BJP parliamentary board likely to meet in the evening


With the BJP set to return to power, its parliamentary board is expected to meet Thursday evening at the party headquarters where Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi is likely to make a speech. Top party leaders, including BJP president Shri Amit Shah and some senior Union ministers besides Modi, are members of the parliamentary board, its highest decision making body. The board is likely to pass a resolution to thank voters for their support and also hailing Modi’s leadership. The prime minister is also expected to address party workers.

Modiji is now all set to build a New India: Rajnath Singh


“Spoke to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP national president Amit Shah over the phone and congratulated them for BJP-led NDA’s stupendous victory in these Lok Sabha Elections. This historic victory in the General Elections is the outcome of Modiji’s visionary leadership, Amit Shahji’s dynamism and the hard work of millions of  BJP karyakartas on the ground. I thank the people of India for once again giving a decisive mandate to BJP-led NDA and reposing faith in Narendra Modi’s astute leadership and his vision of New India. Modiji is now all set to build a New India,” Union minister Rajnath Singh wrote on Twitter.

Omar Abdullah Congratulated PM Modi and Amit Shah


Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah Twitted that “So the exit polls were correct. All that’s left is to congratulate the BJP and NDA for a stellar performance. Credit where credit is due PM Modi Sahib and Amit Shah put together a winning alliance and a very professional campaign. Bring on the next five years,”.

Development process to be in harmony with preservation of nature: Vice Prez Naidu


Vice President Shri Venkaiah Naidu has said, preservation of nature and culture is the only way to ensure a sustainable future. He was participating in the International Day of Biodiversity celebrations organized by the National Biodiversity Authority in Chennai .

Shri Naidu observed that inclusive growth contributes immensely to preservation of nature. He urged for the development process to be in harmony with preservation of nature.

The Vice President noted that nature plays a critical role in providing food, energy, medicines and genetic resources. He took pride in the fact that India has a long tradition of frugality and simple living. However, he noted that symbiotic relationship of man with nature gets debilitated as societies develop.

The Vice President said deforestation, urbanization, industrialization, and pollution lead to loss of trees at an unbelievable pace.

He said the forest cover in India stands at 21% against global standard of 33.3%. He underscored that the average abundance of native species in most land-based habitats has fallen by at least 20%, mostly since 1900.

He added, more than 40% of amphibian species, almost 33% of reef-forming corals and more than a third of all marine mammals are threatened. Shri Naidu asked for diversification of food crops and to ensure nutrition security.

Supreme Court rejects petition on verifying all votes with VVPAT


The Supreme Court dismissed a public interest litigation (PIL) seeking 100 per cent matching of voter verifiable paper audit trail (VVPAT) slips with electronic voting machines (EVMs) during the counting of general election votes on May 23.

A vacation bench of justices Arun Mishra and MR Shah refused to entertain the PIL on the ground that a larger bench, headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi, had already dealt with the matter. The PIL was filed by a Chennai-based organisation, Tech 4 All.

“The CJI has dealt with this matter. Why are you taking [a] chance before a two-judge vacation bench? We will not list any such case for urgent hearing. We cannot override the CJI’s order… This is nonsense,” justice Mishra said, refusing an urgent hearing on the matter. Before dismissing the PIL, the bench observed: “We would not entertain such a plea over and over again… can’t come in the way of people electing their representatives. Let the country elect its government.”

On May 7, the CJI’s bench had dismissed a review plea filed by 21 opposition leaders, led by Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu, to increase the random matching of VVPAT slips with EVMs to 50%.

ISRO launches spy satellite RISAT-2B


Indian space research agency (ISRO) today successfully launched an earth observation spy satellite RISAT-2B that can take high resolution images of the earth during day and night, and also under cloudy conditions to keep an eye also on terror camps across the border.

The all-weather ‘spy’ satellite, RISAT-2B (Radar Imaging Satellite-2B) will replace its predecessor RISAT-2 which has been actively used by India to monitor activities in terror camps across the border in Pakistan to thwart infiltration bids by terrorists. RISAT was launched in 2009.

This would enhance the country’s surveillance capabilities many times. The satellite is equipped with a synthetic aperture radar that can take pictures in any condition.

The spy satellite has a life span of five years. The introduction of a new RISAT series satellite will enhance India’s defence capabilities to monitor the cross border activities.

Apart from defence purposes, the Radar Imaging Satellite would also be used for surveillance, agriculture, forestry and disaster management support.

Currently, India use RISAT-2 satellite to monitor activities in camps across the border in Pakistan to thwart infiltration bids by terrorists. India also has high-resolution optical imaging CartoSAT satellites, but it gets blinded by dense cloud cover.

RISAT-2B uses X-band synthetic aperture radar that gives addition details such as size of objects on Earth, structures, movement and change.

ISRO plans to launch almost half a dozen all-weather radar imaging Risat satellites in the next one year.

मोदी की स्पीच सुन कांग्रेस कार्यकर्ता ने लगाया था पकौड़े का स्टॉल, आज हर दिन कमाता है 30,000


वडोदरा के नारायण हर महीने 9 लाख रुपए कमा लेते हैं।

नेशनल डेस्क. पीएम नरेंद्र मोदी के पकौड़े वाले बयान पर खूब विवाद हुआ, लेकिन उससे एक शख्स की जिंदगी भी बदल गई। मजेदार बात यह है कि ये शख्स खुद को कांग्रेस का कार्यकर्ता बताता है। वडोदरा में रहने वाले नारायण ने मोदी का बयान सुनने के बाद पकौड़े का स्टॉल लगा लिया। धीरे-धीरे उनका स्टॉल इतना फेमस हो गया कि वे पकौड़े बेचकर हर दिन30,000 रुपए यानी महीने में नौ लाख रुपए कमा लेते हैं। आज पूरे शहर में उनके 35 से भी अधिक स्टॉल हैं।

मोदी की स्पीच को देते हैं क्रेडिट

एनएसयूआई (कांग्रेस की छात्र शाखा) के सदस्य नारायण अपनी सफलता का क्रेडिट पीएम मोदी की उस स्पीच को देते हैं जिसमें उन्होंने पकौड़े बेचने को रोजगार बताया था। उसी स्पीच से नारायण को आइडिया आया जिसके बाद उन्होंने पकौड़े का स्टॉल लगाया। शुरू में वो 10 किलोग्राम के मैटेरियल से पकौड़े बनाया करते थे। लेकिन अब चार महीने बाद उनके स्टॉल के पकौड़े इतने फेमस हो गए हैं कि 500 से 600 किलोग्राम मैटेरियल लगता है। बता दें कि मोदी ने फरवरी में एक टीवी चैनल के साथ बातचीत में पकौड़े से संबंधित बयान दिया था।

शहर में हैं 35 फ्रेंचाइजी

नारायण ने अपने स्टॉल का नाम”श्रीराम दालवड़ा” रखा है। उन्होंनेसबसे पहले वडोदरा के कालाधोडा इलाके में पकौड़े का स्टॉल लगाया। एक स्टॉल से शुरुआत करने वाले नारायण ने अब शहर में 35 जगहों पर “श्रीराम दालवड़ा” की फ्रेंचाइजी खोल ली है। लोग “श्रीराम दालवड़ा” को एक ब्रांड के तौर पर देखने लगे हैं। दो महीने से नारायण आईटी का रिटर्न भी फाइल कर रहे हैं।

साभार : भास्कर डॉट कॉम

‘2016 surgical strike was the 1st’: Lt Gen Ranbir Singh


The army’s northern command chief, Lt Gen Ranbir Singh, said the September 2016 surgical strike on terrorist launchpads in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) was the first such operation to be carried out. He said this while citing a recent reply of the Directorate General of Military Operations (DGMO) under the Right to Information (RTI) Act .

“A few days ago, DGMO said in a reply to an RTI query that the first surgical strike happened in September 2016. I do not want to go into what political parties say. They will be given an answer to by the government. What I have told you is a statement of fact,” Lt Gen Singh told reporters in Jammu and Kashmir’s Udhampur. He was referring to the DGMO’s reply in which it said on May 8 that the army had no data to suggest that surgical strikes were conducted across the de-facto India-Pakistan border in Jammu and Kashmir — the Line of Control (LoC) — before September 2016.

Former Prez Pranab Mukherjee lauds Election Commission


Former president Shri Pranab Mukherjee has lauded the role of the Election Commission saying the 2019 Lok Sabha polls were conducted perfectly.

Speaking at a event in New Delhi, he said that right from the first election commissioner Shri Sukumar Sen to the present election commissioners, the institution is working very well. Shri Mukherjee said all the three commissioners are appointed by the executive and they are doing their job well.

His remarks come a day after Congress president Rahul Gandhi alleged that the Election Commission’s capitulation before Prime Minister Narendra Modi is obvious and the poll watchdog is not feared and respected anymore.

The EC has been criticised by the opposition parties for being allegedly biased towards the BJP.

India, Singapore conduct joint naval drill in South China Sea


The navies of India and Singapore conducted their bilateral naval drill in the South China Sea, the Navy said.

The bilateral naval drill will be conducted till May 22.

Indian Navy ships Kolkata and Shakti took part in the bilateral naval exercise with Singapore, along with long range maritime patrol aircraft Poseidon-8I (P8I).

The Singapore side is to be represented by RSN ships Steadfast and Valiant, maritime patrol aircraft Fokker-50 (F-50) and F-16 fighter aircraft.

On successful completion of IMDEX 19, a biennial maritime defence show, INS Kolkata and INS Shakti are continuing their stay at Singapore to participate in the annual SIMBEX-2019 scheduled from May 16 to 22, the Navy said in a statement.

The harbour phase of SIMBEX-19 was conducted from May 16 to 18 that included various planning conferences, simulator based warfare training, war-gaming, courtesy calls to dignitaries of RSN Navy, sporting events and deck reception on board Kolkata.

“The sea phase of SIMBEX 19, scheduled to be conducted in the South China Sea from May 19-22, will include various maritime combat exercises such as firing on aerial, surface targets, advanced aerial tracking, coordinated targeting exercises and tactical exercises on surface, air scenarios,” the Navy said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi meditates in Badrinath


After spending over 15 hours meditating at a holy cave near the Kedarnath shrine, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi arrived at Badrinath, another temple in Uttarakhand’s revered ‘Char Dham’.

PM Modi stepped out wearing a garland of Tulsi leaves after offering prayers at the Badrinath Temple.

After offering prayer Prime minister tweeted “The iconic Badrinath Temple remains an important part of our culture and ethos. Had the honour of joining the Puja at the Temple today.”

Prime Minister Shri Modi spared time to meditate in the mountains. After ending his meditation at a holy cave nearby, Shri Modi was seen meeting devotees dressed in a maroon robe. He told reporters that he has been lucky to visit the shrine on multiple occasions, adding that he has a special connection with Kedarnath.

Prime Minister said, “I did not ask for anything from Baba Kedarnath. God has made us self-sufficient beings who are able to give rather than ask.”

DRDO successfully conducted the flight test of ‘Abhyas’


The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) recently successfully conducted the flight test of ‘Abhyas’, a high-speed expendable aerial target (HEAT), which offers a realistic threat scenario for practice of weapon systems. The flight test was conducted at the Interim Test Range, Chandipur, in Odisha.

It was tracked by various radars and electro-optic systems and proved its performance in fully autonomous waypoint navigation mode, an official release said.

The configuration of ‘Abhyas’ is designed on an in-line small gas turbine engine and it uses indigenously developed micro-electro-mechanical systems-based system for navigation and guidance.

The performance of the system was as per simulations carried out and it demonstrated the capability of ‘Abhyas’ to meet the mission requirement for a cost-effective HEAT.

‘Abhyas’ is designed for autonomous flying with the help of an autopilot.