MS Dhoni Received Padma Bhushan Wearing Military Fatigues. Watch

Wearing Military Fatigues, MS Dhoni Received Padma Bhushan. Watch

MS Dhoni was smartly dressed in military fatigues for the gala Padma award ceremony.

New Delhi:  MS Dhoni, one of India’s most successful cricket captains, was conferred with the prestigious civilian honour Padma Bhushan on Monday. Incidentally, the Padma award ceremony fell on the seventh anniversary of the famous World Cup triumph. What, however, brought the excitement level a notch higher is the way MS Dhoni, smartly dressed in military fatigues, marched past the dignitaries present at the Rashtrapathi Bhavan to receive the esteemed award from President Ram Nath Kovind. Apart from being India’s first and the only captain to win all 3 ICC limited overs trophies, MS Dhoni also holds the rank of Honorary Lieutenant Colonel in the Territorial Army.Watch the video when MS Dhoni receives Padma Bhushan award:

Soon after receiving the Padma Bhushan, MS Dhoni took to the photo-sharing app Instagram to share his excitement. He posted several pictures from the gala ceremony with the caption: “An honour to get the Padma Bhushan and receiving it in Uniform increases the excitement ten folds.thanks to all the Men and Women in Uniform and their families for the Sacrifices they make so that all of us could enjoy our Constitutional Rights.Jai Hind.(sic)”

 A Tweet from President Ram Nath Kovind’s handle:

Flattered by MS Dhoni’s walk, former Indian opener Virendra Sehwag tweeted, “The march past, the salute, the holding of the certificate, everything done so beautifully. Congratulations Lt. Colonel MS Dhoni of 106 Para TA Batallion on the #PadmaBhushan !
 

Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad tweeted, “Felt proud to see M.S. Dhoni in his army uniform on this occasion, accompanied by his wife Sakshi.”
 

 
Another picture of MS Dhoni where he is holding his daughter Ziva as she cutely smiles to the camera wearing his army cap, also garnered the attention on social media. Here’s the picture of the daddy-daughter duo:

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Probe Agency Questions Health Minister Satyendar Jain In Money Laundering Case

Probe Agency Questions Health Minister Satyendar Jain In Money Laundering Case

CBI had registered a case against Satyendar Jain and his wife in a money laundering case.

New Delhi:  The Enforcement Directorate (ED) today questioned Delhi Health and Power Minister Satyendar Jain in connection with a money laundering case registered against him and others.

Officials said Satyendar Jain was summoned under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) and his statement will be recorded by the investigating officer of the case.

The PMLA case was registered by the Enforcement Directorate last year in August on the basis of a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) FIR.

The CBI complaint had said that the heath minister could not explain the source of funds received by four companies in which he was a shareholder.

It had registered a case against him, his wife and four others on charges of money laundering.

The CBI has questioned him in the case earlier.

CBI sources had said that Rs 4.63 crore was allegedly received through Prayas Info Solutions, Akinchan Developers, Managalyatan Projects and Indo-Metal Impex Pvt Limited in 2015-16.

They had said Satyendar Jain and his wife were allegedly holders of one-third of the shares in these companies during the period.

During CBI questioning, the minister and his wife could not explain the source of Rs 1.62 crore, approximately one-third of the funds received by the companies during 2015-17, they had said.

The CBI has alleged that Jain had control over these companies either in the form of being one of the directors and by holding one-third of shares of these companies in his name or in the names of his family members or others.

The probe agency had also claimed that these were shell firms used for parking money in the form of investments in equity shares in connivance with Kolkata-based shell companies.

“This apart, before becoming a public servant, he was allegedly involved in laundering Rs 11.78 crore during 2010-12 through these companies as well as other firms also based in New Delhi,” the CBI had said.

The funds were allegedly used to purchase over 200 bighas of land in Auchandi, Bawana, Karala and Mohammed Mazvi villages in Delhi between 2010-16, CBI sources had said.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), however, had refuted the CBI’s allegations and said that reports of Jain’s involvement in shell companies and benami land deals were “baseless”.

Jain, also the minister for home, PWD, industries and urban development, is an MLA from the Shakurbasti constituency.

The ED probe will focus if he and other accused in the case created illegal assets by laundering the alleged tainted funds.



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Shahid Afridi Roasted Online For Kashmir Tweet, Gautam Gambhir Hits Back

Shahid Afridi Roasted Online For Kashmir Tweet, Gautam Gambhir Hits Back

Shahid Afridi was clobbered in tweets not just within the cricket fraternity but also by others.

New Delhi: Pakistani cricketer Shahid Afridi has been lacerated on social media over a tweet on Kashmir, where he alleges there is an “appalling and worrisome situation” and urges UN intervention. This, on a day the US has taken action against a Pakistani outfit controlled by 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed, who roams freely in Pakistan.

Shahid Afridi was clobbered in tweets not just within the cricket fraternity but also by others. The definitive last word came from a fellow cricketer, Gautam Gambhir.

 

The former Pakistan captain was reminded by Twitter users of restive Balochistan and allegations of Pak atrocities in the province.
 

 

Others told him off in no uncertain terms about his use of the term “Indian Occupied Kashmir”. One of these tweets was from Virat Kohli – not the Indian captain but a fake handle.
 





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Government Has Not Diluted SC, ST Law, Rajnath Singh Tells Parliament

Government Has Not Diluted SC, ST Law, Rajnath Singh Tells Parliament

Rajnath Singh appealed to all citizens to maintain calm

New Delhi:  Slogan-shouting and booing by the opposition drowned out Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s speech in Lok Sabha today, a day after 11 people died in the spiral of violence during an all-India strike called by Dalit groups who allege that a law that seeks to protect them against atrocities has been diluted.

“I want to assure the house that this government has not diluted the SC/ST Act in any way,” said Mr Singh told the lower house amidst the chaos. Assuring the house that the government was committed to protecting Dalits, the minister appealed to all citizens to maintain calm.

On March 20, the Supreme Court had ruled that government servants should not be arrested under the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act without prior sanction and private citizens too can be arrested only after an inquiry under the law.

Opposing the verdict, several Dalit groups had called a nationwide strike yesterday in which violent incidents and blockades of roads and rail tracks were reported from several states.

“I wish to inform the House that the Government of India was not party in that case,” said Mr Singh, adding that “our government is fully committed to protecting the interest of the SC/ST community”.

The centre has also filed a petition in Supreme Court, seeking a review of the earlier order. The case will be heard by the same bench — of Justices AK Goel and UU Lalit — that delivered the verdict.Last month, delivering its verdict on a petition filed by a Maharashtra government employee challenging the Bombay High Court order refusing to quash the First Information Report (FIR) for his adverse remarks against a scheduled caste employee, the top court had said that the accused would not be arrested automatically based on the FIR.

“There is need to safeguard innocent citizens against false implication and unnecessary arrest,” the court had said as it laid down that arrest is not at all mandatory in cases under the SC/ST Act.



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India “Perfectly Safe” Destination, Advisories “Hugely Biased”, Says Tourism Minister

India 'Perfectly Safe' Destination, Advisories 'Hugely Biased', Says Tourism Minister

Union Tourism Minister K.J. Alphons said most of the advisories are hugely biased and uncalled for.

New Delhi:  International travel advisories against India are “hugely biased” and “uncalled for” because crime and violent incidents in the country are only “few and far between”, says Union Tourism Minister K.J. Alphons.

In an interview with IANS, the minister asserted India was a “perfectly safe” tourist destination for foreigners and the government was making efforts to get negative advisories against the country removed.

“Most of these advisories are hugely biased. I don’t want to use the word racially biased. Like the advisory for Assam is still on Level 2. Why? Such advisories are completely uncalled for,” he said.

Mr Alphons said the External Affairs Ministry had been taking up the issue with various countries and of course Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s global diplomacy was the “best message” that painted India as a safe place.

“You know incidents are deplorable but they are so few and far between. The issue is that the foreign media is hugely biased against India.”

The remarks came against the backdrop of the US and other western countries repeatedly asking their citizens to exercise caution in their travels India due to reported incidents of crime and violence.

The US in January reviewed its advisories placing India on Level 2 and suggesting increased caution. Canada also issued its updated travel advisory on March 21 asking citizens to “exercise a high degree of caution in India due to a continuing threat of terrorist attacks throughout the country at all times”.

The UK in its February 21, 2018, dated advisory suggested a high degree of caution as “terrorists are very likely to try to carry out attacks in India” and asked the British to “be vigilant” in the wake of “an increased threat to places visited by British nationals such as religious sites, markets, festival venues and beaches”.

Mr Alphons sad India has established itself as “a perfect destination, a perfectly safe destination” and despite these advisories the country hosted 10.2 million foreign tourists in 2017, which is an increase of 15.8 per cent from the previous year.

The receipts of these foreign tourists was $27 billion – an increase of 20.2 per cent in terms of revenue.

“So, I say with a firm belief that these advisories are completely uncalled for.”



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PM Modi Announces Ex-Gratia For Kin Of Iraq Victims

PM Modi Announces Ex-Gratia For Kin Of Iraq Victims

PM Modi announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs 10 lakh each to the next of the kin of the Iraq victims

New Delhi:  Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday announced an ex-gratia payment of Rs 10 lakh each to the next of the kin of 39 Indians who were killed in Iraq, official sources said.

The mortal remains of 38 of the 39 Indians killed in war-torn Iraq were brought back to the country on Monday in a special aircraft and handed over to their relatives.

Thirty-nine of the 40 Indian labourers were killed by terror group ISIS, while one of them managed to escape posing as a Muslim from Bangladesh.

Out of the 39 killed, 27 hailed from Punjab, four from Himachal Pradesh, six from Bihar and two from West Bengal.



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President Ram Nath Kovind Plants Baobab Sapling At Rashtrapati Bhavan. This Tree Lives For 2000 Years!

President Ram Nath Kovind Plants Baobab Sapling At Rashtrapati Bhavan. This Tree Lives For 2000 Years!

Rashtrapati Bhavan adds a new tree to its repertoire, the Baobab

New Delhi:  The gardens of Rashtrapati Bhavan just added to its repertoire a tree that lives for 2000 years. President Ram Nath Kovind, on Tuesday, planted a Baobab sapling, in the gardens of Rashtrapati Bhavan.

The sapling was a gift from the University of Madagascar, as a goodwill gesture, in return of a Neem tree that President Kovind had planted at the university campus in Antananarivo, during his visit to Madagascar in March.

The Baobab, known in India as kalpavriksha or a wish-fulling tree, is a rare sight. Across the country, not more than 200 are found say conservationists; mostly in isolated pockets of Gujarat, Maharashtra and a few in Jharkhand.
 

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President Ramnath Kovind planted a Baobab sapling at Rashtrapati Bhavan

The Baobab has high medicinal and nutritional value, much like the Neem tree. The exchange of these plants (Baobab and Neem) shows how both India and Madagascar, attach importance to traditional medicines in their respective cultures, a Rashtra Bhavan statement said.

Conservationists say, the Baobab is native to Africa and of the nine species in the world, Madagaskar is home to six species, while two are native to mainland Africa and the Arabian Peninsula, and one is native to Australia.

Every President, during their tenure in Rashtrapati Bhavan, adds something special to its grandeur. The presidential place introduced beekeeping last year, to observe World Honey Day on August 19, and the first batch of honey was extracted on March 23.

Former President, late Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, had introduced 33 medicinal plants, with the help of Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants.

When Pranab Mukherjee was the president, the Rashtrapati Bhavan launched the ‘innovator in residence and artist and writer in residence programmes’- the first of their kind anywhere in the world. Authors like, Amitav Ghosh, have been guests of the president as part of this programme.

In Africa too, the baobab tree is of great significance. People in many African countries use the Baobab to treat malaria and infertility. In recent times the Baobab being considered as a “superfood”. In the European markets, Baobab powder is very popular; it used to make porridge and smoothies. Nutritionists claim Baobab has high levels of vitamin C, potassium, phosphorous and antioxidants.



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Probe Must Before Arrest; SC/ST Law Not Diluted, Says Supreme Court

Probe Must Before Arrest; SC/ST Law Not Diluted, Says Supreme Court

We are only safeguarding innocent persons from arrest, the court said

New Delhi:  No provision of the law that seeks to prevent atrocities on scheduled castes and scheduled tribes has been diluted, the Supreme Court has said.

“We are not diluting any provisions.  We are only safeguarding innocent persons from arrest,” the court said while hearing a petition filed by the centre seeking a review of last month’s order.

On March 20, the Supreme Court had ruled that government servants should not be arrested under the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act without prior sanction and private citizens too can be arrested only after an inquiry under the law.

The centre filed the review petition on Monday, a day that claimed 11 lives across the country during an all-India strike called by Dalit groups that claimed the court order diluted the provisions of the law.

Refusing to suspend its ‘no immediate arrest’ directive, the court said people who have been agitating may not have read the earlier order.

As Attorney General KK Venugopal argued that there is tremendous discontent and agitation in the society against the verdict, the court said, “We are not in conflict. Agitations may be by vested interests”.

The preliminary probe will have to be done but within seven days, the court said, clarifying that a First Information Report (FIR) can be registered under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the provisions of the SC/ST law can be added if the probe establishes such an offence.

“Our concern is to implement the constitutional rights of the underprivileged.  Can liberty of innocents be taken away without a proper procedure,” asked Justice AK Goel, one of the judges on the bench that delivered the March 20 order.Clarifying that it wasn’t against the law, the bench said “our approach is liberty can’t be taken away without a preliminary inquiry. There shouldn’t be any terror in society for innocent persons”.

The case will be taken up next after 10 days.



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Army Jawan Killed, 4 Others Injured In Pakistan Shelling Along Line Of Control

Army Jawan Killed, 4 Others Injured In Pakistan Shelling Along Line Of Control

The injured jawan succumbed to his injuries at the military hospital

Jammu:  An Army jawan was on Tuesday killed while four others including a lieutenant were injured as Pakistani troops shelled mortars at forward posts along the Line of Control in the Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir, officials said.

The cross-border shelling by Pakistan troops started in Krishna Ghati sector Tuesday morning and continued for over two hours, resulting in injuries to five soldiers including an officer, an Army officer said.

One of the injured soldiers later succumbed to injuries at the military hospital.

A police official said a lieutenant and two junior commissioned officers were among the injured and they were evacuated to command hospital in Udhampur district for specialized treatment.

Earlier, defence spokesman Lt Colonel N N Joshi said that Pakistan Army initiated unprovoked and indiscriminate firing from 0700 hours using small arms, automatics and mortars.

“Indian Army has retaliated strongly, effectively and proportionately to the unprovoked ceasefire violation, he said.

This is for the third straight day that Paksitani troops have violated the ceasefire and targeted forward posts and villages in the twin districts of Poonch and Rajouri.

However, the shelling failed to have any impact on cross-LoC trade which takes place between for four days a week from Tuesday to Friday along the Chakan Da Bagh in Poonch district and Salamabad in Uri sector of Baramulla district.

Dozens of trucks from either side crossed the border from the trade facilitation centres, the officials said.

With the latest killing, the death toll in the Pakistani shelling along the LoC this year has gone up to 27.

The dead included 13 security personnel and five members of a family who lost their lives when a shell hit their house in Balakote sector of Poonch district on March 18.

Pakistan troops have violated ceasefire along the LoC and IB over 650 times this year.



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Indian Sailor Ashwin Kumar Hari Missing Off Mauritius, Family Seeks Sushma Swaraj’s Help

Indian Sailor Missing Off Mauritius, Family Seeks Sushma Swaraj's Help

Ashwin Kumar Hari, a trainee electrical officer, boarded MV Shahrastani on March 6.

Thiruvananthapuram:  A 24-year-old Indian sailor has been reported missing from a ship in the waters in Mauritius since Sunday. The Kerala-based family of Ashwin Kumar Hari has written to Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj seeking the government’s help in locating him.  

Ashwin Kumar Hari went missing from MV Shahrastani, an LPG vessel managed by a Hong Kong-based firm.

Ashwin, a trainee electrical officer, set sailing on MV Shahrastani on March 6. According to the family, Anglo Eastern Ship Management has informed them that the search and rescue operations are being called off and that the ship is sailing towards the US. 

In his letter to Sushma Swaraj, Ashwin Kumar Hari’s father said his son’s employer mentions that the crew of the ship last saw him at 8 pm on March 29, going to the engine control room of the vessel. “MV Saharastani is an ‘Unmanned Machinery Space’, which means after the day operation, the engine room would be unmanned and in wheelhouse control, until and unless some emergency occurs… We are suspecting a foul play about the missing case of our son and the date and time mentioned in letter,” IKS Harikumar said in his letter. 

The family had last spoken to their son on the night of March 28, close to 24 hours before he went missing The father has appealed for an investigation and recovery of Simple Voyage Data Recorder Report of MV Saharastani to get to the details. 

Anglo Eastern Ship Management refused to give out details saying, “We are in regular touch with the family and since the case in under investigation, all details are being given to DG Shipping,” a statement said.

In February this year, twenty two Indians on board a ship managed by the same company that employs Ashwin,  went missing in the waters in West Africa last week. They were freed by pirates a week later.
 



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