Wrestlers Protest: Khap Members To Meet President Murmu

Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) national spokesperson Rakesh Tikait on Thursday said that Khap representatives will meet President Droupadi Murmu and the Central Government regarding action over the wrestlers’ protest.

“Khel Committee and Khap Panchayat have come here. We will meet President (Droupadi Murmu) and the Central government here. If they don’t take any decision, then we will take the next step. The final decision will be taken after five days of discussion,” Tikait said.
He further said that protesting women wrestlers will not be “defeated”.

“A Khap representative will meet the President and the government. Khap and these women (protesting wrestlers) won’t be defeated. More decisions will be taken at Kurukshetra tomorrow” Rakesh Tikait added.

A Khap ‘Mahapanchayat’ to discuss the ongoing protest by wrestlers against WFI chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh started in Soram village on Thursday.

Khap leaders from Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan and Delhi attended the Mahapanchayat on Thursday.

On Tuesday, Olympic medallists Sakshi Malik and Bajrang Punia, and Asian Games gold medallist Vinesh Phogat went to Har Ki Pauri in Haridwar along with their supporters to immerse their medals in the Ganga river.

But after farm leaders persuaded them not to take the drastic step, the wrestlers decided not to throw their medals in the river.

The farm leaders have sought five days’ time to address their grievances.

The Delhi Police has filed two FIRs against WFI chief Singh.

While the first FIR relates to allegations by a minor wrestler and has been registered under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, the second is related to outraging modesty.

However, Singh on Thursday alleged that the protesting wrestlers are changing their “demands and language” continuously and added that he still stands by his statement that he will hang himself if even one of the allegations against him is proven to be true.

“…First they (protesting wrestlers) had some other demand and later they demanded something else. They are changing their demands and language continuously. I had said that if even one case against me gets proven, I will hang myself…I stand by my statement..,” said Brij Bhushan to media in Gonda. (ANI)

GST Collection Rises 12% In May On YoY Basis

The Goods and Services Tax (GST) revenue collected in the month of May 2023 was worth Rs 157,090 crore, official data showed Thursday.

The GST revenues for the month of May 2023 are 12 per cent higher than the GST revenues in the same month last year.
During the month, revenue from the import of goods was 12 per cent higher and the revenues from domestic transactions (including import of services) are 11 per cent higher than the revenues from these sources during the same month last year.

Of the total, CGST was Rs 28,411 crore, SGST was Rs 35,828 crore, IGST Rs 81,363 crore and cess Rs 11,489 crore.

In April, the gross GST collection was at an all-time high of Rs 187,035 crore, Rs 19,495 crore more than the next highest collection of Rs 167,540 crore in April 2022. (ANI)

‘Adipurush’ Director, Actor Meet Assam CM Himanta Sarma

‘Adipurush’ producer Bhushan Kumar and actor Devdatta Nage recently met Chief Minister of Assam Himanta Biswa Sarma recently.

During the meeting, Himanta Biswa praised the trailer of Adipurush and expressed his pride in the need for Indian culture to reach the audiences.

Taking to Twitter, the Chief Minister shared a few pictures from his meeting with Bhushan Kumar and Devdatta Nage.

“Aaj Adipurush film ki ek jhalak dekhne ka avsar prapt hua. Prabhu shri Ram ki kahani logo tak pahuchane ke liye har prayas bhaktiyon ka ek roop hai. (I had the opportunity to watch a couple of glimpses of the film Adipurush. Any attempt towards spreading lord Ram’s story is a way of showing devotion),” he tweeted.

Helmed by Om Raut, ‘Adipurush’ is a mythological drama based on the epic Ramayana. The film stars Prabhas as Lord Ram, Kriti Sanon as Sita, and Sunny Singh as Lakshman. In the movie, Saif Ali Khan will be seen essaying the role of Ravan.

The film will be out in theatres on June 16. (ANI)

Finland Becomes Newest NATO Member, Hails Ties With India

Finland Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto hailed ties with India in Oslo, Norway on Thursday saying that the Finnish recognize the importance of India as one of those countries where economic growth and its response to the future challenges have been taken up seriously, noting that the cooperation between the two has been ‘excellent’.

“We recognize the importance of India as one of those countries where economic growth and the perspective towards the future including the issues like fighting climate change and responding to future challenges has been taken up very seriously. India and Finland have excellent cooperation, particularly in the field of green development and green technologies, said Finland’s Foreign Minister.

The Minister while speaking to ANI from Oslo, Norway which is currently hosting an informal meeting of NATO Ministers of Foreign Affairs, with Finland becoming the 31st member of the NATO or the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in April also stressed the importance of joining the alliance including its support for Sweden and Ukranian NATO membership.

“Finland being the 31st member of NATO is very important, security-wise. As you know it was a long process when we, after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, decided to apply for NATO membership. For us it is an important decision, of course, we will take care of our own defence also in the future, but in case we are attacked or get any security threats, we know that we are going to get help from NATO countries and at the moment our main scope is trying to support the membership of Sweden. There are some meetings scheduled in Lithuania in July and we hope that before those meetings, Sweden could also be a member,” said the Foreign Minister.

When asked about the NATO member’s support for Ukrainian membership during the meetings, the Minister said that “The overall mood was very much supportive and positive to engage more with Ukraine and to provide comprehensive support to Ukraine”.

Finland on April 4 this year became NATO’s newest member upon depositing its instrument of accession to the North Atlantic Treaty with the United States at NATO Headquarters in Brussels.

NATO Allies signed Finland’s Accession Protocol on 5 July 2022, after which all 30 national parliaments voted to ratify the country’s membership. Finland’s flag – a blue cross on a white background – was hoisted alongside those of the alliance’s 30 other members as a military band played in bright spring sunshine then.

When asked further about the focus areas during the informal meeting in Oslo, the Minister said that the key issue was about Ukraine and the military and humanitarian support.

“There were some of the corridors and bilateral meetings between the ministers. Today we had a common meeting of all the ministers of 31 countries and the key issue was very much Ukraine, how our support towards Ukraine will continue and also the military and humanitarian support to Ukraine by the NATO countries and this has to continue in the years to come. We also discussed some other important issues like our cooperation with the Indo- pacific countries and the current developments in Kosovo.”, said the Foreign Minister.

“The China issue or the Taiwan Strait security issue was not so much discussed during these days but all nato member states are following the developments there”, said the minister.

On what role India can play in resolving the current Russia-Ukraine conflict, the minister said that “diplomacy is always important at the moment of crisis and at the moment of the war. We have seen that there are already some diplomatic talks going on”. He also stressed the peace initiative by Ukraine adding that “It’s very important that India follows the conflict and situation and convince Russia of stopping this illegal attack”.

Mentioning India and Finland’s cooperation, the minister also highlighted the visit of Indian External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar to Helsinki earlier where he unveiled the statue of Mahatma Gandhi.

“When Foreign Minister Jaishankar visited Finland we had the opportunity to inaugurate the statue of his excellency Mr Gandhi in Helsinki and I never realized how many Indians are living in Finland. All of them came to the inauguration. I think we have a very good perspective of increasing our trade and also cooperation on the study. We have recognized how many talented people are Indians on green technologies and others,” said the Foreign Minister. (ANI)

Parineeti New Haircut

Parineeti Chopra Sings ‘Tu Jhoom’, Breaks Internet

Apart from being a versatile actor, Parineeti has also shown us that she is a great singer. Remember her soulful voice in the ‘Maana Ke Hum Yaar Nahin’?

Now she is back to make you fall in love with her voice once again.

On Thursday, Parineeti took to Instagram and shared a video from the dubbing studio where she can be seen crooning to legendary Pakistani singers Abida Parveen and Naseebo Lal’s ‘Tu Jhoom’

Parineeti’s soulful rendition garnered loads of love from netizens.

“Beautiful,” veteran actor Anupam Kher commented.

“Superb!! I wish I could sing like this,” veteran actor and famous talk show host Simi Garewal commented.

“So damn good,” a fan commented.

Written by Adnan Dhool, composed and co-produced by Zulfiqar, ‘Tu Jhoom’ was released on the official YouTube page of Coke Studio in January 2022. This is Abida Parveen and Naseebo Lal’s first collaboration ever, and the way their voices blended together perfectly proved that they can give any singer a run for their money.

Parineeti has been headlines a lot in the last several months owing to her relationship with AAP leader Raghav Chadha.

The duo exchanged rings on May 13 at Kapurthala house in New Delhi in the presence of their loved ones.

Before their engagement, both Raghav and Parineeti had kept mum about their relationship. Parineeti and Raghav reportedly knew each other for several years before they began dating.

The couple was recently spotted scouting for locations for weddings in Udaipur, hinting that they will follow in her cousin Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas’ footsteps and tie the knot in a lavish wedding in Rajasthan. (ANI)

Wrestlers protest

Parliamentary Panel Demands Immediate Intervention In Wrestlers’ Issue

The Standing Committee members of Education, Women, Children, Youth and Sports met on Thursday to discuss the issues of wrestlers and the opposition leaders demanded immediate government intervention in the matter.

Talking to ANI, a member of the committee said, “We have raised the issues before the chairman of the committee and sought immediate intervention from the government.”
According to a member of the committee, the members of the opposition parties in the meeting demanded that the chairman of the committee should write a letter to the government in connection with the forceful removal of protesting wrestlers from the protest site at Jantar Mantar in Delhi.

“The meeting consisting of specific members of the opposition parties have demanded that the chairman of the committee should write a letter to the government in connection with the wrestlers who were forcefully removed from the protest site at Jantar Mantar in Delhi during the inauguration of the new parliament building,” a member told ANI.

On Sunday, India’s Olympic medallist wrestlers Sakshi Malik, Bajrang Punia along with Vinesh Phogat and Sangeeta Phogat were detained by Delhi Police while attempting to march to the new Parliament building where they planned to stage a demonstration. FIR has been filed under Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections 147, 149, 186, 188, 332, 353, Section 3 of the PDPP Act, said Delhi Police.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Vivek Thakur is the chairman of the committee and there are a total of 31 members in the committee from both houses (Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha).

The standing committee for Education, Women, Children, Youth and Sports called a meeting on Thursday to discuss the “Olympic Preparedness and Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS)”, a review of progress in the construction of National Sports University, Manipur and the up-gradation of sports complexes at Varanasi and Ahmedabad” committee agenda read.

Senior officials of the Sports Authority of India (SAI) also attended the meeting and disposed of the detailed consideration in the meeting on said agenda.

The protesting ace grapplers on Tuesday decided to push back their plan of immersing their medals in the Ganga as a mark of protest against WFI chief and BJP MP Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh after farmer leader Naresh Tikait intervened and secured a five-day ultimatum from them.

The wrestlers are pressing for the removal and arrest of the WFI chief over allegations of sexual harassment. (ANI)

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Modi with Pushpa Kamal Dahal

Modi, Dahal Jointly Flag Off Cargo Train From Bathnaha To Nepal

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Nepal’s counterpart Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ on Thursday jointly unveiled the e-plaque of the Kurtha-Bijalpura section of the Railway. Both leaders jointly flag off the Indian Railway cargo train from Bathnaha in Bihar to Nepal Custom yard.

PM Modi and Dahal jointly inaugurated the integrated check posts at Rupaidiha in India and Nepalgunj in Nepal, built with India’s assistance. The two leaders also unveiled the integrated check posts at Sanauli in India and Bhairahawa in Nepal.
PM Modi and his Nepalese counterpart Dahal jointly set into motion the Gorakhpur-New Butwal substation 400 KV cross-border transmission line. The two leaders laid the foundation stone of Phase II of the Motihari-Amlekhgunj Oil Pipeline between India and Nepal.

The exchange of seven agreements took place between India and Nepal in the presence of PM Modi and Dahal on infrastructure development, connectivity and people-to-people ties.

The exchange of MoU took place between the Institute of Foreign Affairs, Nepal, and the Sushma Swaraji Institute for Foreign Service, India. Exchange of MoU between two sides for the development of ICP at Dodra Chandani. An exchange of project development agreement of Lower Arun hydroelectric project.

The two leaders inaugurated the projects after the delegation-level talks. The agenda in the talks included bolstering the ties between India and Nepal in the economy, energy, infrastructure, education and people-to-people contacts.

Ministry of External Affairs official spokesperson Arindam Bagchi tweeted, “Delegation level talks led by PM @narendramodi and PM @cmprachanda of Nepal get underway. Agenda includes bolstering our age old ties through enhanced connectivity in areas of economy, energy, infrastructure, education & people to people contacts.”

After PM Modi welcomed ‘Prachanda’ at the Hyderabad House, MEA Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi tweeted, “Deepening the bonds of friendship and cooperation. PM @narendramodi

greets PM @cmprachanda of Nepal as the latter arrives in Hyderabad House for bilateral talks.”

Earlier in the day, Nepal Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ laid a wreath at Raj Ghat in New Delhi. He also wrote in the visitor’s book at Raj Ghat. “PM @cmprachanda of Nepal paid solemn tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at Raj Ghat,” tweeted Ministry of External Affairs official spokesperson Arindam Bagchi.

Dahal alias Prachanda who assumed office in December last year is on an official visit to India from May 31-June 3. This is his fourth visit to India. Nepal Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ arrived in New Delhi on Wednesday. Upon arrival, he received a warm welcome from Union Minister Meenakashi Lekhi.

Informing about his arrival, Ministry of External Affairs official spokesperson Arindam Bagchi tweeted, “Nepal PM Pushpa Kamal Dahal arrives in Delhi, receives warm welcome by MoS Lekhi, PM @cmprachanda of Nepal arrives in New Delhi on his first overseas visit after assumption of office. Warmly welcomed by MoS @M_Lekhi at the airport. The visit will impart renewed momentum to the close and unique India-Nepal relationship.” (ANI)

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Pushpa Kamal Dahal

Nepal PM Invites Modi For Official Visit To Himalayan Nation

Nepal Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal ‘Prachanda’ has invited Prime Minister Narendra Modi for official visit to Himalayan nation. He said that he is looking forward to welcoming PM Modi in Nepal “soon.”

“I have extended a cordial invitation to PM Modi Ji for a visit to visit Nepal. I look forward to welcoming him in Nepal soon,” Nepal PM Pushpa Kamal Dahal said during the joint press meet at Hyderabad House in Delhi.
Speaking to reporters after his meeting with PM Modi, Dahal said that the ties between India and Nepal are “age-old and multifaceted.” He said that Nepal is happy to see the growth of India’s economy and political landscape under PM Modi’s leadership.

“This is my fourth visit to India as the Prime Minister of Nepal. I fondly recall my previous visit in September 2018 and then twice in September and October in 2016. I bring with me the greetings and good wishes of the government and the people of Nepal. We are happy to see the remarkable transformation of India’s economy and political landscape under the able leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” Dahal said.

He also congratulated PM Modi on completing nine years in the office and said that the ties between the two countries stand on the solid foundation built by the rich tradition of civilizational, cultural and socio-economic linkages.

“I congratulate Prime Minister Modiji on completion this week of nine years in government with far-reaching achievements on many fronts. The relationship between India and Nepal are age-old and multifaceted. These relations stand on the solid foundation built on the one hand by the rich tradition of civilizational cultural socio-economic linkage and on the other, by the two countries firm commitment to the time-tested principle of sovereign equality, mutual respect, understanding and cooperation,” Dahal added.

Pushpa Kamal Dahal said that he and PM Modi made an extensive review of the progress in the India-Nepal ties and appreciated “Neighbourhood First” policy of India. He stated that they discussed on further strengthening cooperation between two nations.

“Today, as Prime Minister Modiji mentioned, we made an extensive review of the progress in our relation and renewed our commitment to further extend this relation and cooperation. I appreciate Prime Minister Modiji’s Neighbourhood First policy. In our meeting today, we discussed ways to further strengthen cooperation in diverse areas including trade, transit, investment, hydropower development, power, trade, irrigation, agriculture, connectivity including air entry routes, railways, bridge, transmission line, expansion of petroleum pipeline, construction of integrated checkposts as well as cultural and people to people contact,” Dahal said.

Dahal said that he and PM Modi discussed the boundary matter. He said that Nepal is happy to join India’s multilateral initiative of the International Solar Alliance.

“Prime Minister Modiji and I discussed the boundary matter. I urged Prime Minister Modiji to resolve the boundary matter through the established bilateral diplomatic mechanism. I commended the role played and initiative taken by Prime Minister Modiji during India’s G20 presidency as well as SCO Chairmanship including for giving voice to the issues of concern to the global south. Nepal is happy to join India’s multilateral initiative of the International Solar Alliance and more recently the International Big Cap Alliance,” he said.

He called India Nepal’s “close neighbour” and important partner” for the development and prosperity. He congratulated India for its achievement as New Delhi celebrates Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav.

“We also discussed about the establishment of fertiliser plant in Nepal in joint venture and we’ll try our best to work together for the successful completion of the project. India is Nepal’s close neighbour and important partner for the development and prosperity. As Nepal moves ahead on the path of graduating from LDC status by 2026, India’s continued support and goodwill remains important for us,” Dahal said. (ANI)

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Sergio Calderon

‘Pirates Of The Caribbean’ Star Sergio Passes Away At 77

Veterana actor Sergio Calderon is no more.

As per The Hollywood Reporter, Sergio died on Wednesday. He was 77.
Calderon portrayed a Mexican revolutionary at the turn of the 20th century in Duck, You Sucker! (1971), written and directed by Sergio Leone, and was a murderous Mexican chief of police opposite Albert Finney in John Huston’s Under the Volcano (1984).

He is best known for his role in ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End’. In ‘At World’s End’, Calderon played one of the film’s Pirate Lords, Captain Eduardo Villanueva of the Adriatic Sea. The actor posted photos to social media of himself and franchise star Johnny Depp as well as rock star Keith Richards, who played the Pirate Lord of Madagascar and Depp’s father in the film.

He guest-starred as the colourful bandit Malavida Valdese on the premiere episode of NBC’s The A-Team in 1983, then returned as the river pirate El Cajon (The Coffin) at the start of the show’s third season a year later.

Calderon played Alfonso, one of the Hondurans, in the Arthur Hiller comedy The In-Laws (1979) — it was the role that got him his SAG card — and fans of the original Men in Black (1997) know him as the “head on a stick” held by an extraterrestrial “illegal alien” attempting to sneak across the U.S.-Mexico border in the Barry Sonnenfeld film.

Later, Calderon was the Spanish pirate lord Capt. Vallenueva in Pirates of the Caribbean 3: At World’s End (2007).

Among the three dozen or so films on his resume were The Revengers (1972), The Children of Sanchez (1978), Le Chevre (1981), Old Gringo (1989), The Missing (2003), The Ruins (2008) and Little Fockers (2010). He also showed up on the final season of the FX series Better Things last year.

He is survived by his wife, Karen Dakin; children Patrick Calderon-Dakin and Johanna Calderon-Dakin, son-in-law Raaj; and grandchildren Krishnaavi, Emiliano and Victoria. (ANI)

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Union Home Minister Amit Shah

Manipur: Strict Action Against Those Violating Law, Says Shah

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday said that the Central government has constituted a probe committee to be headed by a retired judge to investigate incidents of violence in Manipur that have led to the loss of lives and damage to properties.

Shah, who concluded a four-day visit to the State today while addressing a press conference here said that a special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) team will investigate cases of violence in the State.
The Union Minister said, “Central Government has constituted a committee to probe into these incidents headed by a retired judge of the rank of the chief justice of a high court. The Governor of Manipur will head a peace committee with members of civil society.”

“A probe panel will be set up to look into the reasons for the violence and to identify who was responsible for it,” he said.

The Union minister assured the people of Manipur that the investigations will be carried out without any bias and discrimination and the guilty will be punished.

“Several agencies are working in Manipur to investigate violent incidents. High-level CBI probe in six incidents of violence that hint at a conspiracy. We will make sure that the investigation is fair,” Shah said.

The Union minister said that combing operation in the violence-hit areas in the State will begin tomorrow.

Shah said assured of strict action to be taken against those who violate the SoO agreement (Suspension of Operation). “I urge citizens of Manipur to not pay heed to fake news. Strict actions will be taken against anyone violating the Suspension of Operations (SoO) agreement. Those carrying weapons must surrender before the police. Combing operations will start from tomorrow and if weapons are found with anyone, strict actions will be taken.”

The Union Home Minister said that education officials will reach the state and will have discussions to provide uninterrupted education facilities to students. Online education and examination will be held as per plan, he said.

The Home Minister highlighted that a rehabilitation package and special provisions will be put in place to ensure that students do not fall back on exams and studies have been chalked out.

“The next of kin of those who lost their lives in the violence will be given Rs 5 lakh by the central government and Rs 5 lakh by the Manipur government as compensation. This amount will be transferred to the victims through DBT. Special medical officers will ensure medical facilities in areas hit by violence,” he said.

The Home Minister expressed his condolences to the families of those died in the recent violence in the State

“On behalf of the Government of India, on behalf of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and on my own behalf, I express my deepest condolences to all those who have died in the recent violence. It is natural for all of us to feel sad when a citizen of the country dies,” said Amit Shah.

Shah said that he had visited various parts of the state in three days including Imphal, Moreh, and Churachandpur and met with representatives of the Meitei and Kuki communities.

“In the last one month, there have been some violent incidents reported in Manipur. I express my condolences to all families who have lost their loved ones in the violence. I have visited several places in Manipur in the last three days including Imphal, Moreh, and Churachandpur and held meetings with officials to establish peace in the state. I have met CSOs of Meitei and Kuki communities,” he added.

He further added that the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) government has done unprecedented work in the State and the last six years were known for peace and prosperity.

Manipur witnessed violence on May 3 during a rally organized by the All Tribals Students Union (ATSU) to protest the demand for the inclusion of Meitei/Meetei in the Scheduled Tribe (ST) category. The march was organised in protest against the demand for inclusion of the state’s Meitei community in the ST category, following an April 19 Manipur High Court directive. (ANI)

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