSMAL CONDITIONS’ IN RAWALPINDI JAIL :

Pakistan’s jailed former prime minister Nawaz Sharif has been kept in ‘abysmal conditions’ and deprived of a newspaper and bed and uses a ‘dirty’ washroom in the high-security Adiala prison in Rawalpindi, according to a letter written by his brother Shahbaz Sharif.The letter was written by Shahbaz to caretaker chief minister of Punjab Hasan Askari Rizvi.It came after Shahbaz, Sharif’s younger brother and former chief minister of the province, visited Sharif with his family on Saturday.’I want to draw your attention to the abysmal conditions under which Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, former Prime Minister of Pakistan, is languishing in the high-security Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi,’ he wrote.Sharif, 68, and his daughter Maryam, 44, were arrested in Lahore on July 13 on their arrival from London after an accountability court found them guilty over his family’s ownership of four luxury flats in London.They were later taken to Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi.Shahbaz, who is also president of Pakistan Muslims League-Nawaz, went on to highlight the conditions faced by the former prime minister in jail.’It was noted during my visit that Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif was not even given a newspaper to read, his mattress was on the floor and the washroom at his disposal was in a dirty despicable condition, with no air conditioner in his room,’ the letter said.Shahbaz complained that no attendant was provided and medical facility also was not up to the mark to take care of Sharif who is a heart and diabetic patient.He said Sharif needed medicine on time and frequent visits of a doctor and requested that his personal doctor, who knows his medical condition, be allowed to visit him twice a day to administer medicine and examine a clean diet.’It is very unfortunate that Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, three time Prime Minister of Pakistan, is being treated in such a shabby manner. This situation is unacceptable given the minimum facilities he is entitled to as former Prime Minister,’ he wrote.   The Rediff.com : 17th. July,18

VETERAN ACTRESS RITA BHADURI PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 62 YEARS :

Veteran actress Rita Bhaduri passed away on Monday night.The actor, who was last seen as Imarti Devi in Star Bharat’s TV show Nimki Mukhiya, was 62.Actor Shishir Sharma took to his Facebook account to share the news of her demise. “We deeply regret to inform you that Reeta Bhaduri has departed for her journey beyond. The funeral rites will be held on 17th July, Tuesday at 12 noon at the Cremation Ground, Parsi Wada Road, Parshiwada, Chakala, Andheri East. Extremely sad.. lost a wonderful human being .. a mother to many of us.. will miss u Ma,” he wrote. Rita Bhaduri has worked in 70 movies like Raja, Julie, Beta, Dil Vil Pyar Vyar and over 20 television shows, which includes Sarabhai Vs Sarabhai, Amanat and Kumkum. The Rediff.com : 17th. July,18

UNION MINISTER DHARMENDRA PRADHAN LAID THE FOUNDATION STONE OF INDIA’s FIRST NATIONAL SKILL TRAINING INSTITUTE IN BHUBANESWAR :

Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Monday laid the foundation stone of India’s first National Skill Training Institute (NSTI)  in Bhubaneswar.The proposed institute will impart training to trainers and create a skill-based ecosystem to meet the industry demands.“The NSTI will cater to the training needs of youths with industry-relevant skills, supplement training activities and build on demographic advantages of Odisha to truly fuel her growth and development,” Pradhan said on the occasion.He said that a large skilled workforce is required in new and emerging technologies to realize the country’s growth potential.The Institute costing Rs 160 crore will come up over five acres of land and have state-of-the-art facilities.The Minister said the new institute will also impart training to trainers at various Industrial Training Institutes and for other skill-based education.“We aim to set up one NSTI in each state very soon,” he added.A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed with the National Small Industries Corporation for starting a temporary campus of NSTI Bhubneswar at the latter’s premises at Mancheswar industrial area here.The Ministry has also roped in market leaders like IBM, NASSCOM and SAP India Pvt Ltd through MoUs to develop courses on latest technologies, which will be imparted at this institute.While the IBM has extended support with courses at the advanced diploma level in IT networking and cloud computing, NASSCOM will develop courses on Internet of Things. SAP will assist in imparting skills on enterprise resource planning and data sciences.Another MoU was signed between the Directorate of General Training and SAP wherein the latter will train a pool of trainers at NSTI Bhubaneswar on Business One enterprise software.After the master training, NSTI trainers will run these programmes autonomously for the youth.SAP will also conduct a special training on data sciences for participants/faculty at NSTI. IANS : 16th. July,18

NOW ‘ADAPA ABADHA’ OF LORD JAGANNATH IS AVAILABLE FOR DEVOTEES AT GUNDICHA TEMPLE, PURI :

The ‘Adapa Abadha’ (cooked prasad) of Lord Jagannath will be available for devotees at Gundicha Temple in Odisha’s Puri from today.The prasad will be offered to the deities following which devotees can have the ‘Adapa Abadha’ at the temple.On the other hand, darshan of the deities will remain closed at the temple today from 8 pm to late night due to Banakalaagi rituals.Notably, Lord Jagannath and his siblings, who reached their aunt’s house (Gundicha Temple) on Saturday, were last evening taken inside the temple by servitors in Goti Pahandi rituals.The district administration has made elaborate arrangements for the devotees at the Gundicha temple for darshan of the deities, who will stay at the temple till July 22.  The Odisha Sun Times Bureau : 17th. July,18

ODISHA HIGH COURT GRANTED CONDITIONAL BAIL TO BJP LEADER JAYANARAYAN MISHRA WHO WAS ARRESTED OVER HIS ALLEGED INVOLVEMENT IN BANABIRA FIRING INCIDENT :

The Orissa High Court today granted conditional bail to BJP leader and former minister Jayanarayan Mishra, who was arrested over his alleged involvement in the Banabira firing incident.The bail has been granted against two sureties of Rs 50,000. Besides, Mishra has been asked by the High Court not to go abroad without the permission of lower court.The HC had earlier granted him interim bail on health grounds.Notably, Mishra was arrested by Padampur police on March 15 in connection with a firing incident near Banabira village under Sohela block of Bargarh district, in which a BJD worker had died.He was then admitted to VIMSAR in Burla on April 22 after he complained of chest pain while being lodged in Sohela sub-jail. He was later shifted to SCB Hospital on April 24.Mishra was eventually taken to AIIMS, Delhi on May 5 as his health condition deteriorated.  The Odisha Sun Times Bureau : 17th. July,18

SUPREME COURT ON SECTION 377 OF IPC SAID IT IS COURT’s DUTY TO STRIKE DOWN LAW IF IT VIOLATES FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT :

The courts cannot wait for a “majoritarian government” to decide on enacting, amending or striking down a law if it violates fundamental rights, the Supreme Court asserted on Tuesday.”We would not wait for the majoritarian government to enact, amend or not to enact any law to deal with violations of fundamental rights,” a five-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra observed while hearing a batch of petitions seeking decriminalisation of consensual gay sex.The courts are not in obligation to wait and would act if any violation of fundamental right was brought before it, the bench, which also comprised Justices R F Nariman, A M Khanwilkar, D Y Chandrachud and Indu Malhotra, said.The observations by the bench, which is dealing with a clutch of petitions challenging the constitutional validity of section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, came when advocate Shyam George, appearing for some Apostolic Alliance of Churches and Utkal Christian Association, submitted that it was the legislature’s job to decide whether to amend or allow section 377 in the statute book.”The moment we are convinced about violation of the fundamental right, the object of these fundamental rights give power to the court to strike down the law,” the bench said.The lawyer also referred to the term “sexual orientation” and said it cannot be read interchangeably with the term “sex” used in article 14 and 15 which deal with the right to equality of the citizen.He said the term sexual orientation was different from the term sex as there have been several kinds of sexual orientation, besides the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer).Section 377 refers to ‘unnatural offences’ and says whoever voluntarily has carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal, shall be punished with imprisonment for life, or with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to 10 years, and shall also be liable to pay a fine.The advancing of arguments would resume later in the afternoon.The top court had on July 12 said the social stigma and discrimination attached to the LGBTQ community would go if criminality of consensual gay sex is done away with, while maintaining that it would scrutinise the legal validity of section 377 of the IPC in all its aspects. The Rediff.com : 17th. July,18

GREAT SHAME AS AGAIN A 11-YEAR-OLD GIRL RAPED BY SEVERAL MEN INCLUDING SECURITY GUARD OF THE BUILDING FOR MONTHS IN CHENNAI :

An 11-year-old girl was allegedly sexually assaulted by several men over a period of time at various places inside her apartment complex in Chennai.The police have arrested 17 people, including the building’s security guard.The matter came to light after the victim, a class seven student had narrated the sequence of incidents to her elder sister, who later brought this to the notice of their parents, following which a complaint was lodged on Sunday, a senior police officer told PTI.The girl was allegedly sedated and given spiked soft drinks. The police say she was also blackmailed. Those arrested include the liftman and water supplier.According to media reports, the girl’s father was away at work through most of the day while her mother, a homemaker, did not think anything was amiss when the girl came home late from school. She assumed that her daughter was playing with friends in the complex.The girl’s parents took her to Kilpauk Medical College and Hospital for treatment. After examining and speaking to the girl, doctors at the hospital found that several men had raped her.The Rediff.com : 17th. July,18

 

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