The Pioneer : 2019-02-11

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! " # $ () $"*(+ ,-. Allahabad: on this day, a devotee gets the blessings of the Ganga, the Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati rivers. Hence, it holds tremendous significance for devotees." The festival of Basant Panchami heralds the arrival of spring and is dedicated to Goddess Saraswati. Even before 2 am, a number of devotees were seen taking the exit route from the Mela area, and searching for a mode of transport to reach their respective destinations. It was 1.45 am, and Rakesh Kumar, a resident of Banda, was heading home. "The main reason to take the (holy) dip early was that I will get time to reach home. The crowd was relatively less and hence there were no problems," he said. Meanwhile, in the afternoon, fire broke out in sector14, and one person sustained minor burn injuries. "The fire was controlled within 15 minutes, and the person was administered first aid,” additional mela officer, Dilip Kumar Trigunayat said. Till 3.00 pm, more than 1.50 crore pilgrims had taken a dip at 40 ghats, officials said. Amidst playing of various musical instruments, and chanting of 'Har Har Mahadev' the Akharas participated in the shahi snan. approaching the Sangam area through Kali Marg were mesmerized by the LED lighting. Some enthusiasts stopped to click selfies, with an illuminated mela area in the background. Most of the devotees could be seen carrying water of river Ganga in bottles after finishing the ritual bath. As the number of visitors started going up, senior police officials were heard issuing instructions to the devotees to take a specific exit routes, and finish the bathing formality, so that other devotees could also take the holy dip. The Kumbh Mela police used gas balloons as indicator to the public thronging the mela area to locate the lostand-found centres run by it. Choppers were also used for aerial monitoring of the Kumbh mela area. The mela commenced on January 15 on Makar Sankranti, the first bathing day, and the Mahashivratri on March 4 will mark its last bathing day. Prior to Basant Panchami, shahi snans were held on Makar Sankranti on January 15 and Mauni Amawasya on February 4. Allahabad Mayor Abhilasha Gupta Nandi said, "Basant Panchami is the third and the last shahi snan of the Kumbh. By taking three dips The chill in the atmosphere in and around the Sangam here failed to dampen the spirit of around 1.5 crore people who gathered on Sunday for the third ' shahi snan' at the confluence of Ganga, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati. Even before the dawn broke, scores of people hailing from different walks of life had taken the dip with their friends and family. As a bright sunny day progressed, the number of devotees and enthusiasts taking dip went up. "Around 1.5 crore people have taken dip on the occasion of Basant Panchami. Close to 50 lakh devotees had taken dip before the sunrise," Kumbh Mela Adhikari Vijay Kiran Anand told PTI. He also said all ' akharas' have completed the shahi snan (royal bath). With Sunday's figures, the total number of pilgrims taking the holy dip during the Kumbh this year (up to February 10) has touched 16.44 crore, officials said. The continuous cold breeze sweeping the mela area could not deter the devotees from taking the dip in Sangam. They chanted devotional hymns eulogizing various gods and goddesses. Chants of ‘Har Har Gangey' and ‘Jai Ganga Maiyya' filled the air as devotees poured Sharanagowda but he was sent by Kumaraswamy to meet me. It was a pre-planned move by the CM behind the audio clip. "Kumaraswamy has edited the audio and is trying to blackmail me. The other half of the audio will be made public at the parliament on Monday," he added. He further said that he would release a video of Prajwal Revanna."He has given statement that JD(S) is a suitcase culture party. The video will be released on Monday," Prajwal Revanna is grandson of HD Devegowda and an aspirant to enter politics from Gowda clan. It was on Friday Kumaraswamy dropped an audio bomb of allegedly Yeddyurappa luring a JDs MLA from Gurumitkal constituency which has embarrassed the saffron party. This also hampered operation lotus to de stabilise the JD( S) Congress coalition Government in Karnataka. Lingayat strongman Yeddyurappa had dismissed all allegations and challenged Chief Minister to prove the charges and if it is proved he would retire from politics. In a major political development, Karnataka BJP State president BS Yeddyurappa, after denying, has accepted that he had met Sharangouda, the son of JD( S) MLA of Gurumitkal. Yeddyurappa who had denied all allegations in the controversial audio tape, which was released by Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, blamed this as a conspiracy. Yeddyurappa who spoke to reporters in Hubballi in north Karnataka on Sunday said "I met Sharanagouda, son of JD( S)' Gurmitkal legislator Nanganagouda Kandakur, at Devadurga in Raichur district on February 7 and discussed many things. But the content, in the audio tape Kumaraswamy released in Bengaluru on February 8, is fabricated and its voice doctored." "It is true that I spoke to Gurumathakal JD( S) MLA Naganagowda's son + % * % $ % &' in and around the bathing ghats. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has expressed his gratitude to all akharas and saints on the successful conduct of three shahi snans and a total of four snans during the ongoing Kumbh. He congratulated all the officers of the Team Kumbh for their hard work in the organisation of the Kumbh, a senior UP government official said. However, UP Cabinet minister and leader of Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party (SBSP) Om Prakash Rajbhar questioned the statistics of the pilgrims turning up at the mega event. "On what basis are they (government) claiming that around 15 crore people have visited the Kumbh Mela? Can they tell which route has been opted by the devotees and pilgrims, while arriving at the Kumbh and departing from it?" Rajbhar told reporters. The entire Kumbh Mela area wore an illuminated look (before sunrise), and devotees PTI ! " # $ ) " " 4 % - . *1 0 % & '( Guwahati: "The democracy is not only about numbers. The essence of democracy is about consensus. The days of Parliament sessions were decreasing, the PM does not sit in the House and he does not reach out to the opposition. The whole session wash out. Why?" he asked. Sinha also said that media is worst affected among all institutes during the present Central government with a "fear environment" everywhere. "Voices are not heard, it is suppressed. In Delhi, it is said that daily instructions go from BJP on what to publish or telecast. The biggest problem is that the fourth pillar of the democracy has just collapsed. It is playing a big role in weakening our democracy," he added. Talking about RBI's former Governor Urjit Patel's resignation, Sinha said: "I don't think the last word has been said about Patel's resignation. One day when it will be opened, the truth will shock everyone. I know some information, but I don't want to share it today with you because it may be termed an irresponsible statement." He also attacked the Prime Minister on his alleged unilateral style of functioning saying that the Home Minister, the Defence Minister, the Finance Minister or the External Affairs Minister are "never consulted" before any important decision. Former Union Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha on Sunday claimed all the economical data, including the growth figures, are being “manipulated” by the BJP-led Central Government to give a “false impression” of development. Delivering a lecture on 'State of the Nation and the way forward' here, Sinha, who had quit the BJP last year, referred to the recent resignation of two members of the National Statistical Commission and the issue of data's authenticity. "In 2017, I said that it was difficult to trust government data. I am telling you with all sense of responsibility that I can command, that this is the first Government in India which is manipulating data. No Government did this earlier. This Government is doing it continuously. "All the current economical data are manipulated. The country is not growing at 7.5 per cent, it is not the fastest growing economy in the world. Own (NDA) data are revised upward and UPA's data were revised downward," he said. During demonetisation period also, data were "fudged" and the country's growth data was revised at 8.2 per cent, Sinha claimed. He mentioned about writing an article in September An unsavoury episode involving veteran actor Amol Palekar being interrupted by a couple of members of the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) over his criticism of the Government on Sunday snowballed into a controversy, with the Opposition slamming the attempts to curb his freedom to disapprove the Government's decision to scrap two artists’ advisory committees operating from Mumbai and Bengaluru. Speaking at the inauguration of an exhibition "Inside The Empty Box" organised by NGMA in memory of artist Prabhakar Barwe here, Palekar slammed the Government for the scrapping of artists’ advisory committees operating from Mumbai and Bengaluru and moving the process relating to decisions on the theme/content of the NGMA exhibitions to Delhi. “Many of you may not know that this retrospective will be the last show that is decided by the advisory committee of local artists and not by some bureaucrat or an agent of the Government with an agenda of either moral policing or proliferation of certain art commen- 2017 on the country's economical aspects, after which the government tried to deviate the topic by presenting it as a personal conflict between him and his son, who is also a Minister in the Narendra ModiGovernment. "The Prime Minister brought in Mahabharata and said that some people are cunning and always spoke depressing things. But I said I would not deviate from the topic, would not make it personal issue between father-son and would continue to raise the actual matter. "Quoting Mahabharata, I said that only two brothers of Kauravas are known — Duryodhan and Dusshashana. Nobody knows who is the third in Kauravas. At most, people talk about Shakuni Mama. Today, BJP's situation is like Kauravas — nobody knows who is the third person," Sinha said without naming anyone. The former Union Minister attacked the Prime Minister several times without taking his name for a single time and said that he (PM) "does not believe in democracy". surate with an ideological incline,” the veteran actor said. “As of November 13, 2018, the artistes’ advisory committees operating at both regional centers i.e. at Mumbai and Bangalore have been abolished, is what I have learnt!... Till now, which exhibition will be held at which space of the 2 NGMA branches, namely at Mumbai and Bangalore, was decided by the local artists’ advisory committee,” Palekar said. “I have also learnt that as of November 13, 2018, all these decisions would be taken from Delhi by the Ministry of Culture. Accordingly at present, no new committee has been convened after the expiry of the old committee’s tenure that ended on 25th October 2018,” Palekar noted. At this point, a gallery member interrupted him, requesting that Amol Palekar only talk about the artist. "This is not needed at the moment, sorry....The function is about Prabhakar Barwe, please stick to that,” she said. Hyderabad: A sex determination racket has been busted near here and a doctor arrested in this connection, police said on Sunday. A team comprising health and police officials carried out a decoy operation at a private scanning centre in Ibrahimpatnam on January 8 and arrested a doctor for allegedly conducting prenatal sex determination examination with the help of a mediator, they said. Based on credible information that prenatal sex determination tests were conducted illegally on pregnant ladies at the scanning centre,a 6-month pregnant woman was taken for sex determination test, as a decoy, to the centre, they added. The doctor took 7,000 for sex determination and disclosed the gender of the unborn baby, police said adding he was apprehended. Lucknow: state capital to reach the Nehru Bhawan office of the UPCC. They will be welcomed by party workers and leaders at nearly 37 points in the city between the airport and the UPCC office, Congress spokesman Anshu Awasthi told PTI. Before reaching the Congress office, the Congress leaders are expected to garland the statues of Mahatma Gandhi and former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi on the route. Hoardings of Congress leaders, including Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Vadra, have been put up along the route they are proposed to take. Banners on the route read, "Waqt Hai Badlav Ka". Workers of Congress and its grassroots organisation Sewa Dal have been giving final touch to the preparations since early Sunday. Enthused by the appointment of new leaders to steer them into the coming Lok Sabha election, Congressmen have planned a grand welcome to the party’s general secretary in-charge of eastern Uttar Pradesh, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, and others when they arrive in the State capital on Monday. Congress workers, led by Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee (UPCC) chief Raj Babbar, have made elaborate arrangements to welcome their leaders, including Congress president Rahul Gandhi and in-charge of the state's western region, Jyotiraditya Scindia, who will accompany Priyanka Vadra as she makes her first public appearance in the State after her new assignment. The trio, who will arrive at the Lucknow airport, will pass through the main areas of the PTI PTI PTI / & 0 * +, - 5 % ( Srinagar: Police on Sunday ordered a probe into alleged manhandling of woman by cops in Shopian district of Jammu & Kashmir. The inquiry was ordered after a 15-second video clip, showing two cops manhandling a woman in a village in Shopian on Saturday night, went viral on social media. "The video is being probed and an inquiry is ordered to examine the conduct of the policemen," a police spokesman said. The spokesman said the cops had gone to the house of one Rameez Khan while investigating a case of kidnapping of a minor girl. Police received a complaint from a man that his 15-year-old daughter was abducted by three persons — Rameez Khan, Mohsin Khan and Saleem Khan, of Shadab Karewa in Shopian, he said. The spokesman said as the police party raided the house of the accused to recover the victim, they found two of the accused — Mohsin Khan and Saleem Khan — in the house. "The family members of the accused, especially women around the house, tried to block the policemen on duty. The accused meanwhile managed to escape," he added. Bengaluru: held by 'The Hindu' here. "Time also has come for various nations to arrive at a consensus in not providing shelter to economic fugitives," he added. These remarks come in the wake of industrialist Vijay Mallya's possible extradition to India from the United Kingdom. A UK court on December 10 last year had ordered extradition of Mallya, who is wanted in India for alleged fraud and money laundering involving an estimated 9,000 crore. Imploring industry bodies to weed out "black sheeps" who give a bad name to the business community, VicePresident Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday asked various nations to reach a consensus to not provide shelter to fugitives involved in economic offences. "In the wake of the economic offences by some individuals, I implore industry bodies to weed out black sheeps who give a bad name to the business community," he said at "The Huddle," a thought conclave Mumbai: The police have arrested three Nigerian men alongwith a Brazilian woman and seized cocaine worth around 39 crore from their possession,a senior official said here on Sunday. The accused were about to send the drug to South Africa, police said. A team of Amboli police nabbed the accused from the Maurya Estate road in suburban Andheri Saturday night and recovered drugs worth 38.95 crore, the official said. The accused were identified as Neras Pokhogo (35), Michael Hop ( 29), Simon Agobata (32), all Nigerians; and Karle Ires (41), a woman from Brazil. The cocaine allegedly seized from their possession was supposed to be sent to Johannesburg in South Africa. The accused were held when they were heading for the office of a courier companyto dispatch the consignment. Additional Commissioner of Police Manoj Kumar Sharma said the accused concealed narcotic drugs in rings and pipes of curtains. These drug-loaded consignments of curtains would be then sent abroad through courier companies. PTI PTI ) # 6 % &' * ## 1 Kottayam (Ker): nuns, who are staying with the rape survivor nun, that "there will be no move from the diocese of Jalandhar to oust" them from the Kuravilangad convent in Kottayam district as long as they are needed for the court case. The Bishop wrote to the nuns after they complained to him against the head of their congregation, Missionaries of Jesus under the Jalandhar diocese, for issuing transfer orders to four of them who took part in the protest demanding the arrest of the bishop. Rape-accused Bishop Franco Mulakkal, who was relieved of his pastoral responsibilities by Pope Francis, still interferes with the administrative matters of Jalandhar diocese of the Roman Catholic Church, nuns protesting against him alleged here on Sunday. "We believe that Bishop Angelo is the apostolic administrator of Jalandhar diocese. But when we see the kind of letters (being issued by the diocese PRO and Missionaries of Jesus congregation head), we Another nun, Sister Neena Rose, who is staying with the rape survivor, was asked to report to the Missionaries of Jesus congregation's Jalandhar convent and meet its Superior General Sr Regina Kandamthottu on January 26. Kavumpuram, issued a clarification statement countering Bishop Angelo hours after his e-mail communication was made public, saying even though the congregation of Missionaries of Jesus is of diocesan right, the internal running of the congregation is doubt whether Bishop Franco still wields power in the diocese," Sister Anupama, a representative of the protesting nun, told reporters at Kuravilangad near here. Their statement comes a day after Jalandhar diocese PRO Fr Peter Kavumpuram, who is allegedly close to Bishop Mulakkal, issued a clarification statement countering an email issued to nuns by its apostolic administrator Bishop Angelo Ruffino Gracias. In his e- mail, Bishop Angelo had assured the five left to the Superior General and her council. "The Bishop of Jalandhar does not normally interfere unless the overall interests of the church demands such interference. By this clarification the Apostolic Administrator has not interfered in the internal affairs of this congregation, therefore the order to return to their rightful communities by the Mother General is not cancelled but stands," the statement quoting Fr Kavumpuram had said. The protesting nuns stay with the survivor nun in the convent in Kuravilangad. Talking to reporters on Sunday, Sister Anupama rejected the clarification statement issued by Kavumpuram, saying they would not move out of the convent in Kuravilangad. "Clarification statement (issued by Kavumpuram) is not acceptable for us. We will continue to stay in this convent till the case is over," she said. The congregation of nuns -- Missionaries of Jesus -- had directed the nuns to join their previously-assigned convents, according to the transfer orders issued between March and May last year. The nuns Alphy, Anupama, Josephine and Ancitta were served notice by the superior general, urging them to take up their assigned responsibilities as befitting members of the congregation. The four nuns had earlier written to Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan seeking his intervention to ensure that their transfer orders were not effected till the trial of the case was over. PTI PTI PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTED BY PRESSREADER +1 604 278 4604 ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW

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