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Modi gifts longest bridge on completion of three years of his government May 26, 2017 11:44

Dhola-Sadiya Bridge will be the longest bridge in India over River. It is in Assam over Lohit River in length of 9.15 kilometres (5.69 mi). Bringing Assam and Arunachal Pradesh closer, the country's longest river bridge - the Dhola-Sadiya - constructed over the mighty Brahmaputra, is all set to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi today. The bridge will reduce the distance from Rupai on NH-37 in Assam to Meka/Roing on NH-52 in Arunachal Pradesh by 165 KM, cutting down on travel time from the current six hours to just one hour. The total length of the Dhola-Sadiya bridge project, including the approach roads on each side, is 28.50 km. The length of the bridge itself is 9.15 km. Constructed at a total cost of Rs 2,056 crore, the bridge is part of the Arunachal Package of Roads and Highways under the Ministry's Special Accelerated Road Development Programme for North East. The bridge is located in Sadia, 540 kilometres from Guwahati. Its other end is in Dhola, 300 kilometres from Itanagar, the capital of Arunachal. "It was real tough work, a major engineering challenge, and the speed was slightly affected by some compensation issues," said an official from Navayuga Engineering, the company which constructed the bridge. "We need infrastructure to move up troops and supplies if we have to fight the Chinese and this bridge is a great thing," retired Major General Gaganjit Singh, who has commanded a division in the state, said. "India did not develop physical infrastructure in Arunachal Pradesh for two decades after the 1962 war as many stupidly believed the Chinese would use the roads if they attacked again. But now we are on the right track." "It was unimaginable that this crossing could be bridged at a point where six rivers meet, all flowing into the mighty Brahmaputra," Gunjan Saharia, a resident, said. "I promise this will not just be a military thing, it will help develop the economy of remote regions of Assam and Arunachal and it will attract tourists in large numbers," Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said. "It will be great for us, as much as it will be great for the army," Dimbeswar Gogoi of Sadiya said. By Premji

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Centre bans cow slaughter across India May 26, 2017 11:40

The central government has banned the sale of cattle for slaughter and has allowed it’s trade only between farm land owners across India in a new regulation for animal trade. “Take an undertaking that the animals are bought for agriculture purposes and not for slaughter,” says the special section for cattle in the rule notified under Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act of 1960. The proviso says that the cattle bought cannot be resold within six months impinging the business of cow traders. Cattle can be sold only to a person having documents to prove that he is an “agriculturist”, the rule says, adding “young” and “unfit animals” cannot be sold. The environment ministry’s eight-page rule bans the setting of animal markets within 50 km of an international border and 25 km of a state border. Taking animal outside the state requires special approval of the state government nominee. District animal market committee will be headed by a magistrate and have two representatives of government-approved animal welfare groups. As per the new rule, a trader will have to make five copies of the proof of sale and submit them at the local revenue office, the local veterinary doctor in the district of the purchaser, animal market committee, apart from one each for seller and buyer. The rule prescribes about 30 norms for animal welfare in markets, including water, fans, bedding, ramps, non-slippery flooring, veterinary facility and separate enclosure for sick animals. The rules are to be implemented in the next three months. By Premji

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Sachin: A Billion Dreams Movie Review May 26, 2017 09:59

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Three years of Modi government May 25, 2017 11:21

A vibrant and aspirational India is on the rise, thanks to several pioneering and game-changing initiatives taken by the NDA regime since it assumed office three years ago. A transformational and corruption-free government, accompanied by a sea of change in attitudes and behaviour of the people. “When NDA assumed power, the economy was in a shambles due to fiscal deficit, revenue deficit, current account deficit, trade deficit and, of course, there was trust deficit above all” said Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu. When we look at the functioning of this government for the past 3 years, the most striking and spectacular achievement everybody would vouch for is corruption-free governance, particularly in the higher echelons of power. Mr Modi has focused his attention on re-establishing India's image globally and has worked tirelessly on building personal equations with world leaders, including former US President Barack Obama, Japanese Premier Shinzo Abe and a host of others, which helped among others to push India's case for an early entry into the Nuclear Suppliers Group. Modi-led government firmly believes in true cooperative federalism and 'Team India' spirit. This was epitomised by the decision to accept in toto the 14th Finance Commission recommendations to devolve 42% of the funds from the divisible pool to the states as also 5% to the local bodies. Well-meaning decision as part of overhauling the governance by doing away with red beacons atop 'VIP' vehicles was much applauded. The NDA government's decision to move the International Court of Justice in Kulbhushan Jadhav's case has clearly reflected its resolve to go on a diplomatic offensive whenever the situation warranted. By Premji

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Punitive strikes by India, a befitting reply to rogue Pakistan May 24, 2017 11:20

The Army has destroyed the Pakistani military posts in Rajouri with punitive artillery assaults, to give "a befitting reply to the Pakistan military which aids infiltration into the Indian side" of Jammu and Kashmir. India made its assault along the Nowshera sector in Rajouri. "With the mercury rising and snow-melting in the valley, the chances of infiltration increase from the Pakistani side. The Army is all geared up to counter such threats," Major General Ashok Narula said. "It was part of the plan to proactively dominate the LoC and counter-terrorism operations to curb infiltration," he added. The Army had said that the targeted fire assaults, with light field guns, anti-tank guided missiles, heavy mortars, rocket launchers and "infantry tanks", are being conducted to "pro-actively dominate" the Line of Control and "destroy the locations aiding infiltration of terrorists", as part of the overall counter-terrorism strategy. Defence minister Arun Jaitley, said that the government fully supported the Army's "actions across the LoC" for ensuring peace in J&K. "Indian Army is taking pre-emptive and measured actions to counter terrorism in the Valley and disengage Pakistan posts across the LoC which support infiltration," he added. "There have been casualties in our bunker-bursting assaults across the border, though it's tough to assess the extent of damage. If the Pakistan Army and ISI have stepped up efforts to fuel trouble in the Kashmir Valley, we have decided to keep them hopping on the LoC. Pakistan Army, of course, is adept at hiding its casualties," a top Army officer said. By Premji

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Wrong doing happened during UPA regime - Chidambaram May 22, 2017 10:51

Congress leader and former Finance Minister P Chidamabaram has said in Indira Gandhi memorial programme in Tuticorin. “I am not denying that no wrongdoing happened. There is only one place where mistakes don’t happen, the place we finally reach,” Chidambaram said. “Many positive things happened during the 10 years of Congress rule,” he added. The statement came in the backdrops of raids in many location connected with his son Karti Chidambaram. It is believed that the authorities are in possession of clinching evidences against Chidambaram and his son. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Suryah said that these remarks have come out of fear. “All these statements being made by Chidarambam are out of panic and fear. This admission of wrongdoing is shocking,” Suryah added that it is alarming that such a senior leader has admitted to this. “It is alarming that he admitted to wrongdoing in the UPA regime in such a casual tone,” he said. BJP leader GVL Narasimha Rao said he is not surprised by these statements. “Chidambaram is not making a revelation. Everyone knows about the corrupt practices that took place under Congress govt.” With the confession by their senior leader, Congress will be put into greater troubles of corruption which have thrown them out of power. By Premji

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GST rates announced May 20, 2017 11:04

The Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council has finalised four tax rates of 5, 12, 18 and 28 percent. Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia has said that, the council has decided a 1 percent Tax Collected at Source (TCS) rate for e-commerce players such as Flipkart, Snapdeal, even though the law provides for a levy for 2 per cent tax rate. “The rates are in line with those finalised for goods. With this, rates of all items except a handful including gold, have been decided ahead of the roll out of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime from July 1.” Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said, “We made sure that consumers don't have to pay more. The net effect of goods and services is not going to be inflationary because, once the system of input credits starts the actual incidence is going to be positively impacted.” "The telecom industry is disappointed with the announced GST rate of 18 per cent, which will further stress an already bleeding sector," said Rajan Mathews, director general of Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI). The decision is disappointing, he said, since "COAI had submitted to the government that consideration be given to the sector's present financial condition and that any GST rate beyond the existing 15 percent (service tax) would make telecom services more expensive for the consumer". "For service providers, it is going to get troublesome," claims Saloni Roy, a senior director at tax consultancy firm Deloitte Haskins & Sells LLP. By Premji

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Jubiliant familly welcomes ICJ verdict May 19, 2017 11:31

“The Ministry of External Affairs ( MEA) and its minister, Sushma Swaraj, are in touch with us and keep us apprised of the developments.The verdict has come as a major relief and we are hopeful that Jadhav will get a fair trial. The provisional order is a step in the right direction,” a family member of Kulbhushan Jadhav said. “Since his arrest in March last year, the family has not been able to speak to Jadhav. We are praying there is a favourable response,” added the source. “The decision by the ICJ has only reaffirmed our faith in our government and we hope Pakistan will abide by the order, Sachin Vaze, a former Mumbai Police officer and a family friend said.” When asked about the 40-day appeal period that will lapse on Friday, Vaze said the family was hopeful Pakistan will not defy the ICJ order. “Pakistan is bound by the Vienna convention and we don’t think they will defy its order,” he added. Subroto Mukherjee, fondly called Debu by friends, including Jadhav, said, “Back then, we did not know what to do to help our friend. I came to know about the petition launched by the Indian-American community in the US. It needed 1 lakh signatures to get a response from the Donald Trump administration. Hence I would go around buildings in the vicinity where Jadhav spent his early years, asking people to sign it. That is all we could do then, to have some hope of him returning.” He added, “Later when we heard the arguments of Harish Salve in the ICJ, I was quite optimistic.” Arvind Singh, one of Jadhav’s friends, said, “This is a big victory for India. We are grateful to the entire nation for having prayed for Jadhav. We are now hopeful of him coming back soon.” By Premji

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Half Girlfriend Movie Review May 19, 2017 10:57

Half Girlfriend is all about Madhav Jha (Arjun Kapoor) who hails from a royal Bihari family. He gets admitted in Delhi’s St. Stephens College under the sports quota where he meets Riya Somani (Shraddha Kapoor) and falls for her. Basketball is the common thing that bonds them and Riya turns to be his half girlfriend after Madhav gets a clear note that he doesn’t fit in this English medium world. An unexpected incident makes Riya walk out of the relation after which she gets married to Rohan. The rest of the film is all about what happens next.

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Hindi Medium Movie Review May 19, 2017 10:38

Raj Batra (Irrfan Khan) and Mita (Saba Qamar) fall in love with each other after which they get married. Raj is a small businessman and Mita is a home maker. The real troubles in their life start after they struggle to admit their daughter Piya into an English Medium school. They leave their ancestral home and move to a posh South Delhi location in an attempt to improve their status, so that they can fit in a society, where in Mita’s words. The rest of  Hindi Medium is all about the consequences they face. Watch Hindi Medium to know about the rest.

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