PRESIDENT OF INDIA HAS RIGHTLY APPROVED DISQUALIFICATION OF 20 AAP MLAs AS THEY ARE NOT ABOVE THE LAW OF THE LAND :

In a major setback to Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party, President Ram Nath Kovind today approved recommendation of disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs by the Election Commission for holding office of profit. The EC had on Friday asked the president to disqualify 20 of its MLAs, setting the stage for their ouster from the assembly. The commission said the party MLAs, by occupying the post of parliamentary secretaries between March 13, 2015 and September 8, 2016, held offices of profit, and were liable to be disqualified as legislators, highly-placed sources said. Parliamentary Secretaries assist ministers with their work. The AAP insisted that despite holding the office these MLAs did not take any salaries or perks.  But Aam Aadmi Party  described President Ram Nath Kovind’s order disqualifying 20 of its MLAs for holding offices of profit as “unconstitutional” and “dangerous for democracy”. Madanlal, one of the 20 disqualified MLAs, said that all hopes hinge upon the judiciary and the party is expecting some relief tomorrow. Reacting to the development, senior AAP leader Ashutosh said, “President’s order to disqualify AAP MLAs is unconstitutional and dangerous for democracy.” Alka Lamba, who is among the 20 AAP MLAs disqualified, said the decision was “painful” and the president should have heard them out before arriving at any conclusion. The AAP MLAs were appointed parliamentary secretaries and their appointment was described as them holding offices of profit by a petitioner. The AAP has also approached the Delhi High Court seeking a stay on EC’s recommendation. The court has listed the case for a hearing on Monday. “We are expecting relief from the court. Our petition is coming up for hearing tomorrow,” Madanlal, who represented the Kasturba Nagar constituency, said. The Rediff.com : 21st. Jan,18

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SALUTE TO ANOTHER ARMY JAWAN C K ROY DIED WHO WAS SEVERELY INJURED IN PAK FIRING :

An Army jawan injured in ceasefire violation by Pakistan succumbed to injuries last night, taking the death toll in the border firing in Jammu and Kashmir to 11 since Thursday, police said. Sepoy C K Roy, posted in a forward post in Mankote sector of Poonch district, was injured in Pakistani firing yesterday and succumbed to injuries at the military hospital last night, a police official said. His death raised the number of persons killed in the Pakistani firing along the Line of Control (LoC) and International Border (IB) in five districts of Jammu, Kathua, Samba, Poonch and Rajouri since Thursday to 11. The dead included six civilians, three armymen and two BSF personnel. While a BSF jawan and a teenaged girl were killed on Thursday, four persons — two civilians and one each BSF jawan and Army jawan — were killed and over 40 others, including two BSF personnel, injured in the Pakistani firing on Friday. Three civilians and an Army jawan were killed and 16 others injured in the ceasefire violations yesterday.  The Rediff.com : 21st. Jan,18

 

OUR CM NAVEEN PATNAIK RECEIVED ‘IDEAL CHIEF MINISTER’ AWARD & DEDICATED THE SAME TO THE PEOPLE OF ODISHA :

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik  received ‘Ideal Chief Minister’ Award for his rising popularity among people in the state. Patnaik received the prestigious ‘Adarsh Mukhyamantri’ Award from former President of India Pratibha Patil during the 8th Indian Students Parliament held at MIT-World Peace University in Pune. Dedicating the award to people of Odisha, he said all 4.5 crore population in the state is his family. “I dedicate this honour to the four and half crore people of Odisha who have reposed their faith in us for the past 17 years and continuously blessed us.” Addressing the students at the function, he spoke about human evolution and the technology that revolutionize our daily lives. “With passage of time, everything evolves to its higher form –that  is the beauty of the human quest for perfection. Take any field- Biology, Mathematics, Medicine, Information Technology, we have made giant strides. In fact, the last 200 years have been the most dramatic years in human evolution. Who would have thought that TWITTER and FACEBOOK will become such integral parts of our lives and social relationships? That, Big Data, Block Chains and Nano-Technology will revolutionize our daily lives like never before,” he said. However, all of us will agree that the evolution that one would have liked to have in governance and public service is still to be achieved, he said. He said that more number of people needs to join politics, which he described as the powerful means to work towards development of people. “Good governance and selfless public service are the pillars of democracy. The biggest challenge before all of us today and especially for my younger friends is –how to strengthen governance and instill public service-in turn strengthening democracy.” He said, “Twenty years ago I was a political novice. I would have never imagined that I will be standing here as one of the longest serving Chief Ministers of the country. Today, I can say with conviction, that politics is not complicated.  Politics is the most powerful instrument to bring about change in the lives of people. And so it follows that if people are kept at the core of your intentions, efforts and initiatives, then there is no complication.” He remembered Father of Nation Mahatma Gandhi and one of the greatest visionary leaders Martin Luther King and their philosophies that continue to inspire him. He said, “If you love your people, you do not see the post you hold as a post, But as a means to serve the people. You do not see power as power, But as a means to transform the lives of people.” Earlier, Patnaik had received the Best Administrator award following a survey conducted by India Today Group. The Odisha Sun Times Bureau : 21st. Jan,18

IS DISCUALIFICATION OF AAP MLAs A MISCARRIAGE OF JUSTICE AS HAS BEEN STATED BY REBEL BJP LEADERS ?

Rebel Bharatiya Janata Party leaders Yashwant Sinha and Shatrughan Sinha have come out in support of the Aam Aadmi Party over disqualification of its 20 MLAs with the former calling the President’s decision a ‘tughluqshahi‘ (dictatorial) order. In a major setback to the ruling AAP in Delhi, President Ram Nath Kovind has disqualified 20 of its MLAs for holding offices of profit, a decision the party said showed that the constitutional authorities were behaving like “handmaidens of the central government”. Kovind gave his assent on Saturday to the recommendation in this regard by the Election Commission. ‘The president’s order is a complete miscarriage of natural justice. No hearing, no waiting for high court’s order. It is Tughluqshahi of the worst order,’ Yashwant Sinha tweeted. BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha said the ‘politics of vendetta’ against the AAP would not last long.  ‘Politics of vendetta or politics of vested interests just don’t last long. Don’t worry, be happy!,’ he said on Twitter. ‘Hope, wish & pray that you get divine justice soon, sooner the better. ‘AAP’ ki team aur khaas kar ‘AAP’ ko bahut bahut badhaai. Remember, when the going gets tough, the tough get going. Satyameva Jayate! Jai Hind!’ he said in a series of tweets. Both the leaders, who were part of the Atal Behari Vajpayee cabinet, have openly aired their displeasure against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his government’s policies.  The Rediff.com : 22nd. Jan,18

 

OM PRAKASH RAWAT HAS BEEN APPOINTED AS THE CHIEF ELECTION COMMISSIONER OF INDIA :

Election Commissioner Om Prakash Rawat was appointed as the Chief Election Commissioner by President Ram Nath Kovind.  Kovind also appointed former Union Finance Secretary Ashok Lavasa as an Election Commissioner. Rawat will take the charge on Tuesday after incumbent Achal Kumar Joti demits the office on Monday. A 1977-batch IAS officer from the Madhya Pradesh cadre, Rawat was appointed as Election Commissioner in August 2015. Lavasa will also take charge on Tuesday, joining Election Commissioner Sunil Arora, a former Information and Broadcasting Secretary.  IANS : 21st. Jan,18

INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED SAND ARTIST MANAS SAHOO HAS BUILT UP A HUGE SAND SCULPTURE OF GODDESS SARASWATI ON PURI SEA BEACH :

Internationally acclaimed sand artist Manas Sahoo has built a huge sand sculpture of Goddess Saraswati on the Puri sea beach on occasion of Basant Panchami. Sahoo has used nearly 15 tonnes of sand to build the 15 feet wide sand sculpture of the Goddess. Tourists are crowding the beach to get a glimpse of the sculpture. May Goddess Saraswati bless all Indians with learning, wisdom, knowledge and creativity, prayed Sahoo on this occasion. Meanwhile, noted sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik has also prayed the Goddess for a peaceful, prosperous and harmonious society. The Odisha TV : 22nd. Jan,18

PM MODI WISHED THE PEOPLE OF NORTHESTERN STATES OF MANIPUR, MEGHALAYA & TRIPURA ON THEIR STATEHOOD DAY :

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday wished the people of the Northeastern states of Manipur, Meghalaya and Tripura on their statehood day and hoped they continue to achieve heights in all-round development. “On their Statehood Day, my greetings to the wonderful people of Manipur. May Manipur continue to scale new heights of growth in the times to come,” Modi said in a series of tweet. In his another tweet, Modi said: Greetings to my sisters and brothers of Meghalaya on their Statehood Day,” Modi said in a series of tweet. I will always cherish the affection of the people of Meghalaya. The states natural beauty is enchanting. I Pray for good health and wellbeing of the people of Meghalaya.” He also greeted Tripura on the Statehood Day and said: “Best wishes to the people of Tripura on their Statehood Day. Tripura is blessed with glorious history and industrious youngsters, whose aspirations we are committed to fulfilling.”  Under the North-Eastern Areas (Re-organisation) Act. 1971, Manipur, Meghalaya and Tripura attained statehood on January 21, 1972. IANS : 21st. Jan,18

FILMMAKER SANJAY LEELA BHANSALI INVITED KARNI SENA TO WATCH HIS FILM ‘PADMAAVAT’ :

Filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali has sent an invitation to Shri Rajput Karni Sena and other Rajput associations to watch ‘Padmaavat’, its patron and founder Lokendra Singh Kalvi said. He also urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ban the film. In a press conference in Jaipur on Saturday, Kalvi said the letter has been sent after the date of release of the film has been fixed which shows that this is well-planned gimmick.  “This letter will be put into flames as it is just a part of show-off which has been done in an endeavour to prove that ‘we have invited Rajput community leaders’.” Kalvi has now appealed to the Prime Minister to ban the film under “section 6 of the Cinematography Act”.  He said, “(A total of) 1908 Kshatriya females have registered their names to perform jauhar in Chittorgarh on January 24 if the film’s screening is not stopped.” The letter reads that the Rajput community has been misled in this context.  It reads, “The film will maintain the honour and dignity of Queen Padmavati… The dream sequence being talked about in the film is just a rumour and we have already apprised you about the same in the letter sent on January 29, 2017. There is no such scene… We assure that the entire Rajput community will feel proud after watching the film.”  Talking about the move, Kalvi said, “We never asked him to show us the film but we wanted nine historians to be shown the film, out of which the film has been shown to three historians only. On top of it, the advice of these historians was also not considered. We now want that the film should be shown to the six remaining historians as well and their opinion on the same sought.” He added that the historians have been insulted as their opinions were ignored and the film’s release date was decided.  “Now at this point of time, the only solution is to ban the film completely.” ‘Padmaavat’ has had a long history of trouble. It stars Deepika Padukone as Rani Padmavati, Shahid Kapoor as Maharawal Ratan Singh and Ranveer Singh as Alauddin Khilji.  From being assaulted on the film’s set in Jaipur to the set being vandalised in Kolhapur to getting threats from detractors – Bhansali has been facing the ire of organisations that are up in arms against the period drama since its inception – from when it was titled ‘Padmavati’.  Months after facing opposition, the makers, Bhansali Productions and Viacom18 Motion Pictures, clarified that the film was based on 16th century Sufi poet Malik Muhammad Jayasi’s epic poem ‘Padmavat’, and does not distort historical facts – as was being alleged by some Rajput outfits. The makers of ‘Padmaavat’ secured a U/A certificate from the censor board after incorporating five modifications, and locked the release date as January 25.  The Supreme Court on Thursday paved the way for the all-India release for ‘Padmaavat’ on January 25 by staying the operation of orders by the Gujarat, Rajasthan and Haryana governments banning its release. But Kalvi said that “like every year, January 25 will come but (it will) not (be) the day of the release of the film”.  The Times  of  India : 21st. Jan,18

ASHWINY IYER TIWARI GOT THE BEST DIRECTOR AWARD FOR ‘BAREILLY KI BARFI’ IN 63RD. JIO FILMFARE AWARDS 2018 :

As the most acclaimed films of 2017 brought to the fore fresh stories and new voices. And the same reflected in this year’s nominations for the 63 rd Jio Filmfare Awards 2018 Best Director category.  This year’s nominations in the Best Director category featured Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari for her sleeper hit ‘Bareilly Ki Barfi’, Advait Chandan for ‘Secret Superstar’, Shashank Khaitan for Varun Dhawan-Alia Bhatt’s ‘Badrinath Ki Dulhania’, Saket Chaudhary for one of the most loved films of the year – ‘Hindi Medium’, and Shree Narayan Singh for Akshay Kumar and Bhumi Pednekar starrer ‘Toilet: Ek Prem Katha’.  The 63 rd Jio Filmfare Awards 2018 Best Film award was presented to Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari for ‘Bareilly Ki Barfi’.  The Times  of  India : 21st. Jan,18

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